Volume 5 No. 7
August 3, 1978
Richard M. Pinsky
Golden Carriage Olympia
Richard M. Pinsky comes to the Department of Social and Health Services from the office of Financial Management. While with OFM he helped establish the Management Services Division; the management consulting function of that office. During the prior ten years he was an executive with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc., an international management consulting firm. During that time Mr. Pinsky worked extensively throughout the United States developing productivity improvement programs in state and local governments. These assignments included federal grants to train and supervise non-professional minorities for careers as professionals. Other employment included consulting assignments in hospitals, universities, banks, mining, manufacturing and other commercial firms for Ernst and Ernst, a major accounting firm. He earlier worked for the federal government conducting research, training and consulting assignments for the various branches of the federal government, including training a number of foreign nationalists, both in the U.S. and abroad. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and has a Ph.D. in Public Administration.
Who's Who In DPA
Hilmar Kuebel was born in San Antonio, Texas, on July 29, 1934. He is the older of two children. Mr. Kuebel was educated in San Antonio, being graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School in 1952 as class salutatorian and president of the student body. He lettered in both basketball and baseball.
Following a year's employment, he continued his formal education by entering San Antonio Junior College and later transferred to the University of Texas at Austin. His education was interrupted by four years of active service in the United States Air Force. Following his honorable discharge in 1959, he reentered the University of Texas and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in industrial management and a Master of Business Administration degree with a major in business statistics. He was graduated with high honors and was elected to and served as a key officer of two scholastic honorary societies for students of business and management.
He was employed by the Boeing Company in 1961 as an industrial engineer. After two years, he was promoted to a supervisory position and was transferred to the program management department in the 707-727 division where he was involved in a management capacity in various program planning and control functions.
Mr. Kuebel left the Boeing Company in 1971 to assume the responsibilities of Assistant Director for Budget and Finance for the State Board for Community College Education, his current position. He has also served as a part-time instructor in the business and management program at Bellevue Community College.
Mr. Kuebel and his wife, Ann, were married in 1954 and have two children -- Arthur, who is 22 and Katherine, who is 15. The family lives in Olympia.
Tom Jones, our personality profile this month is data processing manager for State Patrol.
Tom graduated from high school in Charleston, West Virginia. He spent his military commitment in electronics with the Air Force for four years. Following his military commitment, Tom sold insurance. An aptitude test at Employment Security launched his data processing career.
In April 1958, Tom began working at the Department of Motor Vehicles as an EAM operator. His first exposure to a CPU was running daily receipts on an IBM 650 installed in 1960 at DMV. January 1965 saw Tom as a programmer and 1967 saw him as an analyst. Still at DMV, Tom installed the first on-line terminal system for titles and registrations using an RCA Spectra 45 with 20 terminals.
Washington State Patrol (WSP) hired Tom as an analyst in August 1969 to be project leader of the first on-line system accessing Washington Crime Information Center for stolen vehicles. WSP accessed Service Center #1's IBM 360/50 using Genie. In 1973 WSP completed the final phase, wanted Vo persons, of the total WACIC system with Tom as assistant data processing manager.
In 1975 Tom became data processing manager of WSP. In 1976, Tom served as leader of a project concerned with consolidating all WSP computer resources. The proposed ultimate solution was to install an IBM 370/148 with a fully supported data base using CICS and IMS including the justice database package. Installation was complete in December 1977.
Hobbies? Tom has a few! Mostly sports and athletics. He spends a large amount of time working for the South Sound Officials Association in the area of basketball and especially football. Tom works closely with all local schools and umpires softball in the summers. He also manages and plays in a local fastpitch league -- the China Clipper is this years sponsor. Tom reads approximately 7-10 hours a week for enjoyment only. His choice centers mainly on western, sports, adventures, and early history fiction with some non-fiction.
Norma married Tom 21 years ago. They have three children: Frank (28) attending Centralia Community College and works for Pacsan; Jane (27) married with an eight year old son Larry; and Tom Jr. (20) a Tumwater High graduate of 1977, works for W.J. Lynch Paint and plays slowpitch.
When discussing short range goals, Tom is anxious to complete the consolidation project: to re-systemize the WACIC system to run under IMS replacing Genie. Tom also wants, on a personal basis, to create a data processing shop which is fully supportive of WSP needs and all law enforcement agencies.
For long range goals, Tom wants to design and implement a hardware/software system to replace the antiquated message switching device. Personally, he would like to move out of management and into an area concerned with planning to better utilize the State's data processing resources -- a staff position.
When asked to discuss the consolidation issue, Tom believes it is addressed from the wrong vantage point. The hardware is being consolidated, but agencies priorities are not being identified. The state plan should be reviewed and priorities should be set based on agency needs, e.g. Employment Security needs checks, WSP needs trooper support, etc. Tom feels we need a non-partial-person investigating and resolving the issue.
DPA Scheduled Projects
The Data Processing Authority at its July 12, 1978 meeting reviewed and approved a schedule for its staff for the current fiscal year. This schedule includes the continuation of such staff functions as acquisitions, agency coordination and auditing. It also includes several projects which will require data processing community involvement during the coming year. The following is a list of planned DPA staff projects:
New FIPS Standards
The National Bureau of Standards has announced their intent to adapt two new FIPS standards. The proposed standards, "MOD 11 and MOD 37" check character systems, establish standard techniques for use of check characters for numeric and alphabetic-numeric fields. A copy of the proposal is available from the DPA.
TECHNOLOGY (A VERSE)
Man rolled the log up the long hill To the mouth of his cave, Having discovered it was easier to roll Than to drag.
The wood he burned there, heat Radiating from the walls of his den, Freed bright metals and Gave him warmth.
And sometimes logs rolled back, Down the hill to the stream below, And man straddled the log and paddled it Back to shore.
On occasion, for protection, he blocked The door of his cave, moving a Not quite round stone with A stout branch.
Man emerged from the cave with The essence of all invention for Ten thousand years ... fire The wheel Smelting
The boat And the lever.
The Egyptians hewed the pyramids' rocks With tools of bronze, and perhaps iron, And rolled them on logs and lifted them With levers.
Archimedes heated water and spun a wheel. He deduced as well why wood floated, Discovering the law of displacement, But the boat
Had already been invented without any laws. And in time man learned how to write, But could that be far behind after he learned to talk.
A tiger is a tiger in a grunt, or in a picture, or in a glyph. All are just symbols for things That are real.
Everything changed but man was no better, Though his phalanxes ranged in Legions from sun to moon on The wheel With smelted weapons Or in boats
Casting fire With a lever.
Everything man had was a symbol of Something that was, until the invention Of something that wasn't: the cipher, A symbol
For Nothing. "Some Arab thought it up," They say, because he couldn't figure out Where something started. So he picked an Arbitrary
Midpoint and said, "Everything before Is less and everything beyond is greater." It was regarded an interesting concept, Though not too
Popular for another thousand years. We call that millenium the Dark Ages. Is it because man rejected the concept Of zero? No,
It's because man refused to acknowledge What zero stood for. If we aren't moving Ahead we are standing still or Are moving Backward
And we all know What that means.
But we must give naught its due. For Unlike other inventions, which were largely Serendipitous, the cipher required Real genius,
And solidified the notion that for each Positive there must be a negative, For each gain, a loss, and an up For each down.
So when the cart of man rolled forward again, It did so on a new mathematics Which could now explain the motion of the wheels.
Man took his fire, wheels, and levers And arranged them in amazing new Combinations, to make motors and other Such machines.
But none knew joy like the felicity, Which welcomed the advent of electricity. For with electricity we harnessed Lightning,
And held the world in our hands.
(Or so men thought. But, if they Were right, why is it so easy To imagine a world without watts Amps and volts?)
But that's the recidivist in man talking. Man arrived at the threshold of the Twentieth Century ready to forge a new Set of tools.
The century had barely begun when man, Forever supremely fascinated by the flight Of birds, hurled a man-bearing Kite skyward.
The glider, not surprisingly, was powered By a set of wheels which were driven With the heat of an internal fire. Man had flown.
We waited nearly half a century more Before we discovered how to drive two Atoms together with sufficient force To split them.
Man sat back and reveled in the glow Of his own handcrafted sun and he was Pleased, even though the real sun Creates matter
By fusing atoms
While ours destroyed, By breaking them.
And man discovered how to combine chemicals Slowly into one long explosion rather than one big quick one, and he launched himself Into space.
Lie even learned how to convert the light of our primitive sun directly into power, A trick the plants had learned a billion Years ago.
But these three things, rockets, photokinesis, And atomic energy were more discoveries of Basic principles than they were true Inventions.
Over Pion over Xi, we will hit the dusty quark, And the mesons keep rolling along. We had but discovered
And Ultra. We hadn't invented them.
What we did invent was the computer, And this time the concept was new. Little blips, tiny bits, to be shuttled Here and there.
We had to relearn our Latin as our Imagination raced faster and smaller: milla, A thousandth; Micro, a millionth; Nano, A billionth.
And then pico, in a trillionth of a second We were folding our numbers together, To make rockets bearing bombs, for Prosperity.
And man reached his hands to infinity, Declaring his might of the apogee, Disregarding the manifest futility, of technology in a world of barbarity. We may have instead
Reached the perigee.
Association Minutes - July 6, 1978
The meeting was called to order at 12:30 P.M. by chairperson Paul Newman. There were 26 members present.
Patti Palmer introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Frank Maresca of the Department of Transportation. Mr. Maresca, Secretary of Management Services for DOT, discussed the ways in which the Department of Transportation differs from most other state agencies.
Specifically, he noted that DOT:
Mr. Maresca also discussed the so called "highway lobby"--he feels that there really isn't any organized homogeneous group backing highways. The highway opponents appear to be somewhat better organized, in fact. Finally, Mr. Maresca talked about the relationships among community planning, highway development, and local autonomy.
Paul Newman then opened the business meeting. John Aikin reported that as per the bylaws, Paul Newman and he had audited the past year's financial records for the Association and that all was in order. The June balance was $367.60. $24 was received in repayment from members who registered for but did not attend the spring conference luncheon and $3.56 was spent for the July speaker's lunch, leaving a new balance of $388.04.
Jim Michal gave the DPA report, indicating that a number of issues would be up for action at the July meeting.
Patti Palmer asked for volunteers for Newsletter Editor and sketch artist. Paul Newman seconded Patti's request and urged members to consider carefully the importance of the Newsletter and requested their support.
Paul Newman reported for Cliff Cotey concerning the Personnel Liasion Committee. The committee has been seeking new members. So far Cliff Cotey and Larry Seaburg (representing service centers); Dave Scheibe (DOT) and Earl Olson (DSHS) (representing large agencies); and Bill Lundberg (DNR) )representing small agencies) have volunteered.
Don Smith reported for the Training Committee. The needs survey is out with a second survey seeking general directions to be released next week. ITD has changed its name to the Division of Human Resources Development (DHRD). A meeting of the advisory committee is scheduled for July 14.
The Centralization/Decentralization Committee had nothing to report.
Bob Payne reported for the Security Standards Committee. The group will meet on July 10th and expects to have a draft standard out soon.
There were no other committee reports.
John Aikin presented the proposed budget for the next year as follows:
|Cash Balance as of June 27, 1978||$367.60|
|Unanticipated receipts from attendees at the Spring Conference who registered for lunch but did not eat. (Assumes a 50% return on request for reimbursement).||30.00|
|Guest Speaker lunches @ $4.00 (12 meetings)||$ 48.00|
|Printing costs for newsletter @ $10/month||120.00|
|Outgoing officers' plaques||70.00|
|Miscellanious (mailings, supplies, copying, etc.)||15.00|
|TOTAL PROPOSED EXPENDITURES||$397.60|
The proposed budget is based on participation by 30 agencies. The budget was accepted. Paul Newman reported a number of items of correspondence related principally to the Job Matrix project and the MIS series.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:40 PM by Paul Newman.