Mary's - 50 Year reunion
A class of 1956
Reunion - essential non-gas-wasting travel by senior
Thursday November 17, 2005 10:40
Monday January 9, 2012 08:58
Several in-order objectives for essential non-gas-wasting 4,680 mile travel between June 5 and 19, 2006 included
"The Olduvai Theory states that the life expectancy of industrial civilization is approximately 100 years: circa 1930-2030. Energy production per capita (e) defines it. The exponential growth of world energy production ended in 1970... Average e will show no growth from 1979 through circa 2008 ... The rate of change of e will go steeply negative circa 2008 ... World population will decline to about two billion circa 2050 ... A growing number of independent studies concur...."
The class of 1957's year to post.
Whiskey & Gunpowder
December 12, 2006
by Byron W. King
Wednesday December 13, 2006.
The Essential Ingredient for Survival: Not Destroying Yourself
Does a nation possess what is, at root, the essential ingredient for survival? Is it willing to change? Can it refrain from destroying itself?
Perhaps you are wondering by now, dear readers, if I am writing indirectly about the U.S. war in Iraq. Well, yes, but it does not end with that one episode in that one nation. The U.S. is, and has been for many decades, sustaining itself and its empire on borrowed money and imported, and depleting, oil supplies. At what point will the self-destructive fiscal and monetary policies end? When will the energy policies swing toward recognizing the looming decline in available oil supply, at almost any price? What kind of systemic shock will it take?
Yes, the war in Iraq is one manifestation of a nation that has mislearned its own history and has extended itself too far in an effort to do too much. But as my good friend Bill Bonner likes to say, Every empire finds a way to destroy itself. And there are many ways to do so, notes Bill, with one of the easiest ways being to invade Mesopotamia and conquer Baghdad.
Think about it. The Greeks conquered Baghdad, as did the Romans. The Greeks, under Alexander, were smart enough to move on to the east through Persia and to conquer Afghanistan and advance into India. The Romans were smart enough to withdraw from Baghdad shortly after winning their war. But in the past two millennia, Persians, Mongols, and Turks have overrun the place, to their eventual regret. In the 20th century, it was the British who expended their army in the deserts of Mesopotamia, and in the 21st century, it is now the turn of the Americans.
This will require the U.S. to retreat from its horrific, consumption-biased economic and energy policies and follies of the past 50 years or so and move toward economic and energy policies that focus on domestic investment in capital projects. This means rebuilding a national industrial and energy infrastructure, to include greatly advanced investment in energy conservation and production of alternative energy resources. It means more insulation, more windmills, more solar, more of anything that will substitute for imported oil.
The U.S., as a nation, is a reflection of an immense amount of policy hubris and false illusion. This has been so in war; in peace; in its economy; in its narcissistic, late-20th century conception of so-called American Exceptionalism. (If we as a nation ever were exceptional, we are not anymore.) The misunderstanding of the nations history has thus deluded, if not blinded, many leaders and much of the population to the longer-term consequences. And as one bad policy compounds another, the necessary reassessment never seems to occur.
Never call retreat? Sometimes, retreat is the wisest of choices. A timely retreat can be the essence of sound strategy, I read in Clausewitz. Thank you for reading Whiskey & Gunpowder.
Until we meet again
Byron W. King
Posted Thursday August 10,2006
In a recent public address to the Senate of Australia, Bakhtiari stated that "I can see a range of $100-150 [per barrel of oil] not very far into the future." He amplified this statement as follows:
"We are entering an era in which we know nothing much, where we have a brand-new set of rules...One of these new rules, in my opinion, is that there will be in the very near future nothing like business as usual. In my opinion, nothing is usual from now on for any of the countries involved. And the lower you are in the pile, the worse it is going to get."
Bakhtiari believes that the world is at Peak Oil, producing about as much conventional oil on a daily basis as will ever be produced, now about 84 million barrels per day. From here on, the oil markets of the world will be dealing with the ongoing effects of oil field depletion and irreversible production decline. By 2025, Bakhtiari expects that the world's daily production of conventional oil will fall to a level between 50-55 million barrels of oil per day. Bakhtiari counsels that the world's governments, industries, and people accept the fact and begin to prepare. There is no time to lose. ...
Minimize travel of all sorts to economize use of oil-derived fuels, because it is going to happen in any case. Reduce all types of consumption and just plain get leaner and be ready for even bigger cuts. This is as close to where you live as revising home lighting and heating systems, and also includes reducing the size and number of automobiles as soon as possible.
Here's a jpg of chemistry teacher Mr Agerter who
warned our chemisty class about peak oil in 1956. And headmaster Goldsmith and
math teacher Mr Bailey.
They sure look young!
One of our classmates deserves special recognition.
Classmate Abbott reported he found Fisher's name on the wall.
Our class of 1956 is the middle of about no gas  and possibly peak oil [December 16, 2005?] may have some messages worth listening to? Probably not. Us guys really helped to burn-up petroleum while pursing essential non-gas-wasting projects ... like the shattuck/st mary's 50th class reunion.
Saturday June 10, 2006, Shumway Hall stairs, Faribault, MN.
FACT: from left to right; bottom to top.
Terhune was identified in the class of 1956 the mostly likely to succeed.
Terhune's sister corinne was a classmate at whitman college.
Chuck enumerated his sister's life history since whitman in one sentence. As expected.
Saturday June 10, 2006.
Class of 2006 may not have a 50th reunion. If Al Gore is right, of course.
Or even afford or be able to drive to Faribault to celebrate their 10th.
The interstate system was authorized by the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, popularly known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act of 1956. It had been lobbied for by major U.S. automobile manufacturers and championed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was influenced by both his experiences as a young soldier crossing the country in 1919 following the route of the Lincoln Highway and his appreciation of the German autobahn network.
A Crude Awakening
Brunch Sunday June 11, 2006
1956 class drill in armory.
Official class photo on stairs in Shumway hall before dinner - but after bar opened.
Staring at a really-bad portrait of headmaster goldsmith.
My impression after talking to some members of the classs of 1956 is that:
How life beat-up on 1956 class members.
Most noticable it left members senior citizens.
Lot's of hearing aids, white and grey hair seen.
Class members are generally a bit more rotund.
patty and bill with john and sally hunner on friday evening in northfield, mn.
John was senior year roommate.
Pre-50th party in Minneapolis on June 8, 2006.
Patty and Bill arrived in the early afternoon. Rather than sit in the hotel we drove near the Mall of America and took light rail system to downtown Minneapolis
We walked the downtown area, visited Marshall Field deparment store, then departed.
2274 x 1704 pixel jpgs are reszed to 800 x600.
Jim Abbott and several others were taking digitial photos. We'll try to get these posted ... for those of the class of 1956 who elected not to be depresed by seening our classmates transformed into senior citizens and to hear the horror stories of deaths, divorces, failed plans, .. and other unpleasantnesses.
Then there is gus leach who looks to have been horribly successful.
John [left blurry - flash wasn't used] and sally Hunner, Gus Leach [right looking at camera] gail leach just behind Tim Palmer Thursday June 8, 2006 class of 1956 pre-reunion dinner, Sofitel Hotel, Bloomington, MN.
Bill lamont is talking to gerry olson's wife.
Peter benson's side of head.
Peter looks quite distinguished with short white hair and white mustache!
Patty Payne to right of peter.
|We are staying at
Comfort Inn Owatonna nights of June 9 and 10.
Ms Southworth [888-729-4946] gave me these numbers.
Comfort Inn 507-444-0818
Shattuck, founded in 1858, Shattuck-St. Marys is one of the oldest college preparatory schools in the Midwest.
High school classes of 1856 celebrated their 50th in 1906.
The most important oil well ever drilled was in the middle of quiet farm country in northwestern Pennsylvania in 1859. For this was one of the first successful oil wells that was drilled for the sole purpose of finding oil. Known as the Drake Well, after "Colonel" Edwin Drake, the man responsible for the well, it began an international search for petroleum, and in many ways eventually changed the way we live.
Shattuck class of 1906
Ford incorporated the Ford Motor Company in 1903, proclaiming, "I will build a car for the great multitude." In October 1908, he did so, offering the Model T for $950. In the Model T's nineteen years of production, its price dipped as low as $280. Nearly 15,500,000 were sold in the United States alone. The Model T heralds the beginning of the Motor Age; the car evolved from luxury item for the well-to-do to essential transportation for the ordinary man.
celebrated its 50th in 1956!
Shattuck class of 1956 will hopefully celebrate their 50th in 2006.
Shattuck class of 2006 may have real problems travelling to Faribault to celebrate its 50th in 2056.Hubbert talk: "Nuclear energy and the fossil fuels" (PDF) M. King Hubbart, www.hubbertpeak.com The evolution of our knowledge of petroleum since Colonel Drake's discover of oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania, nearly a century ago, resembles in many striking respects the evolution of knowledge of world geography which occurred during the century following Columbus's discovery of America. During that period several continents, a number of large islands, and numerous smaller islands were discovered, but how many more might there be? Also during that period geographical charts had to be continuously revised in order to incorporate the new discoveries that were repeatedly being made, and also to correct some earlier speculations which had proved to be seriously in error. In addition, more detailed knowledge of the shore lines and other features of the areas discovered earlier was rapidly accruing, which also had to be added to the charts.
Got phone message.
No, I don't think I'll be coming.
We decided to come and had a great time.
Too many other pressing projects. And I think we'll be in the northwest vacationing at that time.
While I thought the acadmic opportunities at Shattuck were outstanding, other aspects of Shattuck life didn't appeal to me.
So I will try to focus on what I felt was the really positive aspect at Shattuck: REALLY OUTSTANDING AND DEDICATED TEACHERS.
Oh, I'm back to messing with cars
That's not me!
That's Tim Palmer.
Our photos got switched in the 1956 Shattuck School year book.
Married Patricia Lou Andrews June 9, 1962
USN Personnel Research Activity, Navy Training Laboratory, San Diego, CA 1963-1965
BA, Whitman college, 1959
Updated May 31, 2006
Classmates I have maintained contact with over the years
Highlight of my life
Participant in How the spy sting on Iran story got out
Favorite teacher while in school
Math teacher Mr. Bailey - but all of the teachers were excellent.
Did you know that one time at Shattuck I ...
learned how to study.
Please let me know if this web page will work as a response to your letter.
Your office should be able to print the page.
Thanks in advance.