Fun at our wine and cheese party – Bhavana Gopinath


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:

  1. Write drunk, edit sober.
  1. You can’t read writin’ if it’s written rotten.
  1. The essence of writing is rewriting.
  1. Learn to write well, or not to write at all.
  1. Fine writing is next to fine doing, the top thing in the world.
  1. Why not (pay me more than the President)? I had a better year.
  1. When you get to a fork in the road, take it.
  1. That place has become so popular, nobody goes there anymore.
  1. You can observe a lot by watching.
  1. 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.

Editors Ottawa–Gatineau Annual Wine and Cheese Party

You are invited to a party! Editors of Ottawa–Gatineau, enjoy the company of like-minded people, those who care about commas and em dashes as much as you do!

Join our wine-and-cheese shindig on Wednesday, November 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Good Companions Seniors Centre, 670 Albert St. (at Empress Ave.)

There will be a Christmas trivia contest with prizes too!

There will be a $10 fee for Editors Canada members and non-members. Good Companions in on the Transitway and there is free parking behind the building. The building entrance is on Empress Avenue.

Please RSVP if you are attending to by November 13.

A Good Bunch

Cheers to all who came out to the EAC-NCR’s Wine & Cheese!

EAC National Capital Region’s annual Wine & Cheese reception: Be sure to RSVP 

The Howells, long since recovered from their adventures on Gilligan’s Island, have been invited. And so are you.

Brush up on your wine and cheese trivia: Thurston knows his Chateaux, and Lovey knows her cheese!

Enjoy some word games, or just hang out with the Smart Set. Pearls and ascots optional.

Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30 pm

Capital Hill Hotel & Suites

88 Albert Street, Ottawa

Admission: $10 · RSVP ASAP