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Monday, December 31, 2007

1940: NEW JERSEY AMATEUR RADIO "ROUTE MAP"

THIS AND THE FOLLOWING SCAN ARE FROM MY "RADIO" FOLDER. RADIO AND ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY ARE OF SPECIAL INTEREST TO ME. THE GRAPHIC ABOVE ILLUSTRATES THE EFFICIENT NETWORK SET UP BY AMATEUR OPERATORS BACK IN THE EARLY 40'S AND EVEN EARLIER.

1943: AMATEUR RADIO IN HAMILTON DURING WWII

I HAVE POSTED A NUMBER OF GRAPHICS ON ONE OF MY FAVORITE SUBJECTS, AMATEUR RADIO. BACK IN THE EARLY 1970'S WHEN I OBTAINED MY WA2RVU CALLSIGN, I AND MANY OF MY FELLOW NEWCOMERS TO THE HAM FRATERNITY WERE SCORNFULLY REFERRED TO AS "APPLIANCE OPERATORS." TECHNICALLY, THE CHARGE WAS TRUE. THOSE OLD TIMERS BUILT THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT, WOUND THEIR OWN COILS AND ASSEMBLED THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT. AS CAN BE SEEN IN THE ACCOMPANYING ARTICLE, THOSE "OLD TIMERS" WERE READY, WILLING, AND QUITE ABLE TO PROVIDE THEIR COMMUNICATION SKILLS TO THE WAR EFFORT,

PARDON THE REDUNDANCY

I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM A VIEWER OF THIS WEBSITE. SHE SAID I SHOULD SEND LARGER PHOTOS AND ENGRAVINGS. THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM WITH THOSE WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH MY SITE. EVERY POST CAN BE ENLARGED BY SIMPLY CLICKING ON IT. IT WILL ENLARGE TO THE FULLEST.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL
AND THANKS FOR VISITING. I HOPE YOU STAY
WITH ME THROUGH THE NEW YEAR.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

1987: HAMILTON'S NEW HISTORY BOOK

THESE ARE THE "MOVERS AND SHAKERS BEHIND THE RECENT REVISED HISTORY OF HAMILTON TOWNSHIP. THE NEWEST HISTORY IS "WRITTEN BY PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE." IF YOU DON'T HAVE A COPY, YOU CAN GET IT FROM ME AT THE HAMILTON LIBRARY, OR FROM THE JOHN ABBOTT II HOUSE ON KUSER ROAD ON WEEKENDS FROM NOON TO 4 PM. THE HARDCOVER EDITION IS $25 AND THE SOFT COVER $15. BEFORE THE PUBLICATION OF THIS VOLUME, THE HELEN ALMY WEST 1954 HISTORY WAS ALL THAT WAS AVAILABLE. THE NEW HISTORY IS MUCH MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND COVERS ALL NEIGHBORHOODS IN HAMILTON,.

Friday, December 28, 2007

1943: CATHEDRAL H.S. GIRLS DONATE AN AVENGER!

NOW YOU KNOW WHY THEY WERE KNOWN AS "THE GREATEST GENERATION." IMAGINE RAISING ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY ONE OF THOSE FAMOUS WAR BIRDS. NOT ONLY DID CATHEDRAL DO THE GRUMMAN AVENGER THING, THEY ALSO RAISED ENOUGH MONEY TO BUY FOUR JEEPS FOR UNCLE SAM'S WWII FIGHTING MEN!
THE AVENGER WAS A TORPEDO BOMBER....I NEVER HEARD OF IT AS BEING USED AS A DIVE BOMBER, BUT HEY, WHAT DO I KNOW?

Thursday, December 27, 2007

1870: KLAN ATROCITIES

I HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH MY "KU KLUX KLAN" FOLDER AND FOUND A FEW ARTICLES ON THE UNBELIEVABLE ATROCITIES PERPETRATED BY THE KLAN JUST AFTER THE CIVIL WAR. THIS IS ONE OF THEM. MORE TO COME IN FUTURE POSTS.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

1945 WWII: TOBACCO WAS ALL THE RAGE

MANY OF THOSE GI'S IN WWII GRATEFULLY OPENED THOSE LITTLE PACKS OF 4 CIGARETTES WHICH WERE INCLUDED IN THEIR "C-RATIONS." HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU SEEN A MOVIE WHERE A WOUNDED GI IS LYING ON A GURNEY TO BE SENT TO A MEDICAL FACILITY, AND A BUDDY PUTS A CIGARETTE IN HIS LIPS. CIGARETTES WERE AN IMPORTANT PART OF MANY A FIGHTING MAN. THE HEALTH RISKS WERE JUST AS DANGEROUS AS TODAY, EVEN MORESO. THE WWII CIGARETTE DIDN'T HAVE FILTERS.

1941: WWII POSTCARDS

HOW I LOVE THOSE WORLD WAR II GRAPHICS! SOME TIME AGO I FOUND A CD ONLINE WITH EXCELLENT WWII PROPAGANDA AND RECRUITING POSTERS. I WILL BRING A FEW TO THIS WEBSITE IN FUTURE POSTS.

Monday, December 24, 2007

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

THANKS TO ALL VIEWERS OF GLOVER320.BLOGSPOT.COM FOR BEING SUCH LOYAL VIEWERS! I REALLY APPRECIATE THE POSITIVE COMMENTS I HAVE BEEN RECEIVING ON THIS WEBSITE. I LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING YOU IN THE NEW YEAR.

AS TINY TIM WOULD SAY,
"MERRY CHRISTMAS,
AND GOD BLESS US EVERYONE!"

1988: MARLA HELPS TO SPRUCE UP SAFETY TOWN

TYPICAL OF ALL HAMILTON HORNETS, MARLA BASZCZOWSKI GIVES BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

1881: WOODWARD'S MILL THRIVING

"EUREKA TURBINE WHEELS!" UTTERLY FASCINATING! THIS IS THE TYPE OF LOCAL HISTORY WHICH I LOVE TO DISCOVER! ONE CAN ONLY CALL FORTH ONE'S IMAGINATION TO TRY TO CAPTURE THE ESSENCE OF THE FASCINATING VILLAGES OF GROVEVILLE AND YARDVILLE AS THEY WERE IN THE YEARS GONE BY. ESPECIALLY INTERESTING IN THIS POST IS THE ALLENTOWN CONNECTION, WHEN OUR AREA COMPLETELY RURAL IN CHARACTER.

1912: WESLEY GROVE GENESIS

MY DEAR FRIEND AND FELLOW HISTORIAN BOB SIMPKINS FILLED ME IN ON THE FASCINATING STORY OF WESLEY GROVE. BOB IS 102 YEARS OLD AND AS SHARP AS A TACK WHEN IT COMES TO LOCAL HAMILTON HISTORY, AND ESPECIALLY THE YARDVILLE-GROVEVILLE AREA. THIS INTERESTING ARTICLE IS FROM MY "GROVEVILLE" FOLDER.

1988: Elma Borden: A Local Legend

Elma Borden is descended from the Groveville Bordens, one of the well know old time families of the quaint town. She was a very viable historian and the author of a "vanity" press volume on the history of Groveille. As seen in the article, she was also an accomplished educator.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

1988: NOTTINGHAM NORTHSTARS

"SMASH THE SPARTANS! WOW.....LADIES! DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR VERY SPIRITED HOMECOMING FLOAT WOULD BE COMPLETELY REJECTED BY OUR POLITICAL CORRECT "PC POLICE" IN THIS YEAR OF 2001. I LOVE IT!

Friday, December 21, 2007

1988: KEEPING THE HORNET'S FLAME LIT

HERE'S THE ARTICLE ANNOUNCING THE APPOINTMENT OF NEIL BENCIVENGO AS PRINCIPAL OF THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL IN MERCER COUNTY. AS WE ALL KNOW, NEIL WENT ON TO BECOME THE SUPERINTENDENT OF HAMILTON SCHOOLS.

1988: TWENTY YEARS AGO!

CHIEF GEORGE ZIMMER, LT. GEORGE ZIMMER, LT. TOM BUCCA.....HOW FAMILIAR THESE NAMES!

1988: STEINERT'S TOP TEN STUDENTS

HERE THEY ARE, THE STUDENTS WHO GIVE THEIR TEACHERS REASON TO BE PROUD. THESE ARE THE BRIGHTER LIGHTS FROM THE CLASS OF '88 AT STEINERT.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

1988: DEL RIO: HOME OF CARL DEANGELO'S KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE

WHAT FOND MEMORIES I HAVE OF THIS GREAT OLD HAMILTON LANDMARK! BACK WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER IN THE LATE 40'S AND EARLY 50'S, CARL DE ANGELO'S DEL RIO WAS ONE OF THE PLACES MY BUDDIES AND I STOPPED FOR A LATE NIGHT SNACK AFTER WE DROPPED OUR GIRL FRIENDS OFF AT THEIR HOMES. CARL HAD A LARGE MARBLE TOPPED ROUND TABLE WHICH HE SET ASIDE FOR US, DUBBING US THE "KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE." DEL RIO STARTED IN THE EARLY 40'S AS A WALK UP HOT DOG - HAMBURGER STAND AND EVOLVED INTO A RESTAURANT WHICH MANY OF US MISS TO THIS VERY DAY.


RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING COMMENT FROM "OMAD" FROM ST. ANTHONY GRAMMAR SCHOOL CLASS OF '49. THANKS FOR THE INPUT. MANY THANKS FOR WRITING, "OMAD":

Amazing!! This past week 13 of us who are St Anthony Grammar School grads, class of '49, (from all over now) had lunch in Trenton at the Blue Danube. Four of us traveled down Hamilton past Del Rio and I said it was always my favorite place and well remembered even though I have been out of Trenton for over 50 years. There was agreement from all that it was theirs also. Guess there really are no coincidences, because there it is in all its original glory.

Friday, December 21, 2007

1988: NOTTINGHAM HIGH CHEER LEADERS

THESE GALS GIVE NEW MEANING TO CHEER LEADING PRECISION! I WONDERED IF TRICIA GADSBY WAS RELATED TO A KUSER CLASS MATE OF MINE, THE LATE TOMMY GADSBY.

1978: SENIOR PROM CANDIDATES HHS '78

I'M SURE THE JUDGES HAD A HECKUVA HARD TIME CHOOSING THE PROM QUEEN FROM THESE LOVELY LADIES. ANY BY KNOW WHO WAS THE FINAL CHOICE?

1978: HAMILTON FACULTY HONORED

THERE THEY ARE, SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HHS FACULTY MEMBERS CELEBRATING THEIR LONGEVITY AS TEACHERS IN THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL IN THE UNIVERSE. DON'T MISS THE 70'S STYLE HAIR DO ON NORMALLY CREW CUT CARL ABBOTT. VERY COOL, CARL!

INCIDENTALLY, AS I WRITE THIS ON FEBRUARY 1, 2008, CARL ABBOTT IS STILL BRIGHT EYED AND BUSHY TAILED, HAPPILY VOLUNTEERING FOR THE FRIENDS OF THE HAMILTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ALSO FOR THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF HAMILTON TOWNSHIP.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

1978: RIGHT ON, MAURY!

MAURY WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE COLUMNIST WHEN HE WAS WRITING FOR THE LATE, GREAT "MERCER MESSENGER (AND HAMILTON LIFE). MAURY'S INSIGHTS ON THE "SPANISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE" FARCE WAS WRITTEN ABOUT 30 YEARS AGO AS SEEN IN THE COLUMN ABOVE. AS I GO THROUGH THE PAGES OF LOCAL NEWSPAPERS DATING BACK TO THE INFLUX OF IMMIGRANTS IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY, I FOUND THAT THOSE FOLKS WENT TO NIGHT SCHOOL TO LEARN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. HERE HERE!

1978: "TIMES, THEY AIN'T A-CHANGING;" THEY JUST GET WORSE!

YOU THINK MEDICARE COSTS WERE OUT OF CONTROL BACK BACK IN 1978, ASK ME OR ANY OF MY CONTEMPORARIES ABOUT THEM IN THIS YEAR OF 2007 GOING ON 2008. WE GET A PUNY 3% INCREASE IN OUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFIT, AND ALONG COMES AARP RAISING OUR MONTHLY MEDICARE COSTS MORE THAN THE PIDDLING INCREASE WE RECEIVED AS A "COLA" (COST OF LIVING) INCREASE. BY THE WAY: THE OLD CODGER IN THE CARTOON IS IN NO WAY A TYPICAL CROSS SECTION OF TODAY'S VIABLE SENIORS. I, AND WE DON'T LOOK LIKE ONE OF AL CAPP'S "L'IL ABNER" HILLBILLIES, AND BELIEVE IT OR NOT, MANY OR MOST OF US DO NOT NEED A CANE TO MANEUVER ABOUT. EGAD, HOW I DETEST STEREOTYPES!

1978: REMEBERING THE 70'S

REMEMBER THOSE LEISURE SUITS AND SIDEBURNS? EGAD IN RETROSPECT THE 70'S ERA WAS A TIME OF HORRIBLE SARTORIAL TASTE! I STILL REMEMBER THAT POLYESTER FOREST GREEN LEISURE SUIT WITH LIGHTER GREEN STITCHING THAT I WORE BACK IN THE 70'S, AND ALSO THOSE SHOES WITH HIGHER THAN NORMAL HEELS. CHECK OUT YOUNG CAPTAIN FRED YAEDE IN THERE, LOOKING QUITE HANDSOME IN HIS THEN-FASHIONABLE OPEN SHIRT WITH THOSE VERY LENGTHY LAPELS.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

1940: LEADING UP TO THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

This is one of the many articles I transcribed by typewriter Prior to my acquisition of a computer, OCR software and a scanner. It was transcribed in August, 1986. It is from the Trenton Evening Times of July 19, 1940.
It is a precursor to the historic “Battle of Britain.”
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FUEHRER MAKES IT
CLEAR HOSTILITIES
CAN END ONLY
ON TERMS OF
GERMANY
________________________
PUTS BLAME ON CHURCHILL


BERLIN, July 19 (AP):
Adolf Hitler, the conqueror of France, and the controller of a continent,
Tonight offered Great Britain a last chance to withdraw from the conflict or see destruction of her world empire and terror for millions.
He spoke for an hour and thirty­ five minutes before the Reichstag, to offer "still another appeal; this time the last-to reason."
He did not outline the conditions for a peace that will end a conflict which, he said, it is senseless to prolong. But he made it perfectly clear that any peace must be on the terms of Germany.
He set no time limit for Britain's answer to this "last" appeal, and gave no clue to the conditions un­der which he might be disposed to open peace talks. In this respect his "peace ap­peal" was simply in appeal to the British to come to their senses and sue for peace before it is too late.
He emphasized that "I am not the vanquished, begging favors, but the victor, speaking in the name of reason." Supreme Confidence suggested Hitler's every word, every ges­ture suggested the most supreme con­fidence as he warned Prime Min­ister Churchill that if he insists on a fight to the finish "I prophesy destruction of a great empire, an empire it was never my intention to destroy or even harm."
With a stab of his hand Hitler swept back the lock of hair which regularly falls over his forehead, and continued: "Possibly Mr. Churchill will again brush aside this statement of mine by saying it is merely born of fear and doubt in our final vic­tory. In that case I shall have re­lieved my conscience in regard to things to come. ”Hitler warned the people of Great Britain that their leaders "probably have no real conception of what it will mean, once the German offensive begins in earnest against the British Isles." Referring to Britain's air war against German munitions centers and other strategic points, Hitler said: "A short time ago Churchill be­gan to bomb the civilian popula­tion in Germany.”
Answer to Be Terrible
"I have thus far hardly answered this bombardment. But when my answer comes it will be terrible for millions of people."Churchill should for once be­lieve me; a great world empire then. will be destroyed. And this war will not be ended before one of the two combatants is down and out. "Churchill may think it will be we who will be down and out. But I will make a prophecy, just by way of exception: I know that destruction of England will be the end of further struggle. My conscience compels me to appeal once more to England's common sense. I am not doing that as a defeated man, but as a victor."
Briefly touching on Russo-German relations, Hitler declared, these had been "fixed once and for all by a clear delineation of spheres of interests," and that British efforts to lure Moscow into an anti-German front were not only futile but foolish. Victory in this war, Hitler also asserted, will be a victory for both Italy and Germany, and "the wrongs of both will be righted."
Italy, the Fuehrer said, had en­tered the war entirely of her own accord without any pressure from Germany. his action, however, had helped to make the French realize more speedily the hopelessness of fur­ther resistance. And, once Italy was in the war, Italo-German military and political cooperation was complete, "and the end of it will be a joint victory."
Arriving today from Rome, Count Galeazzo Ciano; Italian for­eign minister and son-in-law of Premier Mussolini, occupied a place of honor in the front row of the diplomatic corps box. Ciano will discuss axis problems with German officials tomorrow and will catch a night train home. Says Bloodshed Unnecessary
All the bloodshed of the past 10 months could have been avoided, Hitler said, for it was not Germany who wanted war. The great aim of the Nazi movement, he ex­plained, was simply to "strike off the shackles of Versailles;" and it would have been possible to achieve this aim peacefully. His pre-war policy in pursuit of this aim, he said, was two-fold: "Real friendship with Italy and a similar relationship with Eng­land."
At Munich, in September, 1938, it even seemed as though this peaceful revision actually would be realized, he told his uniformed audience. It was a time when, "thanks to growing common sense, it ap­peared as though international co­operation might lead to peaceful solution of the remaining prob­lems. But the agreement to this end, signed in Munich on Septem­ber 29, 1938, by the four leading interested States, was not only not welcomed in London and Paris but was actually condemned as a sign of abominable "weakness."
The Munich agreement was con­demned and sabotaged, he went on, because peaceful revision threatened to upset the plans of "Jewish capitalist war-mongers, free-Masons, armament manufacturers and war profiteers, international business men, and Stock Exchange jugglers."
And so it came about that Po­land was "pushed into war" and the peace offer Germany made after conclusion of the Polish cam­paign denounced as "cowardly."
Hits British Troops
In the subsequent Norwegian campaign, which he explained was necessary because of an Allied at­tempt to hit at Germany through Scandinavia, German soldiers met “very brave" resistance from Nor­wegians troops. But the British there, he continued, were poorly trained, badly equipped and "defi­nitely inferior in every respect."
Turning to the great westward push through Holland, Belgium and France, Hitler disclosed that the capture of Paris was not in the original plan of campaign, but after Paris was taken, encircle­ment tactics made possible the rushing of organized French military resistance and left Mar­shal Henri Petain no choice but to sue for peace.
In asserting there was "no real round for prolongation of the war," Hitler confessed he felt only "disgust" at the prospect of a fight to the finish. But "from Britain I now hear only a single cry; not from the people but from the politicians ­that the war must go on. In neither this world nor the next," he exclaimed bitterly, "can (Prime Minister) Churchill and Reynaud (former French Premier) answer for the suffering they have brought upon their people.”
Hitler said German losses, "from the polar regions to the Spanish border, were extraordinarily small. We are prepared for much greater losses," said Hitler. “The men saved now are available to carry on the fight for freedom." At the moment many of our di­visions are returning from France. Many are on leave. Weapons and equipment are being repaired or being replaced by new. The loss of weapons in Norway and especially in Holland, Belgium and France was extremely insig­nificant, and in no proportion to the results achieved. The army and air force are stronger than they were at the beginning of the action in the West. War materials are being pro­duced in such quantities that in some departments it actually is necessary to slow down manufac­ture because of a lack of storage facilities. Thanks to the four-year plan, Germany is prepared to assume the heaviest burdens. We possess today the two most im­portant raw materials: coal and iron in, I dare say, unlimited quantities."
Reviewing the latest revelations in the German white book, Hitler said "Churchill will not be able to lie away" messages allegedly ex­changed by French Generalissimo Maxim Weygand, former French Premier Daladier and others in con­nection with the alleged planned northern campaign of the Allies. He charged the "misuse" of Scandinavian lands by the west­ern powers was particularly ob­vious."
The Fuehrer said German meas­ures anticipating the English and French occupation of Norway con­stituted "one of the boldest strokes of German arms,"
Even while the Norwegian cam­paign still was under way, he said reports became "more and more threatening."
Says Allies Make Task Easy
"On the French-Belgian border a great concentration of French troops took place with the obvious purpose of striking a lightning blow at Germany over Belgian ter­ritory," he declared. But, Hitler asserted, the enemy actually made the German task easy by the vast concentration of western forces in a limited area. "I saw there the necessity of two military actions," he went on. "First, the smashing of mechanized forces on our right wing; second, reaching the sea:"
Hitler went back to his original aims.
"Since establishment of the Na­tional Socialist regime its foreign policy has had two objectives he told the Reichstag.
"First, true friendship with Italy; second, the establishment of simi­lar relations to England. I have published these thoughts and defended them in countless speeches. I am still sad today that despite all my efforts it hasn't been possible to achieve that friendship with England which 1 believe would have been a blessing for both peoples,
"But I am happy the first part of the foreign policy has been realized. I am thankful first of all to the genius who stands today at the head of the Italian people. Only due to him has it been possible to bring together the two revolutions which have so much in common, and now finally by a common flowing of blood to seal the bond which is destined to bring Europe together in a new life."
Declares Italy Great Aid
Hitler said Italy's attitude had been a great aid to Germany. "From the beginning Italy took from our enemies the freedom of strategy;" he declared, "It entered the war on its own free decision.
Our gratitude must, therefore, be so much greater. Our coopera­tion in political and military fields is complete. At the end stands common victory."
Throughout Hitler's speech ran a high note of personal praise for the armed forces and the German people; capped by the announce­ment that Field Marshal Hermann Wilhelm Goering has been ele­vated to the position of Reich's marshal of Greater Germany In addition, may now wear the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. Colonel General_ Wa1ther Brauchitsch, the army commander ­in-chief, and Colonel General Karl Rudolf Gerd von Runstedt,
Commander-in-chief in Poland, were made field marshal generals, and other generals were promoted field marshal.
Goering closed the Reichstag session after the singing Deutschland Ueber Alles and the Horst Vessel song.
"Never before has there beet such a session," the newly-pro, noted marshal general said. "You my Fuehrer, again and again stirred the German people up. To the world you even gave prophesies of vast magnitude,
"Today nobody can deny all your prophesies had usual fulfill­ment."

1978: JACK LACY: THE EARLY YEARS

HOW TIME FLIES! HOW TEMPUS FUGITS! DO YOU REALIZE IT HAS BEEN 29 YEARS (30 IN JUST A FEW WEEKS. LORD ABOVE, AM I GETTING ON IN YEARS. IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY!

1941: TRENTON HIGH SPECTATOR STAFF

ANYONE YOU KNOW IN THIS PHOTO OF THS' SPECTATOR STAFF?

WERE YOU A STOCK CAR RACING FAN? CHECK OUT WWW.WALLYCAMPBELL.COM

FROM JEFF HARDIFER, THIS INCREDIBLY INTERESTING WEBSITE ON THE RACING CAREER OF LOCAL RACING LEGEND , WALLY CAMPBELL. THANKS SO MUCH FOR TELLING US ABOUT THIS SITE, JEFF. I HAVE MANY HAPPY MEMORIES OF THE HOURS I SPENT WITH MY BUDDIES DON SLABICKI AND ERNIE PLAAG AT ROCKY DINATLE'S GARAGE HANGING OUT WITH THOSE MANY STOCK CAR DRIVERS. ATCO, PITTMAN, AND OTHER RACING VENUES WERE ALL A PART OF ROCKY'S INCURSION INTO THE AUTO RACING GAME. TO THOSE MANY RACING FANS WHO MAY VISIT THIS SITE, BE SURE TO ADD WALLY'S WEBSITE AS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITES. AND THANKS AGAIN, JEFF FOR THE HEADS UP. BY THE WAY, ROCKY'S LOVELY WIFE WAS "LUCKY LUCY," LEADER OF AN ALL-GIRL CONTINGENT OF "HELL DRIVERS." THEY PERFORMED DARING AUTO FEATS WHICH WERE EVERY BIT AS EXCITING AS JOEY CHITWOOD AND LUCKY TETER. UNFORTUNATELY, A VIEWER SENT ME SOME PHOTOS, BUT THEY WERE NOT RECOGNIZED AS VALID FILE TYPES. WHEN I LOST MY COMPLETE COMPUTER HARD DRIVE A FEW MONTHS AGO, I LOST THE EMAIL ADDRESS OF THE SENDER AND AS A RESULT, I HAVE NO PHOTOS OF LOVELY LUCY AND HER EQUALLY LOVELY FEMALE DAREDEVILS.
TOM GLOVER
WWW.WALLYCAMPBELL.COM

Monday, December 17, 2007

HERE COMES HIT NUMBER 40,000!



MOVING UP ON 40,000 "HITS" ON WWW.GLOVER320.BLOGSPOT.COM.

THANK YOU FOR VISITING!

TOM GLOVER

Sunday, December 16, 2007

1992: HHS '52: "I SHOULDABEEN THERE!"

HAD I NOT SKIPPED FIRST GRADE AND GONE RIGHT
INTO SECOND GRADE BACK IN THE EARLY1940'S,
I WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE CLASS OF 1952 AT HHS. ....

NOT TO COMPLAIN, HHS 51 IS STILL WHAT I TERM
"THE CLASS WITH CLASS."

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THIS EMAIL FROM CANDY JENS WITH THE THE ANSWERS TO THE QUIZ WHICH APPEARS IN MY "THE WAY WE WERE" ARTICLE:

Tom:
Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane! Do you remember the Make Believe Ballroom on WNEW? William B. played "old" music even then (Miller, Goodman, etc.) but it's still listenable today. I share your opinion of "new" music!
(CANDY: ANYONE WHO RECALLS DON CORNELL IS A GENUINE EXPERT IN THE ART OF NOSTALGIA!)
1 - Mills Bros.
2 - Eddie Fisher, Wish you were Here
3 - You Belong to Me
4 - High Noon (can't remember the costar)
5 - Auf Wiedersehen (with spelling help from my German-born husband)
6 - Any Time
7 - Maybe (no points - I hadda Google that one)
8 - Leroy Anderson
9 - I Went to your Wedding
10 - Kay Starr
11 - Jumbalaya
12 - Don Cornell
Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!
Candy

OH, BY THE WAY....YOU OBVIOUSLY CAN'T SEND YOUR ANSWERS TO THE LATE, GREAT "MERCER MESSENGER." YOU CAN EMAIL THEM TO ME IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE NAMED THEM ALL CORRECTLY, OR NEARLY CORRECTLY!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

HOME OF THE FIRST CHRISTMAS TREE FARM?

A WEEK OR SO AGO, I RECEIVED AN EMAIL FROM A COLUMNIST FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES ASKING IF I COULD ASSIST HIM IN VERIFYING THE STORY THAT CHRISTMAS TREE FARNS HAD ORIGINATED HERE IN WHITE HORSE, HAMILTON TOWNSHIP. THE GRAPHIC TELLS THE STORY OF BILL MCGALLIARD'S SUCCESSFUL EXPERIMENT IN CULTIVATING CHRISTMAS TREES ON HIS WHITE HORSE PROPERTY.

1989: HANUKKAH IN HAMILTON

HERE WE HAVE SAMANTHA AND JOSH DITTRICH LIGHTING THE MENORAH IN THE CONCLUDING HOURS OF HANUKKAH, 1989. HERE'S WISHING A HAPPY HANUKKAH, KWANZA, RAMADAN, AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL WHO FOLLOW THOSE FAITHS.

1928: TRENTON CHRISTMAS PAST

HOW I MISS THOSE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING TRIPS "UPTOWN" DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASONS OF MY YOUTH! GOLDBERG'S, KRESGE'S. WOOLWORTHS, SWERN'S, STOPPING TO ADMIRE THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE MIRRORED WALLS AT THE MAYFAIR THEATER! MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

1987: SAINT RAPHAEL'S CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND



THANKS TO JACK LACY FOR THIS EXTRACT FROM HIS LATE, GREAT "MERCER MESSENGER." AS USUAL, THE PTA WAS AT THE FOREFRONT IN SUPPORTING THEIR PAROCHIAL SCHOOL.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

1940: THE GERMAN AMERICAN BUND UNDER FIRE

THE BUND WAS GETTING QUITE MILITANT BACK IN THE LATE 30'S AND EARLY 40'S, RIGHT UP TO THE ADVENT OF WWII IN 1939. THERE WERE NUMEROUS GERMAN-AMERICAN CITIZENS WHO WERE WERE PRO GERMANY.

1921: WAS DEUTZVILLE AN ORPHAN?

BACK IN 1921 THE RESIDENTS OF DEUTZVILLE, BORDERING TRENTON (AS DOES BROMLEY AND BROAD STREET PARK) ACCUSED THE TOWN FATHERS OF NEGLEGET OF SERVICES. MANY DEUTZVILLE CITIZENS FELT THE THE MORE AFFLUENT HAMILTON NEIGHBORHOODS WERE GETTING MORE ATTENTION. THE RESIDENTS WERE UP IN ARMS AS CAN BE SEEN IN THIS ARTICLE.

1940: WOMENS' CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION

THIS TEMPERANCE GROUP WAS PROMINENT FROM THE 1800'S UP TO THE MID 1940'S. THIS ARTICLE ON THE YARDVILLE-GROVEVILLE AREA CONTAINS SOME OF THE MOST PROMINENT FAMILIES FROM THOSE TWO COMMUNITIES. ...TANTUM, MARTIN, MOUNT...WELL SEE FOR YOURSELF!

1940: A TIMELESS CLASSIC

ONLY A FEW MOTION PICTURES HAVE LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION ON ME. THIS IS ONE OF THEM.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

KUSER FARM BECOMES KUSER FARM PARK

THIS EXCELLENT TWO PAGE SPREAD FROM THE TRENTONIAN IS FROM THE EARLY YEARS OF HAMILTON'S ACQUISITION OF THE KUSER FARM ESTATE FROM FREDERICK AND EDNA KUSER.

1947: THAT "GOLDEN WAVE" WAS REALLY GOLDEN!

ONE OF OUR ARCH RIVALS BACK IN THE GOLDEN YEARS OF HAMILTON HIGH WAS THE VERY TALENTED GUYS FROM TRENTON CATHOLIC. THERE ARE MANY FAMILIAR NAMES ON BOTH OF THOSE TEAMS, NOT TO MENTION THE VERY POPULAR HAMILTON COACH, "KIP" BREESE.

1947: THE MARVEL OF THE AGE

MR. LAND'S INVENTION WAS SURE TO OBSOLETE THE FILM CAMERA. I REMEMBER THE VERY FIRST POLAROID CAMERA THAT I SAW IN THE EARLY 50'S. IT WAS A HUGE CAMERA AND THE PHOTOS TOOK A MINUTE OR SO TO DEVELOP. TODAY'S DIGITAL CAMERAS LONG AGO OBSOLETED THE POLAROID AS WELL AS MAKING A DENT IN THE FILM CAMERA'S POPULARITY.

1947: THINGS WERE BETTER IN "THE GOOD OLD DAYS?"

FROM MY "CRIME, MORALS, SOCIAL VALUES" FOLDER COMES THIS ARTICLE PROVING THAT THIEVES AND OTHER N'ER DO WELLS HAVE BEEN, AND ALWAYS WILL BE WITH US.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

1947: JEANIE PAGLIONE

SHE WAS JUST AS PRETTY THE LAST TIME I SAW HER. JEANIE WAS A CLASSMATE IN "THE CLASS WITH CLASS," HHS '51

1947: THE TIMES NEWSBOY

I NEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING THE LOCAL MCGUIRE FAMILY. HOWEVER, I AM QUITE FAMILIAR WITH THE PROMINENCE OF THE FAMILY NAME.
HERE'S YOUNG HUGH MCGUIRE ON HIS PAPER ROUTE DELIVERING THE TRENTON EVENING TIMES.

1947: KLOCKNER DANCE

BEFORE THERE WAS A POLICE CAR AT EACH SCHOOL, BACK WHEN COKE WAS COCA COLA AND DRUGS WERE SOLD AT DRUG STORES, BEFORE KIDS CAME TO SCHOOL WITH KNIVES AND GUNS, BUT DURING A MUCH MORE CIVILIZED TIME, THE SCHOOLS HAD AFTER HOURS DANCES. REMEMBER THOSE SATURDAY NIGHT CANTEENS AT HAMILTON HIGH? HERE'S A PTA SPONSORED DANCE AT KLOCKNER WHEN INNOCENT CHILDREN PARTICIPATED IN GOOD CLEAN AND WHOLESOME FUN.

2008: THE GRAPHIC PROBLEM HAS BEEN FIXED

A FEW DAYS AGO I POSTED A NOTICE THAT THE FOLKS AT BLOGGER.COM WERE WORKING ON THE PROBLEM OF VIEWING THE GRAPHICS. YOU PROBABLY HAD A PROBLEM ACCESSING MY PHOTOS AND ARTICLES UNLESS YOU HAD A VIABLE GRAPHIC SOFTWARE PACKAGE. I HAVE PHOTOSHOP AND WHEN I DOUBLE CLICKED ON MY IMAGES, THEY WERE PRESENTED ONSCREEN VIA PHOTOSHOP. NOW WE ARE BACK TO NORMAL. IT WILL NO LONGER BE NECESSARY TO GO THROUGH THE HOOPS TO VIEW MY GRAPHICS. THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE, AND THANKS TO BLOGGER.COM FOR THE QUICK REMEDY.

1947: BLIZZARD

EVEN THOUGH IT HAPPENED 60 YEARS AGO, I REMEMBER THIS BLIZZARD QUITE WELL. DON SLABICKI AND I WERE WORKING FOR FRED AND EDNA KUSER. WE SPENT MUCH TIME SHOVELING THE WALKWAYS AROUND THE KUSER HOME. LOOK CLOSELY AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO JUST DISCERN SOME OF TRENTON'S DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS DURING THE CITY'S GOLDEN YEARS.

1947: WHEN COMMCYERCIAL TV WAS IN ITS INFAN

THIS YOUNG FELLOW WAS LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF MOST OF CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY. THE IDEA OF BUILDING ONE OF THOSE NEWFANGLED TV SETS WAS BEYOND THE KEN OF ALMOST EVERY CITIZEN EXCEPT FOR AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC EXPERTS. BARS AND RESTARUANTS STARTED PLACING TV SETS IN THEIR ESTABLISHMENTS. SPORTS WAS THE MAJOR FARE ON THE VERY EARLIEST TELEVISION SETS. I REMEMBER WHEN TV WAS DARK ALL NIGHT, SIGNED ON AT ABOUT 2 PM IN THE AFTERNOON AND WENT OFF THE AIR AT AROUND 10 PM.

1947: HI TECH PORTABLE RADIOS

JUST BEFORE COMMERCIAL TELEVISION CAME ON THE SCENE IN THIS YEAR OF 1947, THE AMAZINGLY SMALL PORTABLE RADIO WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. HOW THESE HI TECH MARVELS CHANGED IN THE ENSUING YEARS AS THE TRANSISTOR BROUGHT THE TECHNOLOGY THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR PORTABLE RADIOS THE SIZE OF A PACK OF CIGARETTES.

Monday, December 03, 2007

2007: WITH DEEPEST HUMILITY

Every once in a while I write a column that draws very favorable comments. My recent Trenton Times "Sentimental Journey" column resulted in a number of emails along with many person to person comments over the past week since the column was published on the sad state of today's televison programming. Along came this email from a gentleman whose crusade for decency in media is known nationally. Thanks again, Mr. Bozell, I am truly humbled and very grateful.
(BRENT'S WEBSITE IS http://www.mediaresearch.org)


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Dear Mr. Glover,

I was sent, and just read your Dec. 1 piece in the Times (“Today’s Missing Messages of Hope, Aspiration”). Ten cheers, one hundred cheers, one thousand cheers for you! One of the finest pieces on this subject I’ve ever read. You made my day, my week, my month.

You also restored my faith in humanity.

What a breath of fresh air.

Gratefully,

Brent Bozell

YOU CAN READ THE COLUMN BRENT REFERS TO AT NJ.COM.

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1947: HAMILTON TEACHERS GET A RAISE

HERE'S A BIRDS' EYE VIEW OF THE POST WAR FINANCIAL SITUATION IN THE BOARDS OF EDUCATION FROM HAMILTON, EWING AND LAWRENCE. INTERESTING!

1947: HAMILTON TEACHERS GET A RAISE

HERE'S A BIRDS' EYE VIEW OF THE POST WAR FINANCIAL SITUATION IN THE BOARDS OF EDUCATION FROM HAMILTON, EWING AND LAWRENCE. INTERESTING!

1947: HAMILTON TEACHERS GET A RAISE

HERE'S A BIRDS' EYE VIEW OF THE POST WAR FINANCIAL SITUATION IN THE BOARDS OF EDUCATION FROM HAMILTON, EWING AND LAWRENCE. INTERESTING!

1947: HAMILTON TEACHERS GET A RAISE

HERE'S A BIRDS' EYE VIEW OF THE POST WAR FINANCIAL SITUATION IN THE BOARDS OF EDUCATION FROM HAMILTON, EWING AND LAWRENCE. INTERESTING!

1947: HAMILTON TEACHERS GET A RAISE

HERE'S A BIRDS' EYE VIEW OF THE POST WAR FINANCIAL SITUATION IN THE BOARDS OF EDUCATION FROM HAMILTON, EWING AND LAWRENCE. INTERESTING!

1947: HAMILTON TEACHERS GET A RAISE

HERE'S A BIRDS' EYE VIEW OF THE POST WAR FINANCIAL SITUATION IN THE BOARDS OF EDUCATION FROM HAMILTON, EWING AND LAWRENCE. INTERESTING!