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On the Bookshelf: Recent Books by Alumni/ae

The Old Man and the Harley
John J. Newkirk ’83 • Thomas Nelson, 2008

The Old Man and the Harley On June 22, 1939, 19-year-old Jack Newkirk ’41 straddled a well-worn Harley-Davidson and set out to see both the New York and the San Francisco World’s Fairs. Both the boy and his country were on the brink of an irrevocable transformation. In The Old Man and the Harley, author John J. Newkirk retraces this epic odyssey with his aging father. Along the way, they discover the healing power of the road, the faith and strength of the American people, and the inspiration to face some of today’s most pressing challenges.

John J. Newkirk ’83 lives on a ranch near Denver with his wife, daughters, and two Harleys.

Process Improvement and Performance Management Made Simple
Andrew Muras ’85 and Glenn Goodnight • Xlibris, 2009

Corporate Secrets Corporate Secrets involves the business deal between two large aerospace companies to produce commercial jet engine parts in Japan. All is well until Hawthorn Industries hires Rick Emerson to investigate the other company. The sudden death of a technical support person, the discovery of illegal military hardware, and pressure from a senator and military officers to discontinue the investigation reveal a growing government scandal and cover-up. A climactic confrontation takes place in the Cayman Islands.

Jerry Gerrish, M.S. ’97, worked in the aerospace industry and financial community and is a former instructor at a large international aerospace manufacturer’s engineering technical university.

The Big Bang
Mike Perricone ’72 • Chelsea House Publishers, 2009

Thunder in the Backyard Beginning with an overview of the scientific method, The Big Bang follows the pioneering observations of Edwin Hubble and the early insights into cosmological theory by Alexander Friedmann and Father Georges Lemaitre. Dramatic discoveries of the cosmic microwave background, by Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson, and the accelerating expansion of the universe, by two groups including Saul Perlmutter of Berkeley Lab, set the stage for compelling new evidence about big bang origins — and new prospects for further revelations.

Mike Perricone ’72 is a former sportswriter at the Times Record and the Chicago Sun-Times, and former senior editor at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

The Role of Statistics in Business and Industry
Gerald Hahn ’71 and Necip Doganaksoy • Wiley, 2008

Tarnished Gold on Our Street Highlighting the relevance of statistical methods in everyday applications, The Role of Statistics in Business and Industry bridges the gap between the tools of statistics and their use in today’s business world. This book is unique in that it first describes case studies and key business problems, and then shows how statistics is used to address them, rather than employing the traditional reverse approach. An extensive FTP site provides additional material, including solutions to some of the applications.

Gerald Hahn, Ph.D. ’71, a GE Coolidge Fellow, was manager of applied statistics at GE’s Corporate Research and Development Center for 28 years.

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