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06/20/22 02:21 PM #3251    


John Ruhland

Found in the Sunday Milwaukee Journal (June 19, 2022) death notices. James T. Krenz, 78, passed away suddenly on June 13, 2022.

Condolences to his wife Lois Hansen and their children.

I remember James as quiet, friendly and intelligent. He will be missed.

06/21/22 10:15 AM #3252    


Gordon "Allen" Mitchell

Thank John. I always watch for class news.  


06/24/22 11:20 AM #3253    


John Ruhland

Thanks Gordon for the reply.

However, here we go again. My friend Richard (Dick) Baker, 78, passed away on Friday June 17, 2022 at the Milwaukee VA hospital. His death notice can be found in the Milwaukee Journal on Wednesday June 22, 2022.

Dick was a bit rough around the edges but was a friend to many and would do anything for you. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him as their friend. 

06/25/22 07:36 AM #3254    


Jim Cejka

"No one ever really dies as long as they took the time to leave us with fond memories."

07/01/22 03:24 PM #3255    


Jim Cejka

Ain't it the truth - 

07/02/22 12:46 PM #3256    


Garry Sellers

Jim - When was the last time you were bitten by a mosquito in California ... let's say as opposed to Wisconsin where the mosquito is the state bird?

Mosquito Giant GIF - Mosquito Giant GIFs

07/02/22 02:38 PM #3257    


William Nelson

Louisiana provides strong competition for the mosquitoes of northern Wisconsin. We have two kinds. Some tiny ones follow the gnats through the screen wire. Then there are some large ones that are big enough to open the screen door! When they're finished, they call in the horse flies.

07/02/22 06:50 PM #3258    


Jim Cejka

Mosquitoes need water to do their whoopee thing, so that leaves California out. I never really missed them living out there, but we actually have water here, so I'm getting reaquainted with them. I would imagine in Louisiana they challenge the gators as top predator. 

Come to think of it, remember all those old, campy nuclear monster movies - giant ants, spiders, octopi, rabbits, scorpions, godzillas, et. al.? How come they never made one about giant mosquitoes? Or, maybe they just figured they were terrifying enough in their natural size. 

07/04/22 06:48 PM #3259    


William Nelson


If I'm not mistaken, a lot of those monster movies were filmed in the bayous of South Louisiana. Except for the mosquitos and some feral hogs, we haven't seen much in the way of monsters in our area of Northern Louisiana. Guess the other exception would be the bass coming out of nearby Caney Lake. 

07/04/22 07:20 PM #3260    


Jim Cejka

The Onion, unfortunately, again.

07/05/22 09:21 AM #3261    


Nancy Davison (Boerger)


And what do we do about it? Sadly, the definition of insanity.......



07/05/22 07:16 PM #3262    


Jim Cejka

There are days when trying to be light and happy just doesn't happen. 

07/12/22 04:50 PM #3263    


Jim Cejka


You can now go to and see the first pics from the Webb telescope. WOW!

07/13/22 10:38 PM #3264    


William Nelson

I saw this report on the Webb telescope on PBS. Miles O'Brien seems to love his job and is an interesting science reporter who makes it easier for us regular folks to understand.

While looking for that report, I ran across this page on the PBS site that has several stories about the Webb telescope.

I  hope the links work. If not, you can copy and paste, I'm sure.


07/14/22 11:30 AM #3265    


Lauren Dieterich

I made circuit boards for 33 years. In the mid 70's, every military aircraft that the US had, had pc boards that I made in them. I also had boards that I made in the Lunar and Mars landers, the Apollo program, and the Hubble telescope. With this background, I follow the space program very closely. I've been to Cape Canaveral twice.. The first time, Apollo 15 was on the launch pad and Apollo 16 was in the assembly building. At that time, the tour of Cape Canaveral took you into the assembly building. When NASA started using solid fuel boosters, that ended.

07/17/22 09:16 PM #3266    


Jim Cejka

Garry, computer question - 

How many times do I have to click "I accept cookies" before they send me some?


07/18/22 12:29 PM #3267    


Garry Sellers

Jim - I recommend you (and only you) say "yes" to evey website that asks if you accept cookies.  Maybe you didn't get them because you didn't  read every line of the "terms and conditions" like you said you did.   But if you can't get the cookies you might want a small snack ... microbytes.  Just watch out for what your "autocorrect" does.  It can be your worst enema.

07/21/22 06:21 PM #3268    


Jim Cejka


I get plenty of cookies at home without clicking nefarious, intrusive things on my computer, and my waistline (and A1c) show it. 

And, I do some writing for some museums and stuff, many things that challenge autocorrect, so I am "flushed" with those experiences.

07/25/22 08:13 PM #3269    


Jim Cejka

07/30/22 01:35 PM #3270    


Margaret Pawlowski (Finch)

Does anyone know what ever happened to Victoria Sommer after graduation? I visited her at UW in Madison a few times and then loss track of her.  

Living in SC for the last 57 years you loss track of a lot of people. Enjoy occasionally checking in to the website to see what is going on.  

08/01/22 04:33 PM #3271    


Jim Cejka

Well hello, other half of the South Carolina contingent.

We moved here and just managed to get settled when Covid hit. Haven't had much chance to explore. Here in Columbia, we've so far found the Capital, the zoo, and the world's largest fire hydrant. 

Been to Charleston 4-5 times, and always manage to end up at the Aquarium or market, or both. I'm sure there's other things to see and do around there. Any suggestions?

08/05/22 01:12 PM #3272    


Garry Sellers

Jim - Your experience with Columbia is about what I had at Ft Jackson for basic training.  Just like now I'm sure your weather is cool and low humidity ... kinda like we're having here in California where I had a chocolate lava cake on the patio of Pebble Beach this week.  I wonder if you have found the same bars that I did?  Or if you have as much of that lovely sandy soild as I did in everything I owned (which wasn't much in Basic) and every part of my body!  Columbia S.C., really fond memories!!!

08/07/22 06:12 AM #3273    


Jim Cejka

Garry – Not sure what South Carolina you’re talking about. Cool and low humidity???? You got the sandy soil right though.

I had never heard of Ft. Jackson before we moved here. I’d heard of FT. Leonard Wood, Ft. Bragg, Ft. Knox, Camp Swampy, didn’t know Ft. Jackson was Army boot camp. 

Speaking of – you guys got to go out to bars during boot camp? How nice. In Navy boot camp, if you or your company were really good, you got to go to a vending machine on base that sold apples. 

Pebble Beach is beautiful. You hanging out there so you can get a good seat for the next tournament, whenever that is?

08/07/22 06:48 PM #3274    


Garry Sellers

No Jim, I was being facetious.  I've seen the horrible weather you've been having along the East coast.  I was at Pebble because Monterey is only 90 minutes away and we were bored.  So we got a room on the beach on Cannery Row and spent a few days playing tourist there and in Carmel. Most people don't know that anybody can walk into the lodge at Pebble Beach, through the lobby and out onto the patio overlooking the 18th green and order food ... or just dessert as we did!  You don't have to be a guest or a member but the doormen make it feel like you should.  And, I actually only remember one weekend where we got passes to go into Columbia.  It seemed like a lovely old southern city ... except for the G.I. part.

08/09/22 07:12 PM #3275    


Jim Cejka

Garry - 

Facetious? You mean Army boot camp was more than march around for a bit, pop a few rounds on the range, do a couple push-ups, and then go out and have a few beers with the boys? You could have fooled me. 

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