Harry Reid and many other U.S. Senators recently sent a letter to the NFL suggesting that they force the Washington Redskins to change their team name as it may be offensive to Native Americans. I think this is just a politic stunt for Mr. Reid, who is not a Native American, to see himself on the news. He, also, has not done the research on this topic, which Redskins Team President, Bruce Allen has. Please read the letter from Mr. Allen to Senator Reid attached below, with all the research and statistics involved with the team name and logo. This is another example of the government over-stepping. I am a Redskin fan myself and have been since I was young. After reading the letter below, please fill out the survey and let me know what you think.
On this day, May 6th…
1877, Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux Indian tribe surrenders to U.S. Troops in Nebraska. He lived a very interested life before meeting a questionable demise in a Nebraska while trying to imprison him. Read more about him here—> Chief Crazy Horse
1889, the Eiffel Tower is officially opened in Paris to the public, it was built as an entrance way to the 1889 World’s Fair. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world. I went there on a school trip in high school, I only went to the second level because the elevator wasn’t running, even from there the view was amazing.
1937, The German zeppelin Hindenberg catches fire and crashes in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The huge vessel was destroyed in one minute, 36 people died. I’ve attached a video of the event below.
1998, then 20 year-old Kerry Wood, of the Chicago Cubs, strikes out 20 batters in a nine inning game to tie Roger Clemens MLB record. Speaking of MLB, don’t forget to come see Doc Gooden, Jose Canseco, and more MLB legends at the Legends Night Super Show on this Thursday, May 8th at 6:30 pm at the Palace Theater. Hit this link to get your tickets—->Legends Night
On this day in history, April 28th…
1788, Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, Connecticut was the fifth state to ratify on January 9, 1788. Maryland‘s state motto is Fatti Maschii, Parole Femine, translated “Manly deeds, womanly words”. Their state bird is the Baltimore Oriole and state flower is the Rudbeckia Hirta.
1792, France invades the Austrian Netherlands, now Belgium, beginning the French Revolutionary War. Just writing the word “Belgium” gives me a hankering for some waffles!
1869, Chinese and Irish laborers for the Central Pacific Railroad lay ten miles of track in one day, a feat never been done before. That would probably take a month now with 100 times better equipment.
1914, Willis H. Carrier patents the modern air conditioner. This is something we will be very thankful for in the months to come.
1930, the first night game in organized baseball is played in Independence, Kansas. Speaking of organized baseball, don’t forget about Legends Night on May 8th at 6:30 pm at the Palace Theater. All proceeds benefit Stafford Little League. See my previous blog.
1931, the program for women’s athletics in track and field is approved for the 1932 Olympics. We’ve certainly have come a long way in women’s athletics in the last 80 years. Go Huskies
If you are a baseball fan then you are not going to want to miss this event! The Stafford Little League presents Legends Night Super Show featuring Jose Canseco, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd, and John Tudor. Doc Gooden was a former Rookie of the Year and Cy Young award winner! Listen to Jose Canseco talk about the steroid era in baseball and his controversial book where he exposes himself and others. It’s guaranteed to be a great evening.
It all takes place right here in Stafford Springs at 6:30pm on Thursday May 8, 2014 at the Palace Theater on Main St. The donation is $40 per person with all proceeds to benefit the Stafford Little League. Included in the donation you will receive dinner, 8 x 10 photo of each player, and question and answer session with the players. There will also be an autograph session(fee separate), raffles, and an auction. These events are always a great time.
If you haven’t been to the Palace Theater yet then this is a perfect opportunity to check it out. David Bacchiochi has done a great job fixing it up, check out their webpage to see what other shows are coming up –> Palace Theater. Below I’ve attached a video we made a year ago during a show down there, watch it. To purchase tickets to the show you can goto to ticketfly.com, the Palace Theater box office, or call (860)933-0425. See you there!
On this day in history, April 23….
On April 23, 1616, the most famous playwright of all time passed away. William Shakespeare died at the age of 51. He wrote 154 sonnets and 38 plays, many of which we’ve all studied in high school.
In 1635, the first public school in the United States opened its doors in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston Latin School is still open 379 years later. It was rated one of the top twenty schools in the U.S. by the US News and World Report in 2007.
In 1914, the first baseball game is played at the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field. Back then it was known as Weeghman Park and was home to the Federal League baseball team Chicago Whales. The Chicago Cubs played their first game there in 1916. From 1920 to 1926 it was known as Cubs Park. Following that season, the field was renamed Wrigley Field after Cubs owner and chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. The Cubs played all their home games during the day until 1988 when they finally added lights to the stadium. Only Fenway Park has been open longer, 1912.
In 1985 Coca Cola changed it formula and introduced New Coke. The response was overwhelmingly negative. The original formula was back on the market within 3 months. Below is a survey, please fill out which cola you prefer. Also, I attached a commercial for new coke from 1985 with Bill Cosby.
On this day in history, April 22, in 1864 the US Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864. It mandated that the inscription, “In God We Trust”, be placed on all coins minted as US currency.
In 1876, the first National League baseball game was played in Philadelphia, PA. The Boston Red Caps defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 6-5. On a side note, Hartford had it’s own team that year. The Hartford Dark Blues finished with a very impressive record of 47 wins and just 21 losses.
In 1964, the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opens for it’s first season. Oddly enough, I just drove by the globe pictured above on my way to JFK airport last night. You can see it from the highway, it’s near Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. Now it is celebrated every year. In my opinion Earth Day should be celebrated every day. We need to take much better care of it. Go outside today for a walk with your kids and tell them how important it is to respect our planet. If you see litter, pick it up!
On April 22, 2014 is the day you pick up the phone and let me save you some money on your insurance! Have a great Earth Day!
Spring is here, at least according to the calender, and that means that racing season at Stafford Motor Speedway is just around the corner. If you have followed my blog at all in the past, you’ll remember that I used to do a Youtube show every week called The Inside Line with Kurt Vail. It was a lot of fun and we got to meet a lot of the local drivers in the process. The 43rd annual Spring Sizzler is coming up April 25, 26,and 27. I’ve attached an old video interviewing Woody Pitkat below for your viewing pleasure.
As most of you from this area know, racing has always been a big deal in Stafford and after years of covering it all across the state and nationally for the Hartford Courant, Stafford’s own Shawn Courchesne started his own racing website and blog called RaceDayCT.com. If you are a race fan you have to check it out. I, recently, started advertising with him, and want to thank him for all his help. Hit this link to check out his kind words in welcoming me to the RaceDayCT family—-> Kurt’s AD.