Saturday, November 30, 2019

George Harrison died on this day in 2001

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We remember that George Harrison died of cancer on a November day like this in 2001.  His death was not a shock because we knew that he had been deteriorating for months.

George was a teenager when he met Paul & John in Liverpool.  Later, they formed the band that ended up as The Beatles.  

It's hard to believe that it was so many years ago.   Where did the time go?

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Happy # 57 Bo Jackson

We remember Bo Jackson who was born on this day in 1962.    I thought that he was one of the most amazing athletes to ever play sports.  

It's a shame that he did not concentrate on baseball.   He would have been a candidate for the Hall of Fame.   He hit 107 HRs & 304 RBIs in 790 games before he got hurt.   

Of course, you could say the same thing about his football career.

Bo was great.   It's also unbelievable that he played his last ball game in August 1994.  

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The great Churchill fell in love with Cuban cigars in 1895

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We remember Winston Churchill was born on this day in 1874.  He passed away in 1965 at age 90.  
Churchill loved Cuban cigars.  We know now that he met his first Cuban cigar during a visit to the island circa 1895.  My late father once told me that the Cuban embassy in London would often deliver Mr. Churchill a complimentary box of cigars.  Furthermore, those long cigars came to be known as “Churchill”.
According to H.P. Klepak, author of “Churchill Comes of Age, Cuba 1895“, the young Churchill spent 18 days in Cuba. 
He was there on loan from the British army to observe colonial Spain’s defense against independence fighters, as Klepak said in an interview
History previously recorded that Churchill saw combat in Cuba and discovered the siesta, which would later help him keep long hours as British prime minister during World War Two.
But Klepak, a former Canadian military officer, argues previous works overlooked how influential the Cuban venture was, including the months of maneuvering Churchill needed to land his assignment.   
With his Cuba experience he became a war correspondent, political analyst, strategist and liaison with a foreign army, all for the first time. His writings start to show legendary humor. He discovers rum and Cuban cigars’ breadth and quality.
Inspired by observations from local historian Lourdes Mendez, Klepak believes he became the first to scrutinize and cross-check the Cuban, British and Spanish archives, discovering for example that Churchill was fired upon by no less than Antonio Maceo and Maximo Gomez, two of Cuba’s greatest independence leaders.
“Very quickly when I looked at it from a historical perspective it was pretty obvious that this was an amazing story which for some reason had never been told,” Klepak said.
Neat story.  This is also a book that you may want to pick up when you need a break from Speaker Pelosi.  It is another chapter in the amazing life of one of the most important figures of the 20th century.
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Billy Williams: 1961 NL Rookie of the Year

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Billy Williams established himself as the Cubs' left fielder with a great rookie season in 1961.   He played 146 games, hit .278 with 25 HR & 86 RBI.

In the 1960's, and the early 1970's, Williams was one of the most consistent hitters in the NL.    He won a batting title in 1972 (.333) & led the NL in hits in 1970 (205).   

Williams was consistently good finishing with a .290 career batting average, 2,711 hits, 426 HR & 1,475 RBI.     

He was selected to The Hall of Fame in 1987.

Happy birthday, Sir Winston Churchill

Today, we say Happy Birthday to Sir Winston Churchill:
"He was born on November 30th, 1874. We remember him as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Churchill was one of the most important leaders in modern British and world history."

1874: Winston Churchill was born


We love “leadership” and great leaders to run our countries.   Today, we remember Winston Churchill, one of the giants of the 20th century who was born on this day in 1874:

“Churchill came from a prestigious family with a long history of military service and joined the British Fourth Hussars upon his father’s death in 1895. During the next five years, he enjoyed an illustrious military career, serving in India, the Sudan, and South Africa, and distinguishing himself several times in battle. In 1899, he resigned his commission to concentrate on his literary and political career and in 1900 was elected to Parliament as a Conservative MP from Oldham. In 1904, he joined the Liberals, serving in a number of important posts before being appointed Britain’s First Lord of the Admiralty in 1911, where he worked to bring the British navy to a readiness for the war he foresaw.
In 1915, in the second year of World War I, Churchill was held responsible for the disastrous Dardanelles and Gallipoli campaigns, and he was excluded from the war coalition government. He resigned and volunteered to command an infantry battalion in France. However, in 1917, he returned to politics as a cabinet member in the Liberal government of Lloyd George. From 1919 to 1921, he was secretary of state for war and in 1924 returned to the Conservative Party, where two years later he played a leading role in the defeat of the General Strike of 1926.
Out of office from 1929 to 1939, Churchill issued unheeded warnings of the threat of German and Japanese aggression.
After the outbreak of World War II in Europe, Churchill was called back to his post as First Lord of the Admiralty and eight months later replaced the ineffectual Neville Chamberlain as prime minister of a new coalition government. In the first year of his administration, Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany, but Churchill promised his country and the world that the British people would “never surrender.” He rallied the British people to a resolute resistance and expertly orchestrated Franklin D. Rooseveltand Joseph Stalin into an alliance that eventually crushed the Axis.
In July 1945, 10 weeks after Germany’s defeat, his Conservative government suffered an electoral loss against Clement Attlee’s Labour Party, and Churchill resigned as prime minister. He became leader of the opposition and in 1951 was again elected prime minister.
Two years later, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his six-volume historical study of World War II and for his political speeches.
In 1955, he retired as prime minister but remained in Parliament until 1964, the year before his death.”
There are several lessons from Churchill’s life:
1) Failure is a part of life.  Mr Churchill failed but never gave up;
2) “Call out evil”, as he did over and over again when he spoke about Hitler in the 1930’s; and,
3) Take time for your hobbies, from writing to painting.  
Winston Churchill was a giant of a man.  I hope that the young people are reading about his life and how he used words:

Nov 30, 1874: Winston Churchill was born!

We remember today one of the great men of the 20th century:

"Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, is born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England."   (History)

Churchill was the man at the right time for the UK in World War II.   

Friday, November 29, 2019

George Harrison (1943-2001)

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George Harrison (1943-01) died quietly from cancer a few years ago today!

Unfortunately, he had been battling cancer for a couple of years.

George's solo career got off very quickly with "My sweet lord" and the "All Things must pass" album.

He was less consistent after that but did release "All those years ago" after John's death and "When we was fab" about The Beatles.

Today, we have all of those songs to remember George.   He was a great lead guitarist and the very "quiet Beatle" behind John & Paul's vocals and songwriting skills!

November 1981 and still talking about Natalie Wood's death

How did Natalie Wood die or drown?   Was she killed or what?

It's a great mystery but some people are still looking for clues.

Will they re-open the case?   Can they re-open case?   We will follow the story.

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We remember C S Lewis (1898-1963)

Clive Staples Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland, on this day in 1898.     He died on November 22, 1963.

We know him as C S Lewis, the author of many books like "The Screwtape Letters", "The Chronicles of Narnia", and "The Space Trilogy".    The "Narnia" books have sold over 100 million copies and been transformed into three major motion pictures.

George Harrison 1943-2001

We remember that George Harrison died of cancer on a November day like this in 2001.  

His death was not a shock because we knew that he had been deteriorating from cancer for months.

George was a teenager when he met Paul & John in Liverpool.  Later, they formed the band that ended up as The Beatles.  

George played lead guitar and did some background vocals as well.  He was referred to as the "quiet Beatle" because he was always playing behind John and Paul.  

It's easy to be "quiet" when you are playing behind the "songwriting" machine of Lennon-McCartney!  Nevertheless, his wonderful guitar is heard in everyone of The Beatles's hits, from "Ticket to Ride" to "Day Tripper" to "Come Together".

George was always there but we just didn't notice him that much!

He did compose and sang "Something", a # 1 song and the only time that one of George's compositions was selected as the A-side of a Beatles' single.  

It's hard to believe that died that many years ago.   Where did the time go?

We remember H. Wayne Huizenga (1937-2016)

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We learned in 2016 that H. Wayne Huizenga passed away.   

He was 80 and a very accomplished businessman.   At one time, he owned every professional team in the Miami area:  Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers and Florida Marlins!     

Huizenga was born in the Chicago suburb of Evergreen Park on this day in 1937.   His businesses included "Blockbuster" and "Auto Nation".

He was a very successful businessman:

Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso: (1925-2015)

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We remember Orestes “Minnie” Miñoso.  He was born in Cuba on this day in 1925 and died in Chicago in 2015.
As a boy growing up in Cuba, and later in the US, I remember hearing Miñoso stories from my father .  Orestes, as he was known in Cuba, played for Marianao and was a top draw in the Cuban winter leagues.

We say thank you to Minnie Miñoso.    He was more than a baseball player for his fans in Latin America.

He retired with a .298 average, 186 HR, 1,963 hits & 1,023 RBI in 1,835 games.  His best years were in Chicago: 304 in 12 seasons with the White Sox.
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1963: Ernesto Lecuona died and left us a legacy of great songs

Ernesto Lecuona, the greatest Cuban composer of the 20th century, died on this day in 1963.  His story is one of music and more music:
"Ernesto Lecuona was born in Guanabacoa, Cuba, across the bay from Havana, on August 6, 1895, but for an unexplained reason he actually observed his birthday as August 7, 1896. 
His musical talent was already discernible at age three. Following initial piano studies with his sister, Ernestina, he continued at the Conservatorio Peyrellade with Antonio Saaverda and the famed Joaquin Nin. 
At 17 he graduated from the National Conservatory of Havana with a gold medal in performance. 
He had become a prodigious pianist indeed and his talents were soon on view for the first time outside Cuba when he appeared at Aeolian Hall, New York City in 1916. 
While his ties to his native Cuba were always strong, this initial performance in New York paved the way for an increasing presence in the United States, both as concert pianist and as composer, which eventually led to his permanent move to Florida in 1960, following the rise to power of the Communist leader, Fidel Castro in 1959. 
Lecuona produced a veritable torrent of music during his 70 years, including a number of major pop songs, such as the well-remembered, "Malaguena" the bright and rhythmic, "Siboney," with which one can almost hear the clicking accompaniment of castanets "Always in My Heart" and "Andalucia," better remembered for its Americanized version, “The Breeze and I," which became in the late '30s a popular recording hit by the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
While we honor the late Ernesto Lecuona for his wonderful collection of memorable and tuneful songs, his talents in music-making were literally all over the map. 
In addition to more than 400 songs, he also created 176 piano pieces, 53 theater works (zarzuelas, operettas, theatrical revues and an opera), 31 orchestral scores, 6 pieces for piano and orchestra, 3 violin works, a trio, 5 ballets, 11 film scores and many incidental arrangements.
Lecuona's work stretched considerably beyond the printed score sheet. He was the co-founder of the Havana Symphony Orchestra, the Lecuona Cuban Boys Band and La Orquesta de la Habana. 
During the '30s and '40s, he was hired to create a number of motion picture scores for MGM, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox, and his score for the 1942 Warner Bros. film Always in My Heart was nominated for an Academy Award. 
At one time he also served as honorary cultural attaché to the Cuban embassy in Washington. He also gave successful performances in Carnegie Hall.
Lecuona, who had moved permanently to Tampa, Florida in 1960, died three years later of a heart attack while on a trip to Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canary Islands. 
He is buried in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY."
He died many years ago today and left us a wonderful musical legacy.  
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We remember Dick McAuliffe (1939-2016)

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We remember Dick McAuliffe who was born on this day in 1939.   He died in 2016.

McAuliffe was the second baseman in those great Tigers teams of the 1960s, including the 1968 World Series champs & the 1961 team that won 101 games but finished second to New York.

McAuliffe played most of his career with Detroit.   He broke with the Tigers in 1960 and put some great numbers at a time when second basemen did not hit with power:   197 HR & 696 RBI.   His best power year was 1964 with 24 HR.

McAuliffe was recently selected as # 53 in the top 100 Detroit Tigers.

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We remember Louisa May Alcott (1832-88)

Louisa May Alcott was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, on this day in 1832.    

We remember her book "Little women", a best selling story about the March sisters from 1869.      She followed up that successful publication with "Little Men" (1871).    

In the 20th century, her book was turned into a very popular movie in 1949 and later in 1994.

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George Harrison died in 2001

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Time flies and we remember that George Harrison died many years ago on this day in 2001.  He died of cancer.

George was the lead guitarist for The Beatles.  He joined John's first group along with Paul.  They eventually added Ringo before they recorded "Love me do" in 1962.

Enjoy "Something" and "Here comes the sun", two of his best songs from "Abbey Road".    

We remember George Harrison (1943-2001)

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George Harrison died on November 29, 2001.   He had been battling cancer for a few years.

George was part of the group from the early days.  He added a few songs to the group's repertoire over the years but his biggest contribution was playing a great lead guitar and singing background vocals.

He did sing or write some tunes, such as "Something" and "Here comes the sun".

"World War Two, the War that Made Our World"...with Barry Jacobsen

George Harrison (1943-2001)

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We remember today that George died of cancer on this day in 2001.

He was the "Quiet Beatle", a realistic reference to the fact that George Harrison played in a band led by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.    

However, George did play lead guitar in all of those great songs that John and Paul wrote and sang.  

He also wrote some nice songs that the group recorded, from "Something" to "Here comes the sun" to the very super "Taxman".

His solo career was short lived but he did record some nice songs:


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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019 with Frank Burke, author & businessman

Happy Thanksgiving with Frank Burke, author 11/27 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Guest: Frank Burke, author, businessman.....We will talk about Thanksgiving and sharing some stories about the holiday...and other to listen:

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

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Happy Thanksgiving 2019.....
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Frank Burke joins me for a Happy Thanksgiving message!

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Our Thanksgiving chat with Frank Burke, author

Our Thanksgiving chat with Frank Burke, author

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving

1864: Happy Thanksgiving & President Lincoln's proclamation

Happy Thanksgiving to you and family!

Pres Lincoln signed this
proclamation in 1864, the last winter of the US Civil War:

"Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may be then, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.
And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid, that on that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust, and from thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the great Disposer of events for a return of the inestimable blessings of peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased him to assign as a dwelling-place for ourselves and for our posterity throughout all generations."
Of course, Thanksgiving has grown way beyond that proclamation.

More importantly, enjoy this day with your family!

A good movie: Plymouth Adventure

Cuban Americans and the first Thanksgiving in the US

TUESDAY: Cuban Americans remember their First Thanksgiving in the US.....Listen in now at #BlogTalkRadio

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday and "Plymouth Adventure"

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Our blog will take a little time off from the politics during the Thanksgiving holiday.

We thank you for reading our posts. We wish you a good holiday with family.

However, we do understand the meaning of Thanksgiving.

This is a good family moment and opportunity to catch a great movie:

Our first Thanksgiving in the US: 'Why do we call a bird from Wisconsin a turkey'?

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(My new American Thinker post)

First of all, let me say thanks to the AT family for letting me post a few thoughts over the last year.  

Let me say "muchas gracias" for my great family, parents and lots of good friends.

And now let me tell you about my first Thanksgiving in the US.

Like most immigrants, we learned about Thanksgiving when we got here.  I had heard of "The Lone Ranger," "Mickey Mouse," "Rin Tin Tin," "Mickey Mantle," New York Yankees, "Santa Claus" in Cuba but had no idea of the Thanksgiving holiday.  

Nevertheless, it was the kind of holiday that Cuban "refugees" could easily relate to:

1) we like family meals;

2) we like telling stories; and best of all,

3) we had a lot to be thankful for.

Our family's first Thanksgiving gave my dad "a day off" from those two jobs that he was working back then. It gave my cousins a chance to tell us all of those Mayflower and Pilgrim stories that they had learned the year before.

My uncle told us about The Mayflower Compact.  He said that it set the tone for the self government that would follow later. And we got to eat "turkey" and all of the other stuff that goes with it.  I had never eaten turkey before!

In the early evening, my mom and aunt were in the kitchen cleaning things up.  As we were putting the food and leftovers away, I said:   "No entiendo.....porque le dicen "turkey" a un pavo de Wisconsin"?   ("I don't understand. Why do they call a bird from Wisconsin a turkey"?)

No one knew the answer but the "turkey from Wisconsin" was great!

A 2016 Thanksgiving chat with Frank Burke

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A 2016 Thanksgiving chat with Frank Burke 11/23 by Silvio Canto Jr | News Podcasts:

Guest: Frank Burke, author, businessman and contributor to American Thinker, joins me for a look at Thanksgiving.......the great American holiday.........

Why all of the turkey posters? My first Thanksgiving in the U.S.

Back in 1941, President Roosevelt made it official:
Thanksgiving became an annual custom throughout New England in the 17th century, and in 1777 the Continental Congress declared the first national American Thanksgiving following the Patriot victory at Saratoga.
In 1789, President George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when, at the request of Congress, he proclaimed November 26, a Tuesday, as a day of national thanksgiving for the U.S. Constitution.
However, it was not until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving to fall on the last Thursday of November, that the modern holiday was celebrated nationally. 
With a few deviations, Lincoln’s precedent was followed annually by every subsequent president–until 1939. In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt departed from tradition by declaring November 23, the next to last Thursday that year, as Thanksgiving Day. Considerable controversy surrounded this deviation, and some Americans refused to honor Roosevelt’s declaration.
For the next two years, Roosevelt repeated the unpopular proclamation, but on November 26, 1941, he admitted his mistake and signed a bill into law officially making the fourth Thursday in November the national holiday of Thanksgiving Day.
In my case, I did not know a thing about Thanksgiving when our family settled in Wisconsin in the fall of 1964.  I began to detect that something was coming when the kids in school started putting “turkey posters” about the upcoming holiday.  

Finally, Miss Jones, that wonderful 6th-grade teacher I was blessed with, sat me down and explained the story, from the ship crossing the ocean, to the landing at Plymouth Rock, to the terrible first winter and eventually a day to say thanks for everything.

It did not take long for me to get into the Thanksgiving mood.  

Today, it’s my favorite American holiday for two reasons:

1) It demonstrates the role of faith in the early days of what would become the United States.

2) It confirms that this land was settled by self-reliant people who faced adversity and grew stronger.

As I told a friend years ago, you cannot understand American exceptionalism unless you get familiar with the Thanksgiving story. 

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