Written by Sue Baker
Two careers after his military experience enriched life for Ted Rugemer. Born in Baltimore, he grew up in Homeland and went to Roland Park Public School, Gilman, and Johns Hopkins University. His ROTC training led him to the Army, which took him to Fort Meade and to Vietnam.
Countdown 1945 by Chris Wallace is an account of the development of the atomic bomb and the secrecy surrounding its development. Even Vice President Harry Truman didn’t know about it until President Roosevelt died. The anguish of the scientists who worked on the bomb was matched by those who thought it would not work. For months, the Army Air Corps trained selected crews on the island of Tinian, in the Northern Mariana Islands, on the precise tactics for delivery of the bomb and kept them secluded from other crews. The delivery of the bomb to Hiroshima (Wallace doesn’t tell much about Nagasaki) and the devastation of its impact are narrated in detail. Interviews with some survivors highlight the imperative to never again use this weapon of destruction.
By Kathleen Truelove
Among Al Berkeley’s many accomplishments, the one he is proudest of is putting a live cow on top of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. (He mentions this amazing feat only at his wife’s prodding.) Perhaps this bovine obsession came from his early life on his grandparents’ farm near Roanoke, VA, where he was born.
By Kathleen Truelove
Those pumpkins at residents’ doors arrived because one resident asked Dan Hall, Director of Dining and Hospitality, if the Corner Cupboard could get pumpkins for people to buy for fall decoration. Dan did much more than that. He went to Baugher’s Orchard and Farm and purchased six pallets of pumpkins, which were distributed to all of the clusters, at no cost to residents. They have brought a bright touch to fall at Broadmead.
By Dosia Laeyendecker
Sheila Taft Fitzgerald grew up in Richland Center, WI. With a B.S. in nursing from the University of Wisconsin, she sought to widen her world and got a job at Stanford University Hospital.