Friday, August 20, 2010

Al Lopez, the answer to a great baseball question

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Alfonso Ramon Lopez was born on this day in 1908.  He died in 2005.

Al is the answer to a great trivia question.

Between 1949 and 1964, the Yankees were in the Series every year but two: the Chisox won in '59 and the Indians in '54.

Who was the manager both times? Al Lopez.

As a player, Lopez was a pretty good catcher over 19 years and a Hall of Fame member.

Lopez hit .261 with 51 homers and 652 RBIs. He set the record for most games caught (1,918). It was broken by Bob Boone and Carlton Fisk.

Lopez lived long enough to see the White Sox win the 2005 Series.   It must have been a real treat for him. 

Monday, August 16, 2010

1977: The day Elvis Presley died

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We went to bed many years ago wondering how Elvis Presley died at age 42.  

It was a shock for most of us who were not aware of his destructive lifestyle, and more specifically how that lifestyle had really deteriorated in the last two years of his life.  

I'll leave it to others to write about Elvis and how his life ended at age 42.  I will just focus on the incredible musical legacy that he left behind.   Elvis is still the greatest American recording star and no one will ever dethrone him.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We remember Dr. Liviu Librescu (1930-2007)

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We remember Professor Liviu Librescu who became a national hero during the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.      He blocked the door so that his students could escape to safety, a great act of bravery.

Professor Librescu was born in Romania on this day in 1930.  He saw the evils of Holocaust in the 1940's and later lived under communism.   He came to the US in 1978.

That's right. Professor Librescu saw evil twice before and did not want to see young people suffer again.   So he saved their lives by putting himself in front of the gunman.

What a great man and hero.  




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