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The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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June 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Father’s Day 1964 and Jim Bunning’s perfect game

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Happy Father’s Day…………

Before he became Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, he was a very good major league pitcher.    He won 224 games, had a stellar 3.27 career ERA and 3,433 K’s.    Bunning was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1996.

On Father’s Day 1964, Jim Bunning of the Phillies threw a perfect game.

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June 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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George Strait………Love without end, amen

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Happy Father’s Day…..

George Strait………Love without end, amen


“I got sent home from school one day with a shiner on my eye.
Fightin’ was against the rules and it didn’t matter why.
When dad got home I told that story just like I’d rehearsed.
And then stood there on those tremblin’ knees and waited for the worst.

And he said, “Let me tell you a secret about a father’s love,
A secret that my daddy said was just between us.”
He said, “Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then.
It’s a love without end, amen, it’s a love without end, amen.”

When I became a father in the spring of ’81
There was no doubt that stubborn boy was just like my father’s son.
And when I thought my patience had been tested to the end,
I took my daddy’s secret and I passed it on to him.

I said Let me tell you………..

Last night I dreamed I died and stood outside those pearly gates.
When suddenly I realized there must be some mistake.
If they know half the things I’ve done, they’ll never let me in.
And then somewhere from the other side I heard these words again.”

And they said Let me tell you……..

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June 19, 2016 at 8:04 am

My first Father’s Day without my father

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Over the years, I have written and spoken about the importance of fathers in our lives.  It’s one of those topics I get passionate about.

The statistics speak for themselves, as my friend and author Rick Johnson has pointed over the years with his books and seminars.  The National Center for Fathering puts numbers behind the talk:

As supported by the data below, children from fatherless homes are more likely to be poor, become involved in drug and alcohol abuse, drop out of school, and suffer from health and emotional problems. Boys are more likely to become involved in crime, and girls are more likely to become pregnant as teens. 

You can read a lot more here

It’s fair to say that many of our social problems are related to the absence of a responsible man in the kids’ lives.   

My second reason for being an advocate of the importance of fathers is my own father.  He was not a hero, in the sense that a military band played at his funeral.  He was not well known, in the sense that The New York Times wrote an obituary when he died.   

He was just an honest man who put everything on the line so that his kids would grow up in freedom in the U.S. 

He always taught us how to treat women by the way he treated our mother. 

He had great lines that he would strategically drop into our lives.  I remember this one: “Every woman is someone’s mother, sister, or daughter.  So treat them like you would want your mother, daughter and sister to be treated.”  I don’t know if he invented that, but it is profound.

My father died last December.  He spent the last year of his life fighting pain and eating through a tube in his stomach.  It was not fun, and we are sure that he’s in a better place now. 

Nevertheless, we miss him a lot, especially on Father’s Day.  I miss the political and baseball stories.  One of his favorite baseball stories was about Willie Mays and Brooks Robinson playing in the old Cuban winter league.

I miss that I won’t be buying another chess book this weekend.  My father loved chess.  He picked it up when he was in Cuba, staying away from the secret police picking up so-called “counter-revolutionaries”.

So enjoy and respect your father.  You are going to miss him a lot the first Father’s Day that he is not with you.  Happy Father’s Day to all of the AT family.

P.S. You can listen to my show (Canto Talk) and follow me on Twitter.

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June 19, 2016 at 7:47 am

Judy Collins’ “My father” is a great song

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Judy Collins is one of my favorite folk singers. Her hits include“Both sides now”, “Someday soon” and “Send in the clowns”. I love her versions of “Amazing Grace” and “Turn turn turn”.

My favorite song is “My father”.

Later she said this about her father:

“I always sang when I was little and my father, who was a great influence on me, also had a wonderful voice.
He and my mother really encouraged me to sing and play the piano.
They were always very supportive.”

Here are the lyrics:

“My father always promised us That we would live in France

We’d go boating on the SeineAnd I would learn to dance

We lived in Ohio thenHe worked in the mines On his dreams like boats
We knew we would sail in time

All my sisters soon were gone To Denver and Cheyenne

Marrying their grownup dreams The lilacs and the man

I stayed behind the youngest still

Only danced alone

The colors of my father’s dreams Faded without a sound

And I live in Paris now My children dance and dream

Hearing the ways of a miner’s life In words they’ve never seen

I sail my memories of home Like boats across the Seine And watch the Paris sun

As it sets in my father’s eyes again My father always promised us

That we would live in France We’d go boating on the Seine

And I would learn to dance I sail my memories of home
Like boats across the Seine And watch the Paris sun

As it sets in my father’s eyes again.”


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June 19, 2016 at 7:41 am

A message for Father’s Day:   ‘My father’s quest’, a great book by Carmen Konneker! 

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Guest: Carmen Konneker, author of ‘My father’s quest’.

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Source: ‘My father’s quest’, a great book by Carmen Konneker! 12/13 by Silvio Canto Jr | Books Podcasts

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June 19, 2016 at 5:00 am

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