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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Blow Out the Candles -- Jan 6

Here are some folks born on this date:

Early Wynn was born on this date in 1920.
1958 Topps #100

Early Wynn was an 8 time All-Star and finished with a 300-244 win-loss record.  The 1959 Cy Young winner was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame into 1972.

Ralph Branca of "The Boys of Summer" Brooklyn Dodgers turns 85 today.
2001 Team Topps Legends #274

After "The Shot"

The ace of the Big Red Machine of the mid 1970's , Don Gullet is celebrating his 60th today.
1974 Topps #385

Stanley Cup winner, Adam Burish turns 28.  
2008-09 UD MVP #64

Adam Burish (right) with Captain Serious(?) Jonathan Toews

Adam is currently a member of the Dallas Stars

Dickie Moore is 80 today.
Parkhurst Tall Boys1990's Reprint

Dickie Moore (left) with Jacques Plante and Floyd Curry

Dickie Moore was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974.

Poet, Carl Sandburg born in 1878 on this date.


     HOG Butcher for the World,
     Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
     Player with Railroads and the Nation's Freight Handler;
     Stormy, husky, brawling,
     City of the Big Shoulders:
They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I
     have seen your painted women under the gas lamps
     luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it
     is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to
     kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the
     faces of women and children I have seen the marks
     of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who
     sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer
     and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing
     so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on
     job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the
     little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning
     as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
          Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with
     white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young
     man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has
     never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse.
     and under his ribs the heart of the people,
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of
     Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog
     Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with
     Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

What's My Line September 11, 1960

Novelist, E. L. Doctorow is turning 80 today.

Lebanese poet artist and writer,  Kahlil Gibran was born on this date in 1883.  He's best know for his book, The Prophet.

On Talking
 Kahlil Gibran
You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

There are those among you who seek the talkative through fear of being alone.
The silence of aloneness reveals to their eyes their naked selves and they would escape.
And there are those who talk, and without knowledge or forethought reveal a truth which they themselves do not understand.
And there are those who have the truth within them, but they tell it not in words.
In the bosom of such as these the spirit dwells in rhythmic silence.

When you meet your friend on the roadside or in the market place, let the spirit in you move your lips and direct your tongue.
Let the voice within your voice speak to the ear of his ear;
For his soul will keep the truth of your heart as the taste of the wine is remembered
When the colour is forgotten and the vessel is no more.

Musician, Earl Scruggs turns 87 today.

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