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  1. Our Members Tributes to Robert Osborne (1932-2017)

    Rest in peace Mr. Osborne this is former Staff Sergeant SW Rice formerly of the US Air Force Security Forces Security police and 919th Special Operations group 1984 to 2001 and the point of contact in South Carolina for Curtis Sliwa's NYC Guardian Angels and blessed to be a co-founder of Bill H.3036 a bill to honor and proclaim EARTHA KITT DAY in South Carolina on January 17th. Also you played a movie request for me on January 17th 2001 Captain Nemo (Robert Ryan) and the Underwater City I felt like I was a kid again living in New Hampshire in the late 1960's and early seventies and I am in your debt! Rest in peace kind sir till we all get to Heaven!
  2. Not trying to tell you your job guys! But you have a lot of competition our here POP, ACM,IFC and all that alphabet soup(lol) now you know what a great fan I was Billy Jack and the man and actor that played him,Tom! And except young Benjamin we ain't getting any younger Robert!(ha-ha) So do us a favor highlight some of of the great folks that are still around like Doris Day and Jerry Lewis!!! Yeah you guys do a little but you could do more like devote and entire month to each of them and I implore other fans to reach out to you to give you more ideas and names so we can recognize and give our best and flowers to them while we still have them...instead of dropping the ball and forgetting about them!? Everyone needs a good scolding and chewing out every once in a while including you Robert and Ben!(HOO-rah)
  3. (This is dedicated to remembering Sept 11th to all of our Armed Service Personnel and our Allies) .This is not an opinion piece. Though mind you I am an expert at writing them. I have written letters to the editor since 1984. Many of them have been published. However, this is a first person account piece from a former Air Force policeman, who came into the military during the so-called cold war in Western Europe. My time was in 1984. The place was high in the mountains of West Germany. It was called Hahn Air base. Located in a place called the Hundsruck. Translated from Deutsch (German) to english. Literally it means the "hounds tooth." Now that sounds nasty. But you don't know the half of it. Holidays for soldiers are even nastier. Don't get me wrong. Germany (Deutschland) is a beautiful place especially around Christmas. But duty is duty. And it makes everything look gloomy. I am looking at a yellowish newspaper clipping. Of course it is sort of tattered. I have had it since December 1984. My parents sent it to me. I was in Germany. Remember the aforementioned "hounds tooth." Now I am sure I am getting the best of everyones curiosity as to what does the old news clipping and holidays have in common. My parents sent it to me from Hampton/Newport News Virginia. It had a picture of a young Air Force security policeman in front of a fighter aircraft carrying his M-16. The soldier could have been me. The date on the paper is December 24th 1984. Almost close to CHRISTmas. But though as you patrol the flight line guarding and protecting sophisticated planes, resources vital to National Security and personnel. In your heart if you believe that way. You know the reason for the season. But then you know you are a soldier be you an Airman,Army soldier,Marine,Navy seaman,Coast Guardsman or whatever your branch of service. Duty comes first and mission. So from day one when I made it through my first "Un-Merry CHRISTmas" I realized that holidays were just another day for a soldier. I was at a gate one day. Guarding an area from my ECP (entry control point) that housed jets. Vehicles were coming in and out and people were wishing me season greetings and Merry Christmas. And I in turn would do the same. Only realizing that I'd just started my duty. Perhaps I'd take a bite of my cold cookie or the cupcakes someone left me that I quickly put in my gate shack to keep from dropping them. While others were asleep in there homes that night or out celebrating with friends. I counted the hours until my shift was over. Thinking back to that time over twenty years ago. I can still remember the silence on the flight line. When the planes were still and no activity was happening. I can hear the crunch of the snow under my boots. I peer out in the darkness. Looking for friend and foe alike. This is what I was trained for and this is what I signed on the dotted line to do. The last time I'd replay my duty without the Christmas holiday was when I was called back to active duty. To my unit the 315th Security Police squadron on Charleston Air Force base after the United States was attacked on September 11th. I remember some school kids passing out cookies. I am so glad that they put the name of their school on them. After 911 so many were pouring out support for the soldiers. I thought I'd repay the favor. So I went to the Base Exchange and bought a stuffed Bear with Air Force logo and with a beret. And I took it back to them in Mount Pleasant South Carolina. I am happy to re-paying in tribute by writing this piece about the military and holidays. I left the military with honor as a Staff Sergeant /E-5 with ten years total time as a personnel specialist and mostly as a cop. From 1984 to 2001 you learn alot. I salute all who serve in and out of uniform. Who sometimes must put family,friends,loved ones and their lives and holidays on hold in order to guard,defend and protect.
  4. (This is dedicated to remembering Sept 11th to all of our Armed Service Personnel and our Allies) .This is not an opinion piece. Though mind you I am an expert at writing them. I have written letters to the editor since 1984. Many of them have been published. However, this is a first person account piece from a former Air Force policeman, who came into the military during the so-called cold war in Western Europe. My time was in 1984. The place was high in the mountains of West Germany. It was called Hahn Air base. Located in a place called the Hundsruck. Translated from Deutsch (German) to english. Literally it means the "hounds tooth." Now that sounds nasty. But you don't know the half of it. Holidays for soldiers are even nastier. Don't get me wrong. Germany (Deutschland) is a beautiful place especially around Christmas. But duty is duty. And it makes everything look gloomy. I am looking at a yellowish newspaper clipping. Of course it is sort of tattered. I have had it since December 1984. My parents sent it to me. I was in Germany. Remember the aforementioned "hounds tooth." Now I am sure I am getting the best of everyones curiosity as to what does the old news clipping and holidays have in common. My parents sent it to me from Hampton/Newport News Virginia. It had a picture of a young Air Force security policeman in front of a fighter aircraft carrying his M-16. The soldier could have been me. The date on the paper is December 24th 1984. Almost close to CHRISTmas. But though as you patrol the flight line guarding and protecting sophisticated planes, resources vital to National Security and personnel. In your heart if you believe that way. You know the reason for the season. But then you know you are a soldier be you an Airman,Army soldier,Marine,Navy seaman,Coast Guardsman or whatever your branch of service. Duty comes first and mission. So from day one when I made it through my first "Un-Merry CHRISTmas" I realized that holidays were just another day for a soldier. I was at a gate one day. Guarding an area from my ECP (entry control point) that housed jets. Vehicles were coming in and out and people were wishing me season greetings and Merry Christmas. And I in turn would do the same. Only realizing that I'd just started my duty. Perhaps I'd take a bite of my cold cookie or the cupcakes someone left me that I quickly put in my gate shack to keep from dropping them. While others were asleep in there homes that night or out celebrating with friends. I counted the hours until my shift was over. Thinking back to that time over twenty years ago. I can still remember the silence on the flight line. When the planes were still and no activity was happening. I can hear the crunch of the snow under my boots. I peer out in the darkness. Looking for friend and foe alike. This is what I was trained for and this is what I signed on the dotted line to do. The last time I'd replay my duty without the Christmas holiday was when I was called back to active duty. To my unit the 315th Security Police squadron on Charleston Air Force base after the United States was attacked on September 11th. I remember some school kids passing out cookies. I am so glad that they put the name of their school on them. After 911 so many were pouring out support for the soldiers. I thought I'd repay the favor. So I went to the Base Exchange and bought a stuffed Bear with Air Force logo and with a beret. And I took it back to them in Mount Pleasant South Carolina. I am happy to re-paying in tribute by writing this piece about the military and holidays. I left the military with honor as a Staff Sergeant /E-5 with ten years total time as a personnel specialist and mostly as a cop. From 1984 to 2001 you learn alot. I salute all who serve in and out of uniform. Who sometimes must put family,friends,loved ones and their lives and holidays on hold in order to guard,defend and protect.
  5. Do you remember Billy Jack

    Yesterday was a sad day for the world and Hollywood. Firstly we lost the original Billy Jack (One Tin Soldier) writer,director,producer Tom Laughlin. Then we lost Sir Peter O'Toole and the starlet Joan Fontaine. The best part in Billy Jack is when he karate kicks the big guy right on the side of his face with his bare foot that was legendary as everyone was telling him watch out for his feet. I saw that about thirty years ago. And it has stood the test of time. Maybe the message sounds dated in a world that lives by the gun so many times. But the Billy Jack movie showed me and still does. How you try to use peace over power and only fight in self defense of yourself and others. Happy & Safe Holidays to one and all!
  6. Rest in peace Mr. Kyle. I did not know you. I am happy to have found out about you. I can only hope when I go to see our Lord one day. I will have such nice remembrances.
  7. Mr. Chip's Review on Walt Disneys MARY POPPINS (1964) January 28, 2009 (REAL Men Watch Mary Poppins) Mary Poppins was made in 1964 it is a period piece set in 1910's London England (Wikipedia) it is based on a series of children's books written by P.L. Travers and illustrated by Mary Shepard. In a nutshell Traver's tale is about a mysterious, vain and acerbic English nanny,Mary Poppins. A airborne Mary Poppins via her umbrella is blown by the East wind to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, London into the Banks (David Tomlinson and Company) household to care for their children. What follows is a good fun musical with all kinds of comical and hilarious mishaps involving Mary Poppins (Dame Julie Andrews) and a chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke). Of course you have the banks kids who play a large part of the movie with the songs we know and love if you are now my age or a little older. And perhaps maybe even the younger generation might appreciate what I deem as one of the longest words in the world and translated means "Atoning for educability through delicate beauty" (SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS) and Dame Edwards real life spouse in 1964 actually coined the reverse phrasing of the word but you'll have to read the wikipedia to see how it's written. Now popping along no pun intended. I must warn you at this point the movie which is ULTRA RATED (G) might have thematic elements which I never noticed and I have watched it a ton of times. But from one of my friends in cyber-space on a comment web site "SPARKY9292" wrote there is a part in the movie where Mary Poppins (Dame Julie Andrews) is show taking her medicine and says "Yum Rum Punch" I guess "Sparky9292" is implying that Mary Poppins has changed her medicine to whiskey or some other kind of alcohol. So use your judgment maybe watch the movie all the way and then formulate a way to explain the thematic elements. Secondly, from Sparky9292 when Bert and Mary Poppins are having a romantic moment not touching or anything and Bert sheepishly and slyly just insinuates "I'd do the nasty with you if I had the chance!" But like I said all things are subjective. So use your best judgment. Overall, it's a really fun movie including all the music like when Bert (Dick Van Dyke) sings in a fair British accent "Step-In-Time" you and your kids will want to dance along. Or when Mary Poppins sings "A Spoon full of sugar" (come on admit it when you did not want to drink that nasty tasting medicine) or Chim Chim Cheree. The movie won 5 Oscars if thats your subjective measurement. This year is the 45th anniversary of its release. Now after all that go out and see the movie and send me your review I affirm on my own copy of MARY Poppins will answer all my yays or my nays which I hope I have none. Until my next review stay GROOVY and Blessed!!!
  8. Mr. Chip's Movie Review "The Valley of Gwangi" (1969) March 21, 2009 As I always say make sure movies are age and subject matter appropriate. With that on with my review. Not my all time favorite as Associated Content is asking for because I have far to many movies that I like past and present to just pick out one. But saying all that I still have fond memories of "The Valley of Gwangi" which came long before movies like "Jurassic Park" no knock on it. Now "The Valley of Gwangi" is rated (G) but I do not consider it say a Walt Disney epic or a movie you'd take your five year old to. But you must be the judge. Of course we have come lights in time with special FX thanks to the Internet. To me that is what gives this movie the persona that takes me back to my childhood of the "stop-motion" special effects by the great Ray Harryhausen. Now what is it about? A according to the VHS movie jacket on the back of the box. The movie is about a group of Cowboys and a Cowgirl that ride into this vally in Mexico that looks like time stood still. They are actually looking for Dinosaurs. And they find them. I guess what has grabbed mainly in most of the movie I watched in a childhood that was both in America and overseas, is the fact that the music soundtracks are so amazing. "The Valley of Gwangi does not disappoint. And just a great cast of characters: James Franciscus,,Gila Golan and Richard Carlson. Of course Associate producer and creator the the special effects that make the movie Ray HarryHausen. It's kind of funny now that I am almost lights years older than I was when I saw it. I always glean something from it in a historical context. Like when you see Gila on the Diving Horse as it jumps from a platform into a vat of water that actually has a ring of fire burning around it. Both the horse and the rider are safe and sound and a little wet. And don't want to give a lot of the movie away. Just go see it. Just bear in mind it was made in 1969. But is has action,romance and finance. And lots of back-in-the -day Dinosaurs. A fun romp for the family but parents watch it first to make it a enjoyable for all.

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