APRIL 2000 ISSUE
Table of Contents:
||- FROM THE EDITORS
||- EARTH DAY
||- EASTER EDITORIAL
||- INTERESTING LINKS
||- BOOMER OF THE MONTH
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SECTION ONE - FROM THE EDITOR
to visit our home page on the World Wide Web.
SPRINGTIME: Always a wonderful time of the year for new
and glorious changes to occur.
SPRING: That first bud off of a new sprout in your garden.
SPRING: That first warm ray of sunshine that feels so
life-giving on your face.
SPRING: The first day of the baseball season.
Well, it's time to play ball. It's time for flowers to bloom.
Spring has arrived.
This Spring is special; Boomers International will bring some
glorious and wonderful changes to your life. First, meet the
new editors: Gary Sorkin and Sorcha Blaine: Two Boomers,
two writers, two people who will try to give you the type of
website and newsletter that will make you proud. There will be
changes to the newsletter as the year moves on into summer,
but the biggest and most wonderful change will be at the
Boomers International Website. The LOOK will be different,
the CONTENT will be different, but the concept of making us
all a COMMUNITY, a FAMILY of BOOMERS, will remain the same.
Sorcha and Gary will ask you - our members - to help us form the
website. We will depend on you for feedback and contributions.
If something is not to your liking, tell us - - and of course, tell us
when we are doing it right. This is for you our fellow Boomers.
We are all on this planet together, and it is getting smaller
every day. Let's come together as one.
The drive for new members is on-going and free. Please tell
your friends and your associates to sign-up and be a part of
the wonderful and glorious beginning of a venture that will
bring us together in LIGHT, in LOVE, in SPIRIT, in
BROTHERHOOD and SISTERHOOD, and of course in SPRING.
Let's try together to make Spring time last all the year around.
Turn your face towards the sun.
SECTION TWO - EARTH DAY
On this, the 30th anniversary of Earth Day – I’d like to reprint the
original document - the original words - proclaiming EARTH DAY.
As inhabitants of this Earth - Earthians, we
need a day to celebrate our global unity and
The observance of EARTH DAY will alert concern
and interest for our planet -- with its precious
treasure of living things.EARTH DAY is to remind
each person of his right and the equalright of
each person to the use of this global home and
at the same time the equal responsibility of each
person to preserve and improve the Earth and the
quality of life thereon.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Joseph L. Alioto, Mayor of the
City and County of San Francisco, do hereby proclaim
March 21st (Vernal Equinox) to be designated EARTH DAY
-- a special day to remember Earth's tender seedlings
of life and people; a day for planting trees and
flowers; a day for cleaning streams and wooded glens:
that on EARTH DAY the EARTH FLAG which portrays in its
center our "Beautiful Blue Planet", be flown to encourage
mutual respect for Earth and all its people.
On this day 1900 to 2000 Universal Time (11:00 a.m.
to 12:00 noon PST) be designated EARTH HOUR - a
Silent Hour For Peace; and do invite all citizens
throughout the community to join in observing EARTH DAY
and EARTH HOUR in every way they may deem appropriate.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused
the seal of the City and County of San Francisco to be
affixed this eleventh day of February, nineteen hundred
Joseph L. Alioto, Mayor
In January 1970, the Environmental Teach-In, planned a one
time event for April, 22, also calling it Earth Day.
In 1971, Senator Gaylord Nelson announced an EARTH WEEK
for the third week in April. That is when it is now
celebrated as a yearly event.
SECTION THREE: EASTER EDITORIAL
What is a Boomer's International Easter? To some of
us, it's a religious holiday. To many, it's an invitation to spring.
To still others, Easter is only another day - their celebrations
are elsewhere on the calendar.
So how do we share a Boomer's International Easter with so
many voices? Easy. We agree on one thing which represents
all points of view. We suggest the bunny. Besides being
soft and cuddly, the humble bunny is also a hardworker - his
Easter egg hiding activities alone put a certain red-suited fellow
to shame. But does he ever get credit? He's one notch above
the tooth fairy in most children's minds. Sad. Sad. Sad.
Apparently others agree with us about the disturbing lack of bunny
awareness. We were relieved to find 59,000 sites related to
bunnydom when we went online. Because we're professionals,
we looked at all 59,000 sites and out of those have chosen these
few which, we hope, accurately reflect the scope and impact of the
bunny on our everyday lives.
Bunny home pages.
Real bunnies you can adopt.
The webpage of a sweet bunny who passed away.
A photographic tour of bunny evil in our midst.
Still more evidence that two floppy ears can spell trouble.
Ecological terrorism caused by bunnies
Bunnies in literature and history
Bugs Bunny Screensaver.
Dancing paper bunnies from the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.
Very bunny rhymes and Games
How to Be a Bunny
Bunny costumes adults can buy.
Hoppy Easter from the folks at Boomers International!
SECTION FOUR: NOSTALGIA
BY Derek Gore
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
-- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
-- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
-- Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital.
Equipment Corp., 1977
"Who in their right mind would ever need more than 640k of ram!?"
-- Bill Gates, 1981
"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked
with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is
a fad that won't last out the year." -- Editor in charge of business
books for Prentice Hall, 1957
"But what ... is it good for?" -- Engineer at the Advanced Computing
Systems Division of IBM, ... 1968, commenting on the microchip.
"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn
better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible." -- A Yale University
management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper
proposing reliable overnight delivery service.
(Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
"I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face
and not Gary Cooper."
-- Gary Cooper, on his decision not to accept the
leading role in "Gone With The Wind."
"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing
thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think
about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it.
Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.'
So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we
don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'"
-- Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to
get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's
"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil?
-- Drillers whom Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.
"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
--Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.
"Everything that can be invented has been invented."
-- Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.
"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction".
-- Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
-- Decca Recording Co., when rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
SECTION SIX: MAKE A DIFFERENCE SITES
SECTION SEVEN: BOOMER OF THE MONTH
April's Boomer of the month is Jay Anderson. Congratulations Jay!!
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