Friends of Frank
Links are included for ones that have web pages.
Names are listed if I still have some contact with them.
Gray names mean they've fallen off the face of the earth
or they HAD a web page and let it decay into dust.
my sister, is a writer and does freelance editing.
- David, my brother, who owns AM Sales, which sells various
- Lyn, a cousin,
does art stuff (pottery-ish) and some web site design. Her side of
the family pronounce their last name with a short A instead
of a long one (back in elementary school, they used notation like
Ă vs. Ā̀; I'm not IPA fluent).
Beyond Time (The Old Ones)
- Jim Kaplan has been a friend since 5th grade. We were roommates
in college, and still are friends. Amazing. I was the best
man at his wedding on
October 9th, 1993. It's a dorky picture and looks like one
of us should be presenting the other with an oversized check on
behalf of United Way or Jerry's Kids or something. Through the years,
we've recreated that moment, whenever possible. So, here's one
10 years and a day after the original, on
October 10th, 2003.
The first one was in Cleveland, the second was in Ithaca.
- Moof I've known for quite
a long time. His wife Jen does
freelance consulting (I couldn't find a home page for her so I'll use
- Jim Mancini
Undergrad/Univ. of Michigan/Ann Arbor
Keith and Kendy Markman. Keith was the unofficial 3rd and 5th
roommate, using our place as a safe haven to work on a papers, read the
latest issue of The Swamp Thing, and keep monsters away from us.
And now the Young Doctor Markman is an Assistant Professor at Ohio
University in Psychology, which just proves how much we must've warped him.
- Matt "The Dufus" Halpin was one of my roommates at UM. Sadly, I
think the experience permanently damaged him. He eventually abandoned
the ways of engineering and became a lawyer. Then his wife did way
better than him, so he plays with selling Lacrosse sticks online.
In March, 2002 and Matt's wife Janet took this
picture of us.
- Satch Chada
- Stacey ("Stacey Farb") Rosenblum
- Susan Potoroka
- Johan Sörensson
- Swati Sharma
- Mary Arnold
- Katherine and Mark Tondra
- Dr. Karen Wiarda
- Susan Courtad
- Scott Marsal
- Mark C. Smith
- Michelle Benson
There are few connections I have with people from The California Era.
The Columbus/Grad School Era
OSU-CIS Staff Refugees
- Marcus Salyer
- Jim Curran
- Sheryl Rose
- J Greely
Ohio State, Columbus, or otherwise related
Xerox Design Research Institute (DRI)
- Jim Davis
- Mike Cavenaugh
- Matthew Morgenstern
Odyssey Research Associates/
- Rob Joyce
- Judson Megan Powers
- Matt Stillerman
- David Guaspari
- David Rosenthal
- Carla Marceau
- Rick Smith
- Julie Baker
- Jim Inoue
- Daniel and Nazrin Tingston
- Haim Bar
- Nikita Proskourine
- Derek Bronner
- Matt Donovan
- Steve Brueckner
- Doug Long
- Doug Harper
- Francis Fung
- Marisa Gioioso
- Ken Thurbur
- Jordan Bonney
- Ranga Ramanujan
- Steven Schneider
- Barry Trent
- Stuart Staniford
- John Jeffries
- Anastasia St. John
- Manit Hirani
- Deepika ("Fnu") Rajagapolan
- Laxman Prabhu
- Deeksha Padma Prasad
- Timothy Weber
- Daniel Tingstrom
- Jim Inoue
- Mike ("Noky") Charnoky
- Katie Thomas
- Harsha Ellanti
- Pranay Shkhar Kona
- Alexis Boytsov
- Deepak Awari
- Timothy J. Weber
is a fun Ithaca person. Timothy likes to create things, software,
hardware, music, animation, and more in his limited free time. We
worked together at Cayuga Networks, have done some collaborations
in cartoons, and even played some trumpet/tuba duets along the route
of the CRC's 5K run.
- Rob Joyce is a good programmer,
photographer, and former co-worker, as well as "all around nice guy."
His web site is ancient and mostly abandoned.
- Bez Thomas and Shoshe Cole
- Dianne Dietrich
Intemann and Ellen Chase
- Alice Bizri and Ryan Dougherty
- Cilanne Boulet and Etienne Rassart
- Antonia Ruppel
I've been a member of the East Hill Flying Club
since 1995 and met a lot of people through that. I have a separate
page on flying; this is just about the
people I know through flying.
- Rob Stauffer and
Becky Maines (sorry, I couldn't find a more recent page). Goofy
friends I met from flying. Both are writers and moved away from Ithaca
to bask in the peaceful wilderness of NYC (technically, it's Long Island).
David Stern, a fellow pilot (good instrument pilot), Mooney owner,
Angel Flight pilot, plant bio professor and President of the Boyce Thompson
- Mark Sanford has some cool pictures from the Reno Air Races from
- Ron Babuka got his pilots license around the same time I did.
He was the president of the club before me, and was very helpful
during my tenue as club president. A generally goofy, quirky person,
when he's not grumpy.
- David St. George was the chief instructor and chief pilot of the
club for 20 years. While he was not the first one to give me flight
instruction from the club, he was my main instructor for my private,
instrument, commercial, and multi-engine ratings. We've flown on some
I've been playing pick-up Ultimate for a few years. OK, let's update
that...since around 1997 or 1998. It's mostly Cornell grad students,
though some Ithaca locals, and other people. It's a fun group. Check
out the Ithaca Area Ultimate Alliance
web site for all your Ithaca Ultimate needs. I've met a bunch of cool
people here throughout the years.
- Deepak Ramani,
an excellent ultimate
player, science fiction
and comic book geek, connoisseur of bad movies, and knows what
"enock chuck" means (photos circa Sep/Oct 2001). We've had many
long (multi-year) email discussions on important topics
like Star Trek minutiae, and have had various camping adventures,
including one in Pennsylvania (Elk State Park) in July 2005 and
while hiking saw something that can best be described as
not an elk.
- Diane Decker, one of my favorite fictional characters, freaky
frisbee friend, and provider of many quotable lines, asked to be
included in my web pages. She got married in September 2003 in
New York and then moved to Portland, OR. Here's a
picture of the two of us
from the reception. I think she would be pleased that a friend
of mine who has never met her referred to her as "that psycho
twisted friend of yours that likes to say inappropriate things."
another picture of the two of us from 2016 when we hiked
near Mt. Hood in Oregon.
- Phil Schniter
(anyone who lists me in the acknowledgements in their dissertation, even
en masse deserves a link). Around 2013 or so, I was visiting friends
in Columbus, along with another Ithaca friend. I was telling her about
Phil, that he taught at OSU, though I had kind of lost touch with him.
We stop into a coffee shop before the trip back home, and while in line
I spot Phil sitting at a table. Neat! (His wife was going to have their
first baby very soon, to help put a year on that.)
- Ryan Budney was a grad student in
math. He and Phil were key in the 2nd wave of pickup. (I was barely
present in the first wave.)
- Sue Boyadjian, DVM
was one of the founders of IAUA and was an observer (read: referee)
for national level ultimate frisbee championship games. She also an
impressive array of geeky knowledge and interests.
- Stephanie Topp is a plant and bug person. She worked in plant and
bug labs at Cornell and eventually moved to England to work in a plant
lab in Cambridge. She's geeky and aspires to be a published writer.
- Meghnaa T.: "WOW! I want to be a Friend of Frank!
What do I do?! How do I get on this?! I have to know. [...] I would
really like to know how I can officially be a Friend of Frank."
[The key is to ask. No need to read all the fine print in the
- Katie (KTM) Mihalenko is not only another favorite fictional
character, but a living cartoon (of the Warner Brothers variety).
She is a graphic artist by training and trade, as well as a skilled
and spirited ultimate frisbee player, fun and kooky, and always has
whatever the plot calls for handy in her purse (it's not bad writing,
it's comedy gold). For example, during a social Zoom meeting back
in 2020, she spontaneously turned into a
Muppet. For some reason,
I seemed to be the only one who thought it was out of the ordinary.
In retrospect, I'd think more likely it'd be the other way around.
She also has a warped sense of humor which is appreciated.
- Ray Yee and Emily Zitek
- Lena Detar and Piers Sharman
- Todd Saddler and Laurie Konwinski
- Pierre Clavel
- Jeff Trondsen
- Lauren Harroff
- Scott Messick
- Alan Sharafi
- Jeff H, Niki Lesniak,
PreModern / Modern / PostModern
I had a camera at one point. It took pictures every second and put
it on the web. There was a "mostly harmless" Internet Kook/Loony
who calls himself Spinnwebe
(Greg Galcik) and found it to be immensely fascinating and created a
My Day With Frank
page. I think it's pretty funny. He got the date wrong...it was probably
2 years earlier, back in 1993. And yes, it was long before it was
incredibly commonplace to have a camera on the net. As a matter of
fact, there were only a handful of them at the time.
He's also got a bunch of cool, amusing stuff on his site.
I'm not really planning on having a big collection of links to
people I don't know. On the other hand, every once in a great while,
I'll come across something amusing, inspiring, and very rarely, brilliant.
Modern Living/Neurotica Series is one of the few good arguments
in favor of Flash animation. His stuff is pretty fucking amazing.
- Have I forgotten anyone?
- Of course I have.
- Is it intentional?
- Sure, why not.
- How do people become a Friend of Frank?
- All you have to do
is remind me and send me a link, and I'll add you to the list of
the Friends of Frank (FoF).
This page last modified Mar 13, 2021.