February 26, 2010


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John was living in Woodstock in 1973, and introduced himself to the local paper, the Woodstock Times, with a typically Keelian note.

The first column was published with the letter, the second (“UFOs over Woodstock”) in the next issue.  Both were light-hearted takes on subjects John treated more fully elsewhere.  Does anyone out there know if there were more?

And here’s the first one.  For the benefit of non-US readers, let me note that Agnew was then Vice President, and one of the more unpopular politicians of the time.


February 17, 2010

Mary Hyre’s Obituary

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[As a postscript to the last post, here is the obituary for Mary Hyre, as it appeared in the Athens Messenger on February 17, 1970.]

Point Correspondent Mary Hyre Dies at 54


Messenger Special Writer

POINT PLEASANT — Mrs. Mary E. Hyre, 54, of 2911 Jackson Ave., Point Pleasant, died Sunday at 8 p.m. in the Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis after an illness of four weeks.

Mrs. Hyre had served as correspondent for the Athens Messenger for the past 27 years, and was in charge of the Point Pleasant branch office.  Prior to working in the news department, she was employed in the circulation department, and was in charge of carrier boys for several years.

She wrote the widely-read “Where the Waters Mingle” column in The Messenger in addition to her regular news coverage.  There was, perhaps, no story about which Mrs. Hyre wrote more than the collapse of the Silver Bridge in December, 1967.

A native of Gallia County, she was born at Clippers Mill, a daughter of the late Elmer E. and Anna Laura Ervin Plymale.  Her husband, Walter (Scotty) Hyre died Dec. 1, 1968.

She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church and the Service Guild of the church, Chapter No. 75 of the Order of Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary.

She is survived by a step-daughter, Mrs. L. R. Trembly of Charleston; two sisters, Mrs. Clinton Sayre of Point Pleasant and Mrs. Faye Carpenter of New Haven; one brother, Ervin J. Plymale of St. Albans; three step grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

 Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Clifford Schane officiating.  Burial will be in Kirkland Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call at the Crow-Hussell Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Monday.  Eastern Star memorial services will be held at the funeral home Tuesday evening.

February 12, 2010

More from Theo Paijmans

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Theo Paijmans has sent along another article from the Ohio, Athens, Messenger. Thanks, Theo!  This one comes to us from Sunday, March 30, 1975.

February 2, 2010

Keel Calling Cards (9)

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Yes, this is a lenticular “winkie,” showing Jesus and the Shroud of Turin.  Here’s the back:


“Keel the Mad Sheik”

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Or so it says on the back of this photo.  This was somewhere in Germany, sometime in the ’50s.

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