The Kamp Kewanee Knocker
July 19, 2019 07:53:21 (EDT)|
Fifty years ago tomorrow Kamp Kewanee Kampers gathered in the night to watch the moon landing on a grainy black and white tv. It was hard to see, but we knew what we were watching was history. This is a story I've recalled and remembered many times to family and friends. Where were you?
Chuck Half July 18, 2019 10:55:52 (EDT)
The Tank was pulled up onto the "underground RR tracks" by Fritz Rudat's tractor. Pre-Doc Fleischman tank rebuild in early 60s, it was buoyed by 50-gallon steel drums. Doc used large styrofoam blocks. In late spring, Fritz did minor cleaning and repairing/painting before set up counselors arrived.
Sandy Jo July 14, 2019 19:06:34 (EDT)
Ok Guys need information. I was never there before Kamp to set up. Was the tank kept in the lake all year round or was it taken out. How was the tank kept floating and was it cleaned each year. My reason for asking is, my daughter is buying a lake house, and wants to build something like that tank so you doesn't have to touch the bottom.....boy is she spoiled. Thanks
Sandy Jo June 18, 2019 16:38:58 (EDT)
So sorry to hear about "Doc". He was a long time friend of my father, going back to the day that they both worked for Triangle. A great loss for all of us.
WFIL Klein June 15, 2019 09:01:39 (EDT)
Thank you all for your kind words. My Dad, known at kamp as "Doc", loved the many, many life-long friends he made at kamp, and was looking forward to the next reunion. Alas, so many memories lost.
His career in broadcasting started at kamp. One example: during Red and Black week, he organized a project to run wires from the baseball field and Mess Hall down to the Infirmary, and broadcast play-by-play reports of the games down to the kids who were laid up. What a fun and thoughtful idea! I think they called the station WKTG (for Kewanee Theater Guild). He went from that to directing the TV coverage of the Phillies games on WFIL for many years.
I hope to see many of you in September where we will celebrate Kewanee traditions, renew many friendships, and remember those who cannot be there.
A sad day, but Dad would want us to say "KEE KEE WAH" nevertheless.
moose adland June 15, 2019 04:25:14 (EDT)
reading is obit, the best pp "The Cheltenham High School grad got his start in television, then a fledgling enterprise, when he was an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, helping to develop commercials for Dutch Boy paints using a marionette he made in summer camp."
HMMMM, which kamp could they be referring to?
moose adland June 15, 2019 04:19:54 (EDT)
may Doc Klein's memory be a blessing to all who knew him.
dave rutstein June 14, 2019 05:24:42 (EDT)
A Sad Day For All Kewaneans. Steve, our thoughts are with you. We are all among your support group
John spear June 13, 2019 19:10:01 (EDT)
So sorry to hear of the death of Doc Klein. It was on TV in Philadelphia. He was 91 and a wonderful man. So kind to everyone. He will be missed. Condolences to the family.
Bob Sprafkin (via WFIL) May 26, 2019 21:16:45 (EDT)
Mike Corson May 24, 2019 08:34:09 (EDT)
My last year as a kounselor (1960) I earned $250. I believe my last year as a kamper cost my father $525.
Sandy jo May 23, 2019 08:30:11 (EDT)
Does anyone remember how much it cost for the summer in the 50,s. And how much the young kounselers were paid
John Lippman May 7, 2019 14:23:25 (EDT)
For some ungodly reason and out of the blue, I recently thought of my two years at Kamp (1945 & 1946); and went to the iNet finding this site. I was brought up in West Hartford, CT and presently live in Newport Beach, CA. In doing some searching, I noticed another Kamper with an email address close to me and found Robert Cohen in Laguna Beach. Small world! We have been communicating and will be meeting in the near future. Finally I found a large photo of the 1946 Kampers and staff (also posted on this site). Anyone else live in Orange County, CA? Have a great summer, one and all!
WFIL May 1, 2019 12:22:53 (EDT)
Thanks to Jeff Small '56-'58 for sending us these pictures of kamp.
John Spear April 23, 2019 17:52:05 (EDT)
I just learned of the passing of Ted Bromwell , counselor at Kamp for many years. Ted Abromovitz , later Bromwell was a retail advisor, First at Litt Brothers Philadelphia. Then he became advisor to Frank Chase who took him with him to Canada when he became President of a company there. Then when Mr Chase became President of Kaufmann’s Pittsburgh he took Ted there. He then was assistant to many Presidents. He retired ion 85? And entered the commercial photography business. He traveled to Germany and China where the cameras were made. He was very successful. He would have been 91 yesterday.
Dick Sundheim April 10, 2019 13:39:51 (EDT)
I remind Chuck every time I see him of the Saturday night about 1 A.M. while I was visiting my son. Several counselors were "preparing" the field (Home Plate) for the next day. I was hysterical laughing and commented on how long it had been since had been involved. Chuck turned to me and said "Nostalgia Nehru?".
dave rutstein April 9, 2019 08:46:45 (EDT)
Thanks Chuck--brings back distinct memories--it's a miracle Harry Zavacky never burned down the tentline Dave
Chuck Half April 9, 2019 08:46:45 (EDT)
What would KK Counselors have used as an alternate to gasoline and urine? https://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2019/04/08/monday-hot-clicks-baseball-field-ridgefield-gasoline-fire-destroyed-video
Sandy Jo April 3, 2019 09:35:23 (EDT)
Does anyone know a good immigration lawyer in the western part of CT? Need help getting my wife here from South America. Thanks
WFIL February 18, 2019 17:00:11 (EDT)
Thanks to Steve Buch (’57 – ’62) for sending us these pictures.
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