Friday, April 28, 2017

Listening to Vin Scully call his final innings was truly heaven on Earth

Thank you Vin for blessing us with your 67 years in the booth. By Andrew J. Pridgen Vin Scully makes no bones about his faith in God and man...with baseball somewhere there in the middle. He came to the end of his 67-year career in San Francisco Sunday, calling the final game for his beloved Dodgers against the Giants, the team he...

Arnold Palmer and the Past Perfect

The course will be left alone to rot and deal with the wind off the shoreline and the fiery waves crashing against the rocks. An errant scrap of paper will blow by like a tumbleweed to remind the sky above that we were once here. The King, it can be said, is dead. By Andrew J. Pridgen There is a...

Jose Fernandez is the embodiment of a spirit we seem to have lost

"I think that what makes a player good is not out there on the field, it's who he is as a person. I know where I came from, and I know what I want." — Jose Fernandez, age 20 upon receiving 2013 National League Rookie of the Year honors. By Andrew J. Pridgen Jose Fernandez isn’t just special in memory. He is...

Kristin Armstrong – An Olympian for the Rest of Us

"For all the moms out there, I hope that this was a very inspiring day.” By Andrew J. Pridgen Today’s Olympics are about busting athletes out of the shrink wrap every four years, admiring them, cheering for them and then, when the studio lights dim and it is convenient to do so, moving on from them. There is Michael Phelps, the ageless,...

The things we learn from the people who are gone

On May 29, 2011 in the Wardak province of Afghanistan, CPT Joseph W. Schultz’s humvee led a convoy in the central eastern part of the country. A roadside bomb detonated when his vehicle was in range and Joe, along with Staff Sergeant Martin Apolinar and Sergeant Aaron Blasjo, died instantly. By Andrew J. Pridgen Joe Schultz left this earth not by...

What I know of Don Solem

Donald L. Solem, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 at his home in Mill Valley. Donations can be made in his name to SupplyBank.org. By Andrew J. Pridgen I was chatting up Dick Spotswood at some cocktail reception for some ballot measure in the fall of 1997. I had no idea who Dick Spotswood was, but he was next to...

We got a lot: 25 incredible things about Point Break on the day of its 25th Anniversary

Special thanks to Pt. Break scholar emeritus David W. Briggs for calling this one out this a.m. By Andrew J. Pridgen If you’re expecting a link-bait piece about the amazingness of Keanu and Swayze and that unclaimed piece of meat in Baja that turned out to be Rosie, well, fine — you got me. But there’s a lot more to Point...

Michelle Obama’s embrace of America is exactly what we needed

...Now let’s get back to it. By Andrew J. Pridgen This campaign season has been one of the most debilitating, disheartening and grotesque in American history. Some of the unrest and rhetoric has bubbled into violence. There is a feeling — a very clear and present and palpable danger — that things are about to get really, really bad really, really fast...

Gene Wilder wasn’t funny which is what made him hilarious

Gene Wilder died on Sunday night at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 83. By Andrew J. Pridgen Funny never dies. That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I heard of Gene Wilder’s death on Monday. Some things are eternal and as long as there’s memes and late-night cable, there will always be room in this world for...

For Tanya

Mother, survivor, teacher, community activist, writer and editor Tanya Canino passed away on Friday, Sept. 9. She was 55. By Andrew J. Pridgen It was no secret that Tanya Canino and I didn’t share the same newsroom philosophy. Also, she took my job. So, yeah, we had kind of a rough start. For most of 2007, I was interim editor of...

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