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Agenda For October 2017
3 - Fritz Coleman
Many of you will remember when Fritz Coleman visited
us way back in 2008. At that time he showed us how technology
was aiding in the accuracy of weather forecasting. Technology
has advanced in that field just as in everything else. He
will be bringing us up to
date and with all the recent weather-related events, he will
have a lot to talk about and is willing to answer your questions.
While best known as the NBC4 Weatherman for the
past 30-plus years, we can forecast lots of laughs when
Fritz shares his comments on getting older might
not be pretty, but it sure is funny! Many think he is
L.A.s favorite weatherman and, in addition, is truly
hilarious, charming and entertaining for everyone. If
you werent aware, he has a one-man stand-up comedy show
which has been dubbed a baby boomer support group.
He is truly the epitome of growing old while doing
what you love.
This is truly a very special night so do plan to be with
10 - Board Meeting
The second Tuesday of each month is our TUGNET board meeting.
In case you arent aware of it, our board meetings are
open to all members. So if there is something on your mind,
an idea youd like to introduce, or a gripe (gosh, I
hope not), you are welcome to come share it with us.
We meet for dinner at 6:00 p.m., meeting begins at 7:00,
in the conference room of the Horseless Carriage Restaurant,
Galpin Ford, 15505 Roscoe Blvd., North Hills.
October 17 - Pot
Luck and ABC in the Skies
The ususal comments for our long-awaited Potluck.
Most of you know the drill but to tweak your memory, we feast
on the many dishes brought in by our members (plan them to
serve 8-10). Please remember that if you are unable to bring
a dish, we will ask you to contribute $10 so we can add additional
food to the table as needed. We want to have plenty for everyone!
This plan has worked well in the past, so we should have a
great dinner party once again to keep our new year schedule
ABC (Aircraft, Bureaucracy
and Control) in the Skies
After we have feasted, Dr. Garry Sexton will be visiting
us to give a very interesting look at Aircraft, Bureaucracy
The use of aircraft changed the skies starting in World War
I. From that time aircraft, pilots and controls changed from
no rules to ever changing rules.
saw changes from Spark gap with receivers (crystal), to tubes
and finally amplification.
Changes in technology and forced by accident, over the years
pilots and aircraft flight path control became a victim of
constant bureaucratic changes.
The three areas are interwoven and interact:
Aircraft constantly changing from fabric covering to
Bureaucracy changes as the technology of radio and
radar developed, allowing the aircraft to be followed
Control increases as real time communication becomes
How does the human pilot fit into all of this? How were they
first selected? Do you really need teeth to be a pilot?
Dr Garry Sexton is a pilot with about 1600 hours flight
time and holds the following licenses:
Airplane single and multi-engine land; Instrument aircraft;
Commercial pilot; Private privileges; Glider aero tow only;
Plus Mechanic: Air frame and Power-plants
Dr. Sexton will expound on all this to make it a fascinating
and entertaining evening. We're looking forward to it!
October 24 - Dining
9301 Tampa Ave.
You are no doubt aware that the CA Pizza Kitchen menu
includes far more than pizza - pretty much anything you would
desire: sandwiches, salads, etc.
Most get there between 5 & 6
p.m. They are good about having us sit together
and the waitress marks all our orders as "TUGNET."
Pizza Kitchen is generous with their donations from these
fund-raising meals and have always sent a check for our share
very promptly. Can you tell me an easier way to earn funds
to support TUGNET? Please try hard to participate.
If you have a favorite restaurant youd
like to have included in these plans, let Jefferson Kent know
about it. His contact info is on page 3 of the monthly newsletter.
He is happy to work with any location which welcomes groups.
By the way, it is surprising how many restaurants are glad
to participate in this sharing program. After all, this brings
them customers who otherwise wouldnt be there!
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