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Carl on August 17, 2017 5:18 PM
Fred, my friend, I've said it before and I'll say it again.  You're a good, kind, generous and honorable person of strong principle and voice.  I applaud your good efforts and note that our Blog would be far less interesting were you not an active participant.  You inspire me to quote Evelyn Beatrice Hall, but I'm going to restrain myself.          MAGFAY
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Fredrick Lucas on March 14, 2018 8:29 AM
The Broward Educational Fund designrd to help the families of the shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School has reached 4 million dollars.This is good news.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 14, 2018 10:17 AM
Stephen Hawking the noted British scientist with ALS died today. He was 76
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Mike Murphy on March 14, 2018 12:43 PM
Cookie - Are you the Woman whats next to the man, whats next to the man?

Any good news on Doug, Jeff and Tracy et al?

Keep the music alive
Mike

 
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Fredrick Lucas on March 14, 2018 1:02 PM
Cookie, communicate whatever you want. There are times when I read your communications and think am I really in a fog. I don't seem to grasp the content of your message.

Perhaps this time the fog will have lifted and I will shout with great joy.Cookie do you plan to buy Girl Scout Cookies?
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Carl on March 14, 2018 1:09 PM
Fredo, I have numerous friends, kin and acquaintances who have told me that they've hoped, yearned and prayed for years and years that my fog would lift someday, but have begun to lose hope.  I wish you greater success.
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Cookie on March 14, 2018 4:24 PM
No!  I’m fat!
I’m not in a fog!  Common sense!  That’s why when your party left me I became a conservative.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 14, 2018 5:09 PM
It appears that Mr. Lamb has won Pennsylvania 18. Trump carried the district by 20 points.Parts of the district borders West Virginia.

Cookie sometimes I am in a fog. What do you mean by common sense. I did not suggest that you were in a fog What do you mean when you say no I'm fat.Do you mean that you won't purchase Girl Scout cookies for yourself or grandchildren.Should I read Common Sense by Thomas Paine

 
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Edward Laufer on March 14, 2018 8:09 PM
FRED, Woukd you be so kind to give us mere mortals the definition of the word PONTIFICATOR
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Fredrick Lucas on March 14, 2018 8:35 PM
I think that a classmate who is a member of the Roman Catholic faith would be sble to give a better definition of the term than I could .
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Carl on March 14, 2018 9:09 PM
Fredo, did you say ask a Catholic classmate? Dear heavens, don't you recall that John Kenneduy barnstormed West Virginia in 1960 because only 3% of the state's citizenry was Catholic.  [He needed evidence that he could carry the Protestant vote.]  Now, 58 years later, how many Catholic classmates --  assuming we had some -- are still alive.  Of those, how many can be located?  Of those, how many would provide such a definition? And of those, how many would be accurate? [We're mostly beyond our intellectual prime.]
   So come on, Fred.  Don't hide your light under a barrel.  Help poor old Edward out.  He seems to be trying to expand his vocabulary.  Share some of that knowledge with him.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 14, 2018 10:12 PM
Carl, Pat Smith and your cousin Beckey are of the Roman Catholic faith.I think that when the pope makrs a statement about a theological concern he is pontificating.The pope is the pontiff of the church.Carl, I don't know whether this is the correct definition.
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Cookie on March 14, 2018 10:25 PM
I don't think thats the answer Eddie is seeking.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 14, 2018 11:31 PM
The pontificate according to Collins is the amount of time a bishop serves as pope. We refer to the pontificate of Pope Francis.
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Edward Laufer on March 15, 2018 12:00 AM
SO, To be able to fall asleep tonight, I am going to do some self-help and found a definition of what I was perhaps looking for or perhaps not but have learned a lot. A PONTIFICATOR is one who PONTIFICATES! Good night!
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Fredrick Lucas on March 15, 2018 9:09 AM
Edward I hope that you were able to sleep last night.I was excited by the win in Pennsylvania 18.I was pleased that the Broward County Educational Fund raised four million dollars.I donated to that cause.I was a bit sad that Stephen Hawking died. Life for him was quite a challenge.I  must admit that I hadn't thought of the pontificate of Pope Francis until you asked for a definition of the term.

Hope that you and your wife are well and that you still enjoy the Big Apple.
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Edward Laufer on March 15, 2018 10:38 AM
Thanks Fred for your good wishes. Yes, Sandy and I still enjoy living in the Big Apple. People may not realize how much New Yorkers walk and I think we are a bit typical, say walking a Mile or so down to a movie and then walking back.
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Carl on March 15, 2018 10:32 AM
Edward, my dear and lifelong friend, I too hope you slept well, but brutal honesty compels me to note that you brought your travail on yourself.  As is popularly stated, "Be careful what you ask for."  Sweet dreams.    (;-}
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Edward Laufer on March 15, 2018 10:44 AM
Hmmm! Carl I think you know where I was going since you have some of Hawkings insights into things. Slept well!
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Carl on March 15, 2018 11:11 AM
Edward, you're far too kind [again].  The closest thing I have to Hawkings insights are more like Hawkins insights [i.e., Dale Hawkins, "Susie Q" (1957) -- "Baby I love you, my Susie Q"].  
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Mike Murphy on March 15, 2018 12:47 PM
I am still curious as to how Hawkins voice synthiser(sp) worked. Was it off brain waves or vocal cords?

Ched - You are our engineering Guru - Help

On music - did you watch the half time show for the Super Bowl, someone described it as a cheerleader tryout or a dance off? We certainly were born to the greatest music from rock to blues to Waylin the greatest. There is a series on TV now about Waylin, George Jones and the outlaws et al. I've always been crazy, but it kept me from going insane! do a smart search.

Aretta and I were fortunate to see the Pope Tificate in "parson" on two ocassions. 

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Edward Laufer on March 15, 2018 4:49 PM
Hi Mike, You were on the right track about how Hawking communicated To quote from today's obit 'Even when too weak to move a finger he communicated throughthe computer by way of an infra-red beam twitching his right cheek or blinking his eye' He could open and close doors in his office and use the telephone and Internet without aid.
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Edward Laufer on March 15, 2018 4:57 PM
Hawking had a sense of humor.He said he could speak through the computer better than his own voice His only complaint he confided was that the speech synthesized was manufactured in California and he would say 'Please pardon my American accent'
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Ched on March 16, 2018 11:03 AM
Eddie is  correct about  Hawkings ability to communicate to his  computer. The technology employed  an enhanced level of word recognition similar to that employed on your smart phone which "brings  forth" words based on minimal letters  entered.
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Tracy French on March 15, 2018 6:19 PM
I appreciate all of your comments and concern.  There are not better people in the world than those who came out of PHS 1960.

Is it too late to say "Beware the Ides of March"?

Everybody go "green" Saturday.
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Carl on March 15, 2018 9:29 PM
Tracy, you say "go green Saturday" [St. Patrick's Day]? 
Are you trying to tell me that you French are Irish?
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Carl on March 16, 2018 9:57 AM
Friends and classmates, on the heels of Tracy's St. Patrick's Day comment, I dug into the vaults for a couple of golden oldies.  As this splendid day approached in 2017, Tracy submitted the following to the blog:

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 known, 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.
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to that challenge, Geno replied:

Ahhhh, it makes the whiskers on me chin do a jig 
When I hear the fire was started by a cow and not a pig.
It makes me wonder at all the clash, 
That a drunken cow could cause all this balderdash.
When all was said and done a whole town was reduced to ash.
I say now, and not only meself but others in the know 
Who speak for all the ashes that this blaze would bestow. 
It was a sad, sad day when an accidental fire took so much away.
As for the cause and who is to blame 
none knows for sure who brought all this shame.
But here's to you and here's to me, 
As we wonder about all that sadly came to be.
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Ahhhh, to my ear our blog don't get much better than this.  And tomorrow I'll raise a green beer in honor of it.

 
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Tracy French on March 16, 2018 11:25 AM
Carl:

Ancestry.com says I am 17% Irish.  By the way, Ancestry.com is allowing a free search of Irish records this weekend and they are running a special to have your DNA tested for $69.00.

Since joining a couple years ago my DNA has been matched to over 2000 6th cousins or better.  If you enjoy tracing genealogy this is a good investment and I can spend hours and hours doing it.


 
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Carl on March 16, 2018 11:29 AM
Tracy, if I recall correctly -- and don't hold me to it -- Fred is also 17% Irish.  Am I right Fred?  Is it possible that your two are twins who were separated at birth?
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Mike Murphy on March 16, 2018 1:23 PM
May Ye have the luck of the Irish.

Tracy- I have been spending a lot of time on Ancestry.com lately. I am 42% GB 22% Ire Wales Scot,13% Scandanivia 10% Europe West and 9% Eur east. Have traced Murphy's back to Murtaugh Kavanaugh O'Murchada 1395-1422 Wexford Ireland and Winfrey's to Thomas Winfrey 1580 - 1616 Lincolnshire Eng. 

Murphy's fought on Confederate and Reve wars and Winfreys settled through Jamestown (Kent) and were in Rev Militia. Also some wild things like Murphy first cousins marrying and having second families, made trace difficult. In addition to being a farmer GGG Granfather was a bare knuckle boxer and killed a man in Pike co Kentucky in the ring and the mans brother stabbed him in the neck and killed him climbing a fence to escape. You are right to say it is worth the investment because when you start to trace lineage all relevant persons (w facts, records and photos) that are in Ancestry data base pop up for you to survey and copy if you want.

May the road rise to to meet you, may the wind always be at your back and till we meet again may God hold you and yours in the Palm of His Hand.
Michael Malone Murphy   
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Carl on March 16, 2018 4:01 PM
I don't knoooooow.  22% of Michael Malone Murphy's ancestry is split between the Irish, Scotch and Welsh, making him how much Irish?  As Charlie Brown frequently said, O'Goodgrief.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 16, 2018 5:31 PM
Tomorrow, I will become Irish for a day and remember the contributions that they have made to our nation. I will stop by a pub and drink some ale. return home and watch a performance of Riverdance on youtube. My Scottish ancestor came from Lanark Scotland to Virginia in 1755. He was a Ballard. The family eventually settled in Monroe County.
 
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Edward Laufer on March 16, 2018 6:54 PM
So for the sports fans on the blog.How about WVU playing Marshall in the NCAA'S in San Diego on Sunday? Country Roads comes to Southern California!!
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Carl on March 16, 2018 7:09 PM
Yep, the Wichita Shockers are now aware, like the big news of 1776, of the Herd shot round the world.
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Carl on March 16, 2018 6:56 PM
I don't knoooooow.  With 22% of Michael Malone Murphy's ancestry being split between the Irish, Scotch and Welsh, and Fred citing his Scottish ancestry, maybe it's Fred & Mike who were twins separated at birth.  That could explain a lot. Fred, with Ballards in your ancestry, are you kin to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Hank Ballard ["Finger Poppin' Time"]? He too had a Cincinnati connection.
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Edward Laufer on March 16, 2018 8:12 PM
The Herd Shot Around the World.Very good !
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Fredrick Lucas on March 16, 2018 9:37 PM
Is Marshall coach Dan D'Antoni related to the former Mullens  High Coach? I saw the University of Cincinnati team defeat the Georgia Southern team. Cincinnati is 31-4 this year
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Tracy French on March 16, 2018 9:33 PM
Carl, you may be on to something.  There have been a number of my family trying to figure out where I was coming from anyway.

While we're on the subject of ancestors, I was able to trace my lineage all the way back from  Adam through Noah but I am unable to determine whether my line runs through Shem, Ham or Japheth and I can't determine from that point on until the early 1700's.  Someone suggested to me that perhaps the records were lost in the Great Flood but that couldn't be the case.  Another possibility is that the records burnt up in the Great Chicago Fire that was purposely set by Louis Cohn.

The game between Marshall and WV will be a no win, no lose situation for me.  May the best team win!

 
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Carl on March 17, 2018 12:01 AM
The bell just tolled midnight in F'berg.
Happy St. Patrick's Day all.
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Mike Murphy on March 17, 2018 12:38 PM
Two great games last eve. Got my MA and E.Dd from WVU and Taught at Marshall but will be rooting for WVU. Carter is something I think I saw that he was 29?.

If WVU plays like they did last eve they could go al the way.

Happy St Patricks day. Someone said that St Patrick was meaner than the snakes, therefore Ire Sans Snakie?

Keep the faith
Mike
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Edward Laufer on March 17, 2018 4:50 PM
Mike, Fred might know the answer to Carters age but Carter was born Sept 14th 1995 and is 22. He just seems to have been around for a long time and with that shaved head.He would not let WVU lose last night and was responsible for 8 straight points when the game got close! But,oh my what happened to Virginia!
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Fredrick Lucas on March 17, 2018 10:10 PM
I went to my neighborhood pub to celebrate the Irish culture. I had potatoes cabbage and corn beef.I wore green beads. I listened as the people made bets on the winners of March Madness. I watched the game between Loyola and Tennessee. The Vols lost. Kentucky defeated Buffalo.Although Kentucky won, none of the basketball players will graduate.

I plan to watch the WVU Marshall game tomorrow.Until 2015 WVU and Marshall played eah other during the regular season. 


 
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Fredrick Lucas on March 18, 2018 9:08 PM
The basketball game between WVU and Marshall will begin shortly.I have noticed that none of our female classmates have listed the various colleges competing in the women's tournament. 
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Fredrick Lucas on March 19, 2018 4:24 AM
MarsHALL LOST THE GAME WITH WVU 94-71
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Fredrick Lucas on March 19, 2018 9:46 AM
I learned that D'Antoni, the Marshall coach is from Mullens. Tracy you might have met him
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Mike Murphy on March 19, 2018 12:41 PM
Ed - Thanks for straightening me out on Carter. He played a heck of a game last night. Wish it could have been closer. Who would have thought changing defense from man to man to zone would have meant so much. Have to give it to Huggy?

Tracy - I used to work with one of the D'Antoni's on Voc School construction, he was with Applichian Regional Commission at state Capitol.

Any news on Doug and Jeff?
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Edward Laufer on March 19, 2018 4:29 PM
Mike, That change in defense was surprising.I believe Marshall hardly had a turnover and then something happened and a slew of turnovers happened Carter may be the best defensive player in the country. He held Murray St's big gun to 1 for 11 shooting and Marshall big scorer to 1 for 5 in the first half
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Edward Laufer on March 19, 2018 4:38 PM
As Jim Justice said , Mike, when being interviewed said it was a super day for the state and I agree
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Carl on March 20, 2018 8:33 AM
Learned thru a friend of Doug's -- and cousin of mine -- that Doug went home from the rehab hospital last week.  He seemed to be stable enough on his feet to walk without using a walker.  That's all I know about his progress.

No update re Jeff Shumaker, but I believe he had pretty fully recovered from his scary experience when I reported on him at the Ryan's dinner 2 weeks ago.

I've had the good fortune of being in the Blfd-Pctn area since Sat.  I had a delightful Sunday brunch on an absolutely beautiful Sunday morning feasting on 2 Slaw Dogs in the Princeton DQ parking lot, admiring the residential neighborhood adjacent.  Reminded me of good times in the old hometown in days past.
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Ched on March 20, 2018 10:42 AM
Thanks  Carl  for the positive news on Doug.  The ability  to walk is  a HUGE improvement.  PT  can do wonders.
 
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Edward Laufer on March 20, 2018 10:59 AM
Very glad to hear the progress of Doug and Jeff!
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Edward Laufer on March 20, 2018 11:07 AM
So Carl talking about slaw dogs. If you remember on a number of occasions a group of us would stay at the Diane Lee House in and Fred (not Lucas) managed the place and made gourmet breakfasts. Finishing up around 10:30 in the morning he asks what are we doing next next and we say we are going to meet George and Biddle Danton for slaw dogs.Fred was stunned
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Edward Laufer on March 20, 2018 11:20 AM
Typo Should be GEORGE AND SANTON. Of course it was imperative to go for slaw dogs right after breakfast at the DQ in Bluefield near the Diane Lee House!
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Mike Murphy on March 20, 2018 12:56 PM
If you are in the Kenna area exit 124, Your Family Resturant has great Chili/Slaw dogs. I had my regular breakfast there this AM, Bacon, 2 eggs o/l, grilled (chared) tomato slices and 1 piece of grilled toast. We had their special Sunday, Baked Chicken Breast and Dumplings, to die for. Also their home made pies are great. Call and I will treat. Also Corn Bread (not sweet) and Brown Beans are special.

Hope WVU has sucess against Villinova, it will be a tough game?

Great news about Doug, he was really distraught about not being able to walk by himself.

Keep the Faith
Mike 

 
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Edward Laufer on March 20, 2018 1:06 PM
Hi Mike, Just gained 5 pounds reading the comment on Your Family Restaurant!
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Fredrick Lucas on March 20, 2018 9:00 PM
Mike the name of the university is Villanova meaning New Town.
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Carl on March 21, 2018 6:41 AM
Fredo, can you translate Panchovilla for me?
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Fredrick Lucas on March 21, 2018 8:38 AM
Villa nova comes from Latin. I still remember some Latin from Miss Kane. Pancho Villa was the first person to launch an attack on the United States since 1812. He struck the town of Columbus New Mexico in 1916. General Pershing pursued Villa into Mexico but was unable to catch him.Today, there is a Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus New Mexico.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 21, 2018 3:44 PM
Carl, I read that several people have suggested that officials in New Mexico rename the Pancho Villa State Park.It  should be renamed the Pershing State Park.

I am delighted that we don't have our reunion in a state park named the Pancho Villa State Park.
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Carl on March 21, 2018 4:23 PM
Thanks Fred.  I just knew that when I opted for physics instead of Latin at PHS that the day would come when I would regret it.  Happily, today's not that day.
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Tracy French on March 21, 2018 9:03 PM
Carl:  I thought Physics and Latin were the same thing except it was called Greek?

Fred:  The D'Antoni's all belonged to my church in Mullens but I never met Dan, the coach at Marshall.  Mike came to church with his family whenever they were in town and the girl Kathy always came with her dad who never missed a Sunday while at home.  He moved to Kathy's home near Huntington about 2 or 3 years ago and he passed away last year at the age of 104.  He was born in Montcalm if I remember correctly.  There is one other boy, I believe his name is Mark, who is probably the one who worked with Mike.

WV's basketball team looks like "The Three Faces of Eve".  I hope the right team shows up Friday night.
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Mike Murphy on March 21, 2018 9:20 PM
VillaNova - why would they name a University after a Chevy Car.

Tracy you are right hopefully the 60 minute team will show up.

The only latin I remember is "Non Illegitimus Carborindum" 
. Carl keep taking your physics
Mike
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Carl on March 21, 2018 10:21 PM
Mike, sometimes you and Fred remind me of Newton's Third Law of Motion: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
   That Newton fellow was one sharp cookie.  I wish I knew how to say that "sharp cookie" stuff in Latin.  Alas.  Fred, your PHS language training must make you a Latino.  Can you help?
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Fredrick Lucas on March 22, 2018 11:57 AM
Ed Laufer and I have a similar challenge this week. We have snow.Since the temperature where I live is expected to rise to 46f most of the snow will be gone shortly.

Mike there you go again. The nova you mention is Spanish. Mike if you tell your wife te amo. She will appreciate the comment. In latin that means I love you.Several of us have travelled in Germany. When we are on the autobahn, highway, we see aus fart. That means exit.That does not refer to the English fart.When we sing or play music we will see piano or forte.Those words are Italian and mean sing in a quiet or loud manner.
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Mike Murphy on March 22, 2018 12:19 PM
Fred - How could you be so smart? and be from WV?

Uber self drive kills pedestrian. Why is everyone so excited about auto driving vehicles. I like to drive and also don't want an electric car or even one that shuts off every time I stop. However todays kids (up to 30yrs old) are only interested in their phone?

Pete- I can't imagine self driving freight across country and docking several times? And if a person also has to be there what is the point?

Get off my lawn!

Keep the faith
Mike
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Pete Stephenson on March 22, 2018 12:47 PM
Mike I can hardly believe that they are thinking of putting 18 wheels on auto piolet.Shure would be a hell of a smoke screen when you try to stop one of the rigs carring 80000 lbs or more.I don't wan't to be in that rig when this happens.I think your cheeks would bite a large hole outa your seat.You made a good point Mike.If someone has to be there what is the diffrence.The one point I think is that that person doesn't have to have a CDL or a medical card.I had a physical ever year that I had my CDL""which means Commercial Drivers License'All piolets have to go thru these channels.Not for sure about railroad engineers.Faith,Hope and love to all.
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Edward Laufer on March 22, 2018 1:14 PM
FRED!! As I mentioned at least once before I would appreciate if you would not put me in with you in one of your comments, even if it has to do with snow. OK
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Edward Laufer on March 22, 2018 1:27 PM
CARL, Doesn't another Newton Law say something like that once you send something in motion you cannot divert something (or someone) from its or it from its chosen path. Hmmmm!
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Carl on March 22, 2018 1:35 PM
Edward, I think you've paraphrased Newton's First Law of Motion.  If I recollect correctly, Newton called that his Lucasian Paradigm.
   BTW, did I ever thank you for always letting me copy your physics homework assignments and your answers to test questions?  Now that I think of it, I probably owe most of what I know about physics to you.  Thanks old friend.
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Edward Laufer on March 22, 2018 3:26 PM
Carl, I have a blank about this about our physics class. From your thanks could it have been Fred!And thanks for the Newton But was it Newton who said when an apple hit his head thus came his theory of gravity or was the phrase an apple a day keeps the doctor away? By the way at my age,any thanks coming my way whether warranted or not was humbly appreciated
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Carl on March 22, 2018 3:42 PM
Edward, I find it a bit curious -- perhaps even disconcerting -- that you'd question your memory, yet not express even a slight misgiving about my claims to cheating.   Your memory on that scale seems pretty solid.
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Edward Laufer on March 22, 2018 3:58 PM
So far, I do not remember myself as being a student of physics, so I think Carl this is one of your Suttle 'tongue in cheek comments'that you are so expert at. Now where did I put my house keys.PLEASE not in the freezer!
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ched on March 22, 2018 5:11 PM
Carl is  correct.  Newtons  third law  states  that when one body  exerts a  force on another  body  the  second body exerts  a  force  equal in magnitude but opposite in direction.  The  first Law states that  a body  either  remains  at  rest or if moving  continues  to move  at  a  constant  velocity ubless  acted on by an external  force. The  second law is  that  force is  equal to mass X acceleration.  Newton is  said  to have invented  calculus  to quantify  the relationship between  Velocity and  accelleration. One  sharp  cookie  !!!!!!
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Mike Murphy on March 22, 2018 7:13 PM
Ched- The bridge designers in Miami forgot about equal and oposite reactions. They got too cute with their designs & erection. I took Reinforced Concrete Structures at B.S. Concrete is great in compression but lousy in tension/deflection. One of the hardest problems was figuring a prestressed concrete beam and how much tension could be put on the beam for negative deflection to be countered by adding weight to positive deflection without exceeding stress limits. One interesting problem we had to solve was to prove that the coefficient of expansion of steel was close enough to concrete that it could be used for reinforcement. No aluminum or cooper.

A suspended walkway without the suspension is doomed for failure???

I enjoyed Mrs Balls, Physics class & later had her son in summer school. Physics and Geometry were easy for me but Algebra was hard. I guess it was to abstract?

I always envied Raymond Kidwell, he seemed to grasp things so easily, but unlike me he probably also studied.

Carl - Beaman your brother in law was expert at structural steel design. Worked for Platnicks.

Keep the faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on March 22, 2018 7:48 PM
I learned that those of us living in the Ohio Valley have another snow challenge.According to forecasters we might receive as much as a foot of snow.We had that same forecast the last time but received three inches. Residents of the northeast have had a real challenge. I hope team WVU arrives safely in Boston.The French wored for snow is la neige.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 22, 2018 8:45 PM
I have been following the plight of the thirteen children of David Turpin and his wife who are in jail for child abuse. People from throughout the world have been donating money and toys to help with their rehabilitation.Since they are from Princeton, I sent a donation to the fund. The children are beginning to make choices about clothes, school, social activities, vocational interests, dating, ect.

I was happy to learn that people are demonstrating that they care. The fund for the victimes families at Stoneman Douglas High School now exceeds 4.2 million dollars I donated to that fund as well.Seventeen students and faculty were murdered.
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Carl on March 22, 2018 9:27 PM
Mike, you sure got that right about Raymond.  He did indeed 1) grasp things quickly and 2) study.  Damn, how he intimidated me.  No way I could compete for valedictorian with my scholarly laziness -- much less my intellectual deficiencies.  Blessedly, we established a dear, enduring friendship nonetheless.  He's aces!
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Cookie on March 22, 2018 10:30 PM
Astounded by the intellect on this blog.  Sounds like the mountains weren't such a bad place to receive an education after all.  Way to go boys. You "done" good.  

Sharing here an announcement I made at my Garden Club meeting last week......the young bucks in our little group now out number the old guard 5 - 1 and with it has come some rather annoying and patronizing behavior.  They scream when they talk to you, get up and give you their seat and are constantly asking, "are you ok?" "Here, let me do that for you."  "You look great for your age."

So I announced that I was rapidly approaching the "age" of 76 and, I had made a decision.  They are to no longer refer to my longivity as "age."  Hence forth they are to refer to my "levels."  It just seems to me "Level 76" sounds so much more badass than "Age."  And, since they are all between Level 30 and 50, they have a long way to go and a lot to learn. I'm going for the Gold.
  
Have a good evening.  Stay warm and keep entertaining us!
 
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Fredrick Lucas on March 23, 2018 8:49 AM
Since Doug recently had a stroke, I thought that I would give symptoms of a strokr. Face Ask the person to smile.Is one side of their face drooping? Arms.Ask the person to raise their arms. Is one arm drifting downward? Speech. Ask the person to repeat a sentence. Is their speech slurred? If you see any symptoms call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately. Mercy Health.

I hope that Doug is able to do more
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Carl on March 23, 2018 10:54 AM
Cookie, age "issues" in the US today are a wonder, as are other cultural phenomena.  While I don't welcome the attention of being offered a seat, it's refreshing that some younger folk still display manners [not routinely found on the DC Metro system where seniors and mobility impaired persons' seats are clearly labeled -- but the message often ignored].  But the loud talk and patronizing behavior is a different matter.
   When Joan & I were visiting "active adult" communities, the marketing brochures -- and several realtors -- referred to these communities as being designed for persons age "55 or Better."  I rarely resisted the urge to point out to them that for many of us, age 35 or 25 or 18 or 7 were all "better" than 55 -- or 72 as I was at the time.  I try to be thankful that the young know-it-alls -- a seemingly limitless group -- at least keep my juices flowing.  [Old know-it-alls do the same thing.]
   Hang tough; keep up the good fight; stay well.   
MAGFAY
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Fredrick Lucas on March 23, 2018 12:42 PM
I recently spoke with a man who told me that he lives on a private street. Each time there is a significant amount of snow, the residents have to contact snow removal companies.He receives a bil for $1500. 

I don't know how much snow that we will get tomorrow. I hope that we don't have the challenge that residents of the northeast have faced.Mr Laufer doesn't want me to single him out as one of the millions of residents of the northeast who like me and others living in the Ohio Valley face  possible snow problems.

 
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Ched on March 23, 2018 2:39 PM
Mike,
 Your understanding of  concrete is100% correct..... reasonably strong in compression but  weak in tension. Even in compression it is pretty limited ( in the  area of 3000 to 4500 psi  depending on mix  design)  Steel on the othe hand is in the  area of 60000 psi ultimate..
 The FIU bridge span was apparently designed  with post  tensioning  cables.  I'm guessing  that in the process of adding tension to the  cables in an attempt  to take out deflection,the increased  tension  added to the deflection instead of adding positive  camber.as intended. A major  engineering  screw up  resulting in tragedy !
 Also  the FIU  bridge was much heavier with all of  the  concrete   (employed  for  architectural purposes) than it  would have been had it been primarily a  steel structure with a simple  concrete deck ...
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Carl on March 24, 2018 11:11 AM
As anyone who follows our blog knows -- perhaps painfully so -- my contributions mostly consist of whimsy, folderol, silliness and stupidness-in-pursuit-of-humor.  So I'm thrilled to be reminded that one can also come to the blog for concrete advice.
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Edward Laufer on March 24, 2018 12:13 PM
Very Funny and Subtle Carl.You are definitely the Will Rodgers of our blog!
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Deeter on March 24, 2018 6:29 PM
Edward, please don't encourage Carl.
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Edward Laufer on March 24, 2018 7:05 PM
HA!
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Edward Laufer on March 24, 2018 7:28 PM
Hmmm!! Who is this mysterious Deeter?
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Carl on March 24, 2018 10:06 PM
Edward, Deeter is an old and trusted friend/advisor of mine.  He maintains a low profile -- is nearly reclusive, in fact -- but allows me in and tries to keep me grounded.  Solid as a rock and unfailingly wise, forthright and guileless, he exudes common sense and truthfulness, avoids conflict and minds his own business.  He has befriended me countless times when I've slipped a bit in my views or conduct, and I value his counsel immeasurably.    
   Today is his first entry to the blog in well over a year.  I always welcome his remarks, so I thank you for drawing him out.  I think you'd like him.
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Tracy French on March 24, 2018 9:27 PM
I just checked the accumulation of snow on my deck and it is at 16 inches.  It started snowing here at Noon and has not let up any since it began. 
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Carl on March 25, 2018 4:25 PM
Tracy, Darla, Becky, anyone from Pctn. area,
   How about a snow update.  16" at 9:30 last night and still falling.  What's the current scoop?
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Carl on March 25, 2018 11:20 AM
April BIRTHDAYS A'Comin'
Becki Smith Canterberry - April 7
Carol Wyrick Martin - April 12

Darla Winfrey Pitzer - April 15
Norm Wall - April 17
Brenda Martin Sword - April 25
Michael Farley - April 29

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ALL

 
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Fredrick Lucas on March 25, 2018 11:41 AM
I want to wish all of the people who are celebrating birthdays in April a happy and healthy birthday.

Tracy snow totals vary here in the Ohio valley. There were about 4.5 inches in my neighborhood. Since temperatures willl rise to 46 today, there will be melting. 

When we were children, I remember taking my sled and going down a hill behind Jack Honaker's home. That was fun.The hill was not too far from town cliffs

As they say April showers bring May flowers.Baseball beging again.Who will play in the baseball series? Sadly WVU lost to Villanova. THe eers didn't have good outside shooters.
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Carl on March 25, 2018 11:48 AM
Fredo, I thought the WVU-NewTown game was to be played indoors?
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Mike Murphy on March 25, 2018 12:51 PM
Do Deter do poems?

Ed - Do you watch Billions? Season 3 premiers tonight. Sometimes I get lost in the Tech but like the fight between big business and corrupt Politics.

Keep the Faith
Mike
 


 
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Carl on March 25, 2018 1:00 PM
Sorry Mike.  Deeter has the mind and outlook of a poet, but limits himself to a practical, sensible, honest and reliable life.  He's extremely accepting of everything except bluster, meanness, mendacity and moronacy.  To his credit, he'll tolerate a bit of bluster in me, but will call my hand on it.  I think you'd like him too.
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Edward Laufer on March 25, 2018 1:39 PM
Hi Mike, Early on a few of the shows, which I thought were good, and then for the life of me completely forgot about it until you mentioned it. Probably there was so much on tv,I flipped channels and that was it.
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Carl on March 25, 2018 4:27 PM
Tracy, Darla, Becky, anyone from Pctn. area,
   How about a snow update.  16" at 9:30 last night and still falling.  What's the current scoop?
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Tracy French on March 25, 2018 8:19 PM
Carl:

Did not appear to have accumulated much more, maybe an inch or two, after I went to bed last night.  Since early today the temperature has been in the mid 40's with sunny sky and there has been a lot of melting.  I still have 10 - 12 inches stacked up on my deck but I have not ventured outside.  A middle-aged couple came by and shoveled my sidewalk and driveway about 2 PM and they said the bottom layer was about 2 inches of water.  My newspaper was delivered about 3 PM so I guess the roads are clear.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 25, 2018 9:51 PM
Edward, do you have a favorite baseball team?Have you been supporting the Yankees or Mets whom Casey Stengal once managed. My nephew Sean still supports the Cardinals.When I was a lad I listened to Dizzy Dean of the Cardinals and Waite Hoyte of the Reds.Sara Evans once told me that she didn't enjoy baseball because it took so long to play that once the game was over, the lawn crew would have to mow the grass.

Villanova defeated Texas Tech and Kansas defeated Duke. Today, most of the snow is gone. The temperature was 50f.


 
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Edward Laufer on March 26, 2018 11:32 AM
So to answer your question Fred, Growing up in Princeton, the powerful 50,000 watts radio station in St Louus KMOX that carried Cardinal games beamed into Princeton and I became a Cardinal fan as I believe Carl was and still may be. Jack Honaker was an avid Braves fan and had a baseball board game and we played as kids Cardinals vs Braves
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Carl on March 26, 2018 11:37 AM
Fred, Edward's correct.  I'm still a devoted Cardinals fan after 70 years of "fandom."  Living in the DC area, I was thrilled when Washington got a National League team, and Major League baseball returned there after far too long a time.  I tried my best to switch my allegiance to the Nationals, but nature wouldn't allow it. 
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Edward Laufer on March 26, 2018 11:39 AM
Fast forward to when I moved to New York City slowing became a Mets Yaknees fan and for the last 25 years or so just a Yankees fan as well as always a WVU fan Catch a couple of Yankee home games a year and usually a WVU home game and often went to some of their major bowl games, often with Kerby Smith
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Tracy French on March 26, 2018 5:38 PM
Fred:  The first major league baseball game I saw was at Crosley Field and Willy Mays hit 2 home runs in the first game of a double header.  Wally Post also hit a ball into a window in the scoreboard in left center field for a ground rule double.  The 50's were the greatest days for Major League Baseball in my opinion.  I was a Braves fan and Warren Spahn was my hero.

Did you know the Red's once won 130 straight games?
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Fredrick Lucas on March 26, 2018 6:36 PM
How many of you remember Rex and Eleanor Parker, the duo who sang country and gospel music on the radio. Eleanor died last week. She was 96.The obituary is listed on the Memorial Funeral Directory web site.
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geno geno on March 26, 2018 7:25 PM
�Whew.....16 plus inches of snow in GreenValley, uh make that white Valley, I have moved some with snow shovel, most with back hoe, praise the Lord sun has shined today and moved much more, Fred I remember Rex and Eleanor Parker very well, did you know they both met Jesus and I have never witnessed 3 lives changed so drastically, Rex went from a bar room rouser to a dedicated family man, the brawls heand his wife shared went to a family worshipping together, Eleanor actually became a preacher with her own radio program with her daughter Conniezene. Rex parker crafted smoe guitars, quite good, in fact very good quality. Ol Geno had an amazing experience with the Lord, just 2 wks. ago I went off the back porch slipping on ice on the first step, went airborne with the feet going to the sky landed on the third step on my left side the slid on down to the yard, unable to get up could not get a breath, my wife came out to where I was lying and tried to get me up, couldn't of course being fat like I am, I told her I couldn't breathe I would try to take a deep breath and excruciating pain in my left side took over my whole being, with her help I finally got to my feet after struggling for about 10 or more minutes, long enough for my clothes to get wet lying in the snow, any I got back in the house, hurting like you wouldn't believe, I told her to bring me the phone and I called the 700 club for prayer, got the sweetest woman you ever heard told her my story and she prayed for me, then we calld our prayer buddy Lou Belcher, and had her pray for me, after that I lay down on the couch holding may rib cage on the left side and lo and behold I felt one rib go back in place and heard it snap together in my ear, actually heard it snap, then I felt another rib go back in place and I heard that same snap again, actually I heard 2 snaps both times, heard it in my ears, pain gone as sudden as a blink, I took adeep breath, then another, then a third no pain, I told Sandra I believe God healed me, I raised up put my feet on the floor , no pain, walked through the hous several times checking it out no pain of any kind, I tell you it was a complete miracle and this ol' boy is still praising the Lord......
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Mike Murphy on March 27, 2018 12:47 PM
Geno - What ever happened, glad to hear you are OK. It would have taken the Back Hoe to get me up.

Baseball - I was always a fan of the Brooklyn Dogers with Hank Bauer as favorite player. Saw game at Baltimore when attending leadership development conference at UM, lt 60s, wit Maris and Mantle both over the hill and Boog Powell w Orioles. About 15 yrs past saw Yankees at Baltimore in company sponsored box, that is nice. Also saw Satchel Page at Bluefield (repeat?) with Bobby Hawks (RIP) and little league team. Loved to play baseball, hated to watch it. Rod Thorn was a great Baseball Player.

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Carl on March 27, 2018 4:37 PM
Fredo, all this baseball talk raises a question, and you're my go-to guy for such things.
   Can you explain the Infield Fly Rule -- not the "Fly's open. Go Peay!" rule -- but the baseball
Infield Fly Rule?
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geno on March 27, 2018 5:53 PM
Nike MY COMPUTER GOT HACKED BY SCAMMERS, HELD ME HOSTSGE TRYING TO GET 199.99 to let it go. I refused to pay ransom. finally found some one to over come their stranglehold, been down for nearly 5mos.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 27, 2018 8:53 PM
Carl, I don't remember the infield fly rule.The head  basketball coaching job at the University of Louisville was filled by Chris Mack who has been the head coach at Xavier.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 28, 2018 5:08 PM
Recently a cargo airplane tried to land at Yager Airport in Charleston. The plane went over the mountain because the runway at 6900 feet was too short. 

DHL a cargo airline uses The Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky airport as a hub. The runways are 12000 feet in length.

In West Virginia change takes place very slowly if at all.For example the runway at the Mercer County Airport has never been upgraded to accommodate modern jets. Fred
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Cookie on March 28, 2018 5:43 PM
What would you suggest they do Fred--bulldoze the mountains to sea level.  I'm pretty familiar with the Mercer County Airport geography-- it was built on my great grandfather's farm.  You are digging deep today.
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Carl on March 28, 2018 6:02 PM
Fred, do you suppose that the plane went over the mountain due to a poor landing, rather than the runway being too short?  Was this the first time a plane of that size ever attempted a landing there?  If not, and if previous flights landed safely, doesn't that suggest that the runway is long enough?  There are instances where American military aircraft have overshot the landing area and ended up in the ocean.  Do you think that's because the aircraft carriers are too short?
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Tracy French on March 28, 2018 5:53 PM
Geno:  I'm praising the Lord with you.  God is good.  Believe and receive, doubt and do without!  That is a good testimony, thanks for sharing.

Mike:  In 1962 I attended a game in Baltimore between the Yankees and Orioles and Mantle and Maris both hit home runs.

Carl:  I was playing American Legion baseball in 58 or 59 and we played a night game in Welch, I was a base runner on first base and one of our players hit a pop-up that went above the lights and the umpire called the "infield fly rule" so I just stood on base and the first baseman kept saying "I got it ... I got it ... Igot it" and the ball missed his glove and hit him in the mouth.  I shudder everytime I think of that.


 
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Carl on March 28, 2018 5:57 PM
I'm with you Tracy.  I shuddered as I read your account. 
That first basement "got it" alright.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 28, 2018 9:11 PM
Officials at Charleston have had a proposal to extend the runway to 8000 ft.That proposal has not been implemented.

Mercer  County could study various proposals to lengthen the runway.They don't have to remain at the present location.


Cookie we aren't civil engineers. The county could make a study of what if anything could be done.
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Cookie on March 28, 2018 9:23 PM
Someone is getting on my last nerve!!!
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Fredrick Lucas on March 29, 2018 11:46 AM
Cookie, Yahoo Lifestyle states that the runway at Yaegar Airport is seriously short. The crash of the cargo plane killed two men as the plane went off the side of the mountain.There was good press coverage.

 
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Cookie on March 29, 2018 12:12 PM
Someone is STILL getting on my nerves.

Its a M O U N T A I N.  For God's sake.

Even our mountains are subject to ridicule.  
 
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Mike Murphy on March 29, 2018 1:57 PM
Fred - The crash you are talking about was some time past and killed 1 man & 1 woman and was caused by pilot error and plane failure. Runway length had nothing to do with it. C 130s land every day and 747s have landed. Several years back a safety run off area was added. 

Runway is addequate but like all could be longer? Glad you finally learned to spell airport name correctly?

Cookie -  Gad Flys have no limits!

Keep the Faith
Mike



 
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Edward Laufer on March 29, 2018 3:45 PM
So some time ago I tried to get a clear understanding of what was a Pontificator who potificates. So after a recent barrage of a language lesson of what Villa Nova means in Latin to meanings in Spanish, German and what forth means in Italian to the need to do research on some our mountaintop runways. SO back toGoogle for further research
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Edward Laufer on March 29, 2018 3:52 PM
So Google says the meaning of the word pontificate, and LO AND BEHOLD the following definition pops up and has helped me. PONTIFICATE verb: Express ones opinions in a way Annoyingly Pompous and Dogmatic.Hmmmm and the winner is??
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Carl on March 29, 2018 4:02 PM
Edward, your seeming obsession with an alternate definition for pontificate is about two steps shy of becoming annoying.  However, I will say in your favor that you're neither pompous nor dogmatic.  Thank you for that.     (;-}
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Edward Laufer on March 29, 2018 4:43 PM
Thank you for that,Carl, since over the years my moniker was closer to humble,I think? but I had to get the definiton I was looking for so I could sleep. Weird perhaps! Just kidding I hope. Now have to figure out where did I put those house keys.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 29, 2018 4:45 PM
Edward, when you asked me about the term pontificate, you did not mention whether you wanted the noun or verb. So I gave you the noun. The verb has negative meanings.

Edward, I have been concerned about mountain top runways since the Marshall Football team died in Huntington when the plane crashed.I knew several assistant coaches. The runway there is 7000 ft according to Wikipedia.Several groups have described the runway in Charleston as scary, The length is 6900 feet with drop off cliffs on either side.The airport is 70 years old.

Cookie reported that she finds my thoughts annoying .
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Carl on March 29, 2018 5:04 PM
Well Fredo, that Cookie sure is a caution -- in the "noun" [a la a person] sense of that term, of course.
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Cookie on March 29, 2018 5:21 PM
Not your thoughts but rather your pontificating and consistant bashing any and all things West Virginia.  Now you are bitching about mountains.  
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Mike Murphy on March 29, 2018 8:19 PM
A Gadfly went to a Psiquiatra for his inferiority complex and after 3 sessions he said I have a cure for you you are really moie inferior?

The problem with the Huntington Airport was a mountain nearby was higher than the runway and instruments on plane.

Charleston is realitively safe according to a Commercial Pilot I worked with for 3 years. Yahoo Wikipedia and the Huffington Post are P--- Poor sources!!!

Mountani Semper Liberi
Mike

 
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Fredrick Lucas on March 29, 2018 9:10 PM
I was mainly concerned with the runway lengths at the various mountaintop airports.The short lengths will limit the size of planes able to land there. I can cite other sources . The two airfields can be made safer. Woodrum Field in Roanoke is a good example of  an airport that has runways longer than the two West Virginia airports.

I return to the airplane crash that killed two men. A cargo plane went off the mountain. Yahoo is a good source.Mikie give your source. 


 
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Fredrick Lucas on March 29, 2018 9:37 PM
Frommers.com also rated Yaeger as dangerous.In addition to the two men killed, landslides took place  just below the hilltop putting private homes in danger.That was in 2015

Cookie, please choose a topic that you can develop.
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Edward Laufer on March 29, 2018 9:40 PM
The last time I flew into Roanoke as it has been on all my flights in and out of that airport in was in the Shenandoah Valley and not on a mountaintop. A funny thing happened to me there years ago I get on the Piedmont flight and most of the college kids looked very prebby Too well dressed. They announce. This plane is to Atlanta Is seine on going to New York.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 29, 2018 9:59 PM
Next week, I plan to develop the topic of recipes. Woodrum Field is four miles from downtown Roanoke and is in a valley.
 
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Cookie on March 29, 2018 10:11 PM
Thanks Eddie-Last time I flew out of Roanoke it was in a valley not on top of a mountain.  The only valley I suppose that would work for the Mercer County Airport would be Green Valley.  So, lets just plow up 460 and make it a landing field.  I've hated that road ever since they tore up our backyard to build the thing anyway. 

Fredo:  I can develop a topic but I'm not sure you would be brave enough to join in the dialogue.   
P.S.  One should not tick off old women.  Being old has already made them mad. 
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Edward Laufer on March 29, 2018 10:52 PM
When am I ever going to check my spellings before sending out my comments on the blog. To correct at least one PREPPY! No thanks is needed to me Cookie but thank you for your thanks Boy was I surprised when a Piedmont agent came on that plane and asked is someone on this plane supposed to be going to New York City.
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Edward Laufer on March 29, 2018 11:06 PM
The only airport that I am aware of in Southern West Virginia is in the middle of fairly flat farm land, the Greenbrier County Airport near Lewisburg. Otherwise the nearest one is the afore mentioned Roanoke. These two can handle most of the largest jet planes.
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Edward Laufer on March 29, 2018 11:17 PM
The Ner er Countyand Beckley used to handle Piedmont small commercial prop planes. A funny thing happened to me at at the Mercer County Airport. I am suppose to making a connection in Richmond. And the plane sits and sits. 45 minutes later I know I cannot make the connection. I get off and it takes off.It was overloaded I was the difference.
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Fredrick Lucas on March 30, 2018 11:49 AM
Today, the Reds will start the season.I would like to wish those who are adherents to the Christian faith a happy Easter.For those of the Jewish faith, have a happy Passover. Everyone else have a happy and fun weekend with family and friends.
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Mike Murphy on March 30, 2018 12:56 PM
Fred- You should? be happy that today the Charleston Gazette Mail (source) announced the repair and replacement of the safety run off area to the runway of Yeager $23M. You immediatly assume your sources are correct when they meet your negative narative about your home state. For instance the plane that crashed on which you started your negative narrative was a relatively small two engine prop plane. and you continue to quote 2 men dead. One of the pilots was a woman. my sources are 3 local TV stations and the Charleston Newspaper not the liberal internet. 

I am sorry that WV has turned your vision so sour and negative. Wv is bad and good, here is hoping you can get over the negative?

Keep the Faith 
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on March 30, 2018 8:49 PM
Mike the 1950 census showed that West Virginia had a population of just over 2 million. The Buckeye State had 7.5 million. The Buckeye State has 11.5 million people while West Virginia lost people. I find that many people in the mountain State have serious problems.Over the years I have tried to determine what those problems are. As a result I have made contact with various officials to see which of these problems some of which cross state lines can be resolved.

The landslide at Yaegar caused serious damage to at least 28 homes.The two people who were killed were the only people killed in an airplane crash in the United States that year.

Nothing happened at Woodrum Field in Roanoke which sits in a valley. I have flown on Piedmont to Woodrum Field and to Yargar Airport.I really felt comfortable flying into Woodrum and was concerned about flying into Yaegar.We made it.


 
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Fredrick Lucas on March 30, 2018 9:08 PM
Mike, the crash to which I refer was a Short 330 operated by Air Cargo Carrier, a contractor for UPS. There was another crash in volving a student and a flight instructor in a small single engine plane. The instructor was killed. S.ource channel 8.



 
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Fredrick Lucas on March 30, 2018 9:42 PM
Another source Mike is airfare watchdog.com.concerning the danger at Yeager Airport.Roanoke Has a better idea when they developed Woodrum Field.

 
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Cookie on March 30, 2018 10:25 PM
Yawn!!!
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Edward Laufer on March 30, 2018 10:36 PM
FRED, I just do not get your analogy of how you feel flying into Roanoke vs some WV airports. I have flown into Rapid Cities SD Las Vegad Roanoke etc etc etc all on flat land not mountaintops.Perhaps you should have WV flatten itself out. Don't you remember that song that began Oh those WV hills how majestic and how grand Enough!
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Cookie on March 30, 2018 10:54 PM
Eddie
This will explain it...................at the reunion last fall Fredo told me how much he enjoyed the blog.  When asked if I enjoyed it I responded that sometimes I did and sometimes I didn't.  He laughed and said, "Oh its fun fighting."

So there you go!

But instead of making WV flat and ding donging us to death about all its short-comings, I think some people should stay on the western side of the river, shut up, and leave WV to its misery.  West Virginians won't mind at all.  Last time I was in the rust belt Ohio had problems of their own and I couldn't go outside my hotel room in Cincinnati once the sun went down.   
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Fredrick Lucas on March 31, 2018 6:44 AM
I hope that each of you have an enjoyable weekend.I spent yesterday paying bills and working out at the gym.. Had a potato pancake and matzo ball soup.

I will think of all who are suffering and what I can do to give them encouragement through their suffering. I think of polio suvivors who are so weak that they cannot go anywhere. 

 

 
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Cookie on March 31, 2018 9:46 AM
Like the postman he always delivers.
Sometimes its junk mail and then wow, he delivers a first class letter.
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Carl on March 31, 2018 9:53 AM
Well, I guess it had to happen.  I've tried my darndest to stay out of this recent fray, but I can't restrain myself another minute.  Cookie, the proper term, as you should know, is "mail carrier" or "letter carrier," NOT the sexist "postman."  Please watch your language; the thought police could be monitoring our blog.   (;-}
   Christians, have a happy Easter; Jews, a satisfying Passover; all others, a good weekend.
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Cookie on March 31, 2018 10:52 AM
You took the bait Mike. I expected that response but not from Kenova.  I still prefer men 
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Mike Murphy on March 31, 2018 1:13 PM
Cookie - ??

Yeager has a new employee named Hercules (L10,11), a Border Collie who chases birds from the (long) runway.

Nice article in todays CRW Gaz Mail about Rod Thorn- "Report: Thorn headed to Hall of Fame", The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, "not so much for his exploits on the court, but for his work as as a contributor , according to an ESPN.com report." Award to be announced this weekend during NCAA Final Four festivities.

Ed.- I landed on a runway in Deleware (Cheswold) on a private 2 engine Beechcraft, when I got on it at Rappahanoch, I overheard mechanics calling it El Garbage, then the pilot was looking for a grass field and finally located a field and said they must have paved ti since this map was made. he flew over it and said it looks kinda short but here goes. Power lines at entrance and trees at end, but he put it down and braked really hard. We taxied up to hangar and woman came out and said that is the largest plane we have ever had land here. Fortunately 3 of us got off there and anly the pilot had to take off. Actually a bigger problem than landing according to the pilot. He got to the very edge of the runway and put on his breaks and revved the engine up max and took off and just cleared the power lines at the end. Ched - I flew a weird looking turbo prop from Niarobi to a field at the base of Mount Kilimenjaro, and yes Fred the field was in the valley as terrain dictates?

Happy Easter 
Mike
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Edward Laufer on March 31, 2018 2:04 PM
Hi Mike, Just read your most intereating post on some of the places you had landed and the timing was uncanny as I had just finished watching moments before on Cinemas the movie about Amelia Earhart ,the last part the futile attempt to find Howland Island and its airstip and the mystery of what happened. Nice about Rod!
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Edward Laufer on March 31, 2018 2:15 PM
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!
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Ched on March 31, 2018 5:50 PM
Never  flew  around  East  Africa. Usually drove. It is  a beautiful country though.  went on many  safatis  and  camping  trips. All wonderful experiences.  The Serengeti is  fabulous.
 
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Fredrick Lucas on April 1, 2018 12:39 PM
Ed Kyle McCormick in his history of Mercer County stated that an airport was proposed near Elgood which was flat but was rejected because it was too far from the population centers. Some of the airports to whichI've flown include Montreal, Boston Logan,  LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Washington Dullus, Richmond, Roanoke, Atlanta, Louisville, Greater Gincinnati, Houston, San Antonia, Denver Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Sanannah. Foreign Airports include London Gatwick, Paris Orley and Frankfurt.
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Edward Laufer on April 1, 2018 12:52 PM
VERY IMPRESSIVE Fred! I totally did not realize that when we were discussing airports not on mountaintops that there was a contest going on as to who has flown into the most airports.VERY IMPRESSIVE INDEED!Hmmm
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Fredrick Lucas on April 1, 2018 10:36 PM
While in France, I stayrd with the Lotoux family. Rose taught English as a second language to vocational students.I spent thr hour talking about life in thr USA. I answered their questions in Eng;ish.Jean Paul's father owned a herd of dairy cows.which we saw.


later we went to s resraurant where I was introduced to Escargot This was not served in Princeton.

In addition to French students must learn two foreign langusges. The first begins in grade four and continues until grade 12. The third begins in grade six and continues until grade 12.

While there I talked about public education in southwest Ohio.I watched cable television shows from Englamd at the Lotoux family home


 
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Ched on April 1, 2018 2:01 PM
Hmmmmm !.
 Being a private pilot I have  flown into quite  a number of small airports..... some with rather  short  runways and  some  with no pavement !!!
 But none on  mountaintops  :)
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Carl on April 1, 2018 6:08 PM

Fred, Ched, Mikey, Cookie and Ed(ward),

Your words about flying ring rings in my head.

From this fear of flying I seek quick relief,

Thus I turn to rhyming to whomever’s grief:

Here’s a capsule summary of where and what I’ve flown:

flown a kite; flown by night.

flown home; flown alone.

flown the coop (but not the loop-the-loop).

flown totally blind from ahead and behind.

flown by my seat of pants; flown to see uncles and aunts.

taken wind shear flights quite chancy and countless flights of sheer fancy.

taken magic carpet ride; yelled "Go Peay" for Fly.

flown to pieces . . . due to teases.

opted for last resorts in a dozen airports.

once flew off the handle at Tony Randall.

One time I flew down the street on a chance that we'd meet . . . but we didn't.


But perhaps the best of all

If my mind let’s me recall,

I've sung "Fly Me to the Moon"

sometimes slightly out of tune.

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Mike Murphy on April 1, 2018 6:22 PM
When Carl and I were visiting Doug at Princeton South, we were discussing the Old Princeton Airport that the Hospital is built on. My students at MCVTC drew some plans for the MCVTC to be located at the Old Airport, City Engineer Miniachi wanted VTC there but City later wanted hospital. Darla- some of the Winfrey property ( at one time Winfreys owned that valley all the way around to green valley) was then purchased for VTC for which Pete Cooke(great guy) got fired and later rehired. Later PHS was built on part of the land w small reinbursment to Feds. Funding was through ARC 80% fed and 20% state & local. Also students reproduced many of the drawings for the Airport managers. Many of the planes at that time were tubular steel frame with canvas covering & the old blueprints had deteriorated and need redrawn. At that time MCVTS had one of a few white print machines and we did many repros for Ted Bogess of ZMM and other businesses in the area. 

Ed - It sounds like you flew into some interesting places - business or pleasure?

Intersting facts about SA airports- Old Riyadh airport had a burned out Locheed L10-11 at the end of the field off 500 yds from end. (Saudis would exhibit wrecked cars on poles to scare Folks) Some Yeminis were making tea after take off on a small propane stove and it exploded. Plane returned to airport and burned on runway all aboard died. Nearly all flights left SA in early AM 1-3 AM mainly because there was not enough lift during day to get a loaded AC of the ground. There was a tanker, old retrofitted 707, with all noise abatment removed that refueled the AWACs and it would shake the buildings around the airport on takeoff. One of the scariest landing I had was an in country flight from Jeddah to Riyadh on a brand new Airbus. All at once the landing bell went off and cabin crew ran to seats and seconds later we hit the runway bouncing at least twice wit plane nearly on nose from heavy breaking. All ended well. Don't fly in country flights in countries like china russia etc. if you can avoid it. International flights have better standards for crew and planes. 

With new security restrictions local Airports like Bluefield are economically not feasible and time consuming. w 2 hr check in time you can usually drive to Charleston Roanoke Bristol or Charlotte and get a ticket for much less and save time.

Glad I don't travel as much - butt is to big and hassle is to much.

Belated good Passover to my Jewish Friends.
Mike 

 
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Ched on April 1, 2018 10:56 PM
Mike, 
Your  travels to exotic and far away places sound facinating. I probably cannot match  them but  would like  to discuss your  adventures  with you at  the next  reunion
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Fredrick Lucas on April 2, 2018 11:48 AM
When I was in London, I got to tour the 
Parlisment Building. The Commons seating was green and the wall was plain. Entering the House of Lords I noted that the seats were red and the walls were full of coats of Arms.Nearby was Buckingham Palace. The grounds were full of picnic goers.In Scotland, we went to the Eileen Donan Castle. I told our guide that my Scottish ancestors fought against the English in the American Revolution.She said Oh Good.While I was in Scotland I ate hagis


 
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Carl on April 2, 2018 12:03 PM
Fred, did I mention that I've flown a kite, and flown by night?
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Edward Laufer on April 2, 2018 12:16 PM
Carl, what is that very cheerful song from Mary Poppins, something like Let's go fly a kite or something like that? Haven't thought about that song in a long time until I saw your posting?
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Carl on April 2, 2018 2:02 PM
Edward, I rely on you re Julie Andrews and Broadway tunes. 
I'm more of an Apollo Theater kinda guy [only outside of NYC].
  I feeeel good (duda duda duda duh), I knew that I would now.
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Cookie on April 2, 2018 3:44 PM
Carl:  Didn't anyone ever tell you to "take a flying leap."

 
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Carl on April 2, 2018 4:27 PM
maybe

It was that kind of encouragement that caused me to learn how to fly a kite
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Cookie on April 2, 2018 11:49 PM
Ched:  Did you practice before you tried flying or did you just wing it.  
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ched on April 3, 2018 5:50 PM
 i learned to fly the old fashiond way. took lessons and passed a flight tetst
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Cookie on April 3, 2018 6:08 PM
I'm running out of "Fly Puns."  Fredo needs to start a new line of discussion.  I assume they haven't moved the airport yet.  Hope everyone had a good Easter weekend and our good buddy Doug is ok.  Sure hope so.
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Edward Laufer on April 3, 2018 7:05 PM
So Mike since it looks like we are just about to close down for awhile on airports to answer your question on April 1st I have been in and out of many airports mainly for pleasure but not as many airports or continents,I am guessing as you and Ched
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Mike Murphy on April 3, 2018 7:48 PM
Flew around the world 12 times and visited 60+ countries and 48 of the 50 states and all 55 counties of WV and Kegley.

Who is going to win the Penant?

Keep the faith
Mike
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Edward Laufer on April 3, 2018 8:08 PM
That has got to be record or near record for the Class of 1960. I would say pretty amazing! What 2 states did you miss. When we were on a NATIONAL Parks tour a number of years ago our tour guide asked who had been to the most states and someone said 49 and our guide said did the person miss North Dakota and they said yes.Is this one
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Fredrick Lucas on April 3, 2018 10:18 PM
Although I have flown into a numbrt of airports, I have tried to explain what about the area was interesting to me. I made three trips to France. I was in Angers waiting for the next train. I noticed a drunken man who was about to harm a pretty woman. In my best southern accent, I told him thaI didn't understand a word that he said.He should get lost.

She thanked me and she told  me that she was an English teacher in Paris. 
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Fredrick Lucas on April 4, 2018 10:10 AM
While in Paris, I    went to the Louvre Art Museum and saw many fine paintings including the Mona Lisa. I also saw the Impressionist paintings .I made a stop at the Zoo.I was impressed with the variety of animals.

The rest of my time was at the Versailles Palace.I spent time  in the city of Tours. I took several day trips to see the various chateaux which had become museums.. There was one exception.The owner supported the American Revolution. The present day owner raised dogs.One lady was shocked that the owner would allow the dogs to mate in public.I told her that I thought that the owner wanted more dogs.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 4, 2018 10:19 AM
There is an old song How are you going to keep em down on the farm after they've seen Paris.

 
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Mike Murphy on April 4, 2018 12:51 PM
Ed - You are right - I missed North and South Dakota, Kind of like Elgood which was on the way to no where?

Factoid - Bees are the animal that kill most humans followed by dogs. Source the real news.

Any news on Doug?
Mike 
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Fredrick Lucas on April 4, 2018 9:00 PM
I hope that Doug is better because I dig Doug
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Fredrick Lucas on April 5, 2018 8:56 AM
I found my trip to Switzerland to be quite interesting. The Swiss as you may know have been neutral for many centuries. The French, German and Italian people within Switzerland have lived together for centuries. I enjoyed the architecture which was centuries old.At the museum of natural history I saw rocks from the alps. There were waves in the rocks.lake Lucerne was similar to Claytor Lake in Virginia.There were homes that were built along the hillsides. A person could catch a boat into town.We stopped in Zurich and saw a fast running stream. Our guide explained that several centuries ago after the Protestant Reformation,  the town council asked all Christians to have their infants baptised. There was a group that said no. Only adults could make a profession of faith. The town council ordered that  men put mill stones around the necks of these people. They were thrown into the river and died The council decided to let these people leave Switzerland after 180 people died . They went to Pennsylvania where they became known as the Mennonites.. 

The Swiss have an unusual law. People must wash their car in the car wash.
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Carl on April 7, 2018 12:34 PM
Enjoyed a fine Tues. evening at Ryan's with a spirited and supportive cast.
Just now getting back to email.  Nice lively blog comments this week.
Fred, you say, "I dig Doug."  You silly old clown; didn't you win the English conjugation medal at PHS?  Is the future tense "Doug," "dug," or something else?

I haven't traveled nearly as widely and exotically as some of you, but I have a really vague, fuzzy memory of attempting to advance my favors on a pretty woman at Angers le Gare some years ago when some slender fellow suddenly challenged me in an American accent that was both startlingly strange and somehow perversely familiar.  I was dumbstruck . . . and retreated apace.  Funny how I now recall it.
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Tracy French on April 5, 2018 9:13 PM
We were talking about baseball recently and I ran across something today the jogged my memory about the Dodgers when they first moved to Los Angeles in 1958.  I was listening to the Cincinnati Reds on radio and the announcer was Waite Hoyt (I think) and his crew and they did not make the trip out west but they tried thier best to make it sound like they were there.  It sounded strange since there was no crowd noise.  Does anyone else remember that?
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Fredrick Lucas on April 6, 2018 1:49 PM
I thought that I would take a few minutesto discuss my trip to Germany.We vusited several locations. One of my favorite places was the boyhood home of J.S.Bach.We also visied the church where he was cantor in Leipzig.While there we listened to the choir rehearse. It is a male choir. This is typical in Europe.The men were dressed in tuxedos.

In Whittenburg we saw the church where Martin Luther posted his 95 theses.We also saw where the family lived. In Erfert we saw the birthplace of Martin Luther.

When we arrived in Germany we took a cruise on the Rhine River.Our guide wanted us to eat like they did circa 1300.We did and afterward were given a single check for the group.We asked him if ha would give us separate checks and he replied that this isn't McDonalds.This was the way they paid in the Middle Ages.

Next we visited the consentration camp at Buckenwald.Our guide showed us what they did.If a person reported to the infirmary with an illness, he was told to have a seat.Then a man behind the curtin took a pistol and shot the person in the back of the headand killed him .

We also went to Munich or Munchen where we stopped at the Hofbrau Haus and had lunch. We listened to a typical um pa pa band.We saw The New Swan Song Castle. It was built by Ludwig the mad. He did deficit spending .We also saw the University of Heidelburg and the Hard Rock Cafe.Finally, we went to the Black Forest were some people bought clocks


Finally we stopped in Freiburg. I went into a store. The customers who were French spoke French. The owner answered them in German.Going to the Airport in Frankfurt we passed the Weisbaden Air Force Base.
 I hope that others will discuee their trips to unusual places
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Tracy French on April 7, 2018 10:44 AM
The obituary for Billy Joe Repass was in yesterday's Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

I envy some of you who have done so much travelling during your lifetimes.  I have not strayed very often from the borders of West Virginia.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 7, 2018 11:36 AM
Tracy, I did not know Billy Joe Repass. Larry Repass was employed by the Salvation Army as I recall.

Cookie, my great grandfather Lewis Callaway was the first elected county clerk of Monroe County WV.He served from 1867-1871. He was never a confederate loyalist.He was a union man.

Are you familiar with Fredricksburg Texas? The town celebrates Octoberfest.During the civil war most of the German immigrants were killed by confederate forces. The immigrants were union loyalists.
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Cookie on April 7, 2018 3:58 PM
Fredo
My Great Grandfather was a prisoner of war, a true Virginian, a confederate loyalist  and almost died because he believed in state's rights. He fought for what he believed in as does his great grand daughter.  
But you know, those awful rebels.
You are trying to get me started aren't you.  Pick another topic like sex, drugs and rock n roll.  



 
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Pete Stephenson on April 7, 2018 6:58 PM
Cookie my great grandfather was also a true confederate.He was a member of the TAZEWELL BOYS of the virginia infantry.He was shot in the left hand and lost his thumb and two other fingers.His name was Simon Elliott Stephenson.My great grandmother died giving birth to her 10th child,Simon was proud to have raised 10 children on a farm with basically one hand.He was a farmer in Tazewell county. Va.Anybody have an up date on Doug?
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Fredrick Lucas on April 7, 2018 7:05 PM
Cookie my point in each of the observations that I made from the concentration camp in Germany. the killings of Mennonites, he killing of 625.000 persons during the American civil war and the enslavement of black men and women wasn't justified. See how monuments to confederate soldiers in the south have been from parks.

John Hunt Morgan invaded Hamilton County during the civil war.The group dtole hotses, food clothing and the county treasury in Versailles Indiana. The troops were caught , tried  and convictrd of theft. They were placed in the Ohio State Prison in Columbus 
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Fredrick Lucas on April 7, 2018 7:48 PM
Carl sent an E Mail to the group. Pete check your mail.Doug has a problem with his heart . He is being treated with prescription drugs.
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Tracy French on April 7, 2018 8:34 PM
Fred:

Ancestry.com shows Lewis Callaway August 8, 1841 - April 10, 1921, as being a corporal in the Confederate States Army.  This post was shared by sandic178 on May 29, 2015.  I have no ideal who sandic178 is but with a little effort I could run it down.  What drew my attention to this was the Confederate Flag standing next to his name on Public Member Photo and Scanned documents.  The 1870 census shows him living in Union, Monroe County, WV

Volume 2 of the 1885 U. S. Register of Civil, Military and Naval Service lists him as the Postmaster in Peterstown, WV.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 7, 2018 9:32 PM
The data on Ancestry is incorrect. Lewis served as the first elected county clerk of Monroe County.His son my grandfather explained that he did not serve in the rebel army.

Lewis Father McComas left Monroe County in 1864 and settled in Lebanon Ohio . He opened a clothing store for men and was listed in the business directory of 1875.

Lebanon is a town between Dayton and Cincinnati.
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Cookie on April 7, 2018 11:18 PM
Sorry Fredo
Looks like that story about your grandpa was just plain old revisionist history.
Gotcha!
And about all that confederate mischief....talk to Scarlette O'hara about Sherman's march to the sea and talk to my Great Grandfather about what they did to the confederate troups at Point Lookout.

Is there a full moon or something.

Pete: Welcome to the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy...we need you in this battle that just won't end.  

 
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Mike Murphy on April 8, 2018 8:47 AM
Monroe and Mercer Counties were part of Grienbrier county during Civil War. Most Farmers located in then Virginia owned slaves before the civil war. Fred - chances are that if you trace your ancestors back to Port of entry you will find at least 1st cousins who owned slaves?

Hard for a white southern male to find a safe place and become hollier than thow? Remove Statue of George Washington?

Keep the Faith
Mike


 
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Fredrick Lucas on April 8, 2018 9:55 AM
Mike Monroe County WV was formed in 1799 from Greenbrier County.The only point that I want to make is that we need to be kind to everyone.I cited the invasion of Hamilton County Ohio by John Hunt Morgan who had to be sent to prison.I discussed my visit to the concentration camp and to the fast moving stream in Zurich Switzerland.
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Carl on April 8, 2018 10:25 AM
Fred, I'm pleased to express my personal support for "kindness to all" and "malice toward none."  I must note however that my sense of history, and memory of my own behavior, is not encouraging.  I also agree that "a man's reach should exceed his grasp," so I'll try to remain optimistic.       MAGFAY
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Fredrick Lucas on April 8, 2018 1:39 PM
When we were Boy Scouts we were encouraged to be kind and courteous, cheerful ect. Sometimes we lose our cool but we should continue to be kind if at all possible.
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Tracy French on April 8, 2018 2:07 PM
There is good news for most of you in today's edition of "Parade".  If you don't get the magizine in your local newspaper, there is a good article on "Beating Alzheimer's" you can read at Parade.com
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Fredrick Lucas on April 10, 2018 8:18 AM
I was interested in who won the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta Country Club in Georgia. Reed won the tournament.Likr Tigrt Wood, Reed was sponsored by Nike.He was told that Wood would wear the red shirt. Reed chose to wear pink.

The next competition takes place in Louisville in May when the Kentucky Derby takes place.There will be a number of derby parties with mint julip and other drinks flowing freely.Women will wear large hats beautiful dresses and heels. Men will be in sport coats and ties.The derby is like a state holiday.




 
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Carl on April 10, 2018 9:09 AM
Fredo, had you been around in the Middle Ages, you'd have made an outstanding town crier.  [Of course they were all outstanding, since you wouldn't be heard if you stayed indoors.  (;-}  ]  Uh, maybe you were.  Do you believe in reincarnation?  Maybe you were Hindu "back in the day."
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Carl on April 10, 2018 11:39 AM
Tom Dillon, the grapevine reports that you're back in the balmy embrace of Indiana.  Tell us more.
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Mike Murphy on April 10, 2018 7:11 PM
There are 3 -4 major natural gas pipelines coming across WV to the east coast to transmit NG and later LNG across the globe.  However some of our classmates ansectors are climbing trees on Monroe County's Peters Mountain to impede progress. Also the Ohio will transmit LNG from the Marsalias to New Orleans and onward. Hopefully the severance tax will pay the WV Teachers a decent salary. 

I propose that schools run 8 hrs per day year round and all home work be done before departure, with at least one hour remediation each day for those not meeting standards. Immediatly give teachers 133% raise for (8/6) for 12 Months last year 12th to be pre college or tech ed 8hrs per day. Poor little snow flakes (teachers) would have to get used to full days work. Also special ed teachers would receive 20% more, anyone can teach smart kids, this would give incentative to help slow kids like me?

Carl - does this deserve a poem? Bye the way is the tree hugger  a Confederate?

Keep the Faith
Mike


 
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Carl on April 10, 2018 10:14 PM
Mike, just cause you asked:

I think it impossible to overpay a teacher
Cause as a young student I's a miserable creature.
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Cookie on April 10, 2018 11:27 PM
Mike
Year round school??? Talk about teacher burnout!  You must never have taught in Prince George's County.  Unions gonna be right on that!  Actually sounds like a good idea if we were teaching reading, writing and arithmetic instead of Social Justice.  
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Carl on April 11, 2018 9:21 AM
Cookie, I never had classes with Mike, but I always suspected that he was one of those "goody two-shoes" students who teachers loved.  He seems to think that all [or most] students are like he was.  I'm here to testify that Keatley, Carl & others were NOT.  But I'm pretty sure that we contributed to their joy as summer vacation approached.   (;-}     MAGFAY
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Fredrick Lucas on April 11, 2018 10:50 AM
Yesterday I went to the Hamilton County Retired Teachers luncheon. The guest speaker was mystry writer J.T. Townsend. He discussed the murder of President Lincoln.

He really didn't understand why John Wilks Booth was admitted to the box where the Lincolns were sitting. The doorkeeper let him in without a challenge.Stanton did not provide Lincoln with the best possible guard. The Grants were invited to go but declined. Why?

After Booth and the others were caught, why was Mrs. Sarrett the only woman hanged. Hanging was not appropriate for the crime this woman had committed.

Andrew Johnson had been drinking to excess and had gone home. The next day he was told that he was now the president.

Southerners were horrified when they learned that Lincoln was murdered.Robert Lincoln eventually had to  send  Mary to a facility  for the mentally ill. An interesting talk.
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carol on April 12, 2018 10:23 AM
I am catching up on the blog and read Fred's comments about the Mennonites. We have a friend whose family in PA are Mennonites. They moved from PA to Greenville SC Many years ago so his dad could attend Bob Jones University. He is a CPA and a pilot who owns a plane. We have taken many trips with him and Linda, including one to Lancaster County, the store in the movie "The Witness" once belonged to his great grandfather. We met his aunt, a Mennonite, who wore a lace covering on her head--a very sweet lady. We visited the family farm, now owned by an Amish family. I assumed Mennonites were from Germany. As you know, there are many German families here and we know some of them quite well because most of them play tennis. One couple moved back to Berlin, but comes back to visit every spring. We just saw them last week. I am fascinated by connections... I have been a bridge player forever and last week I subbed in a group that I have known for years. One of the women said something about Bluefield. She has a northern accent, so I didn't think she was from there, so I quickly responded "West Va.?" She said "no, VA." She said she used to have relatives there and spent summers there in the late 60's and 70's. We talked about the KDI, East River Mt, etc. Another strange connection. When we moved to TX our oldest son was in high school and had a student teacher from Howard Payne Univ (a Baptist Univ). One day our son had a shirt on with SC something on it and the student teacher asked if he was from SC. The teacher said that he had an uncle in SC who was a Baptist pastor. Well, not only did our son go to pre-school and Bible school there, the pastor lived on the same street that we lived on. Another connection involves one of our classmates. Back in the 80's our sons swam in the city league. We have a son named Blake. I had heard of the Blake swimmers who were older and swam on a different team. At the city meet I said something like, "Good job, Blake." A man beside me said "we are Blakes." He then said, I have a nephew whose first name is Blake. I thought there is no chance that he is talking about my classmate, but I asked him where he lived. Mr. Blake responded "Princeton WV." Mr. Blake worked for Hoechst/Celanese here. Enjoy this beautiful spring day!
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Carl on April 12, 2018 10:38 AM
'tis a small world alright.  Here's my contribution:
   Back in the early 70s, my first wife and I were camping at a state park in Rhode Island.  My favorite baseball team had a game on TV, so Julia & I found a bar that was airing it.  Conversation with bartender included our being from WV.  His eyes sorta lit up, not because we were so stimulating, but that the bar had a regular who also was from WV, and who happened to be there, so we were introduced.  We, in our 20s, and she apparently in her 60s, began talking.  Turns out she was from
Princeton.  She told us that her mother still lived on the Athens Rd., and asked that we stop by to see her when we were there and to tell her that we had met her daughter and that she was OK, "but don't tell her you met me in a bar."  Given her age and that comment, it was one of my favorite chance encounters.
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Ched on April 12, 2018 11:18 AM
Wow,  Cookie & Carl,  no  way I can top  thse  "small world" stories.
  Cookie,  just  curious,:  where have  your life  travels  taken you as  far as places ived? 
 I have moved  around  quite  a bit in my early  career. From  college  Akron Ohio> Pottstown , PA> Memphis TN> Albany Ga> Oklahoma City OK.> Nairobi Kenya> Nashville  TN>  Akron OH> Nashville TN.  I finally  stayed in the Nashville  area (  Hendersonville  to be precise.) !!!
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Cookie on April 12, 2018 12:24 PM
Unlike you guys my life's travels have been pretty boring.  Princeton and Maryland.  (Currently southern Maryland--land of tobacco and blue crabs).  
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Carl on April 12, 2018 12:31 PM
Cookie, Thoreau said, "I have traveled a good deal in Concord," and his life attests that, indeed, he did travel a good deal -- without straying far from home.  Your blog comments over the years suggest that you have traveled a great deal in PG County and other parts of Maryland.  Tell us more.
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Cookie on April 12, 2018 1:18 PM
Borrrrrrrrrrrrrrring. And whats not boring I can't share.  
I've been blessed!
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Carl on April 12, 2018 1:30 PM
Ahh, I see.  Maintaining the mystique, eh?  Ok, that's your business.
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Tracy French on April 12, 2018 10:26 PM
Mike:  West Virginia will benefit from those pipe lines the same as McDowell County benefited from the Coal Boom in the early 1900's.  I have property in Monroe County and  several years ago I got a 10 fold increase in property tax because I use the farm for hunting and recreation and didn't live there.  A couple years later I started getting phone calls from Pennsylvania, Georgia and New York wanting to know If I wanted to sell.  After paying the high tax rate for 5 years I let a neighbor plant $1500 worth of corn and lowered my tax rate 90%.  I objected to the pipe line and after a clear route for it was established I quit getting calls wanting to buy.

I would agree with you on the 12 month school year but that's just me, I was always one of those who would rather stay in class and take a test than to take recess outside on a warm spring day and play.

Not all tree huggers are Confederate.  Some of them are just plain ole Rebels.

Fred, are you sure Townsend said "...all Southerners were horrified at the murder of Lincoln"?
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Edward Laufer on April 13, 2018 12:36 AM
It is commendable MIKE AND TRACY liking a 12 month school year. NOT ME! A song that I believe came out in 1958 by the JAMIES - SUMERTIME SUMERTIME is my mantra to this feeling . If you listen to the words. JOY to the school year ending.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 13, 2018 7:29 AM
Townsend said that southerners were horrified . Many knew that Lincoln wanted to heal thr nstion's trauma.Instead southerners got reconstruction .
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Ched on April 13, 2018 11:20 AM
I think the US is one of a very few  countries  which do not have  12 month  school.  This is  a carryover  from a time when kids needed  to be off  to help on  the  family  farms. ( not necessary in most  cases now).  With the protracted time off in the  summer, students lose  som of  what  was  taught in  the peceding  session.   Othe  countries  are getting  ahead of us in  critical  areas of math & science. I am in  favor of a modified  schedule  with  scattered  brief  breaks. 
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Edward Laufer on April 13, 2018 11:58 AM
Ched you are absolutely right that the given reason that our school year ended at the time it did (usually towards the end of May for us) was that many kids lived on farms.In the 1950's I knew from my New Jersey cousins that lived near New York City, that they did not get out of school until late June.
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Edward Laufer on April 13, 2018 12:07 PM
I believe that now the summer break in West Virginia is much shorter than when we all were in school.Something like the 2nd or so week in June to sometime near the 3rd week or so in August. Mike or Ched perhaps you might have the answer to the times I mentioned
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Cookie on April 13, 2018 12:08 PM
Keep in mind not all schools are air-conditioned.  Additionally, colleges and universitaries will have to adjust their course offerings for teachers seeking advanced degrees and re-certification.  Personally I have always favored a school year consisting of 4 quarters with shorter breaks between.  Ocean City will have a fit of course because they would loose their teen employment population.  
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Mike Murphy on April 13, 2018 12:40 PM
My recommendation on 12 month schools is based on my experience w Job Corps and Training out of school youth in WV plus training Teachers and administrators here and abroad. Ched - explained the old school very well with his excellent analytical engineering background. And Ed - I agree I always looked forward to being out of school and could caddy and make good money in summer. So this is a do as I say not as i did recommendation or even what I would personally prefer for me.

I never thought I would be a Teacher , in fact would have said you were crazy projecting it. But things happened and because learning was hard for me except for math, I could motivate students to work hard for their selves. Cookie - Also teaching Voc was much easier than English or Literature that kids were already burned out on. (how's that for composition).  And Carl, I was far from being a teachers favorite with most.

Tracy - What is going on at Lerona pronounced here on TV as La Roona - do we have another Bobbit decapation squared?

Keep the Faith
Mike   
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Carl on April 13, 2018 1:53 PM
One more point about expanded schooling.  I pretty much attended public school the minimum days allowed.  No kindergarten, no sniffle too minor not to stay home, "hooked" a few days beginning in 2nd grade [truly] and other squirrely acts.  Adding to that my considerable college time, I was well into my 40s before realizing that I had been educated beyond my intelligence.  Thus, I was forever destined to be a disrupter, a bore, a boar, and a purveyor of silliness and folderol, which I have pursued shamelessly for about 30 years now.
   Had I accelerated my schooling [e.g., thru a year-round system], it's likely that I would have become educated beyond my intelligence at a much earlier age, turning my 30-year siege into a much longer one.  Do we really want to create that monster?
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Cookie on April 13, 2018 2:06 PM
Spent 6 years in the classroom teaching accounting and a few other business subjects then spent the next 24 in central office working with student teachers and classroom teachers.  Always wanted to be a teacher.  I'm not a happy camper these days when it comes to public education.  They are teaching social justice at the expense of basic skills.  I've seen too much. It isn't so important to get the right answer but rather "how did you feel about the answer you got." Hope that guy isn't the pilot of the next plane I'm on.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 13, 2018 9:20 PM
Ched, French students in public school receive two months of summer vacation. In Germany each state sets educational policy. Most students receive six weeks summer vacation.
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Cookie on April 13, 2018 8:57 PM
Who spells universities like that?????  LOL 
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Tracy French on April 13, 2018 9:49 PM
Mike:  What happened at Lerona is a result of the drug culture that is allowed to exist across America and other countries because of the evil that exist in the world today.  West Virginia has been hit exceptionally hard because (this is my opinion) we are a welfare state and the government pumps money into the economy without requiring any accountability and assume the people are too ignorant to do anything about it.

There has been an active drug distributiion center withing 1/2 mile of my home for over 40 years.  Several arrest have been made, several deaths have occurred yet it continues to exist.  Have I reported it?  You betcha, but it still exist.  The Mills girl who decapitated the White boy was a frequent visitor there.

There was an antique auto show at one of the local Hardee's this afternoon and 3 of our classmates had entries in it.  Pete Stephenson (I would give him first place) Dottie Morris and Myron Anderson.  It was a pleasure to view automobiles that we grew up with.  What a time period in history we have experienced!
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Tracy French on April 13, 2018 10:10 PM
Ed.  I think Eddie Cochran said it a little better for me with "Summertime Blues" than The Jamies did with "Summertime, Summertime".  I like both songs and they definately fit in with our time place in high school.
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Tracy French on April 13, 2018 10:45 PM
Fred:  I wouldn't want to give you the impression that I approve of slavery because I certainly don't approve of one human being "owning" another human being but I do believe there are many, many people whose lives are better today than they would have been had not their ancestors been enslaved.  Also, I think everyone should be aware that not all people who have been enslaved are black and that not all blacks have ancestors that have been enslaved.

Reconstruction:  As far as the Cival War is concerned I think a more suitable word would be "rehabilitation".  Personally, I assioate the time period known as "Reconstruction" with the term "Carpet Bagger
".

 
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Carl on April 14, 2018 3:22 PM
Well you old scalawag, you.
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Tracy French on April 14, 2018 4:40 PM
mmmmmm.....  last time I heard that term Marianne Gingrich was throwing it around Newt during their divorce.

Any speculation on what Putin is going to do?


 
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Fredrick Lucas on April 15, 2018 8:07 AM
Does anyone remember PHS graduate Buck Nolan? If you said Charles Buxton you would be right. Charles who was 7 ft 4 inches was known as the tallest clown in the world. He toured with the Clyde Beaty Circus. He died in 2004 from colon cancer. In Princeton he was known as Beanpole.

His sister Judy became a nurse.


 
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Fredrick Lucas on April 15, 2018 8:30 AM
Tracy, entertainer Louis Armstrong refused to be buried in his hometown New Orleans.Instead he is buried in New York City.Why did he choose New York City?
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Carl on April 15, 2018 12:37 PM
Fred, I thought of you this morning as I read "the best of earth day" in today's Parade magazine.  The article cited "people & programs saving the planet," and identified such in AK, AR, CA, DE, HI, ID, IL, KS, MN, MO, MS, NC, NM, OK, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WY.  No mention of anyone/anything in Ohio who/that is helping to save the planet.

 
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Tracy French on April 15, 2018 1:30 PM
Carl:  Fred may have a different answer but just off the top of my head, John Kasich comes to mind from the state of Ohio.
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Tracy French on April 15, 2018 1:53 PM
Fred:

I did not know much about Armstrong's personal life and I did read his Biography on the internet today but it doesn't say why he would refuse to be buried in New Orleans.  What I read suggest that he had taken Queens as his second home and was buired there after dying in his sleep from his 2nd heart attack.  I know a (very) few people who are from Queens and they all feel "... there's no place in the world like Queens".  Maybe that's how Armstrong felt, it's as close to heaven as he can get on earth.


 
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Fredrick Lucas on April 15, 2018 2:15 PM
Tracy Armstrong told the present mayor that the monuments to confederate soldiers in public parks reminded him that his ancestors were enslaved and blacks during his time were racially segregated. He did not want to be buried in that type of environment.When the French had New Orleans all were free.When the USA took over, slavery became legal. A number of blacks went to France Carl there are several groups in Ohio working to clean up the environment.The Nature Conservancy, the Audobon Society, the Sierra Club to name a few/
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Cookie on April 15, 2018 2:32 PM
Now I just have to ask.......how far does one have to dig to keep pounding the dirt about the south's less than moral side.  God help us.  Now we are pulling them from the grave.  Trust me Fredo, Louie doesn't care right now.   
If you pick a scab it will never heal.  But in all fairness I continue to be amazed at your wealth of information...or whatever you call it.  If Google is your supplier--well that explains it.  
P.S.  Now we know, Zuckerberg has one gray t-shirt and a suit that doesn't fit.  I understand his wife gives him a sip-lock bag full of cheerios each morning as he leaves the house.  
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Cookie on April 15, 2018 2:32 PM
Now I just have to ask.......how far does one have to dig to keep pounding the dirt about the south's less than moral side.  God help us.  Now we are pulling them from the grave.  Trust me Fredo, Louie doesn't care right now.   
If you pick a scab it will never heal.  But in all fairness I continue to be amazed at your wealth of information...or whatever you call it.  If Google is your supplier--well that explains it.  
P.S.  Now we know, Zuckerberg has one gray t-shirt and a suit that doesn't fit.  I understand his wife gives him a sip-lock bag full of cheerios each morning as he leaves the house.  
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Cookie on April 15, 2018 2:33 PM
Make that "zip lock and sippy cup". 
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Carl on April 15, 2018 2:38 PM
Fredo, it'a all well and good that you cite Audubon, Sierra & TNC, but they failed to make the short list in the Parade article.  Makes one wonder.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 15, 2018 3:08 PM
Cookie, the information about Armstrong came in an interview on PBS.The mayor was asked why the city is removing confederate monuments from public parks.During the interview, he mentioned his convesation with Armstrong.

I also learned that five million black people migrated from thr South after segregation became legal there.


 
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Cookie on April 15, 2018 3:18 PM
You know Fredo.............there is medication for this.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 15, 2018 5:47 PM
I decided to publish several European countries and the dates that they abolished slavery. Iceland 1117, England 1772, Scotland 1778, Spain ,,Holland, France 1818.
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Mike Murphy on April 15, 2018 6:27 PM
Sounds like someone needs to REPENT, rather than aggravating the HELL out of everyone else.

Make America Sans Gad Flys!

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on April 15, 2018 7:06 PM
Mike, I'll be moving to another topic. Soon the City will have the Flying Pig Marathon.There will be several thousand runners. One of my friends who is in training, ran 20 miles Saturday.I haven't received word about the Boston or New York Marathons.

The Cincinnati Reds are 2-12. This is one of rheir worst starts .It appears that Cincinnati will build a new soccer stadium.Our metro population is two million one hundred thirty eight thousand which is small compared to Los Angeles, Chicago or New York.

One of our Hamilton County Commissioners will have his leg amputated. He has cancer.

Will Mr. Laufer whose last name laufer means runner in German, run in a marathon? That is an interesting question.
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Cookie on April 15, 2018 7:13 PM
.............and "When Pigs fly.......................................
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Cookie on April 15, 2018 7:13 PM
.............and "When Pigs fly.......................................
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Cookie on April 15, 2018 7:14 PM
I typed it twice "hoping" someone would get the message.
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Tracy French on April 16, 2018 2:24 AM
Cookie: Not sure this is your conidential email address so I will limit what I say. The more I undersand about the computer he less I know.
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Tracy French on April 15, 2018 9:13 PM
Fred:

Which is the greater tragedy for America?

Slavery, which caused the Civil War and cost less than 2,000,000 lives or the desire to stop Communism which cost more than 6,000,000 lives and occurred on our watch?

I admit, it's not a fair question, heck, it's not even a good one.

There's much more to be ashamed about in America than slavery and my guess is that the recent bombing in Syria will be one of them.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 16, 2018 7:02 AM
Hamilton County Commissioner Tod Portune will travel to Columbus today to have his leg amputated. The Ohio State university has an outstanding cancer treatment facility.

This is the fifth year anniversary of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. A number of spectators had limbs amputated.

I feel sad anytime innocent people are attacked for no reason
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Fredrick Lucas on April 16, 2018 10:16 AM
Cookie, you seem interested in the Flying Pig Marathon. For many years Cincinnati had several meat packing plants.The organizers of the marathon decided to honor the meat packing heritage and call the marathon, the Flying Pig Marathon.

Is there a marathon in West Virginia Mike?
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Fredrick Lucas on April 16, 2018 10:48 AM
There is a full marathon in Morgantown, and Harpers Ferry
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Mike Murphy on April 16, 2018 12:51 PM
"Mommas don't let your babies grow up to be Cowboys"

Watched the CMAs last eve, was impress with the words of Luke Bryan song "Most people are good" and enjoyed Should have been a Cowboy w Toby Keith and Mirandas old squeze.

After rock and roll, Blues & Soul I like Country esp Waylon Jennings. There is a docu on direct TV - Mike Judges ?? about Waylon, Willie etc. which I recommend.

Kee[ the Faith
Mike 
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Fredrick Lucas on April 16, 2018 4:37 PM
The Boston Marathon has a new winner. The men's champion is from Japan.Weather conditions were challebging but rhe winning time was better than last year.The weather presented challenges.

. The weather in Cincinnati is unusual. Sunday.the temperature was 73. Today it is32 and snowing.
My favorite pop tune is In the Mood by Glen Miller.I also like Stardust by Hogy Carmichael. He is a graduate of Indiana University Finally,  Love is a Many Splendored Thing.There is an interesting Christian Song. Drop Kick Me Through the Goal Posts of Life Sweet Jesus,.           
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Carl on April 17, 2018 12:19 PM
Fred, since you seem to like some of the older pop tunes [and that "Drop-kick" song], where do you stand on some of my favorites like:
"Dang-Me"
"Do-Wacka-Do"
"You Can't Rollerskate in a Buffalo Herd"
"I've Been a Long Time Leavin'"
"The Ballad of Waterhole #3" 
and
"My Uncle Used to Love Me but She Died"
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Tracy French on April 17, 2018 8:12 PM
I have had a wonderful visit with my baby sister Ellen who has visited the last 2 days.  I have laughed so much that my sides hurt.  With that being said, I would like to ask you to share with the class on the blog, the funniest thing you have experienced in your life time. (Or at least the funniest one you can share with a crowd)
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Tracy French on April 17, 2018 8:27 PM
Carl:  I have always been a Roger Miller fan but I do not remember any "Waterhole No. 3".  I'm going to YouTube after this post.

When we were in school, and in the midst of the space race, a song came out about a rocket being launched into space and I cannot remember all the lyrics, who sang it or the name of it.

So here's a quiz:  Name that tune!!!!

"... I forgot my crayons"  "My name is Hosea Humanes".  
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Fredrick Lucas on April 17, 2018 9:52 PM
Carl interesting titles I just dont recall any of the songs you list. I enjoyed that mountain song. The hills are alive with the sound of music. Do Re Mi with Julie Andrews, Que sera sera with Doris Day.What will be will be.Dueling Banjos with Flatt and Scruggs Mr.  Sandman by the Cordettes, Autumn Leaves Roger Miller.A beautiful day in the neighborhood by Mr Rogers.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 17, 2018 10:16 PM
Carl, I forgot Foggy Mountsin Breakdown by Flatt and Scruggs
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Carl on April 20, 2018 12:51 AM
Fredo, in reviewing comments, I note your most interesting one from April 17 where you say that you don't recall any of the songs that I listed [Dang me; Do Wacka Do," ...] then go on to mention "Autumn Leaves Roger Miller."
   Get this: I think you meant Autumn Leaves by Roger Williams.  The interesting part is that ALL of the songs on my list were written and recorded by -- you guessed it -- Roger 
MILLER.
   That seems something like a harmonic convergence.
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Carl on April 17, 2018 10:21 PM
Tracy, I'm sure you must be thinking of that rock 'n roll smash hit, whose title I can't recall, with these lyrics:
   Fly me to the moon and let me play among the stars.
    Let me see what Spring is like on Jupiter and Mars. . .
 
I can't recall if it was Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard.
Fred, can you help?
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Fredrick Lucas on April 17, 2018 11:17 PM
Carl, the singer fot fly me to the moon was Frank Sinatra
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Carl on April 18, 2018 9:08 AM
Thanks Fred; you remain my go-to guy for clarity -- or should I say clarification? -- I'm not real clear on this.
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Tracy French on April 18, 2018 3:59 PM
Carl:  That's not it.  Now it seems to me there was no singing just some crazy thing like someone describing someone going up in a rocket and he screams "I forgot my crayons" and at some point he says "...my name is Hosea Humanis (I don't spell in Spanish very well)  I can't find it on YouTube.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 18, 2018 10:22 PM
Carl. Julie London also sang fly me to the moon.         I didn't want Cookie to think that I wanted to feature Sinatra and no women.
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Carl on April 18, 2018 10:40 PM
Tracy, I only remember the instrumental "Telstar," but don't recall it having any "I forgot my crayons-like" lyric.  Are you sure that wasn't during your 60s mind-altering days?
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Carl on April 18, 2018 11:11 PM
Tracy, it sounds like you're describing the commedian Bill Dana who created the character Jose Jimenez ["My name Jose Jimenez . . ."].  Jose was a number of characters of limited intellect, including an astronaut.  He was a lovable bumpkin who attained much commercial success [Steve Allen Show; Ed Sullivan; . . .].  With the arrival of modern American enlightenment, Bill Dana became reviled for exploiting a cultural stereotype, and he recanted his character and "retired" him from the stage.  Don't know what it says about me -- to the liberal elite and others -- but I can still appreciate Dana's comedic excellence just as I can the brilliance of "Amos and Andy" and the human insight of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  
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Edward Laufer on April 18, 2018 11:50 PM
The song Telstar personally resonates for me as in 1962 in early September I went over to Britain for 9 months to study at University and all over the airways was this unique sounding intrumental called Telestar by the Tornados No vocals but near the end you can hear some type of chorus.humming the melody.
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Edward Laufer on April 18, 2018 11:59 PM
The song title was inspired by the Telstar communications satellite sent up earlier in 1962. I sent back later that fall a couple of 45's to my brother Jerry and to Phil Selig in Cincinnati by very slow boat and by the time the 45's got there it was all over the US Airways. From what I have read it was the first Brit group to be #1 here.
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Edward Laufer on April 19, 2018 12:07 AM
US airways i.e. These phones have some type of spelling ghosts in them.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 19, 2018 10:54 AM
Telstar performed by the Tornados is available on You Tube.
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Ched on April 19, 2018 11:03 AM
Telstar  was  also recorded by The Ventures
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Edward Laufer on April 19, 2018 10:54 AM
Carl, You probably remember the Bill Dana episode on the Ed Sullivan show when Dana comes out in his astronaut outfit with his helmet in hand and Sullivan asks Is this what they call a crash helmet and Dana as deadpan as ever says I hope not! I could not stop laughing
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Edward Laufer on April 19, 2018 11:17 AM
Ched, about 3 or so years ago a number of us went down to 42nd St to BB Kings nightclub where the Ventures with some of its original members were playing one evening. Right off the bat they started with Walk Don't Run and went from there. If one closed their eyes you thought you were listening to their records. Fantastic Show!
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Fredrick Lucas on April 19, 2018 7:56 PM
I do want to promote female singers. One of my favorite is Connie Francis. Another is Loretta Lynn. Finally, Karen Carpenter who had a mellow sound. She died  too early.
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Cookie on April 19, 2018 8:38 PM
Nope. Tina turner it is 
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Carl on April 20, 2018 12:27 AM
Edward, I remember that "crash helmet" gag too.  It was a good one.
As Larry the Cable Guy would say, "Now that's funny. I don't care who you are."
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Fredrick Lucas on April 20, 2018 8:15 AM
James Levine was recebtly fired as the director emeritus of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Why? Several males have stated that he abused them as children.Levine is  a native of Cincinnati.

After the Met decision, the Cincinnati May Festival withdrew its invitation for Levine to conduct the May Festival.

I was a member of the chorus when he conducted the May Festival. He did a good job.

I understand that Levine has health issues. He is 74


 
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Fredrick Lucas on April 20, 2018 11:40 AM
Another female singer who has been a favorite is Doris Day. Doris is a native of Cincinnati . Her song que sera sera was widely accepted.

Lacy Jones my friend from Kenna told me that when he was born, a midwife came to the home to help with the delivery. They didn't have insurance or transportation. Jones earned an MS in Math from Penn State. He taught at Princeton HS in Sharronville Ohio until he retired.
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Ched on April 20, 2018 5:17 PM
we are in Pigeon Forge enjoying the Spting Rod Run. So many cool rods and customs. real eye candy for a car guy. Wonder if Myron and other Princeton  guys are here.   ??   
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Mike Murphy on April 20, 2018 7:36 PM
My neighbor Jeff Carpenter always attends that show. He builds 59 Camaro's, completly new w $30.000 engine and drive train and sells them for around $125,000. Full power AC and custom interior rims are around $2500. They are beautiful with several coats of paint that averages $600/Gal. 

Myron has a beautiful old Buick.

My closest thing to a show car was a 57 Ford Ranchero, 40 yrs past. Fastest was 64 Olds Cutlass. 

keep the Faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on April 20, 2018 9:17 PM
Carl, you are right I made an error. Autumn Leaves was performed by Roger Williams.
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Tracy French on April 21, 2018 6:08 PM
Carl:  Happy ETS Day.
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Carl on April 21, 2018 9:55 PM
and back attcha TRacy.  April 21 is always a day of celebration for some of us.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 21, 2018 10:06 PM
I want to wish everyone a happy Earth Day.One women's singing group that I've emjoyed is the Lennon Sisters.Another group is the River Dance an Irish group of dancers and instrumentalists, The dancers feature nen and women.
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Mike Murphy on April 22, 2018 12:27 PM
Cookie- Just thinking about some Crab Cakes at the Inner Harbor, one of my favorites.

Above all the hysteria it seems to me that the USA environment is better than ever?

Save the Gay and transgendered Whales?
Mike
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Cookie on April 22, 2018 1:24 PM
Mike:  Lots of good places around for Maryland Crab Cakes.  There is a hole in the wall looking dump one block from the Annapolis harbor called Chick N' Ruths thats been there for a century.  Tradition is that each newly elected governor will have breakfast there on their inaug. day.  If you are a lobbyist you want to make sure you are seen there.  Crab cakes are to die for.  Was there last week.  When you walk in the door you think its 1950.  
I see one of the Hawks boys who worked at the Elks passed away.  
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Fredrick Lucas on April 22, 2018 2:04 PM
Earth Day has been observed on April 22 since 1970.People throughout the world have developed projects to help save the planet from various problems. Some groups will clean trash from river banks.Others will plant trees. Still others will recycle plastics. Whales and other marine creatures have been injesting plastics which cause harm to their bodies. Polar bears are trying to survive because ice has been melting in the Arctic Ocean.I have just touched the surface of environmental problems.

In previous posts, I have mentioned how coal mining had polluted ground water used for drinking,cooking and bathing.


 
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Cookie on April 22, 2018 3:07 PM
Do you like electricity?
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Fredrick Lucas on April 22, 2018 8:39 PM
To whom are you addressing your question do you like electricity?Cookie. 
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Mike Murphy on April 22, 2018 9:24 PM
Ozone layer is intact.
Acid Rain is under Control
More Polar Bears than Ever
Less Africans are dead from burning Dung & using Electricity
Less Smog in USA
Make America Great Again
Happy Happy Happy?

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on April 22, 2018 9:40 PM
Mikie, where did you get your data ? You never cite data? Do you know how to find data?You still critique my conclusions.You behave like a right wing moss back.
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Cookie on April 22, 2018 9:50 PM
Well now Fredo, where do you get your data...anal extrapolation?  

I'm asking you if you like electricity since that coal you are fussing about has kept you warm, cooked and refrig your food for a long time, kept factories and jobs afloat, etc.  etc. etc.  I could go on and on but I'm going to bed. You've drank so much kool-aid you have turned purple.  
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Carl on April 23, 2018 9:34 AM
Fred, I don't know what a right-wing moss back is -- and won't criticize you for not defining your terms -- but you just may have hit the nail on the head this time.   (;-}
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Mike Murphy on April 23, 2018 9:47 AM
Ed. - National geographic has a section on the Sky Scrapers of New York, which I found extremly interesting.  this is the special History Publication.
Especially intrieged about the Iron Workers.

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 10:50 AM
Thanks Mike, I will look for the issue. Often the 2 local libraries near where we live get copies.Did the Nat Geo article have the famous black and white photo of workers eating their lunch on a beam some 69 floors up on Rocketfeller Center suspended over Manhattan. Perhaps it was staged,but famous nonetheless!
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 11:03 AM
AN ALERT TO OTHER OF OUR BLOGGERS.Jerry,my brother who lives in Lewisburg read or saw that on Sunday the 29on CNN the series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown where he looks for unique foods in unique places will be in West Virginia including Welch. The following from what was said on Google may make this show even more intestine
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 11:11 AM
TO QUOTE' BOURDAINS'S own preconceptions are dashed as he finds the West Virginian to be a remarkable dichotomy, both resolute and open-mineded' END OF QUOTE Since Bourdain is I believe,very liberal, his comments may add a lot of flavor to the show.
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 11:13 AM
Sorry, Once again ghosts made a double out if ny last comment
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 11:15 AM
Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will be on at 9pm Sunday
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 11:19 AM
I really should check the spelling. I really should! Interesting not intestine. It is this ghoast!
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 11:20 AM
GHOST!
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Mike Murphy on April 23, 2018 12:23 PM
Ed - The guys eating lunch on the beam was one of the photos, also the gargoil of the eagle head of Chrysler building was shown, it appears to be metal and a passageway allows access. Those buildings would hold a lot of hay? Do you get to see the plays, I saw Miss Siagon and Can't remember name "Mouse ran up the Clock" In London on my last trip back from SA. Later was longest running play ever but I can't remember name. Envy your access to entertainment, but disliked walking everywhere in NY. 

Haven't heard or seen Barbara Calfee or Ed Thompchin in a long time are they OK?  Talking about travel Ed T has been about everywhere.

Keep the Faith
Mike.


 
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 12:53 PM
Hi Mike, I have not been in touch with Ed T since 2015.Carl might have since Ed and his wife often go to those monthly meetings at Ryans and Carl has been there tecently.Speaking about Carl as our #1 movie expert Sandy and I are heading out West to see some of the parks there.
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 1:02 PM
One of our tour stops there Mike, and I bring up Carl , is an overnight stay in Monument Valley where we will have a Navaho guide going on 4 wheelers there. This is one of thelocation spots for a number of John Wayne westerns such as the great Western the Searchers and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon. On my bucket list!He knows these movies.
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 1:17 PM
Mike, the play you saw in London was probably Agatha Christie's mystery The Mousetrap still running in London. Talking about the Chrysler Building, the tower that was lit at night had offices, and my late friend George Santon had a friend that I met that was a dentist with his office in the tower.
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Carl on April 23, 2018 1:49 PM
Edward, a tour of Monument Valley has been on my bucket list since way before the "bucket list" was ever heard of.  My chances of seeing it are fading fast.  I have, however, made 2 trips to the following:
 
 Grand Canyon, Zion Nat'l. Park & Bryce Canyon Nat'l. Park. 
The visual splendor of these great parks is a bountiful treat.
Alas, missed Arches and Monument Valley [
too little time].
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 4:14 PM
Actually, the tour which begins and ends in Las Vegas a kind if park i.e. those you mentioned plus Archs, Canyonlands, and Lake Powell are all on this tour.. We are trying to do as many as we can and are to be able to walk alot. I look in the mirror and see time exploding by. by.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 23, 2018 6:46 PM
Polar bears have serious problems with melting ice according to an article from the World Wildlife Federation. The article is  online.According to a PBS show featuring Bill Moyers several southern West Virginia families near Williamson had to tap into the water system in Williamson because their water was contaminated with coal and they were unable to use it. I discussed this in a previous post.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 23, 2018 6:55 PM
moss bach an extremely old fashion or reactionary person
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Cookie on April 23, 2018 8:53 PM
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
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Mike Murphy on April 23, 2018 9:30 PM
Gadius Flyuis - Latin for one who relishes others miseries and lords it over them because they are hollier than though in thought and deed. Or I'm OK you are dumb.

Ed. You mentioned Agatha Christie (it was the Mouse trap) Aretta and I stayed in the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul, where it was said that Agatha stayed during one of her break ups, they found a key to one of the PP rooms in her belongings after her passage. Neat place drank Arak w piano player and sang. You mentioned four wheeler, in Dubai we sand skied of the dunes with drivers of large suvs which was fun. also observed kids with SUVs driving on two wheels, trick was to strike a cigarette lighter on the road from drivers window.

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 9:49 PM
Mike, Very interesting story about Agatha Christie, particularly with your connection to that hotel. Whereas Dubai is still I am guessing fairly safe for Americans, sadly Turkey is starting to be another story for Americans. What a world we live in. Look today what happend in Toronto.
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Edward Laufer on April 23, 2018 9:55 PM
Not inferring that Canada is not safe for Americans at all. It is just as we see everywhere such hate for the West.
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Edward Laufer on April 24, 2018 12:10 AM
As of midnight the motivation of the driver of the rental van in Toronto is not known just the similaries are sriking with with similar incidents in New York, London and Nice where vehicles were used for multiple killings.
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Tracy French on April 24, 2018 6:31 PM
Carl - A right-wing moss back is just the opposite of a left-wing moss back.

You know we never get to old to learn.  Today I learned that the English Alphabet had 27 letters up until 1830.  The 27th letter is what we know as an Ampersand, originally formed by combining the E and T (looks much prettier than the way it's formed today) and the alphabet went x, y, z, and per se and with the "and per se" meaning "and by itself".  Since children had trouble saying "and per se" it was reborn as Ampersand.




 
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Carl on April 25, 2018 12:45 PM
Fred, you piqued my interest with that -- no peeking, now -- mossback reference, so I went investigatin'.
mossback: n. a large sluggish fish (such as a largemouth bass).
Hmmm, now you're not implying that my good friend Mike is 1) large, 2) sluggish or 3) largemouthed are you?  [I'm sure that you're not. . . uh, now on the other hand . . .]    (;-}
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Mike Murphy on April 25, 2018 1:23 PM
No Mercy - Thank Goodness in the Lunsford case. Need the Death Panality in WV. I was reflecting Back to 1966 when I would pass Hulliet Smith and say hello walking from the Rose City Cafeteria (long Defunct) where he and I would have Breakfast not together, but it should have been with me convincing him not to do away with the death penality. Just smacked down a lawyer this AM at breakfast, of course they are against it because it gives full employment. He argures it is cheaper than death P, I counter because the legal system gives too many apeals which raises cost. 

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Mike Murphy on April 25, 2018 1:26 PM
My Hero may be having a little bit too much fun at my expense w moss?

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Deeter on April 25, 2018 5:19 PM
Mike, I made that same point with him, but you know how stupid and stubborn he can be.
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Tracy French on April 25, 2018 8:23 PM
I checked on Doug tonight and he has not been getting any food by mouth so he is being considered for a feeding tube.  Gloria will keep me updated.
He is still at St. Francis in Charleston.

I found "wetback" used in a sentence in a few locations and this is my favorite:

The mossback cannot win, because he prefers a flintlock to a Mauser.

 

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Fredrick Lucas on April 27, 2018 7:56 AM
Phyllis Stafford died.She was 87. Her brother is Jack Stafford who is married to our classmate Carol.The obituary is on the Seaver web site.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 27, 2018 10:11 AM
Another animal highlighted in an article by the World Wildlife Federation is the rhinocerous. Their horns are valued in Asia.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 27, 2018 10:20 AM
I made an error in spelling. Rhinoceros is the correct way to spell the animal. They are on the endangered species list.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 28, 2018 2:46 PM
Mike, most major European countries have done away with the death penalty in capital cases. The pope Francis does not favor the death penalty. It was not a deterrant in the murder of 17 people in Parkland
 Florida  It wasn't a deterrant in the recent killings at the Waffel House in Nashville. The killer at Virginia Tech wasn't concerned about the death penalty.Neither was Timothy McVeigh who bombed the Federal Building in Oklahoma,
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Mike Murphy on April 28, 2018 2:58 PM
Ohio has the death penality?
I have visited all and worked in many European countries and I don't want the USA to be like them?
How do you know the death penality didn't have any affect on the killers you listed?
How many murderers have flipped on others or confessed to avoid the death penality.
Besides - it make me feel that justice has been done!!

They have a crying boothe for your use at Utah U.
Keep the faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on April 28, 2018 3:10 PM
Mike 100 countries world wide have abolished the death penalty. The USA and China are not included in that group.
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Carl on April 28, 2018 3:34 PM
Fred, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that 100% of those put to death from capital offense convictions have been deterred from committing further capital killings.  Additionally, there's absolutely no way to know how many other people have been deterred by capital punishment.  [I'm pretty sure that I have, given the countless times when I've been tempted to strangle someone, but have not.]  Simply claiming that capital punishment is not a deterrent is speculative in the extreme. 
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Fredrick Lucas on April 28, 2018 3:49 PM
No member of the European Union has the death penalty.These countries could  not find a relationship between the commission of murder and deterrence of a capital punishment law. There are fewer murders in the EU than in the USA, Laws concerning gun ownership are much stricter there than here.

Mike, I think that you are safe living in Kenna.
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Carl on April 28, 2018 4:09 PM
EU countries "could not find a relationship . . ." huh? 
Isn't that the Land of Inspector Clouseau?
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Cookie on April 28, 2018 4:39 PM
Honest to God!
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Cookie on April 28, 2018 4:49 PM
Fredo:
Lets leave the Pope out of the debate.  He lost his credibleness a few weeks back when he said there was no hell.  Completely ruining my day since if so I've been especially good all these years for nothing.  Wasting all the fun!!!!!

Reading this blog sometimes I expect the grim reaper just to jump off the page.
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Carl on April 28, 2018 5:07 PM
Cookie, I hope you didn't greet the Pontiff's rejection of an eternally global-warming netherworld with an, "Ahh hell!"
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Ched on April 28, 2018 6:52 PM
Herei is my thought on criminal justice:
 Some are  convicted on a first offence basis of  relatively minor non violent offences. These  should be appropriately  evaluated  as ones
 with a very good  chance of rehabilitation. There confinement  would be more in keeping  with  theie  situation.
Repeat offenders and  those convicted of  violent  crimes should  do "hard time" with no lcolor  tv, law library, subsistance meals.  >  the  way I see it, they  deserve no better.. I support  the  deat penalty and it  should be quick after  appropriate  review. It is absurd  tha  these folks languish on death row  for  years.  They did not give theier victoms much  consideration
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Cookie on April 28, 2018 7:49 PM
Carl:  My response to the Pope was much worse but since my friend Fredo has brought to my attention as well as the attention of the multitudes who read this rag that I use dirty words I will be unable to share.
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Fredrick Lucas on April 28, 2018 9:03 PM
Mikie why do you want to go to the University of Utah and cry? Ched, I have served on jury duty in Hamilyon County. We hear the arguments of the lawyers, receive thr instructions from the judge ewgarding what we can and cannot consider. We discuss the case and make a decision.

Ched, the rule of law must be followed.Two years ago, I was pulled over by the Ohio Highway Patrol.I forgot to renew my licence tag.In accordance with the Ohio Revised Code. I was fined. Then I renewed  my licence. 
When I worked in unemployment compensation, we made decisions in accord with the Ohio Revised Code. Those decisions could be appealed.The rule of law was followed.
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Carl on April 28, 2018 11:18 PM
Fred, I can't tell you how pleased I am that an outdated license plate isn't a capital crime in Ohio.  You do indeed seem to live in an enlightened state.  Take care; stay well; live happily.
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Mike Murphy on April 29, 2018 11:12 AM
I am so Happy that we are making America Great Again!

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Ched on April 30, 2018 10:45 AM
Fred,
 My  thought on criminal justice is  simple.  MAx  security Prision  should be  a "BAD PLACE TO BE". No color  TV, No law library, no sex  change surgerys or hormones  etc  etc. Your jury  experience and license  violation has little  connection to the prison environment.
  We need more  Sheriff Joe Aripio
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Ched on April 30, 2018 10:45 AM
Fred,
 My  thought on criminal justice is  simple.  MAx  security Prision  should be  a "BAD PLACE TO BE". No color  TV, No law library, no sex  change surgerys or hormones  etc  etc. Your jury  experience and license  violation has little  connection to the prison environment.
  We need more  Sheriff Joe Aripio
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Carl on April 29, 2018 11:32 AM
BIRTHDAY ALERT!!!
On this, Mike Farley's birthday, I note upcoming birthdays in May:
Gene Fields - May 1
Wayne Alvis - May 7

Doug Neal - May 18
Alice Sue Worrell White - May 25
Sonja Saunders White - May 31

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS ALL

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Tracy French on April 29, 2018 9:35 PM
Gosh, Carl, didn't Mike just have a birthday last year?
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Fredrick Lucas on April 30, 2018 7:32 PM
I would like to wish everyone with May birthdays a happy, healthy and prosperous birthday.

The Elks Magazine had an article about the life and times of the singing cowboys Gene Autry and Leonard Slye Roy Rogers who was born in Cincinnati. A number of their movies were played at the Royal Theater.The B movies were featured in small towns. Gene Autry was more popular in small towns than in Chicago and New York City where Mr. Laufer resides.
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Tracy French on April 30, 2018 8:47 PM
Fred:  If those movies played at the Royal Theatre on a Saturday morning and cost 5 cents, there is a 99.99% chance that I saw them.  By the way, I still have a free ticket to the Royal Theatre that came in Mootz bread.
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Tracy French on May 1, 2018 6:07 AM
Thanks, Ed.  You made my day!
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Fredrick Lucas on May 1, 2018 8:13 AM
The Sons of the pioneers were those who sang with Gene Autry and later with Roy Rogers.One of their hits was Tumbling Tumbleweed.

As the popularity of the B western began to decline, Gene bought a baseball team and Roy and Dale moved to television.Why was Roy's horse named trigger? The horse learned quickly.

The Royal Theater was even updated. It became the LaVon Theater.
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Carl on May 1, 2018 8:47 AM
Fredo, did you know that Ken Curtis was a lead singer with The Sons of the Pioneers when they recorded "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky"? 
He became well known later as Festus Haggen in the "Gunsmoke" series.
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Edward Laufer on May 1, 2018 12:36 PM
Carl, Very interesting and I bet little known fact about the Sons of the Pioneers. I would venture to say that the Song Ghost Riders of the Sky is one on the seminal songs when one thinKS of old westerns and the Old West . We have heard western groups saying this introductions to the song.
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Carl on May 1, 2018 12:47 PM
Edward, you may recall that Vaughn Monroe had the BIG hit of "Riders in the Sky."  My favorite rendition is by a little-known vocalist named Mary McCaslin.  You can hear it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHIMDwse9gc
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Edward Laufer on May 1, 2018 1:28 PM
Carl, I will cue this in tonight. Forgot about Vaughn Monroe version which was a big hit in the late 40s when I was a kid. Fast forward and you can hear him singing Let It Snow, Let It Snow Let It Snow, at the film credits roll at the end of the movie Die Hard
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Carl on May 1, 2018 4:07 PM
"late 40s," eh?  Edward, it's now the late teens and many of us are still kids. . . .  no kiddin'
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Edward Laufer on May 2, 2018 3:30 PM
Carl, McClasin's version of Ghost Riders is definatly different from the versions I have heard. More folk sounding than ones I have heard. Since I am at the moment in the wide open spaces of the West I am going to look for those Ghost Riders in the Sky! YIPPIE KI YAY !
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Edward Laufer on May 2, 2018 3:33 PM
Mary McCaslin i.e.
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Carl on May 2, 2018 4:22 PM
Edward, that was a darn fine "Yippee Ki Yay!"  I'm not surprised.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 3, 2018 7:51 AM
The Sons of the Pioneers are featured on youtube singing Cool Waters as well as tumbling tumbleweed.

Now that the Boy Scouts have admitted girls, they are known as the Scouts.
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Mike Murphy on May 3, 2018 1:39 PM
Interesting debate Fox held Tuesday at Morgantown. I thought Blankenship showed best, but doubt he can beat Manchin because of his Misdemeanor conviction. I know Jenkins from my time with the Governors Office of Technology and think he is a good candidate. The rap on him is that he once was a democrat, but who wasn't at one time? At one time if you were from southern WV you had to be a dem to have someone to vote for??

Ghost Riders in the Sky - sung by Vaughn Monroe an also Rawhide sung by someone?

Any news on Doug? I called once and the nurse handed him the phone but he couldn't talk.

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Carl on May 3, 2018 2:49 PM
Mike, Frankie Laine had the biggest recording of "Rawhide."  He also recorded "Mule Train."  He seemed to have the perfect voice for both songs.  Jerry Van Dyke -- Dick Van Dyke's brother -- had a wonderful comedy bit where he lip synced Laine's recording of "Mule Train" along with a stuffed mule and a piece of rope that he used as a whip.  It's probably available on youtube, but I don't know for sure.
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Becky Novarro on May 4, 2018 9:30 AM
According to his friend Gloria, he is very, very ill. Unable to eat or swallow. Also, unable to talk easily. Let's all keep up the prayers. He is one of a kind and a dear person.
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Becky Novarro on May 4, 2018 9:33 AM
Obviously I was talking about Doug Neal.  He is just so kind and speciail.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 4, 2018 11:46 AM
I want to offer my best wishes to Doug and his family.There is a good book by Jill Bolte Taylor called My Stroke of Insight. She is a brain scientist who suffered a stroke.It took 7 years of rehabilitation to get back into shape.She is on youtube if anyone wants to listen to her.

Since we are getting older, we need to exercise, watch our diet stay in shape and have caring relationships.
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Mike Murphy on May 4, 2018 1:29 PM
Becky- Thanks for the update on Doug. I agree he is a very special person and am hoping and praying for him to get better. 

CNN had a special on Welch, I can't remember the exact title, but illustrates the kindness and grit of people from that area. I taught an evening Class for Marshall U one semester at the McDowell Vocational School for Teachers from that area. Drove from CHW to Welch and back most Thursday evenings. Did stay overnight at Pocahontas Motel one night. I remember the water smelled bad (sulphur) and I rated it 1/2 star. Taught in LPN Lab and Nursing instructors would bedevil me by leaving plastic female body parts from teaching model on desk to distract me. Nurses were the "best" teachers in voc and all had a great sense of humor. I am sure you have heard of workers nailing lunch buckets to floor. I think the worst curse would be to be born without a sense of humor!!

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Ched on May 4, 2018 2:02 PM
Prayers  for our  special  friend  Doug Neal.  !!!!!
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Fredrick Lucas on May 5, 2018 6:37 PM
Fans throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky are celebrating Derby Day at Churchill Downs. Ladies will be dressed in their finest hats, dresses and heels adding feminine color to the event.The gentlemen will be in sport coats ties and slacks. Some will be drinking mint julip while others will drink burbon and vodka. Bets will be places. Some will be winners while others will lose. A few will place and show.

Queen Elizabeth 2 has several horses in the area. I have been to Keenland in Lexington and felt the fun and excitement. Hope you all had a happy cinco de maio day.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 5, 2018 7:09 PM
Now that the Boston Marathon is finished, its time for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon which will be run on Sunday.The runners will have to climb hills during the Flying Pig. While the marathon is not as well known as the ones in Boston and New York City where Mr. Laufer resides, the runners have fun and that is important.

Mr Laufer Cincinnati was once known as porkopolis.One day when I was driving to work, officers were trying to catch a pig that had escaped its pen.
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Tracy French on May 5, 2018 8:42 PM
The Kentucky Derby was enjoyable as usual.  It's something I look forward to watching every year.

I had a nice telephone conversation with Stan Hill today and he suggested a reunion for members of Boy Scout Troop No. 6, later changed to 66.

Fred, you would be a good candidate to spearhead such an event and I agree with Stan, it would be nice to get together.

What do you say?
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Carl on May 5, 2018 10:45 PM
Tracy, Stan Hill?  Is he that tall, lanky fellow who lived, I believe, on Harrison Street?  Father was Postmaster?  Never posts a comment on our Blog?  He always seemed like a decent sort.  Pretty witty, as I recall -- perhaps droll, is that the word?  Do you know him well?
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Tracy French on May 6, 2018 12:34 PM
Carl:  Yes, that's the one and I do know him well.  If I were to describe him I would have used the same words you did.  The description fits him to a "T".
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Carl on May 6, 2018 12:34 PM
Can't get rid of that "Ghost Riders in the Sky" rattling around in my ear.  (Anyone else have that problem with songs?)  Heaven knows there are many more irritating tunes to take possession of your brain's audio track.  In fact, I've always liked the image and the lyricicism of "horses snortin' fire."  I musta been an old cowpoke in an earlier life.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 6, 2018 11:02 PM
Cincinnati held the Flying Pig Marathon.Sergio Reyes from California won the men's race while Amy McDonough from South Carolina won the women's race.She is legally blind. She has 20/300 vision in her left eye. That is it.

Don't forget primary day Tuesday if you haven't yet voted.
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Mike Murphy on May 7, 2018 12:07 PM
It's a beautiful morning, I think I will just go outside and just smile for a while ----

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Carl on May 7, 2018 12:35 PM
Ohhhh, you rascal.
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Carl on May 8, 2018 11:55 AM
Breaking news, folks!  Got up this morning and decided to create an "M2C" folder.  M2C: My 2nd Childhood.  [Look, I said it was "breaking news," not interesting news.]  Anyway, I believe I'm old enough to do it.
   So here goes: who remembers "Ooey Gooey"? 
   What about "Fuzzy wuzzy"?  [I'll bet that Fred knows both.]
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Carl on May 8, 2018 2:13 PM
Could hardly believe my ears.
Mike, is it true that Kenna is "just 20 minutes from romance"?
Sounds like the makings of a good country song.
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Tracy French on May 8, 2018 5:30 PM
 Oogy Gooie was a worm,
A mighty worm was he,
He climbed up on a railroad track,
A train he did not see.
...Fuzzy  ...Wuzzy
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Tracy French on May 8, 2018 8:25 PM
Carl:  I was just wondering.  Have you gotten "Ghost Riders in the Sky" out of your head yet?
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Carl on May 8, 2018 10:05 PM
Yes Tracy, I had finally gotten "Ghost Riders in the Sky" out of my head . . . until you just mentioned it.    (;-}
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Mike Murphy on May 9, 2018 12:50 PM
Sickining to watch Senator Warner disparage Gina Haspels work in the CIA. When has he worked a job seven days a week and slept on the floor of his office to protect the people of the United States??

It make me furious when liberals use there new found hollier than though ethics to disparage their political oponents. Make you want to allow Trump to be President for life? 

Fred - Where do you stand on enhanced interigation?

Keep the faith
Mike
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geno on May 9, 2018 2:38 PM
Y'all talkin bout those 'ol songs, 'member " I stepped in a pile of you, I got love all over me"
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Latter Day Saints has announced that Lucas on May 9, 2018 5:34 PM
Mike the church of Latter Day Saints has has announced that they will no longer sponsor Boy Scout Units.They don't think that mixing boys and girls in Cub Scouting is a wise move.Children who are 8
years old prefer the company of children their own gender.

The Girl Scouts are not admitting boys.

When I was in Tours France, I saw the various ways people were tortured for questioning the practices and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Torture doesn't work. When the revolutionaries grew strong in Tours. they threw the archbishop out of his home and made it into the town art museum.



 
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Carl on May 9, 2018 5:57 PM
Fred, I know more than a few people who would spill their guts at the threat of having the ala mode withheld from their shortcake, or the olive from their martini.  And yet, you seem to embrace the ludicrous notion that "torture doesn't work."  Now don't misunderstand my message.  I strongly oppose torture in general, but I find it specious to base a contrary contention on the argument that "it doesn't work."  

And Geno, I really DON'T remember that song.  Would you hum a few bars for me?
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Ched on May 9, 2018 5:37 PM
The Liberal left has  completly lost  thei way and  their  ignorance shows.!
 No matter  who Trump puts up,  the Dems  will publicly diapariage!
 MAGA !!!!!
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Fredrick Lucas on May 9, 2018 8:21 PM
Water boarding which is contrary to American values was practiced on prsoners at Guantanamobut as I recall the practice ws never recommended by those whose specialty is mental health treatment.

Seventeen people were murdered at the high school in Parkland  Florida. That torture was certainly contrary to American values. Members of the community were in favor of procecution of the killer.

Adolph Hitler, a Roman Catholic dictator was stop?ped after his torture killed millions of people.Stalin also ordered millions of people to be murdered.Pot in Cambodia ordered the murder of 2 million people. Carl does this type of torture really make a positive difference?Had they shown kindness compassion and mercy to those less  fortunate the world would be a better place. 

Remember when I spoke of John Hunt Motgan a civil war soldier who went into Versailles Indiana and took the county treasuty worth 200,000 dollors. What kindness and love did he and his 2600 men show the residents of Indians and Ohio? Slavery was legal in the south.Why couldn't they all be free to follow their dream?Slavery was torture.
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Carl on May 9, 2018 10:28 PM
Fred, thanks.  That was ever so edifying . . . to have you confirm that you disapprove of torture . . . except, apparently, in reasoning.
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Edward Laufer on May 10, 2018 10:59 AM
So yesterday on a plane I pick up a copy of USA TODAYAND there is a section listing a news itemfrom every state and under WV it says PRINCETON, apparently a bald eagle was found on the side of Rt 460 and taken to a local vet. A day before while stopping for lunch in St.George UT.over their sound system comes Country Roads.WV is everwhere!
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Edward Laufer on May 10, 2018 11:01 AM
Eerie!
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Mike Murphy on May 10, 2018 1:14 PM
Funny how libs have found a wedge with "Torture" which they can't exactly define but take off on water boarding. Which at the time was declared legal and appropriate.
I recall John McCaine early on after 9/11 saying the President should do what he has to do to make us safe and say nothing about it. Later he wimped out when running for pres and denounced waterboarding. Also McCain was most responsible for getting us into the Iraq War,the most distasterous decision in decades.
Jay Rockfeller advised the CIA to be even tougher than they proposed.
Nearly every Dem and Rep supported enhanced interagation after 9/11 but later liked to say that is "not who we are" it is what I ARE along with the majority of patriotic Americans. 

Now Camella Harris and John Warner want to badger the CIA nominee about MORALITY!

Fred - I have a friend who wants to cut off your electricity and send you to France, ie you will stay in the dark and love your liberal neighbors.

Carl - Sorry to say Topping didn't Top.

Ed - The Communist tour director in China 80s led us in a rendition of Contey Woads on the way to the Good Wall.

Keep the Faith and keep the wounderful USA safe!
Mike  
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Carl on May 10, 2018 2:56 PM
Mike, one, small, meaningless correction -- the kind that I excel at [pardon my bragging].  It's not that "Topping didn't Top," but that he topped out a bit too early.  Same result, tho'.
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Edward Laufer on May 10, 2018 5:13 PM
Mike, from what you just said, Country Roads is more universal than I thought! It is a song that can resonate in many countries by changing a few words.
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ched on May 10, 2018 10:59 PM
as we say : Mega dittos Mike!!!!!
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Carl on May 11, 2018 12:04 PM
REMINDER: Doug Neal's birthday is next Fri., May 18.  His address is: 
St. Francis Hospital
Select Specialty Hospital
333 Laidley St.
Charleston, WV  25302
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Fredrick Lucas on May 13, 2018 7:42 AM
I made an error  concerning the Flying Pirg Marathon. People came from all 50 states and 23 foreign countries to compete.The men's winner came from Wisconsin and the woman a former resident of Cincinnati came from Texas.She was so happy she cried tears of joy as she crossed the swine line. A check for $ 1.4 million was given to local charities. 

On Saturday, P&G sponsored a health seminar.This year was the 20th anniversary of the Flying Pig. The marathon in Boston is 122 years old.



 
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Carl on May 13, 2018 10:12 AM
Happy Mother's Day*
to all the PHS60 Moms out there.
         *Born in West Virginia.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 13, 2018 10:41 AM
Carl, PHS  women are now mothers , grandmothers and in a few cases great grandmothers. I want to wish all of these moms a happy mothers day.

My girl friend Connie has a different role. She is taking care of her elderly mother and has become a virtual mother to her mom.I really admire her. Her mom is 95.






 
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Fredrick Lucas on May 13, 2018 11:38 AM
Mike, you havent explained why you want to go to the University of Utah and cry.Why do you want to go to France and stay in a house without electricity? Do you want to take Ched with you?

I admire John McCain.He was a prisoner of war who suffered in Vietnam.He opposed waterboarding and voted to keep Obama Care. He was in my view a true patriot .Ha public service wasn't perfect but he gave us his best as he saw it.

 
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Mike Murphy on May 13, 2018 12:58 PM
June 14 our illustrous President is set to meet with Kim Jon Un in Singaphore to hopefully end the NC neucelar program. I recall having a Singapore Sling at Raffles sirca 84 and buying a gold watch which I later found in Hong Kong for less.

MAGA

Mike
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Mike Murphy on May 13, 2018 1:01 PM
Fredrica- you seem to be confused. And Ched is always welcome!

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Tracy French on May 13, 2018 1:37 PM
Today's Sunday School lesson reminded me of an old hymn we used to sing; "Bringing In the Sheaves".  I can remember as a child I thought we were singing "Bringing In the Sheets".  This promps me to ask:  When is the last time you saw sheets hanging on a clothes line?  Or maybe I should ask; what is a clothes line?
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Carl on May 13, 2018 1:42 PM
Tracy, I can't help you there, but I can point you in the right direction.  I refer all such queries to Princeton's own Charles
["Alex, I'll take 'CLOTHES LINES' for $400"] Buxton.  
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Tracy French on May 13, 2018 1:49 PM
Carl:  You don't think Buxton would "overlook" that question do you?
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Ched on May 14, 2018 3:02 PM
why does the liberal left have so much”heartburn “ over Israel? O bummer never supported Netenau and openly opposed him????
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Ched on May 14, 2018 4:04 PM
Ched, you just may have answered your own question.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 14, 2018 6:20 PM
Today, I went  to Cloumbus Indiana Since the area is flat, I saw the John Deere Company with the latest farm implements.I also saw numerous farmers plowimg their fields so that those of us who don't farm will have enough to eat. They will plant corn to make ethenol to add to gasoline.

While I was in Columbus, I bought two pair of Lee Pants at the Vanity Fair Outlet Store. There are no Outlet Stores in West Virginia for Vanity Fair Products-Lee Wrangler and Vanity Fair.
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Mike Murphy on May 14, 2018 7:59 PM
Tracy - I was thinking of you while listening to this song by Curtis Mayfield:
People get ready there's a train a comin

don't need no baggage just get on board
all you need is faith to hear the deisels humming
dont need no ticket 
just thank the lord

You can hear it on Utube

Keep the faith
Mike
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Carl on May 14, 2018 9:36 PM
Mike, thanks for adding "People Get Ready" to the blog conversation.  Curtis Mayfield has long been a favorite of mine.  It's worth remembering that during the turbulent 60s & 70s, expressions from the American Black community varied from the "peace messages" of Martin Luther King to the "militant messages" of Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, et. al.
   Mayfield wrote & recorded a number of songs of peace, tolerance and undertstanding.  According to Wikipedia,
"People Get Ready" was ranked at no. 24 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and received numerous other awards, and was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, as well as being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
   Among my collections of "stations" on Pandora.com where I listen to loads of music at my PC is a Curtis Mayfield station.  Wikipedia states that "Mayfield was unique in his ability to fuse relevant social commentary with melodies and lyrics that instilled a hopefulness for a better future in his listeners."  In his words as lead singer of The Impressions, "Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen."
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Fredrick Lucas on May 15, 2018 11:00 AM
Mike, why don't you go on an interesting vacation? A friend of mine returned from Myrtle Beach where he and his wife had a time share. That is certainly a nice area.Charleston SC is a favorite vacation place for me.

I would never suggest that you take a vacation at the University of Utah where you might cry or to France where you would be without electricity.Most of the French electricity is nuclear powered.

Elgood does not have hotels or time shares.At your age you don't want to pitch a tent although you can do this at Shanklins Ferry in Monroe County.
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Carl on May 15, 2018 11:07 AM
Well Fred, what about the rest of us?  Don't you think that we could also use a vacation?  Don't you have individualized, tailor-crafted vacation venues for us?  Don't you care about our emotional well-being and need for variety?  And what about me, "the least among us"?  What about me?  Huh?
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Mike Murphy on May 15, 2018 11:59 AM
Carl - thanks for the info on C Mayfield, you are better than wikki pedia aha wiki Carl?

That song stuck in my head I listen to soul tunes on 59 Sirius. I remembered Mayfield singing about drugs ie Super Fly & Fredys Dead but he is unique. Too bad Sam Cooke and Marvin Gay had to leave so early. 

Fred - Perhaps you could get on the "Trump Train" and enlighten yourself?

Any news on Doug?

Keep the Faith
Mike
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Carl on May 15, 2018 12:03 PM
Mike, if you like "People Get Ready" and Sam Cooke, I'll bet you like Cook's rendition of "A Change Is Gonna Come," one of my favorites.

Oh yeah.  If you read my "vacation" comment to Fred, I'm grateful that you didn't christen me "Wikipitiful."
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Tracy French on May 15, 2018 5:41 PM
Mike:  You sent me up memory lane with that song by Curtis Mayfield and I followed that up with Sam Cookes’ “A Change is Gonna Come”.  Whenever I get in the 60’s my mind goes somewhere out in space.

I do like the railroad songs and I have a kinda funny story about “Roving Gambler” a song with the lyrics:

I would not marry a railroad man, here’s the reason why
I never knew a railroad man wouldn’t tell his wife a lie
Tell his wife a lie, yeah, tell his wife a lie

I was listening to the radio in my office one day with that song playing and someone walked in and asked me “… Do you think there are any railroad men who do not lie to their wives?”  I answered “I know one person” and during the course of the conversation I picked up the phone and called him.  I said “Bob, have you ever told your wife a lie?”  He said “well, one time I bought a fishing rod …”

The lyrics are 100% true.

I still have the poem your brother wrote about “Clark’s Gap” on the old Virginian.

A sure way to get song lyrics out of your head when they get stuck there is to think about “The Sound of Silence”.

Carl:  I’m not going to mention “Ghost Riders”.

 
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Cookie on May 15, 2018 5:54 PM
Tracy. Your railroad man named Bob wasn’t by any chance related to Frazier was he. 
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Tracy French on May 15, 2018 6:22 PM
Cookie:  It wasn't Tubby although I probably should have called him next.
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Cookie on May 15, 2018 8:05 PM
It was Tuffy. My uncle. Miss them terribly 
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Fredrick Lucas on May 15, 2018 9:23 PM
Carl, I thought that I would suggest a trip to Ashville NC during the Scottidh Highland games on Grandfather Mountain, Afterward you can take a tour of thr Biltmore Estates.In Ashville you can remember the author Thomas Wolfe.

Next you can do as my friend Jan did and go to Dollywood.Finally you can stop by the Cherokee Village
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Carl on May 15, 2018 9:40 PM
Fred, the Biltmore estate, in Asheville, is certainly worth a visit.  The Highland Games on Grandfather Mtn. are back up near Blowing Rock.  I lived in nearby Boone for 6 years and attended the games 3 times.  I recommend them.  The Great Smoky Mtns. are always a treat.  "America the Beautiful," -- purple mountains majesty . . .  Fire up the Rambler, ma, we're takin' the kids South.
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Ched on May 16, 2018 10:52 AM
Carl,  I did not  know  that  you lived in Boone, NC. I  used to  ski some   there  a  few  years back. Was  your  residence for  work or school at ASU?

MAGA
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Carl on May 16, 2018 11:06 AM
Ched, my first wife was a faculty member at ASU.  I did some teaching, tutoring, project work and studenting before moving on to grad work at VaTech, a divorce and relocation to DC.  Many happy memories of Boone and parts thereabout.     MAGFAY
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Carl Thomason on May 16, 2018 11:39 AM
In those famous words of Gomer Pyle, "Surprise, surprise!"  
   Over the 8+ years -- yep, it's really been that long -- of the PHS60 blog's existence, I have learned much about some of our classmates and am glad to have done so.  I never knew that my friend Mike Murphy was such a music lover, with tastes running from country, to R&R, to blues, to doo wop and, for all I know, traditional Arabic ballads.
   So our recent blog comments re favorite "old" songs makes me curious about others' likes out there.  I'm particularly interested in learning what are some of your favorites tunes from the 50s & 60s.  Here's one of mine.  Background: Before Curtis Mayfield became lead singer for the Impressions, Jerry Butler held that distinction.  Butler's 1960 hit "He Will Break Your Heart" grabbed me and held tight for years.
   
How about others sharing some of their favorites?
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Tracy French on May 16, 2018 12:21 PM
Carl:  The music from the 50's and 60's never grow old.  Whenever I am around my computer for any length of time I always have music from youtube playing that era of music.

Although, not necessiarly a favorite, the first record I ever bought was "Rock Around the Clock".  

One of my favorites by Bobby Edwards is "You're the Reason".  The first time I heard the song was in 1961 and I was on my way to Washington, DC to work and I was riding with Danny Taylor (Class of 59) in his 55 Chevrolet.  We were near Warrenton, VA.

Another favorite is Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking"  First time I heard that song I was in an "on base" bar in Vung Tau, Vietnam playing a slot machine.
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Mike Murphy on May 17, 2018 12:12 PM
Carl - You mentioned Skiing. I used to love to Ski and have Skied at:
Both Snowshoe resorts
Both Canaan Resorts
Coonskin
Killington
Mount Snow
Copper Mountain
Vail
Aspen
Buttermilk
Teton Basin
Keystone
Winter Park
Bertesgaden
Garmish Partinkertichen
Marie Alm AU
Thats All Folks
Mike
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Carl on May 17, 2018 4:33 PM
Gosh Mike.  That's impressive.  After ALL those places I'd guess it's been "downhill" ever since.
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Tracy French on May 17, 2018 2:35 PM
Mike:  I didn't know Keystone offered skiing.  What countries are those other places in?

Tommy Goings, Joe Holdren, Pete Stephenson and I will be having breakfast tomorrow morning (Friday) at Bob Evans in Princeton at 9:00 AM.  If anyone is in the area come out and join us.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 18, 2018 11:36 AM
When I was a lad living in Princeton, I noticed that Holdrens Interiors  of Roanoke advertised on television. They are still in business.. Does Joe buy furniture from Holdrens?

I thought that Keystone WV is a small place in the free state of McDowell.  The village had a brothel. There is no ski slope there.The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is known as the Keystone State. There are several ski slopes in the state.Did you ski in Pa.? Mike where did you ski.? There is a ski slope near Flat Top.Have you skied there or at Snowshoe?

 
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Carl on May 18, 2018 11:48 AM
Fred, you have a very inquisitive mind.  I understand that the motto of the National Enquirer is "enquiring minds want to know."  Do you read the National Enquirer?  If not, why?
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Mike Murphy on May 18, 2018 11:50 AM
I did not Ski Cinder Bottom. The Keystone I was refering to is near Denver Colorado near Arapaho Basin. Also attended Conferences at Squaw Valley CA and Snow Bird UT.

Carl and Tracy - Music is wounderful, I also like Get on the Peace Train by the converted muslim can't remember his name? And I hear the Train a comin it's rollin around the bend and I aint seen the sunshine since I don't know when. Is Folsom in Oklahoma?
The only music I don't like is RAP, and I don't like to hear lyrics in Bluegrass?
Cookie - What are your favorites?
Keep the Faith
Mike
Keep the Faith
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Cookie on May 18, 2018 12:19 PM
Mike:  I likevOld time rock n’ roll and good bluegrass. Some classical. Alway hated “Blueberry Hill.”  The kids on the bus changed the words and found it funny. I wasn’t amused.  Thinking of Doug and building an ark. Been raining for 5 days   Hope breakfast at Bob Evans was fun.
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PETE STEPHENSON on May 18, 2018 2:16 PM
Pete,This morning,Tracy French,Joe Holden,Tommy Goins,and I met for breakfast at Bob Evans here in Princeton.We had a good get together.After eating and socializing Joe,Tommy and I went to health south to visit Doug Neal.We were informed that he had walked today for the first time since his stroke.He also had ice cubes for the first  time since he had his feeding tube inserted.Doug has some movement in his left hand.Not much but a start.He also has a metal brace on his left leg.Doug said to tell all hello.remember to keep him in your prayers.Faith,Hope and love to all.
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ched on May 18, 2018 4:11 PM
Im happy that oug is making some progress albeit  slow.  I also hope his spirit is positive. It may be  difficult but the benefits of a positve outlook are well accepted.
 On the music side of  the discussion, there is not much I dont like (except RAP and Hip hop).   I like  Old  Country, Old R&R,  Rythem & Blues  , Bluegrass &  Praise music.  The praise band I play in plays mostly  gospel music  as opposed  to Christian Rock.

 I do listen to some  classical  when my  daughter sings it as  that  is her formal training........

Skiing not  as many places  as  Mike:  Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Breckenridge, SnowShoe, Ober Gatlinberg,Beech Mountain  NC,  Winterplace WV
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Cookie on May 18, 2018 8:47 PM
Skied:  Smith Mountain Lake, Hinton Dam, Clayton Lake.  Brush Creek was the most challenging.  (You guys just being out the “bad” in me)
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Fredrick Lucas on May 18, 2018 8:53 PM
I was sad to learn of the murder of 10 people and the injury of 10 people at the Santa Fe High School in Texas.The translation of Santa Fe.is the belief of a holy person.Sadly, we couldn't study Spanish at PHS.

I hope that Doug is motivated to do his excercises like he excercised when he played sports.Ir won't be a cake walk so to speak .But he can do his exercises. There is only one way to reach the top of Flat Top Mountain. Climb to the top.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 19, 2018 2:51 PM
Yesterday, I was shocked that 10 more people were murdered as they went to class. How can this situation continue and what must be done to stop the school murders?Texas like Florida, Connecticut, Colorado, will have to convince students, parents, politicians and owners of firearms that school safety is their first priority.
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Carl on May 20, 2018 10:00 AM
Fred, I think you might add "the irrational and the morally corrupt" to your list of groups to be convinced that school safety -- and other venues for violence -- is critically important. 
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Tracy French on May 19, 2018 2:55 PM
I was at rehab to see Doug this morning and pushed him around the halls for a while.  He continues to have a strong voice and will have a test Monday to see if he can be taken off the feeding tube.  He said his time at rehab expires June 4th and he is not optimistic about being able to stay at home by himself.
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ched on May 19, 2018 4:01 PM
Never  skied on  Brush Creek. Did  some  recreational boatinh]g  though. Ronnie  Hendricks and I made  several  boats out of  available materials. They all  floated  well... for a few minuets then we waded !!!
 The school  shooting in TX was unlike others. No red  flags on the  boy, no exotic weapons  etc. Bad people will do bad things. The only practical answer is  to "harden"  the  school  campus install either preceedures or  equipment  to keep unauthorized  weapons out !!  Some  will keep shouting "GUN CONTROL" !! but it is not possible to install legal gun controls  which would have prevented  any  school  shootings I can recall
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Fredrick Lucas on May 19, 2018 8:46 PM
Tracy, Doug might want to talk with a social worker about his options when he is discharged. Do you remember when Frances Moody's sister Betty had a stroke.She was able to bring three caregivers into the home to take care of Betty.One of the members of the fitness center here turned 97 two years ago. He was too weak to care for himself.His daughter lives in a duplex she let him live in the upstairs area.

Ched, the United States could strengthen gun laws . They could study what Australia did and what Canada has done.I think that Texas like Florida will study the various options.When I visited Quebec. Switzerland Austria and Germany, I felt safe. When I visited New York City, two prostitutes wanted my business.I didn't feel safe.Four cabs came through on my walk light. Garbage was piled high as far as I could see.
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Cookie on May 19, 2018 9:32 PM
Could you tell us more about the business aspect of your trip to New York?
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Fredrick Lucas on May 19, 2018 10:37 PM
Cookie, I was a member of the May Festival Chorus. We went to New York City with the Cincinnati Symphony to perform the Stabat Mater by Rossini at Carnegie Hall.The late Thomas Schippers was the conductor.

We received a standing ovation and a favorable review by the New York Times.

When we returned home, we made a recording for Vox Productons.The year was 1976. Two prostitutes outside of the theater wanted my business.Garbage collectors were on strike and garbage was piled up as far as I could see.
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Mike Murphy on May 20, 2018 12:26 PM
Last time I was in NYC was in 2004 and I didn't notice all the desparaging things mentioned. I do know that NYC has very stringent gun laws. I suspect that over 40+ years things have changed some for the better and some for the worse, I would appreciate your perspective ED.

I don't understand why libs want to make this country like Europe or Australia. Been to EU many times and prefer Kenna and Princeton and yes NYC. 
MAGA
Mike
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Cookie on May 20, 2018 1:15 PM
The mayor of New York in 1976 was Abe Beame, followed by Ed Koch and David Dinkins.  What is the common demonimator?  Rudy follow Dinkins and cleaned up their mess.  Just sayin'
I still don't know how the business transactions turned out.
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Edward Laufer on May 20, 2018 1:34 PM
There was major improvements with Rudy and the 3 terms of Bloomberg About the same since while Broadway and the Times Square areas wall to wall people Lots and lots of tourists
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Cookie on May 20, 2018 1:51 PM
Hi Eddie:  I was last there in 2012 I think and streets were clean and I felt safe.  Enjoyed it a great deal. I love New York for a visit and it’s many cultural opportunities but I remember the sign I have in my kitchen “A day in the country is worth a month in the city.”  Will always be a country girl at heart.
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Edward Laufer on May 20, 2018 2:20 PM
Actually, Cookie, If you are near the upperEast and West sides near Central Park on summer weekends it is pretty quiet almost countrylike.
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Edward Laufer on May 20, 2018 2:20 PM
Actually, Cookie, If you are near the upperEast and West sides near Central Park on summer weekends it is pretty quiet almost countrylike.
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ched on May 20, 2018 3:49 PM
Fred, Just how  would you recommend  the  the USA  stengthen gun laws without  violation of  the 2nd  amendment? Australia nd Canada  do not have any such  constitutional provision. Even without  the 2nd, the millions of  guns already in existance make  any such effort moot. One  answer is  to make ANY  crime what soever  committed  with a gun automatic life  w/o parole same penalty for a felon in posession of a firearm. In other words get really tough on firearm offences !!!!!!! As I have  said before, we coddle prisoners  too much.  Prisoners get 3 meals a day, excellent healthcare ( including sex change hormones), TV, Law library,  tatoo artists and free sex.  Better guarantees  than our  beloved  deserving veterans get. Prison should be a 'bad place to be"!!! Like  Sheriff Joe said, " if  you dont like it, don't come back"
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Fredrick Lucas on May 20, 2018 7:07 PM
Cookie I was in New York another time for a physicians appointment in the Bronx.My brother Steve who was  taking me pointed out that there were a number of cars that had been stripped of all valuables and were without tires, doors, trunks engines. ect.Earlier, I had just finished a tour of St. Pstricks Cathedral when I tried to cross the street, Four cabs came through on my light.

I did not find these conditions in Montreal, Boston or Philadelphia.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 20, 2018 7:10 PM
Ched I communicated my viewa with my congressional representatives.
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Cookie on May 20, 2018 7:15 PM
Fredo:  it sounds like you need to spend less time in New York and more in bucolic little Princeton. I love it when you get your panties in a knot. “It’s Hot” 
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Edward Laufer on May 20, 2018 8:41 PM
Fred, I agree with Cookie. New York is not a good place for you!
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Carl on May 20, 2018 8:46 PM
Fred, I don't recommend Luckenbach, TX [Willie & Waylon and the boys] either.  It may be that Cincinnati, Ohio is your perfect spot.  I hope so.
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