Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter


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

NEWSLETTER #152   “Gifts For The Class of ‘64”  DECEMBER 2016



It is that month of the year, where I need to make sure I am somewhat “DC” - (December Correct) for all of our Classmates.  Now with that being said and I hope I don’t forget any Holiday Celebrations:  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Feliz Navidad, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Dun Che Lao Ren and Festivus for the rest of us.  I want to wish you all the very best during your respective Holiday Period and be safe! Enjoy your holiday time with family and friends.

Just a reminder, so that everyone can enjoy the Holiday Seasons, I am going to keep the December and January Newsletters shorter.  Shorter in quantity, but will continue to match the high level of quality we try to attain each and every month.

Finally, a short note of explanation about the last six months of “Political Information:”  I must admit, it was a very interesting reading and study period for me.  Each and every one of the respective six months was an eye opener.  I truly hope all Classmates who contributed political knowledge were able to make an intelligent selection at the voting booth...  Thank You!  A Great Six Months!

*  The Website for The “Fork” Home Page is:   if that doesn’t work for you, just contact me by e-mail at

Back to “Our Senior Hill” and time to enjoy the December Newsletter.

• The “Connections and Reconnections (C & R) Section”:   this remains a monthly success story! Not a week goes by where I’m not connected with a half dozen Classmates trying to reconnect with lost Classmates. Get in contact with me if you are trying to reconnect with a Classmate. If I don’t have the information, I will attempt to track down it for you.

• “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA):   we continue to have success with this addition.  This one is a WINNER!  Lots of Classmates are getting to be regulars, with this event.
          NOVEMBER’S ANSWER: “SONS OF THE DESERT” and the quote was spoken by “OLIVER HARDY.”

*Gary did not send in his answer until the 5th of November at 3:17 PM! Come on, I know that more than one person knows the answers...send in your “WINNING ANSWERS - ASAP!” For those of you that did not see the picture of Gary with his WINNING Trophy of the Las Vegas Strip Sign and a Hundred Dollar bill - CHECK OUT THE JULY 2016 NEWSLETTER




• “The Bucket List (B/L) Challenge:” The B/L Remains on Sabbatical!  Take a chance and present an item from your Bucket List and I will go out and add another adventure to my Bucket List.  I’m getting to feel lonely out here.  A thought... anyone out there want to join me in a combined B/L Adventure?  Contact me - this could be a “Great Adventure!” 

                                      Hooah, Hugs & -  “Gifts For The Class of ‘64” - Bob

A Preview Of The December Newsletter, “Gifts For The Class of ‘64”

#1 Home Free
#3 8 Nov. 1965
#4 Puppy Play
#5 Can’t
#6 Eternal Peace
#7 Working For Santa
#8 Rudolph
#9 Christmas & The Rainbow Bridge       
#10 Benny Gets Adopted
#11 Disco Dance
#12 A Little Bounce
#13 Diamonds
#14 Hockey

“Home Free - How Great Thou Art & “Pentatonix”-  Hallelujah”  #1  Contributed by Bob & Peggy Graham    (great songs...enjoy)

“8 November 1965”  #3  Contributed by Lenore (Felker) Rounsaville  (a great story of real Heroes)

“Puppy Play”  #4  Contributed by Bonita Beck   (how can anything go wrong with a puppy?)

“Can’t”  #5  Contributed by Bob Graham   (“can’t” is a four letter word...not to be used by this young lady)

“Eternal Peace”  #6  Contributed by Gary Rocklage   (this will bring tears)

“Dogs & Cats Working For Santa”   #7   Contributed by Stevie Graham (smile time)


“The True Story of Rudolph”        #8

Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(being different can be a blessing)

A man named Bob May, depressed and broken hearted, stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night.  His 4-year-old daughter Barbara sat on his lap quietly sobbing. Bob's wife, Evelyn, was dying of cancer.  Little Barbara couldn't understand why her mommy could never come home.

Barbara looked up into her dad's eyes and asked, "Why isn't Mommy just like everybody else's Mommy?" Bob's jaw tightened and his eyes welled with tears.  Her question brought waves of grief, but also of anger.  It had been the story of Bob's life.
Life always had to be different for Bob.  Small when he was a kid, Bob was often bullied by other boys.
He was too little at the time to compete in sports.  He was often called names he'd rather not remember.
From childhood, Bob was different and never seemed to fit in.  Bob did complete college, married his loving wife and was grateful to get his job as a copywriter at Montgomery Ward during the Great Depression.
Then he was blessed with his little girl.  But it was all short-lived.  Evelyn's bout with cancer stripped them of all their savings and now Bob and his daughter were forced to live in a two-room apartment in the Chicago slums.
Evelyn died just days before Christmas in 1938.  Bob struggled to give hope to his child, for whom he couldn't even afford to buy a Christmas gift.  But if he couldn't buy a gift, he was determined to make one - a storybook! Bob had created an animal character in his own mind and told the animal's story to little Barbara to give her comfort and hope. Again and again Bob told the story, embellishing it more with each telling. Who was the character? What was the story all about? The story Bob May created was his own autobiography in fable form.

The character he created was a misfit outcast like he was.  The name of the character? A little reindeer named Rudolph, with a big shiny nose. Bob finished the book just in time to give it to his little girl on Christmas Day.

But the story doesn't end there. The general manager of Montgomery Ward caught wind of the little storybook and offered Bob May a nominal fee to purchase the rights to print the book.
Wards went on to print, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and distribute it to children visiting Santa Claus in their stores. By 1946 Wards had printed and distributed more than six million copies of Rudolph. That same year, a major publisher wanted to purchase the rights from Wards to print an updated version of the book. In an unprecedented gesture of kindness, the CEO of Wards returned all rights back to Bob May.

The book became a best seller. Many toy and marketing deals followed and Bob May, now remarried with a growing family, became wealthy from the story he created to comfort his grieving daughter.  
But the story doesn't end there either. Bob's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, made a song adaptation to Rudolph. Though the song was turned down by such popular vocalists as Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore, it was recorded by the singing cowboy, Gene Autry.

"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was released in 1949 and became a phenomenal success, selling more records than any other Christmas song, with the exception of "White Christmas."

The gift of love that Bob May created for his daughter so long ago kept on returning back to bless him again and again. And Bob May learned the lesson, just like his dear friend Rudolph, that being different isn't so bad. In fact, being different can be a blessing.

MERRY CHRISTMAS From someone who has always been different.


“The Night Before Christmas At The Rainbow Bridge”        #9

Contributed by Face, Baby, Lightfoot, Sugar & Spice Graham
(we will always be with you)

'Twas the night before Christmas, at Rainbow Bridge too.
We Bridge kids were thinking as always of you.
We'd seen how the holidays weren't bright this year,
Heard you whisper so often, "I wish you were here!”

We know how you wish you could just stay in bed
And sleep through the holiday lying ahead,
When all celebrate with their loved ones so near...
Unless they have loved ones on this side this year.

But we're no less alive here, on the other side.
If you could just see us, you'd've laughed and not cried.
The dogs all in harness, pulling the sleigh.
The cats all in Santa hats pointing the way.

The pet birds all flying back over the rainbow,
Bound homeward in spite of Earth's darkness and snow.
All the pets that you've lost, pets for whom you've cried,
Flying home on this Christmas to be by your side.

If you feel warm fur brush you when no pet's around,
Hear a soft bark or purr, just a ghost of a sound,
We're trying to tell you we're visiting this way,
And our visits, even rainbows, can be on any day.

But for Christmas we have something special to do,
A sleigh full of happy dream visits for you.
On doggy, on kitty, on winged friend and ferret!
The love that you lavished, we mean now to share it!

We're fetching that love home, the way we once played,
With the closeness we shared and the memories we made.
Our Earth lives with you were too short for us, too,
And on this Christmas Eve we have so much to do.

So all through this night as you sleep in your beds,
Sweet visions of fur babies dance in your heads.
This one special night we can bring you Home for a while,
Your true home in Heaven, where again you will smile.

Over the rainbow you'll fly, for a short while this night,
Hours that you'll be happy, hours that will feel right,
Hours to cuddle and hug us, to run and to play,
Before the return to Earth in our magic way.

And when you awaken and face Christmas Day,
We pray you'll remember your trip on our sleigh,
But in case you forget, just remember our love.
Remember us watching you, your angels above.

Sending love wrapped in rainbows, shining and bright,
Love that will guide you through the darkest night,
Love found in each memory unwrapped through the year,
Replacing dark sorrows with Christmas cheer.

Leave the toys to St. Nick, we Bridge kids bring dreams,
Sweet visits to remind you all is not as it seems
When you look all around you with tired Earthly eyes.
If you saw as we do, there'd be joy and surprise.

There are fur angels waiting by those Christmas trees,
Always there for you and hearing your pleas.
We're never more than a thought away from your home,
You're never forgotten, you're never alone.

Nor are we alone here, with our Rainbow Bridge friends.
We know only joy here, the celebrating never ends,
And after our reunions with you Christmas Eve,
We Bridge kids will party like you'd never believe.

But we'll slip away often to be by your side.
Sitting there watching you, eyes open wide,
Praying you'll be able to catch a glimpse of us, too.
But whether or not you see us - Merry Christmas to you!

- Cindy Morgan (2007)


“Benny Gets Adopted”        #10  Contributed for All Those Dogs That Are Waiting
(makes you feel good, doesn’t it? I was adopted - Jake)

“Disco Dance World Finals - 1980s”   #11  Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
(a time to remember - oh the memories!)

“Put A Little Bounce In Your Day”   #12  Contributed by Gary Rocklage  (great videos from a UK Christmas ad - check out these videos)

“Diamonds Are Forever”  #13 Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz (do you remember - 47 yrs. apart)

“Hockey In America”  #14 Contributed by Lenore (Felker) Rounsaville, Bruce Ahlvin & Ted Dumke   
(second time around, a great one & this a keeper!)




1  .  Eat a Red Apple Day - World Aids Awareness Day.
2  .  National Fritters Day.

3  .  Advent begins, date varies - National Roof over Your Head Day.
4  .  Santa's' List Day - Wear Brown Shoes Day.
5  .  Bathtub Party Day - Repeal Day - The 21st Amendment ends Prohibition, I'll drink to that!
6  .   St. Nicholas Day - Mitten Tree Day - Put on your own Shoes Day.

7  .  Pearl Harbor Day - International Civil Aviation Day -  Letter Writing Day - National Cotton Candy Day - would you like some fairy floss?

8  .  National Brownie Day - Take it in the Ear Day.
9  .  Christmas Card Day - National Pastry Day.
10  .  Human Rights Day - International Children's Day.
11  .  National Noodle Ring Day.

12  .  Chanukah, date varies -  National Ding-a-Ling Day - Poinsettia Day. 
13  .  Ice Cream Day - Violin Day.
14  .  International Monkey Day - National Bouillabaisse Day - Roast Chestnuts 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  .  Crossword Puzzle Day - Forefather's Day - Humbug Day -  Look on the Bright Side Day - National Flashlight Day - Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. 
22  .  National Date Nut Bread Day.”

23  .  Festivus, for the rest of us - Roots Day.
24  .  National Chocolate Day - National Egg Nog Day.

25  .  Christmas Day - National Pumpkin Pie Day.
26  .  Boxing Day.
27  .  Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day - National Fruitcake Day.

28  .  Card Playing Day.
29  .  Pepper Pot Day.
30  .  Bacon Day - National Bicarbonate of Soda Day.

31  .  New Year's Eve - Make Up Your Mind Day - Unlucky Day.

Thanks again for all your assistance over the last #6 months.

You've added greatly to the success of the June thru November Newsletters!

The December, January & February Newsletters will be smaller in quantity, but will maintain the quality so that everyone can enjoy their individual Holiday Celebrations, along with our transition into the New Year - 2017! 
Hooah, Hugs, Be Safe & Happy, During Your Holidays!  We will talk again in January,
Your Classmate - Bob



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