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Bob Johnson and Janey Westin

 
HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
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Feb 14, 2018


 
Janey Westin: “The Last Kings of Norse America:  Runestone Keys to a Lost Empire”.  Host:  Cliff Erickson. (Unfortunately, Bob Johnson unable to attend)
 
Upcoming Events
O2/21/2018, Kevin Terrell, Co-founder and Chairman of Start Reading Now:  “Creating a Culture of Reading and Learning for Life, 10 Books at a Time, for Thousands of Low-Income Kids Each Year”.  Host:  Gene Hoff.

02/28/2018, Alan Anderson, retired executive for Boy Scouts of America, volunteer speaker for the non-partisan Citizen’s Climate Lobby: “Rising CO2 and the Science of Climate Change:.  Host: Dan Biersdorf

03/07/2018 – OPEN– Please contact Les Sharpe with your Speaker availability

 
Opening
President Mike Schall opened todays Ham & Eggs weekly gathering with a warm:  “Good morning everyone!” !
 
 
Announcements
-Darrell Bertelson talked with Erv Grossman in Florida yesterday.   Erv 1) Is recovering from another in house fall, 2) says temps are warm down there, and 3) looking forward to returning in April.   Contact Darrell for Erv’s phone number. 
-Les Sharpe stated we have a Speaker Opening for March 7th.  Please send Les an Email with your available Speaker.

 
No Guests Today
 
 
Rituals
Henry Pryor stated he would list the Orpheum Theaters new shows next week.   A very good Season Coming Up.   Then, the story of when women should talk to husbands before acting:  “The wife comes home early to find 4 feet sticking out from bed sheets.   Enraged,  she grabs a baseball bat and clubs the sheets without mercy.  Then, returning to kitchen is amazed to see husband at table eating bowl of cereal.  ‘Hi Dear, your parents are visiting and I gave them our bedroom.  You get a chance to say Hi?’”.   
 
Victor Kirsch  told classic on how Chicago Contractors bid for government jobs.  Then Victors famous:   “Why we’re here...”.

 
Introduction & Presentation
Cliff Erickson presented bios for each Bob Johnson & Janey Westin (even in Bob Johnson’s absence).  Cliff stated memory of June 19, 1968, where Honeywell’s Research Group Bob Johnson (a man who solved problems) welcomed Cliff to its staff.   Then, Cliff presented a remarkable background for today’s speaker Jane Westin reading the cover from her book “THE LAST KINGS OF NORSE AMERCA”
 
Janey Westin – Good Morning, it’s Valentines Day.  I like language as Cliff does.   Here Janey provided a “Happy Valentine’s Day”in Swedish”, then repeated by Cliff with his pronunciation.

-Janey Westin gave interesting overview on how her Father inadvertently assisted with title of book ”THE LAST KINGS OF NORSE  AMERICA”.  She then answered the first Question many Ham & Egg members had:  (see next bullet)

-In 2000, by invitation of Runestone Museum board in KRS Alexandria, MN – 1st Q was “it an authentic historic artifact?   Yes or No?”  After 4& ½ hours of study, Janey and her Dad stated “had to be authentic!”   This was start of a lot of work, per Janey. 

-14th century main characters in the book were described – the setting was entire North America - starting with Greenland working down. 
-Key events started with expedition to N. America 1356 as decreed by King Magnus.  Early history with ideas behind the medieval Norse King in North America were described.

-Per maps regarding Climate Change, we’re now quickly warming and approaching rise similar to 12th century when sailors could easily navigate Northern waters.  Example:  In 1117 Greenland was mapped as an island.  Later records (1261) indicate Greenland turned colder and travel became more difficult.   

-History thru years 1356 described in Part I of book.  Next 6 years, expeditions explored Great Lakes area leaving many Runetones behind.  Accurate translations are critical. 

-1898 Olof Ohman found Kensington (MN) Runestone carved in 1362.   Photo of MN Park were it was found was displayed.  Janey provided detailed interpretations of the writings, locations and structures per her and her fathers studies.  Descriptions included recent re-examinations of Runestone translations. 

-Spirit Pond Runestone (found in 1971 containing much abbreviated inscription – as indicated by bars over some characters ) was described.
Club Member Comments:  “In those days, concept of longitude not understood, only latitude”.

-Evidence of Norse in North America often near waterways, or between waterways.  When found, markers had often been moved toward edge of property lines in fields (fence lines).

-Here, medieval Norse Holetones found in Iceland, Greenland, Easter Canada & NE regions of US & Central America were described.  Usage suspected to mark property boundaries, mooring boats, or tying up horse or dogs.  Stakes usually were set into holestones. 

-Numerous Holestone site maps were displayed along with a ‘Drinking Horn’ stone photo. 

-Janey Westin concluded her terrific presentation with statement:  Book has many more details....

Much Applause... 
 
 
Q&A
Q- Any Catholic Norsemen among Vikings?
A- very influential.
 
Q- Talking about the described older bars (referring to lines often scribed above characters on Runestone inscriptions)  How accurate you consider the translating?
A- Recent (past 3 years) work is being included in a revised book edition.  Every dictionary & runestone reverence available was used and we have fairly high degree of accuracy certainty – Yet, sometimes several versions exist.  (here Janey referring to Dad’s interpretations).
 
Q- Books in past claim Runestones in wrong period.
A-Experience and statements made based on Norse and Latin manuscripts are better verified in next revision of book.
 
Q-‘Newport Tower’ - A windmill-fireplace?
A-Discussion.  That’s a silly interpretation.
 
Q-Anyone looking at from satellites?
A-I’m not, but others are finding very interesting results.
 
Q-What’s being taught now regarding Columbus?
A-Not sure, will have to ask grand kids. 
 
Thank You for having me speak today!   Books available in back of room for $25 each.    
Thank you Darrell Bertelson for photos - presented on Weekly Email  Newsletter distribution.  
 
 
Ron Jensen






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James L. Nichols

 
HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
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Feb 2, 2018
 
James L. Nichols, CPA, Chairman of the Board of the Hobey Baker Memorial Foundation: “The Hobey Baker Award – From a Local Club Event to the Most Prestigious Individual Award in all of College Hockey in Thirty-Eight Wonderful Years”.  Host:  John Halpern.
 
Upcoming Events
02/14/2018, Bob Johnson and Janey Westin: “The Last Kings of Norse America:  Runestone Keys to a Lost Empire”.  Host:  Cliff Erickson.

O2/21/2018, Kevin Terrell, Co-founder and Chairman of Start Reading Now:  “Creating a Culture of Reading and Learning for Life, 10 Books at a Time, for Thousands of Low-Income Kids Each Year”.  Host:  Gene Hoff.

02/28/2018, Alan Anderson, retired executive for Boy Scouts of America, volunteer speaker for the non-partisan Citizen’s Climate Lobby: “Rising CO2 and the Science of Climate Change:.  Host: Dan Biersdorf

 
Opening
President Mike Schall opened todays Ham & Eggs weekly gathering!
 
Announcements
-Bob Lewis stated Charley Hann will be back in month.  Charley says ‘Hi to All!’
-Ron Jensen thanked Mike Casserly, Darrell Bertelson & Bob Remakel for superb job with Weekly Newsletter support past 3 weeks.  (new authorship rotating format?) 
 
 
Today’s Distinguished Guests
Harlun Jacobs, guest of John Halpern.
John Emond, guest of John Halpern
Ed Knobel, guest of Darrel Bertelson
 
 
Rituals
Henry Pryor told story of store manager’s technique selling overstocked lawnmowers.  Much laughter!
 
Victor Kirsch  told of seasons 1st Olympian to win gold medal.   He was so excited, he went home and bronzed it.  Then, lady having trouble with Roster jig saw puzzle, then was reminded box contained corn flakes.  This, all before Victor’s famous:   “Why we’re here...”.
 
Introduction & Presentation
John Halpern stating ‘pleasure to be back’, provided superb introduction for today’s speaker from Duluth - a Speaker who’s life intersects Hockey and Accounting:  Jim Nichols.
 
Jim Nichols   What a terrific bio John, Thank You!  Feel deeply honored to be here today.  First, must recognize Ham & Eggs Own Member Jack Almquist, long term member & Treasurer of Hobey Baker Memorial.
 
Brief notes from Jim’s terrific presentation follow:
-Following an Impressive ‘Intro of Self’ slide, Jim passed around a detailed Hobey Baker miniature trophy.
   
Hobey Baker Mission Statement’“We believe in athletic competition – for therein lies all the lessons of life.”  Promoting amateur hockey by recognizing & nominating outstanding men.in the sport:  Jim Nichols presented slides and discussion: 
 
-‘Hobey Baker Behind the Legend’ slide/story (including multiple athletic involvements and a WWI Ace Fighter Pilot.  Credited with initiation of post-game ‘handshake’ following every game.  Guy had a Big Heart!)

-‘Hobey Baker Memorial Award’ described

-‘Hobey Winner Fun Facts’ slide presented
Jim speaking when ‘Voice from Back of Room’ referencing statement read from Slide bellars (perhaps following a misstatement):  “...that’s Michigan, Michigan!  Not Minnesota  Go Blue!..”)   Much Laughter!
 
-‘Legends of College Hockey Award’ slide.  38 years ago, award originated when want for National Award  Then came up with Hobey Baker!  Initially a club event,  has significantly grown.  This Year’s Award will go to ‘Red Berenson’ (Canadian) playing for Michigan. 
 
-‘Hobey Baker High School Character Award’ slide presented.  Quarter Million Dollar Budget this year– yet with volunteers a Million Dollar effort. 
 
-‘Hobey Baker Targets?’  First was College Students, today marketing parents of every child putting on pair of  skates. 
 
-’37 Years of Hockey Tradition’ slide:   (Athleticism, Sportsmanship, Character)
 
-‘Impact of Hobey Statements’ slide: Major General Karl Hurst (Tampa Air Force Base Endorsement)
 
-Award Selection Committee rotates geographically - Made up of 27 members from different areas.
 
-‘Hobey Timeline of Yearly Events’  Slide shown.
 
 
 
Q&A
Q - Can you name Donors?
A - Very strategic relationship with Decathlon Club.  The Wild has made special commitment in Xcel Energy Center facility.
 
QKIds burned out? 
ASometimes trophies don’t mean much, unlike the Hobey Trophys, they’re Special. 

QView in past 15-20 years woman’s hockey rising.   Are there similar awards?
AYes. Patty Kazmaier Award. 
 
For additional website information on the Hobey memorial function,  visit:   http://www.hobeybaker.com/

 
Thank You Darrel Bertelson & Bob Remakel for photoss provided on Newsletter email distribution.

Ron Jensen








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Dorothy Benham – Miss USA 1977

HAM AND EGGS CLUB NEWSLETTER
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Jan 31, 2018
 

Today’s Speaker,  Dorothy Benham, Professional Vocalist, 1976 Miss Minnesota and 1977 Miss America: “Behind the Scenes of the Miss America Pageant”.  Host Denny Schulstad.

Upcoming Events

02/07/2018, James L. Nichols, CPA, Chairman of the Board of the Hobey Baker Memorial Foundation: “The Hobey Baker Award – From a Local Club Event to the Most Prestigious Individual Award in all of College Hockey in Thirty-Eight Wonderful Years”.  Host:  John Halpern.

02/14/2018, Bob Johnson and Janey Westin: “The Last Kings of Norse America:  Runestone Keys to a Lost Empire”.  Host:  Cliff Erickson.

O2/21/2018, Kevin Terrell, Co-founder and Chairman of Start Reading Now:  “Creating a Culture of Reading and Learning for Life, 10 Books at a Time, for Thousands of Low-Income Kids Each Year”.  Host:  Gene Hoff.


Opening
President Mike Schall opened the meeting by displaying the Ham & Eggs socks that he was wearing and sharing his experience at a super bowl event, as he witnessed one of the coaches screaming over the pay phone he was using, “I want my Quarter Back”!  Continuing, Mike shared the fate of NFL players who lose their eyesight – they become Referee’s. 


Today’s Distinguished Guests
Mary Bradbury, wife of John Bradbury.
Barb Bertelson, wife of Darrell Bertelson.
Jeanne Wyatt, guest of Dale Borgeson.
Jeff Thompson, guest of Joe Langer.
Tim Wolter, guest of Gene Hoff
Michelle Jobst, guest of Gene Hoff.


Rituals
Henry Pryor shared a story of a Young Italian Man who brought three beautiful ladies home to meet his Mother and asked her to guess which one he was marrying.  That is easy she replied, the one on the right.  Stunned, he asked how did you know?  Reply - I don’t like her!

Victor Kirsch, thanked and shared with the club the success of the Quinn’s Cup Fund raiser held this past week in honor of his eight-year old grandchild Quinn Kirsch, who lost his life to Myocarditis in 2013.  Victor as only Victor can borrowing  from Rodney Dangerfield saying that when he was born he was so ugly that the Doctor slapped his mother!  Like-wise Phillis Diller once spent seven hours in a beauty salon and that was just for an estimate!  Followed by, “Why are we here”.


Introduction & Presentation
Denny Schulstad, introducing today’s speaker Dorothy Benham, shared memorable quips like Bert Parks famous. “THERE SHE IS” and talked about his early days in the Air Force and having to drive from Keesler AFB in Biloxi Mississippi to New Orleans just to find a color TV to view the Pageant.  A mere ten years later a Minnesotan, Dorothy Benham became Miss America.

Dorothy began her presentation by referring the audience to a flyer introducing the Crowns & Gowns Ball being held at the MOA Radisson Blu on June 15, 2018 celebrating the 70th anniversary of the crowning of BeBe Shopp, Miss America 1948, the first person from Minnesota to win the crown.

Continuing on Dorothy stated that the pageant’s origins began in Atlantic City NJ in 1920 as the local business community searched for a way to bring business back to the Boardwalk in the fall after the usual summer vacation crowds left at season’s end. The planners settled on a beauty pageant the following year and sought winners from local contests and the first Miss America sixteen year old Margret Gorman was crowned.  The pageant has continued on except for a lapse during the great depression in the early 1930’s.

Dorothy shared personal stories of growing up and witnessing a sister competing for Miss Minneapolis, another relative competed for Miss Brainerd and Dorothy herself competing in vocal competitions throughout the state.  This led to Dorothy recognizing that the reward for the Miss America Crown beyond the recognition was financial by way of A College Scholarship. Thus in 1975 Dorothy was crowned Miss South St Paul, followed in June of 1976 as Miss Minnesota, and in September Miss America, 1977.
Minnesota has had three Miss America’s:  BeBe Shopp 1948, Dorothy Benham 1977 and Gretchen Carlson 1989.

Dorothy’s presentation included several humorous stories:

**Attending a unique press conference as Miss America and a college student a reporter asked:  Why do you have your clothes on?  Are you not Miss Nude USA?

**Attending a Heart Fund Event and going into the lady’s room and encountering an-older women who upon seeing Miss America reacted enthusiastically, jumping up and down only to say “I didn’t think you did this sort of thing”.

**Upon leaving a ceremony that featured Dorothy’s successor she heard a small boy who recognized her - say oh hey look there is the OLD ONE.  It ends abruptly.
Dorothy brought and shared her Miss America Crown pointing to the four peaks or points representing:  Scholarship, Style, Service and Success.

Dorothy ended her presentation noting that in 2017 the Pageants leadership had been exposed of unprofessional behavior and all resigned.  In January 2018, Gretchen Carlson, Miss Minnesota and Miss America 1989 was elected Chairwomen of the organization to serve as it’s leader going forward.


Q. & A.
Q.  What is the Pageants position/rules regarding Tattoos and Body Piercing?  A. Over the past few years contestants have had visible tattoos and have won.  They are OK if there is a purpose.

Q.  What is the difference between Miss America and Miss USA.  A.  Catalina Swimwear a large sponsor became disenchanted and left the Pageant and started the Miss Universe Contest. 

On a personal note long before Dorothy became Miss America and singing in the high school choir at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church she performed solely a verse of AMAZING GRACE.  In 40 plus years I have never witnessed it sung better.

Darrell Bertelson, photography (provided on Newsletter EmaI forwarding) 
Bob Remakel, Reporting 








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Weekly Report

Ham and Eggs Club Newsletter

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January 17, 2018
Today’s speaker - J
on Pryor, MD, MBA, CEO Hennepin Health Care Systems: “The Accidental CEO of a Safety Net Hospital”.

Upcoming Events:

1/24/2018 Member Roger O’Daniel and returning Guest Speaker John Uldrich: “North Korea’s Threat to the World”. Host: Leslie Sharpe

1/31/2018 Dorothy Benham, professional vocalist, 1976 Miss Minnesota and 1977 Miss America: “Behind the Scenes of the Miss America Pageant”. Presentation will include her vocal performance of several songs. Host: Denny Schulstad

02/07/2018 James L. Nichols, Certified Public Accountant, Chairman of the Board of the Hobey Baker Memorial Foundation: "The Hobey Baker Award - From a Local Club Event to the Most Prestigious Individual Award in All of College Hockey in Thirty-Eight Wonderful Years". Host: John Halpern.

02/14/2018 Bob Johnson and Janey Westin: "The Last Kings of Norse America: Runestone Keys to a Lost Empire". Host: Cliff Erickson.

Opening:

President Mike Schall opened the meeting noting that this was his third week as president. There was no comment from the floor. There were no guests to introduce. Mike then introduced new member Sam Larson and asked him to say a few words.

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Sam Larson advised that he is retired for about 5 years after 41 years in the Minneapolis Public School system, having spent the last 20 years Burroughs Elementary School. Sam and his wife Sue live in Minneapolis near Diamond Lake. (For a photo and overview of Sam’s retirement interests, go to “What’s New” on the Ham and Eggs website).

Don Teigen announced he is happy to be rejoining us after spending four weeks at a rehab facility nursing a factored hip. Don said that rigorous PT helped him heal and avoid surgery.

Rituals:

Henry Pryor told a story about five Catholic friends having a discussion over coffee that evolved into a bit of a contest:

First man said “my son is a priest, when he enters a room people call him FATHER”;
Second man said “ my son is a bishop, when he enters a room people call him “YOUR GRACE”;
Third man said “my son is a cardinal, when he enters a room people call him “EMINENCE”
Fourth man said “my son is the pope, people call him “YOUR HOLINESS”
Finally, the fifth person, a woman, said “my daughter is blond, five foot, eight inches and measures 38 - 23 - 35. When she enters a room people say “OH MY GOD”.

We are investigating Henry’s quality review board.

Victor Kirsch related the story of Toby (age 7) and Sophie (age 6) who approached Sophies dad to tell him they were in love and wanted to marry. The dad thought he would logic them out of this idea and asked “where would you live”? Toby said “In Sophies room, it’s quite big”. The dad proceeded to ask how they would afford what they needed, Toby said “we both have allowances, we each get fifty cents a week.” Finally the dad asked “well what about children”, Toby promptly replied “well we’ve been lucky so far.”

Victor then reminded us “Why we’re Here

Introduction and Presentation

Henry Pryor introduced his nephew, Jon Pryor, MD, MBA. Since today’s talk was about Dr. Pryor’s career, Henry deferred to our speaker rather than give a long introduction.

Dr. Pryor told us that the study of medicine, and his career therein up to CEO, had largely been the result of what he considered to be a series of accidents.
Dr. Pryor was born in Connecticut, but lived most of his life with his father in St. Paul and later Roseville after his parents divorced. He said he was a good student and particularly liked science. His early interest was to study physics.

  • The first accident occurred late in high school when he took a summer job as a nursing assistant. Working with nurses and resident doctors he developed an interest in medicine.

  • The second accident occurred shortly after he entered Carlton College. While soliciting fellow students for beer money to buy a keg, he met his future wife. They have been together for 39 years.

  • The third accident occurred after attending medical school at University of Virginia, when he had developed an interest in urology. He wanted to study with a doctor at the University of Minnesota but did not believe he would be accepted there. He met another doctor from U/M in an elevator at a conference. This led to a conversation about his interest in the U/M program. The doctor agreed to carry his interest back to Minnesota and this resulted in his getting accepted there.

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  • From 1989 thru 2000 Dr. Pryor practiced medicine and taught at the University of Minnesota. In 2001, he became chairman of the Urology Dept. Along the way, he was proposed by his boss to attend an executive course at Harvard University in business issues related to medicine. Although he had always felt a disdain for business, he became fascinated in the ways business skills could be useful in medicine.

  • His interest led him to apply and pursue an MBA at Kellogg School at Northwestern University. After completing his MBA, he had many ideas about how skills learned could be applied in medicine but was disappointed that his superiors did not share his interest.

  • The lack of support for his ideas led him to leave a tenured professorship at U/M and take a job as a consultant with the Mackenzie Consulting firm. After a time he desired to get back into medicine and took a position as CEO of a group medical practice in Milwaukee.

  • The last “accident” involved his son-in-law, who was living in Minnesota, and noting the resignation of the head of Hennepin County Medical, wrote to Dr. Pryor that the position that could be his all-time dream job was opening up and suggesting he apply. He did and the rest is history.

    Dr. Pryor ended his presentation by describing his life objectives as “having fun and trying to make the world a better place.”