Month: January 2013

Speaker — February 20, 2013
Art Gottlieb

Art Gottlieb, the noted naval historian who has previously given us fascinating talks on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway, will return to tell us about “The Battle of Britain,” its effect on the English people, and how they coped with it.

“The Battle of Britain” is the name given to the Second World War air campaign waged by the German Air Force against the United Kingdom during the summer and autumn of 1940.   The name derives from a famous speech delivered by Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the House of Commons:   “… the Battle of France is over.   I expect that the Battle of Britain is about to begin.

Mr. Gottlieb is formerly Curator of Naval History, and Technical Director of Exhibits at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in NYC.


Speaker — February 13, 2013
Gordon G. Chang

Gordon G. Chang, a lawyer, author, television pundit, and will speak on the current status of the USA relationship with China.

Gordon writes primarily on China, Asia, and nuclear proliferation and believes we will see discontinuous change around the world in the near future, so he is not into making long-range personal plans. He is author of two books, The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World. Gordon is a contributor to Forbes and on December 9, 2012 published an article in Forbes titled Move Over, Michigan, China Is The World’s Next Rust Belt.

Gordon is best known for his book The Coming Collapse of China (2001), in which he argued that the hidden non-performing loans of the “Big Four” Chinese State banks would likely bring down China’s financial system and its communist government and China would collapse in 2006.

He is a regular contributor to The John Batchelor Show, The Glenn Beck Program on Fox News, and CNN. He also appeared as a special guest on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in 2006. In February 2010, he appeared on Al Jazeera English and argued that China does not have a lot of economic leverage over the US, and it is actually the other way around. In November 2010, he appeared on Imus in the Morning to discuss the Yeonpyeong bombing.

Speaker — February 6, 2013
Ronald S. Kahan

See a slide show of Ron’s presentation. Download a PDF file of Ron’s presentation.

Ron’s talk will be on “Medicare Decision Making–Choosing and Using Your Coverage Wisely”. While this will be a presentation, it will also have an interactive element.  Since virtually every member of the audience will have had some contact with Medicare, questions and comments–both during and after the talk will be encouraged.

Ron practiced dermatology in Norwalk for 34 years and has a long interest in how seniors utilize Medicare, an insurance system unlike any other (it’s a patchwork created by Congress over many years). He is presently writing a book on mastering Medicare and today’s health care system.

Ron received his BA degree in psychology from Yale in 1967 and served his residency in dermatology at Harvard Combined Hospitals. He was an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Yale.

He set up his practice in 1977 at the Dermatology Center in Norwalk and also served on the Norwalk Hospital staff.

Ron retired from his dermatology practice in March 2012 and joined the SMA in the fall of 2012.

Our Current Read — February 13, 2013

[From The New Yorker]

Restless, Boyd’s ninth novel, an absorbing historical thriller, is loosely based on the history of a covert branch of British intelligence created to coax America into the Second World War. The story unfolds on parallel tracks as Sally Gilmartin, born Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian emigree recruited into the British Secret Service in 1939, reveals her clandestine past in an autobiography that she gives to her daughter, Ruth, a graduate student and single mother living a dull civilian life in Oxford in 1976. These installments give the narrative momentum (the accounts of Ruth’s daily life drag, by contrast) as Eva describes the taciturn spy who recruited and trained her before becoming her lover; her secret propaganda work in New York; and the act of duplicity, almost deadly, that forced her to flee to England and live under an assumed identity. Ruth barely has time to process the shock of her mother’s secret before she is swept into a dangerous game: finding her mother’s betrayer before it’s too late.
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Speaker — January 30, 2013
Mark Albertson

Mark Albertson, historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and a member of the United States Naval Institute as well as being a member of the Navy League will return to speak to us about “The Great Patriotic War”. This will be a talk about the greatest land war yet waged: The titanic clash between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The land war in World War II was not decided in the Pacific, North Africa, Sicily, Italy or France. It was decided on the Eastern Front. A savage, no-holds barred conflict which saw the loss of upwards of 30,000,000 lives in 47 months, and, changed the course of history.

Message from the President — January, 2013

There are many good activities and programs going well for our Senior Men’s Association, and our financial condition is quite strong. But there are also signs that we need to take action to strengthen our membership and broaden our appeal, especially to those more recently retired.

For several years, the average age of our membership has held steady at 79 years. Among our almost 280 members, we have very few under the age of 60, and too few between ages 60 and 65.

At a recent SMA Board Meeting, our Board discussed the need to rejuvenate and revitalize our Association, and discussed several options aimed at broadening our appeal to those younger and more recently retired. We decided to form a special committee of our members, headed by Tom Lom, to identify Speakers, Activities, Outings and Community Services that would have greater appeal to recent retirees.

This committee will begin its activities after the holidays and also develop ideas to improve our public relations and community communications programs.

This initiative is very important for the future of the SMA, and I would like to encourage each member to come forward with ideas and suggestions to help the work of Tom’s group. In addition, it would be helpful if each member could identify those more recently retired friends and neighbors and invite them to come as a guest to one of our meetings.

Bob Ready, President