Newsletter Issue: Fall/Winter 05

The picture on the left shows Bill Mather with Frieda Beker at the Orphanage around Christmas, 1944. Our reunion was planned to have a meeting between Bill and Frieda/family. Due to unfortunate circumstance with health problems, Bill Mather couldn't attend. Dennis Hayman, who has been spearheading attempts to have meetings with Frieda and other orphans, became seriously ill at the time of the reunion and also couldn't attend.

Unfortunately, the meeting mission was scrubbed until another time. However, Dennis supplied the reunion with a Orphan photo album and scrapbook for review.

Efforts by Dennis, European friend Frank Gruintjes and others continue in attempts to find a sponsor(s) for future potential visits to our reunions by our Dongelberg friends . In a recent communications, Mr. Gruintjes asked if our people have/had any contacts with the company Rabobank International. The bank has a U.S. operation and mainly works in the agricultural area - providing loans for agriculturists, etc.

Joe Ritz Jr. and brother Tom are doing a fantastic job with our website. Many "kudoos" go out to them. Please, check frequently to see what's new. Do you have anything that may be of interest for the website?

Oh, I forgot!

Every year at our reunions, Al Kloess would tell a joke or two. They were some times awful, but he and we knew that and had fun with him. It somehow became tradition. This year, we missed him. I know Al was up in the Blue Skies looking down on us. So, I prepared a joke to continue the tradition. I couldn't find it at the time I needed it, but since found it. A little belated but here it is...

When everybody on earth was dead and waiting to enter Paradise, God appeared and said, "I want the men to make two lines. One line for the men who were true heads of their household, and the other line for the men who were dominated by their women to report to St. Peter." Soon, the women were

gone and there were two lines of men. The line of the men who were dominated by their wives was 100 miles long, and in the line of men who truly were heads of their household, there was only one man.

God said, "You men should be ashamed of yourselves. I created you to be the head of your household! You have been disobedient and not fulfilled your purpose! Of all of you only one obeyed, Learn from him".

God turned to the one man, "How did you manage to be the only one in this line?"

The man replied, "I don't know. My wife told me to stand here." - Anonymous

Recipient Museums of P-47 Pilots Association

Air Museum - Chino, CA
Air Zoo, Portage, MI
Commemorative AF, Midland ,TX
Cradle of Aviation, Garden City, NY
Duxford, England
Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA
New England Air Museum, Windsor Loks, CT
Palm Springs Air Museum, Palm Sprongs, Ca
Tennessee Museum of Aviation, Sevierville, TN
Texas Aviation Hall of Fame (Lone Star), Galveston

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