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I don’t know if JJ Ryder is still alive and I’m not sure he ever made it back from Viet Nam. I hardly knew him except for being thrown into a situation where he needed me to be the A-gunner for his 106 recoilless rifle for about 15 terrifying minutes....

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Thirty-nine years old, long-married, father of five children and there I stood, tears welling up in my eyes.  No, it wasn’t a family tragedy.  My wife loved me, our children were all healthy, our parents were still alive and doing well.  But not me.   My world was crashing around me. I...

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I received an incredible email that was so emotionally powerful I thought I'd recreate it here in by story blog. Hopefully, others will share this because it says it all.  REMEMBER THIS! It is the  VETERAN,   not the preacher,   who has given us freedom of religion.    It is  the VETERAN, ...

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Uncle John Zukowski, my fathers younger brother who was also my God Father.  Uncle John was better know to his fans as Johnny Zeke.  Here is his story: Johnny Zeke was a race car driver, promoter, starter, driving instructor, crew chief and a member of the Air Corps during World...

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On the road...again!!! Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester   Communicating on Social Media When I review the number of friends or subscribers that traffic counters on social media sites tell me that I have, it is a bit dismaying to think that my sphere of influence...
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in Legacy Story
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Richard and LaNay Magoffin – By Jane Topham She was still there when he returned from his LDS mission.  Richard was born in San Diego, California on October 30, 1939.  His parents were Garold A. and Areletta C. Magoffin.  He had 2 older brothers and an older sister who died...

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On the road…again!!! Afghanistan to Zambia Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Google Earth Comes Of Age   Storytelling skills evolve with the storyteller. Not that the story changes, if the storyteller is honest and sincere, but the details that were forgotten or...

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On the road…again!!! Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Sometimes I Just Want To Spell It Out   With all the fake news coming out of the White House these days, I sometimes want to drop my self-imposed injunction about writing snarky political...

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in Defining Moment
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On the road…again!!! Essays, Stories, Adventures, Dreams Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek    In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow  Of the many poems that haunted his imagination from grammar school, the one about a field of poppies in Ypres, Belgium had enough staying power to remain as...

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            “I love to teach” was the response from Mavis Nybo.  Mavis was born in a hospital in Salt Lake on January 27, 1930 to Rulon Stromberg and Dorothy Banks Stromberg.  Her father was from Sweden and her mother was from Australia.  Her parents lived...

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On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek    We Took the TukTuk When you are thinking of taking a cruise you can readily imagine what the major mode of conveyance is going to be and perhaps even know in advance what it will...

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FOREWORD: Parenting is an "assignment" that begins when your child is born and ends only when either you or the child die. I'm 84 with five children, a lot of grandchildren and over half-a-dozen great-grandchildren.  I have had the duty and privilege of being a source of physical help, financial help...

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It was the trip of a lifetime, the fulfillment of a long-held dream  I was flying from St. Louis to California in my small plane exulting as I watched the West Texas pastureland unfold below me.  I had a chart across my lap to keep track of my progress but I’d been so enthralled...

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Life is made up of achievement, failure, frustration, fulfillment, ecstasy and agony: and in my 84 years I have both sampled and sometimes dwelled too long in every one of them.  That is as it should be. I would find it impossible to say which among the thousands of joyful...

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On the road…again! Afghanistan to Zambia Chronicles of a Footloose Forester By Dick Pellek   Lost Bag in Lisbon Long known as the poor man of Europe, Portugal has consistently had an economy that lagged behind other movers and shakers in modern European society. And that is perhaps the secret...
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    Why is it that some people, when the conversation turns to flying, enter into an almost rapturous state, their eyes a’gleam like an Old Testament prophet?   Why will they spend fifty dollars to fly a hundred miles or more to eat a hamburger served in a little café...

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I've been interested in aviation all my life. My dad was a pilot, and I grew up in a house with a basement full of airplane parts, since he also restored one airplane and built another. We had books and magazines about flying and took annual trips to Oshkosh to...

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What a charming lady Maxine Andrews is.  Maxine was born on September 18, 1927, to Ivan and Mabel Reid Dyreng.  She was born in her parent’s home in Manti, Utah.  She was the fifth child of three girls and five boys.  Maxine’s father was a Forest Ranger so they moved...

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Brent Alexander Cruz, Ph.D. has recently published “Una Familia Mas Noble y Antigua, A Preliminary Study of the Asturian Ancestry of Capitan Francisco Montes Vigil of New Mexico”. This is what the newsletter of the GSHA is saying about this book: “This work starts with an explanation of the significance...
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The Many Legacies of Ginkgo biloba   Storytellers and family historians who aspire to share legacy stories of those they love sometimes find themselves searching for material that people will remember warmly and treasure deeply.  Indeed, the popular website LegacyStories.org is dedicated to hosting the authors of legacy stories and...