May 23, 2005 (Vol. 12, No. 2)
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It appears that spring has sprung in the Copper Country. We had 70-degree days on Friday and Saturday, the leaves have popped out, and we have a lot of blossoms on the flowering trees in our yard. The lawn received its first cutting for the season and the bicyclists are out in force--we saw quite a few ride by on the Hancock canal road Saturday.
Another sure sign of spring: the summer blockbusters have started to arrive at the theaters. We went to see the latest Star Wars movie Saturday night. I read of required advanced ticket sales and long lines at the box offices around the country. Not so in the Copper Country (at least after the first day). I was surprised that we could just walk up, buy the tickets, and sit pretty much where we wanted (although the theater ended up probably 3/4 full. I'll be posting Joe Kirkish's review of the movie later today (he gives it an A-).
The latest Harry Potter movie comes next. While I've seen the previous movies, I hadn't read the books until two days of forced R&R a couple of weeks ago. Browsing my daughter's shelves, I decided to read the first book. On day two, I decided to read the second book. I'm now in the middle of the fifth one and can see why Laura gets very little sleep for a few days after a new Harry Potter arrives at B. Dalton.
For some alumni, I know summer means trips to the UP. If you find yourself in Houghton, take a few minutes after doing your shopping at the bookstore and get a gander at the renovations to the JR Van Pelt Library and the new Opie Library. You'll be jealous of those students who get to spend their summer studying---well, almost.
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CANOE WINS REGIONAL: Michigan Tech's concrete canoe team swept all
four parts of the ASCE regional event, earning a spot in the national
competition, June 25-27, at Clemson University in South Carolina. More:
A "GO-TO" GUY: As an expert on the dangers of volcanoes,
Michigan Tech's Bill Rose has become the go-to guy for the likes of National
Geographic and the top PBS science series Nova. At the same time, he has
fashioned a faculty position tailored to his interest and lifestyle.
TRACK HAMMER THROWER IN NATIONAL MEET: Justin Blake has earned a spot at the NCAA Division II track and field outdoor championships next week. The senior hammer thrower is the first Tech athlete to qualify since 1990. Blake was the GLIAC champion in hammer throw for the second year and owns the school record in the event.
GAPPY NAMED TO SPORTS HALL: Former Michigan Tech basketball coach Bill Gappy has been named to the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. Gappy coached Michigan Tech for 12 years, starting in 1972, and won the Northern Intercollegiate Conference title in 1979-80.
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ANOTHER MINI-MALL SLATED: Developers are building a new strip mall on the site of the former Hurontown dump. The Sharon Avenue Mall will be located on the north side of Sharon Avenue, just east of M-26. Another strip mall is being built across the street, along with a new motel and the massive WalMart expansion.
ISLE ROYALE SEASON
NEAR: The Ranger III has started its maintenance and supply runs to
Isle Royale, as the national park nears its Memorial Day weekend opening.
Prior to that date, the Ranger hauls researchers, freight, and maintenance
workers, who check on any winter damage to electrical and mechanical structures
From the E-mailbag
E-mail from Mark Lockwood (mlockwood(at)tsglabs.com)
Just a short note
to say thanks for the PR in the
Keep up the great
work, and congratulations on the
E-mail from Randy Down (rdown(at)forensic-analysis.com)
Last night I had
the honor and pleasure of presenting
E-mail from Bill Savela (pnwyooper(at)yahoo.com)
I think this effort
[the high school awards program]
Many people are recognizing
that we are at or near
To many it is obvious,
and while I congratulate other
E-mail from Bruce Osten '67 (bruceosten(at)hotmail.com)
12 years, huh? Congratulations!
Regrettably, I have
E-mail from John Baker '71 (jbaker(at)ugs.com)
While I can't refute
or confirm the dire possibility
E-mail from George DeRoche '60 (gdero(at)comcast.net)
On the contrary,
I really enjoy hearing the latest
My wife Emily and
I have many fond memories of the
Even in a wonderful
city like here in St. Paul, MN,
E-mail from Ken Page (enpage(at)charter.net)
A Burma Shave verse
I recall was:
E-mail from Bob Crump '87 (bob(at)crumpfamily.us)
The two Burma Shave Ads I remember are:
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