2020 Fourth of July




Happy 4th 1,983 TAC’ers!


Hope you enjoy a great holiday!  As usual, for times when families gather, as in holidays, I encourage you to share memories! 


Special Family Time - Independence Day!

I’ve enjoyed many past 4ths!  I remember a Fourth of July when Barb and I were standing on the stern of an NCL cruise ship watching a great fireworks program, a type of 'Good Bye!"  We had been visitng the ship company's hometown.  Rockets blasted up and exploded, over and over, at first almost directly above us, as the ship slowly sailed out to sea.  The show continued a long time, until blasts were very tiny.   I remember feeling very moved.  



The 4th here in Tyrone!

For the past twelve years here in Tyrone, GA., we’ve celebrated family and our country, each Fourth of July!  All family members are welcomed, but some are finding it harder and harder to attend!  Separation by many miles, and, worse, our aging are reducing attendance.  All have been great family events, but the one of 2015 will always be special to me as both of Barb's bothers and wives and their families could join us as well as Cousin Nancy and her Jeff.  Lots of love!


Barb with Cousin Nancy

Share memories!

Connect each other with your history!  I know at times a memory may be painful and difficult to share.  I do know.  I remember when a friend’s mother died, on my friend’s birthday. 

My friend was grieving her loss – a very dear one -- of her mother.   She expressed the feelings at the time that her birthday would thereafter be a sad memory day.   I shared with her that I did understand, and I explained exactly why.  I’ll not do so here.  What I went on to say is that, in time, she, like, me, would evolve into feeling good that she could have that special experience, of remembering her mother, the woman who gave her life, on her birthday.  She just might have a special joy each year.  Share feelings!  Share memories!



2020 Scholarship Recipients

You may have donated and not learned, as a result of the virus, the names of our 2020 recipients and that the TAC – TPAA annual scholarship drive topped over $20,000 for the fourth year. 

Since 2012 to now, for nine drives, donors have raised a total of over $131,000.00, thus funding 131 scholarships.

To see the names and pictures of the recipients, click here or on the subtitle above. 

100% of your Scholarship Donations goes to Recipients!  Also know that a RCHS committee selects the recipients, not us.

Thanks to Amy Rusk, RCHS English teacher / Yearbook Director and Tiger Pride Alumni Association, Secretary, for sharing the 2020 senior pictures with me.



Ann’s “Olney Memories.”

Ann this past week sent out her 148th issue of the “OM.” 

Do any of you have a green, 6-ounce Coca-Cola bottle with the name of Olney embossed on the bottom of it? 



Did you know that Coke was once bottled in Olney?  Many will not even know that Coke was once in a bottle.  Read the issue! 



Hey, share one of your own memories with all of us.  I opened this message to you asking you to share memories with your family.  How about emailing Ann and sharing with all of us?  Click on Ann's banner or the subtitle above.



Happy Days!

Our thanks to all TAC'er Veterans and their families for their service, helping all of us to enjoy our freedoms! 

Related celebrating our Independence, John Adams, on July 2, 1776, wrote to his wife Abigall:

"The second day of July 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."    (Given his joy, we forgive his error on the date. Richard's note)


Happy Independence Day!


Richard and Son Erik


Richard, Barbara, and Erik