Hello. There are several ways to contact me electronically. Let’s take a moment to review:

  1. On Twitter I am thatjpwing.
  2. I’m on Instagram as thatjpwing.
  3. You can send me e-mail at jp-at-jpnearl-dot-com. Translate that into regular e-mail address syntax before sending me an e-mail.
  4. I use Facebook but it’s not my primary social network outlet. Twitter fits that bill. You can find me on Google+ at thatjpwing-at-gmail-dot-com, but my participation is hit or miss.

Thank you! I look forward to chatting with you.

Updated 30 Dec 18


  1. OMG. This is the first time I have visited your blog.
    I am an Andy Gibb fan from way back.
    By the way. You have a pretty good voice. I listened twice.
    It wsa nice seeing you at the Fair.
    Hope all is well.

  2. J.P.
    I just got the link to your blog and read the part of myself doing the Could It Be Magic number, You just made my day and you are sooo sweet to say what you did.
    Thanks again.

  3. John and Earl,

    My sister Jean just told me about Jenn and david getting married in TO. Congrats to them both and their new baby set for September. It’s funny that the two of you are in Toronto for the gay Pride weekend. Julie and I were calling a friend that we have thought was 110% in the closet. He was in our wedding. Totally side steps the being gay issue at all costs. But when we called him to talk about something totally off topic, he turns out to be in Toronto. Go figure! Julie and i wish that he would just be himself for just once. He is totally miserable being gay in a heterosexual world. I’m sure the weekend for him turned out to be as wonderful as you seem to have experienced. Enjoy! perhaps we’ll see you at Christie’s graduation party in 2 weeks in Syracuse.

    David and julie

  4. HEY!!!

    I just wanted to let you know that you have gotten my day off to a lousy start by making me late to Sancona. I decided to make a quick stop at jpnearl and I have been held up for an hour.

    I don’t know why I always let so much time go by between visits because I’m always knocked out by what I see, hear, and read. I never fail to laugh out loud and /or say umgh!

    You are fabulously thoughtful, articulate, and imaginative.

    There is so much more I could say, but, I’m late.

    It is a real pleasure to know you.


  5. Hi JP & Earl

    Was good to have met you both at Barbs party in Bristol. Pa. My daughter and I are the ones who told you we’ve been reading your blog(she’s the belly dancer). I pretty much agree with your writings and in fact look forward to your posts. I’m sorry I haven’t emailed you sooner to let you know that I was reading your posts but you can be sure I will be now that I know you welcome emails. Enjoy all your posts & photo’s so keep us all informed of the places and things that interest you….


  6. Hi J.P.

    Thanks for your article on Grants Departments Stores. I too remember them in my early years. The closed when I was around six years old.

    However, W.T. Grant was born in Bradford County, PA, not in the City of Bradford. Bradford County is directly south of Binghamton, NY, while Bradford, PA is Mckean County which is a couple of hours west of there. To be more exact, he was born in Stevens, Township, PA about 30 miles south of Binghamton.

    I lived in Bradford County during my childhood. I now live in Syracuse. Where in Northern Lights Plaza was Grants located?

    Thanks again,


  7. I am just posting because I was looking at OLD MINNEAPOLIS site in Facebook and it reminded me when I worked at Walgreens Drug Store. It was a Sweda cash register and I can tell you this, the barcodes may be easier, but I prefer still, the original REAL cash registers. I swear I am becoming a certified “luddite”. Of course luddites disliked technology, but I believe they would consider the old cash registers to be a useful appliance and not a technology computing system. 😀

  8. Wow – gay geekdom is the same the world over…! LOL. I’ve collected vintage radios and record players, 78 records nearly all my life.. Then vintage 16mm, 9.5mm and 8mm cine projectors… Then electric clocks (master/slave and synchronous). Then I picked up an NCR 21 class register for almost nothing last year at a car boot sale here in the UK… And remembered all the different registers I worked on in local supermarkets after school – Sweda 46, Anker, Gross, NCR 21,24,51,1000 models…. So now I’m looking for my second register – and a bigger house!! Regards to all from across the Pond. Steve

  9. I worked for Grants in high school Rockville Md. 1972-until they closed It was my first job and it was one big happy family

  10. Grants was my first job in Shrewsbury NJ. I worked there from 1975-76 until they closed there doors forever. Just a little fyi. If you worked for Grants there is a website It is for unclaimed pensions. If you put W.T. Grants in the search box there is 100’s of names of employees. My name wasn’t there. 🙁 I hope some of you out there do.

  11. I worked at WT GRANTS from 1972 at age 16 till it went bankrupt in March 1976. It was NOT 1975 but 1976. I remember the managers walking out with cartloads of merchandise (they stole) as they knew the place was dying

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