Life is good. These images were snapped from the veranda of his condo, by our good friend, Mr. Gene Tripp, retired Deere supervisor. Gene enjoys the glass of wine at right, as he answers emails from his current soybean-lubricants customers across the nation.
Fastest pitch ever recorded: 105 mph by Ardolis Chapman of Cincinnati Reds last week.
You old timers may remember this week's 50th anniversary of Ted Williams' (1918-2002) last at bat in 1960. Naturally, the 'Spendid Spinter' hit a home run. He was the last player ever to bat over .400 with his .406 in 1941, just before Peal Harbor. He served as a Marine Corps fighter pilot in WW II and Korea. He flew as a wingman for Marine/Astronaut/Senator John Glenn. What a guy.
In 1963, I had the pleasure of getting a test ride in this Chysler turbine prototype. It was a gorgeous auto. The jet engine made a fine whine going down the road. It required eight steps to start the engine. The dashboard looked like the cockpit of a 747. Sadly, they never brought it to market. The 208 test models were smashed up to prevent competition from learning secrets. Tearful potential buyers sent in blank checks, willing to pay any price to own one.
'It wouldn't be Friday without the Follies.'