Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak puzzles me; outstanding concerts abound

Roving Around by Bob Allen I’ve been thinking about how quickly Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune can rattle off the called letters by a contestant. Not only does he know if the letter is used once, but how many times. Does he memorize the puzzles earlier? Does he have a small...

An apology — Cold symptoms knock me out of commission

Roving Around by Bob Allen No matter how much you try to do a bang-up job on a story, there will often be ‘type lice’ to ruin it for you. Such was the case in last week’s Roving Around. Cindy Estes was thrilled when I asked to have a copy of her witness she gave at Be...

A deep void follows after finding three good friends’ obituaries

Roving by Bob Allen Isn’t it strange how there will be a long time of checking the obituaries and they won’t include anyone you know, and then all of a sudden there are three? This happened to me last week. First there was Beth Dickerson, 87, longtime beloved member of Wake...

Many involved in worthy church project; a pressing problem for Bob and Al

Roving My hat’s off to the cheerful volunteers who helped make the recent Wake Forest United Methodist Church’s semi-annual Fish Fry a huge success. Under the capable supervision of Lewis and Joan Freeman, everything went off well, including the delivery of 50 plates to Electric...

Delightful Mondays, printing The Wake Weekly 61 years ago

Roving Didn’t you just love the weather on Monday a week ago when the temperature dropped to below 70? It suited me perfectly. I shut off my air conditioning and opened a window when retiring Sunday, to allow the natural cooler air to enter. Ah! It was great for sleeping. And...

If faced with sink or swim decision, don’t be afraid to swim

Roving As a continuation from last week’s column about making major decisions, I worked in accounting at the Pennsylvania Railroad for five years in Philadelphia, and my art schooling was only one evening a week — hardly enough to become an artist. Then came an offer from my big...

Don’t listen to those around you, you may hear something wrong

Sometimes I start thinking about my life and how it turned out because of a few big turns. Oh, yes, there were major decisions, and thankfully I chose them correctly. The first one was when this small-town boy from south Jersey got a job working as a clerk in the big 14-story...

Bobby surely had that Camaro bite; birthday milestone great fun

Roving by Bob Allen Most regular readers will remember my son, Bobby, passing away suddenly on April 16 from a heart attack at age 59. And those who knew him probably knew he loved Chevrolet Camaros. We were aware he collected small models, but not how many until we got them all...

Burma-Shave signs fascinating attraction of 1950s

Roving I appreciated the two e-mails received from last week’s listing of popular slogans through the years. One mentioned the Burma-Shave series of small highway signs with catchy messages, introduced in 1925. Here’s a typical series of signs: “Every shaver / Now can snore / Six...

‘Pepsi-Cola hits the spot’ one of my first remembered slogans

Roving I have always been attracted to good advertising slogans. Well, it was more than an attraction when I started out with The Wake Weekly back in 1952 and soliciting and writing advertisements was part of my job. Last week I began to think about all the slogans I could...

Ninety-minute dinner is too long; Son knows what the Bible means

Sometimes even the best laid plans can go astray. Last Friday night Mavis and I decided it was best for us to lay out a weekly evening meal schedule with a time set close to 6:30. We started with me picking up two of Zaxby’s large grilled chicken salads for Saturday night about...

How will you be remembered after you leave this world?

Roving I have been waiting for just such a time as this week — when an outstanding column, For What It’s Worth, by one of my best friends, Rick Stewart, co-publisher of the Kenly News would help me with my column. He also teaches journalism at Barton’s College in Wilson while his...