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Nobel laureate has York County roots: Linked in with neat York County, Pa., history stuff: May 5, 2010

The York, Pa., Daily Record reported on local son J. Michael Bishop’s winning the Nobel Prize in 1989. Bishop, left, and colleague Harold E. Varmus, seen in this front page photo, won for their work on oncogenes, which control the growth of cells in the body. Their research explained how malignant tumors develop, according to Nobel spokesmen. Bishop’s father, John, was pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Goldsboro, in northeastern York County, and the family lived there until J. Michael Bishop was 14. John Bishop talked to his son soon after the award was announced in October 1989. His son didn’t have much to say, according to the newspaper. ‘I guess it hadn’t sunk in, yet. He just told us to pack our bags,’ John Bishop told the newspaper, ‘I guess we’ll be going to the ceremony in Sweden this December.’ Then-Mayor Kenneth E. Myers of Goldsboro remembered J. Michael. ‘I think it’s a wonderful thing for him to win the prize,’ Myers said in 1989. ‘It couldn’t happen to a nicer fellow.’ He said he planned to mention the award at the borough’s council meeting that night. Also of interest: Photographer Craig Walker, Pulitzer Prize winner and former York countian: ‘I always had a camera’ and Three Rhodes Scholars call York County their boyhood home and York County’s Ludwig family produces two national headliners.
A Washington Post Web post poses an intriguing question:
What is the mid-Atlantic?
The definitions vary, depending on whether you’re referencing the National Weather Service, the U.S. Census or any number of other sources.
But one thing is in common… .

Pennsylvania is a mid-Atlantic state, by any definition.
In fact, some have argued that as the Keystone State, it’s the mid-most of the Middle Atlantic states, where North meets South.
And South meets North.
For more, visit: What is the mid-Atlantic?
– Recommended Web story, I: The Washington Post toured pretzel bakeries in Lancaster and York.
Recommended Web story, II: See inside views of the William C. Goodridge house, a budding Underground Railroad Museum in York:
Blog post of the day: Yorkblog.com’s Joan Concilio’s Only York County: Do you remember Joe The Motorist’s Friend?
Forum of the day, The Exchange: Lancaster newspapers have ended their online chat forum. Want to contact on that or anything Lancaster related? See the York Daily Record/Sunday News’ new Lancaster County discussion section on The Exchange community bulletin board.