June 28, 2012
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
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The following June 20th
NBC Bay Area news report puts context to last week's POA Membership Alert about
the Long Beach POA President stating in a letter, "There is no way in good
conscience that I could recommend your department to anyone."
• • • • •
This story from the S.F.
Chronicle arrived too late for last Thursday's Farsider, but it's worth a read
anyway. Keep in mind that San Diego's pension measure that passed by a 2 to 1
margin (ours was more like 3 to 1), and the means in which it made it onto the
June 5 ballot, wasn't exactly like San Jose's, but there are similarities.
San Diego Pension Measure Under
By Bob Egelko
Chronicle June 20, 2012
A state appeals court on Tuesday called into question
the validity of cutbacks in San Diego employee pensions approved by the city's
voters two weeks ago, ordering a hearing before a state labor board on whether
the initiative was a collusive city-engineered effort designed to avoid union
State law requires local governments to meet and confer with labor unions before
enacting measures that affect union members' rights. San Diego officials
conducted no such negotiations before the passage of the pension measure,
Proposition B, because it was placed on the ballot as an initiative, with
But unions contended the measure was actually the brainchild of San Diego Mayor
Jerry Sanders, who, with the help of other city officials, allegedly used
private citizens as fronts to dodge the city's obligations to its workers.
Tuesday's ruling by the Fourth District Court of Appeal allows the state Public
Employment Relations Board to hold a hearing on that question and potentially
invalidate Prop. B. Any such decision would be subject to court review.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, who supported Prop. B and defended it in court,
said the ruling could be destructive to the initiative process.
If the courts ultimately decide that Sanders' support converted Prop. B into a
city-sponsored ballot measure, Goldsmith said, the same rationale could be used
to invalidate other initiatives endorsed by public officials - for example, the
November state tax initiative that Gov. Jerry Brown is sponsoring because he
can't get the two-thirds legislative vote required for a tax increase.
Union attorney Ann Smith disagreed. A city's duty to negotiate over laws
affecting workers' rights have "no comparison" to the two-thirds vote
requirement for tax legislation, said Smith, who represents the 3,500-member San
Diego Municipal Employees Association.
Prop. B, approved by a 2-to-1 margin June 5, places a five-year freeze on pay
levels used to determine pension benefits and shifts newly hired workers, except
for police, into 401(k) retirement plans, in which benefit levels are not
guaranteed and city contributions may be limited.
Also on June 5, and by an even wider margin, San Jose voters approved a
differently drafted but equally far-reaching pension-reduction measure. That
measure, however, was placed on the ballot by the City Council after
negotiations with unions, which opposed it.
Business and anti-tax groups hailed the two votes as models for the state and
The appeals court did not decide whether San Diego's Prop. B was a
city-sponsored measure, but said a union had presented "some evidence" for that
Smith, the union's lawyer, said Sanders announced the proposal in a January 2011
speech, put it together with the help of City Council members, the city attorney
and conservative groups, and recruited three private citizens to put their names
on it. It was "a very precise subversion" of the law requiring a city to
negotiate with unions on measures affecting workers' rights, she said.
Goldsmith, the city's lawyer, derided the accusation as a "new theory ...
concocted" by the labor board to justify its preordained decision to overturn
• • • • •
Should the Mercury News
and Chuck Reed get a room? We thought that was a legitimate question given this
article from the front page of last Sunday's paper that comes close to
canonizing the Mayor...
Mayor Makes His Mark with
—Reed puts San
Jose in spotlight by placing budget before unions—
By John Woolfolk
Mercury News — June 24, 2012
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed’s phone has been ringing a
lot lately: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, Fox, Vanity Fair and
mayors from Los Angeles to Louisville.
Reed ran for mayor in 2006 with an unremarkable budget-balancing agenda for a
city perhaps best known in song as a city you might not know the way to, even if
it is the nation’s 10th largest.
Now his sweeping pension reform measure has put San Jose on the national map
with its overwhelming voter approval this month, drawing interest from city
officials across the country who see Reed as a leader in grappling with a
national epidemic of employee retirement bills that outpace revenues.
“It’s being watched closely,” said Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville, Ky. He
leads a U.S. Conference of Mayors committee looking at pension problems, and
called going to voters for pension cuts that unions refused a bold but
“realistic” move. “You’ve got to change something here, or you’re going to go
out of business,” he said.
San Jose City Mayor Chuck
Reed’s pension reform
angered many of the city’s unionized workers.
National publications touted Reed’s measure, a similar
one in San Diego and the failed recall of Wisconsin’s governor as signs of voter
backlash against unions resisting cuts to generous government perks. A Vanity
Fair piece featured Reed with former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the fire
chief in bankrupted Vallejo as leaders struggling with governments that promised
more than they can now afford.
Reed, 63, with 2½ years left in office, admits the eye-glazing matter of pension
reform wasn’t his top choice for leaving a political mark. Politicians like to
leave things for people to admire, like his predecessor who built the new City
Hall with its landmark glass rotunda.
Reed opposed the new building because of its high cost.
But when asked why he’s taking point on efforts to pare back public employee
pensions, Reed hearkens back to his Vietnam War-era military career in the Air
Force, something that has shaped his persona.
“Duty, honor, country,” he said in his top-floor office, where the Air Force
“I didn’t pick this as a reason to get involved in government,” Reed continued.
“But it landed on my desk, and I have to deal with it. I want to hand off a City
Hall that’s fiscally sound and solid to the next mayor.”
Reed’s critics include the city’s unionized workers, retirees and fellow
Democrats who have long linked arms with organized labor and see Reed as a
Republican in donkey drag. To current and retired city workers, he’s like the
government leaders who broke treaties with tribal chiefs.
“It takes a certain mayor and City Council to say we’re just going to renege on
what we promised people,” said Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police
Officers’ Association. “They don’t have a whole lot of honor.”
But Lexington, Ky., Mayor Jim Gray, who had read about Reed in Vanity Fair and
called him for advice after the Measure B vote, sees Reed as an inspiration.
“He’s had the courage and determination to hang in there for years and wrestle a
bear of a problem to the ground,” Gray said.
Other cities have taken on pension reform, but Reed’s Measure B went further and
still was approved by nearly 70 percent of voters June 5.
San Francisco passed a measure last year that enjoyed labor and business
backing. Unland said that San Francisco’s cooperative problem-solving is in
stark contrast to Reed’s “my way or the highway” approach.
“Arrogant is the word that comes to mind,” Unland said. “We wanted to tackle
these issues, as long as it was collaborative. But that word isn’t in the
But critics dismiss San Francisco’s pension measure as token reform.
Reed’s measure challenges assumptions rooted in California court decisions that
government employee pensions are untouchable for the remainder of their careers.
Unions sued the morning after it passed, and Reed concedes its ultimate success
is up to the courts. As a lawyer, he’s convinced the city’s case is sound.
Reed’s willingness to risk a legal fight others have avoided reflects a
righteousness evident since childhood. Born in 1948, Charles Rufus Reed is the
son of a heavy-equipment operator from Mississippi with an eighth-grade
education who settled in Kansas after World War II. The family struggled
financially and lived in public housing, with young Reed working jobs digging
ditches, shoveling gravel, and driving bulldozers and big rigs. Christianity
became a lifelong foundation.
Reed drew inspiration from the civil rights movement and never shied away from
taking a stand. He’s told of fighting a kid in second grade for “calling my
friend the N-word.” The civil-rights struggles, he has said, made him skeptical
of those who like the segregationists were “absolutely convinced they were
right.” In high school, Reed was an “A” student, class president and played on a
championship basketball team. He chose the Air Force Academy because it was the
toughest challenge he could find.
He met his wife, Paula, a nursing student, on a blind date in 1968, and has
called her work with cancer patients tougher than his. Reed earned graduate
degrees at Princeton and Stanford universities, then settled in San Jose, where
he practiced environmental and land-use law.
Reed won a City Council seat in 2000 representing San Jose’s northern district
and became the council’s fiscal and ethical scold, clashing with then-Mayor Ron
Gonzales over spending and lobbyist influence.
As a mayoral candidate, Reed promised honesty, fiscal responsibility and open
government, campaigning as the anti-Gonzales whose administration was caught up
in a trash-contracting scandal. Reed was elected overwhelmingly over the vice
mayor, Cindy Chavez, who was endorsed by nearly all of Reed’s council colleagues
and is now a labor leader.
Four years later, despite championing tax hikes, cutting services and clashing
with unions over concessions to close budget deficits, Reed cruised to
re-election over token opponents.
His overwhelming success in repeated citywide elections — from tax measures to
an arbitration rights battle with police and firefighters — is notable for a man
seen as lacking a politician’s easy charm. He’s said to have told staffers after
a dashing San Francisco mayor was caught up in a sex scandal that his lack of
charisma has its upsides. Other observers say it’s part of his appeal.
“Whatever you want to say about Chuck Reed, he’s a no-nonsense guy,” said San
Jose State political science professor Larry Gerston. “There’s an unusual candor
that comes out of Reed. Sometimes you don’t like what he says or the way he says
it because it’s not polished and blunt. But you don’t feel like he’s holding
back much. Reed’s meat-and- potatoes approach to solving the spending problem is
one that people heard.”
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Then there was this
piece about a former POA president from the weekly "Internal Affairs" column in
last Sunday's paper...
FOP Newsletter Takes Aim at San
Jose Police Chief
Ever since he left his post as the head of the San Jose Police Officers’
Association and formed a competing local of the Fraternal Order of Police, San
Jose Police Sgt. Bobby Lopez has been searching for a bully pulpit.
In a recent FOP newsletter, Lopez wrote a scathing evaluation of Police Chief
Chris Moore, saying “the day to day operations of the San Jose Police Department
are in shambles.”
Lopez accused Moore of following a “good old boy system” in promotions, putting
undue emphasis on monitoring officers for misconduct, and not standing up for
cops who work off-duty “pay jobs” on top of their police work to boost their
“Your actions do not show a loyalty to the officers you command,” Lopez wrote.
What Lopez didn’t say is that Moore has one of the toughest jobs in town. Amid a
fiscal crisis at City Hall, the chief has to navigate a tricky path between
community demands and his troops’ interests.
Moore says he has hired a diverse top command staff and tried to speed up
internal investigations, which languished under his predecessor. And he explains
that he has sought to preserve pay jobs for young officers laid off.
“Consider the source,” Moore told IA when we showed him the letter. “I
appreciate the feedback, but the view is a little different from the top.”
Ed. — A Google search for the FOP newsletter
in question was unsuccessful.
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As I read the Farsider, I notice that some retirees continue to write in
regarding the annual 3 percent Cost of Living Adjustment. Several issues ago I
wrote in explaining the history of the COLA. If it helps, let's go through it
During the 2000 negotiations, the City, POA and Local 230 (Fire) met with the
Actuary for the Retirement Fund. We discovered at that meeting that we (police
and fire) had been paying a full 3 percent as part of our contribution rate in
exchange for a full 3 percent COLA upon retirement. This created a real battle
with the City, but ultimately the Council gave in and voted for its approval.
And yes then-Councilman Chuck Reed was part of the 'Yes' vote.
Prior to that vote, as many are aware, retirees had received a percentage of the
COLA based on the annual Bay Area cost of living index. It is my opinion that
through this banking system, many retirees were short-changed prior to the 2000
contract that resulted in the automatic 3 percent COLA.
Aside from that, I also believe that in the on-going fight with the City over
our benefits, our Retirees' Association made a mistake by going along with the
City's potential 5-year window of withholding the automatic 3 percent COLA if
economic circumstances called for it. The City's language allows it to claim a
"fiscal emergency" which, in effect, could bring our COLA to halt. Although I
respect the hard work our Retirees' Assn. has put into this fight, we should not
accept a potential change in benefits which ultimately impacts active members.
Should the City freeze the COLA for 5 years, active members of the Dept. who
retire within that window would be similarly impacted.
Unfortunately, we do not have the ability as retirees to "meet and confer" with
the City over our benefits, and I do not feel it is wise to suggest a change in
benefits to the POA membership that does have the ability to vote and alter
benefits we enjoy as retirees.
Prior to former POA President George Beattie's retirement I wrote him to explain
my opinion that any benefit currently enjoyed by the retirees is the
responsibility of the POA to defend. I still believe this is the case.
Currently, the Retirees' Assn. is asking for a dues increase to cover the cost
of a possible legal challenge against the City should an attempt be made to
alter our benefits. This is no doubt a noble gesture; however, I am disturbed
that far less than half of our current retirees pay dues.
I believe that all of our labor organizations should be protecting any and all
benefits that affect both current members and retirees.
SJPOA President, 1994-2001
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It truly pains me to read what is happening to our department. My prayers and
thoughts are with you all as you are staying in the good fight.
Larry retired 3 years ago with the City of Rapid City Airport, made the Rule of
85; years of age plus service equals 85. I made the Rule with the State
retirement two years ago and will have 30 years this October. Retirement is this
year. We called Larry’s parents in Hollister and they advised NOT to move back
home. We are taking their advice. Like the old saying goes “You can never go
South Dakota is a right to work state, therefore they can’t bust the unions out
here because they are pretty much non-existent. Police and Fire are Teamsters
while other city employees are AFSCME. If it wasn’t for the union conducting a
nationwide airport cost comparison Larry wouldn’t retire with a $17/hour wage,
which is what he earned as a rough framer in 1982. Unfortunately for me, when
DCI cut my position in 1999 and moved it to Pierre, there were no PD jobs
available, so I hired on at South Dakota's School of Mines at $8.01/hr. In 1982
when we moved to SD I $9/hr.
Bottom line: After 30 years of working in this state Larry retires with the same
wage he earned in 1982, and I’ll increase my wage by a couple dollars.
Disgusting, but we need to look at the bright side of things — we each have a
full state retirement and, coupled with early Social Security, we’ll be able to
put food on the table and a roof over our heads. My heart goes out to all the
young families that are trying to survive in this economy.
Annie was diagnosed with a cancerous liver tumor through a C-scan; she traveled
to Sioux Falls, SD and an MRI proved the tumor to be benign. She is still on the
Mayo liver transplant list.
Give my best to Leroy. Hopefully some day we can attend the Keith Kelley BBQ,
perhaps next year when we make a trip out to Hollister. And, of course, we
always stop by the Egan Ranch in Morgan Hill.
All my best,
Good hearing from you, Marie. It's hard to
believe it's been 30 years since you left the SJPD. We'll say a silent prayer
that a donor match can be found for Annie.
• • • • •
Rex Newburn was, by any standard, by any measure, the hardest working and
dedicated Police Sergeant that San Jose PD ever had or will have. He came in
early, went home late, reviewed every report his officers wrote, and looked
after them like a hen looking after its chicks. He suffered no fools.
• • • • •
Dear Bill, Fellow Vets and Brothers and Sisters of the
On June 22-23, I was asked to pilot a restored UH-1H Huey Helicopter, previously
of the US Army's 25th Battalion. This particular helicopter was deployed to
Vietnam in the '60s and '70s before moving on to fly in Korea. From Korea she
came back to the states and was assigned to various Nat'l. Guard Units until she
was transferred to the Anderson County Sheriff''s Department in South Carolina.
When the S/O sold her to a private party she wound up here in California.
Two businessmen in Concord ended up buying the ship and sending her off to
Washington State for a refit to its original Army configuration. She now flies
around the Bay Area supporting various veteran events. This is where I come in.
Since my retirement from the PD back in '05 I've been very active in the
aviation community. Earlier this month I received a telephone call from a
retired FAA buddy and was asked to pilot the ship to the Annual Vietnam
Helicopter Crew Members Association gathering in Reno. I jumped at the chance,
of course, and immediately started to study the Army -10 Operations Manual. A
few days later my check-out ride went smooth and I was ready.
I arrived at Buchanan Field in Concord at 0700 for the 0900 launch to Reno. I
met Dave, the current Crew Chief, and Pancho Salazar the former Crew Chief. In
fact, Pancho was the Crew Chief of this helicopter in Vietnam from 15 December
1967 to 22 August 1969. The owners were able to track him down in Dallas, Texas,
and Pancho flew in to crew on the helicopter for the reunion.
During the pre-flight inspection I didn't realize that
Pancho hadn't seen this helicopter since leaving Vietnam back in '69. He
assisted me for the hour long pre-flight as if he did it on a daily basis. As we
readied the ship for departure, Pancho made sure all my straps were secure,
double checked my door latches, cleared the left side of the ship for me and
said, "Crew is ready for departure, Sir." I was impressed!
As we touched down at Reno-Stead Airport one hour and 50 minutes later I noted
that Pancho left the ship as soon as I went 'flat-pitch' for the two-minute cool
down of the turbine. I thought this was odd as he was so efficient up to that
point. There were about 150 people on the ramp waiting for us when I saw Pancho
embrace a 60+ year-old man standing in front of the crowd. It was at that point
that the owner of the helicopter, who was seated behind me, told me that Pancho
flew in for this event from Dallas and that he was meeting the crew chief of his
sister ship whom he hadn't seen since being 'in-country' in 1969. Those two
fellows hugged and cried in each others arms for at least 5 full minutes. I
could hardly see the gauges on the instrument panel due to my flooded eyes. When
I finally exited the ship there was not a dry eye on the ramp.
We refueled the ship and flew 4 sorties giving rides to vets. I can't explain in
words what I saw in the eyes of those ride-alongs as they entered before and
exited after the flight. The best explanation I can offer is that I saw old men
get onto the aircraft, and later saw a bunch of 19- and 20-year-olds exit.
At the banquet that night we all had a great time. The Army guys treated this
old Air Force weenie as if I was one of them.
The next morning our intent was to depart Reno-Stead and fly to a private strip
in Yuba County where we would meet a group of Desert Storm/Iraq/Afghan vets. The
weather was horrible across the Sierra, so we had to wait it out for 3 hours
before we could depart. During that three hour period Pancho and his old partner
sat in the back of the Huey by themselves. The rest of us sat in the pilot's
lounge and gave them the alone time that they needed.
Siller Bros. Field
We finally made it to Yuba County and landed on the
Siller Bros. Sky Crane helicopter pad(s). Nearby is a Duck Club that donates
time at its facility to vets. This was an outreach program for Vietnam vets to
counsel the younger troops of the later campaigns. We had a great lunch, after
which the vets were bussed to the Huey. One of the senior vets is also a local
crop-duster who uses a Huey to spray rice fields in the Sutter-Butte areas. I
moved over to the SIC (second in command) seat and Jim, the vet Duster-Pilot,
took the controls. I never knew that a Huey was capable of such maneuvers. One
is called 'return-to-target," which is basically a crop-duster turn to evenly
spray the farm field. Jim gave the young vets a glimpse into what it was like to
fly low over the wet fields of Vietnam's deltas.
We said goodbye to the young vets and departed for Concord. Once on the deck,
Pancho helped us secure the ship. I ended the day by giving everyone a hug and
thanking them for allowing me to share the experience with them.
John P. Quayle,
SJPD 1977-2005 — USAF 1968-1972
John Quayle Aviation Services Co.
333 West Jack London Blvd, Hangar 289
Livermore, CA 94551
Good story, John. If former SJPD Officer Russ
Jones wasn't present at the reunion, he should have been. His story about
becoming an Army helicopter pilot and serving in Vietnam in the first half of
his book — "Honorable Intentions" — is as compelling as the last half that
details his work as an SJPD undercover narcotics officer in the '70s. (The book
is available on Amazon.)
WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN
LEGEND UPDATE AS OF JUNE 23, 2012
The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Have people died laughing?
• Rumor claims Barack Obama's mother was born a man.
• Was an air show at the U.S. Air Force Academy
graduation ceremony held up because President Obama left early?
• Did a Rite Aid store post a sign prohibiting "same-sex activity"?
• Did musician Miles Davis make a crude remark upon
meeting Nancy Reagan?
• Photograph purportedly shows a black lion.
• Did the White House obtain its name when it was
repainted white after the British burned it in 1814?
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Was a message from God revealed on a billboard in the aftermath of a
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
* Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
THE LIGHTER SIDE &
OTHER ODDS AND ENDS
Remember to click on the
"Large Player" icon on the YouTube control panel in the lower right-hand corner
of the video when you watch the first clip. If you do, all other YouTube videos
should default to the same setting throughout the rest of your session at the
computer. If your Internet connection is fast enough, you can click on the Full
Screen icon instead.
• • • • •
Similar to the Navy Blue
Angels and the Air Force Thunderbirds, the British Red Arrows flight
demonstration team has thrilled our cousins across the Pond with their amazing
aerial performances. Unfortunately, the cost of aviation fuel coupled with the
downturn in the economy has forced the British government to make severe cuts to
the program. As a result, the Red Arrows were recently replaced by the Hampshire
Fire Brigade's Red Sparrows. Click on the link below to see the group's latest
performance. God save the Queen. (4 Mins.)
• • • • •
If you are a history buff
and grew up seeing the graphic film footage of the Hindenburg bursting into
flames near Lakehurst, New Jersey that killed 35 people on board and one ground
crew member, you should find the 34 highly-detailed photos on this website
fascinating. It includes a link to the film footage of the disaster as well as
other aspects about the massive air ship. Also of interest are the responses by
viewers that follow the series of detailed pictures. The number and size of the
photos on the website may take a few moments to load, but they are well worth
the short wait.
• • • • •
Remember those full-screen
panorama photos of various venues from previous Farsiders that gave you the
capability of rotating the view 360 degrees by using your mouse? We were
pleasantly surprised this week to receive from Bill Yarbrough an email with
links to numerous sites from around the world. What better way to see the world
if you want to travel on the cheap? You don't even have to pack a bag.
Pick out any interesting location around the world from the list below and
click on the link underneath. A page will come up with a photo, the center of
which includes a triangle, and clicking on it should give you a full image of
the site. Now you can use your mouse to drag the picture in any direction you
want: left, right, up, down, slow or stop. You can also use the tools on the
lower left to zoom in and out.
Have fun and enjoy the trip.
Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt
Waterfall of Venezuela - The World's Highest Waterfall
Minaret, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Las Vegas at
Dusk and Night
Journey over Manhattan
Liberty, Liberty Island, New York, USA
Bridge, San Francisco, USA
Golden Gate Bridge in the Fog
Los Angeles at
Dusk, CA, USA
San Juan and
Colorado Rivers. Utah, USA
River, Goose Necks, Utah, USA
Island Virtual Tour
Cathedrals and Monasteries
of Dubai City, UAE
over Artificial Islands in Dubai, UAE
Cape of Good
Hope, South Africa. The Most South-Western Point of Africa
View, Stereo Panorama
view from 300 meters above. Gigapanorama
View from the Highest Tower In Europe
Ultra-High Resolution panoramas
Boulders, New Zealand
Malaysia. The Petronas tower
the Edge of the Grimsvotn Volcano Crater
Over Amsterdam and Holland
Hong Kong -
the City Where Dreams Come True
Unreal Aircraft of Ivan Roslyakov
• • • • •
Remember "The Typewriter
Song?" Sure you do. But if you can't remember how it goes, this clip from Bruce
Morton will refresh your memory. (4 Mins.)
And if you are the same
approximate age as Leroy and me, you may have first been exposed to the song
back in the '50s while you and your family were watching Martin and Lewis on the
Colgate Comedy Hour. (2 Mins.)
• • • • •
Speaking of comedians from
the past, if you're not old enough to remember those highlighted in this clip of
Ol' Blue Eyes singing "Send in the Clowns," you missed out on a hell of a lot.
Hop into our community time machine and take a short trip back to the 1950s by
clicking on the link below. But be patient because it might take a few moments
to get the engines started. (5 Mins.)
• • • • •
From Phil Norton comes a
series of incredibly detailed color photos circa 1942-43 that were shot on large
format (4x5) Kodachrome transparencies, then transferred to print. Some of you
were alive when these photos were shot; those of you born after 1943 were not.
October 1942. "Noontime rest
for an assembly
worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of
Douglas Aircraft Company. Nacelle parts for
a heavy bomber form the background."
• • • • •
As everyone knows, humor is
often based on male and female stereotypes. This clip sent in by Bob Hedgpeth is
an excellent example. (1 Min.)
• • • • •
Speaking of stereotypes,
have a look at this clip about the belief by some Brits that golf is not a game
for the fairer sex. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
Some of the wives who read
the Farsider might find this short video about "The Real Golden Girls"
inspiring. Or not. (3 Mins.)
• • • • •
Don Hale says he would not
want to sit down and play a game of chess with this crow. Ditto. Then again, I
wouldn't want to sit down and play chess with a typical parakeet either.
• • • • •
PBA president, Dave Wysuph, wrote to say, "I've seen this with the letters out
of order before, but this is the first time I've seen it with numbers." The
original author of the email noted that you have a strong mind if you can read
the following out loud, and that Dementia and/or Alzheimer's is a long, long way
down the road. Good luck!
53RV35 7O PR0V3
H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N
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And finally, this must-see
clip from Paul Salerno is an extraordinary story about an American fighter pilot
who lost his life over France on July 17, 1944 and his now elderly widow who had
no idea what happened to him until recently. For some of you, this might be a
3-Kleenex story. (6 Mins.)
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Pic of the Week
Proof that golfers are a breed unto themselves...
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