Program

2015 Mr. Mensa Pageant & Date Auction
by Nguyen 'Win' Pham, Mr. Mensa 2011
An AG favorite, the annual Mr. Mensa Pageant & Date Auction is proportionate parts prowess, parody, and pandering. Join Nguyen 'Win' Pham (Mr. Mensa 2011) in his third appearance as pageant host, and come cheer on your fellow Mensan men as they showcase their talents & physiques to compete for the crown. Bring those dollars and checkbooks for your chance to win a seat on the judging panel as well as a date with one (or more!) of the contestants. Proceeds benefit the Mensa Education & Research Foundation.

3 Rings of Fire
by Brook Forrest White, Jr.
Brook will take you on a journey through his experience as a glass artist, studio owner, and captain of a team of quirky characters. This presentation will have bits of history, antic-dotes, science, and the humor and determination that make a well known blown glass facility function.

3D Cams: Hyperbolic Growth + the Future of Imaging
by Nick Timmons
This story is about one of THE Markets of the Near Future. 3D Cameras are about to be embedded into every device, just like 2D cameras are now. Their growth, from near 0 today to 500 Million annually in 2018, is going to be hyperbolic. Movement Tracking, Gesture Control, 3D Scanning/Modeling/Mapping/Rendering, Industrial Automation, and the very Foundations of Perceptual Computing will all grow alongside this new embedded hardware market. This Program will cover both the fascinating history of the market and where it's going, and how Personify, the earliest software Pioneer in the market, is Innovating to take us there.

3D Printing: Changing Toy Design and Your World
by Mark Trageser
A brief overview of the current state of toy manufacture, the ways in which 3D Printing revolutionizes the factory system, how it has personally changed one inventors business from the ground up, and how everyone in every walk of life can benefit from this technology.

A Highly Successful Grantwriter's Top 10 Secrets
by Karen Thurber
Have you always wanted to write a grant? Perhaps you've tried to obtain grants only to be turned down, perhaps multiple times? Come to this fun, "ten step" presentation and learn from a grant professional with over 30 years of experience who has raised more than $15 million from federal, state, private foundations, and corporations. Learn about finding the right grant, forming partnerships, identifying matching funds, and writing a grant with a high degree of funding probability. This presentation will help those new to grants as well as those who need a fresh perspective on this challenging and rewarding process.

A Peace Corps Experience, Health Care on Island Malekula
by Mary A Maher, MSN NP
A retired nurse practitioner with previous experience in developing countries will present some of the successes and the challenges of community health care work in a remote and geologically unstable south pacific island country (Vanuatu) that has very limited access to the modern conveniences of water, electricity, internet, or transportation. Note that the last documented cannibalism in this tribal society was as recently as 1984 and that this newly independent country is still growing into sustainable self governance. Peace Corps workers have been supporting capacity building for twenty six years.

Adventures in Space Development
by Paul Wieland
This presentation will take a behind-the-scenes look at some of the challenges of going to space, based on Paul's personal experiences while working for NASA. Programs that he was involved with include the Hubble Space Telescope, the SpaceLab 3 mission, the Space Shuttle Challenger accident investigation, and, especially, the life support system for the International Space Station. Current efforts by private companies and by other countries will also be discussed, with implications for human missions beyond low Earth orbit. A broader look at future possibilities will also be considered, addressing the question: How can space development help address Earth-bound challenges?

Aloha Hawaii
by Anton Anderssen
After 37 tourist visits to Hawaii, Anton Anderssen has learned how to get the very best value out of a vacation to the Aloha state. Learn about the luaus, shopping hot spots, cultural landmarks and yummy cheap eats.

American Mensa Board of Directors Meeting
See your American Mensa Board of Directors in action! Be the first to know about policies that affect all American Mensans. All members are welcome to attend and observe.

American Mensa Firehouse Bash: Roll Call
by Laura Smith
Join Firehouse for the hottest Meet and Greet on the Kentucky agenda. Meet your favorite Facebook heros and villians in real life. Participate in the 2nd annual Red Vs. Blue Challenge, and grab some FH bling! If you're not a member, that's OK. We will recruit you. You won't be sorry you came, but you will be sorry if you miss it! Fans of bacon, boobs or beer? This is the party for you! Rated PG-13, for language. FB TOS will be enforced.

Annual Business Meeting
You're an American Mensan and you want to know what's happening with your organization. Come to the ABM and hear reports from the Chairman, Treasurer, and Executive Director of American Mensa and the President of the Mensa Foundation. All members are urged to participate in the Annual Business Meeting, where they have a voice and a vote.

Argentina in Kentucky? Isn't it hot enough?
by Don Jacobs
If you think it's hot because you're in the south, think again. It's hot because your dancing Argentine Tango. It just looks like Louisville outside. Just think of the delightful and seductive interlocking of legs and arms. Here's an opportunity to learn a dance that is done in virtually every major city in the world. Tango heat is everywhere and it starts here. Learn the fine (and not so fine) points of dancing Tango from a first rate Tango performer, who coincidentally is Mensa's mavin of dance. No partner? No problem.

Around the World of Words
by Theo Czuk
Theo Czuk, novelist, poet and songwriter, explores the craft of writing from the mountaintops of poetry to the lush valleys of the novel and the many inroads that connect the two. Survey the province of the unique tongues spoken by the novel, poetry, and songwriting that makes these disciplines similar, yet unique unto themselves. Theo's novel, Heart-Scarred, was written symbiotically with his music (every chapter title in Theo's novel is a song title from Theo's musical portfolio). Theo augments his presentation with songs from his critically acclaimed CD, Too Many Shadows.

Ask the Sexologists
by Robert Berend J.D., Ph.D. , Kathleen Cardona
Ask your questions (anonymously on paper if you'd prefer) on all aspects of sexuality, dating, relationships, STDs, sex and aging, biology, alternative sexualities, making sex fun, why isn't it fun anymore, etc. Robert has a Ph.D. in human sexuality, is really funny, and YOU ask the questions on all aspects of sexuality, and he'll give you the answers. Take notes!

Asperger's in the Intimate Relationship: Pain and Hope
by Sarah Swenson, MA, LMHC
What is Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism (and what isn't it)? Who has it? Why do most partners of those with diagnosed or undiagnosed AS/HFA show the same symptoms as individuals in abusive marriages? Sarah will explore this poorly understood topic with a goal of showing where hope lies for these relationships. Expect a lot of solid information packed into an entertaining and interactive presentation. This topic is further detailed in Sarah's book, Asperger Partners: Twenty Questions and Twenty Answers.

Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance
by Br. Guy Consolmagno
Scientific theories must do more than merely satisfy the data; they must do so in a way that is (to use a term much favored by mathematicians) "elegant." By looking closely at a handful of astronomical images, we'll explore the way that one proceeds from an emotional appreciation of the beauty of the stars and planets, to a deeper understanding that satisfies both reason and emotion. Ultimately, this link between "elegance" and rational truth has profound theological implications.

Awards Presentation
Celebrate the accomplishments of Mensa members and Local Groups at our awards presentation. Share the highlights of the year and see which groups win big! All members are welcome to attend. We will also preview the 2016 Annual Gathering in San Diego!

Bill Shipper The Singing Analyst
by Bill Stanek
Bill Shipper returns with a vengeance and pun-gency to entertain you with delightfully funny songs guaranteed to keep you laughing for days. With witty titles such as "My Lover Loves Liver", "Tears on My Spreadsheet", and "Dirty Data", Bill's clever lyrics poke fun at people's food habits and the business world. Even Mensans get a ribbing with the memorable tune "That's Mensa to Me".

Black Box: The Discovery Game
by Stanley Korn
Black Box is a game devised by the presenter that is designed to simulate the process of scientific discovery. One of the players assumes the role of Nature and devises a process. The other players, acting in the role of scientists, attempt to discover the process by providing Nature with inputs to the process and observing the corresponding outputs produced by Nature. The scientists are awarded points for discovering Nature's process, while Nature receives the most points for devising a process that is challenging but not excessively difficult. A prize will be given to the player with the highest score.

Boggle Tournament
by Charles Godfrey
Boggle is a three-minute word search game where points are gained by finding words that no one else at your table has seen. We will be playing from a five-by-five paper grid with a minimum word length of four letters, using the normal scoring rules. Please arrive at least five minutes early for table assignments.

Book/Author Quiz Tournament
by De Freshwater
How much do you really know about what you read and who has written it? Now's your chance to find out by participating in this individually played written quiz tournament. The answers required will be short -- no essay questions. The use of electronic devices is not permitted during tournament play. Due to space limitations, the tournament will be limited to 115 players. Sign up in the Tournament Room in advance, or show up and claim any available seat remaining.

Bringing your LinkedIn Profile to Life
by Lisa Van Gemert
LinkedIn is the calling card of the professional world, and your profile speaks volumes about you whether you're ready for it or not. Lisa will show you how to take your profile from simply good to all-star in a few easy steps. Even if you are a complete newcomer to LinkedIn, you'll learn everything you need to make a profile that truly stands out. Learn to lead better by leveraging the tools available through LinkedIn.

Bucket List Primer -- How to Fulfill Your Dreams
by Tony Diaz
Dream big. Live life to the fullest. The world is your oyster; experience all it has to offer. This presentation provides you with a potpourri of places to go, things to see and do, experiences to have, and adventures to live that will fill your bucket list to overflowing! Bucket list aficionado and world traveler Tony Diaz shows you how to stop putting your dreams on hold and begin to make a dent in that list of things you said you would do "some day".

Burning Mbers Meet & Greet
by Joan Marie Michelsen


Carnelli Tournament
by Dan Tobias
Play this title association game invented by Mensans Jan Carnell and Jim Lange. See why this game has been popular at Mensa gatherings for decades! No experience necessary; rules will be taught. The Carnelli Master will start with a title. The pointed-to player must gives a title which connects in some way, such as having a word or author in common, a common actor or producer or other link. Visit the website is.gd/carnelli for more information or just show up.

Chirality: The Handedness of Molecules
by Daniel J. Phillips
Molecules, like people, can have handedness. This can have an important effect on their function. It plays an important role in body metabolism and drug treatments. The wrong orientation may not work or have a detrimental effect. The handedness also gives optical properties. How does this work? What is handedness mean for molecules? The answers to these and some history of the phenomenon will be discussed.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
by Jessica Mathews
Worship service conducted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Visitors are welcome. Reverence is requested. One Sunday each month, in connection with optional fasting and prayer on behalf of the needy, LDS members sing hymns, offer prayers, partake of the sacrament (bread and water) if appropriate, and are invited to share their testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as the Spirit moves.

Clergy SIG Meet & Greet
by Tony Belarmino
Have you ever wondered what those clergy who you have been communicating with are really like? Now is the chance. If you have wondered if the Clergy SIG is for you, stop in and see if you would fit in.

Collecting Odd and Rare Cars
by Leo Doyle
Leo Doyle owns some of the rarest vehicles on earth. He has been collecting odd/rare cars for years and has a collection of over 40 vehicles. His cars include a spy van, a 4-wheel-drive amphibious car, and the fastest street legal vehicle in the world. He also has eight electric cars, some of which will beat a Porsche off the line, have top speeds over 120 MPH and cost 1 cent per mile for the electricity they use. He will tell you how to acquire rare vehicles, how to get them titled, insured, what to do when they break, and more.

Common Illusions to Common Thinking
by Thomas Daniel Nehrer
We see reality as we were taught: we interpret experience being based on beliefs and definitions mostly absorbed during childhood. Tom will show how common thinking -- based on religion, science and archaic notions (luck, fortune, fate) -- leads to illusory notions that not only don't exist, but couldn't. Time, free will, expertise of earlier teachers, gods, randomness, spirituality, external causality and many other aspects of common and even esoteric thinking will be illustrated from Tom's unique viewpoint -- bolstered by his sense of humor. Find out what is real -- and what only seems to be.

Controlled Remote Viewing: Human Interaction in the Non-Local Environment
by Teresa Frisch
Controlled Remote Viewing (CRV) was developed by the Stanford Research Institute for use by the United States Military Intelligence Unit STAR GATE. CRV, with its blind protocols, structured process, and use of both mind and body, is termed a "mental martial art." With practice the Controlled Remote Viewer develops the ability of their subconscious and conscious minds to learn to work together on a common task. Reporting sensory perceptions about people, events and locations across time and space using CRV is purposeful information gathering. Current professional uses for CRV are research, archeological projects, locating missing persons and business decision-making.

Cribbage 101
by Emily Taylor
Learn how to play cribbage.

Cribbage Tournament
by Emily Taylor
Experienced players ONLY. Players will be randomly paired with their opponents, and winners will move on. In early rounds, some winners may be eliminated, base on the difference in scores between opponents. Three rounds of play.

Cyber Threats and Homeland Security
by Leo Doyle
Leo Doyle is Head of the Indianapolis DHS Cyber Defense Force (Division of Homeland Security). Cyber terrorism is a threat to all of us whether we know it or not. It can happen almost anywhere, any time. Leo will present some recently declassified events and talk about the dark underbelly of the Internet where there are no rules, no laws and organized crime and gangs meet to do their business. People don't ordinarily see and can't find this "Deep Web" without special software. He will talk about some of the specialized training that he and his team have been through.

Dark Energy: The Question that Mensans May Answer
by Howard Jeffrey Bender
As everyone interested in science knows, Dark Energy is the biggest problem in astrophysics with various organizations and governments spending billions of dollars attempting to understand it. Physicists say this mysterious anti-gravity force comprises 75% of the universe but they have no idea what causes it or where it comes from. I suggest that the effects interpreted as Dark Energy are really caused by energy absorbed by the light we see through processes in String Theory. The presentation describes this reasoning in a pictorial way. Interested Mensans familiar with String Theory math may co-author a technical paper with me.

Dealing With Modern Health Care -- How to Swim Post-Obamacare
by Andy Di Cyan
Learn how to find, prevent and correct your provider's medical mistakes before they have a chance to harm you, protect your medical privacy, become aware of your options, resist medical intimidation, learn what to watch out for when a hospital patient and how to take charge of your case. And other secrets. We'll reveal indicators of doctor burnout and other things doctors don't want you to know. Doctors spend 10 years in training learning how to deal with you. Come and spend a few minutes learning to deal with them. We'll level the playing field and clue you in.

Developing Agents for Noise and Drug Induced Hearing Loss
by Kathleen C.M Campbell, PhD
Dr. Campbell will review new pharmaceutical agents in clinical trials to prevent and/or treat drug and noise-induced hearing loss. Although no drug is yet FDA approved for this purpose, several agents are currently in clinical trials and some, as those developed by Dr. Campbell, are in late stage clinical trials to prevent hearing loss secondary to noise exposure, cisplatin chemotherapy induced hearing loss, and aminoglycoside antibiotic induced hearing loss. Disclosure: Dr. Campbell is the inventor on the patents for D-methionine as a protective agent but her patents are owned by her employer, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Don't Eat the Salsa - Try Dancing it Instead
by Don Jacobs
You not only won't consume any calories, you'll burn them. Now you can have hot salsa and not injure your tongue. Yeah, yeah. You keep saying "Everyone knows Mensans can't dance." Well now's the chance to eat your words.(They have no calories either.) Gain confidence not weight and have fun doing it. Meet other dance challenged individuals with Mensa's resident dance specialist, Don. Let the good times roll (not the fat).

Double Deck Cancellation Hearts Tournament
by Stan Ward
One of the signature games of Mensa and Hell’s M’s, DDCH is basically Hearts played with 7-9 players and two decks, where a matching card played cancels out the first one for purposes of taking the trick. Lead rotates, no need to wait for hearts to be broken, no score setbacks on 50 or 100, no "bucket-O-pain". If none of that means anything to you, a full rules explanation will be provided. If it does mean anything to you, this variant is often called "guts rules" or "Ohio rules". Sign up in advance or show up to replace a no-show.

Drug Development in the Department of Defense (DoD)
by Keith Sharrow
Unclassified briefing on the processes used in the DoD for the acquisition and development of drugs and drug products and how these processes parallel regulatory pathways at the FDA. Further information on innovations in collaborative efforts between DoD and the FDA in the development of medical countermeasures against chemical and biological warfare agents.

Duchre (Duplicate Euchre) Tournament
by John Massura
You must know how to play Euchre to participate in this duplicate version of four-handed Euchre. There will be pre-dealt hands; teams will rotate among tables, playing all boards against other teams. Please be prompt -- the organizer will begin the tournament 5 minutes after the scheduled start time with the people in the room. Play is limited to 26 two-person teams so be sure to sign up ahead of time on the sheet in the Tournament Room. If there is an odd number of people/pairs who want to play, we'll try to make up teams as best as we can.

E-Cigs & Vaping: Fact and Fiction
by Bill Murray
As Electronic Cigarettes become ubiquitous, it's important to separate fact from fiction in order to make an informed decision about whether or not it's for you. This presentation aims to provide you with accurate info on what we know and what we don't know from the point of view of an ex-smoker and experienced vaper.

E-Health Innovation: What's New in Apps and Tools
by Matthew Grob
2015 has been declared "the year of the engaged patient." As people become more knowledgeable healthcare consumers, they are looking for new ways to learn more about what ails them, promote health and wellness, interact with their physicians, and manage chronic conditions. And they want to use technology to do this. We may not have hover boards that Back To The Future II promised us in 2015, but there are plenty of other innovative solutions available. Fitbits are so yesterday -- come learn about what cool new tools and toys are available now and those that are coming to market.

Encore Tournament
by De Freshwater
How's your knowledge of song lyrics? A word will be given and teams will be required to sing eight consecutive words of a song containing the given word. The word continues from team to team until someone misses. Played in teams of 5; you can add a kid (12 or under) to your team as a sixth member if you like. The number of teams is limited to 20, so sign up your team in advance. If you don't have a complete team, just put your name down and let others add theirs to your team.

Ethics Isn’t For Wimps -- Finding Our Moral Courage
by Viki Kind, MA
Clinical bioethicist and award winning author, Viki Kind, will share practical ethical strategies to use in your personal and professional life. Attendees will learn four ethical viewpoints and how people decide which one is the right one. By understanding these viewpoints, you will be able to speak the ethical language of the person you are dealing with. Learn principles and strategies for fairness and truth telling situations, and simple tests to determine "What’s the right thing to do?" The goal is to increase your moral courage. (Viki can't make you a good person. Only you can choose to do that.)

Evangelical Christianity SIG Meet & Greet
by Larry D. Paarmann
This is a time for current members of the SIG to meet and greet and get acquainted, and for prospective members and visitors to see what we are about. A brief overview of the SIG, what it believes and is committed to, and what it does, will be included. Everyone is welcome.

Evolution of the 9/11 Controversy
by Donald E. Stahl
Controversy about what happened on 9/11 has evolved in the years since that event took place. This evolution permits a simplification and clarification of the discussion, which I will present.

Explore The Bible: The Most Influential Book In History
by Dr. Garrison "Bud" Klueck
There can be little doubt that the book known as "The Holy Bible" is the most influential book ever written. More copies of the Bible have been hand-written or published, translated, distributed, and read than any other book, by a wide margin. Come explore this most-influential book with long-time Mensan and long-time biblical student, Dr. Garrison "Bud" Klueck. Review how the Bible came into being, who are its authors, how the Canon of the Bible was adopted, how the various forms of the Bible are structured, and many other facts about this very important book.

Face the Music!
by Richard Lederer , Bill Stanek
Longtime Mensa Bulletin Columnist Richard Lederer, Ph.D., will team up with musical punster Bill Shipper, The Singing Analyst, to bring you a fun-filled session exploring wordplay in music and song (which is our forte). We'll explore all the triad-and-true puns, rhymes, alliteration, mondegreens, and musical idioms guaranteed to augment, not diminish, your A through G AG experience.

Fast & Furious 2015: The Best of Gifted Guru
by Lisa Van Gemert
Tech, skills, research, and more! Free photo editing? Check . Best place to find cool fonts? Got it. How to become a PowerPoint ninja? No problem. Want to spell out your name with satellite images? We can make that happen. There's something for everyone in this session. Join Lisa Van Gemert as she shares her fave resources in a fast-paced program that will leave you itching to try them out!

From Aristotle to AI and Beyond
by Nathan Jaye
As the originator of logic, Aristotle set in motion the gears of modern science, computer programming and artificial intelligence. Few realize, however, that Aristotle actually viewed rational thinking as inferior to another -- more intuitive -- thinking system. We'll look at one of the great mysteries of Western civilization -- the fascinating story of "supermind" (what the Greeks called nous) -- its 2000-year disappearance from history, and why its re-emergence today is personally relevant to us all.

From the Bottom to Top-Shelf
by Jeff Ruby
AG Keynote Speaker Jeff Ruby has built a successful fine-dining business from the most unlikely of starts. With an absent father, Ruby essentially raised himself, forged his own identity, and made it into Cornell's Hotel & Restaurant School. The brash New Jersey-born brawler then moved to Cincinnati, where his business career took flight. Ruby will share how he has overcome obstacles and challenges to forge his success.

Game Theory Experiments
by Marcelo Guerra Hahn
In this presentation we will run some experiments (a.k.a. play some games) that illustrate the motivation for Game Theory. After each round we will look at what the "best strategy" (or lack thereof) is for them. We will also analyze the theoretical equilibrium and maximum potential gains. Come prepared to help your team make some strategic decisions and have fun!. Previous knowledge/experience may or may not help your team win this time. Prizes will be adjusted by inflation.

Game Theory in the World of Traffic Control
by Joe H Strauss
A brief look at how PEEK Traffic and The University of Toronto are working together to develop a new type of Adaptive Traffic Control and how Game Theory is being used to make decisions that are more responsive to changing conditions and allowing the software to learn how best to handle traffic problems.

Gay SIG Meet & Greet
by Anna Kallenborn-Bolden
Come join the fabulous members of Mensa's GaySIG for scintillating conversations at this year's AG! If you are LGBTQ, are a non-LGBTQ ally, want to meet our members, want to learn more about the SIG and what we do, or just want to take a break from the other activities at the AG, come stop by. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Everyone is welcome!

Gen X Meet & Greet
by Michelle Bracken
Come mingle with your fellow GenXers while we play obligatory get-to-know-you games and give you a preview of all the exciting things the GenX SIG has planned for this year's AG. Whether this is your first interaction with the SIG or you've been hanging out with us online or in person for years, we look forward to seeing you! (The GenX SIG is open to anyone born in 1961-1981.)

Gen Y Meet & Greet
by Taz Criss
If you were born between 1976 and 1995 and are a member of Mensa, you're a member of Gen Y. Come meet other members near your age, reconnect with old friends, and get the skinny on AG happenings for our SIG.

Gen-M Boom Plus SIG
by Barb Holstein
Open to Mensans worldwide born in 1964 or earlier, the semi-official end of the Baby Boomer Era. We were one of the most dynamic generations ever, and we still are! The Plus signifies that anyone born before 1964 qualifies, Boomer generation or earlier. Come join us & find out what this fast-growing group is all about!

Getting What You Want -- Negotiating Tips for Your Life
by Brian Reeves
Professional negotiators have ideas they use to help them get their way more often. Many of these ideas can be adapted to everyday life. Learn how to begin negotiating before the other guy does, how to get the other person used to saying yes, how to trade air, how to create expectations that help you get what you want and how to divide the last piece of cake. Brian will teach you several simple ways to get what you want more often in your relationships, in your business life and with business and companies you deal with every day.

Healing Touch Presentation and Practice
by Helga Stephan
Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. It is great for self-care. There will be a short presentation followed by guided practice. Come join us and learn a new self-care tool.

HELL's M's Meeting
by Beth Weiss
HELL's M's is the Party SIG of American Mensa -- we're all about making it a good party with good memories for everyone. In addition to that, we get to wear cool black t-shirts! Our Meet & Greet is a great time to find out what we are about, join the SIG, and weigh in on our direction for the coming year.

How I Survived the Submarine Service without Losing My Mind
by Karl William Heckman
Former U.S. Navy submariner talks about self-published memoir of his service in nuclear submarines; Watertight: How I Survived the Submarine Service without Losing My Mind. Topics covered: The psychological anomaly that is a submariner, the value of writing your memoir, the arduous journey to a completed book. More information about the book can be viewed at www.WatertightTheBook.com.

How to Order Bourbon Like a Kentuckian
by Sean Scott
This program will discuss the facts of bourbon. The bourbon industry has exploded over the last several years, so much so that there are bars that specialize only in bourbons. We will discuss why it takes to be called bourbon, the different kinds of bourbon and how to taste bourbon. There is a lot of opinion when it comes to bourbon but this program will be dedicated for discussing the facts. The goal is that the participants will be able to walk into any bourbon bar and know what they are talking about when they order.

How to Protect Yourself Against the Police
by Andy Di Cyan
Knowing your rights against police is good, but what you need is how to use that knowledge. Police usually go after whoever's in front of them. Innocent people who know their rights usually fold under interrogation and sign false confessions. And get convicted. It's brainwashing every bit as much as cult indoctrination. Media exposes of this well-known phenomenon don't tell you how to protect yourself. We will. We'll level the playing field. Make a police encounter a temporary annoyance instead of a life-changing event. You can get to walk away. Join us and be safe.

How to Win the Internet
by Zack Danger Brown
How To Win The Internet is a primer on internet dominance from the guy that used Reddit, Kickstarter, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook to raise $55,000 to make a bowl of potato salad. The Potato Salad project was viewed by 4.1 million people, received more than 2,000 media mentions in 54 countries and is the 4th most viewed campaign in Kickstarter's 5 year history.

Investing in Future Technologies
by Will Hepburn
If you would like a peek into the future, join us for this discussion of emerging industries such as nano technology, robotics, stem cell research, the Internet of Things, 3D printing and more. All of these technologies promise to radically transform our lives. Some are already doing so. This discussion will look at each of these industries and investable companies within them.

It's Only a Bike Race: How Hard Can It Be?
by Steve Banner
The Tour de France has been regarded as the premier event in the cycling world ever since its inception in 1903 when only 15 riders entered the 35-day event. Not only is the race a test of endurance, it also calls for intelligent advance planning and execution of strategy. This presentation tells the exclusive inside story of the 2014 edition of the Tour in which 198 riders crossed mountains and plains while competing to be the first to cross the finish line in Paris after riding the equivalent distance from New York to Phoenix in the space of 21 days.

Killer Spelling Bee
by Alan Baltis , Colleen Baltis
The Return of the Killer Bee! Yes, we know spelling isn't really IQ-related, but doing well at spelling bees was one of the first chances we smarties had to show off a little and, ahem, earn the love of our fellow students. Because this IS Mensa, we've made this Bee tough. Yes, there will be plenty of obscure vocabulary and classically misspelled words. But we've also thrown in a plethora of people, places & things famous enough to be recognizable, tough enough to trip up even our most eidetic members. Our motto: more scrapes than Scripps. Please join us, sticklers!

L'Chaim SIG
by Rick Magnus


Late Night Comedy Open Mic
by George Haynes
A stand-up comedy and joke-telling open mic. Bring original material to do a short set of stand up comedy, or bring your best parlour jokes (clean or dirty). If you're doing stand up comedy, be sure it's original material. Don't steal material from other comics. Conversely, parlour jokes are meant to be repeated often and with verve. Session not intended for the easily offended. Adults only (18+).

Lederer on Language
by Richard Lederer
Longtime Mensa Bulletin language columnist Richard Lederer will take you on a joy ride through our glorious, notorious, uproarious, outrageous, courageous, contagious, stupendous, tremendous, end-over-endous English language. Dr. Lederer has been described as "learning dressed up to have fun," so come prepared for entertainment and edification.

Lederer on Language (A Repeat Performance)
by Richard Lederer
This is a repeat performance of the program Richard gave on Friday. Longtime Mensa Bulletin language columnist Richard Lederer will take you on a joy ride through our glorious, notorious, uproarious, outrageous, courageous, contagious, stupendous, tremendous, end-over-endous English language. Dr. Lederer has been described as "learning dressed up to have fun," so come prepared for entertainment and edification.

London SIG
by John Adams


Lost in Family Finder?
by Nan Harvey
The price of autosomal DNA testing has dropped significantly. For under $100 you can take Family Tree DNA's Family Finder test, 23andme, or the Ancestry test. If you have taken one of those tests and are thinking "now what?" attend this session to discuss some of the strategies and tools available to make some sense out of your results. Genealogists, adoptees and those curious about their ethnic origins will find some value in the presentation.

M-Atheists SIG Meet & Greet
by Peter Spearing
M-Atheists SIG is an active online discussion group with more than 1000 members, at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/M-Atheists/info. Once a year we get together in person at the AG. If you're an atheist but not an online-group-joiner, stop by to meet some of your fellow critical thinkers face-to-face, brain-to-brain.

M-Atheists SIG Meet & Greet
by Peter Spearing
M-Atheists SIG is an active online discussion group with more than 1000 members, at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/M-Atheists/info. Once a year we get together in person at the AG. If you're an atheist but not an online-group-joiner, stop by to meet some of your fellow critical thinkers face-to-face, brain-to-brain.

Mackinac Island, The "Motorless" City
by Meagan W
Come learn more about Mackinac Island, a unique island located in Michigan, where no cars are allowed! 12 year old Mensan, Meagan, has spent a good portion of every summer on Mackinac Island since she was a baby, and has a unique perspective on what makes Mackinac a fun place to visit. Learn travel tips, and lesser known facts about Mackinac as well. Sample fudge, gather brochures, and ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Magic: The Gathering Sealed Tournament
by Debbie Freeland
Experienced MTG players only. FREE ENTRY. Sealed format. Each player provided with 6 packs from latest core sets/expansions; players will construct 40-card decks for a double-elimination tournament supervised by an L2 judge, run at Regular REL. Will run longer than most AG tournaments, so be prepared to stay late. Knowledge of Regular REL and fundamental knowledge of gameplay necessary for participation. Basically, if any of the preceding doesn't make sense to you, this is not the tournament for you! Limited to 16 players total. Players who participate fully may keep their opened cards, regardless of rarity or shininess. Spectators welcome.

Mensa Governance Discussion
by Jared Levine
Meet in advance of the annual business meeting (ABM) to discuss any amendments that are being brought before the membership for approval to be placed on the next referendum ballot, or ones being sent around via petition. If there are no such amendments, then the discussion will focus on various items on the agenda for the upcoming American Mensa Committee (AMC) meeting. Anyone interested in the governance of American Mensa Ltd. (AML) is encouraged to attend and contribute.

Mensan Creativity Applied to Healthcare Solutions
by Ralph F. Weber
Healthcare is a mess. Compliance costs are rising. Penalties, taxes and fees are increasing. What is the solution? It is consumerism beyond health savings accounts! Mensan creativity has a place in healthcare reform. Join this presentation to see how costs can be driven down 40% to 60%. There are many critical elements in plan design which drive costs. Ultimately, the patient is armed with tools, transparency, and incentives to empower them to control costs. Even within the new ACA rules, amazing results can be achieved.

Mensans Without Borders
by Elissa Rudolph
You are invited to this gathering to Meet & Greet current and former members of the International Board of Directors (IBD), including the Mensa International chairman. Although American Mensa is the largest national Mensa, it is not the only one -- there are about 45 official national Mensas with more groups growing in various corners of the world. Learn what the IBD does and why we need it. What exactly does the Mensa International Executive Committee do? Answers to these questions and more when you attend this informal event.

Modern Mind Control: A Look at Contemporary Cults
by Heather G. Hunnicutt
Why do suicide bombers detonate? Why do teenagers leave home to join terrorist cells of a religious group with which they have no affiliation? This talk will explore the nature of mind control as it relates to the new frontier of cult membership, as well as the tactics used by cults and other new religious movements to recruit and retain members. The influence of cults on vulnerable populations will be highlighted, along with informal assessment methods that gauge cult affiliation. In addition, it will address strategies for combating mind control of all types, religious or otherwise.

Monopoly Tournament
by Jonathan Elliott
Monopoly - the classic American board game. Buy and trade properties, build houses and hotels on completed color groups and drive all your opponents into bankruptcy. We will have both a preliminary round and a final round. Participation is limited to the first 24 players who both sign up and show up. If we have extra spaces available we will accept walk-ins in order of arrival. Good luck... and good skill.

Muhammad Ali: His Life and Legacy
by Marcel Parent
Muhammad Ali's life and legacy are inspirational and impactful. The lessons learned are universal and transformative; his global footprint is enormous. Muhammad Ali is one of a select few individuals to have transcended athleticism into a symbol of larger societal issues, and it is the totality of his life and the core principles that have guided him, that have made him one of the most beloved symbols of peace and well-being in our nation and the world. This presentation will be an interactive discussion with the audience about the impact of Ali's life and legacy on different generations.

Name That Movie!
by Geri & John Neemidge
Name That Movie consists of short clips from about 40 movies. Each movie clip presents one or more themes. We ask that you identify each movie and the themes. Play as individuals or as a team of up to 6 members. We try to make each clip interesting on its own, so even if you don't know movies very well we hope the game will be entertaining. Clips (not the movies themselves) are chosen to be PG or G rated. We'll provide a key with information about each movie and themes at the end.

Navigating the Adoption Maze
by Chris Katzer
Adopting a child is a wonderful, life-changing event, but the process can be byzantine. Many books on adoption are anecdotal in nature and don't provide a useful overview of the options parents face or the myriad steps involved once starting the process. This talk will be an objective and honest discussion of these and other considerations.

Near Death Experiences 101
by Dan Punzak
General introduction to the topic of near death experiences (NDEs) including analogies from physics on how the mind can function when the brain is not functioning. How NDErs lives were changed as well as related topics such as End of Life Experiences (ELEs).

New Member Welcome / AG 101
by Stephanie Thornton , Danny Munoz
Are you a new member and wondering what Mensa is all about? Is this your first AG and you'd like a bit more insight into everything that is going on this week? Join us to get a quick overview of Mensa and tips and tricks to get the most out of your AG experience!

Nondualism: Fact or Fiction?
by Chuck Hillig
In spite of their many obvious differences, all of the world's major religions and great spiritual philosophies seem to have the same core belief that links them together. Often called the "perennial truth," this idea suggests that all perceived separation is illusory, and instead, that everything you experience is, quintessentially, only ONE. Could this REALLY be true, and, if so, what would be the implications? Come and find out if "you" are really here at all !!

Perquackey Tournament
by Charles Godfrey
Perquackey is a three-minute word search game. You’ll be given a pre-determined selection of approximately 12 letters, and you’ll try to form lists of words ranging from 3 letters up to 10+ letters by arranging and rearranging the given letters. Bonus points are awarded for completing consecutive word-length lists of 5 words each.

Physicalistic Consciousness and Spirituality
by Frank Heile
This physicalistic theory of consciousness also explains the origin and many of the practices, features and results of spirituality. The theory proposes that the human brain contains two conscious entities -- the language consciousness and the primary consciousness. The hypothesis is that spirituality (and religion) would originate when the language representational system became conscious around 50K to 100K years ago. This was the time when language became a complete representational system. The language consciousness corresponds to "man", the primary consciousness to "God" and the goal of spirituality (and enlightenment) would be to unify these two conscious entities.

PolyaMorySIG - Meet & Greet / Q&A
by Leon Feingold
Ever feel you didn't understand monogamy? Incredulous that some people find happiness with ONE PERSON? From the Greek and Latin for "many loves," polyamory recognizes that with honesty, communication, and respecting boundaries, you CAN have meaningful, loving relationships with multiple partners simultaneously, as long as everyone involved knows and consents. Polyamory SIG was founded in 2009 by Leon Feingold, a polyamory advocate who has made dozens of media appearances on its behalf including the View, HuffPo, and HBO, and has most recently was a featured speaker at TEDxBushwick in March 2015.

Present at the Creation: The History of Mensa in America, with Pictures
by Andy Di Cyan
Come see Mensa archivist Stacey Kirsch's audio-visual program, "The First 50 years of Mensa in America," with live commentary by Andy Di Cyan, who was "present at the creation." One of the longest-tenured members of Chicago and American Mensa who's still very much ambulatory, Andy gave Chime and Interloc a running start by editing each publication for the first few years in the '60s. And he knew most of the people active from the beginning in Chicago, American and International Mensa (he was one of them). He knew Codella, Serebriakoff and other luminaries (some of dubious reputation) and had dinner at Margot Seitelman's house whenever he was in New York. He feels history has lessons to teach, but only if you're willing to listen. He says there's a lot of oral history on his "soft and squishy drive" and he promises to share some of it.

Quiddler Tournament
by Debbie Freeland
Quiddler is a card word game with naturally fast, smooth gameplay. Players must combine their entire hand into words, trying to use letters with the highest point values. You do this first with three cards (Round 1), then with four, on up to ten cards (Round 8). A bonus is given for both the longest word and the most words made by a player in each round. The key is knowing the "short words" - it's not always a matter of going out first or with the longest word - and you'll develop a strategy all your own. Novices welcome!

Re-Forming the Body
by Shana Lincoln
In today's world we exercise, diet, and have surgery to reshape our bodies to conform to the current standards of beauty. We think of this as a new concept, but it's actually almost as ancient as clothing itself. This program with give a basic history of the history of garments and techniques used by women and men throughout history to re-form their bodies according to the fashion of the time.

Revolutionizing Healthcare: Together+Clinic
by Rick Thompson M.D.
The continuum of care in medicine has always been fragmented. Patients with chronic diseases see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital and wait weeks or months before they are touched again by the health system or see the doctor again. In order to fix the system the "cure" needs to be universal, simple and free. Together+Clinic is trying to utilize those principles to guide the future of the doctor/patient relationship.

Roster of Players: Roles People Play in Organizations
by Joe DeSensi, Ed.D
Is your team made up of Franchise Players and Lombardi Winners or Keepers of the Old Flame and Saboteurs? This is critical to know both in times of organizational change as well to optimize existing operations. This session guides participants through a toolkit designed to help them look at organizational change, evaluate the members they have on their teams, and determine if they have the right players to accomplish the intended change. Each participant will receive an annotated toolkit for identifying their rosters of players.

Round, Black, and Cheap: What You Should Know About Tires - But Probably Don't
by Jim McIntyre
Most people know little or nothing about the tires on their cars, but there are some things that can make you a safer driver and a better purchaser. Unfortunately, this information is not widely known and some of it is counter-intuitive. My goal is to educate intelligent drivers in an accessible and engaging way.

Schemes, Scams, and Flimflams -- 2015
by Cookie Bakke
ID theft, Nigerian Letters, Romance Scams, Investments scams, banking/credit card/mortgage fraud, Craigslist et al, Ponzi's, telemarketing, medical frauds, pharmaceutical frauds, lotteries, contests, durable medical equipment, auto scams, infomercials, counterfeit products, travel scams, "You Have Won!" (NOT!), deals vs. steals, fake credentials ... you name it and this author of "123 Main Street ... the Scamming of America" will slam/bam from what it appears to be, really is, to how you can protect yourself. This is an interactive presentation designed to save your fortune or even your life. Up to the minute coverage of the underbelly of America.

Science Fiction Aspects of Today's Science & Technology
by Frank Dolinar
Science fiction authors do not, in general, craft stories as predictors of the future. It sometimes turns out that way when science fiction readers are trained in the sciences and become researchers inspired by the fiction they have read. This presentation will examine some current research, science, and technology inspired by science fiction, including such fields as computers, energy, health care, materials, and space.

SCUBA SIG
by John Adams


Set Tournament
by Charles Godfrey
Set is the card game of visual attributes. Discover three cards that form a set from the 12 laid out on the table. Age is no advantage; the game requires no specific language skills. Please arrive at least five minutes early for table assignments. No experience necessary.

Seven Secrets of Successful Women
by Hope Zoeller, Ed.D
This session will explore seven strategies that women have used to succeed-and provide a blueprint any individual can use to achieve success in their personal and professional lives. For any person who wants to get ahead, this will be an essential session to attend.

Sex Offender Buffer Zones: Are they really protecting the children?
by Henri Buccine Schraeder
Residency restrictions, also known as Jessica's Law, prohibit registered sex offenders from living within a buffer zone of places where children congregate. This presentation will endeavor to identify whether residency restrictions are an effective means to protect children from previously convicted sex offenders. Additionally, two cities will be evaluated to ascertain the environmental risk factors related to where sex offenders choose to live, and whether residency restriction laws bear influence on this choice. Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) will be utilized to analyze these environmental factors and determine their risk value, giving an output map of the locations studied.

Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, by C. Durang
by Ed You
Sister gives a class, explaining the intricacies of Catholic doctrine. This hilarious satire is so brilliantly insightful, so wickedly funny, as it lampoons Catholicism, that it was officially banned by the church. So if you're easily offended, please don't attend. If you're not, get there early for a good seat. Time permitting, it will be followed by a question and answer session. [The ideas and opinions of this show are not officially shared or endorsed by American Mensa.]

Ski SIG
by John Adams


Supervised Ballroom Dance Practice
by Don Jacobs
Practice what you've learned and if you have questions you can get answers, even if you weren't at the class or it's a question about any other dance.

Supervised Ballroom Dance Practice
by Don Jacobs
Practice what you've learned and if you have questions you can get answers, even if you weren't at the class or it's a question about any other dance.

Supporting the Unique Needs of Gifted -- GLBTQ Youth
by Teresa Ryan Manzella
Being gifted makes young people different from others in many ways. Add membership in a sexual minority (gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, or questioning) to giftedness, and the differences are compounded -- especially since recent societal changes for GLBTQ adults don't always help our youth. What are some of the challenges they face, and what can adults -- whether parents, teachers, or community members -- do to ensure that the teens they care about are supported? Discussion will include issues of bullying, isolation, and homelessness, as well as resources and advocacy tools. Gifted-GLBTQ adults can also benefit from the information shared.

Survive 60 minutes
by Aviva L. Andreen DDS
First responders in a major terrorist attack are expected to take 72 minutes to arrive. Your first hour of survival is critical to your overall survival, no matter how well you've prepared at home. Dr. Andreen draws on her Anti-Terrorist Training in the US Navy and the C-E-R-T (Citizens Emergency Response Teams) training from the University of Medicine and Dentistry's University Hospital in New Jersey. Dr. Andreen covers the dos and don'ts of what to wear to a disaster, and how to save your life using a disaster kit that differs from the government recommended disaster kit.

TED: Why Mensans Should Love Ideas Worth Spreading
by Alan Baltis
TED began as a conference for leaders in the Technology, Entertainment, & Design fields to get together and share their passions & insights in crystallized 18-minute presentations. Over the last three decades, TED has expanded & evolved into one of the world's premiere vehicles for the dissemination of Big Ideas. Major TED conferences are held all over the world, & independent TEDx meetings showcase local leaders in dozens of major cities. Thousands of videos are available at TED.com, & have been curated into topic-specific Netflix bundles. Come learn the origins, history, highlights, & future of this fantastically influential meme machine.

Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament
by Stephen J. Burnham
This tournament is Texas Hold'em. It's just like what you see on TV in the final event of the World Series of Poker, except that you will deal for yourselves, and our grand prize is much smaller. Come win the admiration of your Mensa peers by beating them in a poker tournament!

The Best Vacation Ever: Planning a Fulfilling Retirement
by Colleen Baltis
Retirement is not just the end of your career, but the start of another chapter in your life. How much money will you really need to support the lifestyle you want when you no longer have a paycheck? How do you turn your nestegg into a lifetime income stream? How do you optimize your Social Security and employer-provided retirement benefits? There are also non-financial decisions you need to make before you say good-by to your coworkers. It's never too early to begin preparing for the financial, but also the social, cultural and mechanical aspects of becoming a comfortable, happy retiree.

The Drive of Probability
by Lou Antonelli
The role of science, technology and prediction in literary science fiction.

The Fully Functional Brain
by Dr. Michael Nichols
Learn how even every day stress can alter the function of your brain. Not getting what you want out of life? Not achieving your goals? Chronic pain? Low energy? See how stress effects posture and brain function therefore affecting life quality.

The Great War in the Ardennes: A Woman's Journal
by Karen Bruner Upright
In the early days of World War I, the German army occupied the valley of the Meuse in the Ardennes. Marie-Madeleine Chaineaux, a woman from a small town of the Meuse Valley, kept detailed journals of the French civilian experience of occupation, beginning in 1915. Independent researcher Karen Upright explores the daily life of an ordinary woman during the Great War: her extraordinary empathy for those around her, her struggles to feed herself and her extended family, and her difficulties in navigating a complex web of requisitions, restrictions and deprivation.

The Joys, and Heartaches, of Minor League Baseball
by Tony Belarmino
Minor league baseball is the best entertainment value in most cities, but it is not "The Show". Most minor league teams go out of their way to cater to the whole family. There should be plenty of time to talk about your favorite minor league moments.

The M Running Club's Meet, Greet, and Run
by Andrew Heffernan
A SIG for Runners, Run-Walkers and Walkers of all skill levels. New members and friends always welcome. Find us on Facebook. (if running pre-dawn or at night please wear reflective vest and lights for safety)

The Mensa Murder Mystery Game, #5 (Conclusion)
by Ed You , Viki Kind
In the Mensa Murder Mystery Game you are a sleuth and potential victim. Be the first to report the murderer's identity or motive to win bragging rights, using dastardly scenarios and diabolical overlooked clues carried on the victims. Join the game at any time by picking up a rules flyer and a participation sticker from: (1) Wednesday’s 4:30 PM orientation in the Tournament Room, (2) the daily 12:00 noon pre-lunch debriefings in the Tournament Room, or (3) "Inspector You" or "Detective Kind," any time during the AG. Ends Saturday at 8:30 PM.

The Mensa Murder Mystery Game, #5 (Fri)
by Ed You , Viki Kind
In the Mensa Murder Mystery Game you are a sleuth and potential victim. Be the first to report the murderer's identity or motive to win bragging rights, using dastardly scenarios and diabolical overlooked clues carried on the victims. Join the game at any time by picking up a rules flyer and a participation sticker from: (1) Wednesday’s 4:30 PM orientation in the Tournament Room, (2) the daily 12:00 noon pre-lunch debriefings in the Tournament Room, or (3) "Inspector You" or "Detective Kind," any time during the AG. Ends Saturday at 8:30 PM.

The Mensa Murder Mystery Game, #5 (Sat)
by Ed You , Viki Kind
In the Mensa Murder Mystery Game you are a sleuth and potential victim. Be the first to report the murderer's identity or motive to win bragging rights, using dastardly scenarios and diabolical overlooked clues carried on the victims. Join the game at any time by picking up a rules flyer and a participation sticker from: (1) Wednesday’s 4:30 PM orientation in the Tournament Room, (2) the daily 12:00 noon pre-lunch debriefings in the Tournament Room, or (3) "Inspector You" or "Detective Kind," any time during the AG. Ends Saturday at 8:30 PM.

The Mensa Murder Mystery Game, #5 (Thu)
by Ed You , Viki Kind
In the Mensa Murder Mystery Game you are a sleuth and potential victim. Be the first to report the murderer's identity or motive to win bragging rights, using dastardly scenarios and diabolical overlooked clues carried on the victims. Join the game at any time by picking up a rules flyer and a participation sticker from: (1) Wednesday’s 4:30 PM orientation in the Tournament Room, (2) the daily 12:00 noon pre-lunch debriefings in the Tournament Room, or (3) "Inspector You" or "Detective Kind," any time during the AG. Ends Saturday at 8:30 PM.

The Mensa Murder Mystery Game, #5 (Wed)
by Ed You , Viki Kind
In the Mensa Murder Mystery Game you are a sleuth and potential victim. Be the first to report the murderer's identity or motive to win bragging rights, using dastardly scenarios and diabolical overlooked clues carried on the victims. Join the game at any time by picking up a rules flyer and a participation sticker from: (1) Wednesday’s 4:30 PM orientation in the Tournament Room, (2) the daily 12:00 noon pre-lunch debriefings in the Tournament Room, or (3) "Inspector You" or "Detective Kind," any time during the AG. Ends Saturday at 8:30 PM.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
by B.J. Spamer
The sheer volume of missing and unidentified persons in the United States has been deemed our nation's "silent mass disaster". The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (www.NamUs.gov) provides free resources to criminal justice agencies and family members of missing persons across the country. This presentation will explain some of the challenges to resolving missing and unidentified person cases, and how NamUs resources can be utilized to resolve these challenging cases.

The Next Wave of Mobile Innovation
by Haden Keith Kirkpatrick
Believe it or not, the mobile teleco industry is just at the beginning of its evolution. Over the coming decade, the ecosystem surrounding connected devices, machine connections, and big data will create a completely new economy focused on delivering instantaneous consumer value right to the palm of a user's hand. The product, services, and intelligence surrounding this emerging economy will change the way we consume goods and services; the complexity of this new industry will create numerous challenges for technology providers. I will review this changing market and show the path forward to the Mensans in the audience.

The Pink Lady -- Helen Douglas, a 1940's U. S. Congresswoman
by Louise Epperson
This play won the Best One Act Play Award at the Smithfield VA Theater 2014 One Act Play Festival and I won the Best Actress Award. It explores the life and career of Congresswoman Helen Gahagan Douglas. Before Congress she had been an opera singer and Broadway actress. After marrying Melvyn Douglas and moving to Hollywood to pursue his movie career, she became involved in California politics, eventually serving two terms in the U. S. House of Representatives. In 1950 she found herself in a bitter, dirty and losing battle with Richard Nixon for a seat in the Senate.

The String Theory of History
by Kenneth Sewell
History is more than the study of dates, locations and events. Just as String Theory is believed to be a key element in linking gravitational and electromagnetic forces with the strong and weak nuclear forces, ultimately leading to the discovery of the grand unification theory, the String Theory of History allows us to see strings or links, between past historical events, events previously believed to be unrelated. This brings up the question, “Can a series of future events be predicted by looking at the strings that connected similar events of the past?” Several examples will be presented to support this idea.

The Taming of I.Q. -- Atomic Shakespeare
by Pungo Players
The Pungo Players have been called the intellectual sorbet of American Mensa's Annual Gatherings, a welcome, palette cleansing, break from weighty topics and sonorous lectures. This evening's bard inspired performance is their 17th production and features a melange of iambic pentameter, with an infusion of sambas and cha cha's and is leavened by the Pungo's trademarked blend of low and high (but no middle) brow humor. The puns are plentiful, the situations ridiculous; the singing adequate. Won't you join us? And, as always, we appreciate your laughter, but cherish your groans.

The Werewolves of the Louisville AG (Fri)
by Ed You and others
By night, werewolves kill off villagers. By day, enraged villagers kill off suspected werewolves. (But sometimes they mistakenly kill off "innocent villagers--oops.") Werewolf requires observation, deduction, and a lot of bold-faced lying. Who will prevail: the werewolves or the villagers? One fun-filled game takes 20-30 minutes, and then repeats. Newbies are always welcomed. (Werewolf is similar to, but better than, "Mafia.") The village includes: 2-4 Werewolves, ordinary villagers, and an assortment of special villagers with special abilities.

The Werewolves of the Louisville AG (Sat)
by Ed You and others
By night, werewolves kill off villagers. By day, enraged villagers kill off suspected werewolves. (But sometimes they mistakenly kill off "innocent villagers--oops.") Werewolf requires observation, deduction, and a lot of bold-faced lying. Who will prevail: the werewolves or the villagers? One fun-filled game takes 20-30 minutes, and then repeats. Newbies are always welcomed. (Werewolf is similar to, but better than, "Mafia.") The village includes: 2-4 Werewolves, ordinary villagers, and an assortment of special villagers with special abilities.

The Werewolves of the Louisville AG (Thu)
by Ed You and others
By night, werewolves kill off villagers. By day, enraged villagers kill off suspected werewolves. (But sometimes they mistakenly kill off "innocent villagers--oops.") Werewolf requires observation, deduction, and a lot of bold-faced lying. Who will prevail: the werewolves or the villagers? One fun-filled game takes 20-30 minutes, and then repeats. Newbies are always welcomed. (Werewolf is similar to, but better than, "Mafia.") The village includes: 2-4 Werewolves, ordinary villagers, and an assortment of special villagers with special abilities.

The Werewolves of the Louisville AG (Wed)
by Ed You and others
By night, werewolves kill off villagers. By day, enraged villagers kill off suspected werewolves. (But sometimes they mistakenly kill off "innocent villagers--oops.") Werewolf requires observation, deduction, and a lot of bold-faced lying. Who will prevail: the werewolves or the villagers? One fun-filled game takes 20-30 minutes, and then repeats. Newbies are always welcomed. (Werewolf is similar to, but better than, "Mafia.") The village includes: 2-4 Werewolves, ordinary villagers, and an assortment of special villagers with special abilities.

This Ain't Your Parents' Retirement
by Elna R. Tymes
The concept of retirement has changed for today's seniors (and almost seniors) since the 2008 Recession and is continuing to change under our feet. Find out how "retirement" has changed and what's likely to happen in the next decade.

Throwing Stones: Living in a Reality TV Glass House
by Stephanie Thornton
Have you ever thought about living in a house for a few months while competing with a bunch of people to win a popularity contest with America for the chance at $250,000? While being filmed by 50+ cameras and being broadcast to millions of people? From the casting process to prize money, I'm here to tell you about the good, the bad and the downright wackadoodle of my crazy summer competing on ABC's The Glass House.

Timey Wimey Stuff: Time Travel Movies
by Fraser Sherman
Think time-travel is just about time machines? Guess again. In time-travel movies, people often slip through time with little more than a wish or a prayer. Time-travel poses unique problems for writers and the movies tackle them differently from SF novels. This presentation looks at the problems, the cliches, the themes (can you put right what once went wrong?) classic time-travel films and the, shall we say not so classic.

Town Hall Meeting with National Office Executive Director and Senior Staff
by Pam Donahoo and Senior Staff
Do you have burning questions about how the National Office operates, would you like to put a name with a face? Do you not know all the new people in the office? Here's a great opportunity to join Pamela L. Donahoo, Executive Director; David Peery, Director of Finance; Jill Beckham, Foundation Director; Charles Brown, Communications Director, John McGill, Marketing Director, Danny Munoz, Membership Director and Mathew Needham, IT Director for a Town Hall meeting. This is not a formal presentation. The content will be determined by the audience and what they want to know.

Trash Bowl
by Charlie Steinhice
Trash Bowl is a lively pop culture competition, game show-style, only without commercials or Rice-a-Roni. Your genial quizmaster, Charlie Steinhice, returns after a year off for his 8th AG Trash Bowl. Challenging for competitors, entertaining for spectators. The buzzer system format is styled after academic quizbowl, except for the subject matter -- films, music, TV, sports, games, junk food, and other effluvia of American life. Maximum 64 players, who'll be arbitrarily grouped into teams of four. No experience necessary; early signup recommended.

Treasure Hunt
by Art Mattson , Megan Edwards
In this combination of puzzle-solving and scavenger hunt, teams of five race to solve puzzles of various sorts that identify the objects (easy enough to find) wanted by the Masters of the Hunt. Participants must procure the actual objects and deliver them to Hunt Central. Time is of the essence since teams are racing against each other to be first to solve each problem. Two lines to cut your waiting time this year. Points are awarded for each correct response -- more if you are first, then fewer on a sliding scale. Sign up in advance. Are you up to the challenge?

True Greed Tournament
by Barry Austern
True Greed is a fast-paced dice game invented by Queen Mary Lee, well-known within Mensa. No experience necessary; play is by individuals rather than teams. One of the rules is that -- at least for the first game -- experienced players will have to coach the "virgins."

Understanding and Conquering Cognitive Weariness
by Lisa Van Gemert
Most high cognitive ability people encounter the brick wall of boredom, and conquering boredom with research-based understanding and strategies is a key technique everyone needs to have. Ironically, boredom is truly fascinating! This session will share quality, intriguing research regarding who gets bored, what boredom truly is, and why some people get bored while others performing the same task don't. You'll leave able to administer the Boredom Proneness Scale, and you'll also understand the physical and psychological symptoms and effects of long-term boredom. This session will explore how to help anyone who finds that boredom lessens their enjoyment of life.

Update on Alzheimer's
by Elna R. Tymes
Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the US among those 50 and older, and the rate rising as more of us live longer. Currently 1 in 3 of those 65 and older are likely to develop the disease. So much has happened in the last year regarding Alzheimer's and dementia, including the BRAIN Initiative, with public/private funding in the $millions and work already going on all over the country. No, we don't have a cure yet, but there's a lot of really promising stuff in the pipeline. The goal is to find a cure for Alzheimer's by 2025, and it's going to happen if the current trajectory continues. Elna will talk about what's been happening.

Vocabulary Quiz Tournament
by De Freshwater
Word lovers - test your knowledge of words. Organize your team of up to five players - and you can add a kid (12 or under) as a sixth member if you like. The number of teams is limited to 20, so sign your team up in advance. If you don’t have a complete team, just put your name down and let others add theirs to your team.

WebHeads SIG Meet & Greet
by Dan Tobias
The WebHeads SIG is the special interest group for those who are interested in Web development. Whether you're a seasoned geek or a newbie, come to discuss Web issues and get or give help for Web problems, whether technical, graphical, or marketing-oriented. Which content management system or web development software do you use, or do you create raw code in a text editor? Talk about it here!

Why We Elect Idiots; Would Jungle Primaries Be Better?
by Stu Sweet
Americans aren't stupid, yet they keep electing representatives and senators who produce a Congress the country disapproves of by a wide margin. Alas, term limits would not change this, but sometimes California-style jungle primaries would. Presidents also usually lose their popularity before they leave office, disillusioning the voters who put them in office. So why do we keep electing idiots?

Widespread Misperceptions about New Testament Writings
by Thomas Daniel Nehrer
Most people, even devoted Christians, know little about the New Testament's origins and contents. Learn of contradictions, inconsistencies, impossible reports, exaggerations, conjecture, myth and lore woven into the gospels -- how they have false names attributed to their authorship and each depict a different Jesus. Tom will show how scholars have debunked much of the New Testament's mystique, revealing basically fictional works. From his unique standpoint, he will show how proto-Christians from the disciples onward failed to grasp Jesus' parables illustrating a Kingdom "within", rather weaving regional myth into orthodoxy while ignoring Jesus' deep insights.