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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Ann Young Gregory More "'good old days" Reprinted from March 31, 2011 quickly canceled. Those who remember the program will probably recall the name Charles Van Doren, The older I get, the more I seem to drift to the past-- one of those who was accused of receiving help with to want to re-live, or at least talk about, the good old the questions. days. That means the days before I was as old as I am But back to radio, the point of this discussion. There now! were wonderful entertainment programs featuring I've probably told you that the very first time I saw famous stars--Jack Benny, Fred Allen, George Burns television, although I knew about it, and longed to and Gracie Allen, Fanny Brice ("Baby Snooks"--no experience the sight of it, was when I was about 13, The relation to the. Jersey Shore's "Snookie), Bob Hope, owner of the Big Sandy Drug Store in Paintsville, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy (and Mortimer Kentucky, had installed a television in the store, and I Snerd--one of my favorites), Jimmy Durante, and it remember standing before it, transfixed, as I watched an goes on and on. My family listened to many of these incredibly snowy picture from WSAZ, Huntington, programs every week. Listening to situation comedies, West Virginia. That station, incidentally, was a televi- such as "Henry Aldrich" about a teenage boy ("Hen- sion pioneer, and is still going strong, ree--Hen-ree Aldrich!" became a household saying) and Before that, however, and I speak of the time frame "Fibber McGee and Molly" were almost requirements as being fairly large, since different segments of the in most households, More intense were programs such population acquired access to television reception at as Dick Tracy, Sherlock Holmes, and others, also very different times, I was in rural Eastern Kentucky, so I'm popular. sure that Central Kentucky was wired for television Especially for children (I figure in this batch of the long before I saw it for the first time. But even before population at time) were programs such as Tom Mix that magical invention, which brought movies into our Ralston Straight Shooters (a dime and a Ralston Purina homes (a vision I'd longed to have come to fruition cereal box top would provide a booklet about Tom Mix from my very early days--that would be ages about 7- (a cowboy) and all the places he'd been wounded (how, 12--as a devoted movie-goer), even before that, almost we weren't told), or a Tom Mix Whistling Ring. My every home still had the most up-to-date (at the time) friend Tillie and I each had one of these, but, unfortu- form of home entertainment--the radio! nately, they went the way of many childhood things as Much of my childhood I can tie to the radio. As a we grew older. She tried to find one for me for family, we used to sit (and usually actually look at the Christmas several years ago, she told me, and although radio, as though we could hear it better if we could see she found one, she couldn't afford it. I just looked one it) and listen to our favorite programs. I was watching up on the Intemet to see how they're priced and I found "Wheel of Fortune" on television the other night, and one almost immdiately. It was $75, and there was a the big winner went away with something like photo of it--and it was nothing like MY Tom Mix $33,000+, and for some reason, I remembered a radio Whistling Ring. I wouldn't pay them 75 cents for it! I program called "Take It Or Leave It," on CBS from found another one which looked exactly like the one I 1940 to 1947, and on NBC 1950-1952 as "The $64 had (as I remember it)--it was $200. What an invest- Question." Hosted by Phil Baker, the program hosted merit that 10 cents would have been if I still had that contestants who decided to "leave it" (rather than take ring! the money they'd won and quit the program) or come I spent a lot of time with Tom Mix. Also, a Saturday back week after week for yet another question--each morning favorite, "Let's Pretend," presented a famous one a little harder than the previous week's--which fairy tale--dramatized, not just read from the book-- would take them closer to the $64! The first question each week. Others were Jack Armstrong, Captain earned them $1, but that doubled each week until, six Midnight, The Green Hornet, and, of course, Superman. weeks after the initial appearance, the question was What a lot of fun those were. worth $64. That was a lot of money--in those days. In retrospect, I believe that what made listening to When Hal March debuted an up-to-date program on tel- the radio such great entertainment is that we had to use evision in 1955, it was called "The $64,000 Question " our imaginations since there was no picture before us. On this program, the contestant answered (if he/she How much better that was! A perfect illustration could) 13 questions with the same idea of prizes ($1, occurred during the 60s when I worked at Radio Station $2, $4, $8, $16, $32, $64, $128, $256, $512, $1,000, WVLK, a CBS affiliate. I was at work when Alan $2,000, $3,000, $4,000). At the $4.000 level, the con- Shepherd blasted off in the first US manned space testant was ready to come back the second week for the flight, and we carried that live, via CBS. I was with him $8,000 question, the next for $16,000, and so on. 'til in the capsule the whole way. The second flight with they lost or v~on the $64,000. One of the people the pro- Virgil Grissom was during lunch, so we went home so gram made famous was Dr. Joyce Brothers, the psycho- we could watch on television. Unfortunately, we were logist, who won the $64,000. left on the ground, since the picture showed the rocket Another quiz show of the era, also on television, 'way off in the distance. "Twenty-One," spawned several scandals and was +Radio--and imagination--are wonderful things! Dear Editor: The Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA) was founded in 1986 when residents of Bloomington, Indiana, ral- lied around a toddler who needed a life-saving liver transplant. In less than eight weeks, the communi- ty raised $100,000 to place the boy on the organ wait- ing list. Bat the child died before an organ became available. Those communi- ty volunteers, along with his parents, turned tragedy into triumph by using the funds they raised to help other transplant families. That was the beginning of COTA. Since that time, COTA has assisted thousands of patients by helping to raise funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA has built extensive volunteer net- works across the nation in an attempt to ensure that no child or young adult need- ing an organ or tissue trans- plant is excluded from a transplant waiting list due to a lack of funds. COTA needs your help to make sure that tragedies, like the one that was the catalyst in founding COTA, are not repeated. Every day 21 people die waiting for an organ trans- plant here in the United States. April is National Donate Life Month. One organ donor can save eight lives. Please register today to become an organ donor by going to 800.366.2682 www.donatelife.net and The Children's Organ registering to be an organ Transplant Association is a donor in your state, national charity based in You can do more. Find Bloomington, Indiana, out how you can help a which is dedicated to guid- COTA family living nearby ing communities in raising who needs your help by funds for transplant-relat- visiting www.cota.org and ed expenses. COTA's prior- clicking on the COTA ity is to assure that no child Families link at the top of or young adult is denied a the page. transplant due to lack of Sincerely, funds. 100% of all funds Rick Lofgren, CFRE raised in honor of patients President are used for transplant- r i c k @ c o t a. o r grelated expenses. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Readers are invited to write letters on matters of general interest to the public. Letters do not necessarily reflect the philosophy or edi- torial policy of this newspaper, which reserves the right to edit letters. The Clinch Valley Times will not print unsigned letters. Copy: Monday 3:00 p.m.; Advertising: Monday 12 noon wood High School FBLA State Leadership Conference Results 2014-2015 Recognition 1st Place 1st Place 1st Place 1st Place 1st Place 1st Place 1st Place 2nd Place 2nd Place 2nd Place 2nd Place 3[rd Place 3rd Place 3rd Place 3rd Place Honorab|e Mention Event Public Service Announcement American Enterprise Project Partnership with Business " Competitor's Name Gillian Shepard and Tori Lane Emily Baker and Savannah Roberson Camrvn Cook, Mahdi Hytton, and Makayla McCoy Project ASK Regional Donation Alex Alfred and Damlen Patrick Social Media Madison Ray, Sydney Strange, Jeremiah Statzer Emerging Business issues Atex Alfred and Brittany Taylor Etectrodtc Career Portfolio Bridgette McCarty Frar~k Manning Peele Scholarship Makayla McCoy $1,000 Community Service Project Trevor Gilbert and Steven Haft Digital Video Christina Martinez, Gabby Perrigan, ; FBLA Principles and Procedures Shelby Grizzle Future Business Leader Dyian Johnson Word Processing Project ASK Information and Makia Phillip, Autumn Ingle Alex Alfred and Damien Patrick Business Presentation Parliamentary Procedures [. L, Marqurette Scholarship [ Local Annual Business Report Brooke Home, Makayta Johnson, Allison Skeens Jacob Baker, l~alton Mutlins, Garrett Woodruff, and Janie Skeens Damien Patrick Abbie Campbell and Alex Alfred Castlewood High School was named an honor chapter and :[st place a the state level of competition, . . . . . Karrie Nixon is the March winner of Reading for Rewards at the J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library. She received a $25 gift card for Shell provided by the Friends of the Library and is now eligible to win an Ereader provided by the Friends. The drawing will be held in December 2015. Honaker Redbud Festival celebrates 34th anniversary The Honaker Redbud a.m. After enjoying a great Festival is proud to cele- breakfast prepared by brate its 34th Anniversary Bethany Baptist Church, in 2015. A great schedule head on over to Slate's of events is planned for Campground on Rt. 672 April 17-19, 2015. Thisoff of Rt. 80 for the long-running community Redbud Festival Bird and festival celebrates the natu- Wildflower Walk at 7:30 rat and cultural heritage of a.m. The Russell County the Town of Honaker every Birding Association will year during mid-April lead a riverside walk along when the flowering the Clinch River that is on Eastern Redbud tree paints the abandoned Blackford the area a bright pink. This Spur railroad right-of-way. year's Festival offers Sunday includes the something for everyone, second oldest Festival As always, the Festival event, the Homecoming begins with the Redbud Dinner, held at 12:30 p.m. Beauty Pageants on Friday, at the Honaker High April 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. School Cafeteria. This at the Honaker High year's event features School Auditorium. For anotherfine meal and a more information, call chance to visit with old 276-873-4375 or 276-873- friends and families. 7393. Another highlight will The biggest day of thebe the running of the 34th Festival takes place on Annual Redbud Festival Saturday, April 18,2015on Canoe Race on Sunday, the grounds of New April 19, at 2:00 p.m. This Peoples Bank in is the only original Festival Downtown Honaker. event still held. The Race, Beginning at 9:30, the organized as a Poker Run, FestivalCar Show, Arts will begin at the Blackford mad Crafts Show, Fun Day, Canoe Access Area and Pet Show and Redbud Idolend nine miles downstream contest will be held on one at PuckeRs Hole for canoes site. There will be vintage and kayaks. Other slower cars, great crafts, music, boats will end at Karla games, food and pets Hemdon Park. Registration galore, so bring your fami- begins at 1:30 p.m. ly out to enjoy the Festival. So come on out and That same morning, the support the 34th Annual Festival starts bright and Honaker Redbud Festival. early with the Redbud All- For more information, call You-Can Eat Breakfast (276) 889-1778, or check Buffet held at the Honaker the Festival website: High School Cafeteria www.honakerredbudfest.c from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 om. Celebrate National Arbor Day in April National Arbor Day is Friday, April 24, this year, and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for anyone to cele- brate the annual tree-plant- ing holiday. Join the Foundation in April and receive 10 free shade trees. By joining the Foundation in April, new members receive the fol- lowing trees: red oak, sugar maple, weeping wil- low, baldcypress, thomless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple, and red maple. "These trees provide shade in the summer and vibrant colors throughout the fall," said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Through the simple act of planting trees, one person can make a difference in helping to create a healthi- er and more beautiful plan- et for all of us to enjoy." The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instruc- tions at the right time for planting in April or May. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. To become a member of the FOundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE SHADE TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by April 30, 2015, or visit arbor- day.org/april. Clinch Valley Times MEMBER VIRGINIA PRESS ASSOCIATION Published weekly in St. Paul, VA 24283, by the CLINCH VALLEY PUBLISHING CO INC. The Clinch Valley Tin~s serves the four-cotmty area of Wise, Russell, Dickenson and Scott, with offices and plant located in the CLINCH VALLEY TIMES building, 16541 Russell Street. 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