Daily Archives: February 25, 2014

Regina Geoghan: On the Joys of Winter

Regina Geoghan, a regular contributor to this blog, just wrote a delightful column for wildnewjersey.tv about the joys of winter (with photos from DeKorte Park).

Here’s a sample:

Like many people, my pulse rate speeds up and my survival instinct kicks into first gear with each new prediction of snow and warnings of hazardous conditions and potential power failures.

Trips to the gas station to fill the tank and the supermarket for bottled water, non-perishable food items and flashlight batteries ensue.

But truthfully, for me, the pulse rate and butterfly flutter in my stomach are mostly due to my inner winter child dancing up and down and hoping against hope for the perfect snow day.

The link is here.

Black History: Rutherford ‘Red Tail’


The Meadowlands Commission is honoring Black History Month with a weekly post on this blog. Today the focus is a Tuskegee Airman from Rutherford. This series of four posts originally ran in 2009. That’s the great thing about history — it never gets old.

Calvin J. Spann, who grew up in Rutherford,  served with the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.

From 1943 to 1946, 1st Lt. Spann served in the U.S. Army Air Force, 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Squadron, as part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen — the first-ever group of black Army pilots.

Spann was among an elite group of Tuskegee Airmen who escorted B-17 bombers and reconnaissance  planes over Nazi Germany during World War. Spann flew 26 combat missions.

In a phone interview yesterday from his home in Texas, Spann said: “My growing up in Rutherford inspired me to be a Tuskegee Airman. Planes from Teterboro Airport took off right over my house.

“I was able to do everything any young man in high school did, and when I got into the Air Corps and they said they didn’t think I could learn to fly, I thought that was preposterous. I’d been doing everything everyone else was doing all my life, and it really stuck with me. That was my experience growing up in Rutherford.”

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