P F "Flip" Sloan with Barry McGuire, undated photo

How Flip Sloan Was Wrong


The late P. F. “Flip” Sloan (nee Philip Gary Schlein, 1945 – 2015) wrote the folk pop tune, “Eve of Destruction.” For those who have forgotten, or are too young to remember, here’s the lyrics:[^1] The eastern world, it is explodin’, Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’, You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’, You…

Eight of the nine Bartley kids; Grandpa Walt is in the front row, second from right

Some Notes of Grandpa Walt


Today would have been Grandpa Walt’s 130th birthday. Alas, he didn’t see his 70th birthday, dying in a telephone booth, calling his oldest daughter, Helen, to tell her he wasn’t feeling well. Walter was the 6th of 10 children. He lost everything in the Great Depression, and moved from Iowa to Central California. Three kids,…

Happy 100th Birthday, Pops


WC’s father was born on Armistice Day, the day World War I ended. What’s now called Veteran’s Day. This would have been his 100th Birthday. He died in 1987, not even 70 years old, killed by his bad habits – smoking, excessive drinking, overweight and a stubborn refusal to deal with serious hypertension. His two…