Author Archives: Alan

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.

A Fine Failure

This wasn’t supposed to happen. Donald Trump was what America needed. He could get things done, whatever they were. No one quite knew. He’s been all over the map on public policy for decades – at one time even a … Continue reading

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All-American Deal-Making

No one expected Donald Trump to be America’s president – not even Donald Trump, by all accounts. He was a real estate billionaire who got out of real estate and into branding – selling the right to use his name … Continue reading

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This President’s Men

The folks at HBO have a sense of humor. They’ve put All the President’s Men in rotation on one of their secondary feeds – a young and inexperienced Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward bring down President Nixon through dogged reporting … Continue reading

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The Salesman Dies

“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want.” Willy Loman – the salesman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman – … Continue reading

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Slapped Down Hard

Everyone knew that the presidency of Donald Trump would be an adventure. Those who voted for him expected an exciting adventure, where America changed for the better – for the forgotten people, the oppressed and formerly despised straight white Christian … Continue reading

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Flights of Fancy

Seton Hall was eliminated in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament this year – a bit of bad officiating might have done them in – but life isn’t fair. The Arkansas Razorbacks won that game, not the Seton … Continue reading

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Hard Diplomacy

Things have gone over the edge. It was Saint Patrick’s Day, with all the parades and green beer and whatnot. Everyone is Irish on this one day? No. we’re all Americans. Why won’t these people assimilate? Hispanic-Americans know better. In … Continue reading

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