SECOND QUARTER 1998

Descriptions of all content added between April 1 and June 30, the second quarter of 1998, follow.

Click here for the CURRENT webmaster's notes, descriptive cumulative site index.


Tuesday, June 30 1998

Latest additions to site—Ireland bound. You're invited to help our travel editor plan his itinerary for an August trip.

Movie Review: Captives A dated British import about a dentist who falls for a convict.

Note 2 Okay, so travel editor is just another of the hats your webmaster wears. Anyway, if Ireland has any appeal to you, come along, at least for the cybertrip.

Note 1 This film rates only two stars on Nanty Glo Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes' scale of four.


Monday, June 29 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie Review: Clockwatchers A comedy about the zany lives of temp workers.

Note 1 This film rates the infrequent three-and-a-half stars on Nanty Glo Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes' scale of four.


Friday, June 26 1998

Latest additions to site— New link: The Ebbw Fach Valley Development Trust in Nantyglo, Wales, is now linked from our Nantyglo, Wales, home page.

Note 1 The Nantyglo, Wales, site includes a picture of a house there and photos of several employees of the trust, including our correspondent, Rob James. The latter photo has also been added to his letter on our Nantyglo home page.


Wednesday, June 24 1998

Latest additions to site— Video Reviews: A View to a Kill | The Living Daylights Two more of the James Bond episodes, from 1985 and 1987.

Forum letter Three descendants of former Twin Rocks man are seeking information.

Note 3 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes' gives each of these Bond less-than-thrillers two points on his scale of four.

Note 2 Oops! Haste makes waste. I work on the web site from computers at two locations. I accidentally overwrote the file with the letter about George Pastor from my present location; still have it at my other location but won't be able to upload from there until about 10 p.m. EDT. Please check later for that letter.

Note 1 George Pastor lived in Twin Rocks from approximately 1903 to 1913.


Tuesday, June 23 1998

Latest additions to site—Tourism Department A collection of articles and a forum for the exchange of travel information.

LaMantia Dodge A second auto dealership and perhaps Nanty Glo's most venerable business institution joins the Blacklick Valley resources list.

Note 2 The purposes of this department are to publish articles on Southcentral Pennsylvania/Southern Alleghenies travel and tourism attractions, to encourage local tourism; to help foster a tourist business in Nanty Glo; and to publish articles about tourism farther afield of interest to local residents hoping to travel outside the area. We will offer links to other tourism sites on the worldwide web and encourage input from readers in the form of articles, photos, or notes about travel locally or farther afield. Two articles, one in each classification, are now available.

Note 1 Thanks to the reader who submitted LaMantia Dodge. We also recently added Gold Crown Foodland. If you know of other businesses that should be listed, please submit them. There is no charge, of course.


Monday, June 22 1998

Latest additions to site—Class photo: No one has sent one of the Blacklick Valley Class of 1998 as yet, but here's Blacklick Township's Class of 1960.

Movie Review: Stuart Bliss Coming soon to a theater near you, or maybe not.

Note 2 Somebody did send us the reunion photo of Blacklick Township's Class of 1960. How many, if any, of these oldtimers can you name?

Note 1 This film worth only one-and-a-half star on Nanty Glo Home Page reviewer Steve Rhodes' scale of four, still doesn't even have a distributor!


Saturday, June 20 1998

Latest additions to site—SERVICE NOTICE: Between June 19 and June 30 major improvements are planned on the Internet server which hosts the Nanty Glo Home Page. This should not result in any interruption in service, but if you do experience difficulties connecting or navigating, please be advised that these should be only temporary at most.

Note 1 If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!


Friday, June 19 1998

Latest additions to site—A family tree resource Here's where to begin looking up your family's roots.

New links on the home page image map...a new page for Nantyglo, Wales; a link to an Ebensburg site, and a link to our virtual hike.

Note 4 If you've tried looking up family genealogy on the Internet you've probably been disappointed by too much commercialization and too little useable data. The Nanty Glo Home Page has discovered and brought together in one link page the best government sites and even the LDS church family history site. Help in finding ancestors is one of the most frequent requests we get; here's a place to begin finding answers (though we will still gladly post letters asking for local information).

Note 3 We decided that Rob James' letter about Nantyglo, Wales, was too important to let fade in the Forum letters page, so we excerpted the highlights and turned them into a permanent Nantyglo, Wales, page, which we hope will grow as more contributions come in for it.

Note 2 It has long seemed to me that one of the points on our home page image map that needs a hyperlink is the "Ebensburg 6" atop the Nanty Glo town line sign. Now we've found and added at that point an Ebensburg link, which gives information on our sister borough.

Note 1 Another page which, like the Nantyglo, Wales, information we felt shouldn't be allowed to fade into the archives, is our virtual hike from Vintondale to Belsano. We hope additional hikes will eventually be added to it.


Thursday, June 18 1998

Latest additions to site—Video Review: Metropolitan The first of a trilogy of films (this one from 1990) about rich white kids.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page Film Reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this film set in Manhattan around Christmas time three stars on his scale of four.


Wednesday, June 17 1998

Latest additions to site—A letter from New Zealand, but it was probably meant for the other Nantyglo.

Movie Review: Paulina An independent film with such poor production values it looks like a send-up of the genre.

Note 2 Have any international rugby champions come out of Nanty Glo?

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page Film Reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this pathetic production about a sad life one star on his scale of four.


Tuesday, June 16 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie Review: Lawn Dogs. From the director of Sirens, another enigmatic and erotic look at life.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page Film Reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this film about the class struggle three stars on his scale of four.


Monday, June 15 1998

Latest additions to site—Another letter from the U.K., this one on the review of the movie, Brassed Off. Peter Day thinks we're US-centric.

Movie Review: Mulan. Disney's latest full-length animated feature, and the first from the company's east coast studios in Florida.

Note 2 Writer sees our review, like US policy toward Cuba, as symptomatic of American triumphalism.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page Film Reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this animated feature about an Asian princess passing for male three stars on his scale of four.


Sunday, June 14 1998

Latest additions to site—Some real skinny on Nantyglo, Wales Rob James says it's a pretty rundown town, now

Note 1 It's a 45-minute drive to Cardiff, Wales' capitol, and only a few minutes from Ebbw Vale (no kidding) and the nearest McDonald's.


Friday, June 12 1998

Latest additions to site—Letter from Nantyglo, Walesagain? The "Welsh Phantom" says he really does exist.

Movie review: Six Days, Seven Nights. Or is it Seven Days, Six Nights?.

Note 2 "Teething problems" with his email service are blamed for "no such account" messages received previously. Why would he lie, Rob James asks. What's that old expression--? Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me?

Note 1 Although he doesn't seem entirely sure which title is correct, Nanty Glo Home Page Film Reviewer Steve Rhodes calls this movie delicious and delightful and gives it three stars on his scale of four.


Thursday, June 11 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Can't Hardly Wait. Fast Times at Ridgemont High without the laughs.

Note 1 Guess where the focus of this heavy-breathing teen melodrama is? Nanty Glo Home Page Film Reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this movie one-and-a-half stars on his scale of four.


Tuesday, June 9 1998

Latest additions to site—New category under Resources: Auto Dealers

Movie review: The Hanging Garden. A Canadian film about an Irish family than may not be as dysfunctional as it first seems.

Note 2 The addition to the worldwide web of a home page for Nanty Glo's Freedom Ford is the occasion for launching a new category on the resources page. Also, St. Mary's Elementary School in Nanty Glo now has an elaborate web site, which is linked from our resources page.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page Film Reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this movie three stars on his scale of four.


Monday, June 8 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie Review: The Opposite of Sex.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page Film Reviewer Steve Rhodes calls this movie raunchy but often hilarious, and gives it three stars on his scale of four.


Sunday, June 7 1998

Latest additions to site—A letter to the Forum from a former Nanty Glower now in Winchester, Va.

Note 1 Nanty Glo is still "home" to Ed Simmers, even though he's been gone since 1959. And he has a license plate to prove it.


Friday, June 5 1998

Latest additions to site—New Home Page Link Clayton D. Harriger's Circuit Rider's Range

Movie review: The Truman Show. Originally reviewed here on April 13, this film starring Jim Carrey is opening in theaters nationwide today.

Note 2 The former pastor of two Blacklick Township Methodist Churches and one in Strongstown, Clayton D. Harringer truly was a modern-day Methodist Circuit Rider (he even pastored a fourth Methodist Church, in Belsano, in the early days of his ministry here). Now "officially" retired and living a mile and a half outside Belsano, he continues his ministry outreach on the Internet with a very interesting web site.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this powerful movie four stars and says he expects it to be high on his list of the top 10 for '98.


Thursday, June 4 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: A Perfect Murder. Remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic, Dial M for Murder

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this lifeless remake only two stars on his scale of four.


Wednesday, June 3 1998

Latest additions to site—Video review: The Wizard of Oz. The classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this classic the rare four stars, as does his nine-year-old son, Jeffrey. Jeffrey says, "you can't grow too old for this movie."


Tuesday, June 2 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Habit. A "creepily sexy" low-budget independent film that packs a wallop.

Letter from Nantyglo, Wales may be hoax.

Nantyglo, Wales checks in. Robert James in the "old country" welcomes emails including questions from new world gloers.

Note 3 "Most movies telegraph their punches from the beginning, but in this one it isn't clear for quite a while where it's heading or even what genre it belongs to. Although made for just $60,000, the high levels of the acting and the realistic location sets have the look of a much bigger-budget film." So writes Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes, who gives Habit three stars on his scale of four.

Note 2 Though the header information on the message received from Wales indicates it originated in the U.K, three attempts to reply to the address given by "Robert James" have resulted in this auto-generated reply: "Hi. This is the qmail-send program at snowstorm.dial.pipex.net.I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.
"RJames@dial.pipex.com
"This account does not exist"

Note 1 James found us via a web search. Did you know that most major search engines like Alta Vista, Yahoo, Excite and others direct you to the Nanty Glo Home Page and many of the related pages when you enter "Nanty Glo"? Try it...you can begin an Alta Vista search on the bottom of our own home page. You can also enter just about any topic and get back thousands of references. For example, you might try, "childhood education," "Morgan horses," "biking in Pennsylvania," "Wales: bed and breakfasts."


Monday, June 1 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Last Days of Disco. Set in the very early '80's this movie isn't so much about dance as the people who lived through that era.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says The Last Days of Disco has lots of delightful insightful insights into its times and ours, and gives it three stars on his scale of four.


Friday, May 29 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Hav Plenty. A movie of a "true story" that lacks one thing: a story.

Note 2 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says this film is something like Love Jones, but worse; the script is so poor the actors read it without even trying to act it. He gives it one star on his scale of four.

Note 1 Sorry about the wrong link and type. Yesterday's Class of '53 Reunion item had an incorrect link; thanks to the reader who pointed it out. It's corrected now; please try again. Also, the oversized type on the letters page has been corrected, for those of you who use Netscape browsers. One of Microsoft Internet Explorer's advantages is that it "knows" regular paragraph type is not heading type and automatically reverts to body type unless "told" not to. Netscape doesn't "know" this, so what looked perfectly fine in Microsoft IE yesterday looked atrocious in Netscape. Another reason why the Reno "Justice" Department should keep its mits off Bill Gates.... He knows what he's doing.


Thursday, May 28 1998

Latest additions to site—News: NGHS Class of 1953 to hold reunion

Forum essay: Reminiscences of Old Home Week. Remember Zukie the snake eater?

Movie review: Hope Floats. A gentle but not very compelling romance with Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick, Jr.

Note 3 If you were part of the Class of 1953, check out the news link for all the reunion details.

Note 2 Hope Floats is Texas-based and refreshingly old fashioned, but not very memorable, Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes regrets. He gives it a nominal thumbs up: two-and-a-half stars on his scale of four.

Note 1 Jay Evans recalls some of Nanty Glo's better "old days" of the 1950's and '60's.


Wednesday, May 27 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Shopping for Fangs. A dismally poor Asian-American take on the werewolf myth.

Movie review: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A film adaptation of Hunter Thompson's tale of drug stupor in the desert in the 'seventies.

Note 2 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starts out so badly that Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes' predicts many will walk out before giving it a chance. But Johnny Depp's performance as gonzo journalist Roual Duke is worth some attention, he says. Rhodes gives it two stars of a possible four.

Note 1 Shopping for Fangs is full of stereotypes and rates only one star on Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes' scale of four.


Tuesday, May 26 1998

Nanty Glo Home Page was offline over holiday weekend.

Note 1 As a result of computer failure, the Nanty Glo Home Page and its mail service were down over most of the Memorial Day weekend. They went online again at approximately 3 p.m., EDT today. The system administrator reports that the system is still unstable, so additional shutdowns may occur. A new system is coming soon. Thank you for your patience and our apologies for any inconvenience this downtime may have caused.


Friday, May 22 1998

Latest additions to site—Our first new religion forum article in 10 months: An Orthodox defense of Calvinism

Movie review: Godzilla. A disappointing remake of the Japanese classic.

Movie review: High Art. A depressing and vacuous story about the druggies who run New York's art magazines.

Movie review: Cousin Bette. A boring and confusing rendering of the Balzac classic novel.

Movie review: Grease. A new print and re-release of the 1978 musical about '50's innocence and not-so-innocence.

Note 1 Catching up on all four: Godzilla, from the makers of Independence Day, gets only two stars from Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes. High Art, Rhodes says in a word, isn't, and he gives it only one star. Cousin Bette he calls boring and confusing, especially if you haven't read the novel, and he gives it one-and-a-half stars. But Grease is still fresh and surprisingly frank, considering it's rated PG. Rhodes gives it three stars.


Thursday, May 21 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: A Friend of the Deceased. A Ukrainian import that tries to advance the point that people were more loving toward one another under Communist repression than they are under their new-found freedom.

Rick's Page o' Vdale A personal home page on the Nanty Glo Home Page site.

Movie review: Deja Vu. Henry Jaglom's wonderful romance about seizing what may be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Movie review: Bulworth. Warren Beatty's often hilarious comedy about a liberal senator who has to play conservative to have any hope of re-election, and decides he'd rather die and therefore becomes totally honest in his campaigning.

Note 4 A Friend of the Deceased may sound like a dark comedy, but it lacks a sense of humor, according to Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes, who gives it one-and-a-half stars.

Note 3 Keeping up with the "catching up" after my vacation is sometimes confusing. My apologies to Rick for not listing his addition here earlier, when it was added to other directories on the site.

Note 2 Deja Vu is described as an old-fashioned but well plotted and unpredictable romance. Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives it three stars.

Note 1 Bulworth, if you believe its reviews, is Warren Beatty's best movie since the classic and also political Shampoo. Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says it has some slow parts, but gives it three stars nonetheless.


Wednesday, May 20 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Horse Whisperer. A delicate drama without noise or profanity, starring Robert Redford.

Movie review: Woo. A crude Black comedy.

Note 2 The Horse Whisperer is described as exquisite, and at three hours seeming too short. Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives it the rare four stars.

Note 1 Woo is exhibit "A" for those who hold that racial designations should be capitalized. This is how you know this is a comedy with African-American characters rather than a film noir ("black comedy"). Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says Woo is poorly written and gives it one-and-a-half stars.


Tuesday, May 19 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Quest for Camelot. Warner Bros. first fully animated full-length motion picture.

Movie review: Wilde. A film about the life of controversial playwright and poet Oscar Wilde.

Movie review: Deep Impact. A film about the destruction of civilization on earth by a comet.

Note 3 Though Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says Quest for Camelot is not a bad movie, it's a terminally bland one. He gives it one-and-a-half stars.

Note 2 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says that if you can see only one earth-in-peril movie this year, Deep Impact is not the one to choose. He gives it two-and-a-half stars.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says that despite its homosexual subtheme and tragic ending, Wilde is primarily about affirming life, and he gives it three-and-a-half stars.


Monday, May 18 1998

Latest additions to site—At last, the site has its first family home pages, for the Lindroses.

Three new forum letters and a new link

The webmaster returns from vacation
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Note 3 The Lindrose family has taken advantage of our offer of free space for their home page. Check out their outstanding web site.

Note 2 The first three of the letters received during the webmaster's vacation are now online, one from a Blacklick Valley High School tenth grader, the second from Japan, and the third from Oregon.

Note 1 I'm ba-a--a-aack! The vacation was great, but I need a vacation. I hope to share a summary of the whole 10 days with you soon, but of course I've fallen behind not only here but at work and at home as well. Everything went great from the opening train trip to San Luis Obispo to the closing cable car ride last evening in San Francisco, but I'm "tireder" than when it started. My internal clock, usually set to go off at around 8:15 a.m., now goes off at 6:30 and doesn't want to reset, no matter how late I stay up! And it will take a while to get used to not having breakfast at Denny's again.

Meanwhile, I have a backlog of six movie reviews to post, and more mail than the Home Page has ever received in a 10-day period (of course!). This includes the first two personal home pages ever submitted! Those of you who wrote, please be patient. Things will be posted in the order received, and once they're online they'll be there for a l-o-o-o-ng time.

We've also received a passel of new posts on the guest book; you can look at those right away...some very interesting notes.

Check back soon and often as I start catching up at each opportunity.


Thursday, May 7 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Homegrown. Billy Bob Thornton and Jamie Lee Curtis are among the well known players in this film about pot farmers in Northern California.

Editor leaves town. Your webmaster will be traipsing around Northern California tourist sites like Hearst Castle at San Simeon, Yosemite, Mendocino (aka "Cabots' Cove"), the Avenue of the Giants, Placerville and everyone's favorite city, San Francisco, over the next 10 days, so if things seem to be falling behind, never fear. This, too, shall pass.

Note 2 Brother Tom Kennedy, a 1945 graduate of Vintondale High School, is coming from his present home in Ringgold, Ga., for his first non-working visit to California. I get to play tourguide, a role I've aspired to most of my life.

Note 1 The first two acts are weak, says Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes, but it has a good storyline and good performances worthy of two-and-a-half stars.


Wednesday, May 6 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Artemisia. Like Dangerous Beauty this purports to be a movie about women making it in the Renaissance art world, but actually seems more of an excuse to screen softcore porn.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this European film two stars.


Tuesday, May 5 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Butcher Boy. Crying Game director Neil Jordan is back with what he hopes are more surprises, but does he really surprise?

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says the surprises here are all too expected, and gives this film about a bully in the Cuban Missile Crisis era one-and-a-half stars.


Monday, May 4 1998

Latest additions to site—Link to fish stocking dates.

Movie review: Wild Man Blues. Call it Les Mis 17. Woody Allen and his "step-daughter"/mistress/fiancee "the notorious Soon Yi" (they have since married), are put on display in their splendored misery.

Note 2 Phyllis Grembi was kind enough to send along a parent link and suggest this as a service to fisherpersons in the area and returning to the area for a little angling. The following links have been added to the Links page: Fish stocking schedules in rivers, streams, dams and lakes. Cambria County | Statewide

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this film about life among the rich, famous, and miserable two-and-a-half stars.


Friday, May 1 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Chinese Box. A story of unfulfilled desire is set against the handover of Hong Kong to mainland China last summer.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says this film's script has "first draft" written all over it and gives it only two stars.


Thursday, April 30 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Les Miserables. The 16th film version of the famous French novel has beautiful production values but nothing original

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this film three stars and says it's okay for children 12 and up.


Wednesday, April 29 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Shooting Fish. A likeable group of thieves steal from the rich (middle class) and give to the orphans (themselves).

Obituary: Albert Rysh, native of Wehrum.

Note 2 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says this film has some attractive features but runs out of steam by midpoint. He gives it only two stars.

Note 1 World War II veteran was uncle of John Pokryfky.


Tuesday, April 28 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Twentyfourseven. A boxing club is seen as the way out for poor kids.

Note 2 Guest book signers. Two new visitors have signed the guest book in the past two days. Colver has checked in with a kudo, and a surfer is looking for former area relatives. A tip: When answering notes from guest book signers, double click their names. Usually their address appears in a letter form followed immediately by some extraneous lettering; for example: johnsmith@aol.com?subject=signed guestbook. Delete the question mark and everything to its right to get the actual address (johnsmith@aol.com; otherwise, emails will not get through).

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says this film is The Boxer lite and gives it only one-and-a-half stars.


Monday, April 27 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: He Got Game. Writer-director Spike Lee's new joint about the pressures put on potential professional athletes. There might even be something metaphorical here as the central character is named Jesus.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this often lyrical movie three stars.


Friday, April 24 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Sliding Doors. "The saddest words of tongue or pen are these four words, 'it might have been.'" But what if you could have it both ways? That's the question this romantic film addresses.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this light-hearted but not quite on target film two stars.


Thursday, April 23 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Big Hit. A self-effacing parody about a group of hit men, one of whose biggest fears is people won't like him.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this sometimes hilarious comedy three stars.


Wednesday, April 22 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Post Coitum. No, despite the lack of a hyphen, this isn't a movie about relations with posts or a new cereal from those wonderful folks who bring you "Toasties." Rather, the title refers to what happens after an adulterous liaison.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this French drama of passion (reminiscent of Francoise Sagan themes) three stars, and warns that it's not appropriate for teenagers. In French, with English subtitles.


Tuesday, April 21 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Paulie. A family comedy about a talking parrot.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this film-length situation comedy two-and-a-half stars.


Monday, April 20 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Lost in Space. A dysfunctional family veers off-course while avoiding flare-ups from the sun's surface.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this movie based on yet another old TV serial only two stars.


Friday, April 17 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Object of My Affections. Story about a woman in love with the wrong man and her infatuation with a homosexual.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this tragicomedy starring Jennifer Anniston two-and-a-half stars.

Note 2 Check out the two new notes on the Guest Book, and the link to the Clyde Volunteer Fire Company. Also, check out the link to Nanty Glo Home Page on the Pennsylvania Visitors' Net Site. Only Nanty Glo and Johnstown home pages are listed in Cambria County.


Thursday, April 16 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: My Giant. Billy Crystal's much-ballyhooed new release comes to theaters tomorrow. But was it worth the wait?

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says you get two movies for the price of one with My Giant, but neither is worth the price of admission, even if you get in free, like him! He gives it only one star and this time his nine-year-old co-reviewers agree.


Wednesday, April 15 1998

Latest additions to site—News: "Ghost Town Trail" comes under new ownership

Movie review: Suicide Kings. A carload of clueless teens kidnap the local mob boss, played by Christopher Walken.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this dark comedy three stars.


Tuesday, April 14 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Spanish Prisoner. A new and highly plotted film from writer/director David Mamet (Wag the Dog).

Letter to the Forum: Minnie Wheat Chex in. Someone finally breaks the silence.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this movie with three-and-a-half stars.


Monday, April 13 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Truman Show. Be the first in Nanty Glo—maybe even in Pennsylvania—to be talking about this stunning new film starring Jim Carrey. (It's not scheduled for release until June 5!)

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this movie with a totally original plot the rare four stars.


Friday, April 10 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: City of Angels, a remake of the 10-year-old Wim Wenders German cinema classic, Wings of Desire.

Note 1 Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan exhibit little chemistry in this heaven and earth story of an angel falling in love with a human being. Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives it two-and-a-half stars.


Thursday, April 9 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Barney's Great Adventure, the magical show for the preschool set.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this kids' show one-and-a-half stars but allows that two- through seven-year-olds will probably like it better.


Wednesday, April 8 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Mercury Rising, an action thriller about a little boy and his family targeted for liquidation by U.S. Government agents.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this predictable Bruce Willis "thriller" only two stars.


Tuesday, April 7 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Education of Little Tree, a 1930's family drama of a native American boy growing up in Appalacia.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this PG-rated film three stars and advises to watch for it, it won't likely be around long.


Monday, April 6 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Wind in the Willows, the new live-action version acted out by the Monty Python gang.

A new Forum essay: Spring fever on the farm, 1956

Obituary: George Kozar, Vintondale native

Note 3 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes says that for real fans of children's classics on film this is not to be missed, but will likely play in short runs so likely will be. He gives it three stars.

Note 2 Your webmaster remembers a day when planting potatoes got all mixed up with the movie Giant.

Note 1 Helen Kozar Wetzel reports the death of her uncle.


Friday, April 3 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Octopussy, 1983's addition to the Bond film series.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this romantic action thriller two-and-a-half stars, for a marginal thumbs up.


Thursday, April 2 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: The Odd Couple II, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon reprise their roles as the original mismatched bachelors.

Note 1 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this limp comedy two-and-a-half stars.


Wednesday, April 1 1998

Latest additions to site—Movie review: Primary Colors, the thinly disguised account of life on the Clinton campaign trail, from Mike Nichols and Elaine May.

A second Webmaster's Notes page (this one)— and the archiving of the first one.

Note 2 Nanty Glo Home Page film reviewer Steve Rhodes gives this political comedy-drama starring John Travolta as Bill Clinton/Jack Stanton the rare four stars.

Note 1 With the beginning of the second quarter of 1998, we begin a new Webmaster's Notes page, to keep files within manageable size for easy loading into your browser. To consult any of the earlier notes from the first quarter, click the link below. This "new additions" feature began in mid-January 1998. Note that some changes to the site described in early notes may have changed again, or even been abandoned, as the site continued evolving later. However, all of the content added since the beginning, though sometimes updated or corrected, is still accessible.


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Jon Kennedy, ye olde webmaster                        

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