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EXPRESSING LOVE TO CHILDREN

 
 
Reply Fri 25 Jul, 2008 07:40 pm
I have discovered
that my practice of dropping dimes, quarters n half dollars
from hot air balloons that pass above, into grass near (but not onto) children
was not entirely without precedent
:
HE BEAT ME TO IT ( or a variation on a theme )






http://www.squidoo.com/gail-halvorsen
THE CANDY BOMBER
" Gail "Hal" Halvorsen At A Glance
Who was the "Candy Bomber?"
Gail Halverson was a USAAF pilot involved in the Berlin Airlift.
Gail Halverson is remembered because it was he who started the parachuting
of sweets to children in Berlin. He used handkerchiefs and small squares
of cloth to create the parachutes and he dropped the packages out of the
pilot's side-window of the C-47 aircraft that he flew.

Lt Halverson's actions caused considerable anger to the Russians
and glee for the children who were close to the air corridor from Rhine Main
AFB to Berlin's Tempelhof airport. Because of the results of this philanthropic act
his fellow pilots became involved as did the American Confectioners Association.

Who Is Gail Halvorsen
Colonel Gail Halvorsen (born October 10, 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah)
is a former American pilot of C-47s and C-54s during the Berlin airlift
("Operation Vittles") 1948-1949.
Halvorsen is most famous for being the original Candy Bomber.

Operation Little Vittles
Shortly before landing at the Tempelhof airport in the American sector of Berlin,
Halvorsen would drop candy attached to parachutes to children below.
This action, which was dubbed Operation Little Vittles and sparked similar efforts
by other crews, was the source of the popular name for the pilots:
the candy bombers. Halvorsen had wanted to help raise the morale of the children
during the time of uncertainty and privation.

Halvorsen says he had the idea after giving a few sticks of chewing gum
to some children watching the planes from outside the Tempelhof base.
Wanting to give more, he promised to drop more candy from his plane
the next day. Because the planes would arrive every 90 seconds,
the children naturally couldn't distinguish his from the others. However,
Halvorsen promised to wiggle the wings to identify himself, which led to
his nickname "Onkel Wackelflügel" ("Uncle Wiggly Wings").

His actions were soon noticed by the press and gained widespread attention.
A wave of public support led to donations which enabled Halvorsen and
his crew to drop 850 pounds of candy. By the end of the airlift, around 25
plane crews had dropped 23 tons of chocolate, chewing gum, and other
candies over various places in Berlin. The Confectioners Association of
America donated large amounts to the effort, and American school
children cooperated in attaching the candies to parachutes.

Military Career
Halvorsen would go on to fill several domestic assignments, but would return
to Germany in the early 1970s, this time as the commander of the
Tempelhof Airbase in western Berlin. In this role Halvorsen was required
to host official parties at his house. Being a devout Mormon, Halvorsen
became famous for his non-alcoholic concoctions served at these parties.

German-American Relations
Halvorsen's actions as the original candy bomber may have had a
substantial impact on the postwar perception of Americans in Germany,
and it is still pointed to as a symbol of German-American relations.
He has appeared many times on German TV over the years, often paired
with some of the children, now grown adults, who received his candy parachutes.
In 1974 he was decorated with the "Großes Bundesverdienstkreuz"
(Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany),
one of Germany´s highest Medals. During the opening march for the
2002 Winter Olympics on February 8, Halvorsen carried the German
team's national placard into Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium.

In 1989, Halvorsen engaged in a reenactment of the actions in Berlin for
the fortieth anniversary of the airlift. During Operation Provide Promise in
Bosnia-Herzegovina, he dropped candy from a C-130. Halvorsen also
participated in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the airlift in Berlin in 1998.
The United States military has modeled some of Halvorsen's actions in
Iraq dropping toys, teddy bears, and soccer balls to Iraqi children.
In 2004 Halvorsen hoped to launch a similar action for the children of Iraq.

Legacy
The US Air Force has helped cement Colonel Halvorsen's airlift legacy by
naming its next-generation, 25,000-pound capacity aircraft loading vehicle
in his honor. The Air Force has also named the award for outstanding
air transportation support in the logistics readiness career field the Colonel Gail Halvorsen Award. "




I will confess
that I never attached parachutes to any of the falling coins.




David
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2008 06:00 am
lessee, dave, a quarter dropped without a parachute from half a mile high would have the same impact-speed/mass as a .22 bullet.

Joe(Witchs Y u SHUD use a Parachute...)Nation
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2008 09:59 am
Joe Nation wrote:
lessee, dave, a quarter dropped without a parachute from half a mile high
would have the same impact-speed/mass as a .22 bullet.

Joe(Witchs Y u SHUD use a Parachute...)Nation

OK.
I' ll see if I can find some coin parachutes; (maybe the dollar store
or check ebay). Do u sell them in your store ?

Inasmuch as had no wish to strafe them (and we did not want them shooting back at us)
we did not go up that hi. Indeed, on one of our hot air balloon expeditions,
the pilot ran us across the floor of the Arizona desert, 6 inches above the ground.
U coud see all the little boros of the little animals in the desert floor.

I began dropping coins from hot air balloons with no intentions of affecting
the emotions of anyone; it was for the fun of watching them on the way down
(in an uninhabited area, where I saw that there were no humans nor animals below).
I remember running out of coins, and throwing out a paper $1;
an updraft took it straight up; the rising value of a dollar.

Then on one of the hot air balloon jaunts, we chanced to pass near some
children playing in a grassy park. I dropped a lot of dimes, quarters and
a few half dollars (no nickels). Thay cawt the sunlite, shimmering on the way down,
and my pilot called out to the children to call them over, making sure that we got their attention.
It woud be in bad taste to drop anything directly on people or animals directly below the balloons.
The coins were distributed over the grass, making it like an Easter egg hunt.




David
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2008 06:07 pm
If memory serves, we made parachutes out of tissue paper and thread and used pennies for the weights. We would throw ten or more of them at once as high into the air as we could. Some floated long distances, all the way to the edge of the baseball diamond, some plummeted unopened right back at our feet.

We did not have the advantage of being in a balloon.

Have you been up in the one in Central Park yet?

Joe(tethered, and they probably won't let you drop anything. Too bad.)Nation
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2008 06:23 pm
Im sorry but the very title of this thread is kinda creepy.
When I read Davids post about the berlin air lift , Id recalled the pilots and the candy and chochkies.

If I had the means , Id throw 20 dollar bills so maybe the kids could benefit in a more substantial manner, unless of course, your dropping Eagles or Maple Leafs.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2008 07:29 pm
Joe Nation wrote:

If memory serves, we made parachutes out of tissue paper and thread
and used pennies for the weights. We would throw ten or more of them
at once as high into the air as we could. Some floated long distances,
all the way to the edge of the baseball diamond, some plummeted
unopened right back at our feet.

GOODNESS !
U dredged up an ancient memory
from the deepest archives of my mind.
I saw some kids DO that; I did not become involved.

Quote:
We did not have the advantage of being in a balloon.

Its not too late.
It is an exercise in tranquility; delightful.

Quote:
Have you been up in the one in Central Park yet?

Joe(tethered, and they probably won't let you drop anything. Too bad.)Nation

No.
I was not aware that one existed there.
However, all of our hot air balloon adventures
were in free floaters. I guess I got spoiled for tethered ones.

Some guys have informed me
that thay themselves JUMPED out, with parachutes.




David
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2008 08:45 pm
farmerman wrote:


Quote:
Im sorry but the very title of this thread is kinda creepy.

Originally, part of this thread included
(or was arranged to include) etymological commentary
qua earlier discussions of "pedophilia"; I sought to bring out the distinction
between love and lust.
I mentioned that "Philadelphia" means the city of brotherly love
and that has nothing to do with fraternal incest.
I asserted that love is expressed as kindness and IF
successful, absorbed into its target, as JOY.

I pointed out that rapists are exploitive
and are not interested in elevating the happiness of their victims.
I argued that a better name shoud be selected for rapists
of children, because their relationship was predatory, not LOVING,
but this concept did not fit well together with my discovery of Lt. Halvorsen's benevolence,
which preceded mine.

Thay were clumsy and awkward together; ungainly to invite comment from the citizens of A2K.
Therefore, I aborted and purged the other concept.
I tried to smooth out the ruff edges of the remainder
after the truncation; maybe I was not entirely successful, based on what u picked up.


Quote:

When I read Davids post about the berlin air lift ,
Id recalled the pilots and the candy and chochkies.
If I had the means , Id throw 20 dollar bills
so maybe the kids could benefit in a more substantial manner

I have been requested to DO that, for the adults,
but there r some problems with that, to wit:
the wind can blow paper cash away.
I don 't want anyone to get a heart attack nor to trip over something
chasing the wind ( and then sue ME for negligence ).
Disputes inevitably woud involve pulling the disputed cash and shreding.
I don't want Scotch Tape in my recreational activities.
Whereas coins tend to be made from durable metal,
paper cash is more perishable, subject to the ill effects of being lost
and exposed to rain, etc.





Quote:
unless of course, your dropping Eagles or Maple Leafs.

I have many Maple Trees, but I have not thrown their leaves.

I have never dropped Eagles from balloons, but I have scattered them,
along with Morgan Silver Dollars from ground level. Thay have been popular.
U can make friends real fast that way; I have empirical evidence thereof.

I have never thrown (nor dropped) Double Eagles.
Give it a shot, Farmer; lemme know how it works out.




David


P.S.:
Just a little personal aside:
I remember being in Mrs. Snyder 's class in Phoenix, Arizona
when I was 8 years old, studying reading, for whose practice,
we read stories, including one purporting to be an old European tale
of an old man who left home for a long time. It was said of him
that when he returned home, he 'd scatter gold coins for the populace,
from his carriage. The townsfolk called him "Scatter Gold".
He heard of this, was annoyed, and grudgingly scattered copper coins.

When I read this it meant nothing to me.
I was much, much more selfish n greedy than I am now
(which still is very, very selfish). I 'd have been shocked at age 8
to know that I 'd become Scatter Gold.

I m sure that the statute of limitations has gone into effect against
my suing the Phoenix school system for wrecking my brain.
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Intrepid
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2008 08:47 pm
OmSigDAVID wrote:

I m sure that the statute of limitations has gone into effect against
my suing the Phoenix school system for wrecking my brain.


I'm sure that you would still have a case.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 26 Jul, 2008 09:30 pm
Intrepid wrote:
OmSigDAVID wrote:

I m sure that the statute of limitations has gone into effect against
my suing the Phoenix school system for wrecking my brain.


I'm sure that you would still have a case.

Defense counsel woud win a dispositive motion for summary judgment,
before trial.
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2008 05:34 am
If you folded a twenty dollar bill and attached thread to each corner and used a silver dollar for a weight you would create something very much like DaVinci's parachute.

http://samilitaryhistory.org/vo116jma.jpg

BTW: Dropping or throwing money doesn't in any way imply love.

Joe(not one bit)Nation
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2008 05:58 am
The story of "Stadi Ojciez' is a familiar one to my childhood.
Paper currency, is quite durable, it is a high rag and linter content paper with significant waterproofing. If it falls into wate and is allowed to lie for 30 years then , of course it would moulder and be less crisp . (But , unless weve changed our currency, the Treasury is required to issue a replacement upon surrender of the deteriorated note ).

I Think that a superior title for this thread could havebeen.
"SHARING MY ABUNDANCE AMONG THE CHILDREN", however even that sounds semi creepy. Im afraid that we live in a time when any contact with kids is viewed almost as a felony. Course, thats a subject for another thread,
Im sorry if I took your meaning the wrong way Dave, I see your motives are non lethal and could actually be fun for both parties.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2008 06:00 am
Joe Nation wrote:
If you folded a twenty dollar bill and attached thread to each corner and used a silver dollar for a weight you would create something very much like DaVinci's parachute.

http://samilitaryhistory.org/vo116jma.jpg

BTW: Dropping or throwing money doesn't in any way imply love.

Joe(not one bit)Nation

Well, do u deny
that dropping cash near strangers whom u have seen only from
a (vertical) distance indicates good will (as distinct from dropping Napalm); is good will love ?




David
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2008 06:04 am
I am a financial origami virgin.
Maybe I shoud add that to my profile.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2008 07:08 am
farmerman wrote:


Quote:
The story of "Stadi Ojciez' is a familiar one to my childhood.

I don 't know that story.


Quote:

Paper currency, is quite durable, it is a high rag and linter content paper
with significant waterproofing. If it falls into wate and is allowed to lie
for 30 years then , of course it would moulder and be less crisp .
(But , unless weve changed our currency, the Treasury is required to
issue a replacement upon surrender of the deteriorated note ).

I Think that a superior title for this thread could havebeen.
"SHARING MY ABUNDANCE AMONG THE CHILDREN",
however even that sounds semi creepy.
Im afraid that we live in a time when any contact with kids
is viewed almost as a felony.

Yes,
but is that natural or even tolerable ?

In my opinion,
Nature has hardwired good will toward children into the elderly
( or into elderly males, anyway; I have seen elderly women
be gratuitously severe & intimidating with them).
Certainly, I did not entertain that good will during my own childhood,
when I was surrounded by children my own age; to my mind,
thay were merely other people (except for good friends).


Quote:
Im sorry if I took your meaning the wrong way Dave,

That 's OK, Farmer.
Its attributable to the residue of the etymological commentary that I purged.


Quote:

I see your motives are non lethal and could actually be fun for both parties.

" The quality of mercy is not [con]strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest:
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. "

William Shakespeare
The Merchant Of Venice Act 4, scene 1
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2008 07:23 am
Quote:
William Shakespeare
The Merchant Of Venice Act 4, scene 1


The circumstances of this speech were not as non lethal as I was referring.


Stadi Ojciez was the story of an "old father' who also scattered gold coins to the people on his returns and was hung for his efforts. (ol Russian tales are usually quite grim)
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2008 08:40 am
Quote:
Well, do u deny
that dropping cash near strangers whom u have seen only from
a (vertical) distance indicates good will (as distinct from dropping Napalm); is good will love ?


I think such an act stinks a little of arrogance and a little more of passive/agressive behavior.

There are far better ways of sharing.

Joe(You can think of some yourself.)Nation
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2008 02:54 pm
Joe Nation wrote:
Quote:
Well, do u deny
that dropping cash near strangers whom u have seen only from
a (vertical) distance indicates good will (as distinct from dropping Napalm); is good will love ?


I think such an act stinks a little of arrogance and a little more of passive/agressive behavior.

There are far better ways of sharing.

Joe(You can think of some yourself.)Nation

I have little interest in collectivist charities.

It is not my goal to SHARE.
If I coud accomplish my goal without sharing, I 'd do so.
That is only the incidental means toward my goal.

Is is my goal to create hedonic thrills in my donee beneficiaries;
instant gratification for them, to be followed by re-gratification
when thay get their jollies by purchasing something hedonic of their choice,
tho as far as I can remember, I have never been around
to witness any of those choices.

It is my filosofy that America is a better place
with MORE unexpected hedonic thrills, MORE GUNS, and MORE happy surprizes in it.
I think it is a decent bet that when those children got out of bed
that morning, thay did not expect a colorful balloon to come floating by overhead
and for money to be raining down into the grass free for the taking.
U think ?

It gives them something to discuss, anyway; conversation piece.
I imagine that their parents were somewhat surprized when the children got home,
because on many other occasions, money does not rain from the sky,
nor from colorful balloons. It coud be possible that thay mentioned it to their friends in school.
Mentally, thay re-live the experience (and its attendant emotions) with each re-telling.
After the collecting, thay get to count their cash, and do their Scrooge thing.

Maybe I shoud take the Farmer 's advice
and add $10 Gold Eagles to balloon-based distributions.

Examples of success and of failure:
I succeeded when at Disneyworld in 2000,
I passed some teenage girls,
and handed the prettiest one $20.
I knew that I had succeeded when she leaped up in the air
squealing with joy.

I failed on several occasions (maybe 3 or 4)
when I gave $2 or $3 to a street bum,
emptying public trash cans in search of refundable
bottles or cans. Each time, the donation was accepted
as tho I d handed him or her last week's newspaper.

One of the reasons for my donation program
is that (some) people who have returned from death, in hospitals,
have reported "life review experiences" during which thay have
felt the emotions that thay have inflicted upon others,
such that "what goes around comes around " in that sense.

So far as arrogance is concerned:
if this be arrogance, let us make the most of it,
with apologies to Patrick Henry.
I am reminded of a situation some months ago,
in a densely packed airport, as I rolled by with my luggage,
I saw about 6 young boys seated together, waiting for a plane
(give or take, around 10 or 12 years old). I threw a handful of dimes n quarters
on the carpet in front of them. Thay looked pretty happy, taking the coins,
except 2 of them,
who remained seated, inactively observing.
Thay have the liberty to ignore the opportunity.
I venture to say that even as to them,
it tended to break the monotony.

In the early 1990s, a boy 's mother told me that her oldest son
(whom I had not met) had a birthday; be became 13.
At the time, he was on crutches, with an injured foot; (NOT from a falling coin).
I approached him and gave him a $20 bill and a $10 bill that I had at hand.
A few weeks later, in conversation, he said to me:
" U know, David, when u put that money in my hand,
that was the MOST MONEY that I had ever held in my hand in my life ! "
My quest to engender hedonic thrills had succeeded.
The last I heard of him, he was a medic in the Army.

Remember Johnny Appleseed ?
Sometimes I think of myself as David Serendipity Seed (in the sense of HAPPY SURPRIZES).

I remember, as a kid in Phoenix, Arizona, we were forever getting free stuff
in school, but I deemed almost all of it to have little value
or no value at all; we NEVER got free cash in school.
I thought that it is better if free gifts HAVE some value
and free money has a certain versatility to it.

Y not ADOPT my hobby ? It can be fun.
I don 't need a monopoly on it.

There is an organization somewhere, promoted by Oprah Winfrey,
whose motto is:
" Risk a R.A.S.K. " a random act of senseless kindness.



U know something weird ? In the 1970s, I attended a school for
development of ESP, where a numerologist predicted that in about 20 years,
I 'd become involved in some kind of philanthropy,
but that it 'd be somehow off-beat, strange or unusual.


I don 't understand the reference to "passive/aggressive".


David
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Lash
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2008 02:56 pm
Relieved this isn't another pedophilic rap.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2008 02:59 pm
Joe Nation wrote:
Quote:
Well, do u deny
that dropping cash near strangers whom u have seen only from
a (vertical) distance indicates good will (as distinct from dropping Napalm); is good will love ?


I think such an act stinks a little of arrogance and a little more of passive/agressive behavior.

There are far better ways of sharing.

Joe(You can think of some yourself.)Nation

Maybe I can drop a lot of FREE GUNS to the children;
attach a little parachute to each gun, so that it will fall gracefully into the grass.




David
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 27 Jul, 2008 03:06 pm
farmerman wrote:



Quote:
William Shakespeare
The Merchant Of Venice Act 4, scene 1


Quote:
The circumstances of this speech
were not as non lethal as I was referring.

That 's true, but I was referring to the words for their own merit.


Quote:

Stadi Ojciez was the story of an "old father' who also scattered gold coins to the people
on his returns and was hung for his efforts. (ol Russian tales are usually quite grim)

I Googled Stadi Ojciez, but I only got responses in alien languages.
My entreaties for an English translation were as futile as thay were unsuccessful.




David
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