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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Letter from MIT

This is supposedly a real letter that John Mongan got from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His not-to-be-missed reply follows.

Make sure you see the result at the end.

April 18, 1994

Mr. John T. Mongan
123 Main Street
Smalltown, California 94123-4567

Dear John:

You've got the grades. You've certainly got the PSAT scores. And now you've got a letter from MIT. Maybe you're surprised. Most students would be.

But you're not most students. And that's exactly why I urge you to consider carefully one of the most selective universities in America.

The level of potential reflected in your performance is a powerful indicator that you might well be an excellent candidate for MIT. It certainly got my attention!

Engineering's not for you? No problem. It may surprise you to learn we offer more than 40 major fields of study, from architecture to brain and cognitive sciences, from economics (perhaps the best program in the country) to writing.

What? Of course, you don't want to be bored. Who does? Life here is tough and demanding, but it's also fun. MIT students are imaginative and creative -- inside and outside the classroom.

You're interested in athletics? Great! MIT has more varsity teams -- 39 -- than almost any other university, and a tremendous intramural program so everybody can participate.

You think we're too expensive? Don't be too sure. We've got surprises for you there, too.

Why not send the enclosed Information Request to find out more about this unique institution? Why not do it right now?


Michael C. Benhke
Director of Admissions

P.S. If you'd like a copy of a fun-filled, fact-filled brochure, "Insight," just check the appropriate box on the form.


May 5, 1994

Michael C. Behnke
MIT Director of Admissions
Office of Admissions, Room 3-108
Cambridge MA 02139-4307

Dear Michael:

You've got the reputation. You've certainly got the pomposity. And now you've got a letter from John Mongan. Maybe you're surprised. Most universities would be.

But you're not most universities. And that's exactly why I urge you to carefully consider one of the most selective students in America, so selective that he will choose only one of the thousands of accredited universities in the country.

The level of pomposity and lack of tact reflected in your letter is a powerful indicator that your august institution might well be a possibility for John Mongan's future education. It certainly got my attention!

Don't want Bio-Chem students? No problem. It may surprise you to learn that my interests cover over 400 fields of study, from semantics to limnology, from object-oriented programming (perhaps one of the youngest professionals in the country) to classical piano.

What? Of course you don't want egotistical jerks. Who does? I am self indulgent and over confident, but I'm also amusing. John Mongan is funny and amusing -- whether you're laughing with him or at him.

You're interested in athletes? Great! John Mongan has played more sports -- 47 -- than almost any other student, including oddball favorites such as Orienteering.

You think I can pay for your school? Don't be too sure. I've got surprises for you there, too.

Why not send a guaranteed admission and full scholarship to increase your chance of being selected by John Mongan? Why not do it right now?


John Mongan

P.S. If you'd like a copy of a fun-filled, fact-filled brochure, "John Mongan: What a Guy!" just ask.

And the punchline? He went to Stanford.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

You can have no witness without experience.

Just to let everyone know, I just completed my first week of work after 19 months of unemployment.  I am a man of faith and believe God will always take care of my family.  Well, you are probably asking, “what about the last 19 months?”  Let me explain:
He had me establishing the Children’s Ministry at my church and now it is “Mostly” done, He has provided a job.  We were never late on paying a bill.  We never drew from our saving account (except for some Christmas gifts).  We never went hungry.  That sounds like we were Divinely taken care of. But, that is not the end of the story…
December 15th I had a phone interview.  I felt the interview went well but I’ve been through that several time in the previous 19 months.  The next day, at 9:30am, I get a call and the job was offered to me.  I was thinking at that point that it is about time.  Shortly afterwards, a technical issue arose and I saw this opportunity fly away.  Moments later I get another call.  It is another job offer!  Then the technical issue was resolved and the first job offer was on the table again.
I become aware that God was showing me that He is the great provider.  It was very easy to say that it has been 19 months of Zero offers and it was just my time.  However, statistically, receiving two offers within a one hour time frame after 19 months, it was then that I knew it was my Great Provider, Lord and Savior. 
Statistical impossibilities reveal Gods miracles every day.  Why are we always amazed?  Shouldn’t that make God disappointed in us?
God is good!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

New Years Communion

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Everyone, including the Children were given the opportunity to take communion.
Formats available: MPEG4 Video (.mp4)