Dear SDNP Forum Reader
It is a pleasure and a privilege to write on this Forum.
I am organising the Stedham Exhibition of Philosophy & Brains Trust Evening next month - Sunday April 7 2013 (Midday to 10pm) - to mark the 60th Anniversary of South Downs Philosopher 'Professor' CEM Joad (1891-1953).
His 50th Anniversary in 2003 was held at South Stoke Farm - the South Stoke Festival of Thought - a beautiful hamlet nestled in the South Downs, but which had yet to achieve National Park status at that time. Cyril Edwin Mitchinson Joad - CEMJ - played no small part in helping to set up certain National Parks in the late 1940's, but did not succeed with the South Downs - an area he deeply treasured and loved. If he was alive today, he would be absolutely delighted with its National Park status.
All of you are very warmly welcomed to this event. It will be held in Stedham Village Memorial Hall, and will start at Midday.
Refreshments will be provided.
Rev. Roger Williamson of St James' Stedham has kindly volunteered to act as 'Question Master', in an informal, friendly re-enactment of the wartime Brains Trust which was first broadcast on radio (there was no TV) in January 1941 - and to which the 'Professor' became a national celebrity with his catch-phrase "It all depends what you mean by...". He became what I would call "The Patrick Moore of Philosophy" in his day, popularising the subject for millions - and writing over 100 books on the subject.
The Brains Trust was the pioneering forerunner to what we now know today as "Question Time" and "Any Questions".
There is much I would like to say here about this 'Professor' - he never did officially reach that status at University of London's Birkbeck College although he set up its Philosophy Department in 1930 and remained there for 23 years until his death in 1953.
CEMJ's life and work has, for me, become "a hobby which has seriously got out of hand" - after reading his Teach Yourself Philosophy during the 1970's. I can answer any questions you might have about the event next month, and can provide further information.
But enough said by me. I am writing to ask if you have a suggestion, idea, story, memory, anecdote, book or article regarding CEMJ and the Brains Trust. It would be a delight to hear from you.
Rev Roger Williamson will be 'David Dimbleby' for the Brains Trust evening, but we are actively seeking volunteer panellists.
Could you rise to the challenge - or do you know of anyone who could do so?
I look forward to hearing from you - either here on this Forum or via email : firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred communication - I am very deaf).