Archive for October 2004
My grandfather from Grand Manan Island, NB served on “her”.
(The U.S. just launched a submarine that can carry covert operations around the world.)
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 14:02:10 -0700
Reply-To: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
Sender: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
From: George Myers
Subject: Re: “Big” Edward Rutsch, archaeologist
I remember the first rime I encountered Ed Rutsch back in the 1970’s through the lab/office of Edward Johanneman and Laurie Schroeder in the Graduate Chemistry Building at Stony Brook University, where Mr. Johanneman worked for some of the downstate archaeological research of highway projects, through the NYS Education Dept., and Phil Lord.
A waste processing plant design I think had encountered a huge shell midden on Fire Island, NY and when I heard about it they were trying different methods of dating it with little success. They had tried a machine that would grab samples through it but that was crushing the stratigraphy and at a fairly shallow level of (rising sea level) it was very wet and the walls of the test probe hole would collapse, and the whole sampling idea, a series of depths removed and examined for artifacts or other data, compared to the levels below and above each, was unworkable.
A part time palynologist at Earth and Space Sciences was consulted and a core was taken in the nearby pond or marsh and looking at the chenopodia (“goldenrod”) associated with fire and land clearing, two dates were established for the general area, I can’t recall them exactly, other than to say they would be about 700 AD and around 1300 AD. Another scientist microtomed hard shell clam and expanding the crossection, one could actually count the tides (2) a day on the shell and see the narrowing of their growth in colder winter weather (sort of like drought’s effect on tree ring growth) and establishing a time of year when the shell was harvested. The shell guy also said it could be done for about $25 a shell. I think Ed Rutsch had sub-contracted some of this work to Stony Brook University and that he and Ed Johanneman were friends. I’m not sure where the report was from, I think around Captree on the Great South Bay. The Anthropology Department then moved to the then completed Social Sciences Building, and the lab spaces in Graduate Chemistry were “taken back” by the chemists.
His later lecture on the Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD, which I think his company was awarded a contract to investigate (as was his company for the West Point Foundry, adjacent and in the Cold Spring, NY National Register Historic District, and the Paterson, NJ Historic District, etc.) at the Neighborhood House, part of a tour of the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities holdings and district in Setauket, NY, was extremely helpful when in a series of archaeological investigations by the Dept. of Interior’s Denver Service Center, I worked as as an archaeological technician at the Allegheny Portage Railroad Lemon House, the Hopewell Village Foundry Ironmaster’s House, and on various features of Fort McHenry investigated in the interest partly of Public Safety. I left that tour which went on to assist the restoration efforts of of the “Summer White House” of President Martin Van Buren, in Old Kinderhook, NY, since returned back from its “white house and Italianate bell tower” to its original coloration, mauve, grey and greens (I think driving by once again to work on a now National Register “city gas” brick gasholder in Saratoga Springs, NY) to return to grad school. His reports to me turned into the “big story” which I ended up in often and a unique experience and opportunity to meet other archaeology types from around the country.
“Honarary Subscriber: Horace Greeley”
“Go west young man and grow up with the country,” I seem to remember him saying. I spent a late summer in New York City’s “City Hall Park”, under the large bronze statue of Horace Greeley, sitting in a small couch while excavating the skeletons of of the “First Almshouse” nearby, during a very active restoration of the park back in 1999. Then Mayor Rudy Giuliani had the State of Arkansas flag flown over City Hall, ordered while visiting in Arkansas, causing a law to be hastily passed to stop it ever happening again. Next to “him” is a monument to Joseph Pulitzer, both on the site of the first museum in NYC, and near “newspaper row” where once the presses ran to inform the metropolis. They cleaned his statue that summer too.
[22:25] Doctor Chapman climbed almost to the top of Mt. Everest around 1976.
[22:26] Heidegger, Schwarzenegger’s friend owner of Kiehl’s drugstore near 14th St. NYC (makes stuff for stars) climbed without oxygen in the 1980’s.
[22:26] 1/2 the store is the pharmacy (since 1854) the other half a motorcycle museum of sorts.
[22:27] Beverly Hills washes its hair and primps with Kiehl’s products.
[22:31] near 14th St. on Third Ave. if you want to visit
[22:31] just a few blocks south of “Fat Tuedays”
[22:32] a few blocks south of “Fat Tuesdays” where Les Paul used to play now at the Iridium
[22:33] Steve Tyler visited him ther once
[22:33] and other guitar players
[22:33] I used to work across the street
[22:33] Finally on the Landmarks of NYC
[22:33] After 30 year fight
[22:34] Scheffel Hall, O. Henry frequented it.
[22:36] Perhaps wrote there, that Texas frontier pharmacist once before attending what Austin people think was the now torn down O.H (io) (P)en(itentia)ry.
[22:36] frontier pharmacist
[22:37] William Sydney Porter his real name.
[22:45] Actually after he did his time for bank fraud he came to NYC
[22:46] Left the country came back to his sick wife arrested for a bank teller job charge.
[22:46] Sent to the Federal Pen
[22:46] in Ohio
[22:48] Kinky Friedman, author, running for Governor of Texas writes in a style like him, that is about the streets of New York City.
[22:48] Kinky Friedman for Governor!
THE WAR OF THE WORLDS – SCRIPT – Orson Welles & the Mercury Theatre on the Air
Dharma, born in India, studied in China at the Shaoling, the form of the Ordinary, the bicycle of Japan. Zen origin. So the Bicycle Club said today. (There’s one on Beale Street in Memphis, TN, with backgammon built into the tables, I met it’s manager once on a Sunday, after Elvis’ father died.)
Exhibitionist im Hochschwarzwald
Es mehren sich jetzt aber die FÃ¤lle, wo sich die sonst als harmlos geltenden Fichten sogar als Exhibitionisten betÃ¤tigen, die in unsittlich schamloser Art und Weise arglose Wanderer erschrecken und Kinder verstÃ¶rt aufschreien lassen.
(Sorry you’ll have to Google for the photo from the Upper Black Forest)
Is this the Governor “Schwartzenegger” (L.A. Times cited in Brian Flemming’s blog, who once ran for Governor of Califiornia, author of the musical “Bat Boy” soon to be a motion picture.)
“Well, he’s only the governor
When I ran against the man, it took me awhile to learn how to spell Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name correctly, too.
But you’d think the L.A. Times would have learned it by now.”
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2004 19:13:48 -0400
Reply-To: George Myers
Sender: HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
From: George Myers
Subject: Re: Giant “corpse flower” raises a stink in Sydney
“It was mis-perceived in the American Revolution, a British generals orders stating that he he sail up it to White Plains and defeat the rebels, although today one could ride a bicycle to White Plains along the “Greenway”. I am hoping they put up a bike rack at both parks someday.” (at least one at the Bronx Zoo)
The recorded letter was to Admiral Cornwallis, I am sorry to have called the famous Admiral a “general” (maybe “Second trombone” would be better).
For “arsenic and old lace” one might look at this interesting scientific analysis of King George and Admiral Cornwallis’ wig. http://www.scientifics.com/Newsletter/release11_06_04b.htm
By the way, if the French, 6000 strong hadn’t marched across New England to Westchester, NY, near White Plains, and convinced Washington NOT to take the troops back into NYC but take a long march to Virginia to defeat General Cornwallis, with help from the French fleet, we might all be speaking English (or Welsh, Cornish, Gaelic, etc.) The troops crossed the Hudson River from the Kings Highway ferry crossing near the Kennedy House, where Alexander Hamilton was saved from a death of sickness, near Verplank, NY. In the same house a courts martial of General Lee from an early battle in New Jersey, was partially conducted, and he was later suspended for a year. According to the historian Barbara Tuchman (in, “The First Salute”) General Washington viewed the crossing from a tall wooden tower constructed nearby. The remains of the Kennedy House, after it burned ca. 1979, were buried in an athletic field expansion of the nearby public school.