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July 4, 2014

Guess Who! Week 27!

— On the cusp of death? Ready to bite the dust, buy the farm, cash in your chips? This retiree from East Buffalo Township says he is dying to save a life, which is Item No. 3 on his to-do list. A board member of the American Red Cross, he is trained in CPR, he says, “and looking for someone who is just about ready to die. I am waiting.” It may sound cold, but he has a history in all things chilling. “I was the Dilly Bar king of Milton, Pa.,” he says. That was in 1964, when he was a 16-year-old Milton Area High student. “It was a great place to meet chicks,” he says. “I wanted window time, but they said, ‘You talk too much. Make Dilly Bars.’” Items No. 1 and 2 on that to-do list do not necessitate resuscitation: Writing a book and building a sailboat. His “My Book of Clouds” idea? Thirty pages of photos of clouds, each page laminated. Each book comes with five pens with dry ink that can be erased. Those viewing the book can draw atop the clouds what they see inside the clouds. What this Vietnam War veteran might see in those clouds is that sailboat, with his patented collapsible mast, launching from his usual put-in spot, Middle River in Maryland, “right off the Chesapeake Bay.” He returned to Bloomsburg University at age 50 and studied history and political science. Now he sails the ocean blue “a good four months of the year,” he says, aboard his “We Three” vessel. “When you buy a boat, you do not change the name. She will get angry,” he says. “When I bought (my sailboat), I didn’t change the name. I didn’t have the heart.” He also doesn’t have the heart to toss out that old Keystoner Jacket, commemorating his membership in the drum and bugle corps in Milton in the 1960s. “It’s moldy and rotten and has been through three dogs,” he says. The jacket is black, with fuchsia letters, with his name scripted on the front. Guess Who! in the Discussion Box above!

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