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FAB Conference coming October

Come October, our Sheridan College will host the first-ever FAB (For. About. By.) Women’s Conference.

The event is being sponsored by The Sheridan Press. Our college is also a presenting sponsor.

Friday, Oct. 4 will feature registration, a luncheon, the screening of “Miss Representation,” an independent, award-winning film, a women in media panel discussion and campus tours.

The Friday highlight will have the Woman of the Year Award and a keynote dinner speaker and presentation. This year, the keynote speaker/presenter is Liza Donnelly, an oft-published cartoonist with The New Yorker magazine.

On Saturday, there will be a number of workshops devoted to topics including women in non-traditional roles, women’s health issues, money management, volunteerism, home improvement, self-defense, care giving and much more.

Credit the Press’ Managing Editor Kristen Czaban with the heavy-lifting in this event. Members of the FAB committee are: Sheridan Press food and home and garden writer Susan Woody, Center for A Vital Community Director Amy Albrecht, Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation Director Jenny Craft, Advocacy and Resource Center Victim Advocate Rhonda Weber, Sheridan College Marketing and Public Information Director Wendy Smith plus local artist and publisher Elaine Henry.

In conjunction with the FAB Women’s Conference, the fall edition of Destination Sheridan magazine will be published.

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Dept. of incidental info……

“Does it work?”

No doubt summer backyards are alive with the sounds and the splashes and the squeals of delight (or admonishment) from Super Soaker water guns.

It was invented in 1989 by Lonnie Johnson, an engineer with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. Johnson, an African-American who was often the only person of color in NASA engineering discussions, had helped send the Galileo mission to the planet Jupiter. Johnson made the Super Soaker out of PVC pipe and Plexiglas and presented it to the executives at Larami Toys.

When the company president, Myung Song, asked the million-dollar question (see above), Johnson pulled the trigger and water blasted across the room and “splatted against the far wall.” There was a stunned silence as no one had ever seen a water gun like this before. Said the company president: “Wow.” The Super Soaker became one of the top sellers of the 1990s. (Our son William had several, some still hidden away.)

Johnson is no longer inventing summer toys or putting space flights into orbit. He’s developing alternative energy systems that takes the heat of the earth and transforms it into electricity.

 

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Bless those tourists!

 

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Quotable

“The only reason a great many American families don’t own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.”

 

— MAD magazine

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