So, what do China, haircuts and cellphones all have in common...? Those elements are part of my recent hiatus that includes launching an international radio show, my visit to Ray's Barbershop (haircut is just $12) back in my old neighborhood and my ongoing angst about cellphones becoming part of people's workout routine in my gym. They are apparently more interested in building up their scrolling muscles instead of their biceps.
75 years ago today, August 9th, 1945 the city of Nagasaki was obliterated by the second atomic bomb in human history, the first being on Hiroshima, three days earlier. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the only uses of nuclear weapons in armed conflict.
Jan Eliasberg, an award-winning screenwriter and director of film and television, was perusing microfilm in the New York Public Library and came across an issue in the New York Times published on the day U.S. Forces dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima in August 1945. A one-sentence paragraph caught her attention.
"The key component that allowed the Allies to develop the bomb was ... (provided) by a female, non-Aryan physicist."
That's all it said.
"My immediate thought was, 'Who IS this woman and why has her face not been staring out of the pages of every science magazine ever?"
In "Hannah's War," Eliasberg makes her thrilling historical debut, with a novel about a female scientist working to develop the first atomic bomb during World War II, and the young military investigator determined to uncover her secret past.
Put this book in the "Can't put it down" category, a terrific read based on the life of Dr. Lise Meitner.
Opening music bridge McGuire's Landing by Pete Huttlinger. Used by permission.
Let Us Begin (What Are We Making Weapons For?) written and performed by John Denver. Used by permission.
I have covered a lot of ground since this picture of me, taken at USCG boot camp in Alameda, CA back in 1980. While I've touched on just about every subject in radio for the past 20+ years, I have never produced anything on the incredible men and women I served with-until now.
This is part I of the recognition and celebration of the efforts of the men and women whom I served with at Coast Guard Air Station Chicago from 1980-84. They are all heroes to me, with tireless dedication to duty and a high degree of professionalism and military bearing-but also knew how to have more fun than legally allowed. Semper Paratus "Always Ready."
This is part II of the recognition and celebration of the efforts of the men and women whom I served with at Coast Guard Air Station Chicago from 1980-84. They are all heroes to me, with tireless dedication to duty and a high degree of professionalism and military bearing-but also knew how to have more fun than legally allowed. Semper Paratus "Always Ready."
It was the great writer and philosopher George Santayana who insisted that-"Those who can't remember the past are condemned to repeat it." History, if studied and learned from, is our greatest teacher-but humans aren't always the sharpest tool in the shed. Basically its the same sh*t, different century as we once again muddle through another pandemic, as Cyrus The Virus continues to remind us that even with all our modern medical advances, its obvious that technology far surpasses our humanity, and that when you strip away all of the bells and whistles of society, and we are left with just ourselves, it's not a pretty picture.
Little did I know that going out to cut the grass in near 90 degree heat yesterday, was going to be a "Back to The Future" type experience that opened a portal, taking me back 44 years-to 1976. It was the bi-centennial year, Carter beat Ford for the Oval Office, the Concorde enters service and cuts transatlantic flying time to 3 1/2 hours, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest was at the theater and gas was .59 cents a gallon. But the big news was that double sessions for football was gearing up and how countless hours spent on a small dirt field have been a rudder for me ever since.
Country music legend Charlie Daniels passed away on July 6th at the age of 83. He was a pioneering singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music. He is also remembered for his humanitarian efforts, support of veterans and ability to touch generations of fans around the world. This is a long play-"double album" with country artists John Berry, Heidi Newfield, Kent Blazy, J.P. Pennington, Jim Horn and Michael Cleveland sharing their memories and moments about one of the most influential artists in music history.
I don't toss words like "icon" and "pioneer" around lightly-but both those descriptions fit Tom Dreesen like a custom- made tuxedo. From dirt-poor humble beginnings to serving in the US Navy, to finding his niche in comedy and breaking the interracial color barrier with Tim "WKRP" Reid to opening for "The Chairman of The Board" Frank Sinatra, Tom has had a life and career arc that is worth putting into a book- and he did just that. Its a candid, no-hold barred conversation about the best-selling "Still Standing: My Journey from Streets and Saloons to Stage, and Sinatra."