September 2015

September 2015

Yogi (without quotes). He was a baseball great—and a life legend, from the time his boyhood buddies in St. Louis saw a newsreel and nicknamed him after an Indian mystic. Last spring, Yogi Berra entered his 91st year and the baseball season began with him thinking about going out to the park again. He left us for good this month, just as the season was nearing a close, his Yankees ahead. Somebody once said Yogi looked like he couldn’t even walk—until he started to run. What a run it was. Lawrence Peter Berra, RIP.

Off again. Attorney Gary Reback, who grew famous charging after Microsoft for anti-trust in the ‘90s, is now riding out after Google. But he’s going through the EU.  The reason?  He and many other anti-trust lawyers say Google is a protected species in Washington, but its European subsidiaries offer alternative targets. First-class to Brussels is packed.

Cheese curls are different. There is singularity in cheese curls. Modern media posted three million tweets about the death of Cecil (no last name) the Lion. Another 2,100 detailed reports marked his demise. When every news outlet scrambles to feed the public the same thing, it’s “like eating a whole bag of Doritos,” says Joshua Topolsky, founder of online tech news source, The Verge. “You look up and think, ‘What am I doing?’”

Tiny plays with instant punch lines. Back when radio was famous for funny ads, the lady who made 30-second spots that could almost laugh out loud by themselves was Joy Golden, who has just died at 85. Here are two of her many characters.  Doris (intent on a Hawaiian vacation, addressing her husband):  “See, Fred, Hawaii isn’t all pineapples and coconuts….What about the glamour, the weather, the lei you get when you land.” Fred (suddenly attentive): “The what?” The name of her one-woman company was Joy Radio. RIP to both.

‘NY to Daily News: We’re Outtaheah’. It was a scene out of the movies (think Superman and the Daily Planet). In a single morning dozens of reporters were fired, the legendary sports and feature pages were scrapped, and the morning assignment editor was pink-slipped right after handing out the day’s tasks. The Daily News (once known as “New York’s Picture Newspaper” and until recently the nation’s largest) after 90 years is moving towards more online operations and coverage of the suburbs, where the descendants of its original readers like Honeymooners Ralph and Alice have gone.

Nights with the Queen. British republicans, believers in a non-monarchical form of government, have been raising their collective voice ever since World War II and now number maybe 16 million.  But surprisingly, a previously unreported group of Britons suggests a fresh source of support for monarchy: 21 million residents of the sceptered isle say they have dreams of the Queen. The dreams usually involve a nice cup of tea in a kitchen conversation with Her Royal Majesty. In the dreams, they say, the Queen often expresses gratitude for the chance to voice her troubles, which usually involve her family.  One wonders: Does something called the Republic of Britain have the same dream magic? For that matter, does the Prince of Wales?

The real golden ticket. It’s 1990 and an exquisite gold watch of Belgian craftsmanship is plopped down on a table on the East Side of Manhattan. “It’s yours,” said the owner, Lt. Col. Anthony F. Story, surprising restaurateur Jimmy Neary. Engraved on the back was a lifetime pass to the then-home of the Dodgers, Ebbets Field. Whence came the watch? It matched one given to General Douglas MacArthur by the Dodgers’ owner some 40 years before. Was it the same watch?  The original hasn’t been reported missing. Pertinent facts: Colonel Story was the general’s personal pilot; he would also later head the watchmaker’s North American division. Mr. Neary, now 85, waves it all off.  “I hated the Dodgers,” he says. “I rooted for the New York Giants.”

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Scene from real life: A young redtail hawk flies low, barely clearing the head of a homeowner minding his own business in a chair on his patio. Rather proudly, the bird lights on a branch 40 feet away and ponders where he’s just been. In a flash, a senior hawk soars onto the branch above, striking the youngster a blow as he lands. It’s over in a minute, leaving everyone involved still upright but with something to think about.


Scouting the opposition. When Wang Huning, now top advisor to President Xi of China, made a six-month trip to the U.S. years ago, he returned to China with this observation: “The Americans care for strength: achieve a goal in a short time with power. (They) adhere to this in many fields, like the military, politics, economics and so on.” The source of his illumination: a football game he had seen at the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1988.

Quote to note: “In the fall, I believe again in poetry.” ― Jaakko A. Ahokas
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