As I sat in the radiology waiting room at the local Veterans Administration Hospital a few days ago, listening to a fellow patient whom I got to know only as Bill, I found myself wishing that my Facebook friends could hear some of the stories we vets swap. While the grim front line stuff is rarely if ever mentioned, the yarns we share should circulate more widely. Our Americans know very little about our everyday routines while serving, which is too bad. So much of what we carry with us into our old age is woven into the American fabric. Without that knowledge among non-serving fellow Americans, our full identity as a nation is overlooked. After all, the country has undergone seemingly endless wars and campaigns spanning the twentieth century.
MILITARY HUMOR, HISTORY, AND HARDSHIP FEATURED IN “G.I. JOKES” EXHIBIT IN ABQ SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARYPosted: October 25, 2016
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MILITARY HUMOR, HISTORY, AND HARDSHIP FEATURED IN “G.I. JOKES” EXHIBIT IN ABQ SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY
The Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) exhibit, “G.I. Jokes,” a (somewhat) lighthearted look at military life, opens with a public reception at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 in the Bott Auditorium of the Albuquerque Special Collections Library, Edith at Central NE, and continues through December 2.
Humor has always been part of military life, and “G.I. Jokes” shows just how anyone who has been through military basic training or really tough duty or combat has always found a mate or two who recognized something funny in their midst. The exhibit, however, is more than jokes – it deals with the irony, the controversies, and unique challenges of military experiences through a collection of cartoons, anecdotes, and reflections of some of the artists who contributed to the show.
Created by historian and Army veteran Ron Panebouef and Marine wife Stacy Marinaro and curated by MAMF founder and director Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, the display includes works by more than a dozen prominent writers and artists. Panel art was designed by Dominic Ruiz.
Visitors, besides enjoying a smile or a chuckle or a nostalgic memory and perhaps shedding a tear, will also learn the origin of some of our most popular daily expressions and colorful military phrases.
“G.I. Jokes” is free to the public and fun for the whole family. The Albuquerque Special Collections Library is at 423 Central Avenue NE, Tel: (505) 848-1376. It is open every day except Sunday and Monday from 10 – 6, Thursdays from 11– 7. It is sponsored by Kaufman’s West, Comic Warehouse, Rio Grande Credit Union, and TLC Books.
“Bernard is always one of the more interesting persons in the room and this memoir helped confirm for me “how” that is possible. His background and travels, friends and family, success and trials make his life and this book an adventure worth living and reading. Bernard says “If you knew your light was dimming, but had memories to share, would you take the time to write them down…” We are so fortunate that he took the time to write them down for all of us to enjoy. -James Andrews Founder of Social People (@keyinfluencer) http://socialpeople.tv.com
“A fascinating, insightful, inspiring and sometimes hilarious chronicle of life while growing up in a military family. Bernard’s ability to encapsulate life-changing events provides us with examples of how to triumph over daily obstacles, while learning valuable lessons that will guide our futures. Although set in the 1950s, his journey supplies relevant, timely solutions and strategies for managing today’s issues and the unique challenges associated with a military lifestyle” Colonel Arnold R. Goodson, United States Army (Retired)
Paperback: 320 pages
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MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN MILITARY FAMILY & LEARNING CENTER (MAMF) LOCATES AT BATAAN MILITARY ACADEMY (BMA)
Groups Call Move a “Good Fit”
Albuquerque, NM – An Albuquerque charter school has just joined forces with the only museum in the country dedicated to the collection and preservation of the stories, documents, and artifacts of America’s military families. Both the Bataan Military Academy Charter School (BMA) and the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) have moved into 5555 McLeod Boulevard NE, Albuquerque.
BMA serves grades nine through twelve, meets U.S. Navy standards in curriculum and in Naval sciences, including standards in physical fitness and in honoring traditional Naval standards. The school is in partnership with parents, teachers, military organizations, and with the military services. Principal, “Captain” Jan Zink, works closely with the Academy’s Board of Governors, chaired by Dr. Alan Holmquist.
BMA students are cadets grouped as in a military organization and follow the rank structure of the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Corps (NJROTC). In addition to traditional high school activities and sports, BMA cadets also form color guards, drill teams, and rifle teams. The school is named for the 70,000 soldiers and sailors forced to surrender on Luzon in 1942, some 70,000 of whom died during the infamous “Bataan Death March.” Many of those who died were from New Mexico. Annually BMA cadets simulate that march in a 26-mile hike at White Sands Proving Grounds.
MAMF, founded four years ago by Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, a DoD “Brat,” an Army wife and an Army mother, has been active throughout Albuquerque– even without a facility– by presenting documentary film programs, stage performances, military ceremonies and major exhibits in various venues, including the National Nuclear Museum, the South Broadway Cultural Center, the International Balloon Museum, and the Wheels Museum.
MAMF’s volunteer Board of Directors includes an Artist-in-Residence, a Writer-in Residence, and liaison chairs to military spouses, military organizations, “Brats” and Veterans’ organizations. Its programs reach throughout the country through its Operation Footlocker, mobile exhibits which go to public schools, nursing homes, USO events, and to reunions of former students of Defense Department schools. MAMF is a 501 c 3 not for profit.
MAMF has a partnership with the American Overseas Schools Historical Society which represents thousands of former teachers and administrators in the Defense Department world-wide school system and with “Overseas Brats,” representing thousands of adult military “Brats.”
Till this semester, BMA had been on Mountain Road in Albuquerque, and MAMF existed as an on-line presence. In the McLeod facility, MAMF occupies the second floor; BMA the ground floor. Both Captain Zink and Executive Director Woessner believe the shared home makes a “good fit” for the school and the museum. They agree that the MAMF library, archives, exhibits, and historical folios of military family life are valuable resources for the cadets, who in turn, provide ceremonial support for MAMF programs.
The Museum is open by appointment only.
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