Kennedy, Nanty Glo Home Page webmaster and owner,
is a former teen and campus minister. He began his journalism
career as teen columnist for the Nanty Glo Journal
and its sister weekly newspapers from 1957 to '62 and
became the Journal's third editor in 1962 at age
20. He has edited other newspapers and magazines, and
more recently, webzines, ever since. His articles have
appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free
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End of Coyote Creek Trail, Morgan Hill at last
Jonal entry 1191 | June 30 2011
The population of Morgan Hill was just
under 38,000 in last year's census, to answer a question I asked myself
in the video below, and confirming my stated suspicion that California
towns that look small to us easterners often have populations ten
times bigger than they seem. But they have often seemed to undergo
overnight population booms as well. I have reported elsewhere that
San Jose (of which Morgan Hill is a suburb 15 miles to the south,
city center to downtown) that in 1950 San Jose and Johnstown were
about the same size, but San Jose has been one of the nation's fastest
growing cities in the intervening years (while Johnstown has grown
much smaller) to now number only about 50,000 short of a million residents.
The latter figure was San Jose's approximate total population in 1950.
The video Jonal nature walks have traversed the entire distance from
San Jose's Hellyer Park to the Coyote Creek trail's southern terminus
in Morgan Hill, as of this video.
Years ago when I was a freelance editor serving a clientele
from the area, one of my clients was an attorney with offices in San
Jose whose name was Morgan, and he was working on a book about Morgan
horses, a breed that he owned and was expert in. I never asked where
he lived, but knowing he owned horses led me to guess it was Morgan
Hill or thereabouts: it almost had to be someplace south of San Jose.
And I was wondering if the attorney was one of the Morgans the town
is named for. Now I learn that Morgan Hill was the full name of the
man, whose first name was Morgan, for whom the town is named. No fool
like an old fool.
There have been several references to a segment of the
trail not yet covered, the one that terminates at Tully Road in San
Jose. That may be the subject of our next ideo Jonal.
An elderly woman walked into the local country
church. The friendly usher greeted her at the door and helped her
up the flight of steps. "Where would you like to sit?" he asked politely.
"The front row, please," she answered. "You really don't want to do
that," the usher said. "The pastor is really boring." "Do you happen
to know who I am?" the woman inquired. "No," he said. "I'm the pastor's
mother," she replied indignantly. "Do you know who I am?" he asked.
"No," she said. "Good," he answered.
Thought for today
Everyone knew one thing on September 11, 2001.
It wasn't Lutherans flying those airplanes into buildings.
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