Thursday, November 16, 2017

Positive Messaging Art by Susan O'Malley

When I was at the Oakland Museum I saw these prints and they struck me. They were by an artist named Susan O'Malley. Her artwork is deeply engaged in social practice, participatory exchanges, public art and positive messaging. All of O’Malley’s work, both as artist and curator, reflected a rare generosity and empathy for those around her — to the extent that her boundless enthusiasm sometimes baffled cynics unable to grasp the actual work of optimism:

Sadly, about 2 1/2 years ago O'Malley collapsed and never regained consciousness while in her last week of pregnancy with twins, who survived only briefly. Her positive spirit is missed.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Oakland Aviation Museum-The Planes

Here is part two of the visit to the Oakland Aviation Museum. This one is the planes they have on display:

1911 "Vin Fiz"-Wright Brothers
1946 Aeronca 7AC Champion
1954 Soviet Mig-15
1961 Hiller 1099
KA-6D Intruder
TA-45 Skyhawk
Vought A-7 Corsair
T-39 Saberliner-USAF
BOAC Speedbird
As I said before, the Oakland Aviation Museum should be on the must see list of everyone who visits Oakland. It is an amazing experience.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Oakland Aviation Museum

I finally got to the Oakland Aviation Museum near the Oakland Airport. So happy to finally go and did not disappoint, in fact it exceeded my expectations which were high. The place is just too cool and it has a lot of history in it. This blog is dedicated to the artifacts there and the next blog on Wednesday will be about the planes they have there.  One of things I learned is that Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Area have a huge aviation history:

Bust of Feng Ru , who designed and constructed the first successful "aeroplane" on the Pacific Coast in 1909

And with the former Alameda Naval Base and Air Station nearby:

A-6 Intruder tailhook
1965 APH-3 flight helmet
Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, an aviation pioneer was born in Alameda and the main street out the museum is named for him
Flag from the USS Lexington (CV2) which was sunk at the battle of Coral Sea in 1942

Finally Amelia Earhart flew from the Oakland Airport many times as a pioneer in aviation. Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan departed Oakland Airport May, 21 1937, for Miami, FL, to begin her second attempt at world circumnavigation. After completing 2/3rds of the journey, they were last heard from on July 2nd, 1937, on approach to Howland Island in the Pacific. Earhart and Noonan were never found and their final whereabouts remains a mystery.:

Amelia Earhart at Oakland Airport
The Oakland Aviation Museum is a hidden gem that if you get a chance, you need to visit.

Almost forgot, I will be doing family stuff next week and don't know how much I will be on. I am thankful for all that reads this blog. Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Music Monday: One-Hit High School Wonders

Music Monday: This is an interesting one as I am going to choose one-hit wonders from my high school days which were from 1983 to 1987. Remember a one-hit wonder, is a group that only placed one song on Billboard's Top 40. Here we go:

From 1983:

From 1984:

From 1985:

From 1986:

From 1987:

And because it is one of my favorite songs still, from 1985:

This was a trip down memory lane for me and I hope people got dancing.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Veteran's Day 2017

It is Veteran's Day and despite what you read it is not about sales it is about remembering our veterans. During World War I ended when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"

San Francisco Veteran's Memorial in Downtown

The United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I when it passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926, with these words:
Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and
Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations; and
Whereas the legislatures of twenty-seven of our States have already declared November 11 to be a legal holiday: Therefore be it Resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday—a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

And here is the War Memorial Performing Arts Building in Downtown San Francisco, built in 1931:

World War I Memorial

The important purpose of Veterans Day is: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

And a boot camp picture of a young sailor in 1990.