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NEIL ARMSTRONG

Forty-six years ago, the late Neil Armstrong along with fellow astronauts were in the final meetings for their July 20 moon landing. For most of us, it was the longest vigil at a TV set since that bleak 1963 weekend in Dallas, and how ironic that the man who was killed there inspired the drive to put life on the moon. It became the longest late-late show ever seen without commercials. After President Nixon talked to the moon, an overly-ambitious and local radio host placed a person-to-person call to Armstrong at NASA in Houston. The operator deadpanned, “Mr. Armstrong is not taking calls today, he’s on the moon.” On that evening, comedienne Beatrice Arthur starring with Angela Lansbury in the musical “Mame” at the Muny, sang her signature comedic song, “The Man in the Moon is a Lady.”

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HILLARY CLINTON

Record start to presidential fund-raising: Hillary Clinton campaign has raised $45 million since April.

PATSY CLINE

BE THERE
July 16-19, at Edwardsville, IL’s historic Wildey Theater for the musical “Always. . .Patsy Cline,” starring former court reporter and Edwardsville native Debbie Maneke.

AG KOSTER SUES CONTRACTORS; DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH CUBA, FOURTH OF JULY MEMO

LOOSE ENDS & FLYING HYPERBOLE
In her recent letter to supporters, Sen. Claire McCaskill wrote: “I haven’t always made leaders in my party very happy and I’ve stepped on some toes since coming to the Senate, but that’s okay – I’m here to get results for you. A new analysis by the Washington Post highlighted that fact when they ranked me among the most independent senators – and one most likely to vote against my own party”. . .Congrats! U.S. and Cuba to have full diplomatic relations. It’s a countdown to when we won’t have to travel Toronto to Havana. . .MO Attorney Gen. Chris Koster has filed a lawsuit against companies for defrauding consumers who hired them, paying up front and no work provided. Among the defendants: Guarantee Renovation and Robert McLaughlin; Choice Remodeling & Waterproofing and Darrell Helms and Mid-Missouri Roofing & General Contracting and Glenn Kage, Jr. . . In the buckle of the bible belt, Springfield, MO’s school board will spend $2.6 million next year to supply 2,200 HP tablets ($999 each) and pay for stands, wireless display adapters and carrying cases. . .
HISTORY LESSON
On July 4 in 1982 at the 96th Wimbledon Men’s Tennis, Belleville’s own Jimmy Connors beat John McEnroe. On the Fourth in 1964, the Beachboys’ “I Get Around” hit #1; 1919 Jack Dempsey beat Tony Gibbon in 15 for the heavyweight boxing title. In 1912, Detroit Tiger George Mullen no-hits St. Louis Browns 7-0 and in 1884, the Statue of Liberty was presented to the U.S.

CABLE NEWS RATINGS

For the second quarter in primetime, MSNBC had 512,000 viewers and was
down 10 percent. Fox News Channel with 1,603,000 viewers was up one
percent and CNN had an audience of 560,000 and up 22 percent.

SUPREME COURT & UNION FEES

Conservative groups are welcoming the Supreme Court’s agreement to
decide whether public-sector unions may require workers, who are not
members, to help pay for collective bargaining. A ruling against them
would strike a blow to organized labor.

POPE FRANCIS & SECURITY CONCERNS

Pope Francis’ official schedule for his September trip to NYC, D.C. and Philly has been released. It prompts noted Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo to raise security concerns. The Mass in Madison Square Garden – above Penn Station, the U.S.’s biggest rail hub -around Friday rush hour, seems especially problematic, he notes. And “the combo of the Pope’s aversion to bulletproof cars, ISIS threat, open-air crowds making for huge levels of alarm among agencies,” Palmo says.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME

A CHARMED LIFE
Today is my birthday and the timing is exquisite. On this day in 1911, the U.S. Assay Office in our town closed; in 1933, the Cards’ Dizzy Dean struck out 17 Cubs to win 8-2 and in 1953, the first of G.M.’s Corvettes (Stingrays) was built in our town and in Michigan.
THE ONLY WAY to fight a thing like my age is to stay au courant if it kills me. I wear pants so tight that every time I zip them up, my glasses fall off. Another sign of encroaching years is to wear shoes with shoelaces. Having reached the sad plateau, I am permitted to pontificate, ruminate and reminisce. Youngsters now are politically oriented which we never were, but who could get excited about presidential hopefuls like Gov. Chris Christie or Donald Trump? I still don’t believe them.

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