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               Wednesday, June 19 2002 

Evening forays

The AAA-sponsored school patrol trip to Washington for graduating eighth graders in April 1956 was the first great trip of my life. I must have appeared too effusive because Mom warned before I left the house to lower my expectations. "If you're counting on too much you might be disappointed," she said. I took the counsel to heart and still had one of the most memorable few days of my life.

Though at school I was relatively low-key, here I put my level-headed reputation with the faculty chaperones to good use, striking out on my own or with one or two classmates whenever there was down time. I probably feared the mischief classmates would get into in and around the rooming house we were staying in more than the urban crime on the streets (which, in 1956, was much less of a factor than it has been for most of the years since then). Walking the streets for miles in the evenings, I discovered dozens of exciting sites and sights in the Capitol city that weren't included in the official trip itinerary. On my first trip to England, Wales, and Ireland with a church group 38 years later (1994), I took up the same mode of touring, using the evenings when everyone else was "winding down" to tour by foot the towns and cities of each night's stay. The only one on that bus tour with a videocamera along, most of the good footage I got was on those solitary forays.

Back to '56, not only was I liberated by my adventuring attitude and immediately attained street smarts (for a rural farmboy), here five weeks before my 14th birthday I met on the bus trip back to Johnstown the girl who would be my skating and dance partner more than anyone else through high school. And as a bonus, she was a Nanty Glo girl, which had an influence on my decision a little over a year later to launch the teen column in the Nanty Glo paper. Which, of course, begot this home page 40 years afterward.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Family trees

The following was overheard at a recent high society party. "My ancestry goes all the way back to Alexander the Great," said one lady. She then turned to a second woman and asked, "How far does your family go back?"

"I don't know," was the reply. "All of our records were lost in the flood."

— Sent by Sallie Covolo

Thought for today

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

—Harry S. Truman

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