The Farsider

October 9, 2014

 

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.

 

A FITTING FAREWELL

With several photos from last Thursday's Memorial Tribute, Friday's paper painted a portrait of Joe McNamara that would have caused him to blush, something I seldom saw in the 38 years I knew the man. Other than misnaming his wife Laurie as "Pat" in one photo that was corrected in a later edition of the paper, misspelling Cobarruviaz and a few other typos that I corrected below, the story was a fitting tribute to SJPD's third longest reigning Police Chief (15 years, 1976-1991) behind John Newton Black (28 years, 1916-1944) and John Raymond "Ray" Blackmore (24 years, 1947-1971).

"His Most Important Legacy is Us"

—McNamara an architect of community policing and the modern S.J. police department—

By Robert Salonga <rsalonga@mercurynews.com>

Mercury News — Oct. 5, 2014



Police motorcycles line up in front of the California Theater before a memorial tribute
to former San Jose Police Chief Joe McNamara on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014.


SAN JOSE — He was the architect of the modern San Jose Police Department, and in many ways, the modern American police department, where community trust is equally if not more important than patrolling the streets.

He was also a prolific crime novelist, the “boy chief,” preternatural and ahead of his time with his ideas about where policing and political sensibilities about drugs and crime were headed. He will be remembered for advocating drawing down police militarization and reaching out to minority communities decades before Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Laurie McNamara, wife of former San Jose Police Chief Joe McNamara,
is escorted by the honor guard during a Thursday memorial tribute for
her late husband at the California Theater in San Jose. McNamara was
chief from 1976 to 1991.




Chief Larry Esquivel

The legacy left by trailblazing police chief Joe McNamara, who died at the age of 79 on Sept. 19 at his Carmel home after a bout with pancreatic cancer, is in the eye of the beholder. And there were many among the 200 cops, former cops and a who’s who of San Jose dignitaries who attended a public memorial held Thursday at the California Theater in downtown San Jose.



Retired Chief Chris Moore

 “Joe McNamara ‘is’ the SJPD,” said former Chief Chris Moore, at the helm from 2010 to 2013. “His most important legacy is us.”

Like the coaching tree of a great like Bill Walsh, McNamara’s influence in American policing might be embodied in how he spawned 28 officers who either succeeded him or became police chiefs in other cities. At the time of his death, he was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the last in a long line of stints as a police academic.



Retired Chief Rob Davis

His intellectual approach to policing was seen by many as too high-minded when he assumed command of SJPD in 1976 — a post he would keep for 15 years — but is viewed as standard practice today. That included raising conduct standards, infusing the ranks with female and minority officers, and integrating technology and data mapping to lower the crime rate despite having the lowest cop-to-resident ratio of any large city. He broke the assignment mold by helping institute a rotation system that ensured that officers became versatile instead of one-dimensional.



Former Mayor Tom McEnery

 “Joe was certainly a man for his time,” said former Mayor Tom McEnery, who led the city from 1982 to 1990.

McEnery praised McNamara’s political instincts, deftly advocating his department’s needs eloquently and thoroughly, to the point where 10-minute meetings routinely expanded to 90.

“Joe McNamara knew who he worked for. He didn’t work for mayors or city managers,” he said. “It was always the department, the department, the department.”

For former Chief Lou Cobarruviaz, who followed McNamara and served from 1991 to 1998, the arrival of “Chief Joe” was a transformative event in the history of the department and for his own career. He was already on the force for 11 years and during those years he noted there was an environment of open hostility toward the growing minority communities in San Jose that led to tension and unrest on the streets.

Cobarruviaz recalled being on the verge of leaving police work altogether, but saw McNamara lay down a firm line on repairing community relations and refuse to promote anyone who wasn’t on board with the new direction.

“Things started to change,” he said. “I stayed on the job and had a wonderful career.” To the collection of police leadership in the building Thursday, that was the inception of community policing. He drew fierce resistance for the first few years, but eventually he would be seen as one of the most revered figures in the history of the department.



Karen McNamara Rust

While the tributes poured in mostly from those who knew him as chief, daughter Karen McNamara Rust recalled a man who was a doting grandfather and tennis enthusiast who imbued love for the sport to his whole family, all the way down to his grandson. She remembered the avid reader and writer, with an office at Stanford packed to the ceilings with news articles, and the nature lover.

“He was one to literally stop and smell the roses,” she said.


He is survived by his wife, Laurie; a son, Donald; two daughters, Lauren McNamara Barrus and McNamara Rust; and four grandchildren. McNamara Rust said this past summer, all of the grandchildren were gathered at the Carmel home for a rare instance, since two of them live in Alabama.

“He sat and watched the kids play with a train set,” she said. “You should have seen the content look on his face.”

Laurie McNamara with Chief Esquivel

Since his death, an outpouring of tributes have surfaced in national media, including The New York Times and the Washington Post, where journalists and law-enforcement leaders drew attention to his progressive politics that made him an outlier in the police chief fraternity. He was one of the first prominent American police heads to declare the country’s so-called “war on drugs” a failure, and later argued that legalizing marijuana would be more effective in weakening drug cartels.

And going back to the 1980s, McNamara was long warning that terrorism on American soil was a concern that needed to be guarded. It was all part of a global approach to local policing that Scott Seaman, a former SJPD captain and recently retired chief for Los Gatos and Monte Sereno, says is why so many of his disciples went on to great heights.

“His DNA is embedded in all of us,” Seaman said. “He fundamentally and forever reshaped and led the creation of the finest police department in the country.”

 

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Photos taken by Laurie as Joe was attending
what would be his final FBI, IACP and PERF
conference in San Francisco on May 26, 2014.
"It was very important for him to be there,"
said Laurie, "and he thoroughly enjoyed it."


 

PBA MEETS NEXT WED., OCT. 15



POA Hall
Bar Opens at 5:00 — Dinner at 6:00 

Seems like it's only been a month since the PBA held its last general membership meeting. Amazing!


 

PENSION NEWS

Nada


 

POA UPDATES



Oct. 3rd

SJPOA Releases TV/Web Commercial In Mayor's Race

"A San Jose Crime Quiz"

Today, the San Jose Police Officers Association is releasing "A San Jose Crime Quiz" in response to the evasive and inaccurate information coming from the Sam Liccardo for Mayor campaign. This is a quiz we know voters will not flunk.

"There were three mayoral debates this week and not once did Sam Liccardo take responsibility for his dismal voting record on public safety, and this commercial accurately tells the voters the facts," said Jim Unland, President of the SJPOA.

• Sam Liccardo voted against reinstating the Burglary Investigation Unit,[1]

• Sam Liccardo has overseen 911 emergency response times soar to over 20-minutes for priority 2 calls such as gang assaults, in-progress burglaries and domestic violence,[2]

• Sam Liccardo's policies have driven over 400 police officers to leave the police force.[3]

 

The commercial can be viewed by clicking HERE. 
 

 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE CITY AND SJPD

Financially speaking, Cortese is trailing Liccardo in the two-man mayoral race. If Dave pulls out a win, it will show that money is only one of a number of factors on who gets elected to political positions. We would like to think that the 'major' factor is the intelligence of the voter, but that's just a pipe dream as it's been proven wrong time after time. Pity.

Liccardo Has Cash Lead

—Coupled with Cortese campaign, total funds on pace to set record—

By Mike Rosenberg
<mrosenberg@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 7, 2014

SAN JOSE — With voting getting underway in the San Jose mayor’s race, new campaign reports out Monday showed for the first time how the two candidates — and the special-interest groups backing them — are faring in the all-important race for cash. And they may be headed toward a record spending spree.

Councilman Sam Liccardo, the top fundraiser in the June primary, has reeled in $827,000 since then, beating county Supervisor Dave Cortese, who has raised $537,000 after gaining the most votes in the primary. Those totals are set to surpass figures from the June primary and perhaps all-time records for any mayor’s race. Liccardo’s supporters are generally more moderate and include local businesses while Cortese’s backers typically lean further left and include public workers and developers.

“We’ve had more than 2,400 donors so far, and thanks to their support, our campaign is building momentum each and every day,” said Liccardo, whose campaign, focused on fiscal sustainability, spent $430,000 in the last quarter.

The campaign finance re­ports, which also include fundraising figures for the City Council candidates, are critical because the funds allow the challengers to bombard voters with the advertisements that often help determine election results. The bulk of the ads are just now about to hit mailboxes and airwaves, as mail voters — which make up about 70 percent of the local electorate — will start receiving their ballots Tuesday for the Nov. 4 election to replace termed-out Mayor Chuck Reed.

“I’m very confident we’re going to have plenty of money,” said Cortese, whose campaign, based on restoring the police force, spent $225,000 in the last quarter. “If our message reaches the likely voters, we feel confident we’re going to win the election. It’s really that simple for us.”

The direct contributions to the candidates, limited to $1,100 from individuals, tell only half the campaign cash story. There are also special interest groups that can solicit and spend unlimited funds as political action committees, or PACs — and already, they’ve spent nearly $1 million on the mayor’s race on top of the candidates’ own funds.

Public worker unions — including cops and firefighters — have spent more than $545,000 total this year on independent expenditures to back their preferred candidate, Cortese, and on attack ads against Liccardo. Organized labor is the outside group most heavily invested in the race, as Cortese has vowed to settle a lawsuit the unions filed to block voter-approved pension reforms that would take money out of city employees’ wallets to help restore services cut last decade. It’s the biggest difference between the two candidates, as Liccardo strongly supports maintaining the 2012 Measure B pension overhaul, which has contributed to an exodus of police officers.

On the other side are wealthy business executives who have spent more than $350,000 so far this year on independent ads supporting Liccardo. Those CEOs and others want to keep City Hall under the relatively business-friendly leadership provided by Reed.

In both cases, the vast majority of money funneled into the PACs has come from outside San Jose. The bulk of the PAC funds were spent leading up to the June primary, though both sides have plenty of cash left to launch fresh waves of ads.

The race could break records for political spending on a San Jose mayoral contest. The last time a seat was open, in 2006, labor pick Cindy Chavez benefited from more than $1.5 million between her campaign and PACs but still lost to business- backed Reed, who was aided by about half as much cash. In the June race, Liccardo had more than $1 million in direct and independent spending benefit him while Cortese had about $800,000. There are also three City Council races to replace termed-out politicians, though the smaller districts — each covering 10 percent of the city — and $500 contribution limits have produced much tinier hauls than the mayoral campaign.

As was the case in the primary, the most money in the City Council races is pouring into the battle to replace Liccardo, representing the downtown District 3. Businessman Don Gagliardi raised $57,000 last quarter and still has $74,000 left, more than double any other council candidate, after receiving contributions largely from business interests. The leading vote-getter from the primary, San Jose police officer Raul Peralez, backed by unions, has raised less money overall but in the past quarter got more cash than any other council candidate, with $62,000.

In the District 1 faceoff to replace Pete Constant representing the western edge of the city, Assemblyman Paul Fong, the primary winner, has outraised retired Apple executive Charles “Chappie” Jones, $55,000 to $42,000, with the help of organized labor and union-backed politicians. Fong has already spent more money than any other council candidate, but the local Chamber of Commerce PAC has separately doled out a $50,000 check backing Jones for a TV ad, which is rare in council races.

The least amount of money is coming into the central San Jose competition to replace Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, representing District 7. Franklin-McKinley school board member Maya Esparza, the union-backed candidate overcame raising the least amount of money among four challengers in the primary. She brought in nearly $33,000 in the last quarter. That beat challenger and primary front-runner Tam Nguyen (an attorney with no relation to Madison), who reeled in $22,000, primarily from a large Vietnamese community in the district.

 

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Well this is a little awkward. Many news-watchers have been wondering why it has been taking so long for the SJPD to complete its investigation on the Ray McDonald domestic violence case and turn it over to the D.A.'s Office. Now we know...

SJPD Rethinks Rules Governing Off-Duty Work

—Official says department must avoid image of cozy alliance with 49ers—

By Robert Salonga
<rsalonga@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Oct. 7, 2014

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Police Department is looking at tightening the rules that dictate cops’ off-duty work after officers responding to the domestic violence call at 49ers star Ray McDonald’s house arrived to find one of their own already there.

Assistant Chief Eddie Garcia told this newspaper on Monday that Sgt. Sean Pritchard, an SJPD veteran assigned to the gang-suppression unit and a member of the 49ers security detail, has been barred from any further work for the team pending an Internal Affairs inquiry into why he was present for the Aug. 31 police response that ended with McDonald’s arrest.

Pritchard, who could not be reached for comment, is one of nearly 20 San Jose officers who, in addition to their regular shifts, also work as part of the 49ers security, doing everything from working at games to guarding players and others.

Pritchard’s presence at McDonald’s house complicated the police investigation into the domestic violence call, and it was one reason it took a month to forward the case to District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s office, sources said. It also raised questions about whether the department can fairly investigate 49ers players when some of its officers work for the team. Garcia said in an exclusive interview that the other officers can continue working for the 49ers as the department evaluates the off-duty work rules. “If we find out something during the course of the investigation, there may come a time when we don’t allow officers to work for the 49ers organization,” he said. Garcia said he recognizes how the involvement of Pritchard, whom he called an “excellent officer,” could create a perception of an overly cozy relationship between SJPD and the team. However, he said he believes in the integrity of his department and is withholding further judgment until the Internal Affairs investigation is complete. All off-duty work must be approved by the department.

“We suspended him working for that company because of that (public) trust,” Garcia said. “We hold all our officers to a very high standard. We’re getting all the facts as to why that individual officer was there. I certainly feel and have the utmost confidence that we would be able to investigate any situation without there being a conflict of interest.”

Garcia would not say if Pritchard was on duty at the time McDonald is suspected of assaulting his pregnant fiancee or confirm that he was there ahead of responding officers. But sources said that McDonald called Pritchard, who was the first officer there.

The episode has sparked a broader conversation about whether law-enforcement agencies should be taking outside jobs with well-resourced, highly influential organizations such as the 49ers and by extension, the NFL.

“Honestly, and bluntly, I think arrangements like this are major issues, and they don’t get enough attention. Sports teams are big business, and they can play hardball when it needs to with fans and communities,” said Eugene O’Donnell, professor of law and policy studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. “It’s important to have enough separation so that the NFL people and normal people are treated the exact same way. Is there too close a relationship?”

The Pritchard case comes more than two years after a city audit warned that there wasn’t enough oversight of outside jobs, risking officer fatigue and conflicts of interest.

While the 49ers have no significant official presence in San Jose, many team members live in the city, where the high-profile arrests of players including Aldon Smith and Chris Culliver have drawn headlines. Garcia said 17 SJPD officers work in some kind of off-duty capacity for the team, most of them coming on after the organization relocated to the South Bay.

Pritchard’s job with the team’s security detail — through a private contractor — was not neatly defined. Sources say it included escort duties that put him in regular contact with players and other VIPs in the 49ers organization. He apparently traveled with the team as well. It fell into the category of unarmed, plainclothes security work, which requires the least licensing from the state agency that oversees security guards and private investigators.

O’Donnell, a former prosecutor and NYPD officer, said police agencies need to be more wary about officers taking jobs with sports teams, which may expect implied favors in exchange for the unique glamour of an association with the team and access to celebrity athletes.

“It’s very worrisome. … The cops have to be detached from these kinds of relationships,” he said. “When officers are getting free meals and stuff like that, these people really are friends of the badge, not of the person. Too often, these relationships are about what the officer can do for you.”

When the 49ers were asked about employing off-duty San Jose officers, the team issued a general statement.

“The 49ers work with various security firms to protect the stadium, its visitors and our employees,” the statement read. “Like most security firms, the firms we partner with hire off-duty and retired police officers for their expertise and experience.”

 

MAIL CALL

Oct. 2nd

Bill,

I saw this message in The Farsider and have provided the answers below:

Back in the early part of September I made a request as to what the strength of our PD is now? And what is the total number of street officers that are patrolling the streets? How many shifts do we have, and with any overlapping, what is the maximum numbers of officers at any one time? Then what is the population of SJ for comparison in relation to how many men are trying to support how many people at any given time? I requested this info from the POA office but never received a response. Perhaps you can find out for me.


Leo Plinski #1215 (Ret.)


We have about 470 officers working patrol now. That number was around 450, but we have had several officers pass FTO and are out on their own now. The number has historically been between 550-600. We are utilizing paid overtime cars to make up the difference.

We still have 3 shifts and 16 districts. With T.O., vacation, sick, disability and family/military leave, it is not uncommon for us to deploy 4 officers per district instead of the desired 7 or 8. The only overlap that occurs is from 2200-0030 hours when Swings and Midnights are out at the same time.

The City of San Jose has just under 1 million citizens, and our full-department staffing stands at 999 including academy recruits.

So far this year we have had 57 officers resign and another 34 retire. There are numerous other officers in the testing stage with other agencies and an additional 69 applications pending for retirement.

91 officers have resigned or retired this year. Our department was only able to hire around 55 for the entire year. We are in dire straits. And make no mistake, if Liccardo is elected Mayor, more will leave.

Hope this helped,

Jim Unland, President
San Jose Police Officers’ Association

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Oct. 3rd

Bill,

I was friends with Diehl, or JD as we called him, for 45 years. I was working on a short remembrance to send you when I saw the letter posted by Anonymous in the Oct 2nd Farsider. I immediately trashed what I was working on as nothing could be said in addition to those excellent remarks. I would, however, like to forward a photo of JD circa 1970-75 that was shared with me by another SJPD old-timer. (JD is in front with the shovel.) Sally and I are going to miss our visits with him on our trips out to California.

Russell Jones, 1502 <rjones1502@yahoo.com>

 

 

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Some positive comments were received this past week regarding the letter we published last week about the late John Diehl that was written by a retiree who preferred to remain anonymous. We forwarded the feedback to the author, and on Monday, we received the following reply:
 

Oct. 4th

Bill,

Thanks for forwarding the comments and the photo. Below is an email I (and others, perhaps you) received today from John's sister.

(Author)

My brother asked me to send this message to you and ask that you share it with other people. Thank you for this.

Dorothy Diehl


Because of the nature of the message, I sent the author the following…

Does the sister know about the Farsider, and if so, was it her intent for John's note to appear in it? I don't have a problem with that; I just want to be clear that she wants to share it with all of John's friends who receive the newsletter. If you have contact with her, please confirm her intentions.

The author replied.

Bill,

The people you reach with the Farsider were important to John. His decision to compile a list of friends for personal receipt of his farewell message I took as his way of acknowledging their place in his life; his direction to those recipients that they share his message I interpreted as unconditional. I can understand why he wouldn't want to directly request its inclusion in the Farsider (a bit pretentious for him), but given the circumstances, I can't see any reason to keep his words from the people who cared about him.

As for John's sister, I replied immediately to her email, explaining to her what the Farsider is and letting her know I intended to have John's message included in it. I also pasted a copy of my Farsider contribution (which covers the same ground as John's message), so she can understand that the events surrounding his departure have already been circulated. My reply to her was five hours ago. If she has any objections I'm sure she'll let me know directly. I'll let you know if I hear anything.

Four days have since passed. This is JD's note that was attached to his sister's email…
 

 

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Oct. 5th

Hello Bill:
 
Been out of pocket for 14 months. Had a massive "stroke." Gradually getting better. Still read the Farsider every week, when possible. Missed it for about 7 months when I was in hospital (and in a coma for a couple of months).
 
Saw the enclosed article in our local Las Vegas Review Journal today. Wish I would have known some of the facts outlined therein. My dad was a WWII Vet, and when he died all we got (and asked for) was a "flag."
 
Perhaps you (and others) already know of the benefits extended to prior Military fellows.
 
Hope all is well with you, Bill.
 
Take good care of yourself.
 
Russ L. Russell <russlruss@hotmail.com>

Damn, Russ, we had no idea of your health issues. Given what's been going on lately (six deaths reported in last few weeks), I'm sure I speak for many when I say it's good to still have you with us.

(Click HERE to view the article Russ sent in regarding the benefits available for deceased military veterans.)

 

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Oct. 6th

Hi Bill,

The Flea Market is currently looking for a retired Lt. or Capt. who would like to run the security department at the Flea. Probably a two or three day workweek with Sat./Sun. being two of the days. Any interested parties can contact me.

Thanks,

Dennis Faz
<dennisf@bay101.com>
Compliance Manager
Bay 101 Casino
408-451-8888 Main
408-437-5589 Direct
 

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Oct. 7th

Bill,

Can you include this video to make a point without disclosing my name? I have a friend who receives the Farsider and is way out their in Left Field, and it's important to me that we remain friends. If you need a name, call me Disgusted in the USA and don't print my email address.

Hi Disgusted…

Long time no hear. In this day and age, it's not unusual for politics to present a threat to friendships, so HERE'S your clip.



 

NEW VANGUARD AVAILABLE


The October 2014 eVanguard is now online. Hard copies of the magazine are in the mail and will be arriving soon. Click HERE to view the Vanguard online..


 

SCARY STUFF

The following six photos and captions received from Joe Suske show the before and after effects of the drought over the span of three short years. 'Nuff said…

Before: The Green Bridge passes over Lake Oroville near the Bidwell Marina in 2011. Notice the trees and shrubs that grow right against the man-made lake's edge.

After: Fast forward to 2014 and even the massive pillars holding up the bridge can be completely seen at the lake's edge, where a wide swath of parched dirt spans between what's left of the water and the tree line.

Before: The marina at Oroville Lake, here in 2011, is the picture of serenity. Recent serious storms in Northern and Southern California have helped give the state a very small reprieve during the 3-year drought, but the effects have been described as a 'drop in the bucket.'

After: Much of what was once an engorged reservoir is now gone at Oroville. Shockingly, only a handful of Central Coast dams have fallen below the historically low 1977 levels.



Before: Here, the Enterprise Bridge spans Lake Oroville in Butte County, California in July 2011.

After: Here, the Enterprise Bridge spans the same reservoir, which has dwindled to a mere trickle in 2014 as California is forced to draw alarming amounts of water from its vanishing reservoirs.


 

DOES THIS UNKNOWN AUTHOR HAVE A POINT? WE REPORT, YOU DECIDE

Submitted by Bill Leavy

Begin rant:

For those fast food employees striking for $15 an hour, let's do some math. At $15 an hour Johnny Fry-Boy would make $31,200 annually. An E1 in the military makes $18,378. An E5 with 8 years of service only makes $35,067 annually.

Hmmmmmm. So you're telling me, Sally McBurgerflipper, that you deserve as much as those kids getting shot at, deploying for months in hostile environments, and putting their collective asses on the line every day protecting your unskilled butt?

Here's the deal, Baconator: You are working in a job designed for a kid in high school who is learning how to work and earning enough for gas, and hanging out with their equally goofy high school pals. If you have chosen this as your life long profession, you have failed. I worked at a movie theater as a projectionist when I was 17 years old. I made $3.25 an hour. I didn't bitch. I was happy to have some money to screw around with. I also knew that I didn't want to be doing that when I was 30 years old and raising a family!

Pull your heads out of your bottoms and stop being content with your McJob. Leave that for the kids who really need it so they can learn a basic work ethic and realize that's not what they want to do with their lives.

End rant.
 

THE BEST OF THE LATE NITE JOKES
    
Oct. 1 thru Oct. 7
 

After all the recent security breaches at the White House, Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, resigned today. She said she'll miss being in the White House, but knowing the Secret Service, she should be able to come back any time she wants. The door is always open, literally.

This week a reporter asked Mitt Romney if he would run again for president in 2016, and Romney said, “We'll see what happens.” Incidentally, that's also what he says anytime his wife asks him to dance.

In a new interview, Mitt Romney referred to Hillary Clinton as an “enabler” of the president's foreign policy. Which would be a big deal if that wasn't the definition of being secretary of state.

During a routine stop at the JFK airport, Customs officials recovered 3.7 pounds of cocaine hidden in a woman's platform shoes and purse. She might have gotten away with it if she didn't hide the drugs in the two things they always search at airports.

After all the recent security problems at the White House, Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, officially resigned yesterday. When asked what she'll do next, Pierson said she just wants to go home and spend some quality time letting strangers in her own house for a while.

With so much speculation about the 2016 presidential election, the website ElectHillary.com is being sold for almost $300,000 and the website ChrisChristiePresident2016.com is being sold for almost $50,000. Meanwhile, the website “Biden4Prez” is just a Tumblr set-up by Joe Biden. He'll take whatever — 50 bucks, 25 bucks.

General Mills, maker of Cheerios, announced that it plans to cut up to 800 jobs. The CEO said, “Our earnings report is nothing but zeros! Wait, I'm sorry, I just spilled some Cheerios on there. Never mind — no layoffs. I apologize.”

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson stepped down after two major security breaches at the White House. It turns out Pierson's first job was actually as a costumed character at Disney World. I'm guessing the character was Sleeping Beauty.

Pierson told her colleagues that the Secret Service actually needed to be more friendly and inviting like Disney World. I guess that's why all White House intruders got a $30 photo of themselves hopping the fence.

Scientists are suggesting that Pluto should be considered a planet again eight years after it was classified as a dwarf planet — and Americans are suggesting that scientists cut the crap about Pluto and figure out how to stop Ebola.

A group in Russia has nominated Vladimir Putin for the Nobel Peace Prize. When Putin heard this he said, "I'm all about achieving piece — piece of Ukraine, piece of Poland. I hope to win many more pieces."

On Saturday the San Francisco Giants beat the Nationals in Washington in 18 innings. It was the longest postseason game in baseball history — proving that even in sports, it takes forever to get something done in Washington.

The No. 1 movie from this weekend, “Gone Girl,” made $38 million. It's about a wife whose husband tried to make her sit through an 18-inning baseball game.

Today is Vladimir Putin’s 62nd birthday. He celebrated the way he always does: having someone take a bite of his cake before him.

Vladimir Putin turned 62 years old today. It must be tough buying him a gift. What do you get for the man who has everywhere?

The White House dismissed former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's criticisms of President Obama, saying he has faced some of the most difficult issues of our time. That would be a great defense if EVERY president didn't face the most difficult issues of their time. That's the job.

At the Eiffel Tower they've installed a new glass floor that lets tourists see what's going on hundreds of feet below them. It celebrates France's favorite pastime: looking down on people.

The Secret Service let an armed ex-convict ride on the same elevator as President Obama. No word yet on which NFL player it was.

Today the Secret Service director submitted her resignation. Actually she jumped the White House fence, ran across the lawn, dove through a window, and handed it to the president.

The Secret Service maintains they can use lethal force to stop someone from entering the White House. After hearing this, President Obama invited tea party leaders over for lunch.

The gay rights group GLAAD has released its annual report on TV. The History Channel got a very poor grade from GLAAD, which is why today the History Channel announced its new show, "Gay Hitler."

The head of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, resigned yesterday. We found out that she once worked at Disney World. She said she preferred working at the White House because people didn't have to wait in line to get in.

We also learned the new head of the Secret Service used to work for cable company Comcast. So now intruders can only sneak into the White House between the hours of 10:00 and 2:00.

The NFL announced possible sites for next year's draft have been narrowed to two locations. It's either Rikers Island or San Quentin.

Kanye West is in the news again. He was spotted smashing his iPhone in a fit of rage. Kanye was mad that Apple stole his idea of saying "I" before everything.

We're having a special night. Everybody here in the balcony is a White House fence jumper.

Autumn is a beautiful time of year. At the White House, squirrels are rounding up nuts on the lawn, which is more than the Secret Service is doing.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned. She hopped the fence and thanked President Obama.

A few weeks ago President Obama was riding in an elevator, and it turns out a guy on the elevator had a gun. This is pretty scary stuff. Not as scary as riding in an elevator with Ray Rice, but still scary.

The Obamas celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary. It was a quiet late-night supper. It was just the Obamas and a couple of White House fence jumpers.

They're doing everything they can to tighten security at the White House. Today, on the roof of the White House, they added one of those fake owls.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned, and in her closing statement she said, "I'm leaving, not because of the breaches in security, but I don't think I can take the pressure of the upcoming trick-or-treaters."

Evil Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. He will not be able to attend the ceremony. That week he will be invading Poland.

The New York Jets were defeated 31-0. And NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did nothing about it. Again!

Jets coach Rex Ryan is so desperate to forget the loss that today he gave himself a concussion.

Native Americans were so embarrassed about the game that they're demanding the Jets change their name.

In New York City, here's a sure sign it's autumn. Go to St. Patrick's Cathedral. You can tell it's autumn because they've replaced the holy water with cider.

Geno Smith, the Jets' quarterback, was supposed to be preparing for a game against San Diego, and instead of going to the team meeting he went to the movies. Maybe it's time to do some concussion testing on Geno.

People are upset because it now takes longer to get fast food. The average time to get your order is three minutes, four seconds — and people are outraged. Do what I do. While waiting, send out for a pizza.

Today is the "International Day of Older Persons." It's a day we entertain, amuse, and inspire the elderly. Or as CBS calls it, "a regular ol' weekday."

Justin Bieber punched a photographer in Paris. All I can say is he's your problem now, France.

Bieber is in France. He should go over the border to Germany and save that monkey that he left.

If this show was a monkey, I would leave it in Germany.

A new study claims half of all married women have a back-up husband in mind. Here's what they're not telling us. Half of all husbands also have a back-up husband in mind.

A study claims that olive oil can repair damaged hearts. The study was conducted by Popeye.

An Australian man tried to rob a gas station with a boomerang. Police expect he'll return to the scene of the crime.

In Oakland, California a dog is officially running for mayor. He’s a German shepherd mix named Einstein. He even has a poster. The dog promises to lick his opponent.

The world's oldest clown, Floyd "Creaky" Creekmore of Montana, passed away at age 98. He leaves a very big pair of shoes to fill.

I'm nervous about his funeral because if too many of his co-workers show up, it could be a real circus there.

All of Creaky's co-workers will be attending the funeral in a tiny little car.

This week Forbes magazine came out with their annual list of richest Americans. I was shocked. There are still magazines. It's like papery Internet with old stuff on it.

A man in Scotland spent 18 months panning for gold to make into a wedding ring for his bride-to-be. That's lovely. But he's not doing anything to dispel the stereotype that Scottish people are stingy.

Do you all feel safe right now? Are you aware that you're in the presence of the most dangerous person on the Internet? According to McAfee, my name, of all the names in the world, is the most dangerous name to search online. Last year I was 39th. But I really stepped up my game this year. I am now at the top of the virus heap.

I'm dangerous. Sometimes I even walk into Costco without my membership card.

I've never been No. 1 at anything before. All these crazy news reports today are starting to make me feel like the TV equivalent of the Ebola virus.

In California yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed the first state-wide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores. I think it's very interesting that a guy named Brown is forcing us to buy paper bags.

Facebook is reportedly thinking of ways to incorporate health into their array of services. Here's how it'll work: If you get a cut or a bruise or something, take a picture of it and post it. If it gets more than 100 likes, you're cured.

Facebook is planning to form support groups where you can post your symptoms online and then other Facebook users will weigh in with totally uninformed opinions about what it is.

Facebook probably figures they already control us emotionally, so why not get involved physically, too?

One great way to improve your health is to stop spending the whole day on Facebook.

Today is Russian President Vladimir Putin's birthday, as those of you who are friends with him on Facebook know.

Putin turned 62 today. To celebrate, he took a trip to Siberia — you know, the place they send other people in Russia as punishment? That's where he had his birthday party.

It's interesting that in spite of all of Russia's troubles, Putin has an 80 percent approval rating, which I guess is something that happens when your pollsters carry machine guns.

In just a few hours there's going to be a total lunar eclipse. The moon will be a coppery red color. They call it a blood moon. I like that kind of thing but never enough to actually wake up to see it. I'd rather look at it on my computer the next day.

Today the director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, resigned. She’s being replaced by the White House’s new state-of-the-art security system — a scarecrow.

Julia Pierson resigned but she remained in good spirits on her way out. She even politely held the door for some weird guy who was coming in.

LeBron James' childhood will be the subject of an episode of a new children's TV series. Hopefully it'll help teach kids a valuable lesson — that they can do anything they put their mind to as long as they're amazing at basketball.

Scientists in northern California and Oregon found that marijuana gardens are threatening the salmon population. I don't see the problem, really. Everyone loves baked salmon.

After a photographer was accused of harassing the royal baby Prince George, lawyers for Prince William and Kate Middleton said that their son “must be permitted to lead as ordinary a life as possible.” They then added, “Now get away from our castle!”

North Korea has reportedly been digging a tunnel all the way to South Korea. They’re making good progress because to dig the hole, they’re using the same team that shovels food into Kim Jong Un’s mouth.

In a recent statement, Vladimir Putin said that Ukraine “has always been and would continue to be the closest sister nation to Russia.” And sometimes sisters fight when one sister steals the other sister’s boyfriend Crimea.

Well, the husband of one of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey” has been sentenced to 41 months in prison. He says he’s disappointed in the judge’s decision, but 41 months away from his wife is better than nothing.

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta said it seems like President Obama has lost his way. Apparently, it’s gotten so bad that this morning Obama was seen asking a White House intruder for directions.

The New York Post says that Oscar Wilde is responsible for Kim Kardashian’s rise to fame because he was the first person “famous for being famous.” When asked her thoughts about it, Kim said, “Is Oscar the one that lives in a trash can?”

A cat in Florida had its life saved by a blood transfusion from a dog. Unfortunately, it later died from exhaustion after chasing itself around the house.

Today is Vladimir Putin’s 62nd birthday. When he got his presents he said, “You didn't have to get me anything. I could have just taken it.”

Tech experts say Facebook is planning to launch a service that lets users send each other money using the site’s messaging feature. Said moms, “Oh, so NOW you’re happy I’m on Facebook?”

Archaeologists in Arizona have discovered the remains of a 1,300-year-old village. They found dwellings, stone tools, and hundreds of ballots cast for Senator John McCain.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF OCT. 9, 2014

The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• A man was stopped at the U.S.-Canadian border with more than 50 turtles under his pants.

• Video clip purportedly shows a chameleon changing colors to match sunglass frames.

• Video shows a 'Russia's Got Talent' contestant accidentally shooting his partner in the head with an arrow.

• Are ISIS militants going door to door, marking the homes of Christians?

• Passengers on an airliner diverted to Cuba thought the hijacking was a 'Candid Camera' stunt due to the coincidental presence of Allen Funt, the show's host.

• Is ISIS stomping on babies if their parents refuse to convert to Islam?

• Is New York artist Lana Newstrom raking in millions of dollars with invisible art?

• Did a Mayor in Belgium refuse a demand by Muslims to remove pork from school cafeterias?

• Has the CDC announced trials of an Ebola vaccine that works only on white people?

• Has KFC banned hand wipes in response to complaints from Muslim customers?

• Does MTV have a new reality show that features 12-year-old moms?

Prayer request for Christopher Hamrick, who was badly injured in an automobile accident.

• Reporter covering a boy's disappearance finds the child hiding in bushes nearby.

Angry dad sends a letter to Chipotle after a manager requested his wife not change diapers on the dining tables.

• 920 chickens were beaten to death by a poultry plant intruder.

• Was reporter Meg Kissinger warned not to speak with the crowd at a speech by Michelle Obama?

• The Atacama skeleton stumps scientists: Is it human or alien?

• Has President Robert Mugabe announced plans to kill all white people in Zimbabwe?

Finally found, twelve years after her disappearance: Sabrina Fair Allen.

• How to send holiday cards to service members and veterans through the 'Holiday Mail for Heroes' program has changed this year.

• Will the payment of federal tax refunds for 2014 be delayed until October 2015?

• Pranksters affixed a license plate stolen from a speed trap camera van to their vehicle and drove through the trap, resulting in the unit's issuing tickets to itself.

• Are flashlight apps harvesting data from smartphone users?

Sperm bank sued after white woman gives birth to biracial baby.

• Did Fox News win a court case allowing the network to lie with impunity?

• Did Sarah Palin demand that President Obama invade Ebola?

• Was a woman hospitalized after a potato she used for contraceptive purposes grew roots?

• Did mainstream news sources refuse to cover a recent beheading?

• Was a couple kicked off a bus for offending Muslims by singing a nursery rhyme?

• William Tyrell, 3, is missing from his home in New South Wales.

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!


Worth a Second Look

• Are the soles of Vans shoes adorned with the Star of David so that wearers will "stomp on Jews"?


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.


Fraud Afoot

• 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



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Have a flashlight app on your smart phone? If you do you may want to watch THIS Fox News Bret Baier clip received from Paul Salerno But before you delete anything from your phone or other device we suggest you review the Snopes entry below because it doesn't quite "sync up" with what the "cybersecurity expert" is saying. (6 Mins.)



Click HERE to review what Snopes had to say about this issue.

If you are still interested in this, clicking HERE will give you a look at the SnoopWall website.



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Think twice before you decide to LISTEN to what this Islamic insurgent has to say. It's pretty damn frightening. (2 Mins.)





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This quiz was sent in by a fan of Bill O'Reilly's. Although you only have to get 15 of the 25 answers correct, we feel that if you miss more than three, SHAME on you!

 

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We say more of THIS...



and less of this…

Broadway and voiceover actress Lea Salonga, the singing voice of Jasmine in Disney's "Aladdin", performs "A Whole New World" with opera group Il Divo. Lea has also provided her singing voice to the character Mulan in Disney's "Mulan" and "Mulan II". (3 Mins.)

Click HERE to learn more about the beautiful Filipina singer and actress.

 

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"Help! I've fallen and can't get up!" But fear not, this baby elephant doesn't need to purchase a $100 Life Alert medallion and pay a $30 monthly subscription fee. Besides, where's he going to get that kind of money? It's doubtful that THIS zoo in Zurich, Switzerland pays that well. (2 Mins..)

 

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This isn't pretty, but it does have a HAPPY ENDING. Have a look at India's version of the ASPCA at work. (2 Mins.)

 

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We're a little surprised that PETA hasn't protested or sued the owner of this smart phone for being cruel to frogs by taunting them. (1 Min.)





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There go the Brits showing off again with the discovery of "Graphene." So what is it? Suffice to say it's TECHNOLOGY that can revolutionize items like smart phones and other electronic devices, much in the way that the old technology of transistors and silicon chips have made today's electronic gizmos available. (5 Mins.)



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It's one thing to watch the on-deck activity from a carrier while it launches and recovers aircraft, it's quite another to watch the same footage with the accompaniment of an excellent musical score. Check out THIS 3-minute clip if you are so inclined.





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I was the son of a career Marine, but my Dad never put me through this drill when I was three, and he was a D.I. at Pendleton a year before Pearl was attacked. I'm also sure that Marines didn't wear their hair like this father back in the 1940s. Having said that, I judge THIS clip to be a 9.5 on the cuteness scale. Oorah. (1 Min.)

 

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Speaking of the Marines, we're guessing that
THIS clip is a little embarrassing for the former Soldier who was unaware that the cop he was dealing with was a former Marine. (Language warning) (6 Mins.)

 

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Imagine you are a sailor and the captain orders everyone to abandon ship, so you and two dozen other crewmen climb inside this sealed lifeboat and prepare to launch yourself into the ocean. Hold on, because here we go.

THIS was a test  by the Chinese of a prototype lifeboat launch platform, and it had to surprise the guy or guys who were aboard and opened the rear hatch after the boat settled. (1 Min.)





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There are several ways to gain an advantage in an automobile race. Here's one with a NEW TWIST that took place in the UK. (1 Min.)

 

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This is one of the most profound Web presentations we have ever seen. Why? Because it shows just how tiny you and I are in the overall scheme of things. We have presented similar items before, but none on such a grand scale. Imagine a star so large that it can accommodate a million of our suns. Do your curiosity a favor by clicking HERE and begin scrolling through the photos that take you from the earth alone to other galaxies as seen by the Hubble telescope that focused in for four days on what appeared to be nothing.





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With the advancement of computer generated imagery (CGI), is it just a matter of time before movie producers can ignore the insane amount of money demanded by top movie stars and create their own? HERE's a 45-second example of how far CGI has progressed.





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If I was the Commander in Chief, I would have fired whoever was responsible for briefing me on the correct protocol when proposing a toast to the Queen of England. How was I to know it was a major gaff to speak while the British National Anthem was being played? It's not something that was taught at Community Organizer School. Whatever the case, over 2 million viewers have seen this video of the President's FAUX PAS that was posted on YouTube by the London Telegraph. (1 Min.)





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Sharon Lansdowne was shocked to learn what went on inside her computer at the end of the day after she puts it to sleep or turns it off for the night. Click HERE and you may be shocked, too.





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These guys are good. If you want some simple tips that can make your life a little easier, watch THIS short clip received from Alice Murphy. (3 Mins.)





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Spectacular is one way to describe THIS film. Here's the other: "The Ridge" is a brand new film from world-class bicycle skills rider Danny Macaskill. For the first time in one of his films Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline." (7 Mins.)

 





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Here is some more candy for the eyes and ears in the form of a short time-lapse film of Norway. You are unlikely to see a more visually impressive nature video than THIS. (5 Mins.)





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Like the horrific story about the cat lady who died and became several meals for her dozens of cats that were locked in the house, this Russian could suffer a similar fate if he was to croak. Judging by his size, however, his PUG BABIES should be able to grow to full-size by the time their "plate" was empty. (30 Secs.)





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We can guarantee that you horse lovers are going to enjoy THIS video about a pony with a broken neck that not only survived, it gave birth to a newborn. (3 Mins.)





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In closing, some of you — perhaps many — will choose not to listen to what Prince Ea has to say. But if you will give him a chance, I think you will agree that he is delivering an important and profound message to those who have allowed the digital age to govern their lives. Consider GIVING HIM at least 60 seconds of your valuable time. What have you got to lose? (3 Mins.)





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In memory of those who have been struck
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Keep the candles going by copying and
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THE FARSIDER SUBSCRIPTION ROSTER as of 10/9/14

Additions and changes since the last published update (alphabetical by last name):

Davis, Rob — Added
Sandra Hill — Added

To receive the email address of anyone on the list -- or to receive the roster with all of the email addresses -- send your request to
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Abram, Fred & Connie
Adams, Gene
Ady, Bruce
Agerbeek, Bob
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
Anders, Alberta
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
Bartholomew, Dave
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, 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
Britton, Rosemarie
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
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, 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
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
Hazen, Skip
Heck, Steve
Heckel, Rick
Hedgpeth, Bob
Helder, Ron
Hellman, Marilyn
Hendrickson, Dave
Hendrix, Dave
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
Keffer, Frank
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
Larson, Merton
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
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
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
Nagengast, Carol
Nakai, Linda
Nalett, Bob
Namba, Bob
Ng, Dr. Jonathan
Nichols, John
Nichols, Mike
Niquette, Paul
Nissila, Judy
Norling, Debbie
North, Dave
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, Jay
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
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
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
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