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Charles Taormina ’70, Dane Konop ’75 Discuss Antiwar Protests for Documentary

Dane Konop-Nick Tyson-Charles Taormina

In the IUP-TV studio, from left: Dane Konop, Nick Tyson, and Charles Taormina

Over the summer, Charles Taormina ’70 and Dane Konop ’75 returned to campus for an interview with Nick Tyson ’16 about their Vietnam War protests in 1969-70. The interview is to be part of a future IUP-TV documentary. Any other alumni who have stories to share about their involvement in antiwar protests at IUP in the late ’60s or early ’70s should contact Nick at mr.nicktyson@gmail.com.

On November 4, Dane co-led with David Preston a group of 80 French and Indian War history enthusiasts on a tour of the Battle of the Monongahela battlefield in North Braddock as part of the Braddock Road Preservation Association’s annual meeting and seminar. A native of North Braddock, Dane is a longtime student of the battle and an expert on the battlefield terrain. The two-bus tour started near Hopwood and stopped at various historical locations in Braddock and North Braddock before ending at Braddock’s Battlefield History Center.

Dane Konop at Battle of the Monongahela site

Dane Konop (center, with microphone) leading a tour of the Battle of the Monongahela battlefield in North Braddock

On July 9, 1755, a British force of 1,300 that included a young George Washington and that was led by General Edward Braddock was on its way to evict the French from Fort Duquesne. The British encountered a force of about 800 French, Canadians, and Native American allies in present day North Braddock. The resulting battle was a terrible defeat for the British; more than 400 were wounded and more than 450 were killed, including General Braddock. Learn more on the Braddock Road Preservation Association website.