JASPER JOTTINGS Week 23 - 2012 June 03    

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



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POSITRACTION: Loong, Paul [MC1958] is a story within a story "Every Day Is a Holiday"


To Filmmaker, 88-Year-Old WWII POW Is Still 'Daddy'
By Mark Pattison
Source: AmericanCatholic.org
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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WASHINGTON (CNS) —Paul Loong was determined to survive the POW camps where he was held by the Japanese for three years. While imprisoned, Loong kept a journal that had a chance of surviving him if he never made it out alive.

But Loong did. And he made his way to the United States, got married and had a daughter, Theresa, who accidentally stumbled upon her father's journal. She eventually picked up a video camera and started asking him questions about what he had written when he was in captivity.

The result is an hourlong documentary, "Every Day Is a Holiday," which airs in May and June on public television stations. (Check local listings for dates and times.)

"It's been a process. It took over 10 years. I can hear my dad laughing," Theresa Loong said May 7 on a conference call with Catholic News Service. Theresa was speaking from her home in New York City; her father was talking, and sometimes laughing, from his home in the New Jersey suburbs of New York.

Despite the distance created by the camera, Theresa still calls her 88-year-old father "Daddy," both in the interview and in the documentary.

Paul Loong is ethnically Chinese, but was born in Malaysia—the Dutch colony of Malaya during his upbringing. Despite not being Catholic, he attended a school run by the Christian Brothers—"the same ones who run Manhattan College" in New York, where he later got a college degree, he noted -- which had a polyglot student body of different ethnicities and religions.

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Amazing tale just to get to the point where he becomes a Jasper. And, then goes on to great things from there.

How many of our fellow alums have "inspiring secrets"?

Every time I find one of these, I'm speechless.

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Loong, Paul [MC????]

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Dear John,

I find a Paul Y Loong in the Class of 1958.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Loong, Paul Y. [MC1958]

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JHQ: Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan Commencement Speech May 20, 2012

http://www.manhattan.edu/academics/commencement [JR: Link has a video]

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan Commencement Speech May 20, 2012

Thank you everybody. This is the day the Lord has made, so let us rejoice and be glad in it. You recognize that ancient biblical anthem of praise, don’t you? Which, Holy Mother Church so often repeats during this beautiful Easter season? And it’s sure mine this magnificent May afternoon of Commencement here at Manhattan College when I proudly become a Jasper. So, Dr. O’Donnell, Brother Malloy, now Dr. Thomas O’Malley and distinguished board, our wonderful faculty and administration, esteemed Brothers of the Christian Schools, consecrated women and men religious, my new classmates; the celebrated class of 2012, and dear parents and families. This is the day the Lord has made, so what do you say we rejoice and be glad in the achievements and now the daring plans and dreams of our beloved graduates. Let us rejoice and be glad in the sterling legacy and the present vitality of this wonderful Manhattan College. Let us rejoice and be glad in the providential love and care of Almighty God whose wisdom and truth is so obvious. On a day like this, on a radiant Catholic campus like this, in the joy and gratitude of our beloved graduates, I sure rejoice and am glad in an honorary degree from a college that I admire very, very much; the degree that you just presented to me. Especially since I just last year finished paying off the tuition for the real one I earned 30 years ago. And now I know for sure that I am a Jasper, I am an alumnus for sure, and I realized that when Dr. O’Donnell presented me not only with the scroll but with a pledge card for this year’s alumni campaign.

Just a couple hours ago our graduates and their families and guests united for an event, an event even more significant and sublime than this Commencement exercise; loyal to the Catholic Lasallian identity mission of Manhattan College. You offered the supreme act of thanksgiving, the holy sacrifice of the Mass at your baccalaureate. On this Lord’s Day, our Sabbath, the seventh Sunday of Easter. And at that Eucharist, graduates, you heard from St. John’s letter. Listen again to just a line, “If God so loved us, we must also love one another. God is love and whoever remains in love, remains in God.”

Can I just spend a couple of minutes speaking about love? Love of God and love for others. After all, love is our origin, love is our goal. We call colleges universities because their purpose is to draw us out of ourselves toward love of God’s creation and love of God’s creatures. We call the education so brilliantly given here a liberal arts education. Liberal, we’re using the word liberal not as the antonym for conservative, but to indicate that the aim of a liberal arts education is to broaden our perspective, to widen our view, to free us up for love of God and love of others. So here I trust graduates you have learned to love. Yes, you’ve learned to love friends, learning itself, New York City, life itself, your field of study. But also I trust you’ve learned to love even better, God and other people. Because as St. Paul wrote, “In the end, all that matters is faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love.” If as historians claim, the enlightenment began when we human beings discovered that the earth is not at the center of the universe. Well, I contend on this

Commencement day that maturity, maturity begins when I discovered that neither am I the center of the universe. Love teaches us that. And I trust that Manhattan College has given you all a major in the field of love.

I speak of a love this afternoon that displays itself in selfless sacrificial service of God and His people. That’s the love of Jesus. That’s the love of St. John De La Salle.

That’s the love that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair described just last week at a graduate ceremony just like this one. He said, “The essence of our faith is that there is something bigger and more important than you. That you are not the only thing that matters. That there is something bigger and more transcendent.” I learned that in a rather dramatic way last February 23 as the citation graciously recalled. That’s the day Pope Benedict XVI gave me that red hat over there., alright? That was a big day for me and I was kind of feeling in the center of the universe to meet the Pope and to have him put that hat on my head, to be at a reception in the center of attention with thousand of families and friends. And that evening, in the Vatican Palace itself, to have the Sistine Chapel at my disposal for a half hour with my guests. Can you imagine walking in with all my new Cardinal robes, alright? Into that Sistine Chapel that was all mine with a couple hundred of family and friends. And as I walked through the door, the flash bulbs went off. People began to applaud. Here I am in my cape and my new Cardinal’s hat and I am walking up the Sistine Chapel greeting people, feeling the center of the universe, until I look up and what do I see before me but Michelangelo’s depiction of the Last Judgment. And you don’t think that put it all into perspective. As much as I cherish the honorary degree that you just so graciously gave me, as much as you should certainly be proud of yours

that you receive in a little while; at the cosmic final exam, Jesus is not going to ask us about our college degree, he’s not going to care about a stock portfolio, a U.S. passport or resume, he’s certainly not going to ask about a Cardinal’s red hat. All he’s going to do is ask us about what I saw depicted in the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. All he’s going to ask us about are the questions that he gave us in the 25th chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel. If we’ve fed the hungry, if we’ve helped heal the sick, if we’ve clothed the naked and welcomed the stranger, and if we’ve visited the imprisoned and educated those unlearned. In other words, if selfless sacrificial love has been all our hallmark. Love of God and love of neighbor.

Manhattan College rightly boasts that New York is its classroom. And maybe, class of 2012, in your four years here, you’ve gotten to know a bit about two real giants of New York when it comes to love. A man named Thomas Murton and a woman named Dorothy Day. Thomas Murton has been described as America’s St. Augustine. His life of searching and, yes, sin led him while a professor at Columbia University up what he called the seven stories. The seven steps of Corpus Christie Church on West 121st Avenue to embrace Jesus Christ in his church and eventually into the Trappist Monastery of Gethsemane where his poetry, his writings and his retreat conferences, spoke to the soul of a petrified nation, tempted to paranoia and materialism after the Second World War, reminding us that only in God is our soul at rest, defining God as the hidden ground of love. And Dorothy Day saw the Manhattan of the Depression. Not Wall Street and Broadway, but hungry homeless, desperate sick poor people, and embraced them all in tender selfless sacrificial love as she founded the Catholic Worker movement. Dorothy Day spoke of a harsh and dreadful love and echoed St. Paul in realizing that the final word is love.

Now, my new classmates, class of 2012, I realize that Commencement addresses are supposed to verge on the hyperbolic, I know that, but I mean it, new classmates, when I tell you that I believe that I am now looking out with love and admiration upon today’s Thomas Murton’s and Dorothy Day’s. Because you know what, as Archbishop of New York, I meet alumni of Manhattan College helping in our soup kitchens and homeless shelters. I see them teaching in our inner city Catholic schools, I see them wheeling kids with cancer to their next MRIs or blood tests. I see them soothing the face of the dying at Calvary Hospital. I see them as policemen and women walking the beat as a dedicated cop or advising a client on a morally upright way to invest his or her money. I see them as engineers helping us repair St. Patrick’s. I’ve seen the data folks. Manhattan College teaches love.

Jesus Christ, St. John, St. Paul, St. John de La Salle, Thomas Murton, Dorothy Day, in conclusion can I add to that distinguished list of those who love and I add the names of the parents of the class of 2012. Because from the day you new alumni, you class of 2012 were born, your mom and dad no longer had themselves as the center of their lives, they had you. They taught you the selfless sacrificial love that has not only gotten you to college graduation but one day by God’s mercy will get you into heaven.

So mom and dad, we all love you very much, class of 2012 we love you very much and I’m proud to be numbered among you. Manhattan College, I love you very much. And now let’s love God and our neighbor, Thank you very much.

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[JR: Still wish I had it LAST week.]

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JEMAIL: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975) did another ante-bellum college too

from: Delaney, Gerard M. (MC1975)
to: John Reinke
date: Sat, May 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM
subject: Ante-bellum colleges

Manhattan College is one of only 182 colleges founded in the United States before the Civil War

As is Spring Hill College, the "Jesuit College of the South" (founded 1830), from whence I received a Master of Theological Studies in 1994.

Gerard M. Delaney '75

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[JR: I just wonder how many will survive the consolidation down to 100 that is predicted.]

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JNEWS: Leon, Jean [MC????] in his own green junk removal and recycling business


Junk King Goes From Health Care to Healthy Communities
Posted on May 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm

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HUDSON VALLEY, N.Y.—When Jean Leon grew up in a Manhattan, New York he never dreamed that one day he’d be in the green junk removal and recycling business. His mother didn’t want anything to go to waste, so she was a bit of a “saver.” The more his mother saved, the less room the apartment had for young Jean and his four sisters. Sometimes his mother’s habits led to discussions about organization and cleaning. Maybe he should have thanked her for the inspiration.

Jean Leon has recently opened a Junk King franchise that covers Rockland and Westchester Counties. For a man with a degree in Organizational Management from Manhattan College, green junk removal and recycling makes sense. But Jean Leon also spent 13 years as a Radiation Therapist, treating cancer patients. While unable to make cancer magically disappear in a few minutes, the idea of making junk disappear quickly is appealing. He spent a whole year deciding what industry might fit his skills and interests. Junk, perhaps because of his childhood experiences at home, jumped to the top of the list.

Junk King prides itself on recycling or donating up to 60 percent of the materials it collects. They haul anything from appliances and construction waste to electronics and rubbish. The Hudson Valley franchise of Junk King gives residents of the community an opportunity to clean up homes and job sites without the worry of adding recyclables to the landfills. Only hazardous materials are prohibited for collection.

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Junk King Hudson Valley is located at 56 Fairmont Avenue, Haverstraw, NY 10927. It is a family-run business. Jean Leon knows green and clean will appeal to the community at large.

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Leon, Jean [MC????]

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Dear John,

I do not find anything in my "stuff" for Jean.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JBLOGGER: Galimi, Kellyann [MC1990] 6/1 National Running Day


National Running Day
May 24, 2012

Let National Running Day inspire you and your kids to get active
Kellyann Galimi
Westchester County Motherhood Examiner

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June 1st is National Running Day across the United States.  Runners of all abilities will put on their running shoes and get moving to celebrate the overall benefits of incorporating running into your lifestyle.  Especially when the sun is shining and the breezes are warm, runners often feel invigorated and motivated to go a little extra each run.  Many runners talk about the natural high they feel during and after a run.  Running is becoming more and more popular in urban, rural and suburban communities as a preferred form of exercise for people of all ages.  Not requiring a gym membership, running is a very inexpensive way to keep fit.

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[JR: EXAMINER has implemented feeds. RSS is the way to keep track of postings without visiting sites to check. Bloggers have had this for years. So while the EXAMINER is not technically a BLOG, it's now got the same tool. If you don't understand the nuance, it means that when our fellow Jasper has something released, I'll see it automagically. If "newsworthy", I'll echo a quote from it here as "fair use". Her classmates and those interested int he topic may wish to put the link in their "reader". ]

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MFOUND: Catcher-designated hitter Brendan Slattery on the Pittsfield Suns


Strength up the middle
By Howard Herman, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Posted: 05/27/2012 01:35:00 AM EDT
Updated: 05/27/2012 01:35:10 AM EDT
Sunday May 27, 2012

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PITTSFIELD -- Baseball managers will say that for a team to be successful, it should be strong up the middle.

Pittsfield Suns manager Jamie Keefe can't say for sure that his team will be strong from catcher to center field until he sees the 2012 Suns on the field. But based on early scouting reports, Keefe is pretty confident the Suns will be good.

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The Suns players officially arrive in town on June 4. Keefe said there will be workouts on June 5 and 6, and the team will jump right into the proverbial deep end of the pool on June 7, when the Nashua Silver Knights arrive at Wahconah Park to begin the Suns' inaugural baseball season.

One member of the Suns roster is still trying to get here late. Catcher-designated hitter Brendan Slattery is still swinging the bat for Manhattan College and is playing not far from here. Manhattan was playing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, which is being held at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy, N.Y.

Slattery went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run in Manhattan's 6-4 upset loss to Rider in the tournament's first round. The top-seeded Jaspers came back to beat Fairfield 1-0 in a loser's bracket game. Slattery was 1 for 3 in that game.

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[JR: Hope some alums can get out and support a future alum.]

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JEMAIL: O'Connell, Bill (MC1976) there was no debate

RE: Bob Insull

Bob points out, that Georgetown says, "Smart policy is driven by informed debate and critical thinking about complex issues that often cross disciplinary, political, and geographic boundaries." That’s fine, but there was no debate. There was no rebuttal. Sebelius was given the microphone to advance her anti-Catholic position unopposed. That is what rankles us about Georgetown’s action.

Bill O’Connell, ‘76

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Insull, Bob (MC1963)

O'Connell, Bill (MC1976)

[JR: What got my goat is that they "honored" her. One thing to hear her speak; another to give her an honorary degree. Sorry! That's over the line imho.]

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JOY: Lutz , Devon [MC2012] engaged and date set

On FACEBOOK, Devon Lutz  [MC2012] reported that she's engaged to Michael Diaz and a date set, 5/23/13.

[JR: Mozel Tov! ]

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JLINKEDIN: Hurrell, Sophia [MC2011] White House correspondent at Rhody news


Hurrell, Sophia [MC2011]
White House correspondent at Rhody news
Washington, District Of Columbia

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JOBIT: Eignor, Daniel Robert [MC1969 RIP]


Daniel Robert Eignor

WEST AMWELL - Daniel Robert Eignor, 65, a Principal Psychometrician at Educational Testing Service and Past President of the National Council on Measurement in Education, died peacefully at home on Friday, May 25, 2012, after a short illness.
Dr. Eignor had been a resident of West Amwell Township for more than 30 years. Born on Dec. 5, 1946, in White Plains, N.Y., he was the son of Katherine and Robert Eignor.

Dr. Eignor attended public schools in Walden, N.Y., and graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics, with honors, in 1969. He continued his study of mathematics at SUNY, Albany, where he received a master's degree in 1971. He was employed as a teacher of mathematics and science at Valley Central High School in Montgomery, N.Y., from 1971 to 1974. After three years of teaching, Dr. Eignor continued his graduate education at the University of Massachusetts, where he received his Ed.D. in Measurement and Statistics in 1979.

Dr. Eignor joined Educational Testing Service in the fall of 1978 as a Statistical Associate in the Center for Occupational and Professional Assessment. During his tenure at ETS he had numerous roles and served as a psychometrician for testing programs such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the SAT. More recently, he had served as editor for the ETS Research Report Series. Dr. Eignor was internationally known for his research in computer-based testing and the development of concordance tables. He played a critical role in the implementation of computer-based testing for a number of ETS testing programs, in particular for TOEFL. He also mentored many young professionals throughout his career.

Dr. Eignor was active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council of Measurement in Education (NCME). He served as editor from 1998–2001 for the Journal of Educational Measurement (JEM), a flagship publication of the NCME. Dr. Eignor served on NCME's Board of Directors from 2005–2008 and was President of the organization from 2006–2007. From 1992–1998, Dr. Eignor was the chair of the important NCME Standards and Test Use Committee, and served as the NCME liaison to the Joint Committee on Revising the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. At the time of his illness, he was engaged as editor of the most recent version of the Standards, which are scheduled for publication in 2013.

Dr. Eignor has received numerous awards, including the 2004 ETS Presidential Award and the ETS Psychometrician Award, which he received in 2010 as recognition of his contributions to ETS over a career of more than 30 years. As a special honor, the President of ETS, Kurt Landgraf, has created the Eignor Editorship as a way of honoring and acknowledging Dr. Eignor's contributions to the quality of the research reports, articles, and books that have been disseminated during his tenure as editor.

Dr. Eignor was an avid sports fan who particularly enjoyed watching college basketball. When he was younger he enjoyed running and was a member of the Mercer Bucks Running Club. He loved both popular and classical music and regularly attended performances of the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera. His hobbies included reading and gardening.

Dr. Eignor is survived by his wife of 25 years, Linda Cook; his sister, Diana Eignor, and her husband, Michael Powell, of Sykesville, Md.; his stepson, Peter Cook, and Peter's son Ethan, of Chicago; his sister-in-law, Carol Perry of Dothan, Ala., and her daughters, Judi, also of Dothan, and Diane, of Tampa, Fla.; and his beloved canine friends, Pablo and Pepe.

The funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday ( May 31) at Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington. Burial will take place immediately after the service at Harbourton Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family invites your contributions to either the American Cancer Society (www.https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/donateonlinenow/index) or The Hospice Memorial Fund, Princeton Healthcare System Foundation, 253 Witherspoon Street, Suite 1, Princeton, NJ, 08540 (https://www.princetonhcs.org/phcs-home/what-we-do/princeton-healthcare-system-foundation/make-a-gift-now/online-gift-form.aspx).
To send a condolence, visit www.wilsonapple.com.

Published in The Trentonian on May 29, 2012


Eignor, Daniel Robert [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/trentonian/guestbook.aspx?n=daniel-eignor&pid=157839864&cid=full

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Dear John,

I believe that Daniel is a member of the Class of 1969.

May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Eignor, Daniel Robert [MC1969 RIP]

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JNEWS: Lopinto, John [MC1974] World Traveler of the Month


World Traveler of the Month – John Lopinto
By Eva Leonard on 24 May 2012

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Life-long Long Island resident John Lopinto describes how he has found the resourcefulness that growing up in New York engendered to be helpful when traveling, as he recounts a day trip to Agra, India from New Delhi, to see the Taj Mahal.

“The train we took into Agra was full of tourists, but it was late, so we missed our tour bus connection. It had to be 100 degrees that day, and no one knew what to do. There must have been 200 people stranded at the train station in Agra demanding a refund for their prepaid tour bus connection.”

Recognizing the futility of the other travelers’ efforts, Lopinto found a taxi driver and negotiated a day rate with the driver to take him and his colleagues around town, provided he could get them the tour bus ticket refund.

“I don’t know whom he knew, but in minutes, we had our refund, and were on our way. At the end of the day we discovered that our return train to New Delhi had been cancelled. Once again, I negotiated with our driver to make the 120-km (four-hour) drive back to our hotel in New Delhi.”

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CEO and co-founder of Communications Specialities, a Long Island-based company that designs and manufactures fiber optic products for the broadcast and professional video industries worldwide, Lopinto graduated from Manhattan College in the Bronx as an electrical engineer, and spent the early part of his career working for CBS Television and HBO.  He is also co-founder of ExpertFlyer, a real-time air travel information service.

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Lopinto, John [MC????]

[JR: Sounds like some of the Bronx rubbed off. Ever notice that "Jaspers injineers" solve problems? Rather than queue up and stand around. LOL!]

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Dear John,

I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1974.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Lopinto, John [MC1974]

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MTWITTER: "Gerry's son", Robert [MC????] retired USAF Colonel


"Shore Dor" as "‏@ShoreDor"

Gerry's next son, Robert, attended LaSalle Military Academy & Manhattan College, joined Air Force, flew SAC, retired as Colonel ‪#ThankAVet

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[JR: Some times tweets can be downright tantalizing. Anyone up for a "scavenger hunt" Who is it?]

"Gerry's son", Robert [MC????]

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JLINKEDIN: Mohunlall, Amelia [MC2012] Hiring and Training Coordinator at Best Buy


Mohunlall, Amelia [MC2012]
Hiring and Training Coordinator at Best Buy Inc
Greater New York City Area
Marketing and Advertising

Summary: Well-rounded, hard-working, and organized employee experienced in the retail environment and various sales/operations roles - Proven leadership responsibilities and strong communication skills achieved through consistent employment and successive responsibilities - Developed an understanding of customer and business aspects of a dynamic retail environment - Highly capable of delivering innovative and creative strategies to teach and develop new talent - Demonstrates Intelligence and motivation, a quick learner, and adaptable to any situation.

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Mohunlall, Amelia [MC2012]

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JOBIT: McMahon, Patrick Edward "Pat" [MC???? RIP]


Patrick Edward "Pat" McMahon

McMahon, Patrick Edward

Pat McMahon of Lakeway, TX and Chaska, MN passed away May 26, 2012 after a hard fought battle with both Alzheimer's and pancreatic cancer.

Pat was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 18, 1937 where he attended high school at Bishop Loughlin and received a degree in electrical engineering from Manhattan College. He went on to earn an MBA at Purdue University.

His career in the high tech industry spanned forty years and gave him the opportunity to travel the world and experience many different cultures.

He met and married Lynn Meehan in Brooklyn, NY. They would have celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary this year. Together they raised five daughters.

Pat was an avid tennis player and golfer, but the true joy of his life was spending time with his nine grandchildren.

Pat is survived by Lynn; their daughters, Eileen (John) Henke of Austin, TX, Jennifer (John) Gans of Chanhassen, MN, Allison McMahon of Chicago, IL, Deirdre McMahon (Michael Headrick) of Minneapolis, MN and Megan McMahon (Mark Cabell) of Centerbrook, CT; grandchildren, Sean, Sheila and Ian Henke, Patrick, Clare and Thomas Gans, Aidan and Liam Headrick and Ewan Cabell; brother, Seamus McMahon of Las Vegas, NV; sisters, Marie McMahon of San Jose, CA and Clare Walker of New Buffalo, MI.

He was preceded in death by his father, James McMahon and mother, Mary Hannon, both of County Clare, Ireland.

Visitation with a concluding prayer service will take place at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 411 RR 620 S, Lakeway, TX, on Thursday, May 31 from 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohman's Crossing, Lakeway, TX on Friday, June 1 at 1 p.m. with visitation beginning at noon.

The family would like to thank Hospice Austin, the staffs at Seton Medical Center, Lakeway Medical Center, Texas Oncology and The Summit for their loving care. Please, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association of America or The American Cancer Society .

Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Lakeway, TX (512) 263-1511

Published in Star Tribune from May 29 to May 30, 2012


McMahon, Patrick Edward "Pat" [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/startribune/guestbook.aspx?n=patrick-mcmahon&pid=157843281&cid=full

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JEMAIL: O’Sullivan, Neil (MC1990) recruits Kennelly, John W. (MC1978) and McGrath, Rob (MC1987)

from: Neil T. O'Sullivan
to: "JASPER @ RCC"
cc: John Kennelly
Rob McGrath
date: Tue, May 29, 2012 at 2:28 PM
subject: two more Jaspers

Please add these two fine Jaspers to the Jasper Jottings list. John and Rob please provide Mr. Reinke with your graduation year.

Neil O’Sullivan ‘90

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O’Sullivan, Neil (MC1990)

[JR: Done Please forward the annual membership fee, initiation fee, and extra shipping & handing. Then add the Rush Priority fee. Minus your customary 50%, of course.]

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[JR: Seriously, Bravo Zulu for finding readers.  ]

Kennelly, John W. (MC1978)

McGrath, Rob (MC1987)

[JR: Gentlemen, feel free to share what you've been up to. Your news is our lifeblood. Otherwise, it's what I find, obits, and the occasional joy. Our forum is pretty open; drawing the line a copyright infringement, chain mail, MLM, and anything that's "boring". I invite you to poke a stick in any of our "regulars". This way they'll be too busy with you to put that proverbial stick up my … well you can guess where. the website and Yahoo Group have a lot of material. Thanks to PICOSEARCH, it can be searched for free. If you are interested in something specific, drop me an email and I'll see if I can help. Welcome. P.S. Don't believe ANYTHING Neil has told you about Jasper Jottings. :-) Good or bad!]

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MNEWS: Weldon Jackson (xMCprovost) Bowie State


Bowie State Hires New Provost

Weldon Jackson will serve as the new provost and vice president of Bowie state beginning in July.

By Jenni Pompi
June 1, 2012

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[JR: Weldon was Provost at MC. He was on the IT Governance committee that I served on and really listened to our opinions. Made good use of them. Nice guy.]

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JNEWS: Patterson, James [MC1969] ReadKiddoRead.com


James Patterson Taps $84 Million Earnings to Stoke Young Reader
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 06:11 AM

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With more than 260 million books sold around the world, novelist James Patterson no longer worries about whether his next crime thriller will flop.

He’s more concerned about building an audience of future readers at a time when the written word competes with film, television, video games and more. Part of the solution is getting more children to read widely at a young age, he says.

“If you can get kids to the dinner table, you can get them to read,” the affable Patterson, 65, said in an interview at the Manhattan headquarters of his publisher, Hachette Book Group. “You just have to insist on it.”

The prolific writer has a website to encourage reading, writes books aimed at a young audience and regularly gives books away. Last week, he donated 3,000 copies of his novels to the Los Angeles Unified School District.

A former advertising executive, Patterson has produced 95 works of adult and children’s fiction. Last year, he earned an estimated $84 million, according to Forbes magazine, which named him the world’s best-paid author.

In the past decade, Patterson started focusing on donating his wealth and books to charity.

“I have a bigger war chest now,” Patterson said. “Instead of setting up a foundation, I said let’s just do it.”

Each year, he gives a total of $70,000 to college-bound students who write the best essays for his College Book Bucks programs. The winners are required to spend the awards on books listed on the IndieBound.org website.

In March, he donated 200,000 novels to U.S. armed forces. Patterson also has donated money to his alma maters, Manhattan College and Vanderbilt University, from which he holds degrees in English.

Four years ago, Patterson started ReadKiddoRead.com, a website with suggested-reading lists for children and teenagers. It includes illustrated books for babies such as “Tails” by Matthew Van Fleet and Bob Shea’s “Dinosaur vs. Bedtime.” Also on the list is J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Rye” and fiction titles for ages 9 or older such as U.K. mystery author Siobhan Dowd’s award-winning “The London Eye Mystery.”

Patterson also holds a monthly raffle on the site that gives away a box of his bestselling books to 25 high schools. The winning schools this month will receive copies of “Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment,” part of his young-adult science- fiction series launched in 2005. It focuses on the lives of six fugitive kids who are 98 percent human and 2 percent avian.

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Patterson, James [MC1969]

[JR: I don't capture rehashes about this prestigious alum. Not because I'm jealous. (OK, maybe a little. What talent. I don't care for his writing style. But, I'm just a fat old white guy injineer.) But most of the articles are rehashes of what we already know. This article breaks new ground. Hence the "collection". ]

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ENDNOTE: Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961) cites Government's great accomplishments in public health

Dear Jasper John:

We seem to live in completely different worlds. How can you possibly deny the great achievements of the government regarding public heath. Our lives have been improved greatly via government policies and extended more years by public health efforts than any advances in medical care.

Stebbins, Donald M. (MC1961)


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Dear beloved Jasper Stebbins:

I love your emails. They just give me so many softballs to me to hit out of the park.

"Italian dictator Benito Mussolini made the trains run on time."

[TIP 'o' the HAT to: http://www.snopes.com/history/govern/trains.asp]

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The myth of Mussolini's punctual trains lives on, albeit with a different slant: rather than serving as a fictitious symbol of the benefits of fascism, it is now offered as a sardonic example that something good can result even from the worst of circumstances.

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And, quoted from Snopes out of sequence:

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Every political leader — whether he be a democratically elected representative or a usurping tyrant — seeks to gain broad public support, because the greater his support, the greater his power. That power may ultimately be used for good or for bad, but either way it must be obtained before it can be wielded. One of the best ways to gain the support of the people you want to lead is to do something of benefit to them.

Failing that, the next best thing is to convince them that you have done something of benefit to them, even though you really haven't. So it was with Benito Mussolini and the Italian railway system.

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So let's take the number 1 point "immunizations".

Do you believe that without the Gooferment, human beings, some who dedicate their entire lives to medicine, for either noble or crass motivations (like my favorite "GREED"!), would not have developed immunizations?

I'm not an expert on the history of Medicine. I'll defer to any of my fellow alums on that. But, I BELIEVE as an article of FAITH that government is probably NOT the best way to accomplish everything, or even certain, things. Government is "FORCE". Pure and simple. It's no voluntary; it's the anointing of certain individuals to set a direction and kill people that disagree. Our history is replete with examples. If necessary, I can enumerate some, but that as they say in classes: "… is left as an exercise to the reader". (Hint: Whiskey Rebellion, Trail of Tears, The Japanese Internment, Kent State shootings, Ruby Ridge, Wacco, the Philly Aim Bombing, and that's just off the top of my head.)

It's generally conceded that passing money through any level of Gooferment costs 50%. Bureaucrats to administer programs are expensive luxuries. With gold plated pensions. So, by definition, any Gooferment program is inefficient. Half is a pretty easy target to beat.

And Big Gooferment begets "Big Charity". Take a look at the overhead of United Way. Compare that to the Salvation Army.

So, for argument's sake, lets credit Gooferment will all human progress in immunizations right back to the discovery that smallpox was prevented by causing cowpox. (A sweeping generalization, but let's give it a HUGE win that it may or may not be entitled to.)

Further, for argument's sake, let's ignore the at least 50% overhead on EVERYTHING that the Gooferment does. (Another HUGE concession since that 50% makes a big target that's easy to beat.)

Consider how the Gooferment does "immunizations" today. Can you think of an unnecessary example where huge amounts of campaign donations turns into "immunizations" that might or might not be significant? How about the "Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant"? You might remember it as GARDASIL! FDA approved, politician endorse, and forcibly given to young girls without telling parents "to prevent cervical cancer". That's an example of Gooferment's great success? Don't you think that's a tad immoral?

Now let's chat about effectiveness. Sure lot's of seniors are getting flu shots and shingles vaccinations. But is that the best use of those dollars? And, how about the Autism backlash against vaccinations in general that has Mom's nationwide torqued up? So we certain have to doubt the "effectiveness" of the Gooferment's involvement -- old people are probably over shot and children are undershot. And, the Gooferment is clueless about "autism", but we're studying the effect of daily exercise on shrimp!

So immunization's might be a great success. I'm not sure if "great" is warranted. But the Gooferment's role is certainly: immoral, ineffective, and inefficient.

And this is a "great success"?

I'd call it an example of "Mussolini's punctual trains".

Keep those softballs coming,

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