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Mensa

Mensa, The world's largest High-IQ society is primarily a social group for people that enjoy games, puzzles, wide ranging discussions, and others that get their jokes.  But if you're looking for the stuffy intelligentsia, look elsewhere - we like to have fun! Our entire family is active in the Dayton chapter, with activities and friends all across the country.

I was once webmaster for Region 4, at the same time Beth was webspinner for Region 3.  After our marriage, we joked that the merger represented too much media control in one family - so we both retired!  We keep up with both regions and my home town, since there are many activities in driving range from Dayton and my home town of St. Louis.


My Model T Ford

I love the history of technology, and what better exemplifies America's technological growth than the Model T Ford? Like the PC of today, it transformed culture and daily life around the world.  My own car, a 1923 Model T runabout, is, alas, still in many pieces, but here is how it (and I) looked when I acquired it in 1980, and how it will look when finished (any year now). Actually, I hope to finish it in time for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Model T in the summer of 2008.  Major celebrations are planned about an hour west of here in Centerville, Indiana (home to the Model T Ford Club of America and the soon to be opened MTFCA Model T Ford Museum).

Dayton is also home of the Southwest Ohio Model T club, which holds tours and provides opportunities for T owners to get together and exchange information and ideas.  Follow the links to the Southwest Ohio Model T Club website and pictures from the Spring 2007 tour.
















BTW, I was delighted to discover that America's Packard Museum, the country's first museum dedicated to the Packard Automobile, is right here in downtown Dayton. Not only can you see dozens of the most beautiful automobiles ever built, but they rent the entire museum out for special events - we held our wedding reception in the middle of the museum!

Progress at last!  I finally started work on the restoration in mid-July.  Here's the start, and the completed chassis ready for engine in early October.  There are more pictures here.







Starting in July 2007







Chassis ready for engine, October 2007







Genealogy

Genealogy is about learning the story of who you are and how you came to be, a story that is completely unique to you and your immediate siblings.  There are amazing records out there, with more being found (and placed on line) every day. When the great and small events of history were unfolding, your ancestors were there - and many of them left their mark.

WardsOnline.net contains our families' genealogical database, pictures (including tintypes), family reunions, links to genealogy resources, and a searchable database so you can see if you are related to me!  (Don't laugh; I've been contacted by my daughter's 10th cousin as a result of this site, and many more connections that converge with a 2nd or 3rd great grandparent.)

That is one of the fun things about genealogy. I've met a lot of people, mostly total strangers, who were happy to open up and tell me a great deal of family history, share photographs, and show me family grave sites. And, it's not like I'm from some Boston blueblood family or anything - I started out knowing only my own grandparents on each side, all farmers with no obvious fame.  My daughter can now count 18 veterans of the Revolution, the Civil War, the War of 1812, the Blackhawk War and the Winnebago war as ancestors, and is eligible for membership in the Welcome society and the DAR.  We've documented German, English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, French and Native American ancestors.  Every one was here prior to the Civil War, and the majority we've documented were here prior to the Revolution.

And the stories!  One ancestor, Isaac Fuller, was was kidnapped by Tecumseh's tribe, held for two years, and killed Tecumseh's half-sister during his escape.  His brother, Asa Fuller, was the only man ever hung for murder in Dearborn County, Indiana in a bizarre case that went to the Indiana Supreme court - we even found a folk song about it, "Fuller and Warren", that was collected by the Smithsonian, with many variants running around the web.

Camp McKim, where my g'g'grandfather Amos Jackson was stationed with the Michigan 6th infantry prior to taking part in the fall of Baton Rouge and New Orleans during the Civil War.

One was the first schoolteacher in Crawford County, Illinois, and her husband became one of the wealthiest men in the county (my branch must have been cut out of the will...)  Another worked in the Pennsylvania oil fields after the first strike by Drake in the 1860's.  One was Lloyd Cassel Douglas, a well known writer at the turn of the last century.  Yet another had 21 children, by two wives - the second of which was his great niece (this just after the Civil War).

A few good Genealogy reference sites are the LDS FamilySearch site, Genealogy.com, and RootsWeb.  Also, I have a PowerPoint presentation that I've delivered to a few groups on Genealogy for Beginners.


Music

Sure, I like classic rock, sixties folk revival, and lots of other stuff, but a peculiar interest of mine is Filk - that odd blend of folk music, science fiction fandom, and parody that grew from the SF convention circuit into its own genre. Filk.com is a great starting place for links to Filk resources.  Also be sure to check out Tom Smith, one of my favorite Filk and Comedy artists who regularly releases new individual songs on the web.