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Let's face it. Guys have to wear
pants all the time, but gals can wear anything they want. And do
anything they want.
What's normal for girls wouldn't fly if a guy tried it. And
Harvey Shelton proves the point --
to the amusement of the assembled multitudes, right Betsy?
Left: Emily Blessing Sayers center: Betsy Leahy, Harvey
Shelton. This and
the others are from the
Aprés Homecoming Game Party, October 1959
at Maggie and Amanda
Blessing and Joe Sayers have lived on both coasts and
in between. Emily has been a “certified house nut” all her
graduated with a degree in interior design and designed and built their
own home in Southern California, among others. She and Joe
the restoration of their biggest
project ever, and everyone is invited
to come for a getaway weekend.
left: John Budlong. Right: Theo
Veenkamp (click on any photo to enlarge)
The Budlongs were Theo's adopted family during his year at McLean High
School. Theo was our American Friends Service Committee (AFS; a Quaker group)
Exchange Student from the Netherlands, a place where, unlike New
, the dikes hold.
Theo Veenkamp (& Eli)
Theo writes,"When I applied for the
AFS scholarship which brought me to McLean High I intended to study
physics after returning to the Netherlands. When I actually went back I
registered for political science at the Free University of Amsterdam.
change of direction had a lot to do with my
year at the US. Not only your society but
the classes in government, history and
sociology which I took at McLean High opened my eyes to a new world in
positive and negative aspects. I became utterly fascinated by the
governing an ever changing and complex society and I decided to become
servant in the widest sense of the word. That is basically what I have
doing ever since. .... The things we did
together, the fun we had together, the long and endless conversations,
friendship and love; they all belong to one of the most uplifting
in my life, and in the end they have been the most decisive in shaping
at McLean High into the year of my awakening.
So I returned to the Netherlands
as another person. Of course at that time I did not
realize this fully. ..... . From 91 to 93 I was director in
Brussels of the
TEMPUS program of the European Union, set up
to support higher education in Central and Eastern Europe
in the transition from communism to capitalism after
the fall of the Berlin
wall. From 93 to 98 I was general director of the
Netherlands Authority for the Reception of Asylum Seekers, the most
job of all. Since 99 I am director of the strategic think tank of the
Theo has retired (2005) and might be sympathetic to invitations to
theo.veenkamp at planet dot nl, short for nederland
John had summer jobs ("interned", we
would say today) at a local electronics manufacturer (MelPar, where
Bernie Spector '60 had a career; now part of Raytheon). John
built his own oscilloscope from parts. An oscilloscope is a
TV-like display that draws any unknown electrical signal on the
screen--the voltage going up and down, spread out (left-to-right) across time--so that you can see
its waveform or shape, and measure its frequency,
etc. Some of us had cars that cost less than one of those.
John's dad wasn't very supportive of his love of technology, so
John built his own oscilloscope from scratch. Many people
were awed at what John knew and built in electronics, but
apparently his father was not one of them.
John's home-brew oscilloscope was fast enough to use in his Science
Fair project to
measure the speed of light. The time it would take a flash of
light to go from his setup behind a building on Chain
Bridge Road to a reflector on the Haycock Road FAA towers and back
again was not much, but John's home-brew oscilloscope would be able to
separate the pulses and measure the delay. If you work in
military radar, you can appreciate the problem.
Somehow (with the help of legendary teacher General Rumbough)
Budlong scrounged a corner-cube retroreflector for Haycock of
the kind the astronauts later placed on the moon. Because
of trespassing, theft, and sabotage by another student, this project was never completed
and John measured the speed of sound instead, but that's a story for
another time, another Web page, another collection of photos from the
In true garage entrepreneur style, John founded his own company
and put out his first product. John built an accelerometer
connected to the
same kind of calculation circuitry as the accelerometers in an ICBMs
(Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile) guidance systems. Missile
nose cone guidance systems are also called inertial
navigation systems. But, instead of figuring out where the
missile was, John designed his inertial navigation system to be bolted
to piles being driven into
the ground for major civil engineering construction projects (think
skyscraper foundation). Using the data, civil
engineers could know exactly when to stop pounding on the pile because
it was stable enough to support the coming building. In fact, the
data were so good you could resolve the soil and sediment layers the
pile was going through on its way down. The main output gave the
depth of the pile and told the operator when to stop driving.
After all, if you count up (integrate) the time you have been
accelerating, you know what speed you've gotten to. If you know
how fast you're going, counting up the time tells you how far you've
left: Maggie Ross '60 and Duke dePlanque '60. right: Amanda
Thanks, Hunter L and Danny H for name fix.
"It was great seeing the photos. Remarkable that we had color back
then. Also hair."
james.o.howard at gmail dotcom
For me, the cat's meow was always an invitation to the little house on
A sophisticated mother and two beautiful daughters -- what more is there?
I listened to Ferlin Husky, Thomas Wayne, Jody Reynolds -- they
listened to Frank Sinatra.
The party began right at the front door, in a room with an upright
piano & a checkered floor perfect for dancing.
Wrap-around window seats to sit and talk were in a room at one end, and
for snacks at the other.
It was originally a mail-order house from Sears and Roebuck, maybe even a little run-down. We helped Mrs. Ross paint it.
Today, median household incomes have been over $100,000 in the area for
over ten years, and there are solid acres of houses over three million
I couldn't care less.
A house is worth the life it holds.
(OK, here's what you were looking for:
Ferlin Husky sang "(Since you're) Gone
Thomas Wayne and the DeLons sang "Tragedy
Jody Reynolds hit was "Endless Sleep
browser's BACK button if you go out to a music player and never come
back. Sorry about that.)