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Youth writes family into "American Dream'

Grace Gollogly of Largo is waiting anxiously for the airing of the third show in the documentary series, Raising Good Kids in Bad Times. Mrs. Gollogly has good reason to be eager, and concerned, about the success of the show. The episode is based on an essay written by her grandson, Jon, and features the Gollogly family in London where Jon's father, Lt. Cmdr. Jim Gollogly, was head of the Material Management Department at the U.S. Navy Medical Command, Eastcote, Middlesex.

Jon wrote the essay as an assignment for his 10th-grade English class at London Central High School. The assignment was to write what he thought was great about America, with the idea of making a movie.

Jon submitted his essay _ and promptly forgot about it, according to his dad. His family found out about the contest when a letter arrived confirming he was one of the 99 finalists. A month later, he received word he was one of the 13 winners.

In the essay, Jon wrote about a time when his father had to miss a Fourth of July fireworks display with his family because he was called in to work. He explained it had been a tough year for the family because his dad's work had separated them so much.

He wrote: "Whenever I think of the Fourth of July now I think about all those people like my dad, hundreds of years ago and today, who do something hard because they believe in what they are doing. So we watched the fireworks that night, and we celebrated our nation's birthday together _ hundreds of American families, thousands of miles from home."

The script called for a montage of U.S. Navy families celebrating a Fourth of July picnic and fireworks display. The film crew arranged to shoot scenes at a July 1 base party at a small U.S. Navy base 13 miles west of London. The film included close-ups of the Gollogly family as well as the activities of the Navy and Marine personnel attending the function.

Michael Landon narrates the show. The latest information Mrs. Gollogly has received says it will be shown nationally between Feb. 12 and March 11 as part of the syndicated show, The American Dream.

Mrs. Gollogly carefully checks each week's TV schedule so as not to miss it.

Scout earns Eagle award

John W. Galley III, the son of Susan and John Galley II of Largo, received his Eagle Scout award at a ceremony Feb. 19 at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Largo.

Galley's project included planning, supervising and distributing 2,644 vials for the Vial of Life program. The vials were distributed to mobile home parks and to health fair participants.

Participants in the Vial of Life program place medical information in the vials and store them in the refrigerator so that, in an emergency, medical personnel have easy access to the information.

More than 225 hours of work went into Galley's project.

Galley is president of Explorers Post 934. He also works part-time at Largo Medical Center.

A senior in the International Baccalaureate program at St. Petersburg High School, he is treasurer of the National Honor Society and a member of the Math Honor Society.

Scoutmaster Henry Spielberger, Troop 468, presented the award.

Military news

Pvt. Stacy A. Cason, the daughter of Beverly Gibbons of Clearwater and a 1986 graduate of Pinellas Park High School, has completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Cason's husband, Brian, is the son of Neil and Bonnie Cason of Homosassa.

Pfc. Jennifer J. Resing, the daughter of Charles and Joanne Resing of Largo and a 1986 graduate of Clearwater Central Catholic High School, has completed the basic travel clerk's course at the Marine Corps Service Support Schools, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Resing studied laws, regulations and publications pertaining to the travel of military personnel and their dependents.

Seaman Recruit Richard W. Wellens, the son of Gary and Susie Marsh of Clearwater, has completed training at the Recruit Training Command, San Diego.