Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Happy birthday, Sir Winston Churchill


Today, we say Happy Birthday to Sir Winston Churchill:
"He was born on November 30th, 1874. We remember him as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill was one of the most important leaders in modern British and world history."



George Harrison died on this day in 2001


We remember that George Harrison died of cancer on a November day like this in 2001.  His death was not a shock because we knew that he had been deteriorating for months.

George was a teenager when he met Paul & John in Liverpool.  Later, they formed the band that ended up as The Beatles.  

It's hard to believe that it was so many years ago.   Where did the time go?

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Nov 30, 1874: Winston Churchill was born!


We remember today one of the great men of the 20th century:


"Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, is born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England."   (History)

Churchill was the man at the right time for the UK in World War II.   




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1874: Winston Churchill was born

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We love “leadership” and great leaders to run our countries.   Today, we remember Winston Churchill, one of the giants of the 20th century who was born on this day in 1874:

“Churchill came from a prestigious family with a long history of military service and joined the British Fourth Hussars upon his father’s death in 1895. During the next five years, he enjoyed an illustrious military career, serving in India, the Sudan, and South Africa, and distinguishing himself several times in battle. In 1899, he resigned his commission to concentrate on his literary and political career and in 1900 was elected to Parliament as a Conservative MP from Oldham. In 1904, he joined the Liberals, serving in a number of important posts before being appointed Britain’s First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911, where he worked to bring the British navy to a readiness for the war he foresaw.
In 1915, in the second year of World War I, Churchill was held responsible for the disastrous Dardanelles and Gallipoli campaigns, and he was excluded from the war coalition government. He resigned and volunteered to command an infantry battalion in France. However, in 1917, he returned to politics as a cabinet member in the Liberal government of Lloyd George. From 1919 to 1921, he was secretary of state for war and in 1924 returned to the Conservative Party, where two years later he played a leading role in the defeat of the General Strike of 1926.
Out of office from 1929 to 1939, Churchill issued unheeded warnings of the threat of German and Japanese aggression.
After the outbreak of World War II in Europe, Churchill was called back to his post as First Lord of the Admiralty and eight months later replaced the ineffectual Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of a new coalition government. In the first year of his administration, Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany, but Churchill promised his country and the world that the British people would “never surrender.” He rallied the British people to a resolute resistance and expertly orchestrated Franklin D. Rooseveltand Joseph Stalin into an alliance that eventually crushed the Axis.
In July 1945, 10 weeks after Germany’s defeat, his Conservative government suffered an electoral loss against Clement Attlee’s Labour Party, and Churchill resigned as prime minister. He became leader of the opposition and in 1951 was again elected prime minister.
Two years later, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his six-volume historical study of World War II and for his political speeches.
In 1955, he retired as prime minister but remained in Parliament until 1964, the year before his death.”
There are several lessons from Churchill’s life:
1) Failure is a part of life.  Mr Churchill failed but never gave up;
2) “Call out evil”, as he did over and over again when he spoke about Hitler in the 1930’s; and,
3) Take time for your hobbies, from writing to painting.  
Winston Churchill was a giant of a man.  I hope that the young people are reading about his life and how he used words:







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Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29, 2001: We learned that George Harrison died after a long illness




We remember George Harrison today.  Of course, George died of cancer on a November day like this in 2001.  His death was not a shock because we knew that he had been deteriorating for months.

George usually wrote and sang one song in every Beatles' album.  However, he really excelled in Abbey Road with "Something" and "Here comes the sun".

George was a teenager when he met Paul & John in Liverpool.  Later, they formed the band that ended up as The Beatles.  

George played lead guitar and did some background vocals as well.  He was referred to as the "quiet Beatle" because he was always playing behind John and Paul.  

It's easy to be "quiet" when you are playing behind the "songwriting" machine of Lennon-McCartney!  Nevertheless, his wonderful guitar is heard in everyone of The Beatles's hits, from "Ticket to Ride" to "Day Tripper" to "Come Together".

George was always there but we just didn't notice him that much!


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We remember Rep. Henry Hyde (1924-2007)


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We remember former Rep. Henry Hyde of Illinois, who died on this day in 2007.

He was one of my favorite members of Congress.

Most people remember Rep. Hyde because of the Clinton impeachment proceedings. Yet, I recall his work against abortion and wonderful command of the English language.

We miss Rep. Hyde!






We remember Louisa May Alcott (1832-88)


Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1832.    

We remember her book "Little women", a best selling story about the March sisters from 1869.      She followed up that successful publication with "Little Men" (1871).    

In the 20th century, her book was turned into a very popular movie in 1949 and later in 1994.



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George Harrison died in 2001



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Time flies and we remember that George Harrison died many years ago on this day in 2001.  He died of cancer.

George was the lead guitarist for The Beatles.  He joined John's first group along with Paul.  They eventually added Ringo before they recorded "Love me do" in 1962.

Enjoy "Something" and "Here comes the sun", two of his best songs from "Abbey Road".    



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We remember that George Harrison died of cancer on a November day like this in 2001.  His death was not a shock because we knew that he had been deteriorating for months.

George was a teenager when he met Paul & John in Liverpool.  Later, they formed the band that ended up as The Beatles.  

George played lead guitar and did some background vocals as well.  He was referred to as the "quiet Beatle" because he was always playing behind John and Paul.  

It's easy to be "quiet" when you are playing behind the "songwriting" machine of Lennon-McCartney!  Nevertheless, his wonderful guitar is heard in everyone of The Beatles's hits, from "Ticket to Ride" to "Day Tripper" to "Come Together".

George was always there but we just didn't notice him that much!

He did compose and sang "Something", a # 1 song and the only time that one of George's compositions was selected as the A-side of a Beatles' single.  

It's hard to believe that died that years ago.   Where did the time go?



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1963: Ernesto Lecuona died and left us a legacy of great songs


Ernesto Lecuona, the greatest Cuban composer of the 20th century, died on this day in 1963.  His story is one of music and more music:
"Ernesto Lecuona was born in Guanabacoa, Cuba, across the bay from Havana, on August 6, 1895, but for an unexplained reason he actually observed his birthday as August 7, 1896. 
His musical talent was already discernible at age three. Following initial piano studies with his sister, Ernestina, he continued at the Conservatorio Peyrellade with Antonio Saaverda and the famed Joaquin Nin. 
At 17 he graduated from the National Conservatory of Havana with a gold medal in performance. 
He had become a prodigious pianist indeed and his talents were soon on view for the first time outside Cuba when he appeared at Aeolian Hall, New York City in 1916. 
While his ties to his native Cuba were always strong, this initial performance in New York paved the way for an increasing presence in the United States, both as concert pianist and as composer, which eventually led to his permanent move to Florida in 1960, following the rise to power of the Communist leader, Fidel Castro in 1959. 
Lecuona produced a veritable torrent of music during his 70 years, including a number of major pop songs, such as the well-remembered, "Malaguena" the bright and rhythmic, "Siboney," with which one can almost hear the clicking accompaniment of castanets "Always in My Heart" and "Andalucia," better remembered for its Americanized version, “The Breeze and I," which became in the late '30s a popular recording hit by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
While we honor the late Ernesto Lecuona for his wonderful collection of memorable and tuneful songs, his talents in music-making were literally all over the map. 
In addition to more than 400 songs, he also created 176 piano pieces, 53 theater works (zarzuelas, operettas, theatrical revues and an opera), 31 orchestral scores, 6 pieces for piano and orchestra, 3 violin works, a trio, 5 ballets, 11 film scores and many incidental arrangements.
Lecuona's work stretched considerably beyond the printed score sheet. He was the co-founder of the Havana Symphony Orchestra, the Lecuona Cuban Boys Band and La Orquesta de la Habana. 
During the '30s and '40s, he was hired to create a number of motion picture scores for MGM, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox, and his score for the 1942 Warner Bros. film Always in My Heart was nominated for an Academy Award. 
At one time he also served as honorary cultural attaché to the Cuban embassy in Washington. He also gave successful performances in Carnegie Hall.
Lecuona, who had moved permanently to Tampa, Florida in 1960, died three years later of a heart attack while on a trip to Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. 
He is buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY."
He died many years ago today and left us a wonderful musical legacy.  







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Sunday, November 28, 2010

We remember Sara Montiel (1928-2013)



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We remember the great Sara Montiel!   She was born 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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November 1964 and "Leader of the pack" was # 1 on the radio

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It was released the first week of December 1964 and a few years before my brother and I started buying and collecting 45's. 

It was the year of Beatlemania and what they used to call "The British invasion" of the US charts.

It was also the month that The Shangri-Las hit # 1 in the US charts with "The Leader of the Pack".

The girls were Mary Ann Ganser, Marge Ganser and Mary Weiss.  They had a unique style of singing and speaking in their songs!  

They were very young and had a few other hits but nothing came close to the success of "The Leader of the pack".

According to songfacts:
"This is a tale of young love, parental disapproval and death by motorbike."
It is one of my all time favorite "girl group" classics:







Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Shangri Las and "The leader of the pack"







It was 1964 and the year of "Beatlemania" and what they used to call "The British invasion" of the US charts.

It was rare for a US group to break through but The Shangri-Las hit # 1 in the US charts with "The Leader of the Pack".

The girls were Mary Ann Ganser, Marge Ganser and Mary Weiss.  They had a unique "look" and "hair style".      

They were very young and had a few other hits but nothing came close to the success of "The Leader of the pack".


According to songfacts:


"This is a tale of young love, parental disapproval and death by motorbike."


It is one of my all time favorite "girl group" classics.


The Shangri Las
The leader of the pack

"Is she really going out with him?
Well, there she is. Let's ask her.

Betty, is that Jimmy's ring you're wearing?

Mm-hmm

Gee, it must be great riding with him

Is he picking you up after school today?

Uh-uh 
By the way, where'd you meet him?


I met him at the candy store

He turned around and smiled at me

You get the picture? (yes, we see)

That's when I fell for (the leader of the pack)


My folks were always putting him down (down, down)

They said he came from the wrong side of town

(whatcha mean when ya say that he came from the wrong side of town?)

They told me he was bad

But I knew he was sad

That's why I fell for (the leader of the pack)
One day my dad said, "Find someone new"

I had to tell my Jimmy we're through

(whatcha mean when ya say that ya better go find somebody new?)

He stood there and asked me why

But all I could do was cry

I'm sorry I hurt you (the leader of the pack)
He sort of smiled and kissed me goodbye

The tears were beginning to show

As he drove away on that rainy night

I begged him to go slow

But whether he heard, I'll never know

Look out! Look out! Look out! Look out!


I felt so helpless, what could I do?

Remembering all the things we'd been through

In school they all stop and stare

I can't hide the tears, but I don't care

I'll never forget him (the leader of the pack)

The leader of the pack - now he's gone

The leader of the pack - now he's gone

The leader of the pack - now he's gone

The leader of the pack - now he's gone...."






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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

1963: Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald


On this day in 1963, millions of people saw Jack Ruby, a Dallas businessman, shoot Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged killer of President Kennedy.    It happened as the authorities were taking Oswald to another jail.   It also occurred about 48 hours after the assassination of the president.

To say the least, it shocked the nation.  

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Pres. Lincoln-----Thanksgiving 1863



Thanksgiving Day 1863 Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln:

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

Abraham Lincoln

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Troy Aikman, Hall of Famer on the field and great as a game analyst




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Has it been so many years since the Cowboys played in a Super Bowl?  Can you believe that?  

Those were the days when Troy Aikman led the Cowboys to 3 Super Bowls in 4 years.

On the field, Aikman was great:  # 1 draft choice, 3 Super Bowl rings, a couple of Super Bowl MVPs and a great role model and citizen. 

Since he stopped playing, Aikman has been a Fox Sports analyst.   He is grown to be an excellent game analyst.





Friday, November 19, 2010

We remember Gene Tierney 1920-1991

Gene Tierney was born on this day in 1921.   Her father was a very successful insurance broker and Gene had a chance to study in Connecticut and Switzerland.

She played many famous roles:  

Martha Strable Van Cleve in "Heaven Can Wait" (1943), Isabel Bradley Maturin in "The Razor's Edge" (1946), Lucy Muir in "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947), Ann Sutton in "Whirlpool" (1949), Maggie Carleton McNulty in "The Mating Season" (1951), and Anne Scott in "The Left Hand of God" (1955).

My favorite is "Laura".   She was nominated for best actress in that role from the 1944 movie.



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1863: The Gettysburg Address


We remember today one of the greatest moments in US history:
"On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln boards a train for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to deliver a short speech at the dedication of a cemetery of soldiers killed during the battle there on July 1 to July 3, 1863. 
The address Lincoln gave in Gettysburg became one of the most famous speeches in American history.Lincoln had given much thought to what he wanted to say at Gettysburg, but nearly missed his chance to say it. Shortly before the trip, Lincoln's son, Tad, became ill with a fever. The president and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln were no strangers to juvenile illness: They had already lost two sons to disease. Prone to fits of hysteria, Mary Lincoln panicked when her husband prepared to leave. However, Lincoln felt the opportunity to speak at Gettysburg and present his defense of the war was too important to miss, so he boarded a train and headed to Pennsylvania.Despite his son's illness, Lincoln was in good spirits during the journey. He was accompanied by an entourage that included Secretary of State William Seward, Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, Interior Secretary John Usher, Lincoln's personal secretaries John Hay and John Nicolay, several members of the diplomat corps, some foreign visitors, a Marine band, and a military escort.When Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg, he was handed a telegram that lifted his spirits: Tad was feeling much better. Lincoln enjoyed an evening dinner and a serenade by the Fifth New York Artillery Band before he retired to finalize his famous Gettysburg Address."
A great speech and one that should be remembered by every new generation.

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We remember Roy Campanella (1921-1993)


Roy Campanella, who became one of the key figures of the Dodgers' great teams of the 1950s, was born  on this day in 1921.   Later, Roy made his major league debut in July 1948.   He got a double in his first at bat.

Campy, as he was known, was one of the greatest catchers of his era.  He was the NL MVP in 1951, 1953 & 1955 when the Dodgers finally beat the Yankees in the World Series.  

Elected to The Hall of Fame in 1969.   He died in 1993.

He retired after a car crash left him paralyzed after the 1957 season.  

His numbers were very impressive for a catcher:   .276 batting average, 242 HR & 856 RBI.   



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1863: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address



Today, we recall Pres Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It is probably the greatest presidential speech ever.


Pres Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was a few months after the Union won the decisive Battle of Gettysburg.


Here is the text:


"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.


Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.



We are met on a great battle-field of that war.


We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.
It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground.

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." (Abraham Lincoln Online)



1986: Mike Schmidt won his 3rd MVP.

In 1986, Mike Schmidt earned his 3rd MVP:  .290, 37 HR & 119 RBI.  
It was his 3rd MVP award of the decade!
His career numbers were awesome:  548 HR & 1, 595 RBI.   Schmidt was the last guy in the world that you wanted to face with the game on the line!
He played for several Phillies championship teams, including the 1980 World Series champs and the 1983 NL champs.   He was also a part of the 1976, 1977 & 1978 NL East champs!
Along the way, he hit four home runs in one game on April 17, 1976, won six Silver Slugger Awards, including five consecutive (1980 through 1984, then one more in 1986) & won ten Gold Glove Awards.
Last, but not least, he ranked 28th by The Sporting News when they released their 100 Greatest Baseball Players in the history of baseball.

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