Sunday, June 26, 2016


        MONDAY, JUNE 27TH., 2016
     It's June 27th friends! It's the Birthday
of the song "Happy Birthday To You!"
    Back in 1893 a pair of sisters, Mildred
and Patty Hill, wrote a song for their nursery
school students. It was, originally, "Good
morning to you." Eventually it evolved into
 "Happy Birthday to you."
     And now you can sing it....for free!!!!!!
     123 years ago somebody filed a
Copyright on the song and, over most of
those years, publishing companies have been
collecting royalties whenever the song
was sung or played by a profit making
      For instance the scene in which I appear
in the movie "All In Time" was written as a
Birthday Party. When the producers realized
they'd have to pay to use the "Happy
Birthday" the scene was changed to a picnic.
I did miss the cake!
    Small change? Hardly! The royalties
brought in an estimated two million dollars
a year! Makes you think about writing
a song!
     Last year, however, a Federal Judge
ruled the copyright only applied to a
specific piano arrangement of the song. Not
to the song itself!
    So if you or someone you know is
celebrating a Birthday...sing away and
bring a band to play the music if you
wish! It's all for fun...especially now that
it's all for free!
     Hope you enjoy the party and that
all your NEWS is good!



Saturday, June 25, 2016


  SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH., 2016

     My wife and I were invited
to a graduation party on Saturday.
It was our good friend's grandson
who just completed High School
and we were happy to be included
in the celebration.
     The festivities were scheduled
for Francis Slocum Park, a beautiful
State Park in Luzerne County that
boasts a lake, boat launch, swimming
pool, and plenty of Picnic facilities.
      Since the day was perfect for
fishing, boating, swimming, and
picnics it might be easier to count
the number of area residents who
weren't there!
      Thanks to a detour along the
road we use to get to the park we
were already a little late when we
arrived at the entrance. Next mission...
find the party!
       I remember reading a Facebook
invitation that said something about
being near the swimming pool. But
the closest picnic tables to that area
were taken up by families enjoying
their picnic lunches.
       We found a couple of birthday
parties! But none of those kids were
old enough to graduate. Unless,
perhaps, from elementary school.
       It's a big park so we continued
our search. As I drove my phone
rang indicating I had received a
text message. It was from our
friend and it read...."Did you just
drive by?"
      Now the answer to that question
would depend, of course, on where
our friends were when they saw us.
Now you'll understand why I prefer
actual calls! Anyway, I replied..
"We are looking for you" followed by
 a text request that she call us. But there
was no reply, either text or call. 
       As luck would have it, however,
my wife spotted a large group of
people not too far from where we
had just been cruising so we turned
around and found the party!
       Asked why she didn't respond
our friend said....."My phone is over
there." I had hoped it might be in her
hand...where it had to be when she
sent the text!
        Anyway, the party was well
worth the search as family members
and a few friends like us got to enjoy
some good food and, most of all,
each other's company!
        Hope you enjoyed the day too
and that all your NEWS is good!



    A funny thing happened on the way
to today's blog. Instead of hitting the
right key to publish it......I erased it.
     It's now late and the likelihood of
me remembering all my clever lines
is pretty slim. So, I'll give you the
short story.
     Friday was another great day for
a top down ride in our Miata. But
this time I decided to stop along the
way to smell the roses.
      Since I couldn't find any I just took
a couple photos of some of the
places I usually just drive right by.
There's a lot of thins to see
around here when you take the
time to look.
       Hope you do that from time to time
and that all your NEWS is good!

Thursday, June 23, 2016


  FRIDAY, JUNE 24TH.,2016

     Regrettably I find myself
unable to participate in today's
holiday. What holiday you ask?
     Thank you for asking. June
24th., is "Drive Your Corvette
To Work Day."
      I have two problems with
the day. First, I don't technically
"work" any more. Yes, I'm still
on television every day. But I
am now a volunteer and don't
get paid. (That's just a little
less than I made, by the way,
when I did get paid!)
       Secondly I don't have a
Corvette! I guess that's actually
the bigger reason I won't be
joining in the celebration.
       I did have a Corvette
many years ago. I bought it used
from one of those old infamous
used car dealers.
       The vehicle looked great.
But every time I drove it the car
would suddenly shift itself out
of 4th gear as I was driving down
the highway! I took it back to be
repaired and the salesman assured
me it would be fixed.
       When I picked it up a couple
days later I quickly learned the
problem had not been fixed and
I found myself coasting along the
Interstate hoping I could get the
"Vette" back into 4th!
         In the car's defense the gas
gauge worked perfectly! I could
actually see it move downward!
         I paid no more than $3500
for the car. A few years ago I saw
one that looked exactly like it. I
was told it was worth over $30,000
back then!
        If I knew then what I know
now I would find a part time job
and drive my Corvette there in
3rd gear!
        Hope those who can celebrate
do......and that all your NEWS is

(Mine looked like this one)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


   THURSDAY, JUNE 23RD., 2016
            OUT OF ORDER!

      My son, grand daughter, and two
grandsons made the trip to Knoebels
Amusement park Wednesday. My
wife was tied up with a medical
appointment and couldn't make the
      Neither of us do the rides when
we visit except, perhaps, the train.
But we both enjoy watching the
kids as well as the other folks visiting
the park.
       Each time we visit I make it a
point to go to the Arcade where I
make use of an antique machine that
prints the letters of your choice on
what is called an "Identification
Medal." It's a sort of coin on which
you can imprint a message like "I
Love You" with the date as well.
      Ironically on this visit, without
my wife, I was saddened to find my
favorite souvenir machine "Out Of
       I asked a friendly clerk if she
might, at least, have one of the blank
medals I might take home with me.
She alerted another worker who, sure
enough, came through! I told my
wife the medal had no message because
she wasn't there with me.
        I know we'll be there together
again this year. It's one of our
favorite stops and employees like
the ones who went out of their way
to help me out are among the reasons
who we love the place!
        Hope they fix the machine....and
that all your NEWS is good!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22ND., 2016

     My memory isn't what it used to be.
But I can tell you what I was doing 44
years ago on June 22nd., 1972!
     I can also tell you where I was on
the 23rd, 24th and every day for the rest
of that month and into July as well.
      On the 22nd, I called my wife to
tell her I'd be home a little late. I
stopped back two and a half days later!
Even then I couldn't stay!
      That's when Tropical Storm Agnes
was bearing down on Wyoming Valley.
I was News Director of WILK Radio
at the time and we were the area's
'Emergency Alert Station' for the
area.  As the waters of the Susquehanna
River began to rise to a dangerous
level I decided to go to the Courthouse
where are station had a two way radio.
That way I didn't have to bother the Civil
Defense Officials with constant phone calls
for updates.
      But the individual assigned to handle
public information for Civil Defense
couldn't get in.  Does anybody remember
what the term 'drafted' means?
      Well I was.
       It was an experience unequaled in
my news career!
       I saw the Pierce Street Bridge get
washed away!  I was broadcasting a report
from Civil Defense in the sub basement
of the Courthouse when water started
to gush into the room from what should
have been the drain! Being a 'trained observer'
I decided to leave the room and move
somewhere higher!
      I helped carry documents dating from the
1700's upstairs to try to keep them from
being lost.
      And I worked an Army field telephone
wired from the temporary CD headquarters
to the old WYZZ FM while directing a
network of 13 usually competitive radio
stations to air flood emergency reports. We
did that once at hour for several 'weeks after
the waters went back within their banks.
       We only lost one report! Two kids saw
the wire running up the street and decided to
play jump rope!
       Then President Nixon called it 'the
worst natural disaster to hit the United States'
up till that time.
        But the work of volunteers, National
Guard, students who sandbagged, Civil
Defense and those great newsmen and DJ's
who took shifts on that emergency radio
network contributed to a very low death toll
in our area.
        Let's face it folks. Some things
you can't remember. Some others you'll never
forget!  Keep you feet dry and may all your
NEWS be good!

Monday, June 20, 2016


     TUESDAY, JUNE 21ST., 2016

    Sunday was Father's Day. But it
was also my daughter and her
husband's wedding anniversary.
A day earlier they received an
Anniversary Card which, admittedly,
they expected!
     For several years now my wife
and I, and our two daughters and
their husbands, have been sending
and resending the same card to
each other on our anniversaries!
     This year we added another
couple, my son and his wife, to
the rotation on the occasion of
their marriage!
       It's a little thing. But to those
of us who share the tradition it's
become a sign of our love for one
       Our new daughter-in-law has
now become part of another
unique tradition. At her wedding
her good friend Milease gave her
a very special gift.
       New brides are suppose to
get "something old" and, in a
sense, this fit the bill.
       Milease gave her a necklace
bearing the words  "Just Married."
It seems Milease received it from
friend, Carissa, as a wedding gift
about a year earlier. She's worn
it proudly and treasures it.
       But it's not a gift one keeps!
       You see like our card, this
necklace is to be passed along!
It's a beautiful piece of jewelry
that's to be worn and enjoyed
as one's marriage life begins.
       In a year or so our daughter-in-law
will watch for another deserving
bride, likely one of her dear friends,
who will share the love that comes
along with this special gift!
       And who knows? Maybe some
young bride 50 years from now will
be wearing the same necklace as her
married life begins.
        Whatever your tradition hope
you pay it forward and that all
your NEWS is good.