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Mary Ellen Bray brought to our attention an obituary from the
Auburn Journal about Cotton Neufeld, a civilian who was assigned to the
Crime Prevention Unit for several years. According to Mary Ellen, "Cotton
was a mainstay at many an evening Crime Prevention Unit Neighborhood Watch
meeting in the '80s and '90s. I am sure that some of the retired patrol Sgts.
and Officers from "Adam" and "Tom" districts will remember him."
Marlin "Cotton" Neufeld
2,1921 — Dec. 25, 2012
from the 1983 SJPD Commemorative Album
Marlin "Cotton" Neufeld
passed away December 25, 2012. He was born in Reedley, California, July 2,
1921. A long time resident of San Jose, he moved to Colfax in 1999. Cotton
was a member of his beloved Auburn Presbyterian Church, proud Graduate of
USC, 32 years as a Speech Therapist for San Jose Unified School District, 17
years with the San Jose PD Crime Prevention Unit, and the Colfax Chamber of
Commerce. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marilyn; his four
children: Gail, Debra and her husband Bill, Mark and his partner Meredith,
Janet and her husband Larry; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service to be held at Auburn Presbyterian Church, 13025 Bell Air
Drive, Auburn, California on Friday, January 11, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of
flowers, contributions can be made to Sutter Faith Hospice.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on December 30,
Click on this link to view or sign the guest book...
In a follow-up from last week's Farsider, this is the
obituary for Bart Collins' former secretary, who was also a secretary for
former Mayors Ron James, Norman Mineta and Janet Gray Hayes. Services were
Alice Katherine Wagner
6, 1917 - December 30, 2012
Resident of San Jose for 75 years
Santa Cruz 20 years
Alice passed away
December 30, 2012. She was born January 6, 1917 to Alfred C. Kearney and
Katherine Schlegel-Kearney in San Jose. Alice graduated in 1935 from San
Jose High School and Heald’s Business College. In 1939 she married Willard
Wagner. They were married for 58 years. She is survived by her daughter,
Kathleen Castelli (Robert) and son Jim Wagner (Gail); 13 grandchildren; 18
great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild; brother Ed Kearney,
nephew Dan Kearney and niece Carolyn Davis.
Alice retired from the City of San Jose after working as secretary to Chief
of Detectives Bart Collins and Mayors Ron James, Norman Mineta and Janet
Gray Hayes. Willard and Alice traveled extensively during retirement and
were avid square dancers. They were members of the Lucky Steppers Square
Dance Club and the California Grey Bears, and both volunteered at Dominican
Hospital. After Willard passed she moved to Dominican Oaks for some time
then moved to Harmonie Home in San Jose where she was well cared for by Joy
Merza and Richard Casuga for almost 3 years.
Alice lived a full, rewarding life and befriended everyone she met over the
years. Her sparkly Irish eyes and wonderful smile will be missed by all who
knew and loved her. Visitation (was) held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
Funeral Service (was)) held on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Lima Family in
Santa Clara, 466 N. Winchester Blvd. Santa Clara.
To view or
sign Alice's guest book, click on the link below:
1916 - Dec. 26, 2012
Many of you no doubt appeared in Judge Teilh's courtroom as a
witness during his tenure on the bench, and it's likely that some of you
knew him. To view his obituary and/or sign the guest book, click on the link
THREE IN THE RUNNING FOR
THE CHIEF'S JOB
KTVU Channel 2 aired
a segment on its 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts yesterday that provided a
clue as to who will replace Chris Moore as San Jose's new police chief. We
couldn't find the video, but this is a transcript of what was reported. And
as near as we could tell, KTVU is the only Bay Area news outlet that had the
San Jose Narrows Search
for New Chief of Police to Three Candidates
The top three
candidates to become the new police chief of San Jose met with community
leaders Wednesday behind closed doors to discuss the job.
The South Bay's most influential community groups gathered inside the Hayes
Mansion conference center to conduct an all-day job interview with the short
list of candidates for San Jose Police Chief.
The head of the Police Officers Association Jim Unland, former San Jose
Police Chief William Lansdowne and numerous community leaders signed
confidentiality agreements in order to be part of the process.
But KTVU learned Wednesday afternoon the finalists interviewed were former
Santa Clara Police Chief Kevin Kyle, current assistant chief in Dallas Tom
Lawrence and Dan Oates, the police chief in Aurora, Colorado.
Oates became a national figure during the so-called Colorado Theater
Massacre in July.
San Jose communications officer David Vossbrink wouldn't name candidates,
but confirmed the process that was underway Wednesday.
"That list has been screened and vetted down to a short list that we are
bringing forward to community representatives to meet and interview today,"
said Vossbrink. "We're hopeful that we can complete this process today?"
The group will make recommendations to City Manager Debra Figone. Though
there is no set timetable for a decision, current Chief Chris Moore retires
on January 18th.
"We want to keep the gap between the retirement of Chief Chris Moore and the
next chief as small as possible," said Vossbrink.
Officials also point out there is still a chance the search could be
extended, though they said that is unlikely given the quality of the
City Manager Figone will make the final pick, then that person will have to
be approved by the city council.
Dan Katz felt this SF Gate (Chronicle) article might be
relevant to public service retirees. It arrived in our inbox two hours too
late to make last week's Farsider...
Retirees Can Sue Livermore
Lab Over Health Care
By Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle — Jan. 2, 2013
A state appeals court
has revived a lawsuit by retired employees of the University of California's
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory over UC's decision in 2008 to switch
their health insurance to a private plan that covered less and cost more.
The four retirees presented evidence that the university had promised them
lifetime health coverage and can try to prove that the shift to a lesser
plan was a breach of contract, the First District Court of San Francisco
ruled Monday. The court reversed an Alameda County judge's decision to
dismiss the suit.
Although they have not filed a class-action suit on behalf of all retired
lab employees, Dov Grunschlag, a lawyer for the four retirees, predicted
that their case would lead to reinstatement of all Livermore retirees' UC
The ruling "reaffirms that California law will protect the right of people
who worked for public entities for many years to continue receiving the
health coverage that was promised to them once they retired," Grunschlag
The university said it remains hopeful of winning when the case goes to
The plaintiffs worked at Livermore for decades and had retired before 2007,
when UC transferred management of the lab to a partnership called Lawrence
Livermore National Security, which includes the university and private
UC then terminated the retirees' government-sponsored health insurance and
assured them that they would receive equivalent coverage from the new
managers. But the court said the new plan is inferior and more expensive.
Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch dismissed the suit in May 2011, saying it
was unclear that the university had ever promised the employees lifetime
coverage — and that even if such a promise was made, it was not legally
But later last year, the state Supreme Court ruled in an Orange County case
that public employees could rely on a government agency's express or implied
promise of future health benefits.
In this case, the appeals court cited such statements as an assurance in a
1979 UC retirement system handbook that employees with five years of service
have "a non-forfeitable (vested) right to a retirement benefit," including
A number of UC publications "contain language that could be read as implying
a commitment to provide these benefits throughout retirement," said
Presiding Justice Barbara Jones in the 3-0 ruling.
The ruling can be viewed at <www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/A132778.PDF>.
THE TRIALS AND
TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD
There were two items of note this week that drew TV coverage
from the local NBC and Fox affiliates...
Blames San Jose Mayor Reed for Son's Murder"
Police Creates Open House for Criminals in SJ"
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"Internal Affairs" column in the paper was interesting on two counts: 1)
that the subject of disciplinary action against four cops who walked out on
Mayor Reed at a morning patrol briefing was being mentioned; and 2) that a
former San Jose cop has applied for the Chief's job...
Cops Not Pleased with Mayor Bearing Treats
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed
makes it a practice to visit a police briefing and several fire stations on
New Year’s Day. It’s a goodwill gesture to the troops. The problem is that
the troops don’t see Reed as their supporter. The mayor’s Measure B, passed
last June, would hit their pensions significantly. Early last Tuesday, the
mayor showed up at the police station on West Mission Street with cookies
and cinnamon bread from Greenlee’s Bakery.
Before the regular 6:30 a.m. briefing, Police Chief Chris Moore introduced
Reed to the troops. Our sources say four cops got up at that point and left
through the rear door. Moore has downplayed the incident as part of a shift
change. And Reed says he didn’t see it — though his staff told him about it
later. “People are entitled to their opinion,” the mayor told us later. “The
people I talked to later that day were professional and courteous.’’
A police force, however, is still a paramilitary organization. And
afterward, people close to the mayor complained that the early exit amounted
to open defiance — and should be disciplined.
Just who would mete out the discipline is unclear. Moore is leaving in less
than two weeks. And should it be a verbal chewing out? Or something more
The mayor, who said discipline was the chief’s decision, kept his message to
the cops upbeat. He told the officers that he wanted to thank them for their
service in tough times.
Not many cops, however, were swallowing the cookies or the cinnamon bread.
Our sources say the goodies were dropped off later at the Salvation Army
shelter on Fourth Street.
Ex-San Jose Cop Makes a
Bid for Chief’s Job
Speaking of cops,
former San Jose officer Martin Monica told us he’s submitted his name as a
candidate for the city’s Chief of Police job that none of the department’s
current leaders seems to want. Monica, of San Jose, worked in the department
for 18 years under several chiefs but most admired Joseph McNamara, who led
the force from 1976 to 1991 and now is a Hoover Institution fellow.
“He was the only one with a vision,” Monica said.
The city manager’s office won’t comment on the chief search, which Debra
Figone hopes to wrap up before Chief
Chris Moore’s retirement at the end of the month.
But Monica told us he’d stay 10 years as chief “to implement community
“What the department needs is a visionary leader,” Monica said, “not a
Monica said he has support from San Jose officers, civil rights advocate Raj
Jayadev and La Raza Roundtable, among others.
Monica was among two candidates who unsuccessfully challenged Sheriff Laurie
Smith’s re-election in 2010. In 2000 he ran for the Santa Clara police chief
job won by Steve Lodge .
Monica served about eight months as chief of Parlier, a town of 15,000 near
Fresno, before being fired in 2002. City officials claimed he overspent
department funds, didn’t show up for work enough and that his officers did
not respect him. Monica argued he was sacked in retaliation for handing over
a sex molestation investigation of one of his officers to the Fresno County
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column in last Sunday's paper seems to confirm the old adage that "the
squeaky wheel gets the grease"...
Theft Shows Daily Effect
of Too Few Cops
By Scott Herhold
Mercury News — Jan. 6, 2013
By her own admission,
Jackie Copple can be firmly assertive. As a senior marketing consultant at
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, she doesn’t let people roll over her.
So when Copple found out that a witness had spotted the thieves who stole a
package from her elderly mother’s Willow Glen porch, she wasn’t about to let
it be forgotten.
The story that unfolded has no heroes or villains. It does tell you
something about the battle over police resources in a financially pinched
Copple’s mother, Barbara, 93, has lived in the same large house on Cherry
Avenue for 60 years. Barbara’s husband, Jack, was a major builder and civic
booster before his death.
The theft was not a big one. Barbara Copple’s granddaughter had sent her a
couple of paperbacks via Amazon.com.
But a witness named Jeremy — at his request, I’ve left off his last name —
was driving down Cherry when he spotted a green Jeep Cherokee slowing down
in front of the house Dec. 21.
Jeremy saw the Cherokee’s passenger — he isn’t sure whether it was a man or
woman — jump out and grab a package from the Copple porch. Jeremy followed
and got a license number. When Jackie Copple heard about this — Jeremy had
sent a note to the neighbor email list — she called the San Jose police
dispatcher around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 22.
“She said, ‘Call back tomorrow,’ ” Jackie remembers. “I said, ‘All I want to
do is give you a license plate number.’ She started talking about
Jackie called back around 10 p.m., and this time a dispatcher sent out two
officers. One of them, “a good-looking Italian guy’’ by Jackie’s
recollection, spent an hour at the house talking about Willow Glen and the
short-handedness of the force.
“I’m kind of plain-spoken,’’ Jackie remembers. “I said, ‘Mom, he’s giving us
politics.’ ’’ I couldn’t reach that officer, although the police acknowledge
that low-level crimes are given less priority than violent crimes. But the
talk wasn’t the whole story. The second officer went to interview Jeremy
that same night.
“He and I talked for a good hour or so,’’ Jeremy told me. “He told me that
if he could track these guys, we would be in touch. I think they took it
What’s to be learned from this little tale? Well, first, the squeaky wheel
principle: Jackie says she got attention after getting a little angry. The
officer’s point about being short-handed, however, is correct. San Jose once
had 1,400 officers. It now has just more than 1,000, with 930 available for
In a situation like that, some property crimes will go uninvestigated. The
police have to give precedence to violent crimes. And there are plenty of
those. In 2012, there were 46 homicides, a 20-year record. Yet I know from
working in a downsized environment that manpower pressures don’t shape every
moment. If there is a good guy here, it is probably the officer who took
time to interview Jeremy. “He stepped up,’’ Jackie said.
We can hope that someone is able to make the case: Mail theft is too
prevalent, particularly at the holiday season. And this is not an isolated
“To me, this is a microcosm of what’s going on,’’ said Jim Copple, Jackie’s
brother. “You see the heavyweights — the unions or the mayor — battling it
out in public. But this is how it’s affecting people.’’
Results from last week's poll...
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports
releases, click here:
This article was sent to me by one of our instructors at Yuba College in
Marysville. I think you might find it interesting and want to pass it on. You
may also note there are some comments by President Obama's mentor and good
friend Bill Ayers that are thought-provoking.
Thanks for all you and Leroy do to keep us informed.
The article Dennis sent in
was too lengthy to reprint here in the Farsider, so I used Google to see if I
could find a link to the piece. It was an easy search and find. The title of the
article is "Why Surrender is Never an Option." Click on the link below to read
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I previously informed you about the Senior Pass for the National Park System.
The drawback is that you have to be 62 to be eligible. The Park System is now
offering an Annual Active Duty and Dependent Military Pass that is
free. All you need is an active duty CAC ID or a dependent ID card. There is no
age requirement. It does not apply to Retirees or Vets without ID
cards. Those interested can go to the following website for more information.
The pass is valid at all
National Parks (not State Parks) and Bureau of Land Management and Tennessee
Valley Authority lands. A great deal.
A Happy New Year to both you and Leroy. Thank you for all your efforts in
keeping us informed each and every week.
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Tales from the Asphalt Jungle
In keeping with the scenarios presented by Officer
Robillard in the now defunct "Bull Sheet" articles of the "Cops A Field"
in-house publication intended to be a moral builder for the troops back in 1976,
the following is submitted for the enjoyment of those too young to have endured
its five month run.
In the "trades," there are tools that are germane to various occupations. A
carpenter has his hammer, saw, level and tape measure; a bartender has the gift
of gab and mixologist training; a truck driver has the ability to shift gears
and meander a big rig over many miles of the roadway; and a cop has a citation
book, handcuffs, knowledge of geographical areas, driving abilities, a baton and
The sidearm, whether it be an automatic or a revolver, has caused numerous
"Oh-Oh moments" to officers over the years
The first that comes to mind was the San Jose cop who diligently cleaned and
polished his two Colt Pythons every day prior to going on duty. One day during
the cleaning process he began to "dry fire" one of his guns when "BAM" was
heard, followed by "Aw %&@#...I shot myself!" Fortunately, it was only a leg
Another copper (later to be Sgt.) was driving his personal car from the garage
area to the old City Hall Patrol Division when he accidentally discharged his
.12 gauge through the roof of his own car, thereby "air conditioning" to his
Then there was the cop (later to become an undersheriff) who was heard to to
say, "Hey Captain, let me show you my new automatic." Taking place in the
hallway of the Patrol Division basement at the Briefing Room doorway, the weapon
discharged — "BAM" — at the feet of the Captain, who later said it was the
closest he ever came to failing to complete his 30-year career.
And let's not forget the young cop (later a Lt.) who attempted to unload his
shotgun at San Antonio and Bayshore following an arrest of several subjects, but
wasn't aware that he had miscounted the rounds he removed until he "cleared" the
weapon, only to have it go "BOOM" into the sky.
Back in the "days of old" when clam shell holsters which allowed for a "quick
draw" of an officer's weapon were an every-day sight, there was the cop (later a
Sgt.) who was holstering his revolver in the front seat of the patrol car, a
feat that normally required two hands. When he tried to holster the gun "single
handedly, his sidearm discharged into the floor, disabling the transmission of
his Ford beat car.
Last, but certainly not least for this installment, was the cop (later a Lieut.)
who, while cleaning several handguns on his kitchen table, got distracted and
lost count of ammo on the table. He was "off" by one, which remained in the
weapon. He was unaware that his count was off until he dry-fired the weapon. As
he was doing so he shot and wounded his refrigerator, which resulted in a
thorough dressing down by his wife.
Only here in the asphalt jungle could such events be recorded for posterity for
the younger generation:
Officer Robillard, SJPD Ret.
PBA MEETS NEXT
Yes, the first PBA general
membership meeting of the new year will convene next Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the
POA Hall. The open bar will be pressed into service at 5:00 p.m. with dinner
following around 6:00 — or whenever John the caterer sets up the buffet. The
officers and other board members look forward to seeing you there. If you are
not a member and want to join in the fun, come on down and Lumpy can sign you
ANNUAL PBA VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER DANCE
1151 No. Fourth St.
Saturday Evening, Feb. 9th
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Dancing to follow
Prime Rib and Salmon
Open Bar featuring
Red and White Wine, Hard Liquor, Single Malt Scotch,
Cider, Sodas, O'Doul's, Regular Pour of the Five Tap Beers
Cost: $25 Per Couple
Checks made payable to the SJPBA must be received no later than Monday,
Feb. 4th, so mail them prior to Thursday, Jan. 31st, to P.O. Box 42, San Jose,
CA 95103-0042. Please write both names on your check.
The dinner-dance is considered a semi-formal event (Jeans are frowned upon).
Questions should be directed to:
Bob Moir at
"Lumpy" Lundberg at
Dave Wysuph at
Tom Mazzone at
Steve Windisch at
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URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JAN. 5, 2012
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Did Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard make a speech encouraging
Muslims to leave Australia?
• Does an advertisement by the Brady Campaign contrast rape with gun murders?
• Letter from former Marine criticizes Sen. Dianne Feinstein's gun control
• Health care legislation imposes a 2.3% excise tax on the sale of medical
devices as of 1 January 2013.
• Does the design of new U.S. dollar coins omit the motto 'In God We Trust'?
• An off-duty sheriff's officer apprehended a gunman by shooting him in a San
Antonio movie theater.
• Can the use of E15 gasoline damage engines and/or void warranties of car
models older than 2012?
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Does the word handicap come from the phrase 'cap in
hand' and refer to the physically disabled's need to subsist as beggars?
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• 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
These two video clips are receiving lots of attention by gun
owners. The first one shows a number of Hollywood celebrities featured in an
anti-gun video. (2 Mins.)
And this one that was apparently put
together by a gun owner is a parody of the one above. It includes clips from
films that featured some of the same Hollywood
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From trash to music is the
theme of this video we received from a couple of readers. It's an amazing and
moving story of how an impoverished village in Paraguay converted landfill trash
to instruments and the creation of a youth orchestra.
For those of you who suffer from ADD (Attention Deficit
Disorder), here's a shorter version of the video clip.
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When it comes to magic,
this Chinese street magician seems to know his stuff. How he turns a fistful of
raw dough into a huge baguette without a break in the video is a real puzzler.
Any ideas on how he does it? (7 Mins.)
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This cleverly conceived
item takes us back a couple of years ago to an earlier Farsider. For those of
you who missed it, click on the link below. When the guy stops running, use your
mouse to move the cursor near his head...
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The makers of the GoPro
video camera sure know how to sell a product. Have a look at this short video
that was filmed with a GoPro HD Hero2 camera installed on the tail of a Mig-29
and inside the cockpit of a Su-27 of the so-called “Kubinka Diamond," the
Russian Air Force display team comprised of four Flankers of the “Russian
Knights” and five Fulcrums of the "Strizhi" (Swifts).
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Last week we invited you to be a fly on the wall
of an Airbus 780 as it made its approach and landing at SFO. Thanks to Mike
Thompson, this week we get to ride along in one of Boeing's new 787 Dreamliners.
We have only two concerns: 1) That it isn't one of the two 787s that caught fire
or leaked 40 gallons of fuel a few days ago at Boston Logan Int'l., and 2) Isn't
it a little juvenile to have a dancing hula girl attached to the top of the
dashboard? What the hell, climb into the cockpit, sit in the jump seat, fasten
your seat belt
and enjoy the ride. What could possibly go wrong?
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we received from Paul Gardner first appeared in the Farsider several years ago,
when we had less than 300 newsletter subscribers. With the number now
approaching 900, it should be new and hopefully interesting for the majority of
Advertisement from 1928
1914 Model T
Ford Station Wagon
On May 31, 1927, the last
Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line. It was the first affordable
automobile, due in part to the assembly line process developed by Henry Ford. It
had 2.9-liter, 20-horsepower engine and could travel at speeds up to 45 miles
per hour. It had a 10-gallon fuel tank and could run on kerosene, petrol, or
ethanol, but it couldn't drive uphill if the tank was low, because there was no
fuel pump; people got around this design flaw by driving up hills in reverse.
Ford believed that "the man who will use his skill and constructive imagination
to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for
a dollar, is bound to succeed."
The Model T cost $850 in 1909. As efficiency in production increased, the price
dropped. By 1927 you could buy a Model T for $290.
"I will build a car for the great multitude," said Ford. "It will be large
enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for.
It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after
the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be low in
price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one and enjoy with
his family the blessing of hours of pleasure in God's great open spaces."
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For the intellectually
unwashed (I'm joking, I'm joking), a palindrome is text that reads the same
backwards as it does forward. In the case of this one submitted to a "U @ 50"
contest sponsored by AARP, the 20-year-old creator won second place. When the
video was viewed, everyone in the room was awe-struck and broke into spontaneous
applause. Make sure you read as well as listen to it both forward and backward
and you too may be amazed. (2 Mins.)
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For those of you who were
alive in the 40s, the music alone that accompanies the images in this video
received from Bruce Fair makes it worth a watch. The footage is of amateur film
shot at a military air show at Freeman Airfield in Seymour, Indiana in 1945. It
features captured Nazi jets, a Nazi gyrocopter (precursor to the helicopter), a
German V-2 rocket, Italian fighters and other Axis aircraft in addition to
several American bombers, fighters and cargo planes. The film was shot four
months after Germany surrendered, and just one month after atomic bombs were
dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that brought an end to World War II.
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One might think that a
video about the birds of New Guinea wouldn't be all that interesting to watch
unless your were an ornithologist. Wrong! Have a look at this contribution from
Alice Murphy. (5 Mins.)
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This is a link to a website
that is circulating around law enforcement circles. It provides a list with the
descriptions of what many consider to be the "Top Ten Most Audacious Shootouts
in US History." That the 1997 North Hollywood Bank of America shootout is listed
as No. 1 comes as no surprise.
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This New Zealand Hyundai ad
we received from Dirk Parsons is well over the top if cuteness is a major
factor. (1 Min.)
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Horror movies certainly
aren't what they used to be. With the advent of CGI (Computer-Generated
Imagery), it's often impossible to tell what's real from what's not. This bridge
collapse scene from a 2011 movie entitled "Final Destination 5" is an excellent
example, but it's not for the faint of heart.
View it at your own risk.
Several more clips from the movie can be found on YouTube by
searching for "Final Destination 5"
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arguably be said that no one worked harder at perfecting his craft than Fred
Astaire. This clip we received from Paul Salerno showcases the dancer's talent.
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only Archie Bunker could pull off this eulogy for a friend he worked with for a
dozen years. (11 Mins.)
(Carroll O'Connor died
in June 2001 from a heart attack at the age of 76.)
When it comes to sitcom
funerals, however, this clip I found on YouTube of Chuckles the Clown's funeral
from the old Mary Tyler Moore show is my personal all-time favorite. How could
any red-blooded American male back then not have been in love with Mary? (4
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In closing, it was the
public's loss in our opinion to have never seen President Reagan and his wife
Nancy (God bless 'em both) laugh as hard as they did at this Michael Davis
performance at Ford's Theater — or Tip O'Neill and the rest of the political
entourage for that matter. This excerpt from the show is one to be savored
because it takes us back to an era when the mood of the country was much more
upbeat than it is today. (9 Mins.)
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Comparison of the Week
Each orange dot represents a Westchester County, New York gun owner...