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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    I LIKE TO VISIT AIR MUSEUMS.  CERTAINLY ONE OF THE BEST IS THE AIR FORCE MUSEUM IN COLUMBUS OHIO, WHERE PLANES ARE DISPLAYED OUTSIDE AS WELL AS INSIDE.  THOSE OUTSIDE ARE ONE OR TWO OF A KIND THAT FAILED TO PERFORM AS EXPECTED.  INSIDE ARE MOST OF THE MILITARY PLANES USED IN VARIOUS WARS AND A SPACE CAPSULE AS WELL.  

    A FEW YEARS AGO I VISITED MY FRIEND LARRY COLLINS (FORMER WHTC ANNOUNCER) IN PALM SPRINGS CALIFORNIA WHERE HE WORKED AS PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT KWXY.  LARRY AND I VISITED THE PALM SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM ONE DAY AND OUR TOUR GUIDE WAS A FORMER GERMAN SOLDIER WHO SERVED IN THE ANTI-AIRCRAFT IN BERLIN.  HE EXPLAINED HOW HE ONCE TRIED TO SHOOT DOWN AMERICAN PLANES.  ALL THE PLANES AT THE PALM SPRINGS MUSEUM ARE FLYABLE.  OF PARTICULAR INTEREST WAS A SIGN WHICH READ, "CHILDREN, PLEASE WATCH YOUR GRANDFATHER," INDICATING THAT US OLD VETS GET LOST IN MEMORIES IN A PLACE LIKE THAT.  THE MUSEUM IS SMALL, BUT VERY WELL MAINTAINED. CHECK IT OUT IF YOU ARE IN THE PALM SPRINGS AREA.

    TELL ME ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE AIR MUSEUM.  

  • THE JUKE BOX

    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    ONE OF THE FUN PARTS OF WINTER IS GETTING YOUR CAR STUCK.  OF COURSE THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOUR WHEELS SPIN, BUT YOU'RE NOT REALLY STUCK. WHEN YOU LIVE IN THE COUNTRY, GETTING STUCK MEANS DRIVING FAST ENOUGH TO GET THROUGH A BIG DRIFT AND ENDING UP NOT GETTING THROUGH, AND YOUR CAR IS HUNG UP IN THE DRIFT.  SHOVELING THE SNOW OUT FROM UNDER THE CAR IS THE ONLY WAY TO MOVE THE CAR AND CONTINUE DOING THIS UNTIL YOU ARE THROUGH THE DRIFT.  ITS NO FUN.  IF YOU HAVE A CELL PHONE, CALL A WRECKER. THEY CAN HOOK UP TO YOUR CAR AND DRAG YOU THROUGH THE DRIFT.  WORST CASE SCENARIO--LEAVE THE CAR UNTIL THE SNOW THAWS.  NOT ADVISABLE, BECAUSE THE SNOW PLOW WILL DEMOLISH IT.  

    WHEN YOU LIVE IN AN URBAN AREA, YOU ARE NOT AWARE OF THE DRIFTED ROADS IN THE COUNTRY SO ITS BEST NOT TO TRAVEL FAR WHEN THE SNOW IS DRIFTING.  TO PROTECT YOURSELF. CARRY SOME KITTY LITTER OR SAND IN THE TRUNK TO TAKE CARE OF THE LITTLE ANNOYING SPINNING WHEELS TYPE OF GETTING STUCK.  WHEN GOOD SENSE DICTATES, STAY HOME.  

    HAVE YOU EVER BEEN REALLY STUCK?

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    Posted by Juke Van Oss

    THESE COLD MORNINGS BRING BACK MEMORIES OF THE FARM WHEN MY JOB WAS TO MILK THREE COWS MORNING AND NIGHT.  I WOULD POSITION THE MILK STOOL NEXT TO A COW NAMED "LOCKSHORE NOBLE BLOSSOM," A GENTLE GURNSEY, AND SPEND FIFTEEN MINUTES OF QUALITY TIME KEEPING WARM WITH THE FRIENDLY BOVINE, AND GET A FULL BUCKET OF MILK.  I WOULD MILK TWO MORE AND LEAVE THE WARM STABLE FOR THE BLEAK WINTER BLAST OUT OF DOORS, AND GET READY FOR SCHOOL.  SOMETIMES I MISS THE SIMPLICITY OF THE COUNTRY LIFE.  DOES YOUR LIFE SEEM COMPLICATED?

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    I LIKE THE SENTINEL. EVERY MORNING, ABOUT 6 AM, I SETTLE DOWN IN MY FAVORITE RECLINER WITH A CUP OF COFFEE AND THE PAPER.  I'M SURE MANY OF YOU HAVE NOTICED, ITS A THINNER PUBLICATION THAN IT USED TO BE.  IS THAT DOWN SIZING?  I HAVEN'T REALLY MISSED THE MISSING COMICS.  I NEVER COULD FOLLOW BRENDA STARR ANYHOW.  I READ MOST OF THE NEWS, THE OBITS AND MANY OF THE ADS, SAVORING THE TIME WHEN I GIVE MY MIND SOME EXERCISE ON THE CROSSWORD PUZZLE.  I MIGHT EVEN READ SOME OF THE CLASSIFIED ADS.

    I'M AMAZED AT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO DON'T READ A DAILY NEWSPAPER.  I GUESS THEY ARE HAPPY TO LET THE REST OF THE WORLD GO BY.

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    A BRIGHT SPOT IN AMERICAN HISTORY WAS 1948 WHEN RUSSIA CLOSED WEST BERLIN TO ALL RAIL AND HIGHWAY TRAFFIC, IN AN ATTEMPT TO GET THE US AND GREAT BRITAIN OUT, NEGATING THE AGREEMENT OF A SHARED OCCUPATION FOR THE CITY.  

    IN A FEW DAYS, THE US AND BRITAIN, ORGANIZED THE "BERLIN AIR LIFT" WHICH BEGAN JUNE 26, 1948 WITH A PLANELOAD OR ORANGES. BY SPRING OF 1949, BERLIN WAS RECEIVING 8000 TONS OF FOOD AND COAL DAILY.  RUSSIA DECIDED THE BLOCKADE WAS NOT WORKING AND GAVE UP THE IDEA AFTER THE AIR DELIVERY OF 2,326,406 TONS BY AMERICAN AND BRITISH PLANES FLYING IN LOADS EVERY THREE MINUTES 24/7.  THANKS TO AMERICAN AND BRITISH AIRMEN AND A DETERMINED PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN. WE PROVED WE COULD DO IT.  

     

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    THE NEW SENATOR FROM MASSACHUSETTS PROVES THAT ONE MAN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  DO YOU THINK THE HONEYMOON WILL LAST?

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    ARE WE STILL AN INDEPENDENT NATION IF OUR MANUFACTURING BASE IN UNDER FOREIGN OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL.  AMERICAN WORKERS ARE PAID FOR THEIR LABOR, BUT THE PROFITS GO TO FOREIGN LANDS AND THE TAXES PAID ON THE PROFITS GO IN FOREIGN TREASURIES.  KEEP THAT IN MIND, WHEN YOU WONDER WHY THERE IS NOT ENOUGH TAX MONEY TO PAY FOR YOUR SCHOOLS, YOUR POLICE  YOUR FIRE PROTECTION OR ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS WE EXPECT GOVERNMENT TO DO FOR US.

    ITS TIME TO STOP SUPPORTING FOREIGN OWNED GOVERNMENTS WHEN THERE IS A COMPARABLE AMERICAN MADE PRODUCT AND PUT THOSE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAXES IN OUR TREASURY.  ITS THE PATRIOTIC THING TO DO--OR HAS PATRIOTISM GONE OUT OF STYLE??

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    WILL POLITICS OR REASON REIGN TODAY IN LIGHT OF THE MASSACHUSETTS VICTORY FOR THE SENATE SEAT FORMERLY OCCUPIED BY TED KENNEDY?  THE SENATE UNDER HARRY REID COULD WELL CHANGE THE RULES TO PREVENT THE NEW SENATOR FROM BEING SEATED UNTIL AFTER THE HEALTH BILL IS PASSED, OR WE COULD SEE THEM SIT DOWN AND REWRITE THE MUCH NEEDED BILL TO BETTER FIT THE AMERICAN NEEDS AND WITHOUT THE PAYBACK FOR SENATE VOTES.  EVEN REPUBLICANS MIGHT VOTE FOR THAT.  WHAT DO YOU THINK??

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    A BIG DAY IN MASSACHUSETTS!!! ELECTION DAY!! AN IMPORTANT DAY FOR THAT STATE, AND BECAUSE OF THE NATIONAL PARTY LINE-UP, AN IMPORTANT DAY FOR OUR NATION. 

    MANY PEOPLE TELL ME THEY HATE PARTY POLITICS, BUT WE MUST REMEMBER THAT PARTY POLITICS IS A NECESSARY PART OF FREEDOM.  AN OLD FRIEND TOLD ME. "YOU CAN ENJOY AN ELECTION EITHER WAY--IF YOUR PARTY GETS IN, ITS CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION, BUT IF YOUR PARTY LOSES, YOU HAVE LOTS TO TIME TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THE OPPOSITION."  BE SURE YOU VOTE IN THE NEXT ELECTION!!

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    I FINISHED READING "WHERE MEN WIN GLORY." THE STORY OF PAT TILLMAN.  WHEN HE LEFT THE NFL TO ENLIST IN THE ARMY HE WAS A POSTER BOY FOR THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT.  

    THE BOOK LEFT ME WITH A FEELING OF FUTILITY ABOUT THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN.  WITH TRIBALISM IS RULING THE COUNTRY AND ESTABLISHING A STABLE GOVERNMENT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE. 

    WHEN PAT WAS KILLED BY FRIENDLY FIRE, THE COVER-UP BY OUR GOVERNMENT WAS APPALLING, FROM HIS IMMEDIATE SUPERIORS, ALL THE WAY TO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT.  AUTHOR JON KRAKAUER TELLS THE FULL STORY.  THE TRAGEDY HAD TO BE TOLD.  

















































    "WHERE MEN WIN GLORY" 

  • THE JUKE BOX

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    LIFE WAS SIMPLE WHEN I WAS A BOY.  ONE OF OUR PLEASURES WAS THE CREEK (PRONOUNCED "CRICK").  THE CREEK RAN FROM 32ND STREET TO 40THE STREET AND BEYOND.  IT WAS FULL OF NATURAL WONDERS LIKE POLLIWOGS, MINOWS FROGS AND AN OCCASIONAL GARTER SNAKE.  ONE LARGE HOLE PROVIDED A SPOT FOR "SKINNY DIPPING."  USUALLY THREE OR FOUR OF US WOULD SPEND AN EDUCATIONAL AFTERNOON, CATCHING WHATEVER WE COULD AND KEEP THEM IN A LARGE STOCK TANK.  I GUESS WE MISSED OUT ON ALL THE TV AND COMPUTER GAMES.  DID YOU ENJOY THOSE SIMPLE PLEASURES WHILE GROWING UP?

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    THOMAS EDISON ONCE SAID,"WE DON'T KNOW ONE-MILLIONTH OF ONE PERCENT ABOUT ANYTHING."  AS I LOOKED AT THE PRODUCTS OF THE ELECTRONIC SHOW, I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.  I WANTED TO YELL, "KEEP IT SIMPLE."  WE NOW CAN COMMUNICATE WITH ANYONE, ANYWHERE ANYTIME, BUT FAIL TO COMMUNICATE WITH GOD, OUR FAMILIES AND OURSELVES.