Friday, June 14, 2024

Friday’s podcast: The state of the union with Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor

Guest:   Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor.  We will discuss the state of the nation and the US Senate elections....and other stories....

Friday's video: A chat with George Rodriguez, South Texas conservative...

Memories of Cuba ‘62?

Memories of Cuba ‘62?: The Russians are coming, and I don’t mean that movie from the 1960s with Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, and Alan Arkin.  Back then, the Russians showed up in a coastal town.  This week, their warships showed up in Cuba, not far from….
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We remember Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Harriet Elisabeth Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811 in Connecticut.   Her father was a preacher and mother a devout Christian woman.   
According to her page, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) wrote 30 books.    We remember her for one of those books:  “Uncle Tom’s Cabin“.   
The book changed how many Americans viewed slavery.  It demanded that the United States end slavery and sold thousands of copies all over the world.    
We remember a great lady today.
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"Odessa": A very interesting song (and very sad love story) by Bee Gees

Today, we recall one of The Bee Gees' most interesting tunes, a very sad love story about a man shipwrecked in the North Atlantic.

Robin sings the lead and Barry & Maurice do some awesome background vocals.    It was the title song of their 1969 LP.

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We remember Don Newcombe (1927-2019)

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We remember Don Newcombe who was born in Madison, New Jersey on this day in 1926. He died in 2019. Newcombe broke with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946 and won NL Rookie of the Year: 17-8, 19 complete games & 5 shutouts.

Like many future major leaguers, Newcombe played in Cuba. This is the story:

Newcombe played two winters in the Cuba: 1946-47 with Matanzas and 1948-49 with Marianao and Almendares, going a combined 1-4 in nine appearances.

More importantly, Newcombe was with Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Roy Partow as members of the Montreal Royals team that conducted spring training in Cuba with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 as Robinson was preparing to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier.

After military service in 1952-53, Don became one of the best pitchers of the 1950’s, including winning 27-7, the NL MVP & Cy Young in 1956. He retired in 1960 with 149 wins, 136 complete games and 26 shutouts.

Newcombe was a big part of those legendary Dodgers teams that inspired "The boys of summer" by Roger Kahn.

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