From the Editor
A Blank Check
Auto Mechanics, Circa 1950s
The mention of April 15 usually conjures up in our minds that dreaded five-letter word: TAXES. Yes, it is either the season of dread or season of elation, depending on whether or not you have to pay up or are receiving a refund. Here’s some interesting history.
‘Form 1040 could easily have been called 1039 or 1041. The IRS has assured the American public that the number 1040 was a random selection. Still, some taxpayers insist that it’s not a mere coincidence that in merry old England, Lady Godiva, dressed only in long hair, rode through Coventry protesting oppressive taxes in the year 1040.
It seems a little ridiculous now, but this country was originally founded as a protest against taxation.’ The Best of Bits and Pieces, 1994, The Economics Press
History is important, I think, when it comes to perspective in all matters that affect our every day lives, whether it be the origin of our taxation (including our tax forms), or the history of wars or inventions. Others have gone before us and created an accounting of their efforts that we can benefit from. Often we hear the saying, “history repeats itself.” Hopefully you were paying attention in either Mr. Goodwin’s, Mr. Zytkoskee’s, or Mr. Kubrock’s history classes over the last four decades at MBA (or one of the other history teachers in the first two decades.) Having the knowledge of what’s gone before us can prevent us from making unnecessary mistakes. God made sure a history book was written for us in the form of The Bible to serve as a guide for living our lives.
So what does this have to do with April 15, Lady Godiva, and taxes? Well, life is really about what we do about the things that come our way each and every day; pleasant or unpleasant; right or wrong; fair or unfair. “Life is a blank check: what it is worth depends on how you fill it out.” What are you writing on your blank check?
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Where Land and Sea Unite to Inspire (Quote of the Month)
“Your attitude will take you up or take you down. So the question is, what are you thinking?” — Casey Treat, from his book How to Be Your Best When You Feel Your Worst: 5 Steps to a Great Life!
MBA Trivia Contest
Question for March 2009
What is the official name of the MBA library and how was that name derived? Click on the graphic below for a larger view .
Library: Before and Now
Answer to March Trivia Question
Q: What purpose did this building serve on campus, and when was it no longer needed for that purpose?
A: In the Camp McQuaide era, this was the infirmary. In the beginning years of MBA, this building served as the Administration building until the then new and still current Administration building was constructed in the early 50s. The 1953-54 school year marked the debut and use of the new administration building. Over the years since, the old infirmary/administration building has been used as a maintenance building and for the last 20+ years a faculty home.
Winner: Roy Peters, ’55. Roy was on the administration building construction crew as a student. Roy's name will be added to our grand prize drawing in December 2009
One of the most dramatic stories to come out of the Vietnam War was that of Air Force Colonel George Hall.
While in solitary confinement, he played an imaginary round of golf each day for five and one-half years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. In his black pajamas and bare feet, and in his solitary cube, he would put a golf ball down and hit his drives, straight and true, down the middle of a plush green fairway, perhaps Pebble Beach or Augusta National. Every course he had played before, he replayed in his imagination for five and one-half years. He replaced very divot, chipped onto the green, blasted balls out of sand traps, then raked the traps smooth again, pulled out the flag, got on one knee and checked the break to see whether the ball would break toward the ocean or down the slope, putted down the hole, and walked on to the next tee, washing his ball in the ball wash of his imagination.
Colonel Hall recognized that we have two choices in life: Either play back haunting thoughts of fears, disease, death, and hopelessness, or play back winning experiences from the past and previews of winning performances to come.
Those mental stimulations paid off when he was finally released and got back to the real things. After all those years in solitary confinement and less than a month after his release, he was back in form.
Colonel Hall played in the New Orleans Open, paired with Orville Moody, the old pro. The colonel shot a 76!
When it was over, a reporter congratulated him and said, “That was really what you call beginner’s re-entry luck, right?”
Colonel Hall smiled and said, “Not really. I never three-putted a green in all my five and one-half years.”
The Winner’s Edge Denis Waitley, Berkley Books
Humor: a keen perception of the ludicrous
The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: ‘Take only ONE. God is watching.’ Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, ‘Take all you want. God is watching the apples.’
Two caterpillars were crawling across the grass when a butterfly flew over them. They looked up, and one nudged the other and said: “You couldn’t get me up in one of those things for a million dollars!”
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- 10th Annual Golf Classic Register today on our website alumni.montereybayacademy.org. The tournament is Friday, April 24.
- Alumni Weekend Make plans now to be here April 23-26. See the weekend schedule on our website. alumni.montereybayacademy.org
- Heritage Singers Concert Saturday evening April 25 at 6:30pm, MBA Church. Join us for a great evening of music!
- Sponsored by the Alumni Association - Senior Class of 2009 Reception Those of you living within reasonable driving distance of MBA are needed to welcome our newest alumni into our Alumni Association. Please join us Thursday evening, May 28 @ 6pm for this occasion. RSVP to email@example.com or 831-728-1481 x 1222.
- Graduation Weekend May 29-31, 2009 Congratulations Class of 2009!
MBA’s Top 60 List
Here are a few of our current entries:
- Corn roasts on the beach – great even though there were grains of sand on the corn!
- Buying pop-tarts at the campus store
- The girls that I dated
- Dean Metz – she was one of the unforgettable persons in my life
- Sitting on Dean Bonnie’s roof roasting mini-marshmallows on top of a potpourri candle. I bet there’s new windows by now!
- Singing the song Seeking the Lost at Friday evening vespers. The guys, on their side of the church, would raise the roof with their deep bass “Going afar…,” and the girls would do the same with our reply. I hope we’ll all be in heaven to sing it for old times’ sake!
- Sabbath morning cinnamon rolls!
- Waking up in the still of the night and listening to the sound of the waves crashing down at the beach.
- Walking back to the dorms after an event in the church or gym holding hands until the faculty shined their flashlights on you…
Send in your favorite memory and add it to our Top 60 list in celebration of MBA’s 60th Anniversary.