Feb 27, 2021


I believe that every human has a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.

Neil Armstrong


Seniors never get enough exercise.  In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys, and other things, thus doing more walking.  And God looked down and saw that it was good. 

Then God saw there was another need.  In His wisdom He made seniors lose coordination so they would drop things, requiring them to bend, reach, and stretch.  And God looked down and saw that it was good. 

Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature, requiring more trips to the  bathroom, thus providing more exercise.  God looked down and saw that it was good.

So if you find, as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it's God's will.  It is all in your best interest even though you mutter under your breath. 

Nine Important Facts to Remember as We Grow Older 

#9  Death is the number 1 killer in the world. 

#8  Life is sexually transmitted. 

#7  Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. 

#6  Men have two motivations: hunger and hanky-panky, and they can't tell them apart.  If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich. 

#5  Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day.  Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years. 

#4  Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing 

#3  All of us could take a lesson from the weather.  It pays no attention to criticism. 

#2  In the 60's, people took LSD to make the world weird.  Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal. 

#1  Life is like a jar of jalapeño peppers.  What you do today may be a burning issue tomorrow. 

Please share this wisdom with others; I need to go to the bathroom. 

Contributed by Charles Van Liere, MPHS Jan 66

Feb 25, 2021

Jonathan the Tortoise


Say hello to Jonathan, he was born in 1832 and is 189 years old. 

Jonathan is a Seychelles giant tortoise, a subspecies of the Aldabra giant tortoise, and the oldest known living terrestrial animal in the world. Jonathan resides on the island of Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. 

Marie Buti shared on our Google Email List.


And a fine looking tortoise he is, Marie. Does not look a day over 170. Thanks for sharing. I posted it to our blog, empehi.blogspot.com

If you are a 1960 something EMPEHI and would like to join our email list send an email to Craig Hullinger at morganparkhigh@gmail.com and I will sign you up.

Marie, I was at Ascension Island two years ago.  It is a sister island to St. Helena, even smaller and more remote. No tortoises but we saw giant sea turtles laying their eggs. Photos at:


Cute lil guy.  Saw a few in the 100kg a few years ago at the Darwin station in the Galapagos.  No pics - I was trying to avoid an overly friendly seal.

Cap Al Schaefer

Feb 16, 2021

Jim Nesci and Bubba Retire to Florida

Bubba and Jim Nesci are enjoying retirement and living near Naples, Florida. Bubba is a Therapy animal and living in the Kowiachobee

Animal Preserve. And Jim's python is happy too. A few videos below:


Bubba the 10’ Gator Arrives at Kowiachobee 
Animal Preserve in Naples, Florida 

Video of Bubba and Jim moving to their new Hood



FLORIDA -- Bubba is a 195-pound therapy alligator who visits kids with autism. The kids even get to touch ...
Oct 4, 2019 · Uploaded by WFMY News 2
It's incredibly exciting to have Jim Nesci and his Cold Blooded Creatures ... Bubba the 10' Gator Arrives ...
Mar 19, 2020

Feb 6, 2021

Mel Reddick - MPHS All Star 65-66


Name: Mel Reddick

Year Inducted: 1981

Category: Players

Schools / Organizations:
(Chicago) Morgan Park High School
The University of Wisconsin

Biography:  Mel Reddick was a three-year starter at (Chicago) Morgan Park High School scoring 2,257 points in his career. Mel was twice an all-Chicago Public League selection. A Chicago Daily News all-area player as a junior and a consensus all-state player as a senior, Reddick averaged 29 ppg as a junior and 32 as a senior. Reddick switched to football at Wisconsin where he was a scholarship winner. Reddick set the Badgers career pass reception record of 113 from 1967-69 including 83 in Big Ten Conference play. After college, Reddick practiced law in New York City for parts of 5 decades.



Mel was totally dominant in his junior and senior years at MPHS in 1965-66. Our standard joke was that Mel and I scored 32 points a game - Mel got 32 and I got all the rest.

Feb 4, 2021

Ken Zalga, Rest in Peace

On Monday evening the world lost a beautiful soul, my Dad. A man who lived by his own rules and never apologized for it. He was a proud American who loved his county and his family even more. He always gave us his all. He was a talented artist, animal lover and music connoisseur. We will miss his words of wisdom and his feisty character. He was 1 of a kind and I was so proud to call him Dad. 

Semper Fi Marine, until we meet again.

See you on the flip side....

Services yesterday.

Kenneth P. Zalga, age 74, U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran. Beloved husband for 49 years to Carol, nee Hager. Loving father of Michelle Zalga and Kevin (Carrie) Zalga. Cherished grandfather of Anna, Hannah, Kole, Ruby and Ethan. Dear brother of Lillian Mallstrom, Diana Whelan and the late John Zalga. Fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Saturday, February 6, 2021 at All Saints Lutheran Church, 13350 S. LaGrange Rd., Orland Park, IL 60462 from 1-4 p.m. with a Private Memorial Service to follow at 4:00 p.m. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements. While this service is limited to Ken's immediate family, a live-stream will be available. Please visit Ken's Obituary on Colonial Chapel's web-site at colonialchapel.com to view the live-stream of the Funeral Service. The link will be posted shortly. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorials to All Saints Lutheran Church are appreciated. Express your thoughts and condolences at colonialchapel.com 708-532-5400

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Published by Chicago Tribune on Feb. 3, 2021.


Ken was a long time participant in our old Yahoo Chat page. We will keep Ken and his family in our thoughts and prayers.


Semper Fi, Marine

Craig Hullinger


Please pass along my sincere condolences to Kenny's family and include this poem

Alan Schaefer
MPHS Jan '66

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Feb 1, 2021

Glen Campbell, the Lone Ranger, and Tonto

Glen Campbell, the Lone Ranger, and Tonto

Don't Catch The Cooties

We are all tired of Covid and the fear it inspires. A good way to help you laugh off the fear is to denigrate the disease.

Henceforth it will be known as The Cooties!!!  Don't Catch the Cooties!


😅😅😅  Cooties is a  perfect name! I had a game called Cooties when we were kids and loved playing, rolling dice and constructing colorful plastic Cooties. Thanks for jogging the ol' memory, Craig. 

Marie Buti

The Game of Cootie is a children's dice rolling and set collection tabletop game for two to four players. The object is to be the first to build a three-dimensional bug-like object called a "cootie" from a variety of plastic body parts. Created by William Schaper in 1948, the game was launched in 1949 and sold millions in its first years. In 1973, Cootie was acquired by Tyco Toys, and, in 1986, by Hasbro subsidiary Milton Bradley. The game was given a new look and continued to enjoy commercial success. Several companies published cootie games in the first half of the twentieth century, but only Schaper's featured a free-standing, three-dimensional cootie. In 2003, Cootie was named to the Toy Industry Association's "Century of Toys List".


Thanks to Marie Buti for info about the Cootie Game.