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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.


Carl on January 20, 2017 12:30 PM
News Update!!!
Mr. Trump now president for 30 minutes;
so far, so good
Carl on January 20, 2017 1:38 PM
now up to 97 minutes;
geno on January 20, 2017 3:36 PM
Whaaat, we have a new President????????? why didn't someone tell me.
Carl on January 20, 2017 4:02 PM
4 hrs; SFSG
Carl on January 20, 2017 4:12 PM
Yeah Geno.  Some guy named Trump.  Appears to be in real estate.  I even hear that he's a Republican, but I could be misinformed in this age of fake news.
Mike Murphy on January 20, 2017 6:27 PM
??I hear the Trump Train rollin its coming around the bend with so much sunshine and greatness again!

Keep the Faith

Tracy French on January 20, 2017 10:49 PM
This is a great day for America!
Carl on January 20, 2017 10:51 PM
Approaching 11 hours in office.  SFSG.
Carl on January 21, 2017 12:02 PM
1. noted sunset at 5:19 yesterday evening;
2. noted moonrise later in evening;
3. noted sunrise at 7:22 this morning;
4. noted that Prez has been in office one entire day,
      24 hours, a complete circadian cycle

geno on January 21, 2017 2:17 PM
Mike I thought it was I hear the train a comin, it's rollin round the bend ,ain't had a six pack since I don;t know when
Mike Murphy on January 22, 2017 8:32 PM
Train arivian sixteen coaches long, well it took my six pack and I will never see it again.

Geno - who sings this?

??I rode the Cass scenic railroad but would like to ride the new river steam classic and the western maryland fall foilage run. Has anyone rode either of these. Perhaps Doug has since he is a great Train enthuasist!

??Pat Smith what are you doing we haven't heard from you in eons?

Keep the Faith
Carl on January 22, 2017 10:16 PM
Mike (et. al.), I rode the Western Maryland excursion train some 20 years or so ago, in the Fall.  It's a short run (Cumberland to/from Frostburg) but a lovely one. 
   Also the Potomac Eagle in/out of Romney about 4-5 years back.  It's a pretty route and includes a meal option onboard which adds a nice touch.
   The Cass is still on my to-do list.  Hope to get to it soon.
   Lots of wonderful excursion trains, foremost among them [in my view] is the Durango-Silverton narrow-gauge route in Colorado -- more than merely spectacular.
   Anyway, for old "rail dogs" like Doug & me, any train ride is a good one.  Relatedly, there's a wonderful documentary film titled "Riding The Rails" about teenagers who hopped freights during the Great Depression.  Check it out.  If you don't love it, check yourself for a pulse.  Here's a YouTube link to a 30-minute excerpt of the 1:12 minute program:
   I own the video, have watched it probably 10 times -- choked up every time.  Look forward to my next viewing.  The full version is much better than the shorter version whose link I have provided.
Fredrick Lucas on January 22, 2017 10:21 PM
An organization called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Govermment will introduce a lawsuit on Monday against Donald Trump. According to Noah Bookbinder, Executive Director, Trump is in violation of the emolument clause of the Constitution. He needs to put his entire holdings into a blind trust. Turning the business over to his sons isn't enough. After all Jimmy Carter put his peanut business into a blind trust. 

I will be interested in the final ruling on this matter.
Carl on January 22, 2017 10:44 PM
Now Fred, there you go again.  Are you going to spend the next 8 years fretting over every Trump controversy, real or confected?
ched on January 23, 2017 12:25 PM
I only care  about Trump's results as President. I care not  about tax  returns or  any of  the other  stuff  the libs try to concoct. 
If  the  economy improves. the borders  become  secure and our  safety is  assured, he  will be a  success in my view.
geno on January 23, 2017 2:35 PM
Mike only song I can think of close to that is "worried man blues"sung by every recording artist in country music. sorry couldn't help you but appreciate the question, a great honor being asked any question. Someone should point out the true" deplorables" , if there is any one who doesn't recognize them, it's the ones rioting, burning, and raising "hell", oh by the way if you do not recognize them, you may be a deplorable also.
Mike Murphy on January 23, 2017 7:32 PM
??How about those Patriots they have the balls also Atlanta looked great. This should be a real suuuupper Bowl! 

??Carol - can you guys recall your Senator, the light in the loafers one?
He is about as usless as tits on a boar hog!

Geno - Who sang the song The Train called the City of New Orleans.

??Hey guys did Melania look great at Inagural or what? I think she is even more georgous than Jaquelne!

Keep the Faith

geno on January 24, 2017 2:19 PM
hmmmm, I thought that was HILLBILLY WILLIE

Edward Laufer on January 24, 2017 1:52 PM
Having just looked at our spirited blog I believe I can answer your question Mike, if it has not already been answered in the last few minutes,as to who sang the song The City Of New Orleans and it was Arlo Guthrie. We have seen him sing this several times with his family and friends at Carnegie Hall when he has done a show around Thanksgiving
Edward Laufer on January 24, 2017 2:03 PM
Added to the above is to hear from Carl on your question Mike,as Carl is the best by far I know of who knows who sang what and when
Edward Laufer on January 24, 2017 2:18 PM
I feel like I am now on the show Jeopadry as both Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson recorded the song. Would someone beam me up to Carl now!
Tom Dillon on January 24, 2017 6:45 PM
Understand that our classmate, Ronnie Coleman, has been in hospital with pneumonia and was placed into a medically-induced coma due to infection. Supposedly will be sent to Charleston to find out what is going on.
Prayers for our friend. His wife, Trish, lost her sister recently as shared by Fred.
Mike Murphy on January 24, 2017 8:04 PM
Sad to hear about Ron Coleman. He and I went to Blfd State together. Get well soon.

??Ed - good to hear from you are you still doing Ballroom Dancing, you made us look bad a couple reunions back. Always wanted to go to Carnegy, but I've been to Oklahoma -Geno who sang that?

??Carl - One of the more intersting Trains i rode was at Garmish-Partenkirshen it was a cog train and it went thru a tunnel and let you out on a glachier to ski on the other side of the mountain. Trains in Germany and Austria are great and nearly always on time, Italy not so much. Also Chunnel was kind of a let down. There was a woman folk singer who also sang City of New Orleans and the night they tore ol dixie down?

Keep the Faith
Carl on January 24, 2017 9:25 PM
Thanks Ed Laufer for the kind words.  The subject [popular songs, especially of "our era"] is dear to my heart.
   Mike, I think you're referencing Three Dog Night's "Never Been to Spain," . . . "but I've been to Oklahoma."
  Of course, the Arlo Guthrie rendition of "The City of New Orleans" far surpasses the countless covers.  I never tire of hearing it.
  As life continues with its myriad worries, nothing provides the solace, reassurance and pure pleasure of music, especially the "comfort food" music of our younger years.  When all else has challenged, worried, and run its course, "I think to myself, what a wonderful world."  Thanks to all who have been, and continue to be, a part of it.
   What say you, Cookie Hill Brown?
ched on January 24, 2017 9:32 PM
Cookie on January 25, 2017 12:25 AM
Just plain ole Rock N' Roll, throw in a good Blue Grass group and If I feel "up-town" which I seldom do I put on a good classical piece.  But right now I'm busy putting away my signs from Saturday's march and getting my pink hat cleaned.  Granny was "not amused."

My best to Ron.  May he recover soon.  
ched on January 24, 2017 9:35 PM
Prayers  for  Ron. He needs it !!!
Fredrick Lucas on January 25, 2017 8:58 AM
Speaking of trains, I rode Amtrack from Cincinnati to Hinton and again from Cincinnati to Clifton Forge. The train had a dome car through the New River Gorge which was fun. When I visited France, I took the TGV from Paris to Tours. I also rode local trains as well as the subway in Paris.The TGV is the high speed train .

Last week, the Jewish Community Center in Cincinnati received bomb threats two days last week. Hebrew Union College had a swasticka painted on the sign in front of the college. The mayor has indicated that these hate actions won't be tolerated.

ched on January 25, 2017 12:16 PM
I have  ridden the "bullet' trains in Japan. Very fast  and very smooth ( no "clickity ckack").  The trains pull into Tokyo Station,  the seats  rotate 180 deg for  the  return trip and a large  digital countdown clock starts  toward departure  time.  The train moves out  at Zero !!!  No  schedule  variation allowed !!!!!
Mike Murphy on January 25, 2017 7:41 PM
??Ched - Rode the Train from Nagoya to Kyoto and back was high speed but not bullet train. Did you ever see the Komarant Fishing?

Geno - Who sang take an old cold tater and wait?

Keep the Faith
Edward Laufer on January 25, 2017 8:40 PM
Hi Mike Sandy and I still putter around the dance floor and still take a lesson now and then. When we dance I try to make Sandy the picture and me the frame. I have a running joke about my dancing which is not too far from the truth that dance steps go in one leg and out the other.
Question Mike In the 2015 PHS Reunion book where was that great picture of you taken Would not mind going where ever it was
Fredrick Lucas on January 26, 2017 8:02 AM
There are those who follow WVU basketball. WVU defeated Kansas the other night 85-69. This is the fourth time that Kansas has lost to WVU at Morgantown.

The actress Mary Tyler Moore died at age 80.She worked with Duck Van Dyke for several years. She had type 2 diabrtrs
Mike Murphy on January 26, 2017 12:56 PM
??Hi Ed - The picture you refered to was taken from Victoria Peak overlooking Hong Kong. We stopped there many time on our around the world ventures. The food, view and shopping were great and we had access to the Fleet Post Office which made shipping easy and economical. Carl commented that it was downtown Kenna? 

??Like singing my dancing is only good in my mind when I am about half sloshed! I bet you were saddened when Debbie Reynolds passed? My dancing hero is still Curley Eskew!

Keep the Faith

geno on January 26, 2017 3:17 PM
L J D sang take an old cold tater an wait "Little Jimmy Dickens", Mike who sang "the stars are out tonight and pretty soon I will be too"
geno on January 26, 2017 3:20 PM
I got those lyrics wrong Mike it goes "the moon is high and so amI the stars are out and so will I be pretty soon"
Tom Dillon on January 26, 2017 6:06 PM
Dang me -- I thought that google would easily find this. Geno, you need to use a code to make deciphering more difficult, if that is your aim.

Would love to hear from Farley, Brenda McDonald, and others who have been silent for such a long time. Are you out there? Mokie, do you read this?
Mike Murphy on January 26, 2017 7:57 PM
??Geno -was it  Hillary or Tiny Tim?

Ben Colder Here
ched on January 26, 2017 8:40 PM
Mary Tyler Moore had  Type 1  diabetes not  type 2 ( adult onset)
Fredrick Lucas on January 27, 2017 7:30 AM
Mary Tyler Moore had type 1 diabetes as Ched said. What he didn't say but I will say is that I thought that she was a really fine actress and showed sooo much talent working with Dick Van Dyke and Ed Asner.

Ched you don't want women to have any control over their reproductive health. You certainly don't want them to have control over your reproductive health. What's with you and women?
Delores on January 27, 2017 9:32 AM
Here we go again!  
ched on January 27, 2017 10:44 AM
I am totally fine  with issues  dealing  with womens  "reproductive health" ( the  current  buzzwrord), but abortion with a few  rare exceptions is not acceptable  nor is it  a womens health issue.  I consider killing  a  human fetus as tantamount  to murder.

Mike Murphy on January 27, 2017 12:52 PM
Geno - Can you hear the whistle blow 100 miles?

Fred - What is it with you and women?
Keep the Faith
geno on January 27, 2017 4:03 PM
Abortion is not about a woman;s body, it is about the body inside of the woman's body, that is what people must learn that is a brand new person coming into being, I know the democrat platform believes it is just a glob of tissue.

Ched on January 27, 2017 5:20 PM
isn't it remarkable that the homicide of apregnant woman Is a double homicide yet abortion is legal. Go figure???!!!
Edward Laufer on January 27, 2017 8:19 PM
Thanks, Mike That picture might seal the deal for us. If we could find a season over there when 3 big cities,Beijing,Shanghai and Hong Kong are either not too hot not too polluted or no Typhoons. Any thoughts Just got finished watching Singing in the Rain with a very young Debbie Renolds onTBS
Edward Laufer on January 27, 2017 8:26 PM
Before Carl comments on my last comment let me say that I was not watching the movie here with Debbie Renolds beside me.It sort of sounded that way. Now based on my comments on our blog over the years the last few weeks have probably used up my allotment for the next several years
Carl on January 27, 2017 10:00 PM
Ed Laufer, caveat emptor: I asked Mike where that photo was taken and he told me it's from the scenic overlook in South Kenna.  I've never known him to lie.
   Congrats on watching "Singing In The Rain" again.  As with all artistic classics, it never loses its special appeal.  And for old romantics like you and me, Debbie is always beside us when we watch it.  And we always have a thread of Gene Kelly in us too.
  I trust that you & Sandy have seen "La La Land" and that you liked it.
   Lastly, there no such thing as an "allotment" on the blog.  The more the merrier, both in number of people and the number of their comments.  Keep 'em comin'.
Edward Laufer on January 27, 2017 10:30 PM
La la Land was one of our favorites The song City of Stars from the movie probably will win for best song. An unusual and excellent movie is Hidden Figures. The movie focus is on 3 women the main is Katherine Johnson who was from White Sulphur Springs and is now I believe 98 and has a building at NASA named after her
Edward Laufer on January 27, 2017 11:09 PM
Fo make it official I believe that La La Land was my favorite movie of the year,but this may be because Sandy has said on more times than I might wish 'Edward I think you may be in la la land' Perhaps TMI
Carl on January 28, 2017 11:34 AM
Edward, I've always found Sandy to be intelligent, insightful and tactful.  Thanks for confirming.
Mike Murphy on January 28, 2017 2:36 PM
Hi Ed
??I have never been to Shanghi but one of our excursions in the 80s back when the commies ran everything outside Hong Kong and now they run Hong Kong, We went on a side trip from HK to Guangouh (Canton) first by Hoover boat which was boarded by the Chinese when we got in their territory, with old rusty looking AKs and asked for our passports, we stayed at the White Swan Hotel which was great six course meals all ending with boiled rice? We took a Train back to HK and it was good that we were in first class, everyone got disentary so the bathrooms were overused. We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Beijang (Peiking) 
and had roasted suckling pig with an apple in its mouth. I suggest that if you go that you book all hotels and  travel ahead thru Cathay Pacific or American Express. Excursion to the wall we sang Take me home country roads on the bus. If you can afford it stay at the Penisula Hotel. Our first trip we stayed at the YMCA, wasn't bad overlloked the bay and ferry. Great place to by suits, shoes and sun glasses. We used to get designer prescription sun glases for $40. Always like a bargin.
Happy Hoofing
Edward Laufer on January 28, 2017 4:32 PM
Thanks Mike for taking all that time to send all that information.We will continue to research it. I am glad to find out that the scene was Hong Kong as Carl complely believing it was somewhere in WV that I somehow missed.
Edward Laufer on January 28, 2017 4:33 PM
I believed Carl
Edward Laufer on January 28, 2017 4:54 PM
This maybe a repeat but hear goes.Talking about hearing Take Me Home Country Roads On a small van in Maui going down the winding road to Hana and our driver puts on the cd of Israel Jamakawiwo'ole singing his version of Take Me Home Country Roads Just blown away so unexpected to hear this famous Hawaiian singing
Edward Laufer on January 28, 2017 4:58 PM
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole That is .Never could spell well His version of Over The Rainbow has been heard in several movies

Carl on January 28, 2017 8:17 PM
Edward, I'd never heard of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole before
I'll bet he did a fine rendition of "Hava Nagila" too.  Am I right?
Edward Laufer on January 28, 2017 11:43 PM
Carl being the top expert that I know regarding music and movies I bet you do know of IZ as he was nicknamed in Hawaii. You probably heard his version of Over The Rainbow in the movies Meet Joe Black and Finding Forrester and when I was watching years ago on tv Tim Russert's funeral at the end this version of Over The Rainbow was being played His favorite
Edward Laufer on January 28, 2017 11:58 PM
But to answer your question Carl I do not know about HavaNagila Stumped on that one
Mike Murphy on January 29, 2017 4:55 PM
??Ed - Are you still in NY NY. I have been there a few times working and was sad to see that the Deli (can't remember name mow went out) Great Pastrami Sandwiches. I lived in Rockville MD and Arlington Va for 6yrs and although I liked some things I generally disliked the traffic and the people except for wounderful Carl and some of my co workers. How did you adapt to the big city coming from Little Princeton? And how did you cope with the ups and downs of the stock market?

Keep the Faith
Carl on January 29, 2017 6:07 PM
Mike, how did you adapt to Kenna, coming from big ole, boisterous, hustle-bustle, hurly-burly, action-packed Princeton?
Carl/Edward on January 29, 2017 8:45 PM
Several problems corrupted Edward Laufer's comment.  Here's my attempt at re-composing it/them:
Hi Mike To answer some of your questions and ones from some of friends from Princeton like Jerry Wizon and my late friends Scotty Reid and Kerby Smith, 'Ed how did you ever like living in New York City'? Here goes. Since I was a little kid as both of my parents were from  up here, we came up here a couple of times a year and really liked the city as many do when they are up here for a short visit. Still do living here on what is called the Upper East Side in the East 80's not too far from Central Park, but we have also found that with all of the hustle and bustle it can be a very private place. A great walking city as on a nice and lovely afternoon walked a half mile the movies. As to the turmoil of the ups and down of the stock market when I worked in the Wall Street area to unwind would put on my walking shoes and with a close friend walk all the way up here the 6 or 7 miles as fast as we could. Often Unfortunately discovered fattening bakeries along the way. The deli I think you were thinking of is the CARNEGIE deli. They’re a couple within a few blocks of our home.
Edward Laufer on January 29, 2017 8:56 PM
Carl, You did an excellent job in fixing the comments I just put on the blog PERFECT! On another did you come across on Google ta video of that version of Over The Rainbow that I had mentioned.And how about the passings in the last few daus of the actor in Mannix Barbara Hale and John Hurt
Edward Laufer on January 29, 2017 9:24 PM
Hi Mike, To further answer in the stress that was in the type of job I had but could be used in many other jobs (not driving in a Nascar race) was a great and short trancendetal meditation exercise in the office of counting slowing ffrom 1 to 20 and then back from 20 to 1 and open an door to pleasant scene view from Victoria peak. Worked great as to taking up ballroom dancingafter work
Mike Murphy on January 30, 2017 12:56 PM
??Ed - Thanks for the explanation. Sounds as if you had an eventful enjoyable fruitful life.

??Carl - I was not from the big city of Princeton but the metropolis of Glenwood on a 32 Acre farm with an out house for a toilet for around 10 years. But as Ton said what are you gonna do! Being of average intelegence I worked harder and overacheived most of my life, being to hard headed to give up even when against odds. I owe any sucess and adjustment to my wounderful Mother and Jack French Jr. my Junior high Teacher and idol. Also knowing guys and Gals like you at PHS kept me out of the stocades and on a sane path.
Carl on January 30, 2017 1:17 PM
Mike, thanks for that lucid explanation/clarification.  Now I fully understand how you came to be the Earl of Kenna.  As John Houseman used to say on those Smith Barney TV ads, "You earrrrned it."  [I sometimes wish I'd found that sane path.]

Carl on February 2, 2017 5:58 AM
Darla, how's the broken leg mending?
Darla on February 3, 2017 5:17 PM
It has finally started to heal.  I will know more on the 20th when I go back to the orthopedic doctor.  I don't have pain and that is a good thing!!!  Thanks for asking!!!                                                                                                                                 

Tracy French` on February 4, 2017 11:20 AM
Tommy Goings called me this morning and said that Ronnie Coleman passed away today from a heart attack.
Mike Murphy on February 4, 2017 12:45 PM
So sad to hear about Ronnie, he was a great guy.
Darla on February 4, 2017 2:10 PM
Delores on February 4, 2017 4:45 PM
So sorry to learn of Ron Coleman's passing.  He was always such a nice person. My condolences to Linda Mills on the passing of her husband.  
Pete Stephenson on February 4, 2017 5:53 PM
Pete here,Terrible news today of the Passing of Ronnie Coleman.Always a plesant guy to be around.I pray for Tish and all the family.Also I just found that Robert Mills also passed.Linda and I had the opportunity to dine with He and Linda a few times was always a very plesant guy.The Hokies have lost a true alumnus.RIP my friend.The Lord keep you strong,Linda.
ched on February 4, 2017 8:14 PM
I am so  sorry to learn of  Ron's passing. We pray for Tish as  she has been through so much with the loss of  her  sister 3  weeks  ago;and now  Ron !!!

Also my most  sincere  condolences  to Linda....

Mike Murphy on February 5, 2017 12:52 PM
Are you ready for some football?
Patriots 35 Falcons 24 Libs 0
Keep the Faith

Carl on February 5, 2017 2:25 PM
Woulda guessed that a TRUMPeter like you would back the team called the "Patriots."  You probably also like their QB, Tom "Mad Dog" Brady.  I think it was Roger Goodell who gave him that nickname.  [Seems that Goodell is always trying to deflate Brady's image.]
   I sure hope Dillon's OK.  He usually weighs in with a SuperBowl prediction.
   And Geno.  I've known him to have a view of the big game's outcome.

geno on February 5, 2017 3:35 PM
Stand  back and watch here is geno's superbowl prediction  Atlanta, (of all things) will play against the Patriots.
Carl on February 5, 2017 3:42 PM
Geno, you giving any odds on that?
Carl on February 5, 2017 10:51 PM
As though Tom Brady hadn't already cemented his legacy, today's Superbowl was astounding.  Who'da believed the final result at halftime?
Mike Murphy on February 6, 2017 10:33 AM
Great game - Agreat Team with A Great Quarterback and coach that does what it takes to win.
??I guess I can continue to were my Patriots Coats and sweaters after first half I thought they were devalued 100%. 

Fred - Winning is good!

Keep the Faith

ched on February 6, 2017 12:02 PM
An unbelievable  SB last night.  I thought  for  certain the Falcons had it in the bag. With the heavy imbalance of offensive  snaps ( Pats) I think  Atlanta's  defense  was just "worn out" in the  4th quarter..
 I was hoping  Atlanta would  win ( sorry Mike) if  for no other  reason because  they had never  won a  SB and  the Pats had so many SB  wins !!!
geno on February 6, 2017 1:54 PM
What a team, spotted Atlanta 25 points before they started playing. Two kinds of people THE PATRIOTS, and the unpatroitic.
Mike Murphy on February 8, 2017 12:44 PM
??Aretta and I Enjoyed last nights PHS60 dinner at Ryans in Princeton. Good attendance except I missed Pete, Tracy, Pat Smith,
Curley and Geno to mention a few. Carl was there on a research mission of some type with a correlation of .95 on his null hypothesis?

??Seriously had a great time and was amazed at the old cars Myron was restoring ie making new! He should post pictures on blog. Food at Ryans was much better this time.

Keep the faith
Carl on February 9, 2017 3:12 PM
Ditto to Mike's comments about the Ryan's crowd; what a lovely group that PHS60 [members, spouses & guests] produced.  My trip down rewarded me with DQ's southern slaw dogs + a Ryan's soul-food feast of fried chicken, pinto beans, collard greens and cornbread. Yummmmmmee!
  I got to thinking on the drive home -- based on numerous experiences over dozens of years -- if it's true that "It takes a worried man to sing a worried song," I don't think I'll ever hear such a rendering from Tommy Goings.  Seeing him always makes me feel better.  [Same with other classmates, too many to mention.]  
Carl on February 11, 2017 10:33 AM
speaking of the Ryan's crowd, thanks to Patty Anderson, a photo of that group can be found on the "BREAKING NEWS!" tab above.

click on the photo and it will enlarge.
Mike Murphy on February 11, 2017 7:30 PM
Q - How is Trump doing?
A - Great except he needs to get meaner!

Tracy you OK?

Keep the faith

Tracy French on February 11, 2017 7:46 PM
I'm doing OK Mike, thanks for asking.

I agree that Trump is doing a good job.  I think judges have too much power in this country.  If you belong to the "good ole boys club" you can get by with anything on any level.

I'm sorry I missed Tuesday's class meeting.  I have a conflict with the meeting on the first Tuesday each month.  I try to split the time between 2 meetings but sometimes it doesn't work out.
Tom Dillon on February 14, 2017 8:56 AM
A valentine for each and everyone of you as we did years ago. Love you! Tom
Mike Murphy on February 14, 2017 1:02 PM
Happy Valentines Day
geno on February 14, 2017 3:07 PM
New book out about the deplorables,  Mike , know how many democrats it takes to change a light bulb? 2200 and 1, 1000 have to decide what effect it will have onthe environment, 1000 have todecide if this is aracial thing between light and darkness, 100 will pnder if this will lend to the left or maybe too much to the right, 100 will have to decid if this is something to riot about and the one is designed to change the bulb, know how many republicans it tkes to changea light bulb? 0 they can never decide whetheror not it needs it. Know why this govt. is wrecked, I just told you.
Carl on February 14, 2017 4:44 PM
And then Geno said, "Let there be  light ."  [And I say, "well stated, Geno."  You know, you light up my life; you give me hope to carry on.  You light up my days and fill my nights with song . . . you silver-tongued devil, you.  Please keep it up.  signed: Your dim-bulb buddy.]    Happy Valentines Day.
Fredrick Lucas on February 15, 2017 9:49 AM
have been thinking about changes in using animals as performers. You may have read that Sea World stopped Orca performances and Ringling Brothers  I quit going to the Keenland Race Track after I found that several horses from various tracks died. I also refuse to see the snake handling church at Jolo. What gives our species the right to enslave other species. 

We speak of freedom. Animals who perform don't have any rights.Snakes at Jolo have no way to communicate that they would rather not be there.Horses who race cannot tell the owners that they don't want to race on a particular day.

Carl don't forget to put Ron Coleman's obituary into the file. Fred

Carl on February 15, 2017 12:37 PM
Fred, thanks for your PHS60 website attentiveness.  Ron Coleman's obit is on the "In Memory of . . ." page.
Coincidentally, I've often wondered about the mental and emotional state of those Jolo church snakes [and others of their ilk].  Having no way of looking into their psyches and souls, I choose to believe that they're largely a happy bunch living a life of ease and loving care.  And aren't we all, after all, captive to life's vicissitudes?

Carl on February 15, 2017 2:46 PM
Left to celebrate February birthdays are:

Peggy Charolene Fields Glenn - February 24
Joyce Lytton Mash - February 24
Ched Yearout - February 25
Pete Stephenson - February 27
Barbara Stepp Rumburg - February
May they all be absolutely special.
Mike Murphy on February 15, 2017 3:16 PM
Happy Birthday Feburarians!!
 Carl - I read Ron Colemans Obit which you posted - Thank you again and again for your Bigley work with the Blog.

??Fred - Being raised on a farm gives one a different perspective on animals. Always treat them well but remember they are not humans and should not detract from our love of fellow man. I saw somewhere that a group was trying to get the right to sue for animals, perhaps you could join them especialy for the females?

Keep The Faith

Edwarde Laufer on February 15, 2017 9:58 PM
I was very sorry to see on our blog the passing of Ron Coleman. Although our paths over the years,crossed infrequently only at our reunions, I remember Ron then and in High School,as much as anyone that I have met,of having a Gary Cooper type persona. 'Laid Back and Cool'
Fredrick Lucas on February 16, 2017 7:47 AM
When I mentioned Ringling Brothers Circus, I forgot to mention that they discontinued the performances of elephants. The Shrine Circus did not discontinue elephant performers.

Mike I limited my discussion to animal performers. I knew Ron Coleman not well  but was sad that he died at this time


Carl on February 16, 2017 12:35 PM
Yo Ched!  [and others],
   Have you toured the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol? 
If so, what'd you think?  Any suggestions for other sites in the area?  Restaurants?  Juke joints?  Gift shops [had to ask to keep Joan happy]?  Safe spaces?
Tom Dillon on February 16, 2017 1:27 PM
Ronnie Coleman ran with a group (gang) in high school that variously included Farley, Crawford, Lambert, Yearout, Goins,Joe and Curly Eskew, J.K. George, and me (plus others). Major or minor participation in this social club was often contingent on the time of the year (sports calendar) and the waxing or waning of our girlfriend status. I don't remember Coleman dating anyone in particular -- as I can chronicle the love lives of Farley or Crawford.
Also, I don't remember Ron playing any sport. He was somewhat a hot head and would engage anyone in a fist fight at the drop of a hat. I think I have shared on the blog how he and I challenged each other to a one-on-one, head-to-head football tackling confrontation (no pads or helmets) and it was bone crushing.
Coleman and Tish did come to some of our reunions typically only for the Friday night activities. We didn't get to spend much time together as a result. I was most surprised at how calm, quiet, and reserved Ron had become. The two of them sort of sat at a table in the background. I think Tish had tamed the Rebel. Ronnie also found Christ in later years and attended the same church as Geehole. 
Terry St. Clair said that he had seen Coleman at the Elk's Club in the past several months frequenting the poker table. Ron's speech was impaired from an earlier stroke and he was embarrassed to do much socializing.
One of "The Few Good Men". See you in Heaven, Ron. 

Carl on February 16, 2017 7:07 PM
About a year or so ago I asked you good folks with roots still grounded in WV what the word was on Sen. Joe Manchin.  My reason was that, despite being a Democrat, he seemed to have some conservative "tendencies."  I wondered then how strongly committed to the Democratic party he was.  Since then, I've seen numerous instances of his being a free, non-partisan thinker.  Today I see him 1) next to the Prez as coal mining relief is announced and 2) identified as an "at risk" candidate in 2018.  Isn't it time that he announced his switch to the Republican party?  Whattaya think Fred?  [and others?]
Fredrick Lucas on February 17, 2017 8:28 AM
Mike who is this person named Geehole? Carl, I suspect that Joe Mancin is appealing to the voters who believe that Trump will restore coal as a viable energy source.
Tom Dillon on February 17, 2017 9:14 AM
Geehole is/was the nickname for Sir Tommy Goings that he had throughout high school. Mokey was similarly the nickname for Master Ernest Hugh Crawford.
Fred, read in the Panama City paper yesterday that there has not been a reported case of rabies linked to a cat in 40 years. Don't you think the young felines being forced to play in the recent Kitten Bowl game against their wills and without appropriate payment would have used this knowledge to retaliate against mankind for their unfair treatment?
Fredrick Lucas on February 17, 2017 11:21 AM
According to data from the Energy Information Service of the US Government, Coal accounted for 33% of energy sources in 2015.Natural gas accounted for 33% of energy sources.Nuclear energy accounts for 20% of the energy sources. Hydroelectric energy accounts for 10 percent. Solar energy is 1% Wind energy accounts for the rest.

Mike why do you critique my perspectives? Let the readers read about your perspectives.You don't like my Ford. What is your car of choice?

Tracy French on February 17, 2017 11:28 AM

Genesis 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Certainly God doesn't mean for us to mistreat any of His creation but He has given us dominion over all of it.  My Grandfather used horses in his timbering business and I know it was a difficult task pulling huge logs up and down some of the mountains here in WV but I am of the opinion the horses enjoyed the labor as much as my grandfather.  He also used horses to plow his garden and corn fields.

God would not want an elephant to be killed for its ivory but he does expect us to kill some animals for our food.  Using elephants for entertainment is not a bad thing if they are properly taken care of.
Mike Murphy on February 17, 2017 12:55 PM
??Carol - WVT is to become a college for Foster Children. Not sure how it will or who will operate it and I think it is a first in USA? Last Basketball for WVUIT will be played aat Montgomery Stadium this winter. Hoopefully the Foster College will boost the town. RSVP

??Fred - I think you have me confused with someone who is concerned about your thoughts and vehicles. They only bother me when they contribute to diminishing hard working coal miners and others who make their living from natural resorces and animals. Did you enjoy the Presidential news conference yesterday?  I thought is was the greatest ever!

Cookie are you OK - miss your comentary and wisdom!

Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on February 17, 2017 1:46 PM
Tracy, as I explained I favored the actions taken by Sea World and Ringling Brothers Circus. Ringling Brothers Circus will close in May. There are many people including myself who look at the concept of using animals to entertain for fun and profit as a perversion of allowing the animals the freedom to roam and have their own community.

There is nothing in Genesis about horse racing for profit. Many people don't take the Genesis story literally.

There are parks throughout the world who protect animals within their borders.These animals are not exploited for profit
Cookie on February 17, 2017 11:09 PM
America 2017 ------"What are you upset about today? - Who owes whom an apology?"  "Who has their panties in a knot over WHATEVER?"  
Now its animals.

What am I upset about?---the Democratically controlled  Maryland legislature passed a law last week requiring electrical companies to purchase a portion of their energy through solar and wind sources.  The average bill will rise 24%.

Otherwise kids I've tuned it A L L out! When women marched in the streets of Washington on January 21 with their body parts on their heads and Ashley Judd-----well, Ashley Judd----(I thought to myself, "Honey you aren't on the Old Bluefield Road anymore but these women are on the Yellow Brick Road and there has to be a tin man somewhere in the crowd.) Maxine Waters thinks Russia invaded North Korea and yesterday Pelosi started talking about goats.  

I'm busy watching and reading about Victoria and Albert and when I want comic relief I will marvel at news conferences.  

As for Manchin...well Carl, I've been asking myself that question for about 6 months now.   
geno on February 18, 2017 3:54 PM
 Let me tell you about sinshine Joe, back when I was a democrat in grace with the mainstream democrats of Mercer county, met Joe when he was running for governor of West Virginia, spent about 2 hours with him we talked at length about politics Dept. of Highways justice system taxes and just about everything under the sun interesting man full of ideas had some great statagems for the state, I liked him campainged for him won the republican held poll at Ceres, and Joe did a great job as governor of West Virginia, Joe changed when he got Byrd's seat, now he is for whoever is in whatever is popular, and whatever seems to be at the head of the table, completely fli flopped on gun control under Obama, now is back in favor with NRA back in favor with republican agenda full in favor with Trump, that's sunshone Joe, wherever the light seems to be shining joe will be there catching the rays, well that makes him a well rounded polotician, isn't that what it is really all about, my grampa used to say "put all the poloticians in a verylarge bag and shake them together for three weeks dump 'em out, youwould have enough manure to fertilize a nice size farm" I believe there might be some use for our congress andsenate if we could find a big enough bag.
Carl on February 18, 2017 4:07 PM
Geno, you may have solved a mystery that I've been facing for longer than I've wondered about Joe Manchin's political proclivities, namely, how did you come by your clear, copious wisdom.  I'm guessing now that you got a good bit of it from grampa.  Values and insights handled down generation to generation.  Nice going, you old bulldog.   ;-)       MAGFAY
Mike Murphy on February 19, 2017 9:34 AM
You Don't need a weather vane to know which way the wind blows with Joe Manchin around! His wife was just appointed Higher Education Chancelor by Jim Justice. It would be hard to find someone less effective.

??If Trump doesn't endorse him or he changed to Republican he will not be reelected?

Keep the Faith
Carl on February 19, 2017 12:00 PM
Unelectable as a Republican?  Now Murph, didn't you say exactly the same thing about Trump a year or so ago? . . . Uh, wait, come to think of it I believe that was me. . . . Never mind.
Fredrick Lucas on February 19, 2017 1:50 PM
Murphy,recently, it was reported that a number of coal miners had to quit mining because they worked so many hours that they got black lung problems. They worked in Virginia mines.   

ched on February 19, 2017 3:10 PM
I am not aware  of Joe Manchins tendency to flip flop on issues. I e always seen him as pretty conservative and straight forward. I think he was a very. popular governor. I do remember Sean Hannity asking him about becoming a Republican. On another point, I am an animal lover and treat them all humanely. I have pets(dogs). I have had horses in the past both for my entertainment. and enjoyment. When I hunt I always endeavor to achieve a "clean and humane" kill.
Fredrick Lucas on February 19, 2017 5:57 PM
Ched regarding animals, I was expressing concern for animals who are performers. Sea World discontinurd the performances of the whales and Ringling Brothers stopped the elephant acts and will go out of business in May.I am concerned about horse racing. Each year a numbrt of horses die at various tracks.Some who retire are ground up for horse meat.
Ched on February 19, 2017 8:10 PM
Fred  We just  do not  agree (that is OK). I see absolutely nothing  wrong  with animals providing good clean wholesomre  entertainment. I know of none of  the places  you mentioned  that treated  their  animals  inhumanely.
Horses, mules, oxen,elephants and  camels ( to name  a  few) are work animals and have provided much to civilization.  Treat 'em  right but  working  them  in the  fields or" on  stage" is OK !!
BTW  Sea World has  discontinued  their performances not because  the whales  were treated poorly but because of pressure  from the PETA snowflakes
Fredrick Lucas on February 20, 2017 10:23 AM
Ched, the perspective rhat I have concerning performing animals is mine . I don't expect you or anyone else to follow what concerns me. I do expect you to refrain from calling them flakes. This is to me childish behavior.
Mike Murphy on February 20, 2017 1:18 PM
??I have a friend here in Kenna who has a horse farm. He has around 30 Tenessee Walkers. He mainly rides them and sells them to persons wanting to show and or ride them. ATVs have made the market for riding horses very bad. He says that when he goes to the market he has to watch where he parks his trailer, because people will tie horses that they don't want and can no longer sell to his trailer. Also it is almost impossible to sell a horse for meat (slaughter) because of laws and regulations in the US. Many European countries still grow horses for meat and consume large quantities. So there is no recovery of costs through meat or hides here in US.

??He continues his farm because he loves his horses and that way of life, but like many things it is a dieing industry.

??To my knowledge I have not eaten horse meat but am told is is much like beef. I have eaten Camel, Goat, Sheep, Bufallo (water and Bison) Chamoas and many wild game such as Deer, Antelope, Austrich, Racoon, Rabbit, Squirrel, Grouse, Quail, Dove, Impalla and Elan (tasty) in fact the bigger the animal the tastier it was.

Ched - like you I love animals but they are still animals and not people.

Fred - Is their any truth to the rumor that the Democrats are going to run Putin for President in 2020?

??Keep the Faith
Carl on February 20, 2017 1:18 PM
Speaking of animals, the beautiful, beloved panda  Bao Bao  leaves tomorrow to spend the remainder of her life in China.  Pandas are becoming less threatened with extinction thanks to human intervention, including being "caged" and gawked & coo'ed at, for pure human pleasure and entertainment.  In my humble view, a symbiosis to be treasured.
Cookie on February 20, 2017 4:13 PM
Got leather shoes and belt in your closet?
Cookie on February 20, 2017 4:14 PM
Just askin'
Carl on February 20, 2017 4:48 PM
Now Cookie, there you go again, gettin' your smarty pants in a knot.  Is it just to please your fans?     signed: a fan
Cookie on February 20, 2017 7:45 PM
We all can't be Hertz.  "Avis tries harder."
Fredrick Lucas on February 20, 2017 9:37 PM
Let's look at the problems of horse racing.Horses weren't meant to run at 30mph with a jockey in the saddle.When race day arrives,horses are given a number of drugs to help them cope with the race.Some fall, break their legs and have to be killed.Some horses who retire are killed and become horse meat.

Most horses are trucked to several tracks throughout the year.They have a variety of trainers and handlers. The horses find that it is difficult to bond with anyone.

I mentioned national parks. South Africa has probably the best parks in Africa.There should be a great variety of species for years to come.

Finally, when I was working, I met a man from Pakistan who told the following story. There was a man who rode a camel.He wasn't kind to the camel.One evening he put his blanket on the ground and went to sleep.The next day the authorities found him dead. The camel sat on him and crushed him. Cookie be nice to the camel that you ride.
Carl on February 20, 2017 10:35 PM
Fredo, that camel anecdote sounds to me like "the survival of the fittest," a biological absolute that has been accepted wisdom since the days of Darwin.  Another way of putting it is that the camel was simply thinning the herd; a third is the truism that some men need killing.
   In general, nature -- i.e., animal nature -- has a way of working things out.

   P.S.: Your claim that race horses have a hard time bonding with people strikes me as rather speculative.  Got any research data?
Cookie on February 20, 2017 11:41 PM
But what about your shoes? And the belt?  

Ched on February 20, 2017 11:39 PM
Mike ,
having lived in Kenya for a few years I have had the opportunity to eat various species of game. I agree that eland is good and wild pigs are tasty also.
i am sceptical of your claim that race horses are given drugs prior go racing. I would guess that governing commissions would prohibit such a practice. Tennessee Walking competitions are highly regulated and I would argue that throughbred racing is as well. Are you sure of your claims??
its true that on rare occasions accidents occur and an animal is euthanized if a leg is broken. All sports activities carry some degree of risk.

I prefer to label the jobless moochers on the public dole as "snowflakes". I see them by the hundreds carrying signs protesting whatever cause of the day. I often wonder do these people have jobs they are supposed to be tending??
Fredrick Lucas on February 21, 2017 6:06 AM
Sources for abuse of Race Horses. Hal Herzog PHD in Psychology Today. Horse Racing Cruelties We Condone and Condem.Andrew Cohen Bred To Death The Ugly Truth About Horse Racing.Atlantic Magazine 3/14/14.Bred To Death, The Horse Fund Fact Sheet.
Fredrick Lucas on February 21, 2017 6:20 AM
One more source. Animal 8/8/16Doris Lin Horse Racing and Animal Rights Animal Cruelty. Injury, Death Drugs and Horse Slaughter,

Fredrick Lucas on February 21, 2017 6:24 AM
Ched and Carl you want me to suopphy data for my perspectives. You won't offer anything but opinions Do you have problems finding data?
Ched on February 21, 2017 8:52 AM
so those are facts just because they were printed in some magazine??you do not have to watch horse racing..,, your choice. I enjoy watching the Kentucky derby as well as the other Triple crown events. I also like rodeo!! A real man's sport!!
Fredrick Lucas on February 21, 2017 10:17 AM
The sources that I've used  cite real problems in the treatment of race horses.Do you have difficulty reading those sources? Do you say, ny opinion is jusy as goog as their studies?

Fredrick Lucas on February 21, 2017 10:33 AM
Thr perspective id mine. I'm not trying to convince anyone to go along with studies that show animal abuse in horse racing.

Turning to the NFL retired players have health problems often related to CTE problems in the brain. Poor Earl Campbell the great running back for
Houston is now in a wheelchair. Bret Farve has short term memory problems. I can go on but I've made my point.
Cookie on February 21, 2017 11:23 AM
Beating a dead horse!  
Ched on February 21, 2017 12:58 PM
Yep I think English bowling on the  green and  curling should  take  the place of these horrible sports  activities such as football  . really enjoyed  reading  the articals  Fred  cites .... mostly published  with  the  support of PETA (another of my favorite lib organizations)
Cookie on February 21, 2017 1:07 PM
You may wish to reconsider your choice of recreational activities -- grass has feelings too you know.

Should we not include Tarantulas on our list of concerns for God's creations?  I read in this morning's news feed  that Angelina Jolie served them to her children during her recent visit to Cambodia.  Run Brad Run!!!!

Hope the cold weather returns, haven't had the chance to wear my fur coat to WalMart much this winter.  
Carl on February 21, 2017 1:59 PM
as my idol Charlie Brown would say,
geno on February 21, 2017 4:06 PM
You folks are forgettinmg about the dopes who hang their laundry on the outside clothes lines, diverts the gusts of wind causes abnormal swirls and leads to pollution normally blown away in areas where clothes are hung between two posts causes a shift and blank space, there oughta be a law. What about kids making mud pies, do you realize that is normal dust, and the kids disturb the dust that was in that place to do its useful thing and those kids get gobs of wet dustcalled mud and make pies just ruins the earth's crust. there oughta be a law, and what about all these stupid people who mow their lawns, grass should be allowed to grow to it's natural ability, but then it's cut down in it,s early prime, I tell you if we don,t stand up against this we are the guilty ones, and also I saw an archery tournament the other day and I thought this should be illegal, I know those arrows flying through the air have to alternate the natural air currents, years down the road we are going to suffer the consequences of disturbed air chambers and wind currents that affect the seas, erosion of soil, waves that didn't hit the beach, clothes that did not dry properly on clothesline, catastrophic to say the least.
Fredrick Lucas on February 22, 2017 9:21 AM
Carl I have a reply to your Rats comment. Hey Dyddle Diddle the cat's in the fiddle. The cow jumped over the moon. The little dog laughed  to see such sport and the dish ran away with the spoon.
Carl on February 22, 2017 9:58 AM
and a darn fine reply it is Fred.  Thanks.  Mama told me it's OK to run away with a spoon, but never run with knives, scissors or a bad crowd.  And as The Orlons famously reminded us, "Mama Didn't Lie."
Dr. Thomas Dillon on February 22, 2017 10:10 AM
Geno, would you please expound on the issue of flatulence as I think you would do do so much a better job than I could. What are the effects on global warming with the emission of so much methane gas? Are the hydrogen and carbon dioxide and other trace gasses produced causing the world-wide weather anomalies?
I am most concerned about animal flatulence as most have not learned to control themselves. Even though a normal human toots at least 20 times a day, they blame other sounds on the dog. Fred is probably correct about stressing out animals -- the more stress, the probability of more you know what.
Would really appreciate your sagacious thoughts on this subject.
geno on February 22, 2017 3:59 PM
Aaah, Dr. Dillon, I would be most happy to expound on this I have heard that quite a few people are concerned, and I really mean quite a few if not very few, other than the embarrassment of the sound and the reugnant odor to ones nose there is actually no harm of any kind  to the atmosphere or the effect on global warming, it does however have a significance effect on ones social life, most humans noses are very, let me repeat that with a very strong very, alert and indignant of such odors, the reason for this is babyhood and poor parenting, many babies have had to lie in that stench from time to time and have never gotten over that, hence the offensiveiness of the odor, there is nothing that can be done to alleviate this necessity, except when tending a social function always scout out a private plece where youn escape to to let the gasses escape, if no place can be found, learn to yell like Tarzan, at the peak of the highest note let it go, grab your nose point at some and excuse yourself, no foul no harm. I hope this will enlighten you  Sir Dr., err is that sir necessary?
Tom Dillon on February 22, 2017 4:20 PM
Thanks Geno, your insights are most appreciated. Many females I have been around over the years have said that they don't do that flat--- thing. Was that a sexist comment?
And plain old "Tom" is very appropriate.
Fredrick Lucas on February 22, 2017 9:20 PM
I have been looking at race horses. I looked at the number of deaths at the tracks recently. The Jockey Club stated that in 2015 there were 484 fatalities.

Science Notes in 2014 published an article called Death at the Tracks.They state that there were 24 deaths per week at United States tracks.
Cookie on February 22, 2017 10:59 PM
Oh my!  How horrible.  How can we race with so few Jockeys left?
Fredrick Lucas on February 23, 2017 6:48 AM
Cookie, the 484 fatilities are horses who died.Did you forget Biology 101? Horses who weigh 1000 pounds are not designed to run 30mph while carrying a man in a saddle.

Cookie on February 23, 2017 8:57 AM
Oh!  OK!  Thank God!

I don't remember Miss Carpenter talking about horses going 30 mph.

P.S.  Your statement is offensive.  It discriminates against women.  

Revealing!  Very Revealing!


Carl on February 23, 2017 9:55 AM
Talk about guilty pleasures, I gotta admit I love to watch the good
"horse race" where Fred & Cookie jockey for position.           
Becky NOVARRO on February 23, 2017 1:35 PM
What about the dogs?  I worked at the Greyhound Racetrack in Naples.
Not popular with PETA.
BTW, Tommy, I hope you know the person or are the person who won the lottery yesterday.  Good for Indiana.
Tommy Dillon on February 23, 2017 3:44 PM
Sorry, no. We are in Florida and letting them take our money. Have been trying the Cash4Life lottery here with absolutely no luck -- not even a free ticket.
Carl on February 23, 2017 4:23 PM
Tom, I'll bet you already know that the odds are much better at the track than at Cash4Life.  Plus you get the pleasure of watching those magnificent stallions -- yes Cookie, and fillies -- bearing those dainty little men on their backs [i.e., the horses' backs, not the jockeys] while blistering the track at 30 mph.  Oh heavens, just thinking about it makes me want to rush down to the $2 window.  Don't mean to brag, but I have a pretty good track record.  More than a few times my horse in the 3rd race has finished first . . . in the 4th race.
Fredrick Lucas on February 23, 2017 8:27 PM
Woe is me. I should have said a horse carrying an adult person in the saddle and running at 30mph.I think that Biology 101 refers to a college experience.Miss Carpenter was not thinking of horse racing.

A number of tracks that have had a decline in attendance now have casino gambling at the track.River Downs in Cincinnati has teamed with the Belterra interests to offer a gambling experience such as slots,poker ect.
Cookie on February 23, 2017 10:50 PM
Its a good thing the cowboys and indians didn't know about PETA.  Thats what we need inthis country--some good cowboys and indians....I wonder what The Lone Ranger would think about all this wimpy stuff.  
Carl on February 24, 2017 11:27 AM
Fredo, have you entered a second career in advertising or PR?  That phrase "Cincinnati has teamed with Belterra interests to offer a gambling experience" could have come right outta what we used to refer to as Madison Avenue.  Nice construction, lad.
Mike Murphy on February 24, 2017 12:28 PM
??Tracy - What did you think about Melinia opening the Trump Ralley with the Lords Prayer? Some of the media blamed her for plagerism!

??Goings did a great job with the blessing at the last Ryans dinner.

I am estatic over Trump kicking the liberal media's butt!

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on February 25, 2017 4:22 PM
Friday at the fitness center I met an 80year old woman who grew up in Gary WV. Her grandparents migrated from Russia and Czechoslovakia. The got off the ship at Ellis Island and took the train to Gary where they were provided a company house and employment at US Steel mining coal.They shopped at the company store.. 

Over the years, her grandparents spoke very little English.Although she tried to find out why they came to Gary, she was unable to learn why.Her parents learned English and got along well with the neighbors who came from different areas of Europe.

Although US Steel tried to follow safety standards many of the men suffered from problems associated with black lung.

She graduated from high school in 1954. Her preist was able to help her get a college scholarship to the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati. She became a teacher and married. They settled in Hamilton County. Her brother earned a doctorate and taught at the College of Health Sciences at WVU until he retired.

US Steel began selling homes to its employees in the early'80's. By 1985 the company closed all operations in McDowell County.

Thursday, my nurse at the Lifeline Screening told me that she was originally from Beckley. She said that most of her friends had moved to Charlotte NC.

Two weeks ago, my nurse who helped with my colonoscopy told me that she was from Bluefield.
Carl on February 25, 2017 4:28 PM
Fredo, that was a good story . . . up 'til the end, but then it ended with news of a woman blessedly escaping Bluefield only to find that her fate was to help with your colonoscopy.  Oh, what cruel surprises life can hold.
Cookie on February 25, 2017 4:39 PM
Did everything come out ok?

Becky Novarro on February 25, 2017 4:34 PM
Happy Birthday Ched!  I hope you have many, many more.
Fredrick Lucas on February 25, 2017 5:27 PM
Cookie the colonoscopy went well.The physician removed several polyps and didn't find any cancer. I return in five years. Fred

Tracy French on February 25, 2017 7:04 PM
Mike:  I thought it was commendable that Melinia opened with The Lord's Prayer.  I am glad that Trump is doing his best to keep his campaign promises and his family is so involved in his administration.

Becky:  I once rode a Greyhound from Washington DC to Princeton.  Do you think PETA had anything to do with them going out of business?
Mike Murphy on February 25, 2017 9:01 PM
??Just watched Manchester by the sea, has to be the most over rated film ever. Some good scenery.

Tracy - who sang thank god and greyhound she's gone?

??Cookie - Thanks for Bad Ass and Center Fold!

??Hillary Clinton told her dem compatraites to keep the faith. So I need a new good closing. Fred - maybe I can use :

Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on February 26, 2017 12:57 PM
Happy birthday Ched.

Tracy, a friend visited River Downs recently. He reported that two horses had to be put down. In other words destroyed.Aren't you concerned? I am. 

Ched on February 26, 2017 1:40 PM
Thanks  to all for  the Birthday  wishes.
 I feel so blessed  to have  friends  and my  good health.  I just  do not  feel my age  and  that is  a very good  thing.  I  try  to stay busy, excercise in a gym daily and get  a good  dose of nutrition  from food  and  selected  supplements.  Still play music  which I  enjoy.  

 Blessings  and  thanks  to ALL !!!!!!

Tracy French on February 26, 2017 7:42 PM
Fred, I don’t like to beat a dead horse but to be perfectly honest with you I am not concerned about two horses being put down at Rivers Downs.  My guess is they broke a leg while racing and a horse cannot recover from a broken leg.  It’s humane to put them down under these circumstances.  Following is a list of abortions reported to the CDC for the years 1970 through 2013 and note that these are the only ones that were reported.  Not all states reported the number of abortions to the CDC.   I see no difference in the way these babies were aborted than I do in the way my son’s life was aborted.  God will hold all of us accountable as a society who would permit such barbaric deeds.  Does this concern you at all?
1970 193,491
1971 485,816
1972 586,760
1973 615,831
1974 763,476
1975 854,853
1976 988,267
1977 1,079,430
1978 1,157,776
1979 1,251,921
1980 1,297,606
1981 1,300,760
1982 1,303,980
1983 1,268,987
1984 1,333,521
1985 1,328,570
1986 1,328,112
1987 1,353,671
1988 1,371,285
1989 1,396,658
1990 1,429,247
1991 1,388,937
1992 1,359,145
1993 1,330,414
1994 1,267,415
1995 1,210,883
1996 1,221,585
1997 1,186,039
1998 884,273
1999 861,789
2000 857,475
2001 853,485
2002 854,122
2003 848,163
2004 839,226
2005 820,151
2006 852,385
2007 827,609
2008 825,564
2009 789,217
2010 765,651
2011 730,322
2012 699,202
2013 664,435
Total 51,888,303'
Cookie on February 26, 2017 11:08 PM
I'd say the wisdom of the preacher won this ridiculous thread.  It must be Sunday.  Yea!!!!!!

The horse is out of the barn----finally!!!!!!
Fredrick Lucas on February 27, 2017 9:20 AM
Tracy, I cannot and do not want to control what a woman does with her reproductive health. The question was settled long ago. A woman and her physician have the right to decide what to do with her pregnancy.

Neither you nor I are licenced physicians. That is why I don't interfere. 
Fredrick Lucas on February 27, 2017 9:36 AM
Texas has restricted the number of outlets where women can obtain abortions. Each day emergency room physicians must deal with botched abortions that endanger the health of a woman.

Carl on February 27, 2017 10:15 AM
Well Fred, don't you think we should find out who that woman is and seek a better intervention than having her show up at all those emergency rooms?

ched on February 27, 2017 10:39 AM
The  abortion issue  which "was  decided long  ago" is I presume  the Supreme Court Casee of Roe v Wade.  Just because  the  SCOTUS  decideds does not make it  right. It is  interesting  that Norma McCorvey, the lady who  first  brought  the  case   changed her position later in life  and became pro life !!!

Tracy French on February 28, 2017 11:36 AM

Do you think the baby's will to live had anything to do with some of those botched abortions?  Any statistics on the babies who survive?

Have you given any thought about the day you will stand before God and give an account of your life on earth? That day will be soon (and very soon).  Will you stand alone?  Will you be an advocate for those millions of women whose "rights" you defended on earth?  Fred, you are special to God.  You're one of a kind and nothing you can do will ever kill God's love for you.  Give some serious thought about your future.

Soon and Very Soon We Are Going To See The King.
ched on March 1, 2017 12:34 PM
 Thank you.  Well said !!!!

ched on March 1, 2017 12:43 PM
I absolutely loved Trump's  speech last night.  The lib Dems made an "unprecidented" fool of  themselves.  I do not  expect  the dems  to agree on everything the President  says but to sit on their hands  the  whole  time  and  then walk out immediately at  the  conclusion was  just plain rude !!!!
How  anyone  can  support Obamacare  after it has nearly  collapsed is  beyond me. In Tennessee,  Blue Cross has  dropped out in 2017  and next  year Humana  will be out. I dont know of  another insurer in TN !!!
 Not  a problem  for me but  for many it's an issue !!

Tracy French on March 1, 2017 9:46 PM

I agree with you on Trump's speach last night.  In fact, it made me proud to be an American.  For so long our country has been controlled by people who want to take away all the things that have made us great in the past.  Our Constitution is great and we don't need a "law degree" to understand it or interpret it.  I am surprised at the ignorance of some of the Supreme Court Justices.
mike Murphy on March 2, 2017 9:18 AM
??I agree it was a great speech. Now if we can get some of the nar do well Republicans to agree on health care and taxes maybe things will start to turn around.

??Read where 100 coals miners are back to work in Wise county six day a week.

Ched - did you ever get used to driving on the wrong side of the road?

??Fred- what is going on with the bomb threats and desicration of Jewish Centers? Who is responsible?

??Tracy - I thought the tribute to the fallen Seal's wife was especially poiniant. Thanks to all you Vets!

??We had some Tornados come through here yesterday. We had little damage but neighbors lost a lot of roof shingles.

Keep the Faith


Ched on March 2, 2017 12:53 PM
 Yes I did  get  used  to driving on the left side. Its not  too hard if  the Steering  wheel is on the  right.  You just orient  yourself so  that  the  drivers  side is always toward  the  center of  the  road. That makes it  easier  to drive in the USA  and  then  drive in Kenya. "Round-abouts"  require  a little   thought  however !!
geno on March 2, 2017 2:36 PM
Well, some positive notes, makes for a couple of bushels of feel good, anybody paying attention to the stock market, need to pay less attention to hollywood actors and naysayers, how's that ol' song go "accentuate the positive" ......something to the negative I forgot, some one will remember. As my grandpa used to say "keep at least a week of joy in each pocket, and check on it every time you you check your watch".
Fredrick Lucas on March 2, 2017 9:04 PM
 For those who are interested, each person who seeks an abortion must pay for the procedure. Planned Parenthood has spent time and money educating the poor in family planning, Their work has contributed to the decline in abortions .

Fredrick Lucas on March 2, 2017 9:45 PM
According to the magazine Mother Jones,the Texas
policy Evaluation Project found that 100,000 low income women tried self abortion.Since a number of clinics closed in Texas women went to Mexico where they bought the drug misoprostol that will induce abortion.They don't need a prescription.

Some had to go to the Emergency Rooms when they failed to have an abortion.
Cookie on March 2, 2017 11:25 PM
I guess having given biirth to two children and helped raise my now grown grandchildren, rocked them through a 103 temperature, cleaned their scrapped knees, felt them move in my womb, warmed their bottles at three in the morning when fatigue over-whelmed me, felt the warmth of a new born baby to my chest, felt their pain when the world was cruel, taught them to walk and tie their shoes, etc. etc.......I just have a perceptive on this you will never quite understand.

I have a plaque on my kitchen wall my kids gave me...."You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,......."  I sang it to them and THEY never forgot.  They are glad their mother chose life.  

You have no idea!!!!!!!!
Fredrick Lucas on March 3, 2017 10:50 AM
Cookie, My focus was on the problems of women in Texas who could no longer use the services of Planned Parenthood because a number of the outlets were closed.

I did not mention you or your child raising practices in my look at the low income women in Texas.

There is a problem with some new born babies in the metro area. Some babies were born addicted to heroin because their mothers were addicted to the drug. It isn't easy to wean babies from addiction.

Tracy, God isn't a Republican and you are not a spokesman for God. 

Cookie on March 3, 2017 4:35 PM
Bless your heart Fredo!  I fear you missed my point completely. As for the minister, how do you know he isn't a spokesman for God?  God works in mysterious ways.  

ched on March 3, 2017 10:13 PM
I agree  that  God is neither  R nor D but I an quite certain that he does nor appprove of aborting  his creations. I also believe He  does not  approve of many of  the principles of  the  dems !!! I am certainthat  Reps  also do  things  that  are  sinful in His  eyes  also
Fredrick Lucas on March 4, 2017 12:30 PM
AsI thought about the babies who are addicted to heroin, I thought of Cookie and all of the women who are classmates or who are married to classmates who have done a good job in helping their children develop into responsible people who are kind, caring and charitable.I;m certain that their grandchildren are also kind compassionate, charitable and religious people.

Dad's have helped but moms have been the main influrnce in the development  of children. Perhaps at the next reunion, children grandchildren and spouses of dead classmates will be invited to attend.
Carl on March 4, 2017 12:41 PM
Fred, that was uncharacteristic of you to exclude great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.
Mike Murphy on March 4, 2017 1:23 PM
??Ched - July 1982 was my first experience driving on the wrong side of the road. We had exited the ferry from Wales to Dublin and I left Aretta with a little rotund Priest to go to the rental agency to get a car. The priest had said good luck because there was a strike like most weeks in Europe at that time. In line for rental everyone was being turned away, but when I got to the window the phone rang and the woman said that you are in luck I just had a cancellation and you have a car. It was a Toyota Corolla with a 4 speed stick. I went to get Aretta and related the story and the priest said I knew you would get a car because I was praying for you! Tracy and Becky that with my son going to Notre dame International School almost made me want to be Chatolic? I was doing fine driving till I hit my first round about and did what I usually do headed for the inside but had to go around twice to catch my exit. Also going down narrow lanes without a line on the road and approaching traffic a long way off was scary, but like you I kept my right shoulder toward the center of the road and finally got used to it. Also shifting with left hand took some getting used too. I remember noting the poor (crazy) drivers while in Kenya, probally Like Saudia Arabia driving there was the most dangerous thing you had to do?

??I think we can all agree that life trumps death and I cannot condone late term abortions and do not want my taxes going for them unless there is danger to the mother's health and I don't understand liberals political obsession with abortion for any reason anytime.

??Thank God for all the Mothers and Grandmothers who have raised their Children and their childrens children and kept us all on the right path!!

Keep the Faith

ched on March 4, 2017 6:48 PM
Well said and  you are absolutely   correct  about Kenya being  dangeros place  to drive. Kenya has  a large population of Indians and  the Sieks seem to have no fear of passing on  blind  curves at high rates of  speed.  We often traveled  from Nairobi  to Mombasa ( on the  coast).  A  very  nerve wracking  drive on a  2 lane "highway".  Abour  250K  as  I recall.  We  survives  though.  I lived  there  3  years  and  got  accustomed  to  a lot.
Fredrick Lucas on March 4, 2017 7:23 PM
The brother of Barbara Calfee Fields, Larry Calfee died last week.He was a resident of Bluefield and attended Westminster Presbyterian Church.The complete obituary can be found on the Seaver web site.Barbara has been a faithful volunteer at class reunions

Tracy French on March 4, 2017 9:01 PM
Cookie:  I enjoyed about what you wrote about your children.  Your and my children were born in a time when part of the excitement about a newborn was waiting to see if it was a boy or girl.  We wern't concerned about which sex it was, only if it was healthy and had all the parts.

A few years ago I was describing what I thought God had in mind for "joy" in the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22.   What came to my mind was the "joy" I experienced when holding my first child for the first time.  Even the birth of my grandchildren did not give me the "joy" that I experienced on that occassion.  God is good.

Mike:  Nothing wrong with being a Catholic.  We serve the same God, have the same Savior.  We have a little different theology and a slight difference  in our belief about Communion.  In Mullens we have a community service where we rotate pastors to different churchs' once a month and I have had the privilege to preach in the Catholic Church on 2 occassions and the Catholic Priest has preached in my church.  The community has a a great time at that monthly service which is usually followed with a meal.

Galatians 5: 22-23     But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:
Cookie on March 4, 2017 11:12 PM
Thank you for your kind words.  Its always a pleasure reading your posts where Your goodness, wisdom and gentleness jump out from the written word.  
Mike Murphy on March 5, 2017 1:10 PM
??Tracy - I agree Catholic is great, sometimes my irreverance gets in the way of what I am trying to say. Ocassionally we would have a Priest at the Embassy hold services in SA during my last tour. From 82-87 services had to be held in Villas and kept quiet. Serveral Mormons were expelled from SA because they were trying to convert Muslims to Mormon.

Keep the faith

Carl on March 5, 2017 1:13 PM
Mike, seems to me it would be pretty easy to convert from Muslim to Mormon; you wouldn't even have to change the monogram on your pillowcases or pantaloons.
   [I mean easy as a practical matter, not as a spiritual on.]
Ched on March 5, 2017 5:21 PM
I  agree  100% with Tracy.  Catholics  worship the  same God  and Son  that  we  do. have some  Christian  friends  who do not  think Catholics are  Christian  and  some  call it  a  cult. I  completely  disagree  and tell  them  that  the  Catholic  Church was one of  the  earliest  Christian churches.
One of my daughters is  Catholic and is  as  committed  to her  faith  as anyone I know !
Fredrick Lucas on March 6, 2017 7:12 PM
Gang let's remember to be kind to our Morman friends and neighbors. Our classmate Billie Rae is a Morman who lives in Florida.

I have visited Salt Lske City amd  listened to the Morman Tabermacle Choir. They make some beautifuk music.

Mike Murphy on March 7, 2017 12:38 PM
??There are none so sad as those who have no sense of humor?

??The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!!

??Keep the Faith
Mike Murphy on March 8, 2017 12:37 PM
??Was woundering what Dirges were and found out some very interesting stuff about the Day the Music Died when I searched. For instance I thought American Pie was the name of the airplane not so?

??WV has a monsterous problem with the ACA. One third of the population is on Medicade thanks to ACA. Many other states expanded medicaid and now must pay for it. Medicade is the old welfare that we taxpayers pay for entirely with no copays or deductibles to the recipient. Health care should be available to everyone and they should pay for it like I do! Just get the price down!

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on March 8, 2017 8:09 PM
The American Medical Association is opposed to the Republican health plan. They maintain that millions will lose health unsurance if the Republican plan is adopted. If that occurs, patients will do as they have done in the past wich is to go to the emergency room for care creating a problem for hospitals who must treat them and absorb the cost.

Mike Murphy on March 9, 2017 12:41 PM
??The new health bill must include purchase across state lines and tort reform. My doctor who administers cologen shots to my back has to pay $40,000/yr insurance in rural Spencer WV, therefore he has to charge $40,000 before he makes a penny. In addition to killing every two regulations for each passed we need to do the same with Lawyers ie make it 4 for every graduate!

??The AMA & AARP also endorsed Obama Care, so are we to trust them now?

Keep the Faith
Carl on March 9, 2017 1:23 PM
Time for a poem, but not one of my making.
Here's the wonderful lyric of a pop standard from the '20s:

They call her Hard Hearted Hannah,
The vamp of Savannah,
The meanest gal in town,
Leather is tough, but Hannah's heart is tougher,
She's a gal who loves to see men suffer!
. . .
I saw her at the seashore with a great big pan,
There was Hannah pouring water on a drownding man!
She's Hard Hearted Hannah, the vamp of Savannah, GA!

Don't know what made me think of this.

Carl on March 9, 2017 2:28 PM
Dadgummit, I done it again!!!
Late to the dance with March birthdays:

Emma Davis Johnston  -  March 7
Pam Spangler Sullivan - March 25
Gail Wiggins Bowling  -  March 30
Jim George - March 31

Sorry Emma . . . and Happy upcoming Birthday
to the balance[d] of you.
Cookie on March 9, 2017 4:28 PM
The way I figure it--considering the cost of implementing The Affortable Care Act (nice name) we could have provided health coverage to every uninsured person in the country for a fraction of the cost and thrown in a new I-Phone and a bottle of hot sauce to boot.  IT WAS NEVER ABOUT HEALTHCARE.  GEEZ!!!!!!!!
Loving all the protests and hissy fits, the violence, absurdity, vulgarity, etc.  You are just letting the world know what has happened to your grandfather's party--finally the cat is out of the bag!!!!!!
Fredrick Lucas on March 10, 2017 8:46 AM
I would like to wish those born in March a happy birthday.Two events in March come to mind. The Emperor Julius Caesar was murdered by Brutus and St. Patrick's day when all of us become Irish .

I often question whether Julius Caesar ate caesar salads.

ched on March 10, 2017 5:36 PM
 The  ACA is bad law period. Many if not most insurers have and  will drop out of  the  exchanges leaving many  with no options as  to insurer.  The only people  who have benefited  under  the AVCA are those on Medicade  and those low income  earners getting  government  subsidies. Milions  of  regular  folks  are paying huge premiums  for policies  with exorbantly high  deductables.  This is like having no insurance  at  all.
 The ACA "assumed"  that all  the  young  would  sign up to help offset  the  cost of  the older  folks. This  did not happen. Also the  current law allows people to go out  and  buy insurance after  a medical need is identified. ( Sort of  like  buying  car insurance  after  the  wreck)

The AARP  and  the AMA are on  the  wrong  side of  this issue.
 We all would all be better off  to  repeal  the  whole  thing !
 Then: Enact legislation to:
1)Provide  for sale of  medical insurance  across  state lines=  competition
2)  Provide  for Medical savings  accounts  for  all ( MSA)
3)Set up basis  for  group insurance  for  anyone. Similar  to  those administered by larger  companies, Farm Bureau,  etc.  This  would mean  those  with preexisting  conditions would be  covered  at  the  same  groupe  rates.
4) Provide  for catastrophic and high  deductable policies  especially for  the  young healthy  folks
5) Insurance coverage  should be  age and  gender appropriate.  Seniors  do not need maternity care  and birth  control.
6) Policies  should emphasize prevention  and  good health habits( Higher  rates  for  tobacco  users for  example)
7) Tort  reform !!!!!!!!!!

I have cancelled my AARP membership and I told  them why !!!
Cookie on March 10, 2017 8:38 PM
You just gotta' love Ched!!!!

Tracy French on March 10, 2017 10:12 AM
Fred:  That's an interesting question about Julius eating Caesars Salads.  My guess is that he ate Brutus' salad which made him mad and caused Brutus to kill him.  Caesar asked Brutus "Et Tu Brute'" if my memory serves me correct.
Carl on March 10, 2017 11:07 AM
. . . and all this time I thought Pat Smith was the class historian, but Tracy really got his teeth into this topic.

Carl on March 11, 2017 10:39 AM
Mike, the Mountaineers looked far from formidable last night, but squeaked out a win.  Hope they pick it up from here on in.
Fredrick Lucas on March 11, 2017 8:51 PM
Mike your physician who pays $40,000 in malpractice insurance  is possibly in a solo or small group practice. In Hamilton County, most physicians are now employed by hospitals who pay insutance rent and utility costs.

My primary care physician is in a group called Tri Health made up of four hospitals and 11,000 employees. All physicians in the group have the same program in which they write their observations and treatments. I can go to My Chart to view lab tests, make appointments, request refills of prescriptions and share concerns.

This might not be possible in you area which is made up of small towns and rural areas,
Cookie on March 11, 2017 9:20 PM
This blog is an absolute education.  I never knew how uninformed I was.  
Mike Murphy on March 12, 2017 12:39 PM
??Fred- The point is the rent is to damn high in Spencer and Hamilton County. You Libs love socailism and litigation as long as it is someone elses money!

??Carl - Haven't kept up with the WV BB, but hear that they are sometimes exciting? Mountani Semper Liberi and Non Iligitimus Carborendum! Ceasar Salata and Sans Cire!
??Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on March 12, 2017 6:03 PM
Lets keep the conversation civil. Lets refrain from labeling our classmates. I simply described the situation faced by physicians in Hamilton County. I did not indicate whether I like or don't like the situation.

Adolph Hitler labeled the Jews and wanted to exterminate them.Why? Karl Marx the son of a rabbi, founded communism.Hitler and Franco favored  killing Jews and communists.
Cookie on March 12, 2017 8:12 PM
R E A L L Y????????????????????????  C I V I L I T Y!!!!!!

I'm on the way to the doctor to have my splitting sides repaired.

Mike Murphy on March 13, 2017 9:37 AM
??Bernie is headed to Welch to spread his Socialist Propoganda. Has no one told him the High School he is meeting at is built on a reclaimed strip mine. I hope his feelings arn't hurt when he finds out? Perhaps he can donate one of his three houses to an homeless McDowellian?

??If a lib can't label you with racism they fall back on Facisism and Hitler! Find a safe place! But don't sling it if you don't want it back.

Salam Alikeem (peace be unto you)

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on March 13, 2017 9:49 AM
Mike, I did not participate in any decision rregarding Tri Health. You did not have any part in the decision of Catholic priests who abused thousands of boys or the archbishops who covered up the situation . The result has been lawsuits, fewer priests and fewer nuns and members.

I was told that the Princeton church must share a priest with the Beckley Church. You are not responsible for this situationc

Carl on March 13, 2017 10:29 AM
Something, maybe the approach of St. Patrick's Day, has me in a nostalgic, romantic mood this morning, thinking of favorite old songs.  Rarely heard on oldies radio is one of my all-time favorite pop/rock love songs.  Gentlemen, play it for the wife/girl friend/?
Just block and copy the following YouTube link into your browser, sit back & enjoy:
Mike Murphy on March 13, 2017 12:19 PM
Correction - Bernie visited Welch yesterday. It will be televised on MSNBC tonight. Putin may be watching from USSR? 

Fred - I think you may have gone off the rails with Priests etc.? You may want to correct your path by getting on the rails of the Trump Train? Bye the way I am primarily Methodist and fiscally conservative!

??Keep the Faith


ched on March 13, 2017 5:50 PM
What in  the world  does  the  situation with Catholic priets have  to do with anything  relevalent.  This  was news of  times past !!!
Cookie on March 13, 2017 7:15 PM
Nothing!  It's just time to "poke the bear" and "throw a little shade."
geno on March 14, 2017 3:40 PM
Carl, could not get on what you suggested, tell me what it is I'll find it on you tube. interested would like to hear it.
Carl on March 14, 2017 4:36 PM
It's Smokey Robinson & The Miracles' 1962 recording of "I'll Try Something New."  Enjoy -- I double-dog dare ya not to.  It's a great lyric . . . and outstanding in all other respects.

Tracy French on March 15, 2017 8:20 AM
Beware The Ides of March!
Carl on March 15, 2017 9:37 AM
Heavens no, Tracy.  The arrival of the Ides means that St. Patrick's Day -- one of the great cultural peaks -- is but 2 days away.
Mike Murphy on March 15, 2017 10:22 AM
??May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may you be in heaven years before the devil find you are dead and until we meet again may God hold you and yours in the palm of his hand.

??For my Irish Friends and wanna bes

??Bernie Saunders payed 10% less Federal Tax than President Trump!

Keep the faith
Mike Murphy on March 15, 2017 6:37 PM
God created whiskey to keep the Irish from ruleing the world?

Keep the Faith
??Michael Malone Murphy

Tracy French on March 15, 2017 9:19 PM
Talking  about old songs and lyrics and now the Irish. Yesterday I heard an old camp fire song “Hot time in the Old Town Tonight”

Every time I hear that song it makes my Irish Blood boil; blaming Old Mrs O’Leary for being responsible for causing the Great Chicago Fire in 1871 when everybody in town knew the cow in the barn was just used to cover up the gambling activity going on there. It was known by all the democrats in town that the fire started after a fight between Pegleg Sullivan and Louis Cohn over an ace of spades

Catherine or Cate as she was know was exonerated of any responsibility in this dastardly deed by the City Council of Chicago in 1997  So, I want to ask all you poets out there to write new lyrics to the song to set the record straight.  Since I’m not blessed with the poetic ability demonstrated on this blog, I’ll be the judge and jury of who has the best lyrics. 

Let the “fire” begin.

Carl on March 15, 2017 10:39 PM
Tracy, I love & respect you, and I know how everyone is Irish near St. Patrick's Day, but your claim to your "Irish blood" boiling rings hollow to my poor ear.  Look at your name: French; FRENCH for Pete's sake.  Not O'French; not McFrench; not Shamus French; and not French O'Hanlon. Do you see the disconnect here?  I need further evidence.

Tracy French on March 16, 2017 7:48 AM
Carl:  Are you implying there's not a connection between French and Saint?
Mike Murphy on March 16, 2017 10:13 AM
Do you want ??Irish Fries with that?

Keep the Faith
Carl on March 16, 2017 10:30 AM
Fred, was that you who used my name, font type, color and size, and writing style to question Tracy's "Irishness"?

Tracy French on March 16, 2017 12:19 PM
How about an APP for Irish Blood?

ched on March 16, 2017 12:22 PM
President  Trump spoke in Nashville last  evening. An estimated 40,000  stood in line in the  cold for hours hoping  to score one of  about 8500  seats.
The  Gatlin Brothers performed  followed by Lee  Greenwood  singing his  signature song " God Bless  the USA".  As his  song finished he introduced Pres. Trump.  ( What an honor  for Lee).
 Let  there be no  doubt,  regardless of  what is reported in the mainstream news, Trump is popular in "mainstream USA" !!!!
geno on March 16, 2017 2:40 PM
Carl on March 16, 2017 3:02 PM
Wow!!!  Both rhyme & reason (to fit the season).  Nice goin' Geno.

Tracy French on March 16, 2017 6:47 PM

You show some promise as a poet but your lyrics don't do anything to alter the blame.  It's not about cows and pigs.  It's about goats and right now Mrs. O'Leary looks like the goat.

Try again.  Cohn is the real villain here.  Surely you can make something rhyme with Cohn?

I thought about putting some of the blame on Pegleg Sullivan but his name sounds too Irish and the Irish have borne this burden long enough.
Carl on March 16, 2017 8:12 PM
   A favorite anecdote: soon into my courtship with Joan [2nd wife] she was asked by a friend, "Well, how would you describe Carl?" She paused briefly then replied, "Well, he seems to have all the appetites of the Irish."
   When she told me this my heart soared with pride, considering it high, high praise.  She quickly clarified that it wasn't entirely a compliment.  None the less, I've always considered it as such.
                        Erin go Bragh
Mike Murphy on March 17, 2017 9:23 AM
Happy St Patricks Day$$$$

Michael Malone Murphy
Carl on March 17, 2017 11:07 AM
Mike, are you related to the fabulous, and fabulously beautiful, Molly Malone, of whom it was written:
In Dublin's fair city,
Where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive oh."

ched on March 17, 2017 11:43 AM
Happy St. Patricks  Day  to all    (especially My  Irish friends)
Tom Dillon on March 17, 2017 12:04 PM
23rd wedding anniversary for Kay and me today. I finally got it right after striking out a couple of times with Bimbo's.
Love you guys.
ched on March 18, 2017 12:55 PM
Congratulations  Kay and  Tom !!!
 Many more happy  years  !!!!

Tracy French on March 17, 2017 12:41 PM
Congratulations Tom and Kay

Happy St. Patrick's Day to All
geno on March 17, 2017 4:00 PM
Tracy, the only thing I can think of is "the blame must lay on Cohn, for surely it was he who burnt the bahn."

Tracy French on March 18, 2017 11:35 AM
You nailed it Geno!
Mike Murphy on March 18, 2017 3:06 PM
??The Mountaineers just kicked a leprican out of the Irish to go to the sweet sixteen!

Keep the Faith
Carl on March 18, 2017 3:22 PM
Them 'eers played as well as I've seen them all season.  Their dogged defense was something to behold, and they answered every challenge with solid play.  Huggie had 'em hard-wired today.

Ched on March 18, 2017 8:04 PM
 Just learned  that  Chuck Berry  has  died  !!!!  Sad  day for our  style of  music !!!
Carl on March 18, 2017 9:03 PM
   Chuck Berry dead at age 90.  And what a life -- what a contribution.  The New York Times states, "While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius."  I couldn't agree more.  While several have claimed to be the Father of Rock 'n Roll, I've always thought that Chuck was #1 and all others fell in a distant 2nd.
   About 15 years ago I had the great pleasure and honor to see him live on a bill that included Jerry Lee Lewis & Little Richard.  All three were still great performers, but Chuck Berry shown brightest among them.
   He will remain the greatest of the great in my mind until I join him in the hereafter.  R.I.P. Chuck.
Mike Murphy on March 19, 2017 9:45 AM
??My Chuck Berry Favorites- Maybellene, Roll Over Bethoven and Sweet Little Sixteen.

??Bonny Rait sang "life gets much more precious when there is less of it to lose"

??Keep the faith

Carl on March 21, 2017 9:54 PM
Sorry that I didn't generate more interest in my Smokey Robinson love song from 1962.  [Thanks Geno for your inquiry.]  Anyway, here's the lyric that goes with a wonderful melody and arrangement:

I will build you a castle with a tower so high
It reaches the moon.
I'll gather melodies from birdies that fly
And compose you a tune.
I'll give you lovin' warm as Mama's oven
And if that don't do
Then I'll try something new.

I will take you away with me as far as I can
To Venus or Mars.
There we will love with your hand in my hand
You'll be queen of the stars,
And every day we can play on the Milky Way
And if that don't do
Then I'll try something new.

I will bring you a flower from the floor of the sea
To wear in your hair.
I'll do anything and everything to keep you happy
To show you that I care.
I'll pretend I'm jealous of all the fellas
And if that don't do
Then I'll try something new.

I'll take the stars and count 'em and move a mountain
And if that don't do I'll try something new.
I'll tell the moon above it's you that I love
If it don't do I'll try something new.

If you care to hear it, go to and search its title.

Mike Murphy on March 22, 2017 12:36 PM
??We have the FBI, NSA and CIA spending more time on politics than keeping us safe. Boston, California, Florida incidents FBI had all the Terriorists under previous survelance and let them go, perhaps because they were to busy surveling politicians.

Draining the swamp includes these agencies.

??Carl- Are you suprised about Montgomery County?

Keep the Faith
Carl on March 22, 2017 1:01 PM
Mike, Montgomery County, MD has been a "bastion of compassion" for quite some time, so I'm not shocked that the school system reflects that.  But what happened there -- as opposed to the school's response/explanation -- could have happened nearly anywhere in America, especially in urban America.  Alas.
geno on March 22, 2017 4:14 PM
Carl, I did that, shared it with my honey, said "this is from me to you", I haven't got a respose yet as she is still laughing with howls that would make a hyena jealous, I didn't think it was humorous at all, I guess we all view humor in our own way.
Carl on March 22, 2017 4:45 PM
Geno, I'm guessing that it works a lot better during the early courtship than after decades of marriage.  [I'm only guessing, of course, since, for some puzzling reason, I haven't experienced decades of marriage with just one person.]
geno on March 23, 2017 2:21 PM
Mike Murphy on March 25, 2017 9:50 AM
??WVU played a great game against Gonzaga, unfortunately referees did not call an obvious foul when we had the momentum going in our favor with 1:21 left.

??Obama Care forever?????
??Keep the faith
Carl on March 25, 2017 11:59 AM
WVU men's basketball team acquitted itself admirably in close loss to Gonzaga.  Shooting less than 28% yet still taking the game to the wire was mighty impressive -- their usual great defense. Soooo, here's the Mountain State's remaining best chance:
TODAY, 3:00 pm on CBS: NW Missouri Bearcats (34-1) vs.
Fairmont State Falcons (34-2).  Let's bring West [by goodness] Virginia an NCAA Div. II men's basketball national championship!!!  
     GO FALCONS!!!

Tracy French on March 25, 2017 3:01 PM
How about a reality check?  It's just 9 months till Christmas!
Mike Murphy on March 26, 2017 12:57 PM
??Tracy - Merry Christmas
Fred - Happy Chonica
Fredrick Lucas on March 29, 2017 1:27 PM
Carl while I am happy with the basketball team I am sad because when I received the WVU Magazine, President Gee stated that the legislature cut the funding to WVU by $4o,ooo,ooo. Fred
Mike Murphy on March 31, 2017 5:39 PM
The war on coal has had some colateral damage ie WVU.
Thanks O

Keep the Faith
Mike Murphy on March 31, 2017 5:48 PM
??Sorry I forgot to include tribute tothe Sierra Club in my previous post!

Thank A Lib?
Carl on March 31, 2017 7:48 PM
Mike, Levon Helm [The Band] explained this phenomenon in "Atlantic City" [on the CD titled "Jericho"]:
"They's winners and they's losers, and I'm south of the line."

Tracy French on April 1, 2017 2:05 PM
                             News Flash

Democrats side with Trump on Health Care and Gorsuch

April Fool
Carl on April 1, 2017 2:12 PM
Now April, there you go again, you zany padre.
Fredrick Lucas on April 5, 2017 8:17 AM
Several of you are Homer Hickham fans.He is now on several you tube sites. One site was especially impressive to me. He was asking people to donate to the flood relief program that he was promoting.The flood was the one that took place in June.

Mike Murphy on April 7, 2017 2:32 PM
??Watters World Fox News showed a group of college students that came to WV during spring break to help rebuild some of the flooded housing, instead of going crazy at the beach. Refreshing!

Look out Syria Badass is on the move?

??Keep the Faith
Cookie on April 7, 2017 5:19 PM
Hi Mike
I saw Watter's piece as well.  The students are from the University of Delaware and the spring break project is called "U-Del."  My grand daughter participated in the project during her junior year.  Their assignment was to an animal rescue facility in Florida.  There were about 30 students on the trip.  Her group spent their break building a shelter and fencing for a black bear that was recued from some side show.  She still talks about it and says its was one of the highlights of her college experience.  Impressive work for a kid that didn't know a claw hammer from a screw driver.  Hope all is well in the Wild and Wonderful.  
Fredrick Lucas on April 9, 2017 6:59 AM
I will be returning to Concord during the Alumni weekend on April 21-23rd.

For those interested in a bit of history, the Rev Jack Weller, a clergyman in the Presbyterian Church USA was Director of rhe West Virginia Mountain Perject in the late '50;s and mid '60's. He wrote a book called Yesterdays People. In the book he explained why he set up a Planned Parenthood clinic. During his tenure, the mines terminated the employment of thousands of men because the mines became mechanized. Since many of these men had a sixth grade education or less, they were not employable. Many had large families who had to exist on welfare subsidies.The clinic provided family planning services because a number of these families didn't know how to stop having children.

Carl on April 11, 2017 10:53 AM
Fredo, I learned yesterday that the #1 area in the US for opioid addiction is Montgomery County, OH [Dayton area]. 
That's right near you, isn't it?

Carl on April 11, 2017 8:48 AM
The Navy carrier strike group sent toward North Korea includes the destroyer USS Michael Murphy. 
I reckon "the Murph" oughta pretty well take care of things.

Ched on April 11, 2017 6:21 PM
I sure am glad  we finally have  a "president".  One  with a "set" !!!!!
Fredrick Lucas on April 11, 2017 7:20 PM
Today, I went to a meeting of the Hamilton County Retired Teachers Association.Steve Bell andhis wife Lisa were the featured artists. Steve is a historian and musician from Columbus Ohio.Steve is a member of the Sons of Union Veterans. He is a member of the 73rd Ohio Regimental Band as Master of Ceremonies.We have seen him and his wife Lisa twice. 

They have sung songs that were popular with the Union and Confederate Armies. Patriotic songs love songs and songs about loss and suffering.

Today, he featured songs by Stephen Foster. Such songs as Old Suzanna, My Old Kentucky Home are still popular.He has CD's available at www.steveballcivilwar

Sadly Foster died a pauper in New York City at the age of 37.

Lacy Jones from Jackson County WV. told me that when he was born in 1937 his mom used a midwife because the family didn't have a car to get to the hospital in Riply. There were no  specialized physicians in Riply. The General Practioners took care of health concerns. 

Carl this is history lesson number two Fred
Mike Murphy on April 11, 2017 8:08 PM
??Thanks for the heads up Carl. I was hoping for a carrier but a destroyer (demolition) is probably more to my character?

??Speaking of births as the youngest in my family (6 children), I was the first to be born at a Hospital (Princeton) and was paid for with a load of hay!

??Ripley now has a nice modern Hospital (30+ yrs old) which I frequently use, went there today for Physical Therapy. Past help mentally?

??Aretta and I Celebrated 35 aniversary Sunday Married at lewisburg on April 9th, 1982 Good Friday followed with Honeymoon at Grienbriar and then on to DC for dept of State orientation for tour in S.A.

??Tracy - Easter Blessings to you and your family, you continue to provide religous inspiration for me and my family!

Keep the faith
Carl on April 11, 2017 9:55 PM
Fredo, my dear friend, I'm becoming alarming concerned about you.  You say that you just sent my "history lesson number two."  You know, I keep track of Blog comments, even maintaining a "Blog Archives" on our webpage.  By my count, this was your history lesson number 619 [more or less].  I pray that this discrepancy doesn't reflect a memory loss problem . . . on your part or mine.

Carl on April 12, 2017 8:43 AM
QUIZ: What do you call someone who can't remember to associate the beginning of a month with that month's birthdays?
Yep, I did it again.  PHS60 April birthdays are:
Becki Smith Canterberry  --  7th
(sorry Becki; hope it was a happy one)
Carol Wyrick Martin  --  12th [TODAY]
Darla Pitzer -- 15th
Norm Wall*  --  17th
Brenda Martin Sword  --  25th
Mike Farley  --  29th

HAPPY BIRTHDAY all you Aprilites!

*If anyone ever sees Norm Wall, please give him my regards.  [I have no email address for him.]

Fredrick Lucas on April 12, 2017 11:00 AM
I would like to wish those who have birthdays this month a happy birthday. May you fill your home with happiness and May flowers. April showers bring may flowers.
Carl on April 12, 2017 11:30 AM
Very nice sentiment, Fredo.  But, one question: what do May showers bring?
Fredrick Lucas on April 12, 2017 3:02 PM
Carl, May showers bring opportunities to do white water rafting, water skiing, fishing and opportunities for proud parents and grandparents to see their children graduate from colleges and universities.
geno on April 12, 2017 4:47 PM
Carl: May showers bring rain.??
Carl on April 12, 2017 10:31 PM
Yeeowl & Voila!!!  My friends, Fred & Gene, the two of yous have opened the curtain, presenting me with a liberal explanation and a conservative one -- and both have logic and level-headed sentiment behind them.  You guys are a credit to your ideology and viewpoints.  I'm privileged to be in your company.  Thanks and thanks again for your lucidity and generosity of spirit.  May your crops never suffer from drought or over-saturation.  And may it never rain on your parades.
Fredrick Lucas on April 13, 2017 9:33 AM
When I spokeof May showers, I knew that they make water activities and life sustaining nourishment possible.That situation just doesn't  happen on the drive from Denver to Colorado Springs. The area is a desert with sand and cactus everywhere in sight. 

What can we do in the desert? When I visited the Air Force Academy, all I saw was Douglas Fir trees and cadets out for a run. Sometimes we are in the desert of life. We can't find any meaning..We hunger and thirst  for what.

I was happy to return to the east where trees give us shade and  and water which sustains us and  make water activities possible. With water and shade we can recover our purpose in life
Darla on April 13, 2017 7:23 PM
Thank you for the birthday wish!!!!!  Happy Birthday to Becki, Carol, Norm, Brenda and Mike.
Fredrick Lucas on April 14, 2017 4:47 AM
Recently, Mary Margaret Tanner died. She was 90 years old and a graduate of Princeton High School.She is survived by a sister Carol French and husband Tracy. The complete obituary is on the Seaver Web site.Our condolences to the French family.
Thomas DILLON on April 14, 2017 3:57 PM
Understand via Terry St.Clair (he sold his computer, so cannot post on the blog himself) that at the monthly dinner meeting at Ryan's this month, the group voted to have a mini-reunion this year. The date will be October 21st in Princeton at the railroad station beginning at noon. I'm sure that Becky or Darla or someone else has more details. Kay and I have penciled in a road trip and plan to attend.
Terry also shared that our classmate Ginger Clowers lost her husband Pat a couple of weeks ago.  I didn't see anything earlier on the blog. RIP Pat and may God give you peace Ginger.
Tom on April 15, 2017 11:52 AM
Cards for the Mini will be sent out!!! 
Carl on April 15, 2017 12:05 PM
Thomas, the Sat., Oct. 21 mini-reunion starts at 11:00, with food [sandwiches, soft drinks & dessert] at noon.  The "entry fee" is $6 per, paid upon arrival.  And you're right, a postcard announcement is forthcoming, Lord willing & the creek . . .

Tracy French on April 14, 2017 11:41 PM

Thanks for your condolences. They are appreciated.  Margaret was Carol’s oldest sibling and Carol is the youngest in the family.  Margaret’s husband Kenneth used to tell me that he got the pick of the litter and I got what was left.  I shared that at the funeral.

Because of the death in the family I got a late start on my sermon for Sunday and had just finished it and decided to read the blog before I went to bed.  Your question about hunger and thirst and the desert sent my mind reeling as I thought about what the Bible had to say on the subject and 2 Scriptures immediately came to mind and most likely will cause a change in what I preach Sunday.

The 2nd Scripture came from the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 28, Verse 48 where God warns His people of the wrath they will face for failure to serve Him with joyfulness and with gladness of heart (verse 47).  The Book of Deuteronomy is a favorite of mine and I love to read it.  I have tried several times to prepare a sermon on the beginning of Chapter 28 which mentions the Blessings God will give His people for obedience but after I get into the curses that begin with verse 16 I have been unable to complete it. Maybe this is the time for me to do the sermon.

The 1st Scripture that came to mind was Matthew 5: 6 (Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.)  My personal belief is that the desert experience is necessary in our lives to teach us the true meaning of hunger and thirst.

Fredrick Lucas on April 15, 2017 7:50 PM
Thanks Tracy. I have some good news for animal lovers.Several ladies that I know were excited today by the news from the American Adventure Park in New York.

April the pregnant giraffe gave birth to a baby male. The giraffe fell from the rear of the mother several feet to the ground. Then the baby got up and walked. It is 6 feet tall and weighs about 150 lbs. The baby will be moved to another facility in a year.

The Adventure Park started a fund called the Go Fund Me to take care of the animal.To date they have raised $125,000.

Why is it necessary for zoos to do this? The giraffe population in the wild has fallen to very low levels.
Fredrick Lucas on April 16, 2017 10:16 AM
It is estimated that there are about 90,000 to 100,000 giraffes left in Africa. 
FredrickThere might be those Lucas on April 16, 2017 1:35 PM
There might be those who live in WVa who would like to visit a zoo there. The Hovatter Zoo in Kingwood is open between April and October.There are a variety of animals.

Mike Murphy on April 16, 2017 11:50 AM
Happy Easter
??Keep the Faith

Tracy French on April 18, 2017 8:44 PM
It's 8:43 PM  It's been 2 minutes since I e-filed my tax returns.

If it's a post card next year I will be one happy camper.

Carl on April 19, 2017 9:05 PM
ATTN: Bluegrass & American Roots [e.g., Mountain] music lovers.
   Returned today from a Bristol, VA tour of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum which just opened in 2014, I think it's largely undiscovered.  If so, such a pity.
   What a truly fine addition to American cultural history.  Centered on the landmark phonograph record recordings of 1927 known as the "Bristol Sessions," the museum has wonderful films, photo displays and other artifacts, recordings, and more -- featuring the Carter family, Ralph Stanley and many other noteworthies.
   I went expecting it to be good, but probably not great.  In fact, it is great.  I enthusiastically recommend it to all.  Prepare to devote at least 3 hours - - hard core fans or museum types of high endurance, more.
   All y'all from the greater southern WV/SW VA area owe it to yourselves to visit.  Others, as well, of course.  Joan & I will be going back.    

Fredrick Lucas on April 21, 2017 9:27 PM
Carl, have you thought of trying to determine the origins of some of the tunes in the Bristol collection? I suspect that you will find that some of the tunes have a scottish or irish racing fans might check out the Bristol Speedway.

This weekend, I am in Princeton. I will be participating in alumni activities at Concord; While I was on the WVa Turnpike,I noticed that traffic had been tied up A tractor trailer caught fire. The tractor went into the northbound lsne and the trailer went into the southbound lane. I exited the road and took state route 61 south. The area did not appear to prosper. Houses were old, small and were side by side along the highway. I got back to Interstate 77 about 40 minutes later. I came into Princeton duringb a rain storm. Had supper at Chilliys and will go to sleep at the Turnpike Motel.
Carl on April 22, 2017 11:16 AM
Well Fredo, modesty prevents my naming the tunes that I wrote and performed on those 1927 recordings, but I believe you're right that many of the Scots-Irish immigrants to Appalachia brought that music with them, along with their banjos and fiddles.  And let me embrace this opportunity to say to you, "Bless your little pea-pickin' heart."

Ched on April 22, 2017 1:35 PM
Since I am  from Princeton WV  and now live in Tennessee,  I love music:  all genres:  Rock, Country, Bluegrass  and  southern gospel.
For  some  great bluegrass  talent, Google "The  Salty Dogs" and look at  their  Youtube  video.  This is  a local group of kids  which appeared on  Steve Harvey's  show Little Big  Shots.  the  amazing  thing is  that  these kids put  their  group  together only  two  weeks befor  the  show.  ( By  the way, Steve Harvey is  from Welch WV).  To  this  day, I  still play  electric  guitar in our  church praise band....
Fredrick Lucas on April 22, 2017 9:16 PM
I was at the fitness center in Princeton today and I learned that if you want to workout at the center and you have a membership with theSilver Sneakers group, just show your card and you can workout there at no charge.

I had a talk with Dr Kendra Bogges and she told me that the state has a six hundred million dollar deficit. She told me that faculty there haven't had a pay raise in six years.Staff are still using a pay schedule from 2001.The school doesn't have the money to make the salary updates. Dr. Bogges is the president of Concord.

The state hasn't told the school how much  money that it will receive for the coming year according to Dr.Bogges. Fred

Carl on April 23, 2017 11:00 AM
Don't know if I've hyped this before, but here's a link to one of my favorite YouTube musical performances:
    Luciano Pavarotti & James Brown, "It's A Man's World"
[NOTE: copy & paste it into your web browser.]

Fred, it might appeal to your musical tastes too.

Carl on April 24, 2017 9:59 AM
paraphrasing John Denver:
“Almost famous, Princeton, West Virginia,
       Blue Ridge Mountains near the scenic Bluestone River.”

Much surprised to see dateline “Princeton, WV” on a lengthy, front-page feature article in today’s Washington Post.  “A popular public school Bible class in West Virginia faces legal challenge” devotes nearly one full page [with 3 photos] to a court challenge to Mercer County’s “Bible in the Schools” program.  You can view it at
geno on April 24, 2017 2:49 PM
This isn't about Bible in schools, this is a simple attack on Christianity, whoever heard of Jane Doe being able to bring a lawsuit into a court room. I know anybody can sue any one over anything, but I never heard of a fictitious person sueing anybody. It is lunacy, any judge that is not a political hack would dismiss such a case. All who do not believe in God can surely see there is a devil.??

Carl on April 24, 2017 4:01 PM
8 days since a Blog comment from the Commandant of Kenna.  And 8 days without Mike is like . . . uh, well . . . a Murfless [aka mirthless] week.
Mike, you OK?
Mike Murphy on April 25, 2017 1:14 PM
??Carl- I am OK thanks for asking, have had a terrible sinus reaction to pollen this year. I think I have it under control now after pounds of antihistimines etc. I take allergy meds every day and have to alter brands (zyrtec/claritin) because my system becomes imune to them. Am now on another which I can't think of the name which is helping.

??So much for head chemistry - I read the article on Mercer Bible in Schools as it was also in the Gazette Mail. I have always thought that there should be a religion class at sec level taught based on the fundamentals of each religion without regard to which is best. I think there should be sepeation of church and state but not at the expense of religion.

My experience leads me to beleive that the county & bible will lose the battle, unfortunately.

??Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on April 25, 2017 8:27 PM
There was an action taken by West Virginia Parks that will impact the residents.Effective May 30, there will be an entrance fee of $2.00 each time you enter the park. You will have the option of paying $12 for a yearly pass.

Why is this being done? The park lodges and cabins were built 50 years ago and there is much needed maintainence to be done.The park system officials don't think that they will receive enough appropriations from the state to cover maintenance costs. Source Charleston Gazette.

Wildlife are still free to roam. 
Tracy on April 25, 2017 9:31 PM
in 8 months!
Carl on April 26, 2017 12:58 AM
Tracy, is it too early for a fa la la la la?
Tom Dillon on April 26, 2017 8:42 AM
How many of you remember bible study classes at Mercer School? We were in the 7th or more likely the 8th grade. Bob Bishop's (history teacher and coach) sister-in-law taught the class and for whatever reason some of us thought this gave us an opportunity to act up and disrupt the class. Either sister-in-law ratted us out or Mr. Bishop sat in the back and personally observed our behavior, but the fraternity-initiation-size paddle invaribly was seen and appropriate punishment metted out. I remember Milford Cordell as a frequent receiver of Bishop's wacks. Buddy Belcher and Mokey Crawford were also in the limelight. I vaguely remember one female, perhaps with the last name of Bridges (she didn't graduate with us) being paddled in front of the class.
I had Bishop for home room. If you didn't respond immediately to your name during roll call, a tennis ball was directed at your head wherever you were seated. 
Can you imagine where such teacher behaviors would land one in this day and time?
Carl on April 26, 2017 10:00 AM
   Tom, as once was commonly stated, "Spare the rod, spoil the child."  Ahhh, another soothing nostalgia bath.
   I was thinking about our Knob School Bible studies.  I recall having very limited interest and, you're right, it was an opportunity to coast, my favorite school posture.  I'm fairly sure that for me the lessons didn't "take," nor was I damaged by them.  My only clear memory was having to memorize the Books of the Old Testament.  I didn't see the educational value then, nor do I now, but I can recall, 60 years later, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy."  [Much as I still recall Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke."]  My affection for the lyricism of language was already engaged.  I've always liked the sound of one of Tracy's favorites, "Deuteronomy," just as I did way back when.
Ched on April 26, 2017 10:29 PM
I rember reciting  the Pledge  and  the Lord's Prayer  daily at Mercer School.
  My Mother  taught  Bible History at PHs before  she  retired.  
 I  think it is  good !!!

Fredrick Lucas on April 28, 2017 6:57 AM
I remember the Bible study classes at Mercer School. They were Protestant perspectives of the Bible.Paul Strasko who was Catholic and our Jewish classmates didn't participate.

I went but didn't really take an interest in what was taught.
Carl on April 28, 2017 9:36 AM
Dadgummit!!!  Fred, I spent 12 years in public schools looking for ways not to participate in classes.  It never occurred to me to try a religion angle.  Oh well, as they say, to soon old, too late smart.

Rebecca Novarro on April 28, 2017 2:21 PM
Today's Princeton Times has a beautiful article in it about our own Patty Baker Anderson.  It is really good to see her praised for all she does.  BTW, nice picture Patty.
Carl on April 28, 2017 3:24 PM
Great article about a great classmate.  Thanks Becky.
Go to to see it.
Cookie on April 28, 2017 3:50 PM
Congratulations Patty!  What an inspiring and heart-warming article!  Well deserved accolades.  I remember your mother and admired her a great deal.  My very best to you
Mike Murphy on April 29, 2017 9:51 AM
??Patty Baker Anderson - It was great reading about your courageous service to others including your outstanding work Teaching and running a sucessful business.  Also thanks again for your work sponsoring the PHS 60 Graduating class.
Keep up the good work!
Admiring Classmate

Ched on April 29, 2017 4:57 PM
I read  the inspiring article in the Princeton Times  about  Patty.  Her story is  a remarkable one  to say he least.  My wife is  also  a  breast  cancer  survivor ( now almost  17 years) Ca  free!.
Patty is  truly a good lady!!
Fredrick Lucas on April 29, 2017 10:48 PM
Patty has done a remarkable job overcoming cancer.She and her husband Myron have operated a business. Both have served in leadership positions in their church and high school reunions.

I'm happy for Princeton that the couple made their home in Princeton.

Mike Murphy on April 30, 2017 12:49 PM
??Watched The Exception on pay for view although pricey $10.99 it was well worth it! I highly recommend it.
Keep the Faith


Carl on May 1, 2017 8:31 AM
Happy May birthdays to:

Gene Fields - May 1  --  TODAY
Wayne Alvis - May 7
Doug Neal - May 18
Alice Sue Worrell White - May 25
Sonja Saunders White - May 31
Fredrick Lucas on May 1, 2017 6:20 PM
I would like to wish our classmates who are celebrating birthdays in May happy birthday. May you celebrate many more.

Yesterday, I ate at the Sherman House Inn in Batesville Indiana. The Inn was founded in 1852.There was a Roman Catholic Sister who was celebrating her 95th birthday. I wished her a happy birthday. I hope that she will have many more birthdays.

There are signs in Indiana that say if you enjoy your meals thank a farmer.Indiana supports many farms.

May 5th is cinco de Mai.
Fredrick Lucas on May 1, 2017 6:30 PM
For those who don't know Mexican history, Cinco De Mayo or May 5 is celebrated as a Mexican victory over France whose army tried to take over Mexico. The French effort was a failure.
Carl on May 1, 2017 9:05 PM
Fredo, sometimes fate lends a blessed hand, as in the battle of Cinco de Mayo, 1862.  Take it from one who can attest to how absolutely dreadful the croissant taco is.

Carl on May 2, 2017 11:17 AM
Fred, today is the 69th birthday of the State of Israel.  That's nearly as old as you, isn't it?  Quite an accomplishment for both, I'd say.
Mike Murphy on May 3, 2017 9:51 AM
Enjoyed last nights dinner at Ryans. Doug and Tracy thanks for continuing to promte. WE CERTAINLY HAVE A GOOD GROUP OF GRADS. I encourage every one to attend.

??Food is also much better, I found several shrimp in the Jamboli.
??Keep the faith

Carl on May 4, 2017 8:33 PM
Dear PHS60 classmates,
   The Blog is now 7+ years old, and my memories of you nearly tenfold.  So I'll sum up my opinion of you in 2 words:
You're ACES! 
Mike Murphy on May 5, 2017 12:18 PM
??Seven years and still can't spell?

??Seriously Carl - Thanks much for your magnificent hosting of the bigleyest blog ever!

Keep the Faith
Fredeick Lucas on May 5, 2017 9:02 PM
??I went to the Seaver Funeral Home and saw a listing for Edward Effron who died last week in Princeton. He graduated from PHS and the University of Cincinnati, Go Bearcats, with a degree in Political Science.The obituary explained that he studied the guitar with Arnold Palmer.He lived in Florida for a time but returned to Princeton where he hiked the trails at Pipestem

??There were no survivors listed.Was he related the the Effron who owned the Army Navy surplus store in Princeton? That man had a son named Eddie Effron. Perhaps Darla can clairfy

Thomas Dillon on May 7, 2017 7:27 PM
Eddie Effron actually died much earlier this year. My brother send out an email on February 9th reporting that Eddie had been found dead in his shower. He was a person of habit and when his neighbors didn't see him for some time, they called the police. As of that date, no further information was available. There was no service. Eddie was a close school buddy of my brother, Bobby, as well as Danny Taylor, Billy Brown, and Tommy St.Clair. There should have been an obit in the BDT closer to the February date.
Fredrick Lucas on May 8, 2017 11:04 AM
Thanks for the information concerning Eddie Effron Tom. Hope that you and your family are doing well. Since my brother Steve was in that class , I sent him an E-Mail  about the death.
Fredrick Lucas on May 9, 2017 8:39 AM
I was in Princeton on April 21. I went to the Concord Alumni Dinner. There I talked with Mary Jane Shumaker, Frank's younger sister. She is the only one of her family to be alive. The rest smoked cigarettes. 

I also talked with Gail Rector. She's had knee surgery and various back problems. She's walking with a cane.

Carl, I'm not planning to stir up the pot. Mike gets stirred up when I do that.

Carl on May 9, 2017 9:35 AM
Fredo, don't you worry none about being catnip to a certain Irishman.  Like many of us, he sometimes gets his dander up, but I know him pretty well and can assure you that he's harmless.  Go on, poke the bear if you must.   ;-)
Fredrick Lucas on May 10, 2017 6:06 AM
Carl, as you and others can see, I've been submitting information about people who were not members of PHS '60. 

When I attend the Concord Alumni dinners, I get to interact with graduates of all ages. Also, I can drink wine or beer and listen to a combo playing easy listening music. I requested Georgia on My Mind by Johnny Mercer which they played.

The PHS reunions are different. I interact with a restricted  group. Fred
Carl on May 10, 2017 11:28 AM
Fredo, as the saying goes, "Variety is the spice of life."  And congratulations on living what appears to be a well spiced one.  There's also much to be said for the stability of the familiar, the connection to roots and the comfort of old friends.
   You mentioned the American popular music genius Johnny Mercer, an absolute favorite of mine -- "my huckleberry friend."  While he doesn't share the acclaim of Cole Porter or Irving Berlin, I find him very much their equal.  Long live the Johnny Mercer songbook!  [BTW, the wonderful "Georgia on My Mind" is a Hoagy Carmichael composition.  Mercer was, however, a Georgia native.]
Fredrick Lucas on May 10, 2017 7:27 PM
Carl you are right about Hoagy.He was from the Hoosier state.He did write Georgia on my Mind. Mercer who did not attend Mercer School wrote the lyrics to Moon River.Mancini wrote the music.Mercer was a native of Savannah Georgia.
Mike Murphy on May 11, 2017 6:59 PM
Where did you guys get all this Culture?

??Carol, Darla, Pete and Ed are you folks OK?
Keep the Faith
Carl on May 11, 2017 8:19 PM
Simple Murph, Fredo & I were in Frances Moody's A Cappella Choir.  On top of that -- or beneath it -- we were social misfits who listened to LOTS of radio.
Darla on May 13, 2017 7:50 AM
Mike....We are fine.  Enjoyed seeing you at Ryan's.  

Tracy French on May 12, 2017 11:55 AM
Does Dick Biondi or Harry Gentry ring a bell?
Carl on May 12, 2017 2:05 PM
Tracy, don't believe I know that Gentry fellow.  As for the other guy I have 3 words: Whatta Luminous Station!
Cookie on May 12, 2017 6:50 PM
Harry was the guy who gave the famous carhop her name--"Big Foot Wanda!" and he and his family lived in the Thornton Homes--where Andy Clark Ford now stands at the Green Tree Crossroads.  Next!
Carl on May 12, 2017 10:15 PM
Cookie, my dear, you know how I hate to quibble, but to refer to "Big Foot Wanda" as a "famous" carhop is insufficient.  Wanda was, by any measure, "legendary."  Wait, . . . , make that LEGENDARY!!!.  Oh, forgive me now, I must go take my nitroglycerine pill.  ['Kathump, kathump, kathump . . .]
Cookie on May 12, 2017 10:58 PM
She used to buy her sweaters from me when I worked at Leggetts my senior year in high school.  She was one of the nicest people I ever assisted.  Always smiling, always pleasant.  A nice personality.  
Cookie on May 12, 2017 10:59 PM
Just put your phone on speed dial to 911.  You will be fine.  
Mike Murphy on May 13, 2017 12:45 PM
??Is it true that people with large body parts have great personality?

??Raymond Kidwell is this a truism?

??Also I wounder what Jeff Shumaker thinks about the Russian medeling? As I recall he worked there for some time and also in South Africa.

??Fred and Carl - what were the lyrics to the commercal about Steeles drive inn?

Keep the Faith
Carl on May 13, 2017 9:49 PM
Help me Murph, or others:
1. I recall liking the Steele's Drive-In song but I have no memory of what is was like.  Pat Smith, call me and hum a few bars.  [I promise to let the answering machine pick up.]
2. How 'bout some others helping Tracy with his Dick Biondi inquiry.
Fredrick Lucas on May 14, 2017 9:14 AM
 I don't recall the commercial about Steels Drive Inn. There is an actual river called Moon River aboutwhich Johnny Mercer wrote. It is an inlet in Savannah Georgia.

Bruce Trinkley an alumnus of PHS has done a good job as a music professor. He earned degrees in music from Columbia University.He was a faculty member and choral conductor at Penn State.His students made CD's which I donated to the music CD collection that I donated to Concord. After he retired, he arranged music and wrote an opera which was performed in Spanish in Equador.His works are on youtube.

Tom Dillon on May 14, 2017 9:59 AM
Happy Day to all mothers -- present, departed, and away from us by geography. You mean so much to us and had such a significant impact on who we are today. We love you.
Mike Murphy on May 14, 2017 10:42 AM
Tom you said it so well - happy mothers day to all.

Keep the Faith

Mike Murphy on May 14, 2017 12:57 PM
??Carl & Fred - If I recall and my memory etc is not as long as it used to be, the little ditty ended with - (something) ham, barbecue and french fried potatoes down at Steeles Drive Inn?

Wanda could sure fill out a tray! I think I mentioned before that my brother Jim RIP dated her.
??Like Billy Joel sang  keeping the faith
Carl on May 14, 2017 1:16 PM
[to Pat Smith]:
   Pat, Pat she's our [radio] fan,
   If she can't do it, nobody can.

C'mon Pat, your classmates need you.
Help us out and earn our eternal gratitude.
OK, OK, you've already earned that, not least
for hosting our mini-reunions.  But we still need you.
And you know what they say about a friend in need
Please, jingle us.

ched on May 14, 2017 3:26 PM
I  remember  the  WLOH adds  for  the drive in mentioning "big Footed " Wamda  !!!

Tracy French on May 14, 2017 10:10 PM

How can you mention big-foot Wanda and not mention Smiley's?

Tom T Hall could have made a fortune if he would of drank a beer at Smiley's back in the day.
Fredrick Lucas on May 15, 2017 8:11 AM
We've spoken of Harry Gentry an announcer for WLOH and Louise Gentry a member of PHS faculty.

In England Gentry referred to large land owners who were entitled to a coat of arms.They also had sterling personal qualities.You've heard of the landed gentry.Did Louise and Harry have a coat of arms?
Carl on May 15, 2017 9:54 AM
Fred, I can't confirm it, but I once heard that Harry and Louise, being West Virginians, could only afford a Coat of Sleeves; they had to provide their own arms.

Tracy French on May 15, 2017 8:14 AM
Talking about radio call letters, when I was working in DC around 62' or 63', a radio station, WPGC, ran a contest to see who could make the best slogan out of the call letters.

The winner came up with: "West Point Goes CoEd".  Who would of "thunk it" back in those days?

I ran into Harry Gentry's nephew working at the doctors' offices for Roanoke Memorial Hospital when I first started taking Carol there for her follow-ups from surgery about 5 years ago (I still see him when I am there).  He asked about my WV tags and when I said "Princeton" he asked if I knew a disc jockey from the 50's or 60's named Harry Gentry.

It's a small, small world!  Carl, you orught to write some poetry about that!

Fredrick Lucas on May 15, 2017 6:48 PM
Tracy, I learned that in Indiana, students can get vouchers to attend Roman Catholic schools. As you know these schools are accredited and their courses are accepted by colleges and universities.

Is the school that your relative attends fully accredited? Since Roman Catholic schools are considered religious in nature, does the state where your relative lives give vouchers to religious schools?

Tracy French on May 16, 2017 11:47 AM


My 3 grandchildren attend Mercer Christian Acadamy.  Grades K 4 through 5th grade are at Maranatha Baptist Church on the Oakvale Road and Grades 6 through 12 are at Johnson's Chapel (Baptist) on Halls Ridge Road.  The school is fully accredited and there is no financial assistance of any kind other than Mercer County Schools will pay 75 cents per day per family for transportation if requested within 30 days of close of semester.  Children are responsible for their lunch which can be purchaed or carried to school.  Total cost for the 3 children will exceed $20,000.00 this year and there are no tax breaks available.

Ched on May 16, 2017 5:03 PM
A quality (and Christian) education is  worth  the  expense. I  support  school vouchers  to allow  children to attend  the  school of  their choice  without undue financial burden !!  The public  schools are in some  cases  good but unfortunately have  removed our  creator from the halls !!
 Home  schooling is  also an option in some  cases !
Mike Murphy on May 17, 2017 12:23 PM
??Tracy - We should open a religous academy. We could call it the Greasy Ridge, Sandlick, Kegley consolidated Religous Academy. Perhaps we could have Carl be our resident Poet emertius?

??At the very least we could have a great time educating the eurchians?

??Ched - we will need a music professor.

Keep the faith
Cookie on May 17, 2017 10:54 PM
On the advice of an old (both literally and figuratively) friend we all know and adore I have spent the past 14 hours reading "Hillbilly Elegy." I will only say it explains my outrageous sometimes colorful language and rants here on the blog. It is genetic, especially when I fear "my people" have been maligned. It was a painful book to read but I'm going to read it again in case I missed anything. P.S. I had two Mamaws and two Papaws too. My Mamaws didn't carry guns but they sure knew how to "set you straight."
Fredrick Lucas on May 18, 2017 8:35 PM
Dr Danny Wills PHS 64 died recently from a cardio arrest. He graduated from the College of Medicine at the West Virginia University and was a physician in Mercer County for many years. He was elected sheriff of Mercer County. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church.

The obituary is on the Memorial  Funeral web site. 
Carl on May 18, 2017 9:48 PM
Murph, I'm flattered beyond measure that you would select me as poet anything for your youth academy.  Tragically, however, through some convoluted legal machinations, I'm prohibited from coming within 300 yards of such sites.
Mike Murphy on May 19, 2017 9:44 AM
??Carl- how about POET/JESTER?TENER?

??Keep the faith

geno on May 19, 2017 2:58 PM
Mike, have you heard the latest news, I just heard the North Koreans have tampered with congress, and the senate and have influenced them to investigate Trump and the Russians.  Cookie how is Delores?, does any body know how much a 2 dollar ticket costs, I also wonder how much a 10 dollar hair cut costs, do we have a committee to investigate this? Most folks don't think this is important, and more importantly other folks don't care, I think we should investigate why folks don't care. Which is more important folks that don't know or folks that don't care? I was just wondering, but I'll bet the majority of you don't even care that I was wondering, and the rest of you didn't know I was wondering. there you have it in a nutshell.  A peanut. Just in case some of you were wondering. My guess is most of you don't care. ??
Carl on May 19, 2017 3:31 PM
Well Geno, I for one sure care.  [As I like to say, an I for an I.]  Now I don't much understand what you're talking about, but I care all the same. Or maybe it's somewhat different, I don't know [but I care], and I care to know but don't know enough to know if I'm onto something or way off base.  And I don't have much to base that on, not even knowing Who's on first.  [But I know that I Don't Know's on third.]  I hope you don't find my reply real corny, even tho' I'm told that "Jimmy crack corn" -- but I don't care.  But I care about you.  Oo-da-lolly, oo-da-lolly, golly whatta a day.
   PS: I'm glad we had this talk.
Cookie on May 19, 2017 10:04 PM
everyone on this thread sounds drunk!
Carl on May 19, 2017 11:03 PM
High on life, darlin'.  [With a double shot of Roger Miller.]
Ched on May 19, 2017 11:10 PM
Brush Creek bukk frogs make me  drunk with nostalgia!!!

Tracy French on May 19, 2017 11:28 PM

I wouldn't want you to think for one moment that I don't care.  It is a rare occassion but I have completed my sermon for Sunday (although it may very well change before 11:00 Am Sunday) and the title of this Sunday's sermon is:  "Do The Math".  Scripture from the Old Testament: Deutoronomy 4: 1-8, New Testament:  Matthew 7: 13-14.

A $2.00 ticket now cost $10.00 and you can blame the substantial increase in price due to inflation primarily caused by Jimmy Carter who ....

A $10.00 haircut now cost $2.00 and you can blame the decrease in price due to the number of people who get their ....

Do not put any dependance into what you heard about the North Koreans and Congress and the Senate.  At the present time, neither Congress nor the Senate has enough sense (I probablyshould have said cents) to be tampered with.  Lead astray?  Well maybe that's just Mike's opinion or Carl's opinion.

If you will excuse me, Harry Gentry is signing off and Dick Biondi is coming on the air.  Where am I?  Lost in the 60's?  I'm going to play my "Trump" card which means I'm a winner (just like Bobby Bare said).

Mike Murphy on May 20, 2017 1:51 PM
??Tracy- You've got to walk that lonsome valley!

??Melania sure looked good in that red leather dress. Cookie did they have those at leggets? I bet it cost a pretty penny?

Have the democrats and the liberal press gone Bat Stuff Crazy??

Keep the faith
Cookie on May 20, 2017 10:54 PM
No Mike. Nothing for Melania at Leggetts in 1960
unless she liked $1 blouses from Japan that smelled like fish when you opened the box and made you itch when you wore them in summer heat and humidity
Mike Murphy on May 21, 2017 12:50 PM
??The Saudi's are giving the Trumps' a Royal welcome. Unusal - American Flags flying, Toby Keith giving concert, Jewish Daughter and son in law being welcomed and 80+ yr old king accompanying Trump everwhere. The arms sale package is a big thing for both countries and Trump speaking at the Arab summit is exceptional. Genuine respect shown on both sides with no bowing and appologies.

??I did the sword dance at a Saudi wedding and probably looked as aquard as Trump, but it was a great time.

Trump family made the USA proud!

Keep the Faith
ched on May 21, 2017 2:10 PM
Yes, Quite   a  contrast between Obummer's  visit  and  Trump's.  A true respect paid  to all by everyone  !
Fredrick Lucas on May 22, 2017 11:41 AM
Yesterday, the Barnum Baily Circus held their final performance in the Big Apple after a 150 year run. Attendance has been down. The elephants will be retired to California. Over the years, I have seen the Barnum Baily Circus, and the Shrine Circus in Cincinnati.

If you go to the west coast California, you will be asked to refrain from feeding sea lions. Recently a fourteen year old girl fed a lion and was pulled into the water. Happily her grandfather saved her.

Finally, Sears is continuing to close Stores. 
Mike Murphy on May 22, 2017 1:09 PM
Does anyone remember Joe Byflitzh?

Let the sun shine in

Tracy French on May 22, 2017 9:54 PM

Are you talking about the character in the  Lil' Abner cartoon who always had the rain cloud above his head when he came to visit? 

I done a sermon several years ago when I spoke before a group of pastors from the Presbyterian Church USA prior to being commissioned to serve Communion.  I don't remember everything in that sermon but I do remember using that character during my sermon.  At the time time I could not remember his name and I called a friend of mine who was into the cartoons and she called Al McCoy (who I believe owned the drive in near Mooney's and between Mooney's and the Courthouse on the Bluefield Road) and Al said his name was Joe Blitzkoph, that sounded close enough for me and I have used that character in a couple sermons since.

This past Sunday I used "Dagwood" from the cartoon "Blondie" as I referred to a time period before computers when you would see Mr. Diters asking Dagwood a mathematical question and he computed in his head with a series of special characters above his head as he spit out the answer.

Why is it we reminiscence so much any more?

Tracy French on May 22, 2017 10:06 PM

I just "googled" Lil Abner and came up with a list of characters.  It is actually "Joe BtfsplK, if that is what you are reerring to and it is plenty close enough for government work.  Following is the pronouncation:

How else would you pronounce it?

— Al Capp

According to Al Capp, btfsplk is a rude sound. During public lectures, Capp demonstrated this sound by closing his lips, leaving his tongue sticking out, and then blowing out air, which is colloquially called a "raspberry" or Bronx cheer.

Carl on May 22, 2017 10:14 PM
Please pardon my repeating myself, but I say oo-da-lolly, oo da lolly, golly whatta day.  Joe Btfsplk or no Joe Btfsplk.
Mike Murphy on May 23, 2017 5:39 PM
??I remember Doug Coburn drawing lil Abner characters. He was a good artist as well as a great friend.

??My favorite was Daisey May

Keep the Faith
Carl on May 23, 2017 9:00 PM
Gosh a'mighty Mike, why was Daisy Mae your favorite?
Mike Murphy on May 24, 2017 1:00 PM
??She was sweet and had big feet?
Keep the humor
Fredrick Lucas on May 26, 2017 6:34 AM
I am a member of the Audubon Society. Recently, the group joined The site has live streaming from various nesting birds.I enjoy the site .

Monroe County and Peters Mountain are fly over sites for eagles and hawks. There is an observatory for those who want to see these birds of flight.
Fredrick Lucas on May 26, 2017 8:14 AM
Robert Burns wrote an address to a Haggis in 1796".The basic premise of the poem is that haggis made of ingredients scorned by the higher classes is the stuff thatb made the Scots strong and robust."  

" Welcome your honest, jolly, face Great chieftan of the pudding race.Above them all you take your place Stomach, tripe,or intestines:Well are you worthy of a grace as long as my arm.

The groaning serving plate there you fill Your buttocks like a distant hill Your pin would help to mend a mill In time of need  While through your pores the dews distill like amber bead.

His knife see rustic labour seize and cut you up with ready slice Trenching your gushing entrails bright  Like any ditch And then, Oh what a glorius sight Warm steaming rich. Carl and I have Scottish ancestors.

Mike Murphy on May 26, 2017 9:43 AM
??I have eaten Hagas and it is about as crappy as Burns' poem.

Carl - bless us with some of your amazing Poetry!

Keep the faith
Carl on May 26, 2017 10:23 AM
[paraphrased] Oh, the gift that God would gie us, Fredo, to have Scottish ancestors be us [i.e., ours]. 
   I acknowledge that a miserable Appalachian wretch as I need proceed cautiously in challenging Scotland's National Bard, but I've eaten haggis and can support no argument that it's a "gift" of even a modest measure.


Tracy French on May 26, 2017 8:56 PM
Anybody remember 57 years ago tonight?

Tracy French on May 26, 2017 9:21 PM
After careful consideration and much thought over the last almost 60 years I am going to go ahead and acknowledge that Howard Durr was right.  I do wish I had learned Chemistry as he often said I would.
Carl on May 26, 2017 9:42 PM
Tracy, I think Mr. Durr was wise beyond his years, but many of us thought him to be old almost beyond measure in the late 50s.  I came to like and admire him AFTER having taken chemistry to him.  So many good teachers -- not all mind you -- at PHS in the late 50s.  So many good PHS60 grads reflecting their influence.
   57 years later, it bears repeating:
Dear Princeton High School, our love, our pride,
We’ve always held you as our shining guide.
Our joys, our sorrows, hopes dreams and fears,
We’ve shared in PHS halls will live thru coming years.   


Tracy French on May 27, 2017 11:41 AM
Carl, I agree, Mr. Durr was wise beyond his years and he was an excellent teacher.  In the late 70's and early 80's I had the opportunity to visit with him in his home when he was a member of my home church, Melrose Presyterian Church.  Mr. Durr's son, Ted, was the volunteer coordinatior at Bland Correctional Center where I was involved in Prison Ministry for many years.  That connection was beneficial to me in getting many doors opened that otherwise would not have been available to me in the Virginia Prison System.

Mrs Ball was another teacher I enjoyed at PHS  She always said if one of us could invent "Perpetual Energy" we would become very wealthy.  I thought I had conquered that milestone one day when I had 3 grandchildren under the age of 10 home from school on a snow day but I had to get away from the "energy" before developing a plan to store and release it at will.

Carl on May 27, 2017 4:07 PM
Tracy, isn't trouble getting doors opened in the Virginia prison system -- and others -- pretty much a standard design feature?
Ched on May 27, 2017 2:50 PM
Mr  Durr, Mrs Ball and  Cam Wiley (  Geometry)  were all great  teachers. We  were  fortunate  to have  so many  excellent ones who prepared us  well .   Just look at our  class  as  a  group. I have  alayse been  amazed  when  I think of  the members of our  class  from a  small town in southern WV.
Fredrick Lucas on May 27, 2017 2:51 PM
I would like to share another poem by Robert Burns. "A Red Red Rose" O my love's like a red red rose That's newly sprung in June.O my love's like a melody that's sweetly played in tune.

As fair art thou. my bonnie deep in love am I;And I will love thee still my dear, till all the seas go dry.

Till all the seas go dry my dear And the rocks melt with the sun. O I will love thee still my dear,While the sands of life still run.

And fare thee well my only love And fare thee well a while.And I will come again my love. Tho twere ten thousand miles.

Mike perhaps you can send a poem from the Irish group.

Carl on May 27, 2017 4:03 PM
Fredo, here's an oldie but goodie that may well be Irish.  I remember it from a textbook around 6th grade, I think.  It hooked me on what remains one of my favorite poetic structures:
   There once was a man from Nantucket,
   Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
   His daughter, named Nan,
   Ran away with a man,
   And as for the bucket, Nantucket.

I can see you smiling right now, Fred.

Tracy French on May 27, 2017 6:27 PM
Fred and Carl; I appreciate the poetry.  I, too, committed “A Red, Red Rose” to memory when I was in high school. And I like the “Irish” language, a little better than the “English”.
I think “Nantucket” was a 6th grade read by none other than Bessie Hale who not only had time to teach but also allowed her musically gifted students time to entertain the class.
Following is a poem (author unknown) that I saw in a magazine many years ago and it impressed me enough to commit it to memory.  (Sounds Irish to me)
I saw them tearing a building down
A gang of men in a busy town.
With a heave-ho, and a lusty yell
They swung a beam and the side wall fell.

And I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled,
And the ones you’d hire if you had to build?”
He laughed and answered, “ Why no, indeed,
Common labor is all I need.”

“For I can wreck in a day or two,
What builders have taken years to do.”
And I thought to myself, as I walked away
Which of these roles have I tried to play?

Am I a builder who works with care
Measuring life by rule and square?
Or am I a wrecker who roams the town
Content with tearing it down?

For my sermon tomorrow I am going to read The Declaration of Independence to the congregation.


Carl on May 29, 2017 7:43 AM
Happy Memorial Day all.  It's the unofficial start of summer.
And it means that June BIRTHDAYS are right around the corner.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the following PHS60'ers (and any other Junebugs whose birthdates I don't know):

Sarah Evans Allen - June 3
Edward Laufer - June 4
Kay Hendrick Gammon - June 14
Tom Dillon - June 21
Aloma Rose Ashworth - June 25
Mike Murphy on May 29, 2017 6:53 PM
??A special thanks to all those Vets esp those who made the ultimate sacrifice!

a preme ??Happy birthday to all June 60 grads.

??Who sang - in the summertime when all the trees and leaves are green and I'll be blue?

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on May 30, 2017 11:04 AM
I would like to remember those who are celebrating June birthdays. May they have many more birthdays.

I would like to remember those who served in the armed forces from the American Revolution until today.Although many lost their lives, others survived. For some who survived, they faced PTSD. Some turned to alcoholism while others became homeless.Some became blind while others had limbs that were taken off.
Fredrick Lucas on May 30, 2017 10:18 PM
The Road Not Taken Robert Frost. Two toads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I xould not travel both,And be one traveler lobg I stood And looked down one far as I could.To where it bent in the undergroth.

Then took the other as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim vecause it was grassy and wanted wear;Though as for that, the passing there Had worn them really about the same.

Anf both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black., Oh I kept the first for another day'Yet knowing how way leads on to way.I doubted that I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood. and I-I took the one less traveled by,and that has made all the difference.
Carl on May 31, 2017 10:45 AM
Fredo, that's a beauty, alright.  And while not a poem, there's good counsel in the advice of that great New York Yankee philosopher, Yogi Berra, who said, "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
Fredrick Lucas on June 1, 2017 3:05 PM
Over the years, we've discussed various songs. I decided to relay a poem by Robert Frost concerning a song bird.

I have wished that a bird would fly away.And not sing by my house all day;

Have clapped my hands at him from the door When it seemed as if I could bear no more.

The fault must paetly have been in me. The bird was not to blame for his key.

And of course there must be something wrong in wanting to silence any song.


Tracy French on June 2, 2017 11:30 AM

Your post about Robert Frost and the song bird brought to my mind one of my favorite songs from the 60's which I heard for the first time in 1964 when I was home on leave from the Army.  "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel.
Mike Murphy on June 2, 2017 12:51 PM
??Poor Hillary - Someone needs to tell her that Macadonia is not in Russia. Perhaps a long walk in the woods would salve her wounds? I am looking at some poker chips from LE GRAND SKOPJE, 1 and 5 DM which should kind of date them since they have had the EURO since 2002. Don't remember what their currency was when I was there in 98. Tracy there were some really old Christian Churches there. In addition to Alexander being born there wasn't Christianity founded in that area? It was once part of the USSR as Yugo? i think.

??For sure Trump is not a Politician. He could have gone along with the Paris Climate agreement and ignored payoffs to India and China and reductions in our industries, but instead took the problem head on and drove the tree hugging liberals crazy. I agree with his son Eric, that the libs would rather see the US fail than for President Trump to suceed.

Fair warning - I heard a rumor that Kenna and Fredricksburg might be represented at Ryans next week?

Keep the Faith
Tom Dillon on June 3, 2017 4:26 PM
Received the invite to the mini in today's mail. Thanks Carl. Kay and I are definitely planning to attend.
Is it being too optomistic to put the 2020 date for our 60th on my calendar? Bob Lambert, is that enough notice for you?
Fredrick Lucas on June 4, 2017 8:35 AM
What Fifty Said by Robert Frost. When I was young, my teachers were old. I gave up fire for form till I was cold. I suffered like a metal being cast. I went to school to age to learn the past.

Now I am old my teachers are young.What can't me molded must br cracked and sprung.I strain at lessons fit to start a suture.I go to school to youth to learn the future.
Fredrick Lucas on June 4, 2017 7:59 PM
One of Robert Frost's well known poems is Fire and Ice. Some say the world will end in fire,Some say in ice. From what I've tasted of desire, I hold with those who favor fire.But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice is also great And would suffice.

Fredrick Lucas on June 4, 2017 9:31 PM
The mini reunion is October 21.Virginia Tech plays North Carolina at home.You might want to change the date since there are a number of Tech fans in the area. Fred
Carl on June 4, 2017 11:52 PM
Say Fred, do you suppose that James Taylor is a Robert Frost clone, or want-to-be?  After all, he wrote, "I've seen fire and I've seen rain."  Talk about really getting around.
Edward Laufer on June 5, 2017 10:41 PM
Thanks Carl for the singing ecard from the class of 1960 for my GULP! 75th birthday It is really hard to say 75th birthday! Ed Laufer
Carl on June 6, 2017 6:43 AM
Edward, just look at it this way; you'll be singing and shouting [and perhaps dancing] your birthday celebration on your 90th.  Take care; stay well.
mike Murphy on June 6, 2017 2:23 PM
Watched Noal in 4K, which has to be the worst movie I have ever seen! Don't waste you money.

??Like much of the old testiment Noah and Jonah and Methusula seem more like fairy tales than scripture? Much of the Koran reflects the old testiment. Although the Prophet Mohammed was said to have heard the words directly from God. He could not read or write so one of his wifes who was said to be very literate wrote his words. 

More reasons to keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on June 8, 2017 1:42 PM
Today Barbara Bush turned 92. Next week George HW Bush will turn 93.As I looked in the obituaries in Princeton, I noticed that a number of women who worked at Maidenform were in their 90's when they died. Edward, there is still work to be done. Happy Birthday Fred


Tracy French on June 8, 2017 11:44 PM
Ed:  There's no way.  You can't be 75.  You must be in the middle of a nightmare.  We just got out of high school.  The whole world is before us.  I haven't even decided what I want to do in life yet.  I can't get out of the 60's.  Where have all the flowers gone?
geno on June 9, 2017 4:07 PM
I thought I was the only one in the 60's I like it here welcome to my word, all d flowers are in the hippies hair, I can't believe you haven't n oticed.??
Fredrick Lucas on June 10, 2017 3:41 PM
Speaking of the'60's. I spoke with Jim Farris who was at PHS as a student. I spoke with him about 20 years ago when he lived in Bloomington Indiana.He was employed by Indiana University. He collected delinquent student loans.He managed to collect 97% of the loans. The hippies who stayed in Bloomington, refused to pay.

Jim would see them outside the gate each day.He did not understand where they worked to earn enough to live.
Edward Laufer on June 10, 2017 11:14 PM
Hi Tracy Hi Fred Hi Carl Now about my 75th birthday. When I was young way back it seemed to be that days went by fast,but years went by slowly and now the days go by slowly but the years fly by. My wife Sandy has given me some mathematical reason for this perception. So I guess time will speed up even more Oh Well!

Tracy French on June 11, 2017 6:32 AM
I have a message on my phone from yesterday from Patty Anderson that said Pete Stephenson had a stroke and was in Roanoke Hospital.  I will try to find out more details after I come in from church this afternoon and will post on the blog.  Patty said the family is requesting prayer for Pete.
Mike Murphy on June 11, 2017 9:54 AM
??Praying for Pete. Get well soon Big guy ie in size and heart!

Keep the Faith
Cookie on June 11, 2017 10:00 AM
SO VERY sorry to hear this.  My thoughts and prayers to Pete, Linda and their family.
Fredrick Lucas on June 11, 2017 4:48 PM
I don't know the severity of the stroke.I will certainly keep Pete and his family in my prayers.There is a book by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor called My Stroke of Insight.She is a brain scientist who had a stroke and discusses what happened to her and how she eventually recovered. She is on several youtube sites.

I hope that everyone else will have their blood pressure checked regularly for an irregular heart beat.


Tracy French on June 11, 2017 6:31 PM
Update on Pete:

The stroke is severe and he remains in the trauma unit at Roanoke.  The outlook is up and a speialist will see him tomorrow.

When I have more news I will post it on the blog.

Tracy French on June 12, 2017 10:20 AM
Update on Pete:

Pete posted on Facebook at 9:30 AM that he had gone through 5 hours of surgery at Charleston CAMC and is doing OK.

He is in Charleston and not Roanoke.
ched on June 12, 2017 9:01 PM
I talked  to Bob Lambert today and he  told me  about Pete. Prayers  for  Pete's full recovery.  I'm sure Linda can nurse him back to his "onery ole  self"
Since he had  a  carodid  artery proceedure it  would  seem he had  a "blockage stoke" as opposed  to a hemorrhagic one.
Tom Dillon on June 12, 2017 9:29 PM
Praying for Pete. Didn't check blog for a couple of days as we were enroute to Florida for our oldest son's wedding on Wednesday. Arrived yesterday afternoon and it has yet to stop raining.
bummer.O Lucas on June 14, 2017 6:46 PM
There  are two men at the fitness center who have had a stroke.One man has a limited ability to form sentences and paragraphs.He can speak one or two words. He lost the use of his left hand and arm. Another man forgets conversations. He lost the use of his left arm and hand.He is gradually getting use of his left leg.

What has happened to Pete? I wasn't surprised  to learn that he and Ron Coleman had to go to Charleston. Mercer County cannot attract the specialists who can treat strokes and cardiac arrests.

There are trade offs for those who want to live in a rural and small town area.

I was surprised and saddened when Ched referred to President Obama as Oburmmer. Our first black president  gets no respect from Ched
Pete Stephenson on June 15, 2017 11:00 AM
Ah-ha.....I'm back "from the EDGE" all your notes, thanks for your prayers and concern. Had a pretty rough patch...apparently I've had about 2 or 3 slight strokes prior to the one Fri evening...went to ER, they have no neurologists in sent me to Charleston Area Med Ctr...can't say enough good about the facility, doctors, nurses and entire staff....what amazing care. Got there about 2:45 AM Sat, they started tests, etc immediately...put me in a room, seem like I was doing OK they planned to do surg Tues, however, apparently I had another stroke TIA??..about 9PM Sat...they did emergency surgery around 10PM until 2AM...couldn't do stint because I have a "crook" in rt carotid artery which was 99% blocked...don't know exactly what they did but I think they had to actually open artery and scrape it out (all you with med knowledge can tell me what they did) was in recovery until 4AM...doc said less than 1% of stroke patients have this surgery and fewer than that come out with no paralysis....Praise God, I have no paralysis, as far as I know my thinking, etc is clear as ever (no smart remarks accepted)...Praise God (for I am here and doing well by HIS Love, Mercy and Grace), eat healthy, exercise...things we all know to do. You guys can't get rid of me that easy....Faith, Hope and Love...
Mike Murphy on June 15, 2017 1:22 PM
Pete- Great to hear that you are progressing so well. Hope and pray you continue to improve.

??I live 30 Min from CAMC Memorial and will be most happy to do anything I can for you and family. Call me at 304.545.3335 and I will help you and family any way I can!!

??My wife Aretta had a stint applied by CAMC staff DR. Statton last November and every thing was great. She is recuperating well. Hope you have same folks looking after you. Be sure to insist on good care some times the nursing staff were a little lax esp in the ICU.

Keep the Faith and get well soon!!
geno on June 15, 2017 2:35 PM
    Pete glad to read your blog, ability ti write-type after stroke and praise God very very good news, sounds to me like a miracle, read Fred's blog earlier, just glad and happy for you take care praise the Lord and be happy.??
Ched on June 15, 2017 5:21 PM
Fred, If Obama had been a  good  president ; providing  for the national defense,  nurturing  the  economy, securing  the borders and done  anything positive  with health care he  would have my  respect.  Instead he  gutted  the  defense  department,  wanted  to admit  millions of imigrants  with no way to vet  them, increased  taxes,  stifeled  energy  exploration, protected  sanctuary cities ( to get more  democrat votes) and gave us "obamacare" an absolute  disasterous piece of legislation.  
 Then there is  the politicized  DOJ   with holder  and Lynch ....... on and on.
 THe basic  diference in  the  current  Democrat  agenda  and  the  Rebublican one is  that  the Dems  want  to redistribute  wealth  to those too lazy  to  contribute from those  who have worked hard  and  contribute  to  society. We need to have  a  safety net  for  the truly impoverished but  when I see  people at he  grocery store  buying  chips, sodas and  other  so called junk food along  with lobster or  steak talking on a  cell phone, they do not  get my  sympathy.... then as  they leave  the "light up" !!!  Food  stamps  should be for essential healthy nourishment only not to allow luxurious meals.  When I was  smaller people  were mostly ashamed  to be on the public dole. Nowo it's a way to game  the  system.  I ,as well as most of my  friends  and classmates  are just plain tired of  this stuff !!!

ched on June 15, 2017 5:00 PM
Pete,  So glad  that  the  flood of prayers  were answered as  they were.  You are very  fortunate.
 Did  you have  a multiple TIAs or full  blown strokes?
 My dad had  two TIAs  many years  ago and had  the  carotid  arteries stinted.  Ive heard it  said  that  the TIA is a "wake-up call" to have  things  corrected  and  start out on a healthy lifestyle.
Fredrick Lucas on June 16, 2017 10:18 AM
Ched, even though I have profound disagreements with President Trump, I don't plan to pick out a derogatory name and call him that name.Children need to know that we can have different policy perspectives and still be cordial to others. Mr Obama was willing to serve and the citizens decided to elect him for two terms.

Do you blame the citizens who voted  for Mr. Obama?
Ched on June 16, 2017 10:51 AM
Yep  many were looking  for  the " free  stuff" paid  for by you and I.
Fredrick Lucas on June 16, 2017 2:39 PM
Pete, I am happy that you were able to get to Charleston and have surgery. You pointed out that although you have had strokes, you don't have paralysis or mental problems.You carry on conversations with others. 
pete stephenson on June 17, 2017 11:30 AM
Ched. I actually had 3 TIA's in 3 consecutive weeks.being hard headed as i am i just shund them off.all of them were serious with numbing in left hand and left corner of my mouth.The last one finally awoke me to the fact to get my tail to the ER.The young at the ER actually saved my life.By getting me to CAMC neurogical dept in Charleston.My DRS there were planning on the operation fo this past Tues.While in ICU Sat night I started having another episode in my left hand and left corner of my mouth.Had the emergency surgery Sat night about three in morning.I couldn't have stents because my Carodid artery had a kink in it.I praise the Good Lord for looking over me,I surely wasn't.The only Paralysis I have is in the very tip of my left thumb,Thinks to all your caring and concerns.Faith,Hope,And Love
Fredrick Lucas on June 17, 2017 8:28 PM
Many of you know the Parks brothers Mac and Jim. Mac was in our class and Jim was in the class of 59.Mac usually comes to our reunions.Jim graduated from Concord. He received a doctorate from the University of Alabama. Last week Jim died. He was 75. His obituary is on the Seaver web site.

Fredrick Lucas on June 18, 2017 7:40 AM
Jim Parks was a retired  faculty membrt from Middle Georgia Collrgr in Cochran Georgia He was a member of the Cochran Baptist Churvh and a sports fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Go Bucks.
Fredrick Lucas on June 18, 2017 12:35 PM
I was listening to Science Friday on NPR. I learned that this week is Cephalopod week.Members of this group are the octopus and squid. The octopus is one of the most unusual sea creatures. When mating, the male must be careful otherwise the female will eat him.  The octopus who tries to mate sometimes encounters an adult male who will stop the younger male from mating. From time to time the octopus will squirt ink.
Carl on June 19, 2017 4:44 PM
Fredo, in case you haven't noticed, there are visitors to our Blog who like to squirt ink -- journalistically speaking.
Ched on June 20, 2017 10:39 AM
 So glad  you are OK. keep a healthy life style. Diet  and  excercise  are  the keys. Also dont  forget  to do some  strength training ( lifting) along  with aerobics.   I am in the  gym most  days  and  swallow   several  well researched  supplements as  well.  
  All  the  best  to  you  and Linda  !!!!
Pete Stephenson on June 20, 2017 4:12 PM
??Pete here.Thanks Ched you've always been a pal.I do try the exercise and diet but still get behind the eight ball.God blessed me no doubt.Must give all the glory to him.I'm doing ok,just a little shaky in the ole legs.Linda sys thinks for all the encouragement,and so do I.Faith,Hope And Love to you and our mates.Hope to see all in Oct.

Becky Novarro on June 21, 2017 9:27 AM
Ched on June 21, 2017 1:06 PM
Happy Happy  Birthday  Tom  !!!  Hope ypu have  a great one  !!!!
Fredrick Lucas on June 21, 2017 3:37 PM
Happy birthday Tum.I hope that you remain healthy and continue to enjoy your family and friends and make positive contributions to your community, state and nation.

Whenever I drive through Indiana,I see signs that say if you enjoy your meal,thank a farmer. 

Tom Dillon on June 21, 2017 5:27 PM
Thanks to all. Plan to see you in October.
Tom Dillon on June 25, 2017 7:40 AM
Well, I won't attend the mini if that is what killed the blog for a few days.
Pete, so glad you are up and out. How about a game of touch football in October?
Fred, you have been super critical and in the past have written many negative things about issues in our great state of West Virginia. Will you speak to the opoid addiction and overdose problems in Ohio? Dayton has been labeled the "Opoid Capital" -- I thought Buckeyes had it all together -- must have had some help from another source other than moonshine from a neighboring state.
Fredrick Lucas on June 25, 2017 8:58 AM
Tom, I am not certain to what you mean when I make negative comments about West Virginia. The president of Concord told me that faculty members haven't had a salary increase in six years.The fact that Pete had to go to Charleston for treatment is a problem for anyone living in a rural area or small town. People in Princeton who want the services of Planned Parenthood must drive to Blacksburg. People who live in McDowell County have seen the population decline from almost 100,000 in 1950 to less than 20,000 today.Coal miners who work underground often suffer from black lung. The brothel at cinder bottom is closed.These are facts of life in West Virginia Tom.

Ohio like West Virginia has a problem of heroin addiction.Tom what's your point? 

Mike Murphy on June 25, 2017 9:47 AM
??Fred- You just amplified Tom's point! and I haven't heard Ched say anything racist about our first black president.

Pete - How are you doing - great I hope. Hope this finds you in the great city of Princeton enjoying the great atmosphere and culture there!

Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on June 25, 2017 9:51 AM
According to data supplied by the Center for Disease Control, in 2015 West Virginia had 41.5 opoid deaths per 100.000 while Ohio had 29.9 deaths per 100,000.  Again Tom what is your point?

Fredrick Lucas on June 25, 2017 10:45 AM
Mikie all I did was to cite data.What's negative about citing data? What is your point? West Virginia had the highest opioid death rate per 100,000 in the nation in 2015 according to the CDC. 41.5 vs. 29.9 in Ohio. Mikie where is your data?
Fredrick Lucas on June 25, 2017 11:11 AM
MIke, I'm think that the term obummer is a disrespectful term for President  Obama.
Fredrick Lucas on June 25, 2017 11:51 AM
According to the CDC Indiana had 16 opioid deaths per 100000 people. Kentucky had 29.9 deaths per 100,000. I am sad when anyone dies from an overdose of heroin or other harmful substances.

Dearborn County Indiana has a residential treatment facility connected to the county hospital. People with substance abuse problems are treated. Tom and Mike what are your points
Mike Murphy on June 25, 2017 12:14 PM
Joe Blifitzh reincarnated?

??Libs have everyone believing that Medicaid is a blessing given by the constitution.  It is welfare pure and simple and should be available only to those deserving. WV and Ohio have overextended themselves with medicaid in the last few years and now must pay the piper. TINSTAAFL
??Carl - time for a poem?
Keep the faith

Cookie on June 25, 2017 3:48 PM
For the 1,000th time......connect the dots Ohio!
ched on June 25, 2017 5:32 PM
I agree  with Mike,  Medicade  is  a safety net not a  way for free medical.
?? And just  because BHO is partially black  does not make him a  strong leader of  a good  president.
Fredrick Lucas on June 25, 2017 5:33 PM
Cookie, Tom asked me about the opioid problem in Ohio. I discussed that .One of the real problem areas is in Portsmouth which is a depressed community in southeastern Ohio.I wanted to highlight West Virginia,Kentucky and the Hoosier state.The CDC has a list of the opiod deaths in each state. I am sad that anyone should die.

Do you and Tom want to discuss the suppliers of these drugs? Cookie your discourse confuses me.

Cookie on June 25, 2017 6:23 PM
Fredo I've been explaining it since the birth of the blog. Follow the money follow government policies, follow the progressive agenda and read Rules for Radicals. It's all there plain As the nose on your face. This isn't rocket science. Nuf said. Enjoy summer
Fredrick Lucas on June 26, 2017 8:27 AM
Cookie, I thought that I would mention Otto Warmbier, the young man who was arrested in North Korea and who died last week. Several of his relatives are members of the temple where I worship.

The State Department has advised everyone to stay away from that country.I am sad that the young man was arrested and died.

The CDC data for Tennessee shows that in 2015 22 per 100,000 people died from opioid deaths. 
Fredrick Lucas on June 26, 2017 12:52 PM
I am a member of the Greater Cincinnati Dayton Chapter of the WVU Alumni Association.During the past 16 years, we have awarded 18 academic scholarships worth one thousand dollars each to students from southwest Ohio who are attending WVU.

Tom do you put a positive value on the scholarships that we have awarded?

Fredrick Lucas on June 27, 2017 7:11 AM
I had a thought about the gathering In October.We might put our group on youtube. Ched I'm am aware that you have problems with those who receive food stamps. You pay a lower tax rate on investment income and you get a mortgage deduction. 

ched on June 27, 2017 1:29 PM
Fred,  Im not  sure  what your point is.
Food  stamp are fine with  the  following  caveats:
1) They  should be issued  to only  those in  real need not  as a  way of life  for  some "gaming  the  system". ( A 60 Minuits show  demonstrated how  this is  done )
2)  Although not limited under  current statutes,  food  stamps  should be used only for  certain  grocery food items  with  specific nutritional value. I am appalled  to see  a grocery  cart  full of  sodas, potato  chips and similar items being paid  for  with  food  stamps. Also luxury  foods  should be off  the  list  as  well.  Convenience  stores  also  accept food  stamps  and  do not  represent good value or nutrition in most cases
 BTW  I have no mortgage as  a  result of my hard  work and financial discipline,  the home is paid off !!!
Fredrick Lucas on June 27, 2017 7:11 AM
I had a thought about the gathering In October.We might put our group on youtube. Ched I'm am aware that you have problems with those who receive food stamps. You pay a lower tax rate on investment income and you get a mortgage deduction. 

Fredrick Lucas on June 27, 2017 11:26 AM
Last evening, I was invited to participate in a telephone town hall with Senator Rob Portman. He is concerned about the opioid epidemic.I learned that a number of substances are shipped from suppliers  from Chin to America.These substances are then shipped directly to those who are using heroin and other substances.The suppliers are using the United States Postal Service because the postal service doesn't check packages like FEDX and UPS.Another way people have been hooked happens when they have had surgery. Physicians prescribed opioids and they were hooked. One man reported that he had been shot several years earlier. He was given opioids to help with pain and he was hooked.

Tom, I don't use generalizations like positive or negative to characterize the way that you conduct yourself. Like the rest of us, you are nuanced in the way that you conduct yourself. 

Carl on June 28, 2017 10:19 AM
Have ya missed me?  Arrived in Maine about 10 days back; PC completely crashed 3 days later.  Just now back in action, catching up on the PHS60 goings-on.  Hope all are OK; Pete, keep up the good recovery.  Mike, the poetry muse seems to have deserted me.  Curiously, there's not as much stimulation as last summer.  Go figure.
  Sure glad that I'm this far north now that the days are getting shorter.  Take care; stay well; keep laughing . . . all o' yous.
   BTW: for those who enjoyed reading Hillbilly Elegy, the powerful little 2010 film, Winter's Bone, is a free, On-Demand offering of Epix.  [Probably available elsewhere on cable.]  It was Jennifer Lawrence's breakout performance and a great watch if you're not too bothered by vivid portrayals of quasi-Appalachian [actually Ozarks] poverty and associated coping behaviors of poor families -- sorta Manchester By The Sea on steroids.  Check it out, Cookie.  I know you can take it.
Mike Murphy on June 29, 2017 12:58 PM
The progressives have got everyone believing that conservatives are trying to kill them and give all their taxes to the rich.

??!. Medicaid is the old welfare program

??2. ACHA proposed will increase Medicaid apx 10% thru 2020 not cut it as Democrats crow.

??3. Dems & progressives want Medicaid to increase 20% per year and 100% if they have there way toward a single payer system!

4. What ever happened to personal responsibility to work and pay for social programs?

??Fred - is this positive or negative, esp the lie about cutting Medicaid?

Also do you think Obama's letting all the drug dealers out of prison contributed to the opiod crisis?

Pete how are you doing - well and chipper I hope?

??Keep the Faith
Pete Stephenson on June 29, 2017 1:21 PM
Pete here     Thanks for asking Mike.I' m doing fine.It is Ironic that the commercial on tv is the first signs of a stroke is a stroke itself.Unfortunately I had three before I got the hint that I was having a stroke.The lord was watching out for me for sure.I have no paralises other than my left thumb is numb and weak.I pray that all of you here on the blog with health issues are well.Faith,Hope and Love to all.
Fredrick Lucas on June 29, 2017 4:27 PM
Mike, I want data. I don't speculate on the opioid crises.There was a drug bust recently in Cincinnati.The dealers were selling fentenal. If found guilty, they will spend time in a federal prison.In Huntington WV,several women who were addicted to opioids had babies who were addicted in the womb.That for me is sad that a woman would do that to her child.
Ched on June 29, 2017 9:02 PM
I think Mike provided some  data.  It is no secret  that  the Dems want a single payer medical  system  ( AKA  socialized  medicine). Other  than the horiffic cost  and  the federal government  dictating  the quality and  scope of  care. Only the poor  and middleclass  will be  stuck with it. The wealthy will  purchase  expensive private care  and hospitals.
 And does  anyone  think that  the congress  will be  required  to  use  the  social  system???
 You get  and  deserve what  you  earn. Its  the  American way.  The last  4 letters in American  are  " I can"  !!!
Carl on June 29, 2017 10:06 PM
You got me to thinkin', and I realized that the middle 4 letters in American are Eric.  Does that tell me anything?   -:)
Fredrick Lucas on June 30, 2017 8:59 AM
MIke you asked me how many prisoners ObaMA released are selling opiates ? Look it up.
Fredrick Lucas on June 30, 2017 9:39 AM
Ched I spent six weeks in France. I was able to spend time with a family there. France has a plan for those who want to use a plan other than the single payer plan. We are the only industrialized country that does not have a single payer plan for everyone. We have the Veterans health plan and Medicare.While not perfect, what plan is, the plans plus medicaid are better that what we had prior to the great depression.Do you admire Herbert Hoover? You admire millionaire  Franklin Graham.Doesn't Jesus want people to give money to help the poor? 

We can take care of the elderly in nursing homes thanks to Medicaid. 

Fredrick Lucas on June 30, 2017 12:58 PM
Wednesday, the management of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and Children's hospital urged employees to contact congressional representatives because a number of people that they treat received medicaid. They are concerned about the proposed cuts because so many of the patients receive medicaid.They could be cut from coverage. Mitch and the white boys didn't do a good job.

They don't want to return to the days when patients used the emergency ward for primary care and other care.The University Hospital is a trauma center.
Carl on June 30, 2017 1:24 PM
Fredo, I was not acquainted with "Mitch & the White Boys," so I took your recurring advice and "looked it up."  Learned that they're a steely-eyed Cincinnati barbershop quartet of super-rich business professionals who cashed in as a counterweight to another of your groups, "The Fawning Gliberals," specialists in satirical musical mockery of middle America.  But, to my main point -- pardon my drift -- what do four unknown singers have to do with Medicaid anyway?  
Mike Murphy on June 30, 2017 1:13 PM
Tom - Please brag on Fred soon, so that he won't bite himself!

Ched - What is it with progressives and math?

It looks like WVU is going to have a pretty good football team next yr.

Happy 4th

Fredrick Lucas on June 30, 2017 4:08 PM
Carl, Mitch had white men on his committee to reform Obama care.No women, blacks or orientals were on the committee. President Trump becomes excited when he talks about womens blood. Perhaps Mitch wants to have a calm president.
Cookie on June 30, 2017 6:40 PM
and Mika has traded in her classy scarves and design black sleeveless dresses for a polo shirt but then if you have joined a "rock band" you have to play the part
has someone gone off their meds????

Ched on June 30, 2017 7:00 PM
It's true that many other countries have socialize medicine but I don't want the USA to be like others!!' America was built on individual hard work. And accomplishment. You just vsnnot convince a lobersl!!

Ched on June 30, 2017 7:00 PM
It's true that many other countries have socialize medicine but I don't want the USA to be like others!!' America was built on individual hard work. And accomplishment. You just vsnnot convince a lobersl!!
Mike Murphy on June 30, 2017 7:47 PM
??Fred - You and the Dems need to quit lieing about the ACHA cutting MEDICAID. They are spending more each year on MEDICAID till 2020 and just slowing the growth that the Dems and Obamacare wants!!! until we are completly broke. You didn't seem to learn much math while in France Du + Du = Cushon ?

Liberals are soo compasionate when they are spending other peoples money!

??Carol - WV Tech has completly moved to Beckley and We haven't heard from you in a long time - hope everthing is OK & great?

Ed - What year did the Maidenform close?

Keep the faith

Fredrick Lucas on July 1, 2017 7:33 AM
Mike, the Republicans have not presented a bill for a vote. The CBO has said that millions would lose coverage if the proposed legislarion were to pass the House and Senate. Mitch and the Senate haven't brought up a bill for consideration.

Trump is facinated by Mika's blood. 
Fredrick Lucas on July 1, 2017 8:55 AM
When I think of the people whom I have known in nursing homes with serious health problems, I think of the proposed cuts in medicaid funding. Should we consider continued funding of patients in nursing homes which is what I want. I don't want granny to suffer and die with no treatment.

Likewise children with pre existing conditions should have coverage. Many receive coverage through the CHIP plan.

Hard work is fine but when a person can no longer work because he has a health problem, that person needs help. Ched I think of the Cincinnati firefighter who has ALS and cannot work. I think of the lovely real estate agent who has multiple sclerosis and is bed fast in a nursing home. I think of a mentally disabled man who is in an assisted living center in Lawrenceburg IN. He hasn't had a job.He receives medicaid. What happens to these folks if government funding ceases? Ched I won't let granny be thrown under the bus.
Mike Murphy on July 1, 2017 9:35 AM
Fred - Fact is that the proposed AHCA bill being considered increases funding for medicaid till 2020. It does slow the growth that Obama started.

??You Libs are fasinated by spending other peoples money without regard to math facts. Jesus does want to help the needy but what does the Tora say about Lieing?


??Keep the faith

Ched on July 1, 2017 10:57 AM
As Mike has  said,
  The GOP bill  does not "cut" Medicade  as  the libs  keep  saying it  simply reduces  the rate of increases.  Also, The majority (estimated 15 Million)  who will "lose"  coverage  are  those  who  will choose not  to buy insurance  absent  the  federal  government mandate.  Another point to remember is  that Obamacare is  failing; with hundreds of counties in the USA with only one insurer  and many with no insurer.  The balance have huge premiums  with deductables  so high  that  the insurance is almost worthless. In 2016 my wife had Obamacare  insurance premiums  were almost  $1000/ month  with a 50% copay  through Blue Cross Blue  Shield.  BCBS of Tn  dropped out of  the  Tennessee Market leaving her  with only one option for 2017  at almost $1500/ month. Fortunately my previous  employer intervened  and provided retiree medical benefits  to  family members. ata  a much much lower premium>   Republicans  do not  want  to push granny under  the bus  !!!   You just  cannot  convince  a liberal  though  they are braiwashed  with  the need  to be generous  with other peoples money !!!
Fredrick Lucas on July 1, 2017 5:33 PM
There are six Republican Senators who refuse to support the Senate health bill.Three of the six are women. Mitch refuses to hold public hearings.  Women weren't a;llowed on his select panel.He's behaving like a right wing dictator. Obama did hold public hearings.
Carl on July 1, 2017 5:41 PM
and how'd that work out Fred?  I recall that it produced a bill that the House had to pass in order to find out what was in it.  Maybe those public hearings didn't help much.  
Ched on July 1, 2017 6:01 PM

 You  are  right on :
I think public hearings  just  spark unnecessary  confusion  and useless clutter  to a  complicated issue. I have  confidence that the GOP  wil  craft  something  that will at least  survive ( Ovbamacare  will not). They can start by making  insurance  competetive  across  state lines and initiating   tort  reform.
  The Obamacare  debacle  was  sold  to the public on blatent lies by Obummer. On multiple occasions he PROMISED  the public  that: " if  you like  your plan  you can keep  your plan", "if  you like  your  doctor  you can keep your  doctor", and  the  average  family  wil save $2500. What  a  crock >>>>>>!!!!
 This  crap legislation  was passed  without  any GOP  support.  The ONLY folks  who benefitted  were  the poor  which  got medicade.  The middle  class paid  through  the nose   !!! I know   !!!  Nothing but  a redistribution of  wealth. There  are a  few desirable parts of  the ACAb ut  dar  few!
Ched on July 1, 2017 6:01 PM

 You  are  right on :
I think public hearings  just  spark unnecessary  confusion  and useless clutter  to a  complicated issue. I have  confidence that the GOP  wil  craft  something  that will at least  survive ( Ovbamacare  will not). They can start by making  insurance  competetive  across  state lines and initiating   tort  reform.
  The Obamacare  debacle  was  sold  to the public on blatent lies by Obummer. On multiple occasions he PROMISED  the public  that: " if  you like  your plan  you can keep  your plan", "if  you like  your  doctor  you can keep your  doctor", and  the  average  family  wil save $2500. What  a  crock >>>>>>!!!!
 This  crap legislation  was passed  without  any GOP  support.  The ONLY folks  who benefitted  were  the poor  which  got medicade.  The middle  class paid  through  the nose   !!! I know   !!!  Nothing but  a redistribution of  wealth. There  are a  few desirable parts of  the ACAb ut  dar  few!
Fredrick Lucas on July 1, 2017 8:04 PM
you need to communicate with your Senators not me. Six Republicans are holding up any voting.Three of the six are women. I guess that white men want to preserve patriarchy and tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. 

What women do with their bodies is their business.
Cookie on July 2, 2017 7:59 AM
Cain't watch TV
Cain't Listen to the radio
Cain't read the newspaper
Can't read the blog
Goin' fishing!
Carl on July 2, 2017 8:53 AM
Fred, I'd never presume to speak for all [or most] white men, as some do, but you've hit my nail square on the head re patriarchal preservation and women's bodies.  I favor both.
Mike Murphy on July 2, 2017 9:44 AM
??When Libs lose, they resort to calling Old Southern White Men and Women, Racist and Sexist and infer that they hate the poor and love the rich.

Winning is great!

Keep the Faith
Ched on July 2, 2017 1:57 PM
Men are  the patriarchs of our  society. That has nothing whatsoever  to do  with the dictates regarding  women's bodies !!!!

Mike  you are  correct:  the Libs just have no other  recourse  except  to drag out   the old extremist  rhetoric  such as
 Repubs  wand  dirty air  and  dirty warer:  Repubs will  throw graany off  the  cliff (or under  the bus  as Fred cites). The  republican healthcare proposal will cause thousands  to  die !!! On  and  on.  They are losers  !
Fredrick Lucas on July 2, 2017 6:40 PM
Ched and Mike, I asked you in a polite way to adress your concerns to your congressional representatives. You haven't done that. Instead you have attacked my perspectives and told whomever reads this blog that I'm a loser.

I don't pay any attention to those comments.They are judgemental which is never a good thing.
Fredrick Lucas on July 2, 2017 7:26 PM
John Kasich Republican governor of Ohio does not support the present health care bill.He extended medicaid to 700,000 people. He is concerned that with funding cuts, a numberof these people will lose coverqge.He is also concerned that there won't be enough money to take care of the opiate epidemic.

Ched on July 2, 2017 9:00 PM
Kohn Kasich in my opinion deserves little respect as he did not even attend the oP convention in his owN state
Fredrick Lucas on July 3, 2017 10:24 AM
The following is a famous poem by Robert Burns.Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot And auld lang syne.For auld lang syne my dear For auld lang syne, We'll tak a cup o kindness yet, For auld lang syne. word meaning. auldlang syne. Old long ago.dear a friend, cup o kindness a drink in which lovers pledge their love
Edward Laufer on July 3, 2017 2:20 PM
Hi Mike, I asked my brother the question you asked about when the Maidenform plant closed in Princeton. We both think it was sometime in the very late 80's or early 90's Jeff Harvey wrote an article in the Princeton Times a few years ago and thought late 89'
Edward Laufer on July 3, 2017 2:27 PM
Actually Jeff Harvey said late 80's HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO EVERYONE!!
Fredrick Lucas on July 3, 2017 5:38 PM
May each of you have a happy Independence Day 4 July 1776.

Ched on July 4, 2017 9:46 AM
I Hope  everone has  a Happy  and Safe  4th of July. Nashville claims  to be having  the largest  fireworks  display in the nation  tonight !!!
Carl on July 4, 2017 10:11 AM
Ditto to all on that Happy Independence Day wish. 
[Ched, it looks to me like you just posted your largest display ever on the blog.  Nicely done.]
Ched on July 4, 2017 5:17 PM
Thanks  Carl
Fredrick Lucas on July 4, 2017 9:57 PM
I went to a birthday this evening and heard about health care from a physician's perspective. The physician who is a rhumatologist at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Kentucky explained that he has to documrent everything he does with a patient and enter the data into the computer.

The problem occurs when his patient moves out of the area to another state.Since not all physicians and their groups use the same program, the patients records cannot br transferred to physicians in the new area. For example if the patient moves to Omaha Nebraska his computer records won't be available when he arrives in Nebraska.

The physicians need to have uniform programs.
Mike Murphy on July 6, 2017 12:39 PM
??Ed - Thanks for the info. My first wife's mother worked at the plant. I think most all of the needle trades have moved to asia and china. When I first started at the WV dept of ed in 1966 MDTA had a sewing trailer that they would take to towns throughout WV to train sewing machine operators. The unions were critical of sponsoring this type of training since nearly all companies were non union. Products made were donated to welfare. I remember one program at Davis donating 42,000 pairs of childrens tennis shoes size 2-4 and White Sulphur Springs programs that donated mens shoes "Wright Arch Preserver" to the prisions.

??If I recall the Maiden Form at Princeton employed over 200 people?

When did your family leave Princeton?

Keep the Faith

Tracy French on July 6, 2017 4:06 PM
Why don't we forget about politics for a while and join Chris Chtistie at the beach?
Fredrick Lucas on July 7, 2017 8:04 PM
Tracy, Tom Dillon started a conversation about the high number of opiate deaths in Ohio. I noted that Kentucky West Virginia and Tennessee also had high death rates.

I added other perspectives to the health care situation. Each year in East Tennessee, physicians and dentists come for a weekend and treat people who have no health insurance. The professionals don't charge a fee.

I talked to another physician about the programs used by physicians. The reason that physicians have different programs,is that  a single progran could be hacked and sensitive health information could be stolen
Mike Murphy on July 8, 2017 8:31 PM
??President Trump mentioned in his speech to the Polish people their trials and tribulations during the second world war. We watched a movie on pay for view called the Zoo Keepers Wife about that era. It is based on history and I highly recommend it.

Keep the Faith
Edward Laufer on July 10, 2017 3:21 PM
Hi Mike, Referring to your posting on July 6th. Maidenform employed over 700 in Princeton on several of its peak years in the 1950's In fact in 1960 during the 1960 WV primary both JFK and Hubert Humphrey came thru the plant as did Eleanor Roosevelt later in the year
Edward Laufer on July 10, 2017 3:26 PM
Further followup on the Maidenform plant. The year that the Princeton plant closed a special was on national TV on companies moving 'off shore' One of the groups interviewed were women that had been working at the Princeton Msidenform plant
Edward Laufer on July 10, 2017 3:41 PM
Finally to your question as to when our family left Princeton.My mom passed away in1997,my dad in 2001 and my younger sister,Judy in 2004 all were living in Princeton at those times My brother Jerry moved away around 30 years ago and for the last 15 has lived in Lewisburg. Yours truly has been in New York City since the late 1960's
Edward Laufer on July 10, 2017 3:51 PM
I believe that many of our classmates on the blog that do not live in WV including myself feel to some extend that we have not truly left WV and want to keep a connection to Princeton and to WV.I try to get down to Morgantown once a year to watch WVU and used to connect with Kerby Smith, Scotty Reid and Phill Selig at bowl games.
Carl on July 10, 2017 4:11 PM
Before moving to the plant on S. Walker, Maidenform had 3 plants in Pctn.: one on Thorn St; one in the armory at the Mercer-Thorn St. bridge; I think the 3rd was on Mercer St.
  My mom worked at Maidenform for 34 years as a garment inspector.  A very active union member, she was, at times, the bane of Sam Laufer's [Edward's father] existence.  [Mine too, but that's a story for another time.]  In that role, she personally met JFK, HHH & Eleanor.  Those were among the proudest moments of her life.
  Losing her job at age 74, due to the plant closing, was among her gloomiest.
Mike Murphy on July 10, 2017 4:20 PM
??Ed - Thanks for the info - I didn't realize that MF was so big. I do remember JFK coming thru. My Mother received a letter from him thanking her and the Carr Memorial Methodist Church for hosting a Meeting and Meal at the Glenwood 4H Camp. I can still remember my mother beaming talking abour meeting JFK. I often wounder what things would have been like had he lived?

??I do know that a lot of mouths were feed because of MF and a lot of the Employees kids like my first wife were able to go to college etc. because of MF, which I suspect was possible a lot because of your family. Thanks and it is good to know that you still have found memories of Princeton and WV.

Mountani Semper Liberi

Edward Laufer on July 10, 2017 7:01 PM
Thanks Mike for your kind words about Maidenform and our family. My dad was an employee of the company never an owner, but as manager had to represent the owners Whereas he worked for Maidenform for 50 years,he retired I believe a few years before he had planned. He laughted when he heard the phrase from the Godfather. They made an offer I could not refuse.It was a good offer
Edward Laufer on July 10, 2017 7:36 PM
In thinking about Princeton and WV after living in New York City I am playing a round of golf at the Priceton Elks course with my dad who loved the Princeton area and we look around and do not see another person on the course and my dad says you will not see such scenery on what looks like your own private course and seems so peaceful,
Edward Laufer on July 10, 2017 7:41 PM
certainly not in the New York City area. And he was from the New York City area.He was right! Many,many happy memories from growing up and coming down to the Princeton area
Carl on July 11, 2017 10:56 AM
[Postmark: Nostalgia Lane]
aah, growing up in the Pctn. area: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."  At least for some of us.  I remember coming to Mercer School to begin 3rd grade.  We had just moved to Princeton from Roanoke and, in true Dickensian fashion, I was scared of everything.  A 7-year-old stranger, I was welcomed into Edward Laufer's "friendship circle" where I've been allowed to stay for nearly 68 years.  Remarkable.  His and other friendships sustained me for decades until I finally gained my sea legs.  I've never failed to appreciate my supremely good fortune.  Those best of times/worst of times are now cherished times.  Thanks to all who contributed.
   P.S.  I always thought that Edward would have made a great rabbi.  I still do.
Edward Laufer on July 12, 2017 10:46 AM
I have felt humbled by first what you said Mike,in your July 10th posting aboUT my family and now here comes Carl's words about myself in his July 11th posting of times past when I was doing things naturally.I immediately this morning had to see if my head could get throught my t shirt. It could. WHat Else Can I say? TRULY HUMBLED, INDEED!
Carl on July 12, 2017 11:49 AM
Edward, it was the "doing things naturally" that made it all the more special.
   BTW: I solved that head-thru-the-tee-shirt issue a long time ago: I switched to tank/A-shirt styles; you know, the ones with straps across the shoulders and cut lower at the neckline.
Mike Murphy on July 12, 2017 12:54 PM
Carl- AKA Wife beater Shirts?

??Ed - I have many memories good and bad about the Elks Country Club previously known as Mercer Country Club. ie getting up before dawn to be first out as a caddy, throwing new caddies in the creek for iniation, smoking,chewing, playing penny poker, Tree Tag,and carrying two bags for 4 rounds on wed sat and sunday for more money than 9-13 yr old could spend on 15c movies and 10c hot dogs & 5c pepsis, but usually stayed broke! great memories?

??I recall when TC Stafford (he was much older and had been in the asylym) and Delbert Wilson caught a ground hog near number 5 hole and TC had a string around its head and Delbert had a string around the rear. It gearked the rear lose and bit TC on the leg, of course we all houlled! I often wounder how we survived all the crazyness? Also Delbert was batting and TC pitching and delbert hit TC square on the nose with a line drive and lifted his feet of the ground. Lots of blood but you couldnt hert TC?

Keep the Faith
Carl on July 12, 2017 2:40 PM
sounds like TC stood for Tough Customer [or tuff cuss]
Edward Laufer on July 12, 2017 5:42 PM
Mike,, that is so interesting what you said about being a caddy up at the golf course and verifies the rumors I heard over the years that to be a caddy at that course you had to be really very very tough there and they were not talking about being able to carry a golf bag there.Were Booby Meadows or Mike Herring caddys there?
Edward Laufer on July 12, 2017 5:54 PM
I meant to spell out the name Bobby Meadows. I remember that some kids would go into that water Hazzard at night at the 3rd hole and would retrieve golf balls to sell at bargain prices
Mike Murphy on July 12, 2017 7:56 PM
??Carl - I think TC was Technicaly Crazy. I am serious he was in an Isalam for a year or two and was 20 yrs older than the rest of us.

??Ed - Most of the Caddies were from Glenwood and Sandlick, also some from Princeton, green valley and gap of the ridge. Don't remember Bobby Meadows or Herring being there?

??I have waded the creek there many times in the day and 3 or 4 nights. The night wades were difficuly because Cat Thorton the owner would watch for you and ban you from cadding for a week or two. He wanted to buy the balls from us and resell them. He would give us 10c if was like new and a brand name and 5c if scuffed or off brand,He would sell the new Titelists etc for $1.00 each. and paint the old balls yellow for the driving range, We would hide some of the best ones and resell them for 50c. The best place to search was on the fourth hole for those that were hooked off two tee into the creek for really good balls and in tournaments Golfers used good brand balls, however on the third hole most would use an older ball because it was much easier to go in the drink. I saw on TV recently where in Florida a golf ball diver was bitten and rolled by a 10 ft alligator. We had to watch mainly for broken glass and leaches.

??I also trapped Musk Rats and collected scrap iron in addition to plowing Gardens and working for my brother boilermaking and on WV pipeline in Princeton and Lewisberg and Mullins. Anything to keep from hoeing corn or the garden. Also raised raspberries and had the champion ham for 4H in mercer county which brought $22.00 a pound, sadly it was only 12 pounds at 12 years old I was rich for a few weeks. Bought a 12 gauge JC Higgens Pump Shotgun, a gold spanish electric guitar, which I never learned to play and Ched I put it up with the strings tight and warped the neck and sold it for $10. 

Sorry got carried away - keep the faith
Edward Laufer on July 12, 2017 8:20 PM
Thanks Mike for the information on retrieving golf balls. I would always use an old golf ball on the 3rd tee because more often than I want to admit,in the drink or across the road. Not as bad on the 4th tee , but once in awhile would top the ball in the drink looking up to see how far I had hit it, opps!
Cookie on July 12, 2017 10:02 PM
Comments about the Elks Golf Course are bitter sweet.  My dad worked there after he retired from the power company and did all the landscaping around the building when they built the new club house.  Last time I was there the shrubs looked good.  He loved that place and one of the last meals he ate was a hamburger and a beer from the cafe.    
Fredrick Lucas on July 13, 2017 10:10 AM
Ruth Lively died last week.She was the wife of the late Cecil Lively, the mother of the late Ron Sleep Lively and the grandmother of Sarah Turner, Director of the Concord University Alumni Association.She was a member of the First Mrthodist Church.She was 93.The obituary is on the Seaver web site.

Mike Murphy on July 13, 2017 1:33 PM
??+Cookie- First time I caddied there around 12yrs old the Club House was a wooden structure, later replaced by large brick which my two oldest brothers worked on during the construction. I have not seen the new Club House, will stop the next time I am out that way.
Other Memories:
??Caddies were allowed to play monday morning if we had helped cut the grass on the hill or other things, like gather range balls. I was in foursome with Don Lawrence (PHS60) and a group behind us hit into us by one of the Hager boys and Don was going to hit it back at them, and Hager was running toward us yelling don't hit the ball and Don did and hit him in the head and knocked him out with several stiches needed to close. Hager was OK but didn't hit into us again!

??Dr Markell was a small man and could not hit the ball very far but he would pick up his drive and clean the ball while walking about 20 yards toward the hole!

??Dr Gumm a professor at concord would always score as high as he could on qualifying for Bluegrass Tournament. He qualified in 5th flight (highest) but his first round in finals he scored a 28 which at that time was course record (is it still?) and on the second round choked and shot a 51 and came in around 10th.
??Of the Caddies David Hicks (phs60) and his older brother Charles were the best golfers. David scored a hole in one on #7 a four par hole for a double eagle.
I was a fair golfer at 14, but never had the patience to be good. I later prefered Racketball where you could beat the puds out of the ball unlike tennis.
??Ed. I don't Recall your Dad playing while I was caddying. Do remember, Thomchins, she was beautiful with looong legs and could whack the ball, Bebe Efron, Ray Mattee, Platnicks  & Clarks (I borrowed his clubs to play in caddie tournament one year (Kenneth Smith woods, Macgreagor irons and Tommy Armour putter) Gold standard then.

??Armond Fletcher was probably the best amatuer golfer and won bluegrass several times. Geno - he lived near where you are now living.

Pete - still improving?
??Keep the faith
Edward Laufer on July 13, 2017 2:18 PM
Hi Mike, I do not know if my dad ever used a caddie. I know when I started playingin the 1950's he would split, the clubs, each of us carrying those light canvas golf bags and then eventually graduating to those 2 wheel rollers for carting the clubs around
Edward Laufer on July 13, 2017 2:34 PM
Mike, you are right about Armand Fletcher He was the best golfer up there for many many years You are thinking of Betty Tomchin who with her husband played many times there. They were really a very nice and'cool' couple and she was a 'looker'I believe she passed away fairly young from a heart ailment
Edward Laufer on July 13, 2017 2:50 PM
Ok I am going to stop this last posting today about golf, but I am playing one of my first rounds ever and am with my dad and Harold Volkin of Rose Jewlers. On the first hole,on probably my 3rd or 4th shot, I do not see where it goes. My dad says Ed whatever you do do not look inthe hole whatever you do. It won't be there and Harold will never stop kidding you I didn't look and of course it was not there

ched on July 14, 2017 10:17 AM
Interesting comments  about Golf  at  the  Elks course.  I was never  a  golfer in those  days  and preferred to attempt  tennis.  The old  clay courts behind  the  Elks Lodge in Princeton  were  somewhat  grownup with grass  and weeds.  I and  another ( cannot  recall  who)  cleaned it  all up  and played on it. I  suppose  that membership was  required but no one  seemed  to mind. Yeare  ago (before my time) my dad  constructed  a small 6 hole  golf  coures  on our property on the Old Blfd  Rd.  The  locations of  some of  the greens  are still evident  today.  He  also built  a  tennis  court on the property. Both  were  gone  after I came into this  world  !!!
Carl on July 14, 2017 5:10 PM
Ched, I too have fond memories of the Elks Lodge clay courts.  Rick Swope & I attempted to learn the game and hone our "skills."  We were about the worst 2 tennis players ever seen . . . but well matched.  It didn't much matter that we weren't meant for tennis greatness -- or even tennis goodness.  It was a good part of growing up there.
Fredrick Lucas on July 15, 2017 8:51 PM
When I was a teenager, members of Explorer Post 66 ernt to Washington DC to see a baseball game between the Senators and Red Sox. Bob Porterfield was a relief pitcher for the Red Sox and Ted Williams was in the twilight of his career.

The game was fun to see.I don't recall who won but it was fun.Whilr there we saw several exibits at the Smithsonian. We didn't get home until late so several of us called in to PHS and reported that we were too tired to come to class. Kirby Smith went to class because he didn't want to ruin his perfect attendance record. The rest of us had to explain to Bruce Fleshman why we didn't report to class.

That summer several of us got tickets to the Reds Cardinals game. Stan Musial was in the twilight of his career. A guy by the name of Pete Rose was beginning his major league career. We saw the game in the old Crosley Field. The weather was hot and humid.That night we went to Coney Island where I rode the roller coaster. Kirby Smith showed us around the city. I thought that the weather was so hot I didn't want to work in the city. When I was offered the job here, I said, I'm a Reds fan so I will come. I did and saw the Reds win the series three times. Mom introduced me to classical music by taking me to the concert series in Bluefield.So I've had tickets to the concert series in Cincinnati.

Fredrick Lucas on July 15, 2017 9:32 PM
I made an error about Pete Rose.He began his major league career with the Reds in 1963. 
Edward Laufer on July 15, 2017 11:57 PM
Fred that baseball trip was in 1957.What a great long weekend. If you remember I believe the troop stayed at a place called the Hayden House Hotel, went to a number of games, went into the dressing room and got autographed baseball's with Ted Williams signature on the 'sweet ' spot where he always signed and even going one evening to Glenn Echo Amusement Park
Edward Laufer on July 16, 2017 12:13 AM
Fred, did you keep your baseball .Scotty Reid many years ago went to a sports memorabilia show with the ball and was told the signatures were authentic (not signed by third parties like bat boys) and had some offers by dealers.I think he kept the ball.Do you remember we wore our boy scout uniforms everywhere we went. Williams batted an astounding .388 in 57
Edward Laufer on July 16, 2017 12:14 AM
Fred, did you keep your baseball .Scotty Reid many years ago went to a sports memorabilia show with the ball and was told the signatures were authentic (not signed by third parties like bat boys) and had some offers by dealers.I think he kept the ball.Do you remember we wore our boy scout uniforms everywhere we went. Williams batted an astounding .388 in 57
Edward Laufer on July 16, 2017 12:20 AM
If you see the late hour of my last text,it will explain why I must have hit submit twice. Good night to one and all
Mike Murphy on July 16, 2017 9:12 PM
??Recall going to Bluefield to watch Satchel Paige pitch for a minor league team with Bobby Hawks (RIP) and others. 
Also while attending a leadership Development conference (1967) at UM I and some guys from RI went to Baltimore to see Yankees and Orioles play with Mantle/Marris and Bough Powell. Later went to strip to Bell Stars place to watch show. Great days
The Boy Scouts Jamboree is next week at Fayettville w 40,000 attending - was on council representing Job Corps w/scouts and attend Jamboree at AP hill in Va near you Carl?

Keep the faith
??Keep the faith
Carl on July 16, 2017 10:43 PM
Yep Mike, A.P. Hill is an hour or less away.  Went to Army summer camp one year after my discharge, circa 1967 -- height of the Viet Nam War.  Was one of only about 3-4 "real army" soldiers among a bunch of Nat'l. Guard from the Huntington area.  Many of us didn't co-exist all that well, as was common during those times.  Probably a lot of cheap pride and immaturity on all our parts.
Fredrick Lucas on July 17, 2017 10:14 AM
I spoke of Bob Porterfield who lived in Princeton for a time.After he completed his baseball career,he became a welder for Westinghouse Corp in 1966.He died from lymphoma in Charlotte NC. in 1980. He was 56 years old. 

This summer the National Boy Scout Jamboree will be held in West Virginia on land donated by Jum Justice

Fredrick Lucas on July 19, 2017 9:01 AM
Tracy, this is for you. Yesterday, I went to the funeral of Janet Coakley at the First Presbyterian Church of Harrison Ohio. She was a retired English teacher from Harrison High School. Many of her students came to the reception and spoke of how caring she had been. She was there to help and encourage them. They did a good job when they went to college and took English 101. She and husband Ted encouraged their four daughters as they learned life skills. She gave them a faith. She worked with grandchildren as well.She had cancer for a year and a half. She died at age 68.

She attended church every week.The church is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA.
geno on July 19, 2017 7:15 PM
I was thinking today, I know that's unusual but i was, been out of school 57 yrs. and still just 39.  It's good to be around at such a time as this as things have never been just as they are now even though they seem like they never was quite like this , but that's enough about the cornfield news, setting my sights on a higher plane I saw a great big  one flying over just today. On a closer look at home all my tomato plants withered away and died a tragic death, first time I ever lost all of em. Some kind of blight, never seen hit the roots stead of the upper plant, oh well stuff happens.  Filled out an application yesterday had 3 spaces on it for gender male, female and other, ol' dumb me, I didn't know they were making others now, he she it I guess.??
Carl on July 20, 2017 10:49 AM
Geno, I'm saddened to hear that Mother Nature will deny you one of summer's greatest pleasures: real home-grown tomatoes.  Too bad that your problem involved such a severe attack, and on a precious food source; rather that it had been like a feared but fairly harmless tree infestation which has been noted as:
   Dogwood: its bark is much worse than its blight.
[Hey!!!  Where's all that groaning coming from?]

Tracy French on July 20, 2017 11:36 AM
Fred:  Thanks for the info about your friend.  I have many faithful members at my church in Mullens who never miss a Sunday.  My oldest member is Lewis D'Antoni at 103 but year before last his daughter Kathy took him to Barboursville to live with her.  He never missed a Sunday except when his son coached the Lakers and he would spend the winter in Phoenix.

Geno:  Could I borrow those rose colored glasses of yours?

Yesterday was mine and Carol's 50th Anniversary.  We spent the evening quietly at home and enjoyed dinner from Captain D's.  A big change from past anniversaries but I'm thankful we were able to celebrate it.

After being in stage 4 renal failure for the past 13 years my doctor informed me yesterday that I will have to start dialysis soon.  Also yesterday I took the first of three Hepatitis B Vaccine shots that I will have to have for the dialysis.  The second shot will be given August 21st and following that I will have a port put in my arm for emergency purposes.  The plan is to have a port put in my stomach and do dialysis at home 7 days a week and most likely will start the last week of August.

Dialysis also means that I will have to give up my church at Mullens.  It is not an easy decision and I am struggling trying to figure out how to tell them.  There have been some obvious mental error in some of the services lately and I suppose the handwriting is on the wall and may not come as a surprise to them.

I appreciate your prayers and concerns.

There has been a lot of blogging about the Maiden Form and Bob Porterfield lately.  I had one sister and 2 sisters-in-law who worked at the Maiden Form and all talk about it  is nothing but good and they all have fond memories.  I attended a baseball clinic at Knob School when I played Little League Baseball.  The clinic was give by Bob Porterfield and "Moon" Mullins

Mike Murphy on July 20, 2017 12:27 PM

??Tracy- So sorry to hear about your need for dialisis and your retirement from your church. You have been a great inspiration to many and I hope you will continue to Minister to me and other classmates through the blog? I am not sure it will do any good in my case but who knows? 

??Sounds as if it is time to concentrate on keeping you and your family well and happy - you certainly deserve it!

Keep well and happy
??God Bless
Carl on July 20, 2017 12:40 PM
Tracy my friend, I'm saddened by your health news.  I've known for years what a strong, grounded, principled, sensitive, insightful and good-humored person you are.  I trust that these and your many other fine qualities will make your treatment regimen more manageable.  You are in my thoughts and have my best wishes.  You're a true mainstay of PHS60.  Thanks.
Pete Stephenson on July 20, 2017 12:48 PM
  1. Tracy,seems as though you and I have our health problems at the same time.After having my carotid artery cleaned out last month i went back to Charleston for my follow up.My Dr.gave me an ultra sound and cat scan on my artery.He saw a shadow in the upper part of my artery behind my jaw bone so I had day before yesterday an carotid arterigram (?) What he found was a shadow from a filling in a tooth.All thankfully is goin good for me right now.No blockage was found this time.I pray that your situation inproves.i know how much you love your church there in Mullins. sorry to hear that you have to leave the church.One little note of my memories of Bob Porterfild.When he bacame a member of the Washington Senators I moved him from Princeton to Washington D.C.I might add that he was one classy guy from my point of view.Tracy I have you in my prayer and hope you start feeling better soon.If you need me brother at anytime or anywhere you know I'm here for you.Faith,Hope,and love to all.

Ched on July 20, 2017 2:07 PM
 I am so  sorry  to learn of  your pending need  for  dialisis. You and  your  family have  endured  a lot of  chakllanges over  the  years but  your  resiliance  and perserverance has been an inspiration  to us  all.  That in and of itself is  quite  a legacy. I hope  that God  will bless  you  with many more  years.
 I know  your formal ministry at  your  church means  al lot but please continue  to minister  to all of us.  You  are  a blessing  to all !
geno on July 20, 2017 4:44 PM
 Tracy I was surprised to read your blog of your illness, the name of JESUS is above every name and that includes renal disease. right now in all the faith that I can muster up LORD JESUS I AM ASKING THAT YOU TOUCH TRACY'S BODY AND HEAL HIM BRING HIS HEALTH BACK AND REBUKE THIS ILLNESS IN JESUS NAME AMEN AND AMEN!!!!!!!! ??
Tom Dillon on July 20, 2017 5:26 PM
??Frenchman, please know that prayers will be offered in your name from Indiana. We don't understand why bad things happen to good people, but remember from scripture that the Lord's thoughts and ways are higher than ours and that He has a plan that is being carried out.
??Many of our classmates have had health issues, while others of us have been relatively OK. Often we keep our feelings "bottled up" and don't share.
??My wife, Kay, asked about the possibility of You truely sharing via the blog your experiences, emotions, etc., over the next several weeks, months, and years. Your approach to the treatments, change in job status, and other life changes bolsterd by your faith could prove beneficial to all the rest of us -- as we age, all of us are going to face more and more issues.
Love you, Man. 
Tom Dillon on July 20, 2017 5:28 PM
Don't know what all the question marks (?) are all about.
Edward Laufer on July 20, 2017 9:06 PM
I am certain that for many of us that read the blog that are not super active on it when we see what has happened to you,Pete and what now has happened to you Tracy that we feel for you even if it is not said in so many words.
Cookie on July 20, 2017 10:00 PM
I am sorry to get this news and pray that God watches over you and your family as you begin this journey.  Your e-mails and correspondence meant so very much to me and I receive the literature monthly.  Such a good person you truly are!!!!  My very best.
Fredrick Lucas on July 21, 2017 8:27 AM
Tracy, I would like to offer my best wishes to you as you face various health issues. I realize that you would like to be actively involved in life.Sometims we have to stop, rest and give our bodies a chance to relax.You've had many opportunities to be involved and have had many blessings.Sit back in your rocking chair and give thanks for many blessings . You can even be a mentor to the younger generation.

Tom I think that Kay has a good idea.We can always share what we have done that could be helpful to others.

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