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12/06/21 11:11 AM #10713    

 

Beau Wann, Jr.

but wait, heres the rest of the story seems word  was out, i liked peach pie and or cobbler, not any more, every one brout at least two t a way apiec now whatt a way to ruin ice cream. didnt feel that way before snafu and fubar day.    som folks were over patronixing. tried to carve the turky, that didnt work out at all "cut this way, now try thise other way"  i kmow its well meaning, but well meaning can get ot hand."here handme that steerimg wheel ill help you drive"   not from diane, but others and i love them all. i dont think we do christmas this year, no telling what callamity awaits us, "ride boldly ride if yoseek for eldor addo aand trust in the lord. he is it.seek the lord early when he is first in our livfe, we will first in his may god continue bless your as he has blessd me. well maybe not with this brain thing, but sure got my attention to wdats important


12/07/21 10:53 AM #10714    

 

Tom Britton '65

Well, Beau....as always your posts not only make us smile but also give us food for thought...and a way of looking at things that's just a tad bit different. You certainly did miss your calling, my friend. You would have been one heck of an author or comedy writer. So glad you are still here with us. We love you man!!!


12/11/21 08:37 PM #10715    

 

Kay Watters '65 (Greene)

Heartfelt, dear Beau Merry Christmas to you and Diane and family.


12/12/21 05:24 AM #10716    

 

Wayne Lake

Beau, glad to see you are back at your keyboard providing entertainment for us and hoping for your continued progress.

Kay/aficionados of small venue live music, especially Texas singer/songwriters, Rockport recently paid tribute to Guy Clark as he grew up in there. There was a display at the Rockport Art facility by local artist and high school friend, Steve Russel who painted themes of 16 titled songs such as ‘skinny Dennis, stand-up bass player from LA Freeway, home grown tomatoes, boats to build and the Randal knife. The live music tribute was provided by Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp at the Rialto Theater (seats about 75) here in Aransas Pass who both played/collaborated/toured with Guy Clark for several years throughout his life. Both are great pickers/story tellers who gave insight to the man and his music. It was a night to remember and I was glad to be a part of it.

On Friday night, Ray Wylie Hubbard played the 3rd Coast in Port Aransas with his son Lucas, in another small venue with capacity of about 60 – open seating and I was sitting about 8’ away. As usual, RWH put on a great show telling funny stories and singing notable hits (sort of hits) like Snake Farm, drunken’ poets dream and up against the wall.  RWH was born in 1946 so he is our age and still doin’ his thang with no regard to his long time critics/adversaries from Nashville.

Interesting that Jerry Jeff Walker’s most notable hits nearly 50 years ago were Guy Clark’s LA Freeway and RWH’s Up against the wall redneck mothers. We are very lucky to be in Texas and to have lived here during a time when so many great artists also lived here and called it home.  In case you haven’t  realized it by now, I love this music and small, live music venues, it’s one of the benefits of living on the Texas gulf coast in a small town.     

On a more somber note, Keith Kupec in now in a nursing home, Caraday Corpus Christi and fading fast. Parkinson’s disease is not a fun way to go as it sucks the life out at a fairly fast pace – sort of like the aging process as viewed through the lens of a camera on fast-forward. Semper Fi Amigo.

I hope when the time comes for me, God has a sense of humor and grades on the curve…………..

From the coastal bend, been catchin’ trout on top waters which is about my favorite trick and dancin’ with dolphins, wtl         

  


12/13/21 06:22 PM #10717    

Lynn Prewit

I understand Keith Kupec is on his last leg of life. Keith was awarded a SILVER STAR for his action in heavy fighting in Vietman,  Lord Knows how many men he saved for his action. He is a TRUE HERO. I hope people understands..

This week a Four Star Gereral (who is now the Secrectary of Defense) was awarded The Silver Star for commanding an  army  in the middle east.  He was miles away from the action. This was just his job..

He does not meet the requirements for receipments for receiving the Silver STAR.

This is the case of one solder putting his life in arms ways and a General just doing his job.


12/13/21 07:41 PM #10718    

 

Wayne Lake

Lynn, thanks for mentioning Kupec’s Silver Star and no, he is not being treated like the combat hero that he so well deserves which is very sad. The VA is a sub-par medical system from my perspective and they have failed LCPL Keith Kupec, USMC.

Several years ago I was googleing around searching names (including my own) to see what was out there and I googled Keith and found the SS commendation write-up so I asked Jackie to post the cut n’pasted version without telling Keith and she sort of reluctantly did it after a conversation or two – I don’t think he ever knew it was there or he would have mentioned it to me I am sure.

Keith and I have been fishing together for past 10-15 years as we would fish his boat in the Laguna near his place and mine in Aransas with annual trips to Mansfield until about 3 years ago when the Parkinson’s amped up. He opened up about the SS commendation event once (usually a lot of dead air time when fishing) and here is what I remember:

Keith and close neighborhood friends like Burgess Webb, Roger Conaway and Gary Keith (I apologize as I know I am leaving out some Waltrip64 Marines that joined about the same time but these are the names I remember that Keith knew), joined the Marines in late ‘64 or ’65 so they went to Viet Nam early on in the conflict before there was much onshore housing facilities and were living offshore on chopper carriers and ‘dropping in’ for engagement missions, usually under the cover of darkness. On one of his first drops in the jungle, they landed in a rice paddy under heavy fire and his platoon leader and radioman – the two most senior leaders were killed immediately which left a bunch of 19 year old Marines on their own. During boot camp, the Drill Sargent noticed Keith had a good arm (played outfield and could throw a strike from deep center) so he was designated the platoon's human grenade launcher and he went to work that night which won him the Silver Star. He also got a Purple Heart for a rifle bullet wound in the elbow. Keith told me he probably would have been killed with the rest of his platoon later on but was in a Saigon hospital with Malaria waiting to be sent back to the states when all the men in his platoon were KIA.

All of our Waltrip Viet Nam combat veterans deserve our utmost respect and the best medical attention money can buy.         


12/13/21 08:23 PM #10719    

 

Jenny Taylor (Williams)

I just called the Caraday of Corpus Christi nursing home to get the mailing address and room number for Keith Kupec so that I could send him a card and let him know he is not forgotten.  If you would like to have the address, please email me at jennywilliams@kw.com and I will send it to you.  Keith is one of our true heroes. Please keep him in your prayers.   


12/14/21 06:40 PM #10720    

 

Kay Watters '65 (Greene)

Wayne,  you've pegged me, enjoyed your descriptions of these musical artists.  May I add our Mance Lipscomb, noted for his blues, a native of Navasota who played for the president, as well as Frank Sinatra and his then wife, Mia.  Texas has so many of these venues, people hear little of.

I didn't know Keith, but proud of his military accomplishments, Burgess, who was quite vocal on the message center, and of course, the other classmates who joined and served in the Military.  God bless them.


12/24/21 07:55 AM #10721    

 

Johnny Sheffield

I would like to take this time to wish all

My waltrip graduates and there families 

a very merry Christmas and happy new year. 
 

May you and your families have a safe

and wonderful holiday,

Gods blessings be with you all during the holidays.

Johnny 


12/25/21 11:26 AM #10722    

 

Bill Traill

MERRY CHRISTMAS from the shores of Myrtle Beach ! A wonderful 64 degrees today. I share with Johnny, that I wish all of you a wondrous Day and still a better New Year !!!


12/29/21 06:49 PM #10723    

 

Scotty Croom

we just got home from houston for holidays....ran out of cool clothes..just showers on trip...

 


12/30/21 09:45 AM #10724    

 

Beau Wann, Jr.

     wont try o post anthig funny nothing fubby all th aforemention we prayin fo  keith and famiky  sorry abou the lousy typing, but it best i can conjer up. ismt it amasin that the highes award for bravy has to approved the arseholes that get  us in actions that cost the lives of many grate peopl like kkeith while macauther got award hemsef,moh jest because his dady got one kind of cheapns award, sob lbj startd th vitnanam confict the bogus attack on one our ships, forgoth which one,well no matter ive ridden weih pgr  on wouded warrior rides  i allways thhought i be sseei,keith turning ot double plays. ok, this allthe strent i can mustr. keith will never be forgoton ever.

Beau is exhausted, so he is dicating to me, Diane. Hope everyone has a happy new year and a merry christmas and  happy easter and a good breakfast! 


12/30/21 06:41 PM #10725    

 

Bennie Schielack

Diane, thank you so much for all you do for Mr. Wann.  He, and you, have graced us with so much comedy and it has been fun reading his messages.  Praying you will have a fantastic new year.  May 2022 be the best you have ever had, and I also wish this for all of our classmates.  Just wish I had not been so bashful for my three years there on 34th street.


01/05/22 03:02 PM #10726    

 

Scotty Croom

resting at home today after arm surgery to remove skin cancer on left arm..they sedated me and i slept thru whole procedure..woke in recovery,dressed and was taken to cardiac dr., ,upstairs...need to take blood thinners now...went to woodys ,on gulf drive...great.thick burgers...was dark by the time we got home...happy new years to all...


01/05/22 06:50 PM #10727    

 

Teddie Jordan

Glad the surgery went well old friend! Just take it easy for a few days! 

You are much loved!

And Cephus, you are too! Let us hear from you when you feel like it!

 

 

 

 


01/13/22 08:43 PM #10728    

 

Bennie Schielack

All is quiet on the Waltrip front.  Praying Mr. Wann is getting better, with strength returning and recovering physical and mental faculies . . . . . Played golf 3 times this week.  Once bundled up, once in sweats and today in shorts.  January's winter has been hit and miss.  

Hoping to return to the barroom dance halls and the ballroom dance floors soon.  During this Covid mess, we have only been dancing a couple of times, and my body has attrified . . . . . I need some exercise.  Need to get back in shape.  I also miss my dance friends and students.  Three years ago, we were meeting up at least once a week.  

Friends, stay safe and healthy.  And Go, Rams . . . . .


01/14/22 07:30 PM #10729    

 

Kay Watters '65 (Greene)

Well Bennie, that is a great way to exercise. Does keep the muscles and everything else in shape.  Golf also has a lot of walking, especially if you slice those balls into the trees...lol.  I really enjoy watching golf on TV, always been interested in playing golf, didn't have the time or money though.

Really miss our Beau-man, although thoses fingers will bring him back, as I don't know how this would all work without him.  I'm going to attend a Knights of Columbus benefit in Anderson tomorrow, should be a fun time for a good cause.

 

 


01/15/22 09:38 AM #10730    

 

Wayne Lake

Planned to visit Keith last week but was told the staff had 2 positive Covid cases and since nursing facilities are notorious for being large scale petri dishes, I have not gone and have not received any news from his siblings either.

 

Experiencing Covid fatigue – this crap was not in my retirement plans………..

 

Back in South Texas since Jan 4th and have nearly thawed out now – we went on a ½ mile walking tour of Christmas lights at the Minneapolis arboretum Jan 2 night with a low ambient temp of – 20 F without wind chill! It was a brisk walk followed by hot adult drinks…………

 

Like many others in our age group, I’ve been keep’in busy myself ticking the boxes on my ‘ist list’……….dentist, dermatologist, cardiologist, orthopedist, ophthalmologist,   pharmacist……….               

 

Been watch’in way too much TV, especially news and google’n things I don’t understand which is an enormous array of useless info and I will share one of my profound findings below:

 

Thomas Jefferson once said something like, “My great grandfather was a warrior so my grandfather could be a farmer so that my father could be a merchant so that I could be a scholar”.


Tom Brokaw appropriately referred to our parents’, as ‘the Greatest Generation’ and I have called our Waltrip64 generation, born immediately after the end of WW2 as ‘the luckiest generation’ cause we have enjoyed a downhill economy here in the USA, especially those of us growing up in suburban Houston TX into WASP, two parent families, resulting in many of us now driving Mercedes, Lexus and some even, Corvettes (Lynn, Larry, others?).   


However, there may be Camels on the Horizon for future generations……

The founder of Dubai, Sheik Rashid, was asked about the future of his country, and he replied, "My grandfather rode a camel, my father rode a camel, I ride a Mercedes, my son rides a Land Rover, and my  grandson is going to ride in a Land Rover…but my great-grandson is going to have to ride a camel again. “Why is that, he was asked?


And his reply was, “Hard times create strong men, strong men create easy times. Easy times create weak men, weak men create difficult times.’ Note: For accuracy this US based history lesson, insert ‘women’ for men.


Many may not agree, but we need to raise warriors, not parasites.


And add to that the historical reality that all great empires, the Persians, Trojans, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and in recent years, the British...all rose and perished within 240 years.


They were not conquered by external enemies; they rotted from within.


America has now passed that 240-year mark, and the rot is starting to be visible and is accelerating. We are past the Mercedes and Land Rover Years….the camels are on the horizon. The greatest generation consisted of 18-year-old kids storming the beaches at “Normandy”. And now, two generations later, some 18-year-old kids want to hide in safe rooms when they hear words on Facebook or Instagram that hurt their feelings. They also want free stuff from the government because they think they are entitled to it.

The ‘camels are on the horizon’ for sure…

 

From Aransas where the wind is howl’n out of the North at 25-40 mph, so brewing up a batch of my own recipe of vegetable soup and sweet cornbread probably adding a few more Covid lbms,  wtl

 

 


01/15/22 06:42 PM #10731    

 

Teddie Jordan

Wayne, I am sorry to say that I think you are right on target.I hope and pray that we can recognize that our future generations will have the fortitude and work ethic to make us wrong, but we worry about the future that our grandchildren will inherit!


01/16/22 10:06 AM #10732    

 

Larry Reid '63

Wayne and Ted,

You both could be right, but I see other things happening that give me hope. I honestly think that there is a new awakening bubbling up that we just don't hear that much about because it does not get the airtime that all the negative stuff gets. Unfortunately, much of this lack of airtime is by design but folks are beginning to see through some of this and I think awareness is building. 

JMO

God bless America!

Larry 


01/16/22 11:05 AM #10733    

 

Wayne Lake

On a lighter (musical) note, check out what I think is the best ever ‘Tear in Your Beer’ C&W song. Yep, even better than Ray Price’s ‘Bubbles in my Beer’ or Hank William’s ‘Tear in my Beer’ (the real Hank not Jr.) or George Jones’ ‘Little Bitty Tear Let Down’ or ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’, any of which may be considered by some to be the standard. But I always liked Willie’s 1982 recording of Gary Nunn’s ‘The Last thing I Needed the First thing this Morning’ as the best and then I heard his son, Lucas’ 2020 acoustical solo Utube version of the same song and everything changed. Willie’s hit was a top flight studio recording with full orchestra arrangement as compared to Lucas’ which appears to be just him sitting alone in his home studio (have not heard it on any album).

In this case, the acorn not only didn’t fall far from the tree, the acorn is now the tree………… since even Willie will not live forever (his diaphragm has been diminished for several years probably from too much smoke), the future of Texas country music is apparently safe for another 50 years or so and although Lucas was born and grew up in Maui, I believe he thinks of Texas as his musical home and fan base (ref: ‘Just Outside of Austin’).  

Larry, I hope you are correct as well as always being a happy guy and an eternal optoimist. Maybe that hopeful generation are all riding bicycles as we speak. I don't think this potential problem is political by nature nor can it be solved by politics, it is simply a cultural issue which transends politics. 

History repeats. wtl         


01/16/22 11:05 AM #10734    

 

Wayne Lake

On a lighter (musical) note, check out what I think is the best ever ‘Tear in Your Beer’ C&W song. Yep, even better than Ray Price’s ‘Bubbles in my Beer’ or Hank William’s ‘Tear in my Beer’ (the real Hank not Jr.) or George Jones’ ‘Little Bitty Tear Let Down’ or ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’, any of which may be considered by some to be the standard. But I always liked Willie’s 1982 recording of Gary Nunn’s ‘The Last thing I Needed the First thing this Morning’ as the best and then I heard his son, Lucas’ 2020 acoustical solo Utube version of the same song and everything changed. Willie’s hit was a top flight studio recording with full orchestra arrangement as compared to Lucas’ which appears to be just him sitting alone in his home studio (have not heard it on any album).

In this case, the acorn not only didn’t fall far from the tree, the acorn is now the tree………… since even Willie will not live forever (his diaphragm has been diminished for several years probably from too much smoke), the future of Texas country music is apparently safe for another 50 years or so and although Lucas was born and grew up in Maui, I believe he thinks of Texas as his musical home and fan base (ref: ‘Just Outside of Austin’).  

Larry, I hope you are correct as well as always being a happy guy and an eternal optoimist. Maybe that hopeful generation are all riding bicycles as we speak. I don't think this potential problem is political by nature nor can it be solved by politics, it is simply a cultural issue which transends politics. 

History repeats. wtl         


01/16/22 12:24 PM #10735    

 

Pat Brantley (Ross)

Wayne, you are so right about Lukas Nelson.  Great voice.  He sings a variety of genres.  
i have been blessed with four grandchildren who are durable enough to face the coming age of challenge.

three of them spent ther formative years on the Mission field in bucharest Romania. They all pitched in on clinic days - even the youngest to get patients seen and medicines distributed.  When I was visiting I was put to work also.  It was good for them.  Their daddy has been great teaching them from a young age to be responsible with their time   
i raised two princesses.  I am sorry.

my other granddaughter has been motivated all her life to excel.  Her parents have encouraged her every step of the way.  I don't know her as well as other grandchildren.  My younger daughter had a child a month before her 18th birthday.  She gave baby daughter up through a private adoption agency..  we met her when she was 18 and had decided she wanted to meet birth mother.  Beth had died several years earlier so she decided she wanted to meet the rest of us.  She is 26 now and getting married.  
listened to two hour CSpan history discussion with four authors.  I was in hospital this past week with heart failure and pneumonia so I had two hours to spend.  One man said that Benjamin Franklin had one son.  Son was loyal to England because he had been grand poobah of New Jersey.  Franklin never spoke to him again.  Said he hated him.  Wow.  Never heard that before.  
I MISS BEAU.  

 


01/16/22 12:42 PM #10736    

 

Robert Derrick

 

This is coming from Kay Derrick, Robert's wife, and the following not necessarily the views of Mr. Derrick.   Have you heard of "The Great Reset," the latest book by Glenn Beck.  Wayne Lake's comments are right on, and it behoves us all to be aware of what is on the horizon for this country and the world.  Thanks Robert!

 

 


01/17/22 07:34 AM #10737    

 

Steve Puckett '65

I heard a very similar camel story from a Saudi manager when I was over there working.

Prayers to you, Pat, that you get well quick!  My goodness.  surprise

----------------------------.

Here's a memory of mine about Willie:

I had been volunteering at the Austin Free Clinic for a couple of years when we were asked to provide a medical tent at Willie Nelson’s 1st 4th of July Picnic in 1973.  I went but they soon asked for one of us to instead help out in the ‘office area’ because they were short-handed there, so I did.  It was chaos, a disorganized mess.  I am not surprised that the concert lost money.  Afterwards I was asked to help out at a number of concerts, again in the ‘office areas’.  I did this for a couple dozen concerts and then got tired of the muggy heat, the chaos, the crazy crowds, the super-loud music, etc.  It was fun, though, for a while

About the concert:.

The birth of an iconic festival happened in Dripping Springs on the year of 1973!  In 1972, Willie was on the lineup bill for the Dripping Springs Reunion, and fortunate for the Willie fans, the reunion did not meet expectations due to poor attendance.  Nelson was interested in this concept and in 1973, he decided to host the first annual Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in the same place, only this time, Willie brought  over 40,000 hippies and rednecks.  The Picnic lost money, but launched a Texas tradition.

The lineup was:  Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall, Loretta Lynn, Hank Snow, Tex Ritter, Bill Monroe.

"It was miserable and it was great, one of the glorious heathen stomps between the Americas of J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy and Ronald Reagan.

I had been volunteering at the Free Clinic for a couple of years when we were asked to help out with a medical tent at Willie Nelson’s 1st 4th of July Picnic in 1973.  I went but was asked to instead help out in the ‘office area’ because they were short-handed there, so I did.  It was chaos, a disorganized mess.  I am not surprised that the concert lost money.  Afterwards I was asked to help out at a number of concerts, again in the ‘office areas’.  I did this for a couple dozen concerts and then got really tired of the muggy heat, the chaos, the crazy crowds, the super-loud music, etc.  It was fun, though, for a while.

The birth of an iconic festival happened in Dripping Springs on the year of 1973!  In 1972, Willie was on the lineup bill for the Dripping Springs Reunion, and fortunate for the Willie fans, the reunion did not meet expectations due to poor attendance.  Nelson was interested in this concept and in 1973, he decided to host the first annual Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic in the same place, only this time, Willie brought  over 40,000 hippies and rednecks.  The Picnic lost money, but launched a Texas tradition.

The lineup was:  Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall, Loretta Lynn, Hank Snow, Tex Ritter, Bill Monroe.

"It was miserable and it was great, one of the glorious heathen stomps between the Americas of J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy and Ronald Reagan."  -  Billy Porterfield, Austin Statesman


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