Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A TWISTED HOLIDAY!


    THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH., 2018
           A TWISTED HOLIDAY!

    I suppose it could be argued that many
of the holidays of which I write could be
considered twisted.
    But this one is for real! April 25th is
National Pretzel Day!
    Pretzels are believed to be the world's
oldest snack. They date back to 610AD
in Southern France.
    I just had some Sour Dough pretzels
that were so had I thought they might
have been baked by the Monks that
first produced them!
    And while they may be the world's
oldest snack I'm thinking the potato
chip is probably the world's first choice.
    Pop corn may beat them out too!
    Pretzels have always been associated
with beer but that may stem from the
fact both have been big in Germany
for many years.
     Nobody seems to know who picked
this day to honor pretzels. Or why.
     But since I've got some in the
kitchen I'll likely join in the celebration.
     Hope you'll join in and that all your
NEWS is good!  
   
     

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

WHERE YOU FROM?


    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25TH., 2018
             WHERE YOU FROM?

     Today you may find yourself asking
yourself where you're from. And I don't
mean what town!
      The question would be appropriate
because April 25th is World DNA Day!
It celebrates the day in 1953 when a team
of scientists first published a paper on the
structure of human DNA.
       We've come a long way since then.
Maybe too far!
        Of course DNA technology has done
a great deal of good especially in the
criminal justice field where innocent
men have been freed and guilty parties
have been convicted.
       DNA evidence has also lead to
great revelations like the actual identity
of the "unknown child from the Titanic."
       But DNA has also spawned a big
business as people use it to search their
family backgrounds.
        My wife and one of her brothers
have taken DNA tests that trace family
back to several different countries. It
even identified a woman said to be a
close DNA match to both of them that
neither of them know or ever heard
about!
        Then there's the connection my
wife supposedly has to another family
in New York that, if accurate, could
give her a role in the next Godfather
movie! I'm not so sure we want to
know too much more about that!
           I've seen that guy on TV
who thought he was German and
now wears a kilt since his DNA
traced his family to Scotland.
          I'd look terrible in a kilt so I
think I'll just rely on family stories
that trace one side back to the
American Revolution and the other
to great-great-grandparents from the
same town in Italy.
          Asking anymore could risk
tying me to some rival family in
New York!
          Hope you know where you're
from and that all your NEWS is good!

Monday, April 23, 2018

HOOK, LINE, AND THINKER!


    TUESDAY, APRIL 24TH., 2018
     HOOK, LINE AND THINKER!

   [Author's note: No fish were harmed
during the activities that lead to this
Blog.]  
   It's been awhile since I did any
fishing. I've always enjoyed the sport.
But getting prepared can be a chore.
    Still, when two of my grandkids
expressed an interest in going fishing
I just couldn't say no.
     After all my participation would
be limited to providing transportation
and relaxing with my Senior License
displayed while the kids handled the
fishing chores. Right? Well not
exactly.
      First my grandson explained there
were some problems with the line on
his fishing rod. Several casts into the
lake later those problems were confirmed
as we found his line wrapped around the
pole, itself, and even the center shaft
hidden within his enclosed reel.
      Fishing line does not untangle
easily but we managed to get it free
enough to allow for some lengthy
casts.
       My granddaughter's inexpensive
fishing rod was working just fine. She
was most happy to watch the bobber in
case a wayward fish latched onto the
hook and pulled it underwater. But
she was not so anxious to put the
bait (worms) on the line.
        After working to get the lines and
baited hooks into the water I was just
as happy to watch them float rather
than hook a fish so that's how we
enjoyed a few hours at the lake.
          I guess a Grandpa is a pretty
good accessory to keep with a young
one's fishing gear. At least that's what
I'm thinking.
          Hope you catch your limit and
that all your NEWS is good!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

THE BIG SCREEN!


   MONDAY, APRIL 23RD., 2018
            THE BIG SCREEN!

      April 23rd is "Movie Theater
Day!"
        They probably should have
scheduled it a day later since
Tuesday is $5 day at several of
our local theaters.
         As many of you already
know I kind of grew up in movie
theaters. My Dad was a projectionist
which meant I had free admission
where he worked for many years.
         Theaters have changed a lot
since those days.
          We used to have a lot of
small neighborhood movie
theaters around. I had two within
5 blocks of my house when I was
a kid. I had to pay at both of those
but the admission was about 13cents
and that got you in to see a double
feature, a comedy short film like
the Three Stooges, a newsreel and at
least one cartoon.
          Television put an end to the
neighborhood theaters and the
theaters that survived became
Multiplex houses. You know, five
or more screens in one theater.
           The double features have
been replaced by first run movies.
Only one. The comedy shorts,
newsreel, and cartoon have been
replaced by a pre-feature
"infomercial"  about movie
productions and even TV shows,
and a series of coming attractions
that run long enough to allow you
to finish your extra large popcorn
before the feature ever starts!
            The latest change, of course,
is the inclusion of reclining lounge
chairs in the theaters. They are
comfortable and do allow for a
pleasant nap should the feature be
a bust.
              I miss the Three Stooges
and the cartoons! Most of all I miss
the 13 cent admission!
               But I still enjoy a day or
night out at the movies! Hope you
do too and that all your NEWS is
good.
         

Saturday, April 21, 2018

EVERY LITTER BIT HELPS!


       SUNDAY, APRIL 22ND., 2018
         EVERY LITTE BIT HELPS!

    I had mixed emotions as I drove along
the rural road not far from my house
Saturday.
    There were large garbage bags, filled
to capacity, every 20 to 30 yards just off
the pavement.
     They had been filled earlier in the day
by volunteers taking part in one of the
many Earth Day clean up efforts scheduled
throughout the area.
      As great as it was to see the results of
their labor there was also the realization
that a whole lot of other people had
tossed all that trash out in the first place!
       And you've got to wonder why it's
such a big problem here and not in other
countries. We've been to Switzerland
twice and it's rare to see litter along any
of the highways there.
       I'd bet if you did find any it was
probably an American tourist who
tossed it!
       The future may tell a different story.
Kids today, the very young ones, seem a
lot more concerned about the environment
than those who grew before them. Between
them and the volunteers who filled all those
bags I think Earth Day can be considered
a success.
        Hope there comes a day when they'll
be no litter to pick up......and that all your
NEWS is good.

Friday, April 20, 2018

SHARING THE DAY!


    SATURDAY, APRIL 21ST., 2018
            SHARING THE DAY!

      Somehow it doesn't seem quite fair.
 Mother's Day is for Moms. Valentines
Day, though technically for lovers, always
favors the ladies as do anniversaries.
      April 21st is Husband Appreciation
Day! I'll bet most husbands aren't even
aware of this special occasion. And even
if they are they've got to share the day!
      You see April 21st is also Auctioneers
Day, Comcast Cares Day, Kindergarten
Day, Record Store Day, The Queen's
actual Birthday, National Yellow Bat
Day, National Surprise Drug Test Day,
national Chocolate covered Cashews
Day, Spring Astronomy Day, and
Bulldogs are Beautiful Day!
       Maybe your wife will surprise you
with a drug test or wake you up with a
rendition of "God Save The Queen."
       Perhaps you'll luck out with a box
of chocolate covered cashews or a trip
to the record store.
       Think I'll just sack out and observe
Spring Astronomy Day by staring into
space. Hope the Bulldogs keep their
distance and that all your NEWS is
good!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

CHINESE LANGUAGE DAY!


    FRIDAY, APRIL 20TH., 2018
    CHINESE LANGUAGE DAY!

    April 20th is Chinese Language
Day!. I didn't know that until I happen
to see it on my list of unusual holidays.
     I've never really know much about
China either.
     I know there's a very big wall there.
I believe we're trying to build one now
too.
     My first exposure to Chinese
"culture" came when I was about 4
and our family made a trip to Chicago.
     Our tour of the Windy City included
a stop in Chinatown which I found a
little bit scary. There were a lot of
dragons with big teeth and they
scared me.
       Much later I saw the movie
"Flower Drum Song" which featured
a Chinese theme and Chinese actors.
I liked that but I'm not sure I ever
heard anybody speak Chinese!
        More recently my daughter took
in an exchange student from China.
We've asked to hear a Chinese word
or phrase from time to time but I've
never actually learned any Chinese
from him.
        His English is rough but at least
he knows enough to get by. If I were
ever in China I'd probably have to
search for a McDonalds to try to
survive!
        Actually Chinese Language
Day is an effort by the United
Nations to recognize each of the
six languages officially used by
that international organization.
         By the way April 23rd is
English Language Day.
         Hope most of us can speak
that one (correctly) and that all
your NEWS is good!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (AND KIDS) OF THE JURY.


               THURSDAY, APRIL 19TH., 2018
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (AND KIDS) OF THE JURY

    I'm wondering if you, like I, caught the story of
the young man who received a summons to appear
for Jury duty in Luzerne County?
    We do encourage our young people to learn
about the workings of our justice system so, on
one hand, this summons presented a unique
educational opportunity.
     Of course at my age nearly everyone called
to jury duty seems like a kid to me. But the
this young man is only 4-years-old!
      Were jurors allowed to ask questions during
trials I might be apt to support such a young
recruit. My 2-year-old grandson asks some of the
best and mot pertinent questions I've ever heard
and tends to get right to the point.
        I was always under the impression the
county put its list of potential jurors together
from names of licensed drivers in the
jurisdiction. Somehow I doubt that our 4-year-
old potential juror has one of those licenses
just yet so I guess I'll just have to accept
the county's explanation that this particular
summons is all just one big mistake.
          You must admit the potential
inclusion of kids, perhaps just a bit older,
offers some interesting possibilities that
could revolutionize our justice system!
            Since I'm frequently accused of
acting like a child it would be easy to
get a jury of my peers!
             And it would probably be
better to face a "Time Out" rather than
a lengthy sentence should I be convicted!
              Hope our young man is ready
for the call when he's actually old
enough and, until then, that all your
NEWS is good!
             

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

WORTH THE WAIT!


   WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18TH., 2018
              WORTH THE WAIT!

      I've had a craving for a Stookey's
pork bar-b-q for a few days now.
      I hadn't been there since January
when we happen to be that day's 45th
customer which qualified us for a free
meal!
       What a fantastic treat! Delicious
bar-b-q and no bill!
        I thought we'd make it back there
Saturday when the weather was nice
enough for a top down drive in the
Miata.
        But the ice cream stop we made
filled us up so we put Stookey's on
the back burner (or Bar-B-Q).
        Sunday was just too busy and
we got tied up on Monday as well.
        On Tuesday, after a doctor's
appointment then a movie, we just
couldn't wait anymore!
        We dug in! I decided the wait
was worth two pork sandwiches
with a side of fries which my wife
opted for the beef bar-b-q.
          It was well worth the wait!
Especially when we learned that
the operators actually give two
free meals every day based on
numbers that figure into their
90 year plus run.
         And, YES, for the second
time we happen to be the
customers that matched the number!
         I probably should have run
out and bought a lottery ticket!
        What a treat! Thank you, again.
Stookey's!
         Hope you're all feeling as good
as I am and that all your NEWS is
good!



Monday, April 16, 2018

MARIAH!


 TUESDAY, APRIL 17TH., 2018
                  MARIAH!

    Mariah swung by for a visit
Sunday night. I suspect she likely
blew by your place too.
     They do still call the wind
Mariah don't they?
      I heard her building up to a
roar about the time I went to bed.
I don't know if it was the strongest
wind we've had this year. But when
I glanced out the window I though,
for just a moment, I saw Dorothy,
Toto, and a witch on a broom
flying by!
      The cover on my Miata was
held on by two ten pounds weights
in the front, part of an old five pound
weight and a gallon jug filled with
water in the back.
       All four weights were still on
the ground when I awoke but the
cover was on the ground behind
the car held there by the water that
filled it like a child's wading pool!
        That was from "Tess." That's
what they call the rain.
         At least our roof stayed on the
house! The guests at that Scranton
apartment building weren't as
fortunate!
          Mariah seemed to mark the
end of the two day summer we
enjoyed. And she sure took it out
in a hurry!
           Hope everything at your
place was nailed down and that all
your NEWS is good!
         

Sunday, April 15, 2018

KODAK COMOTION!


  MONDAY, APRIL 16TH., 2018
         KODAK COMOTION!  

     We were in the middle of my wife's
family reunion in Florida. Lots of
activities, action, and plenty of photo
opportunities.
      Imagine the feeling then when my
wife suddenly said "Where's my
camera?" She had been taking
pictures all along but right then and
there the camera was no where in
sight!
     It's always in her purse except when
she pulls it out to snap a picture. It's
always there. Except this time it wasn't!
      We combed the obvious spots. Chairs
when she had been sitting. The floor
around those chairs. The basket of a
bicycle she had tried to ride. No camera.
      While mentally tracing her movements
she mentioned tossing the recyclables into
a bin so, just in case, I went out and
checked the trash.
       There, about two layers deep, was
her trusted Kodak!
        It's reunion photos had all been
saved and printed by this past weekend
when we took our short walk along the
Lehigh Gorge Trail.
        We left there bound for our
favorite ice cream stand in Nescopeck
when, just out of the community of
Freeland, my wife asked  "Where's my
camera?"
         Keep in mind we were in my
tiny sports car. There's little room to
misplace anything there. Still we
looked and, of course, found nothing.
         Last she remembered she had
placed it on the trunk while she
changed out of her walking shoes.
Apparently it stayed there, at least
for awhile, as we traveled!
         There was little option but to
retrace our route. That involved about
ten miles of highway curves, hills, and
pot holes ever scanning the berm of the
road looking for a small black bag
about 3 inches wide and an inch and a
half high.
          Sort of like finding a needle in
a very large haystack.
           But some seven miles into our
backtrack there it was, just along
side the highway not 10 inches from
the paved surface! Seems it simply
slid off and didn't even bounce!
            It's fine. It's protective case
did its job and there's not a scratch
on the camera. The photos on its
memory card are just fine and the
Kodak is still taking pictures.
             If my wife wants a new
camera I'd rather she just ask. It
would be a lot easier than playing
"Where's Waldo" or "Kodak Hide
and Seek" after our trips!
             Hope she holds on tighter
next time out and that all your NEWS
is good.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER!


SUNDAY, APRIL 15TH., 2018
  A NIGHT TO REMEMBER!


106 years ago today the mighty

Titanic slid beneath the icy waters
of the Atlantic claiming over 1500
lives!
And about this time every year
I get requests to tell the many stories
I've gathered about the ship and some
of its passengers. More than a dozen
listed Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania as
their destination. Some of them made
it and some did not.
So we are clear, and in answer to
a young student's question after one
of my talks, I wasn't there when the
ship went down!
Back in 1972 fate, or coincidence,
placed me in a position to solve a
then 60-yera-old mystery as I was
able to reunite two Titanic survivors.
One had saved the other's infant son
the night the ship sunk. But until I
became involved they didn't know
each other.
That event began my interest
in Titanic related stories and my
invitations to share then with people
who are still fascinated with the
ship all these 106 years later.
I'm glad there's still so much
interest. The last survivor died in
2009 so first hand accounts are
no longer available except as
presented in books or as passed
along through the families of
survivors.
And those stories are as
thrilling now as they were went
they were originally told by those
who had been on board and lived
to tell about the disaster.
Many are as good or better
than those you've seen in the
movies so while I'm still around
I'm more than happy to tell them!
This is a great day to recount
"A night to remember!"
Hope the stories and the
interest live on and that all your
NEWS is good!

Friday, April 13, 2018

BROKE DOWN!


  SATURDAY, APRIL 14TH., 2018
             BROKE DOWN!

   I broke down Friday. In several ways!
   First, the temptation to uncover my
little red Miata and put the top down
was just too much to handle,
    So I broke down, took the cover
off and then realized it wouldn't start!
    It wasn't that it had broken down.
The battery that came with the vehicle
since I bought it just wasn't up to the
the task anymore.
    I figured a jump start would at least
get me powered up again. But there was
a slight problem.
    The Miata's battery is located in the
trunk of the car and my car was facing
out from it's winter parking spot in my
back yard. No way to get a car behind
it.
     Thanks to my advanced electronic
knowledge I came up with a plan. It
involved pulling my SUV as close to
the Miata as possible then hooking
jumper cables from the SUV to a second
set of jumper cables from my wife's car.
      I then hooked the other end of her
cables to the Miata battery terminals
and tried to start the sports car.
      No luck. At least not at first. After
making several attempts to reattach the
various cables to each other I heard that
soft buzz that sounds in the Miata when
you've left the door open with the keys
inside.
       Of course having enough power to
make the buzzer work wasn't quite enough
to start the engine. So, I let the SUV run
awhile hoping some of its power would
find its way into the Miata.
        After about a half hour I had success!
        The little engine was running again.
I moved the SUV out of the way, replaced
it with the Miata and made sure the trunk
was facing out.
        The thought of beginning some days
with two cars and cables was a bit much for
me so I broke down again and bought a new
battery.
         Hopefully it will serve as long as the
last one and keep me on the road with the
top down as much as possible!
         Hope the weather gives me lots of
chances and that all your NEWS is good!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

"HE DID IT!"


   FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH., 2018
               "HE DID IT!"

     Whatever goes wrong today, if
anything does, don't worry you're
covered!
       You see this is the first Friday
the 13th of the year and as such it
is also "Blame Someone Else Day!"
        According to holidayinsights.com
the blame for this day goes to Anne
Moeller of Clio, Michigan. On the
first Friday the 13th of 1982, Anne's
alarm clock did not go off, and she
over slept. As a result, she was late
for appointments all day long.
According to the story, she spent the
day spreading the blame, and making
excuses for being late.
        Now it's your turn! 
        The only problem is, while you're
busy blaming someone else for
whatever, that someone else may just
be busy pointing the finger at you!
        I would have warned you about
this day sooner but I was afraid Mark
Zuckerberg would have blamed me
for causing trouble on Facebook and
done so in front of congress.
         Hope you have a good alibi
for everything and that all your NEWS
is good! 

         

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

DON'T MENTION IT!


  THURSDAY, APRIL 12TH., 2018
          DON'T MENTION IT!

    I think it was my wife who mentioned
it. We were watching the movie
"Chappaquiddick" and noticing some of
the sights we saw when we hosted a tour
to Martha's Vineyard last year for
Travelworld.
    There was the ferry boat that Senator
Ted Kennedy was suppose to be driving
to when his car crashed into a tidal pond
killing his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne,
a Wyoming Valley native. Most people
believe the accident also killed Kennedy's
hope of becoming President.
      That, one would think, makes the
town of Edgartown a pretty historical
site.
       But since my wife mentioned it I
got to thinking that nobody else did!
       Oh there was a lot of talk about a
movie during our visit. But the movie
and story the town "celebrates" is "Jaws!"
       They must have been working on
the movie "Chappaquiddick" about the
time we were there. At least post
production. But nobody mentioned it.
        The tour guide spoke a lot about
the making of "Jaws" and showed off
several spots that were used in the film,
        It was only during free time, 
however, that I spotted the ferry boat
that carried cars and passengers
between the village and Chappaquiddick
Island.
        Ironically in the book "Jaws Log,"
about the making of the dramatic movie,
the author writes about the Edgartown
Police Chief who was very disturbed
because all of the hand written notes
about the Kennedy accident disappeared
before he joined the Police Department!
         There are posters about "Jaws"
around the town and references to
sharks all over the place.
           No obvious references, however,
to the Kennedy car crash.
           I'm told the wooden bridge on
the island has become a sort of morbid
tourist attraction. But we didn't hear
anyone talking about it.
            Now that "Chappaquiddick"
has been released maybe "Jaws" will
be getting some competition on the

tour guide's agenda!
             Just thought you'd like to
know! Hope all your NEWS is good!






Tuesday, April 10, 2018

SOLD OUT!


  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11TH., 2018
                   SOLD OUT!

     Nationally the movie "Chappaquiddick, about
the 1969 fatal accident involving Senator Ted
Kennedy and Wyoming Valley native Mary Jo
Kopechne, came in 7th at the box office this
weekend.
      Locally I think it's safe to say it was number
one!
      My wife and I drove to Cinemark in Moosic
on Tuesday to catch the film but our half hour
early arrival did us absolutely no good!
        If we wanted two seats together we'd have
to pick them from the front row and do so
before people in the other two lines snatched
them up!
        The thought of keeping my neck raised
for two hours, even in those plush reclining
seats, had me longing for the days when there
were a lot more movie seats and no recliners
at all.
        It's been quite awhile since I saw long
lines like that at the movies except for those
big "Star Wars" block busters. And there's a
big difference!
         A lot of the "Star Wars" fans never
heard of Chappaquiddick!
         It's a little sad to think people know
R2D2 better than Kennedy and Mary Jo.
         My wife and I decided to make another
date to see "Chappaquiddick" and bought
two tickets for "A Wrinkle In Time." My
wife said the special effects were great. I
think I caught a couple of them during
breaks in my nap.
          At least I didn't disturb anybody.
There were only about 6 other people
in the audience. I suspect they were also
there because "Chappaquiddick" was
sold out.
          Hope there's fresh popcorn
waiting and that all your NEWS is
good!

Monday, April 9, 2018

TWO TICKETS TO FREEDOM!


  TUESDAY, APRIL 10TH., 2018
  TWO TICKETS TO FREEDOM!

    And so, at a time we're told Malls
are failing all over the country, the
Marketplace at Steamtown, formally
the Steamtown Mall, has added a new
feature.
     Paid parking!
     Now to be fair it is, in reality, the
City Parking Authority, which controls
the huge garage built beneath and
around the mall.
      How the buyer of the mall missed
that is beyond me. Maybe he gets a
free spot?
      To be further fair if you make a
purchase inside the mall you can have
your parking fee eliminated.
       Here's how that works, A machine
issues you a ticket when you pull into
the parking garage.
        When you've made your purchase
you show that ticket to the clerk who
then hands you a second ticket.
         When you're pulling out of the
parking garage you insert your original
ticket in a machine to be scanned. After
it's checked your ticket the dollar amount
you owe shows up on a screen. You
then insert the second ticket (the one
the clerk gave you). That ticket is then
scanned and, if everything works the
way it's suppose to, a "Thank you logo"
will show up on the screen and the gate
will go up allowing you to leave.
         I don't even what to think about
what happens, or doesn't, if you happen
to put the tickets in the machine in the
wrong order!
         I noticed a lot more available
parking spaces available in the
garage when I got there. I wonder
if the new "Pay to Park" could be a
factor?
         I do know if you don't get that
second ticket you'd better be prepared
to pay and to get into the right lane
to do so. One exit lane is for credit
only.
         Hope you get in and out if you're
going and that all your NEWS is good!
         
       

Sunday, April 8, 2018

V for VICTORY!


   MONDAY, APRIL 9TH., 2018
               V for VICTORY!

     By all accounts you might think
today would be a British Holiday. It
is, after all, Winston Churchill Day!
But the day is observed right here in
the good old USA!
     It's got nothing to do with the
fact that, at one point or another, most
babies resemble the World War II
British Prime Minister.
      Instead in marks the day Mr.
Churchill was made an honorary US
citizen! President John F. Kennedy
proclaimed it so in 1963.
      My wife and I recently saw the
movie "The Darkest Hour" which
recalled Churchill's brilliant
leadership of Great Britain in the
fight against Nazi Germany well
before our country got into the
war.
      I always liked the guy. I always
favored those who could make a
good impression through their
speech. Churchill probably would
have made a good newsman. If he
could only shake that "English
accent."
       He was also famous, of course,
for flashing that two finger victory
sign that symbolized the confidence
of the allies during the war.
       I see a lot of people flashing
the sign these days but many seem
to have forgotten you're suppose to
use two fingers! Maybe they're
not calling for victory!
        Anyway, happy Winston
Churchill Day to you all! Hope all
your NEWS is good!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

GOING BACK UNDERGROUND!


     SUNDAY, APRIL 8TH., 2018
 GOING BACK UNDERGROUND!

   I don't know if this is some kind of
a life trend but my wife and I have found
ourselves underground a lot lately!
   We stopped at Shenandoah Caverns
on our trip back from Florida last week.
Then, on Saturday, we went back
underground. This time is was a trip
in a deep tunnel as we visited the
Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour.
     You ride a mining tram down a
steep slope into what once was an
active coal mine under the city of
Scranton!
      It's dark down there except for
an occasional light bulb and the
special lighting set up to highlight
various areas of the tour.
     You hear the stories of the men
who worked deep underground day
after day often not seeing the sun
until their day off.
      Then there were the kids. As
young as 7 for some jobs which
paid 11 cents an hour. If I would
have know that when I was getting
into broadcasting I might have
opted for the mines!
       We learned a lot about the
mine most importantly where the
emergency exit was located!
        Seriously though this tour
is something every area resident
should take and every local
student should be required to
take.
         These mines and the miners
who worked them built our area.
I'm not sure they'd be so happy
with what we've done with it
but build it they did.
          Beside the mine tour in
Scranton there's one in Ashland
and another in Lansford.
         Hope you make it a point
to visit one and that all your NEWS
is good!






Friday, April 6, 2018

NO TIME TO SAY HELLO/GOODBYE!


      SATURDAY, APRIL 7TH., 2018
 NO TIME TO SAY HELLO/GOODBYE!

     I was reminded of that little white rabbit
in Disney's version of Alice In Wonderland
on Friday. Remember? He sang "I'm late, I'm
late, for a very important date. No time to say
Hello/Goodbye. I'm late. I'm late, I'm late."
     I spotted a couple white rabbit type
drivers as I headed towards Montage Mountain.
Unlike Disney's cartoon characters I didn't
find them very funny!
     The first was from New York State. He, or
she, was apparently late  for a visit to the local
Vo/Tech School. That's the only reason I can
think of why his or her pickup truck used the
ditch rather than the roadway to get into the
school parking lot.
       I can never remember a time when I was
that anxious to get to school!
       The traffic on Interstate 81 North was
pretty heavy but flowing nicely.
        I guess, however, it wasn't nice enough to
suit another "white rabbit driver" who was
somehow convinced he could get to his
wonderland quicker by weaving back and
forth from the driving lane to the passing
lane.
       His failure was evident by my ability to
watch his every swerve and yet never be
more than some 4 car lengths behind!
        A third "rabbit" must have know
about some sensational sale at JD Sneaker
King and decided to use the Drive Through
to make his purchase, Since there doesn't
happen to be a Drive Through at the store
this rabbit made one with his SUV.
         I decided to take plenty of time to
get home so I didn't end up in a ditch, a
store, or in the Mad Queen's garden
somewhere!
         Hope you'll take your time, be safe,
and that all your NEWS is good!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

A TALE OF TWO TALES!


    FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH., 2018
     A TALE OR TWO TALES!

    Several times during my long
career I've found myself covering
stories with major historical impact.
     A couple times I've fond myself
actually getting involved in that
history. That part can get scary!
      On Thursday I found myself
retelling two of those stories for
two different audiences.
       Fox 56 TV asked me to come
in to share my story about my
coverage and involvement in the
story involving the late Senator
Edward Kennedy and his auto
accident that claimed the life of a
young lady from our area.
         A new movie, "Chappaquiddick,'
recalls the accident. I talked about
local coverage and reaction as well
as my involvement in a local court
hearing when an attempt was made
to have the victim's body exhumed
so an autopsy could be done on her
body. I was the last witness. The
request was eventually denied.
          Thursday evening found me at
a Masonic Lodge in West Pittston
where Masons and their guests
listened as I recalled my involvement
in reuniting two Titanic survivors
back in 1972. One had saved the
other's child from the sinking yet
the two never knew of each other
until I broke the story 60 years after
the ship went down.
          I never expected to become a
witness at the hearing I told you about
and my action bringing the two Titanic
survivors together was truly the result
of an accident!
           We never know when we'll
have an impact on history! I guess
there's a better chance for me since
I've lived through so much of it......
history that is!
            That said please note I
didn't actual cover the Titanic sinking
and I've never driven off a bridge!
            Hope you enjoy a good tale
and that all your NEWS is good!