Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, June 24, 2017

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, June 24, 2017 


Jeff’s Book Pics By Jeff Brown

The Road Taken: The History and Future of 
America’s Infrastructure by Henry Petroski 

A renowned historian and engineer explores the 
past, present, and future of America’s crumbling 
infrastructure.Henry Petroski explores our 
core infrastructure from both historical and 
contemporary perspectives, explaining how 
essential their maintenance is to America’s 
economic health. Petroski reveals the genesis of 
the many parts of America’s highway 
system--our interstate numbering 
system, the centerline that divides 
roads, and such taken-for-granted 
objects as guardrails, stop signs, and 
traffic lights--all crucial to our national 
and local infrastructure.A compelling 
work of history, The Road Taken is 
also an urgent clarion call aimed 
at American citizens, politicians, 
and anyone with a vested interest in 
our economic well-being. Physical 
infrastructure in the United States is 
crumbling, and Petroski reveals the 
complex and challenging interplay 
between government and industry 
inherent in major infrastructure 
improvement. The road we take in 
the next decade toward rebuilding 
our aging infrastructure will in large 
part determine our future national 

Biology of Belief Unleashing 
the Power of Consciousness, 
Matter, and Miracles by Bruce 
H. Lipton 

This book is a groundbreaking work 
in the field of new biology, and it will 
forever change how you think about 
thinking. Through the research of Dr. Lipton 
and other leading-edge scientists, stunning new 
discoveries have been made about the interaction 
between your mind and body and the processes by 
which cells receive information. It shows that genes 
and DNA do not control our biology, that instead 
DNA is controlled by signals from outside the 
cell, including the energetic messages emanating 
from our thoughts. Using simple language, 
illustrations, humor, and everyday examples, he 
demonstrates how the new science of “Epigenetics” 
is revolutionizing our understanding of the link 
between mind and matter and the profound effects 
it has on our personal lives and the collective life 
of our species.

Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. 
Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself 
- While the Rest of Us Die by Garrett M. 

A fresh window on American history: the eye-
opening truth about the government’s secret plans 
to survive a catastrophic attack on 
US soil, even if the rest of us die - a 
road map that spans from the dawn of 
the nuclear age to today.Every day in 
Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold 
1st Helicopter Squadron, codenamed 
MUSSEL, flies over the Potomac 
River. As obvious as the presidential 
motorcade, most people assume the 
squadron is a travel perk for VIPs. 
They’re only half right: While the 
helicopters do provide transport, the 
unit exists to evacuate high-ranking 
officials in the event of a terrorist or 
nuclear attack on the capital. In the 
event of an attack, select officials would 
be whisked by helicopters to a ring of 
secret bunkers around Washington, 
even as ordinary citizens were left to 
fend for themselves.For 60 years the 
US government has been developing 
secret doomsday plans to protect itself, 
and the multibillion-dollar Continuity 
of Government (COG) program takes 
numerous forms - from its plans 
to evacuate the Liberty Bell from 
Philadelphia to the plans to launch 
nuclear missiles from a Boeing-747 jet 
flying high over Nebraska. In Raven 
Rock, Garrett M. Graff sheds light 
on the inner workings of the 650-acre compound 
(called Raven Rock) just miles from Camp David 
as well as dozens of other bunkers the government 
built for its top leaders during the Cold War, from 
the White House lawn to Cheyenne Mountain in 
Colorado to Palm Beach, Florida, and the secret 
plans that would have kicked in after a Cold 
War nuclear attack to round up foreigners and 
dissidents and nationalize industries. Equal parts 
presidential, military, and cultural history, Raven 
Rock tracks the evolution of the government plan 
and the threats of global war from the dawn of the 
nuclear era through the War on Terror.


How to Pass Your Stories and Values to 
the Future Generations

Money may be the most talked asset within a 
person’s estate, but the riches of experience and 
wisdom can – and often do – mean even more to 
family members down the line. Reinforcement 
of family traditions can be built into your estate 
plan alongside your wishes regarding your money, 
property, and belongings. After all, what really 
makes a family a family is its values and traditions 
— not the way its finances read on paper. 

 It’s an excellent idea to hold a family meeting in 
which you discuss the sorts of things that matter to 
you most. In addition to the value of sharing your 
wisdom, you can also make it more likely that your 
heirs will handle their inheritance wisely if they 
understand the motives behind your choices. This 
is just one of the many reasons to have a family 
discussion about your estate plan and your legacy. 

How to tell your story through your estate plan

It’s a delight to get to hear your elders’ stories of 
their fondest memories and wildest adventures, as 
well as the struggles they overcame to get the family 
where it is today. This wisdom provides connection 
and meaning for a financial inheritance that 
otherwise might just be viewed as a windfall. So as 
part of your estate and legacy planning, I encourage 
you to record your own personal history. Here are 
a few ideas:

 Audio files: With the broad range of audio 
formats available today, you can record in the way 
that’s easiest for you - anything from a handheld 
cassette recorder to the Voice Memos app on your 
iPhone. There are some easy-to-use digitizing 
services that can compile your stories into audio files 
to make available to your family and descendants. 

 Video files: The same goes for home movies and 
other video recordings. Older film formats can be 
easily digitized and organized along with the videos 
from your phone. Today’s technology also makes it 
easier than ever to add narration (and context) to a 
video, making the story all the richer.

 Photo albums: Many families have prized 
photo collections that catalog generations. It’s a 
tragedy when something like this is lost in a fire or 
misplaced in a move. Creating a digital database is 
a gift to your family in more ways than one: Not 
only will they have access to these memories at any 
time, they can also feel secure knowing that these 
family treasures won’t be lost anytime soon and 
that multiple copies can be made for the different 
branches of the family.

 Letters and other writings: If you enjoy writing, 
you can also include handwritten or typed letters or 
stories to your family members in your legacy plan 
to be received and read at the time of your choosing. 
You can also include past letters and postcards that 
might be tucked away in the attic. It’s not only a 
personal delight to relive the memories of the past 
by reviewing your old letters and postcards, but it’s 
also a great way for younger generations to get to 
know and sincerely appreciate your life journey and 

 Your financial assets are important. Protecting 
and planning to pass those assets is a key part of 
any estate plan. But focusing only on those types 
of assets leaves a hole for your loved ones and does 
a disservice to the biggest part of your wealth. 
Your estate plan becomes exponentially more 
valuable when it incorporates and showcases your 
memories, history and values in a long-lasting way 
that truly benefits your heirs. And that is really 
what estate planning should be all about.

 Dedicated to empowering your family, building 
your wealth and securing your legacy, 

A local attorney and father, Marc Garlett is on a 
mission to help parents protect what they love most. 
His office is located at 49 S. Baldwin Ave., Ste. G, 
Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Schedule an appointment 
to sit down and talk about ensuring a legacy of love 
and financial security for your family by calling 
626.587.3058 or visit for more 


The latest on Business News, Trends and Techniques

By La Quetta M. Shamblee, MBA


Pasadena resident and former JPL employee 
Joan Horvath, along with business partner 
Rich Cameron have carved out a special 
niche in the fast growing 3-D printing industry. 
“Mastering 3D Printing” published by Apress is 
2014 was authored by Joan, one of six books on 3-D 
printing written by them in three years. They have 
created a series of workshops to teach students and 
adults how to use the technology. Their workshops 
are popular with educators, which include in-person 
customized courses, as well as online courses like 
“Intro to 3D Printing,” and “3D Printed Science 
Projects.” Their company name, Nonscriptum, is 
Latin for “unwritten.” Unlike traditional printing 
that is associated with applying the written word and 
images onto paper or other surfaces, a 3-D printer 
creates a tangible three-dimensional item. 

 Joan Horvath explained 3D printing as a computer 
design of something that can be made quickly and 
is ideal for making less expensive prototypes and 
models that have traditionally been made out of 
wood or clay. When asked to describe the process, 
Horvath stated,“ A 3-D printer basically functions 
like a hot glue gun, creating layers to build the item.” 
The printers range from small desktop versions, to 
machines large enough to print 3-D furniture. 

 To the surprise of many, 3-D printing has been 
around since the 1980’s, but was primarily used in 
university settings. When patents ran out in 2006, 
the business ecosystem for this technology evolved 
very quickly. Like all emerging industries, there 
was in initial explosion in the number of companies 
manufacturing 3-D printers until the process of 
consolidations and fall-outs occurred.

 Nonscriptum gets a pretty steady stream of 
inquiries from individuals who have just gone 
out and bought a 3-D printer, and from schools 
that have received the donation of a 3-D printer, but 
have no idea how to get started. In Horvath’s role as 
adjunct faculty for National University (Azusa, CA 
Campus), she was approached to create curriculum 
that could be delivered remotely for students pursing 
teaching degrees. Some of them are preparing to 
enter into the profession and realize they need to be 
prepared to establish a “maker space” for students. 
Described as a center or space with tools to enable 
participants to design or create prototypes and 
manufactured works, establishing an on-campus 
“maker space” is a growing trend; and a 3D printer is 
becoming a standard feature in these settings. With 
all of the focus on science, technology, engineering 
and math (STEM) programs for children, this 
resources is ideal to provide students with the 
opportunity to apply these academic disciplines 
throughout interactive class projects.

 Timing is everything, and the timing was perfect 
when Horvath and her business partner met 
while working for a 3-D printing company, which 
is no longer in business. They affiliation paved the 
way for an entrepreneurial journey that is leading 
them to new opportunities, including a new in-
person course they will be teaching at LA Cleantech 
Incubator (LACI), which exists to accelerate the 
development of cleantech start-up companies. In 
August, they will be conducting a workshop at the 
college preparatory Winward School in Los Angeles. 

 Years ago, Horvath could not have know 
groundwork was being laid for the role that she 
would play in the application of this popular 
printing platform of the modern era. As she was 
pursuing an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical 
Engineering from MIT and a Masters in Engineering 
from UCLA, there is no way she would have foreseen 
the rendezvous with a co-worker, turned business 
partner, who has teamed with her to become a “go 
to” for “how to” for 3-D printing.

 For information on this Pasadena-based company and 
upcoming 3-D printing workshops, books or inquiries 
about consultations visit: or 
contact Joan Horvath at 
Photo by: Ethan Etnyre 

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