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Rodney Mark Jones
Monday, 1 September 1997
Washington DC USA
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About Me

I'm a consultant working as a Network Engineer for the the Internal Revenue Service in New Carrollton, Maryland. In my spare time I enjoy learning about other cultures and languages, homebrewing, cooking, swimming, bowling, fishing, reading and listening to music. I work out at the National Capital YMCA and I'm considering joining a local curling club.  I enjoy hard science-fiction but I'm also a fan of Star Trek, Sailor Moon and James Bond. I love to travel and I am very fond of southern Italy and the Caribbean, especially the US Virgin Islands. I sometimes spend my freetime playing in the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international organization of hobbists who study and recreate the European Middle Ages and early Rennaisance. These intrerests keep me pretty busy.

Rodney Mark Jones

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1998 Goodwill Games

New York City will host the 1998 Goodwill Games from 18 July 1998 through 2 August 1998. More than 1,300 athletes from 60 countries will be invited to compete in over a dozen sports for five million dollars in prize money. The events will be judged under international federation rules and are sanctioned by the participating federations for each sport. The two-week program will showcase the world's best athletes in a major international, multi-sport competition, while benefiting children through work with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Tickets will be available at TicketMaster locations and at the box offices for the two main venues: Madison Square Garden and Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum on 20 September 1997.

The games were originally created in response to the US boycott of the 1980 Olympic Summer Games in Moscow and the Soviet boycott of the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles. The first city to host the games was Moscow in 1986, followed by Seattle in 1990 and Saint Petersburg in 1994. Ted Turner, the founder of the Goodwill Games, intended to unite the world's best athletes in a worldwide sporting competition free from the politics that affected international competition during the 1980s. But the world situation has changed dramatically since the Goodwill Games were founded. The games have therefore changed their focus to benefiting the children of the world while continuing to promote peace and understanding through sport.

Countdown Continues!

Days to go until selection of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games host city:

Good luck to all of the Candidate Cities! The bidding process is very expensive and time-consuming. We appreciate your efforts to contribute to the success of the Olympic Movement!

Pin Trading: The Other Sport

Pin trading has been a feature of the modern games since the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. Collecting and trading pins is an inexpensive and fun hobby. Here are some links to a few pin dealers and collectors on the web:

1999 Pan Am Games

Winnipeg will be hosting the next Pan American Games from 24 July 1999 through 8 August 1999. The Pan Am Games will bring athletes from 42 countries together to compete in 41 sports. The city will be holding a Volunteer Kick Off at 5:00 pm on 23 September 1997 at Red River Exhibition Park. Winnipeg will need the help of more than 15,000 volunteers to make this multi-sport event a success. For more information, visit the Pan Am Games web site or drop me an e-mail.

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