Saturday, December 18, 1999

We remember Zoilo Versalles (1939-1995)

Zoilo Casanova Versalles y Rodríguez was born on this day 1939 in Marianao, Cuba. He broke with the Senators (now the Twins) and became a pretty good shortstop in the early 1960’s.

In 1965, Versalles won the AL MVP and led the Twins to the World Series against the LA Dodgers: .273 with 19 HR & 77 RBI’s plus 42 doubles, 13 triples and 126 runs scored. It was a great season for the young man from Marianao, and one of the many who played in the Cuban winter league and later in the majors.

Zoilo died in 1995. In 2005, he was posthumously honored by induction into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.

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Tuesday, December 14, 1999

1799: President Washington died in Mt Vernon

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George Washington, our first president, died on this day in 1799.    Washington was living in Mt Vernon, his retirement home after leaving the White House in 1797.   

Without question, He was the most important and consequential American of that period. 

He will always be remembered as the indispensable American or the one who made the country possible.   

This is why we refer to him as first in peace, first in war and first in the hearts of his countrymen.

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Thursday, November 25, 1999

Happy Thanksgiving: Say thanks and eat a lot of food


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Saturday, January 02, 1999

We remember Barry Goldwater (1909-1998)

Barry Goldwater was born on this day in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1909.    Senator Goldwater died in 1998.

Our family arrived in Wisconsin from Cuba in Sept '64.   One month later, Mickey Mantle played in his last World Series. The Cardinals beat the Yankees in 7 games.

Two months later, Pres. Lyndon Johnson beat Republican Barry Goldwater in a
huge landslide. In fact, calling it a landslide may be moderate. LBJ got 61% of the vote.  No one has come close to that except for Nixon '72 and Reagan '84!

However, Goldwater won in so many ways.

First, he introduced Ronald Reagan to the country.   In October 1964, Mr. Reagan delivered that great speech
A time for choosing.

Second, he introduced me and others to the conservative movement. Eventually, I joined Young Americans for Freedom and committed myself to certain political principles: love of family, the free market and a strong national security posture.

In the 1970's, our generation knocked on doors and licked envelopes supporting Republican candidates. We helped Nixon win in '72. We suffered a major setback with Watergate but turned it around in '78 when Republicans had a huge election night.

Why did the Republicans become a majority? Because we had ideas. The author of those ideas was Barry Goldwater. The spokesman became Reagan.

In 1980,
Reagan carried 41 states, elected a Republican Senate and I had one of the happiest nights of my life. In so many ways, Goldwater's mission was complete because Reagan was a devout follower of Goldwater's ideas.

George Will summarized Goldwater in 'The Cheerful Malcontent'
"We -- 27,178,188 of us -- who voted for him in 1964 believe he won, it just took 16 years to count the votes."
Goldwater died in 1998. (Read his obituary

He was one of the most consequential figures of the last 50 years. Besides Reagan, no one created more conservatives than Barry Goldwater.

Last, but not least, his books were a delight!

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