Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Happy Retirement - Reg Tomkins

I have known Reg Tomkins, Professor of Chemical Engineering at NJIT since I started in Fall 1972.  Today his department held a retirement party for him in Tiernan Hall.  He has been a great friend for all these years.  We used to have lunch in the NJIT pub with several other faculty members in the Pub in the basement of the old Hazell Center.  He actually heard Brian Matthew play one of my requests on Sounds of the 60s.

Best wishes to him on his retirement.

Monday, December 11, 2017

What are These "Lone Wolves" Trying To Prove?

As the #7 train I was on this morning approached Grand Central Station at about 7:30 the conductor announced that the train will skip the Times Square Station since there was police activity there.  I decided to get off the train at 5th Avenue and take the B, D, or F train one station to 6th Avenue and 34th Street and walk over to Penn Station.  I was able to accomplish that with a minimal delay.

I didn't realize what happened until a little later when an announcement popped up on my cell phone stating that there was a bombing near the Port Authority Bus Terminal.  I found out that there was a terrorist with a pipe bomb in the corridor connecting the Times Square Subway station with 8th Avenue and 42nd Street.  Fortunately only the terrorist suffered significant injuries.

It seems that most of these terrorist attacks recently were done by "lone wolves" who claim loyalty to ISIS.  Why must innocent people suffer?  What are these creeps trying to prove?  You just can't have a police officer guarding every square inch of the city.

On the way home there was much more police stationed at Newark Penn Station, New York Penn Station, and the Flushing subway station.  They are guarding against a "me too" attack.  But, how long can they stay there?

What is this world coming to?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

I needed a Day's Rest to Recover From My Retirement Party

I am not used to being the "center of attraction", thus my retirement party was a little stressful.  I think I had more photos taken of me there than I had at my bar mitzvah and wedding combined.  Back then a professional photographer took all the pictures, but now everyone has a cell phone with a camera. I didn't have time to eat.

I have a number of vacation days that I have to take before I leave, so I took yesterday off to recover. 
I certainly thank my colleagues for organizing this event.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I Survived My Retirement Party with Flying Colors

Yours Truly with President Joel Bloom of NJIT

I didn't realize how popular I was at NJIT until today as about 40 people came to my retirement party.  I was pleasantly surprised that President Joel Bloom stopped by as seen above.
Your truly with Provost Fadi Deek
I knew in advance that Provost Fadi Deek would also come.  The Provost is the highest academic office in a university.  The library reports to him.

In addition to the librarians, there were representatives from the departments of chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, civil engineering, humanities and the university administration.  There was a computer in the room with access to a speaker so I put on Don Tandler's Pop Gold Radio as background music.  I was guessing that there were people there who are not Bob Dylan fans.

Blake Haggerty is a big Dylan Fan
Eric Katz is another big Mets Fan
Roz Yates is a big Fan of Mine
Selenay Aytac has been my research collaborator for 3 years

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Just Love That Cousin Brucie Theme

I hear this every Wednesday and Saturday night.  May Cousin Brucie stay on the air forever.

Monday, December 4, 2017

They Are Treating Me Like A King

Sarah, Minglu, Au, Bruce, Ann, Bonnie, Wen

Las Thursday the librarians from Rutgers took me to lunch at a "kosher style" restaurant in Newark called Hobby's.   The term kosher style is an oxymoron since food is either kosher or it is not.  It is obviously not kosher when cheese is put on top of meat.  This restaurant also served an egg cream where milk is put in with chocolate syrup.  Hobby's similar to the Stage and Carnegie Delis which closed which are not kosher.  Thank you all for the wonderful lunch.

Professor N.M. Ravindra (Ravi)

The distinguished gentleman seen above is physics professor N.M. Ravindra better known as Ravi.  Over the years I have assisted him and his students numerous times.  Today he took me to a Japanese/Chinese restaurant in Harrison called Chinatown.  It seemed strange that a restaurant served food from both countries.  Thank you so much.  It was my pleasure to serve you for all the years I have been at NJIT.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Today's Radio Log

Times are approximate

6:30 AM - 1010 WINS with Mitch Lebe
6:50 AM - WCBS-FM with Randy Davis
7:30 AM - WOLD Central NJ - Breakfast with the Beatles with Dennis Mitchell
8:00 AM - Pirate Radio from the Florida Keys - Breakfast with the Beatles with Dennis Mitchell
10:00 AM - WBGO - Rhythm Review with Felix Hernandez
10:30 AM - Johnny Cash Radio
11:00 AM - Bob Dylan Tracks with Dan Murphy
12 Noon - Rewound Radio featuring Cousin Brucie on WCBS-FM in 1997 playing a 1957 countdown
3:00 PM - Nash-FM
4:00 PM - Pop Gold Radio with Don Tandler doing a countdown of Dec 2, 1969
5:00 PM - WFUV - Mixed Bag with Don McGee
8:00 PM Cousin Brucie on SiriusXM 60s on 6

Friday, December 1, 2017

Reading Two Books at a Time on the New Kindle Fire

In recent years I have purchased more electronic books than traditional print ones.  I bought these two books to "break in" the new Kindle Fire.

Thomas, R. F. (2017). Why Bob Dylan matters.  - Yet another Bob Dylan book.  Every author brings new insights.

Clinton, H. R. (2017). What happened.  - she certainly bashes Donald Trump

I read a chapter of one book and then a chapter of the other.
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