Archive / June, 2011

BOX SEATS & HESITATION PITCHES

BY NORMAN M. COVERT

FREDERICK, Md. — I confess it has been a long hiatus from watching minor league baseball. All it takes, though, is the grandson’s cajoling to spring for box seat tickets at our Harry Grove Stadium – and a home team tee-shirt – near the visitor’s bullpen and third base.

The decision included buying sunflower seeds, popcorn, water and draft beer: “Eat, spit, be happy.”

Grove Stadium, home of the Baltimore Orioles’ Class A affiliate Keys, is nearly 20 years old. It is among the modern ball parks in the Carolina League, which for many years struggled with World War II-era and earlier stadiums.… Read More

EXCLUSIVE REPORT: A’S FOR ARMY’S ‘WHITE COAT’ VOLUNTEERS

BY NORMAN M. COVERT

Frederick, Md. — There is good news regarding the nearly 2,300 Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) soldiers, who volunteered to serve as medical research subjects for the U. S. Army at Fort Detrick, Md., and Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. from 1954-1973.

 The second health survey in 20 years of these “White Coat” participants reveals they have suffered no adverse health effects some 57 years later and there appears “no significant difference” in health profiles of men of similar age and demographic status.

The U. S. Army and the SDA church honored the men in 1998 for heroically putting themselves at risk to serve mankind.… Read More

A CENTURY OF SCOUTING & FAMILY

BY NORMAN M. COVERT

Boy Scouts of America (BSA) hasn’t strayed far from its founding in the United States 100 years ago. Marketing strategies and media technologies have improved, but BOYS’ LIFE still arrives in my mail box each month. I’m clinging to my youth, the “groaner” jokes on the back page and those values I hold dear.

Scouting remains a family-oriented organization. Social engineering has failed to dent the Scout Oath or modify the 12 points of the Scout Law. It is still duty to God and “my country;” helping others and keeping “myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

Too bad that this rankles far left liberals!… Read More

FEELING THE LOSS A YEAR LATER

BY NORMAN M. COVERT

 The first time I saw Fayetta Maureen Covert Stansbury she was lifted out of my Grandfather’s 1954 Buick Roadmaster. Mother carried her up the sidewalk to our house on 33rd Street in Newport News, Va. She was swaddled in pink blankets and her soon-to-be blond hair belied her age of four-plus days. Her dark mischievous eyes captured me right off.

They closed one year ago today at Regional Hospital Center, Melbourne, FL. Can it be?

Everyone commented that she certainly could have been the inspiration for lyrics of the recording, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” by the Ames Brothers.… Read More