Monday's Man

  • A Lucas move could ruin classic video game

    By Forrest Berkshire

    Updating a classic can be tricky.

    Take, for example, the “enhanced” Star Wars trilogy. Never has a man gone from revered to reviled as quickly as George Lucas after the release of his remastered trilogy. It was bad enough when he made those last three prequels with Jar Jar Binks. But then he had to go and mess with the original films, adding in some special effects and tinkering with the storyline just enough to completely destroy the central morality tale of the film. I mean, really George, Greedo shooting first?

  • Continuing a family tradition at ECTC

    Nineteen-year-old Andrew Beasley isn’t the first person in his family to attend Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    In fact, he isn’t the second, third, fourth or fifth.

    Beasley, who graduated from ECTC this spring with an associate degree in arts, is the ninth of his siblings to attend the college.

    “There’s 11 of us, total,” he said. “There’s nine boys and two girls.”

  • A father, two sons and baseball

    Baseball often is considered America’s pastime. As a part of that tradition, fathers and sons flock to the fields in summer to coach and play.

    Jeff Gregory and his sons, 12-year-old Jey and 8-year-old Ryder, continue that tradition.

    Gregory grew up in Elizabethtown playing with the Elizabethtown Area Baseball Commission, staring with tee ball and playing all the way through to the big field as a teen.

    He also played at Elizabethtown High School for coach Ron Meyers and was part of the 1992 state runner-up team.

  • Time heals issues, mends relationships for fathers and sons

    I wish I could say my dad and I had a great relationship growing up, but I can’t.

    He worked a lot, which meant he didn’t see his family much. I often would go to the convenience store he and my mom owned just to hang out as a way to spend a little time with him. I thought then the time meant more to me than it did him.

    He was more consumed with paying bills than spending time with his children and enjoying life, it seemed.

  • Farming like their forefathers

    Just beyond the front porch of the Mobley home off St. John Road, vibrant green rows of crops stretch across some of the 400 acres, a testament to the unbroken family line of farmers who have worked the land for five generations.

    “Mobleys came here in 1901,” said Kevin Mobley, 48.

    The long line has included fathers teaching sons to farm the land, planting, fertilizing and harvesting crops.

    “My dad was the only boss I ever had,” Kevin said.

  • The Art of Performance: Knuckleball turns out to be performance pitch

    There is only one knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues in 2012. He is Robert Allen Dickey, better known as R.A.

    This 37-year-old pitcher has been experiencing success with the knuckleball since last year. He is 8-1 with the New York Mets and has the most wins of any pitcher on the team’s staff.

    A Nashville native, he graduated from the University of Tennessee, where he was an English major. He made the U.S. Olympic team and won both games he pitched at the Olympics.

  • Sage Benado's musical innovation

    If you’ve bought a country music album lately, you’ve likely heard the results of Sage Benado’s pedal board design.

    A guitar pedal is a foot operated device that’s used for producing altered sound for an electric guitar. Functions such as reverb and distortion can be controlled  using a pedal.

    Two of Nashville’s most popular session recording musicians, Brent Mason and Paul Franklin, are among those who use the Benado Effects pedal.

  • Balanced life includes boat making, bowl turning

    Creating a balance in his life, psychologist Rollin Rhodes has made time to do a number of things he enjoys, not the least of which is building and sailing full-size wooden boats.

    Rhodes, who has his own practice and also works at Ireland Army Community Hospital, said he began crafting boats as an offshoot of his woodworking hobby. Boat building proved to be the most challenging of his woodworking projects.

    “There’s nothing square about them,” he said.

  • This Digital Life: Click-saving shortcuts add up

    Sometimes it is easy to take for granted what you think people know.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Power of teachers lasts a lifetime

    Earlier this month, schools and communities around the country observed Teacher Appreciation Day.

    Whenever I hear about a day such as this one or about educators who leave a lasting impact on students, my mind always turns to Mr. Bond and Ms. Foulds of good old Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School at the corner of Fifth and Sydney streets.

    And for much different reasons.

    Mr. Bond was a slender man, with thick black framed glasses who smoked a lot. He cared about all of his students, it seemed, even me.