Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Yesterday, someone from Shanghai queried "Stephen Colbert bed liberty picture". I was able to see the results of this Google query. ALL all of my May postings were in the #1 of 113,ooo slot for this query. Of course, the words were picked up at random from a variety of articles, but I'm left wondering about the who, what and why of this query. I mean I watch Colbert as much as the next guy, but I do have my limits.
Now that we are on the topic of Colbert, I do need to point out that an old friend of mine who I've known since my college days...and he does not hold that against me as I, too, can tell stories....was mentioned recently on the Colbert Report. The friend is Charleston's own Blake Hallman who is the spokesman for the Morris Island Coalition and a board member with the SC Battleground Preservation Trust. On the show Blake was mentioned on the short list (of 1) that Stephen Colbert recalled from fourth grade as a Pinochet supporter. When I quizzed Blake for details, I realized immediately that I could never publicly repeat those sordid details. The jist of it, though, is that Colbert has NEVER forgiven Blake for being funnier than he.
Friday, December 15, 2006
A few weeks went by when out of the blue I received a package from my cousin. He had sent me an old box that had been in his basement for years. It was filled with postcards from around 1910. Most of them had been written by Rose Butler, but many were from family and friends. All were addressed to Rose's parents George Washington BUTLER & Augusta Virocca SPECK.
I have a few distant cousins who are interested in Augusta's sister Flora so I decided to share a few of the postcards. From the writings it is evident that Augusta & Flora shared a close relationship.
Above is a photo of them with their spouses. The back of the photo reads: "Grandma Butler, Grandma Butler - Augusta (Speck) Butler, Aunt Flora Kaufman, Uncle Monroe Kaufman" The couples are listed in reverse order.
Without further ado...here are the postcards from Flora (mostly).
#1. Decoration Day, The Blue and The Gray
- Stamped in Akron Ohio on May 18, 8 PM, 1908
- Addressed to Gussie Butler, Fredericktown O, RFD No 6
- Dear Gus. you see I am in Akron - all well here. Bye-Bye. Flora
#2. Greetings from Mt. Vernon O. (red flowers)
- Stamped in Mount Vernon Ohio on May 6, 7-, 1908
- Addressed to Mrs Gussie V Butler, Fredericktown Ohio, RFD no 5
- 5/10-08 - Dear Gus. your card received - glad to hear xxxxxxx I have been sick again but now H.B. & Baby(or boy) was down and sick ago to day. Staid 1 1/2 days. I wish you could see him. he says automobile man on byshiekle calls on Grandma & Minnie Pusulpa. Mary is still in Newark & the kids school will be out 11 of June. xxxx are/all xxxx help to go on the roof. I am going to Akron a week from tonight - if I am able. Rxxxl & Minnie are well. I got a letter from xxx They are all well. xxxx x xxx baby didn't get along very well. They had a spasm from indigestion. I am afraid you can't read this guss. My love to the boys. Bye-Bye. Flora You didn't give the route. I don't know whether this is right xxx route. Would have written sooner if I had known.
#3. A Happy Birthday be Yours
- Stamped in Mount Vernon on Jan x, 12-M, 1910
- Mrs. Gussie Butler, Fredericktown O, R.F.D. No 6
- Hello all (all is overwritten by Gus). May you see many happy returns of this day. B is mooning/moving over Bogordis stxxxx can see her from our window, all midling well. Bye Bye. Sister Flora
#4. January, Aquarius, "No gems save garnets should be worn By her who in this month is born" Snowdrop - Friendship, Hope, Consolation
- Stamped Jan 1910
- Addressed to Mrs. Gussie Butler, Fredericktown O, R.F.D. No 6
- "May your birthday be bright and happy." Monroe Jr.
#5. Are you sorry for anything you did last night?
- Stamped in Mount Vernon Ohio on Jun 3, 1910
- Addressed to Mrs. Gussie Butler, Fredericktown O, R.F.D. No 6
- Dear Gus. the book gives their names as George, Isaiah & David - Potoffice Olmitz PO Barton Co. Kansas. I was scared so bad. I am so nervous I can scarcely write. this card is all I had to write in. one of the kids Teddy said he would like to see you all. would love to see you. He is near Galalia Kan. Bye Bye Flora
#6. It isn't my Face Kid, it's my Shape!
- Stamped Mount Vernon Ohio, Jun 8, 1910
- Addressed to Mr. Geo Butler, Fredericktown O, R.F.D. No 6
- Hello. Arrived home all O.K. Flora
#7. To Greet you for a Bright Birthday.
- Stamped in Mount Vernonon Oct 10, 1910
- Addressed to Mr. Geo. Butler, Fredericktown, Ohio, R.F.D. N0 3
- Many Happy Returns from your nephew Monroe
#8.We're afraid to go home in the dark.
- Stamped on Jun 8, 1910
- Addressed to Mr. George Butler, Fredericktown, Ohio, R.F.D. #6
- This is from Minnie. "Good Luck"
#9. Birthday Greeting
- Stamped Oct 13, 1910
- Addressed to Mr. George Butler, Fredericktown, Ohio, R.D> No 6.
- With hearty congratulations from your loving neice Minnie.
#10. Heartiest Greetings
- Stamped Oct 1910 in Mount Vernon, Ohio
- Addressed to Mr. Geo. Butler, Frericktown O, RTD#B
- 10/13-10 Hello Bro. Just happened to think of your advent into this world several years ago. Wish you many happy returns. We are moving - come & see us. Sister Flora. Monroe is in Kenton/Kenlow, the kid is doing fine.
#11. Thanksgiving Greetings
- No stamp
- From Myrtle to Aunt Guss. Dec. 13 1910
#12. May cares and woe go fleeting With this my CHristmas greeting.
- Stamped Dec 21, 1910 in Mount Vernon Ohio
- Addressed to Mr. Geo Butler, Fredericktown, O RFD no 6
- 12/20-10 - Hello, Geo. Are you still among the living? Well I guess I can say that I am, everybody just medium. Best wishes for a Merry Xmas and a happy New Year. Flora
#13. Loving Greetings
- Not Stamped
- Addressed to Mrs. Augusta Butler, Frederickton, O
- 1/27-1911, May you be blest with Many returns of the day. Best Wishes, your only sister Flora
#14. Feb 14 Valentine Greetings
- Stamped Feb 14, 1911 in Mount Vernon, Ohio
- Addressed to Geo W. Butler, O, RFD No 6
- 1911, Hello, Geo. All well as usual, Best wishes Flora
#15. A Happy Halloween
- Stamped Oct 28, 1911
- Addressed to Augusta Butler, Sparta O
- Dear old Gusie, Thought I would send you a pretty card. We are as well as usual only cold. I hope you are well. Write & let me know how you are. I am in/on P.C. Mama/Minnie xxx has been gone 3 weeks. Flora
#16. Birthday Greetings
- Stamped Oct 28 1911 in Mount Vernon, Ohio
- Addressed to Geo W. Butler, Sparta O
- 10/28-11, Hello Geo. I know you think this is rather late but you know the old maxim better-late-than-never. It slipped my mind. All well. (no signature, but it is the same writing and pen of Flora from #15.)
#17. St Valentine's Day
- Stamped Feb 14, 1912
- Addressed to Mrs. Gussie Butler - Sparta Ohio
- 2/13-12. Hello Dear Sister. Are you frozen up yet. How are you all. We are as well as usual. Write. Bye Bye Flora
#18. Easter Greetings
- Stamped Apr 5, 1912
- Addressed to Geo E(W.) Butler, Sparta Ohio
- 4/4-12. Mt Vernon O- Hello George. How are you getting along. I have a bum week, from Flora
#19. Mt Manitou Park, Colorado
- Stamped Aug 5 1920 in OM & Colo
- Addressed to Mrs. George Butler, Sparta Ohio, Morrow Co.
- 8/5-20, Dear Sister. Arrived Sunday Eve. All OK. 2 days & 2 nights on the road. Such grand sights. Wish you were here. Sister Flora
#20. A Merry Christmas
- Stamped Dec 23, 11AM 1912 in Mount Vernon, Ohio
- Addressed to Mrs. Gussie Butler, Sparta Ohio.
- Hello. Well I suppose you got home O.K. as least we haven't heard anything different. Blanche didn't get to come. Wish you a Merry Xmas & a happy new year. Your sister F.A.K.
#21. Citizens Hospital, Barberton, Ohio
- Stamped Aug 25, 2:30PM, 1912 in Barberton Ohio
- Addressed to Mrs. Geo Butler, Sparta Ohio
- 321 1/2 no, Hopocan(sp?) Ave, 8/25 - Dear Sister, You can see we are at home again. Blanche & family just left for home. been here on their vacation. Minnie has gone to risk/rink in Akron & Emmie & family are in Mt. Vernon. Minnie is working in a tailor shop & 4/I am/are linesxxx. This hospital is xxxx xxxx same/some so near dying - Hope you are all well. - write. Flora-
#22. Bathing Pavilion, Cedar Point, Ohio.
- Stamped Aug 8, 1912
- Addressed to Geo W. Butler, Sparta O
- 8/7-1912, Hello Bro - thought you would like to see what they do up here - Flora
#23. All Happiness for Easter
- Stamped Apr 5, 1912 in Mount Vernon, Ohio
- Addressed to Mrs. Gussie Butler, Sparta, Ohio
- 4/5-12, Mt. Vernon, Dear Sister, I wonder if you are up yet, 3 o'clock. Frank staid 2 nights with us & he had to go to work at 4:30. I coughed all night. Haven't heard a word yet, your sister, Allen
#24. May Thanksgiving bring you countless new Blessings and forget to take any away.
- Stamped Nov 27, 6:30PM, 1922 in Barberton Ohio
- Addressed to Mrs. Geo Butler, Sparta Ohio
- 321/2 W. Hapocin Ave, Barberton O, From FLora
Saturday, December 02, 2006
I DO say Rabbit to myself the first of every month....but Mary and I have both banned the saying of RABBIT in the house. The memory of the last time it was said aloud in our house by Papa Bear is the stuff of rage and tears!
It all began some 25 years ago when Papa Bear was a student at USC. His college girlfriend taught him the rules and he then taught his future girlfriends and EXTREMELY close friends the rules. The rules as he passed them on pretty much stated that you said RABBIT to someone else who was in the know. The first one to say RABBIT had good luck for the entire month. The other person would not have bad luck, but he/she/they would not get the exceptional good luck as the first person. If saying it on the first day of the month is exceptional....just imagine what saying it on the first day of the month would mean.
This is exactly where the horror story ends....January 1st, 2006. Our daughter, who was nine at the time, was staying up for her very first New Years Eve. I was prepared to make it special for her with Sparkling Cider, hats, horns and everything required to bring in the New Year. By the time we get to the countdown, she is getting pretty tired. We start yelling 10!...... 9!........ 8!...... 7!...... 6!....... 5! .......4! ......3! I am geared up to yell Happy New Year! and throw my arms around Papa Bear for a kiss and jump around the house with Mary..... 2!........It's just about to happen...... 1!...... Hap..."RABBIT!!!", Papa Bear yells at the top of his lungs. Our poor, tired daughter is in tears, runs shrieking to her room, and slams the door. I wind up yelling at Papa Bear for ruining Mary's first New Years. Papa Bear is unable to see why we are such poor sports just because he played his cards right and won the best of luck for the entire year.
I finally convince Papa Bear that his ill gotten winnings have spent the whole family's luck for the year. As I recall, anything that you do on January 1, you will be doing for the rest of the year. It is for this reason that we have always spent time with family, traveled, cooked collards with strick o'lean and hoppin' john and whatnot. The way I saw it, this Rabbit game had gotten way out of hand when celebrating the New Year and hugging your wife took a back seat to RABBIT! Now Mary would be tired, crying and feeling misunderstood the entire year, I would be exasperated and hollering the entire year and Papa Bear would be crying "FOUL", errr I mean "POOR SPORT" the entire year. The only way to make amends was to quit this Rabbit business and have it banned from the house altogether. Papa Bear still plays the game with our son and our best friend's family while Mary and I refuse to participate. Our wounds are still gaping 11 months later.
This is what all ran through my mind in the instant I read: "Blue Ion wants to know if you said "Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit" today. Did you?" I turned to Papa Bear after letting out a loud exclamation, clicked on the article and read it. Hey! The rules were different for Blue Ion! Had Blue Ion's been in effect, there would have been no residual ill feelings. There would have been no immature competitive positioning. There would have been no occasional 1 am wakenings of our household.
I asked Mary to read the same article. She is siding with those who believe that saying Rabbit only brings bad luck.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
We Are Smarter - Official Press Release - 11/16/2006
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, 11am EST
More Than a Million Invited to Write and Edit
First Collaborative Book on Management Best Practices
Pearson To Participate in New Publishing Model In Conjunction with Wharton, MIT and Shared Insights
We Are Smarter Than Me Set for Publication in Fall 2007
Upper Saddle River, NJ/Philadelphia, PA/Cambridge, MA – Nov. 16, 2006 – Taking a page from Wikipedia®, publishing giant Pearson, under its Wharton School Publishing imprint, has embarked on a new book publishing project with two innovative collaborators that could involve thousands, if not tens of thousands of authors and editors.
Starting this week, more than a million business professionals and scholars, including faculty, students, alumni, and newsletter recipients from two of the nation’s most prestigious graduate schools of business, the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, will receive messages inviting them to collectively write and edit the book, tentatively titled We Are Smarter Than Me (www.wearesmarter.org).
Pearson, MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence, and the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania will collaborate to produce the first community-driven “networked” book on business best practices.
The book’s content will examine how Web 2.0 technologies such as social networks, wikis and blogs can benefit the business enterprise. Additionally, MIT and Wharton will also have access to the contributions, and expect to conduct and publish primary research on whether collective projects like this can help guide the future of industry in the areas of customer service, product innovation, market research, and sales.
Contributing authors will be asked to provide real examples of companies that are trying to harness the power of communities. We Are Smarter Than Me will then explore why certain approaches have worked while others did not, and suggest best practices for companies to follow to make more effective use of collaboration. The book will encourage contributors to offer their thoughts on such areas as community-based market research, selling items on eBay or other similar sites, and raising capital via the Internet on peer sites like Prosper.
In his 2005 book, The Wisdom of Crowds, New Yorker columnist James Surowiecki explored the idea that large groups of people working together can be “smarter” than an elite few. They are sometimes better at solving problems, fostering innovation, coming to wise decisions, even predicting the future. Building on that idea in two respects, We Are Smarter Than Me will look to large groups of people to contribute their writings on the subject of how community is impacting business functions that are currently performed by separate companies, industries, and experts.
Already, more than a thousand contributors have initiated the project by registering at the We Are Smarter Than Me website. This “networked” book collaboration will allow all registered members of the community to edit, add, and delete content from the website. Shared Insights™ US, LLC, a Woburn, MA-based company that provides multi-channel community and social networking for enterprises, will facilitate the collective publishing venture using wiki technology and Web 2.0 tools.
A draft of the We Are Smarter Than Me manuscript, and the book authors’ key findings, will be presented at Community 2.0, a conference scheduled for March 2007 in Las Vegas. In the fall of 2007, We Are Smarter Than Me is expected to be published in book form by Pearson’s Wharton School Publishing, even as the online community continues to create and update new content for the book on the website. All contributors will be credited.
“Like Wikipedia, and with core contributors initially comprised of many of the world’s leading business thinkers, We Are Smarter Than Me may usher in a new model for how book publishers can acquire, create and market their content, as well as how their books can be distributed and used,” said Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia and member of We Are Smarter Than Me’s Board of Advisors. “I look forward to reading this work in progress.”
“This initiative will mark the first time that a major book publisher enables thousands of people to collectively contribute to today’s body of business knowledge,” said Jon Spector, vice dean of Executive Education at the Wharton School. “Through this exciting process, they can all help to create the management best practices of tomorrow and a vibrant community as well.”
“I believe the movement toward more decentralized decision-making in business will, in the long run, be as important a change for business as the democracy movement was for governments,” said Thomas Malone, MIT’s Director of the Center for Collective Intelligence, author of the influential book The Future of Work, and chair of the Advisory Board for the We Are Smarter Than Me project. “Like Wikipedia, Google™, and others, this project has the potential to connect people and computers so that collectively they act more intelligently than any individual, group, or computer has ever done before.”
“Today’s businesses, to ensure their continued success and growth, need to learn to leverage the power of ‘community,’ said Barry Libert, chief executive officer, Shared Insights. “A few books have been written on this subject, but none, paradoxically, have been written by more than one person.”
“Today’s business readers are bombarded with many new ideas,” said Jerry Wind, the Lauder Professor; professor of Marketing at the Wharton School and co-editor of Wharton School Publishing and one of the creators of the We Are Smarter Than Me initiative. “We are helping to cut through the clutter with ideas that are rigorous, timely, easily implemented, and most importantly, are the collective wisdom of an unlimited number of possible contributors.”
About the Wharton School and the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized around the world for its academic strengths across every major discipline and at every level of business education. Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school in the nation, Wharton has approximately 4,600 undergraduate, MBA, and doctoral students, more than 8,000 participants in its executive education programs annually, and an alumni network of more than 80,000 worldwide. http://www.whartonsp.com.
The Wharton School’s SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management, the first “think tank” for the future of management education, is dedicated to understanding the unfolding global business environment and the education demanded to meet its challenges. The Center sponsors research to identify drivers of change, the forces that will shape the corporation and the requirements for future success. The Center has disseminated its results through publishing and translated its insights into curricular innovations on many levels, from MBAs to senior executives. Overall, the Center helps students and executives prepare today for future success in a rapidly changing world. http://mktg-sun.wharton.upenn.edu/SEI/index.htm
About MIT’s Center for Collective Intelligence
The MIT Sloan School of Management, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is one of the world's leading business schools - conducting cutting-edge research and providing management education to top students from more than 60 countries. The School is part of MIT's rich intellectual tradition of education and research. The mission of the MIT Sloan School of Management is to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world and to generate ideas that advance management practice.
About Wharton School Publishing and Pearson Education
Wharton School Publishing is dedicated to presenting the world's foremost business thinkers in print, audio and interactive formats. All titles must be approved by a senior Wharton faculty review board to ensure that they are timely, important, conceptually sound, empirically based, and implementable. The editorial focus on applicable knowledge, along with multi-media publishing, enables readers to gain new insights into the issues shaping the future of business, and plan and take action to achieve their goals. Wharton School Publishing is a partnership between Pearson Education, the world's leading education company, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education (http://www.pearsoned.com/) is the global leader in educational publishing, providing research-based print and digital programs to help students of all ages learn at their own pace, in their own way. The company is home to such renowned publishing brands as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Addison Wesley, Pearson Longman, Pearson Allyn & Bacon, Pearson Benjamin Cummings, Pearson Custom Publishing, and others. Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. In addition to Pearson Education, Pearson's primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.
About Shared Insights
Shared Insights (http://www.sharedinsights.com/), headquartered in Woburn, MA, is a leading provider of community education, management and ongoing services. Shared Insights' goal is to improve business processes including product innovation, customer self-service and marketing and sales effectiveness. Founded in 2003, the company delivers customer communities and education to leading companies including: WebEx, Deloitte, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle and Adobe.
Peter Himler, Flatiron Communications LLC for Shared Insights, 0-516-365-2408 , m-516-729-6461, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Fandrei, Pearson Education, 317-428-3082, email@example.com
Tracy L. Simon, Wharton School, 215-898-2863/4159, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Denning, MIT Sloan School of Management, 617-253-0576, email@example.com
Thursday, November 23, 2006
This photo album is a bit delicate and in need of repair. I decided that before I mend the book, I would document what is in the album so that the album does not need to be opened as often and the pictures do not need to be removed for examination. I will also provide the relationship to Rose (if known) and given surname's will be capitalized. I will only advise what written on the backside if it is more than just a name.
Photo #1 - Monroe Hipsley KAUFMAN. 6/19/1893 -7/14/1961. There is a note that reads "To Rosa - From your Aunt Flora Nov 5th, 1893". Monroe is a 1st cousin to Rose.
Photo #3 - Ray BUTLER. b. abt 1846. I also have him in a 1917 Butler Family reunion photo. Raymond is a 1st cousin to Rose.
Photo #4 - Rella A. HATTON. 1880-1860. Rella is Rose's brother-in-law.
Photo # 5 is Amy Estella BUTLER Hatton. Goes by Stella. 7/23/1884-5/27/1961. Stella is Rose's sister.
Photo #6 -Rella & Stella Hatton. Relationship previosly mentioned.
Photo #7 - Rose Emily BUTLER Geigaer Shepard, age 18. Goes by Rosa. 11/30/1880 - 12/05/1955. Married Louis Geiger by 1901. They divorced around 1908. They had three children Christina (1902, stillborn), Coreta Mae (1903), Mary Elizabeth (1907). She remarried around 1912 to William Shepard. They had twins Lloyd & Floyd Shepard in 1914. Lloyd was stillborn.
Photo # 9 - Louis GEIGER age 19 - an address of 107 East Burgess, Mt. Vernon, Ohio is listed on the back. Taken around 1900. I'm told the house still stands and it was once the address of Miller Studios. The photo was taken by Miller Studios. It does not make much sense that it would have it's own address listed.
Photo #13 - Louis's mother - name unknown.
Photo #14 - Minnie KAUFMAN Loschky. 1930 census has last name listed as Lorchby. Minnie is Rose's 1st cousin.
Photo #15 - Blanche KAUFMAN Jessel. b. 1884. A note on the backside reads "Compliments of Blanche to Mrs. Rose Geiger, Morrow Co. Mlanche is a 1st cousin to Rose.
Photo # 16 - Annie Scarborough Reed. There are Scarborough and Reeds who are cousins to Rose, but I have no idea how/if Annie is related.
Photo #17 - Don HATTON (nephew), Mary Elizabeth GEIGER (daughter), Coreta Mae GEIGER (daughter)
Photo #18 - Flora SPECK Kaufman's children. On the back is written: "Presented to Rosa by Aunt Flora Mar.10.1901 BEK 11yr, MEK 8, MHK 1 when taken" The initials are for Blanche, Minnie & Monroe. All are 1st cousin's to Rose.
Photo #19 - Fred Hulse. I'm going with Friend of the Family. He was b. 1876 & lived in the same township as Rose & her parents.
Photo #20 - Pierce, School teacher for Rose
Photo #21 - Dr. & Lucy Speese. May be written incorrectly as I find nothing of this name in the area. I do have some letters that reference them.
Photo #22 - Wedding picture of Rose & William SHepard
#29 - William SPECK & Elizabeth LEWIS Speck are Rose's grandparents.
#34 - unidentified
#36 - unidentified
#37 - unidentified
Based upon who is in this album, I feel the following are missing and may be part of the unidentified photos: Mary BUTLER Kaufman (Aunt), Henry BUTLER (uncle, John BUTLER (uncle), Clinton SPECK (uncle), William Monroe BUTLER (brother) & John BUTLER (brother)- he is included in a thumbnail, but come on that couldn't be the only one!