Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter


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

NEWSLETTER #160                                                                                                      AUGUST  2017



Here we go, moving “steady on” into August. Two thirds of the Summer is done and over. But, let’s not forget August. Many of our Classmates have been putting up with weather running the gambit from: WIND, RAIN, HAIL, TORNADOES, HURRICANES, FLOODS, DROUGHTS, HEAT AND SUN, SUN, SUN OVER MANY OF OUR HOMES!

Hopefully, many of you have enjoyed your Vacations, Grand Kids, Kids, Weddings, Sandy Beaches, Mountains, Retirements and doing whatever you want, etc. 

Well, we’ve gone from: “LET THE SUN SHINE IN!” to “LIFE IS A FULL SUMMER!” to “I’M WALKING ON SUNSHINE!”  So now with only August left in our “trifecta” of summer, September is waiting around the corner to promote:  schools back in session, summer weddings complete and now engaged in their own families, packing up the summer gear and moving the sweats, coats, boots, etc. to the front of the closet, retuning to our jobs or staying with and enjoying Retirement.  What are you going to be doing?

With all of the above being said, we now need to move into the August Newsletter, which will show you a transition phase from the Summer to Fall, and the “Changes” that might confront you.  So, let’s get into the “mindset” that we have some “changes” coming our way.

Hooah, Hugs, Love & “I’M WALKING ON SUNSHINE!”

                                          - Bob

PS:     We set another new record, for number of days with temperatures over 100 degrees... we now have had 29 days of HOT - HOT - HOT!  Can’t expect anything is a desert!


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•     “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA): - this site is outstanding! Many of you are getting the correct answers, but 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! Stay on top of this one. We have new Classmates, making the move to try, each month! 



                 CONGRATULATIONS RENEE! (Sunday, July 2, 6:03 PM - Time In)

       *     We have started the next “semi annual” 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, in December 2017. 
1.     William (Bill) Stevens - WON the first - JUNE 
2.     Renee’ (Leroy) Otte - WON the second - JULY




•     “The Bucket List (B/L) Challenge:” - The “life support plug” was pulled in June! But, now the B/L is on “Cryo-Therapy” - hoping that we will be able to “bring it back to life in the near future.” 

*     In August, I will be contacting a Classmate to see if she or he could assist me in completing a “Bucket List Item.” Standby, you may be the one receiving the CALL? I look forward to talking with you. 

Now, let’s get to your articles and see what August brings us, for your reading pleasure

Rolling Thunder”    #1  Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(30 years. 500,000 riders. 1 reason: “A SALUTE TO OUR HEROES”)

“It Only Looks Old”   #2   A & B   Contributed by Bruce Hellman
(Check what is popular now, you may have an oldie and a winner.)

High School 1957 VS 2017”   #3  Contributed by Bob Graham
(lots of changes in the last #60 years)

“Best Ever Senior Joke”    #4
Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
(Oh no! I have the same portraits hanging in my living room!@#$?)

A little silver-haired lady calls her neighbor and says, "Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can't figure out how to get started." Her neighbor asks, "What is it supposed to be when it's finished?"
The little silver haired lady says, "According to the picture on the box, it's a rooster." Her neighbor decides to go over and help with the puzzle. She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table. He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says,
"First of all, no matter what we do, we're not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster."
He takes her hand and says, "Secondly, I want you to relax. Let's have a nice cup of tea, and then," he said with a deep sigh..."Let's put all the Corn Flakes back in the box!"

VW & Laughing Horses”  #5   Contributed by Kathy (Sheffield) Lanstyak  (VW did an outstanding job with this video!)

Smallest & Biggest Dog Breeds”    #6  Contributed by Jake & Honor Graham  (Just a few of our friends...woof – woof!)


Be The Best You Can Be”    #7   Contributed by Bob Graham
(Some good ideas to keep you healthy, into the future years; and no I have not tried this.  I am still doing research and learning.  Any doctors or nutritionists in the class with some thoughts?)

Who Did Start The Fire?”   
#8     Contributed by Peggy Graham
(It is an oldie and been around before; an interesting look into the song.)

How About A Mini Horse?” #9  Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp    (I never knew they could be so small!)

“Confucius Did Not Say”    #10  
Contributed by Gary Rocklage

(You will enjoy this these words of wisdoms)

Man who wants pretty nurse must be patient.
Passionate kiss, like spider web, leads to undoing of fly.
Lady who goes camping with man must beware of evil intent.
Man who leaps off cliff jumps to conclusion.
Man who runs in front of car gets tired, but man who runs behind car gets exhausted.
Man who eats many prunes get good run for money.
War does not determine who is right; it determines who is left.
Man who fights with wife all day get no piece at night.
It takes many nails to build a crib, but only one screw to fill it.
Man who drives like hell is bound to get there.
Man who stands on toilet is high on pot.
Wise man does not keep sledge hammer and slow computer in same room.
Man who lives in glass house should change clothes in basement.

“A Wee Bit Of Historical Knowledge For You”    #11
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin 
(‘Bet you didn’t know many of the facts discussed below?)

• Early aircraft  throttles had a ball on the end of it, in order to go full throttle the pilot had to push the throttle all the way forward into the wall of the instrument panel.  Hence "balls to the wall" for going very fast. And now you know the rest of the story.

• During WWII, U.S. Airplanes were armed with belts of bullets which they would shoot during dogfights and on  strafing runs.  These belts were folded into the wing compartments that fed their machine guns. These belts measure 27 feet and contained hundreds of rounds of bullets. Often times, the pilots would return from their missions having expended all of their bullets on various targets. They would say, I gave them the whole nine yards, meaning they used up all of their ammunition.

• Did you know the saying "God willing and the creek don't rise" was in reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water?  It was written by Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century.  He was a politician and Indian diplomat.  While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the U.S. to return to Washington.  In his response, he was said to write, "God willing and the Creek don't rise." Because he capitalized the word "Creek", he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body of water. 

• In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are 'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more.  Hence the expression, 'Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg.'  (Artists know hands and arms are more difficult to paint.)

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October). Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs.  Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool.  They couldn't wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes.  The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term 'big wig'.  Today we often use the term 'here comes the Big Wig' because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.

In the late 1700's, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair.  Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The 'head of the household' always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor.  Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal.  To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge.  They called the one sitting in the chair the 'chair man.'  Today in business, we use the expression or title 'Chairman' or 'Chairman of the Board.'

Personal hygiene left much room for improvement.  As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face she was told, 'mind your own bee's wax.'  Should the woman smile,  the wax would crack, hence the term 'crack a smile'.  In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt.  Therefore, the expression 'losing face.'

Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front.  A proper and dignified woman, as in 'straight laced' wore a tightly tied lace.

Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the 'Ace of Spades.'  To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead.  Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they weren't 'playing with a full deck.'

Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important.  Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios, the politicians sent their  assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars.  They were told to 'go sip some Ale and listen to people's conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times.  'You go sip here' and 'You go sip there.' The two words 'go sip' were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term 'gossip.'

At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized containers.  A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep the drinks coming.  She had to pay close attention and remember who was drinking in 'pints' and who was drinking in 'quarts,' hence the phrase 'minding your  'P's and Q's'.

One more: bet you didn't know this!  In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons.  Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls.  It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon.  However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck?  The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen.  Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon.  There was only one problem... how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others.  The solution was a metal plate called a 'Monkey' with 16 round indentations.  However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it.  The solution to the rusting problem was to make 'Brass Monkeys.'  Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts greater and much faster than iron when it's chilled.  Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would roll right off the monkey; thus, it was quite  literally, 'Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.'

Just A Common Soldier”   #12  Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin     (Once a soldier always a soldier!)

 “21 Pictures Only Baby Boomers Will Understand”   #13 Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz   (Your memory will bring it all back to you.)

Snowflake’s First Day At Work”    #14  Contributed by Baby Boomers   (Look what’s coming up - how would you like to manage a bunch of these, in the real world?)

21 Things That Will Be Obsolete By 2020”   #15  Contributed by Ted Dumke (The times, they are a changing – only 3 years away!)

“The Magic Bank Account”        #16
Contributed by Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
(Very interesting...I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.)

*The author is not known. It was found in the billfold of coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, Alabama, after he died in 1982. 

Imagine that you had won the Following *PRIZE* in a contest:
Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 In your private account for your use. However, this prize has Rules:
1. Everything that you didn't spend during each day would be taken away from you.
2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.
3. You may only spend It.
4. Each morning upon awakening, The bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that Day.
5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time, it can say, Game Over!" It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
*What would you personally do?
You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all the people you love and care for.  Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right?
You would try to spend every penny, and use it all, because you knew it would be replenished in the morning, right?
Actually, this game is real...Shocked ? - YES!
Each of us is already a winner Of this “PRIZE!” We just can't seem to see it. The prize is “TIME!”
1. Each morning we awaken to Receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life.
2. And when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is not credited to us.
3. What we haven't used up that day is forever lost.
4. Yesterday is forever gone.
5. Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time without, what will you do with your 86,400 seconds?
Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars. Think about it and remember to enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.
So take care of yourself, be happy, hug and love deeply and enjoy life! Here's wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day. Start spending.
Forward this to everyone you care about! I just did...To Family, Friends and The Aragon Class of 1964!

“Do You Like Getting Older?”    #17
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(Send thoughts back to  I will get them to Bruce.)

I can hit the softball any way I can and laugh if it goes foul.
Them's the breaks.  I'm just happy I can still hit that damn softball.  

As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. 

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.  

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM or sleep until noon?  I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50, 60 & 70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.  

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I  choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And, I eventually remember the important things.  

Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken.  How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion.  A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.  

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.  

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. 

As you get older, it is easier to be positive.  You care less about what other people think.  I don't question myself anymore.  I've even earned the right to be wrong.  

So, to answer your question, I like being old.  It has set me free.  I like the person I have become.  I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be.  And I shall eat dessert every single day, (if I feel like it).  


“What Would I Do?”    #18
Contributed by Bob Graham
(Just one look? Nothing is more constant than change!)

“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been “NO” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
- Steve Jobs





1. National Girlfriends Day - National Mountain Climbing Day - National Raspberry Cream Pie Day. 
2. National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. 
3. National Watermelon Day. 
4. National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day - U.S. Coast Guard Day.
5. National Clown Day - National Mustard Day - National Underwear Day - Work Like a Dog Day.
6. Friendship Day - Sisters Day - Wiggle Your Toes Day. 
7. International Forgiveness Day - National Lighthouse Day.  
8. Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day. 
9. Book Lover's Day.  
10. Lazy Day - National S'mores Day. 
11. Presidential Joke Day - Son and Daughter Day. 
12. Middle Child's Day. 
13. Left Hander's Day. 
14. 14/15 V-J Day - National Creamsicle Day.  
15. Relaxation Day . 
16. National Tell a Joke Day. 
17. National Thrift shop Day. 
18. Bad Poetry Day. 
19. Aviation Day - National Honey Bee Awareness Day - National Potato Day. 
20. National Radio Day.
21. Senior Citizen's Day - National Spumoni Day. 
22. Be an Angel Day - National Tooth Fairy Day. 
23. Ride the Wind Day. 
24. Vesuvius Day. 
25. Kiss and Make Up Day. 
26. National Dog Day - Women's Equality Day. 
27. Global Forgiveness Day - Just Because Day. 
28. Chinese Valentine's Day/Daughter's Day - Race Your Mouse Day. 
29. More Herbs, Less Salt Day. 
30. Frankenstein Day - Toasted Marshmallow Day. 
31. National Eat Outside Day - National Trail Mix Day. 

Classmates, “keep the article lifeline coming!”  It stays strong, month in and out.  Thank You to the Family, Friends and the Aragon Class of 1964!  We will talk again in September. Hopefully, Fall will start early!

Hooah, Hugs & Love (H.H.& L.)

- Your Classmate Bob


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