In loving memory of my father
Joseph H. Stevens
Sept. 16, 1932 - November 29, 2000
Forever, your daughter, Paulette

  • Amateur Radio for 23 years
  • Traveling
  • Fishing
  • Photography
  • Volunteering at Penn Center
  • Playing Politics

When I met my wife, it was love at first sight. On April 18, 1999, we celebrated our forty sixth wedding anniversary. We lived in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York for the first thirteen years. The next twenty years, we lived in Bay Shore, NY-- 45 miles east of New York City. While living in Bay Shore, I became interested in Amateur Radio and was licensed in 1977. In 1987, after working for the New York City Transit system for twenty years and twenty two days, I retired.

When we went on vacation, Laura and I would travel around the country towing a travel trailer, our home away from home. While traveling, I enjoyed talking to other hams on the radio in the car. We enjoyed taking pictures of the many places we visited, which included: the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and many other beautiful places. One of the most beautiful of them all was St. Helena Island, SC where Laura has roots. When Laura retired we relocated to St. Helena Island, South Carolina.

St. Helena Island is where Penn Normal Industrial Agricultural School, the first school established to educate the newly freed slaves, is located. In 1948, when the county assumed the responsibility of providing educational facilities for the people of St. Helena Island, the School underwent a name change. Today, it's known as Penn Center. Of three Historical Sites on the National Register in the state of South Carolina, Penn Center is the only Black Landmark. The others are the cities of Charleston and Beaufort.

Due to the elevation being 17ft above sea level at its highest point, St. Helena Island is lovingly known as a part of the low country. The average high temperature during the summer is 98 deg. F., the low for the winter is 58 (according to the Chamber of Commerce). The waters are pristine, the environment is unpolluted, wildlife is abundant, and most important of all, the folks are friendly. If you visit the links I have listed below, you can learn more about this Historical community I live in, the home of the "GULLAH" people.

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This site was designed by Joseph H. Stevens
Updated by his daughter on December 30, 2000

A special thanks to Mrs. Donna Harper
Editor of the Boston Radio Archives,
and member of the faculty at Emerson College
for her contribution to the development of this web site.

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