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Pickerington, Oh (via Kenova, WV)

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Comment 23 hours ago

Saw Edgar Winter in '74. Rick Derringer, Peter Frampton & Frampton's Camel were the primary warm up acts but the best act was a group called Duke Williams and the Extremes. Never heard of them again and have only met a handful of people over the years that remember them. Best band I ever heard that never made it big!   

Comment 24 Mar 2015

I posted part of my story in an earlier thread so this is somewhat of an update. When I decided to take my life back the first step was to give up the cigarettes. After 37 years of lighting up and more than a few half-assed attempts to quit, I finally gathered up the resolve to quit and went cold turkey. That was four years ago. Haven't missed them once. The only temptation in the house is a box of Havana's finest my son brought back to me from a trip to Mexico. Still haven't broken the seal though.

Step two was the weight. Didn't go on a "diet". I taught myself how to eat properly. This was a lifestyle change instead of a diet to lose weight and then put it all back on once I got down to the weight I was targeting. When I finally started to teach myself how to eat smarter I was weighing in at a petite 328 lb. The heaviest I ever got was 335. Portion control, smaller meals more often during the day and limiting myself to under 2000 calories a day did the trick. After a while I found it difficult to consume more than 1200 calories a day. Sometimes I have to scramble to eat more than 1000 a day. The myfitnesspal app on my phone and computer have been a big help for me. I lost 110 pounds in 10 months and have been maintaining my weight with no effort. Still tipping the scales at 218. This is about 25 lbs more than my high school weight but I feel good at this weight and can do things with ease that I had given up previously. Good luck to all of you working on your personal weight goals. It's not always easy but the results are worth it.       

Comment 23 Mar 2015

Are you sure it wasn't "fine Corinthian leather" interior made famous by the Ricardo Montalban commercials? I had the Dodge Charger twin to this body style in silver with deep red leather interior a few years after graduation.  

Comment 22 Mar 2015

1963 Ford Falcon 2 door wagon. It was my mom's car until dad bought her a new one. Began life with the 170 C.I. 6 banger and a two speed automatic, ended up with a 289/4-speed from a 65 Shelby Cobra. Loved that car. Parents gave it to me before I was old enough to drive because the motor was bad figuring it would take me a while to fix it. It was running fine by the time I hit 16.

Comment 15 Mar 2015

Never have been able to take much of Vitale.

Comment 15 Mar 2015

Anything with the Duke listed in the credits. Never met a John Wayne film I didn't like. Not the best acting, not always the best script but he played to his fans and gave them what they wanted. Can't ask for more than that.

As a side note, many years back I dated a cousin of his. She didn't like his movies but was infinitely proud that so many looked up to a member of her family.

Comment 11 Mar 2015

My oldest son lives in Fernandina Beach, Florida. His house is in a gated community and his backyard butts up to the Amelia National Country Club golf course. Every now and then you can see the resident gator moving from one water hole to another on the course. It's not as big as the one pictured but I still wouldn't want to bump into it in the yard.              

Comment 08 Mar 2015

Yeah, Wichita State was a year or so before Marshall. The Marshall crash is what changed the ruling on freshmen eligibility to play.

Comment 05 Mar 2015

My favorite memory? My youngest son's first Spring Game. He was sitting on my shoulders and got to high five Andy Katzenmoyer as the team left the locker room. We've missed a few over the years due to Drew's own football games on Saturdays but not many. He graduated from Ohio State last summer and may not be in the area much longer. As long as we can though, we'll be together at the 'Shoe for the Spring Game. 

Comment 23 Feb 2015

Lab tech for the power company. Worked in the chemical lab section of the engineering lab for the past 38 years. Not exciting but it does pay the bills.

Comment 23 Feb 2015

The Anderson was following the Fitz and was asked to go back out into the storm to look for her. I've been in November storms on Lake Superior and they are not pleasant. The skipper had to make an extremely difficult decision. 

Comment 22 Feb 2015

My dad worked on the lake boats for years and I followed in his footsteps for a few years after I graduated high school in '72. He and I worked for the company that ran the Fitzgerald, Columbia Transportation Co out of Cleveland and I was on the Fitz on more than a few occasions visiting. I had several friends that went down with the Big Fitz. Somewhere in the Chief Engineers stateroom there may still be a set of keys to a Chevy  that I used to own. George Holl, the Chief, used my car when the Fitz hit Toledo to unload taconite pellets and I had given him a set of keys to it.

Comment 13 Feb 2015

Football coach where I graduated had a very simple way of grading practice. If it was a good one in his opinion, the ice cream truck pulled onto the practice field and he bought popsicles for the team. A normal practice meant you sucked the moisture out of your towel. Bad practice, no towel to suck. He retired with an .844 winning percentage and 9 state titles and 4 runners up trophies in 29 years of coaching. And we had the salt tablets, too!

Comment 26 Jan 2015

Good to see you guys are still fighting the battle. I'm down to 220. My starting weight was 328 last February. Since a little before Thanksgiving I've been working on maintaining my current weight. I'm still learning what I can a can't do but it's not been difficult.  One giant plus is that I no longer have to take my blood pressure meds.

My biggest source of inspiration has been my wife. She developed severe rheumatoid arthritis about 12 years ago as well as having two knee replacements and a hip worked on five times now. It took me a while to realize that if I couldn't take care of myself I sure as hell couldn't take care of her. She was using My Fitness Pal to control her weight so I tried it. I'm really proud if her. She's also lost over 60 pounds and has kept it off even with her limitations. 

Comment 21 Dec 2014

Does this really surprise anyone? The whole process was just a dog and pony show to try and fool people into thinking FSU actually has a set of ethics when it comes to athletes.

Comment 16 Oct 2014

Last February I decided that it was time to get rid of some excess tonnage. To date I've dropped 90 pounds. I haven't given up anything but I did teach myself to eat smarter. I limit portion sizes and keep my calorie count below 2000 calories a day. Recording what I eat on an app on the cell phone helps. For the first time in years I don't have to ask store clerks where the fat bastard sizes are!

Comment 10 Aug 2014

Doesn't look intentional to me either. Smoke may have a temper but no driver wants to kill another on the track. This is a terrible tragedy that shouldn't have happened but it did. Claiming it to be intentional is foolish. My heart goes out to all involved in this.