Sunday, December 31, 2000

1967: The Beatles' "Hello goodbye" was # 1 on Billboard USA this week

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The Beatles ended 1967 with "Hello goodbye" as the # 1 song on Billboard USA.....It was also included in the US version of "Magical Mystery Tour"..........in the UK, the film soundtrack was issued in a double EP format..........the B-side was "I am the walrus" and it got some radio airplay............

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We remember Roberto Clemente (1934-72)

Roberto Clemente was killed in a plane crash many years ago:
"On December 31, 1972, an airplane chartered by the professional baseball player Roberto Clemente to bring food and other relief supplies to survivors of a recent earthquake in Nicaragua crashes shortly after takeoff from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Five people were killed in the crash, including Clemente, whose body was never recovered."
Like most of you, I was shocked to hear the news.       

Clemente hit .317 and got # 3,000 on his last at-bat of the 1972 season.   He was the MVP of the 1971 World Series and hit .318 in the postseason.

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Friday, December 29, 2000

2015: A chat with Juanjo Casals

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Guest:  Juanjo Casal, musician and leader of Los Casals, a pop music band from Uruguay.............the band will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year......over the years, the band has performed a variety of music and enjoys great support from fans in Latin America..........you can see some of their performances in YouTube........plus other stories........

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Tuesday, December 26, 2000

President Truman (1972) and President Ford (2006)

Image result for ford and truman imagesWe remember two amazing men who died on this day.   President Truman died in 1972 and President Ford in 2006.

VP Truman became president when President FDR died in 1945.  He was not well known and followed a political giant of the 20th century.   It was President Truman who made the decision to drop nuclear bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  He put in motion "The Truman Doctrine" that guided US foreign policy until the collapse of the USSR in 1991.   In other words, his presidency was one of the most consequential of the 20th century,

VP Ford became president when President Nixon resigned in 1974.  He served about 30 months but did much to restore confidence in the presidency after Watergate.  His pardon of Nixon was vindicated over time, a profile in courage!

They were both Midwestern men, of great integrity and character.

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Saturday, December 23, 2000

1951: The first NFL title game on national TV


The LA Rams beat the Cleveland Browns in the 1951 NFL title game.    The final score was 24-17.     

The Rams scored 10 points in the 4th quarter to win the game.

It was also the first televised NFL title game ever.    You can catch the game here.

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Friday, December 22, 2000

We remember Robin & Maurice Gibb today

Robin and Maurice, Barry's younger twin brothers, were born on this day in 1949.  Unfortunately, Maurice died suddenly in 2003 and Robin from cancer in 2012.

I love their 3-part harmonies and songwriting skills.   

From 'New York Mining Disaster 1941" in the spring of 1967 to "This is where I came in", their last LP in 2001, the Brothers Gibb recorded and wrote some of the best songs of the last 50 years.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2000

We remember Al Kaline (1934-2020)


We remember Al Kaline who was born in Baltimore in 1934 and died in 2020.    

Kaline broke with the Detroit Tigers in 1953.

In 1955, he won the AL batting title, the youngest champion ever at age 20.  

Kaline played right field for the next two decades and finished in the top 3 of AL batting leaders five more times.  He also hit 399 HR and won 10 Gold Gloves.

In 1974, he retired with 3,008 hits and was inducted to the Hall of Fame in 1980.

One of my all time favorites.   I saw him play several times.

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We remember Maurice White (1941-2016)


We remember Maurice White who was born on this day in 1941.  He died in 2016.

Back in the 1970's, Maurice White founded "Earth wind & fire", a great band that sold 90 million records.    They had a great sound!

The band recorded so many great songs:

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Saturday, December 16, 2000

December 1944: We remember The Battle of The Bulge


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On this day in 1944, the brutal Battle of The Bulge began.  

It was Germany's last roar and the attack cost them 120,000 men, 1,600 planes, and 700 tanks.    They had nothing left after that but the war went on until April 1945.

The US and allies had rough losses too:  80,000 killed, wounded, or missing in action.  The US had 5,000 casualties or the heaviest single battle toll ever.

We recall the men who died in the battle and all of the soldiers who fought back the Nazi attack.

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Happy birthday Mr. Beethoven (1770-1827)

We remember Ludwig van Beethoven born on this day in 1770.    He died in 1827.

During his life, Beethoven composed some of the great masterpieces of music, from the symphonies to sonatas. 

To be fair, there is a bit of confusion regarding his actual date of birth.   I have seen both December 16th & 17th.   Nevertheless, we will go with the birthday greetings anyway and remember the amazing composer.

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My guess is that "birthday boy Beethoven" would love Chuck Berry as much as we do!

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We salute Ludwig Van Beethoven born in Vienna on this day in 1770.   

What would Beethoven think of Chuck Berry?   My guess is that he'd love him as much as we do.

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"Roll Over Beethoven"

Well gonna write a little letter
Gonna mail it to my local D.J.
It's a rocking little record
I want my jockey to play
Roll over Beethoven
Gotta hear it again today

You know my temperature's rising
And the jukebox blows a fuse
My heart beating rhythm
While my soul keeps singing the blues
Roll over Beethoven
And tell Tchaikovsky the news

I got a rocking pneumonia
I need a shot of rhythm and blues
I think I caught it off the writer
Sittin' down by the rhythm reviews
Roll over Beethoven
We're rockin' in two by two

Well if you feel it and like it
Well get your lover and reel and rock it
Roll it over and move on up
Just triffle further and reel and rock it
Roll it over
Roll over Beethoven
A rocking in two by two - Ooo

Well early in the morning
I'm a giving you the warning
Don't you step on my blue suede shoes
Hey diddle diddle
I'll play my fiddle
Ain't got nothing to lose
Roll over Beethoven
And tell Tchaikovsky the news

You know she wiggles like a glow worm
Dance like a spinning top
She's got a crazy partner
Oughta see them reel an rock
Long as she's got a dime
The music will never stop
Roll over Beethoven
Roll over Beethoven
Roll over Beethoven
Roll over Beethoven
Roll over Beethoven
Dig to these rhythm and blues


Wednesday, December 13, 2000

2000: Bush v Gore was finally settled weeks later


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On this day in 2000, The Supreme Court finally ended the election recounts after several weeks of partisan politics and marches here there and everywhere.
We remember that The Supreme Court decided Bush v Gore:
“Seven of the nine Justices recognized, as Will puts it, that “the standardless recount ordered by the Florida court – different rules in different counties regarding different kinds of chads and different ways of discerning voter intent – violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws.””  (PowerLine)
At the end of the day, the US Supreme Court correctly stopped VP Gore’s plan, or selective recounts in some counties.
By the way, Bush won every recount in Florida.  (In May 2001, or almost 6 months after, he won again: Newspapers’ recount shows Bush prevailed)
How many recounts was Bush supposed to win?
The 2000 election, and the bloody recount, set the stage for “Bush Derangement Syndrome” and the left’s irrational war on the duly elected president of the US.
Let’s hope that we don’t see another repeat of the 2000 election in our lifetime.
Last, but not least, VP Gore would have been elected president if he had won his home state of Tennessee, i.e. 11 electoral votes!
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