Monday, February 28, 2011

Frank Buckles Last WWI veteran passes

Frank Woodruff Buckles (February 1, 1901 – February 27, 2011) was one of the last three surviving World War I veterans in the world, and was the last living American veteran of World War I. At the time of his death, Buckles was also the oldest verified World War I veteran in the world, and the second-oldest male military in the world.
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USS Indiana

USS Indiana Feb. 28th, 1893 was the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time. Authorized in 1890 and commissioned five years later, she was a small battleship, though with heavy armor and ordnance. The ship also pioneered the use of an intermediate battery. She was designed for coastal defense and as a result her decks were not safe from high waves on the open ocean.
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Friday, February 25, 2011

Print this directory

I have a large directory that stores most of my music mp3 files. I wanted to print this directory to have a hard copy for reference. After looking for some time I found this free one from your ol' friend Microsoft.
How to add the Print Directory feature for folders in Windows XP, in Windows Vista, or in Windows 7, click the Fix it button icon or link that is lower in the page. Click Save then run - or Run in the File Download dialog box, and follow the steps in the Fix it wizard.
After you install, open windows explorer and go to the directory (folder) you want to print. Click file then click "print directory listing" ...... your listing is printed.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

They Don't Wear Purple Hearts In Heaven

I found this poem on a random blog and
it hit home for me. This happened at
our home in 1945. My brother was in the
army not the Marines, but the message
was the same....... Jack

They Don't Wear Purple Hearts In Heaven
I lost my brother to a foreign land;
I was too young to even understand.
There was a knock at the front door,
then Momma wasn't smiling anymore.
The man at the door was a Marine;
the first I've ever seen.
Momma told me to go out and play,
then the preacher came and they started to pray.
Tears ran down Momma's eyes,
and I heard her say, "Why, Lord, Why"?
Father stood there seemingly mindless,
all he said was, "We've lost another
of America's finest."
The Marine handed Momma a small velvet case,
inside was a Purple Ribbon, attached to a
gold heart with Washington's face.
I asked Momma if it were mine,
but she said, "It's your brother's, Sunshine."
"Momma can we send it to Kevin?"
She answered, "They don't wear Purple Hearts in Heaven."

Author Unknown

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

picture of the day

The picture of the day is an image which is automatically updated each day with an image from Wikipedia:Featured picture.
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

........ A Hero .......

John Leslie Walsh, 89, of Holton, In.

Passed away Saturday, February 19, 2011
John was an Army veteran of WWII where he served with the 740th Railway Operation Btn. He served in Northern France, Rhineland Central Europe, and the Ardennes receiving the American Theatre Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon, Victory Medal, and the EAME Ribbon with 4 bronze stars.
Read his obituary

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Jimmy Doolittle's Grand Daughter Speaks

Jonna Doolittle Hoppes wrote a book about her grandfather called "Calculated Risk" which is a good read. Note she also speaks without notes and teleprompters, Simply outstanding....would he ever be proud of her, as we all are.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Solar Storm Heads Toward Earth

As a radio armature (ham) we are always interested in what the sun is doing. The sun's activity makes it possible to communicate around the world. The sun cycles in eleven year intervals. We are now just at the beginning of such a cycle. The present cycle has been a slow starter compared to ones in the past. This storm just may be the start of a good thing for us Hams....... Jack

According to and the SOHO web site, on February 14th at 8:56 PM EST, the Sun produced its largest solar flare in over four years, which was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME). It has been rated as a Class X2 flare, the largest in the new solar cycle. This solar explosion occurred from sunspot cluster 1158 and followed two smaller CMEs that occurred during the previous two days. How do solar flares work and how will this event affect us? Read more about it at:

Thursday, February 17, 2011

'Hoosiers' still a classic after 25 years

And while the timeline is compressed and some details are changed, "Hoosier" stays true to the story of the Milan 54 team.
Read the full story

See a video of the 54 Milan Team returning home as state champs.

Click HERE for larger video - Produced & edited by:Charles Ashchraft & Jack Demaree

Monday, February 14, 2011

Patsy Cline 1932 - 1963

I was setting in a club bar having a beer after the day was done when a young couple came in. The male ordered a beer and the girl ordered a coke, it was plane to see the girl was under 21. She strolled back to the back where the juke box was located. She stood infront of it for quite a while, she then retured to the bar and said to the barmaid,"What kind of a bar is this? there is no Patsy Cline songs on that juke box". This incident has always stuck in my mine because this cute little girl was not even 21 years old and Patsy Cline had died some 20+ years before she was born. This just shows that Patsy Cline's music will live forever. Hear some of her songs on YouTube and read about her life at Wikipedia
See/hear a Youtube video of Patsy

Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932 – March 5, 1963), born Virginia Patterson Hensley, was an American country music singer who enjoyed pop music crossover success during the era of the Nashville sound in the early 1960s. Since her death in 1963 at age 30 in a private airplane crash at the height of her career, she has been considered one of the most influential, successful, and acclaimed female vocalists of the 20th century.

Cline was best known for her rich tone and emotionally expressive bold contralto voice, which, along with her role as a mover and shaker in the country music industry, has been cited as an inspiration by many vocalists of various music genres. Her life and career have been the subject of numerous books, movies, documentaries, articles and stage plays.

Her hits included "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces," "She's Got You," "Crazy," and "Sweet Dreams." Posthumously, millions of her albums have sold over the past 50 years. She has been given numerous awards, which have given her an iconic status with some fans similar to that of legends Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Ten years after her death, she became the first female solo artist inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In 2002, Cline was voted by artists and members of the country music industry as number one on CMT's television special, The 40 Greatest Women of Country Music, and in 1999 she was voted number 11 on VH1's special The 100 Greatest Women in Rock and Roll by members and artists of the rock industry. She was also ranked 46th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Singers of all Time." According to her 1973 Country Music Hall of Fame plaque, "Her heritage of timeless recordings is testimony to her artistic capacity."

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Not if - its when

My little net book was infested with a piece of malware for the past week. I tried all the little tricks and ran all the programs to remove it from the little box, but nothing worked. I decided to format and reload the operating system (OS)and start over. All went well loading the OS. I added a few programs that I use daily and set up the mail program I use, but when I restarted I had a major malfunction. Yes all things must sooner or later come to an end. The little Acer net book has passed away. It served me well for over two years and I hated to see its passing. I have ordered a new one and it should be here by the end of the week. I did loose several email addresses tho, If you like getting mail from me you should send an email so I can put you back in my address book.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

The Supremes

As I lapped the Square and circled the Dog 'n Suds with my best girl beside I listened to WLS and WSAI on the AM radio in my 57. This was but one of the great songs we heard.....Jack

The Supremes, an American female singing group, were the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s. The Supremes have sold over 100 million records to date. Their catalog remains active 50 years later. Originally founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, The Supremes' repertoire included doo-wop, pop, soul, Broadway show tunes, psychedelic soul, and disco. They were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown's main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, The Supremes rivaled The Beatles in worldwide popularity, and their success made it possible for future African-American R&B and soul musicians to find mainstream success. Founding members Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, Diana Ross, and Betty McGlown, all from the Brewster-Douglass public housing project in Detroit, formed The Primettes as the sister act to The Primes (with Paul Williams and Eddie Kendricks, who would go on to form The Temptations). Barbara Martin replaced McGlown in 1960, and the group signed with Motown the following year as The Supremes. Martin left the act in early 1962, and Ross, Ballard, and Wilson carried on as a trio. During the mid-1960s, The Supremes achieved mainstream success with Ross as lead singer. In 1967, Motown president Berry Gordy renamed the group Diana Ross & the Supremes, and replaced Ballard with Cindy Birdsong. Ross left to pursue a solo career in 1970 and was replaced by Jean Terrell, at which point the group's name reverted to The Supremes. After 1972, the lineup changed more frequently; Lynda Laurence, Scherrie Payne, and Susaye Greene all became members of the group during the mid-1970s. The Supremes disbanded in 1977 after an 18-year run.
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Monday, February 07, 2011

Dale Evans - October 31, 1912 – February 7, 2001

Dale Evans was the stage name of Lucille Wood Smith
(October 31, 1912 – February 7, 2001)
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Saturday, February 05, 2011

3 new links for Web Cams

I have added 3 new links for Web Cams. One of I-74, One of U.S. 50 at the State Park entrance, and Madison-Milton bridge.
Type F5 to refresh the page, this will insure you see the latest images.

Douglas MacArthur

1945 – In the Second World War, American General Douglas MacArthur (pictured) returned to the Philippines nearly three years after his "I shall return" speech.
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 – April 5, 1964) was an American general and field marshal of the Philippine Army. He was a Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign. Arthur MacArthur, Jr., and Douglas MacArthur were the first father and son to each be awarded the medal. He was one of only five men ever to rise to the rank of general of the army in the U.S. Army, and the only man ever to become a field marshal in the Philippine Army.
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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Virus - phishing alert

Delmer Savage UPS dot com

I recently shipped a package at UPS, this may or not be the start of this problem. I received two emails this morning, both exactly the same. The Subject was "United Parcel Service notification #01117" The return was: "" Both contained a zipped attachment (compressed) and a gif photo. I believe this email contains a Virus. I did not open the zipped attachment or view the photo. I would be very suspicious of this email if you receive it. Check it out further with UPS or delete it like I did. If you opened the attachment run a virus scan.

Not a Sun Dog

I have seen these several times and called them Sun Dogs. Today I found out I have been wrong all these years. (i'm wrong a lot) Click here to see a Sun Dog...... jack

A circumhorizontal arc is an optical phenomenon - an ice-halo formed by plate shaped ice crystals in high level cirrus clouds.The current accepted names are circumhorizon arc or lower symmetric 46° plate arc.[1] The complete halo is a huge, multi-coloured band running parallel to the horizon with its center beneath the sun. The distance below the sun is twice as far as the common 22-degree halo. Red is the uppermost colour. Often, when the halo forming cloud is small or patchy, only fragments of the arc are seen.
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