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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day 08-29-02
Aquamarine and Billie

Posted on 08/29/2002 5:50:17 AM PDT by Billie

A Few of FR's Finest.....
......Every Day

FR is a Treasure Trove of talented, compassionate, patriotic, wonderful people who gather every day to discuss the latest news and issues;  salute
and support our military and our leaders;  tell a few jokes;  learn a new
word;  write poetry;  pray for those in need;  and congratulate those who
are deserving. Thank you, Jim Robinson, for giving us the vehicle in which
we can express ourselves.

Free Republic made its debut in September, 1996, and the forum was added in early 1997.  I
can remember lurking when there were only a few regulars who posted, and now there are over 60,000 who have registered for posting privileges. The forum is read daily by tens of thousands
of concerned citizens and patriots from all around the country and the world.

A Few of FR's Finest November 11, 2001

So many people have written me since my original Veteran's Day Tribute, asking how they, or a loved one, could be included in that tribute. Since I can no longer add the photos to the body of the thread, I've been including them in additional posts as I received enough to make another collage.

Still that doesn't seem to be enough. I think there's never been a better nor more appropriate time to keep the faces of our own Veterans and Active Military in front of FReepers--every day! That's why I wanted to do yet another Daily Thread .....ABOUT FReepers .....and FOR FReepers. But not only about our Military FReepers; for all FReepers! Wouldn't it be nice to get to know a few of the other FReepers as well? That's why, in addition to seeing FR's Finest Military Personnel every day, I thought it might be fun to feature a different FReeper (or FReepers) each day. If you would like to be pictured, or know someone who would, please FReepmail me and we'll turn the spotlight - on YOU - for the day!

And do let me know if you'd like your picture added to the groups of Veterans/Active Military below. I will keep this page updated, and continue to add them to the comment section of the original Veteran's Day thread as well.

TOP:  g'nad, AgThorn's son Justin, SLB, AgThorn's son Brett

MIDDLE:  fish70, razorback-bert, CheneyChick,Leroy S Mort, Mark17

BOTTOM:  Terry's Take, Taxman, DinkyDau

TOP:  ValerieUSA's son Grant, SK1Thurman, kd5cts, RangerVetNam,

dansangel and .45man's son-in-law Tony

BOTTOM:  rangerX, Old China Hand, Trish, Howlin's dad, Mustang

TOP: ohioWfan's son, MamaBear's father-in-law, MamaBear's dad, ladtx

MIDDLE:  The Mayor's niece, M.Kehoe, Beach_Babe's son-in-law

BOTTOM:  deadhead's dad, HiJinx, Severa's hubby, viligantcitizen's granddad.

TOP: Q6-God, Scan59, Mama Bear and JKPhoto's son, ofMagog

MIDDLE:  Big'ol_freeper, JustAmy's great uncle, Prodigal Son

BOTTOM:  JustAmy's husband, JustAmy's brother-in-law, JustAmy's brother.

TOP: dakine's wife, MeeknMing's dad, Auntbee's nephew, MilitiaMan7,
BOTTOM:  Joe Brower, Temple Owl, Temple Owl's wife, dutchess' dad,


Grampa Dave
FReeper since 08-04-00

Graphic by Ebuck and Paul Atreides

Grampa Dave
By Aquamarine

Grampa Dave feels passionate about enjoying the environment of the great outdoors; he especially loves to fish the great rivers out West and can tell some unforgettable fishing stories that will make you feel you were right there in the river with him! But he doesn't stop there -- he'll even tell you the best way to cook the catch!
He also has great knowledge of the greenies and the damage that they are doing to the farmers, loggers and the environment with their inside-out, backward approach to common sense. You will find him on the environmental threads fighting them with all his might! He also worked tirelessly on the Klamath threads last year and gave untold hours of knowledge to the threads during that trying time.
Grampa Dave also works very hard on the fundraising threads on Freerepublic. He loves his children and grandchildren and can tell the sweetest stories about them on any given day. I'm proud to call Grampa Dave a FRiend of mine and consider him to be one of the Finest. ~~Aquamarine

I want to thank Aquamarine for her words about Grampa Dave above (and for that neat fishing pole gif!), and for introducing him to us. I wrote him for additional information and learned that he has been posting a continual thread since the middle of July about Oregon burning.... or, as he said, "Rural Cleansing as a result of the Watermelon Green Jehadists of Oregon."
That thread has developed a great cadre of Oregon people close to the fires, as well as a lot of others from other states.
Grampa Dave has a collection of cartoons that show the end goal of the Watermelon jhadists re burning our forests to prevent any logging. I have included a couple of them at his request.

The graphic by Ebuck and Paul Atriedes at the beginning of the thread was the result of several exchanges between Grampa Dave and Ebuck and others. Ebuck came up with the great idea of renting a billboard off of I5 to show disgust re the fires in Oregon and to lay the blame at the feet of those responsible.
A wonderful, unnamed Freeper donated the money to pay for the art work and the rental for the first month. (FReeper Blackie has the exact location of this billboard). There is a committee composed of Oregonians, and Grampa Dave to coordinate the funding to keep the billboard up until after the November elections. Please contact Grampa Dave via FReepmail for further information on how you might help.
Links to some of the threads where Grampa Dave's passions lie:

*VANITY* environ-MENTAL-ist Bulletin Board!!
Containment nearing on Biscuit Fire (Oregon still burning)
Saving Water, U.S. Farmers Are Worried They'll Parch
Red Flag Warning/Fire Weather Watch Information, for SW Oregon Area

Grampa Dave and his wife will have their 41st wedding anniversary in September! They have two grown sons, and two grandchildren. As Aquamarine said, he is quite a doting grandfather. (the screen name he chose just might have revealed that!)
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 - 1964, during the Cuban Crisis, and was discharged from the Reserves in 1970. A Republican all his life, he became a conservative during the Cuban Crisis! Church is a vital part of his family life; both he and his wife have served on vestries, and both the grandchildren have already been baptized.
Grampa Dave became a backer and supporter of George W. after he saw who his 'enemies' were and became more involved with FReeRepublic after the election, fighting along with other FReepers to keep the gore backers from stealing the election. He was responsible for getting many young people involved in politics for the first time in their life.
There is so much more to Grampa Dave than I have touched on in these brief paragraphs. Many of you have 'met' him, 'stood' beside him during the Klamath Basin Crisis, or rallied beside him in his fight against the environmentalists on many other threads. Please take a few moments and visit his profile page (link is provided at the beginning of this tribute). You'll see why he has been chosen ONE OF FR'S FINEST!
Please come and say hello to Grampa Dave, but if you don't hear from him after about 9:30 AM PDT, it's because he's......


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One Grampa Dave should enjoy seeing another Granddaddy Dave's grandson! This is Diver Dave's grandson, Logan.

1 posted on 08/29/2002 5:50:17 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
Good morning, Billie.
2 posted on 08/29/2002 5:58:53 AM PDT by Auntbee
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett; blackie; The Thin Man; Grammy Bear; Diver Dave; JustAmy; ...
Good Morning!

Welcome to FR's FINEST!

We'd like to get to know you!


3 posted on 08/29/2002 6:05:44 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Auntbee
Good cheery morning to you, Auntbee! Looking forward to a wonderful day!
4 posted on 08/29/2002 6:06:39 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; Grampa Dave
Once again a wonderful highlight.

Congradualtions GRAMPADAVE. Enjoy your day in the spotlight and thanks for all the enjoyment and information your posts have brought to me. God bless

5 posted on 08/29/2002 6:10:33 AM PDT by BlessedAmerican
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To: Billie; Grampa Dave

6 posted on 08/29/2002 6:10:53 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: Billie; Grampa Dave

Bandon Jetty Sunrise

7 posted on 08/29/2002 6:13:47 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Grampa Dave; Billie; daisyscarlett; Diver Dave; lodwick; COB1; LadyX; ST.LOUIE1; whoever; ...
Grampa Dave, I am thrilled to see you get this recognition today. I spent so much time reading your informtive replies last year during the Klamth crisis. I had no idea what the enviro watermelons were doing to our country until I spent some time with you, Carrie Okie, Jeff Head and other informed freepers out West. The work that you and other's are doing to combat these commies is priceless. I just want to say Thank You!

Upper Sacramento River, CA.

Click on the pic

8 posted on 08/29/2002 6:14:46 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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Looks like you're catching some pretty big fish up there in Oregon. Keep it up!
9 posted on 08/29/2002 6:15:10 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: Aquamarine
Thank you for introducing us to Grampa Dave and bringing him here, Aqua!

10 posted on 08/29/2002 6:18:42 AM PDT by Billie
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To: BlessedAmerican; Aquamarine; Grampa Dave
Thanks, BlessedAmerican! I have Aquamarine to thank for GrampaDave!
11 posted on 08/29/2002 6:20:23 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Joe Brower
Love those patriotic letters!!!! God Bless America!
12 posted on 08/29/2002 6:21:21 AM PDT by Billie
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To: lodwick
Sun's coming up - rise and shine, everyone!!
13 posted on 08/29/2002 6:22:36 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Aquamarine
Grampa Dave, I am thrilled to see you get this recognition today

Wonderful choice for today - the profilee, the graphic, the music.

I am thrilled that you are a part of FR's Finest, Aqua. Thank you for your daily uplifting posts and music. :)

14 posted on 08/29/2002 6:26:06 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie; madfly; Jeff Head
Believe me it was a privilege! He and other Patriots don't get read as often as others do here but they are some of the smartest and informed FReepers around.
15 posted on 08/29/2002 6:27:43 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: FreeTheHostages
DC! :)
16 posted on 08/29/2002 6:27:54 AM PDT by Billie
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To: Billie
17 posted on 08/29/2002 6:30:15 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Billie
Thank you Billie!
You did a fantastic job on the opening post always do but this one is special!
18 posted on 08/29/2002 6:33:48 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Billie; Grampa Dave; Aquamarine; FreedomPoster; .45MAN; Mama_Bear; daisyscarlett
A wonderful Good Morning to you all!

Great job, Aquamarine and Billie! Great person to profile. Grampa Dave has been a spiritual supporter of the GA FReepers against Jihad Cindy. His suggested slogans and wishes for our success have been greatly appreciated.

Grampa Dave, this is your day! You are one of the warmest and sincere (and FIERY - No pun intended!) FReepers I have had the privilege of meeting here at FR.

May God continue to bless you and your family.

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{GRAMPA DAVE}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

19 posted on 08/29/2002 6:33:54 AM PDT by dansangel
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To: Billie; Grampa Dave
Good morning!

Grampa Dave, I don't think we have every exchanged posts, but I am well aware of your efforts. Keep up the good fight!


Shunka Road - Austin County, Texas

Photo by Flyer



20 posted on 08/29/2002 6:37:30 AM PDT by Flyer
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