Archive for March 2014

Happy Birthday, Papa Hadyn!

Today in 1732 Was born Franz Joseph Haydn. If you’re of Austrian descent He’s someone  you take pride in Over a hundred symphonies He’s noted for composing. And there is one called “The Surprise” He wrote to wake the dozing. He was a friend of Mozart and Taught Beethoven technique In India you’ll hear his... Read more »

Rene Descartes: Beyond a Doubt a Seminal Philosopher

Today was born Rene Descartes, Who once was asked, “Tell why thou art?” With courtesy he said, “Madam, I think,  therefore, I think,  I am.”

The Cubs Dive Into a New Season: Will They Float or Sink?

It’s opening day for the Cubs. Will they be wunderkinder or schlubs? Will they win more than lose And get more cheers than boos Or be one of the crummiest clubs?  

Vincent Van Gogh: Tormented Tortured Transfixing Artist

  Born today Vincent Van Gogh Who suffered mental stress and woe. In “Starry Night” one sees this clear, In  his self-portrait sans an ear. I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process. Vincent Van Gogh More Vincent Van Gogh quotes Share7.4K Topics Heart, Lost,... Read more »

Cy Young: The Hallmark of Hurlers

Today’s the birthday of Cy Young, For his pitching  a host of  hosannas are sung. He threw 3 no-hitters and is so adored That HIS  name is on the best-pitcher award. “One of the fellows called me Cyclone, but finally shortened it to ‘Cy’ and its been that ever since.” The last White Sox pitcher... Read more »

Marlin Perkins: A Man Noah Would Have Loved

Born today was Marlin Perkins Whose TV show combed wild lurkin’s. At the zoo, once, near the lake, He was  bitten  by a poisonous snake.   It happened at Lincoln Park Zoo in the early 1950s.  Years later he described what happened in an interview. “Another reptile mishap was less chilling but perhaps more embarrassing,... Read more »

Henry Royce: His Car: The Creme de la Creme

Born today was Henry Royce Whose cars still are  deluxe  and choice. Named after him and Charles Rolls, And priced  beyond the reach of proles. 2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom. $543,000. 6.7 liter, V12, 453 Horsepower. Mpg=11 (city) 19 (country).

Are Boehner and Ryan Catholics in Name Only?

  John Boehner and Paul Ryan are both baptized Roman Catholics. They sure don’t act like it.  The template of virtue for Catholics, as for all Christians,  has always been the teachings of Jesus.  And Jesus, if nothing else, was an advocate for the poor.  I don’t know of  any place in the New Testament... Read more »

Robert Frost: He Had a Lover's Quarrel With the World

Born today was Robert Frost. Of New England with its  rivers crossed, Of  fortunes cast by a  pair of dice tossed, He wrote. Of  love and childhood lost. Asking For Roses   by Robert Frost A house that lacks, seemingly, mistress and master, With doors that none but the wind ever closes, Its floor all... Read more »

Washington Roebling: Motorcar Whiz and Titanic Hero

  Born today was Washington Roebling A pioneer in automob’ling. Race car engineer, mechanic, Lost his life aboard Titanic.   “Roebling had big plans for his company, which was also producing a handsome touring edition of the Raceabout. He was constantly on a quest to improve his cars, and in the spring of 1912, he... Read more »