A real Big Galloot self-identifies and therefore does not need a definition. Dictionaries give unflattering definitions that we do not subscribe to. The Society was inspired by a Farside cartoon. The Society has been reconsituted by request.
Ron is sometimes Gallootish though small of stature! He used to run the Berkeley Earthquake Institute and sent out predictions by phone, then email, the nano-second after a quake hit! Infallible! Also, one of your editor's oldest friends. Check out his parody/tribute to Jonathan Livingston Seagull HERE.
Mr. Cook has suggested this elephant as a member. I do think this particular beast is distinctly qualified for membership. In addition, I am nominating Mr. Cook himself for membership, despite his clear lack of Gallootish proportions. He thinks like a Galloot!
"I always thought of myself as a Galloot. Without any support or other guidelines, I've always tried to maintain the standards ( or maybe I should say I always ignored the standards!) that constitutes Galootness. Please accept my humble entry into the vast greater realm that a Galoot represents!"
Wikipedia says, in part: "Within Internet-based woodworking communities, a Galoot is a handtool aficionado, specifically old handtools. This is contrasted with users of any hand tools who are called neanderthals in a number of internet woodworking communities . . . Galoot should not be confused with Galloot, although pronounced the same. 'Galloot' is a word used by the cartoon character "Yosemite Sam" - he frequently refers to "Bugs Bunny" as a 'long eared idjut galloot'." Web references to Galoot or Galloot: A band named Big Galoot can be found at http://www.biggaloot.com/galpers.html
A Seattle Times article describes Big Galoots, in part: "I know English majors will point out that Big Galoots is actually two words, but you never hear anyone refer to someone as just a Galoot. It is properly used in the following sentence: 'Ah, get outta here, ya Big Galoot.' This sentence is usually uttered in a black-and-white movie by some woman (properly called a 'dame') to a guy packing heat and wearing a double-breasted suit. The Big Galoot has just done something endearing like smack someone around, mow down a rival with a Tommy gun or tell the dame he is sweet on her"