January 29, 2015
Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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FRANK KEFFER, SR.
July 24, 1948
Appointed March 1, 1984
July 10, 2004
Jan. 28, 2015
We were notified by Chaplain Jim Becknall yesterday
morning that Frank was in critical condition at Stanford
following a lengthy illness. We then learned that he
passed away with family members by his side yesterday
evening. If a service is scheduled prior to next
Thursday we will send out a special notification to all
subscribers, otherwise additional information including
a possible obituary will appear next week.
The following was posted by retired Sgt. Jack Baxter on
Facebook yesterday prior to Frank’s passing:
"Thinking of my pal Frank Keffer in Stanford Hospital
battling for his life. This little fire plug of a man is
one of the toughest and bravest men I know. A Vietnam
combat veteran, Airborne soldier and San Jose Police
Officer who is a man of honor. His many friends are
thinking of him and I know he is in everyone's thoughts
and prayers. 'All the way,' Frank, keep up the good
Last Friday’s Mercury News covered the passing of Carol
Nagengast, the widow of retired Sgt. Tom Nagengast…
of San Jose
mother and grandmother, Carol Elizabeth Nagengast passed
away peacefully surrounded by her family on Jan 16,
2015. A devout Catholic and longtime resident of Santa
Clara Valley, she has left behind many friends and
Carol was born October 30, 1932 to Helen Morelli Rankin
in Milford, CT. Her family moved to California when she
was young. She was a beloved sister to Fredrick Wheeler.
She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1950 and
earned a degree in Interior Design from San Jose State
College, where she met and married Thomas Nagengast (dec.).
She was a devoted wife for 57 years and mother to their
six children: Dan (dec.), Steve (Rebeca), Karen (Matt),
David (Beth), Andrew (Anne) and Teresa (Ken).
She was an adored grandmother to her ten grandchildren:
Kaleigh, Thomas, Natalie, Juan, Zachary, Beau, David,
Benjamin, Pablo, and James. She also cherished the
countless extended family members and friends who meant
so much to her.
Carol created a wonderful home for her family, worked
for Campbell School District as a teacher’s aide, and
volunteered for various groups dear to her heart. She
always found time to cheer on her children and
grandchildren at countless sport events and artistic
performances. She was an active member of St. Lucy
Parish, volunteering her time to many, including the
Altar Society and socializing with members of St.
Basil’s Club. She loved to host family gatherings,
traveling with family and friends and enjoyed time with
her lifelong friends from Notre Dame.
Her faith carried her through two bouts with cancer,
loss of a husband and child, and gave her strength to
the end. A Memorial Mass and reception will be held
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 1:00pm at St. Lucy Catholic
Parish in Campbell. In lieu of flowers, the family
requests donations be made to St. Lucy Parish, 2350
Winchester Boulevard, Campbell, CA 95008.
1926 - 2011
Tom’s passing was covered in
Nov. 17, 2011 edition of the Farsider.
Nothing as of press time
THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD
Belluomini, the first civilian assigned to Internal
Affairs circa 1977-1979, passed away on Jan 15, 2015. He
was a great guy as well as being I.A's "Command Central"
and the go-to guy for the Cinco de Mayo parades and
Mexican celebrations of that era. Never in the wildest
dreams of the participants of this Mexican holiday
realize that I.A. was the scheduling force and central
clearing point for this ethnic holiday. Those of us who
had the opportunity to work with Rudy were proud to have
been acquainted with him.
to view Rudy's obituary from the Jan. 22nd edition of
the Mercury News.
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You two are fantastic! Thanks so much for keeping the
Farsider coming. I really enjoy looking at my email on
Thursdays, and yours is the first one I read. Attached
is some material that you might like to use at the end
of the newsletter.
Good to hear from you, Joanne, and thanks for the
attachments that I tossed into my graphics’ file for
future use. There are several like the one below that I
can relate to…
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The guy in the attached YouTube video is a retired cop
who was the victim of an attempted home invasion
robbery. I would bet that the overwhelming majority of
your readers will be able to relate to him if they will
take a few minutes and watch what he and his wife went
I can’t speak for everyone, TP, but I know I can relate.
Those retirees who would like to view the video should
(Who the hell are you anyway? Don't make me offer a
reward for the disclosure of your identity.)
THIS IS VERY STRANGE...
Something in the Universe is definitely out of kilter
when the liberal New York Times has something nice to
say about a Fox News personality, but seeing is
the New York Times is on the Megyn Kelly Bandwagon
Peter Brown — New York Times — Jan. 22, 2015
York Times has now written a story, most of it positive,
of Megyn Kelly, the Fox News superstar who has brought
the network unrivaled success. The story will be
appearing in the Sunday Magazine section of the Times
Kelly’s show, “The Kelly File,” has been a huge hit,
ahead of everyone in her time slot on all of basic
cable, even beating out shows such as “Duck Dynasty” and
“Mob Wives.” In all of cable news, she is second, bested
only by Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.
She has drawn praise even from people who hate the Fox
News Channel, due to her Megyn “moments,” times when she
argues with the typical Fox viewpoint if she believes it
does not line up with the facts. Even people who are
aligned with Fox such as Karl Rove and Dick Cheney have
not been immune to her questioning.
Fox News president Roger Ailes has called Kelly his
“breakthrough artist,” as she has racked up impressive
Kelly has not always pursued a news career; she attended
Albany Law School after graduating college and began a
career in corporate litigation.
Executives from other networks have said that Kelly
could have gone on to work at their companies, with
former CNN/US President Jonathan Klein saying that one
of his biggest regrets was not hiring Kelly.
When she first came on Fox News, Kelly regularly
appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show, often debating him,
until she became popular enough to push Sean Hannity out
of his 9 PM slot and back to 10 PM.
Ailes says that “we’ve been on the air for 18 years.
She shows up, and in one year goes to No. 2 and close to
No. 1. That is an astounding accomplishment. Before this
is over, she may be bigger than anybody.”
AN OPEN LETTER TO MICHAEL MOORE
This open letter to Michael Moore is in the process of
going viral on the Internet...
Beret Sniper, Bryan Sikes (left), Hilariously Slams
Moore for Calling American Sniper, Chris Kyle, a Coward
Good afternoon there sweetheart, I hope this finds you
alive and well. You can thank our men and women of the
armed forces for that, by the way, and that also
includes us cowardly snipers. It seems you’ve found time
between licking the jelly off your fingers and releasing
your grasp of a bear claw to
TWEET SOME JUNK about snipers being cowards.
My buddies and I got a good laugh over the tweet, so I
thank you. For a guy worth $50 million dollars, you sure
have quite a bit to bitch and cry about. I guess like a
moth to flame, you too gravitate towards things that are
popular and in the moment — in this case it’s snipers.
Too bad for you that your attempt at being relevant via
your 70+ year old family experience has failed. It has
only made you look dumber than a bag of hammers. Next
time you should try something more original than going
after snipers for one reason or another…that was so last
It’s typical of “men” like you to criticize the
intestinal fortitude, focus, discipline and patriotism
of a sniper. It must stem from an inferiority complex or
something. But hey, it’s okay cupcake. We snipers are
thick skinned and the efforts of world class turds such
as yourself to portray us in a negative light only makes
us laugh. If you and I were in the same room, I’d throw
you a smile and gently pat you on the head knowing
you’re nothing more than a mouth breathing, Crisco
sweating waste of space not even worthy of being in the
presence of a sniper. It’s almost funny how people like
you preach things like ‘acceptance’ and ‘not passing
judgement’ or ‘labeling people’, but then are the first
to do so when a person is in some way dissimilar from
So tenderfoot, I leave you with this final thought: what
if you found yourself in some sort of hostage situation
where you were held at knife-point by some crazed person
and they were dead set on making an example of you by
bleeding you out on Hollywood Blvd in front of the
world, and the only way out was with the precision aimed
fire of a sniper? Would you want that coward to take the
shot? Because knowing how you feel about snipers such as
myself and your hatred of firearms, I’d probably drop
the mag, roll the bolt and go get a Jack & Coke before
helping you out.
P.B.A. VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER DANCE INFO
—Time is growing short; make your reservations now!—
Saturday, Feb. 14th — 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Hall, 1151 N. Fourth St.
d'oeuvres up the Ying-Yang
Salmon and/or Prime Rib with all the Fixins'
Bar + Wine on the Tables
to your kind of music following dinner
person — $50 per couple
checks payable to the "SJPBA" and mail to:
Jose, CA 95103
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Secretary/Treasurer Lumpy Lundberg at
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The online edition of the Jan. Billy & Spanner is now
available. Clicking on
THIS link will either download it to your desktop or
open it up in your browser.
THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
thru Jan. 27
was the State of the Union address, and everyone’s
excited about the huge special appearance by a guy we
haven't seen in a really long time: 2008 Barack Obama.
That guy had swagger.
The president took a moment to wish astronaut Scott
Kelly luck on his upcoming year-long mission in space,
and even said, “Make sure to Instagram it.” Obama loves
Instagram because after six years with Biden it’s the
one thing he can still put a filter on.
First lady Michelle Obama wore a suit to the State of
the Union last night that apparently had also been worn
by Julianna Margulies’ character on the “The Good Wife.”
They both wore the same outfit, which is why Obama just
passed an executive action ordering Us Weekly to say
Michelle wore it better.
A new helicopter service called Gotham Air is now
offering users cheap flights from Manhattan to JFK or
Newark airports that start at just $99. If there's two
words I trust together in the same sentence, it's
“cheap” and “helicopter.”
Vice President Joe Biden said he has privately met with
17 Republican senators at his home to try and connect on
issues like tax reform. Biden asked what he can do to
speed up negotiations, while Democrats asked, “Does this
door lock from the outside?”
One of the most Googled questions during this week's
State of the Union address was, “How much does the
president make?” When he saw it was $400,000 a year,
Mitt Romney said, “I'm out!”
As gas prices continue to drop, 28 states are now
selling regular gasoline for less than $2 a gallon. It's
getting cheaper to pump two gallons of gas outside the
station than it is to pump two squirts of nacho cheese
New Kids on the Block announced they are going back on
tour in May. Wait, the New Kids are touring, gas is at
two bucks a gallon, and we may have another round of
Bush vs. Clinton for president. If I get home and find a
stack of free AOL CDs in the mail, then I'm pretty sure
I just traveled through time.
President Obama said that if he could have any
superpower, he’d want the ability to speak any language.
That's so everyone in the world could tell him he picked
one of the lamest possible superpowers.
Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon
announced that this will be his final season of racing.
You could tell it was time for him to retire during his
last race when he had his blinker on the whole time.
SkyMall’s parent company has filed for bankruptcy, which
could mean the end of the catalog. Airline passengers
were really upset. They said, "Now what am I gonna spit
my gum into?"
State of the Union address last night, President Obama
made history by using the words transgender, lesbian,
and bisexual in that speech. It was the part of the
speech where he was just reading Craigslist personals.
In South Florida, Shaquille O'Neal has been sworn in as
a reserve police officer. Personally, I can't wait until
he works undercover.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fell asleep
during Obama's speech. She woke up with the other
justices drawing a gavel on her face.
California officials want to contain a measles outbreak
that originated in Disneyland last month. They are in
luck because everyone who is exposed to it is still in
line at Space Mountain.
Musician Kid Rock came under fire for posting a photo of
himself holding a cougar that he had just killed. People
were outraged until they realized the cougar was one of
the "Real Housewives of Orange County."
Doctors say that your attention span is like a muscle
that can be strengthened. I didn't read the rest of the
article because I saw a shiny thing.
The Northeast is being hit with a major snowstorm.
Forecasters said they've haven't seen a whiteout like
this since last week's Oscar nominations.
In France, a court ruled that a couple cannot name their
baby "Nutella." The court said a name like that can only
lead to teasing. So the couple has moved on to their
second choice — Conan.
A company has developed a coffee that can help you fall
asleep. It's called the Cosby-chino.
Today President Obama is in the Middle East. He met the
new king of Saudi Arabia. Obama also met Saudi Arabia's
first lady, the second lady, third lady, and fourth
In a speech today, President Obama said that Michelle
Obama is very strong and talented and she frequently
tells him that he is wrong. As a result, Michelle Obama
is now the Republican front-runner for 2016.
President Obama said the small drone that flew over the
White House fence yesterday could be bought at any
RadioShack. After hearing this, the RadioShack CEO said,
"I'm shocked to find out we still sell something people
Today, the Apple iPad turns five years old. So it's
official. The iPad is as old as the people who make it.
was going to be a historic blizzard. And when you get
information like this, you make mistakes. Boy, is my
face red. Last night, at the last minute before the
supermarket closed, I wrestled a lady for the last Lean
The blizzard was a huge non-event and, of course, the
next big non-event is the Super Bowl.
More bad news for the New England Patriots. The NFL now
has video of those deflated footballs alone in an
elevator with Ray Rice.
In the last 48 hours King Abdullah from Saudi Arabia
passed away. I have a moral dilemma. The king passed
away three or four days ago. Is it too soon to hit on
National Hugging Day. It's a day that encourages people
to hug more often. Why they have it in the middle of
cold and flu season, I have no idea. I don't know if it
was sponsored by Theraflu or what.
A-Rod — Alex Rodriguez — has reportedly been training
with none other than Barry Bonds to prepare for the
upcoming baseball season. They're either training
together or forming a league of baseball super-villains,
I'm not sure which.
A-Rod was suspended last season for using
performance-enhancing drugs and Barry Bonds is the
godfather of that. This is baseball's version of when
Jesse Pinkman got out of rehab on "Breaking Bad" and
started working with Walter White again. Why would A-Rod
do that, and how is it even possible that both their
heads fit in the same room?
Kim Kardashian is releasing a book of selfies. They do
say, "Write what you know." So the book is called
"Selfish." The description on the publisher's website
refers to Kim as a trailblazer of the selfie movement.
Selfie movement? — this book is the whole selfie
movement, OK? Other than that, there's no movement.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was summoned to answer
questions about the footballs that were mysteriously
deflated in their game against the Colts. This was
covered live on all the sports networks and also live on
Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and a bunch of local
channels. You would think Tom Brady had killed the
If the Patriots are found to have underinflated the
balls they might lose draft picks, and the league could
take away coach Bill Belichick's favorite hoodie.
Deflate-gate isn't the only thing in Boston now. Boston
is the city chosen to vie for the Summer Olympics in
2024. Mayor Walsh is prohibiting city employees from
making negative comments about the games or the process.
That seems unnecessary. If people from Boston are known
for anything, it's for keeping their opinions to
There's a documentary airing on TLC called "My Husband
Is Not Gay." It's about women whose husbands aren't gay.
Wouldn't that be most women?
Last night in Miami was the 63rd annual Miss Universe
Pageant. The winner this year was Miss Colombia, and the
loser was women everywhere else.
SkyMall is going out of business. The company filed for
bankruptcy. They were forced to file for bankruptcy when
it was declared they have never sold an item.
If SkyMall goes down, this will have a dramatic effect,
mostly on passengers who need a place to put their gum
when they're on the plane.
SkyMall was the premier shopping destination for people
who just drank four tiny bottles of Jim Beam.
With all the bad weather, people are expecting to be
cooped up. Some have been turning to Craigslist to find
blizzard companions. As a general rule, if you wouldn't
sleep on a futon you found on Craigslist, you probably
shouldn't sleep with a person you found there either.
If you want to go to the Super Bowl in Phoenix, it will
cost you a lot of money, double what they were last
year. The average asking price is around $6,000 per
ticket. Do people not know the game is on television
On eBay, a group of four Super Bowl tickets is going for
$51,000. Although to be fair, that price includes a
full-body rubdown from stadium security.
President Obama gave the State of the Union address, and
I just have to say that I don't know what union he was
describing. But I want to live there. I want to move. It
sounds outstanding. There's a middle class. They have
small businesses. It sounds great.
There's a new study out. We love new studies. We
genuinely get excited about new studies, mostly because
we don't have time to study things. We just want people
to do the studies, and deliver us the results. And then
we can, you know, make merry about them.
A new study suggests that having one glass of wine every
night can have a positive effect on heart health. And
no, Aunt Rita, they didn't say anything about the size
of the glass. I'm sure your heart's fine by now, Aunt
Rita. I hate when I use my time here to unload on Aunt
Rita, but . . .
Yesterday a baby was born on a New York-bound flight
three hours before landing. Serious question: Would you
rather ride next to a baby a whole flight, or have the
first half of the flight no baby but then the actual
birthing of a baby? Because again, that's three hours of
peace where there's just no baby. I'd like to see a
study about that.
CNN is developing a game show to be hosted by Anderson
Cooper. It will be just like the other CNN shows except
the contestants will make wild guesses instead of the
The Jamaican government is considering a bill to
decriminalize marijuana. But first they have to get over
the shock of finding out it was illegal in the first
According to a new report, there are still five people
alive today who were born in the 1800s. Even crazier,
every one of them was re-elected this November.
The burger chain, Carl's Jr., is causing some
controversy with its ad for an all-natural burger that
features a woman walking naked through a farmers market.
Apparently Carl's Jr. customers were offended by the
sight of a farmers market.
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JAN. 24, 2015
Did left-wing billionaire George Soros donate $33
million to fund rioting Ferguson protest groups?
HERE to view the Jan. 24th Snopes update.
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HERE if you want to meet Dover (Delaware) Police
“Master Corporal” Jeff Davis who became an Internet star
last week when dash-cam footage captured him singing
along to Taylor Swift’s hit song “Shake It Off” while on
patrol. Until we saw this clip, we were unaware that the
video had been scripted and rehearsed by the Dover PD as
a positive public relations production. (2:46)
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THIS half-minute Doritos TV ad produced for the
Super Bowl has been pulled and won’t be shown. Don’t
know why; it’s rather tame compared to some of the other
stuff we are exposed to on the tube. (0:30)
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You may also have
HEARD that GoDaddy had planned to air the following
Super Bowl ad about a lost puppy, but decided to pull it
after there was a backlash by dog lovers who had the
opportunity to preview the ad. (1:27)
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GoDaddy ad made you sad or mad,
THIS Budweiser commercial that will air during the
Super Bowl should make you feel better. (1:00)
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THIS video should be arrested and turned over to
PETA for antagonizing the poor squirrel who simply
wanted to have a snack. And if you laugh, you should be
arrested, too. (3:00)
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what the players and coaches are saying when the camera
zooms in on them during a football game? Until someone
invents a super-sensitive microphone, the TV networks
have to depend on lip-readers to tell the viewers what
the players and coaches are saying.
THIS clip from Paul Salerno shows what happens when
the networks hire poorly skilled lip-readers. (4:09)
examples of bad lip-reading have been posted on YouTube.
THIS is one of several. (3:47)
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wants to know where Ma Yan Yan who performs a magical
ballet act on China's Got Talent stores all her props.
So do we. By props, we're talking about all the debris
on the floor around her at the conclusion of her
performance as seen in the
PHOTO below. (4:55)
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Bill Whittle and his “Firewall” series have apparently
struck a chord with several Farsider subscribers as his
latest video about gun ownership that was posted on
YouTube last Friday was received from a half-dozen
readers. If you are tired of hearing the anti-gun lobby
spit out statistics trying to show that the number of
guns in the U.S. makes us the murder capital of the
world, you need to watch
THIS and pass it on. (6:24)
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So just how realistic or factual is Hollywood’s
portrayal of archers such as Robin Hood? Not very,
according to this amazing video that has received in the
neighborhood of 20 million views since it was first
posted on YouTube last Friday.
THIS clip of Lars Andersen has to be seen to be
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Dirk Parsons wishes that his local car wash was as fast
and efficient as
THIS one in Sacramento. He also likes that the
owners of the Quick Quack Car Wash came up with a catchy
advertising jingle. (0:59)
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For you aviation buffs who didn’t see this item about
Lindberg’s flight to Paris when we last ran it almost
six years ago, you are in for a treat. And for those of
you who did view it back in ’09, odds are you will enjoy
it a second time.
Win Perkins, a real estate appraiser who specializes in
airport properties, posted on his website this 4-part
video he created of Charles Lindbergh's famous and risky
takeoff in the "Spirit of St. Louis" on May 20, 1927.
Perkins said he "painstakingly assembled news footage
from the five cameras that filmed Lindbergh's takeoff
from Roosevelt Field, Long Island and mixed it with
enhanced audio from the same newsreel sources."
INSTRUCTIONS: When you click on the link below episode
#3 comes up ready to play. But we suggest you first
click on "CONTACT" to the left and select “Part 1: Dead
Men Flying,” then watch the other three parts in order
by going back to “CONTACT” at the end of each one and
selecting the next part in sequence.
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Wouldn’t it be fun to be young again and be assigned one
of these patrol vehicles that are recognized as the
fastest police cars in the world? The only drawback —
HUGE — is that you would have to move to Dubai.
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If you had to guess, how many broken bones do you think
THIS motorcycle stunt rider endured before he became
so proficient that he was able to win 1st Place in this
2013 competition known as the Stunt Grand Prix? Our
guess? All of them. (4:00)
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Speaking of bikes, if you want to learn how to ride a
motorcycle or hone the skills you already have, Bruce
THESE Russkies will show you what you need to know.
The first half of the lesson is accompanied by a catchy
tune, but you will probably have a difficult time
singing along unless you speak Russian. (4:23)
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If you have never ridden a motorcycle but have hung with
people who have, you may have heard the expressions “Low
Side Crash” and/or “High Side Crash.” Here’s how to tell
Crash — Click
Side Crash — Click
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From our "Oldies But Goodies" file...
A husband walks into 'Victoria's Secret' to purchase a
sheer negligee for his wife. He is shown several
possibilities that range from $250 to $500 in price; the
more sheer, the higher the price. He opts for the most
sheer item, pays the $500, and takes it home.
He presents it to his wife and asks her to go upstairs,
put it on, and model it for him.
The wife takes the negligee upstairs, looks at it and
realizes it’s so sheer that it might as well be nothing
at all. She decides that instead of putting it on,
she’ll model it in the nude, then return the negligee
the next day and keep the $500 for herself
She then appears naked at the top of the stairs and
strikes a pose.
The husband says, "Good grief, you'd think that for $500
they'd at least iron it!"
He never heard the shot.
The funeral is next Thursday at 12 noon. In lieu of
flowers, donations to the NARH (National Association for
Retarded Husbands) are preferred.
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Unknown by most people today, the Ford Motor Co. used to
produce travelogs on film for its Educational Library
that were shown at various venues. We think it’s safe to
THIS one about Hawaii sent in by Don Hale was made
long before even our oldest retiree was born. (Don says
he has photos of his Dad in shorts, mask and fins with a
big catch of fish strung on a spear on Waikiki and not a
hotel in sight on the shore all the way to Diamond
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that driving around the Big Apple is no different today
than it was in 1928, as shown in
THIS Harold Lloyd short that was filmed one year
before Wall Street crashed and resulted in the Great
Depression. None of the people in the film — the vast
majority of whom are no longer alive — had even an
inkling of what was coming, including the guy in the
backseat of the taxi who baseball fans should recognize.
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For those of you who have an interest in such things,
this link received from Lumpy will take you to a site
showing the assembly of the two atomic bombs that were
dropped on Japan in 1945 which ended World War II. Also
included are detailed photos that show the preparation
for loading Little Boy into the Enola Gay, the B-29 that
carried the bomb on to Japan. Photos of Little Boy
(Hiroshima) and Fat Man (Nagasaki) were highly
classified until several years after the war.
THIS site is photo intensive, so give it a few
moments to load if you plan to visit.
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Didn’t you use to hate it when you pulled over an ET and
THIS happened? Leroy and I agree that it certainly
got tiresome after the third or fourth time. (0:41)
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Hypothetical question: You are a Russian traffic cop
standing on the side of the road looking for violators
and you wave over a car for having a headlight out.
While you are talking to the driver a large pack of
wolves comes running toward you.
WHAT do you do? (1:42)
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This photo collection received from Don Hale includes
highly-detailed and stunning photos that capture the
essence of San Francisco in the 1940s and ‘50s, an era
that most of you should recall. As with large photo
THIS BuzzFeed web page a few moments to download the
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An email from Ken Hawkes said, “Don’t stop me if you’ve
heard this. I like to tell it.”
We like it too, and since it has been over eight years
since we last told the story of Frank Feldman — it was
in the Dec. 14, 2006 Farsider — here it is again…
~ ~ ~
A man walks out to the street and catches a taxi just
He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, "Perfect
timing. You're just like Frank."
Cabbie: "Frank Feldman. He's a guy who did everything
right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed
a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman all
Passenger: "There are always a few clouds over
Cabbie: "Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete.
He could have won the Grand Slam at tennis. He could
golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and
danced like a Broadway star. And you should have heard
him play the piano! He was an amazing guy."
Passenger: "Sounds like he was somebody really special."
Cabbie: "Oh hell there's more. He had a memory like a
computer. He remembered everybody's birthday. He knew
all about wine, which foods to order, and which fork to
eat it with. And he could fix anything. Not like me, I
change a fuse and the whole street goes dark. But Frank
Feldman, he could do everything right."
Passenger: "Wow, some guy then."
Cabbie: "He always knew the quickest way to go in
traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always
seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made
mistakes, and he really knew how to treat a woman and
make her feel special. He would never argue back, even
if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always
immaculate, shoes highly polished too. He was the
perfect man! I never knew him to make a mistake! No one
could ever measure up to Frank Feldman."
Passenger: "An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?"
Cabbie: "Well. I never actually met Frank. He died, and
I married his wife.
• • • • •
If you are not aware of
THIS technology that makes it possible for a thief
to steal your ATM PIN code using an iPhone, perhaps you
should be. It would at least be worth knowing about.
• • • • •
Many of you golfers have seen
THIS clip that runs less than a minute whereas most
of you non-golfers probably haven’t. For those of you
who don’t play the game, we thought you might be
interested to see what can happen to a golfer who is
practicing lob shots that go high in the air. (0:51)
• • • • •
Speaking of golf,
HERE'S a video titled the “Top 10 Animal Encounters
on the PBA Tour,” courtesy of Alice Murphy. (5:34)
• • • • •
Have a cat? We’re willing to wager that yours doesn’t
show you the love that
THIS one does. (0:48)
• • • • •
What better way to close
THIS week's Farsider than with a clip about a
six-year-old boy whose actions set an example for
adults? We recommend that you take a minute or two and
listen to this story about first-grader Vincent
Butterfield and his best friend. (2:53)
• • • •
PIC OF THE WEEK
The winner for the most Creative Panhandler Award goes
gentleman who was spotted along a highway in Hardy,
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