Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Watching “John Adams”

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A few years ago, I purchased the John Adams HBO series and watched the whole thing over a rainy weekend. It’s amazing what you can do during a long “rain delay” theater.  
As a naturalized U.S. citizen, I’ve always had a passion for everything about U.S. history. 
I think that the U.S. is the greatest nation in history. 
It has done more good for mankind than anyone else. 
Its sons have liberated millions, an important point to remember this weekend.
The U.S. economy has brought boundless prosperity to more people than anything else.
This great nation opened its arms to our family and gave us a chance at a new life. 
It has given me so much. Therefore, I don’t stand quietly when people take “cheap shots” at the U.S.    
Let me recommend that you revisit the  John Adams series. It will cost you seven hours but the dividends will be tremendous.
The series covers the Declaration of Independence (a great segment), his diplomatic trip to Europe, his service as VP, President, and the retirement years when he reconciled with Thomas Jefferson.
You cannot understand John Adams without understanding his amazing wife, Abigail. During their long and very happy marriage, Abigail and John wrote an amazing number of letters. The “letters” have given historians so much background about the events and passion of that period. They tell the story of a man and a woman living in the early days of a new nation.
Here is a historical gem:  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were two of the key players for independence. They died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826, or the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. 
Watch it and reignite your love for the U.S. It may be wise for all of those who want to bring down statues to catch the series, too.
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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Berlin 1949: The USSR lifted the Berlin blockade

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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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



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