Thursday, December 30, 2004

Martin Dihigo, Cuban American success story



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Guest: Fernando Hernandez, author of "The Cubans".  We discussed the life and times of Martin Dihigo, Cuban baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame..........

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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

A couple of recent presidents who died on this day



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We remember two amazing men of the Midwest who died on this day.   

President Truman died in 1972:

Truman served as president for two terms from 1945 to 1953, when he and his wife Bess happily retired to Independence, Missouri, where he referred to himself jokingly as “Mr. Citizen.” He was hospitalized on December 4, 1972, with lung congestion, heart irregularity, kidney blockages and failure of the digestive system. He died on December 26. A very subdued and private funeral, fitting for the down-to-earth Truman, was held in Independence according to his and his family’s wishes.

I remember the day that he died.   I recall the news flash on the radio.   It was not a surprise since Mr. Truman had been very ill for days.   

President Ford died in 2006 very late in the day in California.    Most of his obituaries were actually published on December 27.   Like me, most people I did not hear about it until the next day:

Thrust by Mr. Nixon’s resignation into an office he had never sought, Mr. Ford occupied the White House for just 896 days. 
But they were pivotal days of national introspection, involving America’s first definitive failure in a war and the first resignation of a president. 
It was Mr. Ford’s uncommon virtue to have presided with a common touch.

Mr. Ford had been out of the public view for a long time.  I do remember him at the 2000 GOP convention.   In 2004, President Bush paid him a visit during the campaign.

As we mentioned above, VP Truman became president when President FDR died in 1945.  He was not well known and it must have been quite a task to follow a political giant of the 20th century.  

Nevertheless, It was President Truman who made the decision to drop nuclear bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  He also gave us The Truman Doctrine, CIA, NATO, The Marshall Plan and a few other things that left his footprint on US history in the 20th century.

VP Ford became president when President Nixon resigned in 1974.  He is the only man never elected to the office.  

In 1976, Governor Carter ran as the outsider in "a change election".  We must point out that Mr. Ford made quite a comeback that year and it ended up a lot closer than anyone predicted that summer during the conventions.  

President Ford 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!   It was the right thing to do as he always said when asked about it.

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

They also did not aspire to be president but rather took over and performed to the best of their abilities.   

And I say often, I was very proud to cast my first vote for president for President Ford in 1976.

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We remember "super glove man" Aurelio Rodríguez (1947-2000)


We remember Aurelio Rodriguez.   He was born in Mexico on this day in 1947 and died tragically in 2000.
Aurelio broke with the Angels in 1967.    He hit 19 HRS with 83 RBI in 1970.  
After that, he was better known for his incredible glove at third base.   He finally won the Gold Glove in 1976 after Brooks Robinson of the Orioles won 16 in a row.
Overall, he hit .237, 124 HR & 648 RBI in 2,017 games.   He was a great defensive third baseman and that's why he played such a long career with the Angels, Tigers & Yankees.  
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The story of Desi Arnaz with Fernando Hernandez, author

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Guest: Fernando Hernandez, author of "The Cubans", joins us for the story of Desi Arnaz, TV star and executive........

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Monday, December 27, 2004

2013: Cuban Americans remember their first Christmas in the US

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Roberto Goizueta, a Cuban American story, with Fernando Hernandez, author


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GUEST:  Fernando Hernandez, author of "The Cubans".   

We will discuss the story of Roberto Goizueta, President, Chairman of the Board,  and Chief Financial Officer of Coca Cola..........

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Sunday, December 26, 2004

We remember Phil Spector (1939-2021)





Phil Spector was born in the Bronx, NY, on this day in 1939 and died in prison in January 2021.    A few years ago, he was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the 2003 fatal shooting of actress Lana Clarkson.

From "Be my baby" "You've lost that loving feeling" to the excessively produced Beatles "Let it Be" LP to a great "Christmas album", Spector was regarded as a master of production.

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2006: President Ford died in California


Most of us woke up to the news in 2006 that President Ford, the 38th president of the US, had died the night before in California.    He was 93.

My generation remembers that President Ford took over for President Nixon that historic day of 1974.   Nixon resigned and VP Ford moved to the presidency.    


Who can ever forget President Nixon's farewell statement at The White House?   Or President Ford's brief inauguration speech?


The 38th President served for a short time because he lost the 1976 election to Governor Carter.   


Nevertheless, he is remembered as a man of integrity and exactly the right man that the country needed at the time.

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Who remembers watching “Marcelino pan y vino”?

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Many years ago, my father took my brother and I to see “Marcelino pan y vino” in Cuba.   I don’t remember when we saw it but it should have been around 1962.   The movie was shown at a church.   My guess is that it was not a public event because the Catholic schools had already been shut down.
“Marcelino is an orphan who grows up in a monastery. One day when he eats his small meal in a room full of old things he gives a piece of his bread to an old wooden Jesus figure – and indeed it takes the bread and eats it. Getting a wish granted for his donation Marcelino wishes to see his mother…”
Years later, I found the movie in the US and watched it with my parents again.   It brought back a lot of memories to all of us.
The Spanish version came out in 1955.   The English version, known as “The Miracle of Marcelino” came out in 1956.
It is not a Christmas movie but a good one to enjoy with family at this time:
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Ernesto Lecuona, Moises Simons and other great Cuban composers


We spoke Sunday with Fernando Hernandez (author of The Cubans) about Ernesto Lecuona and Moises Simons, two great Cuban composers. 

Lecuona was a legendary composer.

Simons composed "El Manicero", or the most famous Cuban song. 

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Saturday, December 25, 2004

We remember Humphrey Bogart (1899-1957)


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We remember Humphrey Bogart who was born in New York on this day in 1899.  He died in 1957.  

Over the years, Bogart became one of the legendary actors of Hollywood, from "Casablanca" and "The treasure of Sierra Madre".   

A great actor!

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We remember Clara Barton (1821-1912)


We remember Clara Barton who was born in Massachusetts on this day in 1821.  She died in 1912.

During her travels to Europe, she saw the work of the Swiss Red Cross over there.  She was inspired to start the organization in the US.
On May 21, 1881, Clara Barton and others started the branch in Washington DC.

We remember a great humanitarian and organization.
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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Dec 23, 1783: George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army



We remember Paul Hornung (1935-2020)

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We remember Paul Hornung, who was born on this day in 1935 and died in 2020.    He played with the Packers from 1957 to 1966, winning 4 NFL titles and the first Super Bowl.  

Paul scored 760 points in nine seasons on 62 TD, 190 PATs and 66 FG.     On top of that, he gained 3,711 yards rushing and 1,480 yards on pass receptions.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

A word about Paco De Lucia (1947-2014)

Many years ago, I heard a great song on the radio.  It was performed in a Spanish flamenco style.  The announcer said "Paco de Lucia" and I stopped by a local classical music store and got me a copy.  I became a big fan instantly.

Paco Lucia was born on this day in 1947.   We were very heartbroken to hear that Paco de Lucia died during a vacation in Mexico in 2014.

Everyone should listen to his version of "Concierto de Aranjuez".

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We remember Carl Wilson (1946-98) & "God only knows"





We remember Carl Wilson, one of the Wilson brothers, who formed The Beach Boys.  Carl was born on this day in 1946 and died in 1998.

Carl was the lead vocalist in "God only knows", one of the greatest love songs ever.    

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Monday, December 20, 2004

2019: Christmas with Frank Burke, author & businessman


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Guest: Frank Burke, businessman and author......We will talk about Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020................

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Sunday, December 19, 2004

We remember Walt "No neck" Williams (1943-2016)


We remember Walt Williams who was born on this day in 1943.  He died in 2016.

In the early 1970s, it was a treat to watch the Chicago White Sox play the Milwaukee Brewers at the old County Stadium.

During that time, the White Sox had a stocky outfielder (5'6" & 165 lbs) with one of the greatest nicknames in baseball, or "No neck" Williams.   His wife said that he got the nickname in his first year of baseball.   

"No neck" played for several years with Chicago, Cleveland and New York Yankees.   His best season was 1969 when he hit .304 with 133 hits.    Overall, he retired with a very respectable .270 career batting average.

Walt "No neck" Williams.    I loved the nickname and very aggressive style on the field.

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Friday, December 17, 2004

Merry Christmas is the right message


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Christmas is too commercial, too material. There is not enough Christ in Christmas.

For years, I have objected to the excessive commercialization of Christmas.   I don't like it at all.  I hate hearing Christmas music on the day after Thanksgiving.  In fact, some of our radio stations go 24/7 Christmas after Thanksgiving. I don't like it.

However, the attack on Christmas is just as crazy.

The US is a Christian majority nation. We were founded under Judeo-Christian traditions.

No one should be offended by "Merry Christmas" or nativity symbols. 

I am not upset when I see Jewish symbols related to holidays. I think that it's great that everyone can practice their religion freely.

"Seculars" have gone crazy, from "Under God" in the pledge to this massive attack on Christian symbols.

I am happy that Bill O'Reilly has made a big issue of this. I am happier that Americans are putting pressure on stores to display Christmas symbols.

Again, thanks to Bill O'Reilly for his work.

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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

We remember Pearl Harbor 1941

Like so many others, my father learned of the attack on the radio.   He was 15 and probably did not know where the island was.   However, he quickly figured out that things would get very complicated and very soon.   

We remember the 3,000 who were killed that day and the brave ones who went to war after.

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We remember Pearl Harbor 1941


Today, we remember Pearl Harbor.   Again, we recall the bravery of everyone who died and fought in WW 2.

Let's hope that new generations always remember this day.

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Sunday, October 31, 2004

October 2004: Our first blog post

How about a little history?

We started this blog on October 29, 2004 by predicting the reelection of Bush 52-47% and about 300 electoral votes. It turned out 51-48% and 286 EVs. I was wrong about New Jersey. I thought that New Jersey would flip for Bush because of all of the corruption and Democrat scandals in that state.

Keep reading the blog.   I don’t offend anyone but I tell you where I stand.   Again, we thank you for your support!    

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Friday, October 29, 2004

My first post from 2004: Bush will win

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(This is my first post from the blog)

Bush will win.

The popular vote will be 52-47. It may be closer, such as 50-49, if Kerry wins California and New York by over 15 points.

New Jersey is a Bush surprise. Gore won NJ by over 15 points!

Add Pennsylvania to that surprise list.

The electoral college will put Bush at around 300 votes.


P.S. The final vote was 51-48% and President Bush got 286 Electoral votes.    So I was pretty close!




Sunday, October 17, 2004

October 17, 1989: The San Francisco earthquake......


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On this day in 1989, I was listening to The World Series pre-game show on the English radio station in Mexico City.  The signal disappeared and the the announcer came back saying that an earthquake had hit the area.

It turned out to be a bad one.  I remember watching the TV scenes later that night.

The series was anti-climatic and the A's swept the Giants.  We recall that moment when the signal went off the air and wondered what had happened in the Bay Area.







Wednesday, October 13, 2004

1975: Father Tiant watched his son Luis pitch beautifully in The World Series


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We remember Luis Tiant’s career because he won 229 games in the majors.   He also led the AL in ERA in 1968 and 1972.   Along with Juan Marichal, he was one of the best righthanders that we grew up watching. 
We also remember his father, one of the best pitchers in Cuban history and The Negro Leagues.   He pitched in the US, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, as well as touring with teams from 1926 through 1948.  Unfortunately, he never got to play in the major leagues. 
On this day in 1975, a proud father watched his son pitch a World Series beauty or a brilliant 6-0 shutout against Cincinnati in game 1 of the 1975 World Series.    He did it against a lineup that included Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, fellow Cuban Tony Perez, David Concepcion, George Foster and a few others.   They were called The Big Red Machine for a reason! 
Tiant came back and won game 4 with a complete game that featured 163 pitches!   He started game 6, after a few days of rain, but did not get a decision.  That was the game where Carlton Fisk hit the HR in the bottom of the 12th. 
And we recall that his father died in 1976.  It must have been a very emotional moment to catch his son pitch in the major leagues for the first time! 
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Saturday, October 09, 2004

1967: Che still dead after all these years

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Back in October 1967, Che was captured and executed. 
His “revolution” in Bolivia failed miserably, in large part because he couldn’t get local support or fight well-trained soldiers. 
What was Che doing in Bolivia?  Why did he disappear in 1965 and then show up in Bolivia?  There are lots of potential reasons, as my friend Humberto Fontova wrote in his great book Exposing the Real Che Guevara: And the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him.
Who knows for sure?  Perhaps a Raul Castro memoir may shed some light on the issue. Don’t bet on it!
Once again, let me say it over and over again: If you love Che, you do not love freedom.
One of my favorite quotes about Che came from William Meyers:
“Che’s picture was certainly not displayed during the Solidarity protests in Poland in the 1980s or in the Tiananmen Square demonstration in China in 1989, when men and women genuinely hazarded their lives for freedom.”
That’s right.
Che continues to be very popular with the anti-U.S. crowd. He is not very respected by those who lived under communism, such as the Polish workers or Chinese dissidents.
Che was a killer. He did not hold a single election or tolerate any dissent. 

1967: The end of Che and start of the myth



Che Guevara, the fellow on all those t-shirts at the left-wing rally, was captured and executed many years ago this week.
By 1965, Che faded from public life.  He reappeared in 1966 in Bolivia where he hoped to bring about a revolution.
In October 1967, he was captured and executed by Bolivian troops.
Che subsequently became “the image” on all those t-shirts.  He became the ultimate anti-U.S. symbol, the image that every left-wing group goes to when its members have a gripe against the U.S.
Ironically, he was captured because the campaign in Bolivia failed miserably.  It failed for two reasons, as Humberto Fontova explained in “Exposing the real Che”:
1) Bolivia was not Cuba; and,
2) The natives in Bolivia never bought into the idea that a white guy from Argentina was there to save them.  In the end, it was the villagers he was trying to “liberate” who turned him in.  Again, the Bolivian campaign was a total failure.
Che was a murderer and a man who said awful things about blacks and Mexicans.  It’s hard to see how any liberal in the West would dare wear his image on a t-shirt!
He has been burning in hell since 1967.  Let him burn!
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October 9, 1940: We remember John Lennon


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We remember that John Lennon was born on this day in Liverpool in 1940.  

Once in a while, I check out a Beatles' song with John doing the lead vocals.     Let me tell you about two of my favorites:

"Strawberry Fields Forever" gets better with age.   It is a song about his childhood in Liverpool.

 "Dear Prudence", from the "White Album", is about their trip to India in 1968.

They are both great songs and wonderful reminders of John Lennon.

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Saturday, September 25, 2004

We remember Phil Rizzuto (1917-2007)


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We remember Phil Rizzuto, who was born in Brooklyn on this day in 1917.  Phil was born in the New York area and got to play shortstop with great Yankee teams. 

His teammates included Joe DiMaggio and Yogi Berra, played for the legendary Casey Stengel and got to watch young Mickey Mantle break into baseball. (Hall of Famer was Yankees All-Star shortstop, broadcaster)

Like many others of his generation, Rizutto served in the military during WW2.

After baseball, Phil called over 1,000 games on radio and TV.

What a great life!   Rizutto was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1994.

Last, but not least, Rizzuto played with the 1949-53 Yankees or the team that won the Series 5 years in a row.

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Friday, September 24, 2004

We remember Gerry Marsden (1942-2021)

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Gerry Marsden was born in Liverpool, England in 1942.     He was a contemporary of John Lennon & Paul McCartney in the local music scene.  He died in January 2021.


Gerry and the Pacemakers had hits in the UK and then came over with The Beatles during the so called "British Invasion" of 1964-65.     Some of their hits were "How Do You Do It," "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey".


The group faded in 1966 but they were a big favorite in oldies radio and concerts in the US.   


They had a great sound.

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Saturday, August 21, 2004

We remember Kenny Rogers (1938-2020)

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Kenny Rogers was born in Houston, Texas on this day in 1938 and died in March 2020.    Kenny became one of the biggest recording starts of the last 50 years.    His songs are heard daily on pop and country radio.   
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Friday, August 20, 2004

August 1968: Warsaw Pact tanks crush the Prague Spring

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The USSR and The Warsaw Pact are now history.  It all collapsed at the end of 1991.  
In other words, most young people younger than 35 have no emotional involvement with what we grew up with.  They’ve probably never heard of the Berlin Wall or the 1956 Hungarian revolution or the atrocities of communism.
Prague is now the capital of the Czech Republic and Slovakia is another country.  It all seems like a past so long ago.
Some of us are old enough to remember this week the 200,000 Warsaw Pact troops and 5,000 tanks that invaded Czechoslovakia to crush the “Prague Spring”.
It was a dark day for freedom.  Like the Hungarians in 1956, the people of Czechoslovakia were given a taste of Soviet “tolerance.”  The “Prague Spring” was all about freedom and reforms but the Kremlin did not accept it and sent the tanks in.
A sad day for those of us who were watching from the West.  We remember today all the people who stood up to Soviet tanks in Prague. 
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