User:Cla68

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Cla68

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I am originally from the U.S. and currently living in Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. I have a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Business Administration from Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems from University of Phoenix.

One of my main activities is running. I completed the 2001 Montgomery County Marathon in the Parks and the 2010 Tokyo Marathon. I encourage everyone to complete a marathon once as it is an incredible feeling of accomplishment. Due to chronic knee pain, in May 2011 I started transitioning to minimalist running. I completed the switch in about three months and now no longer do heel-toe running. My knee pain has, so far, been greatly reduced to the point that it rarely bothers me anymore. Recently, I started focusing on triathlon training, so I also swim and cycle. This past year (2013), I participated in four sprint triathlons, two duathlons, and an aquathlon. Some day I hope to enter (and complete!) one of Ironman length. The human body is a wonderful thing. At first, after completing a sprint triathlon I was wiped-out for a couple of days. Now, it's (relatively) no big deal. Please, get out and challenge yourself. You will be surprised at the result.

Another of my personal interests is martial arts. I trained in Enshin Karate in the US and did a little Judo after coming to Japan. I've also participated in a little Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I believe that a well-rounded education in martial arts includes study in both striking and grappling, stand-up and ground disciplines. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to participate much with martial arts lately for a variety of reasons.

About my editing[edit]

I've been editing Wikipedia with an account since January 2006. As the list below shows, I used to work mainly on military history or Japan-related articles. The entries in the "to do" list below are articles that I plan on trying to take to Featured Article (FA)-level status, if they aren't there already. I don't mean to imply any ownership over these articles. I have listed most of the reference books in my possession on this page.

That being said, I'm generally disillusioned with Wikipedia. On the one hand, I have found the site to be a powerful tool for making information publicly and readily available (such as this article, which I started and have kept regularly updated) and as an invaluable online bibliography in a large variety of topics. Unfortunately, however, the project suffers from some serious problems, such as its biographies of living people being used for attacks on their subjects and activist ownership in certain topic areas. In addition, Wikipedia's administration has proven itself time and time again to be a complete shambles which, under its current system and culture, sees little hope of ever being rectified. Furthermore, the Wikimedia Foundation has so far shown a conspicuous lack of leadership in mitigating Wikipedia's and Wikimedia Commons' numerous governance issues.

For more discussion on these and other topics, please check out Wikipediocracy, which is an Internet blog and forum dedicated to discussing Wikipedia, but is independent of and not sponsored by Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation. I am a trustee of that site.

Content[edit]

Updated DYK query On November 26, 2009, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Eurasian Land Bridge, which you created or substantially expanded. You are welcome to check how many hits your article got while on the front page (here's how) and add it to DYKSTATS if it got over 5,000. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
Updated DYK query On August 19, 2009, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article 1941 Harvard-Navy lacrosse game, which you created or substantially expanded. You are welcome to check how many hits your article got while on the front page (here's how) and add it to DYKSTATS if it got over 5,000. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
Updated DYK query On June 27, 2009, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Aso Mining forced labor controversy, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
Updated DYK query On May 16, 2009, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Tainan Air Group, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
Updated DYK query On March 4, 2009, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Deaths of Phillip Esposito and Louis Allen, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
Updated DYK query On 27 August, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article James Dalton II, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
Updated DYK query On 8 May, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Tadayoshi Sano, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
Current events globe On 16 July, 2008, In the news was updated with a news item that involved the article(s) Battle of Wanat, which you created or substantially updated. If you know of another interesting news item involving a recently created or updated article, then please suggest it on the In the news candidates page.
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Your Featured picture candidate has been promoted
Your nomination for featured picture status, File:USS Annapolis ICEX.jpg, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate another image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. jjron (talk) 15:19, 27 December 2009 (UTC)
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Your Featured picture candidate has been promoted
Your nomination for featured picture status, Image:EnterpriseBurningHellcat.jpg, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate another image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. Thank you for nominating it! KFP (talk | contribs) 11:50, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
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Your Featured picture candidate has been promoted
Your nomination for featured picture status, Image:U.S. Soldiers at Bougainville (Solomon Islands) March 1944.jpg, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate another image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. MER-C 07:48, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

Welcome and appreciated compliments from fellow editors[edit]

For your massive contributions to Wikipedia's coverage of the Pacific Theater of World War II, I hereby bestow upon you the Military history WikiProject Distinguished Service Award. Kirill Lokshin 22:47, 27 June 2006 (UTC)
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This motivated barnstar is given to Cla68 for his tireless contirbutions to Wikipedia's coverage of the Pacific Theater of World War II and US Navy and Marine Corps history. Presented by Looper5920 18 November 2006
A Barnstar!
The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar

For helping me with the copyedit of Aleksandr Vasilevsky, this RAK Star for you! :) Grafikm (AutoGRAF) 18:52, 22 July 2006 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Working Man's Barnstar

I hereby award this barnstar for your efforts in tirelessly researching references for the Japanese war crimes article. Keep up the good work! John Smith's 16:56, 30 July 2006 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Featured Article Medal

What??? 5 FAs and still not having this one? That's a major oversight! -- Grafikm (AutoGRAF) 00:16, 13 August 2006 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png Pacific Theatre, 1941-45 Barnstar
For sustained, solid research and editing, in adding references to many
Pacific War articles. Grant65 | Talk 06:20, 4 December 2006 (UTC)
In recognition of your diligent contributions towards the various reviews of military history articles, I am delighted to award you the Content Review Medal. Kirill 16:55, 8 December 2007 (UTC)
Barnstar-stone2-noback.png The Epic Barnstar
For the constant stream of FA's. Keep it up! James086Talk | Contribs 13:09, 7 December 2006 (UTC)
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By the order of the coordinators of the Military history WikiProject, you are hereby awarded the WikiChevrons with Oak Leaves in recognition of your many valuable contributions to military history articles, and, in particular, your leading role in the creation of numerous featured articles on the topic of the Pacific Theater of World War II. For the coordinators, Kirill Lokshin 01:39, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

GA Award.png The Good Article Medal of Merit 
I have awarded you this medal for your work in helping to reduce the backlog during the Good Article Candidates Backlog Elmination Drive. You reviewed five or more articles during the drive, which helped to contribute to the large decrease in the backlog. If you have the time, please continue to review articles to help make sure the backlog does not jump back up to what it was. Good job and happy editing! Nehrams2020 06:16, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
WikiDefender Barnstar.png The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
In recognition of your courageous acts and concerned words. Risker 02:30, 4 December 2007 (UTC)
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In recognition of your featured work on Ehime Maru and USS Greeneville collision, one of the greatest articles I've read on Wikipedia in a very long time, please accept this barnstar. Great work! - auburnpilot talk 00:25, 9 December 2007 (UTC)
WikiprojectBarnstar.png The WikiProject Barnstar
In gratitude for your coordination services to the Military history WikiProject, from August 2007 to February 2008, please accept this barnstar.--ROGER DAVIES talk 18:10, 29 February 2008 (UTC)
WikiDefender Barnstar.png The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
I, Dragon695, hereby present you the Defender of the Wiki Barnstar in recognition of your taking on the thankless task of seeing that our policies are applied in a fair and equitable manner, regardless of whether the person is a sinner or a saint. Let the inspiring words of Sir Winston Churchill help to guide your way: Dragon695 (talk) 01:23, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
SpecialBarnstar.png The Special Barnstar
Thank you for writing so many FAs. You really are the kind of editor WP needs... Johnfos (talk) 00:11, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
CRM.png The Content Review Medal of Merit  
In recognition of your help improving Military history articles through the Military history review process in June, July and August 2008, please accept this Content Review Medal of Merit, --ROGER DAVIES talk 13:12, 14 September 2008 (UTC)
Silverwiki 2.png 2008 "Military historian of the Year"
By order of the Members of the Military History WikiProject, for your "extensive contributions to Featured Articles related to the Pacific Front of World War II, including the construction of a massive 18-article complete featured topic on the Guadalcanal Campaign", I award you this Silver Wiki. --ROGER DAVIES talk 03:35, 12 January 2009 (UTC)
WPMH ACR.PNG The Milhist A-Class medal
For prolific work on – Operation Ke, Guadalcanal Campaign and USS Iowa turret explosion – promoted to A-Class between August and December 2008, by order of the coordinators of the Military history WikiProject, you are hereby awarded the Milhist A-Class medal. -MBK004 20:08, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Team Barnstar.png The Teamwork Barnstar
For your oustanding efforts during Operation Trailblazer, culminating in the 2009 Featured Topic nomination for the Iowa-class battleships, the passage of which resulted in the first ever Wikipedia Featured Topic concerning ships exclusively, I herby present you with The Teamwork Barnstar. Thanks for all of your help, this is as much your Featured Topic as it is mine. TomStar81 (Talk) 22:19, 20 February 2009 (UTC)
Your majesty, it gives me great pleasure to bestow these Imperial triple crown jewels upon Cla68 for your contributions in the areas of WP:DYK, WP:GA, and WP:FC. Cirt (talk) 03:10, 15 February 2009 (UTC)
Press barnstar.png The Press Barnstar
For writing articles that appeared in the American Journalism Review article Wikipedia in the Newsroom I hereby present you with The Press Barnstar. To date, you are exactly the second user to have received this barnstar, so live it up and, as always, keep up the good work! TomStar81 (Talk) 07:43, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
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By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your devoted contributions to the WikiProject's Peer and A-Class reviews, I am delighted to award you this WikiChevrons.  Roger Davies talk 13:39, 12 April 2009 (UTC)
Barnstar-stone2-noback.png The Epic Barnstar
For your work on various WWII FAs, particularly the excellent example it sets for others in thoroughly researching many different sources and covering all viewpoints and differences in sources. YellowMonkey (cricket calendar poll!) paid editing=POV 07:53, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
WikiChevrons.png The WikiChevrons
By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your devoted contributions to the WikiProject's Peer and A-Class reviews, I am delighted to award you this WikiChevrons.  Roger Davies talk 12:05, 5 July 2009 (UTC)
For doing what was right against overwhelming odds, you deserve the knight-errant barnstar many times over.

Charles P._(Mirv) 04:30, 10 December 2009 (UTC)

Civility barnstar.png Civility Award
For consistently upholding standards of civility on AGW pages, and helping to bring this essential quality out in others. Jprw (talk) 07:10, 14 March 2010 (UTC)
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By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your good work helping with the WikiProject's Peer and A-Class reviews during the period July-December 2009, I hereby award you this Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award. TomStar81 (Talk) 01:49, 1 September 2010 (UTC)

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By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your good work helping with the WikiProject's Peer and A-Class reviews for the period Jan-Jun 2010, I hereby award you this Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award. Ian Rose (talk) 09:35, 1 September 2010 (UTC)

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Mensch5.png The Barnstar of Integrity
For your tireless support on the sourcing of Climate change alarmism and the subsequent ANI. GregJackP Boomer! 18:09, 11 September 2010 (UTC)
Barnstar-camera.png The Photographer's Barnstar
For all of your staggeringly valuable assistance with finding photos of the Kongo class battlecruisers during the rewrites of the various article associated with the topic. Your help is hugely appreciated! Cam (Chat)(Prof) 15:11, 14 September 2010 (UTC)
WPMH ACR.PNG The Military history A-Class medal
For prolific work on Fred Moosally, Battle of the Coral Sea and Japanese aircraft carrier Hōshō, promoted to A-Class between January 2009 and December 2010, by order of the coordinators of the Military history WikiProject you are hereby awarded the A-Class medal. Congratulations! AustralianRupert (talk) 11:30, 12 December 2010 (UTC)
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By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your help with the WikiProject's Peer and A-Class reviews for the period Jan-Mar 2011, I hereby award you this Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award. Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 11:59, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

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Your good-faith efforts to make Wikipedia a more neutral site where biographies of living people reflect a balanced view on their subjects regardless of their political or ideological convictions, have made you a target of numerous uncivil attacks. Please accept this barnstar in recognition of your hard work, your honesty, and integrity. DracoE 15:56, 13 July 2011 (UTC)
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By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your good work helping with the WikiProject's Peer and A-Class reviews for the period April-June 2011, I hereby award you this Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 20:24, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

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The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
Wpreviewsock (talk) 09:32, 18 September 2011 (UTC)
Barnstar of Diligence Hires.png The Barnstar of Diligence
A long overdue barnstar, for your attention and vigilance in relation to advocacy issues in Wikipedia, and championing fair play. JN466 17:15, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
Peace Barnstar Hires.png The Barnstar of Diplomacy
I hereby award Cla68 this Barnstar of Diplomacy for his awesome and brave effort to resolve the WP:V Truth/Verifiability dispute! Dreadstar 01:14, 9 December 2011 (UTC)