JASPER JOTTINGS Week 27 – 2008 JULY 06




POSITRACTION: to pause in our pursuit of happiness

JObit: Mazzella, Peter P. (MC1948) obit reported by McGoey, Tom (MC1968)

JOY: Sliger, Sean Patrick (MC????) weds

JEMAIL: Rooney, John Peter (1965) queries about Scanlon’s Class Year

JObit: Scerra, Michael J. (MC2008)

JEMAIL: Jesus was in favor of Social Justice per Mangone, Mark (1977)

JFound: Mom, Christine, Tom & Dad

MFound: MC gets attribution

MFound: Didn’t finish with us, but maybe a lot like us?

Comment on JNEWS: Kehoe, John (MC1967) CFO by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Comment on JNEWS: Fish, Chris (MC1987) CFO QBE by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Comment on JNEWS: Scanlon, Dr. James (MC1966) final day as president of Missouri Western State University by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

ENDNOTE: Their “marriage” ain’t my “marriage”!



POSITRACTION: to pause in our pursuit of happiness

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”

- Guillaume Apollinaire

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JObit: Mazzella, Peter P. (MC1948) obit reported by McGoey, Tom (MC1968)

From: Tom McG

Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2008 12:10 AM

To: Jasper Jottings

Subject: MC grad dies


Professor chaired CSI chemistry department

Saturday, June 28, 2008

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Peter P. Mazzella, 85, a veteran of two wars and a professor and scholar in the field of chemistry, died Sunday in the Care With Dignity Nursing Home in San Diego, Calif., losing a battle with Parkinson’s disease that lasted more than 10 years.

Mr. Mazzella was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in both World War II and Korea.

He was an associate professor of chemistry and chairman of the chemistry department at the College of Staten Island until 1994. While there, he served as the moderator of the Newman Club.

His accompishments in the field of chemistry went beyond the classroom. Mr Mazella served as a secretary for the New York chapter of the American Chemical Society, and had published several papers on topics including the therapeutic effects of wine.

Before becoming an educator, he was an NYPD detective, as well as a consultant for Secony Mobile Company and the Sterling Salt Company. While at Sterling Salt, he earned a patent for the treatment of salt.

Mr. Mazzella graduated from New Dorp High School in 1940 and earned his bachelor of science degree from Manhattan College, the Bronx. He was a talented track and field athlete at both schools.

He received a master’s degree from Brooklyn College in 1959 and a doctorate in science education from New York University, Manhattan, in 1974.

Born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, he moved to Rosebank in 1929 and lived there until 1995, when he relocated to San Diego in 1995.

Mr. Mazzella enjoyed keeping an extensive stamp and coin collection. He was a Scoutmaster for eight years at Boy Scout Troop 42 in Stapleton and was given the Silver Beaver award for his efforts.

He was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Cathedral, San Diego.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Anne; his three sons, Neil, Dan and Peter Mazzella Jr.; a sister, Josephine Gianattasio, and six grandchildren. Funeral arrangements, including burial in Riverside (Calif.) National Cemetery, were handled by the Merkley Mitchell Funeral Home, San Diego.

Tom McGoey ‘68

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Mazzella, Peter P. (MC1948) obit reported by McGoey, Tom (MC1968)

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Peter Paul Mazzella

MAZZELLA, PETER PAUL Peter Paul Mazzella died after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease on June 22, 2008. Born October 27, 1922, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY. Married Anne Mazzella on August 31, 1947, they were married for 60 years. He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corp. He served in World War II on Iwo Jima and again in Korea. He received his Ph.D in Chemistry from New York University. Peter is survived by his wife, Anne Mazzella, his three sons, Peter Mazzella, Jr., Neil Mazzella and Dan Mazzella; his six grandchildren Sarah Weber, Peter Mazzella, III, Matthew Mazzella, Joe Mazzella, Paul Mazzella and Sophia Mazzella; and one great-grandchild, Celine Mazzella. Funeral will be on June 26, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. at St.Joseph’s Cathedral, 1535 Third Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. He will be buried at the Riverside National Cemetery with a Marine Corp Honor Guard on June 26th.

Published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on 6/26/2008.

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Guest book:


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Dear John,

I believe that Peter is a member of the Class of 1948.

May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 29 2008 5:03 PM

    * Updated: Tue, Jul 1 2008 10:38 PM



JOY: Sliger, Sean Patrick (MC????) weds


Sliger ~ Naddeo

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Sliger, Sean Patrick

Nicole Danielle Naddeo and Sean Patrick Sliger were united in marriage on June 7 at 5:30 p.m., at Holy Spirit Church in Asbury Park. Rev. John Spellman, uncle of the bride, officiated the ceremony.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Michael and Patricia Cavallero of Sewell.

Debbie Russo, friend of the bride, served as Matron of Honor. Bridesmaids included: Cheryl Cudzilo, Aubrey Kandell and Licete Snediker, friends of the bride; Charlene Sliger, sister of the groom; and Karolyn Sliger, sister in-law of the groom. Sydney Brooke Sliger, niece of the groom, served as Flower Girl.

The groom is the son of Gerry and Madeline Sliger of Staten Island, N.Y.

Keith Sliger, brother of the groom, served as Best Man.

The Ushers included: PJ McCarthy, Patrick Longobardi and Paul Cicero, friends of the groom; Thomas Sliger, brother of the groom; and Jason Naddeo, brother of the bride. Ryan James Sliger, nephew of the groom, served as Ring Bearer.

After a reception was held at the River House in Brielle, the couple headed off for their honeymoon at the Qamea Resort in Figi.

Nicole is a graduate of Washington Township High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the College of New Jersey. She is a CPA and Forensic Accountant for Seidman LLP in New York.

Sean is a graduate of St. Peters Boys High School in Staten Island, N.Y. He received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., and went on to receive a Master of Business from Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. He currently works for St. Jude’s Medical as a Medical Device Sales Representative.

The newlyweds met in June of 2003 at the Osprey in Manasquan. After a three and half yearlong courtship, Sean surprised Nicole with a candle lit proposal outside of her condo.

The couple currently resides in Hoboken.

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Sliger, Sean Patrick (MC????) weds

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 29 2008 5:46 PM



JEMAIL: Rooney, John Peter (1965) queries about Scanlon’s Class Year

From: Rooney, John Peter (1965)

Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2008 2:37 PM

To: elifrits@missouriwestern.edu

Cc: Jasper reinke; John Rooney

Subject: Contact Alumni News Group Manhattan college

29 June 2008

Dear Karen Elifrits,

Please have Dr. James Scanlon, retiring President, contact J. Reinke, so as to tell the Alumni News Coordinator, Manhattan

College, which year Dr. Scanlon graduated, what his major was, etc.

Dr. Scanlon’s story should be more completely reported.


I am just another alumnus of Manhattan College, 1965, Engineering.

John Peter Rooney

ASQ CRE #2425

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[JR: Thanks for the promotion and official title. The College may object; I'll refer them to you. ;-) Good job taking the bull by the horns.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 29 2008 6:16 PM



JObit: Scerra, Michael J. (MC2008)


Michael J. Scerra, lifelong resident

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DUNELLEN — Michael J. Scerra, 22, passed away Saturday (June 28, 2008) at his home. He was born in Somerville and had been a lifelong resident of Dunellen.

Michael was a 2008 graduate of Manhattan College, majoring in business. He was a communicant of St. John’s Church in Dunellen.

Surviving is his parents Thomas and Mary of Dunellen; two sisters, Catherine and Christine; a brother, Dan all of Dunellen. His maternal grandparents Ed and Jane Black of Monroe; his paternal grandmother Fran Scerra of Hackensack and several aunts and uncles.

There will be a 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at St. John’s Church. Interment Resurrection Burial Park, Piscataway. Visiting will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Sheenan Funeral Home, 233 Dunellen Ave., Dunellen.

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Scerra, Michael J. (MC2008)

[JR: Stunning!]

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Dear John,

I learned that Mike has had Cancer for sometime but worked hard to get his Degree before he died.

May He rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Stunning still. Testimony to his courage. Such a waste. Dying is for old folks; not youngsters. I'm saddened. Maybe too much Jasper news isn't a good thing in this case? I have a list of politicians, I'd have gladly substituted. But that's above my pay grade. Makes one reflect on the road ahead.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jun 30 2008 9:10 PM

    * Updated: Thu, Jul 3 2008 8:43 AM



JEMAIL: Jesus was in favor of Social Justice per Mangone, Mark (1977)

From: Mangone, Mark (1977)

Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2008 9:18 AM

Subject: RE: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 25 - 2008 JUNE 22

Hello Ferdinand,

The reason that Manhattan College, on the past and now, spoke about social Social Justice is because Jesus was in favor of Social Justice. In Jesus’ time the rich trampled on the poor.

The purpose of American government is to create a fair playing field for all. For a time Unions were out of control. Now Corporations are out of control. Age discrimination and oligopolies are commonplace. Speaking up for Social Justice is what is needed. Manhattan College is doing the right thing.

This is not about putting people on the dole. People just want a fair chance to make a living, without someone picking their pockets.

Earning a wage and not being able to buy food disguises the problem (like the temperature analogy that you made). The statistics indicate that people are employed but they can’t buy food. If they were unemployed, at least the statistics would show it and action would be encouraged.


Mark Mangone

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fjohn68 responds:

I wasn’t around in Jesus’ time, so I don’t know what he favored. The purpose of the American Government, which has morphed into the Gooferment we have now, started out as:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.” –Declaration of Independence as originally written by Thomas Jefferson, 1776. ME 1:29, Papers 1:315

Government’s PROPER role is to protect rights; nothing else. No social justice. No dole. No all sorts of stuff — social security, funny money, aggressive wars, drug prohibition, income tax, etc. etc. etc. etc.

We have created fourth generation welfare “farmers” — black and white. We have created corporate welfare where business buy favors. We have created an educational complex that rivals the military industrial complex that Dwight Eisenhower was afraid of.

“Social Justice” is a code word for government welfare.

What we have is ’slavery’ — by taxes and inflation — where I can’t even tell how much a ’slave’ I am. It feels like 90%! (Federal Income Tax, Social Security, State, County, Township, Gas Tax, and all the taxes that a buried in the cost of products I have to buy.


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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 1 2008 9:26 PM



JFound: Mom, Christine, Tom & Dad


Mom, Christine, Tom & Dad at Manhattan College Commencement - May 18, 2008

[JR: But who are they? And doesn't Mom look happy? Dad's saying goodbye tuition bill! ]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 2 2008 7:49 PM



MFound: MC gets attribution




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* Jan. 31, 2005: Recruiters in Manhattan reported that a door to their office had been beaten in. Anarchist symbols were scrawled in red paint on the building.

On the same day, New York police collared a young Manhattan College junior and charged him with throwing a burning rag into an Army recruiting station and ruining the door locks with super glue.

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Incorrectly attributing a reported “manhattan college” student to the “Manhattan College”!

[JR: Anyone know someone at the NY Post? Argh!]

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From:     jasperfjohn68

Subject:     Attention Ms. Malkin: There is a difference between a “manhattan college student” and a “Manhattan College student”

Date:     July 5, 2008 7:28:24 AM EDT

To:     letters@nypost.com

Ms. Michelle Malkin

c/o letters @ nypost dot com

Dear Ms. Malkin:

There is a difference between a “manhattan college student” and a “Manhattan College student”. Whoever prepared the timeline used in your article either leapt to a conclusion, copied it wrong,  or just blundered. I have read this story many times in my hobby of news collection focused on and about my fellow Jaspers. Most sources use lower case m and lower case c!

Your article does everyone connected with the “Manhattan College” a disservice. As a historical New York institution, you have accused it of harboring an anti-military zealot. Considering that it hosts Columbia University students in its ROTC detachment, because ROTC is not welcome at Columbia, strikes me as an especially heinous act of journalistic malpractice. Manhattan College has many distinguished graduates who would be happy to explain the distinction to you. Some are even in the military; active in the current fight. Shame to put down their alma mater by bad fact checking.

I understand that it’s hard to keep all the “manhattan colleges” distinct. I have a little web page to help.


Perhaps, at least, the NY Post web site could correct the error in the story. And, it would be nice if you gave a little school a proper retraction and the apology it deserves.

Thanks for your prompt attention in this matter,

F. John Reinke

Manhattan College Alumni - Class of 1968

P.S.: The 6k alums that I reach on a weekly basis have been informed. You may get a few more notes. Some of the old alums are a little more forceful and not such good spellers. But there heart is in the right place back on campus that they are passionate about. Maybe you could get an interview with Rudy and HE could explain the difference.

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jul 5 2008 7:01 AM

    * Updated: Sat, Jul 5 2008 8:22 AM



MFound: Didn’t finish with us, but maybe a lot like us?


A Centerville WWII veteran looks back on his full life

By Sandra BaerContributing writer

Thursday, July 03, 2008

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During his 84 years, Dale Neibert of Centerville has seen buildings come down and buildings go up.

As a soldier in the U.S. Army 100th Artillery Division in Europe during World War II, Neibert saw his share of combat and destruction of buildings and as a civil engineer employed by General Motors for 31 years he engineered and built factories around the globe.

“I built all of the Delco Products plants in Kettering, except for the original plant on Forrer and Woodman,” said Neibert, who grew up the son of a sharecropper in Shelby County, Ind. “I loved the work at GM. I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning.”

In 1941, Neibert graduated from Waldron High School. He spent the summer working on the family farm, before studying chemistry on scholarship at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind.

In 1943, Neibert enlisted in the U.S. Army, but was drafted into the Army Air Corps before the paperwork was completed.

After completing basic training in Alabama, where the heat approached 100 degrees, Neibert was accepted into the Army Specialty Training Program and sent to the University of Alabama for two months of training to become a combat engineering officer.

He then went on to Manhattan College in New York City, where he began studying basic engineering.

After six months at Manhattan College, the ASTP was canceled and Neibert was sent by ship dodging U-boats and a major hurricane, to join the 100th Infantry mortar section in France.

“We spent 183 days in combat without relief,” said Neibert, who earned a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, helped capture Biche Fortress on the Maginot Line, and fought at Heilbronnon on the Neckar River and in Operation Northwind during the Battle of the Bulge, where he received a Purple Heart.

“That’s a long time to go without a shower.”

Following his training as a combat engineer, Neibert decided to enter civil engineering at Purdue University when he returned home in December 1945.

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The day after graduating from college as an engineer in 1949, Neibert married Lorene. He then used the fourth year of his GI Bill to complete an MBA at the University of Indiana.

He moved to Dayton and then Kettering, where he lived for 50 years, after accepting a position with the GM Delco Products Division.

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[JR: Note the MC connection. He didn't finish with us, but maybe MC fanned his inner fire.]

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jul 5 2008 7:37 AM



Comment on JNEWS: Kehoe, John (MC1967) CFO by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1967.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 29 2008 6:27 PM



Comment on JNEWS: Fish, Chris (MC1987) CFO QBE by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

I believe that Chris is a member of the Class of 1987.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 29 2008 6:33 PM



Comment on JNEWS: Scanlon, Dr. James (MC1966) final day as president of Missouri Western State University by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

Dear John,

I believe that James is a member of the Class of 1966.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

    * Posted on: Sun, Jun 29 2008 6:35 PM



ENDNOTE: Their “marriage” ain’t my “marriage”!


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Bill Murray and his wife of nearly 11 years are divorced. Documents filed in Charleston County in South Carolina show that a judge approved a divorce agreement on June 13th, barely a month after Jennifer Butler Murray, wife of the 57-year-old actor-comedian, filed divorce papers.

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As a little L libertarian, I find that it’s a shame when I read stories like this. It saddens me. Without revisiting the whole same sex marriage issue, we need truth in labeling. What Hollywood practices, subject to a rare exception, is not what I’d call “marriage”. The Church should stand up for what it teaches. To the point of finding a different word. Agape comes to mind. But, what do you want from an injineer?

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jul 5 2008 7:00 PM



"Bon courage a vous tous"