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Skip (Kenath) Sponsel

Profile Updated: July 9, 2018
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Lake Oswego, OR USA
Knowledge Capture and Transfer
Michele, born 1970
Kenath III, born 1987
Charles, born 1989

World Pro Skiing Tour 1971-74
Sports events company - produced ski races and bike races
Director of Broadcasting - MN Twins and Northstars
Interactive Products Group for BellSouth (voice mail, voice response)
Business Development for Intel Capital
Consulting since 2007

Minnesota - 41 years; Roanoke VA - 5 years; Portland OR - 22 years

Raised one girl and two boys somewhere in there while living on airplanes.

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EDINA HIGHLANDS: Duck and Cover drills. Having Don Miguel’s B&W TVs rolled into the gymnasium so we could all watch Bill Mazeroski win the 1960 World Series on Channel 5. SOUTHVIEW JUNIOR HIGH: Mr. Melenthin. Walter Cronkite on the PA in Mr. Hakula’s 7th Grade geometry class at 1:15 PM. “The President has been shot”. Martin Umberger’s wicked little matchstick darts. Orville Engen’s Tippi Hedren solioquoys. Mr. Melenthin. EHS: Six trips to Williams Arena in three years. Bob Savre’s annual “Squaw of the Hippopotamus” joke. Mr. Matlon’s “Persh shh spective” lectures. Room 161. The one-row, 40-character screen on the school’s 300 baud remote computer hook up. Being gob smacked by “Ba Da. Ba Da Da Da.” in the hall on the 3rd floor. It was the first hearing of the Mamas and the Papas -- on vinyl -- wafting down the hallway out of Mr. Stott’s room. Why there, and why not on KDWB or WeeGee? Did Stotts score a pre-release version? (He also knew six months early when WTCN was going to play “Rodan”. “Rodan is coming.” Trying to make sense out of muddled writing and bad headlines: “Johnson Lands Marines at DaNang; Reds Escalate”. All in all, I think 1968 represents the high water mark of K-12 as a delivery vehicle for Western Civilization. We did Socratic questioning drills. They told us who Plutarch was. We diagrammed sentences. We memorized Chaucer’s Preamble. We recited Portia’s mercy speech. We memorized the Declaration. We knew the brief on both sides of Plessy v Ferguson. Is the Class of 2018 getting any of this?

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Posted on: Aug 13, 2018 at 10:14 AM

Jay, I was looking forward to comparing notes at the reunion, and am deeply disappointed that we won't be coming. So, a few notes in absentia. I still have vivid memories of the curtain opening, with spots on the cowering Valiant Tailor. Thank you for that. Also, thank you for arranging for Silha and I to be among the first to be fully woke to Buffalo Springfield. And, even though this doesn't fit strictly into the EHS era, thank you for the most interesting Lake Street McDonald's episode, involving your yellow VW Beetle, with the cassette tape sound system that cost more than the car, serving up "Won't Get Fooled Again" for the first time. And then the second....and... Epic.

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Posted on: Jul 12, 2018 at 9:16 AM

Margaret, let me continue your kudos. Consider that the page layouts were done manually, literally cut and paste. (The graphical PC was 15 years in the future.) There were no "proofs" in realtime. You just had to know. Fitting fonts into the available space for captions and headlines was manual too. Right? "W" "h" and "i" are different widths. So, during a page layout session, one person would look up on a table to see how many picas wide an "h" would be at 36 pt high. Then they'd call out the picas for the "h" and the rest of the letters in the headline. Someone else would be building a column of pica counts on a piece of copy paper (We called it "copy paper". We didn't have "printer paper". The Xerox had only been introduced in 1963. PCs with printers were 10 years off). And then the tabulating person would add the column of pica numbers and call out, "Too Long" or "Too Short". And then they'd sit around re-wording the headline to say the same thing in 5 fewer picas. So, anyway, the vision that you found to be "aesthetically lovely" had to survive a brutally ugly production process. Scores of headlines and captions were counted and rewritten on deadline nights when the final box of layouts had to be shipped to the printer -- on time, else incur big cost penalty. I don't recall drugs being involved on deadline nights, but other boxes from Mr. Donut played a big roll. Side kudos to Jody Parsons (Buzzette editor) who could just look at the pica count column and know the count without "adding" the numbers.

Jul 09, 2018 at 11:39 AM
Jul 08, 2018 at 1:42 PM

It's been pretty entertaining.

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