Our “13 Questions” logo.
1. Can there be another Bush Presidency with the re-emergence of former Governor Jeb Bush?
Anything is possible. It’s kind of ironic that the great New England dynasty that was presumed, the Kennedys, never happened due to circumstances. Yet the Bush name seems to be viable. Jeb Bush’s greatest asset will be his father, 41. His greatest liability will be his brother, 43. I believe Jeb Bush can overcome any negativity about a dynasty worry because he is quick on his feet and has a very open, friendly engaging manner. He seems to be grounded and certainly has name recognition. However, will he have a problem pleasing the right wing of the Republican party? Bush may be attacked by those sharks within his own party and might not make it past the starting gate. An early announcement might help clear the field. Plus if Bush or any Republican nominee is up against say Hillary Clinton or any other Democratic, third terms for a party are tough to make happen. George H.W. Bush succeeded Ronald Reagan in 1988. The last time that happened was 1836 when Martin Van Buren succeeded Andrew Jackson.
2. Have you seen any of the World Baseball Classic?
3. Read any decent books lately?
Just got through Tony Bennett’s “Life Is A Gift”. The tales of his WWII experience as well as his creative battles with Mitch Miller at Columbia were pretty entertaining. Up next is the bio of Thomas Jefferson by Jon Meecham and Calvin Coolidge that I got as gifts. But it takes time to sit and read with stuff going on.
4. Do your sources within the Catholic Church regard a Shamrock Shake as a Lenten food?
A Lenten treat, hell a Lenten splurge if you think about it. It is meatless, I’ll give you that but take a look at the calories and fat content on just a medium! I’m not a fanatic when it comes to counting calories (obviously) but that thing is loaded. But I’ll pass this one by my Confessor and see what he says.
5. Do you remember the Dance program on WNEP on Saturday nights? And who were the hosts?
I remember TV Bandstand on Saturdays on WNEP. The first host was Sid Friedman. Then it morphed into “Komotion”. The hosts for that show were WWDL’s Doug Lane, Jay Kristopher and then Bob Woody. I was on one of the show’s Lane hosted when I went to St. John’s and I think that might have been early 1970. I’m saying it was ’70 because I remember the first song they played was “Touch Me” by the Doors. But then I remember being at the Skyliner Diner after the show with my date and another couple and “Sweet Mary” by Wadsworth Mansion came on the jukebox there and that was out in ’71. Either way, it was the early 70s.
6. Are you loving the time change?
You bet. I hate it being dark at 430pm. That’s nuts.
7. Should we get out of Afghanistan sooner than late 2014?
Yes. We failed to follow the lessons of Vietnam as well as what happened to other countries who went into that hellhole. The recent comments by (and I use the word loosely) by our “ally” (Hamid Karzai) are an insult to the memories of those Americans who died fighting in this conflict. I would not only pull the troops I out, I would destroy the infrastructure we spend billions building their country while ours is going to pot. 2 billion a week on this thug and his so called country? Imagine what we can do with that money! We have drones that can pinpoint any terrorist activity. Get out and take all of our stuff. They are not worthy of American troops who gave their lives for their version of “freedom”.
8. Were you ever a big gulp drinker?
No, I was satisfied with a nice cold 12 ounce beverage. Never got into the supersized because by the time you got to the end of those mammoth drinks, it was too watered down.
9. Did you see that Town Meeting on TV the other night put on by your buddies at WYLN?
Yes I did. WYLN does a very good job in terms of community service. They are a licensed TV station and takes their responsibility pretty seriously. I thought the questions and dialogue were very good. I think Chief Dessoye of Wilkes Barre and Chief D’Andrea certainly outlined the way investigations are conducted. DA Stephanie Salavantis, Reprehensive Tarah Toohill and Senator John Yudichak did more than political posturing. It was a good effort and all my “buddies” should be commended.
10. They caught that inmate who murdered the prison guard. He was serving time for killing another person. They are talking about the death penalty. Fair?
No. Don’t have an inquiry that will cost the financially strapped prison system any more money that it already doesn’t have. Kill him now.
11. What media outlets were you following on the choosing of the new Pope?
EWTN, CNN and something on Sirius Radio Channel 129 called “Holy Smokes”.
Actress Deborah Shelton played J.R. Ewing’s second wife Mandy Winger. (Photo: Celebrity Beuaties.com)
12. Okay, so on “Dallas” they killed off JR. For good. Did you see the episode and what did you think?
I thought it was very good in terms of setting up the rest of the season (the late Larry Hagman would have approved I’m sure and was happy to see them bring J.R.’s second and third wives back too. Mrs. LuLac and I had a slight wager on that one.
13. The new Stadium at Moosic looks great. I’m sure you’ll be there this year. The Stadium will offer an array of different food. Do you have a regular ballpark staple or do you branch out into more adventurous cuisine?
I stick with what I always bought at the Vet, Yankee Stadium, Shea and the previous reincarnation at Moosic. 1 hot dog, 1 Diet and for dessert, one soft pretzel. Once at Camden Yards I had one of Boog Powell’s rib sandwiches, dry as sawdust. Sticking to the classics.