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I rarely regret cable TV, but I would like to see this one: a documentary focusing on Detroit in the late sixties, and how the World Series winning '68 Tigers salved the wounds of the previous year's race riots. I was nine that summer, and barely cognizant of such matters, but I do remember the remarkable nature of that season. It was the year I got socialized. I'd never had any interest in sports, but that spring they had us playing T-ball at school, and as the Tigers gained momentum the interest among my peers was so pervasive that I couldn't help but become a fan. It was one of the few times I've wholeheartedly been involved in something so unabashedly mainstream. It was the year that Denny McLain won 31 games. That was (and remains) an amazing figure. My Dad told me stories from his childhood about Dizzy Dean, the St. Louis eccentric, and the last pitcher to win as many as 30. That had been in 1934, thirty-four years earlier; an unfathomable gulf for a child to contemplate. Now it's thirty-four years since '68, and while I've got a broader perspective on time, I'm no closer to understanding it. McLain seems as far away as Diz, yet I can recall the year's events as if it were last season. Mostly I heard them on the radio, narrated by Ernie Harwell, Detroit's Hall of Fame play-by-play man, who is retiring this year at age 84. Despite dominating the American League, the Tigers were Series underdogs against the champion Cardinals. They had Bob Gibson, who set the ERA record that year, but "only" managed a record of 22 and 9, which goes to show why '68 is remembered as the "year of the pitcher". He easily defeated McLain in their two series match-ups, but our number two guy, pot-bellied southpaw Mickey Lolich, emerged as the hero, winning three games. He beat the invincible Gibson in the deciding seventh game, pitching on short rest, as the Tigers came back from a 3 games to 1 deficit to win their first series since 1945. It remains one of the most satisfying experiences of my life. The next year, I found out that (Yankees aside) sports is really about your team losing more often than it wins. Denny McLain ended up in jail as a two-bit mobster, and I haven't had much satisfaction from the mainstream since.

- alex 7-31-2002 12:48 am [link] [3 refs] [4 comments]

i forgot how sucky daytime tv is.
- linda 7-25-2002 11:05 pm [link] [add a comment]

From NY Press, John Strausbaugh talks to Richard Metzger about the travails of Disinformation.
- alex 7-25-2002 12:15 am [link] [add a comment]

oh yeah, lomax died

- bill 7-24-2002 6:59 pm [link] [add a comment]

help your country, spy on your neighbors
- linda 7-15-2002 7:10 pm [link] [add a comment]




white house press corps




God! How inept are these people! It's not about the #4 form people! It's about selling on insider information! Unbelievable. Shoot me now.

- tom moody 7-10-2002 9:08 pm [link] [add a comment]

Montana Postcard

Hope there are some better pictures out there; weíll scan Ďem if necessary. Mine are mostly landscape, and donít include all participants (or do justice to those they do include). Nor do they show the incredible series of meals produced and consumed. Iím sure youíll see more of such things, but this is what Iíve got. Wish you were there.
- alex 7-08-2002 4:10 am [link] [3 refs] [add a comment]

this guy hijacked abaton book company (marianne nowottny) website too.

- bill 7-07-2002 8:50 pm [link] [1 ref] [1 comment]

Back at work on the third of July; an abrupt transition. Head still full of canyons and meadows and rivers and mountains, receding now behind the city, but still there, finding a way through the cracks, the gaps, all the little spaces never quite paved over, in the city or in the mind.

I want to thank our hosts once more:
The RenHillWalls, who put us up in Bozeman, providing various sorts of guidance.
The Copelands, who installed us in their amazing Lucky Dog Lodge on the Gallatin.
The MacFaddens, whose beautiful cabin on the Smith River is no more than a fitting setting for their jewel of a daughter, Sarah, who was the major motivator behind the whole adventure.
Thanks to all, and to all the friends, old and new, who shared the good times.
May we meet again.

- alex 7-03-2002 7:57 pm [link] [1 comment]

Weíre back.
More or less.
Please allow for a brief recovery period.
Grand trip amid grandeur and intimacy
Returns to remains that wonít go away.
Be glad youíre gone;
Be glad youíre home.
Be glad.
Be somewhere.

More later.
- alex 7-03-2002 5:13 am [link] [1 comment]

wont get fooled again
- dave 6-28-2002 9:36 am [link] [add a comment]

tree house

- bill 6-24-2002 8:53 pm [link] [add a comment]

update on recent webcasting ruling :

- bill 6-24-2002 6:54 pm [link] [5 comments]

Victor-Superlong beard challange
- steve 6-19-2002 2:12 am [link] [add a comment]

megnut has a column at o'reilly.
- dave 6-15-2002 8:05 am [link] [add a comment]

"Phil Fonebone's death was a brutal act of barbarism perpetrated by a group of clods, finks, and schmendricks who stand in direct opposition to the values we cherish as a democratic society," read a statement issued by Mad magazine. "On behalf of journalists and freedom lovers everywhere, we condemn this senseless, furshlugginer act of violence."
- tom moody 6-15-2002 4:44 am [link] [add a comment]

Well, somebody had to post it.
By the way, is it M on tana, or M awn tana?
- alex 6-15-2002 12:01 am [link] [add a comment]

In the what-is-the-world-coming-to department, George Will visits San Francisco, and finds some genial (OK, condescending) things to say about Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
- alex 6-13-2002 7:37 pm [link] [add a comment]

This was Brian Turner's Christmas e-card last year. I have no idea where he got it. I've been meaning to post it, and decided there's no time like the present.
- tom moody 6-13-2002 8:55 am [link] [6 comments]

sick bird. bother. rexilla brought it in and there was a commotion in mike's office. we rescued it and now it's in the backyard "resting" - we hope that he starts to feel better and flies away. if not, what to do? (it's too small to grill)
- linda 6-13-2002 4:37 am [link] [6 comments]

david bowie's new album has a beautuful song (tribute) to uncle floyd called : "twinkle twinkle uncle floyd" - cant find any good links, alex ?

- bill 6-12-2002 7:08 pm [link] [4 comments]

I've started posting to my page.
- Tom G 6-12-2002 7:05 pm [link] [6 comments]

The twin within.
- frank 6-09-2002 6:51 pm [link] [5 comments]

Frank Rich's New York Times column today contains this howler: "Instead of creating a new organizational chart, Mr. Bush might have enlisted one man to hose down our security bureaucracy: Rudolph Giuliani."

Yeah, the genius who built the city's $13 million "command bunker" on the 23rd floor of 7 World Trade Center! Equipped with fuel tanks that exploded and toppled the building! I want him in charge on a NATIONAL level!
- tom moody 6-08-2002 10:27 pm [link] [2 comments]

new heard of this artist before but me likes some...must visit show...
- Skinny 6-05-2002 6:43 pm [link] [add a comment]