Sunday 03 April 2005

Dear Jaspers,

702? are active on the Distribute site. There are 39 bouncing. Yahoo adjusted their count. When I have time I'll figure out what the right number is.

As of 3/26, the Jasper Jottings site had 270 page views yesterday. Total page views this month: 10582!?!

Praying for our Holy Father to have the "good death"; as if there could be such a thing. Even in death, he demonstrates that life is not "ours". It's merely "loaned" to us in order for us to make our contribution. Sadly so it must be his time to go home.


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The sausage making blog is at:  

which is short way of saying




Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 6:00-9:00pm 

New York City Club Networking Reception 
Location: UBS Financial Services
1285 Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave)
Between 51st and 52nd, 14th Floor

Wednesday, April 13, 2005, 2:00-5:00pm 

Not-For-Profit/Public Service Job Fair 
Location: Smith Auditorium, Campus 
Local NFP organizations and public service agencies available for interviews for open positions.

Saturday, April 16, 2005, 9:00 am – 1:00pm 

Manhattan College Games for Individuals with Disabilities 
Location: Draddy Gymnasium 
For more information call Sheilah Urrutia, (718) 862-7215

Wednesday, April 20, 2005, 3:30pm 

ASCD Meeting 
Room 218, Miguel Hall, Campus 
For more Information call:  Dr. Lisa Rizopoulos, (718) 862-7879

Sunday, April 24, 2005 

American Museum of Natural History Event 

Come join fellow Jaspers at the Museum of Natural History for a fun filled, educational day with your children!

Friday, April 29, 2005 @ 11:00am (check-in)

Student - Alumni Golf Invitation
Location:  Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course

Monday, May 2, 2005 

Jasper Open – Westchester Hills Golf Club 

To make sure you are on the mailing list,
email Stephen DOT DeSalvo AT

Friday, May 6, 2005 

Chemical Engineering STOICS Dinner 

Awards Dinner for Chemical Engineering Graduates

Contact: nada DOT assif-anid AT 

Saturday, May 7, 2005, Campus

Alumni Society General Meeting

The National Alumni Council invites you to attend its annual meeting. 

For more information,
email Stephen DOT DeSalvo AT

Friday, June 10, Saturday, June 11, 2005 


If your graduating year ends in a 5 or a 0, you are celebrating an anniversary.  Reunion is a time when the anniversary classes get together to make a gift to the College.  This year’s classes are ’35, ’40, ’45, ’50, ’55, ’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95, ’00.  If you are interested in your anniversary class gift, anniversary programs, call: (718) 862-7838 or E-mail: 

Questions concerning events and accommodations should be directed to:
Grace Feeney, alumni relations officer,
(718) 862-7432 or fax: (718) 862-8013.  E-mail: grace DOT feeney AT 

Friday, June 17, 2005

Environmental Engineering Plumbers Club

Friday, June 17, 2005, Cocktails 5:30pm

Location: Smith Auditorium, Campus

For more information or reservations,
call Club President Steve Fangman '74 at (516) 364-9890

Saturday, June 18, 2005 @ 8:30am 

George Sheehan Five Mile Run and Runners' Expo Redbank, NJ 
In Honor of George Sheehan -Manhattan College class of 1940 
Meet at Brannigan's Pub in Red Bank, NJ after the race. 
Info: Jim Malone Class of 1983, (201) 722-9009




My list of Jaspers who are in harm's way:
- Afghanistan
- Feldman, Aaron (1997)
- Iraq
- Sekhri, Sachin (2000)
- Unknown location
- -  Lynch, Chris (1991)
- Uzbekistan
- Brock (nee Klein-Smith), Lt Col Ruth (1979)

… … my thoughts are with you and all that I don't know about.





Token of love saved from Reagans' former home given to Nancy
By Alex Dobuzinskis Staff Writer Los Angeles Daily News (818) 546-3304

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Sunday, March 27, 2005 - As he walked around the property in Pacific Palisades, Terre Hirsch knew the one-time home of Ronald and Nancy Reagan might contain a memento of the nation's 40th president and his wife.

As a part-time estate liquidation consultant, Hirsch had seen other young couples put a symbol of their love somewhere in their home -- perhaps their names etched on a wall or in a tucked-away corner.

But over the course of three months, Hirsch failed to find any sign of the Reagans in the ranch-style house where they'd lived in the mid-1950s. Then, last fall, when he was removing pots from a backyard walkway, he came upon a dirt-encrusted piece of concrete engraved with a heart and the initials "ND" and RR."

"I got a hose and washed it off and said, oh my goodness," Hirsch said.

Hirsch had found the "Amalfi Valentine," a name he later gave the etching found at the Reagans' former address on Amalfi Drive.

He received permission from the executrix of the estate to remove the 60-pound concrete slab, then made a short video of his discovery which he sent to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. He received an invitation to the presidential library in Simi Valley, where he and his daughter met with the former first lady early this month.

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"Mrs. Reagan remembers well the day her husband drew a heart with their initials inside in the concrete patio of their home on Amalfi Drive," according to a statement from the former first lady's office. "She was delighted to know that it had been found and saved. In a time when so many people are motivated by financial gain, she was moved and very grateful that Mr. Hirsch offered the piece to her."

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When we do the “right thing”, few hear about it. When we do the “wrong thing”, eventually everyone knows about it.

Regardless of politics, this story touched me. I hope when the test comes, as it will, I can be as magnamous and pass up the “ill-gotten” gains. I hope my test isn’t too tough. Imagine if the rock was worth grazillions! The temptation would be might be too great. I hope my rock is only worth a quarter. I know I am weak. Mine will probably be accompanied by large amounts of whining, hand wringing, rationalizations, self-delusions, excuses, and “bargains” (i.e., Lord just let me have this one and the next one is yours). Pray for me when it comes ‘cause I have been trained by society to be a moral midget. I am sure that everyone else will pass their “test” easily and with a lot less angst than mine.

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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RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Monika K. Hellwig, Ph.D., president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), will deliver the keynote address at Manhattan College’s 163rd Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 22. During the ceremony, she will receive an honorary Doctor of Pedagogy degree.

Dr. Hellwig, who has served as president of ACCU since 1996, is the former Landegger Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, where she taught for three decades. The ACCU promotes Catholic higher education by supporting its member institutions, especially with reference to their Catholic mission and character. The group, based in Washington, D.C., also serves as the “voice” of Catholic higher education in the United States.

Dr. Hellwig has written and lectured extensively, both nationally and internationally, on Catholic theology, interfaith studies and Catholic education. She is the former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and has published numerous books, including Understanding Catholicism, Jesus the Compassion of God and The Eucharist and the Hunger of the World.

In addition to Georgetown, she has taught at St. Norbert’s College, St. Michael’s College, University of San Francisco, Princeton Theological Seminary, Notre Dame University and Boston College. She attended the University of Liverpool in England and earned both her master’s and doctorate at The Catholic University of America. Her academic honors are endless including more than 25 honorary doctorate degrees awarded from colleges such as St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and Loyola University of Chicago.

Manhattan College will award approximately 600 undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of undergraduate study from its five schools in arts, business, education, engineering and science. Graduation day will begin with a Baccalaureate Mass at 10:00 a.m. followed by a brunch on the Quadrangle prior to the Commencement ceremony at 1:00 p.m. in the College’s Draddy Gymnasium.




RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Dr. Andrey M. Vavilov, senior researcher at the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow, will speak at Manhattan College Wednesday, April 6 at 4:00 p.m. in the Rodriguez Room (Miguel 311) on campus. Dr. Vavilov will present the lecture, “Missing Records: Nixon in the U.S.S.R,” which will take the audience on a journey through the Soviet-United States negotiations of the 1970s.

Dr. Vavilov served as the official interpreter and note-taker for Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev and other Soviet leaders in their encounters with Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Jimmy Carter, as well as with Henry Kissinger and other foreign statesmen. He also is a consultant to the International Institute for Sustainable Development. Dr. Vavilov, who graduated from the Moscow Institute of International Relations and holds a doctorate in history, writes on arms control and sustainable development issues and has contributed to several books on these topics.

After entering the Russian Foreign Service, Dr. Vavilov served in diplomatic posts in Delhi, London, Geneva and Nairobi. His major interests continue to be United Nations affairs and multilateral negotiations on arms control, security and the environment. For several years, Dr. Vavilov served as head of external relations for the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development. He has received numerous government decorations including the Meritorious Service Award from the Russian president.




RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Seasoned historian Dr. Mary Beth Norton will deliver a lecture titled, “Myth and Reality of Salem Witchcraft,” at Manhattan College on Thursday, April 14 at 4:00 p.m. Presented by the College’s Robert J. Christen Program in Early American History and Culture, the lecture will be held on campus in the Carmen Rodriguez Room in Miguel Hall (Room 311). This program is free and open to the public.

Norton, who is the Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American history at Cornell University, is the author of several books, including In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692 and Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society, which was a 1997 Pulitzer Prize finalist. She also is the author of The British-Americans: The Loyalist Exiles in England, Liberty’s Daughters: The Revolutionary Experience of American Women and A People and a Nation.

In her latest book, In the Devil’s Snare, Norton reexamines the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692. The Boston Globe called the book “fresh and persuasively argued…” and the Los Angeles Times reviewed it as “a landmark achievement.” Norton is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2003 Ambassador Book Award in American studies, the 1970 Allan Nevins Prize for best-written dissertation in American history and the 1981 Berkshire Conference Prize for best book by a woman historian. She has received a number of major fellowships including, the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship and the Starr Foundation Fellowship. Norton, who has also taught at the University of Connecticut, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1964. She completed both her master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard University in 1965 and 1969, respectively.

The Christen Program is named in honor of former faculty member Robert J. Christen, who served for many years on the Board of Education of the City of New York. For his many contributions to education, the Riverdale Public School 81 is named in his honor.








Newsday (New York)
March 27, 2005 Sunday
BYLINE: Compiled by Darlene Gein

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Patricia McAlister and Michael Shea were married July 3 at Christ the King Church in Commack. The reception was at the Port Jefferson Country Club. She is a physical-education teacher for Patchogue-Medford School District and is the daughter of Lois and Lawrence McAlister of Miller Place. The groom is a Marine Corps captain and is the son of Margaret and Denis Shea of West Nyack. The bride earned a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College. The groom earned a bachelor's from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. They live in Miller Place.

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

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[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.]

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... He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College, New York City, and a master's degree in telecommunications technology ...
Six vie for three seats on Mat-Ab school board

Three seats are up for grabs in this year’s Matawan-Aberdeen Regional Board of Education election, including two representing Aberdeen and one representing Matawan.

Aberdeen incumbents William Marinella and Jan Rubino are both hoping to keep their seats for another three-year term, while challengers Kenneth Aitken and Donald Franklin are both seeking to serve their first terms. The Matawan seat is between recently deceased incumbent Arthur Fumarola and challenger Charles Kenny.

Marinella, 48, of 500 Lloyd Road, is looking to serve his third term on the board. He is a 16-year Aberdeen resident, and owns two music stores. He is married with one child. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in business management from Seton Hall University, South Orange.

Marinella said he is running for a third term because he feels the district is headed in the right direction, and would like to ensure that it continues to do so. He is especially proud of all the renovations made to the buildings through the referendum. He feels his six years of prior experience makes him an asset to the board, and that it can help move things further along in the right direction.

Marinella said if he is re-elected, his top goals and priorities will be to help reach an agreement on new teacher contracts, to see all the building projects through to completion and ensure that each school is fully staffed with high-quality people and to see student test scores improve.

Rubino, 47, of 824 Arbordale Drive, is a 20-year Aberdeen resident. She is married with two kids, one who graduated from the district and one who is currently a sophomore in the high school. She is a preschool teacher at St. John’s Methodist School, Hazlet. She earned an associate’s degree in early education from Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. She is seeking her second consecutive three-year term.

Rubino said she is running again because three years just isn’t enough time, and there are too many things that she would like to see through. She said her previous three years on the board allow her to offer an experience perspective on all subjects.

She said she finds it extremely important for the people to understand what is in a budget, and what the tax increase it creates actually comes to monthly. She also said that if people understood what is in the budget and how minimal the monthly increases actually are, it might be easier to pass one.

If re-elected, Rubino plans to focus on seeing the reorganization through, improving the academic ability of the students by offering new programs and classes to pupils and teachers, and to educate people on the budget.

Challenger Donald Franklin, 37, of 107 Aberdeen Road, is a 35-year Aberdeen resident. He is married with two kids, one in fourth grade and one in kindergarten. He is letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. This is Franklin’s second time running for the board. He is seeking his first term.

Franklin said he chose to run due to a “deep interest in my child’s education.” He feels he can bring a different, unique perspective to the board.

“I think I’ll give a new fresh life to the board, and I’ll give them an ear to the public, which is not there now,” he said.

Franklin also said that the majority of the public doesn’t know what is in a budget, and that perhaps if they had a better understanding, they would be more likely to pass it.

If elected, Franklin plans to work hard to lower the budget, raise the students’ test scores and ensure the safety and security of the schools.

“I believe that when you send your child off, they should be in safe hands, and that’s what I’m trying to accomplish,” he said.

Kenneth Aitken, of 65 Juniper Place, previously served six years in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College, New York City, and a master’s degree in telecommunications technology management from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken. He has two children in the public school system.

This is Aitken’s second time running for a seat on the board. He is seeking his first term.

Aitken could not be reached for further comment regarding his campaign.

Two on ballot for Matawan

The election process for the open Matawan seat uniquely differs this election season. Running for the seat are Charles Kenny and Arthur Fumarola, who passed away last week.

Fumarola’s passing occurred after the deadline to have his name taken off the ballot, ensuring his name remain in the running unless removed by a court order.

Fumarola’s wife, Marge, said that the family will take no action to have her husband’s name removed from the ballot, but will not actively run his campaign. The family hopes, however, that out of respect for his name, people will still get out and vote.

If Fumarola does win the election, his seat will be considered vacant, and the board will appoint someone to it after accepting applications and interviewing Matawan residents. The appointment will hold the seat for one year, and will then have to run for election next year in order to serve the remaining two years.

In an article in last week’s edition, Board president Cathy Zavorskas made statements explaining the process of how the election would work, but feels that these statements as seen in print have implied that she was suggesting residents vote against Kenny. Zavorskas said that her statement simply meant that voters should know and understand that they still have a choice in who to vote for because there will be two names on the ballot, and they can vote for whomever they wish.

Charles [Chuck] Kenny, 40, of 5 Sarah Court, is married with two children, one who is in the public school system, and one getting ready to enter in September. Kenny is a lawyer with the law firm Lopiano and Kenny, Hoboken. He earned his law degree from Seton Hall University, South Orange. This is Kenny’s first time running for the board.

Kenny said he is running because he has been following the business of the board and has viewed the need for professionalism. He said that he could bring a unique perspective to the board through his experience as a trial lawyer.

If elected, Kenny plans to work hard to maintain the fiscal responsibility of the board, make sure that tax dollars are put to the best possible place, to ensure the safety and success of the children.

Matawan and Aberdeen residents can vote for the candidate of their choice, as well as the budget on April 19.


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Daily News (New York)
March 27, 2005 Sunday

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Lifesaving relay

Manhattan College is hosting an overnight relay race around the college's Riverdale gym to raise money for cancer research and cancer awareness programs in the Bronx.

Relay for Life, run by the American Cancer Society, will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 and end at 6 a.m. the following morning.

Call Kinah Ventura-Rosas at (718) 862-7232.

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The Journal News (Westchester County, NY)
March 26, 2005 Saturday
HEADLINE: Cumberbatch is dedicated
BYLINE: Meghan Carroll

Disappointment on track drives Saunders senior to drop football

Kelton Cumberbatch crossed the finish line of the 400-meter hurdles race at last May's state qualifier.

Everything seemed to go as planned, and Cumberbatch had an impressive second-place finish in 56.2 seconds. Unfortunately, he missed the state qualifying time by two-tenths of a second.

"I was really upset because I was so close to going to states," said Cumberbatch, a senior at Saunders and this week's Con Edison Athlete of the Week. "That race made me want to take running to another level."

Cumberbatch turned his disappointment into opportunity.

Prior to that race, track and field was simply a way for Cumberbatch, an avid football player since seventh grade, to stay in shape in the offseason. The former cornerback and wide receiver joined the track team in the spring of his freshman year to increase his endurance for football. It was difficult, however, to ignore his natural talent on the track.

"He was tall, so we started him on the hurdles," Saunders track coach Joe Intervallo said. "He showed promise right away. Hurdles is an event that takes two or three years to perfect, but with his great work ethic, he persevered."

With the encouragement of Intervallo and his desire to improve as a runner, Cumberbatch decided to dedicate himself to one sport. A team captain in track, he gave up football for cross country last fall.

"You can't do everything," Cumberbatch said. "Once I put football aside, I could put all my focus on track."

Cumberbatch admits that he misses playing football, but his track career has given him plenty to be proud of.

His list of events proves the range of his talents. Cumberbatch was recently named to the all-county indoor track and field team in four events - the long jump, 55 hurdles, 300 and 800 shuttle hurdles relay.

As a sophomore, Cumberbatch became the Westchester County champion in the pentathlon, an event where athletes compete in the shot put, hurdles, high jump, long jump and 1,500. He successfully defended his title as a junior.

"I like to give everyone a chance at all the events and see what works best," Intervallo said. "But Kelton is good at them all."

On March 11 in the National Scholastic Indoor Championships at the New Balance Armory, Cumberbatch competed on the 4x55 shuttle hurdles club team that earned all-America honors in 31.05 while finishing second. His Yonkers Striders relay also placed second in that event the following day at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Landover, Md.

Cumberbatch's success extends to the classroom, where he studies electronic computer circuitry and has an 87 academic average. He will attend Manhattan College, where he plans to study physical education and continue his track career.

"When he competes against other athletes who are as serious and talented, they'll raise his level," Intervallo said. "And he'll rise to the challenge."

The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors, coaches and Journal News sports writers who review ballots submitted by each athlete's athletic director or coach.

Con Ed Award winner
Name: Kelton Cumberbatch
School: Saunders
Year: Senior
Birthdate: Oct. 26, 1986
Sport: Indoor track and field
Other sports: Cross country, outdoor track and field
Likes: Relaxing with friends, playing pool, lifting weights, bowling
Dislikes: Not playing football, people who don't give 100 percent effort, cheaters
Future plans: To attend Manhattan College, compete in track and field, and major in physical education

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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
4/3/05 Sunday Golf   McDaniel College Spring Opener   Gettysburg, PA   12:00 PM
4/3/05 Sunday W. Lacrosse   Longwood   Farmville, VA   12:00 PM
4/3/05 Sunday Baseball   Siena*   Loudonville, NY   12:00 PM
4/3/05 Sunday W. Tennis   Rhode Island   Kingston, RI   1:00 PM
4/5/05 Tuesday Golf   at Saint Peter's   West Orange, NJ   2:00 PM
4/6/05 Wednesday Softball   at Monmouth   West Long Branch, NJ   3:00 PM
4/6/05 Wednesday Baseball   Lafayette   HOME   3:30 PM
4/7/05 Thursday Track & Field   Texas Relays   Austin, TX   10:00 AM
4/7/05 Thursday M. Tennis   Marist   Poughkeepsie, NY   2:30 PM
4/7/05 Thursday Softball   at Columbia   New York, NY   3:00 PM
4/7/05 Thursday W. Lacrosse   Central Connecticut   HOME   3:30 PM
4/8/05 Friday M. Tennis   Loyola (MD)   Baltimore, MD   TBA 
4/8/05 Friday Track & Field   Texas Relays   Austin, TX   10:00 AM
4/8/05 Friday Golf   Lafayette Spring Classic   Center Valley, PA   10:00 AM
4/8/05 Friday W. Tennis   Loyola*   Baltimore, MD   3:00 PM
4/9/05 Saturday Golf   Lafayette Spring Classic   Center Valley, PA   10:00 AM
4/9/05 Saturday Track & Field   Texas Relays   Austin, TX   10:00 AM
4/9/05 Saturday Baseball   Marist* (DH)   HOME   12:00 PM
4/9/05 Saturday Softball   Saint Joseph's   HOME   1:00 PM
4/9/05 Saturday W. Lacrosse   Niagara*   Niagara University, NY   1:00 PM
4/9/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse   Virginia Military Institute*   Lexington, VA   1:00 PM
4/10/05 Sunday W. Lacrosse   Canisius*   Buffalo, NY   10:00 AM
4/10/05 Sunday Baseball   Marist*   HOME   12:00 PM
4/10/05 Sunday W. Tennis   Siena*   Loudonville, NY   1:00 PM
4/10/05 Sunday M. Tennis   SUNY Stony Brook   Stony Brook, NY   1:00 PM
4/11/05 Monday Golf   Delaware Seacoast Series   Bethany Beach DE   8:00 AM
4/12/05 Tuesday Softball   at Fairleigh Dickinson   Teaneck, NJ   6:00 PM
4/13/05 Wednesday M. Tennis   Fairfield   HOME   TBA 
4/13/05 Wednesday W. Tennis   Rider*   Lawrenceville, NJ   3:00 PM
4/13/05 Wednesday Baseball   Army   West Point, NY   3:30 PM
4/14/05 Thursday Softball   at Albany   Albany, NY   3:00 PM
4/15/05 Friday M. Tennis   Siena   Loudonville, NJ   TBA 
4/15/05 Friday Track & Field   Metropolitan Championships #   Queens, NY   10:00 AM
4/15/05 Friday W. Tennis   Marist*   Poughkeepsie, NY   3:00 PM
4/16/05 Saturday Crew   Knecht Cup Regatta   Camden, NJ   TBA 
4/16/05 Saturday Track & Field   Metropolitan Championships #   Queens, NY   10:00 AM
4/16/05 Saturday W. Lacrosse   Le Moyne*   HOME   10:00 AM
4/16/05 Saturday Baseball   Iona* (DH)   New Rochelle, NY   12:00 PM
4/16/05 Saturday Softball   at Iona*   New Rochelle, NY   1:00 PM
4/16/05 Saturday W. Tennis   Wagner   HOME   1:00 PM
4/16/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse   Canisius*   HOME   1:00 PM
4/17/05 Sunday Crew   Knecht Cup Regatta   Camden, NJ   TBA 
4/17/05 Sunday W. Lacrosse   Siena*   HOME   10:00 AM
4/17/05 Sunday Baseball   Iona*   New Rochelle, NY   12:00 PM
4/17/05 Sunday Softball   at Fairfield*   Fairfield, CT   1:00 PM
4/19/05 Tuesday Golf   3rd Annual Peacock Invitational   Neshanic Station, NJ   10:00 AM
4/19/05 Tuesday Baseball   Sacred Heart%   Bridgeport, CT   3:30 PM
4/20/05 Wednesday M. Lacrosse   Wagner*   Staten Island, NY   3:30 PM
4/20/05 Wednesday W. Lacrosse   Drexel   HOME   4:00 PM
4/21/05 Thursday Softball   Wagner   HOME   3:00 PM
4/22/05 Friday M. Tennis   MAAC Championships   Flushing, NY   TBA 
4/22/05 Friday Golf   MAAC Championships   Lake Buena Vista, FL   7:00 AM
4/22/05 Friday Track & Field   New York Relays %   New York, NY   10:00 AM
4/23/05 Saturday M. Tennis   MAAC Championships   Flushing, NY   TBA 
4/23/05 Saturday Crew   MAAC Championships   Mercer County Park, NJ   TBA 
4/23/05 Saturday Crew   Spring Metropolitan Championships   New Rochelle, NY   TBA 
4/23/05 Saturday Golf   MAAC Championships   Lake Buena Vista, FL   7:00 AM
4/23/05 Saturday Track & Field   New York Relays %   New York, NY   10:00 AM
4/23/05 Saturday Baseball   Rider* (DH)   HOME   12:00 PM
4/23/05 Saturday Softball   Rider*   HOME   1:00 PM
4/23/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse   St. Joseph's*   Philadelphia, PA   2:00 PM
4/23/05 Saturday W. Lacrosse   Fairfield*   Fairfield, CT   3:30 PM
4/24/05 Sunday M. Tennis   MAAC Championships   Flushing, NY   TBA 
4/24/05 Sunday Golf   MAAC Championships   Lake Buena Vista, FL   7:00 AM
4/24/05 Sunday W. Lacrosse   Marist*   HOME   10:00 AM
4/24/05 Sunday Track & Field   New York Relays %   New York, NY   10:00 AM
4/24/05 Sunday Baseball   Rider*   HOME   12:00 PM
4/27/05 Wednesday Baseball   Columbia   New York, NY   1:30 PM
4/27/05 Wednesday Softball   at Central Connecticut   New Britain, CT   3:00 PM
4/27/05 Wednesday M. Lacrosse   Providence*   HOME   3:30 PM
4/28/05 Thursday Track & Field   Penn Relays   Philadelphia, PA   10:00 AM
4/29/05 Friday W. Lacrosse   MAAC Championships   Fairfield, CT   TBA 
4/29/05 Friday Track & Field   Penn Relays   Philadelphia, PA   10:00 AM
4/30/05 Saturday Crew   New York State Rowing Championships   Whitney Point, NY   TBA 
4/30/05 Saturday Softball   at Canisius*   Buffalo, NY   10:00 AM
4/30/05 Saturday Track & Field   Penn Relays   Philadelphia, PA   10:00 AM
4/30/05 Saturday Baseball   Niagara* (DH)   Niagara University, NY   12:00 PM
4/30/05 Saturday M
. Lacrosse   Mt. St. Mary's*   HOME   1:00 PM

5/1/05 Sunday W. Lacrosse   MAAC Championships   Fairfield, CT   TBA 
5/1/05 Sunday Crew   New York State Rowing Championships   Whitney Point, NY   TBA 
5/1/05 Sunday Softball   at Niagara*   Niagara University, NY   12:00 PM
5/1/05 Sunday Baseball   Niagara*   Niagara University, NY   12:00 PM
5/4/05 Wednesday Baseball   Fordham   HOME   3:00 PM
5/5/05 Thursday Softball   Fordham   HOME   3:00 PM
5/6/05 Friday M. Lacrosse   MAAC Championships$   Poughkeepsie, NY   TBA 
5/7/05 Saturday Crew   Rowing Banquet   New York, NY   TBA 
5/7/05 Saturday Track & Field   MAAC Championships (at Rider)   Lawrenceville, NJ   11:00 AM
5/7/05 Saturday Baseball   Canisius* (DH)   HOME   12:00 PM
5/7/05 Saturday Softball   Marist*   HOME   1:00 PM
5/8/05 Sunday M. Lacrosse   MAAC Championships$   Poughkeepsie, NY   TBA 
5/8/05 Sunday Softball   Siena*   HOME   9:00 AM
5/8/05 Sunday Track & Field   MAAC Championships (at Rider)   Lawrenceville, NJ   11:00 AM
5/8/05 Sunday Baseball   Canisius*   HOME   12:00 PM
5/10/05 Tuesday Baseball   St. Francis-NY   HOME   3:30 PM
5/11/05 Wednesday Baseball   Sacred Heart   HOME   3:30 PM
5/12/05 Thursday Track & Field   IC4A/ECAC Championships   Princeton, NJ   10:00 AM
5/13/05 Friday Softball   at MAAC Championships%   Stratford, CT   TBD 
5/13/05 Friday Crew   Dad Vail Regatta   Philadelphia, PA   TBA 
5/13/05 Friday Track & Field   IC4A/ECAC Championships   Princeton, NJ   10:00 AM
5/14/05 Saturday Crew   Dad Vail Regatta   Philadelphia, PA   TBA 
5/14/05 Saturday Softball   at MAAC Championships%   Stratford, CT   TBD 
5/14/05 Saturday M. Lacrosse   NCAA Championships   TBA   TBA 
5/14/05 Saturday Track & Field   IC4A/ECAC Championships   Princeton, NJ   10:00 AM
5/14/05 Saturday Baseball   Le Moyne* (DH)   HOME   12:00 PM
5/15/05 Sunday Softball   at MAAC Championships%   Stratford, CT   TBD 
5/15/05 Sunday Track & Field   IC4A/ECAC Championships   Princeton, NJ   10:00 AM
5/15/05 Sunday Baseball   Le Moyne*   HOME   12:00 PM
5/17/05 Tuesday Baseball   St. John's   Jamaica, NY   7:00 PM
5/19/05 Thursday Baseball   Fairfield* (DH)   Fairfield, CT   12:00 PM
5/20/05 Friday Baseball   Fairfield*   Fairfield, CT   12:00 PM
5/26/05 Thursday Baseball   MAAC Championships&   Fishkill, NY   TBA 
5/27/05 Friday Baseball   MAAC Championships&   Fishkill, NY   TBA 
5/27/05 Friday Track & Field   NCAA Regionals %   New York, NY   10:00 AM
5/28/05 Saturday Baseball   MAAC Championships&   Fishkill, NY   TBA 
5/28/05 Saturday Track & Field   NCAA Regionals %   New York, NY   10:00 AM
5/29/05 Sunday Baseball   MAAC
Championships&   Fishkill, NY   TBA 

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 men's lacrosse game to be played, tomorrow, April 2, against Marist has been moved to Dietz Stadium in Kingston, NY. Game time has been changed to 7:30 p.m



Philadelphia, PA (March 31, 2005)- Sophomore Deirdre Langan went a combined 4-7 with a homer and three RBI to help lead Manhattan to a doubleheader sweep at LaSalle this afternoon at Good Shepherd Field. The Lady Jaspers even their record at 8-8, their best start to a season since 2001.



Due to incoming weather, the baseball team's MAAC series at Siena has been pushed back one day. The three game series will now begin on Sunday, April 3, with a double header beginning at 12 noon. The series will conclude with a single game on Monday, April 4 at 1:30 p.m.



Today's baseball game, scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at St. Francis-NY has been postponed. No makeup date has been announced at this time.



Bronx, NY (March 30, 2005) – The men's tennis team earned their fourth shutout this season with a 7-0 win against Fordham University on the Hawthorn/Rooney Courts. Sophomore Diego Alvarado (San Jose, Costa Rica) led the team by defeating Fordham's Mike Rosado at first singles, 6-2, 6-3. The Jaspers overall record is now 8-3.




Sports from Other Sources

[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: 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!]








From: Frances B. Mayo
Sent: Wednesday, March 23, 2005 4:12 PM
To: Steven G. (1981) Esposito
Subject: Please distribute to your email list Steve

My son lost one of his friends in Afghanistan and his funeral is tomorrow. He was from Hartley, Iowa and his name was SSG Shane Koele. He leaves behind a young wife and infant daughter. When my son went to Iraq with Shane Koele, it was after they protected the Pentagon after 9/11 for about a year. Then they were called upon to go to Iraq and ALL of the soldiers of the 300th Military Police company came home alive from Operation Iraqi Freedom 1. SSG Shane Koele was killed in Afghanistan by a land mine only days after he arrived.

CLICK HERE to leave an online message of condolence for the family by going here and clicking on the "Obituaries" button, then clicking on "Shane Marion Koele VIEW OBITUARY. At the bottom of the screen it says SIGN MEMORIAL GUESTBOOK". 

Frankie Mayo,


Staff Sergeant Shane Marion Koele, the son of Keith and Mary (Henderson) Koele was born on February 9, 1980 in Hartley, IA. Shane attended school in the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn school system, where he was very active in football, basketball and track. He graduated from high school in 1998, and continued his education at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA and Wayne State College in Wayne, NE. He joined the United States Army in January of 2000, and did his basic training and Military Police school at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He also attended Primary Leadership Course, Basic Non Commissioned Officers Course, Airborne School and earned distinguished Honor Graduate. In March of 2003, Shane served a tour of service in Iraq. Shane was united in marriage to Cheryl Postma on September 5, 2003 at the United Methodist Church in Hartley, IA. They lived in Kitzingen, Germany where Shane was stationed with the 212th MP Company. While making their home in Germany, Cheryl and Shane had many wonderful times together. Their daughter, Kiley Ann was born on November 23, 2004. They resided in Germany until March 8, 2005 when Shane left on his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Shane died while serving his country on March 16, 2005. He is survived by his wife and daughter; his mother: Mary Donnenwerth and her husband, Mike, of Hartley, IA; his father Keith Koele, and his wife, Darlene, of Fonda, IA; two sisters: Stacie Long, and her husband Bill, of Ruthven, IA his nephews: Austin and Alex; Shannon Koele and her fiancé Alex Demkiw of Cincinnati, OH; his grandmother: Hazel Rons of Hartley, IA and his grandfather: Harvey Henderson of Claremore, OK; other relatives, many friends and the men and women that he served with in the United States Army. He is preceded in death by his grandfather: Marion Koele, grandmother: Kathleen Henderson and an aunt: Charmaine (Koele) Hersom. Shane was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ. He enjoyed going golfing and hunting. Above all, he loved spending time with his wife, daughter and family. He will be remembered for his outgoing personality, his amazing leadership skills and for his love of this country. Shane was proud to protect the freedoms that American citizens enjoy everyday with honor and courage. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

[JR: All I can do is pray that every single one of "our" young men and women get home safely. As an L, I think our troops place is at home. Unfortunately, too many good people have to pay the price of this conflict. ]



From: Peter Lutz (1981)
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 10:29 AM
To: Reinke via Yahoo from Anywhere
Subject: Re: Update on Peter Lutz

Peter Lutz wrote:

I wanted to reconnect with you and to update you on my status. My position with NaviSys was eliminated in January and I’m currently looking for a permanent or long-term consulting opportunity in the NY metropolitan area. I am networking with a variety of people and in various venues and groups.

I would appreciate any assistance you could provide me in terms of leads, contacts, suggestions, recommended recruiters or other information. Please find below 2 sections which should provide some information to facilitate this process.

> Section 1 is a brief introduction and overview of my background to help you understand who I am professionally and what I am looking for.

> Section 2 is a list of selected companies and industries that I am interested in. If you know someone in any of these companies, please let me know and if possible, please refer me to them so I can speak with them. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of companies that I am interested in. Also, if there are other companies that you believe could use someone with my skills, please let me know.

I appreciate your help with this project and if  there’s anything I can do to help you, please let me know.

Peter Lutz

> I am an information bridge-builder. I work in
> Information Technology as a Senior Business Analyst
> and meet with business customers and define their
> requirements for systems to address their
> information needs. I design process flows, write
> functional specifications, lead project teams,
> provide training and communication and write and
> execute testing strategies. I ensure that my
> customer’s business needs are met on time. I’m
> looking for a position as a Business Analyst/Project
> Manager in the NY metropolitan area. I’m a US
> citizen and I am willing to travel and also to
> relocate for the right opportunity, preferably to
> the Southeast U.S.

> Insurance Industry – AIG, Met Life, NY Life, Blue
> Cross Blue Shield, Cendant, American Re, United
> Health Group
> Pharmaceutical Industry – Merck, Pfizer, J & J,
> Aventis-Sanofi, Schering-Plough, Bristol-Myers
> Squibb, Forest Laboratories, Boehringer-Ingleheim,
> Novo-Nordisk
> Other - United Parcel Service (UPS), McGraw-Hill,
> Verizon Wireless, Educational Testing Service (ETS)


From: Reinke via Yahoo from Anywhere
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 11:07 AM
To: Peter Lutz
Subject: Re: Update on Peter Lutz

Peter, Also Comcast is hiring.  use the "referred by an employee" link and here I'm known as "John Reinke #3000-22857".


[JR: If any other Jasper would like to apply, feel free. I have no impact on the process but would be happy to sponsor or "help" in any way I can. ]



From: Pete McDermott [1967]
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 11:14 AM
To: Ferdinand J. Reinke
Subject: Alexander J. McAuley '66


Alex McAuley (B.E.E. '66) was recently honored as the "Catholic Big Brothers Man of the Year" at a dinner in New York City. Below is a copy of the speech Alex made in which he expresses his appreciation to Manhattan College. Regards, Pete McDermott '67


Catholic Big Brothers Man of The Year Dinner

               Nov.18, 2004

Thank you, Dan. When you were honored here last year, I remember describing you as one of my favorite people in the whole world. After that intro, you've been upgraded to my undisputed favorite, not just one of them. (I swear I didn't tell him to say any of that stuff!) I'm pretty sure it was Churchill who said nothing focuses the mind like knowing you're getting hanged in the morning. Well, I'm embarrassed to say getting this award comes close although I'm not comparing the two events at all. Since I'm, hopefully, not getting hanged tomorrow, I'll just have to trust that my wife and my firm will forgive some of my lapses in focus these last few weeks. Right up front, there are two groups I absolutely must thank. First, Joe Mino and his lean staff at Catholic Big Brothers. Joe and Joe  Policing, Jr. really made this evening come together despite my serious doubts and fears. In this last month, I got a glimpse into Joe Mino's beautiful Brooklyn-bred soul and I love what I've seen. Joe jumped in this year to breathe new life into CBB and I hope you're seeing some early results of his efforts here tonight.  So, thank you Joe and staff.

Next, I'd like to thank my associates from Putnam Investments, Jeff Gould and Jack Kerivan all the way from Boston, first for surviving a pretty rough year, even more so for the firm's support of Catholic Big Brothers for the last 10 years but especially for tonight. Thanks as well to a favorite client, Dennis Allen and his lovely wife, Ming for coming here from upstate to support us.

When I attended my first Big Brothers board meeting a little over 25 years ago, I couldn't have dreamed of ever experiencing anything like this. I'm overwhelmed and appreciate every single one of you for being here and for your support. It's especially nice to be sharing the experience with my great friend, Tommy Quinn. Since we first met, "T", I've admired your big heart and your passion for life. That passion has had a huge impact on the success of this agency for many years. Congratulations on your well-deserved Darcy award. Dwight Darcy was an unbelievable human being and it touches my heart to know that you and Danny are the first two recipients of the award named in his honor.

Looking back, I can't help remembering how impressed I was by the quality of the individuals who preceded me on the Big Brothers board. People like Jimmy McEntee (my great friend Phil's quote "big brother" - so glad you're here Phil) and Tom Christman, Sam Ramirez and Bob McGuire, to name just a few. And after I met popular NY Giants Football players, Tom Costello and Bob Hyland, also board members, I'm proud to say they've become friends for life. I was struck by what wonderful role models all these guys were. It was no coincidence that the basic premise of the Big Brothers program was to provide inspirational role models for boys (and later on, girls) who really needed them. I've found it exasperating in recent years, as I'm sure you have, that some celebrities today actually say they don't feel any responsibility to be good role models to our young people. Pardon me, but are they nuts? What can they possibly be thinking? Thank God there are so many others, like Costello and Hyland and more recently, Pam Lawrence, the Joe Pollicinos, junior and senior, and Donny Ross and Peter McCusker, who always go out of their way to help us; people like Tiki Barber, a past Big Brothers award-winner, and our own Johnny Graves and Andy Entwistle and all our Big Brothers/Big Sister volunteers. They, thankfully, aren't buying into that "I-got-mine" kind of selfish thinking. As athletes, business people, or in whatever they do, they are all setting enviable, worthwhile examples for today's youth.

I'm so glad you got to meet and hear Brian Buckley and Glenn Johnson earlier tonight. Brian's nearly lifelong relationship with Board  member George Diskin and Glenn's touching description of the rich rewards of his relationship with his little brother, Sean are what Catholic Big Brothers is all about. They are what your generosity has been supporting for so long.

On a personal note, the size of my birth family has been alluded to already tonight and it dawns on me that I know most of the people in this room.

In fact, my family's so big I think I'm related to most of the people in this room and that insured a pretty good turnout. A couple of anecdotes from my childhood might explain why I eventually got involved with Big Brothers.

I have a very fond memory as a nine-year-old of a lovely summer's day way back in 1953, in our Astoria, Queens's neighborhood where my sainted mother was walking me and my four younger brothers and sister to beautiful Astoria Park. A woman noticed this very attractive young lady trying to control five rambunctious kids, all under 8 years of age and innocently asked my mother, "Are they all yours or is this some kind of a picnic?"  Without missing a beat, my mother, famous for her ever-cheery disposition, responded, "Yeah, they're all mine, lady, and it's no damned picnic!!"

A few years later, we had moved to Hicksville, LI, and the air must have agreed with my folks, because by 1958, I was the quote "big brother" of 9 when my father taught us a lesson for life. A proud son of Irish immigrants and a proud product of the Jesuits at St. Peters College, my father as my first hero and role model. He was a terrific athlete with a beautiful Irish tenor voice who had been a legitimate hero in WWII as a bomber pilot.

He flew an amazing 68 combat missions in his beloved B-26's, almost DOUBLE the normal number of 35 that usually earned a pilot a trip back home to the states. We didn't learn that fact of his service until long after he was gone and we came upon his flight records in a dusty basement. Those records showed also that he was flying and dropping bombs on the 4th of July, 1944 the day I was born. (That still blows me away when I think of it!)

Looking back on my childhood, I've come to realize that though we always had food on our table, we were relatively poor. We just didn't know it at the time. Our parents didn't tell us. We also didn't know how lucky we were to have a loving father who survived the war. (It's never lost on me that the "loving father" part is often the missing ingredient in our little brothers' lives that Big Brothers tries to overcome.) You history buffs will certainly know that many bomber pilots never saw their families again.

But my father did come home from the war feeling blessed and an unabashed Patriot. He taught us from infancy that we live in the greatest country on earth with only Ireland a close second. Twelve years later, he felt rich enough and free enough to invite two boys (who happened to be African-American) from an orphanage on Long Island to experience family life in our crowded home for part of two summers. For perspective, don't forget this was before the Civil Rights Act became law and in some parts of the country, Blacks couldn't even eat in the same places as Whites. It took me many years to understand the significance of my father's lesson for us back then and the conviction and quiet courage behind the lesson. With 10 kids eventually, we didn't have much but what we had, he believed we could and should share. However, the other, more subtle part of his message was that, though conservative by nature, he had witnessed enough racial prejudice growing up to know he didn't like what he saw. He definitely wanted his children to be more tolerant and less prejudiced than many of his generation. He also believed that actions spoke much louder than words.

And since those boys became a part of our family for that short time we were the talk of the town? As you might imagine, they went everywhere with us including to a Town beach on the ocean not far from Jones Beach. Almost 50 years later, I can still remember fondly the fun those boys had with us and vice versa. And you should have seen a few of the faces on that beach trying to figure out just how this very large, "unusual" and somewhat colorful family had quietly and peacefully integrated a beach on the Atlantic Ocean in the late fifties.

Touching just briefly on (and in defense of?) my "alleged" athletic career, I believe I can summarize it by saying sports for me, especially baseball and basketball, were the first passions of my life. I had enough ability to get All Hallows and Manhattan, two world class institutions, to pay for an education I appreciate much more today than I could back then. (I call them world-class, because they both took journal ads for tonight, now that's classy!) Unfortunately, I always seemed to have had my best baseball games and hit most of my homeruns when the Yankee scouts were busy at other games and eventually, I admitted that the NBA was right to have never shown even the slightest interest in me. But sports, with their successes and failures are a great metaphor for life and play a big role in most of our Big/Little Brother/Sister relationships. However, I'm most grateful to the role of athletics in my life because they helped me get that education and to make the best friends for life anyone could dare to hope for. I'm thrilled that many of those friends from both schools are here tonight. (Richie Murphy, the Farley brothers (Jim, Dick and Tom), Donald O'Toole, Walter O'Hara and Tommy Burke from AH, and Georgie Bruns, Mike Logan and Pete McDermott and of course, Mike Passarella and Peter O'Neill from Manhattan. (Are there any more Gaels or Jaspers out there that I missed? God forgive me!)

Years later and a few years before I was introduced to CBB, I took  an outrageous step towards unabashed social climbing by applying to and being accepted against-all-odds at Plandome CC. A wonderful man named Danny McCarthy would never take full blame for it because he said he had been served way over his normal allotment of scotches on the day he told me I was accepted at the infamous Men's Grill bar. Looking back, that was truly a defining day in my life because it allowed me to come in contact with so many Runyanesque characters as well as the most generous people you could ever meet in a lifetime. There's simply not another entity that has done more to support and keep CBB alive than Plandome Country Club these last 25  years.   There are far too many to single out but I'd like to pay tribute to one of our most beloved senior members because he has been a special gift in my life since my father died way too young. Another WWII hero and my "adopted" father, Joe Hughes, has been a great friend and supporter of CBB ever since I joined the board. And as most of Plandome will tell you, the good Lord threw away the mold when he created "Big Joe". The earliest known winner of the Martini drinkers Super Bowl Trophy down in New Orleans, they just don't come any better or more generous than Joe Hughes. I'd like to thank Big Joe publicly for becoming an integral part of our family, for his many years supporting Big Brothers with his company, Belvedere Graphics, and his terrific work these days with Billy Broderick and the Physically Challenged Irish-American Youth.

It's impossible to thank everyone individually as much as I'd love to but I must recognize just two more people who've affected my life enormously. Bill Reel retired to New Hampshire recently and couldn't be here but he's my all-time favorite NY columnist, who still writes once a week from New Hampshire for, believe it or not, the old Brooklyn Tablet. Bill entered my life when I was struggling more than anyone knew but me and when I needed him most. He took the time to patiently and lovingly teach me about living life "one day at a time" and that it's a wonderful life if you can find the right combination of humility and a working faith enough faith to know that God is in charge of all of our lives and all we have to do while we're passing through is trust Him and put in a certain amount of footwork. There is no way to ever repay Bill other than to pass on the gift he gave  me so freely, which I humbly swear I try to do just a little bit every day.

Secondly, having mentioned "A Wonderful Life", there is a real live George Bailey in the audience tonight along with two of his sons, Ridge, and Sean. Love all those Baileys. Mr. Bailey, whom I hadn't seen in several years until tonight was one of my father's best friends and has been an incredibly steady role model to me for over 50 years for the way he's lived his life and handled adversity while raising his beautiful family. Mr. B., would you mind identifying yourself? I'm honored and delighted you went out of your way to be here.

Nearing the end here, I realize I've used the term "role model" quite a bit tonight? 5 times in case you're counting. It was intentional!!  If I can dare to leave one message behind, especially for the younger people, that's consistent with the mission of CBB, it's this: Choose your own role models very carefully, don't be fooled by glitz, fame or fortune - they're all so fleeting - and start today to be the very best one that you can be for all those you touch. I promise you, you will never regret it!

And last, but far from least, there's also been much said tonight about the importance of family. I've been enormously blessed in my life to have the family I have: my many brothers and sisters and their spouses most of whom are here tonight, my beautiful, selfless and inspiring wife, Jane, our children, Sean, Tim, Megan and Heather and their incredible spouses and children. To steal a line from a QUINTESSENTIAL role model, the great Lou Gehrig, you all make me feel like "the luckiest man on the face of the earth"! We've all shared our lives together so it's only fitting that I share this humbling recognition and award with all of you! Thank you Catholic Big Brothers for the honor of a lifetime! And thank you - each and every one of you from the bottom of one very grateful heart! God bless you all!!! God bless Big Brothers!!! And God bless America!!!


[JR: Absolutely a great contribution. I read it several time. Now we need the "editorial staff" to go thru and id all the Jaspers in it.]




From: Mary Kingsley [1996]
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 11:52 AM
To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner
Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] jasperjottings20050327.htm

What constitutes participating on this list?

I want my name to be on the list as well.

Mary Kingsley-Arguello Class of 96


From: Jasper John '68 
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 9:04 PM
To: 'Mary Kingsley'
Subject: RE: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] jasperjottings20050327.htm

Hi Mary'96, Now I am confused by the question. "Participating on the list" is an interesting concept. As far as I am concerned, "on the list" is being registered with the Yahoo Distribution group. That's regardless if you take the email or not. It just gives me a count. "Participation" is being a reporter, writing email (even if the writer doesn't agree with my opinions, but with those opinions I am sure every right thinking Jasper does agree!), or helping our fellow Jaspers. Some are trying to land a job. Others are trying to raise funds for breast cancer, disabled Jaspers, or other worthy causes. (I even bought a Jasper Cheerleader's calendar) Others are just looking to connect for information or nostalgia. So we have a lot of ways to "participate". Basically, I even report in the weekly "jotting" those Jaspers who merely update their contact information with my Plaxo or Corex Cardscan update service. I have yet to have people report how they use Jottings. So, I am not really sure what you want, but if at all possible I'll try to accommodate you. John'68




From: Karla Ward 
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 7:30 AM
Subject: You're Invited: 40th Manhattan College Invitational Regatta

Please forward invitation to alumnie, family and friends of Manhattan Crew!

(PDF attachment)


Karla Ward
Manhattan College

[JR: The event was April 2nd. Sigh, lead time!?! ]



From: James F. Donlon [1970]
Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 2:54 PM
To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner
Subject: Re: Harvard Law

Another Harvard Law Grad is from class of 1970 - Peter Krause [from SI - living in Manhattan I believe]

James F. Donlon


Jaspers found web-wise


WILLMINGTON, DE 19889-2092

Born: Wilmington, DE, November 23, 1972

Admitted to Bar: 1997 - Delaware; 1998 - Pennsylvania

Education: Manhattan College (B.A., magna cum laude, 1994); Villanova University School of Law (J.D., 1997).

Moot Court Executive Board (1995-97); Phi Beta Kappa. Member:Delaware Bar Association; American Bar Association; Defense Counsel of Delaware; U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware; Pennsylvania Bar Association; Third Circuit Court of Appeals; The Defense Research Institute.







Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

Terri Schiavo's Law

This Federal Law recognizes that every individual is endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these is the Right to Life. Just as Roman citizens could only be put to death by the Emperor, a la Saint Paul, so to citizens should be protected by the Federal government.

As such, it is assumed that individuals wish every effort to protect their life, unless they decline, or have declined this Federal protection in advance. Such a declination must be done in an appropriate written notarized authentic document (i.e., durable power of attorney; living will; appointment of a health care proxy) that meets the Federal standards of evidence.

Congress will determine exactly when every individual is assumed to have this right (i.e., conception; birth; age of majority; some chronological age; or delegate to the individual States to decide). Further, Congress will establish such rules and regulations as to define and codify the process and procedures around protecting this right.

The President of the United States is directed to enforce this protection by whatever means he deems necessary.

Any Federal Court may, on its own if an egregious case within its jurisdiction becomes known, or if petitioned without regard to the petitioner's standing, must assume jurisdiction, conduct a factual finding, and appoint a guardian over all matters concerning such an individual. Failure to act in such a situation will be deemed by the Congress as prima facie evidence of malfeasance. Such judges will be deemed unfit and removed from office.

Any Federal Officer is empowered and directed to take such action to protect that individual from harm until a determination of status is made by a competent court, or directed by the President.

Imho! RIP Terri. With you, goes the American soul.


And that’s the last word.