December 2008 Archives

December 23, 2008

Dr. Lail gets award

Brian Lail, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Florida Institute of Technology, has received a "Presidential Early Career Award" from SPIE, an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.

December 19, 2008

USA Weekend visits Bethlehem, NC

One of my last visits is with Noah Lail, 85, a community founder who came up with a special Bethlehem postmark. Visitors lined up outside the door at the Bethlehem post office (which Lail helped to establish), and large boxes filled with Christmas cards arrived daily from as far away as Germany, from families who wanted their cards to be postmarked "Bethlehem."

Lail and his tiny staff handled all of this during the holidays, in a kitchen-sized, brick-interior post office where the service window needs to be propped up by a metal rod. Lail helped arrange for the first Habitat for Humanity home in the community in the early 1980s, and he proudly hands me a letter of appreciation that then-President Ronald Reagan sent to him. "We didn't have a post office before, and we needed one here," Lail says. "We had people who couldn't afford to have homes, so we built our first Habitat home and the other ones because the people here needed them."
See full story by Dennis McCafferty in the Dec. 21 issue.

December 12, 2008

Lail Arad

Another first name Lail. From her MySpace page:

Lail's songs tell little stories. Some will make you laugh. Some will make her laugh. One might make you laugh and cry at the same time. Her voice is her friend. Sometimes it is loud. Sometimes it is quiet. She is practicing being very loud and very quiet at the same time. Her shows are special. Some people say they are theatrical. Some people say they are honest. Can she be theatrical and sincere at the same time? Lail Arad lives in London with her goat and two chickens. She prefers writing songs to writing biographies.

And an interview. And more on YouTube.

December 11, 2008

Red drum catch off Ocracoke

Brad Lail of Hickory proudly shows the 30-inch red drum he caught Sunday in the Ocracoke Island surf. The fish was released alive. PHOTO FROM TRADEWINDS TACKLE. This appeared in Dec. 11, 2008, on

December 3, 2008

Documenting the Iraq War

I haven't run any of Air Fore Senior Airman Bradley A. Lail's photos lately. So here's one and a link to more. Staff Sgt. Peter Casola tells Senior Airman Michael Williams "all clear" after conducting a search for unknown objects around their post before starting their shift March 2 at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. Both members are tower sentry guards with the 506th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Bradley A. Lail)