Author Archives: Austin Gisriel

About Austin Gisriel

You know the guy that records a baseball game from the West Coast in July and doesn't watch it until January just to see baseball in the winter? That's me. I'm a writer always in search of a good story, baseball or otherwise.

Boots Poffenberger in the Movies??

One of the many fascinating facts about Boots Poffenberger, who served a three-year hitch in the Marine Corps during WWII, is that he appeared on a U. S. M. C. recruiting poster along about 1947 or 1948. That fascinating fact … Continue reading

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Happy Baseball Season! My 2014 Predictions

Winter has been acting like quite an ass this year, but take heart! The greatest season of the year has begun: baseball season. Anything can happen during a baseball season, but the best way to assess teams at the beginning … Continue reading

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Hi-Fi versus Wi-Fi

In the course of my lifetime, the ultimate technology has gone from hi-fi to wi-fi. For you youngsters out there, hi-fi stands for high fidelity which was a big deal in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Hi-fi sound essentially is sound … Continue reading

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Valley of Time

Dave Bailey got off Interstate-81 at the Tom’s Brook exit and continued south on Route 11, the Old Valley Pike.  He often did this when traveling to his home in Mt. Jackson, for the trucks on the interstate went too … Continue reading

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Change Is Good

The story “Valley of Time” that will appear next Sunday, March 9th will be the last regular installment of Five Minute Fiction For Free. I say “regular” because I’m not going to stop writing stories, but I’m not going to … Continue reading

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Doin’ Ain’t Bein’

Words not only describe the world around us, they reveal the world within us. If we pay attention to how we use words, we may be able to improve that inner world and become happier people. This is especially true … Continue reading

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Aunt Mini

Aunt Mini peered at the diamond, which she certainly considered to be one of her best friends. Only this diamond was marked off in 90 foot increments and made of dirt. She adjusted her New Market Rebels cap and cheered … Continue reading

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Boots Biography To Be Published

I am happy to announce that the biography of Williamsport’s own Boots Poffenberger on which I have been working for two years will be published by Summer Game Books, with a scheduled release date of some time this summer. Boots … Continue reading

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The Runaway

Jim could no longer tolerate what could only be described as severe mistreatment. First, they had made him wear a hideous powder blue suit featuring a bow tie and topped by a fedora, complete with a feather. He looked like … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve at The Valencia!

New Year’s Eve at The Valencia Ballroom in York, PA, with our friends Al & Margo Smith, proved to be a wonderful event, but when sponsors stated that we would “swing in the New Year,” they weren’t kidding. The building … Continue reading

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