I LOOKED FOR THE USS CARON IN CALIFORNIA.
I MISSED IT. SO I WENT AND WATCHED "WHEEL OF FORTUNE" AND HEADED FOR THE EAST COAST.

ELWOOD MET VANNA WHITE ON “WHEEL OF FORTUNE”. HE WENT TO THE SHOW TO CELEBRATE HIS TENTH BIRTHDAY. THEY SHOWED ELWOOD ON THE AIR AND TOLD ABOUT HIS TRAVELS. IT WAS A BIG BIRTHDAY FOR HIM.
LOST FOR TWO WEEKS, I SEARCHED FOR MR. HAND AND SOME ADVICE. HE WAS HAVING TEA WITH THE PRESIDENT OF HUNGARY (ARPAD GONEZ). AFTER TEA HE SENT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

ELWOOD TOOK ME AND FIVE OF MY FIFTH GRADERS TO HUNGARY WITH HIM. WE WERE INVITED TO TALK ON EDUCATION. WE MET MANY WONDERFUL AND HOSPITABLE PEOPLE IN HUNGARY. OUR MOST IMPRESSIVE VISIT WAS WITH THE PRESIDENT OF HUNGARY. HE SHOWED US AROUND THE PALACE.
Hungarian President
US Navy - USS Caron (DD 970)

I MET THE CAPTAIN AND GOT MY HAIR-CUT. HE LET ME DRIVE THE SHIP AND MADE ME AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE CREW.

ELWOOD LIKES TO BE IN THE DRIVERS SEAT AND HE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THAT WHEN THE CAPTAIN OF THE USS CARON INVITED HIM ON A SHAKEDOWN CRUISE IN THE ATLANTIC. HE WAS EVERY BIT A SAILOR AND WAS EVEN GIVEN THE RANK OF CHIEF PETTY OFFICER. ANCHORS AWAY!

 

USS Caron

I ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO SCHOOL PICTURE DAY.

FOR THE PAST TWENTY YEARS ELWOOD HAS ALWAYS MADE SURE HE WAS HOME FOR PICTURE DAY. HE LIKES THE FUSS THE LADIES MAKE OVER GETTING HIM READY FOR THE CLASS PHOTO. IT MAKES HIM FEEL SPECIAL AND HE HAS NEVER BLINKED AND RUINED A SHOT.
Elwood's Class Picture
Top Gun
Wikipedia - USN Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Program
I WAS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD SO I STOPPED BY THE TOP GUN SCHOOL FOR SOME FLIGHT TRAINING.

ELWOOD ON ONE OF HIS TRIPS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DECIDED TO BRUSH UP ON HIS SKILLS. HE SPENT A FEW DAYS LEARNING EVERYTHING THERE WAS ABOUT BEING AN ACE. HE TIPS HIS HAT TO ALL THE BRAVE PILOTS THAT PROTECT OUR COUNTRY. HE CAN TELL YOU THAT IT'S NOT AN EASY JOB.
ONE DAY AT SCHOOL I POSED FOR MY PORTRAIT.

EVERY ONCE AN A WHILE A PARENT DROPS BY TO TELL US WHAT THEY DO FOR A LIVING. WE WERE VERY EXCITED THE DAY DAVID BARNUM DROPPED IN TO SHOW US HOW TO AIR BRUSH. WHILE WE SAT AND WATCHED, HE PAINTED THIS PICTURE OF ELWOOD. HIS DAUGHTER GAVE IT TO ME AND IT HANGS IN MY FAMILY ROOM TO THIS DAY.
Dream Big
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