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Stockdale
(SwStr: t. 188; cpl. 63; a. 2 30-par. P.r., 4 24-par.
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Stockdale—a wooden, side-wheel steamer (Lytle classifies this ship as a stern wheel steamer in his Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States 1807-1868, p. 94) built in 1863 at West Brownsville, Pa.—was purchased by the Navy on 13 November 1863 at Cincinnati, Ohio, from B. T. Laughlinetal under the name J. Stockdale, and commissioned at Cairo, Ill. On 26 December 1863, Acting Ensign John Lowrie in command.

Renamed Stockdale sometime before 19 January 1864 and designated Tinclad No. 42, the gunboat steamed down the Mississippi and joined the West Gulf Blockading Squadron at New Orleans on 3 January 1864. On 8 January 1864, Acting Master Thomas Edwards assumed command of the ship.

Since rumors were then circulating that Confederate ironclads were about to attempt to recapture New Orleans, Stockdale steamed down the Mississippi to reinforce Admiral Farragut's ships in defending that strategic city, and she served in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron through the end of the Civil War. Most of her service was performed in Berwick Bay Lake Pontchartrain, and other inland waters along the gulf coast.

On 16 May 1864, a landing party from the tinclad gunboat was fired u~on by Confederate cavalry at the mouth of the Tchefuncta River. Two officers were captured and one killed before Edwards succeeded in forcing the attackers to withdraw.

The ship was ordered to Mississippi Sound on 23 July to prepare for the impending attack on Mobile Bay. On the morning of 2 August, she anchored off Petit Bois Island. The next day, she steamed to Dauphin Island where all of her boats were used to land troops from Army transports. On the morning of the 5th, while Farragut was leading his squadron into Mobile Bay Stockdale steamed toward Fort Powell and bombarded that Southern fortress.

In the months that followed, Stockdale continued to serve in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron for the most part, and supported mop-up operations in and around Mobile Bay. On 8 September, she joined Titonia, Randolph, and an Army transport for an expedition to Salt House Point, Miss., to destroy extensive Southern salt works. Only Stockdale and Randolph crossed the bar and entered the Bon Secours River. The salt works were so extensive that boat crews from the two ships worked all day and into the following afternoon before finishing the destruction.

On the 11th, Stockdale again joined Randolph in an expedition—this time up the Fish River to seize a sawmill engine, some livestock, and 60,000 board feet of lumber. Confederate riflemen fired upon the retiring ships and felled trees ahead of them, but the Union ships broke through the obstructions to safety.

On 8 December, Stockdale and J. P. Jackson captured schooner Medora in Mississippi Sound as the blockade runner was attempting to slip to sea laden with cotton.

Stockdale continued to perform various duties into 1865. On 8 March, she began support of active operations against Mobile, Ala., and she continued the duty until the city surrendered on 12 April.

After the Civil War ended, Stockdale continued to operate in the Gulf of Mexico until she was decommissioned on 24 August 1866 at New Orleans. She was sold at public auction there on the same day.


The Story of a Vietnam War Veteran: The Stockdale Paradox

September 9, 1965, was a life-changing day for James Stockdale. It was the day that his Douglas A-4 Skyhawk was shot out of the sky, forcing him to eject to save his own life. The North Vietnamese captured the American admiral that day. But little did they know then that they would take in a very, very troublesome prisoner.

They detained Stockdale at the Hỏa Lò Prison, the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.” He soon established communications among the American prisoners of war, and a code of rules to organize the prisoners and boost their morale.

When the abuse of American POWs reached a climax in 1969, Stockdale was selected by his captors as a trophy for their propaganda. Knowing that he wouldn’t be paraded if he was disfigured, he cut his own scalp with a razor and then beat his own face with a wooden stool, foiling his captors’ plans.

After Stockdale found out that several POWs had been tortured to death, he slit his own wrists to show that he would rather die than capitulate to his captors. From that night on, the practice of torturing American POWs stopped in the facility.

Stockdale finally returned home to the United States in 1973 after seven-and-a-half years in prison. In 1976, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism.

Once, Stockdale had invited Jim Collins, a management scholar, out to lunch. Collins asked Stockdale about how he persevered while in Vietnam.


Admiral James B. Stockdale, USN

James Bond Stockdale was born and raised in Abingdon, Illinois. He lettered in football, basketball and track, won a regional piano competition, and graduated second in his high school class. He was appointed to the Naval Academy in the middle of World War II. Soon after graduating in 1946, Stockdale reported to Pensacola for flight training.

1927: James B. Stockdale, at the age of three wearing a sailor suit, with his father at home in Abingdon, Illinois.

Stockdale flew almost every propeller-driven aircraft in the Navy&rsquos inventory, but he yearned for greater challenges. In 1954, Stockdale applied for Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland. Along with 17 others &mdash including future astronaut John Glenn &mdash he made the cut.

1954: Test Pilot Training Class 14 in Patuxent River, Maryland. Instructors are in the front row. James Stockdale is in the front row 3rd from the left. In January 1954, James Stockdale was accepted into the United States Naval Test Pilot School at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River base in Southern Maryland and then completed his training.

At Patuxent, Stockdale was a standout. He amassed more than a thousand hours in the F-8U Crusader, then the Navy&rsquos hottest fighter. Promotions followed, and by the mid-1960s, Stockdale was at the very pinnacle of his career and profession, commanding a fighter squadron.

September 1965: Jim Stockdale on the flight deck of USS Oriskany, one week before he was shot down in Vietnam.

In August 1964, Stockdale&rsquos squadron played a role in the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which involved North Vietnamese attacks on U.S. naval vessels. The Johnson Administration invoked these occurrences to justify a massive American military response. Interestingly, Stockdale always maintained that during the incident&rsquos key &ldquoengagement,&rdquo he saw no enemy vessels. In his words, &ldquoI flew so low there was salt spray on the windshield, and I still didn&rsquot see a thing!&rdquo But the die was cast. The next morning, he was ordered to lead a raid on North Vietnamese oil refineries. America &mdash and Jim Stockdale &mdash were at war.

James Stockdale (second from left) in POW camp in Hanoi, North Vietnam, a week before his release in February 1973. Stockdale was held as a prisoner of war in the Hoa Lo Prison for seven and a half years. As the senior Naval officer, he was one of the primary organizers of prisoner resistance. Tortured routinely and denied medical attention for the severely damaged leg he suffered during capture. He created and enforced a code of conduct for all prisoners, which governed torture, secret communications and behavior. (Courtesy of James Bond Stockdale)

On September 9, 1965, Stockdale catapulted his A-4 Skyhawk off the flight deck of the USS Oriskany on what turned out to be his final mission over North Vietnam. Approaching his target, his plane was riddled with anti-aircraft fire. Within seconds, his engine was aflame and all hydraulic control was gone. He &ldquopunched out,&rdquo watching his plane slam into a rice paddy and explode in a fireball. Stockdale himself best describes what happened next:

&ldquoAs I ejected from the plane, I broke a bone in my back, but that was only the beginning. I landed in the streets of a small village. A thundering herd was coming down on me. They were going to defend the honor of their town. It was the quarterback sack of the century.&rdquo They tore off his clothes and beat him mercilessly. Stockdale suffered a broken leg and paralyzed arm before a military policeman took him into custody. He was now a prisoner of war, the highest ranking naval officer to be held as a POW in Vietnam.

Aerial view of the notorious prison camp in North Vietnam for the United States Prisoners of War during the Vietnam War, sarcastically known to American POWs as &ldquoThe Hanoi Hilton.&rdquo (Courtesy of James Bond Stockdale)

Stockdale wound up in Hoa Lo Prison &ndash the infamous &ldquoHanoi Hilton&rdquo &mdash where he spent the next seven years under unimaginably brutal conditions. He was physically tortured no fewer than 15 times. Techniques included beatings, whippings, and near-asphyxiation with ropes. Mental torture was incessant. He was kept in solitary confinement, in total darkness, for four years, chained in heavy, abrasive leg irons for two years, malnourished due to a starvation diet, denied medical care, and deprived of letters from home in violation of the Geneva Convention.

February 15, 1973: James Stockdale greets his father, Navy pilot and then-Captain James B. Stockdale, after his father&rsquos release as an American POW for seven years and a half years, at Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego.

Through it all, Stockdale&rsquos captors held out the promise of better treatment if he would only admit that the United States was engaging in criminal behavior against the Vietnamese people, but Stockdale refused. Drawing strength from principles of stoic philosophy, Stockdale heroically resisted. His courage was an inspiration to his fellow POWs, with whom he communicated in an ingenious code, maintaining unit cohesion and morale. His jailers increased the level of torture, so Stockdale determined to fight back in the only way he could.

James Bond Stockdale and his wife, Sybil. Early in Stockdale&rsquos captivity, Sybil Stockdale organized The League of American Families of POWs and MIAs with other wives of servicemen who were in similar circumstances. By 1968, her organization called for President Richard Nixon and the United States Congress to publicly acknowledge the mistreatment of the POWs, and gained the attention of the American press. (Courtesy of James Bond Stockdale)

Told that he was to be taken &ldquodowntown&rdquo and paraded in front of foreign journalists, Stockdale slashed his scalp with a razor and beat himself in the face with a wooden stool. He reasoned that his captors would not dare display a prisoner who appeared to have been beaten. When he learned that his fellow prisoners were dying under torture, he slashed his wrists to show their captors that he preferred death to submission. Stockdale literally gambled with his life, and won.

March 4, 1976: President Gerald R. Ford presents the Medal of Honor &mdash awarded for his personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty &mdash to Rear Admiral James B. Stockdale, USN, during an awards ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Admiral Stockdale earned the nation&rsquos highest decoration for his extraordinary bravery and leadership as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam from September 9, 1965 to February 12, 1973. (AP)

Convinced of Stockdale&rsquos determination to die rather than cooperate, the Communists ceased trying to extract bogus &ldquoconfessions&rdquo from him. The torture of American prisoners ended, and treatment of all American POWs improved. Upon his release in 1973, Stockdale&rsquos extraordinary heroism became widely known, and he received the Medal of Honor in the nation&rsquos bicentennial year. He was one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the Navy, with 26 personal combat decorations, including four Silver Star medals in addition to the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor recipients: Lt. Thomas R. Norris, USN, Rear Admiral James B. Stockdale, USN and Lt. Michael E. Thornton, USN at the American Academy of Achievement&rsquos 2001 Banquet of the Golden Plate in San Antonio, TX.

Throughout Stockdale&rsquos captivity, his wife Sybil campaigned for respectful treatment for the families of all POWs by founding the League of Families. Sybil Stockdale was presented with the U.S. Navy Department&rsquos Distinguished Public Service Award by the Chief of Naval Operations. She is the only wife of an active-duty officer ever to be so honored.

2001: Medal of Honor recipient Admiral James B. Stockdale, USN, addresses the Academy delegates and members at the American Academy of Achievement&rsquos 2001 Banquet of the Golden Plate ceremonies in San Antonio, Texas.


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Max Frumes, The PIPEs Report

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PIPEs FOR SMALL INVESTORS?

Manager Connected With Past Scams Offers 'Managed PIPE

Account' written by Max Frumes edited by Adam Steinhauer published May 1, 2007

A businessman who has been connected to stock frauds and Ponzi schemes around the world has started a new venture. He's offering to help individual investors buy into the PIPE market.

A firm called Winterman Asset Management put out a press release on April 10 offeringits services as the manager of a "managed PIPE account" based out of Switzerland. An investigation by TPR revealed that Winterman's founder and chairman Malcolm Stockdale has been connected to numerous companies that have been found by courts and government agencies to have defrauded investors and associates.

Stockdale, in an e-mail exchange with TPR ,denied wrongdoing. He described himself as an investor in high-risk businesses and said he has been falsely accused by associates in ventures that failed. "My business, for many years, has been to invest in companies that are either in a start-up phase or in trouble, as is that of thousands of other businessmen," Stockdale wrote.

Winterman claims that it offers individual investors access to PIPE deals, both traditional and structured, and initial public offerings around the world, all through accounts managed in Switzerland. The managed PIPE account requires a minimum investment of as little as £20,000 ($40,037) and accepts a maximum investment of only £1 million, according to the firm.

A representative said that Winterman will manage the funds on a discretionary basis from managed accounts set up with UBS.UBS spokesman Kris Kagel confirmed the bank's relationship with Winterman.
" This situation is essentially a bank account," said Winterman representative David Bradley-Ward. "The benefit of having an account in Switzerland is for tax purposes, where an investor can wrap it with an insurance product, creating a specific account that is managed and dedicated to PIPE transactions and similar equity investments both in the U.S. and Europe."


Small Investors and PIPEs

PIPE investing is growing more popular, and it would make sense for there to be demand from individual investors for access to the PIPE market. Some $30 billion were invested in PIPEs last year that were issued by companies listed on U.S. stock markets. Some hedge funds have achieved outsized returns byinvesting in PIPEs.

A proposition for smaller investors like the one that Winterman is making is possible, although highly improbable, legal experts said.

Steven E. Siesser, with law firm LowensteinSandler's specialty finance group, pointed out that mostcompanies issuing PIPEs would not want an account with anonymous investors intheir deal. Companies would generally prefer dealing with a few institutionalinvestors and perhaps a small number of accredited investors. Includingunaccredited investors in a PIPE would raise a company's disclosureobligations. It would also expose the company's stock to the more volatiletrading patterns of retail investors.

Siesser said, however, that it would be possible for a discretionary account to manage investments for PIPE investors in the U.S. if the individuals were accredited investors.

Steven Skolnick, also with Lowenstein's specialty finance group, said he does not know of any "mainstream" PIPE transactions in the U.S. that have included nonaccredited investors. In the U.S., for an account with non-accredited investors— as opposed to a fund—to participate in a private placement, it would have to have received investment advice from a purchaser's representative, and greater-than-standard disclosure from the issuer. In foreign markets, however, laws vary from country to country. A firm claiming to invest in foreign PIPEs would have to have done the work to know the laws and regulations of each nation.

Winterman's accounts of its own activities portray a varied recent history. On Oct. 12, Winterman said it had been hired as an adviser to 123ID Inc., a privately held developer of software and technology to identify people by their fingerprints. The Grand Forks, N.D.- based company said it had issued an "offer memorandum" to raise $3 million in financing to expand in the U.S. and Europe. 123ID's president Roger Quint told TPR last week that the company is still working with Winterman. He declined to say if they had succeeded in raising capital.

A press release dated Oct. 13 said that Winterman was launching a multi-manager diversified fund based in the British Virgin Islands, for high net worth individuals to invest for growth. The multi-manager fund, however, never launched, Winterman's Bradley-Ward said.

In the press release, Winterman had listed established firms Northern Trust, The Custom House Group and Horizon Cash Management, as "partners."

"Partners such as The Custom House Group, Northern Trust and Horizon Cash Management offer investors in the fund a solid background of industry expertise, "Winterman director Sara Buzze was quoted as saying in the release.

But representatives of those firms, when contacted by TPR , disputed Winterman's characterization of their relationship.

John O'Connell, a spokesman for Chicago- based Northern Trust, said the asset administrator had no relationship with Winterman, but was only a service provider to Horizon.

Irish-based fund administrator Custom House's chairman, Dermot Butler, said his firm did have a contract to provide services to Winterman. But Custom House wasn't a "partner" of Winterman's, nor did Custom House authorize Winterman's press release, Butler said. Custom House has no current affiliation or association with Winterman, he said.

Horizon Cash Management spokesman Brian Hurley said his firm was hired as cash manager for the Winterman fund. But Horizon resigned its position when the Winterman fund failed to gather enough assets to launch, Hurley said.

Winterman's Bradley-Ward blamed "unfounded" rumors on the Internet for Winterman's failure to attract assets. "Even though the fund was demonstrably beyond reproach, unfounded, anonymous allegations on the Web made it very difficult to market," he said. "The fund has been temporarily withdrawn until these issues are solved."

The allegations were connected to Malcolm Stockdale, who was referred to as Winterman's chairman in the press release. "Malcolm started Winterman as a private equity business and concentrates on developing in-house businesses to market," Bradley-Ward said. "He is discussed on some dodgy 'scam'sites. Our lawyers are currently working to have all these untrue accusationsremoved."

TPR contacted Stockdale at a Vancouver, Canada, phone number for Playsonthenet.com, a website for unpublished authors. Stockdale said he had no experience in the PIPE market and that he was just an investor. Bradley-Ward said he has known Stockdale for only 18 months and that Stockdale is only an investor in Winterman. Yet Winterman's original website is registered to Malcolm Stockdale.

Stockdale confirmed to TPR that he was involved with two failed ventures in the U.S., Continua Systems andViper International Holdings. Both were accused of defrauding investors andassociates.

In 1999, a Texas state court in Dallas ruled against Stockdale and Viper International in a civil lawsuit claiming securities fraud andmisrepresentation by selling false stock. The total fine was more than $2million.

Less than a year later, a news report on a Dallas area television station said that Stockdale had started Continua in Waco, Texas, claiming to have the solution to the Y2K computer crisis.

The report, by TV station WFAA in Dallas, described Stockdale presiding over church-revival-like rallies in 1999, where he urged on Continua's commission-paid sales associates. Some of those sales associates later told WFAA that Continua failed to pay them tens of thousands of dollars in commissions, according to a transcript of the station's report. Continua was liquidated in 2001 in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceeding.

Stockdale told TPR that he personally paid off all of Continua's liabilities.

"At the final court proceeding, the judge discharged the bankruptcy, as not one single creditor filed a claim or appeared," Stockdale said. "That was because I personally paid off all of the liabilities. I personally lost a substantial amount of money as an investor of that company."

A 2003 report by the New Zealand Commerce Commission associated Stockdale with two alleged pyramid schemes in that country.

One was a company called Net Guard, which described itself as a "technology-driven, international membership organization, focused on becoming a market leader in the design and development of wireless Internet-enabled tracking and location systems," according to the commission. Net Guard allegedly targeted low-income people to become members and charged them about NZ$6,000 ($4,454) each to join.

The other was called Alpha Club and its promotion involved travel services.

"Two people involved in setting up the Net Guard scheme in New Zealand, Malcolm Stockdale and Stuart Baldwin, were also associated with Alpha Club, a pyramid scheme involving the promotion of travel and hotel discounts," the report said.

The New Zealand High Court, following the Commerce Commission's investigation, ruled that the Alpha Club was a fraud and ordered it to distribute NZ$300,000 to members who suffered losses.

Stockdale told TPR did he did not own or work for Alpha Club, and that he was only an investor in Net Guard. Baldwin was only an employee with both Alpha Club and Net Guard, Stockdale said.

Stockdale said that the New Zealand commission never took any action again him, nor did it ever try to contact him or Net Guard.

When questioned about Winterman's experience in PIPE transactions, Bradley-Ward replied that the firm had advised on a recent PIPE for Tally Ho Ventures, an international wealth management firm that serves mid- to high-net worth individuals and families.

Tally Ho completed a PIPE on April 10 that raised proceeds of $525,000. The company sold 459,982 shares for $1.09 each, to hedge funds managed by New York-based Vision Capital Advisors. Tally Ho shares had closed at $1.01 on April 9 and have since fallen to 83 cents, as of last Thursday. Vision also received a warrant to buy another 500,000 shares for $2 each, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission show.

Tally Ho CEO Nigel Gregg said, however, that Winterman wasn't involved in the Vision transaction.

Winterman instead helped analyze terms of another prospective transaction with Mercatus & Partners. Tally Ho cancelled a planned PIPE investment by Mercatus on April 9. Gregg said Mercatus didn't provide the funding it had promised. That may have been because Tally Ho's stock had plunged by 50% after they had made the deal, he said. A Mercatus representative declined to comment, citing a confidentiality agreement the firm has with Tally Ho.

Gregg also said that the relationship between Tally Ho and Winterman was more historical than anything else and that Winterman helped Tally Ho in the past, before Gregg started at the company in July 2006. Winterman remains one of Tally Ho's biggest shareholders, according to Ron Stabiner, a public relations consultant to Tally Ho .

Net Guard shuts up shop following Commission investigation 5 July 2002

Auckland based Net Guard (New Zealand) Limited has closed down following a Commerce Commission investigation. The Commission had received complaints that Net Guard was operating a sophisticated pyramid scheme in breach of section 24 of the Fair Trading Act.

Net Guard, formerly known as World4Vision, described itself on its website as a "technology driven international membership organisation focused on becoming a market leader in the design and development of wireless Internet-enabled tracking and location systems."

The Commission began investigating Net Guard last month after receiving more than 30 complaints and enquiries about the business.

"The Commission had strong concerns about the activities of Net Guard, and considered that it showed the hallmarks of a pyramid scheme," said Commission Chair John Belgrave. "Two of the people who set the scheme up in New Zealand, Malcolm Stockdale and Stuart Baldwin, were associated with Alpha Club, an alleged pyramid scheme the Commission is current taking civil action against."

"The Commission executed a number of search warrants last week with a view to seeking a court injunction to stop the company from trading. It found that more than 60 people had joined Net Guard and that the business had already generated up to half a million dollars in membership fees."

"The Commission received information following a Net Guard meeting on Wednesday night (3 July) that those involved in the management of the company had resigned with immediate effect and that the company was suspending operations in New Zealand. In addition, no further membership meetings have been planned."

Net Guard was conducting presentations at various hotels throughout the Auckland region. Admission to the presentations was available only by invitation from 'agents' of the company. Invited guests were introduced to a scheme where they could earn income by becoming sales agents of security systems and through commissions paid for recruiting new members. Guests who were interested in becoming 'agents' for Net Guard were required to pay a $6,800 membership fee. Upon recruiting another person, they become a 'sales agent' and received a commission of $1,200. Income at any level could only be gained by the recruitment of new agents.

The majority of complaints to the Commission included allegations that Net Guard had not supplied the security products new agents expected to receive on joining and concerns that it may have been a pyramid scheme. Mr Belgrave said the Commission's investigation would continue and enquiries were still being made.

Malcolm Stockdale and Stuart Baldwin left New Zealand last month. The Commission received information that Stockdale and Baldwin have been attempting to set up the scheme in Australia, and that one of the principals had now left for South Africa. The Commission has alerted the relevant enforcement agencies in Australia and South Africa.

"The Commission warns people to be careful if they are approached to join schemes where there are promises made about future earnings and that require people to recruit members to obtain those earnings," added Mr Belgrave.

Net Guard Members are encouraged to contact the Commerce Commission with any relevant information regarding Net Guard on 0800 943 600 during office hours.


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I am the author of Colonial Encounters Among English and Palestinian Women, 1800-1948, (U Press of FL, 2007), and am currently finishing a new monograph, entitled Staging the Middle East: Amusement and Knowledge in Great Britain and the United States, 1851-2001. I am also in the late stages of editing a volume, entitled Historical and Contemporary Foodways in the Middle East and North Africa. Also, I recently published, “No Escape From Reality: The Postcolonial Glam of Freddie Mercury,” in Global Glam and Popular Music (ed. by Chapman & Johnson, Routledge, 2016).

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A Matter of Free Will

Stockdale realised that despite his capture and subsequent imprisonment, he still had the capacity for free will. Although he couldn’t change what was happening to him, he could control how he reacted to it all.

And that’s different from hoping things will turn out okay in the end. It is being proactive but also realistic about the situation. There are the factors you can control, for instance, your reaction to imprisonment and torture.

Then there are other factors you cannot control, such as liberation. Stockdale knew that to survive this horrific experience, he could not have ‘faith’ that things would turn out alright in the end. Because, dash this faith, time and time again, and there was no knowing if his mental state would ever recover from the sheer disappointment.

Instead, he confronted head-on the desperation and brutality of his situation and devised methods to deal with the worst of them.


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Andrew’s life path number is 5.

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Andrew was born in the 1970s. The 1970s were an era of economic struggle, cultural change, and technological innovation. The Seventies saw many women's rights, gay rights, and environmental movements.

The 44-year-old American was born in the Year of the Dragon and is part of Generation X

According to Chinese Zodiac, Andrew was born in the Year of the Dragon. People born in the Year of the Dragon are energetic and excitable. They hate hypocrisy and gossip and can sometimes be a bit arrogant and impatient.


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Another KHSD boundary change, another tug-of-war between BHS and West over Stockdale neighborhoods

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — You’ve heard the slogan — Once a Driller, Always a Driller.

Well, that’s how it works in theory anyway, because every time the Kern High School District changes the maps to accommodate a new school, the same thing seems to happen.

There’s discussion about one little quirk of the boundary map. Well, kind of a big quirk actually.

Five middle class and upper middle class neighborhoods — Old Stockdale, Stockdale Estates, Amerberton, Quailwood and Laurel Glen — are in the Bakersfield High School enrollment area. Those neighborhoods form an odd appendage on the western side of BHS territory.

Those students must pass near West High School, about two and a half miles away, to get to BHS, about four miles away.

The proposed enrollment maps have not been released to the public, but a group of BHS parents have managed to get a look — and they say the three options they’ve seen move those five neighborhoods into the West enrollment area.

“(Losing) the area that they are trying to omit will be a detriment to Bakersfield High — its tradition and its future,” said Corina Chavez, an Old Stockdale resident who is mother to a BHS grad and an incoming BHS student. “Because those are the areas that invest for that glorious diversity to grow and be what it is.”

Amanda Meszaros said she and her husband moved their family into Stockdale Estates specifically so her son, an incoming freshman, could graduate from the same school his sister did.

“Having gone there myself, having the rich history just in my personal family, knowing my children are fourth generation BHS students — that is very important for our city, our town, our county, the high school district,” she said. “We all know the rich history of BHS doesn’t compare to any high school in town.”

But Roger Sanchez, director of research and planning with the Kern High School District, says it’s way too soon to say what might happen.

“I think our job,” he said, “is to make sure that we’re being fair, that we’re looking at the data, that we’re looking at the numbers and that we’re following the criteria that the board has established to make sure that we do the equitable thing in the long run.”

The plan is to open Del Oro High School by the fall of 2022 at the corner of Panama Lane and Cottonwood Road. The Kern High School District board of trustees will have to decide its new districtwide map by August of this year — at the latest.

People, parents especially, get passionate when it comes to school alma maters, past present and future, and the current boundary fight looks to be no different.

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