Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter


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

NEWSLETTER #149               “FIVE EEEEE’s”               SEPTEMBER 2016



WOW - Did you ever come through!  I was concerned about “feedback.”  No problem at all!  Lots and lots of feedback, more than I ever thought would be sent!  It seems as though, we have plenty of Classmates that wanted to say something about this coming Presidential Election!  Just wait until you see them all; and I left out a few for the October Newsletter.

Once again, I have attempted to “format” this, including the “Regular Type Articles” (RTA) and “Political In Nature” (PIN)   sent into the “Fork.”  The “Contributed by - line” filled in for (RTA) and left blank with the (PIN) Articles.

I hope I expressed that procedure well enough, so you can understand the lay out?  Many of the Classmates just found articles that agreed with their thoughts; while some actually wrote a couple of sentences/paragraphs with respect to their beliefs.  Some very interesting comments - on both sides of the political spectrum.  Once again, Thank You for sending in articles that agree with your political status or even taking the time to express your thoughts in a few sentences or a couple of paragraphs.

I hope all is going well for you and yours.  It is still plenty HOT here; although we did have “2 days in double digits - #99 degrees!” I’m ready for Fall, Winter and Spring!  It’s been a real HOT summer this year.  Jake and Honor, (my two four legged kids, with fur), just came into the “Fork Command Center of Las Vegas” to see if my fingers were at work on the September Newsletter.  Jake is real enthusiastic to put his big head on the computer desk and look at me, as if to say  “do I have any articles for this month or better yet do you have any treats in your pocket?”  Honor is on the couch catching up on her beauty nap - ZZZZZZZZZ!  These are two of my toughest critics!  They do love the photos of other dogs, (you send in), and enjoy their names on the “contributed by line.”

OK, we are doing really outstanding with regards to the following:

• The “Connections and Reconnections Section
(C & R) is still going strong...about eight more in August.

• “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA): remains a big favorite...we just need many of you to get your answers in faster. Start looking on the first of the month and continue to check through the first week of the new month.

• August’s Winner was Gary Rocklage, with a approx’ly #10 to #14 Classmates after him.

The Answer for the August Quote was: “IF YOU BUILD IT, HE WILL COME.”  “Field Of Dreams” - “A Whisper In The Corn Field” to Kevin Costner (who played Ray Kinsella, who heard the Whisper)

SEPTEMBER’S QUOTE: “The Price Is Wrong, Bitch!”


• “The “Bucket List (B/L) Challenge: - The B/L is still on Sabbatical! Help is needed to bring back this exciting event. On a personal note, I am way to old and out of shape to add any additional events to my B/L! How about some thing from your YOUTH or even MIDDLE AGE or for some of you “reckless wonders”...something from the PRESENT?

You are the ones that make this Monthly Newsletter a Success!
I know many of you that were and continue to be “Studs and Studetts,” so let’s stand tall and send in just ONE bucket list moment from your life’s experience. Thank You, Thank You, Very Much.

• “Words Pulled From Your (PIN) Articles & Thoughts:” When in doubt, refer to a definition. So I won’t get too wordy...I will put down your thoughts or article that you quoted from. If nothing from a Classmate, I will refer to a definition or my thoughts. I’m sure you will be able to surmise the differences. Please do not think that I am “short coming” any Classmates knowledge on the following. I am just trying to assist any and all that may not be completely sure what some of these words invoke. That is why, even after achieving more knowledge on the following; I would suggest, that if you haven’t, you might want to do some research yourself and learn more...and “pay it forward.”

ASSIMILATION: “A process by which a person or a group's language and/or culture come to resemble those of another group. The process by which a person or persons acquire the social and psychological characteristics of a group: “Waves of immigrants have been assimilated into the American culture.” Cultural assimilation is the process by which a person or a group's language and/or culture come to resemble those of another group.”

• “Ethnic groups are encouraged to promote their own cultures without Assimilation.” Contributed by a Classmate.

Comment: without “some form” of Assimilation, how do we survive as a Nation or is that the big picture being formed by our professional politicians?
BLACK LIVES MATTER: used commonly among (BLM) organizers:

    • “It is our duty to fight for freedom.”
    • “It is our duty to win.”
    • “We must love and protect one another.”
    • “We have nothing to lose but our chains.”
    • “The Black Lives Matter Network advocates for dignity,         justice, and respect.”

• “In the last few days, this country witnessed the recorded murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, the latest victims in this country’s failed policing system. As we have done for decades, we marched and protested to highlight the urgent need to transform policing in America, to call for justice, transparency and accountability, and to demand that Black Lives Matter.”

“In Dallas, many gathered to do the same, joining in a day of action with friends, family, and co-workers. Their efforts were cut short when a lone gunman targeted and attacked 11 police officers, killing five. This is a tragedy, both for those who have been impacted by yesterday’s attack and for our democracy. There are some who would use these events to stifle a movement for change and quicken the demise of a vibrant discourse on the human rights of Black Americans. We should reject all of this.”

“Black activists have raised the call for an end to violence, not an escalation of it. Yesterday’s attack was the result of the actions of a lone gunman. To assign the actions of one person to an entire movement is dangerous and irresponsible. We continue our efforts to bring about a better world for all of us.” ~ Contributed by a Classmate.

Comment: What about all the other lives; Black, White, Brown, Yellow, Red, etc.? What about, All American Lives Matter, don’t They?
BUREAUCRACY: “A system of administration distinguished by its (1) clear hierarchy of authority, (2) rigid division of labor, (3) written and inflexible rules.”

“An administrative or social system that relies on a set of rules and procedures, separation of functions and a hierarchical structure in implementing controls over an organization, government or social system. Large administrative staffs are most common in organizations that need standardized rules and procedures or consistency across a wide range of business activities.” Contributed by a Classmate.

Comment: Why can’t we be smaller? Can’t our government function with less, especially if they have a sense of urgency, attention to detail, anticipation, zero base budget each year and the big one - work together for our benefit, not their legacy?

DIVERSITY: “People who are of different races or who have different cultures in a group, difference; unlikeness - the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc.  The diversity of everything that makes two or more individuals different to each and others.”   Contributed by a Classmate.

Comment: Diversity can be a real plus for this or any other Nation; but, how do you “successfully” accomplish true diversity without assimilation? What would a diverse United States of America look like?

ENTITLEMENT: “The thought or belief that you are inherently deserving of privileges or special treatment. A government providing benefits to members of a specified group.
The following is a list of a few narcissistic sense of entitlement behaviors:”

    • Impose unrealistic demands.
    • Feeling sorry for yourself.
    • You are a bully, manipulative, ruthless, egotistical, vain, a liar, etc.
    • You deserve happiness even at the expense of others.
    • You punish people when they don’t do what you want .
    • You constantly see people as threats.
    • Tend to exhibit many double standards.
    • Take more than give in relationships.
    • Tend to look out for yourself.
    • Hard time compromising.
    • Deep seated conviction that you have priority.
    • People get offended by what you say.
    • You generally think that you are better or more important.
    • You crave admiration and adoration.
    • Like to assert your dominance or superiority over others”.
Contributed by a Classmate.

Comment: Entitlements seems like a great position to be in, but when you don’t have any “skin in the game,” i.e., working, helping one another like we use to do - within our housing areas, work, religious affiliation, family, etc. I would ask, who would want to work? Especially, if you can “get” money, food, housing, etc. without doing anything for it; except, bleed another sector of society for your benefit? I remember some one asking/demanding, “when is my new phone, car, and house coming?”

LEGACY:  “The story of some one’s life, the things they did, places they went, goals they accomplished, their failures, and more. Legacy is something that a person leaves behind to be remembered by. Legacies are pathways that guide people in decisions with what to do or what not to do. By wanting to leave a mark and create a legacy.

A legacy also leaves behind the story of a person so they are not forgotten. Leaving behind a legacy gives us comfort in knowing that once we are gone we will not be erased from the memories of others.” Contributed by a Classmate.

Comment: I’m all in on everyone having a legacy...but, when does the legacy of “one” take charge, over a legacy of a Nation?
Should not a legacy be made of truth, transparency, and a non entitlement concern for “one’s” self? Pay it forward is one thing, but pay it to the government for their short comings is something else! We paid for our social security. So why do members in Congress, feel it is OK to use it for other commitments and place an IOU, where our money was once secure?

LGBTQIAA: “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, ally. I apologize for not being up to date on knowing what all the “letters” stand for, let alone the definition of what the words mean.” So, I did some research and learned the following:

“Lesbian – A female-identified person who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to another female-identified person.

Gay – A person, mainly a male-identified person, who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to another person of the same sex.

Bisexual – A person who is attracted romantically, physically, or emotionally to both men and women.

Transgender – A person who is a member of a gender other than that expected based on anatomical sex.

Queer – An umbrella term which embraces a variety of sexual preferences, orientations, and habits of those who do not adhere to the heterosexual and class gender majority. The term queer includes, but is not exclusive to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transpeople, and intersex persons, traditionally, this term is derogatory and hurtful, however, many people who do not adhere to sexual and/or gender norms use it to self-identify in a positive way.

Intersex – Someone who’s physical sex characteristics are not categorized as exclusively male or exclusively female.

Asexual – A person who does not have a sexual orientation.  A person that does not experience a sexual attraction but can experience a romantic, emotional, or aesthetic attraction to another person.

Ally – A person who does not identify as LGBTQIAA, but supports the rights and safety of those who do.”

This is one area where there wasn’t much info. sent in. So...I went searching. If anyone would like to add to the above, please send it to me. Contributed by a

Comment: You know in this great Nation you can be anything you want to be and can be a success. I am willing to compromise; but please don’t tell me that your way of life is any more important than mine is to me. The “in your face” approach does not work well, with anyone that is not one of the “eight above.” I am more than willing to talk, but yelling, burning the Flag of this Nation, and acting like you are the latest, great thing -No Thank You.  Why do the “tax paying” citizens of this Nation need to pay, in many cases for the surgery that needs to be done in the military, prison, certain jobs, etc.? Why are all public bathrooms being changed and now open to any person who declares he/she is of a certain persuasion...for the day?

MULTICULTURALISM: “The existence, acceptance, or promotion of multiple cultural traditions within a single jurisdiction. Usually considered in terms of the culture associated with an ethnic group. The view that the various cultures in a society “merit equal respect and scholarly interest.” It became a significant force in American Society in the 1970s and 1980s as African-Americans, Latinos, and other ethnic groups explored their own history.” Contributed by a Classmate.

Comment: Why annually, do we have #11 months and  #21 celebrations that start with African, Latino, Native, Asian, Irish, Scottish, Jewish, etc. I think if we want a cohesive Nation, then lets celebrate “American Month!” The first, seems to separate us, while “American” seems to bring this Nation together. If you watched the Olympics, how about the yelling of USA, USA, USA!
We were JUST All Americans! Don’t you think, it is strange, that once back; we enter into an arena of hope, change, truth, transparency, racism, worry, unsettledness, concern?    

PATRIOTIC:  “An individual or group, that shows or expresses devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country. One that not only talks the talk, but walks the walk, during good times and bad times. Is willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for one’s Country.” Contributed by a Classmate.

Comment: What does a Patriotic Person look like? Well, you don’t have to - wear a uniform, be a male, have a resume of ribbons on your chest, carry a gun, or any other macho items. You just have to love your Country and stay informed on what is going on and make your own decisions; and don’t let someone else make your decisions - you make them. There is no need for “talking heads” or are there? 

•  POLITICAL CORRECTNESS: “Term used in modern usage, it is used to describe language, policies, or measures that are intended not to offend or disadvantage any particular group of people in society. The avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.

    • “Some right-wing commentators in the West argue that "political correctness" and “multiculturalism” are part of a conspiracy with the ultimate goal of undermining Judeo-Christian values.”

    • “Our colleges and universities do not offer the protection of fair rules, equal justice, and consistent standards to the generation that finds itself on our campuses. They encourage students to bring charges of harassment against those whose opinions or expressions "offend" them. At almost every college and university, students deemed members of "historically oppressed groups"--above all, women, blacks, gays, and hispanics--are informed during orientation that their campuses are teeming with illegal or intolerable violations of their "right" not to be offended.” Contributed by a Classmate.

    • “Combatants from the left and the right will try to assess whether a writer is "for them" or "against them."

    • “Being politically correct, does not make you correct!”

Comment: Why do some people want you to be Politically Correct? Be knowledgeable and use that information to make your own decisions. You do not need someone else to tell you what to do...react by what your own research tells you. What about these “free talk zones” at some colleges & universities? What happened to the First Amendment? Why do so few, make the decisions for so many?

RACE: “A group of people who share similar and distinct physical characteristics, as well as shared cultural practices and affectations.” Contributed by a Classmate.
Comment: Why can’t we all just get along? Do you think people of different races will ever learn to get along with each other? I’m  a member of a minority race, and I get very discouraged because it seems like we have so far to go. “Racism is a sin, and because we live in a sinful world, racism will always be a potential danger.”

“In other words, in terms of people’s actual experiences in daily life, we find evidence that both blacks and whites get along pretty well. And what does this mean? How do the races typically encounter each other in their own lives? Mostly it is through commercial settings. Shopping, trading, working, and engaging in all the normal activities of life, people find common interests despite their differences. Or it takes place in our social lives: at our houses of worship, at the community pool, at the neighborhood barbecue. On this very human level, it would appear that matters are relatively fine.

“So, in what respect do people perceive problems? It is when they reflect on the larger picture, which usually involves perceptions of politics and official institutions. “Here is where differences manifest themselves. And in this respect, what has changed so dramatically over the past few years to signal new levels of racial tension? It is in the news every day: it is the treatment of blacks by civic institutions, meaning cops and criminal justice in particular. Here is the real source of the problem.”

“In the long run, no one benefits from top-down rule. If we are to forge good lives and good communities for ourselves, it is going to be by deferring to the emergent process of social and economic engagement, one person at a time. . ."

Comment: Do you think we (all races) will get along together?  What can you do or not do in finding a solution to this ongoing situation?  Think back to your early years, what changes, have you observed between the races during your time on earth?

“Governments divide people; markets bring us together.”

WHITE PRIVILEGE: “Term for societal privileges that benefit people identified as white in Western countries, beyond what is commonly experienced by nonwhite people under the same social, political, or economic circumstances.”
• “I Have the Privilege of (Generally) Having a Positive Relationship with the Police.”
• “I Have the Privilege of Being Favored by School Authorities.”
• “I Have the Privilege of Attending Segregated Schools of Affluence.”
• “I Have the Privilege of Learning about My Race in School.”
• “I Have the Privilege of Soaking in Media Blatantly Biased Toward My Race.”
• “I Have the Privilege of Escaping Violent Stereotypes Associated with My Race.”
• “I Have the Privilege of Playing the Colorblind Card, Wiping the Slate Clean of Centuries of Racism.”
• “I Have the Privilege of Being Insulated from the Daily Toll of Racism.”
• “I Have the Privilege of Living Ignorant of the Dire State of Racism Today.”
                                                                     ~ Contributed by a Classmate.”

Comment: After reading the above, what are your thoughts? Do you feel that you had or have White Privilege? Do the #9 descriptive phrases above describe you? When I look at the statements above, I think about my life at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Shoreview Elementary, College Park Junior High School, Aragon High School, CSM, University of Montana, and Pepperdine University...White Privilege?


                                           HOOAH, HUGS & FIVE EEEEE’s, Bob


A Preview of the September Newsletter, “FIVE EEEEE’s:”

*RTA - Regular Type Articles (8)
*PIN - Political In Nature (13)

• 2016 frosh - RTA                                             • White poem - PIN
• B/C’s lies - PIN                                               
• Trashing T - PIN
• Life in old pics - RTA                                      
• Trashing O - PIN
• If you’re not... - PIN                                        
• About Muslims - PIN
• How? - RTA                                                    
• A walk for POTUS - PIN
• Pin drop - PIN                                                 
• Media biased? - PIN
• Guiding hands - RTA                                       
• Open letter - PIN
• Sarah’s speech - PIN                                        
• Animals - RTA
• Ingram’s speech - PIN                                     
• All voters - PIN
• No chute - RTA                                               
• 2032 team - RTA                       
• Foot people - RTA


“What’s Up For The Entering Class Of 2016 At Aragon High School?”  Contributed by Vance Love
(Long, but very interesting!)

“Bill Clinton’s Lies In DNC Speech?”   Contributed by a classmate

“Your Life In Old Pictures”  Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin  (Great photos)

“If You’re Not Black You Don’t Understand Argument”  Contributed by a classmate

“How Does This Work?”  Contributed by Peggy Graham  (I have no clue)

“Pin Drop Speech”  Contributed by a Classmate

“Guiding Hands”  Contributed by Gary Rocklage  (Nice hands Rock)

“Sarah Silverman’s Speech AT The DNC”   Contributed by a Classmate

“Laura Ingram’s Speech At The RNC”  Contributed by a Classmate

“24 Thousand Feet Up And No Chute, What Do You Do - Jump?@#$%!”   Contributed by
Bob Graham   (Now this is just nuts!)

The Foot People”  Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson 
(I like my feet, how do I make them do that?)

White Male Privilege Poem”  Contributed by a Classmate

Trashing Trump”  Contributed by a Classmate

Trashing Obama”  Contributed by a Classmate

What About Muslims?”  Contributed by a Classmate
A Walk For The President” Contributed by a classmate


 “Is Main Street Media Biased?” 
Contributed by a Classmate

ABC News Executive Producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security  Advisor

CBS President David Rhodes is brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama's Deputy National Security Advisor for strategic Communications

ABC and Univision Reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Kate Hogan, Obama's former Deputy Press Secretary Kate Hogan who is now head of Chicago based Organization for Action, similar to ACORN

ABC President Ben  Sherwood is brother of Obama's Special Advisor, Elizabeth Sherwood

CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Deputy Secretary Tom Nides.


Open Letter to Mr. Khizr Khan” Contributed by a Classmate

Animals, Animals & More Animals”  Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
All Voters Should Watch This”  Contributed by more than one Classmate
(At least one representing democrats and one representing republicans!)

Introducing The 2032 Olympic Team”  Contributed By Maggie (Tubia ) Horwitz
(A true coming together!)





1  -    Emma M. Nutt Day (the first woman telephone operator)
-  National Cherry Popover Day - Peggy Graham’s Birthday
2  -  VJ Day, WWII - International Bacon Day.
3  -  Skyscraper Day.
4  -  Newspaper Carrier Day.
5  -  Labor Day (first Monday of the month) - Cheese Pizza Day
- Be Late for Something Day.
6  -  Fight Procrastination Day - Read a Book Day.
7  -  National Salami Day - Neither Rain nor Snow Day.
8  -  International Literacy Day - National Date Nut Bread Day (or December 22!?)
- Pardon Day.
9  -    Teddy Bear Day.
10  -  Sewing Machine Day - Swap Ideas Day.
11  -     911 Remembrance Day - Patriot Day
- National Pet Memorial Day - Grandparent's Day (first Sunday after Labor Day)
- No News is Good News Day.
12  -  Chocolate Milk Shake Day - National Video Games Day.
13  -   Uncle Sam Day (his image was first used in 1813)
- Positive Thinking Day - National Peanut Day - Fortune Cookie Day
- Defy Superstition Day.
14  -  National Cream-Filled Donut Day.
15  -  Make a Hat Day - Felt Hat Day.
16  -    
   POW/MIA Recognition Day - American Legion Day
- Working Parents Day - National Play Doh Day - Mayflower Day
- Step Family Day - Collect Rocks Day - Mexican Independence Day.
17  -    Constitution Day - Citizenship Day
- National Apple Dumpling Day.
18  -  Wife Appreciation Day - National Women's Friendship Day -  National Cheeseburger Day.
19  -  International Talk Like A Pirate Day (RRRRR) - National Butterscotch Pudding Day.
20  -  National Punch Day.
21  -  International Peace Day - Miniature Golf Day - World Gratitude Day.
22  -  Autumn Equinox (Fall begins...maybe it will cool down in LV now?@#$%!) - Business Women's Day - Hobbit Day - Elephant Appreciation Day.
23  -    Native American Day - Dog in Politics Day - Checkers Day.
24  -  International Rabbit Day - National Cherries Jubilee Day.
25  -  National Comic Book Day.
26  -  Johnny Appleseed Day.
27  -  Oktoberfest begins in Germany - Crush a Can Day.
28  -  National Good Neighbor Day -
Ask a Stupid Question Day.
29  -  Confucius Day (Try your luck...get a fortune cookie).
30  -  National Mud Pack Day.

Thank You, I received more information than I thought possible! After reading through all of your articles and your “write ups” - “I truly believe some of you need to Run For Office!”  If that doesn’t work for you; then, “Pay It Forward” with the  knowledge you have obtained and believe is relevant to this most important election!  

I hope you, the readers of the K.Y.F...’64, enjoy looking over the “Political Scene” as much as our Classmates, that submitted them.  Let’s see if we will have another “carry over” for the October Newsletter. After that, you will be responsible to vote for who you believe will best serve the United States of America; all #330 million citizens - they represent! 


*Our thoughts and prayers are with ALL who have had to deal with the California, Nevada, or Montana forest fires and the flooding in the South East ...STAY SAFE.

Hooah, Hugs & Take Care, We Will Get Together Again in October, Bob



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