Saturday, February 28, 2009

2013: Thank you Pope Benedict XVI

On this day in 2013, Pope Benedict XVI resigned and went into retirement.  Of course, he was eventually replaced by Pope Francis.  As a Catholic, I was very proud of Pope Benedict.  He showed grace and class right down to the minute that he stopped being Pope.

Thank you Pope Benedict XVI and continue to enjoy a very well deserved retirement.  

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Happy George Washington Day

We remember today George Washington's birthday.  

He was born on this day in Virginia in 1732.  His father was a colonial plantation owner,

No one is indispensable but George Washington is the closest thing to it.   The US was so lucky to have a man like Washington at every important turn in the early days of the nation.

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February 22, 1980: US 4, USSR 3

We celebrate today another anniversary of George Washington’s birthday in 1732.  
Back in 1980, many of us spent President Washington’s birthday watching an Olympic hockey game.  It passed into the history pages as the “Miracle on Ice”.
As you may remember, we were in the middle of various crises, abroad and at home.  
First, the USSR had just invaded Afghanistan and was pushing its weight around in Nicaragua and paying for Cuban troops in Africa.
Second, Iran had kidnapped U.S. diplomats and mocking President Carter every day.
It seemed like no one feared the U.S. and the bad buys certainly didn’t.  
Third, the U.S. economy was struggling, from long gas lines to inflation.
In the middle of all of this, a bunch of young Americans gave us the time of our lives.   It was the first hockey game that I ever paid attention to!
The U.S. beat the old USSR in the Olympic semifinals to move on to the gold game.  What a great game.  In fact, listening to Al Michaels of ABC call the last minute of that game was unbelievable.  
Here is the story of that day:
“In one of the most dramatic upsets in Olympic history, the underdog U.S. hockey team, made up of college players, defeats the four-time defending gold-medal winning Soviet team at the XIII Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid, New York. The Soviet squad, previously regarded as the finest in the world, fell to the youthful American team 4-3 before a frenzied crowd of 10,000 spectators. Two days later, the Americans defeated Finland 4-2 to clinch the hockey gold.”
It gave us the lift that we all needed back then!    Again, what a game and how timely that it happened on George Washington's birthday.
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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Nixon in China 1972 plus other stories with Frank Burke

Guest: Frank Burke, businessman and author...........We will discuss the media and President Trump.........the Democrats in disarray...........President Nixon in China 1972 and how that looks years later..........and more stories......................

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We remember Tommy Henrich (1913-2009)

We remember Tommy Henrich, who was born in Ohio this week in 1913 and died in 2009.  Heinrich played on some of the greatest Yankees teams of the 20th century.  His teammates were Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Gordon, Bill Dickey, Phil Rizzuto, and Yogi Berra.  He wore #7 for a while but never played with Mickey Mantle, who broke in the lineup in 1951, after Henrich was gone.

Like so many other very good Yankees, Henrich was always in the background of the aforementioned superstars.  Nevertheless, he had a great career.  It was cut short by three seasons of military service, 1942–45.  Henrich retired with a .282 average, 183 HR and 795 RBI in 1,284 games.  Losing three years to World War II probably cost him joining the “250 HR & 1,000 RBI” club.

Tommy was in the middle of one of the greatest sports accomplishments of the 20th century.  He was a key player in Joe DiMaggio’s 56-hitting streak, as Rob Edelman wrote

In 1941 Henrich played a significant role in keeping alive Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak. On June 26, the 38th game of the streak, the Yankee Clipper was still hitless as the team came to bat in the last of the eighth inning holding the lead against the St. Louis Browns. 

DiMaggio was due up fourth in the inning, with Henrich scheduled right before him. With one out and Red Rolfe on first, McCarthy ordered Henrich to bunt to avoid a possible ground-ball double play — and not allowing his teammate a final at-bat. Henrich was thrown out, but Rolfe took second. 

DiMaggio slammed Elden Auker’s first pitch for a double, and the streak remained intact.

Yankees broadcaster Mel Allen began calling Henrich “Old Reliable” — the name of a train that ran from Ohio to Alabama and was celebrated for always being on time — because of his propensity for hitting in the clutch.

In other words, the streak could have ended at #38, and we would not be talking about it.  DiMaggio would have never reached #41 or #44, the two records ahead of him.

Back in 1941, it was his legs that kept the inning going.  DiMaggio then hit a double and the streak kept going.

After baseball, Tommy owned some beer distributorships and coached a bit.  He was active in The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing.

I wonder if DiMaggio took him out to dinner after that game.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

1953 and "I Love Lucy"

We remember Luis Arroyo (1927-2016)

We remember Luis Arroyo who was born in Puerto Rico on this day in 1927.  He died in 2016 at age 88.   

Luis was a very effective major league pitcher from Puerto Rico.

In 1961, Arroyo pitched for the NY Yankees:  15-9, 2.19 ERA and 29 saves.   He also pitched in 2 World Series (1960 & 1961) and 8 seasons overall.

After baseball, Arroyo managed in Puerto Rico.

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1954: "Saskatchewan", a movie and a very familiar voice jumps at me

Flipping channels and I came across "Saskatchewan", a 1954 movie about the Canadian frontier.    The big stars were Allan Lad and Shelley Winters.

I was pleasantly surprised when Jay Silverwheels ("Tonto" of The Lone Ranger") was playing Cajou, an Indian from the tribe who had good relations with the white people.

The movie was released in 1954.   I'm not sure if he was already playing "Tonto" in the classic TV series.

By the way, the movie's choreography was fantastic.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

1943: Joe DiMaggio was drafted

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The great Joe DiMaggio was making $ 43,000 a year playing baseball.   Nevertheless, Joe D was drafted for the war effort on this day in 1943.   

Joe did not play for the Yankees again until 1946 or the war cost him 3 seasons.   

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Remembering the day that Fidel Castro became Prime Minister of Cuba

Time flies and we recall another day in Cuban history:
“On February 16, 1959, Fidel Castro is sworn in as prime minister of Cuba after leading a guerrilla campaign that forced right-wing dictator Fulgencio Batista into exile. Castro, who became commander in chief of Cuba’s armed forces after Batista was ousted on January 1, replaced the more moderate Miro Cardona as head of the country’s new provisional government.” (History)
Castro followed this move with a trip to the US.  He met with VP Nixon, was a guest on “Meet the Press” and spoke before The National Press Club.
He got very favorable press.  I think that most of the media in the US was caught up in the “revolutionary story”, or the tale of the charming bearded man destined to turn into some kind of Cuban George Washington.
Back in Cuba, Castro still enjoyed vast support.  However, it started to erode in 1960 when radical steps were implemented. 
Castro went after the private schools, the newspapers and the media.  Elections were never held.  Repression was everywhere.  
Finally, Cuba became a huge issue in the 1960 election and then Senator Kennedy beat up VP Nixon because the Eisenhower administration had been too easy on Cuba.
On January ’61, or two years after Castro became prime minister, the US broke diplomatic relations and that was followed by The Bay of Pigs and The Missile Crisis.
And you know the rest of the story.  
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Saturday, February 14, 2009

We remember Florence Henderson (1934-2016)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

We remember Lorne Greene (1911-1987)

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We remember Lyon Himan “Chaim” Green who was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on this day in 1911.    

We know him as Lorne Green, or the man who played Ben Cartwright in “Bonanza”.

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1924: Gershwin's "Rhapsody in blue" made its debut

It was years ago today (1924) that George Gershwin performed "Rhapsody in Blue.

You can get a "digital" version of the original and let me also recommend Deodato's version.

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Abraham Lincoln was born on this day in 1809

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809.

We will have many celebrations across the land.   Lincoln was a great man.  The Lincoln monument was the highlight of my visit to DC many years ago.

It's hard to pick a favorite quote from Lincoln. I like this one from the 2nd inaugural speech, about a month before his assassination:
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan – to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations."
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

1861: President elect Lincoln took the train to Washington DC

President elect Lincoln left Springfield, Illinois, on February 11, 1861 to travel to Washington DC.  
Lincoln did not return during his presidency.  His casket returned in April 1865 and is buried in Springfield.

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Monday, February 09, 2009

February 9, 1964: The Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show"

A few years ago, I posted about the Beatles' first big hit in the US or 'I want to hold your hand".

It's hard to believe but it was 1964, or so many years ago.

A few weeks later, Ed Sullivan introduced The Beatles to the largest TV audience in US history. (The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers, at the time a record for an American television program...)

Everybody tuned in. It was like the Super Bowl of its time!

The girls tuned in to scream.  Boys like me just wanted to hear the music. Mark Goldblatt was one of those boys who tuned in!

It was a wonderful TV moment for those lucky enough to experience that Sunday night.  Have the time flown by so fast?

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

We remember Jules Verne (1828-1905)

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Jules Verne was born on February 8, 1828, in Nantes, France.  He started writing while attending boarding school.   Verne died in 1905.

Most of us read his books in school.  We also saw the movies based on his books:   "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954), "The Mysterious Island" (1929 and 1961), "From the Earth to the Moon" (1958), "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1959), and "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956).

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Thursday, February 05, 2009

We remember Hank Aaron (1934-2021)

We remember Hank Aaron who was born on this day in 1934 and died January 2021.

Aaron hit # 1 in 1954 and # 755 in 1976.   His record was eventually "broken" by Barry Bonds in 2007.   Aaron still holds the records for most career RBI (2,297), most career total bases (6,856) and most career extra base hits (1,477). 

After retiring as a player, Aaron became one of baseball's first black executives, with the Atlanta Braves.    He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

I789: George Washington was elected president of the US

President Washington showed respect for the US Constitution, an important accomplishment.  He served two terms, retired to Virginia in 1797 and 
died in 1799.
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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

1959: The day that "the music died"

In 1972, Don McClean introduced our generation to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in the # 1 song"American Pie". 

It started like this:     
"A long, long time ago...I can still remember How that music used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And, maybe, they'd be happy for a while. But February made me shiver With every paper I'd deliver. Bad news on the doorstep; I couldn't take one more step. I can't remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride, But something touched me deep inside The day the music died."
The "day the music died" was years ago, a big triple loss for pop music. 

McClean's tune got me very interested in Buddy Holly, a native of West Texas.
I bought his records. I visited his grave during a business trip to West Texas about 20 years ago. I have followed the creation of The Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, TX.
I learned that Paul McCartney was also a huge fan of Buddy Holly. He toured England in 1958!
The Beatles recorded Holly's "Words of Love" in one of their early LP's. The Rolling Stones recorded "Not fade away", another of Holly's songs.
Buddy Holly was only 22 but ".....In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Holly #13 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time."
You can hear Buddy Holly's influence in every rock song recorded over the years. You can specially hear it in garage bands or every 15-year old who has played a rock guitar.
Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in the same plane crash. They were not as popular as Holly but Valens had incredible potential since he was only 17!
The day "the music died", a sad day in the history of rock.
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