Greatest Generation shares Canoga Park High stories

first_imgThen they walked into their old high school auditorium for the first time in more than 60 years to sit on hard wooden seats and sing their alma mater one more time before honoring one of their own with his long overdue high school diploma. Joe Osaki had gone to grammar school with most of them, but he didn’t get to go to high school with them. His high school diploma is from Manzanar High School, a makeshift school set up on the grounds of an internment camp for Japanese-American families during World War II. “I can remember the military police coming on campus that day and taking him away,” said former classmate Joe Beckwith. “We were all stunned. It was so sad. He was our friend. We had grown up together, played together. He wasn’t a threat to anyone.” The Eisenhowers sat across from the Trumans at the picnic table as the star quarterback talked about milking cows before school. For a few precious hours Saturday, Canoga Park High School’s Greatest Generation came home one more time. More than 170 silver-haired grads from all the school’s classes in the 1940s – and a few from the 1930s – gathered in the quad to eat hamburgers and hot dogs, share old stories and remember when they could look south from the school and see nothing but alfalfa fields all the way to Ventura Boulevard. After lunch, they filed past stands of old black-and-white class pictures of themselves and stopped at a table set up to determine who had the most children, the most marriages, the most husbands and other “mosts.” But after only two months at Canoga High in 1941, Joe Osaki was gone. Sixty-six years later, the high school classmates he never had stood and applauded as Canoga Park High School Principal Pam Hamashita – whose own parents were interned at Manzanar – handed Joe his diploma from Canoga Park High. A grateful Osaki – who went on to become a quality-control inspector at Rockwell before retiring – thanked his friends for remembering him and quietly sat down. The day wasn’t for opening old wounds. It was for having fun, seeing old classmates and telling stories they hadn’t told in years. The old newspaper clippings tacked on the bulletin board said Mario Giacopuzzi was a heck of a quarterback, leading Canoga High to two city football championships in the mid-1940s. But it was cows that Giacopuzzi wanted to talk about 60 years later. They could hit harder than any football player he ever went up against. “Sports were easy for me; milking cows before school every morning, now that was tough,” said Giacopuzzi, whose family was well-known in the dairy business during those years. His cousin, Lindo Giacopuzzi – Class of 1935 – sat next to him laughing. Yeah, the cows were tough, but so were the hoodlums he busted while working 10 years on LAPD’s gangster squad back in the 1950s. “They needed guys on the squad who could speak Italian,” said Lindo, 91, who retired from the force in 1965 as a sergeant at West Valley Division. “They figured all gangsters had to be Italian. They weren’t.” A few tables away, Art Eisenhower – Class of 1944 – and Lee Truman – Class of 1946 – and both cousins of former presidents – sat with their wives. The women were also Canoga High grads, and they talked about old teachers they had. Over the loudspeaker, Tommy Dorsey played trombone and Doris Day sang “Love Me Or Leave Me.” Most of the classmates at the table – Harlan Gurney, Harold and Chuck Morse and Janet Flowers – had known one another since grammar school at Encino Elementary School. “We went there together for eight years, then four more here before most of the guys went into the service,” Gurney said. Rudy Bischof, who organized the reunion – the first these classes have had in 12 years – gave up trying to count how many students at Canoga Park High from the Greatest Generation served their country. A lot. “It would be easier trying to count who didn’t,” he said. “I know we lost over 20 young men just from our school.” Enough, Bischof said. This wasn’t a day for opening old wounds. He wanted the classes of the 1940s to make some serious noise in that auditorium like they used to. Think young, he told them. And they did. For a few precious hours Saturday, Mario Giacopuzzi and his teammates stood on stage again at a pre-game pep rally while the student body cheered them on to victory. “Touchdowns Away,” the classes of the 1940s belted out to the tune of “Anchors Away.” “Push down that field, my boys, on to our goal Fight for Canoga High and we will do the rest Rah! Rah! Rah! It’s the victory we want. We’re sure to win!” And the Greatest Generation did. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Space station life back to normal Astronauts finish up tasks put on hold during repairs

first_imgHOUSTON – Restoration of a failed computer system returned life to a regular rhythm Sunday on the international space station as two astronauts completed the fourth spacewalk since space shuttle Atlantis docked with the outpost a week ago. “We’re slowly moving back into a normal mode of operations,” station commander Fyodor Yurchikhin radioed Mission Control in Moscow. The “normal mode” included the last spacewalk of the mission – a previously unscheduled fourth trip outside the space station to finish tasks originally scheduled for Friday. Astronauts on the Friday spacewalk had done the unplanned job of repairing a thermal blanket, which had peeled back near Atlantis’ tail during the June 8 launch. Astronauts Patrick Forrester and Steven Swanson completed almost all of their tasks in the nearly 6 -hour spacewalk Sunday. “We can report that things are still improving,” said flight director Holly Ridings. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They activated a rotating joint – their top priority – on the outpost’s newest segment so a new pair of solar wings can track the sun and provide power to the station. The solar arrays were delivered to the space station by Atlantis. The astronauts also set up a new camera stanchion outside the station’s newest segment and a computer network cable between the United States and Russian sides of the space station. They were not able to bolt down a problematic debris shield and instead secured it in place with tethers. At the end of the day, flight controllers on the ground planned to give the rotating joint a small test by moving it 5 degrees. A more thorough test to see whether the solar arrays track the sun was in store for today. Today, flight controllers also planned to test the space station’s thrusters, which haven’t been used since the crash last week of the Russian computers, which control orientation and oxygen production. Yurchikhin and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kotov got four of the six computer processors operating again Friday. The remaining two were brought back online on Saturday but then flipped back off to be in “cold standby mode” so that they could be used if needed. last_img read more

Liverpool and Man United’s top rated players so far and key battles assessed

first_imgLiverpool host Man United and have the chance to move level on points with Man City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.In addition, they can move six points clear of their north west rivals and former Liverpool striker Ian Rush believes a win for the Reds means the club can begin realistically thinking about themselves as title winners.Check out a match preview of Liverpool v Man United in the video above, courtesy of our friends at WhoScored.last_img

Scotland 1-1 Canada: Naismith scores in Slovenia warm-up

first_imgRight-back Ikechi Anya won his 25th cap while Charlie Mulgrew returned to partner Christophe Berra in the centre of defence with Chris Martin leading the line. However, the poor crowd inside Easter Road on a freezing, wet night revealed the lack of appetite for the fixture.The home side, captained by Darren Fletcher, started with some assurance on a sodden pitch, with Anya causing early problems down the right-hand side.However, the Scots were stunned in the 11th minute when defenders Lee Wallace and Mulgrew failed to deal with a Maxim Tissot cross from the left and when the ball fell kindly to Aird. The former Rangers player dispatched his shot from 12 yards past Scotland keeper Allan McGregor.Moments later, amid the stunned silence of the Tartan Army, Scotland attacker Robert Snodgrass’s hopeful cross into the box evaded everybody and came off the post. Midway through the first half Canada keeper Simon Thomas blocked a close-range shot from Martin after Scotland had played their way behind the increasingly confident visiting defence.But there was almost more trouble for the home side in the 26th minute when Aird drifted all too easily into the Scotland penalty area – this time his left-footed shot from 14 yards went wide -before a Simeon Jackson shot was deflected over for a corner which came to nothing.Scotland picked up the pace. Midfielder Oliver Burke blasted a shot straight at Thomas in the 31st minute but three minutes later the hosts were level, when, following pressure on the Canada defence, Naismith redirected a drive from Cairney over the line from 12 yards.If the Scots thought they had gained control of the game they were disabused of that notion two minutes from the break when another dangerous Canada attack ended with Marco Bustos curling a shot from the edge of the box just past the post.Canada replaced keeper Thomas with Jayson Leutwiler of Shrewsbury for the start of the second half while Barry Bannan and Andrew Robertson came on for Burke and Wallace respectively.Cairney looked the part in the Scotland engine rooom as the home side went left, right and down the middle in search of some joy.Strikers Leigh Griffiths and Jordan Rhodes replaced Naismith and Martin just after the hour mark.Leutwiler made a decent save from Bannan, who fired the rebound over.Scotland explored a more direct route as the second half progressed but with no more success.Hibs player John McGinn was given a rousing cheer when he replaced Cairney, before McGregor tipped a powerful Aird drive over the bar for a corner which posed no danger to the Hull City keeper.The home side kept pushing but play was disjointed and Canada held out with a degree of comfort. Scotland had to come from behind against lowly Canada to grab a draw in their friendly at a sodden Easter Road.Falkirk midfielder Fraser Aird fired the visitors into a shock lead, but Steven Naismith equalised in the 35th minute when he turned a wayward shot by debutant Tom Cairney into the net.The visitors, ranked 117th in the world, merited a draw in game which served as a warm-up for Scotland’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia at Hampden Park on Sunday.Cairney, the 26-year-old Fulham midfielder, was the only new face in Gordon Strachan’s below par side. They could have done with a few more, for it was a sobering night for the Scots.last_img read more

Emirates crash probe finds no problems with aircraft systems

first_imgAir safety investigators probing a fiery Emirates crash a year ago say they have found no evidence of problems with the aircraft’s systems or engines.The Boeing 777-300 was landing at Dubai International Airport after a flight from Trivandrum International Airport in India on August 3, 2016, when it crashed trying to perform a go-around.The new interim report by the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority boosted the number of reported injuries among passengers and crew from 24 to 30.It said 21 passengers, one pilot, and four cabin crew sustained minor injuries while four cabin crew were seriously injured.A firefighter also died from injuries sustained in a fireball when the centre wing fuel tank exploded.The aircraft landed too far down the runway as a headwind turned into a gradually increasing tailwind and the rear wheels touched down as the crew unsuccessfully attempted the rejected landing.As the aircraft reached an altitude of 85ft, it began to sink back towards the runway.Full thrust was applied three seconds before the crash but by the time the engines responded, one second before impact, it was too late.The rear of the aircraft hit the runway at 125 knots with the nose pitched up and one of the engines was ripped off the wing as the aircraft burst into flames.The interim statement said that a large number of aircraft systems had been tested with the help of manufacturers.An analysis of the data downloaded “indicates that there were no aircraft systems or engine abnormalities up to the time of the accident’’.“Regarding the operation of the flight the investigation is working to determine and analyse the human performance factors that influenced flight crew actions during the landing and attempted go-around,’’ the report said.“In addition, the Investigation has reviewed and has identified safety enhancements related to the validity of weather information that was passed to the flight crew, and communication between air traffic control and the flight crew.’’last_img read more

BJP leader showers currency notes on folk singer in Vadodara

first_imgVadodara, Oct 2 (PTI) A video-clip purportedly showing a BJP leader showering currency notes on a folk-singer in presence of a party MP during a Ganesh festival event in Harni area here, went viral today. Vadodara district BJP president Satish Patel, however, said he didnt exactly “shower” the money. The clip showed him showering Rs 10 notes on the well-known folk-singer Kirtidan Gadhvi from a bucket. Ranjan Bhatt, BJP MP from Vadodara, was also present at the event. “The programme was held by Mahakali Yuvak Mandal on September 20, where I was just giving money to Kirtidan Gadhvi,” Patel told PTI. “I did not shower the currency notes nor I threw them in the air and the money which was given by the people will be utilised for social causes like cow-protection and treatment of ailing cows,” he said. About Rs 30-40 thousand were collected during the event, he said. On September 27, a video clip showing the BJP MP from Junagadh Rajesh Chudasama showering currency notes on people dancing at an event in Chorwad town had gone viral. But Chudasama defended himself saying it was a tradition. Similar controversy had erupted in April this year when the BJP MP from Jamnagar Poonam Madam was seen in a video showering money at a Lok-Dayro (folk-song) programme. PTI Cor AC PD KRK DBSlast_img read more

Dhoni pays ‘personal visit’ to former boss N Srinivasan

first_imgIndia’s ODI skipper MS Dhoni met former BCCI president N Srinivasan at his residence on Friday.After a thumping 35-run victory over South Africa in the fourth ODI in Chennai on Thursday, Dhoni took his time to visit his former boss which was reported as a personal visit.Chennai Super Kings(CSK) and Rajasthan Royals(RR) were suspended for two years by BCCI(The Board of Control for Cricket in India) after the Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee found both the team owner’s Gurunath Meiyappan(CSK) and Raj Kundra(RR) guilty of betting.Dhoni who has been the skipper of CSK for the past eight seasons has refused to comment on his visit.Also read: There could be a rush for two new IPL teams: BCCI officialAfter the conflict of interest issue raised by BCCI, N Srinivasan decided to step down as CSK owner and also stated he doesn’t have any shares in the league’s most popular franchise.Earlier in the BCCI meeting it has been decided that the ninth edition of Indian Premier League(IPL) will witness two new teams instead of Super Kings and Royals. A final decision will be taken at the BCCI’s annual general meeting on November 9.BCCI has reportedly decided that the top six players each of CSK and RR will be available to the new franchises.last_img read more

Rajnath to visit Kerala tomorrow

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 26 (PTI) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Kerala tomorrow to attend a seminar on community policing, besides other engagements.On a day-long visit, Singh will first attend the national seminar on community policing in Thiruvananthapuram.He will also inaugurate the celebrations for Student Police Cadet day-2016 at Jimmy George Indoor Stadium in the Kerala state capital. PTI ACB SK KKMlast_img

Mercedes-Benz launches AMG SLC 43 in India; prices start at Rs 77.5 lakh

first_imgMercedes-Benz on Wednesday launched their latest luxury roadster in the form of AMG SLC 43 in India for a starting price of Rs 77.5 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi). The new AMG SLC 43 will be replacing the outgoing SLK 55 AMG in India. Considered one of the best luxury convertible in the country, the new Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 is also the first V6 model to get the ’43’ nomenclature.ALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz launches the most affordable convertible Mercedes-Benz has made sure that the new AMG SLC 43 will be the talk of the town with their newest addition to the ever-growing vehicles in the country. However, with the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) ban on registration on diesel vehicles of over 2000cc engines in the Delhi-NCR region, unfortunately Mercedes-Benz  will not be able to sell the new AMG SLC 43 in the capital.The new Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 features an updated upholstery with revised trim and a new COMAND infotainment system.Design:Initially unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show in 2016, the new Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 comes with a new front fascia, similar to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which is also available in India. The new AMG SLC 43 also sports the company’s famous signature diamond pattern along with a single chrome with the three-pointer star at the front. The AMG SLC 43 also sports new dual beam headlamps along with LED daytime running lights (DRLs).The rear end of the new AMG SLC 43 comes with updated bumper design, which makes it look very similar to the outgoing SLK class.ALSO READ:Mercedes-Benz inaugurates the largest luxury car dealership in VidarbhaadvertisementThe rear end of the new AMG SLC 43 comes with updated bumper design, which makes it look very similar to the outgoing SLK class.Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43Engine:The new Mercedes Benz AMG SLC 43 comes with a 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engine that churns out maximum power output of 367hp and maximum torque of 520Nm. The new Mercedes Benz AMG SLC 43 comes with a 3.0-litre, twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engine that churns out maximum power output of 367hp and maximum torque of 520Nm, mated to a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission.The engine comes mated to a 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission.  Interior:The new Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 features an updated upholstery with revised trim and a new COMAND infotainment system with a seven-inch display for easy navigation for the driver.Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43ALSO READ: Mercedes-Benz launches innovative after-sales program in IndiaPerformance:Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 The new Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 can do 0-100 kmph in under 4.7 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h. Moreover, the electrically retractable roof can be deployed at a speed of up to 40kmph.  Competition:Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 The new Mercedes-Benz AMG SLC 43 roadster will compete against the likes of Audi TT and BMW Z4 in India.ALSO READ: Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet to debut this year in Indialast_img read more

England vs Argentina final in World Cup 2018: David Beckham’s bold prediction

first_imgDavid Beckham has predicted England will play Argentina in the final of the 2018 World Cup.While England overcame gutsy Tunisia thanks to Harry Kane’s brace, Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland.England won the World Cup only once – way back in 1966. Argentina were runners-up in 2014 when Germany lifted the title.Having led Argentina to an agonizing final defeat by Germany four years ago, Messi turns 31 in a few days and may be playing his last World Cup. He would need to win it to rival fellow great Diego Maradona for the eternal love of his compatriots.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThose who followed closely Argentina’s shaky qualification for the World Cup were not so shocked by the result against Iceland, and do not expect them to roll over Croatia despite their abundance of individual talent.For reasons hard to fathom, they have looked ponderous and lacking in creative thrust throughout coach Jorge Sampaoli’s year in charge despite boasting Messi and other big names like Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria.However, Beckham, a former England captain, has backed Argentina to go the distance and seal a berth in the title clash. More significantly, he felt England could go through to the final as well. Their next match is scheduled against Panama on June 24 and then against Belgium on June 28.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”I believe Argentina will play against England in the final,” Beckham said. “I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” he added.advertisement”I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” he said. “England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”Some of the hot pre-tournament favourites have not looked the part so fair in the World Cup. Germany were stunned by Mexico in their opening match while Portugal and Spain somehow held on for 1-0 victories against Morocco and Iran.Maybe Beckham feels, England and Argentina have a real chance now with some of the top teams struggling but it would be interesting to see how his prediction plays out over the next few weeks.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more