July 2018

Where in the World is the Observer?

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Standing with the spectators in a South Omo Valley village in Ethopia, Tom and Carol Kaput must have found something very interesting in The Suffield Observer and turned thier attention to that for a moment instead of the traditional Evangadi dance they came to watch. In this Hammer tribe ritual, the men show their strength to prospective brides and prove they are worthy by jumping as high and as far as they can. The women jump toward and away from the men.

Former Observer vounteer Ruth Zimmerman and her granddaughter Anna Tobiasz hold the newspaper for which Ruth was a long-time key staffer. Along with Anna’s mother Becky, left, and friend Leslie Marx, they are pictured at Stonehenge, which Ruth described as one of the greatest monuments created by mankind. The photographer was the fifth member of the traveling party, Leslie’s mother Sheila MacLeod. They had been touring England and Scotland.

The Observer was 19 years old at the time of its May issue, displayed by Greg and Kathy Werth in front of Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. The great cathedral is 770 years old, from the beginning of its construction. It somehow survived the city’s almost total destruciton in WWII by RAF bombers.

Gloria and Bernard Magliozzi pause at the Blarney Castle for the obligatory photo with the Observer during their adventure in Ireland. They climbed the many steps to the top but had no need to kiss the stone; as many people may know, Gloria already had the gift of gab.

Through Opal Gilmore’s membership in the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus, she and her husband, Ron, were invited to help observe the 76th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day in Hawaii. The chorus started the parade with the National Anthem and had other opportunities to sing, along with other groups. Ron and Opal took the October issue of the Observer along, so Dustin Louis Doyon could be with them when they visited the USS Missouri.. They are pictured on the big gangplank providing public access to the memorial battleship.


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