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Saturday, August 18, 2012

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

You know you're getting older when the latest vice presidential candidate is younger than your sons.

The summer Olympic Games were a good show. The British hosts did themselves proud.

Want to improve you golf game? Try moving to Northern Ireland. Four of the top eight finishers in this year's PGA Championship hailed from Northern Ireland, including champion Rory McIlroy, who won the event by a record setting eight strokes.

I'm cheering for the team from Parsippany, N.J. to win the Little League World Series.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Today, here's some thoughts I've accumulated during the past week.

Stop trying to fit in when you were born to stand out.

There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy.

I'm only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

By BOB URBAN

rurban@tnonline.com

If you care too much about what other people think you will always be their prisoner ... unknown

The Penn State situation has certainly taken its toll. It will go down as perhaps the biggest sports scandals in history. But, if you're looking for a glimmer of light in this dark episode, then consider this.

Last weekend, new coach Bill O'Brien met with six of the top recruits who committed to attending Penn State after they graduate from high school next year.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Identifying the Penn State NCAA sanctions as a "slow death penalty" is the best description I've heard. It will take many years, if ever, for PSU to return to football prominence. The loss of scholarships will hurt the most. It will be tough competing in the Big Ten Conference with that kind of penalty. And recruiting?

Saturday, July 21, 2012

If, for no other reason other than it will be a good conversation piece, I'm leaving the photograph of my wife, myself and Joe Paterno on the wall of my office. The photo of the youthful Paterno was taken at a Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers dinner in Harrisburg, where Joe was the guest speaker. From the look on my haircut, I'm guessing the photograph is about 30 years old.

How times have changed.

My own thoughts on the Sandusky scandal that has gripped the Penn State campus?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Although I don't find it as exciting or as interesting as the Major League baseball season, I'll still be watching and reading about the Summer Olympics in London later this month.

Two of my favorite actors died within the last two weeks, Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine. I really felt a sense of loss when I learned of their passing. They felt like friends. Many remember Borgnine as the star of TV's "McHale's Navy", or the Oscar winning actor in "Marty." But my favorite Borgnine rolls were in "The Dirty Dozen" and "The Poseidon Adventure."

Saturday, July 7, 2012

("Back Again" columnist Bob Urban is off today. Pinch hitting is Bruce Frassinelli, retired award winning journalist, and Summit Hill native. Urban's column will resume next week.)

By BRUCE FRASSINELLI

tneditor@tnonline.com

Those graphic cigarette warning ads running on television these days showing how smoking has dramatically affected the lives of those giving personal testimonials remind me of my smoking days when I would wake up coughing and hacking.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Geri King is an avid reader of this column, who today became a contributor.

The Coaldale resident believes that by exercising your mind, you have a better chance of having a healthy mind.

So she sent along a quiz in which 30 compound words and two-word phrases were assembled. The words and phrases all have something in common their first halves start with the letter F, and their second halves starts with the letter P (as in Fun Puzzle).

Crossword-style clues have been provided for each one, some straightforward and others downright tricky.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

R. Vallee of Tamaqua writes:

"My newspaper takes me around the world day by day informing me of the many occurrences, highs and lows. In itself, this is gratifying and much appreciated.

"And then there is humor - your article contributes this very wholesome and necessary lift in life. Thank you for it all."

This dedicated reader, in addition to his letter, enclosed a list of "sniglets", words and their definitions that are not found in the dictionary but "should be there, maybe".

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.)

By BRUCE FRASSINELLI

tneditor@tnonline.com

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.