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January
10, 2013

 

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.




"COTTON" NEUFELD

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



June 2,1921 — Dec. 25, 2012

Photo 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, 2012

 
Click on this link to view or sign the guest book...


<http://tinyurl.com/bkwjgxh>

 
 

ALICE WAGNER'S OBITUARY

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 held yesterday.

Alice Katherine Wagner



January 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:

<http://tinyurl.com/bbcwsto>


 

RETIRED JUDGE PAUL TEILH
 



June, 19, 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 below.

<http://tinyurl.com/ap63sdu>



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 story...

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 candidates.

City Manager Figone will make the final pick, then that person will have to be approved by the city council.


 

PENSION NEWS

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
<begelko@sfchronicle.com>
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 health coverage.

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 said.

The university said it remains hopeful of winning when the case goes to trial.

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 companies.

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 binding.

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 university contributions.

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>.

Read more:
<http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Retirees-can-sue-Livermore-lab-over-health-care-4162589.php#ixzz2Gw85Sb71>


 

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...



"Mother Blames San Jose Mayor Reed for Son's Murder"



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg2B5dIUjqo>

and

"Lack of Police Creates Open House for Criminals in SJ"



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZickgajSF4&feature=youtu.be>


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Last Sunday's "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 serious?

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 policing.”

“What the department needs is a visionary leader,” Monica said, “not a manager.”

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 sheriff.
 

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Scott Herhold's 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
<sherhold@mercurynews.com>
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 San Jose.

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 resources.”

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 very seriously.’’

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 street duty.

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 case.

“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.’’


 

WEEKLY POLL

 
   


Results from last week's poll...





For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>



 

MAIL CALL

Jan. 4th

Bill,

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.

Dennis McKenzie
<denpatti@sbcglobal.net>

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 it...



<http://tinyurl.com/axssgyw>


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Jan. 4th

Bill,

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.

<store.usgs.gov/pass/military.html>

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.

George
(Ingraham)
<nodb387@cs.com>

 

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Jan. 7th

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 a sidearm.

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 wound.

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 Packard.

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 WEDNESDAY


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 up.



 

ANNOUNCING THE ANNUAL PBA VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER DANCE
 



POA Hall

1151 No. Fourth St.
San Jose

Saturday Evening, Feb. 9th
Cocktails at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
Dancing to follow

Entrees:
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
<robillard1045@gmail.com>
"Lumpy" Lundberg at
<lumpyl@sbcglobal.net>
Dave Wysuph at
<dbw1696@aol.com>
Tom Mazzone at
<RTM1319@gmail.com>
Steve Windisch at
<swindisch@aol.com>



 

NEW VANGUARD AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW



Click on the link below to download the new Vanguard to your
desktop, then double click the icon to view it.


<http://tinyurl.com/az8m48d>



 

NEW RETIREES' ASSN. NEWSLETTER ALSO AVAILABLE ON-LINE



Like the Vanguard above, clicking on the link below will download the new Billy & Spanner
to your desktop, after which a double-click of the icon will open the newsletter.


<http://tinyurl.com/aw9vhnp>



 

WEEKLY SNOPES 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

New Articles

• Did Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard make a speech encouraging Muslims to leave Australia?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/likeitorleaveit.asp>

• Does an advertisement by the Brady Campaign contrast rape with gun murders?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/bradyad.asp>

• Letter from former Marine criticizes Sen. Dianne Feinstein's gun control proposal.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/boston.asp>

• Health care legislation imposes a 2.3% excise tax on the sale of medical devices as of 1 January 2013.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/medicaldevice.asp>

• Does the design of new U.S. dollar coins omit the motto 'In God We Trust'?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dollarcoin.asp>

• An off-duty sheriff's officer apprehended a gunman by shooting him in a San Antonio movie theater.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/guns/sanantonio.asp>

• Can the use of E15 gasoline damage engines and/or void warranties of car models older than 2012?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/e15.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


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?
<http://www.snopes.com/language/offense/handicap.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>


 

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.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3i0KzA6MUqc>
 

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 celebrities hypocrites. (4 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wWs86inw_Q>


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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. (11 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFHTIhyNdhk>

For those of you who suffer from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), here's a shorter version of the video clip. (3 Mins.)

<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXEGwVPjlI8>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N--a2OuPLok>


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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...



<http://www.selfcontrolfreak.com/pakken.html>


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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). (2 Mins)



<http://vimeo.com/55291921>


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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? (9 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s9ynMnPdCQ>


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This item 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 you.

Automotive Repair 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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=42E2fAWM6rA>


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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. (10 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAV6v0XKue8>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTR21os8gTA>


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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.



<http://tinyurl.com/b79xnv2>


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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2Jfma9F7Mg>


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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. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=prqBLPMjcVw&vq=medium>

Several more clips from the movie can be found on YouTube by searching for "Final Destination 5"


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It can 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. (4 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciEb337sSyA>


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Lumpy says only Archie Bunker could pull off this eulogy for a friend he worked with for a dozen years. (11 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnignqBw4CY>

(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 Mins.)
 



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92I04DkMEps>

 

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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.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6mbW-jMtrY>


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C'ya



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