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Steckel, Robert

Bill Rycek, History of Football, January 9, 2019

Bill Rycek will talk about the history of semipro and pro football in Connecticut. This narrative of minor league football teams in Connecticut in the 1960s and 1970s is based on extensive newspaper and periodical research and interviews with nearly 70 former players, broadcasters and journalists. Only a few players – like Marv Hubbard, Lou Piccone and Bob Tucker – made it to the NFL, but many more played for as little as $25 per game in their quest to make it big or just have fun. Wealthy men like Pete Savin and Frank D’Addario owned teams in Hartford and Bridgeport. In the days before cable television saturated the media with live sports, small town fans turned out to support their local heroes, often men who worked on construction crews during the week and stopped by the diner Sunday morning to talk football. Now in their 60s, 70s and 80s, these men share their stories of a simpler era: the good times, like the Hartford Knights’ 1968 ACFL championship season and the long bus rides and missed paydays that were as much a part of minor league ball as first downs and interceptions. Bill is a finance professional from Wallingford who has written eight books on sports history, including a trilogy on 19th century baseball, three books on baseball during the 1960s and two books on professional football in the 1960s. His work has earned a number of awards, and he has edited and contributed to other books and publications on the history of sports.

Arranged by Gehr Brown

Video of presentation:

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

Kwedar, Tony

I was born (1937) in Baltimore, 3 blocks from the house (Bar) that Babe Ruth was reared in. I became an honest person by attending Catholic schools for my formal education. The night school route was used to complete (BSBA) my schooling at Iona College in New Rochelle (1973).

My business career began with the Lever Brothers plant in Baltimore (1958) in the Purchasing field. A solid knowledge that began there was the foundation for entering the Packaging Material Field. I was transferred to NYC in 1996.

Along the journey, my time was spent with other companies (Beech-Nut, Tetley). I eventually returned to the Unilever clan of Thomas J. Lipton as Purchasing Manager- Packaging Materials (1992).

My first wife (Miriam) of 45 years ended with her death in 2005. I remarried my current wife (Sandy) in 2008 and am fortunate to have experienced two happy marriages. Having conceived no children with my first wife, I inherited 3 children and 3 grandchildren with Sandy. I have lived in Darien since 1968.

My favorite pastimes involve golf, chess, bridge, and gardening – all of which my prowess is to be admired, but not imitated!


Schroeder, Walter (Chip)

Walter (Chip) Schroeder was born in Bennington, Vt., in 1948. He grew up in Williamstown, Mass., and graduated from Greylock Regional High School in 1966. […]

Miller, William H.

Born in Mineola, NY in 1939, Bill grew up in Lloyd Harbor on Long Island. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy ‘57 where he played […]

Arguimbau, Vinny

Vinny Arguimbau was born in Darien in 1950 and grew up here and in Seville, Spain. He graduated from Loomis School in 1969 and the […]

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 […]

Weiss, David

Dave Weiss was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1947 and grew up in Floral Park. He graduated from Martin Van Buren High School in Jamaica, […]

Duncan, Ian

Ian Duncan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1931. He grew up in Edinburgh and graduated from Royal High School. He attended Edinburgh University (required […]

Goodyear, Charles

Charlie Goodyear -Born Bogalusa, Louisiana, 1933. Yale Class of 1955. Joined Esso Standard Oil Company (now ExxonMobil ) working in a service station in RI. […]

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 […]

MacGuire, Mac

Mac McGuire was born and raised in Detroit, Mich., in 1949. He graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1967 and was […]

McKittrick, John

John McKittrick was born in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1947 and grew up in Western Springs, Ill. He graduated from Lyon’s Township High School and from […]

Kehle. Ron

Ron Kehle was born in 1941. He earned a B.A. degree from New York University and took graduate work at Munich University. His professional life […]

Glynn, Michael

Mike Glynn was born in Bridgeport in 1941 and grew up in Fairfield. He attended Fairfield Prep and graduated from Fairfield University in 1963 with […]

Hood, Thomas

Tom Hood was born in Omaha, Neb., in 1947, grew up in Omaha and graduated from Westside High School in 1965. He graduated from Yale […]

Benton, Daniel

I grew up in Los Angeles, California. I graduated from Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, California in 1961 and from Georgetown University in 1969 with […]

Cavanagh, Lawrence

Lawrence D. Cavanagh was born in 1942 in Norwalk and graduated from Portsmouth Abbey School in Portsmouth, R.I., in 1961. After high school, he attended […]

Morton, Seth

Seth Morton was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1942. He grew up in Loudonville, N.Y., and graduated from Millbrook School in 1961. He graduated from […]

Wheelock, Peter

Peter Wheelock was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 1949 and grew up in Larchmont. He graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1967. He graduated […]

Saksena, Sunil

Sunil was born in Lucknow, India in 1944. He graduated high school from La Martiniere College, Lucknow ( Google that) and received a bachelor’s degree […]

Close, Bill

Bill Close was born in Washington, D.C. in 1931 and grew up in Summit, NJ where he graduated from Summit High School in 1949.   He […]

Steve, Ward

Steve Ward was born in New York City in 1945 and grew up in Darien. He graduated from Portsmouth Abbey in 1963, where he was […]

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 […]

Zaino, Frank

Frank Zaino was born on Long Island, N.Y., in 1944. He grew up in Westbury and graduated from Chaminade High School in 1962, where he […]

Kwedar, Tony

I was born (1937) in Baltimore, 3 blocks from the house (Bar) that Babe Ruth was reared in. I became an honest person by attending […]

Gordon, Stanley

Bio to follow.

Thompson, Doug

Born 1940 in Fenton MI.  Awarded BS in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University 1962.  Started career in General Electric’s Manufacturing Management Training Program 1965.  Went on […]

Winship, Bill

William M Winship III was born in Scarsdale NY in 1931.  He earned a BA from Hamilton College where he played football ,ice hockey, and lacrosse.  […]

Sweeney, Ed

Edwin J. Sweeney was born in Weymouth, Mass., in 1949 and grew up in Hingham, Mass. He graduated from Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, […]

Barksdale, Ed W. Jr.

Little Rock Ed Barksdale was born in Little Rock, Ark., in 1945 and grew up in Atlanta, Ga. He graduated from W.F. Dykes High School […]

Loomis, Donald E. Jr.

Don Loomis was born in Miami, Fla., in 1946. He grew up at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, United Kingdom. He graduated from Fairfield Prep […]

Helstein, Richard

Richard Helstein was born in New York City in 1944 and grew up in Scarsdale. He graduated from Scarsdale High School in 1962 and was […]

Gilliam, George

George Gilliam was born on August 14, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY, though his time as a Brooklynite was short-lived: his family moved to New Hyde […]

Filmer, Chris

Born (1937and Educated in South Africa with a BA Business degree. Lived in England for five years then returned to Cape Town SA before moving to […]

Plunkett, Robert

Bob Plunkett was born in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1962 and grew up in River Hills, Wis. He graduated from University School of Milwaukee in 1980, […]

DeLeo, Frank

Frank DeLeo was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., in 1952 and grew up in Greenwich. He graduated from Greenwich High School in 1970, where he […]

Kelly, Jim

Born September 1935 in Chicago, Jim grew up in Highland Park, IL. He graduated from DePauw University in 1957 with a BA in Economics-including a […]

Mace, David

David Mace was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of Amherst College, 1960 and the University of Virginia Law School, 1964.  He began […]

Piper, Donald

Born in Brooklyn, NY 1935. Moved to Stamford – 1945, where I still reside, seasonal  lakehouse on Lake George, in Adirondacks, where I reside bet. May […]

Hooper, Bryan

Bryan Hooper was born in 1941 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and brought up in London, England.  He attended Christ’s Hospital school and then the Royal College of […]

Wolcott, John

John, Jane and their two daughters arrived in Darien in 1980, planning a one-year stay. Born in Berkeley, in 1943, John lived in 23 houses […]

Lom, Tom

Tom was born and raised in Philadelphia where he attended the William Penn Charter School. After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford and Columbia Business […]

Haack, Tom

Tom Haack was born September 5, 1945 in Sanford. Maine but grew up through high school in Wisconsin.  He graduated from Williams College in 1967 […]

Salmans, Charles

Charles was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Kansas. He spent his career in corporate public relations, first with the p.r. firm of Burson-Marsteller […]

Kirkman, John

John Kirkman was born in Pasadena, Calif., and grew up in Darien. He graduated from Darien  High School in 1973, where he was active in […]

Burke, Vin

Vin Burke was born in 1940 and grew up in Springfield, Mass. He graduated from Classical High  School in 1958, where he was captain of […]

Richardson, Jr., Paul C, (Chuck)

Paul C. Richardson Jr. (Chuck) was born in 1938 in Philadelphia, PA. and grew up in Darien.  He graduated from The Lawrenceville School in 1956, […]

Haffner, James

James Haffner was born in Oak Park, Ill., in 1953 and grew up in Hinsdale, Ill. He graduated  from Hinsdale Central High School in 1971, […]

Johnson, Timothy

Timothy Johnson was born in San Luis Obispo, Calif., in 1949 and grew up in Covina and West  Covina, Calif. He graduated from West Covina […]

Devlin, Michael

Michael Devlin was born in New York City in 1947 and spent his formative years in Plainview,  N.Y. He graduated from St. Dominic High School […]

Obin, Rolf

Rolf Obin was born in Mount Kisco, N.Y., in 1952 and grew up in Centerport, N.Y. He graduated from Harborfields High School in 1970, where […]

Nelson, Robert

Robert Nelson was born in Manhattan in 1950 and grew up in Miami. He graduated from Miami Norland High School in 1968, where he played […]

Maturo, Frank

Frank Maturo was born in New Haven in 1958 and grew up in West Haven. He graduated from Notre Dame-West High School in 1976, where he […]

Banks, Gary

Gary was born in Iowa but grew up in Ft. Lauderdale.  He spent his career doing business process redesign enabled by IT – a hybrid […]

Eng, Dan

Dan Eng was born in Guangzhou, Chi-na, in 1949 and grew up in Newark, N.J. He received a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the […]

Winter, Herb

Herb Winter was born in Charleston, S.C. in 1945. He grew up in New York City and graduated from Francis Lewis High School in 1963 […]

Bernhardy, Gary

Gary Bernhardy was born in 1943 in Lyndon, Ill., in and grew up in Morrison, Ill. He graduated from high school in 1961 where he […]

Bosee, John

John Bosee was born in 1952 in New York City and grew up in Old Green-wich, Conn. He graduated in 1970 from the Loomis Chaffee […]

Yezzi, Tony

Tony Yezzi was born in Albany, N.Y., in 1952 and grew up in Loudonville, N.Y. He graduated from Shaker High School in 1970 where he […]

Selkowitz, Jan

Jan Selkowitz was born in Pittsfield, Mass., in 1944 and graduated from Lenox Prep School in 1961 where he was on the tennis, ski and […]

Renz, Roger

Roger Renz was born in Englewood, N.J, in 1943 and graduated in 1961 from Ramsey, N.J., High School where he was a member of the […]

Fritsch, Steve

Steve Fritsch was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1944 and graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1962. He attended the Paier College of Art in […]

McLachlin, Harry

Harry McLachlin was born in San Francsico, CA., in 1948 and later moved with his family to Tenalfy, New Jersey, where he graduated in 1965 […]

McGroarty, Robert

Robert McGroarty was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1945 and graduated from St. Johns Preparatory School in 1962 where he was on the swimming team […]

McCollum, David

David McCollum was born in Aurora, Ill., in 1941 and was raised in Glen Ellyn, Ill. He graduated from Glenbard Township High School in 1959, […]

Fiske, Bob

Bob Fiske was born in 1930 in New York City and grew up in Darien. He graduated from the Pomfret School in 1948, where he […]

Bergen, Henry

Henry Bergen was born in New York, N.Y., in 1949 and grew up in Middle Village, N.Y. He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School in […]

Baylis, Bob

Bob Baylis was born in 1938 in New York City. He graduated from St. Bernard’s School in 1952 and Phillips Exeter Academy in 1956. He […]

Brown, Jim

Jim Brown was born in 1945 in Trenton, N.J., and was brought up in Merrick, N.Y., where he graduated from Sanford H. Calhoun High School […]

Phillips, Jim

Jim Phillips was born in Boston (1947) and grew up in Manchester, MA. He graduated from St. Paul’s School in 1966 where he played hockey […]

Hughes, Bob

Bob Hughes was born in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1944 and grew up in Lancaster, Pa. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 1963 where […]

von Stuelpnagel, Bert

Bert von Stuelpnagel was born in Freiburg, Germany, on March 6, 1950 and graduated from Bad Toelz High School in 1969. After military service and […]

Van Voorhees, Cliff

Cliff Van Voorhees was born in New York City in 1945 and grew up in Farmington, Conn. He graduated from the Pomfert School, Pomfert, Conn., […]

Spanos, James

James Spanos was born in 1950 in Manchester, N.H., and graduated in 1968 from Manchester High School Central, where he worked on the school newspaper […]

Snyder, Chris

Chris Snyder was born in 1942 in New Brunswick, N.J., and graduated in 1960 from Plainfield High School, N.J., where he was a member of […]

Packer, Dick

Dick Packer was born in 1934 in Philadelphia, Pa. He grew up in Newtown, Pa., and graduated from the George School in 1952. He received […]

Osberg, Glen

Glen Osberg was born in 1941 in Hartford, Conn., and graduated from East Hartford High School in 1959, where he was a member of the […]

Mogenson, Harvey

Harvey Mogenson was born in 1955 in Burlington, Wis., where he graduated from high school in 1973. He received a B.B.A. degree in accounting and […]

Marr, John

John Marr was born in Batavia, N.Y. in 1946 and received a B.A. degree in economics from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., in 1968. He […]

Kennedy, Joe

Joe Kennedy was born in 1943 in Springfield, Mass., and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1962. He received a B.S. degree in accounting from New […]

Gioiella, Jr., Henry J.

Henry J. Gioiella, Jr. was born in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., in 1948. He grew up in Crestwood, N.Y., and graduated from Archbishop Stepinac High School in […]

Wilson, Ed

Ed Wilson was born in 1945 in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated in 1964 from John Adams High School in Brooklyn, where he was a member […]

Schaefer, Phil

Phil Schaefer was born in 1942 in Elmhurst, Ill., and graduated from York Community High School in 1958. He received an undergraduate degree in mathematics […]

Fletcher, Jim

Jim Fletcher was born in Newark, N.J., in 1937. He received a B.A. degree in history and science in 1959 from Saint Anselm College. He […]

Piersol, Dave

Dave Piersol was born in 1958 in Royal Oak, Mich. He received a B.A. degree in economics and psychology from the University of Michigan, where […]

Lopiano, Joe

Joe Lopiano was born in 1945 in Stamford, Conn., and graduated in 1963 from Darien High School, where he was captain of the basketball and […]

Lane, Brad

Brad Lane was born in 1941 in New York City and grew up in Crestwood, N.Y. He graduated in 1959 from Roosevelt High School, where […]

Demark, Jim

Jim Demark was born in 1941 in Newark, N.J., and graduated in 1958 from BayleyEllard High School, where he was on the football, basketball and […]

Markowski, Gene

Gene Markowski was born in 1942 in WilkesBarre, Pa., and grew up in Plymouth, Pa. He graduated in 1960 from St. Vincent’s High School, where […]

Imbrogno, Peter

Peter Imbrogno was born in 1942 in Greenwich, Conn., and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1961, where he played football and basketball and was […]

Stanley, Russell

Russell Stanley was born in Jamaica, N.Y., in 1943. He grew up in Huntington, N.Y., and graduated from St. Dominic High School in 1960, where he […]

McKee, M.D., Dave

Dave McKee, M.D., was born in Boston, Mass., in 1930 and grew up in New York City. He graduated from Taft School in 1948, where […]

Steele, Patrick

Patrick Steele was born in London, England, in 1948 and grew up in Berkshire, Hampshire and Libya. He graduated in 1965 from Radley College, the equivalent […]

Powell, Mike

Mike Powell was born in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 1946. The child of a U.S. Air Force parent, Mike lived in many towns before graduating in 1965 […]

Frayer, Jim

Jim Frayer was born 1945 in Jamaica, N.Y., and graduated in 1963 from Delehanty School, where he was senior class president. In 1967, he received […]

Noonan, Bob

Bob Noonan was born in 1943 in Pelham Manor, N.Y., and graduated from Pelham Memorial High School in 1961. He received a B.A. degree from […]

Wolkwitz, Bob

Bob Wolkwitz was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1944 and graduated in 1961 from New Dorp High School, Staten Island, N.Y. He started work in […]

Neubert, Jeff

Jeff Neubert was born in Dixon, Ill., in 1942 and grew up in Indianapolis, Ind.; Rochester, N.Y.; and Greenwich, Conn. He attended McQuaid Jesuit High […]

Hoben, Mike

Mike Hoben was born in Torrington, Conn., in 1939 and graduated in 1957 from Milford (Conn.) High School, where he was a member of the track […]

Eaton, Charlie

Charlie Eaton was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1942 and grew up in Elyria, Ohio. He graduated from Brooks School in 1960 in North Andover, Mass., […]

Miller, Jack

Jack Miller was born in 1945 in Staten Island, N.Y., and grew up in Bombay, India, and Sydney, Australia. In 1962, he graduated from Edgemont […]

Goedkoop, Walter

Wouter Goedkoop was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 1939 and grew up in Bloemendaal, close to the North Sea. He went to Haarlem High School and […]

Barnett, Charlie

Charlie Barnett was born in 1939 in Charleston, W.Va., and graduated in 1957 from Thurston High School, Redford Township, Mich., where he was president of the student […]

Heilmann, Flemming

Born 1936, in Penang, Malaysia and grew up there until 1941, then in Australia, Denmark and the UK Educated at Cambridge University, BA & MA […]

Trainer, John

John Trainer was born in Sewickley, Pa., in 1948. He graduated from the Hun School of Princeton in 1967, where he was a member of the […]

Rezek, Geoff

Geoff Rezek was born in Astoria, N.Y., in 1941. He grew up in Port Washington, N.Y., and graduated from high school in 1959, where he […]

Lindsay, David

David Lindsay was born in 1946 in Greenwich, where he was introduced to sailing that began a lifetime passion for the water. In 1964, he graduated […]

Anderson, David

David Anderson was born in Margaretville, N.Y., in 1943 and grew up in Binghamton, N.Y. He graduated from Northwood School in Lake Placid, N.Y., and […]

Heitz, Michael

Michael Heitz was born in Indianapolis, Ind., in 1949 and grew up in various areas of the country, including South Bend, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and […]

Glowienka, Jim

Jim Glowienka was born in Milwaukee in 1949 and, while moving 19 times, mostly grew up in Red Hook, N.Y. He graduated from Red Hook […]

Hogen, Robin

Robin Hogen was born in Los Angeles in 1947 and grew up in Chappaqua, N.Y. He graduated from Andover in 1966 and was captain of […]

Maloof, David

David Maloof was born in Mineola, N.Y., in 1958 and grew up in New Hyde Park, N.Y. He graduated from Chaminade High School in 1976, […]

Siciliano, Peter

Peter Siciliano was born in Greenwich in 1946 and graduated from Greenwich High School in 1964, where he was active in track. He graduated from […]

van Dyke, John

John van Dyke was born in New York City in 1942 and grew up in Summit, N.J., and Worcester, Mass. He graduated from the Kent […]

Ozanne, James

James Ozanne was born in Oak Park, II and grew up there as well.  Jim and his wife Susan live in Darien. They have four […]

Tombros, Peter

Peter Tombros was born in 1942. He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in economics. He obtained an […]

Regan, John

John Regan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1938 and graduated from St. Michael’s Diocesan High in 1956. He graduated from St. John’s University in […]

Garriott, Micheal

Micheal Garriott was born in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1947 and grew up in Virginia Beach, Va. He graduated from Princess Anne High School in 1965, […]

Harnisch, William

William Harnisch was born in Manhattan in 1940 and grew up in Scarsdale and Poland, Ohio. He graduated from Poland Seminary High School in1958, where […]

Suhler, John

John Suhler was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1943 and grew up in Des Moines and Cross River, N.Y. He graduated from John Jay […]

Igoe, Jr., Thomas

Thomas Igoe, Jr., was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1947 and grew up in the suburb of Webster Groves. He graduated from St. Louis […]

Gildea, Gene

Gene Gildea was born in Brooklyn in 1943, grew up there and graduated from St. John’s Preparatory in 1960, where he was active in indoor […]

Olson, Ken

Ken Olson was born in Chicago in 1935. He graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1953, where he was editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. […]

Fruend, Bud

Bud Fruend was born in New York City and grew up in New Rochelle. He graduated from Hackley High School in 1974, where he was […]

Maher, Timothy

Timothy Maher was born in Darien and graduated from Darien High School in 1966, where he played baseball for three years. Tim attended Sacred Heart […]

Agresta, Rick

Rick Agresta was born in Jersey City, N.J., and grew up in Union City, N.J. He graduated from St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City) in 1970, […]

Ord, Nicholas

Nicholas Ord was born in St. Louis, Mo., and grew up in Montreal, Canada. Nick graduated from Beaconsfield High School in 1962, where he was […]

Claiborne, Dave

David Claiborne was born in Bronxville, N.Y., and grew up in Scarsdale, N.Y. Dave graduated from Edgemont High School in 1967, where he participated in […]

Sullivan, Robert

Robert Sullivan was born and grew up in Woburn, Mass. He graduated from Woburn High School in 1978 and Merrimack College in 1981 with a […]

Jaeger, Carl

Carl Jaeger was born in Bronxville, N.Y., and grew up in Chappaqua, N.Y. He graduated from Horace Greeley High School in 1968. In high school, […]

Jessup, William

William Jessup was born in Greenwich, Conn., in 1949 and graduated from Greenwich High School. He graduated from the University of Denver in 1971, majoring […]

Sutton, Brian

Brian Sutton was born in Los Angeles in 1958 and grew up in New City, N.Y., Ashtead, Surrey, England, and Greenwich, Conn. He graduated from […]

Nava, Eloy

Eloy Nava was born in New York City in 1942 and graduated from Fort Lee High School in 1960. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute […]

Hall, Malcolm

Malcolm Hall was born in Glen Ridge, N.J., in 1956 and grew up in Upper Montclair. He graduated from Montclair Kimberley Academy in 1975, where […]

Gregory, Kennard

Kennard Gregory, known as KG, was born in Hartford, Conn., and grew up in a small town north of there. He graduated from Wilbraham Academy […]

Cavanna, Henry

Henry Cavanna was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Brooklyn Prep in 1987. He graduated from Boston College in 1963 with a B.A. degree […]

1st Amendment Quiz

The 1st Amendment leads off our Bill of Rights.    What it guarantees is fundamental to our freedom and was essential to ratify our Constitution.

In only 45 words it guarantees 5 rights.

BUT 40% of Americans cannot name a single right in the 1st Amendment.  36% can name only one.  And only a tiny fraction of the people can name all five.  In one survey it was 1/1009.

How about you?



Book Discussion: An Odyssey : a Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Adam Mendelsohn,
October 10, 2018

When eighty-one-year-old Jay Mendelsohn decides to enroll in the undergraduate seminar on the Odyssey that his son Daniel teaches at Bard College, the two find themselves on an adventure as profoundly emotional as it is intellectual. For Jay, a retired research scientist who sees the world through a mathematician’s unforgiving eyes, this return to the classroom is his ‘one last chance’ to learn the great literature he’d neglected in his youth–and, even more, a final opportunity to more fully understand his son. But through the sometimes uncomfortable months that follow, as the two men explore Homer’s great work together–first in the classroom, where Jay persistently challenges his son’s interpretations, and then during a surprise-filled Mediterranean journey retracing Odysseus’ legendary voyages-it becomes clear that Daniel has much to learn, too: for Jay’s responses to both the text and the travels gradually uncover long-buried secrets that allow the son to understand his difficult father at last. As this intricately woven memoir builds to its wrenching climax, Mendelsohn’s narrative comes to echo the Odyssey itself, with its timeless themes of deception and recognition, marriage and children, the pleasures of travel and the meaning of home. Rich with literary and emotional insight, An Odyssey is a renowned author-scholar’s most revelatory entwining yet of personal narrative and literary exploration.”


Notes by Tom Igoe

Current Affairs: International Trade, October 18, 2018

Discussion leader: Harris Hester

International Trade – It’s complicated

Foreign Affairs.  Three Cheers for Trump’s Foreign Policy: What the establishment misses by Randy Schweller

Foreign Affairs & Trade

China’s Small Share of an iphone

China’s Share of iphone

This is a brief fact check on the relationship between the federal deficit and the trade deficit.

This is a more in depth analysis of the same thing.





Current Affairs: Global Warming, Dec 13, 2018. Now 1:00 today

Discussion leader:Jack Neafsey

Discussion outline:

       MINI ICE AGE FROM 1850 TO 1925

Global Warming
What we probably agree on by Bob Baker:
Atmospheric CO2 levels are now at the highest of the past million years. This has occurred while CO2 emissions have risen since the start of the industrial revolution.

Current atmospheric level of 410 ppm compares to 280 ppm at start of industrial revolution
For the past 4-5 years CO2 emissions have leveled off at about 100 million tons per day.
This compares with about 60 million tons per day in 1990, when temperatures were rising.

Global temperatures have an erratic yr. to yr. change but have risen since 1950 by about .7 degree C at sea level and about 1 degree C at land surface.

In 1990, the temp. increases were at about their midpoint, such that if CO2 emissions were to drop to the 1990 level, we would not expect any decline in the rate of temperature increase.

The growth in CO2 emissions from fossil fuels has resulted from the consumer choice for consuming these fuels vs alternatives. The added cost for alternatives is not known.

What is at issue is the target in the “Paris Accords” to limit global temperature rise to 2.0 degrees C (but with a preferred target of a 1.5degree rise) in some target year. No agreed level of global emissions has been set; any reduction of atmospheric CO2 will need “CO2 capture and containment” which has not been demonstrated as feasible on a large scale. Lowering CO2 emissions does not lower atmospheric CO2 levels.

Estimated costs for meaningful reductions in fossil fuel use are huge, with the assumption that these will offset future costs of higher world temperatures.

About a billion persons do not have access to a reliable supply of electricity. What is the optimum method/cost for meeting this demand?

Several humanitarian uses for large expenditures can be identified which can yield with near-term results. (Between and one and two million persons die each year: lack of clean water, malaria, HIV and malnutrition).

What is the best use of huge mandated expenditures?

What’s with this wild weather? Blame an ‘extreme’ jet stream pattern.
The Washington Post

“Even veteran meteorologists with decades of experience are astounded,” said Capital Weather Gang’s severe weather expert.

More from the Washington Post

WSJ – Economics of Climate Change

California’s Death Valley Will Have the Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth

July has been one for extreme heat around the world, but every locale pales in comparison to what’s going on at Death Valley in California. Already one of the hottest places on the Earth, the heat has gone into overdrive this July. Death Valley is in line to set a record for the hottest month ever recorded on Earth.

Startling new research suggests even faster rate of global warming
The Washington Post

More than 90 percent of global warming ends up in the oceans.

The Climate Won’t Crash the Economy

A worst-case scenario projects annual GDP growth will be slower by 0.05 percentage point.  WSJ 11/27/18

Climate Change Is Affordable

A new assessment allows us to think about good policy without panicking.

You should read this.note the comment that U S emissions are declining and are now 14% versus China’s 27%. China’s are growing does the pact deal with China and India?

A paper by Carolyn Holmes Coffey (Joe Holmes’ daughter)

Wandering-Roosevelt Island, Astoria Queens, Oct 2, 2018 (postponed from Sept 18)

Tuesday, October 2, is the first Wandering of the 2018-2019 program year.

The Wanderers will journey to Roosevelt Island in the East River and to Astoria, Queens.

We will take the 8:35am train out of Darien and the 8:38am out of Noroton Heights.  The group will gather in Grand Central Station at the information booth on the upper level.


We will take the subway to the 59th Street station for the Roosevelt Island tram, cross to the Island and walk through Four Freedoms Park and the FDR Memorial sculpture display.




Then, via the East River Ferry, we’ll go to Astoria, Queens.  We will walk by many of the local landmarks associated with the earliest days of the motion picture industry in the United States, through Socrates Sculpture Park and several other sights, and finally have lunch.

We will return by subway in the afternoon to Grand Central for the train ride home.

If it rains Tuesday, we will not go.  A new date will be announced at our regular weekly meeting the next day,

Contact: Joe Spain, 203.655.1264,


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