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“He was a wise man who invented beer.” – Plato

he was a wise man who invented beer

A quality pint makes the world a whole lot rosier, and we’re not alone in feeling a little sentimental about the magical combination of hops, malts, yeast, and water. Plato, Sylvia Plath, and Jack Nicholson are among famous figures who have thoughts on the subject.

Even Edgar Allan Poe, our favorite gloomy-faced bad boy, wrote a short ode to beer. “What care I how time advances? I am drinking ale today.” We’re going to assume this was written before he ended up drunk in the gutter.

Some of the quotes we’ve unearthed might surprise you. Martin Luther, the man behind the Protestant Reformation, essentially claimed that those who drink beer get to walk straight through the pearly gates. Cheers to that!

In celebration of the weekend, crack a cold one and read the suds-fueled of philosophizing of famous drinkers past and present. Whether you are drinking a Goose Island, a Dogfish Head, or even a Bud Heavy, we challenge you to get on the level of these artists and writers.

Scroll down to read our favorite beer-related musings.


Who? Classical Greek philosopher
Thoughts on the matter: “He was a wise man who invented beer.”

Thomas Jefferson

Who? Third U.S. President
Thoughts on the matter: “Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.”

Tina Fey

Who? Comedian, writer, genius
Thoughts on the matter: “In a study, scientists report that drinking beer can be good for the liver. I’m sorry, did I say ‘scientists’? I meant Irish people.”

Henry David Thoreau

Who? American author, poet
Thoughts on the matter: “Instead of water we got here a draught of beer…a lumberer’s drink, which would acclimate and naturalize a man at once—which would make him see green, and, if he slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines.”

Winston Churchhill

Who? British Prime Minister
Thoughts on the matter: “Most people hate the taste of beer—to begin with. It is, however, a prejudice.”

J.P. Donleavy

Who? Irish-American novelist
Thoughts on the matter: “When I die, I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin. I wonder would they know it was me?”

Jack Nicholson

Who? Actor, psychopath admirer
Thoughts on the matter: “Beer, it’s the best damn drink in the world.”

Sid Vicious

Who? Rocker, potential murderer
Thoughts on the matter: “I’ve only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.”

Bill Carter

Who? Writer, documentary maker
Thoughts on the matter: “There is no such thing as a bad beer. It’s that some taste better than others.”

Russell Crowe

Who?The Gladiator, the end
Thoughts on the matter: “I have respect for beer.”

Anne Sexton

Who? Feminist poet, writer
Thoughts on the matter: “God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.”

Milan Kundera

Who? Author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Thoughts on the matter: “Isn’t beer the holy libation of sincerity? The potion that dispels all hypocrisy, any charade of fine manners? The drink that does nothing worse than incite its fans to urinate in all innocence, to gain weight in all frankness?”

Ray Bradbury

Who? Sci-fi author, book lover
Thoughts on the matter: “Beer’s intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it.”

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Charles Bukowski

Who? Author, drinker
Thoughts on the matter: “stay with the beer. beer is continuous blood. a continuous lover.”


Stephen King

Who? Author, pop-culture junky
Thoughts on the matter: “A man who lies about beer makes enemies.”

Martin Luther

Who? Protestant Reformation, wore a funny hat
Thoughts on the matter: “Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!”

William Shakespeare

Who? Playwright, philanderer, all-around character
Thoughts on the matter: “For a quart of Ale is a dish for a king.”

Abraham Lincoln

Who? 16th U.S. president
Thoughts on the matter: “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.”

Dave Barry

Who? Humorist and writer
Thoughts on the matter: “Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”

Thomas Pynchon

Who? Author, Gravity’s Rainbow
Thoughts on the matter: “Oh, this beer here is cold, cold and hop-bitter, no point coming up for air, gulp, till it’s all–hahhhh.”

Edgar Allan Poe

Who? Sad-faced poet
Thoughts on the matter:

“Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chambers of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies,
Come to life and fade away:
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.”

Hunter S. Thompson

Who? Wild-card, drug consumer
Thoughts on the matter: “There is an ancient Celtic axiom that says ‘Good people drink good beer.’ Which is true, then as now. Just look around you in any public barroom and you will quickly see: Bad people drink bad beer. Think about it.”

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Sylvia Plath

Who? American feminist poet
Thoughts on the matter: “The beer tastes good to my throat, cold and bitter, and the three boys and the beer and the queer freeness of the situation makes me feel like laughing forever. So I laugh, and my lipstick leaves a red stain like a bloody crescent moon on top of the beer can. I am looking very healthy and flushed and bright-eyed, having both a good tan and a rather excellent fever.”

Hugh Hood

Who? Canadian essayist, professor
Thoughts on the matter: “Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful afternoon with nothing to look forward to than more of the same.”

Photo: Fiesta Farms

Kaiser Wilhelm

Who? Last King of Prussia
Thoughts on the matter: “Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.”

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He is a wise man who invented beer. – Plato

he was a wise man who invented beer

No waiting for the end of the movie here, credits first: Rob Erb and Duncan Cook on setup, Sally Porter Smith at the Auction table, Nicole Hancock taking Paul Harris money, Jan Gee at the Drawing Table and also later: Sgt at Arms!, Walt Richardson is providing semi-professional photography (semi only because he doesn't get paid), and bulletin by the "infamous Greg Rediske," according to President Rose. Dave Coleman gave the invocation, while Janie Frasier led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Rob Erb managed to eventually inform us of visiting Rotarians Bob Cammarano from #8, Evelyn Ryberg from #8, and Dr. Irina Shestakova from Saint Petersburg, Russia. Irina is accompanying our own Charles Heberle for a brief visit to the U.S., which she loves and would welcome an invitation to teach at a college here (she is a professor of philosophy). Irina is PE of her club, which has a bench project. Anyone or any group can purchase a bench, to be placed around Razvodnoi Garden (next to the Hermitage). The project also supports children and mothers in St. Petersburg. Benches cost 70.000 RUR. But I was unsure of that translation. 70,000? Which would be over $1000. Maybe.


Sunshine: Ron Irwin had a hip replacement and is doing fine, but not bowling yet. Mike McGowan had his gall bladder removed, but cancer was discovered in the liver and lymph nodes. He will begin chemo soon.

Peace Exchange: Charles Heberle is back, briefly, as he continues his year as President of the RI initiative, Russia/USA Inter-country Committee. Later this year, he will be bringing 16 Russians to Seattle and Tacoma, and will need housing for a few days. Mary Jo Strom Copland is his helper here.


You can't be a real country unless you have a beer, and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.  (Frank Zappa)


Over the years, Lakewood Rotarians have championed many causes, righted many wrongs, and fixed many things. Perhaps there was no greater fix for no greater purpose than the public service done by Ralph Lockhart (PP 1978-79) sometime in the mid-1970s. Lakewood Rotarians were big supporters of the Rotary District Conference, and would annually send enough members and spouses to fill at least one bus, sometimes two. But serving drinks on the bus presented some problems: spillage! Recognizing this great waste as well as the inconvenience, Ralph went to work. After a couple of good ideas gone bad, he invented a wheeled cart that held a case of beer, an ice chest, and a separated box for various types of liquor. Richard Simmons stepped up, and designed a tank and pump for the water used to mix the drinks. It was a beautiful thing! And do you think that the airline industry stepped forward to reward Lakewood Rotary's ingenuity? No! But providing valuable services to mankind is what we do, and all was good.


As many as 75 people from Lakewood Rotary have attended conferences in the past, including 60 as recently as 1995 (to Whistler). Although I suppose that isn't all that recent. Funny how "recent" takes on a different time frame when your age advances a bit. So, it's been awhile since we reached that lofty level of participation, but maybe this is the year! After all, the May 4-7 event is at a casino in Suquamish, Washington! Even more importantly, the event is organized by that world-renowned party organizer and chef, Rick Selden. There will be a hospitality room set up, fully stocked and ready for a party. (However, there will be no barbeque brought into the hospitality room, as occurred at one such conference, also instigated by Past President Lockhart. The hotel was not pleased with that particular event. Plus, the Lowneys are staying in the hospitality room, and didn't want the smoke smell in their clothes.)



Let's show 'em how Lakewood Rotary can celebrate Rotary. Celebrate anything, actually, but Rotary is good. The Club is paying (up to) $185 conference registration fee for members (depending on how many Rotarians go). Go to, and click on the link on the right side of the page. The room reservations can be accessed by clicking on "accommodations" on the left side of the page, and follow the directions. Then register for the conference. Call Rick with questions, and to inform him that you're on board, at 253-677-3837, or [email protected] .  Currently signed up: Rick & Sharon Selden, John & Pam Lowney, Bob & Marilyn Zawilski, Mary & Greg Horn, Greg & Sharon Rediske, Ted & Carole Weir, Don & Lisa Daniels (I think Lisa), Mary Marlin, Barbara Spriggs, Rose Stevens, and.....


“Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!”   Martin Luther  (As if you have to ask, yes, I am a Lutheran.....)


54 days!!!

Yes, there are exactly 54 days from now, Friday, February 27 until Saturday, April 22, 2017. 54 days until the night of the 47th Annual Sportsman's Dinner. Which means roughly only 40 DAYS

before the deadline for turning in auction items. Of course, we could always go back and emulate the very first event in 1970 (Wild Game Dinner, then), and send a person out to buy auction items a couple days before the event. But that event lost $270. So PLEASE don't do what was done in 1970. Start now.  Or yesterday.


"Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world."   (Kaiser Wilhelm; based on results, apparently his wife did not drink beer)


Major Project  Dave Coleman says the un-named amphitheater will indeed happen in 2017. He does promise, however, that the main stage will be called the Rotary Stage. Fire flow is still a work in progress, but plans call for groundbreaking this spring, and ribbon cutting in the fall. Paul Casey is the designer, John Korsmo is the construction manager (still looking for his tool belt however; it's been a while). $750K is the proposed construction cost, with $450K from the City; $25K from the Lakewood Community Foundation Fund, and $275 K from Lakewood Rotary ($112K in current cash, $63K to raise/transfer, $100K in-kind). He will need committee volunteers, including selling "squares," similar to the fence slat sales at the playground.


Way to go, PH Foundation Committee and Mike McGowan! May 12 will be the dinner celebration of our $1M level of giving to the Paul Harris Foundation. Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley from Australia will be the featured speaker.  Write that date down!


Rose read a thank-you from Norm Tremaine's daughters for the nice flowers for his memorial service. Norm was a Lakewood Rotarian for more than 33 years, PP 1992-93.



Duncan Cook: $20 for some R&R before the wall goes up (Mazatlan)

Barlow Buescher: $20 for a new blue car for his wife, Karen, a Pinto (he says)

Donn Irwin: $5 for announcing one more time the Valentine's Day concert at Ted Brown Music, on, get this, Valentine's Day! February 14. Contact Donn, or Tacoma 8

Dave Covey has added to the PH accounts of his team of drivers so he can see his grandkids play basketball up north: Horn, V Hoffman, Hellar, Allen, Rourke, Rediske.

Jim Sharp: ?$$ to thank Rotary for the donation to help with the Firefighters' Christmas project.


Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.  (Dave Barry)



Greg Rediske noted that in 1993, Tom Sadler and several other Rotarians started the Lakewood Community Foundation, as a different way to help Lakewood. Instead of money in-money out, the Foundation would be an endowment. This has grown to over $800,000 now, and three years ago we enlisted the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation to help us with administration and investment acumen. He introduced the Director of Philanthropic Services from the GTCF, Evelyn Ryberg, who spoke to the future of philanthropy in Pierce County. BUSINESS INSIDER magazine wrote, "We are on the verge of the biggest transfer of wealth in the history of the world." For Pierce County, that means $165 B in the next 50 years. And we're not talking net worth, but transferable assets. If 10% of this were willed to non-profit endowments here, that would result in an additional $820 M per year in community giving. The next 10 years will see a $5+B transfer of wealth in Lakewood alone. In a similar result, that could mean an extra $68 M per year to community assets. The program she is heading is called Leave 10, as in leave 10% in your will to your community. Consider it like an extra child. We all donate, we all volunteer, we will help a stranger in need. But only 9% leave part of their estate to charitable organizations. Only 60% even have a will drawn up. Janie Frasier told a story about what happened when a benefactor of Goodwill died without a will: family friction, and nothing for Goodwill.  The message: Make a will. Leave 10. 


The Drawing: Chris Easter. White. $5


Overheard recently: "When my girlfriend told me she was leaving me because of my obsession with the Monkees, I thought she was joking.

And then I saw her face......"   (** See below if you don't get it....)



As this is my first update....Happy New Year!  You have been in my thoughts as we work our way through our first month on the road!

It didn't start off the best....we were delayed 10 days in Oregon City under 12" of snow which turned to ice.  Tyler (my sister) and brother-in-law, Don, put us up while we had our satellite DISH attached to our rig and other things checked out.  However, they live at the top of a very steep driveway which allowed us to get down....for a visit to the RV service center to check progress, but then we were forced to park at the bottom of the hill and carefully inch up the icy driveway on foot.  We were really "snowed in" for 7 of the 10 days. 

Seeing a window of opportunity on Monday, January 9th....we picked up our 42' Sanibel and crawled out of my Dad's place in Sublimity.  Dad is 90 and we had arranged to take him on the first portion of our trek.  He had a few things he wanted to do and we turned over our schedule to fit his needs.  We readied ourselves for take off, and departed on Wednesday headed South on I-5.  Next hurdle...the Siskiyous.  We made it as far as Phoenix, Oregon...South of Medford and no further.  The pass was closed at Weed to anyone without chains.  (Tom and I have a motto....we don't go anywhere in our rig where we need chains).  So we waited....four nights.  On Sunday, January 15th...we saw our opportunity and made our "DASH FOR THE PASS".  It was successful and we made it unscathed. 

From that point, it has been so much easier....and after a couple overnights, we landed in Lake Havasu City.

Having lost my Mom last May, Dad wanted to return her ashes to be inurned in the columbarium at Mount Olive Lutheran, their church for many years when they lived here.  We checked that off the list yesterday in a very upbeat celebration.  It was very closing for Dad and me.

Tom and I are entertaining Dad and revisiting his old haunts.  So rewarding!

I am including a couple pictures, but promise to get better with things you all may be more interested to see.


Much love to all!  Hoseb

  Monk, and life without snow.


**If you're not familiar with the Monkees' work, their Neil Diamond-penned hit, I'm a Believer, goes "And then I saw her face! Now I'm a believer!" A little rock 'n' roll humor. A little.


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