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From the Vaults: No TV!

       In one of the earlier segments of The Simpsons Tree House of Horrors, they do an extremely funny lampooning of The Shining (the Jack Nicholson version, only here called The Shinning).  After Marge discovers Homer’s writing consists of nothing more sinister than, “Feeling fine,”  she expresses cautious optimism about the situation.  A sudden flash […]

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AstroCal – November 2021

       We begin our look at November with Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.  Venus continues to dominate the SW sky at dusk.  With the period of twilight lengthening throughout the fall, Venus will appear 3 degrees higher by the end of the month with a setting time that will average about 2.6 hours after sunset.  Viewed […]

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FTV: Wilderness Hiking

       The crew at the West Coast Bureau sent me a copy of one of William L. Sullivan’s numerous books about hiking the great Oregonian out-of-doors.  To best describe Sullivan’s passion for the topic of hiking in the wilderness, let me offer the following summary from the back cover of his 1988 opus Listening for […]

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FTV: The Golf Ball Caper

       If the statute of limitations for trespassing is six years (and yes, I looked it up for the sake of accuracy), it is probably okay for me to tell this story nearly fifty years after the fact.  Sticking with first names will suffice to tell the following tale so nobody will be put on […]

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FTV: The Rocket’s Red Glare

       Model Rocketry became our hobby when my brother and I witnessed one of our Norway Avenue neighbors launch a Centuri brand model rocket in the field across from our house.  We dove in feet first and spent five years poking holes in the sky before Ron graduated from college and left for a year […]

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FTV: Volunteers of America

       While researching information about Woodstock, I hit upon a video of the Jefferson Airplane performing their song Volunteers.  Like any good earworm chorus, the ‘Volunteers of America’ got stuck in my head.  One thing led to another and the constant recycling of the lyric started touching off random memories connected with the word ‘volunteer’.  […]

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