Friday  Sept. 13, 2019 
10:00 AM
Providence United
Methodist Church

Our Friday Speaker:

Tommy Tomlinson

WFAE--FM, ESPN, Charlotte Observer


Topic: How The Book Came To Be:
           A Discussion of "The Elephant In The Room"  


Tommy Tomlinson is the author of The Elephant In the Room (Simon & Schuster), about life as an overweight man in a growing America. He will talk about the genesis of his memoir, why he decided to write it, and what he hopes readers take from his story about life as an overweight man in America.  

He is also the host of the podcast "SouthBound" in partnership with WFAE, Charlotte's NPR station.  Tommy has written for publications including Esquire, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Garden & Gun, and many others. He spent 23 years as a reporter and local columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in commentary. His stories have been chosen twice for the "Best American Sports Writing" series (2012 and 2015) and he also appears in the anthology "America's Best Newspaper Writing."

He has taught at Wake Forest University as well as at other colleges, workshops and conferences across the country. He's a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

 Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte.


Have you noticed

Charlotte's First Public Library



Among the changes


  • Resembles the Queens University site
  • Pages are shorter creating less scrolling
  • More open space
  • More reader friendly
  • Easier to read background and font 


Lunch Bunch
September 27th

Bistro La Bon — Cotswold
Napa   —  Providence Rd.
Roosters   —    Southpark
BG Metzler
at the lunch bunch table

"We need a new Senior Scholars Team member."  
A person who has a team spirit, is willing to help us recognize our weekly speakers and is computer savvy with Word and Power Point.  
Specifically, we're looking for someone to prepare a weekly personalized "Certificate of Appreciation" that is presented to each new Friday speaker, at the conclusion of their presentation.   
 We will provide you with a computer "certificate template" from which to work; the only changes to each certificate are "speaker's name & title" and  "speaking date."   Generally, certificates are prepared in groups of 5 or 6 and placed in the PUMC Senior Scholars cabinet until the appropriate date.  Only 3 (November) certificates need completion in order to conclude our 2019 programming. Your expenses for materials will be reimbursed.
You'll work with someone who is currently doing the certificates and it's your call when you feel you're comfortable with doing them on your own.  But you're never alone -- questions and suggestions will always come up and be welcomed.  Learning curve should be quite short.
These certificates are critically important!  It is our way of acknowledging a speaker's presentation and saying "we are most appreciative."  The completed certificate (printed on certificate - stock paper) is bright and crisp and really pops in the dark frame. 
If you are interested and want to meet and chat -- please email me at or call me at 704-541-0814.  I will be delighted to discuss this with you.
We are hoping to fill this position in the September/October time frame. 
Senior Scholars at Queens is truly unique !  We are a great group -- lets chat.

Thank you,
Walt Romano
New Members

Friday Sept. 13th at 9:30 a.m.

Meet at the coffee table

Great Decisions 2019
Kindle version -  now available to download from Kindle for $12.99
Refugees and Global Migration

The Middle East: Regional Disorder
Nuclear negotiations: Back to the Future
The Rise of Populism in Europe
Decoding U.S.-China Trade
India and Its Neighbors
Cyber Conflicts and Geopolitics
The United State and Mexico: Partnership Tested
State of the State Department and Diplomacy


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