SPAC Meets Again !!
Our kick-off meeting 3Jun06, McCabe Library, Swarthmore College

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SPAC Meets Again!  
The Swarthmore Political Action Club was active in the '60s at Swarthmore College.  SPAC was fun, SPAC was educational, SPAC was the first place many of heard of a country called Viet Nam.  At the 40th Reunion of the Class of 1966, SPAC met again to consider problems facing the country today.  Here is a photo album of the meeting.  Please send name fixes and any corrections to jerry-VA at removethistext

Carl Stieren & Alan Shorb    Elsa Dixler

Carl Stieren '66  , Alan Shorb '60  under a portrait of Bruce Cratsley.  Alan, did you bike clear across the USA?  Is this you?      Right: Elsa Dixler '66  Elsa did not participate in the meeting, but we were glad to have her as an observer.

Frank Cochran, Rachel Folsom     Judy Petson and Frank Cochran

Frank Cochran '66 always calm, and Rachel Folsom '66.  The initial impetus for the meeting came from Rachel. Right: Judy Petsonk '66 and Frank.  

Liz Probasco    Howard Kutchai

Liz Probasco Kutchai '66 and Howard (right).  Don't know name of Mom in rear....
It is many decades now that I have seen the steady social sensibleness of Quakers like Liz.  One hopes the Quaker-founded College remains Quaker-grounded.  

Nancy Axelrod, Debra Bell    Robert Levering and Robert W. Brooks     

Nancy Axelrod '66 and Debra Bell (with Robert W. Brooks '96).  Right: Robert Wm Brooks '96 sitting behind Robert Levering '66.  Nancy's professional bio:

Pat Kenschaft, Pat Weaver + Gracelyn  Sarah Van Keuren & Cathy Wilkerson

The indomitable Pat Kenschaft '61, Patrick C '77. and Gracelyn G. Weaver.  Right: Sarah Van Keuren '66 and Cathy Wilkerson '66.

Pat Kenschaft has a home page  which trundles along with no photos past her 320 weekly hour-long radio interview shows on math and education (remember, she said she was interested in "math and eduction"?) and past her books without links to buy them, a case of old-fashioned modesty I shall now  fix:
Math Power : How to Help Your Child Love Math, Even if You Don't, Revised Edition
Math Power : How to Help Your Child Love Math, Even if You Don't, Revised Edition by Patricia Clark Kenschaft

Change Is Possible: Stories of Women and Minorities in Mathematics
Change Is Possible: Stories of Women and Minorities in Mathematics by Patricia Clark Kenschaft

Environmental Mathematics in the Classroom (Classroom Resource Material)
Environmental Mathematics in the Classroom (Classroom Resource Material) by B. A. Fusaro and P. C. Kenschaft

Pat has applied math to teaching diversity and to teaching environmental responsibility.  She is chair of the Committee on Mathematics and the Environment of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
.  In 2003 Pat  was chair of the Equity and Diversity Task Force of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Robin & I garden avidly.  I assure you the following is worth reading if you have access to a sunny patch of dirt anywhere:   I quit, I'm stopping here, you can read it, the feelings of anxious inadequacy I sometimes get hit with at Swarthmore aren't what I intended to share here.

Steven Schwartz    Walter Popper

Steven Allan Schwartz '77 -- Steven, I blurred it, send me another photo.  Right: Walter Popper '66.

Steven Schwartz

Well, uh, found this on the Web, Steven, it's not blurry, thanks.  

Jerry Nelson 

"It's my country too"
Get an American Flag and wear it.
It's your country too.

Jerry Nelson '67 (stock photo, Nov05).  I am your Web master and the one who goaded Rachel into doing "SPAC Meets Again!" when she first suggested it.  

Parrish Hall, Swarthmore College, Central Staircase
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        How to find out who your own Congressman and Senators are, other action-oriented info
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The technology and functions of the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program is explained -- something the Bush administration has steadfastly refused to do. This necessarily conjectural but broadly accurate white paper is logical enough to be understood by anyone, regardless of technical background.    

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(If you have document(s) in computer-file form that is/are not already published on a Web page, I may be able to make a page for them on this site.  If published already, then let's add the link here right now.)

1. Robots scrub valid emails off of discussion group pages and Web pages so you write it funny.

2. Life always brings two email addresses, an expendable  public one and a protected one.  You move on to the next public address when the old one is spammed to death.  The most protected private address is an institutional "alias" (forwarding service) with institutional longevity, such as or  You can run with it forever, changing the  worksite or commercial  Internet Service Provider (ISP) behind the alias as your employment changes or as one ISP becomes too expensive and you purchase a year with another.

3. Partners (husbands and wives) use separate mailboxes so that recipients know "who is speaking".  Since there is no face contact, not even a real voice in impoverished email commo (right, Frank C?),  the total destruction of identity by a cutesy shared mailbox is not helpful to your recipients.  Have mercy.  There is no competitive commercial service out there that doesn't give everyone 2 to 8 free mailboxes, so go activate an additional mailbox on your Internet Service Provider's (ISP's) customer service Webpage,  and tell your email client (the email program running locally on your computer, or the Yahoo/Google/whoever Website if you use Web-based email)  to go check the new address.  Voila, each partner has an Internet existence.  

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