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!”
*REMEMBER YOU NEED THE NAME OF THE MOVIE AND THE NAME AND/OR NAMES
OF THE ACTOR(S) WHO SAID THE QUOTE. SEND YOUR ANSWER TO
AS SOON AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER!
• “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
• 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
“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
Comment: What about all the other lives; Black, White, Brown,
Yellow, Red, etc.? What about, All American Lives Matter, don’t
• 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
• 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
• Impose unrealistic demands.
• Feeling sorry for yourself.
• You are a bully, manipulative, ruthless, egotistical, vain, a
• 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
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 Classmate...me.
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
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
• “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
• “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
“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
• “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
• “I Have the Privilege of Learning about My Race in School.”
• “I Have the Privilege of Soaking in Media Blatantly Biased Toward
• “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
• “I Have the Privilege of Living Ignorant of the Dire State of
~ 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?
“EXCHANGE, EXPLORE, EXAMINE, EXCITE & EMOTIONS”
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
poem - PIN
• B/C’s lies - PIN
T - PIN
• Life in old pics - RTA
O - PIN
• If you’re not... - PIN
Muslims - PIN
• How? - RTA
• A walk
for POTUS - PIN
• Pin drop - PIN
biased? - PIN
• Guiding hands - RTA
letter - PIN
• Sarah’s speech - PIN
• Ingram’s speech - PIN
voters - PIN
• No chute - RTA
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
“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
“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?@#$%!”
Bob Graham (Now this is just nuts!)
Foot People” Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
(I like my feet, how do I make them do that?)
Male Privilege Poem” Contributed by a Classmate
Trump” Contributed by a Classmate
Obama” Contributed by a Classmate
About Muslims?” Contributed by a Classmate
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,
CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Deputy
Secretary Tom Nides.
Letter to Mr. Khizr Khan” Contributed by a Classmate
Animals & More Animals” Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
Voters Should Watch This” Contributed by more than one Classmate
(At least one representing democrats and one representing
The 2032 Olympic Team” Contributed By Maggie (Tubia ) Horwitz
(A true coming together!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY
TO ALL SEPTEMBER CLASSMATES
SEPTEMBER (SELF IMPROVEMENT MONTH)
DATES TO REMEMBER:
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
- Pardon Day.
9 - Teddy
10 - Sewing Machine Day - Swap Ideas Day.
11 - 911
Remembrance Day - Patriot Day
- National Pet Memorial Day - Grandparent's Day (first Sunday after
- 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
21 - International Peace Day - Miniature Golf Day - World Gratitude
22 - Autumn Equinox (Fall begins...maybe it will cool down in LV
now?@#$%!) - Business Women's Day - Hobbit Day - Elephant Appreciation
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
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!
God Bless YOU & YOURS & God Bless THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
*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