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Think back to the beginning of the television quiz show Jeopardy - the host for the first twelve years was ART FLEMING.  He was the stunt double for such movie stars as Ralph Bellamy, he had other parts in films and on television and eventually, was the host of the quiz show.  But before that, Lt. FLEMING flew a PBY CATALINA patrol bomber on ASW patrols off the Florida coast during world War II.

During one patrol, he spotted the 'feather' of a U-Boat prowling U-Boat.  He circled and began his bombing run.  At the right moment, he dropped a pair of depth charges - but everything went wrong.  Due to a malfunction in the bombing system, all the depth charges dropped at one time on the poor target below.  The periscope 'feather' he saw was actually the waterspout of a whale and when ART brought the plane around to look for debris to confirm the destruction of this U-Boat, all he saw was a huge pool of blood and whale parts floating on the Gulf Stream.

ART and his wife Becky moved to this area and we frequently had dinner with them.  ART was a fun guy, in good physical condition and mentally sharp up to the end.

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