Volume 36, Issue 8, August 2001

Dear USG

More Hockey Comments

Dear USG, 
Thanks for sharing the article about publisher Deb Levyís dad in the June issue (see page 4). It reminded me of my dad and his peculiar radio habits, as well as my former hockey-listening days in Detroit. Dads are special. I truly miss mine as he passed away suddenly about three years ago. He was 74, but in excellent health. He was a varsity baseball player at the University of Kentucky (UK) and was a great follower of UK basketball. I used to listen to games on the car radio. We always spent the afternoon moving the car around for better reception for the UK/Tennessee football game. 

Like Debís dad, I greatly enjoyed watching hockey. I used to go with my grandfather and grandmother to see the Detroit Red Wings when the Montreal Canadians came to town. My grandmother did not particularly like sports, but she liked to go to that game and sit behind the Montreal bench, as she loved to hear people around her speaking French. I followed the Wings in their early 1950s heyday as a 

We had an old 10-inch black and white RCA television in my room. It weighed a ton ... must of had 100 tubes in it. A local station always carried every home game telecast beginning at 10 p.m., which was usually the start of the third period. So, I would watch the last period before going to bed. I also always watched Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday night ... usually the Toronto Maple Leafs with Foster Hewitt doing the broadcasts. I really liked the Leafs and always wanted to see a game in the Gardens. Montreal was the only team I disliked. I used to know all the players and their numbers. It was easier back then with only six teams. Plus there was such little turnover. To this day, I still regard Gordie Howe as one of the best athletes ever. To think he never made more than $20,000 in Detroit is hard to imagine. 
It was really great to see the Rangers finally win the Cup. Funny, but they are about the only New York team I ever liked. Of course, once they won the Cup, the Wings were the next professional hockey team with the longest non-Cup drought. The Wings won in 1953 (I remember it, but was really too young to enjoy). So, in 1998 after 45 years of waiting I was really elated when they won ... then to repeat the next year was something else. (Sorry, but like Debís dad I donít have much use for the Colorado bunch ... I was pulling for the Devils). 

Hockey in Tampa, however, is such a joke. I have seen my last game there. It is not about the lack of talent, but about the sports mentality of the fans and how it is presented there. In Tampa, they have made the game into a circus ... too much loud inane music at every stop in the action ... too many roving cameras telecasting the antics of 10-year-olds jumping up-and-down in their seats and waving to be seen on the various large video screens ... the constant throwing of souvenir items into the crowd, not to mention the outrageous price for tickets and food. 

I can say the same for baseball, which is in a perilous dive. (I apologize for the soap box speech, but I hope hockey hasnít changed as much in Detroit or New York as I like to keep the fond memories.) Anyway, thanks for the column and taking the time to read these ramblings; I feel better. I hope Deb says hello to her dad for me and maybe the Wings and Rangers will meet sometime in the finals. If so, Iíll buy the beer and dogs if Perrier and sushi havenít replaced them.

Tom Thomas
Director of Marketing
Westar Window Films
Largo, Fla.

Questions About Impact-Resistance

Dear USG, 

In response to Douglas Pennís column, titled ďDonít be Blown Away, Understanding Impact-Resistance Building Code ChangesĒ (see the February 2001 issue of USGlass, page 12) could you please answer a couple of questions?
 - Our company mostly does replacement glass work in both homes and business applications.  Impact-resistant glass is very difficult to replace and very costly! Since it will still break, what will the homeowners and insurance companies think of that?
- In our view, impact-resistant glass may hinder fire rescue. Has this been studied anywhere that you know?
- On another issue - the Yellow Pages allow unlicensed glazing companies to advertise. Has anyone solved this problem?

Martha Backer
Office Manager
Action Glass

Editor's Note: The above letter was forwarded to Doug Penn for a response to be published in a future issue. If you have any insight concerning the above questions or would like to respond, please e-mail your letters to dearusg@glass.com


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