Tuesday, March 26, 2013

GENERAL GEORGE SMITH PATTON: Old Blood And Guts!

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YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might find your life's destination better if you remember
TODAY, WATCHING TV OFTEN MEANS FIGHTING, VIOLENCE AND FOUL LANGUAGE
AND THATS JUST TO DECIDE WHO GETS THE REMOTE CONTOL
Donna Gephart

ALL TELEVISION IS EDUCATIONAL,  THE QUESION IS
WHAT IS IT TEACHING?  -  Nicholas Johnson


We received our first HD wide screen TV for Christmas.  It was a very tight fit into our entertainment center, designed for a 17" TV.  The  picture is almost a natural three dimensional wonder.  The sound is more than adequate, even for me.  The problem?  It takes three remote controls to operate it.



  I refuse to learn to use anything more than one remote with on-off, volume and channel.  Julie, who loves to tinker, runs the TV for me.  I love that.

I FIND TV TO BE VERY EDUCATIONAL.  EVERY TIME SOMEBODY TURNS IT ON
I GO IN THE OTHER ROOM AND READ - Groucho Marx

It is not that I cannot learn to operate the remotes, it is that I do not want to operate the remotes.  I graduated from a Navy Class A Radio School.  This was before the days of Electronic Techs.  We had to learn the whole "nine yards".  This radio transmitter, pictured right, was the TBL Transmitter I used as the Radioman aboard the USS Yuma ATF94.  About the size of our fridge, it had all the bells and whistles.  It was as familiar as the toaster in my kitchen today.  With that huge monster I could, and did, communicate around the world in morse code.  There is no Radioman's rating in the Navy today, just a Communication Specialist.  A long message is sent in a brief "blurp" from a transmitter not much bigger than fore said toaster.

TELEVISION HAS PROVED THAT PEOPLE WILL LOOK AT ANYTHING
RATHER THAN LOOK AT EACH OTHER - Ann Landers

I have been watching a bit of the movie "Patton" each night.  Julie starts it when she goes to bed and when I have seen enough, I turn it off and read.  I have seen this movie so many times that I can quote the important lines.  As portrayed in this movie, Patton was a true genius when it came to obtaining an objective, against great opposition, using men and machines.  

I use the lives of those in the past to inspire and guide me in my daily life.  As Manager of Tire Production in a Firestone plant, I had the challenge of  high production of quality tires at low cost.  I was as ruthless as Patton.

TELEVISION IS CALLED A MEDIUM BECAUSE IT IS NEITHER RARE NOR WELL DONE
Ernie Kovacs

Born into a wealthy family in San Gabriel, California in 1885, as a small boy George set his sights on becoming a war hero like his father and grandfather.  He entered the Virginia Military Institute in 1908 and graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1912.  A fencing master,  he taught Swordsmanship until he went to serve under General Pershing in the war with Mexico.  He was the first officer assigned to command the U. S. Tank Corps in World War I.  He is best known for leading the Third Army in a successful sweep across France in 1944 in brilliant tank warfare.  This was after he shoved General Rommel out of Africa and led the Allies into victory in Italy.

My wife's grandfather, John Strader, served under Patton in France.  He had the highest regard for the general, referring to him as "Old Blood and Guts" with affection.

                 TV HAS CHANGED A CHILD FROM AN IRRESISTABLE FORCE             
TO AN IMMOVABLE OBJECT 


After World War II, General Patton was the Governor of the U. S. Occupation Forces in Germany.  He was viewed by his opponents, of which there were many, as arrogant, publicity-seeking and personally flawed.  The truth be told, while he was in deed a dashing, courageous leader, he was famous for his repeated political mistakes.

He died in a questionable automobile accident on 21 December 1945 and, at his request, was buried with his troops in Luxembourg, Belgium .

ON MY LIFE LIST OF THINGS TO DO IS TO VISIT THE GENERAL PATTON
MEMORIAL MUSEUM IN INDIO, CALIFORNIA



REST IN PEACE, OLD BLOOD AND GUTS, WE REMEMBER




GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR'S

     GOD BLESS THE USA
    

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