The dad I wish I’d known

In March of 1944, a young sailor and electrician’s mate in the Navy, and battle-tested veteran of World War II, in the Pacific walked into the gas rationing office at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia to seek extra coupons to ride his Harley-Davidson to Tampa, Florida, to visit his parents.

William Douglas (Tommy) Thompson met with the woman — Ethel McPeak from Meadows of Dan, Virginia — who ran the office and discovered she also rode a Harley. After swapping motorcycles stories with him, she granted the extra coupons.

The dad I never really knew

In March of 1944, a young sailor and electrician’s mate in the Navy, and battle-tested veteran of World War II, in the Pacific walked into the gas rationing office at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia to seek extra coupons to ride his Harley-Davidson to Tampa, Florida, to visit his parents.

Good weather, good music & a good time

The summertime Floyd Town Jubilee kicked off its 2014 series of Sunday concerts with a Father’s Day tribute featuring The Grascals, Kenny and Amanda Smith and the Tune Town Old Time String Band. Good weather, good music and a good time highlighted the day in Warren Lineberry Park on Locust Street. Since going to a […]

Father’s Day for a dad I never knew

  In March of 1944, a young sailor and electrician’s mate in the Navy, and battle-tested veteran of World War II, in the Pacific walked into the gas rationing office at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia to seek extra coupons to ride his Harley-Davidson to Tampa, Florida, to visit his parents. William Douglas (Tommy) […]