GR Principal Goes Supersonic

As a kid, Glen Ridge High School Principal Ken Rota always enjoyed watching the Blue Angels, the military team of show pilots, demonstrate their aerobatic talents from the ground. Last Thursday, Rota got to enjoy seeing the team fly once again — from the back seat.
As a part of Fleet Week, the Blue Angels picked a handful of high school administrators to accompany them on a Jones Beach exhibition as a way of reaching out to the people who mold America’s youth. His name and recommendation given to the Angels by Rev. David Stinson of the Glen Ridge Congregational Church (a big name in the Naval Reserve), Rota was apprehensive about flying with the team, but ultimately “couldn’t pass on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Flying approximately 70 miles out to sea at speeds of up to 700 mph and pulling around seven G’s, the Ridgers’ principal has the bragging right of being able to say that he did not vomit during the trip. And how did he enjoy being part of the majestic display of aviation he used to watch as a child? Said Rota, “There aren’t too many men that can actually say that they have gone supersonic. It’s nice to be able to.”
And here’s how it looked from the ground.

Our newest correspondent, Noah Levinson, is a sophomore at Glen Ridge High School.

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  1. I wonder if he showed up to meet with parents and staff about a potential danger in one of his schools?
    Our bearded wonder did not.
    I find that distressing.

  2. prof, he is the principal, not the superintendent.
    And what is the “potential danger”?

  3. ‘Supersonic’? Speed of sound is 770 mph. Cub reporter says he flew ‘up to 700 mph’. That don’t add up.

  4. TwinDad – 770mph is the speed of sound at sea level, around 70 degrees F, with low humidity. Since sound is a waveform propagating through a medium, the temperature, pressure, and density of the medium affects the speed at which the waves move. At higher altitudes the where temperature and water vapor content in the air are much lower, sound waves move more slowly. I think the approximate speed of sound is somewhere in the mid-600’s mph once you are at typical airplane cruising altitudes.

  5. Black holes are ultra, super, mondo, intensely dense collections of matter from whence nothing, not even light can escape. Kind of like the Prof’s brain!
    Ha Ha!
    Just kidding Prof!

  6. Jeez,
    Don’t make no figurative post here. We be literal folk ’round here….
    No way.
    He’s a principal. No a Super.
    He doesn’t even have a beard……
    Your post is off base. No asbestos in GR!
    (cro is an Alvarez lover. Or he IS Alvarez. He defends his honor WAY TOO MUCH.)
    I find this distressing.

  7. Lots of Radon- all came as tailings from a watch factory in 1927- used as fill. Some houses in GR, Montclair and maybe Bloomfield had to have their backyards or the dirt around their foundations dug out. Some still have to have airt exchangers.
    from the epa:
    The Montclair/West Orange and Glen Ridge Radium sites were contaminated with radioactive waste materials suspected to have come from radium processing companies located nearby during the early 1900’s. Some of the radium-contaminated soil was used as fill or was mixed with cement for sidewalks and foundations. In 1983, the state of New Jersey discovered homes with high levels of radon gas from the decay of radium in the soil, as well as high levels of indoor and outdoor gamma radiation. In response, EPA installed radon ventilation systems and gamma radiation shielding in affected homes. The sites were listed on the National Priorities List of the nation’s most hazardous waste sites in February 1985.
    After performing an extensive scientific study of the nature and extent of the contamination, EPA excavated and disposed of all radium-contaminated soil and restored the affected properties. EPA completed excavation activities in December 2004, removing and disposing of approximately 220,000 cubicyards of radiologically- contaminated soil and debris, and filling in the excavated areas with clean soil.
    At the time EPA decided how to clean up the contaminated soil, the Agency also recognized the need to examine potential impacts from the radiological contamination to ground water. EPA performed a study, which shows the ground water meets drinking water standards for radiological contaminants and that radon levels in the ground water are consistent with regional background levels.

  8. My property was ‘remediated’ in 2002-2003. I can’t smell the Radon gas anymore. What a relief!
    When I was burying my dog, Burt, in 1997, I got down about 3 feet and hit a layer of densely compacted ash like material that could only be penetrated with a pick axe. I thought “how odd, what is this shit?”, finding out later that this was the stuff they were getting rid of.

  9. prof, you are even more befuddled than usually. And that’s saying something.
    My post had nothing to do with Alvarez. You drew a comparison between Rota and Alvarez, and i pointed out that one is a principal, and one a super. You also speculated that there might be a problem in “one” of Rota’s schools. Rota, again, is a principal. He has only one school, and I am not aware of an asbestos issue there. If you are, or if mommy is, please enlighten us.
    Try to follow the lines, prof. It really isn’t all that difficult.

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