Sunday 19 Aug 2001


Dear Jaspers,


The jasperjottings email list has 1,020 subscribers by my count.


Don't forget:


Monday 9/17 James Keating O'Neill Golf Classic

    ( -- that's ORG not COM).


9/23 Weekend - Businessmen's Retreat


ALL BOILER PLATE is at the end.


Signing off for this week.


We all know there are tons of double standards in our country when it comes to liberals vs. conservatives. When you look into their positions there is very little difference between the two of them. Surely, one of the most prominent and egregious is the manner in which the IRS handles churches, unions, and foundations. The IRS is such a flawed mechanism that one can understand why the dead old white men didn’t want anything like direct taxation. It’s entertaining the credible assertions that are made that the 16th amendment was not passed in accordance with the rules. Perhaps it is time to nuke the IRS; then we can work on the FBI, BATF, and all the numerous other “police” arms of the Federal Government (aka, the special militias that the founding fathers hated so much).


Reflect well on our alma mater, this week, every week, in any and every way possible, large or small. God bless.


"Collector-in-chief" John






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        0       Jaspers publishing web pages

        1       Jaspers found web-wise

        0       Honors

        1       Weddings

        0       Births

        1       Engagements

        0       Graduations

        2       Obits

        4       "Manhattan in the news" stories

        0       Resumes

        1       Sports

        5       Emails



Class             Name                                  Section

?                  Andersen, David              Found1

?                  Fernando, Charles            Found1

?                  Redner, John                         Email1

1932 BA Sullivan, Leo M. "Moon"         Obit1

1961 BA Theisen, Henry William  Obit2

1961 BS Stebbins, Donald M.             Email3

1963 BCE        Apoldo, Louis                   Email4

1967 BEE        Phelps, Ralph                   Email1

1967 BEE        Smythe, Eddie                   Email1

1969 BA Patterson, James                News2

1974 A  O'Connor, John          Email5

1975 S  Delaney, Gerard M.              Email5

1992 BA Ledwidge, Michael               News2

1996 BS Spacek, Marcy J. Reher          Wedding1

1997            McParland, Margaret             Engagement1

1998 BE Curley, M. Elizabeth            Engagement1 (reporter)

2000            Perry, David                    Engagement1


Class           Name                                    Section

?               Andersen, David                 Found1

1963 BCE        Apoldo, Louis                   Email4

1998 BE Curley, M. Elizabeth            Engagement1 (reporter)

1975 S  Delaney, Gerard M.              Email5

?               Fernando, Charles               Found1

1992 BA Ledwidge, Michael               News2

1997            McParland, Margaret             Engagement1

1974 A  O'Connor, John          Email5

1969 BA Patterson, James                News2

2000            Perry, David                    Engagement1

1967 BEE        Phelps, Ralph                   Email1

?               Redner, John                    Email1

1967 BEE        Smythe, Eddie                   Email1

1996 BS Spacek, Marcy J. Reher          Wedding1

1961 BS Stebbins, Donald M.             Email3

1932 BA Sullivan, Leo M. "Moon"         Obit1

1961 BA Theisen, Henry William  Obit2



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From: Teachers.Net Job Center (JobCenter@Teachers.Net)

Subject: US-NY-Riverdale: ESL TEACHER

Newsgroups: jobs.offered,,

(This is the only article in this thread)

Date: 2001-08-13 04:29:57 PST



This teaching job was posted in the

Teachers.Net Job Center



   Job Title: ESL TEACHER

        City: Riverdale

       State: NY

     Country: US

Salary Range: $16-18 per hour

Closing Date: none


Job Description: Hone your craft at ASPECT, with friendly peers, excellent resources and in a pleasant work environment on the Manhattan College campus. To see some of our recent teachers, visit:


David Andersen

Student Services Coord.

Manhattan College grad


Charles Fernando

Housing coordinator

Manhattan College grad



[No Honors]



[Wedding #1]


From: Spacek, Marcy J.

Subject: RE: Jasper Jottings 2001-08-12 (from home plate)

Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 09:51:40 -0400




I got married just a few weeks ago and am back from my honeymoon.  Here's the picture and announcement.


See July 28 Part 2 Marcy Reher

New name, and email: <Privacy Invoked>





[ID: Spacek, Marcy Jill Reher (1996 BS) ]


[JR: PS, the pictures only list your new name I caught that on the second time thru. Congrats again, I enjoyed the picture. I love GOOD news, but of course take any news. You’ll notice from the back issues that we “caught” you a few times.]



[No Births]



[Engagement #1]


Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 07:21:58 -0700 (PDT)

From: M. Elizabeth Curley

Subject: Re: Jasper Jottings 2001-08-12 (from home plate)


Dear John


I am honored to announce that my best friend, Margaret McParland Manhattan Class of '97 has gotten engaged to Mr. David Perry'00 on July 31 of this year. The couple is planning to wed some time next year in Ireland.


Meghan E. Curley '98


[JR: Great news and good reporting but your “engineering” English was showing. As an engineer I thought it was well written but I tuned it up a smidge so as not to confuse the liberal art’s types. I’ll put our ace Jasper Jottings reporter John Fay '86 BS in country (Ireland) to be on “alert” for the event. Maybe we should wangle him an invite representing the Jasper family. ;-)  John, do you have your ears on?  Where else can you find global Jasper coverage? At the very least, yawl can visit during your trip. Now that’s what I call making a connection. Pull it off and my work is complete.]



[No Graduations]



[Collector's prayer: And, may perpetual light shine on our fellow departed Jaspers, and all the souls of the faithful departed.]


[Obit #1]


Copyright 2001 Providence Publications, LLC

The Providence Journal-Bulletin (Providence, RI)

August 9, 2001, Thursday All Editions

SECTION: News; Pg. C-06



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LEO M. "MOON" SULLIVAN, 92, of 41 Hammond St., formerly manager of the Mooring restaurant for more than 30 years, and a former teacher and coach, died Tuesday at Newport Hospital after an illness.


Born in Newport on Dec. 31, 1908, he was the son of the late Dennis and Bridget (O'Gorman) Sullivan. A graduate of the first four-year class at De La Salle Academy, he had taught at De La Salle and coached several varsity sports teams.


From 1948 to 1980, he managed the Mooring restaurant, on Sayers Wharf. He previously was a partner and sales manager at Johnson Brothers Oil Co. He was past president of Wanumetonomy Country Club and a former Fifth Ward alderman. Mr. Sullivan also was an assistant pro at Newport Country Club and managed Easton's Beach.


An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific as a captain in the Quartermaster Corps. Mr. Sullivan attended St. Augustin Elementary School and was a graduate of Manhattan College, New York City.


He leaves a daughter, Michele R. Sullivan of Arlington, Va.; a sister, Anne Sullivan Matthews of Philadelphia; and three generations of nieces and nephews.


The funeral will be held tomorrow at 9:15 a.m. from O'Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring St., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Augustine Church, Carroll Avenue. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery, Brown's Lane, Middletown.


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[Obit #2]


X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express Macintosh Edition - 4.5 (0410)

Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 14:30:10 -0500

Subject: Jasper Jottings news on death of Henry Theisen

From: "Henry Theisen" <>


Saturday, August 11, 2001






Henry William Theisen, 62, died Wednesday, August 8, 2001, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY of Leukemia (AML). He was well known and admired for his generous contributions to the community. He was partner in Adams, Theisen and May law firm and Tompkins County Attorney. His wit, high ethical character and ability to see both sides of an issue gained him respect from all who knew him. He was born in Queens, NY the third of five children. He attended Catholic schools and graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School, 1957. He received his undergraduate degree in accounting at Manhattan College, 1961 and his law degree from Fordham University, 1966. During that time and following, he worked for a Wall Street CPA firm and three years for a Wall Street law firm. Henry and his young family moved to Ithaca 35 years ago. He became an associate of Armand L. Adams, Esq. The following year he became a partner in what is currently the law firm of Adams, Theisen and May. He was a former Ithaca City Prosecutor during the famous 1969 Vietnam War protests at Cornell. He recalls the sit-ins and widely publicized protests which he helped prosecute. He was the New York Estate Tax attorney for 14 years. He was elected twice to the County Legislature. One of his favorite stories of that time was building the Cayuga Medical Center (known then as the Tompkins County Hospital). He tells of the wise architectural plans to utilize the beautiful Cayuga Lake and valley views. He chuckles now at the votes he lost when he stubbornly supported the hospital as a for-profit agency rather than county owned.


Henry´s community achievements included: President of the Francisca Racker Center, legal counsel for Suicide Prevention, President of Tompkins County SPCA, and President of Ithaca Community Music. He loved showing his theatrical side as board member of the Hangar Theater. He and other members performed a tongue-in-cheek musical skit for a fundraising event. His greatest enjoyment was being a Rotarian. He was the international student coordinator for many years. One of his favorite times at Rotary was learning new jokes and being able to give Happy dollars for his children. He clearly demonstrated his competitiveness at the annual baseball games. He loved bragging (of course with a big sense of humor) about how he could catch any ball hit his way. And he was right - he caught them all, sometimes with and sometimes without injury. He served as corporate secretary and counsel to Paleontological Research Institution. He took great pleasure in being a part of the creation of PRI´s future Museum of the Earth. Henry was corporate secretary and counsel and then chairperson for the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce. He strongly believed in teaching ethics, and as chair made that his theme. During that year he was honored by being one of the runners for the World University Games Torch Relay. He was one of the torch runners for Ithaca. In 1995 Henry became the chairperson of a task force which later became the Ithaca Public Education Initiative. He quietly helped create this non-political organization to benefit the needs of the area schools. Once created, he silently stepped down for others to carry forward. He helped start the annual adult spelling bee. His group never won, but they had a lot of fun. Education has always been an important piece in Henry´s life. Last year he won an unabridged international dictionary and Roget´s International Thesaurus, which for him was better than winning a Caribbean trip. For 13 years Henry was a member of the Finger Lakes Runners Club. He has completed 13 marathons, two of which were the NY Marathon. He was president of the Club the year of the 25th and final marathon from Ithaca to Marathon, NY. He is a member of Chocolate Pie Club. He is a member of the Trust and Estate law and the ElderLaw sections of the NYS Bar Association, past president of the Tompkins County Bar Association, co-founder of the Estate Planning Council of Tompkins County. He is a member of the Ithaca Yacht Club. Henry is the author of the "Financial and Estate Planning Workbook and is listed in Who´s Who in American Law", "Who´s Who in America" and "Who´s Who in the World."


Henry´s private love was his family. He loved his four children and was a proud father; he would sacrifice anything for them, silently. The best way to describe Henry´s love was that it was everlasting. He was so proud of his children´s accomplishments and their happiness. He was happily married to his wife and loved spending quiet evenings taking walks or watching the New York Yankees. Even though his running began slowing down, he continued to enjoy shorter runs and always drew on the lessons he learned from that endurance sport. Painting was another talent Henry had. Many of his watercolors hang in his offices. His mother-in-law was an artist and they enjoyed talking 'art.' As a child he found this talent by drawing cartoon characters. As an adult he became advanced in caricatures. During many Tompkins County Representative meetings, members would be given drawings of themselves following the meeting. Henry was proud of his Irish heritage and shared this with other Irish friends. He was a New York Yankee´s fan his entire life and was so proud of the baseball he received in the 1950´s signed by Joe DiMagio. He was a wonderful dancer and agreed that Frank Sinatra was the chairman of the board.


Many will sorely miss Henry. He was a good father, husband, lawyer and community advocate. His life will continue here through all the good he has left behind. For Henry, he can now rest and know that he will have everlasting peace.


He is survived by his wife, Deborah; children, Gordon, Anne, Maureen and William; brothers and sisters, Charles, Geraldine, Regina, and Frances; aunt, Sister Marie and many nieces and nephews.


A memorial service will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca at 1:30.


In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Leukemia Society of America, Central NY Chapter, 713 E. Genesee, Syracuse, NY 13210 or the American Cancer Society, 57 Front St., Binghamton, NY 13905. Bangs Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.


[JR: This is a first. This Jasper sent in his own obit? I assume it was sent by his instruction? I am most sorry to hear of any of these obits. We stand on the shoulders of others and every time one is taken away, even if we never knew them, we have lost a resource.]





Copyright 2001 PR Newswire Association, Inc.

PR Newswire

August 13, 2001, Monday



HEADLINE: Gatorade Greatness: Alan Webb Claims Nation's Most Heralded High School Track Award



Honoring the nation's elite high school athletes for more than fifteen years, Gatorade(R) Thirst Quencher, in partnership with Scholastic Coach & Athletic Director magazine, today awarded ALAN WEBB of South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia as the 2001 Gatorade National High School Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year.  The award, which also factors in academic achievements and overall character, distinguishes Alan as the best high school runner in the nation.


    Believed by many to be the next great star in USA Track & Field, Alan has truly had an unbelievable high school career. In May, he shocked the track world by running the mile in 3:53.43, breaking Jim Ryun's 36-year-old high school record by nearly two seconds and finishing just ten seconds off the world record time.  Alan accumulated a laundry list of records throughout his four years.  He currently holds the high school, district, region, state and south region records for cross country.  Alan is the first high school athlete to run a sub-four minute mile-indoors (3:59.86) and also set the 1,000m national record with a time of 2:23.68.  He also holds the high school mile record at the renowned Penn Relays by running a 3:59.90.  Craig Masback, CEO of USA Track & Field believes "What Alan did was remarkable.  We haven't had a precocious talent of this sort in 30 years."


    Despite all of the national attention surrounding Alan, he has been able to stay grounded and continue to excel in the classroom.  As student government president, he is a recognized leader on campus and often serves as a mentor to younger students.  Alan graduated with a 3.1 GPA and looks to continue his success at the University of Michigan this fall.


    Last month, Gatorade honored Luling, Texas' Ychlindria Spears as the National High School Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year.  Ychlindria, a junior who is ranked in the top 5% of her class, claimed four Texas State Championships and holds the national record in the triple jump.


    The 2001 Gatorade National High Track & Field Athlete of the Year selections were made by the Gatorade National Media Advisory Board, comprised of 10 national and regional sports journalists, who collected nominations from all over the country.  Alan and Ychlindria were selected from more than 800,000 high school track & field athletes nationwide.


    "We believe that true success in high school athletics is predicated on more than just skill," said Gatorade Vice President of Sports Marketing, Tom Fox.  "While Gatorade athletes are the best in their sports, being a winner also means having character, being a leader and caring as much about your test scores as your games scores.  Alan Webb is a shining example of the positive role that sports can play in a teenager's life."


    Alan joins an outstanding list of past Gatorade National High School Boys' Track & Field Athletes of the Year:

Year     Name               High School/Hometown      Status


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1999 Jacob Freeman  Bishop Hendricken, RI     Manhattan College


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The Gatorade High School Player of the Year program recognizes a winner in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and then awards one National Player of the Year in football, volleyball, baseball, softball and boys and girls basketball, soccer, and track & field.


     For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information or for a list of upcoming announcement dates, visit .


SOURCE Gatorade


CONTACT: Russin Royal for Gatorade, +1-312-596-3640


LOAD-DATE: August 14, 2001



Copyright 2001 The New York Times Company

The New York Times

August 12, 2001, Sunday, Late Edition - Final

SECTION: Section 14; Page 4; Column 1; The City Weekly Desk


Author and Telephone Repairman Finds Art in Imitating His Life



Whatever the merits of that well-worn advice to aspiring authors to "write what you know," it's guidance that Michael Ledwidge of Kingsbridge has clearly taken to heart. Mr. Ledwidge, 30, wrote "Bad Connection," a thriller published by Pocket Books in April that features an Irish-American telephone cable splicer from the Bronx who roams Midtown climbing into manholes to fix phone lines. Mr. Ledwidge happens to be an Irish-American splicer who repairs phone lines for Verizon in Midtown.


Mr. Ledwidge wrote his first crime novel, "The Narrowback," published in 1999 and reissued in April in paperback by Pocket, while working the night shift as a doorman and freight elevator operator at a luxury apartment building at East 58th Street and Park Avenue. That book, by the way, features a blue-collar Irish-American protagonist and starts off at a luxury Midtown hotel.


"I realized I needed a miracle to escape being a doorman," Mr. Ledwidge recalled recently in a telephone interview. He had just graduated from Manhattan College and, with a wife and baby to support, had taken the job to make ends meet. An old professor urged him to send a few chapters of "The Narrowback" to another Manhattan College alum, the author James Patterson [1969 BA]. Mr. Patterson liked what he saw and helped open the door to a new career.


"I owe everything to him," Mr. Ledwidge said.


Mr. Ledwidge, who started working for the phone company in 1997, got the idea for his next novel after realizing that "if a telephone employee wanted to do bad things, he could."


"I thought to myself: imagine if you knew which lines belong to the mergers and acquisitions guys," he said. "I thought it would be interesting to write about a little guy who potentially could have a lot of power because of his unique access."


In "Bad Connection," Sean Macklin, a sympathetically drawn phone repairman, overhears a conversation about an impending deal at a major chemical company and is tempted to make a quick fortune and escape with his invalid wife to Florida. Unfortunately, he eavesdrops on another call and learns of murderous goings-on at the company, then makes the mistake of telling his brother, a crooked policeman, about the plot.


Even as the book has been drawing good reviews, Mr. Ledwidge has continued working the 4 to midnight shift, spending about half his day underground.


"It's like detective work, poking around" in the maze of numbered phone lines, he said.


For the moment, Mr. Ledwidge said he was content to juggle two jobs and the commute from Kingsbridge, where he lives with his wife, Mary, and three children, not far from where he grew up. But because George Clooney has optioned "Bad Connection," it may not be long before Hollywood finds his number.   SCOTT VEALE


GRAPHIC: Photo: Michael Ledwidge at work. (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)


LOAD-DATE: August 12, 2001


[MCOLDB: 1992 BA]



Copyright 2001 San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio Express-News

August 12, 2001, Sunday , METRO


HEADLINE: The Dugout Rail


This week in baseball history


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Aug. 17, 1882: Under direction from Manhattan College baseball coach Brother Jasper, the student body stands up to stretch between the top and bottom of the seventh inning. Despite reports, Harry Caray was not present to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," which hadn't been written yet.


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- David King


LOAD-DATE: August 13, 2001



Copyright 2001 Providence Publications, LLC

The Providence Journal-Bulletin (Providence, RI)

August 10, 2001, Friday Northwest Edition

SECTION: News; Pg. C-05



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* Five Scituate students have been named as Class of 2001 Feinstein Leadership Award recipients. Ryan Karstrom, Katyann Klitz, Allison Madden, Bradley Schumacher and Kelly Sullivan will share a check of $5,000 received by the Scituate Scholarship Foundation from the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation of Cranston. Recipients were selected on the basis of merit, need and demonstration of the values of the Feinstein Foundation: compassion, brotherhood and community service. Karstrom will attend the University of Rhode Island this fall, Klitz plans to attend Manhattan College, New York City. Madden will attend the College of St. Rose, Albany, N.Y. Schumacher will attend Bryant College and Sullivan will attend Johnson & Wales University.


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August 8, 2001


Sports Information Director/Women’s Tennis Coach Steps Down


RIVERDALE, NY ­ Manhattan College’s Jeffrey T. Wyshner announced his resignation as Sports Information Director (SID) and Head Women’s Tennis Coach on Wednesday afternoon.  Wyshner had worked at Manhattan since February of 1994 when he became the College’s second Head Women’s Tennis Coach, and in November of 1999, he accepted additional duties as the SID.


“Jeff has been an invaluable member of our athletic department team for the past seven years,” commented Athletic Director Robert Byrnes.  “His accomplishments as both a coach and SID are all the more impressive given his obligations to both.  We wish him the best of luck in the future.”


As the Colleges women’s tennis coach, Wyshner breathed new life into a program that had traditionally finished at or near the bottom of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  The winningest coach in program history, Wyshner leaves Manhattan with a 70-54 overall record and an impressive 33-15 record against MAAC opponents.  Last year’s squad was his best ever, compiling a 13-4 overall (6-1 MAAC) and suffering a heart-breaking loss in its first-ever appearance in the MAAC Championship match.  In four of the six years since the award’s inception, Wyshner’s teams have earned recognition by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as All-Academic Teams.


Wyshner actually took over as SID in November of 1999 while in his third and final year of law school at Columbia University and passed the New York State Bar Exam in July of 2000 despite his full-time efforts for Manhattan.  As SID, Wyshner was responsible for all public relations, tracking of all statistics and results, and maintaining the athletic department’s website for a program that includes 19 Division I varsity teams.


“I’ve loved my time at Manhattan,” comments Wyshner.  “The opportunity I’ve had to work with both wonderful student-athletes and great people in the athletic department makes it very difficult for me to leave.  I’m dreading the thought of not welcoming my players back to campus in a couple weeks, but I hope that I’ve taught them well enough that they will work hard and be even more successful this year without me.”


As for his future, Wyshner expects to announce his plans in the next few weeks.  “I expect to be living out my dream of being a full-time tennis coach by the time school starts,” revealed Wyshner.  “I just needed to let Manhattan know I was leaving so that they could work on having someone in place before things get more hectic with students back on campus.”

August 7, 2001



RIVERDALE, NY ­ Manhattan College men’s tennis coach Jeff Nerenberg (Bronx, NY) retired after 19 years at the school.  The all-time winningest coach in the Program’s history, Nerenberg’s teams posted an impressive overall 167-106-2 record including a 15-4 record this past year.  Nerenberg’s teams have posted 15 consecutive winning seasons, won the ECAC North Championship in 1999, and placed second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships on four different occasions.  Furthermore, Nerenberg’s athletes have been consistently recognized on the CoSida District I All-Academic Teams, the MAAC All-Academic Teams, and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America Scholar-Athlete Teams.


Nerenberg was also the first coach of women’s tennis players at Manhattan when the Team was created as a club sport in 1985 before handing over the reins of a fledgling varsity program in 1986.


Nerenberg will continue as a physical education teacher in the area as well as continuing to run the Jeff Nerenberg Tennis Academy which has served more than 10,000 boys and girls over the past 26 years.

August 6, 2001



EDMONTON, CANADA ­ Manhattan College graduate and 2000 Indoor NCAA 400m Champion Aliann Pompey made the semi-finals of 400m at the World Championships being held in Edmonton, Canada from August 3-12.  Pompey ran 51.97 as a representative of Guyana and competes again today at approximately 7:00 PM EST.


 Pompey also holds the NCAA record in the 500m, a record she broke while competing for Manhattan College at the ECAC Championships in 2000.

August 5, 2001



RIVERDALE, NY ­ The Manhattan College Alumni Relations Office is holding the annual men’s and women’s soccer alumni games on Saturday, August 18, 2001.  The men’s game is scheduled for 1:00 pm at Gaelic Park with the women’s game following at 3:00 pm.  For more information, contact Grace Feeney at Manhattan College at (718) 862-7433.

August 1, 2001




RIVERDALE, NY ­ Manhattan College announced several changes and additions to its athletic department staffing:


     Head Swimming Coach and Interim Golf Coach Walter Olsewski was named Head Golf Coach.


     Margaret Ellis was hired as a graduate assistant in the Office of Sports Information.


     Graduate Assistant to Sports Information Darlene Camacho assumed additional responsibilities as Head Cheerleading Coach.



[Email 1]


Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 22:02:42 -0400


Hi! I was just reading through the last mailing and noted a short comment from Eddie Smythe. I wonder if he is the same one who graduated with me in 1967 BEE? If so, I would like to renew acquaintances, if he wants to e-mail me at <Privacy Invoked>. It will reach me in Omaha, NE. Thanks.


Ralph Phelps 67 BEE




[JR: Somehow I overlooked this message while I was on the road. Sorry. By BCC and a little luck, I have included Eddie on this message so that he will know of your interest. The ball's in his court now. Please confirm when and if you hear from him. I'd appreciate any materials for jottings that you two feel is appropriate. Good luck & God bless.]




From: Smythe, Ed

Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 08:23:59 ­0400

Subject: RE: Jasper info


It is indeed the same person.


How are you Ralph?  I thought by now you would have been published in the hardest subject I ever encountered: nuclear Engineering.  You did master in it didn't you?  I merely mastered in EE.


The email address sounds like a business (, if so it sounds entrepreneurial; I hope it is working for you.


We should chat soon and compare notes, although with thirty years to catch up on it may be a long call.


In Omaha lives one of my fraternity brothers (remember phi rho pi?)  Gene Hart works for Guardian Life there and is doing very well.


 Got to run now, more later.  Do you ever contact John or  Charlie?  I'm pretty well up on Rick and Steve and can fill you in.  Haven't heard from the others though.






Subject: RE: RE: Jasper info

From: Ralph Phelps 67 BEE

Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 21:31:04 -0400


Ed: Nice to hear from you, old friend! Thirty years is nothing to old geezers like us. I did get the MSNE, and a stint in the USAF as well, and after a few companies in between, am currently with Omaha Public Power, as Division Manager of Engineering at the nuclear plant, Fort Calhoun. Linda, my wife, and I have been here over 12 years now. The children (2) are both in college; Josh is a senior here at Univ. of NE in Omaha and Jenny just transferred to Univ of No Texas as a junior. Lots to catch up on, as you say. But also plenty of time to do so. This e-mail is a neat invention of you EEs. I have tried to contact a few of the guys over the years, but without much success; the last time was with John Redner when we were both living in LA in about 1978. I believe he moved to Barstow and became a desert rat. I have met a few Manhattan graduates via business meetings, but it seems like they are all 5-10 years too young. Hey, let's stay in touch now and then If you are still around NYC, I do get back there occasionally to see my Mom who still lives in the old apartment on 96th street. Maybe we can meet up sometime. Great to hear from you and take care.


Ralph (ps, the quest is just my home e-mail, but there is a story to it, for later)




[JR: I am tickled that this match occurred. It was the type of thing I would hope grew out of it. :-)  :-) ]

[Email 2]



Subject: Mail System Error - Returned Mail

Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2001 04:33:10 +0000


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[JR: Another reason why email doesn’t always get thru, helpful sys admins who put up dumb filters like this one.]

[Email 3]


From: "ddStebbins"

Subject: Libertarian Mississippi

Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 00:16:02 -0400


Dear Jasper John,


Your suggestion that Mississippi would be better off if they applied the tenets of libertarianism under the auspices of libertarian think tanks strikes me as rather odd since Ole Miss is about as close to a libertarian dream world as we have among out 50 states. They already have low levels of taxation and low expenditures on education.  This keeps rich Mississipians rich and makes it less likely that the poor would be able to think deeply enough to see how the rich are ripping them off.  Playing off low-income whites against African-Americans has been a Mississippi tradition since reconstruction - the Republicans have used the technique on the national level quite successfully.


Quoting from a State of Mississippi web site:


"Mississippi is tax-friendly when it comes to retirees. In addition to low tax rates in general, retirees living in Mississippi don't have to pay any state income tax on qualified retirement income. They also gain an additional bonus exemption on property taxes upon reaching the age of 65.      Mississippi residents benefit from the lowest per capita tax burden in the nation. Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine rates Mississippi sixth in the country and number one in the Sun Belt for least expensive tax states for retirees."


A few other facts for you to consider:


The average federal tax bill in 1994 was  $4,701 per person, seven percent higher than 1993 and 72 percent greater than 10 years ago. The federal tax burden differs considerably from state to state because of variations in income levels as well as other factors such as different consumption levels of federally taxed goods like gasoline.


Connecticut residents  pay the most, $7,105 per capita, followed by New Jersey residents at $6,680.


Mississippi  pays the least, $2,975 per capita, with Utah the second lowest at $3,350.


When federal tax collections are compared with federal spending, some states send far more to the federal Treasury than they get in return, while some states clearly come out far ahead. After adjusting to account for the part of federal spending that is financed by borrowing, a comparison of per capita taxes and expenditures in 1993 shows:


New Mexico received $1.96 in federal spending for every tax dollar paid, Mississippi received $1.63 and West Virginia received $1.45.


At the other end of the scale, New Jersey received only 67 cents in federal spending for every tax dollar paid, and Connecticut, Delaware and New Hampshire each received only 69 cents.


As you can see,  Mississippi gains considerably from taxes paid by people in other states.  They are clearly benefiting from being in the Union  and getting a lot more back than they put in.


There have in recent years been other "models" of libertarianism you might consider.  Russia right after the fall of communism gave us a glimpse of what unbridled free market capitalism might produce.  Chaos is pretty good description of what ensued, together with a high crime rate and social breakdown on a wide scale.


Just today I learned that our corporate masters have proposed spraying fruit and vegetable crops in California with Monosodium Glutamate- that causes serious symptoms in me and millions of others.  Since most of our fruit and vegetables come from California what are we supposed to do if the government allows it to go on?  Things are bad enough now with the government weakened by corporate bribes, but think what they would put in the food if no one was watching at all.


--  ddStebbins  --

"Oust the Viscount of Nocount"


Donald M. Stebbins

BS 1961


[JR: <1> Well when I was in MS I paid over 10% in sales tax on everything that I bought. Gas was taxed even more. That ain’t very libertarian. After seeing the school buildings I suspect the politicians of stealing from the people. I know that “state re-education and propaganda camps (i.e., government-run schools) ain’t very libertarian. Just a gut reaction with anecdotal evidence, but it has to be going somewhere. I too looked at the MS web sites and saw a ton of taxes being paid by somebody. That ain’t very libertarian. And, I am sure that there must be a special tax paid by the casinos I visited. And, that ain’t very libertarian. So, I don’t think I agree about your assigning them the “Libertarians dream” status. <2> Russia was not free markets because they did not have the political infrastructure in place. If fact, there is some question if anything really changed at all. All that really changed was some “store fronts”. The government / crime syndicates still run everything just as they did before. <3> I don’t think the government “watches”. I think they “conspire with”. Regulation is put in place to favors an incumbent who then rewards the regulators and their political bosses.]

[Email 4]


From: "louis apoldo"

Subject: Job Search

Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 16:16:01 -0400


Hi John,


I noted in your Jasper Jottings that you are still engaged in a job search, and that you prepare the Jottings in Kendall Park, NJ.  To assist you in your job search, I would like to recommend to you the Professional Services Group (PSG) at the NJ Dept. of Labor on Jersey Avenue in New Brunswick, NJ.


PSG is a volunteer self-help group that allows its members to use the office facilities at the Dept. of Labor offices on Jersey Avenue for FREE.  This includes free use of the computers, telephones, fax, copier, and employment reference library.  To qualify for these free PSG services, one is required to take a one-week course (five mornings) on job searching skills, and to volunteer about 3 or 4 hours a week to staff the PSG office.  I personally found the course useful in that it teaches how to prepare an effective resume, interviewing skills, networking techniques, etc.  Moreover, by going to PGS to conduct your job search activities, you can interact and network with other PSG members who are also seeking employment.  I personally have used the free services at PSG a couple of times in the past, when I was "downsized", and found membership and participation useful in keeping me focused on finding a job, and preventing me from getting discouraged about being unemployed.


If you would like to consider joining PSG, you can call them at (732) 418-3304 to find out more about this free program.  Their courses to qualify for PSG are given from 9AM to noon, Monday through Friday, and a new PSG class begins every Monday at 9AM.


Thank you for preparing the Jasper Jottings every week.  I look forward to receiving the Jottings, and I especially like your Libertarian "editorials" which are like a breath of fresh air in this era of political confusion.  Keep up the good work, and good luck in your job search.



Lou Apoldo



[JR: <1> I know about PSG and it’s a good suggestion for the right individual. I was up there about 11 years ago when I was just opening my consulting business. That phase lasted four years. Like outplacement, if you don’t know the ropes, it’s a great place to start. Unfortunately, I find that some people, like me, get “too comfortable”, and the fraternal nature of it makes you want to stay there as opposed to finding work. It lulls people, at least some that I have counseled, into an “activity trap”, where there is a lot of doing but not a lot of progress to the goal. That’s kind of like working in a modern corporation. Thanks for the tip though. And, I also recommend it to those execs who have really gotten caught out without outplacement and really haven’t kept in touch with the market place. <2> Thanks also for the kudos which helps me get through the late nights when I work on my “hobby”. As far as the editorials, it just my payment for the gathering and editing. It’s whatever bugs me on that particular week. I probably should have been a lawyer and ran for office but the people are really not ready for blunt talk. Just tonight at dinner, I was talking with an old codger from the WWII generation about “Saving Private Ryan”. He agreed with my observation that today’s generation would not and could not do what they had done. We really are at great risk because we have become fat, dumb, and “happy”. The only true happiness comes from achievements and within not from TV. IMHO]

[Email 5]


Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2001 21:57:41 -0400

From: "Gerard M. Delaney NSSS"

Organization: Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament

Subject: contact


A friend of mine, Col. John O'Connor ('74A) retired on Friday from the USAF after 27 years of service. I regained contact with him last year, while we were both in Albuquerque, NM through the Green Book.  I don't know if John is a subscriber, but his e-mail is <Privacy invoked>.




Br. Gerard M. Delaney, NSSS   '75S

As Gaeilge: Gearárd Mícheál Breandán Dubhshláine

Go mbeannai Dia a Mairh a Padraig thu

(God and Mary and Patrick bless you)

Novitiate Website:

Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament


[JR: No but invitation extended.]





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A framework of solidarity


“The growing international development consensus must be underpinned and accompanied by certain underlying principles, also of an ethical nature. Development is above all about certain basic human aspirations and values, understood within a holistic vision of the relationships between humankind and the rest of creation. In a knowledge-based economic system, development consensus must be person-centred, it must aim at inclusion and policies which enhance human capacity and strengthen participative human communities. Development must be inserted into a framework of solidarity and shared responsibility.


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As Libertarian, I think we need to mind our own business with respect to our neighbors and trade fairly with them. Trade peacefully benefits everyone. We should also insist that the formula that works for us would work for everyone because it is rooted in the power of the individuals to assert their own rights. I thought the recent conference on restricting small arms to be particularly onerous. A disarmed people makes a tyrant possible. I am reminded of the “Liberators” that the US dropped into occupied France during WWII. This was literally a one shot pistol that had to be disassembled to be reloaded. The process was that with one, an individual would get literally next to an occupying soldier, kill, take his weapon, and pass the Liberator on to someone else. Each person has their own right to life to the extent that they respect that right in others. “An armed society is a polite society.” The foundation of a free country is an armed individual. IMHO, jr