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Meing Times and Locat,ions To Be Determined by consensus oft, he interested panics [Available Fridays t,hru MGndays] Once A Month POPE TREE SERVICE All Your Tree Service Needs Commercial JULIAN t FEED & SUPPLY My Thoughts by Michele Harvey Friday October 12th My brother and his son flew in from Virginia, Minnesota and the twin cities. My cousins took the trolley in from Santee. My sister drove in from Lakeside and Mike, my son Thomas and I drove down from Julian. We all converged at Aztec Green at San Diego State University for a War Memorial wreath laying ceremony honoring my father, Robert Gordon Harvey and 5 other San Diego State alumni who served and died for their, our, country. The 5 others who served died in Afghanistan" and in Iraq. One was a woman who was a wife and the mother of a three year old child. Once each year, San Diego State's war memorial committee holds a wreath laying ceremony to honor alumni who served and died for our country. My father died on October 31, 1952, within sight of Kadena, Okinawa while commanding a B-29 bomber. My brother was born that same night at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California. Though morn and dad were both San Diego State alumni, neither graduated and that's why dad stayed under the radar, so to speak. After serving in the Pacific theater during WWII, Dad stayed in the Air Force reserves. Dad was called back for duty during the Korean conflict and died in his B-29 bomber while returning from a bombing mission. Through my sister's persistence, the alumni committee finally found the proof they needed to honor dad, along with other alumni, and that's what brought us all together for the wreath laying ceremony last Friday. WE ACCEPT Groceries, Fresh Produce Sundries Beer, Wine. Liquor Dry Cleaning. Lotto. Scratchers Full Service "Best in the County" Meat Department U.S.D.A. Choice Beef Buffalo Meat Special and Holiday Orders, Cut to your Specifications OPEN DALLY 6a.m. TO 8p.m. Bill Pay Phone & Utilities Thoroughbsd 00havi.g g'.Sef $7.qq Pri6 good thru 11/5 12902 Washington Street I 760-765-1212 Mon-Fd 8-30 to 5:00 and Sat 00:00otO45:00 OPEN SUNDAYS ! ' I Pastor Clyde Harvey, Michele Harvey and Carlynne A/bee ai the SDSU War Memorial. Carlynne, Thomas Relaford, Michele and Clyde in the Allam Bailey Library eaxmining the letters of Robert and MaryLou. Dad's name is now carved into a three sided granite obelisk that is San Diego State's memorial to its many service men and women who died serving their country. After the solemn ceremony, honoring 6 fallen alumni, my family was asked to go to the alumni research library for a surprise. We were escorted into the Allan Bailey Library in the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, a room, with a large round table with some file folders, a bound volume of newsletters dating back to the early and mid 1940s,and 9 letters fanned out around the edge of the table. Five of the letters wei'e written by my dad and four of them were written by my mother, to Dr. Lauren Post. In the spring of i942, Dr. Lauren Post, a geography professor at San Diego State College (not yet a University) decided to try a newsletter experiment. Many SDSC students were scattered around the globe after signing up for military service during World War II. Dr. Post wanted to keep everyone in touch with each other and with the college through a news letter. The first Aztec News letter with just 4 pages began a vital lifeline for Aztec service men and women who were stationed around the world. The nine letters we saw from my mom and dad to Dr. Post showed a side of my parents that I'd never imagined. Mom's letters were full of her patriotism and her pride in dad when she wrote to Dr. Post on September 7, 1944 that dad received the Air Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster and The Distinguished Flying Cross. Mom felt that all people should do their best to help our country. Both Mom and Dad asked for addresses of friends in the service and gave names and addresses of servicemen that were not on Dr. Post's mailing list. When Dr. Post died, all of his correspondence written duping the years of the news letter was turned over to SDSU. The 9 letters that Mom and Dad wrote were just a small part of the nearly 5000 letters that were written to Dr. Post and are now archived in the Special Collections and University Archives. San Diego State University is the only educational institution, to my knowledge, that has saved letters and compiled a database of this kind. My dad, mom and sister are all San Diego State alumni. Though rm not, I am extremely impressed with what I saw and experienced last Friday. The people who work for this university are going way beyond what might be expected of them to honor former students. One unexpected, delightful thing that happened that morninCJ was my meeting with Bob Farmer. Bob attended Hoover High School with my dad and they were fraternity brothers at San Diego State. I told Bob the story of how my parents began dating. They met at a fraternity party where mom was introduced to 4 Bobs. She always remembered them because they were each one of the 4 Bobs. My future dad was so impressed that my future mom remembered his name that he asked her out and eventually they married. Mom never told dad how she remembered his name. When I told Bob Farmer the story, he chuckled and told me that he was probably one of the 4 Bobs. I was impressed when I learned that SDSU alumni decided to honor their individual fellow alumni who died serving our country. Of course I felt a special honor as the daughter of one of the people honored. But more than that, this is not something that has to be done. My impression is that these ceremonies are very sincerely simply to honor fellow students. I did not and I do not feel that these caring alumni have created this memorial so they can pat themselves on their backs. Friday, October 12th was a great day in the lives of my family. Through my sister's perseverance, our dad is now immortalized on a granite obelisk on the campus of his alma mater, San Diego State University. These are my thoughts. Staying On Message For the Bush campaign a very bright guy name Karl Rove developed a strategy. It had, of course, many facets but one of the most successful was "Staying on Message." The idea is that the candidate develops four or five 'messages' and keeps repeating them over and over. It isn't necessary to answer questions, just segue back to 'the message.' "Mr. Candidate, how you feel about prohibiting elephants from being walked on residential streets? .... That's a very good question. As you know, the elephant is the Republican Party emblem and stands for massive cuts in taxes, which will stimulate the economy unlike my opponent's..." You get the picture. Rove's strategy worked in spades, leading to two terms for President Bush and the Democrats, fractious, undisciplined, butnot stupid, have adopted it for this campaign. Now both sides are successfully "staying on message". This is why no one said anything new, interesting or useful in last week's debate. This is why questions were simply not answered and why certain themes were beaten so long they needed to file a complaint with Amnesty International. This is why I mainly watched a barbecue program on the Cooking Channel. The debate wasn't about policies, it was about appearance and Mitt Romney has better hair dye so perhaps he should be elected. So for the next debate let us propose the following rules: 1. Neither candidate may criticize or even mention the other's policies. They must talk about their own plans. 2. Questions must be answered. Stay on Answer, not on message. 3. The phrases "middle class", "small business" and "kitchen table" may not be used, not even once. 4. The moderator will have a button that mutes a candidate's mike and that button WILL be used if any of the above rules is broken. If these rules are adopted, it may be necessary to shorten the debates to half an hour. Or maybe fifteen minutes. Quiting Business/Leaving Town Clearance Old Julian Country Cottage ANTIQUE FURNISHINGS FURNITURE TIFFANY STYLE IAMPS/SHADES Loeated Downstairs inside the Warm Hearth OPENI0to5 7Days UNTIL EMPTY Selling Out To The Bare Floors