Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

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Dear Readers,

 

I had an opportunity to talk to a kid who had an extraordinary experience. In his memory today it stands, still, as a highlight, even though he is now in his 5th decade of life. TV was new back in the 50's and it was the first time kids had been introduced to this exciting new life, which is so taken for granted today. I suppose the kids who first had automobiles, and didn't have to hitch up the horse, had a similar feeling. One of the programs in those very early years of TV...

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Do you remember watching TV in 1954? It's been 48 years since Engineer John first appeared on local television. The show was titled "Cartoon Express" and the year was 1954. It debuted on WKJG-TV, which started broadcasting on Nov. 21, 1953.

Radio was John Siemer's (Engineer John's) first calling. When he came to Fort Wayne in 1953 he worked at WKJG-Radio. He did news, weather, sports, and commercials. Siemer, whose home area was Mount Healthy, north of Cincinnati, had attended the...

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Dear Cousin,

 

Hot sunshine floods our hills, turning the grass on the lawn crisply brown and drying up the creeks and springs. Deer come down at dusk to drink from the cattle's watering hole, unafraid in their desperate search for water. Late crops in the garden are withered and sere; even the weeds are drying in the sun. Heavy dew at morning refreshes the late cucumber patch enough to provide a few for the table, but the garden is gone for the summer. It is time to mow off the residue...

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Using the Moon as a Cosmic Guide

 

The waning Harvest Moon of 2002 and the new Hunter's Moon in October can help the casual stargazer locate stars and planets during the first weeks of the month.

From October 1st -3rd look east-southeast one hour before sunrise. On October 1st the crescent moon shines just below Pollux and Castor, the twins of Gemini. On Wednesday, October 2nd early risers will be treated to the moon sitting right next to planet Jupiter. Then on October 3rd the even smaller...

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If you can't go to Munich you can still enjoy the festivities of an authentic Oktoberfest right here in Waynedale. The Fort Wayne Männerchor/Damenchor is sponsoring an Oktoberfest Saturday, September 28, at Park Edelweiss, located at 3355 Elmhurst Drive, just east of Elmhurst High School. Doors open at 6:00 pm, just in time to raise a glass of beer or wine before the dinner, consisting of homemade bratwurst, sauerkraut, green beans and kuchen (cake), beginning at 7:00 pm. The cost is $10.00...

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Herman and Sally celebrating Oktoberfest 2001

Hermann Quake, who was born in Germany, has long time ties to the Waynedale community. Hermann had already completed a toolmaker's apprenticeship before leaving Germany. Soon after arriving in Fort Wayne he started to work in the Model Shop at Bowmar Instrument Corporation on Bluffton Road. When he and his wife, Sally, married in 1963 they bought a home on Waynedale Boulevard where they lived for 8 years. They have been members of St. Therese Church in Waynedale for 39 years. Eventually...

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