Friday, May 08, 2015


Talk about "How time flies!"

Whew!  The Amazing Jerry Gaudet reminds us that The May 2015 LDL lunch will be this Tuesday:

This month's "LDL" (Let's do lunch) will be held on
Tuesday, May 12, 11:30 AM
at "Jimmies" Restaurant in Mint Hill.
Please consider this  your invitation to join us.  It will help us if you would spread the word! Invite other classmates to come! Even better, bring someone with you! Be sure YOU, come!

The research staff here at the CHS54 complex couldn't discover anything particularly interesting historically that happened on May 12th other than the fact that my favorite philosopher was born on that date in 1924.
He probably holds the record for being the most quoted American  in history.
If not, he should be:

"It ain't over, til it's over."

"You can observe a lot by just watching."

"If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else."

"The future ain't what it used to be.

"A nickle ain't worth a dime anymore."

"It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much."

"I never said half the things I said."

He was one of the greatest catchers in Baseball history!

I don't know that he ever talked about it much, but he also was a war hero.

Early in 1944, the Navy was asking for volunteers for a secret mission. Yogi, signed up without hesitating. The extremely risky and dangerous mission turned out to be Operation Neptune, which was part of Operation Overlord:  D Day!
Seaman 2nd Class Berra
Yogi’s boat was a flat bottom ship, less than 50 feet long, with six sailors and one officer on board. It was equipped with 24 rockets and three machine guns. While soldiers were pouring out of landing crafts onto the beaches, the job of Yogi’s crew was to make their boat, which was holding offshore, a target for enemy guns.

The Nazis had built several “pillbox” shelters on top of the cliffs overlooking the beach, and
were strafing soldiers on the ground with lethal gunfire. When the Nazis turned to fire at Yogi’s boat, they would easily give their positions away, allowing the Allies to spot them and redirect forces toward them.

This was Yogi’s first time in combat. He remembers the battle “looking like fireworks going off.” More than 2,000 American soldiers and sailors lost their lives in the opening hours of that long day.

About those days, he said, “I didn’t do anything special. We all joined up back then. We love America and had to beat those Nazis. I went in with everyone else, some never came back. I was lucky.”

Happy Birthday, Yogi!