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Robert H.

Willingboro, NJ, USA
male, age 81
single, 1 child
Speaks: English, Spanish
Joined Dec 12, 2006

About me:
About me, A brief history:

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Born in Denver, I lived in Panama, VA, NJ, IA, CA [briefly], and in Mexico 11 mos., -hope to end up on my farm in VA.

Montessori pre-school [had the same teacher my father had in 1917] thru 3rd grade in the Canal Zone. Panama. [See my foto albums.] I spent the best 7 years of my life as a 3rd generation "Zonie".
Most of Elem. Sch. in Dumont NJ, in an atmosphere remarkably like what you see in Jean Shepard's movie "A Christmas Story".
Jr. & half of SR. H.S. in Trenton NJ - I attended Trenton H.S. which at the time was being emulated nationally for its educational program and greatly admired for its architecture as well.
I later taught there for some 20 years, saw its decorative wooden balustrades fall into rot & disrepair, its walls in & out covered with graffiti, and described by a local paper as "The Zoo" in reference to its general state of anarchy.
I'm a 3rd generation graduate of the State U. of Iowa, Iowa city,[and had the same swimming coach as my father.]
My purpose for being Here was primarily to share my fotos & CAD drawings.
I am not really into politics, but after the Bush appointment I was drawn into some web political discussions and particularly by the insensitivity shown toward older folks in the 'butterfly ballot' fiasco. -and other aspects as well. -I rather enjoyed matching wits with some of their best.
And when the Kelo decision came out I was ready to take to the streets..
-but the streets, oddly enough, ..were empty....!!..??

-I began researching the topic, wrote up some of my thoughts and recently came across C-2. Seemed like a good venue for my text on "Forgotten Basics" re Eminent Domain. See: [Copy/paste]
I agree that I probably should not have posted where I did, but at the time I thought I was posting to an adjunct discussion group. Inasmuch as I have neither the time nor the energy to sponsor a petition, I will move when and if C-2 asks me to. In the meantime, as I seem to have been well received [in the main] I will stay where I am.
I have more to say on the subject of Eminent Domain but would prefer to hold that in reserve for responding to new posts.
Bob H.
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Joined Dec 12, 2006 Activist Aspirations Casual 
Here for Meeting Friends, Support a Cause, Other 
Group Host of none yet
Groups (AGR) A Green Road, Acoustic Coffee House, American Politics, Former Silent Majority, Reforming Our Democracy!, ThePetitionSite Center
Hometown Balboa/Diablo CZ, and Dumont NJ 
Birthday March 14, 1937  
Languages English, Spanish  
About Me Retired Spanish Teacher, Widower, age 74
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Pets a number of cats, a dog or 2., a red squirrel, octopus, the usual  
Activist Aspirations Casual
Political Leaning Depends
Religions Christian - Protestant  
Eating Habits Keep it Healthy  
Wild Fact About Me Remember 6 degrees of Separation.? -In my case it's more like 2-3, at most 4.
My Grandmother was a private nurse to John D. Rockefeller, her sister to J.P. Morgan -so much for the world of evil doers. I have had lengthy [20 min. or more] conversations with Silent Movie star, Anita Haskell [e.g.,Rin tin Tin] "B" Movie Star, Warner Anderson [Destination Moon]-So much for the Hollywood crowd. -And Physicist James Van Allen [The "Belt"]-So much for the world of Science..-Politics? -That would be Louisiana's Senator Duval.. -Also, Kathy Cornell's Paternal Grandfather is Ezra Cornell [Cornell U.], Her Maternal Grandfather is also My Grandfather.. -There's more but...
My Philosophy Don't throw the Babies out with the bathwater.. ;-]
What Gives Me Hope Not much, these days..
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by Advance the overturn of Kelo vs New London. Maintain traditional interpretation of "Public Use". Not allow venal Local Gov'ts to condone Extortion under Kelo.
What/who changed my life and why Enchanted Vagabonds & Quest for The Lost City by Dana & Ginger Lamb inspired me to spend [eventually] 11 months in Mexico, where I learned to actually 'speak' Spanish.
-All of the 'Book House'books by Olive Beaupre Miller C. 1935
What Bugs Me Willful ignorance, apathy  
What Scares Me The FDA, Public lack of concern re issues, the Federal Reserve, Crumbling of The Constitution, Fraud-vulnerable computer voting, National ID-RFID Cards 5/8/08, Lack of action re Kelo decision, The North American Union, The Colorado Land Grab, The NAFTA Superhighwa  
Role Models Dana - Ginger Lamb, Gerard K. O'Neill, Jacques Cousteau, Irving Johnson  
Quotation "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." - R. Buckminster Fuller, architect, designer, inventor
Interests My 104A. Farm in SW VA, Intentional community planning in Space, E-lists: Panama CZ Zonelink, Space Settlers, [-G.K. O'Neillian], Continuously Variable transmission desig  
Books A.. C. Clarke, Larry Niven, Edgar Rice Burroughs, BookHouse Book sets, Science fiction, Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels  
Music ethnic, Spanish, Classical e.g. Tchaikovsky, African, etc., Country Western [in small doses :-]  
Movies Black Orpheus, not necessarily my, favorite but I've seen it, about 20 times  
TV Shows Battlestar Galactica (both), Science fiction, Currently SG1, Atlantis, Farscape, etc., "House", Craig Ferguson, - Ellen...??  
Favorite Foods Not really into food, but some are:, Platano Frito I have a good recipe for, Guacamole  
Favorite Places Panama, Old Canal Zone, My Farm, Mexico  
Can't Live Without air, food, water, shelter, mmmm perhaps I'm not really "living". :-  
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