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Home Page Sixth Anniversary     Friday, September 19 2003 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster

Nanty Glo Home Page Sixth Anniversary

Tomorrow marks the sixth anniversary of the Nanty Glo Home Page and is also the 46th anniversary of the launch of my teen column in the Nanty Glo Journal, September 20, 1957. Though the Home Page was launched intentionally to mark the 40th anniversary of my entry into "serious journalism" by way of the teen column, it's pure coincidence that my daughter, Chris, turns 34 tomorrow, too.

The Home Page has now been published longer than the teen column, and twice as long as I was in the editor's post at the Journal. Not counting school publications, it is the second-longest-published Blacklick Valley news and feature enterprise (after, of course, the Journal) and, through these daily posts, the Valley's only-ever "daily" publication. In terms of average schedules, we've published well over a page per day every day since the launch of the Home Page in 1997 (well over 3000 pages in six years).

Those are the pluses. On the down side, there's been some attrition in the 2003 fiscal year. One of the joys of our first couple years was the flow of letters for publication received. That has turned into a trickle this year, with only five published thus far in calendar 2003 compared with 95 in 1999, the best year. Part of that, maybe the major part, has been the success of the daily Postcard feature, which probably replaces the need for the letters forum in the minds of many. And a sub part of that development since January 2000 has been the incorporation of some of our former best writers, especially Frank Charney, who was the most prolific letter contributor, into our weekly "stable" of postcard writers. But a lesser but real part of it is, I think, that the novelty of the Home Page has worn off. We have continued receiving letters and notes to the Guest Book, but I confess I don't check it often enough. Because the Guest Book is more or less "off the Home Page premises," its contributions don't get any special promotion, so I think most of us who've been looking in here for a while tend to forget it.

The Home Page continues to be my most joyful labor of love. I'm inclined to chuck it all about once a month, but that's not new nor does it seem to be getting more intense every month. Of course I'm not getting any younger, but we'll cross "that bridge" when we get to it.

So again, to all who've contributed to make our sixth year as good in many ways as all of the earlier ones, my heartfelt thanks. To: Bonnie Farabaugh, Sallie Covolo, Des Warzel, George Dilling, Jay Antol, Carole Ann Long, Jon Shutak, John Dropcho, Lucille Beistel Hagens, Lou Stager, Mary Ann Losiewcz, Mary Ford, Phil Cronauer, Bob McCulloch, Trudy Myers, Tim McCullough, Virginia Rutledge Gharky, and Bill Martin who've written memories and sent photos for features. To: Barb Hakanen for the weekly "Old News from the Journal and the NTAMHS" (now up to 62 pages!), Frank Charney (Sunday Postcards), Ron Weekes (the gallery for the Class of 2003 and miscellaneous bits and pieces through the year), David Caldwell for the Saturday and Sunday pages in the first half of the year, and especially to our indefatigable associate editor, valley "bureau chief" from her Revloc home and behind-the-counter at Al's Pizza in Nanty Glo, our Tuesday Page and Saturday Roundup provider, Judy Rose...to you all, and to all the others who have supported all of us in too many ways to count (like letting yourselves be subjects for Where Are They Now and miscellaneous news coverage): Cheers, Thanks, and...Happy Anniversary!

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Flying humor - 6

In light of all the recent air security that has been put in place, crew members try to lighten the mood once folks get on board. Here's how they make the in-flight "safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining. These are real examples that have been heard or reported.

From the pilot during his welcome message: "Delta airlines is pleased to have some of the best flight attendants in the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight."

—Sent by Trudy Myers 

Thought for today

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.

— Sidney J. Harris

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