Jim Basquil of ESPN Sports remembers Johnny Pesky‘s contribution to baseball, Boston, Boston Red Sox and the USA as an athlete who stirred a nation’s dreams from a baseball diamond. Watch above.
Boston’s Steve Buckley also stopped to remember a baseball great, writing: “It was easy to fool yourself into thinking that Johnny Pesky was Boston-born and bred. But while his beloved wife Ruthie was a gal from Lynn, and while Johnny seemed to know everyone in New England from Sanford, Maine, to Seekonk, the reality is that he was born and raised in Portland, Ore.
Yet he was one of us. Man, was he ever. Johnny died yesterday afternoon. As his longtime friend Tim Samway told me yesterday, “He died peacefully, as I hoped he would.” Until about 10 years ago, he was hitting infield at Fenway Park [map]. He was 92, I guess, though the reality is that it was a long time ago that Johnny shaved a year off his age.” Quite a character of the game.
Photo - Legendary Loss: A signed photo shows Johnny Pesky along with Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams.
Ageless in his sense of play, he connected across generations. What a star. RIP.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.8.12~
In European News: Fashion Meets High Art as designer Massimiliano Giornetti dressed models and starlets for Salvatore Ferragamo‘s Cruise collection 2013 show at the Louvre in Paris on a 140m runway. Context, as Margaret Atwood wrote, is all.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.6.12~
At the time of writing the two most viewed people in the USA online involves the story of the Kennedy family. When you type the word “estranged” into google, two of the Kennedy’s names appear right beneath the dictionary definition of the world. It’s yet another dark story of the famous American family.
Boston.Com reports: “WASHINGTON — Mary Kennedy, the estranged and troubled former wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was found dead Wednesday at her suburban home north of New York City, her attorney confirmed.
The death was the latest tragic episode for the Kennedy clan, which has been beset with untimely deaths and highly public personal woes in its storied history.
She was the second wife of Robert Kennedy Jr., the son of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while running for president in 1968. He is also the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, who was gunned down in 1963 in Dallas.
Police responded to a home in a leafy section of South Bedford Road at 1:36 p.m., according to a statement released by the Bedford Police Department. The cause of death was under investigation, and an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.”
Estranged means: 1: to remove from customary environment or associations. 2: to arouse especially mutual enmity or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness–Merriam-Webster definition.
1: (of a person) no longer affectionate to someone; alienated. 2: (of a wife or husband) no longer living with their spouse.–wikipedia’s definition.
Always – Love the one you’re with as loneliness in marriage and society is a silent killer.
[Photo caption. Associated Press - FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2009 file photo, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife Mary arrive during funeral services for U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston. An attorney on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 said Mary Kennedy has been found dead on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s property in Bedford, N.Y. (AP Photo: Brian Snyder, Pool, File].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.5.12~
Daniela Rosanna Lekhno, Roch Jauberty, and Austin Brashears were the three Boston college students, who died this weekend on Turangi Rd while on a hiking, sight-seeing adventure vacation in New Zealand. The three were part of a larger group of Boston University exchange students living and studying in Godzone, who died when their people mover overturned throwing them from the vehicle.–More here.
Margaret Theriault had to be stabilized, was in a critical condition and underwent surgery overnight – the news reported. The students were on their way to Mount Doom.
Most New Zealanders felt sadness for the loss of the young American lives on New Zealand roads near Taupo. The accident site was described as a scene where student backpacks and iphones were strewn in the area of the tragedy.
[Photo caption - Boston University students including Tori Pinheiro, third right, of New Bedford, Mass., and Austin Brashears' girlfriend, holds a candlelight vigil on Marsh Plaza at Boston University, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Boston, AP photo].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.5.12~
[Dish - Amuse Bouche: Big Eye Tuna Tartar, Wasabi, Tobico Caviar, and Baby Zucchini - created by Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Avenue].
The judges of this years James Beard Awards 2012 have voted their list of best chefs and restaurants in the USA for May 2012. Here’s the list:
NATIONAL CHEF AWARDS
Best new restaurant – Next in Chicago
Outstanding chef – Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park in New York
Outstanding pastry chef – Mindy Segal of Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Chicago
Outstanding restaurant – Boulevard in San Francisco
Outstanding restaurateur – Tom Douglas of Tom Douglas Restaurants in Seattle
Outstanding service – La Grenouille in New York
Outstanding wine and spirits professional – Paul Grieco of Terroir in New York
Outstanding wine program - No. 9 Park in Boston
Outstanding bar program – PDT in New York
Rising star chef of the year – Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York
REGIONAL CHEF AWARDS
Great Lakes – Bruce Sherman of North Pond in Chicago
Mid-Atlantic – Maricel Presilla of Cucharamama in Hoboken, N.J.
Midwest – Tory Miller of L’Etoile in Madison, Wisc.
New York City – Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern in New York
Northeast – Tim Cushman of O Ya in Boston
Northwest – Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce in Seattle
Pacific -Matt Molina of Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles
South – Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alanta
Southeast – Hugh Acheson of Five and Ten in Athens, Georgia.
Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta
Southwest – Paul Qui of Uchiko in Austin, Texas
James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award – Wolfgang Puck
James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year – Charlie Trotter
James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees - Grant Achatz, chef and author, Chicago
Mark Bittman, journalist and author, New York – Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief at Food and Wine magazine, New York
Emily Luchetti, pastry chef and author, San Francisco – Marvin Shanken, publisher, New York
James Beard Foundation America’s Classics – The Fry Bread House in Phoenix, Owner: Cecelia Miller
Nora’s Fish Creek Inn in Wilson, Wyo., Owners: Nora Tygum, Trace Tygum and Kathryn Tygum Taylor
St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis – Owners: Stephen Huse and Craig Huse
Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, Ark., Owners: James and Betty Jones
Shady Glen in Manchester, Conn. Owners: William and Annette Hoch
[Dish - Grimaud Farms Muscovy Duck Glazed with Lavender Honey and Spices. Created by Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Avenue].
~Posted by Horiwood Blog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.5.12~
Q. What music are you listening to?
A. I’m not for promoting alcoholism on blogs, especially with youth, or encouraging young people being used by corporations to recommend what brand of beer to drink with what top shelf drink either, still…
Imma listening to young Sammy Adams Wisner with a Summertime hip hop rap rhyme from the USA.
It’s music you’d expect to hear in Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch retail stores in any mall of the USA. Wisner (Sammy Adams) is a political science major and soccer player, as well as doubling as a rapper muzo from Cambridge Massachusetts. Smart kid.
Shareable lyrics I like, are:
Kissed the hand of the new boss All jazzed up, I aint never been to Utah Everything i do i, do i promise imma do it to the best of my ability t'prove it. We on top, so come with us If you gon' roll lift your cup.
The lyrics are strangely very (young) Kiwi, current holders of The Rugby World Cup.
Being on top today – simply means having ‘the green energy’ in your pipeline.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.4.12~
Chad Swiatecki writes in Austin’s American Statesmen a story of what happened when ’Boston punk goes Guthrie.’ Punk band The Dropkick Murphys biggest hit to date is their song penned from Woody Guthrie penned lyrics called Shipping Up To Boston. Kenny, the band’s base player also grabbed these lines off napkin: ‘I’m a sailor peg, and I lost my leg. Climbing up the topsails I lost my leg.’ That became the song.
Being a punk band The Dropkick Murphys never gave a flying thistle about chalking up number one hits. Then Martin Scorcese‘s film “The Departed” happened. Their Guthrie cover somehow made the film’s soundtrack and Murphy’s band member Al Barr says “It was really nice for Mr. Scorcese to make a cool video for our song.”
Seriously though after the song’s gone platinum, TDMs are bringing the celtic rugged punk back to the American hood. If you’re in Boston – you’re in for a right treat. Dropkick Murphys play with Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls, The Mahones, this Wed 8pm @ Emo’s East, 2015 E. Riverside Drive. More @ www. emosaustin.com.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.2.12~
WASHINGTON — AP News “While congratulating the Boston Bruins on their 2011 Stanley Cup championship, President Barack Obama did the obligatory spotlighting of key players in that run. Zdeno Chara got the height joke. Brad Marchand was chided for being the “Little Ball of Hate.” Tim Thomas was celebrated for being only the second American player to win playoff MVP, having posted two shutouts in the Final.
Chara smiled. Marchand blushed.
Thomas wasn’t there to hear it.”
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed that Thomas had told him months ago he would not attend the White House event due to his political and ideological differences with the Obama administration. Chiarelli said he had tried to convince Thomas to attend the event “over the last couple months” to no avail.
“He chose not to come. The reasons behind it I think he’ll make the media aware through his Facebook,” said Chiarelli. Read on.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.1.12~
According to Nikki Finke‘s website, the eye-gates of taxi passengers are about to get more busy:
“NBC Rides The Taxi TV Ad Surge By Striking Multi-City Deal With VeriFone
The battle by TV stations to grab the attention of taxi passengers just became more interesting — or irksome, depending on your point of view. NBC says today that its stations will pump infotainment and ads to passengers in more than 12,000 cabs — including 6,800 in New York — as well as thousands of gas stations in what it calls “a significant long-term strategic and advertising sales agreement” with electronic payment company VeriFone Systems. NBC used to have a similar taxi deal with Creative Mobile Technologies; early this month that company allied with ABC to serve 10,000 cabs. NBC and VeriFone’s screens will offer news, sports, and weather updates as well as other features culled from NBC’s primetime and late night shows, cable channels, and Universal Pictures. They’ll reach taxi riders in Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Miami as well as the Big Apple. At some point, the companies say, they’ll make it possible for people to download the content to their smartphones. But the deal is mostly about ad sales, and here’s where the plans begin to seem Orwellian. Read More »
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.12.11~
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.12.11~
The beauty of living in New Zealand is that there is so much scenic worthy travel destinations to head to on your two days off each week.
At the moment I’m blogging from the Bay of Islands, the resort township about an hour north of where I currently live. The coastal resort township is a good getaway to enjoy the Kiwi life, a bit more.
I also notice that from around the world, here’s what other bloggers are blogging about today:
To VISIT the Bay of Islands, go here to see what’s cooking. Too much fun!
[Photo caption - Boats moored off Paihia at dusk make a welcoming sight set to the gentle sound of waves washing anew on Kiwi shores].
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.7.11~
PUCK NEWS – AFTER ZDENO CHARA’S VIOLENT HIT ON MAX PACIORETTY ON HOCKEY’S ICE – ESCALATING VIOLENCE IS A CONCERN
According to The Toronto Sun via OTTAWA – ‘MPs are warning the National Hockey League if officials won’t take escalating violence on the ice seriously, they might take matters into their own hands. MPs, like many Canadian hockey fans, were shocked Wednesday when the NHL took no action against the Boston Bruins or defenceman Zdeno Chara after a vicious hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty.
Alright, we need to curb the ‘escalating violence trend’ in the world.
This week we’ve had rebels in Libya, being applauded for violence against an archaic rule of oil wealth collection over their human rights of the majority.
Then we had a guy and a girl scrap it out over a parking meter spot dispute in New York. Sadly, the girl ended up in a coma as a result of violence. That’s more shocking than this hockey story!
Now with hockey, a sport known for being a little bit rough, also sighting escalating violence as a trend on ice, what can we do to take the pressure down in the world?
Perhaps compulsory vacations are in order for all? That’s my remedy. What’s yours?
Anyway, the news has made Air Canada, Air Canada, Air Canada, the no.1 topic in the USA online in this second.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.9.11~
Christina Hendricks films in Boston with a new friend.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 3.9.11~
MARTHA STEWART IS STILL ONE SWEET COOKIE ON GOOD HOUSEKEEPING FOR BLIZZARD BLITZED EAST COASTERS THIS CHALLENGING HOLIDAY SEASON
Since the Twilight Saga hit Hollywood hard, no one quite expected that twenty-somethings playing teenagers would rearrange the celebrity star system rankings of entertainment as much as they have. The film franchises central three stars have made a clean sweep of Hollywood’s A-Listed movie celebrity rankings. For example Kristen Stewart is the now the number 1 ranked female actress on the IMDB website of Hollywood’s Top 25 stars of 2010. Since her arrival no one’s paid all that much attention to Martha Stewart. Poor Martha.
Well, that was until the festive season when people worked out Kristen probably lived on hotel room service meals and perhaps had forgotten how to cook a prime rib roast or; heaven forbid, those American staples of cupcakes or cookies either. Suddenly, Martha Stewart found herself back on the cover of Good Housekeeping to share along with her two sweet toothed buddies, good ole’ Bobby and Ina her best sweet cookies recipes. Their hard work is featured in Martha’s kitchen mogulesque hands, positioned just above the rather funny tagline: : ‘Eat, drink & still shrink! Party treats that don’t make you fat.’ I don’t see no sushi in Martha’s hands, but okay then.
When cooking, I tend to go more savory then sweet. You can always buy sweet from better bakers than oneself. So, Good Housekeeping’s mac n’ cheese recipe isn’t bad this year. The recipe makes a batch of good comfort food for everyone snowed under on the East Coast right now. If that’s you, then this one’s for you. It may be a little freezing, but you can be very thankful you’re not caught in an earthquake like a bunch of my enduring buddies are, some place else. They don’t even need a mixer to whisk together Martha’s cookie recipes. They just sit their baking bowl on the kitchen bench and nature scarily whips Martha’s recipe together for them.
Photo caption: People in New York’s Penn Station look at the information on train status. Amtrak canceled service between Boston and New York as well as south of Washington on Sunday. Canceled flights are displayed on a monitor at Reagan National Airport. Robin and Sammy, two Sicilian burros living outside Richmond, Va., are ready for their close-up as the storm crosses the area.
Alright, Martha is back on Te Radar.
[Photo via Washington Post especially for the blintz baking mafioso today. Hot oven pressure!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 12.26.10~