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Oliver Shearer
08:53 PM ET (US)
NO! BLM means "Busy Little Mouse.
Les Ostrom - 19
06:46 AM ET (US)
BLM means Black Live Matter? When I worked at Washington Public Power Sustem years ago, we used to deal with a state agency called Bureau of Land Management - or more commonly referred to as “BLM”. Checking the internet, that method of reference is still common. I imagine they get “just a little bit of pushback” from that reference!
David Gaskill
09:43 PM ET (US)
Richard Gaskills obituary and tribute movie can be seen at this link:
David Gaskill
09:36 PM ET (US)
Richard “Dick” Tillman Gaskill died on 2 July 2020 in his home in Pensacola, Florida. Richard epitomized the “Greatest Generation” ethos of God, Country, Family.

Richard was born in Dallas, Texas, on 18 March 1932, to Grace Gaskill (Tillman) and Oscar Alexander Gaskill. To avoid the polio epidemic and for better schools, his mother moved the family to Marshall, Texas, where Richard excelled at academics and tennis, and earned the Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts. When he was 12 years old, to help his family financially he delivered newspapers on his bicycle before school and delivered Western Union telegrams after school. From his first paycheck until the day she died, Richard sent his mother part of every paycheck he received.

After graduating from Marshall High School in 1948, Richard won a scholarship to Texas A&M University and studied Electrical Engineering before entering the US Naval Academy (Class of 1954). After graduating near the top of his class and as company commander, Richard began training in jet aircraft. At this time he attended a Louisiana State University football game dance where he met the love of his life Diane Annette Chachere. After the dance, Diane told her father she had met the man she was going to marry. They were married on 11 June 1955 and remained together for 64 years until Diane’s death in 2019.

From 1958 to 1963, Richard served as an attack pilot with VA-15 and VA-12, and as a flight instructor at NAS Cecil Field, Florida. A skilled tennis player, he won the 1962 All-Navy Tennis Singles Championship. In 1965, he earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of California.

In 1967, Richard reported to VA-22 at NAS Lemoore. He was VA-22 Operations Officer, Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer. He deployed to Vietnam several times and flew over 200 combat missions. A natural leader, he cared for his men and always led from the front.

Richard was selected by Adm. Rickover for the Navy nuclear power program and after successfully completing it reported to USS Enterprise (CVN-65) as Executive Officer.

In 1974, Richard reported to the USS Concord (AFS-5) as Commanding Officer and under his command Concord won the Battle Efficiency “E”, Engineering “E”, and Ney Award. In 1976, Captain Gaskill assumed command of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68).

After leaving the Nimitz, Richard was the first of his class to be promoted to Rear Admiral. Admiral Gaskill served in the Pentagon as Director, Military Political Policy (OP-61), before retiring in 1981 as a Rear Admiral.

After retiring from the Navy, Richard and Diane settled in Pensacola, Florida, and traveled the world extensively visiting every continent except the Antarctic. He loved being with his grandchildren, teaching them to ride bicycles, play tennis, and to throw a football and baseball. He frequently included them on trips to Africa, Europe, and around the United States.

When not traveling, Richard taught at the US Naval War College, was Vice President of a regional bank, and earned an MBA.

He and Diane were active Christians and were 2 of the founders of Perdido Bay United Methodist Church in Pensacola, Florida. They were also very active in Pensacola First United Methodist Church and Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church.

Richard is survived by his sister Betty Brown of Dayton, Texas, daughter Debra, son Dodge, son David and his wife Donna, grandson Richard, granddaughters Katherine and Mary, and great grandchildren Lilli, Aunaleah, and Elias.

Richard will be buried on 10 July next to his beloved wife Diane in Magnolia Park Cemetery in Dayton, Texas. Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Dayton Baptist Church.
Ed Tipshus
05:19 PM ET (US)
Charlie I don't think the "Buckeye' nor Ohio Stste U football fans would go for it. all I have done here is hunker down NW outside the beltwa simce '72 . never had any slaves experienc outside the time
i was in Boot Camp and Plebe Year. i was a very reluctant Plebe)
Charlie Shelton
12:59 PM ET (US)
I just read an article about the controversy over slavery and Columbus back in 1492 and why some want any mention of his name removed. Sounds crazy but seems like a lot going on now is in fact "loco". Maybe your town should be renamed Tipshusville. That would probably be a new one there in the Buckeye state for sure!
John Wells (23)
04:57 AM ET (US)
Ed. spudnuts are potato doughnuts.
Ed Tipshus
05:17 PM ET (US)
i have no idea what is a spudnut.
Ed Tipshus
04:59 PM ET (US)
Nice to see Dick Gaskill will be joining his OAO Diane in TX RIP ole 1st Batt tennis player, and proud scholar-athlete.
Edited 07-06-2020 05:00 PM
Bill Crawford, (14)
01:08 PM ET (US)
Last evening, my grandson Jay was telling me that he and his high school teammates are running seven miles every day during the Summer, practicing for their Fall Cross Country Team competition. Wow!
Jay R Smith Jr
12:05 PM ET (US)
Ed: While I was living in the stadium dorm with 19 roommates in 1949/50 every Weekend we played hearts after picking up spudnuts on the east side of High St. I loved those spudnuts. On Sunday, July 5, 2020, 09:53:16 PM MDT, QuickTopic daily digest <qtopic-50-fwcx9rsydfqus@quicktopic.com> wrote:
Ed Tipshus
09:39 PM ET (US)
Will, the lost 50s of TV-
I believe Dick Murphy (2nd Co- 1st Wing) had hidden on his chair a small TV set rigged in his room 1/C year. I missed all those great

tv shows BTW White Castle Burgers -Sliders are available here in Columbus OH, the HQ of White Castle.
Ed Tipshus
08:41 PM ET (US)
Judge Melon Chamberlain interviewed 91 year old Captain Preston a veteran of the Battle of Concord in 1775 (at age24) to understand why Preston fought against the British
Judge Chamberlain: Did you take up arms against intolerable oppression
The Captain replied that he had never felt any oppression
Judge Chamberlain: Was it the stamp act
Captain Preston: No I never saw one of those stamps
Judge Chamberlain: was it the tea tax
Captain Preston: said no again
Judge Chamberlain: were you reading John Locke or any other theorist of Liberty
Captain Preston: never heard of ‘em, we read only the Bible the Catechism and Watts’ Psalms and Hymns and the Almanac
Judge Chamberlain: Why then did you fight
Captain Preston: “Young man, what we meant in going for those redcoats was this; We always had to govern ourselves and we always meant to, they didn't mean we should.”
Will Croom 2
04:00 PM ET (US)
Lost in the 50s

Bill Crawford, (14)
10:20 AM ET (US)
Attached is a picture of the final fourteener that Bernard and Sal will have to climb. (Capitol Peak, Colorado: https://www.aspentimes.com/news/capitol-pe...in-past-five-years/).
It looks particularly dangerous to me. I’ve told Sal that they might consider skipping it. She says that they will, if they think that they won’t be able to make it.
I think climbing is definitely in Bernard’s genes.
His late dad was a great climber, and he wrote several climbing books over the years.
 His dad’s first wife first wife (not Bernard’s mother) actually died in a climbing accident.
 Bernard has also written several climbing books.

Bernard’s dad was quite a guy. He was a College Math professor and he wrote several college math textbooks. Bernard is also a college math professor. He is also the co-author of a college math textbook that is currently being used in over three hundred colleges in the U.S..
(I think that his book royalties are even bigger than his college salary)
Will Croom 2
06:32 AM ET (US)
Mt. Wilson, CO - Final 100' To Summit

Will Croom 2
06:27 AM ET (US)
Happy Fourth, 54!

Is it possible this holiday will disappear because the US practiced slavery in 1776?
Les Ostrom - 19
01:00 AM ET (US)
Bill Crawford: I checked out Mt Wilson on the internet. Wow! What a challenging climb! It must be the genes!
David Gaskill
03:07 PM ET (US)
I am sad to inform you that RADM Richard T. Gaskill, Class of 1954, died on 2 July 2020 at his home in Pensacola, Florida. His wife, Diane, passed away last year. He will be buried in Dayton, Texas, next to his beloved wife.
Bill Crawford, (14)
12:50 PM ET (US)
The mountain they climbed was not one of the Collegiate Peaks.
It was Wilson Peak.
Les Ostrom - 19
12:23 PM ET (US)
Bill, The climb by Sal and Bernard was quite an accomplishment. Congratulations to them. What mountain did they climb? Did it happen to be one of the collegiate peaks near Salida?
Les Ostrom - 19
12:17 PM ET (US)
Bill, what fourteener did your daughter and husband climb? By chance, did it happen to be one of the collegiate peaks near Salida? That was quite an accomplishment. My congratulations to them!
Bill Crawford, (14)
08:45 PM ET (US)
I just heard from my daughter Sal that she and her husband Bernard just got back from climbing the 52nd of the 54 Fourteeners here in the state of Colorado.
She said that they hope to climb the last two before the end of the year. (She is currently 54).
That would be another nice (class of 54) accomplishment!
Jay R Smith Jr
06:20 PM ET (US)
I believe these protesters are being led by a group of anarchists who are determined to destroy the America I grew up in and defended for 26 years. The more we permit the destruction of monuments and private businesses, the more we will get of that behavior. I am reading David Horowitz's book BLITZ. George Soros's "Democracy Alliance" is a coalition of 110 billionaires who have each pledged to contribute $200,000 a year toward leftwing causes. I often wondered where the money comes from to destroy our country. On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 09:53:10 PM MDT, QuickTopic daily digest <qtopic-50-fwcx9rsydfqus@quicktopic.com> wrote:
Bill Crawford, (14)
12:38 AM ET (US)
Actually, my ranking of 54 out of 20,000 is not really as good as it sounds.
I'm sure that in this very large internet bridge competition, they have recorded the scores of each particular four hander every time that it has been played over the years.
I'm also sure sure that many folks have made the same score on a particular four hander..If so, your score would be ranked on the list behind all of those who have made the same score over the years before you.
(I have ranked as low as 22,000 on some four handers).
I just thought that my (Class of) 54 ranking was sort of neat.
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