Mar 30, 2023



Primates to Robots

AI (Artificial Intelligence) Generated by Google Bard

The following text was written Artificial Intelligence by in response to the question in bold.

Write a novel the heroes are Beth Ruyle and Craig Hullinger. They are fighting evil invaders from outer space who are taking over peoples minds. They look like large green squids.

Beth Ruyle and Craig Hullinger were two ordinary people who lived in a small town in the Midwest. They were both working as teachers, and they had never imagined that they would be the ones to save the world from an alien invasion.

It all started when a large green squid-like creature landed in the town's park. The creature was unlike anything anyone had ever seen before, and it quickly became apparent that it was not friendly. The creature began to attack the people in the park, and Beth and Craig were among the first to be attacked.

Beth and Craig were able to fight off the creature, but they were both injured in the process. As they were recovering from their injuries, they learned that the creature was not the only one of its kind. A fleet of alien ships had landed all over the world, and the creatures were taking over people's minds.

Beth and Craig knew that they had to do something to stop the aliens. They joined forces with a group of other survivors, and they began to fight back against the aliens. They were able to liberate a few towns from the aliens' control, but they knew that they could not defeat the aliens on their own.

Beth and Craig then decided to go to the source of the aliens' power. They traveled to the alien home planet, and they were able to infiltrate the alien headquarters. They found the alien leader, and they were able to defeat him. With the alien leader defeated, the other aliens were forced to retreat.

Beth and Craig were heroes. They had saved the world from the alien invasion. They were both awarded medals, and they were given a parade in their honor. They were both happy to be alive, and they were both grateful for the opportunity to have saved the world.

But the story doesn't end there. The aliens were not completely defeated. They had retreated, but they were still out there. And they would be back.

Beth and Craig knew that they had to be ready for the next time the aliens attacked. They started training other people to fight the aliens. They also started building weapons and defenses. They knew that the next time the aliens attacked, they would be ready.

4th Marine Division

The 4th Marine Division is a reserve division in the United States Marine Corps. It was raised in 1943 for service during World War II, and subsequently fought in the Pacific against the Japanese. Deactivated after the war, the division was re-formed in 1966 and elements of the division deployed during the Gulf War in 1990–1991, as well as during the Iraq War. It is currently the ground combat element of the Marine Forces Reserve and is headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has units throughout the United States.

The 4th Marine Division has one purpose and that was clearly expressed by Major General Edward J. Miller in his 1976 Armed Forces Day message, "The 4th Marine Division stands ready to carry out any mission assigned as the Marine Corps' Force in Readiness." Created for battle in 1943, the division's ultimate purpose remains the same.

The 4th Marine Division has a long and storied history, and has served with distinction in many conflicts. It is a highly trained and well-equipped division, and is always ready to answer the call to duty.


Sarasota Sister Cities

Sarasota has 8 sister cities:

  • Dunfermline, Scotland
  • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
  • Perpignan, France
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Tel Mond, Israel
  • Vladimir, Russia
  • Siming District, Xiamen, China

The Sarasota Sister Cities Association was founded in 1963 to promote understanding and friendship between Sarasota and its sister cities. The association organizes cultural and educational exchanges, as well as business and economic development opportunities.

The following are some of the benefits of being a sister city:

  • Increased cultural awareness and understanding
  • Economic development opportunities
  • Increased tourism
  • Educational exchanges
  • Business development opportunities
  • Increased trade

If you are interested in learning more about Sarasota's sister cities, please visit the Sarasota Sister Cities Association website.


Morgan Park High School Chicago

Morgan Park High School is a public high school and middle school located in the Morgan Park neighborhood on the far south side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Opened in 1916, Morgan Park is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district.

The school's mascot is the Mustang. Morgan Park has a long history of academic and athletic success. The school has produced numerous state championships in basketball, football, and track and field.

Morgan Park is also home to the Morgan Park Academy, a magnet school that offers a rigorous academic program. The Academy is open to students from across the city.

Morgan Park High School is a vibrant and diverse community. The school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities, including clubs, sports, and arts programs. Morgan Park is a great place for students to learn, grow, and explore their interests.


Sarasota Military Officers Association

The Military Officers Association of Sarasota, Inc. (MOAA) is a non-profit organization that advocates for the interests of military officers and their families. The organization provides a variety of services and resources to its members, including:

  • Financial planning and investment advice
  • Legal assistance
  • Advocacy on issues such as veterans benefits and health care
  • Networking and social events

The MOAA is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, but has members throughout the United States. The organization was founded in 1951 and is one of the largest military officer associations in the country.


Help me understand if lightning can strike the same place twice

Yes, lightning can strike the same place twice. In fact, it is more likely to strike the same place twice than it is to strike a different place. This is because lightning is attracted to tall objects, such as trees and buildings, and it will often strike the same object multiple times in a thunderstorm.

The myth that lightning never strikes the same place twice is likely due to the fact that lightning strikes are often very random. It is possible for lightning to strike a specific location multiple times, but it is also possible for it to never strike that location again.

If you are caught in a thunderstorm, it is important to take shelter in a safe place. If you cannot find a safe place indoors, try to find a place that is low to the ground and away from trees and buildings.

Mar 26, 2023


Although not in the dictionary, it is reported that "Lexophile" describes a person who loves sentences such as, "You can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish," and, "To write with a broken pencil is pointless."

 An annual competition is held by the 'New York Times' to see who can create the best original lexophile.


This year's submissions:


 ◾I changed my iPod's name to Titanic.  It's syncing now.

 ◾England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool.

◾Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes.

   ◾This girl today said she recognized me from the Vegetarians Club, but I'd swear I've never met herbivore.


◾I know a guy who's addicted to drinking brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.


 ◾A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

   ◾When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U.C.L.A.

 ◾I got some batteries that were given out free of charge.

◾A dentist and a manicurist married.  They fought tooth and nail.

   ◾A will is a dead giveaway.

  ◾With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress. 

◾Police were summoned to a daycare where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.

  ◾A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.

   ◾The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine last week is now fully recovered.

 ◾He had a photographic memory, but it was never fully developed.

◾When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.

   ◾Acupuncture is a jab well done.  That's the point of it.

 ◾I didn't like my beard at first.  Then it grew on me.

 ◾Did you hear about the crossed-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?  

 ◾When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.

   ◾When chemists die, they barium.

 ◾I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

◾I'm reading a book about anti-gravity.  I just can't put it down.

Thanks to Charles Van liere 1966 for contributing.

ORD O'Hare Airport - The Story Behind The Name


Dinosaur Skeleton in O'Hare Airport

Many Years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago.  Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic.  He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.   

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie."  He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason.  Eddie was very good! Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.  

Eddie did have one soft spot, however.  He had a son that he loved dearly.  Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education.  Nothing was withheld.  Price was no object. He trained his on in marksmanship and flying.  

And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong.  Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.  

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.  

One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision.  Easy Eddie wanted to rectify the wrongs he had done.  

He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al"Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity.  To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great.  So, he testified.   

Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street.  But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.   

The poem read:  

“The clock of life is wound but once, and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop, at late or early hour.  Now is the only time you own.  Live, love, and toil with a will.  Place no faith in time.  For the clock may soon be still.” 



World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare. 


He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.   


As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.  There was only one thing to do.  He must somehow divert them from the fleet.   

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes.  Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another.  Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.  Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier. 

This took place on February 20, 1942, and for that action, Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.   A Year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29.  His hometown would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.   

So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor.  It's located between Terminals 1 and 2. 



Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.

 (Pretty cool, eh!)

More on Wikapedia

More about Butch O'Hare

More about Edward "Easy Eddie" O'Hare

Mar 25, 2023

Getting Older

“It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.”

- Andy Rooney.

“The older I get, the better I used to be.”

– Lee Trevino, Professional Golfer.

"Nice to be here? At my age it’s nice to be anywhere."

– George Burns.

"The older I get, the more clearly I remember things that never happened.

- Mark Twain.

"First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down."

- Leo Rosenberg.

"Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard there is nothing you can do about it."

- Golda Meir.

“Old people shouldn’t eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get.”

– Robert Orben.

You spend 90 percent of your adult life hoping for a long rest and the last 10 percent trying to convince the Lord that you’re actually not that tired.”

– Robert Brault

"The years between 50 and 70 are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down."

- T.S. Elliot.

"The important thing to remember is that I’m probably going to forget."

– Unknown

"At age 20, we worry about what others think of us… at age 40, we don’t care what they think of us… at age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all."

-Ann Landers.

"We don’t grow older, we grow riper."

- Pablo Picasso.

"I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a lot more as they get older, and then it dawned on me—they’re cramming for their final exam."

- George Carlin, Comedian.

"Everything slows down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice cream to reach your hips."

- John Wagner.

"Grandchildren don’t make a man feel old, it’s the knowledge that he’s married to a grandmother that does."

- J. Norman Collie.

"When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it’s a sure sign you’re getting old."

- Mark Twain.

"You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks."

- Joel Plaskett.

"There’s one advantage to being 102, there’s no peer pressure."

- Dennis Wolfberg.

"There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus, he does not believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus."

- Bob Phillips.

"Looking fifty is great—if you’re sixty."

- Joan Rivers.

"Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician."

– Anonymous.


Enjoyed some new ones I hadn't read before. Thanks for posting.

Marie Buti


I remember my mom always said that no matter how you feel, getting old beats the alternative. But I can relate to the zipper thing, and the preservatives. Twinkies, a prime example. Put a head of lettuce and a Twinkie on the counter. After only one week, come back. Which is still edible? So, f*** the salad , have a Twinkie.

I also read somewhere that 40 minutes of excersize adds 10seconds to your lifespan. So your 39 minutes and 50 seconds in the hole.

'Tom Schildhouse' via EMPEHI


“I believe that every human has a finite amount of heartbeats. 

I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.”

― Neil Armstrong

Mar 17, 2023

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Here's a time lapse video of Chicago River turning green 

Dyeing the river is a longtime tradition in Chicago. It started in 1962 by representatives of the Journeymen Plumbers Local Union.  

In the 1960s, Chicago city workers used a bright green dye to identify leaks in pipes. 

In 1962, members of the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local Union who were feeling festive dumped 100 pounds of that dye into the Chicago River, which turned it green for an entire week. 

Mayor Daley thought that was a great idea to revive the celebration of the Irish Holiday. The rest is history!

Thanks to Marie Buti for sharing.


How Do They Dye the Chicago River Green for St. Patrick’s Day?

The 50-year-old formula is kept under lock and key.

Mental Floss
  • Jennifer M. Wood

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.

It wouldn’t be a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the Windy City without 400,000 spectators crowding the banks of the Chicago River to “ooh” and “aah” at its (temporarily) emerald green tinge. But how do officials turn the water green?

First, a bit of history: The dyeing tradition became an annual thing nearly 60 years ago, in 1962, but its real origins go back even further. In the early days of his administration as Mayor of Chicago, Richard J. Daley was a man on a mission to develop the city’s riverfront area. There was just one problem: The river itself was a sewage-filled eyesore. In order to get to the bottom of the city’s pollution problem and pinpoint the exact places where waste was being discarded into the waterway (and by whom), Daley authorized the pouring of a special green dye into the river that would allow them to see exactly where dumping was occurring.

Fast-forward to late 1961 when Stephen Bailey—part of the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Local, the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade chairman, and a childhood friend of Daley’s—witnessed a colleague’s green-soaked coveralls following a day of pouring Daley’s dye into the Chicago River. That gave Bailey an idea: If they could streak the Chicago River green, why not turn it all green?

Three months later, revelers got their first look at an Ecto Cooler-colored river when the city poured 100 pounds of the chemical into the water. They got a really good look, too, as the river remained green for an entire week.

Over the next several years, the same practice was repeated, and again it was carried out by the Plumbers Local. The only difference was that the amount of dye used was cut in half over the next two years until they finally arrived at the magic number: 25 pounds of dye = one day of green water.

Unfortunately, the dye that was intended to help spot pollution was an oil-based fluorescein that many environmentalists warned was actually damaging the river even more. After fierce lobbying, eco-minded heads prevailed, and in 1966 the parade organizers began using a powdered, vegetable-based dye.

While the exact formula for the orange powder (yes, it's orange until it's mixed with water) is kept top-secret—in 2003 one of the parade organizers told a reporter that revealing the formula would be akin to “telling where the leprechaun hides its gold”—there are plenty of details that the committee lets even non-leprechauns in on.

The dyeing process begins when six members of the local Plumbers Union hop aboard two boats, four of them on the larger vessel, the remaining two on a smaller boat.

The larger boat heads out onto the water first, with three members of the crew using flour sifters to spread the dye into the river. The smaller boat follows closely behind in order to help disperse the substance. (The best place to catch a glimpse is from the east side of Michigan Avenue, or on Upper and Lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive.)

Approximately 45 minutes later, voila, the Chicago River is green—but don’t expect it to stay that way. These days, the color only sticks around for about five hours. Which is roughly the same amount of time it takes to get a perfectly poured pint of Guinness if you venture out to an Irish pub on St. Patrick’s Day.

Thanks to Bill Kamenjarin for contributing.

Mar 14, 2023

Write Your Story - And Share It


You should write your story. You have lived an interesting life, and you should share your story with your friends and relatives. 

We will put your story online at: You can look at that site and see the stories that have already been written. And if you want to update or remove your story we will do it.  Send your story to

Mar 9, 2023

MPHS Social Media Report March 7, 2023

MPHS Social Media Report March 7, 2023    389,298  Total Pageviews - was much higher, but counter reset several years ago.  4410 posts   171,216 Pageviews 

Today 73  Yesterday 24   This Month 240    Last Month 766 - Morgan Park High School Alumni 1965-1967    218 likes205 followers  2,009 friends - entire school   203 Followers  295 Connections 290 Contacts  97 followers   28 following - A group email for 1960’s Graduates. 70 Members

Email Contacts.  We had about 700-800 emails + - of our 65-66-67 classmates in 2012. Guess - Perhaps ½ still valid? Say 400?

The first two results from a google search for @morganparkhigh are our Twitter and Pinterest sites. The sixth result in a search for @empehi is our blog

Social Media Report May 2016

The following is the report of our Morgan Park High Social Media Usage as of May 10, 2016 Blog 103,491 pageviews (entire HS alum group) 3,134 friends (65-66-67 Mostly) 179 Likes  51 Likes (65-66-67 Mostly) 142 Members 235 Members 46 Members 259 Connections 829 tweets 102 followers 135 People in our Circle 841 Pins, 75 followers