The column that says we apologize if you were unable to read the column after Nov.3o on jackhummelblog, with everybody assuming we were dead and too cheap to put an obituary in the newspaper, but, actually, all five were posted on Facebook on time, but we went back and posted them on the blog too late to listen to George Linen on the radio and too late to remind you Shep was ringing the bell in Greenwich on Saturday, and the column that asks the question, why was Karole King paid all those years for going to Bridgeton High School?
By Jack Hummel
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Your hair has turned from gold to silver
And your step gets slower with each day
The light in your eyes has grown dimmer
But still we have to stop and say:
Happy, happy birthday, Peggy V.
And thanks for all you mean to me.
Thanks for the memories
And sorry you didn’t get Hillary.
The greatest two-way tackle in the history of Millville High School football reminds this year’s Group 5 state champions.
“Great job, men.
“Enjoy the moment and start thinking about a repeat. Leave your own legacy.
“Do something that has never been done before. Workouts start next week — LOL.”
— Bubba Green
“Prayers and positive thoughts to the family of Coach Hogan.
“I personally remember him as a biology teacher — mostly because I don’t have an athletic bone in my body.
“That class was the first time I ever excelled at a science. I am now a nurse. His efforts, both on and off the field, have affected many lives in our town. He will surely be missed.”
— D Bailey Miles
Bob always took a lot of kidding from the Millville coaching staff about how much he loved to talk.
He took it in stride and never slowed down.
But they never kidded him about the Bible he carried and read every day.
Hopefully, those are the things that will be retold at his celebration.
From the Daily Journal:
“Remember two weeks ago when I was saying how wonderful it is to celebrate Thanksgiving, a day when you can eat as much as you want without feeling guilty?
“I was so looking forward to the spread that my sister and brother-in-law lay out for the family. I must have jinxed myself with all that talk of having free rein to indulge, because I ended up with a wicked flu that limited my Turkey Day feasting to a couple of saltines and some ginger ale. The flu also kept me from getting in to work and writing a column for last week, so I apologize to those of you who look forward to seeing the dogs’ and cats’ fuzzy faces on Tuesday morning.
“Unfortunately, it did not keep me from monitoring my cellphone for the goings on at the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter.
“And one thing in particular was disturbing enough to make me want to pull down the shades and crawl back in bed. As much as social media plays a hand in helping place homeless animals, reunite lost pets with owners and gather information about suspected animal cruelty, it is a double-edged sword when used by people who are misinformed or who wish to disparage others for nefarious reasons. This happens all the time; it is a constant battle to keep the “highway of misinformation” from ruining the reputations and efforts of good people and good organizations.
“Needless to say, the technicians who had worked so hard to get him stable and get him vet care were devastated; just one more example that no good deed goes unpunished. Where this story got turned around is a mystery, but what a slap in the face to the people who did their job well, with the care and compassion that is required in this field.
“In another incident, last week there was the lady on Facebook saying a dog she had adopted and microchipped at the shelter was found to have no chip when scanned at the vet. The disturbing thing is that this woman never adopted anything from us nor paid to have an animal chipped.
“The worst part is that these two examples are just the tip of the iceberg, and the only thing these people are doing is spreading untruths, negativity and mistrust that ultimately only hurts the animals in need of homes. Life is difficult enough; I’ll never understand why some people seem to thrive on contentiousness and ill will. It makes me love my pets even more.”
— Bev Greco,
CCSPCA executive director
“My husband doesn’t have a college degree. Dropped out of Drexel because he was BORED!
“Learning never stops!”
— Deanna Speranza-Murphy
“Most highly educated people do not have common sense.”
— Lizann Loomis
Highly educated or highly intelligent?
One means you lose common sense the more you learn.
“Jack Hummel, some of the best minds are not informed.
“Don’t care where they live, Jack. Some people who try to make a living make better educated, informed decisions than some who have college educations.”
— Peggy Gentile-Van Meter
“The more education you have shows a prospective boss that you are able to learn for a job, BUT education not does NOT mean you can learn learn a SKILL to do a job.
“For example, a person with a degree in mathametics does not mean they can pull wrenches and be a good mechanic. All depends on what the job is.”
— name withheld
Remember Mikiah Kreps, who Basimah “Boom Boom” Baker boxed in Gouldtown in the main event a few years ago, and promised “Boom Boom” a rematch?
She’s in Kansas City this week fighting in the U.S. Nationals, with her mom, Deborah Fields.
A little history
May 19, 2013
It turned out be hometown favorite Basimah “Boom Boom’’ Baker.
After years of searching for fights around the country and being disappointed, the 16-year-old found a willing opponent in Mikiah Kreps, who traveled eight hours to do battle.
Kreps kept pressure on Baker, forcing a mandatory 8-count in both the first and third rounds of the bout the large crowd came to see.
The local boxer, dressed in all pink, seemed to run out of gas as each three-minute round progressed.
But Kreps, who hit like a sledgehammer, didn’t see it that way.
“Of all the 15 fights I’ve had,’ she hit the hardest of anybody I’ve fought,’’ said stressed after falling to her knees and covering her face with her hands when the decision was announced.
“I went to my knees because it was so emotional,’’ she said. “I’ve never fought in a situation like this.’’
Kreps, trained by her mother and accompanied by her brother and cousin for the trip, knew she had to go after Baker to avoid a hometown decision.
“She’s definitely the toughest fighter I’ve ever fought,’’ said the blonde bombshell who is now 13-3 for her career.
If it wasn’t Kreps’ biggest audience, it was her loudest.
By the third round, the throng of over 250 in the Fairfield School gym that included several local dignataries from freeholders to the county surrogate was imploring “Boom Boom’’ to come back while standing and crowding one side of the ring to take photos.
“Boom Boom’’ made no excuses.
“No, I don’t think I ran out of gas,’’ she said. “I don’t know what happened in there. I’m the toughest she’s fought? Well, she’s the toughest I’ve fought.’’
A rematch is only natural, since both fighters have had such tough luck finding opponents.
“I’d love to give her a rematch,’’ said Kreps.
Her mother, Deborah, agreed it can be arranged in Buffalo.
“I’ll talk to Terry (Gould, Baker’s trainer),’ she said. “I know I can also line up some bouts for some of his guys.’’
Before the fight, Deborah talked of having help training her daughter.
“You get to the point where you need help and you need to bring in somebody who knows more than you,’’ said the woman who started her own boxing career at age 30 “to get into shape. And that’s what I’ve done. Has it helped? We’ll see tonight.’’
Mikiah, who has been a gym rat since the age of 5, said sparring against boys made her tougher in getting ready for “Boom Boom’’
Kreps won the first round, but “Boom Boom’’ came out like a rocket in the second.
“She had said earlier, “I’ll go for a knockout in the second round.’’
She used that early flurry to win the round.
But Kreps survived another early onslaught by Baker in the third round and unleashed combinations of her own to subdue her opponent.
It was clear to the crowd at the end that the Niagara Falls invader had won.
“I’ve just got to train harder,’’ said a sullen Baker after the fight. “I definitely want to fight her again.’’
Gould, her trainer and Tri City Boxing president, said a trip to Buffalo, where a show is already planned in late June, is a must.
“We’ll definitely go,’’ he said.
Before the fight, Kreps said, “Out of the ring, ‘Boom Boom’ and I are friends.’’
They need each other if the 2016 Olympics are to become a reality for each other.
Right now, they’re the only two horses in the stable of 15- and 16-year-olds.
“Up to this fight,’’ said Kreps, “I’ve had 15 fights against four girls. Just four. That’s how hard it is to find opponents my age.
“I’m willing to fight women. Thirty years old, I don’t care.’’
“But she can’t do that,’’ said her mother. “Not until she’s 18. All she can do right now is fight 15-, 16- and 17-year-olds.’’
“Boom Boom’’ knows it only too well.
Kreps last fought in February.
It was “Boom Boom’s’’ first fight in ages.
Tri City HOPE President Jerry Young, happy with the turnout, looks to the future.
“Yes ‘Boom Boom, lost tonight,’’ he said “Neither she nor Tri City Boxing makes excuses.
“She feels as if she let Cumberland County down. Well, she is still our own Ringside world champ.
“Hopefully, we will be able to send her to Buffalo for a rematch with Mikiah Kreps.
“After that comes the Ringside world championships in Missouri.’’
And Mikiah Kreps will be there, too.
“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.”
— Robert Burns
“Actually, the group Millville C.A.R.E.S was formed because people were tired of what was going on and said in another Millville group, and NOT because of Taking Back Millville.
“The CARES group has nothing to do with Taking Back Millville, other then having some of the same members.
“Millville CARES is in no means in any competition with Taking Back Millville. CARES have their own things going on, just like TBM has theirs.
“The CARES group only has 184 members. You have to remain active in the group and participate in discussions and, if you don’t, you are removed.
“There are also certain guidelines to allow people to join and the most important one is that you have to be a Millville resident.
“There are still people that go out and clean up the park on the weekends which was started by Mr. Robert Kilroy, himself, in the beginning.
“Some members of the CARES group go to commission meeting and speak out about what is going on in our city and how things are being done.”
— Timothy Carty
Have the big three that Chip Kelly gave away while coaching the Eagles EVER been healthy at the same time since?
And you called Sam Bradford fragile?
Thank God Sam wasn’t here to go through this season with the Eagles, and if all these former Eagles know so much, why aren’t they on coaching staffs somewhere?
“Nothing is ever as good as it seems and nothing is ever as bad as it seems.”
— Tony Surace,
as the tar and feathers were being prepared one year in the parking lot of Wheaton Field
“It’s not about me.
“It’s the people I try to help. Hope next year’s turns out better, but whatever I raised will help.
“Thanks to those who came out.”
It wasn’t about not getting the word out, Shep.
If it were, people would have flocked to your cause when you announced how little you raised.
One person did. Karole King.
YOU CAN BET ON IT: No good deed goes unpunished, and that is never more true than in Cumberland County.