Breaking NEWz you can UzE...
compiled by Jon Stimac
Council to Vote on Tax Levy for Fingerprint Database
INTELLIGENCER, WA - Jul 8, 2006 ...vote to approve a tax
levy that could raise $102.4 million and continue regions fingerprint
Sheriff: We'll Do Prints at Jail
ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, FL
- Jul 5, 2006 ...he reiterates his determination to assume
the role unless the commission says no...
Crime-Busting Costs Promote Sharing
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, ME
- Jul 2, 2006
...cutting edge forensic techniques, like those seen in
'CSI', can come with a heavy price tag in real life...
Burglary Victims Fell Stung by Top-Cop's Case
DENVER POST, CO
- Jul 2, 2006
...19 police employees worked Police chief's
burgled home, compared with an average of 2.5 officers who worked 13
other burglaries the same day...
Recent CLPEX Posting Activity
containing new posts
Moderated by Steve Everist
Bloody Prints on Cloth
jlramirez Sun Jul 09, 2006 2:08 pm
Time to standardized the comparative forensic sciences.
C. Coppock Sat Jul 08, 2006 8:33 pm
Iain McKie Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:57 pm
Chemical Structure of Ardrox
Shaheen Sat Jul 08, 2006 4:02 am
One Discrepancy Rule
Michele Triplett Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:45 pm
So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
David L. Grieve Wed Jul 05, 2006 7:11 pm
Don't use imperfect technology?
C. Coppock Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:59 am
UPDATES ON CLPEX.com
No major updates this week
we looked at an article that was
critical of AFIS technology and fingerprint
we remember Ashley Crooker.
Frank Lloyd Wright
by Dave Grieve
Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 2:05 pm
Ashley Crooker, for many years Secretary-Treasurer of the IAI, died on
Saturday, July 1, and his passing represents the end of an era. Ashley took
over the reigns of the pivotal position when the IAI had fallen on hard
times. Frankly, the IAI was not much of a professional organization in those
days, far more a social club than the Caldwell concept of providing relevant
education, and the annual conference was a fine party if one was part of the
inner circle. Walter Hoetzer had died unexpectedly several years earlier,
leaving the IAI in a state of turmoil. Walt was a kindly man who kept the
IAI going through some lackluster administrations, and few others knew how
to make the thing work. Walt died when Kay McClanahan was president, and in
an unorthodox move, she appointed herself Secretary-Treasurer for the
remainder of his term, then ran for the office in her own right. The
position was elective in those days. Although the IAI was already stagnant
and steadily losing membership, Kay, for whatever reason, seemed to hasten
Ashley ran for the office against Kay. I wasn't a big fan of Kay's but I
knew Ashley only by casual contact, and that was not entirely favorable.
With his goatee and bald head, he could have been cast as a perfect villain
in any horror movie, and he kind of played on that from time to time. But I
learned one thing about him before that election that convinced me he was
man of character. It seems a few years earlier, Ashley had repeated the
rumor that Bob Olsen had plagiarized his book. There were some folks who did
their utmost to discredit Bob, and Ashley had passed on what seemed to come
from a reliable source. Ashley learned the truth about Bob in 1982, a
conference Bob could not attend but had prepared his incredible paper, Cult
of the Mediocre. I suppose most of us would have just been content to have
the record set straight, but Ashley picked up the telephone and called Bob
back in Kansas to apologize. I recall Bob telling me that it was the most
sincere apology he ever got from a stranger.
I worked with Ashley for a number of years. We differed on a lot of
subjects, but I never met anyone who did more for the organization during
trying times. He always thought first of the association and did a
remarkable job working from a spare room office with no help for most of his
tenure. He kept his word, did his best, helped the IAI turn things around,
and did so while silently suffering sometimes excessive scorn from a pompous
president or two. Diabetes took its toll on Ashley, making certain tasks
harder and sapping his energy. He had lapses that got more pronounced, but
his heart was in the right place even when the rest of him began to fail. He
was a fine man who contributed greatly to the betterment of the IAI, and he
deserves that recognition. Every conversation I ever had with him ended with
the same farewell - keep smiling, kid. And so he did.
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