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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Another two bite the dust...


Our childhood icons are dropping off like flies. Patty Duke died today. What preteen didn't think she was boss during the 1960's? I sure did. Excellent actress, later a tireless mental health advocate. Thanks Patty, you let a wonderful imprint. From Ballet Russe to Crepes Suzette...

I also somehow missed the news that Joe Garagiola had passed away last week. For a kid like me born in the fifties, Joe was part of our national fabric. The first Roy Hobbs in this country for me, the superstar athlete who was bigger than life, was Mickey Mantle, then later Willie Mays.

Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek were the guys calling the games for these titans. The national announcers. And I think there were none better than that pair. Ever. I will miss his infectious enthusiasm and love of the great game. These guys will always be the voice of baseball for me.

6 comments:

Sanoguy said...

Joe G was a great broadcaster, for sure. Not greater than Vin Scully, however. He is just staring his 67th and last year for the Dodgers. Having grown up in the LA area, I have been listening to Vinnie most of my life. I remember him with his great supporting actor, Jerry Doggett, in his early years. This will be quite an emotional year for Dodgers fans and many others across the country.

Blue Heron said...

And I never liked Vin. Personal taste. Too pompous and full of wind. Rather listen to Jerry Coleman any day. Dodger hater.

Anonymous said...

My dad worked for ABC for many years. When I was six or seven years old, we visited the set of the Patty Duke Show. I met the whole cast, and watched what seemed like endless takes of a very short scene. Amazed by the cast, the production crew, but mostly I remember how nice Patty Duke was to my family.

Sanoguy said...

Jeez, BH.....

Anonymous said...

Vin Scully? My heart will always be with Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy, and Ralph Kiner. I'll see your Dodger Dog and raise you one Yoo-Hoo, and a Scooter Pie!

Blue Heron said...

Ralph Kiner was Fred Flintstone before Fred Flintstone. Will never forget the magic of 1969 and Rheingold beer!