Aragon Class of ‘64
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NEWSLETTER #161                                                                                                    SEPTEMBER 2017

“Where Did All the Love Go?”


“Where Did All The Love Go?” Now that we are in the twilight of our time on earth, it seems as though members of the human race are getting meaner and meaner as the days move forward.

I personally don’t remember a time with so much hate; other than my return from Vietnam...something I will never forget! 

When was it a dangerous event to state one’s opinion? 

What’s going on when a person in this country can’t express their opinion, without facing a chance of injury or death?

What about “billionaires” who can pay “individuals” to riot and destroy buildings, burn vehicles, fight with police, and destroy
anything and everything, they decide is not relevant to their ideology? 

Why do we allow so few, to say they express our views and are only representing the major of the population of our great country?

What’s with the “double standard” and this “white privilege” crap?” The only thing that has happen with all of this “poison talk” is a division of this great country, more and more every day! 

I speak for myself. I vote, write my House and Senate representatives and I don’t need to be told what to believe at 70 years of age by anyone; especially, “talking heads” of “media fame” representing, evening news? 

A large number of these individuals know nothing. Their historic background knowledge is seriously lacking; and they are the ones selected to “translate” what I just watched and listen to or read about?

I proudly raise the Flag of this Great Country every day to pay respect to my Brothers and Sisters that gave the Supreme Sacrifice to allow us to have the Freedoms we have enjoyed during our lives. 

Now that “some” of our fellow citizens are being “bought” to destroy, (and fight others with a different ideology), are historic statues, that represent our history (good and bad).  Why are individuals allowed to destroy these statues and other items with “NO” consequences?  Without any “penalties” when will it stop? Who will stop it? 

Let me ask you a question.  If you observed “someone(s)” destroying a part of our history (good or bad), what would you do?

I found this article by Professor Joseph Olson.  The title of his article is “How Long Do We Have?”  I am sure that many of you are much more versed than me, when it comes to this topic.  I submit it to you, for you to decide what you think, (no right or wrong). 

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.  During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:

1.   From bondage to spiritual faith.
2.   From spiritual faith to great courage.
3.   From courage to liberty.
4.   From liberty to abundance.
5.   From abundance to complacency.
6.   From complacency to apathy.
7.   From apathy to dependence.
8.   From dependence back to bondage.

      *     Where do you think we are at this time?

I also, remembered this paragraph from George Orwell 1984; for your reflection:

          “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten,   every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has        been renamed, every date has been altered, and the process is         continuing day by day and minute by minute, history has stopped,     nothing exists except an endless present in which the party is always     right.” 
In conclusion, my chosen military career took me away from my Family and my Country for many years during different tours of duty. Every time I returned, after seeing how other countries treat their populations and the many numerous things that they could do, to put people in prison or killed for...just wanting to be Free! 
I came off the aircraft and literally bent over and kissed the tarmac - to many individual’s shock! I was so happy to be alive and back to the home of the Free...God Bless the USA! 

I would bet that not every Classmate will agree with what I said above and that is great! I will leave this segment to the Classmates, with this finally thought. I know many of you will be spot on the following statement:

“Until you have served or lived in different countries, you will never understand how really special this Country is to us and a majority of the rest of the world.” I may not always agree with the men or women in the House, Senate or even the White House, but I will always, support, respect and defend this Great Country, to my death.

                   Hooah, Hugs & Love, “Where Did All The Love Go?”                               Bob  

PS:    This article came in just before we went to press from one of our Classmates (I did not show the Classmate’s name, I made that decision). But, if I did not put this into the Newsletter, I would be going against everything I stand for in the paragraphs above. 

                   “Best One Sentence Comment Regarding
                      Recent Confederate Statues Reactions.”

“Blacks, who were never slaves are fighting whites who were never Nazis, over Confederate statues, erected by Democrats... because Democrats can't stand their own history anymore...  yet somehow, it’s Trumps fault!”

The Website for The “Fork” Home Page Remains: 

*if that doesn’t work for you, just contact me at: e-mail or phone (702) 656-1696 

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 continues to grow every month.

“Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA): - this site remains outstanding! Many of you are continuing to send in the correct answers; but they are just coming in a little 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 each month. They are cutting their times and challenging any where from #5 to #15 other classmates! 

          • August’s Quote: ”
                             DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND? WHEN YOU GIVE UP                                    YOUR DREAM, YOU DIE.”

            August’s Answer:         “FLASH DANCE and
                                                THE ACTOR IS:  “MICHAEL NOURI”

          TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 4:14 PM, 2017 - 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
3        William (Bill) Stevens - WON the third - AUGUST

September’s Quote:


“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...we all need to help keep this one alive. 

OK , time to move on to your articles for the month of September.

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“The Way We Were”        #1
Contributed by Bob Graham
[Barbara Streisand - continues with note to classmates above.] 

“Memories, light the corners of my mind
Misty water color memories of the way we were
Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind
smiles we gave to one another
for the way we were.
Can it be that it was all so simple then
or has time rewritten every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
tell me would we? Could we?
Memories, may be beautiful and yet
what's too painful to remember
we simply choose to forget
So it's the laughter we will remember
whenever we remember the way we were.”

Marine Dog Farewell”   #2  Contributed by Handler, Jake & Honor 
[Story about Cena - semper-fi!]

“Seniors Texting Codes”        #3
Contributed by Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin 
[Young people have theirs, now Seniors have their own texting codes]: 

* ATD- At the Doctor’s
* BFF - Best Friends Funeral
* BTW- Bring the Wheelchair
* BYOT - Bring Your Own Teeth
* CBM- Covered by Medicare
* CUATSC- See You at the Senior Center
* DWI- Driving While Incontinent
* FWIW - Forgot Where I Was
* GGPBL- Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low
* GHA - Got Heartburn Again
* HGBM - Had Good Bowel Movement
* LMDO- Laughing My Dentures Out
* LOL- Living on Lipitor
* OMSG - Oh My! Sorry, Gas
* TOT- Texting on Toilet
* WAITT - Who Am I Talking To?

Hope these help. GGLKI - Gotta Go, Laxative Kicking in!

Handicapped Towing”        #4   Contributed by Gary Rocklage  
[Taking out the trash!]

Check This Out...Mind Blower”        #5  Contributed by Peggy Graham   
[The creation and Europa technologies, #1 for a reason!]

“We Are Awesome! - Our Lives Are Living Proof!” #6
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin  [To those of us born - 1925 to 1970.]

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, we are awesome and our lives are living proof! To those of us born 1925 – 1970; at the end of this is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don’t read anything else, please read what he said.

To all the kids who survived the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s:

First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies In baby cribs, covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets; and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, not helmets, on our heads.

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes! Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.  We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar and we weren’t overweight. WHY?

Because we were always outside playing…that’s why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day and we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out Of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned To solve the problem.

We did not Have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were NO video games, NO 150 channels on cable, NO video movies or DVDs, NO surround-sound or CDs, NO cell phones, NO personal computers, NO Internet and NO chat rooms...WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were NO lawsuits from those accidents. We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th. We rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them. Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.  They actually sided with the law!  

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors. The past 50 To 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas...we had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If you are one of those born between 1925-1970, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?


“With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks;  are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?”

*For those that prefer to think God is not in control go ahead and [ignore] this.  For the rest of us...please pass this on.

Mount St. Helens - 1980”        #8  Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson  [Check this out!]

“The Most Armed Man In America”   
* 1      * 2        * 3     #9  Contributed by Gary Rocklage  
[This is a great collection & should be in a national museum!]

For Math Junkies”     #10    Contributed Ted Dumke  
[This will blow your mind - take the time to do #1 or #2! ]

1955 Beetle”      #11   Contributed by Michael Graham   
[How many have had a “bug” in their life?]

“Employment Observation”      #12
Contributed by Gary Rocklage 
[Interesting observation!]

1. The sport of choice for the urban poor is BASKETBALL.
2. The sport of choice for maintenance level employees is BOWLING.
3. The sport of choice for front-line workers is FOOTBALL.
4. The sport of choice for supervisors is BASEBALL.
5. The sport of choice for middle management is TENNIS. And...
6. The sport of choice for corporate executives and officers is GOLF.

The amazing fact is, the higher you go in the corporate structure, the smaller the balls become.

*There must be a boat load of people in Washington playing MARBLES.

12 Riddles For You To Figure Out”   #13 
Contributed by Ted Dumke  
[AKA the riddler - this will make you a big hit with your friends!]

Don’t Prejudge Older Men”     #14    Contributed by Bob Graham   
[Gotta keep them in a note book!]

Let’s Blow Up Some Things!”    #15   Contributed by Gary Rocklage     [How is this for some fireworks?]

“Laurel & Hardy Dancing & More?”        #16
Contributed by Bob Graham   
[Enjoy dance & song - listen & be happy!]

Chubby Checker           Bee Gees             Rolling Stones
ACDC           Uptown Funk          Dancing At the Movies
The Best Movie Dance Scenes       Scent Of A Women
Top #10 Dance Scenes in Dance Movies
The Best Movie Dance Scenes (2)
Top 10 Unexpected Dance Scenes - Non-Dance 

Not A Word Was Spoken”    #17   Contributed by Peggy Graham  
[Gotta love these photos!]

“Never Lose Your Grandson”        #18
Contributed by Alan Swenson [Charlene’s Husband]
[I haven’t lost one yet]

My small grandson got lost at the shopping mall.....He approached a uniformed security guard and said, “I’ve lost my grandpa!” The guard asked, “What’s his name?” “Grandpa.” The guard smiled, then asked, “What’s he like?” The little tyke hesitated for a moment and then replied, “Crown Royal Whiskey and Women with Big Boobs.” 

“Semper Fi - Marine”    #19
Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
[To the guy who tried to mug a Marine, in downtown Savannah!]

I was the guy wearing the black Burberry jacket that you demanded that I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend, threatening our lives.  You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings. I can only hope that you somehow come across this rather important message.

First, I'd like to apologize for your embarrassment; I didn't expect you to actually crap in your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket.  The evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a reason. My girlfriend was happy that I just returned safely from my 2nd tour as a Combat Marine in Afghanistan.  She had just bought me that Kimber Custom Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very evening.  Obviously you agree that it is a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head... isn't it?!

I know it probably wasn't fun walking back to wherever you'd come from with crap in your pants. I'm sure it was even worse walking bare-footed since I made you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. (That prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come help mug us again.)

After I called your mother or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the entire episode of what you'd done.  Then I went and filled up my gas tank as well as those of four other people in the gas station, - on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 153 gallons and was extremely grateful! I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go's, along with all the cash in your wallet. That made his day!

I then threw your wallet into the big pink "pimp mobile" that was parked at the curb... after I broke the windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver's side of the car.

Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI, while mentioning President Trump as my possible target. The FBI guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat, (I guess while he traced your number etc.).  In a way, perhaps, I should apologize for not killing you... but I feel this type of retribution is a far more appropriate punishment for your threatened crime.  I wish you well as you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues, and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect upon, and perhaps reconsider, the career path you've chosen to pursue in life. 

Remember, next time you might not be so lucky. Have a good day! 

                                      Thoughtfully yours, Semper fi, Alex

Wonder Dog”   #20  Contributed Ted Dumke
[KLM and left behind items on their flights]





1.     Emma M. Nutt Day, the first woman telephone operator.
2.     VJ Day, WWII.
3.     Skyscraper Day.
4.     Labor Day, First Monday of month.
5.     Be Late for Something Day.
6.     Read a Book Day.
7.     National Salami Day.
8.     International Literacy Day.
9.     Teddy Bear Day.
10.     Grandparent's Day - first Sunday after Labor Day .
11.     911 Remembrance.


12.     Chocolate Milk Shake Day.
13.     Positive Thinking Day.
14.     National Cream-Filled Donut Day.
15.     POW/MIA Recognition Day.
16.     American Legion Day.  
17.     Wife Appreciation Day.
18.     National Cheeseburger Day.
19.     International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
20.     National Pepperoni Pizza Day.
21.     International Peace Day.
22.     Autumn Equinox - Fall begins! 
23.     Oktoberfest  begins in Germany. 
24.     National Cherries Jubilee Day.
25.     National Comic Book Day.
26.     Johnny Appleseed Day.
27.     Crush a Can Day.
28.     Ask a Stupid Question Day.
29.     Confucius Day.
30.     National Mud Pack Day.

Classmates, lots of great articles from Family and Friends of our Classmates. Keep them coming in!  They are appreciated and they definitely give us some issues to think about.  Until next time, have an outstanding September and we will get together again in October.

                                                                 H. H. & L. - Bob 


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