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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