June 2 - sbcosmo


June 2 - sbcosmo
Vol. LVII No. 22
Editor: Peter Kruse
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Cosmo Member Ailing?
If you learn of one of our members suffering
from illness or injury, please notify Don
Terrell, 687-8481 or [email protected]. Don will
arrange to send a Cosmo ‘Get Well’ card
wishing our member a quick rebound.
Annual $60 dues are due on July 1. There
will be a box at the Luncheon Ticket Table so
you can drop your dues check, payable to
Cosmopolitan ormail it to PO Box 3993,
Santa Barbara, CA 93130-3993
The new lunch fee is $20.00 which is comprised
of the Elks charge of $18.95 for the meal, plus
$1.05 instituted by Cosmo to cover punchbowl
costs. The Cosmo Board felt going to a flat $20
charge would expedite lunch ticket sales.
For those who have been members
of the
Cosmopolitan Club for 25 years or more, please
inform John MacKenzie, so that he can extend an
invitation to a free lunch on June 16 as guest of
December 7 2010
the club.
Next Meeting:
June 2
Gordon Bjork, PhD
(See Page 5 for details)
“Some Things Economists Should Have Explained But
The California Forward speaker for June 4 had to withdraw and
the Program Committee drafted Gordon Bjork to fill in. This will
be Gordon’s third talk to the Club since he joined us in 2005. His
last talk, on the eve of the 2008 election was “The Economic
Challenges Facing the New President.” Unfortunately, none of
those challenges have been met since the last talk although the
Crackers Editor
Next Meeting: June 2, 2011
Next Editor: Chuck Evans
Phone: 805-954-9091
E-Mail: [email protected]
Next Sergeant at Arms: Walt Clapp
Phone: 805-964-9191
E-Mail: [email protected]
economy seems to be heading down rather than up. On the
eve of the 2000 election Gordon had an opinion piece in the LA
Times predicting that the federal budget surplus that Bush and
Gore talked in their election debates would not be the problem
in the new century.
Gordon’s talk will be a variant of the book, “All You Wanted to
Know About Sex But Were
Embarrassed to Ask”. He has titled his talk, “Some Things
Economists Should Have Explained But Didn’t.” It will deal with
concepts used (and misused) in economics such as GDP,
Unemployment, Saving, and The National Debt.
Gordon is the Jonathon B. Lovelace Professor, Emeritus, at
Claremont McKenna College where he taught for 27 years. He
is the sole author of 4 books and a contributor to 10 others.
Members interested in his latest book can get the first chapter
for free as a Kindle download. During his long professional career,
Gordon consulted with a number of corporations and public
entitities. In the summers of 1993 and 1994 he was sent by
the American Bankers’ Ass’n and the US Treasury to run
seminars for eastern European bankers on how their iron-curtain
era banks could participate in western-style financial markets.
During the first Bush Administration he served as a public
member of the National Council on Environmental Policy and
Technology at the EPA. Gordon will be introduced by Chuck
Future Meetings
June 16
Professor Walter Kohn, Departments of Physics and
Chemistry, UCSB
“The Prospects for a World Powered Predominately by
Solar and Wind Energy”
Dr. Kohn will discuss energy alternatives to mitigate the
conundrum of rising demand for, coupled with forecast declining
production of, oil and natural gas while grappling with climate
change exacerbated by fossil fuels. Walter Kohn was born in
Vienna, Austria in 1923. He was enabled by the so-called
Kindertransport to escape to England in August 1939. During
WWII he served in the Canadian Army. After earning his
Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the University of Toronto,
in 1946 Kohn received his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Harvard
University followed by post doctoral work at the Niels Bohr
Institute in Copenhagen. In the early 1950s, he worked at Bell
Telephone Laboratories as an assistant to William Shockley, the
leader of the group that invented the transistor. He has taught
at many universities and done collaborative research around the
Cosmo’s Annual Fourth of July Picnic —$16.00 per person
A fun time for you and your wife and guests at Lower Manning
Park—starts at 11 AM social hour and BBQ follows. Make checks
payable to Cosmopolitan Club and leave yur reservations and
payments at the Picnic Table before a meeting. See page 5 of
eCrackers for details and registration.
Are you a published Author?
The Cosmo program committee is exploring a suggestion to
celebrate Cosmo Authors at a future meeting. Program chair
Chuck Curtis has asked members to let him know if they are
published authors, novelists, poets, journalists, etc. We believe
there are many members who have written on diverse and
interesting subjects, and that a display of such books, with
authors present, could be an unusual and edifying event. The
books could be displayed in the outer room before the
meeting, and if there is sufficient interest, perhaps each author
could speak briefly about his book subject(s). Please call Chuck
Curtis at 708-0588 on his cell phone or e-mail him at
[email protected] with your comments, or contact him at
the next meeting.
August 3
“From Mao to Now and Beyond” by Peter Kruse
Peter Kruse, Cosmo member and well know lecturer on a wide
variety of current events, particularly associated with his active
role in Vistas Lifelong Learning. He has lead and participated in
several recent seminars on China which utilized information from
published sources, such as Gavin Menzies’ “1421, The Year
China Discovered the World”, “Mao, the Unknown Story” by
Jung Chang, MinZin Pei’s, “China’s Trapped Transition”,
Theodore White’s “Thunder Out of China”, Jan Wong’s books
“Red China Blues” and “A Comrade Lost and Found: A Beijing
Memoir”, as well as personal interaction with Professor MinZin
Pei, Director of Keck Center for International and Strategic
Studies, Claremont McKenna College and Katy Drew, a local
Santa Barbara resident with extensive experience as a child and
young adult growing up in Mao’s China. Peter will give a brief
presentation on the history of China from 1400 AD to today
and will then raise a series of questions regarding the role of
China in the 21st Century in light of its current position as the
world’s second largest GDP and particularly the challenges which
it faces which flow from its history. Mead Northrop will
introduce Peter.
Meeting Staff:
Ticket Sellers: Paul Coyne & Bob Buegler
Punch Bowl: Paul Hartloff
Invocation: Chuck Curtis
Wine Drawing with Bob Zimels doing the honors:
Thore Edgren scored the Zylos Road Cabernet (2007)
Howard Glenn collected the Irony Chardonnay (2008)
Harry Brown won the Margerum M5 (2008)
(blend: Syrah/Grenache/Mourvèdre/Counoise/Cinsault)
Warner Barry Owens, native of Detroit
Michigan, resident in Santa Barbara since 1997
with his wife Sandra, is father of Jeff and
Karen. Warner was introduced by sponsor Jim
McKillip who told of his career which culminated
as CEO of Therapeutic Associates, Inc. in
Seattle WA. Warner graduated from UCLA in
1962 and has extensive honors and experience
in physical therapy, pediatric intensive care
and sports medicine. Since retirement he has been engaged in
growing wine grapes at Riven Rock, mentoring young children
with “Fighting Back” and playing golf.
James R. Dow, native of Fort Madison, Iowa,
resident of Santa Barbara since 1957 with his
wife Patricia, is father to Stephen and Anne.
Jim was introduced by sponsor Bob Williams
who told of his career as a dentist in Goleta.
Warner graduated with a BA and DDS from
University of Iowa and has extensive
experience in the US Public Health Service, the
US Coast Guard, the Santa Barbara-Ventura
Dental Society and other elated groups. Since retirement he
has been engaged in water color and oil painting and playing
golf. He is President of the Santa Barbara Art Association.
Welcome Our Guests
Richard Grossgold introduced six guests,
Mead Northrop brought Ilan Levy
Bob Zimels brought John Ise
Charles Greene brought Ed Froelich and Richard Milham
Bill Stanger brought John Carter
Harry Brown brought John Coggi
Regular Events
Bridge –Join us for FUN Bridge upstairs at the Elks
Club after all regular meetings; we play until 3:30 PM.
Contact Chairman Herb Friedman, 687-6228, or
email at [email protected].
The top three scores at the May 5 meeting:
Jim Belden
Ralph Edebo
Howard Glenn
Tennis - The tennis group plays doubles twice a week at
a private court in Shadow Hills starting at 8:00 AM
Mondays and Thursdays. All tennis players are invited
to participate. Contact Bruce Long (805) 692-4072 or
[email protected].
Cosmo Computer Society - Cosmo Computer Society
meets monthly on the third Tuesday, upstairs at the
Elks Club. Discussion starts at 10:00 AM, and a
feature presentation starts at 10:30 AM, concluding
with a no-host fellowship luncheon in the Elks Grill. All COSMO
members are welcome. Bob Gerity, Program Chair, Howard Glenn
967-2633 [email protected] Chairmen.
Cosmo webmaster Jim Stubchaer invites
Cosmo techies to discuss serving as backup to
help Jim manage the club’s website. Contact
Jim at [email protected] or 964-2926.
S.A.G.E. Investment Group – Meets monthly at
10 AM on the first Tuesday at the Elks Club,
followed by a no-host lunch in the grill downstairs.
At S.A.G.E. we discuss past and possible future
trends in the economy and the stock market.
We would welcome your participation.
Dick Evans, Chairman (805) 967- 6930 or [email protected].
Golf - Midsummer Tournament – Sign-Ups available at Next
Our annual summer tournament at Glen Annie Golf Club
has been scheduled for July 18th, beginning with a
sit-down lunch from menus at 11:30. As a special treat,
we will enjoy a shotgun start so all will finish at the same
time and get the results soon upon completing your
round. The format has not been decided at this time but it will
give a priority to having a good time. The cost for all of this, and
the prize fund, is $61- pp. This amount covers the green fees,
the carts, the lunch with soft drinks, tea etc., and the prize
fund. The shotgun start does add a little to the cost but we
feel that it adds substantially to the overall enjoyment. You may
begin signing up at the May 19th luncheon meeting and
thereafter by emailing one of the two organizers of this event.
Pete Kruse: [email protected] and Harv Turner:
[email protected].
Mondays - Santa Barbara Golf Club (Muni). Tee times from 9:30
AM to 11:00 AM. Regular walking senior rate is $25 for 18 holes.
Contact Ron Singer (805) 684-1355 or [email protected] by
prior Friday for your tee time. Twin Lakes (Par 29) at 9:00 AM.
Work on your short game.
Wednesdays – Ocean Meadows (Par 36) at 8:30 AM. Work on
your long-ball skills.
Additional play at various courses. - Contact Ron Singer to
get on the e-mail notification list for the Floating Golf Game
Circuit. Mondays are usually at Muni, Wednesdays are often at
Glen Annie, Fridays’ locations have included La Purisma, Glen
Annie, Soule Park, and Rancho San Marcos. A. B. Clark and
Steven Stonefield will select the floating golf game sites, so you
may contact either of them. Ron Singer, Golf Chair:
[email protected].
Report on Recent Special Events
On the evening of May 13th, Sixty three Cosmo members,
spouses, and guests assembled at the John Dunn Dining
Room at Santa Barbara City College for wine and
gourmet dinner to celebrate the annual Ben Walsh
Memorial Dinner. We were able to preselect dinner
entries from two choices. The event was started by
Ben years ago and has become a major feature on
the Cosmo social calendar. Ably lead by Harry Stroud, the
evening was graced by the presence of Barbara Walsh, wife of
Ben and their daughter Mary. This was the last public dinner for
the second year graduating class at the Cuisine Program at
SBCC, so there was a touch of celebration in the air for the
entire staff of the facility. The newly decorated dining room
and delicious food made for a very special evening. In addition
to generous words from Harry, Ralph Edebo share some
memories from when he met Ben in Sweden as he worked as a
military attaché to the US Embassy in Stockholm.
Upcoming Special Events
Wednesday, June 29
A Night in Solvang and PCPA Presentation of “39 Steps”.
Bob Zimels has booked reservations for a night in
Solvang at the Royal Copenhagen & tickets to
the PCPA showing of the play, 39 Steps. The
arrangement with the Royal Copenhagen includes a fixed price
dinner for two at the Angelica Café (located between the hotel
and the PCPA theatre) a Continental breakfast and wine
tasting. Cost is $210.00 per couple and there are openings for
10 couples. Please contact Bob at 805-962-3211 for additional
Sunday, July 24
Santa Barbara Polo Club.
Ron Singer has arranged for an invitation to attend the
100th anniversary event at our own Polo Club. Worldclass players will be playing in the event and we will be
treated to lunch and a “back-stage” tour by Ron, a
member of the Polo Club for some 40 years. The cost
for this event includes lunch, the games and the
behind-the scenes tour is $50- per person. Ron mentioned that
this event will also be a special Ladies Extravagant Hat Day.
Prizes will be awarded to the most remarkable chapeaus. Event
chair Ron Singer, (805) 684-1355, [email protected]. Page 6
Special Thanks
From the AV Committee, Jim Belden, Chair:
• To Harold Englund for re-recording the Star Spangled
Banner in a key for our ease in singing, and
• To all of you that have cooperated by coming up to
the mikes for your questions. This takes pressure off
the speaker and eliminates the unnecessary “repeat
the question”!
Last Meeting:
Barbara Levi, PhD
“A Case of Fraud in Physics”, How One Young Scientist
Fooled the Physics World
Barbara Goss Levi is a contributing editor to Physics Today
magazine from which she retired as senior editor in 2003 after
30 years of service. Levi, who holds a PhD in particle physics
from Stanford, also has taught physics at several universities,
including UCSB. As a reporter for Physics Today, she wrote
about some phenomenal results coming from a group of Bell
Labs researchers in 2001: The group could make plastic
materials act as superconductors or lasers.
Colleagues from many other institutions were rushing to
emulate their work. Alas, it all proved too good to be true. Levi
will discuss how a “postdoc” managed to deceive some of the
top scientists and how he was eventually found out. Mead
Northrop introduced Dr. Levy.
Dr. Levy began by amending the title of her presentation to
include the word RARE before Case because the actual
incidents of fraud areCarolyn
unusual. Teraoka-Brady
As a reporter she told how
there are different categories of story which the magazine runs;
the “Must Run”, the cases where it is interesting but not earth
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shattering, and the cases where evidence is weak (which
means the conclusions are questionable, but certainly not
fraudulent) such as Cold Fusion and Bubble Fusion. The case in
question was reported by Physic Today as in the first category
because it was of enormous importance and was the buzz of
the physics community. This buzz was aided by the reputation
of the sponsoring organization, Bell Labs, the leading industrial
research lab in the US, and the reputation of Beltran Batlogg,
the principal author with an impeccable reputation. The Bell
Labs team also included a well reputed chemist who was
responsible for growing the crystals from the plastic material.,
and the now infamous “post doc” J.H. Schon.
Dr. Levy point to all of the reasons why fraud in physics is
anomalous. As discussed, trust of the reputation of an
institution and an individual scientist is a starting place. The
certainty of peer review to reproduce the results is expected.
This is particularly true of a breakthrough discovery. However,
the signs of fraud here became numerous over time. Results
were not repeatable. Answers were changed to meet
objections. Data to support conclusions was not available.
Duplicate curves were discovered, which do not occur naturally.
The results were unnaturally precise and depended upon
contradictory physics. All of this lead to an internal review by
Bell Labs of the events surrounding the research and 16 of 24
allegations against the results were sustained.
The factors which lead to this bad result included inadequate
supervision of the work of the “post doc”, a culture of trust and
confidence, and the institution blinded by a desire for a new
success all contributed to the result.
In conclusion, the science community ultimately corrected this
fraud. But it was painful and took a long time with the
reputation of many of the players being substantially damaged.
When asked how the science community has handled other
allegations of “fraud”, as in the climate change controversy, Dr.
Levy suggested it was the prevue of science to challenge the
results based on data and the reasonableness of interpretations.
In this regard she thought the process was ongoing and self
correcting. She did not think science had the responsibility to
engage in the policy debates which proceeded from the
differing interpretations of the scientific data. That was a realm
beyond science. This thought provoking lecture was
appreciated by all.
Santa Barbara Polo Club is celebrating their 100th year. Picture
above is from 1976 featured in Hurlingham International Polo Magazine 2010
Cosmopolitan Club Member Ron Singer
Played polo for 40 years and will be hosting this event.
Sunday July 24 High Goal Polo Game and Lunch
See the best players in the world
+ Ron is going to take you behind the scenes before the 1st game
Meet players, See the horses and players prepare for the game
$50 Per Person Members and Guests field side seating including lunch and parking
Arrive 11:45 AM pre-game Tour behind the scenes
1st Game 1 PM second Game 3 PM
Lunch served during 1st Game
Sign up early: Names:____________________________ Total People___
Send $50 per person to:
Cosmopolitan Club, % Ron Singer, 3375 Foothill #916, Carpinteria, CA 93013

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