“Don’t think I am depressed or pessimistic about my condition at present,” Lou Gehrig wrote following his retirement from baseball. Struggling against his ever-worsening physical condition, he added, “I intend to hold on as long as possible and then if the inevitable comes, I will accept it philosophically and hope for the best. That’s all we can do.”

Lou Gehrig’s house at 5204 Delafield Avenue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. This house is adjacent to the east side of the Henry Hudson Parkway. Gehrig moved to this house from New Rochelle in order to satisfy a residency requirement for Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia’s appointment as New York City Parole Commissioner. Gehrig died in the house at 10:10 p.m. on June 2, 1941. The house is marked by a plaque indicating that Gehrig lived there.

A quiet, humble, modest and patient man, shown here playing patience at home,

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Lou Gehrig was one of those men who was simply:

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better than other men:

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in all the ways that a man can be better than other men.

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His illness, a rare form of adult polio, was cruel in so many ways, reducing a man of iron to a helpless invalid:

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a cruelty compounded many times over as his illness, principally evinced by severe and ever more debilitating weakness, is a disease that now bears that iron man’s name:

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Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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No, Sir, Life is not fair.

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In a world today, so long devoid of genuine heroes, we remember Lou as a true hero:

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A man who never gave up, never felt sorry for himself and fought life’s battles to the bitter final end.

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All men who walk on this earth must die.

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How a man lives and how he dies:

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Now:

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That is the mark of  distinction between an ordinary man and a:

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Champion.

A rare, private and very different sort of man, a poor boy who grew into a powerful man who read books and attended Columbia University and was likewise as agile as a gazelle and could hit with a power that was frightening to watch.

New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia called Gehrig “the greatest prototype of good sportsmanship and citizenship” and Postmaster General James Farley concluded his speech by predicting,

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“For generations to come, boys who play baseball will point with pride to your record.”

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    ~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~ 
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    Rejoice and Be Glad!!
    Amen~~

     

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Europe: The number of migrants seeking to enter Europe illegally has surged in 2014, according to Frontex, the European Union’s border agency. With more people attempting to make the crossing from North Africa to Europe in the summer months, that rise is expected to continue.

Shanty town: An immigrant from north Africa walks out of his makeshift tent on the beach at Lampedusa

The number of migrants so far this year is close to the total for 2013 and has already passed the total number who arrived during an equivalent period in 2011, when 140,000 people ultimately entered Europe illegally. Syrians, Afghans, and Eritreans top the list of those detected trying to enter — Syrians accounted for a quarter of all illegal migration into Europe last year and this year are expected to make up one third.

Protest: Hundreds of residents gather at the port to stop any more boats bearing refugees landing at Lampedusa

 

The immigration debate played a central role during the recent European elections. Right wing groups, which have made immigration a touchstone issue, made notable gains in France and Britain. French police expelled some 800 migrants from camps near Calais earlier this week. The Italian government said more than 39,000 migrants had arrived on its shores already this year.

Sea of humanity: Italian police push back immigrants from Tunisia as they wait at the port for food in Lampedusa

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[AFP] Malians board aeroplane to return to Bamako

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Gun control or birth control?

 

Gun control or birth control?
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When the little girl asked me to come on the tele-vision to discuss “the highly controversial topic on everyone lips…”
I assumed that, as I am principally asked my opinion on Catholic matters, that the girl meant for me to come and discuss birth control, not gun control.
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I was wrong….
Which can always be dangerous when girls are involved.
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The solution to the situation at the VA is to bring back the draft.~

The solution to the situation at the VA is to bring back the draft.

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Vivian and Johnny Cash married in San Antonio, Texas, her hometown, on Aug. 7, 1954, a little more than a month after his return from Air Force duty in Europe.

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Johnny Cash Was The First American To Know About Stalin’s Death

 

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That’s right, the man in black, discovered that Soviet Union Premier, Joseph Stalin, died before US president Dwight Eisenhower even knew.

 

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He was working as a radio operator for the military at the time of Stalin’s death and was the first person to receive the message. 

Stalin

Presently, none of America’s political leaders knows or cares anything about those who wear the nation’s colors.

JFK in the Navy in the War.
Reagan in the Army in the War
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This is because virtually no politician goes in the military anymore whereas in the recent past, everybody had served.  This not to mention the children of the politicians, none of whom serve today.
 
 
 
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 If you don’t serve and do not know anybody who has or does, you have an abstract, indifferent, even hostile attitude toward the military.
 
Jimmy Stewart receives the Croix de Guerre in the War.
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That all changes when you have to put your child in uniform.  When you have to put your child in uniform, then you will be far less likely to start wars all over the place for no discernible reason.
Bob Hope, who did his bit lifting the spirits of our boys in many conflicts, meets General George Patton in the War.
Bring back the draft.
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The best and quickest way to end war is to bring back the draft.
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East meets West: Pope Francis strives to unite the Holy Church.~

 
Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomeus and Pope Francis
in 2014 in Jerusalem.
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Papa Francis and the reunification of the Byzantine.
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The Byzantine Empire was the predominantly Greek-speaking continuation of the eastern half of the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Its capital city was Constantinople, originally known as Byzantium.
 
 
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Outside Rome’s inner circle, a little remarked objective of Holiness, one that he views as a very important part of what legacy he leaves, is the reunification of the Eastern and Western parts of The Church.
 
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Shimon Peres, left, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, flank Pope Francis on the red carpet at a welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion international airport on May 25, 2014. photo credit: Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90)
 
Shimon Peres, left, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, flank Pope Francis on the red carpet at a welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion international airport on May 25, 2014. photo credit: Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO/Flash90)
 
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Pope Francis recently completed a three-day trip to Jordan, the West Bank and Israel, impressing his Israeli hosts as a cordial, modest and deeply spiritual man.
Pope Francis celebrates an open-air mass in the Manger Square, next to the Nativity Church, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014 (photo credit: Sliman Khader/Flash90)
 
 
 
Pope Francis celebrates an open-air mass in the Manger Square, next to the Nativity Church, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014 (photo credit: Sliman Khader/Flash90)
 
 
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It could turn out, however, that the most important meeting the Pope held during his visit was not with the Palestinians or the Jews but with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, symbolic head of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians.~~
Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre before meeting with Christian community leaders in the old city of Jerusalem, Israel
Pope Francis meets with Patriarch Bartholomew I, the Archbishop of Constantinople, at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre before meeting with Christian community leaders in the old city of Jerusalem, Israel.
 
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A remarkable story I’d never heard before attends this aged painting about a boy who almost changed the world at the end of the Great War by shooting a young, unarmed, Adolph Hitler but simply couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger.~

English private Henry Tandey’s heroism depicted in a painting by Italian artist Fortunio Matania. Photo Credit: First World War.

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  • How a Right Can Make a Wrong

    Henry TandeyThe annals of history are full of fateful moments which scholars refer to as the great “what if’s” of history, where if events had taken only a slight deviation the course of human affairs would have been dramatically different.

    Such a moment occurred in the last moments of the Great War in the French village of Marcoing involving 27 year old Private Henry Tandey of Warwickshire, UK, and 29 year old Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler of Braunau, Austria.

    Henry Tandey was born in Leamington, Warwickshire, on the 30th August 1891, son of former soldier James Tandey.  After a difficult childhood, part of which was spent in an orphanage, he became a boiler attendant at a hotel in Leamington before enlisting in the British Army, joining the Green Howards Regiment in August 1910 and embarking on a ‘Boys Own’ adventurous life.

    “Private Tandey served with the 2nd Battalion in South Africa and Guernsey before the outbreak of war in 1914, he fought in the 1st Battle of Ypres in October 1914, two years later he was wounded in the leg during the Battle of the Somme and when discharged from a military hospital in England transferred to the 9th Battalion in Flanders and wounded at Passchendaele in November 1917.

    Once out of hospital he joined the 12th Battalion in France in 1918, his unit was disbanded in July 1918 and he was attached to the 5th Duke of Wellington Regiment from 26th July to 4th October 1918.  It was at this time Private Tandey was awarded the DCM for determined bravery at Vaulx Vraucourt on August 28, the MM for heroism at Havrincourt on September 12th and Victoria Crossfor conspicuous bravery at Marcoing on 28th September 1918.

    After the Great War he was posted to the 2nd Duke of Wellington Regiment in Gibraltar, Turkey and Egypt on 4th February 1921.  He was discharged from the army on 5th January 1926 at the rank of Sergeant.” [1] Leaving the highest decorated private soldier in the British Army during the Great War, had he been a member of the officer class there is little doubt a knighthood would also have been one of his rewards.

    Tandey was mentioned five times in dispatches and certainly earned his VC during the capture of the French village and crossing at Marcoing, his regiment held down by heavy machine gun fire Tandey crawled forward, located the machine gun nest and took it out.

    Arriving at the crossing he braved heavy fire to place wooden planks over a gaping hole enabling troops to roll across and take the battle to the Germans, the day still not over he successfully led a bayonet charge against outnumbering enemy troops which helped bring hostilities to an end.

    As the ferocious battle wound down and enemy troops surrendered or retreated a wounded German soldier limped out of the maelstrom and into Private Tandey’s line of fire, the battle weary man never raised his rifle and just stared at Tandey resigned to the inevitable.  “I took aim but couldn’t shoot a wounded man,” said Tandey, “so I let him go.” [2]

    The young German soldier nodded in thanks and the two men took diverging paths, that day and in history.  Hitler retreated with the remnants of German troops and ended up in Germany, where he languished in the humiliation of defeat at wars end.

    Tandey put that encounter out of his mind and rejoined his regiment, discovering soon after he had won the Victoria Cross.  It was announced in the London Gazette on 14th December 1918 and he was personally decorated by King George V at Buckingham Palace on 17th December 1919, in newspaper reports a picture of him carrying a wounded soldier after the Battle of Ypres was published, a dramatic image which symbolized a war which was supposed to have put an end to all wars and immortalized on canvas by Italian artist Fortunino Matania.

    Leaving the army in 1926 at the rank of sergeant the 35 year old settled in Leamington where he married, settling back into civilian life he spent the next 38 years as Commissionaire, or plant security chief, at Triumph, then called the Standard Motor Company.  He lived a quiet life and although regarded as a hero by all and sundry wasn’t one to brag or boast, wouldn’t mention the war unless asked about it.

    In 1938 Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940), Conservative PM from 1937-40, made his gloomy trip to Munich to meet Chancellor Hitler in a last ditched effort to avoid war which resulted in the ill-fated ‘Munich Agreement’.  During that fateful trip Hitler invited him to his newly completed retreat in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, a birthday present from Martin Bormann and the Nazi Party.

    Perched 6017 feet up on Kehlstein Mountain it commanded spectacular views for 200 kilometers in all directions.  While there the Prime Minister explored the hill top lair of the Fuehrer and found a reproduction of Matania’s famous Marcoing painting depicting allied troops, puzzled by the choice of art Hitler explained, “that man came so near to killing me that I thought I should never see Germany again, providence saved me from such devilishly accurate fire as those English boys were aiming at us”. [2]

    Neville Chamberlain meeting Adolf Hitler, 1938Chamberlain’s thoughts aren’t recorded, World War II irrupted soon after and he lost power to Winston Churchill, dying of stomach cancer within months of that event.  Although I feel safe in assuming he wished Tandey had pulled the trigger, ridding the world of a venomous creature.

    Hitler seized the moment to have his best wishes and gratitude conveyed to Tandey by the Prime Minister, who promised to phone him on his return to London.  It wasn’t until that time Tandey knew the man he had in his gun sight 20 years earlier was Adolf Hitler and it came as a great shock, given tensions at the time it wasn’t something he felt proud about.

    The story first broke in 1940 but no one gave it much thought at the time, however in recent years it has generated greater interest.  Some historians are doubtful as it sounds too good to be true, however it has an unmistakable ring of truth to it.  No one in their right mind would make up a story about having spared the life of a tyrant who at that time had just fire bombed Coventry, was Blitzing London and mass murdering people on the continent.

    Hitler’s regiment was in the Marcoing region at the time although his presence cannot be verified, a great deal of German records for the Great War were lost in WWII due to allied bombing of Berlin which resulted in the destruction of a significant amount of the State Archives.  So documents showing Adolf Hitler’s exact whereabouts on 28 September 1918 are not available, Hitler biographers have differing opinions.

    However there is irrefutable evidence that Hitler possessed a copy of the famous Matania painting featuring Tandey as early as 1937, acquiring it from Tandey’s old regiment.  “Colonel Earle said that he had heard from one Dr. Schwend that Hitler had expressed a wish to have a large photograph of the Matania painting.  Obviously one was sent because Captain Weidmann, Hitler’s Adjutant, wrote the following to Earle:

    “I beg to acknowledge your friendly gift which has been sent to Berlin through the good offices of Dr. Schwend.  The Fuehrer is naturally very interested in things connected with his own war experiences, and he was obviously moved when I showed him the picture and explained the thought which you had in causing it to be sent to him.  He has directed me to send you his best thanks for your friendly gift which is so rich in memories.” [3]

    The Tandey family were in no doubt of the story’s authenticity, they were present when Prime Minister Chamberlain phoned, “Tandey’s nephew, William Whateley, from Thomaby, calls to mind a mysterious phone call almost 60 years ago, when the storm clouds of war were brewing and Prime Minister Chamberlain was futilely appeasing Herr Hitler.

    One evening the telephone rang and Henry went off to answer it, when he came back he commented matter-of-factly that it had been Mr Chamberlain.  He had just returned from a meeting with Hitler and whilst at Berchtesgaden had noticed the painting by Matania of the 2nd Green Howards at the Menin Cross Roads in 1914.  Chamberlain had asked what it was doing there and in reply Hitler had pointed out Tandy in the foreground and commented, “that’s the man who nearly shot me” [4]

    One crucial aspect of the event which historians have overlooked is the fact that Adolf Hitler and Henry Tandy both fought at the Battle of Ypres in 1914, a far more significant event in the life of Hitler.  He distinguished himself in combat several times and saved the life of a seriously wounded officer, his heroism resulted in him being promoted to Lance Corporal.

    The famous picture by Matania depicting Tandy carrying a wounded comrade to the first aid station at the Menin Cross Roads was painted based on that battle not Marcoing.  It’s possible that places got mixed up, it may well have been Ypres not Marcoing where Hitler and Tandey crossed paths and parted on amicable terms.

    Tandey told a journalist that during the Great War he had as a rule spared wounded and disarmed German soldiers, so Marcoing wasn’t the first or last time he performed a humane deed in inhumane circumstances.  The fact he was awarded the illustrious VC for heroic deeds at Marcoing may have affected Prime Minister Chamberlains recollections of Hitler’s war story, which may have included Tandey’s having won the VC at Marcoing, a fact which would have undoubtedly impressed Hitler.

    One thing which is clear and certain is that there must have been some significant connection between Hitler and the Fortunino Matania painting featuring Tandey, the Fuehrer of the demonic Third Reich wasn’t a collector of British wartime iconography and if he wanted propaganda images of the Battle of Ypres he would have chosen one in which the German not the enemy troops were depicted as valiant heroes.

    Fortunino Matania painting featuring Henry TandeyAt the outbreak of the Great War Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) joined the 16th Bavarian Infantry Regiment as a Dispatch Runner.

    He proved himself a capable and brave soldier, was twice wounded, once almost fatally gassed and awarded the Iron Cross in recognition of his bravery.  Raised a Roman Catholic he considered entering the priesthood, mystically minded he didn’t share National Socialism’s nihilist credo.  He had a deep sense of destiny entwined with delusions of grandeur and a warped view of the world, influenced by melodramatic Wagnerian operas he cast himself as the saviour of the Germanic race.

    He believed Private Tandey’s benevolent action was part of the grand scheme of things, the god’s were watching over their emissary, which was also his sentiment upon surviving assassination attempts later on.  Hitler never forgot the moment he stared down the barrel of death, nor the face of the man who spared him, he stumbled across a newspaper featuring the famous image of Private Tandey which noted his being awarded the VC for bravery.

    Hitler kept it and on becoming Chancellor of Germany ordered government officials to obtain a copy of his service record and reproduction of the Matania painting, which he hung and pointed out to loyal disciples with pride.

    The reproduction was destroyed or stolen by allied troops who ransacked, looted and badly damaged the Eagles Nest as the war approached its end.  British troops were preparing a truck load of explosives to blow it off the face of the earth when American officers arrived on the scene appalled by the waste of time and munitions, and ordered them back to the real war.

    Tandey was haunted the remainder of his life by his good deed, the simple squeeze of a trigger would have spared the world a catastrophe which cost tens of millions of lives.  He was living in Coventry when the Luftwaffe destroyed the city in 1940, sheltered in a doorway as the building he was in crumbled and city burned like a scene from Dante’s Inferno.

    He was also in London during the Blitz and experienced that atrocity first hand, he told a journalist in 1940, “if only I had known what he would turn out to be.  When I saw all the people, woman and children he had killed and wounded I was sorry to God I let him go”. [2]

    When war erupted the 49 year old tried to rejoin his regiment to see to it that, “he didn’t escape a second time”, [2] but failed the physical due to wounds received at the Battle of the Somme.

    Nonetheless he did his bit on the home front, volunteering wherever he could be of service but was always haunted by an act of decency to an indecent man.  Henry Tandey VC DCM MM died without issue in Coventry in 1977 aged 86, in accordance with his wishes he was cremated and interred at the British Cemetery in Marcoing alongside fallen comrades and close to where he won his Victoria Cross 60 years earlier.

    His widow sold his medals three years later for a record £27,000 and on Armistice Day 1997 they were presented to his old regiment, the Green Howards, by Sir Ernest Harrison OBE at a special ceremony at the Tower of London and are displayed with great pride at the Green Howards regimental museum.

    References:
    1.  Beyond Their Duty, by Roger Chapman
    2.  Sunday Graphic, Coventry, UK. December 1940
    3. Colonel Earle, The Green Howards Gazette, UK. June. 1937
    4. The Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough. UK

    Sources:
    The Green Howards. Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Regiment
    The 19th Regiment of Foot. By whose grace Tandey related images are reproduced.
    Mr. Edward McKillop Nicholl
    The Berchtesgaden Tourist Board
    The International Express

    Contributed by John Godl

    Click here to read more about Hitler’s experiences during the First World War

    ***************All prose and art credits as annotated http://www.firstworldwar.com~~ with our thanks.********************************

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    ~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~ 
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (May 22, 2014) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert reviews the Brigade of Midshipmen as they march by during the U.S. Naval Academy Color Parade at Worden Field at the Naval Academy. The time honored tradition was established in 1867 and comes with great anticipation as it is the last full dress parade for graduating class members who will receive their commissions the next day and go on to serve as leaders in the Navy or Marine Corps. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

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I am, and will forever remain,

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Yours, sincerely in Christ.

 

 

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    ~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~ 
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School ties bind more than do any others~

The Cathedral Latin School, Washington, DC.

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Scene of many crimes and punishments.

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My Dearest Paul:

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I’ve stuck my neck out a very long way for you this weekend, old boy~most particularly for one from the other Party.

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I suppose, school ties do bind us more than any other.

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Don’t ask me to help out you or your Party again, when they find themselves coming undone.

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After all, I am supposed to want them to come undone.

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On the back of my neck, I felt a frigid blast.

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Don’t let me feel it again on your account.

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Yours ever sincerely, In Christ,

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    ~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist  Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear~and without favor of~any man~~ 
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War for me is a post card, a picture scrap book, a coffee table photograph of the memories of other men’s lives.~

“Do not blame the generals and the men for fighting the wars.

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Kings, politicians and rich businessmen start wars, soldiers merely fight in them and die in them.”

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Girls are always very curious creatures.

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Girls ask:

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“Were you in the Army as a boy, Johnnie?”

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The Army?

The Army is a place where, some guy who you don’t know and have never heard of, gives you a gun to go out and shoot some other guy who you don’t know and have never heard of:

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And:

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That other guy you are sent out to shoot, likewise was himself, given a gun by some guy he doesn’t know and has never heard of, to go out and shoot:

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YOU.

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That’s:

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The Army.

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A little Mexican girl, whom I love, likely too much, asked me in the night, in my fever, in my sleepless delirium:

“Did you go to the war, daddy darling?

vietnam the real war

To the Vietnam?”

New lives: In the four decades since then, many veterans have embarked on careers, raised families and in many cases counseled a younger generation emerging from two other faraway wars (photo from 1966)

Did I go to the war?

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Me, no–my father was rich–for rich boys–no war.

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Rich fathers start wars for poor boys to fight and die in.

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Rich men’s sons stay home and go to college and:

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Drink and chase girls all day and night.

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That was my war, angel:

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Drinking and whoring.

The Vietnam was a regular war.

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What is common to all regular wars in man’s history?

Exit: In this March 29, 1973 photo, Camp Alpha, Uncle Sam's out processing center, was chaos in Saigon

They end.

Vietnam ended.

Bored: In this March 27, 1973 photo, an American GI takes a nap atop his luggage as he and other troops wait to begin out processing at Camp Alpha in Saigon

My war never ends.

When I said all this to the sweet Mexicana, she said to me that my words were:

Fear: In this 15 May 1965 photo, a Vietnamese mother and her son hide in bushes near Le My to escape fighting as U.S. Marines go past after clearing the village of Viet Cong forces

“Shameful and offensive to the poor boys who died in the War.”

I said to her:

Gruesome: The Vietnam War was wisely televised in the US and returning troops were targeted by protestors (photo from 1969)

The truth is offensive to those who died in the war?

War: In this 03 Aug 1965 photo, an aged woman injured by a U.S.-Vietnamese air strike on a Buddist monastery 40 miles southeast of Saigon is carried to a hospital by airborne private Carl Champ of Furgitsville, West Virginia

The truth is never an offense.

Chaos: Lines of bored soldiers snaked through customs and briefing rooms as they left Vietnam

A lie is always an offense.

Boarding: In a curious ending to a bizarre conflict, American troops boarded jets under the watchful eyes of North Vietnamese and Viet Cong observers in Saigon

Do not worry about causing an offense.

Welcome: In this Thursday, March 30, 1973 photo, the last 55 troops to leave Vietnam debark their Air Force C-141 at Travis Air Force Base

Worry instead about causing a lie to live unchallenged.

Perhaps the reason wars do not stop is because nobody speaks the truth about them.

Perhaps wars would stop tomorrow if rich men and their sons were the very first ones sent off to die.

Long war: Most were thrilled the Vietnam War, which had lasted more than a decade, was over for the US (photo from 1965)

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I was taught to think that Evelyn disapproved of American participation in the United Nations.~As do most sensible Americans.~

@Robert C. Wiles@Life Magazine:
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The body of 23-year-old Evelyn McHale rests atop a crumpled limousine minutes after she jumped to her death from the Empire State Building, May 1, 1947.
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In May 1947, LIFE magazine devoted a full page to a picture taken by a photography student named Robert Wiles. The photograph is extraordinary in several ways — not least because it remains, seven decades later, one of the most famous portraits of suicide ever made. Along with Malcolm Browne’s 1963 image of a self-immolating Buddhist monk and a small handful of other photos of men and women seen before, during, or after their own self-slaughter, Wiles’ picture graphically and unforgettably captures the destruction — both literal and figurative — that attends virtually all suicides.

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The woman in the photo was 23-year-old Evelyn McHale. Not much is known of her life, or of her final hours, although countless people have put enormous effort into uncovering as much about the troubled, attractive California native as they possibly could. For example, the tremendous visual-culture blog Codex 99 has an admirably solid discussion of her life and her suicide. But even that examination of her history and her death feels somehow lacking — not because the Codex post is weak, but because Evelyn left behind so little to hold on to. In the end, there is not even a gravesite; she was cremated, according to her wishes, and no marker or tombstone exists.

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But beyond the mystery of Evelyn McHale’s life and death, there is the equally profound mystery of how a single photograph of a dead woman can feel so technically rich, visually compelling and — it must be said — so downright beautiful so many years after it was made. There’s a reason, after all, why she is often referred to as “the most beautiful suicide”; why Andy Warhol appropriated Wiles’ picture for his Suicide: Fallen Body (1962); why once we look, it’s so hard to look away.

 

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In Wiles’ photo, Evelyn looks for all the world as if she’s resting, or napping, rather than lying dead amid shattered glass and twisted steel. Everything about her pose — her gloved hand clutching her necklace; her gently crossed ankles; her right hand with its gracefully curved fingers — suggests that she is momentarily quiet, perhaps thinking of her plans for later in the day, or daydreaming of her beau.

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(Here, again, the Codex 99 post provides insight into her final hours, and maybe her final thoughts.)

 

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For its part, LIFE magazine captioned the picture with language that veers strikingly from the poetic to the elemental: “At the bottom of Empire State Building the body of Evelyn McHale reposes calmly in grotesque bier her falling body punched into the top of a car.”

 

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A single paragraph, meanwhile, describing how the scene came about is at-once unsentimental and elegiac:

On May Day, just after leaving her fiancé, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. “He is much better off without me. . . . I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody,” she wrote. Then she crossed it out. She went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building. Through the mist she gazed at the street, 86 floors below. Then she jumped. In her desperate determination she leaped clear of the setbacks and hit a United Nations limousine parked at the curb. Across the street photography student Robert Wiles heard an explosive crash. Just four minutes after Evelyn McHale’s death Wiles got this picture of death’s violence and its composure.

 

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This is not the place to delve into the deep, troubling universe of suicide, with all of its attendant pain, grief and lingering, unanswerable questions. But for a single moment, we can look one last time at Evelyn McHale, and remember her. Even if none of us ever knew her. Even if we’ll never really know what pushed her off the building. Even if she’s long, long gone, and never coming back.

 

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– Ben Cosgrove is the Editor of LIFE.com

 

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Read more: ‘The Most Beautiful Suicide’: A Violent Death, an Immortal Photo | @LIFE.com http://life.time.com/history/evelyn-mchale-suicide-photo-empire-state-building-1947/#ixzz32OJ26QUp

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Affirmed

Jockey Steve Cauthen rode Affirmed to a 1978 Kentucky Derby victory.

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Affirmed is the last racehorse to win the Triple Crown.

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Photo by Jerry Cooke/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images

Two weeks later at Pimlico, and:

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You know the boys by now:

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Affirmed wins again over Alydar.

It’s:

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Those boys again.

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Part three.

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Belmont Park, June, 1978.

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You know this drill by now:

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Affirmed wins it all.

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There have been a total of 12 horses since Affirmed won in 1978, who were in a position to win the Triple Crown:  Spectacular Bid (1979), Pleasant Colony (1981), Alysheba (1987), Sunday Silence (1989), Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), Charismatic (1999), War Emblem, ridden by Espinoza, (2002), Funny Cide, (2003), Smarty Jones  , (2004), Big Brown , (2007) and I’ll Have Another  (2012).

AFFIRMED  H, THOROUGHBRED, 1975

AFFIRMED*
ch 1975
THOROUGHBRED
EXCLUSIVE NATIVE
ch 1965
THOROUGHBRED
RAISE A NATIVE*
ch 16.2 1961
THOROUGHBRED
NATIVE DANCER*
gr 1950
THOROUGHBRED
POLYNESIAN*
br 1942
UNBREAKABLE* blk 1935
BLACK POLLY b 1936
GEISHA*
gr 1943
DISCOVERY* ch 16.1 1931
MIYAKO gr 1935
RAISE YOU*
ch 1946
THOROUGHBRED
CASE ACE*
b 1934
TEDDY*   b 1913
SWEETHEART ch 1920
LADY GLORY
br 1934
AMERICAN FLAG* ch 1922
BELOVED blk/br 1927
EXCLUSIVE*
ch 1953
THOROUGHBRED
SHUT OUT*
ch 1939
THOROUGHBRED
EQUIPOISE*
ch 1928
PENNANT ch 1911
SWINGING ch 1922
GOOSE EGG
gr 16.0 1927
CHICLE* b 1913
OVAL ch 1921
GOOD EXAMPLE
br 1944
THOROUGHBRED
PILATE*
ch 1928
FRIAR ROCK* ch 1913
HERODIAS gr 1916
PARADE GIRL
b 1933
DISPLAY* b 1923
PANOPLY b 1917
WONT TELL YOU
b 1962
THOROUGHBRED
CRAFTY ADMIRAL*
b 1948
THOROUGHBRED
FIGHTING FOX*
b 1935
THOROUGHBRED
SIR GALLAHAD*
b 1920
  TEDDY*   b 1913
PLUCKY LIEGE* b 1912
MARGUERITE*
ch 1920
CELT* ch 1905
FAIRY RAY ch 1911
ADMIRALS LADY
br 1942
THOROUGHBRED
WAR ADMIRAL*
br 15.2 1934
MAN O WAR* ch 1917
BRUSHUP b 1929
BOOLA BROOK
b 1937
BULL DOG* br 1927
BROOKDALE b 1921
SCARLET RIBBON
b 1957
THOROUGHBRED
VOLCANIC
b 1945
THOROUGHBRED
AMBROSE LIGHT
ch 1933
PHAROS* br 1920
LA ROSERAIE 1928
HOT SUPPER
b 1939
GALLANT FOX* b 1927
BIG DINNER 1933
NATIVE VALOR
br 1948
THOROUGHBRED
MAHMOUD*
gr 1933
BLENHEIM* br 15.3 1927
MAH MAHAL* gr 1928
NATIVE GAL
b 1939
SIR GALLAHAD*   b 1920
NATIVE WIT b 1929
 

 

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California Chrome wins the Derby, 2014
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@By BETH HARRIS
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AP Racing Writer

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****All prose and art copy rights as annotated.****

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A horse with a humble pedigree. A couple of working stiff owners. A 77-year-old trainer with his first Kentucky Derby horse.

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Even Hollywood couldn’t have made this up.

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California Chrome made it look easy on Saturday, pulling away down the stretch to win the Derby by 1 3/4 lengths.

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Art Sherman became the oldest trainer to win the Derby, 57 years after he traveled from California as an exercise rider for Derby winner Swaps. He watched that race from the barn area; this time he smelled red roses in the winner’s circle.

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“It’s been a long haul,” Sherman said, smiling. “I’m just the same old Art Sherman, except I won the Kentucky Derby.”

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California Chrome ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.66 and paid $7, $5.60 and $4.20. The chestnut colt was sent off as the 5-2 favorite by the crowd of 164,906, the second-largest in the Derby’s 140-year history.

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In a sport dominated by wealthy owners and regally bred horses from Kentucky’s bluegrass country, this was a victory for the little guys. Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to produce the winner of the world’s most famous race with their one-horse stable.

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“This is just a dream come true and a great birthday present,'” said Coburn, who turned 61 on Saturday.

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BALTIMORE, MD – MAY 17: California Chrome wins the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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(Photo art credit: by @Molly Riley/@Getty Images)

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****All prose and art copy rights credited as annotated here.****

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@By BETH HARRIS

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AP Racing Writer

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BALTIMORE (AP) — It gets even harder from here on out for California Chrome.

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He won easily in his home state of California, he dazzled in the Kentucky Derby and he dug deep to win the Preakness on Saturday.

~~

Now comes the toughest test of all, the Belmont Stakes in three weeks.

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The chestnut colt with four white feet will attempt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, something that hasn’t been done since Affirmed in 1978. Since then, 12 horses have won the first two legs and failed to complete the sweep in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont; the last was I’ll Have Another, who was scratched on the eve of the Belmont two years ago.

~~

“You have to have a very good horse to win these three races,” said Art Sherman, the winning 77-year-old trainer. “I’m hoping I’ve got one right now.”

~~

Maybe the horse with the modest pedigree and average Joe owners is the one.

~~

California Chrome defeated Ride On Curlin by 1 1/2 lengths in the Preakness, covering 1 3/16 miles in 1:54.84 on a sunny and cool day at Pimlico.

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He’s now won six straight races. The streak started with four in a row in California by a combined 24 1/4 lengths. Then California Chrome coasted home in the Derby by 1 3/4 lengths after opening up a big lead in the stretch. The margin dwindled in the Preakness as he fought off multiple challengers.

~~

California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn shed tears after his colt crossed the finish line, dabbing them away with a blue-and-white bandanna.

~~

“I don’t mean to be bold or cocky or arrogant,” Coburn said. “I saw this baby when he was a day old, I told my wife, `Carolyn, this horse is going to do something big. I don’t know what it is, but we’re going to stay in the game to make sure this colt gets to be the best that he can be.'”

~~

Quite a statement from a guy with a one-horse stable.

~~

Coburn and partner Perry Martin bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to produce California Chrome. Based on the colt’s humble breeding, he probably shouldn’t be on the verge of making history.

~~

His mother, named Love the Chase, won just one race.

~~

The owners were long shots to get this far, too.

~~

Coburn and Martin named their operation DAP Racing, which stands for Dumb Ass Partners. Their silks include an image of a donkey. Coburn and Perry who live on each side of the California-Nevada border get up early for their jobs – Coburn working as a press operator and Martin running a lab that tests high-reliability equipment.

~~

“We just hope that this horse is letting America know that the little guy can win,” Coburn said.

~~

Sent off as the overwhelming 1-2 favorite by a record crowd of 123,469, California Chrome bounced out of the gate running, with jockey Victor Espinoza moving the colt into the clear. Pablo Del Monte, a 34-1 shot, charged to the lead and was soon joined by filly Ria Antonia.

~~

Espinoza tucked California Chrome into third, an ideal spot behind the leaders. They stayed there until making their move approaching the final turn.

~~

“I had to move early today,” Espinoza said. “I had to start moving at the half-mile pole, which is tough for a horse to start moving early and keep going all the way to the end. California Chrome proved he can move.”

~~

California Chrome went for the lead, catching Pablo Del Monte while Social Inclusion joined the chase. Pablo Del Monte soon dropped back along the rail, and California Chrome sprinted away from Social Inclusion at the top of the stretch.

~~

But there was one more challenge to come.

~~

Ride On Curlin, next-to-last in the 10-horse field, ranged up and briefly appeared ready to overtake California Chrome. Once again showing his class, California Chrome denied the threat.

~~

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Espinoza said. “Today it was just a crazy race. I got more tired mentally than physically. I see another horse go to the front. I was going to sit second. … I sit back, as soon as the other horse got clear of me, it worked out perfect.”

~~

California Chrome paid $3, $3 and $2.40. Ride On Curlin returned $5.60 and $3.80, while Social Inclusion was another 6 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $3.40 as the 5-1 second choice.

~~

General a Rod was fourth, followed by Ring Weekend, Pablo Del Monte, Dynamic Impact, Kid Cruz, Bayern and Ria Antonia.

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Espinoza will get another crack at trying to complete the Triple Crown, after missing with War Emblem in 2002. He finished eighth in the Belmont that year.

~~

“You have to be a super horse to win,” the jockey said. “Hopefully, California Chrome comes back good, and he’s the one that hopefully can do it.”

~~

Bob Baffert trained War Emblem, one of his three Triple tries that ended in failure. He missed with Silver Charm in 1997 and again the following year with Real Quiet, who lost the Belmont by a nose.

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“California Chrome is something. He’s a cool customer,” Baffert said after the race. “He does everything right. He’s fast enough to stay out of trouble.”

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CALIFORNIA CHROME
   (USA) ch. C, 2011 {A4} DP = 7-5-10-0-0 (22) DI = 3.40   CD = 0.86 – 10 Starts, 6 Wins, 1 Places, 0 Shows Career Earnings: $1,134,850
 
        Owner: Martin Perry & Steve Coburn
    Breeder: Martin Perry & Steve Coburn
State Bred: CA
  Winnings: 10 Starts: 6 – 1 – 0, $1,134,850At 2:
Won Graduation S. (DMR,5.5f), King Glorious S. (BHP,7f)At 3:
Won Santa Anita Derby (G1,SA,9f), San Felipe S. (G2,SA,8.5f), California Cup Derby (SA,8.5f)Foaled Feb 18, 2011. 
Trainer: Art Sherman 
The last horse to win a stakes race at Betfair Hollywood Park, winning the King Glorious S. on December 22, 2013.updated 5Apr2014
LUCKY PULPIT (USA)
ch. 2001
PULPIT (USA)
dkb/br. 1994
A.P. INDY (USA)
dkb/br. 1989 [IC]
SEATTLE SLEW (USA)
br. 1974 [BC]
BOLD REASONING (USA) dkb/br. 1968
MY CHARMER (USA) b. 1969 *
WEEKEND SURPRISE (USA)*
b. 1980
SECRETARIAT (USA) ch. 1970 [IC]
LASSIE DEAR (USA) b. 1974 *
PREACH (USA)
b. 1989
MR. PROSPECTOR (USA)
b. 1970 [BC]
  RAISE A NATIVE (USA) ch. 1961 [B]
GOLD DIGGER (USA) b. 1962 *
NARRATE (USA)*
dkb/br. 1980
HONEST PLEASURE (USA) dkb/br. 1973
STATE (USA) b. 1974
LUCKY SOPH (USA)
b. 1992
COZZENE (USA)
gr. 1980
CARO (IRE)
gr. 1967 [IC]
FORTINO (FR) gr. 1959
CHAMBORD (GB) ch. 1955
RIDE THE TRAILS (USA)
b. 1971
PRINCE JOHN (USA) ch. 1953 [C]
WILDWOOK (USA) b. 1965
LUCKY SPELL (USA)
b. 1971
LUCKY MEL (USA)
ch. 1954
OLYMPIA (USA) b. 1946 [B]
ROYAL MINK (GB) ch. 1948
INCANTATION (USA)
dkb/br. 1965
PRINCE BLESSED (USA) b. 1957
MAGIC SPELL (USA) b. 1954
LOVE THE CHASE (USA)
ch. 2006
NOT FOR LOVE (USA)
b. 1990
MR. PROSPECTOR (USA)
b. 1970 [BC]
  RAISE A NATIVE (USA)
ch. 1961 [B]
NATIVE DANCER (USA) gr. 1950 [IC]
RAISE YOU (USA) ch. 1946 *
GOLD DIGGER (USA)*
b. 1962
NASHUA (USA) b. 1952 [IC]
SEQUENCE (USA) b. 1946
DANCE NUMBER (USA)
b. 1979
NORTHERN DANCER (CAN)
b. 1961 [BC]
  NEARCTIC (CAN) br. 1954
NATALMA (USA) b. 1957 *
NUMBERED ACCOUNT (USA)*
b. 1969
  BUCKPASSER (USA) b. 1963 [C]
INTRIGUING (USA) ch. 1964 *
CHASE IT DOWN (USA)
ch. 1997
POLISH NUMBERS (USA)
b. 1987
DANZIG (USA)
dkb/br. 1977 [IC]
NORTHERN DANCER (CAN)   b. 1961 [BC]
PAS DE NOM (USA) br. 1968
NUMBERED ACCOUNT (USA)*
b. 1969
  BUCKPASSER (USA) b. 1963 [C]
INTRIGUING (USA) ch. 1964 *
CHASE THE DREAM (USA)
b. 1984
SIR IVOR (USA)
b. 1965 [IC]
SIR GAYLORD (USA) b. 1959 [IC]
ATTICA (USA) ch. 1953 *
LA BELLE FLEUR (USA)
b. 1977
VAGUELY NOBLE (IRE) b. 1965 [CP]
PRINCESS RIBOT (USA) b. 1964

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Comes now, for California Chrome:

~~

THE TEST HERSELF….

The “Big Sandy.”

~~

The “Big Sandy,” 

~~

Is the nickname of the racetrack at Belmont Park, perhaps a reflection of the old 1920’s .

~~

“Big Apple” name for the New York racetracks and the “Big A” (Aqueduct).

~~

Although several horses were named “Big Sandy” since the early 1900’s, the “Big Sandy” nickname probably arose simply because the track is big and sandy.

~~

Citations for “Big Sandy” have been found in print since only the early 1990’s.

~~

Consider, dears, these harrowing facts:

~~

While in the decade of the 1970’s, we were so lucky to see 3 Triple Crown winners:

At Big Sandy, in 1973, Secretariat wins the Belmont and the Triple Crown.

Words fail myself, as they fail all others, but to say that Secretariat was the physical embodiment of the:

~~

Platonic:

~~

Ideal HORSE.

~~

I recall his:

~~

Raw, often ungovernable, SAVAGE:

~~

POWER.

~~

Sheer, brute force, power, gobbling up all in his wake.

~~

A horse that can not exist and yet, somehow, did exist.

~~

He was for me, on seeing him at stables at Belmont, the very picture of an:

~~

ANGRY, VENGEFUL:

~~

GOD.

~~

He simply overpowered everyone else.

~~

He ran roughshod over everyone else

.~~

In that sense most of all he was:

~~

The quintessential:

~~

American Horse.

~~

He broke all the molds.

~~

All of them.

Seattle Slew

In 1977, Seattle Slew won the Triple Crown while winning at Big Sandy, the only colt ever to win the Triple Crown while undefeated.

SEATTLE SLEW   (USA) br. H, 1974 {13-c} DP = 7-6-4-5-0 (22) DI = 2.14   CD = 0.68 – 17 Starts, 14 Wins, 2 Places, 0 Shows Career Earnings: $1,208,726
BOLD REASONING (USA)
br. 1968
BOLDNESIAN (USA)
b. 1963
BOLD RULER (USA)
br. 1954 [BI]
NASRULLAH (GB)
b. 1940 [B]
NEARCO (ITY) br. 1935 [BC]
MUMTAZ BEGUM (FR) gr. 1932 *
MISS DISCO (USA)*
b. 1944
DISCOVERY (USA) ch. 1931 [S]
OUTDONE (USA) b. 1936
ALANESIAN (USA)*
b. 1954
POLYNESIAN (USA)
br. 1942 [I]
UNBREAKABLE (USA) blk. 1935
BLACK POLLY (USA) dkb/br. 1936
ALABLUE (USA)*
b. 1945
BLUE LARKSPUR (USA) b. 1926 [C]
DOUBLE TIME (USA) b. 1928
REASON TO EARN (USA)
b. 1963
HAIL TO REASON (USA)
br. 1958 [C]
TURN-TO (USA)
b. 1951 [BI]
ROYAL CHARGER (GB) ch. 1942 [B]
SOURCE SUCREE (FR) br. 1940 *
NOTHIRDCHANCE (USA)
b. 1948
BLUE SWORDS (USA) b. 1940
GALLA COLORS (USA) b. 1943
SAILING HOME (USA)
ch. 1948
WAIT A BIT (USA)
ch. 1939
ESPINO (USA) br. 1923
HI-NELLI (USA) b. 1933
MARCHING HOME (USA)*
ch. 1932
JOHN P GRIER (USA) ch. 1917
WARRIOR LASS (USA) ch. 1926 *
MY CHARMER (USA)*
b. 1969
POKER (USA)
b. 1963
ROUND TABLE (USA)
b. 1954 [S]
PRINCEQUILLO (IRE)
b. 1940 [IS]
PRINCE ROSE (GB) b. 1928 [C]
COSQUILLA (GB) b. 1933
KNIGHTS DAUGHTER (GB)*
br. 1941
SIR COSMO (IRE) br. 1926 [B]
FEOLA (GB) br. 1933 *
GLAMOUR (USA)*
b. 1953
NASRULLAH (GB)
b. 1940 [B]
NEARCO (ITY) br. 1935 [BC]
MUMTAZ BEGUM (FR) gr. 1932 *
STRIKING (USA)*
b. 1947
WAR ADMIRAL (USA)   br. 1934 [C]
BABY LEAGUE (USA)   b. 1935 *
FAIR CHARMER (USA)
ch. 1959
JET ACTION (USA)
ch. 1951
JET PILOT (USA)
ch. 1944
BLENHEIM (GB) br. 1927 [CS]
BLACK WAVE (USA) b. 1935
BUSHER (USA)
ch. 1942
WAR ADMIRAL (USA)   br. 1934 [C]
BABY LEAGUE (USA)   b. 1935 *
MYRTLE CHARM (USA)
b. 1946
ALSAB (USA)
b. 1939
GOOD GOODS (USA) b. 1931
WINDS CHANT (USA) br. 1931
CREPE MYRTLE (USA)*
b. 1938
EQUIPOISE (USA) ch. 1928 [IC]
MYRTLEWOOD (USA) b. 1932 *

If Secretariat were raw power, Seattle Slew was:

~~

Raw Speed.

~~

He was, quite simply put:

~~

Too FAST.

~~

Seattle Slew was followed, in quick succession,  the very next year, at Big Sandy, by Affirmed, who won the Triple Crown  to become the third to do it in the decade of the 1970’s,

~~

The Decade in which the Racing Gods smiled so bountifully on us.

~~

I was at Belmont, in a box three tiers up from the track and for about a mile, everybody in that immense arena simply:

~~

Screamed.

~~

Screamed so that, in the straight, as Affirmed and Alydar remained glued to one another, we become mute, voiceless, we could not speak or shout.

~~

It was the most remarkable race that I have ever seen.

~~

EVER.

~~

If Secretariat were POWER and Seattle Slew were SPEED, Affirmed was:

~~

GRACE HERSELF.

~~

Affirmed had a feminine appearance, a feminine movement and rhythm , a feminine head.

~~

To look at him, on first blush, he looked a filly.

~~

He was light,  slight built and graceful:

~~

So very much unlike Secretariat.

~~

A cute note of gossip about 1978 Triple Crown winner, Affirmed:

~~

Steve Cauthen, his rider in the Triple Crown used to say, when asked what it was like to win so many close races, so many photo finishes, against Alydar:

~~

“Affirmed is lazy as a yard dog.”

~~

He’ll only give you exactly as much as he needs to in order to win.  He is very intelligent: He knows that when the jockey tells him to get to the lead, he is supposed to get the lead.  So, he gets to the lead……But then, he just  stops.  He waits on other horses.  He won’t work a lick more than he has to.  That is why all his races end up being:

~~

HEART ATTACKS…………..for me and everybody around him:

~~

He wins by as little as possible because he is flat-out LAZY.”

~~

It is a curiosity of our little world that the horses that bear what I call:

~~

“The Persian Appearance,”

~~

Tend to be, in the main, fillies and mares.

~~

A curiosity because, it is the male line of the thoroughbred which is the slight, light-footed Arabian.

~~

As all thoroughbreds must trace their lineage to one of three foundation sires from The Levant and North Africa, imported into England in the 18th century by racing men hoping to breed them with, and counterbalance the massive, ponderous English, stamina laden, female line of the breed, by today, all thoroughbreds trace their lineage to all three Persian sires.

~~

Some say to me that the thoroughbred of today is over bred which causes many sad break downs, but in truth, how can it be otherwise than that as thoroughbreds are always over bred, if one understands that to be a thoroughbred is to trace your lineage back over now three centuries to one or more of these three foundation sires from Persia:

The Byerly Turk by John Wootton

File:Godolphin Arabian.jpg

The Godolphin Arabian, Also known as the Godolphin Barb:

~~

He was named for his best-known owner, Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin.

File:Darley Arabian.jpg

The Darley Arabian stallion painting by John Wootton.
 
~~
 
This bay Arabian horse was bought in Aleppo, Syria, by Thomas Darley in 1704 and shipped back to Aldby Park in England, as a present for his brother.
 
~~
 
In 95% of modern Thoroughbred racehorses, the Y chromosome can be traced back to this single stallion.
~~
So, it is no sort of a small chance play that all thoroughbreds are, well:
~~
Thoroughly related to one another.

~~

In the 36 years since Affirmed won the Triple Crown, 12 horses, fully one in three, have come to the Big Sandy, and all 12 have died there, on that sand, on that field of battle that so dispassionately destroys man’s most elusive dreams.

Let us count now their names, the war dead of the Big Sandy, since 1978, since the triumph of Affirmed:

~~

There have been a total of 12 horses since Affirmed won in 1978, who were in a position to win the Triple Crown:  Spectacular Bid (1979), Pleasant Colony (1981), Alysheba (1987), Sunday Silence (1989), Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), Charismatic (1999), War Emblem, ridden by Espinoza, (2002), Funny Cide (2003), Smarty Jones, (2004), Big Brown (2007) and I’ll Have Another (2012).

~~

So, now then, down to business:

~~

Will California Chrome become the Lucky 13 who dodges the odds and becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years?

~~

While God alone knows the answer, we will hazard this:

~~

If California keeps his current form and health he will win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown…and join these 11 triple Crown winners in racing’s pantheon of the:

~~~

Triple Crown Winners of Horse Racing

Triple Crown winner Sir Barton
Sir Barton


Gallant Fox


Omaha


War Admiral

Triple Crown winner Whirlaway

Whirlaway

Triple Crown winner Count Fleet

Count Fleet


Assault


Citation

Triple Crown winner Secretariat

Secretariat

Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew

Seattle Slew

Affirmed silks

Affirmed

   

Date Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Triple Crown winners trophy 
1919
Sir Barton John Loftus H. G. Bedwell J. K. L. Ross
1930 Gallant Fox Earl Sande James Fitzsimmons Belair Stud
1935 Omaha William Saunders James Fitzsimmons Belair Stud
1937 War Admiral Charley Kurtsinger George Conway Samuel D. Riddle
1941 Whirlaway Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm
1943 Count Fleet John Longden Don Cameron Mrs. J. D. Hertz
1946 Assault Warren Mehrtens Max Hirsch King Ranch
1948 Citation Eddie Arcaro Ben A. Jones Calumet Farm
1973 Secretariat Ron Turcotte Lucien Laurin Meadow Stable
1977 Seattle Slew Jean Cruguet William Turner, Jr. Karen L. Taylor
1978 Affirmed Steve Cauthen Lazaro S. Barrera Harbor View Farm

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GREATEST OF GREATS

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Becoming the :

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Undisputed CHAMPION of our day.

 

Can California Chrome, in the 2014 Belmont Stakes, be the lucky 13th who will break the 36 year drought of Triple Crown winners?

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God alone knows.

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Alone, God knows.

 

And so now, we say to California Chrome, as did the mothers of the warriors of Sparta to their sons at the dawn of war:

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“Come back to me, boy, either carrying high your shield, or laying dead atop it.”

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Which translates, very awkwardly, into the hideous nomenclature of modern American English:

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“Win or die trying”~

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Until then my dears, until June 7, 2014, we wait and with us,

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Under God’s eyes:

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California Chrome waits likewise…..

For:

The moment: An artist's impression of Caesar leading his army across the river on the march from Gaul to Rome

Fully so as much as General Gaius Julius Caesar had his Rubicon, California Chrome faces now his:

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Big Sandy.

California Chrome arrives at Belmont Park, his Big Sandy, his Rubicon, for his final test as a champion of champions, 20th May, 2014, Tuesday.

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“To do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.” — Henry John Heinz, founder, H.J. Heinz Co.

At age 8, H. J. Heinz began the 19th-century equivalent of a lemonade stand, peddling extra vegetables from his mother?s garden to his Sharpsburg neighbors.

Few companies in Pittsburgh are as intertwined with the city’s history and gritty origins as the H.J. Heinz Co.

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A fixture in the region for nearly 150 years, the company traces its roots to the early 1850s when an enterprising 8-year-old boy named Henry John Heinz began the 19th-century equivalent of a lemonade stand, peddling extra vegetables from his mother’s garden to his Sharpsburg neighbors.

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In 1859, at age 15, the young entrepreneur and marketing pioneer began bottling his first product — horseradish. At the same time, he scored his first marketing coup, rejecting the customary green glass bottle in favor of clear glass to emphasize the product’s purity.

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In 1869 — the same year that retired Judge Thomas Mellon founded the bank bearing his name that would finance many of the Pittsburgh region’s industrial stalwarts — the 25-year-old Mr. Heinz launched the forerunner to the modern-day H.J. Heinz Co.

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Pickles, sauerkraut and vinegar quickly followed horseradish in the product lineup, all delivered to local grocers by horse-drawn wagons and processed and packed at Heinz’s two-story farmhouse headquarters.

1904: The little house where H.J. Heinz founded his company is floated down the Allegheny River from its original location in Sharpsburg to Pittsburgh.

By 1876, the company had launched its iconic Heinz Ketchup brand. Fourteen years later, with business booming at home and an expansion beginning in England, the company opened a processing plant on the North Side.

1904: Women work inside the Heinz plant.

The facility quickly became known for its progressive employee benefits including free medical care, a swimming pool, gymnasium, reading rooms and free classes for women in cooking and dressmaking.

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A few years later, during a train ride in New York, Mr. Heinz cooked up the famous “57 Varieties” slogan that remains today.

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The idea “gripped” him, as he once told an interviewer, after noticing cards in train cars advertising “21 styles” of shoes. Although the company was producing more than 60 products at the time, the number 57 kept popping up in his head and he stuck with it.

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When Mr. Heinz died in 1919 of pneumonia at age 75, his son Howard took the reins, followed by Mr. Heinz’s grandson, H.J. “Jack” Heinz II, who in 1946 took the company public.

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The H.J. Heinz plant and neighboring buildings on the city’s North Side, in 2001.

In 1966, R. Burt Gookin, a 21-year veteran of the company with a background in accounting, became the first CEO from outside the Heinz family.

 

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The late Mr. Gookin undertook an aggressive modernization and expansion plan, helping to transform the sleepy family operation into a highly profitable global corporation.

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Mr. Gookin also added an outside cadre of managers, including his successor, Anthony J.F. O’Reilly, an Irishman whom he recruited to run Heinz’s British operations in 1969.

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Mr. O’Reilly, who headed Heinz from 1979 to 1998 and continued the company’s global expansion, enjoyed a career as one of the country’s most flamboyant and highest-paid corporate chieftains before handing over the helm to current CEO William Johnson.

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In 2001, Heinz agreed to pay Pittsburgh’s Rooney family $57 million over 20 years for the right to name the new Steelers stadium, settling on Heinz Field after considering Heinz Coliseum, Heinz Stadium and Heinz Bowl. The price tag for the deal was not a coincidence.

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Heinz doesn’t make products in Pittsburgh anymore, even though traffic reporters may persist in calling the North Side plant along Route 28 “the Heinz plant.”

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Local production ended in 2002, when the company sold the plant along with its tuna, pet food, soup and baby food lines to Del Monte Foods.

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The plant is now owned by Illinois-based TreeHouse Foods, which produces private label soup and baby food there.

A dinosaur painted as a “Heinz” ketchup dinosaur are displayed outside of the One PPG Place.

Heinz currently operates its world headquarters and North American headquarters out of Downtown Pittsburgh. It also has its Global Innovation and Quality Center in Marshall.

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@Patricia Sabatini: psabatini@post-gazette.com or 412-263-3066. First Published February 15, 2013 5:00 AM

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