Retired Western Union Employees Association P. O. Box 413, Montgomery, NY 12549 NEWSLETTER NO. 217 FIRST QUARTER 2010 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Greetings to Everyone, JERRY HOROWITZ For those of you who may not have heard, our Regional Affairs Manager, JERRY HOROWITZ passed away suddenly in September while in the former Western Union building at 60 Hudson St. NY. He was working on providing a WU display in the building lobby at the time. Jerry made a number of presentations at “Gatherings” throughout the country and was well received by all who attended. The Board of the Retirees Association and its members extend our sympathy to his family. More about Jerry in the obituary section of this Newsletter. Let us now look as to where we are as we begin the second decade of the 21st Century. It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating the year 2000. Many events of the last ten years, both in our personal lives and on the international stage have had a profound effect on all of us, both good and bad. In most cases the result of these events were beyond our control. I’m sure that if you take a few minutes to reﬂect on the past ten years you will agree. In general these years weren’t all that bad. In looking back however, I cannot help but feel that we as a people have the uncanny ability to adapt to the effects of any event. If you consider what has transpired over the past decade, I think we have all adapted well. Let’s hope the next ten years (although I’ll take them one at a time) will provide new and wonderful experiences for all of us. Adaptability is the key to helping us all enjoy the coming decade. While I’m not a fan of making New Year’s Resolutions mainly because most of us – including myself – never follow through on them, I think we can do some things that should be relatively simple. We should resolve to maintain tight family bonds by visiting and keeping in contact by phone and not just seeing them on holidays or at weddings and funerals. Our friends are important also and we should maintain strong relationships with them. Let’s all try to make this one simple resolution as we enter 2010. On behalf of the Board I wish to extend our wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year. Looking forward to Spring, but in the meantime enjoy and be well – and keep the resolution about family and friends. Jack David You may wish to retain the following information for use when necessary. Information regarding Pension Beneﬁts Western Union Pension Service Center Phone: 1-800-811-0684, Monday - Friday Box #114 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Paciﬁc Time 1001 16th St., B-180 E-mail: email@example.com Denver, CO 80265 Fax: 1-720-904-3602 Information regarding Health Beneﬁt (Life) Plans Western Union Beneﬁts Call Center 1-866-651-1484, Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Send items for publication in the 2nt Quarter 2010 RWUEA NEWSLETTER c/o Jack Durkin Newsletter by February 15, 2010 to: 292 Wayfair Circle, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 or e-mail at email@example.com Payment of Dues: for 2010 RWUEA, Treasurer Please send to: P. O. Box 413, Montgomery, NY 12549 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org Questions or general correspondence: RWUEA, Secretary P. O. Box 413, Montgomery, NY 12549 e-mail at email@example.com (Jim Reilly) 1 RWUEA OFFICIAL WEB SITE www.westernunionretirees.com Our web site has recently been downsized to only a few pages. We have been unable to develop the site as was originally envisioned and, as a result, much of the information contained on the site was either incorrect and /or out of date. Currently, we have four (4) pages on our site – Home Page; Recent Deaths; Coming Events and Contact Us. Those pages will be updated as required and the Recent Deaths and Coming Events pages will be updated at least quarterly. To ﬁnd out if someone you know is a member of our organization, please email one of the following and we will provide you that information including address and email address (if available): firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send all address changes and email address additions or changes to Loanne Carroll at email@example.com with copies to Mike Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org and Harold Smith at email@example.com. Thank you. RELATED WEB SITES www.westernunionalumni.com This site, which is updated frequently, has, among many categories: • Links to MIT’s collection of all WU Technical Reviews • Availability of a CD containing all the Technical Reviews that can be purchased for $5.00 • Several links to various photo albums • Several links to historical WU documents • Stories from retirees and a request for more such historical stories A Collection of “Telegraph News” has been scanned and is available on a CD or DVD (the cost is $5. to cover the production and mailing expense). 107 of the 137 volumes published have been obtained and scanned. Harold Smith, web-master of this site, would like to complete the set and is looking for the following volumes: 1, 2, 3, 15 through 24, then 42, 55, 79, 84, 95, 96, 97, 106, 109, 112. If you have any of these, please mail or ship to the WU Alumni web-master: Harold Smith, 153 Mason Avenue, Rochester, NY 14626. Your copy will be scanned and returned promptly. Also, Harold is still looking for a photograph of the Richmond reperforator building. If you have one please send it to Harold at the address above. Harold is also looking for someone that has a love of the Western Union Telegraph Company similar to his own to assist him with operating the web site. If you are interested, you can contact him at Harold@comcenter.net. NEWS OF WESTERN UNION TODAY The 3rd quarter 2009 results continue to show that Western Union remains affected by the sluggish world economy. Revenues were $1.314 billion, down 5% from 2008’s 3rd quarter. During the 3rd quarter 2009, Western Union handled some 50 million consumer-to-consumer transactions, a 3% increase over the same period in 2008. The number of worldwide agents now exceeds 400,000. During the third quarter, Western Union was awarded the sum of $16.5 million for Moneygram’s infringement of its “Money Transfer by Phone Patents”. Moneygram has challenged the verdict and therefore Western Union has not yet recognized the gain. 2 FRAUDS AND MEASURES TO PREVENT IT NATIONAL NEWS FRAUDS AND MEASURES TO PREVENT IT Recently, our local newspaper has featured two articles on money transfer fraud and measures to prevent it. The articles described how the thieves persuaded Americans to wire money to Canada for a variety of reasons, such as a relative being in an accident, the phony check/secret shopper scam, were guaranteed loans, won a lottery, etc. The FTC ﬁned Moneygram $18 million for a “volume of complaints that were astonishingly high and growing every year”. The FTC accused Moneygram’s agents of helping fraudulent telemarketers and other con artists trick U. S. consumers into wiring more than $84 million within the United States and to Canada between 2004 and 2008. (Editor’s Note: I like to think that WU is not involved due both to superior fraud prevention systems and the operators and customer relations clerks at Bridgeton who were fantastic at catching fraud attempts.) Although all of these fraud types are important to avoid, we all need to be especially diligent to avoid one in particular. The “grandchild in an accident, in jail, etc.” fraud type is particularly repulsive because it trades on grandparents’ love for their grandchildren. As the author of the article said: “As a skeptic, I can’t imagine falling for such a ploy. But as a grandfather four times over, willing to do almost anything for my grandchildren, I’m not so sure.” So, if you ever get such a call, remember to make sure before you send any money! Remember, they are out to get us. I have two types of scams to tell you about. The ﬁrst involves one of our members who was visiting England. Somehow, somebody got hold of her name and sent an email to one of her acquaintances (I don’t know how they got that information) stating that she had been robbed in their hotel and they had no money, credit cards, etc. Supposedly, there was no way that she could be contacted and she was so embarrassed that she couldn’t call her home or ofﬁce herself. The acquaintance was asked to send 1,200 pounds (the equivalent of some $1,800 or so and then, after sending a wire transfer via Western Union to let the scam artist know the Money transfer Control Number, which of course would allow the scam artist to pick up the money. Fortunately, she was already home when this happened and the acquaintance called her and then sent her the email that she had received. Western Union advises anyone who receives suspect emails to forward them to the FBI Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) at www.ic3.gov. The second is for veterans – the Department of veterans Affairs is warning veterans about a telephone scam. The callers say that they work for the VA in the “Patient Care Group” and telling veterans that the VA has changed its procedure for prescriptions and that a credit Card is needed for payment before the pharmacy wuill ﬁll their medication requests. THIS IS FALSE – no procedures have been changed and the VA does not call veterans asking to disclose personal ﬁnancial information over the phone. RALPH HATKE – PINCKNEY, MI - JUST JOKING A woman accompanied her husband to the doctor’s ofﬁce. After his checkup, the doctor called the wife into his ofﬁce alone. He said, “Your husband is suffering from a very severe stress disorder. If you don’t follow my instructions carefully, your husband will surely die. Each morning, ﬁx him a healthy breakfast. Be pleasant at all times. For lunch make him a nutritious meal. For dinner prepare an especially nice meal for him. Don’t burden him with chores. Don’t discuss your problems with him; it will only make his stress worse. Do not nag him. Most importantly, give him loving whenever he wants. If you can do this for the next 10 months to a year, I think your husband will regain his health completely.” On the way home, the husband asked his wife, “What did the doctor say?” “He said you’re going to die,” she replied. A priest, a minister, and a rabbi want to see who’s best at his job. So they each go into the woods, ﬁnd a bear and attempt to convert it. Later they get together. The priest begins: “When I found the bear, I read to him from the Catechism and sprinkled him with holy water. Next week is his ﬁrst communion.” “I found a bear by the stream,” says the minister, “and preached God’s holy word. The bear was so mesmerized that he let me baptize him.” They both look down at the rabbi, who is lying on a gurney in a body cast. “Looking back,” he says, “maybe I shouldn’t have started with the circumcision.” 3 2010 DATES TO REMEMBER Gatherings (In Alphabetical City or Regional Sequence) – Semi-annual and Annual Events in Italics – next meeting Dates Bolded ALLENTOWN, PA – (third Sat. in May & Sept.) – Sat., May 15, 2010, 8 AM at Perkin’s Restaurant, Cedar Crest and Hamilton Blvd. Contact Check Zaengle at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. ARKANSAS KEEP IN TOUCH CLUB – ARKIT – Little Rock, Arkansas – (second Saturdays in April and October) Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Ryan’s (Hot off the Grill), 4000 Springhill Plaza Court, N. Little Rock, AR 72117. Contact Frank Stinebaugh at email@example.com for information. ATLANTA, GA – (second Wednesdays in March, June, September and December) - 11 AM at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 1265 Mt. Zion Rd., Morrow, GA across from the Southland Mall. Scheduled dates in 2010 are: March 10, June 9, Sept. 8 and Dec. 8. Contact Brenda Brooks, President, at 770-459-0230 or e-mail daydreamerbjb@bellsouth. net or Ed Faust, Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. CHATTANOOGA, TN – (second Monday of April and October ) – April 12, 2010, 12 Noon at the Golden Corral Buffet near Hamilton Place Mall across the parking lot from Target on Gunbarrel Road. Contact Bill Webster at wilwebst@aol. com for more information. CHICAGO, IL – Retired plant technicians and other former Western Union employees will meet for a pizza party at Papa Passaro’s Restaurant, 6326 South Cass Ave. in Westmont, IL, Saturday, April 24, 2010, at 6:00PM. Call Allan Fail at 773-585-3055 for further information. DALLAS, TX – THE KEEP IN TOUCH (KIT) KLUB meets the 2nd Tuesday each month at 10:45 AM at Raymond’s Bar-B-Que, 12920 Garland Rd., Dallas. Scheduled 2010 dates are: Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. Contact Louise Jones at email email@example.com for more information. DALLAS, TX – THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY is currently scheduled for the Friday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 19, 2010. Location to be determined. Contact Louise Jones at email firstname.lastname@example.org or Pat Frazier at email@example.com for information. DENVER, CO – THE ANNUAL PICNIC in 2010 will be held in August on a Sunday at the American Legion Post #178, 1655 Simms, Lakewood, CO. Please call either Wendell “Fitz” Fitzpatrick (303-985-4861) or Bob DeVault (620-663-2698) for details regarding 2010 plans. DETROIT, MI – (third Thursday in May and October) – at noon on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at the Gazebo in Warren, MI. Contact Helen Porter at 248-474-5004 for information. GULF DIVISION – Different Location – The 2009 reunion was held in Tyler, Texas at the Holiday Inn Select April 17 and April 18. Contact Louise Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dovie Jacoby at email@example.com for further information regarding 2010 plans. KANSAS CITY, MO – (usually ﬁrst Wednesday of each month at various restaurants). Tentative 2010 dates are: Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, Apr. 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1. Contact Laura Merten at 816-353-1392 for details. KANSAS CITY, MO – Annual Reunion Announcement: There is no event scheduled at this time. Contact Laura Merten at 816-353-1392 for further information. KENTUCKY/SOUTHERN INDIANA REGION – NEW LOCATION – (second Saturday in April and October) – Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Buckhead Mountain Grill, 4112 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY. Contact Chester Collier at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. KNOXVILLE, TN - (twice a year, usually in May and December) – Noon at Ramsey’s Cafeteria, located at the corner of Merchants Rd. and Center, Knoxville, TN. (I-75 North, exit East at Merchants Rd and left at the ﬁrst trafﬁc light.) Contact any of the following for information and directions: Ruth Burchell, 865-577-6391; Fred Dodson, 865-688-1766, e-mail dodbldr@aol. com; Ben Bowlen 865-599-4861 or 865-524-5561, e-mail email@example.com. LONG ISLAND, NY – Friday, October 1, 2010, 12 noon to 4 pm at Galaxie Caterers, 1184 Route 109, Lindenhurst, NY. Tel 631-957-9595. The cost will be provided later. A buffet meal will be served and beer, wine and soda will be provided. Contacts for directions or further information are: Herb Gold, 516-731-5498; Rich Maffucci, 631-698-0102; or Bill Staskel, 631-234-6628 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. LONG ISLAND – Unscheduled Breakfasts – At various times throughout the year, some of the group that attend the above Long Island banquet get together for breakfast. Anyone who would like to get on the notiﬁcation list should call one of the three Long Island names listed above. MILWAUKEE, WI – (ﬁrst Thursday of each month) – 11:30 AM luncheon at the Old Country Buffet, 4902 S. 74th St., Greenﬁeld, WI. Contact Bill McQuerry at email@example.com for further information. Tentative 2010 dates are: Jan. 7, Feb. 4, Mar. 4, Apr. 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – ENTIRE GROUP meets the ﬁrst Mondays of May, August and December at Nye’s, 125 East Hennepin, Minneapolis, MN. Tentative 2010 Dates are: May 3, August 2, and December 6. 4 2010 DATES TO REMEMBER (continued) MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – LADIES GROUP meets for luncheon at noon on the second Tuesday of most months. Locations vary – call Zoe Mary Cunningham for more information at 952-948-2421. CANCELLATION – NEW ENGLAND AREA – There was no New England gathering in 2008/2009. Contact Nick Tessitore, 128 Winslow Ave., Norwood, MA 02062, 781-769-4295 or Ralph Haynes at 978-369-5019 for information about future plans. NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK – SEMI-ANNUAL BANQUET – The Retired Western Union Employees Association (RWUEA) Spring 2010 Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at The Courtyard by Marriott located at 100 Chestnut Ridge Road – the corner of Chestnut Ridge Road and Grand Ave., (Lake St.) – in Montvale, NJ, starting at 11:30 AM. Contact Jim Forbes at 201-825-0523 for more information. NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK – BREAKFAST on the ﬁrst Wed. of each month (except in December) at 9:30 AM at the Tiffany Diner, 1045 Rt. 17 So., Ramsey, NJ for “The Golden Girls.” Contact Jackie Velten, 201-825-1057 for further information. Tentative 2010 dates are: Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, Apr. 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1, Oct. 6, Nov. 3, and the Christmas Party in December. NEW YORK CITY – THE “60 HUDSON ST IRREGULARS” meet at noon on the last Monday of every other month at Brady’s Tavern, 67 Murray St., Manhattan, NYC with tentative 2010 dates: Feb. 22, Apr. 26, June 28, Aug. 30, Oct. 25 and Dec. 27. (Please conﬁrm this event and provide a contact person.) NORTHERN CALIFORNIA/NEVADA – No details on location and date for 2010. Contact John Mathieson at john. firstname.lastname@example.org for information about 2010 plans. You can also call him at cell 415-672-0519. He also has a new blog to keep people informed of plans as they develop – http://rwueanorcal.blogspot.com/. OHIO DISTRICT – The annual reunion will be held at 1:00 PM Sunday, July 25, 2010 at The Barn in Smithville, Ohio. Contact Diane (Gibbs) Dinkens at 330-673-3064 or e-mail email@example.com for further information. OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City WU/Autodin Retirement Group meets for breakfast at 9:00 AM the ﬁrst Saturday of each month at “Don’s Alley” restaurant in Del City OK, 29th and Vicky. Tentative 2010 dates are: Jan. 2, Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4. Contact Lee Wheeler at email: telegrapher62 @cox.net for more information. PHILADELPHIA – Usually meets on the ﬁrst Wednesday of May and October. Luncheon will be held at Chili’s Bar & Grill, 13th and Filbert Sts. in Philadelphia on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at 12 Noon. Each person orders from the menu and pays his/her own bill. Contact Frank Senner to conﬁrm or for further information at E-mail: Foxyfrank7@aol.com or telephone 215-245-7177. PORTLAND, OREGON AND THE PACIFIC NW – No information currently available concerning 2010 plans – Contact Juyne Walker at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 360-574-1952 or 360-901-3010 for information regarding 2010 plans. RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – No events scheduled at this time. SAINT PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Unable to conﬁrm this event. SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – No information available concerning 2010 plans. All WU employees and friends are welcome – just for fun and socializing. For more information, call Frannie Smith – 360-426-7137 or Alpha Palmer – 360- 732-4442. SOUTH ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Breakfast meetings are held at 9:00 AM the ﬁrst Tuesday every month at Gingham’s Restaurant on So. Lindbergh in South St. Louis. Contact Leo Matthews at email@example.com for information. Tentative 2010 dates: Jan. 5, Feb. 2, Mar. 2, Apr. 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – Luncheon meetings will be held at Columbo’s Restaurant, 1833 Colorado Blvd., in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA 90041. 323-254-9138. (We usually meet on the ﬁrst Saturday of April , April 3. 2010 and 1st Saturday in December [12/4/10] at 12:30 PM.) Please contact Martha Houston, Secretary-Treasurer, at 6411 Haas Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90047, 323-752-2248, for reservations and additional information. Due to members’ summer vacation plans, the summer luncheon has been cancelled. WASHINGTON, DC AND THE METRO AREA (MARYLAND & VIRGINIA) SUMMER PICNIC – This event was cancelled for 2009. Contact Dick Brockert for information concerning 2010 plans at 301-424-1663 or e-mail JetRCB@verizon. net. All Western Union retirees and former employees and guests are welcome to attend. A picnic notice will be mailed out locally about a month in advance. WASHINGTON, DC AND THE METRO AREA (MARYLAND & VIRGINIA) – THE ANNUAL LUNCHEON is usually held on the last Thursday in October at Pier Seven Restaurant, 650 Water St., Washington, DC. Contact Margaret Dean at 301-423-4723 or Dick Brockert at 301-424-1663 or e-mail JetRCB@verizon.net for further information. WEST VIRGINIA – The annual reunion of Western Union employees and families scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 in Flatwoods, WV, was cancelled. Contact Ron Deeds for further information on future events at 304-736-6448 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 5 GATHERINGS LONG ISLAND NEW YORK AREA REUNION – JOHN FALKENBERG This year the New York group had another memorable afternoon with 50 in attendance, including a record number of spouses present. Jack and Phyllis David made the trip from New Jersey and Jack preceded the festivities by informing the group that Jerry Horowitz had passed away suddenly on September 19. Jerry had provided books, picture albums and clocks for the event and was scheduled to attend. Jack spoke of Jerry’s passion about Western Union history and his many accomplishments in discovering and presenting historical facts about Western Union and the many famous people associated with the company. Jerry will be missed. “Other couples who attended: Sid and Bonita Buxbaum (Sid celebrated his 92nd birthday!!), Frank and Millie Bergman (again making the trip down from the Lake George area and shoveling tons of snow to escape – just kidding!), Tony and Joann Buccheri (making the trip from upstate N.Y.), Fred and Marie Gambale (coming up from South Jersey), Leon and Nola Golembeski (Leon says to get ready for a breakfast meeting in November), Rich and Vi Maffucci (Thanks, Rich for your continued work for our reunion), Jim and Pat McGuire, Phil and Anna O’Leary (up from ﬂooded Georgia, but didn’t affect his cotton crop), Bob and Marie Rodman, Sal and Jennie Sciametta (good to hear your daughter continues to make progress after her accident), Rich and Jerri Schoeller and Rudy Jr. and Ronnie Wolfe (his ﬁrst reunion but promises to return). Thanks to you spouses for attending and tolerating the many stories for the umpteenth time. “Noticeably absent were two regular attendees, Dave Turk and Tom Semmler. I have learned that Dave had a valve replacement and a subsequent stroke on the right side. It seems that a brain clot occurred during the replacement. Dave sounded well and time will determine the extent of recovery. Our prayers are with you for a speedy and successful recovery. “Most of us remember our dear departed friend, Mike Vaccaro, who passed away in Florida several years ago. His son, also Mike Vaccaro, is a prominent sports writer for the New York Post newspaper and has written a recently published book: The First Fall Classic: the Giants, and the Cast of Players, Pugs and Politicos who re-invented the World Series in 1912 . It’s available in book-stores, and amazon.com, on link – http://bit.ly/3Klhld. “The other attendees who made this reunion enjoyable were: Rob Abrahamsen, Al Bauer, Joe Bova (Joe, remember how close we came?), Marty Brandler, Donald Cain, Ray Censaprano (aka Goomba Ray), Carmine DeStefano (Yankees never called?), Herb Gold (How many thanks can we bestow on you for the great job you do every year?), Ciro and Mario Iannacone (our breakfast regulars), Lou Ingoglia, Joe Keegan, George Kellerman, Peter Koundourakis, Artie and Joe Lombardi (also breakfast regulars), Don Middlemiss, Al Muscarella, Bill Pyne (good recovery from recent neck surgery), Joe Sansone (I’m his designated driver and Al Bauer his pathﬁnder), Gordon Skau, Bill Staskel (Thanks for your photography used for the album handout), and Jack Wolfe (Jack, you looked magniﬁcent but disappeared early. What happened?). “Arrangements have already been made for next year and we hope you all will be there. Once again, it’s been only the Technical Facilities Department in the NY Area. Where are you other people? All you have to do is send a check to Herb Gold and arrive. Everything else is done. Hope to see some of you others next year.” 6 GATHERINGS (continued) LONG ISLAND NEW YORK AREA REUNION – JOHN FALKENBERG (CONTINUED) 7 GATHERINGS (continued) LONG ISLAND BREAKFAST MEETING – JOHN FALKENBERG John wrote that the breakfast group had one of their unscheduled breakfasts at their usual diner on October 29. Surprisingly strong turnout with some regular attendees absent including: John Falkenberg (medical appointment), Al Bauer (in Florida), Sal Sciametta (had to take his daughter to rehab), Don Cain, Bill Pyne and Bill Staskel. “Tom Semmler was back to his jokes and WU tales that always make the session so enjoyable. Others attending were: the dynamic traveling trio of Al Muscarella, Lou Ingoglia, Rich Maffucci, the Lombardi brothers Art and Joe along with their friend, Bill Corbin, the Iannacone brothers, Ciro and Mario, Jim Chivelli (getting too cold for a motorcycle?), Don Middlemiss, Jim McGuire (getting ready to escape to Florida?), Carmine DeStefano (still waiting for Joe Girardi to call him) and Rich Schoeller.” Remember, anyone else interested in attending these breakfasts should notify Herb Gold or Rich Maffucci. CHICAGO AREA – ALLAN FAIL The Chicago group met on Saturday October 17 at Papa Passaro’s restaurant in Westmont. There were 34 present with three new people (Anita Lemmler, Madonna Klepac and Bev Dejonge) attending. Present were: Jim Jordan, Richard Ward, Granville Ware, Dan Collins, Mac McConnaughay, Charles Zielinski and his wife, Carl Lemmler, Jim Murphy, Joe Guido, Lou Ebrom, Jackie Sheehan, Ron Highley, Denise Highley, Al Heiden, Anita Lemmler, Madonna Klepac, Bev Dejonge, Lupe Lloyd, Mike Mroski, John Quintavalle, Tom Wengel, Fran Johnson, Jane Ray, Jim Bonnet, Neil Foran, Darrell Herzog, Carol Jackson, Vito Colella, Hank Bodnar and Allan Fail. Hank Bodnar, Allan Fail Tom Wengel, Fran Johnson, Mac McConnaughay Anita Lemmler, Madonna Klepac, Bev Dejonge Jane Ray, Carl Lemmler Al Heiden, Vito Colella Lupe Loyd, Madonna Klepac Dan Collins, Al Heiden Jackie Sheehan, Ron Highley, Denise Highley Darrell Herzog, Carol Jackson Joe Guido, Lou Ebrom Mr. & Mrs. Charles Zielinski Jim Jordan, Richard Ward Jim Bonnet, Neil Foran Granville Ware, Dan Collins Carl Lemmler, Jim Murphy Mike Mroski, James Jordan, John Quintavalle 8 GATHERINGS (continued) DALLAS TEXAS – LOUISE JONES The Dallas group held its normal monthly meetings at Raymond’s Bar-B-Que in September, October and November. In October, prayers were offered for Grady King who passed away on September 30, 2009. In November, prayers were offered for Marilyn Fontenot, wife of Tony Fontenot, who passed away on Due to very inclement weather in October, only 15 members were able to attend. 30 members and visitors attended in Sept. and 26 in November. Those attending at one or more meetings were: Betty Bedwell, Doris Howard, Jay Summers, Martha Holland, Sashi Tillman (Honorary Member), Yogi Myers, Jerry Vickers (Honorary Member), Max Hamilton, Rita Forbes, Louise Jones, Tony & Marilyn Fontenot, Leo Whelan, John Riddle, Minnie Barnett, Willis & Helen McKinney, Carl & Bonnie Brenneman, Glen & Lois McNeil, Lloyd & Tillie Bellinger, Frances & Jack Slater, Iwana Virgil, Seamus Dollins (Honorary Member), Myrtis Phillips, Pat & Neville Frazier Chris Serchio, Joe Homelson, Bonnie Chipman, Velma Slocum, Larry Munro, Bruce Richards, Geraldine Pruett, Minnie Barnett, Dovie Jacoby, Ruby Fite, and Tony & Connie Gennarelli. Happy Birthday was sung and door prizes contributed by various members were given out to lucky winners. Reminders were mentioned about the VFW party on November 20 and about the Christmas Party on December 8. Ladies were reminded to wrap their presents in Red and the men to wrap in Green. The price for the gift should be $10. CHATTANOOGA, TN – BILL WEBSTER Bill reports that although attendance was down at their fall meeting, the 19 people present enjoyed great fellowship. The group’s admiration was expressed to those dedicated individuals, namely Len and Muriel Coble, Warren and Hilda Nash and Elsie Fugate, who drove some 80 plus miles through some heavy rain in order to attend the meeting. James Steele won a copy of the book — The Western Union Story. The attendees, who are pictured Front row L to R: Hilda Nash, Muriel Coble, Becky Goins, Sara Steele below, are: Hilda & Warren Nash, Muriel Back row L to R: Warren Nash, Len Coble, J.C. Goins, James Steele and Len Coble, Becky & J.C. Gains, Sara & James Steele, Irene & Dennis Brown, Helen Green and J.W. Travis, Maxine Sedman and Ben Pendergrass, Elsie Fugate and the Rev. Ernest Sutton, Cleo King, Ann Webster and Bill Webster. Bill invites anyone in the area or passing through to join the group’s Spring 2010 meeting on April 12, 2010. See Dates To Remember for details. L to R: Cleo King, Ann Webster, Bill Webster Front row L to R: Irene Brown, Helen Green, Maxine Sedman, Elsie Fugate Back row L to R: Dennis Brown, J.W. Travis, Ben Pendergrass, Rev. Ernest Sutton 9 GATHERINGS (continued) PHILADELPHIA, PA – FRANK SENNER Frank writes that many of the regulars were unable to attend the fall luncheon due to “minor” medical issues or ill-timed vacations (One not so minor medical issue was Jim Murphy recuperating after a double hip replacement). Other “younger” co-workers were unable to come because they are still working and, in this economy, it is tough to take a day off to attend the retiree luncheon – maybe next time. All at the luncheon expressed their sympathies at the death of Jerry Horowitz, who had been a regular attendee at the Philadelphia luncheons in recent years. Jerry’s presentations about Western Union’s history and its colorful people were always enjoyed by the Philadelphia group. Frank also mentioned that he was surprised at the death of Richard Utz who he had hoped to meet during a planned vacation to Florida in November. The fall luncheon was held at Chili’s instead of Applebees when Applebees was unable to conﬁrm the room to Frank. Although there were only 28 in attendance, everyone had a great time. Attendees were: Ed Anderson, Tony Avitollo, Louise Bordihn, Charles Bradshaw, Joe Burke, Mary Lou Burns, Jon Cushing, Dennis Emmett and son Jeff, Lou Gaul, Rose Gerdelmann, Chick Hellwarth, Len Kowalko, Russ Miller, Matt Patterson, Dot Pearce, Jim Poulson, Joe Puleio, Charlie Robinson, Gordon Schillinger, Ken Sears, Frank & Barbara Senner, Marie Thomas, Al & Eileen Vaillancourt, Janet Willlis and Bob Wright. Don’t forget!! The Philadelphia Spring 2010 luncheon will be held at Chili’s Bar & Grill at 13th & Filbert Sts in Phila on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. You order off the menu and pay yourself. But please RSVP to Frank at foxyfrank7@aol. com so he has a count to give to Chili’s. Hope the following will be able to join the group: Jim Murphy, Vince Scali, Ginny Smith (she and her sister Frannie as well), Elmer McIlhenny, Sarah & Larry Lowe, Teresa Sweeney, Jim & Barbara Maurer, Charlie Malin, Pete Mastovito, Ed Dolan, Lou Baska, Walt Dziuk, Kathy Chavis, Jean & Joe McGheehan, Pete McHugh, Roy Mitchell, John Powell, Lou Kassa, Bill Young, Carol Lingo & her sister Kathy, Ralph & Ann Saldutti and Lou Miller. Also looking for John Giardino to join us as his trip from Virginia is a lot shorter than from South Carolina and Walt Garvin if the Phillies are not in town on that date. 10 GATHERINGS (continued) PHILADELPHIA, PA – FRANK SENNER (CONTINUED) 11 GATHERINGS (continued) ALLENTOWN, PA – CHARLES ZAENGLE There were eighteen people at the September 19th breakfast, they were: Angelo Ardo, Willie Jones, Jerry Moyer, Terry Smith, Chuck Zaengle, Barry Wanamaker, Kermit Vandergrift, Vince Yeakel, Louise Toth, Jerry Williams and his wife, Bob Zellers, Mike Ackerman, Nancy Folweiler, Bob Heydt, Ron Brosius, Norman Stevens, and Rosemary Roseberry. A good time was had by all, and for those who couldn’t make it this time you were missed, hope you can make it in May. It is the third Saturday in May, May 15th, at 8 AM at Perkins Restaurant on the corner of Cedar Crest and Hamilton Blvds. Allentown. It is always nice to see all the people you used to work with and hear how they are doing and hear stories from the past. The winners of two books – The Western Union Story – were Kermit Vandergrift and Jerry Williams. The group photo below includes all except Bob Zellers (who took the photo), Jerry Moser, Louise Toth and Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Williams. September Gathering in Allentown, PA Left to Right: Bob Heydt, Ron Brosius, Nancy Folweiler, Angelo Ardo, Willie Jones, Barry Wanamaker, Norman Stevens, Mike Ackerman, Terry Smith, Chuck Zaengle, Rosemary Rosenberry, Kermit Vandergrift, Vince Yeakel. Missing from the picture, but at the gathering: Bob Zellers (photographer), Jerry Moyer, Louise Toth & Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Williams 12 GATHERINGS (continued) NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK SPRING LUNCHEON – JIM FORBES Although the weather was somewhat soggy, the Spring 2009 gathering was very well attended with over 70 people at the luncheon. Recognition for those traveling the furthest to attend the luncheon went to Leo and Alice Whelan from Garland, Texas who were up in the area visiting relatives and attended the luncheon. Leo is the President of the very active Dallas KIT (Keep In Touch) group that meets every month. Mary, the daughter of George Gildersleeve, who passed away earlier in the year, attended our luncheon to express her thanks for all the members of our group that attended the funeral services for George. As luck would have it, she won the book – The Western Union Story – that was given away as a door prize. Many thanks to the committee that arranges our luncheons, Jim Forbes assisted by Jim Reillly, Lorraine Schwacke, Jean Stritt and Jackie Velten. Kudos are also due to our greeters, Brenda and Dick Dexter, and also to our rafﬂe committee, Barbara Gibney, Loanne Carroll and Jackie Velten and to our MC, Frank Rodriguez. Those attending the luncheon were: Gene Adamkiewicz, Lou Arlotta, Mary Ann Arlotta, Jack Bailey, Louis Baska, William Benton, Roger Carman, Janet Castro, Dorinda Checke, Leslie Collins, Wendell Datesman, Jack David, Norma DeLauro, Frank De Lauro, Lou DeRespino, Brenda Dexter, Dick Dexter, Kay Doyle, Jack Durkin, Terry Durkin, Carroll Feldman, Jim Forbes, Pat Forbes, Jim Galleshaw, Jane Ghiringhelli, Barbara Gibney, Claire Haupter, Helen Ingoglia, Vivian Jackovitz, Renny Jackson, Steve Katz, Barbara Katz, Vinnie Kempf, Al LaFrance, Kay Lally, John Liddy, Patrick Maloy, Elizabeth Mehnert, Earl Mansﬁeld, Stan McHenry, Marie Meenen, Herb Micales, John Pastier, George Parowski, Helga Pfau, Bob Reeves, Barbara Rodenheiser, Francis Rodriguez, Rick Rover, Charles Saunders, Shelly Schlanger, Lorraine Schwacke, Joyce Schoening, Lovina Schoenmakers, Mike Setteducato, Howard Schuh, Bernard Shippee, John Skelton, Ronald Slizewski, Jean Stritt, George Strunz, Joe Tieng, William Toohey, Homer Vanides. Jackie Velten, Don Wasson, Harold Werner, Leo Whelan and Alice Whelan. Due to last minute commitments, Loanne Carroll and Jim Reilly were unable to attend. In addition to the eight table photos below, there are ﬁve individual shots of prize winners of the children’s rocker provided by John Skelton, the replica clock provided by Jerry Horowitz and a copy of his book – Western Union Time, the book – The Western Union Story – and a photo of RWUEA’s President, Jack David, welcoming all the attendees. Along with our intrepid photographer, Joe Tieng, displaying his prize, the copy of Jerry Horowitz’s book, our MC, Frank Rodriguez, is in the background. Chair and clock winner! The Western Union Story winner! RWUEA President Jack David welcoming attendees Frank Rodriquez and Joe Tieng, winner of Western Union Time 13 GATHERINGS (continued) NEW JERSEY/NEW YORK – JIM FORBES (CONTINUED) 14 GATHERINGS (continued) WASHINGTON, DC – DICK BROCKERT Dick reports that they had 36 people attend their annual luncheon. Two others, Noel Lighthart and Andrew Sullivan, had signed up but were unable to make it. The group enjoyed the luncheon and also the “Album” prepared by the late Jerry Horowitz. The door prizes included a replica clock sent by Jerry, two The Western Union Story books, 25 gold dollar coins as well as their 50/50 drawing. Faith Dick and Glenn Moore won the two books, Lee Cole won the replica clock, Charlie Tinker won the coins and Catherine Maxson won the 50/50 drawing. Photos of the group are shown below along with a photo of Dick Brockert presiding at the podium. Dick Brockert Standing (L-R): Harry Milstead, Sadie Milstead and Standing (L-R): John Smith and George Beu. Seated Georgia Sharp. Seated (L-R): Glenn Moore, Zane (L-R): Sandra Tinker, Charlie Tinker, William Gilmore Dick, Stephanie Moore and Faith Dick. and Shirley Wright. Standing (L-R): Bob Herschberger, Standing (L-R): Dave Coddington Fred Dropko and Ralph Smith. Seated and Dick Brockert. Seated (L-R): (L-R): Bill Galanis, Jim Lichford, Lee Pat Jacobsen, Frankie Santini, Betty Cole, Ed Cole and Jim Sheppard. Sclater, Margaret Dean and Esther Brockert. Standing (L-R): Harry Milstead, Gus Hernandez, Catherine Maxson and Arturo Carroll. Seated (L-R): Ed Link, Roy Rumsey, Jim Jansco and Todd Pantels. 15 GATHERINGS (continued) MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – LOUISE NEITERS The entire Mpls/St. Paul group met in August at Nye’s for lunch. There were 20 present including John Born who was up visiting from the Atlanta, Georgia area. Those present were: Arvid Anderson, Carol Anderson, Kathleen Anderson, John Borg, Zoe Mary Cunningham, Marge Delfs, Mary Dunham, Dave Gustafson, Kay Hogar, Tracy Hogar, Gene Le Vitre, Al Nieters, Louise Nieters, Ken Oestrich, Pat Oestrich, Borys Polec, Rosalie Polec, Janice Thoraldson, Shirley Winnick and Cliff Wyman. The group meets on the ﬁrst Mondays in May, August and December. See Dates To Remember for details. The ladies group met on November 10 at the Oak Grill Room at Macy’s – present were: Kathleen Anderson, Zoe Mary Cunningham, Marge Delfs, Mary Dunham and Louise Nieters. The ladies group meets on the second Tuesdays of most months. Due to questionable weather during the winter months, the next scheduled luncheon is scheduled for March. Mention was made of the death of John Genosky, widower of Mary. John, born in Slovakia in 1906 passed away on September 11, 2009 at the age of 103. Mary and three of their sons were employees of Western Union. Mention was also made of the death of Ralph Notaro, Sr., husband of former WU employee Lois. During the summer, Janice Thoraldson, Pearl Johnson and Zoe Mary Cunningham visited with Gen Stahosky at her home in Cambridge, MN. Minneapolis Ladies Group Zoe Mary Cunningham is top left LITTLE ROCK, ARK – FRANK STINEBAUGH Frank wrote that their October meeting was the smallest since forming the club but they have been having a lot of rain, wind and chilly weather. Those attending the October 10th meeting were: Jim Bias, Ray & Dorothy Hess, Bill & Martha Venable and Frank & Yvonne Stinebaugh. Due to Frank’s inability to be at the Spring 2009 meeting, two of the books – The Western Union Story – were given out at the October meeting by a drawing from all active members of the club. The winners were: David Ellis and Bill Venable. Their next meeting will be on April 10, 2010. See Dates To Remember for details. 16 GATHERINGS (continued) SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA – LAURALI FEY Laurali reports that the RWUEA of Southern California held their Christmas Luncheon on December 5 at Columbo’s Restaurant. A nice crowd of 21 members were present. Members and guests were: Karen Anderson and daughter, Cheryl Echols and granddaughters Taneea Slocum and Devrianna Shelby, Bernie Cain, Charlie Cope, Bill and Laurali Fey (President), Martha Houston (Secretary-Treasurer), Ron and Dee Larson, Stanley Paige, Eric and Jeannette Rosen, Georgia Roberts, George Royal, Terry Shane, Warren and Barbara Snitzer, Art and June Stein. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and President Lori Fey’s invocation “Christmas is Eternal” by Clay Harrison, a moment of silence was observed for the following former co-workers: Jerry Horowitz, Richard Utz, James Bruner, Ida Cline, Izeal Gray, Robert Larkin and all those deceased who were unreported. Copies of a photo album prepared by and sent by Jerry Horowitz were presented to all in attendance. Highlights of the afternoon included a gift exchange and rafﬂe. Charlie Cope (who came all the way from Washington State) won the money bell center piece that was decorated by Martha Houston. The Spring 2010 luncheon will be held on April 3 – see Dates To Remember for details. Due to members’ vacations plans, the Summer luncheon has been cancelled. All former employees and guests are welcome. SOUTH ST. LOUIS – LEO “HAWK” MATTHEWS Leo reports that the monthly breakfasts at Gingham’s Restaurant continue and that there were 14 attendees at their December breakfast on December 1. Those present were: Don Hagman, Denis Ling, John Kinane, Judy Kinane, Bill Cole, Jim Stow, Bob Fowler, Joe Gaglio, Richard Rehfeldt, Jim Korynta, Leo Matthews, Henry Blumenkemper, Gene Briggs and Earline Jones. See Dates To Remember for the 2010 schedule. KENTUCKY/SO. INDIANA DISTRICT – CHESTER COLLIER The group’s regular fall get-together luncheon was held on Saturday, October 10 at Buckhead Mountain Grill in Louisville. The group’s President. Kathleen Thomas, was out of town so Betty Kessinger ﬁlled in and did an excellent job. L. B. Bunch was in Florida sunning. Maxine Evans was still sick and unable to attend. Many others who were unable to attend were also missed. Those attending were: Coy Bray, who gave our prayer, Chester & Eve Collier, Bertha Graf, Betty Kessinger and son David and his wife Kathy, David & Lee McDonald, Wayne & Barbara Ray, John & Clara Jean Wheatley, Ethel Cooper & daughter Michelle, and O.P Wilkerson who came all the way from Winchester, TN. All enjoyed reminising with good company and conversation and an enjoyable lunch too! The group extends best wishes to all for an enjoyable Holiday Season. BIG MT. DAVIDSON CROSS – WESTERN UNION MAN’S IDEA In May 1934, the Western Union publication Dots and Dashes told of President Roosevelt tapping the golden telegraph key at the White House to send a signal to Mt. Davidson in San Francisco which lighted up what was believed at that time to be the largest cross in the world. It is a concrete cross 103 feet in height. The idea for a cross in that location was conceived by James G. Decatur, who served WU ﬁfty-six years in capacities from messenger to executive before his retirement in October 1930. Mr. Decatur worked with a committee of San Francisco citizens for years before the cross was constructed at a cost of $25,000 in a mountain-top park owned by the City and County of San Francisco. According to a recent search of Wikipedia, in 1991 several groups suied the city over its ownership of the cross. After several court battles that the city lost, in 1997 the city auctioned off the 0.38 acres of land (1,538 square meters), including the cross, to the highest bidder. The cross was purchased for $26,000 by the Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California. 17 NATIONAL NEWS MUSEUMS THINGS TO DO IN ROCHESTER, NY, WASHINGTON, DC AND/OR PENSACOLA, FL Carlos Van Orden writes that he has some suggestions for what to do with your free time should you happen to be in either the Rochester, NY area, Washington, DC or Pensacola, Florida. A set of The Western Union Technical Review publications are now a part of the Rochester Museum and Science Center at 657 East Avenue in Rochester, NY. The Museum has an area for the restored ofﬁce of D. Alonzo Watson, treasurer of the newly reorganized Western Union Telegraph Company done there in 1861. For a complete story of the initial WUTELCO go to www.rmsc.org and for speciﬁc information contact Lea Kemp at lkemp@rmsc. org --- and on the alumni web site go to www.westernunionalumni.com/museofc. Another set is in the library of the National Cryptologic Museum of the National Security Agency at Fort George Meade in Maryland. If you are in the Washington, D. C. area the museum has an incredible array of equipment and devices relating to cryptology and communications. Another set is in the museum of the National Cryptologic Veterans Association onboard Corry Station at Pensacola, Florida. Use its toll-free number 1-800-usa-ncva for visitation information. Few of our WU retirees have knowledge of the part Western Union played in the spy business started in the late 1930s and greatly enlarged by the efforts of President Roosevelt 18 NATIONAL NEWS MEMORIES THE ANSWER TO JERRY’S LAST QUIZ The gentleman in the photo with the WU uniform on is Hugh Laurie (not the Hugh Laurie of House fame). He was born in 1884 and died in 1966. He was a playwright and comedian who appeared in “Hellzapoppin”, a famous movie. He was in Elizabeth Taylor’s ﬁrst movie. “Hoo Hoo Hoo” were his famous words and the inspiration for Donald Duck. Unfortunately, Jerry’s computer is password protected and his widow, Lois, has been unable to open his email ﬁles so we are unable to declare a winner at this time. Mrs. Horowitz will let us know as soon as she is able to open the ﬁles KENNETH KERR – RALEIGH, NC “Wiring Buttermilk” – John Sampaga’s story about wiring money reminded me of the one that was still being told in the Jacksonville, Florida main ofﬁce when I was there in the management training program in the late 1950’s. During the Korean conﬂict, a woman came up to the main ofﬁce counter with a pail of freshly churned buttermilk in her hand and told the clerk she would like to wire it to her son who was in basic training at Fort Stewart, GA. With a straight face, the clerk said: “Gee, ma’am, I’m sorry but we just wired some ﬂowers to Savannah and they got stuck on the wire. I don’t think we will be able to take anything else today.” The woman thanked him and left, pail of buttermilk in hand. “At Cookeville, TN, the manager frequently received messages telephoned in from Tennessee Congressman Joe Evins’ ofﬁce in Smithville, TN. In those years the rural phone lines weren’t as good as today, and the situation was not improved when representative Evins secretary was trying to spell a word the Cookeville manager didn’t understand, and she said, “No, it’s E as in Italy. “Western Union closed the ofﬁce at Sewanee, TN in 1951 when I was a student at the University of the South. The university took on the agency and I worked the agency for several school years as a student work job. Sewanee, even after conversion to an agency, handled a number of three-star points in the Cumberland Plateau. At that time most of the communities only had one or two telephones. Fortunately I had a good working relationship with the long distance operators at Winchester and Tracy City. The Winchester operator (Bell System) would take the information, then ring Tracy City (then the Tennessee Consolidated Telephone Co.). Frequently, Tracy City couldn’t understand the women operators in Winchester, but it seemed my voice carried better than theirs on poor connections, so I usually ended up telling Tracy City the number or party I wanted. One day with a message for an individual in Beersheba Springs, I placed a person-to-person call to the person, and said to the Tracy City operator, “Let’s see if they know her at Brown’s Store.” The operator said: “Do you mean Smith’s store?” I replied, “Yes, you know – the only phone in Beersheba Springs.” She quickly responded, “We may have only one telephone there, but we have lots of good grapevines.” VANCE JOHNSON – FLAGLER, CO A little while ago, Vance wrote asking me how many people were in the RWUEA. I wrote back that we currently had slightly over 2200 members. Vance then wrote me that he was checking out a couple of the Rosters we used to publish and found that, in 1989, we had 4,700 members out of an approximate retiree base of 12,000. In 2001, the count was down to a little over 3200 members. As Vance said: “You might say it isn’t surprising when you see how many are on the IN MEMORIAM pages each quarter.” Vance also told me how he ﬁnally ﬁgured out how to avoid being ﬁred because he seemed unable to get up for work in the morning. In our last issue, Vance said he tried using three alarm clocks. When that still wasn’t doing the job, Vance used a Time-Switch (used on customer machines to shut them off when the ofﬁce was closed) along with a little control box and rigged it up to turn on a big alarm bell over his bed at 6am each weekday morning. He would then push a button to shut the alarm off when he woke up. Vance even sought out professional help to eliminate his problem – you certainly have to give the man A for effort. Vance says his health is pretty good. Vance is currently working on writing stories for the Newsletter but he plans to shorten them to a page or less. (Editor’s Note: Thanks, Vance, as space is usually at a premium.) 19 MEMORIES (continued) RALPH HATKE – PINCKNEY, MI Ralph sent in this photo of the Statos Class in the Spring of 1976 at USR. Ralph doesn’t have the presence of mind to jot down the all the names but he thinks (correctly) that the person on the right end was an Instructor named Jeff Harlow. Except for another instructor, whose name he doesn’t know and who has a mustache, the rest of the group are sales reps from across the country. When I asked Ralph where he was in the photo, he told me the following story: “Well, naturally, I am the best and most professionally looking person. With that information you should have no problem in locating me. But, in the event I gave you too much or too little information for a positive identiﬁcation, scroll down. Because after working in the commercial ofﬁce public arena for 20 years before running out of bumping positions, I had to take a FFR in 1973 and eventually a severance package. So from 1973 to 1976, I did various somewhat non-descript jobs ending up as a shoe salesman for Baker Shoes in Westland Mall, Michigan. Dan Buckley, who was district sales manager and a friend, approached me about becoming a re-hire. From there I went on as a sales rep, Mailgram coordinator for MI, OH, IN. Then was promoted to MMS (Mgr. Marketing support) for the same 3 states. Before retiring I also for a stint was Asst District Mgr for dealer Operations. In 1988, after 12 years as a rehire and WU was in all sorts of change............. I saw the handwriting on the wall. So I retired and accepted a sales position with Telecomp (an ASR) in Indianapolis. That only lasted six months because once I got in I saw how riddled it was with nepotism. No way to survive in that environment. At any rate, when I was rehired, my age was at the maximum for a rehire (40 years old).” Ralph is the “guy on the far left with a blue suit and regretfully to this day the pair of buff colored shoes. Gads!! ‘How not to dress for success’.” STATOS Class – Upper Saddle River, Spring of 1976 20 MEMORIES (continued) DAUGHTER OF WALTER ANDREWS SENDS MEMORIES I recently received a package from Marguerite Cooper, daughter of former member Walter Andrews who passed away in 1999. She was cleaning out some of his things and thought that we might appreciate some of the articles she had come across. First is the letter Walter typed up on December 1923 (whether at his own volition or as requested from his manager I don’t know). Second item is a copy of his Diploma from the Western Union School in Bloomﬁeld, NJ in July of 1934. Third is a copy of the results of his ﬁnal Test on “Training In Simplex Operation”. Then we have a very interesting copy of a photo of the famous General John J. Pershing with an inscription “To Western Union Messengers: Prompt and careful attention to duty inevitably leads to success. Very sincerely, John J. Pershing.” Lastly, but certainly not least is a photo of the graduates and instructors of the July 1934 class of the Bloomﬁeld, NJ Western Union School - all 131 of them. 21 MEMORIES (continued) 22 FROM THE EDITOR In our last issue I mentioned that we welcome all kinds of submissions – email or not. Obviously our preference is for email submissions and for group shots at gatherings when possible to save space in the Newsletter. Well, I received a letter from my friend Dorothy McCubbins who is not ashamed to admit that she is the one who wrote the mildly blistering letter stating that she didn’t use the Internet and were we trying to stiﬂe her very entertaining submissions. Well, Dorothy has written a poem to apologize for the misunderstanding: DOROTHY MCCUBBINS – POEM There must be ‘RULES’ and ‘ORDERS’ And we’ll live our lives together In every phase of life; And try to stay in place. Without then, we’d run rampart Thanks for straightening me out Amid the TOILS and STRIFE. I’ll try to toe the line; ’Tho some are not ideal Obeying ‘rules’ and ‘bosses’ For reasons best unknown; then everything will be ﬁne. We try to live our lives – According to my lineage However seeds are sown. as part of things I’ve learned; Sometimes ﬁnancial matters I’ll just go on being ‘Me’ Will take us by the horn; Forgetting things for which I’ve yearned. Or lack of understanding Though none of us are EQUAL According to how we’re born. Each of us is UNIQUE; But we will do our best So LET’S JUST ALL SHAKE HANDS (or drop out of the race;) AND THINK BEFORE WE SPEAK. CAN YOU HELP ? ARCHITECT NEEDS HELP George Boyle is an architect working with the current owners of 60 Hudson who is very interested in ﬁnding any historic photos of both the storefronts and elevators and any other historic photos of 60 Hudson Street that might be available. Mr. Boyle is attempting to really understand the historical elements and how they can incorporate to future renovations. If you can help, please contact Mr. Boyle at 180 Duane St., NYC, NY 10013 – telephone 212-226- 0984 or 212-343-1494. 23 NEW MEMBERS: WELCOME! John D. Fowler P.O. Box 266, Tupelo, OK 74572 Ed Howard 8 Hickory RD, Sloatsburg, NY 10974 Sally Weaver 737 Kimsey LN,# 214, Henderson, KY 42420 Vern Zuehlke 7547 W 165th ST, Tinley Park, IL 60477 RWUEA 85 YEAR CLUB When retired employees who are members of the RWUEA reach the age of 85, they are entitled to become HONORARY MEMBERS and then are no longer required to pay annual dues. Our records do not indicate member ages, so it will be necessary for you to advise us when you reach age 85. If you are age 85 or older and we don’t have you as an Honorary Member (The term HONORARY MBR will appear above your mailing address on the last page of this Newsletter), please send in the application on this Newsletter – last page, to the RWUEA Treasurer, P.O. Box 13, Montgomery, NY 12549. We are pleased to welcome the following to the RWUEA “85 Year Club.” Edith Brown 50 Lacey RD # B213, Whiting, NJ 08759 Ruth M Burchell 220 Kasson RD, Knoxville, TN 37920 Janet Combs P.O. Box 46, Lyons, IN 47443 Wayne G Early 8518 Richardo LN, Hixson, TN 37343 Charlotte F Grifﬁn 146 Sugaloch Cove, Jackson, MS 39211 Bert Huber 2101 26th ST, SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 Helen “Pat” Jacobson 10821 Forest Hills DR, Tampa, FL 33612 Elmer V Mc Ilhenny 9338 Tulip ST, Philadelphia, PA 19114 Joseph A Overhage 8624 Mapleview DR, Indianapolis, IN 46217 Violet J Prince 2919 Marmore AV, Parma, OH 44134 Jack R Riley 90 Glen Abbey, Abilene, TX 79606 Norma I Wade 14132 37 AV S, # 104, Tukwila, WA 98168 George E Wilson P.O. Box 691, Dunnellon FL 34430 24 IN MEMORIAM IN MEMORIAM Our sympathy to family and friends of the following Western Union retirees, who passed away recently. Most of the names below are furnished by Western Union and reﬂect the city/state location of the deceased at the time of death. Western Union has privacy concerns about releasing more detailed address information. RWUEA members are indicated in bold type and we provide street address information as indicated in our records. We also include names and addresses as provided to us by individuals. Name Mailing Address Date of Death Ameln, Diana St. Louis, MO 11/6/09 Anderson, Ruby Voorhees, NJ 7/26/09 Andes, Robert 3906 Rolling Terr DR, Spring, TX 77388 7/31/09 Augustave, Jeanette Newark, NJ 9/9/09 Babb, Florence Glensod, IL 10/2/09 Barbosa, Louise 3937 Spencer Way, Sacramento, CA 95821 8/31/09 Bradley Sr., Andrew 1010 Samantha LN # 201, Odenton, MD 21113 10/22/09 Calandra, Thomas 15 Netcong RD, Budd Lake, NJ 07828 11/13/09 Cameron, Charles Long View, WA 8/12/09 Chicoine, Armand Essex Junction, VT 10/1/09 Cook, Avis Oklahoma City, OK 8/28/09 Craft, Senie Miami, FL 7/30/09 Crandall, Gregory Coon Rapids, MN 9/6/09 Cummings, Ethel Garden City, NY 9/26/09 Dalton, Gilbert Creal Springs, IL 9/15/09 Davis, Philip 440 Chicken Creek RD, Frankewig, TN 39459 9/14/09 Deese, Elsie 1707 Main ST, Suite #105m, La Crosse, WI 54601 10/31/09 Deverell, Mary Storm Lake, IA 8/26/09 Dugan, Edward South Natick, MA 11/3/09 Fakess, Ida Beckley, WV 9/13/09 Fisk, Aubrey Whitney, TX 10/23/09 Forgione, Antoinette Manchester, NJ 9/8/09 Freeman, Theodore Silver Spring, MD 8/20/09 Goaslind, Carole Tulare, CA 11/22/09 *Grant, Geraldine “Gerry” Philadelphia, PA 10/14/09 Graves, Robert Secane, PA 11/2/09 Green, Earnest Aurora, CO 8/24/09 Hale, Charles Indianapolis, IN 9/30/09 Hill, Mary Collinsville, IL 9/24/09 *Horowitz, Jerome “Jerry” 25 Godwin AV, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 9/18/09 **Johnson, Mary Miller Place, NY 9/25/09 Kimsey, Robbie Macon, GA 11/14/09 *King, Grady O’Neal 8325 Cabrera DR, Dallas, TX 75228 9/30/09 Kober, Ora Rochester, NY 10/27/09 **Laine, Allan Salt Lake City, UT 8/19/09 Lauro, Florence Spring Hill, FL 9/24/09 *Lawrence, Juanita Detroit, MI 12/1/09 Lee, James Washington, DC 9/10/09 Lilu, Aurelian W. Bloomﬁeld, MI 8/12/09 Lindner, Marie Phoenix, AZ 8/19/09 Luttrell, Elzy El Sobrante, CA 10/2/09 Lydon, Peter Redwood City, CA 10/29/09 Mardis, Allen Covington, KY 8/17/09 Marshall, Paul Wills Point, TX 9/10/09 McCanna, William 2140 Agatite AV, Chicago, IL 60625 10/1/09 McCarthy, Betty Dobbs Ferry, NY 10/16/09 Miller, Christian Hagerstown, MD 11/10/09 Miller, Edward Arlington, TN 11/15/09 25 IN MEMORIAM (continued) Name Mailing Address Date of Death *Moore, James Grosse Point Park, MI 11/29/09 Owen, William Redford Township, MI 10/6/09 Pink, Martha Newark, DE 9/7/09 Porcelli, Frank PO Box 8704, Fedhaven, FL 33854 8/16/09 Porter, Eleanore Cedarburg, WI 10/22/09 Raczkowski, Lucille 10 Canton DR, #A, Whiting, NJ 08759 10/16/09 Rehrig, Florence Providence, RI 9/14/09 Romines, Judy Sabetha, KS 9/24/09 Romo, Cresciano “Chris” 3034 South Barnes, Springﬁeld, MO 65804 11/9/09 Rose, Billy Conway, SC 11/22/09 Sadvary, Pete Camas, WA 6/29/09 Santos, Louise Red Hook, NY 8/17/09 Schweitzer, Albert Medford, NY 11/3/09 Shedd, Cleo Cartersville, GA 10/7/09 Sheets, Eugene Lakewood, CA 9/14/09 Siperko, Charles Ellicott City, MD 11/2/09 St. John, James Reston, VA 9/24/09 Stewart, Gwyn Gibsonville, NC 10/12/09 Strauss, John Whitehall, PA 10/16/09 Swilley, Clyde SunCity Center, FL 11/8/09 Thomas, Dorothy Phoenix, AZ 9/23/09 Thompson, Donald 1706 Olive Spring RD, Soquel, CA 95073 9/29/09 Troutman, Greene Denver, CO 10/24/09 Utz, Richard 10855 Beverly CT, Clermont, FL 34711 10/7/09 Wheat, Mary Pittsburgh, PA 10/27/09 Wilcox, Cecelia Bladenboro, NC 6/6/09 Wise, Fredda Glendora, CA 9/18/09 Wolfberg, Morton 1432 Brookhollow DR, Orlando, FL 32824 10/1/09 * These deaths notices furnished by other than Western Union ** These addresses differ from our records JERRY HOROWITZ – FAIR LAWN, NJ Jerome “Jerry” Horowitz passed away on September 18, 2009 at the age of 76. Jerry was a member of the Board of Directors of the RWUEA for several years and was responsible for Regional Affairs. In this capacity, Jerry visited several of our Regional groups around the country making presentations about Western Union’s history and some of the famous people that either worked for Western Union or were associated with it in other ways. Jerry also either took along with him or sent to regions he didn’t visit replica WU clocks and copies of his book Western Union Time. Jerry was also a heavy contributor to the book that has been sent out to regions for awards as door prizes – The Western Union Story. He was very interested in learning all about Western Union’s history and sharing that Jerry Horowitz information as much as he could. When I advised the regional people about Jerry’s death, the tributes and messages of condolences to his family ﬂowed in. John Mathieson out in San Francisco, Laurali Fey in Los Angeles, Dick Brockert in Washington DC and Frank Senner in Philadelphia among others. As Frank Senner expressed it, “The people in Philly really enjoyed his presentations. He most certainly will be missed. He kept Western Union alive for all of us. We learned much more about the history of Western Union than we thought we knew.” Jerry was an engineer by training and was a video engineer for Western Union at 60 Hudson Street developing training videos. A veteran of the Navy Armed Forces Radio Services, Jerry was stationed in Japan and became ﬂuent in the Japanese language. His outside activities and interests were quite varied including: Rotary International membership, helping to establish and run an urban farm in Fair Lawn, traveling to northern China, Lithuania and Egypt for Rotary, Cub Scout Master, 4-H Leader. 26 IN MEMORIAM (continued) RICHARD UTZ – CLERMONT, FL Richard passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at the age of 82. Richard was a long-time member of the RWUEA and was the founder of the westernunionalumni.com web site. He retired from Western Union as a microwave installer/maintainer. Richard is survived by his wife, Joyce, one son, David, one daughter, Deborah, and two grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him. GERALDINE “GERRY” GRANT – PHILADELPHIA, PA Frank Senner advised us that fellow Philadelphia co-worker Gerry passed away on October 14, 2009. Gerry worked in the Commercial Department as a clerk in the branch ofﬁces in Philly and then transferred to the Moorestown, NJ CTB. Frank writes that Gerry attended several Philadelphia luncheons until health problems prevented her from attending. GRADY KING – DALLAS TEXAS Grady passed away on September 30, 2009. Grady was an Honorary Member of RWUEA and was very active in all the retiree activities in the Dallas Area. He ran the annual Christmas Party held at the VFW on the Friday before Thanksgiving every year. He worked for Western Union for over 41 years holding various jobs in Dallas, Galveston and Fort Worth as line crewman on the railroad, lineman, technician, Assistant Foreman and retiring as an Equipment Inspector in Dallas in 1983. He will be missed by all who knew him. ORA KOBER – FAIRPORT, NY Ora passed away on October 27, 2009 at the age of 97. She was employed by Western Union in Rochester, NY for many years. AUBREY FISK – DALLAS, TX Aubrey passed away on October 23, 2009 at the age of 84. Aubrey held many positions in the Dallas Area including spending several years at the National Processing Center in Farmers Branch, Texas. AVIS “JERI” COOK – OKLAHOMA CITY, OK Rose Samarripa advised us that Jeri Cook passed away on August 28, 2009 at the age of 77. She worked for Western Union for 35 years primarily as a Telephone Operator, retiring in 1988. Preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, she is survived by two sons, one daughter, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. IVAR MELLEN - SAN GABRIEL, CA Ivar, whose death was reported in our 3rd qtr 2009 issue, died on April 25, 2009 at the age of 88-3/4. Ivar started on a bike delivering telegrams. He worked for Western Union for 35 years. His daughter, Patricia, says that Ivar’s wife preceded him in death in 2001. The family misses them both. 27 RWUEA ASSOCIATION Non Proﬁt Org. P.O. BOX 413 U.S. Postage MONTGOMERY, NY 12549 PAID Hackensack, NJ ADDRESS SERVICE Permit No. 1232 REQUESTED RETIRED WESTERN UNION EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 413, Montgomery, NY 12549 Gift ❑ Application for Membership New member ❑ (Please check if new or renewal of membership and/or change of address.) Renewal ❑ Change of Address ❑ Name____________________________________________________ Date of Birth______________________________ (Please print) Mailing Address ____________________________________________________________________________________ (Number) (Street) _____________________________________________________________________________________ (City) (State) (Zip) Retired from or left W.U. at (City)_______________________________ Position____________________ Date________________ (If change of address) Former Address _____________________________________________________________________________________ (Number) (Street) (City) (State) (Zip) E-Mail Address _______________________________________ Phone__________________________________ Dues of $10.00 per calendar year or $25.00 for 3 years must accompany this application, except for those present members who are claiming Honorary Status (85 years of age). Gift donated by: _____________________________________________________________________________________ RWUEA Web Site Address is www.westernunionretirees.com E-Mail addresses of RWUEA members are at the Web Site.
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