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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Forty years ago today, baseball lost one of its greatest players and one of its greatest men. Roberto Clemente was my first baseball hero. I was just one week away from my ninth birthday when his plane went down on December 31, 1972. In the 40 years since that fateful day, he has continued to […]

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Last night I watched the Kennedy Center Honors on CBS. This event used to be “must-see TV” for me when I was younger. I think I heard or saw somewhere that last night’s telecast was the 35th annual show which mean I was about 13 years old when they started.¬† According to the Kennedy Center […]

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I’ve been trying to finally get caught up on decorating, shopping¬† and gift wrapping in the past few days. I also went and got my daughter and brought her home after completing her first semester of college. That was a very big gift for me. Now that she’s home we can start watching all the […]

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Like most burgs across the USA, we have a station that is playing nothing but Christmas music this month. Of course, not all of the songs they feature would qualify as “Christmas music” in my opinion but that’s OK. However, what’s NOT okay is a couple of the songs featuring some of America’s greatest entertainers […]

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As a rule, I don’t watch war movies. I hate war movies just slightly less than I hate war. I think it’s all stupid. Americans, all humans for that matter, glorify war far too much. That said, I just watched two “war” movies in the past two days. It should be noted that these were […]

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Fire up the stereo, oops, I gave a way my age – fire up the iPod, it’s Frank Sinatra’s birthday today. The Chairman would have been 97 years old today. Of course, I’m not THAT old. Here’s the Frank I grew up with:

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Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. My mom took a nasty fall last week and had to have surgery. We begin therapy in earnest today. I don’t yet have the time for a long post but I did want to keep up our holidays postings. For whatever reason, I’ve heard this song on […]

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My friend, Dr. Tim, suggests that perhaps my reason for not being so crazy about “White Christmas” can be summed up in two words – Danny Kaye. I think that’s a reasonable hypothesis. Danny Kaye never really did it for me. For that matter, I’ve never been extremely fond of Vera Ellen either. Both very […]

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I’ve never been a big fan of “White Christmas” (1954) with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen. I’ll explain later . . . if I can actually put an explanation to it. I do, however, love Rosemary Clooney. Enjoy!

My sons and I watched “Elf” the other night on DVD. This is one of their favorites. I’m sure part of the appeal is that it was made in their lifetimes. In my house, we tend to watch a lot of classics – like 90%. So it’s a treat for them to watch something from […]

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