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Carl on September 24, 2014 12:57 PM
I know; I know.  Everyone reading the Blog has been thinking, I sure miss Carl's poems.  So this one's for y'all

No doubt a nip is in the air
As we approach this autumn.
I've found my woolen underwear.
I sure am glad I bought 'em.


Tracy French on February 28, 2015 10:11 AM
A few years ago while working for the railroad, my boss who was from and played football for Tennessee shared the following letter with me.  It seems like a good day to share it with you.

           65 above zero:
           Floridians turn on the heat.
           People in West Virginia plant gardens.

           60 above zero:
           Californians shiver uncontrollably.
           People in West Virginia sunbathe.
  50 above zero:
           Italian & English cars won't start.
           People in West Virginia drive with the windows down..

           40 above zero:
           Georgians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats.
           People in West Virginia throw on a flannel shirt.

           35 above zero:
           New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
           People in West Virginia have the last cookout before it gets cold.
         20 above zero:
           People in Miami all die.
           West Virginians close the windows.
           Californians fly away to Mexico .
           People in West Virginia get out their winter coats.
10 below zero:
           Hollywood disintegrates.
           The Girl Scouts in West Virginia are selling cookies door to door.
20 below zero:
           Washington DC runs out of hot air.
           People in West Virginia let the dogs sleep indoors.
30 below zero:
           Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
           West Virginians get upset because they can't start the Snowmobile.
 40 below zero:
           ALL atomic motion stops.
           People in West Virginia start saying...'Cold enough fer ya?'
50 below zero:
           HELL freezes over..
           Mountaineers Win the National Championship!!!


Carl on April 13, 2015 12:32 PM
Murph, Cookie, and all others,
   All joking aside, I do get Chris-Mathews-type thrills, enduring since my youth.  These days they're sparked by music, and I tingle from heart to head-top.  I must again thank Etta James who, while I just now listened to "At Last," made me feel the magic again.  Dear friends, may each of you continue to feel the magic.     
Darla on April 14, 2015 8:23 AM
I know what you mean "AT LAST".

Carl on April 22, 2015 12:52 PM
A sports fan himself -- especially baseball and the Chicago Cubs -- George Will cut to the heart of things, as he usually does, with the following: "Football combines the two worst things about America.  It is violence punctuated by committee meetings."  All the same, I do love it

Carl on April 28, 2015 1:15 PM
    REUNION  2015
Help spread the word.  The originally announced 2015 reunion dates were in August, but by popular demand for a foliage season weekend, they were changed to Oct. 2-3, and announced as such.  However, the word seems not to have reached everyone.  Therefore, the Oct. dates were included in the 2014 mini-reunion postcard, and again on last week's postcard.  Please help us clarify with all classmates that the dates are Oct. 2-3 to ensure max. attendance.  Thanks.

Carl on May 21, 2015 11:06 AM
Just became aware of a YouTube recording of "The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia" by the wonderful Emmylou Harris and Mary Black.  You just might like it:

Carl on June 20, 2015 3:24 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY West Virginia!!!
    152 years old today. 

Montani Semper Liberi

Carl on July 4, 2015 12:37 PM
And I too say "Happy American Independence Day to one and all."
   Murph, Alexis -- pardon my informality; I just like saying "Alexis" -- got it exactly right.  I believe that if there's one thing that characterizes American Democrats, Republicans and Independents, it's their focus on repairing America's faults, despite their often opposing views on what exactly those faults are, and differing so dramatically on what the proper "fix" is.  And the greatest quality of our great country may well be the ensurance that we can disagree, and debate both deliberately and heatedly -- as the Founders did -- without fear of reprisal by the government.  [OK, maybe an occasional exception for the IRS.] 
   And since you've introduced a quote from a Frenchman, I'll join in by citing Voltaire: "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."  Powerful words from my 2nd favorite French philosopher.  [Bardot, naturally, heads my list.]

Edward Laufer on July 22, 2015 10:15 PM
Hi All - I am always at least 4 or 5 months behind in reading the BLOG but always enjoy the connection of this BLOG to my classmates. Perhaps somebody might be able to help me in knowing whether our Phys Ed teacher Ward Webb is still around.  I tried for a number of years through the Board of Ed to locate him, but to no avail, and finally gave up a number of years ago. Last week I was driving up I-77 from VA and took a detour to see Boyscout Camp Roland.  Ward Webb suddenly came to mind again as for several years he helped out our Troup 66.

The real reason I tried to find him is because I believe in 1958 at one of our football games they gave Jimmy Wathall a new PHS jacket. A number of the phys ed classes could select a representative to be on the field for the presentation. There were a number of nominated people in my phys ed class who became stars of the PHS60 class and there was a fellow who maybe stayed another year who was very very quiet.  After the nominees left the room, Ward Webb made a short speech saying that the well known nominees would get many accolades in the coming years but the for the quiet kid, this would be by far the biggest thing would ever happen to him at PHS.  In the 1958 year book there is a picture of the presentation that I believe shows the starry-eyed classmate.  Only many, many years later did I realize what a special thing Ward Webb had done for that particular quiet classmate.  Sure would like to know if he is still around and if he can be reached.  I owe him and his family a letter.  Thanks for any help.

Carl on July 28, 2015 2:57 PM
And here's a timely one:
    Husband goes with his wife to her high school reunion.  After meeting several of her friends and former school mates, they are sitting at a table where he is yawning and overly bored.
    The band cranks up and people are beginning to dance.  There's a guy on the dance floor break dancing, moonwalking, back flips, buying drinks for people, the works.
    Wife turns to her husband and said, “See that guy? 25 years ago he proposed to me and I turned him down.
    Husband said: "Looks like he's still celebrating!!!
Mike Murphy on July 28, 2015 4:50 PM
Fred - In my old age I am becoming more intolerant of intolerance. For the record I did not see in any way that Carl and Ched were excoriating anyone and in fact were sincerly disagreeing with unfounded pontifications. Calling BS gutter language is a real stretch. Sorry you will miss the comoradary of our most congenial and exalted PHS60 classmates at the reunion. I still think you should attend! Please reconsider!

Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on July 28, 2015 8:34 PM
Mike, I am not going to discuss anything related to any topic but jokes and mirth. I wanted to buy my wife a car but she wanted a fur coat so we compromised. She bought the fur coat and we keep it in the garage.

You know Clara I sometimes wonder if my husband has grown tired of me".Why do you say that Marie?"Well he hasn't been home in seven years.                   The age of some women is like the milage meter on a used car.You know its been set back but you don't know how far.  Fred

Carl on July 28, 2015 8:42 PM
Fred, do you have any of those vintage traveling salesman jokes?
Cookie on July 28, 2015 11:27 PM
As an elderly woman who is " rapidly circling the drain" and regularly keeps her dresser drawers cleared out in case she dies during the night, I don't find favor with your mysogonistic rants.  Nags Head was a lot of fun until grandpa across the street "circled the drain" this afternoon and it took the coroner 4 hours to show up. See!  I didn't say B.S. one time!!!  I just sat on the balcony, drank my Mojoito and waited for Dare County's finest to do his duty.   I ....... You not!  See!  I'm trying!  I really am!  
Mike Murphy on July 29, 2015 10:27 AM
Old Spot can dish it out but can't take it.

Tracy - any more good news? Visited my Brother Mason Saturday & I gave my 6mm full barell Remington to my Nephew Sam. If you have any Groundhogs that need dispatched call him.

Although I think my Jokes are funny, they are to crude and non PC for our gentle listeners?

Keep the faith


Carl on July 29, 2015 10:40 AM
    Ahhhhh.  Fred, just look what you've gone and done.  You've sparked a kinder, gentler PHS60 blog.  Why, I almost feel transported back to 1967 -- remember the "Summer of Love"?
   And what to my wondering ears should appear, but the voice of Jesse Colin Young: "C'mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now."
   Thanks Fredo.
pete Stephenson on July 29, 2015 12:18 PM
Pete here,Alright ladies and gentlemen lets play fair and don't piss anyone off.Could you guys use words that some of us un-educated people can understand.I can't keep going to the dictionary to verify what is said on the blog.Sure would like to see (ALL) at the reunion.To quote Carl(Smile on your brother,and everyone get together)Faith,Hope and Love to all.

Carol on July 31, 2015 6:21 AM
The roof was raised last night!  I went with friends to Laura Story Concert at the First Baptist.  She is Christian composer and singer who grew up here.  

I recently read that if one flies, beginning in 2016, that a National ID or passport is required.  Well, back when Mark Sanford was governor, SC said "no" to the National  ID.  Of course, we said "no" to other things that have been pushed down our throats.  Do we still have a Tenth Amendment?  Anyhow, our passports expired and I don't see renewing them and we have flight miles.  

I went to to donate blood Tuesday evening.  After giving them a list if meds that I take and telling them how old I am, they still wanted my blood.  A friend is at Duke and this was for him.  Anyhow, a young man came in and we started chatting.  He was nice looking, except his body was covered in tattoos.  His ear lobes had the big holes.  He was polite and I thought he was near our youngest son's age.  Yes, indeed they were born the same year.  However, they graduated from different high schools.  He said he works in construction and is a tattoo artist.  He is a nice guy who gave blood to someone he didn't even know.
Becky Novarro on July 31, 2015 9:28 AM
Oh Carol, my passport has expired also.  I think it would be a lot easier to renew if we didn't have to take another picture!!!  They say don't smile and good grief, if I don't smile I look like Maxine.
Carl on July 31, 2015 11:09 AM
Please remember that Maxine has her unique, special kind of beauty . . . and it's ageless.
Mike Murphy on August 1, 2015 1:07 PM
Love Maxine, although she is prone to use "GUTTER" Language?

Have the times for the Reunion been set for Oct 2, 3? I looked over the material I received from Carl and didn't see Them?  Are we getting a special rate at Pipestem? and the reservation # would be helpful. 

Keep the Faith
Becky Novarro on August 1, 2015 4:30 PM
Oh Mike, You have forgotten you checked out of Pipestem and the Reunion.
There are cabins across the road from the park.  Brrandons have several options..
Mike Murphy on August 1, 2015 9:48 PM
Becky - I am puzzeled? Please Clarify.

See you at the stem?
Becky Novarro on August 2, 2015 2:24 PM
I thought you checked out of your room at Pipestem for some reason.  I was just telling you there were other places, if that was the case.  I enjoy seeing you and your wife and hope we all make it to October.
Mike Murphy on August 2, 2015 5:31 PM
Becky - Thanks for the info. You are right about us checking out on Saturday last Reunion. Someone had their TV  on all night and the noise was apparently traveling throuh the pipes or something. We had the front desk investigate. They heard the noise but was not able to locate the source. Aretta and I felt so bad the next morning we decided to leave. 

I understand that many of the rooms at Pipestem have been renovated and we would like to stay there for ovious reasons ie drinking and driving etc., so we will probably bring some ear plugs just in case. By the way our leaving had nothing to do with the way the reunion was handled or any other classmate. As always I have nothing but praise for those planning and holding the Reunion. to name a few- Carl Thomason, Doug Neal, Myron Anderson, Patty Baker Anderson, Darla Winfrey Pitzer, Barbara Calfee Fields, Pat Smith, Tom Dillon, James McKenzie and others. Also I am very pleased that the committee listen to suggestions and changed the dates from August to October, All in All a wonderful bunch of classmates including our Queen!

Keep the Faith
Thomas Dillon on August 3, 2015 8:33 AM

Murph, Love you Man, and thanks for including me in such a prestigious group. However, as I think I have shared with you before -- I have had no role in the planning and holding of the Reunions for the past fifty years other than saying a few words of welcome. Kay and I drive in, thoroughly enjoy the fellowship, food, and watching some of our more spry classmates on the dance floor, and then drive away for another five years. The local committee and Carl , Becky, and Terry are the work horses.
A fly on the wall reported that one of our classmates  hosted an all night party at Pipestem five years ago on Friday night that was out of control. T.V.'s were blaring. a band with drums was playing, and police were called several times.


Mike Murphy on August 4, 2015 10:29 AM
More power plants closing! More Miners losing jobs! More Manufacturing going overseas! Higher energy costs! Support Businesses closing! BHO,EPA and the Libs are determined to ruin this country especially WV, over political ambitions.

Internationally, Nationaly and Localy things are in a mess. Hopefully folks will see the light and turn this Juggernaut around!

Tracy - any good news?

Keep the faith

Becky Novarro on August 4, 2015 2:00 PM
Tom, I also just come to the reunions and have a wonderful time. I suppose I am such a busybody that people think I have participated in the preparations of the best parties ever. We are so fortunate to have wonderful classmates who do a lot of work and don't say a word. Someone decorates the tables, makes the name tags besides all the planning and correspondence that it takes to make our reunions such a success. We are lucky to just be invited! Right???
Tom Dillon on August 4, 2015 5:38 PM
Florida State starts its fall football practice tomorrow -- still optomistic that Jimbo will send a jet up here to pick me up. Gee, it's been a long, lean period since last season. Colts reported to camp on Sunday.
Mike Murphy on August 4, 2015 8:32 PM
Are you ready for some football!! I say yesss! Saints and Patriots are at Greenbriar for practice.

Jim Justice and Bill Cole running for Governor, it will be hard for me to choose. What do you guys & Gals think?

Saw on tv news tonight that Princeton got a new VA Clinic. That is great where is it located?

Keep the Faith
Tom Dillon on August 5, 2015 7:29 AM
Never could spell very well. Optomistic? Did go and see my eye Doc last week, so there must have been some cross over. May have told you this story before -- I think it was in 7th grade English class. We had 10 new vocabulary words to learn each week and would be tested on the spelling each Friday. I studied and studied and typically got 7 to 8 correct. Moke Crawford never studied and most often got 100%.
Moke once asked me if he could see a theme paper we were to write as he had no idea how to begin. We both got F's as he copied my paper word for word and turned it in. Sure would like to See Hugh Crawford this Reunion. It has been years.
How about other stories of/about classmates?

Carl on August 5, 2015 11:45 AM
Tom, I have the following address & TN for Moke:

Ernest Hugh Crawford
4766 Leyden Way
Ellicott City, MD 21042

I wrote him in 2010 to encourage him to come to the reunion, and to send a bio.  I got no response.  Perhaps he'd react favorably if contacted by closer friends.

Fredrick Lucas on August 5, 2015 9:15 PM
This past weekend I spent time downloading and trying to understand   Windows 10 which was time consuming but was fun. For those who are history buffs, the first stop light was installed today in 1914 in Cleveland Ohio. Finally WVU was ranked seventh in the country for party schools. The University of Illinois is the number one party school in the nation.
Cookie on August 5, 2015 9:55 PM
Dearest Fredo
And now for the rest of the story.....
The inventor of the STOP LIGHT was an African American named Garrett Morgan.  In the 1990s, to honor his contributon, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Slater accepted my proposal to establish the Garrett Morgan Project that provided our minority high school students interested in science and technology with Department of Transportation high school internships.  The program further included post secondary opportunities and potential for government employment. Many agencies that were under DOT at that time have since been realigned.  However, the students were placed with the U.S Coast Guard, FAA, Highway Administration, etc.  I could go on and on as the proposal was quite involved but you get the idea.  
I don't know which part of my intelligence or lack thereof was in play back then but you will be happy to know the proposal did not contain one damn bad word.  
All Classmates 1960 on August 6, 2015 7:35 AM
You are, have always been, and will continue to be a genuis in our estimation. And we don't just mean comic genuis.
Cookie on August 6, 2015 7:46 AM
Hold On!  I gotta get my boots real quick like. 

Carl on August 6, 2015 10:19 AM
Greetings dear classmates from the west bank of the Passagassawakeag River.  We've been back in Belfast, Maine for nearly 3 weeks and it couldn't be nicer -- lovely weather in a lovely setting among lovely people (even our fellow tourists).  Must leave on Sat. to return to the swelter that is August in Fredericksburg, but life is good.

We have several August birthdays approaching:
   Adell Modad Pettrey - August 14
   Tracy French - August 17
   Brenda McDonel Persin - August 20
   Becky Arney Novarro - August 23
Terry St. Clair - August 28

Hope they're all happy ones.

A big apology for not alerting you to the Aug. 3 birthday of Scott Reid.  Scott, best wishes to you.
Mike Murphy on August 7, 2015 1:06 PM
The GOP debates were interesting - I liked Jindal and Fiorena in first and Carson, Walker and Rubio in the second. Hillary and Sharpton continue to say Republicans hate Women and Blacks. Hill is under investigation by the FBI for possible criminal acts with her server. I wounder if Bill knows her server?

Fred - My son, an IT manager, advised me to wait until they get the glitches out of Windows 10 before installing it.

Greatest quote of debates - Huckabee - Militarys purpose is to kill of break things.

Keep the faith
Mike on August 7, 2015 1:09 PM
Correction - Kill or Break
Fredrick Lucas on August 7, 2015 2:49 PM
Hello Mike, I've been operating windows 10 since Monday. So far I can handle it. If problems arise, I will go to the Geek Squad who advised me to go ahead with the download. Fred

Tracy French on August 9, 2015 7:53 PM
I have been out of contact for a couple weeks and it took a while to catch up.

Mike:  I have lots of good news!  I brought Carol home last Thursday and she is able to walk some with a walker.  Her right ankel is still paralized but she had some botox treatments in the muscles that control the ankel and that allowed the heel of her foot to mover closer to the floor.  It is now about 3 inches off the floor but will occassionally go flat on the floor when walking.  More botox in 3 months will be the next move and if that doesn't do it then the tendon will be cut.  I was under the impression that the botox treatments would make her look 25 years younger but it didn't work.  I'm wondering now if they put the botox in the right place.

The new VA Medical center in Princeton is located in the old Roller Florist building that is adjacent to Seaver Funeral home.

Fred:  Would love to see you at the reunion.

To all my friends from PHS 60 and other classes:  Thanks for all your prayers and concerns.  Things look much better for us today than they did 4 years ago when all these  medical problems with Carol started.  We have been on prayer list all over the country and it is indeed a blessing to know that so many people care.  Thank you!
Cookie on August 9, 2015 10:26 PM
Dear Tracy
This is indeed very good news and evidence that prayer does work I sincerely believe.  My very best to you and Carol and may she continue to improve.
About the botox........I'll check with some of my lady friends.  They know all about that stuff.  
Tom Dillon on August 10, 2015 8:42 AM
Tracy, great news about Carol. Yes,you have had several classmates who have been praying for you including one Moke Crawford and his wife. Moke said that he has stayed in touch over the years to some extent with you, Geehole, and Darla(who always is after him to come to the Reunions).  The Crawford's hope to see us in October for the 1st time since the 15th, but their adult son had to have major surgery and will have weeks/months of rehab and treatments. Their visiting us will be contingent on how their son progresses. Moke asked for prayers as he and Linda are Christ followers.
Moke has been out of the loop with regard to our class, so I alerted him to this web site -- be careful what you say about him, Cookie, no dirty words. We had a great conversation walking down memory lane from the 7th grade basketball games, Bob Bishop, and Chick Dalton, Curly, Blake Calfee, Milford Cordell coeds (remember Jane Hanger?), etc.
Moke also reiterated what I have quoted before about "never having friends again in life like the ones he had when he was growing up". He said that he thinks of us every day.
Enough for now, you have his phone # -- Yearout, Farley, Becky.

Mike Murphy on August 10, 2015 12:08 PM
Tracy - Great to hear your good news keep it coming. I think Botox may be like suppositories for all the good they do I might as well have stuck them up my ---!

Tom - you ask about school memories. Mrs Shumate's English class - Like a lot of poor Teachers she had us sitting in a circle and chosen ones (not me) were reading Prose or Poetry, still don't know the difference, and I said disgustedly under my breath, I thought, Dog S---! just at the time everything went quiet. Billy King was sitting next to me and he burst out laughing. Shu thought it was him and sent him to the office. Billy and I would beat each other silly but would never tell on the other. I miss him, RIP Charles Ross King!! 

We are being blasted by ROBO calls, Communications Master Carl is there any way we can cripple them?

Keep the Faith
Carl on August 10, 2015 4:53 PM
Yes Murph, crippling -- oops, I think that's a PC-forbidden term -- robo calls is not too difficult, at least to a significant degree.  Simply move to another state as I did last year.  Get a new TN and be extra cautious about giving it out.  I get about 5% of such calls as I used to.  I'm sure that it won't last, but it's mighty damned good while it does.  And it helps one to Keep the Faith.
Cookie on August 10, 2015 5:28 PM
The last two posts contained questionable language.  Did the rules change while I was in Nags Head.  If so I need to catch up because I watched the debates and I have much to say.  
Mike Murphy on August 10, 2015 8:03 PM
Cookie - everything was sanitized for PC consumption?

Seriously let er rip!

The PC Police
Carl on August 10, 2015 9:06 PM
Cookie, it's sometimes confusing as to what the Blog "rules" are, so I just rely on what someone posted over 5 years ago when it all started:
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.

Delores on August 10, 2015 11:52 PM
Cookie said to let Carl know she appreciated his offer but would try VERY hard to hold her tongue.  I told her that was probably a good idea since as it stood now she was going to have to put a paper bag over her head any way if she planned to attend the reunion.
Tom Dillon on August 11, 2015 8:11 AM
Cookie shall attend the Reunion... That is a Presidential mandate.
I recently memorized the following bible verse -- Proverbs 12:18 "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise (and Cookie is wise) brings healing".
Murph, Crawford and I talked about Billy the other night. Moke (his wife calls him Ernst as she did not know him in Princeton) said he thought King was hitch hiking or drivng across country to see a girl when he had the accident.
Darla on August 11, 2015 8:15 AM
Myron asked me at the last get-together if I thought we would have another reunion. I said yes. But now I wonder because we will all be pushing 80. I really hope that everyone will make the effort to attend this reunion. I hope we will have more, but we never know what might happen. PLEASE BE AT THE REUNION!!!
Carl on August 11, 2015 12:11 PM
Darla, please remember that 80 is the new 60 [whatever that means], so I can't imagine that we won't have a 2020 reunion [where we'll reflect again with -- sorry -- 2020 hindsight].

But your point is the essential one:
COME ONE, COME ALL to the 2015 reunion!  Featuring the first appearance in 40 years of Moke Crawford.  [I call him Mokey, earnestly].  It promises to be a good one; brilliant WV foliage and all.

And EVERYONE, reunion attendees or not, please provide a biographical profile by AUGUST 31 for our 2015 Reunion Book. 
A recent photo will also be greatly appreciated. 
See you at Pipestem Oct. 2-3.

Ched on August 11, 2015 5:38 PM
Tracy so glad carol is doing better. Prayers answered

Ched on August 11, 2015 8:14 PM
I am so glad that Moke will be joining us. Ill give him a call soon. It's been too long!!!!
also I hope he will join the Blog. 
Tom Dillon on August 12, 2015 10:18 AM
Remember that Mokey hopes to come to the Reunion depending on how his son's health is late September -- pray hard.
Fredrick Lucas on August 12, 2015 11:00 AM
Recently, I discussed chronic genetic problems. At this time, couples in my area, couples can go to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center  and receive genetic testing . If the results are positive, couples will often refrain from  having children.

Regarding Tracy and his prayer to Jesus, there are those of us who don't believe that Jesus is a savior. In my area where there are meetings with several religious perspectives, Jesus isn't mentioned. I cited the Hamilton County Teachers Association and the Elks Club. Tracy I'm disappointed in your stubborn behavior. Fred
Delores on August 12, 2015 11:47 AM
She is not gonna' do it!
Carl on August 12, 2015 12:52 PM
Delores, I am disppointed in your self-restraint.   ;-)
Delores on August 12, 2015 1:23 PM
Trust me, she is foaming at the mouth.  
Thomas Dillon on August 12, 2015 2:11 PM
Fred, you crossed the line once when you questioned the intelligence of one of our classmates earlier and we let you get by with that. Now you have characterized the strong faith of another classmate as being stubborn. Over the years, you have posted numerous blog entries expounding a philosophy or position, giving us information or ballgame scores that we all had read about, but never were you labeled, ridiculed for your thoughts, or your person attacked. You don't know how to win friends and influence people. A personal apology from you to Cookie, Tracy and Carol, and all your classmates would be appropriate.

Cut the Crap or get off the blog as you have threatened/promised so many times
Delores on August 12, 2015 4:18 PM
Aren't Progressives all about debate, inclusion and diversity?  I suppose that only applies so long as they aren't challenged.    An attack on Christianty  --  isn't that what ISIS does when they behead Christians?   Likewise, I am reminded of Germany 1940 and their efforts to cleanse a large portion of the European population.  I am acutely aware of the organized efforts to eradicate Christianty but I did not expect it to come from Ohio.  Without a reference to Jesus Christ--I don't believe you have Christianity. 
An apology to me is not necessary.  However I find it incomprehensible that colorful language made in jest and always directed at the author (self) is offensive but challenging and ridiculing one's faith is not.`
Mike Murphy on August 12, 2015 7:59 PM
Bless His Little Heart?

Keep the Faith whatever that may be.

God Bless
Fredrick Lucas on August 12, 2015 8:30 PM
Tom I have no plans to apologize to anyone in our class.I have great faith as well but not in Jesus as a Savior or a God. If you and your Christian friends want to promote Jesus as God incarnate that is your business. I find no evidence tha such a thing ever took place. Jesus is a man only. Fred
Carl on August 12, 2015 11:10 PM
Fred, I have absolute respect for your religious views. 
Can you not show the same respect for those with different views?
Fredrick Lucas on August 13, 2015 4:15 AM
Carl, In Cincinnati, most groups who have people with a variety of religious perspectives will do as the Elks Club and have a non denominational prayer. Tracy doesn't buy this idea. He actually tried to convert me to his religious perspective. He apparently doesn't think that the teachings of Reform Judaism are valid. He seems to think that his perspective is the only valid perspective.

I took .classes at Hebrew Union College and participated in Temple activities for a year before I became Jewish. I don't owe any Christian an apology because I did not try to suggest conversion to anyone unlike our classmate Tracy who tried to get me to buy his perspective.

Carl, I don't know what else to say.Fred
Carl on August 13, 2015 10:39 AM
Sometimes, saying less is better. 
And often, saying nothing is best of all.
Fredrick Lucas on August 13, 2015 6:54 PM
Tom one of the reasons I didn't apologize to conservative Christians including yourself is that I don't know anything about the belief systems of conservative protestant bodies.Ican tell you about belief systems of Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches but you have not defined your belief system and neither has Tracy. Nor have I for that matter. No apology necessary.

I laughed when Mike said that I pontificated when I made remarks about Planned Parenthood. Does he think that I am the new Pontiff? Have a nice day Tom and Tracy.
Ched on August 13, 2015 12:00 PM
Thanks Tom  VERY well put!!!!!

Mike Murphy on August 13, 2015 1:04 PM
Hopefully the NFL will come to their senses and get back to playing football. Solution - Give Brady 2 game suspension ( although I see no evidence for any) and play ball.

Carl on August 13, 2015 1:29 PM
   Murph, along that line, I'm praying that the Washington Professional Football Team [aka the Redskins -- don't say that too loud] will also get back to playing football this year -- and ending a decade in the doldrums.
   And yes, based on the "evidence" as we know it, I suggest that Brady be given a zero game suspension and Goodell a permanent one.        MAGFAY
Mike Murphy on August 13, 2015 8:31 PM
Pete- Just watched the Water Diviner about the war in Turkey 1914. One of the Minor characters is said to later become the Ata Turk. Russel Crow is star and as always does well. I remember the old Turkish lookout towers on west of Saudi Arabia. The Turks had them within eyesight for defense. As I have mentioned before the Veil came about to keep the Turks from stealing their women.

Keep the Faith

Ched on August 16, 2015 2:59 PM
I had a nice long  "telephone visit" with "Moke" Crawford yesterday. He sounds good and is looking forward to seeing everyone but his attendance to the reunion is contingent on the medical situation with his son.  Please include Mokes  son (Steve I believe) in your prayers.   

Carl on August 17, 2015 10:21 AM
Happy Birthday Tracy
from your comrade in arms

Tracy French on August 17, 2015 8:30 PM
Thanks Carl.  Seems like I just had one but it is August 17th.
Mike Murphy on August 18, 2015 12:28 PM
Tracy - Happy Birthday - Scary to think that you and Carl were all that stood between us and Communist Domination!
How's the Family?

Keep the Faith
Carl on August 18, 2015 1:02 PM
Murph, you shoulda seen Tracy & me at age 21: lean, mean fighting machines.
Fredrick Lucas on August 18, 2015 5:51 PM
Mike I was interested in your comment that Tracy and Carl stood between us and Communist Domination. You need to clarify your remarks. Who is a communist and who wants to dominate? What does this person want to dominate?

By the way, the Cincinnati Reds want to dominate the National League but these Reds are in next to last place in their division. In 1942 the Cardinals won the series. They just might win it again.

Mike as a former teacher I need to say clarify. Fred

Mike Murphy on August 18, 2015 7:13 PM
Fred - It was a joke. We fought the Veit Nam "War" (supression) to twhart (always wanted to use that word & it is a joke also) Communist agression. Did you not study that at WVU? Turns out is was really Socialism ie USSR.

Thanks to our VETs like Tracy, Pete and Carl we are still able to fight " Democratic Socialism"! Hillary probably has the definition on her server. Anyway life is to short to be taken so seriously, right Cookie?
Keep the Faith
Delores on August 18, 2015 8:18 PM
Cookie is flat of her back following surgery-the result of NOT taking life seriously.  She was reading a book today that set her off in a rant.  Onassis as in Jackie-O was quoted as looking into her over-sized sunglasses and telling her once that "Women are like the 20 they are like Africa - wild and untamed.  At 30 they are like India, beautiful and mysterious.  At 40 they were like America, full of themselves.  At 50 they were like Europe - worn out.  At 60 they were like Siberia--every one knows where it but no one wants to go there."  Her comment to Onassis was, "yes and you were the ugliest man who ever lived.  I'm 73 and you're dead."  
Delores on August 18, 2015 8:33 PM
P.S.  Don't under estimate old women, especially those high on pain killers.  
Carl on August 18, 2015 9:17 PM
Delores, I never hear Jackie or Ari Onassis mentioned that I'm not reminded of one of my all-time favorite gags, courtesy of the late, great Joan Rivers.  This was soon after Jackie announced that she was to marry Onassis, whom no one confused "cosmetically" with JFK.  Appearing on the Johnny Carson show (I think), Rivers expressed faux outrage with the following (paraphrased):  [WARNING: a crude, vulgar joke]
   "Are you kidding?  She's going to marry Aristotle Onassis?  This, one of the most beautiful and glamorous women in the world?  Have you looked at him?  Have you?  You know, if you came home and found him floating in the pool, you'd discipline the dog!"
Delores on August 18, 2015 10:36 PM
She requests you seriously stop Carl.  Says it really hurts when she has these belly laughs and she is trying to stay off the painkillers with the reunion coming up and all.  

Carl on August 19, 2015 11:05 PM
I'm very sad to inform you that Trevor Johnston, Emma's husband, died last night.  I have no other details. 
R.I.P. Trevor.  Emma, my sincerest condolences to you.  Take care; stay well.
Cookie on August 20, 2015 1:12 AM
My condolences to dear Emma.  May God watch over you and your family in the days and weeks ahead.  
Tom on August 20, 2015 7:33 AM
Emma, thinking of you and your family. You will be in my prayers.
Ched on August 20, 2015 9:56 AM
I am so sorry for  your loss.  You and  your  family are in my prayers.

Thomas Dillon on August 21, 2015 7:24 PM
Per my calendar, looks like 6 weeks and 41 sleeps. How am I going to get in great physical shape and lose 50 plus pounds by then?
Carl on August 22, 2015 11:36 AM
Tom, I believe Confucius (or somebody -- may have been Woody Allen; I often confuse the two) said something like, "The journey of a thousand pounds (or something like that; it coulda been a hundred shillings) begins with a single donut, uneaten.  I've never tried it, of course, but it sounds reasonable.  Hope this is helpful.
Fredrick Lucas on August 23, 2015 7:42 AM
I noticed that a number of you sent condolences to Emma on this site. Trevor's funeral is being handled by Seaver Funeral Services. I sent a message on the guestbook page. Cookie did that as well.

Not everyone checks this site. Fred
Mike Murphy on August 23, 2015 9:43 PM
Met my Sister and her two daughters at Pipestem this Saturday for lunch. They and some other guests said that the food and service was not so good at the Main Lodge and was poor at the snack bar. Those attending the Reunion may want to have Friday dinner elsewhere. As I understand from the planning session I attended 2 months past. Friday night will have Horderves and drinks including coffee - cookies  and a cash bar with canned music which will be controlled, so that we can hear and talk. Although there will be plenty to snack on it is not meant to be dinner, so it would probably be good to eat dinner prior to attending. Someone from the committee please correct me if I am wrong. The Lodge looked clean and as usual the view was fantastic. 
Look forward to seeing you there Oct 2-3! By the way gas was 2.29 at speedway 40 cents less than greater Ripley.

Keep the Faith
FredrickThis afternoon, I Lucas on August 27, 2015 7:14 PM
This afternoon, I read a pastoral letter from the Archbishop of Cincinnati concerning abortion. He asked the members to contact their members of Congress to withdraw funds from Planned Parenthood. He would loke yo do away with all abortions.

My view Carl is that abortion is a health question that needs to be between the woman and her doctor. Other physicians with whom I have spoken agree with this position. Don't forget that the Archbishop does not have an MD. Fred
Carl on August 27, 2015 9:26 PM
Fred, you have expressed your view on abortion numerous times and stated the sole reason for it [i.e., doctor-patient exclusivity].  About half of America seem to share your view, according to recent polls.  On the other hand, an equal percentage of Americans appear to hold the opposite view, and their support is based on at least as equally valid, and possibly less simplistic, view.  Your persitance in re-stating your view is interesting, but not persuasive.  I suggest that we give this topic a rest.
Ched on August 28, 2015 12:27 PM
Amen to that  Carl !!!

Ched on August 28, 2015 12:42 PM
Som of yo may remember my cousin Charles Gowen. He moved away from Princeton  after  Mercer  school.  I just got  word  that he passed  away.  He was in a  hospital in Richmond VA but his  residence and services  will be in Roanoke Rapids NC.  Charles lived for many years with my Grandmother next  door  to our place on the Old Blfd Road.
 RIP  Charles

Cookie on August 28, 2015 3:12 PM
I remember Charles well from our glory days on the Old Road.  He was in my class at Mercer.  My condolences to your family.  

Carl on August 29, 2015 11:21 AM
Terry St. Clair, I hope you had a happy birthday yesterday.

Speaking of such, here are the Sept. b'days of which I'm aware:

Mike Murphy - September 9
Sam Goodall - September 28
Carl Thomason - September 28
Linda Phlegar Mills - September 30

Linda, I don't quite know what to make of the company that you keep -- birthday wise.

Mike Murphy on September 1, 2015 12:27 PM
Carol - It appears that WVIT will be moved to Beckley in the next two years, according to local news. This will probably devistate Montgomery but will be a boost for Beckley. Eions ago there was a chance to move WVIT to Charleston into then Morris Harvey. Hindsight is 20 20? Hopefully the Engineering programs will remain high quality.

Secretary = "Keeper of the Secrets"
It is inconceviable that anyone who was Secretary of State would not know that the majority of their Emails would be sensitive!! If it were you or I, we would be under the jail, just ask Petraious.

Liar Liar Pants Suit on Fire?

Keep the Faith
Carl on September 1, 2015 2:05 PM
Murph, I notice that you have another birthday approaching. 
Are you becoming a bit crotchety in your golden years?
Carol on September 1, 2015 3:32 PM
Hey, I am glad I checked the blog.  Thanks, Mike, for the info about Tech.  You and I know Montgomery has been a dying little town since the coal boom days, so this will certainly be an opportunity for the school to grow.  I was always surprised that they could get quality instructors to move there.  We used to love the basketball games when Coach Baisi was there and Mike Barrett was the star.

We (and 10,000 others) attended a "Stand With God" rally in Columbia Saturday
and it was exactly what I needed.  The music was wonderful, including a 500 member choir, a blue grass band etc.  we met at the State Capitol and they blocked off streets to accommodate us.  There were lots of children, and folks of all ages and races.  The spirit of love was everywhere.  All were so respectful and loving.  The woman beside me said that "we got a taste of heaven today."  Speakers included pastors, plus Senator Tim Scott, Senator Ted Cruz and Former Gov. Perry.  Even the weather was pleasant for August in SC.

Mike, regarding the former Sec.of.State, this must be a right-wing conspiracy, I heard her once say she didn't get a subpoena. Rumor here is Trey Gowdy does not like his job, dislikes Washington and wants to be a Federal Judge......

classmate, Mary Lou emailed me recently.  She sounded great and is really enjoying life--especially her great grandchildren!   

We had a terrific class.
Mike Murphy on September 1, 2015 4:21 PM
Carol - Sounds like you folks had a great time. Hope to see you at the Reunion.

Carl - Crotchety? I am going to pull a Fred on you and ask you to Clarify?  73 and running on empty!

Keep the faith
Carl on September 1, 2015 4:58 PM

Clarify? Did you say CLARIFY?
I swear Mike I don’t know how or why
You’d think such things. Now, my oh my,
I think I’m better off if I
Just let proverbial sleeping dogs lie
And repent in private -- but hardly clarify.
Why just the thought’s enough to terrify
Me, and I sure don’t even care if I
Too am crotchety. So there. Bye-bye.

Mike Murphy on September 1, 2015 6:20 PM
Carl - After that clarification? I think you owe us a poem!

Tracy - How is the Family?

Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on September 1, 2015 8:52 PM
During the weekend of 12 September, the annual Scottish Festival will be held in Columbus Indiana.There will be strength games, singers and dancers.Border collies will herd sheep . Last year, the caber toss was won by a woman. She had the right way to make the toss. The guys tried strength only and failed. There will be a number of European cars that will be on display.

I will go to Nashville Indiana on Sunday.The town is located between Gnaw Bone and Bean Blossom . Do any of you know what well known person hails from Bean Blossom? The country singer Bill Monroe.

There is an outlet mall in the area.

I would like to offer condolences to the family of Charles Gowen.  

Carl on September 2, 2015 11:45 AM
J. Fred, I've enjoyed Scottish Highland Games and their sporting events, especially the caber toss.  I'm intrigued by the news that last year's winner in Columbus, IN was a woman.  Wouldn't that have been at about the exact time that Bruce was becoming Caitlyn?  Coincidence?

Becky Novarro on September 2, 2015 2:27 PM
According to today's email, there have only been 33 people who have signed up for the 55th reunion.  I know we have lost a lot of friends, but had hoped to see a bunch or unfamiliar faces!!!!  Those who haven't come to a reunion in years.  It really only hurts a little while to see all us old people.  So, let's try to get in touch with our friends and neighbors and see if we can at least get 55 for 55th.
Sincerely, Becky.....Queen of the Hop...ha.
Thomas Dillon on September 2, 2015 4:36 PM
I echo the hope that every member of the class try and make the reunion. Five more years may mean a significant decrease in our numbers and surely our health.
Myron, Carl --  I would be happy to call some classmates who have not responded and see if we can improve our numbers. Send me some phone info to my email address.
I don't think I can get down to 175 lbs. in a little over 4 weeks, however, still have most of my hair and my chiropracter today has increased times between sessions to 2 weeks. And the Concord grapes have started to turn -- many of us in today's times would have been arrested for the grapes and apples we stole from our neighbor's backyards.
Carl on September 2, 2015 5:37 PM
Alright, alright already!
Becky, my darlin', lovin' cousin, if it's that important to you, I'll come. 
[You see, I'm not one of the 33 who have registered,
he said red-facedly.] 
I know of another classmate who's coming but also has not registered. 
See, we're already up to 35.  So let's all 
shake the bushes.
This one will be bittersweet.  Of the group of 8 "Misfits" that I've been part of in past reunions, 3 will not be there (death, ill health, and scheduling), and a 4th is unaccounted for.  "The times, they are a-changin'."     carpe diem     MAGFAY
Cookie on September 2, 2015 6:47 PM
The whole bunch of you are starting to scare me with the demise talk--that giant sucking sound I hear every time I go on this blog must be the water rapidly circling the drain.  I refuse to give up!  I refuse to give up!

Tracy French on September 2, 2015 9:29 PM
I hate to admit it... but I also am one that did not get registered on time.  I am now registered and I talked to David Eskew and he will deliver his money to Myron tomorrow.

Mike:  Family is doing well, Carol is improving every day but her ankle remains frozen with her heel now about 2 inches off the floor.  She has been moving around the house most of the time without her walker but she fell a week ago Tuesday and that hurt her confidence (nothing else hurt) a little bit.  Granddaughter will go back to Morgantown in January for more eye surgery.

Had a great time at the dinner last night, it seemed like no one wanted to leave and I didn't get home till after 9PM.

Look forward to seeing everone at the reunion next month.
Mike Murphy on September 3, 2015 1:37 PM
Tracy - It is great to hear your good news. I'll bet that grandaughter is a knock out?

Fred - I think you should reconsider and attend the reunion, lest I have no one to argue with? 

Carl - Are you still working on a poem?

Keep the Faith
Carl on September 3, 2015 6:06 PM
Murph, surely you're familiar with the saying, "Be careful what you wish for."  In response to your request for a poem, here's one.

My dear old classmate Michael Murphy
gives no ground: mountain, plain or surf. He
rejects left-wing cant
and reacts with such rant
that I’ve prayed for him ‘til I’ve got turf knee.

[And I will continue to do so.]
[Fredo, I'll bet you like this one.]

Mike Murphy on September 4, 2015 10:15 AM
Carl- I have always thought your Knees were cute?

As for the poem - not up to Duke of Carl Standards!

Keep the faith
Carl on September 4, 2015 11:13 AM
Murph, sad to say, Muse is a fickle lover.  Better luck next time [to both of us].  [Getting another "new" knee in Oct.  Hope it's cute.]

Ched on September 4, 2015 1:23 PM
I really hope that  we have a great  turnout this time. The next reunion ( if it happens) may be much lower. Bob Lambert  will not be  there as he has a conflict with a previously scheduled  European trip.
 As Mike  says " Keep the  faith" 
Carl on September 4, 2015 1:40 PM
Friends, I'd be pleased as punch with a large turnout, but that may be unrealistic.  The 2010 "Golden Anniversary" reunion likely drew an extra large crowd due to its being a special milestone.  But whatever number we draw, this will be special in a different way; as will all future reunions.  Now let's put on a happy face [ ;-) ]  -- at least for Cookie's sake --  and keep the faith. 
Fredrick Lucas on September 5, 2015 4:51 PM
I will think of you while I am in Callaway Gardens Georgia. There was a good turnout for the last reunion. There were also good turnouts at the reunions organized by Pat Smith.

Some time ago, I spoke with graduates of Western Hills High School who are in their early 80's. They have had their 60th reunion and continue to meet at a local restaurant once a month. Pete Rose and Don Zimmer graduated from Western Hills H.S.

You might consider donating money to a scholarship fund and having the principal of the high school give the alumni a progress report.

As I mentioned in the past President Gee gave a talk about progress at WVU at the Cincinnati Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association
spring dinner. We reported that we have given 16 one thousand dollar scholarships to students from our area who want to attend WVU. That is the way that we give back so to speak. 

Mike Murphy on September 6, 2015 9:28 AM
Where does the Occupancy Tax go for Pipestem since it is unincorperated?

Look forward to seeing all of you at the reunion, where a good time will be had by all attending!

Keep the Faith
Mike murphy on September 6, 2015 7:35 PM
I guess that we can continue to wear our Herd, Mountaineer and Patriot gear for a while longer.  Marshall 41 Purdue 31 - WVU 44 South Georgia 0 and the air is back in Bradys Balls.

Keep the faith

Tracy French on September 8, 2015 8:00 PM
Dear Classmates:  I am working on my sermon for Sunday and I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts on the Kim Davis issue.
When Man’s Law is in conflict with God’s Law – God’s Law MUST prevail at all costs to the believer.

Daniel Chapter 3 (Summary) The King makes a decree (law) that everyone must worship a golden image.  There were some Jews who REFUSED to worship the idol and they were cast into a burning firey furnace (the penalty for refusing to comply) and God sent an angel to comfort and deliver them.

Daniel Chapter 6 (Summary)  Daniel is living under God’s Law and is prospering  exceeding well, so well in fact that it makes others jealous and they devise a way to have Daniel killed.  The only way they know to accomplish this is to have Daniel break God’s Law.  In the scheme to have Daniel killed the jealous others even talk the king into making a decree according to the Law of the Medes and Persians (Supreme Court of The United States????).  Daniel REFUSES to comply and is tossed into a den of lions (the penalty for refusing to comply).  Again God sends an angel to comfort and deliver.

The Book of Esther also contains a wonder story of how God’s people are delivered when they refuse to abide by Man’s Law when it contradicts God’s Law.

Tom Dillon on September 11, 2015 2:43 PM
Tracy, thanks for sharing. Perhaps one day I can enjoy one of your messages to your congregation in person.
See everyone in 3 weeks. Has turned cool here with rain. 


Mike Murphy on September 12, 2015 10:13 AM
Tracy - Have the leaves started to turn in Mercer Co,?

Look forward to seeing youall!

Keep the Faith

Tracy French on September 12, 2015 10:38 AM
Mike:  Leaves are not changing yet but chinquapins are ripe and native chestnuts are starting to fall.  We have had some much needed rain the last 3 days so that should help keep the leaves from turning and falling too soon and hopefully we will have a beautiful autumn season when we have the class reunion.

Carl:  Did you get my emails about the other deceased classmates?

Tracy French on September 12, 2015 10:45 AM
Does anyone know of any deceased classmates that are not on Carl's list of "in memory of" on the web page?

I thought of 3 more:  Harold Philips and 2 from Knob School, Muncy Snow and Gloria Blankenship.

Please let me know if you do and I will add their names to the list for the Memorial Service.
Becky Novarro on September 12, 2015 3:04 PM
Tracy, Where do you find chinquapins? If they are plentiful, bring some to the reunion and sell them...I'll buy!

Tracy French on September 12, 2015 8:31 PM
Becky:  I have chinquapins and you are welcome to come and pick some if you want but they will be gone by the time we have our reunion and they do not keep at all.  As a rule they must be eaten the day or the day after they are picked if they are to be good.

If you're still in town come by tomorrow, I will be back from Mullens around 3PM and should be home all day Monday.
Becky Novarro on September 14, 2015 10:40 AM
Tracy, Thanks for inviting me to pick but it's too cold out!  ha.  My Poppy sent me a box of them to NJ and they were nothing but worms.  Yes, you need to eat them right away.  I haven't eaten one in many years.  At least I know now where to find them.  Thanks again.
Carl on September 14, 2015 11:46 AM
Becky, speaking of NJ, I thought of you yesterday as I drove south thru NJ from NY to DE.  Answer a few NJ questions if you can:
  1.  How many
black SUVs do you think are in NJ?
  2.  What percentage of NJ SUVs are a color other than black?
  3.  When you & Jim lived there, what color(s) were your SUVs?
These questions came to mind because a) I no longer drive above 80 mph and b) I lost count as they sped past me one after another after another.
Becky Novarro on September 15, 2015 12:16 PM
Carl Darlin, We didn't have an SUV but I know what you mean.  Nevermind SUV's, just black cars!  You had to have been on the Jersey Turnpike...scary, isn't it?  Great rest stops!
Mike Murphy on September 15, 2015 2:24 PM
Tracy & Carl
I am not sure if you have Bobby Hawks (RIP) on the Memorial List. If not please add. He was a good friend, great guy and used to try to catch my wild pitching. 

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on September 16, 2015 7:29 AM
At the Scottish Festival in Columbus Indiana, I met a man whose last name was Monroe. He had retired last year from an electric utility in Colorado. He told me that the utility had closed eleven coal fired power plants. They used gas fired power plants. These  plants are cheaper to operate. I asked whether the Obama Administration had influenced the decision. He said that there was no political influence. It was an economic decision. They had bought coal from the coal fields in Wyoming.

He further explained that coal and gas are finite resources and that eventually other ways will be needed.

When I visited France, I noticed that they used nuclear energy. He explained that Congress won't allow these types of facilities to be built. Fred
Carl on September 16, 2015 11:38 AM
J. Fred, the U.S. renounced the building of nuclear power plants following the Three Mile Island accident in 1979 -- 36+ years ago -- due largely to public outcries by environmental (anti-nuclear power) groups and public fear.  While no reliable, definitive findings indicate any significant resultant health problems for residents near Three Mile Island, this was effectively the death-knell for the U.S. nuclear industry (although we've continued to operate existing nuclear power plants).  In the intervening 36 years, France (any other countires) have demonstrated that nuclear power can be safely generated -- the 1986 Chernobyl disaster notwithstanding.  But no one dare suggest that we return to nuclear energy expansion.
   For me, the fascinating alternative to conventional nuclear energy production, nuclear fission, is the prospect of solving and harnessing energy produced by nuclear fusion.  Nuclear fusion has the potential of being far safer and producing far less nuclear waste.  Let's get them scientists going on this!

Mike Murphy on September 16, 2015 9:53 AM
Fred- your source is not reliable. Natural gas is much more expensive for coal fired generation of electricity. Several coal fired generation plants have closed in WV due to EPA and your wonderful Seirra Club. Two of my neighbors work at power plants and worry about their jobs. Also electric bills are going up 23% this winter. Perhaps you and your lib friends should move to France where you can pay 80% of your income in taxes. I have been there, it is a great place to visit but their Socialist government is about to bankrupt them.
Every time a coal fired plant closes 50 to 200 jobs are lost plus thousands in coal and related jobs. What does the Huffington Post and France have to say to those folks? - get a GREEN Job at Sylinra?

Look forward to seeing my wounderful classmates at Pipestem.
Keep the Faith
Cookie on September 16, 2015 12:19 PM
My dad worked for the power company for 38 years.  His father worked for the power company for 32 years.  I know a COUPLE of things about the power company.
My classmates will be relieved to know I am unable to join this thread since I am reduced to "gutter" language.
Going for a ride -- the weather is nice, putting the top down and people don't mind if I cuss while alone on Route 4.  My music drowns it out.  
Carl on September 16, 2015 2:35 PM
Well Cookie darlin', I for one have always liked it when you talk dirty.
Go treat yourself.

Tracy French on September 16, 2015 2:02 PM

I heard that!


Tracy French on September 16, 2015 2:13 PM

I had forgotten about Bobby Hawks.  He was also a good friend of mine in school.  Thanks for the reminder.

Does anyone remember Judy Ann Hill.  Her obituary is in today's Bluefield Daily Telegraph and it says she went to school at Princeton during her early years and was the Princeton High School Mascot when she was 8 years old.  She is also a 42 model which would put her in our class.
Cookie on September 16, 2015 3:22 PM
Back Home!  Sorry Tracy I didn't mean for you to hear that but I feel just SO MUCH BETTER.

I remember Judy Hill.  Her cousin or a relative was a majorette...long blond hair.  

Tracy French on September 16, 2015 11:29 PM
My pick from the Presidential Debate tonight is:
Huckabee for President and Cruz for VP but I think a clear winner would be Trump and the Lady (did I say that right?)
Fredrick Lucas on September 17, 2015 5:20 AM

Again, according to Mr. Monroe,t he

edecision made in Colorado was a management decision which is consistent with the free enterprise system. 


Fredrick Lucas on September 17, 2015 5:20 AM

Again, according to Mr. Monroe,t he

edecision made in Colorado was a management decision which is consistent with the free enterprise system. 


Thomas Dillon on September 17, 2015 11:24 AM
Fred, you make the ultimate straight man in a comedy routine, ergo, I can't let your last post go by without a come back. You seem a little scattered.
Fredrick Lucas on September 17, 2015 7:54 PM
Tom you got it Mr. Monroe explained that the electric utility made a management decision to  close eleven coal fired power plants and replace them with natural gas. They wanted a better environment for the Colorado residents.ll Also since India and China are the worst air polluters, the United States should lead the way to curb air pollution in its country. According to Fox TV 1.4 million Chinese residents died from air pollution caused by burning coal.

Should coal fired power plants close  in West Virginia, those affected could retrain in other occupations. Years ago, a number of miners thought that book learning was for women. The miners thought that physical strength was enough for the labor market.  Fred

Tracy French on September 18, 2015 9:32 AM
You all let one get by you!  My comment about the Presidental debate should have taken you back to 1955 and "Lady and the Tramp".  Surely I'm not the only one who remembers those great years when Knob was Snob, Thorn was Corn and Mercer was Worser am I?
Mike Murphy on September 18, 2015 1:12 PM
Fred - I dare say there are many Coal Miners, including women, that are smarter than you and I?

Many more people in Africa die from resporitory problems from burning animal dung, than in China from Coal?, because they do not have coal to provide electricity. Also you & I should be thankful to all those coal miners who provided taxes for our education and kept the lights on and provided hundreds of thousands of jobs in industry. Most coal miner just want to provide a good life for their families. Sorry that WV has treated you soo poorly? What does the Tora say about hating on your country and ansestory? Perhaps you need retraining?

Look forward to a Wounderful, Blessed and Glorious Reunion!

Tracy - don't quit your day job for comedy?

Keep the faith

Cookie on September 18, 2015 2:12 PM
Can we just get a "like" option on the blog.  Will solve my vocabulary problem once and for all.  
Carl on September 18, 2015 4:59 PM
Sorry Cookie.  I called an emergency meeting of the Website Action Committee & Coordination Office [WACCO] to consider your request.  By unanimous vote, they decided to preserve the more "primitive" nature of the blog vs. what we consider a cheap, easy, popular but largely meaningless "Like" option.  We liken the blog to conventional voting where people have been required, except for special circumstances, to actually travel to the poll, on election day, properly registered or able to document their legal privilege, to exercise their franchise.  We believe that this policy explains, at least in part, how we're able to keep the blog dialogue consistently on so high an intellectual plane.  Thanks for you inquiry, concern, good intentions and continued participation on the blog. 
     NOTE: Vocabulary development is to be desired.
Fredrick Lucas on September 18, 2015 9:19 PM
Since China and India are the greatest polluters, the United States is encouraging them to lower their carbon emissions. The United States along with other nations is trying to lower carbon emissions to try to bring global warming under control. Unless that eventually happens, cities along the east coast are in danger of flooding, Some animals could become extinct.Weather patterns could change. If you look at NASA photos of the ocean bordering Russia and Alaska, much of the area is ice free. Entire Alaskan villages are in danger of flooding.

The temperature this year is the highest on record. Will California continue to be dry? Fred

Ched on September 19, 2015 10:55 AM
Its always a nobel objective  to cut back on polutants as much as practical however  the whole "global warming  thing is mostly basedon opinion.
 Fact: the HadCRUT3 surface temperature index shows warming until 1878  cooling until 1911, warming until 1941, cooling until 1964  warming until 1998. The  warmingrate  from 1964-1998 was the  same as  the warming  rate  from 1911-1941 . Satellites, weather baloons and ground  stations all show cooling since 2001.
The slight warming of 0.5C-.0.8C over the 20th century is  considered  to be well within natural variations.
CO2  makes up only 0.04% of  the earths atmosphere and is essentiasl for plant life on earth.  water vapor is  the biggest gree house gas contributor !

 That  said it only makes good  sense  to conserve energy and be good  stewards of  the planet 
Fredrick Lucas on September 19, 2015 8:52 PM
I am amazed that the discussion about CO2 levels and the closing of eleven coal fired power plants started this discussionVarious scientists have different perspectives about global warming. NASA scientists and English weather scientists have said that there is a strong probibility that CO2 levels are too high and influence global warming. 

According to the conservative network, Fox TV, 1.4 million chinese citizens died from air pollution last year, that is from  the burning of coal. Several years ago the US took the lead out of gasoline and attached a filter to the tail pipe.
Carl on September 19, 2015 8:57 PM
J. Fred, "amazement" is somewhat like the cold viruses.  Some are far more susceptible than others.
Mike Murphy on September 20, 2015 10:19 AM
Maple leaves are starting to turn here in greater downtown Kenna. It should be magnificent in about 12 days at Pipestem. Perhaps we can have an October fest. With lots of good beer and Carl can wear his Lederhosen. Remember many good times in Munich, Bertchgaden, Frankfurt, and Garmish-Partenkirchen, drinking much good and some nasty German beer. Also we could have some Polka music and Curley and Becky could lead us in dance and Tom could give us some Freudian advice & counsel. The frost is on the Pumpkin?

Hopefully Fred's amazingly silly global warming won't ruin our reunion. Ban Cow Flatulantz and Carbonated Drinks. 

Keep the Peace
Carl on September 20, 2015 11:11 AM
Ahhh, Mike.  The nostalgia that you generate.  Sadly, I haven't been able to fit into my lederhosen since about 1967.  But I can be there with bells on.  [Bells are unisex and one-size-fits all.  I love bells.]
Fredrick Lucas on September 20, 2015 9:54 PM
Global Warming is a serious topic Mike. During the past 150 years, CO2 has increased by 50% from the burning of fossil fuels. There is a power plant in Kentucky whose management is weighing whether to continue using coal or switch to natural gas. Either way, the company will have to sepend one billion dollars. If they choose coal they will have to spend,   a billion dollars for new scrubbers. If they choose natural gas they will have to spend o ne billion dollars for a new facility.

When coal is burned acid rain can result. People can get asthma. Our cars have catalytic converters to help with pollution. We buy no lead gasoline. Efforts to reduce  our carbon footprint by closing coal fired power plants are international in scope. Fred

Mike Murphy on September 21, 2015 9:32 AM
Fred - Read Ched's analysis of Global Warming, which is based on fact and not liberal hiperbaley and you will (should) conclude that the amount of warming is negligable. Natural gas just does not have enough BTUs to replace Coal as an energy source, therefore we should be working on ways to burn coal more efficently, economically and cleanly.

You, Al Gore and BHO and the Huffington Post, et al, will not be satisified until every Coal Miner loses their job over a manufactured theory. Polar Bears are not dying because of CO2, but families are being disrupted and devistated by your crusade.

Hopefully our numbers have increased for attendance at the Reunion. Look forward to seeing youall,

Pete and Geno are you guys OK?

Keep the faith

Mike Murphy on September 21, 2015 1:01 PM
There is an article in todays Charleston Gazette mail which vividly illustrates my point on the damage being done to families by Climate Change Crusaders against coal. It can be found on page 5A at titled "EPA's Casualties Often Unseen" by Terri M. Jarrett, former Missouri PSC Commissioner. He states that "Communities most affected by Power Plan long forgotten by Washington". "While the direct damage to coal mines and power plants is easily apparent and quantifiable, the indirect damage to low-income communities across the nation os less obvious." 

For those truly interested in climate change and economic impact I recommend you read this article and he (as well as I) recommends that you view a video at and search for Count on Coal Alabama 2015. I think you will find it enlightening and worth your 4 mins. 

Libs and the EPA are ruining WV and the economy of the USA. Socialism is good until you run out of other peoples money! I think Margret Thatcher said that? 

How about that Fiorina and Carson?

Carl - How do you get hypertext on the blog ie

Keep the faith

Tracy French on September 21, 2015 3:35 PM
The "Global Warming" has been an interesting topic.  Thank all of you for contributing.

Who has an opinion on the immigration problem or the national debt?
Fredrick Lucas on September 21, 2015 6:55 PM
I guess that according to you Mike, the electric company management in Colorado doesn't know what they are doing. Ched does even though neither you nor Ched were in the management meeting.Good boy. 

The good Republican physician has stated that members of the Islamic faith should never be elected to the office of president. Strange Jeb Bush said that his brother kept us safe. Really. He was president when the attack on New York and the Pentagon  September 11, 2001. Fred

Carl on September 21, 2015 9:10 PM
J. Fred, are you contending that the Colorado electric company "knows what they are doing" because they say so?  Congratulations, you're the first liberal in my experience who readily accepts what a big business claims in support of their business decisions.  [Some might call that "cherry picking."]

But far more importantly, are you implying that George W. Bush was responsible for not preventing 9/11?
Fredrick Lucas on September 21, 2015 10:27 PM
Carl, I do not identify as a "liberal"Bush was president when the attack occurred. The attack was a surprise which occurred on his watch. We weren't protected. 

I like to occupy the center. Did the company make the best decision? Time will tell. I should state that I own stock in an electric utility and an energy company.

One of the harmful effects of yhe burning of fossil fuels is that harmful chemicals get into the air. In China, 250,000 school children have respiratory problems resulting from burning coal.
Cookie on September 22, 2015 12:08 AM
Thank you Webmaster for the blog.
I am truly amazed at how much I learn on a daily basis just by following the dialogue.
Appears prior to this experience I was sadly uninformed and didn't know "Jack."
Mike Murphy on September 22, 2015 9:49 AM
Tracy- We desperatly need a national balanced budget amendment and entitlement reform, Reduced government spending with a plan to pay off the debt in 10 years.

Immigration - We need a physical and electronic and a manned (womaned) barrier on the southern border and enforce the laws that are on the books now. The same applies to gun control, plus eliminate gun free zones. 

Fred - if you knew anything about utilities you would know their decisions are not made on capitalism. They are the ultimate Socialist industry. Did Colorado & Feds give incentives to change from coal to gas? The rate hike included the change over and the increase in fuel/Kilowatt hr. at a percentage which resulted in more profit for the utility. By the way did you know as of 2013 you will pay an extra 3.8% fed tax on the profit on the sale of you utility stock in addition to other stocks for support of Obama Care?

Fred -Bye the way the Muslim religion is all encompasing on followers for all daily life including government. Inshalla (God Willing). Our government is based on seperation of church and state, therefore "true" Islam is in contrast to our constitution. 

Keep the faith
It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood
Carl on September 22, 2015 10:32 AM
Sounds like Murph may have had an extra bowl of Wheaties this morning.   ;-)

Tracy French on September 22, 2015 4:31 PM
Mike:  Thanks for your input but I need much more info.  I am considering preaching this Sunday on the National Debt and the Immigration issue.  I am thinking about using the Old Testament Scripture Ezekiel 47:22 and I haven't decided about the New Testament yet.

Cookie: I can see by your last remark that you have clearly cleaned up your language.  Congratulations.

Carl:  Didn't know people were still eating Wheaties today but it's obvious Mike got extra zip from something. 

Fred:  You have any comments on the National Debt and Immigration? 

Now for a math problem:  Feds are increading the money supply by 8% annualy.  How many years will they have to do that to make the National Debt worthless?
Mike Murphy on September 23, 2015 12:51 PM
Sorry Tracy, I have already told you more than I know on the subject?

I met Huckabee in Charleston WV in 1999, he made a presentation at the Southern Governors Conference on Technology, He was then Gov of Arkansas & Underwood was chair of the conference. Very Chrismatic guy, but not my favorite for Pres. I currently like Feriona and Carson.

The Pope is making a big splash this morning on TV. To bad the politiciacns have to be in the middle of it all. Aretta and I had the great pleasure to be in audience with John Paul, Twice, once on Christmas day when he was not supposed to appear because of sickness, but we were at St Peters and he appeared on the balcony at noon. There was something definitely Holy about him. My son went to high school in Rome therefore we were there often. You may think that I am Catholic, because I am a Murphy and close with keep the faith (actually Irish) but am mostly Protostant and like most wrestle with my beliefs. I admire your pursuit of the faith, both as a Minister and a good man, please keep us in your prayers.

Keep the Faith

Fredrick Lucas on September 23, 2015 4:21 PM
Those who are interested in air pollution deaths should be aware that according to a Study done in 2013 by MIT Laboratory for aviation and the environment found that about 200,000 pepole in the USA die each year from premature deaths. Those who die from premature deaths from coal fired electrical plants number 52000. Finally, 53000 people die from road transportation pollution Fred
Fredrick Lucas on September 23, 2015 4:27 PM
Yogi Berra died yesterday of natural causes He was 90. The game of life is like baseball. The Yankee catcher said about the game "it aint over till its over. Fred
Ched on September 24, 2015 7:35 PM
The number of "premature deaths " may be a reliable number but to tag a cause of death seems like a bogus number. I could even accept a number related to COPD  but  to drill down to coal fired power plants is suspicious . Many in academia have a liberal political agenda. 
Thomas Dillon on September 25, 2015 10:42 AM

"Only the lonely" will know the feeling if they miss the festivities for next weekend.
I count 7 sleeps.


Thomas Dillon on September 25, 2015 10:45 AM
Naps do not count.
Carl on September 25, 2015 1:06 PM
Good people, let's git 'er done!
My current count is 43 classmates now registered.
Surely there remain "persuadables" out there.
Help me shake the bushes.  Contact any who you may be able to draw in.  Here's the classmate list [not including spouses/guests]:

Aloma Rose Jones
Barbara Calfee Fields
Becky Arney Novarro
Bill Morris
Billie Rae Hall Harris
Brenda Martin Sword
Candy Rorrer Thomas
Carl Thomason
Carol Blevins Stafford
Ched Yearout
Cookie Hill Brown
Darla Winfrey Pitzer
Dotty Morris Lambert
Doug Neal
Edward Tomchin
Emma Lou Davis Johnston
Fran Rice Baker
Gene Fields
Gerald Wizon
Ginger Goings Clower
James McKenzie
Jim George
Judy Anderson Hash
Linda Phlegar Mills
Lorraine Goodykoontz Fowlkes
Mary Lou Stroupe Pencarinha
Mike Farley
Mike Herring
Mike Murphy
Myron Anderson
Patricia Pennington Graf
Patty Baker Anderson
Peggy Charolene Fields Glenn
Pete Stephenson
Raymond Kidwell
Roberta Kniffin Woodson
Stan Hill
Terry St. Clair
Tom Dillon
Tommy Ray Goings
Tracy French
Wayne Alvis
Wil Wilhelm

Carl on September 25, 2015 3:53 PM
and Paul Baker & Jerry Smith make 45.  Keep 'em comin'.
Fredrick Lucas on September 26, 2015 2:26 PM
Ched, the researchers from MIT checked premature death rates in the midwest and in the east central parts of the nation. Premature deaths were higher in those areas. Why? High sulpher coal was used in the coal fired plants in those areas.

You can always contact MIT to review their study.

Fredrick Lucas on September 26, 2015 2:43 PM
Tracy, I concluded my review of air pollution and global warming.I don't plan to do another one. I find that people on the blog want to react to what I write. They aren't starting a topic of their own. I've discussed problems with football, the abortion question as well as planned parenthood.

Recently we learned that one of the ladies in our class has asthma.Sadly she might have a premature death. Asthma often results from air pollution.
Carl on September 26, 2015 2:55 PM
J. Fred, what you cite in this comment is a simple statistical correlation.  It proves nothing, and, in and of itself, is the weakest form of evidence (aside from sheer, baseless opinion).  While no one would contend that air pollution doesn't contribute to illness and death, concentration of coal-fired plants and type of coal burned, taken by itself -- as you do -- is an extremely poor measure of overall air pollution and the incidence of resulting "premature death."  I'd bet the ranch that even MIT scientists would not argue this point.
Fredrick Lucas on September 26, 2015 4:12 PM
Carl, on the question of air pollution, I cited the findings of the MIT study. You remind me of the time that I was in Boone County WV and was talking about the book Yesterday's People. He told me that the book was horrible that it made the residents look like they they were backward. I asked him whether he had read the book. He had not read the book.

Carl, read the study and then make your comments.Mike commented on what I learned years ago that many coal miners didn'tvalue education.I was a member of the Appalachian Community Development Association Board of Directors for four years during the 70's. The Urban Appalachian Council tracked the educational attainment of migrants from the Appalachian region and also those whose children went to school in the Cincinnati metro area. At the time the majority dropped out of school in the ninth grade. Fred

Carl on September 26, 2015 6:40 PM
Fredo, please forgive me, and please, pretty please, ignore/disregard my previous comment.  After reading your rebuttal, I've just stopped banging my head against the wall and, predictably, it's starting to feel much better.  As a result, I'm committing to ending my response to your social/economic pronouncements.  May you find continuing comfort in your simplistic world.

Carl on September 27, 2015 12:20 PM
Fellow bloggers, I've just stripped 4 months of comments from the Blog.  Hope to rid it of that much more when I get the time.
   This should reduce the "load" time when you click to the Blog page; it may also speed up comment posting to the Blog.  Hope this helps, especially for those with slower internet service.
Mike Murphy on September 27, 2015 1:04 PM
Carl- Will this make it quicker for Fred to post his irrelavent correlations?

Look forward to seeing you marvelous classmates next wknd!

Keep the Faith ie Good Triumphs Over Evil
Carl on September 27, 2015 2:03 PM
Now Mike, it's the Sabbath -- maybe not Fred's, but yours.
Fredrick Lucas on September 27, 2015 6:43 PM
I checked several sources and learned that there are several old coal fired power plants. Parents who live near these plants have reported a rise in asthma and other respiratory problems among children. C plants produce nitrogen oxides, phildren play outside and breathe more polluted air than the adults who remain inside. However, adults who live near these facilities have cardiac problems.Burning coal in power pants produce arsenic, benzene, mercury compounds, methane, sulpher dioxide, The average weight of emissions is 2249 lbsMWh of carbon dioxide  , 13lbs Wh of sulpher dioxide and 6 lbs MWh MWh of nitrogen oxides. These emissions  are responsible for 70 % of the nations sulpher dioxide emissions, 13 % of nitrogen oxides  and 40% of carbon dioxide. These emissions can lead to smog, acid rain and haze. Source, United States EPA. Remember our classmate Sarah who has asthma and cannot exercise. Fred

Fredrick Lucas on September 27, 2015 6:52 PM
The old coal fired plants are in Massachutes. I forgot to mention that in my other post. Fred

Carl on September 27, 2015 9:57 PM
Mike, to insert a web link into a Blog comment, go to the web page, right-click the web address [in the address window], select "Copy" then go into your comment where you want to place it, right-click there and select "Paste."

CAUTION: If it's a really long web address, it can foul up the Blog margins and create a mess.  However, I've not had this problem with YouTube pages.
Fredrick Lucas on September 28, 2015 4:37 AM
Should Mike comment on my latest post I won't reply.Why? He wants to preserve the coal industry in West Virginia and beyond.I am not trying to suggest anything. Tracy, I would suggest that someone in Mercer County should monitor air quality to determine what toxins are being released and in what amounts. Fred

Mike Murphy on September 28, 2015 12:40 PM
Fred - Please don't presume you know my motives for wanting Coal Mining to continue!

I want the USA and WV to have many good paying jobs as well as clean air. To have maximum job creation and economic growth we must have low priced energy including coal and oil, also neucular could serve as well. Wind Mills and Solar will not serve light or heavy industry, including manufacturing, which is needed to spur our economy and provide good jobs, not welfare. It angers me when you gloat about closing out mining and coal fired power plants without regards to the many families whose lives are ruined.

You "say you are not trying to suggest anything" , but in the next sentence, suggest to Tracy that he should see that air quality is monitored in Mercer County? Only a Gadfly would post inflamatory comments and statistics and then say "not trying to suggest anything"?

Looking forward to a wounderful Reunion.
Keep the Faith

Tracy French on September 28, 2015 2:51 PM
At last count, Carl told us that 45 classmates have signed up for the reunion.  I am preparing for the Memorial Service and I notice that I have 45 on the list of deceased classmates.  I will not have a candlelighting service this year as it would take too much time.  I plan to read a Psalm, say a few words in general about them before reading the list of deceased then closing with a prayer.

I have one classmate who has asked if she may say a few words about one of the deceased and I hate to deny her request as it could lead to a very long service.  On the other hand, I think maybe if I let just the one speak, what she says would be emblematic of the deceased and what they may have meant to others.  May I have your comments on this please?
Fredrick Lucas on September 28, 2015 7:42 PM
Tracy, I hope that you have a nice memorial service for all forty five people. Some were wives, others were husbands. Some had children others didn't. A few remained single.  Each contributed to the society in which they lived. The French have a proverb. La vie est en rose. Life is in the rose. One must endure thorns or hardships before one can see smell and touch the beautiful rose. The rose represents beauty abd joy that enters our lives especially after hardships. Fred
Fredrick Lucas on September 28, 2015 7:55 PM
Mike, rather than react to my perspectives upon various topics as you have done, why don't you pick a topic, give us your perspective and let us react by starting and carrying on a conversation. 

I thought of the children in Massachusetts who live near outdated coal fired power plants who have asthma. Like our classmate Sarah who can't exercise because she has asthma, they suffer because the utility hasn't gone to a gas fired system. One utility is going to do that.

Thought that you might want to know about what is going on.  Fred.


Tracy French on September 28, 2015 8:30 PM
Fred:  Thanks for you input, that was well said.
Carl on September 28, 2015 10:33 PM
Tracy, I know of no one in our class whose judgment I trust more than yours.  Do what you think is best.  It's a reverential gathering of good-minded folks after all.
Mike Murphy on September 29, 2015 12:47 PM
Tracy - I agree with the great sage Carl.

Thanks for your heavenly service.

Tracy French on September 29, 2015 8:30 PM
Thank all of you who responded to my plea for help both on the blog and in the private emails.  I will limit the service to between 10 and 15 minutes.

Ched on September 29, 2015 9:56 PM
Just watching "The Voice". A young female country singer from Coal City WV hit it out of the park,. Look up Coal City  tiny town in Raleigh Co.
pete Stephenson on September 30, 2015 11:15 AM
Pete here.I'm looking forward to our get together this weekend.I pray that all have safe travels to and from here.The weather forecast for the region is 80% rain Fri and 90% saturday.The temps have remained in the mid to upper 70's this week.Real muggy now.The foilage is staying drab looking so far.Tracy do your thing man.I'll be behind you 100%.Travel safe my friends,Faith.Hope and Love.

Fredrick Lucas on September 30, 2015 8:46 PM
I want to wish each of you a peaceful safe and happy journey to the reunion at Pipestem State Park. While there you will greet old friends and loved ones and remember fondly those who have ended their journey through life. 

You can even see wildlife expecially deer feeding at dusk.Such a wonderful pastoral scene. Fred
Carl on October 2, 2015 11:33 AM
Becky, if memory serves me -- a big IF -- there were about 225 in our graduating class.  [You'd think that the guy handling the mailing list would know this, wouldn't you?]

Becky Novarro on October 1, 2015 5:02 PM
Today's question for all you smart people.  How many graduated with us?  I am constantly asked that and have no idea.  Maybe if it is written down, I'll remember.
I hope to see all of you or most tomorrow night.  Don't want to say if the creek don't rise as there is a possibility.
Darla on October 2, 2015 6:46 AM more sleeps!!!
Fredrick Lucas on October 3, 2015 5:06 PM
Carl as I recall there were 225 graduates in the class of 60. Fred
Thomas Dillon on October 4, 2015 5:32 PM
Left Pipestem at day break -- afraid to leave earlier due to fog and mist and presence of deer in the parking lot in front of the lodge as I was packing the car. We saw nearly two dozen as we slowing exited the park a little after 7 AM. Home in just 8 hours. Great weather all the way.
Great to see all of you at the reunion and enjoyed our time together.
Again, thanks to the Reunion committee members, Doug, and Carl for a great event.
Sleeps until a mini?

Ched on October 4, 2015 10:05 PM
I really enjoyed seeing so many of our class. It iis remarkable that we all remain so close after all these  years.  I seems as  though we never left and its 1960 again !!
A  special thanks  to all of the people  who worked so hard to make it possible ...Darla, Patty, Myron. Doug Tracy and others.

Mike Murphy on October 5, 2015 10:07 AM
Great Reunion! Thanks to all the reunion comittee, they did a fine job and especially to Doug and Carl who go the extra mile. Also Tracy held a moving memorial service for so/too many of our departed classmates.

Pete moved & everyone voted to hold another 5 yr in October of 2010 at Pipestem. 

Has anyone seen Curly, he and Dottie were giving dance lessons. Curly where do you get the energy? it would have killed me.

Carol - Missed you at reunion, hope the flood is not affecting you guys?

Keep the Faith


Tracy French on October 6, 2015 3:36 PM
I cannot say enough about the reunion.  It was great.  I wish we could have spent a week together.  Maybe we ought to consider a cruise sometime. 

I remember from Knob School that sometimes the teacher would allow Carl Thomason to play the madelin and sing and also Jimmy Hatcher to play some of his "boogies" on the piano.  Those are very fond memories for me and over the years I have thought of them a lot.  I wonder, since it happened so seldom, was Carl and Jimmy being disciplined when they done it or was it for our enjoyment?  I know for me it was always go to Mr. Bailey's office for 1, 2 or 3 licks depending on the infraction.

I had laser surgery on my vocal cords yesterday in Winston Salem and I go back in February for 1 more treatment.  I don't talk so well today and that seems to make my wife happy.  She gets tired of hearing me say "what did you say" and I get tired of hearing her say "put yur hearing aids in."
Carl on October 6, 2015 4:18 PM
I'm with you Tracy in saying that it was a mighty fine reunion.
Doug just sent me the group photo from Saturday night.  I've captioned it and posted it to the "Reunions" page of this website.

Those who attended Friday but not Saturday -- thus, not in the photo -- include Paul Baker, Emma Davis Johnston, Ginger Goings Clower & Jerry Smith.

I had lots of fun -- amongst the other stuff -- assembling the 2015 Reunion Book.  Sorry for any errors and omissions.  Thanks to Brenda Martin Sword for photos of the Knob School "missing years" and to Mike Murphy for his pic of the Glenwood School softball team.  And the cover collage would not have been possible except for Jerry Wizon's 1960 Yearbook scans.  Let's thank GWiz for that.
Carol on October 6, 2015 9:01 PM
So thankful for a safe and fun gathering for classmates last weekend.  I thought about you all as we were trying to stay dry.  Fortunately, it wasn't nearly so bad for us as in the lower part of the state.  

Mike, I missed you all too. I'm sure you, Jeff, Neil and I would have enjoyed sharing Montgomery memories.  We did not attend the Bluefield reunion this year. It is difficult to attend one and not the other...   Plus,  when I saw  that the date of our reunion was the same as Notre Dame/Clemson game, I knew if I attended the reunion, I would have to go alone.  Clemson had not played Notre Dame since 1977 and we were at that game.  Joe Montana was QB then...  

Brenda (Martin) stated after the 50th reunion that we had the "best class ever."  I think she is right!

Fredrick Lucas on October 7, 2015 7:26 AM
As I watched the news of the flooding in South Carolina, I thought of my cousin Bill Booth who is a lawyer in Columbia. I can only hope that he and his family are safe.

Carol it has been reported that when hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, Senator Graham voted against federal funding. The measure passed 62-36.He was one of the 36. Now suddenly, he wants federal funding for his state to help with flood relief. Fred
Carl on October 7, 2015 9:21 AM
J. Fred, knowing that you continually seek the facts and the truth, here's Sen. Graham's explanation for his vote against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill:
"The Hurricane Sandy package was $60 billion.  Forty-seven states got community development funding.  They repaired Amtrak corridors unaffected by Sandy.  It was a pork-fest.  [emphasis added]  We had a $24 billion alternative that was focused on Sandy."
The other 35 senators who voted against the bill may have done so for the same reason.
Fredrick Lucas on October 7, 2015 5:34 PM

According to the Washington Post, Governor Christie was sitting in Trenton. He needed federal funds to help tesidents of his state cope with the hurricane. The vote was to fund 9.7 billion dollars for relief. The vote was 62 to 36. Graham was in the opposing camp. This move created a division between Graham and Christie. Graham told Wolf Blitzer that he didn't remember the vote concerning hurricane Sandy

Rob Portman of Ohio was one of the 36 no votes. Since he is running for reelection, I wrote to him and asked why he voted no.  I checked with my cousin in Columbia SC who told me that he lives in the western section. They got rain but no flooding. In the eastern section, several man made lakes were built. They built earthen dams which didn't hold and flooding resulted. The television stations have suspended regular programming in favor of providing coverage of the efforts being made to cope with the flooding.
Mike Murphy on October 7, 2015 6:48 PM
Cookie - Missed you at the Reunion. Did you have any storm damage?

Keep the Faith
Carl on October 7, 2015 9:45 PM
Let's see, Fred: a $60 billion storm relief bill was to provide NJ $9.7 billion according to your own figure -- that's 16 cents on the dollar.  And your position is that it was irresponsible for Graham (and 35 other senators) to oppose that.  Am I following your argument correctly? 
Fredrick Lucas on October 8, 2015 10:01 AM

I did not take a position regarding what Senator Graham did or failed to do. I reported what happened. I am the messenger only 
Pete Stephenson on October 8, 2015 10:04 AM
Pete here  getting away from the politics for a few minutes.Linda and I had a wonderful time at the reunion.It was good to see all of you that attended.Everything that the planning group did turned out great.Thanks to all that worked so hard for this event.A special thanks to Carl and Myron for the time spent on this task.Also Patty,Darla,Barbra,Brenda,Tracy and all the others that helped.I pray that we all can come together in 2020.We are for sure a special group from a special place.I pray that we all can get along and leave the politics to other sites.Faith.Hope and love.

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