USS Arizona (BB-39)

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Each Memorial Day we are asked to observe 1 minute of silence at 3 pm to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country.  Tomorrow I will spend the day remembering the loss of those who died with the sinking of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.  1,177 sailors died during the attack on the USS Arizona and 900 still remain entombed in it’s hull.


Arizona-Memorial ron palinkas memorial dayMake a point tomorrow to spend just a few moments discussing with your family someone who gave their life in service to the US.  It might be a grandfather from WWII, an uncle in Vietnam, or a family friend in Afghanistan.  Remembering sacrifice is the best way to help remind us of all the things we should be grateful for.


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Vehicle GPS : From “Gotcha!” to “Great Job!”

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Azug Telematics has launched a new program — Social Telematics (  When I came across this article I was immediately intrigued.  I have used several vehicle GPS services over the years, but this new development from Azuga is a unique twist.  I have always been impressed with the data available from these services.I am confident that I can see real-time vehicle location and activity.  In addition, the historical reports are a great way to evaluate fleet performance.  The problem has always been  how to influence safe and company compliant driving.  Much like the title of the Azuga release (and the title of this post,) I have found myself in the position of policing behavior rather than being able to reward positive behavior.  Azuga’s app allows drivers to compete for safe driving scores and also rewards.

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Imagine a service fleet where 50+ drivers are competing with other drivers on the benchmarks of consistent lawful speed, safe acceleration/breaking, and safe hours of work.  Reward points, gift cards, or credit at the company promo store being awarded for great driving habits.  Moving GPS data out of the office and into the hands of drivers in a spirit of competition benefits the drivers each day and the company in the long run.  I am happy to see a great evolution in how GPS data can be used as a positive influence rather than a negative one.

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My next e-mail will to our service coordination software company to see how they feel about developing an app that allows field service reps to compete for service statistics the same way.  Congrats to Azuga, they have launched what will be a very successful program.

Coffee News

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Before moving to Peoria, IL I had never heard of this publication.  After learning about it from Bill McKay I have been very intrigued by the opportunity and marketing strategy behind the Coffee News.  I enjoy reading the stories in this weekly publication and as someone who has owned a small business in the past, the idea of having only one advertiser in each category has strong appeal.

The local nature of the publication plus the opportunity to have an impact in the local economy seems to me that it would be an excellent franchise business opportunity. Check around your area and see if someone is publishing in your area.  If not, it might be a great opportunity.












Titan Missile Silo

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“Duck and Cover!” Bomb shelters, the Berlin Wall, weekly tests of the Emergency Broadcast System, the piercing sounds of air raid sirens, and the Space Race. These are the hallmarks of the “Cold War” era.

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The Titan Missile Museum showcases the dramatic vestiges of the Cold War between the U.S. and former Soviet Union and provides a vivid education about the history of nuclear conflict-a history of keeping the peace.

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At the Titan Missile Museum, near Tucson, Arizona, visitors journey through time to stand on the front line of the Cold War. This preserved Titan II missile site, officially known as complex 571-7, is all that remains of the 54 Titan II missile sites that were on alert across the United States from 1963 to 1987.



Silo-5 ron palinkas titan missile museumAble to launch from its underground silo in just 58 seconds, the Titan II was capable of delivering a 9-megaton nuclear warhead to targets more than 6300 miles (10,000 km) away in about 30 minutes. Nowhere else in the world can visitors get this close to an intercontinental ballistic missile in its operational environment. This one-of-a kind museum gives visitors a rare look at the technology used by the United States to deter nuclear war. What was once one of America’s most top secret places is now a National Historic Landmark, fulfilling its new mission of bringing Cold War history to life for millions of visitors from around the world.




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Mission San Xavier del Bac

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A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797. The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church’s interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a place where visitors can truly step back in time and enter an authentic 18th Century space. The church retains its original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of its parishioners.

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The current church dates from the late 1700’s, when Southern Arizona was part of New Spain. In 1783, Franciscan missionary Fr. Juan Bautista Velderrain was able to begin construction on the present structure using money borrowed from a Sonoran rancher. He hired an architect, Ignacio Gaona, and a large workforce of O’odham to create the present church.



Following Mexican independence in 1821, San Xavier became part of Mexico. The last resident Franciscan of the 19th Century departed in 1837. With the Gadsden Purchase of 1854, the Mission joined the United States. In 1859 San Xavier became part of the Diocese of Santa Fe. In 1866 Tucson became an incipient diocese and regular services were held at the Mission once again. Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet opened a school at the Mission in 1872. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity now teach at the school and reside
in the convent. To view the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity website please select from the left menu on the History page.


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The Franciscans returned to the Mission in 1913. Recently, Mission San Xavier became a separate nonprofit entity. It remains a testament to the endurance of culture throughout our history.


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