Jan 31, 2015

Standing together for 40 Years of Photos

Lynette and Roger Images from 1975-2015

Lynette and I met in 1974. She was a undergrad student at USU taking Rat Lab - Psych 150. She was by far the best student and one of the prettiest. Naturally I asked her to be a T.A. On her birthday, I met her on a date with a guy I really disliked. During the night Lynette and talked and flirted. Later, my best friend said "That babe likes you, man." The next day I asked her out, that was March 1, 1975. We have been standing together taking pictures ever since.     

From Every Book Counts: The Stories of My Life

Sam at age 27

On maturity

I entered adulthood in 1947 at age twenty-eight, going hook, line and sinker, some seven years after the legal age. And, I was ready for it. I had been on a mission, served in the army, and graduated from BYU. I had a profession and the offer of a full time job. At last, I ceased to be a youth looking for summertime jobs. I was on my own, an adult; fully developed and mature; my adolescence was gone forever.

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Roger at age 25

This reflection got me thinking. Maturity has little to do with age, gender, or sexual experience. I was in school from 1955 to 1977. My University education went from 1968-1977. I had two summer jobs at home, and after that I worked year-round as a University laboratory assistant, teaching assistant, or instructor. I stopped living at home in 1972, and left Michigan never to return in 1973. I lived on my own, in my own apartment or house beginning in 1973. I purchased a car in 1976. I obtained my first University teaching position in 1977 when I was Twenty-seven. By then I had have at least five serious relationships where marriage was discussed. I’m not sure when I decided I was mature. Some would argue, never. I know in 1968 when I entered college was wasn’t, nor was I close at 21 years. Unlike Sam, I had no army experience (thankfully). 

In 1975, which as a great year, I was 25 and still not a reliable adult. I’m not sure, even in my first full time job, when I cut my hair, I was mature yet. Pretty sure not. Somewhere around 1980, I started to mature. In 1986 (at 36), I was close, and by 1992 (at 42), I had rounded the corner and joined the club. However, I didn’t get married until 2004 (at 54). 

What about you? When, if ever, did you become a ‘real’ adult?



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Jan 30, 2015

Private Chandler a chapter in Every Book Counts: The Stories of My Life by Samual C. Chandler reads like Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues meets Brother Chandler (who is perhaps a Brother from another planet).

Sam in 1943

Radio Communications

Sam writes,

Stationed in England
To this day, I stand amazed at the type of life I lived while I was in the Army. Between the end of my basic training in Biloxi Mississippi, and the receipt of my permanent assignment in England, I lived in luxury hotels in Chicago and Atlantic City. Trained as a communications specialist and telephone operator, I was taken to England on the Queen Elizabeth, the largest luxury liner in the world. Stationed at Stoke on Tent in England, I was billeted in quarters that had been a tourist attraction in peacetime. Later while I was in Duxford and Fowlmere, I lived in comfortable barracks and worked in an assignment that placed no restriction on leaving the air base as long as I reported for duty as assigned. In the Army, I was allowed to take correspondence courses that counted for credits from Brigham Young University. I was also allowed unlimited use of the huge library that served all the colleges of the world famous Cambridge University, where I studied for the entrance exams I would later take at BYU, and I was allowed to visit The Fens and Wales where my ancestors came from so I could gather my family's genealogy.

This ending paragraph only begins to summarize the chapter entitled Private Chandler, in which Sam Chandler writes about his army and experience in World War II. 

For example, the paragraph doesn’t mention what Sam endured in basic training or in communication school. It doesn’t say his air base was bombed weekly, or mention traveling hours on a bike to the attend church at nearest LDS Ward in England. He omits the dances and 'date nights' arranged by his Lieutenant or dating English girls (including cousins) who were members of The Church. He omits his discussion of Army Language and all the ridicule he and other LDS men received for not drinking or smoking and for wearing garments. You don’t learn about all the KP and being forced to give 'sermons', or the nickname his Sergeants gave him “Young-boy.” 

To read these and Sam’s other life stories, you’ll have to wait and read Every Book Counts when it is released on Amazon this February or March.

Jan 29, 2015

Chili Volcano

Chili Volcano

Remember when Oscar threw the plate of Linguini onto the kitchen ceiling and walls in the Odd Couple? Last night I dropped a container of bubbling Turkey Chili with beans and it exploded back up like a hot volcano covering my shirt and face, and all over the kitchen and ceiling. I’m pretty sure the tomato, onion, turkey, and beans will come out of my Pink Floyd shirt, but not sure about the white kitchen island, walls and ceiling.
James Jarvis Chandler Family
Here is a great picture posted on Ancestry's Family Search website. William James Chandler was Sam Chandler's father and Lynette's grandfather. His mother was James' second wife Mary who died young. William was raised by the first wife Harriet. They were among the early settlers in Willard Utah and Rigby Idaho. The website includes the Chandler Song which Sam Chandler recounts in his forthcoming memoir Every Book Counts.

Jan 28, 2015


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Jan 27, 2015

Field of Blue

Field of Blue
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Every Book Counts: The Stories of My Life

available from Amazon in March.

In Chapter 2 (My Ancestors) of Every Book Counts: The Stories of My Life, Sam Chandler writes that his genealogical research of his family names in England revealed that the Chandler men were in Sam’s words common men. He remarks he discovered no royalty in his family. 

However, in the Chapter on Mary Nancy Call and her father Nine Call, we learn that Mary Nancy and Nine are direct descendants of  Penelope Van Princis Stout, an early white settler of Monmouth County, New Jersey. Penelope was the daughter of Daughter of Baron John van Printzen and Penelope van Princis

Penelope was born in 1622 in Amsterdam, (present The Netherlands). Penelope came to America in 1643. She and her husband were shipwreck and attacked by Indians but she survived and lived to be 110. There is a coin commemorating her life and her story appeared in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. She is known as the Mother of Middletown 

Sam’s mother is the descendant of a Dutch Baron. Penelope Van Princis Stout is the 10th great-grand mother of Lynette Chandler and her siblings.

Jan 26, 2015


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From the Chapter on James Jarvis Chandler
This silk needle point was made for James Jarvis Chandler probably after 1884.  Because of the situation in Utah, James left his two wives in Willard Utah and traveled to England to evangelize for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Men who were jailed at the time in Utah were taught to sew. The piece may have been sewn by a fellow polygamous serving time in a Utah jail or by one of his two wives, Harriet Eliza Cardon or Mary Ann Williams.

This story of Utah history is only one of the interesting stories you can read in the soon to be released memoir by Samuel Chandler – Every Book Counts: The Stories of My Life. 

Jan 24, 2015




This place is a must visit if you are in Sonoma.
This started out as a private residence. 
Soon became a restaurant and outlet for the owner's 5,538 acres of planted vineyards. 

Jan 23, 2015


Who are These People?
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Who are the people who live
on the tops of mountains?


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In California you can take your dog (pet) anywhere. 
Sometimes that means a lot of waiting for the dog.
Sometimes it means a great picture.

Jan 21, 2015





ROBOT JAZZ (Click Link to watch Robot Jazz)

Programmed to improvise these robots listen to the music on their iPhone to the music being played and then play along

Jan 20, 2015


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Jan 17, 2015


The Kindle Version of Finding the Right Path is now available on Amazon.
Click the Link about to see the e-Book.

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Jan 14, 2015

Strange Fruit

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Jan 13, 2015

Mixed Vines

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Jan 10, 2015

Soupy loses control

Soupy Loses Control
In this picture, Soupy Sales appears to have lost most of his audience at the Beltaire birthday party. Dave Lubeck is still watching Soupy. Roger Lubeck is watching the other kid wearing a cowboy shirt, and Bob and Doris Lubeck are busy cleaning ear wax and smoking cigarettes. Time to get out Black Tooth.

Jan 9, 2015

Put Your Hand Down Pardner

At a Party with Soupy Sales
Further evidence of my early Cowboy days - note my shirt.
The two Cowboys (in blue) are watching the kid with his hand in the air. 
Also notice two of the girls (in red) are looking at the camera. 
The rest are watching Soupy.

Jan 8, 2015

Cowboys are in my DNA

Tex Lubeck
Does this picture help explain why I have written a Western or why Rio Bravo is my favorite movie?

Jan 7, 2015

Watching the Lady of Charm

Watching the Lady of Charm
Photo from the Detroit News. Watching the Lady of Charm - the first cooking show.
I am still watching cooking shows; I still sit this close, and now the sound is turned up really loud. The only thing missing is my Do Bee.

Edythe Fern Melrose, better known as the "Lady of Charm."

From The Detroit News: "
Another movie hostess was Edythe Fern Melrose, better known as the "Lady of Charm." She started her career in the 1920s as the first woman to manage a radio station. During the 1940s she hosted the "Lady of Charm" show, which moved to TV as a cooking and talk show with topics for women. It ran from 1948 until 1960.

In 1948, she built her "House O' Charm" on the shore of Lake St Clair. It was the first home to be built for testing all the products before she recommended them. Later, she added "The Charm Kitchen" which aired daily, and "House O' Fashion," a weekly show."