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Letter No. 192 | August 26, 2000

Hello again Jon,

I thought it was about time again to fill in the electronic space in Letters to the Forum that you provide. Jack Eakman, a 1961 Nanty Glo-Vintondale High School graduate, writes in Forum Letter No. 191 that he was surprised or “blown away” to discover the Nanty Glo Home Page. He noted that Chuck Kupchella, a 1960 Nanty Glo-Vintondale High School graduate, is presently the President of the University of North Dakota and Jack himself acquired a master's degree from the North Dakota school.

To continue the vibrations between the school and Nanty Glo, I must add that I have a daughter-in-law, Joan, who is also a 1990 graduate of the University of North Dakota with a degree in landscape architecture. My only son, Mark, and Joan were married three years ago in Baltimore where they live and work. Mark is an urban architect. Mark and Joan made me a proud grandfather for the fifth time (a daughter has four children) when they had their first child, a beautiful baby girl named Cecilia Helen born in December 1999. The baby girl joined a household of two prize winning show dogs called Clumber Spaniels.

Joan is a native of northern Minnesota from a small town called Black Duck. After graduation from college, she decided to venture East and located in Baltimore. Appropriately, after her hometown name, she is also a skilled duck carver who has made wooden ducks for clients. She once created a excellent replica of a loon, the Minnesota state bird. The loon presented a real carving challenge, but Joan succeeded.

Presently, she is too busy as a mother and landscape consultant to pursue this avocation now. In view of this past history, maybe the college and Nanty Glo should start an exchange program.

Best regards,
Frank Charney

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