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Lessons in Leadership from Woodrow Wilson

In 2003, I was fortunate to be able to purchase Woodrow Wilson’s former residence in Princeton, NJ.  Wilson and his wife, Ellen, designed the house and hired a New York architect to finalize the plans and supervise its 1896 construction.  As a younger man, I had read Arthur Link’s biography of Wilson and was impressed […]

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Teaching Americans How to Eat Soup

As a “Jersey girl,” born and raised in Monmouth County, I’m proud to lead Campbell Soup Company, which has deep roots in the Garden State and an enduring commitment to our hometown of Camden. Camden has been our company’s home ever since Joseph Campbell and Abraham Anderson formed a partnership in 1869 to can tomatoes, […]

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A Woman Trailblazer in Baseball’s Negro Leagues

There are 35 people enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame for their contributions to the black side of segregated major league baseball that existed prior to its integration in 1947.  One of the plaques honors a woman, Newark Eagles owner Effa Manley.  She is cited as “a trailblazing owner and tireless crusader in […]

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In the Spirit of Wistarburgh: South Jersey’s Glass Tradition Advances Into the 21st Century

My glass journey began by enrolling in the scientific glassblowing program at Salem County Vocational Technical Institute, now Salem Community College (“SCC”), in Carneys Point, New Jersey. After graduating from the program in 1963, I went to work in glass factories that produced laboratory apparatus, such as Andrews Glass Co. in Vineland. While working in […]

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Studying the Lindbergh Case

Over eighty years since the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby and subsequent trial, execution, and conviction of Richard Hauptmann for the crime, interest in the Lindbergh Case is greater than ever. On October 9, 1981, Governor Brendan Byrne, issued an executive order in which he declared that all of the files pertaining to the Lindbergh […]

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A Reflection on Bordentown

Memories of the Manual Training and Industrial School at Bordentown By Arthur L. Symes The Manual Training and Industrial School [MTIS] was established in 1886 by one Reverend Walter Rice in the city of Bordentown, NJ. “The school, which was a boarding, vocational junior and senior high school, was the only one of its type […]

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Seeking Wisdom From Albert Einstein

When Albert Einstein died in 1955, The Washington Post featured a drawing by Herblock showing the Earth with a large sign saying, “Albert Einstein lived here.” Clearly claimed as a citizen of the World, Einstein is most commonly associated with Princeton, New Jersey, where he spent his last two decades working at the Institute for […]

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