Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Happy Memorial Day!


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Memorial Day is about remembering all of those who died serving their country. 

Take a minute and attend a parade or just remember the meaning of this day.

We are very happy to see this:
74% Have Favorable Opinion of U.S. Military

The US military is a wonderful institution, from defending our freedoms to developing young men.   


On Memorial Day, we remember the soldier who gave his life.

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Happy Memorial Day


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We salute, and remember, today all of the men and women who died serving their country.

Let me say a word about Nathan Aguirre, a young man from our church who was killed in Iraq in 2006.  I know his parents and send a warm greeting to both of them.

We remember reading the story of Katherine Cathey and her husband killed in action.

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A thought about Memorial Day


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We take a minute from political opinions to remember all of the heroes on Memorial Day.  
In my case, I will remember a young man named Nathan Aguirre who died in Iraq in 2006. 
I know Nathan’s parents. His dad and I are church ushers. His mom is a beautiful person who is now working with other families who lost sons in Iraq.
Nathan Aguirre is a real hero. Remember him and his parents today!
Over the years, we’ve heard many messages on Memorial Day. I like this one from President Bush in 2003: 
“On Memorial Day, Americans place flags on military graves, walk past a wall of black granite in Washington, D.C., and many families think of a face and voice they miss so much. 
Today, we honor the men and women who have worn the nation’s uniform and were last seen on duty. 
From the battles of Iraq and Afghanistan, to the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, to the trials of World War, to the struggles that made us a nation, today we recall that liberty is always the achievement of courage.”
Happy Memorial Day and remember the real meaning of this “day off” from work!   
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Let's remember those who paid the full price!


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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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1922: The Lincoln Memorial

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On May 30, 1922, The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated.   It was 57 years after Lincoln died.    
  
According to news reports, about 50,000 people attended the ceremonies, including Civil War veterans and Robert Todd Lincoln, the president's only surviving son. 

President Warren Harding, former President William Howard Taft, and Dr. Robert Moton, principal of the Tuskegee Institute, delivered the keynote address.

It is one of the top historical landmarks of Washington, DC.

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A beautiful letter for Memorial Day


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It's a letter written by Sullivan Ballou, a Major in the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers.

He wrote this letter to his wife. It was the last letter that he wrote before being killed:
"I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter."
Great love letter.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

May 30, 1956: What a shot by Mantle!


On this day in 1956, Mickey Mantle hit one of the most memorable home runs in his career.   It happened on the second game of a doubleheader with the Washington Senators.
He hit a pitch from Pedro Ramos that came within 18 inches of leaving Yankee Stadium.  The experts said that the ball could have traveled more than 600 feet. 
It was Mantle’s 20th home run of the season.   He won the Triple Crown that year:  .353 BA, 53 HR & 130 RBI.
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Monday, May 29, 2006

We remember the great Sam Johnson (1930-2020)

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Back in 1994, I had the chance to catch a speech by then Representative Sam Johnson.  He was fascinating, specially when he related his amazing military story.
Former US Representative Sam Johnson died in Texas on May 27.  He had a wonderful life, as you can see in this obituary:  
Former U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a Texas congressman for more than 25 years and Vietnam War hero, died Wednesday in Plano, a family spokesperson said. He was 89.
First elected to Congress in 1991, Johnson gained a reputation as a strong conservative voice in the Texas delegation. In 2010, he was tied for the most conservative member of Congress, according to the National Journal’s rankings.
Johnson flew combat missions during the Korean and Vietnam wars as a fighter pilot. While flying over North Vietnam in 1966, his plane was struck down. He was held as a prisoner of war for nearly seven years, including a stint at the Hoa Lo Prison known as the Hanoi Hilton.
Along the way, he flew fighter jets in Korea, Vietnam, shared a cell with the late Senator John McCain and became a prominent member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Best of all, he was always happy to talk to a constituent even when they disagreed.  He was a first-class gentleman and true patriot.
Rest in Peace, Congressman Johnson.
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1989: Mike Schmidt retired


  

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Mike Schmidt closed the books on a great career with the Phillies on this day in 1989.   He was one of the very best third basemen in baseball history. 

His numbers were awesome:  548 HR & 1, 595 RBI.   Schmidt was the last guy in the world that you wanted to face with the game on the line!
He played for several Phillies championship teams, including the 1980 World Series champs and the 1983 NL champs.   
Along the way, he hit four home runs in one game on April 17, 1976, won six Silver Slugger Awards, including five consecutive (1980 through 1984, then one more in 1986) & won ten Gold Glove Awards.
Last, but not least, he ranked 28th by The Sporting News when they released their 100 Greatest Baseball Players in the history of baseball:



1848: Wisconsin joined the Union


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Wisconsin joined the Union on this day in 1848.    It was state # 30 on the way to 50!
Our family lived in Wisconsin when we came to the US.   It was a wonderful place and I still have great memories of friends and places in Wisconsin.    

In fact, I wrote a book about it.
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A word about Beverly Eckert (1951-2009)



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On 9-11, Beverly Eckert was one of the many ladies at home talking to their husbands at the collapsing World Trade Center or aboard one of those jets.

We came to love Beverly Eckert and all of the other 9-11 widows. They became part of our family!

We loved their courage and commitment to their heroic husbands.

We loved their grace and how they handled the terrible tragedy of 9-11.

Beverly Eckert was born on this day in 1951.  

She was killed in a Buffalo plane crash in 2009.     Beverly was on her way to Buffalo to attend a ceremony related to her husband at Canisius High School, a Jesuit school.   

What an amazing and sad story.

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We remember President John F. Kennedy (1917-63)




We remember President John F. Kennedy who was born in Massachusetts on this day in 1917.   

He won the 1960 election but was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.    

JFK's 34-month presidency saw the crisis in Cuba, the early days of Southeast Asia and the commitment to put a man in the moon by the end of decade.

The Kennedy presidency continues to be very popular as Professor Sabato wrote recently.

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We remember Bob Hope (1903-2003)

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Did you know that Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope in England?   I didn’t until researching this post.   

He was born on this day in 1903 and lived 100 years plus 2 months!

Hope’s family moved to the US when he was 4 and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.   The Hopes passed through Ellis Island in 1908.

Hope started on the radio in the 1920's and gradually made it to movies.   Later in life, he’d visit US troops every year at Christmas.    

Very funny guy.

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May 1813: Jefferson and Adams started their historic correspondence





Who were these two men?   John Adams (the second president) and Thomas Jefferson (the third president).  They were partners in The Declaration of Independence and the formation of the new nation.  

Adams was the first VP serving two terms under President Washington.  He was elected to his own term after Washington retired to Mt. Vernon.  On the other hand, Jefferson served in President Washington's first Cabinet and VP under President Adams.

In 1800, Jefferson defeated the incumbent Adams in a very bitter presidential election.  As a result, the two men did not speak to each other again.  As I understand it, outgoing President Adams left town and did not go to his successor's inauguration.

President Jefferson served two terms and retired to Monticello in 1809.

Jefferson broke the ice and wrote to his old colleague.  Over the next 10 years, the two men wrote each other many letters and restored their friendship.  The letters were great insight into their lives and the new republic.

Incredibly, the two men died on July 4, 1826 or the 50th anniversary of The Declaration of Independence.

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

We remember Ian Fleming 1910-1964

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Saturday, May 27, 2006

May 27, 1974: Big day for Ken Brett


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We know of George Brett, the great Hall of Fame third baseman with the Royals.    His brother Ken was also a major leaguer and played for several teams.
On this day in 1974, Ken had quite a day:   
In game 1, he took a no hitter to the 9th inning but settled for a 6-0 shutout.  In game 2, Brett’s two-run pinch triple gave Pittsburgh a 8-7 win.
Quite a day for Ken!
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1993: Dale Murphy retired

Dale Murphy retired on this day in 1993.   
Murphy broke with the Braves at the end of 1976.    He won two NL MVP awards and was one of the best players in the game for a dozen seasons.
He stayed with the Braves until 1990.   He finished in Philadelphia for a couple of seasons and the Colorado in 1993.
His career numbers were awesome:  398 HR & 1,266 RBI.  He led the NL in HR in 1984 and 1985.
Murphy didn’t get to play with all of those great Braves’ teams of the 1990s.   He was gone by the time that the Braves were winning all of the titles.
Great player.
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Friday, May 26, 2006

1897: "Dracula" for sale in London

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“Dracula” by Bram Stoker tells the story of a Transylvanian vampire.  It was published on this day in 1897 and was an instant success.    Frankly, I learned of “Dracula” by watching the movies.   My guess is that most of you had the same experience.   
A few years ago, Dr Ileana Johnson wrote a great account of Dracula.   She went to the castle in her native Romania and wrote a great summary of the famous character.
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We remember John Wayne (1907-1979)


 

We remember John Wayne, who was born on this day in 1907.    “The Duke” was the greatest cowboy of the movies.   He died in 1979.    

Wayne made dozens of westerns, from “The searchers” to “True grit”.   

My favorite movie was “The shootist”.   It was his last movie.   Ironically, it was about an aging cowboy at the end of his life.

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1959: Harvey Haddix perfect for 12 but lost in the 13th

This is the definition of a heartbreak or bad luck.

This is what happened on this day in 1959:
“Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves, only to lose the game on a two-run double by Braves’ first baseman Joe Adcock in the 13th inning.
It was the first time a pitcher threw more than nine perfect innings in major league history…
Haddix took the mound in the 13th inning after retiring 36 Braves in a row, nine more than usually required for a perfect game.
The fleet-footed second baseman Felix Mantillia came to bat first. He hit a grounder to Pirate third baseman Don Hoak, who threw the ball across the diamond and into the dirt near first baseman Rocky Nelson.
Mantillia was safe, and the perfect game was over, though the no-hitter remained intact.
The next batter, Hall of Famer Eddie Matthews, sacrificed Mantillia to second base.
Then Hank Aaron, who was leading the National League in batting, came to the plate. Haddix intentionally walked the future career home run king on four pitches.
Adcock was up next, and he hit a drive that just cleared the fence in right-center field.
In their jubilation over the win, the Braves became muddled on the base paths, and Adcock passed Aaron between second and third base.
The umpire Frank Dascoli called Adcock out, changing his three-run homer to a two-run double after several minutes of deliberation.”
It was the greatest pitching performance ever but he lost the game.
Harvey Haddix won 136 games with a 3.63 ERA. His best years were with the Cards and Pirates. On this day in 1959, he had everyone talking about what he did in Milwaukee.
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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Memorial Day: The story of two young soldiers


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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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1935: Babe Ruth hit # 714 or last home run


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Babe Ruth is #3 on the home run list behind Bonds and Aaron.  However, 714 is one of those magic numbers for baseball fans like me.  60 (later 61) and 714 were the big baseball numbers that we grew up hearing about.  

Frankly, I never thought that anyone would catch Ruth's 714.   At the same time, I cheered Aaron all the way, specially after he got to 700 and eventually passed Ruth.


Babe Ruth hit # 714 on this day in 1935.   He was playing for the Boston Braves after being released by the Yankees.    I am not even sure if he played another game for the Braves after hitting this homer.    It's a shame that he didn't play his last game as a Yankee.


He died in 1948 from cancer.


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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A wolrd about Bob Dylan


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Bob Dylan is into 70-something territory these days!

Dylan was a great composer. He wrote some of the best songs of our generation. His songs are a big part of the soundtrack of the last 60 years!


As far as I'm concerned, his best LP is the Greatest Hits from the 1960's.   It includes all of his hit singles, as well as his version of "Hey Mr. Tambourine Man".    



1883: Happy birthday to The Brooklyn Bridge


It took 14 years, and sadly 27 lives, but The Brooklyn Bridge opened on this day in 1883.   It connected Brooklyn and New York City and designed by John A. Roebling.
President Chester Arthur, and Governor of New York & future President Grover Cleveland, presided over the ceremony. It was the largest suspension bridge ever built to that date.
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1935: Phillies vs Reds and the first night game


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Most major league games are now played at night, including the post season.    Afternoon baseball is primarily on weekends or opening day.   
The first night game was on this day in 1935:   The Reds beat the Phillies 2-1 before 25,000 happy home team fans!
Night baseball became a reality in the 1940s.  
The first World Series night game was game 4 in 1971 when the Pirates beat the Orioles.   A few years later, millions watched the 1975 Boston-Cincinnati series.     Last, but not least, the Cubs did not turn on the lights until 1988!
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The story of World War II with Barry Jacobsen, part 3


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The story of World War II with Barry Jacobsen, part 3 06/06 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger..........we will continue our series about World War II..............the outbreak of war after the invasion of Poland.........the German blitzrieg warfare.........the use of weapons and tactics in The Spanish Civil War...........and more stories.................................

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

We remember Helen O'Connell (1920-93)




We remember Helen O'Connell who was born in Lima, Ohio, on this day in 1920.      

Her career took off in 1939 when she recorded "Green eyes" with Bob Eberly and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.   It was followed by other best sellers like "Tangerine" and "Amapola".

In the 1950's, Helen worked on NBC's "Today Show."   She was also the hostess of the Miss Universe Pageant plus the spokeswoman for Polaroid cameras for several years.

She died in 1993.

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