Sunday 12 Febuary 2006

Dear Jaspers,

739 are active on the Distribute site. The site had 571 unique visits last week.


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Reacting to a valid criticism that you the web reader needs my email address quickly and easily, but knowing that any email address posted on a web page is immediately harvested and spammed. Here is a puzzle for you to solve. Reinkefj at the College’s email forwarding service alum dot manhattan dot edu! OR, JXYM   XU7S   N5HO   9D in care of Comcast d-o-t NET. Use email-sending webform if all else fails.


I have received the latest McKit. Have you?



Friday, March 10th, 2006
Washington D.C. Alumni Club
St. Patrick's Day Luncheon
Chairman: Tony Kavanagh '82
12:00pm Kelly's Irish Times 14 F Street N. W. Washington D.C.


March 15, 2006 - Treasure Coast Club Luncheon


Thursday, March 16th, 2006 Long Island Alumni Club St. Patrick's Day Luncheon
New Hyde Park Inn 214 Jerico Turnpike  New Hyde Park, NY
Co-Chairmen: Tom Connolly '58 and Pat Creegan '67


Friday, March 17th, 2006 
New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade  
March with Manhattan College on St. Patrick's Day.


Friday, March 17th, 2006 Gulf Coast Club Sarasota, Florida
St. Patrick's Day Luncheon  
For more information contact Neil O'Leary '60


Saturday, March 18th, 2006
South West Florida Club Naples, Florida St. Patrick's Day Parade  
Meet at 12:30pm St. Ann's Church 5th Avenue
For more information contact Jim Connors '57


Thursday, May 12th - Spring Social
Manhattan College Latino Alumni Club
Ibiza Lounge




My list of Jaspers who are in harm's way:
- Afghanistan
- - Feldman, Aaron (1997)
- Iraq
- - Lara, Angel (2002)
- - - 1st Recon BN, H&S Co, S-6
- - - Unit 40535
- - - FPO, AP 96426-0535
- 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.



The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one's opportunities,
and to make the most of one's resources.

- Vauvenargues



Protecting life by taking it away
By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist  |  December 11, 2005
(Last of two parts)

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LAST MONTH, by a vote of 237-4, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops adopted a pastoral statement calling for an end to the death penalty. The 11-page document makes a number of claims. Among them: that the execution of murderers ''violates respect for human life and dignity," that it fuels a ''cycle of violence [that] diminishes us all," and that ''we have other ways to punish criminals and protect society." The bishops acknowledge in passing that Catholic teaching has never banned the death penalty outright or declared it ''intrinsically evil." Nevertheless, they insist, since the modern state ''has other nonlethal means to protect its citizens, the state should not use the death penalty."

They aren't breaking new theological ground. Pope John Paul II made a similar argument in his 1995 encyclical ''Evangelium Vitae." But the new document is shockingly blunt in brushing aside the suffering of the victims, or the viciousness of the murder, as irrelevant to the question of capital punishment. ''No matter how heinous the crime," it says, ''if society can protect itself without ending a human life, it should do so."

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I am neither Catholic nor a theologian, and I wouldn't presume to teach religion to a bishop.

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Well I wouldn’t claim to be anything. If you’re smart, you never claim credentials. It’s better if you get them by acclamation.

But I would presume to teach religion to a bishop.

No surprise to regular readers here. I think I’m a fairly consistent nut job. Most Jaspers I know are fairly consistent as well.

With the sex scandals, Catholic in name only politicians, and the Church having yielded its moral authority to the state with out a fight, the bishops need a little “learning” by the laity.

I’m against government whenever it does anything but preventing fraud and violence. I’m especially against capital punishment because the state makes mistakes. I’m against the government involving itself in a litany of things: abortion, euthanasia, marriage, education, charity, and a ton of other topics. People are best left to their own devices to figure everything out. Especially these hard moral issues.  

I would hope that we can all agree to disagree about any particular topic agreeably. Yelling and screaming have never convinced people. Tough questions, careful reasoned dialogue, and the quiet time to listen to the Spirit through our conscious are a much more effective way to know the truth.

Or at least that was what I learned in at least four semesters of D’s from the Manhattan College theology department. (We all know they hate injineers!)

So I hope that each of us finds the Truth in our own quiet voice. And together we learn.

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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From: Mike McEneney [1953]
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 5:24 PM
To: John Reinke
Subject: Lou Jones '54

Dear John,

              I assume that you have the article from the NY Times (2/8/06) on the late Lou Jones '54. It was on page C16. If you do not, I have a copy.

                           May he Rest In Peace,
                                      Mike McEneney


The New York Times
February 8, 2006 Wednesday
Late Edition – Final
SECTION: Section C; Column 5; Sports Desk; Pg. 16
HEADLINE: Lou Jones, 74, Sprinting Star

Lou Jones, a former world-record holder in the 400 meters and a member of the United States 4x400-meter relay squad that won a gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, died Friday at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He was 74 and lived in New Rochelle, N.Y.

His death was announced by his son Louis Jones IV.

While in the Army after competing for Manhattan College, Jones clipped fourth-tenths of a second off the 400-meter world record, capturing the event in 45.4 seconds at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City. He collapsed from exhaustion in the high altitude when he crossed the finish line after eclipsing the mark set by George Rhoden of Jamaica.

Jones set his record with a new pair of shoes received from his former coach at Manhattan, George Eastment, a little more than a week before the Games. The day Jones achieved the record, Eastment told The Associated Press that he had received a letter from him saying that the shoes ''were a perfect fit.''

Jones broke his record in June 1956 when he won the 400 meters in the Olympic trials at the Los Angeles Coliseum, clocking 45.2 seconds. But he finished fifth in the 400 at the Melbourne Games in November, setting the early pace in a race won by Charlie Jenkins of Villanova in 46.7 seconds.

Jones captured a gold medal at Melbourne when he teamed with Jenkins, Tom Courtney and Jesse Mashburn in the 4x400 relay triumph.

Louis Woodard Jones III graduated from Manhattan College in 1954 with a degree in business administration and received a master's degree from Teachers College of Columbia University.

He was a teacher, coach and administrator at New Rochelle High School, a dean at Manhattan College and an assistant professor at Queensborough Community College.

He was formerly director of Westchester County's Equal Employment Opportunity unit.

In addition to Louis Jones IV, of Massachusetts, he is survived by his son Steven and a daughter, Carla Jones, both of Greenburgh, N.Y. His marriage to Vivian Jones ended in divorce.

GRAPHIC: Photo: Lou Jones set a world record in the 400 meters in 1955 in Mexico City. (Photo by Associated Press)

LOAD-DATE: February 8, 2006

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The Journal News (Westerchester County, New York)
February 7, 2006 Tuesday
HEADLINE: Olympian Louis Jones dead at 74
BYLINE: Liz Sadler

New Rochelle man won gold as runner in 1956 Games

NEW ROCHELLE - Louis W. Jones III, a champion runner who won a gold medal at the 1956 Olympics, died Friday at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. The New Rochelle resident was 74.

The cause was cardiac arrest, said his son, Louis W. Jones IV.

At the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, Jones raced to a first-place victory as a member of the U.S. men's four-by-400-meter relay team.

"I cried tears of joy," Jones said in a 1996 interview with The Journal News. "Standing up there with three other men, listening to 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' was the greatest moment of my life."

But the Olympics were bittersweet for Jones, who failed to qualify in the individual 400-meter run after setting a world record in the event at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City and breaking his own record during the Olympic trials.

Still, his gold medal was "something he was truly proud of," the younger Jones said. "He talked about the work and days that led up that moment."

Jones held the world record for the 400-meters until 1966.

Jones was born in New Rochelle and graduated from New Rochelle High School, where he was a star runner and earned statewide honors in the sport.

"He was a terrific guy - he was just a nice guy, a great teammate a good friend, and then he was an extraordinary athlete," said Dick Yaffa of Bedford, a friend and former high school track teammate of Jones.

"He was very smooth," Yaffa said. "The best thing was to be on a relay team with him because you knew you were going to do well; we won a lot of relay events and championships with Lou."

Jones attended Manhattan College in the Bronx on a four-year track scholarship and later received a master's degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. He was in the U.S. Army when he qualified for the Olympics. Jones also competed in track events in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.

After retiring from running, Jones held positions at public and private schools in New York City and Westchester County, where he served as dean of students and assistant principal at his high school alma mater. He also ran Westchester's Affirmative Action Office. He as an assistant to Westchester County Executives Alfred Del Bello and Andrew O'Rourke.

Jones raised three children in Westchester. He was a trustee of St. Catherine African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in New Rochelle.

In addition to his son Louis of Boston, Jones is survived by another son, Steven, and a daughter, Carla Jones, both of White Plains.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at St. Catherine AME Zion Church, 19 Lincoln Ave., New Rochelle. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the church. Burial will be in Beechwoods Cemetery in New Rochelle.

Reach Liz Sadler at esadler  .. at .. or 914-694-3525.

LOAD-DATE: February 8, 2006



Riverdale, N.Y. (February 7, 2006)--Former Jasper track great and Olympic gold medalist Lou Jones ‘54 passed away on Friday, February 3 at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Jones, who was enshrined into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981, was 74.

The New Rochelle native starred at Manhattan before capturing Olympic Gold at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia as a member of the United States' mile relay team. At the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City, Jones set a new world record in the 400m dash with a time of 45.4s. Jones later broke his own record at the 1956 Olympic Trials by lowering the mark to 45.2s. His time stood at the top of the record book until 1966.

As a member of Manhattan Track and Field, Jones finished first in the 440 yard dash at the 1954 IC4A Championships.

“Even though Lou is no longer with us, his impression on Manhattan Track and Field will never fade away,” said current Manhattan head coach Dan Mecca. “He helped set the standard for our program.”

Visitation is on Tuesday, February 7, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at St. Catherine AME Zion Church, 19 Lincoln Ave., New Rochelle, N.Y. The funeral service is at 10:00 a.m. on February 8 at the church, with the burial following at Beechwoods Cemetery in New Rochelle.




Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
February 6, 2006 Monday
HEADLINE: Michael P. Kislow
BYLINE: The Morning Call

Michael P. Kislow, 70, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., formerly of Bethlehem,died on Friday, February 3, 2006 in Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach. Born June 19, 1935 in Swoyersville, Pa., he was the son of the late Michael E. and Mary A. (Yagojinski) Kislow. He and his wife of 45 years, Katie (Castellucci) Kislow, married on Feb. 4, 1961. Mr. Kislow served in the Air Force, from 1954-58. He retired in 1990 as manager of advertising for PPL, Allentown. He taught business courses at DeSales University and also at Northampton Community College. He received his bachelors degree from Moravian College and his masters Manhattan College in New York. He was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church, Myrtle Beach and a former member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Bethlehem Township. He had been a member of South Creek Mens Golf Association, Myrtle Beach.

Survivors: Along with his wife is a daughter, Stephanie, wife of Samuel Shonk, of Allentown, N.J.; daughter, Michelle, wife of Kevin Smith, of Bethlehem, Pa.; brother, Robert Kislow of Bethlehem, Pa.; sister, Mary Elaine Serrecchia of Las Vegas, Nev.

Services: will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, February 9, 2006 and 11 a.m. Friday, February 10, 2006, Connell Funeral Home Inc., 245 E. Broad St., Bethlehem. Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and from 10-11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Holy Saviour Cemetery, Bethlehem.

Contributions: May be made in Mr. Kislows name to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 5601 St. Judes Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.

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LOAD-DATE: February 6, 2006

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John Cronican Jr.

John Gilbert Cronican, Jr of Temecula, Calif., passed away February 1, 2006, at the age of 69 due to a cardiac arrest. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on May 26, 1936, the second of three children to Josephine and John Gilbert Sr. He grew up with older sister Jean and younger brother Richard, who share his love and faith in the Catholic Church.

John proudly joined the United States Air Force in 1959, after receiving his BA in electrical engineering from Manhattan College. As an officer, he continued his education by completing an MS degree in systems management from the Air Force Institute of Technology. During his tenure, he worked for the Pentagon, NATO and NORAD. He retired from the military in 1984 as a full Colonel. After retiring from the military, John spent many years in the civilian sector helping companies such as Merdan Group, Peregrine Systems and Sempra Energy manage their physical and systems security.

In 1971, he met Flo Nelson, who he married in 1973. They spent 35 wonderful years together, and upon retirement from the military moved to San Diego County, California. Some of the pastimes they shared were playing tennis, watching sunsets, and watching his beloved Redskins football team. The pride and joys of his life were his five children: Doreen (Waldorf, Md.), Chris (Wilsonville, Ore.), Lisa (Greensboro, N.C.), Erin (New York, N.Y.) and Sean (Escondido, Calif.); and his seven grandchildren. As a devoted father and husband, his love and support for his family was evident to anyone who met him. From a very early age, he wore his Irish heritage with pride and in adulthood inspired his children to work hard and love deeply.

A funeral Mass is being held February 7, at 10 a.m. with a public viewing at 9:15 a.m. at St Martha's Church in Murrieta, Calif. A public military burial with full honors is being held February 8, at 11 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the American Heart Association,, (800) 242-8721.

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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.]

Meehan, Joe (1951)
Dunedin, Florida 34698


Reilly, Erin A. (2009)




[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.]




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The Virginian-Pilot(Norfolk, VA.)
February 1, 2006 Wednesday
The Virginian-Pilot Edition

At 6-foot-7, Portsmouth native and 1945 graduate of I.C. Norcom High School, basketball star Junius Kellogg operated in rarified air.

Later, the Army veteran and center for Manhattan College – the first African-American player there – quickly gained attention for his athletic prowess around the campus.

But it wasn’t just his height that made him larger than other men.

It was how he stood tall on Jan. 14, 1951, that cemented his place in history.

A week before Manhattan was to play DePaul at Madison Square Garden, Kellogg was approached by a former teammate, Henry Poppe, to fix the game—“shaving” points of a victory, missing shots on purpose.

For his troubles, Poppe offered Kellogg $1,000.

The next day, Kellogg reported the incident to Ken Norton, his coach, and later to the Manhattan College president, Brother Bonventure Thomas,who suggested they go to the police.

Wired by the police, Kellogg was scheduled to meet Poppe at a bar near Madison Square Garden and pretend to comply with the point-shaving offer.

Detectives followed him into the bar, but Poppe did not show. He was arrested at his home in Queens at three in the morning and tipped off the police to others involved in these bribes.

A cavalcade of convictions of players, bookies, and referees followed in the ensuing months.

All told, 41 men from more than 17 states were implicated in one of the biggest scandals to hit big-time college sports.

Around the nation, Kellogg was hailed as a symbol of integrity. Back in Portsmouth, white and black residents marshaled forces to raise $1,000 for the Kellogg Honesty Fund. More than 2,000 people gathered for a parade in his honor in Portsmouth in 1951.

Instead of keeping the money, Kellogg, who was one of 11 children, gave it to his mother.

He graduated from Manhattan College in 1953, and soon after joined the Harlem Globetrotters.

Everything seemed right with the world. Honesty rewarded.

All that changed on April 2, 1954.

Kellogg and three Globetrotter teammates were traveling to an exhibition game in Pine Bluff, Ark., when a blown tire caused their car to flip over. The other players walked away from the wreck. But Kellogg’s neck was broken and his spinal cord severely damaged.

After four years in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, he regained the use of his arms, but not his legs. A paraplegic, he remained in a wheelchair the rest of his life.

Undeterred and undaunted, Kellogg embraced this new challenge. From 1964 on, he worked for various New York City agencies and youth programs, coached wheelchair basketball teams and made motivational speeches.

From 1958 to 1966, Kellogg worked for Pan American Airlines and coached the Pan Am Jets to four international championships in wheelchair basketball.

“Under his leadership, they (Pam Am Jets) became the powerhouse of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association,” according to the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, located in Portsmouth.

His coaching philosophy was based on conditioning, his teams running a full-court press the whole game, each game. Kellogg’s coaching record is unsurpassed in the history of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.

From 1957 until he retired in 1964, his teams won the Eastern Wheelchair Basketball Championship each year. In 1959, the Pan Am Jets won the National Basketball Association Crown and came in 2nd in 1960. Kellogg coached the US Paralympics Basketball Team for five years and led them to win the World Championship in each of those years.

Along with Floyd Lane, a star basketball player at powerhouse City College of New York who was tainted by the point-shaving allegations, he also started a youth league. Kellogg and Lane remained friends throughout.

Today, Manhattan College honors Kellogg’s memory and commitment to strong moral ideals with a scholarship.

And just before he died in September 1998, the college conferred to him an honorary law degree.

Then in March 1999, shortly after Kellogg’s death, then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani dedicated the auditorium of the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development to Kellogg, who had served as its deputy commissioner for the Strategic Planning Unit.

In his address at the dedication, Giuliani said, “With the death of Junius Kellogg last September, New York City lost a dedicated public servant, an athlete of remarkable ability, and a man of courage and dignity.”

Powerful praise from a national figure about a native son of Portsmouth, Virginia.


– Warren Warsaw

GRAPHIC: COURTESY PHOTO Junius Kellogg – seen here following his 1990 induction into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame – came to epitomize sportsmanship.

LOAD-DATE: February 4, 2006

[JR:  Interesting how the good we do is never ever forgotten. ]

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The Associated Press State & Local Wire
February 2, 2006 Thursday 8:29 PM GMT
BYLINE: By The Associated Press

NAME Rudolph W. Giuliani

AGE-BIRTH DATE 61; born May 28, 1944 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

EDUCATION B.A., Manhattan College, 1965; J.D., New York University Law School, 1968.

CAREER Businessman and attorney, 2002-present; New York City mayor, 1994-2001; attorney in private practice, 1989-1993; U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York, 1983-89; Associate Attorney General, 1981-1983; attorney in private practice, 1977-1981; Associate Deputy Attorney General and chief of staff to the Deputy Attorney General, 1975-1977; Office of U.S. Attorney, 1970-1975; clerk for U.S. District Judge Lloyd MacMahon, 1968-1969.

FAMILY Married third wife, Judith Nathan, in 2003. His marriage to Regina Peruggi was annulled, and his marriage to Donna Hanover ended in divorce. He has two children Andrew, 21 and Caroline, 16 from his marriage to Hanover.

LOAD-DATE: February 3, 2006

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Addition of New Intellectual Property Attorney Signals Growth for Patent Law Firm

Maine & Asmus broadens its expertise to the biotechnology arena.

NASHUA, NH (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) February 14, 2006 -- Maine & Asmus, a Nashua-based intellectual property law firm, is pleased to announce the addition of a new associate to their legal staff. Kristina Grasso brings to the firm a strong background in the biological sciences, and will be working directly with biotechnology clients to devise strategies for their intellectual property protection.

Maine & Asmus managing partner Vern Maine reports, “Kristina enjoys a strong and responsive relationship with her clients, a trait by which this firm is often distinguished. She is a good fit for us and our clients.”

Ms. Grasso is a graduate of Pace University School of Law in New York. She is currently licensed to practice law in the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, International Trademark Association and the New Hampshire Biotechnology Council.

In addition to a Bachelor of Science in Biology from College of Mount Saint Vincent, Ms. Grasso holds a Masters of Science in Biotechnology from Manhattan College, where she explored the scientific, legal, and ethical implications of DNA testing in her master’s thesis. Honors include membership in the Tri-Beta biological honor society as well as inclusion in Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.

Prior to joining Maine & Asmus, Ms. Grasso worked for intellectual property law firms in New York and Connecticut, where she prepared patent and trademark applications for U.S. and foreign filing. She also has extensive experience in drafting patent non-infringement opinions, patent and trademark prosecution, and trademark clearance opinions.

The addition of Attorney Grasso to Maine & Asmus marks a broadening of the firm’s intellectual property law scope. Beyond representing clients in the mechanical, chemical, and electrical industries, the firm will now be able to effectively meet the needs of biotechnology and pharmaceutical-based enterprises. To this end, they will offer comprehensive legal counseling on such matters as patent prosecution, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory affairs.

About Maine & Asmus

Established in 1993, Maine & Asmus is an intellectual property law firm providing quality legal representation for a broad spectrum of national and international clients. The firm focuses its practice on the intelligent planning and execution of patents, trademarks, and copyrights for high-technology organizations. As seasoned experts in intellectual property law, the firm’s attorneys assist clients in developing successful strategies for protecting their most valuable intangible assets. Maine & Asmus caters to corporations of all sizes, as well as law firms and patent agents in need of intellectual property expertise.

For more information, please visit or call 603-886-6100.

Vernon Maine
Phone: 603-886-6100
Fax: 603-886-4796

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Life lived to fullest
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Staff Writer

FAR HILLS -- Dr. Charles P. Covino has sifted through his life. After packing up the remnants of a life well lived for their new home, he showed off the remaining items: photographs, newspaper clippings, artwork and scale models, each related to both Covino's life and some of the greatest events of the 20th century.

The Second World War. The space shuttle. The hydrogen bomb. Japan's reentry to the Olympics. The detritus of Covino's 80-years-plus existence has a new home at Manhattan College: the Covino Room of the O'Malley Library, where it took six display cases and 33 bookshelves to house his work and collections.

"When I added it up and we talked about it, I lived about three and a half lifetimes," Covino said last week, inside his Far Hills home. From his 8,700 hours of flight time to his entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, Covino has had more than his share of life, and more than many can dream of.

Born in 1923, Covino grew up in New Jersey. Sent to Japan during the World War II, he forged ties with the Japanese and started a national track and field event to bridge the feelings of enmity between occupiers and occupied.

"I said, 'Why don't we have a sporting event where we can mix and compete without guns," he said. He was the only American in competition with some of the best Japan's universities had to offer, and kept in touch with one of the track coaches he met while overseas. When that coach approached him for help so that Japan could gain reentry into the Olympics, he did so -- while still in college.

He learned a bit about engineering in college. After graduating from Manhattan College in 1950, he tried his hand at real estate and working as an expediter started General Magnaplate in 1952, where he started using science to make lives easier.

"All my inventions were to help people get along, live better, and enjoy life better," he said. While he worked out of a garage for the first two years, his business and reputation soon grew. He started consulting for the government, working on projects such as the Nautilus submarine, where he quickly became known as a problem solver.

"It grew, with my nutty reputation of doing what nobody else would do. I never shied away from doing something new," he said. "Every time some problem came up, I solved it, and got a reputation as a problem solver. So over the years, big companies and small companies would come to me. Still do."

Some of the problems over the years have been notable. During the first moon launch, the drill Neil Armstrong used to scratch the orb's surface was coated with a Covino invention. Covino's moon rock, a souvenir of the event, resides on public display in the Smithsonian Institution.

Covino also headed up a panel for NASA looking at problems with quality control. After traveling the country and speaking to 270 engineers, he was not pleased with the results and told the administration so.

"I said, 'You guys better pay attention, because if you don't you'll have failures.' They didn't like it," he said. "Today, they're still screwing up. They're reinventing the wheel."

Today, General Magnaplate is run by Covino's daughter, Candida Aversenti, and her husband Ed, and boasts five facilities in two countries. Headquartered in Linden, it still turns out some of Covino's inventions: Hy-T-Lube (the world record holder for slipperiest solid), Tufram, Plasmadize, and more. Covino holds 120 patents, but didn't always patent his inventions.

"It was better to sell off or license know-how," he said.

Covino, who is often labeled as a Renaissance man, said he simply tried to do things well, whether it was flying one of his planes (he's owned 21), racing horses, inventing, or playing sports.

"Whatever I did, I did reasonably successfully," he said.

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February 1, 2006 Wednesday
First with the news Edition
HEADLINE: Dynamic duo on parallel courses
BYLINE: Tess Livingstone

SARINA Russo and James Power have never met, but their pathways towards founding new tertiary institutions, which open within a few days of each other next month, have significant parallels.

At school at All Hallows, the Sisters of Mercy predicted that Sarina Russo would spend her working life as an invoice typist, while James Power was told by one of Nudgee College's Christian Brothers (whom he much admired): ''Son, what you know about chemistry (one of his best subjects) would fit on the head of a threepence.''

After leaving school without senior passes, Ms Russo and Mr Power slogged through Year 12 at Hubbard's academy, with Russo, who was born in Italy and whose family spoke Italian at home, needing three attempts at English.

Both started degrees at the University of Queensland -- in Mr Power's case Medicine, in Ms Russo's Arts. But both moved on quickly to their real callings -- entrepreneurship -- building multimillion-dollar businesses, Ms Russo in employment training and job placement, Mr Power in hotels (initially) and later in personalised number plates and other businesses.

They have much else in common -- voracious reading of non-fiction works, extensive and close-knit families, frequent business travel to the US that has broadened their vision of what is possible in Australian education and significant philanthropic work. Ms Russo chairs the Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund, while Mr Power has worked for 21 years to found a liberal arts college and supported many other Catholic and charitable causes.

Ms Russo, too, has had a similar goal for many years, and however much Australia's partially deregulated tertiary sector now encourages such innovation, it is the founding entrepreneurs who provide the seed capital, vision and sustained energy.

Next month, as the first students take their seats at James Cook University Brisbane (to be opened by Premier Peter Beattie) and at Campion College, Toongabbie Sydney (to be opened by Cardinal George Pell), the new institutions will reflect the changing face of tertiary education in Australia.

While offering something new to Australia, both will operate along lines that have been tried and tested in the US.

JCU Brisbane and Campion College are as different as New York (where JCU Brisbane has links with Manhattan College) and Rome (where Mr Power intends Campion to have a European base at which students will spend six months of their three-year courses). Mr Power and Ms Russo have engaged highly qualified and experienced academics.

LOAD-DATE: January 31, 2006


*** MNews2 ***

The New York Post
February 3, 2006 Friday
SECTION: All Editions; Pg. 90
BYLINE: Tim Sullivan

<extraneous deleted>


A day after losing his best player - sophomore forward C.J. Anderson - to an indefinite, academic suspension last week, Manhattan College coach Bobby Gonzalez was emotional and a tad befuddled.

"Well," he said with a deep sigh, "we'll just have to figure something out."

That didn't take long.

After dropping the first game without Anderson - a 75-56 decision at Rider Jan. 24 - the Jaspers (13-6, 9-2 MAAC) won consecutive road games and regained a share of first place with Iona (15-4, 9-2).

Freshman Devon Austin, who replaced Anderson in the starting lineup, averaged 17.5 points and six rebounds in the two wins. The good news continues as the Jaspers play host to struggling Canisius (5-14, 4-7) tonight at 7.

<extraneous deleted>

LOAD-DATE: February 4, 2006

[JR:  Reinforcing the  message that one can play by the rules and win. ]


*** MNews3 ***

The Journal News (Westchester County, New York)
February 5, 2006 Sunday
HEADLINE: Through music, Sloatsburg sisters offer uplifting gift to community
BYLINE: Khurram Saeed
Girls' performances started at memorial rites after Sept. 11

SLOATSBURG - The Consiglio girls found their musical calling after the Sept. 11 tragedies.

The sisters, who are 17, 14, 12 and 9 years old, sang "America the Beautiful" at a candlelight memorial service a few days after the attacks.

Since then, the siblings, who live in Sloatsburg and perform as the Consiglio Sisters, have performed at more than 40 Rockland events - at town and village halls, swearing-in ceremonies as well as nursing homes and senior centers.

Last year, they raised money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"You can tell people enjoy it and that makes it worth it," said Faith, 14, who plays the flute and is in ninth grade at Suffern High School. "Our first time, we were all really nervous, and it was just a tiny little town meeting. Now we're really comfortable."

On St. Patrick's Day, they'll perform at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw.

Their mother, Clare Consiglio, came up with idea of having them perform for the community shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.

"They wanted to do something special because everyone was kind of hurting at that time," said Consiglio, who also has a 20-year-old son and teaches nutrition.

Consiglio credits her husband, John, with passing on the family's musical gene. He plays the guitar.

The sisters play patriotic, inspirational music, Irish and Jewish folks songs, and the occasional Billy Joel tune on a combination of violins, flute and piano.

Most of their musical skills were learned at school, although they've taken private lessons.

Sarah, 12, said her 17-year-old sister, Mary Rose, first taught her to play the violin. The Suffern Middle School seventh-grader said she never realized the group would become so popular.

"The (Sloatsburg) Village Board asked us to play and then the mayor heard us and he kept on asking us back," Sarah said.

The youngest member of group, 9-year-old Hannah, wasn't part of the original lineup because she was too young at the time.

"I just watched," said the Sloatsburg Elementary third-grader who not only plays the piano, but step-dances with Sarah while Mary Rose plays a violin solo.

Mary Rose will be leaving this fall to attend Manhattan College, but her mother is optimistic the group will continue to perform.

"I've heard them play 'America the Beautiful' over 100 times," Consiglio said. "And it still gets to me."

LOAD-DATE: February 7, 2006


Reported from The Quadrangle (

Wed, February 08, 2006 Search:   

 Top Story 
 Scanlan Envisions Catholic MC by 2025

 MC Students Told by Republican-Controlled Congress to Cough Up More Money 
 City & Local News 
 National News 
 International News 
 Annual Manhattan College Fundraiser Hailed a Success 
 The LaSallian Collegians Leave Footprints in the Hearts of Children in the South Bronx 
 Sneak Peak at Spring Fest 2006 
 More Than Just a Cover Band 
 State of Deceit 
 Bloomberg's Tax Hike Will Not Stop Smokers 
 Air Safety Issues Arise at Logan Airport in Boston 
 Brother Thomas Scanlan's Spring Faculty Convocation Speech, 2006 
Arts & Entertainment
 Real Estate and Reality TV: Lady Luck Shines on the Literary Debut of One Manhattan Alumnus 
 The Mermaid Chair Is a Thoughtful and Beautiful Read 
 Wendy Wasserstein: The Passing of a New York Legend 
 Theater Review: Tony and Tina's Wedding 
 Bettis Bids Farewell After Steelers' Fifth Super Bowl Championship 
 Lady Jaspers Continue to Battle Opponents on the Court 
 The Team That Almost Wasn't: The New York Rangers Thrive in the "New" NHL 
 Men's Track and Field Go For a Tenth Straight Indoor MAAC Championship 
 Manhattan Stays Strong in Win Against Siena as They Prepare for the Bracket Buster 

[JR:  Interesting article about how Brother President see MC in the future. ]




*** Email01 ***

Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 12:09 AM
To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner
Subject: NYC HOPE 2006

Would you consider posting this volunteer opportunity on Jasper Jottings?

Many thanks,
Rosemarie Coppola-Baldwin, '96
Assistant General Counsel for Litigation and External Affairs
NYC Department of Homeless Services


On February 27, 2006, the Department of Homeless Services will conduct the Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE 2006).  Teams of volunteers will canvass streets, parks, and subways to count the number of people living on city streets.  This important information will be used to help homeless people leave the streets for a better life. You can be a part of the solution!

If you are interested in volunteering for this important event, please review the following information or go to\dhs  for registration material.


Anyone who shares our commitment to helping the homeless of New York City is encouraged to volunteer.  We will provide you with all the training you will need on the night of the survey and every team will be led by an experienced team leader.

If you have social service experience or have participated in HOPE before and are interested in being a team leader, please indicate your experience on the registration form.


Each team of 4 - 5 volunteers will be led by an experienced social service provider. Teams will be assigned to a small study area and will be responsible for determining how many homeless individuals are in that area and collecting visible demographic information.  Transportation to a shelter will be available for any street homeless individual interested in receiving services.


Volunteers will meet at 10:30PM on Monday, February 27.  After a brief training and orientation, volunteer teams will disperse throughout the City to count the number of individuals living on the street and in public places from midnight until 4 AM.

HOPE will only be re-scheduled in the event of extreme winter weather.  HOPE will not be cancelled for rain or light snow.  The extreme weather date is Monday, March 6.  In the event of extreme weather, registered volunteers are advised to check the DHS website or call 1-800-994-6494 on the day of the event to check for cancellation.


Volunteers will report to training sites located throughout each borough. Prior to the event, DHS staff will contact you with your meeting location. Whenever possible, we will place you in the neighborhood of your choice.

For additional information, e-mail hope  .. at ..

[JR:  My response.]

From: JasperJottingsEditorial
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 8:39 AM
Cc: Apel, Marjorie; Ms. Lois Harr; Fr. James Cerbone; Mr. Kevin McCloskey; Ms. Kinah Ventura
Subject: [JasperJottingsEditorial] RE: NYC HOPE 2006

Dear Jasper Roe,

Sure. Due to the dates, I have cracked this week's issue of (argh!) and put it in. (Next time, any more, lead time is "easier" on the old Collector.)

Also, I have taken the liberty of copying Ms. Apel, the MC "jobs" lady. Based on my past dealings with her, I know she'll see the value for "her" students. While this is a volunteer position, it is perfect for those students who need things to put on their resume that evidence their abilities. You may get some help there.

Also, I have taken the liberty of copying the "Office of Campus Ministry / Social Action" at the College. I have never interacted with them before, but this sounds like it might be right up their alley. I was unable to quickly determine who's "in charge". So I, in my usual lazy way, copied all four personalities cited on the web page: Ms. Lois Harr; Fr. James Cerbone; Mr. Kevin McCloskey; Ms. Kinah Ventura. 

(My apologies, both collectively and individually, to each of them in advance, but this Jasper Roe has an apparently good-faith good-purpose pure-of-heart need for your help. And, it sounds like it would be something right up your alley. Hence my bull-in-the-china shop approach typical for a good Jasper injineer. My apologies. And, I won't be spamming you again. ... ... unless something "good" comes up. No need to throw away a perfectly good email address after I had to work to find it. I have to be honest! "Injineers" don't lie ... ... well!)

Any way, Ms. Jasper Roe, this was the best I could do. Hope it helps,


P.S.: What's a nice girl like you doing up at that hour, sending email? Get some sleep! Only us old foggy insomniacs read email and browse the web looking for Jaspers at that hour.


From: Lois Harr
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 4:12 PM
To: Reinke (dedicated to Jasper Jottings); 'Roe and Chris'
Subject: Re: NYC HOPE 2006

Thanks for the tip - we will try and get some volunteers.  We have students who volunteer at a local shelter and a soup kitchen and some who do food runs - with coats in cold weather.  And we have a prof who advises sociology majors interested in social work.   We also have an '05 grad who runs a homeless outreach program on the east side.  So there is some potential here. (Aside from spiffing up a resume!  : )

So - who and what is Jasperjottings!?  And thanks for getting in touch!

Lois Harr
Director of Campus Ministry & Social Action
Manhattan College


From: JasperJottingsEditorial
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 5:31 PM
To: 'Lois Harr'
Subject: [JasperJottingsEditorial] RE: NYC HOPE 2006

Dear Ms. Harr,

That’s great to hear.

And, a response on a Saturday afternoon, I’m impressed. But, we have to take off a few points because it’s rainy. ;-) 

Hey, don’t knock “spiffing up a resume”, every good work has its own little rewards. Who knows how the Spirit works?

Jasper Jottings is my little attempt to build a Manhattan College Jasper community connected by the common MC experience and the internet. In order to induce people to read, I feature alumni news. And, I get them to participate by “publishing” anything an alum wants to say. No matter how dumb! Sprinkle in a little of my own libertarianism (hey I have to be rewarded for doing it) and you have something that alternates between a snoozer and a donnybrook! (I actually had one now deceased Jasper so aggravated by my aspersions about politicians, he was one, that he announced that he was going to come down and knock my block off. Now that was good copy! And, like most politicians, he couldn’t be counted on to follow thru on his promises. And, when I pointed that out, it made for even more participation.)

I have many readers (~1700 as far as I can judge), some even inside MC. Although it is a little controversial! You may not want to admit you have ever even heard of it. I have managed to annoy some of the powers that be by being a little strident about the use of the net by MC (poorly), the Alumni association (nearly non-existent), and the various entities within the College (mostly AWOL).

I serve on the MC Computer Governance committee as an outside consultant at the pleasure of Brother Scanlon. I think he finds me amusing and my advice helps him sort out the right course. Some of the technology in use today on the campus is a direct result of the ongoing work of that Committee. We try to allow Brother President to spend his technology budget to maximize usefulness, position for the future, and do it at a price he can afford.

Anyway I welcome anyone who’s interested as long as they are interested in MC. 

Here’s a canned invite that I send out as I find people.

Take a look at and you might find it interesting. I have been told by Jaspers who have signed off and came back that it was mildly addictive.



*** Email02 ***

From: Thomas F. McGowan [1972]
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 10:56 AM
Subject: Biomass utilization, from wood stoves to industrial boilers

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The President has decreed that we should cut our oil imports. One way is from homegrown biomass, or more simply, burning some wood. The scale ranges from wood stoves to pulp mill boilers of more than 500 MM Btu/hr.

There is a conference in May in Virginia sponsored by the Forest Products Society on smallwood utilization for fuel. See their link at:  and 12-page brochure on the conference at

On the home front, I am pleased to report that the "Wood Stove Book": (Wood Heating, Safety, Savings and Comfort) that I authored many years ago is now available on line, thanks to John Wells and the Georgia Forestry Commission.

While it is out of print, I do have a few hard copies on hand for those that want one. If your gas and oil bills are giving you the chills, it may interest you. It can be accessed at:

Tom McGowan, PE
TMTS Associates, Inc.

[JR:  While I appreciate the info, I’m not sure I trust any politician when they tell us to do ANYTHING. The Guvament is the problem in getting to energy independence. Since the Seventies, we have forgone all sorts of options. Add to that the taxes and regulations that have been loaded on to the problem. And, NIMBY means we haven’t built anything in awhile. And, the incentives aren’t there to develop something to extract us for the “problem”. Maybe that’s why we are in a mess. ]


*** Email03 ***

From: John Antenucci [1959]
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 10:58 PM
To: Jasper Jottings
Subject: RE: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] jasperjottings20060205

John, regarding email 02:  Speaking for myself I am very pleased to say I knew Serphin while at Manhattan and am a Fraternity Brother in Alpha Phi Delta (Beta Beta Chapter).  I am sure there are many others that can make the same comment.

John Antenucci BS '59

[JR:  Thanks for the info and the insight. ]


*** Email04 ***

From: Angel Lara (2002)
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 11:55 PM
To: Jasper Jottings
Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] jasperjottings20060205

Hello John, here is the link to the usmc homepage too.

I'll be back in the states in late April.

AL '02


From: Jasper Jottings
Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2006 7:51 AM
To: Angel Lara
Subject: RE: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] jasperjottings20060205

AL02, Great news. Not a minute too soon fmpov. I will be very pleased to update my "in harm's way" list. John68

[JR:  Hope everyone of all the men and women get brought home successfully and soon! ]


*** Email05 ***

From: Stephen Phelps [1968]
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 5:32 PM
Subject: Jack Lotz VETSMOW/petition.html

This is my uncle Jack Lotz's project -- in addition to running this project, he's a Korean War vet and heads up a large veteran's group based in Westchester, in New York -- and he's asked me to help him get more signatures. Would you take a look, sign if you agree, and pass it along to as many others as you can? If you strongly disagree with the goals herein espoused, please just delete this e-mail and feel free to berate me for offending you so. Thanks. 

See also  


Stephen E. Phelps, Jr.
Spring Valley, New York 10977-1710

[JR:  Why would I be offended? I’m a vet. I am offended that the gumamint reneges on its promises. Never mind verbal promises, it reneges on written ones. While it pretends with the best on words, it doesn’t back it up with actions.  Anyone who relies on them to keep their words soon finds out the perfidy of the politicians. As always, I have a Liberty solution. Each vet should be given a private insurance policy as they leave. The free market will ensure that they get what they have earned. And, I have a relative who works for the VA.]


*** Email06 ***

Retracted by writer after deadline.


*** Email07 ***

From: Joseph Oefelein [1957]
Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2006 5:02 PM
Subject: Oliver North and Al Gore


I have just gotten around to reading your 1-1-06 issue. The story told in E-Mail 6 from Helms is not true! For details see:

 But keep up the good work.

 J. C. Oefelein 57E

[JR:  Oh really? Perhaps some one might have mentioned that already. ]


*** Email08 ***

From: Mike McEneney [1953]
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 5:31 PM
To: John Reinke
Subject: The College

Dear John,

          I had a conversation today with Gina Mele at the College. One of her duties is to try to keep the Colleges Records of Alums up to date. I suggested that Jasper Jottings would be a good source for such information and I told her I would ask you to send her a formal invitation to join our august group of readers. She said that she would appreciate an invitation. Her e-mail address is <privacy invoked>.

             Again thanks for all that you do to keep Jaspers connected!
                                         Mike McEneney

[JR:  Mike, “formal” invite extended. ;-) I’m gonna have to get you that tattoo “Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-subscribe AT” and take the risk that some one emails you back to me. Thanks, fjohn68  ]


*** Email09 ***

From: Mike McEneney [1953]
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 5:35 PM
To: John Reinke
Subject: Fw: 2/08/2006 obits.

Dear John,

             I received this from a classmate at Mount Saint Michael's. Did you pick up the Frank Dominici one?


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

From: Big Sully
To: Mike McEneney
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 10:02 AM
Subject: 2/08/2006 obits.

Sad to say but todays Westchester Journal News mentions:

William F. Carlson, whom I believe went to the Mount and played basketball for them. He was a year ahead of us in 1948, but he was 6' 9" when he was a freshman. The Mount taught him to play basketball, and he was very good at Fordham as mention in this article.

Frank A. Dominici, jr. is also mentioned. He went to the Mount and Manhattan College. He was 63 years old, so he was a ways behind us. 

I hope things are better with you.  How is Lenny Horn doing?


[JR:  No it didn’t pop out. :-) ]

[mcALUMdb:  ???? ]


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. I’ll catch any Jasper’s blog if I knew where they were hiding. Care to rat out your fellow alums?]

Hindsight–a journey unraveled

Preparatory Hoopla

This one goes out to all the will-be travelers out there who want some structure in their lives while backpacking, or who just want a better idea of what is possible. Granted, this is not technically “preparatory” for me, in that I made it up as I went along (with the exception of knowing, “I should go east/west today”) But I thought it might be beneficial for anyone else who was looking to plan a trip like this one and wanted an idea of an itinerary. I broke it down into two parts, the first is a list of the cities I saw in the order I saw them, so some may occur twice because I back-tracked, etc. The second list is a list of countries and how long I stayed in each. Details: I had a 3 month unlimited eurail pass, and for all the bad rap they get for occasional hidden reservation fees, I would say for the amount of cities I got to see, it was definitely worth it. Also, there are many countries where you pay no surcharge, notably: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, most of Italy. (Countries most notorious for charging extra are Spain and France). Virtually all night trains-unless you’re sleeping in a seat, as I usually did-will cost the equivalent of a hostel. Also, I flew in from New York to London, which does not honor eurail, so my 3 months does not start until after get to Paris. So here it is:

London, UK Paris, France Brussels, Belgium Antwerp, Belgium Brugge, Belgium Amsterdam, Netherlands Coppenhagen, Denmark Malmo, Sweden Stockholm, Sweden Helsinki, Finland Goteberg, Norway Trondheim, Norway Oslo, Norway Bergen, Norway Hamburg, Germany Luxembourg, Luxembourg Munich, Germany Budapest, Hungary Vienna, Austria Salzburg, Austria Interlaken, Switzerland Venice, Italy Padova, Italy Florence, Italy Pisa, Italy Bari, Italy Athens, Greece Rome, Italy Florence, Italy Salerno, Italy Legnaro, Italy* Padova, Italy Verona, Italy Monte Carlo, Monaco Nice, France Barcelona, Spain Valencia, Spain Alacante, Spain Granada, Spain Chefchaouen, Morocco Fez, Morocco Marrakesh, Morocco Moulay el Mehdi, Morocco** Algeceras, Spain Rondo, Spain Cordoba, Spain Lisbon, Portugal Sintra, Portugal San Sebastian, Spain Bordeaux, France Paris, France Madrid, Spain Escoria, Spain Barcelona, Spain Montpellier, France Geneva, Switzerland Montreux, Switzerland Luzern, Switzerland Bern, Switzerland Zurich, Switzerland Innsbruck, Austria Munich, Germany Fussen, Germany Grunau, Austria Vienna, Austria * Though this is a lovely village, it is probably not at the top of every travelers list. I went here to get a taste of real Italy and to visit my friend, Nicole. I spent about 4 days here. **Morocco is not covered under the eurail pass, but I had the time. I spent about a week here.  Country Totals: UK: 1 week France: 9 days Belgium: 4 days The Netherlands: 3 days Denmark: 2 days Sweden: 4 days Finland: 2 days Norway: 4 days Germany: 4 days*** Luxembourg: 2 days Hungary: 3 days Austria: 5 days Switzerland: 8 days Italy: 2 weeks Monaco: 1 day Spain: 2 weeks, 3 days Morocco: 1 week Portugal: 3 days Greece: 4 days ***Germany is a big, beautiful country and it cannot possibly be done justice in 4 days, I was lucky to have spent last spring break there, so I’d already seen a lot of it. I would recommend a week at least.  Places I would like to have seen: Bilbao, Sevilla, and Santiago de Compostela, Spain Faro and Porto, Portugal Milan, Italy Ireland-it IS included on the eurail pass, but I never quite worked out how to get there. Somewhere in the arctic circle

Hope this helps somebody. Happy travels.


Good Grog!


“The now that passes produces time, the now that remains produces eternity.” - Severinus Boethius

So hello to everyone! Not much to report this time around. I’ve been taking things at a much more relaxed pace the past week or so. After Bratislava, I headed to Krakow, where I also booked 4 nights. Then, due to a bus schedule incompatible to my desired departure date, I ended up staying in Krakow another 2 nights, making 6 nights in all. A new record. Aside from a sobering day trip to Auschwitz/Birkenau that upset me (saw that one coming), I thoroughly enjoyed this city, but I had a feeling I would. When deciding where to study abroad (after the college nixed my dreams of going to Turkey) I was actually between St. Petersburg and Krakow. I chose Russia because I figured the language would come in more handy. So, I’m glad I could spend some time there with what could have been. It was a bit hard to get around because it became quite frigid at times, but I really really took to the place. Especially, this little restaurant I found (well, it was reccommended), good atmosphere, mainly local students, great food–all homemade, and crazy cheap prices. I ate there every day. No seriously. Man, did I eat a lot. But really, it’s a reasonably small town, so I covered it quickly, and when you combine this with unfavorable weather to be out and about in…what else is there to do? I was also lucky in that the place I was staying had free internet, but I’m afraid it’s spoiled me a bit. Yesterday, I was up at 5am to catch a bus to Cesky Krumlov. I’ve heard amazing things about this place from several people I’ve met along the way, so I’ve been excited to see it all. They weren’t kidding. It’s a quaint little town with the little winding cobblestone roads that everyone loves in european cities. And this time of year, there’s less of me, the tourists. But also I ate some kind of Czech street hotdog, which is really more like garlic dog, which scored some negative points and has probably also killed any chances I had of making friends here. Ah well. I took 3 buses to get here, all in all 11hrs. I had to go all the way from Poland to the east of the Czech Republic to catch another 2 buses back down to the south westish part. It was ok until the guy sitting next to me on the first bus fell asleep and then sort of fell over on my shoulder, snoring. Then it was just awkward and loud. Now, I’m back in the real world where you have to pay to get online and you can’t be on after 9pm. Losers. Don’t these people understand the implications of differing time zones? Anyway, as I warned at the beginning, I don’t have much of an update just now. Last night, I got in and just watched a few dvds, which is always something of a treat. My family comes to Prague for Christmas and New Years, which I’m very excited about, so I’ll be heading there on the 22nd. Other than that, I’m looking to come to some sort of definitive decision about my plans after they leave. I’m giving it a few more days, as I’m still waiting to hear about the possible job in Damascus. When I find anything out, I’ll add it.


Zoom Zoom


“And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack

And you may find yourself in another part of the world

And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile

And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife

And you may ask yourself-Well…How did I get here?”

-Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime

I ask myself all the time. This week has been a good follow up to my time in Chiang Mai. I took an overnight train to southern Thailand and hopped aboard a ferry to Koh Samui, an island off the east coast. I got myself set up with a beach-side bungalow for a little under 9 US dollars a night, including mosquito net. It’s the first actual bed I’ve slept in in weeks, and I had my own private bathroom. Not bad. In the shuttle on the way from the dock to here, we passed a little place called, “Ninja Crepes”, and I thought, please please please be close by. It’s next door. I’m there right now, in fact. I’ve just finished my nutella and banana crepe. Yum. So, all these factors combined, and I’ve felt pretty comfortable right here. Because I am quirky, when I think of places I’d like to travel, “the beach” isn’t usually at the top of my list, and I never really feel a compulsion to visit beaches even when in coastal areas. I never realize how much I actually enjoy the atmosphere until I’m in it, and then time just sort of doesn’t matter anymore. Sadly, (or perhaps fortunately) my visa runs out on the 14th, so I have been forced to make plans to leave…but be not mistaken, I shall return. Maybe not to the beach, but I’m thinking I will spend 3 or 4 days in Kuala Lumpur and then re-enter Thailand, and head back to Chiang Mai to finish up there. Then, maybe I will come back to the beach. Somehow, though, knowing myself, I think by then I will have lost interest in the sun. There is something to it however, the sun does improve one’s mood. The first day I was here, I rented a motorbike (yes, ma, I wore a helmet) and used it to explore the island. It was a costly 5 dollars for 24 hrs, but I don’t think I’ll be doing it again just because I didn’t particularly enjoy the keen and constant awareness of my own mortality. But it was certainly an experience. I rode it to hunt down some sunscreen, but by the time I found some, I already had a biker’s, er, burn.

One day I had the bright idea to wake up early and go running barefoot down the beach, just like they do in the movies (and, in my defense, I saw other people doing it here too). Well, this was a terrible idea, and it landed me with a blister large enough to have been a 6th toe, and has impaired my walking abilities since. Luckily, the nutella is just next door. Other than that, it’s been a pretty uneventful week with a lot of reading, topless sunbathers (not me), and oh, monkeys. Today I went for a walk and saw a sign offering a “monkey show”. I asked the guy what this entailed, and he said the monkey goes up the tree and gets a coconut, 100 baht. I’m not really interested in the monkey’s retrieval skills, so I ask how much just to play with the monkey. 50 baht, that’s like a dollar. It was a really cute baby monkey, but I think I interrupted it’s lunch, which it proceeded to wipe all over my face an arms. Lucky for it, I think baby monkeys are cute and so I will excuse this kind of behavior. Incidentally, did you know that the plural for monkey is monkeys? I didn’t. I thought it would be monkies, but I guess that if I were really applying the rule of subtracting the “y” and adding “ies”, it would have to be monkeies, which is just absurd.





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
2/13/06 Monday M. Basketball   Niagara*   Niagara Falls, N.Y.   7:00 PM
2/15/06 Wednesday W. Swimming   MAAC Championships$   Baltimore, MD   10:00 AM
2/16/06 Thursday W. Swimming   MAAC Championships$   Baltimore, MD   10:00 AM
2/16/06 Thursday W. Basketball   Loyola*   HOME   7:00 PM
2/17/06 Friday M. Tennis   Columbia University   New York, N.Y.
2/17/06 Friday W. Swimming   MAAC Championships$   Baltimore, MD   10:00 AM
2/17/06 Friday Track & Field   MAAC Indoor Championships   NYC Armory   4:00 PM
2/18/06 Saturday M. Basketball   Bracket Buster Saturday&   HOME   TBA 
2/18/06 Saturday W. Swimming   MAAC Championships$   Baltimore, MD   10:00 AM
2/18/06 Saturday M. Lacrosse   TBA (Scrimmage)   HOME   11:30 AM
2/19/06 Sunday M. Tennis   St. John's University   HOME   TBA 
2/20/06 Monday W. Basketball   Fairfield*   Bridgeport, Conn.   7:30 PM
2/23/06 Thursday W. Basketball   Saint Peter's*   Jersey City, N.J.   7:00 PM
2/23/06 Thursday M. Basketball   Fairfield*   HOME   7:00 PM
2/24/06 Friday Track & Field   USATF Indoor Championships   Boston, Mass.   9:00 AM
2/24/06 Friday Track & Field   NYU Invitational   NYC Armory   4:00 PM
2/25/06 Saturday M. Tennis   Binghamton University   Binghamton, N.Y.   TBA 

2/25/06 Saturday Track & Field   USATF Indoor Championships   Boston, Mass.   9:00 AM
2/25/06 Saturday Track & Field   Manhattan Last Chance Meet   Draddy Gym   9:00 AM
2/25/06 Saturday M. Lacrosse   University of Denver   Denver, Colo.   3:30 PM
2/26/06 Sunday Track & Field   USATF Indoor Championships   Boston, Mass.   9:00 AM

2/26/06 Sunday M. Lacrosse   Air Force Academy   Colorado Springs, Colo.   1:00 PM
2/26/06 Sunday W. Basketball   Iona*   HOME   4:00 PM
2/26/06 Sunday M. Basketball   Iona*   HOME   6:15 PM

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 place, support the team, dress up “funny”, and cheer for “our” athletes. So what if they think you’re a loon. You’re their loon. You are a loon. You never know what kind of difference you’ll make! Go to one of the women’s events and meet hot chicks! Or if your persuasion is different, got to the men’s events and meet hot guys. Besides no one ever reads the boilerplate, eula, or the fine print.

Sports from College (

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Riverdale, N.Y. (February 10, 2006)--Manhattan Men's Lacrosse opens its 2006 season on Saturday, February 11 with a scrimmage at Fairfield University. The match is set to face off at 1:00 p.m., but the expectation of inclement weather may move the start time to earlier in the day.


Riverdale, N.Y. (February 9, 2006)--On a promotional day in which admission was free, Manhattan Women's Basketball nailed nine of 10 free throw attempts down the stretch to preserve a 58-52 MAAC victory over the Fairfield Stags on Thursday evening at Draddy Gym. Although the Lady Jaspers never trailed during the second half, they clung to the thinnest of leads with less than two minutes left as freshman center Kelly Regan stepped to the line for two shots. Coming off of her first MAAC Rookie of the Week award, the freshman calmly sank both attempts to put the Lady J's up by three with the clock reading 1:38, and Fairfield would get no closer.


Riverdale, N.Y. (February 8, 2006)– Manhattan College sophomore first baseman Matt Rizzotti has been named to the Northeast Baseball Review All-Northeast Corridor Preseason Second Team, it was announced today by the Northeast Baseball Review.


Jersey City, N.J. (February 8, 2006)- Playing his high school teammate, Keydren Clark, for the final time in the regular season, senior co-captain Jason Wingate led Manhattan to an 81-74, win over Saint Peter's tonight at the Yanitelli Center on the Saint Peter's campus. The 6-0 guard poured in a game-high 31 points as the Jaspers improve to 15-7, 11-3 in MAAC play, while the Peacocks fall to 12-11, 8-6 in MAAC play. With the win, Manhattan clinches a first-round bye in the MAAC playoffs.


Riverdale, N.Y. (February 7, 2006)--After capturing the Metropolitan Indoor Championship in their respective events, sophomore shot putter Milan Jotanovic and sophomore jumper Caitlyn Kjolhede garnered weekly honors from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The conference named Jotanovic its Indoor Track and Field Male Perfomer of the Week, while Kjolhede is the MAAC's Co-Female Performer of the Week, sharing the honor with Rider's Katie O'Connor. This week marks the fifth time this season in which Manhattan has had both a male and female athlete recognized by the MAAC in the same week.


Newark, N.J. (February 5, 2006)- The Lady Jaspers completed the regular season portion of their schedule with a 67-58 win over NJIT this afternoon. With the win, Manhattan improves its record to 10-5, giving the Lady Jaspers at least 10 wins in each of the last four seasons, becoming the first Manhattan swim team, men's or women's, to accomplish that feat.


Riverdale, N.Y. (February 6, 2006)--Playing in front of a boisterous group of family and friends, all decked out in Manhattan kelly green, for the first time as a Division I basketball player, freshman center Kelly Regan gave her supporters a lot to cheer about by scoring in double figures in both of the Lady Jaspers' games this past weekend. In addition to her family and friends, Regan also caught the attention of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference as she earned the conference's Rookie of the Week award.


Riverdale, N.Y. (February 6, 2006)- Manhattan College freshman guard/forward Devon Austin was named MAAC Rookie of the Week for the week ending February 5, it was announced today by the conference office


New York, N.Y. (February 6, 2006)--For the sixth consecutive year, the Men’s Metropolitan Indoor Track and Field Team Championship has come down to the mile relay with Manhattan and Rutgers vying for the title each of the six times. Despite the fact that the Rutgers men stole the 2006 team title from Manhattan with a better finish in the event, it was still a very good day to be a Jasper, or Lady Jasper for that matter. The women placed fourth as a team yielding only to three Big East schools—Rutgers, St. John’s, and Seton Hall. On the individual side, Manhattan brought eight individual championships back to Riverdale with sophomore shot putter Milan Jotanovic leading the way by setting a new school indoor record in the shot put.


Niagara University, N.Y. (February 5, 2006)—Manhattan Women's Basketball opened the second half with a 13-1 run to take complete control of Sunday afternoon's MAAC contest against Niagara en route to a 73-46 victory at the Gallagher Center. In all, the Lady Jaspers outscored the Purple Eagles by a whopping 42-18 margin in the second half to sweep the season series. Lady Jasper freshman center and Western New York native Kelly Regan closed out her homecoming weekend in the Greater Buffalo area by notching a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.


Riverdale, N.Y. (February 5, 2006)- Manhattan has played a game on Super Bowl Sunday the last three years, and this time the Jaspers blitzed Loyola, scoring the first 18 points of the game on the way to an 86-68 win this afternoon at Draddy Gym. The win gives Manhattan a 14-7 record, 10-3 in MAAC play, while the Greyhounds fall to 11-10, 5-8 in MAAC play.


Fairfield, Conn. (February 3, 2006)- Courtney Arduini touched first in two events, winning the 200 IM and the 200 Back in near school record times, but the Lady Jaspers dropped an 118-81 MAAC decision at Fairfield.


Riverdale, N.Y. (February 3, 2006)- Manhattan struggled from behind the arc and was unable to overcome Niagara's size inside, dropping a 67-51 decision tonight at Draddy Gym on the Manhattan campus. The Jaspers fall to 13-7, 9-3 in MAAC play, while Niagara improves to 8-12, 5-7 in MAAC play.


Riverdale, N.Y. (February 3, 2006)--Three Manhattan throwers competed amongst some of the nation's best weight throwers on Friday afternoon at the annual Millrose Games. Senior Michael Freeman and junior Paul Peulich represented the Jaspers in the men's field, while senior Marina Liander competed on the women's side. Freeman posted the best finish of the three as his throw of 19.14m took third place behind unattached athletes Bryan Duby and Chris Bryce.


Buffalo, N.Y. (February 3, 2006)--Manhattan Women's Basketball climbed back from a 13-point second-half deficit to take a 47-46 lead on sophomore forward Caitlin Flood's three-point play with 3:42 remaining, but Canisius senior guard Becky Zak managed to spoil Manhattan's party. With the game knotted at 50, Zak nailed a runner from the right side of the lane with 4.5 seconds left on the clock to sink the Lady Jaspers. The loss drops Manhattan to 7-13 overall and 4-7 in the MAAC, while the defending MAAC Champion Golden Griffins improve to 11-9 overall and 8-3 in conference games.

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Sports from Other Sources

[JR: At the risk of losing some of my aura of omnipotence or at least omni-pia-presence, you can see Jasper Sports stories at: so for brevity’s sake I will not repeat them here. I will just report the ones that come to my attention and NOT widely reported. No sense wasting electrons!]

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The Union Leader (Manchester NH)
February 5, 2006 Sunday
HEADLINE: (COLLEGE NOTEBOOK) Konovelchick rebounds with strong season

MANHATTAN College's Mike Konovelchick learned something about himself after last year's 15-14 season that ended with a loss to Fairfield in the second round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball tournament:

The senior swingman from Litchfield found out he likes winning a whole lot better than losing.

And while the Jaspers' record doesn't qualify as a losing season, it certainly was in the eyes of Konovelchick and his teammates after they went to the NCAA Division I tournament the previous two years.

"Winning is fun and that's what we're used to doing," said the former standout for Alvirne High School of Hudson.

The Jaspers are back to their winning ways this season and have a shot to go to their third NCAA tournament in four years. They were tied with Iona for first place going into this weekend and had won 13 of their last 15 games.

"If we made it (to the NCAAs) this year, it would have to be the best season of all," Konovelchick said. "I think I would appreciate it a lot more."

Things came easily for Konovelchick and the Jaspers during his first two seasons in the Big Apple. The team was 23-7 his first year and 25-7 in his second.

Konovelchick made a celebrated homecoming three years ago when the Jaspers played Syracuse in the first round of the NCAAs at the Fleet Center in Boston. Carmelo Anthony led the Orangemen to a 76-65 win, but Konovelchick played 23 minutes and, after the game, Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez said Konovelchick would be a great player for him.

The Jaspers knocked off Florida in the first round of the tournament the following season and Konovelchick had 11 points in 24 minutes.

Konovelchick never did become the great player Gonzalez predicted he would be, but he's turned into a pretty good one.

He rebounded from last year's disappointing junior season to be a leader on a team that has battled through injuries and academic suspensions to stay in contention in the MAAC.

"Mike is definitely having a solid year," Gonzalez said. "We're doing well right now and a big part of it is what we went through last year."

The Jaspers, who lost all-time leading scorer Luis Flores and all-conference forward Dave Holmes from the previous season, tried blending in a heralded freshman class last season with a team that returned a handful of players used to playing a supporting role. The results were not always pretty.

"It didn't work out," Konovelchick said. "I didn't shoot the ball real well; I got out of my game."

Konovelchick, who expects to graduate this summer with a degree in business, said he has stopped standing on the perimeter looking just to shoot 3-pointers and began attacking the basket more like he used to at Alvirne and New Hampton prep.

After starting eight games a year ago, Konovelchick has started 18 of the team's first 19 games and is averaging 6.2 points.

"I think he came back with a little better attitude and more focus," Gonzalez said.

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LOAD-DATE: February 6, 2006



Curmudgeon's Final Words This Week

What Is Up With Fiat Money?
by Dmitry Chernikov

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Inflation and the business cycle are as much parts of our lives as death and taxes. But it need not be this way.

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Gold Standard Once More

So here's what I find odd. People worry about all sorts of things. They worry about their families, their 401Ks, the declining morals, and so on and so forth. What they don't worry about is that their money is backed by nothing at all. So great is their faith in the power, wisdom, and virtue of the federal government that they think that our money is in good hands. Fellas, the situation is actually very precarious. The whole thing is unstable and unsafe. You know it, and that's why you've bought shares of that precious metals mutual fund. You also sense that the government guys are not as good as gold. It is very important that they be restrained so that our money becomes gold-solid and not paper-thin and not subject to unpredictable manipulation by the secular gnostics of the Federal Reserve who think that the rules do not apply to them. Let's start worrying about this, because it's worth worrying about!

Further, I tell you, you've been had. You are a dupe, a sucker, a sap. The banksters are laughing at you all the way to the bank. Look, they print their own money at the expense of your savings! They are the official counterfeiters. Honestly, I can't believe you fell for the oldest trick in the state's book. Doesn't that bother you? For how long are you going to keep being the loser? The eggheads at the Federal Reserve are frauds. So wise up and let's do something about it!

Further, if the lifeblood of the economy, our medium of exchange, store of value, and unit of account that allows our most important social institution, the market, to operate, is dishonest – poisoned – by the corrupt authorities who sold their souls for riches, how can we expect all other aspects of life to remain honest? Paper currency that can be inflated at will by a mysterious cabal exudes chaos and perversion. The corruption then spreads throughout society, affecting everyone. Fiat money, in short, is an abomination unto the Lord. So praise the Lord and let gold be king once more.

Finally, the fiat monetary regime is outrageously inefficient. The exhausting boom and bust cycles and global economic instability are due to the large extent to unsound currencies. After decades of Keynes have economists finally lost their minds? Are they senile and incompetent old men whose only skill is putting cheap magic shows of turning stones into bread? Get back to school, fellas, and then help to force sound money onto the state.


Gold is not a "barbarous relic" as Lord Keynes famously called it. Nor do the proponents of the gold standard suffer from any "gold fetish." They simply realize that gold and silver have usually been chosen as money for such qualities as being already in heavy demand, scarce, highly divisible, portable, and durable, and having high value per unit of weight that make them ideal as media of exchange.

The fiat dollar standard is probably the most intractable problem in the U.S. and the world, simply because there is no debate going on about the pros and cons of its alternatives. It may take a crisis or hyperinflation to prompt Americans to realize the virtues of commodity money. Fortunately, no matter how exalted and surrounded in mystery the Federal Reserve is, it is always in danger, for if only the public knew how cleverly they are swindled of their savings through inflation and how much wealth they lose due to economic inefficiencies, they would not permit it to continue.

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Gold is an interesting check on the power of the State to tax us by inflation; avoid taxation of estates; and other nifty benefits. Not the least of them is it has been money for the better part of 5000 years. Since we “left” the gold standard under FDR and Nixon, why would you assume that 5,000 years of experience is wrong?

And that’s the last word.