Friday, December 31, 2021
The big championship football this weekend reminds me of another championship upcoming football game I was rubbing elbows with the player. I know nothing of championship football games in Florida and don’t pretend to, so maybe I can skirt past that part. It was December 31st 1964. Our ship, the USS NEWPORT NEWS pulled into Mayport, Florida. We were to stay overnight there. Mayport is 15 or so miles outside of Jacksonville. The upcoming night would be a big New Years Eve Party all over Jacksonville. A bunch of us took the bus into Jakcsonville. The town, especially, just outside barfs were plenty of people partying and drinking. A lot of jocks wit college logos on their sweaters – I assumed they would be playing the big game the following day. I started drinking with them. There were some local girls that started hanging out with us. One in particularly paired up with me. She was tall and skinny and had an eye patch. She also had a long horn with her. Every time I tried talking to he she would blow that long deep sounding horn in my face. Oh yeah, a lot of the college people shot firecrackers. That is about it. We made it back to the ship on time. Some others went to the Naval Officer club and hit it off with some officer’s wives who husbands were out to sea. Reuben was on the same ship the same time. Here is what he said about this adventure: 1964 not 65. You were discharged prior to New Years Eve 65. Liberty was in Jacksonville Beach, not Jacksonville. The Navy provided us a bus free from Mayport to Jax Beach. The big game was the Gator Bowl between Florida State and Oklahoma played on 2 January 65. There were a lot of students about. I do remember the lady with an eye patch and horn story, but I wasn’t drinking with you as I wasn’t yet old enough to drink in bars. I was back on the ship early, you much later. Hope you have a great New Year.
Thursday, December 30, 2021
I saw in the Marietta Daily Journal this weekend a picture of Former Marietta Mayor Bill Dunaway and current Marietta Mayor Steve "Thunder" Tumlin at the UGA-Tech ball game. Not to be outdone by the MDJ , here they are again in the same picture, taken a few years ago, at a GOBAG meeting sandwiching Mrs. Howell, our Marietta High School science teacher. I think then their titles were switched around some. Bill was current Mayor and Thunder was Mayor-To-Be, or something like that.
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Monday, December 27, 2021
We are old. We are like ripe apples falling from the tree. I just talked to an old school high school mate on the phone. She asked if I knew our friend Johnny Pascoe died just three days after Ed West died. Then she told me Jesse Lowman died, he fell off a ladder. The last I heard Jesse was running a gambling table in Mississippi. I always thought Jesse was more of an intellectual than the rest of us in our little click. Falling off a ladder killed Jesse. Jesse used to like to get behind me in a waiting, non-moving crowd, reach around me and pinch the person, either male or female, in the ass. Then jerk his hand back and look the other way and leave me to take the blame. I learned to stand behind him.
We have been watching the movie CHRISTMAS STORY by Jean Shepherd off and on today. I Googled Jean Shephard and it shows his living dates are from1921 to 1999. The story he wrote about a boy, probably about 10 or 11 who day dreams a lot, has a make believe relationships with odd unlikely people, wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas, that every adult tells him he will shoot his eye out, and so on. By his school adventures I would say he was about my age during that time, which would be being born about 1941. But no, he was born almost 20 years before, in 1921. I stand corrected. One of the things I found interesting and identifiable was the reoccurring kid in that had one statement that naturally ruins any further conversation. He is only reoccurring because the saw the movie several times today. It was “I like Santa Clause.” What more can you say? He put a cap on the conversatrion. I met people like that and I hate to say it, but I think I have been like that person more than once.
Sunday, December 26, 2021
This lampooing Twas the Night Before Christmas was in MAD's sistrer comicbook, PANIC, illustrated by Will Elder. Among others, it was banned in Boston, really! The has an EC artist office party, which many EC comics had, who showed their good times. Be sure to click on each page to make it bigger, and hopefully understandaly.
Saturday, December 25, 2021
This is a herd of reindeer in Norway. The title of the picture is DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW. If you look closely (click on it to make the picture bigger) you can see a red light, about reindeer nose high, with a gang of reindeer bullies around it laughing and calling it names.
Friday, December 24, 2021
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Sunday, December 19, 2021
There really were a flying group of u.s. flying fighers called the Flying Tigers who made quiet a name for themselves. While doing doing geanlogy research I discovered one of the pilots is a distant Tyson relative. I found that I am related to a member of the famed FYING TIGERS aviators of WWII. Lt. Col. Orlando Waller Wood, Jr. and I are both descended from Eugene Frelinghagsen Tyson and Nancy Caroline McClure. Really! His last name is not to be confused with the artist with a similar name who did this article, Wallace Wood Cover art by George Evans; story art by Wallace Wood; and story text probably by Harvey Kurzman.