Saturday, May 29, 2010

A word about Beverly Eckert (1951-2009)



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On 9-11, Beverly Eckert was one of the many ladies at home talking to their husbands at the collapsing World Trade Center or aboard one of those jets.

We came to love Beverly Eckert and all of the other 9-11 widows. They became part of our family!

We loved their courage and commitment to their heroic husbands.

We loved their grace and how they handled the terrible tragedy of 9-11.

Beverly Eckert was born on this day in 1951.  She was killed in the Buffalo plane crash in 2009:
"A plane hijacked by fanatics tore Beverly Eckert's husband from her life on 9/11.
Now another plane, brought down on a cold winter's night near Buffalo, has torn the brave widow from ours.
The beloved Sept. 11 activist was on Continental Flight 3407 when it suddenly fell from the sky Thursday - killing her and the 48 others aboard, and one more on the ground."
She was on her way to Buffalo to attend a ceremony related to her husband at Canisius High School, a Jesuit school:
"Eckert, 57, was traveling to her hometown, Buffalo, to celebrate what would have been Rooney's 58th birthday.

They were high school sweethearts and tops on Eckert's agenda was presenting a scholarship at Canisius High School that she established in Sean's honor."
What an amazing story. What a sad story.



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

1935: Babe Ruth hits # 714 or last home run


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Babe Ruth is #3 on the home run list behind Bonds and Aaron.  However, 714 is one of those magic numbers for baseball fans like me.  It was the Babe's career home run totals.  60 (later 61) and 714 were the big baseball numbers that we grew up hearing about.  

Frankly, I never thought that anyone would catch Ruth's 714.   At the same time, I cheered Aaron all the way, specially after he got to 700 and eventually passed Ruth.


Babe Ruth hit # 714 on this day in 1935.   He was playing for the Boston Braves after being released by the Yankees.    I am not even sure if he played another game for the Braves after hitting this homer.    It's a shame that he didn't play his last game as a Yankee.


He died in 1948 from cancer.





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Friday, May 21, 2010

Charles Lindbergh 1927


We remember that Charles Lindbergh landed in Paris in 1927.     His plane "The spirit of St. Louis" taken off from Roosevelt Field 33 hours earlier.

As a result of the flight, Lindbergh became an international personality and met his future wife during a trip to Mexico.     He died in 1974.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

1927 and "The Spirit of St Louis" takes off


It was a rainy morning but Charles Lindbergh took off on his way to crossing the Atlantic:  

"Lindbergh, a daring young airmail pilot, was a dark horse when he entered a competition with a $25,000 payoff to fly nonstop from New York to Paris. He ordered a small monoplane, configured it to his own design, and christened it theSpirit of St. Louis in tribute to his sponsor–the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce.   

On May 20, 1927, a rainy morning, he took off from Roosevelt Field, but his monoplane was so loaded down with fuel that it barely cleared the telephone wires at the end of the runway. He flew northeast up the East Coast and as night fell left Newfoundland and headed across the North Atlantic. His greatest challenge was staying awake; he had to hold his eyelids open with his fingers and hallucinated ghosts passing through the cockpit. 


The next afternoon, after flying 3,610 miles in 33 1/2 hours, Lindbergh landed at Le Bourget field in Paris, becoming the first pilot to accomplish the solo, nonstop transatlantic crossing. "  


It  must have been one heck of a solo flight!  By the way, I love the movie with Jimmy Stewart playing the role of Lindbergh:





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Let's chat with Alina Garcia-Lapuerta, author of "La Belle Creole"

Let's chat with Alina Garcia-Lapuerta, author of 'La Belle Creole'


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Let's chat with Alina Garcia-Lapuerta, author of 'La Belle Creole' 10/01 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:

Guest: Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz, editor of Fausta's Blog, joins me for a chat with Alina Garcia-Lapuerta, author of 'La Belle Creole'.


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Ernesto Lecuona, Moises Simons and other great Cuban composers


We spoke Sunday with Fernando Hernandez (author of The Cubans) about Ernesto Lecuona and Moises Simons, two great Cuban composers. 

Lecuona was a legendary composer:

"Ernesto Lecuona was the most important musician in Cuban musical life during the first half of the 20th century. Born in Guanabacoa, a suburb of Havana, in 1895, Lecuona first established himself as an outstanding pianist, graduating from the National Conservatory with the Gold Medal in performance at the age of seventeen. He went to New York City to concertize and there, in 1916, made his first public appearance outside of Havana. International success as a pianist occurred seven years later, once more in New York but, thanks to the huge success of pieces like Malaguena and Siboney, composition superceded pianism as Lecuona's primary activity. Still, Lecuona continued to actively tour and perform widely as pianist and conductor for most of his lifeAmong Lecuona's many achievements were the founding of the Havana Symphony (with Gonzalo Roig), the Lecuona Cuban Boys Band, and La Orquesta de La Habana. Lecuona, also, wrote a great deal of film music in the '30s and '40s for such major studios as MGM, 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers; in 1942, he was nominated for an Academy Award." 
Simons composed "El Manicero", or the most famous Cuban song. 

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The life and times of Jose Marti with Professor Alfred Lopez


GUESTS: Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer and contributor to Babalu Blog, joins me for a chat with Professor Alfred Lopez about his new book, 'Jose Marti, a revolutionary life'..........the book is in English and offers many Cuban Americans an opportunity to read about Marti........

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Friday, May 14, 2010

1998: We remember the day that Frank Sinatra died


Where did the years go?  Frank Sinatra died on this day in 1998 at age 82.

Sinatra was one of the biggest male vocalists of the 20th century.  He was still recording and performing at the end of his life.  

His life was like that song, "My way":




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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Happy Mothers Day (and some of my favorite TV mothers

Happy Mothers Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and even those mothers to be.  (Did I miss anyone?)

Over the years, we've loved TV mothers, i.e. all of those "mom" characters that we grew up watching.

Here is my list:

1) Mrs Cleaver in "Leave it to Beaver".  Barbara Billingsley died in late 2010.  She will forever be Beaver's mom and one of the most endearing characters in TV history.

Frankly, didn't Mrs Cleaver remind you of your mom? 


2) Mrs Ingalls of "Little House in the Prairie".  She was just great.  This is a show about the "frontier mother", the courageous woman of the frontier.  


3) On a more hilarious note, let me add Mrs Adams of "The Adams Family".  Wasn't Mrs Morticia Adams just hilarious?   Doesn't every mother have a bit of Mrs Adams in her personality?




"They're creepy and they're kooky,Mysterious and spooky,

They're all together ooky, The Addams Family. 

Their house is a museum Where people come to see 'em 
They really are a scream The Addams Family. 
(Neat) (Sweet) (Petite) 
So get a witches shawl on A broomstick you can crawl on 
We're gonna pay a call on The Addams Family."

Again, we salute all of the mothers today.

We hope that they all have a lovely day.

P.S.  This is still my favorite "mom song".  This is BJ Thomas and "Mama":





"Who's the one who tied your shoe when you were young

And knew just when to come and see what you had done?
Mama, oh mama
And who's the one who patched your eye and told you not to cry
'cause he was too big for you to try?
Mama, ma-a-ma
And who's the one you didn't need to plead
To give her time to the little league?
It was mama, oh, ma-a-a-ma-a-a
And who's the one who gave her shoulder
When you told her your first love was over she'd met someone older
Mama, mama
It was mama, my mama
Mama 
Who's the one who taught you obligation then dedication result graduation?
Mama, mama
And who's the one who's shown the friends you've known
A home away from home when they were tired and all alone?
Mama, mama
And who's the one who held a tear inside
When you introduced your future bride?
And who's the one who didn't mean to cry
As you walked down the aisle, the tears you saw her smile
Mama, oh, mama...."


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Monday, May 10, 2010

May 1964: Louis Armstrong & The Beatles meet in the pop charts



On this week in 1964, Louis Armstrong ended The Beatles' historic domination of the US pop charts.  

The band from the UK had the # 1 song on Billboard for 100 days.  It was truly amazing!


The Beatles came back with more hits in 1964 and a movie that summer.  We remember today that it was Armstrong himself who ended the streak, one of the most amazing streaks in music history.

 Click here for "Hello Dolly", a great song!


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Sunday, May 09, 2010

We remember "Victory in Europe Day" 1945


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On May 8, 1945, the Allies celebrated the end of the European War:
"On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark—the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany."
 As we discussed with Barry, the end of the European war happened very fast.    Let's remember that D-Day was the year before and The Battle of the Bulge happened over the Christmas holidays.

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Thursday, May 06, 2010

May 1970: The Beatles' last single produced by Phil Spector


It was May 1970 and The Beatles released their last LP called "Let it be".     It included several studio and live tracks recorded the year before.

"The Long and Winding Road" turned out to be the last single released by the group.

There were other singles in the 1970's, such "Got to get you into my life" and "A day in the life".   However, those were old songs reissued for one reason or another.

It was "The long and winding road", with "For you blue" on the B-side, that was the last hit by the legendary band.      It reached # 1 on Billboard in June.


Later, a "Naked version" without Phil Spector's strings and choir, was also released.     Frankly, it was a lot better but we did not hear it until almost 30 years later.


You can get the LP HERE.    The so called "Naked version" HERE.    You can read more about Phil Spector:




Wednesday, May 05, 2010

1956 and Gene Vincent's "Be Bop A Lula"


Gene Vincent recorded this rock classic today in 1956......it sounded a lot like Elvis and sold 2 million copies.....

BE BOP A LULA 


 "Well be-bop-a-lula she's my baby, Be-bop-a-lula I don't mean maybe. 
Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby Be-bop-a-lula I don't mean maybe 
Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby love, My baby love, my baby love. 
 Well she's the girl in the red blue jeans. She's the queen of all the teens. 
She's the one that I know She's the one that loves me so. Say be-bop-a-lula she's my baby, 
Be-bop-a-lula I don't mean maybe. Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby 
Be-bop-a-lula I don't mean maybe Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby love, My baby love, my baby love. 
 Well she's the one that gots that beat. She's the one with the flyin' feet. 
She's the one that walks around the store. She's the one that gets more more more. 
 Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby, Be-bop-a-lula I don't mean maybe. 
Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby Be-bop-a-lula I don't mean maybe 
Be-bop-a-lula she's my baby love, My baby love, my baby love...."

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Saturday, May 01, 2010

The Bee Gees and First of May


It's "First of May" and another chance to remember one of my favorite, and nicest, songs written by the Brothers Gibb.

"First of May" is one of my favorite Bee Gees' songs.  Barry was the lead vocalist and it was a single from the "Odessa" album.  The B-side was "Lamplight", one of Robin's best lead vocals and also from the album.


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"First of May" 1969


The Bee Gees released "First of May" in the spring of 1969:


"When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall,
we used to love while others used to play.
Don't ask me why, but time has passed us by,
some one else moved in from far away.
Now we are tall, and Christmas trees are small,
 
and you don't ask the time of day.
But you and I, our love will never die,
but guess we'll cry come first of May.
The apple tree that grew for you and me,
 
I watched the apples falling one by one.
And I recall the moment of them all,
the day I kissed your cheek and you were gone.
When I was small, and Christmas trees were tall,
 
do do do do do do do do do...
Don't ask me why, but time has passed us by,
some one else moved in from far away......"


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