Depending on how you count, there are only 4 or 5 meetings left to
begin impeachment proceedings against Prez. BOB. And while the verdict
can easily be predicted, there is no way of knowing in advance how long
such proceedings may take. YOE has now put Prez. BOB on notice that
he will soon be subjected to a Profile, and from that more than enough
evidence will be available to get the job done. So, stay tuned…
KEVIN KOMATSU started us off with the Pledge, and then LENNY FRIEDMAN
and BILL MAXWELL fell to discussing who would start first with Anchors
Aweigh. This minor difference of opinion was amicably resolved, and we
plunged in enthusiastically.
DICK LITTLESTONE gave a thorough review of the pleasures of aging,
pointing out that sometimes you're the dog - and sometimes you're the
hydrant. You also spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter -
when you get somewhere you often find yourself asking what am I here
BOB YOUNKER introduced the guests - RUDY ALVAREZ brought Special Guest
Don La Roca, and JIM GREATHEAD had his long-time neighbor, Ken Redding.
JIM was with us despite a recent bout of Walking Pneumonia - and on
that subject, we just learned that JACK HARRIS was injured in an auto
accident just after seeing his grandson graduate from DePauw. JACK has
had surgery on his right hand, and we'll hold good thoughts, but don't
know just when he and Pauline will be back home. On the subject of guests,
by the way, with visiting Rotarians, PP JIM DOWNIE has some suggestions:
First, give their club, then their classification, and finally, their
name - if introduced in that order, by the time you get to the name,
everyone is listening - which is as it should be. Thanks, JIM.
STEVE ADLER was attending the Dissolution Meeting of the West Hollywood
Rotary Club, and he was encouraged by Prez. BOB to invite all existing
West Hollywood members to move over to WVRC. And remember, we are always
looking out for good new members - so bring a friend to any of our regular
meetings. The ever-busy GEORGE DEA then spoke about PEP - which stands
for Parkinson's Education Program -and is being funded by a matching grant
of $l,000 from WVRC, Singapore Rotary, and our own District Governor,
Jack Jones. This $3,000 will be matched by R.I. and will fund the effort
to get PLLUS really started in Asia. This was well started at the last
Rotary Convention in Singapore, where we had a booth, and it certainly
looks like an idea whose time has come. GEORGE received a letter dated
May 8th from Rotary International president-elect Frank J. Devlyn congratulating
WVRC on our success in introducing our PLLUS Program. Our new portable
Booth will be sent down to Buenos Aires for this year's Convention, and
will be manned by GEORGE, STEVE ADLER, PETER MORE, and PP RON LYSTER -
on whose watch the whole PLLUS idea was started.
Prez. BOB asked BRUCE HARRIS to bring our two Navy guests forward.
Commander Jim Trotter is the Executive Officer of both the USC and UCLA
Naval ROTC units, and proudly wears the crossed Dolphins of the Submarine
Service. He confirmed to YOE that we now have 70 nuclear submarines,
soon to be reduced to 58, and I asked him what they did with a retired
nuclear sub. "They cut it up, and save the fuel", he replied.
We have two types of submarines - the missile subs, and the anti-submarine
variety - each is over 300 feet long, and moves underwater at more than
30 knots! Our other guest was Midshipman (woman?) Taniya Summers, one
of 60 cadets at UCLA, who is a junior, majoring in Poli Sci at UCLA.
She was presented with a ship's clock as the WVRC Award for the outstanding
Midshipman on last summer's 4-week cruise. She learned a lot about moving
naval ordnance (that's bombs) - enjoyed it so much she asked for, and
received, a two-week extension on the aircraft carrier she was aboard.
When she graduates next spring, she will become a surface warfare officer
- NOT on a submarine, obviously. She also is a member of the NROTC's
Drill Team, and this year they were fourth out of 30 in a nationwide
competition, including the Air Force Academy, among others. It's great
to see these bright students as they more through their training process.
PP TOM LENEHEN reported on DANNY SKINNER, who has been unable to attend
WVRC for almost a year and a half. DANNY rescued a swimmer in Hawaii,
and as he was carrying him out of the water, mangled his feet on the
coral. After a number of operations, he still isn't well, but does go
in to P.J.'s Flowers one day a week. Please give him a call - he'd love
to hear from you. We were also reminded of the Memorial Service for
BOB FERGUS, set for 2 p.m. immediately after our meeting today. PP STEVE
SCHERER and PP HOWARD SISKEL will offer some thoughts on BOB, who will
be missed by all of us.
PP DOUG DESCH passed me a letter he received recently from PP LYMAN
POWELL, who served at Head Man in 1975-76. The Powells have been in
Washington D.C. for quite awhile, and LYMAN retired a year and a half
ago. His wife, Rusty, is a diabetic, and in January she had a 5-bypass
open-heart operation. There were complications, and she spent seven
weeks in the hospital, but is now home and slowly improving. Their address
is 15705 Tierra Drive, Silver Springs, MD 20906, and they'd love to
hear from you. And as you know, MYRON TAYLOR is now at home, and recovering
from his heart attack of two weeks ago. An indication of his progress
is that the doctor doesn't need to see him for the next three months.
Cards would be most welcome. And we mustn't forget to formally announce
the arrival of Timothy William Nelson on 11 May - proud grandparents
are Viviane and BOB YOUNKER. One advance notice, please - the first
Board Meeting of the new Rotary Year will be July llth, 6:30 at DiStefanos
in Westwood. Please RSVP to by then PRESIDENT STEVE ADLER -and remember,
you are welcome to attend, OK?
PP RON LYSTER introduced our speaker; someone named ANDERSON, who used
to be a PDG, whatever that may be. This person, who is essentially unknown
to most of us, began by telling us what Elizabeth Taylor told each of
her eight husbands - "I won't keep you long". True to his
word, he spoke briefly of some of the early characters he encountered
as a young graduate of the Police Academy.
His first assignment, after Traffic, was Newton Street, one of the
busiest stations. There was lots of action - arresting burglars in the
act, for instance, and he was paired with a different officer every
duty day. When it came time for an assigned partner, he drew Josie -
a 6'5" tough guy who turned out to be the worst police officer
ANDY ever knew!
Josie had a Silver Star from Pearl Harbor - but he was sarcastic, intimidating,
and generally obnoxious all the time. ANDY hung on for the required
month - and then Josie told him the Good News - he had selected ANDY
as his #two man for the following month. On the second night of this
second tour, about 2 a.m. ANDY spotted a young kid riding a brand new
bicycle. He insisted that Josie stop, and then caught the kid as he
tried to run away. As ANDY questioned the kid, he admitted that he had
stolen the bike from USC - and that he had a bunch of frames hidden
under his house, after they were stripped for parts. They went to the
house, found 9 frames, and Andy then had to write up the report. When
he came into the station, there was Josie telling everyone what a great
arrest HE had made. ANDY told him to tell the Captain that he, Josie,
needed a new partner, since ANDY would never work with him again.
This of course left ANDY in complete limbo - he didn't know what he
was going to do next, since he had burned his bridges. As he was changing
clothes after the shift, Warren 'Blackie' Sawyer approached. He asked
if ANDY would like to work with him that month - and ANDY could have
kissed him. Turned out that no one had ever worked two months with Josie
before, so Blackie saw something in ANDY that looked good to him.
Blackie was a great mentor to Andy, and on one of their early shifts,
they got a call saying Officer Needs Help. They arrived at the scene,
and there was Officer Truckee, fist-fighting TWO smaller Latinos. When
ANDY approached, Truckee shouted at him, "Don't interfere with
my arrest". When ANDY later questioned him, Truckee said they were
only hitting him with their hands - this, in spite of his bleeding face
and general messed-up appearance. Blackie and ANDY took Truckee and
the two Latinos - by then, almost conscious, to the hospital. Upon further
questioning, it turned out that Truckee had bee a torpedoman aboard
the USS Tang, a.submarine which sank in the Sea of Japan. Taken prisoner,
they segregated him because of his classification, and proceeded to
regularly beat him with rifle butts. So being hit with hands, it didn't
even hurt! He later cracked up, was furloughed, and committed suicide.
When ANDY moved to Hollywood and the Vice detail, he met Stan Clorman.
Stan was 6 ', 190 lbs, and built - could have been a wrestler in the
Olympics, but was disqualified because he once played semi-pro baseball.
On a stakeout, Stan was to come out of a bar, with the expectation that
about 5 guys would jump him, and then Stan's backup would be there to
help. He came out before they were ready, the guys did jump him - and
by the time ANDY got there, one of the guys was already running away.
ANDY grabbed him, asked where he thought he was going, and the guy said
- "Lemme outta here - that guy is NUTS". He was, indeed, one
The last group he reported on were called The Hat Squad - they were
plainclothesmen, wore large hats, and all three of them became attorneys.
Two went on to become Superior Court Judges - Red Stromwell and Hal
Crowder. All had served as Army officers in Korea, and one story about
their technique as interrogators may suffice.
They made an arrest, but the suspect wouldn't talk - at all. So they put
him in a car, and started driving. After maybe 15 miles, the suspect finally
asked where they were going. No answer. Another 15 miles, and they were
now into the desert. Hey, where are you taking me? No answer. Then one
of the Hats asked, did you bring the shovel? The suspect suddenly decided
Let me wind this up - ANDY made sergeant after 7 years, lieut. for
5, capt. for 3, Commander for 4 and was a Deputy Chief for his last
4 years, scoring #1 in both the written and oral exams most of that
time. In spite of his funny stories, I think we can figure he was a
pretty good cop - and tough, too.
YOE, Ernie Wolfe