The LuLac Edition #3481, April 27th, 2017
Right around the time I was four though, I saw someone on TV that I understood. Impeccably dressed and groomed as well as friendly and assuring, Nancy Berg became my daily visitor to 37 Dewitt every morning. I’d have breakfast and then sit at a small table in a matching wooden chair waiting for the opening. God forbid if the Channel was not changed in time from The Today Show (which I also caught but wasn’t clear on yet) and I missed even a moment of "The Land of Hatchy Milatchy."
Nancy opened the gates and this program was Sesame Street before there was Sesame Street. There was the big clock. Big. If you couldn’t tell time by the end of the first few months, well let’s just say you had an issue Nancy couldn’t solve. There was the giant tooth brush looming reminding you of a responsibility that at times you hated. Then there was that podium where you just knew someone was going to do or say something important.
Books had always been in my family thankfully. But Nancy’s book was huge and when she opened it you stepped into a land of make believe. But the blockbuster for me was when I heard and saw my name on the TV for the very first time.
It was February 19th, 1959. The folks at HM (God I can imagine the late Hal Berg yelling “What the heck is HM???”, okay, "Hatchy Milatchy," ran a type of promotion where if you drew something, they’d put it on the air. Then when it was your birthday, it was shown on the screen with your name. Pretty good, huh?
Wait, it got better!
Then Nancy intoned, “We understand that David is a nice boy and because it is his birthday today, he should look behind the blue couch in the parlor and he’ll have a surprise!”
Hold it. First she says my name and then she knows the color of the blue couch. We just got that couch in January!
Now this was all pre arranged by my parents and the good folks at "Hatchy Milatchy". But I didn’t know that and that was the magic of it all.
Years later Nancy left the show and so did I. Nancy went on to work with her late, great husband, Hal in Advertising. When I worked at United Way she was on a few committees and was very cordial. I never brought up my blue couch gift because we had all moved on to another era.
But when I heard about Nancy's death, that’s all I could remember. My encounter with her via TV. It is telling that I remember it to this day. But truth be told, as much as I enjoy remembering it, Nancy Berg was a luxury for me.
I always said that the biggest lottery you could win in your life is the family you are born into or be adopted, whatever the case may be. My parents and Nancy made my magic happen.
But Nancy Berg's true contribution were to those children of my era that weren’t as lucky as I was. These were the kids who needed that imagination, that smile, that assurance.
Nancy Berg meant a lot to me but I’m guessing that there were countless kids my age, lonely, afraid and unloved, that looked at Nancy Berg's visits as a Godsend. It was those kids that Nancy Berg meant the world to!
Nancy Berg, original hostess of The Land of Hatchy Milatchy on WNEP-TV during the late 1950s and early 1960s, passed away peacefully at her home in Lancaster County on Tuesday evening, April 18, 2017.
Mrs. Berg moved from Kingston, Luzerne County to Lancaster County on her retirement to be near family. During the 1950s she was an on-air personality at WILK radio and along with her husband, the late Hal Berg, co-hosted the Song Shop evening show.
The couple were pioneers in the local television industry, co-hosting Hal 'n Nancy's Carousel on WILK-TV. Mrs. Berg was perhaps best known as Miss Nancy, the original hostess of The Land of Hatchy Milatchy on WNEP-TV in Wilkes-Barre before she moved on to host The Land of Ziggy Zoggo on WBKB-TV in Chicago, also as Miss Nancy.
After retiring from broadcasting Mrs. Berg and her husband were the proprietors of Hal Berg Advertising Agency in Wilkes-Barre for many years. Nancy Berg continued running the ad agency after her husband died in 1976, until her retirement in 1997.
She is survived by her daughters Robyn (Ben) Lazarus of Lancaster and Jody (Robert) Leidigh of Pittsburgh, grandchildren Matthew (Julia) Lazarus of Philadelphia, and Alexander Lazarus of West Chester. She is also survived by Kate, Marty, Barbara and the whole Quinn family.
A life celebration service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604.
Turns out that First Designer Ivanka Trump was hissed in Germany on a recent trip. The reaction came when the Designer Daughter said her father was a tremendous champion of supporting families. If they can see through him, Germany, why can't we? Oh wait they've had experience with megalomaniac leaders. Yep, waiting fopr Fox News to say there were paid hissers. You watch.
AOL reports that 68% of Republican voters in Florida, Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania — all states that went for President Barack Obama in 2012 and President Donald Trump in 2016 — think the president intentionally lies or exaggerates the truth.
A survey of likely voters in the four swing states released on Tuesday by public affairs firm Firehouse Strategies found that 31% of Republican voters believe he doesn't lie, while 51% say that he exaggerates only with good intent.
Exaggerates only with good intent? These are the same dumb ass voters who believed Hillary Clinton lied at every turn. These are the same voters who know he's full of shit but give him a pass. Who exaggerates with good intent? Bullshit is bullshit!
Notably, an even larger majority of voters believe Trump is no worse than other Republican politicians. 84% believe congressional Republicans lie or exaggerate and fewer of these voters believe that Republican lawmakers never lie than that Trump never lies.
In addition, most Republican and independent voters say they will still vote for Republican candidates in the 2018 midterms, regardless of whether they are able to keep major legislative promises between now and then. Less than 10% of these voters said they would not vote Republican in 2018 if the administration fails to build a border wall, and just 15% said they would not vote Republican if Trump fails to pass tax reform.
But here's the thing. The Democrats will not have a cakewalk because the districts are gerry mandered and people, even those smarting from the hurt the Trump administration might refuse to admit that they were taken for fools.
Never underestimate the vanity as well as the stubbornness of the American people.
The poll, conducted by McLaughlin and Associates, confirmed what the campaign has been hearing and seeing on the ground since Senator Wagner announced his candidacy.
Republican voters across the state are lining up in support of Scott Wagner’s candidacy.
“Scott Wagner is the clear front-runner in the 2018 GOP Gubernatorial Primary. He holds sizable leads among all opponents in different matchup tests and has a solid base of support across the Commonwealth that no other candidate can lay credit to,” explains Campaign strategist Ryan Shafik.
The exact findings can be found in the pollster memo below or by clicking here -
Blogfest returns May 5th at 5pm at Old Tyme Charlie’s in Plains. There was a plan to invite all the U.S. Congress and Pennsylvania State Legislature. But there was an issue with accommodations in the basement of Charley's to house that many lawmakers. Plus Security issues would even strap the Casino funded rich township who wanted no part of of dead weight in their town.Blog fans, bloggers, candidates and the lackeys they employ will also be on hand that night. Come one, come all.
The Haggerty for District Judge Committee has held a “Meet and Greet” at Konefal’s Restaurant, 458 Main Street, Edwardsville on Saturday, April 22nd. The event was well attended.
Haggerty is a candidate for the District Judge seat which serves Edwardville and Kingston. The five-term Mayor of Kingston will be on both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the May 16th primary election.
This Week on Sunday Magazine.
Brian Hughes speaks with Bob Borwick and Mary Beth Allen from Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity about their 2 big events coming up next weekend.
Brian speaks with Dr. Willie Lawrence about high blood pressure and how it could lead to heart problems and stroke.
Magic 93's Frankie in the Morning speaks with Caitlin Dunbar from Candy's Place about their 20th Annual Walk, coming up on Saturday May 20th at Kirby Park in Wilkes Barre.
And Brian speaks with Brian Kursonis, who was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimers Disease at the age of 54, and his efforts to draw awareness to the disease.
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 Hosts David DeCosmo and Rusty Fender welcome Michelle Wheeler of the Lackawanna College Environmental Center to the program during the week of May 1st. Ms Wheeler will outline special programs and projects to be offered at the Center this Summer. 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.
This week's guests will be Peter Ouellette and Eric Bieski from RepresentUs. Tune in Sunday morning at 6 on 94.3 The Talker; 6:30 on NEPA Sports Radio-The Game 1400/1440 am and 106.7 fm; and at 7:30 on 105 The River.
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.
Bloody riots in Soweto, South Africa…….HCC, Hobby Computer Club, forms in Netherlands….. 28 people are killed in the Guatemala City air disaster…… Christopher Boyce convicted for selling secrets…..Andreas Baader and members of terrorist group the Red Army Faction (Baader-Meinhof Gang) jailed for life after a trial lasting nearly 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany……… The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed…..Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champ…… Ron Cey sets record of 29 RBIs in April……. State Senator Mike O’Pake says he would not run for Governor but would certainly look at the second spot if offered in the coming 1978 election…..in Lackawanna County the GOP team of Lugar and Pettinato seem to be coasting toward a win in the GOP primary for County Commissioner and forty years ago the number one song in "LuLac land" and America was “When I Need You” by Leo Sayer.