Calendar of Events

University Club programs are open to the public and are held Tuesdays at noon in the Padua Room of the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Road, Claremont, California. A full buffet lunch, beginning at 11:45 AM, is available for $12.00. For those who wish to come only for coffee and dessert, the fee is $5.00. Membership applications are available at each meeting. Map to Hughes Community Center


October Program chair: Bob Smith

October 1 – “Space Adventures in the ’60s”

Speaker – Dr. Robert F. Brodsky
Dr. Robert F. Brodsky, retired from TRW Space and Technology (1980-1988) and the University of Southern
California (1981-1996), is a Fellow of AIAA and a winner of the national Outstanding Aerospace Educator
Award. His 46-year career in aerospace started in 1949 at Sandia Corporation. Dr. Brodsky will talk to us about
space adventures in the 1960s. No company took better advantage of the environment of the 1960s than Aerojet
General (AGC) and its newly founded subsidiary, Space General (SGC). The author, first in his capacity of Head
of the Technical Staff of the AGC Space Division in Azusa and then as Chief Engineer of SGC in El Monte
(1959-1971), got a first hand immersion in the beginnings of space. His books “On the Cutting Edge” (2006) and
“Catch a Rocket Plane” (Oct, 2012) cover highlights of his career from the late ’40s to the present. The talk will
discuss some unusual projects undertaken in the ’60s that are covered in his books.

Introducer: Pat Kelly
Fellowship: Hilary LaConte
Greeters: Doug MacKenzie, Ellen Litney

October 8 – “Erle Stanley Gardner, A Man of Many Talents

Speaker – Steven Williamson
Steven Williamson moved to Temecula with his wife and family in 1989. Following a 36-year career with the
U.S. Postal Service, he joined the staff at the Temecula Valley Museum in 2007 where he immersed himself in
research into local history and the pioneering families of the community. He is a regular contributor to the
museum’s historical magazine, The High Country. During his years with the museum, Mr. Williamson became an
expert on the life and career of Temecula’s most famous resident, mystery writer and Perry Mason creator, Erle
Stanley Gardner. Williamson’s presentation is filled with fascinating details and humorous anecdotes surrounding
Erle’s struggles to become a successful writer. His presentation is a favorite among groups throughout Southern

Introducer: Hal Durian
Fellowship: Larry Wicksted
Greeters: Pat Kelley, Art Parker

October 15 – “Practical Importance of Metaphysics


Speaker – Dr. John Cobb
Every society operates on some basic assumptions. Because they are assumptions common to all, they are rarely
noticed. Some of the most important, but least examined, are metaphysical. These assumptions shape our thinking
most fundamentally and they are leading us deeper and deeper into trouble. Dr. Cobb taught for thirty-two years at
the Claremont School of Theology and the Claremont Graduate School. He has held many positions including
Ingraham Professor of Theology at the Claremont School of Theology, Avery Professor at the Claremont
Graduate School, Fullbright Professor at the University of Mainz, and Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt, Harvard,
and Chicago Divinity Schools.

Introducer: Dick Mitchell
Fellowship: Bill Waggener
Greeters: Nancy Magnusson, Milt Wilson

October 22 – “The Viking Trail from Scandinavia to North America

Speakers – Ruby and Al Beilby
The Beilbys’ presentation, "The Viking Trail," begins in Norway and follows Eric, the Red, to Iceland and
Greenland, and his son, Leif, to North America. The presentation features photos by Al, who has been an avid
photographer. The Beilbys are retired professors, Al from Chemistry at Pomona College and Ruby from Family
and Consumer Sciences at Cal Poly Pomona. With summers off, travel has always been a part of their family
activity. Sabbatical leaves also were an opportunity for travel, and they spent an academic year at Uppsala
University in Sweden. Ruby has always had an interest in Scandinavia because of her family roots in Sweden, but
an Elderhostel program in Iceland really peaked their curiosity about the Vikings. Since then they have visited the
site of the first Norse settlement in Newfoundland, and the Viking settlement in Greenland.

Introducer: Bill Waggener
Fellowship: George Stoneback
Greeters: Larry Wicksted, Jeanne Kennedy

October 29 – “Recent Visit to Afghanistan

Speaker – Marilyn Wyatt
Marilyn Wyatt joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1985. During the next nine years she served in the political,
cultural and consular sections at U.S. embassies in Warsaw and Prague. She was selected to serve the staffs of
Secretary of State James Baker and State Department’s spokesperson in Washington. From 2010 to 2012, Ms.
Wyatt worked as a communications specialist for the U.S. Agency for International Affairs in Islamabad,
Pakistan. She is currently working to promote closer people-to-people contacts between Pakistan and the U.S.,
especially through culture and education. She is the author of the widely used Handbook of NGO Governance.
She is married to retired US ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter.

Introducer: Jean Kennedy
Fellowship: Donna Bernard
Greeters: George Stoneback
Birthdays: Ellen Litney


Bulletin Committee Members: David Sonner, Opanyi Nasiali, and Roya Ardelan

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