Saturday, December 29, 2007

October 2007: A chat with Claudia about Cuba




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On Columbus Day 2007, we chatted with Claudia about her blog and thoughts on Cuba. As you can see in her blog profile, Claudia is Italian-American, teaches Spanish and has developed a genuine interest in Cuba.

Please add Claudia's blog to your reading list and enjoy her comments. Click here for the show!









Friday, December 07, 2007

Pearl Harbor 1941 and World War II with Barry Jacobsen

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Let's chat with Alina Garcia-Lapuerta, author of 'La Belle Creole'


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Let's chat with Alina Garcia-Lapuerta, author of 'La Belle Creole' 10/01 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:

Guest: Fausta Rodriguez-Wertz, editor of Fausta's Blog, joins me for a chat with Alina Garcia-Lapuerta, author of 'La Belle Creole'.....




Wednesday, October 31, 2007

We remember Michael Collins (1930-2021)


We remember Michael Collins who was born on this day in 1930 and died April 2021.  He was a part of the Apollo 11 mission along with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Berlin 1949 and presidential leadership

The Cold War began shortly after World War II. 
For over a year, the USSR tried to strangle West Berlin by closing all entrances to that city. 

The US and UK broke the blockade with a massive airlift of supplies to keep the citizens fed and warm over the winter. 
The numbers were impressive:   
Over the course of the airlift, 2.34 million tons of food, coal, fuel and other vital supplies were delivered to Berlin’s 2.2 million inhabitants.
More than 277,000 flights involving 300 aircraft took part in the operation, the biggest of its kind. At the height of the airlift planes were taking off and landing at 90-second intervals.
The Soviets ended their blockade on May 12, but the Allies continued the airlift until August 27 in order to build up a sufficient supply of goods.
Some 78 people lost their lives during the airlift — 31 Americans, 39 Britons and eight Germans.
The Berlin airlift was one of President Truman’s finest moments.  He stood up to the USSR and the good guys won. 

Of course, we also remember the story of the “candy bombers“, the pilots who dropped candy to children.
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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Happy Mothers Day (and some of my favorite TV mothers

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Happy Mothers Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and even those mothers to be.  (Did I miss anyone?)

Over the years, we've loved TV mothers, i.e. all of those "mom" characters that we grew up watching.

Here is my list:

1) Mrs Cleaver in "Leave it to Beaver".  Barbara Billingsley died in late 2010.  She will forever be Beaver's mom and one of the most endearing characters in TV history.

Frankly, didn't Mrs Cleaver remind you of your mom? 

2) Mrs Ingalls of "Little House in the Prairie".  She was just great.  This is a show about the "frontier mother", the courageous woman of the frontier.  

3) On a more hilarious note, let me add Mrs Adams of "The Adams Family".  Wasn't Mrs Morticia Adams just hilarious?   Doesn't every mother have a bit of Mrs Adams in her personality?



"They're creepy and they're kooky,Mysterious and spooky,
They're all together ooky, The Addams Family. 
Their house is a museum Where people come to see 'em 

They really are a scream The Addams Family. 

(Neat) (Sweet) (Petite) 

So get a witches shawl on A broomstick you can crawl on 

We're gonna pay a call on The Addams Family."

Again, we salute all of the mothers today.

We hope that they all have a lovely day.

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




Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Mike Cuellar (1937-2010): From Havana Sugar Kings to the World Series

A couple of baseball questions: 
First, who pitched for the Havana Sugar Kings of AAA International League in the 1950’s and won a World Series game in 1970;
and, 
Second, who was the first Latino to win the Cy Young Award?  
The answer to both is Mike Cuellar, who played for Havana and shared the award with Denny McLain in 1969
We remember Miguel Angel Santana Cuellar today. 
Mike was born May 8, 1937 in Las Villas, Cuba.  He started in the Reds’ organization and played with The Sugar Kings, Havana’s AAA franchise. 
Cuellar spent the next few years between Cincinnati and Houston, where he won 16 games in 1967. 
At the end of the 1968 season, Houston thought that 31-year old Cuellar had seen his best days as a major league pitcher. He was traded to the Orioles and proved everyone wrong by winning 139 games over the next 7 seasons
The “Crafty Cuban”, as he was known for his command of breaking pitches, turned into one of the premiere pitchers in the American League. He won 20-games in 4 different seasons, 1969, 1970, 1971 & 1974.  He pitched a complete game in game 5 to win the 1970 World Series for Baltimore. 
During his brilliant career, he won 185 games, a 3.14 ERA and completed 172 starts! Without question, one of the best Latino pitchers ever.
Mike died in 2010.    He was voted # 27 in the Top 40 Orioles of all time.
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Thursday, May 03, 2007

May 3, 1469: Niccolo Machiavelli was born

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Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence on this day in 1469.   

We remember him for "The Prince", or the book that he published in 1532 when he was briefly jailed.  

The book was intended as a handbook for politicians and it inspired the term "Machiavellian".  

Some say that he is the father of modern political theory.  

I've read the book at several times in my life:

First, I had to read it in school;

Second, during a flight between Dallas and Chicago; and

Third, I saw it on sale a few years ago and bought a paperback copy and read it one summer afternoon.

It is a good book.

He also wrote several poems and plays. 

Machiavelli died on June 21, 1527, in Florence, Italy.

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We remember Robert Osborne (1932-2017)


We remember the great Robert Osborne, who was born on this day in 1932.    He was the face of TCM, the great movie channel that so many of us love.    He passed away in 2017.

We miss Mr. Osborne whenever we turn on TCM. 

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We remember James Brown (1933-2006)

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We remember James Brown who was born on this day in 1933.  He left us a huge legacy of songs and albums.

In many ways, James Brown had a great life. He was born in poverty and worked his way to the top. He did make a few mistakes. Frankly, who hasn't?

He was great in concert!

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World War I & Spanish flu with Leslie Eastman & Barry Jacobsen





Wednesday, May 02, 2007

World War II, episode 2: Appeasement and the outbreak of war



World War II # 4: Hitler's Blitzrieg, Denmark, Norway & the fall of France.with Barry Jacobsen


Friday, April 27, 2007

April 27, 1973: Steve Busby no-hitter # 1

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We remember Steve Busby who threw his first no-hitter on this day in 1973.     It was the first no-hitter of the DH era, or not having to face a pitcher batting.     

Busby pitched another no-hitter in 1974.    

His career ended due to injuries and then became an excellent baseball TV analyst with the Texas Rangers.    


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1947: Baseball said goodbye to Babe Ruth


On April 27, 1947, baseball said goodbye to the Babe.    He was very sick and would eventually die in February 1948.      
Every major league park remembered Ruth with a ceremony.   Of course, the highlight was Yankee Stadium and the Babe showed up.
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1455: The War of the Roses (ENGLAND'S REAL 'GAME OF THRONES')



Military history expert Barry Jacobsen reviews England's 'War of the Roses', dynastic wars fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal house of Plantagenent: the Houses of Lancaster and York. Biochemist Leslie Eastman will chime in with a look at the forensic analysis of the remains of the war's most infamous participants, Richard III, which have made the news recently.   Here is Leslie's post.   Click to listen:




Thursday, April 26, 2007

1963: Peggy March and "I will follow him"

Related imageSome of you may remember “I will follow him” from “Sister Act”, the movie with Whoppie Goldberg…..
The original version goes back to 1963 when 15 year old Peggy Marsh (Margaret Annemarie Battavio) put it at # 1:
I WILL FOLLOW HIM
“Love him, I love him, I love him
And where he goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep A mountain so high it can keep me away
I must follow him, ever since he touched my hand I knew
That near him I always must be 
And nothing can keep him from me He is my destiny
I love him, I love him, I love him And where he goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
He’ll always be my true love, my true love, my true love
From now until forever, forever, forever
I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep
A mountain so high it can keep, keep me away Away from my love
I love him, I love him, I love him
And where he goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
He’ll always be my true love, my true love, my true love
From now until forever, forever, forever
I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep A mountain so high it can keep, 
keep me away Away from my love
Do-do do-do-do do-do-do and where he goes
I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow I know I’ll always love him…”
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We remember Hack Wilson (1900-48)

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Lewis Robert "Hack" Wilson was born in Pennsylvania on this day in 1900.   He died in 1948.

Hack, as he was known, broke with the Giants in 1923 but blossomed with the Cubs in 1926.   

In fact, he hit 190 HR with 769 RBI in 850 games.   He led the NL in RBI with 159 in 1929 & 191 in 1930.   

His stats with the Cubs were awesome.     

In 1979, the Veterans Committee selected Hack Wilson to the Hall of Fame.

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April 26, 1865: John Wilkes Booth killed

We remember that John Wilkes Booth was killed on this day in 1865.  

Booth went into hiding after killing President Lincoln.  He was found by Union troops hiding in a farm and killed there.


Booth was a popular actor at the time.  His family was one of the first families of American theater.  He made his New York debut in 1862 and things were looking up.  However, a respiratory illness in 1863 put him on the sidelines for a while.


His other passion was the cause of the Confederacy or the South.  It motivated him to kill President Lincoln at Ford's Theater in Washington DC.
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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

April 1980: President Carter between Mariel and the failed Iran rescue mission



If you remember April 1980, then you recall two huge front page stories that rocked the Carter presidency.
Second, it was Iran and the US diplomats held hostage when the US Embassy was attacked the previous November.
On this day in 1980, President Carter approved a mission to go into Iran and rescue the diplomats held hostage. Unfortunately, he had to address the nation hours later to tell us what went wrong.   
It was a terrible morning to say the least. The operation was called off due to technical problems but 8 US servicemen were killed when one of the departing helicopters collided with a AC-130 transport airplane on the ground.
It was horrible.
The hostages were eventually released a few minutes after President Reagan was sworn in on January 1981.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

2016: The Battle of Waterloo with Barry Jacobsen


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Monday, April 23, 2007

The last player from the Negro League hit his first major league homer in 1954

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There are many angles to the Hank Aaron story.  He retired with 755 home runs and passed Babe Ruth in 1974.  He was an amazing player who was always around the top of the league in HRs, hits and batting average.  And he could play defense too.  

I finally got to see him play in 1971 when the Braves came to Milwaukee for an exhibition game.

We remember that Aaron hit his first home run off of Vic Raschi on April 23rd  in 1954

However, his greatest accomplishment is something that few people talk about.  Aaron was the last player from The Negro Leagues to play in the major leagues.   

I think that it's fitting that the man who broke the cherished home run record was the last player from the old Negro Leagues.  It was the perfect way to close a sad chapter and begin one where all Americans could play ball.

It was also landmark moment in the progress that we've made on civil rights.

Sadly, too many self appointed civil rights leaders promote victim-hood or don't want us to see the progress we've made.  Yet, the progress is all around us.   We see successful African Americans, from my sons' outstanding high school principal to the wonderful athletes who dominate sports to the growing number of entrepreneurs.

It's not perfect and indeed a work in progress.   But a lot of progress has been made.   

After all, the man who beat Babe Ruth's record was the last man who played in the Negro Leagues.

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We remember Warren Spahn (1921-2003)

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We remember one of the great left handed pitchers in major league history.  

Warren Spahn was born on this day in 1921 in Buffalo, New York.  He joined the Boston Braves in 1942 and moved to Milwaukee with the team for the 1953 season.   

It was in Milwaukee that he got to play with Lew Burdette, Eddie Matthews and Henry Aaron.   They won the 1957 World Series and the 1958 NL pennant.

His numbers were awesome:  363 wins, 3.09 ERA, 382 complete games, 5,243 innings pitched and 63 shutouts.   He pitched no-hitters in 1960 and 1961.   He was selected to The Hall of Fame in 1973.

Spahn's greatest pitching performance may have been a 1-0 loss to Juan Marichal in 1963.  He pitched 16 innings before giving up a HR to Willie Mays.

Spahn died in 2003!

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1954: # 1 of 755 for Hank Aaron



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We remember Henry, or Hank, Aaron today.    He hit # 1 off Vic Raschi of the Cardinals.  

Aaron was the last of the Negro League players to play in the majors.   

He hit # 1 of 755!

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1993: The Bee Gees & Blue Island


Image result for bee gees size isn't everything imagesBack in 1993, The Bee Gees released "Size isn't everything".

Time flies and it's hard to believe that so many years have flown by.

"Blue Island" is a beautiful song recorded in an acoustic style.  We understand that the song was dedicated to the children of Yugoslavia.  By the way, I love The Bee Gees when they do their acoustic medleys.


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We remember Roy Orbison (1936-88)




Roy Orbison was born on this day in 1936 in Vernon, Texas.

He was one of the great voices of rock.  In fact, John Lennon was a huge fan of his vocal style.  He died in 1988.   

Most people remember him for "Pretty woman", a great # 1 song from 1964.    It also came back big with the soundtrack of the movie by the same name:
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1967: Remembering "New York Mining Disaster 1941"

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April 23, 1564: We believe that William Shakespeare was born on this day


We say happy birthday to the great British author.  

We believe that he was born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564.  No one knows for sure because birth records were not always reliable.   

We do know that he died on April 23, 1616 when he was only 52.  Well, let’s wish him a happy birthday anyway!   
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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Happy # "2,000 something" to the city of Roma

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They tell us that this is the day that the city of Rome was founded:  
According to tradition, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, found Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus myth originated sometime in the fourth century B.C., and the exact date of Rome’s founding was set by the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro in the first century B.C.
OK.   We won't argue details.    Nevertheless, happy birthday to Roma.     It gives us a good excuse to listen to Dean Martin's "On an evening in Roma".

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Friday, April 20, 2007

April 2008: Rockies vs Padres in 22 innings!



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On this day in 2008, they played 22 innings and the Rockies beat the Padres, 2-1. 

This is like playing one game and a second game with extra innings.  It was the longest Major League game since August 31, 1993.

The box score shows that Willie Taveras was 3 for 10.....everybody else did not do much for their batting average. (Todd Helton was 1 for 9!)

The pitching was great. Peavy threw 8 scoreless innings. The bullpens were almost perfect for both teams.

Moral of the story: You can't run out the clock in baseball or do penalty kicks like soccer. You have to make the last out! In this case, it was not 27 but 66 outs!





Thursday, April 19, 2007

We remember Gus Gil (1939-2015)


Tomás Gustavo Gil Guillén was born in Caracas, Venezuela on this day in 1939.   He died in 2015.

We knew him as Gus Gil who played with Cleveland (1967) then the Seattle Pilots who became the Milwaukee Brewers (1969-71).

Gil's career was very short:  a .186 hitter over 227 games.   He was primarily a defensive replacement in the infield and occasional pinch hitter.

On August 16, 1970, Gil had the winning hit that scored Davey May.   It was a meaningless game for both teams.    

However, the victory sparked the post game celebration that brought Bernie Brewer down from top of the scoreboard.   He had been living up there until the team drew 40.000 fans.

I was there, saw the hit and enjoyed the celebration.


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