Okay, okay, we are back on the “Fire-Up Track!” We are connecting
and reconnecting, we have another “Bucket List” challenge, and
we also have a tie going into the final month, of “Who Said That?”
So, I don’t forget any Holiday Celebrations, as always, during our
annual Christmas, Hanukkah, Feliz Navidad, Kwanzaa, Dun Che Lao Ren
celebrations and Festivus for the rest of us - I want to wish you all
the very best, during your respective holiday period.
Now is not the time to slack off, but it is the time to stay “Fired
Up!” A couple of “Reconnects” and “Connects” - Bruce and Judy (Fondren)
Ahlvin, Alan and Charlene (Wiper) Swenson, Sharon (Freitas) Peros,
Stephen Hanleigh, Trig Horton, Bruce Hellman, Eugene Esposto, Lenore (Felker)
Rounsaville, Tom Cameron, Bonnie (Costantini) Philpott, Barbara Costa,
Richard “Doc” Durden, Ted Dumke, Mary (Hornung) LaComb, Kit (Jacobson)
Hein, Kathy (Lanstyak) Sheffield, Susan (Pezzola) McKeever, Marla
(Phillips) Morris, Margaret (Tubia) Horwitz, Linda (Wanke) Rapp, and
Mike Galloway (in Thailand).
Who is going to be the next to connect or reconnect with another
Classmate? ... just let me know. Keep the class/family together!
Age is only a number and as that great philosopher “Pop Eye” once
said, “I am what I am” - Aragon Class of 1964 - once a Don, always a
Don! Come on, keep the ambers burning and make a Classmate’s day -
In regards to the “Bucket List Challenge,” I have a new
challenge from Stephen Hanleigh:
“Couple of more things I have filled my bucket with, a 5:00 am
solitary vigil on Omaha Beach on June 6, 2004. I was alone, and so
were thousands of other people sitting around me...60 years, and the
place is still sacred.”
THAT WAS A GREAT ONE, Steve!
In keeping with a military venue, the day the Vietnam Memorial was
open to the public 13 November 1982, I was stationed in the D.C. area
and prior to reporting for duty that day I got up at “oh dark thirty,”
put on my “Class A” Uniform and drove down to the Memorial Wall. I
was the first one there. When I left a couple of hours later, there
were hundreds of veterans and non-veterans paying respect to our
fallen Vietnam Veterans. I never heard anything from anyone while I
was there... except for uncontrollable tears. I stenciled the name of
my combat buddy who had been KIA. I saluted the Wall, touched the
name of my friend etched on the black wall, did an about face and
walked away. To this day that frame with my buddy’s etched name has
been hanging on a wall in the Graham home(s)...and every day, I tell
him “thank you for your sacrifice” and ask the question
- why him and not me?
“Who Said That?” We now have two Classmates tied. This month
of December will either give us a winner or make a three way tie going
into the month of January. The two winners are Maryann (Maskevich)
Flanagan and Gary Rocklage. This is still anyone’s to win. If
Maryann or Gary get in “first” with the “correct answer” they WIN!
If another Classmate gets in first with the correct answer, then we
will have a three way tie. So, then we will have to go on to January
to get the first winner in the “Who Said That?” competition. Once we
have a winner, their award will be sent out and then will be announced
in the next month’s Newsletter. We will then start another contest,
for the Aragon Class of 1964. Now is not the time to just do
nothing... now is the time to really get “Fired Up” and get ready for
what is coming next. Okay? Okay!
“Who Said the Following?”
“To me there are three things everyone should do every day.
Number one is laugh. Number two is think - spend some time in
thought. Number three, you should have your emotions move you to
tears. If you laugh, think and cry, that’s a heck of a day!”
Classmates I need to ask for some assistance. One of our Classmates
has asked if anyone knows anything about the passing of Vance T. Wood;
where, cause of death, and what he did after graduation. All we have
is a confirmed passing in March of 1995, and last known address: P.O.
Box 64, Tahoe City, CA. 95730. Any information, please contact me.
Finally, what do we have for your reading appetite and enjoyment in
the December Newsletter? Well, I’m glad you asked, you did ask, didn’t
you? November has been a month with a lot of “ups and downs” to
content with, here in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa,
etc. The times they are a changing - at a fast rate. So, with that
being said and the special happens we celebrate in December, I thought
I might keep the narrative a little lighter. Most of you are probably
pretty saturated with “media reporting.” So, let’s just get
comfortable and enjoy some not so negative information. Then you can
return to whatever media you desire, but for now, let’s try some of
“A Few Articles from OUR Classmates, Family, & Friends”
Music and dance always seemed to be a big part of our growing period
at Aragon, along with going steady with someone for a month or two.
Then it was time to move on, for others - well some got married and
are still together - coming up on fifty years of marital bliss! Add
some animals and we have a “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!” Did I
really say that? I guess I did. Enough of me, let’s get to the
Our Newsletter is going to lighten everyone’s load, at least for the
time it takes you to check out the December Articles- “Our Time Is
Now.” Let’s take this time to get back with Our Aragon Class of 1964
and enjoy some time together. What’s that old cliché, oh yeah, your
Classmates are like the stars you see every time you look up at the
night sky. You don’t see them all the time, but you know they are
there. All you need to do is stay connected or reconnect. You know
in the long run, we are all here for each other. It just takes you
picking up a phone, using your computer, or maybe - just maybe, a
short hand written note. I think you might be surprised with the
contacts you will start up...someone is just waiting to hear from you.
Go for it!
Hooah, Hugs, & “Our Time Is Now,”
“Uptown Funk You UP”
(This will bring a smile, some feet moving, and maybe –
“39 Years Of 45 RPM Records”
(Enjoy - this will make you feel good; oldies, but real goodies!)
“Top 10 Movie Dance Scenes of All Time”
(Sorry, honey, did I step on your feet? Bob to Peggy or is that
Peggy to Bob?)
Sharon (Freitas) Peros
(This is some story, do you know about Akiane?)
“Our History In Two Incredible Minutes”
Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
(Seen before, but a request for our start into 2016 - what’s
“Some Great Memories From The Movies”
(How many of these did you remember?)
“The Majestic Clydesdales”
(How cool are these clydesdales? Watch them all - full screen!)
“The Bright Side”
Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
(You will not take things for granted again!)
“Enjoy These Happy Pictures”
(Click on the picture to bring another one
up – smile!)
“Police Dog Humor”
Jake & Honor Graham
(Just enjoy and keep your smile on, woof – woof!)
Beer Run Ever”
John “Chickie” Donohue
(What a story! “Chickie” goes to Vietnam to find his 3 buddies!)
“Old Man Dance”
Old Man Bob
(My hero, if I can walk at that age - I will be happy!)
Jake & Honor Graham
(What a great family reunion!)
Gift that Will Make You Smile”
(You may have seen this before, but you will smile again!)
Best of Times”
(Oh - the memories, our era.)
Alan & Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
(Oldie and a true goodie - “Alan, Alan, Alan”)
In The Clowns”
(Where are the clowns now?)
(These two will raise you up - you will remember them!)
“Here’s A Good Laugh!”
(This guy is crazy - with Ronald Reagan & Tip O'Neil laughing
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY TO ALL DECEMBER CLASSMATES
DECEMBER DATES TO REMEMBER:
1 - Eat a Red Apple Day - World Aids Awareness Day.
2 - National Fritters Day.
3 - National Roof over Your Head Day.
4 – Santa’s List Day - Wear Brown Shoes Day.
5 - Bathtub Party Day - Repeal Day - Stevie’s Birthday.
6 - Hanukkah begins at Sundown - St. Nicholas Day - Mitten Tree Day -
Put on your own Shoes Day.
7 - Pearl Harbor Day - International Civil Aviation Day - Letter
Writing Day - 7 National Cotton Candy Day - Jake’s Birthday.
8 - National Brownie Day - Take it in the Ear Day.
9 - Christmas Card Day - National Pastry Day.
10 - Human Rights Day.
11 - National Noodle Ring Day.
12 - National Ding-a-Ling Day - Poinsettia Day.
13 - Ice Cream Day - International Children's Day - Violin Day.
14 - National Bouillabaisse 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 - Winter Begins - Forefather's Day - Humbug Day - National
Flashlight Day - Look on the Bright Side Day.
22 - National Date Nut Bread Day.
23 - Festivus - Roots Day.
24 - National Chocolate Day - National Egg Nog Day.
25 - Christmas Day - National Pumpkin Pie Day.
26 - Kwanzaa Begins - Boxing Day.
27 - Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day - National Fruitcake Day.
28 - Card Playing Day.
29 - Pepper Pot Day.
30 - National Bicarbonate of Soda Day.
31 - New Year's Eve - Make Up Your Mind Day - Unlucky Day.
Thank You to the Aragon Class of 1964!
Well, another year has come and gone. Who would have ever thought
that we would have ever come from 1946 to 2016! Wow, the changes seem
to be coming even faster. But, we are still here and really just
getting started! I hope we continue to stay in contact, throughout
next year. Thank You All for your help and assistance throughout the
years. A special thanks to Stephen Hanleigh and Bonita Beck for
allowing a “thought” eleven years ago to become a reality [website!].
Happy holidays and a great 2016 to all. In closing I
would like to leave you with the following:
“There are big ships and there are small ships, but there is nothing
better than Friendship.”
~ Ms. Anon
Hooah, Hugs, A Great New Year, & We
Will Talk Again In January,
Your Classmate, Bob