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On September 11, 2001, Terrorists flew airliners intro both Towers of the World Trade Center, in New York City, the Pentagon, near Washington, D.C., and Passengers forced “Flight 93” to crash land in a rural field in Western Pennsylvania, killing all aboard.  So, there now was a conundrum for International Air Traffic Officials–where to divert incoming flights to?

Luckily, there was somewhat of a solution.  In 1936, construction on an international airport had begun near the remote town of Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.  Now, the town has barely a current population of 10,000; however, it was decided back in 1935 that a potential landing site should be established in Northeast North America in the event that a diversion might be required, such as for medical or mechanical reasons.  An interesting photo of the runway at Gander, on that horrendous date, is linked as follows:

Keep in mind that a town of 9.650 people (then) is not going to be a place to expect numerous hotels, restaurants and other accommodations.  On that day, 38 civilian and four military flights were diverted to Gander International Airport, with more than 6,600 passengers and crew on board–the equivalent of 66% of the Town’s population.  Some interesting facts are linked, as follows,,_Newfoundland_and_Labrador.

It is important to note that Canadian Officials decided that flights would not be allowed to land at major airports in the center of the Country, because  of the concern with terrorism, as well.  Generally, flights that land in Gander are only in the airport for short time periods while: a plane is refueled; a sick passenger is removed to be sent to a hospital or a replacement plane can be sent by the airline in question.  But, their stay in Gander, back in 2001, lasted for six days–until the airspace was reopened and flights were resumed.

I would point-out that a similar situation occurred in Halifax, Nova Scotia; however, that is a much larger city.  There is an interesting book, “The Day the World Came to Town”.  It describes how the Town of Gander responded: people opened their homes to strangers; hospitals, schools, houses of worship took guests in and, virtually, everyone in town made the visitors feel welcome.  Lufthansa subsequently named an Airbus 340 Gander/Halifax.


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School athletes, especially football and basketball players, at all levels, often seem to think that they are above their classmates–and deserve special privileges.  But, Matt Labrum has accomplished something that, I believe, no one else has ever done in American Sports.  Michelle Kaufman’s article, in the Miami Herald, is as follows:

Mr. Labrum is the football coach at Union High School, in Roosevelt, Utah.  He reviewed the various off-field activities of his players and noticed that they were rude, arrogant, skipping class and even a few were cyber-bullying.  Apparently, Coach Labrum figured that these guys needed to be sent a message; because, most would hang-up their cleats for good after high school or, for a few, after college.  Now was the time that their priorities needed to be put into proper order–and, he took action.

Mr. Labrum fired his entire Team.  He did, however, provide them with a program to earn their jerseys back, and their actions had to be documented.  He left the players with the question to be answered, by their actions:  do you really want to play on this Team–show it!

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There is only good things to come from reading/watching this piece. Be sure to scroll down to the cartoon, at the bottom. Jack also got to visit with President Barack Obama–in uniform, of course.

Way to go, Huskers!


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I have read a lot about what what Wall Street is doing to get veterans into the work force; however, I haven’t seen much action. If you are expecting someone with an MBA or Ph.D. in Economics to walk in the door, you’re not going to see much of it from returning veterans. Many are in the service from necessity or, perhaps, patriotism. Few have the necessary degrees for “Wall Street”.

But, there is a great feel good story, about Drexel Hamilton, a tiny investment firm, with offices in New York City and Philadelphia. The story is in today’s NY Times, by Gretchen Morgenson,

The firm focuses on interviewing disabled vets, often when they are still in the VA hospital, providing them with internships while teamed up with investment professionals who are also vets, directing a fair amount of their profits to this project and, if it looks like the disabled vet won’t make it in the financial arena, they help them find jobs elsewhere. This is truly a situation of investment professionals giving back to their GI successors.

I know nobody at Drexel Hamilton; however, if you wish to do investment business in NYC or Philly, give them a call. Also, consult a previous Post about choosing a Financial Advisor. Make sure there is a good fit before signing-on with this firm–or any other.

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