Monday, September 2, 2013

Change Is The Name Of The Game



One of the blogs I visit every day is Rensselaer Adventures. It keeps me up to date on all the changes being made to my hometown in Northwest Indiana.

One of the latest changes reported was the demolition of the old Boy Scout cabin located in Iroquois Park (or The Playpark) as it was called when I was a kid) -- Yeah, sad to say, they tore it down. I spent many evenings (one night each week) in that cabin back in  the early 1950s when I was a member of the Silver Fox patrol. My good friend and school mate, Herbie Arihood, was in the Flying Eagle patrol. And another good friend, Loren Hudson, was a member of the Beaver Patrol. There were 4 patrols in good ol' Troop 52. The other one was the Raccoon patrol.

Boy Scout Cabin of Troop 52 - Before

Everything changes.

Boy Scout Cabin of Troop 52 - After

Change is one of the inevitables that defines life.

Or so I've been told.


I heard that David Frost died yesterday. That's sad. He was 74, the same age as I am right now.



The worlds first Train Robbery took place about one-half mile east of Seymour, Indiana on October 6, 1866.

World’s First Great Train Robbery



On this day, September 2 in 1969, America's first automatic teller machine (ATM) made its public debut, dispensing cash to customers at Chemical Bank in Rockville Center, New York. ATMs went on to revolutionize the banking industry, eliminating the need to visit a bank to conduct basic financial transactions. By the 1980s, these money machines had become widely popular and handled many of the functions previously performed by human tellers, such as check deposits and money transfers between accounts. Today, ATMs are as indispensable to most people as cell phones and e-mail.

Today there are well over 1 million ATMs around the world, with a new one added approximately every five minutes. It's estimated that more than 170 Americans over the age of 18 had an ATM card in 2005 and used it six to eight times a month. Not surprisingly, ATMs get their busiest workouts on Fridays.



1. a yearning for the return of past circumstances, events, etc.
2. the evocation of this emotion, as in a book, film, etc.
3. longing for home or family; homesickness.

The term nostalgia describes a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The word is a formation of a Greek compound, meaning "homecoming" and "pain", and was coined by a 17th-century medical student to describe the anxieties displayed by Swiss mercenaries fighting away from home.

In common, less clinical usage, nostalgia can refer to a general interest in the past, their personalities, and events, especially the "good old days" from one's earlier life.



(born September 2, 1951)
Mark Harmon is an American actor. Since the mid-1970s, he has appeared in a variety of television, film and stage roles following a brief career as a collegiate football player with the UCLA Bruins. Since 2003, Harmon has starred as Leroy Jethro Gibbs in the hit CBS series NCIS.

(born September 2, 1966)
Salma Hayek is a Mexican American film actress, director and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El Callejón de los Milagros (Miracle Alley). In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in Hollywood movies such as Desperado (1995), Dogma (1999), and Wild Wild West (1999).

Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 film Frida as Frida Kahlo. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special in 2004 for The Maldonado Miracle and received an Emmy Award nomination after guest-starring in the ABC television series Ugly Betty. She also guest-starred on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock from 2009 to 2013.

Hayek's recent films include Grown Ups (2010) and Grown Ups 2 (2013), acting alongside Adam Sandler, and Puss in Boots (2011), which also features former collaborator Antonio Banderas, wherein she is the voice of the character 'Kitty Softpaws'.

(born September 2, 1964)
Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor. Reeves is known for his roles in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Speed, Point Break, and The Matrix trilogy as Neo. He has collaborated with major directors such as Stephen Frears (in the 1988 period drama Dangerous Liaisons); Gus Van Sant (in the 1991 independent film My Own Private Idaho); and Bernardo Bertolucci (in the 1993 film Little Buddha).

(Sept 2, 1948 - Jan 28, 1986)
Christa McAuliffe was an American teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, and was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.


Nostalgia is not what it used to be.
--Simone Signoret



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