Sunday, July 22, 2018

Korean War 65th Anniversary Commemoration aboard USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum

he following announcement was written by the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum:

ALAMEDA, CA – The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum is honored to host a commemoration marking the 65th anniversary of the end of the Korean War on Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to noon. This event will include a slide presentation, a variety of guest speakers, and recognition of those who served in Korea.
The Museum opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. General admission applies, free admission for veterans and Museum members.
Guest Speakers:
Donald F. Reid, Sergeant, USMC and Korean War veteran. Co-Founder and Treasurer of the Korean War Memorial Foundation and its largest personal donor. Graduate of St. John’s University and St. John’s Law School. Retired VP and Compliance Officer for Wells Fargo Bank.
Dale Berven, former pilot in VF-91 flying F9F-2 Panthers, a squadron in CAG-9 on board Phil Sea, CVA-47, and current docent at the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Phil Jenkins is a Korean War veteran who spen on the USS Philippine Sea.
William D. “Denny” Weisgerber, Gunnery Sergeant, USMC (Ret.). A Korean War veteran who received the Navy Cross for valor and the Purple Heart in the Battle of the Hook. He is also the former Mayor of Milpitas and current chaplain of the 1st Marine Division Association.
Wonnie Kang was as born 21 years after the war ended. She was raised in Seoul, South Korea and later immigrated to the United States and raised on stories of South Korean/U.S. cooperation during the war.
The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum is located at 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3 in Alameda. Ample free parking is available across from the pier.
Aircraft Carrier Hornet Foundation preserves and honors the legacy of the USS Hornet and its role in naval aviation, the defense of our country, the Apollo Program and the exploration of space. The USS Hornet Museum connects the greatest generation of Americans with future generations, educating and inspiring them to meet their challenges.
Through field trips and live-aboard experiences, the USS Hornet offers educational programs focusing on naval history, science and space technology. A registered state and national historic landmark, the ship is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is permanently berthed at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3 in Alameda, CA. Ample free parking is available across from the pier. The USS Hornet is also a unique, unforgettable venue available for corporate events; trade shows and expos; private parties and big band dances; and TV and film productions. For more information, ticket prices and event planning, visit: or call (510) 521-8448.
The above article is courtesy  Dick Eastman and his  EOGN NEWSLETTER. Many thanks Dick for keeping us so well informed!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Humerous Obituary

Another humorous obituary, thanks to Dick Eastman over at EOGN. Many thanks for the info on this one!


Michael James Sweetack was born in Fond du Lac Wisconsin on May 27th, 1974 to Stanley and Debra Sweetack. He died on July 5th, 2018, leaving behind 8 packets of Szechuan sauce, a whole lot of debt, one 10 euro note, and other various things that could very possibly be used to make concentrated dark matter, the fuel for accelerated space travel- regardless of the issue with relativity. He was preceded in the death by approximately 101 billion other people and his brother Brian James Sweetack. He was survived by his brother James Sweetack (Appleton), sister Bree Sweetack (A-town), and brother Andrew Sweetack (Green Bay Correctional). He enjoyed many things, such as getting “shwifty”, Drunk History, dark humor memes, his cat Bear, fast cars, and most of all his sister and his friends, each and every one of them. He donated to many causes, most importantly the Mount Rose American Teen Princess Pageant. He always rooted for the ‘most smartest’, and ‘the best god damn tapper’. He cared for humanity, always putting the needs of others above himself. He was the protector of every one he loved. Mike died knowing that global acts of terrorism happen every day, the known universe is made up of 50,000,000,000 galaxies, and cats always land on their feet thanks to physics. In leu of flowers, please feel free to set up your own memorial fund to learn something new or teach others. Or go to your local tavern and order a drink for two.. and say ‘uze want some shots? I’m buying..’ Mike, we love you and miss you more than any written words can express. We know you would say that ‘love is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed’… but we don’t care, we miss you with every atom of our beings. Live long and prosper, even Pickle Rick.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Genealogy for Medical Information

It wasn't until recent x-rays done on my spine that I really began to wonder how much of my problem was hereditary. (Oh by the way, my x-rays just showed age related degeneration, no bulging disks or herniated disks, or any other anomaly. The pain really can't be explained, except that I am overweight and stressing muscles.)

My mother had a bad back, and had several surgeries to correct her problems and they helped minimally over the years. After her retirement, her back didn't bother her any longer. She was chair bound most of the time before she passed away, so there was no pressure on her spine. And I am sure that helped.

So I considered her father, my grandfather, who also had a bad back, and would not have surgery, although physicians told him they could ease his pain if he would agree to surgery. He was a naturalist and preferred to do things his way. He wore a back brace and swore he got relief with it.

Lately, I have been pretty much chair bound, unable to sit or stand for long. So x-rays were done. I've been put on anti-spasmodic for my back muscles, and they may do a little bit of help, but not a lot. So, I decided to go on a diet. I am very overweight. I'm only just beginning, but I am down 16 pounds so far. And I am doing yoga for core and back strengthening. Now THAT has really helped!

In my case, I just know that two generations before me also had back problems. We were all heavy, tall, and had uncontrolled pain. But it dawned on me, after beginning this weight loss journey and yoga that knowing the medical history of our ancestors could explain a lot of our health problems. So I am determined to find out more about the health issues of my ancestors whenever possible. You just never know when it might help to know!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday Singing

It's time for Sunday Morning Singing at the old church! I've saved you a seat beside me on the pew! So come on in and let's get our spirits filled with these precious country gospel!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The American Revolution and a World War

The American Revolution Was Just One Battlefront in a Huge World War

A new Smithsonian exhibition examines the global context that bolstered the colonists’ fight for independence

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