JASPER JOTTINGS Week 29 – 2008 JULY 20



POSITRACTION: He went the extra mile to enable some one. 2

JFound: McCarra-Fitzpatrick, MaryAnn (MC1989) poetry readings on YouTube! 3

JEMAIL: Kenny, Robert (MC1968) sees two sides of a story. 4

JNews: Bonadies, Bill (MC????) memories captured in local paper 5

JEMAIL: Insull, Bob (MC1963) relies upon our shared experience with the Lasallian Tradition. 7

JEMAIL: Antenucci, John (MC1959) is pretty sure when he graduated. 10

JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) debunks Manhattan School of Visual Arts. 11

JEMAIL: Rooney, John Peter (MC1965) quotes John23. 12

JFound: Cusack, John (MC1973) (on LINKEDIN) 13

JObit: Sands, Harold Joseph (MC????) 15

JEMAIL: O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) jumps in on “my” side of the “social justice” debate. 17

JObit: McCrann, Thomas F. Jr. (MC????) 20

JEMAIL: Insull, Bob (MC1963) cites “God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self control” 21

MNews: MC women are smart 23

JFound: Frank Crowley (MC1934) was a hero. 24

JFound: Several Jaspers Check In (on FACEBOOK) 27

JUpdate: O’Neill, Brian (MC2011) checks in. 28

JObit: Ferraro, Sam (MC????) 29

JNews: Marle, Joshua (MC????) Desert Wind Winery National Sales Manager 30

ENDNOTE: Socialists always have orders for you; not themselves! 31




POSITRACTION: He went the extra mile to enable some one


A hero without the paperwork

Published: June 11, 2008

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It was a day of minor miseries. There was a new eight-page form that replaced an old one-page form. Two pharmacies called about patients whose medications had run out but could not be renewed without prior authorization. A social security application required more documentation. We live in a mad land where helping people rests on faxing paperwork.

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The short story goes on to report that a social worker just doing his job went the extra mile to enable some one to avoid a minor disaster — minor to us; it wasn’t our disaster — major to the one trying to get past it.

An unidentified hero!

No kudos. No brass band. No records kept.

Just one person looking out for another. Not even good reporting.

But a positive message to start the week?

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 13 2008 12:00 PM


JFound: McCarra-Fitzpatrick, MaryAnn (MC1989) poetry readings on YouTube!


McCarra-Fitzpatrick, MaryAnn (MC1989) poetry readings on YouTube!

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JEMAIL: Kenny, Robert (MC1968) sees two sides of a story

From: Kenny, Robert (MC1968)

Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:12 PM

To: Reinke, FJohn68

Subject: Following one’s own vision

John my friend:

If memory serves, this guy later committed suicide. I take your point that one should not allow naysayers defeat you in your dreams. But it is equally valid point that all those who appear to commit outlandish are necessarily healthy.

Case in point - Howard Hughes - I was discussing this with a friend last night. The “Spruce Goose” was arguably one man’s vision in aid of the war effort. I believe what followed was psychosis.

Both I’m sure you’ll agree are equally valid points.

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[JR: I couldn't confirm that he suicided. The ride just happened so there may be others. Maybe one of the other "nuts"? I did find the following about a priest who died doing the same thing. Everyone should get to follow their dreams without some one else poopooing it. There's that fine line between genius and insanity. Today, too many people listen to all sorts of bad advice. As long as, you don't hurt someone else, you should be free to do it. And, as long as I don't have to pay for the clean up.]


Kent Couch: Helium hero or balloonatic?

The tale of an Oregon man who lashed his chair to some balloons and drifted over 200 miles is a modern-day heroic fable

July 7, 2008 11:48 AM

by Paul Lewis

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You might be thinking it’s stupidity that takes the like of Couch skywards. This weekend sailors off the coast of Brazil discovered the body of Catholic priest Father Adelir de Carli, 42, who was last seen strapped to 1,000 giant party balloons in April.

I disagree. These men may be fools, but they’re enviable fools. In today’s risk-averse world, there’s something admirable about a guy from Oregon willing to gamble his life on a gust of wind, just because it feels good.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jul 13 2008 7:47 PM


JNews: Bonadies, Bill (MC????) memories captured in local paper




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Bill Bonadies, Palm Beach Gardens

Growing up in Rhode Island, I have been a Red Sox fan, but going to Manhattan College and working at the New York Daily News in the 1970s allowed me many great Yankee Stadium memories. Going to an Old Timers Game and seeing DiMaggio, Mantle, Ford, and the final two to be introduced - Mrs. Lou Gehrig and Mrs. Babe Ruth. Other memories include seeing Fran Tarkenton when he played for the Giants, going to the 1977 All-Star Game, witnessing the spat between Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin when Jackson refused to bunt.

But my most memorable game was when the Yankees beat the Orioles 5-4 on a Monday night game of the week after the team had attended the funeral of Thurman Munson earlier that day. Yankee great Bobby Murcer drove in all five runs on this emotional night. Not even seeing Howard Cosell in his mustard yellow ABC jacket can ruin the memory.

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 14 2008 7:53 PM


JEMAIL: Insull, Bob (MC1963) relies upon our shared experience with the Lasallian Tradition

From: Bob Insull

Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 12:02 PM

To: Ferdinand J. Reinke

Subject: Re: JASPER JOTTINGS Week 28 � 2008 JULY 13

> JR: Do I detect a little ad holmium argument? And, I am sure in your

John: Sorry about that “lecturing tone;” I was (as you could no doubt tell) a bit steamed when I wrote my response to your original article. And as to the ad hominem charge I prefer to think that I was leaning (perhaps presuming) upon our shared experience with the Lasallian Tradition. (To quote from the MC Mission and History webpage: “… founded upon the Lasallian tradition of excellence in teaching, respect for individual dignity, and commitment to social justice inspired by the innovator of modern pedagogy, John Baptist de La Salle.”)

In that spirit and while admitting that, as in any human endeavor, there have been abuses and excesses I would ask:

- which (if any) parts of the contract established by that subset of people 200 years ago do you find binding?

-how does one promote the “general welfare” without simultaneously looking out for individual welfare?

As to a government program that has been ” … effectively efficient or effectively efficient” I’d point to the WPA, the FDIC (today very much in the news for certain bank customers in Calif.) and more recently Head Start as examples of effective (albeit not perfect) programs.

The last time I checked the Gospels were being held by the Church as, if not totally historically accurate, inspired reflections of the mind of Jesus. And the encyclicals, if not totally infallible, at least seriously instructive of the mind of the Church (the Body of Christ on earth today).

We can certainly agree to disagree agreeably for that, too, is a part of the Lasallian Tradition (and, besides, we’ve been doing that pretty much since Jasper Jottings has existed).

Bob Insull (’63)

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“Steamed tone” is the fun part of email. The tone was no worse than in Plato’s Cave when someone came up with a bone headed idea.

I agree with that “human dignity” part. It’s today’s version of “social justice” that I have trouble with. In the St. JBdlS’s time it meant not cutting off the hands of starving people, branding them, or keeping slaves. Today, it means the gooferment enriches itself while providing the chains that bind the poor to them.

I feel I am NOT bound to anything I didn’t agree to. And, agree in the legal sense, meeting of the minds, without duress.

One promotes the ‘general welfare” by preventing aggression, securing property rights, and basically allow people to be free to make their own mistakes. (Right out of the Libertarian playbook!)

Gooferment programs has to be judged on means and ends. WPA took from the taxpayer and enriched the politically connected while paying a pittance to the workers. Socialism at its best. BTW the Great Depression was caused by the Congress with the Smoot Hawley tariff and they “rescued” use with a host of tyranny — as gooferment programs. FDIC is a disaster; it preserves the money bakers at the expense of the taxpayers. Don’t get me started on the Fed and fractional reserve banking that the Rockefeller Morgan connection. In short, the Congress by “insuring” deposits robs the taxpayers and makes the people ‘lazy” about financial diligence. Bank runs were regional and limited until FDR stole the gold from our money. Head Start continues the Dewey model of ripping children from their families to make good soldiers and compliant factory workers. Besides, why do I as a taxpayer have to pay to baby sit some one else’s children?

Holy Mother Church can hold whatever beliefs it feels appropriate and accurate for itself and its members. As I remember, there was hot controversy about when the Gospels were written and the authenticity of the various forms. (Well as hot as theologians get!) When we transfer those ‘religious beliefs into ‘Socialist public policy’, then we have a boundary problem. Anymore than the gooferment should be enforcing Jewish dietary laws (which it does) or dictating to a Catholic hospital abortion policy. When we allow “them” (i.e., the “blue light gang”, the gang with fancy uniforms, the gang that declares it has the exclusive right to use force) to blur the lines, we lose. We lose the concept of limited government (i.e, Law is what the gooferment tells us it is!). We lose Holy Mother Church as refugee from persecution by the State (i.e., Cardinal Richelieu and the Musketeers). And, we lose our power to self-imposed limiting beliefs (i.e., old elephant tied up with a string).

Agreeably always. You see us libertarians are always willing to extend to you the liberty we wish for ourselves. :-) So what percentage slave are you? I’d like to make you a ZERO per cent. You can keep all your money — real money — gold and silver — AND then you can contribute to the charities that best express your beliefs. Me too? Americans are the most generous people on earth ever. Even with the taxes look what we gave to the tsunami victims and the 911 funds. Why do we need the gooferment extracting a large handling fee to do what we do naturally? And, to enslave the poor doing it! How else to explain the fourth generation on public assistance?

That is not “social justice” in my book!

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JEMAIL: Antenucci, John (MC1959) is pretty sure when he graduated

From: Ronijohn Antenucci

Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2008 11:58 PM

Subject: RE: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 28 – 2008 JULY 13


John Antenucci is class of 1959. My brother James Antenucci is class of 1960.

John Antenucci

[JR: Are you sure? Mike McE is rarely wrong! :-) Just joking, but old Jaspers have fuzzy memories.]

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From: Mike McEneney

Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 1:33 PM

To: Jasperfjohn Reinke

Subject: Re: JEMAIL: Antenucci, John (MC1959) is pretty sure when he graduated

Dear John,

Sorry about that! I must have looked it up late at night!


[JR: :-) James, John, can't tell one Antenucci from the other without a program!]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 14 2008 8:17 PM

    * Updated: Wed, Jul 16 2008 8:47 PM


JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) debunks Manhattan School of Visual Arts

From: Gerard M. Delaney

Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2008 12:54 PM

To: John Reinke

Subject: Re: Manhattan School of Visual Arts


The wiki entry for the school makes no mention of our Manhattan, nor does the school’s website. In fact, the website does not include the word “Manhattan” at all, other than as the location of the school. I strongly suspect that they are not LaSallian in origin.

Another entry for your “Manhattan-ology” page?

Gerard ‘75

Caution: In interpreting contracts between

demons and mortals, it is most often the

demon’s view that prevails.

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[JR: Thanks for the research. I'll update the page.]



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    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 14 2008 8:28 PM


JEMAIL: Rooney, John Peter (MC1965) quotes John23.

From: Rooney, John Peter (MC1965)

Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2008 1:11 PM

To: Jasper reinke

Subject: another pope said:

“We deem it opportune to remind our children of their duty to take an active part in public life and to contribute toward the attainment of the common good of the entire human family as well as to that of their own political community. They should endeavor, therefore, in the light of their Christian faith and led by love, to insure that the various institutions—whether economic, social, cultural or political in purpose—should be such as not to create obstacles, but rather to facilitate or render less arduous man’s perfecting of himself in both the natural order and the supernatural…. Every believer in this world of ours must be a spark of light, a center of love, a vivifying leaven amidst his fellow men. And he will be this all the more perfectly, the more closely he lives in communion with God in the intimacy of his own soul” (Blessed Pope John XXIII, Peace on Earth, 146, 164)

John Peter Rooney

ASQ CRE #2425

[JR: Didn't see "social justice" in there. Did see "not to create obstacles, but rather to facilitate". That's what us libertarians want to do -- empower people in peace.]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jul 14 2008 8:35 PM


JFound: Cusack, John (MC1973) (on LINKEDIN)



Cusack, John

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John Cusack

Owner, Gifford Park Associates

Greater New York City Area


* Owner at Gifford Park Associates


* New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1973.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Cusack, John (MC1973)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 15 2008 8:56 AM

    * Updated: Wed, Jul 16 2008 8:47 PM


JObit: Sands, Harold Joseph (MC????)


Harold Joseph Sands

POSTED: July 15, 2008

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Harold Joseph Sands, 83, of the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of 145 Chandler St., died Monday (July 14, 2008) in WCA Hospital.

He was born June 2, 1925, in New York City, the son of William James and Margaret Teresa Clarke Sands. He entered the Brothers of the Christian Schools Order in 1944 and served under the name of Brother Basilian Amidy until 1972.

Mr. Sands attended Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and Manhattan College in New York City, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree. He continued his education at Fordham University, where he earned a Master’s of Science degree, the University of Buffalo, where he earned a Master’s degree in education, and at Jamestown Community College, where he earned an Associates degree, and was licensed by the New York State Department of Education as a registered nurse.

From 1952 to 1963, Mr. Sands was Principal and Director of Community at St. Mary Magdalene Elementary School and at Sacred Heart Elementary School in New York. As a missionary in Kenya, he was the Headmaster and Director of Community at Kamwenja Training School between 1962 and 1969. Returning to the U.S., he served as a Reading Teacher and then as Director of the Boorady Reading Center in Dunkirk, New York until 1973. With his wife, Helen Brummer Sands, he helped found the Gustavus Adolphus School in Jamestown, where he was Principal and Director of Education from 1973 to 1983. After receiving his R.N. in 1983, Mr. Sands worked for seven years as a nurse at Lutheran Social Services in Jamestown and at the Christian Brothers Nursing Home in Lincroft, New Jersey.

In his retirement years, Mr. Sands served as a Director and volunteer for Hospice of Chautauqua County from 1990 to 1996. From 1997 to 2002, he worked as a volunteer at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Falconer New York.

Mr. Sands was preceded in death by his brother, James Francis, and also by his wife, Helen Rosalind Brummer Sands, whom he married July 14, 1973, and who died May 27, 1978.

Survivors include Mr. Sands’ brother and sister-in-law, William and Elizabeth Sands of Bronx, New York, their children Robert Sands, Mary Ellen Sands Sivak, and Judith Sands Mahonski; also by his nephew William Gerard Sands of Wallingford Connecticut, his nieces Margaret Romano of Lady Lake, Florida and Kathleen Sands of Roslindale, Massachusetts. He also leaves Rita Marsh of Bemus Point, Ann Aversa of Jamestown and many other beloved friends, former students, and coworkers whose lives he truly blessed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday in St. James Catholic Church. The Rev. John Kuhlmann will be celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kenmore, N.Y.

The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the funeral mass Tuesday in the church. Email messages to the family may be sent by visiting the website www.presentsixbeyfuneral.com.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Chautauqua County, 4840 West Lake Rd., Mayville, N.Y. 14757.

Powers, Present & Sixbey Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Sands, Harold Joseph (MC????)

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 15 2008 5:36 PM


JEMAIL: O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) jumps in on “my” side of the “social justice” debate

From: Bill (MC1976) O’Connell

Sent: Sunday, July 13, 2008 11:30 AM

To: John J. Reinke

Subject: Jottings


I want to join in the fun on the debate on Jottings (on your side) re: Week 27. I saw Bob Insull’s reference to the Constitution and I just had to do a little research of my own:

“The fifth purpose {stated in the Preamble}, ‘to promote the general Welfare,’ had a generally understood meaning at the time of the Constitution…. The salient point is that its implications are negative, not positive – a limitation on power, not a grant of power. By definition ‘general’ means application to the whole rather than to particular parts or special interests. A single example will illustrate the point. In the late 1790s, Alexander Hamilton, an outspoken advocate of loose construction of the Constitution as well as using of the Necessary and Proper Clause to justify a wide range of ‘implied powers,’ became convinced that a federally financed system of what would soon be called internal improvements – building roads, dredging rivers, digging canals—was in the national interest. But, since each project would be of immediate advantage only to the area where it was located, none could be properly regarded as being in the general welfare. Accordingly, Hamilton believed a constitutional amendment would be necessary if internal improvements were to be undertaken. James Madison, in his second term as President, would veto a congressional bill on precisely that ground.” –The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, Regnery 2005, p.45

Does that mean that government should not fund the improvements of roads? No, but the question is which government? I remember the great project to build Westway on the west side of Manhattan. It was projected to cost about $2 billion dollars for a two (?) mile road, and the Federal Government was supposed to fund 90% of it. Why? Why should the people of Arizona, Hawaii, Florida, Iowa, et al, pay for a two mile road entirely in Manhattan? What about the Big Dig up in Boston? It would seem to me that both of these projects should be funded by New York City, and Boston respectively. We have lost our way in that we keep tossing more and more up to the Federal level where we have far less control over the spending and the mistaken belief that if the Feds pay for it, we won’t have to. What we will have to pay for is a Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska, a subway system in Florida that would have been less costly if they gave each rider $100,000, studies on cow flatulence, and myriad welfare programs.

We are losing population in upstate New York at an alarming rate because our tax structure is 57% above the national average. Every politician who runs for office brings their list of goodies they are going to provide if you elect them (and hand you the bill). We need candidates who with regard to the government believes what Antoine de Saint Exupery said, “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”


Bill O’Connell

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JR chimes in:

I’m not so sure that the gooferment SHOULD be doing roads at any level. I know that is what is called the “libertarian third rail”. BUT! Look at Disney World, beautiful highway. I can envision a world where one drove on the WalMart Interstate, the UPS parkway, and GEICO avenue. That ignores the fact that small entities could cooperate on streets. We have private roads maintained by HomeOwner’s Associations. The gooferment already extorts “road improvements” from developers in exchange for “permits”.

My favorite example was the Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park. It was an eyesore in front of Trump’s (luxury) Tower. He made a deal with the NYC gooferment to fix it. They had spent grazillions and spent literally at least a decade and had an eyesore as results. It took them a year to grudgingly grant Trump “permission” to fix it. And, he had to forgo any City funds involved. Trump accepted the deal on the day it was offered. His team had the work begun the next day. He had it done in less than 90 days at a cost of 300k$. When the concrete guy said he was going to be late for the delivery, he personally picked up the phone and told the guy that he’d never sell him another cubic yard of concrete in any Trump project. TWO trucks were there with 3 hours. Bottom line: Done! And, Trump, unusual for him, didn’t make a big deal about it. He attributed it to having tools that politicians didn’t have.

I think if we would recognize, that allowing the gooferment to use its force outside of “keeping the peace” and some minor housekeeping functions as outlined in the Constitution, we risk Liberty.



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O’Connell, Bill (MC1976) jumps in on “my” side of the “social justice” debate

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jul 15 2008 6:10 PM


JObit: McCrann, Thomas F. Jr. (MC????)




Thomas F. McCrann Jr.

McCRANN - Thomas F. Jr. Mass of the Resurrection for Mr. Thomas F. McCrann Jr., 77, a resident of Wells, NY and formerly of Baldwin, NY will be held on Monday July 14th 2008 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Wells, NY. Interment will be at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery, Wells, NY. Mr. McCrann died on Monday July 7, 2008 in Selden, NY. He was both a graduate of Manhattan College and a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. McCrann was a devoted husband of 45 years to wife Audrey and loving father of Marybeth Lawless. He is survived by his children, Winni Tucker, Thomas F. McCrann III, Christine Martinez, Patrick McCrann, Katy Bishop, Anne McCrann, and Matthew McCrann, brothers George and Paul McCrann, sisters, Patricia Gilvary, Eileen Baske, and Maureen Koltzan, 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Arrangements are by the Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the familiy online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.

Published in Newsday on 7/14/2008

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McCrann, Thomas F. Jr. (MC????)

[JR: This dropped in late to Legacy.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 16 2008 9:57 AM


JEMAIL: Insull, Bob (MC1963) cites “God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self control”

From: Bob Insull

Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 1:19 PM

To: FJohn68

Subject: Re: FW: JASPER JOTTINGS Week 28 � 2008 JULY 13

John: I certainly sense the libertarian bent of many of your issues and arguments. Indeed, there is a part of me (and not too small a part either) that is emotionally drawn to that point of view. (Perhaps some of my anger arises from my inability to give expression to that part of myself. For you see, the conflict arises when I filter that attraction through the even larger part of me that is a psychologist - a trained observer of human behavior. Watching the human condition as closely as I have via this training and career for the 45 years since I graduated dear old MC makes me more than wary.

I believe that so many years of observing how - in both the individual and in the group instance - the veneer of civilization is so exceedingly thin and how ready we are to scrape it away has turned me from a Jeffersonian (”I have such reliance on the good sense of the body of the people and the honesty of their leaders that I am not afraid of their letting things go wrong to any length in any cause.” “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”) into a Hamiltonian democrat. (”Take mankind in general, they are vicious–their passions may be operated upon… Take mankind as they are, and what are they governed by? There may be in every government a few choice spirits, who may act from more worthy motives. One great error is that we suppose mankind more honest than they are. Our prevailing passions are ambition and interest; and it will be the duty of a wise government to avail itself of those passions, in order to make them subservient to the public good.”)

For this reason I find it advisable to check my more libertarian impulses and treat them as ideals rather than as an existing (or even achievable) status.

Would that it were otherwise! But what it would likely take for humankind to reach a place where such ideals might be realized is for us to truly mean (and God to truly grant) the prayer we so casually toss off whenever we sing the 2nd verse of America The Beautiful: “America! America! God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self control, thy liberty in law.”

Recent history suggests that this state is more distant than ever!

Robert C. Insull, Ph.D.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 16 2008 8:08 PM


MNews: MC women are smart




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Canisius, along with Niagara University and Manhattan College, gave the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference three teams in the top 25, the second-highest total of any conference.

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[JR: Nice to know by external confirmation, that MC has it's eye on what is important!]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jul 16 2008 10:16 PM


JFound: Frank Crowley (MC1934) was a hero


Lessons from the ’30s

July 17, 2008

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WSYB Sports Director Jack Healey was grumbling about a $51 fill-up at the gas pump a couple of weeks ago.

“I felt like I had been kicked in the stomach,” Healey said.

Healy feels that way more than most. The combination of great pipes, a tremendous knowledge of sports and meticulous preparation, make him as good a play-by-play man is there is anywhere. But he can be a little neurotic.

These are tough times. It’s not the Great Depression, but it’s something closer to that than many of us have ever lived through.

One area physician told me that he has recently seen older patients who had not showered in a while and who were using cold water to wash dishes.

They are conserving, far more conscious of commodities they always took for granted.

Not anymore. They are trying to get ready for a long, cold winter where skyrocketing heating costs and other things figure to test their resolve.

But those who weathered the 1930s will tell you it was worse then. A lot worse.

Frank Crowley was a hero to his brothers Joe and Larry. They lived on Nichols Street in Rutland and would excitedly wait near the top of West Street hill for him to come home from Manhattan College where he was an All-American distance runner.

That’s why I expressed surprise when Joe told me he didn’t go to Los Angeles to watch his brother in the 1932 Olympic Games.

Joe was incredulous.

Los Angeles? We couldn’t afford to go to Center Rutland,” was his reply.

The Crowley brothers have all passed on, but Proctor’s Charles Shostak is still very much alive at 90. And he remembers the 1930s well.

And one snapshot that remains vivid is walking up Powers Hill in Proctor to listen to the Friday Night Fights on the radio at a place called Young’s Boarding House.

I did some research on the place and came up empty.

But from what Charlie told me, the facility that housed workers for the Vermont Marble Company would have been situated between the homes currently owned by the Kimballs and Chehys near where North Street turns into Florence Road in Proctor.

“There weren’t too many radios,” Shostak said.

There weren’t a lot of radios, cars or other material things.

“You couldn’t go to Rutland. There weren’t enough cars and it was seven cents to go from Proctor to Rutland by train,” Shostak said. “Nobody had a car. We didn’t even have a bicycle.”

“We would go up to the boarding house and spread out on the lawn. They would see the people out on the lawn and bring the radio out on the porch. There would be 10 or 12 people out on the lawn.”

And that meant fight time.

“The fights started about 8 o’clock,” he said. “The fights were a big thing. There was nothing else to do and you looked forward to them. What else were you going to do?”

The first national broadcast of a boxing match came in 1921 when Jack Dempsey fought Georges Carpentier. The fight was telegraphed to radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh for broadcast and heard mostly by people fortunate enough to have handmade radios.

And thanks to big names like Dempsey, Tunney and Schmeling the fight game evolved and became a big event carried by radio stations each week.

It was certainly one of Charlie Shostak’s favorite memories from a time when not much came easy.

“It was different then. Nobody got upset if their guy lost. It was more like entertainment out and you didn’t care who won,” Shostak said.

“We had fun, but you wouldn’t want to go back to those days.”

No definitely not. But we can learn a lot from Charlie Shostak and others who endured those difficult times.

Things might get bad, but we need to savor the good moments.

The next time a $51 fill-up feels like a Max Schmeling blow to your gut, think of the good times, the simple pleasures. Find your own Friday Night Fights whether it’s taking in a Legion game at gorgeous St. Peter’s Field, a Sunday night sunset at Devil’s Bowl or just a walk through the beautiful trails at Pine Hill Park groomed with so much care. Maybe a nice country drive out to Mill River Union High on Friday to watch the kids wind up their week at the Southern Vermont All-Star Football Camp with scrimmages?

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Crowley, Frank (MC1934)

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jul 17 2008 7:43 PM


JFound: Several Jaspers Check In (on FACEBOOK)



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Zalackas, Brandon (MC20??)


Elbrecht, Andrew (MC2008)


Buzzetta, Annamaria (MC2009)


Johnson, Brittney (MC20??)


Nugent, Casey (MC20??)

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jul 18 2008 6:29 PM


JUpdate: O’Neill, Brian (MC2011) checks in


Brian O’Neill


Manhattan College ‘11

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jul 18 2008 7:32 PM


JObit: Ferraro, Sam (MC????)



July 18, 2008

SAM FERRARO, 88, of LAKEWOOD, passed away Saturday, July 12, at Leisure Park. Sam was born Salvatore Giuseppe Ferraro in Hackensack. Sam was an Army veteran and received a Good Conduct Medal. While in the service, he worked as an interpreter with Italian Prisoners of War and taught them English, gave them basic training, translated Italian into English, English into Italian and instructed in military courtesy. Sam attended Manhattan College Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree to teach Italian, French, English, Spanish and Chemistry. He was employed by the Leonia Board of Education for many years before retiring July 1, 1985. He moved from New Milford to Leisure Knoll in Manchester in December 1987 and then to Leisure Park Brighton Gardens in 2002. Sam was also a parishioner of St. John’s Roman Catholic Church.

Sam was predeceased by his mother, Mariannina Nicolini; and his father, Gaetano Ferraro. He is survived by his friend, Carol Hare.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at D’Elia Funeral Home, Route 70 and Vermont Avenue, Lakewood. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Church, Barnegat, with burial to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Barnegat.

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Ferraro, Sam  (MC????)

[JR: WW2 interruppted so many educations that I feel that it's hard to hold the returning vet finishing up elsewhere. I can't tell who's always what. So, I'm generous with the benefit of the doubt. After all who died and left me the arbiter of who is a Jasper and who is not. Above my pay grade. You figure it out.]

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  * Posted on: Fri, Jul 18 2008 8:34 PM

    * Updated: Sat, Jul 19 2008 9:41 AM


JNews: Marle, Joshua (MC????) Desert Wind Winery National Sales Manager


Friday, Jul. 18, 2008

National sales manager named at Prosser winery

By Mary Hopkin

Joshua Marler has joined Desert Wind Winery as its National Sales Manager. Marler will work with distributors throughout the U.S. to expand the Desert Wind brand.

Marler has a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y. and extensive sales experience in the consumer packaged goods industry. Before joining Desert Wind, he was a development manager for Frito Lay Inc. and an tobacco sales representative.

Desert Wind Winery in Prosser produces about 25,000 cases of wine annually and has long-range plans to increase production to up to 200,000 cases.

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Marle, Joshua (MC????) Desert Wind Winery National Sales Manager

[JR: Now about the Jasper discount?}

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jul 19 2008 1:09 PM


ENDNOTE: Socialists always have orders for you; not themselves!


G8 summit: Gordon Brown has eight-course dinner before food crisis talks

By Robert Winnett, Deputy Political Editor in Hokkaido, Japan

[JR: The headline speaks for itself. The Socialist know how YOU should behave. Do as I say; not as I do? ]

    * Posted on: Sat, Jul 19 2008 7:18 PM


"Bon courage a vous tous"