Category Archives: JBlogger

JBLOGGER: Meara, Bill [MC1981] radio-electronic homebrewers blogger


Sunday, April 5, 2015
Chuck Adams’ Secret Recipe for Muppet PC Boards (and lots of other homebrew tips)

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A few days ago I shared an e-mail from John N8RVE on his re-build of the SW-40.   John used a “Muppet” board, Muppet being a combination of Manhattan and Ugly techniques.  But there is nothing ugly about it really.  I joked in the title of the blog post that the beauty of this technique is almost enough to get a homebrewer to abandon the Manhattan technique.  Now, I was born on Manhattan island, and I went to Manhattan College, and I have been using the Manhattan technique for many years, so there is a lot of homebrew inertia at work here.   But that SW-40 looked good.  John mentioned that Chuck Adams K7QO has a series of YouTube videos on how to make Muppet boards.   This morning as I waited for the bands to open up, I  decided to take a look.

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Meara, Bill [MC????]
Northern Virginia, United States

Author of “Contra Cross” “SolderSmoke” and “Us and Them”, Bill Meara is a career diplomat and a former army officer who lived overseas for 19 years.

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[JR: I also see has self-published on Lulu. Also, a podcaster; something I’ve never tried. I probably have a face for radio and voice best left unsung. Anyone, who’s seen my karaoke on Facebook, will agree.]

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Dear John,

I believe that Bill is a member of the Class of 1981.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Meara, Bill [MC1981] 

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) Go Jaspers!


Syracuse No, Manhattan Yes
Posted on March 16, 2015 by keywestlou

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Last night was watching the NCAA seeds. I have no Syracuse to pull for. However, my undergraduate school made it. Manhattan College. A small Catholic college at the north end of New York near the Yonkers border.

Manhattan has a tough roll. They must play their way in. They first must beat Hampton. Their reward for winning is Kentucky. Number 1 and number 16 facing each other.

Manhattan’s coach is Steve Masiello. Played college ball for Louisville as a walk on. Got to two Final Fours, one won. Thereafter, he was an assistant coach to Rick Pitino at Louisville for six years.

Go ‘Cuse now becomes Go Jaspers!

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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JBLOGGER: Gibbons, Patti (MC1986) praying about a new opportunity


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My downloads folder contains some fascinating documents at the moment. The most fascinating is a job description that is tailor-made for me, quite literally a dream job. To do it would be challenging and worthwhile and really good for the kingdom of God. To do it would also require some seriously hard work up front; I’d need help… a lot of help. Then, however, that would yield an amazing opportunity to serve. It feels God-sized. It also feels like it would be a terrible thing to get wrong.

So, I’m dusting off the blog to ask for your help – wherever you are, wherever you see this – will you pray about this with me? If you have some encouragement, or some wisdom, or just a like/favorite/comment to share, I’d be grateful to know you’re here. I sincerely believe in the power of community seeking answers together.

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Gibbons, Patti (MC1986)

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle. 

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JBLOGGER: Brennan, Sean Patrick [MC1997] “back to college” wish


Finishing Forty
A year-long journey of perspective about my 40th year of life on Earth

I wish I could go back to college
January 19, 2015
Day 264

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Yesterday afternoon, quite unexpectedly, I found myself staring at my college campus for the first time in over 17 years.

The circuitous way this happened is kind of crazy really, but interesting nonetheless.  Andy’s Uncle Fai died in October, and their family friend Kathy spoke at the wake and funeral for him.  She gave a beautiful eulogy in the funeral parlor, and was just a very good, kind soul throughout the weekend.  This past week, Kathy’s 97-year-old mom died, and though I personally might not have attended this wake otherwise, I really wanted to because of how great Kathy was to Andy’s family a few months ago.  And the funeral parlor her mom was waked at?  It was on Broadway in Riverdale, just four blocks south of the Manhattan College campus.  I never would have guessed it would take 17 years and 8 months until I visited my college again, nor that it would have taken the death of my partner’s uncle’s wife’s friend’s mother to do it!

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[JR: I too wish I could go back to college. Sadly, can’t be done. So we continue to trudge on.]

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JBLOGGER: Teare, Brad (MC1983) keeps a journal


Thursday, January 1, 2015
207 The next best step

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I keep a journal. One of the advantages of a journal is tracking success regarding goals you have made. I’ve learned through the years that I’m not very good at accomplishing long lists of goals. My aim changes too quickly. I think it’s an artist’s prerogative to change direction as often and quickly as inspiration requires.

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Teare, Brad (MC1983) 

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Jasper John R.January 1, 2015 at 11:58 AM
Hopefully that journal is backed up or online for posterity?

Brad Teare January 1, 2015 at 12:28 PM
Hi John. My journal is actually a series of physical books. It is fairly archival although I would lose it in a fire, of course. Maybe I should key it into an online depository but that would take a long time. But thanks for the idea. I made a special box to put them in (thirty volumes so far). I will add a photo to the blog.

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) tells us about Christmas


Christmas….A Legal Holiday

Posted on December 22, 2013 by keywestlou




Christmas….A Legal Holiday


On this wonderful Christmas Day 2010, most of us are sitting back happy with ourselves. In a joyous festive mood. Thankful for family and friends. Pleased by gifts and food.

And we might believe that Christmas in the United States has always been such. That Christmas as we know it always existed.

Shockingly, it did not!

Let’s go back to the Puritans. Those hearty immigrants from England to the shores of Massachusetts. Those who gave us Thanksgiving.

Christmas they did not give to us. In fact, they took Christmas away from us. The earliest Scrooges of record!

From 1659 to 1681, Christmas was outlawed in Boston. By the Puritans. They believed that Christmas was not consistent with their Puritan ideas and religious reforms. So one of their acts was to abolish Christmas!

Christmas remained a no-no through the American Revolution. The English influence in the colonies prevailed. Christmas could not regain its foothold.

A few years after the Revolution, the colonists, rid of the English influence, started celebrating Christmas. But it was not Christmas as we know it.

The early 1800s found Christmas being celebrated in a bit of a rowdy fashion. Much like Mardi Gras and Fantasy Fest.

Then came a couple of books which influenced the situation.

The first was by Washington Irving. In 1809, he wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon. It portrayed Christmas as a peaceful loving holiday. Many attribute Irving’s novel as setting the mood for present day Christmas.

Irving actually created with words Christmas Day as we know and celebrate it. He mentally conceived his concept of Christmas and wrote it on paper. Christmas to that point had not been as he portrayed it.

About the same time, there was another writing. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. This, too, captured the American imagination.

During the 1830s, several southern states legalized December 25 Christmas Day as a legal holiday. The first was Alabama in 1836.

The South continued to favor and celebrate Christmas up to the time of the Civil War. Whereas the North basically paid little attention to the day. Christmas had become a Southern thing.

Now comes the Civil War. Lincoln wanted to demoralize the Confederate troops. He wanted to show that the South’s Santa Claus was on the side of the North. He authorized a famous artist late in 1862 to do a drawing of Santa Claus watching over Union troops. The picture was the front cover on January 3, 1863 of a prominent national magazine. It was sort of God is on our side thing. Some believe it achieved Lincoln’s desired effect.

President Ulysses S. Grant is given credit for making Christmas a national holiday. I question the accuracy of the representation. In 1870 Grant signed a bill into law regarding Christmas Day. The new law read that Christmas “…shall be a holiday within the District of Columbia.”

The District of Columbia is not the whole of the United States. However, Grant is usually given credit for making Christmas a national holiday by that act.

The last state to legalize Christmas as a legal holiday was Oklahoma in 1907.

I suspect that it was the combination of Grant’s signing regarding the District of Columbia and all of the states legalizing the holiday that finally made Christmas Day a national holiday.

Christmas Day received a further boost by the 1897 editorial in the Sun of New York. We all know it. ”Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”

Christmas was practiced and recognized as a holiday through World War II. For whatever reason, it received its most gigantic step forward recognition and celebration wise following World War II. Everyone got into the act after the war! Maybe because people were happy and grateful to have won.

Such is the story of the legalization of Christmas Day.

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[JR: And, I’d question why the Gooferment is involved in any “holy day”. Leave that to The People to sort out. That goes for “President’s Day” even more.]

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JBLOGGER: Aprile, Joseph [MC1966] poet “Fall Awakening”


Fall Awakening

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Aprile, Joseph [MC1966]
Works at Seattle Institute of Peace Studies
Attended Bronx HS of Science (1962)
Lives in Seattle, Washington

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