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!”
Hugs, Love and “I (We) Won’t Back Down”
• The Website For The “Fork” Home Page Remains:
If that doesn’t work for you, just
contact me: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
• 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
• October’s Quote:
“I’LL BE TAKING THESE HUGGIES AND WHATEVER CASH YOU GOT.”
“RAISING ARIZONA” & THE ACTOR IS:
• THE WINNER IS: 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,
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 -
5. Gary Rocklage - WON the fifth -
6. NOVEMBER - ?
7. DECEMBER - ?
• 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.
WON’T BACK DOWN!” H. H. & L, Bob
Prank Of The Year” #1
Contributed by Michael Graham
(Sorry, just a little late, but a
(We) Won’t Back Down” #2
Contributed by Bob Graham
(The feelings of Las Vegas & other
Happens To A Soldier - KIA” #3
Contributed by Kathy (Lanstyak)
(General Kelly is one of the good
guys - full transcript, #18 mins.)
The System” #4
Contributed by Ted Dumke
(Sharyl Attkisson talking with new
Congressman Ken Buck - very interesting, worth 8 minutes of your
“NFL - Some Very Interesting Facts”
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
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
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?
Your Life” #6
Contributed by Peggy Graham
(Never embarrass your mother - YOU
“Civilization In 2017”
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Everything is “less”)
• O u r P h o n e s - W i r e l e 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
• C h i l d r e n - M a n n e r l e 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
“Take A Knee”
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
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
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...
"GOD BLESS AMERICA!"
“Don’t worry about tomorrow.
God is already there.”
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
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
4. Funny, I don't remember being
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
10. Accidents in the back seat cause
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 . .
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
19. It is a lot better to be seen than
20. Have I sent this message to you
before...or did I get it from you?
“An Open Letter To The NFL Players”
Contributed by Ted Dumke
(My response to my friend’s letter.)
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
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
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.
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
Contributed by Honor Graham for
(We love and miss you - rip)
Has America Become?” #26
Contributed by Ken Huber
(Sent in by Maggie - a real good
“Millennials - Are They A Lost
Contributed from A Friend of A
(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
Ø Why the Democratic Candidate?
· "More things are taken care
· "Time to have a woman
· "Democrats aren't sexist or
Ø Six of them live at
Ø All are under their parents
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
Ø Two have been on unemployment for
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
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
Contributed By/For All Those That
(This will bring back many memories)
Greatest Hits by Year, 1840 - 2013 (?)
“Medicare Card Remake To Protect
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
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 — www.cms.gov/newcard —
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
"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!"
HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY TO ALL
“CHILD SAFETY PROTECTION MONTH”
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. All Saint’s Day.
Men Make Dinner 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.
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.
World Hello Day.
Go For A Ride 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
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.