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The honorees for 2020 are Robert Shea and Michael E. Brown!
Robert Shea alias Josh the Dill co-wrote The Eye in the Pyramid, The Golden Apple, and Leviathan (The Illuminatus! Trilogy) with Robert Anton Wilson. The books spread Discordianism (and crazy if tongue-in-cheek conspiracy theories) when virtually nobody knew about it (or them). The trilogy won the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award. He and Wilson wrote letters about conspiracies to themselves at Playboy and then answered them. Robert Shea on Wikipedia
Michael E. Brown, professor at Caltech, led the team that discovered Planet X (name of the SubGenius world) and helped get it nicknamed Xena and later named Eris as part of “The Jake That Changed a World campaign” led by Discordians/Erisians. He wrote about it in How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming, in imitation of the Principia Discordia subheading How I Found Goddess And What I Did To Her When I Found Her. Mike Brown on Wikipedia
The Order of the Pineapple is also called the DisOrder of the Pineapple and the Pineapple DisOrder, but it’s usually abbreviated O.P. (The award has also been called Patus Pineappleus Bromeliadic and the winners The P.P. Bromeliadics or Bromedliaddicts). It honors those felt deserving, particularly those who have given extraordinary service to “the participatorial study of comedic attitudes and eccentric tendencies.”
The O.P. is awarded to very few people, typically only one or two a year. It’s presented on only one day a year, January 18 CE, which is 18 Chaos of the Discordian calendar. That date is recognized as Pat Pineapple Day. Pat is the Mascot of the ECG and Patron Saint of the very recently dissolved D D of the ECG. It is absolutely required that members of the Order eat something containing or resembling pineapple on January 18–unless of course they don’t feel like it.
Congratulations to them both!
NOTE: The Winners’ Acceptance Speeches are in the Comments Immediately Below.