Saturday, August 19, 2017

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Columns that stimulate reaction are my favorite kind. Last week's "You know you live in the coal region" piece did just that. Below are some contributions by a number of readers who related to the column and wanted to add to the list. They surmised that........

If your child within the first 2 years of life received a fishing pole for a birthday or Christmas gift, you live in the coal region.

If you go to Wal-Mart because "there's nothin' else to do," you live in the coal region.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


I'm a big Jeff Foxworthy fan. His red neck humor is some of the best around. And the best part about it is that most of his humor can be shared in mixed company.

And while I have been aware of his red neck humor for some years, I wasn't aware that he also had a collection of coal region humor. Either that, or someone has stolen his stuff and reshaped into local humor.

Here's a collection of noteworthy Foxworthy one liners that most of you readers will relate to. To fill up the column I added a few of my own suggestions.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

All of you out there know why you read The TIMES NEWS. You have discriminating tastes, and a strong passion for knowing what's going on in your community.

But what about other newspapers? Why do people read them?

A loyal reader provided this insight.

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The New York Times is read by people who think they should run the country and who are very good at crossword puzzles.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Years ago, in local newspapers, there was a popular comic called, "There Oughta Be a Law". It was funny, and popular, because it was so true to life. Drawn and written by Jimmy Hatlo, the comic was established in 1944 and was published until the 1970s.

The main character in the comic was a guy named "Tremblechin", who, along with his wife, would be involved in day to day activities that aggravated one or the other. Readers related to many of the characterizations because they were incidents that they experienced themselves.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Here's the second half of the oldies trivia column that appeared in last week's column.

The answers will follow.

11. Bob Dylan advised us never to trust anyone...

A. Over 40

B. Wearing a uniform

C. Carrying a briefcase

D. Over 30

E. You don't know

F. Who says, 'Trust me'

G. Who eats tofu

12. NFL quarterback who appeared in a television commercial wearing

women's stockings...

A. Troy Aikman

B. Kenny Stabler

C. Joe Namath

D. Roger Staubach

Saturday, February 27, 2010

They say when you get older, the memory is the first to go. But that's not true in a lot of cases. Many senior citizens are walking, talking history books. They remember chapters in their lives and in the history they have lived through better than many educators.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A couple of weeks ago I ran a question and answer quiz about things and events in the 1950s and 60s, and bragged to readers that I got all 20 answers correct.

Wouldn't you know it. I wasn't allowed to rest on my laurels.

Another reader sent along a quiz aimed at people who think they know everything.

I found out quickly, that I'm not even close to knowing everything. Of course, some of the answers to these questions are information that I'll probably never use, but the quiz is a humbling experience nevertheless.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Thanks for the faithful reader who sent along these observations on growing older. Not that I'm really old, I just feel that way after shoveling snow all week. If you can relate to these observations, then you're probably sore from shoveling also.

Going out is good.

Coming home is better!

When people say you look "Great"...

they add "for your age!"

When you needed the discount you paid full price.

Now you get discounts on everything ...

movies, hotels, flights, but you're too tired to use them.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

By Bob urban

@$:I spent the last two weeks trying to figure out who I wanted to win tomorrow's Super Bowl.

My Steelers didn't even make the playoffs this year, so I didn't have any loyalties going into the post season.

For awhile I was leaning a little toward the Jets, one, because they were heavy underdogs, and two, because I like the brash demeanor of their coach, Rex Ryan.

But after the Jets were eliminated by Indianapolis, I couldn't make up my mind between the Colts and Saints in the finale.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


How times change.

Back when I was in high school, during the late 1950s and early 60s, there was an English Lit teacher at Coaldale High School by the name of Sam Pascoe.

Sam was a life-long educator and an avid outdoorsman. He lived on the same block as me, on Howard Avenue. And it wasn't unusual to see Sam, decked out in his hunting gear, walking with his shotgun and trusty Beagle past my house.