June 16, 2021

From the President:

Greetings to all.  As you know the State restrictions related to the Covid were eased yesterday, unfortunately, not in time to get the okay for a PBA meeting this month.  We did get clearance for meetings to commence in July, my appreciation to the POA.

The following message from Treasurer Larry Lundberg:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The long wait is finally over and the PBA will start meeting again with our annual Lee Wilson members only BBQ on July 21.  Big juicy steaks, road-kill chili, salad, corn and the birthday cake, plus some tasty appetizers.  It will be held at the normal place at the normal time.  Master bartender Bob Moir will have your favorite swill.  Terry Handforth, Jim Polmanteer, Joe Wicker, Brian Bennert and I will have enough to fill your innards.

The catch is, you must be a member in good standing, i.e., paid dues and that is the point of this e-mail.  If you are a check writing member, please send them in; $96 for SJPD retirees and $144 for associate members. Please send your check to: SJPBA, P.O. Box 42, San Jose, CA 95103-0042.

If you have any questions or are not going to continue your membership, please respond to this e-mail. Thanks, and I hope you and yours weathered the pandemic in good health and spirits.



PBA Bagman

Condolences to the families of PBA member, Sgt. Paul Farlow for their loss.

A happy birthday to the June group!

The winners of the $25 gift cards are:

  1. Greg Weesner Target
  2. Neal Wilson Bass Pro
  3. Greg Korver Home Depot

As always; if you may have a question, concern or comment and would like to reach out, my email is: uunnoo@sbcglobal.net

All the best,

Ernie Alcantar

PBA President

June Birthdays

1   Ady, Robert

2   Aguirre, Jim

3   Anthony, Tom

4   Becknall, Jim (Chaplain)

5   Bridgen, Dave (Chaplain/Deceased)

6   Browning, Robert

7   Caro, Bert

8   Cossey, Kent (Deceased)

9   Fox, Mike Jr. (Assoc. Member)

10 Garringer, Roy (Deceased)

11 Graves, Pete

12 Grigg, Bruce

13 Givin, Wilbur (Wil) (Deceased)

14 Gurley, Rich (Deceased)

15 Harmon, Paul

16 Hirata, Gary

17 Johnson, Tom (Deceased)

18 Kingsley, Fred (Deceased)

19 Korver, Greg

20 McTeague, Dan (Deceased)

21 Miller, Rollie (Deceased)

22 Morrill, Greg23 Morris, Jack24 Nagengast, Tom (Deceased)

25 Payton, George (Deceased)

26 Robison, Manoh

27 Salvi, Pete

28 Schriefer, Hank (Deceased)

29 Shaver, John

30 Sides, Roger

31 St. Amour, Bob

32 Terry, Glenn

33 Unger, Bruce

34 Weesner, Greg

35 Weiser, Rich (Deceased)

36 Welker, Jessica

37 Wells, Bill

38 Wilson, Neal

June Breakfast Club at Tacos al Pastor.
Left to right: 
Dan Archie, Wil Montano, Ernie Alcantar, Craig Clifton, Armando Realyvasquez, George Padilla, Ruben Sarabia (CHP Dad), Robert Dominguez, Jaime Saldivar, Steve Caraway
Not pictured, Bill Lara

Wow, and only 5 years old.  This is sooooooooooooo touching.


 A MUST read, 
Iwo Jima doesn’t apply to many … until you read this story.
Six Boys ~ Very Short Story by a teacher  
Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC, with the eighth grade class from Clinton, WI., where I grew up, to videotape their trip. I greatly enjoy visiting our nation’s capital, and each year I take some special memories back with me. This fall’s trip was especially memorable.     On the last night of our trip, we stopped at the Iwo Jima memorial. This memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the most famous photographs in history — that of the six brave soldiers raising the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan, during WW II       Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the statue, and as I got closer he asked, ‘Where are you guys from?’     I told him that we were from Wisconsin. ‘Hey, I’m a cheese head, too! Come gather around, Cheese heads, and I will tell you astory.’  (It was James Bradley)   who just happened to be in Washington, DC, to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to his dad, who had passed away. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission to share what he said from my videotape. It is one thing to tour the incredible monuments filled with history in Washington, DC, but it is quite another to get the kind of insight we received that night .)When all had gathered around, he reverently began to speak. (Here are his words that night.)     ‘My name is James Bradley and I’m from Antigo, Wisconsin. My dad is on that statue, and I wrote a book called ‘Flags of Our Fathers’. It is the story of the six boys you see behind me.   ‘Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were off to play another type of game. A game called ‘War.’ But it didn’t turn out to be a game. Harlon, at the age of 21, died with his intestines in his hands. I don’t say that to gross you out, I say that because there are people who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo  ‘Let’s go kill some Japanese’ or ‘Let’s die for our country’ He knew he was talking to little boys. Instead he would say, ‘You do what I say, and I’ll get you home to your mothers.’‘The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian from Arizona. Ira Hayes was one of them who lived to walk off Iwo Jima. He went into the White House with my dad. President Truman told him, ‘You’re a hero’ He told reporters, ‘How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the island with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?’So you take your class at school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything together. Then all 250 of you hit the beach, but only 27 of your classmates walk off alive. That was Ira Hayes. He had images of horror in his mind. Ira Hayes carried the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down, drowned in a very shallow puddle, at the age of 32 (ten years after this picture was taken).     ‘The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from Hilltop, Kentucky. A fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. His best friend, who is now 70, told me, ‘Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop General Store. Then we strung wire across the stairs so the cows couldn’t get down. Then we fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night.’ Yes, he was a fun-lovin’ hillbilly boy. Franklin died on Iwo Jima at the age of 19.   When the telegram came to tell his mother that he was dead, it went to the Hilltop General Store. A barefoot boy ran that telegram up to his mother’s farm The neighbors could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors lived a quarter of a mile away.‘The next guy, as we continue to go around the statue, is my dad, John Bradley, from Antigo, Wisconsin, where I was raised. My dad lived until 1994, but he would never give interviews.When Walter Cronkite’s producers or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say ‘No, I’m sorry, sir, my dad’s not here. He is in Canada fishing. No, there is no phone there, sir. No, we don’t know when he is coming back.’ My dad never fished or even went to Canada. Usually, he was sitting there right at the table eating his Campbell’s soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out fishing. He didn’t want to talk to the press.       ‘You see, like Ira Hayes, my dad didn’t see himself as a hero. Everyone thinks these guys are heroes, ’cause they are in a photo and on a monument. My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a combat caregiver. On Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And when boys died on Iwo Jima, they writhed and screamed, without any medication or help with the pain.       ‘When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was a hero When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said, ‘I want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who did not come back. Did NOT come back.’     ‘So    that’s the story about six nice young boys. Three died on Iwo Jima, and three came back as national heroes Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo Jima in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps. My voice is giving out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time.’       Suddenly, the monument wasn’t just a big old piece of metal with a flag sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the heartfelt words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.       One thing I learned while on tour with my 8th grade students in DC that is not mentioned here is, that if you look at the statue very closely and count the number of ‘hands’ raising the flag, there are 13. When the man who made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the   13th hand was the hand of God.       Great story – worth your time – worth every American’s time.Please pass it on.


Once in a while we just have to stand back in awe of our government. The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever – to 46 million people. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, asks us to “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.”  Their stated reason for the policy is because “the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.”

Thus ends today’s lesson in irony.

The History of Math in the United State

I purchased a burger at Burger King for $1.58. The counter girl took
my $2 and I was digging for my change when I pulled 8 cents from my
pocket and gave it to her. She stood there, holding the nickel and 3
pennies, while looking at the screen on her register. I sensed her
discomfort and tried to tell her to just give me two quarters, but
she hailed the manager for help. While he tried to explain the
transaction to her, she stood there and cried.. Why do I tell you
this? Because of the evolution in teaching math since the 1960s:

1. Teaching Math In 1950s (when I was in school)

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit ?

2. Teaching Math In 1970s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In 1980s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is $80. Did he make a profit ?Yes or No

4. Teaching Math In 1990s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production
is $80 and his profit is $20 Your assignment: Underline the number

5. Teaching Math In 2000s

A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and
inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the
preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit
of $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for
class participation after answering the question: How did the birds
and squirrels feel as the logger cut down their homes? (There are no
wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it’s ok).

6. Teaching Math In 2021

Un hachero vende una carretada de maderapara $100. El costo de la
producciones es $80. Cuanto dinero ha hecho?

Whale of a Tale: US Fisherman Says Swallowed by Humpback





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