46 YEARS AGO TODAY, SENATOR ROBERT F. KENNEDY DIED

...this classic song remembers Bobby Kennedy, along with Abraham, Martin, & John.


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Abraham Martin and John - YouTube


RBG's LOST MUSIC OLDIE #128: "Abraham, Martin, & John" (Moms Mabley #35 - 1969).

"Abraham, Martin and John" is a 1968 song written by **** Holler and first recorded by Dion. It is a tribute to the memory of four assassinated Americans, all icons of social change, namely Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy. It was written in response to the assassinations of King and the younger Kennedy in April and June 1968.

Each of the first three verses features one of the men named in the song's title, for example:

Has anybody here, seen my old friend Abraham -
Can you tell me where he's gone?
He freed a lot of people, but it seems the good die young
But I just looked around and he's gone.
After a bridge, the fourth and final verse mentions Robert "Bobby" Kennedy, and ends with a description of him walking over a hill with the other three men.
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Comedian Moms Mabley performed a version that hit the U.S. Top 40, reaching #35 in 1969 and earning her the distinction of being the oldest person to appear on a Hot 100 top 40 hit, a record that still stands.


You can listen to this classic song at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMVn8h0JpTw

"Some men see things as they are and say why.

I dream things that never were and say why not."

Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY)

 

The above were words that Robert F. Kennedy would share at the end of his speeches during his campaign for the Presidency in 1968. The words helped let the press corp know that he was winding down his speech at one location and that it was time to move on to the next campaign stop. The words took on new meaning when Senator Edward Kennedy used them to close his eulogy for his slain brother on the 8th of June 1968 in New York.

Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated 46 years ago this week. He had just won the California Democratic Primary for President and was celebrating the victory at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles when he was shot three times...that was June 5th, 1968. He died the next day on June 6th.

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Edward M. Kennedy - Eulogy for Robert F. Kennedy - YouTube

 

I have reflected back on Ed Kennedy's eulogy for his brother many times, in fact, I had part of the eulogy hanging on my office wall for over 20 years, written on a full-size tie-dyed sheet, so that I would remember a few of the things he stood for and tried to accomplish. I hoped that in my own way, I would try to live up to his VISION and his DREAM for a better America, a better World, a better PEOPLE each and every day.

I encourage you to listen to the full eulogy by clicking on the photo above or read part of it below:

"Like it or not, we live in times of danger and uncertainty. That is the way he lived. That is what he leaves us. My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him: Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

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Do you consider yourself a GOOD and DECENT person? Do you see WRONG and try to RIGHT it? Do you see SUFFERING and try to HEAL it? Do you see WAR and try to STOP it? Do others see you as such a person?

On a daily basis...in our jobs, in our communities, in our homes, and in our schools...we should strive to be SIMPLY GOOD AND DECENT PEOPLE. Ones who do not hurt others purposefully, ones who stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, ones who are willing to speak up when they SEE A WRONG. Are we the ones who are willing to cry when others cry in front of us, hug when others need a hug, care when others need us to...do we do all we can to help HEAL a heart or soul that is SUFFERING? Do we try to STOP a WAR before it starts? Whether it be a war of words, a war between neighbors, a war among the nations.

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This week, this month, this year...let's TRY and do the RIGHT THINGS because 46 YEARS AGO...
A VISION DARKENED, A DREAM FADED, and a GOOD and DECENT MAN DIED.

 

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If you have ever spent any 'QUALITY TIME" with me, you know I have an issue with "TEXTING DURING FAMILY TIME" - Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE technology and social media...absolutely LOVE IT! Social Media provides an opportunity to interact with the world, make your voice heard from the smallest corner to the largest room, and allows you to develop a new perspective on issues that you may have been closed-minded on.

 

But when you have an opportunity for one-on-one human interaction, WOW...that far outweighs technology and social media...it really does.

 

Look Up - YouTube

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I want to thank a friend, Kim S, for sharing this video with me, as it really does say something very touching and very true. I hope you enjoy it.

 

This past Saturday, I had a chance to spend time with some great friends...went to a college baseball game at a park, ran around the area with my friend's kids...created games from nothing, ran around the bases (okay I walked), through the ball around, then went shopping, went to Wendy's, McDonald's and TGIF all in a day, spent time at Miller Park, ran around the statues, climbed on outside items at the stadium (that I don't think we were supposed to climb on), watched part of a little league game on the old County Stadium home field...even watched my friend's kids play on the jungle gyms (if they are still called that). And I got sunburned. Did I spend time on social media, absolutely...but not until after everyone was gone...I had held off during the time that I was with others (okay the lack of internet service impacted that a bit too).

 

That's the most I have done outside in awhile...but loved it.

 

So my simple message this week...is to "Don't text, call, write, respond, post during Family Time"...photos are totally cool though...as they document your time you just spent with family and friends. (You can post them later though)

 

One other thing...going to a movie or a restaurant...leave the phone in the car...enjoy time with the person(s) you are with.

 

Technology definitely keeps are minds sharp, but can also keep our hearts empty.

 

My challenge for you all this week...if spending time with family or friends, turn off the phone, leave it in the car or the other room. Spend time with the person next to you and interact with the person not there...a bit later.

 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK.

 

P.S. .funny how I am using social media to encourage you to put social media down for a few moments.

I am sharing this video because I found it to be extremely impactful...I hope you agree.
Patrick Roche is a 21 year old student at Princeton University.

 

Patrick Roche - "21" (CUPSI 2014) - YouTube

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FOLLOW PATRICK ROCHE and his poetry on Facebook
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Patrick Roche | Facebook

The Escherian Stairwell


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You will want to check out this video of a unique stairwell.

 

  The Escherian Stairwell - YouTube

 

At the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, there exists a curious architectural anomaly. Dubbed, "The Escherian Stairwell", this structure uses unusual geometry and optical illusions to trick those walking on it into believing that they are walking up and down a continuous flight of stairs, while in reality bending back around and in on itself. Located in the university's Building 7, it was designed by genius Filipino architect Rafael Nelson Aboganda, based on the drawings of M.C. Escher, in 1968. Aboganda wanted to create a "memorable and inspiring experience" for future students of the university. However, both he and the stairwell faded into obscurity shortly after its completion.

 

Some say that the lack of information about the stairs is intentional. Over the years, a number of strange cases have come about in connection with the Escherian Stairwell. However, discussion of the stairwell, and these events in particular, is actively discouraged by certain members of the RIT faculty. Despite this, the rumours persist.

 

Perhaps the best known of these is that of the "Phantom Voices of Building 7", known even to students who don't know about the stairs themselves. Being a place that gets little regular traffic, the stairwell is a sometimes-popular hangout for people wanting to get away from other people for a while. The acoustics of the stairs make voices echo, but according to some who have spent time there, the echoes don't always match what is being said. Most assume that this is simply the odd shape of the stairwell distorting sound waves. However, stories have been told of other voices being heard, or whispers when no-one is talking.

 

According to a report in 1983, female student Melissa Wood was found wandering Building 7, looking pale and ill. Faculty who discovered her reported that she seemed "delirious and incoherent", and kept insisting that she "couldn't find the basement". Reasoning that she needed some fresh air, Melissa was moved out of the building. However, according to eyewitnesses, upon finding herself on the ground, she became highly distressed, and passed out. She was rushed to medical treatment, where she was found to be suffering from symptoms associated with a moderately severe case of decompression sickness, otherwise known as "the bends" - a condition which normally effects divers who surface too quickly. When Ms. Wood eventually recovered, she indicated that she had been on her way to recover something that a fellow student had misplaced in the building sub-basement, and mistakenly entered the Escherian Stairwell due to the late hour and her fatigue. She claimed to be unable to remember how many flights she had "descended" before exiting the stairwell.

 

A similar, but far more unsettling incident occurred in 1998, when two male students, Joshua Brock (Junior), and Alexander Thomson (Freshman) entered the stairwell after a period of heavy drinking. According to a later report by Brock, he had learned that Thomson was unaware of the existence of the Escherian Stairwell, and made a bet that he could reach the top of the fifth flight of steps before the more athletic freshman could. He had intended to keep pace with Thomson for the first four circuits of the stair, then to allow himself to fall behind, and wait for the other student to complete the fifth lap alone, where he would find Brock already waiting for him. However, according to Brock, Alexander Thomson never completed the final lap. Upon falling out of sight, he simply vanished, and the confused junior was unable to locate him. A campus-wide search was initiated, but Mr. Thomson did not turn up until late into the second day of searching, collapsed in a Building 7 hallway, and exhibiting signs of malnourished and over-exertion. He reported having no memory of what had happened during the time he was unaccounted for.

 

In addition to these, there have been a number of other strange and unexplained cases regarding the Escharian Stairwell. Some even report sighting phantom figures going up or down the stairs, just out of sight, as they enter. Yet these figures never come out on the other side. Are these phenomena only psychological? How does the Escharian Stairwell seemingly defy our understanding of geometry? Is it merely a trick, or something far more dangerous? Perhaps, only Rafael Aboganda knows for sure, but if so, it may be that this is a secret he has taken to his grave.

 

How The RIT Stairwell Illusion Works | Article | Break.com


WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

 

rbg rickapedia.jpgThis is a continuation from an earlier Blog Post "What is in your Freezer", but now I would like to know...

"WHAT IS IN YOUR FREEZER & REFRIGERATOR?"

 

RBG's "Rick-A-Pedia" Video Blog - "What is in YOUR Refrigerator and Freezer?" - YouTube

 

This is my first VIDEO BLOG...so I may be a little shaky (as might the video)...but what you are seeing and hearing is the "real me"...the honest, down-home, caring, kind, considerate, cool, nice, creative, wonderful, intuitive, understanding, sensitive, personable, hardworking, motivational, inspiring, tall and humble me.

 

I hope you like it...and I further hope you will SHARE WHAT IS IN YOUR FREEZER AND REFRIGERATOR!!!


My last blog post was just shy of ONE MILLION VIEWS (okay shy by about 999,700 to be exact)...I am hoping to beat that previous high.

 

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VIDEO LINK

 

RBG's "Rick-A-Pedia" Video Blog - "What is in YOUR Refrigerator and Freezer?" - YouTube

 

UNTIL MY NEXT POSTING...have a great second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year and life!


"WHERE WORDS FAIL...MUSIC SPEAKS" 
(Hans Christian Andersen)

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RBG's Lost Music Oldie page is designed to encourage people of all ages to reconnect with music that they may have forgotten about ("lost") or connect them to music that was "lost", but has now been found by them.

 

With so much music traveling through the airwaves, do you have a hard time remembering some of the classics?

Well fear no more...here is an opportunity to be a part of a group that highlights lost music classics. Genre is not limited to rock and country.

** When a song is posted, please listen to it, then read the back story on the song and/or artist...
and feel free to share or make a comment about the song you just listened to.

I hope you enjoy R
BG's Lost Music Oldie!


TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTED SONG COMES FROM GENE COTTON

 

"LIKE A SUNDAY IN SALEM" (The Amos & Andy Song)

Gene Cotton - Like a Sunday In Salem Lyrics - YouTube


 

General Song Meaning:

"Cold war, nuclear holocaust. "Better dead than red." The man on the hill could be Senator Joseph McCarthy (Wisconsin), the tombstones could be those in Arlington Cemetery, the hill is Washington, DC. However, the "man on the hill" could either be the President or Senator McCarthy, or Washington politicians in general.

In the song, the anti-Communist hysteria of the "red scare" leads to a nuclear holocaust, with all the common, church-going folks standing around "like a Sunday in Salem" to cheer on the executions, not realizing the bells are tolling for them (and everyone)."

 

The song is performed by Gene Cotton (born June 30, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio) is a pop and folk singer-songwriter. He is best known for his four Billboard Top 40 entries during the years 1976–1978.

 

YOU CAN HEAR ALL THE SONGS THAT HAVE BEEN POSTED AT
RBG'S LOST MUSIC OLDIE: RBG's Lost Music Oldie | Facebook

Richard Gagliano

RBG

Posted by Richard Gagliano Feb 26, 2014

"WHERE WORDS FAIL...MUSIC SPEAKS" 
(Hans Christian Andersen)

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RBG's Lost Music Oldie page is designed to encourage people of all ages to reconnect with music that they may have forgotten about ("lost") or connect them to music that was "lost", but has now been found by them.

 

With so much music traveling through the airwaves, do you have a hard time remembering some of the classics?

Well fear no more...here is an opportunity to be a part of a group that highlights lost music classics. Genre is not limited to rock and country.

** When a song is posted, please listen to it, then read the back story on the song and/or artist...
and feel free to share or make a comment about the song you just listened to.

I hope you enjoy R
BG's Lost Music Oldie!


TODAY'S HIGHLIGHTED SONG COMES FROM GENE COTTON

 

"LIKE A SUNDAY IN SALEM" (The Amos & Andy Song)

Gene Cotton - Like a Sunday In Salem Lyrics - YouTube


 

General Song Meaning:

"Cold war, nuclear holocaust. "Better dead than red." The man on the hill could be Senator Joseph McCarthy (Wisconsin), the tombstones could be those in Arlington Cemetery, the hill is Washington, DC. However, the "man on the hill" could either be the President or Senator McCarthy, or Washington politicians in general.

In the song, the anti-Communist hysteria of the "red scare" leads to a nuclear holocaust, with all the common, church-going folks standing around "like a Sunday in Salem" to cheer on the executions, not realizing the bells are tolling for them (and everyone)."

 

The song is performed by Gene Cotton (born June 30, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio) is a pop and folk singer-songwriter. He is best known for his four Billboard Top 40 entries during the years 1976–1978.

 

YOU CAN HEAR ALL THE SONGS THAT HAVE BEEN POSTED AT
RBG'S LOST MUSIC OLDIE: RBG's Lost Music Oldie | Facebook

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING COOL TO DO in your spare time?

 

Feel free to build me one of these for my office.  

 

Another one of those things that truly make you go hhhhmmmm.

 

Check out a few of the "floppy" songs below.

 

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Floppy Music | Soft Cell - tainted love (13 fdd + 1 hdd) - YouTube

 

Floppy Music | Popcorn (13 Drives) - YouTube

 

Floppy Music | bon jovi - it's my life (13 fdd + hdd) - YouTube

 

Ghostbuster's Theme on eight floppy drives - YouTube

 

[Floppy Music] Call Me Maybe on floppy drives! - YouTube

RichardJohnGeraldRonaldHarryBenjaminAndrewCalvinJimmyJamesDwightLyndonGroverGeorge

 

State of the Union Addresses of the Presidents of the United States


www.presidency.ucsb.edu/sou.php

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CHECK OUT SOME OF THE STATE OF THE UNION SPEECHES ON THE LINK ABOVE...imagine these men sharing their ideas and visions for our Nation with Congress and the People. Now also imagine the time period for which those words were shared and reflect upon the challenges faced by those men who spoke them. Did there visions for a BETTER AMERICA come true? 

 

FACE CHALLENGE: Can you name all the Presidents pictured above?

 

10 QUOTE CHALLENGE? Check out which Presidents said the following during their State of the Union Addresses!

 

1) RICHARD NIXON - 1971 - "This can be the Congress that launched a new era in American medicine, in which the quality of medical care was enhanced while the costs were made less burdensome."

2) FRANKLIN PIERCE - 1854 - "The bill of the last session providing for an increase of the pay of the rank and file of the Army has had beneficial results, not only in facilitating enlistments, but in obvious improvement in the class of men who enter the service."

3) BENJAMIN HARRISON - 1890 - "The revision of our treaty relations with the Empire of Japan has continued to be the subject of consideration and of correspondence. The questions involved are both grave and delicate; and while it will be my duty to see that the interests of the United States are not by any changes exposed to undue discrimination, I sincerely hope that such revision as will satisfy the legitimate expectations of the Japanese Government and maintain the present and long-existing friendly relations between Japan and the United States will be effected."

4) THOMAS JEFFERSON - 1801 -  "I can not omit recommending a revisal of the laws on the subject of naturalization. Considering the ordinary chances of human life, a denial of citizenship under a residence of 14 years is a denial to a great proportion of those who ask it."

5) DWIGHT EISENHOWER - 1959 - "If we cannot live within our means during such a time of rising prosperity, the hope for fiscal integrity will fade. If we persist in living beyond our means, we make it difficult for every family in our land to balance its own household budget. But to live within our means would be a tangible demonstration of the self-discipline needed to assure a stable dollar."

6) JAMES EARL CARTER - 1978 -  "National Health Insurance will not solve all our health problems. A sensible national health policy also requires more effective delivery of preventive services, better nutrition, vigorous abatement of environmental and occupational threats to health, and efforts to change individual lifestyles that endanger health. But National Health Insurance is a crucial step. It will protect our people from ruinous medical bills and provide each citizen with better access to sound and balanced health insurance coverage."

7) GERALD R. FORD - 1975 - "To provide the critical stability for our domestic energy production in the face of world price uncertainty, I will request legislation to authorize and require tariffs, import quotas, or price floors to protect our energy prices at levels which will achieve energy independence."

8) GEORGE W. BUSH - 2002 - "Retirement security also depends upon keeping the commitments of Social Security, and we will."

9) LYNDON B. JOHNSON - 1968 - "But the people also recognize that the National Government can and the National Government should help the cities and the States in their war on crime to the full extent of its resources and its constitutional authority. And this we shall do."

10) ABRAHAM LINCOLN - 1863 - "In common with other Western powers, our relations with Japan have been brought into serious jeopardy through the perverse opposition of the hereditary aristocracy of the Empire."

 

RBG

COCA COLA...we all know it...we have all tasted it...but have we ever HEARD IT?

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Check this link/video out... I love music and creativity (well at least love the music that I enjoy)...and I enjoyed these songs/videos. Your thoughts?


the sounds of AHH -kurt hugo schneider - YouTube


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To the left are Bedder Cheddar brats (those are my favorite)...I recently became addicted to Klondike bars (plus it is amazing how many types there are)...and I have a few pizzas...but not just any frozen pizza...the Palermo's Primo Thin Italian Sausage...seriously they taste like they came from a restaurant. Thanks to my favorite Palermo's IE intern/MSOE student for getting me hooked on those. So...what is in your FREEZER?