Ahh-mazing “AHA” Discovery

Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for December 2018 – WWII Veteran Bob Wilson, Triggering the Potential

During World War II, Bob Wilson recalls his most memorable event of serving as part of the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team (later the Navy SEALS). He was on the light cruiser, USS Houston CL-81, during the Battle of Formosa. Bob recalls while standing on the fore deck, an aerial torpedo hit the ship’s engine …

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for October 2018 – Dancing Poise

Ten years ago, Billy Elliot won the Tony Awards for Best Musical. Sir Elton John wrote the musical score. The best part was when Liza Minnelli announced the winner and we watched on t.v., our niece, Heather Burns dash up onto the stage with the rest of the Billy Elliot troupe to accept the award. …

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for August 2018 — Morgan Wesson or More Horse Power

Morgan Wesson comes from equestrian royalty. His grandfather, Justin Morgan, bred the original Morgan Horses. It seems destiny that Rob Gourley first met his life-long friend at The Pony Club outside Honeoye Falls, N.Y. Rob recalls seeing Morgan for the first time in his dressage outfit, wearing a short-tailed jacket and a long-sleeved white shirt …

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for July 2018: Author Elizabeth Wild – Life Lessons in a Children’s Book

Elizabeth “Liz” Wild, one of Rob Gourley’s cousins, is part of his Inventified Family that we are highlighting during Rob’s 70th year. In 1988, she wrote a children’s book, entitled “Along Came a Black Bird”. She gave Rob a copy of the book and added to the title page inside a drawing of a crow …

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for June 2018: Mason Trowbridge Jr. – Inventified By Necessity

Rob Gourley lost his first adoptive mother, Neeler, when he was a young boy. He stayed with his cousins, Helen, Liz and Jane, for about one year in northern Maine (Penobscot Bay) giving his father, Robinson Sr., time for both recovery and re-establishment of a stable home environment in New York before bringing back both …

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for May 2018: Raising a Inventified Child

My father-in-law, Robinson B. Gourley Sr., if he was still alive, would have laughed about what I considered one of his best lifetime accomplishments. He was a World War II veteran, an award-winning cellist, a career engineer for GE and a loving grandfather. In my opinion, his parenting skills, what he called “benign neglect”, actually …

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for February 2018: James Pass’ Vitreous (Translucent) Fine China

Background: AquaNew’s Rob Gourley turns 70 years young this month (February 2018). He is part of the Syracuse China legacy being a great grandson of James Pass, an honorary member of Rob’s Inventified Family. I recall my first introduction to Syracuse China was when Rob’s aunt, Eunice, and I were antique shopping in Anchorage, Alaska …

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Ahh-Mazing “AHA!” Discovery for January 2018: Porcelain Electrical Insulation of James and Richard Pass

Background Note: Rob Gourley’s first adoptive mother, Neeler, passed when he was a young boy (Neeler was Helen Fox Trowbridge’s daughter). Rob’s father, Rob Sr., remarried to Ann Pass several years later that expanded young Rob’s “Inventified Family”. Rob’s great-grandfather and grandfather, James and Richard Pass respectively, manufactured porcelain china at their company, Syracuse China. …

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AHH-mazing “AHA!” Discoveries, Part II: Rob Gourley’s Inventified Family and More

We started in February 2015, AquaNew’s monthly tradition of recognizing “AHA!” Discoveries. The first was the famous practical tool, the “Pocket Fisherman”, designed by Walter Herbst. The past AHA’s between February 2015 and December 2017 can be found here. You know you’ve experienced it – that special “AHA!” moment of realization that seems to hit …

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