Thursday, April 20, 2017

MSNBC PRIDE 30; NOMINATION OF JUSTIN LEE

I would like to nominate Justin Lee to be honored as part of MSNBC’s national “Pride 30” celebration which will recognize those in the LGBTQ community who are considered “stand outs.”  Justin Lee is a speaker, activist, author, and founder and director of the Gay Christian Network (GCN) which hosts a prolific online presence and hosts a annual conventions attracting attendees in the thousands. He is one of the most respected individuals regarding LGBTQ affirmation within the church. 


Justin Lee

Gay Christian Network web site. Here is the LINK.
A nice summary of his work van be found at Wikipedia under his name -  Justin Lee. Here is the LINK.


Taken from Gay Christian Network’s web site

Justin Lee had the faith and courage to address LGBTQ issues within one of the major bastions of bigotry in our culture – the church. Most especially the conservative church. Justin Lee was a torch bearer. He started the Gay Christian network in 2001. This was a time when gay acceptance was pushed under the rug for nearly all churches. Justin Lee perhaps more than any other individual can be credited with invoking the conversation between LGBTQ orientations and the church. His first gathering in 2001 had approximately 30 people. The Gay Christian Network now attracts thousands to its annual conventions. These conventions contain “breakout rooms” addressing topics pertinent to LGBTQ’s and those who support them (like me as a father to a gay son).


Church in rural Georgia

When my son “came out” I researched and found Justin Lee’s name. Fortunately, my son came from a family that embraced him… but I wanted to know more. I read Justin Lee’s book called “Torn” and even handed out 30 copies for free at a local “Gay Day” celebration. This book helps one get into the mind of one struggling with their sexual orientation. I perhaps know this struggle more intimately as I knew the culture at Wake Forest University where I graduated a decade ahead of Justin Lee (I am 53). While I was there no one came out as gay. It just didn’t happen although Wake Forest has made life much more comfortable for LGBTQ’s over time.




“TORN” by Justin Lee


Supporting my son by attending NYC gay parade.
Pictured in Purple shirt is Mayor Deblazio.
Justin Lee has created a community where LGBTQ’s feel safe and supported.


Many of the conversations within the church may not be happening if Justin Lee, starting from nothing, didn’t create a powerful network that has helped illuminate the status quo. Someone had to be first. Justin Lee was that man. Of note too is how Justin Lee has advanced LGBTQ affirmation in the church in a remarkably peaceful way. He respects other view points and no one is “banned” from his conferences (OK… the Westboro Baptist Church may be stopped at the door).


Westboro Baptist Church picketed GCN  conference that I attended in Portland, Oregon. They were drowned out and surrendered and left the premises.

Justin Lee can be largely credited with the demise of “conversion therapy” as he created the space for its founder, Alan Chambers, to speak at a GCN conference. Chambers lead the powerful Exodus International, which attempted to convert gays to straight folks. Chamber admitted to a packed crowd that conversion therapy was an unmitigated disaster. Alan Chamber could not point to one person who was successfully converted. Since this point a ground swell has emerged and states in our nation have moved to deny this type of therapy.


Alan Chambers and Exodus International

There are other organizations now set up lime GCN. The Reformation Project run by Matthew Vines for example. Matthew Vines is another worthy candidate but I assume I am to just nominate one person. I nominate Justin Lee because he had the vision and courage to be first. Being first brings with it faith and courage without the knowledge of whether or not his pursuit would be successful. Justin Lee stayed true to his principle and the thriving Gay Christian Network is evidence of his faith filled efforts.

Ii is noteworthy that I was a graduate student in ministerial studies at Liberty University. However, I left that school when I learned of Liberty Counsel and Matt Staver (who stood beside the “Kentucky clerk”) who heads the law school. I was shocked when I heard that Attorney Matt Staver of Liberty University was representing pro bono a heinous man named Scott Lively.


Left to right: Mike Huckabe, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, Matt Staver Head of Liberty Counsel


Who is Scott Lively? Scott Lively (charged with “Crimes against humanity”) has been a spreader of gay hate around the globe. In Uganda he helped create a “Kill the Homos” bill which posted pictures of prominent gays in tbe newspaper and asked the public to murder these people. Lively also has worked with Russia in spreading bigotry at the time of the Russian Olympics. The work of Justin Lee is as important now as ever. The recent findings of torture and killings of gays in Chechnya bears this out.





Scott Lively; charged with Crimes against Humanity

I have created my own web site that pulls together much of what I have learned at the Gay Affirming conferences I have attended. My web site is effective in debunking the Bible scriptures against gays that many conservative Christians peel literally off the page. I am also more salty and outspoken than most. See this LINK.

WHAT A PROFOUND IMPACT JUSTIN LEE HAS MADE! 

AND HOW IMPORTANT HIS WORK IS GOING FORWARD!

 I earnestly ask that Justin Lee be chosen by MSNBC as a pioneer and a difference maker in the LGBTQ community and that he be cited for his efforts which he so richly deserves.

                                                                                  Very sincerely,

Mark M Robbins

Mark M Robbins

About me:


Live in Boca Raton near my twin sons who attend college
BA Economics Wake Forest University
MBA Lehigh University (Graduated at the top of my class)
CMA (Certified Management Accountant)  4 parts similar to CPA
CFM (Certified Financial Manager)  4 parts similar to CPA
Career in Corporate Finance
Adopted twin boys at 9 month (mow 19; one gay and one is straight)

I Am author/administraror of one of the most successful anti corruption blogs in the country (mostly PA) with over 6 million page views. I write on a variety of topics as I feel inspired. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SUMMARY: 4 YEARS ANTI CORRUPTION WORK (MOSTLY NE PA)


6 MILLION PAGE VIEWS

 2 COPS GO TO PRISON
ONE DIRTY TOW OPERATOR GETS 30 MONTHS IN PRISON

IN THE WORDS OF OSCAR SCHINDLER... "I WISH I COULD HAVE DONE MORE"

MAY EXPOSURE SERVE AS PUNISHMENT FOR THOSE THAT ROAM FREE

"CARS FOR CASH" AUTO THEFT RING
LEO GLODZIK (OPERATOR) ONLY ONE IN PRISON?
SCRANTON FBI HAS SAME DIRT I HAVE AND LET PEOPLE GO! WHY? WHAT DO OTHERS HAVE ON THEM?




BELOW: The Polygraph test I voluntarily took to break open dirty W-B cops and "CARS FOR CASH" and ultimately "CREDIT UNION GATE" (2 cops to prison)


DIRTY FORT LAUDERDALE ATTORNEY MARK LOWRY... 
Link HERE (and keep scrolling)


CORRUPTION SUMMARY (WILKES-BARRE, PA) 

WB TRUTH   over 6,000,000 million page views
WILKES-BARRE, PA and LUZERNE COUNTY, PA

                           "GREAT WALL" OF CORRUPTION 

 SALAVANTIS & ASSISTANT DA SANGUEDOLCE AND OTHERS WHO "TOW THE LINE"   LUZERNE COUNTY HEAD OF DETECTIVES MIKE DESSOYE   SCRANTON FBI HEADED BY SEAN QUINN (despite his endorsement of me)   RECENTLY RETIRED STATE ATTORNEY PETER J SMITH   FORMER STATE POLICE HEAD AND MOUNTAINTOP NATIVE JAMES NOONAN LOCAL STATE POLICE CAPTAIN POLICE CAPTAINJAMES DEGNAN   FORMER WILKES-BARRE CHIEF AND HEAD OF SECURITY AT KING'S COLLEGE GERARD DESSOYE   KING'S COLLEGE PRESIDENT FATHER JAMES RYAN   FORMER MAYOR TOM LEIGHTON   WILKES-BARRE SCHOOL BOARD (OLD PRESIDENTLOUIS ELMY SENT TO PRISON)   FORMER WILKES-BARRE CREDIT UNION (MANAGER COMMITTED SUICIDE)    WB OFFICERS NINOTTIAND ANTHONY JAILED FOR ILLEGAL LOANS AGAINST LAG TOWING CARS   CHIEF LUZERNE COUNTY JUDGE RICHARD HUGHES   FORMER CITY MANAGER JJ MURPHY   OLD WILKES-BARRE CITY COUNCIL (ALMOST ALWAYS SIDED WITH LAG TOWING & LEO GLODZIK)   LAG TOWING AND LEO GLODZIK (FUNNY HOW THE ONLY PRIVATE CITIZEN INVOLVED IN "CARS FOR CASH" GETS PRISON)   FORMER ALCOHOLIC MAGISTRATE MARTY KANE   FORMER HEAD OF CITY COUNCIL KATHY KANE    Convicted and Disgraced Magisterial Candidate Jared Kane (son)   ALLEGED ALCOHOLIC MAGISTRATE RICK CRONAUER   ALLEGED ALCOHOLIC KINGSTON MAYOR  HAGGERTY   FORTY FORT POLICE CHIEF HUNTSINGER   CROOKED MAGISTRATE DONALD WHITAKER   LUZERNE COUNTY COMMISIONER PEDRI cutting deals withSalvantis   WBPD CHIEF/CAPTAIN BOB HUGHES SELLING STOLEN CARS OUT OF A1 AUTO   ALLCOPS, OFFICIALS, LAWYERS, AND EMPLOYEES FORCED TO COVER UP CRIMES FOR SAKE OF THEIR LIVELIHOODS  LOCAL NEWSPAPERS HAVE GIVEN UP ON INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING. THIS IS WHAT MAKES THIS BLOG SO VALUABLE. (DETAILS ON THE AFOREMENTIONED BELOW)

AUTHOR OF BLOG:
MARK MILLS ROBBINS   BA Lehigh Univ (4.0), BA Economics Wake Forest Univ
CMA  Certified Management Accountant; CFM  Certified Financial Manager
Career in Corporate Finance, Business Owner, Teacher at University and High School level   
"Leadership Wilkes-Barre" graduate    Graduate Theology student


ALLEGED RAPE   (Kings College  Wilkes-Barre, Pa)
(INFORMED SOURCE... FEMALE STUDENT PAID OFF)

ALLEGED VICTIM = KING'S COLLEGE (Wilkes-Barre, Pa) FEMALE DORM STUDENT
ALLEGED PERPETRATOR = 60 YEAR OLD KING'S HEAD OF SECURITY (resigned in disgrace) and FORMER POLICE CHIEF OF WILKES-BARRE, Pa. 
MONSTROUS COVER UP = DIRTY "FATHER RYAN" AND JESUIT KING'S COLLEGE. NOTHING LEARNED AFTER PEDOPHILIA?

TRUSTED SOURCES INFORM ME THAT KING'S COLLEGE PAID OFF KING'S FEMALE STUDENT FOR SILENCE!

FACTS...  Pieces that connect...
- Gerard Dessoye resigned (2014) as Chief of Police in Wilkes-Barre Pa.
- Hired (2014) as Security Chief at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
- King's College was repeatedly warned (see below) about Dessoye's corruption, alcoholism, and "trouser issues" before and after the hiring.




Gerard Dessoye forced to resign (2016) as King's College (Wilkes-Barre, Pa) Head of Security 
- Copulation (SEX) alleged to occur between Dessoye and King's College female student. 
- Alleged Location = KING's College Dorm room
- Alcohol alleged to be present
- Female student alleged to shout "NO!!"  STOP!!
RESULT? At this point alleged to be another "garden variety" Luzerne County Cover up to include KING's College


Father Ryan President of King's College   Ongoing cover up of alleged Gerard Dessoye (60 year old Head of Security) rape of female dorm student. Holy water? In reality is sewer water. Lackey to Leightons and Dessoyes. It is amazing how priests' collars and silly costumes continue to dazzle and mislead the flock. Beer and bingo anyone? (Find that in New Testament!)





This is a blog. It is meant to arouse passion. I apologize for any offense to good hearted Catholics and good willed KINGS alumni. Counted among my dear friend are KINGS alumni Vito DeLuca (honest DA candidate), Mike Pasquini ("Crimson Lion" owner), and the socially conscious Tedd Max.  This is about the sanctity of the Catholic community and the security of its students. Something very serious happened at KINGS Ciollege with Gerard Dessoye. Cover ups fester problems. Identity of issues ultimately makes them more manageable. Like the pedophilia cover ups, Father Ryan's most prudent move would be to take a strong public stance or abdicate his position to a person of more integrity and courage. 


KINGS College (Wilkes-Barre, Pa) CONNECTION (alumni)

"BAD TREES" BEAR "BAD FRUIT"

Father Ryan (President)
Gerard Dessoye   Disgraced KINGS Security Chief and former WBPD Chief of police; accused of raping student by many honest sources. 
Mike Dessoye   Immensely corrupt Head of Luzerne County Detectives
Peter J Smith   "Do nothing" recently retired US State Attorney
James Noonan   Corrupt former Pa State Police Head
Mayor Thomas Leighton   Possibly the most corrupt Mayor ever... competition from DC Mayor Barry
John Leighton (brother) Paid by County in Luzerne County Domestic Relations; alleged addictive gambler and drinker

Brian Leighton (brother) works in Adult County Probation. Louis Elmy, a former county prison Counselor, pled guilty to selling Crack cocaine to inmates and doctored court orders to extort money from inmates. He was also the Head of the W-B School Board.
JJ Murphy   Former W-B City Manager. Tried schmoozing me into believing Gerard Dessoye (WB police chief), (WB Mayor) Tom Leighton, (Towing Contractor sentenced to 30 months) Leo Glodzik were clean. Embroiled in controversy in multiple states. 
Joe Noone   Scranton FBI Agent
James Noone (brother) Luzerne County Detectives
Tony George   Current WB Mayor
Sue Henry   WILK RADIO Talk Host 

The blog post (below) was sent 2 years ago... hmmm... was I right on the money? I have the the E mail I sent to King's warning of this hire. They ignored me. Dumb.

"KING's does not want you to see this. But they know what you are about to read. Several activists made King's aware of the perils of taking on Gerard Dessoye (Head of Security, former WBPD Chief) as a "gift" to the city of Wilkes-Barre in exchange for Leightons' scams and/or secret deals. In fact activists have notified other employers who listened to our concerns and did NOT make the Dessoye hire.





Gerard Dessoye



Both Leighton and Gerard Dessoye are alcoholics. "Father" James Ryan is a very, very dishonest man. Bad trees bear bad fruit and I do not think King's will profit from this man. If you lay down with pigs you will get dirty and your reputation will suffer. Holy water can never take the place of integrity.

PARENTS OF KING'S COLLEGE:  I suggest you question the hire of Gerard Dessoye. Do you think KING's actually hired the best man for the job? If Dessoye was using heroin with Catherine Meehan (who spent time in NY prison for stabbing a fetus)... why do you think this behavior has changed? Given that the alcoholic Gerard Dessoye was enabled and just handed a job why would he have reason to quit any addictive behavior? Corrupt cronies have always covered for him to include his brother Mike Dessoye in the courthouse who knew all of what you read below (or he is the worst detective in history).

Given that King's administration knew of Dessoye's deficiencies and hired him anyway... they have opened themselves up to a massive lawsuit if there is a serious incident at King's and Dessoye is impaired. Dealing with the devil brings consequences.  

It would seem to me that the minimum requirement is that the Head of Security is clean and sober. ... but that would make too much sense!!

Described below is just part of Dessoye's wide scale corruption. He was also a key part of "Cars for Cash"...  the massive auto theft scandal led by Leo Glodzik. He allowed cop John Majikes to ride an illegal car for more than a year which may have a tie in to the Credit union scandal and the suicide that occurred. 

Though my pereception and relations with some law enforcement agencies has improved... I stand  by what I wrote a few years ago.

Salvantis and Dessoye....



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"GREAT WALL" OF CORRUPTION = For more details on any one person... Google "WB Truth" and "Name of person" for more info.



LOCAL CORRUPT  PLAYERS:   "CORRUPT" is minimally defined as officials who know of crimes of other officials and fail to report them or press charges.

Gerard Dessoye former WBPD Chief & Head of King's Security (see pic above)   Alleged rape perpetrator. List of cover ups too long too list. Former boyfriend and enabler of the "heroin house honey." Dessoye stoked the engine that ran "Cars for Cash" (LAG Towing car theft empire).



Mike Dessoye Head of Luzerne County Detectives   The County puppeteer... the granddaddy of cover ups. Widely known that he (as father figure) directs the "Child DA" (Salavantis) in her duties. When do you ever hear of County Detectives doing honest work for their $100,000 salaries? 

Stefanie Salavantis Luzerne County DA   The master puppet. "Played" by all her "father figures." Tossed many DUI's from friend's law firm. Had her own DUI tossed by Pennsylvania State Police. This corruptly influenced DA election.


Former Mayor Wilkes-Barre Mayor Thomas Leighton   His crimes and cover ups are legendary. Too many to list. Partners in corruption with infamous JJ Murphy, Leo Glodzik, Father Ryan, and the Dessoye brothers.



Former Mayor (Wilkes-Barre, Pa) Tom Leighton filling personal vehicle with city gas

Sam Sanguedolce Assistant DA   In his role as Asst DA was active in tossing out DUI's from his law firm. Chronically has driven drunk. Covered up for DA DUI where he was passenger along with State police. Alleged alcoholic His car is photographed in "hidden" spot at BREWS BROTHERS BAR 3-4 AM weekdays. He likes to take skanky women out late. And he is responsible for disseminating justice?




Former Mayor Wilkes-Barre Mayor Thomas Leighton   His crimes and cover ups are legendary. Too many to list. Partners in corruption with infamous JJ Murphy, Leo Glodzik, Father Ryan, and the Dessoye brothers.


Former Mayor of Wilkes-Barre, Pa Tom Leighton

James Degnan Captain Pa State Police Wyoming Barracks   Was Captain of State police when DA Salavantis crashed her car (into pole) as part of a DUI. Engaged in complete cover up before the DA election putting DA job in hands of "child" (Salavantis). Reputed to be disrespected by State Police across the state.



Chief Luzerne County Judge Dick Hughes   He was actively campaigning with Salavantis when she had DUI. He kept silent. He had the audacity to brag that he had ebdorsement from (highly corrupted) police. Spent the most to win election... almost $200,000. "Disingenuous" is his middle name. I know. I have known him for 40 years. He "played" my deceased dad (who battled impairments) like a fiddle. Sickening. None of my brothers or mother disagree with me or are willing to defend him.




Chief Luzerne County Judge Richard (Dick) Hughes

FBI Scranton Division   I worked with them on a successful sting. They have spoken of me very highly and commended me in writing. But they have failed us. They know where all the "bodies are buried" and are (imo) protecting many corrupt officials. Where are the indictments? Noonan brothers... one in FBI... other a Luzerne County Detective. Peter Smith is gone as State Attorney. NO MORE EXCUSES! If Leo Glodzik is in jail... at least 100 police and officials helped or looked other way regarding the LAG Towing Auto theft empire. FBI  PLEASE SHOCK US!! INDICT A TOP OFFICIAL!!! The cover ups amassed are absolutely astounding. 


Scranton FBI Head Sean Quinn


Luzerne County Commissioner Dave Pedri (I am told through a trusted source) agreed not to run for District Attorney if Salavantis would cover up for Pedri's father who stole $100,000 of public money (Hazleton). Pedri (the father) was then was arrested by federal investigators only after I made this "back door" deal public. Dave Pedri also called me personally when working for former District Attorney to "not bring the LAG Towing mess" to the DA. They didn't want it. At this time I made "DA-to be" Salavantis acutely aware of "Cars for Cash" (LAG Towing). It was only after a state policeman's father was victimized that the DA moved (all private complaints ignored) against LAG Towing. As you know the Head of LAG Towing is to serve 30 months in federal prison. He should have plenty of company.

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Luzerne County Manager Dave Pedri

Former PA State Police Captain James Noonan (grew up locally)   Actively shopped the degenerate Gerard Dessoye (former W-B Police Chief) for employment opportunities after Desssoye resigned amidst many public felony accusations. In his position he had to know as much as anyone... and he did nothing. Hell awaits him.




Former State Policeman Chief James Noonan


Former U.S. Attorney Peter J Smith   Wrote me personally about starting an investigation... and then proceeded to indict virtually no one. He is rumored to have tied the Scranton FBI's hands.



Retired PA US Attorney Peter J Smith


FORTY  FORT (near Wilkes-Barre) Police Chief Dan 
Hunsinger   I approached the Forty Fort police to file harassment charges against a demented woman who was sending me lewd and anonymous letters. The Pa State Police told me Hunsinger had to accept my charges. There was absolutely no "wiggle room." Yet Hunsinger would not accept my charges. He literally denied me access to the system of justice available to everyone else? Why? Because Hunsinger colluded with WBPD Chief Gerard Dessoye (who as you know I was a critic of) who instructed Hunsiger to freeze me out.
                                         

Forty Fort Police Chief Dan Hunsinger


For info on the following people... Google "WB Truth" and their name to find posts related to them...

Marty Kane
Kathy Kane
Jared Kane (son)
Donald Whitaker
Louis Elmy
WBPD Officer Anthony
WBPD Officer Ninotti
Leo Glodzik... Cars for Cash... LAG Towing

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BIRTH OF TWO FAMILIES

1) A positive retrospective look at my family growing up 
2) THE MIRACLE ADOPTION STORY OF MY TWIN SONS

The year was 1975. I was watching the Wimbledon finals with my mom. In front of me was the epic battle between Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe (See the match on YOUTUBE by clicking link HERE). A glance outside the window was a beautiful view of Bear Creek Lake near the Poconos in NE PA.
 


 Me current day  March 2017

This is where our "tennis family" began. It was inspired by my mother who introduced us to the sport. Above is the tiny island known as "Hutter's Island... affectionately named after the Hutter family.

  
Pictured above are the Robbins: Bill, Judy, Rob, Don. Mark (me), Scott
1975  TENNIS PICS

 Engagement between Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors
Jimmy Connors gives lessons in Boca Raton for the "discounted" (ha!) price of $ 500 per hour. Not a tennis player? He will have lunch with you at the same rate!!

Evonne Goolagong (above) and Chris Evert and Arthur Ashe (below)


So... the year was 1975. A black man won the Wimbledon title. Did racism rear its ugly head? I don't know. I was 12 at the time and can remember my mom overjoyed at Ashe's victory. Despite living in an area (NE PA) not known (to say the least) for its diversity I never once heard a racist remark from my mother or father. Not once. Ever. I was brought up without this ugly scourge. The only African Americans I came in contact with were cab drivers in Washington DC (Redskin weekends!). I can vividly remember my dad having conversations with these drivers... even asking about their children. My father was always generous with his tips.

I will redirect the subject back to the phenom known as Don Robbins (my older brother).  Whether it was a tennis racket, a baseball bat, a ping pong paddle, or a golf club... Don Robbins was the master. Few people alive had the talent of Don Robbins across multiple sports. He was at his best with a "stick" in his hand.


Beautific Bear Creek Village (NE PA) is where it all began. 
Don Budge Tennis Camp served as a foundation for many of us. But in truth we were mostly self taught. Grit and practice. 
Our early "tennis mates" included Frank Reap, Paul Lumia, Paul Updike, George Albert (Sr), the Tanski brothers,, and Peter Mailloux from time to time. (Sorry...  I cannot remember everyone!)

The Sem tennis team Pictured Left to right from top Norman LyonsMark Robbins (me), Bill Burak (Urologist), Don Robbbins (Professor at Flagler College,), Tom Christman, Dick Hughes (current President Judge), Joe Kluger (Atty and Borad member on various enterprises), Charle Parkhurst (all everything... even dated two Homecoming Queens), and Coach O.C. Lull (The Sem  courts are now named after him)/   Also in similar years... Rob RobbinsJoe D'agrosaLiz Kluger (Atty), Danny Kluger. and Lisa Caputo (Hilary's former press secretary), Andy Nelson (sadly and tragically decesaed)... and a special shout out to Scott Parkhurst who ranked among the top players and whose twin sons have taken after his dad..

Don Robbins emerged in college... and a match between Charles Parkhurst and Don Robbins match would have been the local equivalent to Nadal / Federer. My opinion was the my brother Don was the best tennis player in local history at the time. His topspin turned a round yellow ball into an egg shape giving it a "kick" that had his opponents feel like they were swatting flies.

No one never matched Don Robbins at the ping pong table either... once again using extraordinary top spin to take out any opponent.

One area fellow after our stint played pro (legitimate USTA) and his name escapes me. His father was on Luzerne County City Council. Other local players that challenged and some who exceeded us in our youth were were Dave Battle, Dave MaCyntire, Joe Kaminski, Bill Ziegler, Jim Blinn, and Judd Davis, Scott Parkhurst, Stan Marchak, Don Cassetori, and Mike Hromchak, and Mike Last (WNEP TV)... and Lisa Caputo, Lynn Swainbank. and Carol Walcavage stood out as the lady players.

Tennis in the Wyoming Valley always felt like a tight knit fraternity. Very colorful people!


Pictured left to right from top: Don Robbins, Andy Neslon, Charles Parkhurst, Don Robbins, Mark Dolph, Danny Kluger, John Wartella, Joe Kluger, Dick Hughes


My brother Don's game (and mine to a lesser extent) took off when he attended Don Budge Tennis Camp where his top spin took form. Both my brother Don and I (Mark Robbins) excelled in athletics and in the classroom. We were both Cum Laude Graduates from Wyoming Semoinary prep school. Don attended William and Mary and I attended Wake Forest where I played 10th (in the ACC) my freshman year. Don played 4th at William and Mary.

I would be remiss if I did not talk about Don's golf exploits. Don was the golf coach at Flagler College for years. Donny actually earned prize money for winning a pro tournament in Florida and is one of the few people capable of beating Steve Spurrier (the ole ball coach). Don described Spurrier as the most competitive person he has met.

THE MIRACLE ADOPTION STORY OF JACK AND BILLY (SONS TO MARK and CAROL ROBBINS)

Wednesday, Sep 9 1999 (7:30 PM) Melbourne, Florida
I arrived home from work at 7:30 after a long day’s work. Carly was just hanging up the telephone as I entered. “Mark, I just got off the phone with Judy Houser… you remember, the social worker that performed the home study for our planned international adoption. She just phoned to tell us that there are 9 month old twin boys available for adoption here in Melbourne. The family traveled here from Tennessee. She wanted to know if we wanted to visit with them and entertain the idea of adopting them.”



For some strange reason, amidst the flurry of work issues in my head, I was able to rapidly assimilate the proposal. It’s the big things I can process such as adopting kids , brain surgery (which I did have for those that don’t know me too well) – but sometimes it’s the little things, like taking out the garbage, that can overwhelm me. In any event… I said “Sure, Carly, it can’t hurt to meet them. We can be over there by 9 PM.”




So off we went. On the drive over, my mind was filled with projections… how would we get clothes/cribs on such short notice? What if we don’t bond with them?… What about my work? … What’s the criteria for choosing children after a single visit.? A tight ball of fear lay in my belly. We entered the room, along with the social worker and an associate from the adoption agency, and warmly introduced ourselves to the birth parents. My immediate impression of the birth parents was that they were gentle, hardworking folks doing the best they could to care for six children. One was asleep in the crib; the other was doing a “backward crab walk” across the bed.


One of the boys was then awakened and Carly and I played with the two boys for an hour – interspersed with questions/answers between the birth parents and us. One of the twins took a real liking to Carly as he sat up in her arms – mesmerized as he stared up at her. We left around 10:30 PM. Being that the birth parents had to soon return to Tennessee and that other couples were interested in meeting the children – we had to make a decision by noon the next day.


Thursday, September 10 1999 (7:00 AM)

Carly and I woke up in a daze. I can remember feeling physically nauseous over the import of the decision we faced. We shuffled and bantered about the house as we readied for the day – both of us resisting the daunting task that lay before us – making a lifetime decision. We were looking for a sign.


Boys two and four at rodeo 

We called our minister and laid out the details in front of him. We certainly did not expect him to make the decision for us, but we were looking for his guidance and validation of our thought process. He helped frame the event from a broader perspective. He helped allay our fears of becoming “instant parents,” as he suggested that parenting is the most demanding job in the world for which few are adequately prepared. He observed that Carly and I were committed and respectful of each other and that we could bring to the boys only that which we have developed in ourselves.

A few minutes later the social worker called to check in with us. It was at this point that it was revealed the boys’ birthdays were December 20 – the same date as our anniversary date. Immediately I thought to myself – “A sign!! … A sign from God!! … They’re ours !! It was also revealed that this day (September 10) was the anniversary date of the passing of my Grandmother. The pieces started falling into place. We had originally planned to go to Russia to adopt two siblings – and here twin boys dropped in our lap. We would adopt them !! 


Thursday, September 10 1999

We contacted our friends and exclaimed, “Can we borrow some children’s car seats right away, we are adopting twin boys in the next half hour!!” After our friends picked up their jaws from the ground, we were provided the car seats and we were off to the adoption agency.

As we were awaiting the paperwork to be processed, we had a chance to spend some more time with the birth parents. Carly and I were flattered to hear that the birth parents were more comfortable with us and had chosen us over other couples who had visited. The obvious question soon arises in people’s minds is “How could they possibly relinquish these two adorable boys?”


My boys and I (Coach of basketball)

Their response was that they simply weren’t able to provide the necessary time and attention that all of their children deserved and still make ends meet. Carol and I accepted the explanation at face value and concluded that their decision was carried out through their hearts and the through the guidance of their God. Carol and I chose to believe that in many respects, they are performing the greatest form of love for their children by doing what they feel will be for the highest good for these two young boys.




Me April 2017

The most emotional moment came at the point of separation. The process was set up so that, though the birth parents met with us, they were never made aware of our names nor our residence. The attorney handling the process, in attempt to substantiate closure and to emphasize that a firm accord had been realized, stated “Please say your good-byes now.”


  My son dressed as a nerd... funniest costume ever !!  

I could feel my heart sink to my stomach. After the parents tearfully planted kisses on the cheeks of the boys, Carly and I, now crying along with the birth parents, embraced them and guaranteed that we would care for the children to the best of our abilities. In the short time we spent with the birth parents, we formed a real kinship and respect for each other and as a result, Carly and I feel tasked to do whatever it takes to provide an environment in which the boys can thrive.


Thursday, September 10, 6:00 PM

Carly and I arrived home with the boys and it quickly became apparent that word had spread about our “acquisitions.” Friends from the neighborhood and our church, as well as Carly's friends from her activities (Junior League, Book Club, Guardian ad Litem program), poured into our home that evening with food, diapers, toys, cribs, playpens, clothes, shoes, highchairs, strollers etc… Carly and I were overwhelmed by the love and support we received. It felt like an Amish barn-raising! We are blessed to have such solid, trusting friends and we couldn’t have been more thankful and appreciative.

 

Next came the immensely pleasurable task of telephoning our families to share the wonderful news. Once the initial shock wore off, their next comment was “When’s the next flight to Melbourne?” Much later that night, with our hearts overflowing, Carly and I retired for bed with the firm belief that all of our needs would be taken care of.

PHOTOS

Namesakes for Billy and Jack (Grandfathers)
Grandparents Judy and Tim Mack (I don't have a picture of)


Can you find my twin boys amidst 9 grand kids at the Mack house (grandparents)?
UPDATE:  Both of my tMy twin boys live in South Florida near their near me (the dad) and are freshmen in college.
Taken at HOME OF JUDY AND TIM MACK


The Boys and their mom


Almost current day



The pictures above was taken minutes after Don and my dad laid eyes upon my newly adopted twin boys.



Me Current day