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About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures above...it's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****

More Views…More Likes…More fun

The Queen and 3 Subjects The article I posted on August 6, 2017, The Great British Baking Show, received a wonderful number of Views, although I assume Beyonce is viewed more often. Plus, it received a record number of Likes (8), … Continue reading

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The Great British Baking Show

  The Great British Baking Show is different from most cooking shows. Why do I say that? To start with, the program is filmed in a gigantic green meadow under a large white tent where the cooking takes place. No … Continue reading

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Actors and Characters

  Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn (see below) Many actors portray characters that live on in our minds long after a film ends. But can you recognize the Names of such well-defined fictional people? Here is a quiz to test … Continue reading

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Baseball’s Past in the Present

Larry’s pack, eh, teammates; story far below Anyone who knows me, or has read the “About” section of my blog, knows I love baseball. A website I came across, http://www.baseballspast.com explains Craig R. Wright’s work. He has been turning out … Continue reading

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Hugs From A Dog

A woman can’t believe her eyes! Do you need a hug? If no one is available, and you are in New York City, there is a dog who can help you feel better. For a few hours each day, Louboutina … Continue reading

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Good Deeds, Part 2

  Emma Watson’s Good Deed: Putting books in the NYC subway to be found and enjoyed.   As I mentioned last time, the “Metropolitan Diary” has been a place for New Yorkers to share their important moments with the New … Continue reading

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Good Deeds

A Good Deed in NYC Since 1976, the “Metropolitan Diary” column has been a place for New Yorkers to share their perhaps unusual, but important, moments with the New York Times and its readers. Here are 4 letters submitted to, … Continue reading

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