Archive for August 2006
In Peru, there are areas where the only moisture comes in as a night fog in the mountainous desert environment. A Canadian invention, large sheets of plastic gauze-like “sails” if you will, collect moisture and store it for use harvested from the fog. It works well and perhaps could be used in other areas. Water quantity and quality are important issues, water poor Iraq has found out how important. Dams in adjacent countries threaten it’s existence. George Myers, Bronx
I was in an Introduction to Anthropology class, team taught by David Hicks (Timor) and William Arens (Sudan, author of “The Man Eating Myth”) at Stony Brook University, and one of the texts was “the American Dimension Cultural Myths and Social Realities” (by Susan P. Montague and W. Arens c) 1976 Alfred Pub.). In Part 1: “Symbolic Analysis of Cultural Phenomena” after W. Arens’ “Professional Football: An American Symbol and Ritual” was the essay, “A Structuralist Appreciation of “Star Trek”” by Peter J. Claus.
It concludes: “Myth and “Star Trek” provide a model of real society in which the conflicts of life can be reasonably resolved precisely by adhering to values transcending nature, those same values that are so frail and elusive in the factual world.”
It seems like the right thing to do, to do the right thing.
“August 30, 1943 the USS Hornet CV-12 was launched at Newport News. Laid down as Kearsarge she was renamed Hornet in honor of the Hornet CV-8 which was lost on Oct. 27, 1942.”
Hornet was the carrier that recovered the Apollo 11 space capsule on July 24, 1969 after the first moon landing. She also recovered Apollo 12 before heading into the reserve fleet and obscurity.
Doomed to the cutting torch in 1993 Hornet was herself rescued when the company who bought her defaulted and the Navy repossessed the carrier and donated her as a museum ship. The Hornet is on display in Alameda, Ca.”
The USS Kearsarge sank the CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France. At a Swiss court, millions of dollars were paid in damages by the British government, who had permitted the swift CSS Alabama to be built in one of its shipyards, against treaty. It sunk many ships. The cemetery in Cherbourg has some of the crew members of the CSS Alabama buried in it.
“American Veteran Chuck Searcy came back to Vietnam to help clean up one of the country’s most bombed provinces. Ten years later, he’s still here.” – Yahoo News: Vietnam: Past And Present
Edwin Newman, “a longtime television anchorman of NBC News” read my cousin George Murray’s eulogy at the UN Chapel. He had directed “Huntley and Brinkley” and produced NBC News, often in Saigon and Houston. I wasn’t at the eulogy, he had died in Mexico, where his wife was launching Avon cosmetics there. Mr. Newman read a letter George Murray had written canceling the report in preparation by an investigative journalist team in Vietnam, to gather the “common soldiers view” of the conflict there. It was canceled by “higher-ups”. The “body counts” issue (orders for body bags watched) about which later General Westmoreland, after a NBC retrospective report on the Vietnam Conflict in 1982, (seven years after the withdrawal of the US from Vietnam) sued the entire NBC network for $100 million. The last time George Murray worked in television, he produced the 1976 Democratic and Republican conventions coverages for CBS. He had been a US Army Captain in the Korean War, a war technically still on, and at first was a film editor at NBC, over from the U.S. Army Signal Corps facility in New York City. “Film at 11”.
I am an archaeologist/anthropology from New York and worked at the William Floyd Manor on Long Island back in 1983 when it was first prepared to be opened to the public, then recently donated to the Fire Island National Seashore administered by the National Parks Service, Dept. of Interior part of the only federal “wilderness” in New York State. I worked as a volunteer for the Suffolk County Archaeology Association in mapping the basement and then for pay with the NPS as a crew member testing the areas to be repaired and/or to provide safe public access. It’s quite an interpretative site last time I was there, e.g., subterranean ice house, corn crib, etc. The first space shuttle “Columbia” was launched while we worked there. Anyway, I hope you Floydians look it up or visit it sometime in Mastic/Shirley, NY if you haven’t already!
I noticed this small “error” in the “History” section and thought to bring it to your attention in case your site has been tampered with:
“Floyd grew rapidly, becoming one of the most effluent of Oneida County towns, sending several men into higher county and state offices, and a magnet area for intellectually inclined Masonic, scholarly, political and anti-slavery activities.”
“effluent” should be “affluent” I once thought.