President…Ken Schieck

Happy New Year to all Campbell AARP members, and I hope you have put the confusion of the December holidays behind you (not that it wasn’t worth it!).

Not only is January the first month of the year, it is also the first month when each day is longer than the one before (maybe by only 30 minutes). It is a month of pro basketball, playoffs and pro football, and an inkling of spring training in the major leagues in February.

Significant events in January include:

01/01/1863 – Lincoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation

01/02/1988 – US and Canada enter into a free trade agreement

01/07/1789 – first US presidential election held

01/11/1973 – major league baseball adapts ‘designated hitter’ rule

01/15/1967 – first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles (Green Bay Packers over Kansas City Chiefs)

01/16/1944 – Eisenhower takes command of the allied invasion force in London

01/19/1955 – first televised presidential news conference

01/20/1981 – Iran releases 52 American hostages held since November, 1979

01/22/1973 – Supreme Court legalizes abortion

01/30/1968 – Vietnam war ‘TET’ offensive begins

I hope to see many of you at our holiday party on Tuesday, Jan. 16 at the Hometown Buffet in Santa Clara. If you haven’t signed up, please call Paddy Wray or Margaret Schieck before Jan. 9. Paddy’s number is on the back of the Dispatch; Margaret’s number is same as mine (also on the back).

At our December meeting, we had two special guests from the Bay Area Regional AARP office in San Jose. Of course, they are too young to join, but they were impressed by the services we are involved in and the enthusiasm of many of our members who attended the meeting. Keep up the good work.