Monday, January 31, 2005

Tribute To Our Military

Obie Oakley passed along this "must see" tribute to our soldiers. It takes a minute or two to download, but you'll be glad you did.









Be sure to turn up the sound.



CLICK HERE



This is a classic. You will never forget it.



-Lee



This beautiful presentation was created by a company called GCS

Tribute To Our Military

Obie Oakley passed along this "must see" tribute to our soldiers. It takes a minute or two to download, but you'll be glad you did.









Be sure to turn up the sound.



CLICK HERE



This is a classic. You will never forget it.



-Lee



This beautiful presentation was created by a company called GCS

Monday, January 17, 2005

Joe Kirkley Dies



Jerry Gaudet reports:




Ruth and Willis Rimmer call attention to the passing of Joe Kirkley. Willis played golf with Joel on Tuesday. When Joel didn't come into work on Friday, his son checked on him and found him dead, we understand from a massive heart attack.
The following contact information we have is:
4900 Unaka Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205, 704/541-5859












Joel L. Kirkley, Jr.

Mr. Kirkley age 68, of Charlotte, died January 14, 2005 at his residence.

Mr. Kirkley was born August 13, 1936 in Jefferson, SC, son of the late Joel L. Kirkley Sr. and Grace Threatt Kirkley. He graduated from Central High School in Charlotte, served in the US Navy from 1954-1957, and received his undergraduate and law degree from Wake Forest University in 1964. Mr. Kirkley had a private law practice in Charlotte for over 40 years. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed vacations at the beach.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM Tuesday, January 18 at McEwen Funeral Service, Charlotte Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Paul and a sister Dottie. Survivors include his wife, Judith Kirkley; sons, Joel L. 'Josh' Kirkley, III and wife, Mary, and Nicholas Stephen Kirkley and wife, Michelle, all of Charlotte; brothers, John Kirkley of Atlanta and Jerry Kirkley of Wilmington; and grandchildren, Russell, Joel Douglass, William, and McKenzie.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Charlotte Rescue Mission, 907 W. 1st, Charlotte, NC 28202 or American Red Cross, PO Box 36507, Charlotte, NC 28236.

Arrangements by McEwen Funeral Service, Charlotte Chapel.

Published in the Charlotte Observer from 1/16/2005 - 1/17/2005.






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Joe Kirkley Dies



Jerry Gaudet reports:




Ruth and Willis Rimmer call attention to the passing of Joe Kirkley. Willis played golf with Joel on Tuesday. When Joel didn't come into work on Friday, his son checked on him and found him dead, we understand from a massive heart attack.
The following contact information we have is:
4900 Unaka Ave., Charlotte, NC 28205, 704/541-5859












Joel L. Kirkley, Jr.

Mr. Kirkley age 68, of Charlotte, died January 14, 2005 at his residence.

Mr. Kirkley was born August 13, 1936 in Jefferson, SC, son of the late Joel L. Kirkley Sr. and Grace Threatt Kirkley. He graduated from Central High School in Charlotte, served in the US Navy from 1954-1957, and received his undergraduate and law degree from Wake Forest University in 1964. Mr. Kirkley had a private law practice in Charlotte for over 40 years. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed vacations at the beach.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM Tuesday, January 18 at McEwen Funeral Service, Charlotte Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Paul and a sister Dottie. Survivors include his wife, Judith Kirkley; sons, Joel L. 'Josh' Kirkley, III and wife, Mary, and Nicholas Stephen Kirkley and wife, Michelle, all of Charlotte; brothers, John Kirkley of Atlanta and Jerry Kirkley of Wilmington; and grandchildren, Russell, Joel Douglass, William, and McKenzie.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Charlotte Rescue Mission, 907 W. 1st, Charlotte, NC 28202 or American Red Cross, PO Box 36507, Charlotte, NC 28236.

Arrangements by McEwen Funeral Service, Charlotte Chapel.

Published in the Charlotte Observer from 1/16/2005 - 1/17/2005.






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Sunday, January 09, 2005

Drug Store Clerks

.....drive me mad! I don't know if Charlotte is as drugstore clerk challenged.........as my town of Falls Church, Virginia is........but I'm seriously considering never going to the drugstore again! Unfortunatly, that means probably never bathing, shaving, or refilling my prescriptions.....



Oh, forget it. Shopping at the drugstore is a necessary evil. They know we're a captive audience...so why pay future brain surgeons to clerk behind the counter?



But it wasn't always like this.



Back in the 40's, I remember a "soda jerk" behind the counter at Stanley's Drug Store who's dynamic personality and talent at making ice cream sodas had us standing in line...five or six people deep.....and LIKING IT......waiting for him to perform his magic.



He went on to perform magic on radio and television...in the '50s........as the most popular radio and TV personality that teenagers in Charlotte had ever seen!



His name, of course, as all of us CHS54 grads know, was Jimmy Kilgo.



There was another drugstore clerk....that was a favorite of mine....in the late 40's ...who worked at Nance Drug Store.....on the corner of 5th and Caswell.....



He was a neighbor of mine...........and until I read this story on the internet......I never knew that there was a lot more about Jim Ballentine than the fact that he was a VERY nice man.....and very SMART.



Read on:



Jim Ballentine Story


Drug Store Clerks

.....drive me mad! I don't know if Charlotte is as drugstore clerk challenged.........as my town of Falls Church, Virginia is........but I'm seriously considering never going to the drugstore again! Unfortunatly, that means probably never bathing, shaving, or refilling my prescriptions.....



Oh, forget it. Shopping at the drugstore is a necessary evil. They know we're a captive audience...so why pay future brain surgeons to clerk behind the counter?



But it wasn't always like this.



Back in the 40's, I remember a "soda jerk" behind the counter at Stanley's Drug Store who's dynamic personality and talent at making ice cream sodas had us standing in line...five or six people deep.....and LIKING IT......waiting for him to perform his magic.



He went on to perform magic on radio and television...in the '50s........as the most popular radio and TV personality that teenagers in Charlotte had ever seen!



His name, of course, as all of us CHS54 grads know, was Jimmy Kilgo.



There was another drugstore clerk....that was a favorite of mine....in the late 40's ...who worked at Nance Drug Store.....on the corner of 5th and Caswell.....



He was a neighbor of mine...........and until I read this story on the internet......I never knew that there was a lot more about Jim Ballentine than the fact that he was a VERY nice man.....and very SMART.



Read on:



Jim Ballentine Story


Moon Pies

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember eating Moon Pies!



My Yankee friends say that's absurd! They contend that all southerners ate Moon Pies as kids.



Not me. However, I sure ate a lot of Lance's BIG TOWNS!



Basically the same thing, right?



See History of Moon Pies



Second question. Do they still make BIG TOWNS?



-Ed











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Moon Pies

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember eating Moon Pies!



My Yankee friends say that's absurd! They contend that all southerners ate Moon Pies as kids.



Not me. However, I sure ate a lot of Lance's BIG TOWNS!



Basically the same thing, right?



See History of Moon Pies



Second question. Do they still make BIG TOWNS?



-Ed











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Saturday, January 08, 2005

A technical note

Your humble webmaster recommends that you begin "weaning" your computer from the ubiqutious Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. From what I understand, there are a lot of security holes in the IE browser and your computer will be safer if you switch to another browser.



Many of the most knowledgeable computer experts that I know....all suggest you switch to





Mozilla Firefox




It's FREE and it will block "pop ups" and I've found that it has a lot of features that IE doesn't have.



But the main reason.......is IT's SAFER!



IMPORTANT: Keep IE in your computer, you'll need it to up-date windows, but I suggest using the Firefox browser for most of your internet surfing.





For more information, click here



If you're not confident doing it yourself, ask your kid or grandkid to do it for you, next time they're over.



-Ed





A technical note

Your humble webmaster recommends that you begin "weaning" your computer from the ubiqutious Microsoft Internet Explorer browser. From what I understand, there are a lot of security holes in the IE browser and your computer will be safer if you switch to another browser.



Many of the most knowledgeable computer experts that I know....all suggest you switch to





Mozilla Firefox




It's FREE and it will block "pop ups" and I've found that it has a lot of features that IE doesn't have.



But the main reason.......is IT's SAFER!



IMPORTANT: Keep IE in your computer, you'll need it to up-date windows, but I suggest using the Firefox browser for most of your internet surfing.





For more information, click here



If you're not confident doing it yourself, ask your kid or grandkid to do it for you, next time they're over.



-Ed





Saturday, January 01, 2005

A NEW YEAR PREDICTION

Beware boys and girls, I'm about to pull your leg big time!



But for a reason!



Those of us who are using computers are a pretty rare breed. Only .00001 percent of Seniors (or approximately 1 in a million) over 65 use computers.



I just made that number up, but it sounds about right. I learned to do that from our friends on the left, who make up numbers like that all the time and nobody questions them....so why not.



Anyway, this leads me into the following story:



It's a good story...that's been going around the internet for quite some time....and it certainly got my attention....because this prediction they say was made in 1954.



According to the story, scientists from the RAND CORPORATION built a model of what they predicted a home computer would look like in 2004.



The story goes on to say that this picture was published in POPULAR MECHANICS magazine in 1954

.













Great story, huh?



Unfortunately, though, it's totally BOGUS! There's not a word of truth in it!



Here is the explanation from www.snopes.com

(then type in 1954 computer........and then click on the explanation of the Rand computer story.





Bookmark that address, snopes.com and check out anything you see on the internet that you have any doubts about.



There's not a file in my brain earmarked for people who make up stuff like this....other than the insane folder. This kind of activity doesn't make any sense to those of us who grew up in the "let's get to work and make this country even greater" generation.



It's not funny, it's not cute, it's not clever, frankly.....it's very much like what passes as most of modern American culure: it's insane.



Or maybe it's just an example of idle hands working overtime in the Devil's workshop. Whatever.



But , what really sucked me in at first was the fact that the picture looks EXACTLY like my computer here in the Bat Cave!

A NEW YEAR PREDICTION

Beware boys and girls, I'm about to pull your leg big time!



But for a reason!



Those of us who are using computers are a pretty rare breed. Only .00001 percent of Seniors (or approximately 1 in a million) over 65 use computers.



I just made that number up, but it sounds about right. I learned to do that from our friends on the left, who make up numbers like that all the time and nobody questions them....so why not.



Anyway, this leads me into the following story:



It's a good story...that's been going around the internet for quite some time....and it certainly got my attention....because this prediction they say was made in 1954.



According to the story, scientists from the RAND CORPORATION built a model of what they predicted a home computer would look like in 2004.



The story goes on to say that this picture was published in POPULAR MECHANICS magazine in 1954

.













Great story, huh?



Unfortunately, though, it's totally BOGUS! There's not a word of truth in it!



Here is the explanation from www.snopes.com

(then type in 1954 computer........and then click on the explanation of the Rand computer story.





Bookmark that address, snopes.com and check out anything you see on the internet that you have any doubts about.



There's not a file in my brain earmarked for people who make up stuff like this....other than the insane folder. This kind of activity doesn't make any sense to those of us who grew up in the "let's get to work and make this country even greater" generation.



It's not funny, it's not cute, it's not clever, frankly.....it's very much like what passes as most of modern American culure: it's insane.



Or maybe it's just an example of idle hands working overtime in the Devil's workshop. Whatever.



But , what really sucked me in at first was the fact that the picture looks EXACTLY like my computer here in the Bat Cave!