JASPER JOTTINGS Week 15 - 2019 Apr 14  

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



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POSITRACTION: Pulling a "Steve Bradbury" — Never heard this story before



What is the greatest upset in sports history?

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I won't say it's the greatest upset in sports history, but since Steve Bradbury is mentioned and this is basically pulling a Bradbury at the time... Cliff Young.

Every year, Australia hosts 543.7-mile (875-kilometer) endurance racing from Sydney to Melbourne. It is considered among the world's most grueling ultra-marathons. The race takes five days to complete and is normally only attempted by world-class athletes who train specially for the event.

In 1983, a man named Cliff Young showed up at the start of this race. Cliff was 61 years old and wore overalls and work boots. To everyone's shock, Cliff wasn't a spectator. He picked up his race number and joined the other runners.


All of the professional athletes knew that it took about 5 days to finish the race. In order to compete, one had to run about 18 hours a day and sleep the remaining 6 hours.


Cliff kept running. Each night he came a little closer to the leading pack. By the final night, he had surpassed all of the young, world-class athletes. He was the first competitor to cross the finish line and he set a new course record.

When Cliff was awarded the winning prize of $10,000, he said he didn't know there was a prize and insisted that he did not enter for the money. He ended up giving all of his winnings to several other runners, an act that endeared him to all of Australia.

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Wow!  Talking about a stunning paradigm shifting story.

I’ve never heard of it before.  Or all the collateral observations.

Stunning that there can be that much of an upset in anything.

What other things could we do, if we didn’t have pre-conceived notions of what is possible?

“Baby Elephants”!


What Baby Elephants Can Teach Us About Human Freedom


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JFOUND: Keaveney, Christopher [MC1985] read from his recent poetry collection on 4/18



Reading features Keaveney poetry collection
Posted on April 5, 2019 by ldavis

Christopher Keaveney, Linfield College professor of Japanese, global languages and cultural studies department, will read from his recent poetry collection, “The boy who ate nothing but sonnets,” on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of Nicholson Library at Linfield.           

“The boy who ate nothing but sonnets” is based on the premise that poetry provides critical nourishment during challenging times. The poems in this collection strike a balance between poems that are deeply personal and those that address larger social issues including homelessness, immigration reform, gun control and resource depletion. The collection, structured as a menu, is divided into three parts that reflect the varied ways that poetry satisfies our hunger. 

Keaveney teaches Japanese language and East Asian culture at Linfield and is the author of four books about Japanese culture and East Asian cultural relations. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Columbia Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Minetta Review, Stolen Island, Faultline, Wilderness House Literary Review, and elsewhere, and he is the author of the collections “Your Eureka not Mined” (Broadstone Books, 2017) and “The Boy Who Ate Nothing But Sonnets” (Clare Songbirds Press, 2019). At Linfield since 1997, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College and a master’s and Ph.D. from Washington University. 

The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Department of Global Languages and Cultural Studies. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Keaveney at 503-883-2584 or ckeaven@linfield.edu. 

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Keaveney, Christopher [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I believe that Christopher is a member of the Class of 1985.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Keaveney, Christopher [MC1985]

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JLINKEDIN: Barrett, Mary [MC1985] Mathematics Educator



Barrett, Mary [MC1985]
Mathematics Educator at Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Lake Worth, Florida

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JFOUND: Loehr, George C. [MC1962] opposes a radical reduction in power system reliability



My View
Energy bill too good to be true?
By George C. Loehr 16 hrs ago

When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. That’s the reality of our state’s recently enacted “green energy” bill. I’m an engineer with more than 50 years of experience in power system planning and reliability. When I read the provisions of the Energy Transition Act, I knew something was fishy. One hundred percent renewable energy? We get a cleaner environment, Public Service Company of New Mexico gets compensated for its coal-fired generator costs, and customers’ electric bills actually decline? Everybody gains and there’s no downside? This did not compute, as they say. So I started digging.

I didn’t have to dig very far. I discovered that all this is being enabled by a radical reduction in power system reliability. In fact, even now, PNM is using a reliability standard for generating resources that is significantly lower than what’s generally accepted in North America and most of the developed world. Four times lower, to be exact. This only will get worse as renewable penetration increases. And the documentation is in a report published by PNM itself.

Every three years, PNM publishes an Integrated Resource Plan, most recently on July 3, 2017. That report explicitly states, “PNM targets a minimum 13 percent planning reserve margin.” Significantly, the 13 percent is not a result of the one-day-in-10-year Loss of Load Probability criterion that is almost universally used by the power industry. Rather, it’s the result of a “stipulation approved in NMPRC Case No. 08-00305-UT.” Sounds like politics, not science. The report goes on to state, “Achieving a one-in-10-year probability would require a reserve margin target in excess of 20 percent.” According to the Integrated Resource Plan, the equivalent Loss of Load Probability for PNM’s 13 percent reserve margin is four days in 10 years.

Later on, the PNM report demonstrates that, with 50 percent renewables, the 13 percent reserve margin would translate into eight to 10 failure events per year; 80 percent renewables would result in 57 failure events per year. That’s 57 blackouts or brownouts every year — an average or more than once a week! The report states that “reliability would significantly degrade before 40 percent renewable penetration is reached and costs are significantly higher once 50 percent penetration is reached.” In a PNM report, that’s an astonishing admission.

In summary, New Mexico’s current “energy transition” policy will lead to a devastating increase in the probability of blackouts and brownouts, and/or much higher costs to maintain a reliable reserve margin. Most likely both. Lower reliability and higher costs will inevitably become a major disincentive for attracting the nonextraction businesses New Mexico so desperately desires — and needs.

So what’s the endgame? Well, if the 13 percent reserve margin target is maintained, and conventional generating resources are removed and replaced by renewables, we’ll begin to experience power shortages — and the inevitable blackouts and brownouts. The blame game will shift into high gear, and the public and press will demand a fix. Reserve targets will be raised and additional capacity added — gas-fueled generators, nuclear plants, pumped storage hydro, massive installations of rechargeable batteries or other forms of energy storage, customer load curtailment — or “all of the above.”

Each of these will come with its own costs for construction, operation, maintenance, etc. Either electric rates will escalate or the state government will begin subsidizing electric power resources. In any case, the cost will ultimately be paid by the public — through electric bills or through taxes. Choose your poison.

I have nothing against renewable resources — in fact, I consider them a great asset. But we cannot ignore the laws of science — and an increase in renewables should not be enabled by a catastrophic reduction in reliability. None of the discussions in the Roundhouse focused on science. It’s time we start doing just that.

George C. Loehr has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and a master’s in English literature from New York University. He lives in Albuquerque.

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Loehr, George C. [MC????]

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Dear John,

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


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Loehr, George C. [MC1962]

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JLINKEDIN: Trapani, Donnalyn [MC1997]  Senior Manager @ HBO



Trapani, Donnalyn [MC1997]
Senior Manager at HBO
Greater New York City Area

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JFOUND: Bonanni, Luciano B. [MC1976] COO @ Fonar Corp



110 Marcus Drive
Melville, New York 11747
(631) 694-2929

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Luciano B. Bonanni (age 63) has served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Vice President (EVP) for Fonar Corporation since June 27, 2016. Prior to his appointment as COO, Mr. Bonanni had served the Company as Vice President since 1989, during which time he oversaw general operations, research and development, manufacturing, service, sales, finance, accounting and regulatory compliance. Prior to 1989, Mr. Bonanni held the title of Vice President of Production and Engineering from the time of Fonar’s initial public offering in 1981. Mr. Bonanni joined the Company as an electrical engineer in 1978. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Manhattan College.

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Bonanni, Luciano B. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Luciano is a member of the Class of 1976.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Bonanni, Luciano B. [MC1976]

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JNEWS: Cunniffe, Clare (MC1981) Sr Sales Dir @ Okta


Congratulate Clare Cunniffe for starting a new position as Senior Sales Director, Strategic Accounts East at Okta, Inc.


Cunniffe, Clare (MC1981)
Senior Area Sales Director, Strategic Accounts East
New York, New York

Okta is the foundation for secure connections between people and technology and is the leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise. The Okta Identity Cloud enables organizations to securely connect the right people to the right technologies at the right time. With over 6,000 pre-built integrations to applications and infrastructure providers, Okta customers can easily and securely use the best technologies for their business.

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JHQ: Jasper Open 5/13


Take a break from your Monday routine...
Join Manhattan College at the
31st Annual Jasper Open!


the beautiful weather coming our way, let's swing into spring by
joining the College for a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie to
benefit students and future generations of Jaspers.

31st Annual Jasper Open
Monday, May 13, 2019
Westchester Country Club
99 Biltmore Ave.
Rye, NY

10:30 a.m. | Registration and Brunch
12:00 p.m. | Shotgun Start
5:30 p.m. | Reception and Dinner

In addition to joining us for a round of golf or dinner, consider showing your support by taking out a sponsorship or donating a silent auction or raffle prize.

Kindly register today:


Deadline - Monday, April 29

For more information, contact the
Alumni Relations Office:
(718) 862-7432 | alumni@manhattan.edu

Keep up to date on all future events: check out the Alumni Events Calendar.  Connect with fellow Jaspers and enjoy a weekend of activities: register for Reunion Weekend 2019.

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JFOUND: Perrotto, Salvatore A. [MC2010] Associate @ Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP



2019 04Apr 10 Perrotto

Perrotto, Salvatore A. [MC2010]
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

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JOBIT: Hall, Robert Daniel [MC1954 RIP] 2019-Apr-10



Robert Daniel Hall
September 8, 1932 - April 10, 2019
Akron, Ohio

Robert was born on September 8, 1932 and passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Robert was a resident of Akron, Ohio at the time of passing.

Bob graduated from Wappingers Falls High School in 1950 and earned his bachelor's degree in accounting and finance in 1954 from Manhattan College in New York City.

Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 in the Finance Department while stationed at the Army Personnel Center in Oakland, CA.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, April 15th at 12 p.m. at St. Hilary Catholic Church, 2750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. Inurnment will be Tuesday, April 16th at 11 a.m. at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Services in care of The Billow Funeral Homes & Crematory, 85 N. Miller Road, Akron, OH 44333 (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel) Visitation at the Billow Fairlawn Chapel from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on April 14, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Bob Hall to support cancer research and patient care to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via http://www.jimmyfund.org/gift.


Hall, Robert Daniel [MC1954 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/107003035

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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ENDNOTE: Ever heard of the Chamberlain-Kahn_Act?



Posted on April 3, 2019 by keywestlou

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I write about The American Plan.

Sounds wholesome. Was not.

The Plan had its beginnings in 1918. It’s purpose the mass imprisonment of women believed to be sexually immoral. The program initially one of federal encouragement. Encouragement to state and local governments to legislate and make arrests based on the Plan.

A long time program. From 1918 into the 1970’s. Still exists in some states, though not enforced. Doubt anyone knows it is on the books.

The initial concern was the military. Too many soldiers were getting STI’s. Sexually transmitted infections. More today. Few back then. However the few a real problem. Infections rampant.

The two biggies were syphilis and gonorrhea.

The Plan resulted in the detainment of over 100,000 women over the years. In every state, in most big and small cities.

A follow the money situation. The federal government paid local governments a stipend for every conviction obtained. States and local governments went gung ho over the years in making arrests. Most had “moral squads.” Their sole purpose to apprehend prostitutes.

The Plan resulted in a mass deprivation of civil liberties. The founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, Roger Baldwin, did not oppose the Plan. In fact, he sent a memorandum to ACLU local offices to cooperate in its enforcement.

Once arrested, the ladies were subjected to mandatory STI testing, highly questionable medical treatment, forced labor, and forcible sterilization.

The American Plan is forgotten. Probably because it was not enforced federally. Ergo, no data repository.

In addition to the ACLU’s founder Roger Baldwin, other prominent figures supported the Plan. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. one of the biggest. Prominent physicians and anti-vice crusaders. The likes of William F. Stone, Richard M. Olin, and Thomas Parran.

Syphilis and gonorrhea had been a sexual fear for centuries The two became rampant in the early 20th century. The underlying currents of Victorian morals, pseudoscience, racism, and misogyny created the motivation to confront the problem. And confront it the Plan did.

Statutes were broadly worded. Permission to detain suspects on the flimsiest of pretexts. Women were arrested for wearing provocative clothing, walking down a street alone, dining alone, looking like a prostitute, changing jobs, and for no reason at all.

Testing was required to establish syphilis or gonorrhea. Generally at some point such testing occurred. If negative, the ladies were free to leave. Some women initially protested the testing. They were threatened with Scarlet Letter shaming. Red lettered signs placed on their homes.

Testing results not always correct. Many false positives.

The Plan’s goal was to get loose women off the streets. Most of he women arrested were working class or African-Americans.

There was no penicillin. Penicillin became available in the 1940’s. Prior to that time, the ladies were treated with mercury or arsenic.

So many ladies were arrested in certain communities that detention hospitals had to be established.

Prominent persons supporting the Plan also included New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. He made special speeches lauding the Plan. California Governor Earl Warren personally spearheaded enforcement in his State. Warren later became Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

So it was!

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WOW, I’d never heard of this outrage.

This should be better known history.  Like the Tuskegee Experiment, the Japanese Internment, … ...


… … and … …


Public health plan aimed to combat venereal diseases, implemented in the US by the 1918 Chamberlain-Kahn Act.

Thanks to Petrone, Louis S. "Key West Lou" (MC1957) for educating me.

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