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).


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.


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.


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.

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.

Tips for Finding a Good Fit When Cycling in a Triathlon

Over the course of his career, Bill Kennedy has built a reputation for successful business development in Arlington, Virginia, most recently with his new company, Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC. Outside of the office, Bill Kennedy is an accomplished triathlete in the Arlington area.

There are several ways to get the most out of your cycling experience. Even though bicycles are now adjustable in almost every way, you should not over-emphasize comfort. Bear in mind that no matter how you try to feel good on your machine, you will feel some pain from sore muscles.

This also applies to saddles. The perfect fit does not exist. Find one that feels good most of the time. This may mean finding a hard saddle that fits well, rather than a softer one that may prove to be uncomfortable over time.

Be careful with your positioning. Placing yourself lower than the handlebars may improve your aerodynamics, but don’t go so low that you can’t stay in that position and then run your best afterward.

The History of the Modern Triathlon

Bill Kennedy leads Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, as the president and chief executive officer of the Arlington, Virginia-based firm. Outside of his professional pursuits, Bill Kennedy regularly participates in triathlons and open water swim competitions in Arlington and other cities.

Even though it is an extremely popular sport today, the triathlon is a relatively new athletic event. The roots of the sport can be traced back to 1920s France, but it took another five decades before the triathlon really began to grow in popularity.

In September 1974, the first triathlon was held in the United States in the Mission Bay area of San Diego. The event, which was organized by Jack Johnstone and Don Shanahan, was held on a Wednesday evening and consisted of a 5-mile bike ride, a 500-yard swim, and a 6-mile run. Only 46 people competed in the first Mission Bay Triathlon, but it helped lay the foundation for future events.

Two of the competitors who participated in the original Mission Bay Triathlon, John and Joan Collins, went on to found the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon in 1978. The Hawaii Ironman brought international attention to the sport, and soon triathlons were being held in countries around the globe.

The Commonalities of System Development Life Cycles

Bill Kennedy, based out of Arlington, Virginia, offers clients considerable experience in business development and project management. In addition to the strategic guidance he provides his company, Kennedy Technical Consulting Services, LLC, Bill Kennedy has years of experience with various applications of system development life cycles (SDLC). Several versions of SDLC exist, but they have a few things in common. From a proposal to a completed project those commonalities include: – Assessment of the existing system – Users and consultants identify the system’s shortcomings. This helps define the outlines of the new system. – New system design – Developers take into account issues of security, operating systems, and physical requirements. – Development – After installation of new programming, users try out the new software and hardware, noting where changes are necessary. – Going operational – This can take place by phasing in the new system. Alternatively, it is sometimes less costly to activate the new system all at once. – Thorough evaluation – Full and complete maintenance is crucial. Users should remain current on the latest changes.