Sunday, December 31, 2000
"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.
Friday, December 29, 2000
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........
Tuesday, December 26, 2000
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.
Saturday, December 23, 2000
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.
Friday, December 22, 2000
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.
Tuesday, December 19, 2000
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.
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
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.
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.
What would Beethoven think of Chuck Berry? My guess is that he'd love him as much as we do.
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