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The Guestbook Archive:

Thanks to everybody who left their mark:
Your words have meant so much to me!
And oh yeah: Please sign my guestbook!

Dan Cosper:
What a great web site. Chuck Reuben says what we are all thinking. 03-Aug-04

Your website is beautiful. The lived life is not worth examining. 03-Aug-04

Tamara Williams:
Hey, Chuck! Thanks for sharing so many of your life experiences and observations. Now that you've had practice doing the macarena on a cruise ship, can we see you dancing down the hall at SOE? 11-Aug-04

Melinda Jordan:
I think I'm #34 to visit your website. Chucksville is beautiful and I especially admire the butterflies. 11-Aug-04

Selma Holo:
loved your story of Mom and Linda's visit. All the details are terrrific. I could almost smell the bread backing. big hug, your biggest sister, selma 16-Aug-04

Geoff M:
Very atmospheric! Nice website. 20-Aug-04

Jonathon D. Ortiz:
I am an Amtrak RailFan, visiting your page From Diamond Bar, neat butter Flys, if you want, E-mail me, and I'll give you an HTML code that can make a Snow-Flake Effect- it works on any Page! 20-Aug-04

david west:
Great stories. I had some memorable train trips as a kid but never as an adult. It is time to correct that ommission. I like your connections to family and friends and am glad I have had the chance to meet and work with you, however sporadic is has been. 26-Aug-04

Those were some well written & very interesting stories! 26-Aug-04

Joe Morris:
Cool site. It would lend well to a Blog site! 27-Aug-04

Hey, Chuck. I like your web site and your writing. Hope you enjoy the fair. Charlie and I go every year. Our don't misses are: Bullock vegetable exhibit. Flower show. Old-fashioned cotton candy (spun while you watch) in the cow barn. Or is the sheep barn? Fresh-made caramel apple from the big booth in commercial pavillion. Corn on the cob from somewhere (haven't found the best place yet). A stroll down main street. And ride the farris wheel! 08-Sep-04

Gilbert B Norman:
Nice 16-Sep-04

Gail Stephenson:
Damn, Chuck! This sight is. . . . well. . . . .so. . . . . Chuckish! We been missin' your chuckishness! 18-Sep-04

Chelsea Henrie:
It was good running into you over lunch. Thanks for sharing your website with me, it is neat. I've attached a link to check out the online version of my CBS Early Show piece. It can be found at http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/03/ 29/earlyshow/health/main609223.shtmlTake a look! I'll stop by and see you after my San Diego trip. -Chelsea 04-Oct-04

Susan Hoagland:
Thanks for your gift to Ragdale. 07-Oct-04

Jennifer Hix:
Wow, new look! But what happened to the clouds? I love the clouds! Can we get them back? Nice Big I photos!Love, Jupes 08-Oct-04

Photos are beautiful. You should sell them to a newspaper. 08-Oct-04

Owen Goldin:
Nice site, Chuck. Keep up the good fight for the trains! Owen 21-Oct-04

Joshua Holo:
Dear Chuck,Loved "Amschlepping," and it sounds like a great trip. Take care,Nephew Josh 25-Oct-04

Stan Gillespie:
Hi Chuck: 27-Oct-04

Dmitri Ivnitski:
Dear Chuck,You have made a wonderful web-page. Good Luck in you life. You are very talent Guy.Dmitri 28-Oct-04

Hi, Chuck: 04-Nov-04

M. Bernadette Tafoya:
Hi Mayor of ChucksvilleBaby Roo is so adorable. What a happy pooch! Wonderful website. GREAT Articles.CheersBernadette :o) 11-Nov-04

You are the voice of your generation! 11-Nov-04

Hi Chuck! 17-Nov-04

Debbie Dobson:
Hi there Chuck!\Nice site...I enjoyed your stories!Debbie 18-Nov-04

Alice Hayes:
The Eskimo who comes from AsiaIs not afraid of euthenasia.An iceberg lovely as a sonnetFloats gentlly by and on itHe puts his grandma wrapped in furSo dying will be fun for her. 24-Nov-04

Yang Wu (??):
Hope you can actually view the Chinese I wrote! :-) I will convince my dad to have the Shan Zha Tea with me... :P 06-Dec-04

Joe Speer:
Dear Chucksville, I enjoyed the story on Chaco Canyon. and where is the hot tub? in your secret backyard hideaway.Here is a comment on a recent news item. A pharmaceutical company invented a patch to increase sexual desire in women, especially ones with ovaries removed like my girlfriend Pamela. So I told her if it comes on the market I will double her up on the patches. I don't care if the side effects include blindness, kidney failure, respiratory ailments, or loss of teeth. It could be worth it! 07-Dec-04

hi chuck thank u so much for that really nice email today! your site looks great too! 08-Dec-04

Hi Chuck,consider yourself to be proudly greeted from Germany! ;-) But I like Chucksville, and may even apply for a citizenship, one day!Kees (from the AlphaSmart Forum) 10-Dec-04

Well, Chuck....here we are! Haven't had time to read anything yet but will right now. It was so great hearing from you and Jennifer and we do want to get together with you both before too long. Our best to you both, g & g 14-Dec-04

Chuck,Great site.Great stories.God bless. 17-Dec-04

Geri Aron:
Visited you web site just now and read about your sister's book....will w=show it to Gunther when he gets home from buying a new clean filter for the furnace - ho-hum-drum....when would be a good day to find youat home...would like to come down...perhaps in late Jan or Feb...would call you first....think of a good place for lunch...geri 18-Dec-04

Chris Banks:
Right on Chuck, 19-Dec-04

Jerry Peterson:
Also known on trainweb as TwinStarRocket, ABQ is my favorite Amtrak destination from my home in St.Paul, MN (2 blocks from the 2nd best train route, the Empire Builder). I am impressed with your site and your eloquent writings on passenger rail. 21-Dec-04

Chuck,You and I met a few times years ago. We have Joe Speer (AKA: Beatlick Joe) in common as well as your/our love of writing, art and poetry. It was a pleasure to view/read your web-site and sign your Guestbook. Have a happy, healthy and Blessed New Year.Victoria 31-Dec-04

What a wonderful site! I am proud to call you my brother. love, selma 05-Jan-05

It was great seeing you and watching family DVD's together. Thanks for introducing me to your website. Wonderful! 17-Jan-05

Hey Chuck - as a 'GOD backwards' fan - you might enjoy this from the Onion 20-Jan-05

Sabine Schweidt Cranmer:
Fellow SJC Alumni, '80-'81. I ordered your sister's book about Oaxaca for my daughter's teacher -- he is crazy about that place. I haven't read the books you suggested for the reunion seminar. It will be fun to see who turns up and for what. I enjoyed reading your webpage, esp Mother and Child reunion. Our family was in Puerto Vallarta last year and I could well imagine the experiences you described. 21-Jan-05

Dan Cosper:
Chuck,Congratulations on going 1,000 hits. Chuck is without a doubt a national treasure. 01-Feb-05

Jennifer Hix:
Chucky, thanks for fixing the format on your site. It reads so easily now and looks fabulous! Love, Jupes 01-Feb-05

Wow, quite a lot of reading! 04-Feb-05

Thanks for the interesting info, Chuck! I liked your bit about the skateboard park. I've driven by but never stopped to watch, so your story made me want to slow down and enjoy what's happening there. I also enjoyed learning about your sister & her book. Hope she sees your write-up on her -- and gives you a commission on her book! 09-Feb-05

Linda Schwebke:
Just read Rail Pass. It's hilarious. Give me more! 09-Feb-05

James Fiocchi Jr.:
Nice site chuck..Where are the pictures of the Grand Teton adventure ?? 11-Feb-05

I love your Amtrak story!!Right on, Brother! 12-Feb-05

Jim Fisher:
Keep writing. 18-Feb-05

Ryan S.:
Chuck...Great Article full of wit and humor...enjoyed it. For our reading pleasure! 25-Feb-05

Ghita Olit (Mom):
Dear Chucky:I just got through reading your website on the social security, which I thought was very funny and actually a perfect definition of what is really happing, and then your review of Selma's book, which I think was absolutely fantasitc. You are indeed, a very good writer. One of the best. I love you and hope to read a lot more of your websites in the future. 27-Feb-05

Your solution for social security is priceless... and so is the photo ofyou and your wabbit!!Love, Jupes 03-Mar-05

Hi Chuck-- 04-Mar-05

I enjoy your train stories oh if I had the time, Oh and you should have told everyone how god awful NY Penn Station is Where as architect Vincent Scully wrote "Where we once entered like gods we now scurry like rats." 23-Mar-05

I love your "Sidewalk Society" story. You write very well about art. Keep 'em comin'!! Love, Jupes 26-Mar-05

Cheri Hall:
HI Chuck, I met you when we were giving stress tests yesterday at UNM. I've read some of your articles, they're interesting. Here is the website for my school. www.mojaveacademy.com ML,Cheri 07-Apr-05

Sabra Basler:
Hi Chuck, 18-Apr-05

Patrick R. Vigil - UNM:
Hey Chuck-------- Great website 18-Apr-05

Chuck ,
Thanks for that great homebrew (all to m'self) What a great evening! Love to see you grow even more excentric, and more weird (maybe as weird as me). The ultimate pitching machine, indeed! Tranquilla, the Hun 10-May-05

Sue Hix:
Hi, Chuck--
This is a neat website. Loved your Rail Pass story segment. You should send this link to Penny & Ted.
Good luck on your new job!
Sue 13-May-05

ethan kane:
are you gonna write a piece on the closing of the copy center, the end of an era?
is this a BLOG?
chuck, you're great! keep it up!
ethan 13-May-05

Elen Freelander:
Hey Chuck - thank you for the insparation! Maybe I can use this juice to actually build my own website? 16-Jul-05

Chuck, I spent about an hour this morning zooming through your writing. Laughing at your sharp twists on life. Well done. The photographs are beautiful. I'll be back to read some more later. Again, it was good to see you and good luck on your newest creation. 31-Aug-05

Linda Peters:
Hi Chuck and Supermodel Jennifer!
Great website. I will try to read it all again tomorrow. There's a lot of information in here! I especially loved the article about the lavender! 19-Sep-05

Great write up on the new roof
We have something in common, my daily driver is 1992 240 SE (M), I wonder whether you've heard of brickboard.com. By teh way I'm from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 18-Oct-05

Walter Gerstle:
Nice website! 28-Oct-05

Dave Mills:
Chuck nice work. I'm using a library computer but when I get home I'll read what you have and explain what happened on the last third of my journey. 08-Nov-05

David Civetti:
Hi Chuck. I took the time to stop and read your entertaining, informative and amusing prose on the several topics that you have been inspired to elucidate. It was a real treat and I am glad that I took you up on your invitation. And all of that is just from the first page. I see a navigation bar here, and I am wondering if those links lead to pages on your site or on others.
Best wishes,
David 13-Nov-05

Loved your piece on the roof. Glad that Canada contributed to the success of your job and hope you have many years of pleasure from it. 22-Nov-05

Jim Benford:
I enjoy your website! Was particularly struck by the cholesterol piece. 30-Nov-05

Fun site, thanks for sharing! 14-Dec-05

You have a great website; I really enjoyed it. If you get a chance please also visit my websites: www.JasmineJones.us & www.PixiePixerFixer.com 18-Dec-05

Hi Chuck, I rellay enjoy visiting your website. Thanks for sharing. 26-Dec-05

Mike Swick:
Nice job! Very entertaining. 12-Jan-06

chicago sounds like the ever better city! fun to read. love ,me 14-Jan-06

Chicago keeps on flexing its muscles as we can see from the titanic new attractions that Chucky describes in his lastest entry. I may be away but Chicago is in my hear to stay. 15-Jan-06

Yes, Give everybody a bunny rabbit and a social security check and they will be as content as you look. Loved that piece. 16-Jan-06

Good to see you Chuck. Glad things worked out for you in ECE. By the way, the name of the Isotopes' mascot is "Orbit". Lary 18-Jan-06

I love your site, Chuck. Thanks for the history lesson and all the nice things you say about our program--The Story of New Mexico at Continuing Ed. 25-Jan-06

Gilbert B Norman:
The seafood restaurant at Navy Pier you went to is Riva. I like it myself, even though I do not eat seafood. The wine list is superb (had an excellent Virginia Viognier last visit). 27-Jan-06

love your stories.
have a great day.
kuala lumpur, malaysia 15-Mar-06

Valerie V. Whitlock:
It was nice see you at class. 22-Mar-06

Great trip to the past, Chuck! 22-Mar-06

Don Edmund:
I just read your stuff about Chloride. You had most of it correct. Thank you!
We are glad that you enjoyed your tour, and we hope you will come back 22-Mar-06

Good work! Your site is nice. 26-Mar-06

Joan Cok:
Wow, Chuck. That's a fabulous article with fabulous pictures. I'm glad you know how to operate your camera with the glitches. I'm going to have some of my friends take a look! Also, I may have to arrange a few trips for Ron and me to places where you've been. 04-Apr-06

Hi there!
Very nice site you have here. I figured it was worth a look at after reading your post on the members blog and I was happily right. Keep up the awesome work! 10-Jun-06

Awesome web page! Maybe somday I will have read it ALL! Until then, I'll just keep coming back!
Mom to Sydney- terminally ill
www.HopeForSydney.com 10-Jun-06

Winston Jowers:
Great job Mr. Reuben!
Made a short visit today and will be back. Lucy Lu (my dog) particularly enjoyed the piece By Baby Ruh. 24-Jul-06

Great web site 13-Sep-06

Back in the 70's I lived in a "kiva" which was one the mines in Cerrillos for about a month. I will never forget that experience and the townspeople who were so generous. 14-Sep-06

Chucksville, who is thatlarge bellied(though handsome) man in the pict ure? You've made a splendid evocation of a beautiful homage to the first amendment and those who suffered in defense of free speeech..Best, FC 17-Sep-06

Sharon Moran:
Hi Chuck. I hope it is okay for me to copy some of your articles. My friend is coming from Arizona and I am sending her the Tent Rocks story to whet her appetite for when she comes here. Thanks so much for your stories. 24-Sep-06

Joan Cok:
From a fellow Cumbres Toltec traveler, what great photos and what a great write-up. Thanks, Charles. 09-Oct-06

Shelly - your sister!:
Clickity clack. Clickity clack. I loved it! Shelly 10-Oct-06

Matt Connors:
Enjoyed your rendition of the Cumbres & Toltec RR trip very much. Thought your article was most informative and entertaining. 10-Oct-06

What a high your trip gave me!!!
Wish I had been there with you. 10-Oct-06

Charmaine Reyes:
It was nice meeting you in the registration area of Graph Expo. I hope you enjoyed the show as much as I'm enjoying your website. You've given me new ideas on how to appreciate Albuquerque next time I'm in town. 15-Oct-06

Chuck Reuben:
Alice Judson Ryerson Hayes, the founder of "Ragdale," an artists' colony in Lake Forest, Illinois passed away on October 13, 2006. A Memorial Fund has been established in Alice's name and may be sent to Alice Hayes Memorial Fund at the Ragdale Foundation, 1260 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045. I will miss you, Alice: You were a mentor, an inspiration and a good friend. 11-Jan-07

Melinda Jordan:
You've gotta cool, well-written and designed website spiked with delightfully dry & witty humor that makes me want to take off from work and do some real living.... 11-Jan-07

Matt Connors:
Hi! Charles:
Thought your article on El Morro Natl Monument was great; thoroughly enjoyed it - as well as the photo of you and the wolf. Neat! 19-Apr-07

Nice photos. I like the mom W/ peacock one. 12-Jul-07

Seth Richey:
cool photos 08-Aug-07

You asked me to sign your guestbook.
Well....here ya go.
But seriously, I do like how well organized this page is. Good work 08-Aug-07

Kevin Christopher:
Wow, I lived in Ramah, up at Cloh Chin Toh, where the resevoir begins., back in the mid 70s. I knew Kirk and heard him play a few times. I now look back and realize that the people of Ramah are very special people, especially the Clawsons - Kevin Christopher 28-Aug-07

Judith Binder:
Hi, Chuck,
Loved your pictures from last year's trip on the Cumbres & Toltec RR. It was a perfect experience, and it was very nice to see you again. Stay well, Judy 05-Sep-07

Loved the story on the death defying trip to Death Valley with Mom. What a gal! 05-Sep-07

Marco Santi:
Dear Chuck,
chucksville.org, to me, was like taking a huge bong hit. Like drawing a cold tap beer and chugging it fast. Similar to looking down,while at the very top of the tallest rollercoaster at Great America and then letting gravity take hold of the ride. Almost like having Mike Tyson take his best, hardest swing at your head, and making him miss ! I was thrilled to look at the information to say the least !!! Looking forward to being a regular.
Love and Peace,
Marco Santi
Highland Park, Illinois (now in Kenosha, WI) 12-Sep-07

Hi, Chuck:
I loved your article on the trestle. You are such a good writer!
Shelly 26-Sep-07

Marco Santi:
Wishing you all the best during this wonderful holiday season !!!
Marco Santi 17-Dec-07

You make Vegas seem seamy. Wonderful piece.
Linda 17-Dec-07

Marco Santi:
Vegas...............A perfect town for a few laughs, some bright lights, and plenty of booze for curious tasters. 18-Dec-07

Sergio Mendez:
Hello Chuck,
Thanks for your free and friendly advice on my book of poems. I forgot to have you sign the book I purchased from you. 21-Dec-07

IRA 04-Feb-08

Ed Greig:
Hi Chuck,
Really enjoyed the description of Vegas and many of the other rail stories. I am currently on quite a journey of my own, which I am blogging here. Its been very inspirational to read your style. Good luck in all your ventures,
Ed 03-Mar-08

Ron Cok:
I haven't seen hide nor hair or you recently, but I am enjoying chucksville. Ron 30-Mar-08
Marco Santi:
The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind.
--Humphrey Bogart 03-Apr-08

Thanks for the hilarious romp through the Windy City and its environs. 27-Apr-08

Linda Loo:
An amazing story of learning and change. Congratulations, Chuck. 02-Jun-08

steve wexler:
loved the old Underwood typewriter on the foldout desk. Good work CHUCKSVILLE
Steve 02-Jun-08

steve wexler:
just read your visit to the monastary. I doubt a piston had come loose. It would have stopped your engine. Dead. Could have been a valve. Glad somebody has done something with the darkest before dawn cliche. Wex 02-Jun-08

James Fiocchi:
Saka Hagee!!!!!!!!
What happened to Lufidge? 14-Jun-08

Let's get some more CD's down here! 03-Jul-08

cool! great seeing you honey

Guy H:
Good seeing u at Einstein's this AM. Keep riding the rails! 30-Jul-08

Das Keyboard crew was here. 10-Sep-08

Marco Santi:
If you lay down in a field of soybeans, you may find yourself eating them ! 08-Oct-08

Dear Chucky:
Your Alphagrip piece was fascinating. It read like an episode of Star Trek! I think you should send it to Alphagrip. They'll probably be delighted by your "review." Just terrific writing!
Shelly 20-Oct-08

Hi, Chuck:
Just read your Scenic Railroad piece. You sold me. Next time you take that train ride, may I come along?
Shelly 20-Oct-08

Dear Chucky:
A great revisit to Chicago through your eyes. Brought back memories of when we were kids, and our Dad used to take us to trade shows. I remember the big shopping bags he brought back filled with all sorts of fascinating things.
Also loved your happy response to your successful flights. May all of your trips be as happy, and your return to Chicago this week be just as much fun.
Shelly 20-Oct-08

Mary Heinricht:
I bought a wonderful squash blossom from Mr. Candelaria and his wife in 1985/6 when they were still open to the public. I almost bought 50 acres of land they had for sale - and now wish I had...we (US) should not steal this land from this wonderful man. 22-Oct-08

Martha Dayton:
Hello, I am looking for information about Chloride NM and San Antonio, San Marcial, etc and dripping springs. All mining interests in that area.
I am a relative of Capt Jack Crawford, Austin Crawford, Rebecca James and Will James, Maud Richards Crawford (married name - schoolma'am in Chloride), etc. My grandfather, Ernest Brechtel worked in Chloride as a mining engineer, and married May C. Crawford, school-teacher at San Antonio, where he was Conrad Hilton's roomate.
Any links, etc. to follow the tale will be appreciated.
Martha Dayton 03-Nov-08

Stephen Wassell:
Hello Chuck, Really enjoyed your website but only had time for a quick browse today although I did read the piece on the monks in the desert which I found very interesting. Enjoy your forthcoming trip on the Acela. Best wishes Stephen,Norfolk England. 07-Nov-08

Dan Cosper:
I think your blog about your visit to Leech Lake was excellent. The best blog you hav3e written. 03-Dec-08

You have proven your worth as a fisher, family man and friend. Wonderful trip. 27-Dec-08

Charlie Dawson:
I like billy the kid and the 1800"s in New Mexico 29-Dec-08

Just read your "they fixed leech lake" and was impressed with your writing. Thank you for your positive attitude about Big Rock Resort and Leech Lake. We enjoyed your visit, Come again. Marty and Mary 29-Jan-09

Chuck - Nicely done. We liked Leech Lake and Big Rock resort so much, we purchased Cabin 7 - 3 years ago. We are planning on staying that additional week this summer! 29-Jan-09

Kim Gugin Learnard:
Chuck and Jim, thanks for a terrific story! I might have been in one of the 'yellowed photos', as I have been vacationing at Big Rock since I was 10 years old - and that was 40 years ago! My family and I can't wait to come back to Leech Lake again this summer. 29-Jan-09

Jim Gugin:
Chuckster. I am Jim, younger brother of Kim Gugin Learnard below. Leech Lake is my heaven on earth. As a young boy we stayed in #13. Now we own #6 and Kim and husband Rob own #7 in which you stayed. The spiritual offerings of that place only grow. It is unlike any other lake in any other setting. A few more visits and you will know what I mean. I am glad, always, when someone is touched in a small way by what now owns me heart: wondrous Leech Lake. Jim 29-Jan-09

Mike Hartshorne:
Nice work Chuck,
but don't you think it is time for an update? We'll be in safety training in the AM on Sat 31 Jan but working that afternoon....come by then or at another session for a look see
Mike 30-Jan-09

Joel Nicoll:
Of course this will be very slanted,but, what a wonderful website. I was just referred to it yesterday and was I ever surprised !! I have, in the last few days, decided to offer this entire ranch for sale, including all the farm equipment and the dance hall/studio. If any of you city folks are ready for a welcome retreat of hustle & bustle, come look me up. This was my grandfathers original homestead from the 1800's and it will be hard to see it go outside the family but it really is a heaven on earth. The sunsets and sunrises thru the Ponderosa Pine and the Pinon and Juniper are at a minimum, spectacular. Thank you so very much for giving so generously of your time and space. Hosteen Dzill (that is "Mountain Man" in Navajo) Joel Nicoll 08-Feb-09

Jeremy Nicoll:
Uncle Joel referred me to this site. Awesome! We just listened to the music and saw the old pictures. Bunches were my relatives. My kids got a little culture from my old stomping grounds since we don't visit New Mexico. Thanks for doing this. Greetings from Fairbanks Alaska. 10-Feb-09


kim bebo:
thank you so much for posting this photo. What a classic! 14-Feb-09

Thanks for the informative posting. I've read a fair amount about the "Trail of Tears" (another nation, another outrage) but was not well informed about the return march the Dineh had made. Thanks again.

Sherron Trimble:
Thanks for your review of Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. My son is interested in spending the summer there, working with the wolves. 02-Mar-09

joe Speer:
The Steroid Era sports scandals abound funnelling fees to attorneys squalid headlines and tarnished reputations we can turn this situation about-face by a sanction of the steroid era make enhancement drugs available to athletes with million dollar contracts they can afford to enrich pharmaceutical companies advertiser revenue would increase more long-standing records would fall players would perform heroic feats fans would enjoy more high-flying games ticket sales would escalate drugs of lessor potency could be offered to bush and little leagues players would not have to resort to subterfuge and denial let's draw an imaginary line through the void like B.C. & A.D. start the steroid era and everybody wins 12-Mar-09

First went to Big Rock resort on Leech Lake in 1954 with my family. Spent 16 summers there. Most of the family relatives spent several weeks or months at Big Rock as well.
One August we took over most of the resort with 34 relative and family.
I worked on summer for the Ed Katula when he was ill.
The A-frame house overlooking the old harbor entrance was built by my Aunt and Uncle.
Hope to return again. 27-Apr-09

Hi Chuck,
I found your site while trolling on the SJC website. I love reading your adventures and am passing some along to another old friend who is a railroad buff.. All the best from years ago, Rick 28-Apr-09

Robert (Steve) Gillespie:
Information on the Ramah I remember from my childhood seems extremely scarce. Thank you for your work here. I remember well thye music of Leon Lambson and his band as well as that of Kirk Clawson and his band. To hear that ramah music once more after all these years gives me goosebumps. Those old pictures you have posted,many of which featured my relatives and acquaintances from another time and seemingly another world are priceless. You have done a wonderful work here. Thank you! 02-May-09

Dear Chucky:
Thank you for inviting me along(via your writing) to Leech Lake. What a wonderful visit I had with you, Jim, and the kids. And I didn't even have to get sea sick or bitten by a bug to come along! Who'd a thunk my brother would turn into such an accomplished fishmerman! I loved it!
Shelly 02-May-09

Pamela Gillespie Mack:
Dear Chuck,
My brother directed me to this site and if you ever wanted to see someone become emotional over music then you should see me bawl when I listen to selection #2 from the Ramah Bluegrass music! Oh my gosh, it's like the best parts of my childhood and teen years all played before my eyes. There is no way to thank you for what you have done on this site for so many of us. Not only is the music unbelievably touching to those of us who knew it "then", but also the photos are a real treat from a bygone time...and many of those photos are from my ancestors too! 05-May-09

Chris Jones:
This is a very interesting site you have here! I enjoyed stumbling upon the Leech Lake story while searching for camping tips, and it's nice to see others enjoying the spirit of the outdoors as well. If you have some spare cash lying around, buy a .22 and build a survival kit for survivalist camping! Nothing is quite like EARNING your meals. It'll make a Teddy Roosevelt out of anyone. Have a nice day man, and keep on having fun! 29-May-09

Charlotte Kubat:
The Ball Launcher reviews were awesome. You went to great lengths to exercise your pup. The Chuck-it works great for "exorcizing" the Heebie jeebies out of my crazy Crenshaw... and since he's a pit bull he is very good at bringing the ball back but if you throw it too far, and he can't see where it landed, then you have to walk out there and find it for him. ha ha obviously no retriever in that bloodline anyhoo I look forward to checking out the rest of your pages, take care of that arm! 02-Jun-09

Tom Warden:
Wonderful presentation of TRESTLE, Horizontal Test Platform, A second Vertical Platform site can be seen to the West. This was never completed due to Congress and funding.
I was Genersl Construction Manager for Hunt Corp. and was first person on site when construction started in 1972. The erection started in April, 1975 and was one of the most interesting projects I ever built.
Thanks for your effort in presenting this amazing engineering marvel. 02-Jun-09

Larry West:
Used to live up there in the UP as well as 15 years in Massachusetts. Mosquitos and black flies always welcome yo. 26-Jun-09

Lee Hotchkiss:
I have my great grandparents Marriage license from the Territory of NM - in Chloride NM. I'm planning to visit in November 09. Thanks for your informational site. 04-Aug-09

Hi Mr. Chuckers,
Great posting on Leech Lake - - finally read the whole thing. Nice job. G,S and AB are still searching for the Leech Lake Monster. Hope all is well
Jennifer 31-Aug-09

Hi, Chuck:
Just stopped by to say "Hi" and see what's doing in Chucksville. I noticed that you added links to both of my websites. That was so nice of you. Thank you so much!
Shelly 07-Sep-09

Morley Hughes:
if you are in any need of info or need parts for this train the little town of buckley michigan has one of the nations largest operating steam engine collections. it is nice to see people take care of history. I you need any help with this project i have painted car for most of my adault life and would love to help out in any way that i can. good job to all who have put any time in this great old train 08-Sep-09

Hey, Chuck:
The posting of Michael's movie is terrific, is a wonderful tribute to his talent, and brings back beautiful memories. Thank you! Also, I just read the article about your trip to Santa Fe. What an adventure! I had no idea that they had built the railroad. Good for New Mexico!
Shelly 05-Oct-09

Thomas Mccann:
Interesting writing style. 17-Oct-09

Stephen Wassell:
Thank you for the very enjoyable "virtual" journey that I have just made on the Roadrunner whilst sitting on my sofa in my house on the edge of the cold North Sea in Norfolk England. I look forward to reading more. 18-Oct-09

Your description of your rail trip and journey to Santa Fe was so vivid and detailed I feel as if I was there. Thanks for a great ride!!! 23-Oct-09

Bryan Bonny:
Good stuff like o hear about me long lost relatives.. my granddad swears says hes our blood 30-Oct-09

Hey Chuck, I like your site. Is there a way to tell what date a journal entry was done? Like the "State Fair" etc. Very good writing! This is what I do on my myspace page. Myspace was first to watch what kids were doing but now it is mine! Take care, barb 04-Nov-09

good job on Frugal Film Festival. i will direct all my associates to visit your site. Joe 29-Nov-09

Rich Compeau:
What a blast! Thanks for letting me know about your site.
I didn't go through everything but I have to make a strong case for Farmington and surrounds. 10-Dec-09

Louise Kabat:
I will be so happy to ride the Railrunner when we come from Albuquerque to Santa Fe in late winter of 2010. 16-Dec-09

Bruce Snook:
I enjoyed the account of your visit to Chloride, New Mexico. It brought back great memories of the visit my wife and I, along with our daughter's in-laws, made there about three years ago. The Pioneer Store Museum was a real treat as were other aspects of the town. Well worth visiting. And thanks for your site! If you'd like to visit mine, go to www.rivercountryjournal.com. Happy New Year! 02-Jan-10

Hilarious Hanukah story,Chuck!! 03-Jan-10

Your mother:
we are STILL laughing.
great blog! \love, selma sioux and fredd-0 03-Jan-10

thanksfor your review of the Jenny Holzer Tribute to the First Amendment.
It is truly a loved piece on campus and welcomes lots of discussion about freedom of speech. 03-Jan-10

Ron Kay:
Great site, Chuck! You've inspired me to take a trip to Chloride in the spring. Keep up the good work. 14-Jan-10

Bobby Jolls:

really enjoyed you site. Been to cloride many times 17-Jan-10

Youn Ja:
We were looking for you yesterday at Evergreen. We wish to tell you how we enjoyed your web site. Hope you are well and happy. With respect, YJ and BB. 18-Jan-10

Kaaren Klingel:
We met at Pasadena Highlands where my mother & yours sat at the same dinner table for about 4 yrs. You gave me your card & at the time I did not have a computer. I am SO happy that I went to your website today! It really gave me a lift & a some chuckles. Thanks for describing your adventures in cookery & for sharing the photos of your mom. 1-Feb-10

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 10:43 AM
very good info i enjoyed the site!

Ethan Tanner
Rio Rancho
Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:14 PM
Chuck, from all of you pictures and adventures it is hard believe that you have a second life as the ruler of the underworld. Maybe the ECE dungeon motivates you for above ground experiences.

Ralph Lee Terry
Thursday, March 25, 2010 03:56 PM
Let's go sailing!

West Texas Paranormal Society
El Paso Tx.
Saturday, March 27, 2010 05:23 PM
We are trying to get up to Chloride Nm in the next few months.

Julie Lawrance
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 09:31 PM
I can't seem to get a message through. I tried twice! So I will keep this short: great website, fun stories and pics!

Friday, April 30, 2010 12:51 PM
cool joe speer
your big sis

Friday, April 30, 2010 03:00 PM
Your poetry site is beyond cool. It is supericonoclastic!!

Friday, April 30, 2010 05:18 PM
Hi, Chucky!
What a great memory of a wonderful trip. But my poor feet think that we walked 10 miles, not just two or three.
Thank you for inviting me to go on that Great Adventure with you.

Dave Kinchen
Port Lavaca Texas
Friday, April 30, 2010 07:05 PM
Chuck: Shelly directed me to the site and the wonderful Acela story...I'm a train nut, too. Grew up in Rochelle, IL when it had both Burlington and Chicago and Northwestern passenger service. Now it's not even served by Amtrak! You have to go to Mendota -- or Chicago -- to catch an Amtrak train. I've reviewed Shelly's novels and our site (above) is currently running chapters from "Come Home. Love Dad"
thanks for a great story and let's hope the Farley building will be a great Amtrak station. Amtrak trains I've taken include: Southwest Chief, Sunset Limited, City of New Orleans and (many times) The Cardinal. In March 2010, I took the Cascades train from Seattle to Portland....DAVE KINCHEN

David S. Pointer
Murfreesboro, TN
Friday, April 30, 2010 07:39 PM
I'm looking forward to the listening experience ahead. Thanks for all the hard work. Best.

Carol Whack
Valentine, far west Texas
Friday, May 7, 2010 10:12 AM
Joe Speer gave me yer site in one of his emails. Hello and nice to meet ya. I am always pressed for time being a mother of 6 kids under 9 and just now finding my efficacy in life of being a writer. My homepage is not even really a website yet. But the Beatlicks have given me a column on their publication and I now have a Purpose in life
ON THE ROAD by Carol Whack (not the French Canadian poet and traveler of its original title) And a few less Melvillian sentence run ons here and there.
Your account of the DC area is interesting fellow writer. I will investigate further.
~Carol Whack

Sunday, May 9, 2010 02:46 AM
Hi Guys, Visited this forum / www.chucksville.org once or twice and I see a few familiar faces, so i figure registering and saying hello is the wise thing to do
Thumbs up to the Admin, I enjoy reading for a long time, thanks guys.. thumbs up and keep the good work.

Laird Graeser
Rancho Alegre
Monday, May 10, 2010 10:00 AM
Doing research for questions to ask Bill Baxter (Saturday, May 22, 9am to 11 am at the Cerrillos Hills State Park. Your site gave me an interesting question for Bill.

Jeff Thomson
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 07:22 PM
Hey Chuck nice to meet you today.
I Like Your Blog,

collin green
cheyenne wyoming
Saturday, May 15, 2010 10:44 AM
great site

Pecos, NM
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 05:18 PM
Enjoyed the Acela story. I happened to see the GrandLuxe train (formerly the American Orient Express) at the Alvarado Station in Albuquerque a few years ago while waiting for the Railrunner to take me home. I went online to investigate it's history and thought what a fun trip this would be someday. The GrandLuxe Rail Journeys ceased operating in August 2008 but has now been purchased by new owners and will begin tours of the Nat'l Parks again in 2011. Just in time after I retire! Your story about riding the Acela reminded me of train riding for something other than an economical mode of transport to and from work. Thanks for re-inspiring me!
I'll come back again soon to read/see more of your site.

Thursday, May 20, 2010 12:36 PM
I found your page while performing a google search to figure out what the large, wooden trestle "thing" on Kirtland AFB was. I certainly was in for a surprise. Not only did I enjoy learning about the ATLAS Trestle (thank you very much, great write-up), I loved all your stories that I read about baseball and skateboarding and new mexico and travel. Cool. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait to read more! Now, off to listen to some Dr. Baum music...

El Morro Valley, NM
Saturday, June 12, 2010 07:43 AM
I found your webpage about Ramah, NM and Ramah Music very interesting. One suggestion, it would be much easier for your readers to find the Ramah Music Page if you hyperlinked the words RAMAH MUSIC PAGE to the RAMAH MUSIC webpage in the final paragraph - If you would like to hear some of the music of Ramah, New Mexico, please check out the visit the Ramah Music page.
I couldn't find the Ramah Music Page on your website and had to do another google search to find it. A hyperlink to it would be so much easier and simpler.

Ramah NM
Saturday, June 12, 2010 08:25 AM
Got to your site through Kirk Shoemaker's Living Along the Ancient Way FB page. I live along the Ancient Way at the edge of Ramah and had the pleasure of going to several concerts at Joel's fantastic music hall. As sad note: neither Kirk Clawson nor Paul Merrill are with us any more, so the record of the visit to Ramah is a fine tribute to both of them who did so much for our community!

Monday, June 28, 2010 06:45 PM
What a gorgeous banner on your site!!! Story about your visit to Canada was great too!!

Bob Landman
North Hampton, NH, USA
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 03:04 PM
I always wondered how they defended EMP; now I know. How very elegant. if only Tesla's Wardenclyff Tower had been preserved, how I would have loved to see it.

Al Libbey
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 05:54 PM
Having worked for Dr Baum in the 60's, I enjoyed reading of his work and playing his music.

Josh Holo
Los Angeles
Thursday, July 8, 2010 09:50 PM
Great site and photos.

Location:New York
Friday, July 9, 2010 05:51 PM
Dear Chucky:
What a wonderful re-visit with you, as you told of our adventures together, and your further adventures with Linda. It really was fun, and I look forward eagerly to your next visit, too.
You were a good "uncle" to Barnaby. I thank you and I salute you!

Todd Brown
Cerrillos, NM
Friday, July 9, 2010 06:11 PM
On the page about Cerrillos,New Mexico, I have the Cerrillos petting zoo which you attribute to Bill Baxter. The Cerrillos Hills Historic park has changed hands and is now our newest New Mexico State Park. Thanks for a neat article. You might like to visit my Cerrillos turquoise mine site - cerrillosturquoise.com. Todd Brown

Lawrence Terfansky
Pasadena Highlands
Sunday, July 11, 2010 03:45 PM
This is my second attempt to sign in. Looking forward to your next visit to PH.

Thursday, July 15, 2010 05:50 PM
hi honey,
Boy that was a great trip you made -- and how wonderful that the family was all there with you and showing you such a great time. You are a good brother to record all this and to make the history for us that we will all be wanting to remember after we can't remember anything anymore. love, sioux

Flagstaff, AZ
Sunday, August 22, 2010 10:52 AM
I worked on the PDP 11/70, that performed some functions at the trestle, several times during my stint as a support engineer with Digital Equipment Corporation. I related a story to my submarine veteran buddies about a particular incident and one of them asked for further information which lead me to this web site. I appreciate your efforts to tell the story of the trestle and the people behind it's construction.

Jay Miller
Monday, August 23, 2010 03:47 PM
WOW! This is like old home week. I have family members who used to work at the HPD site not too far from Trestle. George Sereno & his USN Submariner Buddies & I used to work (actually it was more like a very enjoyable tour) at DEC on the PDP-11's and visited the Trestle site. I remember a short body 747-?? on the track many years ago. Thanks for the trip back down memory lane.

Sunday, August 29, 2010 10:46 AM
I like your style of writing. Great family. And good to see family gatherings and food go together.

Thursday, September 2, 2010 01:50 PM
I really liked this! Great job!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 02:21 PM
Your interview with Mom captured her essence perfectly. It was just lovely. Thanks for getting it just right!

steve colley
san antonio, tx
Monday, September 13, 2010 01:07 PM
googled for images of Billy the Kid and read your story describing Billy and what happened to the Indian tribes around Ft. Sumter around that time. Thanks.

D Lee Graham
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 09:17 PM Going gold prospecting tomorrow and searched for "tourquoise digging in NM" and found your site; interesting; loved the piano senario! Such a wonderful sense of humor; From Springfield Missouri Lee & Chris

Albuquerque, NM
Sunday, September 19, 2010 08:23 AM
Great to meet you yesterday Chuck. See you around the neighborhood.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010 08:19 PM
nice talking to u on the bus u have some intersting stories

Atlanta, GA
Friday, October 1, 2010 07:06 AM
Just got back from a visit to NM that included Cerrillos and met Brown and Baxter. What an interesting pair! Great shop and museum - your website added to the info about them and the area. Thanks!

Clay Pryor
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Friday, October 8, 2010 07:38 PM
Love your site. That's a great picture of Dr. Baum the football player! His music is simply amazing. Thanks for sharing all of that.
I worked for Dr. Carl Baum back in 1978 as a "work study" student. Don't know why they called it "work study" because I never had time to study while I was at work for him! I was too busy making copies of his many manuscripts!
What a great guy! What a great career! Thanks for answering my biggest question about him: "Is he still driving that old beat up Corvair?" That thing was old when I worked for him. How about posting a picture of it? :) BTW, my daughter is named Elizabeth Michelle Pryor. I did not name her intentionally to have the initials E.M.P. but when I explained to her what EMP is she loved it!
Thanks again for your site.

The Corvair

Martin Richman
Sunday, October 10, 2010 08:34 PM
Hi, Chuck,
Great to see lucidity in your 96 year old mom, or anybody, for that matter! The University labs where you work looked very interesting.
See you later,

Luisa Lopez
El Paso, TX
Monday, October 18, 2010 09:57 AM
Thank you for the opportunity to see/read about Dr Baum once again. I was an Airman First Class in Apr 1987--right out of Technical School. I was assigned to what was then the Air Force Weapons Laboratory and worked as an admin troop (secretary in uniform) for the Nuclear Weapons Directorate (I believe it was known as something else, but that's what I remember it was called at some point). I had the privilege of working in Dr Baum's general vicinity (which is to say, we worked in the same bldg--never ever on the same plane)--nor could I have ever hoped to achieve those heights. Dr Baum is a brilliant man, and I've often bragged about having written the office "Coffee Club" news letters, which he seemed to enjoy. I still remember him fondly and warmly.
Thank you, once again, for the walk down memory lane. I retired from the Air Force in Dec 06 after an unremarkable 20-year carreer. I'm sure he won't remember me, but please pass on my thanks to Dr Baum for being such a memorable character. He will never be forgotten.

Bernadette Tafoya
Thursday, November 11, 2010 10:56 AM
Chuck, What a lovely story about your Mother. What an amazing happy life she is leading. She is an inspiration to us all! Best!

Mary Taylor
New York
Sunday, November 14, 2010 12:26 PM
I was looking for your site to find an update on Carl Baum. You have put together a wonderful place - Great Job! I enjoyed reading your interview with your Mom. You are fortunate that she is so sharp at her age - good genes! Mary

Kathryn Hewitt
Nottingham UK
Thursday, November 18, 2010 09:52 AM
Just a quick call to see what you said about Billy The Kid, but found the information about the Navajo very interesting and moving. Maybe I'll get to that area of the US one day.

Milwaukee, WI - USA
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 11:36 AM
Cool site! Love the photos...
Have a good Thanksgiving!

la montanita
Monday, November 29, 2010 10:56 AM
hey chuck ... i've been wondering about you because you haven't come into the store lately. hope everything is well and that you had a good thanksgiving and that you have an awesome upcoming holiday and new year.


Carl E. Baum passed away peacefully on December 2, 2010.

Carl E. Baum

Harriet Segura
Monday, December 6, 2010 02:37 PM
great site

Bill Harris
Location: US
Monday, December 6, 2010 09:55 PM
In July of 1976 I had graduated from USAF tech school at Lowry AFB in Colorado as an Instrumentation Technican, 373X3, and was assigned to the Trestle facility. The wooden structure was still under construction and I was a member of a small group responsible for the installation and testing of the Marx generators. We assembled, intalled and tested the generators. The generators were installed in huge fiberglass boxes on top of wooden structures on either side of the wedge, and drove the antennas to the terminator tower at the far end. The boxes were filled with Sulfur Hexafloride (HF6) gas as an insulator. All of the control of the Marx generators was done with pneumatic control and the trigger was done with primitive fiber optic links from the shield room. At the time, the facility arguably had the most powerful assembly of computers in the Weapons Lab with its array of Dec 11s. Dr. Baum was frequently at the site which was operated under the auspices of the Air Force Weapons Lab, and was under AF control and management. I still have a plaque that I was given when I left the project which is made of a slab of "glue-lam" and has two of the "wooden bolts" attached to either side. It holds a picture of the Trestle with Air Force One parked on the test stand. In 1977 I was awarded AFWL "Airman of the Year" for my work on the Trestle. I have vivid memories of that time and place, and thanks for letting me take a stroll down memory lane..!!

Villa Rica, Georgia
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 07:07 PM
I've been studying Chloride and New Mexico and the whole West in general for a contest, but I really enjoyed your page and pictures. Hope I can visit many of these places I'm researching.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 06:01 PM
Thanks, nice post. Keep up the good work

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 02:29 AM
I want to congratulate all happy New Year and wish you good luck!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 05:54 PM
Your remembrance of time past conmingled with the present was vivid and heartrending. Truly your love of place and time seeps through your lines like tears of joy and sorrow.

Dear Chuck:
The wonderful thing about your travel diary is that you make the reader feel as though we are riding along on your shoulder, invisible observers of your
adventures. I could even smell the fire in the fireplace and feel the softness of the feather bed!
Thanks for the fascinating trip, the debates, the dances, the history lessons, the boat ride, and the memories. It was a great ride!
Thursday, January 06 2011 - 04:17 PM

Mathew Pike
Wonderfully done, loved the billy the kid page, very imformative, many thanks.
Saturday, January 08 2011 - 10:43 AM

wanona elford
great page and great music
thank you for setting this up for us to enjoy
Wednesday, February 23 2011 - 02:44 PM

Peggy Spencer
Chucksville is a fascinating and eclectic place. Love the music especially.
Thursday, March 10 2011 - 06:08 PM

Good site,and I enjoyed reading your stories. The mix of humor and pictures works for me. I'll be back.
Friday, March 23 2012 - 11:55 PM

hey chucky boy stories great, lets talk about JEMEZ
Saturday, March 24 2012 - 08:01 AM

Rodney Wilkinson
I got to see Big Crow Trestel and I bought the last office trailer so I'll allways have a souvener of my trip.
Sunday, April 01 2012 - 03:24 PM

david simmons
Hello chuck what is happening today in chuck's world
Saturday, March 26 2011 - 09:04 AM

Linda Lee
Thanks! Nice to find this here. Happy Trails!
Wednesday, May 04 2011 - 09:21 AM

Helen Sobien
GREAT website! It will take months to read it all. Cool project!
Tuesday, May 17 2011 - 10:04 AM

John B Elliott
I am fasenated by this area of NM I hope to visit you some day, maybe soon.
Thursday, May 19 2011 - 08:59 PM

Jimmy Miller
I LOVED the article about the The Trestle at Kirtland AFB! I have told my elementary age boys about the structure for several months. One of them did a 5th grade science fair project this year on magnetic levitation trains and he ran across the term "EMP". MAGLEV I knew nothing about at the time, but EMP, that really got me excited to share what I knew. I deployed there in the early 1990's and was just awestruck with the size and construction of the structure. We also were able to explore the electrical generation area and control room - mighty impressive. Probably the most interesting thing to me then were the photographs that still hung on the wall, showing a pictoral history of the items that were blasted with EMP there. Thanks for posting the article - very good stuff!
Thursday, May 26 2011 - 03:11 PM

Carol L. Ansley
Great page about my old community and it's history and music.
Thank you!
Friday, May 27 2011 - 06:14 PM

Mr. Cccchhhuuuccckkkeeerrrrr!!!! Hello Chuck! Where can I find the story of our trip to Florida??? :)
Friday, May 27 2011 - 10:56 PM

cliff marrs
I worked on the second B 52 test on the Trestle and was the Boeing interface for the B 1 test. Many fine memories of my time at the Trestle.
Friday, May 27 2011 - 10:56 PM

gina aka april
love it every word of it. it was indeed a great vacation
Friday, June 03 2011 - 06:13 AM

Awsome Chuckerrrrr!!!
I love the article.
It was a great trip!
Friday, June 03 2011 - 06:41 AM

Hi honey, that is a great memoir of a memorable vacation. Keep on rockin and rollin' brother mine.
Friday, June 03 2011 - 08:56 AM

Well, Mr. Chucker, this romp sounds like a fun time for all. Glad you all came out of it in one piece!!!
Friday, June 03 2011 - 08:58 AM

Debi Gordon
Are you related to Shelly Reuben ?- I just read her article in the Huntington News.
I live in Highland Park IL - you have a great site.
Friday, June 03 2011 - 01:28 PM

Austin Mye
Chuck just stopped by to check out the page. Its really cool,
Wednesday, June 15 2011 - 10:32 PM

good version from the original billy the kid hi from guatemala
Sunday, June 26 2011 - 07:58 PM

saw engine and spoke with crew May/06 who had conversation with a an engineer that ran it at 108 mph with train!!!hope to get out that way again and see 2926 panting steam.
Thursday, July 28 2011 - 08:44 AM

Rebecca Merrill
I enjoyed your article about Ramah, New Mexico. But I can't believe you didn't like the Indian Ruins. They may be small, but they are awesome. I did enjoy reading about your experiences in my home town. :)
Saturday, August 06 2011 - 09:05 PM

Rosalinda Fiocchi
Writing to you from the middle of Leech Lake
What a wonderful day The Good Lord did make!
Your poetry attracted our first muskey we did land
Cheers to you, Chuckers! You deserve a hand!
So glad our ships passed once again....
Am already looking forward to the next time-
Sunday, August 19 2012 - 03:53 PM

Chucky, I loved your latest story about your trip out East. You had me chuckling all the way through.
Monday, August 27 2012 - 06:43 PM

Fascination to read about Dr. Baum and the Trestle.
I enjoyed listening to some of his music, too. Thanks!
You & I met at Pasadena Highlands when we were each visiting our mothers.
Thursday, September 13 2012 - 10:08 AM

I enjoyed the classical music. We'll talk about the stories!
Thank you.
Thursday, September 08 2011 - 05:27 PM

I was there doing geology work for my family the last photo is that the book of debt's? could you tell me the first name for APODACA in the book I think it for $18.00 I have followed Abran and family to the 1900' in cloride looks like my great grandpaw and his aunt and uncle lived next door to each other then by 1910 the calhoun's moved in with cattle thank you for your time
Sunday, September 25 2011 - 05:34 PM

Dear Chucky:
Thank you for the very enjoyable tour through Albuquerque and Santa Fe with you and your friends. It was so real, I thought I was going to get dizzy from the altitude, too! I can't wait to take that train some day with you and Jennifer!
Friday, October 21 2011 - 06:20 PM

E-Mail Address:
I enjoyed reading about your trip to see the sandhill cranes. We have quite a few of those in Michigan, too.
I love the sound they make as they call flying overhead. It was good to talk with you in Pasadena.
Tuesday, October 25 2011 - 07:36 PM

Jerry Saige
My wife and I visited Cloride this past weekend and enjoyed it very much. This is a good, informative article.
Tuesday, November 08 2011 - 01:28 PM

AJ Beach
Dear Chuck,
Hey! This is AJ Beach. You recently saw me at the bus stop right on Central near Century 14. I was the kid taking photos! But the interesting thing is we
first met a few years before when I was a youngster on a flight to L.A. Remember? You were telling me about your little car and how you worked for the
Journal (I think?). You gave me your card! I was with my mom. I love the website by the way! Makes me appreciate good ol' New Mexico. And a while back I read what you wrote about the Cerillos mines. Send me an Email! we should meet up friend.
Your pal AJ Beach
Monday, January 23 2012 - 08:18 PM

Rodney Wilkinson
I got to see Big Crow Trestel and I bought the last office trailer so I,ll allways have a souvener of my trip.
Sunday, April 01 2012 - 03:24 PM

Ben M. Gomez
My brother forwarded me your article "Scouts' Fire" recently. I enjoyed reading particularly that my father is mentioned in the article and it's quite possible that I was in his troop during the article. It was a pleasant surprise to revisit my youth and memories of Camp Frank Rand. Thanks for posting this on you blog.
Wednesday, April 25 2012 - 06:51 PM

Rob Spiegel
I enjoyed meeting you at the writer's conference. All the best to you in your writing.
Thursday, April 26 2012 - 04:08 AM

Ethan B
Amazing article on the trestle. This article got me an A+ on my course work and was a very interesting read. I enjoy your other articles too but the trestle is a firm favourite.
Monday, May 21 2012 - 07:39 AM

Wanted to stop by to wish you all the best! Great site!
Saturday, July 21 2012 - 06:10 AM

Jim Van Drunen
Your articles about the New Mexico Steam Locomotive and Railway Historical Society and steam loco 2926 are great. Thanks!! Did you know that they have suffered a break-in? Several VERY difficult to replace pieces of iron were stolen (for scrap value!!!). They are offering a reward... and I'm sure would appreciate any publicity to get the word out about the reward. Thanks for any help! Jim
Sunday, July 22 2012 - 01:35 PM

Jim Van Drunen
Re: Stolen steam locomotive parts... I should have mentioned that details of the reward are at their site... www.nmslrhs.org Thanks!!!
Sunday, July 22 2012 - 01:37 PM

Lloyd Lewis

On your Ramah pages, from #19 that is my dad talking and playing the tenor banjo on the banjo cuts. I used to play music with these folks when I was a kidbefore I left Ramah. Still go down once in a while for reunions. Lloyd Jr.
Thursday, September 27 2012 - 12:11 PM

Ken Leonard
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Chucksville! loved the old-timey music and Dr. baum's compositions, as well. I read many of your stories and will be back for more! Have you done the Durango to Silverton rail trip? It is spectacular!
Friday, September 28 2012 - 01:20 AM

geri & gunther aron
Well, finally! we once again touch base! We will enjoy Chucksville - I can see that! See you someday in the not too distant future. Stay cool, geri
Friday, September 28 2012 - 05:37 PM

Mary Beth Shymkus

Gunther and Geri are great friends...both so talented and delightful company. We had lox and bagels at their home recently.
Monday, October 08 2012 - 06:34 PM

geri & gunther aron
we just enjoyed reading your story on Cloride. Very interesting. It is nice that you get around our wonderful & interesting state and then write about it.geri & gunther
Monday, October 08 2012 - 03:29 PM

Congratulations on the purchase of your beautiful menorah. It has found a home where it will be displayed, treasured, and protected. May it bring you light on many, many Chanukahs to come.
Sunday, October 07 2012 - 02:27 PM

Selma Holo
In my world of art museums there has often been a clear firewall between so-called decorative art and high art. Long before artists today breached that
firewall Gunther Aron was making scuptural objects that were technically functional menorahs. As ritual objects they beg to be looked at, stroked, lighted, treasured, but also discussed in a way usually reserved to the kind of art we call "fine". I should disclose that I own one of these menorahs in my personal "wunderkammer". They are, plain and simply: beautiful. Congratulations, Brother Chucky on your purchase of one of Gunther's masterpieces.
Your Sister, Selma
Saturday, October 06 2012 - 11:09 PM

ken brandis
I lived with Gunther and Geri in the Old Schoolhouse in the 70's. His accent is German(Berlin) from his home-
land, British from his England years studying and
working, and Chicago Midwest from living in OldTown.I grew up in a family of Holocaust survivors from Germany, born and raised in Chicago
Monday, October 08 2012 - 07:07 PM

Judy Prisoc
I have known Gunther and Geri Aron since about 2005 when I was introduced to them by their dog, Penny. Over the years I have gradually discovered that these
two people have both led extraordinary lives. Did you know that Geri was the first woman ever hired by the telephone company in Illinois as a draftsman? Back in Illinois she rode horses and motorcycles too. I seem to recall that she also took a bicycle trip across Europe a few years ago. Geri is one of the people who helped create Animal Protection of New Mexico (she continues to be a formidable advocate for all animals). Thank you for publishing this story on Gunther. I would like to see one on Geri too!
Monday, October 08 2012 - 08:10 PM

Elaine Goodman
I love the Aron's and especially enjoy their Sunday Morning brunches in their Park Plaza patio. Anything about them attests to their 'tikkun olam'. Las Vegas
cemetery clean-up, neuter program support for dogs/cats of low income etc. Great people and good atheists.
Monday, October 08 2012 - 11:27 PM

Paul Young
Wonderful piece on Gunther, and beautifully illustrated, thank you.
Tuesday, October 09 2012 - 06:37 AM

Mike Rutkowski
Stumbled across your website, I spent some time on the Cloh Chin Toh ranch back in 1974 when Kevein Christopher and his sister lived there. It was a great
time, horseback riding up to the creek and riding the range. It was like living back in the 1800's. Memories I'll always cherish
Tuesday, October 09 2012 - 10:17 PM

derek walker
Thanks for asking the great questions at the Motion conference! I really appreciate it!!
thank you, derek walker
Tuesday, October 16 2012 - 12:23 PM

My grandparents, Ed and Remelda Kotula, built much of Big Rock. I spent the month of July at the resort in my youth. I have so many wonderful memories. I am glad others have found Big Rock to be wonderful place.
Tuesday, November 13 2012 - 06:36 PM

I am Cassie's niece, My Mother was Lena Hobbs and she married Gene Conner, the made their home in Arkansas City, Kansas. Earl Hobbs was her brother, who was married to Aunt Cassie. I have 3 siblings, Wes Conner, Viola Richardson and Naomi Pappan. I am always amazed when I remember Aunt Cassie making clothes, furniture and I will always remember her Self-Portrait, she was Beautiful. I would like to bring my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to see the things she made she made and where the Grandma Lena was born.
Happy New Year,
Ozella Vince
Tuesday, January 01 2013 - 12:22 PM

Thanks for pointing out how fascinating history can be. Wish I went with you!
Friday, January 11 2013 - 11:37 AM

hal bailey
Looking to visit Ramah tomorrow.
Sunday, January 20 2013 - 02:51 PM

jason m barenchi
my wife and i just bought a claim nere there and we cant wait to come and see everything. looks realy cool. i would like to find a home there also.
Monday, February 25 2013 - 10:52 PM

Angie Birdsall
Very informative . . . I was told to check our your article by the editor of River Country Journal. I just contributed an aricle that involved finding 'hidden treasures' in an old 1840's store in downtown Constantine, Michigan . . . lol
Wednesday, February 27 2013 - 09:16 AM

Isis M.
Shout out to Chuck! I finally made it to your site.
Tuesday, March 12 2013 - 04:05

Jake Bottero
Fantastic. A very nice history.
Wednesday, April 10 2013 - 10:38 PM

William Beaudry
I might be moveing to Ramah soon
Tuesday, May 07 2013 - 09:01 PM

Your new website is living proof that there is no end to loveliness!!!
Saturday, May 11 2013 - 06:16 PM

Is the DH Lawrence Ranch accessible at all? Any tours available from UNM continuing education. Would love a tour
Saturday, May 18 2013 - 04:44 PM

David Koury
Excellent piece of work !!! Thank you.
In addition to being a close colleaque when I worked for the US NAvy and NATO/SHAPE Dr Baum was also a lifelong personal friend of my wife and I. In fact he visited us here in Belgium in September 2010 for the last time just before his death in December 2010.
His contributions to the EMP programs at both the US Navy and NATO/SHAPE were invaluable.
He seemed most relaxed when discussing music and danse with my ballerina wife.
Sunday, May 19 2013 - 04:53 PM

Adventurer Rich
Good stuff, Chuck! Obviously, you are a real writer. Of the posts I've read so far, "Lots of Latkes" is my favorite. That one had me smiling ear to ear, and even occasionally LingOL :)
Monday, June 03 2013 - 02:14 PM

Anna Nicoll
This was interesting to me because you played our RAMAH music. I read on to learn more about you & why you recorded the music. I found it all well worth reading. Thank you for your interest in NEW MEXICO history. My grandmother used to tell me stories about Billy the Kid visiting them at their mountain home above Ramah. It's good to see that history goes on. Thanks, Anna
Tuesday, June 04 2013 - 06:07 PM

Tuesday, June 04 2013 - 07:48 PM

Jeanette Lamb
This is so cool. I am Jo Ann Merrill's daughter. I remember my grandpa, uncles and aunt playing music together and singing in Ramah.
Wednesday, June 12 2013 - 09:36 AM

Faya Causey
E-Mail Address:fayacausey@gmail.com
Comments:What a wonderful writer you are, Chuckie! And the photos bring me back to the day. Great work, you.
Thursday, July 25 2013 - 09:22 PM

Your story was gave great background information on an amazing project to beautify, memorialize and vivify a fascinating remnant of train history.
Sunday, July 28 2013 - 05:07 PM

Shelly Reuben
Comments:Dear Chucky ~
What a lovely memorial tribute to your friend Joe. But good grief! What a scary story for your sister (the fire investigator) to hear about your car!
Thank heavens you're safe! Love, Shelly
Monday, September 02 2013 - 07:30 PM

Jay Rodecap
Very nice memorial. The world is full of individuals who inspire. Blessings
Wednesday, September 04 2013 - 12:48 PM

Jennifer Hix
I love this piece on Joe Speer and your friendship with him. The mass funeral/grave is so apt and you tie it all together beautifully.
Wednesday, September 04 2013 - 08:19 PM

Ian Gallon
Hi Chuck,

I have read your Tar Beach collection--very impressive! I then came across Empire My Prince. My name probably doesn't mean much to you as I haven't written many notes, and in any case not for some time. However I met Carl around 1978 when he visited Aldermaston. when I was a relatively junior researcher.

My first published paper I presented at EMC Rotterdam. To my consternation I found Carl was the chairman of my session (he had a reputation for not suffering fools—) However I received a prize paper award. Two years later at Zurich I gave a paper on electrode polarisation.

During the question time I was asked one of those questions you don't expect, which would require repeating the lecture or suggesting that not sleeping through the lecture would have helped his understanding. While I pondered which approach to take, Carl took over with the second option!

The next and subsequent visits to the UK were to visit me. I visited Carl 3 or 4 times and on one trip he escorted me on the Trestle Marx Elevator. I don't suppose many Brits have had that honour! You mentioned Carl's idea for a Bond film based on an EMP bomb. I was co-chairman of a committee looking into the possibility of such a device.

A few years later there was a staff contraction and I was informed that I would be interviewed for a job in Nuclear Safety. This coincided with a visit from Carl, and he was duly consolatory. Two days later I was summoned to the Deputy Directors Office. Carl had gone to London, marched into his office and told him my work was too important for me to be moved!! And I wasn't! I don't think Carl had many friends, but I'd like to think I was one of them.

Friday, September 06 2013 - 04:21 PM

Publishing Pamela Hirst
Comments:Dear Chuck, you have been a great friend and immense support. Thank you for helping me keep Beatlick Joe alive. Beatlick Pamela
Wednesday, September 11 2013 - 10:55 PM

Publishing Pamela Hirst
Dear Chuck, you have been a great friend and immense support. Thank you for helping me keep Beatlick Joe alive. Beatlick Pamela
Wednesday, September 11 2013 - 10:55 PM

Victoria Tomlinson
Chuck~ I just wanted to say thank you for your tribute to Joe. What a great writer you yourself Chuck. You pieced & blended your story together beautifully. It was a pleasure to re-meet you & share A bit of conversation at Joe's service. You asked me how I knew Joe & I shared that I had met Joe when I was 8yrs old attending Alameda Elementary school & Joe lived at the end of Thomas Lane also known as the Speer Music Ranch. I told you I had remembered you from the few times I accompanied Joe to UNM on a couple occasions when you worked in the copy dept. You shared that you would donate a lot of the copies towards the cause or as Joe would say "work for art" & eventually copy dept was running a little lean is the finance area... I look forward to seeing you again sometime Chuck as it was an enjoyable time & best of all Joe approved of the way he went out in style. We all definitely had his blessing. I hope you don't mind Chuck but, for your reading pleasure you will find the poem I penned for Joe below. I gave my email address in signing your Guestbook Chuck & if for any reason you want to correspond please feel free. Peace, Prayers & Blessings

Victoria ~

Written By Victoria In Loving Memory Of Joe~

You don't have to remember the name as long as you remember the ink…
Liquid thoughts spilled upon sheets…
Flowing Emotions… Poetic Passion…Rhyme Devotion
Lifelines plugged into my mind…
My get high words ~ bouncing off cloud nine
You don't have to remember the name…Just the effect
We’re Connecting through & Eyes Connected too,
Visualizing truths…
Holding your soul with only my words…
Delivering your spirit all it deserves…
Love & passion beyond satisfaction…
Giving your heart all of what it’s asking,
See… the effect is longer lasting…
Sharing thoughts with a unique & original style,
The names not important upon the profile,
That sweet escape beyond a little while,
Without boundaries or limits to the destination…
Just simply poetic stimulation…
Mere expressions of word celebration.
Wednesday, September 11 2013 - 11:44 PM

Curtis Delk Rose
Chuck, i had the opportunity to be a friend to Joe Speer for the several years we shared in the Nashville TN area. He really was a master of the spoken word, and Your tribute for him was exceptional.
Friday, September 13 2013 - 11:07 AM

Curtis Delk Rose
i wish i had remembered to state this in the first place... As Joe and i were getting a acquainted with each other, maybe the 3rd or 4th time i attended his "Owls Nest" poetry reading in Nashville , as he called me to the 'open mic' he said "Curtis Rooooose", as he always did, and the he said "Here comes the Purple Poet!". i had just started wearing at least a Purple shirt everyday recently; and he could not have known ut i had wanted a nickname since i had been a child, but never could get one, a few times i tried to strat one for myself. But after Joe called me the Purple Poet one time, it caught on and really stuck. i was about 50 then... and i still appreciate that i had a chance to be a friend of his. He was a great guy.
Friday, September 13 2013 - 11:19 AM

Pamela Gillespie Mack
Hearing the Ramah music is SUCH a blessing to me. I started staying with my grandparents in the summer in Ramah when I was about 11 years old. I later finished High School there while staying with my grandparents and then my Aunt Varis! This music brings tears to my eyes. No way to thank you enough for what you have done here.
Friday, September 13 2013 - 05:18 PM

Mike Redding
Fascinating story. Wonderful how you tell it. Soon we will travel from Tucson to Taos and will make our way out to Lobo Mtn. Just being closer will be enough.
Thursday, September 26 2013 - 12:33 PM

Enjoyed Chucksville. What is your connection to Ramah? And Billy the Kid?
Monday, September 30 2013 - 08:33 AM

Joe Lilli
Hi Chuck! Hope to see you at the next Motion Fest
Wednesday, October 09 2013 - 12:28 AM

Frank J. Plante
Carl was in my 1958 High School graduation class. He won almost all the class awards, sharing all but one with Fr. Francis Kacinsky. The one he did not win....I won (French Honors). Everyone felt Carl was going somewhere and he certainly was. Just learned of his death .
Sunday, October 27 2013 - 04:50 PM

Hello. I am trying to find some contact information on the musician Reinhard Vogel. If you have any information it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Wednesday, November 13 2013 - 08:49 AM

Mary Disney
I will follow you on AMTRAK. You are doing the best thing you can do for the community of train travelers and for the world. Thanks.
Thursday, January 02 2014 - 11:25 AM

Dan Cosper
The President of the US in 1975 was Gerald Ford. Just saying
Tuesday, January 07 2014 - 03:28 PM

Brian Gurbaxani
Thanks for the jukebox of works by Dr. Carl E. Baum!!
Monday, January 20 2014 - 03:48 AM

geri aron
Was with you every moment! sorry I don't get around to reading Chucksville more often..You are always a good read, Chuck!
Thursday, February 13 2014 - 01:32 PM

Miriam Felica Tzion
E-Mail Address:niriam.zion@gmil.com
Hi from family in Degania Bet!
Monday, February 17 2014 - 04:09 AM

Mark Harper
Nice story! Thanks for sharing.
Tuesday, March 04 2014 - 11:16 AM

Rich West
Hi Chuck.
Looks like some fun reads!
Thursday, April 24 2014 - 01:36 PM

Tim Bierman
Enjoyed your tale of the train ride. I live in southern Illinois and have ridden the Amtrak on a couple of occasions to Chicago but not like your trip. I have a sister in Aurora, Il and still like to go to see any of the Grateful Dead family concerts up there when I can.
Friday, April 25 2014 - 11:24 AM

Chuck, thanks for the info on the Lawrence Ranch. I haven't been there since 1991 when Al Bierce was the caretaker. He let us go inside the cabin where L's hat was on the coat rack and his typewriter on the writing desk under the window. Looks like L's chair on the porch has suffered the ravages of time since I saw it. Please email if you'd like to chat more about this.
Sunday, April 27 2014 - 05:33 PM

selma and fred
Honey, you gotta write about our recent visit and trip to Santa Fe! What fun we had. And, how it changed. Also the great food. you big sis
Sunday, May 04 2014 - 09:10 AM

I love being a part of Chucksville.
your big(gest) sis.
Saturday, May 10 2014 - 10:57 PM

Shelly Reuben
Dear Chucky and Selma ~
Thank you for allowing me to be a "fly on the wall" during your wonderful mini-vacation together. I enjoyed every minutes of it!
Love from your other older sister,
Sunday, May 11 2014 - 02:44 PM

Linda Schwebke
Wish I had been there to share your joy and add to your memory bank. Maybe next time. Love from still another sister.
Tuesday, May 13 2014 - 07:24 PM

AWESOME site! Another testament to how the Mormons can turn a patch of dry

ground into a tropical rainforest if need be.
Monday, May 19 2014 - 02:12 PM

Gangadharan Esakki
Very nice website with lot of interesting stories.
Tuesday, May 27 2014 - 12:33 PM

Julienne Hansen Buzan
I loved looking through the pictures and hearing the songs. The colored group picture isn't labeled. My mother, Anna Nicoll, her brother, Joel, her sister, Tammy, their mother (my grandmother), Idelle Lewis Nicoll, and Kirk and Flora are in it but I don't know who the rest are. Thanks for preserving Ramah heritage.
Saturday, May 31 2014 - 10:28 PM

Ahmed Elshafiey
Awesome website, with awesome stories!! keep it up
Wednesday, July 30 2014 - 12:37 PM

A harrowing tale of public transport and one who negotiates its nightmare with aplomb and guts!!!
Thursday, July 31 2014 - 08:15 PM

geri aron
Chuck...someone forwarded this to me...I always enjoy seeing it...g
Saturday, September 06 2014 - 03:06 PM

Chris Leach
Hello Sir Chuck,
I have watched your Paper Boy movie, and it's great. It seems a very human story, while also mixing in a great theme of a monolithic, abusive empire getting put in its place by a set of heart-strong rebels. The love story was quite bittersweet, as well. You sure didn't hesitate to let the plot get a bit gritty, and many of your characters are brazen about their motives, which made it exciting. The cop sirens, gun shots, and crashing glass sounds that represented a press breaking down are a hilarious reminder of the limitations of the studio that handled it. Thank you for sharing it!
Thursday, November 20 2014 - 02:42 PM

Here i am sitting in a godamm bar looking at this
Friday, December 12 2014 - 04:11 PM

james oberg
I served at Kirtland 1970-2 and we saw the planning and prep. The key was we needed to have an aircraft test with engines running, so the plane also had to be firmly cradled and anchored, gear up, all external gear configured to flight mode.
December 22 2014 - 04:22 AM

January 31 2015 - 09:37 PM
geri aron
Comments:Chick...been a long tome since I visited Chucksville...been working on Gunther's papers and other things but think of you often. Catch Jennifer on Facebook occasionally...stay well, geri
Saturday, January 31 2015 - 09:34 PM

Thanks for this post featuring Bill Baxter. I take it to be from quite a few years back. Sadly Bill died on 1-31-2015. Thought you might want to know.
Wednesday, February 04 2015 - 09:41 AM

geri aron
Comments:Oops..too many g's in our email address.- message I just sent you...hope you get it anyway.

There is some overlap between SJC SF and Annapolis reunions. I see the differences in terms of the different settings. SF appealed to a lot of people who liked to be active outdoors. Also the art scene and southwestern food and culture are attractions. Perhaps some of those things could be better incorporated into the reunion in Santa Fe. Thanks for your comments, Chuck!
Wednesday, February 04 2015 - 09:07 PM

Great stories, only wish I lived in the area. Way too old to work, but would be there everyday for moral support Hope you can find some young folks to teach, would have loved the opportunity in my youth. Did get to ride, in the cab with my dad,in the 40's, unless you were employed there the shop didn't want you anywhere around. Love steamers, have watched 3751 for years, dad ran it in the day.
Wednesday, February 18 2015 - 01:09 PM

Great story, Chucky. Truly a trial by fire. Glad you made it through your bacchanalian weekend in one piece.
Saturday, March 14 2015 - 01:42 PM

Shelly King
I just read and loved your story about the Eagle Scout ceremony. When you write,I am adicted to every word, and I was very moved when you were given the mentor medal. Bought tears to my eyes. Bravo.
Sunday, March 29 2015 - 08:10 AM

Nice website you got over here i really love it,
i m from saudi arabia and working in cleaning services wish good luck for everyone :) ameer khan
Friday, July 03 2015 - 05:01 PM

Donna and Charlie Simmons
We live at El Morro Ranches near Ramah, NM and really enjoyed finding the Ramah historical music on your site. Thanks!
Wednesday, March 23 2016 - 01:46 PM

Amy Baker
I have enjoyed visiting you website very much. Your historic knowledge and adventures through writing and travel have been fun and entertaining. Thank you, Charles!
Thursday, March 31 2016 - 12:33 PM

This is such a great web site. I really appriecaite all the work you've set into it.
Sunday, April 17 2016 - 01:34 AM

Linda kearby
Enjoy reading about different areas where mining took place. I am looking for mines open for public gleaning. Thank you
Monday, May 09 2016 - 08:33 PM

Your barber! Stop by and get a haircut. Love your page. See you soon
Monday, June 06 2016 - 11:28 AM

Your travelogue on Turkey and Israel was so vivid and insightful. Your perspective was unique and loving. Thank you for a wondertrip e-trip, Chucky.
Tuesday, July 19 2016 - 05:23 PM

Selma Holo
Dearest Chucky,
Thank you for this remarkable view of your visit to Istanbul and Israel. Of course, the Turkey trip resonates deeply given the recent coup attempt and we have friends there whom we hope are and remain safe. But, it was the Israel part (the family part ) that truly warmed my heart.
Hello to Miriam (you are so beautiful) and Reuven (you look just like Uncle Ikey) and I am so happy Chucky was made to feel at home.
We love you and send hugs from America.
Thursday, July 21 2016 - 07:51 PM

Dear Chucky ~
Thank you for a wonderful travelogue of Turkey and Israel. Your character sketches of rug merchants, colleagues (dancing like Zorba the Greek), tour guides, and scam artists made me feel I was looking over your shoulder on your adventures. And I got a chance to visit our Israeli relatives through your
eyes. Wonderful memoir of what was clearly a wonderful adventure! Love, Shelly
Friday, July 22 2016 - 08:09 PM

fred croton
Chucksville, I delighted in your travelogue and catalogue of events you described so beautifully. We know Istanbul, of course(did we give/send you some pages of a guide book filled with walking tours?). The madness/sadness of course, is to know that the places we all enjoyed so much became the sites of massacres, a coup attempt and the killings that followed.
Your descriptions of rug-hustlers, the famous sites, the meals, wonderful Turkish Airlines, then your sybaritic sojourn at the conference filled me/Selma with the joy of knowing you really know how to talk advantage of the largesse that comes your way.
Then Israel/Dagana Bet. How lovely to hear of the welcome extended to you. We were there 30 years ago when your aunt was alive along with her remarkable husband Joe. Miriam and Reuben and Cousin? must have really loved you to have treated you so well.
And, anyone who can bring up MAN IN FULL, en passant.(I'm sure you recall Tom Wolfe has a few lovely ladies watching it all with a blush) can't be all bad, Chucksville if such is your way around the bend of literature.
So good for you and many thanks for bringing me down memory lane!
Sunday, July 24 2016 - 06:29 PM

Raleigh Gallien
Many thanks for publishing this its great :-)
Monday, September 26 2016 - 04:49 PM

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