Building Bridges for Skywalkers

Thursday, October 16, 2014
12:00 P.M.

The Captain's Galley, Old Orchard Beach
Yale Cordage, Inc., Saco

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The MIT Club of Maine is delighted to announce our next luncheon/learning event, to be held at noon on October 16, 2014.

We’ll get underway with a deli buffet lunch at The Captain's Galley in Old Orchard Beach, to be followed by a guided tour of Yale Cordage Inc.'s facility in Saco, where their experts research, design and produce a dizzying array of state-of-the art versions of one of humanity’s oldest tools, rope. (Or “Custom Cordage”, as the firm describes its specialized braided products.)

It’s a fact that humans have been making and using rope for more than 28,000 years, and it's very likely that we'll still be using it, in some form, far into the future. It’s also interesting to note that until 1939 and the introduction of Nylon, almost all non-metallic ropes were made from natural materials; foremost among them was hemp, often infused with pine tar to improve its water-resistance.

After Nylon’s debut came many other synthetic rope-making materials; Yale Cordage was founded in 1950 to introduce some of these to the fishing industry. The rest is a 64-year history of advancement and innovation for this pioneering Maine company.

Among Yale’s highly-visible customers are the legendary Flying Wallendas, as may be seen here:

http://www.portlanddailysun.me/index.php/newsx/local-news/7069-maine-company-plays-a-part-in-niagara-falls-crossing

(hence the title of our event) – but as can be surmised from the following excerpt from the company’s website, they’re far from being the company’s only significant patrons:

 “Yale Cordage is a custom cordage manufacturer that designs application-specific ropes: winchlines, stringing lines and blocklines for utilities; fiber optic pulling lines for telephoneconstruction; bull ropes and climbing lines for arborists; safety lanyards and lifting slings for industrial applications; ropes for marine applications – from hawsers for mooring commercial tankers to halyards for sailing dinghies. Yale also designs and manufactures custom and specialty rope for specialty applications such as oceanographic arrays and faired electromechanical cables.”

This promises to be an interesting and informative experience. We hope you will join us!

Looking For Alums who were Tutoring Plus Volunteers 

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, http://www.tutoringplus.org/home.html, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2014. In preparation for this very special celebration with a Mardi Gras themed event on Friday February 28th, 2014, the organization is making an effort to contact former volunteer tutors. Tutoring Plus hopes to include as many comments and reminiscences as possible as part of the program for the event, and of course they would be thrilled if you could deliver them in person!

If you were a Tutoring Plus volunteer as an MIT student, please contact Ellen McLaughlin, Executive Director at: mclaughlin@tutoringplus.org, and let her know how she can best reach you to follow up, get your comments and reminiscences and send you an invitation to the event.


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