Yesterday I mentioned Molly Lovejoy who is spending her junior year in Austria. My daughter Amy was in Berlin for her junior year...more than twenty years ago. How things have changed! In 1989 we wrote actual letters on paper, put them in envelopes and mailed them to Europe. Even if we wrote regularly, it took several days for the letters to be delivered, and several more days to receive a reply. We talked on the telephone every few months...only for short periods of time because it was expensive.
Today, with the Internet, Skype, Facebook, and Twitter, we are almost instantly connected all over the world. Molly's daddy, Dave, told me how he tuned in to our new Ocracoke radio station, WOVV (90.1 on the dial), and skyped Molly so she could hear the broadcast of one of the Ocracoke Dolphins' basketball games. Dave even went over to the gymnasium and asked the announcer to send Molly a greeting!
Blanche tells the story of her uncle Elisha Ballance, an Ocracoke Island sailor in 1899. He was on a schooner crossing the bar at Ocracoke Inlet, on his way to the West Indies, when he looked back and saw a huge fire raging out of control in the village. But there was no turning back. The captain had cargo to deliver. It was not until months later that the schooner returned to Ocracoke and the sailor discovered that the large Ponzer Hotel (which sat where the NCCAT center [the old US Coast Guard building] is today) burned to the ground after the cook let a stewpot full of goose boil over and set the building on fire. Did I mention that times have changed?
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Sam Jones, Island Legend. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news012111.htm.