Mike Baroody's letter withdrawing nomination for Consumer Product Safety Commission

May 24, 2007

This is the letter Mike Baroody sent to President George Bush yesterday after Mike found himself made the subject of some Senators' opposition to his former employer, The National Association of Manufacturers.  Also shown is Tom Condon's note to a friend in Senator Joe Lieberman's office.


                                                                                       May 23, 2007


The President

The White House

Washington, D.C.


Dear Mr. President:


               I was honored by your nomination and energized by the prospect of chairing the Consumer Product Safety Commission and leading it to more effectively carry out its mandate of saving lives and keeping America’s families safe.


               Accordingly, it is with singular regret that I write to ask that you withdraw my nomination from the United States Senate. 


               Mr. President, I have thought often recently of some words of the late Senator Daniel Moynihan.  Among his many memorable state-ments was this one about what passes for debate these days:  One is “either serious about something,” he said, “or serious about something else.”  In the current supercharged environment, I am persuaded that prospects for my confirmation by the Senate as CPSC chairman are at best remote but assure you that if confirmed, I would have been very serious about consumer product safety and the mission of the CPSC.  It seems to me that some of the opponents of my confirmation, if serious at all, must be serious about something else. 


               Again, Mr. President, thank you.  May God bestow his blessings on you and on our great, good country. 






                                                                           Michael E Baroody


So my friend of 40 years, Mike Baroody, gets nominated to head the
Consumer Products Safety Commission. You can't find a better candidate –
he is very smart, has a ton of integrity, courage, wit – everything
you'd want. But he became the subject of blog mania, and today asked the
president to withdraw his nomination. His offense? He used to work for
the National Assocaition of Manufacturers. No hearing on the merits,
just guilt by his former association.
I pass this along because it might sound faintly familiar.
Your friend,
Tom C

Rocky Bleier Receives “Distinguished American” Award from National Football Foundation

Tom Weyer and his son John sent the following notice of Rocky Bleier's award.  Tom, who is Rocky's main speechwriter as well as Class President, will have to come up with some acceptance remarks.

Bleier Receives “Distinguished American” Award From National Football Foundation

May 16, 2007
Former Notre Dame football player Rocky Bleier was named the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation, announced Wednesday by Ron Johnson, chairman of the NFF.
A three-year monogram winner, Bleier played for head coach Ara Parseghian from 1965-67 as a running back and receiver. He totaled 784 yards on 166 career carries with 11 touchdowns and caught 36 passes for 422 yards and two scores at Notre Dame.

Continues at   http://und.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/051607aaa.html

Dennis A. Hunt, Los Angeles, April, 2007

Dennis A. Hunt

Class of 1968

Died: California, April, 2007


LOS ANGELES (April 25, 2007) – It is with great sadness that The California Endowment announces the passing of its Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs Dennis A. Hunt. He was killed Sunday, April 22, in an auto accident in which no other vehicles were involved. He was 60 years old. A memorial service for family, friends and past associates will be held at noon on Saturday, April 28, at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 32032 West Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village, CA. A reception, hosted by his family at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel, 880 South Westlake Blvd., will immediately follow the service.

“Our hearts go out to Dennis’ family and friends during this difficult time. Dennis was not only a trusted colleague and great asset to the organization, but he was also our friend. Words cannot adequately express how much we shall miss his wit, humor, compassion and generosity of spirit. His invaluable contributions as a champion for the underserved communities throughout the state have touched many lives and we are all the better for having known him,” said Robert K. Ross, M.D., president and CEO of The California Endowment.

In lieu of flowers, his family has requested that donations be made to The Dennis A. Hunt Memorial Fund for Health Journalism in care of The California Community Foundation, 445 S. Figueroa St., Suite 3400, Los Angeles, CA 90071-1638 or The Arthritis Foundation*, Southern California Chapter, 4311 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 530, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Among Dennis’ numerous legacies at The Endowment are the USC Annenberg/California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowship Program which he created to help journalists develop a greater understanding of the complex health and health-related issues impacting California, and the Communicating for Change curriculum for The Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities Health ExChange Academy, which was designed to teach community-based organizations how to engage in media advocacy to more effectively address the systemic barriers to health for the state’s underserved communities.  He also played an instrumental role in developing the foundation’s strategic efforts to expand health coverage for the uninsured, as well as the organization’s work to combat childhood obesity.

Throughout the span of his career, Dennis helped manage the communications and public affairs activities for an array of diverse organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control, California Business Roundtable, California HealthCare Foundation, California Center for Health Improvement, National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, and the California Foundation for Independent Living, among others.

He also has been a partner or held high-level positions with various international, national and statewide public relations/public affairs firms, including Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Stoorza Ziegaus Metzger & Hunt, Hunt/Marmillion/Associates, and Deaver & Hannaford Inc.

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. The Endowment makes grants to organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of the people of California. To date, The Endowment has awarded more than 8,900 grants across California totaling nearly $1.7 billion. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at www.calendow.org.


*For donations to The Arthritis Foundation, please write the name Dennis A. Hunt in the memo line of your check, and include a note with his name with your donation. All funds received by The Arthritis Foundation in the memory of Dennis will be credited to Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis research and programs.

Bob Kohorst, Nov, 2007, Harlan, IA

KOHORST-Robert “Bob” Lawrence, age 60, Harlan, IA. Preceded in death by parents, Edna (Hinrichsen) and Leo Kohorst. Survived by wife, Kathleen “Kate” (Schomer) Kohorst; sons, John and Joseph Kohorst, all Harlan, IA; sister, Fay (Dale) Kohorst-Dreesen, Arcadia, IA.
VISITATION Thursday 3pm-5pm at Pauley Jones Funeral Home and 6pm-9pm at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Harlan, IA with Wake Service at 7pm. Mass of Christian Burial St. Michael's Church Friday 11am. Interment Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Lincoln Twp, Harlan, IA. PAULEY JONES FUNERAL HOME
Harlan, IA 712-755-3135

Published in the Omaha World-Herald on 11/16/2006.

Michael McHarg, Sr., Southport, CT, January, 2007


Michael Owen McHarg Sr.



McHARG Michael Owen McHarg Sr. of Southport, beloved husband of Kristine L. McHarg, passed away suddenly on Monday, January 29, 2007. Born February 11, 1946 in Elizabeth, N.J., the son of John E. McHarg of Brielle, N.J. and the late Marie McHarg, he had been resident of Southport for the last 2 ½ years and prior to that, a Madison resident. Michael received a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Business Administration from Widener University in Chester, Pa. He was currently employed as a quality assurance manager for the Heim Bearings Company in Fairfield. He was a member of the American Society of Quality Assurance. Michael loved his beloved Notre Dame football team, but most of all, loved time spent with his family. Survivors in addition to his wife and father, include two loving sons, Michael Owen McHarg, Jr. and his wife, Molly, of Doha, Qatar and Christopher Patrick McHarg of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a cherished granddaughter, Maya; four sisters, Mary Anne Hogarty of Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Patricia McCabe of Wall Township, N.J., Kathleen McHarg of Portland, Ore. and Nancy Quaglia of Norristown, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 10 a.m. meeting DIRECTLY in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Fairfield. Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. If desired, contributions in memory of Mr. McHarg may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 35 Cold Spring Road, Suite 411, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. For information or to offer an on-line condolence, please visit www.spearmillerfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Connecticut Post on 1/31/2007.