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The Update | Barko to Lecture on Air Base; Luke Bryan to Release New Album

LIBERTY – Master Sergeant Bob Barko Jr. will discuss the founding, history, development and importance of the 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, when he speaks at Kravitz Deli’s meeting room on Aug. 15.

The lecture is part of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s Memories of a Lifetime Series. It starts at 10 a.m. Kravitz is at 3135 Belmont Ave.

Reservations are $6 ($5 for members). Walk-ins will be seated as space permits. Richard S. Scarsella at 330-726-8277.

Barko is the superintendent of the 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office. He has served in the Armed Forces, for nearly 24 years with 10 years of service in the Ohio Army National Guard and nearly 14 years, in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Barko is a 1993 graduate of Youngstown State University, with a degree in graphic design and a minor in computer graphics. In 2017, he earned an Associate in Applied Science in Mass Communications, from the Community College of the Air Force. In 2000, Barko combined his passion for art and his love for local history, by opening Steel Town Studios.

Luke Bryan Goes Back to His Roots

Country superstar Luke Bryan looks to his roots on his seventh album. The Georgia native’s small-town values helped shape “Born Here Live Here Die Here,” which will be released Aug. 7.

The album features the hits “Knockin’ Boots,” “What She Wants Tonight” and “One Margarita.” The 10-song set is Bryan’s first album since 2017’s “What Makes You Country” and its release was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of his summer tour, Bryan was scheduled to play at Stambaugh Stadium in Youngstown in June. The entire tour was moved to 2021.

The Youngstown concert will now take place May 30. For tickets, go to ticketmaster.com.

 ‘Who’s the Boss?’ Gets Reboot with Danza, Milano

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A brand new life is ahead for the vintage sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” and its devoted fans.

Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano are set to reprise their father-daughter roles for a sequel that’s in the works at Sony Pictures Television, the studio said Tuesday.

The original series created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter ran from 1984 to 1992 and was a hit for ABC, if not a critical darling. A total of 196 episodes aired over its eight seasons.

The modern-day reboot revolves around Danza’s Tony Micelli, a former ballplayer and now retired housekeeper, and Milano’s Samantha. The daughter lives in the home where the original series was set and is a single mother, Sony said.

Veteran producer Norman Lear, part of the remake of his original series “One Day at a Time,” is among the “Who’s the Boss?” producers, as are Danza and Milano.

The new comedy “will explore generational differences, as well as opposing world views and parenting styles within the dynamic of a modern family in 2020,” in line with Lear’s shows, Sony said in a statement.

Sony left the door open for the involvement of Judith Light, whose character Angela sparred with Tony as his employer and later romantic interest, and Danny Pintauro, who played her son, Jonathan.

They are “supportive of the new series,” the studio said. “The cast remains very close to this day and the hope is to find creative ways to work them and their characters into the show.”

Katherine Helmond, who was Emmy-nominated and won a Golden Globe for her role as Angela’s mother, Mona, died in February 2019 at age 89.

Whether the original show’s theme song, “Brand New Life,” will be heard again wasn’t announced.

Posted Aug. 5, 2020.


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