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Friday, December 26, 2008

A White Christmas In West Vancouver, B.C., Canada

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A very White Christmas from a place where we rarely even get any snow.

A Merry Christmas to All!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Jack McCahill

Well, the Class of '57 lost another member. I had an email a little earlier today from Dumpy who told me about Jack. I don't know how Dumpy found out but after we graduated a bunch of us (Dumpy, Karpy, Joe Pruce, Jack, to name a few) used to hang out at The Ranch so I imagine one of them found out. Dumpy said Jack died of heart failure and COPD. I searched, found his obit in a paper in DC and copied it below. May he rest in peace.

Take care all.

Wallie P.



 Thursday, December 18, 2008; B07

John A. McCahill White House Special Assistant

John A. "Jack" McCahill, 69, a lawyer who, as special assistant to the president during the Nixon administration, dealt with the Watergate tapes, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease Dec. 13 at his home in Falls Church.

Mr. McCahill served as deputy assistant in the office of the special counsel in the White House, working for James St. Clair. He was one of the lawyers who argued before the courts on matters involving the audiotapes recorded by President Richard M. Nixon in the Oval Office, which became key evidence in the Watergate scandal. He also helped shape strategy for the presidential defense during the House impeachment hearings, as well as Nixon's defense in related proceedings.

During the Ford administration, he was named general counsel to the President's Commission on Olympic Sports and worked on the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, which required the U.S. Olympic Committee to provide athletic programs for the disabled.

He then turned to private law practice, serving as special legislative counsel to the U.S. Olympic Committee and representing several sports federations. He later became a defense lawyer in a number of white-collar civil and criminal cases and litigated for foreign countries.

John Allen McCahill was born in Canonsburg, Pa., and graduated from Columbia University. He received a law degree from Catholic University in 1969. He was an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and prosecuted more than 100 cases in D.C. Superior Court.

An avid skier, he also loved to sing, cook Italian meals and attend opera. He also liked to seek out Chinese restaurants in cities around the world.

He was separated from his wife, Julie Parker McCahill.

Survivors include a daughter, Melissa McCahill Deerin of Chevy Chase; and three grandchildren

Friday, December 12, 2008

Canonsburg's Historical Landmarks

An very interesting view of notable Canonsburg landmarks thanks to the efforts of the Greater Canonsburg Heritage Society.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cars we drove in the 50's and 60's

Someone did an awesome job putting this together

with great tunes.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

John V. Gonglik.

Dick, I spoke to you on the phone a few months back as I am the son of John V. Gonglik. Sadly, John passed away on December 23, 1997. This was just four days before his birthday, he would have been 59. In 1966, John married Nancy Swochak, and they were married for 31 years. I am the only child. He resided in the City of Westfield Massachusetts where he worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for well over twenty years. I am proud to say that he raised a die hard black and gold sports fan and that is tough these days living in New England.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Bobby Vinton visits Canonsburg

Canonsburg native Bobby Vinton poses for a photo next to a marker bearing his name and likeness outside the McDonald’s restaurant in Canonsburg. 
It was the first time Vinton had returned to his hometown in more than 30 years. He and his wife, Dolly, were on their way to Pittsburgh International Airport, a day after Vinton performed in Morgantown, W.Va. 
Restaurant owner Pam Galiano and Scott Kausky, restaurant manager, gave the Vintons a tour of the McDonald’s, which features memorabilia from Vinton and fellow Canonsburg natives Perry Como and the Four Coins. “He especially enjoyed the image of his bust and the engraved rock located in the drive-thru lane designated as Bobby Vinton Boulevard,” said Galiano. “He stayed for quite a while and signed autographs for the staff and customers.”

Vinton, listed by Billboard as one of th e top 50 musical acts of all time, had hits with songs such as “Roses are Red,” “Mr. Lonely,” “Blue Velvet” and “My Melody of Love.”

Monday, December 1, 2008

Canonsburg Cubs - Circa 1930

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Here is a interesting photo I recently came across taken when my Father played for the Canonsburg Cubs. Area teams they played were the Homestead Greys, Pittsburgh Crawfords(teams that Hall of Famers - Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige played for), Washington Colored Giants(another all black team), St. Francis, Gladden, Venice, Muse and another Canonsburg team called the Athletics. The games were mostly payed on Sundays and drew hundreds of fans. The above photo is of one of those Sunday baseball games taken at Canonsburg's home field(Curry Field) located near "Philly Patch" now where all the restaurants are located. In the background of the photo you can also see the old incinerator.

Below is a box score, published in the Daily Notes (unknown date-1930's) from a game when the "Cubs" played the other Canonsburg team the "Athletics".  If you click on the box score to enlarge you can make out many of the Canonsburg players names.  Click on Josh Gibson above for his Bio.

Augie Fetcko