Published in The Coast Star on November 28, 2002
Editor, The Coast Star:
This very month, in a tribute worthy of General Douglas MacArthur, no less than the Emperor of Japan formally proclaimed to the world that one Carl Accardo, a physicist and former Wall Township resident, was a National Treasure of the Empire! A foreigner from Wall Township .-a National Treasure – incredible!
For more than several years, Carl Accardo was engaged in critical scientific research at the now historic Camp Evans Signal Laboratories situated in Wall Township, along side of the celebrated Dr. Stanley Kronenberg and Dr. George Brucker, extraordinary individuals in the midst of a group of brilliant research scientists.
It should be remembered that long before the very first astronaut, at a time when space-travel was merely a theory, the conceptual promise was advanced at Evans Signal Laboratories by three unheralded, faceless, yet determined and dedicated individuals.
The essential bridge from the industrial age to the still merging infor-mation age remains a lasting and significant legacy to their worthy efforts.
Rather fittingly, Carl Accardo’s residence was on Diana Road, Wall Township, less than a stones throw from the now world renowned radar scope appropriately christened “Diana,” eventually recognized as the “Santa Maria,” of space exploration.
He personified professionalism and ethics and was the very essence of “voie de vie,” – to my unwashed circle of friends that equates with “humor and giving to others:’
Coincidental with the U.S. subsequently relinquishing governmental dominance in scientific research and development, Carl Accardo relocated and joined the staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his alma-mater, and after two decades, and for good cause, became known as “M.I.T.’s man in the Orient,” and it was in that capacity he personally continues to advise and consult with Japan’s foremost leaders of industry, collectively, and astoundingly, ranked third as a economic world power.
It became obvious that Japanese culture is unified by strong family values; the veneration of the elderly; and the maintaining of an abiding conviction in the imperative of learning, particularly scientific knowledge.
Accordingly, there is purposeful and constant public extolling of the virtues of scientific achievement. That this public policy is highly effective we have but to consider that at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, arguably the peerless seat of scientific learning in the world, Oriental students comprise 28 percent of that illustrious institution’s enrollment.
Hopefully, there is some how encouragement, or inducement, here for certain Shore school districts to take a second look, or perhaps the first serious look, at the need to advocate, then initiate or expand, scientific related courses of study, especially in the lower grades, its importance cannot be over stated.
Massive armies and mighty navies can no longer insure our children’s liberty and freedom, it remains the supremacy of our scientific knowledge to provide that guarantee.
Further, by this conclusionary opinion, be it known that Carl Accardo’s far, far greatest achievement was to manage, somehow, to marry my Aunt Edna Ertle, then a Wall Township public school teacher.
GENE ERTLE JR.
Crestview Road, Wall Township
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