Sunday, August 26, 2007

Nels Michael J'Anthony and Richard Uniatowski

Dear Classmates,

A bit more web surfing this evening turned up something that could be correct: "J'Anthony, Nels — of Utah. Socialist Workers candidate for U.S. Representative from Utah 3rd District, 1992. Still living as of 1992."

Now the reason I think that this could be the Nels J'Anthony that we know is that when I last knew him he was a member of the Socialist Workers Party. Of course when I first knew him he was a Young Republican.

Closer to home, A Richard Uniatowski possibly a 1975 graduate of the University of Delaware could be a successful real estate broker with Coldwell Bankers in Rehobeth, Delaware.

Well, someone must be able to tell us something more lame than these vague reports from the web.

m. m.

Missing Brooke Murray

Dear Classmates,

Well, I figured I would take a look at my own list and see what I could discover about missing classmates. For some reason, I decided to start in the middle of my list with "Brooke Murray." A quick web search came up with a Dr. Brook Murray working at W.L. Gore and overseeing work being done at Infineon in Austin, TX. Could this be the same Brooke Murray? Maybe.

In lists of contributors, I found a reference to Mr. and Mrs. James R. Barwick of Wyckoff, NJ. Could that be our Jim Barwick?

In an obituary notice for William T. Cannon (who spent much of his life in Delaware) dated April, 2007 his surviving children are mentioned: They have five children: Sherri Barwick of Orlando, FL, Tom Cannon of Princeton, NJ, Lisa Rodman of Carlsbad, CA, Tim Cannon of Harrington, DE and David Cannon of Long Beach, CA, 5 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. I suspect that this is the same Sherri Barwick of Sentry Management, Inc. Longwood, FL 407-788-6700 ext. 240

I could find no reference anywhere to Ann T. Schumosic. I think that tracking down women who have changed their last name is very difficult.

Then there are other hard to search names. How many Mike Smith's do you think there are?

I am sure that someone can log in with a suggestion to take a few names off our too long list of missing classmates.

m. m.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Steve Holt

Dear Classmates,

Just a few months ago on May 24, 2007 Steve Holt passed away suddenly at his home. I believe he may have lived in Middletown, Delaware. His wife Andrea M. Holt had passed away in 2001. They are survived by their three children, Austin, Douglas and Tracy. For more information some of the information from his obituary can be found:

Carol Duffy and Team Quest

Debbie Snapp just forwarded me an article from the News Journal about a group of 17 civil servants from New Castle County who have been nominated at the local level for an award in recognition of their outstanding public service efforts.

Carol Duffy is one of 12 New Castle County civil servants who were recognized. She is a member of a group named "Team Quest" which works to bring financial assistance to families hit by tragedy.

Other members of Team Quest are: Jesse Carroll, Kim Conner, Gale De Ascanis, Lyda Edwards, Sue Egnor, Rick Evans, Sally Jensen, Jill Kendall, Debbie Latina, Paula Marsilii and Chuck Mc Veigh.

Five individuals from other organizations also receiving this recognition were: Mark Allston, Mary Ann Dilworth, Irene Klein, John Howard and Carly White.

I wouldn't be surprised if some of the other individuals so honored are also NHS Alumni. Thanks for sending me this uplifting article, Debbie.


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Sue Kingdom, David Chapman

Dear Classmates,

Some people can just completely disappear. Of course it is hard when it is a woman and her name changes. It is also hard when a person has a common name. I searched for a few years without luck for Mike Hall. That is a common name. Luckily, he eventually found me.

David Chapman is a mystery. His is also a common name that complicates things. However, as one of the best liked and respected members of our class and a sports star it seems difficult to imagine just how completely he could vanish. However, maybe I have just asked the wrong people and one of you will know.

Sue Kingdom and I read the morning bulletin on the Newark High School closed circuit TV. It was fun while it lasted. I don't know how many people ever actually listened to our broadcast on purpose but I do know one person who did and that was Mr. McLaine.

I remember how I got kicked off the station and I certainly deserved it. A couple of times too often, I read a weekend advertisement for the band "Blueberry Jam." Today, I can't even clearly remember which of my friends was connected with the band but it may only have been that they played at "Eat at Joe's Coffee House" at least once. I also inserted weekend advertisements for "Eat at Joe's Coffee House."

All announcements had to be cleared through Mr. McLaine and these were definitely not approved. Each time I made an unauthorized announcement, he came down to the set and talked me about it. After one too many infractions, he must have concluded that I was unmanageable and removed me from the station staff.

The one good thing is I already remember that as an activity that ended before it got boring. I enjoyed it while it lasted and I think that I enjoyed the renegade aspect of flaunting authority.

mike m.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Can You Remember

What do you remember that was outstanding?

How about Mr. Chambers shooting a ball bearing through a washer being dropped from a magnet?
Mr. Hudiberg taking off her sweater? (was that Junior High?)
The class trip to New York City to see "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and lunch at "Der Weinerwald"?
Ben Crowe's tic tac toe computer made out of relays and hanging from the electronics shop ceiling?
Can you remember "Eat at Joes Coffee House"?
Pocono International Speedway Concert?

Favorite Jokes


Hey every can use a chuckle now and then. Here are a couple to get you thinking. More jokes can be added as comments to this post. Or if the joke sucks say so.

A Cajun was stopped by a game warden in Southern Louisiana recently with
two ice chests of fish, leaving a bayou well known for its good fishing.

The game warden asked the man, "Do you have a license to catch those

"Naw, ma fren, I ain't got none of dem, no. Dese here are my pet fish."

"Pet fish?"

"Ya. Avery night I take dese here fish down to de bayou and let dem swim 'round for a while..

Den I whistle and dey jump rat back inta dis here ice chest and I take dem home."

"That's a bunch of hooey! Fish can't do that!"

The Cajun looked at the game warden for a moment and then said, "It's de
truth ma' fren. I'll show you. It really works."
"Okay, I've GOT to see this!"

The Cajun poured the fish into the bayou and stood and waited.

After several minutes, the game warden turned to him and said, "Well?"

"Well, what?" said the Cajun.

"When are you going to call them back?"

"Call who back?"

Another old favorites of mine:


Customer: Hi. How much is your paint?

Clerk: Well, sir, that all depends on quite a lot of things.

Customer: Can you give me a guess? Is there an average price?

Clerk: Our lowest price is $12 a gallon, and we have 60 different
prices up to $200 a gallon.

Customer: What's the difference in the paint?

Clerk: Oh, there isn't any difference; it's all the same paint.

Customer: Well, then I'd like some of that $12 paint.

Clerk: When do you intend to use the paint?

Customer: I want to paint tomorrow. It's my day off.

Clerk: Sir, the paint for tomorrow is the $200 paint.

Customer: When would I have to paint to get the $12 paint?

Clerk: You would have to start very late at night in about 3
weeks. But you will have to agree to start painting before Friday of
that week and continue painting until at least Sunday.

Customer: You've got to be *&%^#@* kidding!

Clerk: I'll check and see if we have any paint available.

Customer: You have shelves FULL of paint! I can see it!

Clerk: But it doesn't mean that we have paint available. We sell
only a certain number of gallons on any given weekend. Oh, and by the
way, the price per gallon just went to $16. We don't have any
more $12 paint.

Customer: The price went up as we were talking?

Clerk: Yes, sir. We change the prices and rules hundreds of times
a day, and since you haven't actually walked out of the store with your
paint yet, we just decided to change. I suggest you purchase
your paint as soon as possible. How many gallons do you want?

Customer: Well, maybe five gallons. Make that six, so I'll have

Clerk: Oh no, sir, you can't do that. If you buy paint and don't
use it, there are penalties and possible confiscation of the paint you
already have.

Customer: WHAT?

Clerk: We can sell enough paint to do your kitchen, bathroom,
hall and north bedroom, but if you stop painting before you do the
bedroom, you will lose your remaining gallons of paint.

Customer: What does it matter whether I use all the paint? I
already paid you for it!

Clerk: We make plans based upon the idea that all our paint is
used, every drop. If you don't, it causes us all sorts of problems.

Customer: This is crazy!! I suppose something terrible happens if
I don't keep painting until after Saturday night!

Clerk: Oh yes! Every gallon you bought automatically becomes the
$200 paint.

Customer: But what are all these, "Paint on sale from $10 a
liter" signs?

Clerk: Well that's for our budget paint. It only comes in
half-gallons. One $5 half-gallon will do half a room. The second
half-gallon to complete the room is $20. None of the cans have labels,
some are empty and there are no refunds, even on the empty cans.

Customer: To hell with this! I'll buy what I need somewhere else!

Clerk: I don't think so, sir. You may be able to buy paint for
your bathroom and bedrooms, and your kitchen and dining room from
someone else, but you won't be able to paint your connecting hall and
stairway from anyone but us. And I should point out, sir, that if
you paint in only one direction, it will be $300 a gallon.

Customer: I thought your most expensive paint was $200!

Clerk: That's if you paint around the room to the point at which
you started. A hallway is different.

Customer: And if I buy $200 paint for the hall, but only paint in
one direction, you'll confiscate the remaining paint.

Clerk: No, we'll charge you an extra use fee plus the difference
on your next gallon of paint. But I believe you're getting it now, sir.

Customer: You're insane!

Clerk: Thanks for painting with United.

Silicon Solar Cells

T.J. Rogers gave the keynote address at a communication Design Conference in January of 2006 in which he described the customer base for his company Solar Power Corp, a subsiderary of Cypress Semiconductors. He gave the rather amazing statistic that in 2005 more semiconductor grade silicon was turned into photovoltaic cells (solar electric cells) than into semiconductor devices.

This amazed me. It would have amazed me equally if he has said that as much as half as much semiconductor grade silicon made its way into solar cells as into integrated circuits.

What was almost equally interesting was that most of those silicon solar cells were going into solar power installations in western Europe. Rogers said the reason was that the European community had a serious commitment to alternative energy. They were pursuing wind, tidal, photovoltaic and other alternative sources of energy that were not greenhouse gas contributors.

Of course Europe doesn't have the solar resource that the US has in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona where the sun is brutal much of the year.

Some standards can be better implemented on a national basis than on a regional basis. What will the legacy of our generation be when viewed by future generations? Enron, Tyco, Arthur Anderson and Halliburton or ?

Now anyone can post

Dear Classmates,

If any of you tried to post yesterday, you would have had to register to leave comments or make posts. I looked at the settings and found that I could change the permissions on the blog to allow anonymous posting.

If we get hit with spam, I can add one of those annoying dialogs where you have to enter the wavy colored words which is intended to keep out spambots.


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Miss Mattie

Dear Classmates,

Well the forum that I attempted was a flop. Maybe if I had ever put any effort into it, it would have had some content. I figured I would try a blog. That would put some content and maybe people would weigh in with some comments. I don't have a good feeling about this yet.

So I was talking with another classmate and I agreed that Miss Mattie was, in my opinion, the hottest female teacher at NHS when I attended. I asked her who she thought was the hotest male teacher or administrator - but no answer. Maybe one of you out there has an opinion. I doubt if it was Nelson Freidly or Mr. McLane but who then. Mr. Chambers had the bald thing going, Mr. Sokol had the attitude thing going but I'm not a girl so this is pointless speculation on my part.

Maybe someone will bail me out with an opinion or something. The more provocative the better.