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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 200

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n SECTION E THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 1998 ! fj G U P INSIDE Twenty years after Grease first slid into theaters, it's gliding back with fresh prints and a remastered soundtrack. GOOD NEWS Read about area folks who have done well for themselves in the community and at school. PAGE 3E 2 V 1 FRIDAY IN TGIF North Palm Beach County Living The Palm Beach Post ACCENT Tlicy led gnat-like boats into battle against large - Japanese destroyers, never knowing if they'd live another day. Dick Keresey of Delrav Beach has written a memoir of his war years and the intense bond he shared with John F. Kennedy. 'Lucky kids' live to recall stupid stunts Every couple of years I hold a Dumb Childhood Stunts Contest. Readers send me hair-graying accounts of stupid things they did as kids, and I publish them as reminders that all children belong in insane asylums. No prizes are awarded. You survived. You should be happy. But if there was a winner, I would -. :. W., " , p A) .... V r r i mo le captain 01 roniGmbors WAR, FEAR AND I " 'jm-" A- John F. Kennedy stayed in touch with his PT-boat buddies, even from the White House. name it the Dopey and give it this year to Marc Gold of Royal Palm Beach for inventing the exciting game of Steel-tipped Arrow Freeze Tag. But I'll save his exciting adventure in population control for the big finale. We'll start with Dumb Child- A YOUNG JFK Ron Wiggins " hood Stunts. Take Oskar Balth- Mm-' . asar's game of playing with live grenades. The Hypoluxo resident tells of a post-war childhood in occupied Germany, when retreating armies were ditching weapons and ammo. "For us kids it was a great time," Balthasar writes. One day the 12-year-old Balthasar found a grenade. Oops, he dropped it . . . no harm. Probably a dud. So he threw the grenade into a walled compound. "The explosion I will never forget. I guess the wall saved our lives. We were deaf for hours." Fireworks from the railroad Another horrible mention goes to: Donald M. Lay Jr. of Palm City, who grew up in the Long Island town of Bell-rose, N.Y. Lay, age 11, wondered what would happen if one were to throw a length of pipe across the third rail of a railroad. He remembers spectacular fireworks and "a shaft of brilliant violet light" and temporary blindness. "The doctor prescribed eye wash and three days in a darkened room." Francis Burke of Boynton Beach recalls helping his older brother build an uncaulked boat, figuring they could paddle across the Mississippi River at LaCrosse, Wis., faster than the boat could leak. And they did, too, if you don't count the few feet they had to wade. "I'm in my 70s now, and don't remember how we got back." Robert Keating of Jupiter remembers when washing machine wringers were also called "mangles" for good reason. One day at age 8, while bundled against a cold Ohio day, he wondered what would happen if he were to insert the tip of his mitten into the rollers of a washing machine's wringers. Lots of screaming is what. "My father stuck a broom into the works, saving me." Arrow triggered common sense And now for Arrow Freeze Tag as explained by Marc Gold. In his game, any number can play, but not all starters finish. "Four or five kids went to the park with Pedro and his trusty bow and arrow. He would start counting while the rest of us scattered, and at 5, yell 'freeze.'" Pedro then shot the arrow straight up. "We stood frozen in our tracks waiting for the arrow to land. Whoever was closest to the arrow when it landed won shooting honors for the next round." Gold recalls his revelation that maybe this wasn't such a good idea. One time he watched the arrow go up and come right at him. Good, he figured. lie would "win." "The arrow landed 1 foot in front of me. After realizing what could have happened, I started shaking violently. Then I ran home and stayed in my room." Forfeiting his turn, of course. LANNIS WATERSStaff Photographer A retired lawyer, Dick Keresey 'thought the Navy would be more comfortable than the Army. I was wrong.' ! ! A PROFILE OF COURAGE "He was a man of courage, the kind of captain I wanted to see off my side on patrol. He'd stick with you all the way down to the death if he had to. And Jack was good company; a great sense of humor, laughed at all my jokes. He was very popular; the men respected him. I remember they called him 'Shafty,' because one of his favorite sayings was, 'Shafted again.' I just called him Jack. He was a first-class officer, with all the courage in the world." Dick Keresey on fellow PT boat commander John F. Kennedy on PT boats in the war?" he asked. Calls were made; yes, it was the same Keresey. Kennedy left word asking Keresey to come up and see him in the Oval Office. "We had an inane conversation about PT boats," remembers Keresey. "About this guy and that guy. Anybody listening wouldn't have known what we were talking about." Now, the world can figure out what Keresey and Kennedy were talking about. Keresey's memoir PT105 (Naval Institute Press, $28.95) is the story of a boat that no longer exists that performed nobly in a war gradually receding from living memory. From his winter condominium in Delray Beach, Keresey looks over the St. Andrews Club and Please see PT 1054E By Scott Eyman Palm Beach Post Books Editor It was just a meeting between two old war buddies. "Mr. President, you've put on a lot of weight." "So have you, Keresey." The last time Dick Keresey had seen him, Jack Kennedy had been a congressman from Massachusetts. The time before that had been in the Solomon Islands in 1944, when Keresey was commanding PT 105, and Kennedy was commanding PT 109. But this was April 1963, and Richard Keresey, counsel for Exxon, was in the White House on business. He hadn't intended to visit his old friend, but JFK liked to peruse the White House visitors' list and noticed Keresey's name. "Is this the Keresey that was PT 105 was published when the author was 80 -after seven years of rewriting. Can you believe HANSON: THE EARLY YEARS? Do von recall your Easter bonnet? ... i i f 1 V. jar ssr' i - -a y Do you have special memories of Easters long past? Of frilly socks, patent-leather shoes, pretty hats, fancy dresses? Of brand new suits for that very special Sunday? Of exciting Easter egg hunts long ago? We'd like to share your memories of your favorite Easters the outfits, the egg hunts, the family gathenrgs and perhaps some of your old photos with other readers. Share your story in 150 words or less, alorg with photos if you've got them (send a stamped self addressed envelope, too, if you want them returned) to: Easter Memories The Palm Beach Post P.O. Box 24596 West Paim Beach, Pa. 33416-4695 Leters must be postrr.arved by Fnaay. April 3. Or entnes can be sent on te Web at Pa m Beach Irte'actve: www.GoPBI.comte'-tepcst By NeB Strauss The New York Timrs Hanson, the teenage sibling pop trio, announced that it will release its third record. Although it may seem like a joke to say that the album will focus on I ianson's early years, the truth is that it will. Three Car Garage: The Independent Recordings 95-96, due from Mercury Records in early May, will compile songs from the two homemade records Hanson released prior to its hit major label debut. Middle of Kouhere. The album will feature 12 songs, including early versions of MMMliop and two other songs from A fiddle of Sou here. Record label executives said the album would clear up any doubts Hanson naysayers have over the group's natural singing and songwriting abilities. In the future, perhaps the band's fans can look forward to albums such as Hanson: Their First Words and Hanson: The SeonaUil Screams. V Taylor (left). Zac and Isaac Hanson's new album will contain songs recorded before they hit it big.

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