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VOLUMES 163 & 164 -------- JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2016

April 3, 2016

First and foremost, I apologize to my loyal readers,
(Both of you) for not being timely with my newsletter efforts!

Yes, this is dated April 3rd and was supposed to be a relatively timely, (for me) January/February 2016 edition of the newsletter.  But, as someone once said, "Stuff Happens!", or words to that effect.

I actually began this newsletter at the end of February, which should have put the finished product online within a few days thereafter.  Problems began early on with my efforts to examine and review a product from Carson Optical Co. called the
'Universal Smart Phone Optics Adapter'.

Those efforts to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the product were stymied early on by rain, wind, and fog, which kept delicate old me from doing the outdoor photography needed to complete my report.

About that time we received word that Ann's Mom was declining rapidly and not expected to be with us much longer.  Vivian Belle (Karr) Hart, passed away on March 11th.  Ann, Rick, and I traveled back to Missouri and Iowa to attend the Funeral.  Ann and her sister Sue, also had the requisite legal matters to attend to that are necessary at times like this.

So, I have decided to delay the regular subject matter that you expect to see here, to write a few words about my Mother-in-Law who lived through, and saw events first hand that her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren can only read about in history books.

Vivian passed away just 33 days shy of her 104th birthday!
  Let's explore some significant dates in her life and see what was going on in the world at the time.

Vivian was born April 13, 1912 near the town of Polo, Missouri.

On that day King George V signed a warrant establishing the Royal Flying Corps, the predecessor to the British Royal Air Force.  The following day at 11:40 PM, the Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic, sinking at 2:20 AM the following morning.

Other events in 1912 included the development of three different machine guns in the U. S. and England.  The Browning in .30-06 caliber, the Lewis Light Machine Gun in several calibers, including .303 British and .30-06, and the Vickers Mk I in .303 British caliber.  All would see extensive use in World War I, World War II, and to a limited degree in Korea.

At age six Vivian would have heard that World War I officially ended with the surrender of Germany on November 11, 1918.

In 1927, at age 15, Vivian joined the Methodist Church.

That year saw the beginning of the carving of Mount Rushmore, Charles Lindberg made his solo, non-stop flight from New York to Paris, Mae West was sentenced to 10 days in prison for obscenity, and the first trans-Atlantic telephone call was made from New York to London.

After her father's death, Vivian and her disabled mother moved to Blythedale, Missouri to live with an Aunt, where she attended high school and graduated with the class of 1931.

Perhaps of interest to Great Granddaughter Jennifer Parman, who is completing her sophomore year at Washington State University, The Alabama Crimson Tide rolled over the WSU Cougars 24 to 0, in the Rose Bowl on January 1st that year.

Other newsworthy items in 1931 included an unemployment rate of 16.3%.  Al Capone was sentenced to 11 years in Alcatraz on tax fraud charges.  The Empire State building was completed, and Las Vegas legalized gambling.  Drought in the Midwest began the dust bowl years.

On November 29, 1933, Vivian married Lyle Hart.

1933 was the worst year of the Great Depression, with unemployment peaking at over 25%.  Hitler became the German Chancellor and opened the first concentration camp at Dachau.  Prohibition was repealed.  U. S. Banking act of 1933 was enacted to attempt to halt the panic of people withdrawing their money from the banks.  The dust bowl became worse.

Daughters Sue and Ann were born to Lyle and Vivian in 1938 and 1942 respectively.

1938 saw another recession with unemployment rising to 19%.  Joe Louis knocked out Germany's Max Schmeling in the first round of their boxing match.  Events in Europe and Germany continued to set the stage for World War II.

1942, the very best of these years in my opinion, saw the birth of the girl I married in 1962.  Nuff Said!

So, there's a bit of looking through some of the history that Vivian Hart experienced that very few people living today can relate to on a personal basis.

Hopefully I can now get back on schedule and do what I do with future newsletters.  As mentioned, I need to complete the review of the cell phone optics adapter I have on trial, as well as discuss some other products I was introduced to at the Shot Show.

Among those items is a new way of measuring bullet speed via Doppler Radar rather than the traditional Chronograph which times the shadow of a passing bullet between two fixed points.  Without at least two Chronographs and a very complicated setup, about all we traditional users of chronographs can do is measure bullet velocity within a short distance from the muzzle of the firearm.

The Doppler Radar system I saw at the show, not only gives that initial velocity, but continues to monitor the bullet as it travels downrange.  The price point, while not cheap, is within the reach of one who is serious about knowing how his handloaded ammo performs downrange.

From a reloader's standpoint, this provides a way to determine the true Ballistic Coefficient of a particular bullet without taking the manufacturer's word for it!  I'm wondering if bullet manufacturer's advertised BC's will be revised, much as their published muzzle velocities tended to be lowered after chronographs became affordable and plentiful?

Hopefully, these and other subjects will be explored as the months move along.

This month's hillbilly wisdom comes from a quote by Benjamin Franklin:

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid."

Well, it's time to shut down here, so. . . . .
'Til next time, Keep 'em shootin' straight, shoot 'em often, and above all, BE SAFE!!!

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