One of the best, if not the best.

That's what folks were saying after the Greensboro Historical Museum's recent annual meeting at the Sheraton Hotel.The dinner speaker was Don Lopez, senior adviser to the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, who earned the title ace as a Flying Tiger under Gen. Claire Chennault in China during World War II. He showed slides and told stories of his squadron in China, stories that were, as one member put it, ``filled with pathos, unbelievable heroism, and delightful characterizations and told with a witticism which kept the audience laughing.'

Dee Boquist and Libby Holder made the creative table decorations. Four different designs of Flying Tigers were used on the place cards and the hurricane globes centering each table were encircled with hand-painted paper models of the planes on stands. Richard Fields got the credit for the eye-catcher on the reception desk. Richard made the 30-inch model of a P-40 with a 3-foot wing span. Richard's mate, Mary Durland, and Bonnie Cordes were in charge of dinner arrangements.

Of course annual meetings call for business, and it was duly done. The 1991 slate goes like this: Margaret Hites, chairman of the board of trustees; Bill Latture, president; Bill Snyder, vice president; Peggy Wilson, secretary; and Mary Durland Fields, treasurer. Elected to the board were Anita Schenck, Dee Boquist, John Forbis, Emma Sharp Jeffreys, Bill Black, Nell Coley, Mike Fleming and John Hardy. Director Bill Moore gave the annual report.

Among those dining at the table with the director and his wife, Jane, were Allen and John Watkins of Sedgefield, who were hosts to Lopez and his wife, Glynda.

Sanford Smith, who is retiring as director of general services for the city, was presented a gift. Sanford received a matched bowl and pitcher commissioned and made at Jugtown by potter Vernon Owens.

E-SU Scholars Talk The Greensboro Branch of the English-Speaking Union heard its scholarship recipients at its annual meeting on a recent Sunday afternoon in Holy Trinity's Haywood Duke Room. During business, Goodie Braley was returned to the presidency for another term. Her husband, Chuck, Gloria Cowan, Betty Mullin and Virginia Vanstory were elected to the board.

Cynthia Gamble, a student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Guilford College graduate Vincent Cannino are not only smart, but also delightful speakers. The two had glowing reports of studying and living in London. Later Vincent's wife, Jennifer, and branch member Alice Carroll joined the scholars for a lively roundtable discussion.

Incidentally, Jennifer and Vincent are the parents of triplets. Their first born is named Brittany.

Bill Carroll, Alice's spouse, was congratulated left and right on his election to E-SU's national board. Dick Brown, chairman of the Shakespeare Recitation Competition to be held next year in the local high schools, brought members up to date on plans. The winner here will receive an all-expense paid trip to compete in the national finals and a trip to England under sponsorship of the national E-SU.

Alamance tour The Alamance County Historical Museum is having its 13th annual Christmas Tour of Homes on from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Three homes will be on tour along with the museum, where tea will be served. Price of the tour is $7.

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