The Farsider

January 8, 2015

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.

 

POA UPDATES



Jan. 4th

Funeral Service for NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu

NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu's funeral services occurred this morning.  You can view the taped segments on the website below. Thank you to Officers Ashley Weager, Wakana Okuma and Brian Asuelo for representing San Jose at the services in New York Today. Rest in peace Brother Liu, our hearts are heavy and our thoughts for all of NYPD brothers and sisters in blue are constant...

Click HERE for funeral coverage

For those of you who want to donate to NYPD Officer Ramos and Liu's families, you can. Send your check directly to 'Patrolmen's Benevolent Association' at 125 Broad Street, 11th Floor New York, NY 10004-2400 or drop off a check and make it to the SJPOA for forwarding.  


 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

Staffing seems to be getting bleaker than bleak at our old haunts…

New Resignations, Retirements Puts San Jose Police Department Staffing Below 900 Officers

Click HERE to watch the video or read a transcription of the text below…

By Robert Handa
NBC Bay Area Newscast — Jan. 5, 2015

The new year is off to a rough start for the understaffed San Jose Police Department. New figures reveal a large number of officers left the force recently, including some key members of the police academy.

The recent departures indicate things may only get tougher both for short-term and long-term staffing at the department.

Police union officials said since the beginning of December, six officers retired and eight resigned from SJPD.

San Jose police now currently have 894 active full-duty cops -- not counting officers on disability or limited duty. The department once boasted a staff that once topped 1,400 officers.

Union leaders said the most devastating loss from the recent departures are two police academy drill instructors who officially quit on Friday in the midst of an ongoing academy class.

"The best and the brightest officers go out to our academies to train them," Police Officers Association President Paul Kelly said. "If we can't even keep 'them' here at the police department -- what's next?"

The police department confirmed the loss of officers, but said the two instructors were not responsible for leading the current academy class.

New Mayor Sam Liccardo, who made police staffing a priority in his campaign, said he was disappointed, but not discouraged.

"We've got work to do on both ensuring that we can get enough officers in the academy that are going to be able to help us staff up, and to ensure we create compensation structures that will attract those officers to the academy," Liccardo said.
 

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This item from today's paper is a byproduct of the staffing problem outlined above...

Special Police Unit Dissolved

—Temporary move will shift officers to needed patrols, officials say—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Jan. 8, 2015

SAN JOSE — Officers in the Metro special-enforcement unit, a crown jewel of the San Jose Police Department and one of its last vestiges of proactive policing, will be reassigned to backfill the struggling agency’s street patrols under plans announced internally this week.

Officials say the move is intended to be temporary, starting Feb. 1 and lasting until mid- to late March, when the department hopes new cops will complete their field training and be available to fill the void.

Metro is currently staffed by four sergeants and 23 officers, just a sliver of its size when formed in the late 1990s by merging the narcotics and street-crimes teams. It became a prized assignment that tackled everything from drugs, prostitution, high-risk warrants and gang crimes. For much of the past few years, the unit focused primarily on gang issues until the department revived its dedicated gang-suppression team in fall 2013.

San Jose Police’s Metro unit has focused on gang
crime. The group is being disbanded for a short time.

Essentially, whatever crime was spiking in the city, Metro was often the unit dispatched to bring it under control.

Officer Albert Morales, a police spokesman, said while Metro officers will now be responding to 911 and other emergency calls, commanders will retain the flex­ibility to tap into their expertise as events warrant.

“The way we look at it, they will be going out to patrol, but they will be utilized as a resource as well,” Morales said. “They’re wearing another hat, but that’s become our reality now.”

Still, the dissolution of the unit, however temporary, resonates symbolically among the rank-and-file, given its elite status within the department and also its value as a recruiting tool, showcasing the kind of policing opportunities San Jose offered in contrast to the predominantly suburban agencies in Santa Clara County.

“Metro is one of the last few proactive units that could tackle ongoing problems,” said Officer James Gonzales, vice president of the San Jose Police Officers’ Association, which has strongly contested political policies it contends led directly to an officer exodus. “This is the start of a trend of San Jose not being able to police itself.”

The move is also a continuation of the department’s struggles to field a patrol force of 492 officers, despite being about 50 people short, with the rest made up in overtime shifts. Other divisions have been called on to contribute shifts, including detectives and special-operations officers.

SJPD currently has 1,006 sworn officers, more than 100 less than its authorized strength. And only 894 can actually hit the street after accounting for disability, modified duty, military leave and those still in the police academy or in field training. A confluence of baby boomer retirements and early resignations — spurred in part by political struggles over pension and disability benefits — have left the department nearly 30 percent smaller than it was in 2008, when a crashing economy prompted a wave of austerity measures.

Even as SJPD aims to bring back Metro in the spring, it could be diminished with tentative plans to keep a sergeant and seven officers in patrol, according to a department source not authorized to publicly comment on the decision.

Morales said a restoration would be determined in March after an evaluation of available manpower.

“The key issue here is resignations, retirements and academy classes and what our numbers look like at the end of March,” he said. “The idea is we want this to be temporary because we realize the need for specialized units to be out there doing proactive work.”

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And this is how NBC Bay Area covered the same story about the demise of the Metro Unit…

Click HERE to watch the video or read the text of the report below.

Staffing Shakeup Announced for San Jose Police Department

By Robert Handa — NBC Bay Area

Starting Feb. 1, the agency's entire Metro Unit will be reassigned to patrol temporarily.

The move essentially dissolved the department's Metro Unit, which includes 23 officers and four sergeants.

Metro officers are a group of specially trained personnel who deal with gangs and undercover operations, including prostitution stings.

"We're talking about 400 narcotics investigations a year," said Sgt. Paul Kelly, president for the Police Officers Association. "That's what we're losing."

Forty percent of the unit's cases deal with gangs. Last year, the unit made 600 arrests, and confiscated 30 firearms.

The shakeup is meant to bolster the department's understaffed patrol units.

At this point the plan is to restore a reduced Metro Unit reduced by seven officers and one sergeant in mid-March.

"There is no 'untouchable.'

There is no untouchable unit or bureau that we've looked at," Assistant Police Chief Eddie Garcia said.

NBC Bay Area also has learned the department is now talking with the California Highway Patrol to possibly contract out some duties of traffic enforcement.

"We're looking at every option possible in order to assist us in maintaining our staffing levels to be able to do our core service," Garcia said. "So we're talking with several people, several organizations to see what it is they can do and offer to help us."

The police union said working with the CHP is not a long-term solution.

"We do not have enough officers to police this city, but supplementing with something like the CHP is not really a long-term solution because these are people who don't know the neighborhoods -- don't know the crime," Police Officers Association Vice President James Gonzales said.


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“(Liccardo) just made the beginning a little harder on himself,” according to this editorial from last Sunday’s paper…

Time to Ring Out Reed, Ring in Liccardo

Editorial — Mercury News — Jan. 4, 2015

Chuck Reed was the right mayor for San Jose at the time. He dealt with wrenching budget cuts to close deficits that had dogged the city for a decade, and residents supported him. His approval rating was consistently high and voters easily passed all of his reform measures.

But Reed’s legacy — the way he’ll be remembered in five or 10 years — depends largely on his successor’s ability to improve city services without going back to spending patterns that pushed mountains of debt onto future residents.

This is the portfolio that has landed with a thud on the desk of new Mayor Sam Liccardo.

Liccardo can find a middle way for this polarized city, but he has made a rocky start at building trust. He needs to overcome it with outreach and by including people who did not support him in helping to develop his initiatives.

This will be difficult because the police union and other labor leaders who bitterly opposed his election are disinclined to help him succeed. But dealing with that is how political skill is measured. The early moves that have given his opponents ammunition were his rush to appoint Margie Matthews as an interim council representative for District 4 and his selection of senior staff members who are seen as anti-labor.

On the Matthews appointment, the issue is the process. While fully legal, it was clearly a rush to get the former District 4 representative on board quickly rather than risk leaving the seat vacant through the spring budget decisions. A special election will be held in March and a runoff in June to complete the term of Kansen Chu, who was elected to the Assembly.

We’re glad Matthews is on the council, in part because she understands the art of compromise. Her voting record on the council was very pro-labor, but she believes in sustainable budgeting. It’s a balance we hope will be contagious. But there’s no question Liccardo’s maneuvering for the appointment irked opponents.

His staff choices are more complicated. He needs a staff that he knows and trusts. But it’s important to include dissident voices representing views and constituencies that might otherwise be overlooked — at the mayor’s political peril. The flash points among Liccardo’s initial hires are Chief of Staff Jim Reed, who was public policy director for the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and is a Republican city councilman in Scotts Valley; and former District 1 Councilman Pete Constant, a conservative Republican who will be a part-time senior adviser to Liccardo on pensions and other issues.

We think Jim Reed, no relation to Chuck, will be a good chief of staff. He’s personable, politically savvy — not an ideologue — and a solid manager.

But the perception Liccardo has to overcome is that the Chamber is running the mayor’s office.

As to Constant — he knows pension issues inside out, but on the council he was an outspoken opponent of union views, particularly antagonizing the police union. We hope his value as staff to Liccardo outweighs that considerable baggage.

The pressure is on Liccardo, but it’s also on his opponents, who have shown no collaborative inclination. Dissenting council members boycotted the meeting at which Matthews was appointed.

Oh, that’s mature. And the police union already has announced it won’t negotiate with the city until next summer, making it impossible to get a settlement on pension and disability reform on a 2015 ballot.

Liccardo is a moderate Democrat whose advisers include card-carrying liberals like former Mayor Susan Hammer, and he is a listener. He can unite the city. He knew this job meant crossing a political minefield. He just made the beginning a little harder on himself.

The new San Jose mayor has made a rocky start at building bridges, but he can bring together this politically polarized city with inclusive planning for his initiatives.

 

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Pardon us if we don't act surprised at this pick. Can you spell r-u-b-b-e-r-s-t-a-m-p?

Herrera Selected for Vice Mayor

—Councilwoman, mayor agree on key policy issues—

By Eric Kurhi <ekurhi@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Jan. 8, 2015

SAN JOSE — She came in fifth in the June mayor’s race, but two-term Councilwoman Rose Herrera will soon become the second in command at City Hall. Newly sworn-in Mayor Sam Liccardo on Wednesday named Herrera as his pick for vice mayor, which obs ervers said was a logical choice given her alignment with Liccardo and former Mayor Chuck Reed on key issues. “Policy-wise, Liccardo and Herrera have seen eye to eye,” said Garrick Percival, an assistant political science professor at San Jose State. “On the big issue that defined his campaign — public safety and policing — they share very similar positions.” In a statement, Liccardo said Herrera brings “passion and commitment” to the community and her new role. “From her service to our country as a member of the U.S. Air Force to her leadership on economic development and transportation issues, Rose has the experience needed as we focus on working together to make San Jose a safer, smarter city,” he said. Under the city charter, the City Council must confirm the appointment at its second meeting of the year. Percival added that symbolically it may have been a consideration to appoint a female to succeed former Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, who was termed out and replaced by Councilwoman Tam Nguyen, who isn’t related to her, in District 7. Nguyen was a vocal critic of the former vice mayor but has high hopes for Herrera. “I think it is a good idea and she will do well,” he said, because she has experience as a member in the midst of her second term. Herrera was elected in 2008 to serve District 8, which includes East San Jose and Evergreen. She is a native of the area and attended Overfelt High School and received degrees from Santa Clara University as well as serving in the Air Force.

She has advocated for women’s issues and is a founding member of the Bay Area Military Women’s Collaborative and League of California Cities Women’s Caucus. She cites accomplishments such as securing funds for east side highway projects, preserving funds for light rail service to Eastridge as well as keeping programs and staff at Lake Cunningham Regional Skate Park. “Now is the time for everyone to work together,” reads her statement, “to collaborate across traditional boundaries and, like the mayor, that’s what I intend to do.” However, San Jose Police Officers Association President Paul Kelly said that by appointing another ally like Herrera, the new mayor’s “actions don’t match his rhetoric of trying to bridge the divide between city leaders and city workers.”


 

MAIL CALL


The following excerpts are from the letter Gary Johnson sent in last week. Several readers responded with tax information he was seeking (see below)…

Hey Bill:
 
I seem to remember a blurb in the Farsider about a retiree pension preservation program in conjunction with filing taxes. I think it had something to do with medical payments, premiums or something.
 
Do you remember this? I’ve been searching through the Archives, but I am obviously not remembering enough to complete a competent search (might have something to do with being a lieutenant, or something).
 
Gary
(Johnson) <gj1901@comcast.net>

Responding to Gary were Nick Battaglia, Dan Katz, Ron Webster, George Holser, Craig Shuey, Jim Roach, Joe Wicker and possibly one or two others who responded to Gary only without a cc to us.
 

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Nick Battaglia and Dan Katz each sent Gary this Mail Call item from the April 2, 2014 Farsider…

Hi Bill,
 
CJ (Craig Johnson) contacted me the other day to pass on some tax information that Adonna (Amoroso) shared at the last P&F Retirees' lunch meeting. I was unaware that the Pension Protection Act of 2006 allows a retired public safety officer to exclude up to $3000 of their pension distributions that are directly paid (deducted) for healthcare and accident insurance premiums. My tax guy, as well as CJ's, were both unaware of this rule and amended returns are being prepared. The rule is spelled out in IRS Publication 575 — the section titled, "Insurance Premiums for Retired Public Safety Officers" (pp. 5-6).

My thanks to Adonna.
 
Dan Katz <andjay2@aol.com>

For confirmation, I ran Dan's email past Patti Cripe (Rodger's wife) — a CPA who prepares tax refunds for several retired San Jose cops. She immediately wrote back and said, "Yes, it is correct. That is why I ask for the last paycheck stub to determine how much each retired person paid on his or her own behalf for health care."
 

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From George Holser

Hi Gary,

How the heck you doing?
 
Was just reading the Farsider and saw your entry.
 
You probably have already received a ton of e-mails, but just in case, I might have the info you are looking for.
 
Attached is an article I cut out of the City of San Jose Retirement Newsletter from March of 2008. It has to do with deducting retiree medical premiums the city takes out of our checks on your Tax Return.

When this first started I did not take the deduction, but now with Turbo Tax  that I have been using for many years it actually asks about any medical premiums and if you are a retired public safety officer. I take the deduction. Been doing it for the past 2 or 3 years with no problem.
 
I do recall someone talking about it in The Farsider a few years ago that they took the deduction and I believe got audited or something and had to provide documentation.
 
I also attached a two page memo from 2008 regarding the same information. Hope this helps and that all is well with you.

Click HERE for the memo.

 

George Holser <georgeholser@comcast.net>

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From Ron Webster

Bill, regarding Gary Johnson's question about a tax benefit/deduction surrounding medical insurance premiums, reference my note to you published in the January 7, 2009 Farsider. It deals with being able to deduct up to $3,000 in out of pocket medical insurance premiums for retired public safety employees.

The $3,000 tax deduction for medical insurance premiums for retired public safety employees is explained in the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

(Gary, say Hi to Norv for me. I used to see him in and around Susanville when I lived at Lake Almanor after retirement.)

Ron
(Webster) <tucsonron1462@msn.com>

Ed. — Click HERE to access the Farsider referenced by Ron, then scroll down to the Mail Call column.
 

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From Craig Shuey

Bill & Gary,

Signed by President Bush. Allows public safety personnel to take income tax deductions for certain things, like Long Term Care, for example; there are also other deductions. Read carefully though as there are strict requirements for the deductions.

<http://www.drs.wa.gov/publications/retiree/taxsavingsqa.htm>  


Craig
(Shuey) <cvshuey1459@gmail.com>

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From Jim Roach

Hi Bill,

The pension protection act of 2006 allows a public safety officer to exclude up to $3000 of their pension distributions that are directly paid (deducted) for healthcare and accident insurance premiums.

The rule is spelled out in IRS publication 575, the section titled: "Insurance Premiums for retired public safety officers" (pp.5-6).

I am going to advise my tax preparer of this this year and see what happens.   

Happy New Year!

Jim Roach #2057, Grass Valley <jroach2057@yahoo.com>

 

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From Joe Wicker

Hi Bill,

About Gary Johnson's letter in last week's Farsider, I believe he's asking about the $3,000 exemption that retired public safety officers are entitled to take for their medical insurance premiums. I've been taking this exemption for a number of years. Many tax preparers are unaware of this benefit, so I thought I would send along the IRS link to Publication 575 so others can refer to it and pass it along to their tax person. I emailed Gary and sent him the info.  After you click on the link, click on the specific section, "Insurance premiums for retired public safety officers."

Hope this helps.

http://www.irs.gov/publications/p575ar02.html#en_US_2013_publink1000226714

Joe Wicker <thegreygooseman@yahoo.com>


 

JANUARY VANGUARD NOW ON-LINE

Click HERE to download it to your desktop…


 

FOLLOWING THE WHITE HAT



Bill and his crew have been assigned to work the Indianapolis at Denver AFC divisional playoff game at Mile High Stadium this coming Sunday. It’s scheduled to air at 1:40 p.m. PST on CBS.

Denver? No roof? January? Hope our in-house NFL referee remembers to pack his gloves, long johns and mink jockstrap. Brrrr.

Here’s the rest of this coming weekend’s schedule…



How Well Do You Know NFL Referee Signals?

Feeling pretty smug about your football knowledge? Prove it by taking this 12-question quiz about referee signals. But be aware that it’s harder than you might think. Click HERE to start.


 

BY REQUEST

David Byers suggested we search the Internet for (and publish if possible) an editorial titled “Thank you, cops” that appeared in the Jan. 2, 2015 edition of The Carmel Pine Cone, a small newspaper that serves Clint Eastwood’s neighborhood (you get the idea). It took us all of 2 minutes to locate the following…



Thank You, Cops

In a Sacramento courtroom a couple of weeks ago, before a judge started hearing arguments about whether Cal Am should be allowed to start drilling a test well in Marina, there was something the judge had to do: He had to sentence a gang member for murder.

Which meant that while high-priced attorneys from Cal Am, the Marina Coast Water District and the coastal commission chatted and waited to argue the legal minutiae of the Monterey Peninsula’s water supply, right next to them, three stern-faced and heavily armed bailiffs stood guard over the shackled killer, and family members of his victim waited for their turn to tell the court how their loved one’s death had shattered lives and ruined the hopes of a now-fatherless 3-year-old girl.

The moment provided a jarring contrast between what seems important in Carmel and Pebble Beach, and things of actual importance that go on every day in less privileged parts of this country.

The scene also provided a lesson that should never be far from the nation’s mind as it debates whether our legal system’s purpose is to protect law-abiding citizens from criminals, or whether it actually fosters racism and encourages racist cops to abuse, and even kill, people of color whenever they have the chance.

There’s no debate that crime happens. In 2013, despite a steady decline in crime across the nation dating back to the 1990s, there were still 1,163,146 violent crimes in the United States, according to statistics from Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. That number includes 14,196 murders, 79,770 rapes, 345,031 robberies and 724,149 aggravated assaults — all in one year. There were also 8,632,512 property crimes reported to authorities during 2013, the DOJ says.

And there can’t be any question that police, prosecutors, judges and prisons are needed to deal with the people who commit all those crimes. Without law enforcement, God only knows how many murders and rapes there’d be. It takes a lot of cops to keep crime to the levels we have, much less investigate all those crimes and bring as many of the perpetrators as possible to justice.

Meanwhile, it’s equally inescapable that among all the thousands of police officers, sheriff ’s deputies, park rangers and FBI agents in this country, some will be bad — people who will do everything, from fabricate evidence, to commit their own felonies.

But while we’re focusing all our attention on the possible misdeeds of a few police officers, it’s important not to forget that most police officers are honest and hardworking, and that we really need them.

And who needs them most of all? The people in the nation’s poor communities, where most crimes are committed.

What happened to Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York was tragic, but those incidents were no more significant that the 14,000 or so people murdered in the United States last year — and certainly no more significant than the thousands more who would have been murdered if the police weren’t there to protect them.

Cops need oversight and should be punished the same as anyone when they break the law. But as 2015 begins, the message for police everywhere from the citizens they serve should be, “We’re watching what you do. And thank you for doing it.”

 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
     
Jan. 5 and 6
(Doesn’t include the reruns from the previous week)

Joe Biden went to Brazil in an effort to try and repair America's relationship with their government. Biden said, “It's great to be here in the Amazon. I've always wanted to see where all the books come from.”

Democratic Senator Harry Reid is expected to make a full recovery after he was exercising with a resistance band that snapped, causing him to fall. The good news is he's fine. The bad news is there's no video of it.

The Jets are expected to name a new coach this week, and the leading candidate is reportedly former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone. A lot of people are upset about the news — mostly Doug Marrone.

Kanye West teamed up with Paul McCartney on his recently released single, “Only One.” When asked what it was like working with a music legend and pioneer, Kanye said, “I'm sure he was pretty intimidated.”

The newly elected congressmen and women from the midterm elections were sworn in today. This Congress will be the most diverse ever, with 104 women, 46 blacks, 12 Asian-Americans, and two Native Americans. Even the dolls on the “It's a Small World” Disney ride said, “Not bad.”

That’s right, 104 female lawmakers. In other words, there's going to be a lot of filibusters that go like this: “You know what you did.”

A Miami judge issued Florida's first gay marriage license yesterday, which makes it the 36th state to legally perform gay marriages. Of course, most Florida residents are too old to understand what that means. They'll say, “Well, I think all marriages should be gay and merry."

The Girl Scouts announced that they're adding three new cookies this year, which include Rah-Rah Raisins and two gluten-free flavors. Even Jehovah’s Witnesses said, “If they ring the doorbell, pretend we're not home."

Tonight is our best show of 2015. If you have tickets to tomorrow's show, I feel sorry for you. It's all downhill after tonight.

At the Cowboys football game Chris Christie was hugging Jerry Jones. It was right after Jones said "Let's get some hot wings."

Plans are underway to build an NFL stadium in Los Angeles. That's good news because it's been at least a decade since L.A. had a sports team not to care about.

General Mills has announced that they're making a new flavor of Cheerios made from quinoa. And at the bottom there's a special prize — Cheerios not made with quinoa.

One of the new gadgets at the Consumer Electronics Show is a belt that tells the person wearing it when it's time to lose weight. Another device is a pair of jeans that says, "Hey, try a salad."

A new study has found that watching Fox News can make you more conservative and watching MSNBC can make you more liberal. And watching CNN can make you think that no plane has ever safely reached its destination.

Mark Zuckerberg has an ambition to read something new every two weeks. First up on Zuckerberg's reading list — all your private Facebook messages.

Scientists have made a pill that tricks you into thinking your body is full. Unfortunately, it's filled with mashed potatoes and has 8,500 calories.

Today is January 5th. I still have quite a lot of last-minute shopping to do.

Here's the problem I have. You've got to start taking down your Christmas decorations. Whenever I take the tree down, I can't re-tangle the lights the way they were.

Kim Jong Un's sister got married. That sounds like another Seth Rogen movie, doesn't it?

Instead of reading vows at the wedding ceremony, they read hacked Sony emails.

Well, the holidays are over and the jolly fat man is gone. I'm talking about Rex Ryan, coach of the Jets.

The Knicks have a wonderful promotion. Any person attending a game who can sink a shot from half court gets to start for the Knicks.

We have new Baseball Hall of Fame guys going in. There are two great honors if you're a baseball player. Getting elected to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown is one, and owning a mediocre steakhouse is the other.

Today was opening day for the new Congress in Washington. And Vice President Joe Biden swore in the new batch of White House fence jumpers.

We have a new and now Republican-controlled Congress starting today. The 114th Congress convened today in our nation's capital. I thought Congress got canceled after last season. Their ratings were terrible.

Congress has an approval rating that's very, very low. Their approval rating is 15 percent. You know you're in trouble when people like you less than they like Jennifer Lopez movies.

A total of 71 lawmakers in the new Congress are freshmen. Their parents helped them move in over the weekend.

Here in California today, they broke ground on the construction of a high-speed bullet train that will allow people to travel from L.A. to San Francisco in less than three hours. Until it's built we'll have to settle for flying there in 90 minutes.

Sportscaster Jim Rome has angered marching bands across the country after he called them “dorks” on Twitter. Marching bands are crafting a reply, but it’s taking them forever to spell it out on the field.

While vacationing in Hawaii this weekend, actor Rob Lowe used a jet ski to help rescue passengers on a sailboat that had run aground. And “Creepy” Rob Lowe just watched through his binoculars.

Lindsay Lohan was recently diagnosed with a rare mosquito-transmitted disease called Chikungunya. And the mosquito was diagnosed with alcohol poisoning.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JAN. 3, 2015

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• Our round-up of the 25 urban legends that circulated most widely in 2014.

• Did Eminem give a real interview in the movie The Interview in which he announced he was gay?

• Did Dr. Laura Schlessinger adopt ten pit bulls from a shelter and immediately have them euthanized?

• Was Singer Bobby Shmurda stabbed to death at Rikers Island?

• Were Life Savers candies so named because the inventor's daughter died from choking on a mint?

• Was singer Michael Jackson the biological father of Bruno Mars?

• A phishing scam is targeting GMail and Google+ users.

• Did a Brooklyn Chipotle location refuse service to eight uniformed NYPD officers?

• Was DMX arrested in December 2014 for running a dogfighting ring?

• Is WalMart funding Al Sharpton?

• Did Hugh Hefner pass away on 28 December 2014?

• A virus is being spread via e-mails about a parking violation tickets issued in another city.

• Warning claims Instagram is about to cancel the accounts of users who don't follow a list of instructions.

• Were two army chaplains forced to move their wedding in order to accommodate President Obama's golf game?

• Did House Whip Steve Scalise once speak at a white nationalist conference?

• Are gangs painting gun barrels orange to trick police into believing their weapons are toys?

• Details of the death of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn.

• Photograph shows a rider on a snowless trail at the Iditarod.

• Is Michael Jordan coming out of retirement to play for the Charlotte Hornets?

• Did former football coach Lou Holtz write an essay called "Two Americas" about income inequality?

• Is Val Kilmer playing Tony Soprano in a remake of the hit HBO series The Sopranos?

• Is the Obama administration banning donut sprinkles?

• Why January is considered the 'break-up month' for couples.

• Has actor Dustin Diamond been charged with second-degree murder for stabbing a man in a bar?

• Actress Donna Douglas of Beverly Hillbillies fame has passed away.

• Is it illegal to be fat in Japan?

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!


Worth a Second Look

• Did Bill Cosby buy up the rights to the Little Rascals comedies in order to keep them off television because they depict racial stereotypes?


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.

 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS



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The NYPD received a strong show of support during a hockey game at Madison Square Garden the day after the New York slayings. HERE'S a short minute-and-a-half excerpt of the tribute. (1:28)




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If you thought that the ringing in of 2015 in the Big Apple was a mega celebration, look at HOW Manila celebrated the new year from the top of the tallest building in the Philippines where there is no ban on fireworks. (2:52)




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We’re not normally a big fan of music videos, but this one that incorporates an amazing Rube Goldberg Machine is an exception to the rule. The amount of planning and perfect timing makes THIS video called “This Too Shall Pass” a must-see. (3:53)




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Talk about “happy feet,” no one could match THIS guy step-for-step. Not Gene Kelly, not Fred Astair, not even Michael Jackson. Check him out. (2:31)




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One of the features when the Chicago Bulls play at home is the "Kiss Cam." Fans keep their eye on one of the giant TV screens and kiss their partner if the camera zeroes in on the couple. Keep your eye on the guy in the green  hoodie who is on the phone and WATCH what happens.




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This poor lady in London who was captured on a surveillance camera needed some petrol for her car, but she forgot which side the gas cap was on. Watch what happens NEXT and see if you can keep from laughing. (0:57)




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Did Joe Suske participate in the D-Day landing in Normandy? Disregarding the fact that he was a toddler on June 5, 1944, his wife thinks that’s him without a helmet leaning up against the Deuce-and-a-Half. (It’s the 11th photo in this excellent selection of WWII color photos from the Denver Post that you can view by clicking HERE.

 

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Suffer from acrophobia? Skip this item if you do, otherwise click HERE and watch this maintenance worker change a light bulb at the top of a 1500 foot TV tower. (2:07)




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Perhaps we shouldn’t be too quick to stereotype the Russians. Check out THIS rendition of “Happy” by the Red Army Choir.




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Wanted: a CIA Assassin

According to an email from Dirk Parsons, the CIA had an opening for an assassin. After all the background checks, interviews and testing were done, there were three finalists: two men and a woman.

For the final test, the CIA agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a gun.

"We must know that you will follow your instructions no matter what the circumstances. Inside the room you will find your wife sitting in a chair. Kill her."

The man said, "You can't be serious. I could never shoot my wife."

The agent said, "Then you are not the right man for this job. Take your wife and go home."

The second man was given the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room. All was quiet for about five minutes. Then the man came out with tears in his eyes and said, "I tried, but I can't kill my wife."

The agent said, "You don't have what it takes, so take your wife and go home."

Finally, it was the woman's turn. She was given the same instructions to kill her husband.

She took the gun and went into the room. Shots were heard one after another. They heard screaming, crashing and banging on the walls. After a few minutes, all was quiet. The door opened slowly and there stood the woman, wiping sweat from her brow.

"The gun was loaded with blanks," she said. "I had to kill him with the chair.”
 

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You may have seen the 15-20 second TV news snippet of a windstorm that preceded the Rosebowl Parade last weekend. THIS is the full 90-second video that had people running for cover and was posted on Wimp.com. (1:30)




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Problem: How do you save some deer that are stranded on a frozen lake? Solution: It’s easy if you have a couple of Hovercrafts and some rope. Check THIS out. (2:37)




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We have often been impressed by European and South American public service ads, and THIS one from Italy serves as an excellent example, especially when you consider the issue of violence against women. (3:19)




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Mike Thompson wants to know if THIS is where America is headed? Given what’s been happening, it seems like a logical question. (1:31)




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I’m the first to admit that I don’t understand the physics of how holographs work, but I do know that they are very impressive because they fool the eye into thinking that what appears to be a solid object isn’t really there. Such a demonstration was on display at THIS shopping mall in Dubai. (3:47)




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Some really old stories are worth highlighting a second time, and we felt this was one of them...

Dr. Epstein was a renowned physician who earned his undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees in his home town and then left for Manhattan, where he quickly rose to the top of his field. Soon he was invited to deliver a significant paper at a conference that, coincidentally, was held in his home town. As he walked on stage and placed his papers on the lectern they slid off onto the floor. And when he bent over to retrieve them, at precisely the wrong instant, he inadvertently farted.

The microphone amplified his gaff throughout the room while the sound reverberated down the hall.

He was quite embarrassed but somehow regained his composure just enough to deliver his paper. As he concluded, he ignored the resounding applause and raced out the stage door, never to be seen in his home town again.

Decades later, when his elderly mother was ill, he returned to visit her. He reserved a hotel room under the name of Levy and arrived under cover of darkness.

The desk clerk asked him, "Is this your first visit to our city, Mr. Levy?"

Dr. Epstein replied, "Well, young man, no, it isn't. I grew up here and received my education here, but then I moved away."

"Why haven't you visited?" asked the desk clerk.

"Actually, I did visit once, many years ago, but an embarrassing thing happened and since then I've been too ashamed to return."

The clerk consoled him. "Sir, while I don't have your life experience, one thing I have learned is that often what seems embarrassing to me isn't even remembered by others. I bet that's true of your incident too."

Dr. Epstein replied, "Son, I doubt that's the case with my incident."

"Was it a long time ago?"

"Yes, many years."

The clerk asked, "Was it before or after the Epstein Fart?"
 

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Whether you are a golfer or not, you should consider watching THIS inspirational video sent in by Bruce Morton. It’s about 3-year-old Tommy Morrissey. Although he was born with only one arm, that didn’t stop him from living like a normal kid, nor did it keep him from swinging a golf club that impressed Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods. Have a look at this hi-def video clip from the Golf Channel. (7:22)



Tommy and Bubba Watson


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How many of you bowlers have had the opportunity to witness a perfect game? It can’t have been very often because there have only been 23 televised perfect 300 games. THIS was the 24th. (2:12)




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Own a dog? Click HERE if you do and you may learn something useful. (2:17)




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Want to see something seriously amazing? Click HERE and behold the Zen Art of Stone Stacking (a/k/a Gravity Glue a/k/a Stone Balancing). Whatever you want to call it, we think you will agree that it’s amazing. (7:38)




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Our final item for the week comes from Ron Mozley and THIS contribution in the form of a new country song dedicated to law enforcement that was posted on YouTube a few weeks ago. The title is “Walkin’ Behind the Star.” (2:56)




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Cheers!



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Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

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Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
Agerbeek, Rudy
Aguilar, David
Aguirre, Jim
Albericci, Jerry
Alberts, Dick
Alcantar, Ernie
Alfano, Phil
Alford, Mike
Aligo, Cynthia
Allbright, Bill
Allen, Bob
Alvarado, Marie
Alvarez, Pat (Campbell)
Amaral, Mike
Anders, Alberta
Anderson, Jim
Anderson, Mark
Anderson, Sharon
Anthony, Tom
Antoine, Steve
Antonowicz, Germaine
Appleby, Judy
Arata, Jennifer
Arca, Rich
Archie, Dan
Avery, Rod
Babineau, Dave & Cheryl
Bacigalupi, Dave
Baggott, Jim
Bailey, Rich
Baker, Beth
Balesano, Bob
Balesteri, Lou
Ballard, Gordon
Banner, Ken
Barikmo, Jon
Bariteau, John
Barnes, Steve
Barnett, Brad
Baroff, Stan
Barrera, Ray
Barranco, Rich
Barshay, Marc
Bartels, Don
Bartholomew, Dave
Bartoldo, Tom
Basilio, Les
Bastida, Maggie
Bates, Tom
Battaglia, Nick
Battaglia, Will
Baxter, Jack
Bayer, Lance
Bayers, Dennis
Beams, Bob
Beattie, George
Becerra, Manny
Beck, Brian
Beck, Tom
Becknall, Jim
Beckwith, Tony
Beiderman, Margie
Belcher, Steve
Bell, Bob
Bell, Mark
Bell, Mike
Belleci, Ron
Belveal, Chuck
Bence, Martin
Bennett, Joy
Bennett, Mark
Berggren, Heidi
Bergtholdt, Doug
Bernardo, Guy
Bettencourt, Ed
Bevis, Sherry
Biebel, Phil
Bielecki, Mike
Binder, Andrew
Biskup, Shelley
Blackmore, Chuck
Blackstock, Carroll
Boes, Judith
Boggess, Eileen
Boggess, Mike
Bonetti, Jon
Bosco, Al
Botar, Rick
Bowen, Gordy
Bowman, Mike
Boyd, Pat
Boyles, John
Bradshaw, Bob
Brahm, Bob
Bray, Mary Ellen
Brewer, Tom
Brickell, Dave
Bridgen, Dave
Brightwell, Larry
Brocato, Dom
Brockman, Joe
Brookins, Dennis
Brooks, Bob
Brown Jr., Bill
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Dennis
Brown, Ernie
Brown, Terry
Browning, Bob
Brua, Dale
Bullock, April
Bullock, Dan
Bulygo, Corinne
Bulygo, Mary
Burns, Barbara
Burroughs, (Bronson) Utta
Busch, Dennis
Bye, Bud
Byers, Dave
Bytheway, Glenn
Caddell, Jim
Cadenasso, Richard
Caldarulo, Wendy
Calderon, Richard
Caldwell, Phyllis
Camara, Bob
Camarena, Raul
Campbell, Jason
Campbell, John
Campbell, Larry
Campos, John
Cannell, Tom
Caragher, Ed
Caraway, Steve
Card, Christine
Cardoza, Vic
Carlin, David
Carlsen, Laura
Carlton, Jim
Caro, Bert
Caro, Lynne
Carr Jr., John
Carr, John
Carraher, Don
Carraher, Jim
Carter, Ernie
Carrillo, Jaci Cordes
Carrillo, John
Cates, Dean
Cavallaro, Dave
Cedeno, Rey
Chalmers, JC
Chamness, Hank
Chapel, Ivan
Chevalier, Brian
Chavez, Ruben
Chewey, Bob
Christiansen, Bob
Christiansen, Rich
Christie, Kenn
Clark, Bill (the one who stayed)
Clark, Bill
Clayton, Dave
Clear, Jennifer
Clifton, Craig
Coates, Marisa
Cobarruviaz, Lou
Coen, Roger
Colombo, Tony
Comelli, Ivan
Como, John
Confer, Rick
Connor, Stephanie
Connors, Kim
Conrad, Mark
Contreras, Dolores
Conway, Ed
Cook, John
Cooke, Bertie
Coppom, Dave
Cordes, Marilyn
Cornfield, Scott
Cortez, Darrell
Costa, Mike
Cossey, Kent
Cotterall, Doug
Couser, Rich
Cripe, Rodger
Crowell, Chuck
Culwell, Ken
Cunningham, Stan
D'Arcy, Steve
Dailey, Karen
Daly, Ron
Damon, Alan
Damon, Veronica
Daniels, Jim
Daulton, Rich
Daulton, Zita
Davis, Bud
Davis, Joan
Davis, Mike
Davis, Rob
Day, Jack
Deaton, Caroll
DeBoard, Joe
DeGeorge, Bob
DeLaere, Sylvia
Delgado, Dave
DeMers, Buc
Destro, Mike
Destro, Tony
Devane, Dan
Devane, Joe
Dewey, Rod
Diaz, Mike
DiBari, Dave
DiVittorio, Gerrie
Dishman, Billy
Doherty, Janiece
Dolezal, Dennis
Dominguez, Bob
Dooley, Jeff
Dorsey, Ed
Dotzler, Jennifer
Dowdle, Mike
Doxie, Tara
Dudding, Bill
Dudley, Bruce
Duey, Dennis
Dye, Allen
Dwyer, Pat
Earnshaw, Kathy
Earnshaw, Patrick
Edillo-Brown, Margie
Edwards, Derrek
Edwards, Don
Egan, Mike
Eisenberg, Terry
Ellner, Howard
Ellsworth, Larry
Embry (Howsmon), Eva
Erfurth, Bill
Erickson, Rich
Esparza, Dave
Esparza, Fred
Estrabao, Dario
Eubanks, Earl
Evans, Bob
Evans, Ron
Ewing, Chris
Ewing, Don
Ewing, Paul
Fair, Bruce
Fairhurst, Dick
Fanucchi, Ross
Farlow, Paul
Farmer, Jack
Faron, Walt
Farrow, Chuck
Faulstich, Marge
Faulwetter, Stan
Faz, Dennis
Fehr, Mike
Ferdinandsen, Ed
Ferguson, Betty
Ferguson, Ken
Ferla, Al
Fernsworth, Larry
Flauding, Ken
Fleming, Joe
Flores, Phil
Flosi, Ed
Fong, Richard
Fontanilla, Rick
Forbes, Jay
Foster, Rick
Foulkes [Duchon], Louise
Francois, Paul
Frazier, Rich
Frechette, Dick
Freitas, Jordon
Fryslie, Kevin
Furnare, Claud
Gaines, Erin
Galea, Andy
Galios, Chris
Galios, Kathy
Gallagher, Steve
Garcia, Jose
Gardner, Paul
Garner, Ralph
Gaumont, Ron
Geary, Heide
Geer, Brian
Geiger, Rich
Gergurich, Judy
Giambrone, Jim
Giorgianni, Joe
Giuliodibari, Camille
Goates, Ron
Goings, Mark
Gomes, Rod
Gonzales, Gil
Gonzales, Jesse
Gonzalez, D. (formerly D. Avila)
Gonzalez, Frank
Gonzalez, Jorge
Gott, Pat
Graham, George
Grande, Carm
Grant, Bob
Grant, Rich
Granum, Jeff
Graves, Pete
Green, Chris
Grigg, Bruce
Griggs, Fran
Grimes, Eric
Guarascio, Dan
Guerin, Pete
Guido, Jr., Jim
Guido, Sr. Jim
Guizar, Ruben
Gummow, Bob
Gummow, Rich
Guzman, Dennis
Guzman, Kim
Gwillim, Reese
Habina, Ron
Hafley, Gary
Hahn, Chuck
Hale, Don
Handforth, Terry
Hann, George
Hare, Caren (Carlisle)
Harnish, Mary (Craven)
Harpainter, Bob
Harris, Bucky
Harris, Diane
Harris, Don
Haskell, Marty
Hawkes, Ken
Haynes, Sandy
Hazen, Skip
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
Hernandez, Ernie
Hernandez, Irma
Hernandez, Joe
Hernandez, Linda
Hernandez, Rudy
Hernandez, Vic
Herrick, Mike
Herrmann, Erma
Hewison, Jamie
Hewitt, Dave
Hilborn, Art
Hildebrandt, Karen
Hill, Sandra
Hippeli, Micki
Hirata, Gary
Hober, Margo
Hodgin, Bruce
Hoehn, Charlie
Hogate, Joanne
Hogate, Steve
Hollars, Bob
Holliday, Sandy
Hollingsworth, Larry
Holloway, Sandi
Holser, George
Hong, Bich-nga
Horton, Debbie (McIntyre)
Hosmer, Dewey
Howard, Terri
Howell, Jim
Howsmon, Frank
Howsmon (Sr.), Frank
Hudson, Kim
Hughes, Gary
Hunter, Jeff
Husa, Sonia
Hyland, Brian
Ibarra, Miguel
Imobersteg, Rob
Inami, Steve & Francine
Ingraham, George
Ireland, Joe
Jackson, Curt
Jacksteit, Ken
Jacobson, Barbara
Janavice, Dean
Jeffers, Jim
Jenkins, Dave
Jensen, Dan
Jensen, Janie
Jewett, Donna
Jezo, Pat
Johnson, Bob
Johnson, Craig
Johnson, Cynthia
Johnson, Dave
Johnson, Gary
Johnson, Jon
Johnson, Karen
Johnson, Kyle
Johnson, Mardy
Johnson, Tom & Fran
Jones, Russ
Kaminsky, Glenn
Katashima, Annie
Katz, Dan
Keeney, Bill
Keffer, Frank
Kelsey, Bert
Keneller, Dave
Kennedy, Scott
Kennedy, Tom
Kensit, John
Killen, Pat
Kimbrel, Tammy
Kinaga, Rose
King, Charlie
Kingsley, Fred
Kirkendall, Dave
Kischmischian, Gene
Klein, Lou Anna
Kleman, Karl
Knea, Tim
Kneis, Brian
Knopf, Art
Knopf, Dave
Kocina, Ken
Koenig, Heinz
Kong, Ernie
Kosovilka, Bob
Kozlowski, Astrid
Kracht, John
Kregel, John
Lanctot, Noel
Laney, Tammy
Lansdowne, Sharon
LaRault, Gary
Larsen, Bill
Laverty, Ann
Lax, John
Leavy, Bill
Leavey, Jack
LeGault, Anna
LeGault, Russ
Lem, Noland
Leonard, Gary
Leonard (Lintern), Lynda
Leong, Ken
Lewis, Lefty
Lewis, Marv
Lewis, Steve
Lind, Eric
Linden, Larry  
Lisius, Jim            
Livingstone, John
Lobach, Bob
Lockwood, Bob
Lockwood, Joan
Logan, Maureen
Long (Huntwork), Eunice
Longaker, Mary
Longoria, Noe
Lopez, Candy
Lopez. Dan
Lopez, Ruvi
Lovecchio, Pete
Low, John
Lu, Elba
Luca, Dennis
Lucarotti, Jim
Luna, Gloria
Lundberg, Larry
Lyons, TB
MacDougall, Joanne
Macris, Carly
Macris, Tom
Madison, Gary
Maehler, Mike
Mahan, Rick
Malatesta, Jim
Malcolm, Roger
Mallett, Bill
Malvini, Phil
Mamone, Joe
Marcotte, Steve
Marfia, John
Marfia, Ted
Marini, Ed
Marlo, Jack
Marsh, Scott
Martin, Brad
Martin, Lou
Martin, Todd
Martinelli, Ron
Martinez, Rick
Martinez, Victor
Matteoni, Charlotte
Mattern, John
Mattos, Bill
Mattos, Paula
Mayo, Lorraine
Mayo, Toni
Mazzone, Tom
McCaffrey, Mike
McCain, Norm
McCall, George
McCall, Lani
McCarville, John
McCollum, Bob
McCollum, Daniele
McCready, Tom
McCulloch, Al
McCulloch, Scott
McElvy, Mike
McFall, Ron
McFall, Tom
McGuffin, Rich
McGuire, Pat
McIninch, Mark
McKean, Bob
McKenzie, Dennis
McLucas, Mike
McMahon, Jim
McMahon, Ray
McNamara, Laurie
McTeague, Dan
Meheula, Cheryl
Mendez, Deborah
Mendez, Mike
Messier, Tom
Metcalfe, Dave
Metcalfe, Mickey
Miceli, Sharon
Miller, Keith
Miller, Laura
Miller, Rollie
Miller, Shirley
Miller, Stan
Mills, Don
Miranda, Carlos
Mitchell, Carol
Modlin, Dick
Mogilefsky, Art
Moir, Bob
Montano, Wil
Montes, José
Morales, Octavio
Moore, Dewey
Don Moore
Moore, Jeff
Moore, JoAnn
Moorman, Jim
Morella, Ted
Moreno, Norma
Morgan, Dale
Morin, Jim
Morris, Jack
Morton, Bruce
Mosunic, Taffy
Moudakas, Terry
Moura, Don
Mozley, Ron
Muldrow, Mark "Mo"
Mullins, Harry
Mulloy, Dennis
Munks, Jeff
Munoz, Art
Murphy, Bob
Musser, Marilynn
Nagel, Michael
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Ng, Dr. Jonathan
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Niquette, Paul
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
Norton, Phil
Nunes, John
Nunes, Les
O'Carroll, Diane (Azzarello)
O'Connor, Mike
O'Donnell, Tom
O'Keefe, Jim
Oliver, Pete
Ortega, Dan
Ortiz, Leanard
Otter, Larry
Ouimet, Jeff
Ozuna, George
Pacheco, Russ
Padilla, George
Pagan, Irma
Painchaud, Dave
Palsgrove, Ted
Panighetti, Paul
Papenfuhs, Steve
Paredes, Carlos
Parker, Rand
Parlee, May
Parrott, Aubrey
Parsons, Dirk
Parsons, Mike
Pascoe, Brent
Passeau, Chris
Pate, Neal
Patrino, Lyn
Payton, George
Pearce, Jim
Pearson, Sam
Pedroza, Frank
Peeler, Eleanor
Pegram, Larry
Percelle, Ralph
Percival, John
Perry (Cervantez), Martha
Petersen, Bruce
Peterson, Bob
Phelan, Bill
Phelps, Scott
Phillips, Gene
Pitts, Ken
Pitts, Phil
Plinski, Leo
Pointer, John
Polanco, Mary
Polmanteer, Jim
Porter, John
Postier, Ken
Postier, Steve
Powers, Bill
Priddy, Loren
Princevalle, Roger
Propst, Anamarie
Puckett, Bill
Punneo, Norm
Purser, Owen
Pyle, Leroy
Quayle, John
Quezada, Louis
Quinn, John
Quint, Karen
Ramirez, Manny
Ramirez, Victoria
Ramon, Chacha
Raposa, Rick
Rappe (Ryman), Bonnie
Rasmussen, Charlene
Raul, Gary
Raye, Bruce
Realyvasquez, Armando
Reek, Rob
Reeves, Curt
Reid, Fred
Reinhardt, Stephanie
Reizner, Dick
Rendler, Will
Rettus, Bev
Reuter, Larry
Reutlinger, Leslie
Reyes (Buell), Cindy
Reyes, Joe
Reyes, Juan
Reyes, Mo
Rheinhardt, Bob
Rice, Jayme
Rice, Lyle
Richter, Darrell & Annette
Riedel, Gunther
Rimple, Randy
Roach, Jim
Roberts, Mike
Robertson, Harry
Robinson, Walt
Robison, Rob
Rodgers, Phil
Rogers, Lorrie
Romano, Marie
Rose, John
Rose, Wendell
Ross, Joe
Ross, Mike
Rosso, Ron
Roy, Charlie
Royal, Russ
Ruiloba, Louie
Russell, Russ
Russell, Stan
Russo, Grace
Ryan, Joe
Saito, RIch
Salamida Joe
Salerno, Paul
Salewsky, Bill
Salguero, Desiree
Salvi, Pete
Samsel, Dave
Santos, Bill
Sanfilippo, Roy
Savage, Scott
Savala, john
Sawyer, Craig
Scanlan, Pete
Scannell, Dave
Schembri, Mike
Schenck, Joe
Schenini (Alvarez), Joanne
Schiller, Robert
Schmidt, Chuck
Schmidt, Paul
Schriefer, Hank
Seaman, Scott
Seck, Tom
Sekany, Greg
Seymour, Chuck
Seymour, Jim
Sharps, Betty
Shaver, John
Sheppard, Jeff
Sherman, Gordon
Sherr, Laurie
Shigemasa, Tom
Shuey, Craig
Shuman, John
Sides, Roger
Sills, Eric
Silva, Bill
Silveria, Linda
Silvers, Jim
Simpson, Terry
Sinclair, Bob
Sly, Sandi
Smith, Bill
Smith, BT
Smith, Craig
Smith, Ed
Smith, Jerry
Smith, Karen
Smith, Kerry
Smith, Mike
Smoke, Wil
Sorahan, Dennis
Spangenberg, Hal
Spence, Jim
Spitze, Randy
Spoulos, Dave
Springer, George
Stauffer, Suzan
Stelzer, Rex
Sterner, Mike
Strickland, John
Sturdivant, Billy
Sugimoto, Rich
Suits, Jim
Summers, Bob
Sun, Jeff
Suske, Joe
Swanson, Ray
Tarricone, Linda
Tate, Bill
Taves, Phil & Paula
Taylor, Joyce
Tenbrink, Bob
Tennant, Ed
Teren-Foster, Aileen
Terry, Glenn & Maggie
Thawley, Dave
Thomassin, Ron
Thomas, Art
Thomas, Dick
Thompson, Gary
Thompson, Margie
Thompson, Mike
Tibaldi, Ernie
Tibbet, Walt
Tice, Stan
Tietgens, Dick
Tietgens, Don
Tomaino, Jim
Torres, Gil
Torres, John
Torres, Nestor
Torres, Ralph
Townsend, John
Townsend, Vicki
Tozer, Dave
Trevino, Andy
Trujillo, Ted
Trussler, Christine
Trussler, John
Tush, Dick
Tyler, Diana
Unland, Jim
Unland, Joe
Urban, Diane
Usoz, Steve
Valcazar, Dan
Vallecilla, Ernie & Peggy
Van Dyck, Lois
Vasquez, Danny
Rich Vasquez
Vasquez, Ted
Vasta, Joe
Videan, Ed
Videan, Theresa
Vidmar, Mike
Vincent, Bill
Vinson, Jim
Vizzusi, Gilbert
Vizzusi, Rich
Vizzusi, Tony
Waggoner, Bill
Wagner, Jim
Wagstaff, Greg
Wahl, John
Walker, Dave
Wall, Chuck
Ward, Jean
Ward, Ray
Watts, Bob
Way, Vicky
Webster, Ron
Wedlow, Dean
Weesner, Greg
Weesner, Steve
Weir, Tony
Welker, Jessica
Wells, Bill
Wells, Brenda
Wells, Mike
Wendling, Boni
Wendling, Jay
Weston, Tom
Wheatley, Tom
White, Rich
Wicker, Joe
Wiley, Bruce
Williams, Jodi
Williams [Durham], Lanette
Williams, Rick
Williamson, Kathleen
Williamson, Ken
Wilson, Jeff
Wilson, Lee
WIlson, Neal
Wilson, Stan
Wilson, Tom
Windisch Jr., Steve
Wininger, Steve
Winter, Bill
Winters, Pres
Wirht, Kim
Witmer, Dave
Wittenberg, Jim
Wolfe, Jeff
Wood, Dave
Wood, Jim
Woodington, Brad
Wysuph, Dave
Yarbrough, Bill
Young, Mike
Younis, Tuck
Yuhas, Dick
Yules, Ken
Zanoni, Mike
Zaragoza, Phil
Zenahlik, Tom
Zimmerman, Eliza
Zwemke, Doug