Tuesday, October 31, 2006

We remember Dave McNally (1942-2002)



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Dave McNally was one of my favorite Orioles.    He broke with Baltimore in 1962 and won 184 games.   

Along the way, Dave pitched in 4 World Series, 2 LCS and won 87 games over 1968-71.

Just a great lefty who kept you in every game.    

McNally won game 4 of the 1966 World Series with a 1-0 shutout of the LA Dodgers.    He hit a grand slam in game 4 of the 1970 World Series against Cincinnati.

He was 7-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 9 post seasons series with Baltimore.     

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Song for "trick and treat"


Here is my favorite Halloween song..........enjoy the trick and treat.....

No lettuce or spinach this Halloween


It's been a tough year for mothers and spinach!

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Happy Halloween: Our first Halloween in the US many years ago

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Another Halloween and another time to remember our first Halloween in the US.

We had been in the US about 6 weeks when Halloween came up on the calendar.  My Uncle Orlando and family told us about the night.  They suggested wearing a costume, walk around and say “trick or treat”.

We followed his advice and got lots of candy.  Our mother came along to help our little sister who was dressed up as Cinderella.  My brother and I went as cowboys.  It was a wonderful night. 

My favorite part of Halloween is hearing my mother say “trick or treat”.  It sounded a lot like “tri co tri”.     

And explaining to her why there were so many “calabazas”? 

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A "Dracula story" for Halloween!

Image result for dracula imagesMy kids have grown up and pursuing their careers, interests and other things.   Therefore, Halloween just doesn't mean as much as it used to.  I still enjoy seeing the little kids in their costumes but it's different.

As we approach Halloween, let's hear the real story of Dracula.


Dr. Ileana Johnson-Paugh wrote about Dracula and the castle during her recent trip to Romania:
"The inspirational castle of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” was strategically located on a rocky bluff, difficult to conquer, tiny by any definition of a castle, and surrounded by stone turrets. The savage nature of the landscape surrounded it with mystique." 
Click to read her full article about Dracula.   

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Our Halloween 2019 show with Leslie Eastman



Our Halloween 2019 show with Leslie Eastman 10/31 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Leslie Eastman, contributor to Legal Insurrection.......we will look at the big stories of the day. and other stories....

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Our annual Halloween chat with Leslie Eastman


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Guest: Leslie Eastman joins us for our annual Halloween show......we will the website that Leslie has been the Project Manager for, which Girl Scout Emma Kahn created as part of her Gold Star Project: Black Cats Need Love! The purpose of the site is to encourage people to adopt black cats from animal shelters.............and a few stories about the 2016 election.......

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We remember Agustin Lara (1897-1970)


Like so many of you, I grew up listening to Eydie Gorme & Los Panchos singing many of Agustin Lara’s songs.   
One of those tunes was “Noche de ronda” and those great lyrics: “Luna que se quiebra sobre la tiniebla de mi soledad adonde vas….
I can still recall my grandmother rocking on her favorite chair and humming one of Lara’s songs. (She once told me that Lara was from Veracruz and then showed me the location on the map!)
We remember that Agustin Lara was born on this day in 1897. I can’t confirm whether he was born in 1897 or 1900…..or October 1st or 30th!  I have seen both dates in my research!  So let’s go with October 30th.. He know that he died in 1970.
Lara was, and continues to be, my favorite Mexican composer.   I’m not an expert on Mexican music.   Yet, I can’t think of any other Mexican who comes close to writing words & music like Lara.
We remember Lara with two of my favorite compositions: “Solamente una vez“, “Farolito” and the wonderful “Noche de Ronda“. 
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We remember John Adams (1735-1826)


We remember John Adams, who was born on this day in 1835.

This is what John Adams wrote to Abigail about July 4th:
"I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.

It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty.

It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
The HBO series is great.   Check it out.

It is a great story about the making of the US.   It is also a great story about a wonderful couple, John and Abigail Adams.

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October 30, 1938: Orson Wells and "The War of the worlds" radio show.


Years ago, Sunday night was radio prime time.  


Enter Orson Wells.    

On Sunday, October 30, 1038 at 8 p.m, a voice announced: 

“The Columbia Broadcasting System and its affiliated stations present Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater on the air in ‘War of the Worlds’ by H.G. Wells.”

The broadcast was so good that people were in panic from coast to coast.  In other words, many really believed that we were being invaded by aliens.

Let me recommend that you check out the whole show.   It is one of the finest audio programs ever made.  
I can understand why so many people bought into the Martian attack.   Fantastic!    
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2015: Our annual Halloween show with Leslie Eastman & Daisy Viktoria.

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

2016: Our Halloween chat with Leslie Eastman




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Guest: Leslie Eastman joins us for our annual Halloween show......

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"Just a season" by The Byrds, one of my favorite 45s!


The Byrds recorded some great songs, such as Bob Dylan's "Mr Tambourine Man" and "Turn, turn turn".

They were: Jim McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke.

Crosby went on to form Crosby, Stills and Nash.  I think that Michael Clarke sang with The New Christy Minstrels, a very popular folk group.

McGuinn enjoyed a solo career.  He is a great guitar player!

They also recorded "Just a season".   It was not a big hit but I liked it a lot.   It's one of those 45s in my box!

Here is the video...............

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Written by Roger McGuinn and Jacques Levy


"If all my days was hills to climb and circles without reason
If all I was was passing time, my life was just a season
Dares and dreams and silly schemes and fillies running freely
I was young and no song was sung that didn't sound appealing
I'd have my fun with a shy girl and maybe hop a train
And I'd look back at her standing in the rain
Dirty hands and root beer stands and money like a river
Making deals to see how it feels to get more than you're giving
I'd have my fun with a gamblin man and bluff him with my face
And it's drinks for everybody in the place
If all my days was hills to climb and circles without reason
If all I was was passing time my life was just a season
If all my days was hills to climb and circles without reason
If all I was was passing time my life was just a season
Shouting crowds and mummer's shrouds and people going crazy
Always said what was in their heads it surely was amazing
I had my fun in the bull ring and never got a scar
It really wasn't hard to be a star
If all my days was hills to climb and circles without reason
If all I was was passing time my life was just a season"



A song about "Sara" by Bob Dylan


It's time to remember another Dylan song.   This is about a lady named Sara.  I'm talking about Bob Dylan's first wife Sara.  

Dylan and Sara were married in 1965 or about the time that Dylan was writing many of his best songs. 

He wrote this one Sara.  It's still one of my Dylan favorites.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

1886: Another anniversary of The Statue of Liberty

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We remember another anniversary of The Statue of Liberty.   

Lady Liberty, as we affectionately call her, was dedicated by President Grover Cleveland on this day in 1886.  It is one of the country's great landmarks.     

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October 28, 2011: Texas vs St. Louis and that painful Game 7


Who can forget?   I think that all of us know how David Murphy felt watching the other guys celebrate the last out of the 2011 World Series. 

What was the turning point of game 7?  It was Molina walking on a 3-2 pitch that was simply too close to take.   It kept a rally going and it was over after that.

Don't get me wrong.  I think that the Cardinals won fair and square.  They got the clutch hits and we didn't.  They threw strikes and our guys didn't.  They manufactured runs and we didn't.

It was a bad night for Rangers' fans, specially the agony of Game 6 the night before.
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Friday, October 27, 2006

Our annual Halloween show with Leslie Eastman & Daisy Viktoria


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October 1983: Quite a month for President Reagan

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We remember President Ronald Reagan as a rather consequential president. Let’s remember the events of this week in 1983.
First, a terror bombing in Beirut killed over a hundred U.S. Marines.   
President Reagan was getting ready for reelection and talking about the economic recovery underway. However, he had to deal with a major terrorist attack in Beirut when a suicide bomber drove a truck filled with 2,000 pounds of explosives into a U.S. Marine base at the international airport:   
The explosion killed 220 Marines, 18 sailors and three soldiers. 
A few minutes after that bomb went off, a second bomber drove into the basement of the nearby French paratroopers’ barracks, killing 58 more people.  
Four months after the bombing, American forces left Lebanon without retaliating.
It was a terrible story and one of the early signs of terrorism. Many criticized President Reagan for not retaliating, but I am not exactly sure what response could have followed this attack.
A few days later, President Reagan invaded Grenada. It turned out to be a major victory against Fidel Castro that prevented the USSR from having another strategic piece of real estate.   
Grenada was a small island where some U.S. 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.    
We learned a lot that week about President Reagan and how foreign policy can force itself on the agenda. In Beirut, we were introduced to the type of terrorism that we saw eventually on 9/11. In Grenada, we saw President Reagan as the competent leader of the free world, or a man unwilling to let the USSR gain a strategic foothold over here.
It was quite a week for President Reagan and the U.S.
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2016: Our annual Halloween chat with Leslie Eastman


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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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1970: "Jesus Christ Superstar" on Broadway

It took me a while to accept the idea of a show named "Jesus Christ Superstar" but I eventually did.   

The composers were Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.   The show was very successful on Broadway.  Later, they made it into a movie.

The soundtrack was very popular but I don't remember any songs other than "I don't know how to love him" by Yvonne Elliman.     It was also recorded later by Helen Reddy.

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Game 6 of 2011 Series: What happened Nelson?





   


We remember one of the craziest games in baseball history.    I am talking about game 6 of the 2011 World Series. The Rangers went into the bottom of the 9th with a 2 run lead.   The Cardinals tied the game when Nelson Cruz missed a fly ball.     

To be fair, we should add that Cruz was one of the big reasons that Texas was in the Series.

Josh Hamilton hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 10th.    However, the Cardinals came back again.

It finally ended in the bottom of the 12th when Freese hit a walk off HR.

Texas was within a strike in the 9th and 10th and could not close it.    It still hurts!

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We remember President Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919)



Future President Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York on this day in 1858.

Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest man who ever became president.   He assumed the presidency at 42 after President McKinley was assassinated.   (Kennedy was the youngest elected at 43 in 1960)

In 1906, President Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for brokering a peace treaty between Russia and Japan.   Mr. Roosevelt became the first American ever to win a Nobel Prize in any category.

Overall, a very dynamic president who left his mark in many areas.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

We remember The Shah of Iran (1919-80)



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We remember that Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, the future Shah of Iran, was born on this day in 1919.

Back in January 1979, The Shah of Iran and family fled Iran.  He had ruled Iran since 1941.   Under The Shah, Iran was a strong ally of the US, specially during The Cold War.

On a democratic scale, the Shah was not Jefferson or Washington.   At the same time, Iran was stable, women were allowed to pursue university degrees and we didn't have to worry about him passing nuclear material to terrorists.

Give me the Shah.   He was not perfect but he was a lot better than what we've known since.   

Moral of the story:   Stability matters, specially when anti-West religious fanatics come into power looking to get a nuclear weapon.

For more on the Shah, see this book below. 
 
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1881: The real shootout at the OK Corral happened this day


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On this day in 1881, the Earp brothers faced off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.   We've seen the shootout in movies over the years, such as "Frontier Marshal" (1939), "Gunfight at the OK Corral" (1957), "Tombstone" (1993) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994).

The story has been featured in several books and the 1957 movie with Burt Lancaster is the best.

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1986: Bill Buckner, great player but a bad moment in game 6




On this day in 1986, the Boston Red Sox were one out away from winning the World Series.     

And then the unthinkable happened when a routine ground ball went between Bill Buckner's legs.   

It was a case of very bad luck for a great player like Buckner.   

Bill Buckner hit .289 with 2,715 hits and a .408 on-base average.   In other words, there was a lot more to his career than missing that ground ball in game 6 of the 1986 World Series.  

He was a tough out, a great competitor and the kind of guy that you wanted on your team.  

Tough day for a great major league player.
  
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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

We remember Bobby Thomson (1923-2010)




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Bobby Thomson was born in Scotland on this day in 1923.   

A few years ago, Bill Katz of URGENT AGENDA alerted me to the passing of Bobby Thomson.    

Thomson was a very good player:   264 HR and one of the NL's best power hitters of the early 1950s! (averaged 102 RBI over a five-year stretch with the Giants from 1949-53)

However, he will always be remembered for hitting the greatest home run in baseball history:  A 1951 NL pennant clinching home run by a Giants team that was 14 games out of first place Brooklyn in June!  And the greatest radio baseball call ever!

Rest in peace Bobby Thomson! You gave us one of the greatest baseball moment ever!

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Grenada 1983: A victory for the good guys and a big defeat for Cuba’s Castro


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Back on this day in 1983, President Reagan invaded Grenada.  It turned out to be a major victory against Fidel Castro and prevented the USSR from having another strategic piece of real estate over here.
Grenada was a small island where some U.S. 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.     
We also learned on this week in 1983 how foreign policy can force itself on the agenda.  
In Grenada, we saw President Reagan as the competent leader of the free world, or a man unwilling to let the USSR gain a strategic foothold over here. 
It was quite a week for leadership, President Reagan and the U.S. 
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October 25, 1764: Remembering the day that John Adams married Abigail Smith

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We enjoy posting about The Founding Fathers.  Today, we remember John Adams and his wife Abigail.  He was our first VP and second president (1797-1801).  She was our second First Lady and the mother of our 7th president, John Quincy Adams.
 
On October 25, 1764 John and Abigail were married.   They also wrote awesome letters about marriage, their children and views on so many issues dividing the colonies.  The letters are a great window into the Adams' lives, feelings and thoughts during those difficult days of The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the new government.
 
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

1986: Bill Russell retired from the Dodgers

From 1974 to 1986, Bill Russell was the Dodgers' shortstop.   It was Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Ron Cey and Russell who made up that wonderful infield.   

The Dodgers won the NL pennant in 1974, 1977, and 1978.   LA finally won in 1981!

Russell broke with LA in 1969 and became the regular shortstop in 1972.   He retired in 1986 with 1,926 hits and a .263 batting average.

We will remember Russell and the other 3 as that steady Dodgers' infield:  they combined for 21 All-Star game appearances!
 
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1969: "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" debut in the US


On this day in 1969, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford as a team of bank robbers in the Old West, opened in theaters around the United States.

It was a great movie and huge commercial success.    My favorite scene is Paul Newman and Katharine Ross on the bicycle with B J Thomas singing in the background.

The story was based on the lives of the two outlaws down in Bolivia...

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Remembering Red Barber, the voice of The Brooklyn Dodgers




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We remember that Red Barber died on this day in 1992.    He began with the Reds but we remember him as the voice of the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950's.

Barber's southern accent and expressions became hugely popular.

Want to enjoy something?  Go to the library or internet and check out anything by Red Barber.

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We remember Jorge Valls (1933-2015)

Jorge Valls, author and former political prisoner in Cuba, died on this day in 2015.   Valls spent 20 years in Castro's political prisons.   He was 31 when he entered the prisons and 53 when he finally left.

Valls wrote a book about it later.

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