June 11, 2000 |
Just like their infamous ancestors, the Hatfields gathered on the West Virginia side of the Tug Fork Valley, the McCoys across the state line in Kentucky. As they always have, the families talked about coal, about mountain songs, about the dead. Then, unlike their forebears--who for a dozen years in the late 1800s crept through the poison ivy and pawpaw trees to kill each other--the families worked their way peacefully, tentatively at first, to the other side to say hello.
December 26, 1998 |
A century-old riddle in the ballad of John Henry, the legendary black railroad man who was so strong he could work faster than a machine, may have been solved by a College of William and Mary history professor who stumbled upon a clue on the Internet. A reference in the song to the "White House" had puzzled historians and folklorists for years because they thought it meant the presidential White House.
February 17, 1988 |
West Virginia's financial troubles have eaten up the funds set aside for celebrating the 125th anniversary of statehood this summer. Norman Fagan, commissioner of the state Culture and History Department, said his agency had saved $100,000 for the event. Before any plans could be completed, however, the money was taken to help pay the state's backlog of bills. "We'll have something, but it will be small and modest. But that might be more appropriate," Fagan said Tuesday.
April 15, 1988 |
For two weeks in 1984, she was America's Sweetest Heart, everybody's kid sister. She didn't look as if she should be playing with dolls, she looked as if she was one, as if she came to the competition in a pram and bonnet. The Olympic gymnastic competition was a doll's house come to life, and Mary Lou Retton was the most adorable of the lot. Dimpled smile, flashing black eyes, even white teeth, part tomboy, part glamour girl, you didn't know whether to buy her a lollipop or a corsage.
November 13, 2012 |
A few more tidbits following an early Tuesday morning interview with Mike D'Antoni, the Lakers' new head coach: -- He says his brother, Dan, will be joining the Lakers' coaching staff but the rest of the staff should remain intact. -- He hasn't talked to defensive-minded coach Nate McMillan, but he says he intends to this summer, although he wouldn't be surprised if McMillan is head coach by that time elsewhere. -- In D'Antoni's first start as an NBA player for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings his assignment was to cover Jerry West.
September 2, 2012 |
Leading up to his debut as Richmond's coach Saturday, Danny Rocco braced for what might be in store from opposing quarterback from Virginia. He had watched the young man closely last season, and rooted for him to emerge on top in a three-way battle for the starting position over the past few months. That's because Virginia's quarterback, Michael Rocco, is Danny's nephew. "I just don't need him to play great on Saturday," Danny quipped in the days leading up to the game. Well, so much for those hopes.