Boy George

Prince George of Cambridge turns one year old today.

I am soooo dropping a load on his lap!

Great Britain is making quite a fuss, but the family wants to keep it a simple affair.

Yeah right.

With that family, nothing is simple.

Security, cameras, guards, Hail to the Queen, all that bowing and scraping, really, noting at all is simple.

But, alas, a year had flown by, and the third in line for the throne is walking, travelling the world, winning best dressed awards, and capturing England’s hearts.

Mum and Dad, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will spend a quite evening at home with the little prince along with the grands, aunts and uncles and such.

Here’s a preview.

All I have to do is knock off the old lady, gramps, and pops and it's all mine.

 

It’s sure to be a hoopla!

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From The Rockford Files…

Actor James Garner passed away over the weekend, I can think of no better way to honor the man than to re-run his love story from 2012.

Here ya go…

We hear so much about Hollywood marriages that fail.

Ashton and Demi, Liz and Nick, Liz and Michael, Liz and Mike, Liz and Eddie, Liz and Dick, Liz and Dick – the sequel- Liz and John, Liz and Larry, Brad and Jennifer..the list is endless, and after all, statisticians tell us that over 50% of marriages end UP in divorce court.

But, there are plenty of Hollywood couples who stay married for ever!

James Garner – you know, Maverick, Rockford –  met Lois Clarke at an Adlai Stevenson for President Rally in 1956.  He’s a life long Democrat, and a life long husband.

Fourteen days later, on August 17, they were married.

The boy didn’t take any chances.  He knew what he wanted.  And he wanted Lois.

He said, later on, “We went out to dinner every night for 14 nights,  I was absolutely nuts about her!  I spent $77 on our honeymoon, and it just about broke me.”

James and Lois

Well, 56 (now 58) years later, they’re still married.  They have two daughters, Kimberly, from Clarke’s first marriage, whom Garner adopted, and Greta, called “Gigi”,

James Garner and daughter, Kim, 1958

Movie star, pitchman, husband, daddy, ICON…what’s not to love about this love story?

Garner and the Cooper Mini

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This Just In…

…there’s a lot of hoopla in Atlanta right now about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Today’s big do is The Battle Of Peachtree Creek.

Collier

Lt. General John B. Hood (CSA) had just taken command of the Army of Tennessee and decided to attack Maj. General William T. Sherman (USA).  It was Hood’s first major battle after taking command.

Sherman’s army was banging on the door of Atlanta, and Hood knew something had to be done if the city was to be saved.

Battle after battle, Sherman’s army had outflanked General Joseph Johnson’s (CSA) army, and had finally crossed the Chattahoochee River, the last natural barrier to the city.

Just as Johnson was making plans for an offensive at Peachtree Creek, he received a telegram from Confederate President Jefferson Davis relieving him of his command.

Hood took over.

Hood, known for his aggressiveness in warfare learned that Sherman had split his army; half was advancing on Atlanta, and half was headed to Peachtree Creek to cut the confederate supply lines.

Knowing the Union Army would be vulnerable crossing the creek and just after, he planned his attack there.

During the morning of July 20, 1864, the Union Army of the Cumberland crossed Peachtree Creek and started building defensive works.  They were not half way done when the Rebels attacked.

But, victory was lost to the Confederates, and Hood’s army retreated.

1,900 Union soldiers died that day along with 2,500 Confederates.  Though not the heaviest casualties of the War, one general put it this way…

“Few battlefields of the war have been strewn so thickly with dead and wounded as they lay that evening around Collier’s Mill.” Maj. General J D Cox (USA).

The battlefield today has all but disappeared.  Urban development and the Buckhead district of Atlanta have taken over most of it.

There are a few markers here and there commemorating the bloody battle, many of them in Tanyard Creek Park, and Peachtree Battle Avenue reminds us every day that over 4,000 Americans died fighting each other. But, most of the battlefield is taken UP by the Bobby Jones Golf Course and the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.

After the war,  Hood moved to Louisiana, became a cotton broker and founded an insurance business. He married a New Orleans native, fathered 11 children in 10 years (three sets of twins) and worked in philanthropic endeavors while writing his memoirs.

Hood's Children

His insurance business was ruined by a yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans during the winter of 1878–79 and he succumbed to the disease himself, dying just days after his wife and oldest child, leaving 10 destitute orphans, who were adopted by families in Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky and New York.

Hood and Sherman

Sherman went on a mission to eradicate the Native American Population of the West, writing to Grant “…we must act with vindictive earnestness against the Sioux, even to their extermination, men, women and children...”

Even with all the civil war history I’ve read, and that’s a great deal, I’ll never understand how one nation under God became so divided that they went to war against each other.

Commemorate – yes, honor – yes, study – yes,

forget – never.

 

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Take That Lance!

In 1903, Maurice Garin won the first Tour de France.

There was no doping.

Garin

The Tour de France began to promote a new daily sports newspaper, L’Auto ahead of the largest paper in France, Le Vélo.

Le Velo sold 80,000 copies a day. Some of Le Vélo ‘s advertisers had disagreed with the paper’s support for Alfred Dreyfus, a soldier found guilty of selling secrets to the Germans but eventually acquitted after being sent to Devil’s Island. The Tour was to promote their new rival paper, L’Auto.

His first true professional win was in 1893. Garin rode 701 km in 24 hours, beating the only other rider to finish by 49 km.

Garin said he had survived on lots of strong red wine, 19 litres of hot chocolate, seven litres of tea, eight cooked eggs, a mix of coffee and champagne, 45 cutlets, five litres of tapioca, two kilos of rice, and oysters.

OK, so maybe there was some doping.

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