During the administration of William Jefferson Clinton, the U.S.
enjoyed more peace and economic well being than at any time in its
history. He was the first Democratic president since Franklin D.
Roosevelt to win a second term. He could point to the lowest
unemployment rate in modern times, the lowest inflation in 30 years, the
highest home ownership in the country's history, dropping crime rates
in many places, and reduced welfare rolls. He proposed the first
balanced budget in decades and achieved a budget surplus. As part of a
plan to celebrate the millennium in 2000, Clinton called for a great
national initiative to end racial discrimination.
After the failure in his second year of a huge program of health care
reform, Clinton shifted emphasis, declaring "the era of big government
is over." He sought legislation to upgrade education, to protect jobs of
parents who must care for sick children, to restrict handgun sales, and
to strengthen environmental rules.
President Clinton was born William Jefferson Blythe III on August 19,
1946, in Hope, Arkansas, three months after his father died in a
traffic accident. When he was four years old, his mother wed Roger
Clinton, of Hot Springs, Arkansas. In high school, he took the family
He excelled as a student and as a saxophone player and once
considered becoming a professional musician. As a delegate to Boys
Nation while in high school, he met President John Kennedy in the White
House Rose Garden. The encounter led him to enter a life of public
Clinton was graduated from Georgetown University and in 1968 won a
Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University. He received a law degree from
Yale University in 1973, and entered politics in Arkansas.
He was defeated in his campaign for Congress in Arkansas's Third
District in 1974. The next year he married Hillary Rodham, a graduate of
Wellesley College and Yale Law School. In 1980, Chelsea, their only
child, was born.
Clinton was elected Arkansas Attorney General in 1976, and won the
governorship in 1978. After losing a bid for a second term, he regained
the office four years later, and served until he defeated incumbent
George Bush and third party candidate Ross Perot in the 1992
Clinton and his running mate, Tennessee's Senator Albert Gore Jr.,
then 44, represented a new generation in American political leadership.
For the first time in 12 years both the White House and Congress were
held by the same party. But that political edge was brief; the
Republicans won both houses of Congress in 1994.
In 1998, as a result of issues surrounding personal indiscretions
with a young woman White House intern, Clinton was the second U.S.
president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He was tried
in the Senate and found not guilty of the charges brought against him.
He apologized to the nation for his actions and continued to have
unprecedented popular approval ratings for his job as president.
In the world, he successfully dispatched peace keeping forces to
war-torn Bosnia and bombed Iraq when Saddam Hussein stopped United
Nations inspections for evidence of nuclear, chemical, and biological
weapons. He became a global proponent for an expanded NATO, more open
international trade, and a worldwide campaign against drug trafficking.
He drew huge crowds when he traveled through South America, Europe,
Russia, Africa, and China, advocating U.S. style freedom. The Presidential biographies on WhiteHouse.gov are from “The
Presidents of the United States of America,” by Frank Freidel and Hugh
Sidey. Copyright 2006 by the White House Historical Association.
Jennifer Gladen, Editor-in-Chief of My Light
Magazine announced the latest issue of the magazine is now live online. “We’ve
made many changes and improvements this time,” stated the magazine’s founder, “and
I think you’re going to love it!”
Ms Gladen announced several new departments
including the new special nonfiction section titled God’s Amazing World. “This
is exciting,” the Editor-in-Chief said, “to highlight God’s creation like this
and at the same time, teach the children all about how it works.” In addition
to this new department, there is also a section for Devotions, Bible stories,
and Catechism studies. “There’s something for everyone,” Gladen stated.
Perhaps the newest item to the magazine is the Children’s
Submissions. “My Light welcomes submissions from children in addition to our
authors and illustrators,” Gladen said. “With a parent or guardian’s
permission, children may submit a story, poem, prayer, or artwork.” More
information on submissions for children is available on the website.
The entire My Light team worked tireless hours
putting the new look together. “It’s been a rough road,” stated Gladen, “but
like the winning team that we are, we pulled together and came out with another
super issue of My Light Magazine.”
Yahoo! founders, earthquake engineering pioneer, cryptography
inventor and other Stanford engineers honored for their contributions to
technology and society.
By Jamie Beckett
The founders of Yahoo!, a pioneer of earthquake engineering and a
former U.S. secretary of defense are among the seven people selected as
the 2012 Stanford Engineering Heroes, an honor recognizing those who have advanced the course of human, social and economic progress through engineering.
Established in 2010, the Heroes program celebrates the groundbreaking
achievements of the most accomplished engineers associated with the
Stanford School of Engineering and the profound effect engineering has
on people's everyday lives.
The seven, chosen from among former faculty and alumni, have
worldwide reputations as technology innovators and industry leaders.
They include John A. Blume, known as the father of earthquake
engineering for achieving breakthroughs in seismic and structural
engineering that exerted an unprecedented influence on modern earthquake
engineering. John McCarthy was a seminal figure in artificial
intelligence who gave the field its name and defined the discipline for
more than five decades.
Three of this year's heroes are company founders as well as
distinguished technologists. Jerry Yang and David Filo were Stanford
graduate students when they created a web indexing system that helped
tame the burgeoning World Wide Web and led them to found web and digital
media giant Yahoo! James H. Clark, a former Stanford professor, has
been a founder of several well-known companies including Netscape, which
popularized the first web browser, and Silicon Graphics, which
revolutionized the design process for everything from bridges and
airplanes to special effects for movies.
At least two of the heroes have exerted major influence in spheres
beyond science and technology. William J. Perry was secretary of defense
from 1994 to 1997, and he remains active in issues relating to arms
control and national security.
Martin Hellman is one of the inventors of public key cryptography,
the encryption tool that today safeguards trillions of dollars worth of
online financial transactions daily. He's also been influential in
raising broad awareness about the risk of nuclear war.
"These Heroes have made an indelible mark on Stanford Engineering and
provided a tremendous benefit to the world," said Jim Plummer, the dean
of the School of Engineering. "They exemplify all that the school
stands for: innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership, and world-class
teaching and research. We are proud to recognize them and their work."
The seven new Heroes join a select group that includes Internet
pioneer Vint Cerf; GPS creator Brad Parkinson; Ted Maiman, inventor of
the world's first working laser; Hewlett-Packard founders Bill Hewlett
and Dave Packard; Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim; and
former Intel chairman and CEO Craig Barrett. The heroes:
John A. Blume, considered by many in the profession
to be the "father of earthquake engineering," was a consulting professor
of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford. He achieved
breakthroughs in seismic and structural engineering that exerted an
unprecedented influence on modern earthquake engineering. He provided
engineering advice on many significant structures, notably the Stanford
Linear Accelerator, the California State Capitol and buildings and
waterfront structures for Saudi Arabian oil giant Aramco.
Blume was an expert in nuclear power plant design who consulted for
the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as on 70 nuclear plant
projects. He earned degrees in engineering in 1933 and 1934, both from
It was not until 1967, 33 years after receiving his bachelor's
degree, that Blume received his doctorate from Stanford. He was 57.
Blume's many honors include membership in the National Academy of
James H. Clark is an entrepreneur and computer
scientist and a founder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape, Healtheon, myCFO
and Shutterfly. From 1979 to1984, he was an associate professor of
electrical engineering at Stanford, where he developed the Geometry
Engine, an early hardware accelerator for rendering computer images
based on geometric models. That technology was the basis for early
products by Silicon Graphics, which revolutionized the design process
for everything from bridges and airplanes to special effects for movies.
In 1994, Clark joined Marc Andreessen (lead developer of Mosaic, one
of the first web browsers) to form Netscape. Clark has a BS and MS in
physics from Louisiana State University and a PhD in computer science
from the University of Utah, which also awarded him an honorary PhD in
science in 1995. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering
and the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.
David Filo, a native of Moss Bluff, La., co-created
Jerry and Dave's guide to the World Wide Web in April 1994 with Jerry
Yang and co-founded Yahoo! Inc. in April 1995. Filo serves as a key
technologist, directing the technical operations behind the company's
global network of web properties. He is credited with helping build
Yahoo! into the world's most highly trafficked website and one of the
Internet's most recognized brands. Filo holds a BS degree in computer
engineering from Tulane University and an MS in electrical engineering
from Stanford University.
of team Open Water on Lee (five of seven pictured) will brave Lake
Michigan at midnight Saturday to raise money for cancer research. The
swimmers are North Shore residents and members of the local swim
An Evanston-based team of seven swimmers will swim across Lake Michigan this weekend to raise money for cancer research.
The group, named "Open Water On Lee," will participate Saturday in
Swim Across America’s first relay race across the lake. Open Water on
Lee is one of three teams swimming to benefit cancer research at
Chicago’s Rush Medical Center.
The team will swim from Ohio Street Beach in Chicago to New Buffalo,
Mich. — about 41 miles on a map, said team member and founder Michelle
Milne. The swimmers have practiced in the dark and plan to wear glow
sticks to see each other during the relay.
“We’re trying to alter our sleep cycle a little bit since we start at
midnight so that we’re able to make it through the night,” Milne said.
“The distance isn’t that far, it’s the not sleeping and then getting
cold and warming up … it’s that whole cycle that I think is going to be
the biggest challenge."
Team captain Chip Gilbertson (Kellogg ’87) said the swimmers hope to
arrive at the finish line Saturday evening after as long as 17 hours in
Milne said he has been participating in Swim Across America’s Chicago
events for years and started the team with Gilbertson’s help by
recruiting swimmers in the Evanston area. The team has raised more than
$40,000 in donations and hopes to exceed its $50,000 goal.
“It is imperative that we give back,” Milne said.
Gilbertson said the swimmers are driven by both their personal ties to cancer and love of the sport.
“Each one of us has been touched tragically in that way, so we’re
pretty inspired to help that cause,” he said. “Everybody on the team has
a passion for swim, and combining the two of them, it’s a no-brainer
for all of us.”
Gilbertson also called the event "important community builder” and
said support from the Evanston swimming community has been inspiring.
Teammate John Schoser said raising money for the cause has allowed him to hear the stories of others affected by cancer.
“This is a great way to give a voice to the people who are gone,”
Schoser said. “It’s just affected so many people in so many ways. What’s
been profound to me is hearing all those personal stories.”
On Saturday, the swimmers will brave a “fairly volatile” Lake Michigan in the name of those affected by cancer, Gilbertson said.
“It pales in comparison to fighting the good fight,” Schoser said.
One day, I will melt all the gold on earth
And craft a wonderful key with it all
This special tool of incredible worth
Will fit well to unlock your heart and soul
The remote buttons will work like a smile
Like a lawine of sweet and loving words
I will turn the knob with a lot of style
And happy thoughts will fly to you as birds
A simple spin of the sweet golden key
Just like a wonder, magic fun and true
Will cause, for everyone to hear and see
A wave of peace and happiness in you
Let's dream of a universe filled with love
And all may get a key from High Above
is the thing with feathers-
That perches in the soul-
and sings the tune without the words-
and never stops at all-
And sweetest-in the Gale is heard-
and sore must be the storm-
That could abash the little bird
that kept so many warm-
I've heard it in the chilliest land
and on the strangest sea-
Yet, never, In Extremity,
It asked a crumb- of Me.
To me you're like an angel, sent by God above,
To cleanse my soul of sadness, and fill it with love.
You are my inspiration and I want to thank you,
For without you, I don't know what I would do.
You've changed my life around,
And turned my frown upside down.
You have showed me the way,
So that I will never stray.
For this I want to thank you again,
For staying close by and being a friend.
And to end this off I just wanted to say,
That if you need a friend,
I'll be there till the very end.