• Great Picture and Story

    Posted on May 18th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    truck in desert

    The below were the comments on a truck for sale on the internet. I made it my screensaver.

    This Model A Pickup has been sitting for around 40 years under a corrugated metal shed roof on a remote 10 acre ranch in the Arizona desert near Florence Arizona. I purchased the ranch, which had several old cars and trucks on it 5 years ago. The vehicles were included in the sale of the land. The man I bought the ranch and vehicles from, stated the Model A Pickup had belonged to his Grandfather who had lived in Tulsa Oklahoma in the 1940’s and 50’s. The man stated he had always wanted to restore it, but just never found the time. He said it was never registered in Arizona, and the Oklahoma TITLE WAS LOST LONG AGO. He hauled it to Arizona from Oklahoma on a flatbed trailer in around 1976, parked it, and it sat there for 40 years. The former owner is now deceased. REPEAT: There is NO TITLE for this vehicle. (The auction system requires something be entered in the title field and NONE is not an option). It should not be a problem to get a new title issued in the state where this finally ends up. The actual mileage is unknown, as the speedometer is missing, although the instrument cluster housing and ignition switch and keys are present.


    Posted on May 13th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Saturday – May 21, 2016

    RHINEBECK, NY – May 11, 2016: The Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum’s “Spirit of the Aerodrome Gala” is approaching, and there have been several developments concerning the program for the day and evening. May 21, marks the 89th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s history-making flight across the Atlantic. The flight forever changed the way mankind viewed air travel as a practical means of transportation, and will be celebrated in a big way at The Rhinebeck Aerodrome. The event will center around the Aerodrome’s recently completed and news-making Spirit of St. Louis. This is an exact copy of Lindbergh’s aircraft, and its public debut flight is scheduled for 5:30pm. Two of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s grandchildren will be present to witness the flight and will speak at the evening gala. The Spirit aircraft project was twenty years in the making, with ups and downs in between. This event has been anticipated by Aerodrome fans for all of these many years, and will be a historic moment for the Aerodrome itself, as well as a tribute to late Aerodrome founder, Cole Palen. Palen always wanted to have a flying example of this aircraft in his weekend air shows at Rhinebeck.

    Daytime events will be open to the public for special event admission. Highlights of the day will include flight demonstrations of the Aerodrome’s fleet of vintage aircraft, and biplane rides in a 1929 New Standard aircraft will also be available. There will be guided tours of the museum and docents will show and discuss some of the Aerodrome’s current restoration efforts. Several vehicles from the Aerodrome collection that had been out of service for a few years are now back in running order and will be seen in operation all day.

    Two talks will be given by Dr. Peter Jakab, Chief Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Dr. Jakab designed the exhibit of the Wright Brother’s Wright Flyer at the National Air and Space Museum and authored the book, Visions of a Flying Machine: The Wright Brothers and the Process of Invention. He has had a passion for aviation history for most of his life and attributes this to his visits to the Aerodrome as a youngster. Dr. Jakab will discuss the history of the Spirit, conservation efforts on the original aircraft in Washington D.C., and the significance of Lindbergh’s flight to the world. There will also be a Q&A session at the end of each talk.

    The theme of the day will be the roaring ‘twenties, and the Heart Strings Hot Club band will perform live music from the same timeframe from 2:30 to 5:00pm. Visitors are encouraged to don 1920s apparel to help recreate the feel of May 21, 1927…the day Lindbergh landed in Paris following his solo transatlantic flight from Roosevelt Field, in New York. Those in period attire will receive a discounted admission. The Spirit of St. Louis will be accessible to viewers for the better part of the day to photograph, but will be removed from public sight at 2:30pm to prepare for its grand entrance and a 1927 procession down the runway, set to commence shortly after 5:00pm. The flight will start at 5:30 and immediately after landing, pilot/builder Ken Cassens will take questions from the crowd. The aircraft will be moved to the gala location, a large hangar on the far side of the runway. Those with gala tickets will be escorted across the runway to participate in the evening festivities.

    New York’s CBS 101.1 radio personality, vintage aviator, and former Aerodrome pilot, Dan Taylor will be the Master of Ceremonies for the gala. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro will discuss the significance of the Aerodrome’s reproduction project and the importance of this aircraft to New York’s Hudson Valley as a functioning example of an American icon at the event.

    Charles Lindbergh’s daughter, Reeve, was originally scheduled to speak, but will be unable to attend. The Aerodrome released the following statement on Thursday, 5/6; “It is with deepest regret that we announce that Reeve Lindbergh will be unable to attend the “Spirit of the Aerodrome” gala and fundraising event on the twenty first of May, 2016. Earlier this week Ms. Lindbergh sent her regrets and warm wishes for a successful fundraising event citing a medical crisis involving her husband Nat. In her stead, Kristina Lindbergh and Lars Lindbergh will appear to share thoughts and reflections regarding their grandfather, Charles, and will discuss what the Spirit meant to him. Reeve looks forward to a possible visit to Old Rhinebeck in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience and ask that you join us in sending Reeve and the entire Lindbergh family our heartfelt prayers and best wishes for Nat’s complete recovery.”

    Plans are underway to transport Kristina and Lars to the Aerodrome via a restored 1928 Curtiss Robin so that they may make a grand entrance. The Robin was another famous aircraft of the Golden Age of Aviation, known for having set and broken many endurance records in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

    Kristina, the eldest daughter of Jon Lindbergh, (and eldest grandchild of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh), grew up on the west coast but earned English Literature and Fiction Writing degrees from Middlebury and Sarah Lawrence Colleges. After working at several New York publishing houses in the ‘70s and ‘80s, she moved with her husband, Bob Conte, to Westchester County to raise two daughters and work as a ballet teacher and an occasional performer with the Westchester Ballet Company. With her aunt, Reeve Lindbergh Tripp, and uncle, Land Lindbergh, she was one of the editors of Against Wind and Tide, the final volume of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s diaries and letters, and is now at work on a memoir of Lindbergh family life. She has also served on the boards of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, the Westchester Ballet Company and the Yorktown Land Trust.
    Lars Lindbergh is the son of Land Lindbergh, and grandson to Charles and Anne. His background is in residential design, renovation, restoration, construction management and custom designed homes. He is President of Tinyhouses, Inc. in New York, whose goal is to create small, green, energy efficient buildings in conjunction with the specific needs of their customers. Lars will say a few words about the Lindbergh Foundation Shepherd program.

    Joseph Corn, Senior Lecturer Emeritus of the Department of History at Stanford University, and author of the book, The Winged Gospel: America’s Romance with Aviation, will also speak. He will discuss Lindbergh’s flight within the context of the American public’s relation to aviation in the 1920s and how the public reaction to the flight and Lindbergh persona altered it, and will touch upon the far reaching consequences regarding the country (particularly the Cole Palen generation) embracing aviation in the years the followed.

    The acclaimed Georgie Wonders orchestra will provide live musical entertainment throughout the evening playing big band music of the 1920s. Steve Fernandez of Hourglass Entertainment LLC will be arranging special lighting to add to the atmosphere. “Having a background in aviation we are delighted to be partnering with ORA for the Spirit celebration. Without spoiling the surprise, we intend to create a “look” with creative lighting that brings the feeling of a 1927 Spring sky into the event hangar.”

    Bruce Kazan of Main Course Catering, LLC is looking forward to the event and provided the following statement; “Main Course catering is delighted to be part of the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome’s “Spirit of the Aerodrome” gala. Our farm-to-table cuisine is renowned in the Valley and we’re glad to add our expertise in event production as well. It’s going to be a really exciting, memorable event – great history, great flying, great food, great celebration!” Main Course will provide period-themed food and drink for this progressive cocktail reception, including The Lindy, an original “NYP” (New York-Paris) inspired cocktail. There will be a New York Roaring ‘20s Tasting and Springtime in Paris themes, which will include Mini Lobster Rolls, Grilled Gulf Shrimp, Roasted Vegetable Empanadas, Curried Potato & Vegetable Samosa, Chicken Satay on skewer, Blackened Beef tenderloin, Fire roasted asparagus goat cheese tart. Dessert will include dark chocolate Mousse parfait and Tiramisu. Beer and Wine will also be served.

    The gala has received generous support and sponsorships from Rampmaster, SWT Aviation Northeast (CubCrafters), The Rhinecliff Hotel, Independent Helicopters, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Trade-a-plane, A Night in Bloom, Floral Fantasies by Sara, Clinton Vineyards, Chandelle Winery, North Country Vintage, Experimental Aircraft Association, Day for Night Productions/Del Conte photography, Kosco, Bill and Charlotte Hammond and others. Additional sponsorships are being sought.

    A full schedule of events and details can be found here: www.spiritoftheaerodrome.com. The site includes a “buy now” ticket feature. Seating is limited. Proceeds from the Gala will be applied to ongoing aircraft restorations at the Aerodrome. The Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum is 501(c) 3, non-profit organization, and donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

    spirit of st louis

  • Nature’s Miracle

    Posted on May 8th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Below is a picture of Horney Goat Weed, a wildflower found locally in the Spring. Here is the report from WedMD:

    Horny goat weed is an herb. The leaves are used to make medicine. As many as 15 horny goat weed species are known as “yin yang huo” in Chinese medicine.

    “Horny goat weed is used for weak back and knees, joint pain, osteoarthritis, mental and physical fatigue, memory loss, high blood pressure, heart disease, bronchitis, liver disease, HIV/AIDS, polio, a blood disorder called chronic leucopenia, viral infections of the heart, bone loss after menopause, weak bones (osteoporosis), and as a tonic.

    Some men use horny goat weed for sexual performance problems including erectile dysfunction (ED) and involuntary ejaculation. It is also used to arouse sexual desire.

    How does it work?
    Horny goat weed contains chemicals which might help increase blood flow and improve sexual function. It also contains phytoestrogens, chemicals that act somewhat like the female hormone estrogen, that might reduce bone loss in postmenopausal women.”

    Hey, you never know, maybe give it a try?
    horny goat weed

  • The Chickens Come Home To Roost

    Posted on May 5th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    There was an article today about chickens in of all places the Wall Street Journal. It seems that there is a growing market for chickens that take longer to get to their final weight.

    Whole Foods Market Inc. doesn’t want its chickens to grow up too fast.
    The natural and organic foods retailer said it will replace the industry-standard chickens bred to rapidly pack on pounds with slower-growing varieties that Whole Foods believes will enjoy better lives and yield better-tasting meat.

    I grow chickens that lay eggs but if you are a meat farmer you can get day old chicks that get to full weight,
    5.3-pound chicken in 35 days using 8 pounds of feed, compared with 30 years ago, when it took 7 pounds of feed to raise a 3-pound bird over the same span of time.

    A few years ago I decided to buy some meat hens just to see how they grew. At the same time I bought Rhode Island Red laying hens. After a month the meat hens were enormous with huge breasts and barely able to waddle around. The laying hens had another 2-3 months before they were full sized, four months before they even started laying eggs.

    I think Whole Foods probably has the right idea. There is something wrong about growing those fatties in so little time.

    Well I will conclude with a picture of the great Polish rooster, Elvis before he went on to a hopefully better place. He lived for three years and was a terror!elvis

  • Why I Don’t Like Los Angeles

    Posted on May 4th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    LA poodle

  • The Way it Was

    Posted on May 3rd, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    New York City, New York — August 1942

    Many people wait for trains inside of New York City’s Pennsylvania train station. The station is still in use and bustling today but it is more commonly referred to as Penn Station.penn station 1942

    http://www.loc.gov/pictures/ is a site that will get you into the Library of Congress photographs, many are in color and during the depression years the Farm Administration paid photographers to record the American scene.
    Sadly of course Pennsylvania Station was torn down a generation ago and was one of the most important architectural monuments in the country. As a result landmark laws were enacted and Grand Central Station although smaller is still with us.

  • 1964 Sound Familiar?

    Posted on May 3rd, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    That damn fisherman from Montauk scooped me on this video, so I reluctantly have to give him credit. Nothing changes.

  • America First and Trump

    Posted on April 28th, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Donald Trump uses the words America First often. Has no one told him the history of that term? America First was the organization that among other things filled Madison Square Garden with 20,000 people who refused to stand up to the Nazi invasion of Europe, the fall of France,Hitler’s pact with the Soviet Union, and the Japanese miltary buildup.
    Charles Lindbergh among many others, were members of the organization which was disbanded after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Below the venom that Lindbergh spewed in a speech at the Hollywood Bowl in 1941.

    The rally in Los Angeles was billed as “Peace and Preparedness Mass Meeting,” In his speech of that day, Lindbergh criticized those movements which he perceived were leading America into the war. He proclaimed that the United States was in a position that made it virtually impregnable and pointed out that when interventionists said “the defense of England,” they really meant “defeat of Germany.” Lindbergh’s presence at the Hollywood Bowl rally was overshadowed, however, by the presence of fringe elements in the crowd.

    Nothing did more to escalate the tensions than the speech Lindbergh delivered to a rally in Des Moines, Iowa on September 11, 1941. In that speech above he identified the forces pulling America into the war as the British, the Roosevelt administration, and the Jews.

    Trump’s Jews are the Mexicans and Muslims of today.

  • Super Beta Prostate and My Pillow

    Posted on April 21st, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    Both of these products seem to appear on radio stations which attract older male audiences, Sean Hannity, as an example or Fox TV. Super Beta Prostate says it is free, you only pay for shipping and handling. here is some information to make my male readers pause:

    “Research demonstrates that Super Beta Prostate is an unsafe and ineffective product invented by a convicted felon”

    Another endorsement:
    “Be carefull ordering Super Beta Prostrate. I ordered the free trial bottle and no where did I see that I was signing up for continuous re-orders if I did not cancel in two days. I have not even taken half the trial bottle and they have already charged my card the full price for another bottle. So far I have not noticed any improvement from my urinary problems”

    Now careful readers of this blog will recall a post about My Pillow which arrives about 2 inches high and has to be soaked like a sponge to become normal size. The web is filled with complaints but I rather like this one:

    ‘I can’t get to the remote fast enough to mute this “my pillow” commercial.Can’t stand M.

    L.s irritating, shyster voice, hawking his overpriced cheesy pillow. He stands there, hugging this chopped styrofoam piece of ***, like it was some kind of gift from God. He invented the styrofoam pillow???…..Right!, like I invented the “paper bag”!!!! Sorry Mike, the styrofoam pillow was invented long before you were even born!

    He claims, it’s adjustable. OK Mike……please show me the adjustment mechanism!! You also claim your pillow is endorsed by the National Sleep Foundation…..sorry Mike, I also checked with the National Sleep Foundation. They say that it is not their policy to indorse any specific product.”

    I am trying to figure out whether I can invent one product for both men and women that will allow you to sleep well, pee properly and enjoy a healthy long life. Your money back if disatisfied once I invent it. Of course you will have to pay for shipping and handling. I thinking about $80 for handling.

  • Free is too Expensive

    Posted on April 21st, 2016 The Millbrook Times No comments

    I always look on Ebay to see some of the old cars for sale. sometimes I sell and rarely buy. This Model A is over in Clinton corners, close by Clove Valley. I dont intend to drive over to kick the rims.

    model A wreck