About Town

Add these words to your vocabulary:

Imperious – overbearing, arrogant.

Oxymoron – seemingly contradictory words.

Anathema – thing or person detested.

Ambiguous – not clear, indefinite.

Expletives – oath or exclamation.

Metaphor – implied comparison.

Insurrection – rebellion, revolt.

Oracle – person of great wisdom.

It was 1971 when our family relocated from East Liverpool to Weirton to be closer to my job at Weirton Steel. Nogay and Sons handled the move professionally at a fair cost. Ever since, anyone named Nogay gets my attention as well as my respect.

‘Tis said a dinner lubricates business. When dining at Dee-Jay’s one recent evening, one of the tables was filled with Nogays and that caught my interest. Attorney Michael E. Nogay was dining with his family. He is an accomplished public speaker and author of a 124-page book, “Every Home a Fort, Every Man a Warrior.” Mike always has an interesting story or two. He earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University and was graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law in Virginia. Mike’s son, Max, stopped by my table.

Athletes are usually interesting people, so it was rather exciting to meet Max Nogay, 20, who works behind the plate. Max is a redshirt sophomore at WVU and, as a freshman last year, started 25 games as catcher for the Mountaineer nine.

He was converted from high school shortstop although he had never caught a game in high school.

The first time he caught was against Northwestern and, in that game, he doubled in his first collegiate level at-bat. A political science major, he was named to the Big East All-Conference Academic First Team two years in a row. He hopes to attend law school. Max was a two-time state wrestling champion, and as a demonstration of his versatility, was a two-time captain of the West Virginia Sportswriters. Max reminds me of a young Mickey Mantle.

Max is one of the Nogay triplets. His brother, Eddie, is a junior right-handed pitcher at Washington & Jefferson College, and is presently a perfect 10-0 in his college pitching career. Eddie was just named a Division III Player to Watch by College Baseball News.

His NCAA regional completion of a nine-inning game shutout of Wooster College was selected as the third top sports accomplishment at W&J last year. Eddie, an English major, was nominated as an Academic All-American regional finalist last year.

The third Nogay offspring, Jennifer, was a three-sports high school standout at Madonna High School and now is a junior biology major at the University of Pittsburgh.

So the moving company that brought us to Weirton was started by a Polish immigrant in the 1930s. Walter Nogay, uncle of Mike Nogay, ran the business for more than 40 years. Mike’s father, Edward Nogay, was a retired Army officer who graduated from Texas Christian University and taught school in Hancock County for 30 years.

Nogays – exceptional achievements are a family tradition!

Rick Smith, the veteran New Cumberland-area video producer whose handicap is in the vicinity of 12, furnished these tidbits on our favorite sport: the driver swing speed of an average lady golfer is 62 miles per hour; 96 mph for an average LPGA pro; 84 mph for an average male golfer; 108 mph for an average PGA tour player; 130 mph for Tiger Woods; and 148 to 152 mph for a national long drive champion.

The longest golf hole in the world is the seventh hole (par seven) of the Sano Course at the Satsuki Golf Club in Japan. It measures an incredible 909 yards.

It is estimated that 80 percent of all golfers will never achieve a handicap of less than 18.