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  1. "FUN FACT: Zamperini's roommate at the 1936 Berlin Olympics was the great Jesse Owens who won 4 gold medals." Louis Zamperini on bringbackthemile.com --- "Unbroken" - 2010, Book (DonRocks) "Unbroken" - 2014, Film (DonRocks)
  2. This is perhaps the most important hour of television in history. CBS News interrupts "As the World Turns" at about the 10:00 point, and by the 45:00 point, Kennedy's death is essentially confirmed. Walter Cronkite was frantically trying to get a camera activated, and Dan Rather was corresponding from Dallas. The unfolding of events on television is nearly as newsworthy as the story itself. Still, this is up there with the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and the only thing comparable in the past fifty years was 9/11 - I guess these are the three-biggest news events of my lifetime.
  3. Only once in MLB history have both teams thrown nine-inning no-hitters: On May 2, 1917, Fred Tony and Hippo Vaughn dueled through 9 entire innings, with both pitchers completing the regulation game with no-hitters, and the score locked at 0-0. In the 10th inning, Vaughn threw a single, and then an error put runners on 2nd and 3rd. At-bat was none other than Jim Thorpe, who hit the ball back to Vaughn, and the play at home was botched (Vaughn didn't want to throw to 1st because "Thorpe ran like a racehorse.")
  4. There's so much I could write about Mexico that it could fill a bookshelf, but right now, I'd like to highlight a map of their 31 states, just like I did for France. Here's a lot of information about the 31 states of Mexico. Anyone with a good general education should know all 31, at least by name. Considering Mexico's long and rich history, it's a bit iffy that I list them as "existing" since 1917 (read about the Mexican Revolution of 1910), but that's when their current Constitution was ratified, so technically, that's when the current country has its birthday. Still, if anyone wants to shoot me down on this, I'll be happy to change my mind. I've always gotten the feeling that as citizens of North America, "we," in general, don't know as much about Mexico as we should, and I hope to help alleviate that.
  5. Zsa-Zsa Gabor passed away yesterday, just a few months short of 100 years old. A small tribute: a Mister Ed episode (two parts on YouTube), with Zsa-Zsa Gabor playing herself. Yes, it's silly, but Gabor didn't take herself too seriously:
  6. You're right. Like everyone else, I knew about "Over There," but I don't think I've ever heard the entire song before, and I certainly didn't remember the lyrics; only the three-syllable refrain; I always thought the name of "Johnny Got His Gun" was a word play on "Annie Get Your Gun." which was a 1946 Broadway Play (about Annie Oakley, it turns out) with music by Irving Berlin - with poor Johnny being on the receiving end, having "gotten" his gun in a way that was both unplanned for and ironic. This could not have been more wrong, although perhaps the title of "Annie Get Your Gun," too, was based on the opening lyrics of "Over There." Anyway, I was struck by the quality of the voice singing the version of "Over There" to which you linked. I did a little research, and although I don't know who's singing your version - which sounds contemporary to WWI and is sung by someone with a very good voice - Enrico Caruso recorded a version of this 1917 patriotic song in 1921 to honor the American troops who lost their lives in the war.
  7. While I love Ella Fitzgerald, and have mentioned elsewhere the pleasure I had in hearing her in concert long ago at Symphony Hall in Boston, she has never been one of my favorite singers, and I've never been a devotee of her cult. I think my biggest problem with Ella's singing is that in so many recordings, she seems to sing songs as if the words had no particular meaning. Not always, but often. There's no denying her mostly flawless vocal technique. My favorite album of hers is "Pure Ella", which you can find on YouTube. It's just Ella's voice and Ellis Larkins's piano; it was released in 1994, but was a combination of two LPs from the early 50s. Here is Ella from that album singing "I've Got a Crush on You."
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