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Celebrate Independence Day With Fireworks

Posted by LOTGK on July 4, 2013

As the twilight of Independence Day rapidly approaches, it is our solemn duty and privilege to pay homage to all men and women who have given their lives paying the ultimate sacrifice defending our country and our freedom.

Tonight as we celebrate the Fourth of July remember the words so elegantly penned by Francis Scott Key during the defense of Fort Henry September 20th, 1814…

“And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.”

Before you begin to illuminate the skies this evening by launching volley after volley of pyrotechnic patriotism, pause a moment and reflect on the sacrifices incurred by our forefathers more than two centuries ago. Gaze upon the heavens in wonder as fireworks brilliantly and brashly shout out loud and clear that we the people stand united as a nation declaring in unison that America is the best damn nation the world has known.

Hug you wife, husband, significant other, son, and daughter. Yell out a hearty hello to your neighbors that have come forth from their homes this evening to watch the fireworks shows and to celebrate as an entire nation.

“O’er the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”

God Bless America.

Phantom Fireworks – Half And Half Rack
The Half and Half does exactly what it means in several ways. Each of it’s nine shots have a very loud report, (Turn on your speakers to fully enjoy the video) and each burst splits into two separate colors that fill the sky. The finale shoots three big bursts all at once that will assuredly be a crowd pleaser.

Phantom Fireworks – Stellar Storm
The stellar Storm is a 12 shot which sends two shots at once in the sky bursting a split second apart from each other filling the sky with noise and multi-color bursts.

Phantom Fireworks – Charcoal Rack
The charcoal Rack is a 9 shot finale that rockets out of the tubes into the sky with large colorful palm bursts and very loud reports.

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One Hell Of A Happy Meal At McDonalds

Posted by LOTGK on June 8, 2013


Cheap Even For Youngstown

On my way to work this morning, (Yes readers, I do work sometimes) I drove past the local McDonald’s on Market Street and spied their billboard advertising “Cone” for 50 cents.

Now that is one Hell of a Happy Meal…


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St. Elizabeth Hospital Youngstown Ohio

Posted by LOTGK on December 13, 2012

wait for it

Let Everything Come Into Focus

Place: Hallway inside St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio

Take a few seconds to study the photo above. Go ahead, I’ll wait while you do.
OK, what is wrong with this picture?



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Boots Bell – Video Killed The Radio Star

Posted by LOTGK on August 17, 2011

Boots Bell

And now we meet in an abandoned studio.
We hear the playback and it seems so long ago.
And you remember how the jingles used to go.
Video killed the radio star.

The Buggles had the pleasure of being the first rock band with the very first MTV music video airing August 1st, 1981. (30 years ago today) With that video, it ushered in a new culture of music, a new British invasion, and FM radio was on it’s last legs. Today, in 2011, just try to view a music video on MTV. They don’t show them anymore. The technology and viewing pattern has again changed. MTV has become reality TV. Sad, very sad.

Nowadays, with the CD player, MP3 player, On-board MyGig systems, Jump drives, streaming audio and video, and Youtube, is it any wonder that the FM radio disc jockey is almost extinct. Does anyone really listen to the radio anymore? To Kasy Kassems weekly top 40 hits? Does anyone out there know what I’m talking about?

In the 1960′s and 70′s, in my home town of Boardman, Ohio, the cool music was played on W.H.O.T. 1330 AM radio and later switched to FM in the 1970′s. Boots Bell was one of the highest profile disc jockeys in the area. He was one of the “Good Guys” on the air at W.H.O.T. The rest of the good guys were, George Barry, Smoochie Causey, Johnny Kay, Dick Thompson, and Jerry Starr.

Each DJ, (Disc jockey) had their own style and tag lines and we would tune in to not only listen to the records they would spin, but also the one liners and jargon from the DJ’s. One of Boots Bells tag lines were, “Yes indeedy doody daddy.”

Top 50 Tunedex

Every week at the record store, Yes, back then people would actually go to a record store and buy their favorite 45’s and albums. At the check out counter would be the W.H.O.T. Fabulous 50 Tunedex hits of the week. The only complete, accurate, and official music survey in the Youngstown, Ohio area. The list on the left is for the week of July 26th, 1965.

As only befitting, thirty years ago today, video killed the radio star. Five years ago, Youtube and Reality TV killed the video star.
You can click on the picture on the left to enlarge so you can read the top 50 tunes, or just keep reading below if your browser doesn’t re-size or if you are to numbed from watching all the Teen Mom and Jersey Shore reality programs.

Top 50 From July 26, 1965
1. I’m Henry The 8th I Am – Herman’s Hermits
2. What’s New Pussycat – Tom Jones
3. Hold Me Thrill Me – Mel Carter
4. I Like It Like That – Dave Clark Five
5. Marie – The Bachelors
6. Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
7. Cara Mia – Jay & The Americans
8. Easy Question – Elvis Presley
9. All I Want To Do – The Byrds/Cher
10. Theme From A “Summer Place” – Lettermen
11. Sunshine Lollipops & Rainbows – Leslie Gore
12. Around The Corner – The Duprees
13. Seventh Son – Johnny Rivers
14. Don’t Just Stand There – Patty Duke
15. Save Your Heart For Me – Gary Lewis
16. Baby I’m Yours – Barbara Lewis
17. World Needs Love – Jackie De Shannon
18. I Want Candy – The Strangeloves
19. Sittin’ In The Park – Billy Stewart
20. You Turn Me On – Ian Whitcomb
21. Down In The Boondocks – Billy Joe Royal
22. Take Me Back – Little Anthony
23. Yes I’m Ready – Barbara Mason
24. Too Many Rivers – Brenda Lee
25. Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
26. Ride Your Pony – Lee Dorsey
27. Pretty Little Baby – Marvin Gaye
28. One Dyin’/It Happened That Way – Roger Miller
29. To Know You Is To Love You – Peter & Gordon
30. Moon Over Naples – Bert Kaempfert
31. Poppa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
32. You’re My Girl – Roy Orbison
33. You Better Come Home – Petula Clark
34. I’ll Always Love You – The Spinners
35. California Girls – Beach Boys
36. The Tracker – Sir Douglas Quintet
37. Same Old Song – Four Tops
38. You Tell Me Why – Beau Brummels
39. Gonna Take A Miracle – Royalettes
40. He’s Got No Love – The Searchers
41. Tracks Of My Tears – The Miracles
42. I’m A Fool – Dino, Desi & Billy
43. I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
44. The Loser – The Skyliners
45. Here I Am – Dionne Warwick
46. A Little You – Freddie & Dreamers
47. Ju Ju Hand – Sam The Sham
48. You’re My Baby – The Vacels
49. A Little Lovin’ – Dwain Story
50. Thru The Eyes Of Love – Gene Pitney


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Barney Bean Show – Youngstown Ohio 1960’s

Posted by LOTGK on August 17, 2011

Barney Bean - Channel 33 - Youngstown Ohio

Some years ago in the 1960’s Barney Bean (David William Harris) was a local Youngstown, Ohio television personality. He hosted a “Live” children’s program where he played cartoons, interviewed children on set, had guest clowns, and did short fun sketches. Beans big draw was to use the initials of a child’s name and draw a picture using them. He was quite the artist.

During one particular broadcast, Barney Bean and Co-host Ronald McDonald (Yes, the clown from McDonalds restaurant) were interviewing the group of children invited on the program that day. The children were sitting on bleacher risers and both Barney and Ronald would interact with the children asking them questions on camera so parents and friends could see them on television. The questions were simple ones to not make the children nervous. The questions were, What is your name, What sports do you like, Where do you live, and Do you have any funny jokes to tell. Most of the children did well and answered the questions correctly.

As Ronald got around to the middle of the second row, he asked one young man who looked about 8-9 years old if he knew any funny jokes. The boy looked up and said, “I sure do!” “Why are girls and frying pans alike?” Ronald looked into the camera and said, “Well, I don’t know. Why?” The boy replied, “Cause you have to get em both hot before you put the meat in!”

Ronald was stunned, and for a moment, stood silently looking into the camera. He then regained his composure and said to the boy, “Now that wasn’t a very nice joke.” Seconds later, the little boy, not missing a beat looked up at Ronald and said in a raised voice,

True story.


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