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
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
* The Website for The “Fork” Home Page is: http://www.rizon.biz/Aragon/AragonHomePage.htm
if that doesn’t work for you, just contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back to “Our Senior Hill” and time to enjoy the December
• 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 QUOTE: “WELL, HERE’S ANOTHER NICE MESS YOU’VE
GOTTEN ME INTO!”
NOVEMBER’S ANSWER: “SONS OF THE DESERT” and the quote was
spoken by “OLIVER HARDY.”
ONCE AGAIN - GARY ROCKLAGE IS THE “WINNER - WINNER -
*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
And Now…. DECEMBER’S QUOTE:
“CAN YOU FLY THIS PLANE AND LAND IT?”
“SURELY YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS.”
“I AM SERIOUS. AND DON’T CALL ME SHIRLEY.”
*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
• “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
#6 Eternal Peace
#7 Working For Santa
#9 Christmas & The Rainbow Bridge
#10 Benny Gets Adopted
#11 Disco Dance
#12 A Little Bounce
“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
“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
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
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
“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!)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY
TO ALL DECEMBER CLASSMATES
DECEMBER (THE HOLIDAY MONTH) - DATES TO REMEMBER:
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
7 . Pearl Harbor Day - International Civil Aviation Day - Letter
Writing Day - National Cotton Candy Day - would you like some fairy
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 -
13 . Ice Cream Day - Violin Day.
14 . International Monkey Day - National Bouillabaisse Day - Roast
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
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