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Great Conversations comes to BESC

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Once again, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual Great Conversations dinner is coming to town. Join a group of tablemates and a speaker at 5:30 p.m. April 10 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center for an informative and fun conversation.
This is the seventh in a series of articles on the featured speakers. For a complete list of speakers, topics and to print a registration form, visit www.lapsfoundation.com. Tickets are $60 per person and include appetizers, a gourmet meal, wine, dessert and coffee. Registration is open now and is complete when payment is received.

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Steve Stoddard
Topic:  The Battle of the Bulge and on to the Rhine — SOLD OUT! Speaking points include:
• Genius or jerk — call him what you will, Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. managed to do the impossible while alienating peers and subordinates alike.
• 80 combat days in one of Europe’s deadliest winters.
• More than 1,000,000 men (600,000 Americans, 500,000 Germans, and 55,000 British) participated in the Battle of the Bulge. 19,000 Americans killed, 23,554 captured, along with 1,400 British casualties and 200 killed.
Stoddard served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He started out in the Army, as part of the Army Specialized Training Program. His training and education was interrupted by his call to service in an Armored Infantry Battalion of the 11th Armored Division. After discharge and attending college, he came to Los Alamos in October 1952.

Rick Reiss
Topic:  Doing Business My Way in LA. Speaking points include:
• “It’s not my job” does not apply if you own a business.
• Building a building or building a business can be very satisfying.
• “Hi, I’m from the county and I’m here to help you”
Reiss came to Los Alamos in 1992. He was formerly a stockholder and officer with Mountain Community Bank. He has spent the last 11 years as an independent mortgage broker with LA Solutions, LLC, is a real estate developer, the managing member of 999, LLC and developed Entrada Business Park.