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How I Won The Cold War, Part 29 … A FORTUITOUS MISTAKE

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It’s astonishing how much can happen in a split second. Scientists tell us the entire universe big-banged into existence in just one-trillionth of a second. Some bridge-jumpers relate seeing reruns of their entire lives as they plummeted to what they thought was a watery grave. My … Continue reading

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How I Won The Cold War, Part 28 … HERE’S TO THE LADIES

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The year was 1960. The “Pill” … aka the birth control pill … had just hit the market. The sexual revolution had begun! At the time Mr. Simpson, my Spanish teacher at Vallejo Senior High School and a personal mentor, asked, “How do you think ‘the pill’ … Continue reading

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How I Won The Cold War, Part 27 … A LIFER LOSES AN EYE

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In the non–volunteer army of the 1960s, the term “lifer” (those who chose to serve for twenty years or more) had unsavory connotations, like crazed or weird or misanthrope … it sounded more like a prison sentence than it did a career. But, when you got to know them, army lifers really weren’t all that … Continue reading

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How I Won The Cold War, Part 26 … A FLOCK OF FROGS AND A TALL GAUL

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Too much rum can lead to trouble … big trouble! I learned that simple fact when, after returning to the barracks late one day, and in a hurry to “catch up” with my buddies, I finished four-fifths of a fifth of Bacardi in about an hour … big … Continue reading

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How I Won The Cold War, Part 25 … A CHOCOLATE BUNNY HOPPING THROUGH SOFT WHITE SNOW

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After gulping down our “Meal, Combat, Individual” (MCI) cans of turkey (frozen to an icy slush like our sodas … we were too busy and hungry to bother with thawing them out) we turned our attention to our antenna. Erecting this was no … Continue reading

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How I Won The Cold War, Part 24 … THE TWO AND A HALF TON GRASSHOPPER

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Young and dumb. It’s that phase when we’ve got everything figured out. When we discover we don’t need adult supervision because we’re adults. Broadly speaking it’s that time of our lives that runs from the late teens to the mid-twenties, after … Continue reading

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How I Won The Cold War, Part 23 … THE PERILS OF SERGEANT-HOOD

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The mailbox sat atop a post half-buried by a couple of feet of snow. The military map indicated the road going up the mountain began next to that mailbox. However, because new fallen snow had covered everything with a shimmering sliver-flecked sheet of white, and because I … Continue reading

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