Sunday 12 December 2004

Dear Jaspers,

662 (the number bounces around a lot and I don't understand why?) are active on the Distribute site. There are 36 bouncing.


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We Dec 15 Gulf Coast Alumni Club Luncheon
--- University Club in Sarasota, Fl. at 12:30PM
--- contact Neil O'Leary '60A c/o Jasper Jottings

We Jan 26 Treasure Coast FL Alumni Holiday Inn
--- on US 1 in Stuart, Florida at noon
--- contact Ed Plumeau '52A c/o Jasper Jottings

We Mar 16 Treasure Coast FL Alumni Holiday Inn
--- on US 1 in Stuart, Florida at noon
--- contact Ed Plumeau '52A c/o Jasper Jottings

Wkend Apr 2-3 '05
--- Relay For Life '04 was a first time event for Manhattan College, and we helped
--- raise close to $20,000. How will you get involved and make this year's Relay
--- For Life even more successful
--- Form teams with alumni (Class of '79, 82, etc.)
--- Form Teams with family and/or co-workers
--- Sponsor student teams on-campus
--- Find companies that can help underwrite the event
--- Speak on your experiences of Cancer in your life at the event
--- Be part of the planning team for Relay for Life '05
----- Contact Kinah Ventura-Rosas at 718-862-7477
----- or e-mail at kinah.ventura AT


My list of Jaspers who are in harms way:
- Afghanistan
- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)
- Iraq
- - Mortillo, Steven F., son of Mortillo, Steve (1980)
- - Sekhri, Sachin (2000)
… … my thoughts are with you and all that I don't know about.


Wallet lost in 1975 returned to man, thanks to child's note

A photograph of Beverly Kassis and a letter she wrote were among the items still in Robert McArtor's wallet after nearly 30 years.   

Internet search site helps company find rightful owner


[JR: Frequent readers know I am a sucker for stories about people who do the right thing when no one is watching as exemplars to how much in the Creator's image people can be when they accept the Grace to be that way. ]

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SPRING HILL - Robert McArtor called it a ''phenomenon.''

His wife, Catherine, called it divine intervention.

McArtor's wallet was stolen nearly 30 years ago while he was working in Colorado. Last week, it was returned it to him after a contractor discovered it in the wall of a building while installing windows.

The dark leather wallet was full of old family photographs, $7 cash and a thick stack of credit cards and business cards. The people who found it also found a note inside that led them to the McArtors.

The couple's daughter, Beverly Kassis, wrote the note when she was about 6 years old.

''I love you mother and father,'' the note said. ''You are good pairint's and as I said I love you, Love Beverly.''

The simple message propelled the wallet's finders on a mission to find the rightful owners. By entering the name ''Beverly'' and ''McArtor'' into an Internet search site, they were able to track them down.

''It must be an extraordinary person that would go to this length to track us down,'' said Robert McArtor, 71. ''Only in this computerized day and age could they have a way to track us down. If the wallet was found in 1975, when I lost it, they probably wouldn't have found us.''

Employees of Bison Designs in Longmont, Colo., which manufactures belts, key chains and bottle openers, found the wallet. Company owner Brian Kelleghan said he had purchased a building and was having new windows installed when a contractor pulled some insulation out of the wall. Out fell the wallet.

''It was crammed full of pictures from what looked like multiple generations,'' Kelleghan said. ''It was obviously a gem and I could tell the man who owned it was a family man.''

Kelleghan took the wallet to his office and showed it to several employees. Colleen Kelly, who manages the company's new accounts and bill collections, took an interest in finding the owner of the wallet. She couldn't find a Robert McArtor online but came up with another plan.

''I had the note and just typed in the daughter's first and last name and found her on a college alumni Web site,'' Kelly said. ''It's scary what you can find on the Internet.''

The school was Georgetown College in Kentucky, and through the alumni Web site Kelly found Beverly's married name, Kassis. Her telephone number and address were found on an Internet phone directory. Kelly called and left a message with Kassis, explaining the wallet was found.

''I'm sure they thought I was pretty crazy when I left the message,'' Kelly said.

Robert McArtor said he had written off the wallet. He was working in an office in Longmont during the fall of 1975 when he placed his wallet on a table and walked away for a moment. When he came back, the wallet was gone. He said the wallet had $400 in it.

''I called the police immediately, and canceled the credit cards. We were moving back to Kentucky and I didn't think I'd ever see it again.''

Kelly sent the wallet to Kassis via overnight mail. Opening the package and looking into the wallet was like looking through a time capsule, Kassis said.

She also didn't know that her father had been carrying around the note.

''That touches my heart,'' Kassis said. ''He never told me he carried around my notes when I was younger. It didn't surprise me as much as it touched me.''

Catherine McArtor said she thinks God had something to do with her husband's wallet being found.

''There must be some reason for God to have this wallet show up. I have to think there's some reason that allowed this to surface.''

Robert McArtor said he probably will give the wallet to his daughter, who has three children of her own. He said he's amazed it was found, and was happy to see pictures he thought were lost forever. He chuckled as he shuffled through a stack of credit cards and gas cards, some from businesses that have undergone big changes such as Montgomery Ward and Standard Oil.

He said he plans on finding a way to repay Kelly and the people at Bison Design for getting the wallet back to him. He still has one big question, though:

''Who took it, and how long has it been in that wall?''


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There are so many lessons in this story. Things change. The inet is a unique tool. We never know "everything". Plan for losses. You don't know everything about anybody, even those closest to you. Don't sweat the small stuff. The Grace that is given to some people. What touches the human soul. And the beauty in a small story can touch the heart of at least one crusty old Jasper.

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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Jaspers found web-wise









DePhillips, Ferdinand "Fred"



Lynch, William R.



Russo, Jeanette



Sullivan, Joseph



Gallo, Charles Philip



Hagadorn, Raymond



Hagadorn, Robert E.



Spittel, Steve



Rowley, Thomas E.



Cicero, Philip



Logie, Alfred



Holmes. Steve Irvin



Giugliano, Suzanne



Fox, Andy



Lanza, Joanne



Williams, Catriona









Cicero, Philip



DePhillips, Ferdinand "Fred"



Fox, Andy



Gallo, Charles Philip



Giugliano, Suzanne



Hagadorn, Raymond



Hagadorn, Robert E.



Holmes. Steve Irvin



Lanza, Joanne



Logie, Alfred



Lynch, William R.



Rowley, Thomas E.



Russo, Jeanette



Spittel, Steve



Sullivan, Joseph



Williams, Catriona





[Messages from Headquarters
(Manhattan College Press Releases & Stuff)]

From: Jasper Recruiting [mailto:jasperrecruiting  -- at --]
Sent: Thursday, November 11, 2004 11:49 AM
Subject: Ove Arup & Partners

Ove Arup & Partners is one of the largest and most successful international firms of consulting engineers.  We offer a broad range of engineering and management disciplines including engineering design, planning and project management services for civil, industrial and building works.  We number over 6,000 men and women working in more than 50 countries through over 60 permanent offices worldwide.  In addition to our core engineering skills we offer specialist consultancies in fields such as security system design, fire safety, telecommunications, audiovisual, controls and project management.  Services to clients cover every stage of a project, from inception to completion and after.  We believe in employing the best people, training them well and encouraging an environment in which quality in all things is highly prized.

The New York Offices of Ove Arup & Partners Consulting Engineers seeks entry-level candidates for the position of Engineer-In-Training in its Security Design Division.  The successful candidate will have an engineering degree and work on low-voltage design projects that include security engineering and consulting as well as specification writing and detailed plans.  Work involves heavy client interface.  Some travel may be required.   Good oral and written communication skills are essential.  AutoCAD experience is a plus.

Arup offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental and 401(k).  Interested candidates should fax resume to AJ Palumbo 212-229-3991 or email him at albert.palumbo  -- at --



Bestselling author’s new book recounts the power plays and political pressures that have shaped the U.S. financial world.

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Dr. Charles R. Geisst, professor of economics and finance at Manhattan College, is the author of Undue Influence: How the Wall Street Elite Put the Financial System at Risk. Released in November by John Wiley & Sons, Undue Influence is Dr. Geisst’s latest book to dissect the complex worlds of business and finance.

In Undue Influence, Dr. Geisst examines the individuals and events that have shaped the U.S. financial system – for better or for worse – over the last 85 years. Beginning with the rise of the Wall Street elite in the early twentieth century, financial historian and bestselling author Dr. Geisst takes readers on an unforgettable journey that mixes money, power and politics.  Geisst also discusses how laws such as the Glass-Steagall Act and the Securities Act of 1933 created a safety net to protect America’s financial system against undue influence by Wall Street and its constituents. Filled with in-depth insights and practical lessons, Undue Influence explains why, in the brave new world of financial services, the risks may be greater than ever before.

Publishers Weekly calls Undue Influence “engaging” and says, “Geisst provides a lucid guide to the financial issues involved and a colorful account of decades-long political debates and legislative wranglings, while raising troubling questions about the direction of public policy.”

Dr. Geisst, who has taught economics and finance at Manhattan College for nearly 20 years, is the author of 14 other books, including last year’s Deals of the Century: Wall Street, Mergers and The Making of Modern America, Wheels of Fortune: The History of Speculation from Scandal to Respectability and the bestsellers Wall Street: A History and 100 Years of Wall Street. Often requested by the media for his commentary and expertise on current financial issues, Dr. Geisst previously worked as a capital markets analyst and investment banker and has consulted for the Hudson Institute, JP Morgan Co. and S. G. Warburg Co. His trade and professional articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, Newsday and Euromoney.





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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.]

Your assistance is requested in finding these. Please don’t assume that I will “catch” it via an automated search. Sometimes the data just doesn’t makes it’s way in.


Former IVGID trustee, SNC professor Joseph Sullivan dies
Merry Thomas bonanza staff writer, mthomas  -- at --
December 5, 2004

Those who have lived in Incline Village for about 20 years will remember the many contributions Joseph A. Sullivan, Sr. made to the community.

A 17-year resident of Incline Village, he took an active role in the community as a trustee of the Incline Village General Improvement District and as a professor at Sierra Nevada College.

Joe Sullivan passed away Nov. 11, 2004, while at his home in Austin, Texas.

"He was a golfer, a scholar, a mensch - a real gentleman," said Syd Brosten who served with Joe on the IVGID board in the early 1990s. "He was really well respected."

Sullivan and Brosten were the only two trustees who voted to replace the old Chateau back then, according to Brosten.

He taught in the business department of Sierra Nevada College for 10 years during the 1980s, according to SNC President Ben Solomon. "He was a gift to us from IBM."

At the time, IBM gave retiring managers the option of leaving early if they taught at a college or university; IBM would pay half the salary.

"He chose us," Solomon said. "He was a wonderful teacher and loved by the students."

Sue Welsh, who also taught at SNC, remembers him well.

"He was the college's first professor emeritus," she said. "He was courtly - a gentleman and a scholar, someone who always had kind words."

Joe also taught business management at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. and at Austin Community College. He worked at IBM most of his career, after graduating from Manhattan College in 1952.

He was born March 6, 1927 in Boston, Mass. to Daniel and Margaret Sullivan.

Joe was interested in and participated in a wide variety of avocations.

He loved sports, music and politics. Joe coached Little League Baseball teams and inspired his children to participate in sports. He enjoyed golfing at Incline's courses as well as in Austin. While in Austin, Joe joined the Onion Creek Club, where he enjoyed marshaling at the Legends of Golf tournament.

He not only served as an IVGID trustee, but while living in Vermont, Joe took an active role in the Republican Party. He also enjoyed music and singing, particularly barbershop quartets and listening to Dixieland jazz.

Joe leaves behind many family members and friends: his wife Julie; children Joe, Jr., Mary, Ellen and Jack; and son-in-law Devin, daughter-in-law Cynthia, and grandchildren Julie, Erin, John and Emily; his sister Elaine and brothers Daniel, Philip and John.

St. Theresa's Catholic Church hosted a memorial service on Monday, Nov. 15. 




The New York Times
December 7, 2004 Tuesday
Late Edition - Final
SECTION: Section A; Column 1; Classified; Pg. 25
: Deaths


GALLO--Charles Philip. Born New York City June 3rd, 1934. Survived by his beloved wife, Marianne Treanoi Gallo of Roxbury, NY; and his sons Philip of FL. and Peter of N.C., his sister Jean Alessio, and eight grandchildren.

A graduate of LaSalle Military Academy, 1952; Manhattan College, 1956 and Georgetown University Law Center, 1959. Admitted to the Bar, March 1960; to the Appellate Division of New York State Supreme Court; the Federal District Courts (Southern and Eastern District); the U.S. Court of Claims; the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a partner in the law firms first of Schaefer and Gallo; Cabell, Martin, Hammer and Gallo and McQuigan, Gallo and Martin. He was an accomplished high school athlete in football, track and field and throughout the years he remained an avid sportsman, hunter and fisherman. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of LaSalle Military Academy for nine years and the LaSalle Military Academy Board of Governors for 50 years. Viewing will be at Frank E. Campbell at 81st Street and Madison Avenue, NY, Wednesday, December 8th, 2004, 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. The funeral mass at St. Vincent's Ferrer Church, Lexington Avenue and 66th Street Thursday, December 9th at 10 A.M. Interment Roxbury, NY on Saturday, December 11th, 2004. In lieu of flowers in memory of Charles P. Gallo to the St. Jude's Children Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN. 38105.


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The Record (Bergen County, NJ)
December 3, 2004 Friday
All Editions

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FERDINAND C. "FRED" DePHILLIPS, 72, of Old Tappan died Wednesday. He had been an engineer. Before retiring in 1998, he was president and chief executive officer of Bettigole Andrews and Clarke. He was a graduate of Manhattan College. He was an Army veteran. He was a member of the Old Tappan Board of Adjustment, and the Bergen County Republican County Committee. Arrangements: Anthony R. Pizzi Funeral Home, Northvale.

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[MCAlumDB: No record. ] 

[JR: With such a fine first name like "Ferdinand", one would have expected to find him in the database. I would have like to met him. ]




Brother Timothy, who became a pioneering California vintner as the winemaker for Christian Brothers, has died at age 94.

The full article will be available on the Web for a limited time:

Posted on Thu, Dec. 02, 2004

NAPA, Calif. - Brother Timothy, who became a pioneering California vintner as the winemaker for Christian Brothers, has died at age 94.

Brother Timothy died at the Christian Brothers Mont La Salle novitiate on Tuesday.

He had retired in 1989 when the Brothers of the Christian Schools sold their wine and brandy-making operation to the Heublein Fine Wine Group. But before that, Brother Timothy spent more than 50 years making wines, becoming in the process an unlikely leader in the shaping of the California wine industry.

A number of winemakers paid tribute to Brother Timothy on his 75th anniversary as a Christian Brother last year. Guests included wine legend Robert Mondavi, who characterized his friend and fellow vintner as one of a handful of industry pioneers. "He was a legend, he was the heart of the industry," Mondavi said.

Born Anthony George Diener in Elizabeth, N.J., in 1910, Brother Timothy began his career as a Christian Brother teaching high school chemistry in the San Francisco Bay area.

He took on the job of wine chemist in 1935 at Mont La Salle Vineyards in the Napa Valley.

"I guess it was because I was big and strong and young and all that," Brother Timothy told The Napa Valley Register shortly after his retirement.

With the approval of his family, he began his new job on July 1, 1935.

Production was then no more than 10,000 gallons per year, but with the help of a German immigrant named Alfred Fromm, sales of Christian Brothers wines grew.

The brothers take a vow of poverty, so profits went to went to a number of schools on the West Coast and paid for a retreat house and summer camps.

Brother Timothy was asked if he saw a conflict between making wine and belonging to a religious order. He didn't. "I've always been aware of the danger of abuse of wine," he said in one interview. "I've always taken the attitude that everything one does should be in moderation. We should make judicious use of God's creatures and blessings.

"All I can say is that a little wine in moderation seems to have been good for me."

A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Apollinaris Catholic Church in Napa.

[JR: Using editorial discretion, if he wasn’t a Jasper, he should have been, IMHO. ]




[JR: I'm going to try a new section for "updates". These are changes that "pop" in from the various sources that are not really from the news. I thought it might be valuable to alert old friends seeking to reconnect or "youngsters" seeking a networking contact with someone who might have a unique viewpoint that they are interested in. This is a benefit of freeing up time trying to make email work by "outsourcing" the task to Yahoo.]






Newsday (New York)
December 5, 2004 Sunday
HEADLINE: NOTEBOOK; 18 students win awards for writing

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District welcomes new superintendent

Philip Cicero has been appointed superintendent of the Lynbrook school district, succeeding William Metkiff, who retired.

Cicero earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Manhattan College, Adelphi University and New York University, as well as a professional diploma in school district administration from Hofstra University. A special education teacher at many districts throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, he served as director, assistant superintendent and most recently superintendent of the Center Moriches school district.

"I am looking forward to getting to know the students, staff and parents here in Lynbrook," Cicero said. "I am very excited to build on the excellent academic achievements and outstanding athletics already in place. I think the most important thing for people to know about me is that my door is always open for anyone who wants to talk with me."

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[MCAlumDB: 1973 ]




Businessman grows companies, then moves on
Tom Rowley, CEO of Preventsys, in his Carlsbad office Wednesday.
Bill Wechter
By: BRADLEY J. FIKES - Staff Writer

CARLSBAD ---- If Thomas E. Rowley is successful as chief executive of Carlsbad-based Preventsys, a computer security company, he won't be there long. Rowley joined the 2-year-old company, which has about 40 employees, in February. He came with a mandate such as those he had at the eight other early-stage companies he has headed: to help Preventsys emerge from the development stage as a company with strong sales growth. Then Preventsys will be ready for a public stock offering or to be acquired by a larger company.

At that time, Rowley said he expects to depart, probably going to another young company that needs experienced management.

"I don't run public companies," Rowley said. "It's a skill I don't have."

A self-described "serial entrepreneur," Rowley has a 35-year history of building companies. One of these, Centigram Communications, was a pioneer in voice mail. Centigram held its public offering in 1987. Rowley was most recently chairman and chief executive of Counterpane Internet Security, a Mountain View-based company that provides network security.

Born July 30, 1947, in Kingston, Jamaica, Rowley and his family lived briefly in the Caribbean island. They then moved to New York state. Rowley studied electrical engineering, earning a bachelor's of engineering in electrical engineering from Manhattan College. He then did graduate work at the University of New Orleans.

During the 1960s, Rowley got into the security field by taking a job at the federal National Security Agency. He liked the work, but upon leaving for the private sector, faced a serious impediment: "It was illegal for me to use what I learned in the agency."

By the 1990s, Rowley decided to get back into the computer security field, where the technology had advanced considerably since his NSA days. Before Counterpane, Rowley served as chief executive of Veridicom in the late 1990s, maker of a fingerprint sensor used for identification.

Preventsys was founded in April 2002 in Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter, the company moved to Carlsbad, near McClellan-Palomar Airport on Palomar Airport Road. The lead investor is La Jolla-based Enterprise Partners, Rowley said, and the venture capital firm preferred to have the company close by.

Preventsys' main difference from other computer security companies is that it doesn't sell security products. Instead, its Enterprise Security Management system integrates existing security products so they work better together. Typically, antivirus software, Internet filtering software and intrusion detection products are installed and maintained on a piecemeal basis, he said.

"A large company can have hundreds of these different types of products," Rowley said. "It's not easy to determine if they all work together."

Contact staff writer Bradley J. Fikes at (760) 739-6641 or bfikes  -- at --

[MCAlumDB: Might be 1969? ]




New Talent Connects With Interlink

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., Dec. 6, 2004—Steve Spittel has joined Interlink Healthcare Communications as Vice President, Management Supervisor.

Steve brings over 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, where he has held positions ranging from sales and marketing research to strategic planning and agency management.  Steve will manage several pieces of new business at the agency, as well as helping to drive other new business activities. 

Previously, he was with Nelson Communications as EVP, Director of Marketing.  Prior to joining Nelson Communications, Steve served as Vice President, Marketing for MDEdge, a start-up company in the Internet arena.  He was a founding partner of Sutton Communications, which was later sold to Medicus USA, and also served as Director of Marketing Research for Winthrop Pharmaceuticals.

Steve has experience in most major therapeutic categories including: analgesics, anorexics, antiallergy, antianginals, antiarrhythmics, antidepressants, antifungals, antihypertensives, antiinfectives, antimigraine, CHF preps, decongestants, dermatologics, diagnostics, diuretics, growth hormones, ophthalmics, psychotherapeutics, stroke and thrombolytic agents. And in the past 30 years, Steve has launched nearly twenty new products.

Steve is a native New Yorker who received a BBA in Management from Manhattan College, and an MBA in Marketing from New York University.  He was the recipient of a full scholarship from NYU and a teaching assistantship to Manhattan College.

Interlink Healthcare Communications is part of the Lowe Healthcare Network, an Interpublic Group Company.  For more information, contact Larry Iaquinto, President and Chief Operations Officer, at 609-620-4201.

[MCAlumDB: 1968 ]




JASPER_in_the_NEWS: (Maybe old?) Hagadorn, Robert E. (1965) has been elected to the position of Chairman of the Board

Executive-Level Promotions at Hazen and Sawyer: Robert Hagadorn Elected Chairman and James Fagan Elected President

Hazen and Sawyer has announced the following changes in its executive-level management: Robert E. Hagadorn, P.E., D.E.E., has been elected to the position of Chairman of the Board, and James W. Fagan, J.D., P.E., has been elected President.

      Since 1993, Mr. Hagadorn served as President of Hazen and Sawyer, and he has worked at the firm since 1970. Throughout his long career at Hazen and Sawyer, he has directed some of the Northeast Region's largest wastewater treatment projects. Mr. Hagadorn holds Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and Master's degree in Sanitary Engineering from Manhattan College, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Iona College in New York. He is a Vice President of the New York Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies and serves on consulting boards at City College of New York and Manhattan College. In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, and Water Environment Federation, and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.

[MCAlumDB: 1965 ]

[JR: May have a brother Raymond 1964? ]





Chicago Tribune
December 8, 2004 Wednesday
Chicago Final Edition
HEADLINE: Who's your Draddy?; Take a hike, student athletes!
BYLINE: By Mike Conklin, Tribune staff reporter.

College football, awash in awards at this time of year, names its Heisman Trophy winner Saturday in New York's Downtown Athletic Club -- the one player generally hailed as the best.

Selected by the media, the prerequisites are superior on-field statistics, a winning team (preferably one contending for the national championship), and meeting his school's minimum academic requirements to stay eligible. Though he will be called a student-athlete by presenters, earning a degree is entirely optional.

Instead, college football's real No. 1 student-athlete gets honored Wednesday night in New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel when 15 seniors gather to see who walks off with the Draddy Trophy. Yes, the Draddy.

This goes to the best player with at least a 3.0 grade-point average. The sponsoring National Football Foundation calls it the "most prestigious and desirable academic award" in football, and the 2004 finalists average a 3.7 GPA. They're also good players, starring in some cases on highly ranked national powerhouses.

Don't feel guilty if you've never heard of the Draddy. Outside the winner's family, coach, friends and possibly his hometown media, the trophy's profile is lower than a placekick under a crossbar.

Only three times in its 14-year history has the trophy been mentioned in The New York Times, once in the Chicago Tribune.

TV? Forget it. Some of this year's candidates admit they'd never heard of it until told they were finalists by their school's officials.

When Craig Krenzel -- the Bears' quarterback who majored in molecular genetics at Ohio State -- won it last year, it never rated in the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch until a month later, when it got mentioned in a story about the team's Fiesta Bowl appearance. Eight years earlier, when Ohio State's Bobby Hoying won the Draddy, it got even less notice.

"It doesn't get a lot of ink because it's about academics, pure and simple," said Andy Geiger, Ohio State athletic director. "It doesn't have sizzle. It's not as much fun as a quarterback controversy. I don't think a Draddy will ever get up there with a Heisman, sad to say, because nobody cares in a meaningful way."

Presented since 1990

The trophy is named for Vincent dePaul Draddy, an athlete at Manhattan College who served 19 years as the foundation board chairman. It's been presented since 1990, the year he died, and it comes with a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship. Each finalist gathered for the ceremony is guaranteed an $18,000 scholarship.

When the Draddy does get publicity, more often than not it's called the "academic Heisman," as if winning the Heisman is somehow mutually exclusive from classroom success. This would be news to Danny Wuerffel, a University of Florida quarterback who won both trophies in 1996, the only student athlete honored with that distinction. Wuerffel, in the National Football League six years, graduated with a 3.75 GPA in communications.

Other winners making even bigger marks in pro football have been Marshall's Chad Pennington, a quarterback who majored in mass communications and stars for the New York Jets, and Tennessee's Peyton Manning, a management major in school and now one of the NFL's premier quarterbacks with the Indianapolis Colts.

Manning, who never won a Heisman, keeps his Draddy Trophy -- it's two-feet high, weighs 25 pounds -- on display in his home, telling friends it's his greatest accomplishment. At Tennessee, he earned a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa key for his academic work.

"The perception is always that we're a bunch of dumb jocks, that we're not smart if we're in football," said David Greene, a University of Georgia quarterback and finalist this year. "Sure, there are football players in college [who are] not smart, but you can't categorize that sort of thing. We've got players on our team who've been accepted to med school too."

Greene, who has a 3.2 GPA, is a risk management major at Georgia and plans to go into business -- possibly insurance -- after football, which could include an NFL career. "My toughest class was in corporate risk management, and we had to plan a very complicated benefits' package for a company," he said. "I put 100 hours into the project."

Not enough attention

Foundation officials indicate they're disappointed the Draddy and stories like Greene's don't get attention, but most of their resources go into maintaining the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. They also raise nearly a million dollars every year for scholarships.

Charlie Besser, founder of Chicago-based InterSport Productions, which produces televised sports awards' shows for every major network as well as Sports Illustrated and Disney, thinks the Draddy could -- and should -- enjoy more notoriety.

"You'd have to put some muscle behind it," said Besser. "That would mean a lot of money from a sponsor with deep pockets and some identifiable spokesman -- say Peyton Manning, who'd be perfect. Whether the entire public ever would buy it as a big deal is problematical.

"Unfortunately, the average fan loses interest when you talk academics. But the award deserves more spotlight especially now, when we need to get out the message more than ever you can be a good student and athlete at the same time. There are a lot of very smart kids playing sports."

Good citizens too. In addition to performances on the field and in the classroom, the Draddy nominees also get measured for community leadership. They must be active with outside projects such as Special Olympics, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and volunteering for hospitals and reading programs -- all of which this year's class has done.

Several of this year's finalists also have already received their undergraduate degrees -- in four years or less -- and are enrolled in graduate school as they compete. Even though he has two final exams after Wednesday's black-tie event, quarterback Josh Haldi, a nominee from Northern Illinois University, was smart enough to not bring books to New York.

"I just knew I'm going to be so excited about being in New York City and around great football players that I'm not going to get anything done," he said. "I have to be realistic."

You also have to figure Haldi, scheduled to graduate later this month, knows what he's doing. He's got a 3.9 GPA as an accounting major.

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And the nominees are ...
This year's Draddy Trophy nominees (and majors):
William Bajema, Oklahoma State, tight end, business
Jeffrey Berk, West Virginia, offensive lineman, education
Trenton Franz, Wyoming, center, civil engineering
David Greene, Georgia, quarterback, risk management
Josh Haldi, Northern Illinois, quarterback, accounting
James Leonhard, Wisconsin, kinesiology
Michael Munoz, Tennessee, offensive lineman, political science
Bryan Randall, Virginia Tech, quarterback, sociology
Brandon Mason, Elon, offensive lineman, accounting
Michael Quarshie, Columbia University, defensive lineman, political science
Ty Touchstone, Eastern New Mexico, safety, business administration/CIS
Thomas Cleaver, Middlebury, wide receiver, political science
Rocky Myers, Wesley, safety, biology
John Woock, Washington University (Mo.), defensive back, biomedical engineering
And the winners were ...
Here are past Draddy Trophy winners (and majors):
1990: Chris Howard, Air Force, running back, political science
1991: Brad Culpepper, Florida, defensive tackle, history
1992: Jim Hansen, Colorado, linebacker, mathematics
1993: Thomas D. Burns, Virginia, linebacker, nuclear engineering
1994: Robert B. Zatechka, Nebraska, offensive guard, premed
1995: Bobby Hoying, Ohio State, quarterback, business
1996: Danny Wuerffel, Florida, quarterback, communications
1997: Peyton Manning, Tennessee, quarterback, management
1998: Matt Stinchcomb, Georgia, offensive guard, business
1999: Chad Pennington, Marshall, quarterback, mass communications
2000: Kyle Vanden Bosch, Nebraska, defensive end, finance
2001: Joaquin Gonzalez, Miami (Fla.), offensive tackle, business administration
2002: Brandon Roberts, Washington U. (Mo.), linebacker, premed
2003: Craig Krenzel, Ohio State, quarterback, molecular genetics
GRAPHIC: PHOTO: Draddy Trophy.
PHOTO: BOBBY HOYING (1995) AP file photo.
PHOTO: PEYTON MANNING (1997) AP file photo.
PHOTO: DANNY WUERFFEL (1996) AP file photo.
PHOTO: CHAD PENNINGTON (1999) Getty images.
PHOTO: MATT STINCHCOMB (1998) AP file photo.
PHOTO: CRAIG KRENZEL (2003) Tribune photo by Scott Strazzante.
PHOTOS: Quarterbacks David Greene (top, AP photo by John Bazemore), a 3.2 grade-point average in risk management at Georgia, and Josh Haldi, a 3.9 GPA in accounting at Northern Illinois University, are Draddy finalists. AP photo by Brian Kersey. PHOTOS 10

LOAD-DATE: December 8, 2004




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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

12/12/04 Sunday W. Basketball   Dartmouth   HOME   2:00 PM
12/17/04 Friday W. Basketball   Fresno State   HOME   7:00 PM
12/20/04 Monday W. Basketball   Miami-Ohio   HOME   1:00 PM
12/21/04 Tuesday M. Basketball   at Arizona   Tuscon, AZ   8:30 PM
12/28/04 Tuesday W. Basketball   at Wagner   Staten Island, NY   7:00 PM
12/30/04 Thursday M. Basketball   Wisconsin-Milwaukee   HOME   7:00 PM
12/30/04 Thursday W. Basketball   at Villanova   Villanova, PA   7:30 PM

1/2/05 Sunday W. Basketball   at Colorado   Boulder, CO   2:00 PM
1/3/05 Monday M. Basketball   at Wichita State   Wichita, KS   8:05 PM
1/5/05 Wednesday M. Basketball   North Dakota State   HOME   7:00 PM
1/6/05 Thursday Track & Field   Fordham Invitational   HOME   11:00 AM
1/7/05 Friday Track & Field   Fordham Invitational *   New York, NY   11:00 AM
1/8/05 Saturday W. Basketball   Niagara*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/9/05 Sunday M. Basketball   at Marist*   Poughkeepsie, NY   4:00 PM
1/10/05 Monday W. Basketball   Canisius*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/13/05 Thursday M. Basketball   Niagara*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/14/05 Friday Track & Field   Manhattan Invitational   HOME   TBA 
1/14/05 Friday Track & Field   NYU Invitational *   New York, NY   1:00 PM
1/14/05 Friday W. Basketball   at Rider*   Lawrenceville, NJ   7:00 PM
1/15/05 Saturday Track & Field   Manhattan Invitational   HOME   TBA 
1/15/05 Saturday M. Basketball   Iona*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/16/05 Sunday W. Basketball   at Siena*   Loudonville, NY   3:00 PM
1/17/05 Monday M. Basketball   St. Peter's*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/20/05 Thursday M. Basketball   at Canisius*   Buffalo, NY   7:00 PM
1/20/05 Thursday W. Basketball   at St. Peter's*   Jersey City, NJ   7:00 PM
1/21/05 Friday M. Tennis   University of Buffalo   HOME   8:30 PM
1/22/05 Saturday Track & Field   West Point   West Point, NY   11:00 AM
1/22/05 Saturday M. Basketball   at Niagara*   Niagara Falls, NY   2:00 PM
1/22/05 Saturday W. Basketball   at Marist*   Poughkeepsie, NY   5:00 PM
1/27/05 Thursday W. Basketball   Rider*   HOME   7:00 PM
1/27/05 Thursday M. Basketball   at Rider*   Lawrenceville, NJ   7:30 PM
1/28/05 Friday M. Tennis   Columbia Tournament   New York, NY   All Day 
1/29/05 Saturday M. Tennis   Columbia Tournament   New York, NY   TBA 
1/29/05 Saturday Track & Field   Metropolitan Championships   HOME   8:00 AM
1/29/05 Saturday W. Swimming   C.W. Post   HOME   2:00 PM
1/30/05 Sunday M. Tennis   Columbia Tournament   New York, NY   TBA 
1/30/05 Sunday Track & Field   Metropolitan Championships *   New York, NY   12:00 PM
1/30/05 Sunday W. Basketball   Siena*   HOME   2:00 PM
1/30/05 Sunday M. Basketball   Fairfield*   HOME   4:00 PM

If you do go support "our" teams, I'd appreciate any reports or photos. What else do us old alums have to do?



Sports from College   


The MAAC announced today that six men's basketball games will be televised as part of the ESPN Full Court package. Two Manhattan games are included in that package.



Riverdale, NY (December 9, 2004)- Manhattan senior co-captain Peter Mulligan notched a career-high 35 points to lead the Jaspers to a 85-70 win over the visiting Siena College Saints tonight at Draddy Gym. The Jaspers used big runs to begin each half to post their first MAAC win of the season and improve to 4-2, 1-1 in MAAC play. The Saints fall to 0-7, 0-1 in MAAC play.



Riverdale, NY (December 8, 2004)- Four NCAA Tournament teams highlight the 2005 Manhattan College Baseball schedule, it was announced today by seventh-year head coach Steve Trimper. Manhattan will play 52 regular season games, with 18 home games played over 14 home dates.



Riverdale, NY (December 7, 2004)– Head Women's and Men's Soccer Coaches John Sanchez and Billy Walsh have resigned from their positions, it was announced by Athletic Director Bob Byrnes. Sanchez will continue at Manhattan working as the athletic coordinator.



Princeton, NJ (December 6, 2004)- Juniors Michael Freeman and Anders Constantin earned NCAA qualifying marks in the Weight Throw at the Princeton New Year's Invitational held yesterday at Jadwin Gymnasium on Princeton's campus. This mark places them in the B Mark in the NCAA marking, which means at the end of the season they have a chance of competing at the NCAA Championships depending on how many athletes make it into the A marking.




Sports from Other Sources

Siena's slide now at seven
Lanier outburst follows latest loss 
By TIM WILKIN, Staff writer
First published: Friday, December 10, 2004

RIVERDALE -- Things are getting a little testy in the Siena basketball family.

Moments after Siena had been run out of Draddy Gymansium 85-70 by Manhattan, the Saints' seventh straight loss to start the season, coach Rob Lanier strode into the interview room with a sour look on his face.

"I don't care about the end of the year anymore," said Lanier, disgust all over his face. "I don't care about the next game, to be honest with you. All I care about is tomorrow's (Friday's) practice. If we are not going to get two hours out of them at game time, I will get my two hours from them at practice."

The Saints continued to add to the school record books with the loss. No Siena team has started a season this poorly in the school's 64-year basketball history.

Siena, 0-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, will seek its first victory Saturday when Iona plays at Pepsi Arena.

Lanier's wrath began to bubble the more he watched the Saints get taken apart by the Jaspers (3-4, 1-1).

"This is the worst job I have done coaching since I have been here," Lanier said, adding it was not just the one game. "I am talking about this team. It's reality. You sat there and watched it, you saw both ends of the spectrum. You saw a well-coached team and a hard-nosed team (Manhattan), and a very poorly coached team."

Granted, Manhattan is one of the best teams in the league and the two-time defending league champ, but Lanier said he expected to see his team come into the night with more fire than he saw.

The Jaspers spurted out to an 11-2 lead before the game was four minutes old and never trailed. Siena did make a mini-run and cut the deficit to 37-30 but trailed 43-31 at the break.

In the second half, it was never a game. Manhattan forward Peter Mulligan, who had a career-high 35 points, hit a 3-pointer and another basket to give the Jaspers a 48-31 lead. It just gave Lanier more time to burn inside.

"We've got guys who have won postseason games in that locker room, and I still have to call every damn play," Lanier said. "I did not play one minute, and I have to talk these guys through everything. If they don't know what they are doing, then obviously I am doing a terrible job."

For the first time, Lanier talked a little bit about job security.

"If the job ain't getting done ... you guys follow the business," he said. "What are you talking about? When is the last time you saw a player get fired?"

Siena athletic director John D'Argenio, who was sitting courtside at Draddy, said after the game that Lanier's job wasn't in jeopardy.

Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez, who is 5-1 against the Saints at Draddy, said he felt bad for Lanier and plans to call him, perhaps today.

"I feel bad that Rob is frustrated," Gonzalez said, "but it is going to take time. I think they are going to turn it around, and I am not saying that because it's the right thing to say. I really think they will be OK."






From: Jasper John '68   -- at --   Jasper
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 3:03 PM
To: 'Catriona Williams (2004)'
Subject: quick note from old jasper


Just a quick note. I needed a break so I was cleaning up some of my "filing". I noticed that you updated my cardscan database that you graduated.


I noticed that you haven't activated your alumni mail address. It might be a good substitute for your student address. You can set it up to forward to a real address like your <privacy invoked> address.

Any way just wanted to say "hi" and pass along some "stuff".

Hope to see you reading our Jasper Jottings ezine.  

Best wishes,



From: 'Catriona Williams (2004)'
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 4:16 PM
Subject: Re: quick note from old jasper

Thanks very much for the congrats.  You said to activate my alumni account and I was just wondering how I would do that? I still get mail from my student account so I never thought to bother changing it.

                                 Catriona Williams '04


From: Jasper John '68
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2004 5:08 PM
To: 'Catriona Williams (2004)'
Subject: RE: quick note from old jasper

Dear Ms. Cat'04,

Just go to the new alum website URL above and fill in your last name, click on the no cid option, unless you have the recent mailer from the College alumni office, then just fill out how much info you want to share. Without the CID, it makes you wait till you have the email to authenticate. Hope this helps.

Yup, the email lady at the College leaves the "graduate ids" up for as long as she can until she has to reclaim the space. I just try to do my part to let people know they are going to disappear soon or later. That, and I try to encourage people to signup for Jasper Jottings ezine, my hobby, and try to build that virtual Jasper community, ;-)





From: Jasper John '68
Sent: Sunday, November 28, 2004 4:39 PM
To: Logie, Alfred (1973)
Subject: Your Jasper Jottings subscription is bouncing. Please advise. John'68

** Description  **
[Text not in displayable format]
** Delivery Status **
Reporting-MTA: dns;fhxhq2.fhwa1.fhwa.
Received-From-MTA: dns;fhexch01.fhwa1.fhwa.
Arrival-Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 21:29:31 -0500
Final-Recipient: rfc822;<privacy invoked> 
Action: failed
Status: 4.4.6

From: Logie, Alfred
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 11:13 AM
Subject: RE: Your Jasper Jottings subscription is bouncing. Please advise. John'68

All's well at this time.  Unaware of any past problems.



From: Jasper John '68   -- at --   Jasper
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 12:52 PM
To: 'Logie, Alfred'
Subject: RE: Your Jasper Jottings subscription is bouncing. Please advise. John'68


As long as you are happy.

Here's what Yahoo is showing me.

If you are getting your issues, that's all I care about. I don't want, can't, or wouldn't even try to figure out everyone else's problems.



[JR: Evidence that what Yahoo reports may not be accurate as to what is actually getting thru. However, if my email was being reported as bouncing, I would be concerned that something important may be being lost without my awareness. The inet isn't wholly reliable. More like the ussnailmail, where you are assured that the junk mail gets thru, everything else travels at its own peril. Word to the wise. ] 




From: Joanne (1991) Lanza
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 8:59 PM
Subject: Lost Jasper


    Several months ago you received an e-mail from Andy Fox citing his employer/job.  I was hoping to contact Andy and looked for his e-mail address on the alumni website.  Alas, he is listed as "Lost" by the college. 

    Could you let Andy know that:

        a. He is lost.  (No comments from the Peanut Gallery, please.)

        b. I'd be interested in hearing from him.  (If you'd be so kind as to provide him with my e-mail address.)

    Thank you so much.

Joanne (Cox) Lanza


From: Jasper John '68   -- at --   Jasper
Sent: Friday, December 03, 2004 11:44 PM
To: 'Joanne'
Subject: RE: Lost Jasper

Dear Ms. Jasper Joanne,

I BCCed him on this email to the address I have for him on file. Let's see if it goes thru or bounces. Please advise if you hear from him.


From: Fox, Andrew K.(1991)
Sent: Saturday, December 04, 2004 11:03 AM
To: Jasper John '68
Cc: 'Joanne'
Subject: Re: RE: Lost Jasper

Hello Jasper John and Joanne:

I hope that this email will promote me to the unlost!

The address that this is coming from <privacy invoked> is my cable address and is subject to change. My more permanent address, <privacy invoked> is forwarded to the cable address is the one that I request to be listed in lists etc.



From: Jasper John '68   -- at --   Jasper [
Sent: Saturday, December 04, 2004 11:50 AM
To: 'Joanne'
Cc: Fox, Andrew K.(1991)
Subject: RE: RE: Lost Jasper

Well Jasper Joanne, How's that for fast service? I'll have to factor that into our calculation to raise the rate. Instead of doubling it; maybe we can triple it! ;-) I'm always tickled when these things work out. Psychic income. Best holiday wishes. Gotta get back to pushing this week's issue. John'68




From: Holmes. Steve Irvin (1974)
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 4:18 PM
Subject: A Jasper Thanks

Thanks so much for including the publishing of my book on your site. Thanks also for you kind words. By the way I am from the class of 1974.

Have a good holiday!
Steve Irvin Holmes
Author of Up From Welfare
The Autobiography of Steve Irvin Holmes

 [JR: Well you are most welcome. I am continuously scanning for news for our fellow alums about our fellow alums. Without the inet, this hobby would have been infeasible to collect the news and to costly to distribute by print and mail. So with Google and email a new comm. Channel is open to a select community. Thanks for your email, which I'll share with our fellow alums, in the ezine that moves this weekend. I can always use interesting material to keep them reading. Obits get depressing. Feel free to join in. We have about 600 who read it by email and bunch more that read in from the websites. At least a few have expressed a desire to "write". Maybe you can encourage them to put finger to keyboard. Best wishes, John'68 ]




From: Suzanne Giugliano [1990]
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 6:39 PM
Subject: Ezekiel's Cafe on NBC Sat. 12/11

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well!

Please tune in to NBC this Saturday morning, 12/11 at 6:00am (EST).  Our  wonderful chef Shelby and 2 trainees will be on the Saturday Morning Show  making a Holiday Fallen Chocolate Souffle Cake.  They say we should air at  about 6:45am, but you never know - so watch the whole show!

Thanks for your support,


[JR: Drat, we need more lead time. ]


******** Historical Information ********

Jaspers found web-wise


Jeanette Russo  
ERA Team IV Homes
Poughkeepsie, NY

Sales Associate Profile

15 yr. resident of Dutchess County. I'm married and have 2 daughters. Manhattan College graduate with a Bachelor's of Science degree in accounting/finance. Sheffield School of Interior Design.


I have many years experience decorating my client's homes and helping people up-date & design their homes for a reasonable budget to increase selling appeal.

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

[JR: No entry in the MC Alum database? ]




William R. Lynch

  member for 3 years, 6 months

Bio and Links

 Into each life some rain must fall. When you are low man in a bucket brigade, you get more than your share!

Aside from being low man on the totem pole, I also hold a BS degree in Management, with Cumulative Honors, from St. Francis College, in Brooklyn Heights, NY. I also have a Masters Degree in International Business from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.

[MCAlumDB: Has four of them. ]





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Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

'By Means and at Places of Our Own Choosing'
Earl Tilford
Monday, Dec. 6, 2004

Dr. Earl H. Tilford is Professor of History at Grove City College, has authored three books on the Vietnam War and co-edited a book on Operation Desert Storm. He has lectured throughout the U.S. and abroad on the Vietnam War and, more recently, the future of armed conflict. Contact him at ehtilford  -- at --

=== <begin quote> ===

In January 1954, in a speech before the New York Council on Foreign Relations, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles articulated the essence of the Eisenhower administration’s national security policy. Dulles warned the Soviet Union and Communist China that future aggression, like the one they had so recently supported in Korea, might be met “by means and at places of our own choosing.” In contemporary parlance, “Mess with us and we’ll nuke you ‘til you glow.”

<extraneous deleted>

Riyadh, Damascus, Teheran and Tripoli should be made very aware that they may pay the price for any nuclear or chemical/biological attack on America. Since al-Qaida and other Islamic terrorist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas belong to them, we hold them responsible for their actions.

World War IV, our war with al-Qaida and its supporters, is a total war, the outcome of which will decide the world’s culture for the remainder of the century and beyond. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of young Muslims are jihadists because the so-called “Arab street” hates America. They are never going to like or respect us. Therefore, it is imperative that they fear us.

With the connivance and support of some in the Arab world and elsewhere, al-Qaida may well acquire weapons that can kill hundreds of thousands of Americans. What al-Qaida cannot do, at least at this point, is win a war of mass destruction. The United States, on the other hand, can bomb the Muslim Middle East back to days of the Prophet ... quite literally, back to the seventh century. Influential clerics and those Arab elites who hold the reins of al-Qaida need to understand that.

The art of deterrence is to create in the mind of the enemy the fear to attack. Ultimately, the efficacy of deterrence is a matter both of means and will. We Americans have an abundance of both.

=== <end quote> ===

While the thought of making an "atomic threat of retribution" is abhorrent to an old Libertarian, so to the thought of terrorists using a WMD (Weapon of Mass Distruction) or CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological And Nuclear) in a 9/11-like incident is so terrible as to defy thinking about. Hence, we need to think about how to "motivate" our "friends", near-friends, and enemies. At least this fellow has an idea.

Like the old military jargon, "kill them all and let God sort them out", and  "God loves the Marines, because they kill everything they see. We keep Heaven stocked with souls", and "Though I walk through the valley of death I shall fear no evil, because I am the meanest <extraneous deleted>  in the valley.", we have to get tough to stay alive.

What would the dead old white guys have said? You gotta be kidding me! These are the fellow who beat the best army of the world at the time with little more than grit, guts, and blood. I have a feeling that they would adopt the attitude attributed to the Marines above. After all, if you're dead, you can be free.


And that’s the last word.