Month: December 2018 (page 1 of 2)

DMA Newsletter Jan-Feb 2019

Mark Albertson, The Rise of Hitler, January 2, 2019

Mark Albertson will speak on “The Rise of Hitler.” Mark is an exciting speaker who has spoken to us before on historical topics. 
He is the historical research editor at ArmyAviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. 
In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include World War I and Iraq; Creation of Colonialism; A History of Vietnam; A History of World War I; the Turning Points of World War II; the Great Patriotic War, the Titanic Clash between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire, Grand Republic to Corporate State. 
In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of the battleship Connecticut.


Video of presentation:


Tangney, Michael

Born: 1945, Andover, Mass. Central Catholic High School, Lawrence,Mass 1963 BSFS Georgetown University School of Foreign Service 1967, Colby College (intensive Spanish) 1964, University of Madrid (Spain)1965-1966 (Met wife-to-be Mary here; she too came from Georgetown University (School of Languages).

U.S.Navy 1967 – 1970: Third Class Journalist: Panama Canal Zone  COMUSNAVSO/COM15 and TDY on LST 533. Canal Zone College 1969. MBA University of Chicago 1971.

Married Mary Counihan 1972. Children: Kevin (made in Mexico!) and Brenda (made in Colombia!).  Three grandchildren as of 2018. All live nearby. Moved to Darien in 1993 from Mexico City. Work History: Colgate-Palmolive Company 1971 – 2012 Salesman (USA), Product Manager (USA), Product Manager (Mexico), New Products Director (Spain), Marketing Director (Venezuela), Marketing and Sales Director (Colombia), General Manager (Colombia), General Manager (Mexico), Division President (Latin America), Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Vice Chairman.

Hobbies: Sailing / cruising (Gozzard 37), black powder and other historical rifle shooting, SCUBA diving, antique maps, antique books, Spanish colonial silver coins, hiking, International travel, photography, and occasionally golf.

Gifford, James

Jim Gifford was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1949. He grew up in Delmar, N.Y., and graduated from Bethlehem Central High School in 1967. He graduated from Boston College in 1971 with a B.A. degree and was a member of the Honors Program and played intramural sports, including baseball and football. Jim started work in 1972 with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in San Francisco. In 1978, he returned to school at the University of Oregon, where, in 1980, he earned an M.Sc. degree in computer science and was a graduate teaching assistant. Back in the workforce, Jim was software engineer at Wang Labs in Boston for 10 years; vice president of engineering at Media Vision in Fremont, Calif., for four years; vice president and general manager at Diamond Multimedia Systems in Santa Clara, Calif., and senior vice president and chief operating officer for five years at Netscreen Technologies in Santa Clara. Jim and his wife Shirley live in Rowayton and have two children and five grandchildren. He belongs to the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers. He is an avid reader and student of classical antiquity, medieval philosophy and history. Jim has traveled worldwide since his retirement and also is an amateur wine collector. He enjoys skiing. Sponsored by Bob Johnson

Woods, Dick

Richard (Dick) Woods was born in 1937 and describes himself as a native San Franciscan. The family moved to Greenwich after WWII, and he went to school at Andover and Princeton. After graduation, Dick joined the Marines, where he was captain of the All-Marine Rifle and Pistol team, setting national records. Looking for a more rewarding work environment, he joined Merrill Lynch as an account executive in Hartford. He transferred to San Francisco after a dozen years as regional sales manager and office manager. In 1978, he relocated back east to run a division of the firm and later became a member of the New York Stock Exchange, responsible for Merrill’s order flow. He retired in 1992. Dick and his wife Robin live in Rowayton and have three children. He belongs to Wee Burn Country Club, New York Yacht Club, Norwalk Yacht Club, The Corinthians and the Bohemian Club. His favorite recreation is sailing the east coast, and he has captained boats from Maine to the Bahamas. When not on the water, he and Robin travel around the world to sample ice cream. Currently, the count is 137 countries. Sponsored by John Hess

Current Affairs: CT’s Fiscal Problems, April 18, 2019

Discussion leader: John Schlachtenhaufen

Everybody has an opinion – and someone to blame – but in this discussion we’ll dig deep into the data and look for realistic solutions. 


You’re gonna need this …

The Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth produced a bleak assessment of Connecticut’s fiscal health for the incoming governor and General Assembly


Another article about the wealthy leaving.  This from the Yankee Institute:

Current Affairs. DNA Privacy. March 21, 2019

Discussion leader: Gary Banks

DNA Privacy.  It is now inexpensive to at least partially sequence a person’s genome.  Companies like and 23 & me have done it for 20 million people.  There are also growing databases, some public, with individual’s DNA gathered from medical testing or crime events.  Recently, a cold case of rape/murder was solved by taking DNA from the crime scene and quickly identifying the killer’s cousin that then lead to an arrest.  That’s good to solve a crime – now how about an employer or insurance company looking into your genome?

5 biggest risks of sharing your DNA with consumer genetic-testing companies

Genealogists Turn to Cousins’ DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases


How your third cousin’s ancestry DNA test could jeopardize your privacy. Public DNA databases can be used to find you — even if you never shared your own DNA.

We will find you: DNA search used to nab Golden State Killer can home in on about 60% of white Americans

How an Unlikely Family History Website Transformed Cold Case Investigations. Fifteen murder and sexual assault cases have been solved since April with a single genealogy website. This is how GEDmatch went from a casual side project to a revolutionary tool.

When a DNA Test Reveals Your Daughter Is Not Your Biological Child

23 and me Privacy Policy. Privacy Statement

The FBI’s CODIS database:

Also on CODIS:

An overview of human genetic privacy from the NIH:

Testing DNA: In her new book, Erin Murphy investigates how the criminal justice system misuses genetic identification

Familial DNA Searches and the Law

ACLU: The Police Want Your DNA to Prove You’re Innocent. Do You Give it to Them?


Current Affairs. Brexit. February 21, 2019

Discussion leader: Bryan Hooper

Opening Notes:

BREXIT: Why should we care?


At a seminar I attended in the UK many years ago each participant was asked to consider the future of their industry or professional group.  When it was his turn to make his forecast, a lawyer stood up and declared that “the legal profession has no future, but it has a long and glorious past stretching in front of it.”  Some might say the same about the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as it wrestles with the problems created by the vote in June, 2016, to exit the European Union. 


To help answer the question in the title above it might be helpful to have an understanding of some of the history of the UK, the development of the EU, and how the UK came to be in its current situation – if the situation ever becomes clear, that is.


  1. The United Kingdom (UK)


Great Britain was created by the English annexing Wales in 1535 and 1542 and forming a union with Scotland in 1707.  The kingdom of Ireland was added in 1801, and Northern Ireland was formed in 1922 when what became Eire seceded from the kingdom and established an independent country.  The combination of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the United Kingdom.  All four countries elect members to the UK parliament that sits in Westminster, London, and, in addition, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each has a separate devolved parliament.  The total population of the UK is 66 million, with England at 55.6, Scotland 5.4, Wales 3.1 and Northern Ireland 1.9 million.  Gross domestic product of the UK is the fifth largest in the world at an estimated $2.8 trillion in 2018 out of a world total of $84.8 trillion.  To put this in perspective, the US GDP was $20.5, China $13.5, Japan $5.1 and Germany $4.0 trillion.


  1. The European Union (EU)


It is ironic in today’s discombobulated Brexit climate that in 1946 Winston Churchill, a Conservative statesman, was one of the early advocates of a United States of Europe.  The EU traces its origin to the formation of the European Coal and Steel Community created during the recovery from World War II by the Treaty of Paris in 1951.  The subsequent Treaty of Rome in 1957 led to the establishment of the European Economic Community comprising six countries: West Germany, France, Italy and the Benelux nations.  The UK eventually joined the EEC in 1973 having been rebuffed initially by the French in 1963. 

In 1975 the UK held its first ever nationwide referendum, and it concerned staying in the EEC.  The government recommended the UK should remain in the group, and the electorate voted 67% in favor on a 64% turnout.  In 1993 the Maastricht Treaty came into effect for the 12 countries of the EEC.  That treaty established the EU together with European citizenship, it ensured the free movement of people, goods, services and capital within the market, and enabled the enaction of legislation covering justice, home affairs and trade policies.  It also laid the foundation for the common currency, the euro: the EU now has 28 member countries and 19 of them use the euro.  The population of the EU is 513 million and GDP in 2018 was estimated at $18.8 trillion, approximately 22% of the world’s GDP, compared with the US share of 24%.


  1. The Brexit Referendum


(a) The political timeline

David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, won an unexpected victory over the Labour Party in the UK general election in 2010.  The Conservatives did not, however, gain sufficient votes to form a clear majority and they allied with the Liberal Democratic Party to form a coalition government with Cameron as Prime Minister.



Animosity in the UK toward the EU had gradually increased since the terms of the Maastricht Treaty were enforced in 1993, and the Treaty of Lisbon exacerbated the situation when it was implemented in December, 2009.  This gave increasing power to the EU parliament and also fueled the anti-immigrant feelings in the UK which had been developing and strengthening as the EU expanded its number of member countries and assigned more power to the European Parliament in Brussels.  During and after the world financial crisis in 2008 the resentment intensified with many in the UK objecting to immigrants taking away jobs from the UK population and some allegedly living off the UK by taking advantage of social welfare handouts.  Further dislike of the EU was fostered by the crisis in the Eurozone creating economic uncertainty, and the rise of terrorism that was also blamed on immigrant factions.  Pressure built up to fix the UK economy and react to the growing power arrogated by the EU.  

Cameron called a general election in 2015 during which he promised another referendum on staying in the EU.  The conservatives won enough seats this time to form a majority government (over 326) without the assistance of another party.  In the table below are shown the seats won in 2015 compared with 2010 and also the percentage of the vote won by the main parties:



Members of


Share of MPs


Share of Votes



2010                        2015

 2010                           2015

 2010                             2015


 306                          330

  47.1                            50.8

  36.1                              36.8


 258                          232

  39.7                            35.7

  29.0                              30.4

Scottish National

     6                            56

    0.9                              8.6

    1.7                                4.7

Liberal Democrats

   57                              8

    8.8                              1.2

  23.0                                7.9

Democratic Unionist

     8                              8

    1.2                              1.2

    0.6                                0.6

UK Independence

     0                              1

    0.0                              0.2

    3.1                              12.6


     1                              1

    0.2                              0.2

    0.2                                0.2


   14                           14

    2.1                              2.1

    6.3                                6.8


 650                         650

100.0                         100.0

100.0                           100.0


Note in 2015 the growth of the Scottish National Party (SNP), the decline of the Liberal Democrats, and the share of the vote won by the UK Independence Party (UKIP): 

  • The electorate in Scotland had rejected separating from the UK in a referendum held in September, 2014, voting 55% to stay, with a very high turnout of 85%. However, the whole process of the independence plebiscite stirred nationalist sentiment and that carried over to the UK general election in 2015 as the SNP won 56 of the 59 available seats in Scotland.
  • The Liberal Democrats paid the price for being in coalition with the Conservative Party in the last government, losing 49 of the 57 seats they held previously.
  • The Democrat Unionist Party (DUP) retained 8 of the 18 seats available in Northern Ireland.
  • Labour won 25 of 40 seats in Wales.
  • The Conservative Party took 316 of 533 seats in England.
  • In 2014 UKIP candidates took 27% of the vote in the UK for the European Parliament, ending up with 24 out of the 73 seats assigned to the UK, and greater than the seats won by either of the two major UK parties. In the 2015 UK general election UKIP picked up only one seat, but their 13% share of the total vote was a signal of what was to come in 2016.






(b) The fateful vote

Prime Minister David Cameron and his government passed the Enabling Act in February, 2016, authorizing the referendum to be held for remaining or leaving the EU, and announced the date of June 23, 2016, for it to occur. 

The government threw its support behind the Remain camp, but Cameron allowed Conservative Party members of parliament (MPs) and members of his Cabinet to make their own decisions on which side to support.  Seven cabinet members joined the Leave faction.  Boris Johnson, former Mayor of London and an MP, plus Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Justice, together with UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, spearheaded the Leave side.  Arguments for Remain were that the UK would risk prosperity, jeopardize national security, lose jobs, delay investment in the UK, and lose influence in world affairs if they left.  The Leave group argued that the EU had a deficit of democracy, it undermined national sovereignty and prevented the UK from making better trade deals.  Leaving would give control of immigration back to the UK and save billions of pounds in membership fees.  The Leave group appeared to take better advantage of social media than the Remain team, spreading the memes that emphasized the potential danger of immigration from Turkey if it became a member, and also trumpeting that leaving the EU would free up £350 million a week ($24 billion annually) to be spent on the UK National Health Service.  Neither of these messages were countered effectively by the Remain side.

The results of the referendum surprised everyone – to say the least.  The overall vote in the UK to leave the EU was 52% versus 48% to remain, and the turnout was 72% of the electorate (compared with a 64% turnout in 1975 when 67% to remain in the EEC).  On a country basis, England voted to leave by 53.4%, and Wales at 52.5% also voted to leave.  In England only Greater London voted to remain, while all other regions opted to leave.  Scotland at 62.0% and Northern Ireland at 55.8% voted to remain in the EU.

Prime Minister Cameron announced his resignation the next day and Theresa May, the Home Secretary, took over on July 13, 2016.  May was one of the ministers who had supported the Remain campaign.  On March 29, 2017, the UK government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union to leave the EU by March 29, 2019, and so began the process of planning and negotiating terms of the withdrawal.


(c) The 2017 election

On April 18, 2017, Theresa May called for a general election in order to strengthen her hand in negotiations with the EU, and set the date for June 8th.  Strong support for her government diminished considerably by the time the election occurred, and the Conservative Party lost 13 seats. They ended up 9 short of an overall majority, but continued in power as a minority government with the backing of the 10 votes of the DUP from Northern Ireland.



Members of



2015                        2017


 330                           317                         


 232                           262                         

Scottish National

   56                             35

Liberal Democrats

     8                             12

Democratic Unionist

     8                             10

UK Independence

     1                               0


     1                               1


   14                             13


 650                           650




 (d) The draft agreement and the options

May then proceeded to negotiate with the EU with a view to avoid permanent membership of the single market or the customs union and to repeal membership of the EU.  In July 2018, the PM’s cabinet agreed to the Chequers plan which outlined the proposals made by the UK government, and in November, 2018, the draft Agreement on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union as developed between the UK and EU was published – all 585 pages.

The proposal allows for the UK to transition out of the EU over the period March 29, 2019 to December 31, 2020.  In the interim, it will remain in the customs union, continue to pay into the EU budget and apply EU laws while negotiating further with the EU on new trade deals.  The UK will have no representation in making decisions in the EU during the transition.  In case no agreement is reached by the end of 2020 there is a backstop agreement that says the UK will remain in a customs union with the EU, thus avoiding the necessity of setting up a hard border with customs checks between Northern Ireland and Eire, which would avert a potential conflict in this previously troubled area.  This part of the agreement is difficult for Brexit supporters to accept. They have consistently argued that Britain must be able to exit any UK customs union with the EU as and when it wants so as to be able to pursue free-trade deals around the world.  The DUP objects to the backstop since it treats Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the UK and could promote a renewal of talk and action on reunification of Ireland and leaving the UK.

The draft agreement was submitted by the UK government for approval to parliament on January 15, 2019, and went down to defeat by 432 votes to 202, an extraordinary and record margin of 230 for a government loss.  Nonetheless, the Prime Minister survived a vote of no confidence the next day by 19 votes.  Non-binding amendments were then approved by parliament on January 29 that rejected a no-deal Brexit and authorized the Prime Minister to return for talks with the EU to alter the Irish backstop to allow for alternative arrangements. 

The EU negotiators have already stated there will be no changes made to the draft agreement, but meetings are continuing, and Prime Minister May will present revised proposals to parliament later in February.


(e) What will happen?

There are several possibilities:

  • The chaotic solution nobody wants is that a hard Brexit occurs on 3/29/19 with no agreement in place.
  • The UK and EU come to a new arrangement over the Irish backstop, and a more amicable divorce is agreed between the two participants.
  • The UK decides to have another referendum if parliament votes for it. Additionally, Scotland has the right to vote for independence in a second referendum once Brexit terms are decided, and might subsequently apply for membership of the EU.
  • The decision is deferred for a few months, although that could create problems since there are elections in May for the EU parliament and the UK theoretically would still have to vote to fill their EU seats.


  1. Why should we care?


An open question, and one for discussion at our meeting on February 21, 2019.

To get everyone started on their reading of the subject of Brexit I would suggest the article on the Conversation website:

Another excellent source is the BBC news website:  

to find “All you need to know about Brexit.”  Enter Brexit in the search box to see a summary of the situation and links to give you greater insight into several subjects.

For those of you interested in delving into more background go into Wikipedia and search for the individual articles on the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Brexit.  More data regarding the EU can be found on their website,


Ed Mulock passes away Dec 3, 2018

Edwin McCord Mulock, III of Darien, died at home December 3, 2018. Born April 14, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of Edwin McCord Mulock Jr. and Harriett (Knight) Mulock.

Ed is survived by his wife of fifty-four years Neville Rodgers Mulock, his children Lyndsay Drew and Luke Mulock and two grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bruce Mulock.

As a resident of Darien since 1973, Ed was active in the community. Starting out as a co-president of the Hindley School Parents Association and Sunday school teacher at St. Luke’s Parish, he also served as President of the Board of the Noroton Bay Property Owners Association, and enjoyed his stint as “King of the Bay” in their opening day parade.

He developed the first computer system for Person-to-Person and served there as a Van Man. He continued to move furniture in and out of clients’ and donors’ homes until he was 80. He became a member of the Darien Men’s Association and served on the Social Committee, offered to be their Computer Activity representative at the Darien Senior Center and partook in their Happy Wanderers outings.

Ed attended Hackley School in Tarrytown. He went on to Princeton University and attended reunions, football games and P-rades the rest of his life. He spent a summer at UC Berkeley studying German and attended the University of Virginia for graduate school. Rather than beginning his career as an economist as planned, Ed began with three days of training from IBM at Avon Products and spent his entire career in computer systems development and information services management. Ed also received an MBA from Adelphi University after three years while commuting with a professor on Metro-North. He became a founding member of the Advanced Technology Group at Bristol-Myers Squibb in New York where he was employed for over thirty years. After retirement, he became a consultant for Hoffman-La Roche Pharmaceuticals.

Ed loved to travel. He met his wife in the lobby of a hotel in Miami while getting ready to embark on a windjammer cruise to the Bahamas in 1963. His more adventurous travels included camping trips navigating Volkswagon Pop Top campers through Holland, Belgium, Germany, and Austria when his children were young.

He was an avid sailor and loved sailing more than any other activity. He was lucky and grateful to his many friends at Noroton Yacht Club who asked him to be their foredeck man for decades. He also discovered he liked having others skipper cruises in the Caribbean, Europe and Africa and across the Atlantic. He loved jumping from the pilings at Noroton Bay at high tide and body surfing wherever the surf swelled enough.

He was a true music enthusiast with his tastes ranging from atonal Charles Ives to zydeco, to Norah Jones to jazz to classical. His favorite, however, always remained Bach for whom he forever tweaked his speakers to find just the right acoustics. He will be remembered by all who knew him for his big smile.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Luke’s Parish. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ed’s memory to Person-to-Person, 1864 Post Road, Darien, CT 06820 or a charity special to the donor. Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien, handled arrangements.

A service will be held Friday, December 28th, 2:00 p.m., St Luke’s.

Dinner & Hockey, Saturday, January 26, 2019


When: Saturday, January 26, 2019

Where: Dinner at Ralph & Rich’s at 5:00 pm followed by Bridgeport Sound Tigers game vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:00 pm


• Restaurant is at 815 Main Street-just two short blocks from the Arena

• Carpool-free parking behind the restaurant (park towards the back of the

lot) Sign up sheet at the next DMA meeting-December 12th

Group size limited to 20—first come, first served

• Checks payable to DMA-early payment please as we have to give the

restaurant a deposit . Cost–$60 per person—which includes a center ice ticket to the game

Dinner Menu:

• Choice of glass of house red or white wine or soft drink

• Mesclun field greens/gorgonzola on the side for those who wish

Choice of three entre options: salmon marsala, veal parmesan or chicken francaise—with swirled mashed potato and vegetable

Dessert: cookies and pastry tray

• Coffee or tea

Current Affairs: Is Social Media Good For Democracy? January 17, 2019

Discussion leader: Jim Phillips

Intelligence Squared Debate

Hard Questions: What Effect Does Social Media Have on Democracy?

Facebook Says Social Media Can Be Negative For Democracy

Guest Post: Is Social Media Good or Bad for Democracy?

Without Transparency, Democracy Dies In The Darkness Of Social Media

Why social media may not be so good for democracy


Book Club: Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, March 13, 2019

He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

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