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REMEMBERING JOHN GLENN, MRS. GILLESPIE AND THE LORD’S PRAYER

Nearly 40 years ago, on February 20, 1962, I was a fourth grader at Frayser Elementary School. My teacher, Mrs. Gillespie, turned on a large black-and-white TV set at the front of the class, and I and my classmates sat mesmerized as we watched Lieutenant Colonel John Glenn blast into orbit.

FORGET THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION … IT’S TIME TO FOCUS ON THE WORLD SERIES!

There’s an old adage in American politics that the American people do not turn their attention to a presidential election until the World Series is over. 

Like I said, that’s an old adage, and sadly, one that is no longer followed.

LISTENING TO BASEBALL

I’ve spent my life listening to baseball. Not watching it. Listening to it. 

When I was a child, one of my prized possessions was a small transistor radio. I spent many wonderful summer nights lying in my bed with that transistor radio on my chest as I listened to Harry Carey broadcast the Cardinals’ baseball games on KMOX Radio from St. Louis.

CLINTON vs. TRUMP: GETTING READY FOR A NOT-SO-GREAT DEBATE

In 1960, when I was just eight years old, I watched the first televised presidential debate.  It was Kennedy v. Nixon, and I watched the debate on a Philco black and white TV in our family living room, as I sat between a Democrat and a Republican. 

The Democrat was my father.  The Republican was my mother.  My father never voted for a Republican in his entire life.  My mother never voted for a Democrat.  Every election day, they would cancel out each other’s vote.

WE INTERRUPT THIS MARRIAGE TO BRING YOU THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON

Next Thursday morning, I am leaving my wife. After 35 years of marriage, we are going to be separated. It won’t be the first time in our marriage that we’ve had a separation. In fact, for the past 35 years, we’ve been separated every year from Labor Day to New Year’s Day.