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Make-A-List Monday: Ivies and Ivy-Type Schools

April 14, 2014

This list is for MPs who were students or alumni at either the Ivy League schools (Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania) or a college or university that, in my subjective opinion, might as well be an Ivy school as far as selectivity, prestige, etc. I count the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels of those schools.

(And please, no complaining about which schools I deemed to be Ivy or almost-Ivy.)

Boston University
Margaret Mary Kilcoyne

University of California, Berkeley
James Nicholas Gray
Roger Lenard Jung
Kristin Deborah Modaferri
Kieran A. Murphy
Sergei Turin

University of California, Los Angeles
Michael William Negrete
Gavin Smith

California Institute of Technology
Jeremy Freeman Crocker

Carnegie Mellon University
Sean P. Friel
Andrew Karis

University of Chicago
John Andrews Cheek
Joseph Laurence Halpern
Lewis Barrett Welch Jr.

Columbia University
Steven Norman Chait
Jesus Maria De Galindez

Duke University
Sandra Hamby Prince
Bradford T. Turek

Harvard University
Kawika David Benjamin Chetron
Jenny Sun-Reisberg
Michael Jay Amico Wallace
Charles White Whittlesley

Johns Hopkins University
Sneha Ann Philip

Middlebury College
Lynne Kathryn Schulze

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Jamie Jean Laiaddee
Amy B. Sher

New York University
James Christopher Scavone (admitted there, hadn’t enrolled yet)
Susan Walsh

University of Pennsylvania
Jerry Tang

Princeton University
Matthew Kirkby Gale Jr.
Andrew Carnegie Whitfield

University of Rochester
Charlotte Heimann

Stanford University
Kawika David Benjamin Chetron (again)
Ylva Annika Hagner

University of Texas, Austin
Robert Curtis Coe

Tulane University
Thomas Hale Boggs Sr.

United States Military Academy
Maura Murray (though she transferred out)

Vassar College
Samuel Arthur Todd

University of Virginia
Paresh Jain

College of William and Mary
Thomas L. Duesterhaus
Ann Linda Riffin

Williams College
Charles White Whittlesley (again)

Yale University
Samuel Arthur Todd (again)

Make-a-List Monday: Teens with bipolar disorder

April 7, 2014

This is a list of MPs who suffer from bipolar disorder and are nineteen or younger. This condition usually manifests itself in the late teenage or early adult years, but can appear in childhood or early adolescence also. It’s estimated to affect about two and a half percent of the adult population and a list of every Charley MP who has it, I decided, would be too long — over one hundred names, I think — so I focused on the younger ones.

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression, is characterized by periods of depressed mood alternating with manic states, where a person can become irrationally happy and/or irritable, have a greater sex drive and less need for sleep, and, in the more severe cases, become aggressive and develop paranoia and psychotic symptoms. People joke about it — “I’m was in a good mood this morning but now I’m feeling crappy, I’m just so bipolar today!” — but I wish they wouldn’t; this is a serious illness and isn’t to be taken lightly. Psychiatric drugs are pretty much essential for controlling the condition, but various forms of psychotherapy are recommended too.

I myself have a mild form of the disorder. For me it’s the depression that’s most noticeable, and at first I was diagnosed with depression only; years passed before my doctors realized I was also having manic episodes. I’ll become really happy, as in “bouncing around the house singing at the top of my voice” happy, and I’ll talk too fast for other people to understand, and often ambitiously start some project or other that I’ll never finish and didn’t have the ability to finish in the first place. Then, after two or three days or sometimes a whole week, I’ll be in the “I wish I was dead” mode, and that will usually last a lot longer than the happy period did.

(One time, for example, I got this idea to start a business selling a certain herbal appetite suppressant, and excitedly told all my friends about how I was going to corner the market on it and make loads of money. As far as putting my plan into action, all I actually did was order some seeds for planting. I never even bothered to plant them because by the time they arrived in the mail I was back in depression mode again. It was the wrong season anyway.)

Since I started taking a mood stabilizer in mid-2012 my mood swings have smoothed out a great deal, but my emotional pendulum still swings some and I have to keep an eye on myself. The mood stabilizer is a pain in the butt because I have to take it several times a day. But it works. And compared to many people with bipolar disorder, I’m very fortunate.

Diagnosed bipolar disorder:
Julian Carrozza, 13
Stacy Lynn Carson, 19
Mark Anthony Degner, 12
Virginia Anne Greene, 19
Bryan Andrew Hayes, 13
Juliandra Elizabeth Jones, 19
Ashley Renee Martinez, 15
Bianca Noel Piper, 13
Kyla G. Porter, 19

Honorable mention:
Kara Nancy Nichols, 19, listed as possibly having bipolar disorder

I wouldn’t be surprised if these were not the only teenagers listed on Charley who have bipolar disorder. To begin with, I rarely have much in the way of information on runaways, which comprise the majority of teenagers listed on the Charley Project. And also, often a person can have bipolar disorder for years or even decades before it’s diagnosed.

One of the most famous books on bipolar disorder is Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness. I didn’t really like it very much, though I really liked her book Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide. I haven’t read that many books about bipolar disorder, but I would recommend A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania, and Other Afflictions of the Self by Peter Whybrow or The Pits and the Pendulum: A Life with Bipolar Disorder by Brian Adams.

Make-A-List Monday: Babysitters

March 31, 2014

[Goddarn it, this was supposed to run NEXT Monday. Oh well, my bad.]

People who disappeared while either babysitting, on their way to babysit, or — in one case — thinking they were going to be babysitting.

Crystal Marie Haag
Evelyn Grace Hartley
Nahida Ahmed Khatib
Heather Nicole Kullorn
Lori Jean Lloyd
Maria De Los Angeles Martinez
Nadine Jean O’Dell
Carla Kaylene Owens
Jonnie Renee White

Make-a-List Monday: Young People With Dentures

March 31, 2014

This list is of MPs under age 30 who have dentures, partial dentures or a false tooth.

Carolyn Maryann Bealer, 25
Ronnie Odell Davis, 24
Stephanie Douglas, 25
Diana Lynn Harris, 27
Robert Hay, 27
Ashley Standish Higgins, 19
Felecia Rochell Johnson, 21
Julie Aquisalas King, 24
Ashley Nicole Martin Mauldin, 27
Deborah Rae Meyer, 14
Jeannette Rose Miller, 17
Lori Ann Murchison-Dunbar, 24
Roxanne Elizabeth Paltauf, 18
Betty Marie Roberts, 29
Luke Robinson, 24
Rick Anderson Rodriguez, 29
Patricia Ann Schmidt, 21
Faye Aline Self, 26
James Thomas Stanley, 25
Sheri Lynn Swims, 23
Andrew Carnegie Whitfield, 28
Nancy Stewart Hranko Williams, 26

For interested parties I recommend John Woodforde’s delightful book The Strange Story of False Teeth, which is a history of dentures. It’s really interesting and though it’s been out of print for ages, Amazon has used copies for cheap.

Comparison between Golden Gate Bridge suicides and other jumpers on Charley

March 24, 2014

Out of curiosity, I checked out the jumpers on this week’s list and compared them to the Golden Gate Bridge jumpers I have listed. I chose to include only those where either the cops specifically said they were sure the person had jumped, or there was a witness or the person’s stuff was found in the water. I left out those who merely left their car parked near the bridge, though I’m sure many of those also died there.

There were 21 names and as far as ages are concerned, they just about corresponded with the other list: most of them young, seven in their twenties, four in their teens (two of them only fifteen, sigh). However, in the previous list, there were almost as many females as males. Not so with the GGB list: eighteen males and only three females.

According to John Bateson’s wonderful book on the subject of Golden Gate Bridge suicides, three-quarters of the jumpers are male. 3 of 21 is only fourteen percent, though. But I suppose the additional difference might be explained by the fact that that male bodies, being heavier, might sink deeper and be less likely to be found than female ones, which is why they would appear on Charley. Just a hypothesis, mind.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: put up a barrier already. People are dying while you complain about it ruining your precious view.

Make-a-List Monday: Other jumpers

March 24, 2014

I’ve written before about the numerous Golden Gate Bridge suicides on Charley. The number of total deaths is something now over 1,500, and that’s only the official ones. If your body isn’t found, or if it’s found far enough away from the bridge that there’s some doubt you jumped from there, or if there’s any other excuse to keep you off the list, your death isn’t included in the tally.

It’s been in the news that they’ve decided, or are in the process of deciding, or something, to put up a safety net under the Golden Gate Bridge. Frankly I think a net is a stupid idea, but it’s better than nothing.

I thought I’d make a list of Charley Project MPs who are presumed to have jumped off other bridges, cliffs, etc into bodies of water and never emerged. I should emphasize that these are all voluntary jumps, not cases of someone being thrown into the water or falling accidentally. I did decide to include a guy who shot himself on a bridge, whose body fell into the water and wasn’t recovered. I left out the baby whose mother jumped off a bridge with her child in her arms.

Each name tells a particularly sad story. I should note that, as you can see for yourself, many of these victims are terribly young. The average age of these eighteen individuals is 29.4, the median age is 23, five of them were in their twenties and five of them were 18 or younger.

Adrian Ferreras Almario, 17
Steven Earl Applegate, 17
Zachary A. Aylsworth, 22
Thomas Redd Evans, 51
Jennifer Ha, 17
Corey Michael Lang, 32
William Jeffers Lank, 42
Maricel Tolentino Marcial, 27
Priscilla Giordano McKee, 44
Brian Keith Morrison, 25
Lynenne Lavette O’Neill, 42
Roseline Pawai, 40
Mark Wade Potts, 45
Hilary Harmon Stagg Jr., 16
Sandra Stricklin, 24
Donna Lee Urban, 23
Charles White Whittlesey, 37
Chanier Corey Winns, 18

Make-A-List Monday: Pre-Medicine Majors and Med Students

March 17, 2014

A list of people who, at the time of their disappearances, were either actually in med school or studying pre-med at a college or university. I think pre-med is basically a lot of biology and chemistry and maybe math, I’m not sure. You don’t HAVE to major in that in order to get into medical school, but it certainly helps. Just studying that in college, though, even if you’re bright and you get good grades, is no guarantee you’ll be accepted to medical school. I have a relative who was a pre-med student and made a 4.0 or close to it, but I believe her MCAT scores weren’t good enough to be accepted anywhere. Last I heard she was thinking of becoming a nurse instead.

My psychiatrist told me once, “You are so brilliant. You could be a doctor.”
“I flunked basic chemistry,” I replied.
And he said, “Oh.”

Pre-Med Undergraduates
Colin W. Gillis (State University of New York at Brockport)
Donna Haghighat Jou (San Francisco State University)
Amber Lynn Wilde (University of Wisconsin at Green Bay)

An honorable mention is Cleashindra Denise Hall, who disappeared within days of her high school graduation and planned to study pre-med at Tennessee State University.

Med School Students
Kathleen Durst (Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University)
Brian Randall Shaffer (The College of Medicine at the Ohio State University)

Make-A-List Monday: The First Family

March 10, 2014

I’m not talking here about the First Family in the sense of Barack, Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama. I thought about doing a list of Charley MPs with those names, but I could find nobody for Barack and Malia and only one Sasha (and many Michelles, but I didn’t count them). This is a list of Charley Project MPs with the names of the first family from the Bible: Adam and Eve, and their three sons, Cain, Abel, and Seth. For convenience’s sake I’m only doing people with those as their first names, no middle or last names.

ADAM
Adam Brandwein
Adam John Breaux
Adam Brundage
Adam Dodson
Adam Elkhadiri
Adam A. Hale
Adam Arthur Hecht
Adam Joseph Herrman
Adam Hutchinson
Adam Kaplan
Adam Christopher Kellner
Adam Benjamin Lake
Adam Puchkoff
Adam Yasser Shahin
Adam Osama Shannon
Adam John Wohnoutka

EVE
Uh, no one. Lots of Evelyns though, and at least one Eva.

CAIN
No one here either, though there are a few with Cain as a last name.

ABEL
Abel Garcia Jr.
Abel Rosales
Abel Calderon Salgado
Abel Santiago

SETH
Seth Peter Morningsun
Seth Allen Uptain

Make-a-List Monday: School uniforms

March 3, 2014

MPs last seen wearing their school uniforms.

Kevin Andrew McCarthy Collins
Irma Yolanda Gamez
Yamaira Vivian Montes-Gonzalez
Cesilia Pena
Stephanie Marie Pinero Morales

Strange that four of the five should be Hispanic. Are Hispanic children more likely to attend parochial schools?

Make-a-List Monday: People with plates in them

February 24, 2014

MPs with plates surgically implanted in their bodies (usually to repair broken bones).

Angela Dawn Bates
James Roy Bridenstine Jr.
Mary Gertrude Brosley
Alicia Digna
Charles Wane Dodd
Antonio Dominguez
Ricky Lee Frayer
Marco Antonio Guarderas
Billie Jean Hall
Matthew Ellis Keith
Joe David Key
Willy Ray Lecompte
Benjamin Lopez Jr.
Joseph Arthur Martin Jr.
Wilbert Martin
Robert Lawrence Rollins
James S. Ruland
Jonathan Lee Zeigler


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