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Remembering “Gone with the wind” and the story of the Civil War

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June 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Happy # 71 to Ron Swoboda

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We wish Ron Swoboda a very happy # 71.   He came up with the Mets in 1965 and showed power as a young hitter………….19 Hrs and 50 Rbi in his rookie year….he never came close to that number again……his place in baseball history was game 4 of the 1969 World Series against Baltimore……he made an unbelievable catch on a line drive by Brooks Robinson…….it was an early sign that the Gods of baseball were rooting for the Mets that year……..

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June 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

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June 30, 1936: “Gone to the wind” is published

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Over the last week, someone suggested that “Gone with the wind” should go the way of the Confederate Flag.   I’m not sure how you do that but the suggestion was made in a column in The New York Post.

The classic movie “Gone with the wind” was based on the book by Margaret Mitchell:

“Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, one of the best-selling novels of all time and the basis for a blockbuster 1939 movie, is published on this day in 1936.

In 1926, Mitchell was forced to quit her job as a reporter at the Atlanta Journal to recover from a series of physical injuries. With too much time on her hands, Mitchell soon grew restless. Working on a Remington typewriter, a gift from her second husband, John R. Marsh, in their cramped one-bedroom apartment, Mitchell began telling the story of an Atlanta belle named Pansy O’Hara.

In tracing Pansy’s tumultuous life from the antebellum South through the Civil War and into the Reconstruction era, Mitchell drew on the tales she had heard from her parents and other relatives, as well as from Confederate war veterans she had met as a young girl. While she was extremely secretive about her work, Mitchell eventually gave the manuscript to Harold Latham, an editor from New York’s MacMillan Publishing. Latham encouraged Mitchell to complete the novel, with one important change: the heroine’s name. Mitchell agreed to change it to Scarlett, now one of the most memorable names in the history of literature.

Published in 1936, Gone with the Wind caused a sensation in Atlanta and went on to sell millions of copies in the United States and throughout the world. While the book drew some criticism for its romanticized view of the Old South and its slaveholding elite, its epic tale of war, passion and loss captivated readers far and wide. By the time Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1937, a movie project was already in the works. The film was produced by Hollywood giant David O. Selznick, who paid Mitchell a record-high $50,000 for the film rights to her book.

After testing hundreds of unknowns and big-name stars to play Scarlett, Selznick hired British actress Vivien Leigh days after filming began. Clark Gable was also on board as Rhett Butler, Scarlett’s dashing love interest. Plagued with problems on set, Gone with the Wind nonetheless became one of the highest-grossing and most acclaimed movies of all time, breaking box office records and winning nine Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.

Though she didn’t take part in the film adaptation of her book, Mitchell did attend its star-studded premiere in December 1939 in Atlanta. Tragically, she died just 10 years later, after she was struck by a speeding car while crossing Atlanta’s Peachtree Street. Scarlett, a relatively unmemorable sequel to Gone with the Wind written by Alexandra Ripley, was published in 1992.”

Over the years, more people have seen the movie than read the book.   I can understand that because the movie was such a huge success.   However, I think that the book is wroth reading.   It is a great reminder of the good, bad and ugly of the Old South.

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June 30, 2015 at 6:30 am

Can one of the liberal four dissent on anything?

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June 30, 2015 at 4:00 am

Dallas-Ft Worth sports with David Busby & Carlos Torres

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June 29, 2015 at 10:00 pm

1941: DiMaggio passes 41 and 42 on the way to 56

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Records will be broken but not Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak.

On this day in 1941, DiMaggio got 41 and 42:

“In a doubleheader with the Senators, Joe DiMaggio ties and then breaks the American League consecutive game hitting streak of 41 established by George Sisler.

In the opener he knots the record with a double off Dutch Leonard, and in the nightcap ‘the Yankee Clipper’ tops the record with a seventh inning single against Walt Masterson.”

The streak ended in Cleveland at 56.  

By the way, it is impressive that DiMaggio played both games of the doubleheader.  I’m sure that the Yankees would have understood if he had asked for a game off to relax from all of the pressure that he was under.    It shows how much respect DiMaggio had for the fans who paid to see him play.

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June 29, 2015 at 11:00 am

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June 29, 1990: Stewart & Valenzuela throw no-hitters

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It was a rather remarkable Friday night, specially for those of us watching on ESPN:

“Oakland’s Dave Stewart and the Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela both throw no-hitters.

Stewart blanks the Blue Jays 5-0, and a few hours later Valenzuela beats the Cardinals 6-0.”

Great baseball night for two of the best pitchers of their time.     

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June 29, 2015 at 10:30 am