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06/07/19 07:59 PM #791    

 

Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

I've seen it once or twice. I think Joel has probably seen it more than I have!  I don't always understand the "political negotiations" in "War Stories" & I don't like watching bloodshed!  There was a "Special" on  Educational TV about "Ian Fleming," and after watching it, I wondered WHY he was seen as such a "Hero," when he was actually such a ""Cad!". War stories bring out "The Worst in Me!". I have watched less and less tv shows, the older I get!  Maybe I'm regressing! Unless I see less violence and more humor and creativity, I prefer to keep my tv turned off!  We will never see tv stars again like John Wayne and Audie Murphy,  but until we do, I'll just wait until they surface, rather than recycling "old movies!"  

 


06/08/19 08:11 AM #792    

 

Jo-Ann Olkowski

The Longest Day ... a spectacular movie with an amazing cast.  I've watched it many times.  Had it been scheduled on tv here I would have watched it again.  Don't forget that in real life many big name actors of that era put their movie careers on hold and served their country during that time.

Another great movie was actually an old HBO series that ran for weeks - Band of Brothers.  I happened to see a package of the entire series redone on some 8 or 10 discs - AND on sale!  I snapped one up in less than a heartbeat!  The theme music alone takes my breath away!  At the time the series was made many of the real soldiers were still alive and shared their stories and memories on each episode.

Saving Private Ryan is probably the best recent movie.  I don't know if it was partially based on a real life story of a family (I think from Iowa) who had 4 or 5 sons, all of whom were KIA in WWII.  A ship was later named for them - the USS O'Sullivans - it's docked in Buffalo, NY and is a museum.

Jo-Ann


06/08/19 09:04 AM #793    

 

Linda Fiske (Wehrle)

Well George and I have lost count but between 6 or 8 times. And we have been to Normandy  and the cemetery as his uncle is buried there. 


06/08/19 03:29 PM #794    

 

George Armstrong

Hi Mike,  Don’t recall whe I first saw it nor exactly how many times, but several.  Thanks for the reminder.  I just found it on demand on TCM.  Have began watching it.  Surrounding the movie is a discussion of it — Ben Mankiewcz with Rob Citino.  They have started off talking about the role the French resistance played and will be talking about what went right and what went wrong on D-Day.  Has there ever been a movie with a more impressive list of actors?   Rob Citino latest book (2017) entitled, “The Wermacht’s Last Stand,” is a triology about the downfall of the German army.  I am hoping to read it this summer.  So, the answer as to when I last saw it is “in progress.”  Have a good ‘en.

 

 


06/08/19 06:14 PM #795    

 

Andy Bendheim

Mike, I actually took Stephanie Birkhead to the pre release screening of The Longest Day at the Willow Lawn Theater!

Andy Bendheim


06/08/19 11:16 PM #796    

 

John Whitfield

I watched it on 6/6/19.  I have watched it almost every time that it has been on TCM.  I saw if first when it came to the theater in Richmond.  I went to see it because I had read the book, which, like most books was better than the movie.

 


06/16/19 09:04 AM #797    

 

Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Happy Father's Day to All You Dads Out There!  Thanks for all the work you have done in the past & are still doing, to provide for your family's needs!  And thanks for all the lessons of life you have taught your kids along the way!  We appreciate all this and for those Dads who are in Heaven, We Miss You more than words can say!


07/03/19 09:41 PM #798    

Belle Landrum

HELLO, EVERYONE...iT LOOKS LIKE EVERYONE HAS BEEN BUSY - I'M THE FIRST IN JULY.I HOPE FOR YOU, TOO, THAT THE FOURTH OF JULY HAS ALWAYS BVEEN SPECIAL.  I DON'T REMEMBER TOO MUCH OF MY RICHMOND TIME AS A CHILD.  tHE CHILDREN (ME) COULD LIGHT SPARKLERS AND LATER A FFIRECRACKER OR TWOIF YOU PUT IT ON A FENCH POST.  mY FONDESS MEMORIES ARE FROM EVANSTON IL.   YOU'D WAKE UP IN THE MORNING HEARING DISTANT FIRECRACKERS GOING OFF.  IT SORT OF SET UP THE DAY.  EVANSTON HAD A  PARADE.  i WAS USED TO RICHMOND PARADES WITH ALL THE FLOATS AND SCHOOL BANDS.  EVANSTONS TOOK WOME GETTING USE TO, FOR ME, BUT I CAME TO ENJOY THEM.  THERE WERE SEVERAL BANDS, A  FLATBED TRUCK WITH FIRENDS FROM ONE NEIGHERHOOD PLAYING DIXIELAND MUSIC.  THEY ONLY GOT TOGETHER FOR THE FOURTH. ZILLIONS OF BATON TWIRLERS(SP), BOY SCOUTS, ETC.   ANY GROUP THAT WANTED TO "MARCH" DID SO!  THAT WAS THE KICKER FOR ME.  THERE WAS ONE AGE 30'S GROUP THAT ALWAYS HAD A DIFFERENT THEME.  WAY BACK WHEN WHEN THE RUSSIAN OLYMPIC TEAMS WERE ACCUSED OF HAVING MEN ON THE LADIES' TEAM. ALL WERE IN RED TIGHTS TOP TO BOTTOM.  THE STARS WERE THE MEN WITH GREAT BLOND WIGS, HIDDEN SHOULDER PADS AND BARBELLS.  gREAT FIREWORKS.  AND CHICAGO'S FIREWORKS COULD MATCH ANYONE'S.  THE CHI SYMPHONY ALWAYS GAVE A CONCERT, ENDING WITH THE  1812 OVERTURE ACCOMPANYING THE FIREWORKS.

WELL, I'VE TAKEN FAR TOO MUCH SPACE HERE,  I WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY AND PERHAPS   A PLAYING OF "I'M A YANKEE DOODLE DANDY" WITH JAMES CAGNEY DANCING.


07/04/19 01:24 PM #799    

 

Lucy Boettcher (York)

Happy July 4th to everyone.  Have a nice day.

 


07/05/19 11:12 AM #800    

 

Mary Draney (Murray)

It was great to see some of you at Marilyn's luncheon several weeks ago. Now we are ready for our road trip to Vegas and Sacramento. Stay well, everyone!


07/08/19 02:03 AM #801    

 

Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Mary is headed West with her husband, and we have just completed a 3-week trip to Cleveland, Ohio; Hershey & Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Pen-Mar, Emmitsburg, and Baltimore, Maryland;  Arlington, Richmond, & Virginia Beach, Virginia; then back to Phoenix & Yuma; over to San Diego, & back to Yuma & Phoenix again!  There will be NO MORE TRIPS for a while!  WE ARE ALL EXHAUSTED!!!


07/08/19 02:29 AM #802    

 

Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

 

......And it was fun to see you: Mary & Roy, Belle, Lucy, Susan & her husband, Cindy Krumbein, and our Hostess, Lois, at Padow's, on Thursday, June 20th, and Russell & Jackie on Wednesday night for dinner at      the Sushi Restaurant!  I wish we could have stayed longer, but we did manage to see "The Old Neighborhood Downtown,"  my former home in the West End, Westhampton School, Tee Jay High School, Temple Beth-El, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Maymont Park, and VCU's New Campus, before leaving town Saturday for the Beach!  My Granddaughter & her boyfriend also toured Washington, D.C., so now they have a better picture of the  places that had the biggest influences on my life. Plus, Joel decided to extend our tour to a portion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, before we hopped on the plane  in Norfolk for Denver & Phoenix!  It was quite a visit!  I hope to see you again in 2022!   

Safe travels, Mary & Roy!  Have a great trip!


07/25/19 03:37 PM #803    

Belle Landrum

Dear Marilyn,

I enjoyed seeing you so much.  It was if you'd never left!

I believe I missed your birthday.  So many Happy Returns of the day!

 

 


07/26/19 01:46 AM #804    

 

Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

 

Dear Belle:  I was born at 1 a.m. on July 26th, so you are 1-1/2 hours EARLY NOW in Southwest Time, although it might be 1-1/2 hours LATE, YOUR time!

I have been thinking that is probably WHY I have been a "Night Owl" all my life!  I am wide awake when everyone ELSE is sleeping!  (I guess I should have attended Tee Jay as a "Night School Student." Then,              I wouldn't have had such a hard time keeping my eyes open in first period class!)

It was fun seeing you, too!  I am trying to figure out how to upload on my computer all the photos we took         on our trip!  There are already 20,000 photos there, and I am SCARED it will "explode!"

Ha!  Ha!

I can't wait until the next Reunion!  

You are right, Belle!  In my heart, I never really left!

Richmond is STILL my "Home Town!"


08/20/19 02:06 AM #805    

 

Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Great TV Story of the "Casanova Dancer" at Sidney Padow's Restaurant!   WE LOVE IT!  Hope it brings in lots of  business!   I wish he was there when we were in town! - I would have danced with him!

We are equally excited here, because my Granddaughter gave her first TV Newscast in Yuma, AZ last week,    as a finale to her 1-month Summer Internship!  She is just entering her Sophomore Year at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, and is well on her way to becoming a Fashion Journalist!

This is the era of Local TV News, featuring "Fantastic Folks from 19 to 92!"  Long may they live!

 


08/20/19 07:54 AM #806    

 

Russell Flammia

How exciting news about your grandaughter. I know you're looking forward to seeing her many more times on TV!


08/20/19 03:33 PM #807    

 

Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Thanks, Russell !  Each time I see my Granddaughter writing a new story for her class (like my Dad, Sister,    and me),  performing in a Fashion  Show at her school (inspired by my 2 Aunties who owned a Kids' Clothing Store), or making a presentation of some kind (like my Mother), I am so happy that "The Wolfe-Grossman Gene" has influenced her to follow these multiple paths.  I know my Parents and my Aunties would be SO PROUD to see what she has accomplished!  Plus, she was named to the Dean's List BOTH semesters of her Freshman Year, following in her footsteps of National Honor Society in Junior High & High School!  That girl is just  AMAZING!  Every year, there is another great achievement.  She is following in the footsteps of her ancestors!!!  G-d Bless Grandchildren!


08/21/19 10:34 AM #808    

 

Russell Flammia

Wow! Your gradaughter is going places for sure.  You and Joel are truly Blessed!


08/22/19 01:17 AM #809    

 

Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Thanks, Russell!  I sent a photo to Mike of Sammy on the TV screen and also some from our trip to Richmond, too!  I chose the best photos of you & Jackie from our Japanese Dinner & some of our Classmates from the Luncheon! You can see them now, 'cause Mike put them on our TJ 1962 page!  We enjoyed our Visit with everybody!  Those were Good Memories!  Some are on the "Classmates Photo Page," and some of "My Famous Grand-daughter and my Family are "on my Profile Page!" Enjoy!!!


08/24/19 02:04 PM #810    

Belle Landrum

I am going to see my first grand nephew - is that the name for my nephew's child, on Monday.  I think he is 4 weeks or so old.   The last picture I saw looked like he was  older than that.  But, what do I know!  Single persdon that I am.      I am all set in the vaccinations department and don't have a cold.  I   am told that he received everything imaginable from all his well wishers, so I'll have to take a look around and see if there is something missing.   Exciting times in the Landrum corral. If I can take a picture I'll show it here - if I can learn how.   You all have been through this, I'm sure, with your family.    My immediate family appears to be late "marriers", 40, 36,34,  And one neph doesn't plan to have children.   So I might be in Westhampton Park before there are many namesakes.  Enjoy the rest of your summer.  I hope to get to VA Beach in September.       


08/24/19 02:10 PM #811    

Belle Landrum

Dear Marilyn,  Thank you for your pictures.  They are really good.   Belle


08/26/19 01:15 AM #812    

 

Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Belle!  Thanks for enjoying my photos, and I hope you have fun meeting your "Grand-Nephew!"   We have 5   Grand-Nieces and one Grand-Nephew on my side of the family & 2 Grand-Nephews and 4 Grand-Nieces on Joel's side!  We only get to see them every 2-to-3 years because my extended family is in Ohio & Denver,    plus several Cousins and their kids in California!  Where does your Brother live?  

If the little boy has tons of clothes, you might try checking out the Toy Departments of Local Stores!  I remember when my Granddaughter and her Cousins were born, I made Baby Blankets or Wall Hangings for some of them, and Stuffed Animals for others.  When I ran out of ideas, there were others like the Jumping Chair that rolled across the floor or hung in a doorway or the Music Boxes or Busy Box made of Plastic that you could attach to the Crib!  When in doubt, go on a ride with the new parents to a Baby Toy Store and  watch their eyes light up!  And there are always Gift Certificates or Checks if that doesn't work!

Have fun meeting your new nephew!  Our family's kids are almost full grown, except for one baby girl, and she was sleeping when I saw her in Ohio, so we'll have to return to see her and her 3-year-old brother when they  get a little bigger!  I LOVE buying Baby Gifts and seeing New Little Ones!  That's exciting!  Post a photo of you & your New Grand-Nephew! 

PS-The name "Bill" can be a derivative of "Belle!" Both sides of our family wanted our kids to be named after the Departed Grandparents, so Rachael is named after my husband's Paternal & and my Paternal Grand mothers, and Amy is named after the two Grandfathers and one Grandmother.   Then everybody was happy until the next generation had kids!  

 


09/07/19 05:46 PM #813    

Belle Landrum

For those of you who followed the Westhampton saga, the junior high building is coming down.  So far the auditorium part is gone.  If they did not have so many signs posted and such fearful fencing I'd try to get some bricks for to sell to alums to raise money for TeeJay music or sports, painted Westhampton colors for our gardens, . build a sign for the school...  I just hate to see it go with no notice.  After all our dealings with B.S. I'm not sure I trust them or the realtors to do anything to remember the school.  Maybe the tone has changed at B S since the administrative change, but I don't think so.  If anyone is interested in doing something  with "bricks" I can try to see a manager on site to get some.info and help.  I believe I have some things from TeeJay that someone made from TJ bleachers' wood.  It would be fun if we could plan something.  ... I wonder how mcu the postage would be for a brick to Arizona?  Thinking of you, Marilyn.


09/07/19 05:50 PM #814    

Belle Landrum

And to all, please forgive my mistypes and grammatical slips (bleachers'S).  I'm in the midst of reading my grammar book from Madison College.

Belle


09/07/19 07:34 PM #815    

 

Marilyn Wolfe (Ruben)

Belle, you are "a trip!" I would LOVE to have "a brick" from Westhampton School!  And I bet our friends who now live in  Massachusetts or Michigan or New Jersey or Florida or California would, too! (Maybe Mary Draney  or Lucy Boettcher or Susan Hume or anybody else from our class at Westhampton can help you decorate them! You could have a "Painting Party!")

 If you can't find "The Manager," find Billy Thalheimer!  He's 2 years younger than we are!)

The next TJ Reunion is in 2022, and my Cousin's 85th Birthday will be in January after THAT, so if you save them until we get there, we'll pick them up when we arrive & bring them home with us!!!  No need for the expensive  mail postage!

PS - I hope that "Memory Room" actually goes through!  I have PHOTOS & Souvenirs of Westhampton,  to copy & contribute!

Hope you're having fun with your new Grand-nephew!  Just think of all the songs you can teach him while he is growing up, and the sports he can play with you when he gets bigger!  Oboy, Oh Joy!


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