Weekend Wonderings: Father’s Day Edition

Written June 15th, 2014 by Ken

ww2Welcome to this week’s edition of Weekend Wonderings. Grab whatever beverage that you need (coffee is nice, see above) and let’s proceed. We’ll have some news from The James, some miscellaneous commentary and wrap it up with a track by Eric Clapton.

The James/Wexner

Here is an interesting example of cross-fertilization between departments and between universities.

 The Ohio State University and the University of Michigan have signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Ohio-based Venture Therapeutics Inc., to form a new company to develop and commercialize a pharmaceutical technology targeted for the treatment of precancerous oral lesions. 

Previously published data shows that about 30% of the higher grade precancerous oral lesions progress to oral cancer, specifically oral squamous cell carcinoma. This type of cancer is particularly devastating to patients because treatment entails removal of facial and mouth structures essential for esthetics and function. The National Cancer Institute estimates that 42,440 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer and over 8,390 oral cancer related deaths will occur in 2014.

This is a pretty big deal where OSU interdisciplines (dentistry and oncology) team up with UM staff for this new treatment protocol.  Buckeyes and Wolverines may not care for one another on the field/court, but when it counts, it counts..

Paying Forward and Paying Back: Here is a good story of how a cancer-beater came up with a creative way to express his gratitude to The James. If you’re looking for a new home, here’s your chance.


Today is Father’s Day. If you’re reading this it is hopefully either after you’ve had a Father’s Day brunch, prior to the afternoon’s cookout, or at the end of the day’s decompression time. I’m glad that you’ve taken the time to stop by.

I’ve been lucky for a lot of things in my life, but one item for which I’m appreciative is having two fathers. My biological father saw me (and my brother) through adolescence and into adulthood. No easy task, that. My world was rocked with his untimely, early death. Fortunately, mom met and wed a wonderful man. They “match” anniversaries with my Lovely Bride and myself at twenty-five years and counting.  The only thing I can say is; “Thanks Dad, thanks Bob” to you both.

Last week was a memorable week  with the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. That was quite an operation, in every sense of the word. However, last week marked, with very little fanfare, the 72nd anniversary  of a battle on the other side of the world that IMO was just as critical. Of course, I’m talking about the Battle of Midway, June 4-6 1942. Up to that point, the Japanese were on a roll but Midway not only stemmed the tide of Japanese success, it flipped the momentum to the Allies. A huge thanks to the soldiers, sailors and Marines of the Midway battle.

Recently, I caught part of a program on American Heroes Channel (formerly The Military Channel) on the Battle of Midway. I have one comment to the producers of these documentaries. Take the time, don’t be lazy, and use proper stock footage for these shows. They have a tendency to use whatever is available, regardless of historical accuracy. To wit, keeping in mind the Battle of Midway was June 4-6 1942; rather than footage of SBD Dauntless dive bombers (actual participants) the producers used footage of SB2C Helldivers, which did not become operational until 1943. For footage of navy fighters (F4F Wildcats) they used film of F6F Hellcats that, again, did not become operational until 1943. Producers; don’t make me come looking for you…

Sunday’s Song

Well, it is Father’s Day, so here is Eric Clapton with My Father’s Eyes.


  1. Joe DexterNo Gravatar
    June 15th, 2014 at 11:17 am

    My first Father’s Day as a dad has been amazing so far. I got a coffee mug with me and my darlin on it, a nice breakfast and now my favorite musician of all time selected for Sunday’s Song.



    KenNo Gravatar
    June 16th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    First Father’s Day’s is absolutely great, isn’t it, Joe? The coffee mug is a keepsake.


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