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One of ATI’s training partners TrainingEtc has a community service program that ATIcourses wants to publicize. You can read more about their volunteer program at http://www.trainingetc.com/illumanation/
A Wider Circle is one of their selected charities.
Mark Bergel founded A Wider Circle in 2001 and has since emerged as a leader in the fight against poverty, winning multiple awards for his work. In 2010, A Wider Circle was chosen as one of People Magazine and Major League Baseball’s “All Stars Among Us.” The Catalogue for Philanthropy named his organization “one of the finest small charities Greater Washington has to offer.”
Mark’s passion to see poverty end, along with his compassion for the people he serves, sets him apart. He actually gave up his own bed four years ago with the belief that all children deserve a bed of their own, and until he sees that become a reality, sleeping on the floor or the couch each night serves as a reminder that the fight has not yet been won.
Recently, /training/etc’s Stacie Tippett spent time with Mark at A Wider Circle’s warehouse and had the opportunity to ask him about his mission.
1.Can you tell me what led you to start A Wider Circle?
I couldn’t stand looking at the great needs all around me and not do anything anymore. The cycle of poverty needs to be broken.
I was a teacher at American University, and I asked my students to volunteer. Actually, I required them to volunteer and made it part of their grade. I didn’t want to be hypocritical, so I volunteered with them. I drove a truck delivering meals to families in poverty, and I remember pulling over on the side of Georgia Avenue overwhelmed by the things I saw in those homes. . . it was like a different world. I knew right then and there that I needed to do something to change it. I quit my job and gave myself to all this in 2001, and in 2005 we saw things take off. There’s many long days, and we work seven days a week. We need to be there for the people when they need us. Passion to see this end is what keeps me going.
2.How did you come up with the name A Wider Circle?
There’s a quote by Albert Einstein that says:
….we experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of our consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion…
Our name was born out of that idea. We like to think of what we do as compassion on steroids.
3.Can you tell me about the six programs you have?
Our largest program is Neighbor to Neighbor, where we provide the furniture you see in our showroom to families moving out of shelters or who might be living without it now. There’s no income or geographic requirement; these people are referred by different agencies in the area, then they schedule an appointment to pick out the items free of charge. We furnish about 15-20 rooms a day through this program. We have an Adult Education Program, where we teach job training skills, nutrition, financial planning, and other similar classes. We have a Well Mother, Well Baby program where we go into five local schools. Through education and outreach, we help the mother be empowered to raise her child. We have the O.N.E. Program in which we honor veterans by celebrating four Veteran’s Days per year. We open our showroom on those four days solely for veteran clients. We have a Public Housing Program where we reach out to seniors and provide housing assistance to them. We also have our School Community Outreach program. We’ve adopted a third grade class, where not one student was reading on grade level. We have four to five volunteers working with that class at any given time, mentoring the students and helping them learn to read.
4.What areas specifically do you serve?
We turn no one away. No matter how far they have traveled, we will help them. We serve local families from the greater DC area, the Baltimore area, and Frederick. We’ve had people come from as far as Delaware and Pennsylvania.
5.How far do you travel to pick up furniture and mattresses?
Every day we have at least three trucks running pickups, so we are all over the place. We normally ride all over Montgomery County, DC and Northern Virginia. We go into Howard County, Baltimore County, and Frederick, as well. We just expanded our area to include an hour travel-time radius, but we’re willing to work with people who live outside that radius, as well. If they have something to donate, we find a way to get it here.
6.Do you plan on expanding into other cities?
We hope to one day. First, we end poverty here, then throughout the nation, and then into the rest of the world.
7.What are your dreams for both the people you serve and for A Wider Circle?
I’d like to see a world without poverty, the end to a world where one person has too much while another person has nothing. There’s such a great disparity of wealth, especially in this area. And most people living in poverty aren’t in it because of anything they did; most were born into it. They were born into an impoverished family, lived as an impoverished child, grew up as an impoverished teen, and live now as an impoverished adult. This poverty causes so many other problems we see in society today, and it’s just not fair. But it doesn’t matter if we simply realize it’s not fair; it only matters what we do about it. We always wonder if we can do things better, and that’s our goal - to do something.
8.How can people get involved?
People can get involved in so many different ways! We have a wish list of items we are always in need of, including things like furniture, baby clothing, blankets, sheets, towels, small kitchen appliances, healthy, non-perishable food, and personal care items. Mattresses too. We always need mattresses. We give away about 500 beds a month, and we have about 1,000 people on our waiting list, so the need is just so great. You could volunteer as a driver of one of our delivery trucks, support a family on their way out of poverty, or volunteer here at our center answering phones, sorting clothing, or helping families who come in.
9.How do you envision /training/etc’s partnership with A Wider Circle?
We love that you want to get involved. Any way you want to volunteer your time or resources is going to help. We want you to be able to touch, to taste and to feel the need so that your only reaction will be to want to do something about it. You’ll find we are all more fully who we were meant to be when we give of ourselves.
Applied Technology Institute (ATICourses) offer a variety of courses on Space, Satellite & Aerospace Engineering. We think the news below would be of interest to our visitors.
Does President Barack Obama intend to capture an asteroid and place it into lunar orbit?
It is confirmed that Obama’s forthcoming budget includes a $100 million plan to tow an asteroid into moon orbit. And this will be done for freedom—that is, for the purpose of saving the planet Earth from complete annihilation.
An excerpt (emphasis mine):
Tucked inside President Barack Obama’s proposed federal budget for next fiscal year is about $100 million to jump start a program scientists say is the next step towards humans establishing a permanent settlement in space. That, at least, is what U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson says we’re likely to see when the White House unveils its fiscal year 2014 budget around the middle of next week. Nelson has been briefed by scientists… In a nutshell, the plan in NASA’s hands calls for catching an asteroid with a robotic spacecraft and towing it back toward Earth, where it would then be placed in a stable orbit around the moon.
Next, astronauts aboard America’s Orion capsule, powered into space by a new monster rocket, would travel to the asteroid where there could be mining activities, research into ways of deflecting an asteroid from striking Earth, and testing to develop technology for a trip to deep space and Mars.
“This is part of what will be a much broader program,” Nelson said today, during a visit in Orlando. “The plan combines the science of mining an asteroid, along with developing ways to deflect one, along with providing a place to develop ways we can go to Mars.”
The president already has established the goal of landing astronauts on a near-Earth asteroid by 2025. This new plan would bump up the date to 2021. As in, not a moment to waste.
Nelson, a former astronaut, has an affinity for asteroids and United States asteroid policy; last month, he was on a Senate panel that grilled scientists about the consequences of an asteroid striking earth. He was keen to know if there is any way for humankind to fight back against asteroid aggression.
Obama has often been slammed for supposedly not being bold, for not being tough enough with foes. But if Nelson is right, Obama is ready to do what’s necessary to take on the asteroid threat and make the United States the first nation to claim a giant space rock. ForgetSpock or Luke Skywalker; he’s going the full Bruce Willis:
Yes, it appears that sequester is unavoidable. According to the Department of the Navy press release we won’t be marveling at the flight of Blue Angels above our heads. If you are one of those who seen them fly, consider yourself lucky. It won’t be happening for a while.
Among other things, he release says the Navy plans to shut down Carrier Air Wing Two in April. The air wing is based California, but one of the squadrons VFA-34 is based at Oceana.
The Navy also intends to cancel four appearances by the Blue Angels. The Navy will cancel or defer the deployment of up to six ships throughout the month April.
The Navy will also defer USNS Comfort’s humanitarian deployment to Central and South America. The USNS Comfort just came into Naval Station Norfolk on Friday.
The Navy press release states these actions are being taken to “preserve support for those forces stationed overseas and currently forward-deployed. “We made these choices careful while trying to preserve the ability to reverse or quickly restore negative effects if and when funding is restored.”
ATI’s offers Cyber Warfare- Global Trends course. It will be offered on June 18-20, 2013 in Columbia, MD.
We thought the news below could be of interest to our visitors.
A security company says it has traced cyber-espionage activities to a unit of China’s People’s Liberation Army.
In a report released on Tuesday, Mandiant Corp. said it has reasons to believe that a group it called Advanced Persistent Threat 1 (APT1) is likely backed by the Chinese government.
Mandiant, an advanced threat detection and response firm based in Washington D.C. said the cyber-espionage activity was traced to a certain PLA Unit 61398. The company said the unit is located in a huge building in Datong Road in Gaoqiaozhen, in the Pudong New Area in Shanghai.
A statement released on Tuesday, Mandiant said Unit 61398’s activities are considered a state secret. However, Mandiant said it has been tracking APT1 since 2006 and has found it to have compromised 141 companies in 20 major industries. The security firm said 80 per cent of the target companies were headquartered in countries where English is the native language and are in industries that China has identified as strategic.
A report from Computerworld.com, however said that China’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that the government is opposed to hacking.
“Cyber-attacks are transnational and anonymous,” said ministry spokesman Hong Lei in a press conference. “It is very hard to trace the origin of attacks. I don’t know has this evidence in the relevant report is tenable.”
Mandiant said APT1 uses tools called GETMAIL and MAPIGET which are meant for stealing emails. The group can revisit a victim’s network over a period of months or years and pilfer technology blue prints, business plans, proprietary processes, emails, contact list and contract information, said Mandiant.
The security firm said it is releasing more than 3,000 APT1 indicators to expose APT1’s infrastructure and allow organizations to bolster their defenses against the cyber group.
ATI Courses offers multiple courses on Space, Satellites & Aerospace Engineering. We thing the information below could be of interest to our visitors.
DARPA is slowly making headway in its ambitious quest to harvest functioning parts from otherwise dead satellites. The agency yesterday released a new video revealing some early lab work surrounding the Phoenix Program. In the clip, DARPA addresses one of the key challenges facing researchers: finding a reliable method of fastening antennas and other satellite pieces together in the middle of outer space. Two approaches to non-mechanical adhesion are currently undergoing testing. Work has also progressed on other, equally-crucial parts of DARPA’s robots like the grabber mechanism and a touchscreen that will let human operators control the actual cutting process. The $180 million initiative is still a long way from being finalized, however; lab research is expected to continue into 2015 at the earliest. Keeping costs within reason will prove vital as DARPA continues its attempts to turn floating space junk into useful satellites once more. If the synth-heavy soundtrack in the below clip sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the exact same track DARPA used in a similar video back in 2011.
Details about American submarine special operations aren’t very common. While it is “common knowledge” and “everyone knows” that American submarines conduct special operations off the coasts of foreign countries, especially with the publication of books such as”Blind Man’s Bluff”, operational details are (rightfully) rare.
There are exceptions. There is a little bit of operational detail of one particularly tense, wartime operation at Guardfish.org, a website dedicated to the men who have served on board the USS Guardfish (SSN 612). Entitled The Saga of the 1972 Guardfish Patrol, it is a little bit of Commander David Minton’s account of operations by the USS Guardfish that ranged from the Sea of Japan to the South China Sea in the late spring of 1972.
There are always men on the eyepiece of the other periscope and their stories (in English) are even rarer. In what may be a unique instance, we have the memories of two Cold War submarine captains on opposite sides of the periscope participating in the same events. Commander Minton has his story, as does Admiral Al’fred Simenovich Berzin, who as a Captain First Rank (K1R) commanded Echo II class SSGN K-184, the Guardfish’s target, in 1972 during its transit to Vietnam in response to the failure of the Paris Peace Talks.
This is his side of the story, “Guardfish vs. K-184″
“Why is the military reporting on Santa?” you ask. Well, it started with a bad phone number that had kids calling an important colonel who was trying to defend the United States and Canada.
Now just why does a military group with a serious name like North American Aerospace Defense Command track Santa and take notes on just where he is and what he is up to?
Any kid can tell you, the man who says, “ho, ho, ho” is no danger to anyone. He may eat one too many a cookie, but that’s no crime. So why is the military watching him?
For more than 50 years NORAD and a group that came before it, CONAD, have tracked Santa on Christmas Eve.
The adventure began in 1955 after Sears put the wrong number for Santa Claus into an advertisement. So all the kids who called trying to talk to Santa got none other than the Commander-in-Chief of another group, the Continental Air Defense Command.
Col. Shoup got on it right away. Within no time his staff was checking CONAD’s powerful radar equipment to give children everywhere information on exactly where Santa was and when he was there.
Since that time, the United States and Canada got together and that’s how CONAD became NORAD. And the men, women, family and friends of NORAD decided to keep up the Christmas mission that Col. Shoup started. They pitch in to take phone calls and emails from children all around the world.
So starting Dec. 24, children can track Santa online and get the latest info right quick.
Between now and then, kids can also get updates on what the big guy in red is up to.
This was a post on the LinkedIn Acoustic Society group page that I thought would have broader interest about low frequency vibrations in a building caused by the heating system air hander unit. David Wright posted this question on the LinkedIn Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
Vibration ills. What are the metrics
A commercial 4 story “soft” building has occupants complaining of large amounts of vibration which is distracting them from working in their open office areas. Some are saying the floor vibration is making them ill. Sources seem to be walking nearby, but is unknown. Newly constructed poured concrete floors with steel trusses and framework. We are preparing an accelerometer to measure. What metrics would be useful to compare to for human annoyance vibration like this?
David Greenberg • Hi David. What I’m about to say, you know already, but here goes: Let’s say you uncover a vibration annoyance standard. I’ll bet there is one somewhere. Then what? You go about discovering the source(s) and isolating them. You compare the levels before and after with the standard. Even if you succeed in reducing the levels below this standard (from every receiver position of which there may be many), but the laws of subjectivity and issue-driven super-sensitivity, to say nothing of the extreme complexity of vibration energy propagation through structure and sympathetic things sitting on it, you (they) could still be in trouble when some of the occupants say they are still bothered. (The tonal components will likely be the problem.) If our colleagues do come up with a standard for you to use, I suggest you become familiar with it and then shelve it high out of reach. The potential for letting the client know that the standard has been met when they are still being bothered will do nothing for your relationship. Instead, I suggest you use the accelerometer to help locate the offending source(s) (though turning ALL machines off and then back on sequentially would be how I’d do it) and get the building owner to isolate them. But don’t set yourself up for an psycho-acoustic failure.
Edward Veale • David, two things:
* Here in the UK we have a British Standard that is useful, a summary of which follows – often the problem is making useful measurements sub 20Hz:
Structural vibration in buildings can be detected by the occupants and can affect them in many ways; their quality of life can be reduced, as can their working efficiency. BS 6472-1 provides best available information on the application of methods of measuring and evaluating vibration in order to assess the likelihood of adverse comment.
BS 6472-1:2008 provides guidance on predicting human response to vibration in buildings over the frequency range 0.5 Hz to 80 Hz. Frequency weighting curves for human beings exposed to whole-body vibration are included, together with advice on measurement methods to be employed. Methods of assessing continuous, intermittent and impulsive vibration are presented.
BS 6472-1:2008 describes how to determine the vibration dose value, VDV, from frequency-weighted vibration measurements. The vibration dose value is used to estimate the probability of adverse comment which might be expected from human beings experiencing vibration in buildings. Consideration is given to the time of day and use made of occupied space in buildings, whether residential, office or workshop.
BS 6472-1 offers guidance on how people inside buildings respond to building vibration: the judgement criteria are more stringent at higher frequencies than in the superseded standard due to changes in the vertical frequency weighting.
* Anti-vibration systems fail if not designed and implemented correctly – as appears to be the case you are describing. You may find the following links useful reading but, as is often the case, many assume the base against which the vibrating mass acts against through the mount has infinite mass and, as in the case you describe, this is not so. As a “rule of thumb” guide, the area of the static mass beneath and covered the mount needs to be at least ten times that of the imposed moving mass at 20Hz and double that for every halving of the frequency.
I think a lot of our blog visitors would be interested in the article below written by Bob Socci.
A half minute earlier, Army head coach Rich Ellerson took the one timeout he’d left his team for the waning seconds of the 113th football encounter of West Point Cadets and Navy Midshipmen.
If only to delay the inevitable. And for half of the 69,607 at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, prolong the misery. During the stoppage, the stadium’s massive video boards featured a close-up of the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which for the 16th straight year would belong to someone else.
When the break ended, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, who was about to be named most valuable player, took the game’s penultimate snap. There was need for merely one more kneel-down to seal the Mids’ 11th consecutive win in the series.
In that moment, as the final seconds elapsed, Ellerson’s counterpart, Ken Niumatalolo, was compelled to do two things. The first involved one of his veteran leaders. The second, one of Army’s.
As a sophomore, John Howell caught the longest pass in Army-Navy history, running the last of his 77 yards toward the same south end of The Linc where the Mids now aligned in victory formation. Howell had shredded the ligaments stabilizing his right knee in late September, suffering an injury sure to be career-ending. For weeks, he rehabbed from surgery mindful of a single goal: to recover enough to run out of the locker room with his Academy brothers one last time, in time for Army-Navy.
Howell made it. He was at the head of the line forming in the stadium tunnel, carrying a Marine Corps flag. Emerging into the open air of South Philly, Howell jogged — as his teammates charged — along the Mids’ sideline.
That remained his vantage point for the football theatre ongoing into early evening. Howell had watched Navy rally for a late 17-13 lead, before seeing Army threaten to eclipse that advantage.
But 14 yards from possibly stopping their skid against the Mids and recapturing the CIC title for the first time since 1996, the Black Knights fumbled their chance away. In the sudden change of circumstances, Niumatalolo saw an opportunity to give Howell more than he could ever wish for.
Reynolds knelt twice, before and after Ellerson’s last timeout. Then, for the final act of Army-Navy: Episode 113, Niumatalolo sent Howell onto center stage to stand over Reynolds’ right shoulder.
In the third line of fine print in the game summary, as part of the Mids’ participation report, “33-Howell, John” will always mark the time Niumatalolo helped a senior re-define the end of his playing career.
To the surprise of no one who knows him, it was a classy gesture by Niumatalolo. So was his next. Once Reynolds’ knee dropped to the ground, Niumatalolo sought out Ellerson and went searching for Trent Steelman.
Steelman was Army’s four-year quarterback and career touchdown leader. And in the eyes of the rival coach, an all-time competitor. When Niumatalolo finally got to Steelman, he said as much.
“To be honest, I don’t really remember much, I was pretty torn up,” an understandably emotional Steelman told reporters. “I think he said that I was one of the toughest players he’s ever seen and just a great player, and I respect him for that. He’s a great coach.”
“We should all be proud as Americans that that guy is going to go protect our country,” Niumatalolo explained in his own press conference. “They don’t get any tougher than Trent Steelman. Four years starting at West Point, a military service academy. I know everyone in our locker room has nothing but respect for that young man.”
This was Niumatalolo’s 15th Army-Navy game. His first two ended as Steelman’s last two, in absolute anguish over an excruciatingly close outcome.
In 1995, he was an assistant to Charlie Weatherbie, who eschewed a late chip-shot field-goal try that could have separated the rivals by two scores. The Black Knights mounted a goal-line stand and marched 99 yards to a 14-13 triumph.
The following season, again with Niumatalolo assisting Weatherbie, the Mids relinquished an 18-point lead and failed to score on two late, deep drives. They fell by a 28-24 final.
Fifteen years later, Niumatalolo’s fourth Army-Navy experience as head coach ended with a six-point victory, thanks to a pair of fourth-quarter field goals in Landover. After his fifth, last Saturday, he expressed the kind of bittersweet emotions evoked only when Cadets compete with Midshipmen.
Brother of an Army colonel, Niumatalolo understands that while other rivalries are fueled by differences, this one is defined by commonality. He preaches humility and respect, for the competition and the game itself. As do his players.
“It’s amazing because we have the utmost respect for those guys,” senior linebacker Keegan Wetzel said, as a member of the eighth straight class of Mids to record a career sweep of their mirror images. “I tell them when I pick them up, ‘I love you brother,’ and I don’t even know them.
“You can see it in their eyes that they go through the same things that we do. They are from the same backgrounds, the same families and they fight and claw the same way that we do. To beat those guys is a privilege and an honor. Nobody out there is going to give anybody an inch.”
Per usual, Wetzel, an Academic All-American, is correct. Army earned every one of the more than 14,400 inches amounting to its 400-plus yards of total offense, including 203 more rushing yards than Navy. And the Mids earned what they got against a high-pressure defense, despite being frustrating into six punts and a fumble that led to the Black Knights’ lone lead.
Navy also earned the win. It made more plays and fewer mistakes. In the end, performance equaled precedent.
The precocious Reynolds rallied his offense, exactly as he’d done at Air Force in early October. He prolonged the go-ahead drive with a throw to Geoffrey Whiteside — freshman to sophomore — converting a 3rd-and-8. Two plays later, he deked a pair of pass-rushers to escape up the right sideline for 11 yards. He then dropped a perfect pass onto the sure hands ofBrandon Turner.
The 49-yard strike set up one more Reynolds run, from eight yards out, with 4:41 to go. He slipped a hit and beat an Army cornerback to the pylon, angling right toward the Brigade of Midshipmen in the stadium’s northeast corner.
On the ensuing drive, the Mids lived up to their defensive credo, to make `em snap it again. Freshman cornerback Kwazel Bertrand made the first of two touchdown saving tackles. SeniorTra’ves Bush delivered the other.
Bertrand slipped in pass coverage, yet lunged from all fours to trip receiver Chevaughn Lawrence at the Navy 40. Further downfield, at the Mids` 19-yard line, Bush reached out for a one-handed takedown of Raymond Maples. For the umpteenth time in his Navy career, he was the right man in the right spot.
After Bush’s stop, the Black Knights had to snap it again, and again. The gritty Steelman picked up a first down at the 14-yard line. But on the next play, the 11th of the series and Army’s 72nd of the contest, the Cadets dropped the ball.
Steelman and fullback Larry Dixon mishandled the mesh. The football squirted loose. And Barry Dabney, in his only rep of the day, got his hands around it, to help the Mids hold on. Army was undone again by a fumble.
It was the Black Knights’ fifth of the game and third recovered by Navy. It was their eighth lost this season inside the opposition’s 20-yard line.
Not long after, with little time to stop the tears that flowed from such a heart-wrenching end to his career, Steelman asked the press to pin the turnover on him. Dixon did the same. Filling the unenviable duty of answering for the indescribable, each `manned up’ to spare the other of fault.
Then, you expect nothing less of a Cadet or Midshipman.
And what of Ellerson? In his post-game presser, he was succinct.
“It was a mesh fumble,” he said. “It was a quarterback-fullback mesh; it’s fundamental.”
To a subsequent query about the Reynolds throw and Turner catch, Ellerson replied with his unhappy recap of what, in his view, decided the outcome.
“That wasn’t the difference,” Ellerson asserted. “The difference is the kicking game and turnovers. Those are the things that correlate with success; those are the things that are fundamental to the game. The scoreboard will reflect those things. It will reflect the kicking game; it’ll reflect turnovers.”
And it will reflect the fact that Navy ensured itself at least eight wins for the ninth time in 10 years and claimed its eighth CIC title in that same span. Already, the Mids had earned a ninth bowl bid in those 10 seasons.
It will also reflect a 2-10 finish to the Cadets’ 12th season of four or fewer victories in the last 15 years. They are now 17-32 overall under Ellerson; 5-19 since posting their only winning record of the past 16 seasons (7-6 in 2010).
Yet in the weeks before, and minutes after the scoreboard went final, there was scant acknowledgement by Ellerson of what Navy’s accomplished, remarkably, for so long. Already, as evidenced by pre-game comments Niumatalolo made to a radio audience, the Mids sensed a disrespect uncharacteristic of Army-Navy.
Shortly after Ellerson returned to his locker-room office, he gave them their first bulletin board pin-up for 2013. Speaking to reporter Sal Interdonato of the Middletown, N.Y. Times-Herald Record, here is some of what Ellerson had to say:
- “Give (Reynolds) some credit. He made some good plays and he’s hard to tackle. But, he’s not that hard to tackle…We were there. We have people in position to make plays in that game. If we do those things that are fundamental, we beat them by three touchdowns. We’re better than that bunch. We lose the turnover by two.
- “We are playing a good football team. We have them right by the throat. We could have put them away in the first half. We didn’t have to wait until the end…They are better than Air Force, but they are a touchdown better than Air Force. We are better than they are. It’s (expletive). It’s (expletive).”
You can be the judge of whether Ellerson’s implications are an indictment of others, but not himself. On CBS, analyst Gary Danielson found Army’s play-calling “questionable” on two crucial drives, when it appeared Ellerson was willing to put the onus solely on a placekicker in only his second start.
Ellerson’s been steeped in Army-Navy his whole life. His father and two older brothers were West Point grads; one of them the captain of the ’62 Cadets. He’s also experienced it from the other side, as a Naval Academy plebe.
He’s obviously a bright coach, good enough to go 56-34 in his prior stint at Cal Poly and smart enough to understand the fallacy inherent when comparing results. He should also beware of the hypocrisy of such analysis.
The Mids who faced Air Force on the road were 1-3, had yet to launch the Reynolds era and had to defend 200-yard-a-game Cody Getz on two healthy ankles. As for Army’s win over the Falcons, the Black Knights have every right to relish every bit of their 20-point triumph — even if, to borrow an Ellerson phrase — Air Force lost the turnover by five.
Thirty years ago, Ellerson was an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Hawaii, when he helped recruit a quarterback by the name of Ken Niumatalolo from Honolulu’s Radford High. Ellerson had wound up playing for the Warriors, after transferring from the Academy.
Asked why he left Annapolis by New York Times writer Joe Drape for his book, Citizen Soldiers, Ellerson replied: “I was nineteen — I had no excuse, sir.”
Assuming he returns for the 114th Army-Navy game, Ellerson will do well to remember that phrase. He’d do better to emulate the kid he once coached, and the young men he now coaches.
One points to himself in defeat, while thinking first of the players in victory. The others, as one of their own might say, fight and claw, never giving an inch.
And should they come up short, offer no excuse, sir.
ATI has discussed low frequency hum noise previously. There is now a project to map locations with reported hum noise using a Google World map.
Mapping Project for the HUM- A large group of concerned people and a couple of hard working organizers who want to get the bottom of the insidious Hum effecting tens of thousands (and those visitng this site) are asking you report your locations where the Hum is sensed. Please visit “thehum.info” and add your locations onto the Google map. If you experience difficulty let me know.
Thank you we need your help.