Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter


Classmates & Friends of Aragon 1964, Contributors of all Articles
Bonita Beck, Publisher                                         Bob Graham, Editor

September 2015 “Summer's Almost Gone”     Issue #137




We have made progress! I have gone to a “super charged flux capacitor” for receiving your e-mails.  I have heard from Classmates regarding a Bucket List, Staying Connected and
Reconnecting.  Also, we have a published author and a Classmate receiving national recognition for her work in the Mental Health Arena.  So, hang on and let’s hear about our Classmates!

•  Ted Dumke, author of the newly released book...”Family Secrets, A San Francisco Saga.”  If any of you want to contact Ted, his e-mail address is: or by phone at:  (650) 345-1520.  I know many of you have reached out to him.  Ted will be speaking about his recent novel at the Belmont Chamber of Commerce “Breakfast Speakers Series” on September 2nd from 7:30 to 9:00 am.  Great going and great read Ted!

•  Kathy (Lanstyak) Sheffield, a National Award Winner in the field of Mental Health for Hawaii.  The article is written by her longtime friend, Charlene (Wiper) Swenson.

“North Coast Calling Hawaii”
Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
“Have you ever heard of NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness or Mental Health America?

We have a classmate who was awarded the Mental Health Mahalo Award this past May along with five other nominees. The Mental Health America of Hawaii presented the Mahalo Award to Kathy Lanstyak Sheffield at a luncheon hosted by Mental Health America of Hawaii. Alan and I just happened to be in Oahu and were able to share this special day with Kathy, her son Josh and 250 plus members and various local and state officials attending the award presentation. The 10th Annual Awards were held at the Ala Moana Hotel in downtown Honolulu.

Kathy’s touching acceptance speech brought tears and emotional applause from all, especially me. I have never been so proud of my dear friend who I call my sister.

Kathy is the founder of the Kauai Affiliate of NAMI and provides
education and support to families with loved ones who suffer from mental illness. Kathy has walked side by side through the journey of her son’s illness, advocating for his treatment and recovery. Much love to you my Sister!”

•  Sandi (Picone) Murray has Reconnected with Sue (Pezzola) McKeever.

•  Bruce and Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin have Reconnected with Bob and Peggy Graham. They will be visiting LV in the next few months.

•  Sandi (Picone) Murray got the word on the “Bucket List” and says that she is “blessed to have checked off all her items.” Her top three items took me to task on the “bucket list” challenge!
Sandi’s top three are:  #1 South African Safari, #2 Kenya & Tanzania Safari, and #3 Trip to the Galapagos Islands. Outstanding “Bucket List” - Sandi! Well, in keeping with my word, here are three of my bucket list items in “no certain priority.” When I was much younger, I had an extremely short list, with only three items: Corvette, Three Piece Suite, and a Doberman. The more mature list, starting in my mid 30’s: travel to #44 of the #50 United States (#6 more to go), own and ride a Harley Davidson Motorcycle (lots of fun - done), and Run a Marathon (#10, all in Korea - done).  I have a few more items, to complete my list. I’m like Sandi in that I feel blessed that I have only a few items left, although I keep adding to the I may never get finished - BUT THAT’S OK!

• Finally, who said the following? 

“The difference between school and life?  In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test.  In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.”  

Just e-mail me the answer (*special recognition in the January 2016 Newsletter - so, get the “correct answer” in “first!):

Now that the ice has cracked, let’s try and keep this going a little longer than ONE TIME, how about EACH MONTH - OK? - OK!

                                                Hooah, Hugs, & Together - We Will Continue to be that
                                                Special Aragon Class of 1964,         

“The US Navy Meets
the Jersey Boys”

Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[Anchors away, my brothers!]

“Rose And Her Game”
Contributed by Peggy Graham
[I’m dizzy and tired!]

“Philosophy For Old Age”
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
[There sure are a lot of items about us getting older?@#$!]

“Deer Crossing”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[Really?  Hello, anyone there?]


“Too Busy For A Friend”   
Contributed by Kathy (Lanstyak) Sheffield
[Never too busy]

“The Bridge At Q’eswachaka”
Contributed by Peggy Graham
[Wow, what a job!]


“Golden Retriever Shows Puppy How...”
Contributed by Gavin Graham
[I love Jake and Honor best!]

“Adult Science Quiz”

Contributed by Bob Graham
[I think I passed...that’s all I’m saying.]

“Pick A Card”

Contributed by Stevie Graham
[How did he do that?]

“Happy Dogs At The Beach”
Contributed by
Jake & Honor Graham
[Happy, happy, happy
- long nap!]

“Mensa Invitational - Just Change One Letter”
Contributed by Bonita Beck
[Big difference!]

The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding,  subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1.         Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially
             impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2.         Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3.         Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your
            money to start with.
4.         Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5.         Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from
            penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the
            near future.
6.         Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
7.         Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
8.         Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
9.         Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10.       Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
11.       Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right?
            And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
12.       Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that
            are good for you.
13.       Glibido: All talk and no action.
14.       Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at
            you rapidly.
15.       Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked
            through a spider web.
16.       Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in
            the morning and cannot be cast out.
17.       Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

And the winners are:  

1.         Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2.         Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3.         Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4.         Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5.         Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6.         Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7.         Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
8.         Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9.         Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by
            a steamroller.
10.       Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
11.       Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
12.       Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13.       Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
14.       Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15.       Frisbeetarianism, n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets
            stuck there.
16.       Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.



Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
[A life saver & a great buddy]

“A Baby Horse”

Contributed by Gavin Graham
[is that really a horse?]

“7 Reasons Not To Mess With Children”

Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[I thought there were a lot more than #7!]

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.  The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible the little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah."               

The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to Hell?”               

The little girl replied, "Then you ask him ".

A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.  The girl replied, "I'm drawing God."  The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like.”
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute."

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to "honor" thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?"
Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, "Thou shall not kill."

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?"  Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.  "Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'
A small voice at the back of the room rang out, " And there's the teacher, she's dead."

A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, "Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face."  

"Yes," the class said.  "Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position, the blood doesn't run into my feet?"
A little fellow shouted, "Cause your feet ain't empty."

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple : "Take only ONE. God is watching." Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.

A child had written a note, "Take all you want. God is watching the apples.


“The Bulldog and the Orangutan”
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
[I may have to get an orangutan for our dog! What do you think, Judy?]


“Texting and Driving - A Sad Story”
Contributed For All Of US
[A life is changed in one glance!]

“Lamborghini Changes Color - Just Add Water”
Contributed by Bruce Hellman
[How cool is that?]

“Bridge Over Troubled Water”
Contributed by Simon and Garfunkel
[Madison Square Garden 2009 - a blast from the past!]

Contributed by Ted Dumke
[A sad story, with a great ending!]

Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
[A Marine and a prayer answered…]

“It Is Dog Time” 

Contributed by Bob Graham
[I am a dog lover for all #20 reasons]


“Samsung Safety Truck”

Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[How great an invention is this?]


“Operating Room Of The Future”
Contributed by
Dr. Kobi Vortman
[Here is some more outstanding technology!]


“Since We Just Talked About The Future...”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[“I’ll take two of these right now!” - Rock, the Durango will leave, bring on the commuter car!]


“Dogs Never Die - There Just Sleeping In Your Heart”

Contributed by Jake & Honor Graham
[My heart is full, great story!]




1   ̶   Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator.
2   ̶   VJ Day, WWII.
3   ̶   Skyscraper Day.
4   ̶   Newspaper Carrier Day.

5   ̶   Be Late for Something Day - Cheese Pizza Day.
6   ̶   Fight Procrastination Day - Read a Book Day.

7   ̶   Labor Day, First Monday of month - Neither Rain nor Snow Day.
8   ̶   International Literacy Day - National Date Nut Bread Day - Pardon Day.
9   ̶   Teddy Bear Day.

10   ̶   Sewing Machine Day - Swap Ideas Day.
11   ̶   911 Remembrance (we will never forget!) - Make Your Bed Day - No News is Good News Day.
12   ̶   Chocolate Milk Shake Day   ̶   National Video Games Day.
13   ̶   Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown   ̶   Defy Superstition Day   ̶   Fortune Cookie Day   ̶   Grandparent's Day   ̶   National Peanut Day   ̶   National Pet Memorial Day   ̶   Positive Thinking Day   ̶   Uncle Sam Day.
14   ̶   National Cream-Filled Donut Day.

15   ̶   Make a Hat Day   ̶   Felt Hat Day.
16   ̶   American Legion Day   ̶   Collect Rocks Day   ̶   Step Family Day
- Mayflower Day   ̶   Mexican Independence Day   ̶   National Play Doh Day
  ̶   Working Parents Day.
17   ̶   Citizenship Day   ̶   Constitution Day   ̶   National Apple Dumpling Day.
18   ̶   POW/MIA Recognition Day (we will never forget!)   ̶   National Cheeseburger Day.
19   ̶   International Talk Like A Pirate Day   ̶   National Butterscotch Pudding Day   ̶   Oktoberfest.

20   ̶   National Punch Day   ̶   National Women's Friendship Day.
21   ̶   International Peace Day   ̶   Miniature Golf Day   ̶   World Gratitude Day.
22   ̶   Yom Kippur begins at sundown   ̶   Business Women's Day   ̶   Elephant Appreciation Day.
23   ̶   Autumn begins   ̶   Checkers Day   ̶   Dog in Politics Day.
24   ̶   National Cherries Jubilee Day.

25   ̶   National Comic Book Day   ̶   Native American Day.
26   ̶   International Rabbit Day   ̶   Johnny Appleseed Day.
27   ̶   Crush a Can Day.
28   ̶   Ask a Stupid Question Day   ̶   National Good Neighbor Day.
29   ̶   Confucius Day: Get a Fortune Cookie.

30   ̶   National Mud Pack Day.

                                                     “Once A Don, Always A Don,”
                                                             Your Classmate, Bob 

PS:   Once again, Thank You to All Classmates and Friends of the Aragon Class of 1964;  who continue to share Articles, Connect, Reconnect, Share accomplishments, Answer “Who Said That?” To Sandi   ̶   Thanks for “opening the door” to the “bucket list challenge.” Okay, it is time, to take the time, to get involved - FIRE UP!  Eleven months ago I saw that emotion at the 50th Reunion.  Enjoy life and have a Great September!  We will come together once again in October...that will be the start of OUR #12th Year of K.Y.F... ’64 and #138 monthly Newsletters. Great Going Aragon Class of 1964 - I told YOU, WE ARE SPECIAL!




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