Saturday, August 19, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3576, August 19th, 2017


Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the beaning of Red Sox star Tony Conigliaro. As a baseball fan in 1967, the beaning of Tony Conigliaro was stunning. I had heard about Ray Chapman of The Indians getting killed by a pitched ball but that was in 1920. To a 13 year old that was light years away. When my friends had heard about the way Tony C went down, we had no idea how bad this was. It gave us pause and even at that young age we reflected on how sports can be a fragile undertaking.


by David Mendonca
The sickening sound—a sharp crack—could be heard above the din of the 31,027 fans who filled Fenway Park that Friday night.
On August 18, 1967, in the midst of what would become to be known as the Boston Red Sox’ “Impossible Dream” year, a brilliant career was derailed and a life nearly taken when favorite son Tony Conigliaro was unable to escape a wayward fastball thrown by the California Angels’ Jack Hamilton.
The Red Sox, who had not won an American League pennant since 1946, entered that night in fourth place, but just 3½ games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins.
Hamilton, the Angels’ starter, was a hard-throwing right-hander who had beaten the Red Sox 2-1 in Anaheim the weekend before, outdueling Boston righty Gary Bell, who was again his opposite number in this game.
After Bell set the Angels down in order in the top of the first, Hamilton, who entered the game with an 8-2 record and a 2.77 earned-run average, walked Boston leadoff batter Mike Andrews but retired the next three batters in order—including a strikeout of Carl Yastrzemski, who would win the American League Triple Crown that year.
In the bottom of the second the Red Sox got their first hit off Hamilton, a one-out single to center by Conigliaro, who had been mired in a 1-for-23 slump that had dropped his batting average from .302 to .284. It was only his second career hit off Hamilton in eight at-bats.Nothing came of the hit, and the two pitchers continued to put up zeroes.
George Scott opened the Boston half of the fourth with a single to center, but was gunned down trying to stretch it into a double. Reggie Smith followed with a fly out.
That’s when Conigliaro stepped into the batter’s box for the second time that nightand the last time for more than a year. Conigliaro was just 22 years old but had already hit 104 big-league home runs; on July 23 he had become the youngest American Leaguerat 22 years, 197 days,to reach 100 round-trippers when he homered off Cleveland’s John O’Donoghue. Two years earlier, at 20, he was the youngest player to lead the AL in homers for a season, belting 32. And the season before that, at 19, he had set a record for teenagers with 24 circuit blasts, a mark that still stood at this writing in 2016.
As much as those of any player who had not yet turned 23, Conigliaro’s achievements seemed to portend even greater things to come. But all of his potential for greatness was lost in the blink of an eye.
Before Hamilton could pitch to Conigliaro, someone in the stands hurled a smoke bomb onto the field, and the resulting cloud of black smoke delayed the game for nearly 10 minutes.1When play resumed, a thought briefly crossed Conigliaro’s mind.
“Just before he made his first pitch,” Conigliaro recalled years later, “I wondered if the delay had caused his arm to stiffen. It was the last thought I had before he hit me.”
Hamilton, who had a reputation for doctoring the ball,3 fired a fastball that suddenly started to break toward Conigliaro’s head.
“The ball came sailing right toward my chin,” said Conigliaro. “Normally a hitter can jerk his head back a fraction and the ball will buzz by. But this pitch seemed to follow me in. I know I didn’t freeze. I definitely made a move to get out of the way of the ball.”
To no avail. The ball smashed into Conigliaro’s left cheekbone, dislocating his jaw and damaging the retina in his left eye.
“When the ball was about four feet from my head I knew it would get me. And I knew it would hurt because Hamilton was such a hard thrower,” Conigliaro said. “I was frightened. I threw my hands up in front of my face and saw the ball follow me back and hit me square in the left side of the head. As soon as it crushed into me, it felt as if the ball would go in one side of my head and come out the other; my legs gave way and I went down like a sack of potatoes. Just before everything went dark I saw the ball bounce straight down on home plate. It was the last thing I saw for several days.”
“If it had been two inches higher, he would have been dead,” said the Red Sox team physician, Thomas Tierney.
“I’ve not hit anyone all year,” said Hamilton after the game. “I certainly wasn’t throwing (at him). I was trying to get the ball over.”
“The sound that it made, when it hit him, it was a pretty distinct sound that you don’t hear very often, but when you hear it, you know that it’s serious,” said Red Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg.8
“I remember the hush,” Boston Globe sportswriter Bob Ryan wrote years later. “The sound of silence from 31,027 people is an eerie sensation.”
Present in the crowd that night were Conigliaro’s mother, father, and brothers Billy and Richie.
“The ball crashed into the side of his face with a sharp crack that I swear could have been heard clearly all over that noisy ballpark,” Red Sox shortstop Rico Petrocelli remembered. “It sounded like the ball hit his helmet, so my immediate reaction was relief that the ball had struck plastic instead of flesh. But the sound was probably his cheekbone breaking.”
“I was never knocked out but I wish I had been,” said Conigliaro. “I rolled on the ground trying to stop the pain in my head with my hands. The impact of the ball made both my eyes slam shut and I felt a tremendous swelling in my mouth. I couldn’t see. I remember thinking, ‘I’m blind, I can’t see.’ Then I heard Rico Petrocelli’s voice saying, ‘Take it easy, Tony. You’re gonna be all right.’”
“The swelling was so bad inside my mouth that I was worried about breathing,” Conigliaro recalled. “My mouth was filling up fast with fluid—I thought it was blood but it wasn’t. I had only a small opening that I could breathe through, and then the thought started running through my mind: Suppose this thing closes up? I won’t be able to breathe. I thought, ‘Oh, Jesus, if this thing closes up on me I’m gone.’ That’s when I asked God to keep me alive.”
Conigliaro was lifted onto a stretcher by teammates Lonborg, Joe Foy, and Mike Ryan and taken into the locker room, where Dr. Tierney began to attend to him.“It hurts like hell,” Conigliaro told Tierney. “I heard a hissing sound, and that was all.”
An ambulance took Conigliaro to Sancta Maria Hospital in Cambridge. His season was over.
At Fenway Park, the game resumed with outfielder Jose Tartabull pinch-running for Conigliaro.
Petrocelli drilled a triple to center off the rattled Hamilton, driving in Tartabull with the first run of the game and scoring himself when Angels’ shortstop Jim Fregosi threw wild on the relay to third.
In the sixth Boston expanded its lead to 3-0 when Bill Kelso, who had relieved Hamilton, walked Tartabull and Petrocelli and gave up a run-scoring single to Bell.
Jimmie Hall hit solo home runs in the seventh and ninth for California. But Bell finished off a strong complete-game effort by retiring Don Mincher on a liner back to the mound for the final out. The Red Sox right-hander, who had been acquired from the Cleveland Indians in a trade on June 4, ended the game with a four-hitter for his eighth win of the season in 18 decisions, the victory moving Boston to within three games of first place.
Hamilton took the loss, slipping to 8-3.
The Aftermath
Conigliaro was never again the same player. Nor, for that matter, was Hamilton.
Conigliaro, who had earned his first American League All-Star selection that season, missed the remainder of the 1967 season as the Red Sox, led by Yastrzemski, won their first pennant since 1946 and came within one game of their first World Series title since 1918. He missed the 1968 season as well, but made a miraculous recovery at the age of 24 and was the American League Comeback Player of the Year14 in 1969 when he batted .255 with 20 home runs and 82 RBIs. A year later, when he was still only 25, Conigliaro had career highs of 36 home runs and 116 RBIs.
In 1971, after he had been traded to California,Conigliaro’s eyesight suddenly deteriorated and he was forced to retire at the age of 26. He made a brief comeback attempt in 1975 as a 30-year-old designated hitter with the Red Sox, but retired again after just 21 games while hitting .123 with 2 homers. Conigliaro had 166 career home runs, 516 RBIs, and a .264 batting average.
On January 9, 1982, Conigliaro suffered a heart attack, then a stroke that left him in a coma. He died on February 24, 1990, at the age of 45.
Jack Hamilton pitched in 61 more gamesduring the remainder of his major-league career, which ended in 1969, and never hit another batter. In eight seasons he hit just 13 batters. In 1968 with the Angels and 1969 with the Indians and White Sox, Hamilton was 3-6 withan ERA that exceeded his 4.53 career mark.
“I think [hitting Conigliaro] did have a lasting effect on him,” said catcher Buck Rodgers, who was Hamilton’s batterymate that night in Boston. “Jack Hamilton had to pitch inside, and after that he never would come inside hard anymore.”
For the rest of the 1967 season the Red Sox used four right fielders in Conigliaro’s absence— Jose Tartabull, George Thomas, Jim Landis, and Ken Harrelson. Collectively they hit .197 in 178 at-bats, with 4 homers and 17 RBIs.
In the World Series loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, Landis was gone from the roster and Harrelson, Tartabull, and Thomas were ineffective at the plate, leaving Red Sox fans to forever wonder what might have been but for Jack Hamilton’s errant fastball on August 18, 1967.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3575, August 17h, 2017

Donald Trump could not leave well enough alone. He came out of his lair at Trump Tower and was supposed to talk about Infrastructure. But instead he justified and tripled down on his argument that there was more hate from other side than the While Supremacists who were marching in Charlottesville last weekend. He essentially derailed his own agenda and gave those who seek to oppress anyone different comfort. The severe right wing need not worry about being silenced, they are being championed by the President himself. He has created a new buzz word, the “Alt Left” and has once again lashed out against the media as “fake”.
His comments really was the beginning of the end for whatever hope there was for an effective Trump Presidency. He has alienated CEOs (which we will get to) members of his own party, the military and even his own staff.
Think of this, Trump stood with two of his economic advisers who are Jewish and a minority woman and embraced people who only want a “white America”. They yammer and say, “I want to take my country back!” Silly cowards who ran like rats when the police came.
Still though Trump has his defenders. Eileen Chou was foolishly one of them saying “She was standing by her men”. (Meaning her husband Mitch McConnell and Trump).
Pundits on FB and Twitter are trying to tell us how Black Lives Matter advocated for killing of police. And then compared BLM to the white supremacy advocates. Big difference there fellas, BLM were defending themselves from some, not all, police who were wrong in some cases. The mob at Charlottesville was hell bent on terror.
There should be no mistake about the difference. Black Lives Matters members wear hoodies and you can see their faces….the White Power guys wear hoods and hide.
Trump’s collation is crumbling. There are the talk radio crazies saying they agree with his statements. They were out in full force yesterday locally. There are the Facebook people who put stuff up and get very little support. They get hell because more are taking them to task. There are either no responses to their memes or very little agreement.
Pretty soon it’ll be just Trump and the crazies.
In a reality show that would be fun. In a country, that is downright dangerous.


How about the dumbasses that were seen on TV, Social Media and Twitter at the rally spouting hate? Then there were shocked that they got canned from their jobs.
Well boo hoo.


Talk about justification. Since my conservatives friends are comparing Black Lives Matters to the marchers in Charlottesville, I'll go them one better. Martin Luther King never cried when he got arrested. Maybe because he was truly a man and his cause was........wait for it...was just.


The illusion of Donald Trump is that he was a successful businessman. He constantly craved for the approval of major company CEOs but in truth Trump was nowhere near their peer. He loved to remind audiences of his business success. But in truth he made his money by borrowing, putting his name on things other people built, and running a mom and pop shop. He got lucky but he was no genius. Just a great self promoter.
One of the reasons why Trump founded this economic council was to bolster his own image. Well that house of cards started to fall when three CEOs departed Monday night. Kenneth Frazier, the chief executive officer of pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also resigned from the manufacturing council on Monday..
They were followed today by Denise Morrison of Campbell's and AFL-CIO Labor Head Ruchard Trumka.
Here's what Morrison said, “Racism and murder are unequivocally reprehensible and are not morally equivalent to anything else that happened in Charlottesville. I believe the President should have been – and still needs to be – unambiguous on that point.
Following yesterday’s remarks from the President, I cannot remain on the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. I will continue to support all efforts to spur economic growth and advocate for the values that have always made America great.”
Trumka even went further.
We cannot sit on a council for a president who tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism. President Donald Trump’s statements were shocking. When I heard them, I thought to myself, “I'll pray for you because you really need to be prayed for when you make those kind of statements.” It’s never acceptable to tolerate racism and bigotry, let alone defend it. We resigned on behalf of America’s working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups.
We joined President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council with the intent to be a voice for working people and with the real hope that it would result in positive economic policy, but it’s clear the council would never be an effective means for delivering real policy that lifts working families—and his remarks were the last straw. It has become yet another broken promise on the president’s record.
From hollow councils to bad policy and embracing bigotry, the actions of the Trump administration have consistently failed working people. As a labor movement, we stand united against hate.
Trumka…..I just can’t understand how such a smart guy bought Trump’s line of shit last year. Any hope that Trumka had for jobs in a labor force……..out the window.
Trump canceled the Council that people were jumping off from. “You ain’t gonna quit me” he thought.
But they beat him to it. I guess they know a loser when they see one.

Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)
U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Company with an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The funds will be distributed via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Company received a $221,091 Operations and Safety grant. The funds will allow the fire company to purchase 38 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units. Each unit will include: harness/backpack, face piece, and two cylinders. This type of equipment is worn by rescue workers, firefighters, and others to provide breathable air in an immediate dangerous-to-life or health atmosphere.
“I am thankful the Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Company will be able to purchase the needed SCBA units; it is of vital importance to have high quality equipment,” Rep. Cartwright said, a member of the Congressional Fire Service Caucus. “I will continue to strongly support this federal program which helps to ensure the safety of our firefighters and communities.”
The purpose of the AFG is to award competitive grants directly to fire departments to enhance their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, as well as that of first-responder personnel. Since 2001, the AFG program has provided approximately $6.7 billion in grants to first-responder organizations to obtain much-needed emergency response equipment, personal protective equipment, firefighting and emergency vehicles, and training.
During the current funding cycle, the AFG program will award another $310.5 million to first-responder organizations that need support to improve their capability to respond to fires and emergencies of all types.

How would like to be this guy? General Kelly? Would you like to have his job? Look at his downcast look seeing everything he fought for going down the toilet. He has to manage Trump! 




This week's guest will be Dr. Steven Scheinman, President and Dean of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.
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Elvis Presley, the "king of rock and roll", is mourned at his home in Graceland at age 42. 75,000 fans line the streets of Memphis for his funeral, which occurred on August 18.....Supertanker Pierre Guillaumat is launched at Saint-Nazaire; she is the all-time world's largest ship (by deadweight tonnage and length overall) at launch.The Soviet icebreaker Arktika becomes the first surface ship to reach the North Pole...

Groucho Marx, comedic legend, star of stage and screen, dies of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, at the age of 86.... Voyager program: The United States launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft……in Pennsylvania Mayor Frank Rizzo says that the city needs a big time convention center… Wilkes Barre Elvis Presley is remembered with special music programming on almost every radio station in the region…and forty years ago this week the number one song in Lulac land and America was “Barracuda” by Heart,

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3574, August 16th, 2017

It was a Tuesday afternoon in August 40 years ago today. The weather was muggy, oppressive and cloudy. One of those dog days of August that was neither pleasant nor horrible. Just blah.
I was working at WVIA FM and TV at the time. My shift was 2pm to 10. I had a rather forgettable program at 4pm called “Mostly Pops” where we played nothing but Boston Pops Music. In the evening, I was George Graham’s newscaster for his program (still going strong I might add,) “Mixed Bag”. Fridays on TV they let me do a Phone In program on TV about……..wait for it…politics.
For some strange reason I remember what I was wearing that day. I had on one of these soccer shirts with the fat stripes of Kelly green and black. I also had on, sadly, green shoes. After I got settled and did the Pops program, I went to check the news wire. Back then the news came from a teletype machine. WVIA had the UPI (United Press International) Service.
Right around 5:20 pm Bill Kelly, the then Vice President of both TV and Radio strolled through the hallway between the Control Room and the broadcast studios. We started to chat in the hallway about the station and the news of the day which included the troubles of Jimmy Carter’s Budget Director Burt Lance as well as the Panama Canal debate. All of a sudden, the bells started to sound on the teletype machine.
Kelly asked me, “Do you mind while I look?” Hey Bill Kelly was an iconic Newsman on WARM before he came to WVIA, who was I to say no. As it rang, Kelly said, “Presley!” I said, “Is it about the concert tours?” He looked at me and said, “No, it says here he died!” “Died?” I replied. “Died”, he emphasized. He grabbed the bulletin and I got the second one that came in as a correction. My recollection is that he went to the TV booth and cut a brief announcement for the next break and I broke in on WVIA FM. 

Bill is about 7 year older than I but it had an impact on both of us. We had both listened to the music. Seen the movies. We both knew that Presley was part of pop culture. Americana if you will.
That night on “Mixed Bag” I did news updates and George Graham talked and played artists influenced by Presley. When I got home that night, all three networks at 11:30pm had Elvis retrospectives. Throughout the days, Elvis was the news. The way he died, the funeral. The legacy. Al of it was front and center.
Even during the rest of that summer into fall, the best icebreaker in a bar to speak to a woman was to say, “Shame about Elvis wasn’t it?”
Years went by and Elvis’ image has been chipped to bits. But to this day, he is still revered as a classic entertainer. He is parodied to death. He is sometimes belittled and dismissed as a puppet of the Movie and Record industries.
All of that though is submerged by the raw talent of Elvis. His image has been bruised and battered. But the music, the thing that brought us all together around him….40 years later, and beyond…cremains timeless.
This was the song that was on the Radio from Elvis the night he died. “Way Down”.

And through the years.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3573, August 15th, 2017


Donna and Dave Baloga. Donna - the same, Dave? More salt than pepper but still a good guy. (Photo Facebook)
Tomorrow night at The Iron Skillet at Harvey Lake, join friends for a fund raiser on Aug 16th at the lake side skillet for Dave and Donna Baloga. That event starts at 7 and will go until 9. Cost for that is also 15 dollars. Checks can go to Friends of Donna and Dave Baloga, 60 Oak Dr Dallas PA. 18612.
Stop by or send a check.

Congressman Lou Barletta (Photo: Barletta office)
Congressman Lou Barletta released the following statement regarding the introduction of the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AK) and David Perdue (R-GA) at the White House alongside President Trump:
“I commend Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue for introducing this legislation to move our country toward a skills-based immigration system that will raise American workers’ wages, create jobs, and benefit our economy. We have immigration laws in this country for two basic reasons: to protect national security and to preserve American jobs. This bill reinforces those principles.
For more than a decade, I have argued that fixing our broken immigration system will create greater economic opportunities for American workers and families. Yet, for decades, politicians in Washington have supported policies that benefit foreign workers at the expense of American workers. Just one out of every 15 immigrants to the United States comes here because of their skills. This influx of low-skilled immigrant labor has decreased wages for those without college degrees by nearly 20 percent since the 1970s, and threatens to place the American Dream out of reach for far too many workers and their families. That has to change if we want to help American workers find jobs and remain competitive in today’s increasingly global economy. I look forward to working with the White House and my colleagues in Congress, particularly Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21) and Senators Cotton and Perdue, to follow through on President Trump’s promise to reform our immigration system so that it puts America first.”

Monday, August 14, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3572, August 14th, 2017


This vehicle was not parked in the South but in the Home Depot Parking lot in Wilkes Barre. (Photo: LuLac archives)

Just a few things on the recent happenings in Charlottesville.
1. This is the home of the Founding Fathers in America. The Third and Fourth Presidents of the United States homes are here. Jefferson is buried here. They must be spinning in their graves over this development. The basic foundation of this country, the vision of these men, one the author of the Declaration of Independence and the other the main architect of the Constitution wanted free speech, not hate speech.
2. Once again this White House fell short in the response. I saw the President’s entire statement and it was fine except when he immediately did not denounce the Klan and White Supremacist Factions. By not doing so, he still left that door open a crack that there was recognition that “others” fell into the same category as the KKK and other hate groups.
3. The Conservatives immediately started defending his statement saying it was being “nit picked” by a press that was unfair to him. The press reported what others were saying about his party’s reaction to it. Right wing Facebook posters also started pointing the finger at violence against police and the actions of some Black Lives Matters members. Talk about mixing apples and oranges! This was a fruit salad.
4. To equate Black Lives Matter with this hate group and situation is ridiculous. Any member of Black Lives Matter never had to hide their faces under a white hood. Black Lives Matter was formed because of the inordinate amount of violence against unarmed black people. That’s what their protest was about. This protest was about “Taking Back Our Country”.
5. That begs this question. Taking back their country from whom? Are these supremacists banned from doing anything they want (including spouting off hate speech) and intimidating people? Just where did their country go and who the hell is trying to take it away? Unless of course they don’t like the complexion of the country anymore.
6. This is not isolated. Look around this area and you see Confederate flags on cars and on homes. This flag is not a representation of the courage of the men and people who fought for the cause of the South. It was brought to the forefront in the 1950s when the Civil Rights movement started to take shape as a way of intimidating the movement for equality.
7. Finally this, for as much as people on the right want to justify this action, and point fingers at “other” groups, as a famous Alaskans Governor once said, “You can’t put lipstick on a pig”. This won’t pretty up an ugly situation.
Today President Trump came out with the denunciation of all the hate groups he should have called out Saturday. If he had a stronger staff, maybe this statement might have come out earlier.
Most were not satisfied. Not because he had to clarify but because of his past track record. People are tired of giving him passes.
Predictably this evening Trump want on Twitter with a “poor me” tweet that said the fake news and others felt it wasn’t enough. Well as the song says, “You Don’t Have To Be A Baby…………”

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3571, August 13th, 2017


Our 13 Questions logo.

1. So are we going to get nuked?

I certainly hope not. I pray that there are back channel operations going on with both China and North Korea while Trump thumps his chest. I think the tough sanctions are impressive but the rhetoric of the President is not helpful. I’m bothered by the fact that we don’t have an Ambassador in South Korea.
Having lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis, I never thought I’d see another one in my lifetime.
We shall see. One thing I do know is this, lives are at stake and this is certainly something we must take seriously.
I have confidence in the Generals surrounding Trump and Rex Tillerson. Him? Nope.

2. What are your thoughts on how Trump blames people?

It is deflecting. Almost like a Peewee Herman response. His defaults are Hillary, Obama and anyone but himself. He is the most insecure person ever elected.

3. Should Lou run against Casey?

No. He is giving up a safe seat to challenge a two term Senator. Now the current occupant Bob Casey did the very same thing against Rick Santorum but Casey will have the Trump record to run against.
Plus remember this. Trump won Pennsylvania by 44,000. He won Luzerne County by half of that. The rest of the state does not have the attitude of Luzerne County.
I like Lou has a person. I don’t want to see him destroy his political career on what I see will be a very hard climb. There will be the GOP lie machine as well as a lot of money going for him but that may not be enough.

4. Heard you on WILK and thought you were fabulous. Who was your board op? Kyle?

No Jake. It was pretty much perfect except for some feedback in my opening monologue. That wasn't anyone's fault, just an equipment issue.

5. What chances do the Indians have this year?

People say very good but I hold my breath every time they get in a 7th game in a World Series. I'm not jinxing them in anyway.

6. Watch any pre season football?

Naw. I'm hard pressed to watch the NFL during the regular season.

7. As a 4th Degree Knight, what are your thoughts on the new uniforms?

Well first it is a suggested uniform. Personally I joined the Knights because of tradition. My uncles all were Knights of the #372 Council which is one of the oldest in the country. 

The uniform, cape, chapeau and sword signifies that you are defending the honor of the Catholic Church. 
The blazer/beret idea from national is a slap in the face to Knights who have upheld the formal dress for over a century. The reason they say for the change is that new members may not be able to afford the regalia.
That’s just plain silly. If a person wants to be a Knight bad enough, Assemblies and Councils always find a way to help.

8. If Barletta doesn’t run, who do you think will make the Senate run against Casey?

See that’s the rub and why people are so hot for Lou Barletta. 

Patrick Meehan was going to make the run but even he decided that it would be a tough climb. He's staying in the Congressional 7th.

9. Did you get any blow back from WILK station management going on about The Arena opponents, one of whom was Fred Williams on that station?

Not a word. BTW, I never mentioned his name.

10. Do you think Joe Madden owed an apology to Hazleton?

Absolutely not. I think the Times Leader and Hazleton owe Madden an apology. The way older taxpayers in that town have treated some newcomers is a disgrace.

11. Whatever happened to those LuLac Forums. Will we ever see more of them?

The Political Forums are something I enjoyed doing. But time and other commitments got in the way. But given time, you never know. I’m kicking around an idea for 2018 dealing with issues and not actual races. But we’re just brain storming.

12. "Go to" Festival/Summer food fair for you?

It used to be potato pancakes but Mrs. LuLac and TNT in Nanticoke has them all beat. So my “go to” is a sausage and peppers sandwich.

13. Favorite TV guilty pleasure of the summer of ’17?

During the month of July we binged on Alfred Hitchcock movies. I think we saw a majority of all of them that were run on AMC.
Also started watching “Preacher” which I find both warped and fascinating.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3570, August 10th, 2017

Paul Manafort (Photo: CNN)
The other morning on WILK Newsradio when I was hosting The Sue Henry Show, I referenced how long it took the Watergate investigation to play out. I said that there are things going on in investigations that we don't know about. An investigation is just that. A search for facts. News came yesterday that the home of Paul Manafort was raided at dawn by the FBI. His home was raided the day after he testified. That was late July. 
It is amazing to me that this was not leaked. Which tells you that the leaking is coming from the Trump White House.
Investigations move at their own pace. There are ways to read into them but you just never know sometime. However, when a former campaign head's house is raided, that cannot be a good sign.
Trump and his people promptly threw Manafort under the bus saying he was only with the campaign a short time.
Half a year! In Scaramuci time, that's a lifetime.


North Korea called Donald Trump “bereft of reason.”
The quote carried on Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA, also warned that “only absolute force can work” on the US President, according to the Associated Press.
Trump warned that North Korea’s actions would “be met with fire and fury like the world has ever seen”.
Has he not heard of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
You’d think the crazy kid in North Korea and Trump switched places and quotes, don’t you?
Trump also lied on Twitter saying that “my first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal.”
HE DIDN’T. Wouldn’t know it if he fell over it! 
Oh and get this!!!! We have no Ambassador yet in South Korea! NONE!  
Here's the thing about the Dictator from North Korea. He should be treated like other countries who obtained atomic weapons. Pakistan and India has them. Now to be sure they have never exhibited the threats and bombast of Kim. But maybe, maybe if we didn't provoke him with senseless language, and treat him like an adult, that might cut down the noise.
Kudos to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson  for trying to calm the nerves of America. Something our President has never done.


Vice President Mike Pence (Photo: Yahoo News)
Vice President Mike Pence’s political aspirations will likely get another boost next week as he jets off for a high-profile trip to Latin America.
Newsweek reports that The State Department requested “nearly 700” visas for the security and protocol teams traveling in advance to one Latin American country alone to prepare for Pence’s arrival, said a diplomatic source. He and others with long experience in preparing for diplomatic trips say they have never seen numbers like that and couldn’t understand the unprecedented visa requests. The diplomatic source called it a “curious” number that dwarfed even the advance teams for President Barack Obama’s trip to Brazil, Chile and El Salvador combined in 2011.
It appears Pence is doing what Gerald Ford did when Richard Nixon was under fire. GET OUT OF DODGE! Ford took foreign trips, stateside ones too and defended the President. But stayed away from the minutia of the investigation. I think Pence feels that after defending Trump for so long, he pretty much doesn’t owe him much.

Gov. Tom Wolf addresses the media Wednesday morning alongside Clarion University President Dr. Karen Whitney and Dr. Ray Feroz, chair of the Clarion's Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation, Health and Sport Sciences.  (Photo: Wolf website)
President Trump said he didn’t think Opiad Abuse was a problem. As a matter of fact he just told people to stop taking them. Well at least our Governor Tom Wolf is doing something different. Gov. Tom Wolf and several members of Clarion University's administration held a press conference recently to announce the creation of an online Opioid Treatment Specialist certificate program.
The program, the first of its kind in the state, is the university's response to the growing epidemic in the state.
"Fighting the ongoing battle against heroin and opioid abuse in the state is a top priority of my administration," Wolf said. "I'm proud to announce this new curriculum with Clarion University because education is a powerful force in this fight and it is my sincere hope that people take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about opioid addiction and what part we can each play in this effort."

Congressman Matt Cartwright (Photo: LuLac archives)

U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $1,476,012 to Scranton Lackawanna Head Start. This federal grant will be used for the continuation of high quality, comprehensive, early childhood education.
Head Start is a federal program created in 1965 to address the educational and developmental needs of low-income pre-school children. Head Start’s comprehensive service system provides social, nutritional, and educational services for thousands of children and their families across the United States. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher.
“I am a proud proponent of these programs that work to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children are better prepared for success in school,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Head Start and Early Head Start programs are an important investment in our community and our economy.”
Head Start services are funded and overseen by the Office of Head Start (OHS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of HHS. The AFC promotes the economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals, and communities with leadership and resources for compassionate, effective delivery of human services


Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Presenter: Sara Peperno, President
Wilkes-Barre Association of the Blind
Participant: Amy Feldman, Director of Development
Topic: Prevention of Blindness and Visual Impairment
Time: 9:00 A.M. (Doors open at 8:30)
Place: Irem Temple Country Club in Dallas
Cost: $11.00 per person




This week's guests are Maureen Gray and Danny DeVivo from NEPA Youth Shelter.
Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on 1400-The Game, NEPA's Fox Sports Radio and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.


This Week on Sunday Magazine.
Brian Hughes speaks with John Kotula and Kerry Kearney about the Jamie Kotula Foundation's upcoming Soccer Tournament, coming up during the Labor Day weekend at Marywood University.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with local author Jason Hapstak of Scranton about his book "An Ordinary Guy's Guide For Life, And Am I Proud of Today".
Brian speaks with Sandra Serhan about an upcoming Benefit Beach Party at Harvey's Lake Pole 187 and a Food Truck Festival coming up next weekend.
And Frankie speaks with another local author, Arla Jayne from Mountaintop, about her new children's book "Hayden The Perfect Hedge Hog", and her book signing, coming up on Tuesday at Barnes and Nobel in Wilkes Barre Township.
​Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on NASH-FM, 93.7, 5:30am on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X and Sports Radio 590, WARM and 6:25am on Magic 93.


ECTV Live hosts Rusty Fender and David DeCosmo welcome Keith Williams to the program during the week of August 14th.He'll outlive plans for this year's "Wally Fest" in and around Lake Wallenpaupack.
ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast channel 19 (61 in some areas) and is aired during the Noon, 6pm and Midnight hours each day of the week. Following Monday's Live program the show will become available on Electric City Television's YouTube channel which can be viewed on your computer.


Tune in to Sue Henry's "Special Edition" this week as Sue recaps the week's news. The show will run Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. on WILK, and on KRZ, Froggy and Max 102 early Sunday morning.


Want to hear some great parodies on the news? Tune in to WILK Radio at 6:40 and 8:40 AM on Mondays. As Ralph Cramden used to say, “It’s a laugh riot!”


Tune in Wednesdays on WILK Radio for Karel on the Street. Hear some of the funniest and he heartwarming comments on the issues of the day on Webster and Nancy with Karel Zubris.


Bobby's show is back again live this Sunday @6PM on The River. 104.9 FM and 100,7FM in Wilkes Barre! Plus Bobby V has a brand new website, check it out at


Our 1977 logo.

The NASA Space Shuttle, named Enterprise, makes its first test free-flight from the back of a Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft……The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the Wow! signal for a notation made by a volunteer on the project…..Herbert Kappler escapes from the Caelian Hill military hospital in Rome…in Pennsylvania Arlen Specter says he might make a run for Governor in 1978… Wilkes Barre the redevelopment of the city continues after the flood of ’72. Mayor Walter Lisman oversees Community Development grans with James Conahan…and forty years ago the number one song in LuLac land and America was “Knowing Me Knowing You” by ABBA.

Then there was this song by the Floaters called (what else?) “Float On”. They all weren’t gold in ’77!