We right here at FishOn will not be the affected person kind. We actually don’t have anything in opposition to persistence. It is one of many seven virtues, proper up there with Dopey and Sneezy. We aspire to persistence. Nevertheless it’s not our favourite. That will be temperance. Do not imagine the philistines. We roll with temperance. Squeaky wheel although it’s.
This is a great story about temperance.
In 1981, we right here at FishOn had been accepted en mass into the graduate program on the Medill College of Journalism at Northwestern College in Evanston, Illinois, lower than 10 miles north of Wrigley Area and on a really chilly stretch of Lake Michigan within the winter.
We wrote a letter — it is a factor, ask your mother and father — to one in every of our journalism professors on the College of Massachusetts at Amherst, the good Howard Ziff, to let him know we might fooled them and gotten in. We deliberate, we advised him, to attend earlier than they modified their minds.
Howard, the patron saint of the UMass journalism program, was a Chicago newspaper legend, rising to the imperial submit of metropolis editor on the late, nice Chicago Every day Information, the place Mike Royko was one in every of his closest colleagues (Royko devoted his e-book, “Boss,” to Ziff). His image hangs within the Billy Goat Tavern (ask Paul Murphy), trying very Orson Wellesian along with his Van Dyke beard and pipe.
I bought a notice again from Howie congratulating me and informing me that Evanston, the casual house of the Girl’s Christian Temperance Union, was dry. “However,” he added, “It’s subsequent to Chicago, which isn’t.”
He was, as at all times, spot on. That is a great temperance story, what Holmes?
Gloucester males, all
Andrea Holbrook is the managing editor right here on the Gloucester Every day Instances and she or he did a pleasant job final week when she stayed the course to attach with the daddy of Michael Porper Jr., the Gloucester native who was one of many 4 fishermen who died when the fishing vessel Emmy Rose went down on Nov. 23.
Michael Porper, the daddy, was gracious in his appreciation of the outpouring of grief and condolences on the passing of his son — each in Maine, the place Michael Jr. was residing, and right here on Cape Ann. He additionally gave us the primary perception into the household’s fishing historical past. It was a pleasant story and at last lent the Emmy Rose tragedy a real Gloucester voice.
As usually happens, one story begets one other. The Porper story, which ran Wednesday, included a reference that Michael Jr.’s nice grandfather was Capt. Robert Porper, an eminent schooner fisherman in these components in the beginning of the twentieth century. He was most likely finest recognized for his skippering of the schooner Cavalier.
After, the story ran, the paper obtained an e mail from R. David Porper of Gloucester, who’s Michael Jr.’s second cousin. He supplied much more particulars into the household’s unbelievable fishing historical past.
“There are already three Porpers on the cenotaph on the Fisherman’s Statue on the boulevard,” he wrote to us. “William A. Porper (1890) whose actual relationship I’ve not but decided; John A. Porper, (1911) a cousin of Captain Bob (1850-1941); and Captain Bob’s son, William H. Porper, who was additionally my grandfather. Additionally, there’s a very high quality massive mannequin of the schooner Cavalier on the Peabody-Essex Museum that’s typically on show.”
The household plans to carry a Gloucester memorial service for Michael Jr. at a later date. And it is absolutely anticipated he’ll be a part of the opposite three Porpers on the cenotaph sooner or later.
FishOn baseball quiz query
On this date in 1985, Roger Maris, the primary participant to eclipse Babe Ruth’s single-season house run file of 60, died on the age of 51 after a two-year battle with lymphoma most cancers. What pitcher surrendered house run No. 61 to Maris within the closing recreation of the 1961 season? Reply is taking a curtain name down under.
GMGI will not be afraid to assume large
The parents on the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute supplied some nice information final week once they introduced GMGI is partnering with ocean explorer OceanX on some future ocean analysis missions of mutual curiosity.
You could have seen the story within the pages of the Gloucester Every day Instances and on-line at gloucestertimes.com, as GMGI Government Director Chris Bolzan took us by a few of the prospects and chatted about what the partnership may imply for GMGI.
One merchandise that did not make the ultimate reduce for the story and possibly bears point out:
As we talked about within the story, OceanX is an affiliate of Dalio Philanthropies, the philanthropic arm of the Dalio household which based OceanX. What we did not get in is Dalio Philanthropies already has donated $50,000 to separate between GMGI’s Gloucester Biotechnology Academy and GMGI’s science neighborhood initiative to assist convey extra biotechnology firms to Gloucester.
Bolzan additionally talked about that GMGI’s partnership with OceanX may present GMGI with “new entry to different philanthropic sources.”
Frankly, we right here at FishOn may do with a little bit of that entry ourselves.
FishOn baseball quiz reply
On Oct. 1, 1961, within the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium, Pink Sox righthander Tracy Stallard served up Maris’ record-breaking house run — and the one run of the sport — to turn out to be an indelible historic footnote. However there’s this:
Stallard was again within the minor leagues the next yr. He pitched for the Seattle Rainiers, the Triple A affiliate of the Pink Sox, the place he was, in a string-theory destiny, a teammate of the late Billy MacLeod of Gloucester, whom we as soon as profiled for Cape Ann Journal. Johnny Pesky was the supervisor.
It goes on.
Future Cardinals large leaguer Mike Shannon additionally was on that Rainiers crew. Twenty-three years later, in 1985, Shannon was one of many pallbearers that carried Maris’ casket on the funeral throughout a 2-degree snowstorm in Fargo, North Dakota. Stallard to Maris to MacLeod to Shannon and at last again to Maris. Should you’re scoring at house.
As at all times, no fish had been harmed within the making of his column.
Contact Sean Horgan at 978-675-2714, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comply with him on Twitter at @SeanGDT