SIR programs in 2003



November 19, 2003
Speaker: Ann Killion, Sports Columnist
San Jose Mercury News
Intro by: Bob Bernhardt
Subj.: Surviving in a Winter of Discontent
for Bay Area Sport Fans

The stereotyped sports columnist – along the lines of the Odd Couple’s Oscar Madison – doesn’t fit for Ann Killion of the Mercury News. She is one of the new breed of columnists, feminine and extremely knowledgeable about a world that used to be almost exclusively in the male domain.

A Bay Area native, Ann has been with the Mercury News for 15 years, and enjoys celebrity status four times a week when her column appears. She has covered five Olympics, several World Series and World Cups, and lectures journalism students at the University of California, Berkeley.

Ann holds an undergraduate degree from UCLA and masters from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Before coming to the Mercury News, Ann worked for the Los Angeles Times. The breadth of her knowledge and interpersonal skills combine to bring out the human interest side of sports. Her columns are interesting reading for
even the casual sports enthusiast.

Her talk will explore ways to survive a bleak winter for Bay Area sports that started early with the Giants early exit from the playoffs. Now that the 49ers, Raiders, Warriors, Sharks and Stanford football have fallen on hard times, the top sports story goes to a doping scandal that could turn the world of athletics upside down.
Get your questions ready!

Besides her professional pursuits, Ann is a full-time wife and mother of two children, a boy 12 and a girl 8, both of whom are active in youth sports programs.


October 15, 2003
Speaker: Dr. David G. Mohler, MD - Humanitarian Relief Specialist
Intro by: Bob Bernhardt
Subj.: Medical Relief in Combat Zones

“Doc” Mohler is an orthopedic surgeon – oft times a miracle worker in areas of armed conflict, providing critical assistance to victims of war and terrorism.

He is an internationally recognized authority in orthopedic oncology, ballistic injury and medical operations in unconven-tional warfare. His history as a globetrotting medic dates back to 1979 in Afghanistan and the Middle East, but he has plied his trade in Africa and in Southeast Asia as well.

Recently “Doc” returned from three weeks in Iraq. There he met with the country’s top doctors about what they missed in the last 15 years, helped assess their needs and updated them on the techniques, finance and management of health care systems.

His talk will track some of his expoits as a combat medical humanitarian relief specialist. But he also will touch on geo political considerations, focusing on the realities of such relief in combat zones with an emphasis on furthering strategic goals of the United States.

“Doc” Mohler is an Assistant Clinical Professor in orthopedic surgery at Stanford Medical Center.


September 17, 2003
Speaker: National Sojourners, Inc
Intro by: Bob Bernhardt
Subj.: Heroes of ’76: Building the American Flag

Get ready for a change of pace… and a little American history.

Our program this month will be given by three men in the uniforms like those the Continental Army had worn during the American Revolution. They are members of the National Sojourners, a Masonic organization of men who have served as commissioned officers in the Armed Forces of the United States or an allied nation.

We will delay the pledge of allegiance until after lunch when their presentation begins with a large flag carried in by two soldiers. Be forewarned: this will be an inspirational, perhaps emotional telling of our flag’s story—supported by a colorful graphics of how the flag has changed over the years. A narrator will cover the evolution of “Old Glory” from the Continental Flag, the Betsy Ross Flag, and the Star Spangled Banner up to the present while the roll is called for our 50 star flag of today.

Accompanied by stirring music, a monologue entitled “I am the flag of the United States of America” portrays what the flag is, where it has been and what it represents to us.

The local group does about 50 educational presentations each year promoting patriotism and Americanism and to nurture the love of our country and its flag. The National Sojourners, Inc., is a fraternal organization meeting the needs of military Masons and advancing programs that promote love of country.


August 20, 2003
Speaker: Tim Koogle, former President, CEO, and Chairman Yahoo! Inc.
Intro by: Bob Bernhardt
Subj.: The Internet: Where It’s Been and Where It’s Going

When Yahoo!’s founders realized their new company had the potential to grow, they went shopping—for management talent. They came home with Tim Koogle, who was—and still is—one of the bright lights of Silicon Valley. Now a venture capitalist with a seat on several boards of directors, Koogle is a charismatic leader and a popular speaker.

Koogle was president and CEO at Yahoo! from 1995 to May 2001 and was vice chairman and director until May 2003. Under his leadership as CEO and chairman, a role he assumed in 1999, he helped build Yahoo! into a very profitable global Internet media company with annual net revenues of more than $1 billion and over $1.7 billion in cash and no debt on the balance sheet.

During his tenure, Business Week named Koogle one of “The Top 25 Executives of the Year” in 1999 and 2000. Prior to joining Yahoo!, he was president of Intermec Corp., held various management positions during a nine-year stint with Motorola after it acquired a company he had founded in Northern California.

Highly sought-after for speaking engagements both in the United States and abroad, Koogle is frequently called upon as an industry expert. He appears regularly on key business and financially-oriented broadcast programs such as CNBC, CNN/fn and Fox News. He has been active in numerous electronic industry trade assocations, including board chairman for AIM, the principal worldwide trade association for the automated data collection industry.

Koogle holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia as well as an MS and doctorate degrees in engineering from Stanford University. He lives in Los Altos Hills.


June 18, 2003
Speaker: Terry Turchie, Senior Counterintelligence Officer Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Intro by: Bob Bernhardt
Subj.: In Pursuit of Justice: The War on Terror

With over 29 years in the FBI and a resume that could make the highlight film of manhunts for domestic and international terrorists, Terry Turchie could have quit working when he retired from the bureau in May 2001. Instead he continued work in his profession at LLNL. In his last FBI assignment, Turchie was the Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.

Earlier, he served as a Special Agent in Portland, OR, New York City, San Francisco and had three tours of duty at FBI Headquarters, heading the Unabom Task Force from 1994-98. He then spent a year in western North Carolina as Inspector in Charge of the hunt for Top 10 fugitive Eric Robert Rudolph, wanted In connection with the Centennial Park bombing during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

In his role with the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division, Turchie was responsible for managing the counter-terrorism program, which included coordinating the pursuit of terrorists with the Bureau’s 56 field offices.

He accompanied former FBI Director Louis Freeh to Turkey, India, Pakistan and Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union to meet with high government officials on counter terrorism and intelligence matters. Turchie also helped to coordinate counter-terrorism planning for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the 2001 Presidential Inauguration, and the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Before Turchie went to FBI Headquarters in May 2000, he was Associate Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s San Francisco Field Division Office. His talk will be supported by computer graphics.


May 21, 2003
Speaker: Karl Knopf, Ed.D. Foothill College Professor of Adaptive Physical Education
Intro by: Bob Bernhardt
Subj.: Fitness for Seniors: "Use It or Lose It!"

Many experts say that a substantial portion of the physical changes we consider natural to aging are actually due to lack of exercise, environmental toxins, poor diet and bad habits such as smoking and drinking. Healthy lifestyles, researchers claim, may be able to set back the biological clock, or at least slow it, by as much as 40 years! Dr. Karl Knopf encourages our good health on this basis.

At Foothill since 1976, Dr. Knopf has earned a strong reputation for his activity-based approach to physical fitness programming for older adults. He has developed courses for seniors, the physically limited, visually impaired and developmentally delayed. His program is the largest of its kind in California.

He serves as liaison with the Stanford School of Medicine on research projects and is an advisor on National Institute of Health (NIH) grants for Stanford and the University of California at San Francisco.

A frequent guest on Joanie Greggins¹ "Lets Talk Health" radio program on KGO, Dr. Knopf has authored three books, often writes articles for Fifty Plus and Aquatic Exercise Association and publishes a quarterly newsletter. He served as a consultant for Time-Life Medical¹s arthritis exercise video.

Dr. Knopf is a member of Foothill¹s Academic Senate and other college committees, and is the faculty advisor for the Cycling, Triathlon and Ski clubs. He lives in Sunnyvale with his wife, Margaret, and two sons.


April 16, 2003
Speaker: Carl Guardino, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group
Intro by: Bob Bernhardt
Subj.: Business Climate and Economy in Silicon Valley

With a ringside seat for the recession, Carl Guardino is a 4i-year old with a world of experience. He heads the public policy trade association that represents 180 of the area’s most respected employers with more than 225,000 jobs or nearly 25% of the area’s private sector work force.

The Silicon Valley Manufacturing Group (SVMG) is organized to involve principal officers and senior managers of member companies in a cooperative effort with local, regional, state and federal government officials to address major public policy issues affecting the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley.

Currently, SVMG addresses the following five core issues: affordable housing, comprehensive transportation, reliable energy, quality education and a sustainable environment.
Guardino served as Vice President for five years before leaving to join Hewlett Packard. Prior to that, he was on the staff of Assemblyman Rusty Areias for six years, three as the youngest chief Assistant in the state. Recently, he was named as one of the 10 “Most Powerful” people in Silicon Valley by the Mercury News.

Known throughout the region as a consensus builder, he has played key roles in managing major initiatives for traffic relief and affordable housing for Silicon Valley. He is a native of San Jose and a graduate of San Jose State University.


March 19, 2003
Speaker: Paul Nyberg, Editor, Los Altos Town Crier
Intro by: Bob Berhnardt
Subj.: Hometown Heroes

Few people are more committed to their community than Paul Nyberg, who, 10 years ago this month, purchased the Los Altos Town Crier from the Chicago Tribune Co. Hard work, business acumen and journalistic savvy, turned the newspaper into an award-winning weekly.

But Mr. Nyberg’s outreach goes beyond the Town Crier and the desk of owner and publisher. Reluctantly, he admits to putting “wheels under” some ideas that benefit his an other communities. His topic, “Hometown Heroes,” is about people helping people— changing one life at a time—through simple acts of kindness that build community and fellowship.

Born in Northern Minnesota, Nyberg grew up working by his father’s side on the family farm. For eight years, he went to a one-room school. After high school and a hitch in the Army Signal Corps during the Korean War, he attended Wheaton College in Illinois, earning a BA in journalism in 1958.

He launched a youth magazine called Venture after college and 10 years later took a sabbatical leave to earn a masters in journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Other magazine start-ups included Letterman, a national high school sports monthly that survived for five years and several Bay Area real estate publications which he sold in 1995.

Mr. Nyberg is a director of the Bank of Los Altos and the California Newspaper Publishers Association. He also is on the Foothill College President’s Advisory Board and on the board of West Bay Opera. He is president and founder to the Los Altos Cultural Association which among other things created and sponsored the millennium celebration in Los Altos for 1500 people.


January 15, 2003
Speaker: Reverend Mark Bollwinkle, Los Altos Methodist Church


January 15, 2003
Speaker: Reverend Mark Bollwinkle, Los Altos Methodist Church
Intro by: Bob Bernhardt
Subj.: Three resolution suggestions for 2003