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WFIL Klein July 25, 2019 18:01:20 (EDT)

Thanks, Tiger. We played the 1962 recording of "When the Moon Shines" at Dad's memorial. Click to watch a memorial video made by his Temple U. students.

david rutstein July 23, 2019 08:16:45 (EDT)

Good memories, Chuck. I am surprised that no one on the video was heard to shout "MINE" Dave

Chuck Half July 22, 2019 14:40:40 (EDT)

Regal Butterfly story (7 minutes) brings lots of memories...https://youtu.be/rTZaXcc-OPM

Bob "Tiger" Levy July 22, 2019 11:04:22 (EDT)

Just now hearing about Doc Klein's passing & send genuine kondolences to WIFL. (Have been gone [France] for a spell & have tried to stay as unconnected as possible.) Hope we will take time to hoist a glass in his memory at reunion--he was quite a guy.

WFIL July 21, 2019 11:15:05 (EDT)

Joe Greenstein '49 sent us this picture of the P.J. Kazoo Band.

WFIL July 21, 2019 10:41:14 (EDT)

Jessie, You can download a copy of the 2011 Kamp Kewanee Directory here. It is 105 pages long, so it takes a minute or two to load.

According to our records, your dad was a kamper from 1928-1933, and a kounselor from 1934-1939. In the 1929 Final Banquet booklet, he was credited as the kamp's "Motion Picture Operator". Pretty cool.

There was also a Paul Affelder who went to kamp in 1929, and possibly other years, too. Paul was from New York, and passed away in 1975. No other info on him.

Jessie Affelder July 21, 2019 08:11:14 (EDT)

Does the Roll-call still exist? I am researching relatives, many of whom went to Kamp. I’m Charlie “Chink” Affelder’s daughter. My brother was Dave Affelder, who also was a kamper at Keeanee. I used to visit Kamp in the 50s and early 60s.

Gary Michaels July 20, 2019 09:45:33 (EDT)

I was in that mess hall! I can also never forget it was both my dad's and Doc Fleishman's birthday. That had been parents' weekend and Doc mentioned it to my folks as they were driving away on Saturday evening.

moose adland 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)

Micro-reunion: Jim Adler and Bob Sprafkin at an event at Dartmouth.

(click picture to zoom)

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

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