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  1. Just because everyone in the world knows Diana Ross, and most people know Mary Wilson, a thread to honor: Florence Ballard.
  2. A 26-year-old Lee Majors, in a 1965 "Alfred Hitchcock Hour" episode. His voice got appreciably deeper in the 1970s - it's strange hearing him talk at this age.
  3. I'm taking this moment to tip my cap to Milt Pappas, surely one of the most underrated, underappreciated players in MLB history. Pappas is best-known for "the main player in the Frank Robinson trade." That's fine, but why did the Reds want him so badly? Look at his stats: a career record of 209-164. 13 seasons with at least 12 Wins, a 3-time All-Star, and the NL leader in shutouts in 1971. This gentleman is worth remembering; not as fodder for Frank Robinson, but as a winner of 54% of his games over the course of his 17-year Major-League career - he won between 12-17 games in 13-out-of-14 seasons - how many players in Major-League history can say they won 12+ games in 13-out-of-14 seasons? Probably less than 50. In a sport where 10% means a lot, Milton Steven Pappas was well-above average as a Major-League pitcher - easily in the top-half of all pitchers measured over the course of history. Don't ever forget: If it wasn't for Milt Pappas, the Orioles might not have gotten Frank Robinson (think about that for a moment).
  4. If you want to pay a brief tribute to Burt Reynolds, watch "The Bard," (<--- Hulu link here) where he forever-angered Marlon Brando. (Really, how many people know that Reynolds got decked by William Shakespeare?) I watched "Deliverance" last night for about the fifth time, and loved it just as much as ever.
  5. Aretha Franklin is an incredible American institution: the Queen of Soul. Her music blended soul and gospel with a powerful emotive voice. I believe she had over 100 top hits. Her voice was dominant in the 1960's and 70's. She literally helped create an incredibly popular music genre. Her voice was beautiful and powerful. She transcended Soul. Currently she is terribly ill and in hospice care. Bless you Aretha. So many examples of her music: I'm often grabbed by scenes from film. Here are a couple of examples: From the Blues Brothers, 1980. Aretha puts the Song Think, from 1968, into a wonderful scene: Chain of Fools Came out in 1967. Below is a rendition from the mid '90's movie Michael in a dance scene I found mesmerizing: And from 2015, not soul, not a film, but Aretha magnificently performing You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman
  6. Cousins was a terrible pick for the 'skins. Picking Cousins undermined RGIII. When Cousins played, he played just well enough for the 'skins to tag him, but not well enough to get the team anywhere, and not bad enough to not pay him year to year. So year after year, the 'skins didn't make the play-off and didn't suck enough to get a high draft pick. So how's picking Cousins brilliant?
  7. Most people know Martin Milner as Officer Pete Malloy on Adam-12, some people know him as Tod Stiles on Route 66, and almost nobody knows what a *tremendous* actor he was. And I can prove it to you in one hour: There's one, single episode of Route 66 that should have won Milner an Emmy Award, and quite honestly, I can't fathom how it didn't. Season 2, Episode 11, "The Thin White Line" (here on Hulu) is an honest-to-God, one-man, tour-de-force by Milner, and it's unlike any other Route 66 episode. In my entire life, I have never seen such demands put on an actor in a single hour - Milner is drugged (with what turns out to be television's first-ever portrayal of LSD), and as you hear the physician describe the scenario that will play out over 6-8 hours, you know exactly what Milner will be going through in advance, and he gives an absolute virtuoso performance - one of the best acting roles I've seen in my life, in any medium. Do yourself a favor and watch "The Thin White Line." Milner himself said that this was his favorite episode, and the biggest challenge he ever faced as an actor. On a sadder note, Adam-12 radio dispatcher Shaaron Claridge (an actual LAPD radio dispatcher) actually made this radio call when Milner passed away:
  8. This is a tough one for me. Soundgarden are one of my favorite bands of all time, and Chris Cornell is one of the truly great frontmen and songwriters in rock history. "With Chris Cornell's Death, We've Lost Another of the Grunge Era's Towering Rock Stars, and One of Its Best Songwriters" by Steven Haydn on uproxx.com I have many memories of Soundgarden, including a number of concerts, but my main one is me and my friend, as freshmen in college, heading to Laserdisk in Salem, OR, to pick up Superunknown at midnight when it was released (this was something you did back in the early and mid 90s). Badmotorfinger was such a monster of an album, and we were so excited. We played the heck out of Superunknown that night.
  9. One carry, one touchdown: that's a 100% career mark, tying the national record for touchdown efficiency. Keith Orr, running back for the Olivet Eagles:
  10. If you, like me, knew virtually nothing about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, except that you've been hearing murmurings about it on the news, this is a good article to start with - it's written at the level which assumes you know nothing: "How Water Crisis in Flint, Michigan Became Federal State of Emergency" by Jessica Durando on usatoday.com "Who Poisoned Flint, Michigan" by Stephen Roderick on rollingstone.com People do not realize how *expensive* it is to maintain our infrastructure. I worked with the wastewater section folks at EPA for a few years, and I got snippets of just how important drinking water (as opposed to wastewater really is). Don't get me wrong, they're both important - you don't want untreated wastewater to be spewing out into our rivers and bays, but both of these involve underground pipes, and that is *very* expensive to implement, and many of the materials currently used for those pipes are decaying and decrepit, not to mention downright dangerous in some cases. CSOs (Combined Sewer Overflows) are both dangerous and disgusting during heavy rains, but that's another topic entirely - when I was there, long ago, estimates were so high to fix everything up to standards that it was all considered "pie in the sky." But things like this are what happens if you don't.
  11. Where in Saugatuck? I lived in Douglas for a bit and found the dining options pretty limited. Also, I never miss an opportunity to get a coney dog with red pop anytime I'm in the greater Detroit area. Most any coney island will do but I'm partial to Athens or Leo's.
  12. We've had three earthquakes in the U.S. in the past 24 hours: "Dallas Earthquake Today: Magnitude 3.1 Quake Shakes Texas CIty, Third US Earthquake in 24 Hours" by Phillip Ross on ibtimes.com I wonder if these are obscure variations of aftershocks from the Nepal quake. This stuff is all interconnected, and a map of it looks like a lymphatic system on a human body:
  13. I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, the child of a UK faculty member. The whole family will be together in Colorado on Saturday to watch the games. It's also Passover, which puts a bit of a crimp in themed food plans. What flour and booze-free foods would you serve to represent each team? Wisconsin is easy--it must be cheese. Or cheese and brats. Michigan is probably something with cherries. Duke is far harder for us because NC 'que is all about the pork. (In our family we might opt to ignore Duke because if you grow up in Lexington, your second-favorite team is whoever is playing against Duke.) Kentucky also poses a bit of a problem because our native "snappy beer cheese" has, well, beer, and the recipe won't fare well without it. Bourbon balls are similarly off the menu for passover. I'm left with the various pies associated with the state, made without booze and with matzoh cake flour.
  14. Another request from the field, and an excellent pairing to last week's Single-Wide I.P.A., we have Founders All Day IPA. The All Day IPA is named because it is a session beer clocking in at a low 4.7%. Right now it's only available in bottles, but Founders is supposed to be be releasing cans later this summer. I had this a few weeks ago, and remember thinking it's pretty good for a cookout beer. Founders has been one of my favorite breweries since the first bottle of their breakfast stout oh so many years ago. This is their newest "fully available" beer, and, as of May, has become their top seller. Although I do love their beers, I didn't know much about the brewery aside from them being Michigan-based. Here's some history on their name from a MLive.com: The brewery's official corporate name is actually Canal Street Brewing Co., an homage to the area in Grand Rapids where several breweries were located in the 1800s. The brewery's original location was on Monroe Avenue, formerly known as Canal Street. "We were playing off of this whole throwback thing," said co-founder Mike Stevens. Early beer bottle labels featured a historic black-and-white photo of four local brewers sitting on a large wooden beer barrel. The word "Founders" appeared above the photo. "It literally stood for the founders, meaning the some of the original brewers of the beer movement in Grand Rapids," Stevens said. "Then everyone started calling us Founders because that's what was on the beer label." A customer offered to design a better label in exchange for some free beer and came up with the logo known today. Looks like six pack bottles are widely available (reported sightings at Harris Teeter in Arlington), and should be about $10. Special bonus if you attend Founders Fest this weekend, Don will waive your membership fees for 2014. Enjoy, Eric
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