Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter

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

July 2016               "USA's Legacy?"               Issue #147

Happy Fourth of July!


We have lots to discuss, so welcome back and how are you all doing?...  Well I hope.  As I sit here at the “K.Y.F...’64 Center” with Jake on one side and Honor on the other, it is time to put the 147th “newsletter-puzzle” together.  Your articles will be sorted and put into a respective area of the Newsletter.  Once that is accomplished, then Bonita will work her “magic” and turn out a professional product for your information and enjoyment.  Thank you, Classmates, for the articles.  Thank you, Bonita for working your magic and thank you, Steve, for making a dream from more than a dozen years ago become a reality.

Before we move on, I feel, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the following:

• The Pulse Bar in Orlando, Florida - 49 dead and 53 more injured, from the LGBT Community...FBI Special Agent (S/A) in charge has said: “Shooter pledged ISIS Allegiance.” S/A also stated that gunman “may have leanings” to radical Islamic terrorism and Jihadist ideology. 

• The Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida - the two year old boy, Lane Graves, who was killed after an alligator attack in the Lagoon.  

• The former star of NBC’s “The Voice” Christina Grimmie was shot by a man who walked up to her after her performance in Orlando, FL.  Christina was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and died a few hours later. 

• Southern California Wild Fires - thousands of acres are burning in the Los Angeles suburbs.  To any of our Classmates that are around these areas, or have family or friends that are, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. 

As much as we would all like to live in harmony, it is events like those above that bring “US” the estimated  330 million citizens together... Stronger, resolute and more transparent than any group of the 535 people in Congress.  Of course, that doesn’t include the entire three (3) branches of the government:

            • Executive - President and about “5,000 workers.” 
Major Players: 5,001

            • Legislative - Senate “100” and House of Representatives “435 members.”  
Major players: 535

            • Judicial -
                        Supreme Court “9” (now at 8, because of the death of Antonin Scalia),
                        Lower Courts: Appellate Courts “179”, District Courts “678.”
                        A guess of the number employed by the Judicial Branch: “10 to 20 thousand.”
Major players: 866

            *Are we represented?    YOU make the call:

“330,000,000 estimated of “US”  -  what IS our Legacy?”

Hooah, Hugs & “USA’s Legacy?” Bob


OK, are we ready to move forward?  Before we move into your articles for July, let’s review a few of the important events from June’s Newsletter.

Connections and Reconnections (C&R):    
Once again, another strong point for the Classmates, both in Connections and Reconnections.  June’s C&R’s proved to be the glue that is keeping us together and staying connected.  More Classmates are “reaching out,” and that is GREAT!

Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition (WST- MQA):    
Produced our first semi-annual winner; and the WINNER is GARY ROCKLAGE! Check out the picture below:

We had about two dozen Classmates that took the June Challenge and the WINNER to start off the 2nd semi-annual competition for the below quote was Lenore (Felker) Rounsaville!


The answer was Lauren Bacall, and the movie was “To Have and Have Not.” Great job Lenore!

July’s “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST- MQA) is: 




If this is to succeed (B/L) I need your help for the August and any future Newsletters.  Without your assistance, I will have to retire the (B/L) section of the Monthly Newsletter.  On a final plea, I know that many of you have some great stories and adventures.  How do I know?  Check your Bios.  Please share them with your Classmates and let’s keep this section alive. 

At the time of many of my Bucket List Adventures, I don’t think the term “Bucket List” was even being used.  But, during my almost 70 years of life experiences I have placed my events in order of importance to me. 

January 2, 1965 my Dad surprised me with tickets for the East - West Shrine, 40th Anniversary Game, played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.  I really enjoyed playing Football, so many of my “early on” heroes were in the football arena, College and NFL. 

At that time after the game, people had the opportunity to go down on the field and get autographs, shake hands & even talk to their Heroes.  My hero since I started playing football at Burlingame H.S.  was a guy named Richard Marvin Butkus.  I wore his number at CSM - 51.  Most people know him as Dick Butkus!

He played at the University of Illinois and was one of the greatest linemen of modern football, both on offense and defense.  Twice All America and Big Ten’s MVP in 1963.  Dick Butkus was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the NFL to play Linebacker.  He was 6’3” - 245  pounds.  He was in enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1979.

In August of 2007, for our 40th wedding anniversary, Peggy surprised me with a “Sit Down - Talk, Picture & Signed Football” from Richard Marvin “Dick” Butkus!  He remains in my top 3 on my Bucket List.   A short video of  my football hero &  how he played the game:   link here.

*Who is going to come through for the August (B/L)?

*POLITICS:   What would you like to say?  AUG.  SEPT.  & OCT.  Newsletters will publish YOUR political thoughts.  DEM., REP, INDEP, SOC, whatever YOU want to discuss.  We want to hear from YOU... let’s exchange, explore, exam other views. 

*We will also continue to cover & publish the other topics that you send in each month.

A Final Understanding:   On a personal note “I have no desire to tell you who to vote for or that one candidate is better than the other,  but I would like to express my perspective on voting.  I have made the calls to the families, escorted bodies to Angel Flight for their final destination, and placed our flag in the hands of tearful family members...  “This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation and the United States Army as a token of appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service.”  Then Taps is played and the Firing Team, (usually number 8 on the team), each fires three times, (three volleys).  You never get used to what I have just described!

My request is very simple - JUST VOTE!  Please don’t sit out any VOTE.  If you have been to Arlington or any other Military Cemetery, we cannot let all those “White Granite Headstones” be lost to our memories.  Our HEROES, who died to give us the right to VOTE, need to be respected in death, as they were in life  ̶  don’t let their sacrifices be for naught.   

                                                            Hooah, Hugs & “USA’s Legacy?” Bob

A Preview Of July’s Newsletter,“USA’s Legacy?:”

• Graduation
• Congresswoman
• The World
• Create A Flag
• The Power of  9
• I Hear...But
• A Common
• Point of View
• Winners
• 3 of a Kind
• One Dollar
• Ramblings
• Fergus

An 8th Grade Graduation”   Contributed by Peggy Graham  [A young man - check him out!]

“You Go Representative Tammy Duckworth”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[Listen to this story and we wonder why the VA is still a mess!]

Congresswomen Duckworth was brilliant and brings to mind the fact that she is a real war hero.  She held the rank of Captain and was a helicopter pilot.  Her helicopter was shot down over Iraq and she lost both of her legs and use of her right arm.

Mr. Castillo's business received $500 million dollars in federal business because he claimed he was a disabled veteran.  Mr. Castillo's injury consists of hurting his foot while playing football at an elite college prep school!  He never served a day in the service of his country, but he claimed playing football at a college prep ROTC was the same as an injury in combat!
Watch what Duckworth says to Mr.  Castillo, who has made millions from his "disabled veteran status", while real disabled veterans live under viaducts and in alleys because of what they saw or did in the defense of this nation.

Give her four minutes to set this guy up before belittling him in front of a congressional hearing.  … the speaker of the meeting let her talk longer than allotted regular time!

“The World Is Mine”
Contributed by Stevie Graham
[My mom and dad taught me not to whine!]

Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman and wished I were as beautiful.  When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle.  She had one leg and used a crutch.  But as she passed, she passed a smile.  Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.  I have two legs; the world is mine. 

I stopped to buy some candy.  The lad who sold it had such charm.  I talked with him, he seemed so glad.  If I were late, it'd do no harm.  And as I left, he said to me, "I thank you, you've been so kind.  It's nice to talk with folks like you.  You see," he said, "I'm blind." Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.  I have two eyes; the world is mine.
Later while walking down the street, I saw a child that I knew.  He stood and watched the others play, but he did not know what to do.  I stopped a moment and then I said, “Why don't you join them dear?"  He looked ahead without a word.  I forgot, he couldn't hear.  Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.  I have two ears; the world is mine.
With feet to take me where I'd go.
With eyes to see the sunset's glow.
With ears to hear what I'd know.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.  I've been blessed indeed, the world is mine.
If this poem makes you feel thankful, just forward it to your friends.  After all, it's just a simple reminder that we have so much to be thankful for! Give the gift of love.  It never comes back empty! I have been truly blessed with AWESOME FRIENDS.

 “Boy Creates A Flag For A Class”  Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp [Outstanding school project]

The Power of a 9 Year Old Boy”   Contributed by Ted Dumke   [What a great kid!]

I Hear That, But I Can’t See Them”  Contributed by Kathy (Lanstyak) Sheffield  [An amazing man!]

A Common Soldier”   Contributed by Gary Rocklage  [A member of the greatest generation!]

An English Point of View on the Islam Religion”  Contributed by Ted Dumke  [Another point of view - what do you think?]

“Here Are The Winners”
Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
[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 sex.
7.      Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
8.      Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
9.      Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease.  (This one got extra credit.)
10.    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.
11.    Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
12.    Glibido: All talk and no action.
13.    Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
14.    Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
15.    Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
16.    Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.

[Editor's Addition:     Morush (v.):  Crush on a guy you’re old enough to be the mother of!!]

Ed, Rex The Dog, and Hummer The Hummingbird”  Contributed by Charlene (Wiper)  Swenson [3 of a kind, for keeps.]

“If I Had a Dollar...”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[Just a dollar Gary?]

If I had a dollar for every girl that found me unattractive, they'd eventually find me attractive.

I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom, until they're flashing behind you.

Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool, so I gave him a glass of water.

I changed my password to "incorrect" so whenever I forget it the computer will say, "Your password is incorrect."

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

I'm great at multitasking--I can waste time, be unproductive, and procrastinate all at once.

If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.

Never tell your problems to anyone, because 20 percent don't care and the other 80 percent are glad you have them.

Doesn't expecting the unexpected mean that the unexpected is actually expected?

Take my advice — I'm not using it.

My X and I were happy for twenty years; then we met.

I hate it when people use big words just to make themselves sound perspicacious.

Hospitality is the art of making guests feel like they're at home when you wish they were.

Television may insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

I bought a vacuum cleaner six months ago and so far all it's been doing is gathering dust.

Every time someone comes up with a foolproof solution, along comes a more-talented fool.

I'll bet you $4,567 you can't guess how much I owe my bookie.

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you'll have trouble putting on your pants.

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

Ever stop to think and forget to start again?

When I married Ms. Right, I had no idea her first name was Always.

My Ex got 8 out 10 on her driver's test - the other two guys managed to jump out of the way.

There may be no excuse for laziness, but I'm still looking.

Women spend more time wondering what men are thinking than men spend thinking.

Give me ambiguity or give me something else.

He who laughs last thinks slowest.

Is it wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly?

Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type.

I was going to give him a nasty look, but he already had one.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

The grass may be greener on the other side but at least you don't have to mow it.

I like long walks, especially when they're taken by people who annoy me.

I was going to wear my camouflage shirt today, but I couldn't find it.

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep.

If tomatoes are technically a fruit, is ketchup a smoothie?

Money is the root of all wealth.

No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

“Ramblings of a Retired Mind”
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
[Yes you are getting to be that age and you are not alone!]

I found this timely, because today I was in a store that sells sunglasses, and only sunglasses.  A young lady walks over to me and asks, "What brings you in today?"  I looked at her and said, "I'm interested in buying a refrigerator."  She didn't quite know how to respond.   Am I getting to be that age?

I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped on to their belt or purse.   I can't afford one.   So I'm wearing my garage door opener.

You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized
that people didn't like me anyway.

I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans!

I was thinking about old age, and decided that old age is when you still have something on the ball but you are just too tired to bounce it.

I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age and call it 'Pumping Rust'.

When people see a cat's litter box they always say, 'Oh, have you got a cat?' Just once I want to say, 'No, it's for company!'

Employment application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency.  
I think you should write, 'An ambulance.'

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older.  Then it dawned on me.  They're cramming for their finals.

As for me, I'm just hoping God grades on the curve.

Birds of a feather flock together and then crap on your car.

The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.  In case you never noticed, the Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.

The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

Did you ever notice:  When you put the 2 words 'The' and 'IRS' together it spells theirs.

Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Some people try to turn back their "odometers."  Not me.   I want people to know 'why' I look this way.  I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved.

You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Ah!  Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

Fergus The Barber’s Dog”  Contributed by Jake & Honor Graham  [If you liked part 1... go on to 2, 3 & 4 - you will enjoy!]



JULY (National Hot Dog Month) - DATES TO REMEMBER:

1:     Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day - International Joke Day.
2:     I Forgot Day - World UFO Day.
3:     Build A Scarecrow Day - Compliment Your Mirror Day - Disobedience Day
- Stay out of the Sun Day.
4:     Independence Day

- National Country Music Day - Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
[Did that on the 21st of June, 115 degrees in Las Vegas!].
5:     Work-a-holics Day.
6:     National Fried Chicken Day - International Kissing Day
[Just trying to get that chicken grease off your lips]. 
7:     Chocolate Day [Wow this is my month!]   National Strawberry Sundae Day.
8:     Video Games Day.
9:      National Sugar Cookie Day [Okay, I’ll be quiet].
10:     Teddy Bear Picnic Day.
11:     Cheer up the Lonely Day - World Population Day.
12:     Different Colored Eyes Day - Pecan Pie Day [Ah, sorry].  
13:     Barbershop Music Appreciation Day - Embrace Your Geekness Day - Fool's Paradise Day.
14:     Bastille Day - Pandemonium Day - National Nude Day [Well...].
15:     Tapioca Pudding Day - Cow Appreciation Day.
16:     Fresh Spinach Day.
17:     National Ice Cream Day - Peach Ice Cream Day - Yellow Pig Day.
18:     National Caviar Day.
19:     National Raspberry Cake Day.
20:     National Lollipop Day - Moon Day - Ugly Truck Day [It's a "guy" thing].
21:     National Junk Food Day.
22:     Hammock Day - Rat catcher's Day.
23:     National Hot Dog Day - Vanilla Ice Cream Day.
24:     Amelia Earhart Day - Cousins Day - Parent's Day.
25:     Culinarians Day - Threading the Needle Day.
26:     All or Nothing Day - Aunt and Uncle Day.
27:     Take Your Pants for a Walk Day.
28:      National Milk Chocolate Day [Yes, please!].
29:     National Lasagna Day.
30:     National Cheesecake Day [I won’t say anything else] - Father-in-Law Day - International Day of Friendship.
31:     Mutt's Day - System Administrator Appreciation Day.


I really enjoy sharing the following: You are doing really great getting articles in for the monthly Newsletters.  You are also, staying up with the “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST- MQA).  I’ve even gotten e-mails from many that express how they look forward to the Articles, WST- MQA, and reading about Classmate’s Bucket List Adventures...but, I need some Classmates to “Step Up” in this arena.  We need to get a “steady flow.” As much as I don’t mind assisting, I’m pretty sure you are getting real tired of reading about my Bucket List Items.  I could really use some help; I would hate to see this event go away.   

This Newsletter is for and about You, so please don’t hesitate to recommend something new or different...we are flexible and can add or delete as you wish.  The Connections and Reconnections continue to grow each month, we are averaging 15 to 20 requests a month
for Contact Information on Classmates. 

Hooah, Hugs & Take Care, We Will Get Together Again in August.


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