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Norman M. Covert’s  first effort as a publishing entrepreneur was creating a newsletter for his church in 1955. It folded after two issues, a victim of a World War II military surplus mimeograph. It required more patience and skill than the 12-year-old possessed. He didn’t lose his love of the medium. Sixty-nine years later he can boast knowledge of “WYSIWYG,” using Apple/Macintosh or the current Gateway Windows XP driven computer.

 Aside from a stint in the Newport News Shipyard, Norm has been a reporter, writer, editor, public relations professional and columnist his entire career. At Newport News High School (Class of ’61) he wrote “COVERT’S CORNER,” a sports column in “The Beacon.”… Read More



The Covert Letter will have a new look in the next few days as Harry Covert and Norman Covert switch chairs at the cyber helm, as it were. Norman is assuming the role of senior editor/publisher and you will see that reflected in the home page modifications.

Harry expects to remain faithful to his friends and readers, choosing the opportunity to be an editor at large. This will give flexibility in his input and more time for his humanitarian work.

We hope you will continue to meet with us in this exciting medium and offer your advice on making it more responsive to you.… Read More

A Toast to ‘Mr. Boh’

By Norman M. Covert

“Mr. Boh,” ubiquitous image of Baltimore’s former National Brewing Co., helped me introduce my recent commentary on union power in Maryland. It was entitled “Froth off the Mug: No Beer Summit By ‘Mr. Boh.’”

I was informed that “Mr. Boh” still has a huge fan base! I doubled back in research and verified the reverence for Brewers Hill and Baltimore’s jealous ownership of the National Bohemian brand.

Brewers Hill is a ghost town of empty buildings which once contained huge vats for culturing the secret ingredients brought from the “Old Country.” It was home of the National Brewing Co.… Read More

‘Peacenik’ in My Time: Why Now?


Not even a priest could tell me if I”ve committed a mortal sin in recent days. If you’ll keep confidence here in the confessional, I will admit having had impure thoughts about the rebel uprising in Libya.

Apparently I’ve morphed into a “Peacenik” because it strikes me that getting involved in Libya’s internal struggles is probably a less-than-wise projection of United States power and influence. 

I may seek counseling for this personal political revelation. It may outlast the shaky coalition unloading ordnance at Moammar Gadhafi’s home and his Soviet-era equipped Army and Air Forces. It’s a no-fly zone, I know, but who are these rebels?… Read More

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Failing to Read Tea Leaves, Maryland Touts Gay Marriage, Marijuana, Gun Control

By Norman M. Covert

Folks are bitter and I’m one of the restless citizens.  We keep clinging to our guns and our religion plus “antipathy to people who aren’t like (us)…” to paraphrase former candidate Barack Hussein Obama. That’s just the way we are and with good reason, Maryland’s leadership forgot to read the November tea leaves.

The state is deeply in debt and the legislature trots out bills for new taxes, marijuana, free love and more gun control. New Jersey and Wisconsin governors have shown us how to begin to solve our crises and cross the Red Sea in the manner of the Children of Israel, but we are stuck here with our collective heads in the sand.… Read More