DEC. 2007



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                                                  According to Wikipedia

Hanukkah (Hebrew: חנוכה‎, also spelled Chanukah), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may fall anytime from late November to late December. It celebrates the re-kindling of the Temple menorah at the time of the Maccabee rebellion.

The festival is observed in Jewish homes by the kindling of lights on each night of the holiday: One on the first night, two on the second, and so on.     

Smoke Signals has received Howard Curlin’s first update from Iraq. Howard is John and Leeba Andrews Curlin’s son, the third to be deployed to the war zone. REQUEST A COPY

In spite of the poor performance in the last contest, let’s see who can correctly identify all 14 of these.  Click to play!




MemoriesSend you Central Memories to PAULA 


CRUISE UPDATE - By the slimiest of margins, the New Orleans Cruise edged out the second place finisher, the cruise leaving out of Miami.  More info will be forth coming, so be prepared to commit. Our goal is to have a minimum of 40 people signed up to sail from the Crescent City on June 23rd. If Leonard is successful in arranging transportation on the City of New Orleans on June 22nd, we will be spending one night in a New Orleans hotel or in a French Quarter bar; it’s your call.  


Intelligence in the Classroom
Half of all children are below average, and teachers can do only so much for them.

                                                                                        wsj EDITORIAL PG.

WARNINGS TO WARRIORS – from Smoke Signals medical advisor Dr. Vinny Boombatz
Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer in males and the fourth in females in the U.S.

If you are over 50, we are, doctors recommend a colonoscopy every 10 years in the absence of problems. Otherwise, the recommended frequency is 2-5 years. This procedure is done under mild sedation with virtually no discomfort.


HELPFUL HINTS    From Smoke Signals’ HOMES editor - Mike Blackwell

The US Postal service sent out a message to all letter carriers to put a sheet of Bounce in their uniform pockets to keep yellow jackets away.

1.  It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them.  It also repels mice.
2. Spread sheets around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are sitting and it keeps mice      from entering your vehicle
3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don't get opened too often.

4. It repels mosquitoes. Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season.
5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen.
6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling.

7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors.  Clean with a sheet of Bounce.
8. To freshen the air in your home - Place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet.
9. Put Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner.
10. Prevent thread from tangling.  Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew.

Continued in the Jan. issue



FROM THE                 LAUGH TRACK

The Entrepreneur
Madison, WI policeman had a perfect spot to watch for speeders, but wasn't getting many.  Then he discovered the problem - a 12 year old boy was standing up the road with a hand painted sign, which read "RADAR TRAP AHEAD."  The officer then found a young accomplice down the road with a sign reading "TIPS" and a bucket full of money.

Flying into this month’s Spotlite is Warren Webb. Smoke Signals

Caught up with Warren, Gladys and and their first grandchild, Gabriela
Click here to read the Webb story.





                   CAN PUT YOU IN "THE SPOTLITE" . Use this well-done bio from 

                   PINKY as your guide

IN THE NEWS WITH VIEWS send news of new jobs, retirement, kids, grandkids, ANYTHING OF INTEREST going on in your life to SMOKE SIGNALS


Nov. 13th– Former Shelby County Commissioner, Bruce Thompson  ( R ) was indicted on Federal charges of three counts of mail fraud and one count of extortion for his involvement in obtaining construction contracts for H&M Company to build city school projects in 2004.  Click for more


Nov. 19th - We’re #8, We’re #8. In an analysis of the FBI crime stats by CQ Press, Memphis ranks as the eighth most violent city in the nation behind. Detroit, St. Louis, Flint, Oakland, Camden, Birmingham and No. Charleston, S.C.  Most other analysis rank Memphis as #1. CQ weighs each crime category based on seriousness. The safest city – Mission Viejo, Ca. Click for more

Nov. 14th- No!  We’re #1, We’re #1 – According to Forbes, Memphis is America’s most obese city.

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Nov. 27th - Gene and Robin Nall Smith became grandparents for the first time with the birth of 7lb., 14oz. Levi Saunders Anderson. Levi will live in Memphis with mom, Rachel, an RN and his dad, Kyle a carpenter.  Click for pic.


Nov 29th – Patsy Sims Moore is scheduled for surgery.   Click for the story





Nov. 20th – Lewis Berretta Jr., who founded Berretta’s famous Bar-B-Que Restaurant at Park and Highland, died today of complications from injuries received in an automobile accident. The restaurant, a Memphis landmark for 52 years, closed in 1985 after Mr. Berretta’s son was shot during a robbery. Berretta also operated the Spike and Rail in Bartlett, which closed in 1997.


                                             LINKS YOU’LL LOVE

Although Smoke Signals never contains material that would be considered obscene, some links may occasionally contain a word, image or other content that might be offensive to some. Henceforth, those links will appear BLACK in color.

Women are weird.. er, ah, unique      Daily Pres. tracking poll    A PREVIEW OF OUR CRUISE?!!

Men, don't be a girly guy, buy a manly gun     A different trip back.  Nancy Perryman

CHS CONCERT SINGERS  Aquino          Hysterical Blackwell                 Remember the '60's busselle

Here’s one of the best links we’ve ever received, thanx to Bettye Jo Olive Johnson Click here!


                               Speaking of Frank Sinatra, Jr., we were, weren’t we? On Dec. 9, 1963, the 19 year-old son of the ‘Chairman of the Board, was kidnapped from a Lake Tahoe hotel and taken to California. He was held for three days and released, unharmed, after Frank Sr. paid a paltry $240,000 ransom. The three kidnappers, two age 23 and the third, 42 had originally considered targeting Bob Hope’s son, Tony, but rejected the idea as “Unpatriotic” because of the elder Hope’s work entertaining troops. 23 year old Barry Keenan, the kingpin of the plot, had attended high school with Nancy Sinatra and was familiar with other celebrities.
The original plot called for Frank Jr. to be snatched from the Ambassador Hotel in L.A. on Nov. 22nd, where the victim would be staying to attend the USC vs. UCLA ball game. However, the assassination of President Kennedy preempted that plan. The kidnappers were arrested and most of the ransom recovered. Though all received length prison sentences, Keenan served only 4 ½ years while both fellow conspirators served 3 ½.
The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper.
The dot over the letter "i" is called a "tittle."

A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.




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