Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter

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

March  2016

Issue #143


Is it me or do some of you feel the same way? I’m talking about “CHANGES.” I know that the only thing that is constant in our lives is change. But, at the same time, I also know that as I get older, I’m pretty set in my ways.

I remember back in those high school days at Aragon, many things seemed to be spur-of-the-moment. I remember doing many things in a relatively short period of time, with not much planning. This type of thinking and doing, carried on until about mid way through college...then something made me do a 180 degree turn.

Before I share that answer with you; I will let you know that my changes carried on through my final two years of college, twenty-three years in the military, twenty years in the education/ coaching arena and ten years of volunteer service. I also,  
believe that with changes comes a difference in responsibilities.

Let me digress for a few more lines of ongoing thoughts. In high school, I really didn’t have a lot of individual responsibility. I do believe that as I dated, I tried to be more responsible to the ones I was with; during those awkward, social, maturing times. At CSM I felt that I was the only one responsible for how I was going to turn out. This is one thing that the teachers and coaches in my life tried to instill in me daily. So with that being said, It is time to move on to the University of Montana. It did not take long for me to fall in love. The love was projected to the setting of the University, Coaches, Teammates, and Army ROTC Cadre.

But then, I remember this well...I went to a dance and I saw this stunning young woman, that I wanted to meet and know more about. I will just say that our first meeting, to say the least - I was “a little rough around the edges!” About six months later, I finally got enough courage up to go over and apologize for our initial “meeting.” We had a cup of coffee in the Student Union...and that was it. About a month later we had a “real date.” Four months later we were married. Two years later: graduation, birth of our son, Michael, and I was commissioned a 2LT in the Army and off to Fort Knox, KY.

“CHANGES” went into “warp speed” from 1969 to 1992. We moved nineteen times in twenty-three years in the military. I missed many anniversaries, birthdays, almost a birth - our daughter, Stevie in 1973, numerous holidays, and eight years of not even being home, because of training and overseas deployments.

“CHANGES” were happening daily and my responsibilities, had all but my Family and the Military. My changes came about as my wife became a strong woman, from a mere teenager. She did all family events, celebrations, etc., that both of us were responsible for. She was my rock!

After the military, “CHANGES” were still active in my life. The next calling was teaching and coaching and career counseling for Peggy. Once again the “changes” came along and “together” we mastered them. We initiated responsibilities within our students. Thus, bringing numerous changes to the students. We were a surrogate mom and dad for many. Our “student family” started to see their own “changes”...the first in their family to graduate high school, the first to go to college, and graduate (12 million dollars in scholarship monies, in 10 years) and the first to be an American Citizen). Now they are out in society, dealing with their own changes and the responsibilities that go hand and hand.

So, after all is said and done, we all have to deal with “changes” in our own respective ways. “CHANGES” are nothing to be afraid of, or to be concerned with...embrace them, enjoy making a difference with your “changes.”

The question has been answered. “MARRIAGE” changed my life forever and for the better. I Thank my wife, Peggy for putting up with my “CHANGES” for the last forty-eight years. Those that have known me during the early years and know me now have observed (I hope) changes for the better, throughout the years.

So, my bottom line is: embrace your “CHANGES,” some times it is good to come out of your comfort zone and feel a little uncomfortable. Your mind will stay active and so will you. Thank You for allowing me to put some thoughts to paper. I would appreciate hearing, how many of you deal with your “CHANGES.”

                                    Hooah, Hugs, & “Ch... Ch... Changes!" - Bob      

We had some more Connections and a great Reconnection for Peggy and me, during February. Steve and Valeri Hanleigh came to Las Vegas for a business meeting. We went down to the Wynn Hotel, where they were staying; and had the opportunity to have lunch and some great conversation. Although too short, the time together was enjoyed by all. Hooah, Hugs, and Thank You, Steve and Valeri.

THE BUCKET LIST CHALLENGE - We had no takers on Maryann’s trip to the Holy Land for Christmas in Bethlehem. I need some help here. I know many of you have Bucket Lists and I know that many have had Outstanding Experiences, so “Stand Up and take the Challenge!” Let me hear from you, let the Classmates know what you have accomplished with YOUR Bucket List. In order to throw out a challenge for March; I had to go back to 1980 and Colorado Springs, Colorado, where I was stationed at Fort Carson. The unit I was stationed with, was an Armor Unit, challenged by an Infantry Unit to a running event. Of course, we accepted. It was not pretty, but we all finished the run. It was called the “Pikes Peak Marathon.” I will tell you to this day, my body was not made to run Marathons. I’m sure someone out there has done something or gone somewhere that would blow my experience clear out of the water or off the side of Pikes Peak! Get Fire Up! Don’t be shy, that is one thing this Class has never been guilty of...I’m waiting to hear from YOU.

WHO SAID THAT - MOVIE QUOTE ADDITION ̶   Well, we have some positive information for The Class of 1964. We have three winners in three months. The January Winner was BRUCE AHLVIN! We had Two Winners for February, GARY ROCKLAGE and STEVE BECHTOLD!! Congratulations to our WINNERS. The quote for March is listed below. Remember to be the WINNER, you need to know the name of the MOVIE and the name of the ACTOR that said the quote...first one in with correct answers...WINS! Ladies, come on I know you can do this - Let’s Get Fire Up!

           “I’m walking here! I’m walking here!”

A Preview Of The March Newsletter:

• Check out the Aragon Class of 2016
• The Love of Words
• A Real Smart Young Lady
• Almost Speechless
• Words From The Past
• Gymnastics
• Wow, How do They...
• It Was Dry
• God’s Crayons
• A 50’s Dinner
• A Great Reconnection

“Seven Minutes & Fifty-Two Years Later”
Contributed Ted Dumke
(Aragon class of 2016)

ONE   or   TWO


Contributed by Peggy Graham
(for the love of words)

• How does Moses make tea? Hebrews it.
• Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!
• A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.
• I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
• Haunted French pancakes give me the crępes.
• England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.
• I tried to catch some fog, but I mist.
• They told me I had type-A blood, but it was a Typo.
• I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.
• Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
• I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.
• I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.
• This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.
• When chemists die, they barium.
• I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.
• I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.
• Why were the Indians in the USA first? They had reservations.
• I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.
• Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control  her pupils?
• When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
• Broken pencils are pointless.
• What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.
• I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.
• All the toilets in Sydney's police stations have been stolen, the police have nothing to go on.
• I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
• Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last.

This Is One Smart Three Year Old

Contributed By Sharon (Freitas) Peros
(I really needed some one like her when I was in chem. class!)


Harrison Ford Almost Speechless

Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(wow - how was that done?)

“Lost Words From Our Childhood”

Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
(where did these words go?)

Would you recognize the word Murgatroyd? -  Heavens to Murgatroyd! Lost words from our childhood: Words gone as fast as the buggy whip! Sad really!

The  other day, a not so elderly (65) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy and he looked at her quizzically and said what the heck is a Jalopy? OMG (new  phrase!) - he had never heard of the word jalopy! She knew she was old but not that old. Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle:

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included "Don't touch that dial," "Carbon copy," "You sound like a broken record" and "Hung out to dry."

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We'd put on our best bib and tucker to straighten up and fly right - Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy moley! We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell but when's the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A, of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers. Oh, my aching back. Kilroy was here but he isn't anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap and before we can say, well I'll be a monkey's uncle!/This is a fine kettle of fish! - we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind. We blink and they're gone. Where have all those phrases gone?
Long gone: Pshaw/The milkman did it/Hey! It's your nickel. Don't
forget to pull the chain/Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty. I'll see you in the funny papers. Don't take any wooden nickels/Heavens to Murgatroyd!

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills. This can be disturbing stuff!  We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeful times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age.

We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory. It's one of the greatest advantages of aging.

See ya later, alligator!

A Very Mature Gymnast
Contributed by Alex Peros (Sharon Freitas Husband) (check this lady out)


More Awesome People
Contributed by Gary Rocklage  (agility plus!)


The Levee Was Dry
Contributed by Peggy Graham  (but not the American Pie)


Colored With God’s Crayons
Contributed by Ted Dumke   (beauty up close)


“Dinner In The Fifties”

Contributed by Bonita Beck
(I remember many of these)

 • There were only two pastas for dinner - Macaroni or Spaghetti.
• Curry was someone's surname.
• 'Take-out' was a mathematical problem.
• Pizza? That was a leaning tower somewhere.
• Oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
• All chips were plain.
• Rice was a pudding, never part of our dinner.
• A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.
• Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
• Oil was for lubricating motors, fat was for cooking.
• Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves and never green.
• Cubed sugar was regarded as 'posh' and artificial sugar was unknown.
• Chickens didn't have fingers in those days.
• None of us had ever heard of yogurt -
  [Except my family - my mom used to make at home & add a spoon of frozen
orange juice concentrate to flavor it!]
• Healthy food was anything considered edible.
• Cooking outside was a part of camping.
• Seaweed was not a food.
• 'Kebab' was not even a word, never mind a food.
• Sugar was something to be enjoyed in those days.
• Prunes were considered medicinal.
• Surprisingly muesli was readily available. It was called cattle feed.
• Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; we only saw pictures of a real one.
• Water came out of the tap. If someone had suggested bottling it and charging for it they would have become a laughing stock.

• But what we never ever had on/at our table in the fifties were ....elbows, hats and cell phones!


CiCi And Bos
Contributed by Bob Graham   (a great reconnection!)



MARCH (Irish American Month)

1 ̶   National Pig Day - Peanut Butter Lovers' Day.
2 ̶   Old Stuff Day (does that mean us?).
3 ̶   I Want You to be Happy Day - If Pets Had Thumbs Day - National Anthem Day - Peach Blossom Day.
4 ̶   Employee Appreciation Day - Holy Experiment Day - Hug a GI Day - National Salesperson Day.
5 ̶   Multiple Personality Day.
6 ̶   Dentist's Day - National Frozen Food Day.
7 ̶   National Crown Roast of Pork Day.
8 ̶   Be Nasty Day - International (Working) Women's Day.
9 ̶   Panic Day.
10 ̶   Middle Name Pride Day - Popcorn Lover's Day.
11 ̶   Johnny Appleseed Day - Worship of Tools Day.
12 ̶   Girl Scouts Day - Plant a Flower Day.
13 ̶   Ear Muff Day -  Jewel Day.
14 ̶   Learn about Butterflies Day - National Pi Day - National Potato Chip Day.
15 ̶   Dumbstruck Day - Everything You Think is Wrong Day - Ides of March - Incredible Kid Day, date varies - National Agriculture Day, date varies.
16 ̶   Everything You Do is Right Day.
17 ̶   Saint Patrick's Day - Submarine Day, the hero sandwich or the boat?
18 ̶   Goddess of Fertility Day - National Agriculture Day, date varies - Supreme Sacrifice Day.
19 ̶   National Quilting Day - Poultry Day.
20 ̶   International Earth Day - Extraterrestrial Abductions Day - Proposal Day.
21 ̶   Credit Card Reduction Day - Fragrance Day.
22 ̶   National Goof Off Day.
23 ̶   National Chip and Dip Day - Melba Toast Day - Near Miss Day.
24 ̶   National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.
25 ̶   Pecan Day - Waffle Day.
26 ̶   Make Up Your Own Holiday Day - National Spinach Day.
27 ̶   Easter Date - National "Joe" Day.
28 ̶   Dyngus Day - Something on a Stick Day.
29 ̶   National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day -  Smoke and Mirrors Day.
30 ̶   National Doctor's Day -  I am in Control Day - Take a Walk in the Park Day.
31 ̶   Bunsen Burner Day - National Clam on the Half Shell Day.

PS ̶   Classmates, Family, and Friends - Thank You for all of your assistance during the past months. The “fire” was lit and many of you answered the “call.” Many more have started to participate each month. Working together, makes it a whole lot easier and brings more topics and ideas to the monthly “Keep Your Fork...’64.
Again, Thank You. Have a Great March and we will get together again in April,  Bob.


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