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

NEWSLETTER #163                                                                                            NOVEMBER 2017

I (We) Won’t Back Down!”


I know this is the November Issue of the “Keep Your Fork...’64” Newsletter, but I have to say that October has been and continues to be “one hell of a month,” that is moving forward into November.

I received a plethora of articles from Classmates, Friends and Family, more than I ever have before!  You will understand once you get into the articles.  The format of the Newsletter will stay the same until you arrive at 1 of the 34 articles sent in for November.  I still have 41 plus articles that will be used in future Newsletters - Thank You for your GREAT support.

Once I get a “title” that I feel tells the “story” we want projected, then we are ready to go, with what needs to go to print.  So, that is why the title from a song that has shown “BRIGHT” in many events during the month of October...  ”I Won’t Back Down” by Jason Aldean, (and the late Tom Petty - RIP), will be the November Newsletter’s title. 

Along with many of the Classmates involvement with the FIRES in CALIFORNIA, NORTH and SOUTH DAKOTA, IDAHO, MONTANA, WASHINGTON, OREGON, NEVADA;  we also had Classmates dealing with HURRICANES, TROPICAL STORMS and TORNADOES on the EAST COAST and the CARIBBEAN TERRITORIES, with PUERTO RICO - almost total devastation!  Classmates were also in: TEXAS, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, GEORGIA, FLORIDA, SOUTH and NORTH CAROLINA.

Then on 1 Oct. 2017 LAS VEGAS was hit with the LARGEST MASS SHOOTING in United States History. 

                   “OCTOBER HAS BEEN ONE HELL OF A MONTH!”

                                Hooah, Hugs, Love and “I (We) Won’t Back Down”

                                                                   – Bob


•        The Website For The “Fork” Home Page Remains
If that doesn’t work for you, just contact me: 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). Still continues to grow, over #35 looking for information during October.

•        “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA): - this site is doing GREAT! Many of you are continuing to send in the correct answers; just a little late. The first week of a new month is the time to strike...get your answer(s) to me - ASAP! We had #19 Classmates challenging to be first last month.

          • October’s Quote:

          October’s Answer:

          CONGRATULATIONS GARY! SUNDAY, 1 OCTOBER, 6:58 PM, 2017 - Time in.

*We have started the next “semiannual” contest with the June Newsletter and it will run through December 2017. Now is the time for you to jump in and claim the winning prize, for 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
4. Gary Rocklage - WON the fourth - SEPTEMBER
5. Gary Rocklage - WON the fifth - OCTOBER

• November’s Quote:

                   “EXCUSE ME, IS THAT YOUR NOSE, OR DID A
                               BUS PARK ON YOUR FACE?”

•        “The Bucket List (B/L) Challenge:” -  The B/L - needs to stay alive & healthy...”As the Bucket List goes, so we go.”

•        OK, let’s get to “your articles” for the month of  November.  Many of the following articles have or will have your emotions attached. Be ready to Laugh, Cry, Think, Learn, etc.

                             “I (WE) WON’T BACK DOWN!”  H. H. & L, Bob

Halloween Prank Of The Year”        #1     
Contributed by Michael Graham
(Sorry, just a little late, but a good one)

I (We) Won’t Back Down”        #2
Contributed by Bob Graham
(The feelings of Las Vegas & other devastated areas) 

What Happens To A Soldier - KIA”        #3

Contributed by Kathy (Lanstyak) Sheffield
(General Kelly is one of the good guys - full transcript, #18 mins.)

Bucking The System”        #4

Contributed by Ted Dumke
(Sharyl Attkisson talking with new Congressman Ken Buck - very interesting, worth 8 minutes of your time)

“NFL - Some Very Interesting Facts”     #5 
Contributed by Ted Dumke
(football in 2017)

Here are some fun facts about the “HYPOCRITES” over at the NFL:

In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling for each game to pray, they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part of his blackout to avoid glare and made him take it off. 

In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders. 

In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said "Know Jesus Know Peace" but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium. 

In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing "Find the Cure" eye black for breast cancer awareness. In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. (not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem). 

In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty. In 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.                              

So tell me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression?

Change Your Life”            #6
Contributed by Peggy Graham
(Never embarrass your mother - YOU KEEP STANDING) 

“Civilization In 2017”        #7
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Everything is “less”)

• O u r   P h o n e s - W i r e l e s s 
• C o o k i n g - F i r e l e s s 
• C a r s - K e y l e s s 
• F o o d - F a t l e s s 
• T i r e s - T u b e l e s s 
• D r e s s - S l e e v e l e s s 
• Y o u t h - J o b l e s s 
• L e a d e r s - S h a m e l e s s 
• R e l a t i o n s h i p s - M e a n i n g l e s s
• A t t i t u d e s - C a r e l e s s 
• B a b i e s - F a t h e r l e s s 
• F e e l i n g s - H e a r t l e s s 
• E d u c a t i o n - V a l u e l e s s 
• C h i l d r e n - M a n n e r l e s s 
• B i l l s - P a p e r l e s s
• W e   a r e - Speechless 
• G o v e r n m e n t is - Clueless
• A n d  o u r   P o l i t i c i a n s - a r e  Worthless
• I ' m   s c a r e d - S h i t l e s s!

History That Has Been “Buried” Too Long”  #8
Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(Hold on to our history - well deserved)

Canaan Sandy, A True Razor Back”        #9
Contributed by Peggy Graham
(this will make your heart feel good)

“Take A Knee”    #10
Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
(Is there a better way to protest?)

There has to be another way or avenue to protest your concerns. This is just not the right way.
 Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don't know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.
Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces...the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to Saigon...Anywhere will do. REAL Americans died in all those jungles. There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well..and spit on for reasons only cowards know.

Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat... Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress... Your number won't be printed on it unless your number is up! You'll need to stay hydrated but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You're on your own.

There's a lot of places to take a knee. Real Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.

While you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken...but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains...every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans...just American men and women...delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us...blazing a path so you would have 'the right to take a knee.'

You haven't an inkling what it took to get you where you are; but your 'protest' is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is issued to another...

If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we'll both kneel before Almighty God. We'll thank Him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We'll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We'll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We'll pray for liberty and justice for all...because He is the one who provides those things.

And there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave. It goes like this...

“Don’t worry about tomorrow. God is already there.”

“That’s Life!”      #11
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Or is it?)

Lying around, pondering the problems of the world, I realized that at my age I don't really give a rat's ass anymore.           

If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.  

A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat.  

A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while a tortoise doesn't run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years. And they tell us to exercise? I don't think so.  
Now that I'm older, here's what I've discovered: 
1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.  
2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.  
3. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.  
4. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.  
5. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it?  
6. It was a whole lot easier to get older than it was to get wiser.  
7. Some days, you're the top dog, some days you're the hydrant.  
8. I wish the buck really did stop here, I sure could use a few of them.  
9. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.  
10. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.  
11. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.  
12. The world only beats a path to your door when you're in the bathroom.  
13. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees.  
14. When I'm finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.  
15. It's not hard to meet expenses . . .they're everywhere.  
16. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.  
17. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter, I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I'm “here after.” 
18. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.
19. It is a lot better to be seen than viewed. 
20. Have I sent this message to you before...or did I get it from you?

58 Seconds Of A Golf Prodigy - But Can She Putt?”    #12
Contributed by Peggy Graham
(0k all you golfers out there, check this young lady out)

Day Brightener”      #13

Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(this needs to be sent to the NFL, been around before-good one)

Amazing Flag Pole

Contributed by Gary Rocklage
 (I would like to have this around my house)

Airborne - All The Way”      #15

Contributed by Mike Graham
(Great photo/82nd airborne division - hooah)



This Will Raise Your Spirits”     #16
Contributed by Stevie Graham
(The Texas Tenors and God Bless Texas & The USA – great!)


God Bless The USA - Home Free”        #17
Contributed by Bob Graham 
(And the Valley HS JROTC classes from 1994 to 2004)


AN AMERICAN HERO”        #18
Contributed by Ted Dumke


Lt. Dan and an Injured Marine Surprise”    #19
Contributed by Gary Sinise 
(aka Lt. Dan)

A Son And His Father”    #20

Contributed by Michael Graham
(This will warm up your heart and for us old guys...)


Judge Tells Muslim to Stand”        #21
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Nice to see the judicial system working)


Veteran’s Day In Anthem, New Mexico”    #22
Contributed for/by All Those Who Have Served
(thank you for your service)


Here Today, Gone Tomorrow and So It Goes”   #23
Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson 
(Just watch it!)

“An Open Letter To The NFL Players”    #24
Contributed by Ted Dumke
(My response to my friend’s letter.)

Dear Page,

how curious to open your letter just after writing another ten letters to another ten NFL owners and managers expressing much the same sentiment as your splendid letter. I however sort of wrote as a working guy who said I watched the game with my buddies from work every Sunday: “We all have had it—NO MORE!

We don’t watch a game played by guys who disrespect our Flag and Country”  Also added that I was a 49er fan but had a friend in Dallas or Cleveland or Atlanta or whatever the Owner or CEO’s team I was writing to and said my friend felt the same.  “Guess me and my buddies will have to drink our beer on Saturday with college football and mow the lawn on Sunday"

I am sending your letter on to everyone on my list. Will delete your name.  took me a while to google all the teams to get the addresses ann names of owners but had fun writing the letters.

An open letter to the NFL players. 
You graduated high school in 2011.  Your teenage years were a struggle.  You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.  Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate. You probably didn’t have a father around.  Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is that you weighed 225 pounds and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football.   Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football.  Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonalds for minimum wage, to help supplement his mother’s income. 
You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best.  They laid out the red carpet for you. Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D’s.  College was not an option for him.  On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter.  You went to summer workouts.  He went to basic training.
You spent the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans.  Tutors attended to your every academic need.  You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard.  You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country.  Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice.  He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did.  He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young American's give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA. 
You went to the NFL combine and scored off the charts.  You hired an agent and waited for draft day.  You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million although you had never played a single down of professional football.  Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.

You will drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach.  He will ride in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat loaded soldiers.  You will sleep at the Ritz.  He will dig a hole in the ground and try to sleep.  You will “make it rain” in the club.  He will pray for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.
On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name.  For your best friend, there is little difference between Sundayand any other day of the week.  There are no adoring fans.  There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers. Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and “go to the rear” to rest.  He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV.  When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television.  While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country.
To the players of the NFL:  We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys.  We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although we love to watch you play, we couldn’t care less about your opinions until you offended us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you.  We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence and your vulgar displays of wealth.  We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right. 
But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country.  I am done with NFL football and encourage all like-minded Americans to boycott the NFL as well.

“Another Bud Dose Again”    #25  
#1   and    #2

Contributed by Honor Graham for Jake Graham
(We love and miss you - rip)

What Has America Become?”        #26
Contributed by Ken Huber
(Sent in by Maggie - a real good read!)

“Millennials - Are They A Lost Generation?”    #27
Contributed from A Friend of A Classmate
(Are they a lost generation?)

Not all of them, to be sure, but this sampling is interesting...   while I was getting a coffee, I overheard 7 young people, (22-26 years old, 5 males, 2 female), who have been protesting in downtown Portland the last two nights.
I told them I was doing research and asked nicely if they would answer some questions.  They were cool with it, so I sat down and went for it.

Ø  Three voted.  Of the four who didn't, none was registered to vote.
Ø  None of them researched independently either candidate.
Ø  All were for Hillary but preferred Bernie. 
Ø  Why the Democratic Candidate?
·       "More things are taken care of."
·       "Time to have a woman President."
·       "Democrats aren't sexist or racist."
Ø  Six of them live at home.                                                                                                              
Ø  All are under their parents insurance.
Ø  Two have "real" jobs.
Ø  Three aren't working, nor are they trying hard to find a job either.
Ø  Parents pay for everything in their life or subsidize it.
Ø  Six get money from mom or dad every month.
Ø  Two have been on unemployment for 6+ months.
Ø  One is at Portland State U, doesn't work, and parents pay for everything.
Ø  All 7 said Trump is a racist/sexist.  I asked to cite proof ... "That tape, man!"
Ø  When I asked, as a man myself, “Have you ever said anything like that when you've been hanging out with your buddies?   All five males said "Yes."
Ø  Would you say it if you knew you were on tape?  All five answered "No."
Ø  What's the difference?  I asked.  “You've all said bad stuff like that.  Does that mean you hate women and are a sexual predator?"  Nothing.  No answer.
Ø  None could tell me how our government works ... They didn't know how
Laws are passed, how the House of Representatives or the Senate work.
Ø  None could explain how a bill is passed.
Ø  Only one could tell me the difference between legal and illegal immigration.  
One of them said, "Legal immigration is when you immigrate legally."  Seriously.
Ø  None could explain the purpose of the Electoral College or how it works.
*In 10 minutes they felt they had explained everything. Nice kids, but so ignorant. I know some awesome, phenomenal young adults; but I'm afraid the majority are like these seven. Too many participation trophies, too much coddling by parents and teachers.

In 1944 18 year-olds stormed the beach at Normandy into almost certain death. In 2017 18-year-olds feel unsafe because words hurt their feelings.

“Best Songs* of the  70s &  80s”        #28

Contributed By/For All Those That Enjoy Music
 (This will bring back many memories)
*American Greatest Hits by Year, 1840 - 2013 (?)

“Medicare Card Remake To Protect Seniors”    #29
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Understand what is going on)

Medicare cards are getting a makeover to fight identity theft. No more Social Security numbers plastered on the card. Next April (2018) Medicare will begin mailing every beneficiary a new card with a unique new number to identify them.

"Criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 and older for medical identity theft," Medicare chief Seema Verma told The Associated Press. "We are committed to preventing fraud."
Medicare is revealing the cards' new design on Thursday as the government gears up for a massive transition that will involve coordination with 58 million beneficiaries and their family members, plus hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, pharmacies and state governments.

While the first mailings of new cards begin next April, Congress has set an April 2019 deadline for all beneficiaries to have received one. One goal is to make sure seniors know what's coming so they're not confused by the change — and in the meantime, are reminded to guard their old cards that, if lost or stolen, can leave them vulnerable to financial and legal consequences. The government recorded 2.6 million cases of identity fraud involving seniors in 2014, up from 2.1 million in 2012.
Verma said one woman reported her Medicare card was stolen, got a replacement and thought no more about it until two years later when she learned she might be arrested: The thief had impersonated her to get opioid painkillers. Medicare has set up a website — — and is beginning ads to tell beneficiaries what to expect starting next spring. Medicare will automatically mail beneficiaries their new card. They'll be instructed to destroy their old cards after they get a new one.  New cards may be used right away.
Private insurers already have stopped using Social Security numbers on ID cards. While the Medicare change is crucial for seniors, the transition period also is a time when crooks may pounce, warned AARP's Amy Nofziger, a fraud prevention expert.

 "If anyone calls you to say you need to pay for your new Medicare card - “IT IS A SCAM," she said. "If anybody is calling you and asking you to verify your Social Security Number in order to issue your new Medicare Card - “IT IS A SCAM!"

What Each State Is Famous For!”        #30
Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Senson
(what is your state famous for?)

Hard Nosed Teacher Has A Surprising Secret”   #31
Contributed by Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
(Great story, maybe you know someone like this...from Aragon?)




1.    All Saint’s Day. 
    Men Make Dinner Day. 
     Housewife’s Day. 
    Book Lovers Day. 
    Guy Fawkes Day.  
    Marooned Without A Compass Day. 
    U.S. General Election Day. 
     Cook Something Bold Day. 
     Chaos Never Dies Day.
     USMC Day.  
    Veteran’s Day. 
    Chicken Soup for The Soul Day. 
    World Kindness Day.  
    Young Readers Day.
     America Recycles Day. 
    Great American Smokeout. 
    World Peace Day. 
    National Adoption Day. 
    Have A Bad Day Day. 
     Beautiful Day.
    World Hello Day.
    Go For A Ride Day. 

     Thanksgiving Day. 

     Your Welcome Day. 
    National Parfait Day. 
    Shopping Reminder Day. 
    Pins And Needles Day. 
     French Toast Day.  
    Square Dance Day. 
    Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day. 

Classmates, you really did it for November...from Family, Friends and Classmates; we had over #75 articles for this Newsletter! THANK YOU so much. The extra articles (est. #35 will be used in future Newsletters). Everyone have an OUTSTANDING November and we will get back together again in December. 

“I (We) Won’t Back Down” - H. H. & L. - Bob


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