Last year's bombing hardly ruins Boston Marathon for local doc, son

Norwalk duo among 36,000 runners who competed.
Aaron Krause
Apr 23, 2014


This year, Norwalk physician Dr. James Kasten had just a fleeting thought at the site of the Boston Marathon.

But the thought about a repeat terrorist attack raced from Kasten's mind -- maybe as fast as some of the 36,000 runners were moving toward the finish line during what Kasten described as a spirited, exhilarating Boston Marathon.

His son —James Kasten Jr., a 2006 Norwalk High School graduate and Ph.D. computer science student at the University of Michigan — high-fived children lining the route.

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Kasten.. you are cool and your kid is real nice....BUT
What, did you raise a professional career student?
I realized a man with a great established private business could find the time to train, but often wondered how a young man mid 20's found the time.. Now i can put the pieces together.
Anyways good job.
I finished ahead of you in a half marathon, not sure if i will ever even try a full so hats off to ya.


ok, what was the point of this comment? dude's got more money than you'll see in your lifetime so you take a swing at your interpretation of James furthering his education instead of settling for a p.o.s. job like the rest of us? then throw in a "I finished ahead of you"? you reek of envy, dude. it is extremely comical. oh, but hats off to ya. ;-}


Dude, i have raced side by side him, sprinted to the end before, laughed. so as far as the comp wouldn't understand.
Heck he delv. a kid of mine..
then the dad side of me kicks in and all i do is speak what many are thinking...
26-27 and still in school? Phd in computer science.. what a profession hacker?... when does that career require actual practice in the real world to make a paycheck..?
and as far as money.. my quality of life is still better than most..
so i don't have a big problem there

Cliff Cannon

@postscript: You should be, and obviously are, one proud dad---- who leads a fine family. Really enjoyed your spirited defense here. Thanks for showing us the results of a father who cares. Proud to know you.


Thank you, Cliff. Would you mind removing our email address? We posted it inadvertently.


My son, James Jr., is a self-sufficient young man. His field of computer science security is in high demand. He has been fully funded by the NSF (National Science Foundation) and the University since leaving undergrad. This covers all his tuition expenses and provides him with a generous stipend, not to mention his high-paying summer internships (last year at Raytheon). PhDs in Computer Science can take up to 6 years to complete, so actually, at the age of 25, he's right on track. Eventually, I think his goal is to become a college professor, and that requires a PhD. He ran cross country for Norwalk, then continued on a collegiate level for Vanderbilt. I don't think it's so much the time to train, as it is a way of life. I think he just likes to run.


This all got waaaaay out of hand.. I was not meaning for all this to go so far.. way out of content.

But i have an opinion, and it isn't always what people "want" to hear but all you said sounds great
but i (my opinion) seriously feel people who seek professor/teacher who go from classes straight to teaching a trade are individuals who do nothing more than regurgitate what they have learned with no real experience in the private sector, just text book... or as many say.. couldn't make it in the real world... so they just once again regurgitate.
I do know many find it gratifying. but really???... others wonder