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Archive: 2018

OUR ROYAL OBSESSION

Posted on May 16th, 2018

In 1776, we Americans declared our independence from King George III of England.  The upstart former colonists won the American Revolutionary War against King George and his Redcoats, and in 1787 we created the United States of America. Many Americans at that time sought a new King George for our new country, specifically urging General George Washington to wear the first American crown.  General Washington, of course, could not tell a lie, and told his fellow new Americans that the United States of America should be a republic, not a monarchy.  So rather than becoming King George, he became our first president.

THE DIRT ON MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Posted on March 30th, 2018

Major league baseball is a dirty business … particularly in the infield. 

The 2018 season of the national past-time begins in ballparks across America this weekend, and in preparation for the game, grounds keepers will be getting down in the dirt. Literally.

REMEMBERING ROGER BANNISTER

Posted on March 6th, 2018

On the morning of March 6, 1954, a young medical student in London completed his rounds at St. Mary’s Hospital.  He then embarked on a 57 mile journey.  The first 56 miles were taken by train from London to Oxford.  The last mile was taken by foot on a cinder track off Iffley Road in Oxford.

It was this final mile that would make history.

REMEMBERING MY FATHER AND BILLY GRAHAM

Posted on February 22nd, 2018

When I was a boy, I had two heroes.  They were both Southern Baptist ministers.  The first was my father.  The second was Billy Graham.

I COULD HAVE BEEN A WINTER OLYMPIAN!

Posted on February 15th, 2018

Last week was terrible. The stock market fell by about a million points, the Federal Government shut down for the second time this year, and I had emergency surgery! 

But I’m back home now, and this week has been a good one. As I recover from my recent surgery, I am sitting in my lounge chair in front of my big screen T.V. watching the Winter Olympics from Pyongchang, South Korea. And if you can pronounce “Pyongchang,” you deserve a gold medal in linguistics.

GET READY FOR PUPPY BOWL XIV!

Posted on February 2nd, 2018

This coming Sunday afternoon, literally tens of millions of Americans will gather in front of their television sets to watch the biggest sporting event of the year.  I’m referring, of course, to the Puppy Bowl.

VOTE FOR THE CELEBRITY OF YOUR CHOICE

Posted on January 19th, 2018

As you have no doubt noticed, the Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces and the leader of the free world is a former reality TV show star. 

President Trump is not the first celebrity to become the President of the United States.  Hollywood movie and TV star Ronald Reagan served as our President from 1981 to 1989.  But he did not go immediately from the set of Bedtime for Bonzo to the Oval Office. In between he served two terms as Governor of California.  But the former star of the Apprentice is our first President to go directly from hosting a TV show to giving an inaugural address.