Monday, March 3, 2014

Nostalgic Tech School Happenings



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I graduated from Valparaiso Technical Institute in May  of 1982 with a degree in Engineering Electronics. Good ol' Valpo Tech closed down a few years ago, but the Alumni Association now hosts a Facebook page accessible to all graduates, and they sponsor an annual reunion held in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Those were the days my friend
We thought they'd never end
We'd sing and dance forever and a day
We'd live the life we choose
We'd fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way.
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days.

Of course I was not young while at Valpo Tech; I was 42 years old when I graduated. And I will not be attending this reunion, but I do enjoy hearing about the gradual renovation of the old school, and about the doings and the rascally goings-on of all the members. It surprised me to learn that a great percentage of the graduates are licensed Amateur Radio operators. As am I, although I am not active at this time.

My Ham Radio call sign is KA9CWJ.


Did You Know . . .?

Rather than wasting water doing laundry, astronauts on the International Space Station eject their dirty worn-out clothes into space to burn in the Earth's atmosphere.



On this day in 1873 congress enacted the Comstock Law, making it illegal to send any "obscene, lewd, or lascivious" book through the mails. Also unlawful under the law was sending anything "designed or intended for the prevention of conception or procuring of abortion." The law was named after Anthony Comstock, the one-man moral majority of his time. Comstock, a salesman from Connecticut.. He devoted his entire life to fighting what he perceived as vice, particularly obscenity and gambling

Many of today's armchair moralists who have attacked Hollywood for an alleged role in the 1999 Littleton, Colorado killings would have appreciated Comstock's views. He described children as a glass of pure and clean water that is easily tainted with a drop of ink. Mixing metaphors, he then said that "vile books and papers are branding-irons heated in the fires of hell."

The Comstock Law prompted many states to add laws of their own. James Joyce's Ulysses was even barred from the United States until court challenges finally determined that it was not obscene. The current Supreme Court standard exempts from obscenity prosecution any material that has literary value.



The act of throwing someone or something out of a window.

While the act of defenestration connotes the forcible or peremptory removal of an adversary, and the term is sometimes used in just that sense, it also suggests breaking the windows in the process. Although defenestrations can be fatal due to the height of the window through which a person is thrown or throws oneself or due to lacerations from broken glass, the act of defenestration need not carry the intent or result of death.



(March 3, 1920 - July 20, 2005)
James Doohan was a Canadian character and voice actor best known for his role as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott in the television and film series Star Trek. Doohan's characterization of the Scottish Chief Engineer of the Starship Enterprise was one of the most recognizable elements in the Star Trek franchise, for which he also made several contributions behind the scenes. Many of the characterizations, mannerisms, and expressions that he established for Scotty and other Star Trek characters have become entrenched in popular culture.

(born March 3, 1982)
Jessica Biel is an American actress, model, and singer. Biel began her in 7th Heaven, The series is the longest-running series that has ever aired on The WB channel and is the longest-running family drama in television history. In 1997, she won the Young Artist Award for her role in Ulee's Gold. Biel has since starred in many films, including The Rules of Attraction (2002), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Blade: Trinity (2004), Stealth (2005), I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007), The A-Team (2010), New Year's Eve (2011), and Total Recall (2012). She appeared in the thriller indie film Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes in 2013.

(born 3 October 1985)
Nathalie Kelley is a Peruvian-born Australian actress. She is best known for her roles in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Body of Proof.

(born 3 March 1973)
Alison King is an English actress. She has had major television roles as Lynda Block in the Sky One television series Dream Team, and since 2006 as Carla Connor in the ITV soap opera Coronation Street.


There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
--Nelson Mandela




  1. Gene, Just curious. What are your reasons for not attending Valparaiso Technical School's reunion? Your words indicate an affection for the place.

    1. 1. I have this strong aversion to flying.
      2. I have this strong aversion to crowds.
      3. I have this strong aversion to traditions.
      4. I am a curmudgeon -- a real social misfit.