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Thomas Lehnerd also known as: Thomas W. Lehnerd, Thomas Wendle Lehnerd, Thomas Lehnerd Jr., Thomas Wendle Lehnerd Jr. and Thomas W. Lehnerd Jr. Husband of Ruth Lehnerd Father of Stephanie Lehnerd Father of Chrstina (Lehnerd) Rachel Father of Samantha Lehnerd Son of Teresa (Torres) Lehnerd & Thomas W. Lehnerd Sr. Grandson of Agnes (Conrad) Lehnerd & Wendle V. Lehnerd Nephew of William A. Lehnerd

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Forbes
OCTOBER 2015

Forbes Cover Story: Blue Apron, a $2 Billion Valuation and Reinventing Dinner

“Blue Apron now delivers 5 million meals a month, up from 500,000 just 18 months ago. Founded in 2012 by Wadiak along with Matt Salzberg, a Harvard M.B.A. with venture capital experience, and Ilia Papas, an engineer and former consultant, Blue Apron ordered 3 million pounds of produce from 100 family-run farms this summer.”

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The Washington Post
JUNE 2016

Why this start-up wants to put vegetables you’ve never heard of on your dinner table

“Blue Apron’s vegetable binge is helping the young company build a fast, almost-cult following among people who want to prepare original home-cooked meals without the fuss of dealing with a shopping list.”

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Eater
JUNE 2015

Is Blue Apron the Future of Home Cooking in America?

“Blue Apron provides a lifestyle upgrade, granting subscribers access to well-balanced meals without the stress of meal planning. It’s the joy of cooking distilled to its essence…Its team of recipe developers works with farms months in advance, creating a planting schedule that best suits their soil…”

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Charles Adrian Lehnerd 11-21-1968 08-20-2016 Cherished Husband, Beloved Father, Annoying Brother, Inventor, Salesman, Interesting Character

The calls often started with “you’ll never believe what just happened!”  My baby brother wrapping up yet another adventure which probably meant he was in a jam.  I got it.  I probably got it better than anyone because he really looked up to me when he was young and often the example I set wasn’t setting him on course to be a cautious contemplative responsible adult.

I don’t have a defense.  I was reckless.  I would get a “great idea” in my head and run off to execute it before I checked for the inevitable consequences.

In 1989 my wife and I lived with him in Virginia for a while.  He and I worked at an exciting job riding courier for Cycle Express.  Cycle Express was the only motorcycle courier service I had ever seen.  We communicated with our boss with Motorola radios.  His call sign was MC-6.

His boss used to dread the calls that went along the lines of : “MC-6 to base, Bad News…”  The following report was always interesting and often unbelievable unless you knew Chuck.   He once somehow put a motorcycle in a tree.

He introduced me to his sweetheart Tami.  They were so cute together.  There was a real spark of passion between them.  He told me he was going to marry her soon when she turned 18.  She told me she wanted 8 kids.  I told her she would probably change her mind around child number 3.  I think she told me that she was done after number 6.  But seven and eight were determined to come into the world.

Charles was a softy for animals.  By the time he and Tami had been married several years they had more dogs cats and goats than any sane people I know of.  I had to admire that.  Although I like dogs  I never had the compunction to take care of one much less several.

Charles had an eclectic work history.  Some of the more interesting things he did were:  professional clown.  He got a real kick out of it and could tie balloon animals while balancing in place on a 6 foot unicycle. He eventually developed an allergy to his makeup and it was time to move on to high steel tower construction.  At one point he and I went into business making wooden toys.  It was hard to put food on the table with that and I went to drive a taxi while he drove a  truck.

He began to work flea markets and trade shows selling all kinds of interesting products.  Some of the products were other folks products but, many were ones he invented or made.  One of his longest running pitches was No-Mor Fog.  He would set up a booth and clean your glasses for free, all the while pitching a product that he invented that worked like a miracle.  It cleaned your glasses and made them repel fog.  You could walk inside from a cold winter night into a warm house  with no fog up

His best invention in my book was No-Mor Friction now, also known as NMF.  I would love to tell the stories of how the first No-Mor Friction factory came together but he swore me to secrecy.

A video of Chuck demonstrating the effects of No-Mor Friction on a semi truck with 400,000 miles on it.

When he was a boy and I was a teenager we shared a bedroom.  He had a collection of clocks he salvaged from the dump and other places.  He thought it was a real gas to wind them all up and put them around my head while I was sleeping and wait for them all to go off at one time.  He was a real card.

I built him his first unicycle out of a trike fork and a unicycle seat when he was 6 or seven.  He  took to it like it was part of his body.  It seemed like there wasn’t anything he couldn’t learn if he set his mind to it.

He was a natural at solving all kinds of mechanical problems with innovative do dads and thingy magigies (technical terms).

I find it impossible to comprehend that I will not be getting another “you’ll never believe what just happened” call from him again. I can’t speak for anyone but myself but I am confident many feel the way I do and it is going to be a long adjustment getting over losing my baby brother.

If you have a story about Chuck that you want to share feel free to post a comment.  Thank you for letting me share with you.

Thomas Lehnerd

P.S.  I fly a powered parachute.  It has a Rotax 582 engine that I have been treating my fuel mix with No-Mor Friction since 2009.  I bought it with 16 hours on it and flew it over 300 days a year 1-5 hours a day till February of 2013.  I never had to overhaul the engine.

When I return to New Mexico I will be flying it again with just a little service.

Charles’ daughter Sylvan Started a GoFundme campaign to raise money for her mom, his loving spouse of 26 years.

I’ve been out of commission.

July  was an interesting month for me.  Early in the month my Hunny told me one morning I should see my doctor because I was talking funny.   I felt a little rough after several days of poor sleep and long hot days of janitorial work at the VA hospital, in the stairwells but,  I didn’t think I was seriously ill.

So I went to work which, luckily was the Va hospital.  I had a meeting with my supervisor that morning.  During the meeting I realized that it was rare for Ruth to suggest I see my doctor.  So afterwards I told my supervisor that I was going downstairs to see my PCP.  Not long afterwards I was in an ambulance headed to the ER at BHS.

I spent the next five days at BHS and the rest of July in the Community Living Center [CLC] at the Va hospital getting rehabilitation.  It seems that I have suffered stroke number 3.

I have been very blessed and the recovery is going well.  I sound a bit funny when I talk but that gets better every day.  I am not as stable on my feet as I want to be, but that will improve with time I am sure.

I can still walk and talk.  That is better than my buddy Clyde Kenyon fared.

I am left only to thank the Lord for every breath I breath and the time I can spend with my wife.

We moved to a new location in Butler at the end of August so all the stuff I was working on is once again the victim of a Tom Lehnerd box method.  It might be a while before I am scanning photos again.

I am also bloging.

This site here (http://lehnerd.net/press) is mostly for the preservation of my family history , at least the part that I am in possession of.  I have a blog site on which I am discussing my personal history, my recent incarceration, my thirty year marriage, my foibles, my faults, the dumb stuff and the smart stuff, my relationship with Christ, where I am, where Ive been, and all the stuff in between some of it imaginary but most of it the hard cold facts.

Come Check It Out on www.thomaslehnerd.org

justadaysamruthme

I have another site where I discuss a period of time before I became a hideous criminal.  It covers my love of flight and interesting things regarding powered parachuting, including pictures and some videos.

www.ppcadventure.org

DSCN13901DSCN0937The truth will set you free.

I searched for all the Lehnerds who were interred in PA and this is the list I got.

Lehnerd, Agnes Mary Conrad 43872860
b. Aug. 17, 1902 d. Jul. 28, 1995
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Aloysius W “Al” 50449879
b. Jan. 29, 1905 d. Nov. 19, 1992
Saint Michael Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Amelia C Neigh 43523849
b. Jan. 24, 1881 d. Feb. 15, 1966
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Ann R Lawrence 82860858
b. Jun. 21, 1923 d. Jun. 7, 2011
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Catherine Albert 43524809
b. May 15, 1848 d. Jan. 18, 1920
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Chillian M 44330941
b. 1926 d. 1928
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Diana Lynn 43828937
b. Jun. 23, 1956 d. Aug. 15, 1991
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Edward Joseph, Sr 41328672
b. Mar. 31, 1927 d. Feb. 1, 2009
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Erla A McCandless 43522232
b. Nov. 26, 1924 d. Aug. 16, 1988
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Frances H Dugan 50449949
b. Aug. 10, 1904 d. Dec. 12, 1997
Saint Michael Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Howard J 43525076
b. 1914 d. Oct. 13, 1937
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Jacob A 50768774
b. Feb. 14, 1997 d. Mar. 31, 2003
Saxonburg Memorial Church…
Saxonburg
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Joseph C 50529452
b. 1894 d. Sep. 18, 1926
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Leonard 43524447
b. 1917 d. 1917
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Mary Catherine 50767846
b. 1872 d. Oct. 21, 1943
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Lehnerd, Mathilda G Snyder 28804505
b. 1887 d. Jul. 8, 1954
North Side Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Maurice C 43521804
b. Apr. 23, 1924 d. Apr. 8, 2000
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Maurice P 43523674
b. 1881 d. Sep. 5, 1963
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Philip H 50491528
b. Feb. 14, 1879 d. Feb. 4, 1963
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Philomena Kirch 43524388
b. 1878 d. 1917
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Ralph C 28804450
b. Oct. 20, 1909 d. Nov. 25, 1988
North Side Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Regis F 50529668
b. Feb. 27, 1922 d. Jul. 22, 2002
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Robert R 43828508
b. Oct. 20, 1924 d. Jan. 16, 2002
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Rosa M 43523352
b. 1882 d. Nov. 23, 1948
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Shirley H Heim 76395702
b. Jan. 6, 1925 d. Sep. 2, 2011
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Teresa M McGowan 50492006
b. Aug. 19, 1889 d. Jul. 13, 1966
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Thomas Wendle 43829031
b. Mar. 5, 1936 d. Dec. 19, 1975
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Valentine, Sr 43524689
b. May 25, 1844 d. Jan. 24, 1918
Saint Wendelin Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, Wendle V 43872817
b. Aug. 13, 1902 d. Mar. 21, 1972
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA
Lehnerd, William A “Uncle Bill” 43872681
b. May 11, 1930 d. May 27, 2009
Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA