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Rick Lakin

Rick Lakin is the Best-Selling Children’s Science Fiction Author of Brilliant, and the publisher at iCrewDigitalPublishing.com, Bringing New Authors to a Digital World. iCrew has published 35 books by 11 authors. Rick has been an Optimist for almost two years and is the district webmaster at calso41.us and was a Toastmaster. He is the founder of iCrew Digital Productions, A Community of Young Media Professionals and a member of the 1000 Club of the National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers. Rick is an Advanced Communicator Silver in Toastmasters International and is a member of American Mensa. Rick works as a Sports Statistician for broadcast television and is a retired math teacher. He lives in Southern California but his roots are in Columbus, Ohio, home of The Ohio State University Buckeyes. Singularity, Book Two of StarCruiser Brilliant, is on sale at Amazon.

In October, 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, it became apparent to President Kennedy that an immediate nuclear response might be required in case of a launch from the island just 90 miles South of Florida. The President and the Defense establishment found that the command and control structure was difficult and convoluted.

The National Command Authority was formed in 1946 with the President at the top. After the Cuban Missile Crisis, a set of procedures and codes became available in a 45-pound briefcase carried within a few feet of the President at all times. It is carried by an officer of one of the services on a rotating basis. It is considered a serious breach of National Security if the President is separated from the football. In 1973, President Nixon presented Soviet Leader Leonid Breshnev with a Cadillac at Camp David. The two leaders took a little ride of the site and Nixon was separated from the nuclear codes for thirty minutes.

Officially known as the Presidential Emergency Satchel, the bag is informally called the Nuclear Football. Using the contents therein, the President has the capability to launch a nuclear strike on an adversary.

Three other individuals have access to a nuclear football including the Vice-President, the Secretary of Defense and the Assistant Secretary of Defense. They are activated in accordance with rules of succession.

Peaceful Transition of Power

The peaceful transition of power from the sitting president to his duly elected successor has been a hallmark of American Democracy. Ever American and every leader in the world will be watching the United States on January 20, 2021 to see if this transition occurs in accordance with our Constitution and our laws.

The only times in our history when this transition has not been peaceful and orderly has been when a president has died in office for any reason.

January 20, 2021, 12:00 Noon

Should Former Vice-President Joe Biden win the election, the term of President Donald Trump will end. This date was established by the Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Some pundits and politicians are worried that President Trump might attempt to disrupt or delay our traditional peaceful transition of power. Should this happen, our country will be thrown into the worst Constitutional Crisis in our history.

On that date and at that time, every American and every world leader will be asking, “Where is the Football?”

I have confidence in the leaders of our country outside of the Oval Office including the Vice-President and the Secretary of Defense that the Nuclear Football will change hands properly to the properly elected President.

If my confidence is not well-founded, the crisis we face will be magnitudes more serious and put America in the deepest National Security Crisis it will ever face.





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We are facing a major growing pain in current society.  We seem to be unable to deal with issues from the past through the lens of our current societal norms.

In an article from CNN, “Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name has been stripped from a prestigious book award because of racist themes,” we are rejecting the good works of an author because she spoke in the vernacular of her times.

This is a dangerous lesson to teach our children. When I explored my family history, I found that my ancestors were a part of the slave trade one hundred years before the Civil War. I do not suffer guilt for having been a descendent of slave-owners.  I celebrate the progress our country has made to improve equality.  Our founders acknowledged in 1783 the coming challenges in the Preamble to the Constitution with the words, “in Order to form a more perfect Union”

It is unrealistic to assume that we will ever achieve a perfect union just as it is unrealistic to hold our ancestors to the standards we have already achieved. As a child grows, we make marks on the wall to indicate progress just as we collect the art, history and stories of our past. We should not erase those marks. They are our institutional memory and they remind us not to make the same mistakes. It is a teachable moment to educate young readers that in the past, the process of forming a more perfect union includes remembering that the good people of the past did bad things by todays standards. Not only does a child learn right from wrong, but so does society.

In trying to erase Laura Ingalls Wilder from our institutional memory, should we also erase Walt Disney whose movies and cartoons contained the racist vernacular?  Should we erase Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb from the Major League Record book because they never played against African-Americans?  Should we erase Abraham Lincoln from our history because he spoke these words in the Stephen Douglas debates, “I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races?”

In order to form a more perfect union, we must look at these events from the past as benchmarks of our progress.  We must also realize that the events of today will plant the benchmarks of progress toward our future.

On a related note, we are now going through a transition in the workplace.  It is no longer acceptable to treat men and women as other than fair and equal colleagues without regard to gender. As more offenses come to light, we feel free to condemn and reject those who have committed offenses in the past.  There should be no statute of limitations for this condemnation of criminal acts from the past.  Forgiveness of non-criminal acts should be earned.  But we are a forgiving society and there should be a road forward for those whose bad behavior was only in the distant past.

We must keep the marks on the wall that indicate our growth. We must erase the bad behavior in the present. Most importantly, we must  keep the memories of the past both good and bad.

Talent Statistician


Bristol, CT

The Talent Statistician will have a key role in helping shape the broadcast of a sports event by effectively communicating important statistics and game trends to announcers and graphics producers.

This is a Recurring Position.


• Research and understand the storylines and statistics of each team.
• Confirm Starting lineups, officials and any other pregame information needs of the production crew.
• Help answer questions regarding plays that just happened. For example, in a basketball game: Which player was the foul on? Was the last shot a 2 or 3 point field goal?
• Identify trends and statistics that help tell the story of the game.
• Communicate stats and trends to announcers effectively without interrupting or intruding on their flow of the game. Answer any questions the announcers may have.
• Concisely communicate stats and trends to Graphics Producers over headset. Answer and questions the Graphics Producer may have.
• When they are available, work with teams’ SID/PR people to get information or questions answered.

Basic Qualifications

• Good knowledge of sports history, rules, procedures, statistics and terminology.
• Strong communication skills (in person and over headset).
• Professional demeanor (representing ESPN in public, courtside or in broadcast booth).
• Experience working with statistics on a sports broadcast (As a Talent/Official Statistician or as a Graphics Producer).

Preferred Qualifications

• Strong math skills.

Required Education

• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.

Company Overview
At Disney, we’re storytellers. We make the impossible, possible. We do this through utilizing and developing cutting-edge technology and pushing the envelope to bring stories to life through our movies, products, interactive games, parks and resorts, and media networks. Now is your chance to join our talented team that delivers unparalleled creative content to audiences around the world.

Additional Information:

ESPN is an equal opportunity employer – Female/Minority/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity. Our goal is to create an inclusive workplace for all.This job is no longer available. Click here to view current job listings.

USA Today story on Mark Aronoff, Talent Statistician

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Here are some links to find information about how to do sports statistics.

NCAA Statisticians’ Manual and Resources

High School Statistics Manual

More to come.

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