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Rare Yet Powerful Moments

Countless remarkable images have filled our televisions, devices and publications throughout this past solemn week of remembrance, with history both celebrated and made. Three photos stand out as my personal favorites among all others, capturing rare yet powerful moments for the historical record, each of which speaks volumes for itself. RIP 41.

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Posted by on December 7, 2018 in Famous People, History, News, Presidential

 

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July, Encore!

The month of July has come once again, which of course means there’s a certain cycling race getting underway in France.  (Actually, it starts in Germany this year, but French soil isn’t far off.)  Starting today in Dusseldorf, here we go with the 104th Tour de France!

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Posted by on July 1, 2017 in 2017 Tour de France, Cycling, News

 

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A Send-Off for ‘Mr. Warmth’

Not quite a year after marking his 90th birthday, we must now say goodbye to the truly legendary, one-of-a-kind pillar of “warmth” himself, Mr. Don Rickles. I can only dream of turning insults into a lucrative career, as others will certainly try.  Still, no one will ever do it quite like he did.

 

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Famous People, Humor, Media, News, Videos

 

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A “Super Moment” Indeed.

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Equally if not more impressive than a 25-point comeback to victory in Super Bowl LI, is the executor of the coin toss that got it all underway.  A welcome and nostalgic appearance preceded the game as the elder Bush couple took the field, 92-year-old George H.W. and 91-year-old Barbara of course, the only living former president and first lady absent from this year’s inauguration. Fittingly enough, their latest public appearance came here two weeks later, a “super moment” indeed.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Famous People, News, Presidential

 

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A Long Life, Though Not The Record.

Very recently in fact, the subject of longest-living first ladies came up in conversation.  Mindful of another birthday this summer, I realized it was time right about now to check the number of calendar days and see if the title of “second longest-living first lady” had changed hands.

Then came the news, before I completed that check, that Nancy Reagan passed away.  Already well aware she was 94, or rather 94 1/2, the question for me remained as to the lifetime ranking with which she departed.  After all, Lady Bird Johnson died in 2007 at age 94, or rather 94 1/2, while Mrs. Reagan was to turn 95 in July.  Which one of these two long-living presidential wives lived the greater number of days, remained for me to investigate.

The answer of course came quickly and easily.  Nancy Reagan was, and is, the second longest-living first lady in U.S. history, though not by much. Only in late January of this year, merely six weeks ago, did the length of her life surpass that of Lady Bird’s.  As such, the perhaps obscure title did in fact change hands, as I had before today suspected.

Naturally I speak only of “second longest-living,” as the number one spot in this regard was not about to be overtaken any time soon.  The longest living first lady has remained the same for more than 40 years now, as Mrs. Reagan was just beginning to close in on what still would have been a significant span of time.  Now with her passing, it will be at least another seven years before another first lady breaks the record of life longevity.

In any event, my penchant for numerical presidential trivia aside, Nancy Reagan lived one long and complete life.  In the Hollywood sense, she joins Abe Vigoda and George Kennedy in what’s shaping up early on to be a year of “senior loss.”  I’ve always fondly recalled introducing myself to the first lady at a Christmas party in 2003, myself red-blazer clad of course.  This personal memory stands out clearly in my mind today, polite as she proved herself.  RIP Mrs. Reagan.

 
 

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A Passing Moment…

At long last, the view from my Santa Barbara living room could be mistaken for a Caribbean hurricane or Chinese typhoon, if only for a passing moment or two.  But then, this may very well be the first weather windfall of many we shall see in the coming weeks.  What a change!

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2016 in News, Videos

 

About The Things I Said…

In honor of baseball legend Yogi Berra, who passed away last week at age 90, a list of classic “Berra-isms” is well worth a thorough review– many of which warrant reuse (with proper attribution of course.)  Below are five of 50, with the other 45 here. (Courtesy: USA Today)

Yogi Berra1. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

2. You can observe a lot by just watching.

3. It ain’t over till it’s over.

4. It’s like déjà vu all over again.

5. No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded.  

And the lists abound!  But then, did he ever say most of the things he said?  I can certainly relate to such an insightful yet simple statement.  How about you?

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Famous People, Humor, News

 

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