Fifteen Years Ago the KEEP YOUR FORK (KYF) Newsletter was born. It
began thanks to Steve Hanleigh, (for the site), Bonita Beck, (his
assistant for the editing and website management), and classmates
contacting me with stories, jokes, classmate news, etc. During this
time frame we have had many laughs, renewed some great connections
with other classmates, celebrated our 50th REUNION, and
sadly the loss of many of our classmates... may they RIP.
We are now at a crossroads
attempting to continue the connections. If you choose to continue
having a newsletter, (i.e. monthly, quarterly or yearly), we need
you to step up in the following ways:
Write an article about your life experiences, family, and
you want to share
• Send Photos;
• Tell us about your current
• Tell us How you will
continue to connect with your Aragon Classmates.
Please submit all responses and
November 1, 2019. If we do not
receive responses, the Keep Your Fork ’64 will end its publication on
December 1, 2019. THIS IS “YOUR” ARAGON, CLASS OF 1964 NEWSLETTER,
not mine! Do what you can to keep it going. If you need any
me at the above email address.
Submissions can look like mine
below! Find out about a possible move to West Virginia by
the Graham Clan, how
our dog “Honor America” beat death or
which of the Classmates
spent some vacation time at the Bob & Peggy Bed & Breakfast throughout
the last 15 years.
Finally, what about those GET-TOGETHERS THAT WERE
DISCUSSED IN THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER?
I am waiting for comments back on that suggestion! Still at
Aragon Class of 1964 Updates
Craig just returned from doing some medical volunteer work in
rural Paraguay where there are many indigenous people and immigrants
from Germany, (from 70 years ago). Nice people needing lots of help.
Due to the long flights and airport waiting, he was able to
finish his 14th book on the Cruise Ship Crime Mystery
Series, under his pen name of Paul Davis, MD; all
available on Amazon and one at the British publisher Austin McCauley.
Gary Rocklage and Jim Esten…
Yankee Tea Please
and Jim Esten, both class of ’64 and Harley Davidson enthusiasts have
ridden together on several occasions in the past. They have been to
Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Death Valley, and Yosemite to name a few of
their favorite spots.
In keeping with Bob’s suggestion for mini-reunions Jim flew to Atlanta
and rented a Harley Tri-Glide (a trike) to meet up with Gary and do
some East Coast touring. Jim felt that the trike was a better fit for
him following knee and hip replacement surgeries, (the Tri-Glide is
becoming the Harley of choice for those in their 70’s).
The five day adventure took them through Georgia and to Maggie
Valley in North Carolina where they viewed some of the greenest and
most beautiful country Jim had ever seen. Gary lives in the woods in
Georgia and has done the trip previously, but even he was impressed
with the beauty of the Smokey Mountain area. The two ate at local
hole-in-the wall places to savor the feel of the area and the locals.
It was in one of these small restaurants, while ordering
“un-sweetened” ice tea that the two learned that what they wanted was
“Yankee tea.” After a good laugh with the waitress they ordered
“Yankee tea” from then on.
The two had a wonderful time riding together again and
reminiscing about previous rides and friends from the Aragon days.
… Jim Esten
[Jim and I] did stay at a "Patel Motel" in Dawsonville the
first night. It has the honor of being where Clint Eastwood filmed
some scenes for the movie "Trouble with the Curve". I am SURE
none of the crew or cast stayed there. Ugh!!!
The other photos are us on the Blue Ridge Parkway turn out near Maggie
Valley, and a rear view mirror shot of Jim following me down the
FIND OUT ABOUT A POSSIBLE MOVE TO WEST
VIRGINIA, BY THE GRAHAM CLAN:
This has been going on for about five years, (or maybe a little more),
but like all Good Parents and Grand-Parents, we want to be close to
our kids so we are still working on buying a home back in the
Martinsburg, WV area. We have been back about a dozen times, but
we are much closer to the move, every time we travel back to be with
family. You know, this "growing older" doesn't help much. I'm really
set in my ways after being here in Las Vegas, for almost 25 plus
years! Peggy is ready to go at any time, so I think this could be the
year. Weather here is great! Weather there can be really nasty at
times! West Virginia has Snow and the Humidity, which is almost
none-existent here, but we do have a lot of triple digit weather,
(especially in the summer time)! Retired Military Taxes are close to
being the same in both areas. Both places have everything we need
except one thing - our Kids and Grand-Kids are there, not here. So we
shall see what happens, perhaps in the next few months!?
HOW OUR DOG- HONOR AMERICA:
Doberman #7, Honor, (in the Graham Doberman Family), BEAT DEATH.
Honor was very lucky, and us too! While at Doggie District, (for
short stay), she got "BLOAT" (that is a twisting of the organs in the
stomach area). If a dog gets this, you have less than an hour to get
them on the operating table with a Vet. We quickly found a Surgeon
that has done this operation before. We were very lucky, Honor
survived and so did we! "BLOAT" usually happens to big chested dogs as
they are playing. It is rare to get and even more rare to survive.
Honor is doing great and is back to her "old self" and so are we...
"No rainbow bridge yet!"
THE BOB & PEGGY BED & BREAKFAST:
Many of our Classmates that have been to Las Vegas have stayed with us
at the Bob & Peggy Bed & Breakfast. While they were here, they were
licked by one of the 7 and became a friend for life with our Dobies
also. We’re not gone yet!
HOOAH & HUGS, YOUR CLASSMATE, BOB
University of Montana Homecoming 2016 UMHomecoming 2017 Jake
& Honor in Las Vegas
"Freedom is not FREE!"
[… so also says Lt. Col. Robert Graham!]