Some Interesting Folks
(in semi-random order)
(If you're not on this list but should be, it's not personal: you need
to email me your website!)
- Eric Schissel
(Ithaca, NY) Eric and I met at Cornell way back in 91/92. A
self-described "classical music fiend" who introduced me to Havergal
Brian (look it up!) and who in addition to carrying the progressive
torch is also mercifully devoid of much of the 'neurotypical bullsh*t'
pretense one wades through much of the time.
Gargova Fung (Monmouth, OR). Another friend from Cornell
days. Along with Lisa and Bob, Maria and I got Calculus
Reform started ('93) and launched ('95) at Cornell. We
co-organized a session in Jan 03 at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in
Baltimore, collaborated in other areas, and Maria is one of my
colleagues who is definitely also in the subset called "friends"
- Paul Garrett
Professor of Mathematics, UMN, Minneapolis MN. If he were only
an all around very smart fellow (TM) in mathematics and programming, I
wouldn't be that impressed. But he's also an all around Benevellian
who has a good heart and social/political conscience. And a sense
- Miriam and
Pattrice Jones (Princess Anne, MD) founders of the Eastern Shore
Sanctuary & Education Center (Bravebirds FAQ). Two
honest, good, hard-working and caring souls. I got to know Miriam
better, first, through the Vegetarian
Potlucks. She's been an English teacher and is a writer She's
Pattrice's partner ("behind every great woman, often is a great woman"
;-) Pattrice, who works full-time as an activist at the Sanctuary, is
remarkable for her broad vision and work linking AR to issues of
hunger, ecology and organic and sustainable agriculture, worker's
rights, and more. Pattrice attends conferences and gives talks
nationally and globally. During summer '04 I had the opportunity to
visit and help out a bit at the Sanctuary.
- Steve Elzey has since
Opus Tech Systems but is still revin up the Linux Revolution. Recently
installed desktop linux for me and surprised me by moving towards
veganism. He and his wife Laura also have an amazing kid named Ben (hi
- My friend, former girlfriend, and vegan comrade Kim
Baxter now teaches Yoga. Also works with/sells essential oils,
while finishing her graduate coursework in Philosophy. Rather
flexible, isn't she? I meant her back, but her mind is also equally
comfortable jumping between politics, philosophy, sociology, nature,
life..(as far as flexibility between urgan and rural, though, hmmmm,
not sure ;-)).
Wagner (Crisfield, MD / Salisbury University). Let's see..she works as
Advising Coordinator for the Seidel School of Education, she is
finishing her Ph.D., she gardens, she plays music, she
maintains a great local activist
website (I merely
brainstormed it with her over lunch..she ran with it..) and to top it
all off, she's a great friend to have when you've car shopping and
need a "bad cop" ;-) to come along and help you avoid getting
ripped off. Check out also the wealth of resources
OnDelmarva main site.
Although we have unfortunately not kept in regular contact, I knew
Michael Greger as a friend and fellow activist when he was an
undergraduate (and I a graduate student in mathematics) at Cornell.
autobiography (or shorter "bio"
on his main page). Please read
review of this book "Heart Failure" about Medical School What
Patients need to know these truths, too!
Greger also coordinates the
Mad Cow Disease website of the Organic Consumers Association. See
article on Mad Cow's discovery in Canada and the US risk.
Lamperti (Norwich, VT) Retired Dartmouth Professor. Known to wear
"Emmy Neother" and "Reject the Null Hypothesis" T-shirts, I knew him
at Dartmouth as my Math 20 (And later grad level probability)
professor, and as an activist (Central America, peace etc), and
friend. John very kindly let me stay at his house for a month or so in
91 after I had to leave Chicago (air pollution) and before I found
Cornell as my next stop.