Sunday 13 July 2003

Dear Jaspers,

The jasper jottings email list has “1,085 subscribers” (after subtracting the two deliberate duplicates)  by my count.

My primary machine died on July 4th morning. I think it is just the power supply. Comp USA wasted three days of my time. A local shop in Princeton has it in the queue. The machine contains the current user list. I am expecting a complete recovery sooner or later. In the mean time, I am using the web site to make it available. When the machine returns from the dead, I will distribute the missing issues. Your sympathy and patience is solicited. In a comedy of errors, the nightly backup job that copies all live files to the backup machine in the garage failed. (Hence, the Information Systems canard “Backup systems, don’t!”) It looked like it work but didn’t. Arghhh!

Don't forget:

Th Jul. 24 '03 - MC Young Alumni Happy Hour
                          LOCATION CHANGE   Bar Thirteen
                          35 E. 13th St. (btw Broadway & University Pl.)

Mo Sep 22 '03 3rd Annual James Keating O'Neill Memorial Golf Classic.
    Hamlet Wind Watch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge, Long Island
    More info   at . 


Conjoined Twins' Caskets Arrive in Iran

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer

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LOHRASB, Iran - Hundreds of people dressed in black paid respects to the parents of 29-year-old conjoined twins who died during separation surgery, as the sisters' caskets arrived Friday in their home province of Fars.

Ladan and Laleh Bijani will be buried in the village of Lohrasb, 680 miles southwest of Tehran, on Saturday. Their bodies were driven from the capital in two Red Crescent Society ambulances, accompanied by dozens of vehicles, and taken to a morgue in a town near the village.

At the family's modest home, women mourners were separated from men in different halls, in line with Muslim custom.

Around the village, people placed photos of the twins and placards expressing condolences on lamp posts and buildings while workers prepared their grave sites.

"We are not prepared for the burial today," said the twins' father, Dadollah Bijani. "We've been overwhelmed by hundreds of people coming to pay their respects and we were not able to prepare for a respectable burial ceremony, one which they deserve."

The deaths of the two women Tuesday after 54-hour surgery in Singapore caused sadness around the world but particularly in Iran, which had watched and admired the courage of the girls as they grew up attached by their heads.

People halted work and parked their cars to cry when normal programming on radio and television were interrupted to announce the news. President Mohammad Khatami (news - web sites) also paid tribute to the twins' resolve and patience.

A neurosurgeon who assisted in the failed attempt to separate the twins said Friday the operation should have been done in stages over a few weeks instead of as one marathon procedure.

Performing the surgery all at once felt like "heading into a dark jungle to hunt a hungry tiger with no gun," said Dr. Benjamin Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore.

The 29-year-old Iranian twins died within 90 minutes of each other because of massive blood loss after being separated.

Carson said the experience will improve the chances of successfully performing such an operation in the future.

"If I had to do it again tomorrow from the things that have been learned already, I think the chances would be much greater of succeeding," Carson said.

The twins' bodies were flown from Singapore on Thursday to Tehran, where the coffins were laid out at the city's Grand Mosque in a reception normally reserved for slain soldiers and prominent figures. Hundreds of mourners came to the mosque.

The sisters had left Iran seven months ago to prepare for the operation — adamant in wanting to be separated despite the risks. They died within 90 minutes of each other after doctors separated them but failed to control the bleeding.

It was the first time surgeons had tried to separate adults joined at the head. The surgery had been performed successfully on infants, whose brains can more easily recover.

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I think there is a time when we are all called upon to “stand tall”, to make the tough decision, to see our own particular “elephant”, or just dig in and hold. It doesn’t always come with fanfare, a brass band, or a general announcement “This is the event that define’s your life”. No, it comes in the daily habits that we take on, the soft addictions that we avoid taking into our lives, and humdrum toil of everyday. Then comes the big event and poof we have our 15 seconds of fame to be the big impact player, the moral authority, the example that gives our fellow man courage. I hope I am ready when my time comes. I’ve sure paid for my mistakes enough. I hope whatever comes your way is palatable, easier to do, and rewarding in its own right. These two women certainly set the bar very high.

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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I try to keep these updated every month or so but please be patient if I am a little slow ( I don't get paid for this you know)
This is where I work, It looks so nice I wish I worked there (wait a minute I do!)
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[Collector's prayer: And, may perpetual light shine on our fellow departed Jaspers, and all the souls of the faithful departed.]

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Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. 
Newsday (New York)

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In Memoriam

SCHMITT JR.- William Jacob, P.E. Born on June 24, 1931, passed away on June 28, 2003 in his 72nd year, after a valiant struggle with cancer. He was a graduate of Brooklyn Technical H.S., Manhattan College and received a Masters Degree in Management Engineering from C.W. Post. He was a former environmental testing engineer. Retired from Nassau County Department of Public Works Building Department. A musician his whole life, he ended his career as a string bassist for the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra and the Sr. Pops of Long Island. He was also an organist for Queensborough Lodge #892 F & AM. Loving son of the late William Sr. and Jeannette. Devoted husband of Mildred (nee Clareen). Beloved father of William III, Karin Ivan and her husband Lewis. Loving Poppa of Janine Margaret, Daniel Lewis and the soon to be born Thomas William. Dear cousin of Barbara Wickson and Kenneth Boege. Visitation, Wednesday 2-4:30 and 7-9:30pm at the New Hyde Park Funeral Home, 506 Lakeville Road, New Hyde Park, NY. Masonic Service Wednesday 7:30pm and religious service Wednesday 8pm at funeral Home. Funeral Service Thursday 10am at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 600 New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde Park. Interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Maspeth, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated. Rest in the Lord.

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Copyright 2003 The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
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The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
July 3, 2003 Thursday

HEADLINE: Colleen Anne Carey of Beacon and formerly of Verplanck died June 24, 2003. She was 42. She was the daughter of Maureen Ascenzo and the late Thomas Carey and stepdaughter of Frank Ascenzo. She was attending Manhattan College for her bachelor's degree and worked in management for Entergy. She loved the outdoors, golf, cycling, cruises and cats. She is survived by her mother and stepfather; two brothers, Daniel and Thomas Carey; and a sister, Kathleen Mercadante. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Patrick's Church and interment was at St. Patrick's Cemetery, both in Verplanck. All County Funeral Service in Hawthorne handled arrangements.

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Copyright 2003 The Morning Call, Inc. 
Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
July 8, 2003 Tuesday FIRST EDITION
BYLINE: The Morning Call

Duncan M. Levy, 50, of Palmer Township, died July 5 in Easton Hospital. He was married to Joanna P. (Zavala) Levy for 18 years last September.

He owned Spade Offset Lithographic Printing Co., Fairview, N.J. He was a graduate of Manhattan College of Visual Arts, where he majored in animation.

Born in Staten Island, N.Y., he was a son of the late Milton D. and Muriel (Ferriell) Levy.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Easton, where he served as lector and as a volunteer in the Ark Soup Kitchen.

He was a member of Richmond Aquehonga Masonic Lodge 66, Staten Island.

Survivors: Wife; sons, Allan, Alexander and Aric, and daughter, Audrey, all at home; sister, Lois I. McCole of Palmer Township; nephews, nieces.

Services: 7 p.m. Friday in the church. Call 4-7 p.m. Friday in the church. Arrangements, Rupell Funeral Home, Phillipsburg.

Contributions: Ark Soup Kitchen, c/o the church.

LOAD-DATE: July 8, 2003 

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Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company 
The New York Times
July 7, 2003, Monday, Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section B; Page 7; Column 1; Classified


STEWART -- Brother Peter, FSC. Retired Assistant Professor of Modern Foreign Languages at Manhattan College. Son of the late Peter and Anna Cole Stewart; brother of John, James, Joseph and the late Raymond Stewart; uncle of Robert, John, Joseph, John, Rocco, PJ, Diane and Raymond Stewart, Carolyn DiMarco and Cathy DeAngelis. Wake at the Christian Brothers Center, 4415 Post Road, Bronx, NY 2-5PM and 7-9PM on Monday, July 7th. Mass of Christian burial at the Christian Brothers Chapel, 4415 Post Road at 10AM on Tuesday, July 8th. Burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Valhalla, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manhattan College Social Action Program, C/O Christian Brothers Center.

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Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company 
The New York Times
July 2, 2003, Wednesday, Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section C; Page 4; Column 5; Business/Financial Desk
Bronx Complex on Site Of Former Health Center

A gleaming white Class A office complex is nearing completion just off the Hutchinson River Parkway in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, part of it built on the foundation of what had been a state mental health facility, the Bronx Developmental Center.Construction began last August on what is now called the Hutchinson Metro Center, envisioned by its developers as the first stage of what will be a complex with a million square feet.

The first tenant, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, has signed a 12-year lease for 50,000 square feet, and expects to move about 825 employees into the offices in mid-August.

Mercy College, which already has five campuses and four extension centers throughout New York City and Westchester County, has signed a 20-year lease for 130,000 square feet. It plans to move in beginning in January.

Joseph Simone, whose family-owned Simone Development Company of New Rochelle bought the 18.5 acre site at auction for $3.7 million from the State of New York in May 2001, said that three other tenants have signed commitment letters -- but no leases yet -- for an additional 100,000 square feet. The 460,000-square-foot complex is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2004, Mr. Simone said, and it is expected to create about 2,000 white collar and service jobs.

The developer plans to provide security around the clock and parking space for about 1,400 cars. Those who drive to and from the Metro Center on the Hutchinson River Parkway will eventually be able to do so using a ramp that the city and state departments of transportation have approved, and which Mr. Simone said is expected to be ready in 20 months.

Commuters will also be able to use M.T.A. buses or the No. 6 subway to the Westchester Square station, which is a shuttle bus ride away. Buses will run between the station and the Metro Center from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Also planned for the complex is a teleconference center, a cafeteria, a health club, a bank, a dry cleaner and a convenience store. The interior courtyards that were there when the state owned the site were recently landscaped, and will double as alfresco dining areas.

Construction at the Metro Center appears to have be proceeding smoothly, despite a controversy that surrounded the state's auction of the property in 2001.

Although the Bronx Developmental Center was already regarded as obsolete, several architects, preservationists and environmental advocates objected to plans to partly demolish the building and then expand it by 40 percent. The building, which was designed by the renowned architect Richard Meier, was noted for its elongated portholes, which have been replaced by conventional office windows.

The most difficult part of the new design, said its architect, Mitchell D. Newman, the principal of the Newman Design Group in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., had to do with the outline of the foundation of the old building.

"The original footprint," Mr. Newman said, "didn't lend itself to modern large footprint office space, which was required by the tenants."

Mr. Simone said the million-square-foot size of the full complex would be allowed by present zoning regulations.

"Our intention is to create an environment with a biotechnology and medical cluster," Mr. Simone said, "a cluster where lots of scientists can work and study everything from ideas to research."

Mr. Simone expressed confidence that the Hutchinson Metro Center will be a good location for biotechnology and medical offices, since it is within a mile and a quarter of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Calvary Hospital and Jacobi Medical Center.

He said his company is talking with the New York City Investment Fund, a private organization that supports job creation and business development in New York City, in hopes of bringing biomedical companies to the Metro Center.

Mr. Simone also plans to develop a 150-room hotel and conference center.

A hotel could accommodate visitors to the nearby health care centers, Mr. Simone said, as well as Fordham University, Lehman College and Manhattan College; and out-of-towners having business at the Bronx Criminal Court complex. In addition, he said, the planned hotel would be used by visitors to attractions in the Bronx, like the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden and Yankee Stadium.

GRAPHIC: Photo: The initial portion of the Hutchinson Metro Center, on the site of an old mental health unit in the Bronx, will have its first tenant next month. (James Estrin/The New York Times)

Map of Bronx highlighting Hutchinson Metro Center: Hutchinson Metro Center, in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx.

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Copyright 2003 Daily News, L.P. 
Daily News (New York)
June 30, 2003, Monday SPORTS FINAL EDITION

Brooklyn has never been a hotbed for stock car racing.

Growing up in the borough, the closest Sam Belnavis ever came to it was watching locals speed along the Belt Parkway.

But Belnavis, 63, has come a long way from that time. He's the only full-time African-American  team owner on NASCAR's Winston Cup level. Before the start of the 2003 season, Belnavis became a partner with Travis Carter on a team that fields cars for Todd Bodine.

"What intrigued me was that I had heard and seen a number of African-Americans attempt to have an ownership in racing," said Belnavis. "For whatever reasons, they didn't really get off the ground. I felt, not only having some innate abilities, but also having some exposure from a sponsor's standpoint, that if I had the right sponsor and good team, I could be successful."

Belnavis got his start in racing two decades ago, yet that experience had more to do with dollars and cents than pistons and tires. As the first African-American sports marketing director at Miller Brewing in 1979, the Manhattan College graduate noticed the beer maker was losing out to its Southeast competitors - who all sponsored NASCAR teams.

He convinced his bosses to get involved in the sport and by 1981 Miller was backing Bobby Allison.

"We gained some market share in the Southeast, but at the same time I became a fan myself," he said. "So, I followed it and kept involved with the sport."

In 1991, he advised Willie T. Ribbs, who became the first African-American to drive in the Indy 500 that year.

It would take 22 years from that first deal with Miller before Belnavis would become a full-fledged team owner. For NASCAR the timing couldn't have been better.

NASCAR officials have struggled luring ethnic groups to the sport throughout its 50-plus-year history.

Every other African-American owner who has bought into NASCAR has gone without leaving a mark. Julius Erving and Joe Washington launched a Busch Series a few years ago that failed. Jackie Joyner Kersee recently stepped in, then out. Reggie Jackson, as a part owner of a Busch Series team that also has Bodine as its driver, is the only other current African-American owner in NASCAR, with two seasons in the sport. (Former Packers lineman Reggie White has teamed with Joe Gibbs for a future program.)

"(Belnavis) brings such passion to the sport, and so much knowledge, having been on the corporate side," said Dora Taylor, who heads NASCAR's diversity initiatives. "He has a very well-rounded package and on a personal level, he's such a sweet guy."

Getting more ethnic groups into racing will take more than one owner, but it's a good start. Most African-Americans have little exposure to racing and for those who do, the cost of getting involved can be staggering, Belnavis said.

"When I lived in Bed Stuyvesant, I had to go outside of the community to go swimming," he said. "We rode bikes at the public school. I didn't know anything about kart racing. The exposure level to attract drivers is minimal."

Belnavis feels part of his job is to be a role model for younger African-Americans interested in racing.

NHRA Pro-Stock motorcycle drag racer Reggie Showers, an African-American man who grew up in Philadelphia, applauds Belnavis' intentions.

"Racing didn't exist in my neighborhood," Showers said. "There was a go-kart track, and my dad would take us there on Sundays. That was like going to heaven.

"But we didn't have racing role models to aspire to," he added. "That's one of the reasons why I don't think there are many blacks in racing."

But it's about more than role models. Racing has been portrayed as being less than hospitable to ethnic crowds, a feeling not helped by the glut of fans flying Confederate flags in most speedway infields.

"One of the things I've always said is that NASCAR has to display a welcome mat, that they're welcoming everybody to come out to a race," Belnavis said. "If you look at the history, they're not any different from any other institution. But you have to make an effort to say,   'Hey guys, I want you involved.'"

Belnavis is taking that to heart. One of his three daughters, Cherise, helps with outreach programs to increase racing awareness with youngsters.

"I'm aware I may be the flagship to NASCAR, the role model, it's something that is a personal interest to me, a personal desire," Belnavis said. "We can talk about driver development programs, but once you get past the first wave, we don't have a minor league, we don't have a little league of African-American drivers. We've got to get to the grass roots in the African-American community."

The success of his team can help increase awareness, although it is struggling, with Bodine 31st in points.

Belnavis is not giving up, maintaining it will take a few years to get the team on solid footing.

And what would be the impact of a successful turnaround?

"I haven't given it a lot of thought," Belnavis said. "I think a lot of years of trying to get to that point will be shown, emotionally. When it does happen, and it will, I'll be making some history of some sort. I don't consider myself a history maker."

GRAPHIC: Sam Belnavis points the way for minorities to make their mark in auto racing. Belnavis has become a fixture around the track and in the garage as the lone African-American owner on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit. His team fields cars driven by Todd Bodine.

LOAD-DATE: June 30, 2003 

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Copyright 2003 The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
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The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
June 26, 2003 Thursday
HEADLINE: Thinking cap on water

Recycling wastewater may be one way to add to low supply

The $43,000 research grant awarded Rockland to study recycling wastewater is a positive step in seeking new supply.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has awarded Rockland the money for a pilot program investigating water reuse as a way to increase the county's supply.

While we have called for review of expansion plans for Rockland County Sewer District No. 1, in light of a the possible $153 million price tag, at some point there will have to be even limited sewer service in western Ramapo.

That should involve wastewater recycling, with United Water paying a fair share for the returned supply to the Ramapo River and its well field.

When that happens, the results of the research effort should prove fruitful.

"It will enable us to expand the scope of the project to do more testing and evaluation," notes Ron Delo, executive director of the sewer district.

To be jointly pursued by the sewer district, Manhattan College and United Water, the project will involve filters containing microscopic pores to separate impurities from water. The treated water will be tested but not returned to the drinking supply. If the results are worthy, the water could be added to the supply via a soon-to-be built treatment facility.

The idea is to reuse the millions of gallons of wastewater that would normally be flushed down the drain, water that once was sent to Rockland's many underground wells through the use of home septic systems.

Those systems, which can also contaminate the earth and create odor problems, were the subject of a federal aid program in the 1960s that allowed the Rockland Sewer District No. 1 to form, connecting homes and businesses in many parts of Ramapo and Clarkstown.

Orangetown, North Rockland and Suffern have their own sewer systems.

Now, it's back to the future as scientists seek viable ways to return sewer water, which comprises most waste, back to the water supply chain rather than be pumped into the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River at Piermont.

Rockland sends about 20 million gallons of effluent - treated wastewater from its sewer plant - through a series of pipes that runs from the county treatment facility in Orangeburg to Piermont.

Finding ways to keep some of that water in Rockland became a priority during the three-year drought that recently gripped the county, as well as it should have. This newspaper has been urging such study for decades.

The study will determine how effective the filter is at removing solid material and bacteria from the wastewater, with students in the environmental engineering program at Manhattan College regularly testing the water at the school's laboratory to determine its purity.

The team wants to see if the water has a high enough quality to be returned to a waterway or reservoir as a way to recharge the area's drinking-water supply. That water would then be treated again, along with the rest of the water, before being piped into homes and businesses.

The method has been used successfully in other municipalities, including upstate portions of the New York City watershed.

The pilot project is being done at the sewer district facility in Orangeburg, though officials hope that eventually the system could be operational at a proposed sewage treatment plant in western Ramapo. The treated water could then be channeled into the Ramapo River.

Well fields adjacent to the Ramapo River provide one-third of Rockland's drinking supply, and the field had to be shut down temporarily in September because of inadequate river flow, as it has many times in recent heavy water use/drought conditions.

So, go ahead, while also heeding the warning of Geoff Welch, chairman of the Ramapo River Committee, an environmental group, who seeks a study of river-water quality before any additional treated water is added. "There is already a lot of treated effluent in the river, and we need to establish a baseline to see what's in there already . . . It's a good concept as long as the water is treated to a high standard."

We agree. It may be that Rockland will have to work with Orange County, which also impacts the Ramapo, and with New Jersey further downstream.

LOAD-DATE: June 27, 2003 




Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. 
Newsday (New York)
July 8, 2003 Tuesday ALL EDITIONS
HEADLINE: Death Be Not a Stranger to Us
BYLINE: Katti Gray

Death demands our attention. Maybe we acknowledge a life gone on with rote, perfunctory gesture, a momentary departure from the next hurried task.

And, just maybe, our pausing is more intentional, earnest and deferential in its honoring of the dead we knew personally but also of souls unknown.

The family of Maude Decota Williams put her body in the ground last week. From a Catholic church that listed her on the membership roster, the priest, her relatives and their supporters reflected on her complex, inspired life.

"She was schizophrenic," said Peter Williams, the third of five children born to Maude Decota and George Harry Williams. "But her love was there, even through her sickness, just her caring. Just her being there and struggling with it."

His mother, he said, spent the bulk of existence fighting to keep from disappearing, so to speak. As much as it was possible, she wanted to be present for her children and for whatever part, on whatever stage, she was to play.

Peter, his wife, Jacque Berrien, and I share a budding acquaintance. They were my biggest reason for showing up at a stranger's funeral.

Peter's father died 11 years ago, at age 72, from the triple scourge of diabetes, emphysema and lung cancer. He had been ill since Peter, now 42, was 10. When their parents were in the throes of sickness, Peter's sister and the oldest of his three brothers transferred, respectively, from Vassar College to New York University and from Manhattan College to NYU. When it became clear that their young, strong bodies had to surrender to the household's need for a paycheck, they dropped their university studies to punch a clock.

They helped parent Peter. They paid his tuition to Catholic school. That is what Maude Decota and George Harry Williams wanted. Maude Decota and George believed vociferously in education and in God and were adamant that those were the keys to a bolted door, to a kingdom coming on Earth.

Fortuitously, Peter, Jacque and I are members of the same Sabbath day flock. For all my years in it, our assigned shepherd, the Rev. Anthony Trufant, has hammered away on the point of our - every one of us - being separated by the thinnest of degrees, if at all. When death comes to one family, it comes to the whole community, he says. Even if we've no recollection of the dead whatsoever, we are obligated to show some communal sign. So, a few from our flock dispensed with whatever had been planned for us last Wednesday morning to stand with Peter and his people. And that was important to him, for burying any of one's most beloved is frightening.

"It mattered to me whether people came," said Peter, who buried his mother on the day he was to become a brand new assistant dean at Medgar Evers College. "Even through her sickness she was a very sharing person, and I wanted to share my mother with others. ... Others may not feel my total pain, but they were sharing in my pain or assisting me as I go through this ritual of life."

In certain corners, news of someone's crossing over prompts even the stranger to pull on her funereal garb and appear at graveside. For one of death's manifold functions is as a social event, and this can be especially true where the social calendar is a reduction of school, work, waking and sleeping.

For such is the spare, simplified world of some people. In the places they occupy, real time is taken out for the dead. In those places, the dignitary and the commoner both rate a police escort. There, drivers yield to the anonymous dead man's motorcade, clicking off a blaring radio, pulling to the side of the road, whispering a word in the name of the departed and also on behalf of those left behind.

I come from that tradition. Time was when I thought the ritualism, the compulsions of those who showed up at anybody and everybody's funeral odd indeed. But the ancients had their own mourners, women professionals whose job it was to bring themselves and their wailings and, in their surrogate status, shout a mourner's cry. In near and far-off spots on the globe, mourning women continue to fulfill that duty.

In my own way, following tradition and my good pastor's orders, I have developed the habit of showing up, too, for souls known and unknown. I hear what is said of them, of their glory and human flaw. I laugh at the humor, weep when it seems their journey converges with my own or that of someone I have loved.

So great is the blessing of being there, present, that I sometimes feel guilty; though this is never my intention, I am seemingly absconding with something precious and belonging to another. In this, too, I recognize the reciprocal and symbiotic act, the getting and giving that is death.

LOAD-DATE: July 8, 2003 

[JR: "the oldest of his three brothers transferred … from Manhattan College" The sacrifices we make impact people and those sacrifices are remembered even if we aren't. Kinda of inspirting. ]



Copyright 2003 Daily News, L.P. 
Daily News (New York)
July 7, 2003, Monday SPORTS FINAL EDITION
HEADLINE: LAST NAME NOTWITHSTANDING Christy Mathewson's unready brother 1906 Chapter 115

THE BIGGEST casualty of the diphtheria that Christy Mathewson contracted during the New York Giants' cold, wet spring training in Memphis in March 1906 may have been the career of his brother Henry.

At least that's how Christy saw it - though most of those who followed Henry's brief time with the Giants felt that with or without Christy's diphtheria, (Hank) Mathewson was better suited for work in some other field.

Henry Mathewson pitched a total of 11 innings in the major leagues, all for the Giants. Twice he pitched mopup, the last inning of games in which the Giants already had an insurmountable lead.

The other nine all came in one game, and those were the innings that immortalized him in the National League record book.

ON OCT. 5, 1906, facing a dreadful Boston Braves team, Hank Mathewson walked 14 batters in those nine innings, which almost a century later remains the most walks ever allowed in one game by a National League pitcher. It could stand for another century, too, because it's one of those records that's hard to break: In all but the oddest of circumstances, a manager would remove a pitcher from a game long before his walk count reached 14.

This record notwithstanding, Hank had a somewhat less illustrious career than did Christy, who won 373 games over 16 years and was a charter electee to baseball's Hall of Fame.

Their path to the game was similar, however. Growing up comfortably middle-class in Factoryville, Pa., Hank, six years younger than Christy, was a sports prodigy like his brother. At 15, in the summer of 1902, both his pitching and hitting already were drawing the attention of  Factoryville's older players. Like Christy, he honed his sports and academic skills at prep school, and, while he did not follow Christy's path to college, he did get one-on-one coaching from big brother.

And so, on Jan. 20, 1906, the Giants signed 19-year-old Hank to a contract and invited him to spring training.

He was a beanpole, 6-feet-3 and 175 pounds, but Giants Manager John McGraw promoted him enthusiastically - in part, perhaps, because he knew Christy was tickled with the idea of his brother joining him on the squad.

It soon became clear to writers covering the team, though, that "Little Matty" was as far from Christy as Factoryville was from New York. He was awkward, without the control or velocity to compete at the major league level. It didn't help that during warmups on March 27, he lost his grip on a bat and sent it hurtling into the face of starting catcher Roger Bresnahan, shattering four of Bresnahan's teeth. When Hank gave up four runs in one inning to Manhattan College in the Giants' final preseason game on April 11, McGraw sent him to Poughkeepsie.

THE GIANTS would have their own struggles during the '06 season. Recovering from the diphtheria, Christy won only 22 games, nine fewer than he had averaged the previous three seasons. More important, the Chicago Cubs had the best season any team has ever had, winning 116 games and losing only 36. The Giants won 96 games, very respectable but still 20 back of the Cubbies.

By early September, any semblance of a pennant race was over. So when Poughkeepsie's season ended, McGraw saw no harm in recalling Hank to the big club. He made his debut on Sept. 28 against the Cardinals, pitching the ninth inning to protect the 8-1 lead Christy had handed him.

McGraw was heartened enough that on Oct. 5, the last game of the season, he let Hank start against the Braves, who were 661/2  games out of first place. Since the outcome didn't matter, McGraw decided to see what Hank could do by leaving him in for the whole game, no matter what happened.

That's the shot every pitcher asks for. Unfortunately for Hank, what happened was that he could not throw the ball over the plate. Besides the 14 walks, he hit a batter and allowed five hits while striking out only two.

It could be argued that his 19-year-old arm simply got tired, because after six innings the game was a respectable 1-1. But the weak-hitting Braves added six more runs in the last three innings, mostly by waiting for Hank to walk them. "Not a run should have been credited to the Bostons," sniffed The New York Times the next day, "their quota being due to bases on balls and a force hit."

More important than The Times, John McGraw also was unimpressed. Hank Mathewson would pitch just one more time, on May 4, 1907, when he threw one scoreless and walkless inning to wrap up a 10-0 victory over Brooklyn.

By that time, he was no longer considered a prospect, regardless of his last name. He was sent to the minors and fell out of baseball, though he was not much luckier in life than he was there. He died of tuberculosis on July 1, 1917. He was 30 years old.

Hank's professional flameout was "too bad," Christy said years later. "He was brought up before he was ready because I got the diphtheria at the start of the '06 season. The Giants' management thought they could sell tickets if there was still a Mathewson pitching at the Polo Grounds. But they should have waited. It cost them a good ballplayer. Hank just wasn't ready."

Still, the fact that McGraw put him into three games gave him another spot in the record book. Until the Perry and Niekro brothers came along in the '60s and '70s, the Mathewson brothers held the record for most wins by a brother team: Christy 373, Hank 0.

ON THE other hand, Hank did make out slightly better than a third promising Mathewson brother, Nicholas.

Nick, a pitcher who was also "under the tutelage of his famous brother," was scheduled to play for Nashville of the Southern League in the summer of 1909. But around Christmas of 1908, while he was a student at Lafayette College, he suffered a breakdown attributed to "overstudy." He returned home and, on Jan. 14, 1909, put a bullet through his right temple.

LOAD-DATE: July 7, 2003 




Copyright 2003 The Morning Call, Inc. 
Morning Call (Allentown, PA)
July 6, 2003 Sunday FIRST EDITION
BYLINE: The Morning Call

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Treasa Ni Chathain, or Terry Kane, won the Fleadh Cheoil in Irish singing on June 1. The Fleadh takes place annually at Manhattan College on the first weekend in June. Winners of this competition are permitted to enter the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, an annual competition for traditional music held in Ireland on the last weekend in August.

Kane has won the fleadh in New York four times, twice singing in English and twice in Irish. She has participated twice in the competition in Ireland.

Kane will be teaching a beginning Irish class and a class in Irish songs at Northampton Community College in the fall. She also leads an Irish music session the third Thursday of each month at Granny McCarthy's Tea Room, 534 Main St., Bethlehem.

Deadline for submitting items for Arts News is noon the Monday before Sunday publication. Items should be sent to Pat Bosha, Arts News, The Morning Call, Box 1260, Allentown, PA 18105-1260; e-mail:, or fax to 610-820-6693.

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FROM THE COLLEGE’S WEB SITE: Your resume can be sent to employers who contact our office seeking to fill positions.  For more information contact the Recruitment Coordinator at (718) 862-7965 or Email to

Actual jobs at MC are at: 

[No Resumes]




FROM THE COLLEGE’S WEB SITE: [which is no longer at the College, but at a third party. Web bugs are on the pages. (That’s the benefit of being a security weenie!) So, it’s reader beware. Your browser can tell people “stuff” about you, like your email address, leading to SPAM. Forewarned is forearmed.]


The only reason for putting this here is to give us a chance to attend one of these games and support "our" team.

Date Day Sport Opponent Location Time/Result
9/4/03 Thursday Golf   Towson Fall Classic   Baltimore, MD   4:00 PM
9/5/03 Friday Golf   Towson Fall Classic   Baltimore, MD   8:00 AM
9/6/03 Saturday Golf   Towson Fall Classic   Baltimore, MD   8:00 AM
9/11/03 Thursday Golf   Bucknell Invitational   Lewisburg, PA   2:00 PM
9/12/03 Friday Golf   Bucknell Invitational   Lewisburg, PA   1:00 PM
9/13/03 Saturday Golf   Bucknell Invitational   Lewisburg, PA   8:45 AM
9/19/03 Friday Golf   Manhattan Fall Invitational   Riverhead, NY   1:00 PM



[Sports from College]




[Sports from News & Web]

The Associated Press
July 3, 2003, Thursday, BC cycle
SECTION: Sports News
HEADLINE: St. Francis hires former Duquesne assistant Poe

Longtime Duquesne assistant Jill Poe was hired as the head women's basketball coach at St. Francis, Pa.

Poe, an assistant at Duquesne for seven years, succeeds Myndi Hill, who left St. Francis last month to become head coach at Manhattan College.

The Red Flash tied a school record for wins last season, finishing 23-8. They won the Northeast Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and earned a No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament.

LOAD-DATE: July 4, 2003 


Copyright 2003 Newsday, Inc. 
Newsday (New York)
July 1, 2003 Tuesday QUEENS EDITION
Correction Appended
LENGTH: 1008 words
HEADLINE: Newsday's All-City First Team
BYLINE: Compiled by John Boell

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Nick Derba, Molloy: The senior captain was one of two returning starters from Molloy's 2002 CHSAA championship team, and he helped lead the Stanners back to the title game, where they lost to Iona Prep ... Derba, headed to Manhattan College, batted .418 (36-for-86) with a .721 slugging percentage, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 6 homers, 22 runs scored and 34 RBIs ... Where Derba really shined was behind the plate; he was entrusted by coach Jack Curran to call his own pitches.

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Copyright 2003 The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
All Rights Reserved 
The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
June 29, 2003 Sunday
HEADLINE: Explosive swing
BYLINE: Ian R. Rapoport, Staff

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Sam DeLuca, Hackley: Slick fielding with a solid bat, DeLuca led the Hornets to the final of the NYSAIS tournament. He hit .512 with some pop - he had 11 doubles and three home runs to go with his 41 RBI, third in the area.  He had an eight-RBI game. The senior signed with Manhattan College toward the end of the season.

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July 3, 2003, Thursday, BC cycle
SECTION: Sports News
HEADLINE: St. Francis hires former Duquesne assistant Poe

Longtime Duquesne assistant Jill Poe was hired as the head women's basketball coach at St. Francis, Pa.

Poe, an assistant at Duquesne for seven years, succeeds Myndi Hill, who left St. Francis last month to become head coach at Manhattan College.

The Red Flash tied a school record for wins last season, finishing 23-8. They won the Northeast Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and earned a No. 15 seed in the NCAA tournament.

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From: Ruth Ann
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2003 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 24 Jun 2003

Hi John,

I'm glad you dropped me a line.  A better e-mail address for me is <privacy invoked>. My last name has changed to Brock now.   My life has been very busy for the last year or so.  I attended senior service school at the Army War College as one of 3 Air National Guardsmen selected for this school.  I graduated in June 2002 with a Masters of Strategic Studies.  I also was married on St Paddy's Day this past March to Michael Brock.  We blended our families together nicely.  I have a 16 year old daughter, Erin and Michael came to the marriage with three children: Michael, age 15, John,  20 and his twin sister Kristen, age 20.  Michael works for Northwest Airlines as a supervisor, and I'm currently a federal employee and also a lieutenant colonel working for the Texas Air National Guard.  I recently bought a house in Hurst, TX this past December.  This is a good location for an easy drive to our places of work and we are also near family.  My brother lives 2 miles away and my parents only 35 miles in Dallas.

I will be coming to NYC for a supply conference in July.  Is there anything going on at the college  18-24 July? What is the young alumni group?  How young?  I plan on coming in on the weekend before my conference to visit with a HS girlfriend.  I haven't been back to MC in years and may try to visit or go to the happy hour on 35th st.

What has been going on in your life?


Ruth Brock
MC Alumni, 1979


Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 8:55 AM
To: 'Ruth Ann'
Subject: RE: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 24 Jun 2003

Ms. Ruth Ann:

I have entered your preferred email address on the list for the weekly ezine.

Your description of your status was fascinating. I assume I have your permission to share it with our fellow alums.

Congrats on the nuptials. Reminds me of a Lucy and Henry Fonda movie "His, Hers, and Ours". I defer to Doctor Dans who is the resident film guru.

If you want a great Broadway play, I recommend "Mama Mia". I suggest you get the tix before you come. I saw it in London and a critic there described it as "a license to print money". It was great. What's a trip to NY without a play.

I don't see anything on the calendar. If you go to the happy hour, please file a trip report on the "Young Jaspers" with us. All the "old Jaspers" will get a giant kick out of it. It'll remind them of their youth. I keep threatening to show up. I can't believe they'd be anything less than hospitable since you're closer to their age than I am.

I am in another one of my perennial job searches. As a "fat old white man" working on Wall Street, these "hiatuses" are a fact of life. Hopefully the politicians will get out of the way and let the American economy recover. In the mean time, I just have to find the place where they are in excruciating IT pain or else in a panic, not knowing what to do, and I'll be back in the harness again.

As I said in my invitation letter, I have been doing Jasper Jottings for a while.  It has become a hobby while I wait for the Alumni Association's paid staff at the College to take it over. Hopefully before I croak.

I recommend a trip back to the Quad for the sense of history, peace, and "full circle" closure. I was amazed at the number of girls from when I went; it's like 3 out of 4, or seems that way. Everyone is so young and full of energy. Unlike the grizzled has beens like me. 

In any event, thanks for your great email, I hope you enjoy my modest hobby, and good luck on your upcoming trip. Traveling these days is a giant hassle. IMHO


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From: Ruth
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 10:26 PM
Subject: Re: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 24 Jun 2003

Hi John,

Thanks for your note and of course you can share my news with the others.  I attached a news article that was published in the Dallas News in April.  The attached picture was published with the article too.  The data on me is toward the end of the article.

Have a great week and thanks for the suggestion on the play.


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Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2003 10:56 AM
To: 'Ruth'
Subject: RE: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 24 Jun 2003

Ahhh Ruth: Don't underestimate the power of the internet. I cited that story in the above cited issue of Jottings. See where I need the "quality guys" (i.e., Mike, Elizabeth, Peter, John, etc. etc.) is for their ability to recognize the stories about alums where "manhattan college" is not explicitly mentioned. If it explicit, I use many of the different search engines to find it. Of course, the vast bulk of material is not even posted on the internet or not index by search engines, so I need the human reporters. In specific cases, when I find an email address, I send an invite like yours. In my "spare time" also troll thru MCOLDB looking for "invitees". In composing Jottings, I try to clean up the spelling since I am very bad at it. It is a very error prone medium. ;-) One error is getting involved with it. ;-) Good luck on your trip. John'68




From: Gerard Delaney
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 9:32 AM
Subject: AccuCard Update


Does this happen quarterly?

Gerard M. Delaney '75


From: John Reinke
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 10:31 AM
Subject: RE: AccuCard Update

Yes, it's a good way for me to keep "tabs" on all my subscribers automagically. Now if I could just be a better "clerk / record keeper"! This way I have an address and phone number for the nagging reminder about "lost" subscribers. ;-) jr




From: Edwin J. Callan (1943)
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 1:42 PM
Subject: Fw: GBOT

Hope this shows
I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

Enjoy Your Freedom & God Bless Our Troops

Show Your Support Send This Page Along Today

[JR: The picture and icons don’t “translate”, but I would be happy to forward the email along to any who want it. With all the free page sites available, you might want to consider putting the HTML on one for all to enjoy.]




From: Col Dan Costantini, BEE 74
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 9:41 PM
Subject: RE: jasperjottings20030615.htm


As a result of changing services, my new email is <privacy invoked>. Please do not use the <privacy invoked> email any longer.

Thanks.  Keep up the good work

Col Dan Costantini, BEE 74

[JR: Thanks, I will when I get my primary “weapon” back.]





Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 11:17 PM

Subject: A scary scenario

WASHINGTON (July 1) - The Pentagon is developing an urban surveillance system that would use computers and thousands of cameras to track, record and analyze the movement of every vehicle in a foreign city.

Dubbed ``Combat Zones That See,'' the project is designed to help the U.S. military protect troops and fight in cities overseas.

Police, scientists and privacy experts say the unclassified technology could easily be adapted to spy on Americans.

The project's centerpiece is groundbreaking computer software that is capable of automatically identifying vehicles by size, color, shape and license tag, or drivers and passengers by face.

According to interviews and contracting documents, the software may also provide instant alerts after detecting a vehicle with a license plate on a watchlist, or search months of records to locate and compare vehicles spotted near terrorist activities.

The project is being overseen by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is helping the Pentagon develop new technologies for combatting terrorism and fighting wars in the 21st century.

Its other projects include developing software that scans databases of everyday transactions and personal records worldwide to predict terrorist attacks and creating a computerized diary that would record and analyze everything a person says, sees, hears, reads or touches.

Scientists and privacy experts - who already have seen the use of face-recognition technologies at a Super Bowl and monitoring cameras in London - are concerned about the potential impact of the emerging DARPA technologies if they are applied to civilians by commercial or government agencies outside the Pentagon.

``Government would have a reasonably good idea of where everyone is most of the time,'' said John Pike, a Global defense analyst.

DARPA spokeswoman Jan Walker dismisses those concerns. She said the Combat Zones That See (CTS) technology isn't intended for homeland security or law enforcement and couldn't be used for ``other applications without extensive modifications.''

But scientists envision nonmilitary uses. ``One can easily foresee pressure to adopt a similar approach to crime-ridden areas of American cities or to the Super Bowl or any site where crowds gather,'' said Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists.

Pike agreed.

``Once DARPA demonstrates that it can be done, a number of companies would likely develop their own version in hope of getting contracts from local police, nuclear plant security, shopping centers, even people looking for deadbeat dads.''

James Fyfe, a deputy New York police commissioner, believes police will be ready customers for such technologies.

``Police executives are saying, `Shouldn't we just buy new technology if there's a chance it might help us?''' Fyfe said. ``That's the post-9-11 mentality.''

Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske said he sees law enforcement applications for DARPA's urban camera project ``in limited scenarios.'' But citywide surveillance would tax police manpower, Kerlikowske said. ``Who's going to validate and corroborate all those alerts?''

According to contracting documents reviewed by The Associated Press, DARPA plans to award a three-year contract for up to $12 million by Sept. 1. In the first phase, at least 30 cameras would help protect troops at a fixed site. The project would use small $400 stick-on cameras, each linked to a $1,000 personal computer.

In the second phase, at least 100 cameras would be installed in 12 hours to support ``military operations in an urban terrain.''

The second-phase software should be able to analyze the video footage and identify ``what is normal (behavior), what is not'' and discover ``links between places, subjects and times of activity,'' the contracting documents state..

The program ``aspires to build the world's first multi-camera surveillance system that uses automatic ... analysis of live video'' to study vehicle movement ``and significant events across an extremely large area,'' the documents state.

Both configurations will be tested at Ft. Belvoir, Va., south of Washington, then in a foreign city. Walker declined comment on whether Kabul, Afghanistan, or Baghdad, Iraq, might be chosen but says the foreign country's permission will be obtained.

DARPA outlined project goals March 27 for more than 100 executives of potential contractors, including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab.

DARPA told the contractors that 40 million cameras already are in use around the world, with 300 million expected by 2005.

U.S. police use cameras to monitor bridges, tunnels, airports and border crossings and regularly access security cameras in banks, stores and garages for investigative leads. In the District of Columbia, police have 16 closed-circuit television cameras watching major roads and gathering places.

Great Britain has an estimated 2.5 million closed-circuit television cameras, more than half operated by government agencies, and the average Londoner is thought to be photographed 300 times a day.

But many of these cameras record over their videotape regularly. Officers have to monitor the closed-circuit TV and struggle with boredom and loss of attention.

By automating the monitoring and analysis, DARPA ``is attempting to create technology that does not exist today,'' Walker explained.

Though insisting CTS isn't intended for homeland security, DARPA outlined a hypothetical scenario for contractors in March that showed the system could aid police as well as the military. DARPA described a hypothetical terrorist shooting at a bus stop and a hypothetical bombing at a disco one month apart in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a city with slightly more residents than Miami.

CTS should be able to track the day's movements for every vehicle that passed each scene in the hour before the attack, DARPA said. Even if there were 2,000 such vehicles and none showed up twice, the software should automatically compare their routes and find vehicles with common starting and stopping points.

Joseph Onek of the Open Society Institute, a human rights group, said current law that permits the use of cameras in public areas may have to be revised to address the privacy implications of these new technologies.

``It's one thing to say that if someone is in the street he knows that at any single moment someone can see him,'' Onek said. ``It's another thing to record a whole life so you can see anywhere someone has been in public for 10 years.''




From: Geza Paul Bottlik BME 1960
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 3:25 PM
Subject: Re: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 09 April 2003

Please add me to your distribution


Geza Paul Bottlik BME 1960 




From: Lesleigh
Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 11:43 PM
Subject: Re: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 30 Jun 2003

I would like to receive Jasper Jotting.





From: Chuck (aka Dr. Charles J. Theisen, Jr. 1957)
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2003 9:28 PM
Subject: update on info


I didn't enter anything into your data base because it is all accurate for our home in Florida.  I don't see anyway to enter an additional address and phone number.  I'm now spending part of the spring, summer and fall in Pennsylvania.  My PA info is: <privacy invoked>.

Thanks for keeping all this going.

[JR: I just try to keep a live address so I can alert people when their email fails. I figure that someone important may trying to use it. Email often fails silently and people don’t realize how fragile it is. Thanks for the update and complement. It doesn’t feel like things are going very well this week.]




From: Ferdinand John Reinke
Sent:    Sunday, July 06, 2003 10:33 PM
Subject:           Update on Brother Batt

Brother William Batt
St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
Buffalo, New York 14223




From: Tom McGowan (1959)
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2003 9:40 AM
Subject: Next Combustion Course - December 4-5, New Orleans

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

AWMA will sponsor the next two-day combustion and air pollution shortcourse given by me and Joe Santoleri. It is in New Orleans, on December 4 and 5. Contact AWMA 800 270 3444 and ask for registration at extension 3127 (outside the US, call 412-232-3444, ext 3127). For more information on the course, go to

The course is an opportunity to sharpen your skills, while the location is guaranteed to provide good food and good times. Considering bringing your spouse and children to the "Big Easy" for an enjoyable stay.

AIR-311 is also scheduled for June 21-22, 2004 in conjunction with the AWMA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN. Other courses available are a half- or full-day course on NOx Control, as well as half- or full-day courses on thermal treatment of soil, and a 3-day version of combustion and air pollution control. These are available on an in-house basis for industrial firms and regulatory authorities and other interested parties. We are working on an Elearning course for AWMA on NOx Control and hope to have that available before year end. You can get more detail on what is covered on these courses on our website at or by calling me.

Hope all is well with you and yours!


Tom McGowan


TMTS Associates, Inc.

Atlanta, GA 30315

[JR: Stay out of Harah’s casino if you go. I found the machines to be as tight as an Indian casino.]




From: Phelps, Steve  (1968)
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 12:11 PM
Subject: Error message...  


[JR: Very cute. I actually had to look twice. I pass it along for the list’s enjoyment.]




From: Bob Hanrehan (1989)
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2003 10:32 AM
Subject: Re: Hello from a 1968 Jasper on 27 Jun 2003


Please add me to your subscriber list

Bob Hanrehan (1989)

[JR: Yup, just as soon as the list comes back from the shop. ]





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House Panel Gives Amtrak $580 Million

Fri Jul 11, 2:46 PM ET  Add U.S. Government - AP to My Yahoo!

By JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Amtrak took another jolt in its bumpy ride toward financial solvency Friday when a House panel decided to give it less than one-third of the money the passenger railway says it needs to operate next year.

The House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for the Transportation and Treasury departments approved an Amtrak budget of $580 million for the 2004 budget year starting Oct. 1. That compares to $900 million requested by the Bush administration and $1.8 billion that Amtrak says is necessary to maintain existing services.

While only an initial step in a budgetary process that won't be finished for months, the subcommittee action signaled more trouble for the perennially money-losing Amtrak, which last summer narrowly averted its first nationwide shutdown.

"As a practical matter, this is a shutdown scenario," Amtrak spokesman Cliff Black said of the $580 million amount. He said Amtrak spends $466 million annually just to maintain its existing capital equipment in the Northeast Corridor, and the passenger railroad could not function with the amount allotted by the subcommittee.

But subcommittee chairman Rep. Ernest Istook (news, bio, voting record), R-Okla., said Amtrak "needs to show it can operate successfully on a smaller scale where it does have density and it does have demand."

Amtrak, formed in 1971, services 500 communities in 46 states on its 22,000 miles of track. Congress, long critical of the railway's dependence on government subsidies, in 1997 gave Amtrak give five years to wean itself from federal support, but the railway continues to rack up operating losses of about $1 billion a year.

Amtrak says it also requires about $2 billion annually from the government through at least 2008 as it addresses a backlog of capital repairs.

Rep. John Olver (news, bio, voting record) of Massachusetts, the top Democrat on the subcommittee, argued that there's no major intercity rail system in the world that operates profitably without government support and that the subcommittee-backed budget, part of a $90 billion Transportation and Treasury spending package, "would strangle our national passenger rail system."

Black said 219 House members had signed a letter supporting Amtrak's $1.8 billion request.

But Rep. John Mica (news, bio, voting record), R-Fla., a senior member of the House Transportation Committee that sets infrastructure policy, welcomed the low-end budget figure, saying he was campaigning "to get them the minimal amount of money until we get some commitment for reform." The subcommittee action was "going to precipitate a serious look at reform," he predicted.

Mica is drawing up legislation that he said would return Amtrak to its core mission — long-distance service. He would turn over commuter services in the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak's biggest source of revenue, to a compact of Northeastern states. "The Northeast Corridor, if properly managed, not only has the potential for making money but could also dramatically change the travel patterns" in the region, he said.

Transportation Department Inspector General Kenneth Mead, in testimony to the House Budget Committee earlier this week, said that even a budget of $1 billion a year wouldn't "solve the fundamental problem: the current Amtrak model is broken."

"The status quo pleases no one," Mead said. "It will require significant increases in funding just to maintain it, and it will not meet the mobility needs of this country in the years ahead."

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Just kill it. Period. Where in the Constitution does it say that Congress should run it’s own railroad. We can’t afford it. I am sure that someone will buy the assets and the proceeds can be distributed to every citizen! What a novel concept. Give the people back their money. While we are on the topic of money, let’s go back to the honest money in the Constitution. Bring back the Gold and Silver standard. Fire the Fed. And, free the American economic engine. The dead old white guys had it right before we started “amending” it (i.e., income tax, direct election of Senators, etc. etc.).


And that’s the last word.