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Don Wauchope is a serious history buff with wide breadth of knowledge about wars and warfare. In August 2017 he gave a fascinating presentation on the topic of Battleships. Don will lead a lively discussion on the devastating war in Ukraine.

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Lou Young was a CBS 2 New York news anchor and reporter for 36 years. He was seen in millions of homes in the tri-state area. Lou won 10 Emmys and covered several major news events, including the U.S invasion of Iraq. He also reported from Ground Zero on 9/11. Lou is currently involved in local politics as a village trustee in Mamaroneck. He told us about his background and how he got into broadcast journalism. Lou discussed the elements that make a successful news story and gave examples of news events where the appearance was much different than reality.

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Matt Gorney is a Food & Beverage Entrepreneur, Strategic Consultant, and Project Manager in the food services industry. He was on the marketing team at Chipotle, owned a catering company and a restaurant, and is currently working with a food-tech startup called Wonder. Matt discussed the ups and downs of his journey in the food & beverage industry and the work he’s doing to change the way people dine at home. He provided a “Barn discount code” for those who’d like to try the Wonder in-home dining experience.

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Jerome Strauss is an experienced photographer whose work has been published 3 times in the New Yorker. His specialty is aerial imagery using drones. Jerome’s photography exhibition “Westchester: View from Above,” installed at Grand Central Terminal’s West Dining Concourse, presents a selection of drone photographs of locations in Westchester County, including Yonkers, Tarrytown, Eastchester, and Rye. He talked about his passion for drone photography, told stories, and shared some of his best images.

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Jerry Szycer is a serial entrepreneur and renown cannabis advocate. His companies include CouchLock, H3MP, and JustGetHigh.com. Jerry produced the documentary film Public Enemy Number One that sheds light on the politics behind the war on drugs. He discuss the science and use of psychedelic mushrooms and demonstrated how to grow them. Various samples were available for those who were interested.

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Joe Pregiato is a mortgage broker, photographer, musician, and a consummate joke teller. He discussed the art of telling jokes and performed some of his best material. Joe broke down the elements of a well delivered joke and shared tips on becoming a better joke teller.

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John Fix 3rd is the 3rd generation owner of Cornell’s Hardware in Eastchester. He discussed the founding of Cornell’s and its history over the last 100 years and showed us historic photos and film footage. John spoke about his family’s decision to sell their business to the Aubuchon Company so it can continue as a bedrock of the community for the next 100 years.

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Don Capria is a producer, director, and an author of the book, “Colombo: The Unsolved Murder”. He discussed the life of Joe Columbo, the boss of one of the most notorious crime families in New York’s history. Don also talked about the new TV Series, “The Offer” about the making of “The Godfather”. He sold copies of his book to those who were interested and personally signed them.

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Harmeet Goindi is a Chartered Financial Analyst and FinTech entrepreneur. He founded whatistrading.com which was acquired by Cboe Global Markets in 2020. Harmeet explained the history of cryptography and the history of currency which forms the basis of cryptocurrency. His knowledge and passion for the subject helped to demystify it. Harmeet talked about the various forms of cryptocurrency as well as NFTs.

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Matthew Lohmeier is a former U.S. Space Force Commander who led the 11th Space Warning Squadron. He has two master’s degrees and served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and instructor pilot. Matthew is a consultant, keynote speaker, and author of the bestselling book, “Irresistible Revolution: Marxisms’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military.” He discussed his experience with the Space Force, his perspective on the military, and his concerns about our country’s future.

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