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             Tuesday, September 30 2003  

Where are they now?

From San Antonio, Texas....Jackson Township native Edward "Ed" Black.

Born August 23, 1934, Ed is one of 10 children born to James Porter Black (deceased 1953) and Anna Mae (Bowser) Black (deceased 1972). Ed's brothers and sisters include Florence Shultz, Curwensville; Ruth Laws, Ashville, North Carolina; Betty Ditchcreek of Ford's Corner Road in Jackson Township; James, San Antonio, Texas; William, Paradise, California, and Elvie, Brandywine, Maryland, who is married to a 1954 classmate of Ed's, Alfred Alexander. His sisters Pearl Rager and Violet Bowser are deceased.

Edward Black in his 1954 High School photo.

Ed is a 1954 graduate of Nanty Glo High School but attended Ebensburg Cambria High School until the middle of his senior year, when he transferred to Nanty Glo. While a student at ECHS, he was a member of the 1952-53 champion football squad that captured both the Western and Mountain Conference Championships. Ed completed two years of undergraduate study at Southern Colorado State College where he majored in computer science.

Married to the former Elinor Mary O'Sullivan, from County Cork, Ireland, since July 12, 1958, Ed and Elinor are the parents of four children, Edward, Jr., Acworth, Georgia; Patricia and Paul, San Antonio, and John, Carrollton, Texas. The Blacks have nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

After graduation from high school, Ed headed for the job market in Baltimore but his 1956 Air Force enlistment at Fort McHenry there launched a military career that took him on several tours of duty including an assignment at Sculthorpe RAF Station in England. "As a matter of fact, it was while stationed in England that I met my wife Elinor, and our three oldest children were born there," he says. His 22 years of military duty included tours of duty in Wichata Falls, Texas; Greenville, South Carolina; England; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas; the Frank J. Seiler Research Lab at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Ubon Air Base in Thialand. Ed's military career ended with his retirement in 1979 with the rank of E9 (Chief Master Sergeant).

Edward Black in
a recent photo.


After his military career was behind him, Ed's education in computer science paid off, landing him a job teaching computer operations and programming at Data Point Corporation from 1979 to 1985. Next he joined Electronic Data Systems, where from 1985 to his retirement in 1996 he traveled the world installing EDS computer systems and training users. "It was an interesting job," he says, "One week I might have been in Korea and the next week maybe Turkey, Guam, Germany.... And through it all, my wife held down the fort."

When he looks back on his years in Home Page country, Ed considers Nanty Glo his hometown and remembers the nine-cent admission price and the cowboy movies at the Liberty Theater, playing basketball at the Miner's Hall and, after hanging out in Nanty Glo, making the hike up Pergrim Hill to Mundys Corner. "I had a paper route, and during high school worked at the Penn Way Market," he recalls. "Those were some fun times! And, as much as I hate snow, I remember the fun of sled riding."

Ed says he gets back to our area nearly every year. "I think they've done a marvelous job in clearing away some of the boney dumps and the cleaning up of the Blacklick Creek, and I hope for continued improvement," he says.

These days, Ed is enjoying his retirement. "I golf five days a week and go bowling twice a week," he says. Along with golf and bowling, he enjoys working in his yard. I have a two-computer network at home that is now a hobby. "We travel to Ireland, Reno, Pennsylvania, and to golf tournaments. And I don't go to golf tournaments to watch, I go to play!" he says.

In a closing note, Ed says of his old hometown, "It was a good place. You knew everyone. And I miss the friendly folks and the beautiful scenery."

Anyone wishing to say hello to Ed Black can find him at eblack@satx.rr.com.

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