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September 11, 2010

Philadelphia Academy of Music:
"Bluejeans & Flashlights" Structural Tour

Philadelphia Academy of Music!!! Due to an almost-immediate fill-up of our "Bluejeans & Flashlights" tour WE HAVE ADDED A SECOND TOUR, STARTING AT 9:00. Register promptly for this new tour, as its size is also strictly limited. We will still hold a "traditional" tour -- now postponed to 2011-- focusing on the performance area, history and grand public areas.

Join us for an unusual look at Philadelphia's great Academy of Music building. Production Manager Greg Buch has authorized a “Bluejeans and flashlights” tour of parts of the Academy that are not usually open to the public. We will tour restored areas as well as basement and back stage areas in this building.

The 153-year-old Academy of Music is the oldest known continuously operating opera house in the United States. The building, constructed in 1857, was built using solid brick load bearing walls and timber framed floors and roof.

Please do not sign up if you have limited mobility, as we really will be using narrow stairs and backstage corridors. Bring your own flashlight!

Due to its special nature, this tour must be strictly limited to 20 people. Registration is on-line only via the link below.

After the second tour ends at 11:30, members may get together for “lunch on your own” at any of several local restaurants.

Please note: In 2011 the Club will host a traditional general tour of the Academy of Music -- focusing on the performance area, history and grand public areas. This second tour will be of broad interest and appropriate for everybody.

Photo courtesy of the Academy of Music.


Date: Saturday, September 11, 2010

Time: Tour 1: 9:00-10:15 AM (NEW, registration OPEN)
         Tour 2: 10:15-11:30 AM (filled; registration CLOSED)

Location: Philadelphia Academy of Music
         1420 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
         At the corner of Broad and Locust Streets
         Enter by the stage door on Locust Street...
          look under the scaffolding for the large brown doors.

Cost: $10

Reservations: via MIT Infinite Connection FOR 9:00 TOUR ONLY:

Club Membership -- Join or Renew on-line:

For Questions: Bob Radcliffe, 610 719-4963 (home), 484-356-5414 (cell), e-mail bobrad1248@alum.mit.edu

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September 23, 2010

MIT10 Happy Hour: Monk's Cafe

Join your fellow young alums for a Happy Hour at Monk's Cafe, specializing in Belgian beers. This event will be hosted by Larry Ward, affine@hotmail.com


Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010

Time: 6:30 - 8:30

Location: Monk's Cafe, 264 S 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Monk's Cafe Web site.

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September 28, 2010

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Real-time Video –
         Fighting Insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq
John Kelleher, IS&GS Security group, Lockheed Martin

Predator droneWe will be privileged to have John Kelleher of Lockheed Martin present a technical view of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) -- critical components of modern warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. In operation, various sensors and formats are used which incorporate industry-leading commercial broadcast technologies to capture terabytes of video data. The vast amounts of video information gathered in this way then need to be collected, archived, searched, and analyzed in order to provide rich operational knowledge and actionable intelligence.

John Kelleher, of the IS&GS Security group in Lockheed Martin, will discuss how these terabytes of video data can be placed under the control of warfighters in Afghanistan and Iraq. John will show how warfighters can identify and extract the intelligence data needed to gain battlefield advantages over insurgents.

John's career spans over 30 years and has included employers such as the Bechtel Power Corporation, General Electric, Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin, The Vanguard Group Inc, and Vanguard Investments Australia Ltd. In his current role at Lockheed Martin, he is the Capture Manager for Full Motion Video (FMV) Processing Exploitation and Dissemination (PED). For the last 20 years John’s focus has been in information technology and he has worked in systems development organizations that have provided corporate wide technology projects, project management for scientific software systems, and upgrades to existing systems stretching across both classified government and financial services markets.

Predator photos courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

Predator camera

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Time: 6:00 social hour (cash bar)
         7:00 Dinner
         8:00 Program: John Kelleher

Location: The Cynwyd Club
         10332 Trevor Lane, Bala-Cynwyd, PA 19004
         Phone: 610-667-4524
         Directions described below
         MapQuest Directions & Map

Cost: $30 for Dues-paying Club members & their guests
          $40 for Non-members & their guests
          $20 for Young Alum Members ('01 and later)
          $30 for Young Alum Non-members ('01 and later)

Reservations: via MIT Infinite Connection:
          (sign up by Sept. 21 to assure your registration!)

Club Membership -- Join or Renew on-line:

For Questions: Steve Simmons, 610-531-7321 (work) or 856-722-1357 (home)
          e-mail steve.g.simmons@lmco.com

The Cynwyd Club is near the intersection of Rt. 23 and Rt. 1 in Bala Cynwyd, PA. At this intersection head north on Rt. 23, Conshohocken State Road. Go three long blocks, about 0.4 mile. Continue straight/slight right onto Llandrillo Road (do NOT go left following Rt. 23). Go one block on Llandrillo Road and at the “Y” make a partial left onto Trevor Lane. The Clubhouse and parking are immediately on the left side of the road.

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