JASPER JOTTINGS Week 05 - 2009 Feb 01

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



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POSITRACTION: Brilliant water-based eyeglasses for the masse


Brilliant water-based eyeglasses for the masses: No optician required
Posted by: hipstomp | Comments (40)

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British inventor Josh Silver, a former professor of physics at Oxford University, has come up with a game-changer of a product design with his water-lensed glasses.

Silver has devised a pair of glasses which rely on the principle that the fatter a lens the more powerful it becomes. Inside the device’s tough plastic lenses are two clear circular sacs filled with fluid, each of which is connected to a small syringe attached to either arm of the spectacles.

The wearer adjusts a dial on the syringe to add or reduce amount of fluid in the membrane, thus changing the power of the lens. When the wearer is happy with the strength of each lens the membrane is sealed by twisting a small screw, and the syringes removed. The principle is so simple, the team has discovered, that with very little guidance people are perfectly capable of creating glasses to their own prescription.

You can mass-produce millions of these, rather than manufacturing myriad individual lenses each tuned to a user’s specific vision deficiencies. And while the one-size-fits-all mentality may not fly in developed nations, Silver’s goal is to help the hundreds of millions of people in developing countries who suffer from poor eyesight.

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[JR: Wow! Silver calls his flash of insight a “tremendous glimpse of the obvious”—namely that opticians weren’t necessary to provide glasses. How esle can we serve our fellow man? This is a challenge to every Jasper. What’s so obvious that we’ve been missing?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 25 2009 12:37 PM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) tentatively ids McBride, Michael [MC1980?]

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: January 25, 2009 12:27:50 AM EST
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: Michael P. McBride ‘80

>JFound: McBride, Michael [MC????] Business Development Manager Safeguards Technology LLC

Dear John,

   We have at least 4 Michael McBride’s in our records, I suspect Michael P. from the Class of 1980 is the one in this article.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Your guess is better than mine.]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 25 2009 1:37 PM

JObit: McMahon, John J. [MC1953]

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: January 25, 2009 1:27:14 AM EST
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Subject: John J. McMahon, ‘53

Dear John,

   My classmate Dan Capozzi ‘53 sent the following Obituary from the Gannet Newspaper:

“McMahon, John J. passed away on January 15th, 2009 at the age of 77 years old. Mr. McMahon was a school teacher working for the NYC Board of Ed. Mr. McMahon is survived by his wife Doris. He is the father of Deborah Fromer, Doreen Greaney, Ellen Cooke, John McMahon, Dermot McMahon and Jennifer DeVito. Also surviving are twelve grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial on Monday 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Scarsdale, Arrangements by EDWIN J. BENNETT FUNERAL HOMES, 824 Scarsdale Ave. NY 10853 (914) 725-1137. Visiting Hours, Sunday 2-5 & 7-9 P.M.”

   Dan adds that John was a 1949 graduate of All Hallows High School, and while in the Liberal Arts School at Manhattan, was on the staff of the QUADRANGLE all 4 years, and for 2 years, had a weekly column “Words and Music” dealing mostly with contemporary music. He also worked on the Manhattan Quarterly for 2 years, with poetry as his forte. He was a member of Sigma Beta Kappa, as well. He was also an avid collector of Recordings of Pop music and had an enormous collection.

   John had a Master degree in Education and taught for 35 years as a Junior High School English teacher, Reading Specialist and Administrative assistant. He also spent 16 years teach graduate students at CUNY night division and was principal at the night school Adult Education Program.

   John was a devoted teacher, a wonderful family man and a proud Jasper.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

[JR: Here's an example that demonstrates the 'needle in the haystack' of internet searching. Even knowing what I'm looking for, I can't find it. So the readership has to be the eyes and ears. Internet searching isn't very good or very complete. Argh!]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 25 2009 2:37 PM

JEmail: Bryk, William (MC1977) ids Buch, Dr. Edward [MC1976]

From: Bryk, William (MC1977)
Date: January 25, 2009 10:28:31 AM EST
To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner
Subject: Re: JASPER JOTTINGS Week 04 - 2009 Jan 25

>Edward Buch, MD, of Somerville, filled the position of secretary/treasurer.

I believe Edward Buch, MD was a graduate of the Class of 1976. As we were on different sides in student government politics, I knew him fairly well as a tough, hard-working, and honorable opponent: a good friend to have, a hard man to beat. I don’t believe he ever lost an election as a candidate.

[JR: Thanks, William. You beat Mike in. :-) Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 25 2009 3:37 PM

JEmail: Reinke, FJohn (MC1968) on a panel discussion 2/4 3:30PM at MC

From: fjohn68
Date: January 25, 2009
To: my fellow Jaspers
Subject: I’ll be on a panel discussion 2/4 3:30PM at MC

My fellow Jaspers,

Carolyn Predmore invited me to participate in a panel discussion. I’m humbled at the invite. And, forgetting that I’m an Myers-Briggs ISTJ like 11.6% of the population, I agreed. So if you have nothing better to do, drop around to the Capalbo room and grab one of the fifty seats. Maybe you can teach me something?

Thanks for your support,

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On Jan 9, 2009, at 12:04 PM, Carolyn E. Predmore wrote:

Hi John,

Happy New Year. I got the Capalbo room for Wed Feb 4 from 3:30 to 5 for a pannel discussion on the economy - how it got here and where you see it going from here and the effects on MC students - those who are graduating and those who have a few years more.

{Extraneous Deleted}

Thank you so much.

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 25 2009 6:28 PM

QUOTE: Lo, Gerry (MC1979) on singing pigs


18. Life is too short to devote energies and efforts on trying to reason with the persistently unreasonable; attempting to coach a pig in singing can result in unattractive and unmusical outcomes and after a time may beging to annoy the pig in my limited experience.

– Gerry Lo (MC1979)

[JR: I found this funny! "digital dirt"?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 25 2009 9:57 PM

JFound: Unidentified Jaspers?


Jan 25 - Annual Hoops Night a Success
Posted on January 25, 2009 by Tom

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(New York, NY) - Five from Section 22 (Brendan, James O, John, James K, and Tom) along with a number of guests (Jen and Evan, Mike and Courtney, Pat and Katie, and Ellen) made the annual trek to see Manhattan College basketball. This year it was a doubleheader at Madison Square Garden where St. John’s (11-8 ) defeated Rutgers (9-11) in the opener by a score of 71-59. Iona (10-10) prevailed in the MAAC nightcap with a 71-51 win over the Jaspers (10-9) who struggled with field goal accuracy.

Most of the crew met in Riverdale near Manhattan College and ventured to the Garden via the #1 train. The adventure continued with some refreshments in Penn Station before the games. The return ride had its share of adventures when the best defensive play of the night came from Tom’s right arm as he caught the closing train door from shutting out and leaving Mike on the platform at 42nd street. The spirited discussion with NYC inhabitants on the train regarding the state of the economy and politics was memorable as well.

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[JR: Who's who?]

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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 25 2009 10:37 PM

JEmail: Lawrence, Richard A. (MC1968) chasing our “strange opportunities”

From: Lawrence, Richard A. (MC1968)
Date: January 25, 2009 12:17:15 PM EST
To: jasper reinke
Subject: Jasper Jottings tagged as SPAM by IEEE

Good Afternoon F. John,

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[JR: Thanks, Rich. Not much I can do about it. Yahoo sends them out and, if IEEE doesn't recognize them as a "trusted sender", the messages are going to score high on the routine spam tests. Argh! Thanks for letting me know. What would be an interesting experiment, is for you to sign up for the RSSFWD on the weekly distribution and compare the "pass rate". I could start a group that just sends a URL to the weekly issue, but that seems unnecessary. Comments?]

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OK, I subscribed to the RSS feed for JJ; my feed reader is Sharpreader This will totally bypass the IEEE aliasing service and SPAM scoring.

I will keep the RSS feed; I am trying to isolate the “font” problem previously described by our esteemed classmate, Vince Alline, as follows: “I’m looking for an apostrophe (’) and I find ’”. I am seeing this problem and variations of it in e-mails from multiple sources including LinkedIn Updates <updates@linkedin.com> which shows a bullet majuscule A caret preceeding FJohn Reinke has joined Exit 8 . I also see the problem in e-mail from FAASafety.gov <announce@faasafety.gov>. I have two subscriptions to FAASafety.gov. One subscription is text/plain and the other is text/html. The problem occurs for both Content-types. I have enabled detailed logging in my e-mail client to capture the raw data streams and intend to post the data on my web site if anyone is interested.


[JR: Go gettem Tiger. Nice to have a real pro on the job. ROFL!]
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    * Posted on: Sun, Jan 25 2009 10:42 PM

MFound: MC cites as “setting aside a contingency fund for financial aid”


Colleges tested by grim reality

Crain’s New York Business - New York,NY,USA

Manhattan College, with about 3000 students, is setting aside a contingency fund for financial aid, something the school has never done before. …

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[JR: Subscription required. Any subscribers out there?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 26 2009 2:44 AM

JEmail: McEneney, Mike (MC1953) cites Miller, Bill [MC1945] in the NY Times

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: January 26, 2009 12:40:34 AM EST
To: Jasperfjohn68
Subject: Manhattan in the News

Dear John,

   Today, Sunday, while paging through the sport section of the New York Times to see if they had any comment on Manhattan’s lose to Iona at the Garden, (they did not), I came across the following in the Sports Briefing column:


From Beijing to Armory

Aliann Pompey, a former N.C.A.A. champion at Manhattan College, won the women’s 400 meters in 51.85 seconds at the New Balance Games at the Armory track in upper Manhattan. Clayton Parros, a senior at Seton Hall Prep, won the men’s 400 meters in 47.58. Parros and Pompey, who reached the semifinal round in the 400 while competing for Guyana at the Beijing Olympics, will run the 600 yards Friday at the Milrose Games at Madison Square Garden. . . . (extra deleted)

    Bill Miller”

    While all of the other 5 items were attributed to (AP), this one was attributed to Bill Miller. Bill is a member of the Class of 1948, and was the first Sports Information Officer at Manhattan. Bill who was on the track team at Manhattan before he went into the service in W.W.II, is a member of the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame. He has been associated with the NY Times for more years tan can be remembered.. It is nice to see that he is still at it!



[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. Nice way to sneak in a "sports" story. :-) I think we have to revisit the ban on sports stories. Espeially as the pertain to other Jaspers. But I don't know how much our fellow Jaspers will tolerate "sports" in Jottings. Not to dupe the GOJASPERS site or YUKU, but where it makes sense? Opinions?]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 26 2009 3:01 AM

JNews: Campion, Bill [MC1975] remembers his bball career


Memories of a lifetime: Local man used to play Globetrotters
Campion spent 8 years with Washington Generals battling famous team.
By John Hartsock, jhartsock@altoonamirror.com
POSTED: January 26, 2009

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For the past eight decades, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters have entertained basketball fans with their exhilarating combination of eye-opening talent and side-splitting, hilarious antics.

The Globetrotters almost always win their games, and their most common opponent, the Washington Generals, almost always lose.

But it’s not by design that the Generals - a talented outfit in their own right - have come up short in all but a few of the thousands of games they’ve played against the Globetrotters over the course of nearly a century.

Not at all, maintain former Generals player Bill Campion - who has been living in Altoona for the past 17 years - and the legendary Generals founder and team owner Louis “Red” Klotz, who also spent many years as a player/coach with the organization.

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“Red Klotz said that he would never tolerate anybody purposely trying to lose a game,” said Campion, 56, a retired federal corrections employee who lives in the Greenwood section of Altoona. “I always felt that the harder the Washington Generals played, you could see the best come out of the Globetrotters as well.”

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But so did the Generals. The 6-foot-9 Campion - who hails from the Bronx, N.Y. and played high school basketball against former Pittsburgh Pirates pitching standout John Candelaria - shined on the basketball court during his collegiate days at Manhattan College, scoring 1,223 career points in two and a half seasons. He set the career school rebound record with 1,070, the single-season school rebound record with 419, and the single-game rebound record with 30 in a game against Hofstra.

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Campion, Bill [MC1975]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Bill is a member of the Class of 1975.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 26 2009 3:37 AM
    * Updated: Wed, Jan 28 2009 4:18 AM

HQ: Manhattan Softball Hosting Wine Tasting This Weekend

Manhattan Softball Hosting Wine Tasting This Weekend

Release: 01/26/2009

RIVERDALE, N.Y. � The Manhattan College softball team is hosting a wine tasting on Saturday, January 31, from 5:30-7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Tickets to the event, which immediately precedes the men’s basketball contest against Niagara, cost $30. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Head Coach Meaghan Asselta via e-mail at meaghan.asselta@manhattan.edu or by phone at (718) 862-7835.

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    * Posted on: Mon, Jan 26 2009 8:47 PM

JEmail: Cramer, Vincent (MC1968) has an offer

From: Cramer, Vincent (MC1968)
Date: January 27, 2009 11:00:20 AM EST
To: fjohn reinke
Subject: RE: OSR Newsletter

As a ‘68 Jasper I remember the words of Bob Dylan, “You don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows.” In ‘09, everyone knows: “You don’t need an economist to know that our future is blowing in the wind.” Credit markets frozen, planes in the Hudson River, and Downsizing galore! Weren’t the college days easier? Some of my fellow Jaspers are corporate executives guiding their firms through treacherous winds. Others are in sales and marketing positions seeing their income decline, and fearing a job loss. Regrettably, some have lost their jobs and are looking for employment. Or even a new career.

For each of them, there is a solution.

OurSaleRep Inc. created an innovative sales paradigm (For injineers, like my classmate fjohn, that’s a pair of dimes) to meet the challenges they face. Corporate executives can create a large and effective sales organization - at the lowest cost of sales. Sales and marketing professionals can increase their customer value and create a lucrative career.

My fellow Jaspers, and their firms, will receive substantial discounts for utilizing the capabilities of OurSalesRep and its ever-expanding network of corporations and sales professionals.

I am always open to feedback, networking, and — of course — giving / receiving help.


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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 27 2009 1:13 PM

JUpdate: Gorman, Tim (MC1980) is over at MC ALUM yahoo group


Gorman, Tim (MC1980)

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I am a 1980 graduate of Manhattan College, with a BS in Business. I would like to reach out to other Manhattan Alumni and get back in contact with old friends.

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 27 2009 1:53 PM

JNews: Zoppo, Brother Thomas [MC1985] Calvert Hall College High School president


Calvert Hall names new president
By Staff
- 1/27/09

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The prestigious Calvert Hall College High School is getting a new president.

Brother Thomas Zoppo, 51, principal since 2003 of Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, N.Y., will become the fourth leader of Towson’s private, Catholic, all-male school in July. A committee of Calvert Hall’s Board of Trustees selected Zoppo after a nationwide search, the school announced Monday.

Zoppo has been director of curriculum and instruction at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., academic adviser and lecturer in mathematics at Manhattan College in N.Y. and vice principal for student affairs at La Salle Institute in Troy, N.Y. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Villanova University and a master’s in school administration from Manhattan College.

“We lucked out with Brother Thomas,” Brother Benedict Oliver, who has served as Calvert Hall’s interim president for more than three years, said Monday. “He comes with a great deal of experience and we’re very excited that someone of his caliber is available.”

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Zoppo, Brother Thomas [MC1985]

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Dear John,

   I believe that Brother received his Masters in 1985.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Tue, Jan 27 2009 4:06 PM
    * Updated: Thu, Jan 29 2009 9:52 AM

JHQ: Free admit to Women’s bball game on Monday 2/9. Sex discrimintation?

Lady Jaspers Hosting National Girls and Women in Sport Day On February 9
Release: 01/27/2009
Courtesy of NGWSDCentral.com

RIVERDALE, N.Y. � The Manhattan College women’s basketball team is joining in the celebration of the 23rd annual National Girls and Women in Sport Day. All girls and women will receive free admission and a free poster at the Lady Jaspers’ regionally televised game against Iona at Draddy Gymnasium on Monday, February 9.

The 6 p.m. contest is Manhattan’s only televised home game of the season and will air regionally on MSG Network as a part of the MAAC-TV package. It is also the opener of a doubleheader. Following the women’s game, the Manhattan and Iona men’s teams square off in a contest that will also be televised by MAAC-TV.

The first National Girls and Women in Sport Day was held in 1987 in memory of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman, who died of Marfan’s Syndrome during a tournament in Japan in 1986. NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states and honors the achievements of girls and women in sports, while also encouraging participation. This year’s theme, “Look Who’s Playing,” recognizes female athletes who’ve made a difference or broken records despite difficult circumstances.

Contact assistant coach Christine Catalanotto at christine.catalanotto@manhattan.edu or (718) 862-7890 for more information. To find out more about National Girls and Women in Sport Day, go to www.ngwsdcentral.com.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 28 2009 12:01 AM

JObit: Donahue, Warren F. [MC1942]


Warren F. Donahue


Warren F. Donahue of North Ft. Myers, Florida and Armonk, New York passed away on January 26, 2009.

Mr. Donahue, 87, has lived in North Ft. Myers for more than twenty-five years. In his working years he was a writer and advertising executive. He wrote feature articles for the New York Daily News in the 1950s and then moved into advertising, working in several major agencies. Finally, he established Donahue and Associates and for a number of years handled all of the advertising related to the art shows and theater presentations around the country sponsored by the Phillip Morris Company.

A New Yorker, he was born in the Bronx, the second of four children of Thomas R. Donahue, Sr. and Mary E Purcell. He graduated from Manhattan College in 1942. He served in WWII as a gunnery officer on a submarine chaser on Atlantic convoys and as executive officer of LST 559 through eleven first-day invasions in the Pacific theater. After the war, he earned his J.D. at New York University Law School.

For more than ten years he taught English-as-a-Second Language for adults in Ft. Myers. His late wife, Mildred, served for many years as the assistant director of Senior Services of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.

A scholar of history, last year he published a treatise on the rise and fall of democracies in the Western world, ” The Remarkable Pattern of Western History “, which plotted the course of democratic development over the past 2,000 years.

He is survived by a brother, Thomas R., of Washington, D.C., 12 nieces and nephews and thirty-one grandnieces and grandnephews. Condolences may be viewed and offered at


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Donahue, Warren F. [MC1942]  

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/c388u7

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 28 2009 4:46 AM

JEmail: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) remembers John Updike

From: Breen, Jerry (MC1971)
Date: January 28, 2009 9:14:17 AM EST
Subject: R.I.P. John Updike

To one and all: John Updike died the other day of lung cancer at age 76. Although he’s primarily remembered as a prolific novelist and essayist, he was also one of the 20th Century’s leading poets. Here’s the drawing of Updike that I did just last year for the International Society of Poets in Owings Mills. You can also view it on their website (the world’s most popular poetry website) at www.poetry.com . Sincerely, Jerry Breen http://www.newbreen.com


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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 28 2009 11:33 AM

JObit: Martin, Margaret Kelly (MC1998) reports obit Brady, James [MC1950]

From: Martin, Margaret Kelly (MC1998)
Date: January 28, 2009 8:35:13 AM EST
Subject: Fwd: PARADE Mourns The Passing of James Brady

James Brady is the brother of my local pastor, Msgr. Thomas Brady and was a fellow Jasper

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Sent: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 7:17 pm
Subject: PARADE Mourns The Passing of James Brady

PARADE Mourns The Passing of Long-Time Contributor James Brady
Publication Date: 01/27/2009
James Brady

   James Brady, long-time author of PARADE’s celebrity profile column “In Step With”, died Monday at his Manhattan home. He was 80.

   He is survived by his wife, Florence; two daughters, Fiona Brady and Susan Konig; four grandchildren, Sarah, Joseph, Nichola s and Matthew, and one brother, Monsignor Tom Brady. Sons-in-law are David Konig and Carl Mehling.

   For nearly 25 years, Brady provided a glimpse into the lives of some of the nation’s most beloved celebrities, and some up-and-comers who are relatively new to the national spotlight. His last PARADE column, featuring Kevin Bacon, will appear on February 15, 2009. 9 CJim was a friend to the 73 million Americans who looked forward to his column each week, and he was a friend to all of use here at PARADE,” said CEO and Chairman Walter Anderson. “He was also a decorated war hero and a towering figure in American journalism. He will be extraordinarily missed.”

   A prolific author and a Marine, Brady’s book “The Scariest Place in the World”, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2005, is a non-fiction account of his return to North Korea for a PARADE magazine article. He is also the author of “Why Marines Fight”(2007) and “The Marine”(2003), a novel of the Korean War. “The Coldest War”, published in 1990, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was hailed by The New York Times as “a superb personal memoir of the way it was.”

   Brady just finished the final edits on his new book: “Hero of the Pacific: The Life of Legendary Marine John Basilone”. Basilone was a World War II hero, one of three who’ll be featured players in the forthcoming Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks HBO miniseries, The Pacific (October, 2009), a sequel to their highly acclaimed Band of Brothers. Jim’s book will be published by Wiley to coincide with the release of the series.

   As a “baby-faced” Marine lieutenant, Brady fought as a rifle platoon leader and later rifle company executive officer of Dog Company in the 7th Marines in the Taebaek Mountains of North Korea in the fall and winter of 1951-52. He was promoted to first lieutenant and battalion intelligence officer, and, in November 2001, he was a warded the Bronze Star with Combat V for a firefight against the Chinese army on Hill Yoke near Panmunjom on May 31, 1952.

   Brady had worked his way through college as a copyboy for the New York Daily News, then the largest circulation daily in the country. After graduation he returned from the war (and was offered not a reporting job but only his old copyboy gig), he wrote advertising copy for Macy’s and in 1953 was hired as a business news reporter by Women’s Wear Daily. In 1956-58 he covered Capitol Hill for Fairchild Publications, a period when Ike was in the White House, Nixon was Vice-President, Lyndon Johnson ran the Senate (and some said, the country), Sam Rayburn was Speaker of the House, and Jack and Bobby Kennedy were making their bones as a junior Senator and investigating committee counsel.

   Brady became London bureau chief for Fairchild in 1959 and two years later succeeded John Fairchild as bureau chief and European director in Paris, where he learned about fashion at the knee of the legendary Coco Chanel, who fondly and invariably referred to Brady as “mon petit indien..my little Indian,” conveniently ignoring the fact he was not a Native American and was a head taller than the fashion designer.

   In 1964 Brady returned to New York to become publisher of Women’s Wear Daily, helping turn that reliable old trade paper into something unique, a sort of media phenomenon, and crafting its successful consumer spinoff W magazine as the company’s editorial director. In 1971 he was hired away by Hearst Magazines as VP/editor & publisher of Harper’s Bazaar, with a mandate to bring the grand old monthly (for which Winston Churchill’s mother was a contributor) into the 20th century. Modernizing too swiftly, Brady disturbed Bazaar’s elegantly aging readership and alarmed the Hearst brass, which panicked, and Brady was abruptly sacked.  

   He wrote his first book, “Superchic,” an account of his publishing adventures and misadventures, and was hired by New York magazine editor Clay Felker to create and write the “Intelligencer” column. His first novel, “Paris One,” became a best-seller and was optioned several times by Hollywood, though never made.

   Brady wrote and hosted a TV talk show spinoff for New York magazine, which became the first cable show nominated for and to win=2 0several Emmys, including one for Brady personally.

   In 1974, Rupert Murdoch recruited Brady to edit his new tabloid weekly, Star. For the next nine years, Brady worked for the press baron in various roles, as vice-chairman of his American company, as associate publisher of the New York Post, and as editor of New York, succeeding Clay Felker. Brady also created and for seve ral years wrote the popular “Page Six” gossip column for the Post. And by now he was back on television, first on WABC News and then for six years doing live ce lebrity interviews over WCBS-TV News in New York, earning additional Emmy nominations. And in 1997 when demonstrably far too old for such nonsense, he was hired by Roger Ailes, then of CNBC, to do “Power Lunch” interviews with movers & shakers over a table at the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan.

   In recent years Brady worked in two very disparate fictional genres. His quartet of best-selling Hamptons romances, starting with “Further Lane,” are comedies of manners set in East Hampton, where he lived. Actual real life people and purely fictional characters were woven together and seen through the eyes of Brady’s protagonist and alter ego, the terminal WASP Beecher Stowe, himself like Brady a PARADE magazine correspondent, and his dazzling if spacey paramour, Lady Alix Dunraven, an Oxford graduate with a penchant for becoming engaged to aristocratic chinless wonders, who writes intermittently for Mr. Murdoch’s Times of London.

   At the same time, his quartet of Marine Corps books, historical yarns that are darker, brooding, and more weighty, blending martial adventure with fact, have become critically acclaimed best-sellers that appeal to an entirely different but devoted readership. As Publishers Weekly wrote in a starred review, “(Brady) has stormed publishing high ground to become, arguably, our foremo st novelist current writing on the subject of Marines at war…” And of his “Marines of Autumn,” Kurt Vonnegut Jr. wrote, “The Korean War now has its ‘Il iad.’”

   In the spring of 2003, as tensions rose along the demilitarized zone and North Korea rattled nuclear swords, Brady returned to Korea for the first time in half a century, on assignment for PARADE magazine, to revisit the North Korean ridgelines where he first fought, and to interview the young GIs manning those same positions today. His cover story ran on May 25, on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, precisely 51 years since the firefight for which he won his medal.

   Until his death, Brady continued to write his weekly column for PARADE and his column on media on Forbes.com, which debuted on January 19, 2006. Prior to that, Brady had written for Advertising Age and its savvy audience of media and Madison Avenue decision makers, and for Crain’s New York Business.

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Brady, James [MC1950]

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NEW YORK (AP) — James Brady, the Parade magazine celebrity columnist whose wide-ranging career also included novels, a memoir on his Korean War service and a stint as publisher of the fashion bible Women’s Wear Daily, has died at 80.

Brady’s death was announced Tuesday by Parade magazine, where he wrote the celebrity profile column “In Step With” for nearly 25 years. He died Monday at his Manhattan home.

Brady also was credited with initiating the New York Post’s popular Page Six gossip section when he worked for publisher Rupert Murdoch in the 1970s. During that time, he also succeeded Clay Felker as editor of New York magazine when Murdoch acquired it in 1977

His varied interests were alluded to in a 1997 New York Times profile. At Brady’s home in East Hampton, it said, “photos from years gone by paper the walls. Mr. Brady with (designer Coco) Chanel in Paris, Mr. Brady with a young Brooke Shields in New York, Mr. Brady in combat fatigues in Korea, Mr. Brady with President Bush in Washington.”

The Times praised his 1990 memoir on Korea, “The Coldest War,” as “a superb personal memoir of the way it was. … What distinguishes Mr. Brady’s book is its clarity and modesty; there is no heroic flag-waving here.”

He followed it up with a 2000 novel, “The Marines of Autumn,” and his 2005 “The Scariest Place in the World: A Marine Returns to North Korea.”

He had gone back in 2003 for Parade magazine, and in the book he shared his experiences and emotions on seeing the place 50 years after the war ended in a stalemate. In “The Scariest Place,” he wrote that none of the many later events of his life “matched the intensity, the gravitas and sheer excitement” of combat as leader of a rifle platoon.

Among his other books was “Further Lane,” a 1997 murder mystery set in East Hampton; and two novels drawing on his years in the women’s wear field: “Designs” and “Fashion Show.”

He had become Women’s Wear Daily’s publisher in 1964. Working with Fairchild Publications chief John Fairchild, he helped make the daily into a publication popular with 1960s fashionistas as well as professionals in the clothing trade.

He jumped to Hearst Corp. in 1971 and was publisher of its fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar.

But many readers knew him best for his contributions at Parade. CEO Walter Anderson said Brady “was a friend to the 73 million Americans who looked forward to his column each week … He will be extraordinarily missed.”

His last column will appear Feb. 15. It will feature actor Kevin Bacon.

Born in 1928, Brady started as a copyboy for the New York Daily News, where he worked while attending Manhattan College. Shortly after returning from Korea, he joined Fairchild Publications. Among other posts, he covered Washington for Fairchild and later reported from London and Paris.

He was hired by Murdoch in 1974 to edit the then-new weekly Star magazine. He later was an associate publisher at the New York Post.

Brady is survived by his wife, two daughters, a brother and other relatives.

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/d62cjg

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James Brady dies at 80; Parade magazine columnist, prolific author

Los Angeles Times - CA,USA

15, 1928, in Brooklyn, NY, James Winston Brady graduated from Manhattan College in 1950. After serving in the Marine Corps, he attended New York University …

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Dear John,

   I believe that Jim is a member of the Class of 1950.

   May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 28 2009 11:53 AM
    * Updated: Thu, Jan 29 2009 9:52 AM

JEmail: Jablon, Ken (MC1962) reminds me about Brady, James [MC????]

From: Jablon, Ken (MC1962)
Date: January 28, 2009 12:19:56 PM EST
Subject: Re: [ManhattanCollegeAlumni] Jasper Obit: Brady, James [MC????]


When Jim Brady wrote a column for Crains New York Business, he mentioned Manhattan College a number of times. I sent you the link and you included the columns in Jasper Jottings.

Ken Jablon ‘62

[JR: Thanks for the reminder. I'm away from my home base so I can't do much other than collect and report. But, I honestly wouldn't have remember that connection. I'm just a very bad clerk. Thanks for the memory jog.]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 28 2009 12:32 PM

JFound: Yu, Michelle [MC????]


Michelle Yu
Sports Reporter

Michelle joined the NY1 team in February of 2005. A native New Yorker, she grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Manhattan College with a degree in Communications.

Prior to NY1, she began her journalism career in print, writing for Gannett Newspaper’s ‘The Journal News’ and Sports Illustrated For Kids magazine. In 2003, Michelle made the transition from print to television when she joined College Sports Television. She also served as a sports reporter on Time Warner Cable’s ‘Sportstime’ show in Bergen County.

A resident of Manhattan, the Bronx native is an avid tennis fan and enjoys writing and traveling.

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 28 2009 12:51 PM

JEmail: DiGirolamo, Rich (MC1985) reports DiGirolamo, Lori (MC1981) as MC1891

From: DiGirolamo, Rich (MC1985)
Date: January 28, 2009 5:45:31 PM EST
To: reinke, fjohn68
Subject: RE: Thank you for your comment — 91, … 1991 or 1891?

GO ahead, put 1891.

And keep up the good work

Rich DiGirolamo

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[JR: Sounds like someone is playing a joke on your poor old Collector-In-Chief!]

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 28 2009 9:56 PM

QUADRANGLE: Thursday, January 29, 2009


Thursday, January 29, 2009
Riverdale Weather: HI 34 / LO 23 Partly Cloudy

Obama Inauguration Rocks MC

We are living history. Yesterday the first ever African American President-elect, Barack Obama, was sworn into office. Such a momentous occasion deserved special attention, and the Inauguration got just that. Not only did our country celebrate his Inauguration with special events so did MC.

NEWS Residence Life Prepares for Twelve Month Housing in OV

Residence Life is planning to introduce a new residence contract that will make Overlook Manor available year round to students who choose the option. “Now that we have East Hill, we have the opportunity to provide students with a 12 month contract,” says Brother Robert Berger, Vice President of Student Life.

OP ED From The Hills to The City

Drama is the main component of reality shows on MTV. The City is no exception. As Whitney and Jay’s relationship seems to be growing, other high-fashioned, stiletto wearing girls are finding out the hard way that their significant others might not be completely trustworthy.

FEATURES Off the Beaten Path

Although the semester is just beginning, it is time to start thinking of ways to relieve stress. The bus Bx7 or Bx10 leads to a place to take a time out. All day Tuesday or Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, the retreat will be free. On the other days of the week, the discounted student rate is $3.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT “Gran Torino” Eastwood’s Answer to American Racism

Very seldom does a film come along that makes you question yourself more than any psychedelic drug could ever twist your brain. “Gran Torino” reminds you that Asians only ride around in Japanese-made cars with automatic guns and bad tattoos, that the stereotypical black American has less respect for a female than terrorists do for innocent life, and that chewing tobacco is the dirtiest habit of any bigoted white man.

SPORTS MAAC Student-Athletes Perform Well Academically

Charron Fisher hurried through the corridors at Niagara University to make the first day of his 9 a.m. philosophy class. Slipping into the nearest seat, he listened as the professor reinforced a strict attendance policy of three absences and no exceptions. Full Story

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JFound: Sendall, Sean (MC????) on WGAM radio


Oh Basketball, How I’ve missed thee

Let me begin with a casual introduction of myself. My name is Sean Sendall I am a graduate of Manhattan College, and I can be heard mostly on Saturday mornings into early afternoon. Every Saturday you can hear me on any of the local sports reports as well as producing and keeping Dave Long up to date with modern happenings (since he does enjoy living below the “Tarrier Line” as he has dubbed it). I am also a part of the Weekend Warriors heard Saturdays on this very station, WGAM. I’d consider myself a sports enthusiast as well as a sports student, learning what I can from my elders (again Dave Long). My favorite sport would have to be basketball, it is the one I enjoy watching the most at all levels and, not so coincidently, it is the one I personally enjoy playing the most. I’ve also dabbled in the usual sports that we as Americans tend to play, baseball, football, soccer, tennis, golf (which I am still trying to pick up) and I also played a year of rugby in college. Admittedly I am not the biggest hockey fan, it was always basketball in the winter for me, but as of the past few years I’m beginning to pay more and more attention to it.

Rugby is by far the sport I miss playing the most, it combined aspects of many sports that I’ve played over the years and is not a regularly played athletic event in this area. I try and keep up with the international rugby news, a year and a half ago they held their world cup in France where South Africa was victorious over the surprise English team in the final match.

However, I digress, as this first blog of mine is not meant to strictly talk about myself, nor rugby for that matter, but to begin the year long discussion (for me at least it’s year long) about college basketball. College basketball…in my eyes there is no greater event than the Thursday and Friday of the first round of the NCAA tournament. With football season at an end this coming Sunday it is time for the rest of America to turn its eyes toward college hoops.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

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    * Posted on: Thu, Jan 29 2009 9:48 PM

JUpdates: Several Jaspers send in updates; all at the same time?

Cahill, John J. (MC1964)
Denihan Hospitality Group
Westport, Connecticut 06880-6203

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Christie, Valerie (MC1989)
Director, Supplier Accounting
N. American Components
Melville, NY 11747

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JObit: D’Adamo, Br. Anthony [MCatnd]


Rev. Brother Anthony Edmund D’Adamo

D’ADAMO–Rev. Brother Anthony Edmund C.F.C., passed away on January 27, 2009. Brother D’Adamo was born on March 15, 1936 in the Bronx, the son of Edmund and Nancy Pettifano D’Adamo. He received a BA in History and his MS in Pastoral Counseling at Iona College. He was also certified in Mechanic Drafting and Engineering at Columbia University and certified in Guidance at Manhattan College. Brother D’Adamo entered the congregation on July 1, 1957 and took his final vows on June 27, 1964. His ministry took him to many positions including St. Cecilia Grammar School, Bishop Gibbons HS, Power Memorial Academy, Iona Preparatory School, Tertianship Renewal Program in Rome, Msgr. Farrell HS, Rice HS, Iona College, Director of Vocations and with the Citta Dei Ragazzi Community in Rome where he served as Executive Vice President. Brother D’Adamo was predeceased by his parents and two brothers: Richard, Joseph and his wife Marie D’Adamo. He is survived by his nephews Gary D’Adamo and wife Lori, Richard and Perry D’Adamo, nieces Nancy Ann Downey and husband Bill and Jill D’Adamo. Also surviving is his sister-in-law Josephine D’Adamo and many great nieces, nephews and cousins all of whom loved him dearly. A wake will be held at St. Joseph Care Center, 30 Montgomery Circle, New Rochelle, NY on Thursday from 7-9pm and Friday from 2-4pm and 79pm. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Church, Mayflower Ave., New Rochelle, NY on Saturday at 9:30am. Interment to follow at Christian Brothers Cemetery in West Park, NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to Boys Towns of Italy, Inc., 250 East 63 St., Suite 204, New York, NY 10065.

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[JR: Attendees recognized on the theory "if it's important to some to mention in an obit, then we can spare a few prayers".]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/c2s56f

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jan 30 2009 8:01 AM

JObit: O’Connell, Philip R. [MC1949]


Philip R. O’Connell

Philip Raymond O’Connell, a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully on January 26, 2009 at the age of 80 in Naples. Phil was born in Woodside, Queens, NY, son of Michael J. and Ann Blaney O’Connell. He was married to Joyce McCabe O’Connell, originally of New York City, who survives him after 51 years of marriage. Phil graduated from Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn, earned an undergraduate degree from Manhattan College, a juris doctor degree from Columbia Law School, and completed the advanced management program at the Harvard Business School.

Phil was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, interrupting his studies at Columbia Law to serve in the Atlantic and Pacific fleets during the Korean War. He devoted 39 months to serving his country, principally as the executive officer on the USS Chilton and USS LST-883.

After returning to civilian life from his service in the Navy, Phil graduated from Columbia Law and joined the New York City firm of Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood where he practiced for several years before moving into executive roles in the business world. Phil was an expert in corporate governance and held many titles in his career before retiring in 1990 as senior vice president and corporate secretary of Champion International in Stamford, CT. His achievements during his law career include being admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving as a member of the NYSE Legal Advisory Board and long time service as a member of the board of directors and chairman of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries.

In addition to his record of business success, academic achievement and service to the country he loved, Phil was a champion runner in high school, college and master’s competitions. Among his many honors, he was a member of Manhattan’s Penn Relays championship teams in the distance medley and four mile relays. Phil also ran on two national AAU championship two mile relay teams and an IC4A cross-country championship team for Manhattan. For his achievements on and off the track as a Jasper, he was inducted into the Manhattan College Hall of Fame in 2000.

Running competitively as a master, Phil won championships at distances from 100 meters to 800 meters at the Connecticut and Rhode Island Senior Olympics. He also finished third in the 400 meters at the U.S. National Masters Championships in 1999.

Phil is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Michael O’Connell and his wife, Mindy of Dallas, TX; daughter, Kathleen Peloso and her husband, Raymond of Fairfield, CT; daughter, Jennifer McCormick of Newark, DE; and son, David O’Connell and his wife, Lauria of Lincolnville, ME; as well as his 11 grandchildren, Sam and Charlotte O’Connell, Meredith, Maddie and Caleigh Peloso, Kathleen, Matthew, Megan and Riley McCormick and Grace and Aidan O’Connell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Luke’s Church in Westport, CT. Interment with military honors will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Greens Farms.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Phil’s name to the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, Two Church Street, Suite 101, Ossining NY 10562 or at http://www.saluteheroes.org/ways-to-give.html.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

To offer an online condolence please visit www.SpearMillerFuneralHome.com.

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Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/cctjtv

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Dear John..

     I believe that Phil is a member of the Class of 1949.

    May He Rest In Peace.


[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jan 30 2009 8:08 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Jan 30 2009 8:00 PM

ALUMNI: MC alum email coming sooner rather than later?


From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 2:37 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [CIO] Student email

Manhattan College just transitioned to Google Apps over the January intersession. There were a few minor hiccups involving transferring archived mail folders; folders vs “labels” in GMail; getting used to threaded displays; and, some folks didn’t realize the need to change server settings if they wanted to continue to use a POP/IMAP client - but, aside from that, so far so good.

Great buy in from all and the suite of Google Apps including shared calendar, customizable start pages, shared documents, etc. are already starting to change the institutional culture. Additonally, we avoided six figure server and storage upgrades that still would not have matched Google’s 7+ GB per user. All in all, it was a success - so far at least with only two weeks of full use under our belts.

Our next project will be to convert legacy alumni e-mail accounts to Google.

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[JR: Hope for alumni email is on the horizon!]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jan 30 2009 9:11 AM
    * Updated: Fri, Jan 30 2009 8:00 PM

JEmail: McGrath, Erin M. (MC1992) memorializes Lisa Marie Muccilo ‘92
on 2/28 at halftime

From: Erin M. McGrath ‘92
To: jasper reinke
Subject: Jottings update - Sat. Feb 28th @ 2pm
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 08:39:52 -0500

Good morning JR. Hope you are well.

I have an update regarding the Lisa Marie Muccilo ‘92 Fund

We are proud to announce that on Saturday, February 28, 2009 we will be honoring Lisa at Manhattan College with a dedication ceremony of the women’s basketball team locker room. The dedication will occur during half-time of the women’s last home game of the season (game starts at 2pm) and a reception will follow after the game.

It was our intention when we started this fundraiser to honor Lisa with a room in the new library. Just to avoid any confusion, we needed to redirect the funds due to circumstances beyond our control. With careful thought and consideration we decided to renovate the women’s basketball team locker room which was in dire need of repair. Lisa was an avid supporter of MC basketball and she created the MAAC Fights Back program, which is now called THINK PINK and is an annual NCAA basketball season program.

If you would like to attend the dedication, please contact me via email {Privacy Shield Invoked}  so that I can reserve tickets for you.

Thank you for helping us achieve this goal of honoring our friend, classmate and hero, Lisa Marie Muccilo (1970-2003).

In health and happiness,
Erin M. McGrath ‘92
on behalf of the Friends of Lisa Marie Muccilo ‘92 Fund

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[JR: Well it's nice to see all your efforts come to a successful conclusion. It's been a hard rocky road to get it done. My modest efforts need no thanks; just happy to help. Unfortunately, I have a previous commitment that day (amazing how important things always land on the same day), but I'll be thinking of you and all the Jasper women who made this a reality. It's fitting tribute to your friend. And, her impact in an all too short life. "Bon courage a vous tous"]

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JEmail: McEneney, Edward J. (MC1959) cited for job search help

From: McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
Date: January 30, 2009 4:02:10 PM EST
To: “Jasperfjohn Reinke”
Cc: “Edward J McEneney”
Subject: Fw: Unemployment article

Dear John,

Here is an Article that will appear in the 2/1/09 print edition of “Our Sunday Visitor”, that quotes my Brother Ed (’59) about his work with the EARN program in his Home Parish of St. Patrick’s in Yorktown. Ed and his crew have helped a lot of people over the years, including a number of Jaspers, and continue to do so.


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    * Posted on: Fri, Jan 30 2009 5:13 PM

JUpdate: O’Connor, John E. Jr. (MC1974)

O’Connor, John E. Jr. (MC1974)
Director, Business Development, Southeast Operations at Abacus Technology Corporation


Profile: Successful military career in middle to senior leadership and management positions in defense systems acquisition and test systems, space and missile systems, and information technology. Strong team building and staff development skills.

University of Alabama - MA, Military History 1988 – 1989
The University of Montana - Business Administration 1975 – 1978
Manhattan College BA, History and Political Science 1970 – 1974
Distinguished Graduate, US Air Force ROTC

Activities and Societies: Phi Alpha Theta; Arnold Air Society (Air Force ROTC)

Additional Information
Air Force Association (AFA),
Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA),
Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jan 30 2009 8:42 PM

JFound: Martin, Carmel [MC1989] Assistant Secretary Planning and Evaluation


January 30, 2009 | Posted At: 05:42 PM | Author: Alexander Russo | Category: On Maryland Avenue

USDE: No One Puts Carmel In The Corner

Arne has added another name to his official list of selections, and she is — wait for it — former Kennedy (and Bingaman) education staffer Carmel Martin. I told you to watch out for former Hill staffers. (Well, someone told me, and I just passed it on. But I was right to do so.)

Congrats to Carmel and condolences to everyone else who wanted to be head of Planning and Evaluation (and to the Gates Foundation, which had just hired her).

Of course, we still don’t know how the top jobs are panning out — Deputy Secretary, etc. Click below to read Martin’s bio (along with Peter Cunningham’s who you already knew about). Or, click over to Mike Petrilli for some more water-cooler gossip about Wendy Kopp, Ted Mitchell, and Ruslyn Ali the likes of which you usually only get here. Say what you will, but I taught him well.


   Carmel Martin has an extensive background in the education field. In the mid-90s, Martin was an Associate in the Education Group with Hogan & Hartson L.L.P. After her tenure there counseling school districts, colleges and universities, Martin moved to the United States Department of Justice where she focused on enforcing key provisions of Civil Rights Act. She has served as Counsel to both Senator Tom Daschle and Senator Jeff Bingaman before becoming the Associate Director for Domestic Policy at the Center for American Progress in 2004. Martin’s most recent work has been with Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions from 2005 until December 2008. As Chief Education Advisor, she has counseled the Senator on all education issues and also led negotiations on all education legislation. Martin received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law and also has a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She received her B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Manhattan College.

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Dear John,
           I believe that Carmel is a member of the Class of 1989.

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jan 30 2009 9:17 PM

JNews: Barry, Peter [MC1951] attended Mass (just) because


Home › Island News › Education News
Catholic Schools Week culminates with Mass
By PETE SKIBA (Contact)
Friday, January 30, 2009

NAPLES — The St. John Neumann’s Celtics basketball team wasn’t tearing up the court with lay-ups, but everyone in the gym caught the positive vibration of Friday morning’s event.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane came to the gym to celebrate with a Mass the faith, tradition and the doctrines Catholic education instills in its students. The Mass culminated a week-long, Catholic Schools Week 2009 observed nationally and throughout Dewane’s seven-county Diocese of Venice.

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Retired without relatives in any of the schools, Naples resident Peter Barry, 81, attended Mass because he is a firm believer in Catholic education.

“I am a product of Catholic education,” Barry, a retired businessman said. “I graduated from Fordham Prep in New York and Manhattan College a (Christian) Brothers’ school. Catholic schools give an education rooted in firm values. And I came because the bishop is here.”

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Dear John,
         I believe that Peter is a member of the Class of 1951.
 [JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

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    * Posted on: Fri, Jan 30 2009 9:27 PM

PRAYERREQUEST: The Jasper’s premie has the RSV virus needs some prayers

fjohn68 reports from the Caring Bridge website.

Warm up the rosary bead, prayer books, and the old remembered prayers. That other Jasper child, the baby, the premie, needs a few prayers.

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One problem we did have this week is that he has in fact caught the RSV virus (effects the lungs of preemie babies)

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He’s not out of the woods yet. While not a great risk, in comparison to what he’s been through, this is no time for us to go lax. So we have to do our part and send a few prayers in his direction. Everyone knows how powerful prayers are. Jasper prayers more so; they are so rare.

“Bon courage a vous tous”

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jan 31 2009 8:28 AM

MFound: Seated in back of empty Manhattan College auditorium,
Riverdale, N.Y. Winter, 1950-1951


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Original : Seated in back of empty Manhattan College auditorium, Riverdale, N.Y. Winter, 1950-1951

   The Piano Player

   The falling snow was settling on the stairs

   He came inside and shook his snowy coat

   And now, beside the drapes and empty chairs

   He sits and sounds a lone piano key.

   And then he gently moves from note to note

   Descending, rising, blending, breaking free,

   Or circling round as if by breezes swirled.

   Anew there is the settling of the snow

   But now, the atmosphere is in his private world.

   An Seinnteoir Pianó

   Bhí sneachta ag cur an staighre faoina chlúid

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Translation into Irish: Northport, N.Y. 11 December, 2003.

   Raymond J. Clark

Réamonn Ó Cléirigh

Comment: Rather than go into the crowded library to study when I had no class, I would sit on a bench outside. But a gentle snow began to fall, so I took my books inside the empty auditorium and sat in the back row of seats. After a little while a man came in, shook the snow from his coat, didn’t seem to see me, and walked straight down to the piano near the stage. He struck a single note, then sat down and began to play a long piece of music. I stopped studying and listened. I could see the snow floating down outside the windows and the snow flakes seemed to follow the music. Suddenly, I got an inspiration. I switched that around. I imagined the music was following the snow. I decided to make up a poem.

In the first four lines I describe the real event down to the single sound on the piano. In the next three lines I try to describe the music in words that would also suit gently falling snow. And if the music notes were snow flakes, the air they were falling through had to be in another dimension or world. In the final two lines, I imagine that the music snow is settling within the soul or spirit of the piano player.

In the Irish version, the word ‘uaigneach,’ which means ‘lonely,’ fits the mood of the music he played that day.

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[JR: I have no idea what this is, but it sounds like our MC?]

    * Posted on: Sat, Jan 31 2009 12:39 PM

JFound: Arnone, Paul F. (MC1991)


Charlotte, NC 28269


Manhattan College - Riverdale, NY
Bachelor of Science, May 1991
Major: Computer Information Systems
Minor: Business Management

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JFound: O’Malley, Thomas D. [MC????] buys a Palm Beach condo


Oil exec pays $2.95M for Palm Beach condo
by Mallory Davis, published Monday, January 21 1:00 PM · ShareThis

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Thomas D. O’Malley and his wife, Mary Alice, bought a three-bedroom, three bath at {Privacy Shield Invoked}  in Palm Beach from Donna Rautbord for $2.95 million on Dec. 11.

{Privacy Shield Invoked}, which spans 2,000 square feet, is located in the Winthrop House development, which was built in 1972.

Mr. O’Malley is a veteran of the oil refinery business, most recently serving as chairman and chief operating officer of Premcora, an oil refinery group based in Greenwich, Conn.

He began his career in the mailroom of Phillip Brothers, a commodities trading firm. This eventually led to positions trading, running the company’s European operations and managing their energy business.

When Phillip Brothers merged with Salomon, an investment banking firm, Mr. O’Malley became vice president and chief executive officer of the oil trading division. In 1986, he left to found Argus Investments, which later merged with Tosco Corporation and Comfed Bancorp. He later served as chairman and chief operating officer of Tosco and vice chairman of Phillips Petroleum.

He earned his bachelor’s from Manhattan College.

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    * Posted on: Sat, Jan 31 2009 4:12 PM

Comment on JFound: DiGirolamo, Rich (MC1985) DiGirolamo, Lori (MC1981)

By Rich DiGirolamo

Yeah, yeah; let’s get this right. Rich 1985. Lori might have been 1991

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    * Posted on: Wed, Jan 28 2009 2:38 PM

ENDNOTE: better answers from Treasury


Oversight panel wants better answers from TreasuryLouisville Courier-Journal

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“Less than a month after its first report, a congressional paneloverseeing the Treasury Department’s $700 billion financial bailout isdemanding more answers. The panel’s first report, released Dec. 10,included questions about how banks are spending taxpayer money, howthe money will combat the rising tide of home foreclosures andTreasury’s overall strategy for the rescue.” (01/09/09)

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[JR: What a novel idea. I’d like a PUBLIC accounting. And, prosecutions for all the fraudulent mortgages. I saw one estimate that said organized crime was responsible for half of the NIJA (No income, no job, no accounting and no hope of repayment!) loans. There should be public floggings for those responsible. Especially Paulson, Berenacke, Franks, and Dodd! And any politician that was on the dole from these bailoutees. Argh!]

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"Bon courage a vous tous"

"Dona Nobis Pacem"