Saturday, October 08, 2016

Still Waiting

Darn, Darn and Darnit!

That's 1950's speak for....well, you know.

Anyway, here I am an 80 year old Grandfather with a potential audience of 5 still waiting to be share some of my wisdom, gleaned through a lifetime of "trial and error"...."failures and successes".....and just plain old LIVING!

But Noooo! I can barely get them to look up from their iPhones long enough to even ask if they would like to hear some priceless advice from the man whose genes will follow them around like a big brother for the rest of their lives.

So, boys (I have 5 of them) before my memory goes completely "belly up," are some things to mention if you ever have the occasion to comment, "As my old Grandaddy used to say....(with help from the Internet and Pat Divilly)

1. Have a firm handshake.
2. Look people in the eye.
3. Sing in the shower.
4. Own a great stereo system.
5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
6. Keep secrets.
7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
9. Be brave. Even if you're not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
10. Whistle.
11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
12. Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
16. When playing games with children, let them win.
17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
18. Be romantic.
19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
21. Don't allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It's there for our convenience, not the caller's.
22. Be a good loser.
23. Be a good winner.
24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
26. Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
27. Keep it simple.
28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
29. Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
31. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did.
32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
34. Take charge of your attitude. Don't let someone else choose it for you.
35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
36. Begin each day with some of your favourite music.
37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
38. Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, 'Someone who thinks you're terrific.'
39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
41. Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
42. Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
43. Make someone's day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
44. Become someone's hero.
45. Marry only for love.
46. Count your blessings.
47. Compliment the meal when you're a guest in someone's home.
48. Wave at the children on a school bus.
49. Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
50. Don't expect life to be fair

Friday, October 07, 2016


Only a year to go!
That's right boys and girls of the Silent Generation.  October 2017 is when our honest and benevolent Government "of the People  For the People, and By the People," will finally  release the "classified" JFK Assassination files....and we will learn the unvarnished "truth" about probably the most dramatic National event of our lives.
That's when Congress declared the JFK files to be the public
And THAT'S when we may finally learn ..... 
Who knows what......
Unless, of course, the government decides NOT to release the files.  It's up to the "Fox" who guards the hen house  (The Gov is the FOX.....WE are the hen house.)
And if they DO decide to release them, we know they would not have been doctored.
Let me hear an "Amen" somebody.
Somebody?....Hello.....anybody out there ?,,,, Come on.....SOMEBODY.......PLEASE....Give me an "Amen!"
Anybody out there?.....testing one,two, three, four, testing.........
Maybe this Mic's not working.........


Wednesday, October 05, 2016

October LDL !

Anybody know what's coming up next week?
It's this month's "LDL" (Let's do lunch) will be held on
Tuesday, October 11,2016, 11:30 AM
at "Jimmies" Restaurant in Mint Hill.
Won't you accept this personal invitation to join in.  We'd like to see you.  Help us spread the word! Invite other classmates to come! Even better, bring someone with you! Just be sure YOU, come!


Sunday, October 02, 2016

Golden Age of Blogging

Fads move like lightning in this modern age. Blogging, which this website is, won't be around much longer according to those who follow American internet trends and fads.

 The young people (which is EVERYBODY....but and me) are all going elsewhere and doing ...who knows what...on the Internet.   But they are NOT blogging.

I mentioned in an earlier post on this site that British writer Andrew Sullivan
 is generally credited as one of the first bloggers.  And that's true.  He started doing it in 1990.

The definition of Blogging person...posting short opinion pieces..and stories.....on a website.

Harry at his desk circa 1960
Leave the "website" part of that off.....and I contend that the first modern blogger......was none other that Charlotte's  own......HARRY GOLDEN.

He published a one man newspaper, called "The Carolina Israelite,"  featuring nothing but his short stories and comments about his life as a Jewish man living in the southern city of Charlotte North well as stories of his boyhood growing up in the ghetto of New York City.

A 'One Man Newspaper? Featuring short personal stories?"

Sounds like a "Blog" to me....The only thing missing was the Internet.

Although Harry worked out of his office in one of those big beautiful homes on Elizabeth Avenue
 (I believe it was the one next to the one in which  I studied private violin
 lessons from Michael Wise for several years) I first heard of him when he spoke at UNC  in 1955.  (I had no idea who he was then....but the scuttlebutt was that just before his lecture the year before....a bottle of whiskey had rolled out of his briefcase as he rose to speak.)

After that speech, which was riddled with good humor and common sense, I was hooked...and became a subscriber to the Carolina Israelite.. His subscriber base listed few  local people....they were mostly from other parts of the country....some of them quite prominent.

Fame finally came to Harry in 1958 with the publication of  ONLY IN AMERICA, a collection of stories from the Carolina Israelite.

I met Harry only once. That was about sometime in 1960 I believe.  Bob Raiford and I were both working at WSOC and we had a bright idea that we decided to propose to Harry...I forget what it was, but I'm sure it had something to do with making radio features ....whatever, nothing ever came of it, but it got us a meeting with Harry one Spring morning.

I'm glad I can say I once met Harry, but the only thing I remember vividly about the meeting was took place about 11 o'clock in the morning....and as we talked, Harry continued his daily ritual of enjoying a shot of his morning bourbon, politely offering one to Bob and me.

Unfortunately, I can't remember anything about the rest of the meeting...

I guess 11am was a little too early for me.



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Up Date on those Class of 55 Youngsters

We've got to admit that those kids of the CHS class of 55 are doing a darn good job of "sticking togeher" and keeping the friendships up after all these years.  Frank Clontz is one of the leaders of that bunch....and so is John Lomax.  John filled in for Frank this month and sent out this note to his Class of 55.

Since we all remember many of those youngsters....I though you'd enjoy reading their latest newsletter.


Dear CHS'55 Classmates,
Your newsletter editor Frank Clontz.  has been "under the weather" some this month but is at home now and doing well from what I hear.  Here are some highlights from our September 20, 2016, luncheon at Jimmie's Restaurant in Mint Hill.
  • Cards were sent to the following classmates:  Ann Holland Trammell, Tommy Graham, Frank Clontz, and Yvonne Doster Hutchinson. 
  • We were sorry to learn of that Jackie Hart Lookabill passed away in August.  She was in the class of 1954.
  • An old newspaper article that showed Billy Mills winning a cherry pie baking contest!  I believe Nancy House was a contender also. 
  • Jimmy Suit reported that Pat Newman has been in the hospital recently but is back to work now.
  • Ann Stack has had a second eye surgery. 
  • We were glad to see Nancy Thames at the luncheon. 
  • Joan had baked 40 small pecan pies that were served to the group complete with whipped cream! We are fortunate to have her as our  moderator each month.
Tommy English has kindly offered to have our "80th Birthday Party" at his home in May, 2017.  You might remember that we had a "70th Birthday Party" at Pat Beattys home in 2007.  More information will be upcoming about this event in future newsletters.

We hope that you can attend one of the luncheons which are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 11:30AM at Jimmie's Restaurant in Mint Hill.  The next luncheon will be on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at Jimmies.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Andrew Sullivan
I first Heard about a new fad in 2004 called "blogging."  A pioneer in that new fad was an English writer named Andrew Sullivan, who created one of the first in 2000.

 I did a little research and before I knew it, was born.
Slowly a few of you began to "tune in" and here we are 12 years later....well, some of us anyway.

Your friendly, handsome, fit as a fiddle modest webmaster is still enjoying writing and trying his best to keep in touch with his wonderful friends from those magic 1950;s  Charlotte and Central High School days.But, a few aches and pains and normal old age issues (nothing serious, thank God) are taking its toll.  Plus, as my physical body no longer bounces back from minor aches and pains, etc. like it used to,  my old wood burning computers are beginning to drain my bank account with aches and pains of their own.

"Blogging" is no longer a "fad."  In fact Andrew Sullivan gave it up 2 years ago. Most people have now turned to things like "Facebook," "Twitter"......and other means of communicating that I know nothing about.

The number of viewers have been declining my posts and updates have not been as regular as in the past.  The "Muse" doesn't seem to visit as often as before.....and Doctor's appointments, etc......have become a real nuisance.....there are days I don't get down here in the "Bat Cave" to up date the web site at all.

But, I plan to be here "for the duration."

I'm proud that you and I were among the first to participate in "Blogging"  (writing an reading)  and perhaps we'll also be among the last.

That's my hope.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thinking of you

Those of us former Charlotteans are all hoping and praying for your safety and swift end to the chaos happening down there.


Sunday, September 11, 2016


Greetings to all of us "basket of deplorables"   (her words)......from the "smartest woman in the world."

"I remember landing under sniper fire."

Jerry Gaudet invites you all to yet another riotous LDL at the Famous "Jimmies" of Mint Hill!

Typical LDL Event

This month's "LDL" (Let's do lunch) will be held on
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 11:30 AM
at "Jimmies" Restaurant in Mint Hill.
We're sending you this personal invitation to join in.  We'd like to see you.  Help us spread the word! Invite other classmates to come! Even better, bring someone with you! Just be sure YOU, come!  (We hope you get the idea)

Charlie Willis will be this month's host.  

Monday, September 05, 2016

How About a little Respect for Kudzu and Friends

Sticks and Stones may break my bones, but don't call my front yard friends "weeds!"

The Sophistocated Europeans were glad to get rid of the Riff Raff who left Europe to become the early Americans. They were considered the "weeds" of society. When they got here, they fought and struggled...and through sheer determination.... prevailed.

My favorite weed  (Look Closely)
As nature author Michele Collins wrote:  These plants (weeds) are resilient and proud. More importantly, they are choke full of medicinal value.  Many are rich sources of vitamins and minerals and have powerful healing potential for a vast range of common diseases like diabetes, cancer, liver disease, just to mention a few. Plants like dandelion, burdock, red clover, chickweed, wild violet, couchgrass, kudzu, plantain.

Like the early pioneers, my favorite my yard a survivor!


But a weed is simply a plant that wants to grow where people want something else.  In blaming nature, people mistake the culprit.  Weeds are people’s idea, not nature’s.  ~Author Unknown
A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.  Doug Larson
I learn more about God
 from weeds than from roses;
 Resilience springing 
through the smallest chink of hope 
in the absolute of concrete….
~Phillip Pulfrey, “Weeds,” Perspectives

A Note From Above

I'm not sure if anyone reads "blogs" anymore. Perhaps an old codger like me is just "drooling" in the wind.  But, as long as I enjoy it (which I do) and can still find my way down to the Bat Cave where my wood-burning computer lives, I'll keep doing it.

The muse doesn't visit me very often anymore, but this morning nature did.....and left me a note on my weed infested front lawn......that said, "here's your story for today."

A Note from Nature

It used to be called Harvest. but ever since the 16th century most English speakers have called it Autumn, or Fall.

It's the only season we have two names for, and I believe that's because it's so special. Like "love" no one knows exactly when it begins....they just know it's very special.  Meteorologically, Fall begins on September first every year.

Astronomers base the date of the seasons upon celestial events, in this case the autumnal equinox, when night and day are roughly equal length. The equinox normally takes place around September 21st.
The third definition of the start of autumn, which is more fluid, comes from phenology – the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events.
The start of autumn in this field is dictated not by a set date or a single event, but the changes in the natural world, such as the tinting of the trees and the ripening of autumn fruits.

However,do not confuse phenology........with Phrenology...which is the study of  bumps on a person's head. 

More about that later, but for now, I'll just say that anyone who doesn't love the Fall Season....should have his head examined.


Friday, August 26, 2016

Jackie Hart Lookabill Killed in Car Crash

By Jerry Gaudet

Jackie Hart 1954

With great sadness we learn that, while driving alone, Jackie Hart Lookabill died following an automobile accident on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

Jackie's memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 11:00 AM at McEwen Funeral Service- Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210 ,

Condolences to:
Mr. Gene Lookabill
3601 Mountainbrook Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28210

Please also keep in mind Jackie and Gene's children, LaGena and Gene (Jr.)

Jacqueline Hart "Jackie" Lookabill (1935 - 2016)


Our beloved Jacqueline "Jackie" Lookabill, 80, of Charlotte passed from this life on August 23, 2016 and is now enjoying Eternal Paradise in the loving care of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She is survived by her husband, Gene Lookabill, daughter, LaGena Lookabill Greene (Daniel), and son, Gene Lookabill, II. She was born in Statesville, NC to Jack and Josephine Hart and moved with her family to Charlotte as a child. She worshipped at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and attended school there. Jackie graduated from Central High School in 1954 where she enjoyed being a cheerleader and majorette and was named "Most Popular" and Central High "Beauty." We've admired her through the years that she was even more beautiful on the inside...a joyful, humble hearted servant to her family, friends and those in need. Jackie attended Kings Business College and then worked as a legal secretary, where her sharp business sense and rapid typing skills made her a valuable asset at a prominent law firm. She married her high school sweetheart, Gene on August 24, 1958 and the Lord blessed them with 57 years and 364 days of marriage! When her children were born, Jackie fulfilled the highest calling of being a stay at home mom. She treasured quality time with her family hiking and having picnics in the mountains, riding bikes on the beach and taking in the sunsets. She relished dancing with her husband and jazzercise with friends. She was a member of The Mountainbrook Garden Club and enjoyed sharing her blue hydrangeas with neighbors. She was a great cook and made dinners a meaningful time of sharing. Jackie and Gene were active members of Myers Park Methodist Church for many years then attended Calvary Church, where she and LaGena took a trip to the Holy Land with Dr. Ross and Carol Rhoads. Later they enjoyed David Chadwick's preaching at Forest Hill Church and most recently Dr. Mike Ross's sermons at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews. Jackie will be most remembered for her contagious joy, humility and authenticity. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Christ Covenant Church: 800 Fullwood Lane, Matthews, NC. 28105. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM at McEwen Funeral Service Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. A private burial was held on Saturday, August 27, 2016. Online condolences can be left
Published in Charlotte Observer on Aug. 28, 2016


Friday, August 19, 2016

Margie Malone Passes


4:51 PM (21 hours ago)
Margie Malone
... Margie passed away Tuesday, August 16th.  She had cancer a few years back, was pronounced free, but it returned.  She had been in Hospice a bit before death.  Norman and I are going to Richmond on Saturday for the memorial service at her church. Dick Gilland is going up also.
   If anyone wants to send condolences, her daughter, Catherine Southhall's address is 3710 Darby Drive, Midlothian, VA 23113,

   She was a good friend from the 7th grade at Piedmont up until now.  She lost her husband in 1997, and a son in 2010, but still enjoyed life in Virginia. 


Doy Lim Passes

By Jerry Gaudet

Art (Doy) Lim
Our classmate Doy Lim, died on June 2, 2016, following a battle with cancer.

Interestingly, soon after graduation from Central High School, Doy joined the Air Force.  In going through the documentation process he contacted his estranged father who told him his birth name was Arthur Lin.  So, thereafter he was know as "Art" Lin.

Condolences may be sent to his widow:
Ms Beatriz Lin
4300 Ramsey Dr.
N. Highlands, CA 95660-3542


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Summer Re-Runs

For 65 years, give or take a couple, I reminded radio listeners that the elderly should stay inside and not venture out during the excessively hot days of July and August....those words came off my tongue so automatically, never thinking that one day.......that warning would be directed to me!


Balderdash !......Heck, I'm only .........80............years old.

80 years old?    There must be some mistake!  It feels like only yesterday when the Central High Chorus was singing "While We're Young"...on one of our final "Key Klub Follies" shows...

Also....the prom is coming up in a couple of weeks........

Now, THAT seems real........

this 80 year old stuff...........doesn't.  That's gotta be only a dream.

Meanwhile, try as I might, I just can't get interested in the Olympics.  Nevertheless I'm awfully proud of our American athletes!  I sure hope that tiny voice in my head that keeps whispering, "Remember Carl Lewis," (the runner who ran so fast that sparks flew from his feet.) wrong.

Oh.....I almost forgot. Those Re-Runs..........



Thursday, August 04, 2016


By Jerry Gaudet

Whatcha got goin' on next Tuesday?
This month's "LDL" (Let's do lunch) will be held on
Tuesday, August 9, 2015, 11:30 AM
in this HOT WEATHER, be cool at "Jimmies" Restaurant in Mint Hill.
Be cool and join us.  We'd like to see you.  Help us spread the word! Invite other classmates to come! Even better, bring someone with you! Just be sure YOU, come!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Of all the eateries in Charlotte that flourished during our mostly golden years of growing up, I think probably the most memorable was TANNERS on South Tryon Street.

Who can forget the black lady in the window slicing oranges with the speed of Fireball Roberts and the precision of a brain surgeon....and once inside... the freshest and best fruit drinks You've ever tasted; especially the fruit punch which consisted of equal portions of orange, pineapple and grape juice.
And, of course, served with the best salted peanuts in little wax paper bags....that I've ever tasted.

Tanners closed sometime in the 70's I believe and a new one, under different management opened up in the 80s on North Tryon, and tried to reproduce the magic of the old Tanners.

But, unfortunately, like Humpty couldn't be put back
H. Dumpty
together again.  Even though, when I spoke to the owner sometime in the mid 80s....he told me that he had paid a lot of money to find out what kind....and where to get...those oh so different peanuts that the original Tanners packaged in little wax paper bags.

In other words, he was not going to reveal to me the great secret that many considered the Holy Grail of the Tanner's success. (I've searched high and low...and still have no clue as to what kind of peanuts those were, and where in the world I could buy some!)

However, even with those one of a kind peanuts, he obviously failed to replicate the magic of the original Tanners.

There's something about "magic," that seldom can be repeated.

There's only one........"first time."


Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, 
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; 
All the king's horses and all the king's men 
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

-Mother Goose

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Good News

By Jerry Gaudet

The report on Buck Anderson is good as we hear from his wife Peggy:

..."The surgery went well and we are so thankful..Buck is doing pretty good and will be in ICU for 24 to 48 hours. Thank you for the prayers. I will keep you up to date as the days go by. Please let the classmates know and  we thank them for the prayers."
Peggy Anderson

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Things Southerners Never Say

            Carolina Rice
"Honey, did you mail that check to Greenpeace?"

"Trim the fat off that steak."

"We're vegetarians."

"Unsweetened tea tastes better."

"Would you like your fish poached or broiled?"

"You cooked those green beans too long."

"I think okra tastes so much better steamed, don't you?"

"Cracker Barrel again?!"

"If I have to watch those race cars go around that track ONE more time...!"

-Hat Tip, The Internet. - Ed

Things Yankees Never Say

"Yes, Ma’am. Thank you very much."

"I haven’t been bowling all week!"

"I already have too many black turtleneck sweaters and chocolate brown jackets."


"I’m in no hurry. Let me put on some coffee and we’ll chat a while."

"Don’t the magnolia trees in my backyard smell wonderful?"
"I am so glad to be back from my visit to the South. People are so much nicer here."

"Y’all look like you might be lost. May I help?"

"Oh, Mom! You must be outrageously angry if you used the ‘F’ word."

"I see you are only buying three items. Why don’t you go in front of me?"

"It’s no bother. It’s just good old Yankee hospitality."

"Oh, I don’t want to be pretentious – I’ll take whatever [coffee blend] [scotch] [martini] [beer] [cigar] you have to offer."

"We could never eat it all ourselves, so we brought you some squash, tomatoes and beans from our garden."

"We were just out for a stroll and saw the lights and decided to stop by and say, ‘hello.’"

"Okay, so maybe we have accents too."

"Honey, have you seen my white cotton socks? I absolutely refuse to go out in shorts with dark socks on!"


"Pass the butter beans, please."

"May I please have more grits?"

"I'm fixing to go to the store. Do y’all want anything?"

-Again, thanks to the internet. Ed

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Marlene Ritch Beaty's Husband Passes

By Jerry Gaudet

It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Thomas Beaty, HUSBAND of classmate Marlene Ritch Beaty,  We have the following contact information for Marlene:

Mrs. Marlene Beaty
209 Marshall St.
Fort Mill, SC  29715-1817

Thomas V. Beaty Sr. (1933 - 2016)

Mr. Thomas Vernon Beaty, Sr., 82, of Fort Mill, died Sunday, July 10, 2016, at CMC-Pineville.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 14, 2016at Unity Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Dan Holloway officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Born and raised in Charlotte, Mr. Beaty was a son of the late Amos Florida Beaty and Suzie Mae Belk Beaty. He attended Harding High School and served in the U.S. Army, where he worked on radios. Following his time in the service, he graduated from Charlotte College. Mr. Beaty retired from Springs Industries after 35 years of service as an architect.

He was a former member of St. John's United Methodist Church where he served as a Trustee and Assistant Boy Scout Leader. In 2002, he joined Unity Presbyterian Church where he served on the building and stained glass committees and was an elder.

Having working in a movie theater during his youth, Mr. Beaty loved old movies, silent films in particular. He was instrumental in the development of the Fort Mill Community Playhouse. He also enjoyed bluegrass festivals, hiking, canoeing and photography. Being civic-minded, he was the Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee and the Board of Appeals for the Town of Fort Mill for many years.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling and made many trips in their travel trailer, notably to Alaska, Nova Scotia, Mexico, and Arizona and all the Walmarts in between. Their travel companions were comprised of some of their closest friends and their daughter's family. Most recently, they had traveled to Switzerland.

He had a curious mind and felt that his time in the Army ignited his interest and ability to design and repair most anything in ingenious ways. He was also well known for his talents as a woodworker and was a member of the York County Woodworker's Club.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Marlene Ritch Beaty; his son, Thomas Vernon Beaty, Jr. and his wife, Karin of Irmo; his daughter, Valerie Kahabka and her husband, Doyle of Greenacres, Wash.; his sister, Thelma McKinney of Rock Hill; four grandchildren, Thomas Jordan Beaty, Bailey Thomas Kahabka, Morgan Renee Kahabka and Aaron John Kahabka; and niece, Ramona Williams of Rock Hill.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1267, Fort Mill, SC 29716.

Condolences may be made at


Huh Oh....


Time to get out your tin foil hats again.


    is coming!.......Down, that is....down from orbit...and you could wake up some morning and find it in your front yard.   Or worse.

Odds are probably a million, give or take a few, that it won't land on your head.

But, if you're wearing a tin foil hat.....the odds go up one billion to one!

Now, I'll take those odds.

That's the reason for the hat.  It's hard to argue with scientific statistics.

The Tiangong-1 satellite was launched in 2011, and should have come back down to Earth in the ocean in a controlled crash. But watchers have said that it now appears to have gone into freewill, with China losing control of it, and so it could crash down onto the Earth any time.

...and go boom!