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Carl on August 17, 2017 5:18 PM
Fred, my friend, I've said it before and I'll say it again.  You're a good, kind, generous and honorable person of strong principle and voice.  I applaud your good efforts and note that our Blog would be far less interesting were you not an active participant.  You inspire me to quote Evelyn Beatrice Hall, but I'm going to restrain myself.          MAGFAY
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Fredrick Lucas on August 17, 2017 7:50 PM
Frances Roney, the daughter of Bill Roney died at age 66. The funeral was August 17.She and her sister Renee were developmentally disabled. Her sister Renee was our age. The obituary is on the Seaver web site
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Fredrick Lucas on August 17, 2017 7:55 PM
Cookie and Mike have you observed the number of death notices that I have posted?
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Fredrick Lucas on August 18, 2017 8:58 AM
Unfortunately  Ohio has had a problem with hate groups.President Grant created the Justice Department in order to monitor hate groups such as the Kkk.

Today Florida has the largest number of hate groups followed by California and Texas
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Carl on August 18, 2017 12:35 PM
Fred, this is a sincere, honest question:
Where did you get your info re hate groups by state? 
I'd like to do some of my own research and don't want to overlook your source(s).
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Fredrick Lucas on August 19, 2017 6:08 AM
Carl, I put hate groups in the United States into a search engine and found several articles from the Miama  Hearld . The article said thar rhere are 90 hate groups in California
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Fredrick Lucas on August 19, 2017 5:54 PM
MIke the statements that I made about black concerns when viewing a statue of Robert E Lee Stonewall Jackson and other slave owning soldiers who wanted to break up the union is understandable.

 Not only were the blacks enslaved, they were not given the rudiments of an education.After the rebellion was crushed,the southern and border states issued a policy of racial segregation.Not only were schools,busses,restaurants ,cinemas laundramats racially segregated but a woman could not go to a clothing store to try on a dress.We can never know the depth of frustration,tension and disparate when our black friends and neighbors see statues of slave owning warriors who wanted to destroy the union 

When I was in Germany,I did not see a statue to Adolph Hitler.My attention was focused on Charlottesville.  I also thought of the monuments in Richmond Va.and the feelings of contemporary blacks who viewed them
I Did not make any references to Princeton WV.
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Cookie on August 19, 2017 6:58 PM
EXCUSE ME:  Are you comparing our confederate leaders to Adolph Hitler?  Where did you get that--anal extrapolation.  I'll just leave it at that and let you continue pontificating. 
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Mike Murphy on August 19, 2017 9:56 PM
??The new push and current narrative by the progressive democrat party is to call the President and any conservative as supporting a "hate group" and therefore racist and facisist. Fred you think you are "cute" promoting the progressive agenda (you can look up progressive and liberal and social engineering on Google) if you need terms defined (shade from not having your doctorate degree?) and act like you are not promoting an agenda. Every graduate of PHS60 is fully aware of slavery in the USA and I know of not one of them who is responsible for it. Perhaps your guilt is misplaced? All of the confederate leaders were democrats so I guess that you do want to rewrite history? Also Robert Bird was a KKK member are we going to tear down over 400 markers to him in WV?

??Have you ever read I'm OK Your OK?  I commend you on your financial contributions and your obituaries but not on your "cute" narrative that conservatives are rasict and non carring and somehow need schooling by you!

??Keep the faith
??Mike


 
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Carl on August 20, 2017 6:57 AM
Ahhh, Sunday morning . . . when discussions of good vs. evil are most common.  I offer what I hope is a welcome diversion, one of the best TV commercials ever:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAWGlQP8IJI
Just copy & paste the link into your browser and hit "Enter."
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ched on August 20, 2017 1:57 PM
Being offended is not a valid  reason  to  destroy hisorical elements.  Thes people were  and are not  slaves  and  we  are not Natzies.   SO  WHAT  !!
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ched on August 20, 2017 2:01 PM
How  does  anyone know  what  Robert E Lee  wanted
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ched on August 20, 2017 2:10 PM
With all of  the  stuff  going on Will they tear  down  the  Washington,and Jefferson monuments in DC.?  What is  the  future  for  W& L ( Washington and Lee ) University.  Lee's horse " Traveller" is mounted  there.  Alabama joins  a list of  states passing laws  to protect ALL monuments !! 
 This  stuff is  crazy. Offended ?????  So  what  !!!

 
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Mike Murphy on August 21, 2017 12:06 PM
??Getting ready for my first eclipse. Ched and Tom it appears that you guys may have the best location?

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Carl on August 21, 2017 12:36 PM
Me too, Murph.  It will be passing thru right during my "after lunch" nap time.  I expect the darkness to add to my slumber.
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Ched on August 21, 2017 8:37 PM
We were within 5 miles of the centerline of the eclipse so we experienced about 2 minutes of totality. We live a little north of Nashville. The Nashville area had several thousand visitors to witness the eclipse. It was pretty spectacular and there was a significant temperature drop as darkness arrived.
Tracy, I hope you are doing better. Prayers for you!!!
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Carl on August 23, 2017 11:06 AM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my dear, dear second cousin Becky Arney Novarro.  Still lookin' good after all these years. 
[You know that you're older than me, right?]
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Fredrick Lucas on August 23, 2017 8:17 PM
Cookie go fix some ice cream.The Germans realized the harm that Adolphus Hitler did to his fellow human beings and did not build statues. I do not think that white southerners realized the harm the slave owners did when they enslaved blacks,refused to provide them the rudiments of an education and segregated them from white society.

How would you feel if you could not try on a dress before buying it. The key word is empathy. MY Ballard ancestors  were m embers of the Union army, 


FRED
 
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Delores on August 23, 2017 8:39 PM
Cookie says you are a giant bore.    Her message is that her Hypes ancestors were soilders in the Confederate army, prisoners of war at Point Lookout in St. Mary's County, Maryland, the 3rd worse camp during the war. What the black union guards put her great great grandfather through cannot be repeated on this blog.  Its all outlined in our family history. 
She passes on the ice cream.  Your continual efforts at educating the ignorant masses has forced her to drink.  I keep reminding her how sweet you were at PHS.  I can't repeat her retort here.  
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Delores on August 23, 2017 8:43 PM
P. S.
She says to tell you that NO ONE on either side of the family ever owned a slave.  Her ancesters SLAVED as farmers and carpenters several of whom came to this country in the late 1600s and early 1700s as indentured servants.  You will be "amused" to know they also fought in the Revolutionary War--on the right side for which I would hope your political leanings would approve.  
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Fredrick Lucas on August 23, 2017 9:37 PM
Cookie,I am not trying to educate anyone. I am making a few obssrvations. MY Callaway  ancestors remained loyal to the Union. My great great grandfather   McCombs Callaway  operated a  clothing  store for men. In  Lebanon Ohio.His father lived on a farm in Raleigh County. He would not fight anyone. MY great grandfather d father lived in Peterstown. He would not fight anyone.In 1867 he  was elected to the  office of County  Clerk in the new state of West Virginia. He served. One term.

Cookie and Mike, When I discuss slavery, I am  Making  conversation. I am not doing anything else.




 
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Delores on August 24, 2017 12:13 AM
Cookie is having a good laugh.  Your men folk wouldn't fight??  There is a name for that.  All the men in her family were fighters.  They didn't like being pushed. Thats the way the women folk liked them.  
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Mike Murphy on August 24, 2017 9:21 AM
??Fred- You seem really defensive, what did you do to make you want to shame others for your manufactured ideals?

Keep the faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on August 24, 2017 5:37 PM
Mike why do you think that I am defensive and shame others? My Callaway  and Ballard ancestors remained loyal to the United States. Cookie had an ancestor who fought with the Confederacy. For me that was a part of history. He suffered for his decision and my ancestors did not. McComas Callaway was busy with the clothing store. His children were students  at the local public schools.

In Raleigh  County, the county offices were closed from 1861 until the conflict was over in 1865. Emotions were high and people were afraid to travel .


I suggested that  Cookie get some ice cream . Now she might enjoy that southern drink mint julip
 
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Delores on August 24, 2017 6:35 PM
Cookie just said "well we've gone full circle. Thanks to the total eradication of common sense now I'm afraid to travel.  Thanks snowflakes."  She is shipping a case of bubbles, play dough and a counselor so you will feel safe.  
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Fredrick Lucas on August 24, 2017 7:13 PM
Cookie Franlkin D. Roosevelt once said that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. Go with confidence. I forgot to ask do you like mint julip?
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Fredrick Lucas on August 24, 2017 8:53 PM
Yesterday, something dreadful happened in Mason Ohio.A woman scientist who worked for Procter and Gamble left her 15 month old son locked in her car with the windows rolled up. When her shift ended, she went to her car and found that her son had died. She called 911 and reported what had happened. The death is under investigation.
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Ched on August 24, 2017 8:41 PM
I agree 1000%  with Cookie !!  I am  southern and proud of my many southern ancestors. None of us or  our  recent  ancestors had  slaves nor  did any black  folks today endure slavery.  The .  confederacy is part of our history.
 Robert E Lee  was a  decorated and respected officer in the United States  Army  after  a  remarkable career at  West Point.
 He  was reknowned  for his  service in the  Mexican war.
His family owned  slaves but ( to the  best I can find out ) he never  did.

 I think  the  demolution of civle  war  artifacts  and monuments is  a  travesty.  Many are on display in the US  Capitol
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Cookie on August 24, 2017 10:45 PM
A couple of days ago a woman I know extremely well posted something on Facebook that made me spit my coffee across the room.  She is probably one of the most articulate people I know with an I.Q. that is off the charts, college educated, speaks in grammatically perfect sentences and holds a highly respected position with a large corporation.  Regarding the momuments she stated, "Why do we need the F... momuments (she swears liberally too)?  We have books."

I did what I always do and begin typing frantically.  Paused to read my reply and slowly began...delete, delete, delete, etc.  How do you debate that kind of mentality?  There is a difference betwen intelligence and sense.  My deleted response was, "What happens when they burn the books?"
Does my friend get the point?
P.S.  Ched--thanks for the vote of confidence.  I feel so alone. :-)
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Carl on August 25, 2017 6:01 AM
Cookie, I often tell people that I've been educated beyond my intelligence.  Perhaps the same's true of your friend.  [Not that that's an excuse for saying stupid things.  Believe me, I know -- or I think I do; I don't know.]
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Fredrick Lucas on August 25, 2017 10:13 AM
Ched, According to sources that I have found Robert E. Lee inherited  slaves from his mother when she died. His wife owned slaves. He would take charge of disciplining  the slaves.From my perspective  thinking of them as inferior, refusing to give them the rudiments of an education , breaking up families by trading them like cattle demonstrates moral bankruptcy. 
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Carl on August 25, 2017 11:29 AM
Fredo, human beings being what they are, there's an abundance of moral bankruptcy at all times, during all ages.  Some of us believe that it's most important to focus on what is at hand, over which we may be able to exert some influence.  Perserverating about moral bankruptcy of 1-20 centuries ago serves no purpose, so far as I can see, except to make cheap pronouncements criticizing the political/social foes of our day.  What I hear in today's "honest discussions" is mostly smug, sanctimonious, self-righteous, self-satisfied, self-congratulatory, intellectually dishonest claptrap . . . "on all sides" . . . but particularly on the _____.
NOTE: I'm referring to the "great national debate" that is bombarding us in the mainstream and social media -- NOT to my PHS60 colleagues.
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Cookie on August 25, 2017 12:06 PM
When did we start holding people responsible for what someone else did?

A copy of the famous painting of Robert E Lee and Stonewall hangs in my dining room.  It will stay.
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Mike Murphy on August 25, 2017 12:26 PM
??Carol- Dr Leornard Nelson's Obiturary and an article about him are in todays Charleston Gazette Mail. They mentioned his love for tennis and Golf, did you ever play tennis with him?  I recall back in the 70's he was wanting to start a BS progrm for Industrial Education Teachers in conjunction with a MA program with Marshall and Clarence Burdette and I went to discuss and play golf with him at Hawks Nest course. Talk about a rough sky high course. He was a great guy and longest reigning President of WVT. RIP. Are you and family OK?, haven't heard from you lately RSVP.
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Mike Murphy on August 25, 2017 12:34 PM
??Fred - You showcase the Callaways and Ballards (by the way I went to a bird dog feild trial at Judge Ballards farm in the late 50's) as a reason to be hollier than though on southerners, but I thought your family name was Lucas, did it thrace back to 
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Mike Murphy on August 25, 2017 12:44 PM
??something happened?? But to finish my previous post - Fred did your ansestory lead back to Adolph Lucas? 

??My observation - you comparing yourself to Cookie is that you are out of your leage in intellect and philosophical character. Perhaps you need to eat some ice cream and drink a mint julip? and quit taking the Huffington Post as the Holy grail!

Keep the Faith
Mike
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AnnsestorDNA.com on August 25, 2017 4:49 PM
Breaking News. Breaking News.
Fred Lucas just got the results of his Ancestry DNA analysis and he is distraught beyond words. He had always thought and preached that he was from pure, liberal, Obama loving, northern stock with last names such as Callaways and Ballards. Well, seems that the results (similar to the man on the commercial who thought he had a German heritage) have been totally discounted.

Only about 15% of Fred's DNA can be attributed to ancestors from the Callaways and Ballards lines. Ten per cent can be attributed to Native American relatives. Another 10% could not be identified. The remainder, a whopping 65% came from conservative, freedom loving, hard working, Southerners (mostly from South Carolina and Georgia). Their last names were Davis, Lee, Beauregard, and Brown. Some fought and supported the Confederacy in a war caused by numerous political and cultural differences with their northern neighbors.

Fred, you should be proud of your ancestors and heritage. Karma is a "B", isn't she?

 

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Cookie on August 25, 2017 4:53 PM
Well "Fiddle Dee Dee"  On that note I'm just gonna have Mammy bring me the whole pitcher of Mint Julips.
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Ched on August 25, 2017 8:50 PM
My dad  was an expert  at making Mint Juleps.  As   a matter of  fact he once owned  two  wire  hair fox terriers one named Mint  and  the other named  Julep !! Hows  that for "southern" !!!
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Fredrick Lucas on August 26, 2017 9:35 AM
The Lucas group lived in Giles County.My grandfather was a blacksmith who came to Princeton to work in the Virginian shops.My Dad graduated from Princeton High School and served in the US Navy during World War 2.

 
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Fredrick Lucas on August 26, 2017 9:47 AM
Mikie, you need to contribute original thoughts about topics that are of interest to you. You and Delores from the forest tend to react to what I initiate. 

Folks when I go to a store, I tell the clerk to put the item in a poke. That comes from Appalachia.


 
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Fredrick Lucas on August 26, 2017 11:30 AM
During the civil war, Hamilton County was invaded by John Hunt Morgan of Lexington Kentucky. He called himself General Morgan. Prior to his invasion of Hamilton County, he and his men stole the county treasury at Versailles. In Hamilton County they stole food, horses, clothing, firearms and ammunition. Fortunately they did not know that General Sherman's daughter was a student at a Catholic High School in Greenhills Ohio. The nuns hid the horses that the school owned.

When Hunt and his men were caught, they were tried as criminals, sentenced and were sent to the Ohio Reformatory in Columbus.

I spoke with a woman from the fitness center who told me that her high school class held its 70th reunion this year.


 
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mike murphy on August 26, 2017 11:56 AM
??Fredrica - When have you ever posted an origional thought. You spew the progressive liberal claptrap from the internet to try to make yourself look like a champion of the berieved. For instance have you looked at who is included by the illegitimate hate group Southern Law Center in their listing of hate groups? No you just parrot cliches and forment conflict to emphasize your liberal misguided misinformed beliefs. People like you are trying to shame amyone who disagrees with them by claimin they are Racists. 
??Folks I am sorry I should consider the source and let this go but things are begining to boil over.
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Delores on August 26, 2017 12:30 PM
Cookie got a big laugh regarding your statement that she and Mike needed original thought.
She says thats the whole point!  She has given you original thought for years now but you appear to be so deed in the weeds you can't recognize it.
She also says she hopes the Google function on your computer never gives out.  Google is not an original thought.  
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Fredrick Lucas on August 26, 2017 1:15 PM
When I was a boy, I learned that a Col. Jennifer came to Princeton in 1862. There was no provocation yet he burned the town. Only the McNutt house remained.There were 1200 homeless refugees.Jennifer and his men went south.At Wytheville, they were met  by townspeople who were armed and ready to fight.Col. Jennifer was a rebel fighter. Mike I don't pay any attention to your critiques.

Delores from the Forest, I will be happy to bring some ice cream and mint julip to the  reunion on October 21. 



 
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Fredrick Lucas on August 26, 2017 1:55 PM
Mike, do you believe that I am making a generaliztioon that all descendants of rebel soldiers are racist, then you need to stop. I have never articulated any such notion.I don't believe that you and Delores from  the forest are members of the KKK or any other hate group.

Please seek mental health counseling if you are boiling over.

 
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Mike Murphy on August 26, 2017 4:22 PM
??Fred- My reference to boiling over was to the removal of statues and your need to inflame racial hatred by implication. I appreciate your trying to help me be a better progressive, but pretty much have my personal and professional life where I want it to be. In other words mind your own business and keep your hollier than though and smarter than though advice to yourself.

??Pete & Tracy how about a report on your health and well being. Also a poem from our resident Poet, Carl would be appreciated by me and most?

Keep the Faith
Mike 
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Fredrick Lucas on August 26, 2017 6:37 PM
Mike, the statues were built between 1890-1920.Various cities have taken them down. Charlottesville has draped their statue of Robert. E. Lee in black plastic.Austin Texas took down their statues.So did Baltimore. I favor those moves because the decendants of the 1200 homeless refugees from Princeton won't have to be reminded of the cruel treatment their ancestors received from Col Jennifer.
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Fredrick Lucas on August 26, 2017 6:42 PM
Mike try spell check.All of your gentle readers will be able to know what you want to convey.
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Ched on August 26, 2017 7:48 PM
Fred,
 What in  the  world  does Col Jennifer have  to do with anything. It is  a  travesty  to destroy and otherwise  remove monuments erected  to  notables on both  sides  of  the  conflict.  What  about  the  Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial  ( both  slave owners ) and all of  the  statues in the Nations  Capitol. History is just  what it is : HISTORY; the PAST. Nothing  can change it. Just because some may be offended is of little justification   I am offended by liberal snow flakes  too  weak to accept  the reality of  the past  but I cannot  do anything  about it.

 I guess Cookie  and I  are too much steeped in Brush Creek water  to fully understand  the lib pointof view
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Fredrick Lucas on August 26, 2017 8:25 PM
Ched, Col. Jennifer displayed cruelty to  innocent people. The Confederate group if successful would have destroyed the nation. As we learned from history the protection of slavery was included in their constitution.Lincoln did away with slavery in states in 1863 , those that left the union.

Many blacks and others don't want to be reminded of the cruelty of slavery. They don't want to be reminded of the cruelty of segregation.The key word Ched is empathy. We were fortunate that we were not told to ride in the back of the bus, to buy clothes without trying them on, to be told that we are inferior and have to use separate water fountains.Black baseball players had to enter hotels through the kitchen during segregation. What happened to our black friends during segregation and slavery was cruel.Can you put yourself in their shoes? Don't forgetRobert Lee inherited slaves upon his mother's death. His wife owned slaves. All were freed in 1862 when Lee was 55. He disciplined slaves by having them flogged.Your turn 
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Mike Murphy on August 26, 2017 8:39 PM
??Fred- If you are so dissatisfied with the united states and especially Apalacha and West Virginia I sugest you move to Canada where they have made new gender classifications for M for Male, F for Female, and X for all others including Bi Sexuals and those who can't decide. And people are allowed to pick out their dress before they buy it. 

??Will spell check get you unstuk from petty politics? Perhaps you should study History and Civics some more?

Ched - I learned to swim in Brush Creek and still can't put my head under water but only hope that the IntaFa doesn't get me.

??By the way Charletsville is a tradgedy that never should have happened if the Police had done their job. Some say it might have been orchastrated?

Keep the Faith
??Mike


 
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Cookie on August 26, 2017 10:13 PM
With all sincerity I am truly sorry you are so angry at the world Fred.  You must be to spend so much time spewing hatred, dredging up past ills that none of us can correct, throwing gasoline on fires and being rude to your classmates.  When you are called on it or your views are challenged you cry foul and claim mis-treatment.  All of us have been mistreated for months with these posts.  I wish you only the best but your posts are no longer effective.
P.S. I am divorcing you.  I want the house, 1/2 your pension and the car.  
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Fredrick Lucas on August 27, 2017 8:28 AM
Delores of the forest, I will be going to the annual Scottish Festival in Columbus Indiana on September 8.I will watch the beautiful young scottish dancers and an ulder man playing the bag pipes. I will be eating scones and watching the caber toss.In the past, I saw Mike Pence who is from Columbus.

That evening, I will enjoy a community meal with others whose ancestors came from Scotland.My ancestors were Ballards who lived in Lanark.

I will return to the LaQuinta Inn where I will relax. On Sunday, I will go to Nashville In to see what the artists have done.


 
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Mike Murphy on August 27, 2017 10:04 AM
??Fred from the dred - Sounds like you will have a wounderful time, enjoy.

??I am amazed at what you can buy from Amazon. My 10 yr old lawn tractor finally blew a bearing and seazed up. I not only found the bearing but the shaft and mandrel assembly with 2 day shipping for a competetive price. You will need your manual with the parts numbers to be able to find items quickly. Also buy vitamins clothing shoes electronics and small appliances. Prime membership is well worth the cost. Saved a $2000 mower for $25 in parts including shipping.

??Keep the Trump Train rooling!!! and drain the SWAMP!!!

??Keep the faith
Mike 
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Ched on August 27, 2017 3:41 PM
Mike,
 I am an internet  shopper  also.  I find  ebay is  also a goosource  for difficult  to  find  items.  For  appliance parts  you cannot beat "Repair  Clinic". The  also have  som online  videos for DIY  repairs.
For  automotive parts I recommend  " Rock Auto". Prices  and  quality are  excellent >  Good luck
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Fredrick Lucas on August 27, 2017 4:42 PM
The State of Maryland  took the statue of Supreme Court  Justice Roger Taney down.He wrote the Dred Scott decision.
 
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Cookie on August 27, 2017 5:50 PM
Yes like a thief in the night under the cover of darkness.  And  by a governor w possibly the highest approval rating in the country.  He stepped in it royally.  From both sides of the aisle he is being skewered.  Bad political move. This is not news.  Was this post an effort to bring me back into the fold and call off my divorce proceedings?  I'm still divorcing you.  Like an abused wife I've learned it's not my fault.
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Fredrick Lucas on August 27, 2017 8:13 PM
DDelloorees from the forest While I am interested in the disposition  of stafues, I am   more interested  in the floods in Southeastern Texas. Many residents are having a difficult  time I would encourage each of you to give several dollas to flood relief.

I know that the Red Cross is accepting donations. I haven't  heckled other sources 

 
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Edward Laufer on August 27, 2017 8:02 PM
To change the subject a bit. I know a lot of us are following the weather in Texas and may not know that a couple of our classmates are right in the middle of the disaster there. Rick Swope and his wife are living in Houston and Will and his wife are living not too far from there in College Station have not heard from them since Saturday They also
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Edward Laufer on August 27, 2017 8:07 PM
The Will is Will and Vita Wilhelm. Theor property is getting some water, but they say the big concern is in the Houston area.I am certain that all of us feel for the people down there whether classmates or fellow Americans there.
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Fredrick Lucas on August 27, 2017 8:23 PM
The address for the American Red Cross is American  Red Cross  Texas Gulf Coast  Region 2700 Southwest  Freeway Houston  Texas
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Fredrick Lucas on August 27, 2017 8:30 PM
The zip code for Houston  is 77098. Please do what you   can to help.

 
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Fredrick Lucas on August 27, 2017 8:30 PM
The zip code for Houston  is 77098. Please do what you   can to help.

 
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Ched on August 27, 2017 9:42 PM
I  can also  suggest Samaritons Purse. This is  a benevolent  relief  foundation headed by Franklin Graham.
 I am not  a big  fan of  the  Red  Cross. They  do some  good  work but are encumbered  by too much bureaucratic red  tape  and  restrictions. opinion of 
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Fredrick Lucas on August 28, 2017 8:11 AM
Rick Swope lives in Humble Texas and JK George lives in Austin. Has anyone made contact with them? I hope there is no property damage or personal loss or pain.
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Fredrick Lucas on August 28, 2017 10:45 AM
Delores I am going to mention that there are a list of charities online to which people can give knowing that their donation will help.They are approved by charity navigator.The American Red Cross is one of those charities.Senator Cruz suggested that people should consider the Red Cross. He lives in Houston.

Samantha's Purse is not listed as an approved charity by charity navigator. It is absent from the list.

 
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Ched on August 28, 2017 12:21 PM
Fred, Its not  Samanthas Purse It is  Samaritans Purse and it IS listed !!!
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Carl on August 28, 2017 11:16 AM
Just read an email response from Rick & Marie Swope from 11:27 pm last night. They were high and dry and safe, and expecting to stay that way with power to sustain TV/video watching. They had heard on Sat. that the Wilhelms & Georges were OK too.
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Carl on August 28, 2017 2:33 PM
Fred, my friend,
    A question just came to me from all this discussion of fighting ancestors.  [Can't believe it didn't occur to me before.]  Did one of your forebears invent the carnival and amusement park shooting gallery where the ducks swin by and customers try to pick them off?  This seemed to me like a reasonable curiosity given all the fire that you draw on our blog.
   ;-)
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Fredrick Lucas on August 28, 2017 7:10 PM
Marlin Douglas is my first cousin. He and his brother Paul owned Douglas Sporting Goods.We bought fishing tackle from them. My Dad  bought shot guns and did skeet shooting. My brother Steve uses bows and arrows to try to hit a bullseye target.

I am happy that the Texas contingent is safe.
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Mike Murphy on August 28, 2017 7:37 PM
??I wounder if the mechanical bull at Gilley's is dry, if Gilley's ie Urban Cowboy still exists?

??It will be months before houses are back inhabitabital. It appears that many are slab foundations w the electrical in the floors. If so it will be a long time before they can dry out. Dry wall will have to be ripped and walls dried not to mention ceilings in some cases. and it looks like the worst is yet to come. Pray for clear weather and safe passage to dry land!!

??Keep the Faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on August 29, 2017 11:37 AM
I did as Gov. Abott and Senator Cruz suggested and made a donation to the American Red Cross. For those who are interested in how Gov. Abbot became a wheelchair user, he was jogging in 1984 when an oak tree fell on him. He was paralyzed from the waist down. 

One problem that Houston faces is that they don't  have a zoning ordinance . Developers have built in the flood plain and elsewhere. Some years ago, I visited my brother who worked in Houston. He and his family lived in Spring. I got a headace from the pollution.
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Edward Laufer on August 29, 2017 4:51 PM
Regarding the disaster from Hurricane Harvey, I would strongly advise checking major charities whose Web sites such as the Red Cross already have subsections for contributions to Hurricane Harvey. Local shelters,church's,charities in Houston will need money for months and mail service will be delayed for awhile
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ched on August 29, 2017 7:19 PM
Most of  the  flood  victoms in Houston have no flood insurance  so their losses  will not be "covered". SAD!
 I did  research>  Charity Navigator  gives Samaritans Purse  a  full 4  star  rating. I like  Franklin Graham so that is  where  we  donated earmarking  the  gift  for Hurricane Harvey Relief
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Fredrick Lucas on August 29, 2017 9:17 PM
Procter and  Gamble has dispatched itS truck full of products to Houston.The company did this during the floods in West Virginia. People can wash clothes while they are away from their homes.
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Carl on August 30, 2017 11:45 AM
Just read online that "85% of brain growth is complete at age 3."  WOW!  I know any number of people who haven't added a whit to that throughout the rest of their lives.  [Present company excepted.]
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Carl on August 30, 2017 3:33 PM
Fredo, you may recall that I'm a life-long St. Louis Cardinals fan.  Cardinal 1st baseman Matt Carpenter announced on Monday that he would donate $10,000 for every home run he hits the rest of this year to Texas flood relief; his teammate Adam Wainwright announced that he would match Carpenter's contribution; the club then announced that it too would match.  The following day Carpenter hit a shot.  BINGO!!!  $30,000 to the TX recovery effort.  How 'bout them Cards?
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Fredrick Lucas on August 30, 2017 8:39 PM
 Carl, Perhaps we can encourage members of our class to donate what they can to help the Huston insurance through this crisis.

I learned that various costal cities have hired Dutch consultants to help them manage the floods that create crises.The Dutch have been successful  minimizing the harmful effects of floods.  
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Fredrick Lucas on August 30, 2017 9:10 PM
CarL I made an error.I hope that our classmates donate to help Houston residents. A number of us donated money to help flood victims in West Virginia 

 
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Fredrick Lucas on August 31, 2017 8:26 AM
Carl, since the ball players announced what they have done, I will announce that I donated $120 to the American Red Cross. I want to challenge classmates to meet or exceed my donation.
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Carl on August 31, 2017 9:06 AM
Nice work, Fredo.  I sent a different amount to a different charity earlier this week for TX flood relief.  I'm confident that others have/will as well. Here's to FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY.
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Carl on August 31, 2017 9:48 AM
MARTIN ALERT!  MARTIN ALERT!
Carol Wyrick Martin, people are asking.  I was talking to a classmate this week who asked about you.  I had to say that I knew very little since you haven't been heard from on the PHS60 blog for some time now.  Have you anything to say for yourself?
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Carl on August 31, 2017 9:58 AM
STRESS RELIEF IS HERE!
I know, I know. Everyone is wringing their hands and wondering "Will Carl forget to post the birthdays for September?"  Well, allay your fears friends, the answer [i.e., solution] is at hand.
   Coming in Sept. to a website near you:
   The Sept. 9 birthday of Mayor of Kenna, Mike Murphy.
   Later, on Sept. 30 is that special day for Linda Phlegar Mills.
   In between, everyone's favorite birthdate of the year, Sept. 28, when Sam Goodall will turn 75.  [Oh yeah, Carl's is Sept. 28 also.] 

Mike Murphy - September 9
Sam Goodall - September 28
Carl Thomason - September 28
Linda Phlegar Mills - September 30
 
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Cookie on August 31, 2017 12:49 PM
30 years ago (or so) I was walking through the food court at Baltimore's Inner Harbor with my parents who were visiting.  I heard a man talking behind us.  I looked at my mother and said, "That has to be Sam Goodall.  I remember that voice."  I turned and Yes it was Sammy with his family who were also visiting from Princeton.  We all had a great laugh and a nice visit.  Odd I could have remembered his voice.  I can't remember what I had for breakfast. 
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Carl on August 31, 2017 3:30 PM
Cookie, in case you hadn't heard, I'm happy to report that the Inner Harbor lifted their restraining order on Sam a good 5-6 years ago.
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Mike Murphy on August 31, 2017 6:28 PM
Cookie - I miss the inner harbor - loved the sea food and boardwalk fries.

??I saw in the local rag ttoday that a man in Bluefield, Howard, if I rember right branded his girl friend wit a fork and a horse shoe twice!  Tracy - I think this is worse than snake handling, what are you guys preaching down there?

Keep the faith
??Mike
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Mike Murphy on September 1, 2017 9:18 AM
WVU vs VT in Landover this Sunday. Carl and Cookie they are on your turf.

??Tracy - just kidding about Preaching _ How are you progressing with Dialasis? 

??Hope to see you guys and Gals on Tuesday and visit my brother.

Keep the Faith
Mike

 
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Fredrick Lucas on September 1, 2017 3:41 PM
I would like to wish those with September birthdays a happy birthday. I know that as we age we experience various health problems. One of my friends who is 71 has altzheimers dementia.She  needs a full time caregiver who takes care of her physical needs.I hope that your quality of life is still good.
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Mike Murphy on September 2, 2017 6:04 PM
??I heard on tv last eve that Bluefield beat Princeton 62 to 0 in football. Was that right?

Mike
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geno on September 3, 2017 3:03 PM
yes
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Tracy French on September 3, 2017 5:31 PM
Mike: 

I haven't been approved to have the ports installed for dialysis yet.  The doctor says I have to drop to 15% of my kidney function first.  I was at 15.6 % but increased to 17.8% with my last blood test.

I saw your nephew at church this morning.  I started back to my old church today.

 
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Ched on September 4, 2017 6:17 PM
Tracy,
 If  your kidney function increases isn't  that  good news ??? Are  you on  dialysis now ?
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Ched on September 4, 2017 6:21 PM
I realize  that most of  my  classmates were  rootin' for  the  "eers" last night and my Hokies  got  the  win but  what  a heckuva game. A nail biter up until  the last  play !!!!!
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Tracy French on September 5, 2017 11:14 AM
Ched:

I have not started dialysis yet.  According to mydoctor, insurance will not pay to have ports installed until my kidney function drops to 15 % and it was up 2.2% last time and that is good news.  I made  some changes in my diet, eliminating all beef products and going heavy on green vegetables.

That was a great game between Tech and WV, I could hardly believe how many fans from each team showed up at a neutral site.  I enjoyed that better than a bowl game.

A good game between Tennessee and Ga Tech last night also.  I would have gone for the 2 point conversion too.  Tennessee had far too much momentum at the end of the game.  If Tennessee plays a game like that 4th quarter and overtime it will be interesting when they play Alabama.
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ched on September 5, 2017 3:05 PM
Tennessee  won on points in the  end but  GT  ran all over  them  all evening. TN  gave up a  school record of 695  yards. Had it not been for  the  improbable  strip of  the ball  from GT  runner or  the blocked FG at  the  end of  regulation  this  would have been a win for GT either  way.  Tennessee  was gifted on two plays. Other wise  they were beaten all night. ( My take)  I also liked  the 2 point  call !!
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geno on September 5, 2017 4:30 PM
well, just heard Hillary, she now blames Bernie for election loss instead of us deplorables.
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Fredrick Lucas on September 5, 2017 6:18 PM
Cookie, I found a Callaway ancestor who lived in Raleigh County who fought with the Confederate army. He was a part time soldier. He fought during the winter months but returned home during spring planting of crops. After the harvest he returned to his unit.

Football games were recently discussed. Bret Farve said that if he had a son, he would discourage him from playing.Football is a violent contact sport and serious accidents happen.Several years ago a player from LaSalle High School made a tackle and is now a quadraplegic. The same thing happened to a player from Rutgers. Several years ago, the quarterback from Pendleton County Ky High School brcame a paraplegic. Last year a player from Indianaola  High School in Iowa got a concussion. He returned to the game before he should have done.He had violent headaches  and killed himself. Quaeterback Trickett of WVU quit several years ago. He received too many concussions. I could continue but these problems were enough so that I did something else.
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Mike Murphy on September 6, 2017 10:06 AM
??and yet you plan to attend the VT game 10/21 rather than the mini reunion? By the way Doug Neal and Patty Anderson were taking a talley last eve at the PHS60 monthly dinner, which I attended. They need to get an approrimate count for the Mini for Pat Smith who is providing the food etc. for the reunion. Fred - All would be happy to see you there instead at Blacksburg. On another note my nephew said that the statue near Union in Monroe county has been removed. It was the one that the road made a jog to miss out in a field, but couldn't survive the liberals!!

We certainly have a great bunch of graduates. Some of us are moving a little slower but Myron and Darla look younger and healther each time! 

Keep the faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on September 6, 2017 4:05 PM
Mike, I decided against attending the game at Tech.Why do you say that those who took down statues are liberals. Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jefferson and others who enslaved others for profit should not have statues in public places. Instead they shouls be placed in a museum. Germany and Russia took down statues to Stalin and Hitler.They explolited and murdered others. 
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Mike Murphy on September 7, 2017 12:22 PM
??So you are not now encouraging your classmates to go to the game instead of the mini reunion?

I don't wish you and the libs good luck on tearing down the Jefferson Memorial (you probably didn't even know there was one?) and I guess you want to burn all copies of the Constitution since Jefferson authored?

??Did you know that the Quakers & American Indinians once had slaves in the US, probably not since you get your ques from the liberal internet. Charging at windmills?

Keep the Faith
Mike
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geno on September 7, 2017 1:56 PM
Fred you should be discouraging teens from driving, driving automobiles has injured more folks than any sport, drivers killed mount up to numbers killed in world wars.
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Ched on September 7, 2017 6:10 PM
All the liberal media as  well as  the liberal population  are  slamming our President  for ending  DACA.
DACA   was  a temporary measure  wuiith an expiradiation date. It also was unlawful by most legal opinions.  President Trump is helping  the  Dreamers by  forcing  congress  to codify this into law sot  that in the  future "dreamers" will be  spared  the  anxiety of uncertainty. Regardless of the moral  siginificance,  the law is  clear on  this !!
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Cookie on September 7, 2017 6:33 PM
Today if you live on the Demarva Irma and Jose "trump" Lee and all the rest of the monuments.
 
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Fredrick Lucas on September 9, 2017 7:10 AM
At this time I hope that our classmates and their families who reside in Florida are safe.Carl have you received any information from the Florida group?

MIke the National Cathedral in Washington D.C decided after a year long study to remove the plate glass window of Robert Lee and Stonewall Jackson. 





 
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Fredrick Lucas on September 9, 2017 8:58 AM
The National Cathedral removed the stained glass windows of Thomas Stonewall Jackson  and Robert E. Lee after a year long study.This is a correction Mike

Seriously I am quite concerned  about the safety of our Florida classmates and their family. 

 
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Fredrick Lucas on September 9, 2017 7:21 PM
Last evening when I communicated I had just arrived at the LA Quinta Inn in Columbus Indiana for the Scottish Festival which was held today

DDurrinng breakfast at the Inn, I spoke with several people from Florida.They had evacuated and were returning  to cities in the region where they will stay with relatives until the storm is over aND they can. assess damages.

The ladies did a good job with the caber toss and the pipe bands.One ov the men put a pitch fork into a gunney sack with items weighing 16 lbs.He tossed the sack over a bar 41 feet high. That is a record. I watched border collies round up sheep and ducks

I ate hagis for lunch and visited with friends.








 
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Fredrick Lucas on September 9, 2017 7:21 PM
Last evening when I communicated I had just arrived at the LA Quinta Inn in Columbus Indiana for the Scottish Festival which was held today

DDurrinng breakfast at the Inn, I spoke with several people from Florida.They had evacuated and were returning  to cities in the region where they will stay with relatives until the storm is over aND they can. assess damages.

The ladies did a good job with the caber toss and the pipe bands.One ov the men put a pitch fork into a gunney sack with items weighing 16 lbs.He tossed the sack over a bar 41 feet high. That is a record. I watched border collies round up sheep and ducks

I ate hagis for lunch and visited with friends.








 
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Fredrick Lucas on September 10, 2017 3:14 PM
Geno, I read your thoughts about football. After reading comments by Bret Farve who was a quarterback in the NFL for many years, I took seriously what he said about discouraging a son from playing football. He does have a  daughter.At the Scottish event, I asked a high school student from Louisville if he played sports.He is a member of the swim team.I spoke with a student from Colerain High School in Cincinnati . He is a member of the swim team. He doesn't want to risk serious injury playing football.

Does PHS have a swim team?
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Mike Murphy on September 10, 2017 8:05 PM
??Really enjoying watching football in spite of the negativity from Joe Bfilitz in the peanut gallery.

Keep the faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on September 10, 2017 8:33 PM
Mike, I gave the group my perspective on football.Not only did you not give us your persprctive but you reacted to my perspective in a rather juvenile way. Can you give a cogent perspective?Can you write something without critiquing me. 

If you wrote as you did in Cincinnati you would be referred to a remedial pprogram to help you express yourself in a manner in which you could be understood.

If my friends saw how you wrote, they might conclude that you are a poor hilljack who needs help.

 
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Miss Manners on September 10, 2017 9:29 PM
That isn't nice!
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Mike Murphy on September 11, 2017 9:13 AM
??A must see is Steve Bannon's interview on 60 Minutes last eve. He give a no nonsense perspective of the swamp including the media and people like Fred who try to bring down the President and hate the USA. You could see the contempt in the interviers questions and arguments, but Brannon set him straight. 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Mike Murphy on September 11, 2017 9:20 AM
??Sad day 9/11/2001 that changed the USA in many ways some good and some bad. Had we focused on killing the Terriorists and not on nation building we would not be in the mess we are in today. In Fact we would be better off if the Iran Iraq war was still going on. Iraq was under a no fly zone when we attacked with the great support of McCain and Clintons a huge mistake!
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Mike Murphy on September 11, 2017 9:34 AM
??Fredie - Your Psycho Analysis of me reminds me of the time that Ohio offered to take all of the EMR kids from West Virginia and did so RAISING the IQ level in both states. 

??By the way I watched 3 games testerday and enjoyed them all without thinking about the civil war and confederate statues which you libs use to manufacture divisiveness to salve your wounds from a loss to those deplorables who cling to their guns and God and do not try to rewrite history. Your fained outrage at racism and shaming football is wearing thin. Perhaps you should put on your protective helmet and eat more Hagis?

Have a good day
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on September 11, 2017 11:13 AM
Carl have you heard from our classmates who are Florida residents? 
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Fredrick Lucas on September 11, 2017 1:12 PM
Two men were interviewed for television. Onehad Robert E. Lee as an ancestor. The other had Jefferson Davis as an ancestor.Neither one had a problem with communities removing statues.Our black friends don't want reminders of the humiliation of ancestors who were enslaved and who had to endure racial segregation.
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Miss Manners on September 11, 2017 2:07 PM
When the neddle gets stuck on an old 78 album you can solve the problem by unplugging the record player.  
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Ched on September 11, 2017 2:10 PM
Two   ( subjective without data) comments:
1) Football is  for real men. ( safety and head injury protocol is much improved) Its  a great  game and a major part of our  sports  culture.
2) I am also offended by much of  the  stuff going on. So I want  the monuments  replaced  !!!
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Fredrick Lucas on September 12, 2017 8:59 AM
Recently 111 brains from football players. were sent to Boston University for. analysis by a medical team. They found that 110 showed signs of CTE.Frank Gifford and Ton Dorsett were some of the players showing signs of CTE.

THe NFL has agreed to develop a fund
 of 700 million dollars to help retired players with health problems.

There is a man who lives in the apartment building where I live who played football  for Ohio State for two years.He had to stop because his knees were in bad shape. He had knee replacement surgery.
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Ched on September 12, 2017 2:17 PM
No doubt  football is  a contact  sport. and knee injuries are part of  the  game.  HOWEVER, knee replacement  surgery is almost always  due  to arthritis not ACL  tears and other  soft  tissue injuries esperienced in football. Older retired players experience a somewhat higher incidence of CTE due  to the use of older  technology uses in headgear. Football is expected  to be much safer now  due  to major  rules  changes and  headgear  development.
 I think drug overdose, Chicago  residency   and impaired  driving pose a more  significant  risk
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Tracy French on September 12, 2017 9:13 AM
What if the Indians wanted all reminders of the white man removed from American, should we do that?  Or should they do that?

What about other ethnic groups that came after the white man, should those reminders be removed?

Should the Indians be given all their land back?

If we do not stop the removal of the Confederate Monuments our next generations will see other monuments like churches removed from our country.


 
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Mike Murphy on September 12, 2017 12:39 PM
??Watching the news about Jacksonville Fl hurricane rescues brought to mind my first National Office Job Corps Conference there in 1988. A fine looking gentleman who was presenting some ground breaking research on curriculum that day approached me and asked are you Mike Murphy from Princeton and further when did you graduate. It was of course our esteemed renouned classmate Carl Thomason.

??By the way Carl during the years you worked with Job Corps did you ever hear complaints from the 60,000 students enrolled (80% were African American) about Confederate statues? Also When I visited the Cincinatti (Locus for all things intellectial according to Fred) Job Corps Center, I did not hear any complaints about confederate statues. And perhaps you could shed some light on where all the racial anamis is coming from by our great intellectial bretheran in Cincinatti?

Keep the Faith
??Mike   
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geno on September 12, 2017 4:11 PM
Miss Manners unplugging the record player will not fix a broken record.   Mr. fixit
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Miss Manners on September 12, 2017 10:29 PM
No but it will shut it up.
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Carl on September 13, 2017 9:19 AM
Well, shut my mouth!.  [Just kidding.  None of us wants that -- at least not for ourselves.]  I've been a bit out of touch -- nothing serious -- and am reassured by returning home, and to the blog, and finding "the usual suspects" all in fine fettle.  Keep smiling.   ;-)
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Fredrick Lucas on September 13, 2017 6:20 PM
Tracy, I don't forsee removal of statues in the midwestern states. These states did not have troops and leaders who wanted to destroy the union while retaining slavery. There is a movement in Kentucky to remove the statue of Jefferson Davis from the state house in Frankfort. Cincinnati does have an Underground Freedom Railroad Museum. The town of Riply Ohio which is east of Cincinnati on the Ohio River was the first stop on the underground railroad.Slaves would cross the river at night and would stay with Rev Rankin and his family until it was safe to go on to the next stop.Rev Rankin treated the slaves with respect.
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Fredrick Lucas on September 13, 2017 7:18 PM
The statue of Jefferson Davis was built in 1936 and was financed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy.Gov. Bevan opposes the move. The NAACP favors the move.

Davis was a traitor to his country. Rev. Rankin and Harriet Beecher Stowe who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin were patriots.
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Miss Manners on September 13, 2017 9:28 PM
Will someone unplug the record player.  Its stuck again.
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Fredrick Lucas on September 14, 2017 7:39 AM
Tracy I do not believe that that the original inhabitants of the United States will want their lands to be returned to them. There is a wonderful book called The Trail of Tears that discusses the removal of the Cherokee from Georgia and North Carolina to Oklahoma.A number of them lost their lives as they were forced to walk in the cold weather.

Religious organizations are protected   by the First Amendment of the United States. I am concerned that some of our citizens are concerned that Moslems will try to impose their laws  and customs on the rest of us. That perspective is not correct.Several years ago I went to the Jewish Temple in Roanoke.Someone had broken out windows and painted a swastika on the side of the building.They had an armed guard at the service .Intolerance of the rights of others seems to be a problem in our nation,, 


There is an interesting museum in Bastian Va.It is devoted to the original inhabitants.







 
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Fredrick Lucas on September 14, 2017 9:28 AM
Why does Miss Manners not identify him or herself? Miss Manners could be an extremist. This move is strange.
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Miss Manners on September 14, 2017 5:14 PM
Miss Manners thinks observing obsessive behavior is like listening to a broken record. The same drum beat over and over and over.
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Mike Murphy on September 14, 2017 12:27 PM
??WVU vs Deleware State this Saturday in Morgantown. WVU should blow them out, but who knows? Deleware only has 3 counties at low tide and 1 at high?

??I am intolerant of people who are intolerant! Wait until Shari Law Comes to Cincinatti, Kentucky!!

Mountani Semper Liberi
Mike
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geno on September 14, 2017 1:56 PM
Why oh why is themost intolerant against the intolerant, is that like the more the much? where oh wher can I hide, is the sky still falling or di some one put a rafter up, wait a minute, wouldn't a raftyer be on the river? where am I and what am i doing here and where is here, did you know here is almost there, I heward an insane man in an asylunm hollered whw are we all here, someone said cause we ain't all there.
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Carl on September 14, 2017 5:52 PM
Why Geno, why on earth would you have even been in an asylum in order to hear that?
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Fredrick Lucas on September 14, 2017 9:01 PM
Tracy you raised the question should we return the land to the original people. That would be impractical.There are too many people and businesses in Florida that the land cannot be returned to the Seminole people.If you go online and put into a search engine American Indian Casinos, you can get a list in each state.We can't return New York to the original people.They can't manage Trump Towers. Ed Laufer would be stressed. 
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Miss Manners on September 14, 2017 9:23 PM
Besserwisser
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Carl on September 14, 2017 9:53 PM
Ed Laufer stressed?  Poppycock!!!
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Fredrick Lucas on September 15, 2017 8:28 AM
Tracy yesterday I had lunch with a man who has a summer home in Michigan.From time to time he goes to an Indian casino.He finds  the experience enjoyable. He explained that each year every member of the tribe gets a share of the profits.Last year each member of the tribe received S12,500. The federal and state governments do not regulate the casinos.

West Virginia does not have Indian casinos.


 
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Carl on September 15, 2017 11:09 AM
Fred, last week I was in the Portland (Oregon) Art Museum among a group of impressive, highly successful Stanford Univ. graduates.  I commented on the "metal sculpture of an Indian chief on horseback" when one of them immediately corrected me to "Native American."  [Imagine my embarrassment as a mere Concord College grad.]  I notice that you use "Indian."  Are you made comfortable in Cincinnati [and elsewhere] with such terminology?
 
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Fredrick Lucas on September 15, 2017 11:26 AM
Carl we are native Americans as well. Canada uses First Nation and Australia uses aboriginal people to distinguish the migrants from the original populations.I like the Canadian and Australian approach. 

The listing for casinos was American Indian Casinos


 
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Miss Manners on September 15, 2017 11:43 AM
Miss Manners is surprised the intellectually superior west coast folk would allow a culturally deprived halfwit among their midst.  Congratulations on your bravery.  
1/2 the world is wearing tinfold hats.
Chelsa Manning just lost her "fellowship" at Harvard.  Must be tough loosing your "fellowship" not once but twice.
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Fredrick Lucas on September 15, 2017 11:52 AM
Carl, the official names of two tribes in Michigan are Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and Keweenaw Bay Indian Community . This name referrs to the Ojibwa.
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Carl on September 15, 2017 12:07 PM
MsMann, those folks, virtually ALL proud, hard-core, unabashed, outspoken progressives, embrace inclusivity -- even Appalachians.  I think of myself as a diversity hire, and believe that I provide a certain je ne sais quoi, uh, make that unique element.  [I could hardly wait to get back home, although the Portland Museum was quite nice, as were nearly all of the Stanford Cardinal (nee Indians -- ironic, ain't it?).]
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Edward Laufer on September 15, 2017 5:40 PM
In Morgantown this weekend to watch WVU football,so surprised to see on the blog that you Fred would say that I would be stressed about something. Prefer ,Fred that you you do try to read my mind about anything and then say what I might or might not be thinking. Actually at the moment feeling very relaxed in the WV hills
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Edward Laufer on September 15, 2017 5:44 PM
So relaxed down here in West Virginia that I left off the word NOT between the words do and try in my last email
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Edward Laufer on September 15, 2017 5:55 PM
By the way,Carl, on the way down to Morgantown stopped at one of your super hang outs, Berkeley Springs. It is one neat town!
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Carl on September 15, 2017 10:40 PM
Edward, many treasured memories of times at our Berkeley Springs house in the woods, including of course the gathering that you helped make happen of our group of PHS60 misfits way back in 2004.  Attending were Jim Fariss, Ray Kidwell, Ed Laufer, Jerry Laufer, Kerby Smith, Rick Swope, Jerry Wizon and partners (plus lovely daughter Katie Fariss).  At age 62 (or younger), we were mere kids.  Wow.
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Fredrick Lucas on September 15, 2017 6:02 PM
Tracy raised the question should all land  be returned to the various tribes. I said that would not be practical in Florida.There are too many  homes and businesses .The Seminole could not handle the situation. If the tribes were given New York City they could not handle Trump Towers and you would be stressed. Tracy comes up with unusual questions.

 I did explain that a number of tribes  are successful casino operators.

 
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Fredrick Lucas on September 15, 2017 6:11 PM
Carl do you plan to contact our Florida classmates. When I was at the Scottish Festival in Columbus  Indiana last week, I spoke with several people at the hotel who had fled Florida to stay in Indiana with relatives until they were able to return to Florida to assess damages.
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Mike Murphy on September 15, 2017 8:48 PM
??Ed- I will watch for you on TV tomorrow. Wish I could be there with you.

Enjoy
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on September 16, 2017 5:49 AM
The statue of Robert E. Lee built in 1936 was removed from Robert E. Lee park in Dallas Texas.Lee stated that he did not want a statue of himself.
 







 
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Fredrick Lucas on September 16, 2017 5:49 AM
The statue of Robert E. Lee built in 1936 was removed from Robert E. Lee park in Dallas Texas.Lee stated that he did not want a statue of himself.
 







 
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Edward Laufer on September 16, 2017 8:45 AM
Hi Mike, I usually try to catch one game here a year,usually a big one like LSU or a big 12 foe so may come back for another. I do not know if you or any of our classmates have been to Morgantown in recent recent years, but the area has exploded with development,particularly commercially
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Edward Laufer on September 16, 2017 8:59 AM
A follow up. They developed a giant and I mean giant strip mall on top of a mounta in that was reclaimed from strip mining. It has to be the largest in the state The one thing I hate to say that has happened in Morgantown is the traffic is horrible like in Jersey or Westchester County in New York State.My friend says all the tine
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Edward Laufer on September 16, 2017 9:23 AM
One final on Morgantown, they developed in the Wharf area along the river wonderful walking and bike areas. Great city development
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Mike Murphy on September 16, 2017 9:32 AM
??Ed - Haven't been to a game in the new stadium, last game was in the 70's w Syracuse at MorganHole. Be sure to wave to us 60ers!

??Dersowich on TV now asking for working together and refraining from devisive politics by use of Rasim in light of what is happening in St Louis. 

Keep the Faith
??Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on September 16, 2017 10:06 AM
II ssppoke to my neighbor who played football for Ohio State.As I mentioned  his knees were in bad shape and he had to quit.He also said that while those in authority are trying to make the game safer they still have not solved the problem of concussions
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Edward Laufer on September 16, 2017 10:44 AM
Hi M8ke, I often heard in the 60s and the 70's Morgantown referred to with that nickname you mentioned . Many times! From the way things look it is a bit betetr with new housing near Main St.and places like the Wharf area also near Main St.
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Mike Murphy on September 16, 2017 12:41 PM
??The last time I stayed in Morgantown was in the late 90s along the Monongahelia River at a Hotel and conference center run by WVU for a wedding reception, very nice. Much has changed and the proposed road bond for this fall includes new interchanges for I 79 at Star City. I stayed there many times in the summer for the state wide Vocational conferences but didn't attend Ballgames or claasses. Although I got My MA and EdD from WVU I never took a class physicaly at Morgantown. Worked full time and went to night school and qualified for my residency by taking a 6hr seminar and a 3 hr class one semester. Most classes were at Institute (WVstate) and Marshall thru WVU.

??Did you attend WVU?

Go Mountaineers
Mike
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Carl on September 16, 2017 2:59 PM
Fred, I'm the proud possessor of two -- count 'em, 2 -- metal knees.  I never played a down of "real" football [i.e., pads, helmets, tackling] yet couldn't avoid life's normal wear-and-tear on my precious body.  I guess that goes to show that life comes with risks and thtat parts wear out.  Alas.
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geno on September 16, 2017 3:23 PM
Carl I just got caught back up on the blog, I am amazed you did not know I was a visitor at the asylum for a while, I was acquitted when they found out the difference between nonsense and no sense, very close in spelling and in meaning, I have always said if evrey lunatic was locked up, there would be no professors to teach and there would be no one to run the govt. and of course there would be fewer of us on the blog. But any way just between me and you I think we are the only sane ones left, and sometimes I wonder about you. just kidding its that kind of nonsense that got me locked up, A judge once asked me what i thought and I made the mistake of telling him. I thought he was serious, and he also thought I was serious, serious pays poor wages, frolic and laughter doesn't pay well either. Hey how's that for philosiphying.
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Edward Laufer on September 17, 2017 7:17 AM
Hi Mike, I actually did not attend WVU, but have been a fan of theirs since I was a young kid.
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Fredrick Lucas on September 18, 2017 9:06 AM
I plan to attend the gathering on October 21.I would like to encourage those who haven't seen the Native American Museum in Bastian Va. to visit the facility. You can see how the people lived.Most of the people who lived in the area were Shawnee.

Tracy do you have more questions about the Shawnee and other tribes.So much of Bland County is uninhabited because it is quite mountainous. I don't forsee the land being returned to the Shawnee.
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Fredrick Lucas on September 18, 2017 9:45 AM
The name of the village in Bastian is the Wolf Creek Indian Village. Admission is $10.00. There is a village near Dayton Ohio. It is called Sun Watch. There is a pow wow schedulrd each July.There are dancers from tribes from the region

Tracy you have some unusual questions and comments about our tribal friends and neighbors.
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Carl on September 18, 2017 10:00 AM
OK, OK, this is NOT a "new comment," but repeated "Reply" entries cause the text to get "squoze" down to a slender thread -- rather like my remarks.

Geno, thanks for your elucidating asylumistic response, and let me say that anyone who uses the term "frolic" is a friend of mine.  I always liked it when Festus Haggin would say "frolicsome."  And I'll be derned if you ain't downright frolicsome.
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Fredrick Lucas on September 18, 2017 12:12 PM
Peter Flanigan died  last week. The Funeral will be September 19 at the Seaver Funeral Home.The obituary is on the Seaver web site.Peter was the son of Mike and the brother of Elizabeth and Richard who live in Princeton. Richard is a graduate of PHS '59. Mike was a
. custodian for Mercer County Schools. The family were devoted to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
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Carl on September 18, 2017 4:37 PM
Just learned from Darla that Harry Covey died on Friday.  His obit is on our "In Memory of . . ." page [see above].
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Ched on September 19, 2017 10:20 AM
I am saddened to learn of Harry's passing. He  was only 74 (seems  too  soon)!! He lived in Sevierville TN. We have  a  cabin nearby and I regret not having  the opportunity to visit with him. I do not know if he was having healthissues or whether this was sudden and unexpected.
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Mike Murphy on September 20, 2017 12:58 PM
My sister in law, Malita sent me a note thanking me for my visit to my brother Mason, who will be 90 in December. She included a cliping from I am guessing a Hymnal which I felt like sharing:

CONSIDER.....
The Greatest Handicap -- Fear
The Best Day -- Today
The Best Town -- Where You Succeed
The Easiest Thing To Do -- Find Fault
The Best Work -- What You Like
The Best Play -- Work
Most Useless Asset -- Pride
The Greatest Mistake -- Giving Up
The Most Expensive Indulgence -- Hate
Greatest Stumbling Block -- Egotism
The Greatest Comfort -- Work Well Done
Greatest Troublemaker -- One Who Talks Too Much
Most Disagreeable Person -- The Complainer
The Most Ridiculous Trait -- False Pride
The Most Dangerous Man -- The Liar
Worst Bankruptcy -- Loss of Enthusiam
Greatest Need -- Common Sense
Meanest Feeling -- Regret at Another's Sucess
Best Gift -- Forgiveness
Greatest Moment -- Death
Greatest Knowledge -- God
The Greatest Thing in the World -- Love

-- Selected

Keep the Faith
â??Mike

 
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Mike Murphy on September 20, 2017 1:04 PM
??Carl - Is it possible to contact the supplier of the Blog and get them to remove the glitch which causes the insertion of (???)?
Thanks 
??Mike
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Carl on September 20, 2017 1:33 PM
Murph, I'll get to your question in a minute, but I want EVERYONE to know that I'd dedicate myself to finding fault even if it was among the toughest things in the world.  This may be the one area of life where I just ain't scared of hard work.

Now, about your characteristic comment enhancements
[�??].  Yep, I've had several exchanges with the myevent.com tech gurus who seemed to try to solve the problem but were unable even to identify its cause.  [I suspect Russian intrusion, singling out you based on your extensive travels to the Middle East.]  Sorry I can't help, so  I've decided to view it, in your case, as a unique part of a unique individual [although my inner voice keeps telling me to find fault with it][�??][�??][�??]
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geno on September 20, 2017 1:49 PM
I'm calling Nancy and what's his name and that other fella too, I have proof positive the Russians are fooling with the blog. And that's not all I'm gonna  call ersee or what was it , dang if I can forget or was that remember, oh well I guess if you forget itit is just like not knowing, ain' it.
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Fredrick Lucas on September 20, 2017 3:27 PM
Tracy the Cherokee and Shawnee have luxury hotels and casinos in Oklahoma.I don't think that they will want their land to be returned. They would lose customers.Do you plan to visit a Cherokee or Shawnee casino?Miami University of Ohio gives six full scholarships to the Niami tribe.

 
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Carl on September 20, 2017 3:50 PM
Fredo, think you could help Elizabeth Warren with one of those scholarships.  I'm pretty sure that she's at least part Miami.
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Mike Murphy on September 20, 2017 5:26 PM
??Carl- I think the problem has to do with the reveal format being turned on?  It is agravating since it took 30 minutes for me to type it exactly as shown.

??It is not like you to give up this easily - get mean and ask them for a 50% refund if they can't fix it!!

Perhaps Ched can help he seems to know a lot about stuff.

??Or Cookie use your Business Ed expertise?

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Cookie on September 20, 2017 6:24 PM
Don't ask me!  I never figured out how to set the clock on the VCR. 
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Carl on September 20, 2017 6:33 PM
Murph, you're far, FAR tougher, and therefore more effective, than me in handling such problems.  Just go to myevent.com to locate their contact number; give them a call and proceed from there.  They probably need info about your email and service provider to correct your unwelcomed gibberish into your comments.  Good luck. 
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Ched on September 20, 2017 7:54 PM
Mike, Sorry I have not been able  to figure  the ???? in your posts but  will continue  to attempt  a  solution. Your posts  seem to the  the only ones  so it may be  related  to  your  computor.  Try  fro a  different  device perhaps an Ipad or  smart phone  and  see
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Carl on September 21, 2017 2:05 PM
Ched, thanks for sparking another thought re Mike's blog entries:
   Mike, it might be worth trying another web browser.  I have problems with Internet Explorer [e.g., web pages or documents that won't print] that are solved by using Firefox or Google Chrome.  These browsers are free, easily downloaded, and easy to test for specific problems.  Good luck.
   If you want to try a myevent.com tech support solution, their service is avail. M-F, 9-5 [eastern time] at
877 - 769-3836.  Good luck with that too.
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Mike Murphy on September 21, 2017 5:36 PM
I am trying the blog by entering through GOOGLE chrome
Hopefully this will cure trash.
Perhaps a poem would help soothe my wounds?
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Ched on September 21, 2017 7:22 PM
I use Google  Crome  exclusively as I  think it is a little more  secure
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Fredrick Lucas on September 21, 2017 11:26 PM
I just sent a donation to Oxfam for earthquake relief in Mexico City. They are approved by Charity Navigator.Jk Rowling is sending a donation through Oxfam.I hope that the readers will send a donation.
 
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Carl on September 22, 2017 1:59 AM
Oh Murph, you say a poem might soothe your wounds?  You must know what a sucker I am for such a pitch.  OK, here's goes:
  
Roses are red, violets are blue.
   I'd do most anything just to soothe
you.      MAGFAY
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Carl on September 22, 2017 11:21 AM
PLEASE Help Spread the Word!
PHS60 mini-Reunion just 4 weeks away.
At the height of the southern WV
Foliage Season.
WHEN?   Sat., Oct. 21, 11:00 a.m. - ?
WHERE?  Princeton Railroad Museum
           99 Mercer St. ("old" train station)
WHAT?   sandwiches, sides, soft drinks, dessert
COST?    $6 per (at door)
ADVISE: Darla @ 304 - 425-0533
              djpitzer@suddenlink.net     
or
           Doug @ 304 - 425-0279  *** for head count
Please contact your PHS60 friends to encourage their attendance.  Thanks.
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Mike Murphy on September 22, 2017 12:32 PM
Hey Carl, That OCT 21st event sounds like a winner. I and Aretta will try our best to attend. 

As for the poem somewhat wordy and didn't include oranges?

Truely Salved
Mike
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Carl on September 22, 2017 2:04 PM
Spread the word, Murph.  I recall your coaxing Doug Coburn to a past mini-reunion.
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Carl on September 22, 2017 2:16 PM
Alright Mikey.  I'm gonna take one more stab at it. 
Here's my latest effort, both longer and . . .
   [Author Suggestion: read it like you're in Savannah]
I’m sending this brief, modest lettah
to my buddies Mike & Aretta.
Please let me enjoin ya
and ask, “Really, orange ya
obliged to make this ‘mini’ bettah?”
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Fredrick Lucas on September 22, 2017 8:51 PM
Since we will be mwwting at the train station, I thought that I would givr my impression of passenger service circa 1953 and contrast that with the C&O passenger service.

The Virginian stopped in Princeton with a steam locomotive pulling two old passenger cars.There wasn't any air conditioning. The seats were all upright. One could not adjust the seat for comfort.There was no dining car. Several of my friends boardrd the train and away we went.Our parents met the train in Kellysville because the train stopped to take on water.

My family took the C&O passenger train from Hinton to Washington D.C.. The train had a diesel locomotive pulling the train with a mail car dining car and several passenger cars. The passenger cars were air conditioned and the seats could be adjusted for comfort.

Today the CSX Railroad has passenger trains available for excursions. When I visited France, I took the TGV or high speed train from Paris to Tours and back.I enjoyed every minute riding the high speed train. The speed was 185 miles per hour.
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Cookie on September 22, 2017 9:38 PM
I took the Auto Train from Lorton, VA to Orlando a couple of years back and it was a great experience.  Sleeping accommodations were good, food was better than expected.  If you plan to travel to Florida via the Auto Train you should book early as the price increases as they sell out.  It did become hazardous at a point.  You have no idea how fast a Snowbird can travel on a walker when they announce "the complimentary wine and cheese is now being served in the dining car."  I almost lost a leg when Rachael from Brooklyn decided I wasn't moving past enough for her, her walker and her oxygen.    
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Carl on September 22, 2017 10:42 PM
  Fredo, you have my extreme sympathy for your discomfort in riding the Virginian Railroad circa 1953.  Thanks to my father being a blacksmith on the Virginian, and our living in Roanoke when I was born, my earliest memories circa 1947 include trips between Roanoke and Princeton.  Up before daylight to catch the train from Roanoke, the anticipation of being at the station, confined first to the waiting room and then freed onto the landing, seeing, hearing and smelling the giant steam locomotive to welcome us aboard for a grand adventure was one five-year-old's unbridled thrill.  Those unadjustable seats were simply fascinating in the way that they could be reversed.  To be allowed to stand on the rear platform and watch -- and hear -- the clickety-clack of railcar passage was to be enrobed in steely poetry.  Watching in fascination as the trainman proceeded through the car with a shoulder-harnessed bin of soft drinks and snacks, with his magical belt-attached, change-making device and figure-8 bottle opener was pure enchantment.  Ignorance being bliss, the absense of a dining car was no absence at all.  The seemingly countless station stops of the "local" simply added to the adventure. 
  Having deprived myself of rail travel for decades, I booked passage from Washington, DC to/from Charleston, WV in the early 1980s.  Immediately upon departing Union Station, the sounds, smells, and rhythms returned me to the abundant, sensual thrills of the late 1940s.  Oh how I look forward to repeating that experience, and how sad I feel to think that others -- perhaps coming to the rails too late in life with innocense and wonder foregone -- have not reveled in the sheer estacy of riding the steam-snorting iron horse.
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geno on September 23, 2017 11:48 AM
Isn't it fascinating how how folks interpert what they experience of the same thing, well beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder.
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Mike Murphy on September 23, 2017 12:50 PM
Geno you are so right - I have ridden Trains in Germany (the best) France, England, Italy, China and the USA and a COG train in Hungary and on the Zukspitz and a Shay at Cass. Each has its own appeal w the Us being the least timely (run by the government) ? Spent 5 yrs riding the Metro in DC which was wounderful compared to driving and parking in that mess. Went thru the Chunnel which seemed uneventful. I most enjoyed the soothing rythm and noises of the train and had to be careful not to miss my stop while asleep on the Metro.

My Dad was a Carman on the Virginian and my Brothers Freeman was a Fireman and Mason a Boilermaker on the C&O. The railroads really influenced the economy and culture of the area. Perhaps Doug Neil could give us a little history of the area rails at our gathering.

While working on the Boilers at the Gary Tipple circa 59 Mason and I watched a 2100 Steam Engine run into a Truck we had parked on the tracks with a compressor and Hydro pump attached and push the engine up to the front seat, although it was going no more than 15mph and seemed like it took forever to stop. 

Many of us owe our good fortune as youth to the railroads, but I am sure they discriminated so we should tear down the museums to them?

Keep the Faith
Mike  
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Fredrick Lucas on September 23, 2017 10:10 PM
There is a good transportation  museum in Roanoke. It is called the Virginia Transportation Museum. It features locomotives from various periods in history. If you have not been there please take time to see it. The C&O has historical museum. They have published several books on  the history of the railroad.The C&O museum is in Clifton Forge Virginia.
 
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Edward Laufer on September 24, 2017 10:31 AM
To continue the railway thread going, Hinton (where my wife Sandy and my brother went last October) has over the last 2 weekends this October,something called Railway Days where excursions from Huntington diesels pulling 20 or more passengercars from different rail lines from the 50's and 60's into Hinton and festivities in the downtown area
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Edward Laufer on September 24, 2017 10:40 AM
I believe to many of us there was something mystical about rail travel in the 50's with the diversity of the different lines,and especially for many many years afterwards even now in Europe as MIKE mentioned in his earlier comments on the blog It was an adventure! I will mention something about this adventure in my next short segment
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Edward Laufer on September 24, 2017 10:53 AM
So 30 or so years my late dad a real railroad fan , my wife Sandy and my brother Jerry take a trip starting from Paris on the TV to Lausanne then trains throughout Italy last leg midnight Pullman from Venice to Rome making probably a dozen stops. Our conductor says I will bring you expresso and biscotti around 7 Do not open your doors at night for any knock as passengers have been chloroformed
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Edward Laufer on September 24, 2017 10:58 AM
I should proof read my blogs before sending.Trip began on the TGV and we did make it through the night on that overnight pullman, although I could not sleep real well because of all the stops and perhaps wondering about a knock on the door in the middle of the night. The expresso and biscotti was delivered right on toine
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Carl on September 24, 2017 11:18 AM
Well I'm surely enjoying this railroad conversation. 
Consistent with part of our time frame, I recommend you go to youtube.com and locate Guy Clark singing "Texas 1947."
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Mike Murphy on September 24, 2017 12:54 PM
Ed- Aretta and my son Mickey and Daughter Terri took the Train rt from Rome to Venice. Paid extra to get AC but it was broken so was very hot and as usual for Italy not on time. I failed to mention my rail trip from Salzberg to Zurich, which was probably the most scenic going thru many tunnels in the Alps. Also forgot about rt from Cairo to Alexandria, you almost had to ride first class as coach was very crowded and dirty. 

I am reminded of the Train scene in A Man Who Would Be King where Peachy steals Rugard Kippling's Watch thob which is a Masonic symbol and throws an Indian off the train eating watermelon near Mar Mar Junction. I especially enjoyed this movie having watched it with my Nepalise Friend who could interpret the words of Billie Fish a Gurka they encountered in one of the "Stans". I highly recommend it for a watch if you haven't seen it.

SA had one rail road which went from Riyadh to Damaam, which I never rode. Also I saw the old train in the Desert at Median Sala SA which was depicted being blown up in Lawrence of Arabia, it had not deteriated much due to being in the desert. People had removed all of the spikes for suveniors.
Remember eating Cucumber Sandwiches enroute from London to Edinberg. Reminds me of the saying of brother Dave Garner remarking on a Stewed Tomato Sandwich, "One must lift and eat quickly lest the tomatoes fall through the bread.
Keep the Faith
Mike   

 
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Edward Laufer on September 24, 2017 1:56 PM
Hi Mike, They still have those cucumber sandwiths in Britain at afternoon teas. Here is railroad tying in WV, New York and also a movie. The photographer O Winston Link working for a NY newspaper got wind that the Norfolk and Western Railway was going to pull off its steam engines for diesels within a year and got his newspaper and the N&W to let him come down to WV and Va to documentthe last of this
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Edward Laufer on September 24, 2017 2:03 PM
There is an O Winston Link museum in Roanoke with his photographs argumently, particularly his night photos the greatest rail pictures ever. Fast forward to 1993 NYC at a prominent gallery where they are selling his last pictorial book Steam Steel & StarS and Link is there railroad cap and all and will sign any bought copies
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Edward Laufer on September 24, 2017 2:08 PM
So I buy one book that I have beside me and his says how should he sign it to and I say to Ed and Sandy and he asks who is Sandy and I say she is my wife. He laughs and says are you sure. I say yes and take his photo. His younger 2nd wife years before steels all of his prints and negatives says they are destroyed and says Link is too feeble to see anyone
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Edward Laufer on September 24, 2017 2:13 PM
All not true, but everything is gone.She is sent to prison for 6 years and after getting out a few years lo and behold pictures start showin up on ebay. She has most of what was missing. 3 more years in prison. That's why Link was wondering about putting my wife name on his dedication in the book. Fast forward to the movie October Sky.
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Edward Laufer on September 24, 2017 2:22 PM
I am certain that many of our classmates have seen the move October Sky about Homer Hickham and the Rocket boysfrom Coalwood near Big Creek My brother said people got up and cheered at the end. In the movie a train is coming right towards them but turns to another track and the engineer waves. The engineer none other than the great O. Winston Linj in the film
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Edward Laufer on September 24, 2017 2:31 PM
What Link asked me is if I wanted his dedication to me to also include my wifes name after what had happened to him with his wife Strange but true. Looking at the book now and the photos I took at that art gallery.Roanoke has not 9nly a museum to him, but a rail museum with locomotives that Fred Lucan mentioned a mile or so away and the Taubman museum
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Edward Laufer on September 24, 2017 2:34 PM
As the ending to one of the cartoons we used to say 'Thats all folks'
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Fredrick Lucas on September 24, 2017 10:37 PM
Several  years  ago, I bought the books of photos  by Winston Link. I thought that he did a splendid job showing the steam locomotives  before  they were retired in favor of diesel locomotives.

When I visited France, I stayed with Rose  and Jean Paul Lotoux in St Brieuc. Rose  taught English as a second La Guage in a voice a vocational school. Jean 
Paul was a civil  engineer. When we ate dinner we spent two hours. Why so long? The family has a chance to  get to know each other. Rose asked me to speak to her classes about life in the USA. That was fun.The couple had two daughters. Their names were  Vanessa and Caroline. They enjoyed playing beach volleyball. I saw the dairy farm owned by Jean Paul'S father There were about 45 cows. Jean Paul'S brother operated the farm. We went to a restaurant where I ate Escargot.  The children are grown. Caroline married a pharmacist in France. Vanessa works for a  French magazine. Both girls did their freshman year at Miami University.

Does PHS have an exchange program?
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Mike Murphy on September 25, 2017 9:47 AM
Rode train from Nagoya to Keyota and Nagoya to Gifu.

My Dad took me to work with him one Saturday about 3rd grade at the Princeton Virginian Railway yard. I remember everything being Big!

My Brother and I worked several days at the C&O yard in Bluefield after it was closed. We used the rolls and brake to make dye vats for united piece dye works.

Looking forward to seeing all of you 10/21 ornga happy carl?
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Carl on September 25, 2017 10:20 AM
Murph, you ask am I happy?  My dear friend, the news that you & the Missus are coming to the mini is as fine as frog hair, making me more than merely happy.  ;-)   SEE?
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Carl on September 25, 2017 10:17 AM
Fredo, I recall PHS having an exchange program with Glenwood Park when we were there.  Don't know if it still exists.
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Fredrick Lucas on September 25, 2017 5:54 PM
Carl, I plan to come to the meeting in October. I hope to see a number of people there.  Monday I plan to go to Blacksburg to see relatives. I usually visit Floyd which is an arts and crafts village. Concord  indicated that in 2016 they received $660,000
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Fredrick Lucas on September 26, 2017 11:54 AM
In my statement about Concord, I made an error.The $660000 was donated from private sources.

Carl, I am not stirring up the pot.Senators Collins, McCain and Cruz have done that .
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Mike Murphy on September 27, 2017 9:29 AM
Heres a shout out to all our veterans. Thanks for your service & God Bless.
keep the faith
Mike
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Carl on September 28, 2017 5:21 AM
Murph, what's become of your �??,
�??,  �??s?
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Fredrick Lucas on September 28, 2017 10:30 AM
A thought for today. A pencil that is not sharpened is pointless.
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Mike Murphy on September 28, 2017 12:52 PM
Carl - I switched to Google Chrome Browser. Works ok on blog but slowed down my computer opening to the MS Cloud. I find that the one drive MS system is good especially for outlook etc for $70 per yr. but somewhat slow because it has to update each time I log on.

Tracey how is health progressing?
keep the Faith
Mike
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Carl on September 28, 2017 1:09 PM
Well Murph, at least you have options. 
The
�??s give your entries a distinctive "ring."  Take your pick.
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Tracy French on September 28, 2017 9:08 PM
I've enjoyed reading about the railroad on the blog.  I was a third generation railroader.  My dad and granddad both worked for the Virginian.  My dad started at the age of 12 working as a water boy for a rail gang at Tralee, WV.  Exposure to coal dust generated through transportating coal on the railroad was most likely the cause of his death at the age of 38.  I remember going to his office in Princeton with him before I started school.

I was working as the ticket agent in Bluefield the last day that passenger service ran on the Pocahontas Division.

Murph:  My health has remained about the same, kidneys functioning between 15 and 20%.  Have you been watching PBS documentary on the Vietnam War?
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Fredrick Lucas on September 29, 2017 7:00 PM
Tracy, if you and the other class members want to see movies of the Virginian Railroad, put Virginian Railroad into a youtube search and you can see the various locomotives that were used. The railroad was electrified from Mullens to Roanoke.

My grandfather worked in the Princeton shops for several years but resigned.He decided that the shops just weren't for him.
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Ched on September 29, 2017 10:40 PM
Tracy,
I hope your kidney function stabilizes to the extent that you can avoid dialisis. And yes I have bern watching the PBS documentary on the Vietnam war. Our military conducted the mission with incredible bravery. 
On. Another note, our classmate Fran (Rice) Baker is married to a now retired NASA scientist. His name is Sy Baker. Sy has just been diagnosed with advanced colon cancer and Fran asks for prayers for her Husband. She is attempting to line up a surgeon as the surgery will be difficult and complex. As you may know Fran herself underwent an 8 year battle with cancer a few years back but seems fine now. They are wonderful Christian people!
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Delores on September 30, 2017 12:48 PM
and this popped up on my newsfeed this morning....
"Diamondbacks owner sends private jet to Puerto Rico to rescue player's family."  
3 minute FOX video praised his generosity and included a nice photo of Princeton's hometown boy.  
Well done Kenny!
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Mike Murphy on September 30, 2017 1:07 PM
Sorry to hear about Sy Baker, Fran we will be praying for you and family. Frans Mom and Dad were very good friends with my brother Freeman (RIP) who attended Church together. 

Tracy - Good to hear that your kidneys are functoning so that at least you don't have to have dialysis, I am assuming that is better for you?

I watched a couple of episodes of the Viet Nam series and am especially saddened by the way the soldiers were treated on return. My Nephew Sam was relating some of his experiences at one of the monthly dinners. He received in addition to a bronze star as a sniper a medal for 25 missions as the gunner on helicopter flights. He said that they had a glove on to remove and replace the barrels when they got to hot. Thank you,Pete and Carl for your service and your continued support for Patriotism. Hope to see you on the 21st.

Keep the Faith
Mike
  
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Fredrick Lucas on October 1, 2017 11:19 AM
I hope that Sy Baker is able to get the treatment he needs for colon cancer. My mother had that problem.She had successful treatment for colon cancer. Bob Huggins mother had colon cancer and died from it.

I decided to donate to Hurricane relief in Texas and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and earthquake relief in Mexico City. I am safe, and have three meals a day and a Ford to get me from one place to the other. Like the folks in the areas flooded in West Virginia, these people have lost so much. I do what I can to help. Ok Tom Dillon?
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Carl on October 1, 2017 2:28 PM
October is here and, birthday-wise, the month belongs to Wil Wilhelm.
Let's wish Wil a Happy Birthday, come October 24.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 1, 2017 7:25 PM
II wwouuldd lIke to wish Wilbur Wilhelm a happy birthday.I hope that he has many more
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Ched on October 2, 2017 5:21 PM
Just  found out  from Fran  that  that  Sy's cancer is  prostate  cancer  which has perforated  the lower  cplon. They are  still  attempting  to determine  the best  surgery and  treatment options. More tests  and  scans in the meantime. prayers still  requested
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Fredrick Lucas on October 3, 2017 5:26 AM
Mike Farely was successfully treated for prostate cancer.

I would like to remember the 59 people who were murdered and the 500 people who were wounded in the shooting in Las Vegas. I think that a fund has been set up to help families of the victimrs. How many more mass shootings ? This is so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the victimes and their families.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 3, 2017 3:56 PM
The fund that has been set up to help victims of the shooting in  Las Vegas  is called the One Fund For Las Vegas Victimes. To date they have received  $3 million. Fred 
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Mike Murphy on October 4, 2017 5:57 PM
I was not aware of bump stocks to accelerate firing time of semi automatic weapons. They probably need to be outlawed because they could not aid in hunting, in fact would make the gun less accurate. Also I have never supported true assault rifles being available but as usual Liberal dems (ATF) had identified semi automatic hunting rifles as assualt rifles. Just like abortion they have to go all the way or not at all! But I do support concealed carry and open carry and support state resiprosity. But all said and done more will be said than done.

Certainly the type of venue for the route 91 concert will have to be changed.

Would like to know what prompted this evil sicko?
Keep the faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on October 5, 2017 8:31 AM
I hope that many people throughout the USA will donate to the fund to help victims and their families. Unexpected funeral and health costs can play havoc on a family budget.

Firearms have not been the only weapon of choice in mass killings.A bomb was used to destroy the Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the Boston Marathon. Airplanes were used in the 911 attacks.
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Carl on October 5, 2017 10:39 AM
Good point, Fredo.  Note also that motor vehicles have become a popular "killing machine"; machetes are the choice in some parts of the world; semitars too; chemical and biological weapons; and sometimes stones, where a mass of people kill just one individual. 
  
Heaven help us all.
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Ched on October 5, 2017 12:13 PM
Mike , I agree with you on both points. Semiautomatic weapons are NOT assault weapons. Just because they look similar. The lobs show ignorance on this point. Several shotguns and many handguns are aldosemiautomatic as well. Bump stocks and trigger cranks should be outlawed  as the  are simply a way to get around the strict laws regarding fully automatic weapons. There is no basis in need for the general civilian population to posess such weapons.
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Rebecca Novarro on October 5, 2017 4:23 PM
Tuesday nights dinner was very enjoyable and well attended.  It is exciting to know the people who are coming to the mini reunion.  If you haven't replyed please do and if possibe come to the Railroad Statiion.
So looking forward to seeing everyone.  Let's hope we have good weather.  BTW, the trees are starting to be gorgeous.
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Mike Murphy on October 5, 2017 7:58 PM
Special thanks to all those responsible for the Mini Reunion. These things don't just happen but are because of our wounderful classmates.
60 Rules!

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on October 6, 2017 6:13 AM
I plan tto re turn to Princeton for the reunion. I also plan to enjoy the fall foliage. I usually take a few minutes to exercise at the fitness center.Having silver sneakers enables me to workout free. 

This weekend I will attend an Octoberfest. This festival celebrates the German customs. B eer will flow freely. There will be dancing. Princeton won't celebrate Octoberfest because there isn't a sizable German community.

 
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Carl on October 6, 2017 10:31 AM
Fredo, sounds like you have a swell weekend planned; may Mother Nature cooperate.  Let me say that in my considerable experience, beer always flows freely so long as it isn't frozen, AND I know of no reason that an Octoberfest celebration needs a large German community.  I'll bet that with your resourcefulness you could promote a Princeton Octoberfest.  I for one would be beholden to you.
What say you wear your lederhosen to the mini-reunion?
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Mike Murphy on October 7, 2017 7:25 PM
WVU Lost to TCU could have won with a few breaks but WVU played a good game.

Loved attending October fest in Munchen.

Keep the faith
MIke
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Fredrick Lucas on October 7, 2017 9:46 PM

I went on youtube.I put into the search engine photos of the victims of the Las Vegas shooter.There were 36 photos of women along with a brief outline of their life experiences.There were photos of 22 men along with a brief outline of their experiences.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 8, 2017 11:21 AM
One of the persons murdered by the shooyer in Las Vegas was from West Virginia. Her name was Denise Burditus of Martinsburg. She was with her husband Tony. She was 51.My prayers are with the family in these difficult times.According to reports, she and Tony were high school sweethearts.


As I thought of the shooter, I think of possibilitirs for his behsvior. Sometimes people his age have left frontal lobe dementia which can result in negative behavior. Another possibility is a brain tumor which can result in negative behavior. I really don't know.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 8, 2017 12:41 PM
Indigenous Peoples Day will be celebrated on October 9 in many cities throughout the nation. Several states and  universities will celebeate that day. Tracy that day is celebrated rather than Columbus Day.

The United Nations has an Indigenous Peoples Day.
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Carl on October 8, 2017 12:55 PM
Fred, I've decided to create a holiday of my own, since it seems so easy to do.  I hope to launch "Disingenuous Peoples Day" on April 1, 2018, assuming sufficient interest, involvement, support and funding.  (I'm seeking a federal grant.)  I envision an "Aprilfest" event similar to Octoberfest but with a self-righteous Spring renewal spirit cloaked in smug insincerity.  I believe that America is ready for such an out-of-the-box celebration.  Whatta you think?
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Fredrick Lucas on October 8, 2017 7:32 PM
Sounds like a winner Carl. The United Nations celebration for  International Indigenous Peoples Day is August 9th. Perhaps we can go to the Wolf Creek Indian Museum  and celebrate August 9th.
Maybe Tracy can go with us. By us I mean our classmates.

Will the indigenous people want to change the names of cities named Columbus?
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Carl on October 8, 2017 7:35 PM
Columbus?  Maybe. 
But somehow I suspect they may want to retain Custer, SD.
And isn't it likely that by next August, it will be the Wolf Creek Indigenous Peoples Museum?  Or at least the Wolf Creek Native American Museum.  My, I get tired just trying to keep up.
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Ched on October 9, 2017 6:44 PM
Indigenious peoples day !!!!  What  a ridiculous  idea.
  I am  for keeping  all holidays  and monuments  as  the were including  confederate !!!

 
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Tracy French on October 9, 2017 12:30 PM
Fred:  I have been to the Wolf Creek Indian Museum at least twice but I wouldn't mind going again.  The first time I took my children, the 2nd time, my grandchildren.

Carl:  Could you choose another date for your holiday.  It seems to me that too many people already have something to celebrate on April 1st.

Less than two weeks to our mini-reunion .  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.
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Carl on October 9, 2017 1:06 PM
Tracy, I agree that April 1 is an already over-celebrated date, and am tempted to say that I'd like to help you, but that would be disingenuous.   ;-)
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Tracy French on October 9, 2017 12:35 PM
I have no ideal what happened.  Foxfire crashed on my computer and Internet Explorer and Google Crome seemed to be wrestling for control.  If we have a computer whiz in our class, I need some help.
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Ched on October 10, 2017 11:22 AM
No  computor  whiz here but   try  reatarting  your  computor  and  then  select your preferred  default  browser.  This  selection is done on the  settings menu of  the  browser you  want  to be  your  default. Firefox, Google  Chrome or Explorer. I use  Chrome  as I think it may be more  secure
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Mike Murphy on October 10, 2017 12:06 PM
Speaking of FoxFire I saw it once in Grienbrier County north of Renick early one morning before dawn near the sinks on muddlie Creek. It was erie looking and really glowed in the dark almost floresent.

Chemical Reaction or extratresteral intrusion?

I heard last eve that the indeginous brought their slaves along on the Trail Of Tears?

Carl - Isn't every day fools day?
Keep The faith
Mike
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Carl on October 10, 2017 3:35 PM
Murph, you nailed it.  I chose April 1 for "Disingenuous Peoples Day" partly because I've always identified with the great Mose Allison when he sang, "...you just livin' in a fool's paradise."  Pass me that candied apple, would ya please?
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Fredrick Lucas on October 10, 2017 3:56 PM
The indigenous recognition day is celebrated in Los Angeles. There are 200000 indigenous people living there. My nephew Sean married a woman who is part Cherokee. They have four children.She is very nice. One of my coowerkers who was fluent in Spanish was Chocktow. Her husband John was Cherokee. They died several years ago.

The movement to recognize indigenous people began at the University of California Berkley.
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Cookie on October 11, 2017 12:33 AM
Well darn if that doesn't explain it.  Doesn't everything of a flaky nature come out of UCLA-Berkley and spreads like cockroaches.  
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Mike Murphy on October 11, 2017 9:19 AM
Ched - Looks like Marsha Blackburn is a TT tough Tenessean. Kicked the twit out of twitter for not allowing her to tell about her stopping Planned Parenthood from selling BABY PARTS. I wounder if some were Indigenous?

Cookie - will Libs die in their own santimonous idiotcy?

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Ched on October 11, 2017 5:30 PM
Yep  we love  Marsha Blackburn
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Ched on October 11, 2017 9:44 AM
Cookie,
  you  said it best. All  things idiotic  flow out of  Berkley !!!
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Fredrick Lucas on October 11, 2017 7:40 PM
 AA source for the indigenous day recognition can be found on time.Com October 9. All cities,states  and universities  that support the day are listed .One of the cities listed is the home of the Grand Old. Opery Nashville

The Irish celebrate St  Patrick's Day with a parade.Our indigenous friends should have their day.

P.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 11, 2017 7:40 PM
 AA source for the indigenous day recognition can be found on time.Com October 9. All cities,states  and universities  that support the day are listed .One of the cities listed is the home of the Grand Old. Opery Nashville

The Irish celebrate St  Patrick's Day with a parade.Our indigenous friends should have their day.

P.
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Cookie on October 11, 2017 9:35 PM
I would like to propose a day complete with parades, marching bands, floats, speeches, flags, banners and fireworks.  Lets call it "Played by the Rules Day."  This day is set aside for people who kept their mouths shut, pulled themselves up by the boot straps, got an education, worked hard, saved their money, cut their grass, went to church, raised decent kids, never took a handout, never protested, and is now pretty much FED UP with the insanity, falsehoods, fabricated history, and the up in your face nonsense.  Are they giving out stupid pills at the  7-11  or what?    I bet a whole big bunch of folks will show up for that holiday.    
P.S.  Columbus by "current" accounts was not such a good guy but leave history alone, leave the statues alone and leave Ole Chris alone.  Next they are going to burn my books.   I hope they leave my yearbook alone.  I like looking at the homecoming court.  
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Thomas Dillon on October 12, 2017 7:55 AM
??Before I agree to driving 8 plus hours next weekend to view some of your beautiful souls, could we have a head count of who (whom) of you who are frequent contributors to the blog may be planning to attend? Darla, don't you have a potential list? 
Only joshing, I have been on board since the mini was first announced and am now counting the sleeps -- 9. We will need a good showing to counter the Gadfly from Ohio whose "Name should not be said".
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Carl on October 12, 2017 11:40 AM
Tom, thanks to Darla & Doug's continual good efforts, I have the following persons expressing their intention to attend to mini-reunion:
Aloma Rose Ashworth   Tom Ashworth
Barbara Calfee Fields    Harry Fields
Becky Arney Novarro    Jim Novarro
Bob Ingrahm & Leslie Meadows
Brenda Martin Sword     Roger Sword
Buddy Belcher    Rachel Belcher
Carl Thomason
Curly Eskew
Darla Winfrey Pitzer    Johnny Pitzer
Delores “Cookie” Hill Brown
Doug Neal      Gloria Jones
Fred Lucas
Gene Fields    LaVerne Fields
Ginger Goings Clower
Jerry Wizon    Irene Wizon
Joe Holdren
Judy Anderson Hash    Guest
Linda Phlegar Mills      Gayle Harvey
Mike Herring      Dorothy Herring
Mike Murphy      Aretta Murphy
Myron Anderson
Norman Wall      Linda Wall
Pat Smith
Patty Baker Anderson  
Paul Baker
Pete Stephenson      Linda Stephenson
Ron Skeens
Russell Sink
Terry St.Clair      Kaye Williams
Tom Dillon      Kay Dillon
Tommy Goings     Dora
Tracy French
Wilda White Belcher      Gale Belcher

Hoping for more -- Emma?  Dottie?  Whoey?  Whatty? 
And it won't take many more to make the mini many more than merely a moderate-size mass.  My gosh a'mighty.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 12, 2017 7:58 AM
I look foreward to the gathering on October 21. We've been on a long journey since our birthdays.We've had many interesting experiences and we have learned from those experiences.We've gone to distant lands.We have participated in many different work experiences. We have raised children who are on their journeys through life. We have lost friends , family and classmates to death. We give thanks for their legacy as we continue the work that they could not finish.

Each day as we say our prayers to God, we give thanks for the many blessings that we have received and we try to help those who are not as fortunate as we are. Some of us worship in churches. Others worship  in synagogues. A few kiss the blarney stone.

We will continue our journey until we reach the end of the road. Then the next generation will continue on with new and different ways of thinking . The Irish will kiss the blarney stone. The dance will begin again.

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Fredrick Lucas on October 12, 2017 9:45 AM
Mr. Dillon I look foreward to seeing you in Princeton.Did you kiss the blarney stone when you referred to me as a gadfly? You have Irish ancestors.
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Mike Murphy on October 12, 2017 11:20 AM
Thomas - Look forward to seeing you in Prince Land, be sure to wear some deet to keep the bugs away. What do you think of the latest Scouts move. The libs won't be satisfied until there is no sex, race or history and God forbid that we be Patroitic.

Fred - You do know that the Scots imigrated from Ireland and God created whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world? Kiss That?

Keep the faith
Mike
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Carl on October 12, 2017 11:50 AM
Fred, after your "dance will begin again" comment, I'm tempted to refer to you as "Fredo, the Philosopher King."  Or how 'bout, "Phredo, the Philosophy Pharoah"?
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Carl on October 12, 2017 10:42 PM
WEATHER FORECAST for mini-REUNION
Current forecast for Sat., Oct. 21 in Princeton:
partly cloudy with high of 73.
I'll take it.
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Carl on October 13, 2017 7:47 AM
UPDATE: now forecasting 
  SUNNY   and 73 degrees.
Perfect
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Thomas Dillon on October 13, 2017 7:49 AM
??Add Tom Goins and wife Dora plus possibly Ginger Goins/Clowers to list of min-reunion attendees.
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Carl on October 13, 2017 7:54 AM
Nice "goings" Dillon.
The list of attendees [see my entry of Oct. 12, 11:40 am above] has been updated.
It also appears on the "BREAKING NEWS!" tab [top of page]
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Carl on October 13, 2017 12:52 PM
Just heard that Paul Baker is planning to be there.
My, my.  I think our theme should be
"Energized at 75!"
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Tracy French on October 13, 2017 7:47 PM
I have developed another computer problem.  I now get what is called a "script" that starts running just after I open a web page and it slows my computer down so much I can't get anything accomplished.  Does anyone know how to stop this from happening?
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Fredrick Lucas on October 13, 2017 10:18 PM
Tracy usually a popu;ation center will have a computer repair person.In my neighborhood there is a Best Buy. They have a department known as the Geek Squad who does nothing but repair computers. Perhaps you could ask the IT person at Concord or Bluefield State. Perhaps there is a Best Buy in Blacksburg.

Perhaps there are those coming to the class gathering who like plays. Sunday afternoon at 3pm the Barter theater in Abington is presenting the Music Man .

Hope that Ched can come to the gathering. Fred Lucas


 
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Tracy French on October 14, 2017 11:35 AM
Fred:  Thanks for the info.  I recently changed to Suddenlink for my internet provider because of the slow response of Frontier in our area.  When I called Suddenlink about the problem I was first told that it was a problem with my computer but the technician said she could reset my modem from her location to see if it would help and when she did, it cleared up the problem.  The only thing I have found more frustrating than a computer is a lawnmower or chainsaw that won't start.

I was putting down some thoughts on paper this week and I rememberd when I was a child we would visit some of my relatives and if there was not enough room at the table for everyone to sit, the men would eat first and then the women and children.  Does anyone else remember this practice or know if it exists today?
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Cookie on October 14, 2017 1:46 PM
Tracy. Still laughing. Yes. Men first children next then women. I never ate a hot meal at my grandparents house. Plus the women cooked it and cleaned up and the men would sit for an hour talking.

 
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Carl on October 14, 2017 2:27 PM
Same in my childhood experience.  I always figured this resulted from men, in their boundless, selfless, brave, magnanimity, struck a deal whereby in the event of burning buildings and sinking ships, it was "Women and children first."  Everything else just fell in line with nature's master plan.
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Carl on October 14, 2017 2:44 PM
Tracy, I'm on thin ice re electronic technology, so treat what I say for what it's worth.  Based on recent experience with super-slow internet, including freeze-ups on my hard-wired PC, and a weak-and-weaker wireless network for others, I discovered that modem/router technology took a great leap forward a year or so ago.  After struggling with a new ISP in Maine -- new router + signal extender -- I simply replaced my modem/router, being sure that it was compatible with my internet service, and VOILA!!!  No more freezes; wireless signal strength increase from 0-2 bars to 5 bars.  "Life can be ecstacy, you and me endlessly, groovin'."
   It might be worth exploring.
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Mike Murphy on October 14, 2017 5:00 PM
WVU Whooped Texas Tech.

I switched from frontier to CAS Cable and gained 50 times the bandwidth. 

Frontier has always sucked especially during the 70s in Princeton. Would call from upstate and would be told that it was raining in Princeton so could not connect, When Bell Atlantic?Verizon left WV things went down hill and Frontier is still being fined for stealing during the last broad ban roll out.

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on October 14, 2017 5:54 PM
Tracy, I checked on the official site for Best Buy, There are two stores in Christiansburg. You can check addresses.

The five stores in West Virginia are in the northern part of the state.
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ched on October 15, 2017 9:10 PM
Frontier has  a very poor  reputtion as an ISP in WV. My brother Bill was on a  campaign against  them also.  I guess  they  figured  to have  cornered  the WV market  and did nor pursue customer  service.
  Sorry classmates  but I will not be  able  to attend  the Mini reunion  due  to  conflicts. I hope  you all have a  great  time.  I  will  attend  the next one    however....  better planning on my part I hope.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 16, 2017 6:45 AM
Tracy, I know that broadband speeds are slow in southern West Virginia. Why?It is more efficient for telecommunication companies to install new communication lines in areas with high population densities.This works against rural areas with fewer potential customers per mile.There are typically 2000 people per square mile in urban areas vs. 10 in some rural areas.Companies need to weigh the cost of every mile against the expected profits from those lines.
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geno on October 16, 2017 12:24 PM
Fred, you like many others do not understand about mountains, the reason all computers are slow in W.Va that signal has to run all the way to the top , and then down the other side then to the top of another and all the way back down, you city slickers need to get out more. W.Va.is the biggest stat in the union, many of you are not aware of that it was also the last state God made, wouldn"t fit, soGod just wrinkled it up so it would, just look on any map fits just exactly.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 16, 2017 8:58 PM
Geno you have an unusual stream of conciousness.I hope that you plan to attend the gathering at the train station. We'll have fun.
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Carl on October 16, 2017 10:34 PM
Fredo, you're spot on.  Geno has one of the few streams that can run uphill.  We're blessed to have him, seein' as how Roger Miller has moved on.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 19, 2017 8:48 AM
Tomorrow, I will get into my Ford and go to Princeton for the event on Saturday.There is a big event in sourhern West Virginia on Saturday. That day is Bridge Day.I will be in Princeton visiting classmates. I won't be able to bunjee jump or watch any of our classmates do that.

Yesterday I was at the Ford dealer having regular maintenance when I met a World War 2 Veteran.He was in the Navy and served in the Pacific Theater.He asked me if I was a world war 2 vet. I told him that I was a toddler during the war. He told me that he has never bought a car made by a Japanese auto maker. Ford has been his car of choice. I was pleased that Ford did not tak the auto loan from the federal government.
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Carl on October 19, 2017 8:28 AM
Weekend weather forecast:
SPLENDID!!! 
Princeton area set for perfect mini-reunion weather.  Highs: 72-74 with sunshine.
Woohoo!  Come one, come all. See "BREAKING NEWS! tab above for full details.
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Cookie on October 19, 2017 5:30 PM
Confirming!  In Peterstown as we speak. 
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Fredrick Lucas on October 22, 2017 7:29 AM
Yesteady was certainly an eventful day for our classmates spouses and significant others.Pat Smith organized a luncheon at the Railroad Museum.Classmates came from near and far.Russell Sink came from Florida.Tom Dillon came from Indiana and Jerry Wizon came from Pennsylvania.Norman Wall,Carol Stafford ,Myron and Patty Anderson,Becky Arney Pat Smith and Jerry Smith were among the many local classmates who came. We had a wonderful time. 

There was a brief discussion about the reunion in 2020. Should we have it closer to 
Princeton since a number of classmates no longer feel comfortable driving at night.
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We should contact Myron Anderson concerning our thoughts on the subject.
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Mike Murphy on October 23, 2017 12:48 PM
Special thanks are in order for Pat Smith who with her amazing energy still is working 56 hrs per week and is responsible for a wounderful mini reunion 2017. Others I know who contributed are Darla, Myron & Patty, Carl and Doug. I am always inspired by their dedication and energy including Curly who poured concrete that and and still looks as fit as in the 60,s. Others were observed comparing their replacement scars. And the food (made special by Tracy's blessing) was outstanding as usual as well as the beverages! Pat is amazing in her knowledge of History of Princeton and the Railways and schooled and entertained us on same. Arnold told me that they were about to break ground on his project soon.  
Thanks again for your outstanding work!!
Keep the faith
Mike 
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Ched on October 23, 2017 1:31 PM
I seems as though it was a wonderful time for all  and I wish that I could have attended. We have a great group of PHS classmates with the Princeton local ones picking up the banner and doing  so much of the work. I am always amazed and appreciative for what they do. For sure I'll be  at  the next one.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 23, 2017 9:28 PM
I failed to mention a sad event. Linda Phlegar Mills told me that her husband Bob died last February. They were strong Virginis Tech football fans. She told me that she will be visiting her son who lives in Pensacola. I offered condolences.

Saturday afternoon, I went to the Wolf Creek Indian village to learn about how the villagers lived.  That was fun. I learned that the women would take the carcasses that the men brought home and would tan the hides. Ny mother would tell me that if I didn't behave,she would tan my hide. 
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Carol Wyrick Martin on October 24, 2017 4:32 PM
I appreciate the picture that Doug emailed. I confess that I haven't read the blog in quite some time. (I have been busy figuring out the Russian collusion. According to Hillary, the Macedonians were also involved in electing Trump. This is just too complicated). Anyway, thanks, Mike, for asking about us. I am glad that we have the WVIT connection. Neil has started receiving updates, including an invitation to homecoming. The last magazine features an article "Remembering Dr. Nelson." Do you ever see Jeff Shumaker? Fred, your cousin, Jerry (and Susan) visited us yesterday and last night and left for FL this morning. We lost our electricity due to a storm, including a tornado, that passed through. So, we had to find a place to eat which wasn't' easy since many businesses were without power. Traffic was terrible. We also took them to UPWARD, which is a huge Christian Sports Complex. We enjoyed their visit as we lit candles and Neil entertained us with his guitar (Neil Young, Don Williams, etc) Our power returned and we were able to get our Tucker Carlson fix--we record it and zap the commercials.
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Darla on October 24, 2017 4:57 PM
Carl does most of the work!!!  
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Becky Novarro on October 24, 2017 6:12 PM
As usual, our reunion was wonderful.  Just too short lived.  Thanks to Pat Smith
 for all her hard work.  Also enjoyed the history lessons.  Special thanks to Carl Thomason for remembering that some of us like WINE.  

I missed hearing the oldies but all of us Oldies certainly made the room hum.
Just a wonderful group.  Thanks for being my friends.
Becky
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Carl on October 25, 2017 1:04 PM
Darla [and others], I'm happy to make contributions to class efforts as I can, but I must note that it was Pat Smith who did the heavy lifting for the 2017 mini-reunion, after having provided the venue for all previous minis.  PHS60 is blessed to have her.
  And how 'bout that anonymous kidney-donation volunteer? 
[see Tracy's comment below]
   WOW!!!
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Tracy French on October 24, 2017 7:03 PM
I've always considered PHS60 the greatest class anyone could ever have been fortunate enough to be in.  We are truly Blessed.

Sunday morning I received a call from one of our classmates who was unable to attend the mini-reunion but knew of my health problems and he offered to donate a kidney to me.  What can I say?  You all are the most wonderful and caring people in the world.
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Mike Murphy on October 25, 2017 6:51 PM
Carol- It appears that we need to purge the FBI and Justice Department to drain the swamp. "What Happened" on the way to Hillary paying for Fusion GPS to write all the false Russian dirt on Trump and it back fired?

Jeff Shumate said to me at the mini that the cold war never ended it was just put on hold for a few years and is back now! Jeff spent several years in Russia and in South Africa.

Please lets get Tax reform and Comprehensive Border Control and desent health care laws for affordable health insurance and finally kill the last ISIS and Al Khadi and supress little Kim and Iran and quit worrying about government running social justice. A little old fashioned untarnished football would just be too much to ask for in addition?

Keep the Faith
Mike 
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Carl on October 25, 2017 9:45 PM
Murph, I continue to bask in your youthful optimism.  As Randy Newman so movingly stated in "You Can Keep Your Hat On," "You give me reason to live; you give me reason to live; you give me reason to live; you give me reason to live."
   I discovered back in the early '60s that Jeff Shumaker was wise beyond his years, and being subjected to me during his college formative years appears to have diminished him not a whit.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 26, 2017 9:09 AM
I thought that Pat Smith did a good job outlining a history of the Virginian Railroad.When  I left Princeton, I stopped  at Tamarak for lunch . I bought a book by William Archer titled Images of Mercer County.There were a number of images of coal mining in the Rock District. There were a number of photos of the healrh centers.There were railway photos, Mercer Street photos, photos of sports venues and Concord and Bluefiels State. There was even a photo of Rod Thorn. Most of the photos were by Grubb.

During the rebellion. of 1861, the county residents. favored the Confederacy.


 
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Mike Murphy on October 26, 2017 9:22 AM
Excuse me Jeff Shumaker, sorry I am not as astute as my hero and mentor Carl. Getting Older every Day.

Fats Domino RIP

Keep the faith
Mike
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Carl on October 26, 2017 9:58 AM
MEMO TO:   Fats Domino
"Though we're apart, you're part of me still."
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Carl on October 26, 2017 10:59 AM
LOTS of high-praise comments being reported for Oct. 21 mini-Reunion.  Don't know if "rollicking" is the right descriptor, but if a good time wasn't had by all, then I'm a monkey's uncle.
  
A fine photo appears on the "Reunions" tab above. Thanks DOUG NEAL.  
CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT. Then use "Ctrl+" to further enlarge. .
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Fredrick Lucas on October 27, 2017 8:59 AM
Accquain'ted With The Night by Robert Frost.
I have been one acquainted with the  night. I have walked out in rain -and back in rain . I have out walked the furthest city light.

I have looked down  the  saddest city lane. I have passed  the watchman. on his beat and dropped my eyes unwilling to explain.

I have stood still and stopped the sound of feet when far away an interrupted cry came over house from another street.

BUT not to call me back or say good-by; And further still at an unearthly height One luminary clock against the sky

Proclaimed the time was neither wrong  nor right. I have been one acquainted  with the night
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Carl on October 27, 2017 9:41 AM
Fredo, I'll add to your offering:
  James Taylor: "I've seen fire and I've seen rain."
  Carl Thomason: "Me too."
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Mike Murphy on October 27, 2017 12:30 PM
Carl - I didn't know you and Winestien were aquainted. Who played you in the movie?

I found my thrill - Fats (RIP)

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Carl on October 27, 2017 1:32 PM
Murph, I think you're confused.  My association with "Harvey" is that I starred in the movie of the same name playing a character named Elwood P. Dowd.  You should come for dinner sometime, and bring your wife.  I'll ask Harvey if he'd join us.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 28, 2017 10:52 AM
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.Wohse woods these are, I thinj I know, his house is in the village , though; He will not see me stopping hereTo watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year,

He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake.The only other sound's the sweep Of easy wind and downey flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,But I have promises to keep, And miles to do before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.


I put this poem on the blog for our friends and classmates in Florida. They experience winter in a different way.
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Carl on October 28, 2017 12:06 PM
Fred, you seem to have wandered into a darker, contemplative mood ["acquainted with the night . . . down the saddest city lane" and "the darkest evening. . ."].  I was hoping that your apparent enjoyment of the mini-Reunion would make the world a bit brighter for you.  You might try a bit less Robert Frost and opt for Ogden Nash instead:
T
he panther is like a leopard,
Except it hasn't been peppered.
Should you behold a panther crouch,
Prepare to say Ouch.
Better yet, if called by a panther,
Don't anther.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 28, 2017 1:39 PM
I made a few typos copying this well known poem.I like the cold weather and the snow.Frost lived in New Hampshire when he wrote the poem. The cold often brings out the ski crowd. There is a ski slope in Lawrenceburg Indiana . Raymond Kidwell has spent time in Aspen Colorado.Stanta it is said comes from the North Pole. Certainly not Florida.

I will send a different poem in June.Fred
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Carl on October 28, 2017 2:14 PM
Fred, as far as I know, Ogden Nash never lived in Ogden [although bandleader Red Nichols did] nor did he drive a Nash.
[Makes me wonder if that was his real name.]
Geno, can you help us with the Frosty-Nash bios?

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Fredrick Lucas on October 29, 2017 9:03 AM
Carl, the poetry of Ogden Nash is on the internet. It is not short and pithy but rather long. Too long to copy. so read and enjoy.
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Mike Murphy on October 29, 2017 12:39 PM
Has Princeton got a new mayor?  Pat Smith would do an excellent Job if interested. 

Happy hallowween
Mike
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geno on October 29, 2017 2:35 PM
Velly interesting, Carl your sense of humor over whelms me, still chucklin as I reply cannot help you on the O. Nash fellow, but Mike has a good idea for Pat Smith, how bout it Pat would you feel like a civic minded person and file for mayor, I am with Mike you would make a gooden.
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Fredrick Lucas on October 29, 2017 10:38 PM
 Carl A Word to Husbands by Ogden Nash. To keep your marriage brimming with love in the loving cup,Whenever you're wrong, admit it. Whenever you're right shut up.

How do the ladies in the class feel about Ogden Nash. ? 
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Carl on October 30, 2017 10:46 AM
Fred, I find that a different strategy works best for me in my marriage.  No matter what the disagreement is, I ALWAYS have the last word: "Yes dear."
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Edward Laufer on October 30, 2017 1:30 PM
Carl, Your words 'Yes Dear' Continues to confirm that your everyday intelligence and wit have very few peers as Sandy and I got quite a chuckle from your comment about marriage.
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Carl on October 30, 2017 1:54 PM
Edward, I'm flattered that you think that but, alas, I only state the facts.  [The cold, hard facts.]
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Fredrick Lucas on October 31, 2017 9:42 PM
I watched the ploughman plowing by Walt Whitman. As I watched the ploughman plowing or the sower sowing in the  fields or the harvester harvesting . I saw there two life and death your analogies. Life is the tillage and death is the harvest.
 
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Fredrick Lucas on November 1, 2017 5:15 AM
Carldon't forget the November birthdays.Thanksgiving will be celebrated on November 23rd.
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Fredrick Lucas on November 1, 2017 5:32 AM
Dreams by Langston Hughes.Hold fast to a dream For if a dream dies Life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams for when dreams go life is a battrn field full of snow.
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Carl on November 1, 2017 12:43 PM
By Request*, the PHS60 November birthdays:
Stan Hill - November 5
*Fred Lucas - November 7
Gene Law - November 15
Raymond Kidwell - November 20
Delores "Cookie" Hill Brown - November 21
Patty Baker Anderson - November 24
Rick Swope - November 24
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Mike Murphy on November 1, 2017 1:00 PM
A wise friend of mine asked me the other day, "What do you think the USA would be like today without Fox News?"

It does make one wonder especially about the narrative of Russia and White Priviledged Nationalism?

Happy Birthday 60s Novemberites and many more!

Keep the Faith
Mike

 
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Mike Murphy on November 5, 2017 12:17 PM
Tracy - I saw in the paper today the obit of Lewis D Antoni 103. Was he a member of your Church? Also have you been to see the new Bible Museum in DC? how is your and family's health?

Keep the Faith
Mike


 
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Ched on November 7, 2017 5:47 PM
Tracy,
  Is  there on  any update on your health. Praying  that your kidney  function is continuing to improve.
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Fredrick Lucas on November 7, 2017 10:37 PM
Tracy have you checked with Hughes Net to see if they can offer more Internet options than Frontier? How is your kidney function

ONE change in the highway system in the area was the development of I 77 to Wytheville. Before the development,US 52 was the road to take.We wound up and down East River Mountain as we drove south. My family  and I made few trips to Wytheville. Now the drive south is easy.



 
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Fredrick Lucas on November 8, 2017 5:39 PM
I have now continurd to pray fot victimes of mass shootings at the Baptist Church in Texas.I wrote  to Senator Portman R. Ohio asking what is bring done to make it more difficult for the criminally insane to obtain firearms.

Those poor people in that church.Several years ago, I went to a Reform Jewish Temple in Roanoke. An armed guard met me at the door and asked me why I was there.I replied that  I wanted to attend services.Why the guard , Several winduws were broken and a swastika was painted on the side of the building  .  Better safe than sorry                                    
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Carl on November 9, 2017 3:02 AM
Heaven help us all.
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Mike Murphy on November 11, 2017 9:39 AM
Thanks to all Veterans for their service especially our 1960 graduates. Pete, Tracy and Carl, et al have a wounderful Veterans Year!!

Keep The Faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on November 11, 2017 12:30 PM
I would like to remember Veterans who have served our country since the beginning of the republic.Not only did they serve in combat roles but some served as president, members of congress, governors and members of state legislatures.

I would like to remember classmates who served especially Raymond Kidwell and others living and dead.




 
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geno on November 13, 2017 11:14 AM
Oh for a 57 chevy.  pegged pants, and white bucks.
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Carl on November 13, 2017 3:45 PM
Geno, add a white sport coat and a pink carnation for special occasions and you'll be the cat's pajamas . . . which, of course, you already are.
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Tracy French on November 13, 2017 7:58 PM
Ched:  My kidneys are holding up steady now, around 17%.   That is enough to keep my feet from swelling but I still do not have much energy.  I was in Durham, NC last week to see a cornea specialist and I have a cornea transplant scheduled for January 5th if I can pass a physical December 28th.  If I do this will be my third one in the right eye.  My eye was damaged due to a virus in 1976.

Fred:  I changed internet providers, dropping Frontier and going back to Suddenlink which gives me 3X the speed but still not as fast as I would like.

Mike:  Lewis D'Antoni was a member of my church.  He always prepared Italian food and a cherry pie for all the church socials we had.  At 100 + he never missed a Sunday but he always wanted to be out by 12:00 Noon.
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ched on November 14, 2017 11:21 AM
Tracy,  
Glad  your  kidney function is  improving. Keep up  the  renal diet as it has been  shown  to aid folks  with kidney disease.
Praying  for  continued improvement !!! Also praying  for the  victims of opioid  addiction. This is  a huge problem nationwide !
 A  friend just lost his  son and  the mayor of Nashville recently lost her 19 yr old  son due to this
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Fredrick Lucas on November 15, 2017 4:26 PM
Tracy, I learned that Mike D'Antoni the wekll known basketball coach is from Mullens and is the son of Lewis.Mark Dantonio was the coach at the University of Cincinnati,football. He is now the coach of Michigan State. Cincinnati doesn't pay coaches a high salary so they leave for other opportunities.Cincinnati  puts money into academics. 

The program 1-A on NPR highlighted what Cabell County and Huntington are doing to address the opioid crisis.There is a drug court where users are evaluated and assigned to a rehabilitation program. EMT units are given antidotes to help those who overdose.Hospital personnel are available to help.All economic groups are affected by this crisis.
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Fredrick Lucas on November 16, 2017 10:18 PM
September 2017, National Geographic  featured addiction and what can be done to help people deal with the crisis. West Virginia leads the nation in the rate of fatal opioid overdoses.Cabell County which averaged about 130 overdose calls to 911 annually until 2012 had 1476 call s last year nany of which saved lives. In 2012 after the neonatal unit became so overwhelmed with drug dependant babies, it hsd to turn away babies with other medical needs.The hospital opened a new unit to care for addictted babies.It typically hss 18 babies.

To couclude 91 Americas die each day from opoid overdoses
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geno on November 18, 2017 1:42 PM
Turnips fried with onions and mushrooms, mmm goood, makes your tongue slap your eyebrows, these are some of the things worth talking about, Had that for supper, still remembering that great treat. Just sharing a pleasurable moving moment.
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Fredrick Lucas on November 18, 2017 9:23 PM
According to the Beckley Post Hearld, Wyoming County WV led the nation in prescription drug deaths with 56.4 per 100000 people. Within the state MCDowell County ranked second while Summers County ranked sixteenth. These rural counties have been concerned because unlike Cabell County they don't have treatment facilities. Officials also are concerned about the high rates of unemployment  being a contributing fsctor in prescription  deaths.
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Mike Murphy on November 19, 2017 9:24 AM
On a positive note HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Keep the faith and pass the Turnips
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on November 19, 2017 10:39 AM
According to an article in the newsletter of the American Pharmacist Association August 22, 2016, West Virginia had 626 deathe from prescription drug overdoses in 2015. Wyoming County had 26 deaths in 2011..I would like to remember the victimes and their families this Thanksgiving.

I would also like to wish our classmates a happy Thanksgiving. I will be having pumpkin pie.
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Carl on November 19, 2017 11:45 AM
Geno, your talk of fried turnips has done it again; reminded me of a favorite song from our childhood, the Phil Harris recording of "That's What I Like About the South."  Here's an excerpt with one slight lyric change in honor of you:
She's got big ribs and candied yams
Oh, sugar cured Virginia hams
Basements full of those berry jams
And that's what I like about the south

Hot cornbread and black-eyed peas
You can eat as much as you please
'Cause it's never out of season
That's what I like about the south

Ah, don't take one, have two
They're bark brown and chocolate too
Suits me they must suit you
'Cause that's what I like about the south

She's got back bones and buttered beans
Ham hocks and turnip greens
So let’s all go and eat at Gene’s
And that's what I like about the south.


NOTE: Go to Youtube.com and search "Phil Harris That's What . . . " to enjoy this ditty up close and personal.
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Fredrick Lucas on November 19, 2017 1:06 PM
According to the CDC, in 2015 there were 33091  overdose deaths in the United States. Ohio had 3310 deaths and Tennessee had 1,437 deaths.I hope that these deaths decline in the years ahead
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Fredrick Lucas on November 20, 2017 3:39 PM
Hi Geno. When I was in Princeton for the class get together at the train station, I expected to see you but alas you weren't there.I enjoy country cooking.Grits and gravey. Country ham with biscuts and black eyed peas.Collard Greens and chitlins and mince meat pie.

When you eat a meal remember to thank a farmer.
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Cookie on November 21, 2017 1:10 PM
Many thanks to Carl and the 60s bunch for the beautiful e-birthday card. Discovered this morning that I'm older than dirt. Geez? How did that happen?
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geno on November 21, 2017 3:40 PM
Yeah, I got one of those email cards, thank you, Cookie you are right this is a fantastic bunch of folks I feel so privileged to know them. I love reading this blog, most of it is over my head and even after reading it two or three times, I still feel like I am connecting with some fine folks.
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Fredrick Lucas on November 21, 2017 7:52 PM
Like Cookie I was happy to receive the electronic birthday greeting..Somehow I hope that we can include spouses of our deceased classmates in future events.
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Darla on November 23, 2017 10:10 AM
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE. HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY!!!
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Ched on November 23, 2017 10:11 AM
Ooops  Cookie, ( my  Brush Creek   Friend)  I missed your  B'day (I havent been on the Blog  for a  while.)
  I hope  you had  a great  day and many more blessed  with  good  health  and happiness.
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Fredrick Lucas on November 24, 2017 8:10 PM
I WOULD LIKE TO REMEMBER  DAVID  CASSIDY WHO WAS A CAST MEMBER OV THE TV SHOW THEM PARTRIDGE  FAMILY.HE SANG IN A BAND AND TEENAGE GIRLS  ENJOYED HIS MUSIC. HE DIED LAST WEEK AT AGE 67.HE SUFFERED FROM DEMENTIA. 
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Fredrick Lucas on November 26, 2017 10:06 AM
As I read the reports of the neighbor of Senator Ran Paul of Kentucky who broke six of his ribs and left him in constant pain, I was sad that something like this would occur.I hope that Senator Paul will eventually recover. People should never attack elected officials in a violent manner.
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Carl on November 26, 2017 10:40 AM
Now hold on here Fred.  Who better than politicians to attack? 
[I'll bet that Becky Smith Canterberry and Pat Smith can still diagram that last sentence.]
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Carl on November 26, 2017 11:19 AM
Good fortune -- and my old compact station wagon -- took me to Blfd/Pctn last week.  For the first time in too long a while I took I-64 from Lexington to Beckley, then down to Princeton.  What a beautiful and stress-free route that is.  In fact, mighty beautiful the whole way from Fd'burg.  Is this a glorious country or what?
   I learned from the radio that Moon Pie is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  That reminded me of my great surprise when, in about 4th grade, I learned that Sonny's regular breakfast was a honeybun [or Moon Pie] and a Coke.  I later concluded that such fare must have been what got his engine revved to start the day.  What a guy.  They broke the mold . . .
Getting home yesterday, I topped off the usual ham & turkey indulgence by re-watching one of my all-time favorite movies: "Babe." That'll do.     Hope all had a warm and happy Thanksgiving.
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Fredrick Lucas on November 27, 2017 12:15 PM
Carl when I was in Princeton, I decided to go from Peterstown north along state route 12 through Cashmere and Ballard. At State Rout 3 I turned right and went to Talcott.The scenery was beautiful. I saw a number of summer homes along the Greenbrier River. In Talcott, there was a railroad car and a statue to John Henry.

The town has changed. Several of the stores have closed since I saw them as a child. During mt childhood, my family would go from Talcott to Lowell where we stayed with my aunt and uncle at their cabin on the banks of the Greenbrier River.

After I left Talcott, I drove to Hinton where I had lunch at a restaurant on the banks of the New River.The scenery where the Greenbrier merges with the New River was stunning.From Hinton, I took route 20 to Athens and Concord. The foliage along the way had changed. It was relaxing.

When I got home, I checked the US Census data to learn the percentage of low income households in each county.Monroe 18%, Summers 26%, Mercer 21%,  McDowell 34%.
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Carl on November 27, 2017 12:24 PM
Fredo, trips down memory lane sure can be rich and delightful, and provide evidence of individual differences.  Look at us: I return home and romanticize life and connections by watching "Babe"; you get back and research poverty statistics.  Now that's diversity.   ;-)   MAGFAY
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Cookie on November 27, 2017 12:47 PM
Fredo
Have you considered running for public office?  What are the poverty statistics for Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Gary Indiana, Cleveland, etc.?  Question....what do they all have in common?

I stayed with my cousin in Peterstown and my sister in Blacksburg during my visit for the reunion.  Driving back after our get-together I was forced to stop in Narrows and take pictures of the beauty of the mountains and New River.  I almost cried and thought to myself, "Was it that beautiful here in the 50s?"
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geno on November 27, 2017 1:31 PM
Yes it was I can attest to that, I used to fish that whole section of river in the late 50's to early 80's, just out side of narrows in or about 2008, my brother -n-law and myself were coming back from Roanoke, spotted a very unusual snake on the side of the road had to take a look, a closer look at this oddity, it was a rattler, neither of us had ever seen anything like it, killled it examined its features, had to go on the internet to identify it, it was a missauga rattler, first and only one I have ever seen in the wild.
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Cookie on November 27, 2017 2:13 PM
Geno:  My dad had a little fishing boat he built in the late 40s and early 50s (until he went "big-time" and purchased the 1957 Montgomery Ward Sea King.  We used to camp along the river. Had I known about your rattler I might have stayed home. Lots of excitment there especially the afternoon a great uncle got drunk and lost his false teeth in the river.   
The Sea King is now being restored by a friend of mine and it is a jewel.  So far he has put several thousand dollars in it and even found a vintage 1957 Evinrude motor.  He plans to use it for wooden boat shows and rallies.  Many happy memories in the boat at Claytor, Smith Mountain and the TVA.  We were so excited in 1957 when he purchased it that we put it in the water at Hinton in March......in a snow storm.  You would have to have known my father.  LOL
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Carl on November 27, 2017 2:20 PM
Cookie, to my eye the drive you describe showcases the New River far more beautifully than it did in the 50s.  With the hwy. now widened, the eastbound lanes from Rich Creek to Narrows provide gorgeous views of the river, not seen from the road 60+ years ago.  That's why I usually return home that way.  Now I am determined to alter my routes to enjoy the natural beauty of WV via I-64 West when I drive over, and 460 East when I return home.  Life is good.    MAGFAY
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Cookie on November 27, 2017 3:10 PM
How well I remember that winding two lane road.  
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Ched on November 27, 2017 3:50 PM
Cookie,  I never knew  th "Sea King"  but I do  remember your dad well. I can be  sure that it  was kept in  pristine  condition  while he had it.   I rember him as being  very precise and organized. He  would have made  a  fantastic  engineer !!!
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Cookie on November 27, 2017 4:15 PM
Thanks so much Ched.  He was a very talented man--could build anything, repair anything, super athletic.  Beneath the "take no prisoners" exterior there was a gentle, giving and loving soul.  
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Fredrick Lucas on November 27, 2017 8:16 PM
Cookie, I decided to check poverty levels in rural West Virginia because West Virginia is now the poorest state in the nation.Rural areas whether in Iowa, Ohio, Indiana or West Virginia lose population to metro areas.Often young well educated people leave for the metro areas taking their talents and money with them.Vickie Pashion my first cousin graduated from PHS and took a job as a programmer analyst with Blue Cross in DurhamNC.The jobs in Mercer County were limited in her field so she left.Members of our class who left probably thought like Vickie.Incidentally Vickie got an MS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina.
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Cookie on November 28, 2017 9:02 AM
Fredo:
You didn't answer my questions above and you are playing that old Cat on the Table game.  When at a dinner party and you don't like the line of discussion, throw a dead cat on the table and it will change every time.  Try again!
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Carl on November 28, 2017 11:32 AM
Well maybe so, Cookie, but I for one don't entirely trust a person who brings a dead cat to the dinner table.
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geno on November 28, 2017 2:23 PM
Cookie I remember your dad very well, I bowled against him in league bowling, he was a cheerleader top sargeant drill instructor rolled into one person, when his team got behind he urged them on relenlessly, when they done good he congratulated, and I am hereto tell you the big G was hard to beat, he never quit, I remember him saying "it ain't over yet" Larry Robertson said "It's all over but the crying" well we lost that game in the 9th and 10th frame, if I'm not mistaken everyone blamed Larry's bragging on us all going flat.
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Cookie on November 28, 2017 6:23 PM
Geno thats amazing.  I didn't know that.  He was hard to beat at bowling, golf, whatever sport he played and he played them all well.  I could tell you some wonderful stories about him.  He was also very funny and when pushed had a.............well colorful way of putting things.  Thanks so much for sharing that story.  It means a lot.  Seems I ended up with some of his traits.  LOL
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Fredrick Lucas on November 28, 2017 7:02 PM
Cookie I did not know your Dad. He must have been a kind caring and responsible man. 
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Cookie on November 28, 2017 7:53 PM
Fredo
Yes he was.  Thanks for your kind comments.  He accomplished a lot in his lifetime with few resources.  Funny thing was back then we didn't know we had limited resources.  We thought we had the world.  Hum!  Maybe we did.  
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Cookie on November 29, 2017 1:06 PM
Reading this morning's news I can't decide if I should worry about the little fat guy, the super volcano, the astroid, the stock market, the national debit or this old house I'm living in falling down.
The one thing I know I don't have to worry about is groping.  I'll just leave that right there.  

Since I can't decide what to worry about I won't worry about any of it.  I'll just  finish this orange I'm eating and go blow leaves for the 20th time.  
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geno on November 29, 2017 2:01 PM
Cookie didn't you go watch your daddy bowl? I remember you there once, but your dad broght out the competition in most of those people, I was vyoung then, I remember Larry Robertson, he owned that Texaco gas station on the Oakvalre rd. next to the turn pike, well he was half owner of it, any way he tried so hard to beat your dad, it almost became an obsession with him, he never did win a game against your dad that I know of. I used to sat back and laugh at the frustation of those old guys competing with one another, I always tyhought "they've forgotten it's a game",  but any way your dad was like a bulldog when it came to winning, he absolutely would not quit. I've been trying to think of that big ol guy named Sam, he was probably 6'7 tall and a good bowler, I remember he was from Bud W.Va. cannot remember his last name, do you perhaps remember him?
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Cookie on November 29, 2017 2:57 PM
Geno
Don't know a Sam.  Yes, I watched him bowl but a lot of that happened after I moved to Washington.  So enjoy your memories.  Thanks much!  :-)
 
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Mike Murphy on November 30, 2017 12:22 PM
Ed - What do you think about the new tax proposal?

Watched the Glass Castle - about a girl from Welch very well done and Wind River both based on real life on pay for view. Both well worth the fee.

Keep the faith
Mike
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Carl on November 30, 2017 1:47 PM
Ahoy Classmates!
With November now waning to a few precious hours, we can anticipate the December birthdays of:

Fran Rice Baker - December 2
Pat Smith - December 18
Barbara Calfee Fields - December 22

Happy Birthday to each .
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Edward Laufer on November 30, 2017 11:04 PM
Hi Mike, I agree that Wind River with Jeremy Renner in the best role I have seen him in and Glass Castles having meaning to where it was filmed,both excellent movies. If you like Woody Harrelson you will like the new movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,Missouri with him and a take no prisoners, Frances Mc Dormand. She is one very tough lady in this film
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Edward Laufer on November 30, 2017 11:28 PM
Ok Mike, Before tonight's monkey wrench thrown in by the Joint Committee on Taxation,the bill looked like it could lower taxes marginally and only marginally for the middle class and below but have a chance to increase the number of jobs and wages over time, but oh those deficit figures .That is the big worry out there
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Edward Laufer on November 30, 2017 11:36 PM
Finally on taxes, Wall Street has really liked the idea of a major tax overhaul as it would benefit the country Sandy and I want to wish all our class loved ones our best for the holidays and for a happy New Year.With holidays approaching we will get down to see the great Christmas Tree and ice skaters in front at night to believe all is well One of New Yorks iconic sights.
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Edward Laufer on November 30, 2017 11:41 PM
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR CLASSMATES AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS
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Edward Laufer on November 30, 2017 11:41 PM
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR CLASSMATES AND THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS
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Fredrick Lucas on December 1, 2017 8:19 AM
Jim Nabors alias Gomer Pyle died yesterday in Hawaii. He was 87.He had a beautiful singing style.I want to wish everyone a happy holidays. I extend best wishes to the women who have been abused by politicians and entertainment personnel.
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Mike Murphy on December 1, 2017 12:34 PM
Thanks Ed - I hope the tax bill passes and resulting growth of the economy will erase (lower) deficits. Also I could use a few more $ to meet my needs and wants?

Are you still in the market? if so I suspect you are doing well?
I used to have some mutual funds but no more due to being old!!

Happy Birthday to you Decemberites, you share a birth month with an Icon, Therefore let me be the first to wish all a very Merry Christmas. only 24 days left.

Ed I always wanted to see the tree and ice skaters at Rockefeller Center, but was never there at the right time. I envy you and family for all the cultural and entertainment activities you have in NY-NY. Also I miss some of the sites and shows of DC including the Kennedy Center etc. But the Your Family Resturant at Kenna will be festively decorated while serving Biscuits and Gravy for Breakfast during the holiday season. All of you are invited to have Breakfast there 10:30 to 11:30 AM each morning. 

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Edward Laufer on December 1, 2017 7:05 PM
One of the many benefits I have seen from this blog is getting to know classmates better and I will say Mike,I've gotten to know you better from this blog than all the years in high school and it is a pleasure.
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Mike Murphy on December 2, 2017 8:56 PM
Ed Right back at you, the pleasure is all or also mine.

Just watched Lucky Logan on pay for view about NASCAR heist by Boone County Folks - really funny and very interesting.

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Edward Laufer on December 2, 2017 9:10 PM
Agreed,Another good movie with a WV theme How about Daniel Craig aka the most recent James Bond playing that safe cracker.
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Fredrick Lucas on December 3, 2017 9:56 AM
Over the years, I have been a member of the World Wildlife Federation and the Nature Conservancy. We are trying to provide a large habitat and save exotic Creatures from going extinct. There include lions, tigers rhinos, African elephants, gorillas and mountain lions to name a few.

Poachers like to kill elephants for their tusks and Rhinos for the ivory horn.The Indian elephant is rather safe because it doesn't have tusks.The Mountain Lion which is Concord's mascot, has experienced a loss of habitat especially in the western states.Homes have been built in suburban areas such as Denver and Colorado Springs. There has been a loss of habitat in Florida.

Can humanity find places in areas where all of these animals can roam free . Can poachers be stopped ?

 
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Ched on December 3, 2017 1:47 PM
I lived in Narobi, Kenya  for  a  few  years  and poaching  was  a big problem  then but it is less of  a problem now  as game management is more  effective.  Kenya banned  all trophy hunting in the mid 70s
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Cookie on December 3, 2017 10:24 PM
The Glass Castle was a very hard read for me and so I wasn't eager to watch the movie.  However, I finally did so tonight and found it entertaining if difficult at times.  Woody did an amazing job in his role as Rex and many of the more tragic portions of her book were not included in the movie.  Thanks Mike for the heads up.    
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Fredrick Lucas on December 5, 2017 12:26 PM
I recently spoke of endangered species.There are only 100 panthers or mountain lions living in Florida. Each panther needs about 200 square miles of land in which to hunt.The situation is better in the western USA.

Usually panthers are wary of humans and stay away from them. They are usually solitary animals.
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Carl on December 5, 2017 3:16 PM
Fredo, I have only one thing to say to the young, male panther pups in Florida: "Go west young man. Go west."
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Cookie on December 5, 2017 3:47 PM
Since they now say we can be whatever we feel like being, I think I feel like becoming a panther.  I relate to their reclusive traits.   
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Mike Murphy on December 6, 2017 12:18 PM
It's begining to look a lot like Christmas and Hanukkah!!

Favorite song - White Christmas

Keep the Faith
Mike
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William Stephenson on December 6, 2017 8:22 PM
Pete here.Mike i guess where you live it getting like the snow season.I hope you and all the 1960 classmates have the Merriest of Christmases.Fred i see where you stated that there is just 100 or so cougars left in Florida.
as a hunter and outdoorsman I'm constantly hearing of cougar,panther and 
catymoun cats here in WVA.i believe this is the Florda version since the western version will have a more difficult time crossing the Miss.River.the Florida version of Panthers are smaller than the western  cats.The population of coyotes here in WVA is getting to be. a problem for some of the land owners.The land that i hunt on down from pipestem had 21 killed there last year.I pray that all of you have a wonderful Christmas.Faith,Hope and Love to all.Cookie i never visioned you as a recluse.Jus sayn.
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Fredrick Lucas on December 6, 2017 8:27 PM
Some women who enjoy the company of younger men call themselves cougars and have a good time with the younger set.They are not ready to play bridge with the older group.

Have a good holiday season.I plan to visit people in a nursing home.
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Edward Laufer on December 6, 2017 10:04 PM
Here is some music trivia. Bing Crosbys version of White Christmas is reportedly the worlds best selling single ever with over 100 million copies sold and White Christmas,Easter Parade and God Bless America 3 of our country's most recognized and famous songs,all written by the same song writer. Irving Berlin
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Cookie on December 6, 2017 10:36 PM
Fredo
It appears my unwillingness to cave has paid off.  You finally said something I agreed with.  I see you kept the dead cat in the bag and off the dinner table.  Congratulations.

Pete
I am only selectively reclusive.  It maintains my sense of sanity and prevents me from throwing my wine glass through the TV.  There is value in dancing around the kitchen with MoTown while shouting "common sense is d e a d you .........."  (Did you see what I just did there Fredo). 

Merry Christmas to you and yours.      
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Carl on December 6, 2017 11:01 PM
I'm continuing this with a new comment because the string is getting "squoze" down to a sliver.
 
I'm proud to be a part of PHS60 and its blogsters.  Wishing all of you the joys of the season and a best-ever 2018.   
MAGFAY
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Mike Murphy on December 8, 2017 9:26 AM
Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes were hunting a Panther and Roy was having trouble with his new Cowboy boots. He left the boots outside the tent in the rain to season and the next AM his boots were in shreds. Gabby sang "pardon me Roy was that the cat who ate your new shoes?"

I remember having 10c beers at the El Gato, a joint near Marshall U in early 60s. Fred that is German for Cat?

Merry Christmas
Mike
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Carl on December 8, 2017 10:19 AM
Murf, adding to your cowboy humor, here's a favorite joke of mine.
WARNING: what follows may be deemed politically incorrect or worse:

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent set up, they fell sound asleep. Some hours later, Tonto wakes The Lone Ranger and says, "Kemo Sabi, look towards sky, what you see?"
The Lone Ranger replies, "I see millions of stars."
"What that tell you?" asked Tonto.
The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute, then says, "Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What's it tell you, Tonto?"
“It tell me someone stole tent."

 
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Mike Murphy on December 9, 2017 12:19 PM
Had Breakfast with an UMWA mine inspector this AM. He said that the mines were coming back and many were reopening.

MAGA

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Tracy French on December 9, 2017 12:39 PM
Pete:  I once saw a panther while hunting in WV near the Virginia line at the base of Potts Mountain in the Trout Run area.  I have also seen a Mountain Lion in Colorado and 2 Bob Cats in Virginia while hunting.  I feel very privlidged to have seen those animals as cats are very elusive and seldom seen in the wild. 
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Fredrick Lucas on December 9, 2017 4:25 PM
There is a Panther State Forest on the West Virginia Kentucky border. There are 7810 acres in McDowell County.Today Hamilton County had its first snow fall.About an inch of the white snow has fallen. I wanted at least a foot of snow.That didn't happen.

Tomorrow, I will be shopping for children's pajamas and diapers.The Temple will donate these clothes and hundreds of other packages like it to the YWCA Battered Women's Shelter.It is sad that some husbands abuse their wives.Does Mercer County have a battered womens shelter?
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Edward Laufer on December 9, 2017 5:45 PM
Hi Mike, Carl forwarded at your request tthe segment of Gene Kelly tap dancing on roller skates.Many thanks! I had never seen that film.Amazing to watch.I remember a roller ring somewhere going towards Oakville on Rt 460 I think it was called Fountain Ring, perhaps not! Fell and hit my head (some think I never recovered)got a knot the size of a walnut above my eye
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Edward Laufer on December 9, 2017 6:01 PM
One aside about Gene Kelly I ofter heard debate in the ballroom world who was better Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire. Really impossible to answer because of their contrasting dance styles,but when Fred Astaire danced with Ginger Rodgers they said she did everthing he did, only backwards and in high heels
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Mike Murphy on December 9, 2017 7:04 PM
Ed - It was Fountain Park Roller Rink at Oakvale. There was a Roller Rink near Mooneys Drive Inn. We used to ride the bus home toward Sandlick to be able to kiss the girls. I was never too good at roller skating but could ride that bus!

Tracy - My Brother Mason, sons Sam and Lawrence and I were fishing on south fork of clear creek, near Rupert and were coming back home along a dirt road, when a Big Mother Bob Cat and a Baby ran across the road toward the hillside. The mother ran to a culvert and got away, (fortunate for us) but the Kit ran up the bank and got trapped by the wash out/vines and Mason caught him with a pair of coveralls and welding gloves. We tied him in the leg of the coveralls and brought him home to Glenwood. He was a fierce litte rascal and would swipe his big paws at you and try to bite you. We petted him with welding gloves. He would only eat warm birds that we killed. Unfortunately he died - most wild animals do. In hindsight we should have left him for his Mother. Never saw a Panther, Puma, or Mountain Lion but did see a Jaguar on a tourist trip to Tecall Guatamala.

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Edward Laufer on December 9, 2017 7:40 PM
Ok, since we are on wildlife. Coming back from Cuz's Uptown Barbeque in Pounding Mill this past August on Rt 460 around 7:30 near Tazewell a large black bear runs across the highway perhaps 10 yards in front heading for the mountains. No black bears loose in NYc But several coyotes have wandered into Manhattan over the last few years.Oh yes, WVU plays the Pitt Panthets tonight.
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Edward Laufer on December 9, 2017 7:42 PM
Spelling error Pitt Panthers i.e. GO MOUNTAINEERS!
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Cookie on December 9, 2017 8:25 PM
Mike:
Southard's Skating  Rink. Owned by Lessie and Clarence Southard.  The building is still there near the entrance to Roselawn Cemetery.  Her sister ran the one on the "Old New Bluefield Princeton Road" going into Bluefield.  It was located on the left before you got to the water filtration plant.  One summer Clarence filled the bus with all the kids and took us to the old park in Lerona for a picnic and baseball.    My sister has a photo of mother, daddy she and I skating at Southards.  It hangs in her garage along side her tiny little skates.  
I used to clean my grandmother's house every Saturday for which I was paid $1.50.  Thats what I used to go skating the next Friday night--50 cents to get in and 75 cents left for a soft drink and a pack of Juicy Fruit Gum.  Thanks for the memories Mike.  Thats when I learned my work ethic.  
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Cookie on December 10, 2017 9:28 AM
Before you note my math--I saved the other 25 cents. Beautiful snow covered landscape here on the Chesapeake this morning . 
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Carl on December 10, 2017 11:12 AM
Similar picture-postcard scenery here -- near the north bank of the Rappahannock River.  Blue skies, bright sun, and eye-popping snow cover.  WOW!
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Mike Murphy on December 10, 2017 12:23 PM
Article in todays Gazette Mail about a snake handling group at Panther Park near Matoaka. Preacher named Wolford died due to a bite from a Rattler and a lady took picrures and wrote a book about the experience. Tracy you probably are very familiar with this incident. Name of author and book is in article. She is now studying a snake handling group near Columbus O. 

The students I had from Matoaka were not the most gifted, but made it up by hard work and humility. Students from Princeton and Bluefield felt more entitled. These are gross observations!

Keep the Faith
Mike
 
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Becky Novarro on December 11, 2017 8:28 PM
One of Princeton's legends passed away Saturday night....Don Wandell Tennant.  He had the dreaded Big C.  There is to be no services or obit as that was his request.  May he rest in peace.
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Edward Laufer on December 11, 2017 9:35 PM
I remember Don Wandell Tennant was a force on the Princeton football team and it was either a brother or cousin of his,Jerry Tennant was on a number of US bobsled teams.And thinking back on 'legends'when watching American Graffiti every town might have a dragster king and Princeton's was Chuck Cole. Oh,so many many years ago
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Fredrick Lucas on December 11, 2017 9:40 PM
Over the past four years, I have developed an irregular heart beat. Atrial Fibrrilation.I have been taking a blood thinner called Eliquis. In 2015 a surgical  procedure was developed in Boston MA called the Watchman.I will have the surgical procedure on January 4 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.That will correct the irregular heart beat.

WVU medical center does the procedure. So does Roanoke Memorial.The Watchman is on the internet .Fred


 
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Becky Novarro on December 11, 2017 9:55 PM
Good Luck to you Fred.  
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Carl on December 11, 2017 9:58 PM
Fred, I'm sorry to hear of your ailment, but very, very glad that you have good treatment options.  Take care; get better.
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Edward Laufer on December 11, 2017 10:15 PM
Lots of good luck Fred, on your upcoming procedure!
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Cookie on December 12, 2017 11:50 AM
Get well soon Fred.  My best to you.
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Ched on December 12, 2017 2:01 PM
Fred,
 we  will pray  for a  successful proceedure.  The Watchman device implanted in the  heart is a highly successful proceedure  which  can reduce  the  risk of stroke  and  clotting issues. You may be  able  to get off of  the blood  thinners also.

  I knew  Don  Wandell ( Tennett).  He was on the PHS football team  and was  a "brute" !!! Sorry to learn of his passing 
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Tom Dillon on December 13, 2017 5:10 PM
Don Wandell was the best all-around athlete I have ever personally known. He excelled at all of the sports offered at PHS. Rod Thorn was also great, but his Dad (Joe) would not let him play football in high school for fear he would get hurt and jeopardize his basketball and baseball career opportunities. Rod played quarteback.
We played a softball game at Knob before school and over lunch which allowed a batter to continue hitting the ball as long as no one caught his fly ball or was thrown out before they ran to 1st base and immediately returned home. Don frequently and aggressively out jumped all others to catch someone's fly ball to get up to bat. And once, he was at bat, he stayed there hitting the ball on to the road behind the outfield and often into a yard on the other side. 
Don played fullback and was a battering ram -- no zigging or zagging, just brute force running over you. I remember a day when we were in the 9th or 10th grade. The first team offense was running plays against the 1st team defense. Wayne Taylor was playing defensive back or safety. Don broke through the line carrying the ball. Taylor stepped aside and sort of waved at the ball carrier. When one of the coaches asked Wayne why he had not tried to tackle Don, Wayne responded something like "Do you think I'm crazy?"
RIP Don
Don't know how many of you remember that Don's brother was also a great athlete. Jerry was a member of the United States bobsled team at the winter olympics -- maybe twice.

Fred, prayers for a very succesful procedure next month.
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Carol on December 14, 2017 6:39 AM
Don W was in my brother's class and for awhile we rode the same school bus.  Definitely a gifted athlete.  Sad to learn of his passing.  

I would like to thank Carl for keeping us apprised of lost classmates.  I read it last night and my heart is sad.  We were blessed with many kind friends.  People tell me how their children and grandchildren are bullied now.  Maybe this happened and I wasn't aware, or maybe we were taught to "treat others the way we want to be treated."

Fred, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Carl on December 14, 2017 12:03 PM
And Carl thanks all others who post "news & views" and more galore.
This modest blog, now nearly 8 years old, may at times be as pesky and frustrating as a troublesome in-law, but similar to in-laws, becomes part of the family -- the PHS60 family -- over time.  For all its warts, its upside may compensate for less pleasing aspects.  Just remember, as someone posted back near its inception:

Come on in; the water's fine.
Say whatever's on your mind.
Share a thought, a memory
Or just let whimsy set you free.

Fredo, that goes for you too.   ;-)
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Mike Murphy on December 14, 2017 5:33 PM
Carl - I always attributed the lead in statement to you and still do either way you are my Hero - Keep up the good work.

Fred - Good luck with your procedure.

Keep the Faith esp during the Holiday season!!!!!
Mike 
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Edward Laufer on December 20, 2017 4:39 PM
This is a test. Since I have not seen any postings on the blog for many days. Hope this prints
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Edward Laufer on December 20, 2017 4:41 PM
Well it printed Busy time of year!
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Michael Murphy on December 20, 2017 9:50 PM
I just got my state sales tax forms for my business and noticed that Princeton has a 1% tax. Tracy why did you let this happen? Did you know that you are supposed to pay sales tax on baby sitting according to thw WV code? Taxes and Death!!!

Ed. I hope the new fed tax bill favors you. i crunched numbers and I come out ahead, MAGA

Mike

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Carl on December 21, 2017 8:21 AM
Murph, your post reminded me that I haven't asked you this in a month of Sundays: How is the baby?  Do you need a sitter very often?  What's the going rate in S. Kenna?  Do you think that sitters are as reliable today as Cookie was as a teenager?  [I could go on and on.]
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Cookie on December 21, 2017 9:02 AM
Carl is baiting again. 
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Carl on December 21, 2017 9:09 AM
Now Cookie dear, can't you regard what you call "baiting" as just a feeble attempt to hold up one's end of the conversation?
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Edward Laufer on December 21, 2017 9:38 AM
Think early on a lot of us should get some benefit from the new tax bill. However,until filing in 2019 for the year 2018 will the effect of the new bill for each individual be better known.So Mike, one hopes now for a better economy,more jobs,higher wages,more services How does that phrase goes? 'A rising tide lifts all ships'
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Mike Murphy on December 21, 2017 9:27 AM
Yes & No ?

Sorry Carl - I am reminded of the boy that ask his dad about sex and his dad said ask your Mom and the kid (Carl) said he didn,t want to know that much about it.

Merry Christmas and belated Happy Hanukhah!
Mike
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Edward Laufer on December 21, 2017 9:50 AM
One can only hope that my earlier coments on the tax bill proves true.A lot of guesswork about it as many economists are divided. What was that Johnny Carson figure that could see all and tell all 'Carnac' or something like that . He could tell us.
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Becky Novarro on December 21, 2017 3:26 PM
Thank you for your tribute to Don.  He definitely was one of a kind.  Jerry said he had 27 offers to college when he graduated.  He went into the Marines and played football there.  After he went to Concord but I think I had already left but I am sure he was still a brute.  A teddy bear to women though.
He ended his life as a hermit with no contact whatsoever with Jerry in fact said if Jerry came to see him he would shoot him.
What a character.  I think we can all agree, he was an interesting man to know.
Rest in Peace, Don.
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ched on December 21, 2017 9:08 PM
Becky,
I think I was  aware that Don lived  the life of a  reclusive but  does  anyone know what happened between him and Jerry?
 Apparently  there  was  sone real animosity.. 
Is Jerry still  around Princeton?
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Becky Novarro on December 23, 2017 2:47 PM
Ched,  Jerry did try many times to extend the olive branch but whatever reason Don didn't want anything to do with him.  I am sure there was "something."  Don always insisted they were half brothers even though he was shown differently many times.
  As to Jerry, he and Sheila have been married since she was a junior in H.S.  They live in Princeton and I can see their house from mine.  We have remained friends and still hang out together.  Jim and I are proud to call them our friends.  

 
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Tracy French on December 21, 2017 9:27 PM
Mike:  Not much I can say about the new tax in Princeton.  1% increase somehow seems reasonable considering our County Commissioners raised the fire fee over 100% and the 911 fee several hundred %.

One county commissioner who was voted out of office last election "FOUND" almost a million dollars in a lost account and paid off our debt to the Regional Jail Authority for housing Mercer County inmates before he left office.   Maybe the 1% increase will help build that lost account back up for the next politican.

A few weeks ago there was an article in the Telegraph about the cost of housing inmates from Mercer County.  I resonded with a letter about the cost of NOT housing inmates but I haven't seen it in print yet.

According to one of my senators, what's his name, the democrat, I should not be happy about this tax cut because it is temporary.  I hope when it expires that my tax bill will be over a million dollars and that I am able to write the check.  I will probably be able to recall his name by the time the next election rolls around.
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Mike Murphy on December 22, 2017 1:14 PM
Tracy- I supported whats his name for Governor and later for Senator, but have been sorley dissapointed in him lately. He is being led by the nose by the DNC and still wants the Coal industry to fail?  The Dems seem to truly hate conservatives and say that the little bit of taxes (your money) that you will save next year is going to send us to armegidan. The progressive agenda is resist until they can Impeach and give all of your hard working money to the poor and imigrants. Just be glad we don't get all the government we pay for?  Like Ambassador Haley I am taking names!

MAGA
Merry Christmas
Mike
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Mike Murphy on December 22, 2017 1:19 PM
Just got a pop up add for Hillshire Farm Sausage and a survey from my event promising a 50 gift cert?

Carl - what is happening - this is not good?

Thanks 
Mike
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geno on December 23, 2017 8:32 AM
MERRY CHRISTMAS all you bloggers, if any one sees that little fat feller in the red suit tell him I want a '57 chevy  a nice pair of pegged pants,  white bucks and a 3fft gold watch chain, and tell him I've been godd boy, on second thought just forget it I wouldn't want any of you to finish up the year lying.. 
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Mike Murphy on December 23, 2017 2:47 PM
Anyone else getting pop up adds on this site? Just got another one!

Carl - is there anything you can do?

Merry Christmas
Mike
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Mike Murphy on December 23, 2017 2:57 PM
Hopefully I solved the pop up problem. It was with google chrome which had installed entrality, which hopefully I uninstalled.

Merry Merry
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on December 23, 2017 6:39 PM
During this holiday season, I am reminded to do what I can for those in need.My credit union is collecting used coats.A lady from the Salvation Army was ringing the bell in Krogers. During high school.I rang the bell in front of Murphys.Since 2018 is the year of the bird, the Audubon Society wants me to renew ny membership.

Each year, the Cincinnati Ballet Company dances the Nutcracker Suite.WGUC the classical music station, features music of Chanukah and Christmas. There is much that we can do during the holiday season to help those in need.
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Thomas DILLON on December 24, 2017 10:10 AM
Merry Christmas to all. It was great to have seen many of you this past year at the min-reunion. Hope we can repeat in 2018.
Kay and I are hopefully bound for Florida on Friday or Saturday until mid-March. We have been fighting a bug for the past couple of weeks and even are staying away from the kids, grand kids, and great grand kids tomorrow so they will not catch whatever we have.
 
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Tracy French on December 24, 2017 2:46 PM
Merry Christmas to all!
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Fredrick Lucas on December 24, 2017 5:43 PM
I remember Bing Crosby singing I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas. I'm looking out of the window and the snow is falling. It is expected to fall throughout the evening.

Yesterday at Temple, I spoke to a woman who is a caregiver to a developmentally disabled man who uses a wheelchair and lives in a group home. She is from Minnesota and wants our area to get three feet of snow. Perhaps but I'm not holding my breath. I would like to wish all classmates happy holidays-especially those in Florida where snow is unusual.
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Mike Murphy on December 25, 2017 1:37 PM
White Christmas here in downtown east Kenna
Merry Christmas
Mike
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Ched on December 27, 2017 11:56 AM
A belated Merry Christmas  to all  !!!. I pray for good health and happiness to everyone in 2018 and  beyong !!! Getting older is  a blessing  that  so many do not get  to experience.

 No snow here in Hendersonville  Tennessee  this  Christmas but it is  getting  cold ( low  20s).
 Our youngest  daughter was married on  Dec. 9 so that event has occupied  so much of our  efforts  recently. ( Mostly Janice)

Tracy, how is  your health recently?  Hopefully improving.
.
My Hokies play OK State  tomorrow  and  are a 6 point  "dog". We  will need  special teams  and  defence  to carry  the  day if  we  are  to win.
Again bessings  to all !!

 
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Becky Novarro on December 27, 2017 9:00 PM
Belated Merry to all of you.  Jim and I arrived in Naples like the typical Snowbirds sharing our colds!  So far, two of my family have caught it and goodness knows how many people I hugged Christmas Eve who are at the Walk-In Clinic.  So Tom, good luck!!!
Our weather has been fabulous.  82 each day.  Been to the pool twice and to the beach today.  Friday we head north with our long pants, socks, jackets and heat on.  However, we enjoyed our family including our NJ "bunch" who left today.  It's 20 degrees there!!
Happy New Year and thank all of you for your posts including FB.
Becky
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Fredrick Lucas on December 28, 2017 12:20 PM
I would like to wish Ched's youngest daughter my best wishes for a long ang happy marriage.Becky, I know that you and Jim are having fun in Florida.Tom I know that you and your wife will have a good time in Florida.

Those of us living in the snow belt are facing weather challenges.Those living in Erie Pa. have six feet of snow to move.I don't think that any of our classmates live in Erie.
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Carol on December 28, 2017 7:14 PM
Sounds like everyone had a good Christmas. Cold weather is moving in so I am a little envious of those who headed to FL. Neil did play tennis outside in shorts yesterday. Knees were replaced two years ago and are great! We are watching VA Tech vs OK ST, pulling for ACC teams, of course. We are excited about the TIGERS. They keep showing the winning play at last year's Natl. Championship game when Renfrow caught the pass with one second on the clock. Adam Humphries (former Tiger) is having a good year with Tampa. I know his aunt quite well from our tennis days. She is super nice. Fred, this is for you as I know you like statistics. The BMW plant down the road has produced 351,732 cars as of December 13. I don't want to sound ungrateful, but we have enough growth here for now. Greenville SC was the fourth fastest growing city in the country last year (the top three were in TX). Anyway, our infrastructure can't keep up. A new courthouse will be built, two new high schools are under construction and traffic is awful and taxes have increased. Tracy, I think of you often. My brother was on dialysis for many years.
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Mike Murphy on December 29, 2017 1:21 PM
Carol = Someone said "you will get tired of winning so much" send some of the prosperity our way, although I enjoy quite little Kenna having lived in the DC megatroplis mess!

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Tracy French on December 29, 2017 4:49 PM
Ched:  My health is about the same, the kidneys have stabilized at 17% which keeps me off dialysis  Yesterday I was in Durham, NC for a pre-op physical and I was given the OK to have a corneal transplant next Friday.  Tommy Goings will drive me down Friday morning and bring me back on Saturday.  It's good to have such good friends!  I'll add my wishes to Fred's for your daughter's marriage.  It hardly seems possible that she is old enough to get married

Carol:  Thanks for your concern.

I'm seriously thinking about joining the "snow birds" this year.

A good friend of mine who was a permanent resident of Flordia before he died once described true happiness to me:  "A New Yorker headed north in the spring with a Canadian under each arm". - No offense Ed.

I think I must be getting better looking as I get older.  Almost every time I buy something and the cashier is a young woman she will say something like "... thank you honey or thank you sweetheart", or something along that line.  ... maybe it's just that the younger generation is more polite than the previous generations.  Anyone else notice that?

Some New Year's resolutions.

1.  I will not complain about paying taxes.

2.  I will not complain about Dana Holgerson.
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Carl on December 30, 2017 4:59 PM
Hi All!  Just catching up on the blog and about to prove that "It takes all kinds."  Joan, Carl & new dog Joey left F'burg on Dec. 21 for a white Christmas in Maine.  ["Just like the ones I used to know."
   Arrived there in a driving snow storm with the final 2 hours of driving over treacherous road and limited visibility.  Expected about 6" of snow on arrival to discover about 14".  Settled in to prepare for the holiday only to have the already cold temps start a steep decline.  Another 8" of snow on Christmas Day.  WHAT A SPECTACLE.  Mother Nature blessed me in a most generous fashion . . . but without internet service or cable TV.
   Awoke this morning to a temp. of minus 10 [expected high of 4].  Drove through breaktakingly beautiful landscapes, especially after taking a "back road" the last 35 miles into Keene, where the temp was a balmy 14 degrees.
   Will ring in 2018 tomorrow in Allendale, NJ with good friends.  How you like THAT Becky & Jim.  New Jersey for New Year's Eve.
   Sorry that I couldn't share this luxurious experience with my PHS60 Florida escapees.  Hope all have a splendid NEW YEAR. 
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Becky Novarro on December 31, 2017 9:03 AM
Happy New Year to all.  We are back in Princeton and it's 10 degree weather.  My tan is fading fast!
Carl, have fun in NJ but be careful of the troopers...they are REAL.   54 years ago Jim and I were in Time Square celebrating our marriage.  Great memory.
 Carol, I understand your frustration with the growth.  Naples outgrew us.  Having just been there and driving on 6 lane traffic to get anything gets old as we get old!
Let's all pray that 2018 brings us peace and good health.  We already have a lot of love thanks to our marvelous class. Thank all of you for staying my friend! God bless.
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Mike Murphy on December 31, 2017 11:57 AM
Beckey - Your Beauty and Personality continue to represent PHS60 in a Tigersom fashion. I hope that I am included in your friends.

Carl - We missed you, I was about to give you a shout, but as always you come through.

Happy New Year to the Great PHS60ers and their families. Health Wealth and Happiness to all.
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on December 31, 2017 12:50 PM
Becky, you're welcome. All of us will remain friends.Yesterday I went to the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Harrison Ohio. It was 6 degrees. There was two and one half inches of snow on the grounds. My friends from the gym are taking a trip to Panama.I will stay here for the Watchman procedure on Thursday. The temperature is expected to be 1 degree.

A description of the Watchman procedure is on youtube.The problem of an irregular heart beat is that a clot can form and a stroke can occur if the left atrial isn't treated.

 
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Becky Novarro on January 1, 2018 3:08 PM
Fred, I hope you do as well as I did with your heart procedure.
Mike, what a very lovely thing to say.  Thanks, I need all the warm fuzzies I can get but then, don't we all.
Happy New Year.
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Cookie on January 1, 2018 4:46 PM
Best wishes to everyone for a good 2018 and especially to Fredo.  I am sure you will do well.

Its 18 degrees here and my annual New Year's Day feast--a big ole pot of brown beans.

Came home from a gathering of friends last night and turned on the TV to see a re-run of the Ball Drop or a peach or whatever it was people were dropping.  Instead I stumbled across CNN with Don Lemon ?????? (why) and a female reporter on a bus in Colorado.  
Asking myself....was I born too early or just at the right time.  Holy Cow!!!!
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Mike Murphy on January 2, 2018 1:01 PM
Just looked at the monitor for my weather machine mounted on the east deck and the all time low was -8 on 1/02/18  the high was 101 on 8/27/16 and high wind was 23 mph 2/20/17.  Sorry if that is too much info for "some folk".  But is is still cold with the high expected today of 20.

Cookie has the traffic gotten any better on the highway between DC and Anapollis? esp on Fridays?  The beans sound great. Do you use a slab of fat back?

Hope everyone has a wounderful 2018.
Mike
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Carl on January 2, 2018 1:36 PM
Cookie, you shouldn't be surprised; you know that lemons can make you pucker.
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Cookie on January 2, 2018 7:02 PM
Carl is just so darn clever.  LOL

Mike:  Beans "ain't nothin' without fat back.  Route 50--depends upon the time of year.  Friday afternoons March through October beginning at 1 p.m. its stop and go from Davidsonville to the Bay Bridge.  They continue to talk about another crossing of the Bay but who  knows.  

Stay warm all.
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Carl on January 3, 2018 12:14 AM
Mike & Cookie, remember that as Little Milton wisely entoned, “If I don’t love you baby, grits ain’t groceries, eggs ain’t poultry, and Mona Lisa was a man.”

 
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Fredrick Lucas on January 3, 2018 1:13 PM
I checked the obituaries at Memorial Funeral Home.One of the faculty members at PHS when we were there was Cam Wiley who eventually left PHS for Blacksburg High School.He was 89 and died November 28 2016. He was a member of the math department.

Rich Rodriguez head football coach at Arizona University and former coach at WVU was fired by Arizona afer six seasons.He was charged with creating a hostile work environment for a female employee.
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Carl on January 3, 2018 5:09 PM
Amazing work yet again, Fred. 
You must have the richest sources for tragic news of anyone I know.  ;-)
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Ched on January 3, 2018 8:40 PM
So sorry to learn of Coach Wiley's  passing.  He was a good math teacher  also Baseball coach and  an assistant football coach.
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Becky Novarro on January 3, 2018 8:51 PM
How are all of you weathering the cold?  I feel like an old codger staying in the house but that is what is advised for "senior citizens."  Fun??  Hope all of you are warm and safe.
Also, share some beans recipes.
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Mike Murphy on January 4, 2018 9:57 AM
I have a relative who is a health nut and uses Olive Oil to cook her brown beans. Fortunately they are canned and have been pre seasoned. Yuk

Ham Hocks are good for cooking beans esp if they are salt cured not the chemical sugar cure. Also my Mom would fry a big peice of salt bacon in an iron skillet and then pour in her buttermilk soda conbread mixture and bake. You wanted to get a peice with some of the bacon and home made butter and buttermilk. Big pot of beans on monday and eat all week. I remember as a small kid hearing Stella Dallas on the radio and knowing that dinner would follow soon. 

Sorry but pig fat and salt make good beans!!
Keep the faith
Mike
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Tom Dillon on January 4, 2018 10:15 AM
Prayers for you  today, Fred. Ditto for you, Tracy, tomorrow.
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Cookie on January 4, 2018 2:15 PM
Likewise for Fred and Tracy.   My best to each of you.

Was just thinking this morning.....as a kid if it snowed and Frank Price showed up with the school bus you had school. If not, you went back in the house.  He would put the chains on and the state road would put down cinders and off you went.   I also remember riding the bus when Brush Creek would flood.  Going up Willowbrook (we called it Cresent Hollow) there was a single lane wooden bridge that crossed the creek (no guard rails). Frank just drove on across with water over the tires.  We thought it was fun.  Hum!  

I remember the year Princeton went to the state basketball championships (lost and cried all the way home) Daddy put the chains on, loaded us all in the 1955 Olds and we left Princeton at 4 a.m. with snow piled up higher than the windows.  We stopped at the Court House Exxo for gas and he said to the attendant, "Well, I guess we are the first ones out to the game."  "No" said the guy, "towns empty.  They've been leaving all night.  You are the last one out." 

With that, we only got 3 or 4 inches of snow last night but the wind is churning and my furnace hasn't shut off for the past 10 days.  People have gone nuts and the television is telling me I'm gonna die.  Its ok, I still have some brown beans left.  Hopefully the kids will miss me and find me in the spring thaw.  

Folks just aren't as tough as they once were now are they.
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Ched on January 4, 2018 8:24 PM
Very well said  Cookie  !!!!
  Stay warm. It was 10 F here  this  AM  !  wil warm up a bit later  this  week Might even hit 35 F
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Fredrick Lucas on January 6, 2018 10:19 AM
Yesterday, I returned home from Christ Hospital. The watchman surgery was a success. I got medicine  and instructions. Thank you all for prayers and well wishes. When I first entered the hospital the temperature was -5.

I went to the state basketball finals when Rod Thorn was playing. I enjoyed the trip and game.I was sad that the team lost.  It was the small town team against the city team which had more talent. 
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Carl on January 6, 2018 11:42 AM
Great news on your surgery Fred.  Congrats!!!
Take care; stay well & warm.
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Edward Laufer on January 6, 2018 2:47 PM
Glad to hear, Fred ,that you will be back on the blog. Your observations, comments, and sometimes unusual opinions often create spice and I would say some controversy on the blog and often get many involved into what you say, and lead into heated debates The blog would not be quite the same without you
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Ched on January 6, 2018 3:19 PM
Fred,  Glad your proceedure was  successful.  I remember  the state  tournament  finals which PHS lost. If I remember correctly, the PHS  team was  weakend because Rod Thorn was  suffering from the flu and his individual performance  was  compromised.
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Fredrick Lucas on January 6, 2018 10:24 PM
I am supposed to relax and do little for a week. Ed I plan to enjoy the arts such as the symphony, opera, playhouse in the Park and a trip someplace. Even though I enjoy commentary about politics and social issues, I think that others can carry the load.

I plan to continue watching Katy Tur on MSNBC.
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Tom Dillon on January 7, 2018 11:56 AM
Fred, glad that the internal mechanisms (called movement) of your Watch (heart) have been repaired. Don't try to get back up to speed too quickly.
Ched, 
AND NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY -- Thorn did have the flu -- type Dear John. I am pretty sure that this is reliable info -- right before the tourney Rod's heart was broken by a girl having broken up with him. He was a mess!!!
My memory banks register that it was Nancy Owney(sp) or Kathy Macmanaway (again sp). They were both cheerleaders and traveled on the bus with the team. Rod tried to talk to his X and she would not have anything to do with him. He was truely sick (love sick) and barely functioning much less able to play in a ball game.

The following may be tied to this dismal failure of the PHS basketball team or to another I will share later -- Joe Thorn (Rod's father) was so pissed that when the team returned to Princeton, he had Rod shooting foul shots into the wee hours of the morning on the court behind their house. Joe also did anything and everything later he could to get Rod's mind back on basketball and not on girls.
Near 60 today in Fla. and near 70 by mid-week. When we left home last week, it was 12 degrees with 4-5 inches of snow forecasted.
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Becky Novarro on January 7, 2018 5:22 PM
Wow, the Nancy Oney story.  No one liked her after all that. However, was it truth or not.  Were you on the bus going to Parkersburg?  If so, maybe it was all true.
Where are you and Kay in Florida?  I know you usually stay in the panhandle but if it is 60 you may be further south.  Did you get snow?  Crazy weather.  This morning it was 3 degrees when I got up.  Got as high as 35 so we left our cave. Man cannot live by bread alone, gotta have peanut butter.
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Edward Laufer on January 7, 2018 6:10 PM
Well I for one always wondered what happened to Rod in that Parkersburg Both Cheds and Toms comments , either of which could answer that mystery that evening in Morgantown I believe earlier that year we had beaten Parkersburg by 7 or 8 at Parkersburg Again correct me if I am wrong but in that semi final Rod had 19 points, Jim Sayers 34 and the rest of the team 13 points. It was a shocker
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Edward Laufer on January 7, 2018 6:13 PM
TYPO ERROR that I did not catch, but Jim Sayers had 24 points not 34 and the entire team at only I believe 56 points
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Edward Laufer on January 7, 2018 6:27 PM
And talking about basketball games there is a large contingent of WVU fans in New York City and in the surrounding area that congregate sometimes in the hundreds at a place in midtown called Jack Doyles to watch Football and basketball games.I believe the basketball team could be ranked this week as high as #3 the highest since Jerry West years.
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Fredrick Lucas on January 7, 2018 6:58 PM
Tom thanks for suggesting that I take it easy.  My orders are to lift no more than 10 lbs. for a week and light walking.The catheder went through my groin to the left atrial.My next appointment is on February 20.

Speaking of Rod Thorn, most of us who have ever dated have broken up from time to time.
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Cookie on January 7, 2018 7:05 PM
Gee Whiz!  I don't know anything about cupid but I do remember Daddy cussing all the way home from the game because  the opposing team had developed a stratagy to double team him and keep him from shooting and it worked all night.   Kept asking why  the "hell" they didn't take him out of the game. It would have screwed up the strategy.   Wasn't that the real story?  
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Carl on January 7, 2018 7:04 PM
In case any of our readers don't know this, it is Jerry West's silhouette that appears on the NBA logo.
   Also speaking of the trip to the WV State Tournament, I believe there were 2 bus loads of students.  The bus I was on did lots of group singing of popular tunes.  I'm pretty sure that "Silhouettes" was one of them.  Also "Mr. Sandman."  Anyone remember others?
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Edward Laufer on January 8, 2018 9:23 AM
Did not realize on my posting yesterday that #1 Michigan St had lost a couple of hours earlier. WVU should not be ranked lower than #2 when the AP rankings come out today. Highest ranking for the team since the late 50's
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Thomas Dillon on January 8, 2018 9:38 AM
How about "Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall"? Becky, I don't remember being on the team bus nor on one of the student buses. Mokey Crawford and I paid for someone's gas to take us to the general area of the tournament. Curly or Joe Eskew? As it was our first sojourn from little old Princeton, we drank a few beers while enroute, during our stay, but not on our return as we were enjoying our hangovers. I don't think we had tickets to any of the games nor saw any. Really don't remember much more.
We are still wintering in the panhandle of Florida just east of Panama City. Temperature today expected to reach 64. It was cold last week with snow flurries nearby and part of I-10 was closed due to slick road conditions. We just stayed in and watched Hallmark movies.
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Tracy French on January 8, 2018 4:15 PM
My surgery went great and I woke up this morning to zero pain.  I am amazed at the advancement in medical care since I had my first corneal transplant 32 years ago and the second 28 years ago.  This time I was awake for the whole procedure and the two female surgeons chatted throughout the operation.  There were times when I wanted to say "would you please pay attention to what you're doing".  One of the surgeons looks like she is still a teen-ager.  I have a follow up appointment on Thursday.

We should have been state champions the last three years of Rod Thorn's high school career but we lost to Mullens when Rod fouled out in the sectionals in 57, to Beckley by 1 point in the regionals in 58 and of course, Parkersburg in 59.
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Edward Laufer on January 8, 2018 6:57 PM
Great to hear, Tracy, that your surgery went so well!
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Ched on January 8, 2018 7:03 PM
Tracy,
 Glad your  surgery  went  so well. I'm guessing  that this  was  a computor  guided  LASER proceedure  which is nothing  short of  amazing  and  so incredibly accurate that incisions are minimal.

 
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Cookie on January 8, 2018 9:10 PM
Great news Tracy and THANK YOU.  :-)
 
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Fredrick Lucas on January 9, 2018 9:10 AM
Tracy happy to learn that your surgery was successful.I look foreward to seeing you more often on the blog.
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Thomas Dillon on January 9, 2018 9:45 AM
Congrats Tracy on your succesful operation. I don't know how you can remember basketball statistics -- how many points Thorn got, against whom, in what year, etc. T. St.Clair can do the same with football trivia -- who we played, scores, our won -loss records each year. Of course, Terry is at least a year younger than the rest of us having been born in 1943. My 69 year-old-brain sometimes plays tricks on me and/or I have lingering concussions dating back to my gridiron days.
Here is a another story from the archives of my befuddled mind.
In days of old as is the case recently in modern times, high top basketball shoes were the in thing. I remember PHS varsity basketball players donning either black or white high tops. One year, via the PHS booster club, or some other source, monies were obtained and low cut basketball shoes were purchased (perhaps with new uniforms also) for the team prior to a big game somewhere up north -- Charleston? Hunington (sp) ? The players had never practiced or worn low cuts before. The shoes were also new to the coaching staff and assistants, therefore, the players' ankles were not taped unless specifically requested. I remember that the majority of the 1st team suffered ankle sprains as a result. I can see the injured players limping around the gym at the next practice -- J. Sayers, J.Strong, B.Campbell. For some reason, I don't remember Thorn as having been hurt. Perhaps Joe Thorn mandated that Rod's ankles were taped 24-7.
Shorter story -- we were playing Hinton and beat them like 140 plus to 40. Rod scored close to 50 points. 
Someone please help fill in some of the blanks above.
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Mike Murphy on January 9, 2018 10:29 AM
Great game last eve. I was torn between Georgia and Alabama. Did some work for UGA in UAE 2000 - 2002, but Sabin is from WV and has always been one of my favorites. How many of you graduated from UCA?

Tracy great to hear you are doing well, please keep poor sinners like me in your prayers and I will recipricate for what it is worth?

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Ched on January 9, 2018 11:21 AM
What  a  game!!!  I was pulling for Georgia as Alabama seems  to rull  the FB upper  levels. Also Coach Frank Beamer ( Va Tech. Ret.) was inducted in the  college FB Hall of  fame yesterday and participated in the  coin toss.
 His  son ( Shane Beamer ) is on the  coaching  staff at Georgia.  He is  special teams  cordinator  and  TE  position coach.


 MAGA !!!!
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Edward Laufer on January 9, 2018 12:41 PM
What a game is right. Games like this is what makes watching College football and college basketball so great. What separates college from the pros is that college fans are so rabid for who they are rooting for. No question that with Saban move after halftime to remove his 25 and 2 starter for an uncontested kid in this hugh game further elevates Saban's greatness
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Edward Laufer on January 9, 2018 12:57 PM
To answer Tom, the following perhaps might be accurate realizing that my wife Sandy says that I have selective long term memory but often forget, something she asked me to do in the past few days Hmmm! Dead on about the sneakers which were I believe white. The rout of Hinon was in the old gym. The next year at the new high I believe after tge first quarter the score was 29 to 1
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Edward Laufer on January 9, 2018 1:26 PM
Since we have been a bit of a Rod Thorn tread the following might be of some interest perhaps?Rod was with the Baltimore Bullets.I went up from DC to catch a game that his dad was also there First quarters 2 shots 2 points The 4th quarter Rod catchsfire and scores 19 more points I believe. Going back to the locker room to see Rod his dadand I both say just like high schook days.
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Thomas Dillon on January 10, 2018 8:55 AM
Ed, you are right on. The new basketball shoes were white and the Hinton game was at the old high school gym. In my mind's eye, I can still picture Thorn receiving a pass and/or dribbling down into the far right corner and then up with his 2-handed jump shot. Then swoosh. Again, I think he scored nearly 50 points. When did 3 pointers come into scoring? Rod may have been closer to 100 points.
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Edward Laufer on January 10, 2018 9:37 AM
Hi Tom, To answer your quesion about the 3 point shot,according to the Google Web site, it became official in 1986 in college and high school a year later.A lot of Rods 2 handed jumpers seemed to be in that range Here is a question that maybe you might know the answer to. I do not know.Was the old high school floor full length?It did not look it?
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Edward Laufer on January 10, 2018 12:42 PM
Does anyone know the whereabouts of CHICK WEBBgym instructer at PHS. About 15 or so years ago. tried through the Board of Education to no avail. Here is why!
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Edward Laufer on January 10, 2018 12:48 PM
During our sophomore year they were going to have a half time ceremony at one of our foot ball games, where they were presenting Jimmy Wathall a PHS windbreaker Among local notables on the field they a representative from a gym class Webb took nominations from the class all well known athletics in our class and a kid not well kniwn,but nominated by his friend
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Edward Laufer on January 10, 2018 12:57 PM
Webb says all the nominated candidates out and then makes a speech that all of these nominees will go on to many other accolades at PHS but for this one kid nothing will top this honor. A picture was taken at the ceremony and the kid looked like a bolt of lighting had hit him. He could not believe he was chosen. Only many,many later did I realize Webb insight
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Mike Murphy on January 11, 2018 12:13 PM
Article in todays Gazette Mail - Streep says 'We can get through this moment'
And then quotes her: " Here is the main thing I don't want to go away: How far you have to push stuff. How physically, emotionally dangerous it can be. How much we really need to trust each other. I don't want that to go away because that's where art lives." 

What a bunch of CRAP and she and other progressives want to govern coal miners. I didn't realize how hazordous and mind alterating show business is?

MAGA
Mike
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Carl on January 11, 2018 12:17 PM
Murph, have you lost touch with your "inner artist"?
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Tom Dillon on January 11, 2018 1:02 PM
Ed, the gym at the old high school was full court. The problem was that it was extremely small and the seats around the perimeter were so close to the out-of-bounds line. The requirement to give a player who was trying to inbound the ball at least 3 feet was very difficult. If you sat on the first row, you could become very intimate with the player trying to inbound the ball.
The new high school gym was bigger, but when the retractable bleacher seats were "let down", there was not much room again on the sides between the out-of-bounds line and the first row seats. There were no seats at the two ends where the goals were, but the walls were very close -- remember that mats were hung at both ends. Many a player going in for a lay up was fouled into the mats.
The gym at Mercer had pipes running down from the ceiling such that a player could not put any arch(sp.) on the ball if the shot was not close. Instead of arching the ball. one had to shoot it in a triangular fashion.   
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Cookie on January 11, 2018 1:44 PM
With all this sports talk....just reminded me its the 4th quarter, running out the clock and no more timeouts.  So I'll just say, "catch me if you can."   
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Edward Laufer on January 11, 2018 2:12 PM
Tom, Do you and some of the Mercer school classmates remember that in the Mercer grade school gym to the right of that basket near the corner was a so-called 'secret' door that had a narrow spiral staircase up to the auditorium stage. Secret get away for G G Auvil perhaps?
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Edward Laufer on January 11, 2018 2:26 PM
Tom, meant to mention in my prior email, thanks for the updates on the gyms you mentioned I remember talking to some kids from Athens and from Oak Hill that they marveled how large the new high gym was.It was large for a southern WV high school gym and another note besides watching WVU games I saw that excellent Perdue team on tv vs Michigan
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Cookie on January 11, 2018 2:53 PM
Yes Eddie there was a secret spiral staircase.  
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Mike Murphy on January 11, 2018 3:12 PM
If anyone remembers the Old Glenwood Gym, there was no room behind the backboards just mats to run into. We went to the tornament and played at Bluefield auditorium with glass back boards. It was almost impossible to adapt like playing in space. Needless to say we lost to someone in the first round! Remember playing at Matoaka so much coal dust on the floor that you could skate. Also soft ball field was on a slate dump you didn't dare slide!

Carl - I guess I am getting practical in my old age?

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Ched on January 11, 2018 6:27 PM
I rember  well  the limitations  of  the Mercer School Gym.  on one end  the  ceiling  was  so low  that a  foul shot  was nearly impossible !
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ched on January 11, 2018 6:24 PM
Back in his early playing  days Rod Thorn never  forgot his HS  friends.  I lived in Memphis TN  at  the  time  ad Rod plaed  for the St Louis  (at  that  time) Hawks.  The played  several games at  Memphis. Rod  would arrange  for complimentary  tickets  for me. Afterward  he invited  me  to go and  eat  with  the  team. A cool  treat  and memorable outings.
  I believe  Rod is now  retired  after a very successful career as an NBA  coach (drafted Michael Jordan) and NBA executive.
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Carl on January 11, 2018 8:06 PM
On August 1, 2013, Rod assumed the position of NBA Pres. of Basketball Operations.  In Sept. 2015, he was hired as a Special Consultant to the Milwaukee Bucks.  Far as I know, he's still involved in NBA basketball. 
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Tom Dillon on January 12, 2018 10:16 AM
Ed, don't remember a secret door/room. Would have been a good place for the boys to smoke (rather than the bathroom) or a good make out room for young lovers.
Cookie, we are in overtime --
Thorn has definitely retired and I think lives in Florida around Sarasota.
And finally Murph, the same thing happened to one of our greatest PHS basketball teams -- we played in a large arena wherein the basketball court was centered (much like the NBA courts of today) and glass back boards. It may have been a regional game in a college gym up north -- Charleston, Hunington (sp). The entire team including Thorn shot numerous "air balls" as their visual perception  was compromised -- sort of the figure-ground thing in psychology. We did better in the last part of the game, but were still badly beaten by the underdog.
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Becky Novarro on January 12, 2018 1:15 PM
Rod and Peggy bought a house in Meterra, a golf community in Naples several years ago.  I know I am not spelling that right!  Anyway, the community is obviously upscale and has a private beach in Estero.  We all love our Rod stories.  Went to the dedication ceremony for the "highway" signs and was surprised there were not more people there.
When his father died the flowers were sent from a stellar group of coaches and players.  Someone tried to steal the cards from the arrangements.  Imagine! 
He is and was our home town hero and claim to fame.  He's even in a movie with Queen Lativa when he was with the Nets.  Ain't we all so proud.    
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Ched on January 13, 2018 5:41 PM

Hows  this  for news.!!!! Heavans  to Murgatroy !!!!

Chelsea Manning, a transgender former Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking classified documents, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate.
The Washington Post first reported Saturday that Manning has filed to run in Maryland for the seat of Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin.

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Mike Murphy on January 13, 2018 6:43 PM
How can a convicted felon run for Senate? Cia reported that several people lost lives because of her/his treason. But Obama loves her so who knows???

US going to Hell in a hand basket?

Lord save us from progressives
Mike 
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Cookie on January 13, 2018 9:15 PM
"Murlin" honey! 
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Fredrick Lucas on January 15, 2018 8:46 AM
At the 40th class reunion, I brought a woman who was a French teacher at Badin High School in Hamilton Ohio.She was pleased that there was so much kindness shown to her by class members.

She died last week at age 72.She had dementia for several years. There were three women caring for her 24/7. She finally told her sister no more. Her name was Nancy Pfirrman. She was fluent in French and German.


 
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Tracy French on January 15, 2018 11:29 AM
Fred:

I'm sorry to hear of your friiends' death.  My sincerest condolences to you.

Tracy
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Ched on January 15, 2018 7:20 PM
Fred,
  my  condolences on the loss of  your  friend.  Had  you maintained  contact  with her  through the  years?
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Fredrick Lucas on January 15, 2018 8:40 PM
Ched she married a fellow teacher. I usually saw them twice a year.Each Juiy, I saw her at a picnic and at a Christmas party.After she died, I gave a donation to the Miami University College of Arts and Sciences through the Foundation. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Miami.

 
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Mike Murphy on January 16, 2018 12:12 PM
Happy Belated Martin Luther King Day.

After listening to Chuck Schummer today, it is a shame that we don't have MLK here today. Chucky now says that we have to prove that we are not RACIST. Identity politics are killing this country!

Drain the Swamp
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on January 16, 2018 2:46 PM
Today on the program A-1 there was a discussion of the Appalachian region.One of the suggestion was that people should visit parts of the region.The city of Ashville NC was one destination.The Smokey Mountains, , Cherokee Village , Dollywood, Knoxville and Oak Ridge are other sites. Pocahantas County Wv, Mngo County, Blackwater State Park, the Canaan State Park and Thomas were suggestions. Pikeville Kentucky and the Hatfield McCoy Historical District. were suggestions for Kentucky.Pittsburgh was the suggestion for Pennsylvania. Happy travels. Fred
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Tracy French on January 17, 2018 2:03 PM
An article on the front page of today's Bluefield Daily Telegraph identifies the 13 siblings that were locked inside a home in California as being the grandchildren of a Princeton resident.
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Mike Murphy on January 17, 2018 7:41 PM
Tracy - The Father was a Turpin and I think the mother was a Robinette. I went to school with a Norma Turpin and there was a family of Robinettes also from Glenwood. But I think she moved away or quit school before Princeton High. If I recall Turpins were a big family and lived in what used to be called Warden Hollow which is now a sub division. My memory is not so good. But I think they were poor and not well thought of. However Robinettes were great kids - Obbie etc.

As I told Cookie the parents of the 13 should be drawn and quartered.

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Cookie on January 17, 2018 8:26 PM
Mike I sent you a correction on that.  This is a different family.  
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Fredrick Lucas on January 18, 2018 10:06 AM
Tracy according to the Bluefield Telegraph, David Turpin who is the son of James Turpin grew up in Green Valley. He graduated from Virginia Tech and worked as an engineer in California.He declared bankruptcy in 2011.

The children are in protective custody and the parents are in jail.How can anyone be so cruel to childtren?


 
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Tracy French on January 18, 2018 11:05 AM
There is more in the BDT today including his igh school picture.  This is almost an unbelieveable story.
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