Posted by lex, on Fri – February 18, 2005 at 06:13 PM
Bottled water, just now. It’s still early, and anyway I had a beer (Guinness, if you must know – for strength * !) with lunch today.
How and why that came to be will be yours to discover once you have clicked “read more” below.
There is a long and circular tale about Monday that I want to share, only I am not quite sure just how to tell it. Hmm.
(Caution: If you can’t abide stories about men lashing the turf in search of little white balls to scrape around [golf, in other words], skip ahead a few lines, brother.)
Well anyway, the surface forces were having their annual golf classic at the air station where I work. Being the team player that I am, and believing it’s all for the best to share of oneself, I signed up a team from our organization. We were a pretty diverse bunch, if you can call four white naval officers between the age of 36 and 50 (I was not the oldest!) diverse. Which I know wouldn’t pass muster at the kinds of places where ethnicity is parsed with purséd lips and diversity is carefully sifted, weighed and assessed, but as I was saying, and to get back on the tale itself, we were diverse, for us: One aviator, one surface warfare officer (for form’s sake, and anyway he’s the best golfer on the staff), one submariner and an admin guy.
Posted by lex, on November 22, 2004 at 8:45 PM
Well, it has been a little while, hasn’t it? And a lot of sea miles in the wake in the meantime.
Let’s catch up:
If you compile a list of modern-day computer pioneers, Dennis Ritchie would be on any short list. About the time I was at school, fascinated in the early hours (midnight to 4AM) of playing 3 dimensional tic-tac-toe with my printer (no terminals or screens!) on a now ancient HP3000, Ritchie was working at Bell Labs devising a language – called “C”, that he would with 1-2 others use to devise a portable operating system called Unix.
Which, with its derivative Linux – today powers virtually every server on the Internet. And “C” is in many of the applications you use that access the Internet. From the driver that talks to your disk drive or SSD to the apps.
“Billy, as you get older it’s not the miles, but the maintenance”
—- Bernice Wilson, circa 1978
My late Aunt Bernice was more than a friend, she was a wise confidante during my many stays at “The Farm“.
As with many of the things she told me, I came to see the wisdom in this as I am passing middle age.
What occasionally amazes me is how little we know about many things in the world’s past.
When I was in Egypt years ago, every guide had a different story as to how the pyramids were built.
My late father had to me a rather profound observation years ago: “Other than electricity we’ve been been pretty much the same since the ancient times.”
Think about every modern conveyance that requires electricity. Just about everything.
Died yesterday at 94.
He did amazing things in the automotive world which still reverberate today. Even more amazing, in making these new markets, he didn’t develop them from new and expensive designs, but existing platforms.
You had to have been there to remember the excitement the new Ford Mustang created. It had a build up – a buzz – for months before its introduction. Ford’s publicity was brilliant.
Over the years in my travels, I have been perplexed at the behavior of some people towards wildlife. Is it a naivete? Lack of respect for what they are capable of doing?
All of the above?
Among the higher echelons of management of auto manufacturers, I believe Lutz is a near anomaly. He knows the auto business from the top, and he is a consummate car guy.
He grew up in Europe but became an American, and was a Marine Corps aviator. He’s held senior positions at Ford (Germany), Opel, BMW, Chrysler and his last station, GM.
He is an avid car enthusiast, who also flies his own L39. Just some of the cars he was a force in developing are the Opel GT, the first BMW 3 and 6 series (late 70s) , and the Dodge Viper.