GloucesterCast 173 With Guests Greg Bover @KimSmithDesigns, Mark Ring and @Joey_C Taped 2/28/16
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“It’s never what people do that makes us angry; it’s what we tell ourselves about what they did.”
Marshall Rosenberg (1934 – 2015)
An Ohio native who grew up in what he described as “a rough neighborhood in Detroit,” Rosenberg attended Cooley High School and went on to the University of Wisconsin at Madison, receiving a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 1961. He was active in the civil rights movement and in educational reform where he observed passionate debate and even hatred from both sides of these contentious issues. As a response, he founded the Center for Nonviolent Communication in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a training center for those engaged in peacemaking and conflict resolution. His training sessions and programs have been employed in 60 countries around the world and have served as a model in South Africa, Israel, Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan.
4 December, 2015
“The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958 – )
A New York City native and a product of its public schools, Dr. Tyson is arguably the most publicly visible scientist in the country. He was attracted to astrophysics from an early age, lecturing on the subject as early as fifteen years of age. Although scouted for Cornell by Carl Sagan, he chose Harvard University, and did post-graduate work at the University of Texas, Princeton, and Columbia before being named Director of the Hayden Planetarium in 1996. He has become the public face of the scientific perspective for many and has hosted numerous television shows, including Nova and Cosmos, (which Sagan had once hosted.) He was at the forefront of the controversial movement to classify Pluto a minor planet and has spoken widely on the relationship between spirituality and science. In great demand as a commencement speaker, Tyson holds eighteen honorary doctorates, the most recent from UMass-Amherst. Another Tyson quote: “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.”
“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”
Gautama Buddha (circa 563-483 BCE)
Although the exact historicity of his life is lost in time it is generally accepted that Siddhartha Gautama, born a prince in what is now Nepal, was a member of the warrior/ruler class who, as a mature and married man, renounced his noble life and began many years of wandering and study, ultimately rejecting the extremes of asceticism and hedonism to establish a middle way to spiritual awakening. He spent the rest of his life teaching the Dharma, or the nature of things, and expounding the Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths, the acceptance of which is said to be the route to Nirvana, the perfect peace of a mind free from ignorance, greed and hatred. He is also reputed to have said “The trouble is, you think you have time.”
“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”
Bill Nye (1955- )
A Washington, D.C. native, Nye graduated from the Sidwell Friends School before attending Cornell University, where he took an astronomy class from Carl Sagan and ultimately received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He began his career at Boeing, where among other tasks, such as 747 hydraulic systems design, he made training films for other Boeing engineers and clients. This work led him to science education in general and in 1993 he created the series “Bill Nye the Science Guy”. His mixture of comedy and hard science made this show a hit on PBS and in schools as a teaching aid. Nye continues to advocate the teaching of science to children at an early age as a method of developing reasoning. He has publicly debated creationists and refutes their opinions at every opportunity. Nye holds a number of diverse patents and is in demand as a commencement speaker.
“Competition is intense among humans, and within a group, selfish individuals always win. But in contests between groups, groups of altruists always beat groups of selfish individuals.”
E. O. Wilson (1929- )
An Alabama native, Wilson, blinded in one eye at age 7, took up the study of insects shortly thereafter and is today recognized as the world expert on ants. A Professor of Evolutionary Biology at Harvard for forty years, he has won the Pulitzer Prize twice for books illuminating his work for scientists and laypeople alike. His work on eusocial species, (ants, termites, wasps, etc.) lead to controversy when he applied his findings to humans, positing evolutionary and genetic causes for human behavior, such as religion, rather than strictly cultural influences. It was Wilson who coined the term “biodiversity” the protection of which he continues to advocate as necessary for our existence. His recent books, The Social Conquest of Earth and Letters to a Young Scientist are highly readable accounts synthesizing his decades of research in fields of inquiry not always closely related.
Baltasar Gracian Quote of the Week from Greg Bover (Five Year Anniversary Of Greg’s Quote Of The Week Posts)
“A wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool from his friends.”
Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)
Born in the Spanish province of Aragon, Gracian studied theology in Zaragoza and took holy orders as a Jesuit in 1633. He was admired as an orator in his lifetime and much sought after for his sermons, which featured such novelties as reading letters purportedly sent from hell. Such flourishes were frowned upon by his superiors, whom he so frequently disobeyed that he was eventually banished to a small village in the Pyrenees. He is best known today for his satirical pilgrimage novel Criticon and his compendium of maxims The Art of Worldly Wisdom. These were so admired by Schopenhauer that he translated them into German. Later thinkers including Nietzsche, Defoe and Gide cite him as an influence.
With this post the Quote of the Week celebrates five years with Good Morning Gloucester, about two hundred and fifty entries. Just so you know, I write the bios based on my research to give the quote context, and one can click on the name or the picture that Joey adds to be connected to a Wikipedia entry for that particular author. Sometimes the adages are only attributed when I can’t find evidence of the direct quote; famous quipsters like Abraham Lincoln and Yogi Berra are often credited with things others actually said first.
I am always encouraged by your comments, and your suggestions are welcome too.
Many thanks to Joey and the GMG team for creating a forum where these lines can be shared. I find it astonishing how much wisdom there is in the world, and how the thoughts of famous men and women can apply to my own life. I hope you do too.
And what a great bunch of fish tale story tellers! You may recall Greg Bover’s invitation from last week where the Gloucester Writer’s Center, Schooner Adventure, and Maritime Gloucester joined forces to bring us Gloucester’s Fish Tales held not at the writing center but from Webster Pier, on board the beautiful and welcoming Schooner Adventure. Maureen Aylward organized a fantastic line up of story tellers. I unfortunately was only able to stay for the first several story tellers but had the pleasure of listening to GMG FOB Ron Gilson, Bing McGilvray, Jim Masciarelli, and Jimmy Tarantino. I believe Henry Ferrini was filming the event so hopefully it will be available to see soon.
The perfectly formed mast hoops on the Schooner Adventure were custom made at Gloucester’s own C.B. Fisk organ building company. The Newbury company Pert Lowell makes mast hoops however the largest they have to offer is only a foot in diameter. See the video of Greg, Geoff, and Bill making the hoops, from shaping the strips of steamed ash around the form to finished fastening. Geoff Deckebach is the lead shipwright and restoration project coordinator for the Adventure. Greg Bover shares that Geoff made the ingenious circular jig. The ash for the hoops was donated by Jim Knott, who also donated the ship’s engine.
The next member sail is this coming Wednesday, August 12th at 3pm. Take advantage of this fabulous offer! For more information about becoming a member and sailing benefits visit the Adventure website here.
Video by Joanne Main.
Did you know that if you become a member of Schooner Adventure, your membership includes TWO FREE SAILS?
Hoisting the Sails
Sailing aboard the Adventure I felt transported to another time and place. Exhilarating, yet peaceful, the ship possesses a splendid grace and steadfastness. What a treasured gift to have had this experience. Thank you, thank you Captain Edick, Adam, and crew for a truly memorable afternoon. I can’t wait to adventure aboard the Adventure again!
With sunny and blue skies above, along with a moderately strong wind, Captain Edick remarked that it was perhaps the best sail of the summer.
Experiential learning is at the core of Adventure’s mission. Volunteer Adam Bolonsky teaches young sailors how to navigate Gloucester Harbor.
In June, the Adventure was issued her Passenger Vessel Certificate by the Coast Guard. The member sails have become so popular dates have been added every week in August and early September.
The Advenutre is poised to be a tremendously positive ambassador for Gloucester. Saturday she participated in the Corinthian Classic Yacht Regatta in Marblehead. The vessel is a floating museum and classroom and there are plans to sail to nearby ports from where the Adventure used to sail as a fishing boat including Boston, New York, New Bedford, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Portland.
Support the Adventure by becoming a member or volunteer–opportunities abound. Take advantage of this extraordinarily beautiful gift to Gloucester that is the Adventure! Click here to learn more about becoming a member.
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“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”
Agatha Christie (1890-1976)
Born Agatha Miller to a wealthy upper class family in Britain, she was home schooled and served as a volunteer nurse during the First World War. She married Archibald Christie in 1913, but they were divorced in 1926. Although she began to write during this period it was not until the publication of her first novel featuring Hercule Poirot that she enjoyed popular success. She went on to create several other characters, such as Miss Jane Marple, who have become staples of English crime literature and, more recently, the PBS series Mystery. Christie’s stage play, The Mousetrap, began its unequalled run in 1952 and is still running today. She is the most published novelist in history and trails only Shakespeare and the Bible in the number of books sold. She was made Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 1972 and has won every literary award in her genre. She had a lifelong interest in archeology, which she frequently pursued with her second husband Sir Max Mallowan.
“Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.”
Edgar Bergen (1903-1978)
While this quote is variously attributed to Milan Kundera, Steven Wright, and others, the earliest citation I could find was from Bergen, who was born in Michigan, but spent much of his youth in Sweden. After his family returned to the United States, he taught himself ventriloquism and got his start in vaudeville, where he, and his dummy/alter ego Charlie McCarthy were discovered by radio producers for the Chase and Sanborn Hour. Even though the talents of a ventriloquist are harder to appreciate on the radio, the duo became big stars for their self-deprecating and often incisive humor, played against other well-known figures of the era such as Mae West and W.C. Fields. Bergen successfully made the transition to television and continued to work in the nightclub circuit until three days before he died. The beautiful and talented Candace Bergen is his daughter.
“If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact – not to be solved, but to be coped with over time.”
Shimon Peres (1923- )
Born in Poland, Peres’s family moved to Palestine in 1934. Raised on a kibbutz, he entered politics through an agriculturalist party and with his mentor David Ben-Gurion was one of the people who created the state of Israel in the 40’s. By 1952, at the age of 29, he was Director-General of the Ministry of Defense, the youngest person to hold that post. Elected to the Knesset in 1959, he spent the rest of his life in the Israeli government as, sequentially, Minister of Defense, Transportation, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister. He was instrumental in the Oslo Peace Accords with the PLO, for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994. He served as the 9th President of Israel from 2007 to 2014, the oldest serving head of state. Barack Obama recognized him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.
“It’s hard to feel sad when you are being useful.”
Louis C. K. (1967- )
A Washington, D. C. native, C. K. uses the initials in place of his birth name, Szekely, as they approximate its Hungarian pronunciation. His family moved to Mexico City when he was an infant and then to Newton, Massachusetts when he was seven. He is perhaps best known for his highly-regarded comedy show “Louie”, on FX, but he has been a writer for Chris Rock, David Letterman, and Conan O’Brien as well as writing and directing several films and shorts, and appearing in many movies and television shows. He began his career as a stand-up comedian at an open-mic night in Boston, and now tours widely, and has innovated direct-to-consumer ticket sales, bypassing Ticketmaster and other large, controlling middlemen. C. K. has won five Emmy Awards and a Grammy. He is divorced from Alix Bailey and has two children.
“Many of our prayers were not answered, and for this we are now grateful.”
William Feather (1889-1981)
A native of upstate New York, Feather moved to Cleveland as a teenager and graduated from Western Reserve University in 1910. He was a reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer for several years before starting The William Feather Magazine with a friend who owned a print shop. He later married Ruth Presley and borrowed against her inheritance to buy out the friend. As sole owner and publisher, he used the magazine to gain a national reputation as a “benevolent iconoclast” writing on business, taxation, and philosophy. He often sparred verbally with H. L. Mencken on issues such as a flat tax and advantages for businessmen. He remained editor of the magazine until his death at 92.
February 14, 2015
Joseph H. “Joss” Whedon (1964- )
The grandson, son and brother of screenwriters, Whedon is perhaps best known as the creator of the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, although he also co-wrote Toy Story, and is the co-founder of the production companies Bellwether and Mutant Enemy. He wrote and directed The Avengers, the third highest grossing film of all time. Through his collaborations with Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios he created several series of graphic novels and sequential films sharing a common “universe” and themes centering on feminism, anti-authoritarianism, existentialism, and the importance of community. Winner of the Emmy and Saturn Awards, Whedon created the sci-fi cult-classic Firefly series and its follow-on movie Serenity.
“When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.”
Henry J. Kaiser (1882-1967)
The son of a New York shoemaker, Kaiser started a construction company on the west coast which quickly became among the largest through his innovative use of heavy machinery, and participated in the building of the Hoover and Grand Coulee dams. At the outbreak of World War II, Kaiser established ship yards to build hundreds of Liberty ships in record breaking time, switching from riveting to welding, introducing mass production techniques, and earning himself the title “The Father of American Ship Building.” An classic industrialist of the first water, Kaiser also founded an aluminum company, a steel company, and a car company and was among the first to offer his workforce health care and credit unions (Kaiser Permanente). A large part of the fortune he amassed is now administered by the non-profit, non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation which supports health care research.
“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.”
Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)
Born in Britain to a sea-going family, Ellis spent many of his teen age years in Australia before returning to England to study medicine. In 1897 he published Sexual Inversion, the first book to study homosexuality and transgender issues objectively and without moral judgment. He was an active social reformer and president of the influential Galton Society which promoted eugenics, an attempt to improve human traits through controlled reproduction, later so discredited by the Nazis. His early studies on autoeroticism and narcissism prefigured those of Sigmund Freud. He was married to Edith Lees, an avowed lesbian, but they lived apart, and he himself complained of impotence for most of his life.
“Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”
Lou Holtz (1937- )
Best known as a football coach and motivational speaker, Holtz is a West Virginia native who had a brief career as a player at Kent State. Famously quick witted, his inspirational abilities have allowed him to hold head coaching positions at six different academic institutions and to compile a 249-132-7 record. Although hired by Notre Dame with a lifetime contract, it is rumored that he was forced to retire before he broke Knute Rockne’s record of 105 wins with that team. He is a commentator for ESPN and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. A long-time Republican, he frequently appears on Fox News, but also donated to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 effort.
Dear Friends and Family,
I thought you might like to know that Gloucester filmmaker Dennis Lanson’s fine documentary about the organ we (C.B. Fisk) built at Harvard University will be shown on WGBH Channel 2 at five o’clock on Sunday, January 11.
It’s called “To Hear the Music,” and it not only follows the construction and installation of our Opus 139 at Harvard’s Memorial Church, but also looks back at the 54 year history of our unique Gloucester company, and at the life of Charles Fisk, our founder and mentor.
Here’s a link to the trailer, and other info as well.
Please help us get the word out by forwarding this on to folks you know who might be interested.
Best wishes for the new year,
Gregory R Bover
V.P. Operations, Project Manager
C. B. Fisk, Inc.