Re: New FAQ / Guidelines
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By failing to weigh in on this discussion, I am apparently failing in my presumed capacity as “feeder.” This ends now.
Firstly, I want to issue a large vote of thanks and confidence to Lee Jackson for taking this bull by the horns and getting us such a smooth transition to IO.
Secondly, I will address the issue of what the museum name is. The O.Henry Home and Museum (a.k.a. O.Henry Museum) still has the same name as it ever did. About 10 years ago the renovation and relocation of the Susanna Dickinson Museum onto Brush Square brought it under the same curatorship as the O.Henry, but these are still identified as individual buildings and individual museums. http://www.austintexas.gov/page/get-involved-susanna-dickinson-museum
Complicating all of this is the little-known fact that a 3rd small museum is also located in Brush Square, The Austin Fire Museum. This is a collection housed in one room of the fire station which itself is now a historic building and very well may someday become a museum visitor center. http://www.austintexas.gov/firemuseum
The non-profit supporting group which was formerly known as “Friends of O.Henry” is now formally known as The Brush Square Museums Foundation(BSMF) https://www.brushsquaremuseums.org/
The Annual O.Henry Pun-Off World Championships are co-produced by PARD and BSMF with the assistance of PUNY.
For the record, Brush Square was dedicated as one of Austin’s original 4 downtown park blocks which defined an equidistant grid boxing in the state Capitol building. (Only three of these parks still remain, the other two being Woodbridge and Republic Square)
These 3 parks are owned and operated by the City of Austin, and managed by their Parks and Recreation Department. (PARD) The Museums are staffed by city employees and volunteer docents.
Some trivia about Pun-Off and PUNY
As Gary Hallock has officially retired from active management of the event, the formal producer of the Pun-Off these days is David Gugenheim. gug9000@...
Official website for all things Pun-Off relevant are as follows. Any of these three variations take you to the same site, which is where folks flock to sign up on April 1st for the contestant lottery.
We also have two Facebook sites where people can come to occasionally post and play games. One is for sharing Pun-Off news and pun-related tidbits.
The other is almost exclusively for punny banter and games.
To my knowledge PUNY has no formal presence on Instagram, Twitter or other social media. We are, however open to the prospect that someone might wish to make this so. Volunteers?
We also have a presence on Wikipedia.com. That is desperately in need of updating.
On whatever platform people visit or post, we prefer to use the hashtag #PunOffATX
About my supposed philosophy/guidelines for postings to PUNY, I should like to clarify.
Hopeful of preserving the purity of our original wordplay, I initially suggested that we spin off a sub-group for discussions that might degenerate into tedium and trivia. This was to avoid cluttering up our freewheeling spontaneous banter. It never really presented much of a problem, but it has occasionally been very useful to have this as an alternate channel of communication and discussion.
So far as I am concerned, there is no problem at all if we make non-punny posts on the PUNY main line, so long as they are essentially about puns, punning, linguistics etc. As we are all hard-core punsters, any such discussion that gets very serious, probably won’t stay serious for long.
The main thing that always concerned me is/was preserving the notion that we area gang of pun originators and creative word players. Naturally we are also consumers, but what we don’t need are reposted stories, quips or tired old memes from other sources.
The occasional pun-based limerick is certainly welcome and expected, but some of us tend to thrive on verse, while for some, the obverse is true. This is why we long-ago split off the Limerick & Haiku list. Many of us continue to subscribe and play on both simultaneously. I am satisfied with the status quo on this and look forward to seeing most of the hard core PUNY folks also migrate over to the L&H list as well.
That’s enough for me from now.
Thanks for your indulgences.
Gary (Leerless Feeder) Hallock
On Nov 6, 2019, at 8:49 AM, Cynthia MacGregor <Cynthia@...> wrote: