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S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
"changing materials with high-intensity sound"
[consultation is on a fee basis]
We were asked to wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE; I dug out my 1942 lapel pin:
Once again, we are witnesses to history. I wore that pin all through World War II. Being a good little schoolboy in a shirt, tie, and jacket, it appears on almost all my
pictures from that period. Here we go again! When the emergencies fade, we become complacent and forget to remember the lessons of history.
Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
Light-weight Linguist, Lay Minister, and Putative Philosopher
- The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996;
they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything. Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed,
mostly by hand. See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.
S. Berliner, III's
Thanks to all who worked and died at the
World Trade Center and Pentagon
sites in Manhattan, Arlington, and Shanksville.
Our hearts go out to all who lost (or can't find) a friend or loved one.
No more need be said.
We were asked to wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE; I dug out my 1942 lapel pin:
Once again, we are witnesses to history. I wore that pin all through World War II. Being a good little schoolboy in a shirt, tie, and jacket, it appears on almost all my pictures from that period. Here we go again! When the emergencies fade, we become complacent and forget to remember the lessons of history.
Previously (Apr 2000) unindexed, this page had so much on it that I added a Page Index as of 20 Apr 2000:
On the main Long Island page:
On the Long Island Continuation Page 1:
On the Long Island Continuation Page 2:
General Historical Material (still on this History page):
HISTORICAL MISCELLANY - moved to a separate
History Continuation Page 1 on 24 Dec 2004:
On the History of Technology Page:
I know what I know; it is probably 9944/100% correct,
but when I goof, I goof BIG!
[See also AUTHORITY on my Home Page.] (04 Sep 2012)
If you love the North Country or the Adirondack Mountains, especially the area around the Fulton Chain of Lakes and the Eckford Lakes, Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake, you'll love the Adirondack Museum smack dab in the heart of the Adirondacks at Blue Mountain Lake, New York. It tells the story of the Adirondacks far better than any book could. I heartily recommend a visit! You might also wish to look at my own Adirondacks page, et seq.
You might also like to visit my other pages which are replete with historical information, such as railroads, including ALCO-GE-IR Boxcabs and the vest-pocket railroads, including Marion River Carry Railroad, the Degnon Terminal RR in Long Island City, and the Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal RR (BEDT), model railroading, and the National Railway Historical Society and its Long Island - Sunrise Trail Chapter, Berliner families (not just mine), automotive pages - Chrysler, SS and Jaguar, and Mercedes, the interesting history of the Muttontown Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (Thompson Layton) house on Long Island1, the ordnance page, and the history of the Ultrasonic Industry Association.
I've added a page on aviation, especially about Long Island, the "Cradle of Aviation". There's been quite a bit in the news over the years about the late George C. Dade, an early LI flier who chauffered Lindbergh and is the young kid helping him on with a parachute (but that famous photo was taken AFTER the Paris flight); I've done an oral history with him and will be adding bits here and there.
For an amazing coincidence, look at the railroad page, the paragraph about the New York, Boston & Westchester.
Speaking of "Indians" (Native Americans - see Index, above), they have NO LEGAL CLAIM to ancestral land! They were immigrants to this continent from Asia. Those Indians who sold land to early colonists, such as to Peter Minuit in Manhattan, Richard "Bull" Smith on Long Island, and others, were out-and-out con men, taking merciless advantage of their gullible prey. They never owned any land to begin with! Intrinsic to Native American beliefs was that no one owned the land; they were "tenants" of the Great Spirit, Manitou. Thus, they could not sell it in the first place!
Also, they fought, and lost, a war; if all people whose ancestors lost a war in history had a valid claim to regain their land, our entire civilization, so-called, would collapse. My mother was Hungarian; thus I am half Hungarian, a direct descendant of the fierce Huns who swept out of Asia and overran eastern Europe, but that gives me no claim whatsoever to the Gobi desert or Russian steppes or Budapest. And I am truly half Hungarian, in direct line from Asia, from whence sprang the Native American peoples, with the high cheekbones and genes to prove it; which is a heck of a stronger claim than the many watered-down, interbred claimants to the honorable title of "Native American". Some of the members of local "tribes", the ones with their casinos and industries, are little more than African-American-Asiatic polyglots. My father's line was German, but that sure doesn't give me (or any other German-American) a valid claim to Posen or Postdam or Berlin, where they lived! And if you follow this line of reasoning, don't even THINK about Palestine/Israel; guess who was there before either of them - the Amalekites and the Canaanites! On so on and on - - - , ad infinitum.
Also, consider the feelings of Muslims who have to put up with non-Muslim (infidel) Americans stationed in Saudi Arabia, right around their holiest of holies, the Ka'aba in Mecca, and in Medina, while their other holy spot, the Dome of the Rock (Abraham's temple) is under Israeli control - is it any wonder they commit acts of terror (not that I condone such in any way) in their desperation? How would you react to finding a bunch of Taliban mullahs grouped around your high altar or Torah scrolls?
[this is after John Philpot Curran - 1790,
not Thomas Jefferson (or JFK)]
How about a new American flag for the 21st Century?
Here's my "English First" variation on the Continental/Grand Union flag that adds the cross of St. Patrick of the current British Union Flag to celebrate the Irish that joined with the English and Scots in founding the United States:
[Older and suggested newer American, and British and Hawaiian, flag images by,
and © 2000, S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.]
Ed Mooney, Jr.'s Flag Detective,
which helps you find flags by visual categories.
See my One National Language Page for a reasoned(?) discussion of "English as the official (and ONLY) national language of the United States (it was moved from the LANGUAGE page, English First, on 08 Apr 2003).
Our friendly neighbor to the north is a perfect example of why bilingualism doesn't work. They do, however, have a beautiful old colonial flag with the Union Flag, as well as a beautiful new flag with a maple leaf (their emblem dear):
Columbia University has more on this story at The Bronx Beat, 3/13/95, in an article by David W. Behrend, "An Island Unto Itself" - "After an increase in ship traffic in the 1890s, the Army Corps of Engineers said that a canal was needed for shipping route between the Hudson and Harlem Rivers. So in 1895 a work crew blasted through Manhattan, creating a navigable passage and leaving Marble Hill an artificial island. But in 1914 the creek was filled in, attaching Marble Hill to the mainland. The curve of 230th Street, the northern border of Marble Hill, follows the route of the old creek."
Here, courtesy of Bernie Ente, is a late-1800s view of the Harlem River area, showing Marble Hill with the new canal to the left (south) and the old river bed to the right (north) before it was filled in:
And see the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association and the legendary LIRR Atlantic Avenue Tunnel.
The point where the mighty Hudson River ("Hudson, mighty Hudson; greatest river of them all") reaches the salt of the ocean is NOT at the mouth of the outer harbor at all, it is back where it reaches the confluence of the three ESTUARIES, the Hell Gate, the so-called East River, and the North River (erroneously called the Hudson), at the Spuyten Duyvil Creek (which - you guessed it - isn't a creek), that short stretch between the Harlem and Hudson/North Rivers.
Rather than drive you even crazier; here's a rough sketch map (adapted from another, and a bit ill-suited, but I'm too lazy to redraw it from scratch); where "H" is the Hell Gate, "S" is the Sputen Duyvil, and "V" is the Verazzano Narrows (of bridge fame):
Of all of these, then, only the upper Hudson and the Passaic and Hackensack are actually real rivers (as if anyone, other than hydrologists, marine biologists, ecologists, and master nitpickers, truly cares).
Also of overwhelming interest to you is the fact that the Hudson's descent to the sea is at so shallow an angle that it sees ocean tides all the way up past Albany, some 150 miles upstream!
The Dutch influence on New York City (Nieuw Amsterdam) and New York State (Nieuw Nederland) is overwhelmingly evident even today; just on the map alone, you also see Staten Island (Staaten
Eylandt), Long Island (Lange Eylandt), Nassau County (house of Nassau), Brooklyn (Brueklyn), Flushing (Vlyssing), the two Kills, Spuyten Duyvil (noted above), the Harlem River (Haarlem Meer),
and the Bronx (ten Bronks - the Bronk family's land). Off the map, LI Sound opens to Block Island Sound and guess what nationality Adraien Block bore? For that matter, Henry Hudson,
an Englishman, sailed as Hendryck Hudson under the Dutch tricolor!
HISTORICAL MISCELLANY - moved to a separate History Continuation Page 1 on 24 Dec 2004:
Interested in deep sea diving and palaeontology? Take a look at "Deep Sixed Dinosaurs" on Naval and Marine continuation page 1.
See also the History continuation page and the History of Technology page.
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