Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Saturday, June 16, 2012

He was a country boy, a description that, for many, might conjure up preconceived notions.

But don't ever stereotype country folk because you'd probably be wrong.

Dad was quite a character. He knew how to ride horseback but also played the violin. For country folk, it's a fiddle.

He was a wiz at math and had exceptional penmanship. Interestingly, he was neither left-handed nor right-handed, but completely ambidextrous.

Dad had blond hair, and so do I, but otherwise the apple fell far from the tree.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

It's harder yet to realize that just a century ago, many schools had not even made a transition from slate boards to pencils and paper! Tamaqua public schools, which had a reputation as being among the more progressive schools in the region, finally made that move in its classrooms in may of 1912.

Much of the credit belonged to superintendent William Derr, the visionary school official who in 1910 boasted that the percentage of boys who entered college from Tamaqua "has been larger than any town of its size in the state."

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Our government continues to seek new ways to infringe on our constitutional freedoms.

In a recent article, I mentioned that the NSA is monitoring our Internet activities, e-mails, and electronic communications. They are building a massive data center in Bluffdale, Utah to expand their capacity to violate our constitutional rights. This will be the largest data center in the world and has the ability to track and analyze all of our personal and business electronic correspondence and Internet activity.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Did you ever notice how things sometimes occur in threes? Like, you can go for months or years and never give thought to something. Then you are made aware of it and the subject comes up again and again.

Like turtles.

So why did the turtle cross the road?

To get to the other side, of course. But why?

I've seen three turtles in three weeks, all crossing the road. To me, that's a lot. I haven't seen a turtle in months and months and then suddenly ... three in the last three weeks.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Back Again columnist Bob Urban is on vacation this week. Pinch hitting for him is veteran journalist and Summit Hill native Bruce Frassinelli, who was kind enough to lend his vast talents to this space.)



I don't know about you, but the never-ending number of passwords and personal identification numbers (PINs) we need to operate our computers, do our banking and perform other vital life functions is driving me nuts.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC on October 11, 1975… the day after my 28th birthday. The 1970s cast included future comedy legends: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray. In those halcyon early days, SNL was the freshest breeze to hit the airwaves since Monty Python's Flying Circus. And it was equally offbeat.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


By Bob urban


A loyal reader, one of my generation, sent this list along to share with readers.

He opened with a prayer and followed with some wisdom for the ages.

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference. Now that I'm "older" (but refuse to grow up), here's what I've discovered:

1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

2. My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

At the dawn of the new century, tuberculosis or TB was the leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for about one out of every nine deaths in 1900. Those who survived did not have an easy time as countless numbers were permanently crippled or lingered with pain.

Costs associated to TB were also huge, even by today's ballooning health care standards. Economist and health advocate Irving Fisher estimated the total cost of TB exceeded $1,100,000,000 annually.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

This week, I decided to list the reasons I would not vote for Barack Obama in the next election. A few months ago, I said I would never join the "Anyone But Obama" crowd. Now I must eat my words. Having lived under the rule of this egotist for three and a half years, it is time for a change. I cannot vote for Obama because of his deception and his failed promises. He promised us prosperity and he gave us a serious recession that bordered on a depression.