Monday, July 22, 2019
Something happened Thursday that blew me away.
British Open in Northern Ireland. Rory McIlroy, and Irish kid, had an absolutely horrible round, finishing 8 over par. It was a disaster from the first swing to the last, and in front of his home country fans. Embarrassing, to say the least.
When McIlroy's round ended, he stopped to talk, live, with a reporter from The Golf Channel. Most of us, myself included, would have uttered a three word phrase and walked away. McIlroy didn't.
We are so used to seeing athletes at their worst.
This guy is a class act.
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Yes, it's dangerous and a nuisance, and darned uncomfortable.
Let's not panic. We can use a little common sense and we can get through this.
It's been hot before.
My old friend, David DeCosmo, brought up something on his blog, what I call a "geezer" moment. He didn't have air conditioning as a kid. Neither did I. We survived. Don't ask me how.
All we had to look forward to was that first cool night.
Saturday, July 20, 2019
I think the first was the RFK assassination in 1968. It was a ritual in my house growing up: "CBS Morning News" at 7. "Captain Kangaroo" at 8.
I remember watching the black and white images of a wounded Kennedy on a Los Angeles hotel kitchen floor, but I remember the moment more from my parents reaction. Sad. Horrified.
The Apollo 11 landing was a much different story. Awe. You might find this hard to believe, but I was a geeky kid. I was "in" to books, and listening to the radio, and watching television. The
Apollo 11 mission was a week of unmitigated joy.
The Apollo glory moments were late at night and early in the morning. I remember my parents allowing me to stay up late, watching the landing and moon walk sprawled out on the foot of their bed, viewing Armstrong, Aldren, and Cronkite on a black and white portable TV. It was always Cronkite. I can still see that TV. It was big for a portable. General Electric. Blue case. Antenna on top.
I don't remember how long I was able to keep my eyes open, but those awake moments were unforgettable.
Man's greatest adventure. A kid's memory of sharing a special moment and history with the family.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Drivers don't like them. They're confusing. They take up a lot of space. I see nothing wrong with a nice, clean intersection with a well timed and smart traffic light. PennDot says the roundabouts are safer and they claim to have the statistics to back them up.
It seems to me the goal is to establish roads and intersections that make drivers feel comfortable and secure. A roundabout is counter to that way of thinking.
In a stunning display of common sense, PennDot just announced it is abandoning plans for a roundabout along Route 118 in Luzerne County.
Regardless, we're stuck with them and we have to get used to roundabouts being part of our lives.
Thursday, July 18, 2019
New York's governor was right when he said things like this shouldn't happen.
I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often.
The system is old. It can be easily overwhelmed. It can become unreliable. A book written by Ted Koppel showed the American grid is prone to infiltration by unfriendlies.
A fix will cost trillions and no one wants a power generating station next door, and massive lines running overhead.
We will just have to learn to live with the danger.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
It seemed like some of the essential elements were there. Unfortunately, the show never gelled and and audience never took to it. I wonder if Johnson would have been a better host if he had a better vehicle.
The same goes for another "Laugh In" alumnus, Dick Martin. He hosted "Mindreaders" on NBC for 22 weeks in 1979 and 1980. Martin was a funny guy. Unfortunately, "Mindreaders" was a dog. Contestants had to guess the way a celebrity would answer a personal question. Again, Martin wasn't very good. I think he would have been better if he had a better game on his hands.
Bottom line: it's tough for a good host to save a bad show.
Peter Marshall of "Hollywood Squares" fame was asked for a few words after game show legend Bill Cullen died in 1990. Marshall said Cullen's warmth, charm, and talent kept games on the air long after they should have been cancelled. There is no higher compliment.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
The park held a concert Friday night. Above is a screen grab from a Newswatch 16 story.
Good crowd. Not a great crowd.
While the aesthetics are great, the park has some things working against it.
There is no close and easy parking.
You have to cross that speedway known as North River Street to get there.
Wilkes-Barre has a perceived crime problem.
I don't know what you can do about the parking. You can't establish a big lot for only a handful of events a year.
You can do better traffic control on North River Street.
You can increase police presence before and after Riverfront park events.
All in all, this area has a lot going for it. It should work.
Monday, July 15, 2019
Jim Bouton is best known for writing an inside baseball book called "Ball Four." I read it. I loved it.
On the other hand...
I don't know if they still do, but baseball clubhouses had a sign, which read "What you see here, what you hear here, what you say here, STAYS HERE."
Jim Bouton betrayed a trust. Yes, it was just tales of drinking and carousing. Worse things have been said and done, written about, gossiped about...
"Ball Four" was written and published a very long time ago. Time passes. Sins forgiven.
It's still a tough one.