Sunday, December 31, 2006

We remember Rick Nelson (1940-1985)

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Rick Nelson died in a plane crash in Texas in 1985.   He was flying to Dallas for a concert.   Nelson recorded many songs, from "Traveling man" to "Hello Mary Lou" to "Young emotions".    My favorite is "Fools rush in", a tune from the 1940's that Nelson brought back in 1963.    

You can get his music HERE.
 
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Saturday, November 11, 2006

November 2006: A word about Nathan Aguirre's funeral


Our community came together yesterday and said goodbye to Nathan Aguirre

As I wrote before, Nathan was a very popular young man who died in Iraq.

The church was full. The streets were full of school children and others. It was a wonderful sight.

Remember him on Memorial Day.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

We remember Ninón Sevilla (1921-2015)




Friday, October 27, 2006

We remember Nathan Aguirre (1984-2006)


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We remember Nathan Aguirre, the young man from our church killed in Iraq

This is from the obituary:   
Nathan was born December 11, 1984, in San Antonio, Texas. His family later moved to Carrollton, where Nathan met his best friend, Joseph Posenecker, at a church gathering. Joseph described Nathan as a leader and a responsible person. “Always keeping us in line,” Joseph said of his friend, “He was very outgoing and wanted to be the best at everything.” Nathan’s family remembers his always adventurous spirit. 
He enjoyed rock climbing so much so that he volunteered at his local climbing gym in order to climb for free. He later became a rock climbing instructor at the gym. Nathan was also passionate about being a Boy Scout, said his mother, Mary. He even designated the Boy Scouts as one of his life insurance beneficiaries. “Boy Scouts presented him with structured adventures and learning along with teaching him leadership skills, responsibility, integrity and loyalty that he embraced with such happiness,” his mother said.
Nathan always longed to serve his country. He joined the Army Reserves while still in high school, putting off plans to attend Texas A&M University to study architecture. 
“He didn’t want to wait four years to go into the service,” Nathan’s father, Louis, said about his son. “He wanted to serve.” 
SPC Aguirre blogged about his experiences in Iraq on his MySpace page. Since his death, his page on the social networking site has turned into an online memorial. 
Nathan's death reminds us that we live in a dangerous world. We are grateful that young men like Nathan are willing to serve their country.

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Sunday, August 13, 2006

Thursday, August 03, 2006

World War II: The great military leaders with Barry Jacobsen


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Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger.......we will remember the Allied and Axis commanders: Ike, MacArthur, Nimitz, Monty, Zukov; and on the Axis side, Von Manstein, Guderian, Rommel, Kesselring, Adm. Yamamoto, General Yamashita.......and other stories of the war............


Sunday, July 23, 2006

World War II: The great military leaders with Barry Jacobsen


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Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger.......we will remember the Allied and Axis commanders: Ike, MacArthur, Nimitz, Monty, Zukov; and on the Axis side, Von Manstein, Guderian, Rommel, Kesselring, Adm. Yamamoto, General Yamashita.......
and other stories of the war...........




Saturday, July 15, 2006

World War II: A look at the political leaders with Barry Jacobsen


Monday, July 10, 2006

World War II: The Battle of the Britain 1940 with Barry Jacobsen



Friday, July 07, 2006

World War II: The great military leaders with Barry Jacobsen.




Sunday, June 04, 2006

June 4, 1942: The Battle of Midway and World War II with Barry Jacobsen.


Thursday, May 25, 2006

Memorial Day: The story of two young soldiers


Explaining Memorial Day to friends

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Memorial Day is a special American holiday.  My guess is that all countries have one day to remember those who have paid the ultimate price, as President Lincoln said.  In the US, we call it Memorial Day and it has a long history. 
Let’s start with the war between the states or The Civil War (1861-65) and “Decoration Day“:    
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
Later, it became Memorial Day after World War I and World War II:    
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
Looking back today and reading about Decoration Day, I am amazed how our ancestors were willing to decorate the graves of northern and southern soldiers.  It’s a good lesson for those who want to remove statues.  Sometimes the best way to heal is to honor the dead rather than selectively remove them from history.
Remember their sacrifice on Memorial Day.
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A WORD ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day is a special American holiday.  My guess is that all countries have one day to remember those who have paid the ultimate price, as President Lincoln said.  In the US, we call it Memorial Day and it has a long history. 
Let’s start with the war between the states or The Civil War (1861-65) and “Decoration Day“:    
On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.
The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
Later, it became Memorial Day after World War I and World War II:    
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.
Looking back today and reading about Decoration Day, I am amazed how our ancestors were willing to decorate the graves of northern and southern soldiers.  It’s a good lesson for those who want to remove statues.  Sometimes the best way to heal is to honor the dead rather than selectively remove them from history.
Remember their sacrifice on Memorial Day.
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Sunday, May 14, 2006

1998: We remember the day that Frank Sinatra died





Where did the years go?  Frank Sinatra died on this day in 1998 at age 82.

Sinatra was one of the biggest male vocalists of the 20th century.  He was still recording and performing at the end of his life.  

His life was like that song, "My way":
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World War II: The great military leaders with Barry Jacobsen

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Guest:  Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger.......we will remember the Allied and Axis commanders: Ike, MacArthur, Nimitz, Monty, Zukov; and on the Axis side, Von Manstein, Guderian, Rommel, Kesselring, Adm. Yamamoto, General Yamashita.......and other stories of the war.....


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Saturday, May 13, 2006

1981: What were you doing the day that Pope John Paul II was shot?

Do you remember what you were doing when you got the news that John Paul II was shot?

I was working for a US company in Mexico City and my desk phone rang:  It was my mother from Dallas telling me that John Paul II had been shot in Rome.

It was an eerie feeling.  She had called me weeks before:  “Reagan was shot” said my mom.

As with President Reagan, the early reports were confusing.  There were unconfirmed stories that the Pope had been killed. I remember turning to a senior partner in the office and asking the obvious question:  Has any Pope been killed before?  No one knew the answer.

Thankfully, Pope John Paul II survived and played a major role, along with President Reagan and PM Thatcher, in the fall of communism.

I always felt very close to John Paul II, from the moment that he was announced in 1978.

My connection with John Paul II was rooted in our mutual experience of having lived through communism and knowing its ugly side.  Of course, Pope John Paul II lived under the Nazis too.  I always told my friends that John Paul II saw the two great evils of the 20th century, the Nazis and the communists.

Over the next 24 years, or until his graceful death in 2005, I always looked at John Paul II on TV and asked myself several questions:

What if he had been killed that fateful day in 1981?

How different would events in Poland had turned out?   Don’t we all remember the reception that he got in Poland?

Who would have made all of those trips to every corner of the world?  No one did it better than John Paul II

Yes, we can see now that John Paul II made mistakes in how the “priest scandal” was solved.  It was a stain on his record.  However, he still stands in my mind as one of the great figures of the 20th century, a man admired and loved by more than just Cathoics.

It was many years ago but it still feels like yesterday when I heard my mom’s emotional voice on the phone.
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Remembering Ritchie Valens (1941-59)


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Richard Steven Valenzuela (Ritchie Valens) was born on this day in 1941 in Los Angeles.  He became one of the first Mexican-American rockers and the inspiration for "La Bamba", a great movie from the 1980's.   

His story was also part of Don McClean's "American Pie", a song written in the early 1970's about the crash that killed Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper & Ritchie Valens.

He was 17 when he died in February 1959.  Ritchie was not around too long but did record hits like "La Bamba", "Donna", "Come on let's go" and "We belong together".

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World War II: German invasion of USSR 1941-42, part 2 with Barry Jacobsen




Friday, May 12, 2006

1970: Ernie Banks hit # 500

We remember the late Ernie Banks' 500th home run.   

Unfortunately, Banks never played in a post season game.  The Cubs were in first place in August 1969 but fell apart and lost to the Mets down the stretch.

Banks is still one of the most popular players ever to wear a major league uniform:   Hall of Fame 19771958 & 1959 NL MVP, 512 HR, 1,636 RBI, 2,583 hits and twice led the NL in HR's.

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We remember Yogi Berra (1925-2015)


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We remember Lawrence Berra who was born in St. Louis on this day in 1925.  He died in 2015.

Like a lot of kids of my generation, we got to know the post-baseball Yogi Berra. 

We remember him on Johnny Carson or other baseball events. We laughed and admired all of those quotes.    

Yogi Berra was a great player, a Hall of Famer and 3-time MVP.   He made the AL All Star Team 15 times and played on 10 World Series champions.

Did he really say all of those things?   I don't know but they were great.

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World War II : Rommel, the Desert Fox with Barry Jacobsens



Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger........we will remember Johannes Erwin Eugen Rommel, known as the Desert Fox............and more stories............click to listen:



Thursday, May 11, 2006

We remember Milt Pappas (1939-2016)

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Milt Pappas was born on this day in 1939.  He died in 2016 at the age of 76.  

Pappas will always be remembered as the man traded for Frank Robinson.    It turned out to be a great trade for the Orioles with Robinson leading the team to 4 of the next 6 World Series.   

It wasn't so good for Pappas.    He won 110 games over 8 years in Baltimore.   He went 99-90 in Cincinnati, Chicago and Atlanta.    In all fairness to Pappas, he went from a great team in Baltimore to teams that never competed for the pennant.   His numbers after Baltimore have to been seen in that context.

Pappas finished his career with 209 wins and a no-hitter in 1972.   

P.S.   Milt Pappas wrote a rather frank account of his playing days:  



1858: Minnesota joined the union



We salute the beautiful state of Minnesota.    The 32nd state joined the union on this day in 1858.

Today, it is the home of the Vikings, the Twins and 10,000 lakes.

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We remember Irving Berlin (1888-1989)


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We remember Irving Berlin who was born in Tyumen, Russia, on this day in 1888.    Berlin moved to the US as a child.   Over time, he became one of the most popular songwriters in the US.   His songs included "Alexander's Ragtime Band," "What’ll I Do" and "White Christmas."    He also wrote the soundtrack for several movies such as "Puttin’ on the Ritz", "Easter Parade" and "Annie Get Your Gun". 

He died in 1989, at age 101.




1942: The Battle of Midway and World War II with Barry Jacobsen



Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger...........we look back at the Battle of Midway 1942........and other events from the summer of 1942................

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

We remember my mother Angela (1929-2021)


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Our wonderful mother Angela was born in Ciego de Avila, Cuba, on this 1929.  She died in 2021 or a day after turning 92. 
It was my mom and dad who decided to come to the U.S. so the three of us would grow up in freedom.  They saw communism eye to eye, fought it, learned how evil it is, and decided that it was not for them. 
It was not an easy decision to pick up and leave your homeland.
They were forced to start all over again in the U.S.  Yes, it was tough at first, but my parents were so grateful that the U.S. gave us a new chance to start again. 
One of my favorite memories was 1984 and how she worked hard to become a U.S. citizen.  Why 1984? She wanted to vote for President Reagan and say thank you to the U.S. 
We take a few minutes to share some quotes about mothers:
Happy # 92 to my mom!


We remember Fred Astaire (1899-1987)


We remember Fred Astaire who was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on this day in 1899.    He died in 1987.

We remember him as one of the great dancers of the 20th century:





Tuesday, May 09, 2006

We remember Rick Nelson 1940-1985





We remember Rick Nelson who was born on this day in 1942.

It was 1985 and I remember quite well the night that Ricky Nelson was killed in an airplane accident.

Nelson and his band were on their way to Dallas for a concert. (I was planning to attend one of Nelson's performances)

Before MTV, DVDs, music videos and I-PODs, Ricky Nelson used to sing on TV every week.   He was a huge teen idol with hits like "Travelin' man" and "Hello Mary Lou".

After his parents' show faded, Nelson moved on and recorded some great folk/country songs.

He sang many Bob Dylan tunes and wrote "Garden party", a really nice song about an unpleasant personal experience at Madison Square Garden.

It's hard to pick a Nelson favorite, specially since he recorded so many nice tunes.







May 1964: Louis Armstrong & The Beatles meet in the pop charts


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On this day in 1964, Louis Armstrong's "Hello Dolly" ended The Beatles' historic domination of the US pop charts.  

The band from Liverpool had the # 1 song on Billboard for 100 days.  It was truly amazing!

The Beatles came back with more hits in 1964 and a movie that summer.  

We remember today that it was Louis Armstrong himself who ended the streak, one of the most amazing streaks in music history.

 Click here for "Hello Dolly", a great song!

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We remember Tony Gwynn (1960-2014)



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We remember Tony Gwynn who was born in Los Angeles on this day in 1960.  

Like Clemente and Aaron, Gwynn played in the shadows of better known players in bigger markets. 

Yet, he put together an amazing career:  .338 career average or the best since Ted Williams retired with a .344 average.

Unfortunately, I did not get to see Gwynn play because I’ve always lived in AL cities. 

He was the quiet superstar and best pure hitter since Rod Carew.


World War II right after the attack on Pearl Harbor with Barry Jacobsen



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Guest:  Barry Jacobsen, blogger and military historian.........we will look at World War II right after the attack on Pearl Harbor.........the US declared war and now must organize a military response...........and other stories.......

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The Battle of the Britain 1940.....with Barry Jacobsen



Monday, May 08, 2006

We remember Don Rickles (1926-2017)

We remember Don Rickles who was born in New York City on this day in 1926.    He died in 2017.

Like many of you, I got to know Don Rickles on "The tonight show" or those famous celebrity roasts.   He was hilarious and the master of insult.

He leaves behind a huge legacy of comedy.   He will make us laugh forever:





May 8, 2012: Hamilton hit 4 HR



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On this day in 2012, Josh Hamilton made history and we got to watch it on TV:    The 16th player to hit 4 HR's in a game.   He did it in Baltimore!
A few months later, Josh left for greener pastures with the Angels.   He was never the same player after 2012.    Nevertheless, his 5 years with Texas were fantastic.  
And he was truly fantastic on this day many years ago!
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We remember President Truman (1884-1972)

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We remember President Harry S. Truman who was born in Lamar, MO, on this day in 1884.   

Truman assumed the presidency following the death of President Franklin Roosevelt in April 1945.    Truman made the decision to drop two atomic bombs against Japan.  He helped rebuild postwar Europe, worked to contain communism and led the United States into the Korean War (1950-1953). 

Truman left the presidency with very low ratings.   However, he has risen over time and most see him today as a very consequential president.

President Truman died in 1972.    

A few years ago, David McCullough wrote a wonderful book about President Truman.

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We remember "Victory in Europe Day" 1945


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On May 8, 1945, the Allies celebrated the end of the European War:
"On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine.The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark—the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany."
As we discussed with Barry, the end of the European war happened very fast.    Let's remember that D-Day was the year before and The Battle of the Bulge happened over the Christmas holidays.

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World War II and the difficult year of 1942.....with Barry Jacobsen




Sunday, May 07, 2006

We remember Evita Peron (1919-1952)

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We remember María Eva Duarte who was born in Los Toldos, Argentina, on this day in 1919.    She tried acting and modeling but her life changed when she married Juan Peron, a military man who eventually became president of Argentina.

As First Lady, she became President Peron's secret weapon, a woman of incredible political skills hugely popular with the working class.

Evita died very young in 1952.   She was only 33:





We remember Jimmy Ruffin (1936-2014)

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We remember Jimmy Ruffin who was born in around Collinsville, Mississippi, on this day in 1936.    His brother David sang with the legendary Temptations.   He died in 2014.

In 1966, Ruffin recorded one of the greatest pop tunes of the Motown era:    "What becomes of the brokenhearted":






May 7, 1965: Keith Richards and "Satisfaction"



It happened on this day or the moment that Keith Richards got the inspiration for "Satisfaction".

A few days later, Keith and Mick Jagger worked on the song and the group recorded it.

"Satisfaction" was the group's first # 1 song in the US.    

Rolling Stone, a magazine that has nothing to do with the group, ranked the song as # 2 in the Top 500 songs of all time.

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