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  1. Along with: * Winning the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, and MVP awards * Playing in 3 different decades * Being one of surely only a few players to play in the Negro Leagues, Major Leagues, and Central League (Japan) Don Newcombe this evening threw out a ceremonial first pitch alongside Sandy Koufax.
  2. Does anyone know how to add your AA Advantage Number after you've purchased an e-ticket, but before the entire flight has been completed? I want to add my account for an existing flight, so I can get mileage credit, but don't know how to do it. --- With American Airlines, domestic and Canada, baggage fees are: 1) 1st bag: $25 2) 2nd bag: $35 Checked Baggage Policy --- Opinions, feedback, and suggestions are encouraged for new forums, sub-forums, and other ideas - example: For each airline, I'm thinking of adding a sub-forum for their own frequent-flier program, and possible a second sub-forum for any fees, quirks, or other attributes - desirable or undesirable - that they may have. I cannot over-emphasize just how much user opinions and feedback matter here - this community exists to serve our readers, and I want to set up our forums and sub-forums in order to best serve you all. I'm willing to do just about anything that's logical and sensible, and we're here to help you, the consumer.
  3. Robert V. Power's obituary Today would have been his 92nd bday, I love this man with all of my heart. I have never met a purer soul or a more authentic heart. He wasn’t without faults. But he sincerely wishes for the best for everyone. I want to be more like him. I love him eternally, and I thank him for the unconditional love he gave to me.
  4. "United Airlines: Passenger Forcibly Removed from Flight" on bbc.com
  5. It is so much more fitting calling Chuck Berry the pivot from R&B to Rock-n-Roll than it is "Rock Around the Clock" - Berry lived his music, and wasn't just slapped together to take advantage of some new fad. There's nothing wrong with Bill Haley & His Comets per se, but ever since I began to think for myself, I've had an uneasy, "Columbus discovered America"-type of feeling about this song, reinforced after seeing "Blackboard Jungle." From chuckberry.com: "We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry - beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away at his home today at the age of 90. Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time." "15 Essential Chuck Berry Songs" by Alan Light on mobile.nytimes.com
  6. Jeffrey Hunter was a ruggedly handsome actor, popular in the 50s and 60s, and best known as Captain Christopher Pike on "Star Trek." Hunter was on track for a long career when he suffered unfortunate, probably related, back-to-back injuries in 1968 and 1969: the first, a concussion sustained by an on-set implosion; the second, an intracranial hemorrhage incurred by hitting his head after a fall. More prolific in film than television, Hunter was in dozens of movies between 1950 and 1969, including his roles as Martin Pawley in "The Searchers" (1956), and Jesus Christ in "King of Kings" (1960). Rockology: The Alfred Hitchcock Hour - Harold in "Don't Look Behind You" "Star Trek" - Captain Christopher Pike in "The Cage" and "The Menagerie"
  7. People justifiably remember Joe Garagiola as an amiable announcer, but he was also a respected major-league player, spending his entire nine-year career in the National League - in game 4 of the 1946 World Series (*), Garagiola went 4-5 with 3 RBI's. Garagiola coincidentally grew up across the street from Yogi Berra. How can you possibly not love someone who once said, "Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn't even the best catcher on my street!" Likewise, on playing for four different teams in an eight-team league: "I felt like I was modeling uniforms for the National League." After a decent, but somewhat underachieving, major-league career (Garagiola was initially thought to be better than Berra,, but never fully recovered from a separated shoulder), Garagiola made his mark in broadcasting, being a full- or part-time announcer for close to 50 years, 30 of them with NBC. He is a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame. Garagiola was also often seen on both The Today Show as a panelist, and The Tonight Show as a guest host. I think it's fitting to include the article about Garagiola's passing from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which features a nice photo with Berra: "Catcher, Broadcaster, and Hill Icon Joe Garagiola Dies at 90" by Rick Hummel on stltoday.com More than anything else, my strongest memory of Joe Garagiola was that he just seemed like a nice guy. Thanks for your time here, Mr. Garagiola, and say hello to Mr. Berra from all of us. (*) In the 1946 World Series, the Cardinals defeated the Red Sox in game 7 by the score of 4-3 - this, after being down 3 games to 2. Garagiola went 4-5 in one game; Ted Williams went 5-25 in the entire Series. This intense World Series is perhaps best remembered for (and appropriately symbolized by) Enos Slaughter's "Mad Dash" to the plate from first base," which turned out to be the winning run (the 4th run) in game 7 (just as Abdul-Rauf was a pre-Curry, Slaughter was a pre-Rose, warts and all).
  8. I'm a huge Beatles fan-- so much of what they created was pure genius. George Martin was indeed "the fifth Beatle". I couldn't find the original studio recording online, but here's a live version of "Yesterday", a song that wouldn't be what it is without the addition of George's strings: "George Martin Dies: Paul McCartney Credits Producer with 'Yesterday' Success in Touching Tribute" by Lewis Dean on ibtimes.co.uk I wish I had been a fly on the wall during those recording sessions.
  9. Sad news ... "Harper Lee, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author, Has Died at 89" by Kendal Weaver and Hillel Italie on wtop.com
  10. This is what you can refer to as "big news" - Harper Lee is publishing a second novel, written fifty years ago. If "Go Set A Watchman" is any good at all, it could wind up being the best-selling American book ever written (right now, it's "The Da Vinci Code" by Dan Brown at something close to 100-million copies), and could solidify Lee as one of the most important 20th-century American novelists instead of just a one-hit wonder. Although Ms. Lee isn't getting any younger, it could increase her chances for a Nobel Prize ("The Bridge On The Drina" did it for Ivo Andric), and it now gives her - in technical terms - a 50-year career. The only caucasian American female to win the Nobel Prize for Literature - a *very* political award - is Pearl Buck in 1938, who had spent most of her life living in China up until that point. A legitimate argument could be made that Eudora Welty was robbed, so this could be "the right book at the right time" for Lee - time for a "make-up call," perhaps. She seems like a very likable person, so I hope it works out well for her, and that a new generation of Americans will be introduced to "To Kill A Mockingbird" - one of the greatest American novels I've ever read: It's both timely and timeless. Could this sequel diminish "To Kill A Mockingbird" in some way? Possibly, but do you remember Willie Mays as a Giant, or a Met? Hell, Willie Mays could *sing* at the Met and it wouldn't tarnish his legacy any more than Jackie Robinson being a pitchman for Chock Full O' Nuts. For a contrarian opinion (note that the Nobel has always favored British writers over American writers): "Go Set A Watchman And Five Other Sequels That Should Never Happen" by Hannah Jane Parkinson for theguardian.com - I'm writing this sentence before reading the column (which I'll do as soon as I post this), but my first impression is that "Go Set A Watchman" isn't really a sequel since it was written first, and by definition, was not written to cash in on "To Kill A Mockingbird." There's something innocently disturbing about this title to me, mainly because it sounds pretty similar, in terms of syllables, rhythm, and accent, to an imperative I'll sometimes mutter, the third word of which is "your," and it isn't "Go Set Your Table." PS - If "To Kill A Mockingbird" is something you've always meant to read, but haven't gotten around to doing it, what better time than now? I just read it for the first time myself two years ago, and I'm glad I did.
  11. Since The Hersch keeps posting links to wonderful songs sung by mid-century chanteuses, I figured I'd post a link to one of my favorites. I must've listened to this album hundreds of times while in college. My Favorite Things by John Coltrane
  12. Speaking of a chanteuse accompanied by string bass (like Peggy Lee in "Fever"), here's Julie London in 1964 singing "Bye Bye Blackbird" (1926) in Japan, accompanied only by bass (played by Don Bagley). Pretty nifty, especially if you like slinky, breathy chantoozies who can carry a tune.
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