The Indianapolis Literary Club - 145th year

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David G. Vanderstel, Secretary

6679 E. Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive

Indianapolis, IN  46219



10 October 2020




            The Indianapolis Literary Club began its 145th year last week.  It was not the traditional Ladies' Night, cancelled due to the pandemic, but rather the Club's first virtual meeting.  The Club will gather virtually for its second meeting on Monday 19 October 2020 at 8:00 pm.  The essayist will be Thomas B. Beattie, Sr., who will present his essay, "Counting Units." 


          Counting is the process of determining the number of elements of a finite set of objects. The traditional way of counting consists of continually increasing a (mental or spoken) counter by a unit for every element of the set, in some order, while marking (or displacing) those elements to avoid visiting the same element more than once, until no unmarked elements are left

                        Definition of "counting", Wikipedia


At the first meeting, new Club President Joseph Hingtgen welcomed all members who joined online via Zoom.  He offered some brief comments about the Club and the activities of the executive committee and then provided details regarding meeting protocols for the virtual setting.  President Hingtgen then introduced first-time essayist J. Scott Keller who read "DINOSAURS, and B.-E, Ms."  The presentation focused on the history of science fiction literature and films and which included the essayist's top choices in this genre.  A lively period of questions and discussion followed among some 54 members who joined online.

 A gentle reminder from the Treasurer to renew your Club membership by sending your dues payment of $60 (checks are to be made out to the Indianapolis Literary Club) to:

                                    Richard E. Wiehe, Treasurer

                                    2435 Glenhill Drive

                                    Indianapolis, IN  46240


The Secretary also reminds all members to forward any corrections and updates on personal contact information promptly.


Make sure that you consult the Literary Club's website at for information about the Club and membership applications.  To gain access to the list of members online, in the email box enter members1 and in the password box use literary


            The Indianapolis Literary Club is one of the great literary traditions in the city - and one of the last remaining men's literary clubs in the US.  The Club will meet next on Monday 19 October 2020 at 8:00 pm via Zoom.  An invitation to access the meeting will be sent by email a couple days beforehand.  Essayist Thomas B. Beattie Sr. will present his essay "Counting Units." Will this be an examination of how cultures use different units to count?   A history of mathematics?  Or since it is the year 2020, maybe an analysis of the US Census?  The Secretary has no clue so you will need to visit the Zoom site to find out or read the essay sent in the mail for those without email access.  Hope to see you there!  


The plan of ‘counting your chickens before they are hatched' is an error of ancient date, but it does not seem to improve by age.

                        American businessman and showman Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum



            The king was in his counting house, counting out his money,

            The queen was in the parlour, eating bread and honey.

                        English nursery rhyme, "Sing a Song of Sixpence" (1744)



                                                                   The Secretary

David G. Vanderstel, Ph.D.

Secretary, Indianapolis Literary Club