"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
We say 'Happy Birthday' to Barbara Jean Morehead who was born in Tucson, Arizona, in 1931.
Most of you know her as Barbara Eden and “I Dream of Jeannie.” It was on the air for five seasons in the 1960s. What can happen when an astronaut finds a bottle with a pretty woman inside? Watch the show!
Well, I remember the show, but my story is more than that.
Our family arrived in the U.S. in September 1964. My brother, sister and I walked to school every day. My father had two jobs and my mother was at home helping out and keeping everyone in tune. Most of all, we were grateful for freedom and our parents always kept us current on the situation in Cuba.
Our early days were pretty typical. Most Cubans will share similar memories of growing up and watching your parents put everything on the line for their kids. They worked hard and we got to enjoy the new culture and the reality that most of our friends had never seen a Cuban not named Ricky Ricardo or Minnie Minoso.
After dinner, we waited for our father to get home and we watched all of those T.V. shows of that time. There were only three channels but there was something good on each one.
Today they have 300 channels and I end up watching one channel that features all of those old ones.
And this is where Barbara Eden comes in. Her show "I Dream of Jeannie" was a real favorite of my late mother.
So we would translate for her and then she laughed at whatever line it was. Imagine a Cuban woman in her late 30s watching Jeannie with so much intensity and interest.
And that's one of the ways that we learned English, from "Jeannie" to "Gidget" and all of those shows that celebrated humor without wokedom.
Happy # 92 Barbara Eden.
Maybe someone's told her how she taught so many "cubanos" to learn English.
We say happy birthday to the great Cal Ripken, Jr. who was born in Maryland on this day in 1960. He will always be remembered for "the streak" but his career stats are worth recalling: 431 HRs, 1,695 RBI, 3,184 hits, 603 doubles and a .276 average. Cal was named Rookie of the Year in 1982, American League MVP in 1983 & 1991 and the Hall of Fame in 2007. And he was a great shortstop to go with it!
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