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Editor’s Note: We are all experiencing terrible weather and the thunder, lightening and torrential rains was too much for our PG&E up here and we’ve been without power since 4AM! Well, I got on my iPhone, the only communication tool that worked, and gave them a call. I told then that I had a Farsider going out tomorrow and they had damn well better have power restored or the wrath of the entire membership of the PBA would be brought down on them!

Well, here it is:-)
So, who is this Eric Duran? There would be no Farsider publication without Eric. I put the content together with the help of the many contributors who provide much of that content, and Eric does all the magic that produces and sends the publication out to the subscription list. It’s magic to me because creating a website and subscription list is waaaaay above my paygrade!
I’ve known Eric for some time, we were neighbors in the Irvington District of Fremont in the 50’s and his Father was my Spanish Teacher at Washington High School. He enjoyed making things work, a super-cool sound system w/reel to reel tape (yeah way back). While working at the Santa Rita Jail in Pleasanton, he was assigned to the Inmate Commissary, affectionally known as the “Fort Knox” of the jail.  While assigned there, he revamped the Commissary system by creating a software program that ultimately averaged $2,000,000 (yes, MILLION) dollars a year in PROFIT for the Inmate Welfare Fund!  And that was with Penal Code mandated price limits on the items the “captive audience” bought.  Because the five civilian clerks working in the commissary devoted 100% of their time working to fill the inmate orders in Commissary, their wages were paid from that fund.

Then there was building cars and racing at Fremont Drags Strip. Remember the 32 Fiat body “A-Altered” sponsored by that strip joint in Newark? The Booby Hatch!?

Best run we had back then in the late 70’s was 9.28 seconds @ 165 MPH on GAS!  Held the speed record for a time in the A-Altered class.

Yeah, the girls were part of his team at the track and helped him fold up his chute and repack it after his run! They were a big hit 🙂

Editor’s Note: as young Fremont rookies, a few of us would get off working mids and work crowd control on the starting line at the dragstrip. 4 bucks an hour (cash!) and all the chicks we could meet!

From Scott Seaman, President srseaman@comcast.net

At the San Jose Police Foundation, we believe that the success of our police department is central to the health of our community.

San Jose Police Foundation Provides Christmas Meals for Officers/Staff and Supports The Farsider and Annual Major Awards banquet and Other Critical Equipment Needs.

Above: Day Shift Briefing

L to R: Chief Mata, AC Paul Joseph, POA President Sean Pritchard, SJPF Volunteer Nicole Trujillo, SJPF Executive Director Ted Trujillo, SJPD board member Sean O’Kane and David Lake and family, BFO DC Brian Shab, SJPF board member Anthony Ortega, SJPF Liaison Captain Todd Trayer
The San Jose Police Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support the San Jose Police Department with unfunded needs. Retired officer Ted Trujillo has recently been hired by the foundation to serve as the Executive Director. Retired Captain Scott Seaman serves as President.
 Above: Midnight Briefing

L to R: SJPF board member Sean O’Kane, Chief Mata, SJPF volunteer Kathleen Watson, A/C Paul Joseph, SJPF board president, Scott Seaman, BFO D/C Brian Shab, Southern Division Captain Brian Matchett

Photo from the August Major Awards Ceremony and Banquet

Department members who responded to the VTA Mass Shooting

On Christmas Day, the San Jose Police Foundation supported officers and staff with meals at each of the three briefings. Members of the police foundation attended the briefings to thank officers for working on Christmas and to express the support of the community, evidenced by donated food/funding from the Downtown San Jose Marriott Hotel, Starbucks at Monterey and Lewis Roads, The Lee Family (Lee’s Sandwiches), Medina Catering (whose staff came in at 3:30 Christmas morning to make burritos for Day Shift officers), and Westgate Church on Saratoga Avenue (who funded Medina Catering’s food). 

The police foundation recently learned of a need for funding of Leroy’s work producing the Farsider and enthusiastically donated $500 for web hosting services for a year.
In August, the police foundation sponsored the department’s annual Major Awards Banquet, a gala event held before over 400 attendees at SAP Center. The event recognized and celebrated the bravery and heroic actions of a great many department members and community members, including all department members who responded to the 2021 VTA mass shooting.
In December, the board heard a request from the department to fund emergency entry/breaching tools for every police vehicle for use in active shooter and other critical situations. Currently, only the lieutenant’s vehicles have breaching tools and a recent active shooter training scenario made clear the need for breaching tools in each police car. The board unanimously approved the request and is actively working to purchase the tools. Ted Trujillo was able to secure half of the funding from the City Manager’s office, which will permit the foundation to entertain other requests for pressing needs.
The police foundation relies on the generosity of friends of the department and community/business members. A number of retirees are supporters of the foundation each year with personal donations.
If anyone would care to support the foundation with a donation, your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

View website HERE

Robert Burns Night, Fundraiser for San Jose Police Chaplaincy – Jan 25th @ 5pm

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years. I just wanted to remind everyone that the San Jose Police Emerald Society is putting on a fundraiser to benefit the San Jose Police Chaplaincy. The chaplaincy has partnered with the San Jose Police Emerald Society from the very start of our organization and we feel that we would like to start a yearly fundraiser to help support the organization. This new year, in keeping with our Celtic theme, we will be putting on a fundraising Scottish event honoring the poet and author, Robert Burns. There will be a catered dinner of roast beef, ham, chicken (no haggis), whipped potatoes, hot vegetables (no neeps), green salad, pasta salad, rolls and dessert. There will be beer, wine, and whiskey (Johnnie Walker Black) available too!


We will have bagpipe entertainment by the “Wicked Tinkers”, and possibly some Scottish dancers. We will be selling drink tickets, raffle tickets, and will have a silent auction. All benefiting the Police Chaplaincy. All Emerald Society members will receive a “couple” of drink tickets to get you started. The bar will be hosted for Emerald Society Life Members!! To become an Emerald Society member, click here. This is a super bargain for only $50 a person. Tickets are available at our website https://www.sjpes.org/fundraiser . 
The event will be on WEDNESDAY January 25, 2023 from 5pm-10pm. Dust off your kilt, bring your significant other, a couple of friends, your checkbook and credit card, and come on down to the POA for a couple of hours to support your favorite organizations. Tickets are limited and there will be no sales at the door. If you want some info on Robert Burns night, please check this out https://nationaltoday.com/burns-night/ . If you have any questions, please reach out.
Thank you,
Brian Hyland
San Jose Police Emerald Society

Space is limited and will sell out. Get your tickets NOW!! HERE


1950,s Version of an E-Mail

Long ago and far away, in a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of innocents, and they were you and me,
For Ike was in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.
We longed for love and romance, and waited for our Prince,
Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one’s seen him since.
We danced to 'Little Darlin,' and sang to Stagger Lee;
And cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me, Me.
Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.
And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
A boy named George with Lipstick, in the Land That Made Me, Me
We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice.
We didn’t have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me, Me.
Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a chimp.
We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T,
And Oprah couldn’t talk yet, in the Land That Made Me, Me.
We had our share of heroes, we never thought the’d go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.
For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me, Me.
We’d never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren’t named Jefferson , and Zeppelins were not Led.
And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkey’s lived in trees,
Madonna was Mary in the Land That Made Me, Me.
We’d never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,

And babies might be bottle-fed, but they were not grown in jars.
And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and “gay” meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never co-Ed in the Land That Made Me, Me.
We hadn’t seen enough of jets to talk about the lag,
And microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.
And hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were fiction in the Land That Made Me, Me.
T-Birds came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks,
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.

And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me, Me.
We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea
Or prime-time ads for those dysfunctions in the Land That Made Me, Me.
There were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill
And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents in the Land That Made Me, Me. 
But all things have a season, or so we’ve heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.
They send us invitations to join AARP,
We’ve come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me, Me.
So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they’re using smaller print in magazines.
And we tell our children’s children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me, Me.
If you didn’t grow up in the fifties,
You missed the greatest time in history.
(editor’s note: I’ll bet you hummed along with this!)

Both the automobile and the presenter are beautiful.


Editor’s Musings





7 Thoughts on “01-12-23

  1. Enjoyed the picture of the large number of officers at the midnight briefing. I remember in 1970 sometimes having a total of 4 officers on the midnight shift.

      1. Well, the officers in the photo under the foundation banner are holding up what appears to be the h/sexual flag….?

        1. Scott Seaman
          9:55 AM (39 minutes ago)

          Leroy, our former executive director offered helpful insight into the reason behind the photo, in case you care to share it with the reader.

          When the site was created in 2017, it was very challenging to get photos from the department that met the size needs of a website’s banner dimensions without skewing the photograph. This photo met those specifications, and it was also consistent with then Chief Garcia’s, and the department’s, support of LGBTQ members of the department – including redesigning the shoulder patch.

          1. Also see: https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/08/03/san-jose-police-chief-announces-retirement-after-28-years-with-department/#:~:text=SAN%20JOSE%20%E2%80%94%20Eddie%20Garcia%2C%20who%20has%20spent,chief%20in%202016%2C%20SJPD%20was%20at%20a%20crossroads.

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