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

NEWSLETTER #168                                                                                      APRIL  2018


“Words to the Classmates,”

From my “brain box” to you.  The below items were the ones that stuck in my thoughts and how would they be handled.  If you have some other “brain box / heart” items or feelings, please - let’s share them with the other Classmates.  No names will be posted, just what is on your mind.  That is pretty easy and there are probably lots of other “thoughts that you are concerned with” and other Classmates that have some of the same thoughts or not.

How about taking a few minutes and jotting down a couple of notes about what you are thinking or concerns you.  Come on, let me get something back from you.  NO NAMES (OTHER THAN MINE) WILL BE USED.  In 14 years of doing this, I have stuck to my word! 


                   H.H.& L - “LOST, FOUND & WORDS”


“A Monthly Dozen:”

•        Weather – Rain, snow, tornadoes and 3rd nor’eastern

•        Shooting in CA – at the VA Assistance Center
•        The Federal AG & Governor of CA and Sanctuary Cities & State discussions
•        The Second Amendment
•        A sit down meet between President Trump & North Korean leader – Kim Jong Un
•        Louis Farrakhan’s hate for Jewish people & the silence from members of Congress
•        Immigration and DACA – the reaction in Congress

•        The “Walkouts at Schools” - “March for Our Lives” - and “School Security”
•        Keep Daylight Saving Time year round
•        The passing of Professor Stephen Hawking
•        Gun Reform and the NRA
•        The Stock Market and a Yo-yo


•        The Website For The “Fork Home Page” Remains:  *

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

•        “Connections And Re-connections” (C/R) -  Still remains strong! Thanks to C/R, we are able to hear about what has been going on with our Classmate, Craig Karpilow MD. 
Classmates needing to stay in contact with their Classmates, from Aragon Class Of 1964, requests for information, pretty much being asked for and about, almost every day.

•        “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA): - Still Remains On The Best of the Best List. Numerous Classmates are playing each have nothing to lose and $100.00 to gain. Take a chance. You never know, you may enjoy playing and winning.
Q      March’s Quote:     “Say! One of you guys know how to Madison?”
Q      March’s Answer:  “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Barry Bostwick” Winner: Gary Rocklage (2:20 PM / 6 March 2018)

R      April’s Quote:   "I coulda had class.  I coulda been a contender.  I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it."
          •        The title of the movie and actor(s) name(s) required for correct answer!

•        “The Bucket List Challenge”  (B/L):  - Remains in a deep sleep...except, this month we have a B/L item completed by our “lost and found classmate,” Craig Karpilow. Thanks Craig, being a doctor, you brought this section back to life for April (see above). 

*Still working on the logistics of going on the road and meeting with Classmates.



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 “Lost And Found”    #1    Contributed by Craig Karpilow
(Thanks for reconnecting, Craig!  I misplaced Craig’s Christmas Letter 2017, so here it is now for your enjoyment – Bob.  Sorry everyone - especially Craig!)

Christmas Article by Dr. Craig        


The journey continues and 2017 was no exception. Working full time in clinical medicine always provides interesting patients, clinical challenges, new government regulations, and the opportunity to meet other souls.

During this year, I had the opportunity to work medically with people in Ecuador, Peru, Cuba, Hungary, & Spain in volunteer and other ca[capacities.

This year presented opportunities to present research papers and lecture at conferences in the US and Canada.

I finished one more crime mystery book under my pen name Paul Davis MD and did book signings and lectures on my Cruise Ship Crime Mystery books.

This year also allowed me to check off one more item on the bucket list - I climbed Machu Picchu on my 70th birthday, not with great speed mind you, but at least the two titanium knees made it!

Being with friends at various gatherings and participating in church activities also allowed one to realize the important aspects of life.

I hope 2017 was good for you and yours and that 2018 will be even better.

All the best

Craig Karpilow MD,
(Paul Davis MD)

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Ethics Of Life”    #2  Contributed by Elie Wiesel & Albert Einstein
(So simple.)

The World is Still a Pretty Awesome Place!”   #3  Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(I’m with you on this one, my brother - Bob)

What Exactly, Is A S**t Load?”     #4   Contributed by Edward Dumke
(a “LARGE” amount - go to what exactly, is a s**t load, 2nd sentence down on page)

Everything Will Be OK”    #5    Contributed by Home Free
(a good sound)
We Just Disagree”    #6    Contributed by Home Free
(Another great sound)

The Black Telephone”    #7   Contributed by Bonita Beck
(How many of you remember the black telephone and talking with “information please”?)

Just Try Not To Laugh”      #8     Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
(You are laughing, I can tell - pick any photo)

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Things You Need To Know...And Other Stuff”   #9
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(For all of us who need to know everything!)

 • The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for Blood Plasma.

• No piece of paper can be folded in half more than seven (7) times.
 -  Oh, go ahead ... I'll wait, you have 7 minutes.

• Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes or shark attacks. (So, watch your Ass!)

• You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television!

• Oak trees do NOT produce acorns until they are fifty (50) years of age or older.

• The first product to have a bar code was Wrigley's gum.

• The King of Hearts is the only King WITHOUT A MUSTACHE.

• American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one (1) olive from each salad served in first-class.

• Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise. (Since Venus is normally associated with women, what does this tell you?  That women are going in the 'right' direction...!)

• Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning.

• Most dust particles in your house are made from DEAD SKIN !

• The first owner of the Marlboro Company died of lung cancer, so did the first 'Marlboro Man.

• Walt Disney was afraid OF MICE!


• The ten most valuable brand names on earth: Apple, Coca Cola, Google, IBM, Microsoft, GE, McDonalds, Samsung, Intel and Toyota, Mad Dog Golf, in that order.

• It is possible to lead a cow upstairs...  but, NOT downstairs.

• A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.

• Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. (I keep my toothbrush in the living room now!)

• And the best for last.....!
            Turtles can breathe through their BUTTS!  (I know some people like that, don't YOU?)

...remember, knowledge is everything, so pass it on...and go move your toothbrush, and stop folding that DAMN PAPER!

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It’s Family Time”    #10   Contributed by The Rainbow Bridge & Honor
(enjoy, some outstanding video)

TanBA - Japanese Magic”  #11   Contributed by Peggy Graham

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“Blonde Men...    Well Finally”    #12   
Contributed by It’s About Time
(Pay back for all those blonde women jokes through the years!) 

Blond Men...Well FINALLY, it just had to come to this sooner or later!

• A blond man is in the bathroom and his wife shouts: "Did you find the shampoo?"
He answers, "Yes, but I'm not sure what to do... it's for dry hair, and I've just wet mine.
• A blond man spies a letter lying on his doormat.  It says on the envelope "DO NOT BEND ."  He spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick it up.
• A blond man shouts frantically into the phone, "My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes apart!"  "Is this her first child?" asks the Doctor.
"No!" he shouts, "this is her husband!"
• A blond man is in jail, the guard looks in his cell and sees him hanging by his feet.
"Just WHAT are you doing?" he asks. "Hanging myself," the blond replies.  "The rope should be around your neck" says the guard.  "I tried that," he replies, "but then I couldn't breathe."
• An Italian tourist asks a blond man: "Why do scuba divers always fall backwards off their boats?"  To which the blond man replies: "If they fell forward, they'd still be in the boat."
• A friend told the blond man: "Christmas is on a Friday this year."  The blond man then said, "Let's hope it's not the 13th."
• Two blond men find three grenades, and they decide to take them to a police station.
One asked: "What if one explodes before we get there?"  The other says: "We'll lie and say we only found two."
• A woman phoned her blond neighbor man and said: "Close your curtains the next time you and your wife are having sex. The whole street was watching and laughing at you
yesterday."  To which the blond man replied: "Well the joke's on all of you because I wasn't even at home yesterday!

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“Dog And Cat Boops 
 #1 and #2”    #13    Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
(Some funny stuff)

A’Hunting We Will Go”    #14     Contributed by Ted Dumke
(You will get a kick out of this Video)

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“Enigmas Of America”   #15  
Contributed by Bob Graham
(Something to think about;  what are your thoughts?)

 (1) Isn’t it weird that in America, our flag and our culture offend so many people, but our benefits don’t?

(2) How can the federal government ask U.S. citizens to pay back student loans - when illegal aliens are receiving a free education?

(3) Only in America are legal citizens labeled “racists” and “Nazis,” but illegal aliens are called “Dreamers.”

(4) Liberals say, “If confiscating all guns saves just one life, it’s worth it.” Well, then, if deporting all illegals saves just one life, wouldn’t that be worth it?

(5) I can’t quite figure out how you can proudly wave the flag of another country, - but consider it punishment to be sent back there.

(6) The Constitution: It doesn’t need to be rewritten, - it needs to be reread and followed.

(7) William F. Buckley said: “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other points of view, and are then shocked and offended when they discover there are other points of view.”

(8) Joseph Sobran said: ‘Need’ now means wanting someone else’s money. ‘Greed’ means wanting to keep your own. ‘Compassion’ is when a politician arranges the transfer.”

(9) Florida has had 119 hurricanes since 1850, - but some people still insist the last one was due to climate change.

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The Great Marmot Standoff”    #16    Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
(Jeanne Robertson - is something else!)

Great Car Trivia & Quiz”   #17   Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
(Okay, Charlene let’s see what the quiz is like…)

Old School, But A Great School!”    #18     Contributed by Peggy Graham
(Rita Hayworth is stayin’ alive!)

For Dog Lovers”    #19     Contributed by Stevie Graham
(From Russia, with love!)

Eating In The Fifties”      #20    Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
(What happened to the “old brown bag lunch?”)

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Just A Thought”      #21  
Contributed by Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
(I like your style Judy,  Bob)

“Never blame anyone in your Life.
Good people give you Happiness.
Bad people give you Experience.
The worst people give you a Lesson.
And the best people give you Memories.”

A Letter From Jake (R.I.P.)”           #22
Contributed by Jake 
(For Mom and Dad)

Hi, Mom and Dad!

Now that I’ve been across The Rainbow Bridge for a couple weeks, they said I should write a letter home.  Sorry, mom, but I’m so busy ‘across the bridge’ that I haven’t thought of home much.  They said it’s okay and that you would understand.  I hope you do.  (I think you will.)

Remember that night when I wasn’t feeling very well and we were all crying?  I don’t remember much, but I do remember seeing and hearing all of you and feeling your touches and hugs… I remember hearing “We Love You” and that one last command of “Go Through”.  I didn’t know what you meant, so I turned around and walked through the fog that was in front of me.  I saw the biggest bridge I’ve ever seen!  And so many friends on the other side of it!  They were all playing with toys and balls!  You were right to tell me to go there!

My feet kept moving forward, but my heart kept pulling me back.  Your touches became lighter and lighter and I wanted to come back and nudge your hands for more love, but I was overcome by this feeling of curiosity for the happy place over the bridge!  My feet started moving on their own, like a gentle breeze was moving them forward for me!  I can’t explain it, but I had no doubt that it was the right thing to do!

So, I walked across that big, huge bridge by myself!  I looked for you, because you’re always by my side, walking with me, but this was different. I didn’t have a collar around my neck or a leash connecting me to you ~ I was ‘free’!  Even though you weren’t there with me, I never felt alone!  I actually felt like I had a huge cape of love wrapped around my body and the more I walked, the easier it was to breathe!  So, I kept walking!  And I would feel more warmth in the big hug, so I kept on walking!  I eventually made it over the big bridge – I did it by myself, mom!

When I got here, all of my new friends greeted me and helped me walk off the bridge ~ it was so cool!  They gave me a pair of wings and said that I was now a Guardian Angel!  What I’ve learned over these past few weeks has been amazing and nothing like I’ve seen before!  We’re all the same up here ~ we all have wings and we all have Forever People to watch over ~ that’s YOU, mom!  You’re my Forever Person and I’m your Forever Pet.  We had such a great life together and I do miss you a LOT, but please know that I am so happy in my new home across The Bridge!

I’ll send you another Earth Angel so you won’t be alone.  Give them your whole heart, like you gave it to me.  I’ll check in every so often to make sure they treasure your love ~ I always did!  When you miss me, think of a rainbow and know I’m on the other side of it, waiting to walk with you again.  I’ll always be in your heart.  I love you, mom and dad!  Time for me to go play…."

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“Wow, I’m Dizzy”    #23
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
(Me too!)

For all of you who wonder why people from other countries have a bit of trouble with the English language. This is a clever piece put together by an English teacher, who else?

*Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than
one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.*   *You think English is easy??*   *I think a retired English teacher was bored...THIS IS GREAT!*

*Read all the way to the end...This took a lot of work to put together!*

1)      The bandage was *wound* around the *wound*.
2)      The farm was used to *produce produce*.
3)      The dump was so full that it had to *refuse* more *refuse*.
4)      We must *polish* the *Polish* furniture.
5)      He could *lead*if he would get the *lead* out.
6)      The soldier decided to *desert* his dessert in the *desert*.
7)      Since there is no time like the *present*, he thought it was time to  *present* the *present*.
8)      A *bass* was painted on the head of the *bass* drum.
9)      When shot at, the *dove dove *into the bushes.
10)    I did not *object* to the *object*.
11)    The insurance was *invalid* for the *invalid*.
12)    There was a *row* among the oarsmen about how to *row*.
13)    They were too *close* to the door to *close* it.
14)    The buck *does* funny things when the *does* are present.
15)    A seamstress and a *sewer* fell down into a *sewer* line.
16)    To help with planting, the farmer taught his *sow* to *sow*.
17)    The *wind* was too strong to *wind* the sail.
18)    Upon seeing the *tear* in the painting I shed a *tear*.
19)    I had to *subject* the *subject* to a series of tests.
20)    How can I *intimate* this to my most *intimate* friend?

Let's face it - English is a crazy language.  There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in a pineapple.  English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France.  Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.  We take English for granted.  But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?  If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth?  One goose, 2 geese.  So one moose, 2 meese?  One index, 2 indices?  Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend?  If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught?  If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?  Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane.  In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?  Ship by truck and send cargo by ship?  Have noses that run and feet that smell?  How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?  You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all.  That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

PS:    Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'? AND if a male goat is called a ram and a donkey is called an ass, why is a ram-in-the-ass called a goose?

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The Savior
1. April Fool’s Day - Easter Sunday.
2. Children’s Book Day - Reconciliation Day.
3. World Party Day - Tweed Day.
4. Hug A Newsman Day - Walk around things Day.
5. Go for broke Day - California Poppy Day.

6. National Tartan Day - New New Beer’s Day.
7. World Health Day - No Housework Day.
8. Zoo Lover’s Day - All Is Ours Day.
9. Name Yourself Day - Winston Churchill Day.

10. Golfer’s Day - National Siblings Day.
11. National Submarine Day - Eight Track Day.
12. National Licorice Day - Walk On Your Wild Side Day.
13. Friday The 13th - National Peach Cobbler Day.
14. Ex Spouse Day - Look Up At The Sky Day.

15. Titanic Remembrance Day - Rubber Eraser Day.
16. Easter Date Varies - National Eggs Benedict Day.
17. Blah, Blah, Blah Day - National Cheeseball Day.
18. International Juggler’s Day - Newspaper Independence Day.
19. National Garlic Day - National High Five Day.
20. Look Alike Day - Volunteer Recognition Day.

21. Husband Day - Kindergarten Day.
22. Earth Day - National Jelly Bean Day.
23. Lover’s Day - Take A Chance Day.
24. Pig In A Blanket Day - Administrative Professionals Day.
25. East meets West Day - World Penguin Day.

26. Take Your Daughter To Work Day - Richter Scale Day.
27. Arbor Day - National Prime Rib Day.
28. Great Poetry Reading Day - Kiss You Mate Day.
29. National Shrimp Scampi Day - Greenery Day.
30. Hairstyle Appreciation Day - National Honesty Day.


Once again….  Thank You for all the Articles and Subjects you want to see in the monthly K.Y.F...’64 Newsletter.  The Aragon Class of 1964 remains stronger than ever... I’m pretty sure it has something to do with us getting “more mature,” not older?  Hell, 17 is not a bad age.  Oh crap, there goes my dyslexia again; we are 71!  How did that happen?  Oh, well - it is only a number and we can all get through that!  Have a wonderful April and we will be together again in May.

                                      H. H. & L,




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