Thursday, April 27, 2017

The LuLac Edition #3481, April 27th, 2017


(Nancy Berg in her Hatchy Milatchy days. (Photos: WNEP TV archives)
People of a certain age here in LuLac land are all children of TV. Most of us born from 1949 through 1960 had a TV set. My experience with it has been well documented on this site. My father would be watching news conferences on TV and I’d sit right along with him as leaders of the free world rambled on in sentences I couldn’t comprehend. But I knew it was important and exciting.
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! 
Tearing into that room, there was the present just like Nancy said. And here I am with said gift!
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! 

Here’s her obituary.

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. 

. State Senator Scott Wagner (Photo:
The Scott Wagner for Governor campaign committee released findings from a recent internal poll conducted by the campaign on the state of the 2018 GOP Gubernatorial Primary.
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 -

MAY 6th

Blogfest returns May 6th 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.


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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… 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.


At 5:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the original blogfest organizers decides to run for office, and all of a sudden, the event is back?!
No thanks.

At 5:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice post on Nancy Berg...................can't wait for to read the eulogy you write when we are finally rid of Steve Corbett. I gave you room to edit out my comment, because only you are allowed to speak ill of those you don't like. :)

At 5:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have already written 2018 off in favor of the GOP. Just as I write off the Georgia special congressional in June to the GOP.
It is going to take a massive economic depression to put fire under the asses of the Dems who ran from the GOP and even GOP voters themselves to face the reality that the interest of a very few belong to the party of the elephant.
I wonder if the woman who voted for Trump whose undocumented spouse was deported back to Mexico still would vote for him? I say the probability is 50/50....which tells you the quandary the party of the donkey is in.
As for 2020 potential challengers to Trump, let us not even entertain Liz Warren, who as she speaks sounds as if she is going to break into tears (remember Pat Schroeder?)....Warren's a good woman but would be a horrific candidate. And let us not count out the possibility of Hillary throwing her hat back in....the 3 plus million popular vote victory would be an enticement...but again, another sure loser.
The only possibility I can see as of now would be Sen. Cory Booker, charismatic, African American and young.
Perhaps all the minorities and millenials who protested Trump's election but didn't get off their asses to vote in 2016 might be enticed to do so for Cory....I emphasize the word "might".

At 9:01 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Very nice post on Nancy Berg........


.can't wait for to read the eulogy you write when we are finally rid of Steve Corbett.


Okay, I hope you have other things in your life that are more concerning than another man's mortality. Remember he does exist on a diet of peace, love and vegetables so you might have a long wait.

I gave you room to edit out my comment, because only you are allowed to speak ill of those you don't like. :)


No edit. It speaks for itself.

At 9:06 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

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At 9:07 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...



Great post. I share your thoughts that 2018 would be a heavy lift. The fifty fifty factor you cited on immigration is a clear example of people voting against their own interest.
It is astounding to me that union members, families with disabled individuals with them in it, Democrats who have patronage jobs voted for Trump. And may do so again.
But people get their own thoughts and opinions in a vacuum.
Thanks for the blessing. We need all the help we can get!

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey 5:38am
Also, the event is being held in the town in which he is running for an office.

At 8:01 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

One of the original blogfest organizers decides to run for office, and all of a sudden, the event is back?!


We've been trying to reformulate this thing for a while now.

Also, the event is being held in the town in which he is running for an office.


Rooney's is closed in Pittston and I'm not sure why The Red Mill wasn't picked. Plus if memory serves me right, I don't think anyone running for office is going to get a bump out of some of the clientele that frequent Charley's.

At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leo Sayer and this song????
No wonder why Elvis decided to die on the crapper.

At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your Nancy Berg post triggered my Wayback Machine. It reminded me of a similar experience with "Buckskin Jim Ward" on my birthday.
I got a personal birthday greeting and was directed to look behind our coach where a TRAIN was waiting to be unwrapped. I think I was 4 or 5 at the time.
Thanks for reminding me how caring my parents were.

At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who was on the air first: Miss Nancy or Buckskin Jim?

At 9:20 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Who was on the air first: Miss Nancy or Buckskin Jim?


Great question. I think Jim was on the air first because Nancy and Hal were still doing the Carousel Show on WILK TV. But I'm not 100% sure.


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