When friends in Jerusalem and the Upper West Side send the same link, it makes sense to read it -- and pass it on. Roger Angell, 98, has some thoughts on election day and citizenship.
What could be more American than an essay on voting by a hallowed member of the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame?
(The art was a bonus. I found it on line, and consider my posting it here as an endorsement for any artist who can put these three dudes in the same work.)
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Steve, thanks for the alert. I just inserted it. Must have knocked it out when I was inserting the link for the artwork. Appreciate your letting me know. Best, GV
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Bruce, it was Paul Zimmerman, old colleague from the 60s, a cult figure to NFL fans. Big dude, played football and rugby. His father was a long-time official with the ILGWU, lefty from the 30s, met him when I was a news reporter. Paul was ill a long time. RIP. GV
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11/5/2018 08:08:28 pm
Finally read it, George. Thanks so much for posting. He's still an amazing writer. And 100% right!
11/5/2018 08:10:56 pm
I don't believe George knows anything close to as much as you claim. But I do believe you are trying to intimidate him.
11/5/2018 08:20:02 pm
11/5/2018 08:27:13 pm
No, Troll, you are getting desperate. George is an extremely bright fellow who has meant much to me for decades. And you are the pretender.. You have no history. If George weren't politically important you wouldn't be involved. You don't know him. You never have. You are paid to troll this sight and other sites as well. F-bomb off, asshole.
11/5/2018 08:34:42 pm
Brian, you've been a loyal reader for a long time. Your notes when I wrote the NYT sports column were reassuring.
11/5/2018 08:42:01 pm
I think Ive made my point. Now call off the Troll. Thanks.
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Randy, thanks for the note. Just a guess that your parents would have remembered FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt visiting Appalachia during the Depression and putting programs in motion. (She pushed her husband, as the great Ken Burns documentary makes clear.) Loretta Lynn told me that her daddy "thought FDR hung the moon." Later she was a Bush-ite. When I was living in Kentucky, I retraced a visit by Bobby Kennedy in 67 or 68....through eastern KY. One family had three portraits on their walls -- I used it in a chapter in my book on Appalachia, "One Sunset a Week." The portraits were: Jesus, Bobby and Elvis. Well, at least WVA rejected that criminal Blankenship in the primary. GV
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Peter, I would never have associated The Babe with Lincecum but then again I am not an artist. Artists make those kind of connections -- is Darrow saying that Ruth and Lincecum were both one-offs?
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11/6/2018 01:10:32 pm
Randy, I drove the Blue Ridge once, it was beautiful. Pulled off a few times, That stonework is gorgeous.
11/9/2018 09:55:31 am
I loved everything of Roger Angell's that I read. He always had an interesting and informative take on things.
11/9/2018 10:36:17 am
I was ten years old when FDR died. I heard the news while in the school yard playing softball and told my mother when I got home. I did not understand why my mother cried.
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11/10/2018 12:23:04 pm
Alan, Giamatti was a tough guy..had firm opinions. He also had Fay Vincent, who had been out in the world, as his cohort. They would not have had that drug mess that followed. Donald Fehr could not have gotten away with stonewalling as long as he did -- which results in an entire generation in Hall of Fame Limbo, waiting for people to forget. Giamatti hated legalized gambling -- lotteries, etc.Thought it was government endorsed degeneracy. It would have been, shall we say, different. GV
11/9/2018 10:21:47 am
On a three week driving trip through VA, SC, NC and GA, we spent four days in Ashville, NC. In addition to enjoying all the country music, we spent a day driving the Skyline Drive.
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From the great Maureen Dowd:
As I write this, I’m in a deserted newsroom in The Times’s D.C. office. After working at home for two years during Covid, I was elated to get back, so I could wander around and pick up the latest scoop.
But in the last year, there has been only a smattering of people whenever I’m here, with row upon row of empty desks. Sometimes a larger group gets lured in for a meeting with a platter of bagels."
--- Dowd writes about the lost world of journalists clustered in newsrooms at all hours, smoking, drinking, gossipping, making phone calls, typing, editing.
"Putting out the paper," we called it.
Much more than nostalgia.