WW2 History Club

Club News - 2011 

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23-Dec-2011

Official WW2 History Club Shirts

You can now purchase an official WW2HC shirt at Custom Apparel in the Southern Trace Shopping Center (Route 466 just west of Buena Vista Blvd).  The standard shirt is a khaki colored polo shirt with the WW2HC logo on the left and your name in navy blue script on the right.   There are many materials for you to choose from including 100% cotton and cotton/poly blends.  Price depends on which material you choose.  Most shirts are about $25 including the embroidery fee.

21-Dec-2011

The Dec 2012 club meeting will be held on December 21st, 3PM to 5PM at Colony Cottage.  The topic will be "The Pacific Theater:  Doolittle to Saipan".  The date has been moved forward by one week to eliminate any conflict with Christmas.

The club has reserved the same room at Colony Cottage for the 5PM to 6PM hour for additional Q&A and a live demo of the club's web site

Activities conclude with Movie Night, 6PM to 9PM at Seabreeze.  The film is Run Silent, Run Deep

07-Dec-2011

30+ members of the WW2 History Club attended the 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration as part of a 12 day trip to Hawaii that included a one week inter-island cruise on the Pride of America. 

Several videos of the 70th Anniversary event are available here

A writeup in the local newspaper (Villages Daily Sun) is available here

07-Dec-2011

30+ members of the WW2 History Club attended the 70th Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration as part of a 12 day trip to Hawaii that included a one week inter-island cruise on the Pride of America.  Several videos of the 70th Anniversary event are available here

16-Nov-2011

The Nov 2011 club meeting will be held on November 16th, 3PM to 5PM at Colony Cottage.  This will be one or our "vets speak" meetings at which WW2 vets will talk about their experiences.  The date has been moved forward by one week to eliminate any conflict with Thanksgiving.

The club has reserved the same room at Colony Cottage for the 5PM to 6PM hour at which refreshments will be served and there will be a live demo of the club's web site

Activities conclude with Movie Night, 6PM to 9PM at Seabreeze.  The film is The Great Escape

26-Oct-2011

The WW2 History Club Open House was held on October 26th.  12 club members displayed their WW2 collections and memorabilia.  The Hangar Flyers club was there to tell attendees about their club.  The Central Florida WW2 Museum, the Leesburg Veterans Memorial Assn and the Villages Honor Flight were there to talk about their activities.  Both participants and attendees indicated that the session was worthwhile and that they had a good time. 

20-Oct-2011

The Evening of WW2 Music (see below) was a great success.  Over 340 people turned out to listen to (and dance to) songs from the 1930s and 1940s provided by The Music Mixx, a local jazz/swing band. 

19-Oct-2011

Evening of WW2 Music at Seabreeze Rec Center, 6PM to 9PM

The movie night program will not be a movie at all.  We plan an evening of WW2 music for your enjoyment

28-Sep-2011

Normal monthly meeting at Colony Cottage.  3PM to 5PM    Meeting topic will be Chine/Burma/India (CBI) and Alaska

There will be a book sale table where members can purchase used books, tapes and DVDs of WW2 interest and there will be a raffle of a Don Goldstein authored book. 

21-Sep-2011

Movie Night at Seabreeze Rec Center, 6PM to 9PM, film is 30 Seconds Over Tokyo

Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson and Robert Mitchum star in this film adaptation of The Doolittle Raid in early 1942 when B25 bombers were launched from the flight deck of the USS Hornet on the first bombing raid of Tokyo.  The raid did little actual damage, but severely shocked the Japanese and was a major cause for the Japanese attack on Midway. 

The film is is quite detailed in its coverage and uses some actual footage from the raid.

16-18 Sep 2011

Club trip to Washington, DC

original flyer

trip summary

24-Aug-2011

Normal monthly meeting at Colony Cottage.  3PM to 5PM    Meeting topic will be The Bomb

There will be a book sale table where members can purchase used books, tapes and DVDs of WW2 interest and there will be a raffle of a Don Goldstein authored book. 

17-Aug-2011

Movie Night at Seabreeze Rec Center, 6PM to 9PM, film is On The Beach

On The Beach, starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins, is a film adaptation of Nevil Shute's novel of thermonuclear war and the end it might bring. 

See a item on our site about Nevil Shute here

28-Jul-2011

An Honor Flight Chapter for The Villages and Lake County is being formed. 

Click here for details

27-Jul-2011

Normal monthly meeting at Colony Cottage.  3PM to 5PM    Meeting topic will be The Home Front

There will be a book sale table where members can purchase used books, tapes and DVDs of WW2 interest, our normal articles table where members can purchase articles (or maybe get a few free ones), and there will be a raffle of a Don Goldstein authored book. 

20-Jul-2011

Movie Night at Seabreeze Rec Center, 6PM to 9PM, film is The Caine Mutiny

The Caine Mutiny stars Humphrey Bogart, Jose Ferrer, Van Johnson, Fred MacMurray and many others you will recognize.  When US Navy Captain (Captain Queeg played by Bogart) shows repeated signs of mental instability that jeopardizes the ship and its crew, the first officer (Johnson) relieves him of command and subsequently faces court martial for mutiny.  7 Oscar nominations (including best actor).

The film is memorable for MacMurray's portray of a truly unsavory sort, numerous incidents that really make you wonder about Queeg's mental state, Jose Ferrer's portrayal as the defense lawyer, and the ball bearings that Queeg rolls in his fingers when under stress. 

22-Jun-2011

Normal monthly meeting at Colony Cottage.  3PM to 5PM    Meeting topic will be Midway

There will be a book sale table where members can purchase used books, tapes and DVDs of WW2 interest, our normal articles table where members can purchase articles (or maybe get a few free ones), and there will be a raffle of a Don Goldstein authored book. 

15-Jun-2011

Movie Night at Seabreeze Rec Center, 6PM to 9PM, film is Midway

Midway starring Charlston Heston, Henry Fonda, James Colburn, Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford and Hal Holbrook tells the story of the months after Pearl Harbor, the intelligence triumph that revealed Japanese intentions for the "decisive battle", the ambush set by Nimitz and the US naval victory at Midway that was the turning point of the Pacific War.

25-May-2011

Normal monthly meeting at Colony Cottage.  3PM to 5PM    Meeting topic will be WW2 War Crimes and Atrocities

There will be a book sale table where members can purchase used books, tapes and DVDs of WW2 interest, our normal articles table where members can purchase articles (or maybe get a few free ones), and there will be a raffle of a Don Goldstein authored book. 

 

The Veterans Memorial in Leesburg is currently under construction with the dedication ceremony scheduled for Nov. 13, 2011. Veterans who are residents of Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties and/or the Villages are eligible to have their names engraved on the granite wall panels. Click here to view a pdf copy of the recent news release.  The Memorial Committee is trying to reach all veterans and veteran groups to encourage them to get their names on the wall and/or brick as soon as possible; the cost is $15 before June 1st, $25 thereafter.  The website --  www.lakeveterans.com  -- has more information on the memorial, FAQ, video of ground breaking and flagpole dedication ceremonies, and updated pictures of construction progress, etc.

18-May-2011

Movie Night at Seabreeze Rec Center, 6PM to 9PM, film is Conspiracy

Conspiracy (HBO Films) starring Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth is a dramatic recreation of the Wannsee Conference, held on 20-Jan-1942, where the Nazi Final Solution phase of the Holocaust was devised.   The matter-of-fact way Nazis officials and lawyers discuss the fate of millions is chilling.  You will not soon forget this film.

Conspiracy won several Emmys, Golden Globes, a Peabody , and many other awards.

01-May-2011

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09-May-2011

24th Annual Florida Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion, Melbourne, FL.  including Traveling Vietnam Wall

 

27-Apr-2011 Normal monthly meeting at Colony Cottage.  3PM to 5PM    WW2 Vets will share some of their experiences.

There will be a book sale table where members can purchase used books, tapes and DVDs of WW2 interest, our normal articles table where members can purchase articles (or maybe get a few free ones), and there will be a raffle of a Don Goldstein authored book (and maybe something else). 

20-Apr-2011

Movie Night at Seabreeze Rec Center, 6PM to 9PM, film is  Mrs Miniver

 

Mrs Miniver starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon is the story of an English, middle class, family and their transition from the tranquil England of the 1930s to the England waging war alone against the Nazis during the first years of WWII. 

The film won 6 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director. 

 

9-10 Apr 2011 Central Florida WW2 Museum event at The VillagesClick here for details
23-Mar-2011 Normal monthly meeting at Colony Cottage.  3PM to 5PM    WW2 Vets will share some of their experiences.

There will be a book sale table where members can purchase used books, tapes and DVDs of WW2 interest, our normal articles table where members can purchase articles (or maybe get a few free ones), and there will be a raffle of a Don Goldstein authored book (and maybe something else). 

23-Mar-2011 Special session on email, computers, and the web site.  Immediately following the normal club meeting on March 23rd, there will be a special session for those who might be interested.   We will cover various types of email accounts, what to consider when buying a computer, the club's web site and any other computer-related topic.
16-Mar-2011

Movie Night at Seabreeze Rec Center, 6PM to 9PM, film is  Schlinder's List

Schindler's List is the 1993  film about Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories and buying their freedom out of his own pocket. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg, and stars Liam Neeson,  Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley

A film that is powerful and tender, frightening and beautiful; it is a film you will never forget.  It won seven academy awards including Best Picture and is presently ranked 8th on the American Film Institutes list of the 100 best American films of all time.

23-Feb-2011 Normal monthly meeting at Colony Cottage.  3PM to 5PM  Meeting topic is European Theatre Overview

There will be a book sale table where members can purchase used books, tapes and DVDs of WW2 interest, our normal articles table where members can purchase articles (or maybe get a few free ones), and there will be a raffle of a Don Goldstein authored book (or maybe two).  Don will autograph the book(s) after the raffle

23-Feb-2011

Pittsburgh At The Villages   6:30 to 9PM   Colony Cottage

The University of Pittsburgh Library System welcomes all members of the WW2 History Club to join us for an evening of history.  We will showcase materials from our Archives and Special Collections that focus on historical Pittsburgh (including maps, photographs, documents and books) and WWII (materials from The Donald M. Goldstein Collection).

Click here to see the email about this event.

16-Feb-2011 Movie Night at Seabreeze Rec Center, 6PM to 9PM, film is The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai is a 1957 British WW II film based on the novel The Bridge over the River Kwai by French author Pierre Boulle. The film is a dramatization of one group of Allied POWs, their work on the Burma Railway in 1942/43 and the titanic struggle between the Allied Commanding Officer and the Japanese POW Camp Commandant.  William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, and Sessue Hayakawa star in this David Lean film shot in Sri Lanka

In 1997, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress National Film Registry.

26-Jan-2011 Normal monthly meeting at Colony Cottage.  3PM to 5PM  Meeting topic is Pacific Theatre Overview

There will be a book sale table where members can purchase used books, tapes and DVDs of WW2 interest, our normal articles table where members can purchase articles (or maybe get a few free ones), and there will be a raffle of a Don Goldstein authored book (or maybe two).  Don will autograph the book(s) after the raffle

19-Jan-2011

 Movie Night at Seabreeze Rec Center, 6PM to 9PM, film is "Twelve O'Clock High".   The story is set in WW II England at a USAAF bomber base where a "hard luck" group has suffered heavy looses.  A hard driving, no nonsense general takes over the group with the goal of whipping them into shape.  Much of the story deals with this struggle to transform the group into a disciplined fighting unit in spite of heavy losses, and withering attacks by German fighters and FLAK over their targets. Actual combat footage is used in this tense war drama. 

As a "war film" it is very good; perhaps the best film about the European Air War ever made.  But what makes it exceptional is the exploration of a man under the incredible pressures of leadership in life and death circumstances.  Modern corporate combat may not be quite as dangerous, but the principles of leadership change little -- Twelve O'Clock High has often been shown at leadership workshops. 

 

Questions? Problems?  Contact the webmaster or one of the club's steering committee members.

Date Last Updated:  15-Oct-2015


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