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Life Lessons learned from Pete Rose 

 

 

   I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1963.  It was the same year Pete Rose was a rookie second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds.  Even though I moved twice in the seventies, I remained a Pete Rose and Reds fan. We give thieves, drug addicts, and other sinners second chances, so I steadfastly believe that my hero belongs in The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.  There are lessons that I have learned from Pete Rose's approach to playing baseball that followed me my whole life and I have applied them to work and other aspects of my life.

 

                                                                                       TEAMWORK

     Pete Rose was the ultimate teammate.  His unselfish style has made him a winner.  In his career, he won 1972 times.  That is way more wins than anyone in any sports.  Pete is the only player in Major League Baseball history to play more than 500 games at five different positions.  He played 939 games at first base, 628 games at second base, 634 games at third base, 671 games in left field, and 595 games in right field.

     Whatever role his team asked him to transfer to, Pete accepted with willingness and determination.  He learned his new position and worked hard until he was one of the best at that position.  In 1975, he made the tough transition from left field to third base so that George Foster could play everyday in left field.  Foster became a force in the Reds lineup.  With him playing regularly the Reds won World Championships in 1975 and 1976.  Foster hit 52 home runs in 1977.  This was made possible by Rose unselfishly moving into the infield.

 

 

                                                                                           POSITIVE OUTLOOK

     Pete Rose always saw things with a positive outlook.  Being positive all the time is one of the hardest things for me to do.  I catch myself being negative a lot and have to force myself to follow Pete's example.  He always saw things like everything was going to fall in line and he was going to win.  In fact, he hates the way negativity has taken over the game and our lives.  Pete said, "A player can hit two home runs and a double in a game and get a ticket for running a red light on the way home.  The paper headlines the next day will read, "Player runs red light."  Things are just negative today."

     Former Red Dave Collins said this about Rose, "After waiting three months, I remembered starting that first game as a Red. During batting practice I was in Rose's group. "He said, 'Oh, you’re playing tonight.' I said, 'Yeah, I’m going to get four hits tonight.' He said, 'What if you get up five times?' 'Hmm, that (answer) didn’t work,'" Collins thought. "The point he made to me was a tremendous point … Don’t settle for a good night when maybe you could have a great night or a perfect night. Here’s a guy who didn’t run well, didn’t throw well, didn’t have a good swing," but Rose had intangibles like a great attitude. 

Known as Charlie Hustle, "everything he did was full speed. How can you be around a guy every single night and he never says a negative thing about himself or anybody else? …. I tried to apply it to my own life. Here’s a guy who did something most people said he would never do … make it to the Major Leagues." The all-time MLB leader in hits "did it with his intangibles. That was the biggest hurdle – I had to believe in myself."

 

                                                                                                 DRIVE

 

     Pete Rose has a level of intensity that made him the best.  It is a drive that helps inspire my work ethic.  In 1985, the LA Times said this about Pete Rose  in the article "Pete Rose, Just Average in Natural Ability, Makes It on Drive, Hard Work and Hustle".  

"A scrappy little ballplayer named Pete Rose was nothing special in high school. 

"Pete was still pretty small, a 5-foot 8-inch, 150-pound football player. That's why not too many baseball scouts were interested in him," says Eddie Brinkman, one of Rose's childhood chums from the Cincinnati public school system. 

"But Pete just decided he was going to make himself into a great player and did." 

His dad, Harry, had a lot to do with it, too, teaching the youngster the meaning of the word drive. 

Today, Rose's love for baseball has kept him sliding head first through 23 major league seasons, including nearly 2,000 winning games, more than any other major leaguer in history. 

And his intensity as a hitter has kept him churning toward Ty Cobb's magical all-time hit mark of 4,191. 

"Pete is a self-made person," said Paul Nohr, his high school baseball coach. "What he's done has been through hard work, hard practice and hustle. 

"Pete will tell you this: he was an average ballplayer," said Nohr, who coached 11 eventual major leaguers, including Rose, at Western Hills High School. "He was not exceptional. 

"I don't think there's any question that his desire is what put him ahead. And one of the big influences on Pete was his dad." 

"Charlie Hustle" calls his father, who died of a heart attack in 1970, the "King of Hustle." A banker, Harry Rose played semipro football in Cincinnati during his '40s with the same determination and zest that burn in his son today. 

"One day my father broke his hip on a kickoff and then tried to crawl down the field and make a tackle," Rose wrote in his book on hitting. "That's dedication. Another night I saw him coming off a field with a knot in his arm as big as a softball. He took a handkerchief, put three pieces of ice in it, tied it to his arm, went back in and made an interception on the next play. 

"Dedication was not something I read about. I lived with it."

 

I work seventy  and eighty hours a week.  Whatever I have to do, I do.  I believe I have the work ethic I learned from following Pete Rose to thank for this.

                                                                                                   ATTITUDE

 

     Pete Rose was unstoppable because he had the attitude that he was unstoppable.  He was never the fastest, strongest, or smartest... but he believed he was.  In my best moments in sports, I was able to tap into this attitude.  I had the only two hits for my team in a game in Little League by just willing myself too.  I climbed into the batter box in my best imitation Pete Rose stance and kept telling myself over and over, "It can be done and I'm going to do it."  I have done the things I am most proudest of in my life by just telling myself that I was going to do it.

     In the 2016 Cincinnati Enquirer article "Glory Days: Pete Rose's competitive drive was always there", Mark Schmetzer wrote, "““The coaches on both sides were excellent coaches,” said Tom Weber, who played for Elder and on the powerhouse Bentley Post American Legion baseball teams. “What I recall the most was Western Hills was a good team, but not a great team. We beat them every year, and the guy we concentrated on more – the guy we felt like we had to keep off the bases – was Eddie Brinkman. Pete was always hustling, always running, but he wasn’t a standout by any means.  I do remember him as having the reputation – at least to us guys at Elder – as being a better football player. That was his sport. He would run through a wall. That was his overall attitude.”

     Pete's teammate on The Big Red Machine, Joe Morgan, once said this about him, ""Pete's what every player ought to be.  In Pete's mind, every game is a World Series game. I wish everyone had Pete's attitude toward the game. And it's a thrill just to be on the same field with him."

     There are times at work when I think I just want to go home.  Then, I think of what I learned from Pete Rose.  His attitude inspired me.  He would run out ground balls and walks.  Every at bat was important in Pete's mind.  His attitude was his hustle.  He hustled in everything he did because that was the attitude he faced life with.  

     Even in games that did not count, like The 1970 All-Star game...Pete never gave up.  He slammed his buddy Ray Fosse, who he just had dinner with the night before, in a fiery collision at home plate.  Pete played to win...no matter how big or small the game was.

 

                                                                           CONCLUSION

 

     Pete Rose taught me to believe in my self, to never give up, and to believe in teamwork.  He was baseball's all-time hit leader with 4,256.  More than that, he taught a whole generation of kids to love the game of baseball and that you did not have to be the most talenterd to win.  Pete Rose was not born great...he made himself great through hard work and sheer attitude.  I have learned valuable life lessons from following his career.  I hope Pete Rose gets in the Hall of Fame in his lifetime...and also in mine.  The little skinny kid in me that did not believe in himself wants to see Pete Rose inducted in The Hall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                         

 

Company morale can boost or hinder productivity 

     Excessive employee absences and a high employee turnover rate are symptoms of a low company morale.  When morale is high, co-workers work together and the customer service provided by the team spurs company productivity and ultimately, company profits.  When morale bottoms out, the misery spills over and negatively affects the goods and services provided by the company.

     Wages and salary are not always the biggest factor in determining if workers are satisfied.  If an employee is being paid below the standard wage for his performance, then he or she may eventually leave for more money.  But higher wages will not always guarantee that workers will stay.

     Often, a company pays competitive wages or higher salaries and assumes that employees will stay at their job.  The company is then shocked when talent drifts away.  Valuable talent can be retained if businesses will monitor and attempt to boost company morale.

 

                                                                          THE POWER OF TEAMWORK

     Teamwork can obviously make a team more successful or a lack of teamwork can sink any team.  Morale strengthens teamwork and drives each member to increase their efforts.  A low morale leads to poor contributions from team members who will likely use their energy by gossipping, backstabbing, and other negative forces that negatively impact teamwork and productivity.

     When working toward my Master's Degree in Training and Development at Marshall University, I learned to use systems management to analyze the chain of productivity and to troubleshoot where productivity may be breaking down.  As I have also seen in my over twenty years of management experience, when departments do not work together....low morale is usually the culprit.

 

     Morale is the grease that lubricates the engine of productivity.  It allows productivity to flow from department to department and ensures the engine is running well.  When the productivity is not flowing well, it can often be traced back to negative attitudes that affect morale.  

 

     Poor morale causes employees to just focus on their own responsibilities.  Their tunnel vision causes them to not focus on overall company goals and focus solely on their owned defined responsibilities or quite simply...'what they have to do to get by.'  When company services call for different parts of the company engine to work together, the oil (morale) can hinder the flow of company productivity and cause the engine to sputter.

                                                          EXCESSIVE ABSENCES AND HIGH TURNOVER

 

     Repetitive absences and employees leaving the company cause a workforce to be understaffed.  This creates a vicious circle....poor morale leads to call-ins and to people quitting their jobs which again leads to lower company morale.  The chain never stops, it keeps re-enforcing negative attitudes.

 

     Training dollars add up fast when high turnover produces the necessity of constant hiring.  A good, experienced employee not only knows how to perform the required job duties but also has often built a relationship with his company's regular customers.  It would make sense that a company would invest to keep its' experienced employees.

 

     Often, the investment does not require money.  A good leader invests time and empathy.  He lets his followers know they are valued and cared about.  A company that is always working shorthanded can be helped by good leadership.  If a good leader such as a CEO or upper administrative member would don the company uniform and go in on a Sunday afternoon or another shift where there are excessive call-offs and help out the short crew, the results could be astounding.  The leader would become a legend.  First, they would be showing empathy and regard for employee safety, not to let them work shorthanded.  It would also show workers how much their absences effect things.  The employee may think, "Wow!  I didn't work and it hurt my company so bad my CEO had to work and I know he has much more important things to do than do my job."

 

     A supervisor once went into his business to see how things  were going.  When he was told the business were understaffed and the staff were not getting breaks, the salaried supervisor neglected to help.  If the supervisor had relieved just one employee, the company grapevine would have been ripe with buzz of how he cared and looked out for his employee.  Instead, the incident became negative fodder saying that he did not care.  So, what could have been an opportunity to increase morale, likely became an event that lowered it.

 

         "WORKERS LEAVE MANAGERS, NOT COMPANIES"

 

when morale gets low enough, people may leave on their own.  Most workers quit bosses, not jobs.  Many workers may get frustrated and blame the boss.  It may be because they feel the boss picks on them or it may be that there just is not any leadership skills in the boss. While it is always great for morale to promote from within, the managers need to make sure the new manager is a good fit for company morale.  Sometimes, a person 'who does not play well with other children' is promoted.  While this person may have been good in another position, they may not have the skills for a position with a different skill set.

     Dr. Lawrence Peter came up with a management philosophy in the 1970's called The Peter Principle.  The Peter Principle  "is an observation that the tendency in most organizational hierarchies, such as that of a corporation, is for every employee to rise in the hierarchy through promotion until they reach a level of respective incompetence."  What the theory stated was that the skills that made Joe a good car washer were different than those required to make Joe a good car washer manager.  In order to be a good manager, Joe has to be able to communicate well.  Joe would have to be able to prioritize well.  Joe would need to be a team player who works well with others.  If Joe is seen as a "rat" or a person who tries to get others in trouble but is promoted because he makes the cars shine...well....in the long run, it is likely Joe will bring down company morale and cause people to leave.  If the atmosphere has always been one that the managers worked well as team players and Joe comes in and tries to micromanage, the chances are morale will be effected and so will productivity.

     My father, Melvin Williams, was a General Plant Manager for CSX in Huntington and managed a shop with over 600 employees.  Dad always referred to the products being managed as widgets.  It does not matter if it is apples or services such as dog sitting.  What matters is how you manage people.  He said 'if you can not manage and get along with people, then it does not matter how much you know about your product, making your product, or providing that service, you are going to fail."

      Some people have a natural aversion to change.  As we all know, change is often necessary.  Sometimes, when a new manager is brought in from outside of the organization, they will change things because they have had success in the past and they naturally want to use what worked for them in the past.  That is great and is why the person was brought in to start with but the person has to make sure that the change is not personal.  They first need to come in and accept their employees as people.  The employees have often been there a while and have done things a certain way, so it is human nature for these employees to be scared.  They may think they are going to be replaced.  I have seen managers not personally introduce themselves to their workers.  This often makes the worker think the manager does not care for them as people.  Incoming managers need to validate their new employees.  They need to let them know that the manager does care about them and is excited to work with them and is open to their input.

 

     Probably the biggest reason why morale sinks and employees quit is that there is not any growth or they do not feel any creative value.  Employees that are allowed some input or where there ideas are appreciated will be happier and will stay.  This is particularly true during a managerial change but is also true in any circumstances.  Employees do not always leave because of more money, they often leave because there is not any personal growth or they feel like there skills are not valued.

I know of a manager who came into a situation and even micromanaged when breaks were taken.  This was not done out of necessity but just a whim of the manager.  The employees did not like this because this was a person they had worked with and they thought the manager was trying to control them.  They had break times that they had taken for years and they thought this manager was "trying to show who is boss."  This may have not exactly been the case.  The manager felt like people in different departments were taking breaks at same time.  But the new manager lacked the communication and people skills to 'sell' this idea to the employees.  It effected the morale, that effected productivity, that effected the profits....that "lived in the house that Jack built" (an analogy).

It is good for meetings to discuss and implement new policies and areas that need improvement.  New managers and managers, in general, need to watch sending out too many negative group emails.  These group emails may contain important messages but the manager needs to realize that too many of these cast the manager in a negative light which leads to people quitting perceived bad bosses which usually starts with detrimental call-ins, low morale, which leads to lower productivity, which leads to lower profits,....that lived in the house that Jack built.  Now, these issues may need to be addressed but the manager may be better off addressing these issues individually with the people that are causing the issues.  A manager has to realize that if a person does not know them well and they are constantly sending them negative messages about things that they do not even do, then the manager is going to be as the one having a negative attitude and that will lower morale.

 

                                                                                             ANSWERS?

 

     In order to keep morale up, is necessary for there to be communication between administration and employees.  The employees need to realize and feel that their contributions are valued and the administration not only knows who they are  but cares about who they are.  Employees will stay longer idf they feel like their ideas and creative abilities are appreciated.  Positive emails should replace frequent negative emails.  When managers and administration visit the workplace, they should recognize the positive as well as the negative.  The old adage "catch someone doing something right' becomes valuable.  If a company does have a system where good effort is recognized by email or cards, they should make sure that it is fair.  They should make sure it is used and used properly.  If one group is constantly recognized but another department is never mentioned, then this system designed to have a positive effect on morale, may have the opposite intended negative effect.

 

                                                                                             CONCLUSION

 

     Constant costly call-ins and high turnover that cause staffing to be understaffed and possibly even unsafe can possibly be avoided if a company is aware of and effectively monitors company morale.  Often, it does not take a big event to positively or negatively impact morale, often the factors that impact morale are small things like the way employees are talked to or if they are even talked to at all.  Sometimes, if administration treats employees the way employees are expected to treat the customers they serve, the attitude will roll downhill.  A company needs to monitor group communication and try as much as possible to restrict negative or threatening messages to those who the message directly pertains to.  A company that pays attention to morale will see happier employees which lead to better attitudes which lead to better morale which leads to higher productivity which leads to higher profits...all in the house that Jack built.

 

  

Fear of ATMs 

I had never heard of going to the ATM machine and it taking the money out of the account but the person does not get the money. It has happened twice to me in the last month as Desco on 6th Avenue and it has also jappened to a co-worker of mine in the last month.

Eventually, the person gets the money back but it can be very inconvenient. For me, it happened on a weekend this last time which made it worse because the process does not start until it is posted on Tuesday. I filed a grievence. It will be resolved in 1 to 10 business days. My bank grants a temporary credit but my friend's bank didn't. And if you get the maxium amount out, then it freezes the account for the day.

I work long hours so I use the ATM regularly. I used it all of the time for years when I was on the road. Now, I am afraid about using the ATM tomorrow morning. What is the phobia for fear of ATMs?

Missing my Autistic clients during Autism Awareness Month 

I quit working at Autism Service Center about five years ago after about 5 years of part-time service mainly to work more overtime at my current job.

Working with Autistic individuals was a great experience.  They are creative, innocent, and look at things in a great way. Almost everyday after five years....I find myself saying things that H would say, hear a song and say that was one of J's favorites, or go by a place and say S and I came here.

It was way more than a job...even more than a friendship.  It was someone light up when you walk through the door.  It was seeing someone learn something that they struggled with until we were both ready to give up.  It was seeing the world around me in a different way through someone else's eyes.

If you hear me saying NO this or NO that after you suggested someting, I got that from J.  He was a BIG music fan.  He loves Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw.  I gave him an Alligator Jackson cd and without even hearing it, he said NO Alligator Jackson.

H had a special relationship with his staff.  He worked with Shane for years and loved.  H had a very special relationship with Tyler Gillespie.  Tyler died tragically in a motorcycle wreck a couple of years ago.  I imagine H still calls out for him and that thought brings tears to my eyes.

N was nine years-old when I began working with him.  It was hard to stop working with him as I had to stop seeing him because his attachment to people borderlined obsession. He taught me more than I taught him.

April always means a little more to me because it is Autism Awareness Month.  God bless those who work at Autism Services for they are serving a special group of people.  Happy World Autism Awareness Day!  

We represent our companies 

Last night a patient who is at the mental health hospital I work at told me he realized he had a problem and needed help. He came to us voluntarily. Last time he was there on mental hygiene. He came to us by choice because he said of me and a few of my coworkers mainly Cindy and Annie were kind, good people and he knew we would help. This is the kind of compliment that helps me throw on the blue shirt and khaki's everyday and walk 16 hours of rounds everyday. I could have a desk job somewhere or be riding in a car like my last job....but I feel like I am helping and it helps me. The interaction is something I need as well. 

My main point, though....is that I represent my company. In most jobs we do....we are our company. Our actions are what defines our company in the customers' minds. What they think of us is what is spread to the people they know and becomes the public's perception of our company. 

When I worked for Goldsmit Sydnor....I was Goldsmit Sydnor to my customers. Outside of the delivery guy, I was the only connection to the company. If they were happy with me then my company was great in their eyes. If they were dissatisfied with me then........... 

We owe it to our company and coworkers to make sure our actions are consistent with the company's goals and ethics. In the field of health care and social work, we are not there to punish or equalize things out. We are there to help those who need us. By lifting those up who have fallen or have been knocked down we are not only securing a good reputation for our team and ourselves but we are putting back the puzzle one piece at a time......and that puzzle is Huntington. 

If that person is better and feels better about themselves....then they pass the goodwill on. No matter if you are a sales rep, policeman, healthcare worker, or mechanic......please remember that in someone's eyes you are the company. Remember to follow your company's misson statement.... otherwise you are unfairly giving your company and team a bad rep. A job does not have to be just a paycheck....the opportunity to help my company makes me feel whole.

Aquaman is finally getting respect 


Aquaman is surging through the ocean ready to attack the box office on December 21.  Already billed as the best superhero movie ever, Aquaman has ripped through China where it has already been released.  Gone is the feminine orange shirt that Super Friends bestowed on him in the 70's.  Aquaman now has ripping muscles.  He is no longer just the weak link of the Super Friends.  Aquaman is getting his respect, finally.  Aquaman is now a badass.

 

Super Friends made him look like a useless superhero.  Superman soared through the air.  Batman was the brains and a badass in black.  Even, Wonder Woman had a cool invisible airplane.  Aquaman rode a sea horse and talked to fish.  He was always in the background just lingering around.  Occasionally, he would have a school of tuna attack a bad guy who fell into the ocean.  

 

His blonde hair and feminine orange outfit sparked internet talk that he would eventually come out as gay.  The joke of being an useless superhero followed him onto Entourage.  Entourage, a hit HBO show, showcased an actor who was going to star in Aquaman.  The joke was that Aquaman would never really get a movie.

 

Family parodied poor Aquaman.  They made the point he was useless on land.

AQUAMAN JOKES

                                                    Sushi time with Aquaman

 

Aquaman is finally getting his revenge.  Here are the first reviews.

 

"Aquaman is a step toward restoring equilibrium, creating a sprawling undersea world that most closely resembles the Thor franchise in terms of scope, majesty and happily, humor."- Brian Lowry CNN

"Notwithstanding the inevitable formulaic dialogue and a superabundance of boilerplate superhero action sequences, "Aquaman" turns out to be, almost despite itself, an engaging undersea extravaganza." - Kenneth Turan LA Times

"Aquaman's as formulaic, excessively thrashy, and mommy-obsessed as any other entry in the DCEU, but its visual imagination is genuinely exciting and transportive, and dare I say, fun." - Emily Yoshide New York Magazine

"Aquaman, it's worth repeating, is gorgeous, the set-pieces across the various kingdoms of the underwater realm examples of artists allowed to not just hew close to the messed-up source but indulge in their own inspirations as well." - Walter Chaw Film Freak Central

"Jason Momoa shines in a lighter-hearted role, and filmmaker James Wan fully embraces the plot's increasingly ridiculous gyrations."- Rich Cline Shadows On The Wall

 

Aquaman trailer

Aquaman watched patiently all of these years as Super Mana nd Batman were the warriors of DC Comics.  Now, armed with razor-teeth sharks, Aquaman is ready to claim his respect.  Aquaman is ready to show the other guys how to score big at the box office.  Aquaman is ready to claim the title as the Best Super Hero Movie.  

 

For more on Aquaman's early success in China, click here

Read the review "Aquaman is one of DC's Best Superhero Movies"

Aquaman bursts pre-sales record

 

 

Officials against legalizing pot are holding West Virginia back 

A symposium on legalizing marijuana held in West Virginia turned out to be mostly an one-sided ambush against those wanting marijuana legalized.  In fact they must be thinking pot smokers are smoking crack if they expect them to believe their facts.

 

First of all let me say I have not smoked much weed in my life...very, very little and have never bought any....but I don't have to be high to see how profitable it is. It is not just the sales of medicinal and recreational marijuana but there is whole industry centered around hemp.  There are hundreds of items made from hemp including glass and clothing.  

 

"They have to understand there will be good and bad that comes from this. So there's not a panacea. This won't fix the problems of West Virginia. We need a good economy, but that won't happen through the marijuana industry," said Mike Stuart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia. 

 

Well, dangit Mike...what are you smoking?  Thirty-three states legalized medicinal use and eleven have recreational use.  New York is trying to get recreational passed.  Look at the tax revenue.  Look at the farming jobs.  Look at the manufacturing jobs.  Look at the wholesale and retail boost. We would be creating new .markets but it won't fix one of the worst economies in the country.  Dang, Mike... that's the kind of backwards thinking that keeps your state broke.

 

 

"The facts are undisputed that traffic fatalities have gone up. The ER visits - hospitalizations related to marijuana have skyrocketed. Youth use has skyrocketed," said Bob Troyer, former Colorado U.S. Attorney.

 

Well...darnit, Bob..we are in West Virginia where there are more ambulances running around narcanning opiate overdoses than pizza deliveries being made.  We have opiate addicts driving through playgrounds.  Marijuana can help with pain.  If we can get some users off of heroin and trying pot for pain then maybe we can increase fast food sales and do away with needles.

 

"I believe a symposium is where you have people with varying viewpoints, and different opinions. And we would come together and discuss the facts and discuss the issues and come to a conclusion. I believe that this was set up with a pre-drawn conclusion," said Del. Mike Pushkin, (D) Kanawha.

 

Ding, ding! Finally a.correct answer.  It looks like the state of West   Virginia is stacking the odds.  Sounds like they want to talk control over who gets licenses and such.  Somebody wants their hands in the cookie jar and not because they are stoned and hungry.

 

I guess at least they are willing to act like they will talk about it.  The sad thing is the more time that passes, the more states jump in front of West Virginia.  The ground floor opportunities are gone now.  Hopefully we can jump in front of a few states.  At least if border states like Kentucky, Virginia, and Ohio toke up first, maybe West Virginia can get some fast food sales from smokers crossing state lines with the munchies.

 

( Quotes quoted were from a news story by WOWK Mark Curtis.  The test was all Alligator Jackson)

 

Warning of the Mothman? 


 

The Mothman, a huge seven-foot gray beast with ten foot wings and glowing red eyes, ran amok around Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  First seen on November 12, 1966 near Clendenin, West Virginia; there were over a hundred sightings in the Point Pleasant area.  He chased cars and ate farmers' dogs.  His presence was a total mystery but when the Silver Bridge collapsed on December 15, 1967, many people began to claim that Mothman was there to warn people about the disaster.

 

In fact, the legend of The Mothman has grown out of the hills of West Virginia.  Stories have spread that the winged beast has been at the site of many disasters.  Apparently, The Mothman either knew or was in on the Twin Tower attacks of 9/11.  According to New York resident Steve Moran, "According to Moran, “I live in New York and when I heard the twin towers were attacked, I immediately rushed to the scene to take photographs.  First of all, I took pictures of medical workers who are providing assistance.  Then I took pictures around the site towards the south on Greenwich street.  When I got home, I realized there was an object that caught my camera.”  Link to story

The Mothman apparently was hanging out in Chicago in 2017.  Well, there hasn't been any disasters lately in Chicago  unless you count all of the gangland-style murders that plague the city almost every weekend, then The Windy City kind of qualifies as one big disaster site.  According to a witness who just left his nightshift at a bar (yeah, I know how it sounds), " It looked less bat-like and more similar to a pterodactyl. It was flying like nothing he’d never seen before in a “strange swooping motion, undulating up and down.”  There were several sightings.

 

Mothman has become a pop-culture legend in West Virginia and out of it.  Point Pleasant has the Mothman Festival every fall, https://www.mothmanfestival.com/ .  He even has his own museum.  http://www.mothmanmuseum.com/ .

My good friend Mike "Fish"Fisher, a singer/ songwriter out of Toledo Ohio wrote a song about The Mothman and performs it every year at The Mothman Festival.  The song is available on the Fish Fisher CD "Gun Powder and Gasoline."

The Mothman's biggest legacy is in Point Pleasant as he is remembered every year on December 15 on the anniversary of 1967's bridge collapse.  Some think he was in Point Pleasant to warn people and others think he may have caused it.  

 

John Keel wrote The Mothman Prophecies book in 1975.  A movie starring Richard Gere was based on the book and released in 2002.

 

The Mothman was featured in Bethesda's 2018 video game release Fallout 76

 

 

The Silver Bridge Tragedy happened on December 15, 2018....the 51st anniversary will be this Saturday. The Silver Bridge connected Point Plesant, West Virginia with Gallipollis, Ohio.  Mothman sightings came to stop after the Silver Bridge collapse, leading to the theory that the Mothman and the bridge disaster were directly related. Some claimed to have spotted the Mothman near the bridge just before it fell into the river.  The bridge was overloaded during The Christmas shopping rush and 46 people were killed.

 

The annual remembrance ceremony which will observe the 51st anniversary of the Silver Bridge Disaster will take place this Saturday, Dec. 15 in Point Pleasant. 

The memorial event, which began in 2015 to honor the victims of the disaster, will start at 5:30 p.m. on 6th Stree

The Silver Bridge Disaster remembered.

 

We may never know if The Mothman is a supernatural being that came to warn us of the impending disaster, if it was a space being, or some type of weird best.  One thing for sure the legend of Mothman is common knowledge in West Virginia and has been spread around the world.

A picture taken around the Point Plesant area in 2016.  Did he return?

 

A statue in Point Pleasant

 

UFOs: Are the aliens still amongst us? 

Growing up in the 70s, it seemed like there were always reports of UFOs.  Every week or so some country boy seemed to be getting carted away to outer space to be anal probed.  Gradually they decreased until the 90s when the success of X Files regenerated interest.

 

It seemed like reports declined over the last decade or so.  I figured that maybe technology would be so advanced now that it would find ET if he was out there.

 

It always seemed logical to me that there could be other beings living in this vast universe...but as with ghosts and monsters...I will only believe they exist when I see them.

 

It has always been hard for me to believe that with all of the sightings that it has not been proven that they exist.  BUT now that I am older and less naive, I realize that if the government knew or knows about them that they would keep the information from us.  So until I run into a little green Martian in 4 and a Half Alley, I am going to have to wait for a top governmental official to spill his guts on his deathbed.  

 

Well, the past week I have ran across articles on the internet pertaining to our friends in space.  It seems just last week, a fisherman in The Outer Banks of North Carolina filmed some lights that could be a UFO.Link to story

 

Also last week, a teacher in Keller, Texas went to take pictures of the beautiful Texas sunset and ended up with a picture of something she did not expect.Link to story

 

Last month, a plane spotted bright lights and UFOs off of the Irish Coast.

Also last month a huge blue object was seen hovering over The International Space Station on a live feed from NASA.  Then suddenly the feed was cut. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/746841/NASA-conspiracy-alien-news-iss-international-space-station-blue-object-cut-live-feed-video

 

 

So evidence is that the aliens are still amongst us.  They are still curious about us even if they have intercepted episodes of our reality shows.  At any rate, at least they are leaving our country boys alone or maybe they did all of the anal probes they needed to do back in the 70s.