May 25, 2000


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 after?

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 tough cookie.

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 to talk!

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.

Thanks, ANDY.

              YOE, Ernie Wolfe