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Dan Holohan

Dan Holohan

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The Bethpage Heating Museum

@ September 4, 2002 4:45 PM in Ideal Slyphon

would give one of those beauties a fine home! Thanks, Al.

Ruthe

@ September 4, 2002 4:44 PM in the \"Gathering\"

you are a sweetheart. Thanks.

Marianne

@ September 4, 2002 12:31 PM in the \"Gathering\"

was talking to the hotel folks about getting a bus but they don't do that. We'd have to charter a bus to Boston for the full day, and I'm not sure if enough people are interested to make that viable.

Once again, the hotels

@ September 4, 2002 10:40 AM in Hotels in Marlboro, MA - Dan H.

for those who need one.

I've often wondered

@ September 4, 2002 6:36 AM in Steam Range tank questions (ME)

what this method does to combustion efficiency (lots more volume near, but not in, the boiler), and also the exposure to liability it places on the installer if that tank isn't ASME rated, as the boiler is rated.

things

@ September 3, 2002 8:18 PM in Tacotrol

of beauty. Thanks for sharing, Greg!

now it's

@ September 3, 2002 8:15 PM in Wetstock - Dan H.

34

Is this it?

@ September 3, 2002 5:27 PM in Ideal Slyphon

Is this it?

@ September 3, 2002 5:24 PM in Ideal Slyphon

Adding water

@ September 3, 2002 12:52 PM in Steam Range tank questions (ME)

to the return won't make it go back into the boiler any faster, Mark. Think about it, if you increased the 1-1/4" return by 51 feet you'd be adding the same 40 gallons to the system, but it still won't go back into the boiler any faster. The only motive force that can put water back into the boiler is gravity, and all you have going for you on a gravity-return system is the "A Dimension." It takes a drop of water in that space to move a drop of water back into the boiler. It's like a scale and a fat spot in the return makes no difference at all. I think you may need a boiler-feed pump for this job.

There are just 35 tickets left

@ September 3, 2002 7:35 AM in Wetstock - Dan H.

for the Marlborough, MA Gathering on Saturday, November 23. The ad is in the September issues of PM and PMEngineer. Ya snooze, ya lose, pal.

I'd say that 75% of the oilheat techs I've met

@ September 2, 2002 7:39 PM in cancer rates

smoke cigarettes. Lots of cigarettes.

I know

@ August 31, 2002 9:20 PM in In case you missed it - Dan H.

they're aware of it, Ron, but they may not have the time. We'll do it again and maybe they'll make the next one.

We're very well represented

@ August 31, 2002 8:56 PM in In case you missed it - Dan H.

when it comes to boilers: Monitor MZ, Munchkin, Slant/Fin, ECR, Viessmann. What a great mix!

Pete Caruso

@ August 31, 2002 8:51 PM in In case you missed it - Dan H.

of Monitor MZ fame bought 20 tickets to Wetstock this afternoon. We're close to being sold out, lads. And what a fine time we will have on November 23.

@ August 31, 2002 4:29 PM in Play Ball!

Well said!

No

@ August 31, 2002 4:28 PM in Play Ball!

and neither can our Yankees, hb!

You should

@ August 31, 2002 10:43 AM in O is for for oops I did it again hr

have a mural painted in the center. Please!

And don't forget the wise words of Professor Royko!

@ August 30, 2002 8:33 PM in Play Ball!

October 5, 1993 Three Ex-Cubs Assure Spurning of Atlanta The experts have spoken. The Atlanta Braves are the best of the playoff teams. The bookies have made them the favorites to get to the World Series and win it. Some sports pundits already talk of them as one of the great teams of all time. The experts just never learn. As always, they ignore that strange, mysterious, and almost-always fatal malady known as the Ex-Cubs Factor. Regular readers of this column know about the Ex-Cubs Factor. But bear with me as I explain it to newcomers. Twelve years ago, a Chicago sports nut named Ron Berler stumbled across an amazing statistic. Since 1946, 13 teams had entered the World Series with three or more ex-Cubs on their roster. Twelve of these 13 teams lost. Berler theorized that it was a virus. Three or more ex-Cubs could infect an entire team with the will to lose, no matter how skillful that team might appear. When Berler revealed his findings, the sports experts sneered and scoffed. Stupid and meaningless, they snickered. No scientific basis, they hooted. Then came 1990, and they were still sneering, scoffing, and making their mindless predictions. That was the year about 99 percent of the experts declared that the Oakland A's could not possibly lose the World Series. Even before the games began, they hailed the A's as one of the greatest teamsmaybe the greatestin the history of the game. As the Washington Post's resident baseball genius put it: "Let's make this short and sweet. The baseball season is over. Nobody's going to beat the Oakland A's." As Ben Bentley, the Chicago sports savant, said: "Could the Oakland Athletics be the greatest in baseball history?" Yes, cried the experts: the greatest, a dynasty, a team of immortals. They could win while yawning. But out there were two lonely voices: Berler and this writer. We warned of the Ex-Cubs Factor. We pointed out that the A's had foolishly defied the terrible virus by signing a third ex-Cub. And before that World Series began, Berler publicly stated: "As good as they are, they will lose. And they can blame their own arrogance for ignoring history." So what happened? Not only did the A's lose, it was world-class humiliation. Four straight defeats. One of sports' all-time flopperoos. That made it 13 out of 14 teams with three or more ex-Cubs to collapse in the World Series since World War II. The A's haven't been the same since. Once it struck, the ex-Cub virus burrowed into the fiber of the franchise. In only three years they have gone from a dynasty to limping mediocrity. Sources say their hot dogs don't even taste as good as they once did. Have the experts learned anything? Of course not. As the late Mayor Richard J. Daley once said: "Duh expertswhat do dey know?" The sports experts are now hailing the Atlanta Braves as the super-team of this era. On Sunday, Dave Kindred, columnist for the Sporting News, wrote: ". . . Atlanta has become baseball's best team since the Yankees of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra . . . the NL's best team since the Brooklyn Dodgers of Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, and Pee Wee Reese." He may be right. They have thunderous hitters, overwhelming pitchers, and a seamless defense. But they also have the dreaded virus. Of the four teams in the playoffs, only the Braves are afflicted by the Ex-Cubs Factor. Only the Braves have three former Cubs. They are Greg Maddux, the superb pitcher, Damon Berryhill, the reliable catcher, and . . . Even a bleacher creature would be hard-pressed to name the third ex-Cub. But Berler, the virus discoverer, knows. "I have it all in my computer," he says. A relief pitcher named Jay Howell. Although he has been in the major leagues for 14 years, he's not a big name, not a big star, no flashy stats. A solid journeyman. Probably good to his family, a nice neighbor, a patriot; and he doesn't kick little dogs. But he is one of the three skeletons in the Atlanta closet. He has a sordid past. For a brief time in 1981, when he was a mere lad, he was a Cub. He pitched in only 10 games, a total of 22 innings, and wasn't very good. But as Berler says: "That is all it takes. He is a genuine, bona fide, star-crossed ex-Cub, the poor guy. He is a carrier. It always comes back to your roots. Once a Cub, always a Cub." Berler, who is a free-lance writer and teacher, recently interviewed Maddux, who chose to become an Atlanta Brave multimillionaire, rather than a Chicago Cubs multimillionaire, because he wanted to play on a winning team. "I told him: 'You think you're leaving a loser? Ha! You are a loser. And you're going to infect your 24 teammates.'" He explained the Ex-Cubs Factor to Maddux. And the star pitcher responded by shouting: "I don't believe it, I don't believe it, I don't believe it!" So if the Braves defeat the Phillies and make it to the World Series, bet on the Braves at your own peril. But this puts a Chicagoan such as myselfa devout Cubs fanin a difficult position. Those who are true fans of the White Sox or Cubs loathe the other team. This crosstown rivalry takes precedent over city pride. So if the Sox play the Braves, I must root for the Braves. It is the only decent thing a Cubs fan can do. Sox fans, being dedicated haters, will understand. It will be the first time I will be cheering for a virus. [Editors' note: The Philadelphia Phillies and the virus beat the Braves, four games to two, in the playoffs.]

And don't forget the wise words of Professor Royko!

@ August 30, 2002 8:31 PM in Play Ball!

October 5, 1993 Three Ex-Cubs Assure Spurning of Atlanta The experts have spoken. The Atlanta Braves are the best of the playoff teams. The bookies have made them the favorites to get to the World Series and win it. Some sports pundits already talk of them as one of the great teams of all time. The experts just never learn. As always, they ignore that strange, mysterious, and almost-always fatal malady known as the Ex-Cubs Factor. Regular readers of this column know about the Ex-Cubs Factor. But bear with me as I explain it to newcomers. Twelve years ago, a Chicago sports nut named Ron Berler stumbled across an amazing statistic. Since 1946, 13 teams had entered the World Series with three or more ex-Cubs on their roster. Twelve of these 13 teams lost. Berler theorized that it was a virus. Three or more ex-Cubs could infect an entire team with the will to lose, no matter how skillful that team might appear. When Berler revealed his findings, the sports experts sneered and scoffed. Stupid and meaningless, they snickered. No scientific basis, they hooted. Then came 1990, and they were still sneering, scoffing, and making their mindless predictions. That was the year about 99 percent of the experts declared that the Oakland A's could not possibly lose the World Series. Even before the games began, they hailed the A's as one of the greatest teamsmaybe the greatestin the history of the game. As the Washington Post's resident baseball genius put it: "Let's make this short and sweet. The baseball season is over. Nobody's going to beat the Oakland A's." As Ben Bentley, the Chicago sports savant, said: "Could the Oakland Athletics be the greatest in baseball history?" Yes, cried the experts: the greatest, a dynasty, a team of immortals. They could win while yawning. But out there were two lonely voices: Berler and this writer. We warned of the Ex-Cubs Factor. We pointed out that the A's had foolishly defied the terrible virus by signing a third ex-Cub. And before that World Series began, Berler publicly stated: "As good as they are, they will lose. And they can blame their own arrogance for ignoring history." So what happened? Not only did the A's lose, it was world-class humiliation. Four straight defeats. One of sports' all-time flopperoos. That made it 13 out of 14 teams with three or more ex-Cubs to collapse in the World Series since World War II. The A's haven't been the same since. Once it struck, the ex-Cub virus burrowed into the fiber of the franchise. In only three years they have gone from a dynasty to limping mediocrity. Sources say their hot dogs don't even taste as good as they once did. Have the experts learned anything? Of course not. As the late Mayor Richard J. Daley once said: "Duh expertswhat do dey know?" The sports experts are now hailing the Atlanta Braves as the super-team of this era. On Sunday, Dave Kindred, columnist for the Sporting News, wrote: ". . . Atlanta has become baseball's best team since the Yankees of Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra . . . the NL's best team since the Brooklyn Dodgers of Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, and Pee Wee Reese." He may be right. They have thunderous hitters, overwhelming pitchers, and a seamless defense. But they also have the dreaded virus. Of the four teams in the playoffs, only the Braves are afflicted by the Ex-Cubs Factor. Only the Braves have three former Cubs. They are Greg Maddux, the superb pitcher, Damon Berryhill, the reliable catcher, and . . . Even a bleacher creature would be hard-pressed to name the third ex-Cub. But Berler, the virus discoverer, knows. "I have it all in my computer," he says. A relief pitcher named Jay Howell. Although he has been in the major leagues for 14 years, he's not a big name, not a big star, no flashy stats. A solid journeyman. Probably good to his family, a nice neighbor, a patriot; and he doesn't kick little dogs. But he is one of the three skeletons in the Atlanta closet. He has a sordid past. For a brief time in 1981, when he was a mere lad, he was a Cub. He pitched in only 10 games, a total of 22 innings, and wasn't very good. But as Berler says: "That is all it takes. He is a genuine, bona fide, star-crossed ex-Cub, the poor guy. He is a carrier. It always comes back to your roots. Once a Cub, always a Cub." Berler, who is a free-lance writer and teacher, recently interviewed Maddux, who chose to become an Atlanta Brave multimillionaire, rather than a Chicago Cubs multimillionaire, because he wanted to play on a winning team. "I told him: 'You think you're leaving a loser? Ha! You are a loser. And you're going to infect your 24 teammates.'" He explained the Ex-Cubs Factor to Maddux. And the star pitcher responded by shouting: "I don't believe it, I don't believe it, I don't believe it!" So if the Braves defeat the Phillies and make it to the World Series, bet on the Braves at your own peril. But this puts a Chicagoan such as myselfa devout Cubs fanin a difficult position. Those who are true fans of the White Sox or Cubs loathe the other team. This crosstown rivalry takes precedent over city pride. So if the Sox play the Braves, I must root for the Braves. It is the only decent thing a Cubs fan can do. Sox fans, being dedicated haters, will understand. It will be the first time I will be cheering for a virus. [Editors' note: The Philadelphia Phillies and the virus beat the Braves, four games to two, in the playoffs.]

Cubs fans can give you guys a run for your money

@ August 30, 2002 8:26 PM in Play Ball!

21 major events that have occurred since the Chicago Cubs last laid claim to a World Series championship: 1. Radio was invented; Cubs fans got to hear their team lose. 2. TV was invented; Cubs fans got to see their team lose. 3. Baseball added 14 teams; Cubs fans get to see and hear their team lose to more clubs. 4. George Burns celebrated his 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th and 100th birthdays. 5. Haley's comet passed the Earth. Twice. 6. Harry Caray was born....and died. Incredible, but true. 7. The NBA, NHL and NFL were formed, and Chicago teams won championships in each league. 8. Man landed on the moon, as have several home runs given up by Cubs pitchers. 9. Sixteen U.S. presidents were elected. 10. There were 11 amendments added to the Constitution. 11. Prohibition was created and repealed. 12. The Titanic was built, set sail, sank, was discovered and became the subject of major motion pictures, the latest giving Cubs fans hope that something that finishes on the bottom can come out on top. 13. Wrigley Field was built and becomes the oldest park in the National League. 14. Flag poles were erected on Wrigley Field roof to hold all of the team's future World Series pennants. Those flag poles have since rusted and been taken down. 15. A combination of 40 Summer and Winter Olympics have been held. 16. Thirteen baseball players have won the Triple Crown; several thanked Cubs pitchers. 17. Bell-bottoms came in style, went out of style and came back in style; disco did the same. 18. The Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins have all won the World Series. 19. The Cubs played 14,153 regular-season games; they lost the majority of them. 20. Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Oklahoma and New Mexico were admitted to the Union. 21. The United States fought in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Unlike the Cubs, the US lost in only one of them.

#30

@ August 30, 2002 3:46 PM in Friday Joke

The Lost Art of Steam Heating! What a wonderful anniversary gift! How did you know this is exactly what I wanted?