Archive for June, 2010

Museum of Ceramics

June 30, 2010

I got the below e-mail and it asks recipients to share.  I can do that:

Dear fellow Potters,   On behalf of the board of the Museum of Ceramics Foundation, and the staff of the Museum of Ceramics, we are all eagerly awaiting your visit this week when you are in town for the All Class Reunion.  You would also be doing us a great favor if you would please forward this invitation to visit for free to all your friends and family and fellow classmates. Thank you in advance for your assistance in this, whether it be visiting or forwarding it along to others.    Sincerely, Sarah W. Vodrey, Director
Proud to be associated with ELHS Class of 1977
The Museum of Ceramics 400 East Fifth Street East Liverpool, Ohio 43920 1-800-600-7180 330-386-6001


Welcomes  All  2010 Reunion Visitors!!!

This is YOUR museum!


Our gift to you is:


Tuesday June 29th through Saturday July 3rd

Special Reunion Hours:

Tuesday June 29th & Wednesday June 30th: Open 9:30-3:30,

Thursday July 1st through Saturday July 3rd: Open 9:30-9:00 PM

It would really help us if you could visit the museum this week

as we are trying to raise money to install an elevator

and become fully handicap accessible

Enter our $1.00 Lotus Ware RaffleX

Come in to try and win a rare porcelain

Lotus Ware Shell Dish, by KT&K (1890s)

(donated by ardent museum supporters to raise money for our elevator project)

[drawing will be held after we sell 1,000 tickets—you do not have to be present to win]


Stop in and make a 2-minute personal video history recording your family’s

connections to area potteries for our new CLAY CHRONICLES.


Limited edition 2010 REUNION MUGS, T-SHIRTS, Pottery Shard Jewelry & many other

unique local souvenirs & books available ONLY in the Museum Gift Shop

Special movie in our air-conditioned theater every 15 minutes.

See pottery being made by hand on Friday morning July 2nd between 10 AM-noon.

Call 330-386-6001 to schedule a free guided tour for your reunion group.


The Museum of Ceramics is on the corner of Broadway & Fifth Streets, East Liverpool,

up the street from the Carnegie Library. Visit, 330-386-6001


Too Much Free Time

June 28, 2010

Someone posted the below on the gamecast of the Brazil v Chile match this afternoon:

Did you know that if you invert (not rotate) the “b” in Jabulani, and remove the “u”, “l”, and “i”, you get Japan ? Those three letters together form “Uli”, a German name. Adidas is a German company, and Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were allies in WWII. Do you know what this means? Yes, the Jabulani ball is actually Adolf Hitler’s head, and Germany and Japan are going to conquer the world.

Um, yeah.  Sure.

Two Former Lady Falcons Join Coaching Ranks

June 27, 2010

Kate Achter and Megan Thorburn will sit on Division I benches this coming season:

East Liverpool High School All School Reunion “Do It Again in 2010”

June 27, 2010

For any fellow Potters too lazy to check the alumni website for this information, or non-Potters curious as to what the heck us Potters do at these gatherings, here is the list of events:

All Class Reunion-“Do It Again in 2010”

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

  • Old Guard luncheon – Noon – East Liverpool Motor Lodge

Thursday, July 1, 2010

  • Registration on Broadway 10am – 5pm
  • Open Houses and Tours
  • Entertainment at three different venues (two main acts) Schedule

Friday, July 2, 2010

  • Registration on Broadway 10am – 5pm
  • Open Houses and Tours
  • Club/Activities/Sports gatherings at E.L.H.S. or sports complexes: Noon – 2pm
  • High School Open house: Noon – 2pm
  • Golf Outing – at Beaver Meadows (morning) – Register – See who’s signed up
  • College Bowl (Main Tent (2pm – 5pm) – Register
  • Corn Hole Tournament (Elks Lot) 2pm – 5pm – Register
  • Retired and Current teacher greeting (Main Tent) 2:30pm – 3:30pm
  • Choir Concert 3:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Individual class reunions: See Individual Class pages
  • Entertainment at three different venues (two main acts): 6:30 – 12:30 Schedule

Saturday, July 3, 2010

  • Registration on Broadway 10am – 1pm
  • Edible Art Contest – Carnegie Public Library – PDF
  • 5k race (Start at Kent State University) 9am
  • Car Show
  • Alumni Band Concert – Noon at the Clock Tower
  • Potterade (Parade) 2pm. Line up is on Walnut and Bradshaw Ave., spectator viewing is on 5th St. only. The entries begin stopping on Jefferson and continue stopping all the way on 6th St.
  • Sports Award presentation 5pm – 6pm
  • Evening Program 7pm – 9:30pm
  • Fireworks 10pm
  • Entertainment Afternoon (3pm – 6pm) and Late Evening – Schedule

Sunday, July 4, 2010

  • Non Denominational church service at the Clock Tower 10am

And of the entertainment mentioned on the various stages:

All Class Reunion-“Do It Again in 2010”

Schedule of Entertainment and Bands

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

  • None Scheduled – Have a Band? Contact the Alumni Association.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

  • Review Stage
    6:30 – 8:30pm – Rat Pack & More
  • Main Stage
    6:30 – 9:00pm – Doug & Dave and Friends
    9:00 – 12:30am – The Fuzz
  • Buckman’s
    6:30 – 9:00pm – Marshmellow Zoo!
    9:00 – 12:30am – Mark Scheurring Band (with Dave Morgan)

Friday, July 2, 2010

  • Review Stage
    8:30 – 12:00am – Dr. Zoot
  • Main Stage
    6:30 – 8:00pm – None Scheduled
    8:30 – 12:30am – Jerry Bruno Band
  • Buckman’s
    8:30 – 12:30am – Radioactive

Saturday, July 3, 2010

  • Review Stage
    10:30 – 12:30pm – To Be Announced
  • Main Stage
    4:30 – 6:30pm – Jim Sabatini’s Band
    10:15 – 12:30am – Rumors
  • Buckman’s
    10:15 – 12:30am – 7% Superstar

Will FIFA Get It This Time?

June 27, 2010

By “it” I mean that entirely too often the talk surrounding a World Cup Final is the awful officiating, the blown calls, and not the beautiful acts of football that are displayed.  Sadly probably not, but the list of absurd misses has grown well beyond the tolerable zone.  At the risk of forgetting something there was the foul call that denied the US a clean win over Slovenia in the group stage, and just today a clear English goal that would’ve tied the game against Germany at 2 and Argentina being granted a lid-lifter on Mexico that was clearly offsides.

So what can FIFA do about it?  I am generally a proponent of instant replay; for example expanding its use in Major League Baseball to avoid the rare bad call like the Joyce/Galarraga perfect game incident.  I don’t want it in soccer because it just doesn’t fit the pace of the game, ie the continuous running clock, and I’m not anxious for games with 10 minutes of stoppage time.  But there are any number of other things that could be done.  Officials could be positioned behind the nets to act as goal judges like in hockey, and they could also assist in making corner kick or goal kick type decisions.  The technology exists to put a microchip in the ball that would alert officials that it has crossed the goal line, somewhat like hawkeye technology in tennis.  Why do we have only 1 on field referee for 22 players?  American football has many more officials for a somewhat smaller field, albeit a game where more happens away from the ball.  Still, a 2nd on field referee would allow for having a guy positioned both in front of and behind the play on both ends.

Of course, the best solution would be to hire officials that don’t have glaring moments of apparent blindness.  There were precisely 4 people in that stadium that didn’t see Lampart’s shot cross the goal line.  The sideline officials have exactly two jobs, and one of them is to notice offsides; that Argentine was clearly offsides and clearly played the ball on the way in.

But will FIFA change anything?  Probably not, simply because they don’t have to.  Soccer is truly a world game, this is the world championship of that game.  The games are being poorly officiated, as per usual.  But literally billions are watching anyway.  It even manages to get people in the United States to care; there was a 35% dip in volume of trading on the New York Stock Exchange during the US v Algeria game.  Until that changes and people actually avoid watching the World Cup because the level of officiating has compromised the integrity of the game beyond people’s threshold of tolerance, FIFA has no motivation to make necessary reforms.  A pity, as these athletes deserve better.

US World Cup Chances Going, Going, Ghana

June 26, 2010

After our 2-1 extra time loss to the only African side to make the knockout rounds.  One too many inexcusable early goals, as the goal allowed early in the game, along with early in the England and Slovenia games, was augmented by giving up a goal early in extra time.  It is hard to overcome defensive lapses like those at this level of competition.  And after fighting so hard just to beat Algeria and advance, and having to use 2 substitutes early in the game for tactical reasons, it was apparent we had a fatigued club in extra time.  When we didn’t get a 2nd goal in regulation time, we probably needed to hold the tie into penalty shots and hope that Howard could save our butts.  When they scored getting the equalizer was not in the cards.

Still, it was an entertaining run for the Americans.  Landon Donovan lived up to the expectations.  Howard got scored on more than you would have preferred, but he also made a great outlet to start the US goal against Algeria.  The best goaltender/goalkeeper at starting a breakaway that I can think of since Tom Barrasso.  But for some reason this team could never get off to a fast start, indeed not even a mediocre start.  On the other hand, 4 good to great 2nd halves lends you to think the team was well coached, as does Bradley’s willingness to correct a tactical mistake like playing the wrong player.

But its a disappointing end, as things were set up perfectly for the winner of Group C to make a run to the semifinals.  The group itself was not a killer, then to have a non-German team out of Group D, with the quarterfinal being a non-Argentine member of Group B or the winner of the essentially seedless (host team getting the seed spot) Group A.  Oh well.

General Stanley McChrystal

June 22, 2010

If anyone is looking for the full Rolling Stone article:

Who in General McChrystal’s staff, or he himself, thought this article was a good idea?  I don’t think Obama has any choice but to accept his resignation.  A lot of this article is very interesting and says a lot to recommend General McChrystal. But having that much public negativity towards your civilian colleagues and bosses can’t happen.

Graeme McDowell Wins US Open

June 20, 2010

By shooting an even par 284 over four brutal days at Pebble Beach, holding off Gregory Havret by one shot.  The final round 74 by McDowell was the highest final round score by a winner in a quarter century.  Of course, the final round 83 by Dustin Johnson was the highest by a 54 hole leader in a century.  But McDowell played steady never making the big mistake, which is more than you could say about most of his pursuers.

The best final round of the leaders was by Havret; he just couldn’t get up and down from the bunker on 17 for par or on 18 for birdie.  But unlike his country’s football team he didn’t blame the ball or his coach.

A lot of big name players are going to be looking back at today and asking the what if questions.  Phil Mickelson couldn’t make a putt after holing one from off the green on the 1st hole.  Ernie Els had a number of edge grazers but would have been in much better shape if not for the double bogey on #10 when he sent two shots over the cliff.  Tiger could never get his round going and actually spent the 18th green clearing the stage for Havret, which was not exactly the expected outcome.

The USGA probably won’t mind the outcome of this tournament because they consider it pretty much ideal to have the winner golfer shoot level par for the tournament.  But I think some things with regards to course set up have to be questioned.  The 14th green was simply too diabolical.  There is difficult and then there is sadistic, and this green was the latter.  You have high rough everywhere else on the course; why go out of your way to shave that bank behind the green?  Also I don’t know how anyone could hit the green on #17.  That hole is too long and the green too fast for the size of the green.  8th place was +5 and that was with having no days with strong wind, and all 4 days the Cliffs of Doom holes played downwind.  Can you imagine how high the winning score would have been if even one round, particularly one weekend round, had been played in harsh weather?

But the bottom line is congrats to Graeme McDowell for playing 4 solid rounds.  A lot of people thought this week could prove to be the first time since 1970 Tony Jacklin that a European would win the US Open but McDowell’s name was not at the top of the list.  But he brought his best game this weekend and beat the best.

You Just Go and Lay Your Hands on a Pittsburgh Steelers Fan

June 14, 2010

From Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback 6/14/2010, World Cup Edition:

Random NFL Experience in South Africa

I’m here with my wife, and the other day, we were in a cab in Cape Town and the driver asked where we were from.

“I grew up in Pittsburgh,” my wife said.

“The Steelers!!!!” the fellow said.

“You know the Steelers?” she said.

“Everyone knows the Steelers!” he said.

Damn straight, Peter!

Nebraska to the Big Ten

June 11, 2010

Now that its officially happened its time for people in the league offices in Chicago to ponder various logistics.  For one thing, how do you organize the divisions?  Personally, I like divisions to make sense so I would suggest an East Division of Penn St, Ohio St, Michigan, Michigan St, Indiana and Purdue.  That would leave a West Division of Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Nebraska.  But there are options out there with more ACC-like combinations.  The big thing to me is I do not want to see Ohio St and Michigan, or other strong rivalries, placed in opposite divisions, even if there is a protected cross-over.  Protected cross-overs just mean you play the other teams in the other division more infrequently, and it also means either your rivalry game no longer ends the season, or you could play them in consecutive weeks if you win your respective divisions.

Of course, the trick with setting the divisions is there is the strong possibility the conference is not done expanding.  Nebraska might be the only addition in time for the 2011 season, but other changes could be coming for the following season or two.  If you follow my preference of geographic divisions that leaves room to add 2 eastern teams, as that would just shift Indiana and Purdue to the west.  But if its 4 eastern teams, or 3 eastern and only one western, that might almost force a different rubric for setting divisions.

Obviously a championship game will be played now.  The Big Ten will have several good options, including Ford Field, Lucas Oil Stadium, Soldier Field, Lambeau Field, and the Edward Jones Dome.  Basically the game will be played when ABC wants it played, likely the primetime 1st Saturday in December slot that the Big XII currently occupies.

How many conference games do you play a season in football?  You could stick with 8, which would have you playing the 5 teams in your division and 3 of the 6 in the other division on a rotating basis.  With the 12 game season schedule there is room to go with 9 games, which would let you play 4 of the 6 in the other division and rotate every 2 years like the Big Ten has done since Penn St joined (it would be that you are rotating a 6 year cycle and not an 8 year cycle).  Again if the conference does eventually go to 14 or 16 teams I think at that point a 9 game schedule would be necessary so you could at least dabble in playing teams in the other division.

How do you handle the basketball schedule?  I would assume you play the other 5 teams in your division home and away and the 6 teams in the other division home or away, totalling 16 games.  For the conference tournament you can either seed the league 1-12 or seed each division E1-E6 and W1-W6 and overlay the bracket, ie E3 v W6 winner plays W2 and etc.

What do you do with the name of the conference?  At this exact moment you have a Big Ten with 12 members and a Big XII with 10 members.  If there is no eastern expansion you could go with the Mississippi & Great Lakes Watershed Association.  Or maybe the Dirty Dozen.  But I doubt they do that.  Probably, laughable though it may be, it’ll remain the Big Ten.