The LuLac Edition #3464, April 8th, 2017
I first met Perry at King’s College in Wilkes Barre when I was involved in a fundraiser for the visually handicapped at WRKC FM 88.5 in Wilkes Barre. My friend Pat Fadden and I were going to stay on the air for 22 hours raising money for the blind. Someone made WDAU aware of it and that’s how I met John Perry.
Now Perry at the time was a weekday reporter but also anchored the weekend news. I remember Pat and I being interviewed by Perry as well as his ace cameraman Bob Dennis. Perry inquired about us, our efforts and took a tour of the station.
Perry was a frequent visitor to the Coal Street tennis courts taking on partners half his age. Through the years Perry stayed at WDAU, later WYOU and worked behind the scenes in the later stage of his broadcast career. He moved to Florida where he worked as an assistant administrator in a hospital.
Recently he was in a skilled nursing facility where he died at the age of 92. Perry was one of the pioneers of TV broadcasting. On his anchoring duties, he rarely cracked a smile until he either went to break or was signing off.
I remember him as the consummate pro who was part of the media landscape for decades. While people under 45 might not remember him, his death was noted by various local and broadcast outlets mainly because John Perry was a well remembered building block of what broadcast news became here in this corner of the world.
Working furiously and putting the final touches on his work entitled “"When Hillary's President" (Confessions of an Outlaw Journalist)” Corbett reports he’s well and still in the fight.
When I heard Corbett was writing a book, I was relieved and here’s why. Since the Election, we’ve had National and International Media coming here and trying to perform an autopsy on why Clinton lost here. Some of the stories carried in that wide ranging media make this region look pretty backward. It’s all well and good to get the opinions of regular folks but I’m thinking this is overkill. How many times do you need to go to a diner jawing with people who speak in fantastical generalities to understand what happened here.
My opinion has been stated many times about why Trump won. It will be refreshing to get Corbett’s thoughts out there because they certainly will be a tad different then what the news outlets of the nation and the world reported. (As an aside, if I’m an investor and want to create jobs around here, after seeing some of these stories, The Lu and The Lac would be the last places I’d want to come).
Anyway, more news as I get it from Steve Corbett on this fascinating effort. I thought you’d be interested.
I have to tell you I pretty much stopped reading a local newspaper about 4 years ago. Once in a while I’d grab a copy of The Citizen’s Voice at Abe’s when I’d visit but most of the news I’d get on line. Mrs. LuLac’s late mother would read the paper cover to cover and even after her death we kept getting it delivered. It was a habit.
The tabloid format was easy to handle and my wife did those word puzzles. I’d take a quick look at the obits, check the baseball standings and grab the Supermarket flyers. But for me that was about it.
Recently Shamrock Communication announced the paper would be a broadsheet. I had seen this coming because for a few years The Sunday Voice was in that format.
There are many people, long time subscribers who don’t like the change. They’ve said so in the newspaper and in other quarters.
The parent company said the change was made to provide greater access from the region for more stories. Yeah, more fillers from the other papers.
Look, I understand newspapers want to maximize content with the least manpower. That’s been going on for years. But please, let’s not wrap this change in the cloak of “we’re giving you more” when it is obvious we’re getting less.
Maybe Shamrock figured if Luzerne County fell for Trump, we’d fall for this.
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Liverpool Legends has performed at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA; Busch Stadium in St. Louis; Carnegie Hall in NYC; and the Cavern Club in Liverpool. They recently performed before a sold-out crowd of over 16,000 at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. Again!
They’ve performed with Denny Laine (Wings); former Beatle, Pete Best, and the Boston Pops. They’ve appeared on The Travel Channel’s “Beatlemania Britain” and headlined at “International Beatles Week” in Liverpool, England.
Also, nationally known comedian/impressionist, Jeff DeHart, will be coming in from NYC and taking the stage as “ED SULLIVAN”. A very good friend of fellow comedian, Bob Saget, Jeff DeHart is hilarious!
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