Thursday, December 29, 2005

2012 show: The Cubans in the US: Show business celebrities with Fernando Hernandez

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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad




We wish you a very Merry Christmas with your family.

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

Apollo 8 and memories from Christmas 1968

1968 was actually a very tough year for everyone. There were riots all over the world, from Paris to Detroit. It was a tough summer.

Yet, 1968 ended with a bit of good news.

Apollo 8 went around the moon and gave us the most memorable moment of 1968.

It's hard to beat this one.

James Lovell was on this mission and would also be part of Apollo 13 a couple of years later.

I can still remember Christmas 1968 and listening to the 3 astronauts read from Genesis somewhere around the moon.

It was one of those moments that will live with me forever.

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

President Reagan and Grenada 1983



Back in October 1983, I was in Mexico City visiting some clients.

On the day of the Grenada invasion, I attended a scheduled lunch at a local chamber of commerce. There were several Mexican businessmen and politicians at my table.  

We quickly started talking about the news of the day; President Reagan's decision to invade Grenada.

Grenada was a small island where US citizens were attending medical school. Most people had never heard of Grenada or the Cuban efforts to turn the island into a communist beachhead, an important runway for Soviet MIGs.

However, the Reagan administration had their eye on Grenada for some time. They knew the strategic importance of Grenada and its proximity to The Panama Canal. 

As I sat down to have lunch, I found their reactions to be surprising, especially given Mexico's criticism of US support of the UK in the Falklands the year before.

I prepared myself for a lot of criticism of President Reagan and "Yankee imperialists." To my pleasant surprise, I heard the exact opposite:

1) One politician directly said: "Carter would have never done this! He would have been afraid";

2) A businessman said: "This is why I love Reagan....the man is "un lider", i.e. a leader;

My favorite one came from one prominent Mexican politician who gave me the thumbs up and said: Reagan 1, Castro 0!

After the lunch meeting, I walked back to my office trying to understand their reactions.

I came to one conclusion: People like to see US leadership and determination. They want a strong president because a weak US president is such a lousy alternative.

Thank you President Reagan for pushing Fidel Castro back and giving communism a major defeat!

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Everly Brothers are the right choice for # 1 duo of all time

Rolling Stone magazine just released their Top 20 music duos.    

The list will take you back, specially when you see "Sonny & Cher" at # 18, "The Carpenters" at # 10 and "Simon & Garfunkel" at # 3.  


For sure The Everly Brothers are # 1.

Phil and Don Everly were a huge influence in the music that followed them or the 1960s.

"All I have to do is dream" was one of their big hits.

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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Che: Burning in hell since 1967!


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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!
This is a great book.
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1967: Che is still burning in hell after all of these years

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Back in 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. 

Sunday, October 02, 2005

We remember Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

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Julius Henry Marx was born in New York City on October 2, 1890.    Later, he and the Marx Brothers made us laugh and laugh.    
Like many of you, I discovered The Marx Brothers in college.   I fell in love with their humor and watched several of their movies over and over again.    
My favorite is “A night at the opera” but the others are great, too!

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

We remember Grant Jackson (1942-2021)


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We remember Grant Jackson who was born in Florida on this day in 1942 and died February 2021.

Jackson broke with the Phillies in 1965.    He had a very good year in 1969:  14-18 with 13 Complete games, a 3.38 ERA and 180 K's.    


In 1971, Grant was traded to the Orioles and Earl Weaver turned him into a bullpen specialist.   He saved 12 games for the AL East champions in 1974.     


In 1977, Jackson went to the Pirates and continued his great work out of the bullpen.   


He played for Pittsburgh when they beat Baltimore in the 1979 World Series.   In fact, he won game 7 and retired 7 Orioles to keep the Pirates in the game.   


A great pitcher and very nice man as well.



Thursday, September 22, 2005

1993: Nolan Ryan’s last game



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What a game and I heard it on the radio.    Nolan Ryan pitched to a few Mariners, hurt his elbow and walked off the mound for the last time.   He couldn’t get out of the first inning!   He threw a 2-0 strike and he heard something pop.  And he knew it was over.
And I heard it on the radio!   Mark Holtz went down to the dugout and spoke with Ryan during the game.  It was that important of a moment.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Political humor with Antonio F Branco & Leslie Eastman



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Friday, September 02, 2005

1983: Remembering the day that the USSR shot down a Korean plane full of civilians

It was a shocker but it did happen many years ago:

"On September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines (KAL) flight 007 was on the last leg of a flight from New York City to Seoul, with a stopover in Anchorage, Alaska

As it approached its final destination, the plane began to veer far off its normal course. 

In just a short time, the plane flew into Russian airspace and crossed over the Kamchatka Peninsula, where some top-secret Soviet military installations were known to be located. 

The Soviets sent two fighters to intercept the plane. 

According to tapes of the conversations between the fighter pilots and Soviet ground control, the fighters quickly located the KAL flight and tried to make contact with the passenger jet. Failing to receive a response, one of the fighters fired a heat-seeking missile. 

KAL 007 was hit and plummeted into the Sea of Japan. All 269 people on board were killed."


The KAL 007 incident was a brutal attack.  It may have also been the beginning of the collapse of the USSR.  Gorbachev came in 2 years later and realized quickly that the USSR needed a lot more than "perestroika". 

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

2013: Let's meet Nilda Cepero, Cuban American author & poet..


Wednesday, August 24, 2005

August 1968: "Classical gas" and other great songs on the radio this week






Mason Williams & others had a big hit on the radio this week in August 1968:

  1. People Got to Be Free - The Rascals (Atlantic) 
  2. Classical Gas - Mason Williams (Warner Brothers)            
  3. Turn Around, Look at Me - The Vogues (Reprise)              
  4. Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano (RCA)                        
  5. Hello, I Love You - The Doors (Elektra)                     
  6. Sunshine of Your Love - Cream (Atco)                        
  7. Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension (Soul City)          
  8. Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan (Epic)                            
  9. Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf (Dunhill)                    
 10. Dream a Little Dream of Me - Mama Cass (Dunhill)           
 11. Pictures of Matchstick Men - The Status Quo (Cadet Concept) 
 12. Love Makes a Woman - Barbara Acklin (Brunswick)            
 13. Soul-Limbo - Booker T. & the MG's (Stax)                   
 14. You're All I Need to Get By -                                
                            Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (Tamla) 
 15. Journey to the Center of the Mind -                          
                                   The Amboy Dukes (Mainstream) 
 16. I Can't Stop Dancing - Archie Bell & the Drells (Atlantic) 
 17. Stay In My Corner - The Dells (Cadet)                      
 18. The House that Jack Built - Aretha Franklin (Atlantic)     
 19. Mr. Businessman - Ray Stevens (Monument)                   
 20. The Fool On the Hill - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 (A&M) 
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79 AD: Mount Vesuvius and the end of Pompeii


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The eruption of Mount Vesuvius began on this day in 79 AD.   Pompeii was destroyed within the next 25 hours.   
Pompeii, about 90 miles south of Rome, was established in 600 BC and n the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.   According to historians, no one was aware that Vesuvius was an active volcano and could destroy the city.
Over the years,  many books have been written and movies made about the events of this day almost 2,000 years ago.     
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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

2007: "The lost city" a love story about Cuba circa 1960


"The lost city" is the best movie about Cuba circa 1960.   It tells the story of a family caught up in the events shaking up the island during that time:

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Nixon to Ford 1974: Was it really so many years ago?

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It was the first week of August 1974 when the unthinkable happened: President Richard M. Nixon announced that he had resigned the presidency.   We say unthinkable because it was the first and only time that a US president had resigned.  He made his announcement on TV the night before and formally resigned at noon on this day in 1974.
As I recall, I rushed home to watch President Nixon’s departure from the White House and President Gerald Ford’s inauguration.  I kept telling myself that I was a witness to history — a resignation and a new president who was never directly elected by voters.
Later my dad came home with a business friend visiting from Venezuela.  We sat down for dinner and the friend commented that it was impressive to watch a transfer of power without tanks or shots.
After the speech and his departure from Washington, President Nixon went into political exile but made a comeback in the 1980's with some great books, one of  them his memoirs, RN.  He became one of the premier foreign-policy statesmen in the world.  
President Nixon died in 1994 and was given a full presidential funeral.    
This is a great book:

Friday, July 29, 2005

July 29, 1588: The defeat of Spanish Armada with Barry Jacobsen, war historian

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Thursday, July 28, 2005

We remember Jackie Kennedy 1929-94

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Jacqueline Bouvier was born in New York on this day in 1929.  

We remember her as the very elegant First Lady Jackie Kennedy.  

She died in 1994.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

July 19, 1964: Luis Tiant beat Whitey Ford, 3-0

Our family had just left Cuba and was waiting our time in Jamaica. We used to get the news and baseball reports on my father’s little short wave radio. I don’t remember hearing about this game but learned about it later once we were settled in the US.
Tiant progressed through the Indians farm system and got the call to the big club after a 15-1 record at Triple-A Portland. On, July 19, 1964, Tiant debuted with a four-single, 11 strikeouts, 3–0 shutout victory against the defending AL Champion New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The losing pitcher was future Hall of Famer Whitey Ford. Tiant finished his rookie season with a 10-4 record, 105 strikeouts, and a 2.83 ERA in 19 games.
It was quite a rookie year and a sign of great things to come.  By 1968, he started for the American League in the All Star Game and everybody in Boston remembers his performance in the 1975 World Series.
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Monday, July 11, 2005

July 11, 1962: The first "Telstar" was launched and then came the classic song

On July 11, 1962, the first of the two Telstar satelites was launched into space.   
It was the beginning of something big, as someone said.  A few days later, a news program started with a picture of the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower side by side, each coming from different sides of the world.

And then Tornados put it to music.   The Tornados became the first British band to have a # 1 in the US, or about two years before The Beatles.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Summer reading: The great Bart Starr


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Once upon a time, the NFL was more about rushing than passing.   In other words, those QB's from that era did not attempt 45 or 50 passes in a game.   Nevertheless, they were still the big heroes on the field.

My first football hero was Bart Starr.   I fell in love with # 15 because of Starr.   I used to move and throw the football like he did.    He was my complete idol.

Starr won two Super Bowl MVP's leading the Packers and establishing himself as one of the greatest QB's ever.    In this book, we see how much Bart Starr was in the middle of the development of the NFL into the game that we know today.

Great QB, maybe the best ever!

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Monday, July 04, 2005

'Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' with Frank Burke


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'Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' with Frank Burke 07/03 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:

Guest: Frank Burke, businessman, contributor to American Thinker and co-author of 'A law unto themselves', joins me for a discussion of The Declaration of Independence.......what inspired these men to sign such a revolutionary document?........what does 'life, liberty and pursuit of happiness' mean.............John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on July 4, 1826, or the 50th anniversary of the declaration........

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

July 2, 1964: Our family’s “freedom day”


It was 1964 or many years ago today that my dad, mom, and the three kids woke up in Cuba knowing that things would never be the same.   My mom had talked to us the night before and told us to be strong and stick together as one family. 
Nobody said a lot that morning.  My parents had decided to leave after the Cuban Missile Crisis and the “communist radicalization” of Cuba.  They did not want us to attend government schools where kids were taught communist ideas and history was rewritten to justify “la revolucion”. 
My parents knew that this day would come but it was still a bit hard for them to take.  Cuba was all that they knew.  They were born there and never expected to leave their country to pursue a better life anywhere else.   
We got to the airport knowing that we’d be harassed by Castro’s thugs.  It was customary for these government workers to harass “los gusanos” (or “worms” as we were called).  The idea was to pick a fight and then delay your departure. 
The five of us sat at the airport fearing the personal searches.  This is where the men and women were separated and “searched” to make sure that you weren’t taking jewelry or anything of value beyond clothes.  My parents had left their wedding rings with my aunt so they wore plain rings just in case some government thug decided to take it. 
The plane finally took off and we landed in Mexico City a few hours later.  We went to Mexico because there were no flights to Miami after the Missile Crisis.  The Miami flights were started in 1966 or what became known as the “freedom flights.”   Thousands of Cuba came to the U.S. in those flights.   
A week later, we flew to Jamaica where we waited for the U.S. government to grant us entry.  We spent two months there and were supported by our two uncles in the U.S. who sent weekly money drafts.  We lived in a small room and spent our day throwing around a baseball that my mom had put together for us from a rock and my father’s sox. 
Eventually, we got our “papers” and arrived in the U.S.  And then we found our way to Wisconsin thanks to the generosity of a church.   
My father and mother are now gone and my brother and sister have their own lives and families.  I will speak with my mom who usually remembers something about that day.   
It just does not seem possible that it happened so long ago.  We definitely learned about liberty and how a powerful and ruthless central government can crush the individual.    I always make sure that everyone understands that. 
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Friday, July 01, 2005

July 1, 1863: The Battle of Gettysburg began on this day

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The Battle of Gettysburg began today in 1863.    It was a brutal battle to say the least.   

"Gettysburg" was the largest military conflict in North American history.  The epic battle lasted three days and resulted in a retreat of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Years later, a good movie was made based on the book “The killer angels“.
 
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Thursday, June 30, 2005

June 30, 1936: "Gone to the wind" was published

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

We remember Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011)


The great Harmon Killebrew, one of great baseball sluggers of our youth, was born on this day in 1936.   He passed away in 2011 of cancer.  He was 74.

Killebrew started with the original Washington Senators who became the  Minnesota Twins in 1961.  He won the AL MVP in 1969, played in the 1965 World Series plus the ALCS in 1969 & 70.

From 1964 to 1971, Killebrew and Tony Oliva, who usually batted in front of Harmon, were one of the best hitting combinations ever.   Tony won 3 batting titles and Harmon just hit a ton of home runs.   

We remember those "titanic home runs" that got lost in the clouds all over baseball parks.    Killebrew was indeed one of my all time favorite players.

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June 29, 1941: DiMaggio got 41 & 42 in a doubleheader

On this day in 1941, the amazing Joe DiMaggio singled in the sixth inning in the first game of a doubleheader to tie George Sisler's A.L. consecutive-game hit record of 41 games. 

In the second game, he set the record at 42 games with a single in the seventh inning.  

His next goal was the N.L. record of 44.  

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Friday, June 24, 2005

What President Obama should learn from President Truman



(My new American Thinker post)

On this day in 1948, President Truman was confronted with a serious challenge in Berlin:
"One of the most dramatic standoffs in the history of the Cold War begins as the Soviet Union blocks all road and rail traffic to and from West Berlin.
The blockade turned out to be a terrible diplomatic move by the Soviets, while the United States emerged from the confrontation with renewed purpose and confidence."
It was a shining moment for President Truman, who met the challenge by flying supplies to the people of West Berlin:
"The United States response came just two days after the Soviets began their blockade. A massive airlift of supplies into West Berlin was undertaken in what was to become one of the greatest logistical efforts in history. For the Soviets, the escapade quickly became a diplomatic embarrassment. Russia looked like an international bully that was trying to starve men, women, and children into submission. And the successful American airlift merely served to accentuate the technological superiority of the United States over the Soviet Union.
On May 12, 1949, the Soviets officially ended the blockade."
What can President Obama learn from this incident?

First, the bad guys will push you around until you hit them back.

Second, we were "a war weary nation" back then too.  After all, we had just concluded a brutal war and lost close to 500,000 men in the Pacific and Europe.  I doubt that there was a lot of appetite for war in 1948, especially with a bad US economy.

Third, President Truman nevertheless met the challenge, flew the supplies in and stood up the USSR.  It was a huge test and President Truman won.

In Iraq, President Obama does not have easy options but he cannot allow Iraq to collapse, especially the oil fields.  We are a "Middle East weary" country and do not want to go back to Iraq.   President Obama also has a party base that will fight military intervention all the way.

Like Pres. Truman, Pres. Obama has to see the big picture and stop ISIS from marching across the region.  It may mean air strikes or some troops on the ground.  

Iraq requires presidential leadership, or the kind that we saw in saving West Berlin 66 years ago this week.

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We remember Don Mincher (1938-2012)


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We remember Don Mincher, who was born on this day in 1938.     He died in 2012.

Don had a good baseball career:  .249 average, 200 HR & 646 RBI in 1,400 games with the old Senators who became the Twins in 1961, Angels, the Pilots who became the Brewers in 1970, the Senators who became the Rangers in 1972 and finally the A's.    

In 1965, Don played first for the AL champ Twins and hit 23 HR with 65 RBI.    He hit a HR off Don Drysdale & Sandy Koufax in the '65 Series. 

He is also remembered for this:
On June 9, 1966, Mincher was part of baseball history again when he was one of five Twins who hit home runs in one inning, an American League record. The Kansas City Athletics were the victims; the others besides Mincher to go deep in the seventh inning that day were Rich Rollins, Tony Oliva, Zoilo Versalles, and Harmon Killebrew.
A few years ago, I reconnected with those '65 Twins by reading Jim Thielman's "Cool in the evening".   He wrote the book in 2005 or the 40th anniversary of that wonderful team that lost to the LA Dodgers in 7 games.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Mercedes, the young girl who inspired a car name

Daughter of Austrian automobile entrepreneur Emil Jellinek and his wife Rachel Goggmann Cenrobert. She is best known for her father having Daimler's Mercedes line of cars named after her, beginning with the Mercedes 35 hp model of 1901. Also, at the 1902 Paris Automobile exhibition, her father hung a large picture of her.
We remember the story of the “Mercedes” automobile today:
“On this day in 1902, German automaker Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) first registers “Mercedes” as a brand name; the name will gain full legal protection the next September.”
Later, he named the car after his daughter:
“In June 1903, Emil Jellinek obtained permission to take the name Jellinek-Mercedes, observing that it was “probably the first time that a father has borne the name of his daughter.”
So we remember the young girl today.
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