Friday, February 24, 2006

1868: President Andrew Johnson was impeached


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On this day in 1868, President Andrew Johnson, the man who succeeded President Lincoln, was impeached.  The trial moved to the US Senate but it failed by one vote.

It all happened in the very difficult period following The Civil War.

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Sunday, February 19, 2006

1934: We remember Bob Hope & Dolores Reade


On this day in 1934, the great Bob Hope married Dolores Reade.    They met in 1933 when Hope was performing in Jerome Kern’s musical "Roberta" and she was at the Vogue Club.

They say that it was love at first sight.   They were married for almost 70 years.   Hope died in 2003 and Dolores in 2011.

A great union!

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Sunday, February 12, 2006

We remember Pat Dobson (1942-2006)

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In 1971, he was one of the four 20-game winners in the Orioles' starting rotation.  Overall, he was 122-129 with a 3.54 ERA over 11 seasons.

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

The Beatles that we didn't get to hear in Cuba

The world is celebrating another anniversary of The Beatles landing at JFK Airport and appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show.

It was one of those events that changed music, radio playlists and the length of our hair.  My mom used to call them "los bitles" or her "Cuban accented" pronunciation.  It was also her disapproval of the hair or my desire to look like that.  

However, I did not know a thing about Beatlemania until our family got here. 50 years ago we were in Cuba but The Beatles in New York, or Ed Sullivan, was nothing we knew a thing about. 

The Castro dictatorship censored The Beatles and their music was not heard on local radio.  The "ban" came from the to the top:
"Fidel Castro's government frowned on Western music as a 'decadent' influence in the decades after his 1959 Cuban Revolution.   Many Cubans recall being harassed for wearing long hair or listening to rock and pop music from Europe or the United States."
Eventually, the Castro regime liberalized rules so Cubans finally got their taste of The Beatles.   It was 40 years late.

We arrived in the US in September '64 and all of those Cuban kids in Miami were singing their songs.  I remember "A Hard Day's Night" movie signs everywhere. 

In a few days, I heard that it was a British group and a girl showed me her copy of "Meet the Beatles."  It was the first time that I had seen a picture of the group or heard their music. 

A few years ago, I spoke with a 50-something Cuban who left the island recently.  We spoke about the repression, censorship of the press and the food shortages. 

Then he said this: "You know one more thing I hate the Castro dictatorship....they denied me The Beatles"....I never got to enjoy it like you did in the US"

Thank God for freedom was all I could say!  All of a sudden I realized that freedom is "a free press" and my copy of "Abbey Road."

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WORLD WAR ONE part 6

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Friday, February 03, 2006

We remember Norman Rockwell (1894-1978)


Norman Rockwell was born in New York City on this day in 1894.   He started painting at a young age and became an American Treasure.   His paintings are just wonderful.



Thursday, February 02, 2006

The story of World War I, part 2, with Barry Jacobsen

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

We remember Don Everly (1937-2021)


We remember Don Everly who was born in Kentucky on this day in 1937.    He died in August 2021 at the age of 84.

Don and, his late brother Phil were the legendary The Everly Brothers.    Along the way, the brothers became one of the greatest rock acts and their tight 2-part harmonies influenced The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, The Bee Gees, The Hollies and others.    

They had many hits, such as "Wake up little Susie".

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