Aragon Class of ‘64
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Classmates & Friends of Aragon 1964, Contributors of all Articles
B  Beck, Webmaster                                          Bob Graham, Editor

NEWSLETTER #158                                                                                                         JUNE  2017



Here we go with Summer...just around the corner and all the great adventures that may come your way. Here are a few events to think about:

          • School Is Out and Summer School Is Starting Up.    
          • Job Hunting Has Started or Retirement Has Moved to the “top notch, in your life”
                   or you are just carrying on with retirement.
          • Weddings Are On And So Are Divorces.
          • Vacations Are Off And Running, From One End of the World to Another.
          • Less Clothes Are Needed - Pack Up The Winter Gear - and bring back the shorts,
                   t-shirts and flip flops.
          • Getting To The Beach Is Important - but, so are the mountains.
          • Kids And Grand Kids are Coming & Going.
          • Fun In The Sun Is A Way Of Life, that a lot of us long for.
          • Mother’s Day Has Come & Gone and Father’s Day will be here soon.
          • June 10th 2017, at 8:00 PM will mark #53 years since we walked (#466 of us) across
                  the stage at the College of San Mateo Gymnasium and Graduated from Aragon
                  High School.
          • Finally, the “Summer of Love!” Many of you may have attended. The Summer Solstice                          Celebration on June 21, 1967, at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park...”The Hippie,                       Hippie, Hooray Summer.”          *A full schedule of events is available for this                       Summer’s #50th Anniversary at:

For every “action, there will be a reaction.” So, be ready, get set and let’s go and have a GREAT Start To SUMMER!

                                      Take Care - Hooah, Hugs, Love & “LET THE SUN SHINE IN!” -                                       Bob

The Website For The “Fork” Home Page Is:  
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The “Connections And Reconnections” (C/R) Section: - Connected or Reconnected with a Classmate or just want to contact a Classmate, but don’t have any contact information? Let me know (see above). This section still remains #1 in our “Special Section Group.” Contact me and I will get the needed information for you.

During the last week of May, a few Friends came to Las Vegas to visit with Peggy and me...four days of fun and embellishing events from twenty years ago in Angel Fire, New Mexico. We are now in the “rest period mode.” We will be relaxing during the Memorial Day Weekend and the first part of June.

“Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA): - this site is still fun and is starting to get some different Classmates involved. Many of you are getting the correct answers, they are just coming in too late. The first week of a new month is the time for you to scan your monthly Newsletter and get your answer(s) to me - ASAP.

          • MAY’S QUOTE:  “FIRE THE BITCH”

          • MAY’S ANSWER IS: “NINE TO FIVE” and the actor is “DABNEY COLEMAN.”


                   *The June, semiannual, “Movie Quote Addition” is over and the Semi Annual Winner for the second year in a row is: GARY ROCKLAGE.

OK - The winner’s prize is on its way Gary. We are starting the next “semiannual” contest with the June Newsletter and it will run through November 2017. Now is the time for you to jump in and claim the winning prize for December 2017.


“The Bucket List (B/L) Challenge” - The “life support plug” has been pulled on the “Bucket List Challenge.” RIP. Maybe during the “LET THE SUN SHINE IN” Summer a Classmate may experience an event to bring the “The Bucket List (B/L) Challenge back to life.

                             JUNE IS A FUN MONTH, SO LET’S HAVE SOME!
                                      Hooah, Hugs, Love & “Let The Sun Shine In,”


Benefit Concert”        #1     Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(Start your “fun” with a concert, picnic & music!)


Misheard Lyrics        #2   Contributed by Peggy Graham
(This is so true and a crack - up!)

It’s All About Color        #3    Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Coming in and going out - the most dangerous 4 1/2 acres in the world!)

Graduation from High School    #4    Contributed by Bob Graham
(This is a great valedictorian speech.)
Your Jaw Will Hit The Floor in Mere Seconds    #5   Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
A Quiet Square in Belgium      #6   Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
(Thanks for the “mind opener”!)

1980’s Teen Stars Then and Now        #7  Contributed by Ted Dumke
(Time is an agent of change!)

“Empathy”     #8   
Contributed by Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
(Memories will make you smile and think...)

These twelve short stories are all very good stories and make us think twice about the daily happenings in our lives as we deal with others!
1. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I'm working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said:

"Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile."

2. Today, I asked my mentor - a very successful business man in his 70s- what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said:

"Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing."

3. Today, after my 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn't recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said ,

"On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center."

4. Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died:

“He licked the tears off my face.”

5. Today at 7 AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3 PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.

A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted:
“then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.”

6. Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother's hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said:

"I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often."

7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the:

“first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.”

8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, "Why?" She replied:

"So you can help me save the planet." I chuckled again and asked, "And why do you want to save the planet?"

“Because that's where I keep all my stuff," she said.

9. Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient
laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter's antics, I suddenly realized that:

“I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.”

10. Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said:

"I hope you feel better soon."

11. Today, I was feeling down because the results of a biopsy came back...malignant. When I got home, I opened an e-mail that said, "Thinking of you today. If you need me, I'm a phone call away:"

“It was from a high school friend I hadn't seen in 10 years.”

12. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn't eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating:

“The first thing the man said was: "We can share it.”

“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”

Moose - Swing - Cop     #9  Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(Risky rescue!)

Mustang Sally        #10    Contributed by Bob Graham
(When we got married, I had a 1965 Mustang - wish I still had it!)

Inventions by Women”    #11
Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
(Some outstanding individuals!)

1.       Car heater - Margaret A. Wilcox in 1831
2.       Monopoly (Landlord’s Game) Elizabeth Magie in 1904
3.       Fire escape-1887 Anna Connelly
4.       Life Raft - Maria Beasley in 1882
5.       Residential Solar Heating - Dr. Maria Telkes in 1947
6.       Mediacal Syringe - Letitla Geer in 1899
7.       The Modern Electric Refrigerator - Florence Parpart in 1914
8.       Ice Cream Maker - Nancy Johnson in 1843
9.       Computer Algorithim - Ada Lovelace in London 1842,
                for the first modern computers of the 1940s
10.     Telecommunications - Dr. Shirley Jackson
11.     Dishwasher - Josephine Cochrane in 1887
12.     Wireless Transmission Technology during WWII
13.     Closed-Circult Television Security - Marie Van Brittan Brown
14.     Modern Paper Bag - Margaret Knight in 1871
15.     Central Heating - Alice Parker in 1919
16.     Kevlar - Stephanie Kwolek 1965
17.     Computer Software - Dr. Grace Murray Hopper
            (also a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy) in the 1940’s.

***     Circular Saw – Tabitha Babbitt 1812
          Chocolate Chip Cookies – Ruth Wakefield 1930
          Elevated Railway – Mary Walton 1881
          Engine Muffler – El Dorado Jones 1917
          Locomotive chimney – Mary Walton 1879
          Rotary Engine – Margaret Knight 1904
          Street Cleaning Machine – Florence Parpart 1900
          Submarine lamp & telescope – Sarah Mather 1845
          Windshield wiper – Mary Anderson 1903

Cars of the 50’s in 2014”    #12   Contributed by Bruce Hellman  (Always go to the “car man.”)

How To Put A Bra On - In A Gun Fight”    #13    Contributed by Bob Graham
(If you are “packing a weapon,” this knowledge is for you!)


“Talking Centipede”    #14    
Contributed by Ted Dumke    (This takes some time.)

A single guy decided life would be more fun
if he had a pet. So he went to the pet store
and told the owner that he wanted to buy an unusual pet.

After some discussion, he finally bought a talking centipede,
which came in a little white box to use for his house.

He took the box back home, found a good spot for the box, and decided he would start off  by taking his new pet to the pub for a drink with him.

So he asked the centipede in the box, "Would you like to go
down the pub with me today? We will have a good time." But there was no answer from his new pet. This bothered him a bit,
but he waited a few minutes and then asked again, "How about going down the pub with me?" But again, there was no answer
from his new friend and pet. So he waited a few minutes more,
thinking about the situation.
The guy decided to invite the centipede one last time! This time he put his face up against the centipede's box and shouted, "Hey, you in there? Would you like to go to the pub with me?

This time, a little voice came out of the box.

"I heard you the first time! I'm putting my f*#@ing shoes on!"

I’m Putting Up The Flag        #15  Contributed by Gary Rocklage, Bob Graham, Bruce Ahlvin & Many, Many Others
(June 14th  is the official flag day, but for many - every day is!)





1. Dare Day - Flip a Coin Day.

2. National Bubba Day - National Doughnut Day - National Rocky Road Day. 

3. National Trails Day - Repeat Day (I said "Repeat Day").

4. Applesauce Cake Day - Hug Your Cat Day - Old Maid's Day

5. World Environment Day.

6. National Gardening Exercise Day - National Yo-Yo Day.

7. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day.

8. Best Friends Day - Name Your Poison Day.

9. Donald Duck Day - National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day.

10. #53 Years Ago Today, Aragon Class of 1964 Graduated! -
Iced Tea Day.

11. National Corn on the Cob Day.

12. Red Rose Day.

13. Sewing Machine Day.

    14. Flag Day.   

15. Smile Power Day.

16. Fresh Veggies Day.

17. Eat Your Vegetables Day - National Hollerin' Contest Day -
World Juggler's Day.

18. Father's Day - Go Fishing Day - International Panic Day - International Sushi Day - National Splurge Day. 

19. National Kissing Day - World Sauntering Day.

20. Ice Cream Soda Day.

21. Go Skate Day - International Yoga Day - National Selfie Day -
Finally Summer Day.

22. National Chocolate Eclair Day.

23. National Columnists Day - National Pink Day - Take Your Dog to Work Day.

24. Swim a Lap Day.

25. Log Cabin Day - National Catfish Day.

26. Beautician's Day - Forgiveness Day.

27. Sun Glasses Day.

28. Insurance Awareness Day - Paul Bunyan Day.

29. Camera Day - Hug Holiday - International Mud Day - Waffle Iron Day.

30. Meteor Day.    

PS:    Classmates, Family and Friends of the Aragon Class of 1964...keep up the great work and keep those articles coming for the “Fork.”

Hooah & Hugs, THANK YOU for all you do to keep this “information life line” going! Big, Big Hugs to All. We will get together again for the July Newsletter, Classmate Bob


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