The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 3, 2000


Meet the Forum Staff that Writes a Weekly Column for the Mosquito

Forum staff writers are elected annually by the board of directors of Carlisle Communications, Inc., publisher of the Mosquito, to provide independent commentary on matters they believe will be of interest to Carlisle citizens.

Bob Rothenberg, Forum Editor

I was born and raised in New York City, Queens, and was a Dodger fan-atic from 1947-57. I attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) B.Mgt.E., 1962 where I served as sports editor and managing editor of the student newspaper.

I worked 38 years as an engineer, technical writer, college instructor, sales and marketing manager 15 years in Asian sales/marketing and established a market consulting business in 1998.

I moved to Carlisle in 1983 with my wife Pauline and daughters Jennifer and Becky. Jennifer, 22, is a Boston College senior and Becky, 20, is a Colby sophomore.

I have served as a Mosquito reporter covering the Carlisle School Committe and the Regional School Committee for six years. I am current chair of Carlisle Communications, Inc. (CCI).

Ned Bennett

I was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 1923, and attended University High School, Ann Arbor from 1935-1941. I received an A.B. degree from the University of Michigan in 1947 after serving in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. In 1952 I received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Modern European History. My dissertation was on Financial Relations of Germany, 1931.

I was employed by the U.S. Government, CIA, Washington D.C. from 1952 to 1971. In 1981, my wife Barbara and I moved from northern Virginia to Carlisle, and then to Concord in 1992.

My publications include Germany and the Diplomacy of the Financial Crisis, 1931 (Publ 1962) and German Rearmament and the West, 1932-33 (Publ 1979). Each of the two books received the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association. The former book was published by the Harvard University Press; the latter by the Princeton University Press. I have written articles and reviews for various historical journals.

I was a member of the Forum staff, as well as its editor, from 1983 to 1999.

Rick Blum

I have been a resident of Carlisle since 1983 when my wife Jennine and I built a cozy, four-room gambrel on Skelton Road. I had moved to Massachusetts four years earlier to participate in the high-tech Gold Rush, after running a folk/blues club in southern New Hampshire. Working for computer vendors proved more lucrative than the nightclub scene, though not nearly as smoky. I now conduct market research as a source of sustenance and unusable Forum ideas.

Jennine and I currently reside on Elizabeth Ridge with two daughters, two lazy cats, and enough electronic gadgetry to outfit a space mission to Mars. I plan, eventually, to return to my musical roots when the girls finish college and Carlisle enacts a liquor license. In the meantime, I will keep writing about my love of small- town New England living, at least until someone pays me to stop.

Kathleen Coyle

I was born in Washington, DC, but until coming to Carlisle in 1968, I always thought of California as home. After Goucher College, I enlisted in the WAVES for three years; one of my Navy jobs was editing the station newspaper. On discharge I was accepted at the University of Chicago, where I received an M.A. in Human Development in 1950. Returning to California, I taught at the elementary level until 1963, when I entered the Harvard Graduate School of Education, earning a Ed.D. in school psychology in 1972.

I've been with the Mosquito from its mimeographed beginnings, and even submitted the name for the paper and served on the first board. I taught at the University of Alaska in Juneau from 1978 until 1985, then returned to Carlisle and retired. I am now a member of the Mosquito Forum and staff member for police and fire news.

Philip Drew

I live with my daughter Eve (17) and son Charlie (14) in the house where we have lived for 22 years on Bedford Road. We have a dog named Phoebe, two cats named Violet and Cookie, and a rabbit named Ferdinand. I am an engineer, with degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (B.S. in Mechanical Engineering) and Harvard University (S.M. in Applied Math and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering). I served in the Army for three years as a light plane pilot. I am president of the Concord Consulting Group, a small consulting firm with ten professionals, and my work is addressed to medical imaging, which includes X-ray, ultrasound, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear medicine.

My hobbies include woodworking, skiing, swimming, and canoeing. I love opera and operettas, especially Gilbert and Sullivan, and I have been an active member of the Savoyards here in Carlisle for many years.

Mark Green

I have lived in Carlisle since 1992, and have been a member of the Forum staff since 1996. I currently serve as a judge on the Massachusetts Land Court, a trial court with jurisdiction over matters involving title and use of real property, including zoning and subdivision appeals. Prior to my appointment in 1997, I worked as a real estate attorney in two Boston law firms and in the legal departments of several (now merged) banks. I have also served (among other volunteer activities) as a director of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and as a Trustee of the Carlisle Conservation Trust and Carlisle Conservation Foundation.

My wife Karen is also an attorney. She is a senior partner and vice chair of the litigation department of Hale and Dorr, a Boston law firm. She previously has served, among other positions, as Deputy United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and as Chief of Staff to former Governor Weld.

We have two children, Colin (14) and Alex (11), who attend The Fenn School in Concord.

We enjoy travel and most forms of outdoor recreation, particularly skiing, swimming, canoeing and canoe camping.

Jayne Prats

Years ago, my Concord-born college roommate introduced me to all the important spots in the area. Along with Author's Ridge and Walden Pond, we visited Bates Farm. I guess the "Carlisle bug" bit me way back then.

I've lived in Carlisle for about 15 yearslong enough to see significant changes in town (but thank goodness, the ice cream is still at Bates).

I've always had parallel interests in science and writing. During my graduate school years, I reported for the Concord Journal (I sympathize with the Mosquito reporters covering town board meetings) and wrote articles for the New England Sierra Club (Logan noise pollution and Route 2 expansionno change there).

I'm a biochemist and now work as a biotech consultant and a medical writer/instructional designer. I'm fortunate to have found a way to mix science and writing in my work and still get to spend plenty of time with my favorite peoplemy husband and daughter.

Thanks to the Mosquito for the opportunity to voice my opinion now and then as a Forum writer!

Parkman Howe

I have been an English teacher at Concord Academy for 20 years.In 1985, my wife and I moved to Curve Street in Carlisle. Our family now lives on Acton Street. My interests include bee keeping, gardening, the Bible, poetry and prose. I am poetry editor of Appalachia, the Appalachian Mountain Club publication.

My wife Melinda Lindquist is in medical communications InforMedical Communications Inc. Our children, Emily, 10 is in fifth grade, and Caroline, 7 is in second grade at the Carlisle School.

Jo Rita Jordan

I have lived in Carlisle for almost 23 years, nearly 20 in my present house on Pheasant Hill Lane. I just stepped down as chairman of the Conservation Commission but continue on as a member and have served as the Carlisle representative on the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission. I have been contributing articles to the Mosquito Forum for six years.

I publish Analytical Consumer, a "consumers' report" for equipment used in chemistry labs, and Analytical Marketing Letter, an Internet newsletter of media criticism of companies that supply the same equipment. I have a B.S. degree from the University of Chicago, a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and an M.B.A. from Boston University. I am a graduate of the Cordon Bleu in Paris and hold a commercial pilot's license.

Al Powers

I am currently chairperson of the CCHS Science Department and have been a Carlisle resident since 1978. I have been a CCHS faculty member since 1974.

I am a National Tandy Scholar Award Recipient for Excellence in Secondary School Science Teaching. I belong to Aula Laudis Society for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching and Recognition of Contributions to Secondary School Chemical Education and the American Chemical Society. I was former president of the New Hampshire Science Teachers Association and former National Director (New England/New York) of the National Science Teachers Association.

Jim Sparks

I was born in Brockton, Massachusetts and graduated from Stonehill College. I have a master's degree from Boston College and my M.D. from Boston University.My postgraduate medical education in internal medicine was at Baltimore City Hospitals and the Mayo Clinic. My hematologic fellowship was at the Mayo Clinic also. I have been on the staff at the Lahey Clinic since 1972. I moved to Carlisle in 1973. I have three children, James Jr, Patrick Ryan and Maura Logue. All three attended the Carlisle School and the Concord-Carlisle High School. In the 1980s I served for seven years on the Carlisle School Committee and the Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee and served a one-year term as chairman of each committee during those years. My interests include classical music,opera, wine and foreign travel.

Claude von Roesgen

I was born in New Jersey in 1957 and grew up as a first-generation American of Luxembourg parents in Westfield, New Jersey. I went to college in Boston and made so many friends that I couldn't part ways with, that I stayed in the area. I lived on Beacon Hill and in Porter Square, Somerville. I married while living in Arlington near Spy Pond and in December of 1991 my wife and I moved to Carlisle. I love running and mountain biking in the Estabrook Woods, and swimming in Walden, Hutchin's and Batesman's Pond. I started a career as an architectural solar design consultant, recording sound for PBS's "The Information Society." I wrote about electronic test equipment as a technical journalist. I Produced a Peace Corps documentary about a volunteer in Nepal and then produced industrial videos explaining high technology products. The World Wide Web caught my imagination in 1994 and has enthralled me ever since.

Nancy Pirman-Weiss

I have lived in Carlisle since 1997. Prior to moving to the Boston area we lived in Haverford, Pennsylvania. I grew up in Glens Falls and Poestenkill, New York. I enjoy learning and hold several degrees, the latest from Villanova University.

In Pennsylvania, I helped reactivate the Brynford Civic Association, represented my community on the Volunteer/Organization Boards of my Township, and also volunteered for various women's groups, election duties, Domestic Abuse Project, Trevor's House, and fundraising for my children's schools.

My interests include reading, baking, puzzles, piano, musicals, ice skating, skiing, bobbin lacemaking and several varieties of handwork.

I have been married to Mitchell Weiss for 17 years and have two children, Katrina and Adam. Mitchell enjoys hockey and plays goalie. Katrina is an Expert Archer, and has placed first in several MFAA competitions. Adam has been active in area choral groups and recently earned a place in the District Chorus.


The Mosquito thanks former Forum writers Sal Borello, Jean Keskulla and Phyllis Hughes, who recently resigned from the Forum staff, for their thoughtful commentaries over the years.

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