We had a grand time at our wine and cheese party on November 18. The highlight of the evening was Tom Vradenburg’s “Editors’ Challenge”. In the first part of the quiz, Tom showed us some quotes, and we were to match the person to the quote. In the second part, Tom provided some quotes and biographical details about famous editors and challenged us to identify them. The editors included Rachel Carson, Elizabeth Smart, Harold Ross, Robertson Davies, William Lyon Mackenzie, Robert Fulford, Thomas Bowdler, George Brown, Robert Weaver and Samuel Johnson. Interesting challenges indeed! We had two first place winners: Gillian Scobie and John Gillmore. Congratulations to both!
If you missed the party, here’s a small sample from Tom’s quiz:
Match the person and the quote:
- Write drunk, edit sober.
- You can’t read writin’ if it’s written rotten.
- The essence of writing is rewriting.
- Learn to write well, or not to write at all.
- Fine writing is next to fine doing, the top thing in the world.
- Why not (pay me more than the President)? I had a better year.
- When you get to a fork in the road, take it.
- That place has become so popular, nobody goes there anymore.
- You can observe a lot by watching.
- Our similarities are different.
Your choices are:
a) Charlie Farquharson
b) John Keats
c) John Dryden
d) Ernest Hemingway
e) William Zinsser
f) Yogi Berra
g) Dale Berra
h) Yogi Berra
j) Babe Ruth
k) Yogi Berra
And here is the answer key: 1.d, 2.a, 3.e, 4.c, 5.b, 6.i, 7. Yogi, 8. Yogi, 9. Yogi, 10.g.