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“Who was that masked man anyway?”

Great legends and heroes of the American West


s a boy in the 1940s and ’50s, I went to bed at 7:30 p.m. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights I turned on my radio and the William Tell Overture would fill my room. Then the sound of hoof beats, gunfire and the yell of “Hiyo Silver!” The announcers voice boomed out... ”A fiery horse with the speed of light…” This was the opening of the Lone Ranger radio show. This opening is considered to be the best and most memorable of all radio programs. The announcer then set up the stories and carried us through to the exciting end when the Lone Ranger rode off. I listened as the announcer finally said, “Your announcer, Fred Foy.”

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y the end of his life, Marlon Brando was often portrayed as a buffoon, a colossal wreck of a man, whose personal tragedies dominated his life; irrelevant to moviegoers three generations removed from his tormented, “Stella! Hey Stellaaaaa!” Yet Brando’s sweaty muscle-bound Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire set a new standard of performance, conveying a natural savage energy that transcended the Hayes Code censorship still firmly in place in 1951. Without Brando, there would not have been Pacino, no de Niro or Leonardo diCaprio or Johnny Depp. Equally important, without Marlon Brando, there may not have been an Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger or DMX.

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From out of the West came the hearty cry, “Hi-yo Silver”


he Lone Ranger was a fictional masked Texas Ranger who, with his Native American companion Tonto, fought injustice in the American Old West. The character has become an enduring icon of American culture. He first appeared in 1933 in a radio show conceived either by WXYZ radio station owner George W. Trendle or by Fran Striker, the show’s writer. The show proved to be a huge hit, and spawned an equally popular television show that ran from 1949 to 1957, as well as comic books and movies. The title character was played on radio by George Seaton, Earle Graser, and most memorably Brace Beemer. To television viewers, Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger. Tonto was played by, among others, John Todd, Roland Parker, and in the television series, Jay Silverheels. Departing on his white stallion, Silver, the Lone Ranger would shout, “Hi-yo, Silver! Away!” As they galloped off, someone would ask, “Who was that masked man anyway?” Tonto usually referred to the Lone Ranger as “Kemo Sabe,” meaning “trusty scout” or “trusted friend.” These catchphrases, his trademark silver bullets, and the theme music from the William Tell overture are indelibly stamped in the memories of millions who came of age during the decades of the show’s initial popularity or viewed the television series. Reruns of The Lone Ranger starring Clayton Moore were still being transmitted as of August 2010, sixty-one years after their initial broadcast.


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f you are a regular reader of the Military Press then I’m sure you’ve already got the gist that we are a publication that defies category, refuses to be pigeon-holed and certainly does not fit into a specific listing. This, I think, is one of the aces in our hand, possibly just my own delusional notion, and believe me I have many. So The Lone Ranger on this issue’s cover! What were we thinking? Were we thinking? Probably threw you for a curve. Richard, the publisher and my boss, and I are quite the quirky pair, but for some strange reason it just works. It was Friday morning when Richard waltzed into the office, cup of coffee in hand, and proceeded to tell me he had a great idea for the cover. “Ok Capo, fire away. What is it this time?” “Let’s put the Lone Ranger on the cover!” he pronounced excitedly. To any normal, rational editor the question would be, “Why?” But as with our usual uncanny synchronicity, I immediately got it. It made perfect sense. (Just goes to show that I, too, may be extremely lacking in the good sense department.) Bear with me here. I’m presently engrossed reading a book titled “The Young Duke,” and am captivated by the life and times of the legendary John Wayne. The Duke epitomized rugged masculinity, the pioneering spirit and will forever be an enduring American icon. These are traits I’m sadly lacking but that’s certainly one of the reasons I moved to America as a young lad. I’ve lived in America for over 27 years and people often still ask me why I came here. I always respond by telling them it was my love of Westerns, episodes of Happy Days, The Wonderful World of Disney and big cars. And thus this cover made sense. The Lone Ranger was a fictional portrayal of the American hero, the good guy; the one that stood upright and was a man of integrity. This Lone Ranger theme had me thinking how we could explore a little of the Old West, which I believe is a great cultural expression of this country. What a great era to once again look at, the time when America was expanding beyond the Appalachian Mountains and pioneers with great courage were pushing the boundaries beyond the horizon. Obviously today the Old West has passed into history, but the facts and the myths still hold firm in my imagination, and to this day still have me loving and believing in America.  So welcome to this issue as we explore legends of the West, recap the 10 best Westerns, examine why the Lone Ranger was an influential character and, of course, give credit to one of the greatest American icons of all time – John Wayne, The Duke. Who knows what Richard has up his sleeve for next issue, but I’m sure it will once again get the wheels of imagination going. By the way, we’ve just launched our new and improved website. Log on to www. and take a look around. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter (links are on the site). Thanks for joining us. Trevor Watson Editor

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wo conflicting origin stories have been given for the character Tonto, and how he came to work with the Lone Ranger. As originally presented, in the December 7, 1938, radio broadcast, Reid had already been well-established as the Lone Ranger when he met Tonto. In that episode, Cactus Pete, a friend of the Lone Ranger, tells the story of how the masked man and Tonto first met. According to that tale, Tonto had been caught in the explosion when two men dynamited a gold mine they were working. One of the men wanted to kill the wounded Tonto, but the Lone Ranger arrived on the scene and made him administer first aid. The miner subsequently decided to keep Tonto around, intending to make him the fall guy when he would later murder his partner. The Lone Ranger foiled both the attempted murder and the attempted framing of Tonto. No reason was given in the episode as to why Tonto chose to travel with the Lone Ranger, rather than continue about his business. A different version was given in both later episodes of the radio drama and at the beginning of the Lone Ranger television series. Tonto rescues a man named Reid, the sole surviving Texas Ranger of a party who was tricked into an ambush by the outlaw Butch Cavendish (although later reference works referred to the future Lone Ranger as “John” Reid, no first name was ever given to the Lone Ranger in either the radio or TV series). Tonto recognizes the ranger as someone who had saved him when they were both boys. He refers to him by the title “ke-mo sahbee,” explaining that the phrase means “faithful scout” in the language of his tribe. Tonto helps Reid give a decent burial to the other rangers. This Native American was portrayed as an intelligent character, almost an equal partner to the Ranger in his work. Together, they seem to be capable of righting almost any wrong within the half-hour time frame. The radio series identified Tonto as a chief’s son in the Potawatomi nation. His name translates as wild one in his own language. For the most part, the Potawatomi did not live in the Southwestern states, and their cultural cos-

tume is different from that worn by Tonto. The choice to make Tonto a Potawatomi seems to come from station owner George Trendle’s youth in Michigan. This is the traditional territory of the Potawatomi, and many local institutions use Potawatomi names. Tonto’s name, according to an NPR news story on the Lone Ranger, was inspired by the name of Tonto Basin, Arizona.

Tonto’s horse Tonto first rode a Paint Horse named “Big Fellow” (also Big Fellah, or Big Feller); later this horse was exchanged for a Pinto named “Scout.” Subsequently, the Lone Ranger himself would call Silver “Big Fella” on occasion.

Portrayal The portrayal of Tonto has been seen by some Native Americans and others as degrading, despite his heroism, notably by Native American author and poet Sherman Alexie.Tonto spoke in a pidgin, saying things like, “That right, Kemo Sabe,” or “Him say man ride over ridge on horse.” In 1975, poet and science fiction writer Paul O. Williams coined the term “tontoism” to refer to the practice of writing haiku with missing articles (“the,” “a,” or “an”), which he claimed made such haiku sound like Tonto’s stunted English. Further, in Portuguese, Italian and Spanish, the word tonto means “fool”

or “dumb,” so the name was changed in the dubbed versions. In some Spanish speaking countries, he was named Toro (“bull”); in other cases, the name was changed to “Ponto.” Later adaptations of the character such as The Legend of the Lone Ranger and the Filmation animated series depict him as being perfectly articulate in English and speaking it carefully. Television actor Silverheels was not

above making a little fun of the character himself, as in a classic Tonight Show sketch with Johnny Carson, with Carson playing a career counselor and Silverheels playing Tonto looking for a new job after working “thirty lousy years” as the Lone Ranger’s faithful sidekick. When asked why he was looking for a new job, Tonto replies, “Him finally find out what Kemo Sabe means!”

Why the Lone Ranger was cool Reid decides to use only silver bullets, to remind himself that life, too, is precious and, like his silver bullets, not to be wasted or thrown away. In every incarnation of the character to date, the Lone Ranger conducts himself by a strict moral code put in place by Striker at the inception of the character. Actors Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheel both took their positions as role models to children very seriously and tried their best to live by this creed. It reads as follows: I believe... • that to have a friend, a man must be one. • that all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world. • that God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself. • in being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right. • that a man should make the most of what equipment he has. that ‘this government of the people, by the people, and for the people’ shall live always. • that men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number. that sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken. • that all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever. in my Creator, my country, my fellow man. In addition, Fran Striker and George W. Trendle drew up guidelines which embody who and what the Lone Ranger is[citation needed]: The Lone Ranger is never seen without his mask or a disguise. With emphasis on logic, The Lone Ranger is never captured or held for any length of time by lawmen, avoiding his being unmasked. The Lone Ranger never uses slang or colloquial phrases, but instead uses perfect grammar and precise speech, completely devoid of such slang and such colloquial phrases, at all times. When he has to use guns, The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill, but rather only to disarm his opponent as painlessly as possible. Logically, too, The Lone Ranger never wins against hopeless odds; i.e., he is never seen escaping from a barrage of bullets merely by riding into the horizon. Even though The Lone Ranger offers his aid to individuals or small groups, the ultimate objective of his story never fails to imply that their benefit is only a byproduct of a greater achievement—the development of the west or our country. His adversaries are usually groups whose power is such that large areas are at stake. Adversaries are never other than American to avoid criticism from minority groups. Names of unsympathetic characters are carefully chosen, never consisting of two names if it can be avoided, to avoid even further vicarious association—more often than not, a single nickname is selected. The Lone Ranger never drinks or smokes, and saloon scenes are usually interpreted as cafes, with waiters and food instead of bartenders and liquor. Criminals are never shown in enviable positions of wealth or power, and they never appear as successful or glamorous. For advertising information, call (858) 537-2280


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e called him Duke, and he was every bit the giant off screen he was on. Everything about him — his stature, his style, his convictions — conveyed enduring strength, and no one who observed his struggle in those final days could doubt that strength was real. Yet there was more. To my wife, Nancy, “Duke Wayne was the most gentle, tender person I ever knew.” In 1960, as president of the Screen Actors’ Guild, I was deeply embroiled in a bitter labor dispute between the Guild and the motion picture industry. When we called a strike, the film industry unleashed a series of stinging personal attacks on me — criticism my wife found difficult to take. At 7:30 one morning the phone rang and Nancy heard Duke’s booming voice: “I’ve been readin’ what these damn columnists are saying about Ron. He can take care of himself, but I’ve been worrying about how all this is affecting you.” Virtually every morning until the strike was settled several weeks later, he phoned her. When a mass meeting was called to discuss settlement terms, he left a dinner party so that he could escort Nancy and sit at her side. It was, she said, like being next to a force bigger than life. Countless others were also touched by his strength. Although it would take the critics 40 years to recognize what John Wayne was, the movie going public knew all along. In this country and around the world, Duke was the most popular box-office star of all time. For an incredible 25 years he was rated at or around the top in box-office appeal. His films grossed $700 million-a record no performer in Hollywood has come close to matching. Yet John Wayne was more than an actor; he was a force around which films were made. As Elizabeth Taylor Warner stated last May when testifying in favor of the special gold medal Congress struck for him: “He gave the whole world the image of what an American should be.”

Stagecoach to stardom He was born Marion Michael Morrison in Winterset, Iowa. When Marion was six, the family moved to California. There he picked up the nickname Duke — after his Airedale. He rose at 4 a.m. to deliver newspapers, and after school and football practice he made deliveries for local stores. He was an A student, president of the Latin Society, head of his senior class and an all-state guard on a championship football team. Duke had hoped to attend the U.S. Naval Academy and was named as an alternate selection to Annapolis, but the first choice took the appointment. Instead, he accepted a full scholarship to play football at the University of Southern California. There coach Howard Jones, who often

found summer jobs in the movie industry for his players, got Duke work in the summer of 1926 as an assistant prop man on the set of a movie directed by John Ford. One day, Ford, a notorious taskmaster with a rough-and-ready sense of humor, spotted the tall USC guard on his set and asked Duke to bend over and demonstrate his ball stance. With a deft kick, knocked Duke’s arms from his body and the young athlete on his face. Picking himself Duke said in that voice which then commanded attention, “Let’s try that once again.” This time Duke sent Ford flying. Ford erupted in laughter, and the two began a personal and professional friendship which would last a lifetime. From his job in props, Duke worked his way into roles on the screen. During the Depression he played in grade-B western until John Ford finally convinced United Artists to give him the role of the Ringo Kid in his classic film Stagecoach. John Wayne was on the road to stardom. He quickly established his versatility in a variety of major roles: a young seaman in Eugene O’Neill’s — The Long Voyage Home, a tragic captain in Reap the Wild Wind, a rodeo rider in the comedy — A Lady Takes a Chance. When war broke out, John Wayne tried to enlist but was rejected because of an old football injury to his shoulder, his age (34), and his status as a married father of four. He flew to Washington to plead that he be allowed to join the Navy but was turned down. So he poured himself into the war effort by making inspirational war films — among them The Fighting Seabees, Back to Bataan and They Were

Expendable. To those back home and others around the world he became a symbol of the determined American fighting man. Duke could not be kept from the front lines. In 1944 he spent three months touring forward positions in the Pacific theater. Appropriately, it was a wartime film, Sands of Iwo Jima which turned him into a superstar. Years after the war, when Emperor Hirohito of Japan visited the United States, he sought out John Wayne, paying tribute to the one who represented our nation’s success in combat. As one of the true innovators of the film industry, Duke tossed aside the model of the white-suited cowboy/good guy, creating instead a tougher, deeperdimensioned western hero. He discovered Monument Valley, the film setting in the Arizona — Utah desert where a host of movie classics were filmed. He perfected the choreographic techniques and stuntman tricks which brought realism to screen fighting. At the same time he decried blood and gore in films. He would say. “It’s filth and bad taste.”

“I sure as hell did!”

In the 1940s, Duke was one of the few stars with the courage to expose the determined bid by a band of communists to take control of the film industry. Through a series of violent strikes and systematic blacklisting, these people were at times dangerously close to reaching their goal. With theatrical employee’s union leader Brewer, playwright Morrie and others, he formed the Motion Picture Alliance for

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the Preservation of American Ideals to challenge this insidious campaign. Subsequent Congressional investigations in I947 clearly proved both the communist plot and the importance of what Duke and his friends did. In that period, during my first term as president of the Actors’ Guild, I was confronted with an attempt by many of these same leftists to assume leadership of the union. At a mass meeting I watched rather helplessly as they filibustered, waiting for our majority to leave so they could gain control. Somewhere in the crowd I heard a call for adjournment, and I seized on this as a means to end the attempted takeover. But the other side demanded I identify the one who moved for adjournment. I looked over the audience, realizing that there were few willing to be publicly identified as opponents of the far left. Then I saw Duke and said, “Why I believe John Wayne made the motion.” I heard his strong voice reply, “I sure as hell did!” The meeting and the radicals’ campaign was over. Later, when such personalities as actor Larry Parks came forward to admit their Communist Party backgrounds, there were those who wanted to see them punished. Not Duke. “It takes courage to admit you’re wrong,” he said, and he publicly battled attempts to ostracize those who had come clean. Duke also had the last word over those who warned that his battle against communism in Hollywood would ruin his career. Many times he would proudly boast,

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4. The Wild Bunch

Gun quote: “We’ve got to start thinking beyond our guns. Those days are over.”

1. Shane

Cowboy: Alan Ladd as Shane Gun quote: “A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse 2. Red River than any other tool: an axe, a Cowboy: John Wayne as shovel or anything.” Dunson Boys need their role models, and a Gun quote: “There are only young fella could do far worse than to worship a gentle-hearted gunslinger two things more beautiful looking for some peace and quiet and than a gun: a Swiss watch good honest work. Alan Ladd is outstanding as Shane, the stranger who or a woman from anywhere. rides into the home and hearts of the Ever had a good... Swiss Starretts — homesteaders in a region where cattle ranchers view the newcom- watch?” ers as impediments to free, open grazing country. Change is inevitable, but the cattle barons won’t go down without a fight — especially when they can hire a bad guy gunslinger (Jack Palance) to do the fighting for them. Love the chemistry between Shane and Mrs. Starrett.... love the hero worship of little Joey his echoing plaintive cries of “Shane! Come back, Shane!” at the end of the absolute masterpiece of the western genre!

Cattle aren’t fetching nearly the price in Texas that Thomas Dunson (John Wayne) would like, but Dunson hears tell that better prices can be had by driving the herd north along the Chisholm Trail to Missouri, where the railroad can efficiently get the cattle to market. The movie has great scenery, but it’s mostly a psychological story about how relationships break down under stress.

3. The Searchers

Cowboy: John Wayne as Ethan Gun quote: “Ethan will put a bullet in her brain. I tell ya, Martha would want him to.” Like any rather shifty southern gentleman, Ethan Edwards claims to have fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. After the war was over, he heads home to Texas where he spends too little time with his brother and nieces before Comanches raid the ranch and kidnap the nieces. Ethan teams up with Texas Rangers to go after the Comanches and get the girls back (this was in the days before “missing” photos on milk cartons). It would be a long trek through vast empty lands, filled only with heartache and conflicted passions. Magnificent landscapes give a feel of bigness and wide open spaces. Great flick!

When the wild, wild west started becoming a kinder, gentler kind of country, the rough and tough needed to either adapt or to become extinct. Pike and his outlaw cohorts figure that they’ll adapt — AFTER robbing the railroad payroll. The movie opens with one of the most brutal gunfights ever before filmes, with gore galore and amazing close-ups, slow mo shots, and brilliant speed ups. Relentless bounty hunter chases ensue and not even refuge among a band of Mexican revolutionaries will stave off the inevitable (which of course, involves more brilliantly violent gunfights). Classic Peckinpah style with more blood than a Red Cross bloodmobile! Awesomely brutal!

5. The Ox-Bow Incident

Cowboy: Henry Fonda as Gil Carter Gun quote: “Start somethin’. For every hole you make, I’ll make two.” The best movies are always those that give us pause and make us think about hard questions. One of those hard questions is how to defuse “popular sentiment” that’s just plain wrong. Ibsen explored those kinds of themes in “An Enemy of the People,” and Walter Van Tilburg Clark explored the same kind of mob hysteria issues in this classic western. Henry Fonda is a feet-on-theground kind of cowpoke who rides into town along with his sidekick Art (Henry Morgan) just in time to get caught up in a vigilante mob looking for a scapegoat in a local murder. The mob finds three outsiders who will fit the bill just fine, and the three are promptly hung for the need for investigation or contemplation.

6. High Noon

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Being a peace-loving Quaker is all fine and good if you’re selling oats, but it’s no way to survive out in the wild, wild west. The Marshall’s wife had better figure that out fast if she’s ever going to live happily ever after with the man she loves. Thumping the bible for peace is all fine and good, but when push comes to shove, the good book doesn’t end a gunfight nearly as quickly as a Colt Peacemaker. Violent bandits and a town full of cowards are just two of things that Marshall Kane would rather not have to face.

7. The Good The Bad and The Ugly

Gun quote: “You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.” What would a great ’60s movie list be without a nod to the spaghetti western, that delightfully dark interpretation dished out by Sergio Leone. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly was first in a three-film sequence that would forever etch Clint Eastwood into the hearts and minds of gunfighter fans everywhere. It’s a movie that exemplifies raw macho at its purest, with little extraneous dialog but plenty of dark scowls. It’s a movie in which the draw of a gun and a double-cross will always speak louder than words.

8. High Plains Drifter Knife quote (because it’s better than any of the gun quotes): “You’re gonna look mighty funny with that knife sticking out of your back side.”

Classic ’70s era western featuring Clint Eastwood as a mysterious stranger who will either be the town’s salvation, or its annhilation. Maybe even both. The town is rife with corruption and cowardice, neither of which the strange rider seems to care for. It’s a place that’s not too safe for a an upright, straight-shooting cowboy ... but Eastwood’s dark spirit might be just the thing to give the local mining company and its brutal minions a little taste of their own medicine.

rough and tumble bully of a gunslinger who is used to getting what he wants and throwing other peoples’ steaks where he darn well pleases.) A young peaceful lawyer comes to town and runs afoul of Liberty Valance, but miracle upon miracle, the lawyer manages to shoot down Valance like the dirty low down dog that he is. Or so it seems... Could there be more to the story than meets the eyes of all the eyewitnesses? Does John Wayne like the Talking Heads’ song “Burning Down the House?” Watch this classic flick and find out why a man really does need a gun in these parts...

of bandits, they decide to buy some guns...and a group of seven gunfighters to use them (despite the “fair odds” of having at least 30 bandits on the other side of the gunsights). As they get used to village life, the gunfighters and farmers start bonding as they train for who knows what kind of bloody warfare. Eventually gunfire ensues, and eventually, good triumphs over evil and the meek inherit the village.

9. The Man Who Shot 10. The Magnificent Liberty Valance Seven (1960) Cowboy: John Wayne as Tom Doniphon Gun quote: “Hey, pilgrim! You forgot your pop gun!”

Them low-down cattlemen! Only thing lower than a low-down cattleman in the wild west were the low-down skunks who did their dirty work! (That wouild be Lee Marvin as Liberty Valance — a

Cowboy: Yul Brynner as Chris Adams Gun quote: “I’ll tell you what. Don’t shoot the gun. Take the gun like this, and you use it like a club, all right?”

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ithout saying a word in the ninth inning of an otherwise unmemorable game, the left fielder of the Yankees spoke volumes about who and what he is. With two outs in a hopeless contest destined to be lost by six runs, Brett Gardner refused to die. Down to his last strike, he took a changeup wide for a 2-2 count. Pitch five of the at-bat was an 83 mph slider fouled off. Pitch six was a four-seam fastball in the mid-90s also fouled off. The next offering was a 93 mph heater off the plate for a ball. With the count full, more heat and another foul ball. Rearing back for extra velocity, the pitcher delivered his ninth pitch of the AB. Making contact, Gardner punched a slow roller in the hole between first and second. Breaking from the plate as if running from the bulls in Pamplona, he sprinted toward first base. With batting helmet flying and a yard to go, he morphed into an undersized Superman launching himself at the bag. Skidding into foul territory, chalk flying up and in a uniform now suitably filthy for a Maytag moment, the pest nobody knows was safe. There comes a time when a difference-making competitor is so noticeable that even if one knows little about sports, such ability is obvious. And there comes a time when followers of a team first realize that a young and unheralded player is a real deal keeper. For casual observers who may have been watching and for Yankee fans who were paying attention, July 15, 2011 was the time and Brett Gardner was the do-anything-to-win athlete. At five-foot 10 inches and 185 pounds, it’s easy to undervalue and overlook Brett Gardner. In uniform, it would be difficult to envision him as a weekend warrior accountant, let alone a professional baseball player. For Gardner, that “not big enough, not good enough” perception is nothing new. Yet watching him every game, it is hard to ignore his value as expressed by far more than numbers. And that value of leadership, unrelenting hustle, instincts for the game, and “bringing it” every play in every game has been evident well before donning pinstripes.


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Sports News NFL preseason power rankings By Brad Oremland

The lockout is over, the schedule didn’t expand to 18 games, and the real games have started. Let’s jump right into this. The rankings below are for right now, beginning-ofseason strength, and not necessarily a forecast of each team’s success over the course of the whole year. However, the brackets show predicted regular-season record, and you’ll find postseason predictions at the bottom.

1. New England Patriots [13-3]

— Last season, dealing with injuries and a highprofile holdout, the Patriots went 14-2 and outscored their opponents by over 200 points. New England’s 65 touchdowns were by far the most in the league (Chargers and Colts, 51), and the fourth-most in history. The team suffered no significant free agent departures, but it did make some major offseason additions, including Shaun Ellis and Albert Haynesworth. They play a nasty schedule, but to the extent anything about the Patriots concerns me, it’s age and durability. Will this team be able to perform as well in December and January as it does with fresh legs? Right now, that’s a trivial worry. This team is loaded.

2. Green Bay Packers [11-5] — I

don’t like to pick repeat champs. Why? Because it almost never happens. A 16-game schedule is tough enough on the players’ bodies. Playing 19-20 games, with a month less of offseason time to recover, is positively debilitating. Plus, when you win it all, everyone is gunning for you. But the Packers have the kind of firepower to deal with all that. Their defense will look a little different this year, and some of the losses will hurt, but the offense may be even more devastating this time around. Last year, the Packers’ running game was a formality. Ryan Grant played one quarter before a season-ending injury, and James Starks didn’t emerge until the playoffs. Right now, they’re both ready to go. As long as Aaron Rodgers stays healthy, the Packers are the team to beat in the NFC.

Saints [12-4]

3. New Orleans

— Most years, elite teams get raided during the offseason. Free agency offers the have-nots a chance to catch up to all the haves.

I don’t know how much of this can be attributed to the lockout, but this offseason doesn’t seem to have worked that way. The Saints, like New England, actually seem to have gotten better since the end of last season. Standout DE Will Smith is suspended for the first two games, but the defensive line added Shaun Rogers and Aubrayo Franklin and should be very strong anyway. Drew Brees had a down season in 2010 (22 INT), the running backs were in constant flux, and the team was facing all the hardships that come with defending a Super Bowl championship. Last year, the Saints lost their first playoff game and got a long offseason. That could work to their benefit in 2011 — maybe even 2012.

4. San Diego Chargers [12-4] — Last

season, the Chargers were devastated by special teams mistakes, holdouts, and injuries, most notably to Antonio Gates. This year, coming off a long offseason and facing a second-place schedule, look for the team to rebound in a big way. This offense is stacked with talent, and the reloading defense was addressed by using the team’s first three draft picks on defensive players. Philip Rivers, like Tom Brady and Rodgers and Brees, is one of those players who doesn’t need a whole lot of help. But in San Diego, he doesn’t have to win by himself. There are a lot of good players on this team, and if it can avoid the lapses and mistakes that sunk the team in 2010, there’s no reason it can’t contend for a championship. I wrote this last year, too, but I just don’t see how anyone else wins the AFC West.

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— Basically the same team that made it to Super Bowl XLV, so you have to expect that they’ll be pretty good again. This defense is just amazing, across the board, and if young offensive stars like Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace continue to improve, the sky’s the limit (provided Ben Roethlisberger can stay healthy and out of trouble). I have a feeling, though — this is my gut, not my head — that they’re due for a slip-up this season. Maybe it’s just the Super Bowl loser curse, come to rear its ugly head after 19 games, or maybe it’s the Ravens taking the next step, or maybe it’s all in my imagination. But certainly there’s a great deal of talent here, and a no-nonsense coaching staff with a single-minded focus on winning. Until further notice, this remains one of the best teams in the NFL. A forgiving schedule could mitigate whatever hardships lie ahead.

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Sports Q&A: How to spend $100 million By Jeffrey Boswell The Philadelphia Eagles signed Michael Vick to a six-year, $100 million contract extension with approximately $40 million guaranteed. Is this a wise deal for the Eagles, and what else can $100 million buy? Ask Andy Reid or anyone in the Philly front office and they’ll tell you it is money well spent. Ask any of Vick’s numerous creditors and they’ll tell you it’s money already spent. Vick’s not the only one set to collect on this deal. Vick was in debt; now he’s indebted to the Eagles for their $100 million show of faith. Vick became the first player to receive two contracts of $100 million or more. The first came in 2004, when he signed an eightyear, $130 million contract with the Falcons. And everyone knows how that ended — with the biggest case of buyer’s remorse in history. Regardless of what happens, this will be the last $100 million contract offered to Vick. But the Eagles are investing in a different person, one who’s learned from his mistakes, and now, one who’s earned from his mistakes. Many will argue that Vick, because of his criminal past, does not deserve such a lucrative contract. But this is professional athletics, in which players, more often than not, get more than they deserve, except when it comes to punishment. However, Vick did serve the time mandated by the courts, and had a 2010 season that would warrant such a contract, if those numbers could be equaled or surpassed. That is really what the Eagles are gambling on. Not the chance that Vick resorts to his criminal past, but the chance that he isn’t the player who threw for 21 touchdowns and rushed for nine more. $100 million is a Shih Tzu-load of money. And Vick didn’t even have to beg for it. The Eagles were happy to roll over and hand Vick an offer that makes him the third-highest-paid player behind Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. That’s a lot to live up to, especially now for Brady and Manning, who will now want to prove that Vick is not worth that money as much as Vick wants to prove he is.

So just what else can $100 million buy? • $100 million would pay for 62.5 seasons of Vick’s services at his 2009 contract rate. • $100 million would cover 19 seasons at Vick’s 2010 contract rate. • $100 million could buy 12,500 Vince Lombardi Trophies, and (the Eagles hope) one Super Bowl championship. • $100 million could buy 1,010,101 downloads of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” • $100 million would have bought 4,167 Tim Tebow jerseys last year; this year, you could get 12,500. • $100 million could place 500,000 $200 bounties on the head of former Dallas kicker Luis Zendejas. • $100 million could buy you your own personal PETA protest. • $100 million would cover 285,714,286 hours of prison labor at 35 cents per hour. • $100 million would reduce the federal deficit by .007874%. • $100 million is good for 4,000 minimum bets in an illegal poker game attended by Alex Rodriguez. • With $100 million, Pacman Jones could “make it rain” at a Las Vegas strip club for three hours, 20 minutes, assuming 5,000 one-dollar bills raining per minute. • $100 million would cover 345 improper $290,000 gifts to Reggie Bush. • $100 million will buy you relatives you didn’t even know you had. • $100 million would pay for 1,000 $100,000 fines charged to a team whose assistant coach trips opposing players on the sideline. • $100 million could buy 6% of the Dallas Cowboys, and possibly all of the Los Angeles Dodgers. • $100 million can buy time in the DeSean Jackson contract re-negotiations talks. 14 September 15, 2011 THE MILITARY PRESS

Military News Low-tech tool is best way to mark location of bombs By Jeff Gill Through a common, everyday household item, not a high-tech device with a big Pentagon price tag, area residents can help save military lives in one of Afghanistan’s deadliest regions. The white, foamy stuff has come in handy for marking suspected sites of roadside bombs, which have killed or seriously injured many U.S.-led coalition troops in the wartorn country. It is “hands down the best marking tool available,” said Casey M. Brock, commanding officer of C Company, which has some 200-plus Marines and U.S. Navy corpsmen. “Our supply of this much-needed item has run dangerously low, and we literally are living day to day on (it),” Brock said Marines had tried several things to mark possible bomb locations, but nothing seemed to work as well as shaving cream. Spray paint left more of a permanent mark, which the Taliban could use against them by placing a bomb where the paint mark is. Shaving cream only stays on the ground about 20 to 30 minutes until it dissipates,” Herdener said.

Marine’s single and video, ‘Still in the Fight,’ raise awareness for Wounded Warriors Active-duty U.S. Marine and multigenre artist Mike Corrado is raising public awareness for wounded service members with his latest single and video, titled “Still In The Fight.” A nationally recognized singersongwriter (featured on CNN, ABC, CBS and in Rolling Stone magazine) Corrado wrote “Still In The Fight” as a way to draw attention to the struggles many service men and women face after being wounded in combat. Proceeds from the song benefit the USO’s Wounded Warrior Family Centers initiative.  Visit woundedwarriors to donate or learn more.  View the video here. The “Still In The Fight” video features Marines who were wounded in combat during recent tours in Afghanistan or Iraq; veteran Corporal Aaron Mankin, veteran Master Sergeant William “Spanky” Gibson and Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter.  Also featured in the emotionally charged video is the artwork of Marines and combat illustrators Robert Bates and Michal Fay.  Gerard Elmore, who di-

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those ‘Still In The Fight,’ this is their fight song.” “Still In The Fight” was produced by Noel Golden (Willie Nelson, Matchbox Twenty, Edwin McCain) and recorded at McCain’s Whitestone Studios in Greenville, S.C. In 2010, Corrado released his Stand EP, earning the singer-songwriter critical acclaim and video placement on CMT. com, CMT Pure and American Forces Television Network.  The single, “Lucky One,” brought attention to the thousands of military veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). During his musical career, Corrado has opened for artists including John Mayer, Bon Jovi, Train, Black Eyed Peas and Aaron Tippin.  His militarythemed songs have received significant airplay in the Country, Pop and Rock formats.  Corrado received the Bronze Star for his military service in Fallujah, Iraq, as a result of his deployment following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.  See the video at www.military-

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Chappy’s On Eagle’s Wings

Life’s Parachutes P

ondering lately on the blessings in my life, I started wondering why we often don’t see the little things all around us, or those who make them happen. If you were to take just a moment to reflect on the many people who impact your life on a daily basis, I know you would be amazed. Go ahead, take a few minutes then come back to the article… Well, ever since I was a young Marine in the ’70s, I had always wanted to go to jump school. Many said I was crazy, but in my 40th year I finally got the opportunity to attend the Army Airborne School at, Fort Benning, Georgia. The first two weeks just beat up my body mercilessly. It was reminiscent of my Marine Bootcamp and Infantry School days. But, at 40, my physical body wasn’t doing what my 20-ish mindset thought it should. I quickly realized that I would need a lot of help to make it through the training. So, I asked a few Navy Seals to surround me on the runs to keep me moving at the right speed. And a fellow old fogy, a flight surgeon, would go with me to the O-Club and we’d motivate each other to stretch and soak in the hot tub. The instructors taught us all they could to make us safe, and the parachute riggers gave us safe chutes so we’d live to jump another day.



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Chappy Ron Ringo, is a Retired Chaplain from MCRD, holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling, and is a Certified Trauma Specialist.

Most all aspects of our life, if we really think about it, are filled with similar people giving similar aid. A story you may have heard, expresses this point in a very meaningful way. It is entitled, “Packing Your Parachute.” Charles Plumb, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a jet fighter pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected & parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured & spent six years in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. He survived that ordeal & now lectures about the lessons learned from that experience. One day, when Plumb & his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up & said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!” “How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb. “I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise & gratitude. The man pumped his hand & said. “I guess it worked!” Plumb assured him, “It sure did! If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.” Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform – a Dixie cup hat, a bib in the back, and bell bottom trousers. I wondered how many times I might have seen him & not even said good morning, how are you or anything, because, you see, I was a fighter pilot & he was just a sailor.” Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship carefully weaving the shrouds & folding the silks of each chute; holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know. Now, Plumb asks his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute?” Everyone has someone who provides what he or she needs to make it through the day. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory. He needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, & his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety. His experience reminds us all to prepare ourselves to weather whatever storms lie ahead. Suggestion: Recognize people who pack your parachute & strengthen yourself to prevail through tough times! A couple of years ago, I met Plumb and he to this day thinks of this and is appreciative for those who serve and bless the lives of others. My own jump school experience was very humbling. It gave me a much greater appreciation for my family, friends, and for life. I’ll never forget going into that 3rd and last week of jump school – “jump week,” with 5 exciting jumps

ahead of me. I stood-up, hooked-up, and shuffled out the door of a C-141 Jet, and then counted to four…my chute opened wide, and I thanked all responsible, both silently and aloud, that it did. But then, with 40 seconds before hitting the ground, I rapidly found myself at the mercy of nature… All the training we did, didn’t prepare us for unfriendly thermals and the lack of real control we had over the antiquated old rope chutes we were using. So my chute went where the thermal wind wanted to take it. I remember the surprise of waking up in the hospital sometime that night with broken ribs and a concussion. I again thanked everyone responsible for getting me there. But, it was disheartening to find out that they couldn’t let me finish my jumps at that time; I would have to return six months later, after the ribs had healed. Which I did. After jump school, I found that I looked at life differently. I saw much the same attitude a few years ago when I rode home on the different ships returning from Iraq, providing them Warrior Transition Training. Many expressed that they had gained a profound regard for their family, loved ones, life, and yes, even Jacksonville, North Carolina. Having seen what the people endure in Iraq, who don’t have what we have, opened many eyes and hearts. Let’s not wait to have life threatening, life changing experiences before we start enjoying and being grateful for our blessings – especially those people in it who touch our lives in so many ways. Be kinder to the motorist next to you, the waitress who is doing her best with six tables alone, the child who is noisy because he is just a child, etc… Look around and see the good all about, then take the time to express appreciation to those who make it happen. The Roman statesman Cicero said, “I never admired another’s fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.” By happily focusing on what we have, we can have a more joyful life. That joy will always reach beyond ourselves and can bless so many others. May we try more consistently to have a “gratitude attitude” this week, is my prayer. As always, it is my hope that this message will help you this week to, “mount up as on eagle’s wings,” and renew a little of your strength to keep moving forward and find joy… (Isaiah 40:31) Until next time, may God bless you and may God continue to bless our great nation… SEMPER FI

Heard the one about the . . . ter an hour and a half, the wife told her husband that she was horribly bored and that she preferred to go home and finish some work for the next day. The husband responded that he had to stay for a few more hours to meet some very important people who were his new business partners. So, the wife went home alone and The Lone Ranger is riding Silver across the plains when up ahead he sees Tonto’s horse Scout, without Tonto aboard. He rides up to Scout and sees Tonto on all fours with his ear to the ground. “Kemo Sabe, what are you doing?” the Ranger says. “Mmmm...” replies Tonto. “Wagon, two people. Man, 25 moons old, woman 21 moons. Two children. Four horses... two white, one brown, one black.” “You can tell all that just by listening to the ground?” the Ranger exclaims, astonished. “No,” Tonto answers, “run over me, half hour ago....”

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hile Brando’s contribution to acting is undeniable and universally recognised, his contribution to the birth of rock’n’roll is often overlooked. The actor made a single singing and dancing turn in 1955’s Guys and Dolls where he proved once and for all that he could neither sing nor dance. But Marlon Brando stirred up the primordial stew of unrest and youthful angst of the pre rock’n’roll 1950’s, straddling his own Triumph as Johnny Strabler, the leader of the Wild Rebels motorcycle gang that terrorises the small American Midwestern town of Wrightsville in The Wild One in 1953. Unable to control the situation when a rival gang, headed by Lee Marvin (on a Harley) arrives and violence erupts, the exasperated sheriff pleads with Johnny, asking, “What are you rebelling against?” “Whaddya got?” was the response. The film was considered so potentially corrupting and inappropriate for a youth audience, that it was banned in Britain until 1968 and never shown in many American towns for fear of corrupting their fragile youth. Though the dangerousness of the gangs seems rather tame by contemporary standards, Brando’s depiction of Johnny remains on of the finest film performances of all-time. While it would be a couple more years until Bill Haley and the Comets rocked around the clock in their pastel braided suits ushering in the rock’n’roll era, Brando along with James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, inspired the far more dangerous and sexual ‘angry young man’ persona that would later define the attitude of rock’n’roll. In 1954’s On the Waterfront, for which he earned his first Best Actor Oscar, Brando cemented this image as Terry Malloy, destroyed by corruption all around him, including the brother who raised him. Turning his back on his brother after he has Terry set up a friend to be murdered, he uttered the legendary, “I coulda been a contenduh!” which resonates in Eddie Cochran’s Summertime Blues and Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel. Presley, Cochran, and Gene Vincent were insolent, rebellious, and much to parents’ horror, were going to steal your

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daughter – and she wanted them to, not unlike the innocent sheriff’s daughter Kathie Bleeker (Mary Murphy), in The Wild One, who finds herself falling in love with Johnny and says, “I wish you were going somewhere. I want to go somewhere. We could go together.” Though his early films inspired a revolution that reverberated throughout the industry, as Brando moved into his thirties, he seemed a man divided. There was the man immersed in stardom, with his personal life an endless source of tabloid fodder and his choice of films seemingly based more on financing his excessive lifestyle (including the purchase of a string of Tahitian islands) than furthering his art. Then there was the passionate crusader, marching with Martin Luther King on Washington in1963, fighting for civil rights. Though his box office appeal remained strong through the 60s, he made a string of mainstream films hardly worth revisiting, culminating in his only directorial effort, One Eyed Jacks, which was never released. Always plagued with weight problems, he was no longer the virile, muscle-bound youth, and moved into middle age as a sagging, dissolute has-been. The world thought it had seen the last of Marlon Brando. Then in 1972, he returned triumphant as Don Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. Aged and with his cheeks stuffed with tissue paper, Brando was at his peak as the all-powerful don, ruling the New York Mafia with an iron fist, invoked after he had ‘made an offer he couldn’t refuse’ to the offender. In one of the most controversial moments in Oscar history, he refused to accept the Best Actor statuette in protest of the treatment of Native Americans and sent the part-Apache Sacheen Littlefeather in his place to publicly refuse the award. John Wayne, standing backstage, was reportedly so enraged; he had to be restrained by a half dozen men as he

tried to rush the podium to remove her. Brando followed up with the X-rated Last Tango in Paris (1972), once again shocking audiences with the same raw emotion and primitive energy of his early films, as a recently widowed American in Paris who gets caught up in a sadomasochistic love affair. While he continued to accept mainstream roles based on the size of the pay packet (most notoriously receiving the unheard of sum of US$4 million for little more than a camappearance as Jor-El in Superman (1978), he once again stunned the film world as the psychotic Colonel Walter Kurtz in Apocalypse

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Now in 1979. His portrayal of a renegade megalomaniac ‘ruling’ his personal kingdom in the jungle, so far out control the army has determined the only way to handle him is to kill him “with extreme prejudice,” in some ways, seemed to echo the actor’s own life. Making this film was so emotionally taxing for the ageing star he vowed never to undertake such a demanding role again. While none of his later films proved earth shattering, The Freshman (1990) with Matthew Broderick and Don Juan de Marco with Johnny Depp (1995) are both worth revisiting, the former where he takes the fire out of his Godfather character, and the latter, one of my personal favourites, where Brandon proved that at the age of 71 and carrying 150 kg he could still play a romantic lead to a still lovely Faye Dunaway. The eighty year old actor, thrice married and father to at least eleven children, passed away alone in an LA hospital on 30 June 2004. An actor until the end, he had at least two film projects in the works including Brando on Brando, a feature film about an Arab boy in search of the star. He was frail in his final weeks and French director Ridha Behi was uncertain that Brando, who was on a respirator, would be able to complete the film. “He looked at me,” said Behi, “and pulled the mask off and said, ‘I am ready. You just say ‘action.’”

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Motorcycle myths By Christopher Neiger Since their invention, motorcycles have garnered a certain amount of allure and fascination from both riders and non-riders alike. Throughout motorcycle history, some myths have continually popped up, adding to the appeal (and sometimes the fear) of these motorized bikes.

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bike for about $1 million from the man who paid several hundred for it. In other versions, Harley-Davidson buys the bike for several million. In either case, both Jay Leno and Harley-Davidson have said that the story is false. This story is so prevalent that on Jan. 22, 2000, after Leno received calls about the story for several months, he made an announcement on his late-night talk show that the story simply wasn’t true. No matter what version you may hear of the story (some even include James Dean), all major parties have had their share of denying the myth and trying to settle the public’s persistence that this story is true.

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Cop-hating Johnny Strabler is recounting the fateful events that led up to the “whole mess” as he calls it, his role in the mess and whether he could have stopped it from happening. The Black Rebels, a motorcycle gang of which Johnny is the leader, cause a ruckus using intimidation wherever they go, with their actions bordering on the unlawful. On the day of the mess, they invade a motorcycle racing event, at which they cause a general disturbance culminating with one of the gang members stealing a second place trophy to give to Johnny. Despite not being the larger winning trophy, it symbolizes to Johnny his leadership within the group. Their next stop is a small town where their disturbance and intimidation tactics continue. Some in town don’t mind their arrival as long as they spend money. Harry Bleeker, the local sheriff, doesn’t much like them but is so ineffective and weak that he doesn’t do anything to stop them..

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Honoring the sacrifice strength to carry him or her out while being wounded multiple times, the love to throw their own bodies on a grenade to protect others, the will to fight on, and come home. Some service members return home, and after the euphoria leaves, are angry. They are angry at all the ignorance in this world of the trivial, how the only value is placed on the insignificant, and how “fake” it is here. Over there life mattered, if it did not revolve around life or death it didn’t matter and could be gone without. Over there set the standard for reality. Their sacrifices opened their eyes to another world, a world filled with pain, suffering, and death, a world of war, a world they’d take over this one, a world you don’t have to see. A sacrifice is made not expecting anything in return. The service members that return angry often feel that their sacrifice was wasted. They feel that more attention is given to insignificant things, Reality TV and luxuries, than what matters, life and lives sacrificed. When a sacrifice is made, the best thing that can be given in return is grateful appreciation. Grateful appreciation is more than just a thank you, but it helps; it is appreciating your freedoms, rights, and fellow Americans. 12.625 in.

By Christopher Lawrence Outreach Specialist/ Group Facilitator, Warrior Traditions Program, VVSD When I was in high school, my literature teacher had us read “The Giver,” by Lois Lowry. The book is about a seemingly utopian society with no pain, suffering, death, or war. “The Giver” is a person that is selected for their strength and understanding to experience all the things that the society doesn’t have, and advise them. There is more to the book than that, but I want to focus on the sacrifice; his sacrifice keeps their society functioning. The soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, and Marines are the United State’s Givers. Some service members may initially join for selfish reasons, a pay check, benefits, college, or to blow things up, but all that changes in time. Boot camp is the beginning for bore than just training; it is the beginning of sacrifice. By the time all the training is done and deployment is looming, the selfish motivations get overtaken by patriotism, and love for their comrades and country. Their love enables them to do impossible things. Their love for this country and their comrades gives them the courage to run in through a wall of gunfire to rescue an injured brother or sister, the

Google offers free calls home from Gmail for American military Google knows how valuable our service men and women are, and how hard it is to be away from home on long tours of duty. The company is giving back where it can by offering free calls within Gmail to the states for people with a valid .mil email address. It might not seem like much, but you’d understand after getting your first cell phone bill with roaming charges from the eastern mountains of Afghanistan. To take advantage, all you have to do is add your military address to your Google account and click a link the verification email and you’re good to go.

Beetle Bailey supports National Army Museum Famed cartoonist Mort Walker, creator of the Beetle Bailey comic strip for over 60 years, has penned a special Beetle Bailey comic strip in support of the National Army Museum.  In the strip, published internationally in over 1,800 newspapers last week, Beetle can be found in his favorite post – in bed –  happy with the contribution he has made to the Museum — one of his well-worn pillows. Mr. Walker, a long time supporter of the military and former Army 1st Lt. during WWII, is extending that support to the National Museum of the United States Army.  Scheduled to open in Fort Belvoir, Va., outside Washington, DC, in 2015, the museum will honor soldiers, preserve the history of America’s oldest military branch, and

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largest earthquake rocking 100,000 sq miles • Charlie Chaplin refused entry back to the US after living in Hollywood for 20 years. • Rocky Marciano becomes world heavyweight champion after knocking out Jersey Joe Walcott • Vice Presidential Candidate Richard M. Nixon defends himself on Television over allegations of secret cash fund • Steel Plants Placed Under Presidential Control after Steel Unions Threaten to Strike • Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea was published in 1952. John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden was published in 1952. • In 1952, the Korean War continued. The U.S. launched bombing attacks against North Korea. The Indochinese War continued. The Mau Mau rebellion began in Kenya. Greece and Turkey joined NATO. • In baseball, the New York Yan-

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• The Diary of Anne Frank published • The “Today” Program debuts on NBC the first of it’s kind hosted by Dave Garroway. The shows current presenters are Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira • KFC Fried Chicken Franchise Opens ( Kentucky Fried Chicken ) • MAD Magazine first issue • Agatha Christie’s murder-mystery play The Mousetrap opens and becomes the longest continuously production running play in history

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52 Caddilac days, 10 hours and 40 minutes • The United States successfully detonates the first hydrogen bomb, code named “Mike” [“m” for megaton], • The first patnt for a bar code used to identify products issued in 1952 to Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver but the industry standard till 1970 when the Universal Grocery Products Identification Product Code or UGPIC was written

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Gone But Not Forgotten Continued from page 7

“I was 32nd in the box-office polls when I accepted the presidency of the Alliance. When I left office eight years later, somehow the folks who buy tickets had made me number one. Duke went to Vietnam in the early days of the war. He scorned VIP treatment, insisting that he visit the troops in the field. Once he even had his helicopter land in the midst of a battle. When he returned, he vowed to make a film about the heroism of Special Forces soldiers. The public jammed theaters to see the resulting film, The Green Berets. The critics, however, delivered some of the harshest reviews ever given a motion picture. The New Yorker bitterly condemned the man who made the film. The New York Times called it “unspeakable ... rotten ... stupid.” Yet John Wayne was undaunted. “That little clique back there in the East has taken great personal satisfaction reviewing my politics instead of my pictures,” he often said. “But one day those doctrinaire liberals will wake up to find the pendulum has swung the other way.

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I never once saw Duke display hatred toward those who scorned him. Oh, he could use some pretty salty language, but he would not tolerate pettiness and hate. He was human all right: he drank enough whiskey to float a PT boat, though he never drank on the job. His work habits

were legendary in Hollywood — he was virtually always the first to arrive on the set and the last to leave. His torturous schedule plus the great personal pleasure he derived from hunting and deep-sea fishing or drinking and card-playing with his friends may have cost him a couple of marriages; but you had only to see his seven children and 21 grandchildren to realize that Duke found time to be a good father. He often said, “I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the hell they please.” To him, a handshake was a binding contract. When he was in the hospital for the last time and sold his yacht, The Wild Goose, for an amount far below its market value, he learned the engines needed minor repairs. He ordered those engines overhauled at a cost to him of $40,000 because he had told the new owner the boat was in good shape. Duke’s generosity and loyalty stood out in a city rarely known for either. When a friend needed work, that person went on his payroll. When a friend need-

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Final Curtain Like any good John Wayne film, Duke’s career had a gratifying ending. In the 1970s a new era of critics began to recognize the unique quality of his acting. The turning point had been the film True Grit. When the Academy gave him an Oscar for best actor of 1969, many said it was based on the accomplishments of his entire career. Others said it was Hollywood’s way of admitting that it had been wrong to deny him Academy Awards for a host of previous films. There is truth, I think, to both these views. Yet who can forget the climax of the film? The grizzled old marshal confronts the four outlaws and calls out: “I mean to kill you or see you hanged at Judge Parker’s convenience. Which will it be?” “Bold talk for a one-eyed fat man,” their leader sneers. Then Duke cries, “Fill your hand, you son of a gun!” and, reins in his teeth, charges at them firing with both guns. Four villains did not live to menace another day. “Foolishness?” wrote Chicago SunTimes columnist Mike Royko, describing the thrill this scene gave him. “Maybe. But I hope we never become so programmed that nobody has the damn-the-risk spirit.” Fifteen years ago when Duke lost a lung in his first bout with cancer, studio press agents tried to conceal the nature of his illness. When Duke discovered this, he went before the public and showed us that a man can fight this dread disease. He went on to raise millions of dollars for private cancer research. Typically, he snorted: “We’ve got too much at stake to give government a monopoly in the fight against cancer.” He refused painkillers so he could be alert as he spent his last days with his children. When John Wayne died on June 11, 1979, a Tokyo newspaper ran the headline, “Mr. America passes on.” “There’s right and there’s wrong,” Duke said in The Alamo. “You gotta do one or the other. You do the one and you’re living. You do the other and you may be walking around but in reality you’re dead.” Duke Wayne symbolized just this, the force of the American will to do what is right in the world. He could have left no greater legacy.

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“The most scandalous scandal magazine in the history of the world” Robert Harrison & Confidential By Andrew Hamilton

Legendary Hollywood scandal magazine Confidential existed for only six years (1952–1958) before it was destroyed. But during that brief span it shook the mainstays of Jewish society: Hollywood, sexual deviance, homosexuality, Communism, organized crime, and miscegenation. As journalist Tom Wolfe observed in 1964: All during the mid-fifties, the sales were going up to more than four million at the newsstands per issue, the record for newsstand sales, and everybody was wondering, outraged, how such a phenomenon could crop up in the middle of the twentieth century after the lessons of the war [the Holocaust], hate and all, and what kind of creature could be producing Confidential.

Purveyor of the Public Life Despite his Anglo-Saxon-sounding name, Robert Harrison (1905–1978), the New York publisher of Confiden-

tial, was an Ashkenazi Jew. At sixteen he went to work for an ad agency, then as copy boy for the New York Evening Graphic, a sensationalist tabloid famed for its scandal and crime stories. At the Graphic Harrison made the acquaintance of fellow Jew Walter Winchell, who was churning out a gossip column, “Broadway Hearsay.” Harrison was next employed by Martin Quigley, the Irish Catholic publisher of Motion Picture Daily and Motion Picture Herald. Quigley originated the Hays Code, an attempt to restrain Hollywood from undermining the morals of the American people. Among other things, the Code forbade the promotion of miscegenation via the motion picture medium. While employed by Quigley, Harrison launched a series of girlie magazines (what else?): Beauty Parade (1941), Eyeful (1942) (“The models were all either fully or at least par-


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magazines start losing money for a few months, you can lose hundreds of thousands of dollars and not even know what happened. That same week I thought up Confidential. The first issue (250,000 copies) hit the newsstands six months later, in December 1952. The second issue criticized bisexual stripper Josephine Baker, who gained her greatest fame in France, where she married a French man. The article, entitled “Winchell Was Right About Josephine Baker,” took Winchell’s side in a petty dispute between the two. The powerful broadcaster held up Harrison’s magazine on his television show, boosting sales enormously. Thereafter the publisher made sure to run a piece about someone Winchell disliked in every issue. The gossip king’s continued enthusiastic support brought the magazine national prominence. At its peak, Confidential’s circulation hit five million—each issue of which was read by as many as five to ten people.

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New homes smart alternative to resale

Pardee Homes is making it easier for home shoppers to buy a new home without the hassles of buying resale, with new, upgraded homes at Silverthorne in master-planned Canyon Hills in Lake Elsinore. At Silverthorne, new homes are priced from the low $200,000s, and for a limited time, select homes are available for $1,377 a month. These Plan 1 homes include fully-equipped kitchens with a GE® appliance package, granite kitchen countertops, flooring choices, Pardee’s LivingSmart® energy-efficient features and front yard landscaping. “The advantages of buying new make good sense,” said Matt Sauls, regional marketing director for Pardee Homes. “A new home is upgraded with all the latest features like state-of-the art kitchens with energy-efficient ap-

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ACT NOW! CALL 888-216-2494 OR VISIT LENNAR.COM *Select Residences include Solar Energy System. The Solar Energy System is subject to a 10-year lease agreement. Please see a new home consultant for more information. All residents automatically become members of the San Elijo Hills Master Association which maintains the common areas and ensures architectural standards. Please see sales representative for details. Elements of the Schlage LiNK system may vary per plan and community and program selected by buyer and are subject to changes or substitution without notice. Remote access requires internet access and there is a monthly fee for remote access capabilities after an initial complimentary period. Price is subject to change without notice. Stated dimensions and square footage are approximate and should not be used as representation of the home’s precise or actual size. Renderings are conceptual in nature and merely an artist’s rendition. These renderings are solely for illustrative purposes and should never be relied upon. Bay size may vary from home to home and may not accommodate all vehicles. Map not to scale. Proposed amenities for the community are subject to changes, substitutions and/or deletions without notice. Seller makes no representation or guarantee that the community or any amenities will be built out as currently planned. Lennar Homes of California, Inc. License #728102. Lennar Sales Corp. DRE License #01252753. Copyright © 2011 Lennar Corporation. All rights reserved. Lennar and the Lennar logo and the Everything’s Included logo are registered service marks or service marks of Lennar Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. 9/11

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Solaire’s one-of-a-kind, hi-tech townhomes have attracted hundreds of home shoppers to North County’s newest urban loft-like residences. Military personnel are especially interested in the easy commute to major San Diego bases, as well as a special military discount that is being offered on these already affordable townhomes priced from the mid $200,000s. Designed for the next generation of home dwellers, Solaire showcases open floor plans, sleek fixtures and cutting-edge electronics, including a Control4® home automation system already built in. As part of an innovative approach to home building, ColRich Residential has intersected the urban and suburban design sensibilities. Efficient three-story townhomes capture the mood of funky city lofts with clean lines and uncluttered living spaces. Townhomes range from 1,158 to 1,253 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two and one-half to three baths, a deck and a two-car sideby-side garage. Solaire’s Control4® home automation system effortlessly syncs up each home’s electronics at the touch of a button. Homeowners control entry, security, climate, lights, multi-media entertainment systems and energy reduction via mobile control. This variety of high-tech functions can be managed from an in-wall touchscreen, a television screen or smart device. For information, call Solaire at 760736-8820 or visit T:8.44”


1AR (Lot 32) with three bedrooms, two baths, and approximately 1,655 sq.ft. This beautiful home is priced at $217,990 with a 5.23% APR and an initial start rate of 1.75% with a 3-2-1 buy down program on a 30-year fixed, fully-amortized mortgage for qualified borrowers; a 3.5% down payment is required. New homes at Silverthorne feature Italian, Spanish and Cottage-style architecture in a choice of four, spacious floor plans. The homes have three to six bedrooms, two to four baths and two- and three-bay garages with inviting spaces such as lofts and dens that provide plenty of room for shared family occasions. For more information about Silverthorne call (951) 244-0287 or an online sales counselor at (888) 4PARDEE, or go to To visit Silverthorne from I-15, exit at Railroad Canyon Rd. and go east 2.5 miles. Go right on Canyon Hills, then right on Camelina Street.

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Programs helps overcome homebuying obstacles Clearing enhancethe path to ment or rehome ownpair, and if ership is the needed, the first-step assistance of in buying an indepena home for dent, third many of toparty credit day’s home advisor who shoppers, can help the and Pardbuyer maxiee Homes’ mize their Homeward credit score Bound is Homes are available in two master-planned commu- and correct a program nities in the Inland Empire—Tournament Hills in reported erdesigned to Beaumont and Canyon Hills in Lake Elsinore. rors. Statismake that tically, buyhappen. Obstacles like poor credit, no ers who work with eCredit Advisor see credit, foreclosures, high debt ratios a 30 to 80 point increase in their FICO and an inconsistent employment histo- score in a span of two to five months; ry are hurdles that can put the dream with a three-cycle program there is of home ownership just out of reach. currently an average increase of 64 “These types of obstacles can make points on a mid-credit score it difficult to qualify for a loan, but HomewardBound can help a home there are solutions, and one way is to shopper establish a program for reguparticipate in Pardee’s Homeward- lar savings to help them reach the Bound program,” said Gary Probert, down payment needed to qualify for a Vice President of Sales for Pardee mortgage or provide a fresh approach Homes. “This is a free program avail- to a budget that may be the key to able for Pardee Homes’ homebuyers getting their credit where it needs to and can be easily put into action.” be. Some services require a small fee The first step in the Homeward which is reimbursable at the close of Bound program is a free initial credit escrow. analysis. With that, a program can For more information or directions, be created that may include budget- visit or call ing assistance, a savings plan, credit 1-888-4PARDEE. For advertising information, call (858) 537-2280

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Get Upgraded Flooring, Backyard Landscaping and Appliance Packages Now! Act now to get fabulous upgrades plus valuable incentives on a brand new Parkside, Brighton or Waterford home. Offering a coveted waterfront lifestyle in beautiful Heritage Lake, these homes feature cul-de-sac locations, pool-sized lots and delightful community amenities.

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Earn Another $500** Towards Upgrades & Options! Contact (951) 898-5510 or to Find Out How. Standard Pacific Homes California Real Estate License No. 01138346 Prices, plans and terms effective date of publication and are subject to change without notice. *Upgraded flooring and backyard landscape packages available on select homes at select communities. Up to $15,000 incentive (not to exceed 6% of the sales price) to be used towards any combination of interest rate buydowns, designer flooring upgrades and options, additional price reductions and property tax payments. **Make an appointment with Online Sales Representative to receive a $500 coupon towards upgrades. Coupon must be presented at time of contract. Must have Online Sales Representative signature to use. One coupon per customer. Coupon is good at any Standard Pacific Inland Empire community. New contracts only. Some restrictions apply. Offers subject to change without notice or obligation. Model photos shown. Softscape, hardscape, landscape and other items featured in and around the model homes are decorator suggestions and not included in the purchase price. See a Sales Representative for details. 9/11

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Military Press Café Fleet Week 2011 events

Fleet Week San Diego honors and celebrates the men and women of the military through public events that entertain and alliances that thank and support these heroes. Fleet Week San Diego 2011 is September 16 to October 2. Join us in thanking our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen for their services to our country by participating in 2011 Fleet Week San Diego events. • Operation Liberty Call, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 • Fleet Week Big Bay Family Festival, Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 17-18 • Enlisted Recognition Luncheon, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011 • Fleet Week Foundation/SDMAC Breakfast, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011 • Coronado Village Car Procession, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 • Boot Camp Challenge, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 • Coronado Speed Festival, Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 24-25, 2011 • Fleet Week Golf Tournament, Monday, Sept. 26, 2011

• Fleet Week Baseball Game, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 • Miramar Air Show, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 30 & Oct. 1-2, 2011

Coronado Art Walk

Take a short, cool ride across San Diego Bay, and see the works of over 100 artists from around the country during the annual Coronado Art Walk at the Coronado Ferry Landing on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18. Admission is free.  Musical entertainment, hands-on art activities and a free shuttle bus to other Coronado sites will be available both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Coronado Art Walk, now in its sixth year, is a major fundraiser for the Coronado Historical Association. For more information, visit www.

Free meditation class for military

The Yoga and Meditation Center, 9494 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, is offering a free meditation class to active military personnel at it’s Miramar-area center. The one-hour class is on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.

Del joins the ‘Finest City Food Fight’

The Hotel del Coronado and many other San Diego businesses, restaurants and organizations are participating in a challenge to see who can raise the most “pounds of food” during September’s Hunger Action Month. Established in 2007, Feeding America San Diego is the county’s largest distributor of donted food. For more information, visit www. feedingamericasandiego. org.

SDSU Aztecs Football Military Program

SDSU will offer $5 tickets for all SDSU Aztec 2011 football home games — including the Sky Show. No limit on quantity and best available seating. Check with your local MWR/MCCS Ticket Office, or call the Military Ticket Program at 619-767-6000 for availability. Game dates are Sept. 17, Oct. 8 and 29, Nov 5 and 19 and Dec. 3.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular returns

Where can kids meet some spooky and not-so-spooky animals, pose for pictures with mesmerizing mermaids and trick-or-treat in a sea-inspired atmosphere? It’s all part of SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular, where Halloween meets the sea this October. Festivities are geared for kids 12 years and under, who are invited to come in costume a n d enjoy animal m e e t and greets, special Halloween shows and colorful costumed characters from 1 to 6 p.m. the following weekends: Oct. 1–2, Oct. 8–9, Oct. 151–6, Oct. 22–23 and Oct. 29–30, 2011. (On Oct. 31, the park will remain decorated and visitors can enjoy “Clyde & Seamore’s Spooky Adventure” show and the “Pirates 4-D” movie.)

Events calendar

Whether you are looking for a weekend festival, a concert, sporting event, or theater production, visit and click on Local Events.

Urban Vibe meets Suburban Living Hi-Tech Townhomes From the Mid $200,000s Smart New Home Living ColRich Residential introduces a new blended urban suburbia lifestyle at Solaire, where loftlike townhomes feature open floor plans, sleek fixtures and cutting-edge electronics. A next generation new home, Solaire’s already built-in Control4® automation system effortlessly syncs up each home’s electronics at the touch of a button. You control entry, security, climate, lights, multi-media entertainment systems and energy reduction via mobile control.

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From the mid $100s Sycamore at Hidden Hills in Menifee

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From I-215, exit Hwy. 74 heading east. Turn left on Warren Rd., left on Cottonwood Ave. and follow signs to sales center. (951) 487-2887

Villages at Monument Park in Perris

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• 1,846–2,966 sq. ft. • 3–5 bedrooms, 2–3 baths • solar energy system included standard

From I-215, exit Newport Rd. heading west. Turn left on Haun Rd., right on Holland Rd., left on Bradley Rd., right on Craig Ave., left on Evans Rd., then left on Yeoman Pl. to sales center. OR: From I-215, exit Scott Rd. heading west. Turn right on Murrieta Rd., right on Craig Ave., right on Evans Rd., then left on Yeoman Pl. to sales center. (951) 672-8553

From the low $200s Monument Park II in Perris

From the mid $200s

• 1,558–2,222 sq. ft. • 3–5 bedrooms, 2–2.5 baths

• 2,390–3,085 sq. ft. • 3–5 bedrooms, 2.5–3 baths

From I-215, exit Ethanac Rd. heading west, travel approx 2 mi. west, turn right onto Big Bear Dr., right on Yosemite Ave., then right on Yellowstone Ct. to sales center. (951) 443-0859

From I-215, exit Ethanac Rd. heading west, travel approx 2 mi. west, turn right onto Big Bear Dr., right on Yosemite Ave., then right on Yellowstone Ct. to sales center. (951) 443-0859

Manzanita at Paseo del Sol in Temecula

From the mid $200s Kenton Place in Murrieta

• 1,628–2,224 sq. ft. • 3–5 bedrooms, 2–3 baths • solar energy system included standard

From I-15, exit California Oaks Rd./Kalmia St. heading west. Turn right on Washington Ave., right on Magnolia St., right on Adams Ave. and right on Davidson St. to sales center on left. (951) 696-5040

From I-15 Fwy., exit Temecula Pkwy. (CA-79) heading east. Turn left on Meadows Pkwy., right on Sunny Meadows Pkwy., left on Bingham Dr., then left onto Beamer Ct. to sales center. (951) 225-9860

Fox Hollow at Crown Valley Village in Murrieta

From the low $200s Twinbrook at Crown Valley Village in Murrieta From the high $200s

• 1,551–2,597 sq. ft. • 4–5 bedrooms, 2–3 baths

• 2,595–3,563 sq. ft. • 3–6 bedrooms, 2.5–4 baths • solar energy system included standard

From I-15 or I-215, exit Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. heading east and travel approx 4.5 mi. Turn left onto Pourroy Rd., left onto High Vista Dr. and then left onto Valley Spring Way. (951) 677-4110

Monterey at Otay Ranch in Chula Vista

From the mid $200s

• 2,024–2,876 sq. ft. • 3–6 bedrooms, 2–3 baths

From I-15 or I-215, exit Murrieta Hot Springs Rd. heading east and travel approx 4.5 mi. Turn left onto Pourroy Rd., left onto High Vista Dr. and then left onto Valley Spring Way. (951) 461-4676

From the mid $300s Shady Grove II in Fallbrook

From the mid $300s

• 1,917–2,175 sq. ft. • 3–5 bedrooms, 2.5–3 baths • solar energy system included standard

• 1,687–3,500 sq. ft. • 3–5 bedrooms, 2–3 baths • RV and boat storage onsite

From I-805, exit Olympic Pkwy. heading east. Turn right on La Media Rd., then right on Birch Rd./State St. At the roundabout, continue straight on Santa Diana Rd., turn right on Santa Christina Ave., then left onto Pershing Rd. to sales center. (619) 421-4062

From Hwy. 76, head north on Mission Rd. approx. 4 mi. Turn right on Stage Coach Ln., go approx. 3 mi., turn right on Gum Tree Ln., right on Tom McGuinness Jr. Cir., right on James Gaynor St., then right on William Pittinger Pl. to sales center. OR: From I-15, exit E. Mission Rd. At first stop sign, turn right on Mission Rd. and continue toward Fallbrook. Turn left on Stage Coach Ln., left on Gum Tree Ln., right on Tom McGuinness Jr. Cir., right on James Gaynor St., then right on William Pittinger Pl. to sales center. (760) 728-1061

Broker Cooperation Welcome. ©2011 KB Home (KBH). Standard solar energy system is 1.4kWp. KBH makes no guarantee of energy production by the solar energy system installed with a home or of any energy costs savings by homeowner. Energy costs will vary by floor plan, occupancy, appliance usage, thermostat settings and orientation of solar energy system, among other factors. Payment of Broker Co-op requires Broker or agent to accompany and register buyer on first visit and comply with Broker Co-op Agreement. Plans, pricing, financing, terms, availability and specifications subject to change/prior sale without notice and may vary by neighborhood, lot location and home series. Additional charges apply for lot premiums, options/upgrades. Buyer responsible for all taxes, insurance and other fees. Sq. footage is approximate. Photos show upgraded landscaping/options and may not represent communities’ lowest-priced homes. See sales representative for details. KB Home Sales–Southern California Inc. (CA Real Estate License 00242327). SOCAL-96787

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1 Use only GM-approved wheel/tire combinations. See dealer for details. 2 Monthly payment is $16.67 for every $1,000 financed. Average example down payment is 7%. Some customers will not qualify. Not available with some other offers. See dealer for details. Take delivery by 10/31/11. 3 Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after any complimentary trial. Subscriptions are continuous until you call SiriusXM at 866-635-2349 to cancel. See for Customer Agreement. Available only in the 48 contiguous United States and Washington, D.C. 4 Based on Vincentric 2011 Model Level Analysis. 5 Monthly payment is $16.67 for every $1,000 financed. Average example down payment is 12%. Some customers will not qualify. Not available with some other offers. See dealer for details. Take delivery by 10/31/11. 6 EPA-estimated FWD. 7 Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution. 8 Eligible military personnel includes active duty members, retirees and Reserves of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard. 9 Excludes Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Volt. 10 OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Visit for details and system limitations. ©2011 OnStar. All rights reserved. ©2011 General Motors.

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Sep 15, 2011  

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