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The Farsider

May 29, 2014


Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>


The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



Retired Police & Fire Communications Dispatcher
July 3, 1923 - May 16, 2014

Roy passed away with family members at his side at little after 7:00 a.m. on Friday the 16th at his daughter's residence in Apple Valley. His son-in-law said that Roy passed away peacefully. He was 90 years of age.

Roy lost his wife, Virginia, in April of 2010. She was a former Assistant Policewoman who transitioned to Police Officer with several other APWs in the '70s. City retirement records show that Virginia retired in 1977 after 22 years of service; Roy left a year later with 16 years, although he also accrued some County time when Santa Clara Co. took over the communications responsibility. The photos below of Roy and Virginia are from the Retirees' Section of the SJPD Commemorative Album that was published in 1983. Click
here to pull up the May 6, 2010 Farsider that details Virginia's passing.

 Don Grant (Roy's son-in-law) emailed us the following obituary that has yet to be published in the paper, and Brian Adams (Roy's son) provided us with the photos at the top. They are from the Memorial Program that was handed out at the service that has already been held.

The Obituary:

Roy Adams slipped peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 16, 2014. He was born on July 3, 1923 in South Pittsburg, TN to Roy Brewer Hodgkin and Mary Louise Burks. He married Virginia Spencer on March 28, 1943 in Memphis, TN and they shared a strong and loving relationship for over 67 years until her death in 2010. 

Calling him Daddy and Dad are Ruthe Wilkerson (late husband Jake) of Issaquah, WA; Peggy Grant (husband Don) of Apple Valley, CA; Rebecca Adams of Apple Valley, CA; Spencer Adams (wife Angela) of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Brian Adams (wife Helen) of Big Bear City, CA; and Eugene Harbin, 'adopted son,' of Los Angeles.

He was Grampa and Papa to Heidi and Duane Erickson of Chico, CA; Robert and Theresa Wittenberg of Renton, WA; Alexa Grant of New York; Sarah Adams of Oregon; Spencer Adams of Big Bear City; and Emily and Layla Adams of Puerto Vallarta.

Calling him Papa-Great are Mallory, Zack, and Hailey Erickson of Chico, CA; and Rachel, Jacob, and Reeve Wittenberg of Renton, WA.

He was also loved by his brother and sisters and many nieces and nephews from California to Tennessee.

Roy graduated in 1941 from Southside High School in Memphis, TN and joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 serving on the USS Tangiers in the Pacific as a Radioman Second Class until his discharge in 1945.
Roy and Virginia moved to San Jose, CA in 1946 and were active members of First Baptist Church for over 30 years. While at First Baptist Church, he was a part of the “Royal Bards” a male singing group of local returnees from World War II who spread the gospel by singing in churches, prisons, and youth camps throughout California. Roy played the guitar for the Royal Bards and the smaller group – The Melody Rangers.

After retiring from the City of San Jose as a police/fire dispatcher, he and Virginia enjoyed many years of traveling in their RV. They settled in Myrtle Creek, OR in 1980. While in Oregon, he started Myrtle Creek Music Co. with his son-in-law Donald and was instrumental in the development and construction of the Escapees (SKP) Park in Sutherlin, OR until 1999.

Roy was a faithful and loved member of Sonlife Community Church in Apple Valley for over 12 years where he and Virginia hosted and attended a weekly Cell Group Bible Study.

Family and friends gathered for a memorial service on May 24, 2014 at Sonlife Community Church in Apple Valley to remember and celebrate his life.

The family is grateful for the prayers and support of those who loved him.





Nothing new that we could find this week.



—Who will be the next Mayor?—

While Sam Liccardo has the endorsement of the Mercury News and more money than Dave Cortese, this latest poll from last Saturday's paper shows Liccardo trailing Cortese by six points. But that may be misleading given the fact that the poll was conducted in English only and that most of the Vietnamese-speaking community are supporting Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen. As it looks now, the odds are excellent that a runoff between Licarrdo and Cortese will determine the City's next mayor.

Cortese, Liccardo lead S.J. mayor’s race in latest poll

—Survey conducted in English only may skew results—

By Mike Rosenberg
San Jose Mercury News — May 24, 2014

SAN JOSE — With just 1½ weeks until the June primary, a poll on the San Jose mayor’s race suggests that two contenders — Dave Cortese and Sam Liccardo — could be headed to a runoff in the November election.

But there is one big caveat: The pollsters acknowledged the survey was conducted only in English.

That would potentially leave out a large part of the base of support for another major contender, Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, who is supported by the city’s large Vietnamese-speaking community.

The poll by SurveyUSA, commissioned by KPIX-TV, is the first survey on the mayor’s race not paid for by a candidate or one of their supporters, making the findings especially intriguing.

Many of the respondents had already cast their mail ballots for the June 3 primary, and the others were determined to be likely voters.

With no candidate expected to win majority support in the primary, the top two vote-getters would compete in the November election to replace termed-out Mayor Chuck Reed.

Leading the results, with 26 percent of respondents saying they would vote for him, was Cortese, a county supervisor who has been the presumed favorite, even in competitors’ internal polls.

Cortese differs from the other four candidates on several key issues — such as pension reform and strategies to increase police staffing — and is the one candidate not on the current City Council.

“Clearly the momentum is on our side,” Cortese said.

Liccardo was second, with 20 percent of the respondents favoring him. The city councilman has raised by far the most money of the candidates.

Nguyen was third, getting 11 percent of the vote. Asian respondents made up nearly one-third of the poll, almost equal to the city’s overall Asian population. Yet, Nguyen scored support from only 17 percent of Asian respondents, even though the vast majority of fundraising from the Asian community has flowed into Nguyen’s campaign.

Rounding out the poll were council members Pierluigi Oliverio, at 8 percent, and Rose Herrera, at 7 percent. Another 22 percent were undecided. An additional 7 percent divided their support among minor candidates Bill Chew, Timothy Harrison and Michael Alvarado.

It’s impossible to know how many potential respondents who spoke only Vietnamese or some other language besides English hung up the phone when receiving a call from the pollsters, who used only English-speaking recorded voices during the survey. In all, members of about half of San Jose households speak a non-English language, according to census data.

“It’s almost insulting that somebody (would) conduct a poll and they don’t include non-English speaking voters,” Nguyen said. “We know there is going to be a huge turnout among the ethnic community.”

She also noted SurveyUSA has been wrong before. The last time there was an open mayoral seat, in 2006, the pollsters had Reed, the eventual winner, in fourth place a week before the election.

The latest results show Cortese winning disproportionate support from women and Democrats. Liccardo had the most favorable responses among Republicans and respondents without a party preference.

In all, 461 likely voters participated in the survey from May 15 to May 21. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.




Last Week's Poll Results

For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:



May 24th

Hello Bill,

I just read this week’s Farsider and I agree with Ken Hawkes and many others who have frequently pointed out that you and Leroy provide a very valuable service to the many men and women who have been involved with the SJPD in the past. Communication between members is very healthy, important and valuable.
I am not trying to imply or suggest anything, but what plans do you and Leroy have to continue the Farsider for the next 20 or 30 years? Communication between older members of the SJPD is very important, and I am sure that many younger officers will want this publication as they age and continue forward. What you have created should not be lost due to a lack of planning or coordination.

Thanks for listening.

Dave Clayton #1793

Leroy and I thank you for the kind words, Dave. Regarding our plans for the future, we don't have any. My intent is to use the keyboard to prattle on every week until I am no longer able to do so, and Leroy's is to maintain and tweak the PBA website he created until he can no longer continue. At our ages, we can only look ahead one week at a time. I would like to think that when I suffer a permanent brain phart (or worse), someone will step up to the plate and take over. It shouldn't be difficult since the Archives contain over six years of the weekly newsletter that can be used as a guide or template. After all, the SJPD Insider that I created back in the late '70s is still going strong after 38 years, although the format is different as well as its personality. But it's still there and continues to get the job done as the Dept's. internal newsletter.  



Keith Kelley Club Addendum




May 21st thru the 27th

Pope Francis will bring a rabbi and a Muslim leader with him when he travels to the Holy Land this week. Or as bartenders put it, "We've been expecting you."

Kraft is recalling more than a million cases of cottage cheese because they weren’t stored at the right temperature. Isn’t that how you MAKE cottage cheese?

Researchers have found that eating two large meals helps you lose more weight than eating six small meals. Or as doctors put it, “Please just exercise.”

A Russian businessman has been ordered to pay his wife $4.5 billion in what is being called the world’s most expensive divorce. Then L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling said, “Stay tuned.”

Fans of “The Price is Right” got angry at President Obama yesterday because a speech he was giving interrupted the show. So let me fill them in on what they missed: Three people you don't know got called down, and they were extremely happy about it. That’s all you missed.

A new study found that legalizing marijuana in Colorado has created more than 10,000 jobs. And that's just selling lava lamps at Spencer's Gifts.

The organizing committee for the 2016 Olympics in Rio just announced that 38 percent of the venues are completed. When asked if they’d be done in time for the Summer Games, Rio said, “Wait — SUMMER games?”

The FBI has reversed its policy and will now hire people who have smoked pot in the past three years. When asked why, the FBI said, "Because we couldn't find anyone who hasn't smoked pot."

In Nashville a woman named Peyton Manning was arrested for possession of cocaine. Either that or football's Peyton Manning likes to switch things up.

In a new interview, Angelina Jolie said she would not rule out running for office someday. She said she will wait until her children are grown and make up 51 percent of the voting population.

In a new interview about the Donald Sterling scandal, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said, "I know I'm prejudiced, too." In fact, Cuban admits he's so racist, he's trying to have his last name deported.

It's been reported that Beyoncé gets paid $100,000 just to sit in the front row at a fashion show. Meanwhile, her sister, Solange, is getting paid that amount by Jay-Z to take the stairs.

A woman got a DUI while driving a car that belongs to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. So, I'm starting to think maybe it's the car that has the problem.

It's Fleet Week here in New York City. All the armed forces are here, 1500 military personnel. They're here to defend us against Godzilla.

Fleet Week is great for me personally because it's the only time I can walk around New York City and not feel stupid wearing my little sailor outfit.

A new study proves that women love men in uniform. You know, unless it's a Mets uniform.

Judge Judy was on all night long in prime time here on CBS. She makes about $50 million a year. Now to be fair, most of that is from bribes.

It's the first day of Fleet Week. Fleet week is when New York City honors its men in uniform — unless they play for the Mets.

During Fleet Week, New York City gets pretty rowdy. All that yelling, drinking, and raising hell. And then when they're done taping "The View," Fleet Week starts.

It's also National Waiter and Waitress Day. So be extra nice to your server. Say "Thanks, sugar" and give them a little slap on the butt.

Mr. T turns 62 today. Mister T was so beloved in the 1980s he had his own breakfast cereal. They had to pull it off the shelves though. Kids kept breaking their teeth on the little crunchy gold medallions.

It's Pac-Man's birthday. He's an icon of the 1980s, like the Rubik's Cube and "Knight Rider." So if you're a fan of video games, you're going to enjoy the show tonight. But then if you're a fan of video games, you're not watching this show. You're playing video games.

Pac-Man had his own cereal and his own cartoon show. In Japan he's still very popular. But then, this show's popular in Japan too.

I did a sitcom in Japan with Pac-Man. We played roommates, both of us ravaged by years of drug abuse.

It's Memorial Day. Or as CBS calls it, "Make the immigrant go to work" day.

If I have to be here, I'm just phoning it in. In other words, just like every other night for the past decade.

On this day in 1897, Bram Stoker's "Dracula" was published. Happy birthday, Dracula! You know who else's birthday it is? Lenny Kravitz. Dracula and Lenny Kravitz are very different, of course. One's an elegantly dressed scoundrel who swoops into my dreams at night and bites me on the neck. And the other one: Dracula.

I've read Bram Stoker's "Dracula." It's a really creepy book. A tremendous sense of menace runs through it. The sense of menace in the book is like the sense of menace you get when you're alone with a house cat.

I've always loved the name "Bram Stoker." Nobody calls their kid Bram anymore. Come to think of it, nobody calls their kid Dracula anymore either. Your move, Gwyneth Paltrow.

It's a great day for Kim and Kanye. To them I'd like to say, "Congratulations on your wedding unless this is a rerun, in which case my condolences on your divorce."

They got married in Florence. The name Florence holds special meaning for Kim because it's the name that Bruce Jenner goes by.

Congratulations to the remarkable Jessie White. She's a woman from Maine who just graduated college, and she's 99 years old. I said she's 99, so cheer a little bit louder, everybody.

Jessie White was asked what she was going to wear to her first job interview. She said "Depends."

On "Dancing With The Stars," double amputee Amy Purdy, who has not one but two artificial legs, made it all the way to the final two and then she lost to an Olympic gold medal-winning ice dancer. Is that fair? I don't think it is.

Good news for fans of "Frozen." Disney announced this fall they will debut a live show called "Frozen on Ice." I haven't seen it, but wasn't "Frozen" already on ice?

For 40 years Burger King has been saying "Have it your way" in their ads. They're changing the slogan from "Have it your way" to "Be your way." I don't get it. Am I ordering a Whopper or coming out to my family?

I would be mad if I was in charge of supplies for Burger King. Because they're changing two words in the slogan, I now have to print 8 trillion new cups. Does Burger King know that they could not even have a tag line and as long as they have hamburgers literally no one would care?

Google is continuing its mission to make sure we're never NOT looking at ads. Google says it hopes to put ads on refrigerators, dashboards, glasses, watches, and other items. This is what the smartest people in the country are working on. Instead of winning a Nobel Prize, their obituary is going to say, "Bill used his 187 IQ to figure out how to put commercials on your windshield.”

In other invasive technology news, Facebook has a terrifying new feature. It uses the microphone in your smartphone to listen to what music, movies, or TV shows you're watching or hearing, and then it posts them to your Facebook page. You have to hand it to Facebook. Each time I figure Facebook has become as creepy as possible, somehow they find a way to be even creepier.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's car was involved in a DUI. Somehow a woman named LeAnne McRobb wound up in his car. You know what a McRobb is? It's half Rob Ford, half McRib.

This Rob Ford is something else. His car gets pulled over for DUI even when he's not in it. It's over. The machines have won. I mean, for God's sake, Rob Ford's Cadillac Escalade is drunk.

It’s Fleet Week in New York. And you know what that means: Next week is Penicillin Week.

One day after recalling 2.4 million vehicles, GM has announced it’s recalling another 218,000 Chevy Aveos. Apparently, their defect is that they’re Chevy Aveos.

Yesterday a group of 50 Brooklyn school kids gave an impromptu recorder recital on the subway during morning rush hour. Because sometimes New York is full of great surprises and other times it’s full of children playing the recorder on the subway in the morning.

Golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to a pro tennis player Caroline Wozniacki days after sending out wedding invitations. Because he realized that, to her, love means zero.

It’s Fleet Week, when New York City plays host to the crews of three U.S. Navy ships and two Coast Guard clippers. But don’t worry, the Coast Guard clippers are NOT owned by Donald Sterling.

A group of scientists have started attaching sensors to sharks to help predict hurricane intensity. They’re hoping the information they gather will save enough lives to offset the number of lives lost attaching sensors to sharks.



The facts behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• A golfer angered by a bad shot was
killed by the club he threw in frustration.

• Is Barack Obama the only U.S. president not to lay a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day?

• Has Barack Obama
announced that he is running for a third term as President?

• Is Barack Obama the only U.S. President who has
failed to visit the D-Day Monument on the anniversary of the 1944 Normandy landings?

• Did Sarah Palin say Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may have
disappeared 'because it mistakenly flew too high and ended up in heaven'?

• Everyone knows the infamous Typhoid Mary caused the
deaths of thousands of people through her wanton spreading of her disease. But did she really?

• Update on FDA reports about chicken
jerky treats from China potentially causing illness and death in dogs and cats.

• Analysis of restaurant food eaten by a young woman
revealed the presence of bodily fluids from HIV- or STD-positive men.

• Was a Chinese restaurant in Atlanta shut down after being caught accepting a
shipment of rats, mice, and other non-food animals?

• Photograph shows horses beneath giant furniture supposedly constructed to skirt a
prohibition against building a horse shelter.

• Was a distant relative of a current prominent U.S.
politician a horse thief and a train robber who was hanged for his crimes?

• Will August 2014 include five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays, a
phenomenon that occurs only once every 800+ years?

• Has NFL quarterback Peyton
Manning been arrested on drug charges?

• Are the soft drinks Coca-Cola and Pepsi used as
pesticides by farmers in India?

• Was Memorial Day started by former slaves to
honor Union war dead?

• Photographs show thousands and thousands of
unsold cars. What's really behind these pictures?

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a
collection of odd news stories from around the world

Worth a Second Look

• Teachers in trouble for using 'The L.A. Math Test' in their

Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends
list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.

Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of
schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.



Large or Full Screen preferred for YouTube videos

The Critter Corner

The guy who introduces this video of an encounter with a troop of Mountain Gorillas  describes it as "thrilling." Talk about understatements. Had I been the guy in the pic below I would have needed a change of pants immediately after the start of the encounter. (6 Mins.)

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It was a close call for the baby elephant on the right side of the screen as it tried to ford the fast-moving river and almost got swept downstream. Fortunately, its big sister came to the rescue, but she had trouble too, so mama waded back in the water and saved the day. Have a look. (4 Mins.)


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Speaking of close calls, watch this dash cam footage from an Eau Claire, Wisconsin patrol unit. It lacks audio, but no sound is needed. When the video starts, look closely at the oncoming traffic lanes. (45 Secs.)


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If a Kangaroo and a Rottweiler can be friends and play nice, why can't the Democrats and the Republicans? The answer is they could, but only if the extremists from both parties were to be deported. But we digress. (1 Min.)


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Want to see the bravest dog ever caught on camera? Click here and prepare to be amazed. (1 Min.)


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This clip gives you 42 seconds to decide if this is an actual deer, or a dog that just looks like a deer.


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Watch this story of Frostie the Snow Goat and it will warm the cockles of your heart, meaning it will give you a comforting feeling of contentment, according to Webster's. (2 Mins.)


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As Goat stories go, this one is also pretty special, and it too has a happy ending. It's about "Mr. G." being reunited with his buddy who is known as "Jellybean." Have a look. (3 Mins.)


The Critters have fled

This is a rare clip of George Carlin talking with the late Johnny Carson about his health problems and other minutia. Johnny died in Jan. 2005 at the age of 79 from Emphysema, and George followed him in June of 2008 from heart failure at the age of 71. (7 Mins.)


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This clip received from Dewey Moore provides a fascinating look at how the railroad scenes from the 2013 "Lone Ranger" movie were filmed. Skip this and you will be missing an extraordinary video, so check it out by clicking
here. (11 Mins.)


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That this Pole (he's from Poland) is dubbed the "world's best motorcycle stunt rider" may be hyperbole, but he probably is among the best. What he can do with a bike truly is amazing. Have a look. (3 Mins.)


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Want to see Mother Nature making the point that she can be unstoppable? Check out this rare footage of a landslide in Italy caused by heavy rains back in 2010. (2 Mins.)


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Want to surprise your wife on your next anniversary by building something elaborate using hand tools only? This may be well out of your league like it was mine, but give it a watch anyway. This guy certainly knows his way around his woodworking shop. (4 Mins.)


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Alice Murphy's email says these two teen-aged girls will amaze you with their dueling Ukeleles as they play their rendition of the theme from Hawaii Five-O. Watch this and see if you agree. (3 Mins.)


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Lumpy, in his role as Secretary/Treasurer of the PBA, has noticed that the volunteer bartenders at the PBA meetings have trouble opening the wine. More often than not, the cork winds up inside the bottle instead of attached to the corkscrew. To solve the problem, he wants permission from the membership to purchase this Rob Higgs cork puller/wine pourer. (2 Mins.)


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Want to go wingsuit flying? You know you do, so come on along and experience what is called "Grinding the Crack." (3 Mins.)


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Like the Boston Globe, The Atlantic also is known for its posting of highly-detailed historical photos on its website. This presentation is titled "World War I in Photos: Aerial Warfare." World War I was the first major conflict to see widespread use of powered aircraft — invented barely more than a decade before the fighting began. Airplanes, along with kites, tethered balloons, and zeppelins gave all major armies a new tactical platform to observe and attack enemy forces from above. Click here to view the images.


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Watch how this guy packs his bag next time you get ready for a trip. He calls it the "clown car" style of packing. You won't need to play the theme from Benny Hill like he does, but it would help you get in a rhythm. (1 Min.)


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Have you heard about Meat Glue, a product used by butchers to bind pieces of meat together? You will after you watch this Australian video received from Alice Murphy. It might be enough to turn some people into a vegetarian. Or worse, a vegan. (6 Mins.)

Meat Glue's formal name is "transglutaminase," and you can read more about it in this ABC News report from 2012.


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We can't help but be impressed with these public service announcements from Thailand (this is the third one we have highlighted over the past three weeks). Some might argue that the country is well ahead of the U.S. in terms of addressing the issue of social responsibility. (2 Mins.)


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We wish we had been present at this location during the Christmas holidays back in 2011 so we could have tossed some money into the hat. Watch it and you will see why we chose this video from Bert Kelsey as this week's closing item. (4 Mins.)


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Pic of the Week

It turns out that the "selfie" Geraldo Rivera shot of
himself a few years that went viral on the Internet
had been photoshopped. Look closely and you should be
 able to see the difference in this side-by-side comparison…


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