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An Old Fighter Pilot Presents Rusting Aircraft

September 30, 2018

Thank you for spending a few minutes with this old fighter pilot as we visit these once proud flying machines.

On the beach at Mazunite, Mexico, we find the resting place of a Columbian Narcoplane that was shot down by the Mexican Army some 20 years ago.  You never know what you might find while beach-combing.

This C-54 was found abandoned in Ganes Creek Alaska. The plane was forced to make an emergency landing.  When I was assigned to Japan as an Intelligence Analyst in 1962, I was flown there in a Military Air Transport Service C-54 island hoping across the Pacific at 220 mph.

After becoming a fighter pilot at the 188th Wing in Fort Smith, the unit had a C-54 support aircraft that transported most of the pilots from Dallas on drill weekend.  The 188th would not have been able to exist without those pilots.  The 188th is now a drone unit without a support aircraft and short 40 drone pilots.

We now swing down south to Antartica.  This abandoned C-121 Lockheed Constellation was discovered in Pegasus Field in South Antartica.  I only remember flying on a Super Constellation once.  As I recall, it was an air evac aircraft from the Colorado Air National Guard.

This Douglas DC-3 was discovered in the Zeljava Air Base on the border of Croatia and Bosnia.  The Beloved “Gooney Bird” first flew in 1935 with a cruising speed of 150 mph.  In 1969 I was a global qualified aircraft commander flying C-141 Starlifters when I was asked to fly a 141 assigned to McChord AFB.  I delivered the 141 from Tokyo to McChord south of Seattle and found myself almost 700 miles from my home at Travis AFB near San Francisco.  My Wing Commander arraigned for a Gooney Bird to fly me home.  I had plenty of time to take my turn flying the bird.  What once seemed to be a huge airplane to me, seemed more like a piper cub after flying the 325,000 pound 141.  The Mooney Mark 21 airplane I bought a few years later had a cruise speed of 172 mph but the Gooney Bird hauled a lot of cargo and earned her pay for many years.

This Bell P-39 Airacobra was discovered in the bottom of Lake Mart-Yavr in the Russian Arctic Circle in 2004. The pilot of this plane was forced to make an emergency ditching in the lake.

I did sit in a P-39 one time and heard a lot about them from a dear friend.  The engine was in the rear and the propeller shaft ran between my legs.  With a long prop shaft, the gyroscopic effect put a lot of stress on the bird.

My friend who flew the P-39 was Major General Philip Greasley who retired in Mountain Home.  At his home, overlooking Lake Norfork, Phil told me about flying the Airacobra in New Guinea.  He described the steaming jungles similar to what I experienced in Vietnam.  Few Americans had ever served in New Guinea and accurate maps were nonexistent.  Intelligence reports were so inaccurate that no one knew what to expect other than they would be facing Japanese warplanes with reputations that made them seem invincible.

Imagine stumbling upon this Curtiss Kittyhawk P-40 in the Sahara. The plane crashed back in 1942 and was discovered by a Polish Oil Company worker surveying a region of the Western Desert in Egypt.

This MI-17 Helicopter crashed at the Mount Everest Base Camp while attempting to land.  Before you ask, I wasn’t climbing Mount Everest, I have a hard time climbing out of bed.

I will say that I once served as Chief of Safety for a Fighter Wing and received training at Arizona State University and the University of Southern California.  What might look like a pile of metal to some people, looks like clues to an investigator.  The accidents I investigated gave me fascinating experience.

This is an abandoned Gloster Meteor from 1955.  Believe it or not, the Meteor was the only jet aircraft used for combat by the Allies during World War II and was the first British Jet Fighter.

This abandoned World Airways DC-10 sits on its tail because of wet volcanic ash. The plane flew through the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption.

I was very happy when the Air Force rolled out the KC-10 Tanker.  Compared to the KC-135, the 10 was as stable as a rock which made air refueling much easier.  I was privileged to Command the Cope Thunder Provisional multi-national Wing and KC-10s were part of my six billion dollars worth of jets.

My first air refuelings in the F-100 and F-101 were from a KC-97.  Even with the 97 going as fast as possible and me going as slow as possible, sometimes the tanker had to start a descent to keep me above stall speed.

Here is a once proud T-38 Talon at the Boneyard.  I was privileged to fly T-38s when they were pretty new in 1967.  The jet is so fast and so sensitive that I worried I would never be able to fly it.  While I was in Air Force Pilot Training at Vance Air Force Base, General Greasley was chief of staff of Air Training Command headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.  That was just a few years before I met him and my good friend and fellow pilot married his daughter.

Before I hung up my G-suit, I flew some mighty fine machines including all the supersonic jets flown by the Thunderbirds and the F-101 Voodoo that they didn’t fly.  I was an Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner in all the Jet Fighters I flew.

I also owned and enjoyed a few airplanes once upon a time.  They’re probably all still flying except the American Trainer.  I read that it crashed with a fatality.  You don’t fly as long as I did including 50 combat missions in Vietnam with having some luck.

Here’s a toast to the magnificent flyers and their flying machines, including the rusty ones.

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I am Proud to Introduce Phoolan Devi to my Readers

September 23, 2018

Phoolan was born into a poor family in rural Uttar Pradesh in India in 1963. As an 11 year old girl, Phoolan married a man three times her age in an arranged marriage that lasted a year before she fled. Having been brutalized by her husband, she walked hundreds of miles back home only to discover that her family considered her act disgraceful and would not allow her in the home.

Living on the streets, Phoolan was raped, robbed and assaulted regularly as a member of the lower castes in India. She received no help from anyone, not even the police.

Since Phoolan was estranged from her husband and her family, the very young girl sought escape by running away and joining a gang of bandits. She was the only woman in that gang, and her relationship with one gang member, coupled with other minor factors, caused a gunfight between gang members.

Phoolan’s lover was killed in that gunfight. The victorious rival faction, who were Rajputs, took Phoolan to their village of Behmai, confined her in a room, and took turns to rape her repeatedly over several days. After escaping, Phoolan rejoined the remnants of her dead lover’s faction, took another lover from among those men, and continued with banditry. However, the memory of Behmai remained uppermost in her mind.

A few months later, her new gang descended upon the village of Behmai to exact revenge for what she had suffered. About twenty-two Rajput men belonging to that village were lined up in a row and shot dead by Phoolan’s gang.

Since Phoolan was a woman, and her victims were men, the press portrayed the Behmai massacre as an act of righteous rebellion. The respectful nickname ‘Devi’ was conferred upon her by the media and public at this point.

Devi evaded capture for two years after the Behmai massacre before she and her few surviving gang-members surrendered to the police in 1983. In poor health and exhausted by the struggle to stay hidden, Devi negotiated her surrender to avoid a death sentence. Although she agreed to 8 years’ imprisonment, she ended up being jailed for 11 years, without trial.

She was charged with 48 crimes, including multiple murders, plunder, arson and kidnapping for ransom. Devi spent the next eleven years in jail, as the various charges against her were tried in court. In 1994, the state government headed by Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party summarily withdrew all charges against her, and Devi was released.

The 1994 film “Bandit Queen” is loosely based on her life until that point when she was 30 years old and just released from jail.

Devi then ran for Parliament as a candidate of the Samajwadi Party and was twice elected to the Lok Sabha as the member for Mirzapur. In 2001, she was shot dead by former rival bandits whose kinsmen had been slaughtered at Behmai by her gang. The assassination took place at the gates of her official bungalow that was allotted to her as a Member of Parliament in New Delhi.

Devi became legendary for both her acts of revenge on those who had abused her and her Robin Hood-like activities to aid the lower castes. As a member of the lower house of Parliament she continued as a champion of the poor and oppressed.

When Devi was assassinated in 2001 she was 37 years old. I am not her judge but I cannot imagine walking in her shoes during those 37 years, can you?
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If you think the 1994 film was embraced by the government of India, you have another think coming! Here is a headline discussing the year long censorship battle, ‘Disgusting and revolting and obscene’: ‘Bandit Queen’ and the censors, Shehar Kapur’s path-breaking film, ‘Bandit Queen’, went through all kinds of checks, from the CBFC’s examining committee to the Supreme Court, before its release.

Bandit Queen premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1994 to wide critical acclaim. Variety called it “gripping”. The Economist said it would change Indian cinema forever. Evening Standard, in its page-long review, called it “truly radical”—“angry, shocking, potentially inflammatory”—helping “Indian cinema come of age”. But a Hollywood Reporter festival round-up piece pointed to the anxieties accompanying the acclaim. “Whatever the film’s reception in Cannes,” it said, “the brutal realism is certain to cause huge problems in both the subcontinent and Western territories….”

The film’s producer, Bobby Bedi, wasn’t surprised. “We knew it would have trouble,” he says over the phone. “But we weren’t expecting the kind of trouble it got.” The makers submitted the film to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) on 17 August 1994. The examining committee—comprising an examining officer and four members of the advisory panel—saw it, raised objections, and referred it to the revising committee. On 19 July 1995, the revising committee—headed by a chairman, with not more than nine members of the censor board and advisory panel—recommended an A certificate, subject to cuts and modifications. The revising committee, clamping down heavily on cuss words, rape sequences and frontal nudity, “added more than 100 cuts”, says Bedi.

But Bandit Queen’s director, Shekhar Kapur, thought the CBFC had seen his film in a “callous and careless way”, and didn’t want to negotiate or accept the cuts. Neither did Bedi. They applied to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT), the next recourse in the censorship process, challenging the revising committee’s decision. The FCAT—presided over by a retired judge of the Bombay high court, Lentin J., and three members (all women—Sara Mohammad, Sarayu V. Doshi, and Reena Kumari)—stated that the expletives were “not intended to be taken literally”, as they reflected the nuances of the language spoken in the villages of Chambal ravines. The censor board also wanted to delete a scene that showed a policeman hitting Phoolan Devi with the butt of a gun. The FCAT said that deleting the scene would “negate the very impact of the film”, which depicted the “maltreatment and cruelty” suffered by Phoolan Devi and her motivation for taking revenge.

The revising committee had demanded that 70% of the scene of Phoolan Devi torturing her husband be cut. The FCAT believed it was a “powerful scene”, demonstrating “Devi’s pent-up anger, emotions, and revulsion”, whose reduction “would negate its impact”. The revising committee had asked for another scene, where Phoolan Devi is paraded naked in the village, to be cut heavily. The FCAT asserted that it was “an integral part of the story”, one that intended to “create revulsion in the minds of the average audience towards the tormentors and oppressors of women. To delete or even to reduce these climactic visuals,” it said, “would be a sacrilege.”

The FCAT’s unanimous decision overruled the revising committee’s orders, and gave the film an A certificate. At the hearing, recalls Bedi, Justice Lentin suggested the censor board representative “take a trip to Khajuraho”, joking that it was unlikely the Indian government would send him to Rome, to “understand the difference between nakedness, nudity, and obscenity”.

Bandit Queen released in theatres a few months later, on 25 January 1996, after an year-long censorship battle. But that relief was short-lived. Two days later, Om Pal Singh Hoon, a Hindu Gujjar, filed a writ petition in the Delhi high court, seeking to quash the film’s censor certificate and restrain exhibition in the country. Phoolan Devi’s portrayal, said Hoon, was “abhorrent and unconscionable and a slur on the womanhood of India”. He felt that the rape scene, by a character called Babu Gujjar, lowered the reputation of the Gujjar community, discriminating against him and violating several articles of the Constitution.

I won’t continue with details of the fight but I hope you realize how government censorship is a bad thing? It makes no difference if a movie is censored because of political implications or texts and documents are classified because they might embarrass the government or expose deep state corruption.

Will Anyone Help Gene McVay Fight Arkansas Government Corruption?

September 16, 2018

Almost ten percent of the Arkansas State Senators have been convicted and sentenced to prison or indicted. Many more are believed to be under investigation.

Almost a year ago the FBI subpoenaed records from the Arkansas Legislature and the Legislature hired a high powered Little Rock Law Firm to fight the subpoenas.

Even though $60,000 of tax revenue had already been spent, taxpayers and the public are being kept in the dark about what information the FBI is seeking and why the State Government is fighting to conceal it.

The FBI asked the Senate President Pro Tem elect to wear a wire to prove that he had been offered a bribe by another State Senator but Senator Jim Hendren refused to assist the FBI. The State Senator who allegedly requested the bribe is Senator Jon Woods who has since been convicted of crimes and sentenced to 18 years and four months in prison.

Even though all this was going on, Governor Asa Hutchinson and the incoming Senate President Pro Tem still supported soon to be convicted felon Senator Jon Woods for reelection.

You can’t make this stuff up!

■■■ As a fifth generation Arkansan and lifelong Republican, I’m not sure what to do?

In some states there are legitimate news organizations that hold government accountable. Here is an example:

■These public servants think their records aren’t your business. We’re suing to change that

The News Tribune and nine other news organizations are suing the Washington State Legislature, alleging that lawmakers are violating the state’s Public Records Act by withholding records tied to their legislative business.

https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article172833346.html

In other cases it is up to citizens to step up and sue with the state Attorney General defending a corrupt Legislature. Here is an example of that:

■Tim Eyman, well known initiative sponsor, won an overwhelming and decisive victory in Thurston County Superior Court on Friday. His lawsuit was simple and clear, and his defense of the Washington State Constitution was solid.

The Attorney General’s effort to defend the unconstitutional action by the Washington State Legislature was feeble and Thurston Superior Court Judge Schaller’s carefully articulated and clear ruling from the bench will become legal precedent for future reference. The constitutional protections for initiatives to the legislature will stand as written. It was a solid reminder to the legislators in Olympia to not ignore the Constitution in the future.

http://thurstoncountyrepublicans.com/uncategorized/eyman-wins-lawsuit-against-state-exposing-unconstitutional-effort-by-legislature-saves-initiative-process/

I had hoped I would not have to be the one to sue Arkansas Legislators on behalf of Arkansas Taxpayers but the egregious disregard for the Arkansas Constitution is screaming for justice.

I don’t believe hiring law firms to squash FBI Subpoenas is a lawful use of Taxpayer’s dollars. If corrupt Legislators require defending, wouldn’t that be the duty of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge?

Since Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge has no stomach for fighting Arkansas political corruption, can’t she at least defend Arkansas political corruption and save we the people the expense of hiring outside law firms?

Surely there is something Leslie Rutledge can do besides peddling influence at posh resorts?

Yes, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is the Chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association.

Maybe she is too busy raising money for Republican AGs to see what has happened to her own state government?

Maybe the nine newspapers in Washington State will join a Gene McVay lawsuit in Arkansas?

Governors Gone Bad

September 2, 2018

Believe it or not, there are State Governors who make the trip from the Statehouse to the Big House but some of them avoid the slammer.

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, former first lady Maureen McDonnell, were convicted of multiple counts of corruption, fraud and bribery in 2016. McDonnell wept as the guilty verdicts were read. The lifestyle he grew accustomed to as governor — which included a luxury vacation in Cape Cod worth more than $7,000 — is about as far as you can get from where he could be headed next. Don’t cry for Bob and Maureen, last year the Supreme Court vacated Bob McDonnell’s conviction, but condemned his conduct on ethical grounds. McDonnell and his family accepted $177K in gifts and loans while he was in office. His attorney admitted the evidence looked bad, but that’s just the way U.S. politics works.

Now, politicians found guilty of bribery in New York, Pennsylvania and Louisiana are using the McDonnell case to fight their own convictions. What was that President Trump called it? Oh yeah, THE SWAMP!

Some of the crooks really do get more than a slap on the wrist.

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty in 2011 of attempting to sell President Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat. He was convicted of 17 of 24 federal charges against him and is currently serving a 14-year prison sentence. I guess Blago couldn’t afford Bob McDonnell’s high powered lawyers?

Republican of Rhode Island Edward DiPrete was indicted in 1994, accused of taking close to $300,000 in bribes from contractors in exchange for state contracts. He pleaded guilty to 18 counts of corruption — including bribery and extortion — in 1998, before trial, in exchange for leniency for his son, who was also accused. DiPrete served just one year in prison.

Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards was convicted in 2000 of extorting nearly $3 million from companies that applied for casino licenses. The four-term governor, 72 years old at the time, received a 10-year sentence. He is currently out of prison and running for Congress. Politicians have learned that they can make big bucks handing out casino or marijuana licenses.

Arch Moore Jr., Republican Governor of West Virginia Arch Moore Jr. charges stemmed from a nearly $600,000 payment he extorted from a coal operator in return for a refund of millions from the state’s black lung fund for miners. He was also charged with filing false tax returns, and in connection with a vote-buying scheme. Moore received a prison sentence of just under six years and a $170,000 fine. Now we’re getting into the serious money usually only attainable in Arkansas.

Republican Governor of Connecticut John Rowland served 10 months in prison after he admitted in 2005 to illegally taking trips and vacations to Las Vegas, Vermont and Florida and getting improvements to his lake cabin. He is currently facing federal conspiracy charges in an unrelated case.

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan was convicted of racketeering, mail fraud and tax fraud — largely related to selling government licenses and contracts as a public official. Ryan was released from prison in 2014 after serving five years. Four of the past seven governors of Illinois, including Ryan, have gone to prison. Going to prison can become a tradition.

Democrat Governor of North Carolina Mike Easley managed to stay out of the big house when his attorneys reached a plea deal in 2010. Prosecutors dropped additional charges when he pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws. A federal probe found that the two-term governor took advantage of free flights, cars and vacations, questionable real estate deals, and that he created a job for his wife at a state university. He had faced up to 15 months in prison, but prosecutors agreed to no jail time and a $1,000 fine plus court costs. Are you kidding me?

Republican Governor of Alabama Guy Hunt was convicted of using $200,000 from a tax-exempt fund for his own inauguration and violating state ethics laws. He got five years’ probation, was ordered to pay a $211,000 fine and eventually received a state pardon in 1998. Ask not what you can do for your state, ask what your good ole state can do for you. Don’t you try this if you are Joe Bag of Donuts!

Former South Dakota Governor Bill Janklow soon after his election was convicted of second-degree manslaughter for crashing into and killing a motorcyclist in South Dakota. The four-term governor was sentenced to 100 days in the county jail and three years’ probation. I guess you can’t get off in the Dakota’s just because you’re the Guv?

Republican Governor of Arizona J. Fife Symington III was convicted of bank fraud, making false financial statements and extortion, much of which was related to a failing real estate business. He was sentenced to prison, but his 1997 conviction was overturned and, in 2001, President Clinton gave him a pardon. Politicians are sometimes really bad at running businesses but they do just fine if they have friends in high places.

Republican Governor of Ohio Bob Taft pleaded no contest to four misdemeanor ethics counts for failing to report gifts of more than 50 golf outings, dinners and other largess. He was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine and write an apology to the people of Ohio.

Democrat Governor of Missouri Roger Wilson pleaded guilty to illegally shifting money to make political donations. He faced a $2,000 fine and a year in prison, but was sentenced to pay the fine and given two years’ probation.

Democrat Governor of Arkansas Jim Guy Tucker was found guilty by an Arkansas Jury in 1996 giving rise to now Florida resident Mike Huckabee. The Jury found Tucker guilty of fraud, conspiracy and the engineering of about $3 million in fraudulent loans. Tucker was spared prison, in part because of a serious liver illness. He was ordered to pay $294,000 back to the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Democrat Governor of Oklahoma David Lee Walters made a deal with prosecutors in 1993 where Walters pleaded guilty to one of the eight felony counts he faced for allegedly violating campaign contribution laws, perjury and conspiracy to hide donations.

I am going to take some time to humanize David L. Walters who carried seventy-five of the state’s seventy-seven counties in the general election. He earned an Industrial Engineering Degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University.

Walters began his professional career as an administrator at the University of Oklahoma and then entered private business as head of two real estate companies. Governor George P. Nigh asked him to serve as co-chair of the one-hundred-member Commission on Government Reform in 1984 and later appointed him to serve on the Oklahoma Human Services Commission.

Walters failed in his first bid for the governor’s office in 1986, losing to Republican Henry Bellmon after winning the Democrat nomination. In 1990 Walters campaigned on a platform of no new taxes without public approval, his promise to run state government like a business, his support for term limits, and his support for education reforms. Walters’s election signaled a desire of the public to elect a real outsider. Since the election of Robert S. Kerr nearly a half-century before, no other governor had been chosen who had not previously held elective public office.

Walters’s administration made major capital improvements on Oklahoma’s higher education campuses. The governor launched major initiatives in children’s, rural development, and welfare reform programs. His Quality Jobs program was nationally recognized. He successfully sponsored significant workers’ compensation reform. A widely respected technology magazine recognized Walters as the nation’s leading governor in the introduction of technology to government applications.

Tragedy struck the Walters family when son Shaun died in December 1991. An overdose of prescription medication came after heavy press coverage of a police search in Shaun’s Norman apartment that uncovered a single seed thought to be marijuana, an assumption overturned later by law enforcement tests. The family was devastated, and all Oklahomans mourned the loss. Shaun’s death changed Governor Walters’s outlook on political life. Asked if he would run for Governor if he had it to do all over again, Walters replied, “No, I would not. I lost my son because I ran for public office.”

In order to honor the memory of their late son and children of all Oklahoma Governors, the Walters commissioned in 1994 a bronze sculpture to be placed on the Governor’s Mansion grounds to honor children of past, present, and future Oklahoma Governors. The red granite base of the sculpture includes the names of all the children of Oklahoma chief executives. The youngest Walters daughter, Elizabeth, was a model for the girl, and the boy in the sculpture was modeled after Shaun. Private donations, assisted by former Governors Boren and Nigh, funded the fifty-thousand-dollar sculpture by Lena Beth Frazier of Norman.

After three years of investigation of alleged campaign contribution irregularities and “fearing that the continued negative attacks could further damage his family,” Governor Walters asked prosecutors what they wanted to end the process. An agreement was reached that the Governor would plead guilty to a misdemeanor offense and pay a fine and the record would be expunged in twelve months. Walters claimed his innocence but said it was in the best interest of the state and his family to accept the plea agreement. Walters did not run for reelection in 1994 and entered the international independent power business.
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There is probably a moral to this story somewhere but one thing is clear. Justice is not blind nor is it applied equally and that is sad.

Follow Gene McVay Back to 1917

September 1, 2018

Will you follow Gene McVay back in time to 101 years ago?

In 1917, the US ordered General Pershing to end his drive against Pancho Villa. Pershing was unhappy about it and complained that we “are now sneaking home under cover, like a whipped curr with its tail between its legs.”

On Feb 3rd the US severed diplomatic relations with Germany.

On Mar 1st Germany sent a secret message known as the Zimmermann Telegram. It offered to return to Mexico border states that the US took from Mexico after the US-Mexican War if Mexico would join Germany against the US. The British intercepted the telegram and the US government made the text of the telegram public.

On Mar 4th Woodrow Wilson began his second term as president. Jeannette Rankin of Montana became the first woman member of the House of Representatives.

On Mar 5th Hitler was on duty in Munich after having been wounded and hospitalized. He was appalled by the apathy and anti-war sentiment among German civilians. He eagerly returned to his regiment at the front to fight the Battle of Arras.

On Apr 2nd Wilson is overwhelmed by public opinion. His advisers favor war against Germany, and after Russia overthrew its Tsar it is argued that the US would be fighting a war against autocracy. Wilson tells Congress that the US will not choose “the path of submission” and asks Congress for a declaration of war on Germany to make the world “safe for democracy.”

On Apr 6th the House of Representatives votes 373 to 50 in favor of declaring war, and the Senate votes in favor by 82 to 6. Congress goes wild with joy.

On May 18th Congress passes the Selective Service Act, giving the President the power to draft people into the military.

On Jul 28th A parade in silence is organized by the NAACP in New York to protest the East St. Louis Riot of July 2 and lynchings in Texas and Tennessee.

On Dec 18th in the new atmosphere of righteousness in war and creation of a more perfect and moral United States, the US Congress passed a law amending the US Constitution – the 18th Amendment – prohibiting the manufacture, sale or transportation of alcoholic beverages.

General of the Armies, John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing would go on to command the American Expeditionary Force in Europe during World War I. He had been the president and first captain of the West Point class of 1886.

The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

Fuel for cars was sold in drug stores only.

Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.

Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower

The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year.

A dentist $2,500 per year

A veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year.

And, a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births took place at home.

Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!

Instead, they attended so-called medical schools, many of which were
condemned in the press AND the government as “substandard.”

Sugar cost four cents a pound.

Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and, used Borax or
egg yolks for shampoo.

Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into
their country for any reason.

The Five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars ..

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30.

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented
yet

There was neither a Mother’s Day nor a Father’s Day.

Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write.

And, only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter
at local corner drugstores.

Back then pharmacists said, “Heroin clears the complexion, gives
buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach, bowels, and is, in fact, a
perfect guardian of health!” (Shocking?)

Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or
domestic help.

There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A.!

Since our history is no longer taught in our public schools and colleges, occasionally old Gene McVay will share a little.