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The 1983 BSI Dinner group photo

The 129th anniversary of the Master’s birthday featured many distinguished guests, including the Dean and Assistant Dean of Columbia College. Francine Morris (Mrs. Wayne B.) Swift was toasted as The Woman. Fifteen Irregular Shillings were given out.  Stephen Stix, “the only third-generation Investitured Irregular,” and Edward F. Clark, delivered post-prandial talks, followed by “our resident genius,” Isaac Asimov. Wolff’s report in the Baker Street Journal effusively concludes: “Since there is nothing that can follow Isaac, we then adjourned, after bestowing upon him the highest honour of the Irregulars, the Two-Shilling Award.” George Fletcher and Ralph E. Edwards also shared in the Two-Shilling glory.

Dinner Details: January 7, 1983
The Regency Hotel, 540 Park Avenue, New York

Dinner Photo Information

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Key to People in the 1983 BSI Dinner photo (not available at this time)

BSI Honours List

William B. Beeson as The Barque Lone Star
William A. Berner as Aloysius Doran, Esq., of San Francisco, Cal.
Scott Bond as The Copper Beeches
Robert M. Broderick as Jephro Rucastle
Bob Coghill as John Hopley Neligan
Barry Hapner as Inspector Forrester
George A. Hough as The Duke of Balmoral
Robert S. Katz as Dr. Ainstree
Eric H. Otten as Jeremy Dixon, Trinity College
Thomas M. Russo as The Boscombe Valley Mystery
Richard R. Rutter as Mike Scanlan
John Ruyle as Baron Dowson
Robert E. Thomalen as The Three Garridebs
Ralph F Turner as Colonel Carruthers
Newton M. Williams as The Netherland-Sumatra Company
* received Investiture at another event during the year
What is an Investiture?

Two-Shilling Award:
Isaac Asimov
Ralph E. Edwards
George Fletcher
Benjamin S. Clark
What is a Two-Shilling Award?

The Woman:
Francine Morris (Mrs. Wayne B.) Swift
What is The Woman honour?

"Stand with me here upon the terrace..."
(as named at this Dinner, not their year of passing)
Not listed in the 1983 BSJ report.
What is the origin of “standing on the terrace?”

Morley-Montgomery Award:
No awards were given from 1981-1995.
What is the Morley-Montgomery Award?

Reports on the Dinner

The Baker Street Journal v33 n1 (March 1983) pp. 45 and 53 (available in the eBSJ).

List of 1983 BSI Dinner Attendees (not available at this time)


A recording of parts of the 1983 BSI Dinner is available at Harvard as part of the BSI Archive.

Related Material

1983 BSI Dinner Menu (digitized images at Harvard)
Two pages. Cover and interior. Sequence 94-95.

Replica 1934 BSI Dinner Menu (digitized images at Harvard)
Two pages. Cover and interior. Sequence 96-97.
Distributed at the 1983 BSI Dinner by Irving Kamil, BSI to celebrate the BSI’s 50th Annual Dinner.

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