When the phrase “encyclopedic mind” is mentioned, we are happy to say that we still think first of people rather than of computers and their search engines. And one of the first people we think of is Edward Tenner, the author and science and cultural historian who is a prominent figure in Princeton’s creative community.

Tenner has written for U.S. 1 before, including a cover story on little known facts about the most common piece of office equipment — that office chair in which many of you are sitting. That was in the October 15, 1997, issue. He wrote for us again on April 11, 2012, on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, in an article that offered “a reader’s guide to the disaster and its aftermath.”

This past April, just two days after the horrific sinking of the Korean ferry boat, Tenner published an op-ed in the online edition of the New York Times, suggesting possible underlying causes of the tragedy and illuminating a growing field of study known as “evacuation dynamics,” which he described as “the intersection of physics, engineering, architecture, and social psychology.”

The question we have always had is how does Tenner do it? How does he acquire the information that is the basis of his knowledge and how does he stitch it all together into such coherent essays? Tenner shares at least part of his recipe for maximizing the resources of Google and other Internet search engines in this week’s cover story, beginning on page 25. And he will share more insights, we are sure, at this lecture at the Plainsboro Public Library on Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m. His topic: “How to Get the Most Out of Google.”

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On behalf of the Plainsboro Business Partnership, (PBP) a joint venture with the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce (PRCC), we want to thank the sponsors, organizers, and individuals who contributed to the success of Plainsboro’s third annual Business Showcase. With the addition of a musical performance (Long Live the Beatles by the Mahoney Brothers) and food vendors, (offerings from smoothies and salads to ribs, pizza, and cupcakes), the event attracted 500-plus business and community attendees, and the feedback has been phenomenally positive!

This event was made possible through the support of Mayor Peter Cantu, the community outreach by the Plainsboro Public Library, the Plainsboro Business Community and the Plainsboro Recreation Department. Kudos to Recreation Director Lenny Celluro, who effectively coordinated traffic control and parking, contributing to the ease and enjoyment of the event.

Thank you to our title sponsor, 1st Constitution Bank, and to other sponsors: Onyx Equities, Princeton-Plainsboro Hospital, Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center, Sharbell Building Company, Prometheus Publishing/BartsBooks, Mer­wick Care & Rehabilitation Center, Speaking that Connects, Dasan Building Group, and Great Clips at Plainsboro Village.

Plainsboro continues to have a thriving business community that makes it a great place to live.

Eileen N. Sinett, Chair

Speaking That Connects

Kurtis Baker, Vice Chair

Alternative Mortgage & Investment

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