Sunday 13 Febuary 2005
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Friday, February 25, 2005, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 27, 2005, 12:30pm
Thursday, March 3 - Monday, March 7, 2005
We Mar 9 - Teacher Recruitment Event 2:30pm Smith Auditorium
Friday, March 11, 2005, Noon
Sa Mar 12 11am - Naples FL St. Patrick's day parade
Su Mar 13 1PM - Jaspers of SW Florida annual luncheon
Sunday, March 13, 2005, 8:00am Mass
Wednesday, March 16,
Wkend Apr 2-3 '05
Sa Jun 18 -- at
-- 8:30am George Sheehan Five Mile Run
My list of Jaspers who are in harms way:
- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)
- - Mortillo, Steven F., son of Mortillo, Steve (1980)
- - Sekhri, Sachin (2000)
- Unknown location
- - New addition: Chris Lynch(1991)
… … my thoughts are with you and all that I don't know about.
ATTN: Tom Moran.
[JR: Questions are being directed to Jasper McGann, Kevin  c/o Jottings ]
A Lesson in Mortality
by Jeffrey A. Tucker
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A death in the family is always hard, but three in three weeks is especially difficult for children, even though it only involved pets.
First it was the green tree frog discovered at the local car repair shop and taken home to be cared for. "Sticky" lived two months, long enough for the kids to become very attached. One day we found him dead in his cage.
Then it was the two chickens brought home soon after being hatched at a friend's chicken coop. They lived only two days, and died so innocent, so young and vulnerable.
Below I reprint the grave-side homilies that I offered when they were buried. But first: a reflection on mortality, a fact of life even more inevitable than taxes that modernity still can't seem to come to terms with.
Death impresses upon us the limits of technology and ideology. It comes in time no matter what we do. Prosperity has lengthened life spans and science and entrepreneurship has made available amazing technologies that have forestalled and delayed it.
Yet, it must come.
As Mises puts it: "Man lives in the shadow of death. Whatever he may have achieved in the course of his pilgrimage, he must one day pass away and abandon all that he has built. Each instant can become his last. There is only one thing that is certain about the individual's future – death."
Modernity has a problem
intellectually processing the reality of death because we are so unwilling to
defer to the implacable constraints imposed on us within the material world.
Whole ideologies have been concocted on the supposition that such constraints
do not have to exist. That is the essence of socialism. It is the foundation of
To recognize the inevitability of death means confessing that there are limits to our power to manufacture a reality for ourselves. It is akin to admitting that certain fundamental facts of the world, like the ubiquity of scarcity, cannot be changed. Instead of attempting to change it, we must imagine social systems that come to terms with it. This is the core claim of economic science, and it is also the very reason so many refuse to acknowledge its legitimacy or intellectual binding power.
When a pet dies, all children ask the question: will my pet go to heaven? I suppose the answer must be: not in the way we will find heaven. And yet the children want hope that their pet will live again, and that they will see them living again. And because no Scripture seems to say that there cannot be, it is reasonable to say that animals can live eternally if God so desires it. There are many problems with this idea, of course, since orthodoxy says there is no flesh in Heaven but if animals have no souls, how precisely would they go there?
In the moments following the death of a pet, such theological ramblings have no place. What the moment calls for is "closure," to use an overused buzz word.
And so we gather in silence and dig the hole in the ground, place the corpse in and say some words.
We gather to bury and pay tribute to Sticky, a tree frog who has been a good friend to us all. Quiet and unassuming, he lived a good life, stirred our imaginations, and delighted us with his antics. We will miss you, Sticky. We are grateful for the life you lived. If there were ever a tree frog that deserved to enter the gates of Heaven, it was surely Sticky.
Each child takes some dirt on the shovel and tosses it in the grave, and it is patted down. We stand in silence for a few moments, and walk away in the quiet evening.
A similar scene repeated itself with the tiny chicks.
We gather to bury these two tiny chicks. Though they were so young, and lived such short lives, we still gave them names: One-Minute Egg, and Two-Minute Egg. We will always remember them. Let us remember that we too will die one day, and, when considering the whole length of eternity, our lives are not much longer than theirs. May our souls be as innocent as theirs when we breathe our last breath.
By this time, the children were rather bored with funeral drama. They quickly scampered off to live full lives in the sunshine of day, deciding right then to think about death only when they must, but otherwise to live and love every breath. And so it should be.
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A nice lady I know died this week. She was, to me, an innocent soul. She died of cancer, an excruciating death. She was "out of it". She was a nice lady. Not a friend. Not a relative. Just someone I knew. Who had a tough death. It saddens me. Hopefully we have a better fate in store for us. My hope is that everyone has better.
Reflect well on our alma mater, this week, every week, in any and every way possible, large or small. God bless.
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The approval of this proposal, which was led by the
College, was partly due to the success of its existing partnership with the
In this new proposal, faculty from the College’s education and mathematics departments will continue to partner with teachers and administrators from the Yonkers Public Schools – some of whom are Manhattan College alumni – to produce an innovative and cohesive professional development program to give teachers a deeper understanding of mathematics content knowledge required to teach to the New York State learning standards for math, science and technology.
The $3.6-million grant was awarded by the New York State
Education Department but is part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Signed in 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act is designed to change the
[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.
In 2001, the year Maria Harris-Moran was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, a debilitating brain disease similar to Alzheimer's, a group of close friends came together to celebrate her life.
One of the women present, Sister Elaine Roulet of the
Sisters of St. Joseph in
A well-known Catholic writer and educator, Maria
Harris-Moran died Feb. 1 at age 72 from pneumonia resulting from Lewy body
dementia. Before her illness took hold, Harris-Moran lived with her husband,
New York University Professor Gabriel Moran, in Montauk and in
Harris-Moran had been a nun in the order of the Sisters of St. Joseph before embarking on a more visible role in religious education and writing. She entered the order of the Sisters of St. Joseph at age 18 and stayed for 23 years, leaving in 1974.
Even after she left, she kept close ties to the community. Her best friend, Sister Joanmarie Smith, was known to say of her, "She left the congregation, but she never left the community," Roulet said.
A Brooklyn native, Harris-Moran went to high school at Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica, Queens, and received a bachelor's degree from St. John's University and a master's jointly from Manhattan College and Union Theological Seminary in upper Manhattan, which is affiliated with Columbia University.
In 1970, she received her doctorate in religion and
education at Teachers College,
Harris-Moran met Gabriel Moran in 1966, when she was
taking courses in theology at
During the 1990s, Harris-Moran was known for championing Jubilee 2000, an organization that promotes financial debt forgiveness for poor countries. Harris-Moran used the concept in other contexts - in 1995, she penned a book called "Jubilee Time: Celebrating Women, Spirit and the Advent of Age," a book written for women aged 50 and older who may be re-examining their lives. She also wrote "Dance of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Women's Spirituality."
Her husband said that music was central to her life, and that at parties "she was often the person who got people to sing." She loved the off-Broadway musical "The Fantasticks," as well as the music of Bach, Beethoven and Simon & Garfunkel, her husband said.
Although she was stable for some years after her
diagnosis, Harris-Moran was moved to the Maria Regina Residence in
"She seemed to be aware of her surroundings right up until her death, but she could no longer speak," her husband said. "The last four months were particularly difficult."
In addition to her husband, Harris-Moran is survived by a
niece and a nephew. She will be buried after a Mass today at St. Lawrence The Martyr Roman
Catholic Church in
GRAPHIC: Photo- Maria Harris-Moran
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From: Google Alerts
George Coyle, 1930s boxer, dies at 87
George Coyle, a 1930s amateur boxing champion and longtime employee of the Yonkers Department of Public Works, died yesterday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 87.
Coyle, a member of Tom Queally's Chippewa Club, dominated
Coyle was inducted into the Westchester County Boxing Hall of Fame, Amateur Division, in 1970.
"He was a pretty tough cookie in his younger days," said Assistant Chief Maxwell Coyle of the Yonkers Fire Department, one of Coyle's four sons.
But he also described his father as a devout Catholic who attended
A writer for the former Herald Statesman described George Coyle as "Yonkers' great little fighting machine who rose from novice ranks to become one of the greatest amateur boxers in America," when in 1936 the newspaper noted Coyle's acceptance to Manhattan College, which he attended before joining the Army during World War II.
As a member of the Billy Conn boxing troupe, Coyle
completed a tour of American Army camps in
"Getting used to the money in the various countries
was tougher than any fight I ever had in the ring," Coyle said in a 1945
interview. "I had just about mastered the pounds, shillings and pence
While stationed in
Coyle was born
He lived in
Coyle is survived by his wife; twin sons, Malcolm of Garnerville and Ian of Stony Point, both retired from the Yonkers Fire Department; and sons Assistant Fire Chief Maxwell Coyle of Yonkers and Bruce Coyle of Livermore, Calif. He also is survived by 10 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. A grandson, Matthew Coyle of Garnerville, died earlier.
A wake will be held from to
at the Flynn Memorial Home,
Donations may be made to
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JOHN V. McDERMOTT SR., 84, of
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[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.]
[JR: I'm going to try a new section for "negative 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 or "youngsters" that someone they maybe interested in has “drifted off”. Yet another benefit of freeing up time trying to make email work by "outsourcing" the task to Yahoo.]
Candela Promotes Charles
WAYLAND, Mass., Feb 3, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Candela
Corporation (CLZR) announced today that it has promoted Mr. Charles A.
Gerard E. Puorro, Candela's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented: "Chuck leads one of the most talented design teams in the medical laser industry, which continues to develop state of the art laser technologies boasting the highest powers and most cost effective laser systems."
Candela Corporation, an ISO-9001 certified company,
develops, manufactures, and distributes innovative clinical solutions that
enable physicians, surgeons, and personal care practitioners to treat
selected cosmetic and medical conditions using lasers, aesthetic laser
systems, and other advanced technologies. Founded near
SOURCE: Candela Corporation
Candela Corporation Jane Smith, 508-358-7400 x247
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At his office in January 2001, Starz chief executive John
Sie was editing a report on TV programming negotiations after a grueling trip
Suddenly, he was unable to write.
He picked up the phone and called his neighbor, a radiologist. Sie told him what had happened. Drop everything, the neighbor said, and go to an emergency room.
Sie had a battery of tests, which revealed that he had had a stroke. Sixty-four at the time, Sie gave up cigars, went into intense physical therapy and spent the next three months recovering.
Sie described the stroke as minor and said he's now in good health.
Cable titan John Malone, with whom Sie has worked for 30 years, said Sie's brush with mortality forced a reappraisal.
"What it really did was scare (Sie's wife) Anna into thinking that if he didn't slow down, she would lose him. That got him to thinking that he isn't a young man anymore."
Active in retirement
Four years later, life is much different for Sie. Seven months ago, he stepped away from the stress of running Starz to focus on philanthropy and a biotechnology venture.
He built Starz into one of the nation's leading
programmers of pay movie channels and amassed a personal fortune in the
hundreds of millions. He retired as CEO on June 30 but remains its chairman.
He works one day a week at Malone's Liberty Media Corp., which owns Starz.
Sie said the stroke had nothing to do with his retirement. Even at home, he hasn't entirely abandoned the fierce work habits that marked his rise in the cable industry.
"It is nice to have him in the house, even if he is working," Anna Sie said. "I never had the opportunity to have him just to myself. Now we can have lunch together."
Sie and his wife are active philanthropists who gave $1
million to help fund the construction of the Denver School of Science and
Technology, a new high school at Stapleton. Together with Starz, they gave $5
million to fund the
His latest interest is biotechnology. He is an 8 percent
investor in Aviva Systems Biology, a
"It's a whole new frontier," Sie said.
Those who know Sie say his curiosity is insatiable. Malone, a master dealmaker who has a Ph.D. in operations research, calls Sie a genius.
Sie is not one to downplay his own intelligence.
"A lot of people are amazed that I can find a solution quickly," he said during an interview. "I use the left and right brain together. It is uncanny. I am able to identify the problem and the solution and then explain it."
His hunger for mastery and accomplishment was born of adversity and hardship.
Sie was born in
In 1949, Sie's parents and their three children escaped on
one of the last boats to leave for
The following year, the family sailed for
The family took up residence in
The whole family could migrate to
Thinking life was better in
The parents moved with their 2-year-old son, Francis, to a
cramped apartment in
"We made the decision ourselves, but we didn't feel good about it," Sie recalled. "Had it been my kid, I would have thought it out and said, 'Let's stay together."'
At the orphanage, the Chinese brothers, who spoke no English, were harassed. "It toughened us," Sie said.
His uncle's words - which he later discounted - offered comfort. "I knew I didn't speak the language, but I thought, 'I am among all dummies."'
Sie said he learned English by watching TV and translating
his schoolwork with the help of a Chinese-English dictionary. To this day,
the man who is credited with clearly explaining to federal regulators why the
By the time he left high school, his English was good
enough to win him a scholarship to
Sie ended up working closely with Malone as the cable industry and related programming ventures exploded in the 1980s.
There are few aspects of the industry that Sie has not had a hand in during his 30 years in cable. He has worked in public policy, technology and programming and was a pioneer of two- way interactive cable technology and advanced pay-TV delivery. He earned a reputation as a visionary with an ability to see the future in technology.
Yet, Sie's hiring decisions once he launched Encore Media in 1991 reflected his experience growing up: He valued toughness over pedigree. He hired those who had passion and drive.
"He wants people who are hungry," said Que Spaulding, who was distribution president at Starz until 2003.
Sie's drive to explore all aspects of any business decision drove some employees to distraction. The company had numerous name changes - it has also been known as Starz Encore and currently goes by Starz Entertainment Group. Some of those changes, and various rebranding efforts throughout the 1990s, reflected Sie's micromanagement.
Those who worked for him needed a thick skin.
"He will just keep asking and asking, and every time you give an answer he will drill for another," said Jillaina Wachendorf, who was senior vice president of marketing until 2004. "If you take it personally, you might ask, 'Does the man think I am incompetent?"'
Some meetings turned into free-for-alls. "You take on the character of your leader, and we became loud, and we became very aggressive."
That aggressive sales and marketing culture helped Sie build the Starz flagship channel into a pay-TV movie service in nearly 14 million homes. Its flagship Encore channel - which shows movies from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s - is in nearly 24 million homes.
That compares with Time Warner's HBO, in nearly 28 million homes, and Viacom's Showtime, in 13 million homes.
Sie's innovation was buying the rights to movies, packaging thematic channels and selling them to cable- and satellite-TV operators. Besides Starz and Encore, the company offers 11 other themed channels, including a Westerns channel, Love Stories and Black Starz.
Sie's legacy at Starz is tinged with controversy.
Over the years, the company has paid hundreds of millions of dollars for rights to movies from major studios such as Walt Disney, Miramax and New Line Cinema.
In 1999, during renewal negotiations between Starz and Disney, HBO made Disney a richer offer in order to undercut Starz.
"HBO wanted to cut us off by being aggressive during the renewal phase. We were on the verge of losing our life's blood," Sie recalled.
Sie topped the offer. And he negotiated for the right to offer subscription video-on-demand. This pioneering concept, long touted by Sie, allows viewers, for a monthly fee, to select from a range of movies anytime through cable and Internet technology.
The programming costs were sky-high, but Sie had an ace in the hole - a long-standing sweetheart deal with Malone's dominant cable company, Tele- Communications Inc., that allowed Starz to pass along programming cost hikes to TCI, which served 14 million homes.
The arrangement also was used by Malone as leverage against HBO and Showtime.
"We could say, 'If you keep going up (in price), we will market (our channels) more aggressively,"' Malone recalled.
By 1999, Malone had sold TCI to AT&T for $48 billion, with AT&T inheriting TCI's contract with Starz.
Sie, however, didn't foresee an even bigger deal that would cost Starz dearly.
In 2002, Philadelphia-based Comcast bought AT&T's cable operations. Comcast, which had crossed swords with Malone over the years, refused to honor the Starz programming cost hikes. Comcast had leverage of its own. It stopped marketing Starz's services to its 21 million customers.
Lawsuits followed, which were settled in September 2003 in Comcast's favor: Starz would not be able to pass along its escalating programming costs to its biggest cable operator.
The value of Starz plunged from $5.1 billion to an
estimated $1.6 billion today, according to Matt Harrigan, an equity analyst
at Janco Partners in
Sie's failure to foresee the Comcast acquisition was the biggest mistake of his career, Malone said.
"That was a several-billion-dollar mistake," he said, adding that Sie acknowledged his error to Malone.
"If we all had crystal balls, we'd all be rich," Malone said.
Sie didn't have a crystal ball. But he still got rich.
In March 2003, Sie sold about half his 10 percent stake in
Starz for $275 million in cash and stock to Malone's
Some on Wall Street grumbled that Sie had cashed out on top, even though the value of Starz was about to free-fall once the Comcast litigation was resolved.
"All of this was contractually agreed to years ago," Malone said in 2003.
Said Sie, "Personally, I deserve every penny I got, if not more."
Today, Sie said, he doesn't worry about critics' opinion of his payday for the company he founded and built.
"I never regret anything I do or say," he said.
Little time for family
Malone remembers the day in 2001 Sie told him he would retire.
"He said, 'Anna is insisting that I back out.' Left to his own devices, he would be working 20 hours a day to this day."
Anna met Sie in the mid- 1960s, when she was a switchboard operator at Micro State Electronics, where he was a vice president.
When they married, she became a stepmother to Sie's three children. They went on to have two of their own.
Sie said that following his passion for work meant that he was frequently absent during their 38 years of marriage and often was unavailable to his five children when they were young.
The couple's first daughter, Michelle Sie Whitten,
followed in her father's footsteps, running the company's Encore International
and negotiating movie deals in
Anna and John spend much of their time working on their $5
million home in the
The couple's home is an ongoing project. Sie's hyperactive mind and enthusiasm for new things help define his role.
"I certainly wouldn't want him to decorate," Anna said. "It would be a hodgepodge."
Sie has applied his engineering background to the design of massive fountains under construction in the front and back of the home. For the back fountain, Sie envisions something extravagant - a fire rising in the center of the fountain as the water jets shut off.
His landscape architect, Chris Olson, didn't get it. Designing an ignition system that would light in the midst of a torrent would be difficult at best.
Olson scoffed at the idea. So did Anna.
The fire fountain is now under construction, planned by a
"He has got real strong ideas," Olson said.
John Sie's key dates
LOAD-DATE: February 8, 2005
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[JR: An impressive tale. I sent a copy to my nephews, who think that all they have to learn is what they are taught in the State’s “skool”, aka a reeducation camp for failure imho. I was moved. ]
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Named to post
John F. O'Brien of Mendon has been named to the Council of
the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to
the Bar. Mr. O'Brien is dean of the New England School of Law in
He also earned a degree in taxation from Boston University School of Law.
GRAPHIC: PHOTO; Mr. O'Brien
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February 4, 2005
For that stout breed of New Yorker who parks in the street, it was a wintry ordeal etched in heavy ice, filthy snow and angst. It was the panic after the storm.
"I am totally frantic," Emily Greenhill, a
choreographer, said as she hoisted a shovelful of ice from her Volvo station
"The snow is doable," she said, breathing heavily. "This is forcing people like me to get off our butts."
So it was yesterday, 12 days after a storm pelted the city, prompting the Department of Transportation to suspend alternate-side parking rules for a string of days that was far from the longest in a New York winter, but long enough to lull many car owners into complacency.
As in past years, many dug out and drove away soon after the storm, and others took care of the heavy lifting in advance. Yesterday, however, when parking rules returned to normal, the ill-prepared faced unhappy alternatives: shovel out and move, or pay the piper.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg was not sympathetic. "We
can't get rid of the snow unless people move their cars," he said at a
Marty Markowitz, the
"At least, if they can't suspend alternate-side parking any longer, they should not be aggressive in writing parking tickets," he said. "At least for a few days they should lay off."
Whether the police, the Department of Transportation or
any of the other city agencies that issue parking tickets were heeding that
plea was unclear. Officials at the Department of Finance, which collects the
proceeds from alternate-side offenders ($45 per ticket issued above
Meanwhile, to car owners familiar with the unforgiving demeanor of a parking officer on patrol, the pressure was palpable.
"I don't think everyone is really aware," said Kristen Tracey, a student at Manhattan College in the Bronx, who said she might have avoided getting a ticket herself only because she noticed that other people's cars had been ticketed. "Thank God I saw those tickets."
Ann Farmer and Rachel Metz contributed reporting for this article.
[JR: Brings back memories! ]
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War and sports, especially football, share a deep-seated connection.
"Sports is like a war without the killing."
-- Ted Turner in a July 1977 "60 Minutes" interview
You can't say things like that anymore. Not in public at
least. Not while some young men and women return from
But ridding sports, especially football, of such phrases -- "in the trenches," "offensive weapons" -- is more difficult than they could've imagined. That's because, as military people and sports historians note, football and war are quite similar: Teams are separated by an established line of scrimmage, with the offense pushing forward to gain territory. In the early 1900s, American leaders saw football as a way to instill in young men the values they'd need in war.
The deep-seated relationship between war and sports still
exists today, as a real, bloody war rages in
But the war-sports connection dates farther back in history and weaves its way to modern day.
Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, once said,
"The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of
Some Native American tribes referred to lacrosse as
"the little brother of war," said George Kirsch, a
In his book "Baseball in Blue and Gray," Kirsch
writes about soldiers playing an early version of baseball in
British soldiers in World War I threw a soccer ball into a German trench before going over the top. The British charged toward the German side, trying to gain territory and retrieve their ball. On Christmas Day 1914, the British and Germans famously called a brief truce and played soccer together for less than an hour in the snowy "no-man's land" between their trenches on the Western Front.
In 1990, George Lakoff, a
More recently, the
Last February, the first sentence of a
"When something becomes entrenched in culture, it's very difficult to do away with it," said Gerald Gems, a professor of health and physical education at North Central College in Naperville, Ill. Gems was a Marine in Vietnam in 1967 and '68 and later played four years of semipro football in the '70s.
"The associations with war are sort of unconscious," said Michael Oriard, an Oregon State University English professor and cultural historian of football who played four seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs. "When it gets more intense, we are more self-aware."
Like in the case of Kellen Winslow Jr. In November 2003,
Winslow, then a tight end at the
"That's like a slap in the face when it's used in
that connotation," said Bill Von Ohlen, the physical activities director
Surprisingly, though, Von Ohlen has no problem with other war metaphors like "in the trenches."
"They're very closely related," Von Ohlen said of football and war. "It's a tactical situation."
Some of the military's press releases for interbranch sporting events even begin with lines like, "The Air Force bombed the Navy" or "The Navy sunk the Air Force," Von Ohlen said.
Christopher Newport football player Jesse Thorpe used to
psyche himself up before games by thinking, "We're going to war. These
guys are trying to kill us." Thorpe is in the Army Reserves and was sent
Thorpe returned home safe last May. He said he heard some of his teammates use war metaphors before games last season and thought, "I'm lucky to be playing a game and not actually going to war."
Keith Stanley shakes his head when he hears TV
commentators and athletes use war metaphors.
"You hear certain comments people make, and I think it's ridiculous," he said. "You've never been there. You don't know what it's like. So just shut your mouth. It's immature. It's stupid and inappropriate."
Despite objections against politically incorrect phrases, the connection between sports and war remains, each gleaning something from the other.
Douglas MacArthur, lionized forever as one of
Patriots' coach Bill Belichick, touted lately as one of
Turns out Ted Turner might've been right -- though you can't say that anymore. *
HE SAID IT
"In football the object is for the quarterback, otherwise known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use the shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy's defensive line."
Comedian George Carlin
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Trevor Day 63,
Clarkstown North 66, Horace Mann 49: Brendan Barile led
Horace Mann (9-11, 2-8 Ivy) with 22 points in the Coaches vs. Cancer High
School Classic at
LOAD-DATE: February 6, 2005
Ray Barile got a card from
"Everyone knows someone with cancer, so I thought it was something we could do here," said Barile, the coach at Horace Mann in The Bronx.
"So that year we had three games at Manhattan College and raised about $2,500," said Barile, whose club faces Clarkstown North this afternoon at 3:45.
Barile's tournament and its donations have gotten larger
by the year, raising over $100,000 in total. Last year, the event helped
raise over $20,000 in one day, and he's running the tournament again today at
The first game scheduled is Hackley-Berkeley Carroll at followed by Dalton-Trevor Day at
Collegiate takes on Xavier at with Horace Mann-Clarkstown North at The final two games are Poly Prep-All Hallows at and Fieldston-Mt. St. Michael's at .
LOAD-DATE: February 7, 2005
From: Google Alerts
Ayman Marji was the target of threats following his arrest in the Dec. 18 slaying of Omar Torres, and school officials determined they could not guarantee his safety and the security of other students, said the lawyer, Michael Santangelo.
Marji, 23, pleaded not guilty yesterday at his arraignment
Several of Marji's relatives attended the arraignment, as
did Torres' mother, stepfather and twin brother, Javier. Javier Torres,
wearing a hooded sweat shirt, was in an wheelchair and a foot cast because he
was shot 12 days ago by two men in
Authorities have said the Omar Torres slaying was the culmination of a three-year feud between the two families. Police said they suspect he or a relative might have been responsible for shooting at a relative of Marji's the night of Dec. 17. The relative was grazed in the back but could not identify the shooter.
The next afternoon, authorities said, Marji walked up to
Omar Torres near
Neary asked for an increase in bail because of the
brazenness of the shooting and because Marji, who is a dual citizen of the
Marji is a 1999 graduate of
Santangelo said he was disappointed when
"He certainly wanted to be in school, attending classes, rather than sitting around waiting to go to trial," the lawyer said.
A Torres family friend, Tom Wolff, said the family was unaware of the threats referred to by Santangelo and denied making them.
From: Google Alerts
Bucknell's Jess Spadafora Honored by
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell head women's lacrosse coach Jess Spadafora thought she was returning to her alma mater, Nanuet (N.Y.) High School, on Friday to make a speech honoring her former coach, Karen Leitner. Instead, the tables were turned, and Spadafora was stunned to be presented an award of her own.
Sponsored by the Nanuet Black & Gold Club, in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Spadafora was recognized for her "positive influence in women's sports."
"I was completely shocked and humbled to receive such a special honor," said Spadafora. "They sure did catch me by surprise, but the event brought back so many wonderful memories from my days in Nanuet. To be considered a positive role model is very special to me, and it is a major reason why I chose to be part of the coaching profession. It was amazing to see everyone piled in the gym to honor me, all the same faces that cheered me on all through high school. Being there with my family, friends, teammates and fans, it was just unbelievable."
Hired in August to lead the Bison women's lacrosse
program, Spadafora had never picked up a lacrosse stick until her sophomore
year in high school. But Leitner convinced her to try out for the lacrosse
team, and Spadafora became a star first at Nanuet, then at the
Spadafora, who also played soccer and basketball in high
school, broke into the coaching ranks as an assistant at
The Bison open the 2005 season at Longwood on Sunday, Feb. 27, at
From: Google Alerts
So do you play basketball with the Wizards? Or do you just do tricks? No, I play basketball.
How did you get into this business?I graduated in 2000
from St. Patrick's, where I played with Al Harrington, who's on the Atlanta
Hawks, and Samuel Dalembert, who's on the Philadelphia 76ers. And I was known
as the best ballhandler in the area. I was being looked at by
After the commercial came out, the guys from the Harlem Globetrotters, Adidas, Puma, And1 called me up trying to do deals. Right after that, I signed with Nike to an endorsement deal. I was the youngest person to sign with them (at the time).
So what are some of the other things you have coming
up?I've got a (video) game coming out in June, and an instructional DVD set
to launch, where we're breaking down tricks step-by-step for people from ages
3 to whatever -- anybody who can dribble a basketball. There's a movie of my
life coming out in the fall of '06, called "Freestyle," about
growing up, playing basketball, and staying away from drugs and stuff. It's
done by the same people who did "Antwone Fisher."Why did you sign
with the Harlem Wizards?One reason was because me and Todd Davis (the
Wizards' president) have a pretty good relationship. The Globetrotters
offered me high six figures -- almost seven figures -- to sign with them, but
I had loyalty to Todd. I went on tour with him to
You've got a game coming up in
From: Google Alerts
New York: Litchfield anarchist tied to fire at Army
By Ben Conery
David Segal, a 2003 Litchfield High School graduate and student at Manhattan College, faces five to 20 years in federal prison if convicted of setting fire to a building which is leased by the U.S. government.
A criminal complaint signed by John Michaud, a
Jan. 31, two
Police stopped Segal and noticed he was wearing latex gloves and carrying a backpack. The officers also saw that the glass window panel of the recruiting center's front door had been broken and a hammer was left nearby.
Inside the recruiting center, police saw a small fire on the floor.
Firefighters responding to the recruiting center noticed the lock had been sealed with glue to prevent a key from opening the door. Firefighters pulled the lock cylinder out of the door and quickly extinguished the small fire.
The two officers searched Segal and his backpack. They found glue, a map printed from the Internet that had marked the location of the recruiting center and a plastic bottle containing a liquid accelerant, which is currently being tested by fire officials. A rag soaked in the accelerant was found in Segal's pocket.
A note police said was written in Segal's handwriting
threatened that "at approximately on Jan. 31" a "multitude of outposts of the
military industrial complex were attacked, both within
The note also stated this "wave of violence" was
in "response to the military actions of the
Segal was released after his parents and sister paid a $15,000
cash bail Jan. 31 and is scheduled to return to the U.S. Courthouse at
Neither Segal, nor his attorney, Richard Franklin Boulware, who works for the federal public defender division of the Legal Aid Society, could be reached for comment Monday.
A protester during Republican National Convention in September, Segal explained to a Republican-American he was there in "defiance of what we see as Bush's imperialism." He said his ultimate goals were to end poverty and homelessness, and then to curb corporate power.
Segal said political philosophers Mikail Bakunin and Noam Chomsky helped influence him to take up anarchy, which seeks a radical reordering of society based on egalitarian principles, in which no one exerts power over anyone else. Bakunin, a 19th century Russian, is often called one of the intellectual fathers of anarchism. Chomsky, who won a Nobel Prize for his work in linguistics, writes often on political theory from the far left of American politics.
He said he also listened to politically charged punk rock, such as Bad Religion.
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Found 1 new netnews article about: '"manhattan
Newsgroups: ab.politics, alt.current-events.wtc.bush-knew,
alt.war.terrorism, bc.politics, can.politics
Subject: Is this what phoney "conservatives" claim is the "new freedom and democracy" ...... Sound familiar?
I have a letter from the Selective Service System, Region I, in North
15. The Journal News,
16. Parade Magazine,
17. NBC News,
From: Google Alerts
as well as from
From: The Quadrangle Email Edition
By Erika Rohrssen.
Taking Risks: Some Students from far and Abroad at
Southern in the City
By Courtney Roy. Growing up in southern
Check Out Number 15
... Freshman CJ Anderson, whose full name is Curtis
Anderson, Jr. is definitely making a name for himself on the
NYPD Raids Majestic
... While none of the suspects had any relation to the
Lady Jaspers beat
The Manhattan College Lady Jaspers improved to 8-11 on the season and 4-6 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play as they edged Sienna 65-60 last Sunday ...
CIC'S SUGGESTION: Everyone who works for a major corporation should send resumes placed here into their HR system or department. While you may not see the value, it may be that one thing that delivers an opportunity to a fellow Jasper that changes their life.
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 JGlenn--AT--manhattan.edu
Actual jobs at MC are at: http://www.manhattan.edu/hrs/jobs
Probably should nuke this section?
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
2/13/05 Sunday M.
Basketball Marist* HOME
2/16/05 Wednesday W. Swimming MAAC Championships Baltimore, MD TBA
2/16/05 Wednesday M. Basketball Loyola* HOME 7:00 PM
2/17/05 Thursday W. Swimming MAAC Championships Baltimore, MD TBA
2/18/05 Friday W. Swimming MAAC Championships Baltimore, MD TBA
2/18/05 Friday M. Tennis Columbia New York, NY TBA
2/18/05 Friday Track & Field MAAC Championships ^ New York, NY 11:00 AM
2/18/05 Friday W. Basketball at Loyola* Baltimore, MD 7:00 PM
2/19/05 Saturday M. Basketball at Bracket Buster Game# TBA TBA
2/19/05 Saturday W. Swimming MAAC Championships Baltimore, MD TBA
2/19/05 Saturday Baseball Maryland-Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD 12:00 PM
2/20/05 Sunday Baseball Maryland-Eastern Shore Princess Anne, MD 1:00 PM
2/20/05 Sunday M. Tennis Boston College HOME 1:00 PM
2/20/05 Sunday W. Basketball Marist* HOME 2:00 PM
2/24/05 Thursday M. Basketball Canisius* HOME 7:00 PM
2/25/05 Friday Track & Field USATF Championships @ Boston, MA 9:00 AM
2/25/05 Friday Track & Field NYU Invitational * New York, NY 1:00 PM
2/25/05 Friday W. Basketball at Canisius* Buffalo, NY 7:00 PM
2/25/05 Friday M. Tennis Saint
2/26/05 Saturday Track & Field Manhattan Last Chance HOME 8:00 AM
2/26/05 Saturday Track & Field USATF Championships @ Boston, MA 9:00 AM
2/26/05 Saturday Baseball Davidson (DH) Davidson, ND 12:00 PM
2/26/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse Virginia Charlottesville, VA 1:00 PM
2/27/05 Sunday M. Tennis Saint Peter's Jersey City, NJ TBA
2/27/05 Sunday Baseball Davidson Davidson, NC 12:00 PM
2/27/05 Sunday Track & Field USATF Championships @ Boston, MA 1:00 PM
2/27/05 Sunday W. Basketball at Niagara* Niagara Falls, NY 2:00 PM
2/27/05 Sunday M. Basketball at St. Peter's* Jersey City, NJ 2:00 PM
3/2/05 Wednesday W.
3/3/05 Thursday W. Basketball MAAC Championships#
3/4/05 Friday W. Basketball MAAC Championships#
3/4/05 Friday M. Basketball MAAC First Round$
3/4/05 Friday Baseball
3/4/05 Friday M. Tennis
3/5/05 Saturday W. Basketball MAAC Championships#
3/5/05 Saturday M. Basketball MAAC Quarterfinals$
3/5/05 Saturday Track & Field IC4A Championships @
3/5/05 Saturday Track & Field ECAC Championships @
3/5/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse
3/5/05 Saturday Baseball
3/6/05 Sunday M. Basketball MAAC Semifinals$
3/6/05 Sunday M. Tennis
3/6/05 Sunday W. Basketball MAAC Championships#
3/6/05 Sunday Track & Field ECAC Championships @
3/6/05 Sunday Track & Field IC4A Championships @
3/6/05 Sunday W. Tennis
3/6/05 Sunday Baseball
3/7/05 Monday M. Basketball MAAC Championship$
3/8/05 Tuesday Softball Seton Hall
3/9/05 Wednesday M. Lacrosse Rutgers
3/9/05 Wednesday Baseball Fordham HOME 3:00 PM
3/9/05 Wednesday W. Lacrosse Long Island
3/10/05 Thursday W. Lacrosse
3/11/05 Friday Softball vs.
3/11/05 Friday Track & Field NCAA Championships
3/11/05 Friday Softball vs. Quinnipiac$
3/12/05 Saturday Track & Field NCAA Championships
3/12/05 Saturday Baseball George Washington (DH) Washington, DC 12:00 PM
3/12/05 Saturday W. Lacrosse SUNY Stony Brook HOME 12:00 PM
3/12/05 Saturday Softball vs.
3/12/05 Saturday Softball at
3/13/05 Sunday Softball TBD$
3/13/05 Sunday M. Lacrosse Sacred Heart%
3/13/05 Sunday Baseball George
3/16/05 Wednesday Baseball
3/18/05 Friday Track & Field Baldy Castillo Invitational
3/18/05 Friday Baseball
3/19/05 Saturday Track & Field Baldy Castillo Invitational
3/19/05 Saturday Baseball
3/19/05 Saturday Softball Yale HOME 1:00 PM
3/19/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse
3/20/05 Sunday M. Tennis
3/20/05 Sunday Softball at Drexel
3/22/05 Tuesday W. Lacrosse Wagner
3/23/05 Wednesday Track & Field
3/23/05 Wednesday Softball at Hofstra
3/23/05 Wednesday Baseball Lehigh HOME 3:00 PM
3/24/05 Thursday Track & Field
3/24/05 Thursday W. Tennis
3/24/05 Thursday W. Lacrosse
3/25/05 Friday Track & Field
3/26/05 Saturday Track & Field
3/26/05 Saturday Track & Field West Point Invitational
3/26/05 Saturday Baseball Saint Peter's* (DH)
3/26/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse
3/26/05 Saturday Softball at Stony Brook Stony
3/27/05 Sunday Baseball Saint Peter's*
3/29/05 Tuesday M. Tennis Rutgers
3/29/05 Tuesday Baseball St. Francis-NY$
3/30/05 Wednesday Baseball Fordham HOME 3:00 PM
3/30/05 Wednesday M. Tennis Fordham
3/31/05 Thursday Softball at LaSalle
If you do go support "our" teams, I'd appreciate any reports or photos. What else do us old alums have to do?
WOMEN'S LACROSSE FINISH SECOND IN MAAC PRESEASON POLL
LIANDER QUALIFIES FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS AND BREAKS SCHOOL RECORD
SOFTBALL TIED FOR FIFTH IN MAAC PRESEASON POLL
Riverdale, NY (February 7, 2005)- The Manhattan College softball team was picked to finish tied for fifth in the MAAC Softball Preseason Poll, it was announced today by the conference office. All voting was conducted by the conference head coaches.
Baltimore, MD (February 6, 2005)- Manhattan rallied from a 16 point second half deficit to trail by just three, 71-68, with 1:58, but could not complete the comeback, falling to the Loyola Greyhounds, 77-70, this afternoon at Reitz Arena on the Loyola campus. Senior Peter Mulligan led all scorers with 23 points, including 15-17 from the free throw line. The Jaspers fall to 10-11 on the season, 5-8 in MAAC play.
[JR: At the risk of losing some of my aura of omnipotence or at least omni-pia-presence, you can see Jasper Sports stories at: http://www.topix.net/ncaa/manhattan/ so for brevity’s sake I will not repeat them here. I will just report the ones that come to my attention and NOT widely reported. No sense wasting electrons!]
The Times Union (
Track signing: Stacy Gregory of Colonie has accepted a
track scholarship to
Vols Face Biggest Test of the Season in
In another logistics challenge, Jim Sexton will throw the
35-lb. weight at
Nicole Conti, a John Jay graduate, completed her freshman
season as a member of the
Conti, who played in 16 games and started eight for the Lady Jaspers, was also named to the fall Dean's List at the school.
(Mike Ferraro writes Keeping Track for the Poughkeepsie Journal.)
From: Google Alerts
In a surprising upset, Loyola turned back the Jaspers of Manhattan College, 77-70, in the second leg of a Loyola basketball doubleheader last Sunday at Reitz Arena. With a win that saw Loyola control the tempo and outplay the two-time defending MAAC champions from beginning to end, the Hounds improved to 3-9 in the MAAC and 4-17 overall.
In the face of a stiff
"I thought I played well in the first half, in more of a scoring role, and in the second half I tried to do the dirty work," Stanback said. "But it's nice, because we all really wanted this win."
After several big plays, including a pair of dunks by senior forward Jim Chivers, gave the Hounds a 37-28 lead with 4.9 seconds remaining in the half, freshman guard Brad Farrell took an inbounds pass and advanced the ball up the floor before giving it up to junior guard Charlie Bell, who hit a deep three to send the Hounds into the locker room up 40-28 and with all the momentum.
Junior guard Linton Hinds and sophomore guard Shane James helped to maintain the Greyhound lead by continually driving to the basket. While the Hounds' free throw woes returned for a time late in the second half, both Hinds and James hit big foul shots down the stretch. Hinds led Loyola with 18 points, and James chipped in 15.
Helping the Hounds to out-rebound
Senior forward Peter Mulligan led the Jaspers with 23 points.
"I don't care what anyone says; this is a good
On Thursday night, the Hounds fell to the Fairfield Stags 56-35 in the first of two meetings between the MAAC opponents in the season's final three weeks.
The 35-point output, which was precipitated by Patsos's squad shooting 26 percent from the floor, was the lowest scoring total for Loyola's men's basketball team since 1950.
"The gameplan was to attack the basket, go after
[Gai] and try to get him in foul trouble," Patsos said. "I don't
understand it because we went after [
Getting off to a quick start, the Greyhounds pulled ahead on a three-pointer by Stanback, but the 5-4 Loyola lead would prove to be the last of the night. Gai responded with two quick dunks, including an impressive alley-oop, and then poured in a three-ball of his own. Senior guard Tyquawn Goode finished the Stag run with a three-pointer of his own, making the score 14-5 with 14:40 remaining in the first half.
After playing tight, pressure defense for the first five minutes, both teams sagged into a zone for much of the first half, slowing down the pace of the game. Loyola went into the locker room trailing 32-15.
The second half was more of the same, however, as Gai again asserted himself under the basket, causing Loyola players to adjust their shots en route to shooting 8-31 from the floor in the second half.
Gai, who is the cousin of Chicago Bulls' rookie Luol Deng, was pleased with his performance.
"Getting my first triple-double tonight, and getting the win, it is very exciting for me," he said.
The Hounds will travel to
Issue date: 02.03.2005
Men's Track and Field
While the men's track and field team only came in eighth place this weekend at the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Championships, they had good reason to celebrate what would seem a small victory.
The Violets were the only Division III team in the entire
14-team event, and yet they still finished ahead of several of their Division
I competitors. NYU ended up with 26 points, while winner
Freshman Ryan Williams made NYU history, becoming the first Violet to win first place in an individual event at the meet since NYU became a Division III school.
The victory came in the 3,000-meter run, as Williams beat
out second place finisher
Another top individual performer was senior captain Les Page, who captured a fourth place finish in the 800-meter run.
NYU also delivered in the 4x800-meter relay, coming in third place. Sophomore James McCarthy, junior Andrew Tonniges, senior Travis Keany and Page combined to lock in the third place spot.
The men's track and field team will return to action this Friday to compete in the Armory Collegiate Invitational. •
- Matthew Shapiro, deputy sports editor
From: Mike McEneney 
We are back
in the Bronx after a nice week with some of the Children and Grandchildren in
If all else fails, I have a copy that I can fax to you.
[JR: The article is in "pay for" status. If I have time, I google around for it. No, it's not google-able. They must protect their content from search engines. We'll have to fall back to manual methods. ]
From: Ferdinand Reinke 
Received my calendar last night. My wife reports that it's inappropriate for a 50+ old man to get such and that it is probably aimed at the 20-something crowd.
Surviving that review. Here are some thoughts of my own.
There was a big "thank you" post it note attached.
Pictures were OK. Maybe I am old, but I didn't see anything "racy".
It was mailed with a $3 stamp, which means that there couldn't be much profit in a $10 calendar.
Sounds like a business school project.
Also, I still think it would have more traction if it was available for Christmas giving.
If I was involved, I say "Hey great look at all we learned. Now let's start planning for next year. We have a repeatable idea. And even if we don't have a purpose in mind we can always donate the money to Breast Cancer, the old alumni's home, the College, or something worthwhile.
From: Mark Boland (1993)
I happened to come across this article that I hadn't seen in
the Jottings about the
Christine Sasser (Sell) '94 was on the floor that the second plane crashed into.
It's an interesting story. She survived, but I'm unaware of her whereabouts.
All the best,
PS: I invite any Jaspers in
Mark M. Boland
Inches decide life, death on the 78th floor
In the crowded elevator lobby on the 78th floor of the
She had dialed Paulie's number. No answer. She had talked to her husband, Ted. She had called 911. She feared the worst.
Crying, she walked down 22 flights to the 78th floor elevator lobby, Casey's comforting arm around her all the way.
They huddled there with four other friends, in a crowd of worried, uncertain people who were waiting to board elevators that could whisk them to the ground in a minute.
Spera didn't know what had happened in the north tower. She had no way of knowing that a second jet was roaring toward her.
In the terrorist attacks on the
At , United Airlines Flight 175 cut like a scythe through the packed elevator lobby. Death's scalpel sliced between people standing inches apart, killing one while sparing another.
Based on information from survivors,
Just 12 people who were in the elevator lobby when the second jet hit escaped before the south tower collapsed 56 minutes later. Nine were at the north end of the lobby, farthest from the jet's impact. Three were in alcoves off the main lobby, in local elevators that went to higher floors.
Everyone else on the 78th floor died, even people who had guided survivors to escape routes.
In the 16 1/2 minutes between the first strike on the
They didn't know that every action they took influenced whether they lived or died that day.
A flash of flames
Judy Wein, 45, and Gigi Singer, colleagues from Aon insurance's risk analysis group on the 103rd floor, had seen a fireball shoot out of the north tower and blow past their windows. The flames were so hot, Wein felt as if she was standing in front of an open oven.
They ran to the emergency stairwell. In 10 minutes, they made it down to the 78th floor.
There, Wein decided to stop off in what was known as the skylobby — a transfer point between local elevators to the higher floors and express elevators to the ground. The lobby was the main junction in her daily, two-elevator commute to her office 1,300 feet in the sky.
"Maybe the elevators are working," Wein said. "Maybe we can get some information."
They joined the nervous, milling crowd filling the big elevator lobby, where a dozen room-size express elevators could make the trip to the ground floor in 60 seconds.
Everyone was wondering what had happened in the north tower just 120 feet away. Some had seen smoke and fire — or worse: people jumping to their deaths.
Wein heard people asking: How could a plane fly into the
The elevators seemed slow to arrive. There was no panic, but the scene was chaotic. "Relax, we're going to get some elevators up here, and everyone will get out," a building worker told the crowd.
Some people had to wait for two elevators to arrive before they could squeeze into one. Two women tried to push in front of a man to get to an elevator.
"This isn't the Titanic, ladies. It's not women and children first," he growled, and squeezed in.
Wein and Singer joined three of their Aon colleagues: Richard Gabrielle, 50, Vijay Paramsothy, 23, and the group's boss, Howard Kestenbaum, 56.
Two elevators in the north half of the lobby were out of service, but Wein's group stood near one of the idle cars anyway; it was less crowded there than at the south end of the lobby.
I've left my purse, Wein recalls saying. I don't want to go back up, but how will I get the bus?
"Here, take some money and go home," Kestenbaum said.
Singer remembered something she had left at her desk.
By Gulnara Samoilova, AP
Gigi Singer: Injured, she walked down from the 78th floor to the 40th, where a firefighter directed her to a working elevator and safety.
No, Kestenbaum said. Don't go back up. They stayed in the lobby.
Eric Thompson, 26, a financial analyst, worked for Baseline Financial Services, which had offices at the south end of the skylobby. He had seen the fire in the other building and wanted to leave.
But he looked into the marble-lined lobby, more than half a city block long, and saw people were standing shoulder to shoulder, waiting for elevators.
This is pointless, he thought.
He remembered that he had left a book belonging to his girlfriend on his desk on the 77th floor. He rode back down an escalator inside the offices to retrieve it.
He thought he'd wait just a few minutes and go back when the lobby wasn't so crowded.
A pause in the exodus
Ed Nicholls, 51, the manager of Aon's aviation insurance department, had walked down from the 102nd floor and was on the stairs somewhere in the 70s when he heard an announcement on the building's public-address system.
The announcement told workers that the south tower was "secure" and that they could return to their desks. It was close to
Nicholls met his colleague Karen Hagerty, 34, a senior vice president, coming up the stairs. "Hey, we're going back up," she said.
The announcement had caused a pause in the downward flow of people, even a reversal. Some people were turning back — up the staircases or into local elevators to higher floors.
Nicholls joined others coming back up the stairs. He still wanted to leave, and the announcement made it seem that taking the express elevators might be safe, and a lot faster than walking down more than 70 flights.
When one of the big express elevators finally arrived, Hagerty pointed to Nicholls and said, "He's got two kids, let him get on."
Then Hagerty joked, "I've got a horse and two cats."
Neither ended up getting into an elevator.
Ling Young, 49, a tax auditor, had come down from the 86th
floor with her colleagues from the
Years earlier, they had left the office because of a blackout and were later told that they had to make up the hours. They had to go to the union to get the decision reversed. No one had forgotten.
"Don't worry about it, it's not our building," Young heard someone say. She could smell smoke from the other building that had been sucked into the south tower by its ventilation system. But she was with her boss, Sankara Velamuri, 63, and he hadn't left yet.
Christine Sasser, 29, a derivatives specialist with Fuji Capital Markets, was on her second trip down. She and Silvion Ramsundar, 32, her best office friend, had been grabbing breakfast in the 44th floor cafeteria when the first jet hit. Sasser had seen papers flying outside the window and thought it must have been a Federal Express jet that hit the north tower.
By Todd Plitt,
Christine Sasser: After the first jet hit the other tower, she and a friend returned to their offices on the 80th floor to find them deserted. The second jet hit as they were trying to leave the south tower. Both lived. But Ramsundar had left his wallet at his desk and was afraid that if they left the building without it, he wouldn't be able to get back in to retrieve it.
They found their 80th floor offices deserted except for two security guards. Sasser looked out the windows toward the north tower. She saw the inferno there and people jumping to their deaths to escape the flames.
OK, she decided, time to get out of here. The two friends rode back down to 78.
No one would be getting back into this building any time soon, agreed Keating Crown and Kelly Reyher, 41, two Aon colleagues standing not far from Donna Spera in the elevator lobby. Not with the size of the fire in the north tower. It could be weeks.
Reyher thought of his Palm Pilot, loaded with data on clients and insurance transactions. Without it he couldn't do business, and it was on his desk on the 100th floor.
"I'm going to go back up," he said.
Then he walked over to a local elevator and hit the button.
The jet strikes
A deafening explosion and a searing blast of heat ripped through the lobby. The air turned black with smoke. Flames burst out of elevators. Walls and the ceiling crumbled into a foot of debris on the floor. Shards of glass flew like thrown knives.
The blast threw people like dolls, tearing their bodies apart.
No one knew it was a plane.
Judy Wein flew through the air and landed on her side, shattering her forearm, breaking three ribs and puncturing a lung.
Oh my God, she thought. Why didn't I keep walking down?
As the blow from the jet made the building rock first north, then south, she felt herself sliding across the floor toward the express elevators. A minute before, the elevator doors had been a route to safety. Now they were useless, gaping and askew. Flames burned in the shafts.
This is how I'm going to die, she thought. In a burning elevator. What a waste.
Donna Spera's arms were burning. Her watch felt like it was melting, and she flicked her wrist to get it off. She dropped her cell phone, the one she had been using to try to call her friend Paulie in the north tower.
She dropped her pocketbook. It fell on the motionless body at her feet: Casey Parbhu, her friend and comforter, was dead.
The fire in the other tower must have caused an explosion, she thought. The smoke was so dark she could barely see. She remembered a childhood lesson: In a fire, get to the floor. She got on her hands and knees.
Everything seemed to be happening in slow motion. She started crawling past bodies, alone.
The impact threw Kelly Reyher, on his way to retrieve his Palm Pilot, headfirst into the back wall of the local elevator he had just stepped into. The floor of the elevator buckled, and the car dropped 2 feet. The walls were blown in and flames shot from the shaft. Hot, black smoke filled the elevator car.
By Todd Plitt,
Kelly Reyher: He never made it back to his 100th floor office, but he did make it back to his family, Daughter Caitlin, now 2 1/2, gives Dad a kiss.
I don't want to burn to death, Reyher thought. I'll stand up, I'll breathe in the smoke as hard as I can, and then I'll die and I won't know I'm burning.
Then Reyher saw that the doors were still open just an inch or so. He pulled them apart and wedged his briefcase between them.
He crawled up, over the briefcase, and out into the lobby.
"Howard!" Judy Wein was yelling to Kestenbaum, her boss.
It was Vijay Paramsothy who called back: "We're over here!"
Paramsothy was sitting up, scratched and bloody. Marble slabs had fallen onto Richard Gabrielle and broken his legs. Wein tried to move the slabs with her good arm, and he cried out.
Howard Kestenbaum lay flat and still. To Wein, he looked peaceful.
Dead and wounded covered the floor of the lobby like a battlefield after cannon fire. A ghostly dusting of plaster lay over everyone.
Reyher crawled past a decapitated body, through and over bodies and limbs and puddles of blood. He could hear people crying, moaning, screaming.
Christine Sasser, the derivatives specialist, sat up, cut and bleeding, her hair full of bits of glass and metal. She patted the man lying on the floor next to her. He was dressed like an executive: blue pants, striped shirt.
"It's OK, you can get up now," she said. Again and again she jostled him, urging him up. For a minute she thought it was her friend Silvion Ramsundar. Then she realized she didn't know him.
He lay still.
The only way out
Ed Nicholls couldn't find the stairway, the stairway that just minutes before he had climbed to get to the 78th floor.
The lobby was barely recognizable. Debris covered the floor; steel beams dangled from the ceiling. Sprinklers sprayed water, and the pall of smoke made it hard to see.
Struggling to breathe, Nicholls made his way to the broken north windows.
The dress code was casual at his firm, but as always, Nicholls wore a suit, tie, cufflinks. Now his gray suit jacket was the only thing holding his smashed right shoulder in place. His white dress shirt was red from a wound to his stomach; he put his white handkerchief to his face. It turned red, too.
Nicholls looked down nearly a thousand feet to the
I'm on the 78th floor of a burning building, he thought. And I don't know how to get down.
He saw two young men coming toward him through the empty offices in the northwest corner of the building. "I think the stairs are over here," one said. He was right. Nicholls found the stairs and headed down.
Mary Jos, 54, a section head for the state tax department, found the escape route on her hands and knees. Knocked unconscious by the blast, she came to on the skylobby floor. She pushed off broken tile and plaster and rolled over.
By Todd Plitt,
Eric Thompson and Mary Jos: She found the only escape route from the 78th floor. He heard her calling, and they walked down together. She could see people lying all around her, their eyes open, absolutely still. Her face was burned. The flesh on her left arm was ripped away, exposing the bone. One shoe had been blown off, and her foot was bleeding.
I am not going to die here, she thought. I have too many plans.
She crawled to the express elevators and felt her way until she touched the door to the fire stairs. As she pushed it open, she called back, "If anyone can hear me, this is where the stairs are."
She had found the only way out of the skylobby.
Only Stairway A, at the north end of the building and farthest from the impact, remained intact after the jet smashed into the tower. The center and south stairwells were destroyed.
Jos started down the steps. "Can someone help me?" she called out, not knowing whether anyone was there.
Her voice reached Eric Thompson, the young financial analyst who moments before the crash had retreated from the 78th floor rather than battle the crowds.
On the floor below, safe from the jet's worst damage, he and a dozen colleagues had escaped injury and were also looking for a way out. He ran up to join Jos.
Blood covered Ling Young's glasses when she regained consciousness lying facedown on the floor of the elevator lobby. She tried to wipe it off.
By Todd Plitt,
"Don't worry, calm down, don't panic," Young heard Urban say. She couldn't believe it was the same boss. "Let's see where the stair is. Take it easy," Urban said.
Young couldn't see an exit sign. The floor around her was so damaged that she was afraid to move, afraid that taking a step would send her plunging through the floor. She sat on top of the rubble. Near her, a woman who appeared to have a broken leg called to her, "Help me."
"Lie there, don't move, until we get help," Young replied.
A survivor goes back to help
Young looked up and a young man appeared: Welles Crowther,
24, an equities trader for Sandler O'Neil on the 104th floor and a volunteer
firefighter in his hometown of
"I found the stairs," he told Young. "Follow me, and help the ones that can be helped."
Young tried to help an injured colleague, but she was too small and too injured herself. Urban took over, and Young followed Crowther into Stairway A.
Her colleagues were right behind her, she thought.
After descending a dozen flights, Crowther left Young. "I'm going back upstairs to help." he said.
When Crowther returned to the skylobby, Judy Wein had made her way over to the north windows. There she found a roll of paper towels, as if they were put there just for her. She wrapped a couple of towels around her bloody arm.
Then she saw Crowther looking for a fire extinguisher. He had tied a red bandanna around his face the one he always kept in his pocket, regardless of how he was dressed.
Wein and her friend Gigi Singer headed into Stairway A with Crowther. The stairwell was well-lit, the air was fresh. They pushed past debris, and the way was clear.
Crowther stayed with them for more than 15 floors. Then he turned and again headed up the stairs, intent on making a third trip.
On the 78th floor, the light from the open stairwell door was a beacon in the smoky darkness.
Donna Spera, the Aon employee whose arms were burned, saw only the silhouette of a man, framed in the light of the stairwell entrance.
"Come this way," the man called to her. She walked toward him, leaving behind her friends.
All of them were dead.
As they painfully made their separate ways down Stairway A, the 12 people who escaped the 78th floor lobby caught up with the last of a downward exodus of workers from lower floors. Behind them, on the 78th floor, remained an unknown number of people who were alive but too injured to get to the stairs, and less-injured people who apparently remained with them.
Donna Spera walked out of the building with Kelly Reyher and Keating Crown. She had hung onto Reyher's belt loop in the stairwell to stay close.
As she emerged from the crippled building, she was scooped
up by a
By Gulnara Samoilova, AP
Donna Spera: U.S. Marshall Dominic Guadagnoli scoops up Spera and carries her to an ambulance. Christine Sasser and Silvion Ramsundar, the friends from Fuji Capital Markets, walked down, despite Ramsundar's chest wound and Sasser's slashed ankle. They were helped by a Morgan Stanley executive, Doug Brown, they met on a lower floor.
Mary Jos, the tax department employee, walked all the way down with Eric Thompson, the financial analyst. He kept up a steady stream of questions about her family, her retirement plans, her new apartment, all to keep her going. She was nearly 30 years older than he and badly injured, but she set a brisk pace, leaving a bloody footprint every other step.
Two Fiduciary Trust employees, Donovan Cowan, 34, and Doris Torres, 32, had been stepping into a local elevator to go back up to the 97th floor when the jet hit the 78th floor lobby, according to a report in TheNew York Times. Cowan had been planning to call his mom to let her know he was OK. They were seriously burned but made it out of the building. Torres, however, died of her injuries Sept. 16 in a hospital.
By Beth A. Keiser, AP
Donovan Cowan: Recounting his ordeal as he leaves the
hospital Feb. 21. He received several skin grafts. Ling Young walked to the 51st floor and
met up with a
Devery's partner, Fire Marshal Ronnie Bucca, kept running up the stairs. He perished when the building collapsed at
Judy Wein, Gigi Singer and Ed Nicholls walked to the 40th floor, where a firefighter directed them to a working elevator. Judy Wein was put into the same ambulance as Jos and Young.
As it pulled away, the south tower collapsed. Wein's heart dropped.
Those who were still lying wounded in the skylobby — and the firefighters who were trying to help them — were gone.
"It was the end of hope," she says.
Young and Wein identified Welles Crowther as the man who helped them. His mother sent them his picture after reading that they had been saved by a man wearing a red bandanna. She knew her son always carried one.
Crowther's body was found March 19, among the remains of firefighters in what had been the south tower's ground floor lobby.
Contributing: Data analysis by Paul Overberg. Contributing: Staci George and Nafeesa Syeed
[JR: Wow, that was chilling. This was touching. Great find! I know a rule that I was given in my earliest days at AT&T. Our standing instructions were when given the "alert", we were to "abandon ship" and assemble across the street what was then the edge of the Holland Tunnel exit. When we had a minor datacenter fire, compliance was pretty ragged. Some guys stayed behind to fight the fire. They actually put it out. Management was really mad. (Mad doesn't do it justice, but this is a family rag.) They were actually: suspend for a few days without pay for the failure to follow the SOP, required to attend regular "safety" meetings, and downgraded in their annual appraisal. In those days, that was as close to firing as one got. As "punishment", the ring leader was made the "division safety officer" and did several years penance before getting off the you know what list. This despite the fact that the by fighting the fire they kept a small disaster from becoming a big one, minimized the cost (small fire in cables cost about 5k to replace; big fire would have easily cost 100 times that!), and they didn't think it was any big deal but thought they'd be rewarded. Luckily I was off that day or I'd have been in with them. It was explained to us that AT&T didn't pay us to fight fires, but did pay us to follow SOPs. Since then, I have always followed the rule first sign of trouble evacuate your people, then you. Period. Leave everything and go. A pda isn't worth your life. If you have a good DR plan, nothing should be irreplaceable. You could, more likely, drop or lose that pda. then what would you do? I had a group in the WTC during the first fire. They followed my instructions and went home. Ditto during the first bombing. People first, stuff later. I was transiting thru the WTC the morning of the day before the disaster. Amazing how close one can brush and just be lucky. It was a beautiful place. An engineering marvel. When I saw the disaster on tv, I was stunned and expected the death toll to be in the 10's of thousands. That it was only ~3k was in my mind a miracle. I've been in a hotel fire, a building fire, a chem spill, and numerous false alarms. I drive my wife wacky 'cause if the alarms go off, I'm a leaving -- fast. I'll go for a ride or a movie. Even just walk in the "opposite' direction. Go ahead; dock my pay. My tuchuus is very valuable to me. More valuable 2me then money or stuff. Can always make more money or buy replacement stuff that's probably better. Maybe I'm chicken. But, I was taught well. Get out of the danger zone. Funny, that was the exact SAME message in Air Force survival school. Pick up your mates and bug out. And, stay out. As fast you can. Take intelligent risks. Don't confuse bravery and bravado. Expect and plan for the worst; be pleasantly surprised when things turn out better. Laugh at yourself if necessary. But, take care. IMHO FWIW. GB. ]
[JR: Upon reflection, this was a great article. Now I am reminded that despite all the fact that most of the professionals in the building worked in the financial industry, very few had life insurance. I remember some financial commentator saying that a man who dies without life insurance doesn't die, he absconds. (No I don't shill for the life insurance companies. BUT, can you name me a cheaper thing to buy? SBLIC or any bank or brokerage or insurance company can fix you up with cheap term insurance. It's better than a Lotto ticket! Your family might win.) So, being properly insured was always a concern for me. If we take nothing out of this story, then the lesson might be "you know not the day nor the hour". A stunning story!]
[JR: Anyone know where Jasper Christine is? ]
******** Historical Information ********
JASPERFOUND: Cross, Richard (1974)
A brief biography.
born of a healthy WASP stock of Presbyterians on my mother's side and
Methodists on my father's side. We
have five Revolutionary patriots in our family and I have a great grandfather
who fought in the Union army at
I had the advantage of a classical seminary education for twelve years with a heavy emphasis on Latin and Greek, literature and the humanities. I must confess, however, that my education in math and the sciences was, and remains, embarrassingly weak. Church music has been a part of my life since my youth when I played piano at Sunday School in the Methodist church. I played the piano and organ all through my seminary years
fortunate to do the last six years of seminary training in Europe at the
Catholic University of Louvain (
completion of my studies at the university and ordination in 1958 I spent the
next ten years in various forms of pastoral ministry in my home state of
Here are three
photos taken during the summers Kathleen and I studied at the Pius X School
of Liturgical Music at
During those years
I also served as a seminary professor and was fortunate to be able to take
teams of my French students to
It was at Manhattanville that I met Kathleen Stanton who many years later would become my wife. She is a liturgist and superb musician as you will know from our CD. You can read about it on this site and acquire it if you wish. Together we have served as music ministers in the same parish for nearly thirty years. We have a married son, Christopher, who is a talented musician and by profession a psychiatric social worker.
to consider myself a Christian humanist in the best sense of the word. It's been a joy to be a part of the
Christian renewal and outreach after the Second
JASPERFOUND: Coyne, Chris (mc1999)
Christopher Coyne is currently in his third year in the
Economics Ph.D. program at
Chris received a B.S. with concentrations in Economics and
Finance in 1999 from
A National ID Bill Masquerading as Immigration Reform
by Rep. Ron Paul, MD
February 12, 2005
Dr. Ron Paul is a Republican member of Congress from
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I rise in strong opposition to HR 418, the REAL ID Act. This
bill purports to make us safer from terrorists who may sneak into the
What is wrong with this bill?
The REAL ID Act establishes a national ID card by mandating that states include certain minimum identification standards on driver’s licenses. It contains no limits on the government’s power to impose additional standards. Indeed, it gives authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to unilaterally add requirements as he sees fit.
Supporters claim it is not a national ID because it is voluntary. However, any state that opts out will automatically make non-persons out of its citizens. The citizens of that state will be unable to have any dealings with the federal government because their ID will not be accepted. They will not be able to fly or to take a train. In essence, in the eyes of the federal government they will cease to exist. It is absurd to call this voluntary.
Republican Party talking points on this bill, which claim that this is not a national ID card, nevertheless endorse the idea that “the federal government should set standards for the issuance of birth certificates and sources of identification such as driver’s licenses.” So they admit that they want a national ID but at the same time pretend that this is not a national ID.
This bill establishes a massive, centrally-coordinated
database of highly personal information about American citizens: at a minimum
their name, date of birth, place of residence, Social Security number, and
physical and possibly other characteristics. What is even more disturbing is
that, by mandating that states participate in the “Drivers License Agreement,”
this bill creates a massive database of sensitive information on American
citizens that will be shared with
This bill could have a chilling effect on the exercise of our constitutionally guaranteed rights. It re-defines "terrorism" in broad new terms that could well include members of firearms rights and anti-abortion groups, or other such groups as determined by whoever is in power at the time. There are no prohibitions against including such information in the database as information about a person’s exercise of First Amendment rights or about a person’s appearance on a registry of firearms owners.
This legislation gives authority to the Secretary of Homeland Security to expand required information on driver’s licenses, potentially including such biometric information as retina scans, finger prints, DNA information, and even Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) radio tracking technology. Including such technology as RFID would mean that the federal government, as well as the governments of Canada and Mexico, would know where Americans are at all times of the day and night.
There are no limits on what happens to the database of
sensitive information on Americans once it leaves the
What will all of this mean for us? When this new program is implemented, every time we are required to show our driver’s license we will, in fact, be showing a national identification card. We will be handing over a card that includes our personal and likely biometric information, information which is connected to a national and international database.
H.R. 418 does nothing to solve the growing threat to
national security posed by people who are already in the
Although Congress funded an additional 2,000 border guards last year, the administration has announced that it will only ask for an additional 210 guards. Why are we not pursuing these avenues as a way of safeguarding our country? Why are we punishing Americans by taking away their freedoms instead of making life more difficult for those who would enter our country illegally?
H.R. 418 does what legislation restricting firearm ownership
does. It punishes law-abiding citizens. Criminals will ignore it. H.R. 418
offers us a false sense of greater security at the cost of taking a gigantic
step toward making
I urge my colleagues to vote “NO” on the REAL ID Act of 2005.
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Anyone out there worried? Knock, KNOCK, … … is this thing on?
We should all take the ten minutes, need to fire up the old browser, and see
what some of the real civil libertarians are saying about this bill. The gun
nuts. The anti-abortionists. The internet experts. Do we hold the
“Gum-a-minute” to protect us or just erode our liberty? One slice at a time! Be
afraid. Be very afraid! Remember the Hungarians fighting Russian tanks in the
streets of Budapest with soda bottles of gasoline, one shot – one freedom
fighter dead, but so was one tank. Remember the Afghans fighting the Soviets.
Remember “Red Dawn”. Yeah that was a movie. But, are we destined to have our
children dying for freedom. Ruby Ridge.
And that’s the last word.