Archive for December, 2009


Wishing You Joy, Peace and Happiness

Wishing You Joy, Peace and Happiness


Wishing you …

the joy

the peace

the happiness

… of this Holiday Season.

Happy New Year To All!


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Earl Louis Lambeau

Earl Louis Lambeau

Earl Louis Lambeau was born on April 9, 1898, at Green Bay, Wisconsin and died on June 1, 1965 at Sturgeon Bay.  Curly Lambeau is a football coach who had one of the longest and most distinguished careers in the history of the U.S. professional sports to survive in a small city.

After playing briefly for the University of Notre Dame, Lambeau collaborated with George Calhoun, a Green Bay newspaperman, in organizing a professional football team, which was called the Packers because it received a subsidy from a local meat packing firm.  In 1921 the packers entered the American Professional Football Association, founded on September 17, 1920, and renamed the National League (NFL) on June 24, 1922, Lambeau led the team to six NFL championships (1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944).  In addition to coaching and servicing as general manager, he played halfback (1919-29) and was noted as a forward passer.

A controversial personage sometimes known as the “Bellicose Belgian”, Lambeau was dismissed after the 1949 season in a dispute with the Packers’ business management.  Subsequently he coached the Chicago Cardinals (1950-51) and the Washington Redskins (1952-54).  In 1963 he was elected a charter member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio.

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Alphonse de Lamartine ~ Poet and Stateman

Louis XVIII’s Bodyguard

He was born on October 21, 1790 at Macon France and died on February 28, 1869 at Paris.  He was a poet and statesman whose lyrics in Meditations poetiques (1820) established him as one of the key figures in the Romantic movement in French literature.

After his education with the Jesuits at Belley, Lamartine wrote verse and travelled, served for several months in Louis XVIII’s bodyguard, and emigrated to Switzerland.  In 1820 he was appointed secretary to the embassy at Naples and married an Englishwoman, Maria Ann Birch.  In the same year he published his first book of poems, Meditation poetiques, which because of its new romantic tone and sincerity of feeling, was immensely successful.  Nouvelles meditations poetiques, Mort de Socrate (1823), and Le Dernier Chant du pelerianage d’ Harold (1825) increased his reputation.  Lamartine was elected to the French Academy in 1829.  In the following year he abandoned a diplomatic career, devoting his time to travel and to the composition of a long metaphysical poem, of which Jocelyn (1836) and La Chute d’ un ange (1838) form part.  During the next decade, he became increasingly active in politics as a spokesman for the working class.  He published historical and political works.  After the revolution of 1848, he was, briefly, the effective head of the provisional government.  He afterward devoted his life to writing.

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Christmas Wishes to All of You

An especially warm wish to all

for the Holiday Season

and the best of everything

in the New Year


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Think Tank’s Prime Mover

Dr. Romel D. Gomez

For a Filipino to be recognized as a prominent teacher in the proverbial land of milk and honey is something Dr. Romel D. Gomez was cited as an influential educator in the 2001.  Celebrating Teachers Program of the University of Maryland’s Center for Teaching Excellence in the United States.

Dr. Gomez, who has already migrated to the US, has definitely not forgotten his native land.  He is a prime mover for the Philippine-American Academy of Scientists and Engineers (PAASE), a group that is comprised of world-class experts in the diverse areas of physics, biology, mathematics, economics, medicine, chemistry, agriculture, and engineering.

As a professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Dr. Gomez can offer his expertise to the Philippines through the programs mapped out by PAASE and by finding opportunities for aspiring scientists to conduct research in the US.

Currently, Dr. Gomez’s research is centered on the exploration of magnetism at the molecular level and the development of innovative magnetic imaging techniques.  He has written more than 40 papers, a book chapter, and holds two US patients.

Dr. Gomez obtained his Ph.D (Condensed Matter Physics and Surface Science) from the University of Maryland in 1990, his Master of Science degree from Wayne State University in 1984, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines.


University of Maryland Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Lee-Chua.  Queena.RP-US Science Meet.


Lucius Lamar Q(uintus) C(incinnatus) ~ Lawyer

Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1888-93)

He was born on September 17, 1825, Putnam Country, Georgia and Died January 23, 1893, Macon.  Lawyer, U.S. secretary of the interior (1885-88), and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1888-93), was also a U.S. representative (1857-60, 1873-77) and senator (1877-85) from Mississippi.  He drafted the Mississippi ordinance of secession from the Union (1861), fought for the Confederacy in the American Civil War, and was appointed Confederate envoy to Russia (1862).  After the war, however, his moderating influence during Reconstruction won him the sobriquet “the Great Pacificator.”  As secretary of the interior he insisted that the Interstate Commerce Commission (created 1887) be subject to the presidency rather than to his own office.

Perhaps Lamar’s most important Supreme Court opinion, a dissent in In re Neagle, 135 U.S. 1 (1890), was an effort to limit the powers of the federal executive branch to those specified in the Constitution and in statutes enacted by Congress.  In his view, the authority of the states could not be overridden by federal executive powers inferred from general theories of government.

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Jean-Baptiste de Monet, chevalier de Lamarck ~ Pioneer Biologist

Originator of the Modern Conception of the Museum Collection

He was born on August 1, 1744,  Picardy, France and died on December 18, 1829, Paris.  Pioneer biologist, best known for his idea that acquired traits are heritable.  Lamarck’s explanation of evolutionary change was controverted by Darwin.  His speculations, however, are often wrested out of context, altering his original intent.

Abstract of text biography.  After a short time studying for the priesthood, Lamarck entered the army, during which time he became interested in medicine and botany.  He was an originator of the modern conception of the museum collection.

Lamarck’s notable works include Systeme des animaux sans vertebres, ou table general des classes (1801), a classification of invertebrates,  Philosophie Zoologique (1809), and a natural history of invertebrates (1815-22).  

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