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America the Beautiful by Ray Charles at the 1984 RNC

October 19, 2012 5 comments
Official Portrait of President Ronald Reagan

Official Portrait of President Ronald Reagan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In tribute to former President Ronald Reagan on his death in June 2004 Imus in the Morning played this clip of Ray Charles, who also passed away that month, singing his version of “America the Beautiful” at the 1984 Republic National Convention.

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I will NEVER forget

September 11, 2012 3 comments

I will never forget that day. Originally I was scheduled to fly out on a flight out of Boston that morning. I had changed my plans to fly from Syracuse, NY. We had a large meeting going on in our office. There was a TV in the meeting room. We saw the second plane hit. We saw both towers go down. We saw the devastation to the Pentagon. We heard of the flight going down in Pennsylvania. All in real time as it happened. Each event a blow to our gut. Who could do this to us? Why were we being attacked and Americans dying? What was happening and what would be next?

It was horrible. We couldn’t make it stop. This was real and not a nightmare.

We sent everyone home to be with their families. I just wanted to be close to my son and he came home from school early. I hugged him. We sat and watched TV for days until I just couldn’t stand it any more.

I will NEVER forget that day. It was September 11, 2001.

One giant leap for mankind … And it was!

August 26, 2012 2 comments

July 20, 1969. I had turned 15 just 2 days before. Much of my world view was being created at this time in life. Neil Armstrong made a difference to me.

I remember seeing the landing and Neil Armstrong was the first man — human– to ever set foot on the surface of the moon, and when he did, he spoke words that instantly lifted a generation’s eyes to the skies: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Stepping inside a rocket and blasting off into airless space to step firmly on sphere that, with just 1/6 the earth’s gravity, seemed ready to cast him back out into space. Astronauts like Armstrong had no guarantees they’d come home alive, and yet they did it for us, for science, for history and because something inside them said, “this is where we must go.”

That impulse made Armstrong and his kind unique among men and women. A quiet man with nerves of steel. A shy smile that hid true grit.

For me, I just want to thank Mr. Armstrong for giving me a memory I can never forget and a lifelong love and fascination for adventure. I suspect millions around the world feel the same.

Atlanta Braves History: Rabbit Maranville starts at $125 a month (1911)

The third of five children, Walter James Vincent Maranville (Rabbit) was born on November 11, 1891, in Springfield, Massachusetts. His mother was Irish but his father and the Maranville name were French. Walter (then known as “Stumpy” or “Bunty“) attended the Charles Street and Chestnut Street grammar schools and played catcher during his one year at Technical High.

His father, a police officer, allowed him to leave school if he apprenticed for a trade, so at age 15 he quit to become a pipe fitter and tinsmith. To his father’s dismay, Walter devoted less attention to his apprenticeship than he did to baseball. He was playing shortstop for a semipro team in 1911 when Tommy Dowd, manager of the New Bedford Whalers of the New England League, signed him to a contract for $125 per month.

The 19-year-old shortstop batted .227 and committed 61 errors in 117 games. Not sure if that was worth the $125 a month or not.

“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.” ~William Havard

July 4, 2012 1 comment

Why are we here? What is our purpose in life? We are to love GOD and love everyone we come in contact with every day.

And, we have a responsibility to pass on the freedom we have in Jesus to our children.

“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.” ~William Havard

Today is Flag Day

We have a great history in the United States. Today is flag day. I have mine flying out in front of the house. May God bless the United States of America.

Thursday is Flag Day, marking the date in 1777 when Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes. Some facts about the U.S. flag:

— President William Taft issued an executive order in 1912 dictating the proportions for the flag and placement of the stars. Before then, these features were left up to the flagmaker, resulting in unusual star arrangements and odd proportions.

via The meaning of the US flag – Need to Know.

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