Alex Randall is a professor, entrepreneur, communicator and a business developer. He is also a public speaker, professional announcer, and writer. He invented America’s first e-commerce business, created Good news headlines and stars as the Voice of Paradise in the daily “Podcast from Paradise.”
Randall taught Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology for the University of Maryland's Overseas Division on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He developed new seminars on Creative Problem Solving for the University and still teaches that seminar for business groups throughout America. He was a visiting lecturer and professor at many colleges and universities from Columbia University to Foothill College in Palo Alto California. Randall was a founder and first President of the East West Education Development Foundation, a non-profit organization, which refurbished and donated used computers to schools around the world, including 6,000 computer systems donated to democracy-development groups throughout Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Every League of Women Voters from Berlin to Vladivostok got computers from East-West… so did the Dalai Lama’s organization and other Nobel Peace Prize winners, Human Rights groups and peace organizations.
Randall earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Princeton and two Masters Degrees from Columbia University in Educational Technology and International Educational Development. He was a Fellow at Columbia University and earned his Doctorate in General Systems Research as a tutorial student of Dr. Margaret Mead, who directed his studies, specializing in new technology for education. She sent his off to study with Gregory Bateson, R. Buckminster Fuller and Kenneth Boulding among other wizards. He wrote a Doctoral thesis on Dream Telepathy.
He was selected by the United States Information Agency to represent the U.S. at conferences in Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, Turkey and Ethiopia,, where he was the first American to speak before the Ethiopian Committee for Central Planning. He was the creator of the Boston Computer Exchange in 1982 – America’s very first e-commerce business. He pioneered on-line trading in an era before the Internet was born and the weekly BOCOEX INDEX was a key barometer in the computer industry and published weekly in major computer journals. Alex Randall's Used Computer Handbook was published by Microsoft Press in June 1990.
Randall abandoned Boston for the Virgin Islands where he is the host and developer of Good News Headlines on WSTA Radio in St. Thomas Virgin Islands. He created the good news format and its positive editorial slant looking at what is going right, not what is wrong. He is host of WTJX’s “The Teacher is In” instructing viewers in the use of the Internet. And he is the creator and host of the daily Podcast from Paradise at www.vinow.com/blog
He was previously co-host of a weekly computer talk show, Computer Exchange Radio, for Talk America Network and produced the Freedom Technology radio column for Voice of America. He was a producer and co-host of PCTV, which was the first television show all about computers. Presently, Dr. Randall is a professor at the University of the Virgin Islands. He teaches Intercultural Communication, Broadcasting and he is the director of the Computer Communication laboratory. He lives on tiny Water Island off the south coast of St Thomas with his wife Beverly, five children, Sander, Rose, Marshall, Grace and Nina and their Dog Nicodemus who is the reborn spirit of Alex’s old dog Rem.
Whether painting treasured American landscapes or people at work and at play, Impressionist Candace Whittemore Lovely presents a pleasing, non-confrontational view of contemporary life. Her inspiration and technique come from the masters and traditions of The Boston School, America's oldest continuing school of painting. It is a philosophy based on sound drawing, sensitivity to line and values, and an impressionistic observation of light and color.
Born in Vermont, Lovely was drawn to American Impressionism while sitting in an art history class at the University of Vermont when a professor discussed Winslow Homer. Captivated by his work, she recalls feeling devastated when the professor told her that no one taught how to paint anymore. Fortunately, the professor was wrong.
Since 1980, she has studied with masters of The Boston School, including Robert Cormier and Paul Ingbretson. These two prominent artists were students of the late R.H. Ives Gammell, the distinguished teacher and painter who saved The School from almost certain demise in the wave of expressionism that followed World War II Lovely's vast body of work represents her unique vision, technical ability and boundless energy. The work produced on her well-known painting holidays to romantic coastal locations has captured the hearts and minds of an ever-growing list of patrons.
Her paintings appear in the books, "Realism in Revolution: The Art of The Boston School" and "Interior Visions." The New York Graphic Society and Kennedy Studios have reproduced many of her paintings as limited edition prints and posters for a national and international audience. In addition, her work has been featured in Cape Cod Life and Yankee magazines. She is a distinguished member of several art organizations including The Copley Society of Boston, America's oldest art association. After receiving her third award in the Society's juried shows, she was accorded the designation "Copley Master" in the summer of 1988. Lovely lives with her Westie, Liily, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where she maintains her studio. Dedication
This book is dedicated with love to: Alexander Randall 4th MD and Nina Perlingiero Randall MD who planted the seeds.
To Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson who nurtured the plants And to the late Cameron Hall who tended the garden while I went off to chase the Great Adventure.