Category Archives: JFOUND

JFOUND: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) doing Facebook Live on 2017-Jan-23


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

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My new show debuts monday morning. Going Live with Key West Lou. On Facebook. The path to the show is Key West Lou and Live.

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JFOUND: Ponzo, John [MC1990] IBM-er and NetworkWorld author


John Ponzo is responsible for the technical strategy and execution across IBM’s mobile portfolio of products and services. This includes mobile cloud services, language runtimes, and tools.

John has built and deployed multiple IBM mobile applications and end-to-end middleware systems. His mobile expertise includes cloud services, data management, security, and analytics.

Prior to joining IBM Cloud Business Unit, John was a Distinguished Engineer at the T.J. Watson Research Center where he led the Research division focus on enterprise mobility. He is the author of multiple mobile-related publications and patents. John received his B.S. in Computer Science from Manhattan College and his M.S. in Computer Science from Polytechnic University.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of John Ponzo and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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Ponzo, John [MC????]

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Dear John,

             I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1990.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Ponzo, John [MC1990]

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JFOUND: VerBrugge, Yine [MC????] ExxonMobil pipeline division


Yine VerBrugge: The problem solver

Any time that I’m back home in New York, I try to stop by Aquinas High School (class of 2003) in the Bronx. The school is just a few blocks from the Bronx Zoo and I credit the place, its teachers and the friends I made there for helping me get to where I am today – working for one of the world’s largest energy companies.

New York City is home. It’s where I was born and went to high school and college, at Manhattan College, where I majored in civil engineering. Through grade school, I also got to spend some time in my parents’ homeland, the Dominican Republic (DR), with my grandparents in Santiago, the island’s second-largest city. I still go back to the DR to vacation with my sisters and to visit friends and family.

Math and science always came easy to me. At Aquinas, I credit my tenth grade math teacher, Mrs. Horwath, an electrical engineer, for showing me how I could use my science and math skills to pursue a career in engineering.

I was initially connected with ExxonMobil thanks to a college scholarship that I earned from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. ExxonMobil helps support the foundation, so in addition to tuition I was introduced to a company mentor. Much like Mrs. Horwath back at Aquinas, my mentor showed me how I could use my engineering degree in the energy industry.

I’ve now been at ExxonMobil for a little more than eight years. My first assignment was in New York, where I helped maintain and replace the massive underground tanks that store the gasoline we sell at our service stations. Since then, other jobs have allowed me to travel the world.

Right now I work for our pipeline division. In June, my team and I completed one of our challenging projects, at our Beaumont refinery in Texas. We were tasked with connecting a pipeline extension to an operating pipe. I know this may sound like a real simple task but believe me, it wasn’t. That’s because the pipe we connected to the extension fed the entire facility, so shutting down that particular pipe would have taken the whole refinery – and the 345,000 barrels of oil it processed every day – offline. Talk about pressure…that’s equivalent to the average daily fuel consumption of about 10 million U.S. cars.

Add to this that we only had a three-day window to perform the operation. But thanks to careful preparation and great teamwork, we pulled it off without a hitch. The new extension has increased Beaumont’s daily capacity by more than 5 percent, helping to meet the energy demands of America.

Those are the types of team achievements that I share with students any time that I am back at Aquinas. I also tell them how the teachers there pushed me to excel and how the confidence that they instilled in me has helped me get to where I am today.

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VerBrugge, Yine [MC????]

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Dear John,

            I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Yine.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JFOUND: Sullivan, Kevin [MC1991] cited as an example


November 3, 2016, 9:39 PM Last updated: Thursday, November 3, 2016, 9:39 PM
Sullivan: Eli Apple trying to maintain Giant balance

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It is actually a breed I am intimately familiar with, having worked as a sportswriter since the early 1990s, having raised a son who would become a Division I athlete. My Kevin didn’t turn his javelin career at Manhattan College into a profession, nor did he deal with anything near the scrutiny Apple had at Ohio State and now with the Giants, but I know it would have been so emotionally challenging to write about subjects that would have affected him directly. Eli has lauded his mother’s burgeoning career in the past, expressing pride in her achievements despite knowing it could ripple his way. She did not return a message left Thursday.

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Dear John,

          I believe that Kevin is a member of the Class of 1991.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Sullivan, Kevin [MC1991]

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JFOUND: MC2012 Duo are now on different tracks



Dee & Judes: the story.


Compiling a few thoughts and inside jokes while enjoying personal supply of Cadbury chocolate. What’s better way to celebrate a favorite holiday than to tell the story of usDee? 

2016 11Nov 01 duo


8:45AM; standing at a crossroads in Grand Central Station.

“This is me – I’m going to the train.”

“I have a few minutes. I’m running to the bathroom. This was fun – we should do it more often. Have some morning coffee, I’ll head to work a little later…”

“Sounds like a plan – see ya later!” 

And for the first time since it’s happened, it finally sunk in that our era as roommates was officially no longer our reality.


August 2008: I sat down in the last possible row in Manhattan College’s chapel to kick off freshman orientation absolutely pretending to be too school for cool but really praying to dear God that someone would be my friend. A girl slid into the seat next to me.

The rest, my friends, is history.

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Ms. X [MC2012]

Ms. Y [MC2012]

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JFOUND: Dunphy, Don [MC1930 RIP] Autobiography, Published in 1988


Autobiography, Published in 1988 by Henry Hold and Company, New York. 276 pages.
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Don Dunphy is a legendary sports announcer who worked in both radio and television from 1940 into the 1980’s. He was born in July of 1908 and passed away in July of 1998, so this book was written in his retirement as he approached 80 years old. While Dunphy did work as a correspondent for newspapers while attending Manhattan College in the late 1920’s, he never claimed to be a writer or an author, and this is the only book that Dunphy wrote. Because of his status in the field of broadcasting, Dunphy is in the The
National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.
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Dear John,
            I believe that Don is a member of the Class of 1930.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Dunphy, Don [MC1930 RIP]

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JFOUND: Chidwick, John P. [MC1883 RIP] remembered


Hero of the Maine: Father John Chidwick
Donald R. McClarey • October 3, AD2016 

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Night, February 15, 1898, the American battleship USS Maine lay at anchor in the harbor of Havana.  Although tensions were running high between the US government and Spain, the colonial power occupying Cuba, the night was calm.  Suddenly, at 9:40 PM,  a huge explosion devastated the forward section of the Maine, an external explosion setting off the powder in the magazines of the Maine.  Into this vision of hell on Earth strode the Catholic Chaplain of the Maine, John P. Chidwick.

John Chidwick, third Catholic Chaplain in Us Naval History

Born in New York City on October 23, 1863,  John Chidwick graduated from Manhattan College with a BA (1883) and an MA (1885).  Ordained at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York in 1887,  he spent several years serving as a parish priest before being commissioned in 1895 as the third Catholic Chaplain in the history of the United States Navy.  He was eventually assigned to the Maine.  He rapidly became popular with the members of the crew, no matter their religion.  Friendly and outgoing, he did whatever he could to help the crew and was always available to listen to their problems.

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Chidwick, John P. [MC1883 RIP]

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