Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter

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

December  2015  
"Our Time is Now!"     
Issue #140


Okay, okay, we are back on the “Fire-Up Track!”  We are connecting and reconnecting, we have another “Bucket List” challenge, and we also have a tie going into the final month, of “Who Said That?”

So, I don’t forget any Holiday Celebrations, as always, during our annual Christmas, Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, Kwanzaa, Dun Che Lao Ren celebrations and Festivus for the rest of us - I want to wish you all the very best, during your respective holiday period.

Now is not the time to slack off, but it is the time to stay “Fired Up!”  A couple of “Reconnects” and  “Connects” - Bruce and Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin,  Alan and Charlene (Wiper) Swenson, Sharon (Freitas) Peros, Stephen Hanleigh, Trig Horton, Bruce Hellman, Eugene Esposto, Lenore (Felker) Rounsaville, Tom Cameron, Bonnie (Costantini) Philpott, Barbara Costa, Richard “Doc” Durden, Ted Dumke, Mary (Hornung) LaComb, Kit (Jacobson) Hein, Kathy (Lanstyak) Sheffield, Susan (Pezzola) McKeever, Marla (Phillips) Morris, Margaret (Tubia) Horwitz, Linda (Wanke) Rapp, and Mike Galloway (in Thailand).

Who is going to be the next to connect or reconnect with another Classmate?   ... just let me know.  Keep the class/family together!  Age is only a number and as that great philosopher “Pop Eye” once said, “I am what I am” - Aragon Class of 1964 - once a Don, always a Don!  Come on, keep the ambers burning and make a Classmate’s day - contact them!

In regards to the “Bucket List Challenge,” I have a new challenge from Stephen Hanleigh:

“Couple of more things I have filled my bucket with, a 5:00 am solitary vigil on Omaha Beach on June 6, 2004. I was alone, and so were thousands of other people sitting around me...60 years, and the place is still sacred.”


In keeping with a military venue, the day the Vietnam Memorial was open to the public 13 November 1982, I was stationed in the D.C. area and prior to reporting for duty that day I got up at “oh dark thirty,” put on my “Class A” Uniform and drove down to the Memorial Wall.  I was the first one there.  When I left a couple of hours later, there were hundreds of veterans and non-veterans paying respect to our fallen Vietnam Veterans.  I never heard anything from anyone while I was there... except for uncontrollable tears.  I stenciled the name of my combat buddy who had been KIA.  I saluted the Wall, touched the name of my friend etched on the black wall, did an about face and walked away.  To this day that frame with my buddy’s etched name has been hanging on a wall in the Graham home(s)...and every day, I tell him “thank you for your sacrifice” and ask the question - why him and not me? 

“Who Said That?” We now have two Classmates tied.  This month of December will either give us a winner or make a three way tie going into the month of January. The two winners are Maryann (Maskevich) Flanagan and Gary Rocklage.  This is still anyone’s to win.  If Maryann or Gary get in “first” with the “correct answer” they WIN!   If another Classmate gets in first with the correct answer, then we will have a three way tie.  So, then we will have to go on to January to get the first winner in the “Who Said That?” competition.  Once we have a winner, their award will be sent out and then will be announced in the next month’s Newsletter.  We will then start another contest, for the Aragon Class of 1964.  Now is not the time to just do nothing... now is the time to really get “Fired Up” and get ready for what is coming next.  Okay?  Okay!

“Who Said the Following?”

“To me there are three things everyone should do every day.  Number one is laugh.  Number two is think - spend some time in thought.  Number three, you should have your emotions move you to tears.  If you laugh, think and cry, that’s a heck of a day!”



Classmates I need to ask for some assistance.  One of our Classmates has asked if anyone knows anything about the passing of Vance T. Wood;  where, cause of death, and what he did after graduation.  All we have is a confirmed passing in March of 1995, and last known address: P.O. Box 64, Tahoe City, CA. 95730.  Any information, please contact me.  Thank you.

Finally, what do we have for your reading appetite and enjoyment in the December Newsletter? Well, I’m glad you asked, you did ask, didn’t you?  November has been a month with a lot of “ups and downs” to content with, here in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa, etc.  The times they are a changing - at a fast rate.  So, with that being said and the special happens we celebrate in December, I thought I might keep the narrative a little lighter.  Most of you are probably pretty saturated with “media reporting.”  So, let’s just get comfortable and enjoy some not so negative information.  Then you can return to whatever media you desire, but for now, let’s try some of the following:

“A Few Articles from OUR Classmates, Family, & Friends”

Music and dance always seemed to be a big part of our growing period at Aragon, along with going steady with someone for a month or two.  Then it was time to move on, for others - well some got married and are still together - coming up on fifty years of marital bliss!  Add some animals and we have a “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!”  Did I really say that?  I guess I did.  Enough of me, let’s get to the December Newsletter.

Our Newsletter is going to lighten everyone’s load, at least for the time it takes you to check out the December Articles- “Our Time Is Now.”  Let’s take this time to get back with Our Aragon Class of 1964 and enjoy some time together.  What’s that old cliché, oh yeah, your Classmates are like the stars you see every time you look up at the night sky.  You don’t see them all the time, but you know they are there.  All you need to do is stay connected or reconnect.  You know in the long run, we are all here for each other.  It just takes you picking up a phone, using your computer, or maybe - just maybe, a short hand written note.  I think you might be surprised with the contacts you will start up...someone is just waiting to hear from you.  Go for it! 

                             Hooah, Hugs, & “Our Time Is Now,”

“Uptown Funk You UP”

Contributed by
Bob Graham
 (This will bring a smile, some feet moving, and  maybe – singing!)

“39 Years Of 45 RPM Records”

Contributed by
Gary Rocklage
(Enjoy - this will make you feel good; oldies, but real goodies!)

“Top 10 Movie Dance Scenes of All Time”

Contributed by
Peggy Graham
(Sorry, honey, did I step on your feet?  Bob to Peggy or is that Peggy to Bob?)

“A Prodigy”

Contributed by
Sharon (Freitas) Peros
(This is some story, do you know about Akiane?)

 “Our History In Two Incredible Minutes”

Contributed by
Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
(Seen before, but a request for our start into 2016 - what’s next?)

“Some Great Memories From The Movies”

Contributed by
Gary Rocklage
(How many of these did you remember?)

“The Majestic Clydesdales”

Contributed by
Bob Graham
(How cool are these clydesdales?  Watch them all - full screen!)

“The Bright Side”

Contributed by
Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
(You will not take things for granted again!)

“Enjoy These Happy Pictures”

Contributed by
Ted Dumke
(Click on the picture to bring another one up – smile!)

“Police Dog Humor”

Contributed by
Jake & Honor Graham
(Just enjoy and keep your smile on, woof – woof!)

Greatest Beer Run Ever

Contributed by
John “Chickie” Donohue
(What a story! “Chickie” goes to Vietnam to find his 3 buddies!)

“Old Man Dance”

Contributed by
Old Man Bob
(My hero, if I can walk at that age - I will be happy!)

Dobie Friendzy

Contributed by
Jake & Honor Graham
(What a great family reunion!)

A Gift that Will Make You Smile

Contributed by
Peggy Graham
(You may have seen this before, but you will smile again!)

The Best of Times

Contributed by
Bruce Ahlvin
(Oh - the memories, our era.)

Animal Crackers

Contributed by
Alan & Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
(Oldie and a true goodie - “Alan, Alan, Alan”)

Send In The Clowns

Contributed by
Gary Rocklage
(Where are the clowns now?)

Two Young Singers

Contributed by
Stevie Graham
(These two will raise you up - you will remember them!)

“Here’s A Good Laugh!”

Contributed by
Gary Rocklage
(This guy is crazy - with
Ronald Reagan & Tip O'Neil laughing together hysterically!)





1 - Eat a Red Apple Day - World Aids Awareness Day.
2 - National Fritters Day.
3 - National Roof over Your Head Day.
4 – Santa’s List Day - Wear Brown Shoes Day.
5 - Bathtub Party Day - Repeal Day - Stevie’s Birthday.

6 - Hanukkah begins at Sundown - St. Nicholas Day - Mitten Tree Day - Put on your own Shoes Day.
7 - Pearl Harbor Day - International Civil Aviation Day - Letter Writing Day - 7 National Cotton Candy Day - Jake’s Birthday.
8 - National Brownie Day - Take it in the Ear Day.
9 - Christmas Card Day - National Pastry Day.

10 - Human Rights Day.
11 - National Noodle Ring Day.
12 - National Ding-a-Ling Day - Poinsettia Day.
13 - Ice Cream Day - International Children's Day - Violin Day.
14 - National Bouillabaisse Day.

15 - Bill of Rights Day - National Lemon Cupcake Day.
16 - National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.
17 - National Maple Syrup Day.
18 - Bake Cookies Day - National Roast Suckling Pig Day.
19 - Look for an Evergreen Day - Oatmeal Muffin Day.

20 - Go Caroling Day.
21 - Winter Begins - Forefather's Day - Humbug Day - National Flashlight Day - Look on the Bright Side Day.
22 - National Date Nut Bread Day.
23 - Festivus - Roots Day.
24 - National Chocolate Day - National Egg Nog Day.

25 - Christmas Day - National Pumpkin Pie Day.

26 - Kwanzaa Begins - Boxing Day.
27 - Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day - National Fruitcake Day.
28 - Card Playing Day.
29 - Pepper Pot Day.
30 - National Bicarbonate of Soda Day.
31 - New Year's Eve - Make Up Your Mind Day - Unlucky Day.

Thank You to the Aragon Class of 1964!  Well, another year has come and gone.  Who would have ever thought that we would have ever come from 1946 to 2016!  Wow, the changes seem to be coming even faster.  But, we are still here and really just getting started!  I hope we continue to stay in contact, throughout next year.  Thank You All for your help and assistance throughout the years.  A special thanks to Stephen Hanleigh and Bonita Beck for allowing a “thought” eleven years ago to become a reality [website!].  Happy holidays and a great 2016 to all.  In closing I would like to leave you with the following:

“There are big ships and there are small ships, but there is nothing better than Friendship.”  
~  Ms. Anon


Hooah, Hugs, A Great New Year, & We Will Talk Again In January,
 Your Classmate, Bob



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