Somehow I managed to not post this on time three days ago. Ah well, I missed the toast anyway, was too busy helping a four hundred pound woman realise that she could not fit in a student's chair.
Today is J.R.R. Tolkien's 113th birthday. According to its website, the group is planning a global toast in his honor:
"On January 3rd Tolkien fans around the world are invited to raise a glass and toast the birthday of this much loved author at [9:00 pm Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); 3:00 pm CST]. The toast is 'The Professor'."
Tolkien was born January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and died on September 2, 1973 at the age of 81. 2005 is the 50th anniversary of the complete publication of Lord of the Rings. The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers were published in 1954, and The Return of the King was published on October 20, 1955.