Sunday, June 10, 2018

Birthday Wishes for Dan





Birthday Cake

In the middle of cake season, at the end of June;
We celebrate the penultimate Morgan and the man in the moon.
Outliers in February are important too;
But nothing to make much ado.
It is the end of June – Let’s eat some cake;
Serve it up at your place by the Lake.

It goes something like this;
Oldest of four in a family of six.
We kick off the season of cake.
Count the parents and it’s a crazy eight.
May Day --- it’s time for cake!
By mid-June cake in a camp cabin is also great.

Cake in the rain it matters not, we love the stuff.
In July, can there ever be cake enough?
August rolls around and we’re seated again;
There’s cake with flowery icing at a table for ten.
Autumn months are more about pumpkin pie
Then temperature drops and snow flurries fly

Happy Birthday Dan. Happy birthday to you.
You look like a monkey and you are one too.

Cosmic Wheel Birthday Wish



Happy Birthday to a true Cosmic Wheel!

Choir boys, alter boys, boys will be boys.
Hot Air Balloons, up, up, and away;
In-A Gadda-Da-Vida drum solo noise;
Magnificent clouds by the bay.
Gasparillla Island pirates - ahoy!
Hit it as hard as you can - that’s how you play.

Cold Beer and cheap cigars;
Barefoot bus driver crushes concrete;
Remembering discos, beaches and bars;
Glorious days, even in defeat.
Emerging ahead, albeit with scars;
Life is so precious, so, so very sweet.

Single-lens reflex photographer, a good eye at-large.
The Red Cross is saving lives every day.
The first mate on a flying bridge is a man in charge.
Blended families, Real Estate Lives, Uber driver on his way.
An impossible shot at the buzzer --- to win;
Greg the Great does it again and again.


Poster artwork by Peter Max

King Daddy-O



Head of the clan;
Royalty about the house;
You do the best that you can.
Pray for the respect of the queen, your spouse;
Merely a mortal, and only a man.
At the end of the day, whatever you do;
The dividends come from those who love you.


Artwork: by Jean-michel Basquiat

Friday, June 1, 2018

Golf - Morgan on the PGA tour



Kerry Deacon, my friend and golf partner in the HBE Alumni league at Creve Coeur Golf Course, convinced me to join him as a volunteer working “security” at The St. Jude Classic. It has been played at TPC Southwind, near Memphis, since 1989. Daniel Berger gained his first PGA Tour win last year (June 2016) here and managed to repeat this year (2017).

I worked the BMW Championship (part of the FedEx Cup playoffs in which Camilo Villegas emerged victorious). I was on the communications committee at that event held at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis in 2008. I also worked the Senior PGA Tour Championship as volunteer assigned to leaderboards and as a hole marshall in 2013. So, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 8-11, 2017 I enjoyed excellent access to TPC Southwind in exchange for wearing a walkie talkie and looking “official” in cap, shorts, and FedEx St. Jude Classic t-shirt.

Jean Farrar, my daughter-in-law’s mother, lives in Germantown, TN and was good enough to allow us a place to board two nights. We managed to fit in a bit of tourism by visiting the giant Pyramid downtown where there is almost a theme park atmosphere complete with Bass Pro Shop, hotel, restaurants, plenty of taxidermy to admire, live fish to watch and a lovely view of the area from another restaurant near the top. We managed to sample some famous BBQ at Corky’s and the Commisary too.

Once back in St. Louis, I was able to boast a bit about watching the likes of Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk play the game.  I recalled the feeling of following the 26 year old Dominic Bozzelli, an Auburn University graduate from upstate New York, who finished this tournament tied for tenth.

I’ve been to The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club (Jack Nicklaus’ course) in Ohio, the Doral in Miami and visited TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Of course, I watch a lot of golf on TV including much of this year’s U.S. Open from Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

Needless to say, I have a newfound appreciation of just how good these guys really are on the PGA Tour. In 2018, I am signed up to work merchandise sales at the 100 PGA Championship at Bellerive in Saint Louis. 

   

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Greatest of all time

           She Goat 1950 (Cast Bronze 1952) Picasso - Museum of Modern Art

Social Media shorthand for greatness;
As the headline scoring of LeBron James;
Talent, teamwork, hard work and finesse;
Season after season in critical basketball games;
Records rank among the first and the very best.

Float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee;
Clay became Muhammad Ali, objects to war. 
The greatest fighter that will ever be;
Says Senseless fighting, dying must be no more;
Instead we need peace love and harmony.

Picasso Cubism changes onlooker P.O.V.
Women are muses over a lifetime; 
Guernica travels for all to see;  
Perhaps the greatest artist of all time.
Sculptural She-Goat - midtown New York City.

Basketball, boxing, modern art,
Whatever hero you admire;
Believe in yourself from the very start;
With love of the game, passion and desire;
Because it always begins and ends with your heart. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Cambio means Change


                 Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields

The Special School District engaged the Cambio Group for the 2017-2018 school year.  Their team is instrumental in reinforcing the need for educators and staff at SSD in Saint Louis to embrace change at the kick-off of the school year. In spite of the break most of us enjoyed over the Summer, there remains a lingering sense of tension in our town. We are all familiar with protests and some senseless property damage that has occurred. Black Lives Matter. Blue Lives Matter. Justice. There is a lot divisiveness still just below the surface here and across America.     

As the year is unfolding, the Cambio team met with the paraprofessionals on a scheduled professional development day on October 13 (Yup, Friday the 13th). We assembled in the newly built forties hall of the Neuwoehner High School.  Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields sets a tone for the session and his colleagues assure a seamless exchange of ideas. There are ice breakers and exercises to generate dialogue. There are moments, pregnant pauses, reflections, bonding and just a bit of wonder as to what might come of this two-hour scheduled meeting.   
  
The Cambio Group works with a specific focus on action and success and they promise to distill some of the thinking that is generated this afternoon. This is not a gripe session or an angry mob or a town hall meeting. It is an opportunity. It is important to recognize some of the things that still divide us. A shared sense of mission must bring us together. We have a strong sense of purpose but we can be better. For this, we must strive. We appreciate the remarkable organization of which we are a part but at the same time strive for ideals.

A quick turn-around follow up to ALL via e-mail from the principal declares the following commitment and action: 100% of staff will increase awareness and understanding of cultural competence and equity by receiving physical and intellectual resources, from the equity team monthly, that impact students and/or staff as measured by a baseline questionnaire given at the beginning of November and reassessed in May.

I am hopeful for Ubuntu – the intersection between trauma informed practice, self-care, and leadership for equity. Thank You Dr. Shields and Cambio (Especially Tia and Marina)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Clash of the Titans

The following is a recap (from 2010) of a DBIA Midwest presentation at the Engineers Club on Lindell in St. Louis.  



Clash of the Titans.
August 18, 2010
By Wesley A. Morgan

Having worked for both Bob Clark (Clayco) and Fred Kummer (HBE) as corporate communicagtions director and Vice President of Marketing, respectively, I could not resist the opportunity to see a breakfast panel presentation that included those two giants of the industry along with another guy from Burns & McDonnell (of whom I was not familiar). The event was to be presented by the DBIA-Mid America chapter at the Engineer’s Club on Lindell.

The Design Build Institute of America, Mid America chapter is ramping up its presence in St. Louis. It’s no secret that the fully integrated approach to architecture, engineering and construction has deep roots in this region with a dozen top contractors and an army of others calling this part of the world home.

Fred Kummer was in unusually good form and quite gracious. Sure he had a few clumbsy sentences and his microphone wasn’t working all too well for him, but the room of maybe 150 people didn’t seem to mind. Bob Clark flanked the Burns & McDonnell panelist stage left and FSK flanked him to the right. Bob is always witty and charming and today was no different. The rivals have had exchanges from time to time involving business and personnel, but the format of a “Legends of the Industry” panel brought out the best in all three panelists. Naturally I was focused on Fred and Bob.    

There was agreement that Design-Build was a good project delivery method for any project. Fred stressed his focus on adding value. “There are people who know the cost of everything and the value of nothing,” Fred pointed out adding, “HBE sometimes has a tremendous amount invested in a project up front. We think that is as it should be.” Bob Clark suggested that some owner partnership should include both having investment up front. He also stressed that while he admires Fred Kummer’s business model, his is completely different. (Clayco’s offering includes site selection, real estate expertise and a span of business units. Clayco selects projects carefully from hundreds of opportunities his firm hears of in the course of business each day. HBE has moved away from the hotel business, financial facilities and medical office buildings to be more narrowly focused on Hospital campuses, not the more broad term Healthcare. )

Bob talked about a big project, a plant in Midland, MI for manufacturing batteries for DOW. Fred talked about a $300 Million dollar Kaiser Permanente project that involved a difficult location in Los Angeles and the challenges of working with OSHPD regulators in California.

Fred brought up his early beginnings with a donut shop and a car wash. Bob talked about scary water leak in a project locally that in the end stressed the quality of the building’s design. (Fortunately, he added, the engineering and design of this project contained the problem with minimal damage.) 

Both Fred and Bob got their share of laughs but neither at the other’s expense. Only gentle jabs and polite references to their differences. The Burns & McDonnell guy was kind enough to provide perspective and was actually a great bridge between Bob and Fred. 
The hour and a half flew by and remarkably the great men shared the venue pretty evenly. David Miller of HERA did a commendable job as moderator and the DBIA-Mid America chapter will have a tough time topping this one.

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Wesley A. Morgan is founder and Principal of Morgan Studio/East, a firm designed to help companies with planning and execution of effective marketing communications. He is author of Plan. Design. Execute. which is available at www.morganstudioeast.com For More Information Contact: Wesley A. Morgan, 2 Glenmaro Lane, Town & Country, MO 63131 (314) 692-7982 Cell (314) 488-9430, e-mail morganwes@aol.com

Partial list of those in attendance (some spelling issues here, for sure): Harold Allen (RIMKUS), Bob Clark, Kirk Wardan, Fred Jaekle, Mitch Miller, Gary Meier, Bryant Conant, Tom Lombardo, Paul Barrath, Pat Moriarty (Clayco Concrete Strategies), Jerry Petry, Rick Schaefer, Fisk (Alberici), Ron Unterienner, Scott Zola, Dave Miller…A clash of my worlds to see so many HBE and Clayuco alums.