Sunday 20 November 2005

Dear Jaspers,

732 are active on the Distribute site. We had 184 views on 11/15 and 5,739 over the last month.


This issue is at:  


I signed up for Google’s Adsense. Should I accidentally earn anything from it, I’ll sign the check over to Manhattan College. Just seemed stupid potentially to leave money on the table. I welcome your feedback.


Google now allows hosting a page for 31 days. This seems useful for the overflow items. I am thinking that the PDFs, announcements, pictures, and other flotsam and jetsam could have a pointer here. Sure it would inactivate after 31 days, but free space? I am of course interested in your opinions.


In December, I am going to rehost to a different (cheaper) service provider. It SHOULD, emphasize should, be transparent to everyone. That being said, I point out that the email distribution via the Yahoo Group Distribute will continue to send out email. If you have subscribed to that group, regardless of your email setting, you can also use your browser to read the various weekly issues. I would appreciate that when I pinpoint the date for the change, if you have any problems, then please send me an email. Fasten your seat belts, change happens.




December 3rd - Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner

December 10th - Gulf Coast Club Christmas Dinner


January 18, 2006 - Treasure Coast Club Luncheon


March 15, 2006 - Treasure Coast Club Luncheon




My list of Jaspers who are in harm's way:
- Afghanistan
- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)
- Iraq
- - Lara, Angel (2002)
- - 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.




"There are many, many Americans all over this land that possess values given to them
                                  from people who never saw their grandchildren,"

Frederick L. Sullivan
Holyoke 2006 St. Patrick's Parade Grand Marshal


Wednesday November 16, 2005
Canada's National Shrine Pulls Plug on Location of National Pro-Life Conference Due to Threats
By John-Henry Westen

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MONTREAL, November 16, 2005 ( - One day prior to the opening of the Canadian National Pro-Life Conference the religious priests who are in charge of Canada's national Catholic shrine, St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, have reneged on the contracted use of their facilities for the conference due to threats received from 'pro-choice' and homosexual activists.  The decision is not based on police inability to offer adequate protection, according to police officials.  Organizers of the conference are scrambling to find another location at such short notice.

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Interesting story. The moral question that pops is when telling an unpopular truth, does one have the intestinal fortitude to stand one’s ground. Here appears an obvious cave to the secular agenda. I think that Jaspers seem to either by self-sorting, selection, training, or Grace seem to have that gumption. Even when I am wrong, I am steadfast to a fault. Hopefully with age will come some wisdom. When one considers what is asserted to be Saint Francis’ prayer about recognizing the things one can change, I have to say I think like the Charge of the Light Brigade mentality. Even if one is broken, sometimes the fight is worth the cost. While I am sure my fellow Jaspers have a more finely tuned internal radar to get things done, I hope one day to be effective enough to be that good. While we are on the topic of favorite prayer, given my procrastination and willingness to take the easy way, I prefer Saint Augustine’s alleged formulation “ … … but not yet”.

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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Dooley, Brendan

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Ghiazza, Edward J.



Sullivan, Frederick L.



Smith, Jim

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Phelps Jr., Stephen E.



LeMoine, Steve



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LeMoine, Steve



McDonald, Gerald

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McEneney, Mike



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  Obit1 (mentioned)


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Murphy, Michael J.



Phelps Jr., Stephen E.



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

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


From: Brendan Dooley [1957]
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 9:50 AM
Subject: Passing of Michael J. Murphy 62

As reported in  Vero Beach Press Journal, Mike passed away on 11/13/05

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[JR:  I didn’t get the Vero Beach version, but I did catch the NYT one. I assume it was similar. Thanks for the heads up. One can’t be sure that everything is “found” if you don’t even know it exists. That’s the flaw in inet tools. ]

The New York Times
November 15, 2005 Tuesday
Late Edition – Final
SECTION: Section A; Column 3; Classified; Pg. 25


MURPHY--Michael J., 65. Of Vero Beach, died November 13, 2005 at VNA Hospice House after a long and valiant battle with cancer. He was born April 4, 1940 in New York City to James and Mary Murphy, both of whom were born in Co. Roscommon, Ireland.

He has been a resident of Vero Beach, FL. for three years. Until recently, he also had homes in New Jersey and South Carolina. Mr. Murphy was a 1961 graduate of Manhattan College. In 1968, he received his J.D. from Fordham University Law School, where he was a member of the Board of the Fordham Law Review. His law career began as a Law Clerk for the Hon. Thomas F. Murphy in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. In 1969, Mr. Murphy became associated with the New York law firm of Lord, Day & Lord. In 1976, he became a partner. After the dissolution of Lord, Day & Lord, he briefly joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius as a partner. He then joined Healy & Baillie, LLP, as partner in 1995. He was admitted to practice before the following Bars: State of New York, United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of Connecticut, United States Court of Appeal for the Second, Fifth and Ninth Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court. Some of the many clients represented in his distinguished career as a commercial litigator include both foreign and domestic companies and the Government of Bermuda. Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Patricia Murphy of Vero Beach, FL; son, Michael P. Murphy of Hilton Head, SC; daughter and son-in-law, Patti and Mark Schuette, and their children, Cormac and Meaghan of Suwanee, GA; daughter, Kathleen Murphy of Hoboken, NJ; sisters, Anne Bogart of Belle Harbor, NY, Eileen Doyle of Morris Township, NJ, Margaret Murphy of Neponsit, NY, Theresa Sanders of Huntsville, AL and brother, Lt. Col., Ret. Patrick Murphy of Overland Park, KS. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael and Patricia Murphy Commemorative Scholarship Fund, St. Thomas Aquinas College, Rt.340, Sparkill, NY 10976. Friends may call at Frank E. Campbell, ''The Funeral Chapel'', 1076 Madison Avenue, Thursday, 2-5 P.M. and 7-9 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Friday, 10 A.M. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

LOAD-DATE: November 15, 2005

[JR:  Also spotted by Mike McE, but the solid J for reporting goes to Jasper Brendan for being first in. Sorry Mike, but you were scooped this time. Impressive that Jasper Brendan pulled that off. Not that easy to do. Guess Mike will just have to get his NYT earlier in the wee hours to keep up his image. ]

[Mike McEneney confirms:  Michael J. Murphy, Esq. was a member of the class of 1961. May he rest in peace. (Good enough for me!) Thanks, Mike. ]




From: Mike McEneney [1953]
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 12:51 AM
Subject: Emailing: printpage

Dear John,

           Here is another obit sent by our President, Jim Smith '60.


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Edward John Ghiazza, Sr., 70, of Whispering Pines died suddenly Monday (November 7, 2005) at First Health Moore Regional Hospital. Mr. Ghiazza was born on February 6, 1935 in Harmon, NY to the late Charles Ghiazza and Mary Cunningham Ghiazza. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1957. He was the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation for the town of Clarkstown in NY for over 30 years. He was a Rotarian with perfect attendance for 29 years and was a past President and Paul Harris Fellow. He started the Meals on Wheels program at Rotary Club of the Sand Hills. He was a Eucharistic Minister at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was an avid tennis player, and most recently was on the winning team at the 2005 North Carolina Super Senior State Championship. He also won the state Singles and Doubles titles at the 2005 North Carolina Senior Games. The Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 10 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Pinelawn Memorial Park in Southern Pines. He was preceded in death by his brothers Charles Jr. and Christopher. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty; his son Edward John Jr. and his wife, Fran, of Broomfield, CO; his son, Michael of Las Vegas, NV; his daughter, Geralyn and her husband, Mark, of East Dover, VT; his daughter, Patricia, and her husband, John, of Buffalo, NY; his brothers Lawrence of Port Ewen, NY and Thomas of Colorado Springs, CO; his sisters Marie of Branford, CT, Adele of Colorado Springs, CO, Teresa of White Plains, NY, Francie Kovats of Branford, CT, Nancy Itao of Lafayette, CO, and Roseann of Los Angeles, CA; and his nine grandchildren. The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 pm at Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rotary Club of the Sand Hills, P.O. Box 807, Southern Pines, NC 28388.

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Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 8:15 AM
To: 'Mike McEneney'
Subject: RE: Emailing: printpage

Thanks, Mike.

Please pass along my appreciation. He can save you handling and delay if he just includes in the cc list. That avoids you having to forward it to me. Any way you all would like to do it is fine. I just offer it as a suggestion.

Or I can invite him to join the “editorial staff” Yahoo Group. Then he can put it directly into the work flow by copying or using the PostMessage function at the group page. It’s just trying to make it easy for him. I use that group as a way of “catching” things that come from the google or yahoo or marketplace alerting services.

As I am writing this, it occurs to me that, if he would like, I can offer him his own weekly section in Jottings for “his message”. No editorial restrictions; he can say whatever he liked. I’d refer him to what I did with Blair’s Blog.

{begin aside} I am tickled with that Blair’s Blog idea. But I do read it carefully and am prepared to suppress or edit it, if it was ever necessary. While anyone who puts stuff on the net should be aware, it’s public and free use. BUT, she may not be expecting to have it read by a thousand of her fellow alums. And, that it is being shoved under their noses on a weekly basis. I don’t want anything to come out badly that would hurt her or others. I’ve never received any feedback but it tickled me as innovative. {end aside}

The only thing he really needs to know is a little about my “publishing schedule”. I really have a hard stop for new material on Wednesdays. That gives me time to edit on Thursday, index on Friday, and publish on Saturday. Over the years, I find if I do a little every day, what appears to be a massive effort is done in manageable 15 minute blocks. When I violate that Wednesday rule, I find I have to rush and make lots of mistakes.

So I would be excited to innovate having him write weekly for us. Of course I’d give him a location in the document suitable for his position. I was thinking right before Headquarters. But if he had thoughts, I am all ears and eyes.

Technologywise, I can even set him, or anyone, up with one of the free blogging services and, akin to Blair’s Blog, he could write in it whenever and I’d pick it up on a weekly basis.

Strictly his call. But if he’s interested, I’m interested.

Thanks for making this fun,

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[JR:  Note that despite the mention of Manhattan College, this was not seen by ANY of my automated tools. So I really do need your eyes and ears and finger tappings. ]

[JR:  I am always desperate  for input. So, I would extend the same offer to any blogger or writer or anyone interested in becoming a “poet, an author, a clown, or a king”. Been up an down and I know one thing – with apologies to Frank Sinatra – anyone can write for and in Jottings. ]

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[JR: Alerting old friends seeking to reconnect or "youngsters" seeking a networking contact with someone who might have a unique viewpoint that they are interested in.]

LeMoine, Steve (1981)
Atlas Copco
Pine Brook, NJ




[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” either here at Jasper Jottings or in the mcALUMdb.]




*** JNews1 ***

Treasurer making waves in Lake Elsinore
By: JOSE CARVAJAL - Staff Writer

LAKE ELSINORE ---- Odds are, if you had asked a Lake Elsinorean five years ago who the city's treasurer was, you would have been met with a blank stare.

These days, that would be less likely. That's because Pete Weber, since his election to the post in November 2003, has done a lot to bring some visibility to the post.

Two years into his first term in office, the 43-year-old Weber has positioned himself at the center of many of the city's recent reform efforts. Skeptical, opinionated and outspoken, he has recommended several of the policy changes Lake Elsinore has recently adopted and he has shed light on some of the city's questionable practices.

While Weber certainly has his fans in city politics, he also has detractors.

City Councilman Bob Schiffner is one of them.

He said recently that Weber is given too many opportunities to voice his opinion at City Council meetings and that the treasurer often says things he shouldn't. Most of the time, Weber skews things and brings up issues that have already been addressed, he said.

"He's continually rehashed them," Schiffner said. "I'm very disappointed in him. ... I think that he's made some accusations and some comments that could cause some lawsuits."

Weber's supporters argue that the issues he brings up need to be brought up. They point to several of the things he has accomplished in the two years he has been in office.

Weber is the one who publicized that the Lake Elsinore's bond debt on the baseball stadium it built a decade ago had swelled to $38 million ---- about $16 million more than some city officials had previously thought.

It was Weber who called for an independent audit when he learned that residents in one part of Lake Elsinore were paying taxes for projects slated to be built in other parts of the city.

And it was Weber who suggested that Lake Elsinore invest some of the money in its reserves, a practice the city's finance department began earlier this year.

A formality

Lake Elsinore's treasurers haven't always been that involved in city politics. Electing one was merely a formality for residents, who could count on their treasurer to sit in the audience at City Council meetings and speak up only during the portion of meetings set aside for public comment.

Thanks in part to Weber, the office now enjoys more responsibilities and duties than ever before. The treasurer is now considered part of the city's finance team and is given ample opportunity to address the council at meetings.

Looking back on the first two years of his term, Weber said recently that he regards helping elevate the treasurer to a more prominent position within the city government as his biggest accomplishment.

"The role of the treasurer is now an important part of the structure of city politics," he said. "At one point, it was at such a level that the treasurer would sit in the audience and get only one minute to address the council."

While he recognizes that he has made an impact on city politics, Weber also knows that the aggressive ---- and sometimes abrasive ---- style he employs to get things done can rub other city leaders the wrong way.

Even Weber's supporters admit that his method can sometimes get in the way of his message.

"He has a brazen style and he's a tenacious pit bull," City Councilman Daryl Hickman said. "Once he gets into it, he stays with it. He doesn't give up."

That aggressive attitude can alienate people, he said, which makes it harder for Weber to get his point across.

"Sometimes, I've told him to cool it down a little," Hickman said.

Activist roots

Weber's wife, Vicky, says that the outspoken man residents see at council meetings is the same man she knows at home.

Her husband isn't afraid to speak up, she said, but only after he's done his research and is sure he knows what he's talking about.

"He is opinionated, but he bases things on facts," Vicky Weber said.

The couple moved to the Canyon Hills neighborhood on the east side of town just more than two years ago and, almost immediately, Weber couldn't help but get involved in local politics.

He traces his activist roots to his days growing up in Palisades, N.Y. It was a time in his life, Weber said, when his mother was getting involved in one neighborhood issue or another.

"I saw how a group of homeowners could come together and actually make things happen," he said.

It's no surprise, then, that some of Weber's biggest supporters are the local activists.

Chris Hyland, a longtime city resident and a water district board member, said that the great thing about Weber is that he brings in a fresh perspective to analyze the way the city handles money.

"We needed some new blood in there," Hyland said. "He listens and he puts everything together and lets the people know what's going on with their money."

Schiffner contends that it is this group of activists, who he says are often off base, that have helped Weber elevate his stature in city politics.

"There's a contingent of people that make a lot of noise," he said. "They don't know what they're talking about."

Schiffner does admit that Weber has also gotten some support from City Council members and that, too, has helped him gain stature.

"I think there are some people on the council who give him some credibility," Schiffner said. "We are a little bit divided on how important he is."

Informed debate

Weber admits that his expertise isn't in finances, but that he studies every issue carefully before he brings anything to the council. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College and he's an operations manager for Ready Pac.

The biggest education he has gotten since he was elected, Weber said, is in how the city handles its bond debt.

In studying the bond debt, he said, that's how he learned that the city was deeper in the red with regards to the baseball stadium and that's how he learned that certain residents were contributing taxes they weren't supposed to be paying.

"I do my homework," Weber said. "Before a meeting, I've done my homework and I'm ready to debate. That's what politics is."

That's something he picked up in the Air Force, he said. A captain by the time he turned 24 years old, he earned an administrative post that also instilled in him the confidence he now possesses, he said.

In working with several different colonels, Weber said, he got to see different leadership styles in action. The one that left the biggest impression on him, he said, was that of a colonel who handled himself professionally and expected the same from those he commanded.

That attitude, Weber said, started at the top of his squadron and trickled all the way to the bottom. That type of leadership, he said, is what he tries to provide the city.

"It starts right at the top and goes all the way through," Weber said.

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From: Google Alerts []
Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 4:56 AM
Subject: Google Alert - "manhattan college" -"marymount manhattan college" -"borough of manhattan college"

Treasurer making waves in Lake Elsinore

North County Times - Escondido,CA,USA

... the council. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College and he's an operations manager for Ready Pac. The ...

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Parade marshal selected
Wednesday, November 16, 2005

HOLYOKE - Lawyer Frederick L. Sullivan, who has served with the St. Patrick's Parade Committee for three decades, was named its 2006 grand marshal yesterday.

"No task is too big or too small for our nominee," said Raymond H. Feyre, a member of the nomination committee that chose Sullivan to lead next year's parade on March 19.

Sullivan said he was honored that he was chosen grand marshal. He said that in addition to putting the parade on the street, the committee preserves Irish culture and recognizes the significance of all immigrants.

"The parade is a moving experience. I see it as an example for all ethnic groups. There are certain values that were given to us by our ancestors," Sullivan said.

"There are many, many Americans all over this land that possess values given to them from people who never saw their grandchildren," he said.

His wife, the former Judy Boldvay, immigrated to New York from Hungary.

Sullivan said his wife's experience fleeing from the Soviet Union's domination of Hungary is another reason why he values the immigrant experience in America.

Sullivan's parents were from Holyoke and moved to New York City before he was born. He was born in Holyoke because his mother came back to her hometown doctor for the delivery.

He was raised in New York, attended elementary and high school there and earned a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College and a law degree from Fordham University.

While in college and law school he worked as a law clerk for the Port Authority of New York.

In 1973, Sullivan and his wife moved to Holyoke and not long after, he began his long association with the parade committee.

He recalled yesterday that two of his uncles, Timothy J. Sullivan and James Sullivan, were involved with the committee. Timothy Sullivan was the 1973 grand marshal and had also been committee president and the winner of the Thomas Rohan Award, given to those who contribute to the success of the parade.

Both uncles died in the 1980s.

Sullivan practices labor management law with Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn of Springfield.

His daughter Meghan B. Sullivan is an associate with the law firm and his son Mark is an engineer with Tighe & Bond.

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From: Google Alerts []

Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 5:27 AM

Subject: Google Alert - "manhattan college" -"marymount manhattan college" -"borough of manhattan college"

Parade marshal selected

The Republican - Springfield,MA,USA

... He was raised in New York, attended elementary and high school there and earned a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College and a law degree from Fordham ...

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Frederick L. Sullivan is a partner in the employment and labor relations law firm of SULLIVAN,HAYES & QUINN in Springfield, Massachusetts. His firm, which has a nationwide practice, represents profit, governmental and not-for-profit employers in a number of different industries.

During the course of the 25 years that Mr. Sullivan has devoted to practicing employment law and labor relations, he has advised a diverse range of employers from casinos in Nevada to convents in New York and from manufacturers in Texas to museums in the "Big Apple"; including small, privately held and Fortune 500 companies, as well as not-for-profit organizations and local governments. He represents management in discrimination complaints, labor matters, collective bargaining, and employment related litigation. He has spent substantial time counseling management on how to prevent employment related litigation.

In 1988, Fred Sullivan was inducted into the American Management Association's Management Wall of Fame. His induction was based on his contributions to management in the field of labor relations.

He has been named to the Massachusetts edition of, The Best Lawyers In America, having been chosen best in his field of employment law by other lawyers, and to Who's Who in American Law. He has served as Contributing Editor of the journal, Personnel. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association and serves as a representative to the Section Council. He is also a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Sullivan has taught Personnel Administration and Labor Relations at several colleges. He has spoken before numerous management and industry groups on employee relations topics, including appearances on several occasions before the American Management Associations' national Annual Human Resource Conference, the Council on Education In Management, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. He is admitted to the Bar of Massachusetts and to the Bar of New York State, as well as to the Federal Courts in New England and New York. He holds a J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law.

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Frederick L. Sullivan   

Employment Lawyer in Springfield, Massachusetts 

Frederick L. Sullivan practices in the following areas of law: Management Labor Law; Employment Discrimination; Employment Law; Employment Arbitration; National Labor Relations Act; Labor Relations; Wage and Hour Law; Personnel Training

Admitted: 1966, New York; 1972, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; 1973, Massachusetts

Law School: Fordham University, J.D., 1965

College: Manhattan College, B.S., 1959

Member: Hampden County and Massachusetts (Rep: Section Council on Employment Law) Bar Associations.

Biography: Co-Author: "Massachusetts Nonprofit Organization," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 1992; Co-Author: with Hayes, "What To Do About A Union Organizing Drive," The Supervisor's Advisor, 1987. Author: "How to Calculate the Manufacturer's Costs in Collective Bargaining," AMACOM, 1980; Articles, "The Right of a College Administration to Speak Out During a Union Organizing Drive: How It Has Been Successfully Implemented," The Journal, 1974, "Calculating the expense of COLA clauses," Management Review, 1980; "Union Organizing in the 1980's: The Battle Cry is Organize," Supervisor Management, 1982. Elected, Wall of Fame, American Management Association, 1988. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America. MCAD Certified Discrimination Prevention, Sexual Harassment Prevention and Disability Discrimination Prevention Training. (Also Of Counsel to Finder, Cuomo and Adler, LLP, New York, New York)

Born: Holyoke, Massachusetts, October 11, 1937

 Web Site:

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*** JNews3 ***  

 Iron Mountain Names Bob Brennan President and Chief Operating Officer  

    BOSTON, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the world's trusted partner for records management and data protection services, today announced that Bob Brennan has been named the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer.  Mr. Brennan has been Iron Mountain's President of North America since joining the Company in November 2004.  As COO, Mr. Brennan will be responsible for developing and implementing operating strategies designed to drive growth and enhance customer service on a global basis and to ensure consistency and efficiency throughout the organization.  He will continue to report directly to Richard Reese, Chairman and CEO, and will manage the day-to-day operations of the Company's North American, European and Latin American business units as well as the enterprise support functions of human resources and information technology.

    Mr. Brennan joined Iron Mountain through the acquisition of Connected Corporation, where he served as Chief Executive Officer.  Before Connected, Mr. Brennan was a general manager for network and service management with Cisco Systems, Inc., a global leader in the manufacturing and sale of networking and communications products; he also served as CEO of American Internet prior to its acquisition by Cisco, and was vice president, general manager for Merisel, Inc., a global distributor of PC hardware and software. Mr. Brennan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Manhattan College.

     About Iron Mountain

     Iron Mountain Incorporated is the world's trusted partner for outsourced records management and data protection services.  Founded in 1951, the Company has grown to service more than 235,000 customer accounts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Pacific Rim. Iron Mountain offers records management services for both physical and digital media, disaster recovery support services, and consulting -- services that help businesses save money and manage risks associated with legal and regulatory compliance, protection of vital information, and business continuity challenges. For more information, visit

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SOURCE Iron Mountain Incorporated

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From: Google Alerts []  
Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 8:45 AM
Subject: Google Alert - "manhattan college" -"marymount manhattan college" -"borough of manhattan college"

Iron Mountain Names Bob Brennan President and Chief Operating ...

PR Newswire (press release) - New York,NY,USA

... hardware and software. Mr. Brennan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Manhattan College. About Iron Mountain Iron ...  

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*** JNews4 ***

New York Observer
November 14, 2005
SECTION: PAGE ONE; News Story 5, Pg. 8
HEADLINE: Some Politicians See A Kelly Candidacy in '09
BYLINE: Jason Horowitz
HIGHLIGHT: 'Is he the guy carrying on Giuliani's legacy? I think he is. Howard Koeppel, on Ray Kelly

New York clearly demonstrated its confidence in Mayor Michael Bloomberg by handing him an overwhelming victory in Tuesday's election. But it is Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly who enjoys widespread credit for reducing crime, especially in conservative corners like the Manhattan Institute, the think tank that led Rudolph Giuliani to the light of zero tolerance.

According to a NY1/Newsday poll released on Monday, 43 percent of New Yorkers believe that the city's drop in crime is due to Mr. Kelly--almost double the number of those who credit Mr. Bloomberg. And while many Republicans see Mr. Kelly as the heir apparent to Mr. Giuliani's tough-on-crime legacy, Democrats--smarting from Tuesday's thrashing and suffering from a dearth of promising Mayoral contenders--have begun talking about recruiting the Police Commissioner as the possible successor to Mr. Bloomberg.

But in the left-right tug of war over Mr. Kelly, the conservatives seem to have scored first.

At the end of October, a right-leaning crowd that included members of the Ayn Rand Institute gathered at that Grand Hyatt to watch Mr. Kelly accept an award from the Manhattan Institute. Dressed in a dark pinstripe suit and salmon tie, Mr. Kelly offered echoes of the former Mayor's hard line, saying things like "we are by no means soft on violators of any kind," and "we've turned a corner in New York and we are certainly not turning back."

But when did Mr. Kelly turn the corner?

Back during his first stint as Police Commissioner under Mayor David Dinkins, the conservative Manhattan Institute used to slam him for his belief in community policing, which it dismissed as mere "social work," a "flop" and a waste of precious police time. ("That might have had more to do with the fact that he was working for me," Mr. Dinkins joked.)

They railed against the U.S. intervention in Haiti, which the snub-faced Mr. Kelly spearheaded, and just this summer Heather Mac Donald, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, criticized Mr. Kelly for not adopting racial profiling as part of the Police Department's war on terror. "It will apparently take another strike on U.S. soil to wake up NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and the rest of the American law-enforcement establishment that public safety comes before political correctness," Ms. Mac Donald wrote.

But none of these complaints were raised on Tuesday. Instead, Lawrence Mone, president of the Manhattan Institute, said that credit for the city's precipitous drop in crime "belongs in full measure to Ray Kelly's extraordinary leadership."

So what's changed?

Well, Ray Kelly, for one, along with the once-fashionable idea of neighborhood-friendly community policing, a notion that the policy wonks and pundits at the Manhattan Institute helped to bury. In bestowing an award on Mr. Kelly, the people who drafted the "squeegee theory"--and who boast gushing endorsements from Mr. Giuliani--claimed victory over Mr. Kelly's beginnings in the Dinkins administration and staked a hopeful claim to the Police Commissioner as their ticket to renewed relevance in the non-ideological Bloomberg administration, which has relegated them to the academic sidelines. 

"Under Mayor Dinkins, Kelly did speak about the need to fight root causes to fight crime," said Ms. Mac Donald, a critic of the root-causes school of criminal justice. "I haven't heard that kind of analysis from him lately. I can't speak to his inner state; what matters to the Manhattan Institute is that he is getting the job done."

Associates of Mr. Giuliani are also thrilled that Mr. Kelly has been converted so entirely to the computerized crime-tracking system known as CompStat.

"It signals a change in Kelly," said one former official in the Giuliani administration. "The early-1990's approach to policing was clearly not working. It appears to me that the commissioner has learned from that experience. He has maintained and perpetuated Giuliani's focus."

Mr. Kelly has so kept that focus that some polls and many Giuliani supporters believe that it is he, not Mr. Bloomberg, who deserves credit for the plummeting crime rates and is the true bearer of the former Mayor's legacy. In fact, there is already chatter about the possibility of Mr. Kelly running for Mayor in 2009, when Mr. Bloomberg will have to relinquish the office because of term limits. While that notion makes some civil-liberties groups wary, it brings a smile to the face of Mr. Giuliani's supporters.

"Is he the guy carrying on Giuliani's legacy? I think he is," said Howard Koeppel, a close friend of Mr. Giuliani.

But there's a touch of irony in the notion that Mr. Kelly is carrying Mr. Giuliani's torch. After all, Mr. Giuliani replaced Mr. Kelly as Police Commissioner, bringing in William Bratton. In his inaugural address, Mr. Giuliani announced that "the era of fear has had a long-enough reign."

The newly elected Mayor publicly considered keeping Mr. Kelly on as commissioner before deciding to go with Mr. Bratton. But Mr. Kelly equated the process to a shell game.

"I think there was a commitment on the part of the Mayor-elect to have a new person," Mr. Kelly said at the time. "I think that commitment was made probably before the election ... which is his prerogative."

If some Giuliani allies consider Mr. Kelly to be their man's heir, some of Mr. Kelly's supporters aren't so sure that's a compliment. Mr. Dinkins, the man who made him Police Commissioner the first time around, applauded the work that Mr. Kelly has done in both his own and the current administration, noting that crime had begun to drop under his watch.

"It's not a Giuliani legacy; he doesn't do things the way Rudy did," Mr. Dinkins said of Mr. Kelly, whom he calls "Colonel" in a nod to Mr. Kelly's time in the Marine Corps. "It does a great a disservice to Ray Kelly or Mike Bloomberg to say that they are carrying on the legacy of Giuliani."

Mr. Dinkins said that both Mr. Kelly and Lee P. Brown, Mr. Dinkins' first Police Commissioner, "promulgated" community policing. "I think he thought it worked," Mr. Dinkins said.

But some police experts said that it has become hard to define exactly what constitutes "community policing" in recent years. Groups like the Manhattan Institute have alternated between denigrating the concept and applying it to describe more assertive tactics.

"A consensus around the best policing practices has emerged," said Richard Aborn, president of the Citizens Crime Commission, a law-enforcement watchdog group. "The concept of what constituted community policing changed. By the early to mid-90's, people had begun to recognize that CompStat was a very effective crime-fighting tool. It led to accountability in policing that had not been present before. That's how the paradigm shifted."

According to George Kelling, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a creator of the broken-windows theory of crime-fighting, innovations in policing have led to significant changes in how urban government is run. "CompStat and problem-solving have become part of the parlance of governing in American cities," said Mr. Kelling, adding: "It wouldn't hurt in many communities to have police commissioners move into mayoral positions. I could see that as a possibility. I could see Kelly interested in becoming Mayor."

Of course, the job of Police Commissioner changed on Sept. 11, 2001, during the last months of the Giuliani era. Mr. Kelly took over the NYPD in the aftermath of the terrorist attack. Suddenly, the Police Commissioner's mandate broadened: Global terrorism, as well as traditional street crime, became a pressing issue.

Mr. Kelly's anti-terrorism task force, believed to be among the most sophisticated in the world, has made him a star in the public eye. At a recent speech to the Citizens Crime Commission, he defended the city's response earlier this month to a perceived threat to the subway system. Mr. Kelly seemed perplexed by the Department of Homeland Security, which seemed to downplay the threat.

"They're not here to protect the city--we are," Mr. Kelly told reporters after the speech. "It's difficult to understand what they saw their role as here."

That straightforward approach has helped to spread talk of a possible Mayoral candidacy for Mr. Kelly.

"I think, in some ways, people think it's the logical thing to do," said Mr. Aborn. "He has fought well the dual challenges of terror and crime."

A Matter of Degrees

Mr. Kelly also has a lot of awards and degrees to fill out his resume. He holds a B.B.A. from Manhattan College, a J.D. from St. John's University School of Law, an L.L.M. from the New York University Graduate School of Law and an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has served as commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, was a vice president at Interpol, was director of the International Police Monitors in Haiti and has served in practically every police command in the city.

"Kelly is, in his own way, a competent politician," said Fred Siegel, author of The Prince of the City, a book about Mr. Giuliani. "He has been on this path forever."

Some lawmakers already see him as the most essential part of the Bloomberg administration.

When weighing whether or not to cross the political aisle and endorse Mr. Bloomberg, Peter Vallone Jr., a Democratic City Council member who chairs the Public Safety Committee, called Mr. Kelly this month to make sure he intended to stick around if the Mayor was re-elected.

Mr. Vallone said he received that assurance, and added that Mr. Kelly "doesn't seem to have any interest in his own political career. I think he would be very formidable should he decide to do that [run for Mayor]."

The thought makes some First Amendment and civil-liberties activists shudder. They take issue with Mr. Kelly's 2002 court battle to legalize searches inside private organizations, including mosques, and with the NYPD's handling of protests over the war in Iraq and during the Republican National Convention last year. Under Mr. Kelly, they say, scores of people were arrested for seemingly little cause.

"There have been many serious civil-liberties violations by the police," said Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union. "Under Ray Kelly, the city has developed an obsessive, compulsive preoccupation with videotaping every political protest that goes on. It is intimidating and chilling."

But these are not the sorts of grievances that are likely to give the Manhattan Institute and Giuliani diehards pause, especially since the think tank is desperate to latch onto a city-government star.

As Mr. Kelly prepared to go onstage, he stopped to express his gratitude to the institute and to explain his change in policing policy. "It's an evolutionary process for both of us," he said, before a woman interrupted him.

"I just love you," she said. "When are you going to be President?"

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N.Y. prexies at head of cash

Columbia University, Lee Bollinger - $638,250 

College presidents in the Big Apple are bringing home big bucks - with salary and other perks hitting nearly $1 million.

And that's not just heads of pricey private outfits.

Matthew Goldstein, president of the sprawling City University of New York, is poised to collect $444,800 this year, according to a report released yesterday by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

That includes $50,000 in private dollars and a taxpayer-funded $7,500-a-month housing allowance - which would go toward Goldstein's costs on his Sutton Place co-op in Manhattan and a pad in Westhampton Beach.

Theresa Bischoff of New York University Hospital Center won top honors by earning $945,930 in 2003-04. She was trailed by NYU President John Sexton ($897,139) and Syracuse University chief Kenneth Shaw ($802,731).

On the public university front, State University of New York at Albany President Kermit Hall ranked second to Goldstein with $371,000, including $36,000 in deferred compensation. SUNY President John Ryan got $340,000.

Bischoff was one of nine presidents nationally, all at private institutions, who earned more than $900,000 last year - a distinction that no one held the previous year, the Chronicle reported. Fifty earned at least a half-million, up 19%, and for the first time, four got a cool million.

Donald Ross, president of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., was the highest paid in the country with $5.04 million - much of it in deferred compensation.

The Chronicle expanded its criteria this year to include chief executives at 21 health care systems and main teaching hospitals that colleges have either forged partnerships with or spun off as separate entities.

"I find it sickening that presidents at some private colleges are being paid $1 million when public universities across the country are being carried by part-time faculty that make poverty wages," said Barbara Bowen, president of the Professional Staff Congress, a union that represents 20,000 CUNY staffers.

Salaries for presidents - both public and private - have shot up in the past decade, as has the demand for fund-raising at colleges, said Sheldon Steinbach, general counsel for the American Council on Education in Washington.

"You are looking for 21st-century leadership, which requires organizational skills, leadership capacity, the willingness, commitment and energy to raise money on a daily basis," he said. "You need a person for all seasons."

Some presidents in the area agreed to no salary. The heads of Iona College, Manhattan College and St. John's University - all clergy-run campuses - reported $0 salary.

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The New York Post
November 13, 2005 Sunday
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Six years ago we ran into Ed Cohen, a junior at Scarsdale High, at an LPGA/media luncheon (if it isn't catered, it isn't journalism!). He told us that someday he was going to do play-by-play for living. A lot of sports-minded, dream-headed kids say that, with no understanding of what it takes.

But there was something about the way this kid said it.

Last week, Cohen, a 2005 Ithaca College grad, was named Manhattan College's basketball radio play-by-play man.


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[JR:  That’s Manhattan College. At the root of a good Horatio Alger story. Kid dreams and succeeds. And, in there MC has a role. Love it! ]


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Williams two-time all-star 
By BILL ARSENAULT, Special to the Times Union
First published: Thursday, November 17, 2005 

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NCAA Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships last Saturday in Boston

A total of 24 Capital Region runners competed in the regionals. The top finisher for the women was Georgetown University junior Elizabeth Maloy of Loudonville (Holy Names) who was 15th in the Mid-Atlantic Regionals in Bethlehem, Pa. She was clocked in 21:09.7. The top male finisher was Manhattan College senior Tyler Raymond of Scotia (Scotia High), who finished 24th in the Northeast Regionals with a 31:00.3 clocking over the 10k course.

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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
11/20/05 Sunday Volleyball   MAAC Championships^   Niagara University, NY   TBA 
11/21/05 Monday Cross Country   NCAA Championships   Terre Haute, IN   12:00 AM
11/22/05 Tuesday W. Basketball   Wagner   HOME   7:00 PM
11/23/05 Wednesday M. Basketball   Preseason NIT Semis@   New York, N.Y.   7/9:00 p.m. 
11/25/05 Friday M. Basketball   Preseason NIT Finals@   New York, N.Y.   4:30/7:00 p.m. 
11/25/05 Friday W. Basketball   Army@   Flagstaff, Ariz.   6:30 PM
11/26/05 Saturday W. Basketball   Northern Arizona/Cal St. Fullerton@   Flagstaff, Ariz.   6:30/9 p.m. 
11/26/05 Saturday M. Basketball   George Mason   HOME   7:00 PM
11/30/05 Wednesday M. Basketball   Syracuse   Syracuse, N.Y.   7:00 PM

12/1/05 Thursday Track & Field   Manhattan Opener   Draddy Gym   2:00 PM
12/2/05 Friday W. Basketball   Fordham   HOME   7:00 PM
12/3/05 Saturday Track & Field   Yale Invitational   New Haven, Conn.   9:00 AM
12/3/05 Saturday W. Swimming   St. Joseph's/Old Westbury   Patchogue, NY   3:00 PM
12/4/05 Sunday W. Basketball   Hartford   West Hartford, Conn.   2:00 PM
12/6/05 Tuesday M. Basketball   Rhode Island   Kingston, R.I.   7:30 PM
12/9/05 Friday Track & Field   Fordham Invitational   Bronx, N.Y.   2:00 PM
12/9/05 Friday W. Basketball   Siena*   Loudonville, N.Y.   7:00 PM
12/9/05 Friday M. Basketball   Marist*   HOME   7:00 PM
12/10/05 Saturday Track & Field   Princeton Invitational   Princeton, N.J.   11:00 AM
12/10/05 Saturday W. Swimming   Siena*   HOME   2:00 PM
12/11/05 Sunday M. Basketball   Loyola*   Baltimore, Md.   2:00 PM
12/11/05 Sunday W. Basketball   Niagara*   HOME   2:00 PM
12/18/05 Sunday W. Basketball   Quinnipiac   Hamden, Conn.   12:00 PM
12/18/05 Sunday M. Basketball   North Dakota State   Fargo, N.D.   8:00 PM
12/20/05 Tuesday M. Basketball   South Dakota State   Sioux Falls, S.D.   8:00 PM
12/23/05 Friday M. Basketball   Fordham   HOME   7:00 PM
12/30/05 Friday W. Basketball   Villanova   HOME   3:00 PM
12/30/05 Friday M. Basketball   St. Francis-NY   HOME   7:30 PM

If you do go support "our" teams, I'd appreciate any reports or photos. What else do us old alums have to do? Right, encourage the young ones to max their achievement to 100% potential. I don’t think you have to win or die. Just give us it all and we should applaud. What better things do you have to do today, but to go to some strange support, dress up “funny”, and cheer for “our” athletes. So what if they think you’re a loon. You’re their loon. You never know what kind of difference you’ll make!

Sports from College (

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After 19 full years with the program, 33 MAAC Championship titles as head coach, and five NCAA Champions, head track and field coach Dan Mecca is showing no signs of slowing down and neither are his runners.


Riverdale, N.Y. (November 17, 2005)--The first four-year varsity volleyball starter and letter winner in Methacton High School (Pa.) history has signed a national letter of intent to continue her volleyball career at Manhattan College. Rita Welsh, a 6-2 middle hitter from Collegeville , Pa., will come to Draddy Gym next season after accumulating over 750 kills at Methacton.


Riverdale, N.Y. (November 15, 2005)- Seventh-year Manhattan College men's basketball coach Bobby Gonzalez announced today that Andre Tarver (Bronx, N.Y./Wings Academy) has signed a National Letter Of Intent to play men's basketball for Manhattan College beginning in the 2006-07 academic year.


East Rutherford, N.J. (November 14, 2005)- In an opening round game of the NIT Season Tip-Off, Seton Hall defeated Manhattan, 66-52, in a game played at the Continental Airlines Arena at the New Jersey Meadowlands. CJ Anderson paced the Jaspers with a team-high 16 points.


Riverdale, N.Y. (November 14, 2005)- Due to contractual obligations between ESPN, the NCAA and the NIT, tonight's Manhattan vs. Seton Hall game will not be available live on With providing an Internet broadcast only, the policy of ESPN, the NCAA and the NIT, in relation to the NIT Season Tip-off precludes a live broadcast. For those Manhattan fans in the metropolitan area, the Seton Hall broadcast of the game will be available on WQEW, Radio Disney 1560, with Gary Cohen on play-by-play and Dave Popkin as the analyst. For those Jasper fans not in the metropolitan area, the game will also be streamed live on the web at The game will also be broadcast by WSOU 89.5 FM, Seton Hall's student radio station. The Manhattan broadcast team of Ed Cohen and Brian Mahoney will cover the game for, and the game will be made available on a tape-delayed basis at a time to be determined, pending ESPN, NCAA and NIT approval.


Boston, Mass. (November 12, 2005)--Manhattan Cross Country senior Tyler Raymond had a career day at Franklin Park in Boston, Mass., as the Manhattan men's and women's squads competed at the NCAA Regional meet. Raymond helped the men finish 15th out of 41 schools with a score of 454 by setting a new personal record in the 10K race. The Lady Jaspers finished 28th of 39 teams with a score of 774.


Loudonville, N.Y. (November 12, 2005)--Manhattan Volleyball's bid for post-season play ended in the fifth game of a heartbreaking loss at MAAC foe Siena College on early Saturday evening in Loudonville, N.Y. Head coach Ray Green's squad finished the 2005 season at 17-16 overall and 5-4 in MAAC play, which is a nine and a half match improvement from last year.


Jersey City, N.J. (November 12, 2005)- In a MAAC quad match at Saint Peter's College, Manhattan posted a dramatic come-from-behind win over Canisius, defeating the Golden Griffs, 57-51, on the final event of the meet. The Lady Jaspers also downed Saint Peter's, 75-28, but fell to Niagara, 78-30. Manhattan is now 5-2 on the season.


Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (November 11, 2005)--Senior outside hitter Megan O’Dorisio notched her 1,000th career kill, as Manhattan Volleyball (17-15, 5-3 MAAC) picked up a crucial MAAC victory by downing Marist (8-19, 2-6 MAAC) in four games at the McCann Center. The Lady Jaspers now control their own destiny and would guarantee themselves a spot in the four-team MAAC Tournament by winning their final regular season contest tomorrow afternoon at Siena.


Riverdale, N.Y. (November 11, 2005)--After missing out on post-season play last year, second year head coach Ray Green has Manhattan Volleyball vying for a MAAC Tournament berth entering the final weekend of the regular season. At 4-3 in conference play, the Lady Jaspers are one of five teams fighting for three remaining spots in the four-team conference tournament to be played next weekend at Niagara University.


Riverdale, N.Y. (November 10, 2005)--Manhattan Women's Basketball was unable to pull out a last-minute victory against the New York Gazelles in a pre-season exhibition contest played on Thursday night at Draddy Gym. The Lady Jaspers had three players score in double figures, but came up three points short in the 69-66 defeat.

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[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!]


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Jaspers outclassed by Seton Hall
(Original Publication: November 15, 2005)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Bobby Gonzalez insisted in the preseason that as deep and talented as his Manhattan team is this season, it's going to take a while to jell.

Last night's season opener indicated it might take a long while.

The Jaspers were sloppy on defense, shot a woeful 26 percent from the floor and 52 percent from the line, and were outmanned by Seton Hall in a 66-52 loss in the opening round of the preseason NIT at Continental Airlines Arena.

"You're not going to win a game on the road against a decent team when you get those kind of numbers," Gonzalez said. "Some of the credit goes to Seton Hall with (its) defense and physicalness. But I think we have some things we have to work on."

Manhattan has 11 days before its next game, a Nov. 26 meeting with George Mason at Draddy Gymnasium, before traveling to Syracuse four days later. To avoid another night like this, the Jaspers have to work on creating shots against physical teams, something they failed to do last night.

They had just 22 points in the first half and fell into an 18-point hole early in the second. C.J. Anderson, a preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference first-teamer, had 16 points but did it on 5-for-20 shooting. Jeff Xavier and Jason Wingate each shot 2 of 11 from the floor.

"It was pretty tough to get a shot off based of their strength and their size," Wingate said. "We'd think we were open for a split second, but with their size, they close on us so quickly."

The Pirates, who'll play at top-ranked Duke in Thursday's second round, overwhelmed Manhattan inside. Kelly Whitney, a 6-foot-8 senior, scored a game-high 25 points, hitting 9 of 11 free throws and adding five rebounds and four blocks.

"There is nobody like him in our conference," Gonzalez said. "He looked like a legitimate NBA first-round draft pick to me. We had no answers for him."

In his college debut, Manhattan freshman Devon Austin, a White Plains alumnus, had three points on 1-of-4 shooting in 13 minutes.

It was about what you'd expect out of a freshman. Austin didn't start but checked in for the first time 5:53 into the game. He allowed a driving layup to Seton Hall's Brian Laing and didn't attempt a shot before being removed two minutes later.

When Austin returned with 10:41 to play, he drained his first career shot, an open 3-pointer. But he committed an ugly turnover on what could have been an easy layup and gave up another basket, causing Gonzalez to cover his head with both arms.

"Freshmen, they break your heart defensively," Gonzalez said. "He got overmatched a little. It's not easy for a freshman to go out on the road and play a team like Seton Hall."

As a whole, this might be a night worth forgetting for Manhattan.

"I still think we are going to be a good team," Gonzalez said. "(Seton Hall) is getting ready to play Pittsburgh, UConn, Louisville, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and we're getting ready to eventually play Fairfield, Iona and Marist. And we have to keep that in perspective."


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Jessica Victor, a 6-foot-1 senior forward at Perry, signed a letter of intent to attend Division I Manhattan College. Victor was an all-City League selection last season, averaging 14.5 points and 12 rebounds per game.

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Daily News (New York)
November 15, 2005 Tuesday

MANHATTAN COACH coach Bobby Gonzalez was worried coming into last night's game with Seton Hall. He was concerned his young Jaspers weren't ready to tip off their season this early. Worried that playing on the road against a Big East team might be too much of an initial test for Manhattan.

Turns out he had reason to be concerned.

Manhattan was no match for Seton Hall as the Pirates hounded the Jaspers on defense while Kelly Whitney dominated on the offensive end. The Hall bounced Manhattan out of the Preseason NIT, 66-52, at Meadowlands Arena.

Seton Hall (1-0) moved on to face top-ranked Duke in a second-round game tomorrow night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

"Kelly Whitney was a guy, there's no one like him in our conference," Gonzalez said. "He looked like a legitimate NBA first-round draft pick. He was a man-child and we had no answers for him."

Whitney finished with 25 points - two off his career high - and blocked four shots as Seton Hall built a 30-22 lead at the half and saw it grow to 50-32 with 8:29 to play. Though he finished with just five rebounds, Whitney was aggressive in challenging every Manhattan shot. With help from Jamar Nutter (17 points) and Minnesota-transfer Stan Gaines (13), the Pirates limited the Jaspers (0-1) to 26% shooting, including 7-of-24 from three point range. C.J. Anderson led Manhattan with 16 points, making just five of 20 from the field.

"It was tough for us to get good looks at the basket," said Manhattan guard Jason Wingate, who finished with nine points on 2-of-11 shooting. "We thought we'd be open for a split second but with their size they recovered quickly."

Seton Hall was picked to finish close to the cellar in the newly expanded Big East this season, but the Pirates looked like anything but bottom feeders last night.

"Ever since I've been here we haven't been picked that high at all," Whitney said. "We just use that as motivation to get us going."

It certainly worked lat night, and now, while Manhattan heads home to regroup for its home opener vs. George Mason on Nov. 26, the Pirates prepare to meet the No. 1 Blue Devils on their home court.

"It'll be a war," Whitney said. "Duke is a good team. We have to be mentally prepared and focused and just carry out our task."

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Daily News (New York)
November 14, 2005 Monday

THE MANHATTAN JASPERS are coming off a 15-14 season that saw no postseason bid for the first time in three years. Yet coach Bobby Gonzalez seems almost euphoric about a team coming off a rebuilding year that wasn't even pegged as the top team in the MAAC this season.

So what gives with Gonzalez?

"This is the first time in four years we haven't been picked first," Gonzalez said. "Four years is a long time. I mean, Duke and the Yankees get picked No. 1 four years in a row. (But) I feel good about this team. I think it has a chance to be the best team we've had here other than the two who won (the MAAC championship)."

Gonzo has reason to be high on this year's Jaspers. There is depth, the arrival of perhaps the conference's top newcomer in Devon Austin and the experience last year's talented freshman class brings into this season. All of which has the normally hyper Gonzalez in overdrive.

"The two teams that went to the NCAAs had a little more talent because we had Luis Flores and Dave Holmes was special," Gonzalez said. "But I think this team has a lot of very good players and it has the most depth we have ever had. We have a lot of pieces to the puzzle as far as we have a little of everything but not too much of anything.

"The senior point guards (Jason Wingate and Kenny Minor) give us very good leadership," he said. "We have more shooters than in the past with Jeff Xavier, Devon Austin and Mike Konovelchick. I think we have more size than we've ever had because of (6-8) Arturo (Dubois), (6-8) Guy Ngarndi and (6-7) Darren Johnson improving and (6-8) Frank Traore coming in. We also have more versatility than we ever had."

The Jaspers also have sophomore C.J. Anderson, a preseason MAAC first-team pick who averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds a year ago. Anderson, considered one of the top talents in the conference, says last year was only a taste of what's to come.

"I'm always looking to improve," Anderson said. "If you don't improve from one year to the next, you're not working hard enough. I'm looking to up my numbers and help take this team to the championship."

Austin comes in with a reputation as a long-range threat and may be the conference's top freshman.

"When we got him we thought he was a borderline Big East player and thought he was a steal," Gonzalez said. "If someone brought in a better freshman than him, I want to see that guy."

The Jaspers open their season tonight at Seton Hall, and a win gets them a visit to Duke on Wednesday night. There also is a trip to Syracuse later this month, all of which could have the Jaspers battle-tested for a long run in the MAAC.

"It's a long season," Wingate said. "But if we stay focused and on the same page, this team has a lot of potential."

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GRAPHIC: KEN GOLDFIELD Freshman Devon Austin brings reputation as long-range shooter to Jaspers.

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The Daily Princetonian via U-Wire
University Wire
November 10, 2005 Thursday
HEADLINE: Tigers close fall season strong at Big Green Invitational
BYLINE: By Adam Hickle, The Daily Princetonian; SOURCE: Princeton

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The men mustered solid performances at the Penn Classic.

Senior Shannon Morales plowed his way to the Round of 16 before finally meeting defeat. He served for the second set against the No. 2 Bogdan Borta from Manhattan College but was unable to close it out and ended up losing, 6-2, 7-5. Considering the circumstances, though, Morales' performance was stellar.

"Shannon has been dealing with injuries all this semester after being a regular starter last year, and this was only his second tournament of the fall," head coach Glenn Michibata said of the senior. "Nevertheless he played with confidence and conviction."

Sophomore Christian Husby also turned in a good performance, making it to the Round of 16 as well. Husby won his first round easily, dominating Matt Struble of Temple, 6-1, 6-0. He would then push the No. 6 Diego Alvarado from Manhattan College to the limit in a tough three-setter, where he fell short, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.

Morales and Husby also teamed up in doubles and prevailed against a team from Navy in the first round, 9-7, before falling 8-5 in a close match against a duo from St. John's.

"Shannon and Christian played doubles together and combined very well, especially considering that this was their first time playing together as a team," Michibata said.

Sophomores Andrew Husby and Mark Gober were the other two entrants, and though they both lost in the first round of singles, they joined forces in doubles to pick up a win over a team from Radford in a decisive 8-1 victory. Despite an 8-4 defeat to Brandon O'Gara and Justin Fox of the University of Pennsylvania, their performance was still solid.

Still, the men's and women's squads understand that there is always work to be done. It is impossible to be certain of what the spring season holds, but at least the Tigers know that they can build on their fall success.

LOAD-DATE: November 10, 2005


*** OtherSports5 ***

Asbury Park Press (New Jersey)
November 9, 2005 Wednesday
HEADLINE: Early signing period begins Student-athletes relieved to sign on dotted line

EXCITEMENT and relief will be the two most prevalent emotions on display today for a collection of Shore Conference athletes.

Starting today is the early signing period for athletes with scholarship offers to sign their National Letter of Intent to play for their college of choice.

The National Signing period for football, soccer and field hockey does not start until until Feb. 1.

Today marks an end to a long search to decide where they will spend four of their life's most important years.

"It's really exciting, I've been looking forward to signing since school started," said Freehold's Ashley Forsyth, who will sign her letter of intent to play softball for Longwood University (Va.).

"But it took all of my junior year and all through the summer to decide. Once you settle down and find out where you are going it definitely takes a lot of pressure off."

"The hunt for colleges lasted forever," said Manasquan's Laurine Stafin, who will be signing on to play lacrosse at Sacred Heart University.

Stafin's decision to attend the Fairfield, Conn. campus did not start out too promising. Her first impression of the school left her doubting she would ever end up finally choosing it.

"When I first went to visit, I thought the school was so closed in and wasn't a good match," Stafin said. "But the coach started writing to me and I went back for a second visit."

On that second tour Stafin had a change of heart and fell in love with the athletic facilities as well as the classroom atmosphere.

"I was really amazed with how athletically-centered the school was," Stafin said. "I got a good feel for the campus and I really liked how it was a family-type environment. The classroom ratio was 15 (students) to one (teacher) so I knew I had an opportunity to get a good education."

Other Shore athletes who will be signing today include the Christian Brothers Academy trio of Max Cabasso, Jordan Warncke and Dan Werner. Werner orally committed to play basketball for North Carolina State during the spring. Warncke, a pitcher for the Colts, will sign his letter of intent to play for Lehigh University. Cabasso will join Manhattan College's lacrosse team in the fall of 2006.

As happy and relieved as Forsyth, Stafin, and the rest of the athletes will be after inking their names, they know that the day they sign on with their college of choice will always be one of the biggest moments of their life.

"I love sports and I love lacrosse and college is going to be an awesome experience," Stafin said. "I'm excited to go to the next stage of my life."



Among the athletes signing National Letters of Intent are the following:

BASEBALL: Casey Gaynor (TR East) - Rutgers; Ryan Kalish (RBC) - Virginia; Brian Streilein (Brick Mem.) - Villanova; Jordan Warncke (CBA) - Lehigh

BOYS BASKETBALL: Dan Werner (CBA) - North Carolina State

BOYS LACROSSE: Max Cabasso (CBA) - Manhattan College

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Kristen Dalton (Monmouth) - Lehigh

GIRLS LACROSSE: Laurine Stafin (Manasquan) - Sacred Heart; Amy Winik (Freehold Twp.) - Notre Dame

SOFTBALL: Ashley Forsyth (Freehold) - Longwood University; Shannon Houston (New Egypt) - University of California-Berkley; Sara Messinger (New Egypt) - Hartford

LOAD-DATE: November 12, 2005



*** Email01 ***

From: Bro. Gregory Flynn [1966]
Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2005 3:47 AM
To: 'Ferdinand Reinke'
Subject: Greetings from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, John

Hi John,

<privacy invoked>

Daniel Tigest in our Addis Hope program. His folks are lucky if they can earn the proverbial dollar a day as day laborers – what my late Irish father used to do in the “shape up” on the docks of NY.

<privacy invoked>

I haven’t been in contact for quite a while. We had to shut down the program for a week because of political unrest in the city. I, myself was caught up in a maze while driving home to my community one day. Most of the streets were barricaded but I finally persuaded a Methodist clinic to let me park my office car and was able to walk the rest of the way. I was more concerned about the safety of my car than myself since it’s the only one I’ll have in my lifetime, while I’m very good at dodging, having grown up on the streets of NYC.  Forty killed and thousands arrested but relative peace at the moment. Keep us in your prayers.

Br. Greg Flynn

P.S. If you are in a position to do so, kindly spread the word about the program.

[JR:  ]


*** Email02 ***

From: Anthony N. Abilo [1983]
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 11:01 PM
Subject: Network Update from Anthony Abilo

Dear Colleague:

Please read the attached press release, which contains my yearly networking update.


Anthony N. Abilo

# # #

ANTHONY N. ABILO – Yearly Networking Update

MADISON New Jersey, November 10, 2005 – Anthony N. Abilo announced today that he will continue providing his network contacts with a yearly career update.  Abilo added, “I received such positive feedback from last year’s update.  I am committed to keep in touch with my contacts on a yearly basis.  It is a great tool for communicating my career status with my contact list, which is a strong network of over 500 people.”


“The most important development in the past year”, said Abilo, “is that I have added SAS to my skill-set”.  Abilo said, “At Wyeth I have programmed in SAS each and every day for the past year.  It is a great number-crunching application.  In my past positions I have used Oracle, SQL-Server, Sybase and SAS.  I am adding to my portability and knowledge base, a key component for a person’s marketability”.


“A person should always be looking for opportunities”, added Abilo.  “In fact, I have been discussing a consulting position with a small financial services firm.  It is a good fit for me and would be something that I can do in the evenings and on weekends.”  Abilo said, “This is a great way for someone to increase their skill-set and marketability.”


One of the most important aspects of career growth is to realize that a person is only one phone call away from a career move.  With this in mind, Anthony encourages people to continue to network and make and receive those phone calls – you never know where that call may lead.


Abilo added, “I have been using the website to expand my network.  I encourage everyone in my network to join this website and make a network connection with me.  Right now I have over 60,000 network connections through linkedin.  It is a great tool that should be used by all.”


Anthony N. Abilo is the Assistant Director, Analytics, Employee Benefits and Human Resources Policies at Wyeth, Inc., of Madison NJ.  Wyeth is a global leader in pharmaceuticals, consumer and animal health care products.  He holds a B.S. from Manhattan College and an M.S. from Polytechnic University. 

[mcALUMdb:  1983 ]


*** Email03 ***

From: Robert Helm [1951]
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 3:23 PM
Subject: FW: Utah takes on the Feds

Good Afternoon, All: On this Veteran's Day, when we - for at least a little while - remember those who gave and are giving their lives so that we could sit in front of our computers and write to each other, we might ponder how we could become smarter or better educated if some GS 1 and 1/2 told us what to teach, when to teach it and how to teach it. If this had happened when I was a little boy, we might be singing Deutschland Uber Alles, screaming Banzai or even singing The International, and if this department of ed existed in 1770, The Adamses, Jefferson, Warren, Hancock et al would not have been well-educated enough to write The Virginia Resolves, The Declaration of Independence , and the Constitution. Think about it and about our choices in '06 and '08 and beyond.

My respects to all. LCDR Robert A. Helm, USNR (1639)

-----Original Message-----

From: Helen A. Helm
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 2:56 PM
Subject: Utah takes on the Feds

Utah takes on the Feds
by George Will (

SALT LAKE CITY -- If you seek a window into conservatism's current consternations, look into Utah. The nation's reddest state -- last year, and in six of the last eight presidential elections, Utah was the most Republican state -- is rebelling against President Bush's No Child Left Behind law.

 Only three states have (BEG ITAL)not(END ITAL) challenged in some way NCLB's extension of federal supervision over education grades K through 12, but no state has done so with as much brio as Utah, which is insurrectionary even though last year 87 percent of its schools fulfilled NCLB's requirement of demonstrating "adequate yearly progress." Utah, you see, is unique.

 Gov. Jon Huntsman, 45, is a seventh-generation Utahn. A former diplomat, he believes what the proverb asserts, that "a soft answer turneth away wrath." He says, tactfully, that perhaps Margaret Spellings, the U.S. secretary of education, "has not had time to read our legislation."

 Utah's differences with Washington do not constitute a (BEG ITAL)casus belli(END ITAL) but Huntsman sounds some- what like a South Carolinian, circa 1861, when he says the issue is "sovereignty." Furthermore, Huntsman says that Washington is insensitive to Utah's "pioneer ethos," and that "we are always taken advantage of because we are a consistently and reliably Republican state."

 The Bush administration calls the 1,100-page NCLB law "the most important federal education reform in history." It is a federal attempt at large-scale behavior modification, using sunlight to cause embarrassment and embarrassment to prompt reforms. Standardized tests are supposed to produce data that, when "disaggregated," will reveal the different attainments of particular schools and different cohorts of pupils. Unsatisfactory results will, in theory, shame communities into insisting on improvements.

 Many Utahns, however, take umbrage at the idea that it is the business of Washington -- a city that they think frequently embarrasses Americans -- to make them embarrassed about themselves. Their reasons suggest why reforms devised for a continental nation often collide with the nation's durable, and valuable, regional differences.

 Not all Utahns are Mormons. Almost 11 percent are Hispanics, heading for 20 percent by 2020, and there is a significant population of Pacific islanders. But the state's singular tone is set by the Mormons.

 An earnest lot, they are never more so than in their respect for the injunction to be fruitful and multiply. They have large families -- the youngest of the governor's six children is a 6-year-old daughter whom the Huntsmans adopted four months after she was abandoned in a vegetable market in China. Utahns' fecundity is the primary reason why theirs is the youngest state: Its median age of 28 is an astonishing eight years below the nation's median.

 And among the 50 states, Utah has the second highest proportion of students grades K through 12 in public schools, and more home-schooled children than children in private schools. This is largely because of the state's cultural homogeneity. Utah, writes Michael Barone in The Almanac of American Politics, "is the only state that largely continues to live by the teachings of a church." Utahns believe they have high community standards and that their public schools and universities -- which receive 100 percent of the state's personal and corporate income tax revenues -- adhere to them. They might be wrong, but they rightly think that, under federalism, it is their traditional right to be wrong.

 Washington, which often is a busybody, is not just being that with NCLB. Chester Finn, one of America's foremost experts on school reforms, notes that NCLB came from the seventh reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. According to Finn, NCLB says, in effect, this: "If you keep doing what you have been doing, you won't get any better." The poor, says Finn, are still not learning as they should, gaps between the cognitive attainments of many traditionally disadvantaged groups are as wide as ever, and a definition of insanity is: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting the results to be different.

 Utah takes its stand against federal usurpation by standing on the 1979 federal law that states: "The establishment of the Department of Education shall not increase the authority of the federal government over education or diminish the responsibility for education which is reserved to the states."

 But government metastasizes. A new Education Department commission whose focus is higher education is chaired by Charles Miller, a Texan who helped develop that state's accountability program that was a precursor of NCLB. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Miller "insists he is not out to regulate colleges, but only to hold them accountable to taxpayers." Got it?



*** Email04 ***

Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 09:47:57 -0500
From: "Phelps Jr., Stephen E." <1968>
Subject: Veterans' Day

My friend Hank here evokes the spirit of this sad, inspirational day.


-----Original Message-----

From: Hank Burchard
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2005 8:50 AM

It says here... 

... that fewer than half a hundred American veterans of WWI survive. I would not have thought time's arrow had spared so many, since they all must be well over 100.

Years ago I covered a Veterans Day memorial service at Arlington Cemetery. It was a drizzly damp November morning, and the grizzled old vets, many wearing their Great War uniforms, shivered as they sat on the metal folding chairs arrayed around the USS Maine monument.

With the customary Army genius for ceremony, the colonel commanding stood silent at the podium for perhaps ten minutes -- it seemed an hour -- looking by turns into the faces of the old vets. A long look, the ghost of a nod, and on to the next man. His eyes lingered long on the chair at right front, reserved for the senior man of the veterans delegation. It was empty save for a drab and tattered campaign hat. The old soldier had died during the night.

Precisely at 11 a.m., the hour of the Armistice, an artillery battery out of sight below the brow of the hill began a 21-gun salute that startled all of the onlookers and those of the veterans who could hear it. The smoke (saluting blanks are loaded with black powder) roiled up, obscuring the vista of the Potomac and Washington, and the cannon fire echoed and re-echoed from the cemetery's rolling gravestone-checkered hills.

The echoes died away and still the colonel commanding stood silent. After a long minute a bugler somewhere out of sight behind us, and another invisible below the ridge, sounded the most soulful rendition of "Echo Taps" that I have ever heard. Each line was rendered and answered in perfect tone and time, and all the while the natural echoes of each wove and rewove themselves across the hills.

After the last long lingering note and the echoes' dying fall, the silence seemed even deeper. And still the colonel commanding stood silent and unmoving, expressionless yet projecting a profound presence. The only sound was the occasional cough or wheeze from the old vets.

Then, from somewhere unseen, an Army Chorus soloist began to sing, unaccompanied and unamplified and needing neither:

Nights are long since you went away
I think about you all through the day
My buddy, my buddy
Your buddy misses you

And at that moment, as god is my witness, the clouds parted and brilliant sunshine bathed the scene. I think everybody cried, including the colonel commanding. Some of us sobbed.


[Hank, now retired, spent his career as a reporter and senior feature writer for the Washington Post.]



*** Email05 ***

From: La Blanc, Robert E. (1956)
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 3:59 PM
Subject: (no subject)


I lost track of how to get and / or see JJ each week.


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Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 8:06 PM
To: La Blanc, Robert E. (1956)
Subject: RE: (no subject)


Any issue can be found at:

Today’s issue is at:   

You can also get it from the Yahoo Group. Or, I can send you a CD or a specific issue by email.

Advise if you need more,

# # #

From: La Blanc, Robert E. (1956)
Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2005 8:10 PM
Subject: Re: (no subject)




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*** Email06 ***

From: Mike McEneney [1953]
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2005 4:00 PM
To: John Reinke
Subject: News

Dear John,

          I do not know if you noticed that the Daily News published the Men's Basketball schedule  on page 81 of Monday's paper.

          Also Today's NY Times (11/15/05) has a front page profile on Ray Kelly. There is also an obituary at page A25 for Michael J. Murphy, Esq. (class to follow).


[JR:  All items accounted for. I appreciate the heads up. One never really knows that I have “caught” everything until the Wednesday catch is published on Sunday and then who will remember what they saw when and where. Thanks.  ]


*** Email07 ***

From: Donald Kahn [1961]
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2005 9:27 PM
To: connector  AT
Subject: Attention: Connector

I saw an e-mail from Gerald McDonald, Class of 1961 in a recent issue.

He was a classmate.  How can I contact him?


Donald J. Kahn, Sr.
BCE, Class of 1961

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Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2005 8:23 AM
To: 'Donald Kahn'
Subject: RE: Attention: Connector

Hi Jasper Donald61: See! That is the beauty of “our system” when I respond to you, I put Jasper Gerald61 in the BCC and he can now contact you. No one knows your email address except now him and I. Unless you chose to divulge it, I don’t give it to anyone.

Hi Jasper Gerald61: Jasper Donald61 would like to hear from you. As per policy, your email address has not been give to anyone.

Since I am a nosy busybody, I hope you’ll share the clean “legends – in – our – own – minds” tales of your exploits with us. I always need entertaining material for Jottings. Who knows some of the tall tales may even have a hint of reality. Like did I ever tell you about the time I single handedly defend Maryland from being over run by the Chinese communists. Well maybe not single handedly. Well may be defend is a poor choice of words. Well maybe the Communists weren’t coming. Maybe would you believe liberals who seized control of inside the beltway? Well I did take out the garbage once. Any way you get the idea.

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Jaspers found web-wise

*** JFound1 ***



MC mentioned web-wise




Lampe, Blaire (2005)

[JR:  It’s not a email to us. But it is public. So maybe, I have hit upon another niche for JJs. Rather than everyone having to check, here it is. Unless something shows there, that she might not want Mike to know about, I figure this will add a little life to the old Jottings. I wish I could have done something like this when I was her age. ;-) Heck I wish I could do it at any age. ]

Ambassadors of Goodwill and Nakedness

“The alleged deviant is often just a man with a deeper than average apprehension of normality.”
-Declan Kiberd

And you thought you knew me. Yes, I, Blair Lampe, was last week naked in front of many people, in a Muslim country no less. And yes, I did it on purpose. Ok, ok. I did that for shock value. Recover yourself and allow me to elaborate. Ah, but why jump right in? I’ll begin back a pace. Last week in Morocco was represented America (myself), New Zealand (Ailie) and Canada (Melainie). And we’ve had a wonderful time, although we were somewhat hindered as none of us spoke fluent Arabic (however, Melainie’s from Quebec, so that proved quite helpful as the second language is French.) So, first day in Morocco is spent on a bus to Chefchaouen, which is a village tucked away in the Atlas mountains where we hoped to find a place to stay before going on to Fez. As people are exceedingly helpful when it comes to offering directions (you can never be sure where they lead) we found a place to stay right away. A bit dirty, but then at 40 Durhams, or about 4 euros, who really cares? And such was sort of our motto for the duration of the trip.

After 2 months in Europe on a tight budget, the country is unbelievably cheap and the food is amazing. The next day, we set off towards Fez on a bus that should have taken 5 hours, but instead took 7. We took a tour around the medina of Fez, the most still in-tact Islamic medieval city in the world. Later that day, Ailie and I opted to visit a traditional Moroccan hammam, or bathhouse. Of course there are special hours for women only so we went then and signed up for a massage as well. Very interesting place. When you’re used to seeing all the women around you dressed very conservatively, it is strange at first to see them all in naught but their skivvies. Stranger still was being as them, among them. After about 5 minutes, however, you kind of forget. There’s just people everywhere and everyone is talking and washing and washing their kids and getting more water, taking in the steam. We’re sat down and obviously being new at this, women bring us buckets of water, some cold and some piping hot and you mix them to the desired temperature. Then we sat for a while pouring water over ourselves and sudsing up, not really knowing what to do until the ladies came for the “massage”. Us without Arabic and they without English, they just sort of moved us by force where we should go, arms up, turn over. And they were merciless. It was actually more very deep tissue massage/scrubbing and not exactly relaxing, but an experience nonetheless. Then they had us sit back up and came over with another bucket of water….very very cold water..and poured it over our heads. It was sort of an unexpected, O! COLD but then refreshing afterward. That is until they came with the next bucket. Then it was OKAY, ACTUALLY NOT THAT REFRESHING. Then when we saw the third bucket approaching, it was just fear and wishing you knew the phrase “Stop, for the love of Allah”. So that was the hammam. Yes, I would do it again, but not anytime soon. We stayed in Fez for two nights and then continued on (this time by train) to Marrakesh. I had been excited to see Marrakesh, however, I must admit that once there, I pined for the more traditional Fez or quiet Chefchaouen. Just walking down one of the main streets in town leaves you tired, not from walking, but rather the intensity of the people. For one, even in mid-November, the place is swarming with tourists, and they walk very slowly. It was the first time in several days I’d seen bare shoulders or skirts above the ankles, which was somewhat telling. The western influence was evident not only in the westerners there, but natives as well, especially in dress. Secondly, to be one of the westerners is exhausting because of street vendors who are relentless, as well as cab drivers who I have now decided are simply not human. Also, being women who are obviously not Muslim was certainly a factor; never dangerous by any means, but it could be quite an annoyance, especially when you know they wouldn’t talk to Muslim women that way or put their arms around their shoulders, etc. But all in all, still a very lively and exciting city. The main square is really a crazy place to be, day or night, with motorbikes whizzing by sporadically, fortune tellers, henna artists, snake charmers and people people people. Possibly competing for the rush one feels standing in the middle of it was my joy at finding this tasty psychedelic yogurt, bright pink and yellow and green….maybe not the reason people visit, but it sure made my day. The people (aside from those mentioned) were really lovely. One woman sitting across from us in a train compartment noticed my hands and communicated (through another Moroccan man who spoke Arabic and french to Melanie who spoke french and English to me) that she also suffered from excema, and there was this cream, made only in Mauritania that worked wonders. Then she proceeded to get her suitcase down from the overhead compartment, rummage through it, and give me hers. The man also offered to mail me some in the States for nothing at all because his village is near where they make it. There was also a separate train ride where the three of us could not find seats together, so I sat next to two younger girls of about 16 and a few women across the isle. With nothing better to do, I took out my Arabic book and began to study. Noticing it right away, the girl next to me gets very excited and begins a lesson which lasts the duration of the ride and generously includes a portion of her dinner. Mmm. It was helpful, although somewhat uncomfortable, because they spoke no English and often they were laughing and I wasn’t certain if it was a with me or at me thing. Also, thanks to the language barrier, I believe I may have taken Islamic vows and promised to marry the girl’s brother, whom I have never met, so she can visit America. Mom and Dad, you may be getting a strange phone call very soon. Let him down easy for me. One particularly memorable moment in the ride was her asking my religion. Not wanting to try and explain “atheist” I opt for “Buddhist”. When I see she doesn’t understand, I make a motion like rubbing a very round belly, and bald head, and meditating, adding again, “Buddhist”. She seems to understand and is happy. Then pointing to her ring finger she asks if I am married. I say no and she gives me a mildly reproachful look. Only then do I realise she now takes me to be an unwed mother.

So, Morocco was good, but I was also by the end ready to get back to Europe. The return ferry to Algeceras was not helpful in this. What should have been a two hour ride across turned into 7 hours circling Gibraltar as the authorities were not allowing ships to dock until they found 4 guys who had jumped out of one of the boats and were attempting to swim to shore. Then came the goodbyes to my travel mates at the bus station, though I still didn’t travel alone because I met a girl also trying to get out of Algeceras by train. As the boat was delayed, there was only one train left that day, so together we headed to Rondo for the night and split a pension. Though I had never heard of it, it turned out to be a really nice place for the last train to go. Today, I’ve made it to Cordoba and tomorrow, I think I will bypass Seville and head for Portugal.

[JR:  Well I don’t know about you but I’ve been entertained? Shocked (Casablanca style) but entertained. This is a Robert Brynes. The gift to see ourselves as others see us. Any one for Morocco?]



Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

=== <begin quote> ===

LAST Sunday, Falcons RB Justin Griffith lost the ball when he was nailed, helmet-to-helmet. It was a brutal shot, one that pinballed him in the opposite direction.

On ESPN's "Monday Night Countdown" NFL pregame show, the panelists may have noted that, although no flag was thrown, it was an illegal hit - the kind that can shorten a career.

Instead, Michael Irvin, Tom Jackson, Ron Jaworski and Stuart (Pimp-Slap) Scott made with mocking laughter, like schoolyard bullies.

Then, in gleeful unison, they chanted, "He got jacked up!"

Moments later, tape aired of Bucs punter Josh Bidwell being viciously blindsided.

A closeup of Bidwell's face appeared, showing him wincing in agony. Irvin, Jackson, Jaworski and Scott laughed some more and again chanted, "He got jacked up!"

The "He got jacked up!" segment is saved until the end of the pregame show, when the audience is at its largest. ESPN's mighty proud of "He got jacked up!"

We doubt that any of the four ESPN regulars are such miserable souls they would encourage the young men in their lives to hoot with delight at such sights. But they clearly have no problem encouraging that from the young men in your lives.

At ESPN, it's now commonly known as "Just following orders."

Yet, as defiant and despicable as ESPN has become, still no ESPN exec has shown the nerve to identify himself or herself as the one who designs and/or gives those orders.

That's because ESPN's strategists know what they're doing is indefensible, that you can't keep pushing anti-social stimuli and expect anything good in return. But ESPN is going to keep doing it anyway.

It doesn't end. ESPN, the nation's TV sports leader, now also is the leader in removing the sport from our sports. ESPN has joined other networks and enterprises (the music, fashion and video-game industries among them) in the crusade. They're not going to rest until every young male in this country is a punk.

And they're doing a helluva job.

=== <end quote> ===

Sports is noble because it permits us to view the struggle.

It is sort of like war without death. Remember the famous quote, a very famous Englishman once said that the battles won by the English had been won on the playing fields of Eaton. Eaton is a British military school. He meant that the English won their battles because they had learned how to work as a team and how to win when they were playing a game at Eaton.

What does this mean to you?

You may never need to go to war, but you will have many other types of battles and struggles throughout life. Having a job, raising a family, simply enjoying the company of others requires learning how to be a part of a team and learning to be a winner. That may be the most important thing we can hope to accomplish.

But look at the cheap antics that goes on and is permitted to go on in sports today.

Forget the British victories. We couldn’t win a good pillow fight with the attitudes displayed by some today’s pros.

There’s no I in Team. Right!

Cheap shots get you air time. Air time means recognition. Recognition translates to money.

I would suggest that “cheap shots” should be penalized. I am for draconian ones. Hurt a guy and you’re out until he returns. The team has to pay you and you can’t perform. How long before the owners and coaches fix that?

Unsportsmanlike conduct. No problem. Take the rest of the game off. Adopt the yellow and red cards from soccer!

Now I differentiate between the flagrant and the accidental normal stuff. Oh, I have a special penalty for the grandstanding in the end zone. The score is given to the other team.

So you not only have get the ball in the net, hoop, or end zone, but you have to do it with “class”.

Sports is not for us to admire thuggery.

Is it my imagination or has ESPN’s quality gone way down since it’s acquisition by Disney? Hmm.


And that’s the last word.