MAY 30, 2019 POP THIS TOP! PULL HARDER!
MAY 22, 2019 STILL ROAD?
When my 25-year college reunion rolled around in 1994, I was too busy to attend. Within one 90-day period I worked 60 days in 30 different cities, approximately.
In a letter to a college classmate, I quoted Bob Dylan:
the people we used to know, they're an illusion to me now.
MAY 19, 2019 THE LATEST FILM RELEASE
Recently I heard from two staff members at radio station WOBC. Promotions Director Abby Lee and Station Manager Katie Wilson are Oberlin College seniors, and they'll be graduating a week from tomorrow.
Several months ago, I worked on the closed-circuit telecast of a corporate meeting. The company president was excited about this concept hed recently discovered called branding.
Eureka! thought the boss. We can get people to pay us 241% more than they pay our competitor. All we have to do is convince them our brand means higher quality. We can increase our revenue without increasing our costs. Free money!
The boss asked his employees, gathered in the ballroom and watching on TV, to split up into small groups and come up with operational improvements to turn branding into profits.
Unfortunately, the company was not one that sold low-priced name-brand products. It sold services. And Im sorry to report that the brainstorming employees failed their assignment.
Their best idea had nothing to do with branding. It was, "New employees just sit around for their first two weeks unable to use their computers because they're still waiting for their passwords. We should speed up the password-assignment process."
Delazon Smith gradually fell out of favor with Oberlin College. His opinions were suppressed, and the Faculty cut him off from both dining and lodging. Also, the Society of Inquiry expelled him for swearing. Also, the local church excommunicated him for infidelity.
My guess is that we're looking east from the location of today's King Building. That would make the dirt road on the right West College Street. The building I've labeled T is probably Tappan Hall; the one at O would be Oberlin Hall.
Everyone proceeded to the county seat, where the authorities dismissed the bogus complaint. That enabled Smith to continue on to Cleveland. There he found a printer for his manuscript, which became known as Oberlin Unmasked. And that's how I've been able to bring a condensed version to you these past ten fortnights.
This final installment is titled, appropriately enough, Concluding Remarks.
MAY 7, 2014 MAGIC AMMO
Of course! Its simple physics. Check out this chart of various metals, with their densities in grams per cubic centimeter.
For two projectiles with the same velocity and size, the mass of a silver bullet is 8% less than that of a lead bullet. Momentum equals mass times velocity. With only 92% of the momentum, the silver bullet will be slightly less stable in flight and will do less damage when it hits the werewolf.
But there are other options. Compared to silver, gold is 84% heavier and platinum is 104% heavier. Bullets made from these precious metals would be much more effective. However, they would cost about 70 times as much as silver and 1,400 times as much as lead.
A more practical choice, with essentially the same density as gold: depleted uranium (DU), a byproduct of enriching fuel for nuclear reactors. The military loads DU projectiles into some of its weapons, such as the 30mm rotary cannon on the A-10 Warthog aircraft.
Today, however, I prefer to ponder a different 10,000. I propose to picture a group of ten thousand graduates from my college singing our century-old alma mater, Ten Thousand Strong.
When we sing it, we pledge that Our hearts shall be thy throne. That is, if we remember the words. Or the tune. I've written a new article to jog the memories of my classmates, The Story of 10,000.
But why that number? Oberlin has had well over 10,000 alumni for a long time, and today there are more than 40,000. I went looking for the source, which is a reminder of the institution's historic efforts to abolish both slavery and segregation while encouraging all students to smile a recognition of a common humanity.
MAY 1, 2014 RELAYING THE REPORT
We have received this sports report from my old home town in Ohio: North Union High Schools boys track team has won the 2014 edition of the Virg Rankin Relays!
from a video by mapleguy43 (click here)
NUHS placed first in three of the thirteen events: the 4x100, the long jump, and the high jump. In the final event to be completed, the Wildcats trio of high jumpers totaled 186. That clinched the victory over Fairbanks High School.
Fairbanks (named after the Union County native who became Vice President of the United States) had been the Relays champions the last two years, and this year they placed first in five events. But although North Union had only three first places, they also picked up five seconds, three thirds, and two fourths to win the overall boys point total. (The girls team was not as successful.)
Half a century ago, I wrote about this track meet when it was called the Richwood Relays. Back then, the athletes did not have todays pullover jerseys in team colors with competitor numbers on the back. Only boys competed. The girls could merely cheer them on and hand out the trophies.
is the 1964 Relay Court, in a picture Ive colorized from the
yearbook. Left to right, they are sophomore attendant Pat
Smith, senior Janet Johnson, Queen Dianne Wilson, junior Pat Ransome,
and freshman Rose Sullivan.