On this day in 1949 in Houston, Texas, George Foreman was born. He is well known as a boxer, a pitchman, an entertainer, and to many young people “the grill guy.” The important lesson of George Foreman is the story of redemption, perseverance, and adults who did not give up a troubled and often […]Read More How George Foreman’s Life Was Turned Around in Grants Pass, Oregon
Along the waterfront of Portland, Oregon is a statue of a woman sitting in a position like she is inviting you to come tell her your story. Thousands walk, run, and bike by her every day. I wonder how many of those people know her story. Her name is Vera Katz, and she is the […]Read More Vera Katz: Portland’s Own Lady Liberty
Happy 77th birthday to Harrison Ford, the highest grossing domestic actor in American history! Ford is a lesson in perseverance. When he was in his late 20’s, he was married with children and getting very small acting roles, if any. He was frustrated, but wanted to keep giving acting a try while supporting his family. […]Read More Harrison Ford: From Building the Set to Starring On It
Happy 22nd birthday to one of the most inspiring people in the world today, Malala Yousafzai. Since 2013, July 12 is has been dubbed “Malala Day” by the United Nations to honor this amazing hero and her activism for young women throughout the world. As a child she became an outspoken advocate for education and […]Read More Happy Malala Day!
Happy 58th birthday to Mr. Toby Keith! For the past quarter century, few have had more success in country music. Of his 64 hit singles, twenty have reached the number one spot. But, there is so much more to Toby Keith than the music. The songs of Toby Keith will outlive him on this earth, […]Read More Toby Keith: Good Singer, Better Man
Happy birthday to Satchel Paige, born on July 7, 1906 in Mobile, Alabama. He was one of the most dominant and exciting pitchers in baseball history, unfortunately, he did not make his major league debut until the age of 42. For 24 years, Paige dazzled the semi pro leagues, exhibition games, and the Negro leagues. […]Read More Satchel Paige, The Star That Too Few Got To See Shine
World War Two was tough on everyone, including those left behind. Nearly every American had someone they loved fighting in Europe or the Pacific. Mothers and children rallied in the homeland to do what they could to help the war effort. They worked in factories building weapons, repaired war machinery, sent care packages to the […]Read More July 6, 1944: The Tears of the Clowns
Happy Independence Day! Holidays should be filled with celebration, and some thought. Never has it been more important to think about this country, and the ideas it was founded upon. The Declaration of Independence was not just a letter to tell the British we wanted out, but a mission statement. It defined the principles that […]Read More Happy Birthday to America, an Idea Worth Thinking About
July 4, 2019 will include a massive parade in our Nation’s capital to celebrate its birthday and demonstrate the strength of our wonderful nation. I think this is a great idea, it just needs some additions. In addition to honoring our outstanding military, it should also proudly display all the other things that truly […]Read More A Parade to Demonstrate American Strength is a Wonderful Idea!
On the eve of our nation’s birthday, I’ll share with you one of my favorite stories: The story of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Adams and Jefferson were two of the most important of the founding fathers and signers of the Declaration of Independence. Although Thomas Jefferson is credited with writing the Declaration, many of […]Read More “Jefferson Lives”
On this date in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg raged into the second of three days of savage and deadly fighting. It was perhaps the most important battle in American history, as it turned the tide towards the Union. In the first two years of the Civil War, the Confederacy had shown itself to be […]Read More Burying the Hatchet at Gettysburg