Jim Bunning: Truly Unique

Posted on May 29th, 2017
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The only man to have ever been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and also win a seat in Congress (both in the House and the Senate) has passed away at the age of 85 – Jim Bunning’s career can only be described as truly unique. From 1955 until 1971, he played for four […]

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A Brief Affair That Spawned a Fortune

Posted on May 11th, 2017
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Robert James Waller, an author with a Midas touch, recently passed away at the age of 77 in Fredericksburg, Texas. His “The Bridges of Madison County” was a small idea that produced a prodigious fortune. While on sabbatical in the early 1990’s, he photographed the atmospheric covered bridges in Madison County, Iowa, an experience which […]

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Old Blue Eyes and His Son, Frank Sinatra, Jr.

Posted on December 17th, 2016
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On Monday, December 12th, Frank Sinatra would have been 101 years old. Since I share a birthday with him, I have always had a special connection with him. In this blog we are going to share some musings about “The Voice,” as well as a special memory of Frank Sinatra, Jr. In a general arc, […]

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Man Overboard: Dennis Wilson, The Beach Boys

Posted on December 6th, 2016
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                  In writing about the late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, who would have turned 72 last Sunday, December 4th, we are reminded of the term Norman Mailer invented in 1973 – factoid, which means information that has become accepted as a fact even though it is not […]

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I Keep My Eyes to the Skies As I Walk: The Story of Kyu Sakamoto

Posted on December 2nd, 2016
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You may have heard the song, but you probably do not know the sad story behind it. Recorded by a fresh faced, Japanese singer, 20 year old Kyu Sakamoto, “Sukiyaki” first appeared in Japan in 1961. It quickly rose to the top of the charts there. Spreading worldwide, by 1963 it had reached number one […]

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