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Saturday, February 4, 2023

 FEBRUARY 2023

LOVE OF READING
- How Did It All Begin For You? -
By George A. Haloulakos

This month we reflect upon our love of reading and call for you, our wonderful GNN audience, to share how your love of reading began!  Since the dawn of recorded history -- be it inscribed on stone tablets, papyrus rolls, paper or in digitized form -- love of reading has been associated with an array of benefits that include, but not limited to personal enrichment, academic achievement, upgraded skills in comprehension, writing and spelling, along with stronger motivation and confidence.  Reading opens up our horizons in a manner that can take us on journeys through time and space that are limited only by our imagination.  Reading makes knowledge accessible to anyone who has the desire and curiosity to explore new pathways.  For example, the "Harvard Classics" - a 50 volume collection of the classical works of world literature, important speeches and historical documents -  was created to offer individuals in the comfort of their own home to learn from the greatest minds in recorded history, and in doing so, obtain the equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate liberal arts degree!


Do you enjoy reading?  How did your love of reading unfold for you?  Perhaps it was a parent or other adult role model in your life that read aloud to you during your formative years?  Or was it storytime at your neighborhood library? Maybe it was inspired by viewing a classic film adaptation of a famous novel?  For yours truly, it was a combination of the aforementioned factors plus something else -- Classics Illustrated Comics.  Classics Illustrated was/is an American comic book series that featured very accurate adaptations of literary classics such as Moby DickA Tale of Two CitiesThe Three MusketeersHamlet, et al. These special comic books not only presented the story exactly as in the full length novels, but also included an author profile, related educational supplements and a catalogue of titles in the Classics Illustrated format. Most notably, at the end of every edition, there was an exhortation to the reader that if he or she enjoyed what they just read, to go to their neighborhood library and check out a copy of the written edition.  In doing so, the reader would invariably learn that there was much deeper context and detail that would further enrich the story.  In my case, it not only inspired me to read the full editions, but also seek out other titles by favorite authors.  The love of reading became a lifetime journey that would include visits to bookstores carrying both new and used editions and at an early age, enabled yours truly to have meaningful conversations with the adult role models in my own life.  Interestingly enough, of the original 169 editions of Classics Illustrated produced between 1941-1969, the most represented classic author was one of my favorites, Jules Verne!  There were ten (10) Jules Verne novels adapted by Classics Illustrated that included some lesser known but equally entertaining works.  As you can imagine, it provided further incentive to acquire other titles by the man who is often credited with inventing the future!


What is your story in how you developed a love of reading?  How has that love of reading evolved with the vast advancements in technology such as audio books as well as electronic digital versions?  Please share it with us by either posting to the GNN FACEBOOK page (and "liking" us when doing so) or send it directly to the Galaxy Nostalgia Network at:  GalaxyMoonbeamNightSite@gmail.com

Saturday, December 31, 2022

 JANUARY 2023

NEW YEAR'S DAY MEMORIES
- Roses, Heroes & Heroines -
By George A. Haloulakos

Happy New Year from all of us here at the Galaxy Nostalgia Network!  This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the 1963 Tournament of Roses Parade & Rose Bowl.  Under the theme "Memorable Moments" the reigning Queen for the Rose Parade was Nancy Davis Maggio, whose tenure was to include a date with the quarterback of the visiting team from the Midwest.  The annual gridiron classic was a landmark game that featured the Wisconsin Badgers versus the University of Southern California Trojans.  Part of our retrospective examines this unique moment in time through the prism of Badger Quarterback Ron Vander Kelen, whose late game heroics helped his team score 23 points with just 14-minutes remaining before time ran out.  Southern California held on for a 42-37 victory, but Vander Kelen earned Co-MVP game honors as he set records for pass attempts (48), pass completions (33) and yards passing (401).  The January 1963 Rose Bowl marked the first bowl game in college football history that featured the Number 1 ranked team (Southern Cal) versus the Number 2 ranked team (Wisconsin).  As just one example on how far we have come since this bygone era, a Number 1 versus Number 2 bowl game matchup has become largely commonplace, if not expected. 


But there is much more to unpack here, especially now with the advent of NIL (Name-Image-Likeness) licensing for collegiate athletes, national college playoffs, astronomical professional football salaries, beauty pageants that provide a segue into professional entertainment and so forth.  This was a time in which the annual meeting of the Midwest and Pacific Coast was truly an important pop culture event for Baby Boomers and prominent student athletes who were preparing for lifetime careers beyond the playing field was more a norm than an exception.  As the year 1963 was to later close on a tragic note with the assassination of President John Kennedy, the innocence of that New Year's Day becomes even more poignant.


By the standards of today, the events of New Year's Day 1963 seem almost quaint.  The game itself ran longer than expected -- over 3 hours -- and ended in almost complete darkness.  Today most football games run 3-1/2 to 4 hours and stadiums are equipped with much better lighting.  Vander Kelen's late game heroics resulted in not only sharing MVP honors but led to what at the time was considered a financial windfall.  Moreover, the humorous reaction by Trojan head coach John McKay helped secure his lasting reputation as a legendary wisecrack artist.  McKay stated in the post-game interview that Wisconsin head coach Milt Bruhn had Vander Kelen for 4-years and all the legendary Badger QB got was a college education while McKay had Vander Kelen for 4-quarters and got him $60,000 (the result of pro-football offers that came forth after his co-MVP performance on New Year's Day)!  Interestingly enough, Vander Kelen was able to parlay his Rose Bowl performance into a 5-year NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings, mostly in a reserve role.  This was followed by success in the advertising and marketing industries and later in college admissions (University of Minnesota), thereby making Vander Kelen a role model for leading a well-rounded, inspired life.


With the game ending in darkness, the day ended with Vander Kelen fulfilling a date with the Rose Queen, Nancy Davis Maggio.  It was of course, for the reasons already noted, a late date!  Ms Davis Maggio recalled her date with Vander Kelen as one of her fondest memories as Rose Queen.  She had competed against a field of over 2,000 contestants to win her title, and this led to guest appearances on "The Lawrence Welk Show" and "The Andy Williams Show."  Such public appearances on family variety TV shows for such award recipients was a commonplace practice throughout the 1950s and 1960s.  In the two previous Rose Parades, 1961 and 1962, Ms Davis Maggio had marched as a flag twirler for the Pasadena City College Band as they were the official Rose Parade Band at that time.  Thus her post-game date with the visiting QB added further glamour to this annual meeting of the Midwest and Pacific Coast.  Ms Davis Maggio later became a published author, with her most notable work being "Babysitting Mama," a journal she kept about caregiving her mother for nine years.


This retrospective is offered as a Baby Boomer remembrance of how things were, and how far we have travelled in the ensuing decades.  It is not mere nostalgia but a historic examination through the prism of what seemingly are the lives of ordinary people doing extraordinary things that illustrate the magnitude of the journey we make in a lifetime.  We wish all of you a Happy New Year and hope you will share your New Year's Day memories by posting to the GNN FACEBOOK page (and please "like" us when doing so) or send them to us via the GNN g-mail address.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

 DECEMBER 2022

CHRISTMAS ON "GILLIGAN'S ISLAND"
- Classic TV Holiday Memories -
By George A. Haloulakos

This month's GNN Blog pays tribute to perhaps the most unique episode from the classic TV series "Gilligan's Island" (1964-1967).  Believe it or not, there really was a Christmas show for the famous situation comedy program, but you would never know it by casually browsing the titles in the episode log.  It was the twelfth episode in the first season and was aired December 19, 1964.  The name of the Christmas episode --"Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk" -- refers to incidents that occurred in the series pilot, and this is one of the major characteristics that makes this such a special holiday themed program.


With "Jingle Bells" playing as the episode opens, the castaways are shown celebrating Christmas by decorating a palm tree!  Gilligan wishes they could be rescued, and it seems this holiday wish will come true when a radio report indicates that a US Navy destroyer has spotted castaways that it believes may be the castaways from the SS Minnow!  In their joy of anticipated rescue, our favorite castaways reminisce about the troubles they encountered during their first few days on the island.  It is here that the audience is treated to a re-cut program that combines footage from the official pilot "Two on a Raft" and nearly every single Gilligan-and-Skipper (Bob Denver and Alan Hale) scene from the unaired pilot "Marooned."  The significance of this fusion of the two pilot episodes is that it features several panoramic, long range shots of the beach that shows full length views of the SS Minnow and the castaways sitting on the sand as well as on the boat itself!  A portion of this scene was shown up close in the closing credits for the first season, with the Minnow partially visible in the background and the castaways sitting together nearby.  But this Christmas episode provides deeper context with this extensive footage that provides full length shots of the boat as well as Gilligan casting his fishing line along the beach in front of the crashing surf, all of which was not shown in either the second or third season.


Another fun bit of trivia is that in the opening scenes when Gilligan and Skipper wake up after the Minnow was beached, original cast members from "Marooned" can be seen in the background.  But these cast members (playing the roles of the Professor, Bunny and the original Ginger), while shown briefly in this sequence, were not seen afterward because they were replaced by Russell Johnson, Dawn Wells (playing the Mary Ann character instead of Bunny) and Tina Louise!  As the castaways think about those first few days following their shipwreck, we are treated to watching Gilligan cast the radio and transmitter out to sea and learning how the radio was later recovered, but the transmitter ultimately destroyed.  This sequence of events (which involve birds and fish) is the basis for the name of this episode, which gives no hint of a Christmas theme!


After waiting a while, the crew and passengers of the SS Minnow learn from a news update that the US Navy had rescued other castaways that had been stranded for eleven years on a different island!  On Christmas Eve, the disappointed and tired castaways are shown gathered around a campfire as they realize they will not be home for Christmas.  All of the group is present except the Skipper, who is out gathering more wood for the fire.  In these final moments of the episode the castaways are visited by the REAL Santa Claus (who looks like the Skipper and appropriately is played by Alan Hale).  Santa Claus reminds the group to be grateful for what they have: they are not lost at sea, but on an island with food and water, plus he reminds them about the deep friendships they have formed since being marooned.  As the castaways' spirits are visibly lifted, Santa disappears and the real Skipper returns from gathering firewood in the opposite direction.  There is only a brief moment to ponder the true identity of their midnight visitor as everyone is filled with good cheer and heartily wishing each other Merry Christmas as the sound of Santa's sleigh bells along with a repeated chorus of "Merry Christmas" (ostensibly Santa and his elves) is heard flying over the island!  This is truly a magical ending for it evokes feelings of mercy, grace, renewal and gratitude.

With that in mind, we wish everyone in our wonderful GNN audience a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  If you have any special memories of holiday themed episodes from your favorite TV shows, please post them on the GNN FACEBOOK page (and please "like" us when doing so) or send them to us via the GNN g-mail address.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

 NOVEMBER 2022

Requiem for a Heavyweight & Friday Night Fights
- Remembering Jerry Quarry -
By George A. Haloulakos

This month's blog arose out of a very recent text message exchange with my friend and fellow Galaxy Good Guy Mike Bragg in which we reminisced about Friday Night Fights at the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium.  Our "conversation" brought back memories of a local Southern California favorite and world renowned fighter Jerry Quarry (1945 - 1999), who we remember as "The Bellflower Bomber." Quarry became a nationally known prize fighter at age 19 by winning the 1965 National Golden Gloves Championship by knocking out each of his five opponents in the tournament, a feat unmatched.  He turned professional later the same year after having over 200 fights in his amateur career.  Quarry was undersized for a heavyweight standing six feet tall and weighing between 190 to 200 pounds, similar to any other father or adult male figure you might have known in your own neighborhood.  Today he would have been classified or designated as cruiser weight.

In the context of professional fighting, Quarry was regarded as a durable and smart counter-puncher / action fighter.  Fearless and courageous, Quarry was the #1 rated contender during his professional career as he fought during what is considered the "golden age" of boxing (1960s-1970s).  Quarry fought against world heavyweight champions Ali, Ellis, Frazier, Patterson and Norton.  He defeated Patterson, but lost to Ali, Ellis, Frazier and Norton while giving a most honorable account of himself in each of those contests.  In addition, Quarry defeated legendary knockout artists / sluggers Foster, Lyle, Mathis and Shavers.  Aside from having the bad luck to compete in an era replete with the greatest fighters of all time, Quarry had a tendency to cut easily but commanded the respect of his peers.  Ali noted that were it not for his own speed, the outcomes of his contests with Quarry would likely have been very different.  After their second fight while still in the ring, Ali spoke quietly with Quarry while having his arms around his opponent in a gesture of sportsmanship offering encouragement and good wishes.  Frazier stated that Quarry was "A very tough man. He could have been a world champion, but cut too easily." Long before high-tech social media, Quarry built a world-renowned personal brand that began in full earnest at the Los Angeles Olympic Auditorium as a local favorite who forever was accessible and friendly to his fans - win, lose or draw.  In reading the many online tributes that have been posted for Quarry, such long lasting respect and adoration was not merely confined to Southern California or the USA, but worldwide in such places as the United Kingdom as he fought against the best fighters from all over the globe.  So great was his personal brand, that at his peak, Quarry was rated by Ring Magazine as the most popular fighter in the sport for four years in a row (1968-1971).


His popularity arose from being relatable to people of all ages.  In the era in which Baby Boomers came of age, Quarry appeared like our own fathers, who stood at a similar height and weight.  Yet this courageous and tough man could stand toe-to-toe with the world heavyweight giants while showing versatility elsewhere.  On the athletic field, Quarry made the Finals in the ABC Superstars competition in which he bested many NFL stars.  He had a passion for poetry and sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at various public events!  Yet through the ups and downs of fame, Quarry never forgot his humble if not tough upbringing when he remarked that he had led a "Grapes of Wrath" life.

With the passage of time and life experience, what we witnessed as young people can now be properly understood as to what led to a brutal if not horrible finale in the late 1990s.  At his induction into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1995, it was evident that something was very wrong with our popular fighter who seemed largely unaware of the surrounding events as the cumulative effect of all those amateur and professional fights had resulted in battle-boxing related dementia.  When I observed this myself, my mind flashed back to the Norton fight in 1975 when Quarry stepped in to battle the soon to be heavyweight champion with only eighteen days notice.  Norton (who was taller and weighed more than Quarry) had been preparing for this match for five months, but when two other opponents who were in line for this opportunity backed out, Quarry took the risk to try for the crown one more time.  While fighting valiantly, it was apparent that Quarry lacked the punch resistance, movement, reflexes and agility he had shown in earlier such contests.  Sadly "The Bellflower Bomber" was no longer the top-rated fighter he had been at his peak, and this was made even worse by little training beforehand.  In retrospect, one can easily discern that the aforementioned punch resistance (i.e., taking so many vicious hits) led to his tragic condition of physical and mental decline that led to his passing in 1999.


In reflecting on a unique era through the prism of Jerry Quarry's life, I found this rather poignant self-reflection that Quarry said about himself just prior to his decline.  Essentially, it is own epitaph:  "I've been in the ring with the best of all men / Some say the best of all time / I gave my all, round after round / And the world knows I tried / I fought with heart / But needed much more / A bridesmaid but never a bride . . ."

Do you have any special memories about watching the Friday Night Fights or perhaps the heavyweight matches that were aired on ABC's Wide World of Sports during the 1960s and 1970s?  If so, please send them to us via the GNN web site or post them into the GNN FACEBOOK page (and be sure to "like" us when doing so).  And remember the message of Theodore Roosevelt who in his "Man in the Arena" speech noted that those who put themselves on the line risking failure while daring to do great things will never be with those timid souls who neither know victory or defeat.


Monday, October 3, 2022

 OCTOBER 2022

Halloween and the Art of Horror
By George A. Haloulakos

Although celebrated on the last day of the month, Halloween dominates October from start to finish as Baby Boomers enjoy revisiting classic horror films designed to entertain, surprise and scare the audience.  In this month's GNN Blog, we pay tribute to filmmaker Val Lewton, who is best remembered for his signature work, the 1942 film "The Cat People."  This landmark film is a case study of high-quality low-budget filmmaking that captivates its audience through implied rather than explicit horror.  Lewton's masterful use of sound, shadows and low lighting in "The Cat People" easily surpasses today's reliance on computer graphics with its shock-and-awe approach.  Moreover, it provides a sharp contrast to the blood and gore of the 1940s violent slasher films or terrifying monsters (think Universal Studios with The Wolf Man, Dracula, Frankenstein, et al).


This is because Lewton created suspense along with a sense of terror by focusing on the unknown or the unseen such as a feeling of being followed, watched or stalked by an unknown presence or force.  Despite operating on a $150,000 budget (a rather low sum even by the industry standards of the 1940s), Lewton created a taut, psychological thriller that continues to scare its audience decades after its release while affirming filmmaking -- especially the horror film -- as an art.

In this month's GNN Blog, yours truly will try to refrain from major spoilers regarding the plot of this vintage horror classic.  However, with the hope of stimulating the interest of those who have not seen "The Cat People" I will offer the following as a teaser.


The main character, Irena Dubrovna (expertly portrayed by Simone Simon) is NEVER shown in cat form but there are a couple of notable scenes where the power of suggestion and the film viewer's imagination provide moments of sheer terror.  For example, supporting character Alice (portrayed by Jane Randolph) is shown walking at night in New York City alongside a large wall bordering a park with the sound of her clicking heels growing ever louder as Alice feels she is being stalked and starts to walk at a more brisk pace.  Was that a gust of wind that rattled the bushes overhead along the wall?  Or was something or someone there?  Later as Alice is swimming in an indoor pool, are the shadows in the dimly lit swimming area a giant cat, reflections of the water or perhaps a trick of the eye?  When Alice emerges from the pool, she finds her terry cloth robe torn to shreds as if a large animal (perhaps a feline) with very sharp claws had gotten hold of it.  Irena (Simone Simon) suddenly emerges from the shadows and surprises Alice (as well as the film audience) making a seemingly innocent query as to the whereabouts of her (Irena's) husband.


The clicking of heels on pavement and the echoing of screams in an indoor pool from the two aforementioned scenes, are demonstrations of great film noir as the sharp contrast of black-and-white film, fog and shadows are equally important to the plot in helping to create a memorable horror movie.  The ambiance is terrifying while still evoking empathy for Irena, who feels haunted by the curse of "The Cat People" from her native Serbia.


As testimony that profit and artistic filmmaking are not mutually exclusive, "The Cat People" ended up costing $134,000 (well below its $150,000 budget) while grossing $4 million in box office receipts -- a nearly 30x return on investment!  In sum, "The Cat People" is a film noir aficionado's Halloween delight, a triumph of filmmaking artistry and a great financial success.

What are your favorite horror films that you enjoy watching to celebrate Halloween?  Please share them with us either through the Galaxy Nostalgia Network (GNN) website or go to the GNN Facebook Page (and please "like" us when doing so).  From all of us here at GNN, Happy Halloween!
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Sunday, September 4, 2022

 SEPTEMBER 2022

Seasons Change ~ And So Do We !

For Baby Boomers, the month of September was typically associated with the start of a new season for TV programming on the major networks.  Since the late 1970s / early 1980s, there has been an exponential increase in Cable TV channels and more recently "streaming" services via the Internet.  With this increase in both available programs and channels (or access portals) for worldwide viewers, the nature of seasons for TV programming has radically changed.  Essentially new beginnings and finales for various TV programs occur throughout the year (i.e., in all seasons).  In this context, time takes on a different nature.  For example, a program that runs for 10 calendar years, may, in fact, be composed of 20 "seasons" (not 10) given how the TV program seasons have changed, along with our viewing habits.

During the 1950s and 1960s, TV viewers eagerly awaited the new programs aired by ABC, CBS and NBC to be unveiled in September.  Before the availability of video cassette recorders, the competition for viewership was very intense because the financial stakes (as measured by advertising revenues) were so very high.  During the summer while the networks typically aired either reruns of popular prime time shows or featured summertime replacements, there would be teasers or previews during commercial breaks to promote not only new episodes for well-established TV programs but also brief snippets to spark interest in new programs as well.  By the mid-to-late 1960s, this intense competition for viewership took some interesting turns that marked the beginnings of how TV seasons would change.


One such example was the use of a combined cliffhanger / series finale to "start" a new season in 1967:  ABC aired a two-part series finale (August 22 and 29, 1967) for its top-rated show The Fugitive (featuring actor David Jansen as Dr Richard Kimble who is wrongly convicted for murdering his wife).  In keeping with network practice, the fourth season had ended in April 1967 leaving viewers wondering whether or not Dr Kimble would find the real killer and be exonerated.  With so many close calls during its four-year run, viewer interest was extraordinarily high.  ABC was able to capitalize on this viewer interest by ending this iconic series in a spectacular finale to inaugurate its new network TV season for 1967-1968 with record ratings!!  In those days, a TV season typically started in September and ended in the following calendar year during the April - June time frame, so this innovation allowed ABC to leverage on momentum from the prior season by stoking TV viewer curiosity during the summer and power its way into the 1967 season!  During this same period it was not unusual for all three of the major networks to sometimes feature actors from their leading prime time programs hosting a series of preview shows - usually about one week prior to the "official" start of the new season - that introduced the lineup for the fall.

However, one of the most unusual, if not bold strategies ever undertaken was by NBC in 1966.  In order to catch the attention of viewers BEFORE they had an opportunity to sample the CBS and ABC schedules, NBC previewed three of its new programs one week before the 1966-1967 season began.  The primetime programs aired/introduced by NBC via its "Sneak Preview" on September 8, 1966 from 7:30 to 10 PM were: TarzanStar Trek and The Hero.  It is indeed an interesting bit of trivia that the popular Star Trek series had such a unique start in TV history!


With the huge increase of Cable TV channels and "streaming" via the Internet, the definition of seasons in the context of viewership has radically changed.  New seasons typically begin all year round, and often they are of shorter duration than the original practice followed by the major networks.  For example, it is not uncommon for a single season of a popular program to air from September to December, and then a new season for that same program to then air from March to June.  Or simply to run during summertime!  The compressed nature of these new seasons and the advances of digital technology have now enabled viewers to follow their programs at any time to suit their individual schedules and be viewed from any location in the world.  This change has also given impetus for "binge" watching as viewers await the completion of these compressed seasons so they can be watched over the course of a weekend!  In the intervening decades since the early 1980s, the use of the cliffhanger has now evolved so that viewer interest can carry from one season to the next but not necessarily having to wait for six or more months to find out how it is resolved.

Do you have special or favorite memories about your favorite TV programs and how they were unveiled for the start of a new season?  If so, please submit your thoughts or reminiscences to the Galaxy Nostalgia Network (GNN) website or to the GNN Facebook Page (and please "like" us when doing so).  From all of us here at GNN, enjoy the change of TV seasons!

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

 AUGUST 2022

HAPPY 75th ANNIVERSARY to the US AIR FORCE

This summer the Galaxy Nostalgia Network is proud to salute the United States Air Force (USAF) as it celebrates its 75th Anniversary!  The USAF was formally established in 1947 making it an equal and independent branch of the United States Armed Forces, after having been originally created in 1907 as a part of the United States Army Signal Corps.  The enormous advancement in aeronautics and aviation during the first half of the 20th Century paved the way for the USAF to be developed into an equal, stand-alone branch of the military.  In particular, during World War II, the Air Force was crucial to the Allied victory in every theater of the war as it enabled our nation to project power in ways that historically had been inconceivable.  This development was punctuated as an exclamation mark in 1945 as the long-range Boeing B-29 Superfortress delivered atomic bombs against the adversary thereby bringing the War in the Pacific to a swift close.



In the post World War II period (i.e., the Cold War), the changing global power structure and highly charged political tensions elevated the USAF into perhaps the most vital part of the US nuclear arsenal.  While the US Navy had charge over submarine-based nuclear weapons, it was the US Air Force's Strategic Air Command that had operational control over land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) along with nuclear bombs carried by long-range bombers like the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress.  In the aftermath of the Cold War (i.e., 1991 to date) there have been numerous reorganizations to not only reflect the changing global political climate but to incorporate upgrades in technical and operational capabilities.  For example, during the Cold War, the USAF's mission was largely positioned to provide "massive retaliation" -- which is associated with the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) policy that characterized the wartime posture of the era.   But with improved technology, this mission evolved into "flexible response" and eventually to "precision guided munitions."  However it should also be noted that the USAF has also been an integral part of major humanitarian operations.  Examples include but are not limited to the Berlin Airlift (1948-49), Operation Safe Haven (1957-58), Operations Babylift, New Life, Frequent Winds and New Arrivals (1975), Operation Provide Promise (1992-96) and Operation Tomodachi (2011).  In war and peace, the USAF has ably served our nation and global allies.


The ability of the USAF to provide long-range assistance in both military and humanitarian terms on a rapid-deployment basis, often in expeditionary or harsh environments, make this 75th Anniversary an opportunity to salute a branch of the US military that truly exemplifies its motto:
"Integrity first, Service before self, Excellence in all we do."




Do any of you in our wonderful GNN audience have special memories of the US Air Force either through your own life experience or perhaps a loved one or friend who has served in this remarkable branch of the US military?  If so, please submit your thoughts or reminiscences to the Galaxy Nostalgia Network (GNN) website or to the GNN Facebook Page (and please "like" us when doing so).  I will start the conversation by noting that my mother, Victoria Villarreal Haloulakos (1925-2018), was a US Civil Servant in the US Air Force and shared vivid recollections of meeting General Curtis LeMay (who was in charge of the USAF Strategic Air Command during the Cold War) and that her favorite aircraft was the B-52 (which is still in active service more than 65+ years after its inception).  In blessed memory of all those who have served while also saluting those currently in active service, please join us in wishing the US Air Force a well-deserved HAPPY 75th ANNIVERSARY!