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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. Was always an Edgar Rice Burroughs guy myself. I never did read any Doc Savage, but I remember seeing gazilions of copies of the paperbacks around....
  2. I confess I use an alias here rather than my real name.
  3. Robert Copeland was a Tacoma lawyer who died shortly before I started practicing law in this city. He was, of course, well-known hereabouts for the actions of the Samuel B. Roberts. I heard many tellings of the Battle Off Samar from my senior partner, Claude M. Pearson, Capt. USNR, who had been a submariner in the War and came to know Copeland well in the Tacoma legal community. (Capt. Pearson was on four war patrols on the USS Pogy. He died just last year at 94; a really fine man.) The story is timeless. A guided-missile frigate was eventually named after Robert W. Copeland.
  4. I've loved that airplane. I was college kid or thereabouts when I first saw one test-flown out of Boeing field. We all pulled over to the side of the highway. It seemed like a dirigible, it was so big!
  5. I liked it, except the note that was held a bit too long. It's not sacred; as long as it's respectful. It was OK in my opinion. The anthem is done hundreds and thousands of times in pretty ordinary fashion.....I do like the sax....
  6. If we're angry at what other people think, we'll always be angry. The NYTimes article I read tonight points out that it is no more possible to secure these areas than bars, malls, etc...Thought it was sensible considering the source.
  7. I already heard about it. But, of course, we'll hear about it here and everywhere, endlessly. I liked it when we heard about it in the newspapers, a couple of days later. There was a lot less of it then, too.
  8. I like them. They work. My 2011 Sienna has them. Had to replace one after a long time running on flat that I never knew about-- dealer told me at service. Beats changing tires or calling AAA for tire change when one is in one's 60s and has done enough of that over the years......
  9. For a lot of years, going on to 30 now, we've made homemade pizzas from scratch for family and some old friends and neighbors. Did so again yesterday; it's grown into a real tradition.
  10. When it comes to Scotch, I still prefer old-style blended Scotch. To wit: Johnny Walker. Red is great. Black is sublime, from time to time.....
  11. Canadian whiskey is blended whiskey and was traditionally called "rye" in Canada (I have a lot of Canadian relations), but it was not rye whiskey-- i.e., straight whiskey made with a mostly-rye mash (rye the grain, that is). "Rye" back then to a Canadian meant, simply, Canadian whiskey. Nowadays, with craft distilling, there are a lot of true rye whiskeys being made, whereas before, there were very few; Old Overholt being the main one. So when one hears Canadian whiskey now being called "rye", I'd want to be sure it was truly a rye whiskey.....not just the old nickname back for marketing purposes.
  12. I liked Clint's scene with Dean Woermer's wife in High Plains Drifter. Not a role you'd see Wayne in.....
  13. Right, but the original post basically calls for a false comparison (no offense to the pard). Two totally different actors in most ways, both of whom made some really good, really different Western movies. Apart from many personal differences, they represented different eras and outlooks. I suppose that since they "overlapped", that gives rise to these sorts of comparison questions. I was born in 1948, but while I grew up watching the great TV Westerns, I never saw a John Wayne Western until I joined SASS in 2004. So I had no sentimentality toward Wayne, and I always have a hard time understanding the Wayne sentimentality that is out there.. But I finally got into Westerns big time back then, and my own personal judgment was that John Wayne was much better, and his movies were much better, than I had expected. Nobody ultimately had such a great identification with the Western than John Wayne, with the only possible exception in my opinion being Randolph Scott. But while Scott made some of the truly great Westerns, and I have become a big appreciator of his movies, he never came near the larger-than-life quality of John Wayne. You can't really compare Wayne with Stewart, or Eastwood, or several others. You can compare him in many ways with Scott: he was always the solid, upright, laconic hero. He had a charisma that Scott lacked. But, apart from The Quiet Man, and maybe a couple of other examples, John Wayne was not a great romantic actor. Randolph Scott was pretty good in that department: he always got the girl, and often as not, he stole her from somebody else! Wayne was always kind of being disappointed in love in his movies.....
  14. Yes, I did. An interesting conversation leads in many directions. I am interested in any writings and stories about logistics; a subject that seems to get short shrift in the literature.
  15. Interesting, Ramrod's note that "nobody serves breakfast". In my many times in the UK, I'd say that pretty much every place serves breakfast..... I've racked up about 8 weeks total driving in the UK. You adjust quickly; not hard at all..... Love the place. As for London; Samuel Johnson said, "when you're tired of London, you're tired of life." I agree with him!
  16. Winter tent camping is great but for me it's "hot camping": an outfitters'-type tent with a wood stove and cots. Do a lot of it with kids and grandkids. I definitely agree you get a tolerance for cold-- as long as you're prepared for it! Wool is best, but modern polyester fleece has a place. Both keep you warm if wet, the main thing in winter. I use a lot of wool but still have polypro pullovers and especially long underwear. But mostly I use wool pants and shirts.
  17. Here's a question: does anybody know of a good, readable, even adventurous book about wartime logistics, or logistics units? All good military histories will devote some ink to logistics; mostly to acknowledge the importance, etc. They may have an example or two. Everybody knows that an "army travels on its stomach", etc. Everybody pays some passing homage to logistics. We all read about how the railroads were torn up, then repaired, in the Civil War, to use just one example. But it never has much detail. But is there a really good book (or more) about it? Stories of how the supplies were organized, how they got through tough opposition, on and on? There must have been a lot more guys in logistics than in combat, and there must be many stories to tell, from many eras. There must be some little-known gem out there about the subject.....
  18. I'd visit England while you're at it; pretty nice place, you might say--- and in the neighborhood. Scotland is very nice. It's cold there sometimes.
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