That's "Campana-stan" or ''Land of Campana." It reflects the Weltanschauung of Michael E. Campana, President-for-Life of the Republic of Campanastan. Welcome to Campanastan - no passports or visas required!
The Way of Water Oregon State University Geography PhD Student, Jennifer Veilleux, records her fieldwork, research, and thoughts about transboundary water resources development in the Nile River and Mekong River basins. Particular attention is given to Ethiopia's Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and Laos' Xayaburi Dam projects.
Thirsty in Suburbia Gayle Leonard documents things from the world of water that make us smile: particularly funny, amusing and weird items on bottled water, water towers, water marketing, recycling, the art-water nexus and working.
This Day in Water History Michael J. 'Mike' McGuire, engineer extraordinaire, NAE member, and author of 'The Chlorine Revolution', blogs about historical happenings in the fields of drinking water and wastewater keyed to calendar dates.
WaSH Resources New publications, web sites and multi-media on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH).
Water 50/50 From Jay Famiglietti at UC-Irvine. Fifty lectures in fifty weeks: The 2012 Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lectureship. A global lecture tour delivering the message about our changing water cycle, groundwater depletion, and the future of freshwater availability.
Water For The Ages Abby, another PNWer, writes about global water issues with passion and concern.
Watering the Desert Aptly-titled blog by CJ Brooks, a lawyer-hydrologist-geologist from Tucson, AZ.
Watershed Moments: Thoughts from the Hydrosphere From Sarah Boon - rediscovering her writing and editing roots after 13 years, primarily as an environmental scientist. Her writing centres around creative non-fiction, specifically memoir and nature writing. The landscapes of western Canada are her main inspiration.
WaterWired All things fresh water: news, comment, and analysis from hydrogeologist Michael E. Campana, Professor at Oregon State University.
Watery Foundation Tom Swihart, formerly of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, tells all about water management in the Sunshine State.
Western Water Blog The 'mystery blog' about Western USA water issues. What more can I say?
Honduras, a Central American nation of 7.9 million people, has had close
ties with the United States over many years. The country served as a base for U.S. operations in Central America during the 1980s, and it continues to host a U.S. military presence and cooperate on anti-drug efforts today. Trade and investment linkages are also long-standing, and have grown
stronger in recent years through the implementation of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR). Migration is another central concern in bilateral relations; over 702,000 Hispanics of Honduran origin live in the United States—nearly two-thirds of whom are foreign born. Although the U.S.-Honduras relationship was somewhat strained as a result of the 2009 political crisis in Honduras, close cooperation quickly resumed in 2010. Since then, broad U.S. policy goals in Honduras have included a strengthened democracy with an effective justice system that protects human rights and enforces the rule of law, and the promotion of sustainable economic growth with a more open economy and improved living conditions.
Porfirio Lobo, who was inaugurated president of Honduras in January 2010, is now in the final six months of his term. Lobo assumed power after seven months of domestic political crisis and international isolation that had resulted from the June 2009 ouster of President Manuel Zelaya. While the strength of Lobo’s conservative National Party in the legislature has enabled his administration to pass much of its policy agenda, Lobo has had limited success in resolving the many challenges facing Honduras. His efforts to lead the country out of political crisis, for example, have helped Honduras secure international recognition but have done little to rebuild confidence in the country’s political system. Lobo is constitutionally ineligible for another term, and presidential, legislative, and municipal elections are scheduled for November 24, 2013. Several new parties have been established to contest the elections and early polling suggests that Honduras’ traditional two-party system is fracturing.
Security and Human Rights
The poor security and human rights situation in Honduras has continued to
deteriorate under President Lobo. Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, and common crime remains widespread. Moreover, human rights abuses—which increased significantly in the aftermath of Zelaya’s ouster—have persisted. A number of inter-related factors have likely contributed to this situation, including the increasing presence of organized crime, weak government institutions, and widespread corruption. Although the Honduran government has adopted a number of policy reforms designed to address these challenges, conditions have yet to improve.
President Lobo also inherited a weak economy with high levels of poverty and inequality. Honduras suffered an economic contraction of 2.4% in 2009 as a result of the combined impact of the global financial crisis and domestic political crisis. Although the economy has partially recovered, with estimated growth of 3.3% in 2012, the Honduran government continues to face serious fiscal challenges. The central government’s deficit has been growing in recent years. As it has struggled to obtain financing for the budget, public employees and contractors occasionally have gone unpaid and basic government services have been interrupted. Honduras also continues to face significant social disparities, with over two-thirds of the population living in poverty.
Members of Congress have expressed considerable interest in Honduras since the 2009 political crisis, focusing in particular on the state of the country’s democratic institutions as well as the significant security and human rights challenges that have plagued the country in recent years. These issues have continued to attract interest in the 113th Congress. Members of both houses have sent letters to the State Department expressing concerns about human rights abuses, and Congress chose to maintain human rights restrictions on aid to Honduras in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 (P.L. 113-6).
This report examines current conditions in Honduras as well as issues in U.S-Honduras relations.
Something exciting is brewing in Honduras, and it's not coffee! In an effort to 'refresh' the political system, a new (2011) political party, El Partido Anti Corrupción(PAC), is fielding candiates for national and local offices at the end of November 2013.
Just found this in a 2010 issue ofThe Economist. It is based upon a survey of drug-harm experts. Be sure to read the brief article, which contains the usual caveats.
In a related vein, I heard Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN, promoting his upcoming special 'Weed' (11 August 8 PM EDT), explain that he has done an about-face when it comes to medical marijuana:
Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called "Weed." The title "Weed" may sound cavalier, but the content is not.
I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning.
Long before I began this project, I had steadily reviewed the scientific literature on medical marijuana from the United States and thought it was fairly unimpressive. Reading these papers five years ago, it was hard to make a case for medicinal marijuana. I even wrote about this in a TIME magazine article, back in 2009, titled "Why I would Vote No on Pot."
Well, I am here to apologize.
I apologize because I didn't look hard enough, until now. I didn't look far enough. I didn't review papers from smaller labs in other countries doing some remarkable research, and I was too dismissive of the loud chorus of legitimate patients whose symptoms improved on cannabis.
Dee Liner, blue-chip (aren't they all at UA) football recruit at the University of Alabama, caused a social media stir when he posted this picture of himself (left) and two buddies on Instagram flashing some cash while on vacation in Panama City, FL. The picture has since been removed; apparently, someone told Liner that stuff like this gets around rather quickly, way beyond friends.
Liner earlier made headlines by decommitting from Alabama archrival Auburn to attend Alabama.
But hey, Auburn can beat that. Liner's wad looks like a lot (hey, maybe the bills are mostly singles) but not as much as that of former Auburn football player Dakota Mosley:
The garage sale must have gone well. Apparently no NCAA sanctions resulted from Mosley's photography.
For all I know, both guys came by the money legitimately, but what message are they sending?
Nothing like making a good impression, guys!
"Pictures like this make the statement that some kids need the discipline college athletics and education brings a lot more than the programs and institutions need them, and if Liner doesn’t get that message quickly, he’ll be sitting with Brent Calloway up in the stands on Saturdays." -In The Know
“It could come unraveled. And when it does, it’s gonna be bad. Real bad.”-Paul Manziel, Johnny Manziel's (aka 'Johnny Football') father.
Friend and colleague Ari Michelsen (an economist) sent me this item from Mike Whitney. I am posting it 'as is'. Comments are welcomed!
Why was Adolph Hitler able to lift Germany out of the Great Depression, when
policymakers in the US–particularly the Fed–have failed so miserably?
Let’s look at the facts: When Hitler came to power in 1933, the German
economy was in a shambles. Millions of people were out of work, a number of
large banks had collapsed, the market for German exports had dried up
overnight, and a US-led lending freeze (withdrawal of credits under the Young
Plan) had thrust German industry and finance into a severe slump. By 1932,
German industrial production was nearly half of what it had been a year
earlier. Unemployment soared from 1.5 million in 1929 to more than 6 million in
Enter Hitler, who had been sworn in as chancellor under President Paul von
Hindenburg in January, 1933. Hitler appointed German economist and banker,
Hjalmar Schacht, as President of the Reichsbank and Minister of Economics.
Schacht, in turn, launched a groundbreaking fiscal stimulus program that rebuilt
the nation’s worn infrastructure and put millions of people back to work. At
the same time, Schacht took steps to strengthen the currency, jettison the gold
standard, and impose capital controls, all of which served to reinforce
Germany’s economic independence. Here’s a little background from C.K.Liu’s Asia
Times article “Nazism and the German Economic Miracle”:
The Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, at a time when its economy was
in total collapse, with ruinous war-reparation obligations and zero prospects
for foreign investment or credit. Yet through an independent monetary policy of
sovereign credit and a full-employment public-works program, the Third Reich
was able to turn a bankrupt Germany, stripped of overseas colonies it could
exploit, into the strongest economy in Europe within four years, even before
armament spending began.” (“Nazism and the German Economic Miracle,” Henry C.
K. Liu, Asia Times)
Clearly, “Depression expert” Bernanke’s performance pales in comparison to
and for obvious reasons. While zero rates and bond purchases (QE)
have been good for risk assets, (Stocks are up more than 140 percent since
their March 2009 lows.) unemployment is still above 7 percent, real wages are
trending lower, GDP has shriveled to below 2 percent, 47 million people are on
food stamps, and inequality is greater than anytime since the Gilded Era. The
facts speak for themselves; Bernanke’s policies have only benefited the
investor class. The real economy is still flat on its back.
That’s not to say that Hitler was not a murderous psychopath. He was, but
there’s also reason why his policies have been applauded by leftist
intellectuals, like Counterpunch co-editor Alexander Cockburn, who spoke
admiringly of Hitler’s “progressive economic policies.” Here’s a quote from
Hitler, genocidal monster that he was, was also the first practicing
Keynesian leader. … There were vast public works, such as the autobahns. He
paid little attention to the deficit or to the protests of the bankers about
his policies. … By 1936, unemployment had sunk to 1 percent. (Alexander
Cockburn is not alone in his admiration for Hitler’s (or should we say
Schacht’s) fiscal policies. Keynes himself praised the policies although he
despised Hitler and Nazism. Writing in the foreword of the German edition his
magnum opus The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, Keynes said:
The theory of output as a whole, which is what the following book purports to
provide, is much more easily adapted to the conditions of a totalitarian state,
than is the theory of production and distribution of a given output produced
under the conditions of free competition and a large measure of laissez-faire.
This doesn’t mean that Keynes supported autocratic government. He didn’t. He
was merely acknowledging that “demand management” (which is essential for
minimizing the negative effects of the business cycle) is more easily achieved
with a strong central government, since government spending is required to take
up the slack in aggregate demand during a slump. Government has an important
role to play when demand is weak and the economy slumps. The government can
(and should) use deficit spending to increase activity, put idle resources to
work, boost output, lower unemployment, and put the economy back on a solid
growth-path. Hitler may not have grasped this, but surely Schacht did. Here’s
more from Liu’s article:
From the very outset of his rule, Hitler, whose main short-term goal was
the economic revival of Germany with the help of German nationalist bankers and
industrialists, won popular support of the nation. Hitler adopted an aggressive
full-employment campaign. Between January 1933 and July 1935 the number of
employed Germans rose by a half, from 11.7 million to 16.9 million. More than 5
million new jobs paying living wages were created. Unemployment was banished
from the German economy and the entire nation was productively engaged in
reconstruction. Inflation was brought under control by wage freeze and price
control. Besides this, taking into account the lessons learned during 1914-18,
Hitler aimed at creating an economy that would be independent from foreign
capital and supply, and be well protected from another blockade and economic
war. For Germans, all of the above was proof that Hitler was the one who had
not only brought Germany out of economic depression but would take it directly
to prosperity with new pride. German popular trust in the Fuehrer rose
dramatically.” (“Nazism and the German Economic Miracle,” Henry C. K. Liu, Asia
Hitler was no friend of labor, but he knew that full employment would widen
his base of popular support. In contrast, Bernanke and his colleagues at the
Fed could care less about popularity or jobs. What they want is to slash critical
safetynet programs that protect the old, the sick and the needy. That’s what QE
is really all about; it’s a way of redistributing wealth upwards (through
rising stock prices) while Congress and the Obama administration “starve the
beast” via budget cuts. Reactionary elites have created a bogus deficit crisis
so they can impose their neoliberal agenda of deregulation, privatization, low
taxes, and austerity on working people.
Hitler garnered support for militarization through labor intensive public works
projects that transformed the nation in an economic powerhouse. Schacht played
a crucial role in the recovery. Along with strict capital controls and other
protectionist policies, Schacht stopped the private issuance of money and
“launched a new land-backed currency”. Here’s how author Ellen Brown sums it up
in a passage from her masterpiece Web of Debt:
Hitler began his national credit program by devising a plan of public
works. Projects earmarked for funding included flood control, repair of public
buildings and private residences, and construction of new buildings, roads,
bridges, canals, and port facilities. The projected cost of the various
programs was fixed at one billion units of the national currency. One billion
non-inflationary bills of exchange, called Labor Treasury Certificates, were
then issued against this cost. Millions of people were put to work on these
projects, and the workers were paid with the Treasury Certificates. This
government-issued money wasn’t backed by gold, but it was backed by something
of real value. It was essentially a receipt for labor and materials delivered
to the government.
Hitler said, “for every mark that was issued we required the equivalent of a
mark’s worth of work done or goods produced.” The workers then spent the
Certificates on other goods and services, creating more jobs for more people…
Within two years, the unemployment problem had been solved and the country
was back on its feet. It had a solid, stable currency, no debt, and no
inflation, at a time when millions of people in the United States and other
Western countries were still out of work and living on welfare. (“Thinking
Outside the Box: How a Bankrupt Germany solved its Infrastructure Problems”,
Ellen Brown, Web of Debt, Third Millennium Press)
This is the largely unknown story of Hitler’s rise to power, an ascent that
depended on “an independent monetary policy of sovereign credit” rather than
the issuance of loans by privately-owned banks. (Public money vs private money)
Hitler took the bankers out of the equation and rebuilt Germany in just four
Why doesn’t Bernanke do the same thing? Why doesn’t Bernanke purchase
Infrastructure bonds or Education bonds instead of Mortgage Backed Securities
(MBS) which only benefit the bankers. Why doesn’t Bernanke practice what he
preached to the bigwigs at the Japan Society of Monetary Economics, in May 2003
when he outlined steps for monetizing tax cuts. Here’s what he said:
The Bank of Japan should consider increasing still further its purchases of
government debt, preferably in explicit conjunction with a program of tax cuts
or other fiscal stimulus… Consider for example a tax cut for households and
businesses that is explicitly coupled with incremental BOJ purchases of
government debt–so that the tax cut is in effect financed by money creation.
Now there’s a novel idea; printing money to help the average working stiff.
That ought to increase activity and boost growth, don’t you think? So why is
Bernanke still dumping $85 billion per month into a black-hole financial system
instead of following his own advice and using his power to put people back to
work and get the economy back on track?
The economy is in the doldrums because that’s where Bernanke and Co. want it
“There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads- they couldn’t be fair if they treid. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s word, the white always wins. They’re ugly, but these are the facts of life.” - Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (c. p. 220)
Wasatch Brewery Mission: To make the best ales and lagers possible. To achieve commercial profitability, while maintaining the highest level of social responsibility. To have as much fun as we can legally get away with.
Yep, you've got that right. The Hotel America, O & O by a Chinese corporation. I tell people to look for the 'Coca-Cola' sign. Makes sense, right?
No complaints here - it's right near the fabled south end of the airport, the City Mall, and every fast-food store you can imagine (and some you can't). Fifty bucks per night for a king bed, 90-channel cable TV, A/C, free breakfast, furnishings right out of Mad Men, hot water, and flawless WiFi provided by the Chinese Army.
I am kidding about that last statement. I Googled 'China sucks' and a bunch of sites came up.
"Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men's clothes." - Chinese proverb
"Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose that our views of science are ultimate; that there are no mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete, and that there are no new worlds to conquer." - Sir Humphry Davy (17 December 1778 – 29 May 1829) (thanks to Jerry Sehlke)
Okay, not really.Toncontín International Airport(TGU) has shed its retro bus station look for a
beautiful new terminal building. It is still one of the world's most dangerous airports: it sits in the middle of the city, has a relatively short runway by international standards, and is surrounded by mountains. Not conducive to confidence when you are landing, that's for sure!
But part of an 'annoying' hillside has been removed and the runway is longer. Plus a road that skirted one end of the runway has been closed. There used to be a stoplight there for vehicles when planes were landing or departing (see this video and related ones). Oh, by the way, the other end of the runway ends abruptly at an embankment that slopes down into the city.
I have landed there 4 or 5 times. Each time, the passengers (myself included) broke out in spontaneous applause upon hitting the runway and hearing the squeal of the brakes. A set of tires probably lasted a couple of landings.
I have heard that gringo pilots - United (former Continental flight from Houston), Delta (Atlanta), and American (Miami) fly there - like to fly high then make a steep descent, whereas the more confident Central American pilots (mainly from TACA, the El Salvador airline) will fly lower, hugging the topography. But oddly enough it was the crash of a TACA flight on 30 May 2008 that prompted the closure of the airport to international flights for a month or so and some improvements in safety.
One of my funniest (but not at the time) experiences regarding TGU occurred in the USA. My wife and I were having three undergraduate students over for dinner on the eve of our flight (the students and me) to TGU. At dinner, Mary Frances nonchalantly mentioned, 'Oh, and I'm sure Michael's told you that you're flying into the world's second most dangerous airport, hasn't he?' The looks on their faces told her that she had said the wrong thing. So much for trust...
But we made it, and flying into TGU was far safer than my driving a 4WD Toyota pickup in Tegucigalpa and southern Honduras!
"There are only two emotions in a plane: boredom and terror." - Orson Welles
I just heard a lame Herman's Hermits version of this classic from the Grass Roots, one of the most underappreciated bands of the 1960s.
This song, which many think is a Bob Dylan tune, was written by P.F. Sloan (aka 'the poor man's Bob Dylan') and Steve Barri, who actually recorded it under the name 'Grass Roots'. They then went searching for a band to help them cash in on the folk-rock mania. Presto! The Grass Roots came into existence.
Sloan and Barri went on to write a number of hits, including Barry McGuire's classic, Eve of Destruction:
"You're lookin' good, it's hard to fight it But no use explainin', I've already decided That livin' with you, it's worse than without you I won't spend a lifetime a-worryin' about you Oh, things got rough and you disappeared Now I'm back on my feet But look, look who's standing there Where were you when I needed you Where were you when I wanted you Where were you when I needed you" -- Where Were You When I Needed Youby Steve Barri and P.F. Sloan
Thought I would celebrate the fourth anniversary of the arrival of ourSUSIE students, twenty-three young women and men from Central America (Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua) and the Caribbean (Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago). Most arrived on a Sunday. We were all excited.
Ana Maria Peralta, one of three Dominicanas, who later pursued an MBA in Spain, assembled this photograph:
The instructors are arranged along the left side and top. The picture of Mt. Hood is signifcant because on the day before we all went to Washington, DC, we took them up to a few patches of snow where they all experienced snow for the first time.
Here is a larger picture of all of us in Washington, DC, where we spent a week after five weeks in Oregon:
Each student was different, but all shared great intelligence and a desire to learn. I told them that they were going to spoil me for my fall Geology 101 class. They did!
Lasst year at this time I was traveling through Honduras and Nicaragua and saw three of the SUSIE students. I saw Julio Eguigurems (above) on 27 June in Honduras. He works at the national forestry school in Comayagua. I then traveled to Nicaragua to see Laura Espinoza García and Natalia Raudez. Laura will be hesading to study in Belgium on a scholarship and Natalia is married and a mommy. I unfortunately missed Lucia Paiz Medina, who is studying for her Master's degree in Brussels.
Julio may be applying for a Master's degree at OSU, and Dara-Marie Raggay of Trinidad and Tobago was accepted at OSU for a Master's in Environmental Science but did not matriculate.
You don't know how much I miss you!
"Sometimes the only difference we can make is passing our wisdom to someone else who will make the bigger difference." -- Linda B. Gray
Heard this song on SiriusXM7 at 1 AM this morning while driving home with the top down from Portland International Airport. Love it - the group is Eruption and the lead singer is the fabulous Precious Wilson.
Looks like the band members got their outfits from Marvel Comics.
"I can't stand the rain Against my window Bringing back sweet memories" -I Can't Stand the Rainby Ann Peebles, D. Bryant, and B. Miller
"Well I tried to make it Sunday, but I got so damn depressed That I set my sights on Monday and I got myself undressed I ain't ready for the altar but I do agree there's times When a woman sure can be a friend of mine." - 'Sister Golden Hair', written by Gerry Beckley
Here is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's letter to the Congressional Native American Caucus supporting the status quo vis-a-vis the renaming of the Washington Redskins. Many consider the term 'redskin' racist, analogous to calling an African-American 'nigger' or an Italian-American 'dago'.
Racist? C'mon, man!
Goodell forgot to mention that the owner of the team at the time of the name designation was George Preston Marshall, one of the NFL's most notorious racists who refused to sign an African-American player until 1962, when he was forced to.
Way to go, Roger! Your father would be so proud of your principled stance.
"We'll start signing Negroes when the Harlem Globetrotters start signing whites." - George Preston Marshall
He took the picture down shortly after posting it, and the local NBC affiliate reports that he put up a cryptic status minutes later: 'Isn't a shame
how some think all apples in a barrel are bad if they find one? Oh by the way, this is not me in this picture!'
The photo has Islamic advocacy groups outraged, particularly because there has been a string of anti-Muslim incidents in Tennessee in recent years.
Mosques have been vandalized four times, prompting a justice department investigation.
Though local groups are calling for an apology from Mr West- which he has denied- it also seems that there will be no formal rebuke from the Coffee County Mayor.
Channel 4 spoke with Mayor David Pennington who said that while he was aware of the photo, he is not in a position to take action.
'My answer to that is you know what a commissioner does in his off time, as long as its not in a full commission meeting, I have no control over what a commissioner does,' he said.
I can imagine what the caption would have been 50 years ago. Take a guess.
'I’m prejudiced against anyone who’s trying to tear down this country, Muslims, Mexicans, anybody." - Barry West
"What's all the fuss about? That God prefers kindness over hate? I would think that's a given. Isn't that the meaning of one of the most often quoted parables: the Good Samaritan? As far as Jesus' crowd was concerned Samaritans were atheists. What was Jesus meaning? Did the Samaritan convert to the 'right beliefs.' Not according to the story. As a matter of fact, it was the teachers of law, those with 'right beliefs' who didn't get it; who 'passed by.' " - Rev.Tom Tate
Giovanni Pellegrino Campana would have been 99 today.
That name is on his birth certificate, but we knew my father as John Pilgrim Campana. Born on 6 June 1914, the son of Italian immigrants Consiglia and Domenico Campana, who arrived on these shores from Naples, Italy, in the late 1890s.
The family settled in Boston, where my father grew up working, playing baseball, ice hockey, but most of all, studying. He vaguely recalled the Great Molasses Flood of 1919. He attended Boston Latin School, the oldest and arguably still the best high school in the USA.
After that, it was off to the oldest college in the USA, Harvard, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history in 1936. In those days, Harvard was not a hospitable place for Italian-Americans, Irish-Americans, or Jews; forget about Latinos or African-Americans! It was the bastion of WASPs - White (or Wealthy) Anglo-Saxon Protestants.
He loved playing hockey - he was a right winger - but didn't play for Harvard after his freshman year. He told me that the rich kids on the team would rent one of the indoor arenas for practices that were restricted to themselves and their friends. So while he worked, they practiced and his skills fell behind. When he told me this, there was nary a trace of bitterness in his voice. That's just the way it was.
But his true sports love was baseball. He played shortstop and pitched on the Harvard team till he graduated in 1936. I have a team ball signed by all the players on the 1936 team, with the inscription: Harvard - 3, Yale - 0.
He married 'Southern belle' (North Carolina)Ruth Ellen Emerson in 1943 and they had three children. They first lived in Manhattan, then moved out to Queens, and finally, headed to the Long Island suburbs in December 1951, where they remained until 1978, retiring to Mooresville, North Carolina.
He started teaching in the New York City school system in 1938, a career that spanned 36 years, 26 of which were spent at Brooklyn's Erasmus Hall High School, the nation's second-oldest high school. He taught history and political science. He recalls EHHS students Barbra Streisand, chess champion Bobby Fischer, and Lainie Kazan. Don't ask him about the first two. In those days, EHHS was one of the nation's best. Its top students won scholarships to the USA's finest universities. Even the top Jewish students, who for years could not get into the Ivy League schools, routinely made Princeton, Yale, and Harvard starting in the mid-1950s; African-Americans (few in number at EHHS in those days) and others soon followed. As I grew up, I remember many visits from former students who would drop by to thank him for all he had done. They told me what a remarkable teacher and man he was and how much he had helped them.
He left EHHS in 1964 to help open Canarsie High School in Brooklyn. He was the Assistant Principal, a position that earned him more money but meant no more teaching. That was a tough call for him.
His time at CHS was difficult - an unreasonable boss and trouble from the start. In those days, the races and ethnicities mixed far worse than they do today. On some days scores of NYPD officers patrolled the halls and grounds. When a chair whizzed by his ear during a cafeteria free-for-all, he knew it was time to retire. That was 1974. The photo was taken a few years before he left CHS.
My father was an inveterate and prolific letter-writer. He would write letters to all kinds of people: political leaders, heads of state, CEOs, editors, sports figures, et al. At the time of his death he was working on a book titled, One Small Voice, a collection of his letters. His favorite target was Tom Yawkey, then the owner of his beloved but then-incompetent Boston Red Sox. He would instruct Yawkey on whom to trade, whom to release, etc. It was a futile exercise, of course, but he enjoyed it. One of my big regrets in life was seeing him die in 1984, before the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and 2007. But at least he did not witness the 1986 debacle. That surely would have killed him. My father's devotion to the Sox and their history still have an impression on me: although I am a Yankees fan, there is a soft spot in my heart for the Red Sox.
I often wonder how the Internet would have appeared to him. Given his love for writing and commentary, would he have become a blogger? Somehow I doubt it. He was committed to letters.
He was remarkable man. A student of history, language (five), politics, sports, chess, and more. He was small in stature and an unlikely athlete. Baseball, hockey, golf, bowling, and tennis were his games. He was a Democrat who was not overly fond of John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy clan. He remembered too much from his early days in Boston and also never forgave patriarch Joe from being an early Hitler supporter. But he voted for JFK over Richard Nixon in 1960; that was a no-brainer.
I loved listening to him discuss history, especially American history. He actually 'rescued' my interest in history, because my high-school history teachers were pretty pathetic. The often emphasized rote memorization with little dicussion of what the events meant. That's where my father came in. He provided the big picture.
Whatever my skills are in teaching and education, I owe to him. He was so proud when I received my PhD. He had an ABD ('all but dissertation' - half done, on Stephen Decatur and the Barbary Pirates) from Fordham - marriage and a family intevened - and he never finished. He would have made quite a professor!
I miss you, Dad; I think of you each day. You're my role model.
I think the Yankees will beat out your Sox again this year. But the beloved Bruins look like they are en route to the Stanley Cup. Oh, how he loved watching Bobby Orr!
"Democracy is like a raft; you're safe, but your feet get wet." -- John P. Campana
Near North Falmouth. I thought I saw some lead ingots stacked near the barn.
Coonamessett Pond near North Falmouth, MA.
"Cape Cod is the bared and bended arm of Massachusetts: the shoulder is at
Buzzard's Bay; the elbow, or crazy-bone, at Cape Mallebarre; the wrist at Truro; and the sandy fist at Provincetown, — behind which the State stands on her guard, with her back to the Green Mountains, and her feet planted on the floor of the ocean, like an athlete protecting her Bay, — boxing with northeast storms, and, ever and anon, heaving up her Atlantic adversary from the lap of earth, — ready to thrust forward her other fist, which keeps guard the while upon her breast at Cape Ann." - Henry David Thoreau
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