JASPER JOTTINGS Week 50 - 2008 Dec 14

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College


01. POSITRACTION: Gone but not forgotten
02. JObit: Kerans, Edward [MC????]
03. JEmail: Quinlan, Liam (MC1985) gives us more info about Stoecker, Roy R. [MC????]
04. JObit: Oram, Robert E. [MC1954]
05. JOY: Motko, Richard [MC????] weds Theresa Lowe
06. MFound: MC and the 168th Street Armory
07. JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) updates some missing Class Years
08. LINKEDIN ALERT: Parganos, Nicole (MC2001) Senior Engineer at Ecology and Environment, Inc.
09. MNews: Remembering Jasper football
10. JUpdate: Buran, Bill (MC1999) is working toward Freedom, Prosperity and Peace
11. JObit: Macey, Herbert C. [MC1962]
12. MFound: “Jasper 9 Club” (baseball)
13. MFound: Dennis Day (1916-1988) was a MC Glee Club member
14. JFound: Modafferi, Richard [MC1960]
15. JUpdate: Cacchione, Richard [MC1965B] sighted
16. JFound: “Basile”, Tim (MC20??)
17. ENDNOTE: Maria Shriver: I'm "a Catholic in Good Standing" But Also Pro-abortion and Pro-Homosexual

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POSITRACTION: Gone but not forgotten


Researchers: 139 WWII Marines entombed on atoll
Nov 26 12:06 PM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man’s quest to find hundreds of U.S. Marines buried anonymously after one of World War II’s bloodiest battles could lead to the largest identification of American war dead in history.

Researchers used ground-penetrating radar, tediously reviewed thousands of military documents and interviewed hundreds of others to find 139 graves. There, they say, lie the remains of men who died 65 years ago out in the Pacific Ocean on Tarawa Atoll.

Mark Noah of Marathon, Fla., raised money for the expedition through his nonprofit, History Flight, by selling vintage military aircraft rides at air shows. He hopes the government will investigate further after research is given to the U.S. Defense Department in January—and he hopes the remains are identified and eventually returned to the men’s families.

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In past weeks, I asserted that the Gooferment doesn’t take Veterans seriously. Here’s yet another example of vets “left behind” and, for all intents and purposes, forgotten. Stories like this rub our nose in it.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 7 2008 8:37 AM

JObit: Kerans, Edward [MC????]


Edward Kerans

Edward James Kerans Naples, FL

Edward James Kerans, 64, a resident of Naples and Tabernash, CO, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on November 21, 2008. Ed was born in Staten Island, NY in 1944. He was the son of James and Eleanor (Falvey) Kerans. He graduated from Xavier Military Academy and Manhattan College.

He married his college sweetheart, Patricia McCrave in 1964.

In 1966, Ed started his career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand in New York City. He and Pat lived in New York, Colorado, and Minnesota prior to his retirement from Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2002. Ed enjoyed his retirement to the fullest. He loved spending summers and holidays in the Colorado Mountains, and liked to say that he controlled the weather, by spending winters in Naples. He loved golfing, boating, biking, traveling and reading. His favorite pastime was playing ball and walking with his Cassie girl, a German Shorthaired Pointer. He was a master storyteller with a sharp wit and a charming smile. His humor was infectious. Ed was a thoughtful and positive thinker, and was admired by all who knew him.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Patricia; three children, Erin (Dave) Brush of Lake Forest, IL, Tara (Rob) Albrecht of Bellingham, WA and Gavin Roberts of Denver, CO; five grandchildren, Sam, Jack and Anna Brush and Dylan and Myles Albrecht; and sister, Barbara Lussier.

He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Mercedes Smith.

A memorial Mass celebrating Ed’s life will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 475 Ninth Avenue South, Naples, FL 34102, Friday, December 12th, 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow at the Windstar on Naples Bay Clubhouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 11145 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34113.

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Dear John,

   I do not find a record of Ed in my “stuff” but I would guess that he was either 1964 or 1965.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Kerans, Edward [MC????]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/5wzwjd

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 7 2008 8:53 AM
    * Updated: Sun, Dec 7 2008 10:45 PM

JEmail: Quinlan, Liam (MC1985) gives us more info about Stoecker, Roy R. [MC????]

From: Quinlan, Liam (MC1985)
Date: December 7, 2008 10:05:26 AM EST
To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner
Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 49 - 2008 Dec 06


And he’s a novelist, too! Remind you of anyone else?

[JR: James Patterson? ROFL. Inside joke. I'm just weeks away from releasing my self-published novel "It Started In Church - October 19, 1962". Jasper Liam thinks he's being funny.]

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Roy R. Stoecker Ph.D

Roy Stoecker is one of the three co-founder’s of Energy and Environmental Analysts, and has been Vice President since its establishment in 1979. He formed and organized the Ecological Services Division of EEA. Dr. Stoecker serves as the Principal-In-Charge of all ecological, water quality and marine environmental studies. Prior to EEA, Dr. Stoecker was the Ecology Division Director of the Environmental Division of a national environmental and occupational health-consulting firm owned by the Equitable Life Assurance Society insurance company.

Many of Dr. Stoecker’s project activities involve design of large-scale scientific/environmental programs. He is currently Principal-in-Charge of the Army Corps of Engineers South Shore of Long Island Storm Damage Mitigation Program. Both the Fire Island Interim Plan (FIIP) EIS and the Storm Damage Reduction Reformulation Study focus on natural resource assessments for storm damage protection. As such, he is directly responsible for all of the natural resource studies presently underway. These include offshore and backbay fisheries programs, benthic invertebrates, submerged aquatic vegetation, bottom profiling, and many other programs.

Dr. Stoecker just recently began consulting for a proposed offshore wind energy project planned by Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). Through a team effort with other consultants, Dr. Stoecker was involved in a preliminary study of the entire south shore to locate possible sites for an offshore wind farm. Dr. Stoecker contributed to a study that describes the natural resources on the south shore of Long Island and addresses sensitive issues involved in the building of an offshore wind farm. Dr. Stoecker also spearheaded the Jamaica Bay Eutrophication Study, a marine aquatic sampling program designed to contribute data to a nutrient modeling program for the Jamaica Bay Estuary. Another one of his programs involves the design and bio-engineering of created wetlands at the Fresh Kills Landfill. This innovative project utilizes dredged materials as the wetlands underlayment thereby providing a beneficial end use for these materials.

In the past, Dr. Stoecker has been the principal-in-charge of numerous ecological siting feasibility studies. He designed and directed multi-year ecological studies of the Hudson River Center site adjacent to the Javits Convention Center and the East River Landing site adjacent to the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. Dr. Stoecker crafted an environmental study on the Great South Bay and associated barrier beaches, which included studies of avifauna, groundwater, and inte rtidal marsh vegetation in order to determine the potential impacts of residential development along the barrier beaches.

Dr. Stoecker is active in many environmental affairs relating to the Great South Bay and Barrier Islands. He has served on the following committees:

»Chairman, Town of Babylon Environmental Conservation Commission

»Chairman, Town of Babylon Beach Advisory Committee

»Save the Beaches Fund, Inc.

»Ad Hoc Committee for the Outer Beaches

»Technical Committee, South Shore Estuary Reserve Council

Dr. Stoecker received his Ph.D. in Botany from University of Hawaii. He is extensively published and author of “Aquatic Studies at the Hudson River Center Site In: Estuarine Research in the 1980’s: The Hudson River Environmental Society Seventh Symposium on Hudson River Ecology ((1992).

Dr. Stoecker is also a writer of fiction novels and an accomplished woodworker, adding character to Garden City’s office furniture.

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JFound: Stoecker, Roy R. [MC????] Substratum Intake System: Once-Through Cooling Hybrid

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Quinlan, Liam (MC1985)

Stoecker, Roy R. [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 7 2008 10:56 AM

JObit: Oram, Robert E. [MC1954]


Nov. 8, 1928-Nov. 25, 2008

CAMARILLO, Calif. - Robert E. Oram, member of the charter faculty of Southwest Minnesota State University, passed away Nov. 25, 2008, at his home in Camarillo, Calif. Oram founded the theatre program at Southwest, serving as department chair from the school’s opening in September 1967 until summer of 1974.

Oram was born Nov. 8, 1928, in Ballston Spa, N.Y., and grew up in the city of Manhattan. He received his bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College; his master’s from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.; and his doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit. While at Catholic University, he toured Europe and the U.S. with Catholic Players; at Wayne State, he performed with the Hillberry Classic Theatre.

The first stage production at Southwest was the musical “West Side Story,” which Oram directed. Under the umbrella of the Cultural Opportunities Resource Center (CORC), a federal program, he directed “The Glass Menagerie” with artist-in-residence Julie Haydon. The production toured numerous small towns in the Marshall area. He also established Heartland Players, featuring professional actors on campus, along with guest director Douglas Campbell. Oram’s theatre department received the Governor’s Award for Excellence.

Oram left Marshall in 1974 to pursue a theatre career in Los Angeles, where he performed on stage, TV, and in films. He founded a theatre company in the San Fernando Valley, called The Folding Chair Theatre.

In 1980 Oram returned to Southwest State as guest director of the play “Hedda Gabbler.” At that time he also directed a production for the Cabaret Players of Redwood Falls.

Oram is survived by his wife of 49 years, JoAnne, who worked five years as writer/editor for the Marshall Independent; sons Robb, Steve, and Jim and their families, including three grandchildren.

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Dear John,

   I believe that Bob is a member of the Class of 1954.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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From: Grace Feeney

Subject: RE: Jasper Obit: Oram, Robert E. [MC 1954]

Date: December 9, 2008 2:45:05 PM EST

To: fjohn68

[JR: Thanks, Ms. Grace. Much appreciated. ]

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Oram, Robert E. [MC1954]

Guestbook: None

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 7 2008 3:35 PM
    * Updated: Tue, Dec 9 2008 4:45 PM

JOY: Motko, Richard [MC????] weds Theresa Lowe



Theresa Lowe and Richard Motko were married Aug. 30 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hempstead. The reception was at Westbury Manor. She is an electrical systems engineer for Entergy/Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants in upstate Buchanan and is the daughter of Ivan and Denise Lowe of Hempstead. The bridegroom is a nuclear reactor engineer for Entergy/Indian Point Nuclear Power Plants and is the son of Richard and Eileen Motko of Pleasantville. The bride earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The groom earned a master’s in mechanical engineering from Manhattan College. They live in Peekskill.

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Motko, Richard [MC????]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 7 2008 5:52 PM

MFound: MC and the 168th Street Armory


Sports of The Times
Rerun of History at Runners’ Mecca
Published: December 4, 2008

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When aging runners hear about the old 168th Street Armory, they talk about splinters the size of ice picks embedded in their shins, the red badge of courage of indoor track and field.

Dr. Norbert Sander, who has helped turn the armory in Manhattan into something of an international mecca, remembers his initiation to a banked wooden track, 11 laps to the mile.

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At the armory, he would do odd tasks for his speedier teammates, which gave him time to observe. George Eastment, the track coach at Manhattan College, “teaching a group of runners how to run a curve.” He also remembers “a floating dice game on a blanket on the back stairs — where I learned to play craps.”

Logan later got to watch his friend at Manhattan College, Tyrone Pannell, a superb hurdler and high jumper. After graduation, Pannell joined the Marines and Logan joined the Army and both went to Vietnam, but only Logan came back alive.

“Tyrone never fell,” Logan said, recalling the old days of the wooden track. “The ham-and-eggers fell but not Tyrone.”

Most runners still have a pratfall in them — but at least the splinters are ancient and painful history.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Dec 7 2008 6:37 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) updates some missing Class Years

Dear John,

>JFound: Sweeney, Bill [MC????]

I believe that Bill is a member of the Class of 1978.

>JFound: Stoecker, Roy R. [MC????] Substratum Intake System

I believe that Roy is a member of the Class of 1965.

>JFound: Brennan, Bob [MC????]

I think that Bob may be a member of the Class of 1982 where I find a Robert T.

>Duffy, Ms Patricia A. (MC????)

I believe that Pat (nee Siudym) is a member of the Class of 1980.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Dec 8 2008 8:31 AM

LINKEDIN ALERT: Parganos, Nicole (MC2001) Senior Engineer at Ecology and Environment, Inc.



Nicole Parganos, PE, LEED AP

Senior Engineer at Ecology & Environment, Inc.

Location Greater New York City Area

Industry Construction

LEED Accredited Professional Engineer, partner in a start-up MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) consulting firm, with experience in environmental engineering including water & wastewater treatment plant design, and utility asset management. Current focus is on business development and marketing for EP Engineering, LLC.

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Parganos, Nicole (MC2001)

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    * Posted on: Mon, Dec 8 2008 8:39 AM

MNews: Remembering Jasper football


End of college football era
By Bob Baird
Journal News Columnist • December 9, 2008

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It’s not at all unusual for a college alumnus to get mail asking for a contribution, but the letter I got in August 1965 was different.

I was weeks from stepping foot on Manhattan College’s Riverdale campus as a freshman and the letter was from fellow students, not the college itself.

That summer, students were passing up lucrative jobs to devote their time and energy to doing something that hadn’t happened at the college since the fall of 1942.

They were trying to field a football team.

This was the era of Joe Namath at Alabama, Bubba Smith at Michigan State and Mike Garrett at Southern California. Steve Spurrier was just a junior quarterback at Florida.

There was no illusion that the Jaspers, who had played in the forerunner to the Orange Bowl in the 1930s, would ever play against teams and players like those.

But students wanted football and wanted to field a club team, organized, financed and administered by students. With coaches hired by students, the Jaspers played NYU, Iona, Adelphi, Marist and St. John’s that first season. They hoped eventually to play cross-Bronx rival Fordham, which also had abandoned varsity football decades earlier.

Fordham, NYU and Georgetown had started the club craze in 1964 and a year later it was spreading from campus to campus as students collected money, hired coaches and scheduled games with other clubs. Over the next few seasons, Manhattan and Fordham would face off before crowds of about 14,000. Soon Manhattan was traveling to Scranton, Fairfield and Providence and hosting Seton Hall, Georgetown and King’s College of Pennsylvania.

There was a National Club Football Association and even national rankings and a national championship game.

That’s why it was so hard to hear a couple of weeks ago that Iona was dropping football from its sports program.

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Seton Hall, a fixture on Manhattan’s club schedule, went varsity in 1973, playing in NCAA Division III until 1981, the last season it fielded a team. Fordham, too, went varsity in 1970 and by 1974, they, too, were gone from Manhattan’s schedule.

Fordham, Georgetown and Marist, all Manhattan opponents in the club era along with Iona, remain healthy varsity programs, although they, too, have had some turbulent times.

Even after Bob Byrnes became Manhattan athletic director, the former club football star for the Jaspers couldn’t make a varsity program happen in Riverdale. The club program ended at the close of the 1987 season, just months before Byrnes took over. One of the student-hired coaches from his playing days, Bill Polian, went on to other coaching and management opportunities and has been the National Football League’s Executive of the Year five times with three teams.

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The college also cited the financial pressures of football, just as colleges had when students first showed an interest in the 1960s. And like the 1960s, parents thought there was another way to field a team. Several proposed lifting the financial burden from Iona, seeking to fund the program through outside sponsorships.

The college, however, opted to end the program, which has left its former players - including five from Rockland - in a lurch.

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Ed Day finds fault with Iona’s decision and says it appears to him the college knew it would disband the program but went ahead recruiting a freshman class and transfers from other college programs. He says that amounts to a betrayal on the part of the college.

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Reach Bob Baird at rbaird@lohud.com or 845-578-2463. His column appears Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

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[JR: Sigh! It's all about the Benjamins. No margin; no mission. And, if you're not prepared to compromise on standards, you can't compete. Maybe it's the gooferment's fault. Why are they running "schools" that MC has to compete with? They have unlimited budgets and the power to steal from the taxpayer. How does a small private Catholic college compete? It's a miracle.]
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    * Posted on: Tue, Dec 9 2008 9:34 AM

JUpdate: Buran, Bill (MC1999) is working toward Freedom, Prosperity and Peace



Buran, Bill (MC1999) is working toward Freedom, Prosperity and Peace.

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Oklahoma State Legislature Sends Message to Congress

Yesterday at 1:31pm

Hi all,

A few months old but of course the media took little attention. I ran for State Assembly in NY and this points to the quickest easiest path to restoring the Republic. Concentrating too much energy on national politics will cost too much money and take too long.

Remember the the States…the People have the power not Washington.

On June 16, 2008, the Oklahoma legislature passed Joint Resolution 1089 by a margin of 92-3. The resolution, published in its entirety below, calls for the federal government to, effective immediately, cease and desist imposing mandates that supersede its constitutional authority and violate state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment. The following resolution has been distributed among each of the parties listed per the resolution.

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[JR: Jasper Bill comments are symptomatic of the time. Now that the freeloaders outnumber the workers, it's time for the workers to revolt. IMHO!]
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    * Posted on: Wed, Dec 10 2008 9:12 AM

JObit: Macey, Herbert C. [MC1962]


Herbert C. Macey
Date published: 12/10/2008

Herbert C. Macey, 68, of Spotsylvania County died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at his residence.

Born in New York Nov. 4, 1940, he was the son of Herbert and Marie Hoffman Macey. He came to Virginia after graduating from Manhattan College in New York to work as a civil engineer for the Department of the Navy. He retired after 34 years of service to live a more leisurely life.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 40 years, Karen Macey, of Spotsylvania, and a son, Brett J. Macey, of Maryland. He also leaves behind two sisters, Marie Sigmann of New Jersey, and Barbara Goohan of New York.

No memorial service is planned at this time. Mr. Macey will be cremated and his ashes scattered on the land he loved so much.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at laurelhillfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements for the Macey family are in the care of Laurel Hill Funeral Home, 10127 Plank Road, Spotsylvania.

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Dear John,

  I believe that Herb is a member of the Class of 1962.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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Macey, Herbert C. [MC1962]

Guestbook: http://www.webfh.com/fh/obituaries/tributes.cfm?o_id=215130&fh_id=10235

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    * Posted on: Thu, Dec 11 2008 12:04 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Dec 12 2008 2:44 AM

MFound: “Jasper 9 Club” (baseball)


Join the “Jasper 9 Club” and Support the Jaspers

By joining the “Jasper 9 Club” and showing your support to the Manhattan Baseball program, your generous donation will enable us to continue to maintain a high level of success by allowing us to continually upgrade our equipment and supplement our travel budget which assists us in continuing to raise the level of our non-conference scheduling.

The generous financial support of alumni and friends of Manhattan College baseball has always been a large part of our program’s success.


Membership Levels:

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Please make all checks out to Manhattan College Baseball and send to:

Head Baseball Coach Kevin Leighton

Manhattan College - Draddy Gym

4513 Manhattan College Pkwy.

Riverdale, NY 10471

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    * Posted on: Thu, Dec 11 2008 8:14 PM

MFound: Dennis Day (1916-1988) was a MC Glee Club member


Radio Daze

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Wednesday, Dec 10, 2008

Christmas Comedy Mix 121108

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Dennis Day (May 21, 1916, New York City – June 22, 1988, Los Angeles, California), born Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty, was an Irish-American singer and radio and television personality, Also known for influencing musicians like Johnny Cash. Day was born and raised in New York City, the son of Irish immigrants. His father was a stationary engineer. Day graduated from St. Patrick’s Cathedral High School, and attended Manhattan College, where he sang in the glee club Day appeared for the first time on Jack Benny’s radio show on October 8, 1939, taking the place of another famed tenor, Kenny Baker. He remained associated with Benny’s radio and television programs until Benny’s death in 1974. He was introduced (with actress Verna Felton playing his mother) as a young (nineteen year old), naive boy singer — a character he kept through his whole career. His first song was “Goodnight My Beautiful”. Besides singing, Dennis Day was an excellent mimic. He did many imitations on the Benny program of various noted celebrities of the era, such as Ronald Colman, Jimmy Durante, and Jimmy Stewart. From 1944 through 1946, he served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant. On his return to civilian life, he continued to work with Benny while also starring his own show, A Day in the Life of Dennis Day (1946-1952). Day’s having two programs in comparison to Benny’s one was the subject of numerous jokes and gags on Benny’s show, usually revolving around Day rubbing Benny’s, and sometimes other cast members and guest stars’ noses in that fact.

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    * Posted on: Thu, Dec 11 2008 8:23 PM

JFound: Modafferi, Richard [MC1960]


Re: Objectieve meetmethode om verschillen in kabels, versterkers etc. aan te tonen
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2008, 18:58:44 »

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“Biography: Richard Modafferi received his B.S.E.E. degree from Manhattan College in 1960 and his M.S. E. E. in 1965 and M.S. Computer Science in 1968 from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Richard worked for Blonder-Tongue Laboratory from 1960 to 1966 designing VHF and UHF television equipment. From 1968 to 1974 he did FM tuner design for McIntosh Laboratories including the MR-78. He has been an independent inventor-consultant since 1974. His ‘Infinite-Slope’ loudspeaker inventions are licensed to Joseph Audio of Melville, N.Y. His hobbies include vigorous exercise (X-C skiing, running, cycling), vegetarian cooking, and playing piano. “

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[JR: from a Dutch site?]

Modafferi, Richard [MC1960]

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    * Posted on: Thu, Dec 11 2008 8:33 PM

JUpdate: Cacchione, Richard [MC1965B] sighted


[JR: UNYK is an internet sync tool like Plaxo. (Perhaps, not as obnoxious?) It allows me to "lay in wait" for Jaspers to join and then alerts me to offer the "Do the Vulcan mind meld with me on UNYK?" Similar to Facebook, Linkedin, and Plaxo. There's no privacy on the internet. So, I fired off this email to our fellow Jasper. We'll see if this type of "outreach" works by making contact or is just a waste of time. Stand by for News. (with appologies to Paul Harvey!)]

Dear Cacchione, Richard [MC1965B], UNYK says we are fellow Jaspers. Care to share? Still in Peru? That’s what I have in my notes. As someone who rarely gets outside of the NY/NJ, I’m impressed. Love to get an update for Jasper Jottings. Understand if you don’t want to be connected to a loon. :-) fjohn68

[JR: I show him as "Home Address: Surco, Lima 33, Peru" but since I'm a lousy clerk, I didn't date that update. It could be as much 25 years old. Isn't Jasper Hunting fun?]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Dec 12 2008 8:03 AM

JFound: “Basile”, Tim (MC20??)


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Thursday, December 11, 2008

17 The Grandchildren

July 30th, 1988 marked the beginning of the final generation of the Basile Family with the birth of my older brother Tim. The grandchildren that came to follow were Meghan, myself, Brendan, Teddy, and Andy. Much like Joe and Jan, the parents’ generation were fortunate enough to send all of their children to private middle and junior high schools. Another aspect that followed through the generations was the Baptism and practice of Catholicism by each of the grandchildren. This example shows how certain family values are handed down through generations.

There remains a strong connection to Christian Brothers Academy in the academic careers of the grandchildren. Tim and myself have already graduated from the academy while Brendan and Teddy currently attend. Andy is attending St. Pius X school where all of the other nephews also graduated from. Meghan went to Christ the King Junior High School and then Colonie Central High school. She is currently attending the State University of New York at Oneonta. Tim is currently attending Manhattan College and I am attending St. John Fisher College. Again, a strong private and religious influence remains in the selection of schools for both generations.

All three generations of the Basiles get together for dinners at Joe and Jan’s house a couple times a month. All of the grand parents and parents eat at the dining room while the children eat at the kitchen table. Having so many family members makes it harder to have everyone in attendance at these events. The only day throughout the year when all of the Basiles are under one roof are at the Christmas dinner. The Christmas dinner is the only mandatory family function in the Basile family.

Posted by Patrick Murphy at 1:55 PM

Labels: Children

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[JR: More detective work!]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Dec 12 2008 3:10 PM

ENDNOTE: Maria Shriver: I'm "a Catholic in Good Standing" But Also Pro-abortion and Pro-Homosexual


Thursday November 20, 2008
Arnold Schwarzenegger's Wife: I'm "a Catholic in Good Standing" But Also Pro-abortion and Pro-Homosexual
By Kathleen Gilbert

LONG BEACH, California, November 19, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – California’s first lady, Maria Shriver, recently told Sally Quinn of the Washington Post that she considers herself "a Catholic in good standing" despite the fact that she openly advocates abortion.

"I find I don't spend a lot of time trying to square my own daily life with the institutional Church," said Shriver. "I pick and choose."

Shriver called herself a "cafeteria Catholic," a term that is most often used in a derogatory manner, referring to individuals who only selectively submit to Church teaching and authority while still calling themselves Catholic.

On the disparity between Church teaching and her belief on abortion, Shriver told Quinn, "I often talk to my daughters at the dinner table about the difference between being pro-abortion and being pro-choice." She explained that she believes supporting the right to choose an abortion is different from supporting abortion.

Shriver also pointed out her disagreement with the Church on the issue of homosexuality. She said she does not believe that "people who are gay shouldn't be accepted into the church." However, while the Catholic Church teaches that all sexual activity outside of marriage, including homosexual activity, is sinful, there is no prohibition against people with homosexual inclinations being welcomed into the Church. The Church strongly recommends loving acceptance of such persons and spiritual direction and other assistance to help them live celebate, faithful Catholic lives.

The office of Cardinal Mahoney, Shriver's bishop, did not respond to repeated calls from LifeSiteNews.com yestereday and today up to press time.

Both Shriver and her husband, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, claim a Catholic identity despite public disavowal of Church teaching on the sanctity of life.

"I always said that you should not have your religion interfere with government policies or with the policies of the people," Schwarzenegger said at a Toronto press conference last year, as he advocated research on human embryos.

"I am a Catholic and a very dedicated Catholic, but that does not interfere with my decision-making because I know that stem-cell research, the way we are doing it in California ... is the right way to go," he said as quoted by the Toronto Star.

More recently, Gov. Schwarzenegger put aside his professed faith when he publicly joined homosexualists in the fight against Proposition 8, California's amendment protecting legal marriage as between a man and a woman.

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[JR: Another CINO! She disagrees with probably THE singular Catholic issue. When does this rise to the level of "public scandal"? Where's the Leadership? Where's the laity? Where's the outrage? Doesn't anyone realize what happens when you let your brand be adulterated? Sigh. Argh!]

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"Bon courage a vous tous"