From my e-mail box this morning...
From my e-mail box this morning...
He's a local treasure who has decided 60 years in radio is enough. At the end of this year, Orion Samuelson is stepping down. Robert Feder has the details.
I met Orion several times over the years. He is a true gentleman. He even sat down with me on the eve of his 50th anniversary, and did a lengthy interview about his career. It's here if you'd like to read it.
He had been suffering from dementia for a few years, so it wasn't a big shock to hear of the passing of Gale Sayers this morning. It's still a bummer. He was my first football hero.
He was also the last football star to spend the majority of his career at Wrigley Field. I included Gale on my website Just One Bad Century. Here is his write up...
~Gale Sayers 1943-2020 (Bears in Wrigley, 1965-1970)
The greatest years of Gale Sayers football career were spent at Wrigley Field. He won the Rookie of the Year, scored six touchdowns in one game, and electrified the fans with his incredible open field moves. Sayers was a four-time Pro Bowler, a two-time rushing champion, the comeback player of the year, and his number 40 has been retired by the Bears. He also, unfortunately, badly hurt his knee–cutting his Hall of Fame career short. The movie about his relationship with Bears teammate Brian Piccolo “Brian’s Song” has made more grown men cry than any other movie ever made. (Photo: Topps 1969 Football Card)
Wrigley used to be accessible by not only the L train. There was a streetcar that went right by the front door (as you can see in this picture). I think this is from the 1940s.
By the way, during the 1918 Pandemic they took out all the streetcar windows so that people could travel with fresh air. Hard to believe that we still don't have a better handle on that more than one hundred years later.
Reviewed by Andrew Reynolds.
Have you ever had one of those ideas that, when you looked back at it, you wish you'd kept to yourself? If you have, then you probably have a good idea of how Rebecca Lasky feels as the events in Righteous Might unfold.
Rebecca is the protagonist among an ensemble of characters the reader meets as the story progresses. She has an idea for a way to make an object the size of an aircraft carrier invisible to radar. The fact that she works for DARPA, the Defense Department’s in-house research arm, means she’s in a position to try her idea out in real life.
That’s how Rebecca, her boss, and a team of technicians end up on the Gerald R. Ford as it and its battle group steam out of Pearl Harbor. The equipment that she hopes will make her idea a reality has been installed on the Ford, but her task has expanded: it is now hoped that her experiment can hide the entire battle group from radar.
As far as the crew of the Ford is concerned, the test is nothing but an annoyance. They're on their way to the continental U.S. and their home port after a long deployment, and all the tests are little more than a delay to them. What none of them know is that their delay is going to be much longer than they thought.
The experiment works, but as the equipment is being shut down, things go terribly wrong. Everyone is rendered unconscious, but once they wake up, they find things have gotten much stranger. None of their satellite-based systems, from GPS to communications, is working. Even their normal communications channels are silent. It’s only when they dispatch a reconnaissance flight to Pearl Harbor that the magnitude of how much trouble they’re in becomes clear: Battleship Row is no longer an empty memorial—it’s filled with the ships that will be sunk on December 7, 1941.
Righteous Might delves into one of the most fundamental problems such a situation would present to its protagonists: What do you do when you can literally rewrite the future you know? Do you try to change history, or do you stand back and let the timeline develop as you remember it? Keith Conrad spins a good yarn, examining that problem through the eyes of his characters. He makes his main characters come alive, and it’s a story that’s easy to get lost in.
I have an outside the box idea to cool off the impending firestorm about the Supreme Court opening. Assuming they can't find four Republican senators to be consistent with their previous position of four years ago (the best-case solution), this might work...