Eric on The Road

Journeys into the offbeat, off the beaten path, overlooked and forgotten - by Eric Model

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The National Cherry Blossom Festival (CBS News)

From CBS News:

Charles Osgood shares the history of The National Cherry Blossom Festival held in Washington DC.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Film Shows Babe Ruth, at Leisure and Up Close (NY Times)

From The New York Times:

Published: March 22, 2011

Recently discovered film believed to be from 1927 is the latest in a string of unearthed treasures from the Babe Ruth era.

Passing: Elizabeth Taylor

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

More on NHL Hits via Ken Dryden

In an op-ed article published in the Globe and Mail of Toronto and Le Presse of Montreal, Ken Dryden called for the managers to do more to prevent concussions.

“Arguments and explanations don’t matter anymore,” wrote Dryden, the Canadiens’ Hall of Fame goalie of the 1970s and a member of Parliament. “The N.H.L. has to risk taking the big steps that are needed: if some of them prove wrong, they’ll still be far less wrong than what we have now. It is time to stop being stupid.”


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Woe, Canada: The NHL's Slide Into Big Trouble (The Atlantic)

From The Atlantic:

By Andrew Cohen

Fans and sponsors may leave hockey after the league's weak response to a gruesome hit


Friday, March 11, 2011

Passing: Danny Stiles

From The New York Times:

Published: March 12, 2011

Danny Stiles, who brought back the music of yesteryear, spinning records for more than six decades on New York-area radio, died on March 11 in Manhattan.

Stiles was known as the "Vicar of Vintage" and hosted a show every Saturday night playing records from the 1920s-1950s and occasionally beyond.


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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Passing: Ulysses S. Grant V

From The Associated Press via NY Times:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ulysses S. Grant V, the last surviving great-grandson of the nation’s 18th president, died Wednesday in a southwest Missouri home brimming with artifacts from his great-grandfather. He was 90.

His death was confirmed by a grandson, Ulysses S. Grant VI.

Mr. Grant, who lived in the small town of Battlefield, south of Springfield, spent part of his youth in the home of his grandfather Jesse Grant, the president’s youngest son.


Library of Congress Buys Audio Archive (NY Times)

From The New York Times:

Published: March 8, 2011

Bob Murphy’s account of Nolan Ryan’s first strikeout in his debut with the Mets in 1966 is among more than 6,000 radio and television broadcast recordings of memorable games and colorful calls that the Library of Congress has acquired and plans to make public.

On Eve of Retirement, Space Shuttles Capture Museums’ Hearts (NY Times)

From The New York Times:

Published: March 8, 2011

Museums around the country have been campaigning to acquire one of the three space shuttles from NASA after they are retired this spring.


Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Alaskans Win National Snow-Battlers Championship (NPR News)

From NPR News:

There was a new competition at the Fur Rendezvous festival in Anchorage, Alaska, this year: team snowball fighting. Thirty-two teams competed in the tournament. The winners — a team called the Rum Runners — have the chance to compete for the United States at the international competition in Japan next year. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Gary Ray, a co-captain of the Rum Runners.

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Passing: Jane Russell

From The Associated Press via NPR News:

Jane Russell, the busty brunette who shot to fame in Howard Hughes' 1941 Western The Outlaw, died Monday of respiratory failure, her family said. She was 89.

She went on to make some two dozen feature films, all but a handful of them between 1948 and 1957 and many of them westerns.

In the western comedy “The Paleface” (1948), she played Calamity Jane opposite Bob Hope, with whom she also starred in “Son of Paleface,” the 1952 sequel. In the musical comedy that she called her favorite film, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), she starred with Marilyn Monroe as one of two ambitious showgirls. Her numbers included “Two Little Girls From Little Rock,” one of several duets with Monroe, and the comic lament “Ain’t There Anyone Here for Love?” Two years later she starred with Jeanne Crain in “Gentlemen Marry Brunettes,” a sequel of sorts, set in Paris.