Aragon Class of ‘64
“Keep Your Fork” Newsletter

Classmates & Friends of Aragon 1964, Contributors of all Articles
B  Beck, Webmaster                                          Bob Graham, Editor
WEBSITE PROVIDED BY STEVE HANLEIGH 
 

NEWSLETTER #169                                                                                      MAY 2018

  A SPECIAL MONTH 


•          The Website For the “Fork Home Page” remains:
                       
http://www.rizon.biz/Aragon/AragonHomePage.htm  
If that doesn’t work for you, just contact me at my e-mail address:
ddlvr55@gmail.com 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 Classmates. Nearly every day I hear from Classmates wanting to contact another Classmate.

•          “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA):           
Still Remains one of The Best. Numerous Classmates are playing each month. You have nothing to lose and money to gain. Take a chance, you maybe this month’s winner.
            O        April’s Quote: “I could’a had class. I could’a been a contender.  I could’a been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it.”
            O        April’s Answer: 
                       “On The Waterfront,” was the movie; Marlon Brando, the Actor.                                   Winner:     Gary Rocklage (2:00 PM / 1 April 2018)

            O        May’s Quote: "We all go a little mad sometimes."
                        Title of Movie and Actor(s) Name(s) required.

•          “The Bucket List Challenge”  (B/L):
Remains in a deep, deep, deep, sleep; except for last month when Dr. Craig Karpilow brought this section back to life.  Will another Classmate keep the B/L Challenge alive? 

*Going on the road... is slowly moving forward.

                                            “A SPECIAL MONTH,”
                                                            Bob

NOW... FOR MAY ARTICLES

 

Words For The Classmates - How Do Civil Wars Happen?      #1     Contributed by Ted Dumke  [Brilliant, concise & worth the read; an understanding of Democrats and Republicans, when in office.]
 

"Men Are Just Happier People!”       #2     
Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
[Wow, this really cracked me up. I fit into every category, just right.   am a pretty happy person, a majority of the time, and you?   Come on guys, don’t leave me hanging here, all alone!   Bob]

What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car mechanics tell you the truth.  The world is your urinal.  You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.  You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.  Wrinkles add character.  Wedding dress - $5,000.  Tux rental - $100.  People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.  New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.  One mood all the time.  Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.  You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough.  You almost never have strap problems in public.  You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.  You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes - one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier!
                
NICKNAMES:
1.        If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
2.        If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.
                
EATING OUT:
1.        When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
2.        When the girls get their bill, outcome the pocket calculators.
                
MONEY:            
1.        A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
2.        A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.
                
BATHROOMS:
1.        A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
2.        The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337.  A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

ARGUMENTS: 
1.        A woman has the last word in any argument.
2.        Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.
                
FUTURE:
1.        A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
2.        A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
                
MARRIAGE:
1.        A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
2.        A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.
                
DRESSING UP:    
1.        A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
2.        A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.
                
NATURAL:         
1.        Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
2.        Women somehow deteriorate during the night.
                
OFFSPRING:
1.        Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
2.        A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.
                
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
A married man should forget his mistakes.  There's no use in two people remembering the same thing!

“RECALL NOTICE”        #3
Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
[This is an article we need to pay attention to!]

The Maker of all human beings (GOD) is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.  This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units.  This defect has been identified as "Sub-sequential Internal Non-morality," more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some of the symptoms include:
            1.        Loss of direction
            2.        Foul vocal emissions
            3.        Amnesia of origin
            4.        Lack of peace and joy
            5.        Selfish or violent behavior
            6.        Depression or confusion
            7.        Fearfulness
            8.        Idolatry
            9.        Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this defect.

The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.  The number to call for repair in all areas is: P-R-A-Y-E-R.

Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure.  Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, JESUS, into the heart component.

Memorial Day Czech Style”      #4    Contributed by Bob Graham
[A rare look, I think you might be surprised!]

One Second After”        #5       Contributed by William R. Forstchen
[Are agendas prepared for a national power grid down - not that we don’t have enough other things to think about.    - Ted Dumke]

Viet Nam Wall Facts”        #6      Contributed by Our Vietnam Vets
[A read that should be available in all schools.]

#30 Rare Photos of North Korea”     #7     Contributed Bob Graham
[We have heard a lot about North Korea; let’s take a look at the north side of the DMZ.]

“Greetings - Our Military”      #8
Contributed by Edward Dumke
[Reasons for denial.]

Trey Gowdy just said a few things about the military in response to the ban of transgenders.  He nails it: 

Nobody has a "right" to serve in the Military.  Nobody.  What makes people think the Military is an equal opportunity employer?  Very far from it.

The Military uses prejudice regularly and consistently to deny citizens from joining for being too old or too young, too fat or too skinny, too tall or too short.  Citizens are denied for having flat feet, or for missing or additional fingers.  Poor eyesight will disqualify you, as well as bad teeth.  Malnourished?  Drug addiction?  Bad back?  Criminal history?  Low IQ?  Anxiety?  Phobias?  Hearing damage?  Six arms? Hear voices in your head?  Self-identify as a Unicorn?  Need a special access ramp for your wheelchair?  Can't run the required course in the required time?  Can't do the required number of pushups?  Not really a "morning person" and refuse to get out of bed before noon?  All can be reasons for denial.

The Military has one job.  War.  Anything else is a distraction and a liability.  Did someone just scream "That isn't Fair"?  War is VERY unfair, there are no exceptions made for being special or challenged or socially wonderful.  YOU change yourself to meet Military standards...not the other way around.  I say again: You don't change the Military...you must change yourself.  The Military doesn't need to accommodate anyone with special issues.  The Military needs to Win Wars.

If any of your personal issues are a liability that detract from readiness or lethality...thank you for applying and good luck in future endeavors.  Who's next in line?

“Terry Ward - Born: December 31, 1946 - Died: January 23, 018”     #9
Contributed by Peggy Graham
[A real hero!]

Terry Wayne Ward, age 71, of DeMotte, IN, escaped this mortal realm on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, leaving behind 32 jars of Miracle Whip, 17 boxes of Hamburger Helper and multitudes of other random items that would prove helpful in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

Terry is survived by his overly-patient and accepting wife Kathy, who was the love of his life (a fact she gladly accepted sympathy for during their 48 years of marriage). He is also survived by daughters Rebecca (William) Hines and Jean (Jeff) Lahm; sister, Linda; brother, Phil; grandchildren: Alexander and Hannah Hines (The Mesopotamians), Daphne and Erin Pistello (The Daffer and Peanut), Brendan and Owen Lahm (Phineas and Ferb) and Tessa McMurry (Smiley).

He is preceded in death by his parents Paul and Bernice Ward, daughter Laura Pistello, grandson Vincent Pistello, brother Kenneth Ward, a 1972 Rambler and a hip.

Terry graduated from Thornridge High School in South Holland, IL, where only three of his teachers took an early retirement after having had him as a student. He met the love of his life, Kathy, by telling her he was a lineman – he didn’t specify early on that he was a lineman for the phone company, not the NFL. Still, Kathy and Terry wed in the fall of 1969, perfectly between the Summer of Love and the Winter of Regret.

Terry volunteered his service in the United States Army and was an active combat Veteran in the Viet Nam War.

He retired from AT&T, (formerly Ameritech, formerly formerly Indiana Bell), after 39 years of begrudging service, where he accumulated roughly 3,000 rolls of black electrical tape during the course of his career (which he used for everything from open wounds to “Don’t use this button” covers).

He enjoyed many, many things.  Among those things were hunting, fishing, golfing, snorkeling, ABBA, hiking Turkey Run, chopping wood, shooting guns, Bed Bath & Beyond, starlight mints, cold beer, free beer, The History Channel, CCR, war movies, discussing who makes the best pizza, The Chicago White Sox, old Buicks, and above all, his family.

He was a renowned distributor of popsicles and ice cream sandwiches to his grandchildren. He also turned on programs such as “Phineas and Ferb” for his grand-youngins, usually when they were actually there.

He despised “uppity foods” like hummus, which his family lovingly called “bean dip” for his benefit, which he loved consequently. He couldn’t give a damn about most material things, and automobiles were never to be purchased new. He never owned a personal cell phone and he had zero working knowledge of the Kardashians.

Terry died knowing that The Blues Brothers was the best movie ever, (young) Clint Eastwood was the baddest-ass man on the planet, and hot sauce can be added to absolutely any food.

The Feel of a Handshake”       #10
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[I think this says a lot!!!]

Those who hate him will always hate him, no matter what.  In his stead, I certainly couldn't imagine Hillary, (or Bill, for that matter), or Obama making anything even close to this gesture.  If you cannot understand the meaning of this I feel sorry for you.  Please try to understand the weight of this image.  This soldier lost both arms.  The feeling of a handshake is now lost to him.

Trump realized this, and so touched his face, so he can feel the human connection.  This is what I see when I think of Trump's motives.  He gave up a billionaire lifestyle to now be insulted, dragged through the mud, and lied about, on a daily basis.  All to save this country and people he loves.  Please CONSIDER PASSING this on.

“Children From The Greatest Generation”     #11
Contributed by Bruce & Judy (Fondren) Ahlvin
[We can all read the various statements communicated below and have our own thoughts, so here we go!]

It truly was a great time to grow up in America - especially if you were fortunate enough to find yourself in a place like California.

I think the most telling observation included below, was that "we had to find out ourselves" - especially for those who grew up in poor families, who were also economically disadvantaged.  But that was the challenge and the adventure it offered.  The curious and the ambitious knew few boundaries, and thrived on the opportunities, without even knowing how rare a time that was in terms of history and politics.

I can't speak for others, who had to find their own way, but I looked forward to every day.  My reset button was to jump out of bed with 6 hours of sleep behind me.  I was blessed all my life with good health and the good fortune of never having experienced a serious injury.  Or major, fortuitous set-back in my personal life that diverted me from my goals - which were rooted in the American dream; and, I was very eager to complete and succeed.  Of course what parent would not wish to have their own children engage in that pathway - whatever their own definition of "being and becoming" successful?

But finding it "on their own" has become nearly impossible.  Not only are there multiple and readily available "how to do it" books and video's, but they serve to set a standard of performance which places a high to impossible bar to "success", not to mention the loss of innocence, that in retrospect I know filled me with great anticipation, (and measured temerity), and wonder.

Also, in a relatively small rural town fear, and the prospect of evil, was almost nonexistent. The general reverence to God and his presence, love & protection was a given. What people thought of you mattered.

The sense of community, relationships, family and friends, were the solid framework, and interwoven fabric, of one's existence.  Now it's hard to wrap your head around all of it.  The world-wide scope of selective communications, chosen by who knows who, largely drowns out our own individual lives, fills our thoughts with garbage and “alternative"- facts depending on the hidden intentions and "spin" that are incessantly spewed out in a cacophony of meaningless, often divisive noise.  Selfies tell the story - mostly selfish stories of silliness and nonsense which fills one's day with nothing meaningful having been said or done. So how do we pass our experience on?  We can't.

The brave new world will "evolve" and we can only hope it will be a better one, but individuality, privacy, and freedom will inevitably be stripped away and exposed to the harsh spotlight of "group think", and consequent politically correctness, (as defined by others), and hence severely limit free speech.  Unity, which was once our Country's Strength, is dissolving in the face of the rapidly emerging and broadening of  insidious diversity, (i.e., alien camps), and the resulting separateness is busy tearing our society and Country apart.

It Is Finally Nice To Have All The Facts...     #12
Contributed by Bob Graham
[Peggy, we need to talk!]

The frequency of sexual activity of senior males depends on where they were born. Statistics just released from Statistics Canada and The United Nations B.O.H. Team, revealing that:

North American men between 60 and 80 years of age, will on average, have sex two to three times per week, (and a small number a lot more), whereas Japanese men, in exactly the same age group, will have sex only once or twice per year if they are lucky. 

This has come as very upsetting news to both me and most of my buddies, as none of us had any idea we were Japanese!

“Some Good Thoughts From A Common Sense Old Cowboy”    #13
Contributed by Gary Rocklage
[Ride‘em cowboy!]

• Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
• Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
• Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
• A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
• Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.
• Meanness don’t just happen overnight.
• Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
• Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
• It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
• You cannot unsay a cruel word.
• Every path has a few puddles.
• When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
• The best sermons are lived, not preached.
• Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
• Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
• Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
• Live a good, honorable life . . . Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
• Don ‘t interfere with something that ain’t bothering you none.
• Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
• If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging.
• Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
• The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every morning.
• Always drink upstream from the herd.
• Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
• Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.
• If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around. . .
• Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
• Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

The Inconvenient Truth About The Republican Party”   #14  Contributed by Edward Dumke   [Just keep an open mind - this is not meant to go political and make you mad.] 

Don’t Send A Man To The Grocery”    #15  Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp
[Jeanne Robertson will make you laugh!]

How Irish Dancing Really Started”    #16   Contributed by Edward Dumke
[I was trying to picture Ted Irish dancing! - Bob]

“Older Kids Test”    #17   
Contributed by Maggie (Tubia) Horwitz
[This may be harder than you may think!]

THE  ANSWERS WILL BE ON THE TIP OF YOUR TONGUE, BUT YOU JUST CAN'T QUITE REMEMBER THE CORRECT ANSWER .
         
I was picky who I sent this to.  It had to be those who might actually remember. So have some fun my sharp-witted friends.  This is a test for us 'older kids'!  The answers are printed below, (after the questions), but don't cheat!  Answer them first.....

01.  After the Lone Ranger saved the day and rode off into the sunset, the grateful citizens would ask, who was that masked man?  Invariably, someone would answer, I don't know, but he left this behind.  What did he leave behind?  _______________.
02.  When the Beatles first came to the U.S. In early 1964, we all watched them  on The ____ ___________ Show.
03.  'Get your kicks, __   _________   _______.'
04.  'The story you are about to see is true.  The names have been changed to  _________  ___  ___________.'
05.  'In the jungle, the mighty jungle, ____   ______  ________   __________.'
06.  After the Twist, The Mashed Potato, and the Watusi, we 'danced' under a  stick that was lowered as low as we could go in a dance called the  '________.'
07.  Nestle's makes the very best....  _____________.'
08.  Satchmo was America's 'Ambassador of Goodwill.'  Our parents shared this great jazz trumpet player with us. His name was   ________  _____________.
09.  What takes a licking and keeps on ticking? _______________.
10.  Red Skeleton's hobo character was named ______ ___ ________ and Red always ended his television show by saying, 'Good Night, and ‘_____   ________. '
11.  Some Americans who protested the Vietnam War did so by burning their   _____________ _______.
12.  The cute little car with the engine in the back and the trunk in the front was called the VW. What other names did it go by? ______ &  ________________.
13.  In 1971, singer Don MacLean sang a song about, 'the day the music died.'  This was a tribute to _________   ____________________.
14.  We can remember the first satellite placed into orbit. The Russians did it.  It was called ____________________.            
15.  One of the big fads of the late ‘50's and ‘60's was a large plastic ring that we twirled around our waist.   It was called the ________ ________  .   
16.  Remember LS/MFT _____  _____/_____  _____  _____?        
17.  Hey Kids! What time is it? It's _____   ______  _____!
18.  Who knows what secrets lie in the hearts of men? Only The _______  Knows!
19.  There was a song that came out in the 60's that was "a grave yard mash".  It's name was the _____________ _________!
20.  Alka Seltzer used a "boy with a tablet on his head" as it's Logo / Representative.  What was the boy's name? ________________.
               
ANSWERS: 

01. The  Lone Ranger left behind a silver bullet.
02.  The Ed Sullivan Show
03.  On Route 66               
04.  To protect the innocent.
05.  The  Lion Sleeps Tonight
06.  The limbo
07.  Chocolate
08.  Louis Armstrong
09.  The Timex watch
10.  Freddy, The Freeloader and 'Good Night and God Bless.'
11.  Draft cards (Bras were also burned. Not flags, as some have guessed)
12.  Beetle or Bug
13.  Buddy Holly
14.  Sputnik
15.  Hoola-hoop
16.  Lucky Strike/Means Fine Tobacco
17.  Howdy Doody Time
18.  Shadow
19. Monster Mash
20. Speedy

Send this to your “older” friends, (better known as “Seniors”).   It will drive them crazy!  And keep them busy and let them forget their aches and pains for a few minutes.

[I blew it; I missed three - Bob]

What Would You Do - Bullying Jr.?”     #18   Contributed by Bob Graham
[Really, what would you do?]

World War American Spitfire Pilot”   #19    Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin
[Great film - check this out - great story!]

Dog Fight - Mystery Of The Red Baron”    #20     Contributed by Ted Dumke
[Answers to many questions about the “Red Baron.”]

DON’T FORGET:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ANNIVERSARY TO ALL “MAY” CLASSMATES!

MAY 2018 - “OLDER AMERICANS MONTH” (WE FINALLY HAVE A MONTH FOR US) - DATES TO REMEMBER:


1. May Day - Loyalty Day - Save the Rhino Day.
2. Baby Day - Brothers and Sisters Day.
3. Garden Meditation Day - Lumpy Rug Day - Garden Meditation Day.
4. Bird Day - Star Wars Day - International Tuba Day .
5. Cinco de Mayo - National Hoagie Day - Free Comic Book Day.

6. Beverage Day - National Tourist Appreciation Day - National Nurses Day.
7. National Tourism Day.
8. National Teacher's Day - No Socks Day - V-E Day.
9. Lost Sock Memorial Day  - National Receptionist Day - School Nurses Day.
10. Clean up Your Room Day.
11. Eat What You Want Day - Military Spouses Day - Twilight Zone Day.
12. Birth Mother's Day - Fatigue Syndrome Day - National Train Day.
13. Mother's Day second Sunday in May - Leprechaun Day.
14. Dance Like a Chicken Day.
15. National Chocolate Chip Day - Police Officer's Memorial Day.
16. Love a Tree Day - National Sea Monkey Day - Wear Purple for Peace Day.
17. Pack Rat Day.
18. International Museum Day - National Bike to Work Day -
Visit Your Relatives Day.
19. Armed Forces Day - Boy's Club Day.
20. Be a Millionaire Day - Pick Strawberries Day.
21. National Memo Day - National Waiters and Waitresses Day.
22. Buy a Musical Instrument Day -  World Goth Day.
23. Lucky Penny Day.
24. National Escargot Day - Victoria Day (Canada).
25. Don't Fry Friday - National Missing Children's Day - National Brown Bag It Day - National Wine Day.
26. International Jazz Day - Sally Ride Day.
27. Sun Screen Day.
28. Amnesty International Day - Memorial Day - National Hamburger Day.
29. Learn About Composting Day.
30. Water a Flower Day.
31. National Macaroon Day - Save Your Hearing Day - World No Tobacco Day.

 

Classmates,

Once again Thank You for all the Articles, Subjects, and “Want to  Know Abouts,” you would like to see in the monthly K.Y.F...’64 Newsletters.

The Aragon Class of 1964 remains strong.  I’m pretty sure, it may have something to do with the numbers.  Yes, we are all getting older... but people have been doing that for millions of years! So, it’s nothing of a surprise, to any of us.  I believe it has much to do about the way we look at our past and how we are prepared for the future! What do you think?

We will all come together again in June.  Do you think this year, 2018,  is moving along faster, than normal?  Bottom line, it really doesn’t matter... we stand ready, for whatever comes our way and take each day - one step at a time. 

*Classmates, Family Members & Friends - The month of May is “a special month.” This is our chance to say Thank You to any and all VETERANS you will see or meet during this May.  “Just a friendly smile and a Thank You for your SERVICE,” will do it.  Have an outstanding month and we will get together again in June, (the month of Weddings, Love, School is OUT & Vacations are IN).

                                                            H.H.&L,
                                                                        Bob

 

 

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