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Blame it on LC Brown U.S.M.C.

A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. "Your son is here," she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient's eyes opened.
Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man's limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man's hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused.
Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital - the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.
Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her, "Who was that man?" he asked.
The nurse was startled, "He was your father," she answered.
"No, he wasn't," the Marine replied. "I never saw him before in my life."
"Then why didn't you say something when I took you to him?"
"I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn't here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed. I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His Son was killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this Gentleman's Name? "

The nurse with tears in her eyes answered, "Mr. William Grey........."
The next time someone needs you ... just be there. Stay.
Semper Fi

The Cyberrevolution,

by Jaythomas J. Brown


      Cyberspace has become a frequently used word in today's computer lingo. Coined, as many computer terms are, by a science fiction writer, the term cyberspace was used to define "that shadowy space where our computer data reside...... We all know where that is, that space behind your monitor where everything happens, or doesn't happen in some cases. Today, cyberspace is used to describe the "increasingly interconnected systems -- especially the millions of computers jacked into the Internet."
Another definition is "that place you are in when you are talking on the telephone." In reality, cyberspace includes computer bulletin boards, telephone networks, commercial online services, the Internet, satellite and broadcast television, cable networks, and cellular networks. It's about feeling you're connected face-to-face with a person thousands of miles away; that you're in the same room. It's the information superhighway. Many people see the Internet as being cyberspace and until something better comes along, many feel the Internet is cyberspace because it comes very close to reaching "every computer in the human system."
Internet actually began more than 20 years ago as part of the equipment used by the Defense Department. In the mid-1 980's, it escaped from the halls of the Pentagon and has been running ever since. Today, the "Net," as it's commonly referred to, is accessed in some way by approximately 30-40 million people in more than 160 countries.
Why the success? Many answers probably exist for this question. For one, you can find all sorts of things on the Net -- it contains information that is useful and some that is not, some that is factual and some that is totally erroneous. However, it may be the idea of Internet that makes it such a success. The Internet is an independent being. It is not owned or controlled by any one group. Crossing national boundaries and answering to no one, the Internet is lawless -- the cyberrevolution moves forward by all those connected.
Nearly every form of communications is linked somehow to cyberspace. It's the space that's changing the world and connecting the world all at the same time. It promotes democracy and intellectual activity, and although it is far from perfect, it's a great way to spend some time-

For the Brown Computer Genealogists

       More and more, people are turning to their personal computers to do genealogy work. Not only is it neater, but it's also a lot of fun. Now, all you computer genealogists can turn to the Internet for even more information. Probably, you already have a provider that links you to the Internet, i.e. America Online, CompuServe, or Prodigy. Once hooked up, you can explore the endless "Newsgroups" that link you to the thousands of specialized areas. By using the Mail system on the Internet, you will be able to talk with long lost relatives found living all over the world! Since the "Net" is accessed in some way by more than 160 countries around the world, don't be surprised if you find yourself communicating with someone in the former Soviet Union.

By using the USENET service on the Internet, you may want to explore one of the genealogy Newsgroups. Two such groups are alt.genealogy and soc.roots. You may also want to take a look at ROOTS-L where you'll be able to browse some of the messages left on the soc.roots Newsgroup. Here, you'll also find that's it easy to access many genealogical text files.
You may also want to check out some of the cultural Newsgroups that have popped up. Here, you can communicate with people who have the same cultural background, or someone presently living in the country where your ancestors once lived. These specialized areas give you the chance to discuss a wide variety of topics, including genealogy, with people, literally, on the other side of the world.
After all of this strenuous background searching, you may just want to do a little socializing at the local bar. If you have World Wide Web access on the Internet, try stopping by the DuKuyper DOT COM bar where you can chat with other bar patrons, sample nonexistent drinks, and play video games in a virtual Happy computing! reality setting. You will f i n d t h i s new hotspot at.

Blame it on Brown Yippies

       FLOWER POWER LIVES IN THE 1990's ! ! ! Believe it or not, but it will probably lead us into the 21st century. Thanks to three generations of young computer hackers, most of our lives have become a little easier. Bringing us from huge mainframes used by a few to the same computers used by many in the 1960's, from expensive clunky machines to affordable personal computers in the 1970's, and from extensive programming to entertainment in the 1980's, the counterculture computer programmers, i.e. the hippies, have proven themselves at the leading edge of computer technology.
In 1984, Steven Levy wrote a book called Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution that defined three generations of computer programmers who have helped shape our world. In the book, he included a "Hacker Ethic" that defines this group's counterculture way of behaving and talking. These ethics are:
* "Access to computers should be unlimited and total."
* 'All information should be free."
* "Mistrust authority -- promote decentralization."
* "You can create art and beauty on a computer."
* "Computers can change your life for the better."
It's these ethics that have brought us from monstrous computers to the laptop; that have helped to develop some of the best computer software in the world; and that have opened the doors of the information superhighway. Who would ever have believed that a spreadsheet program, Lotus 1-2-3, would be developed by a transcendental meditation teacher?
Flower power and the hippies don't die. They press onward to make life a little easier for themselves and, eventually, for all of us. As Stewart Brand of Time Magazine said, "[The 1960's] generation proved in cyberspace that where self-reliance leads, resilience follows, and where generosity leads, prosperity follows. If that dynamic continues, and everything so far suggests that it will, then the information age will bear the distinctive mark of the countercultural '60s well in the new millennium."

Grandma Brown is Surfing the Net!

       Cyberspace hasn't forgotten the older Brown. The American Association of Retired Person, the nation's largest organization of senior citizens, reports 2 million computer users among their 33 million members. Not a huge percentage, but one that continues to grow thanks in part to the Internet and the cyberrevolution.
Many seniors spend time on the SeniorNet. Started in 1986 by Mary Furlong, SeniorNet gives seniors a place to chat with others their age on America Online. With over 15,000 users, SeniorNet provides a forum for seniors to do everything from genealogy work to investment watching. Once thought to be leery about computers, seniors are literally surfing the Net to meet new people, to share stories with and give advice to younger generations, and to become more active.
So active, in fact, that one couple of SeniorNetters from Massachusetts has sold their house so they can visit their new friends met via SeniorNet. With a new 28-foot long mobile home, the couple has set their sights on visiting the 350 people they've come to call their "computer family." Spending holidays in different cities all over the country, the couple says they're never more than 1 00 miles away from someone they know from SeniorNet.
Grandma has gone surfing on the Net! With new computer knowledge and a wealth of information to be shared, seniors all over the country have shed their clothes for a wet suit and hit the waves of the SeniorNet.

Move Over Mormons


A new genealogy library   

Nearly everyone has heard of Denver's new airport, Denver International Airport (DIA), that opened late and over-budget; but, have you heard of Denver's "Big New Library?" To the surprise of people everywhere, the new Denver Public Library (DPL) opened on March 25, 1995 on time and within budget.


The new library was constructed next to the city library built in 1955-56 and will incorporate the older facility. Having outgrown the older library just 10 years after opening it, Denver found most of its collection boxed away in storage and its librarians fetching the stowed items. Now, the librarians cruise the General Reference area with portable telephone headsets answering questions from callers and patrons alike. With nearly 1.5 million items in its collection, the eighth largest public-library collection in the United States, librarians don't have the luxury (?) of sitting behind a desk. Under construction for two years, the new library is seven stories of "towers, drums, and different colors of stone rising above the sand-colored remains of the old library." On the inside, architect Michael Graves filled the library with "warm maple columns, custom-designed work tables and lamps, good old-fashioned curved wooden chairs and [carpeted] floors." Even a two and one ¬half stories tall structure from a 100-year-old lumber mill was salvaged and can be found as the centerpiece of the Western History reading room.
Long known for its Western History department, the new library boasts a beautiful two-story, circular, wood-toned area for this department on the fifth floor. Along with the heavily used genealogy department and the conservation collection, the fifth floor houses more information about Harrigan heritage in one place than could be found in the old library. The Western History collection alone contains 75,000 catalogued books and pamphlets and a 500,000 photo collection that is accessible by subject or photographer and viewable by a computer screen.
The genealogy reading room, found on the north side of the fifth floor, has a spectacular view of Denver's Civic Center Park and two meeting rooms. More importantly, the genealogy collection has 40,000 volumes of records and 60,000 pieces of microfilm. The conservation collection, found in the west tower, contains the national repository for Wilderness society papers, animal rights materials, environmental information, and much more.


Another addition to the Western History department is that of technology. The library, with the help of a large grant, is putting 35,000 photographs in a computer database that will be available to anyone who wants a look at America's past. Similar to the process used here at The Harrigan Family News, the library scans the negative of the picture into a computer as a digital image.
Often times, the scanned photo looks clearer than the original thanks to the way the picture is digitized and the way the picture can be enlarged. You are able to pull up these pictures, which are cross-indexed in many ways, and view them side-by-side with text information. The library hopes to have the computerized photos available within several years for those of us who work at home with a computer and a modem.


With all this new stuff, it seems as though you will need a tour guide just to navigate this huge place. Not so, even a kid could do it. In fact, they are. The Children's Library, which will be completely finished in September 1995, features Kid's Catalog. Conceived and designed in Denver, and currently used in many major city libraries, Kid's Catalog uses bright pictures and simple commands to guide kids to the exact location of the books they're interested in reading.
Along with finding books, CD-ROM drives are accessible to the younger readers to utilize the collection of CDs the library has on both "educational stuff" and "infotainment." For the bigger patrons of the library, the Everybody's Catalog has been installed. Even the computer weary will breeze through this user-friendly electronic card catalog developed by the Baltimore Public Library that has many things in common with Kid's Catalog including colorful icons. Of course, the regular Colorado Alliance of Resource Libraries (CARL) system is still available and has been improved for more access.


For those interested in a little more advanced work on the computer, you may access the Internet at one of the 126 terminals at the new library. Although full access to the Net isn't available, the library patron may use the Denver Public Library's Internet "gopher" to view sources such as the Federal Register, the CIA World Fact Book, genealogy databases and much more. From home, you may use the DPL gopher by entering the address into your gopher client. The system does not give access to World Wide Web or newsgoups because the library wants as many people as possible to be able to use the new system.
The new Denver Public Library is ready and waiting for the more than 2,500 people who are expected to visit it each day. With state of the art technology (you can check out your own materials!) and plenty of room for expansion, this facility will help people all over the world satisfy their need for information well into the 21 st century.
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