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webmaster | 01/20/12

If you decide to head for the hills, Feb. 4 would be a good time to visit the Oakhurst Elks Lodge. The Elks are having a spaghetti feed to help raise some bucks for the Marine Corps Semper Fi Delis Fund in the name of local and wounded Marine Chance Gaal. Chance graduated from Yosemite High School, where he played basketball. Chad lost both legs in Afghanistan to a roadside bomb and is now recovering in Palo Alto. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased at both the Oakhurst and Madera Elks Lodges. Good ol’ Harold Johnson at the Madera Elks Lodge (673-1918) can give you more info.

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I usually don’t plug (or suggest unplugging) movies until after I’ve seen them on the big screen. However, there seems to be a lot of hype for George Lucas’ film “Red Tails,” the rousing story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Being a warbird enthusiast, and admitted admirer of America’s “Greatest Generation,” I will definitely put this one on the to see list.

Lucas had a hard time getting this movie produced. He began the project in 1988 and the big Hollywood producers would have nothing to do with a movie with a nearly all black cast. Lucas plowed ahead like a P-51 Mustang on a strafing attack, and, in his own view (no pun intended), has made his last blockbuster.

Thanks to our own Warbird Airshows in Madera, and many readers being WWII history buffs, I’m sure you will help fill the seats. I wonder though, how many will stay home because, just like the moguls of Hollywood may have said, “I’m not going to produce (go to) a movie with an all black cast.” Too bad, so sad, in this day and time, and it’s their loss. See ya at the movies...


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