Thursday, February 07, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2352, February 7th, 2013


This week Talk Radio and the local news was dominated by the news that a Scranton Prep Senior issued a threatening tweet saying that if a fight broke out at a high school basketball game he would "blow up" the two area schools. . Torre Scrimalli, 18 went before a Magistrate charged with making terroristic threats. I’m conflicted on this. Kids, hell even adults make really stupid mistakes. Off hand remarks are made all the time. But in the aftermath of Sandy Hook and our violent culture, these things should be kept to one’s self. Putting it on social media is still another thing I don’t get, For years this current generation has been preached to time and time again to remember “that the internet” is forever. The Courts will decide this young man’s fate. Let’s hope it is a measured response that is both responsible and fair. Another 18 year old will have his fate judged this year too but in an entirely different way. 18 year old Devon Brown of Old Forge has thrown the proverbial hat in the ring to be a member of Old Forge Council. With the scandals in the Police department, Old Forge needs new blood. And the younger and more innovative the better It will be interesting to see if this young person can overcome in Old Forge politics. An 18 year old Tom McGroarty did it in Wilkes Barre in 1983, maybe Old Forge will give Brown a chance.


U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright. (Photo: LuLac archives)


17th  District Congressman Matt Cartwright weighed in on the announcement that the Post Office might close on Saturdays. Here’s his comment: 
The Postal Service is an American institution and must be preserved. Comprehensive postal reform legislation must address the issue of delivery frequency, and Congress should make such reform a priority. Today’s announcement by Postmaster Patrick Donahoe, regarding the loss of Saturday delivery, will have a negative effect on both the Postal Service and its millions of customers. The loss of Saturday delivery will be particularly harmful to small businesses, rural communities, the elderly, the disabled and others who depend on Saturday delivery for commerce and communication. 
The agency’s crisis is a direct result of an unsustainable congressional mandate imposed on the Postal Service by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). The federal law forces the Postal Service to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees and to do so in a 10-year period. No other entity — public or private — bears this burden. Since the PAEA took effect in 2007, the Postal Service has been required to pre-pay approximately $5.5 billion per year. Yet the same law prohibits the Postal Service from raising postage rates to cover the cost. The Postal Service has already slashed mail service by closing 13,000 post offices and drastically reducing hours of operation, shutting hundreds of mail processing facilities, and downgrading standards for mail delivery to America’s homes and businesses. The effects have already been felt locally in Scranton and today’s announcement will only place a greater burden on the 17th Congressional district. 
Congress must take a holistic approach in passing comprehensive Postal Reform legislation addressing both the recent decline in mail volume as well as the strain placed on the Postal Service by the mandated PAEA.  




The Huffington Post reported yesterday that Strom Thurmond’s daughter died the other day at the age of 87. The former Presidential candidate (1948) and long serving Senator (he was a Democrat but then turned Republican was an unapologetic segregationist. As a matter of fact, his views were so abhorrent to mainstream media in the 21st century that Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott was sent packing when he gave a laudatory comment at a gathering for Thurmond when he was in his final days in office. Here is the fascinating story of his daughter. The mixed-race daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond who kept her parentage secret for more than 70 years to avoid damaging his political career has died. Essie Mae Washington-Williams was 87. Vann Dozier of Leevy's Funeral Home in Columbia said Washington-Williams died Monday. A cause of death wasn't given. Washington-Williams was the daughter of the one-time segregationist and his family's black maid. There had been rumors for decades in political circles and the black community that Thurmond had fathered a daughter by a black woman. But Washington-Williams did not come forward and identify Thurmond as her father until after his death at age 100 in 2003. Washington-Williams spent decades as a school teacher in Los Angeles. Thurmond was South Carolina's governor and for a time was the nation's longest-serving U.S. senator. 


An institution in the Luzerne County area has passed away. Jimeal Moses was known for a restaurant he had in Plymouth along with his dedication to the rewstoring of that town’s legacy. Jimeal's Catering was in business for 45 years and during the 1972 flood he served over 175,000 meals to flood victims at the Armory in Plymouth. 


Professor Al Groh died on Monday at St. Luke’s Villa according to the Times Leader. Groh was a fixture on Public Square during the annual Fine Arts Fiesta. Groh was a constant presence throughout the event and helped organize so many of the foundational events for that event that are now commonplace in its agenda. I remember Groh as a calming, cerebral influence where no problem of logistics couldn’t be solved without reason and tact. He was a long time Professor of English and the Arts at Wilkes College. One of my friends who went to Wilkes said Groh’s classes were both “mystical and magic” in their explanation of the great classical works of time. Groh leaves a legion of students who obviously feel their interaction with him gave them a greater appreciation for the arts. It goes without saying that one of these founder’s of this event has left his mark for not only my generation but for many to come. Groh was part of the very fabric of the Fine Arts Fiesta. He was 92.
“Pepper” Paire-Davis and Geena Davis. (Photo SportingnewsMLB). 


The Sporting News MLB reports that Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the central character in the movie "A League of Their Own," has died, her son said Sunday. Paire-Davis died of natural causes in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Saturday, her son, William Davis, told The Associated Press. She was 88. Paire-Davis was a model for the character played by Geena Davis in the 1992 hit "A League of Their Own," which also starred Rosie O'Donnell, Madonna and Tom Hanks as the crusty manager who shouted the famous line, "there's no crying in baseball!" In 1944, Paire-Davis joined the league, created out of fear that World War II would interrupt Major League Baseball, and played for 10 seasons. 



Catch the new extended 70s, 80s, 90s oldies show "The PartyZone" with Shadoe Steele beginning this Saturday from 6 - midnight on 50,000 watt powerhouse WAVT-FM - T-102. ... and on line at 


ECTV Dave Williams, Operator of the Pennsylvania Farm Country Radio Network will rejoin 
ECTV Live hosts Tom Munley and David DeCosmo during the week of February 11th to outline plans for another FREE public event. It's the annual "Dairy Days" show to beheld in Honesdale. ECTV Live can be seen on Comcast Ch19 throughout the week atMidnighgt, 6PM, and Noon. The program presents information of events throughout the area that are open to the public free of charge. 


This Week on Sunday Magazine Brian Hughes speaks with Noreen Neary about her “Baskets of Hope” fundraiser in honor of her mother Jane, who died from breast cancer 15 years ago. The event will be held Sunday March 3rd at the Dunmore Community Center. Brian speaks with travel guru Chris McGuiness about the best travel deals during the spring months...Magic 93’s Frankie in the Morning speaks with Erin Pikul about the upcoming 5K “Renal Race 2” on Saturday March 16th on Public Square in Wilkes Barre to raise money in the fight against kidney cancer...............And an encore of Brian’s interview with Dr. Sharon Finster from the Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital in Plains about their care for pets in Northeast Pa. Sunday Magazine, Sunday morning at 5am on Great Country 93.7, 5:30 on 97BHT, 6am on 97.9X, 6:25am on Magic 93, and 7am on true Oldies 590, WARM.

Our 1976 logo. 


The Winter Olympic continued. 37 nations participated in the 1976 Winter Olympic Games. The '76 Winter Olympics marked the final time the Republic of China (Taiwan) participated under the Republic of China flag and name. After most of the international community recognized the People's Republic of China as the legitimate government of all China, the ROC was forced to compete under the name Chinese Taipei, under an altered flag and to use its National Banner Song instead of its national anthem. Andorra and San Marino participated in their first Winter Olympic Games………………….. In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000............Nearly 2,000 students become involved in a racially charged riot at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida; 30 students are injured in the 4-hour fray……….The ratings are in and the Sonny and Cher program dominates CBS TV ratings. The twist is the show returns with the recently divorced Sonny and Cher. The bloom would soon be off the rose and the show would not last long….and pianist Vince Guaraldi was found dead in a hotel room at the age of 47. Guaraldi went on to compose scores for seventeen Peanuts television specials……in Pennsylvania, Ltn. Governor Ernest Kline ends speculation that he might run for the U.S. Senate seat of Hugh Scott. Kline’s announcement comes days after outgoing Auditor General Robert P. Casey says he will serve out his term and not compete for the seat…….in both Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties, the entire community is stunned by the sudden death of Advertising and TV pioneer Hal Berg. Berg suffered a fatal attack traveling to a client. Berg was one of the pillars of early day broadcasting in TV. Berg was also associated with WILK Radio and TV. He was a fixture in the Billboard Magazine column VoxJox where his program on WILK was promoted nationally every week. As Program Manager of the fledgling WNEP, Berg shaped the early days of survival of that entity. At the time of his death, he was the President of Hal Berg Advertising. When this happened, I was interning at a number of Media outlets in Northeastern Pennsylvania. His death triggered a common denominator that I had rarely seen among business people. I never saw so many people feel so bad at the same time to the same degree when they heard Hal Berg had died………and thirty seven years ago this week the number one song in LuLac land and America was “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” by Paul Simon.


At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great job as usual. loving the 1976 as well as your thoughtful comments on the young uns.

At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Professor Milburn Cleaver, OPA said...

Good morning students,

For those of you who have been showing up for class these past several weeks to find the door locked, I am sorry. I realize that I had previously stated that my vacation was going to be for a mere few days but things were going so well that I had decided to extend it. Needless to say, the sun was hot, the sky was blue and the golf was great (even though I have a handicap of 105----you may laugh). I must say to those of you who believed I was ill, I appreciate the cards/letters and e mails expressing your kind sentiments. If I said I was happy to once again be amongst you ingrates I would be lying, however my contract must be fulfilled and there is serious work to be done.

The business of this classroom goes forward……

I must take great exception to Mr. Yonki’s kindly words toward young Mr. Brown of Old Forge. The position of a city councilman is both serious and bears a great deal of responsibility and knowledge of “facts”. No one in this world will ever convince me that an 18 year old boy who is not even legally entitled to purchase a bottle of alcohol is capable of making the great decisions that guide a city or borough. I do not know this boy, perhaps he would be a good student or perhaps another layabout. It does not matter. He is too young and nothing will convince me otherwise. Speaking of Mr. McGroarty, his tenure as a councilman in Wilkes-Barre was more a display of amusement than accomplishment. I will concede that it succeeded in catapulting him to the Mayor’s office, but alas a disastrous few terms (reminds me of someone living in a big white home in DC).

Again, I do not personally degrade this young man, in fact I admire his civic pride. Still, if he were in this classroom I would have a question for him: Do you, sir, truly feel you have the tenacity, wisdom, intelligence and maturity for this important office? And even if you are not completely certain, is it fair to your fellow citizens of OF to be the recipients of an apprentice councilman?????? I think not.

Something for all of you to think about this morning………

Class Dismissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You had to get you girl Geena Davis in there didn't you???? You are at least predictable.

At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yonk, I hear you're changing the name of LuLac to the LuLac Political Matt Cartwright story of the week Political Letter!

At 9:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The proximity to Sandy Hook is irrelevant.

"I'm 18 and I don't know what I want"

The tools we give underdeveloped human beings can be lethal, yet we continue providing them while hoping for a different result. The longer I live the more I believe we should reset everything to 21 - even military service UNLESS the recruit passes a battery of well-designed tests.

"I'm a boy and I'm a man"

One can never know for sure if this act of phoney outrage and bravado would have manifested itself for real. We do not have the luxury to see if it plays out. I would expect my son to be appropriately dealt with by me and the courts if he did this. If the results "ruin his life" so be it. It's on him.

Harsh? Real. Along with the apology I would issue publicly to the parents with kids in both schools.

At 9:57 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Yonk, I hear you're changing the name of LuLac to the LuLac Political Matt Cartwright story of the week Political Letter!

At 10:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 18 I thought I had all the answers too. I look back at those days with amused embarrassment, thankful that my dad didn't knock me out or indulge my delusions.

And, damn...if he wasn't right.

At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My cousin still looks a lot like Geena Davis. But I think you know that.
K Girl

At 10:32 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

At 18 I thought I had all the answers too. I look back at those days with amused embarrassment, thankful that my dad didn't knock me out or indulge my delusions.
And, damn...if he wasn't right.

At 9:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm with you on that Yonk.
I also hope that my kid wishes the same.
We can only try.

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous your friend and political sparring partner said...

The post office, as it is now, is an anachrism and one day letters and cards will go the route of the buggy whip. I get such a kick of the Matt Cartwrights of the world. I would be content with delivery 3 days/week. It is time to open up the delivery of all mail services to the private sector. UPS and FEDEX would do a much better job, more efficiently and eventually competition would bring the costs in line. But, liberals like Cartwright nevrer want to move forward, because they aren't the progressives they proclaim.

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave, A word about your story about the late Hal Berg. I grew up watching Hatchy Malachty and shows he pioneered on WNEP TV. Your historical perspective in these years you feature is just incredible. Thanks for being here everyday and doing what you do.

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


FedEx & UPS would lose money too if they had to stop and put junk mail in everybody's mailbox every day. They cherry-picked the USPS's bread & butter.

At 7:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hatchy Milatchy, huh?

I grew up watching "Buckskin Jim". He told me where my birthday present was. (Behind the sofa - what a rush!)

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Ward was "Buckskin Jim" old-timer.


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