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Saturday, January 30, 2010 Mourns the Passing of Richard Cundiff

It is with great sorrow that we report the news that Richard Cundiff has died. Dick Cundiff was one of the all time great Wildcats, his home team in Wapella. In addition Richard was a great supporter and resident of much renown in Heyworth, where he lived for many years.

He is survived by his wife Wanda and many other friends and family members.

RIP Richard

Friday, January 29, 2010

RIP JD Salinger

Yeah, he wrote a great book and some really fine short stories. Then he became sort of like Orson Wells without the Gallo commercials. JD Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye has died at age 91.

But enough about Salinger, leave the man his privacy. Wapella has more than enough JD's to go around. I have counted up to 20 and just getting going. Any one have any extra JD's to toss around? Wapella demands it's JD's.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

If Paulina Porizkova Were the Girl then....

Here's another quiz for you all. Back in 1978, the Cars had a hit (or did they) with My Best Friends Girl (as in the accompanying video). How high did it get up the charts? What else was ahead of it or behind it as the case may be? What song does it generate from?

This may be the best song of 1978, unless I am outvoted by the Board, I am going with it.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 Mourns the Passing of Wayne Blake

Gerald Wayne Blake, age 88, a long time Wapella resident, passed away at Manor Court Nursing Home in Clinton, surrounded by his loving family at 12:35 p.m. January 16, 2010.

Friends may call the Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Services are set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. J. Kent Hickerson will officiate. Interment will follow at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton with Military Honors.

Gerald Wayne was born in Alta, Iowa on November 3, 1921, a son of James Blake and Florence (Long) Blake. He married Ada Welch on April 3, 1948 in Clinton, Illinois. She survives.

Also surviving are: three daughters: Elaine (Richard) White, of Reddick, IL; Phyllis (Tom) Cyrulik, of Clinton, IL; Sheri (Roger) Knoy, of Clinton, IL; two sisters: Bonnie Watts, of Alta, IA; Coraleen Hale, of Maroa, IL; two brothers: Oscar Blake, of Traverse, FL; Troy (Clara) Blake, of Wapella, IL.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Grandfather of eight, Great-grandfather of nine, Great-great grandfather of four.

Wayne retired from FS fertilizer in Wapella, IL and was a member of the Wapella Fire for 53 years. Wayne was a veteran of World War II and was stationed in Alaska. Wayne enjoyed being with his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wapella, Clinton or Kenney Fire Departments or First Christian Church, Clinton.

All Flags Half Mast for WW2 Veteran, Wayne Blake.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Help Out in Haiti

Nothing gets Wapella going like a disaster, and there sure is one in Haiti right now. My buddy from St. Louis, Paul Dubuque with his family started a hospital down there a few years ago and it is still going strong. They are in need right now.

Far be it from me to tell you what to do with your money, but here is a good point, there are worse places to give money to than a group of Doctors trying to do disaster relief in Haiti. If you want to give a few pieces of eight, have at it, these guys are as good as anyone at putting your money to work for charity.

Click here to donate to Sacred Heart Hospital (Hopital Sacre Coeur, for those who went to Mitchi Tucker's French). Your First Communion money will be used to help the sick and the poor.


And a caribbean shanty to ease the pain.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Happy Birthday EEP!

Call the Fire Brigade, EEP is Turning 37 (can it be ?) today. A member of the fabled Wapella Board of Historians, EEP's hobbies include bare-knuckle boxing, smooth jazz, and flat black drag racing.

Here's Buck and Don saluting EEP and his family vacation to Orlando with a Tiger by the Tail.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cat Mother Rock and Roll Medley

These guys aren't that original, but they do play some rock and roll. I think they played the beer garden at the Wapella Tap in 1988 or so.

Tough question, who produced their 1968 album The Street Giveth... and the Street Taketh Away?

Easy question, are they wearing costumes or those the clothes they showed up with?

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