The Ĕk-sĕn-trĭks Cluborguild officially began on Monday, 16 November 1981 as a club of "Mt. Santa Juanita College" (which was probably not the college's real name). It was founded by Alien and Zeus (A to Z.) Its purpose as later stated in its constitution was "the participatorial study of comedic attitudes and eccentric tendencies."
On 18 January 1982, Robert Anton Wilson's 50th birthday, the club awarded a pineapple to Alien. (Club member Moondancer had been a childhood friend of Wilson's daughter Luna.) This was the beginning of the Order of the Pineapple.