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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
Introductory Comments:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbToday we find a number of significant events in the history of our nation. We also find a couple of major events in the personal lives of a some of our public heroes. And finally, we find a couple events of terrorism in both this country and the United Kingdom. As usual, these events provided a cascade of subsidiary events that helped to create this country as it is now. I hope that we take time on this first day of the new month to contemplate and consider the rich filigree that makes our country a unique blend of peoples, lands, and ideas.

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In terms of our national history, this day in 1781 found the Articles of Confederation become the first constitution of the new nation forged out of the thirteen American colonies following the Revolutionary War. But the real story is the rich land in which these original colonies, now states, would become a nation of fifty states ranging from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and include the frozen north of Alaska and Pacific paradise of Hawaii. Jefferson started this process with the Louisiana Purchase, but continued to the annexation of the Republic of Texas to the United States in 1845. President Tyler did not acquire this land through treaty, like most of the rest of the west, but through annexation; this did not recognize the right of the Texans to claim that they were legally an independent entity!

This process continued as these lands were explored during the latter part of the 19th century. As the natural beauty of this land became apparent. There was Yellowstone with its geysers, deep canyons, and wildlife. There was the Yosemite Valley in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains in California with its waterfalls and great natural beauty. And, of course, the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River in the Arizona Territory. These natural wonders would be desecrated like the natural wonders of Niagara Falls had been if not protected. This protection was afforded in 1872 by the Yellowstone Act of 1872 signed on this day by President Ulysses S. Grant that would protect the natural wonder that was Yellowstone.

This protection was continued during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt who used his power to designate National Monuments to protect some of the other wonders of the west. This was used to protect the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and various Indian relics throughout the west. And, of course, these protections were formalized in 1917 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the law that created the National Parks Service. This agency would help protect wild and scenic regions across this great land of ours. Without this protection, we would not be able to look forward to vacations to see these examples of “eye-candy” on our family vacations!

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Other significant events on this day included the creation of the Peace Corps in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy by executive order, the kidnapping of the infant son of aviation hero Charles Lindbergh in 1932, and the retirement of Baseball great Mickey Mantle from the New York Yankees in 1969. These events affected us in various ways. The Peace Corps provided an alternative to the “Ugly American” image of many post-war interactions with the third world nation while at the same time providing our young people with an unprecedented opportunity to serve their nation. From this experience, we have reaped many educators, businessmen, and others dedicated to the service of others. The Lindbergh case, the “Crime of the Century,” resulted in a number of laws designed to protect our population, albeit at the expense of the right of many immigrant groups. And we again realized the role of sports heroes in our national life. Mickey Mantle was the personification of the baseball hero who was, indeed, a nice guy. We need more of his kind in our present day atmosphere of greed exhibited by many of our present sports stars.  

We now will proceed to examine some of the events that are associated with day in history... GLB

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Quotations Related to Texas:

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“Calling a taxi in Texas is like calling a rabbi in Iraq.”
— Fran Lebowitz

“But I’m a citizen of Texas and try to spend most of my time there.”
— Thomas Haden Church

“I got beat up up in Texas because my bootlaces were the wrong color.”
— Fairuza Balk

“After I left Texas and went to California, I had a hard time getting anyone to play anything that I was writing, so I had to end up playing them myself. And that’s how I ended up just being a saxophone player.”
— Ornette Coleman

“According to a study by Achieve Incorporated, Texas is the first state to make a college-prep curriculum the standard coursework in high school, starting with this year’s ninth grade class.”
— Rick Perry

“All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, but Texas was absolutely overrun by such men.”
— Sam Houston

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
Introductory Comments:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbThis day includes only one international event of note, but it is one that is of the upmost importance to this country. Numerous events involved with America itself have also occurred on this day. But let’s start out with a consideration of the international event, the ratification of the Treaty of Paris by the Continental Congress in 1784. But how is this an international event, you might ask. The Treaty of Paris formally ended the Revolutionary War between Britain and its American colonies — now that is a major international event. This treaty gave the new colony a set of borders that would define the new country. These borders were the Great Lakes to the North, the Spanish territory of Florida on the South, the Mississippi River on the West and the Atlantic Ocean on the East. Only the lands east of the Appalachian mountains had been extensively settled, so this new country had a great deal of land to explore and settle.

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On the home front, we had three Connecticut towns adopt “The Fundamental Orders” in 1639. This was one of the earliest democratic constitutions in the colonies along with the Mayflower Compact. Most of the American colonies were settled under decrees from the King granting settlement rights to a few wealthy patrons. More recently, this day saw the start of NBCs Today Show hosted by Dave Garroway in 1952. This was the grand-daddy of the morning news and talk shows; its format was copied by the other TV networks. It was also on this day in 1954 that Yankee slugger Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe. It was also the day in 1985 that saw Martina Navratilova join Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors as the only tennis players to win 100 professional tennis tournaments.

But this day saw two major innovations introduced into this country. In 1914, Henry Ford introduced a manufacturing innovation in its new Model T plant in Highland Park, Michigan. With this assembly line, each worker performed a single task as the car passed by their station. This was in contrast with the traditional manufacturing process that saw a small team of craftsmen building an automobile by performing all tasks required. The new assembly line enabled more productivity and enabled the price of the auto to be dropped to that affordable by the average worker. It would also enable our manufacturing facilities to produce war materiel for World War II in order for the U.S. to become the “Arsenal of Democracy”, as FDR put it.

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The other major innovation was the development of passenger aircraft from the early open air seats to an aircraft that enabled passengers to travel over long distances in comfort. During World War II, FDR was a passenger on the “Dixie Clipper”, Pan American’s flying seaplane (a Boeing 314 seaplane), on his trip to the Casablanca Conference to meet with Winston Churchill in 1943. FDR was the first sitting President to use an airplane to make such a trip. It was probably a wise decision due to the continued presence of German U-Boats patrolling the Atlantic during the Battle of the Atlantic. This helped to give the population confidence to fly to their destinations after the war rather than travelling by train or steamship. Our technology had come of age!

We now will proceed to examine some of the events that are associated with day in history... GLB

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Quotations Related to Casablanca:

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“If it’s December 1941 in Casablanca, what time is it in New York?”
— Howard Koch

“Well everybody in Casablanca has problems. Yours may work out.”
— Humphrey Bogart

“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.”
— Winston Churchill

“Most people would rather stay home and watch Casablanca for the fourth time or the 10th time on Turner Classic Movies than go see Matrix 12 or whatever the hell the flavor of the month is.”
— Joseph Bologna

“Churchill knew the importance of peace, and he also knew the price of it. Churchill finally got his voice, of course. He stressed strategy, but it was his voice that armed England at last with the old-fashioned moral concepts of honor and duty, justice and mercy.”
— Suzanne Fields

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Commentary:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumbI remember watching the 1977 World Series on television. The Yankees and Reggie Jackson were playing my beloved Los Angeles Dodgers. I remember the glory days of Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, and Maurie Wills. But this was not a series that has fond memories since my Dodgers lost to those “Damned” Yankees again. What was memorable was the hitting of Reggie Jackson, especially in game 6. During that game, he matched the great feat of the “Babe (Ruth)” by hitting three home runs in one World Series game; what differentiated Jackson’s feat was that he did it against three different Dodger pitchers!

Reggie had a long, outstanding baseball career with four American League teams: the Oakland As, the Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees and the California Angels. He put up numbers in the record book that showed what an accomplished hitter he was. It is ironic that when Reggie was being scouted in college, his hometown Philadelphia Phillies declined to offer him a contract because of his “poor hitting”! His induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, in 1993 records his statistics, including a lifetime batting average of .262 and 563 home runs during his career in baseball. That, to say the least, is quite an accomplishment.

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Well, enough of the preliminaries. Let’s proceed on the the examination of this amazing athlete that motivated a whole generation of minority young men to pursue their goals. We now have a more equal playing field in professional sports, but there are still breakthroughs to be made. Bring on the next Reggie Jackson to break down those barriers so well breached by the likes of Reggie, Jackie (Robinson), Willie (Mays) and other players of color. There is room for men of skill who work hard at their chosen professions… GLB

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Quotations Related to Reggie Jackson:

    

“A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that.”
— Reggie Jackson

“After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson, I really mean that.”
— Reggie Jackson

“Babe Ruth was great. I’m just lucky.”
— Reggie Jackson

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Commentary:

JerryPhotoBabe Ruth! That’s a name that elicits visions of excitement from most American boys growing up during the 20th century. “The Bambino.” “The Sultan of Swat.” The man with whom the term Home Run was almost synonymous. He was every baseball players hero. When he left the Boston Red Sox, he left the “curse of the Bambino” with that club. When he joined the Yankees and made them a dynasty. Yankee became the “House that Ruth Built.” He changed the sport forever.

Babe Ruth set the single season and lifetime Home Run standard that held for decades. Unfortunately, I was never able to see him play in person, but remained in awe of his performance none the less. In 1947 he was honored one last time at Yankee Stadium with “Babe Ruth Day”.

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On April 27, 1947, the Yankees held a ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Despite his health problems, Ruth was able to attend "Babe Ruth Day". Ruth spoke to a capacity crowd of more than 60,000, including many American Legion youth baseball players. Although lacking a specific memorable comment like Gehrig’s "Luckiest man" speech, Ruth spoke from the heart, of his enthusiasm for the game of baseball and in support of the youth playing the game.

Later, Ruth started the Babe Ruth Foundation, a charity for disadvantaged children. Another Babe Ruth Day held at Yankee Stadium in September 1947 helped to raise money for this charity.

So let’s jump into today’s exploration of the Baseball career of Babe Ruth that earned him that special dai in in 1947...  GLB

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Quotations Related to BABE RUTH:

    

Pick out a good one and sock it!.”
— Babe Ruth

“What the hell has Hoover got to do with it? Besides, I had a better year than he did.”
— Babe Ruth

Yes, he’s a prick, but he sure can hit. God Almighty, that man can hit!
— Babe Ruth (about Ty Cobb)

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Commentary:

JerryPhotoJoe DiMaggio was a hero twice over — as a baseball star AND as a soldier during World War II. As a boy growing up in the 1940s and 1950s, baseball stars were some of my heroes along with the cowboys from the weekly radio (and TV shows eventually). And I was captivated by the movies about the brave men during the second World War; many of my boy scout leaders had fought in that conflict. A story like today’s hit both of these “hot buttons”!

DiMaggio became a baseball player by paying his dues. First he played on a semi-pro team followed by a time in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) for the San Francisco Seals. I remember my dad taking me to see either the LA Angels or Hollywood Stars play the Seals; of course not while DiMaggio played for the Seals. For us on the west coast, this was as close as we would get here in the hinterlands, at least until the Dodgers and Giants moved out here in the late 1950’s.

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When his contract was bought by the New York Yankees, he became a franchise player. The era of Ruth was basically past and that of Lou Gehrig was fading. DiMaggio joined the Yankees as their center fielder and started to excel. He led the Yankees to several World Series wins and was an all-star numerous times. But his greatest feat was his 56 game hitting streak during the 1941 season surpassing the previous record of 44 games.

But at this pinnacle of his career the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and we entered World War II. As a result of this action, DiMaggio put aside the baseball career that he loved to defend his country. He joined the Army Air Force where he served in Santa Ana, Hawaii, and New Jersey. He continued to play baseball on military teams and resumed his career with the Yankees after the war. He needs to be remembered for his patriotism as well as his baseball prowess.

But, it’s time now to get at our exploration of the dual career of “Joltin’ Joe” DiMaggio…  GLB

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Quotations Related to JOE DIMAGGIO:

    

“All pitchers are born pitchers.”
— Joe DiMaggio

“I think there are some players born to play ball.”
— Joe DiMaggio

“I’d like to thank the good Lord for making me a Yankee.”
— Joe DiMaggio

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