German Midget Subs to Blockade Great Lakes’ Ports by William A. Kennedy

Author’s Note: I have always been interested in history and especially in stories that go beyond what we were taught in school. History is even more interesting to me when it involves where I grew up in northern Ohio. The story below is one that I ran across while on a business trip years ago and I’d like to share this excerpt with you…

“…while combing through war records confiscated at the end of War World II, Lawrence Butterfield, British Royal Navy Archivist, discovered that the Kriegsmarine (Nazi Germany’s Navy) planned to deploy midget submarines into the Great Lakes to blockade ports near the end of the war. As audacious as this plan may sound, the Germans planned to attach the midget submarines to the hulls of cargo ships traveling through the St. Lawrence Seaway and once into the Great Lakes the subs would detach and proceed to their designated port assignments. “If this plan had succeeded, it would have had a devastating effect on war morale and the allied supply lines,” according to Rear Admiral (retired), George St. Johns, of the British Royal Navy. This is exactly what the Kriegsmarine had attempted to do throughout the war with its U-boat attacks of Allied supply lines in the Atlantic…”

The article went on to say, “the plan detailed the ports that would be blockaded by the midget submarines throughout the Great Lakes…In Lake Erie, the ports to be blockaded were Buffalo, Cleveland, Toledo, Sandusky, and Lorain.” The Port of Lorain would be blockaded because of its ship building and steel manufacturing capabilities. The plan went as far as naming the midget submarines assigned to each port. The Port of Cleveland would be blockaded with three midget submarines – Delphin (Dolphin), Molch (Newt) and Biber (Beaver). The Port of Toledo would be blockaded by two midget submarines – Hecht (Pike) and Seehund (Seal). While one midget submarine each would be assigned to the Ports of Sandusky and Lorain – Seeteufel (Sea Devil) and Sloof Lirpa (April Fools).

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William A. Kennedy is a freelance writer and an experienced business development consultant.  When he isn’t dabbling in writing April Fool’s jokes, William Kennedy is the President and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA.  Bill Kennedy is also an aspiring endurance athlete and avid world traveler.

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Gore Orphanage – The Movie

If you are from the Lorain County, Ohio area, you are likely well acquainted with the urban legend of the Gore Orphanage in Birmingham Township, near Mill Hollow. People visiting the site at night have heard the screams of children ghosts from the Gore Orphanage. Last year, Cody Knotts, an Executive Producer, and his wife, Emily Lapisardi, a historical actress and Director of this movie, passed Gore Orphanage road while driving to Detroit. The name intrigued them enough to do some research and that’s where they discovered the urban legend surrounding the orphanage. Thus, the horror movie “Gore Orphanage” was born.

The movie, “Gore Orphanage” is based on the haunted site and “…is a period piece that is more about the mood than overt gore…” according to a recent article in the Lorain Morning Journal. The movie is set in 1934 and will follow a young girl named Nellie, who is sent to the Gore Orphanage following the death of her family. She makes friends of Esther and Buddy, but the trio also must deal with Mrs. Pryor, the keeper of the orphanage. Actress Maria Olsen, who has appeared in “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” plays Mrs. Pryor. Olsen described the character as very lonely and trying to figure out what is wrong with her life as she takes her frustration out on the children. The movie was filmed almost entirely at the Scottdale home known as Graystone Manor outside Pittsburgh.

If you are interested in learning more about the movie, there is a “Gore Orphanage” Facebook page that gives you details on the movie. On the page, you can view the first trailer, order a “Gore Orphanage” t-shirt, and/or pre-order the movie on Blu-Ray/DVD. With your Blu-Ray/DVD order, you will receive a free ticket to the Sandusky/Lorain premiere. You will also learn that the movie recently won the “Most Anticipated Film of 2015″ at the Horror Society’s annual ceremony in February.

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William A. Kennedy is a freelance writer and an experienced business development consultant.  When he isn’t dabbling in writing, William Kennedy is the President and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA.  Bill Kennedy is also an aspiring endurance athlete and avid world traveler.

Lighting Of Our National Christmas Tree – Past and Present

The National Christmas Tree is usually lite on 4 December and this year was no exception as President Obama joined hundreds of people for the annual lighting ceremony. Prior to lighting the tree, our President said the national tree is a “symbol of hope and holiday spirit.” He also urged Americans to remember members of the US military serving overseas, as well as their families. Every President since Franklin D. Roosevelt has made formal remarks during the lighting ceremony.William A. Kennedy

This year’s ceremony marked the 92nd annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree. The National Park Service says the tradition was started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. Our National Christmas Tree over the years has been both a cut tree and live trees. Since 1973 a living tree has been used but has been replaced several times since then for a variety of reasons. For example, the National Christmas Tree’s trunk snapped in a windstorm, which contained gusts of up to 50 mph, in February 2011. The current tree was planted in October 2012 and is a Colorado Blue Spruce from Virginia.

Since 1954, the event has marked the start of month-long festivities known as the “Pageant of Peace”. Smaller decorated trees representing the US states, territories and the District of Columbia surround the National Christmas Tree; this is known as the “Pathway to Peace”. Santa’s Workshop, the National Menorah, and nightly entertainment are also part of the experience of seeing the National Christmas Tree.

General Electric has lite the National Christmas Tree since 1962. This year’s tree design features a very traditional red, green and white color scheme and uses the latest LED holiday lighting products. The addition of sparkle red mesh garland enhances the nighttime and daytime appearance. This is the 6th consecutive year that LED lights have been used to light the National Christmas Tree.

Bill Kennedy is a freelance writer and an experienced business development consultant.  When he isn’t dabbling in writing, William A. Kennedy is the President and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA.  William Kennedy is also an aspiring endurance athlete and avid world traveler.

The photo is courtesy of the http://thenationaltree.org website.

“The Bronze” Debuts at Sundance Film Festival

On January 22, 2015, “The Bronze” will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival’s opening night. The film festival is one of the largest events of its kind in America and draws over 50,000 movie enthusiasts to Utah each year. So if the word hasn’t gotten out about how great Amherst, Ohio is as a filming location or as just a great place to live, it soon will be at the festival and later in 2015 thru an anticipated worldwide release of this film. Rumor has it that the movie may also be shown at the Amherst Cinema as part of the film’s release.

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Recently, a film crew was spotted outside of the Captain’s Club grabbing a few evening shots for the film. Along with the Captain’s Club, Cedar Pub and Ziggy’s Pub (Picture courtesy of sidewalkschalk.com), pictured to the left, were involved in the filming too. Other filming locations in and around Amherst included Hastee Tastee, Marion L. Steele High School, and a home on Brandt Avenue as well as the Pikewood Manor in Elyria and some gymnastics scenes shot at the Sokol Ceska Sin in Cleveland.

The movie is about a former gymnastics’ hero, who won an Olympic bronze medal and now finds herself living in her small hometown, washed-up and bitter. She is forced to reevaluate her life when a promising young gymnast threatens her local celebrity status.

“The Bronze” is directed by Bryan Buckley and written by Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch. Along with Melissa Rauch, the movie stars Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong, and Haley Lu Richardson. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the rights for this movie in July 2014.

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Bill Kennedy is a freelance writer and an experienced business development consultant.  When he isn’t dabbling in writing, William A. Kennedy is the President and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA.  William Allen Kennedy is also an aspiring endurance athlete and avid world traveler.

An up and coming film location – Amherst, Ohio By: Bill Kennedy

When you think of film locations for movies, you may think of exotic places such as Vancouver, Fiji or the deserts of the Sahara but not Amherst, Ohio. Well, you may be surprised to know that Amherst has been the filming location for three movies.

The latest movie to be filmed in and around Amherst is “The Bronze”, a comedy film directed by Bryan Buckley and written by Melissa Rauch and Winston Rauch. The plot is about a former gymnastics bronze medalist, Hope Annabelle Greggory (Melissa Rauch), who must fight for her local celebrity status when a young athlete’s star rises in town. Along with Melissa Rauch, the movie stars Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Cecily Strong, and Haley Lu Richardson. Stephanie Langhoff is the producer for Duplass Brothers Productions. Filming ended in late July and the movie is now in production. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired the rights for this movie in July and it will be released in 2015.

“The John Penton Story” is a full length documentary narrated by Grammy Winner Lyle Lovett. John Penton is a motorcycle pioneer whose life led to a long list of motorcycling accomplishments, international notoriety, and changed the motorcycling world forever. You can read more about John Penton and his accomplishments in the book entitled, “John Penton and The Off Road Motorcycle Revolution” written by Ed Youngblood.

In 2013, the “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” starring Johnny Knoxville did some guerilla filming at an Amherst School during a bingo night. This hidden camera film is the fourth in the Jackass film series.

Amherst, OH is known as the Sandstone Center of the World.  The former Town Hall is one of the landmarks in town.

Amherst, OH is known as the Sandstone Center of the World. The former Town Hall is one of the landmarks in town.

Although it wasn’t filmed in Amherst, “Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle” references Hot Dog Heaven as Harold Lee (John Cho) and Kumar Patel (Kal Penn) go through a series of misadventures to find a White Castle restaurant. A stop at Hot Dog Heaven is a must when visiting Amherst. This movie was released in 2004 and is the first in a series of movies featuring Harold and Kumar.
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Bill Kennedy is a freelance writer and an experienced business development consultant. When he isn’t dabbling in writing, William A. Kennedy is the President and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Arlington, VA. William Allen Kennedy is also an aspiring endurance athlete and avid world traveler.

Hiking the Potomac Heritage Trail

A resident of Arlington, Virginia, Bill Kennedy serves as the president and CEO of Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC. Previously, he worked with companies such as Geographic Information Services, Inc., and Raytheon Company. In his leisure time, Bill Kennedy enjoys hiking in and around Arlington.

Located near Arlington, the Potomac Heritage Trail links the parking lot for Theodore Roosevelt Island with Scott’s Run Nature Preserve. The trail encompasses nearly 11 miles of rugged hiking, following routes originally traveled by George Washington. It offers views of the shoreline of the Potomac River, Chain Bridge, waterfalls, Fort Marcy, and Turkey Run Park.

Those who wish to hike only part of the Potomac Heritage Trail can begin at various sites along the way, including the Gulf Branch Nature Center and North Glebe Road. Visitors to Fort Marcy can hike in either direction after exploring the fort, which originally served as one of 67 such fortifications defending Washington, D.C., in the Civil War.

Why Companies Should Use a Business Development Consultant

A certified member of Project Management Institute, Arlington, Virginia, resident Bill Kennedy specializes in business development consulting. Through his Arlington-based business, Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, Bill Kennedy provides business development leadership and guidance in areas such as strategic planning, marketing, opportunity capture and qualification, and proposal management.

A business development consultant assists companies, small and large, with identifying, qualifying, and bidding on US Federal Government contracts. A successful consultant is an expert in positioning their clients to win new business or successfully re-compete an existing contract.

A good consultant also plays an integral role in working with his clients to develop or improve marketing, capture and proposal processes. He or she will also facilitate introductions with their industry connections and / or assist his or her clients with making new connections.