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CONTACT DONALD HEALY
NATIVE AMERICAN FLAGS
I would like to thank you for spending some time sharing my hobby with me.
The above photo was taken outside Sydney, Australia at a wild animal reserve.
I am holding an orphan baby koala, who in turn is holding a stuffed koala toy
which serves as a "security blanket". One of the advantages of
studying flags is the opportunity for travel. It also gives one a better
understanding of all kinds of people and what is important to them.
Speaking of important, here are pictures of two very special
"consultants"! The black an brown shepard-looking guy is
"Fred", a former stray, the beagle is "Bagel", a graduate
of the Trenton, NJ Animal Shelter and rescued by "Friends of Homeless
Animals"! Both have been extremely tolerant as I spent hours working on
this site. I figured they deserved a plug! They are two very good examples of
why you should visit your local animal shelter when considering adopting a
There were also three feline members of the household, but they have moved
on to the great litter box in the sky - all due to old age.
Quickly, the facts, ma'am, just the facts are:
Single, born December, 1948 in Newark, NJ - Roman Catholic, but not
- St. Benedict's Grammar School, Newark, NJ - in the fabulous Ironbound -
home of the great Newark restaurant district including the world famous
- Essex Catholic High School, Newark NJ Class off '66
- Graduate, Jersey City State College, Jersey City, NJ, BA in Economics,
1970 (now New Jersey City University)
- A&P, Newark & East Orange, NJ (1966-70)
- US Army, 1970-73 - Fort Dix, NJ, Fort Jackson, SC, TUSLOG Det 67,
Cakmakli, Turkey (pronounce that Chock-Mock-lee - please not, "Cack
- State of New Jersey, Dept. of Treasury, Trenton, NJ 1974-1979 - computer
- Fireman's Fund Insurance, San Rafael, CA, 1979-80, systems analyst
- State of New Jersey, Dept. of Treasury – Office of Information
Technology, Trenton, NJ, 1980-present Data Base Analyst (ADABAS &
Oracle), Data Architect – Oracle, supervisor for all Oracle Applications
support DBAs and (eat your heart out!) I work two blocks from my
- Past treasurer & vice president of the South Trenton Area Residents'
- Member Mayor's Select Committee on Resource Recovery (1983)
- Member Trenton Advisory Committee on Community Education (1984)
- Member, past Chair, and past vice-chair Trenton Landmark's Commission
for Historic Preservation (1985-present). "Landmarks" oversees
eight historic districts and almost 50 structures outside the official
- Past president, vice-president and secretary, Trenton Gay & Lesbian
Civic Association (TGLCA)
- Past delegate from TGLCA to the New Jersey Lesbian & Gay Coalition
- Past delegate from TGLCA to the Trenton Council of Civic Associations
- Native American studies - you may have guessed that if you visited the
other parts of the wb site!
- Vexillology - ditto!
- Hand painting toy soldiers - especially Indians and Revolutionary War
figures (living in Trenton, means being fascinated by the Revolution), and
the Civil War. I also collect pre-painted metal soldiers recreating the
spectacular Delhi Durbar of 1902-1903. (I hope to build a web site devoted
to this topic in the near future)
- Palentology - I am still fascinated by dinosaurs and am determined some
year to vacation on a dig out in Montana.
- Travel - have made it to 48 states (all but Alaska and Hawaii), plus
most of Europe, Canada, and have been to Mexico, Australia, New Zealand,
South Africa, the Caribbean and Turkey.
- and I am getting addicted to that stupid FreeCell game and Civl War
Generals II on my PC!!!!!
Member of NAVA since 1974, Corresponding Secretary, 1987-89, President,
Published Vexillological materials:
- "Vexillologically Speaking, New Jersey Needs a New Flag", The
Times-Advertiser, Trenton, NJ, June, 13, 1976.
- "Civic Flags of New Jersey", The Flag Bulletin, Vol. XXII, 2
#99, Mar-Apr 1983.
- "Current Flag Design Trends", The Flag Bulletin, XXV,6 #119,
- "Modern Flag Design Trends" - Report of the 12th International
Congress of Vexillology (1987) - The Flag Bulletin XXVII,1-4, Jan-Aug,
- "Card Collecting, Flags and Canada", Flagscan, (the
publication of the Canadian Flag Association), Vol IV/2 #14, Jun-Aug,
- "Fantasizing the Future of East Germany", Crux Australis
(publication of the Flag Society of Australia), Vol. VI/2#26, April, 1990
"The Dawn of Modern Flag Design", The Flag Bulletin, XXX,5 #141,
- "Tobacco and Tea, Chocolate and Chewing Gum, Vexillology and the
Common Man", Report of the 13th International Congress of Vexillology,
Melbourne, Australia (1989), Crux Australis, 1994
- Evolutionary Vexillography: One Flag's Influence on Modern Design, RAVEN
Don Healy, Bisbee, Az 85603