Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Washington Nationals

Date / Time: September 11, 6:40pm
Location: Chase Field (formerly Bank One Ballpark)
Cost: $13.50/seat (Discounted from $27)
Seating: Lower Level, Left Field Line
Coordinator: Ed Skutecki 623-572-9004 e-mail:

Come join us for a fun night at the old ballpark. This will be a joint Honeywell/Sperry Club event. Mark your calendars now. Due to our summer break, you will not receive a newsletter in the Fall prior to this game. Make your reservations now by calling or e-mailing Ed Skutecki, then make out a check to “ Treasurer, HRC ”. Send the check to:

Ed Skutecki
7863 W. Piute Ave
Glendale , AZ 85308

Very few tickets are left.  Please make your reservations immediately


Just a few words before wrapping up for the summer…

As expressed at our Annual Meeting and in the last Bridge, I offer my personal appreciation to the Board and Staff for their fine work in bringing our new Programs and Events to members in the last year and to supporting our ongoing golf, Laughlin and Spring and Fall social events, scholarship program, membership, and web site. Members should be aware and proud of the extra effort that these fine folks put in to bring you a wide assortment of choices for your benefit.

For those who were not able to attend our Annual Meeting, we awarded our first ever MVP awards to The Bridge co-editors, Charlie Farmer and Ted Rees, for their outstanding contribution and dedication to improving The Bridge over the last 2-3 years. Both have indicated that they will be moving on to new ventures, Ted right now, although he will continue to support The Electronic Bridge, and Charlie at the end of 2006. Both are working hard to resolve our latest challenge, the delay in the publishing cycle for The Bridge. We hope to have this resolved by the start of our new year in September. We are looking for volunteers to work with them in the interim and then take over this key activity by year end. Please contact me if you are interested.

Although he was not able to attend the Annual Meeting, we are also awarding a MVP award to Russ Henzel for his work as web master in developing our website . This has been a task requiring special skills and dedication to making it comprehensive, informative and timely. In this, Russ works closely with The Bridge co-editors to provide information and pictures from the internet for upcoming events in our schedule. Much goes on behind the scenes that most members are not aware of. A special thanks to Russ. Thanks, too, to Doug White for his help as Treasurer this year and welcome to Bert Walker, our new Treasurer.

During the year we have strengthened our communications and relations with both the Sperry Retiree Club and the Garrett Retirees Club (aka Allied). This included exchanging newsletters and inviting participation at selected events of common interest. It was a pleasure to have Al Stimac and George Davis, the President and VP respectively, from the Garrett Retirees Club join us at the Annual Meeting and a number of Garrett folks attended our Spring golf event. Again next year, Barbara Rippstein, President of the Sperry club, will be coordinating a cruise for her club and ours and we plan to share several events during the year.

And finally a few things to remember…

Ed Frick


Each month we have more members signing up for The Electronic Bridge, and most are opting to receive “electronic only”. If you have an e-mail address, you should give it a try. Member feedback has been very positive. You can sign up by contacting us via e-mail at: . Please send your: 1) name, 2) e-mail address, 3) if you wish your e-mail address not published in The Bridge periodically, and 4) if you want “electronic only ” or both electronic and hard copy. You may “opt in” or “opt-out” of this program at any time by simply notifying us via e-mail.


This group will help those who need repairs that they cannot do themselves, including minor electrical, carpentry and plumbing problems. You will have the security of having someone you can trust in your house. The cost of material is not covered. The Fix It Guys are Bob, Matt, Dick, John, Mike, Perry, Sam, Paul , Ed, Clint and Gene. Call 602-870-0813.


Just a reminder that dues are due May 1st, so please look at your “dues date” on your copy of The Bridge and see if your dues are about to expire. You will want to keep The Bridge coming and to be ready to participate in the many interesting functions planned for our next year.

Membership Chairman: Wally Klovstad


DAY AT THE RACES: Turf Paradise Park - April 2006

On April 3, HRC had its first Day at the Races. We had twenty Honeywell Retirees and guests attend. No one won a fortune, but then no one lost the farm either. Lunch was great, and the Turf Club facility was first class. We even had a race named after us. Contributed by Ed Skutecki

Pima Air/Missile Silo Museums - April 2006

Twenty-nine people arrived at the Pima Air and Space Museum on April 6 after surviving the challenge of waiting on Interstate 10 about 1½ hours due to a gravel spill at the Casa Grande exit. The museum was kind enough to wait an extra half hour until all participants arrived. Our own Bob Preising is involved in the restoration of the B36 restoration project. He arranged for us to be the very first group to tour the restoration area.


Bob and Dave Woods regaled us with stories from their service years such as having to walk through the tail and jumping up and down on the tire wheel while the hatch was open to get the landing gear to go down.

After touring the B-36 restoration area, the tram guide took us on the regular tour of the museum past all sorts of airplanes. Afterwards, we could walk through the 390th memorial museum. Some of us walked through the Air Force One plane that served Presidents Kennedy and Johnson.


Here is our President departing Air Force One.

Twenty-Six stayed overnight in Tucson and went to the Titan Missile Museum the next morning. Our guide took us down in the silo of the last surviving missile site. He explained all the inner workings. Scott Graff assisted in a simulated launching of the missile.

A good time was had by all. Contributed by Virginia Clagett



The Prescott HRC Get-Together was held at the historic Gurley Street Grill in Prescott. It was an opportunity for HRC members in the Prescott and Northern Arizona areas to renew acquaintances, friendships and to socialize with people they don't often see. The event was oversubscribed with over 30 people attending. Regrettably, we underestimated the response and, as space was limited, we actually had to limit attendance.

With the response and enthusiasm of the attendees, we anticipate planning a follow up event next year and will allow more room to accommodate a larger group.

Our thanks go to Chuck Dumas and Jean Winslow for organizing and co-chairing this successful event.

Contributed by Ed Frick



Monday, 4/24, eighty-four players participated in the HRC Spring golf outing at Tatum Ranch CC. The weather was beautiful, the course challenging, and everyone had a wonderful time. The following were winners:

Closest on #3 Wendt   Longest putt #9 Comey   4th Team Low Net [296] Peterson, Gareth, Ravich, Peltz
Closest on #8 Tolman   Longest putt #18 Aldridge   3rd Team High net [322] Luker, Bosiak, O'Keefe, Mihalic
Closest on #11 Pearce   Staightest drive #4 Verwayan   2nd Team High Net [329] Brink, Ambrose, Briske, Pappas
Closest on #16 Dyer   Low Net Calloway Scialo [72]   1st Team High Net [357] Comey, Davis, Krieger, Nordal
      Low Net AGA Gareth [66]      

Next tournament (Fall), we will again use established handicaps (AGA) and Calloway only for those that do not have handicaps. This should equalize play and give us more ways to be fair in scoring. We gave out 37 awards, which enabled us to have 44% participation in awards.

We hope to have 100+ players next time at Arrowhead CC on Nov. 27. We will again offer invitations to play to Sperry and Garrett retiree clubs.

Have a safe and enjoyable Summer, and we look forward to seeing you ALL at the Fall tournament.

I hope everyone enjoyed the get together. If you have any questions or suggestions, please call Dale W. @ 480-922-1402. Contributed by Dale Wendt

Annual Meeting - April 2006

The HRC Annual Meeting was held Thursday, April 27, at the lovely Arrowhead Country Club in northwest Phoenix . The day began with coffee and conversation at 9 AM with a good turnout of members enjoying the great morning view of the golf course, beautiful flowers and a soft sunny morning. There was lots of talk about what the group has done this past year and plans for 2006/07. We also voted for the new HRC Board.

Then it was breakfast time --- mmmmmm was it ever good and the round table settings allowed all of us to exchange our plans for the Summer, next trip and more.

Our speaker for the event was John Dewane, President Emeritus for Honeywell's Avionics and Space Division. John spoke on the successful growth of Honeywell's avionics business and the key strategies that made it possible.

We had our annual election of officers and the new Board was warmly welcomed. The new member on the Board is Bert Walker, Treasurer.

Following the Board announcements, president Ed Frick presented awards to Ted Rees and Charles Farmer for their outstanding work on The Bridge . A rousing applause for their efforts was well received by these two dedicated individuals.

Lastly, we drew for some fun door prizes and two of them were won by one couple---so next year plan to attend—it is a nice event, lovely surroundings, a great breakfast and maybe you will win something, too!

Contributed by Lorri Jordan and Ed Frick



Check out the Phun in Phoenix information, which recently has returned to our web site. This listing of cool things to do in Phoenix each weekend is updated weekly – check it out here. Also a long list of Phoenix area attractions with phone numbers and web sites are listed on this site – a great reference for your activities with family and friends. Check out photos of our past events as well as useful information from past seminars like the recent one on Identity Theft. You'll also find all of our club's upcoming activities, with dates and contact information, plus a copy of The Bridge. If you have any photos of Club activities, we'd love to publish them. Attach the pictures to an email and send to

Russ Henzel, website editor



News from Nurse Nance

Stroke Prevention Surgery improves brain function. New study: Twenty-nine patients with carotid stenosis (narrowing of the artery in the neck) underwent carotid artery stenting, in which the narrowed artery is expanded with a balloon and a metal tube known as a stent. All patients were given neuro-psychological tests 24 hours before and 48 hours afterward. Result: Cognitive function (as measured by the speed with which participants connected numbers) increased by nearly 6% after stenting. Theory: Stenting increased blood flow to the brain, which improves cognitive function. This finding contradicts previous studies suggesting that stenting may cause a slight decrease in cognitive function. More research is under way.

Iris Q. Grunwald MD, consultant physician, department of interventional diagnostic neuroradiology, Saarland University Clinic, Homberg, Germany.

Raisins Good for Your Teeth? New findings: Oleanolic acid, a plant chemical found in raisins, was shown to inhibit the growth of two species of oral bacteria, Streptococcus mutans, which causes cavities, and Porphyromonas gingivalis, which is associated with gum disease. This finding refutes the long-standing belief that raisins promote tooth decay.

Christine D. Wu, PhD, professor, periodontics department, University of Illinois at Chicago of Dentistry.


This is a quiz for people who know everything! I found out in a hurry that I didn't. These are not trick questions. They are straight questions with straight answers.

  1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
  2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
  3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be
    replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
  4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
  5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the
    bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?
  6. Only three words in standard English begin with the letters "dw" and they are all common words. Name two of them.
  7. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?
  8. Where are the lakes that are referred to in the Los Angeles Lakers?
  9. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

Answers To Quiz

  1. The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends . . . Boxing
  2. North American landmark constantly moving backward . . .Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute).
  3. Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons . . . Asparagus and Rhubarb
  4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside . . . Strawberry
  5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the bottle (The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are placed on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems).
  6. Three English words beginning with dw . . . dwarf, dwell and dwindle
  7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar . . . period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses
  8. The original lakes referred to in Lakers . . . in Minnesota. (The team was originally known as the Minneapolis Lakers, and kept the name when they moved west).
  9. The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh: . . Lettuce

Contributed by Ed Frick