About Town

Spice up your vocabulary with these words:

Cuckold – A man whose wife is unfaithful.

Demitasse – small cup for black coffee.

Legerdemain – sleight of hand tricks.

Lethargic – drowsy, dull, sluggish.

Obdurate – hardhearted, stubborn.

Retinue – assistants of a person of rank.

Rotunda – round building with a dome.

Rubric – explanatory comment inscribed in red.

Silent butler – a dish with cover for crumbs.

Ubiquitous – seeming to be present everywhere.

Bob Travaglino, 72, of Weirton brought me a package of not-often-seen Teaberry chewing gum (which I thought had passed into limbo like glass milk bottles and 45 rpm records). The price on the package said it cost 35 cents, and he found it at Genosky’s on Route 30 in Clinton, Pa. A golfer, Bob retired 19 years ago after 35 years of service in the Welding Shop of Weirton Steel.

It’s always a treat to visit the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center at 3419 Main St. Under the direction of the imaginative Dennis Jones, the museum just gets better and better. Once you begin browsing, you don’t want to leave.

Our recent golf expedition to the riverside course commonly known as Mazeroski’s near Yorkville was fun. The course was in excellent condition although the greens were a bit “slower” than we’re used to. Alex Fiedorczyk played very well and won the most holes. Also on the trip were John Sorrenti who kept me laughing all day with his bons mots, Mike Dishauzi, and Stanley Fiedorczyk. Incurring a flat tire enroute, Jim Reed was unable to join us.

More recently, I battled long-hitting video producer Rick Smith at beautiful, tough Williams CC. Even though I chipped in for a par four on the first hole, thereafter, it was tough going. The course was in great condition, as usual.

An old verse, still powerful: “A speech that’s full of sparkling wit, will keep its hearers grinning, provided that the end of it is close to the beginning.”

The first major league baseball all-star game was played on July 6, 1933, in Chicago.

Weirton’s July 4th Parade was “well-done on a broiling hot day,” and was viewed by a huge crowd. Kudos to the parade organizers for a good show!

Once again, the swinging Brooke High School Band earned much applause from the parade viewers lining Main St. And they deserved it! The Weir High Band presented a better look and sound than last year and the Red Rider students also deserve a nod of appreciation.

Add golfer/businessman Nathan Mazur to the readership list of this column.

Here’s a great quote: “The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.” – Robert Frost.

Early in my second reading of James B. Lieber’s scholarly book, “Friendly Takeover,” about the Weirton Steel employee buyout, I am finding the book remains extremely interesting. It is very well written. Old memories come flooding back with each page.

A magazine article featured the subject of the future. It reminded me of the story, true or not, that back in the thirties, there was a learned gentleman who clearly foresaw that a great war was about to engulf the world. He consulted the top military men and decided his only secure refuge from the world’s insanity lay on a tropical island, far from civilization.

So in 1939, one week before Germany invaded Poland, this wise man fled to his chosen, almost unknown South Pacific refugean island called Guadalcanal. Not a good move!

The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Weirton at one time had a drive-in theater. In fact, in 1958, there were more than 4,000 drive-in theaters in the U. S.

In 2007, only 405 drive-ins were operating in the U. S. That number likely has dwindled.

They were fun in their time.