In a message dated 12/3/2004 10:19:02 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Stolzi's comment is apt. The only thing less likely than JRRT being a
Mason was him being a New York Yankees' fan.
I guess you haven't seen the recent news stories:
RUTH ADMITS TOLKIEN CAUSED THE END OF "THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO"
In a recent séance with Babe Ruth, he admitted that it was a dispute with
_The Lord of the Rings_ author J. R. R. Tolkien which lead to the end of the
curse that has prevented the Boston Red Sox from winning the World Series for
most of a century.
Ruth said, "Yeah, after he died, Tolkien became quite a baseball fan. He
and I used to float around Yankee Stadium together and watch the team play.
I'm not much of a reader, but I read his books after meeting him up here
because we had become such friends. I liked them, and then when the Peter Jackson
movies came out, I saw them too. I told him that I liked the movies, and he
became really angry and lectured me about how terrible they were."
"At that point," Ruth said, "I decided that I was sick of him. This was in
the middle of the fourth game between the Red Sox and the Yankees, so I just
quit using the curse. The Red Sox won that game and the rest of the
play-offs and went on to win the Series. The heck with it, that's the last time I
try to be friends with some hoity-toity big-dome literary type."
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