2014 Event Schedule
January 25, 2014 - Edmund Dubois - Author, WWII Veteran and retired Brigadier General. 2pm - Valley Orchards Retirement Community - 2100 E. Washington St. Petaluma - Free!
During World War II, the author served in the South Pacific, with time spent in Australia, New Caledonia, and Guadalcanal, and he saw combat action in the Solomon Islands from New Georgia to Bougainville. He has had tours in Paris and Germany, three command positions, and assignments on the Army General Staff, the Joint Chiefs of Staff , and with NATO.
March 1st - The PACIFIC REMEMBERED
Location: Goltermann Gardens, 1100 Skillman Lane, Petaluma. 2pm
Bob Harriot, US Army 1st Calvary
Irv Giacomini, US Army Corp of Engineers
Owen Fredricks, Navy Pilot
This special series will share the remembrances of heartbreak, frustration, heroism, hope, and triumph experienced by these men during the campaign within the Pacific against the Japanese Empire during WW2.
MAY 2014 - A Day with Timothy Ferris
Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus, Free
Timothy Ferris has been called "the best popular science writer in the English language" by the Christian Science Monitor and "the best Science writer of his generation" by the Washington Post. Ferris has made three documentray films, all of which premiered in prime time on PBS - "The Creation of the Universe", "Life Beyond Earth" and "seeing in the Dark". His work has been nominated for Pulitzer prize.
Ferris also produced the Voyager phongraph record launched into space containing the message of human civilization now exiting the solar system! See www.timothyferris.com
MAY 2014 - Astronaut Yvonne Cagle Day
AWARDS: Outstanding Young Women of America; National Defense Service Medal; Air Force Achievement Medal; United States Air Force (USAF) Air Staff Exceptional Physician Commendation; National Technical Association Distinguished Scientist Award; Commendation Marin County Board of Supervisors; Commendation Novato School Board.
EXPERIENCE: Dr. Cagle’s medical training was sponsored by the Health Professions Scholarship Program, through which she received her commission as an officer with the United States Air Force, and subsequently was awarded her board certification in family practice. During her initial active duty tour at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, she was selected to attend the School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, Texas. In April 1988, she became certified as a flight surgeon logging numerous hours in a diversity of aircraft. She was actively involved in mission support of aircraft providing medical support and rescue in a variety of aeromedical missions. From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Cagle served as the Deputy Project Manager for Kelsey-Seybold Clinics, practicing as an occupational physician at the NASA-JSC Occupational Health Clinic. In addition to conducting job-related exams, routine health screenings, and providing acute care for on-site injuries and illness, she designed the medical protocols and conducted the screenings for select NASA remote duty operations. Dr. Cagle is a consulting professor for Stanford University’s Dept of Cardiovascular Medicine to the Department of Electrical Engineering and has conducted and published research on various biotechnologies. Dr. Cagle is on the Advisory Committee for the TMC National Center for Human Performance. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at UTMB, Galveston, and has served on the Volunteer Family Practice Clinical Faculty at the University of California, Davis, California. While with the USAFR, she was assigned to the Pentagon Flight Medicine/Special Mission Clinic. Dr. Cagle is a certified FAA Senior Aviation Medical Examiner and has been ACLS Instructor qualified.
NASA EXPERIENCE: During May 1989, while a flight surgeon assigned to the 48th Tactical Hospital, United Kingdom, Dr. Cagle volunteered to serve as the Air Force Medical Liaison Officer for the STS-30 Atlantis Shuttle Mission to test the Magellan Spacecraft. She was assigned to the Trans Atlantic (TAL) Landing site at Banjul, West Africa, to provide emergency rescue and evacuation of the shuttle crew should it have been required. Dr. Cagle has contributed on-going data to the Longitudinal Study on Astronaut Health, and served as a consultant for space telemedicine. She was a member of the NASA Working Group and traveled to Russia to establish international medical standards and procedures for astronauts. She also conducted health screenings of Mir-18 consultants from the Russian Federation. Selected by NASA in April 1996, Dr. Cagle reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996. She completed two years of training and evaluation, and is qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Initially assigned to the Astronaut Office Operations Planning Branch, supporting Shuttle and Space Station, followed by a special assignment to NASA’s Ames Research Center. Dr. Cagle is currently assigned as the lead ARC Astronaut Science Liaison and Strategic Relationships Manager for Google and other Silicon Valley Programmatic Partnerships. Dr. Cagle’s groundbreaking work is preserving historic NASA space legacy data while, simultaneously, galvanizing NASA’s lead in global mapping, sustainable energies, green initiatives, and disaster preparedness
June 2014 - "Golden Holocaust" - Stanford professor and noted author of "The Nazi War on Cancer" Robert Proctor unpacks the sad history of an industrial fraud. Learn how the cigarette is the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization.
“Lays out in head-shaking detail how a handful of companies painstakingly designed, produced, and mass-marketed the most lethal product on the planet.” (Mother Jones 2012-05-11)
August 9, 2014 -"A Hero Remembered " Presentation- Jonna Doolittle/Christine Olds. Aviation Heroes as remembered by their daughters and granddaughters of Aviation legends Jimmy Doolittle & Robin Olds.
Jonna Doolittle Hoppes grew up an Air Force Brat and developed a passion for preserving military and aviation history. The granddaughter of General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, she has written two books: Calculated Risk, a biography/memoir about her grandparents and Just Doing My Job, a collection of 19 stories from World War II. Her lecture series keeps her busy touring the United States and Europe. Jonna works for the Department of Defense at Los Angeles Air Force Base. She has appeared on numerous television programs including the History Channel’s Man, Moment, Machine and a special documentary on Jake DeShazer. Jonna lives in Newport Beach, California. See: http://www.jonnadoolittlehoppes.com/
Christina Olds is the daughter of Robin Olds. She holds a Vassar College BA in English and creative writing and compiled her father’s writings to help complete Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds with Ed Rasimus, a retired USAF fighter pilot and author of When Thunder Rolled and Palace Cobra. See: http://www.commandposts.com/author/colds/
2014 - Adolfo Celaya Day - Mr. Celaya is one of the few WWII survivors of the USS Indianapolis. The Indianapolis was sunk by Japanese torpedo's and the crew left stranded in the ocean for 5 days. The event has been described as the worst shark attack in human history. Not to miss!
Mr. Celaya shares his story on YouTube:
2014 - Art Ibleto City Proclamation - Mr. Ibleto is not only Sonoma Counties "Pasta King" but was part of the Italian Resistance in WWII - come hear his amazing story!
2014 - "Near Miss" - The Russian meteorite strike in 2013 reminded us how vulnerable earth is to near earth astoroids - A NASA Speaker Presentation.
2014 - Korean War Memorial - Petaluma, CA.
2014 - Veteran Flag Program (VVA563/City of Petaluma)
2014 - Vietam Veteran Video Diaries (Steve Rustad)
Prior Presentations (2013) - *DVD Copies available - Call Petaluma Community Access 707-773-3190
*An Evening with Tony Redhouse - Grammy Nominated Native American Performer, Eagle Dance, Hoop Dance, Healing energy.
*“Pitcairn Island, the Bounty Mutineers and Their Descendants”. A riviting presentation by Dr. Robert Kirk. Dr. Kirk's book is the first “full” written history of Pitcairn Island up to the present time. It tells of the incredible people, the tragedies and ancestral triumphs of the mutineer’s descendents.
* B17 Co-Pilot Phil Arnot Presentation, A veteran B-17 Co-Pilot of 22 missions in WWII and holder of France’s highest honor, The Legion of Honor Medal. Renowned author Phil Arnot will share his experiences being a part of the crew in the plane that turned the tide of the war in Nazi Germany.
*Space Shuttle Astronaut - REX WALHEIM - A United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. Rex has flown three space shuttle missions, STS-110, STS-122, and STS-135 and has logged over 566 hours in space, including 36 hours and 23 minutes of spacewalk (EVA) time. He was assigned as mission specialist and flight engineer on STS-135, the final space shuttle mission.
*Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall - Opening Ceremonies : http://youtu.be/g2LaK016QSw
HONOR, RESPECT, REMEMBER!
*"The Atomic Man" - Remembering the building of THE Bomb, secrets of the Manhattan Project. Presented by Marshall Davis/Donald Hanahan.
Mr. Hanahan, age 94, was part of the project team that isolated pure plutonium used in the construction of the Atom Bomb, being one of the elite group of scientists involved in the Manhattan project.
*Other past presentations also available on DVD: Apollo 14 Astronaut (Moonwalker) Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 9 Astronuat Rusty Schweickart, Space Shuttle Astronaut Jose Hernandez, WWII Ace Jim Morehead, Holocaust Survivors, Korean War Stories, David Morrison - NASA, Amelia Earhart Presentation, Vietnam Veterans Stories, Iraq/Afganistan Veterans...and many more!
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