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Few Campuses are as beautiful as the College of Mount saint Vincent

IN May of 2001, I was hired at the Director of the Teacher Learner Center at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in RIverdale, NY. The job was funded by a Federal Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grant of 1.1 million dollars over five years.

I was to install land maintain 24 Smart Classrooms and I managed to do 27 in all by cost controls.

I tutored 84 faculty in using Technology in the Classroom.

I installed and edited, for the faculty and students and eventually turned the job over to Manhattan College.

85% of the Professors that graduated from the TLC program stayed active learning after they were done with the program.

Wireless classrooms became the norm after the grant of five years.

Anti-theft measures were taken and worked after several ceiling projectors were stolen.

The budget annually balanced and the five year total grant budget balance to a penny after much hard work by myself and my assistant Py Liv Sun.  Thanks to Christine my teaching assistant too for her help in tutoring faculty also. It was a great five years at a beautiful campus with a castle right in the middle of the campus off the Hudson river, NY>

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The Summer of !967

In the summer of 1967 I took my young wife and two year old son and drove from Springfield, Mass. to Los Angeles, Calif. to complete my Masters field work for my degree in Outdoor Education. I had just purchased a 1967 VW Camper on credit. It took us 7 days to make the trip and gas cost only .38 a gallon. It cost $60 to make it across the USA at the time.

We Spend a week at the Los Angeles School Camp in the Angeles mountains with Eagles, bees, and rattlesnakes everywhere. After that week we drove to San Pedro Calif. where we would be living for 9 weeks at the Los Angeles Light House School Camp in the public park on the cliffs of San Pedro, Calif. The camp had 9 army tents for the 8 camper groups and one for my wife, son, and I.

We tide pooled almost everyday, went to the local Cabrillo beach, and took a trip on the Harbor Taxi which toured around all of Long Beach Harbor and the breakwater. It was a summer without any rain. We ate our food on picnic benches in the public park provided for us by a local Elementary School using heater stacks to keep the food hot. At night time we went to the beach and had bonfires and songs and telling of stories for the campers.

It was a great summer of sun and surf at the Marine School camp. After the summer was over we drove 3,000 miles back to New York where I started my first teaching job in Spring Valley, NY>

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After the battle of Okinawa the Jap Snipers still remained

In my novel, “Autumn Winds Over Okinawa 1945,” my father, Chief Petty Officer Ken Mead and three other sailors got off the USS Antietam CV-36 Aircraft carrier to return home after the war on Aug. 31, 1945. 

Unfortunately, they  were stranded on the island for a month and 1/2 facing Jap Snipers, Jungle diseases, a shortage of food, and two major typhoons. The typhoons sunk over 100 ships in the Nahu harbor and killed over 200 people.

After almost two months on the island Chief Petty Officer Ken Mead had lost over 20 pounds, lost his teeth from a gum disease and was weak from jungle disease, yet he and two others survived to be picked up by the Idaho Battleship on Oct. 15, 1945.

Read about this great story of personal survival on, Author-Pelham Mead III

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Jap Snipers on Okinawa in 1945

On August 31, 1945, my father Chief Petty Officer Ken Mead and two other sailors got off on Okinawa in hopes of returning to Hawaii and then back home. Unfortunately, with the Japanese treaty signing all the ships were going toward Tokyo instead of Hawaii. They were stranded on Okinawa Island without food or shelter. The Navy and Marines were gone and only the Army was stationed on the Island rounding up Civilians and remaining Jap soldiers. The Navy did not inform the Army that they would be dropping off three sailors and as a consequence the Army would not give the sailors any food at first.

The first day on the island a Sniper almost killed the Sergeant, but Ken Mead knocked him down just in time to avoid a bullet. Owing Ken his life the Sergeant decided to go to his Captain and ask for food and a tent for the sailors until they leave on a ship. Permission was granted.

The three sailors endured two major typhoons which destroyed over 100 ships and killed 150 people. Jungle disease was everywhere and Chief Petty Officer Ken Mead lost his teeth to a jungle disease. The sailors had to play poker to win food and drink beyond the Army dry rations. Their survival came from instinct and after jungle diseases, Jap Snipers, two typhoons, and a shortage of food they finally got a ride on a Destroyer headed to Hawaii after a month and 1/2 on Okinawa.

Read my novel on     “Autumn Winds over Okinawa 1945.”