‘Just Chillin’

Santa Rosa, CA. ~ Certain birth- days need celebrating. March is particularly remarkable for all

scientifi c folks. Happy 139th birthday on March 14th, Albert Ein- stein, the in- comparable theoretical physicist:


rie Curie. And what a family the Piccards are. Auguste explored at the highest levels achieved by his hot air balloons and initiated the designs that led his son, Jacques, to continue and per-


don’t forget his mass-

energy equivalence formula, E =mc2 …To relax, he enjoyed sail- ing and oſt en played the violin with his musical friends. On March 18, 1910 sweet Rose

O’Neill’s Kewpie Doll got a copy- right. –T ey were very popular dolls for decades. Two oddi- ties happened in March—on the 19th, in 1850, Phineas Quimby was issued a patent for a steering mechanism. On March 19th in 1994, the largest omelet—1,383 ſt —in the world was made with 160,000 eggs Yokohama, Japan. Now that should have made the Easter Bunny happy! On March 1, 1864, Rebecca Lee

was the fi rst African-American woman to receive a medical de- gree.

On March 1, 1958, Bertrand

Piccard, the scientist-adventurer, was born in Lausanne, Switzer- land. If you are a NOVA PBS fan as much as I am, you may not have missed the marvelous, mag- ical, incredible showing of T e Impossible Flight, which aired locally on KQED on January 31, 2018. T ere is good coverage on Google about the fi lming of the fi rst solar powered fl ight in 2015 accomplished by Bertrand Picca- rd and his engineering colleague and friend, Andre Borschberg, around the world in their airy, unusual aircraſt , manned on the ground by an army of scientists and engineers. T rilling specta- cle. Reality fi lming that is unfor- gettable. Dr. Bertrand Piccard is the

grandson of Auguste Piccard who was a professor of physics at the University of Zurich and a friend of both Einstein and Ma-

the deepest dives in their bathyscape invention in the Marianas Trench. Bertrand fi rst became the European

hang-glider aerobatics champion

and broke world re- cords


altitude. He be- came a medical doctor with a fascination about human behavior and the observations of diff erent levels of awareness in extreme situations. Aſt er many hard-earned suc- cesses in hot air balloon fl ights, Bertrand Piccard had a dream: to fl y around the world non-stop, without motor or rudder, simply transported by the wind. Out of that Breitling Orbiter 3 fi rst and longest fl ight with Brian Jones, they won 7 world records. It now rests near Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis and the Apollo 11 capsule at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D. C. Piccard and Jones dedicated


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(707) 529-0816 “Time is a game played beautifully by children.” ~ Heraclitus UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • March 2018 • 5

their victory to the children of the world, to fi ght for neglected or forgotten suff erings. To that end, they created the foundation: “Winds of Hope.” He went on to re-enact the history of powered fl ight—but with using only solar

energy, and

thus his project,

“T e Solar Impulse,”

his dream “to combine science and adventure to ex- plore the human soul,” became a marvelous,

suc- cessful journey.

From the sublime to the delicious, here is a secret: a recipe for genuine New York

City Cheesecake. No crust, my friends, the real deal. Of course, it is a giſt from the Easter Bunny who does not care about count-

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It’s Scientific Spring and Jellybeans! by Ellie Schmidt ~ those great

JOKES & Humor # 2

ing calories (this one is easily 380/slice! Ouch!) Absolutely no “low-fat” anything allowed for this splurge—it was originated by a great French chef decades ago who cared only about the enjoyment of something special. T ere is nothing tastier in the world than this for-holidays-only dessert with great, dark coff ee. Although time consuming, it is worth every minute of the eff ort. Serves about 16. Ingredients:

--all at room temp,

please. 4 (8oz) pkgs of cream cheese; 1 cup of unsalted butter; 1 ½ cups of rich sour cream; ½ cup heavy, whipping cream; 1 ¾ cup white sugar; 1/8 cup cornstarch; 1 oz of Amaretto liqueur; 1 tspn vanilla extract; 5 large, excellent eggs + 1 egg yolk

Directions: 1. Use a spring-form pan, 9 inch. Line with foil and butter gener- ... continued on page 16

“Well, what would you say to a package of fi ve weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased ev- ery two years, say, a red Corvette?” The engineer sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kid- ding?” The interviewer replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”

Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Offi cer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “And what starting sal- ary are you looking for?” The engineer replies, “In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefi ts package.” The interviewer inquires,

Phineas Quimby

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