SIR programs in 2010


DECEMBER MEETING Holiday Party featuring the Main Street Singers


November 17, 2010
Speaker: Keith Raffel, Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Turned Crime Fiction Novelist
Intro by: John Richardson
Subj.: Silicon Valley Can Be a Dangerous Place

As counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Keith Raffel held a top-secret clearance to watch over CIA activities. As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he founded UpShot Corporation, the award-winning Internet software company, and sold it to Siebel Systems. He has also been a carpenter, college writing instructor, candidate for Congress, and professional gambler. These days he stays busy writing his mysteries and thrillers in Palo Alto where he lives with his wife and four children around the block from where he grew up.

His second book, “Smasher” (2009) has become a National Bestseller in 2010 (Independent Mystery Booksellers Association). Reviewers for it say, “Raffel blends computer world wheeling and dealing with the academic world’s lust for glory and fame” (Publishers Weekly) to “A taut roller coaster ride...Hold on and prepare to stay up all night” (Cara Black).

The speaker will address how he thought he was changing careers from entrepreneur to novelist and how it turns out he really wasn’t. He will also address where the idea for “Smasher” originated and what being a writer is like.

We will provide ample opportunity to question the author about his experiences. You can find more information at


October 20, 2010
Speaker: Dr. Sean Bushart Senior Program Manager, Nuclear Sector, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Intro by: John Richardson
Subj.: Renewing Our Future: Electricity Roadmap for Meeting Technology Deployment Challenges

EPRI is a non-profit R&D organization funded by the U.S. and international electric power generating utilities. As such, EPRI is in a unique position to evaluate the “technology roadmap” necessary to cost-effectively meet anticipated restraints on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, widely recognized as a contributor to greenhouse gas effects and thus global warming potential. EPRI is investigating the electricity generation mix needed to meet possible CO2 reduction targets of the future. The non-technical talk will illustrate possible scenarios for our national electricity mix and will review some of the associated technical and economic challenges and opportunities. Aggressive pursuit of a broad portfolio of technology options is identified as a cost effective and technically achievable pathway to meet CO2 reduction targets.

Dr. Bushart has a distinguished career in a number of areas that bear directly on this subject, including low level waste manage- ment, waste minimization technologies, and radiation safety. As a senior member of EPRI, he is an integral part of the planning and management team for its R&D programs, with a broad perspective over the whole range of electricity generation alternatives.


September 15, 2010
Speaker: Brian Adams, Entertainment Editor and Critic, KLIV Radio (1590 AM)
Intro by: John Richardson
Subj.: Memories from Personal Interviews with Show Business Legends

Brian Adams will share his most memorable moments of having met and interviewed many show business legends during his 22- year career in Bay Area television. Consider, for example: – What was it like to visit Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine at his home in Beverly Hills and hold his Best Actor Oscar? – What was most surprising about Brian’s encounter with comedian Red Skelton in San Jose? – What did he receive from actor Jimmy Stewart at a tribute event in Monterey? – How did an interview with Bob Hope that never happened become one of his most memorable entertainment stories? – What was it like to do a scene with Orson Bean on the set of the television series, “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”? – How was it to meet Sophia Loren, Jack Lemmon, or ??? ?

Brian currently provides entertainment reports on KLIV radio and movie reviews on KRTY radio (95.3 FM). A familiar face to Bay Area television viewers, he worked at KICU (Channel 36) for 22 years, earning numerous regional and national awards and two Emmy nominations. He has also taught communications courses at Santa Clara University for the past 19 years.


August 18, 2010
Speaker: Sandy Barbour, Athletic Director University of California, Berkeley
Intro by: John Richardson
Subj.: The World According to Oski

What a world it is for the student-athletes at UC Berkeley! With Cal’s history of comprehensive excellence in athletics, we will be privileged to get an inside view from its dynamic and enthusiastic Athletic Director. Sandy Barbour oversees a 27-sport program with more than 800 student-athletes.

She will address Berkeley’s perspective on intercollegiate athletics, including the value college sports brings to the campus, historical performance, and some of Cal’s distinctive traditions. She will also discuss national trends, including conference expansion, and their impact on UC Berkeley.

Sandy Barbour had major athletic management responsibilities at Tulane and Northwestern and a term as Deputy Director of Athletics at Notre Dame before assuming her current position at Cal six years ago. Her accomplishments at Cal have included recognition as Regional Athletic Director of the Year, for 2008-09, by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Her college athletic career started at Wake Forest where she was a four-year letter winner and served as captain of the field hockey team. She has earned advanced degrees at both Massachusetts (an M.S. in sports management) and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management (an MBA).


July 21, 2010
Speaker: Bob Simon, Honorary Life Member of SIR and Former Big Sir, Branch 35
Intro by: John Richardson
Subj.: The Way We Were – A Memoir in Rhyme

Invite your wife and/or guest(s) to share picnic food and enjoy an engaging program
$19 per person in advance, $21 at the door

This will be a SIR summer holiday event using “old fashioned”poetry (meaning it rhymes) to remind our members, spouses, andguests of the special events in their lives. It will take them back to family vacations and weddings, staying young and going gray, holiday celebrations, serving our country, and falling in love.

Our presenter, a published poet, is well known to many of us for his gift of story telling and his commitment to the best for SIR. He started writing light verse for special occasions over 40 years ago. His works convey at least a hint of humor and are meant to be heard—to be spoken aloud—to be listened to.

Bob never attended poetry school. He studied economics andbusiness (MBA) at Stanford, flew for the U.S. Air Force (for example, Globemasters to and from Japan), and spent 20 years fund raising for Stanford, including a six-year term as Director of Stanford’s New York City Office. Poems emerged along the way.

The nostalgic theme of this event will be supported by the recorded music from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s presented by member Milt Wehrman. Since retiring in 2003, Milt has been a professional discjockey playing in a wide variety of venues, including birthdays, anniversaries, class reunions, social clubs, and community events. For more about his passion and show see his website,


June 16, 2010
Speaker: Tom Ravenelle Assistant Special Agent in Charge San Francisco Division, FBI
Intro by: John Richardson
Subj.: The FBI World – Experiences in Actual Major Cases

In his 23-year career in the FBI, Tom Ravenelle has had a variety of responsible positions investigating violent [bank robbery, extortion and kidnapping] and white collar crime [financial and fraud], and investigating domestic and international terrorism including drug-related crimes. He is currently the Program Manager in the San Francisco Division for Cyber and Civil Rights Programs and also serves as the San Francisco FBI SWAT Commander. Mr. Ravenelle will illustrate his talk with specific field experiences drawn from his diverse background and will show how the FBI World differs depending on where one is assigned.


May 19, 2010
Speaker: Charles Watson, Senior VP, i2inc
Intro by: John Richardson
Subj.: Connecting the Dots — The Technology Battle for Intelligence

Since 9/11, with the Nigerian attempted bombing of a Detroit- destined airplane from the Netherlands, there seems to be little or no progress in integrating many extremely large databases without the delays of human intervention. But real progress is being made at all levels – local, regional, national, and international.

Software for intelligence-led operations empowers government agencies and private sector businesses to investigate, predict, prevent, and disrupt the world’s most sophisticated criminal and terrorist activities. The key success factors are accessing and sharing data, streamlining policy, and empowering everyone in the analytical and investigative lifecycle to be an enabler. The resulting enhanced speed and accuracy of decisions will be illustrated with examples from the U.S. and the Middle East.

Charles Watson, a 20-year industry veteran, is a leading expert in enterprise software marketing and sales. He is responsible for global marketing for i2, the world’s leading provider of investigative and analytical software solutions for defense, national security, law enforcement, and private sector businesses.


April 21, 2010
Speaker: Jed York, President San Francisco 49ers
Intro by: John Richardson
Subj.: The Game Plan

As President of the San Francisco 49ers, Jed York overseas the team’s day-to-day operations and all aspects of the organization. Since taking that position in December, 2008 he has made major decisions to shape the team into a Super Bowl contender.

Jed will share his vision for the 49ers, including aspects of building a championship team, recognizing the 49ers faithful, and carrying on the family legacy. We will get an inside look at many facets of the 49ers’ world, including its players and coaches, facilities (both current and planned), and community outreach activities.

Jed is leading the effort to build a new state-of-the-art stadium to secure a long-term home for the team in the Bay Area. He will update us on the new stadium planned for Santa Clara.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Jed began his career as a financial analyst. In 2005 he joined the 49ers as Special Projects Manager, learning how each department works to accomplish the team’s goals on the field and in the community. He became Director and then Vice President of Strategic Planning before becoming President.


March 17, 2010
Speaker: Donna Axelson
Intro by: John Richardson
Subj.: Matt Axelson, Navy SEAL ---
Warrior and Patriot in Afghanistan

Matt Axelson was a member of an elite team of Navy SEALs whose extraordinary heroism, ultimate sacrifices, and high honors in the counter-terrorism war in Afghanistan will be the focus of our March Meeting.

From the selection of uniquely qualified and trained individuals, to their deployment and battle challenges, Donna will share the full story of how her son became such a brave member of our special forces in the counter-terrorism battle. She will unfold for us how Matt’s “Operation Red Wing” became the deadliest operation in Naval special forces history. This story was initially disclosed in several TV broadcasts and has now been documented in the New York Times best seller, “Lone Survivor” by Marcus Lutrell, one of the members of the SEAL team on the mission with Matt.

Ultimately, Donna and her husband, Corky, spearheaded a movement to establish the Veterans Memorial in Memorial Park to honor all of Cupertino’s fallen heroes of war.

Donna has taught in Cupertino schools for 30 years and is currently the Technology Support Teacher for twenty-five schools..


February 17, 2010
Speaker: Dan Rusanowsky - San Jose Sharks Radio Announcer
Intro by: John Richardson
Subj.: Inside the Shark Tank

Dan Rusanowsky is uniquely qualified to describe for us the world of San Jose Sharks ice hockey -- the franchise, the history, the season, the expectations, and the scope of their community involvements. He has been the Sharks’ play-by-play radio announcer, the“Voice of the Sharks” on 98.5 KFOX (KFUX-FM), for 18 seasons (and all 119 playoff games) since the founding of the Sharks in 1991.

Dan is a 29-year veteran of hockey broadcasting at all levels, being one of the club’s most recognizable figures both on and off the ice. He’s responsible for producing all radio broadcasts, and he directs and administers the multi-station Sharks Radio Network. As a writer, he contributes to the Sharks Magazine and website. An active, year-round member of the Bay Area broadcasting community, he is one of the few play-by-play announcers tapped by the NHL to announce the “Game of the Week” on the Westwood One Radio Network. He’ll have A’s if you bring Q’s.


January 20, 2010
Speaker: Edward Karpman, M.D. – Urologist
Intro by: John Richardson
Subj.: Male Sexual Health – Challenges
and Opportunities

Dr. Karpman is a board certified urologist and one of the few urologists who is also fellowship trained in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Microsurgery and Male Sexual Dysfunction. His illustrated talk will cover common problems in men’s health: testosterone replacement, erectile dysyfunction, Peyronie’s disease, and ejaculatory disorders. To simplify the understanding of the topic, the talk will be organized along with the normal sexual response cycle: excitation, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.

Dr. Karpman established the El Camino Urology Medical Group, Inc., Mountain View. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis and the University of Vermont medical school, both with honors. He scored in the top 5% of all medical school graduates in the nation on his medical board exams. He also trained at the UC Davis Medical Center (Urologic Surgery) and Baylor College of Medicine (Male Infertility, Microsurgery and Male Sexual Dysfunction). He has received special recognition for his lectures to the graduate class of Human Sexuality at Santa Clara University. He also lectures extensively on testosterone deficiency, testosterone replacement therapy, and penile prosthetic surgery.