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           Friday, March 21 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmasterFriday's bits and pieces

» My attempt to discuss "Hillbillies," which I thought had great potential, was a fizzle. It produced only one response, and as there was no indication that it was not meant entirely seriously, I'll not pursue it, lest doing so might offend. It was the whole content of an email headed "mountain people" which said, only, "Applachian American is the nondemeaning term." But...weren't the Waltons, for example, quintessenitally Applacian Americans, yet by no means "hillbillies"? Something to think about and feed back on, perhaps.

» An item in a recent Tribune-Democrat webpage quoting a community leader, on the need to refurbish Point Stadium, got my attention by saying, "When people come to Johnstown they visit Top's Diner and fill their tanks at Sheetz." What? I asked no one in particular; didn't Top's Diners all join the dinosaurs in extintion decades ago? I asked a Cambria County email correspondent who also thought they were all long gone, but offered to look into it more closly. Turns out that the last to open is the only one that still is in business, the one I vaguely remember seeing in Moxham, on the route to the old Johnstown College campus. My friend sent a video clip that indicates the diner is in less than pristine condition, and at the time it was visited it was doing little business, if it was even open. But it still exists. I hope it remains in business until my next hoped-for journey back east. I know you can't go home again, but I'd order one of those big bowls of Freedom Fries and gravy just to have that fact confirmed again. Even if I couldn't eat them on my low-carb diet.

» If anyone has visited the one remaining Top's Diner (in Johnstown...I understand there's an unrelated one on Route 22 near Huntingdon) in recent months, even years, please let us know your impressions.

» Finally, when you go out, don't forget to put on your shackinac. That's what I think every time I hear the war commentators on Fox News Channel speak of the "shock and awe" attack planned for Baghdad. Reminds me of mackinac, which we always pronounced "mack-in-aw," and referred to a type of heavy jacket or outer coat. Were they issued to members of the Navy in our childhood, or am I getting them confused with peacoats (which I know were issued to sailors and more than one of which was handed down to me in my youth). Our dictionary linked below is not of much help here. It knows Mackinaw only as the UP of Michigan...I think it was the name for a heavy corduroy coat.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

 Football hero

A football coach walked into the locker room before a game, looked at his star player and said, "I'm not supposed to let you play since you failed math, but we need you in there. So I have to ask you a math question. If you get it right, you can play."

The player agreed. The coach looked into his eyes and said, "OK, concentrate hard and answer this question: what is two plus two?" The player thought for a moment and answered, "Four."

"Did you say four?" the coach exclaimed, excited that the player answered correctly.

Suddenly all the other players began screaming, "Come on, coach. Give him another chance!

— Sent by Judy Rose

Lenten thought for the day

This one [Jesus] is the passover of our salvation.
This is the one who patiently endured many things in many people:
This is the one who was murdered in Abel, and bound as a sacrifice in Isaac,
and exiled in Jacob, and sold in Joseph, and exposed in Moses,
and sacrificed in the lamb, and hunted down in David,
and dishonored in the prophets.

— Bishop Melito of Sardis

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