If everyone would please come to order. Thank you. Everyone please be seated. On behalf of all the Moderators here at B&B I would like express our thanks to you all for attending this very special evening.
As B&B's membership nears the 10,000 mark, the Moderators here at B&B feel it is appropriate to take this time to honor a member whose dedication and contributions to B&B are deserving of an honor of the highest order.
This member's high-caliber, energy-driven contributions played a major role in making B&B the shaving forum that it is today. He played an integral role in the establishment of the B&B Rules of Conduct as well as serving as one of the very first Moderators during the infancy of B&B.
This member's prodigious contributions to product review have come to reveal over 40 reviews in the categories of Shaving Soaps, Shaving Creams, Colognes, Aftershaves and Skin Care.
These reviews were not your garden variety review by any means. Many of these reviews were carefully-crafted short stories that captivated and entertained the reader with their stunning imagery and Hemingway-esque style best exemplified in his reviews of Floris Sandalwood Cologne and Czech & Speake No. 88 Cologne.
This member authored the Glycerin Soap Tutorials as well as a multi-part sticky addressing Lathering Techniques which has since been viewed over 16,000 times and has provided guidance, as well as enjoyment, to both new and experienced wet-shavers alike.
Aside from his numerous reviews, this once-prolific member was a regular contributor in the Speakeasy Forum wherein he developed such events as the Green Coffee Giveaway and the Pipe-Tobacco Pass Around.
In March of 2006 this member engineered the B&B Fragrance Train wherein he orchestrated the disbursement of numerous samples of Colognes and Aftershaves for distribution to any member who signed up to receive it.
This package of samples made its way out of New York and began a cross-country journey that continues to this day. The Fragrance Train has kept-a-rollin' for thousands of miles while traversing the United States for well over two years now.
An enormous part of this member's legacy, which is now part of B&B lore, is steeped in the invaluable service he provided to legions of B&B'ers in his development of the now legendary "Scotto's Samples".
The meticulous manner and professionalism in which these samples of colognes, aftershaves and shaving creams were assembled and the Herculean effort put forth by him were in a word: amazing.
The selection of scents and creams covered the gamut from high-end items to drug-store items providing the user with the widest range of items to sample thereby obviating the need acquire all these items with blind abandonment.
Aside from providing his array of talents in the areas of reviews, contributions to the Speakeasy, tutorials and providing Scotto Samples, his service as a Moderator set a high standard for all future moderators as Scotto exemplified fairness, decisiveness and swiftness.
The essence of his gentlemanly comportment, style and class are epitomized in the avatar that we have all come to know so well.
Sadly, in 2007, Scotto relinquished his full-time Moderator position to pursue other passions, but he maintains the status of Moderator Emeritus at B&B and serves with distinction.
It would be hard to comprehend what B&B would be like today without the seemlingly unending range of creative contributions made by Scotto to this forum. His influence continues to reverberate throughout B&B and his example continues to be a positive influence on all current and future members of B&B.
Before we award Scotto with this honorary title, the Mods thought the members here at B&B would be interested to know a little bit of background on this illustrious member. Therefore, without further ado, we give you:
THE STORY OF SCOTTO
Where does one begin to tell the story of Scotto?
At the behest of Cardinal Ximenez
Scotto's ancestors were invited to leave Europe. Thus began an epic journey across the Atlantic.
Their first home in the new land was modest, at best.
Through diligence and hard work, the Scottoes slowly began to climb the social ladder.
Young Scotto, however, was filled with pride. He refused to avail himself of the family fortune, and set out on his own. Times were tough.
He took on odd jobs, and tried his hand as a professional grappler.
His lack of size worked against him, and eventually took its toll.
The 60's were tailor made for Scotto. It was here that he first met Mrs. Scotto, who would bear him three sons, only one of whom would be named after your humble narrator.
Sadly, the hippie ideals were not embraced by all.
So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly. San Francisco, actually.
where they found things to be only slightly better.
The ordeal aged them prematurely.
Battered but not beaten, Scotto was at a low point until a chance meeting at a local synagogue brought him face to face with a famous Jewish film star.
This was the opportunity Scott was looking for. He penned the phrase, "It's a business doing pleasure with you", and seemed poised to become the next big thing. Suddenly, tragedy struck.
Back at square one, Scotto returned to the only thing he was good at
and would eventually reemerge in a more recognizable form.
Soon he would discover B&B, and the rest, my friends, is history.
And so, there you have it. The story of Scotto.
The Moderators here at B&B are privileged to bestow this honorary B&B Meritorious Shaver Award to our esteemed colleague, SCOTTO.
Members of Badger and Blade, please welcome the newest member to the Merit Award Winners Gallery:
Scotto's avatar will now hang in the Merit Awards Gallery as its first Honorary Recipient of the Timmy.
Thank you all again for coming. We hope you have enjoyed another installation ceremony of the B&B Meritorious Shaver Award. We hope to see you all again in the not-to-distant future when we award another Timmy to another deserving member of B&B. Who knows? It could be you.
So from all of us here at B&B, I'm your host, Ouch, saying Good Night and drive home safely.
IT IS ON THIS 7th Day of June, 2008 that the Moderators here at B&B induct Scotto into the Merit Award Winners Gallery as the inaugural Honorary Recipient of the B&B Meritorious Shaver Award. This honor is being awarded to Scotto in recognition of his being a B&B pioneer as well as for his outstanding contributions to all facets of B&B.
In recognition of Scotto's service as one of the first Moderators at B&B to his impact on the growth of B&B, the results of Scotto's magnanimous efforts at B&B are undeniable.
In the process of becoming one of B&B's most prolific and informative members, Scotto provided insightful tutorials and reviewed dozens of shaving products, as well as non-shaving items, that to this day continue to benefit so many members of B&B. His body of work will be a source of reference that will continue to benefit members for many years to come.
Scotto's influence continues to reverberate throughout B&B. Through his efforts he has helped make B&B a more informative, but more importantly, a more enjoyable place for all to experience.
Thank you Scotto.