Watch for your August 2023 Newsletter in email or snail mail.
We are grateful to have as our new newsletter editor Michael Bobroff. We're sure that Mike's tech backgroud will serve him well in this important position.
Highlight of the August newsletter are the information on our Annual Picnic, the call for Board Nominees, Birthdays and Anniversaries, how to find our monthly in person and online events, and minutes from the Board Meeting.
Next month we'll have information of our Annual Banquet.
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Thanks to Michael Robertson for making the FOG Behind the Scenes tour of the Old Globe a big success. We walked through the main theatre, designed after Shakespeare's original in London, under the stage, into costume and prop shops and behind the curtains on the main stage.
We visited the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, a theatre in the round and watched the installation of the sets for the latest production. Beginning in mid July you can see Crime and Punishment: A Comedy there.
The third theatre in the complex is the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, set outdoors among the trees of Balboa Park. It was built as a temporary venue (because "The Show Must Go On") when fire destroyed the main theatre in the 1980s. It's design and setting were so popular that it was kept as an addition to the complex and has features two Shakespeare offerings a year. Twelfth Night is the current production. (July 23)
FOG will once again be participating in the San Diego Pride Parade, July 15th. The trolley seating will be available first to Members of FOG and then to guests. The seating capacity is 35. The trolley will take you down the parade route and return you to the start location. The trolley will stop and allow those, who wish to attend the Festival, to exit the trolley at the end of the parade route, which is close to the Festival’s main gate. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to reserve a seat. Suggestion: Since in past years trolley seating has filled quickly, it might be wise to make your reservation during June.
Free parking and shuttle to the Parade start are available at Presidents Way and Park Boulevard.
There was a tremendous response for the Behind the Scenes at the Globe tickets and they are all taken! Let us know what other events you would like to see in the comments below.
June 22, 1923 – June 10, 2023
His mother Mae Batten said it was a sunny day in Hammond, Indiana, on the day when Roger was born. Growing up in Chicago was carefree, spending his summers in Pound, Wisconsin, with his grandparents.
Corporal Roger L. Batten was a prisoner of war in Nazi Germany, his unit having been captured during the Battle of the Bulge. He visited Germany many years later and at the train station he saw a train going to the town of Luckenwald and told me that's where his prison camp was. At dinner I asked him how he felt about seeing that train and being in Germany after being a prisoner there, and his response was - "well they make Love".
After service in the war, Roger received his Bachelor's at the University of Wyoming and earned his PhD at Columbia University. He worked first as a professor at the University of Wisconsin and later in the 1960's-1980's as a curator at the AMNH and professor at Columbia University. Roger was a specialist on Paleozoic gastropods, making use of the then newly minted instrument, the Scanning Electron Microscope (in fact, he wrote the grant to obtain the original
instrument at the Museum). Working with students and colleagues, Roger pursued field work in England, China, and the U.S. Southwest, focusing on the mass extinction at the end of the Permian and the recovery in the early Triassic. Among his most cited publications are the textbook "The Evolution of the Earth" with Robert Dott, one of first geology textbooks to incorporate plate tectonics in its discussion, and the volume on Paleozoic Gastropods in the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology. (from Dr. Neil H. Landman, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York )
My name is William Ligon, Roger's husband. I met Roger at a gay mens' discussion in Greenwich Village New York City, and on that fateful day in the summer of 1983 – we started talking and 42 years later here we are. I was very impressed that Roger could play all 32 of the Beethoven Sonatas, which he did starting with the 1st Sonata and playing through each day to Sonata No 32 and beginning again and Sonata No 1. We loved to cruise and took three (3) World Cruises of 136 days each on the Holland America cruise ships. Each time we disembarked, we always said I could do it all over again. We enjoyed that partly because of my having worked for an airline (in reservations) which qualified us for deep discounts on travel.
We have scheduled a 72 day cruise to circumnavigate the Continent of Africa for October 10, 2023 – and I plan to go on that cruise carrying Roger and all of our memories with me. I have booked passage on the continuation of that ship to the Panama Canal. I'll get back home on January 3, 2024. We always liked being home for Christmas, but this time I'll pass on that. We love you Roger L. Batten.
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