An author known for his “participatory journalism” including sports and theatre, George Plimpton was born on this day in 1927. Our playlist of music covers celebrates Plimpton who covered professions on Crosscurrents, 3/18 at 8 am. You are invited to engage in some “paticipatory radio” by tuning into the show on live on-air stream through the wehsite at http://www.krnn.org
GEORGE PLIMPTON QUOTES and LIFE
“I have never been convinced there’s anything inherently wrong in having fun. ”
“Well, I have to write. A lot of people forget that. They think I’m sort of crazy baffoon who can’t make up his mind what to do in life.”
“I never understood people who don’t have bookshelves.”
“At the base of it was the urge, if you wanted to play football, to knock someone down, that was what the sport was all about, the will to win closely linked with contact.”
NYT OBIT edit 27 Sept 2003
George Ames Plimpton was born on March 18, 1927, in New York.
Many of Mr. Plimpton’s books dealt with his adventures, most notably ”Out of My League” (1961), on baseball; ”Paper Lion” (1966), on football; and ”The Bogey Man” (1968), on golf.
As a ”participatory journalist,” Mr. Plimpton believed that it was not enough for writers of nonfiction simply to observe; they needed to immerse themselves in whatever they were covering. For example, football huddles and conversations on the bench constituted a ”secret world,” he said, ”and if you’re a voyeur, you want to be down there, getting it firsthand.”
All of this contributed to the charm of reading about Mr. Plimpton’s career as dilettante par excellence — ”professional” athlete, stand-up comedian, movie bad guy, circus performer and many other trades — which he described elegantly in nearly three dozen books.
As a boxer, he had his nose bloodied by Archie Moore at Stillman’s Gym in 1959. As a major league pitcher, he became utterly exhausted and couldn’t finish the inning at an exhibition game between National and American League all-stars in 1959 (though he managed to get Willie Mays to pop up). And as a ”professional” third-string quarterback with the Detroit Lions, he lost roughly 30 yards during a scrimmage in 1963. On Sunday Mr. Plimpton was in Detroit for a 40th-anniversary reunion with the players who once lined up with ”a 36-year-old free-agent quarterback from Harvard.”
He also tried his hand at tennis (Pancho Gonzalez beat him easily), bridge (Oswald Jacoby outmaneuvered him) and golf. With his handicap of 18, he lost badly to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.
In a brief stint as a goal tender for the Boston Bruins, he made the mistake of using his gloved hand to catch a flying puck, which caused a nasty gash in his pinky. He failed as an aerialist when he tried out for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus. As a symphonist, he wangled a temporary percussionist’s job with the New York Philharmonic. He was assigned to play sleigh bells, triangle, bass drum and gong; he struck the last so hard during a Tchaikovsky chestnut that Leonard Bernstein, who was trying to conduct the piece, burst into applause.
And he didn’t always fall on his face. One night in 1997 (too old by then to engage in strenuous contact sports), he showed up at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, which was then having its amateur night. He announced that he was an amateur, and when asked what he was going to play, replied, ”the piano.” He knew only ”Tea for Two” and a few other tunes, but played his own composition, a rambling improvisation he called ”Opus No. 1.” The audience adored him, and the charmed judges gave him second prize.
In 1983 he scored another success when he volunteered to help the members of the Grucci family plan and execute a fireworks display to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge. They accepted his kind offer, and he did his job without destroying himself or any of the Gruccis. For a time, he was regarded as New York City’s fireworks commissioner, the bearer of a highly unofficial title with no connection to the city government. In 1984 he wrote a book on his love of the rockets’ red glare, called ”Fireworks: A History and Celebration.”
Perhaps his career was best summarized by a New Yorker cartoon in which a patient looks at the surgeon preparing to operate on him and demands, ”How do I know you’re not George Plimpton?’
The scholar whose book Wigmore On Evidence is an often cited legal treatise, John Henry Wigmore was born on this date in 1863. Our playlist of evidentiary rules of hearsay tunes will be offered for your consideration on Crosscurrents, 3/04 at 8 am.
You are invited to tune in at 8 am Alaska Time Monday the 4th of March on air or through the net http://www.krnn.org
Here is a show for anybody who is studying for the Bar Exam, or who has in the past done so. Yes, the Rules of Evidence meet the craziness of our radio show. As an “offer of proof” and in an effort to avoid any “objections”… we submit a play list to include:
Rule 803. Exceptions to the Rule Against Hearsay
The following are not excluded by the rule against hearsay, regardless of whether the declarant is available as a witness:
(1) Present Sense Impression. I FEEL GOOD. SAD AND LONELY FEELING .
(2) Excited Utterance. I GET SO EXCITED. IM SO EXCITED.
(3) Then-Existing Mental, Emotional, or Physical Condition. COUNTRY STATE OF MIND. THIS STATE OF MIND
(4) Statement Made for Medical Diagnosis or Treatment. DONT CALL NO AMBULANCE. EMERGENCY CALL.
(5) Recorded Recollection. AMNESIA. ROCK AND ROLL NEVER FORGETS
(6) Records of a Regularly Conducted Activity. DO IT AGAIN. HERE IT GOES AGAIN
As the expression goes in legal circles:
…may it please the court????
With over 1000 patents for his innovations, Thomas Edison was born on this date in 1847. You are invited to a record rock hop honoring Thomas Edison inventor of the phonograph (and thereby all record hop dances) on Crosscurrents, 2/11 at 8 am.
THOMAS EDISON ON KRNN, 2/11 at 8 am (Alaska Time)
live on air stream link: https://www.ktoo.org/listen/krnn/
If you fancy 1950’s and 1960’s sock hop music and enjoy reflecting on the innovations of Thomas Edison on his birthday, then we have a show for you. Among the craziness will include:
Telephone – Hello Baby, LaBamba, That’ll Be The Day
Motion Picture – SiIhoettes, I Only Have Eyes For You
Car Battery – Rocket 88, Speedo
Microphone – Wall Of Sound
Phonograph – At The Hop, Land Of 1,000 Dances, Let’s Dance
Wizard of Menlo Park – Duke Of Earl
World of Innovations – What A Wonderful World
A civil rights activist whose defiance compelled the Supreme Court to declare that discrimination in public transportation is legally invalid, Rosa Parks was born on this date in 1913. You are invited to salute Rosa Parks on her birthday during Crosscurrents, 1/04 at 8 am.
I hope that the radio show is good enough for the fine memory of Rosa Parks. You can let me know by commenting after you listen. http://www.krnn.org
Ms. Parks was not the first African-American woman to be arrested for refusing to yield her seat on a Montgomery bus.
Nine months before Parks was jailed, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin was the first Montgomery bus passenger to be arrested for refusing to give up her seat for a white passenger. (Parks was involved in raising defense funds for Colvin.) Three other African-American women—Aurelia Browder, Mary Louise Smith and Susie McDonald—also ran afoul of the bus segregation law prior to Parks. The four were plaintiffs in the Browder v. Gayle case that resulted in the Supreme Court ruling bus segregation unconstitutional.
Rosa Parks was a civil rights activist before her arrest. Parks was a long-time member of the Montgomery chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), which she joined in 1943.
Ms. Parks was not sitting in a whites-only section. Parks was sitting in the front row of a middle section of the bus open to African Americans if seats were vacant. After the “whites-only” section filled on subsequent stops and a white man was left standing, the driver demanded that Parks and three others in the row leave their seats. While the other three eventually moved, Parks did not.
Rosa Parks quotes
* You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right.
* Each person must live their life as a model for others.
* The only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
* Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.
* I believe there is only one race – the human race.
* Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Today’s mighty oak is yesterday’s nut that held its ground.
* What really matters is not whether we have problems, but how we go through them. We must keep going on to make it through whatever we are facing.
* As long as people use tactics to oppress or restrict other people from being free, there is work to be done.
A socially conscious performer, director, and writer, best known as Hawkeye in the tv show M*A*S*H, Scientific American Frontiers, and his current podcast “Clear and Vivid,” Alan Alda was born on this date in 1936. A diverse playlist will celebrate the equally varied endeavors of Alan Alda on Crosscurrents, 1/28 at 8 am.
The plan is for the show on Monday to include some edited segments of interviews with Alan Alda in between the tunes designed to celebrate his birthday. Of course, we hope that teechnology and my editing skills allow us to produce the show in the desigtned manner.
ALAN ALDA SHOW EDIT SHEET
Discussing MASH success
00:01 One of the reason the show works….
…..they really were in a situation that could drive you crazy. 01:03
01:03 The thing that was essential…
…..ah, the truth and the audience got that and appreciated it. 02:07
00:00 I did worry about controversy….
…thinly vailed one tion to politicians. 1:00
How MASH tackled war
We had very funny comedy.
03:17 All kinds, burlesque, satire…
…recognition. that the war was acid. 03:35
….not about the Vietnam war. 04:21
Describes the approach to Scientific American Frontiers
It happens in front of them
02 46 And I have to use my acting skills…
……and they are great teachers. 03:53
All we have is now.
Near death experience.
53:04. Well ten years ago…
….I’m really glad to be alive. 54:22
I am hopeful for communication
So much communication over text. Are we hopeless?
16:18. I see some hope…
It was the only way I could talk to you. The door was closed. 17:14
The author of eccentric physician, Dr. Dolitttle, who learned to dialogue with animals, Hugh Lofting was born on this date 1886. Even without talking to animals, you can listen to KRNN for an indie animal band playlist on Crosscurrents, 1/14 at 8 am.
Hugh Lofting Quotes:
“Some people you will always have about you whom you can trust, and no man these days can boast of more than that. Remember them; forget the others.” ― Hugh Lofting
“Money is a terrible nuisance. But it’s nice not to have to worry.”― Hugh Lofting, The Story of Doctor Dolittle
“Great decisions often take no more than a moment in the making.”― Hugh Lofting, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle
There has always been a tendency to classify children almost as a distinct species.~Hugh Lofting
His love for animals began as a boy while living on the island of Corfu, he gained international stature as a wildlife conservationist, Gerald Durrell was born on this day in 1925. “Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo” to which you are invited on Crosscurrents, 1/07 at 8 am. GERALD DURRELL ON KRNN, 1/07:
QUOTES AND SUCH:
There is no first world and third world. There is only one world, for all of us to live and delight in.
A house is not a home until it has a dog.
In conservation, the motto should always be ‘never say die’.
“The uncivilized behavior of some human beings in a zoo has to be seen to be believed.”
“In my experience it is always the most innocent-looking creatures that can cause you the worst damage.”
A famous British football manager who led Manchester United to 30 domestic and international championships, Alex Ferguson was born on this date in 1941. Sir Alex’s Manchester playlist to which you are invited will be heard, not at Old Trafford’s pitch, rather at KRNN’s Crosscurrents, 12/31 at 8 am.
ALEX FERGUSON ON KRNN, 12/31: live on-air link: http://www.ktoo.org/listen/krnn/
Classic Sir Alex Ferguson Quotes
Love him or hate him, one thing is irrefutable, namely that Fergie was brilliant when it came to turning a phrase. He was always prepared to give the media a witty remark or cutting aside. His comments could irritate those on the receiving end. Sir Alex is now retired. We celebrate his birthday with a retrospective os some of his best quotes….
No.1 “I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Football – Bloody hell !!!” 2009, and Fergie is almost lost for words after United’s incredible last-gasp turnaround over Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
No.2 “It’s getting tickly now – squeaky-bum time, I call it.”Fergie introduced one of football’s now classic lines back in 2003 when battling it out at the end of the season with Arsenal.
No.3 “Sometimes you have a noisy neighbour. You cannot do anything about that. They will always be noisy. You just have to get on with your life, put your television on and turn it up a bit louder.” 2009, and one of Fergie’s most famous line’s is directed towards the new buying-power of Manchester City.
No.4 “My greatest challenge is not what is happening right at this moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f***ing perch. And you can print that.” Sir Alex Ferguson on overhauling Liverpool’s record number of title victories.
No.5 “If I’d tried it 100 times or a million times, it wouldn’t happen again. If it did, I would carry on playing.” 2003, Fergie talk’s about the on the natorious kicked boot that hit David Beckham and cut open his eyebrow.
No.6 “Sometimes you look in a field and you see a cow and you think it’s a better cow than the one you’ve got in your own field. It’s a fact. Right? And it never really works out that way.” 2010 – Fergie contemplates the rationale for Wayne Rooney’s request for a transfer.
No.7 “Once you bid farewell to discipline you say goodbye to success”
No.8 “You cannot lead by following.”
No.9 ..you learn more from defeats than you do from victories”
No.10 “I never had a problem reaching a decision based on imperfect information. That’s just the way the world works.”
No.11 “If you need one person to change your destiny, then you have not built a very solid organisation.”
No.12 “Don’t lie, don’t steal and always be early.”
No.13 “If my parents were still alive, they would be very proud. They gave me a good start in life, the values that have driven me, and the confidence to believe in myself.”
The creator and cartoonist of the globally-popular “Peanuts” characters, Charles M. Schulz was born on this date in 1922. We hope you avoid the doghouse and follow us to the Schulz birthday on Crosscurrents, 11/26 at 8 am.
Charles M. Schulz on KRNN, 11/26 at 8 am live on air link: http://www.krnn.org
As Charlie Brown
1. “My anxieties have anxieties.” (9 November 1968)
2. “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter like unrequited love!” (15 Dec 1964)
3. “Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘What can I do to keep my life from going by so fast?’ Then a voice comes to me that says, ‘Try slowing down at the corners.'” (30 July 1996 )
4. “I’ve developed a new philosophy. I only dread one day at a time.” (8 August 1966)
5. “How can I say the right thing and the wrong thing at the same time?” (11 September 1985)
6. “I’m not a poor loser, I’m a good loser. I’m so good at it I lose all the time!” (2 August 1998)
1. “My mind reels with sarcastic replies.” (12 October 1971)
2. “Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. *sigh!* There’s so little hope for advancement.” (15 February 1958)
3. “Beauty Tips – How to Look Younger: Don’t be born so soon.” (4 May 1982)
4. “(Writes a new book on theology:) I have the perfect title… Has It Ever Occurred to You That You Might Be Wrong?” (9 August 1976)
As Linus van Pelt
1. “Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life!” (17 June 1961)
2. “Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.” (15 November 1957)
3. “I love mankind – it’s people I can’t stand!” (12 November 1959)
4. “There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people…religion, politics and the Great Pumpkin!” (25 October 1961)
5. “You can’t bluff an old theologian!” (6 December 1972)
As Lucy van Pelt
1. “Don’t let your team down by showing up!” (16 April 1963)
2. “These five fingers: individually they’re nothing, but when I curl them together like this into a single unit, they form a weapon that is terrible to behold!” (5 January 1964)
3. “In all of mankind’s history, there has never been more damage done than by people who “thought they were doing the right thing.” Five cents, please.” (18 November 1971)
As Sally Brown
1. “Happiness is having your own library card.” (26 April 1964)
2. “Some philosophies take a thousand years. I think of them in two minutes.” (15 April 1997)
3. “Light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. … So why are the afternoons so long?” (1 June 1976)
4. “Life in the village was peaceful until the volcano interrupted.” (15 May 1998)
All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.
Happiness is a warm puppy.
Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.
Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.
I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.
Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.
No problem is so big or so complicated that it can’t be run away from!
Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’. Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.