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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 04:11:45 AM »
From the Library of Congress.

The Seattle Star., November 22, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: Yesterday at 03:50:57 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum.

Battle traffic on a road near Ribecourt over ground captured in the battle. British horse transport is passing a line of Clyno-Vickers motorcycle and sidecar combinations, 22 November 1917.

British soldiers examine two German field guns captured by the 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment, at Ribecourt, 22 November 1917.

Civilians being rescued from Masnieres by British soldiers, 22 November 1917.

From The Europeana Collection.

Honvéd Artillery on the Piave.  Date: 1917-11-22.

Random Topics / Re: The "I'm watching/just watched *movie title* thread....
« on: November 21, 2017, 10:12:49 PM »
I watched 1954's Secret of the Incas on YouTube.  It starred Charlton Heston as Harry Steele, a guy who lives somewhere down in Peru.  Harry is a brash ne'er-do-well who makes a living by giving visiting tourist ladies 'what they want' while their husbands are sleeping off the effects of the thin air from the high altitude.  Harry comes across a scientific expedition that is searching for an Incan sun burst relic made from solid gold and worth a million dollars.  Harry gains the trust of the expedition leader (Robert Young) and is allowed to hang out at the diggings.  Harry is not interested in Science, though.  He wants the relic for himself.

Interesting to note that Harry's clothes almost match those of our modern, Indiana Jones.  Also there is a singer by the name of  Yma Sumac who played an Incan lady who sings several songs throughout the movie.  Yma had quite a voice.  She could sing low and then go up real high to where you feel like your eardrums are going to burst. 

Fun adventure yarn to watch on a rainy day.

Here is a song from the movie.


Politics / Re: Missing Submarine
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:38:22 PM »
Hi, Rix!

Did you know you won this week's football pool picker?  Congratulations. ;D

Thanks Starr, yes I noticed.  I've been lucky to be at the top for a number of weeks now.  Don't know for how much longer though, because it's getting harder to make those picks.  :)

Politics / Re: Missing Submarine
« on: November 21, 2017, 09:27:14 PM »
I was in the Submarine Force and had the duty at a Submarine Flotilla Headquarters the night USS Scorpion (SSN589) was declared overdue.  The Scorpion was a nuclear powered Skipjack-class fast attack submarine homeported in Norfolk, Va.  it was in transit returning from a Mediterranean deployment and had missed a scheduled check report which is an encrypted message sent to the operational commander periodically when a sub is in transit. 

A massive search was launched which included submarines, surface ships and P2/3 Orion ASW aircraft along the likely track of the Scorpion which basically ranged from the approaches To the Chesapeake Bay/Hampton Roads to Gibraltar.  The Submarine Force Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (COMSUBLANT) a Vice Admiral (3 stars) embarked in one of the fast attacks participating and directed the search.  I can’t recall if at the time we had a flyaway deep submergance rescue vehicle (DSRV) that could be loaded on an aircraft like a C-5 and be transported anywhere in world as we do now.  (That program might have been iniated as a result of the Scorpion going down).

The Argentine sub is a very capable diesel electric powered ship built by the Germans who have made huge improvements in the state of the art of such craft, most notably in battery capacity and power plant efficiency.  I imagine the Argentines have similar check procedures for their subs, an equivalent to our submarine rescue ships (ASRs) which are small auxiliaries,  and maritime patrol aircraft.  I believe that a U.S. Navy P8 Poseidon has been dedicated to the search and no doubt one of our DSRV’s is in hot standby.

I read somewhere that the Scorpion was notorious for having things going wrong with it and that the crewmen used to jokingly refer to it as the Scrapiron.

Remember the Thresher?  That was the first nuclear submarine that was lost back in the 1960's.  It was on a test dive and they couldn't pull up from it.  The pressure got so bad that it burst apart.  A guy named Norman Polmar wrote a book about it called 'Death of The Thresher.'  He seemed to think that the valve that shot out air for buoyancy had froze up and didn't work.  One of the last messages received by the support ship was a garbled "Attempting to blow."  That word 'attempting' is quite telling.  Like saying you are attempting to apply the brakes on your automobile.

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: November 21, 2017, 05:54:31 PM »
I was looking for a good place for us to have Thanksgiving dinner at and I settled on Aunt Hattie's in Florida.  They are known for their chicken and dumplings but I figure that they are equally good at cooking Turkey too.  We can look around while we eat and maybe spot some well known regulars like Caesar Romero, Seals & Croft, and Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger).  Don't forget to grab a free orange on the way out.

Of course we will have to travel back in time because the original Aunt Hattie's was destroyed by a flood from Hurricane Elena back in 1985.

Bio of Aunt Hattie's:



Congratulations, Rix Gins, for taking 1ST Place in this week's picker pool! ;) ;D

Thanks, Starr.  It's getting harder to make picks what with key players getting injured.  Last week all the so called experts said don't worry about it, those teams will find a way to win.  Yeah, right.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: November 21, 2017, 03:41:15 AM »
American film actress Dorothy Arnold was born on November 21, 1917.  She co-starred in the Bela Lugosi serial 'The Phantom Creeps' but perhaps her main claim to fame was that she was Joe DiMaggio's first wife.  She passed away on November 13, 1984 at the age of 66.  She was interred at Desert Memorial Park, a cemetery in Cathedral City, California.  Frank Sinatra, Sonny Bono, Busby Berkeley, Cameron Mitchell and William Powell are some notables that are also buried there.

Dorothy Arnold bio:


Poster of The Phantom Creeps:


Random Topics / Re: Live Shooters Las Vegas Several Dead at Mandalay Bay
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:19:26 PM »
And so the lawsuits begin.

Hundreds of victims of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas filed five lawsuits on Monday in a California court against the operators of the hotel from which the gunman fired, the organizers of the country music festival he targeted and the killer's estate.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: November 20, 2017, 03:19:02 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum.

One of the 179 British tanks left derelict on the battlefield after the initial assault.  1917-11-20.

An artillery observation officer on top of a ruined wall at Havrincourt, 20 November 1917.

Trees cut down by the Germans across a road near Havrincourt to hinder the British advance.  1917-11-20.

Men of the 11th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment (6th Division) with Vickers machine guns in a captured second line trench at Ribecourt, 20 November 1917.

A Mark IV (Male) tank of 'H' Battalion, 'Hyacinth', ditched in a German trench while supporting 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment near Ribecourt during the Battle of Cambrai, 20 November 1917.

Random Topics / Re: Celebrity Deaths
« on: November 20, 2017, 02:51:52 AM »
Thanks man,  I just had to let out some steam.   I'm cool.   Just felt like screaming my head off to get the last bit of anger out.  I didn't want to wake my wife though.  So I screamed on Bellgab.

Thank God, that bastard is finally dead.

I remember those dark days.  Manson and his family, and the Zodiac over in Frisco.  I hope none of the family members get parole.  They should all die behind bars. 

Random Topics / Re: Bellgabs Automobile, Truck and Bike Thread
« on: November 20, 2017, 12:33:54 AM »
and the foot switch the floor so you can switch to high-beams with your foot.

Remember the city horn and the country horn?

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: November 18, 2017, 02:57:24 AM »
From the Library of Congress.
Can you spot the typo?

The Pensacola Journal., November 18, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: November 17, 2017, 03:18:35 PM »
The famous sculptor Auguste Rodin died on November 17, 1917.


Rodin's The Thinker (1879–1889) is among the most recognized works in all of sculpture.
By AndrewHorne (talk) - Own work (Original text: I (AndrewHorne (talk)) created this work entirely by myself.), Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: November 17, 2017, 02:20:10 PM »
That freeway has been under construction forever. I only go through there every five years or so, but its like nothing gets done through there.

Interesting article.  It seems like things were done quicker when I was a kid, but I guess that's neither here nor there.  Thanks for the info, Lord.

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: November 16, 2017, 07:27:52 PM »
Furness Abbey, an ex-monastery is old.  It dates back to 1123 and can still be found today in the town of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England.  The postcard is old too.  It was mailed back in 1913.



If buildings could have skeletal remains then Furness Abbey would certainly fit the bill.  There is nothing left of it but archways and walls.  Still, it would definitely be a sight worth seeing.

Furness Abbey info:

Ruins of the east range.
By Francis Bijl from Groningen, Netherlands - Furness Abbey, CC BY 2.0,

I suspect I am in the minority when I confess to having long-ago formed a mental picture of Kynthea as large woman in some sort of kaftan-like garment sporting a very, very unfortunate perm.

[Hangs head in embarrassment as cries of "Shame!" etc. are heard in the background.]

It seems I got the bit about her coiffure wrong because her hairdo is rather good for (dare I say it?) someone her age.  Perhaps Hoagland is giving her styling tips during the breaks?

As for the rest, well...

Sometimes it is more painful to be right than to be wrong. :(

Remember when Kynthea first appeared on the scene?  It was during the great 'Martian face is a cat box' debate between Richard and Art.  Richard brought Kynthea in to support his argument that the face was half man, half cat.  He proclaimed that Kynthea was an artist and had sculpted a perfect model of the face.  And that was it.  The very fact that she was able to sculpt the face was proof positive that the face did in fact exist.  Good thing Richard wasn't a trial lawyer.

Random Topics / Re: Gain Helpful MU Knowledge By Reading This Piece
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:14:48 PM »
Gain Helpful MU Knowledge By Reading This Piece

Welcome to BellGab.  Of course there is no way that you would know it but there is a thread here called Video Gaming and you can find it here:  Just thought you would like to know.   

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: November 15, 2017, 03:55:06 AM »
Whoever drew these cartoons had a lot of anger issues. He would have fit in great here.

Ha, good observation.  I do think though, that Everett's creator, A.D. Condo, was attempting to bring up certain irritating behaviors that people possessed one hundred years ago.  Mr. True was the designated mouthpiece and he got to voice his displeasure about the habits that annoyed him.  He does get rather carried away and I try to limit postings of him bashing other men for relatively minor reasons.  He never lays a finger on women who annoy him, in fact the only other person who occasionally gets to wallop on him is his wife.

A.D. Condo also drew a strip called 'Mr. Skygack, from Mars.'  It was about a Martian who visited the earth in order to study the human race.  It is considered to be the first science fiction comic.

The 18 October 1907 panel of Mr. Skygack, from Mars.
By A.D. Condo - Barnacle Press], Public Domain,


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:44:51 AM »
From the Library of Congress.

The Tacoma Times., November 14, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: November 14, 2017, 02:30:54 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum.

The 2nd Australian Tunneling Company at work underground. 14 November 1917 at Nieuport Bains, Belgium.

From the Europeana Collection.

Ditches (trenches?) in the east of Rückstein and south of the Dniester.  Date: 1917-11-14.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:34:19 AM »
Actor Robert Sterling was born on November 13, 1917.  He was in lots of television shows and some movies.  You might remember him best as Captain Lee Crane in the 1961 movie 'Voyage to The Bottom of The Sea,' co-starring Walter Pidgeon, Joan Fontaine, Barbara Eden and Peter Lorre.

Photo of Robert Sterling from an appearance in Finley's Fan Club on the CBS television anthology Front Row Center.
By CBS Television - eBayfrontback, Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:22:59 AM »
From the Library of Congress.

The Tacoma Times., November 13, 1917.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: November 12, 2017, 03:35:11 AM »
From the Library of Congress.

Tonopah Daily Bonanza., November 12, 1917.

The Tacoma Times., November 12, 1917.

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