Sunday, December 07, 2008

World War II right after the attack on Pearl Harbor with Barry Jacobsen

Guest: Barry Jacobsen, blogger and military historian.........we will look at World War II right after the attack on Pearl Harbor.........the US declared war and now must organize a military response...........and other stories.......

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

"Rubber Soul", the best Beatles' album!



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It's hard to pick a favorite album. However, my money is on the US version of "Rubber Soul" by The Beatles.   

The US version starts with "I've just seen a face" and does not include "Drive my car" and "Nowhere man" like the UK version.   We got those songs later in the US release of "Yesterday and today".

"Rubber Soul", US or UK version, is just a great album.  It was the best collection of songs recorded by The Beatles.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Is there really a summer place called "Temma Harbour"?


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Mary Hopkin was one of the first recording stars who scored big hits on the Beatles' Apple label!

I remember "Temma Harbour".  It was a song about a summer paradise that sounded awfully good on that Apple Records 45 rpm single that I used to play.

This week, I was driving around Dallas and I heard that song again. 

It reminded me of a question that I never got an answer to: Is Temma Harbour a real place in the planet?  

Is there such a beautiful spot?  What place was Mary Hopkin singing about?

I don't know the answer but spending a weekend in Temma Harbour sounds great when our afternoon temperatures go over 100!


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Friday, October 10, 2008

1966: Orioles sweep Dodgers


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The 1966 Baltimore Orioles shocked the baseball world by taking 4 straight from the defending champs Los Angeles Dodgers.    

It was a classic mismatch on paper, namely because LA had Koufax and Drysdale.   However, it was also a case of underestimating the young Orioles who ended up throwing 3 shutouts and a 0.50 ERA for the series.

Frank Robinson was the MVP but it was the Orioles' pitchers who made the difference.

Koufax retired a month after the Series.   The Orioles came back in 1969, 1970 and 1971.   It was the end of the Dodgers, who did not return to the Series until 1974, and the start of the Orioles who won 4 pennants over the next 6 seasons.




Wednesday, August 27, 2008

September 2008: The McCain speech


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A post from September 2008

Unlike Senator Obama or Governor Palin, Senator McCain did not need a big speech to introduce himself.

We know McCain. He has been around for 25 years. McCain has been in the middle of every domestic and national security issue since the Reagan administration.

Last night, McCain called for a change in Washington.

McCain wants Washington to work and get things done. Like most of us, he is tired of Democrats and Republicans yelling at each other.

On national security, I think that we can easily deduct that our enemies know who McCain is.

I think that Iran knows that McCain will negotiate but won't be afraid to take out the nuclear plants if necessary. My guess is that France and Germany understand that McCain will call on them to put up or shut up in NATO. How much longer can the Afghanistan War be fought by US, UK and Canadian guys?

Overall, the speech was a typical McCain speech.

Great orator? No!

Potentially a great president? Absolutely yes!

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Monday, August 25, 2008

World War II: The winter of 1942-43, Russia and General Patton.


 

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Friday, August 15, 2008

World War II: The winter of 1942-43, Manstein's Miracle in Russia, and Patton







Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger.............we will continue our series of World War II episodes... Today we will look back at the winter of 1942-43, Manstein's Miracle in Russia, and the Rise of Patton .......................

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

World War II: The winter of 1942-43, Manstein's Miracle in Russia, and Patton

World War II | Facts, Summary, Combatants, & Causes | Britannica

Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger.............we will continue our series of World War II episodes... Today we will look back at the winter of 1942-43, Manstein's Miracle in Russia, and the Rise of Patton ....plus other stories from the front pages such as North Korea and Afghanistan.........and 'Light my fire' was the # 1 song in the country this week in 1967..................

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

June 1970: "The Long and Winding Road" or the last # 1 by The Beatles

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"The Long and Winding Road" turned out to be the last single released by the group.

There were other singles in the 1970's, such "Got to get you into my life" and "A day in the life".   However, those were old songs reissued for one reason or another.

It was "The long and winding road", with "For you blue" on the B-side, that was the last hit by the legendary band.      It reached # 1 on Billboard in June.

Later, a "Naked version" without Phil Spector's strings and choir, was also released.     Frankly, it was a lot better but we did not hear it until almost 30 years later.

You can get the LP HERE.    The so called "Naked version" HERE.    

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Friday, June 06, 2008

We remember Levi Stubbs (1936-2008)




We remember Levi Stubbs who was born in Detroit on this day in 1936.  He died in 2008.

In the heyday of Top 40 radio, the DJ's featured something called "the battle of the bands".

It was one group against another, say The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones.

I always had real trouble picking a favorite when it was The Temptations vs The Four Tops.   I loved both their music so much.

It's still hard to pick a favorite from The Four Tops.   I loved their music and Levi Stubb's vocals.

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

June 2008: Ken Griffey, Jr. hit # 600!


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Back in June 2008, Ken Griffey joined Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, Mays and Sosa in the 600 HR club.    (A-Rod got there later)

Griffey stayed away from controversy but not injuries.   Wonder how many more home runs he would have hit?  He hit 408 home runs in first 11 seasons with Seattle but only 222 over the next 10 years with Cincinnati, Chicago and then back to the Mariners for a season.

I remember how popular he was in the late 1990's when every kid wanted to wear #24 or Griffey's number.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

We remember Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996)

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The great Ella Fitzgerald was born on this day in 1917.   She is known to many as "The First Lady of Song", a well deserved title in my opinion.

Ella had lots of problems as a young woman.  She was an orphan by 15 and had trouble with the law.    Eventually, she left that and became a very successful performer.


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Was Marichal the greatest Latino pitcher?

Who are the greatest Latino pitchers?   You can choose from Marichal, Cuellar, Tiant, Valenzuela, Martinez, etc.  It is a very impressive list.

My top five are:

1) Juan Marichal----243 wins and a 2.89 ERA. He started 451 games and completed 244 of them, pitching 52 shutouts. Marichal has one more complete game than wins. That's amazing! Marichal's career was played in the shadows of Sandy Koufax and Warren Spahn.

2) Mike Cuellar----In 15 seasons, Cuellar went 185-130 with a 3.14 ERA, 1,632 strikeouts, 172 complete games and 36 shutouts over 453 games......won 139 games in a 7 year span with Baltimore (1969-75) plus game 5 of the 1970 World Series pitching another complete game. Cuellar won't make the Hall of Fame but he is the most successful lefty from Latin America.

3) Camilo Pascual---the most underrated pitcher of his era. He was a 5 time All-Star starting in 1959 to 1962 and in 1964.......won 174 games yet pitching for bad teams for much of his career......a 3.75 ERA and 36 shutouts in 18 Major League seasons....led the league in strikeouts from 1961 to 1963 and was among the leaders in shutouts in 1959, 1961 and 1962.....struck out 2,167 batters in 2,930 innings.

4) Luis Tiant---He led the league with a 1.60 ERA in 1968 and a 1.91 ERA in 1972.....won 229 games with a 3.30 ERA over 19 seasons......won 20 games four times and led the American League in shutouts three times.

5) Pedro Martinez----A three-time Cy Young Award winner---1997, while with the Expos, and in 1999 and 2000 with the Red Sox.  Hall of Fame 2013.

Honorable mention goes to Fernando Valenzuela and Dennis Martinez.

Imagine a fantasy baseball team with a rotation of Marichal, Cuellar, Pascual, Tiant and Martinez.   I think that I'll do OK!

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



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Guest: Barry Jacobsen, military blogger and historian......we will look at some of the political and military figures of World War II..........President Roosevelt, President Truman, Prime Minister Churchill, USSR leader Stalin, Chancellor Hitler........................plus many more.....click to listen:

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World War II: The long and difficult year of 1942


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Guest:   Barry Jacobsen, military historian and blogger..........we go from the German invasion of the USSR to the very difficult year of 1942.........the US is now in the picture......

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April 1968 and "McArthur Park" by Richard Harris



"Mac Arthur's Park" was released in April and was heard on the radio during the summer of 1968.

In an unusual move, Richard Harris, the great actor, got together with composer Jimmy Webb and the result was MacArthur Park. 

Webb was a great songwriter.   
He wrote Glen Campbell's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", "Galveston" and "Wichita Lineman", The Fifth Dimension's "Up, up and away" and Art Ganfunkel's "All I know".

"MacArthur Park's" arrangement was over 7 minutes long!   It is really two songs, the vocal portion and a wonderful instrumental bridge in the middle.

Today, some people think that "MacArthur Park" is one of the worst songs ever recorded. (Pop music madness)

Some people really like it! (Macarthur Park is the greatest song ever)

It was many many years ago.  Here is the song and the lyrics:    

"Spring was never waiting for us, girl
It ran one step ahead As we followed in the dance
Between the parted pages and 
were pressed In love's hot, fevered iron
Like a striped pair of pants
MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it'
Cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again Oh, no!
I recall the yellow cotton dress
Foaming like a wave
On the ground around your knees
The birds, like tender babies in your hands
And the old men playing checkers by the trees
MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it' Cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again Oh, no!
There will be another song for me For I will sing it
There will be another dream for me
Someone will bring itI will drink the wine while it is warm
And never let you catch me looking at the sun
And after all the loves of my life
After all the loves of my life You'll still be the one
I will take my life into my hands and I will use it
I will win the worship in their eyes and I will lose it.
I will have the things that I desire
And my passion flow like rivers through the sky
And after all the loves of my life
After all the loves of my life I'll be thinking of you
And wondering why
MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
Cause it took so long to bake it
And I'll never have that recipe again
Oh, no! Oh, no No, no Oh no!! "

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We remember Lew Krausse (1943-2021)

We say happy birthday to Lew Krausse, who was born on this day in 1943.   He died February 2021.

Krausse came up with the Kansas City A's in 1961 and won 38 games between 1966-69.   Frankly, he pitched for some very bad teams.

Back in 1970, The Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee just in time to start the season.   They barely had time to change "Pilots" for "Brewers" on their uniforms.

It was Lew who started that first game against the Angels.   The home team lost 12-0 but baseball was back in Milwaukee.

In 1970, he went 13-18 pitching for a second year expansion team.   He was eventually traded to Boston, St Louis and finished in Atlanta.

Great trivia question:   Who threw the first pitch in Brewers' history?   Now you know the answer!

Lew finished his career in 1974:   68-91, & 4.00 ERA.    

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April 25, 1976: Rick Monday saved the US flag


His best years were with the Cubs (1972-76), when he hit 106 home runs and was a very tough out.    Later he moved to the LA Dodgers and hit a 9th-inning HR to beat Montreal in the 1981 NLCS.
However, his greatest baseball moment had nothing to do with hits or home runs.
It happened on April 25, 1976.
You may remember that it was the Bicentennial year, and Watergate and Vietnam were behind us.  The economy was a bit sluggish, but people were looking forward to July 4 and all of the patriotic parades and celebrations.
On an April afternoon at Wrigley Field, Monday took his position in center field and was playing catch with José Cardenal, his Cuban teammate.
Rick saw a couple of guys trying to burn the U.S. flag; he ran and grabbed it before they could light the match. The two idiots were arrested, and Monday gave the flag to one of the security guards.
“I was angry when I saw them start to do something to the flag, and I’m glad that I happened to be geographically close enough to do something about it,” said Monday, now in his 13th season as a Dodgers broadcaster.
“What those people were doing, and their concept of what they were trying to do was wrong. That feeling was very strongly reinforced by six years in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. I still think it’s wrong to do that.”
It was wrong and we salute Rick Monday after all of these years later..
By the way, Rick was with the 1981 LA Dodgers that won the World Series.    He wrote about his time in LA in a very entertaining book:
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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Iran 1980: The morning we got the news that the mission had failed



For my generation, the Iran hostage crisis is one of those news stories that brings back bad memories.
It started when the so called students crashed the US embassy in Tehran and held about 50 diplomats hostage.   It ended a few minutes after President Reagan was sworn in January 1981.
Between the takeover and the hostages’ release, the story was a daily grind of rumors and more bad news.   Many of us got hooked to an ABC nightly hostage show that ended up being “Nightline”.
The low point was April 24, 1980:
On April 24, 1980, an ill-fated military operation to rescue the 52 American hostages held in Tehran ends with eight U.S. servicemen dead and no hostages rescued. With the Iran Hostage Crisis stretching into its sixth month and all diplomatic appeals to the Iranian government ending in failure, President Jimmy Carter ordered the military mission as a last ditch attempt to save the hostages. During the operation, three of eight helicopters failed, crippling the crucial airborne plans. The mission was then canceled at the staging area in Iran, but during the withdrawal one of the retreating helicopters collided with one of six C-130 transport planes, killing eight soldiers and injuring five. The next day, a somber Jimmy Carter gave a press conference in which he took full responsibility for the tragedy. The hostages were not released for another 270 days.
What a horrible morning.
As I recall, the failed mission did not become a big issue in the campaign.  I recall then-Governor Reagan holding his fire and simply expressing sympathies for the soldiers.   Democrat challenger Senator Ted Kennedy did not say much either.
There were many bad mornings in the Carter presidency.   This one was one of the worst!
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

April 1973: "Saw a new morning" by The Bee Gees


APRIL 1973.....yes that was many years ago.....and I was listening to this song.....maybe I'm giving away my age........it was THE BEE GEES and "Saw a new morning".

It was released as a single and included in "LIFE IN A TIN CAN" album, a very underrated album from 1973.

The single "Saw a new morning" was a clue to "sounds to come".  I hear "Nights on Broadway", specially the way that Barry & Robin share the lead vocals.  I also hear "Edge of the universe" also from "MAIN COURSE" released in 1975.

Great song!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

1978: The Blue Brothers made their debut on "Saturday Night Live"


Who knew?   I loved those early seasons of Saturday Night Live.   I guess that I'm talking about 1975-80!

On this day in 1978,  The Blues Brothers made their first appearance on Saturday Night Live and the rest is history.    

They had 3 top-40 hits (“Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit” and “Gimme Some Lovin'”),  a #1 pop album (Briefcase Full of Blues) and a 1980 film, "The Blues Brothers".

To say the least, one of the most hilarious and funniest acts of the late 1970s.
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Monday, April 21, 2008

April 21, 1904: Ty Cobb made his professional debut!


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On April 21, 1904,  Ty Cobb made his professional with Augusta (South Atlantic League).  He hit a double and HR in an 8-7 loss to Columbus.

Cobb broke with Detroit in 1905 and his career numbers still leave you in total shock:  .366 batting average, 4,189 hits, 724 doubles, 295 triples, 892 stolen bases and 117 "dead ball era" HR.    He did it all in 3,035 games!     

What an amazing hitter!

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Billboard: The Top 10 singles by Rolling Stones


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The Rolling Stones' top singles on Billboard over the years:   

1, "Honky Tonk Women," The Rolling Stones, No. 1 (4 weeks), Aug. 23, 1969

2, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," The Rolling Stones, No. 1 (4 weeks), July 10, 1965

3, "Start Me Up," The Rolling Stones, No. 2, Oct. 31, 1981

4, "Angie," The Rolling Stones, No. 1 (1 week), Oct. 20, 1973

5, "Miss You," The Rolling Stones, No. 1 (1 week), Aug. 5, 1978

6, "Brown Sugar," The Rolling Stones. No. 1 (2 weeks), May 29, 1971

7, "Paint It, Black," The Rolling Stones, No. 1 (2 weeks), June 11, 1966

8, "Get Off of My Cloud," The Rolling Stones, No. 1 (2 weeks), Nov. 6, 
1965

9, "Emotional Rescue," The Rolling Stones, No. 3, Sept. 6, 1980

10, "Ruby Tuesday," The Rolling Stones, No. 1 (1 week), March 4, 1967

You can find most of them in this great double album!

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April 21, 1865: Abraham Lincoln's funeral train left Washington



On this day in 1865, the Lincoln funeral train left Washington DC.     The train traveled through 180 cities and seven states on its way to Illinois.   Millions lined up to say goodbye to the 16th president.
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

And so started The Spanish American War in 1898



President McKinley called on the US Congress to declare war on Spain on this day in 1898.
McKinley tried to keep a distance from the situation in Cuba.   However, everything changed on February 17, 1898 when the USS Maine exploded in Havana harbor.
And so started The Spanish American War.   It lasted 4 months and changed Cuba forever and made a national hero out of Theodore Roosevelt. 

In 1900, the McKinley-Roosevelt ticket won the election  easily.  Nine months later, Vice President Roosevelt became president when Mr McKinley was assassinated.

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1980: Mariel and how it impacted me

We remember Mariel 1980 with Marcos Nelson Suarez




Friday, April 18, 2008

We remember Dick Clark (1929-2012)

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On April 18, 2012, Dick Clark died of a heart attack.  He was 82.

Dick Clark's American Bandstand was on the air until the late 1980s.  He went from one generation to the other, from Elvis to U2.  I guess that he connected so well because he never "aged".  He looked as young in 1987 as he did in 1967 when we used to watch those Saturday shows.

Dick Clark was great and we thank him for all of the memories.  I used to love that "rate the record" segment and the interviews.

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1923: Babe Ruth hit 3-run homer in first game at Yankee Stadium



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We remember today that Yankee Stadium opened in 1923 and Babe Ruth hit a 3-run homer.    

Who else?

We are now in the 3rd edition of Yankee Stadium.   

The first one saw the team win 24 championships, including 5 in a row from 1949 to 1953.  

The stadium was shut down after the 1974 season for renovations.    The Yankees actually played at Shea Stadium in 1975 and came back to play in a World Series in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001.

The second one closed after the 2008 season.    

The third one opened in 2009 and the Yankees won the World Series.

The Yankees have a flag in each of the 3 parks, another amazing accomplishment by the top franchise in US sports history.

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