Autumn Celebration With The Toppers
(November 20th 2009) Last Updated: 09/11/2019 10:38:AM
The Topper's are at it again! Please join us for another delightful evening of friendship, fun and dancing!
Important Events In History On November 20th
- 2009 - The Topper's enjoy an evening with friends at the Petroleum Club
- 1998 – The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched
- 1992 – In England, a fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage
- 1989 – Velvet Revolution: The number of protesters assembled in Prague, Czechoslovakia swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million.
- 1985 – Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.
- 1984 – The SETI Institute is founded
- 1975 – Francisco Franco, Caudillo of Spain, dies after 36 years in power.
- 1974 – The United States Department of Justice files its final anti-trust suit against AT&T. This suit later leads to the break up of AT&T and its Bell System
- 1947 – The Princess Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in London.
- 1945 – Nuremberg Trials: Trials of 24 Nazi war criminals begin at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg.
- 1820 – An 80-ton sperm whale attacks the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America (Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby-Dick is in part inspired by this story).
To The Pictures
Bob is in his Autumn outfit! Barbara is ready for the holidays!
Did you know? - Bob and his wife (who has passed on) were professional Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus for almost 30 years doing private upscale parties.... Sometimes they had four or five appearances in an evening. He even had the full Santa beard as a permanent fixture! Look at the twinkle in his eye even tonight!
The music starts and the Topper's hit the floor running!
The Ashcroft's keep the floor warm
Neal and Nita are just warming up!
Did you know? - The record high temperature in Long Beach was 111 in 1944. The record low was 25 in 1904.
"Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with
the heart is another." ~ Anonymous
Tom & Kathy Berg
Dancing off a little bit of dinner
Let's Visit Some Tables While The Dancers Are Getting Warmed Up
Jack Taylor & Joyce Rothrock
Did you know? - Long Beach is the 36th-largest city in the nation and the sixth-largest in California. As of 2008, its estimated population was 492,682. In addition, Long Beach is the 2nd largest city within the Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Clark & Donnis Weygandt
Jerry & Nancy Ellis - Our President
Nick Thomas Always Has Pictures From The Previous Dance
Ray & Mary Ruth Ashcroft - "Look... I am on that picture screen!"
New Members - Joe Maloney & Ginny Rodhner
The webmaster's slip out from behind the camera - Paul & Sue Liles
(Thank you Neal & Nita)
The band was especially good this evening... Sam Conti
Salad is served
Our past President (Earl & Jeannine Eakle) relaxes and enjoys the evening
Ace & Martha Yeam
The Petroleum Club Staff work hard to
make everything nice... They succeed
Edward Weyer & Natalie Emery
Bobbie & Buck Catlin
Sue visit the tables
Dean & Lori Fronk
"We are not together"
Nothing like an old fashioned swing dance! George Zabish & Terry Kroy
The floor was always a blur with people dancing the evening away
Sue & Paul Liles escape from behind the camera
Time For Some Pronouncements From The Leadership!
Mr. Roy Ashcroft.... Mr. Vice President....
A hush grows over the crowd
Waiting with baited breath
"What is he going to say I wonder???"
The President speaks!
The band is introduced
Nice sized crowd this evening
Keeping those drinkie-poo's coming
Did you know? - November's birthstone is the yellow topaz. Its birth flower is the chrysanthemum
Buck Catlin Share's His Secret 1945 Assignment (Read More)
Did you know? - At the end of WWII, the U.S. Navy captured the subs and had exclusive access to their technology. When the Soviet Union demanded access in 1946 under the terms of the treaty that ended the war, the U.S. Navy sunk the subs off the coast of Oahu and claimed to have no information on their precise location.
The wreckage of the submarines will be seen for the first time in high definition in Hunt for the Samurai Subs. The film includes the WWII-era 16mm film footage shot by Charles Alger, a retired U.S. Navy chief in charge of the I-14. In an interview, Alger says of the sinking, "It was very sickening, the moment of the explosion. But like any good sailor, a job is done, and we've done it ... I never ever thought that it would ever be seen by a human being again." Retired U.S. Navy commander Buck Catlin explains the rationale behind it: "It was decided to take those submarines out to sea off of Pearl Harbor, one at a time, and fire torpedoes and sink them. One of the main objects was to keep them away from the Russians, so we kept it quiet. And that's one of the reasons why the Submarine Force never advertised what we're talking about today."
Did you know? - Long Beach once had a sizable Japanese-American population mostly working in the fish canneries on Terminal Island and small truck farms in the area, but the Japanese and Japanese Americans were removed for internment in 1942, and most did not return after their release from the camps. Due to this, and other factors, they now make up less than 1% of the population of Long Beach.
Happy birthday Mary Ruth Ashcroft
Happy birthday Nancy Ellis
Did you know? - November starts on the same day of the week as February in common years, and March every year.
Our President knows all... A December birthday with
a member who cannot make the dance
Happy birthday December
Dean Fronk just told a whopper!!!
The Evening Is Beginning To Take Its Toll On The Party Goers
The harvest decorations were beautiful
We know who the dancer's are now!
"Dear, it is 1:30 am and everybody has been
gone for three and a half hours!"
Another Wonderful Topper's Event...
Did you know? - Long Beach is composed by 52 neighborhoods. Some neighborhoods are named after thoroughfares, others are centered around parks or schools. They include (alphabetically): 4th Street Corridor, Alamitos Beach, Alamitos Heights, Arlington, Artcraft Manor, Belmont Heights, Belmont Park, Belmont Shore, Bixby Knolls, Bixby Village, Bluff Heights, Bluff Park, Broadway Corridor, California Heights, Carroll Park, Central Area, Craftsman Village, Downtown Long Beach, Drake Park, East Village, Eastside, El Dorado Park, El Dorado Park Estates, El Dorado South, Hellman, Imperial Estates, Lakewood Village, Cambodia Town (Little Phnom Penh), Long Beach Marina, Los Altos, Los Cerritos - Virginia Country Club, Memorial Height, Naples, North Long Beach, Park Estates, Peninsula, Ranchos, Rose Park, Shoreline Village, South of Conant, Stearns Park, Saint Mary's, Sunrise, Terminal Island, Traffic Circle, University Park Estates, Washington School, West Long Beach, Willmore City, Wrigley North and South, Wrigley Heights, Zaferia