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Pirate Press: Fall 2010 Issue
Fellow Pirates, YHS Class of ‘57
It’s been awhile, I know, since Jim and I mailed out a Pirate Press. The only excuse for that is I had been waiting for a bit more news from you, and we have had some “parent care-giving” to do this year that took quite a bit of extra time.
Our Allen news is brief: still publishing Arizona Boating & Watersports/Western Outdoor Times (online issues at www.azbw.com), teaching on the Internet, doing some charity work, and keeping up with family events. The paper did receive another nice award this year: Award of Merit from the National Safe Boating Congress.
Will be back in Yakima in October to visit my brother Don, nearly 86, and family. This time I’ll have my oldest daughter Lisa with me plus my granddaughter Kelsee. (It will be fun to show her the old hometown for the first time!)
Our class has a Facebook page, as you know, and that may be enough to keep in touch. However, Jim and I are quite happy to continue with Pirate Press if you wish — even if the distribution dates are sporadic. Let us know your wishes.
JAY ANDY THOMPSON: suggested you become a fan of YHS Class of 1957.
To see more details and confirm this invitation, follow the link below:
Fair winds and following seas,
Carol (Lemon) Allen
TERRY SEWARD, 75, husband of our classmate MARY ANN MARTIN SEWARD, to whom we send our sympathy.
LINDA BRUCE CARON:
When I get the Pirate Press, it reminds me that I should write something.
Just had eye surgery so am typing with one eye closed. Hopefully, there
aren't too many typos. I hope to have the other eye done before I go to
Hawaii in April for 2 weeks. We have a beautiful time share in Kahana. My
oldest son and his family live downstairs in the mother-in-law apartment and
I cook for everyone and really enjoy having them so close. I think that is
why we are all gaining weight. Hard to get it off at my age. They are
built in dog sitters. My granddaughter and her little baby are coming in
August from Nashville and I am really anxious to see them. We Skype every
now and then so that the baby will know her great-grandma. Still working on
the 46' boat (not me personally, but workmen) and hope to have it ready for
use before I die (ha). I was talking to another grad the other day and we
were talking about childhood memories and how we should all write them down
for our children. I spent every summer from about 10 to 15 in Kansas with
my aunt and grandfather. I took the train by myself. My dad would tip the
porter to look out for me. Probably couldn't do that in this day and age.
There was nothing in the little town, no theater, no skating rink. My
grandpa and all the old men would sit on the bank steps at night and discuss
politics and crops - me right there with them. A lot of good memories
there. I have a Scottish history web site and get a lot of genealogical
questions and have done a little but that stuff will drive you crazy if you
get into it a lot. I don't get to Yakima much anymore since my parents are
gone but hope we have another reunion. That was so much fun seeing
everyone. We should have one in a couple of years and I would be happy to
work on it.
Just got back from Hawaii and wrote the below before I left.
Best to all
Linda Bruce Caron
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SYLVIA NORDLUND LUGER AND SUE WOODRUFF:
Rich and I [Woodruff] took a trip to see my sister Janie in Brookings, Oregon. Sylvia Nordlund Luger also lives in Brookings.
Sylvia Nordlund Luger and Sue Woodruff -
This photo was taken in Sylvia's lovely home with the great ocean view. Brookings in on the Oregon coast just 9 miles from the California border.
Oregon Coast, a park just up from Brookings
And here is a photo of our newest grandson Elijah, born December 19, 2009. He has 4 teeth now and pulls up to stand every chance he gets when not crawling.
Did your mom ever make Hollyhock dolls with you? I'm showing Olivia (4) how to do it.
The fire in San Bruno Ca was a little close for one of our family members.My son in laws brother and family live 2 blocks from the fire.Scared the pants off them but they came through ok. Had plans to go to Crete Greece this summer for a family reunion as well as a small reunion with some folks who were stationed at the UASF Security base there.Had to cancel due to health.Hope to make it next summer.Reunion went well for the folks returning to the best military duty in the USAF. Still working on my collection of old and new photos of Crete and of the old base..Also still working on locating lost friends for others from the base..Had some good surprises in the searches.One old friend,Adrian Cronauer( Good morning Viet-Nam fame),a captain from Crete now a retired Major General.A couple very close friends from 1960s located and now we are back in contact..Have Then and Now photos of most of them in my collection.If anyone would like to see any of the photo shows I have them on a link.Just contact me at email@example.com and I will send it out.Just let me know what areas you would like to see.Crete,Base or all of the collection.Getting ready for our Greek Festival next weekend.Busy setting up the bar.The wife is in charge of the kitchen.A couple of our Grand kids will be in a Greek dance group. Received a call from a fellow EC47 crew member from Viet-Nam last week.We flew together in 1966 with the USAFSS Intelligence unit.He found me listed on another site.Too bad finding all these people did not happen years ago before I got so old.Hope you all had a great summer USMC/USAF RET, FAIRFIELD,CA And, Gary Mcpherson commented on your wall post:
"Sue and Carol,It has been kind of slow around here so not much to report.Been very busy working on my photo shows of Crete and the old spy base many of us were on.I think there are over 800 members on the Cretan site.Some I knew and others just met.Exchange photos .Also spending time looking for lost friends from Crete.That is really fun when you find one.I found two that I have not seen since late 60s.This stuff keeps a old man busy.Was going to come up to Yakima this summer but my nice doctor said I had best have someone Else drive.Small pacemaker.defib problem.Hope to make it to Crete next summer.Getting ready for our Greek food fair .I'm the chief bartender.Have been for 20 years.The real sad thing about my life right now is I have to back off of some of the Greek food of which I http://www.facebook.com/l/fad98;love.LOL.If anyone wishes to see the photo shows of Crete I will post the link.At the end of the link are numbers.Just change the numbers to see another show.
part 2 is number 3075.The photos are THEN and NOW photos.I also posted photos on my Face Book."
Hi Carol and Jim, Thanks for remembering [our birthdays]! I will retire om7/2/10 and will Be taking a trip to Norway, Germany, Egypt and London and will be gone for 25 days. Should be fun and very interesting. Glad you are both fine in sunny AZ, Sorry that your BD passed me by, it is always hard to believe you are the "older" woman, Warm regards, Ed----
Editor’s Note: I thank Ed for sending me a beautiful papyrus from his Egyptian trip. I was there in 1988-89 and thought the papyri were beautiful! Still do.
My new e-mail address is
A. Perks of reaching 60 or being over 70 and heading towards 80!
01. Kidnappers are not very interested in you.
02. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first.
03. No one expects you to run — anywhere.
04. People call at 9 p.m. and ask,"Did I wake you?"
05. People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
06. There is nothing left to learn the hard way.
07. Things you buy now won't wear out.
08. You can eat supper at 4 p.m.
09. You can live without sex but not your glasses.
10. You get into heated arguments about pension plans.
11. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
12. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room.
13. You sing along with elevator music.
14. Your eyes won't get much worse.
15. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.
16. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
17. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.
18. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size.
B. SCHOOL : 1957 vs. 2010
Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2010 - Police called, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it. Both children go to anger-management programs for three months. School board hold meeting to implement bullying-prevention programs
Scenario: Robbie won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957 - Robbie sent to office and given six of the best by the principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2010 - Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. Robbie's parents get fortnightly disability payments and school gets extra funding from state because Robbie has a disability.
Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957- Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2010 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.
Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 - Mark gets glass of water from school nurse to take aspirin with.
2010 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.
Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle,
blows up a bull-ant's nest.
1957- Ants die.
2010- Star Force, Federal Police & Anti-terrorism Squad called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, Feds investigate parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated. Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957- In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2010 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.
(These may be slight exaggerations, but those of us who were in school in the ‘50s no doubt get the picture. Can you say police state?)
C. Comments made in the year 1955. That's only 55 years ago!
1. I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, it's going to be impossible to buy a week's groceries for $10.00.
2. Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It won't be long before $1,000.00 will only buy a used one.
3. If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit. 20 cents a pack is ridiculous.
4. Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter?
5. If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.
6. When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon? Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage.
7. I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying “Damn” in Gone with the Wind. It seems every new movie has either “Hell” or “Damn”in it.
8. I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas.
9. Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President.
10. I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now.
11. It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women
are having to work to make ends meet. It won't be long before young couples
are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work.
12. I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.
13. Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes. I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to government.
14. The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on. (Editor’s Note: Jim and I still go to a drive-in near our home: The Scottsdale Six; it was fun to take our granddaughter for the first time.)
15. There's no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.
16. No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it's too rich for my blood.
17. If they think I'm gonna pay 30 cents for a haircut, they're out of their minds!
(And, I’m sure there are many more that you remember saying yourself!)
To My Old As Dirt Friends
To qualify as "old as dirt
For those who never saw any of the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's and '40's. Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old 2 lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers' fields.
They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet..... .and the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream.
Here are more of the actual signs:
DON'T STICK YOUR ELBOW
OUT SO FAR
IT MAY GO HOME
IN ANOTHER CAR........... BURMA SHAVE
TRAINS DON'T WANDER
ALL OVER THE MAP
'CAUSE NOBODY SITS
IN THE ENGINEER'S LAP....... Burma Shave
SHE KISSED THE HAIRBRUSH
SHE THOUGHT IT WAS
HER HUSBAND JAKE........ Burma Shave
DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD
TO GAIN A MINUTE
YOU NEED YOUR HEAD
YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT......... Burma Shave
DROVE TOO LONG
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
IS NOT AMUSING.........Burma Shave
GOOD MORNING, NURSE.........Burma Shave
TO HER RECKLESS DEAR
LET'S HAVE LESS BULL
AND A LITTLE MORE STEER........ Burma Shave
SPEED WAS HIGH
WEATHER WAS NOT
TIRES WERE THIN
X MARKS THE SPOT.......Burma Shave
THE MIDNIGHT RIDE
OF PAUL FOR BEER
LED TO A WARMER
HEMISPHERE....... Burma Shave
AROUND THE CURVE
WASN'T IT?........ Burma Shave
NO MATTER THE PRICE
NO MATTER HOW NEW
THE BEST SAFETY DEVICE
IN THE CAR IS YOU......Burma Shave
A GUY WHO DRIVES
A CAR WIDE OPEN
IS NOT THINKIN'
HE'S JUST HOPIN'........ Burma Shave
LOOK EACH WAY
A HARP SOUNDS NICE
BUT IT'S HARD TO PLAY........Burma Shave
BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL
EYES ON THE ROAD
THAT'S THE SKILLFUL
DRIVER'S CODE...... Burma Shave
THE ONE WHO DRIVES
WHEN HE'S BEEN DRINKING
DEPENDS ON YOU
TO DO HIS THINKING...... Burma Shave
CAR IN DITCH
DRIVER IN TREE
THE MOON WAS FULL
AND SO WAS HE....... Burma Shave
PASSING SCHOOL ZONE
TAKE IT SLOW
LET OUR LITTLE
SHAVERS GROW.......Burma Shave
Do these bring back any old memories?
If not, you're merely a child.
If they do - then you're old as dirt...
E. YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING IN 2010 when...
1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave..
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.
4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you...
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they don't have e-mail addresses.
6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if
Anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.
7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.
8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.
10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.
11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )
12.. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.
13. Even worse, you know exactly to whom you are going to forward this message.
14. You are too busy to notice there was no #9 on this list.
15. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a #9 on this list.