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JFACEBOOK: Trynosky, Stephen K. (MC1968) donates to Incarnation School


Stephen K. Trynosky
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So, now we have a giving Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Well, Manhattan College just asked for money, again. This is my reply .

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Dear Gabrielle,

I have thought long and hard over the past few years about “giving” to Manhattan. As a graduate of the Prep and the College, I realize the wonderful, affordable education I received from 1960 through 1968. Manhattan was the “step up” for myself and my classmates from the Prep. We, the children of predominantly blue collar low to moderate income workers broke free with that education and it is appreciated. Over the past decades, I have seen Manhattan’s tuition skyrocket.

If I, an old Washington Heights boy were suddenly transported from 1965 to 2015, in the same circumstances with a mother working part time and a father working as a bartender for a major hotel in the city . Manhattan would have been out of my reach, far out of my reach. I have re- evaluated things. I am a product of the Catholic School system and proud of it. Over the years I have watched the grammar schools struggle and die while places like Manhattan just keep on building new buildings for less students than they had in my era. The schools that got us off the streets and drilled us to become successful disappear, one after another year after year while Manhattan doubles and then triples the size of its administrative staff. The memories of the good nuns and brothers who educated us are with me as if it were yesterday yet I see those who are left struggle in retirement as the cost of a four year education at a “Catholic” college or University goes north of $ 200,000.

This year as I have for the past three, I will give the gift of education. I intend to bundle every educational gift I have made in the past to Manhattan, St. Joseph’s, St. Peters, Don Bosco High School, St. Peters Prep into one gift, then double it and send it off to somewhere it is needed, badly. In this case, Incarnation School at 175th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights. There, they continue to educate the children of low and moderate income predominantly Dominican families who have replaced my generation. Perhaps someday, those very children will be able to compete for the few available, affordable spaces at places like Manhattan.

Cardinal Dolan, who said Mass at our 50th Grammar School reunion a few years back told an anecdote about being accosted at a building dedication on a college campus (Manhattan?). An alum, badgered him first about the huge donation (millions and millions) he had made to build this edifice. Then about the Cardinal closing his former grammar school. The Cardinal turned and said, “Had you taken one of those millions and given it to the school that gave you a start in life, it never would have closed.” That story was an eye opener for me. I only wish that I had a million to give.

So, it is with some regret that I decline the offer to contribute to Manhattan. There are places, more important, that need it much more.

Stephen K. Trynosky ‘68

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JUPDATE: Pavlista, Alexander [MC1968] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)



JNEWS: Pavlista, Alexander [MC1968] UNL specialist receives lifetime award

UNL specialist receives lifetime award
September 03, 2015

Dr. Alexander Pavlista, potato specialist and crop physiologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, has been awarded the Honorary Life Membership (HLM) by the Potato Association of America (PAA) for lifetime achievement and impact on the potato industry. It is the highest honor given by PAA.

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Pavlista, Alexander [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Alexander is a member of the Class of 1968.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Pavlista, Alexander [MC1968]

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JNEWS: Pavlista, Alexander [MC1968] UNL specialist receives lifetime award



UNL specialist receives lifetime award
September 03, 2015    

Dr. Alexander Pavlista, potato specialist and crop physiologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff, has been awarded the Honorary Life Membership (HLM) by the Potato Association of America (PAA) for lifetime achievement and impact on the potato industry. It is the highest honor given by PAA.

Pavlista received the honor at The PAA banquet recently in Portland, Maine. According to the PAA website, “The most significant way to recognize outstanding contributions to the potato industry is the awarding of Honorary Life Membership (HLM).”

Pavlista has been the Potato Specialist at the University of Nebraska since 1988, when he came to Scottsbluff from Princeton N.J., where he was a research biologist with American Cyanamid Co.
Pavlista was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and came to the United States in 1951, growing up in New York City. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College, he worked for two years at Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee.

Returning to New York, he received a Ph.D. from City University of New York in 1977. After working as a Research Associate for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for two years at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, he joined American Cyanamid Co. in 1979.At UNL, his potato work has centered on plant growth regulators and hormones, environmental response and deficit irrigation, vine desiccation, and the control of pests such as potato psyllids and early blight.

He released the cultivar Red Cloud and has published five book chapters on potato. He has published 42 journal articles on potato and 25 on other crops, such as corn, wheat, dry bean, canola, and camelina. His extension achievements include the website Potato Education Guide (cropwatch.unl.edu/potato), 20 volumes of the newsletter Nebraska Potato Eyes, 22 Extension publications (NebGuides and Circulars), more than 20 years of cultivar evaluations (many published in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “National Potato Germplasm Evaluation and Enhancement Reports”), and pest control reports and alerts for potato growers.

In nominating Pavlista, members of the potato industry said the honor was well deserved.
“I have had occasion to talk with several of the Nebraska growers that Alex’s research has helped. They were all highly respectful and grateful of this New York transplant and his many efforts to help them be better growers,” said Sam Thornton of Syngenta Corp. “His newsletter was anticipated and well read by many in the potato industry and Alex always chose timely subjects that would benefit all potato producers.”Joe Guenthner of the University of Idaho said “The PAA Honorary Life Membership instructions say that nominees should ‘have made significant contributions to the potato industry … from activities related to research, extension, education, production, processing, and marketing. Through PAA and through his faculty position as a distinguished potato scientist and educator, Dr Pavlista has accomplished that, not just for one or several, but for all of those activities listed.”
Phillip Nolte of the University of Idaho noted the award (HLM) was created to honor exceptional and supremely dedicated people like Dr. Pavlista.

J. Creighton Miller Jr. of Texas A&M University also said the award was well-deserved. “I have known Alex as a respected colleague for more than 20 years, have followed his career with interest, and have been most impressed with his extension work, including the website ‘Potato Education Guide’ and his newsletter Nebraska Potato Eyes.” 

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Pavlista, Alexander [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Alexander is a member of the Class of 1968.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Pavlista, Alexander [MC1968]

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JBLOGGER: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) on Kelly, Jack [MC1968]



Jack Kelly

My undergraduate school was Manhattan College. Over the past few years, Jack Kelly and I have run into each other at the Chart Room. Jack a Manhattan grad also. A bit younger than me. He graduated in 1968. I, 1957.

The Manhattan College thing provided instant bonding.

Jack once had a home on Cudjoe Key. Long gone. In recent years, he has been taking a week here and there to visit Key West.

Jack was at the Chart Room last night. Always good to see him. We talked a bit about Manhattan and some of the grads. One or two we both know. Then Jack surprised me. He is returning to Key West full time.

Jack is buying a home in Bayview. He is also in the process of closing on three restaurants. That’s returning big time!

One is the former Finnegan’s Wake. Last operated for several days as Backspace. Jack will be reopening it as Cayheuso. A tapas place.

Another is World of Beer. Near Sloppy Joe’s. Jack plans on naming the new establishment Jack Kelly’s Citizen. Such vanity! Not really. Turns out the location was the first home of the Key West Citizen.

The third place is on Front Street. Across from Two Guys. Not Island Dogs. Next door to Island Dogs. An empty two story commercial building.

The name of the new enterprise escapes me. Its purpose not. Jack intends it to be family friendly. In addition to food, etc., the restaurant will provide all kinds of games for the kiddies to busy themselves with. Even the parents.

Jack is retired Air Force. He presently lives in Washington, DC. He remains active with the Arnold Air Society.

Welcome back, Jack! Good luck!

Jack and I hung together for a few hours at the Chart Room. While there, I met Devin Callahan. A snow bird. He is in Key West frequently. Surprising we had not met before.

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

Kelly, Jack [MC1968]

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COMMENT: Trynosky, Stephen K. (MC1968)


SK Trynosky Sr. Manhattan ’68 commented on ENDNOTE: Moore, William ‘Bill’ [MC1977] on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision

2015-Jul-07 http://www.beaufortobserver.net/Articles-NEWS-and-COMMENTARY-c-2015-07-06-278700.112112-A-rational-look-at-the-SCOTU

I believe two states actually voted for gay marriage. the other 35 had it imposed. So, it is basically a judicial fiat issued by an oligarchy (the courts). . It is to say the least a stretching of the Constitution giving the 14th amendment far more latitude than intended. The same argument can and probably will be used at a future date for polygamy and based on this precedent probably should be. As a conservative, you should be concerned with misuse of the language. Law of the land, to those of us educated at an earlier time would indicate something that worked its way through the legislature, the proper mechanism for passing a law. An out of wack court or president exceeding his Constitutional authority cannot in a Constitutional democracy be considered to be the “law” of the land rather, it is an order of the government. All the issues you raised, benefits, inheritance, visitation etc could have and probably would have been dealt with through the simple expedient of civil union. In many states that did not pass legislation on gay marriage, they already were.

As was pointed out with tongue in cheek by a conservative commentator a few weeks ago. Do you trust the same people who would bankrupt a bakery, photographer, a Pizza joint NOT to go after a church? Open your ears. The calls are there already. Any organization receiving any so called “benefit” from the government or administering a program funded by the government is subject to lose either or both. You know it is true whether or not you keep your head buried in the sand as we are “fundamentally” transformed.

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Trynosky, Stephen K. (MP1964MC1968) 

[JR: … and my class mate of many years. Separate Gooferment from “civil society”! The only legitimate function of Gooferment is to prevent the use of force or fraud upon the population under its “protection”. I think it has strayed a long long way from that. Thanks, Steve.]  

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JFOUND: Huntington, Raymond J. [MC1968] CoB Huntington Learning Center



Raymond J. Huntington, Ph.D.

Raymond J. Huntington, Ph.D., serves as the Huntington Learning Center’s chairman of the board of directors. Before co-founding the company with Eileen Huntington, Raymond served as a senior business analyst for a Fortune 100 company, a computer programmer for a major bank, and as a college-level instructor in math and statistics. Raymond holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Manhattan College and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Statistics from Rutgers University.

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Huntington, Raymond J. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Raymond is a member of the Class of 1968.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Huntington, Raymond J. [MC1968]

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ENDNOTE: Reinke, F. John (MC1968) disagrees with Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)


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


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I feel compelled to comment further re the nine blacks killed while in church in Charleston. An act of white supremacy. Slavery was banned via the Civil War more than a 150 years ago. The Confederacy died with it. Confederate ideology not, however.

Things have gotten worse in the six years Obama has been President. Not his fault. The fault of those whites who cannot stand the thought of a black man in power.

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I disagree that it’s not Obama’s fault.

I strongly disagree with “who cannot stand the thought of a black man in power”.

He has practiced racially divisive tactics politically. Spoke out inappropriately at times. And, in general, demonstrated his youthful inexperience.

For example, after blaming guns for the killing, without mentioning the SSRI component of all but two of the mass murders by young males, he incorrectly states that this doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world. A fact that was quickly refuted by folks on the internet.

Then, instead of being Presidential and flying to Charlestown, he goes to Hollywood for two fund raisers.

This is his fault.

Leadership is badly lacking in this country. And, it’s taking all of us — black and white — down to Perdition.


Happy “independence day”. Lower case because “We, The Sheeple” have lost it by electing the corrupt politicians.

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