The Farsider

February 12, 2015

 

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

 

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


 

PBA MEETING REMINDER

February’s general membership meeting will be held next Wednesday, Feb. 18th, at the POA Hall. The bar will be open at 5 p.m. and the buffet dinner should be ready between 6:00 and 6:30. All members are encouraged to attend.

Those of you who have secured your ticket(s) for this year’s PBA Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance are reminded that it will get underway at 6:00 p.m. this coming Saturday, Feb. 14th, at the POA Hall.


 

PENSION NEWS



Feb. 6th

Wednesday of this week the mayor and city council directed its outside legal counsel to propose a stipulation to city workers to postpone implementation of portions of Measure B until January 1, 2017. In response to the proposed stipulation a coalition of unions sent this reply:

Art and Linda: (outside city legal counsel)

I have the direction of the SJPOA, and permission from the attorneys representing CAMP, MEF, AMSP, CEO, IUOE Local 3, IAFF Local 230, IBEW 332 and AEA, to advise that these groups have no interest in kicking the can down the road and are looking for a public acknowledgement from the city that 2015 is the year to resolve all outstanding issues (respective MOA's, Measure B, and Retiree Healthcare) without going back to the ballot.

As such, we will not be agreeing to this stipulation.

Gregg Adam
POA Legal Counsel

It is the position of the POA that a settlement to all Measure B litigation, negotiations over retiree healthcare and our MOA must be completed in 2015. To continue to agree to put off implementation of the illegal Measure B is not in our best interests, replacing Measure B with a competitive and vested retirement benefit, reducing the cost of retiree healthcare and increasing our wages to make us competitive and allow the city to recruit and retain officers is in our best interests.

We eagerly await the city's response to our unwillingness to kick the can down the road.


 

POA UPDATES



Feb. 5th

There have been inquiries by our members regarding the most recent compensation package agreed on by our law enforcement partners, the Santa Clara County Deputy Sheriff's Association and Santa Clara County. This compensation package was negotiated by the DSA and our own labor attorney Gregg Adam. This is a timely reminder of just how far below the market the compensation package is for San Jose Police Officers. In FY 2011 through FY 2013 the County and its unions collaboratively negotiated concessions to fill a substantial budget gap. In 2012 the County placed a revenue measure on the ballot to further bolster county revenue. The measure passed overwhelmingly. The County understood the importance of not balancing its budget shortfall on the backs of its workforce and sought collaboration instead of confrontation.

San Jose, under Chuck Reed and Sam Liccardo (supporting his reforms), took a different path. Even when the POA and other unions agreed to a 10% total compensation cut in 2011, there was no collaboration. Instead, we got Measure B and no revenue measure. With millions of dollars wasted on attorneys, and its legal losses mounting, San Jose's once great department is on a path to crash and burn. Hopefully, the DSA deal gives Mayor Liccardo a reality check on how far we've fallen. A 2.5% bilingual premium for a few officers is not going to provide the appropriate incentive for San Jose to retain and recruit officers.

Here are the details on the DSA deal:

Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department Compensation Package 

Sept. 2014 - 5% Retro (extra 0.5% for Sergeants)
Feb. 2015 - 2% Retire Health Care Drop
July 2015 - 3.5%
Sept. 2015 - 3%
Sept. 2016 - 3%
Sept. 2017 - 3%
Sept. 2018 - 3%
Sept. 2019 - 3% 

Total = 25.5% Increase (27% compounded)

Supervisor Dave Cortese announced in his State of the County address last week that the Sheriff's Office is ramping up its hiring efforts. Unlike SJPD, it may just be able to fill a few academies.


 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

From last Sunday’s Mercury News...

 

Deputy chief’s exit likely marks the beginning of musical chairs for SJPD

San Jose Deputy Police Chief Dave Hober, who oversees field operations including patrol, will become Monterey’s assistant police chief Feb. 17. Hober, who has more than a quarter-century of San Jose policing under his belt, was known for his eloquence in explaining police procedures and tactics in an accessible way, most recently shouldering the formidable task of collecting public comments on potential police use of a drone. Hober’s move is expected to be the first in a line of anticipated departures, with many command-level staff said to be exploring or testing for jobs in other police departments.

Shawny Williams, who is currently captain of the city’s Southern Division, will not directly backfill Hober’s position, but will take the helm of the Bureau of Investigations, which oversees the detective units. Lt. Edward Schroder subsequently will be promoted to captain of the Southern Division.

There will be more top-level shuffling: Deputy Chief Dave Knopf will move from the administrative bureau to fill Hober’s soon-to-be-vacated role in field ops, and Phan Ngo, currently overseeing investigations, will take Knopf’s place.

Internal Affairs is an offbeat look at state and local politics.
 

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$333,308 for nothing? Trio of ex-employees get hefty severance checks

The deputy city manager who was led out of San Jose City Hall by security is getting a six-figure severance check in exchange for not suing.

Alex Gurza , who was unceremoniously canned in December by then-City Manager Ed Shikada — who himself was facing the ax at the time — signed an agreement that will pay him $111,460.38 to get lost. That amounts to six months of pay under his old salary, a fairly typical deal for fired high-level executives.

Shikada got six months pay, or $128,750, after agreeing to resign last month, while former Assistant City Manager Pam Antil , who also left in December, got five months pay, or $93,098.27. All told, taxpayers will be giving the trio of former city administrators $333,308.65 to do zilch. Gurza had temporarily accepted a low-level parks gig at the city after being removed from the city manager’s office, as employees not represented by a union are guaranteed some kind of replacement job offer. But the agreement Gurza signed Jan. 24 also undoes that demotion and gives him nearly six weeks of back pay under his old salary.

City officials never said why they fired Gurza, who had been leading the city’s acrimonious labor negotiations, and Gurza said he wasn’t given any reason. The legal agreement he and now-interim City Manager Norberto Duenas signed makes certain the details won’t come out in court, either.

 

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City Attorney Looks into Coaching of SJPD Police Chiefs

By Josh Koehn <josh@metronews.com>
San Jose Inside — Feb. 6, 2015

 

San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel says coaching services
provided for free to his command staff don’t violate any rules.

City officials are investigating whether San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel and his command staff violated rules on accepting improper gifts, San Jose Inside has learned.

Last week, San Jose Inside published a report that found Chief Esquivel, Asst. Chief Eddie Garcia and other deputy chiefs shared emails routinely venting frustration with civilian oversight while also making fun of a crime victim. On Tuesday, City Attorney Rick Doyle confirmed that his office is looking into other emails that show the city’s top officers accepted free management coaching from a reserve officer who works as a sales and executive consultant by day.

“That is something that we are right now getting all the information and finding out, in a sense, what the scope of any coaching was,” Doyle said.

The inquiry comes on the heels of previous incidents in which Esquivel and his command staff accepted tickets to San Francisco 49ers games, which violated city and department policies. Esquivel told San Jose Inside that he and his staff were reprimanded for accepting the tickets and reimbursed the cost, but he felt the coaching services provided by Barry Rhein—who just last month was granted a concealed weapon permit—did not constitute a gift.

Independent Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell told San Jose Inside that her office has not received any complaint based on the story. But if the coaching services provided by Rhein are, in fact, considered to be a gift, they would violate rules outlined in the SJPD duty manual.

“I believe the duty manual is very clear, that police officers, from the top down to the officer level, are not permitted to accept gifts of any value—unless those gifts are extended to everyone in the public,” Cordell said. “That’s the rule. There’s nothing ambiguous about it. And reimbursement does not excuse the violation.”

Josh Koehn is the news editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Newspaper. Email tips to <josh@metronews.com>.

 

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This story from yesterday’s paper illustrates how unhappy some of the City’s residents are because of the ever shrinking SJPD…

Residents Join to Fight Crime

—Some Neighbors Resort to Private Security to Patrol Their Streets—

By Mark Emmons, Robert Salonga and Mark Gomez — Staff writers
Mercury News — Feb. 11, 2015

SAN JOSE — A suspicious vehicle was spotted in a neighborhood plagued by a rash of home break-ins. Residents reacted immediately.

Frantic messages went out through group texts. A half dozen people converged on Crystal Springs Drive in the city’s Almaden area to make sure the unoccupied car — a dented, black BMW with tinted windows and mismatched license plates — didn’t disappear before police arrived.

“This is what it’s like for us now,” said Mary Ellen Distinti, among the people watching from a distance as a third San Jose police cruiser arrived on the scene. “We’re all listening to the scanner. We take turns driving around. I know it might sound insane. But what’s the alternative?” As burglaries have tripled in the Almaden Valley and community alarm has grown, Mayor Sam Liccardo and other officials are scheduled to appear at a meeting Wednesday night at Bret Harte Middle School.

But Almaden Valley is emblematic of a broader trend in the Bay Area’s largest city.

Frustrated by a shrinking San Jose Police Department and growing response times, fed-up residents are banding together to find their own solutions — in some cases taking “neighborhood watch” to a whole new level. They’re communicating on social media about local crime activity, and some Almaden Valley and other neighborhoods are even resorting to hiring private security to patrol their streets.

“It’s stating the obvious to say that our system is broken,” said David Noel, president of the Erikson Neighborhood Association, a separate community located near Oakridge Mall that also uses private security. “Security can respond if you call them about anything that seems suspicious. The police just don’t have time to do that anymore. So there is a peace of mind there.”

The police department has about 900 sworn officers who can hit the streets, more than 100 fewer than is budgeted and nearly 30 percent less than in 2008. Today, there is one dedicated burglary detective for a city of nearly 1 million residents as the SJPD has trimmed back investigative teams to maintain patrol staffing.

Overall property crimes actually were down 3.7 percent in 2014 throughout the city. That’s not the case in Almaden Valley, where the median sales price of homes in that Zip code is about $1.2 million, according to real estate information service DataQuick CoreLogic.

Over a three-month period between October and January, there were 180 burglaries compared to 55 in the same time frame a year earlier, according to the SJPD.

“It’s completely out of control,” said Distinti, who has lived in Almaden Valley for 16 years and works from home . “It’s like the Wild West here.”

Believing that the law-enforcement cavalry wouldn’t be riding over the hill anytime soon to help, Distinti and others decided to circle the wagons. Using the Nextdoor social networking service, Distinti organized a meeting a few days before Christmas that she said drew about 80 residents.

They listened to a presentation from TAPS, a San Jose-based private security firm headed by a current SJPD officer, which began providing private patrols about two years ago. About 100 households decided to pay $40 a month for the service.

The department is currently reviewing whether it’s a conflict for an officer to also operate a private security company. But Distinti believes there would be even more burglaries without the presence of TAPS.

Private security has been tried in the Almaden Valley before — although it faded away because not enough residents were interested.

In 2013, the Hamann Park Neighborhood Association, located near the Campbell border, banded together amid a wave of property crime and vandalism at the community park. For about eight months, security guards hired by the association patrolled the park on foot daily. By the end of that stretch, the community felt like it had taken back its park.

“We’re still united and proactive and aware of what’s happening,” said co-president Vince Navarra, describing how groups of neighbors walk the area at night with flashlights to deter potential criminals.

Over in the Erikson neighborhood near Oakridge Mall, about 70 households have joined to use TAPS, which was hired in June 2013 after break-ins increased — primarily targeting vehicles.

“It’s impossible to say if they’re preventing crimes,” Noel said. “That’s because it’s impossible to prove a negative and crime tends to move around anyway. But you just hope that they’re seen and being proactive about potential problems.”

Just how many neighborhoods, homeowners associations and apartment complexes are hiring private security is unclear because neither SJPD nor the city requires security companies to register with them.

“We look at it this way: More is always better,” said Officer Albert Morales, a department spokesman. “A private security company is an extra pair of eyes. They are another resource. It can be a good thing.”

Another type of proactive effort is occurring on the city’s East Side as residents conduct weekly “Night Walks” to help ward off violent crime.

That spirit of cooperation is what Steve Kostie, a 10-year Almaden Valley resident, considers most important. In his neighborhood, many are working together to try to be part of a solution.

“The good news is there’s definitely more awareness and people know each other better,” Kostie said.

During an interview Friday morning, he was listening to a scanner app on his cellphone. About a half-hour earlier, he had been one of the residents concerned about the black BMW.

The Almaden Valley break-ins generally have occurred during the day when families are away at work and school. The BMW matched the description of a car previously seen driving around the neighborhood.

Madeline Chiavetta is on a group text with 10 people in Almaden Valley. A friend alerted everyone that the car was parked in front of her house, and Chiavetta drove over to the street and waited with a group of other residents as police officers investigated.

“We’re definitely on edge,” she said, waiting with others to find out what the police learned.

Then word began to circulate that police determined that the car owner was a painter working at another house on the street.

“It’s not a false alarm to me,” Chiavetta added. “That car had different plates on the back and front. It’s still suspicious.”

And residents in Almaden Valley are convinced that such vigilance is making a difference.

A community safety meeting will be held Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Bret Harte Middle School. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmember Johnny Khamis are scheduled to be among the officials present.

 

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If the name Tam Troung rings a bell, perhaps it’s because he came up short in his bid for a San Jose City Council seat in 2012 and is probably the only San Jose cop who supported Measure B. This story is from the front page of today's paper. (Yes, we noticed the name of the individual credited with taking the photo below.)

SJPD Suspends Officer’s Outside Work Permit

—Department: Does cop’s firm benefit from shrinking force?—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Feb. 12, 2015

SAN JOSE — For many San Jose police officers, the staffing shortages that have forced cutbacks in neighborhood patrols and burglary investigations are a frustration, even an embarrassment. For Tam Truong, they’re an opportunity.



San Jose Police Officer Tam Truong is in
a dispute with SJPD over his ownership
of a private security firm that patrols some
city neighborhoods. (Mr. Constant)

The veteran San Jose cop runs a private security firm that contracts to patrol neighborhoods seeking a sense of security the police force no longer gives them. But now, spurred by recent inquiries from this newspaper, San Jose police officials have suspended Truong’s outside work permit while they consider whether it’s a conflict for him to profit from the department’s hard times.

“We do have these spikes in burglaries, and he’s a police officer who owns a private (patrol) company, and we have to ask, ‘Could he be benefiting from that?’ ” police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said.

Truong contends the department knew what he was doing long ago and gave him its blessing. And one police expert sees no problem with the arrangement, saying the officer’s ownership of the security firm shouldn’t warrant different treatment from other officers who moonlight as private security guards.

“It seems the only problem they have is that he’s profiting from their pain,” said Dennis Kenney, a professor at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “There’s nothing unethical about that, as long as he’s drawing a bright line about not soliciting while on duty.”

Truong’s 4-year-old company, Training and Protective Services, expanded in 2013 from protecting individual businesses and apartment complexes to now offering uniformed patrols to more than a dozen neighborhoods, amid a years-long officer exodus in the San Jose Police Department. Households typically pay $40 a month. Through a spokesman, the company declined to release employment and revenue details.

Department brass suspended Truong’s work permit last week while they review his ownership and management of TAPS. The permits are required as a way to monitor officers’ outside financial interests and ensure they are not compromised. With the permit suspended, Morales said, Truong is now out of compliance with the department.

But the suspension has no immediate effect on the formal operation of TAPS, whose license to operate as a private patrol provider is approved by the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services. An agency spokeswoman said the department’s permit suspension does not affect the company’s licensing with the state.

Morales said Truong’s ownership gives at least the appearance of a cop working in direct competition with his department, which has shrunk by more than 30 percent in six years and last month dipped below 1,000 officers for the first time since 1985.

“There’s the perception, and we want to be sensitive to it,” Morales said.

Truong asserts that he got the requisite approvals for his company from throughout the command chain, and that he was forthcoming about starting the neighborhood patrols.

“They knew very well,” he added. “We had numerous conversations.”

He added there is no conflict of interest because in his view, TAPS does not overlap with the duties of sworn patrol officers like himself.

“We don’t do the same thing,” Truong said. “We patrol homes, not streets. We also protect apartment complexes and shopping centers. This is like moving from one kind of property to another.”

Firms such as TAPS have been gaining profile in the past few weeks as residents in parts of San Jose have responded to elevated burglary rates by using social media to form neighborhood dragnets and hire private patrols to offset lagging police response.

Even before the dispute, Truong was something of a lightning rod in the department. During an unsuccessful run for City Council in 2012, he supported Measure B, the linchpin of a pension-reform plan that cut retirement benefits for longtime cops. The police union and many within the force blame that plan for driving away officers and potential recruits.

Truong said he needs more clarity about the department’s actions before commenting on whether politics had anything to do with the permit suspension.

“As of right now,” he said, “I don’t know why they changed their minds.”

Neither politics nor the growing media attention about TAPS influenced the department’s decision to suspend his work permit on Feb. 4, Morales said. Rather, it was prompted by new concerns that Truong obtained and renewed his work permit while omitting that his company handled neighborhood patrols.

While Truong’s ownership situation is unique in the department, many officers work in secondary employment for private security firms. The department’s oversight of such off-duty work drew national attention last fall when former San Francisco 49ers player Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at his San Jose home.

A police sergeant, who moonlighted on the football team’s security detail, was on scene when police arrived, complicating the investigation, which ended with no charges being filed.

Staff writer Mark Emmons contributed to this report. Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.

 

MAIL CALL



Feb. 5th

Bill,

That letter from Bob Tenbrink regarding the Wounded Warrior Project (Farsider - 05 February 2015) confirmed a lot of my inner suspicions and brought me around to further researching the references. Bob needs to be commended for his effort.
 
The first "hint" was that the WWP campaign advertising was far too flashy and "slick", far too tear-jerking, and initially, focused lots of its time on one of my areas of particular concern: the often unduly milked concept of P.T.S.D. (See the comments by General Paul Zinni, USMC Ret. along this line of concern. He coined the term, "Post Traumatic Stress Success,” which more aptly characterized the veterans of WW II, Korea, and by far the most part, Vietnam.)
 
Fair Winds, Following Seas
God Speed & Semper Fidelis -

Kenn Christie <ChrissakisEime@aol.com>

For fear of sounding like someone who is unsympathetic to several charities and causes — I am NOT — this seems like an appropriate time to voice my personal displeasure at all the TV ads that end with a weeping wife or mother. While the Wounded Warrior Project has the most ads by far, other charities that include UNICEF, the Shriners Hospital, the DAV and a handful of others also have jumped on what I call the “Guilt Bandwagon.” Even the ASPCA has followed suit with their ads that show the saddest looking dogs while asking TV viewers to commit to a monthly donation, although it is asking for a buck less ($18 per month instead of $19).

 

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Feb. 9th

Hi Bill,

I see that we police pilots have lost another aviator, sergeant Fred Farnsworth. These passings make me sad, but they also help me to rejoice for great times I spent with members of the Team.

When I transferred to SJPD I immediately knew that I wanted to be a police pilot.  Fred was a member of the Air Surveillance Team and gave many hours of his time to help me prepare to join the Team. When I finally got onto the Team, Fred was most helpful in showing me the ropes. Once I became a pilot of the new Air-1 Helicopter Team I had the opportunity to help repay Fred by showing him the ropes of helicopter flight. In fact, Fred purchased his very own personal helicopter.

Below is a photo of some of us posing with the US Custom's UH-1 Huey at San Jose's Municipal Airport, circa early 1980's. Left to right is Chief Pilot Mike McIntyre, Sergeant Fred Farnsworth, me and Officer Dave Tozer.  

I miss these guys and the great times that we had high above the City of San Jose.

John (like-a-bird) Quayle <QuaylePi@aol.com>

 

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Feb. 10th

Bill,

Here is something I haven’t seen in the Farsider. It’s a list of media executives who have direct relationships either through blood or marriage with high ranking White House staff members.

• ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.
 
• CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.
 
• ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
 
• ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood.
 
• CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides.

• ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary

So if you or your readers feel there may be some bias on the left when it comes to protecting the White House, these facts should be considered.

Take care,

Talking Points, SJPD Ret. (talking.points@comcast.net>

You again, eh? I’ll wager that you are going to slip up one of these times and leave a clue as to your identity. As for your missive, the details of what you sent in has been circulating around the Internet for some time, although it’s been updated to reflect Susan Rice’s move from UN Ambassador to Obama’s National Security Adviser, and to Jay Carney as the “former” Press Secretary. There are several websites that confirm what you sent in, including THIS TruthOrFiction confirmation.
 

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Feb. 11th

Bill,

Happy Valentines Day to all. Once every three or four years for some reason I seem to find my way back to this great pick me up dance tune. Have another listen and smile.

Dave (Scannell) <silent.eagle46@yahoo.com>



www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTnKDRqWyHY

You have excellent taste in music, Dave. “Orange Blossom Special” is at the top of my list of favorite country-western tunes.

 

“SERIOUS PEOPLE DO NOT TAKE FOX NEWS SERIOUSLY.” REALLY?

This headline from the OpEd page of today’s paper caught our eye, so we gave the article a quick read. Our conclusion: This guy has a huge set of stones…

Williams’ Lies Exceed Those Told by Fox News



By Leonard Pitts Jr., Columnist

Miami Herald — Feb. 12, 2015

There’s this speech I give my students. Distilled, it goes like this. “Your primary asset as a journalist is not your dogged curiosity, your talent for research or your ability to make prose sing on deadline. No, your one indispensable asset is your credibility. If you are not believable, nothing else matters.” Which brings us, inevitably, to Brian Williams. The “NBC Nightly News” anchor saw his career crumple like used Kleenex last week after he repeated one time too many a story he has been telling for years: how a U.S. military helicopter on which he was a passenger was shot down over Iraq in 2003.



NBC suspended Brian Williams as “Nightly
News” anchor for six months without pay.

But the man who was flight engineer on that copter said on Facebook that Williams was never on it. Instead, he was on the one trailing it. Williams apologized for conflating the two, blaming the “fog” of memory. The incident was remarkably similar to candidate Hillary Clinton’s false 2008 claim that she came under sniper fire as first lady during a 1996 visit to Bosnia. As it turns out, an American dignitary was shot at in Bosnia — just not Clinton. Rather, it was then-Sen. Olympia Snowe, six months before.

Then, as now, one is tempted to ascribe the lapse to false memory, that phenomenon where you recall with clarity things that never happened. Then, as now, one is hampered by the sheer drama of the events in question. A person may honestly misremember eating at a certain restaurant or seeing a given movie. But you’d think you’d be pretty clear on whether or not somebody almost killed you.

Fans of Fox “News,” at least to judge from my email queue, are having a ball with all this. I wrote a column a few weeks back blasting Fox for its habitual, ideology-driven inaccuracy. Attacking Fox is not for the faint of heart. Its viewers (like Rush Limbaugh’s listeners) tend to take it personally, responding with such a nasty, visceral outrage that a body might think you’d blasphemed their deity rather than criticized their news outlet. I savaged CNN in this space last year, and while some folks took issue, no one called me a “bleephole” or invited me to “bleep” myself. With Fox fans, that’s the salutation.

So this latest news brings a flood of email crowing over Williams’ troubles and demanding I give him equal treatment.

As I wrote in the aforementioned column, serious people do not take Fox seriously. Indeed, consider the level of angst, the sense of expectations betrayed, that has attended Williams’ failure and ask yourself: Would there be a similar outpouring if someone at Fox had told this whopper? Unlikely.

Fox is what Fox is, but its distortions and mendacities are generally only mistaken for gospel by a stratum of the electorate already predisposed to its bizarre world view. The rest of us like to think we can expect a higher standard from the old guard of the news media, meaning the likes of CBS, NBC and The New York Times. And usually we can.

But every time that belief is betrayed — meaning not garden variety errors of fact, but catastrophic failures of journalistic integrity — the damage is exponentially greater precisely because the level of trust is exponentially higher. Such failures feed the disaffection and cynicism of a politically polarized nation where the universally accepted fact is an endangered species.

It’s a state of affairs that makes it hard to run a country. Or to be one.

So people asking that I give Brian Williams equal treatment are missing the point. If, indeed, he lied, then his sins are not equal to Fox’s. They are worse.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a Miami Herald columnist.

We don’t recommend that you call Mr. Pitts a “bleephole” or invite him to “bleep” himself, but if you are a Fox News supporter and want to express your opinion, he can be reached at <lpitts@miamiherald.com>. And if you just want to know more about this “writer,” here’s his website: <http://www.leonardpittsjr.com/>.


 

OLD WORDS AND PHRASES REMIND US OF THE WAY WE WORD

This contribution from Bruce Fair in Kansas is an interesting read because it makes people our age appreciate where we have come from in terms of how we used to talk. Do you remember these words and phrases from your youth?

By Richard Lederer
(A remarkable linguist)

About a month ago, I illuminated old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included don’t touch that dial, carbon copy, you sound like a broken record and hung out to dry. A bevy of readers have asked me to shine light on more faded words and expressions, and I am happy to oblige:
 
Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie. We’d put on our best bib and tucker and straighten up and fly right. Hubba-hubba! We’d cut a rug in some juke joint and then go necking and petting and smooching and spooning and billing and cooing and pitching woo in hot rods and jalopies in some passion pit or lovers’ lane. Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! Holy moley! We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley, and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!
 
Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers. Oh, my aching back. Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.
 
Like Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle and Kurt Vonnegut’s Billy Pilgrim, we have become unstuck in time. We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, “I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!” or “This is a fine kettle of fish!” we discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.
 
Poof, poof, poof go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind. We blink, and they’re gone, evanesced from the landscape and wordscape of our perception, like Mickey Mouse wristwatches, hula hoops, skate keys, candy cigarettes, little wax bottles of colored sugar water and an organ grinder’s monkey.
 
Where have all those phrases gone? Long time passing. Where have all those phrases gone? Long time ago: Pshaw. The milkman did it. Think about the starving Armenians. Bigger than a bread box. Banned in Boston. The very idea! It’s your nickel. Don’t forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Turn-of-the-century. Iron curtain. Domino theory. Fail safe. Civil defense. Fiddlesticks! You look like the wreck of the Hesperus. Cooties. Going like sixty. I’ll see you in the funny papers. Don’t take any wooden nickels. Heavens to Murgatroyd! And awa-a-ay we go!

Oh, my stars and garters! It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter had liver pills.
 
This can be disturbing stuff, this winking out of the words of our youth, these words that lodge in our heart’s deep core. But just as one never steps into the same river twice, one cannot step into the same language twice. Even as one enters, words are swept downstream into the past, forever making a different river.
 
We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeful times. For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory. It’s one of the greatest advantages of aging. We can have archaic and eat it, too.

By the way, Bruce calls his home state (Kansas) the Land of Flat. Why? We heard that if you stand on a penny you can see Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado and Nebraska. 


 

SO WHERE DID THE TERM “PISS POOR” COME FROM?

We haven’t vetted the so-called facts in this piece about old sayings and cliches, but they all seem to make sense. Besides, it has traveled around the Internet and through Cyberspace for years and we have yet to read anything that refutes what is presented. The author is unknown.

Where did “Piss poor” come from? We older people need to learn something new every day just to keep our grey matter tuned up.

So just where did "Piss Poor" come from? Interesting history. Urine was once used to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot. Once it was full it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor."

But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot. If you "didn't have a pot to piss in" you were the lowest of the low.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500s:

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. But when they began to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of bathing in the nice clean water. Then came all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally the children. Last of all were the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water!"

Houses had thatched roofs — thick straw-piled high — with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs etc.) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery, and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt, and only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, "Dirt poor."

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on  the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was then placed in the entrance-way. Hence: the "threshhold."

(Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much in the way of meat. They would have the vegetable stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme: “Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could, “Bring home the bacon." They would sometimes cut off a little to share with guests and all would all sit around and “chew the fat.”

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, and for the next 400 years or so tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "the upper crust."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days, and
someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink while waiting to see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of "holding a wake."

England was old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. so they would dig up coffins and take the bones to a bone-house so they could reuse the grave. When reopening the coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized that some people had been buried alive. To remedy the situation they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground where it would be tied to a bell. Someone would then be assigned to sit out in the graveyard all night (hence the "graveyard shift") and listen for the bell; thus someone would be, “saved by the bell” on occasion or they would be "considered a dead ringer."

Now, whoever said History was boring?

Share these facts with a friend, and remember, inside every older person is a younger person wondering, "What the hell happened?"

Also remember that we'll be friends until we are old and senile, then we'll be new friends again.

And lastly, smile. It gives your face something to do!


 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
     
Feb. 2nd through the 10th

We are so excited to be in Los Angeles. Everyone says it’s so different out here, but it’s actually not that different from New York. For instance, the Spider-Man down on Hollywood Boulevard was just as drunk as the one in Times Square.

There's a lot of controversy out here over the recent Measles outbreak, because a lot of people never got any shots. Or as Kobe Bryant's teammates put it, “Been there.”

Everyone is still talking about the Super Bowl. The big story is undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler, who made the game-winning interception for the New England Patriots. Even Malcolm Butler said, "Who?"

Mitt Romney announced that he is no longer considering running for president in 2016. As opposed to those other guys who forgot about running — the Seattle Seahawks.

During an interview last weekend, President Obama was talking about the next race for president and refused to choose between Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, saying quote, “Love 'em both.” Which was nice until he said he’d support the nominee, regardless of who she is.

Yesterday Obama presented a $4 trillion budget that he says would help the middle class. Then the middle class said, “You know what? How about you just give us the $4 trillion? We'll figure out what to do with it.”

President Obama unveiled a $4 trillion budget for 2016 that would increase taxes on the wealthy and spend more money on education. He also made a snowball and put it in the oven, just to see which would last longer, his budget or the snowball.

Charles Manson's marriage license is expiring this week. Which means that he will have to reapply if he still wants to marry his girlfriend or, you know, he could just break the law.

Hillary Clinton is weighing in on the measles outbreak. She tweeted: "The Earth is round, the sky is blue, and vaccines work." She didn't stop there. She also tweeted, "Fire is hot, ice is cold, and the Seahawks should have handed the ball off to Marshawn Lynch."

The CDC announced that there are currently 102 measles cases in the U.S. Some say it’s because people aren't vaccinating their children. You can tell things are getting bad. Today Disneyland opened a new ride called "It's a Smallpox World.”

Remember that dancing shark from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show? A guy in Colorado actually got a tattoo of the shark. That story again: Weed is still legal in Colorado.

It's been a really fun four-day road trip, or what you guys would call "driving home from work."

Ferrari just debuted a new muscle car that can go from zero to 124 miles per hour in under nine seconds. Drivers here in L.A. said, "How fast can it go from zero to 3 miles an hour? Because that's really as fast as you can go here."

Last night was the long-awaited return of “The Walking Dead” — or as some people call it, "The 57th Annual Grammy Awards."

AC/DC received criticism after they used a teleprompter for their own song during the opening of the Grammys. I don't want to say they're getting old, but when they sing “Highway to Hell,” they leave their right blinker on the whole time.

Pharrell Williams won the Grammy for Best Music Video and Best Pop Solo Performance for his song “Happy.” When asked how he felt about the win, he said, “Content."

According to a recent survey, 12 percent of Americans say that it's fine to cheat a little on your taxes. While the other 88 percent know not to talk to a guy with a clipboard asking them if they cheat on their taxes.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning to make his first official state visit to the U.S. Although I’m worried it'll be a little awkward when he visits a school and says, “This factory is terrible.”

It was revealed that back in 2011 Michael Jordan was signing a poster for Obama’s 50th birthday but spelled the president’s name wrong. The president made sure Jordan's name was spelled right when he had him audited by the IRS.

We have “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson on the show tonight. In a new interview, her mom, actress Melanie Griffith, said she does not plan on seeing the movie. But in her defense, that's what everyone's mom is saying.

This week is the 10th anniversary of Google Maps. Or as 10-year-olds call them, “maps.”

Harper Lee, the author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," is publishing her second novel after a 55-year hiatus. This one is called "Mock 2: Mock Harder."

Boston postponed a victory celebration for the New England Patriots due to a record-breaking winter storm. The storm was supposed to hit Seattle but at the last second New England jumped in the way.

Jeb Bush admitted that he smoked a notable amount of pot in school. He said, "You would too if your parents had named you 'Jeb.'"

Tom Brady says he wants to give the truck he was given as the Super Bowl MVP to the guy who won the Super Bowl for the Patriots. So Brady's giving his truck to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Health officials are saying the number of measles cases that originated in Disneyland continues to grow. Which is why this year after the game the Super Bowl MVP shouted, "No way am I going to Disneyland!"

Staples has agreed to buy Office Depot for $6 billion. The funny thing is they just popped in there to buy envelopes and then they just got carried away.

Johnny Depp is getting married this weekend. It'll be a small wedding, just the people who saw "Mortdecai."

House Speaker John Boehner said the Republican Party will no longer stand in the way of gay marriage. Then Boehner said, "Now can I go to Elton John's Oscar party?"

Over 100 Native American tribes have expressed interest in growing marijuana. This is according to Native American spokesman "Relaxing Eagle."

Scientists have discovered that a 5,000-year-old mummy is covered with at least 60 tattoos. Scientists are calling him the earliest known member of the NBA.

Brian Williams of NBC News has admitted he embellished a story about being in a helicopter that was shot at in Iraq. Williams says the helicopter part was true, but it was a coin-operated helicopter outside of a Chuck E. Cheese in a bad part of Connecticut.

Did you watch the Grammys last night? There were some surprise winners. Brian Williams won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word in the fiction category. At least, I think he did. That's what he told me.

Last night at the Grammys, audience members reported smelling a lot of marijuana in the audience, which may explain why the Grammy for Best Song went to the jingle for Hot Pockets.

The inventor of the soy sauce dispenser bottle has passed away. He actually died months ago but was just found in the back of the fridge.

An old pair of shoes once owned by Justin Bieber has sold on eBay for $50,000. To be honest, they're a little tight on me.

Despite the Brian Williams lying scandal, NBC News led in the ratings last week. Although I should note the figures were reported by Brian Williams.

There's a rumor that NBC is going to have Tom Brokaw fill in temporarily as the NBC News anchor. When asked why, a network spokesperson said, "Because the only other NBC person we have is Bill Cosby."

It's been reported that Beyoncé wore $10 million worth of jewels to the Grammys. When asked why, Beyoncé said, "I didn't want to bring the good stuff."

Two members of the Village People are in court to battle over who wrote some of their hits, like "YMCA." It's the landmark case of Cop vs. Indian Chief.

Wasn't that crazy, the Super Bowl? It was so exciting, what I did when the Domino's guy showed up, I gave him a huge tip to stay and watch the game with me.

If you're a Seahawks fan, that game was more depressing than that nationwide insurance commercial.

I think the Seahawks should have given the ball to Marshawn Lynch. That would have shut him up. Katy Perry could have run it in for a touchdown.

In addition to being the winning Super Bowl quarterback, Tom Brady now has a brand-new pickup truck. I guess we'll have to sit through the whole thing about whether his tires are properly inflated.

Big bulletin from Phoenix: Katy Perry's robotic tiger is loose in downtown Phoenix.

Over 114 million people watched the Super Bowl. No wonder I had nobody to talk to about "Downton Abbey."

Charles Manson was going to get married. He's 80 years old, and serving a life sentence in prison. Well, the marriage is off. And today I saw that his profile was back on eHarmony.

Mitt Romney is not going to run for president. Mitt said it's time for fresh faces. So that's good news for Bruce Jenner.

Lance Armstrong and his girlfriend were out at a party and he accidentally banged into two parked cars. So then he told the cops that his girlfriend was driving. That's the kind of thing that can hurt the man's image.

Cops took Lance Armstrong downtown and frisked him — or as they call it, the "Tour de Lance."

Mitt Romney is not going to be running for president. So you know what that means. We are getting closer and closer to “President Trump.”

I like Mitt Romney. He looks like the guy who comes with the picture frame.

Earlier today I read that drinking whiskey can cure a cold. I was fighting a cold last night until 4 a.m. Do you know what I'm saying?

Over the weekend, Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and his girlfriend plowed into a parked car. The cops got them but Lance talked his girlfriend into saying she was driving and she took the rap. They wrote her a ticket. DWI — driving with an idiot.

Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars. In legal parlance that's known as a "Double Lohan."

The world's oldest man turned 112. I'll tell you something — at 112 years old, even that guy could have carried the ball and scored for the Seahawks.

Welcome to the program. And here we are again in the beautiful Ed Sullivan Theater where 51 years ago the Beatles made their first appearance. Right here, 51 years ago — now look what you get.

If you remember the Beatles, then you should ask your doctor if Cialis is right for you.

The only good thing to know about Charles Manson is he's in prison for the rest of his life. He was going to get married. Well, guess what? The marriage has been called off. Well, what happened? The bride finally Googled him.

Manson decided he wasn't ready to get married after talking it over with the voices in his head.

Big night at the Grammys — most of the conversation backstage was about the merger of Staples and Office Depot. As long as I can still get a clipboard and a hole puncher, that's all I care about.

At the White House today was Angela Merkel from Germany. She showed up riding on a huge robotic tiger.

President Obama met with Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel. She was at the Grammys last night visiting her daughter Iggy Merkel.

The AARP — the American Association of Retired Persons — has a magazine that comes out once a month. You know who reads that magazine? Old people and their parents.

Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush has released all of his emails. I'd like to release all of my emails. I've got nothing but emails about low-cost funerals and Viagra.

Pope Francis is going to go to Washington, D.C., to address Congress. He believes the New England Patriots have been deflating his giant hat.

Justin Bieber turned 21. This is great. The kid will finally get to have his first beer.

Neil Armstrong's widow was going through his closet and she found a bunch of things that he brought back with him from the moon, including some souvenirs. And I thought: Wait a minute, there's a gift shop on the moon?

Did you know that today is National Weatherpersons Day? No, you didn't. Even weatherpersons don't know that it's National Weatherpersons Day.

This is the day when we pay tribute to the men and women who bravely stand out in the middle of the most brutal winter storms, risking their lives for absolutely no reason whatsoever. And for National Weatherpersons Day, everything I say tonight will be half wrong.

Starbucks is going to start carrying coconut milk. If you want to stay competitive in the coffee business you've got to consistently provide your customers with new ways to make their orders more annoying.

Girl Scout Cookie season goes until March. What are the ethics of setting your daughter up to sell cookies outside a medical marijuana store?

Iggy Azalea had a rough weekend. Not only didn't she win a Grammy, but she's in a fight with Papa John's pizza. She ordered a pizza and the delivery guy gave her phone number to his friends. You know you're a white rapper when your big beef is with Papa John's.

They're saying this is the biggest rapper's pizza feud since Chuck D. versus Chuck E. back in '91.

Rosie O'Donnell is leaving "The View" again. She treats that show like it's a time share in San Diego.

Rosie says she's leaving "The View" to focus on her health. She said her doctors were concerned about all the stress that working an hour a day puts on the body.

According to a new report, almost 100 percent of connected cars — cars with bluetooth and the smart things in them — are vulnerable to hackers. The hackers can steal your data and control your vehicle. In other words, there's never been a better time to own a 2002 Windstar.

Toyota is testing a new car that's slightly smaller than a person. They call it a fusion of a motorcycle and electric compact car. It sounds like this car could be totaled by a squirrel.

The movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" is showing on 75 IMAX screens across the country. Sorry kids, but the new SpongeBob movie had to move to the little theater so your mom and aunt can have dirty time together.

An amazing Super Bowl last evening. The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks both defeated the Seattle Seahawks.

It really was an incredible game. And even though the Patriots won, you really have to hand it to Marshawn Lynch. Don't think about it. Just hand it to Marshawn Lynch.

Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP and was given a new Chevy truck. Brady says the truck handles great, especially after he let some air out of the tires.

According to a new study, 1 in 3 children in the United States have divorced parents. While the other two-thirds are the only reason their parents are staying together.

Harper Lee announced today that she will release a sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird,” which was published in 1960. Apparently she releases a new book every time the measles comes back.

I think the sequel to "To Kill a Mockingbird” might be a little gimmicky though, because the new book is called, “Atticus Finch and the Goblet of Fire.”

Kim Kardashian said during a Q & A yesterday that she'd like to take a selfie with Jesus. Though I think most people would say that Jesus has suffered enough.

The marriage license for Charles Manson and his 26-year-old bride is set to expire unless they get married by Thursday. I don't know. If I were Charles Manson and a girl wanted to marry me, I might think that's a red flag.

The city of Boston today held its Super Bowl victory parade. Meanwhile, the city of Seattle held Seahawks coach Pete Carroll out a window by his ankles.

Staples has reached a deal to buy Office Depot for $6.3 billion. While RadioShack has reached a deal to buy an old futon on Craigslist.

The new Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue comes out next week. That's especially exciting news for guys who don't know about the Internet.

Last weekend a Washington, D.C. couple allegedly left their toddlers in a freezing car for an hour while they were at a wine tasting. The couple has been described as neglectful with notes of endangerment and a lazy reprehensible finish.

At today’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama and the Dalai Lama avoided a direct meeting. Uh-oh, sounds like there may be some Obama-Lama drama.

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Leroy Guion was arrested this week with 357 grams of marijuana, an unloaded gun, and nearly $200,000 in cash in his car during a traffic stop. And you know what that means — the NFL offseason has officially begun.

Researchers have found that there are more than 15,000 types of genetic material found on New York City subways. This beats the previous record held by Aerosmith’s tour bus.

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll admitted this week that he's cried and lost sleep thinking about his controversial pass call at the Super Bowl. He just keeps running it over and over in his head. Well, actually he keeps passing it over and over.

The Grammys were last night. It's the one night of the year where fans both young and old gather around their TVs to say, "Who is that?

Charles Manson and his fiancee have called off their engagement after he found out that she had plans to put his body on public display after his death. Man, it's like every time he meets a girl, she turns out to be crazy.

Samsung is warning customers that their new line of smart TVs can collect and share personal information — and yet they still cut off the recording of your favorite show 30 seconds before the end.

A woman in Florida gave birth to a baby weighing in at 14.1 pounds. So I guess the question is: a baby what?

After the Northeast was hit with a second major snowstorm yesterday, meteorologists are predicting even more snow will come on Thursday. So I think we all know what we have to do. We have to kill that groundhog.

Starbucks has confirmed that saxophone star Kenny G. helped create the Frappuccino. And that, by the way, was voted the world's whitest sentence ever uttered.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JAN. 24, 2015

 



Did Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady give a truck he won for being the Super
Bowl MVP to teammate Malcolm Butler for making the game winning interception? 

Click HERE to view the Feb. 7th Snopes update.


 

We've been waiting patiently for the Capitol Steps to come out with a new political parody, and one has finally arrived. In this new one, Nancy Pelosi sings "Master of the House, Harry Reid sings "I Will Survive" and Ted Cruz assisted by Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin sing "A Hard Days Night.” Click on the link below to view it. (4:41)



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With the advent of the high-definition GoPro video camera that can be mounted virtually anywhere, it’s no surprise that spectacular footage can be captured inside and outside of an F/A-18 Super Hornet during carrier operations. Climb aboard and enjoy THIS ultimate E-Ticket ride courtesy of Bruce Morton. (5:34)





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Speaking of flying, could THIS electronic billboard advertising British Air in London’s Piccadilly Circus be the cleverest of all time? It is certainly one of a kind. (2:12)





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When a hot chase ends in a collision here in California, the victims are usually stunned and sit around wondering what happened. In Texas, the victims get pissed and mete out justice. Watch the reaction of the female who’s minivan was struck by the bad guy at the conclusion of THIS recent chase in Dallas. (2:05)


 

 

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If you didn’t quite get your fill from this year’s Super Bowl, perhaps this clip will serve as an after-game dessert. We’re talking about some amazing trick shots with a football. (4:16)





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It shouldn’t surprise anyone that there would be hell to pay when Hitler learned about Pete Carroll’s call that cost the Seahawks the Super Bowl. THIS is the latest Hitler parody courtesy of my brother-in-law. (3:48)





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This kid seems to have mastered the technique of tight video editing, camera tricks and using magic software that is available on the Internet. Have a LOOK at some of the tricks he can perform, courtesy of Alice Murphy. (6:57).





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If I was at the controls of THIS locomotive I’m quite certain I would feel the pucker factor set in when the flying snow completely obliterated my view out the windshield, especially if I knew I was approaching a railroad crossing. (3:08)


You can bet that the guy standing outside on front of the locomotive below doesn’t stay there throughout the trip in THIS clip. (2:01)





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The occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. would probably not approve of this video received from Bob Moir. While Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands was attending a concert at a music hall in the capitol (The Hague), the conductor, who was Muslim, proceeded to give her a lecture on the “beauty of Islam.” Shortly after he began, the entire orchestra refused to be associated with someone who would lecture their Queen and WALKED off stage. And a short time after that the staff from the music hall escorted the conductor off the stage as well.





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Even if you caught this story on the news earlier this week, it’s such a good one that it should be worth reviewing since there aren’t a lot of uplifting stories that come out of Detroit. Besides, THIS is the full 3-minute story, not just a 60-second snippet.





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Skip THIS item received from Harry Mullins if you suffer from acrophobia (fear of heights). It’s similar to other videos we have included in the past, but this one is a little more terrifying than the others in our opinion. (2:07)





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Tough crowd. By actual count, this image of Bruce before-and-after showed up in our inbox from 13 readers this week...



Really tough crowd. We also received over a dozen emails with various photos that show some of the many stories covered by NBC’s Brian Williams during his shortened career. Here are a few examples of what came in...















 

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To illustrate how dense I can be at times, I was over a minute into THIS video received from Tom Macris before I realized it was a spoof about a modified iPhone 5S. (Mine is sitting in its charger on my kitchen counter.) Tom said “I don’t know how to feel about this. Should we laugh?” I for one am not! (3:39)





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It also took me a few moments to realize that this video about a gym designed for millennials was also a spoof, at least for now. I would wager that it won’t be long before THIS gym is more the rule than the exception. (1:29)





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You Glock owners may be interested in THIS video about the fully automatic Glock 18c if you haven’t already seen it. Even if you could legally procure one in California, how long a burst could you get out of a 10-round magazine since anything larger is illegal? (4:13)





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Pop Quiz: Using a Smith & Wesson .44 Mag and shooting these water balloons from the end with a .250 grain bullet, how many balloons would it take to stop the bullet? You may or may not be surprised by the answer. Click HERE to play the video received from Chuck Blackmore. (3:26)





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Staying on topic for a moment, we watched THIS clip from Alice Murphy twice and still find it difficult to believe. The question is, which of the four desserts noted below is bulletproof, if any? The weapon used appears to be a Remington 870 shotgun loaded with slugs. Care to take a guess? (3:51)





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According to Mike Davis, “Those of you who don’t know what a manual engine choke and straight pipes are can leave now. THIS was not a trick taught by the Boy or Girl Scouts on how to start a fire.” (0:32)





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Put on your detective's hat for a moment and see if you can determine how THIS dog owner figured out which of his furry pets made the big mess. (1:11)





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This is one of the most inhumane videos we have posted in the Farsider in months. Just look at the tortured face of THIS little French Bulldog. Someone call PETA. (1:08)





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THIS canine on the other side of The Pond must be part feline because it appears that he or she must have multiple lives. (1:59)





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And that brings us to THIS short but enjoyable musical clip about animals that are FRIENDS, but oh so different. (1:02)





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Does THIS clip received from Dewey Moore represent one of the most impressive aquatic dolphin shows ever caught on tape? You be the judge. (4:24)





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Think back. Didn’t you know someone like this guy back in high school or college? If you didn’t, could it be that it's because he reminds you of YOU? Just askin'. (1:50)





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You would be hard pressed to find a fisherman with a bigger heart than this guy. Click HERE and we think you may agree. (1:28)

 

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If you stand still the camera won’t notice you, right? Well keep your eye on the GAL in blue behind the TV reporter. (0:29)


 


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Short videos like THIS 43-second clip titled “Exploring the Power of Perspective” are always fun to watch because they can fool my brain. Then again, it doesn’t take much to fool ours.





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We have to agree with Chuck Blackmore. If THIS is an example of Common Core that some politicians want to Federalize, they can take it and shove it where the sun doesn’t shine. (1:21)





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This is another contribution from Chuck Blackmore that we found interesting, so much so that we are calling it a “Must-See.” It’s a segment from NBC’s “Rock Center,” the title of which is “This Teenager Will Revolutionize Nuclear Power.” Don’t be put off by the image that first appears on the screen. All the discredited Brian Wilson does is introduce Harry Smith who narrates THE CLIP about the kid genius named Taylor Wilson, who built his own nuclear reactor at the age of 14. (9:28)





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If you are a gearhead (car freak) the hundreds of links to historical automotive movies and ads on this website received from Joe Suske could keep you busy for days. But note the following:

Sorry, movies won't play on many mobile devices due to OS restrictions. So enjoy the shows on a desktop computer. Some movies have pop up ads. It's not always possible to turn them off. Some will eventually disappear or dim. Don't let them distract you. Pause may be disabled too. Image quality and interruptions depend on your local bandwidth. To replay the movie, simply reload/refresh the page. Click on the tow truck to return here.

Click HERE to access the site.

 

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Want to see how seriously some cameramen take their job? THIS ad that kicked off France’s football (soccer) season aired on French TV last Sept. (0:58)





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I used to be amazed back in the '80s looking over the shoulder of Police Artist Tom Macris and watch him make magic with a pad and pencil when we were collaborating on the Cops-a-Field cartoons. I suspect that even someone as talented as Tom would be impressed with THIS artist and his two-handed time lapse rendering. (2:51)





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If you recognize the image below of Norman Rockwell’s 1958 Saturday Evening Post magazine cover he titled “The Runaway,” you may want to click HERE and enjoy the rest of his work. Our thanks to Joanne McDougall for sending us the link.

 

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Pictured below is 91-year-old Olivia Turner who wowed the judges and audience on New Zealand’s Got Talent. Click HERE to see why. (2:56)





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It’s highly unlikely that the 91-year-old in the video above can relate to the following item received from Jim Silvers…
 
Reporter interviewing a 93-year-old woman: 'And what do you think is the best thing about being 104?' the reporter asked. She simply replied, 'No peer pressure.'

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I've sure gotten old! I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded and subject to blackouts. I have bouts with dementia, poor circulation and can hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. I can't remember if I'm 85 or 92 and have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my Florida driver's license.

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I very quietly confided to my best friend that I was having an affair. She turned to me and asked, 'Are you having it catered'? And that is the definition of "OLD"

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My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be.

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Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.

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It's scary when you start making the same noises as your coffee maker.

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These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, 'For fast relief.'

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I don't want to brag or make anyone jealous or anything, but I can still fit
into the socks I wore in high school.
 

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We are closing the Farsider this week with something truly spectacular that was received from — not a surprise — Alice Murphy. Mega kudos to whoever produced this Hi-Def video of spectacular scenery with various musicians making isolated appearances while “Ode to Joy” plays in the background. If you don’t find THIS enjoyable you may hail from a different planet than we do. (4:32)





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Cheers!


Pic of the Week

We can confirm that the Patriots are not at
   all happy with their new Super Bowl rings...




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