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August 10, 2020

From the President:

Greetings to all, as you may have noted in the Farsider, this month’s meeting is canceled.  I have not received word from the POA regarding the status of the hall for September.  I will provide an update as soon as I am told.

Now that the Farsider is publishing the monthly birthday lists, I would encourage members to send Leroy a photo of you celebrating your day.  It beats only having the group photo of attendees at the monthly meeting once we get going again.

I attended the memorial for Officer Richard Huerta at Oak Hill Cemetery on August 6th, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his end of watch.  Rich Daulton, a member of the Emerald Society, emceed the event.  Ruben Chavez delivered the invocation; Larry Lundberg recounted the incident; Larry Reuter shared experiences with Richard and Jaime Saldivar, Richard’s cousin, spoke of the loss and some of the changes related to officer safety that were implemented as a consequence.

Pipers from the Emerald Society closed the memorial with the playing of Amazing Grace.  I provided Leroy Pyle with the link if you would like to view it.

My heartfelt thanks to the Emerald Society for their efforts to remember and honor the officers that made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. 

I close on another somber note with John Quinn’s permission.  His wife, Dee, passed on August 5th from cancer.  Please take a moment in your own way and offer a prayer or give pause for John and Dee during this difficult time.

In remembrance of Dee, John asked to share the donation site for Honor Flight Bay Area.  The organization arranges transportation of veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit THEIR memorials.

https://www.honorflightbayarea.org/donate.html

Take care all and be safe,

Ernie Alcantar

PBA President

Memorial for Officer Richard Huerta

Officer Richard Huerta Memorial Rich Daulton emceeing the memorial

CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

Larry Lundberg recounting the incident Jaime Saldivar, cousin of Ofcr. Huerta

Ruben Chavez delivering the invocation

 

 

Retiring San Jose City Attorney Rick Doyle…

New Bay Trail segment links Menlo Park to Santa Clara

Mid-Peninsula preservationists closed a 0.6-mile gap to connect 80 contiguous miles

 

Teen forsaken as a baby helps senior dogs find forever home — ‘just like I did’

Meena Kumar has already raised $14,000 for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue through pet-sitting.

Antifa Tries Blockading Road, Fed Up Truck Driver Plows Through

The “Flag!”
Excellent and so refreshing!!! 

ROBIN WILLIAMS:   ACTUALLY, A VERY SOFT SPOKEN MAN WHO WAS GENEROUS
WITH HIS TIME.

BACK WHEN A GENERATION PREDOMINATELY RESPECTED OUR FLAG AND WHAT IT
STOOD FOR.

NO KNEELING BACK THEN.       

TAKE A LISTEN.

This man was a genius. He was 31 when he made this video. It is about 3 minutes
long, but
 it is a guarantee you  probably won’t see anything as creative as this again.
Such a great loss.
Be sure to watch the whole thing.

And turn up your volume a little bit.


Electric car’s owner disappointed by situation in San Jose
Is the city doing anything about charging station deserts?

 

Truong Tien Dat dies, former South Vietnamese Senator and
San Jose real estate broker
He traded his last possessions, his watch and fountain pen, to escape communism

 

HEY! Help a guy out and share something with your fellow PBA members. A picture will do!

 

COURTESY OF IVAN COMELLI’S WEBSITE, VINTAGE SAN JOSE POLICE

A GREAT SITE TO VISIT…. OFTEN!

Here is a bit of history I bet you didn’t know. Hours after Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, the Secret Service found themselves in a bind.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was to give his ‘Day of Infamy’ speech to Congress on Monday,  and although the trip from the White House to Capitol Hill was short, agents weren’t sure how to transport him safely.

At the time, Federal Law prohibited buying any cars that cost more than $750, so they would have to get clearance from Congress to do that, and nobody had time for that.

One of the Secret Service members, however, discovered that the US Treasury had seized the bulletproof car that mobster Al Capone owned when he was sent to jail in 1931.


They cleaned it, made sure it was running perfectly and had it ready for the President the next day. Al Capone’s 1928 Cadillac V-8 “Al Capone” Town Sedan Became the President’s Limo in December 1941.

Mechanics are said to have cleaned and checked each feature of the Caddy well into the night of December 7th to make sure that it would run properly the next day for the commander in Chief.

And run properly it did, It had been painted black and green to look identical to Chicago’s police cars at the time
To top it off, the gangster’s 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan had 3,000 pounds of armor and inch-thick bulletproof windows.

It also had a specially installed siren and flashing lights hidden behind the grille, along with a police scanner radio.

PREVIOUS OWNER

Footnote: The car sold at auction in 2012 for $341,000.

 

3200 YEARS IN ONE PHOTOGRAPH

~ AT SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK ~

Thankfully, no loggers took it down, nor forest fires or earthquakes!

Just a quiet life in a California forest for all these years … 3,200!

Not every tree has a nickname, but ‘The President’ has earned it.

This giant sequoia stands at 247 feet tall & is estimated to be over 3,200 years old.

Imagine, this tree was already 700 years old during the height of ancient Greece’s civilization and

1200 years old when Jesus lived while Rome was well into its rule of most of the western world and points beyond

The trunk of The President measures 27 feet across, with 2 BILLION needles from base to top.

Because of its unbelievable size, this tree has never been photographed in its entirety, until now.

National Geographic photographers have worked along with scientists to try and create the first

photo that shows The President in all its glory.

They had to climb the tree with pulleys and levers and took thousands of photos.

Of those, they selected 126 and stitched them together to get this incredible portrait of The President.

And here it is:

The man standing near the trunk of the tree is a good indicator of the tree’s size.

Incredible, isn’t it?

 

A PUBLIC SERVICE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE FARSIDER
A PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCEMENT

Don’t you wish!