Wednesday, March 31, 2010

1889: The Eiffel Tower opened to the public



The legendary Eiffel Tower of Paris opened to the public on this day in 1889.   It is one of the many landmarks of this great city.    We remember Paul Mauriat, one of the great French pianists, and a # 1 song in Billboard USA:


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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Happy birthday Eric Clapton....



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Monday, March 29, 2010

We remember Senator Eugene McCarthy (1916-2005)



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Eugene McCarthy was born in Minnesota on this day in 1916.  He died in 2005.

My first memory of Sen. McCarthy was 1968, or the year that he shocked the Democrats by doing so well against President Johnson in New Hampshire.   

He rain again in 1972 but it was all over by then.   McCarthy was "a one-issue" candidate and Vietnam was not a concern in 1972.    By the summer of 1972, the troops were out and the war was over for all practical purposes.

Some people tried to compare Governor Howard Dean to McCarthy.   Not really.  I think that McCarthy had more class!

P.S. This is a good book if you need a "refresher" on that election of 1968:










We remember Cardinal Mindszenty (1892-1975)


Along with Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty is one of my Catholic heroes.  He was born on this day in 1892 and died in 1975.


Both men stood up to Hitler and the Soviet Union., the two great evils of the 20th century.     

Back in 1949, Hungary convicted him of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment.     He was released in 1956 by the reformist government and granted asylum at the US Embassy in Budapest.     


Cardinal Mindszenty's life was just amazing:

"Joseph Mindszenty was born in Hungary on March 29, 1892.
He was ordained to the priesthood on the Feast of the Sacred heart of Jesus on June 12, 1915, and was consecrated Bishop of Veszprem on March 25, 1944.

From November 27, 1944 to April 20, 1945, he was imprisoned by the Nazis.
Pope Pius XII appointed him Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary on October 2, 1945.

Just a few months later, on February 18, 1946, the Holy Father raised him to the Cardinalate.

As Pope Pius XII placed the Cardinal's hat on his head, the Pope said:

"Among the thirty-two, you will be the first to suffer the martyrdom whose symbol this red color is."
When the Communists arrested Cardinal Mindszenty in Budapest on December 26, 1948, his twenty-three long years of persecution, suffering and enforced isolation began.

Throughout his ordeals, he was unwavering in his faith, hope and love of God.
Upon the request of Pope Paul VI, Cardinal Mindszenty departed from his country of Hungary, still occupied by the Communists, on September 29, 1971, and settled in Vienna, Austria.

He died there at the age of 83 on May 6, 1975.
Today, Cardinal Mindszenty is buried in the Church of the Assumption, the Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary, where pilgrims visit daily and pray for his intercession in their needs."
Now, that's a guy who doesn't read polls or tells people what they want to hear!


The Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation is over 40 years old.   It publishes great reports and broadcasts a radio show called DANGERS OF APATHY.


Congratulations to everyone who made this Foundation possible.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Happy birthday Denny McLain


We remember Denny McLain, the last 30-game winner in major league history.  He was born in Illinois on this day in 1944.

He was a very good pitcher for the Tigers winning 108 games over 5 years.    His career took a bad turn in 1970 and was out of baseball by 1972.

In 1968, he had one great season:  31-6, 1.96 ERA, 28 complete games and 6 shutouts.   He also took the Tigers to the World Series but it was Mickey Lolich who won 3 games and the MVP against the Cardinals.   He won his 30th game on national TV in mid-September.

His durability was incredible:  1,380 innings pitched and 88 complete games over the aforementioned five seasons.

He was a workhorse to say the least!    I remember watching him on TV and loved his classic windup.     A few years ago, I read this book:


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1984: Does any one remember that the Colts left Baltimore on 1984?

The Baltimore Ravens have been a very successful franchise.  They won 2 Super Bowl since the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996.

However, Baltimore used to have another team or the legendary Colts many of us remember from our younger days.   

Back in March 1984, the Colts moved from Baltimore to Indianapolis.  Mr Irsay, the owner who had bought the team in 1972, had the movers pack up the offices in the morning while the city slept.  It was a bit "sneaky" to say the least.  

Wonder how many fans remember in Baltimore?  At the same time, wonder if any are sorry that the Colts left?  The truth is that the Ravens have won the hearts of Baltimore by playing championship football!

P.S.   The 1958 Colts were one of the greatest stories in NFL story:







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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Patsy Cline was only 30 when she died tragically one March many years ago

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A few days ago, I was listening to a little country music.  It was fun and entertaining, specially when they played Patsy Cline. 

Let me confess:  I love Patsy Cline's music.  I can listen to her songs many times over.  In fact, I've done that a few times working on the computer and trying to organize a post or two. 

I developed a love for Patsy Cline's music when I heard some of her songs on the college radio station.   We had a fellow student who hosted a country show.  I listened to his show on Sunday nights and learned later that Patsy had died in a plane crash many years before in March 1963.  She was only 30 and on top of the charts.

Despite her death almost 50 years ago, Patsy is still one of the most popular country artists.  She was elected to the country Hall of Fame in 1973.   In 1999, she was voted # 11 in VH1's Greatest Women in Rock.  Her recordings are still best sellers.  She makes new fans every year.  She connects with new generations who fall in love with her voice like I did.

My favorite songs are her amazing interpretation of Irving Berlin's "Always", "Crazy", one of the most popular songs ever recorded PLUS "I fall to pieces", a true country classic.


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Friday, March 19, 2010

1929: Wyatt Earp died in Los Angeles

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Who was familiar with the Wyatt Earp story before that great Kevin Costner movie from the 1990's?  

I had read a bit about him but it was the movie that put him on the map for me.

The legendary Wyatt Earp died on this day in 1929 at age 80.   He spent the last years of his life as a consultant to Hollywood.   

Sadly, he never got to see the great John Wayne western movies that came decades later.

Was the movie accurate?   I don't know for sure but it was great:








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We remember Wyatt Earp (1848-1928)




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Like many of you, I got my real introduction to Wyatt Earp from that movie a few years ago starring Kevin Costner.   The movie was released in 1994.    

Also, I recently began watching "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp", a TV series 1955-61.   You can now buy the whole series HERE.

Wyatt Earp was born on this day in 1848 and died in January 1928.

Earp was quiet a figure from the old West.   


The aforementioned book by Stuart Lake is available HERE.      


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Thursday, March 18, 2010

We remember the great Chuck Berry (1926-2017)

Many of us learned of Chuck Berry when we heard The Beatles, Rolling Stones or other British bands record covers of his songs.   

I remember asking the question:  Who is that fellow Berry who wrote “Rock and roll music” or “Carol” or “Reeling and rocking”.

In 1972, I saw Chuck Berry in concert and I became a huge fan.

We remember Chuck Berry who was born in St. Louis on this day in 1926 .    He died in 2017:   
While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.
His guitar lines wired the lean twang of country and the bite of the blues into phrases with both a streamlined trajectory and a long memory. And tucked into the lighthearted, telegraphic narratives that he sang with such clear enunciation was a sly defiance, upending convention to claim the pleasures of the moment.
In “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “You Can’t Catch Me” and other songs, Mr. Berry invented rock as a music of teenage wishes fulfilled and good times (even with cops in pursuit). In “Promised Land,” “Too Much Monkey Business” and “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” he celebrated and satirized America’s opportunities and class tensions. His rock ’n’ roll was a music of joyful lusts, laughed-off tensions and gleefully shattered icons.
Mr. Berry was already well past his teens when he wrote mid-1950s manifestoes like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “School Day.” 
Elvis put rock on the radio but Chuck Berry invented the rock guitar and wrote the songs that every garage band played.    He was awesome and his songs belong in every rock collection.




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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

1970: We remember Tammi Terrell

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Tammi Terrell was 24 when she died in 1970.    She died from complications of a brain tumor.

She and Marvin Gaye were the romantic duo of Motown.   They scored a bunch of hits, such as "Ain't no mountain high enough" and "Your precious love":







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Monday, March 15, 2010

We remember Ted Marchibroda (1931-2016)

We remember Ted Marchibroda who was born in Franklin, PA, on this day in 1931.

Back in the 1970s, Ted Marchibroda revived the Baltimore Colts with 3 straight AFC East titles.   He had good players like QB Bert Jones and running back Lydell Mitchell.

Unfortunately, he and the Colts ran into the Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders, or the two teams that went on to win the Super Bowl.  They never got out of the first round.

Later, he was the Ravens coach when the NFL returned to Baltimore.

Coach Marchibroda died in 2016 after a long career in the NFL.   He was always very respectful of the fans and developed strong relationships in the game.





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1820: Maine joined the Union


We salute our friends in Maine.    

The "Pine Tree State" joined the union as # 23 on the way to the current 50.

Maine is one of the most beautiful regions of North America.    It has a border with Quebec and New Brunswick in Canada plus New Hampshire and Vermont in the US.

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Remembering The Truman Doctrine

We recall today The Truman Doctrine:

"The Truman Doctrine was a de facto declaration of the Cold War. Truman's address outlined the broad parameters of U.S. Cold War foreign policy: the Soviet Union was the center of all communist activity and movements throughout the world; communism could attack through outside invasion or internal subversion; and the United States needed to provide military and economic assistance to protect nations from communist aggression.
Not everyone embraced Truman's logic. Some realized that the insurgency in Greece was supported not by the Soviet Union, but by Yugoslavia's Tito, who broke with the Soviet communists within a year. Additionally, the Soviets were not demanding control of the Dardanelles, but only assurances that this strategic waterway would not be used by Russia's enemies-as the Nazis had used it during World War II. And whether U.S. assistance would result in democracy in Greece or Turkey was unclear. Indeed, both nations established repressive right-wing regimes in the years following the Truman Doctrine. Yet, the Truman Doctrine successfully convinced many that the United States was locked in a life-or-death struggle with the Soviet Union, and it set the guidelines for over 40 years of U.S.-Soviet relations."

Indeed it did.  From Pres Truman to Pres Bush-41, our foreign policy was guided by those principles outlined that day.

Don't you love presidential leadership?  Couldn't we use this kind of candid and strong leadership today?






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Friday, March 12, 2010

1974: "Eres tu" by Mocedades became a favorite for people learning Spanish

It was the best thing that ever happened to Spanish class teachers.   In other words, what could be better than a pop song in Spanish that every student wanted to learn?

Mocedades from Spain hit US radio this month and the results were a Top 10 hit called "Eres tu".    It was a great pop song:




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Thursday, March 11, 2010

We remember Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)

Justice Scalia passed away Saturday afternoon in Texas.   
He was nominated by President Reagan and confirmed in 1986.    

We remember him as one Justice who understood the role of The Supreme Court, i.e. interpret rather than legislate!

Justice Scalia.   We will really miss you.

We spoke about Justice Scalia on Sunday's show:


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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"10 de Marzo" in Cuban history with Victor Triay, author

We remember Sara Montiel (1928-2013)



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We remember the great Sara Montiel!   She was born in Spain on this day in 1928 and died in 2013.

As a kid, I recall my grandmother humming "La Violetera", a song made very popular by Sara Montiel.  She would look at me and sing this song!

Sara's career included movies and recordings.

She was clearly one of the most consequential female stars of the Spanish speaking world.

Let me dedicate this one to my late "Abuela Senda".  I think that she would loved my salute to Sarita Montiel.  





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'10 de Marzo' in Cuban history with Victor Triay, author


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A “10 de Marzo” that our parents remember

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Before I was born, Cuba had a complicated history, or those "gobiernos de quita y pon" that Marisela Verena sings about in "Son de cuatro decadas".
Despite these political problems, the island enjoyed a lot of economic prosperity and Cubans learned to live their lives around the frequent political crisis.   
According to Cuba 1952-1959, this is what happened that fateful day of March 10, 1952:
"Fulgencio Batista leads a group of disaffected military officers and a handful of political activists to overthrow President Carlos Prío Socarrás [1948-1952] in a bloodless coup.
The coup plotters encountered almost no resistance, exploiting public revulsion against a government that had lost public respect and confidence being widely regarded as corrupt and incompetent, and incapable of dealing with increasing civil unrest and violent crime.
Batista had been involved in the overthrow of Gerardo Machado’s dictatorship in 1933, and by 1934 had become a power and king maker in Cuban politics.
Over 1938-1939, realizing that he had to compromise with strong civic opposition, Batista supported return to constitutional rule and drafting of the Constitution of 1940.
Batista was then elected president for the term of 1940-1944. Honoring constitutional term-limits and his candidate’s electoral defeat in 1944 to Ramón Grau, Batista moved to Florida.
He returned to Cuban politics and was elected senator in 1948, and in 1952 ran as a presidential candidate.
The polls before the election indicated he was running a distant third behind the Auténtico and the Ortodoxocandidates.
Batista’s 1952 coup provoked immediate and strong political opposition.
The opposition had two major wings: revolutionaries who saw violent overthrow of Batista as the solution; and electoralists/constitutionalists who sought to remove Batista through political means.
The Batista government was swiftly recognized by most free world countries, including the US on 27 Mar 1952."
The tragedy of "el 10 de Marzo" is that it stopped Cuba's constitutional march since 1940.   It also made a lot of young Cubans very cynical about the institutions of government.
I won't defend the incompetence or corruption of the Prío Socarrás govenrment but he was elected and should have been allowed to complete his term.
My parents do not remember this day very fondly!  My guess is that most Cubans of their generation don't either!
We discussed "10 de Marzo" with Victor Triay on Monday's show:


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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Happy # 76 Bert Campaneris




We remember Bert “Dagoberto (Blanco)” Campaneris who was born in Pueblo Nuevo, Cuba on this day in 1942.
It’s easy to overlook how great Campy really was.
He batted first and was a critical component of the Oakland A’s who won 3 straight World Series titles, 1972-1973-1974.
During his great career, he had 2,249 hits and 646 stolen bases.
His batting average of .259 was quite respectable for a shortstop of that era, or a time when most of them were known for their glove and legs rather than bat.
He played in 7 post-season series.   He was always in the middle of everything as Charlie Finley said:    
“You can talk about Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Sal Bando, all those great players, but it was Campy who made everything go.
Indeed he was!

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"The evil empire" 30 years later

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It was one of the most important rhetorical moments of the Reagan presidency.  It's up there with "tear down this wall" from May 1987.

30 years ago today, Pres Reagan used "the evil empire" phrase for the second time:
"Reagan's aggressive stance toward the Soviet Union became known as the Reagan Doctrine. He warned against what he and his supporters saw as the dangerous trend of tolerating the Soviets' build-up of nuclear weapons and attempts to infiltrate Third World countries in order to spread communism. Advocating a peace through strength policy, Reagan declared that the Soviets must be made to understand we will never compromise our principles and standards [nor] ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire. To do so would mean abandoning the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil."
It was a brilliant move.  Pres Reagan made the point that the USSR represented an evil ideology that denied their basic freedoms.  

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Monday, March 08, 2010

March 9, 1964: The Dave Clark 5 on The Ed Sullivan Show


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On March 8, 1964, The Dave Clark Five were the second British group to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.   

The band from London put 17 singles on Billboard‘s Top 40 between 1964 and 1967:  “Glad All Over,” “Bits And Pieces,” “Because,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Catch Us If You Can,” “Over And Over,” “Having A Wild Weekend" and many others:





1983: Reagan calls the USSR “the evil empire”



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1983: Reagan and “the evil empire”



On this day in 1983, Pres Reagan used “the evil empire” phrase for the second time:   
“Reagan’s aggressive stance toward the Soviet Union became known as the Reagan Doctrine. He warned against what he and his supporters saw as the dangerous trend of tolerating the Soviets’ build-up of nuclear weapons and attempts to infiltrate Third World countries in order to spread communism. Advocating a peace through strength policy, Reagan declared that the Soviets must be made to understand we will never compromise our principles and standards [nor] ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire. To do so would mean abandoning the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.”
It was a brilliant move.   Pres Reagan made the point that the USSR represented an evil ideology that denied basic freedoms.
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Happy # 79 Jim Bouton, the author of "Ball Four"

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We remember Jim Bouton who was born in Newark, NJ, on this day in 1939.    

Bouton broke with the Yankees in 1962.  He won 21 games in 1963 and 18 in 1964.    He also pitched well in the World Series.

Then his career collapsed and ended up with the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1969.   Overall, he won 62 with a decent 3.57 ERA.

Bouton is best remembered for a book that shook up baseball, or "Ball Four".    I didn't like the book but many people loved it.







Happy # 65 Jim Rice

We say happy # 65 to Jim Rice, one of the best power hitters of our generation.   He was selected to The Hall of Fame in 2009.

Rice hit 20 homers 11 times, drove 1,171 runs over 11 seasons and was an AL All-Star 8 times.   

On top of that power, he hit .300 in seven seasons and finished in the top five in the AL MVP voting six times.     

He retired with a .298 batting average.

Also, Rice hit 39-plus homers four times, the most of anyone who played in the AL during his time period.    

Rice's most impressive season, without question, was 1978, when he hit .315 with 213 hits, 15 triples, 46 homers, 139 RBIs and 406 total bases.





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World War II: Hitler's Germany invaded Stalin's USSR



Guest:    Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger, will tell us about Hitler's Germany decision to invade Stalin's USSR.......It was the largest military operation in human history: 3.8 million men, 3,350 tanks, 7,000 artillery pieces, and 2,800 aircraft.......more men, tanks, guns and aircraft were committed than had ever been deployed before in a single offensive.................and more stories..........

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1983: Reagan calls the USSR "evil empire"


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It was one of President Reagan's greatest moments:

"Speaking to a convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Florida on this day in 1983, President Ronald Reagan publicly refers to the Soviet Union as an evil empire for the second time in his career. 

He had first used the phrase in a 1982 speech at the British House of Commons. 


Some considered Reagan's use of the Star Warsfilm-inspired terminology to be brilliant democratic rhetoric. "


President Reagan was known as "the great communicator".    This is because he spoke from the heart, as he did in 1983!  




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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Happy # 67 Jeff Burroughs

We say happy # 67 to Jeff Burroughs, the first Texas Rangers superstar.   

Jeff was born in Long Beach, California and was drafted by the old Washington Senators.

Jeff came to Texas and became an instant sensation:  30 HR & 85 RBI in 1973.

In 1974, he hit .301 with 25 HR & 119 RBI.    He was named the 1974 AL MVP beating out Reggie Jackson and Rod Carew.

In 1975, Jeff hit 29 HR & 94 RBI but his strikeouts jumped to 155 and batting average dropped to .226!

He was traded to Atlanta and did well, hitting 41 HR with 114 RBI in 1977.  

Overall, he retired with a .261 average, 240 HR & 831 RBI.    

My memory of Jeff is mammoth home runs!    

Jeff wrote a book for Little League coaches after retiring from baseball.




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