That's right. Bill, this newsletter's editor, was arrested — twice! — last month and released on his own recognizance by the almighty California Highway Patrol.
His first altercation happened as he was driving north on Highway 395 along the back side of the Sierras in the small town of Lone Pine. His conversation with the officer went something like this:
The next infraction occurred as Bill was tooling down I-5 on his way back from Livingston to Los Angeles. The cop pulled him over and said basically the same thing as the first cop. Bill presented his earlier "fix-it" ticket to this second cop. But this guy wasn't impressed. He said the first cop had cited Bill incorrectly, and he would do Bill the "favor" of citing him correctly.
Anyway, Bill got new plates, sent $10 to each CHP officer's county courthouse, and he is no longer on the run from The Law.
On July 15, Don hopped on his motorcycle and rode from Nashville, Tennessee to Denver, Colorado. He hasn't been seen since.
"Oh, he'll show up eventually," says Diane.
Based on the scientifically-proven method of horse race betting devised by his brother Bill, Steve, with a single $2 bet on a horse with 1000-1 odds (and a heavy limp), has become Sacramento's newest millionaire. (Never mind that the math doesn't add up. Steve's a math teacher. He knows what he's doing.) Steve has now retired to a life of bicycle frame-building and helping his daughter Kristin with her coloring books.
For your own copy of these sure-fire racetrack betting materials, please send your endorsed paychecks to Bill Holmes c/o this newsletter.
When this reporter asked Bill why he didn't use his own methods to become the first family millionaire, Bill mumbled something to the effect of, "Oh, that wouldn't even be a challenge..."
Tiffany achieved the status of "High-Point Champion" for her work with her horse (whatsitsname) in 4-H competitions this year. She got her picture in The Lathrop Bulletin and won this new set of luggage, as shown.
Diane finally got out of the yard with her motorcycle recently. She rode around the parking lots near her house, even venturing onto public roads briefly. Says Don, "She was at it for about an hour and practically had to be pried off the bike!"
Thomas has "retired" from t-ball in order to pursue a career in karate. His goal is to catch up to his cousin Andy.
From now on, Michael will be working three days a week at his company's (Manus Enterprises) Mokelumne Hill location. The other two days he will be in Turlock.
Michael is basically in charge of filling all orders placed with Manus's subsidiary, Health Research. Health Research is a publisher of hard-to-find books of all sorts.
"Our core customers are basically the lunatic fringe," says Michael. "You know, homeopathy fanatics, UFO believers, conspiracy theorists of all sorts. That sort of thing. This newsletter's staff are some of our biggest customers, actually."
Greg, June, Aileen, Brian and Andy have embarked on their five-week nationwide tour. They left Santa Ana, CA on July 10. They plan on visiting Greg's Uncle Lenny in Texas; Don and Diane in Nashville (assuming Don returns from Denver); and they will spend the bulk of their time with June's family in Minnesota.
José Leal Armas, a cousin of the Holmes family, received a very high honor recently when the President of Portugal awarded him for his long-time efforts in the field of agriculture in the Azores. José is Lionel Holmes's first cousin (his mother was the sister of Grandpa Manuel Joaquim Leal da Rocha Homem), and he lives in the city of Angra, Terçeira, Azores.
Grandma Mary Holmes was recently named "Patient of the Month" at Parkland Convalescent Hospital in San Leandro! The funny thing is, she's not even a resident of that hospital!
[Stay tuned for a continuation of this fascinating interview, next issue!]