Patrick Jake O'Rourke is an American political satirist and journalist. O'Rourke is the H. L. Mencken Research Fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute and is a regular correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, frequent panelist on National Public Radio's game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Since 2011, he has been a columnist at The Daily Beast. In the UK, he is known as the face of a long-running series of television advertisements for British Airways in the 1990s, he is the author of 20 books, the best known of which are Holidays in Hell, a compilation of O'Rourke's articles as a free-lance foreign correspondent, All the Trouble in the World, an examination of current political concerns such as global warming and famine from a libertarian perspective. The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states, "O'Rourke's original reporting, irreverent humor, crackerjack writing makes for delectable reading, he never minces words or pulls his punches, whatever the subject."
O'Rourke was born in Toledo, the son of Delphine, a housewife, Clifford Bronson O'Rourke, a car salesman. He received his undergraduate degree from Miami University in 1969 and earned an M. A. in English at Johns Hopkins University in 1970. Many of O'Rourke's essays recount that during his student days he was a leftist, anti-war hippie, but that in the 1970s his political views underwent a volte-face, he emerged as a political humorist rooted in libertarian conservatism. O'Rourke wrote articles for several publications, including "A. J. at N. Y. U." for The Rip Off Review of Western Culture, an underground magazine/comic book, in 1972, as well as pieces for the Baltimore underground newspaper Harry and the New York Ace, before joining National Lampoon in 1973, where he served as editor-in-chief, among other roles, authored articles such as "Foreigners Around the World" and "How to Drive Fast on Drugs While Getting Your Wing-Wang Squeezed and Not Spill Your Drink."He received a writing credit for National Lampoon's Lemmings which helped launch the careers of John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Christopher Guest.
He co-wrote National Lampoon's 1964 High School Yearbook with Douglas Kenney. O'Rourke said that Kenney brought comedy to the piece and he brought the organization; the Yearbook was a bestseller and some themes were used in the movie Animal House. Going freelance in 1981, O'Rourke's writing appeared in Playboy, Vanity Fair and Driver, Rolling Stone, he became foreign-affairs desk chief at Rolling Stone, where he remained until 2001. In 1996, he served as the conservative commentator in the point-counterpoint segment of 60 Minutes. During the Bosnian genocide, O'Rourke received criticism for using the American public's lack of interest in Bosnia as a way to joke about "unspellables killing the unpronouncables."O'Rourke has published 16 books, including three New York Times bestsellers. Parliament of Whores and Give War a Chance reached #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. O'Rourke was a "Real Time Real Reporter" for Real Time with Bill Maher covering the 2008 presidential election. O'Rourke was married to Amy Lumet, a daughter of movie director Sidney Lumet and a granddaughter of Lena Horne, from 1990 to 1993.
Since 1995 he has been married to Tina. In an interview with The New Statesman, O'Rourke revealed that his "wife is a Catholic, the kids are Catholic" and described himself as, therefore, a "Catholic fellow-traveller"; the family divides their time between Sharon, New Hampshire and Washington, DC. O'Rourke revealed on September 28, 2008, that he had been diagnosed with treatable anal cancer, from which he expected "a 95% chance of survival."In 2009, O'Rourke described the presidency of Barack Obama as "the Carter administration in better sweaters". However, in 2016, he endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. O'Rourke stated that his endorsement included her "lies and empty promises," and said, "She's wrong about everything, but she's wrong within normal parameters." O'Rourke was a proponent of Gonzo journalism. The article was republished in two of Republican Party Reptile and Driving Like Crazy. O'Rourke's best-received book is Parliament of Whores, subtitled A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.
S. Government, whose main argument, according to the author, "is that politics are boring", he has described himself as a libertarian. O'Rourke types his manuscripts on an IBM Selectric typewriter, though he denies that he is a Luddite, asserting that his short attention span would make focusing on writing on a computer difficult. National Lampoon 1964 High School Yearbook Parody.
The Bradford Rifles was a Volunteer unit of the British Army formed in 1859. It went on to become a battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment in the Territorial Force and saw action on the Western Front during World War I. Between the wars it converted into an air defence unit, serving during World War II first as a searchlight regiment defending West Yorkshire and as a garrison battalion in North West Europe. Postwar it continued in the Territorial Army in the air defence role until 1955. During an invasion scare in 1859, large numbers of part-time Rifle Volunteer Corps were formed throughout Great Britain, eager to supplement the Regular British Army in case of need. On 27 September 1859, two independent companies formed in Bradford, West Yorkshire, designated the 5th and 6th Yorkshire West Riding RVCs; the following February the two units merged with other unnumbered Bradford companies to form the 5th RVC, renumbered in April 1860 as the 3rd following other mergers. The new 3rd Yorkshire West Riding RVC comprised four companies, which rose to five in October when it absorbed the newly established 24th RVC.
The unit was large enough to function as an independent battalion, the smaller 39th West Riding RVC, was attached to it until it was absorbed in the 1870s. In 1861 the unit built itself an armoury and drill hall at Manningham Lane, which became known as Belle Vue Barracks. Henry Sagar Hirst, a member of a prominent family from nearby Clayton, was commissioned into the unit as an ensign when it formed, but after only three years he became its lieutenant-colonel commandant, a position he held from 1862 until 1890, he was awarded a CB for services to the Volunteer Movement. Under the scheme of'localisation' introduced by the Cardwell Reforms, Volunteer units were affiliated with their local Regular regiments, the 3rd West Riding RVC was assigned to Sub-District No 10, Brigade No 10 based at the depot of the 14th Foot at Bradford. In 1887, the 3rd West Riding RVC, now eight companies strong, was formally redesignated the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, Prince of Wales's Own Regiment; the regimental uniform, scarlet with Rifle green facings, was changed to scarlet faced white in 1887 to match the parent regiment.
While the regimental districts were referred to as'brigades', they were purely administrative organisations and the Volunteers were excluded from the mobilisation system. The Stanhope Memorandum of December 1888 proposed a more comprehensive Mobilisation Scheme for Volunteer units, which would assemble in their own brigades at key points in case of war. In peacetime these brigades provided a structure for collective training; the volunteer battalions of the West Yorkshire Regiment and the Duke of Wellington's Regiment were assigned to the West Yorkshire Brigade, which would assemble at Leeds in case of emergency. The 2nd Volunteer Battalion formed a cyclist company in 1900, the same year provided an active service company of volunteers to fight alongside the Regulars in the Second Boer War; this gained the battalion its first Battle honour: South Africa 1900–02. When the Volunteer Force was subsumed into the Territorial Force under the Haldane reforms in 1908, the 2nd Volunteer Battalion became the 6th Battalion, The Prince of Wales's Own.
The West Riding Brigade split, the four TF battalions of the West Yorkshires forming the 1st West Riding Brigade in the West Riding Division. On the outbreak of war in 1914, the 6th West Yorkshires were commanded by Lt-Col H. O. Wade. Towards the end of July 1914, the units of the West Riding Division left their headquarters for their annual training camps, but on 3 and 4 August they were ordered to return. On the evening of 5 August, 575 out of the total strength of 589 of the 6th Bn were present at Belle Vue Barracks, 215 former members had re-enlisted. By 8 August the battalion was up to its war establishment, including about 100 Class II National Reservists – old soldiers who would be invaluable for training the mass of recruits who were coming forward. Shortly afterwards, TF units were invited to volunteer for Overseas Service and the majority of the battalion did so. On 15 August 1914, the War Office issued instructions to separate those men who had signed up for Home Service only, form these into reserve units.
On 31 August, the formation of a reserve or 2nd Line unit was authorised for each 1st Line unit where 60 per cent or more of the men had volunteered for Overseas Service. The titles of these 2nd Line units would be the same as the original, but distinguished by a'2/' prefix while the parent unit took'1/'. In this way duplicate battalions and divisions were created, mirroring those TF formations being sent overseas. After mobilisation, the 1st West Riding Division concentrated in the South Yorkshire area, with the 1/6th Bn going to Selby on 10 August before moving to camp on Knavesmire Common, near York on 24 August. On 22 November half of the battalion was sent to Redcar to dig defences along the North Sea coast. At the end of February 1915 the battalion moved to billets in Gainsborough, at the end of the month the division was informed that it had been selected to proceed to France as a complete formation. On 15 April the battalion entrained for Folkestone, where it embarked and landed at Boulogne the same night to join the British Expeditionary Force.
On 22 April the 1st West Riding Bde was attached to 7th Division for training
Gerald A. Rosselot was an American physicist and engineering executive at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Bendix Corporation, he was an IEEE Fellow. Rosselot was born January 1908 in Westerville, Ohio; as a child, Rosselot became somewhat proficient in French. He attended and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otterbein College in 1929, a Master of Arts from Ohio State University in 1930, a Ph. D. from Ohio State University in 1936. In 1930, he married Gladys Anna Dickey, would have five children with her. In 1934, Rosselot came to Georgia Tech. An Instructor in Physics and Mathematics, he ascended through Assistant Professor in Physics to Associate Professor of Physics and Professor of Physics. In 1950, Rosselot was selected as chairman of the Engineering College Research Council. In 1940, Rosselot was appointed by Georgia Institute of Technology president Marion L. Brittain as the assistant director of the Engineering Experiment Station. From 1941 to 1952, Rosselot was the organization's director, replacing the deceased acting director Harold Bunger.
In his tenure as director of Georgia Tech's Engineering Experiment Station, World War II increased the number and value of contracts coming to the station, is credited with GTRI's entry into electronics telecommunications and electronic warfare. At the end of World War II, Georgia Tech had about $240,000 annually in sponsored research. Other accomplishments during Rosselot's administration at the Engineering Experiment Station included the purchase of an electron microscope in 1946 for $13,000, the first such instrument in the Southeastern United States and one of few in the United States at the time; the Research Building was expanded, a $300,000 Westinghouse A-C network calculator was given to Georgia Tech by Georgia Power in 1947. Rosselot's administration included the 1946 establishment of the Industrial Development Council, renamed to the Georgia Tech Research Institute in 1948 and to its present name, the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, in 1984; when the Georgia Board of Regents ruled that all money received in a year had to be spent that year.
Georgia Tech president Blake Van Leer and vice president Cherry Emerson created the solution, a non-profit corporation that would manage contracts for research services and subsequently hire the Engineering Experiment Station to perform the research. The new organization would handle patents garnered through research, distribute funds garnered from contracts and patents as needed. In 1951, there was a dispute over station finances and Rosselot's hand in the foundation of Scientific Atlanta against Georgia Tech vice president Cherry Emerson; when it was founded in October 1951, Rosselot was CEO of Scientific Atlanta. Rosselot resigned his post at Georgia Tech in November 1952, but his participation ensured the eventual success of Scientific Atlanta and made way for further technology transfer efforts by Georgia Tech's VentureLab and the Advanced Technology Development Center. In 1953, Rosselot joined Bendix Corporation as their Director of Engineering, he offered for Georgia Tech to match his potential salary at Bendix, but Georgia Tech president Blake Van Leer felt that such a move would be a dangerous precedent.
Rosselot became Director of Scientific and University Relations for Bendix in 1955. Rosselot would become director of Bendix's Research Laboratories Division, vice president. In July 1972, Rosselot retired from Bendix due to illness, he died of acute leukemia on August 12, 1972