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02/21/20 11:13 PM #18409    


David Cordell

Watched Ford versus Ferrari tonight. Good movie. Good story line and exciting racing sequences. During part of the movie there was music that sounded a lot like the instrumental part of Polk Salad Annie. Sho'nuff. It was.

Separately -- is anyone else getting tired of the word existential? Trump is an existential threat to the country?? Really? The country will stop existing? Until recently, I hadn't heard the word existential since a sophomore philosophy class. Now I hear it every day.

This reminds me of the word awesome. The Grand Canyon is awesome. When the waitress says, "Awesome," when I order iced tea, it is a bit of an overstatement.

Wait a minute while I yell at some kids who are on my lawn.

02/22/20 11:01 AM #18410    


Wayne Gary


Lets add some more overused words:

Like;  I went like to the store like it was Wallmart .......

Basicaly; Basicaly I went to Walmart

Honestly: Honestly I will tell you the truth

An oldy but goody: You Know -  You know the sun came up you know this morning


02/22/20 11:24 AM #18411    


Lawrence (Lance) Cantor






BASICALLY what I’m hearing David is that you had a BOMBSHELL moment realizing that kids can pose an EXISTENTIAL threat to your lawn…that’s AWESOME and I TOTALLY get that!


Sometimes I BASTARDIZE words that help me look smart.

This gives me more SYNERGY so AT THE END OF THE DAY…I sleep well.


I think this Forum is over-due for a CLIMATE CHANGE!

02/22/20 03:14 PM #18412    


Lowell Tuttle

Susie and I have ctaught onto a phrase used in the new film, Troop Zero, which we loved.

Jim Gaffigan as a widower, and his daughter talk to each other and say, "What it is, boss" to each other all through the movie.

It's an old term, movie timed in the late 70's. 

So, "what it is, boss."

02/22/20 10:46 PM #18413    


David Cordell

OK. Here's another word that is misused: literally. "I was almost late for class and literally flew down the hallway to be on time." NO! If you literally flew, you actually flew! You know. Like, flew. With wings or rocket engines or something. It's not a metaphor. Not "sorta" flew. Not walked so fast that it seemed like you were flying. Flew! So cut it out!

Now, what can I say about sorta? I dunno. (He's on third base.)

02/23/20 07:22 AM #18414    


David Cordell

Pertinent to our earlier conversation -- there is a special tonight on Fox News at 9:00 CST called Unknown Valor that relates to Iwo Jima. This is the 75th anniversary. Hosted by Martha McCallum, who has written a book on the topic.

I'll be interested to see the specials this year relating to the 75th anniversary of V-E Day and VJ-Day.

The following is unrelated and came from a trivia site. I am reproducing it because the last item reminded me of my good friend Steve Keene.

5 Places Airplanes Can't Fly Over

On February 22, 1935, it became illegal for planes to fly over the White House. While the sight of an airplane flying overhead is normal for most people, there are areas in the United States where planes can't fly. These no-fly zones cover places that range from historical to top secret. Here are 5 places that airplanes can't fly over...

The White House

You might think the White House barred planes from flying overhead for security reasons. But in this case, the no-fly zone was created on this day in 1935 because President Franklin D. Roosevelt couldn't sleep with the drone of engines and propellers overhead. The ban is still in place, although it hasn't kept all aircraft out. There have been a few incidents in which an aircraft breached the no-fly zone, including one in which a small plane crashed two stories below President Clinton’s bedroom. In 1974, an Army private stole a helicopter from Fort Meade and hovered above the White House for six minutes and landed on the South Lawn. 

Area 51

If you were hoping to fly an aircraft over the infamous Area 51 to see what you could spot, you'd be in for a nasty surprise. The area around it is restricted to most, but not all, air travel. The only commuter flights allowed to fly to Area 51 must originate from a specific terminal at a specific airport (Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport). The planes themselves must use the call sign “Janet” to get clearance to enter the airspace. While these restrictions may add to the forbidden appeal of sneaking around Area 51, it's a legitimate military zone that handles top-secret information. It's not an area you'd want to mess around in. 

Disneyland and Disney World

Both Disney properties in the United States have no-fly zones that extend in a three-mile radius around each, up to 3,000 feet above the park. They were included in a massive air-safety-focused act of Congress, Operation Liberty Shield, enacted in 2003. While the zones prevent plane noise from interrupting people's days at the park, critics say the zones do nothing to prevent terrorism and only prevent banner-towing planes from flying over the park. Some conservative groups have treated the zones as free-speech issues because they can't fly protest banners during some of the parks' events. 

A Number of Presidential Properties

What do Mount Vernon, Kennebunkport, and Camp David have in common? They're all presidential-related properties that have no-fly zones. Mount Vernon was George Washington's home, which has a no-fly zone up to 1,500 feet above mean sea level; Kennebunkport is home to the Bush family compound at Walker's Point, which has a no-fly zone up to 1,000 feet above mean sea level; and Camp David is the Maryland retreat where many presidents have gone to relax and to hold historical meetings and conferences. It has a no-fly zone of up to 5,000 feet above mean sea level.

Pantex Nuclear Assembly Plant

This spot is located about 17 miles northeast of Amarillo, Texas, and it is exactly what it sounds like—it’s a site for the production of nuclear weapons. Pantex also dismantles excess nukes and keeps tabs on existing ones. It’s one of several locations run by the National Nuclear Security Administration—but it’s actually the only one with a no-fly zone. As you might expect, the site is also closed to the public.

02/23/20 12:16 PM #18415    


Hollis Carolyn Heyn


On 2/26/15 I posted here my father's narrative of his Iwo Jima experience.

02/23/20 03:37 PM #18416    


David Cordell


I am taking the liberty of reproducing your three posts from five years ago (this very week), as well as this photo. Nice looking man!


Haven't yet read your long post about your dad, Sandra...very eager to do so after classes today.  Starting in 1979 my dad began meeting with his Navy squadron yearly.  At that time he began writing about WW2 experiences, one from Iwo Jima in March 1945 some weeks after the Marines invaded but when Japanese were still emerging from their various "hidey holes".  I'll dig out that narrative and share later.   When we travelled to Mexico for vacations something about being in a different culture would prompt nightmares.  We were all staying in one big room together and I remember waking up to my father's screams.  My mom woke him and calmed him down and I heard him say that the dream was about the Japanese capturing my mom and us kids.  Other than a few other of his nightmares I heard in my childhood, my father never talked about the war until 1979 and then it was mostly how wonderful his friends were particularly since he was the youngest in the squadron.  I had the great honor of attending one reunion when it was held here in STL in 1989.  Boy did I get the royal treatment from his buddies and heard such wonderful things about my grandfather who died when I was an infant.  They all talked about my grandparents meeting them all at a layover at Dallas's Union Station and how beautiful and stylish my grandmother was.  My grandfather took one of the guys under his wing when the guy's wife was dying in East Texas.  The guy was sent home, got off the train in Dallas where my grandfather met him, took him to their Lakewood home, fed him and then drove him to the hospital in East Texas.  Happy news is the wife survived and beamed at me as the husband told the story at the reunion dinner table.  My father, of course, was holding back the tears as am I right this moment.



Below is my father's description of his time on Iwo Jima:

Our crew was part of the first group sent to Iwo Jima from Tinian on about March 19th or 20th.  The airstrip was "secured", but the Marines and the Army were fighting the Japanese at the north end of the island.

Sierkierski, Bodie and I slept on cots in a small tent, surrounded by Marines in foxholes.  One of us remained at our plane each night.  Throughout every night, Japanese inflitrated from an extensive system of underground tunnels, setting off trip-flares; this was followed by intense fire and explosions.

Our mission was to find and destroy Japanese picket boats which were advance warning of our B-29 raids on Japan.

The following events may not be in proper sequence:

We had been out that day on a search flight and had landed close to sunset.  All the enlisted crewmen were at the planes.  Just after dark, the air raid siren sounded and we went into a large shell crater.  Word was passed that we were about to be bombed from Japan and that the Japanese on Iwo would conduct a "Banzai" charge in conjunction with the air raid.  I recall taking the Thompson sub-machine gun with me from our plane.

After a time, the all-clear was given and we went to our tent to sleep.  The next morning we learned a flight of Japanesse "Betty" bombers had been sent to bomb us, but had been shot down by our P-61 NIght-Fighters.  Early in the morning, the Japanese on Iwo did make a Banzai charge on the bivouac area of the P-61 pilots, killing and wounding a number of them.  As far as I know, all the Japanese were killed by the Marines.  The aftermath of that charge was horrible.

I believe it was the next day that all of our planes attacked two Japanese picket boats running one behind the other.  We strafed and fired rockets at them and they returned 20 millimeter machine gun fire.  We made, I believe, two strafing runs and when we left, the picket boats appeared to be burning and sinking slowly.  I think our plane sustained a minor hit in an oil line.

The next day, March 27th, we were again on a search flight.  I remember that flying at 8,000 feet ice was forming on my turret dome.  Our pilot, Fox, came on the intercom to tell us that we were seeing Tokyo Bay in the distance.  We turned and went back to Iwo Jima.  When we landed, we saw one of our planes had crash landed on the airstrip.  The plane had been flown back to Iwo and landed by H. Saddler AMM1/C, after the pilot, Lt. (J.G.) Lee Wilson and co-pilot, Ens. D.A. McCarthy had been badly wounded by 20 millimeter hit in the cockpit while attacking a Japanese picket boat.  Saddler had never before landed an aircraft.  I later learned that he was awarded the silver star for saving the lives of his crew. 

The next morning, March 28th, we did not fly, but I met on the airstrip with R.R. Henn, AOM2/C, who was in Saddler's crew.  He described the ill-fated flight in detail and took a photograph of me standing near the airstrip with Mt. Suribachi in the background.

We returned to Tinian the next day and were happy to get a shower, clean clothes and something besides K-Rations to eat.

I have that photo of my dad with Mt. Suribachi in the background but it is of such poor quality don't think it's worth a scan.   He was presented the Air Medal on August 11 in Maryland for according to the newsclipping "effectiely strafing enemy gun positions despite intense anti-aircraft fire during the period of September 1944 to March 1945."  He was AOM3c in the USN.  Before fighting in the Pacific his squadron was assigned to the Carribean looking for German subs.



For those interested:  My dad has one more written short piece that I cannot access from home - only school.  This third and last entry is his recollection of being sent on leave back to the States in April 1945 and hearing of Roosevelt's death.  The transport was this huge plane that took forever to take off from the water and evidently was pretty fancy compared to his other transports.  If I remember correctly, many of these military men were sent home before the possibility of being sent back a few weeks or months later to invade Japan.  Truman's decision saved a lot of our soldiers' lives.  Possibly had the US not dropped the bomb, some of us wouldn't have been born. 

One story my dad told me about that spring leave was that he took trains eastward from California but started hitchhiking maybe in New Mexico.  He called his Dallas parents when he was in Lubbock giving them a sense of when to expect him.  My grandmother told him later that my grandfather waited out on the front porch for hours, and my dad reports that my grandfather saw him get off the street car right on the corner of Abrams and Vickery where my grandparents lived - 6403 Vickery with the beautiful wooded sloping backyard with a fishing pier to the little lake the neighbors all shared.  My grandfather, who was shorter than my 6'1" dad, picked him up and wouldn't let go for some time.  My grandmother told my dad later that my grandfather stopped going to the movies because he couldn't stop crying in the newsreels - so worried about my dad and classmates and neighbors' kids and on and on.  I also have letters from his parents to my dad that my dad saved.  During that Feb./Mar. 1945 period their letters to him have a frantic tone because they weren't receiving any letters from him since evidently he couldn't write during that period which included Iwo Jima.  My grandmother also saved all of his letters - although my dad was careful what he wrote to them, I still see some blacking out by censors. 

02/23/20 05:25 PM #18417    


Hollis Carolyn Heyn

David: 😊😊😊

02/23/20 06:39 PM #18418    


Steve Keene

David and Hollis,

Finally California gets serious!





02/23/20 08:28 PM #18419    


Janalu Jeanes (Parchman)

To further lighten the mood, see little Miss Joanna perform her way to stardom!

Go here:   Youtube: Miss Joanna Colon's Dance Recital dancing to "RESPECT"


This little tamale is too hot for her pink tutu!   She is so cute and funny, and I think Aretha would be SO proud!!

Reminds me of the many times Charles and I went to our daughter's dance recitals, dissolving into hysterics!

The youngest ones are the funniest munchkins!




02/23/20 09:33 PM #18420    


David Cordell


Remember the movie Parenthood? There was a scene of a school play. Super-up-tight Steve Martin and laid-back Mary Steenburgen were the parents. (Now that I think of it, laid-back is probably not a good term to apply to a female.) Anyway, the school play dissolves into chaos. Steenburgen laughs uproariously, but Martin is beside himself, mortified.

I'm the Steve Martin character.

02/23/20 11:38 PM #18421    


Janalu Jeanes (Parchman)

Oh David!

You've gotta just GO with it!  The whole crowd is lovin' it!  It's a once in a lifetime 'GO WITH IT' moment!

And years later, you'll all laugh again, don'tcha know!

We've got to have the little funny moments to get through this life, or we'll go nuts!

Kids help us all!   What would we do without them?

02/24/20 08:35 AM #18422    


Sandra Spieker (Ringo)


Very moving narrative of your father's time in combat.  I am misty-eyed as I type this.  Bravery doesn't quite describe it, but will do.  I miss your posts very much.  I hope you are doing well, my friend. 

02/24/20 02:57 PM #18423    


Lawrence (Lance) Cantor





Sandra and Hollis,

While our Dad’s were fighting in the big war, you can bet when off-duty they were also glued to the radio listening to the top tunes of the day!

Do you remember them mentioning their fave songs of the 1940’s?


Here’s one from 1941 they would recognize…and I’m sure you as well:


Song, Chattanooga Choo Choo

Artist, Glenn Miller Orchestra

From the film "Sun Valley Serenade" (1941), featuring Glenn Miller Orchestra, Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly and The Modernaires.



Skywalker78971 week ago

I was introduced to this music and taught to dance to it by my mother who was an Army Surgical Nurse assigned to a hospital with Patton's Third Army and my step-father who was a Marine Captain in WWII and saw some of the worst fighting in the Pacific imaginable.

My mother would swing this five y.o. around , then my dad would take over.


02/24/20 07:38 PM #18424    


David Cordell

Old story.

Roy Rogers had just started wearing a brand new pair of boots, then he accidentally stepped in a mud puddle on the way to his ranch house. He took off his boots and left them on the portch before going inside. A few minutes later, his trusty German Shepherd Bullet, who was warming himself by the fire, ran to the door and started barking. Roy went to the door to see if anyone was outside, but all he saw was a small cougar running away from the porch. He opened the door to get a better view and realized that the cougar had bitten a hunk out of one of his boots. He went back inside and told Dale what happened. Then he sat in his chair and sulked a bit. Dale went over to the door, looked outside, and in the distance saw a cougar lying in the grass. She turned to her husband and asked,

"Pardon me, Roy, is that the cat that chewed your new shoes?"

(Yeah, I know that was a long way to go without much of a payback.)

02/25/20 07:12 AM #18425    


Jerry May

I haven't been able to pull this up word for word.......but it was based on a statement by Field Marshall Montgomery (GB forces) about Americans' poor pronounciation of words. 

General Eisenhower was speaking of the the need to "stay on schedule." Monty's response was: "You Americans make the grand mistake of mispronouncing words. It is pronounced shedule, and not skedule as you say. Where would you have a learned such a mispronounciation?"

Without missing a beat, our great General said, " Must have been in shool!

Lance: My parents loved Glenn Miller Orchestra the most......of all the BIG BANDS from the war era. But another they would have liked.....played in "Midway" was:

02/25/20 08:45 AM #18426    


Lowell Tuttle

Years ago I was into Duke's Smithsonian Collection albums from 1938 and 1939.   While searching I found this film...

02/25/20 09:28 AM #18427    


Lawrence (Lance) Cantor







That’s a great parody pair David …I didn’t remember catching the CHOO-CHOO reference in wilder’s Young Frankenstein!


FYI…here’s another 1940’s styled pairing I thought you might also enjoy…Danny Kaye and Louis Armstrong matched against Mel Brooks...with a touch of “dark humor”:

A Song Was Born, Artist, Louis Armstrong

Album, The Cradle of Jazz - Louis Armstrong, Vol. 2


Blazing Saddles – Work Song

I Get a Kick Out of You,  Artist, Cleavon Little

Album, Blazing Saddles: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - 40th Anniversary Edition

02/25/20 09:42 AM #18428    


Steve Keene


Shame on you for posting a clip of BLAZING SADDLES during Black History Month.  When is White History Month?

02/25/20 09:54 AM #18429    


David Cordell

I think that was Lionel Hampton on the xylophone. 

Loved Blazing Saddles, although the ending seemed to me like they ran out of ideas. Wonder if they could get backing for that movie in this "woke" era. 

What's interesting to me is that the Cleavon Little (black) character was just about the only one who seemed to have any sense. In Huckleberry Finn, Jim was the only one who showed character and compassion toward Huck. In Gone with the Wind, Mammy had character, strength, and a sense of decorum ("It ain't finnin'. It just ain't fittin'.),  and Big Sam came through to save Scarlett from bad guys. Yet it seems that these stories are out of favor.

02/25/20 09:55 AM #18430    


Lawrence (Lance) Cantor






Jerry and Lowell,

My parents were great swing dancers…and I distinctly remember (age 9 or 10)  being kept with a baby-sitter at the Country Club while they danced with friends to late hours…then they came to carry me to the car while I was asleep!


Anyway…as a tribute to the Dad’s and Mom’s that served in WW2…here is an excellent tribute:


My Dad...upper row on right:

02/25/20 11:44 AM #18431    


David Cordell

Tommy Thomas's father was an industrial psychologist and wrote a management book called Inpsyte: The Power of Opposite Strengths. During World War II, he was training as a naval aviator, although I don't know if he saw any action. In his book, he draws on a couple of events that occurred during training. Here is the chapter that includes his descriptions of those events.


02/25/20 12:17 PM #18432    


Lawrence (Lance) Cantor








I am thankful that I have had good experiences with both Thinking and Feeling-Risking strengths...they are both indespensable to good emotional-mental health and success!

Not sure Tommy inherited these...



On the subject of Oldie-Goldies…this is post-war 1952 but has to be among the best…

Gene Kelly …wow!





     ...Smoke Mahout...


02/25/20 02:44 PM #18433    


David Cordell

My favorite scene from one of my favorite movies, Lance. I especially like the part when he first goes out into the street and the camera elevates. Did you notice how few cuts there were? 

Singin' in the Rain is number 5 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 list. I don't agree with everything on the list, but there really are some great movies on it.

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