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Thursday, May 5, 2016

A little bit of everything

Sunday, August 7, 2011

News of note

An ABC News story, "Afghanistan War: Hobbyists' Toy Truck Saves 6 Soldiers' Lives" tells the story of a remote control truck a soldier's brother sent him as he serves in Afghanistan. Soldiers send the remote-controlled truck rigged with a camera, out ahead of them as they patrol searching for Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). The soldier told ABC the truck found four mines before it was destroyed. The truck, a Traxxis Stampede, got tangled in a trip wire for an IED and blew. The six soldiers on patrol, with the truck leading the way when it hit the estimated 500 pounds of explosive, are alive today in large part because of a $500 toy.

Call it the curse of Ryan Ludwick.

"Cards trade Rasmus to bolster pitching" from multiple sources. Last year, while still in contention, the St. Louis Cardinals traded away outfielder Ryan Ludwick as part of a three-team trade. Ludwick ended up in San Diego and the Cardinals got pitcher Jake Westbrook from the Cleveland Indians. The Cards didn't make the playoffs last year.

This year's scenario looks eerily familiar. The Cards are in contention and what do they do? Outfielder Colby Rasmus was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of a three team deal that brought pitcher Edwin Jackson from the Chicago White Sox to the Cardinals. Jackson resembles Westbrook in that he is a veteran pitcher coming to the team for a few years, hopefully, while a young prospect gets shown out the door. Since the Rasmus trade the Cards have proceeded to drop a series to division leading Milwaukee, took two of three games from the Small Bears and split a four-game series with division cellar-dweller Houston.

Don't know what plans you may have for October, but I wouldn't plan anything around a trip to Busch Stadium III.

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Who wrote "Stardust"?

Members of the Almost Downtown Quarterback Club was sitting there Thursday minding their own business when Gib Ennis popped in with a trivia question.

"Who wrote 'Stardust,'" Gib asked of the local newspaper guy. Now my friends would get a kick out of the fact Gib even asked me a question about music. They know that when it comes to music my knowledge would fill the end of a small thimble, almost.

I had no idea, but that didn't stop another member from offering a suggestion.

"Willie Nelson," said Mark Pelts.

Gib told us it was Hoagy Carmichael and that Mark's answer revealed what youngsters we were. Actually, we took that as a compliment because we don't get accused of being young very often any longer.

Well a little investigation reveals that Gib was only partially correct.

According to the website whowrote'em.com, "Written at the height of the jazz age, this 1928 classic was originally played as an up-temp instrumental. And although composer Hoagy Carmichael had left the fold of Mills Music by the time the song was completed, that publisher still owned the rights and so it was one of his former colleagues, staff writer Mitchell Parish, who finished the lyrics in 1929."

Mark probably identified Willie Nelson as the author because of that singer's 1978 album of the same name that included a rendition of the song. The album correctly credits both Carmichael and Parish as authors of the song.

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Dead week

The past week is referred to locally as "dead week." That's the week just prior to teachers reporting back to school for in-service and getting their classrooms in order in anticipation of "The First Day of School!" or "the first day of school," depending on one's perspective.

I ran into new Kennett High School football coach Corey Adkisson last week who said he was taking last week to spend a little time with the family before he got busy. And he's about to do just that.

He said the family has returned from a few days visiting family in St. Peter's, Mo., and it turns out his wife, Meredith's, mother lives there. That's only a few miles from where our son and his wife live. It's also only a few miles from where Lanny and Lynne Geary's daughter and son-in-law live. I see a carpooling road trip coming.

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Speaking of my granddaughter

My wife and I were in St. Peter's last weekend. We took a family trip to the St. Louis Zoo and while Aubrey was probably a little young to appreciate most of the animals -- I think what she enjoyed most were the fans that blew a light mist on the crowd to cool them off - there are several photos of her first trip to the zoo.

Just shy of eight months of age, she's started crawling and is pulling herself up on furniture. So her GiGi , I'm told that's Italian for grandmother, decided to buy her some shoes. I had forgotten they made shoes that small.

We'll be back up there next month and they will also be here for a 2001 class reunion. I expect Aubrey Paige will be walking by then. And probably talking too, as I'm sure she's very advanced given the way she laughs when I talk to her.

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"Bucklen's Arnica Salve

"The best salve in the world for cuts, bruises, sores, ulcers, salt rheum. Fever sores, tender chapped hands, chilblains, corns and all skin eruptions and possibly cures piles or no pay required. It is guaranteed to give perfect satisfaction, or money refunded. Price 25 cents per box. For sale by A.B. Mobley."

This cure-all announcement comes from the pages of the Dunklin Democrat dated Thursday, Jan. 10, 1889. A tip of the hat to the DDD's unofficial, but much appreciated historian, Vivian Helton for passing that tidbit along.

Bud Hunt is regional vice

president, publisher of the

Daily Dunklin Democrat, Daily Statesman, Delta News-Citizen, Missourian-News and

North Stoddard Countian.