Unison Jim Rees Dave Miley
Announcements: Jim Rees filled in for our Pres. Rick Campbell because the Pres. is playing around in Mexico. Sure hope he is enjoying himself while we suffer through the horrible weather we are having.
Benton: Trip to Blackhawk for Mardi Gras March 13 th. Need 40 people.
Rees: We only have 70 tickets left for the 25 th Annual Charity Raffle. Hurry up and sell those things. April 19 at Pinehurst C.C. Think about door prizes and silent auction stuff. It is suggested that Donor tags be attached to the items.
Bingo Report :
128 players and a deposit of $4900 for one week and 110 players and $4700 for the other week’s deposit.
SERTOMAN OF THE DAY:
Bob Buckland stayed in town long enough to become the SOD. (he has been traveling an awfull lot the last year or so).
Bob “Bucky” Buckland: Born 6/24/32 in Hartford , CT Hospital, 1-1/2 miles from the CT river. He was the 5 th of 6 kids. Bob graduated from Hall High in W. Hartford and the school is still standing. He attended undergraduate school at the Univ. of CT 1950-1956 interrupted by 2 years in the U.S.Navy (51-53). Bob mentioned a time he was stationed in Alaska and on a simulated invasion drill, WE LOST. Thanks Bob.
Bob was a Group Rep for Prudential Insurance Co. 1956-1958. On 11/30/57 Bob married Betty and they had three children, Mac, Toddie & Freddie, all of them married now. Bob and Betty have 7 grand children.
Bob left Prudential and went to the Univ. of Conn. School of Law 1958-61 and was admitted to the Conn. Bar July 1961. He was an Atty. for Conn. Mutual Live from 1961 to 1964. Bob and Betty then moved to Denver in 1964 to go into sale for Conn. Mutual. He is still associated with it’s successor, Mass. Mutual but is “partly retired”.
Dick Sorensen brought Bob into the Lodo Club but since they didn't have many members in the club, Bob like the size of the Arapahoe Club and moved over to it. Bob and Betty celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with part of the family in Mazatlan, Mexico in early December and they have been renovating a new home in the same building they have lived in for ten years.
Program: Mabe introduced a long time favorite speaker, Tom Keller. Tom has spoken to us many times and we always find his programs of great interest. Tom is a professional Speaker ~ Historian and has talked to us on most of these subjects: Korea: The Forgotten War, Japanese Surrender: September 2, 1945, Mutiny on the Bounty, Great Battleships of the Past, USS Missouri, The Habit of Winning and Nikola Tesla: Forgotten Genius!
This week, he came to give us some more insight into maybe the greatest inventor of all time, Nikola Tesla.
Nikola was born July 9-10 1856 a Serbian born in Smiljan, Croatia and died Jan 7, 1943 in New York City. Nikola discovered the rotating magnetic field, the basis of most alternating current machinery; the Tesla Coil, a high frequency high voltage source of alternating current; florescent lights, generators, tubes, wireless transmitting of power, a death-ray machine, radio, X-ray, Radar etc.
Nikola came to New York City in 1884 and became a citizen of the U.S. in 1891. When he arrived, he had a letter that he presented to Albert Einstein. The letter said there are 2 great inventors in the world, you, Albert and the person giving you this letter.
In 1899, he was between jobs and came to Colorado Springs to invent. He found the perfect location, a nob just east of the downtown area. He also invented the Guanella Pass Power Plant which during the day, the water flows through the turbines generating power and at night, pumps the water back up hill to be used again the next day. This is the pipe that several workers were killed in last year while they were coating the inside of the tube.
In 1931 he invented an electric motor for cars. He took a Pierce-Arrow, removed the gasoline motor and replaced it with an 80hp A/C electric motor with no external power source. He had a box on the seat with a few electronic components and a couple rods out the end. It somehow took electricity out of the atmosphere to power the motor. The automobile disappeared and was never seen again.
When Nikola died, the FBI apparently confiscated all his personal papers and have denied they have them. There are some FBI papers available on the internet and some of them have been blacked out so much you can’t get much information off them.
There are many books at the library and on the internet if you’re interested in learning more on Mr. Tesla.
For more on the electric car, see bottom of this page.
Contact Tom if you would like to have him speak at your organization. Twkeller1@hotmail.com 303-986-7944
n/a Dean Hiss Tom Fry