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'Berks County Time Train' to air 200th episode

Segment dedicated to Al Boscov's memory, legacy

READING, Pa. - The longest-running series on 69-WFMZ-TV is marking a milestone.

The "Berks County Time Train" will begin its 20th year Monday when the series' 200th segment airs during the 69 News Berks Edition newscast at 5:30 p.m.

The 200th segment is titled, "History-maker Boscov," and is dedicated to the memory and legacy of legendary retailer Al Boscov, who died February 10. 

69-WFMZ Senior Account Executive Mike Reinert, "Time Train's" creator, writer, and host, began the segment by noting the local contributions of history-makers Conrad Weiser, Ferdinand Thun and Henry Janssen.

"For today's era, Albert Boscov left his mark, leading America's largest family-owned department store chain, supporting many Reading and Berks charities and initiatives, and caring about the people of his company and community," Reinert said.

Boscov was featured in previous "Time Train" segments, including one on his company's centennial celebration in 2014, 100 years after his father, Solomon, left Russia for a better life in the United States.

"I remember my father telling me and my brothers and his sisters that, you know, if he doesn't have time to pay America back, we should help," Boscov tearfully told Reinert.

The "Time Train" series began in April 1998 as "Bicenquinquagenary Minutes" and "Berks 250th Minutes" before becoming the "Berks County Time Train" in November 2002.

The minute-long segments air during the first commercial break in the 5:30 p.m. Berks Edition newscast every Monday and appear on a rotating basis in the 10:30 p.m. Berks Edition newscast. They are currently sponsored by Bean Funeral Homes and Boyer's Floor Coverings. VideoWorks Production Company provides the video and editing segments.

All 200 segments can be viewed at youtube.com/BerksTimeTrain.

A public memorial service for Boscov will be held this Sunday, February 26, at the Santander Arena on Penn Street in downtown Reading. It's set to start at 1 p.m.; doors will open at noon.

If you can't be there in person, you can watch the service live on 69-WFMZ-TV and on WFMZ.com.


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