Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter


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

NEWSLETTER #151          “IT'S ALMOST OVER - VOTE!”        NOVEMBER 2016



This will be the end of the six months (June - November) of the political impute from you! I must admit, we had lots of thoughts and articles sent in. Well over TWO HUNDRED!  There is lots of information to take in prior to your vote.  We have many Classmates that made their positions known - Loud and Clear! I hope others took advantage of the information and will vote from Knowledge and not Emotion; relying on their information gathering and not on a bunch of “talking heads” from the social media networks.

Enough said!  I thank all of you that presented information to the Aragon Class of 1964.  I, like many of you, feel a whole lot better in confirming my own thoughts with additional information brought forward.  After the November Newsletter, we will revert back to our traditional ways, in regards to the Newsletter. Of course, if someone wants to send in something reference the Presidential Election, it will be posted in the next Newsletter for the Classmates.

*The website for the “Fork” Home page is:  If that doesn’t work for you, just contact me by e-mail at

Okay, let’s move on to “Our Senior Hill” and open our “Big Brown Bag” and enjoy our November Newsletter Sandwich!

• The “Connections and Reconnections (C & R) Section” are still staying strong!   I even had a GREAT surprise, when I received a call from Nancy (Rosenberg) Bott, saying that she would be in Las Vegas.  We did get to talk during her time here, but work kept her extremely busy.  Thanks Nancy, it was great talking with you!

• “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA):  this one is a WINNER! Lots of Classmates are getting to be regulars, with this event.

OCTOBER’S QUOTE & ANSWER:  “It’s 106 Miles To Chicago, We've Got A Full Tank Of Gas, Half A Pack Of Cigarettes, It's Dark Out, And We're Wearing Sunglasses.”

GARY ROCKLAGE does not live in Las Vegas and he does not have a tap on my phone or computer! CONGRATULATIONS to Gary, he was once again, the first one in with the correct answer!

Come on everyone, we need to have someone take him down... there are only two months left for this year’s computation!   Who is going to be the one to beat him?   



•  “The Bucket List (B/L) Challenge:” - The B/L is still on Sabbatical!  Take a chance and present an item from your Bucket List and I will try to match you.

                                                Hooah, Hugs & 8 Days   -
                                                  “The Wait Is Almost Over - VOTE,”


 Preview Of The November Newsletter, “The Wait Is Almost Over - VOTE,”
*RTA - Regular Type Articles (13)
*PIN - Political In Nature (4)
*TOTAL Articles (17)

• American Dream  
• Liar Liar
• Movies
• The Wall
• #3 Presidents
• What Time Is It
• Great Again
• Cowboy & Walmart
• Dummy & The Third
• Religion of Peace
• Knockout
• Scammer
• State Of The Union 1995
• Vow
• Know Her
• Road To Retirement
• Seniors

The American Dream”     #1  Contributed by George Carlin

Liar Liar Pants On Fire “     #2  Contributed by a classmate

Dancing At The Movies”     #3  Contributed by Bob Graham
(Okay, Classmates, full screen & get those feet moving & smiles on!)

“The Wall...Things You May Not Know?”     #4 
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Without these men & women, we might not be voting!)

A little history most people will never know - Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties. The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps, Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965. There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

• 39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.
• 8,283 were just 19 years old.
• The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.
• 12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.
• 5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.
• One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.
• 997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam.
• 1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam.
• 31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.
• Thirty one sets of parents lost two of their sons.
• 54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia. I wonder why so many from one school.
• 8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.
• 244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.
• Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.
• West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.
• The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest. And in the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.
• The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field. And they all went to Vietnam. In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
• The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.
• The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.

For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created. We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.

Please pass this on to those who served during this time, and those who DO CARE. I've also sent this to those I KNOW do care very much, and I thank you for caring as you do.

Three Presidents &  #15 Million”     #5 Contributed by a classmate

What Time Is It?”     #6  Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(Movie trailer for November)

Make America Great Again!”     #7   Contributed by a classmate

Cowboy At Walmart”     #8  Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp

Crash Dummy & The 3rd Amendment”     #9  Contributed by Bob Graham
(Pretty smart – dummy!)

Is Islam A Religion of Peace?”     #10  Contributed by a classmate

Knockout?”     #11  Contributed by Jon Voight

Mess With A Scammer”     #12  Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
(I’m sure most of us have gotten a scam call, this guy really “gives it” to the scammer!)

1995 State of The Union - Any Change”     #13  Contributed by a classmate

Lest We Forget - The Vow”     #14  Contributed by Michael & Stevie Graham
(For our two grandfathers - we love & miss you both.)

Do We Really Know Her?”     #15  Contributed by a classmate

The Road To Retirement...”     #16
Contributed by Ted Dumke    
(for those that are not retired yet)

• My first job was working in an Orange Juice factory, but I got canned. I couldn't concentrate.
• Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the ax.
• After that, I tried to be a Tailor, but I just wasn't suited for it - mainly because it was a sew-sew job.                       
• Next, I tried working in a Muffler Factory, but that was too exhausting.
• Then, I tried to be a Chef - figured it would add a little spice to my life, but I just didn't have the thyme.
• I attempted to be a Deli Worker, but any way I sliced it, I couldn't cut the mustard.
• My best job was being a Musician, but eventually I found I wasn't noteworthy.
• I studied a long time to become a Doctor, but I didn't have any patience.   
• Next, was a job in a Shoe Factory. I tried but I just didn't fit in.    
• I became a Professional Fisherman, but discovered that I couldn't live on my net income
• I managed to get a good job working for a Pool Maintenance Company, but the work was just too draining.
• So then I got a job in a Workout Center, but they said I wasn't fit for the job.
• After many years of trying to find steady work,I finally got a job as a Historian - until I realized there was no future in it.
• My last job was working in Starbucks, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.

“Thoughts for Fellow Seniors”     #17
Contributed by Bonita Beck

·        My goal for 2016 was to lose just 10 pounds. Only 15 to go.

·        Ate salad for dinner.  Mostly croûtons & tomatoes.  Really just one big round croûton covered with tomato sauce.  And cheese.  Okay, it was a pizza.  I ate a pizza.

·        How to prepare Tofu:
            a.  Throw it in the trash
            b.  Grill some meat

·        I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.

·        I don't mean to brag, but I finished my 14-day diet food in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

·        A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.

·        Kids today don't know how easy they have it. When I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.

·        Senility has been a smooth transition for me.

·        Remember back when we were kids and every time it was below zero out they closed school? Me neither.

·        I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented. I forgot where I was going with this.

·        A thief broke into my house last night. He started searching for money so I woke up and searched with him.

·        I think I'll just put an "Out of Order" sticker on my forehead and call it a day.

·        November 6, 2016 will be the end of Daylight Savings Time.  ‘Hope you don't forget to set your bathroom scale back 10 pounds on Saturday night.

·        Just remember, once you're over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.

Finally, some talking points from the President:

“I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election. You want to give me a good send-off? Go vote.”
       ̶     President Barack Obama speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Dinner

I have but one question.  Your legacy?   What about the legacy of the 300+ million citizens that make up the United States of America?     ~   Bob




(Special Birthday Wishes To My “Birthday Buddy” November 8, 1946)



1     ̶    All Saint's Day.
2     ̶    All Soul's Day - Deviled Egg Day - Look for Circles Day - Plan Your Epitaph Day.
3     ̶    Housewife's Day - Men Make Dinner Day - Sandwich Day.
4     ̶    King Tut Day.
5     ̶    Book Lovers Day - Gunpowder Day - Guy Fawkes Day.
6     ̶    Marooned without a Compass Day - Saxophone Day.
7     ̶    Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day.

8     ̶    U.S. General Election Day - VOTE! - Cook Something Bold Day - Dunce Day -
9     ̶     Chaos Never Dies Day.
10     ̶    USMC Day - Forget-Me-Not Day.
11     ̶    Veteran's Day.
12     ̶    Chicken Soup for the Soul Day.
13     ̶    Caregiver Appreciation Day - National Indian Pudding Day
- Sadie Hawkins Day - World Kindness Day.

14     ̶    Operating Room Nurse Day -  World Diabetes Day - Young Readers Day.
15     ̶    Clean Your Refrigerator Day - America Recycles Day - National Philanthropy Day.
16     ̶     Button Day - Great American Smoke-out - Have a Party With Your Bear Day - National Fast Food Day.
17     ̶    Electronic Greeting Card Day - Homemade Bread Day - Take A Hike Day - World Peace Day.
18     ̶    National Adoption Day - Occult Day.
19     ̶    Have a Bad Day, Day.
20     ̶    Absurdity Day - Beautiful Day - Universal Children's Day.

21     ̶    False Confession Day - World Hello Day.
22     ̶     Go For a Ride Day.
23     ̶    Eat a Cranberry Day - National Cashew Day - National Tie One On Day.
24     ̶    Thanksgiving - All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day - Buy Nothing Day - You're Welcome Day - Evolution Day.
25     ̶    National Parfait Day - Black Friday.
26     ̶    Shopping Reminder Day.
27     ̶    Pins and Needles Day.

28     ̶    French Toast Day - Make Your Own Head Day - Red Planet Day.
29     ̶    Square Dance Day.
30     ̶    Stay At Home, Because You Are Well Day


Thank You All for the last 6 months! The Political Articles and your Individual Thoughts and “RTAs” added greatly to the success of the June thru November Newsletters!

The December, January, & February Newsletters (as discussed prior with Bonita) will be less in quantity; but will maintain the quality, so that everyone can enjoy their individual Holiday Celebrations, along with your transition into the New Year - 2017! 

Hooah, Hugs and Thank You for Your Assistance.  We will talk again in December,
Your Classmate, Bob



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