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JASPER JOTTINGS Week 48 – 2008 Nov 30

JASPER JOTTINGS Week 48 – 2008 Nov 30

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

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2008/jasperjottings2008WEEK48.html

INDEX

POSITRACTION: Overcoming a horendous accident

JEmail: Quinlan, Liam (MC1985) updates us on Kinnally, Rev. Robert M. [MC1982]

JEmail: Louis Menchise (MC1985) agrees with cards for vets in Wally World

JFound: Muller, Mark (MC????)

JNews: Desposito, Joseph (MC????) remembers “Get wrong answer, bridge fall down!”

JFound: Cicuto, Sarah (MC20??) uses consumer choice for good

JBlogger: Gibbons, Patti (MC1986) thinks Churches should be open!

JOY: Katkocin, Matthew [MC????] engaged

JHQ: Manhattan College To Honor John V. Magliano ’66, Chairman Of Syska Hennessy Group, Inc., At 2009 De La Salle Medal Dinner

MFound: A pic of Cheerleaders and Dancers is on Flickr site

JEmail: Jack Raidy (MC1961) seeking John Fisher (MC1961)

JFound: Ryan, Tom (MC1985) identified

JNews: Pfaff, Mark [MC????] promoted at New York Life Insurance Company

JFound: Sposito, Peter J. [MC????] is a banker’s banker

JObit: DeMicco, Bonnie M. [MC1984], husband of Emil [MC1979]

MNews: Manhattan College Christmas Lessons And Carols Singers Jazz Band

QUADRANGLE: “Missing Professor Now Deceased”

JFound: Eskridge, Honora Nerz [MC????] at NCSU Libraries

JFound: Dupper, Thad [MC1979] P+CEO of Evolving Systems

JOY: Finch, Bernadette Kelly (MC1995) gives us something to be thankful for. Among other things.

MFound: Jack Taylor (19th century baseball player)

JFound: Romero, Dennis O. [MC????] in 2006 was … …

JObit: Coyne, Robert T (MC1970) reports the obit for Jackman, Frederick [MC1945]

JEmail: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) shares Obama calligraphy portrait

JUpdate: Hughes, Gerry [MC1982] seeking Microsoft Business Intelligence position

JFound: Schermer, Dolores [MC????]

JNews: Kelly, Ray [MC1963] was going to run for NYC mayor?

JEmail: Dandola, John (MC1970) celebrates 60 with … …

Comment on MObit: Eugene J. O’Brien, Eugene J. [MCattendee] by Peg O’Brien

ENDNOTE: Lincoln wasn’t the worst President, but close!

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POSITRACTION: Overcoming a horendous accident

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/03/nyregion/03long.html?ex=13

83454800&en=0c00edc864f96127&ei=5124&partner=fac

ebook&exprod=facebook

http://tinyurl.com/6jsfwv

After Serious Accident, His Time to Beat? 3 Years

Published: November 2, 2008

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On Sunday, Matthew Long, 42, finished the New York City Marathon in 7 hours, 21 minutes. He was well back in the pack of tens of thousands of entrants, yet his finish was, in its own way, a first.

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What was that famous quote … … I learned it back at MC … … in Brother Barry Austin “measurements” class … … did we ever learn any “measuring”? … … it went something like “If you think you can or you can’t, you’re right!”

Here’s a little inspiration, when you think you “can’t”, maybe this might convince you’re wrong!

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* Posted on: Sun, Nov 23 2008 12:37 PM

JEmail: Quinlan, Liam (MC1985) updates us on Kinnally, Rev. Robert M. [MC1982]

From: Quinlan, Liam (MC1985)

Date: November 23, 2008 9:56:30 AM EST

To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner@yahoogroups.com

Subject: JFound: Kinnally, Rev. Robert M. [MC????]

John–Fr. Kinnally is the class of 1982, English Major with a minor in French.

[JR: Thanks, Liam. Much appreciated.]

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* Posted on: Sun, Nov 23 2008 3:32 PM

JEmail: Louis Menchise (MC1985) agrees with cards for vets in Wally World

From: Louis Menchise (MC1985)

Date: November 23, 2008 12:08:40 PM EST

To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 47 – 2008 Nov 23

I “went through” Walter Reed twice in my life. First, for chemotherapy in 1994-5 and the second time in 2003 when my left inner ear was damaged by a virus in Iraq that required vestibular rehabilitation. In the six weeks I spent at Wally World (Walter Reed) in 2003, I saw three times more amputees than I had in my previous 38 years on Earth. So – especially in this Holiday season – I can tell you that a letter to a veteran at a military or VA hospital would do a world of good. Please thank all veterans. I had it relatively easy in 2003. I only served one year on active duty. WW II and Korean (The Forgotten War) servicemembers were gone for years. Vietnam veterans had no support from the people back home, much less well-wishing stickers/magnets on cars. In fact, upon their return from Hell, they were spit on and called baby-killers. So, when you see a veteran – any veteran – thank them.

Louis Menchise

‘87B

US Army 1994 -2004

[JR: As a USAF vet of the 70-73 era, I am probably overly sensitive to how the American People “mistreat” veterans. And, how we allow politicians to pander to the people on the dead and broken bodies of vets. (Calm down, or this will have to be an end note!) Sorry, but I agree with Robert Heinlein’s proscription that only veterans should be allowed to vote. In “Starship Troopers” and his other writings, he makes the argument that: Only those have fought for their country and risk death should be allowed to vote. I still agree with that. With a very practical corollary, from “A Few Good Men”, “… I suggest that you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.” Only those called on to fight need to be consulted. Those, that won’t fight, won’t revolt anyway, so they shouldn’t vote either. Old politicians send young men in harm’s way and turn their backs when the “check comes due”. The VA medical care system should be a crown jewel. And, it’s not by a long shot!]

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* Posted on: Sun, Nov 23 2008 4:02 PM

JFound: Muller, Mark (MC????)

REPORTING LIVE FROM THE SPOCK NEWS DESK

IN THE VIRTUAL JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM …

Muller, Mark (MC????)

http://www.iatp.org/iatp/experts.cfm

Director, Environment and Agriculture Program

Since starting at IATP in 1997, Muller has worked on a wide variety of issues, including agricultural diversification, nutrient management, agricultural transportation, regional food systems and renewable energy production. He has been involved in both regional project-based efforts and national policy development. He has had opinion pieces on agricultural policy appear in newspapers throughout the Midwest. Muller has a B.A. in physics from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a M.S. in environmental engineering from Manhattan College. Prior to joining IATP, Muller worked as an environmental engineer and high school science teacher.

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* Posted on: Sun, Nov 23 2008 6:37 PM

JNews: Desposito, Joseph (MC????) remembers “Get wrong answer, bridge fall down!”

Desposito, Joseph (MC????)

http://electronicdesign.com/Article/ArticleID/17392/17392.html

Engineering Bridges Isn’t Just Civil Anymore

Joseph Desposito | ED Online ID #17392 | November 5, 2007

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During my days as an engineering student at Manhattan College, my calculus teacher used to say, “No partial credit! Get wrong answer, bridge fall down!” This was the first thing that flashed through my mind back in August when I heard about the I-35W bridge collapse in Minnesota. My very next thought was that an error in calculations couldn’t have been the cause of this disaster. So what was the cause?

The day after the collapse, Michael J. O’Rourke, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, said in a New York Times article that the bridge’s renovations likely caused the collapse, not general decrepitude. “It is more common for a bridge to have problems during renovations than before or after,” he said.

I travel over two bridges to get to my office in Paramus, New Jersey, from my home on Long Island: the Throgs Neck Bridge and the George Washington Bridge. A statement like this gives me pause, since these two bridges are under constant renovation. In fact, I often wonder how long it will take to remove the copious rust from the towers of the Throgs Neck.

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[JR: Automated searching is uniquely frustrting. Here’s a “recent” alert I received today. I guess it was a long way from hither to yon. And, I’ll quibble with the quote. I received the admonition many times: “Ohhh, wrong sign, bridge fall down! Nooooooo partial credit.” This from the guy who gave a final exam of one question. That was pressure! Argh. Still agravates me to THIS day.]

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[JR: This Jasper has been doing a lot of that authoring stuff!]

http://electronicdesign.com/Authors/AuthorID/914/914.html

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* Posted on: Sun, Nov 23 2008 6:37 PM

JFound: Cicuto, Sarah (MC20??) uses consumer choice for good

Cicuto, Sarah (MC20??)

http://fairtrade.crs-blog.org/fairtrade/students-say-you-are-what-you-eatand-drink-and-wear/

Students Say: You are what you eat…and drink, and wear!

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When Lois Harr, CRS Fair Trade Ambassador from the Bronx, invited me to join her and Manhattan College student Sarah Cicuto in St. Louis at a conference with the theme, “Global Learning and Social Responsibility through a LaSallian Education,” I was all about the global social responsibility piece, but I had to do a little homework to learn who the “LaSallians” are. I quickly figured out these are the educators—both religious and lay–associated with the Brothers of the Christian Schools, an order founded by the “universal patron of educators,” French priest John Baptiste de La Salle. The warm welcome and the outstanding range of speakers I am experiencing here at their Huether Conference is educating me quickly on the power and reach of the LaSallian tradition. At our workshop, Lois and I discussed the faith-based roots of Fair Trade and how Fair Trade is a tool of economic justice. But Sarah was the star of the show, explaining how Manhattan College’s Just Peace group helps students live their values through eating chocolate and drinking coffee!

Sarah took the gathered group through the brief but impressive history of Just Peace on campus. In her role as Campus Minister, Lois had taken a group of student volunteers on a service trip to Ecuador where they were introduced to the need for Fair Trade. Soon after, some of the students decided to attend a United Students for Fair Trade (USFT) convergence in Boston in 2006 to learn how other students were bringing Fair Trade to campus. After seeking out examples from surrounding schools in their region, the students decided to take on a campus campaign. But first they organized themselves as an official student government organization, not only to spread news of their mission but also to get some of the budget allocated to student groups on campus. Pretty savvy kids.

The group started its campaign by encouraging students to fill out the comment cards in the dining halls asking for Fair Trade coffee, and then they set up a meeting with the Operations Manager for Sodexho to “demand” Fair Trade coffee. What they didn’t realize is that the manager, Dennis McCoskey, was quite willing to make the switch if the students wanted it. Sarah and her fellow group members were surprised that Sodexho was so willing to respond. Sarah says, “I learned that to make change sometimes you just have to ask the right people the right questions.”

{Extraneous Deleted}

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[JR: Now, I’m not much on “Social Justice” (aka Socialism) or “Free or Fair Trade” (aka gooferment trade restrictions). But this sounds like something a little different. Consumers making choices. I can support that as long as there’s no gooferment thumb in the equation.]

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* Posted on: Sun, Nov 23 2008 6:37 PM

JBlogger: Gibbons, Patti (MC1986) thinks Churches should be open!

http://pattigibbons.com/?p=821

This is the wrong direction, people!

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With regard to my strong belief that Christians ought not expect the government to handle the mercy and justice aspects of the Church’s mission, I need to vent. I came across a news item today providing information that just astounds me in it’s abject stupidity.

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Gibbons, Patti (MC1986)

[JR: Clearly, she doesn’t understand that the gooferment’s diktats preempt the free exercise of one’s religion in the new United Socialist States of Amerika! None of that Church charity. That’s the job of Nanny Gooferment. So what if a few bums freeze to death. It’s the RULES that have to be followed. Shut up, comrade citizen!]

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* Posted on: Mon, Nov 24 2008 3:11 AM

JOY: Katkocin, Matthew [MC????] engaged

http://www.newstimes.com/ci_11043723?source=most_emailed

Engaged: Crystal Russo, Matthew Katkocin

Newstimes

Updated: 11/21/2008 05:33:48 PM EST

John Russo of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Ruth Cabral of Rose Lane, Danbury, announce the engagement of their daughter, Crystal Russo, to Matthew Katkocin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Katkocin of Sunswept Drive, New Fairfield.

The future bride graduated from Danbury High School and from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury with a bachelor’s degree in financial accounting.

She is an accountant for Equale & Cirone in Danbury.

The future bridegroom graduated from New Fairfield High School and from Manhattan College with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

He is a project engineer for a company in New York City.

A March wedding is planned.

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Katkocin, Matthew [MC????]

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* Posted on: Mon, Nov 24 2008 3:26 AM

JHQ: Manhattan College To Honor John V. Magliano ’66, Chairman Of Syska Hennessy Group, Inc., At 2009 De La Salle Medal Dinner

News Release

November 21, 2008

Manhattan College To Honor John V. Magliano ’66, Chairman Of Syska Hennessy Group, Inc., At 2009 De La Salle Medal Dinner

De La Salle Medal Dinner is the College’s key annual fundraising event.

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Manhattan College will present John Magliano ’66, chairman of Syska Hennesssy Group, Inc., with the De La Salle Medal at the College’s annual fundraising dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009.

The ceremony will be held at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.

Magliano, a licensed professional engineer in 12 states, joined Syska Hennesssy Group, one of the country’s leading consulting, engineering, technology and construction firms, in 1970, after graduated from the College with a degree in electrical engineering and served a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force.

During his 38 years with the firm, he has served as principal-in-charge of many of its high-profile clients and projects, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the United Nations and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“I am both humbled and thankful at the thought of being the honoree at the Manhattan College De La Salle Dinner,” Magliano says. “Humbled because I was fortunate to be able to make good use of the gift of a superb education that the College gave me in the four years I spent there.”

A firm advocate of mentoring and team advancement, Magliano is one of the founding members of the ACE Mentor Program, a nonprofit group that provides mentoring for high school students in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering. He also established Syska’s unique Engineer in Training Program, an intensive program for new engineers just out of college, among other initiatives.

Richard Anderson, president of the New York Building Congress, Tom Farrell ’83, senior managing director of Tishman Speyer, and Richard Tomasetti ’63, founding principal of Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., will serve as dinner co-chairmen.

The De La Salle Medal Dinner is the College’s top fundraising event. Proceeds from the $750-per-plate fundraiser are applied to academic and cocurricular programs, scholarship assistance and library resources. The black-tie event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the dinner, please call Susan Bronson, director of corporate and foundation relations, at (718) 862-7837 or e-mail susan.bronson@manhattan.edu.

The De La Salle Medal was established in 1951 in honor of John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and one of the world’s great educators. The Order founded Manhattan College in 1853. Since 1977, the De La Salle Medal has been conferred annually by the College’s board of trustees to honor executives who exemplify the principles of excellence and corporate leadership. Past recipients include New York Life Insurance Chief Executive Sy Sternberg, former Mayor of New York City Rudolph W. Giuliani ’65 and Con Edison Chairman Eugene R. McGrath ’63.

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* Posted on: Mon, Nov 24 2008 12:27 PM

MFound: A pic of Cheerleaders and Dancers is on Flickr site

REPORTING LIVE FROM THE FLICKR NEWS DESK

IN THE VIRTUAL JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM …

Manhattan College Jasper Cheerleaders

Manhattan College Jasper Cheerleaders

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Manhattan College Jasper Dance Team

Manhattan College Jasper Dance Team

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About kcjc009 / Kevin Coles

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* Posted on: Mon, Nov 24 2008 4:37 PM

JEmail: Jack Raidy (MC1961) seeking John Fisher (MC1961)

From: Jack Raidy (MC1961)

Date: November 24, 2008 4:27:45 PM EST

To: Distribute_Jasper_Jottings-owner@yahoogroups.com

Subject: Re: [Distribute_Jasper_Jottings] JASPER JOTTINGS Week 47 – 2008 Nov 23

Hi.

I don’t know what the “protocol” is for posting this request, but…does anyone know the whereabouts of John Fisher (MC1961)? I was a classmate of his and would like to re-connect, if possible. The last contact was sometime in the 1970s, when he was living in Philadelphia, and had recently been divorced from his wife, the former Jeanne Blank. Can anyone help?

Thanks –

Jack Raidy, MC1961

[JR: I’ll ask the readership to help.]

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* Posted on: Mon, Nov 24 2008 5:29 PM

JFound: Ryan, Tom (MC1985) identified

Ryan, Tom (MC1985)

http://www.jasperjottings.com/2007/jasperjottings20070422.htm#_JFound1

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/4/52b/a09

[JR: I happened to spot a “loose end” in my never ending quest for ‘hidden’ Jaspers. So this puts a Class Year with an old story.]

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* Posted on: Mon, Nov 24 2008 6:37 PM

JNews: Pfaff, Mark [MC????] promoted at New York Life Insurance Company

By reinkefj on MC????

http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/New-York-Life-Taps-Chris/

story.aspx?guid={2B3DB908-9577-4901-A1C5-057BE9FA7EF9}

PRESS RELEASE

New York Life Taps Chris Blunt and Mark Pfaff to Run Key Operations

Company Combines Two Powerhouses: Life Insurance and Career Agency; Senior Vice President Mark Pfaff to Run New Entity

Last update: 3:58 p.m. EST Nov. 24, 2008

NEW YORK, Nov 24, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — –Company Bolsters Retirement Business to Help Consumers Handle Retirement Challenge; Senior Vice President Chris Blunt to Run Retirement Income Security Operation Comprised of Annuities, Long Term Care Insurance and the Distribution of Mutual Funds

New York Life Insurance Company announced today that it will place its life insurance manufacturing and marketing operations under the direction of Senior Vice President Mark Pfaff, who has run the Agency Department since 2006. The move creates a powerful combination of the industry’s leading field force and one of its strongest life insurance franchises. Concurrent with that announcement, the company said it has bolstered its retirement business. Senior Vice President Chris Blunt will run a new organization, Retirement Income Security (RIS), dedicated to providing solutions to consumers in both the accumulation and income phases of retirement. RIS brings together for the first time under a single executive, New York Life’s income annuities, investment annuities, long-term care insurance, and the distribution of mutual funds.

Ted Mathas, New York Life’s president and chief executive officer, said, “With these organizational changes we are combining our number one product – life insurance – with our primary distribution system – career agents. I expect the combination to grow the company, which benefits our policyholders over the long term, and bring numerous consumer benefits in the form of better product development, better marketing, and in the end, a better-protected public.

“At the same time we recognize the enormous potential for New York Life to contribute to the retirement security of millions of people across the country. By focusing on our unique positions and capabilities in annuities, long term care insurance and mutual funds, we will grow more rapidly and provide better solutions to consumers seeking reliable sources of income in retirement. Mark Pfaff and Chris Blunt are veteran leaders and I have every confidence they will lead these businesses to substantially greater growth in the decade ahead.” Mr. Mathas noted that with these changes the four primary business operations of New York Life are:

– U.S. Life Insurance and Agency

– Retirement Income Security

– Investments, a wholly owned subsidiary with more than $235 billion in assets under management.

– International, a wholly owned subsidiary with insurance operations in eight markets in Asia and Latin America.

U.S. Life Insurance and Agency

The U.S. life insurance operations being consolidated under Mark Pfaff include the company’s individual, bank- and corporate-owned life insurance, as well as its Group Membership Association Division, the largest underwriter of professional association insurance programs in the United States, and life insurance sold through an exclusive, endorsed program with AARP. Consolidated revenue is expected to be more than $8 billion in 2008. Agency has more than 10,500 licensed agents in the United States.

Mr. Pfaff said, “Our mission for 163 years has been to bring the protection of life insurance to as many families as possible. The role of the agent in this process has never been more important, as studies have shown that Americans are significantly underinsured. Much of that phenomenon can be attributed to a lack of good advice. As one of America’s leading life insurance companies, we can have a positive impact in countering the nation’s underinsurance problem. We believe we have the best-trained, most professional career agents in the nation. This is also a time when more Americans are seeking advice about their family’s financial future. I know that combining our agency operations with the life insurance operations will lead to stronger growth of our company’s primary product line, greater benefits to the consumer, as well as more opportunities for those seeking careers in insurance and financial services.”

Mr. Pfaff noted that a recent public opinion survey by Greenwald & Associates, sponsored by New York Life, found that Americans have just half the life insurance they need to achieve their own self-described financial objectives.

{Extraneous Deleted}

Mr. Pfaff received a B.A. from Manhattan College and an A.A. degree from Westchester Community College. He joined New York Life in 1985.

About New York Life

New York Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company founded in 1845, is the largest mutual life insurance company in the United States and one of the largest life insurers in the world. New York Life has the highest possible financial strength ratings from all four of the major credit rating agencies. Headquartered in New York City, New York Life’s family of companies offers life insurance, retirement income, investments and long-term care insurance. New York Life Investment Management LLC provides institutional asset management and retirement plan services. Other New York Life affiliates provide an array of securities products and services, as well as institutional and retail mutual funds.

New York Life Insurance Company

William Werfelman, 212-576-5385

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Pfaff, Mark [MC????]

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* Posted on: Mon, Nov 24 2008 11:37 PM

JFound: Sposito, Peter J. [MC????] is a banker’s banker

Sposito, Peter J. [MC????]

Peter J. Sposito

http://www.spock.com/Peter-J.-Sposito-Ml4Km1Dh

Peter Sposito has over 35 years in banking with an emphasis on sales management and depository institution market development. He is recognized both regionally and nationally for his diverse expertise within the correspondent banking arena. He has had extensive interaction with the CEOs and CFOs of banks, thrifts and credit unions throughout the Northeast. bankersbanknortheast

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http://www.bankersbanknortheast.com/sposito.htm

Peter J. Sposito

President & CEO

Peter Sposito has over 35 years in banking with an emphasis on sales management and depository institution market development. He is recognized both regionally and nationally for his diverse expertise within the correspondent banking arena. He has had extensive interaction with the CEOs and CFOs of banks, thrifts and credit unions throughout the Northeast. Mr. Sposito has a strong working knowledge of the national payment system, lending, investments, operations, systems, and regulatory compliance and wholesale business development.

Mr. Sposito began his career with the Hartford National Bank shortly after completing the MBA program at the University of Connecticut. As manager of correspondent banking he directed the business activity for the Connecticut and national markets. After a merger with Shawmut Bank, he managed the Correspondent Banking Division for Shawmut Bank in Boston and in Hartford.

In 1994 Mr. Sposito recognized an opportunity to provide community banks with an array of correspondent services. Dramatic changes in the banking industry had negatively impacted traditional correspondent banking activity. His research led to the bankers’ bank concept whose sole purpose was to meet the financial, operational and business needs of community banks. After an extensive due diligence process, capital was raised and a charter was granted to the Bankers’ Bank Northeast on September 8, 1998. Mr. Sposito was elected President / CEO and Director of the new entity. He is Past Chairman of the Bankers’ Bank Council, a national association of CEOs of bankers’ banks. He serves on the Board of Directors of Connecticut Farmland Trust, an organization formed to protect Connecticut’s remaining farmland for agricultural use by current and future farmers. Mr. Sposito is also active with Americares Homefront at St. Dunstan’s Church in Glastonbury, CT.

Mr. Sposito graduated from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting. He completed his graduate degree at the University of Connecticut where he received an MBA in Marketing. He lives in Glastonbury with his wife Susan.

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* Posted on: Tue, Nov 25 2008 6:37 AM

JObit: DeMicco, Bonnie M. [MC1984], husband of Emil {MC1979]

http://www.legacy.com/MCall/Obituaries.asp?

Page=LifeStory&PersonId=120628727

http://tinyurl.com/5pckef

Bonnie M. DeMicco

Bonnie M. DeMicco, 51, of Lower Macungie Township, passed away November 24, 2008. She was a mechanical engineering graduate of Manhattan College with an M.B.A. from Lehigh University and eventually became a manager at AT&T. Despite her professional success, she put her career on hold to devote more time to raising her two children. Bonnie continue to work as an adjunct professor and academic advisor at Moravian College and later as a tax preparer for H&R Block. In an effort to giver her son every possible advantage, she became heavily involved in the issues of special needs children. She was an active member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir.

Survivors: Husband, Emil; daughter, Amy; son, Michael; sisters, Susan MacDougall, Maureen MacDougall and Lynn Tobin; brothers, Brian and Craig MacDougall.

Services: Mass of Christian Burial, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 26 in St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1040 Flexer Ave., Allentown. Calling hours will be held today, November 25 from 7-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. in the church. Arrangements by J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, Allentown. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to A Special Needs Fund for Michael DeMicco, c/o St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1040 Flexer Ave., Allentown, PA 18103.

Published in the Morning Call on 11/25/2008

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Dear John,

I believe that Bonnie is a member of the Class of 1984 and her Husband Emil, is a member of the Class of 1979.

May She Rest In Peace.

Mike

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated. ]

Dear John,

I believe that her brother Brian W. MacDougall is a member of the Class of 1973.

Mike

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From: “Richard A. Lawrence” (MC1968)

Date: November 26, 2008 12:02:11 PM EST

To: “reinke, fjohn68″

Subject: Re: [ManhattanCollegeAlumni] Jasper Obit: DeMicco, Bonnie M. [MC????]

F. John,

1984 MBA according to the MC Alumni Directory

[JR: Thanks, RAL68. Much appreciated. ]

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DeMicco, Bonnie M. [MC1984]

Guestbook: http://tinyurl.com/5byco6

[JR: This especially saddens me. A young woman, a decade plus younger than me, with a special needs child. Makes me sad to report this.]

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* Posted on: Tue, Nov 25 2008 8:58 AM

* Updated: Thu, Nov 27 2008 11:36 AM

MNews: Manhattan College Christmas Lessons And Carols Singers Jazz Band

Jonathan Bernaber (MC2012) invited you to “A festival of Lessons and Carols” on Sunday, December 7 at 4:00pm.

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Event: A festival of Lessons and Carols

“Manhattan College Christmas Lessons And Carols Singers Jazz Band”

What: Concert

Host: Singers & Jazz Band

Start Time: Sunday, December 7 at 4:00pm

End Time: Sunday, December 7 at 5:15pm

Where: The Chapel of De La Salle

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* Posted on: Tue, Nov 25 2008 3:56 PM

QUADRANGLE: “Missing Professor Now Deceased”

http://www.mcquadrangle.org

Missing Professor Now Deceased

by Matthew Coyne in News

In what was originally suspected to be a missing persons case, Dr. Munther Nushiwat, an adjunct professor of Finance and Economics here at MC, has been identified as dead after he suffered a sudden and fatal heart attack. “As far as we can tell … he (Nushiwat) had a heart attack in the (Kingsbridge Avenue) library on Sunday the 26th of October,” said Dr.…

[JR: Interesting. Sad. Troubling.]

News

* Busy Person’s Retreat Enlightens MC Students

* Costello Lecture 2008 Echoes the Ideals of its Namesake

* Manhattan Magazine Sponsors Coffeehouses

* Missing Professor Now Deceased

* Music Men Frat Returns to MC

* New Study Abroad Trips Offered

* News Briefs

Op Ed

* Got Issues? No Problem!

* Is the Nation Ready for a Black President?

* Notes from the Editor

* P/C: Change? Yeah, Right

* P/C: Yes We Did

* Sports Briefs

* The 2008 Presidential Election

* The Majority Isn’t Always Right

* The Mystery and Magic of the Gypsy Cab

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* Energy Sustainability Lecture at MC

* Falling Short

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Arts & Entertainment

* Abba Fans Look Out, Mamma Mia Keeps on Dancing

* Bob That Head

* New NHL ‘09 Video Game

* Return of the Jedi

* What’s On Your iPod?

Sports

* Lady Jaspers Dive into Final Half of Season

* Tennis Courts to be Built on New Garage

* Women’s Basketball Program Willy Rely on Intensity and Youth

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* Posted on: Tue, Nov 25 2008 6:37 PM

JFound: Eskridge, Honora Nerz [MC????] at NCSU Libraries

http://blog-hendri.blogspot.com/2008/11/engineering-entrepreneurs-industry.html

Honora Nerz Eskridge

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Honora Nerz Eskridge is currently the Head, Textiles Library and Engineering Services and the Interim Associate Head of Collection Management. She has been with the NCSU Libraries since 1998, following completion of her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, which she received from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She also holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College in New York, NY.

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Eskridge, Honora Nerz [MC????]

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* Posted on: Wed, Nov 26 2008 2:36 PM

JFound: Dupper, Thad [MC1979] P+CEO of Evolving Systems

[JR: Sometime between 10/2006 and now, Jasper Thad got kicked upstairs. Automated searching rarely works. Argh!]

Dupper, Thad [MC1979]

http://www.evolving.com/thad_dupper_m.html

Thad Dupper

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dupper, promoted to Chief Executive Officer in April 2007, joined Evolving Systems’ leadership team in 2004 to oversee sales, business development and marketing. Dupper has more than 23 years’ experience in the telecommunications technology industry and has a track record of delivering innovative solutions to leading telecommunications companies.

Dupper was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Expand Beyond, a wireless software company. He was also Vice President, International Sales and Business Development of Terabeam, where he helped pioneer the use of free space optics with telecommunications carriers around the world. Dupper held positions as Senior Vice President of Dun & Bradstreet and Vice President of Teradata, where he oversaw data warehousing solutions for the communication industry. He holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College in New York.

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http://www.jasperjottings.com/2006/jasperjottings20061022.htm#_JNews5_1

JNews5

October 16, 2006

Evolving Systems, Inc.

9777 Mount Pyramid Ct. Suite 100

Englewood, CO 80112

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

KEY EMPLOYEES:

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Thad Dupper, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing

BOARD: Senior Management

SINCE: 2004

BIOGRAPHY: Mr Dupper was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Expand Beyond, a wireless software company. He was also Vice President, International Sales and Business Development of Terabeam, where he helped pioneer the use of free space optics with telecommunications carriers around the world. Dupper held positions as Senior Vice President of Dun & Bradstreet and Vice President of Teradata, where he oversaw data warehousing solutions for the communication industry. He holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Manhattan College in New York.

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LOAD-DATE: October 17, 2006

{MikeMcE reports: Dear John, I believe that Thad is a member of the Class of 1979. Mike (Thanks, Mike.) }

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* Posted on: Wed, Nov 26 2008 6:37 PM

JOY: Finch, Bernadette Kelly (MC1995) gives us something to be thankful for. Among other things.

REPORTING LIVE FROM THE FACEBOOK NEWS DESK

IN THE VIRTUAL JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM …

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=32104185#/profile.php?id=1014258209&ref=nf

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Finch, Bernadette Kelly (MC1995) shares photos of James from HOME! After a very rough start. Proof that prayers are answered. What happy story for Thanksgiving Day!

[JR: Yes, I am a sucker for happy endings. And, I am thankful to have something to post today! Hope this makes you smile as it did me.]

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* Posted on: Thu, Nov 27 2008 7:19 AM

MFound: Jack Taylor (19th century baseball player)

http://sqnet.org/27/jack-taylor-19th-century-baseball-player/

Jack Taylor (19th century baseball player)

Jack Taylor

Pitcher

Born: May 23, 1873(1873-05-23)

Sandy Hill, Maryland

Died: February 7, 1900 (aged 26)

Staten Island, New York

Batted: Right Threw: Right

MLB debut

September 16, 1891

for the New York Giants

Final game

September 12, 1899

for the Cincinnati Reds

Career statistics

Win-Loss record 120-117

Earned run average 4.23

Strikeouts 528

Teams

* New York Giants (1891)

* Philadelphia Phillies (1891-1897)

* St. Louis Browns (1898)

* Cincinnati Reds (1899)

Career highlights and awards

John Besson “Brewery Jack” Taylor (May 23, 1873 – Feb 7, 1900) was a baseball player in the National League from 1891 to 1899. He is often confused with John W. “Jack” Taylor, who also played in the NL during an overlapping period. His real name has also been erroneously published as John Budd Taylor in many sources, perhaps confused with the Minor League pitcher Jack “Bud” Taylor of similar period. John Besson Taylor was born in Sandy Hill, Maryland and moved to Staten Island, New York as a young child, where he played with would-become Major League contemporaries Jack Cronin, Jack Sharrott, George Sharrott, and Tuck Turner.

“Brewery Jack” was a right-handed pitcher with a career record and 120 wins and 117 losses. His nine-season career consisted of (in chronological order) one game for the 1891 New York Giants, six seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, one with the St. Louis Browns, and a final one with the Cincinnati Reds. While an ace pitcher, Taylor was known for arguing with umpire calls and (as his nickname implies) for his propensity for drinking. Taylor was still considered active in the National League during planning for the 1900 season, but died of Bright’s disease in February of that year. He is buried nearby his mother at Fairview Cemetery in the Castleton Corners neighborhood of Staten Island, and was inducted into the Staten Island Sports Hall Of Fame in 2002.

See also

* List of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins

Related Discussions

* There is currently an open discussion as to whether or not Taylor was an alumnus of (or even a student in) Manhattan College; category status is pending the ability to cite a source on the matter.

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[JR: Never heard this one. You?]

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* Posted on: Thu, Nov 27 2008 5:03 PM

JFound: Romero, Dennis O. [MC????] in 2006 was … …

REPORTING LIVE FROM THE SPOCK NEWS DESK

IN THE VIRTUAL JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM …

Romero, Dennis O. [MC????]

http://www.recoverymonth.gov/2006/press/dromero.aspx

Dennis O. Romero, M.A.

Acting Director, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

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Mr. Dennis O. Romero is the Acting Director for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS). Mr. Romero’s role is to provide national leadership and direction in substance abuse prevention, setting the goals and objectives of the Center and participating in the formulation of strategies and guidelines needed to plan, implement and manage national programs and projects. He will also give national presence by representing CSAP to members of the White House Committees, the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the news media to ensure an understanding of CSAP programs, objectives, and priorities. As Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for development of strategic program plans and management of CSAP’s internal operations. This includes management of CSAP’s $634 million annual budget, human resources, and program implementation and performance.

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Mr. Romero received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Cathedral College and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Manhattan College. He received post-graduate training at the State University of New York (SUNY), Albany Campus.

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* Posted on: Thu, Nov 27 2008 6:37 PM

JObit: Coyne, Robert T (MC1970) reports the obit for Jackman, Frederick [MC1945]

REPORTING LIVE FROM THE FACEBOOKLINKED NEWS DESK

IN THE VIRTUAL JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM …

Coyne, Robert T. (MC1970) reports the obit for Jackman, Frederick [MC1945]

http://www.licatholic.org/news/obits.htm

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Vol. 47 No. 36 November 26, 2008

Deacon Frederick Jackman

Smithtown — Deacon Frederick Jackman, who served at St. Patrick’s Church, Smithtown, died Nov. 15.

Deacon Jackman, 84, a member of the first ordination class of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, was ordained to the permanent diaconate June 9, 1979.

He graduated from Manhattan College in 1945 and subsequently taught world history at Regis High School, Manhattan (1945-1946) and history and English at Fordham Prep in the Bronx (1946-1947). From 1962 until his retirement, he worked for the Suffolk County Department of Social Services as a supervisor of case workers in the housing unit in Babylon Center. He was a certified social worker.

During his ministry at St. Patrick’s, Deacon Jackman served as a hospital chaplain. He assisted retired priests at the bi-monthly Mass at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury, and he performed burial services for the Diocese of Brooklyn, St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Charles Cemetery, usually every third Friday. As sacristan at St. Patrick’s, he worked with members of the Rosary Altar Society to maintain all aspects of the sacristy.

The Mass of Transferral on Monday evening, Nov. 17 at St. Patrick’s was celebrated by Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden, pastor; Deacon Vincent Abrahams was homilist. Msgr. Walden also celebrated the Mass of Christian Burial on Nov. 18. Deacon Jackman was interred at St. Patrick’s Cemetery here.

Deacon Jackman is survived by Mary Anne, his wife of 52 years; three children, Jeanmarie Romero, Michael, and Lisa Marie Asendorf; a sister, Delores Donato; and four grandchildren.

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Jackman, Frederick [MC1945]

Guestbook: None cited

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* Posted on: Thu, Nov 27 2008 8:39 PM

JEmail: Breen, Jerry (MC1971) shares Obama calligraphy portrait

From: Breen, Jerry (MC1971)

Date: November 27, 2008 3:38:09 AM EST

Subject: Obama calligraphy portrait

To one and all: My latest creation is a new addition to a series of unique calligraphy portraits that I’ve done over the years. My calligraphy portrait of President-elect Barack Obama “In His Own Words” is literally that – Obama’s own words, from his eloquent keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, rendered by hand in calligraphy, actually forms his portrait! An absolutely unique collectible work of art. Nobody else in the world creates anything like my unique calligraphy portraits. Other subjects over the years have included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, among others. Prints are available. For an 11 by 14 inch print on fine parchment, suitable for framing, send a check or money order for $10 to: Jerry Breen, 816A Cinnamon Ridge Place, Cockeysville, MD 21030. Include your mailing address. For 3 or more prints, just send $7.50 for each print. They make great gifts. Thanks again for your interest in my art. Sincerely, Jerry Breen http://www.newbreen.com

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* Posted on: Thu, Nov 27 2008 11:37 PM

MNews: 8 Into MC Athletic Hall Of Fame

http://www.westchester.com/Westchester_News/Sports/

Manhattan_College_To_Induct_8_Into_Athletic_Hall_Of_Fame_2008112810679.html

Manhattan College To Induct 8 Into Athletic Hall Of Fame

Posted by Westchester.com

Friday, 28 November 2008

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Westchester Sports & Recreation NewsRiverdale, NY – Men’s basketball star Jason Hoover ’97 and baseball standout Thomas Walraven ’76 headline the list of 2008 inductees into Manhattan College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

The 30th annual induction ceremony, sponsored by the Manhattan College Alumni Society, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the College’s Smith Auditorium.

Among the other inductees are softball’s Carrie Wujcik-Drum ’96 and track and field team members Diné Potter ’97, Patrick McGrath ’95, Louis Ostolozaga ’81, Peter Beyer ’60 and Dean Noll ’50 (posthumously). Two teams will also be honored: the 1935 Penn Relays mile championship team and the 1993 women’s softball squad.

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* Posted on: Fri, Nov 28 2008 10:27 AM

JUpdate: Hughes, Gerry [MC1982] seeking Microsoft Business Intelligence position

Creative MS Business Intelligence Analyst/Developer available

Hi, I am seeking an MS Business Intelligence position, either full time in the New York metropolitan area, or I am willing to do consulting throughout the United States. See my profile for details. Resume sent on request. Thanks. Gerry Hughes

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Hughes, Gerry [MC1982]

http://www.linkedin.com/in/wgerryhughes

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* Posted on: Fri, Nov 28 2008 1:57 PM

JFound: Schermer, Dolores [MC????]

Schermer, Dolores [MC????]

http://www.radiusmanagement.com/management/leadership.htm#schermer

Dolores Schermer

Dolores Schermer holds the position of Vice President of Operations for Radius Management Services, Inc. Her career in the healthcare field encompasses Senior Management positions for the last 13 years. Ms. Schermer is responsible for the overall management and leadership for Radius Management Services’ owned and managed facilities.

Prior to joining Radius Management Services, Ms. Schermer served as Senior Executive Director with multi-facility responsibility for the ADS Group and for Genesis Health Ventures. In that capacity, her areas of responsibility included resident care, personnel, financial, environmental, regulatory and organizational management.

In addition to her healthcare expertise, Ms. Schermer has over twenty years of experience as a teacher and senior administrator at the Horace Mann-Barnard School in New York City where she held the post of Director of Instruction and Curriculum Development.

Ms. Schermer holds a B.S. from Hunter College and an M.S. from Manhattan College, both in New York. Ms. Schermer has served on the Boards of Directors for the Women’s Resource Center, the Harvard Council on Aging, Minuteman Homecare, VNA/Homecare, Inc., and on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Jewish Family and Children Services of Massachusetts.

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* Posted on: Fri, Nov 28 2008 6:37 PM

JNews: Kelly, Ray [MC1963] was going to run for NYC mayor?

http://www.portfolio.com/views/columns/the-world-according-to/2008/11/28/New-York-Police-Chief-Ray-Kelly

Home > Views > Columns > World According to … > New York Police Chief Ray Kelly

World According to …

Ray Kelly

by Lloyd Grove | See Archive

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New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly—top cop under two different mayors, David Dinkins and (after an eight-year interregnum) Michael Bloomberg—knows more about managing big enterprises than many a corporate C.E.O.

At 67, Kelly is a bona fide celebrity—the familiar face of New York’s Finest. He is also a smart politician who was all set to run for mayor until his boss, media billionaire Bloomberg, decided to have the city’s term-limits law changed so he could stand for a third term. (Kelly is savvy enough to pretend he wasn’t disappointed.)

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Kelly, Ray [MC1963]

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* Posted on: Fri, Nov 28 2008 7:46 PM

JEmail: Dandola, John (MC1970) celebrates 60 with … …

REPORTING REALLY LIVE FROM THE FIELD OUTSIDE IN QUEENS NYC

BUT BACK IN THE VIRTUAL JASPER JOTTINGS NEWSROOM …

Dandola, John (MC1970) celebrate his 60th birthday with family and friends, which included 2 Jaspers. Yours truly FJohn68 and Goncalves, Melissa (MC2004). JohnD got a huge kick out of introducing FJohn68 “Mister Jasper Jottings” to Melissa who thought it was … … strange teat two old Jaspers kept trying to convince her that the Engineering Building was the “Fanny Farmer Candy Factory”. Very Old History!

Anyway I took a lot of ribbing about being a minor (very minor) celebrity. Terible thing to do to an ITSJ like me.

A fun time was had by all!

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* Posted on: Sat, Nov 29 2008 8:00 PM

Comment on MObit: Eugene J. O’Brien, Eugene J. [MCattendee] by Peg O’Brien

Thank you for your sympathies for my father. While my father moved on to graduate from Iona College and then on to Columbia and Harvard he had fond memories of his time at Manhattan College and appreciated the support he received and the network he built which would shape his life. Thank you for reaching out to our family. Regards, Peg O’Brien

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* Posted on: Thu, Nov 27 2008 9:07 AM

ENDNOTE: Lincoln wasn’t the worst President, but close!

http://www.lifetrekcoaching.com/current/index.html

PROVISION #588 (10/26/08): PROBABLY NO GOD?

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Did that title get your attention? If so then the campaign to put secularist posters on the sides of British buses may achieve its intended result. But I think the posters miss the mark. The problem is not with God; the problem is with parochial ideas of God. That’s what Abraham Lincoln had to say in his Second Inaugural Address (reprinted below). It is also what I understand to be the true nature of here, now, and forever. God is no Judge; God is Understanding.

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People love to find someone or something to blame. It’s called scapegoating, and we do it to God just as much as we do it to other people and things. But I stand with Lincoln. There are no simple answers as to who or what is to blame. There are no good guys or bad guys; there are only people who are seeking to meet their needs as best they know how. We can respect each other for that and, if we choose to do so, we can learn to understand the Understanding that what would make life more wonderful for us all.

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I like the “Provisions” as thought-provoking. Unfortunately, citing Lincoln, throws me into a tizzy. I am from the school of thought that the Second American Revolution, aka what the winners call the “Civil War”, aka what the losers call the “War of Northern Aggression”, was about taxes. Not slavery. The Industrial North wanted to prosper at the expense of the Agrarian South. Lincoln was not the heroic figure portrayed by the media as “freeing the slaves”. He was a venial politician that was in the pockets of the railroads. He had no interest in slavery, except as it appealed to his base.

The world, for the most part, eliminated slavery peacefully.

He waged war on the civilian population, which up to that point was unheard of. The vaunted Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the areas he didn’t control. What happened to the ones in areas he did control.

No, a poor example distracts me from the point of the Provision, i.e., our mistaken notion of God.

AND, Lincoln converted the “United States of America” into the empire of the USA. The States forever were lost in terms of a check on the power of the Federal Government.

In the pantheon of Presidents, Lincoln has to rank at the bottom, or close to it. His competition for the bottom might be FDR for removing us from the Gold Standard, or Truman for Hiroshima / Nagasaki.

Upon reflection, Lincoln gets nudged out by Wilson. He campaigned on “Peace” and immediately got us into WW1. WW1’s “peace settlement” led to WW2. And, Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act which created the exact thing that Andrew Jackson killed. An engine of debt and inflation.

Sigh, please give us more ineffective and merely corrupt politicians. The “idealists” kill us and Liberty.

Be careful what you vote for, you may get it!

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“Bon courage a vous tous”

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