Christmas in Colorado …


Candy & I spent Christmas week in Colorado, visiting with her daughter Wendy and son Jason and their families …

Sunday, December 22nd

… we flew out on Southwest Airlines on Sunday … with just a little disparity in our baggage …

Candy's Baggage

Candy’s Baggage

Jim's Baggage

Jim’s Baggage

… to be fair, though, Candy had packed most of the gifts we were taking with us in her bags.

We spent Monday, Tuesday and part of Wednesday in Aurora, CO, at the home of Jason, his wife Heather and their kids, Finnegan & McKinley …

… the first day, while Jason fixed dinner, Finn wanted me to play with him in the basement … so we went down there and played with his Thomas Train set, race car ramp, Hot Wheels & mini basketball backboard …

… then we had dinner (meatloaf with bacon that was excellent … good job, Jason) … after which it was time for Finn to go to bed … he asked me to read to him, so I went up to his bedroom with him and read “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “A Very Merry Christmas”

Christmas Books

… then he asked me to lie down with him and hold his hand “like Mommy & Daddy do” … so I did … and after a few minutes, he said he was ready to go to sleep and I could go downstairs!

Monday, December 23rd

The next day was Finnegan’s 4th birthday …

The Birthday Boy

… and Finn wanted to play in the basement again right off the bat, so we did that for about an hour … then Candy, Finn & I went to the Woody Creek Bakery & Cafe for lunch …

Woody Creek Cafe & Bakery copy

… after which it was back to the basement to play again until it was time for dinner (Jason cooked pork) … 

… then after dinner it was back to the basement (!!) … and then reading again when it was time for Finn to go to bed.

Tuesday, December 24th — Christmas Eve

Early in the day, we had a combined Finnegan birthday party and family Christmas gathering … Wendy, Dale, Hannah & Quincy came … and then Joe & Cecilia Davis …

… after which we did Finn’s birthday party …

Finnegan & Birthday Cake

Birthday Balloon

Happy Birthday Banner

… Finn opened his birthday gifts …

Finnegan with Coast Guard Helicopter

Finnegan with Coast Guard Helicopter

Finnegan & Spiderman Suit

Finnegan & Spiderman Suit

… and then the Davis family exchanged Christmas gifts.

Heather McKinley & Jason

Heather McKinley & Jason

Heather Davis

Heather Davis

Then Candy & I and the Deibert clan headed to their home in Longmont, while Jason & his family got ready to travel to Indiana to visit with Heather’s family …

… as soon as we got to Longmont, Quincy wanted to play air hockey … and then down to the basement (!!) to play WII games for a couple of hours … despite the fact that I had no idea what I was doing, we had fun …

… and then after dinner, it was Christmas gift time … mostly Ninjago for the Q-man …

Quincy with Ninjago Brickmaster

Quincy with Ninjago Brickmaster

… and a WII Just Dance 2014 and clothes for Hannah …

Just Dance 2014

Just Dance 2014

… and finally iPad minis from Grammie & Grampy Jim for both …

Candy & Hannah with iPad Mini

Candy & Hannah with iPad Mini

Candy & Quincy with iPad Mini

Candy & Quincy with iPad Mini

… and a blanket with pictures of her cats for Grammie from Wendy and Dale … it has pictures of the current crew (Frasier, McDuffy, Murphy & Maggie) … the three cats Candy brought with her to California (Macavity, Midnight & Samantha) … and several of her earlier cats, including Sydney, Cassie & KC … all of which made Grammie cry …

Candy with Cat Blanket

Candy with Cat Blanket

… also talked on the phone for a few minutes with Sean, Kohl & Cheyenne to wish them all …

Merry Christmas 3

… then after Hannah & Quincy went to bed, Dale & I worked on their big “Santa” gifts … a digital keyboard for Hannah and a full-sized basketball backboard for Quincy.

The Deiberts recently adopted an orange tabby cat named Butterscotch … cute little guy …

Butterscotch

Butterscotch

 … who ended up sleeping most of the night with us in the guest room.

Wednesday, December 25th — Christmas Day

Deibert Christmas Tree

The kids were up really early today to open their Santa gifts …

Candy Quincy Hannah & Wendy

Candy Quincy Hannah & Wendy

Hannah & Quincy Exchange Gifts

Hannah & Quincy Exchange Gifts

… and for me to give Candy her gifts … J’Adore perfume (guaranteed to make her look like Charlize Theron!) and a GoPro camera (yes, that’s what she asked for) …

GoPro Hero 3

GoPro Hero 3

… other gifts that I ordered for her (a HurryCane and a pair of Uggs boots) did not arrive in time to take them with us …

… and Candy had already given me my gifts (a new CAL sweat jacket, a winter down jacket, Uggs slippers and a navy blue shirt) …

… Joe & Cecilia also here with their gifts for the kids … with the end result that they had quite a haul.

Then it was back to the basement for more WII …

… until dinner (turkey with all the trimmings, mostly prepared by Dale & excellent) …

… after which we played a game of “Blitz” (or “31”) … which ultimately resolved down to a head-to-head match between Joe & Cecilia … with the latter emerging victorious.

Thursday, December 26th

Candy & I decided to give Wendy & Dale a day off from the kids … giving them a chance to see a grown up movie for a change … they chose American Hustle …

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… while we took Hannah & Quincy to Chili’s for lunch …

Chili's logo

… and then to the Flatiron Mall …

… where we went to Build-a-Bear for Q …

Build-a-Bear logo

… Justice & Brothers for Hannah …

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… and Yankee Candle for Candy …

Yankee Candle

… after which we went to the 29th Street Mall to go to the movies … while I was parking the car, Candy and the kids headed up to the Apple Store … with Candy lagging behind and Quincy coming back to make sure she was okay …

… Candy & Hannah then saw “Frozen”.

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Quincy & I had frozen yoghurt until it was time for our movie to start … while walking back to the theater, Quince asked me if I believe in Santa Claus! …

Santa Claus

… thinking it was not my place to disabuse him of that belief, I turned the question around on him, asking if he believed in Santa … he said yes … so I told him that was all that mattered and that Santa had brought him some great gifts this year … which seemed to satisfy him (though I’m guessing not for much longer) …

… then we saw the movie “Walking With Dinosaurs” in 3D.

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We got lost on the drive home … and Hannah had to rescue us by using the maps function on Candy’s iPhone … she put in the address and then read the directions to me to get us back on track …

… two sixty-somethings saved by a 9-year-old!

Back at the house it was also back into the basement for a final WII session with Quincy.

Friday, December 27th

Had a light breakfast … after which Hannah taught me how to use the Facetime app on my iPad … lol …

… then it was time for Candy & I to head back to California … got packed up and said our goodbyes to Dale & Quincy (who told me that he was going to miss me a lot) …

… after which Wendy & Hannah drove us to the airport for the trip home.

Had two good flights … with a layover in Las Vegas … stopped at Risa’s to pick up Nano … and got home shortly before midnight … completely worn out.

All in all, a fun trip.

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More Photos

Finnegan & Heather

Finnegan & Heather

Finnegan & Quincy Playing

Finnegan & Quincy Playing

Jason & Heather Christmas Tree

Jason & Heather Christmas Tree

Quincy Heather Finnegan & Joe

Quincy Heather Finnegan & Joe

Finnegan

Finnegan

Cecilia & Hannah

Cecilia & Hannah

Finnegan with Dinosaur

Finnegan with Dinosaur

Hannah & Quincy

Hannah & Quincy

McKinley Jason Wendy & Joe

McKinley Jason Wendy & Joe

Hannah & Quincy

Hannah & Quincy

Hannah Taking My Picture

Hannah Taking My Picture

McKinley & Jason

McKinley & Jason

McKinley

McKinley

McKinley

McKinley

McKinley

McKinley

Heather & McKinley

Heather & McKinley

Hannah Quincy Finnegan & McKinley

Hannah Quincy Finnegan & McKinley

Guinness

Guinness

Christmas Decorations

Deibert Christmas Decorations

Dale Opening Gift

Dale Opening Gift

Candy with Ornament

Candy with Ornament

Quincy with Backpack

Quincy with Backpack

Wendy with Fitness Gloves

Wendy with Fitness Gloves

Hannah with Christmas Hat

Hannah with Christmas Hat

Butterscotch Stretching

Butterscotch Stretching

Butterscotch in Shopping Bag

Butterscotch in Shopping Bag

Candy Napping

Candy Napping

Candy Napping

Candy Eye Close Up

“I’ve got my eye on you!”

Merry Christmas&

Happy New Year 2014

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The World’s Top 10 Best Images of Cats in elf Costumes



… Russell Deasley has done it again, combining his regular Caturday “Top Ten of Anything and Everything” with the Christmas season …

 

… to present “Cats in Elf Costumes” …

 

… gotta love #3 … “Bah! Humbug!”

Wheel of Fortune …


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On August 18th, I went to Jackson Rancheria to participate in a Wheel of Fortune Wheelmobile event, about which I blogged here:

https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/wheel-of-fortune-wheelmobile-event-at-jackson-rancheria/

Wheel of Fortune Wheelmobile

Wheel of Fortune Wheelmobile

I was fortunate to be selected for an audition … then waited for a couple of months to see if I would be invited for a follow up audition …

… which I was!

So, it was back to Jackson Rancheria …

Jackson Rancheria Casino

Jackson Rancheria Casino

… on October 24th for the next round of auditions …

… during which about 100 of us participated in a more intensive competition … followed by a further paring down to 30 or so for the final auditions & interviews.

Had a pretty good  run … solved two puzzles …

… a “Before & After” puzzle … “Cargo Deck of Cards” …

… and an “Event” puzzle … “Veterans Day Parade” …

… and was on a roll with another puzzle … a “Movie Quote” …

May the Force be With You

… lol …

… but the hostess spinning the wheel intentionally bankrupted me to give other contestants a chance to play.

All in all, I felt pretty good about my audition … but it was back to waiting … which they said could be as long as 18 months!

However, that proved not to be the case … as on Monday of this week, I received an email saying that I have been selected to be a contestant on …

Wheel of Fortune

… and that I have a taping date of Friday, January 17th (coincidentally, my parents’ 69th wedding anniversary).

They will tape 6 shows that day … with participants to be assigned to the 6 shows at random …

… 5 of them will be shown the week of March 3rd to March 7th … with a theme of “European Vacation” …

… and the 6th … with a theme of “America’s Game” … will air on Wednesday, March 19th.

So, Candy & I will be heading to Culver City on Thursday, January 16th … and I will be spending the following day with Pat & Vanna …

Pat Sajak & Vanna White

… needless to say, quite exciting!

December 11th … A Shared Birthday …


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My Mom, Marion Thomas Reilly, and my fiancée Candy Davis’ Dad, Thomas Havard Sayes, Jr., shared the same birthday, December 11th, albeit 8 years apart (Col. Sayes 1917 and Mom 1925).  See Note 1 below.

Yesterday was therefore a somber and reflective day for both of us.

Candy’s Dad, a retired U.S. Army colonel, died more than 30 years ago (May 1, 1982) in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he and Candy’s Mom, Margaret “Mimi” Sayes, had moved after his retirement.  They had just returned from a visit with Candy’s family in Houston when Col. Sayes suffered a heart attack.

My Mom, on the other hand, has been gone just a little more than a year, dying November 30th last year in Syracuse, NY, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Candy & I are both fortunate in that we each have a long-lived, surviving parent.  Mimi Sayes will be 88 the day after tomorrow and my Dad, Lawrence John Reilly Sr., will be 90 on June 18, 2014.

Col. Sayes was a combat veteran of World War II …

Thomas Havard Sayes -- WWII Soldier

Thomas Havard Sayes — WWII Soldier

… Korea and Vietnam, who also served peacetime tours of duty in Japan and Germany.  As result, of course, Candy and her siblings (my West Point Classmate Thomas Havard Sayes III, Morgan Sayes & Summer Sayes Purvis) enjoyed the peripatetic lifestyle typical of Army brats.

I met Candy and consequently her father while he was attending the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA, in 1963. 

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Havard Sayes, Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Havard Sayes, Jr. —– Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA — 1963-64

I was, at the time, a plebe at West Point and colonels were the next best thing to divinity (otherwise known as generals) in my world at the time.  For a young man, the prospect of meeting any new girlfriend’s father is always daunting — for me, the prospect of meeting Candy’s Dad was terrifying!

The actuality proved less intimidating than the expectation, as the colonel accepted my felicitations for his daughter with equanimity.  Truth be told, I ultimately discovered Mimi to be the more daunting of Candy’s parents!

Near the end of our plebe year … and upon completion of his War College studies … Col. Sayes was re-assigned to Fort Sill, OK, and he moved his family there in the Spring of 1964.  I saw him on only one occasion thereafter — during a brief visit to Oklahoma in December 1964 while I was on my Yearling (sophomore) year Christmas leave.  He was somewhat nonplussed to discover that, despite being 19 years old, I did not as yet have my driver’s license and therefore could not drive Candy anywhere while there.

Mimi & Col. Sayes -- December 1971

Mimi & Col. Sayes — December 1971

The move of the Sayes family from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma was the second of two major transitions in my life that came only a few months apart.

In March of 1964, my Dad, who was a Navy chief at the time, was also transferred to Long Beach, CA, and my family moved from my childhood home in Lindenhurst to Garden Grove.

Despite the fact that Dad, like Col. Sayes, was career military, my Mom had a radically different life as a military wife than did Mimi Sayes.  Dad had split service, doing six years during and after World War II. 

Mom & Dad Wedding Portrait -- January 17, 1945

Mom & Dad Wedding Portrait — January 17, 1945

Mom & Dad married in January 1945 and while he was overseas during the remainder of the war, Mom lived with her parents in Ozone Park, NY.

After the war, Dad had relatively brief assignments in Bremerton, WA, and San Diego, CA, and Mom moved to each of those cities with him (and their first born).

Dad left the Navy in 1948, rejoined as a reservist in the mid-1950’s, and his ship was called to active duty during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.  He then decided to remain on active duty and once transferred to California in 1964, he was thereafter assigned to ships home ported in or Naval facilities located in California.  For the rest of his career, his overseas assignments were always sea duty, meaning that his family could not accompany him.

This, of course, meant that Mom continued living in the family home, which after a year in Garden Grove, was in Costa Mesa, CA, until Dad’s retirement.

All in all, Dad was away on sea duty or training assignments, cumulatively, for years … years during which Mom was essentially a single parent.  And, by 1962, that meant five of us kids for her to care for … and four still at home after the move to California.

And yet, for the most part, Mom was undaunted by the separation, the anxiety and the difficulties attendant to being a military wife and periodic single parent.  I never saw her feeling sorry for herself and while I know she worried about Dad when he was overseas (worry which was, as things turned out, all too justified), she rarely showed that, either.

Mom

Mom

In short, my Mom was a strong woman, capable of doing what had to be done, loving us kids unconditionally, disciplining us when necessary, and defending us fiercely if she felt we had been wronged by others (see Note 2 for an example of this).

She was also extremely proud of her children, grandchildren and great-children.  She liked to recite the numbers … 5 children, 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren … and, as she always concluded, “Not a loser in the bunch”.  (See Note 3 below.)

As her first born, I of course knew her longer than anyone in the family other than my Dad.  She was particularly proud of my appointment to and graduation from West Point and sometimes expressed her pride, to my embarrassment, by calling herself “Mother of Jim”. 

Mom & I in 1946

Mom & I in 1946

Dad even had a special California license issued for her car:

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Which of course, stands for “Marion Thomas Reilly, Mother of Jim”!

The mental decline of her final years was heart-breaking as her memory failed and she lost the vitality which had always characterized the mother I knew.

Mom & I in 2010

Mom & I in 2010

Looking back now, Candy & I each love & miss our lost parent, but take pride ourselves in their lives well-led.

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Note 1:  The fact that two of our four parents shared a common birthday is a serendipitous coincidence, albeit one which has a precise mathematical probability, a probability which is actually the same as the likelihood that two people out of any group of four will share the same birthday.  That likelihood, taking into consideration leap day every four years, is 1.64% (I’ll spare you the mathematical calculation, which is straightforward, but involves a lot of division, addition and multiplication, topped off with one subtraction!)

Note 2:  https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/take-off-those-red-pants/

Note 3:  Sadly, she will not know that the number of great-grandchildren has continued … and is continuing … to grow … and that there’s still “not a loser in the bunch”.

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LTC Thomas Havard Sayes Jr.

LTC Thomas Havard Sayes Jr.

Marion Thomas Reilly

Marion Thomas Reilly

December 7th … Army-Navy 1963


Besides being my wedding anniversary …

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https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/december-7th/

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… and the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor …

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https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/december-7th-a-date-which-will-live-in-infamy/

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… December 7th is a significant date to me for another reason …

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… the Army-Navy football game in 1963, about which I have blogged once before …

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https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/army-navy-football-1963-1966/

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Separate and apart from my personal interest in the game, the 1963 Army-Navy game had national significance, coming as it did on the heels of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

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… the game had been scheduled for November 30th, but was delayed because of the assassination … and there was some discussion of possibly cancelling it completely.

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The president, however, had been a big football fan, particularly of the interservice classic …

President John F. Kennedy Flips the Coin at the 10962 Army-Navy Game

President John F. Kennedy Flips the Coin at the 1962 Army-Navy Game

… and had planned to attend the game and flip the coin for the opening kickoff … his family, in particular First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, wanted the game to be played, even as the country was in the midst of the official 30 day period of mourning for the slain president.

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JFK, of course, was a Naval officer and World War II hero … about whom the movie PT-109 was made … so, after a one week delay, the game was on …  with Navy, ranked #2 in the country, a big favorite to win its 5th Army-Navy game in a row.

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Instead of names across their shoulders, the Navy uniforms featured the slogan “Drive for Five” … and the Middies were led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Roger Staubach.

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Rumor had it that an upset win by Army would put the Black Knights, in place of Navy, into the Cotton Bowl against #1 ranked Texas … and Army had a secret weapon named Rollie Stichweh at quarterback …

Army Quarterback Rollie Stichweh

Army Quarterback Rollie Stichweh

… so we cadets were hopeful.

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The game was played at Philadelphia’s Municipal Stadium, which was later renamed John F. Kennedy Stadium in honor of the president … and the nation looked on as the two service academy teams met in honor of their fallen commander-in-chief.

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Army scored first, but Navy ran off three unanswered touchdowns to lead 21-7 with ten minutes to play … which was when Army … and Stichweh in particular … took over and mounted one of the most thrilling comeback attempts in college football history.

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First, Army drove to a touchdown … which was scored by … Rollie Stichweh on a one yard run … after which Army made a daring 2 point conversion, to make the score 21-15.

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And then, with everyone in the stadium expecting it, Army attempted an onsides kick … and succeeded … with the ball recovered by none other than that man Stichweh … after which Army once again drove deliberately (too deliberately, as it turned out) toward the Navy goal line.

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On a 3rd down run, Army halfback Ken Waldrop dove to the Navy 2 yard line with 18 seconds to play …

Army Fullback Ken Waldrop

Army Halfback Ken Waldrop Dives to the Two Yard Line

… but with deafening noise in the stadium and no timeouts remaining … Army was not able to get off a 4th down attempt to pull out the win.

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Like all Army fans, I was crushed when the officials waived off the game as time expired … and the memory remains vivid even after 50 years … but there is no doubt that the game helped to heal the grievous wound which the nation had suffered two weeks before.

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Oddly, the game is known in football history for another reason … it featured the first ever use of instant replay … showing Stichweh’s 4th quarter touchdown run.

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As mentioned in my earlier blog, Sports Illustrated writer Dan Jenkins wrote an excellent story about the game … which I have saved to this day … and which is reproduced below.

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One other personal note … my guest for the 1963 Army-Navy game was none other than my then girlfriend and now fiancee Candy Sayes (Davis)!

Candy Sayes & I During Plebe Christmas at West Point -- December 1963

Candy Sayes & I During Plebe Christmas at West Point — December 1963 — Shortly After the Army-Navy Game

Army-Navy Game Logo

This year’s Army-Navy game will be played at 3:00 pm EST next Saturday, December 14th, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia … the Middies are on an 11 game winning streak against Army … the longest such streak in the 113 year history of the game … and lead the series 57-49-7.

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I, of course, will be rooting for Army … as will Candy’s brother, my West Point classmate, Trey Sayes … but she, her son Jason Davis, a 1994 Annapolis graduate, and my Dad (Lawrence Reilly, Sr., a retired Navy master chief gunner’s mate) will all be cheering for the Middies.

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For other stories about the national significance of the 1963 Army-Navy game, see:

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http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/1963-army-navy-game-helped-national-heal-jfk-assassination-article-1.1525535

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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/video/ncaaf-video/20131115/army-navy-football-game-1963-kennedy-assassination.sportsillustrated/#

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http://www.capitalgazette.com/sports/navy_sports/in-army-navy-game-helped-a-nation-in-mourning-move/article_3cebe1a8-bd43-54c2-9712-595ae201a4f1.html

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http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/12/07/fifty-years-ago-army-navy-healed-a-nation.html?comp=700001075741&rank=3

A documentary has also been produced about the game and its importance to the country …

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… it is called “Marching On:  1963 Army-Navy Remembered” and is described here:

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http://www.cbssports.com/general/eye-on-sports/24233349/film-on-63-armynavy-game-shows-impact-of-rivalry-jfk-tragedy

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The Army football website is here:

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The Wikipedia article on the history of the Army-Navy game is here:

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And here is the Dan Jenkins Sports Illustrated article about the game:

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Army-Navy Game 1963 Sports Illustrated Photo

December 7th … A Date Which Will Live in Infamy


FDR Addresses Congress

FDR Addresses Congress

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt‘s speech to Congress on December 8, 1941, asking for a declaration of war against Japan:

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Members of the Senate, and of the House of Representatives:Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.

USS Arizona (BB-39) -- December 7, 1941

USS Arizona (BB-39) — December 7, 1941

USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

 

December 7th … 45th Anniversary


1968

Sandy Wedding Newspaper Announcement

Jim & Sandy Wedding Portrait

Joe M. Douglas, Father of the Bride, and Sandy

Joe Marion Douglas, Father of the Bride, and Sandy

Lawrence John Reilly Sr., Marion Thomas Reilly, James Thomas Reilly, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Dorothy Hardy Douglas, Joe Marion Douglas

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Lawrence Ambrose ("Grandpa") Reilly, Jessie Grace Busby ("Granny") Douglas, Sandy, Jim, Gerald Francis ("Pop") Thomas, Louise E. Schillinger ("Nana") Thomas

Lawrence Ambrose (“Grandpa”) Reilly, Jessie Grace Busby (“Granny”) Douglas, Sandy, Jim, Gerald Francis (“Pop”) Thomas, Louise E. Schillinger (“Nana”) Thomas

Luanne Reilly Oda, Jim, Lawrence John Reilly Sr., Lawrence John Reilly Jr., Gerald Thomas Reilly, Marion Thomas Reilly, Suzanne Marie Reilly

Luanne Reilly Oda, Jim, Lawrence John Reilly Sr., Lawrence John Reilly Jr.,
Gerald Thomas Reilly, Marion Thomas Reilly, Suzanne Marie Reilly

Penny Douglas, Sandy, Brenda Williams, Susan Hardy

Penny Douglas, Sandy, Brenda Williams, Susan Hardy

Sandy + Wedding - Close Up (adjusted)

SANDY — We all love & miss you.

Cal @ Stanford … … Bears Axe’d by the Tree …


Cal @ Stanford

Stanford Cardinal Logo

… Bears Axe’d by the Tree

63-13 in the 2013 BIG GAME

… ’nuff said …

… well, maybe not!  😉 …

… can’t help wondering why a team that used to be called the Indians and has an axe for a symbol …

The Axe

… which sorta made sense in the old days …

… is now called the Cardinal (the color, not the bird) … and has a tree for its “mascot” …

… particularly since an axe would typically be used to chop down a tree

… but have to admit that they beat the snot out of the Bears … so I guess they can call themselves whatever they like.

… Wood Chips …

Cal was never in this game, falling behind … as usual … 21-7 in the first quarter … and 42-13 by halftime …

Stanford’s Ty Montgomery had a monster game … he scored five touchdowns … one on a 31 yard run to open the scoring … and 4 on TD pass receptions (50, 12, 72 and 9 yards) …

… this was the fourth straight Big Game win for the Cardinal … which now leads the all-time series 59-46-11

63 points is the most ever scored by either team in a Big Game

… and Stanford’s 42 first half points is the most ever scored in a half.

… Bears in Hibernation …

The Bears finished the season with their worst ever record (1-11) and went winless in the Pac-12 (0-9) …

… all in all … there wasn’t much good to be said about either the game or the season …

QB Jared Goff Passing

QB Jared Goff Passing

QB Jared Goff set an all-time Cal single season passing record with 3508 yards

WR Bryce Treggs finished the season with 77 receptions, 4th on Cal’s all-time single season receiving list …

K Vincenzo D’Amato had two field goals, giving him 17 of 20 for the year … with a total of 82 points scored.

On the other hand … Cal surrendered an all-time worst 551 points on defense … an abysmal 45.9 ppg … while scoring just barely half as many (276 & 23.0 ppg) …

… the defensive performance was hampered by the fact that players on its two-deep defensive chart missed 138 games this year … including 73 missed games by projected starters …

… in other words, on average, the starting defense had 6 missing players in each game! …

… tough to play good defense with more than half of the starting team out of the game.

… the Bears in 2014 …

QB Jared Goff had successful surgery on his shoulder and should be fully recovered by next year …

… the defensive two-deep loses only three players and just one starter …

… so a lot of young players with a considerable experience will be returning in 2014 …

… virtually the entire offense returns as well, including a talented corps of young receivers …

… and all of the team’s top running backs.

Game Reports

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The BCS and other college football poll rankings are here:

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Cal Band Pregame Show on the Scoreboard

Cal Band Pregame Show on the Scoreboard

Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders

KR Khalfani Muhammad

Khalfani Muhammad Returning a Kickoff

Khalfani Muhammad Barely Tripped Up

Khalfani Muhammad Barely Tripped Up

Protecting the QB

Protecting the QB

HB Brendan Bigelow

HB Brendan Bigelow

HB Daniel Lasco

HB Daniel Lasco

HB Khalfani Muhammad

HB Khalfani Muhammad

QB Zach Kline Passing

QB Zach Kline Passing

Leading Cheers

Leading Cheers

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