In Memory of CAPT Carroll “Lex” LeFon, and the Wonderful Community He Fostered

Welcome. The idea was floated that a ‘talk amongst yourselves’ blog would be a good addition to for the Non-Facebook Crowd. Here it is.


Filed under Uncategorized

Only the 2nd Time I Have Heard of This…


Landing an aircraft successfully, with the wings retracted. The only other time that I am aware of was around 1968 with an F8. This article mentioned that it had happened a couple of times before (with an F8).

The Lexicans are a diverse group with a vast access to knowledge, and one of them on the F/B page got the history of this Phantom. A H/T to him!

Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

The Story Behind The FedEx Logo



And why it works. After 20 years, it is a revelation for me.

H/T to one of the Lexicans.

Story is here.


Filed under Uncategorized

James Garner 1928-2014


I suppose one could say my interest in James Garner started when I was about 9 years old. Being a baby boomer, the obvious assumption would be that I liked his show Maverick, but that would be wrong. (I did like the show but what piqued my interest in him was not the show).

No, it was at the Hughes Supermarket in Studio City on Ventura Blvd in the late ‘50s.  My mother reported seeing him in the produce department, and said that he was not a stereotypical “star” but a regular person.

He didn’t seem pretentious or egotistical.

Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized

A Bit Of West Virginia In Me – Part 3 – Mr. Tipp’s Decision


Earlier, I had mentioned that at The Farm, there were all kinds of characters, 2 legged and 4 legged.

Mr. Tipp was among the latter. My uncle, as his father, usually addressed the dogs and cats at the farm by the title “Mr.” or “Miss”.

A lot of the dogs and cats that came to the farm were what my aunt called “walk-ons” – thoughtless people who decided they no longer wanted their pets, and dumped them to fend for themselves.
Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Sometimes All You Can Do Is Laugh


At yourself.

Or as a friend of mine would say, ‘I’d like to kick myself in the ass but my legs won’t reach”.

Sometime ago,  someone backed into my car, marring the corner of the rear bumper. Left no note, of course.

These days the bumpers  are all plastic over foam and metal and painted to match the car.

I didn’t want to pay $700-$1000 to have a body shop completely repaint it, so I went to the car dealer and asked the used car manager who he used to detail the cars he gets in.

Anyway, I get the name of a fellow who works mainly with dealers, but he came out yesterday – Sunday – to look at my car.

It cost $200, and at the end of a couple of hours you couldn’t even tell where the damage was. Except the paint store sold him the wrong clearcoat – for enamel. Which he discovered after applying it to the car.

So he had to come back this morning with the right clearcoat, sanded off the bad clearcoat, put on the new – and the car looked great.

I make a short errand, put it in the garage, close the door, and as the door is descending I notice the car’s rear is a bit too far back.

Too late to stop the door – it catches the bumper and….

Well, he is coming out again sometime this week.



Filed under Uncategorized

A Bit Of West Virginia In Me Part 2 – My Uncle


If I had to describe my Uncle Willis in 1 phrase, it would be “young at heart”. He was a prankster, right up until the day he had a stroke at 83. And he knew how to time those pranks.

He was one of 4 children, a brother and 2 sisters, one of whom was, of course, my mother. My mother told me the story of how, as a child of 10 or so, her older brother Willis gave her a ring. She was so proud of it – wearing it and showing it to everyone until a fateful day when Willis had his friends over.

“Show them your ring, Martha”, and my mother proudly complied. “You know, a very wealthy man once owned that ring”, Willis said. My mother was beaming, and just as proud as could be.

Then the other shoe dropped.

“F.W. Woolworth”.

His pranks hit me too, years later. Continue reading


Filed under Uncategorized

Wings Over Glenview

I’ve discussed NAS Glenview at these pages before. Here’s a 30 minute documentary on the history of Glenview featuring some of the pilots that flew from there. Enjoy:

H/t to Jennifer over at Generations Blog for passing this along to me.

Leave a comment

Filed under Airplanes, History, Naval Aviation, Navy