Aragon Class of ‘64
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B  Beck, Webmaster                                          Bob Graham, Editor

NEWSLETTER #177                                                                         January 2019

A REAL NEW YEAR – 2019” 


     Here we go into a real New Year, say hello to 2019.  As wild and crazy as 2018 displayed itself, I think this new year is going to be a year that we won’t forget soon...I really don’t know which way it is going to lean, but I do believe that “we” can and will assist to a point; in a direction that will help others.
     Just stay informed, get involved and lead by example. Know what is going on around you, at all times and may affect your future, stay aware. 
     January’s and February’s Newsletters will remain shorter, but we will return to our “norm” in March 2019.

     Here we go again: “A REAL NEW YEAR – 2019,”  

     Hooah, Hugs & Love, Bob

The Sea Turtle”   #1   Contributed by Linda (Wanke) Rapp [Watch closely!]

Let’s Start 2019 Now - Here We Go!
A Family Tradition”  and  “The Top 10 Christmas Commercials”   #2
Contributed by Edward Dumke   [Let’s start getting those smiles on!]

Driving Home For Christmas”   #3  Contributed by Bob Graham
[We are going to W.V. to visit the Graham Clan on the East Coast!]

Ohio Boy Pays It Forward With Found Fortune”   #4  Contributed by Peggy Graham  [At the cracker barrel, to the grave site of his father!]

“Disrespect Our Flag”   #5  Contributed by Gary Rocklage & Bob Graham 
[“Those who would disrespect our flag, have never been touched a folded one, carried a coffin to its final resting place, or handed a folded flag to the loved ones of our HEROES!  Get a clue before you DISRESPECT the ones that have given all, for you to express yourself this way.]

Short question for you: would you do the same, so others could disrespect the Flag?  Because of your bravery and willingness to give the “ULTIMATE SACRIFICE?”...That’s what I thought! 

TWO ELK & A BOY”   #6  Contributed by Mike Graham  [Great story.]

Love, Kisses & A Dog”  #7  Contributed by Honor America  [Saved.]

Vince Gill”  #8   Contributed Linda (Wanke) Rapp [Vince Gill as a funny man - great story!]

“The Plain Dealer”  #9 
Contributed by Bonita Beck
[Outstanding read – enjoy]

Regina Brett’s 50 life lessons - Published in the Plain Dealer, Sunday, May 28, 2006

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 50 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.”  My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: 

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don't ask, you don't get.
49. Yield.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Some Great And Unusual Pictures”    #10  Contributed by Bruce Ahlvin  [Outstanding -  70 slides for you to enjoy!]

40 Great Photos”  #11  Contributed by Peggy Graham  [History at its best!]

“Black and White”   #12  Contributed by Charlene (Wiper) Swenson
[Under age 45?  You won’t understand!]

You could hardly see for all the snow, spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.   “Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet.”

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn't seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used to eat it raw sometimes, too.  Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can't remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE... and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked's, (only worn in gym), instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened because they tell us how much safer we are now.

Flunking gym was not an option...even for stupid kids!  I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then.  Remember school nurses?  Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

Stop The Concert”   #13  Contributed by Garth Brooks  [The good in people!]

I Had The Best Dream Last Night!”  # 14  Contributed by a Number of Classmates  [If it were only true - a little satire and politics to end the mid terms]

 • 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 (L / L)
• “Who Said That - Movie Quote Addition” (WST - MQA)
Gary Rocklage was the Winner for 2018 - Gift is with Gary.




1. National Hangover Day - New Year's Day.
2. Run up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day. 
3. Fruitcake Toss Day.
4. National Spaghetti Day.
5. National Bird Day. 
6. Cuddle Up Day. 
7. Old Rock Day. 
8. Male Watcher's Day. 
9. Play God Day.
10. Peculiar People Day.
11. Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend's Day. 
12. Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day.
13. Make Your Dream Come True Day.
14. Dress Up Your Pet Day. 
15. National Hat Day. 
16. National Nothing Day. 
17. Ditch New Years Resolutions Day. 
18. Thesaurus Day. 
19. National Popcorn Day.  
20. National Cheese Lover Day. 
21. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday. 
22. National Hugging Day.
23. National Pie Day.
24. Compliment Day.
25. Opposite Day.
26. Spouse's Day.
27. Chocolate Cake Day.
28. Fun at Work Day.
29. National Puzzle Day.
30. National Inane Answering Message Day.
31. Backward Day.


As always - thank you for your continued support.  I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday period.  It was truly great to exchange Holiday Cards with so many of you... you are the best!

Remember we still have many Classmates that are still involved with Fires and Mudslides.  If you know of any Classmates in need, please send me the names and we may be able to help with their recovery.  We don’t know, until we ask or try.  With 2019 here, let’s work together and see if we can have an outstanding year, for all.   

Take care and we will talk again in February.  

Hooah, Hugs & Love, Bob



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