The San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting 20th May 2010
Winchell Hayward led the assembled gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gary Yee gave a status report on the arrangements for the 2010 West Coast Civil War Conference, for which San Francisco will be the host city in November. Meeting rooms have been reserved at the War Memorial Building, speakers are lined up, and caterers contracted. More information about the Conference can be found here.
Mike McAdoo won a copy of the quarterly Civil War Journal from Kent University Press by being the first to name the six flags that flew over Texas (France, Spain, Mexico, Texas, Confederate and Union).
President Doyle announced the Board decision to cancel the June meeting, due to member absences and lack of a guest speaker. The next meeting will be September 16th, at which the new Board will be elected.
Our guest speaker, Dr. John Sotos, is currently Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, CEO of Apneos Corporation, a colonel in the Air National Guard, and a medical technical advisor for the television series "House." His topic was "The Physical Lincoln." Based on hundreds of eyewitness accounts of Lincoln and on all 130 surviving photographs of him, "The Physical Lincoln" provides the surprising answer: cancer would have killed Lincoln in less than a year. Dr. Sotos showed how a master diagnostician would analyze Lincoln's hands, feet, lips, heart, and so on to reach the inescapable conclusion that Lincoln and four members of his family had a rare genetic cancer syndrome called MEN2B. In a spell-binding presentation, he discussed the earlier possibility that Lincoln had suffered from Marfan Syndrome and showed that it was most likely the much rarer MEN2B instead. Lincoln's rapid physical decline in 1865 indicated that he had thyroid cancer, a result of MEN2B. Dr. Soros received extended applause from an enthusiastic audience for one of the most unusual and highly professional presentations at the SFCWRT.