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GETTING THERE Ive written recently about the crusade by former Californian and current Hawaii resident Janna Hoehn. Shes working to make sure every Californians name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., is accompanied by a photo on the Walls Web page and in the new education center planned for the National Mall as well.
Stanislaus County lost 56 men during the Vietnam War. When she first contacted me a few weeks ago, Hoehn still needed photos for 32 of them.
Between reader responses and help from local schools and museums, shes only nine photos shy of completing the Stanislaus County list. She still needs photos of Roy Barnes, Joseph Daffer, James R. Lewis, Joseph Randazzo, Neal Rasmussen, Gunther Rehling, Daniel Ryan, Antonio Silva and Donald C. Vaughn.
If you went to high school with any of them and have a yearbook photo, or if you know any of their kin and can obtain a picture, please contact me at the number or email listed at the end of the column or send it directly to Hoehn at email@example.com.
HOLLYWOOD TRIVIA Monday, The Bees Marijke Rowland explained how actor Corbin Bernsen chose Turlock as a location to film a movie beginning in December.
Among other roles on his lengthy showbiz resume, he played a character named get this Rowland in the 2008 thriller titled House of Fallen.
Marijke, you should be flattered.
DOCUMENTARY IN WORKS In September, I wrote about how McHenry Museum researcher Janet Lancaster had uncovered a deep, dark secret about Robert McHenry, who built the McHenry Mansion and for whom McHenry Avenue is named. Born Robert Henry Brewster, he had deserted the Army in the 1840s and came west as Robert McHenry, making his fortune in Modesto. Lancaster did an incredible amount of research to learn the real story.
Kim Denney, a 2009 Modesto Christian grad and now a student at Pepperdine University, decided to do a short documentary on Lancasters discovery as a school project. Shes already begun filming.
EXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE Modesto resident Joanne Wray is dealing with esophageal cancer. Instead of the standard six to eight weeks of chemotherapy and radiation leading to the eventual removal of the esophagus, she is opting for a low-dose chemotherapy (Insulin Potentiated Therapy) that involved both traditional and nontraditional therapies.
I will be continually tested and closely monitored. If at any point the markers indicate the cancer is not regressing I will be referred back home to move forward with the esophagectomy (removal), she said.
The therapy isnt covered by her insurance, though, and could cost up to $80,000. So accounts have been established for those wanting to donate to her through gofundme.com and Three Rivers Christian Fellowship, 500 Ninth St., Suite B, Modesto 95354. In either case, be sure to note her as the beneficiary.
GREAT BALLPARK IN THE SKY In September 2010, I wrote about Marilyn Gleaves, a Modesto resident in the throes of Alzheimers disease.
She told detailed stories of playing in a womens baseball league in the late 1940s. She could recall the night she gave birth to triplet boys in Modestos old City Hospital. And she wasnt ashamed to admit she once stole fruit to feed her seven children. But, as often is the case with Alzheimers sufferers, shed repeat those stories yet couldnt recall what shed had for lunch a half-hour earlier or much else in the near term.
Gleaves story touched many readers because so many are experiencing the same with their own loved ones. Her son, Lloyd Gleaves, emailed last week to tell me Marilyn had died. She was 83, and you can bet theres a lineup card upstairs with her name on it.
AUTHOR! AUTHOR! Darryl Wein of Modesto has self-published The Carbosis: (aka type 2 diabetes) Owners Manual and Pocket Guide Paperback. Wein, 61, is a physicians assistant at Oak Valley Community Hospital in Oakdale. The book is available on Amazon, $8.99 paperback or $4.99 Kindle.
And Modesto resident Barbara Woods Gary discusses her time as the first wife of Earl Woods, father of golf great Tiger Woods, in At All Costs (My Life With The Man Behind The Tiger). The 130-page book is available through Amazon.com.