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Between the Lines
Maybe you have seen the gentleman in the morning rush
hour, swaying and posturing in the plaza of Princeton University’s
Woodrow Wilson School off Washington Road, seemingly oblivious to
the traffic grinding just yards away from him, his body movements
echoing the soaring columns behind him.
"It must be Tai Chi, or something like that," our boss
as he passed the serene exerciser morning after morning. Our boss
isn’t much of a physical fitness nut but he was impressed by this
scene. So, when it came time to cast a cover photograph for this
U.S. 1 Health & Fitness Directory, the order went forth: Find a
arts practitioner who is also part of the business community and ask
them to meet photographer Craig Terry at the Woodrow Wilson School
Melinda Sherwood of our staff, who rode herd on the Health & Fitness
Directory this year, put out the call to a half dozen fitness and
martial arts schools. Within hours a nomination came in from the
Academy of Martial Arts. Joanne Shu, an employee of Merck in Rahway,
practices the Indonesian martial arts discipline Pentjak Silat weekly
at the martial arts school. And yes, she would be happy to be
Shu, a 1992 West Chester graduate with a degree in chemistry and
originally considered medical school. "But I found I wasn’t much
of a people person," she says. "I liked the research better
than the clinical side." So now she is working for Merck and
the pressures of her job and daily commute — from her home in
Morrisville, Pennsylvania, to her office in Rahway — with doses
of the martial arts.
Her workouts are not intended to turn her into a combatant. With
Shu says, "you don’t need a lot of body strength. You use the
other person’s energy to perform `sweeps’ and `throws’ and
Adds Shu: "I like the focus and the discipline and the
I’m just interested in the journey."
One of the advertising features in the Health & Fitness Directory
(page 61) helps explain this growing interest in the martial arts.
"The martial arts provide us a greater understanding of ourselves
through the practice of the art, just like the painter, the dancer,
the entertainer," says Denis James of James Karate Self Defense studio
in Ewing. "It’s not about the medium. It’s about what we discover
through using that medium."
In salute to our health and fitness theme, this issue also contains
Tricia Fagan’s stories of two men who have undergone their own
— Jim Clingham’s recovery from heart disease (page 47) and Gerry
Schwab’s survival of a heart attack and his transformation into an
advocate for more health education in the workplace (page 51).
Along the way Melinda Sherwood provides vignettes of the stress relief
techniques of a half dozen Princeton area business leaders. Like the
community itself, the preferred forms of relieving stress are
multi-faceted — everything from karate to yelling to crying at the
And what about that man at the Woodrow Wilson School — who is
he and what’s his journey? We don’t know. Since our last sighting,
alas, Washington Road has been closed in one direction to facilitate
safer pedestrian crossings and other improvements — and in the
process it has been turned into a commuter’s nightmare. Our boss
it like the plague. Oh well, signs of progress are not necessarily
signs of fitness.
A little more than two years ago U.S. 1’s Barbara Fox
warned employers not to take too seriously the faxed solicitations
they were getting, urging them to purchase legal posters advising
workers of the many laws and regulations that govern the workplace.
Those solicitations warned of hefty fines if an employer failed to
post such notices. But — Fox determined — both the federal
and state departments of labor feel they have more pressing issues
to face in the workplace. A federal spokesperson decried the
tactics" and pointed out that all the posters can be obtained
Now comes an even more impressive and official-looking notice in one
of those envelopes sealed on three sides, with a warning to the
that "if undeliverable as addressed, please refer to section 150
of the official DMM." Inside is an austere "Compliance
citing state and federal requirements. And inside that is the real
meat, the sales offer for "space saver, all in one" posters
ranging from $19.95 to $99.95, marked down from $199.95.
Readers surely are reaching for their wallets, but again our advice
from two years ago: It is far more important to follow the letter
of the law than to merely post letters regarding the law.
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