July 30, 2014

Posted on Wednesday 16 July 2014

Bruce @ 4:51 pm
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July 30, 2013

Posted on Monday 29 July 2013

Bruce @ 1:07 pm
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70th Anniversary

Posted on Monday 30 July 2012

Bruce mbabele@999info.net

Jim Abele & Family July 1941
The Abele Family July 1941

A year later, almost to the day, Jim and 69 other individuals were gone.

They shall not be forgotten.

The first edition of the Grunion Book, Fatal Dive is available. I would suggest waiting for the second edition as there are a number of modifications being made.

Bruce @ 2:00 pm
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Dr John Fakan

Posted on Saturday 7 July 2012

Bruce: mbabele@999info.net

A sad note

Dr. John Fakan, the person who hosted our Memorial at the USS Cod, passed away July 5 after a long bout with cancer. He was a major player in determining what caused the loss of the Grunion, and was responsible for getting Navy recognition of the wreck.

My wife Susan recalls an incident that tells a lot.

Zack Galler & Dr John Fakan

“I can’t remember the exact circumstance, perhaps it was in conjunction with the Grunion talk at the Museum of Science, but John came to Newton and had dinner with us. He was sitting beside me at the table and for some reason we began to talk about slide rules, which have always fascinated me — not because I understand one single thing about how to use them, but because of their elegant design. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, he had a one in his pocket. He had others as well, including one that had been on one of the flights into space, perhaps even on the flight to the moon. I may be embellishing the story to say the flight to the moon, but none-the-less, he had this wonderful little device that had been into space. He explained that if an onboard computer failed, the astronauts could make necessary calculations and more with a manual slide rule. I doubt that I shall ever learn to use a slide rule, but I shall never forget John, his slide rule, his warmth, and his wonderful stories about life’s adventures.”

Here is his obituary.

Bruce @ 2:55 pm
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Video of Chiyo’s 100th Birthday

Posted on Saturday 23 June 2012

June 23d 2012
Bruce mbabele@999info.net

If you go to http://www.999info.net/Chiyo100.mov and download (right click) there is a remarkable video produced by Tadashi Ogawa of Ortus of Chiyo’s 100 birthday. Dependent on internet speed it will take about 30 minutes to download.

Bruce @ 7:22 pm
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