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            Thursday, July 5 2001

Late news from the Valley - 3

The weather is much bigger news here in Southwest Pennsylvania than I'm used to its being in California (where of course it changes much less frequently or radically), and here the talk is that it's been an unusually cool summer. Monday was an almost perfect day, especially for photos, which my waitress at the Triangle II Restaurant described as fall-like. Lows the previous night were below 50 degress. But it was July 2! Since then, clouds and some brief showers have been in and out, with no really clear skies again.

Triangle II, by the way, is the name of the former Triangle and former Pinehurst Restaurant at the triangle that connects Pa. 971 at US 22. And there are several signs now naming it, that weren't there last summer. And while we're in the Belsano baileywick, despite the recent death of Larry Stiles, the owner of the Triangle's neighbor establishment, the Hilltop Tavern a mile to the east, the tavern is open under new ownership, I'm told.

WJAC now positions itself as the station for Johnstown, Altoona, and State College and for that reason would probably prefer to call this South-central Pa. rather than Southwest. I always wondered what the "C" stood for, as the J for Johnstown and A for Altoona seemed obvious. Clearfield, I thought early in life, but more recently I suspected Cumberland, Md., which is more of an urban center.

But when DuBois Budweiser was a major sponsor on the station (remember?), it was more natural to think of the northern end of the viewing area rather than the southern. For those of you too young to remember, yes, there was a beer brewed in DuBois named Budweiser and, no, it was not related to Anheiser Busch's Busweiser. And since my lifetime consumption of beer wouldn't add up to a six pack, why do I remember that Budweiser is a Czech name, which is pronounced in the Old Country as something like Bood Wahr. Or am I confusing it with a French term?

But returning to the topic of WJAC, people are bemused by the fact that a regular feature of the 11 p.m. news there is "tomorrow's headlines tonight" from...the Altoona Mirror. At least those who remember that WJAC was originally a subsidiary of the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat find that notable. Now, both the paper and the broadcast company are owned by media chains headquartered outside the Johnstown area.

Email bag: Paul Ceria recalls that the Ford dealership in Nanty Glo was Castelli Ford, which I also remember well, and that Mr. Castelli's wife was an elementary teacher at Big Bend school (who drove a T-bird). And he recollects the teen guys making rounds of all the dealships to see and comment on the new models in September or October. Oh yes, all of us cool guys did that, as John Golias agreed to after dinner last evening. Remember the year the Chevy ads offered two cents for going to have a look?

More from the Keystone State tomorrow, Lord willing.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Funny or true or not, who knows? But interesting

The nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosey is a rhyme about the plague. Infected people with the plague would get red circular sores. ("Ring around the rosey..."), these sores would smell very badly so common folks would put flowers on their bodies somewhere (inconspicuously), so that it would cover the smell of the sores ("...a pocket full of posies..."), People who died from the plague would be burned so as to reduce the possible spread of the disease ("...ashes, ashes, we all fall down!")

Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month? A. Conception.

Q. What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS from every other TV show? A. No theme song.

Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? A. Their birthplace. 

Sent by Zan

On evil for evil

Abba Isaiah said, "When someone wishes to render evil for evil, he can injure his brother's soul by a mere gesture, like a single nod of the head."

Sent by Christopher Haas
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