March’2007

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FALLEN WARRIORS – In order to properly memorialize our Fallen Warriors,
we are requesting submissions of any appropriate pics that you would like
to see included on their memorial pages. Send pics to Smoke Signals

 

LAST CHANCE TO PLAY – WHO DAT WARRIOR  CLICK TO PLAY

 

EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR OUR TROOPS  Phil is establishing a web page for pics of our men
and women in uniform who are currently serving in the armed forces, anywhere.

Chris Hill   mailto:armyhill13b@yahoo.com  Patsy Hill Bailey’s nephew currently serving in
Afghanistan

 

david.curlin@us.army.mil  and  caleb.curlin@us.army.mil  Leeba’s  two sons in Iraq.

 

Phil has posted both David’s and Caleb’s letters CLICK TO READ LETTERS

CLICK FOR "IF I DIE BEFORE YOU WAKE"

 

SEND US STORIES AND PICS OF YOUR TRAVELS

A usually reliable source informs Smoke Signals that each winter, David ‘Peb’ Stone abandons
the cold climes of Wolfeboro, N.H. for the sunny shores of Puerto Rico, where he soaks up the rays
until the neighbors back home put their snowplows away and nearby Lake Winnipesaukee thaws out.
When given a chance to respond, Stone said “Si Es verdad.  Estoy aqui
ahora.” which translates to “Yes, it’s green and I’m a water whore.”

 

Charlie Mullins and wife Nancy have traveled extensively since November of 2004.  After spending
six months in Galway, Ireland they moved on to Cividale, Italy then to New Zealand. They spent
most of last summer in Canada, where they sublet an apartment in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In August,
they flew to the Canadian Rockies. From Calgary, they drove through the Bannf area, and up the
glacier highway to Jasper. The Mullins then boarded a train for Vancouver,
then ferried to Victoria and on to Whidbey Island; after that, a flight to Juneau.In December, they
spent three weeks on the north shore of Oahu.

 

This month they downsized to an Audubon Square condo. Their plans are to hit the road this
summer for some time in Bozeman, Montana and avoid the sweltering Memphis heat. Future
summer plans may include going back to Ireland and perhaps Canada.

 

Memories – Send you Central Memories to PAULA

 

OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES – Paula Wicker

This one hits close to home

My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy Birthday. He asked me how old I was,
and I told him, "62." He was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you start at 1?
"

 

SAY WHAT?!! 

Downtown Memphis looks like "Dresden after the war “      

                          Phil Jackson, coach of the NBA L. A. Lakers

  

Be Advised – According to webmaster and staff accountant Phil Aquino, before preparing your ’06
tax return, you should check out this link.
http://www.snopes.com/business/taxes/excise.asp 

  

WARNINGS TO WARRIORS – from Smoke Signals medical advisor Dr. Vinny Boombatz

 

The European Journal of Neurology reports that migraine headaches indicate an increased risk of
stroke, accounting for 1.5% of all strokes and up to 14% in patients age 15-44.

 

According to the Karolinska Inst. in Stockholm, polyunsaturated fats, present in walnuts and salmon,
reduce the risk of dementia.

 

TIPS FROM THE REDNECK BOOK OF MANNERS

                                    from Smoke Signals etiquette editor Betty Jo Olive

 

        1. Livestock usually, is a poor choice for a wedding gift.

        2. Kissing the bride for more than 5 seconds may get you shot.
        
        3. For the groom, at least, rent a tux. A leisure suit with cummerbund
            and a clean bowling shirt can create too sporty an appearance.
          
        4. Though uncomfortable, say "yes" to socks and shoes for this
            special occasion.

        5. It is not appropriate to tell the groom how good his wife is in
            the sack.

 

 

FROM THE                  LAUGH TRACK from Phil Aquino

ADULT!                          ADULT!                               ADULT!

        

        WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND ENGLISH!

        
I had a bunch of Canadian dollars I needed to exchange, so I went to
the currency exchange window at the local bank.

Short line. Just one guy in front of me. An Asian guy who was trying

to exchange yen for dollars and he was a little irritated.

He asked the teller, "Why it change?
Yestoday, I get two hunat dolla for yen.
Today I get  un  hunat eighty?
Why it change?"

The teller shrugged his shoulders and said, "Fluctuations".

The Asian guy says, "Fluc you white people too!"
                                        

                         
  SEND US A SHORT BIO ALONG WITH A RECENT PHOTO SO WE CAN PUT

  YOU IN "THE SPOTLITE" . Use this well-done bio from  PINKY as your guide

 

Phil has been updating the “Bio – Pages” of the best DAMN web-site in the
World. Spend some time reading up on your fellow Warriors
 CLICK FOR PICS  
Then send us a recent pic .

 

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

 Feb. 10th - Mary Alice Gammon Malone tells Smoke Signals that her brother, Ronnie Gammon
has been in declining health. Ronnie, who has Parkinson’s disease, suffered a stroke in January and
has begun therapy. Mary Alice requests that we all remember Ronnie in our prayers.

 

MEMORIAL PAGES – In what may be the most tragic two-month period in the history of the class
of ’63, three of our members have died, Bob White, Paul Jayne, and Elaine Barton Wilkins. Our
webmaster Phil Aquino has established a page for each of these fallen Warriors to remind us of their
contributions and their lives, well lived. If anyone has pics of these tribe members, please send them
to
SMOKE SIGNALS . Visit these pages and remember what each meant to us and how we will
miss them. Think also of those who loved them and whose lives will now have terrible void.
 BOB WHITE, 12/5/06       PAUL JAYNE, 1/7/07
      ELAINE BARTON WILKINS, 2/7/07


Feb. 22nd - Update on Paula Wicker Hamby’s grandson, Sweet Baby James, 8 weeks old on Feb.
23, now weighs 2lb 6oz. and is 14” long. James recently underwent another surgery; this one placed
a permanent shunt in his head
to drain the fluid build up in the brain ventricles. James will be
transferred from Akron OH Children's Hospital to Vanderbilt's Monroe Carrell Children's Hospital in
Nashville, TN this coming Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007.
CLICK FOR PICS

 

NEWS FOR THE OUT-OF-TOWNER for more, visit THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL

 

Feb. 2, 1951 – Memphis recorded the lowest temperature ever in the month of Feb. –11 degrees.
This occurred while the city was caught in the grip of an historic ice storm.

 

Feb. 13thCharlie Cleaves, owner of the 7th Inning, died today at Methodist Hospital Central.

The7th Inning was the site of our March 2005 SupperClub, Click-temp. link to CA article.    
  

Feb. 19th  - Jack Ruby, 63, died today in Memphis after being in poor health for a number of years.
Jack will be remembered by Fairview alum as the huge lineman on the ’59 Trojan football team.
Jack’s dad was the founder of Jack Ruby Ambulance Service, which in the 50’s, was one of the
most prominent ambulance services in the city.


Feb. 22ndToday’s C.A. reports that the Memphis area continues to rank number 1 in percentage
of black population among the nation’s large metro areas, as it has for decades. They predict that in
a few years, we will become the first majority black large metro area.

 

Feb. 24thThis weekend, the First Assembly of God Church commemorates its 100 anniversary at

their sprawling Cordova Campus. Click-temp. link to CA article.

 

Feb.25th – The Count and Amount.25/55 The C.A. reports that as of Feb. 24, the year-to-date
Memphis homicide count stood at 25 persons in that 55-day span.

 

                                                        LINKS YOU’LL LOVE

Mike Murphy sends us back                                    In case of Alziheimers, BOOKMARK THIS! 

Taliban comes to MI- Phil BEWARE!                      Global incident map     
A MUST READ FOR OUR TRIBE!                             Flight of Fancy - lengthy

 

                                                      HENRY’S CORNER

Speaking of “The Unchained Melody” we were, weren’t we, the song is among
the most beautiful and prolifically recorded songs of all time. It was written for the
1952 movie Unchained. The movie, about a prison inmate’s struggles, stared
Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch, Dexter Gordon, and Barbara Hale, later to play Della
Street
in the Perry Mason T.V.series. Charted versions of the song were recorded
by Les Baxter, Al Hibbler, Roy Hamilton, June Valli and the Righteous Bros.

By some accounts, 500 versions were made. Less notable, if not diverse renditions were made by
Elvis, Harry Belafonte, The Lettermen, Barry Manilow, Roy Orbison, Liberace, U2, and Clay Aiken.
Without a doubt, the most up-beat if not offbeat version was recorded in”63 by the doo wop group
Vito and the Salutations. The song was nominated for a “Best Music – Original Score” Oscar in ’56,
losing to “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing”.

Shortly after establishment, Central High, then called Memphis High School, played three football
games against the Ole Miss Rebels, losing all three; 1910, 0-10; 1911, 41-0; 1912, 0-34. No Deaton,
no wins.

Here’s a map depicting how its creators envisioned the Eisenhower National System of Interstate
and Defense Highways. (see Aug. S.S.). As is currently the case, both interstate and U.S.
highways are numbered according to their direction of travel. Highways running generally east-west
receive even numbers; while those running a more north-south direction, receiving odd numbers.
 CLICK TO VIEW MAP .

 

And God said, “Let there be light:” And there was light. CLICK FOR THE REST OF THE STORY .

 

  A TIP OF THE HAT TO DAVID COTTON FOR THE PIC OF HIGH SCHOOL HENRY