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Mike Clark

Profile Updated: January 8, 2021
Mike Clark
Mike Clark

Then

Mike Clark

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Mike Clark

Yearbook

Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In:
Laurel, MD USA
Spouse/Partner:
Cheryl Sumner
Occupation:
Federal US Research Scientist, Adjunct Professor since 2004, Community College since 1997.
Children:
None
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Putting the web site together was fun.Everything was there from the Yahoo site that brother George created, just organized differently.

School Story:

Freshman year, 1972 I came to FIT on a Pennsylvanian student loan. I bought a new, shiny red surfboard and then couldn’t afford the meal plan. So I learned to live off the land, catching fish, collecting grapefruit, oranges, and the like. That first year was hard, both emotionally and scholastically. Back then; you could take as many classes as you wanted for one-fee. I toured the jungle late at night, bleary from my physics and advanced chemistry homework and played the blues harp at various pagodas. To help pay for tuition and rent, I took jobs offered by the school. First was the cafeteria as a dishwasher then a few months later I transitioned to the maintenance shop. FIT owned some houses off of University Avenue and I was sent to fix screen doors and do minor repairs. Then the big job came. Build a covered bridge. From scratch, a handful of us sank the timbers into the jungle’s muck and then raised the lumber. My two specialties were nailing the floorboards and making the rafter pieces. When that was finished, I found work at the bookstore. Does anyone remember Mr. Zimmerman, the manager? Well, it took me 6 years to complete my undergraduate degree in Ocean Engineering. A third of the cost came from student loans, a third from my mother, and a third from work. DDT Brothers were always there for me; they brought me into their lives, shared stories, and offered compassion. FIT was the glue, offering an excellent education and providing work in a sleepy little Florida town where jobs were hard to come by. My first job out of school was at Kennedy Space Center. DDT brother John Horan spoke for me and got me an interview. FIT prepared me well. I was thrilled! My salary was $12k/year in 1979. My loans were paid off in 2 years and I had a blast.

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Jan 25, 2021 at 1:51 PM

Posted on: Jan 08, 2021 at 11:25 AM

http://www.ddt-fit.org/Story-Nick-and-Hoop.htm
Don Hooper left us on this day in 2016. He was my pledge brother and friend. Some of you wrote heartfelt memories to him and his family. You can revisit these and others who passed on our "In Memory" page. He also left us with a great story via a video with Nick. Hoop is on my mind today and all visions have him smiling. God Bless everyone, everyday.

p.s. video password is "ddtRules"

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Jan 01, 2021 at 12:42 PM

Happy New Year! Out goes December 2020 and in comes January 2021. I post our stats every month and I'm not going to stop in 2021. See who checked in over the last 30 days below.

Roger Amende (Amende)
Russell Ballagh
Robert (Bob) Brucker
Jim "Duke" Carleton
Elaine Carlyle Olsson Stearns
Mike Clark
William "Bork" Duffield
R.J. Edwards
Paul and Penny Guglielmoni
Rick Harless
John Horan
Bruce Kovacs
Rosann Kryczkowski
Gary Lagerloef
Alexis Sandy Loo
Glenn McKewen
John Oakes
Larry Perna
John Pierce
Christine Prather (Canova)
Alan Prestwood
Ward Sandahl
Cheryl Searle (Pierce)
Dean Smehil
Al Spotz
Dale Sult
Charles Timme
Beth Tully (Walcutt)
Myke Ussak
Jim Van Pelt
Kenny Watts
Ray Wilkins
Al Yee Litt
Steve Zolt

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Dec 27, 2020 at 1:15 PM

Posted on: Dec 26, 2020 at 9:03 PM

https://www.dropbox.com/s/n4fgzf1wh4p7pic/Moon.mp4?dl=0
Well, Christmas came to all yesterday and today is the aftermath. I bought a levitating moon on a whim a few weeks ago. The add drew me in. Not only would it "float" above its stand but it would have an internal light that received its power from the base. Oh my, how cool is that? Wait, there's more.. . .the moon would spin. As much as Cheryl and I tried, we could not set the moon on its levitating base. The strong magnetic field would join the globe to the base's corners. Christmas dinner yesterday was with Cheryl, her son, and me. I asked him to try setting the moon to levitate. He got it in only 3 attempts. This is another example of human skills failing us as we get older. Now I just have to have him come over whenever we have a power outage to reset the moon. Enjoy the short video

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Dec 19, 2020 at 1:27 PM

Posted on: Dec 19, 2020 at 11:43 AM

I picked up a hitchhiker. He asked if I wasn’t afraid, he might be a serial killer? I told him the odds of two serial killers being in the same car were extremely unlikely.

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Dec 17, 2020 at 8:18 AM

https://www.dropbox.com/s/l2zy7ormwey9ia0/Dec-2020-Piney%20Woods.MOV?dl=0

Greetings. . . it's that time of year, the first snow fall for us in Maryland. The link above is a view from our living room. The screen capture below is a sample of the web site's activity. Not much else to write. Enjoy!

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Dec 20, 2020 at 4:37 PM

Posted on: Dec 06, 2020 at 11:32 AM

https://vimeo.com/361575546 password is "DDT"

Hi everyone. . . Cheryl and I returned last night from a 2,400 mile road trip that put us mostly in Florida. We are both healthy and self-quarantining now. The link above is from our 2008 reunion. It's nice to revisit and remember that all of you are growing older but me, I haven't changed at all. :)

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Nov
30
Nov 30, 2020 at 8:26 PM

Thirty days has Sept, April, June and November. . . Goodbye November 2020 and hello December! 32 of us logged on the web site in November. In alphabetical order...
Roger Amende (Amende)
Father Douglas Bailey
Russell Ballagh
Roger Barrios
Robert (Bob) Brucker
Jim "Duke" Carleton
Mike Clark
Ken Delgado
William "Bork" Duffield
R.J. Edwards
Paul and Penny Guglielmoni
Nick Gural
Rick Harless
Larry Hughes
Bruce Kovacs
Alexis Sandy Loo
John Oakes
Larry Perna
John Pierce
Christine Prather (Canova)
Alan Prestwood
Kurt Ramstine
Ward Sandahl
Al Spotz
Dale Sult
Dave Thomson
Charles Timme
Beth Tully (Walcutt)
Myke Ussak
Jim Van Pelt
Ray Wilkins
Al Yee Litt

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Dec 01, 2020 at 5:29 PM

Posted on: Nov 29, 2020 at 11:35 AM

Drones & Trains. . . I'm sharing a video from a few days ago. Cheryl and I are on the road and practicing safe precautions as we travel. These are her grandsons. The train is a 1954 "American Flyer". I used my DJI Mavic Pro drone for some of the footage. Our goal is to visit her 98 year old mom through windows at her nursing home in Boyton Beach, FL before returning to Maryland. This video takes place in Mt. Pleasant SC. And now, your moment of Zen...

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Nov 27, 2020 at 12:55 PM

Posted on: Nov 22, 2020 at 2:34 PM

Hey everyone. . . George Poidamni has a birthday this month, Nov 28th. I'll be traveling so this info might help you and hopefully make George smile. Seems George decided a while back to take himself off this site. I don't have his email but here is his address. An old fashioned Birthday card would cheer anyone's spirits, eh? Hope everyone has a thankful Thanksgiving 2020. Even though I lost my best friend Bill Hoppe recently, I am thankfu

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Oct 31, 2020 at 10:07 PM

Once again, we finish another month. Goodbye October and Hello November 2020. . .

These are the 22 of us who logged on to our website in October. BOO!

Russell Ballagh
Roger Barrios
Robert (Bob) Brucker
Jim "Duke" Carleton
Elaine Carlyle Olsson Stearns
Mike Clark
Paul and Penny Guglielmoni
Deb & Clarke Heystek/Fowler
Bruce Kovacs
Rosann Kryczkowski
Glenn McKewen
Larry Perna
Christine Prather (Canova)
Kurt Ramstine
Susan Sandilands
Al Spotz
Dale Sult
Dave Thomson
Beth Tully (Walcutt)
Jim Van Pelt
Ray Wilkins
Al Yee Litt

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Sep
30
Sep 30, 2020 at 9:34 PM

In a few more hours, it's goodbye to September and hello October 2020!
We had 23 classmates login this month. Here we are in alphabetical order.
Roger Amende (Amende)
Russell Ballagh
Roger Barrios
Robert (Bob) Brucker
Elaine Carlyle Olsson Stearns
Mike Clark
Ken Delgado
William "Bork" Duffield
R.J. Edwards
Paul and Penny Guglielmoni
Nick Gural
Deb & Clarke Heystek/Fowler
Bruce Kovacs
Bill Marvin
Pat & Jeb Morgan (Baker)
Larry Perna
Alan Prestwood
Kurt Ramstine
Ward Sandahl
Dale Sult
Dave Thomson
Myke Ussak
Ray Wilkins

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Sep
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Sep 16, 2020 at 6:29 PM

Posted on: Sep 15, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Hey Hay, Hi Ho. . .it's Sandy's birthday don't cha know? Happy Birthday Sandy! We wanted to get you some logs for the upcoming fall. We know how much you love to swing an axe. But sorry to report, our truck broke down.

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Aug
31
Aug 31, 2020 at 9:22 PM

Goodbye August 2020. . . hello September. 24 of us logged into the website in August. In alphabetical order. . .
Russell Ballagh
Roger Barrios
Robert (Bob) Brucker
Joe Carbonaro
Elaine Carlyle Olsson Stearns
Mike Clark
Wayne Cole
William "Bork" Duffield
R.J. Edwards
Paul and Penny Guglielmoni
Jeffrey Hoffman
Bruce Kovacs
Glenn McKewen
Pat & Jeb Morgan (Baker)
John Oakes
Dick Paige
Larry Perna
John Pierce
Kurt Ramstine
Ward Sandahl
Dale Sult
Myke Ussak
Jim Van Pelt
Ray Wilkins

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Aug
22
Aug 22, 2020 at 11:40 AM

https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-find-a-way-to-get-quantum-states-lasting-up-to-10-000-times-longer
Sometimes I read a sentence that makes me go " Huh? " and go back three or four times. Check this out. . .
“We construct a robust qubit embedded in a decoherence-protected subspace, obtained by applying microwave dressing to a clock transition of the ground-state electron spin of a silicon carbide divacancy defect,” the researchers sum up in the paper, published last week in Science.

. . . and if the Big Bang series were running, Sheldon would have solved this when he was 11

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Jul
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Jul 31, 2020 at 8:25 PM

Goodbye July, hello August 2020. Visits to our site this month from 22 of us.

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Jul 01, 2020 at 12:57 PM
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Jun 30, 2020 at 8:20 PM

Goodbye June 2020 and hello July. 41 of us have used the web site in the last 30 days. Here we are, in alphabetical order. . .
Roger Amende (Amende)
Russell Ballagh
Roger Barrios
Robert (Bob) Brucker
Joe Carbonaro
Mike Clark
Wayne Cole
Ken Delgado
R.J. Edwards
David Grayam
Paul and Penny Guglielmoni
Bruce Hammett
Rick Harless
John Horan
Bruce Kovacs
Rosann Kryczkowski
Alexis Sandy Loo
Rogil Lundquist (Thomson/Schroeter)
Glenn McKewen
Pat & Jeb Morgan (Baker)
John Oakes
Larry Perna
John Pierce
Tom Powers
Christine Prather (Canova)
Alan Prestwood
Kurt Ramstine
Ward Sandahl
Susan Sandilands
Al Spotz
Helen Stauber (Semanision)
Dale Sult
Dave Thomson
Beth Tully (Walcutt)
Myke Us

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Jun 28, 2020 at 3:55 PM
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Jun 27, 2020 at 12:06 PM

Posted on: Jun 26, 2020 at 11:31 PM

Just a thought. . . .

I don't like making plans for the day. Because then the word "premeditated" gets thrown around the courtroom. -anonymous

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