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Make-A-List Monday: 2012 Popular Boys’ Names

April 21, 2014

This is a list of Charley Project MPs whose first name was one of the top ten most popular’ boys names for babies born in 2012. (This is per the Social Security Administrator’s name page. I’m using 2012 cause they haven’t put together 2013 yet.) I’ve decided to do only those particular names, and not variant spellings. Next week I’ll do girls.

Jacob Allen Bobo
Jacob Cabinaw
Jacob Lee Heckart
Jacob Michael Olivier
Jacob Elias Pope
Jacob Wesley Webster
Jacob Erwin Wetterling

Mason Christopher Fernandez

Ethan James Hernandez
Ethan Ton Kae Fam Saelee


William Mark Adair
William Mark Alley
William Anderson
William Nolan Bass
William O. Beard
William Charles Bisbee
William Dean Bleakley
William Ward Bleakley
William Blodgett
William Walter Brooks Jr.
William Cameron Brown
William Kelly Buntain
William Arlin Bynum
William F. Calvin
William Charles Cordes
William Cowan
William H. Crandell Sr.
William Clark Crumpacker
William Scott Currier
William Andre Davcev
William Edward DeLano
William Christopher Delk
William J. Dennis
William Francis DiSilvestro IV
William LeRoy Douglas Sr.
William Verne Downey
William David Dudley
William Thomas Ukiah Duncan
William Isaac Eastep
William James Elgen
William Henry Ellis
William Edward Evans
William Michael Ewasko
William Farrer
William W. Fields
William Henry Forshee Jr.
William Henry Forshee Sr.
William Charles Fox
William Gaffney
William Theodore Garrison
William Farris Goodmon
William Bourg Gray
William Gu
William Gunn Jr.
William Dale Gunn
William Edward Hamilton
William Pearce Henderson
William R. Hennig
William James Henry
William Chris Hensley
William Ensley Hipp III
William Hoag
William Harry Hollingsworth
William Paul Houran
William Joseph Jamison
William Todd Jarreau
William Asa Jenkins
William Charles Jones
William Ebenezer Jones III
William Taylor Kaminskas
William Charles Lafferty
William Jeffers Lank
William Donald Leach
William Majewski
William McBride III
William Thomas McKay
William Howard McSwain
William L. Meehan
William Dennis Merceri
William George Merriman
William Giulio Minasian
William Earl Moldt
William Carl Myers
William Denzel Newman Jr.
William Wright North
William Henry Nunn
William Richard Ohl
William Patterson
William Herbert Pear
William Perez Sr.
William Dean Ponder
William Thomas Purcell III
William Terry Raulerson
William Carl Reed
William Carl Rigsby
William A. Roberts
William Robertson
William Robert Rochelle
William Francis Rogers
William Larry Roland
William Bruno Leon Sandidge Jr.
William Schmidbauer
William E. Schmitt
William David Shea
William James Simon
William Marshall Sisco Jr.
William Paul Smolinski Jr.
William Edward Sparks
William Ronnie Staggs
William Christopher Stonecipher
William K. Summers Jr.
William Campbell Underhill
William Martin Vosseler
William Jingde Xu
William Weatherall
William Sky Weinischke
William Webster Wells
William Dwight West
William Wilson
William Michael Zani Jr.

Liam F. Morrissey


Michael Jefferson Adams
Michael Richard Alfinito Jr.
Michael Keith Allen
Michael Dean Andrews
Michael Eugene Ashby
Michael Ray Askren
Michael Avicolli
Michael Raymond Barrentine
Michael Paul Bazan
Michael Keith Beaudoin
Michael Darnell Bell
Michael Benavides
Michael Anthony Bennett
Michael Steven Bickel
Michael Robert Bidwell
Michael Black
Michael Ernest Black
Michael James Borges
Michael Bowcott
Michael S. Boyette
Michael H. Brich
Michael Ralph Brougham
Michael James Bruce
Michael Christopher Bruno
Michael Clifford Bundy
Michael Erick Burckley
Michael Duane Burnett
Michael Charles Causley
Michael J. Chouinard
Michael E. Cosgrove
Michael Timothy Costello
Michael Patrick Coyne
Michael Austin Davis
Michael James Delaney
Michael John Delaney
Michael William Doane
Michael Joseph Donohue
Michael Dumont
Michael Norman Dunn
Michael Rolf Eddy
Michael Anthony Elenes
Michael David Ewing
Michael Ficery
Michael Franz
Michael Bradyn Fuksa
Michael Frank Fullerton
Michael James Gaughan
Michael Timothy Georgeoff
Michael Eugene Golub
Michael Gordon II
Michael Scott Gordon
Michael Matthew Gormley
Michael Bruce Gove
Michael A. Grant
Michael Earl Gray
Michael Anthony Green
Michael Lesly Green
Michael Lawrence Griffin
Michael Waynes Grimes
Michael William Grimm
Michael Grochowsky
Michael Daniel Harp
Michael Curtis Hawley Jr.
Michael Edwin Hearon
Michael Lee Henderson
Michael Duane Hissom
Michael John Hodge
Michael Anthony Hughes
Michael Harris Jacobs
Michael Allen Jarvi
Michael Davis Jeffreys
Michael Henry Johnson
Michael Lloyd Johnson
Michael Guy Johnston
Michael Lamont Jones
Michael J. Kelly
Michael S. King
Michael T. Kroell Sr.
Michael Allen Lane
Michael Scott Lattimer
Michael Jermaine Lawson
Michael James Lee
Michael Larry Madden
Michael Pierce Madden
Michael Jose Malinosky
Michael Mancino
Michael D. Mansfield
Michael Charles Marsh
Michael Martinez
Michael Omas Masaoay
Michael DeWitt Mayes
Michael Mayfield
Michael McCool
Michael McDowell
Michael Craig McGhee
Michael P. McAvoy
Michael Jerry McClure
Michael Dale McLaughlin
Michael Scott McLaughlin
Michael McWhorter
Michael Mendoza
Michael Francis Mergen
Michael Joseph Miranda
Michael Lee Montelongo
Michael Morgan
Michael Brendan Nash
Michael Anthony Navarro
Michael Denerie O’Donnell
Michael O’Driscoll
Michael Olson
Michael Ray Orsborn
Michael L. Page
Michael Timothy Palmer
Michael S. Pastor
Michael Pearcy
Michael Richard Pickett
Michael Phillip Proctor
Michael Ryan Rangel
Michael Reinert
Michael Alexander Reyes
Michael Frederick Reynolds
Michael Roy Richards
Michael Alexander Rudolph
Michael Damian Rust
Michael Andrew Salter
Michael Santana
Michael A. Sheppard Jr.
Michael Dean Stephenson
Michael Kenneth Stricklin
Michael Sullivan
Michael L. Summers
Michael Alan Tapley
Michael Russell Taus
Michael Tilton
Michael Truong
Michael George Udow
Michael William Wake
Michael Robert Walczak
Michael James Walsh
Michael Henry Wasik
Michael Way
Michael D. Wilk
Michael P. Williams
Michael Anthony Womack
Michael J. Woodward
Michael Allen Wright
Michael Zapletal
Michael Jerome Zipfel

Alexander Emmanuel Chacon
Alexander Matthew Erb-Sanchez
Alexander Ferguson
Alexander Lengheimer
Alexander Sol Olive
Alexander Edwin Shaw IV
Alexander Robert Masters
Alexander Parks Sr.
Alexander Bonilla Pastrana
Alexander William Skelton
Alexander M. Smith
Alexander Haig Tafralian
Alexander Joseph Talamantes-Bourg


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 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

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

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

Abel Garcia Jr.
Abel Rosales
Abel Calderon Salgado
Abel Santiago

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?


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