Tuesday, December 18, 1990

A Christmas tree story from Communist Romania

It was Christmas week 1989, and the old Soviet bloc was falling apart and undergoing a birth of freedom.  In Romania, a communist dictatorship collapsed this week:
The end of 42 years of communist rule came three days after Ceausescu’s security forces opened fire on demonstrators in Timisoara. After the army’s defection, Ceausescu and his wife fled from Bucharest in a helicopter but were captured and convicted of mass murder in a hasty military trial. On December 25, they were executed by a firing squad.
Watching all of this was Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh, who left in the late 1970s looking for freedom.  She left her family behind.
She wrote about her Romanian memories, her parents, and a Christmas tree.
Here is the beginning of the article:
As long as I can remember, my Dad came home every December with a scraggly blue spruce, fragrant with the scent of winter, tiny icicles hanging from the branches. The frozen miniature crystal daggers would melt quickly on Mom’s well-scrubbed parquet floor. I never knew nor asked where he had found it, or how he could afford it.
His modest salary of $70 a month barely covered the rent, utilities, and food.
Mom had to work as well to afford our clothes. Prices were subsidized by the government and salaries were very low for everybody regardless of education and skill. We had to make do with very little.
It is a great article and should be read in full.
Merry Christmas!  It is especially meaningful to those of us who understand communism and efforts to celebrate Christmas.
Merry Christmas, and remember those who are not as fortunate as Americans are.
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Saturday, November 24, 1990

2013: Cuban Americans and the first Thanksgiving in the US

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Sunday, January 07, 1990

We remember Tony Conigliaro (1945-1990)

Tony Conigliaro was born in Revere, Massachusetts, on this day in 1945.

"Tony C" broke with Boston in 1964 and hit 24 HR in 111 games.  He followed that with 32 & 28 HR the next two seasons. 

Without a doubt, Tony C was destined for super stardom.   

Unfortunately, Tony Conigliaro was hit by a pitch in August 1967 and his career would never be the same.  Tony C, as he was known at the time, was hitting .267 with 20 HR & 67 RBI in 95 games. He was out for the rest of the year, missed the 1967 World Series and the 1968 season!

Tony came back in 1969 and did very well in 1970 with 36 HR & 116 RBI. Unfortunately, he was out of the game by 1971.

A sad story. He had the personality and power to be one of the all time Red Sox players but never recovered from that eye injury.

Tony C was the only teenager in MLB history to hit 25 home runs in a season, as well as the youngest player in American League history to reach 100 career home runs.

He died in 1990.
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