Friday, August 6, 2010
This was just posted today by Progressive Neighbors. Thanks to Terrill North, who moderated, for sending me the link. The group's YouTube channel is here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ProgressiveNeighbors.
|Lyons is the tallest guy (with the silver tie)|
Lyons must have just attended the reunion of his high school graduating class of 1964, because he wrote about the early 1960s in an "edited commentary [that] was presented at a high school reunion in Owosso, Mich., this past weekend."
As he has done frequently throughout the years, Lyons steered clear of the local scene, opting instead for a trip down memory lane, exploring the somewhat overworked theme of young people growing up in the America of the early '60s.
"We were optimistic. Our president, John F. Kennedy, said we were going to land a man on the moon. His wife, Jacquelyn [sic; it's Jacqueline], labeled our era the American Camelot, likening it to the legendary King Arthur's Court, defined as a place or time of idyllic happiness."
He looks back on those years with fondness and a humor that will be most appreciated by his classmates, but also probably by anyone who went to high school. Then again, Lyons is talking about high school in Owosso, Mich., which as he describes it was idyllic. Jobs were plentiful, patriotism and school spirit were the order of the day. It was "safe."
"The best moment was running out from underneath the cement bleachers of Willman Stadium onto the field before the game and jumping into a circle of blue and gold while the band played, "Go You Owosso," on a frosty Friday night in November. That was Americana," he writes.
Not sure if I'd say Americana, which suggests papers, documents, that type of thing. "America" would probably suffice.
In any case, taking forever to get to the point, the Gazette liked Lyons' column so much they printed it twice -- on pages A-13 and A-15, where it takes up most of the space above the fold.
I can understand that they can't find anything to write about in the area covered by the regional edition, which includes well over 100,000 people. But the column wasn't that good.
If I ever get around to writing about my days at the Gazette, back in the '80s under Davis Lee Kennedy, Jim Hazel, Koko Wittenburg and then Jack Murphy, I'll discuss the way the paper gets put together. It can't be too much different than when I was there. They're still making the same mistakes.
In the meantime, enjoy the tunes on my You Tube page, entitled "Rock, Sir," in tribute to Mr. Kennedy, mentioned above (and shown below). The Dilk is now the editor/publisher of the Current newspapers, which are quite good and successful. DLK can be seen here uncropped, with D.C. councilman Jack Evans and his wife at the CAG gala. (I'm guessing Creative Arts Guild but I don't know. just checked: It was the Citizens Association of Georgetown 2009 Gala)
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Perhaps that's a sign that I really am "inside-the-Beltway," that I've been here so damn long that Admiral Stockdale's immortal words seem appropriate (although for a while, I had let my mistyped "Why I am here?" remain online. Embarrassing, very embarrassing).
Living here for an extended period, it's hard for your life not to become imbued with politics. Every issue is boiled down in the Washington Post to GOP v Democrats (I'm the latter, btw -- not a member of any organized party, etc.).
[The rest of this is irrelevant, but I stuck the link to Vanishing Point in there, so I'm not going to delete all of it.]
Should we check it out and publicize that information, since we're a blog and there are no limitations, because we want to feel like Barry Newman in Vanishing Point, hurtling toward the edge while being counseled by a blind DJ?
City of Takoma Park Police Department
7500 Maple Avenue • Takoma Park, Md 20912
Contact: Public Information Officer Catherine Plevy, 301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901
August 3, 2010 (Noon)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
On [Sunday] August 1, 2010, at approximately 9:18 a.m., Takoma Park Police responded to Sligo Creek Parkway, between Flower Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue, for reports of a subject riding a bicycle exposing his buttocks. Officers responded to the location and tried to make contact with San Francisco, 27, of no fixed address, who refused to stop his bicycle.
While still attempting to make contact with Francisco, asking him to stop so officers could talk with him, he swerved the bike trying to hit the officer, which ended up pinning the officer against the steel fence and guard rail. Francisco then lost his balance and fell off of his bike. He then jumped up in a fighting stance yelling obscenities at the officer and making threats. Francisco was arrested and charged with assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
member Duchy Trachtenberg to include a tribute in her latest newsletter to Jean Cryor, a former state legislator from Potomac who was a Montgomery County Planning Board commissioner when she died (text below; the newsletter hasn't been posted on the Web yet).
Here's the item: