Daily Archive: July 15, 2011


Cover To Cover…‘Natural Born Hustler’

No money? No worries. Even in a bad economy, you’re a survivor. You got connections, friends, and you got your game on. You won’t starve. A little ingenuity and a few tips, and you can hustle up what you need. It’s all good. But watch your back, even if you have nothing to do with what’s going down. You never know when things might get bad, as you’ll see in the new book “Natural Born Hustler” by Nikki Turner. Desember Day hated when she and Fame fought, but it happened now and then. He was her man, but he sometimes forgot that Desember could hustle snow to a penguin. When he was ignorant enough to tell her where she could and couldn’t sell her merchandise, well, nobody told Desember what to do.


Plastic can smother you

We have all at one time been warned about the pitfalls and dangers of playing with plastic. Our parents would scold us profusely if they saw us doing what we considered were amusing acts such as making a mask out of plastic bags. I can still recall my mother’s stern warning—“Don’t play with plastic! Plastic can smother you!” It’s hard to envision something so seemingly innocent as plastic that is primarily used to protect and to preserve food, necessities and other valuables can literally take your life away.


Success begins within

(NNPA)—In order to thrive in the chaotic world, self-confidence is a necessary characteristic. Often individuals either have an overabundance or a lack of self-confidence and neither option are good. One should have faith in their own abilities and be steadfast in the belief that the path they have chosen is right for them. In the realm of business or personal opportunities, self-confidence is a pre-requisite; humans, much like dogs, can sense fear—and fear can be expressed through our actions as well.


A very special OVERTIME R.I.P. ‘Hammer’

:10 An All-State wrestler, yea I said wrestler, out of Bethel Park High School. Basketball, he would say was his third love after football. :09 Little known to most of us until the summer of 1979 when Connie Hawkins came over to me behind the score table at East Hills Park and said “Neal, see that big guy standing on the hillside. He wants to get on a team.” To which I said, “Hawk, where can we put him. The league is jam packed” and Connie said, “I don’t know where but find him a spot…He’s going to be a superstar someday!!” Longer story short we found a spot for ARMON GILLIAM. When we next saw him the following summer, Armon had become “THE HAMMER.” BILL NEAL


Baltimore Colts legend John Mackey dies

BALTIMORE (AP)—John Mackey revolutionized the tight end position, his incomparable ability to catch passes off the line of scrimmage helping to usher the NFL into the pass-happy modern era. After his retirement, Mackey remained on the forefront of change in professional football. He pushed for better health care and championed the cause of former players, even as he battled the dementia that ultimately forced him into an assisted-living facility. LARGER THAN LIFE—This Aug. 26, 1970 photo shows Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame NFL player John Mackey on the practice field. (AP Photo/File)



Just a tank away, Part 2

If you’re just tuning in I made a trip to Ohio, Put-in-Bay, Kelleys Island and Cedar Point. After leaving Put-in-Bay we headed back to Sandusky and our first stop was the Merry-Go-Round Museum. If you want to go it is located at 301 Jackson St., in Sandusky, Ohio. Maybe it was the kid in me but I had a great time. The museum is housed in an old post office. It is complete with a carousel and a display of carousel animals. I didn’t know there are so many varieties. You can actually ride the carousel and see the workshop where new animals are created and old ones are brought back to their original splendor. The gift shop was fully stocked (until I got there) and all items were unique and reasonably priced. Again I took the best pictures and had to be pried out of the museum so as not to hold up the rest of the tour. Put the Merry-Go-Round Museum on your list. By the way, they host parties there and weddings. I can just picture the possibilities.


KSEF: Changing lives, one student at a time

On June 11, at the Churchill Valley Country Club, toastmaster and Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund board member Jeff Jackson shared a poem about a man in his senior years building a bridge. He was asked why he was building a bridge that he would not need. He replied, “Good friend in the path I have come there followeth after me today a youth, whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been as naught to me to that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be: He too, must cross in the twilight dim. Good friend, I am building this bridge for him.” OFFICERS & FOUNDER—Chauncey Smith (board of directors), Tom Motley (KSEF founder), Michael Phillips (board of directors), Rex Crawley (KSEF president) and Eric Morris Sr. (vice president). (Photos by Debbie Norrell) Jackson reflected back 40 years ago to when he first came to the University of Pittsburgh from New York as one of a handful of Black students among 1,300 in the School of Engineering. He says someone was there to build the bridge for him and KSEF. For 21 years has sponsored their annual high school scholarship awards luncheon building bridges for youth.