[Vision2020] Ike and the Rose Bowl

Carl Westberg carlwestberg846@hotmail.com
Thu, 02 Jan 2003 12:46:50 -0800

If Ike were alive today, I bet Kate Sommersby would have driven him to the 
really, really old ex-president's sports bar and he would have watched the 
Rose Bowl yesterday with Steven Ambrose, and between plays he and Ambrose 
could talk baseball, with Ambrose advising Ike about stealing bases.  
Lighten up, Don.  It's possible to enjoy watching and discussing sports and 
be conversant in history and biography.                                      
                       Carl Westberg Jr.

>From: Tim Lohrmann <timlohr@yahoo.com>
>To: Don Kaag <dkaag@turbonet.com>
>CC: vision2020@moscow.com
>Subject: [Vision2020] Ike and the Rose Bowl
>Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003 11:15:54 -0800 (PST)
>Whoa Don, aren't we feeling all uppity today?
>I feel terrible not knowing what a bagatelle is.
>Since you're reading all about Ike (or at least what
>Ambrose was able to um...dig up) here's a contribution
>from the National Archives bio of ole Dwight:
>"Although Dwight attracted little attention in the
>classroom, he stood out in athletic competition
>through grade school and high school. After graduating
>from Abilene High School in 1909, Dwight went to work
>in the creamery, partly to support an older brother in
>college. He took a competitive examination for an
>appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, both because a
>free education was too good to pass up and because of
>the opportunity to play football. He passed the
>examination, then found that he was too old to go to
>Annapolis and instead in 1911 went to the Military
>Academy at West Point.
>Sports were his all-consuming interest. At the academy
>he was average in everything else. During his second
>year Eisenhower played halfback on the Army team, and
>sportswriters began to predict All-American honors for
>him, but a twisted knee during the season ruined his
>football career. The blow to his emotions was worse.
>His roommate described Eisenhower as a man who had
>lost interest in life. Eisenhower graduated in 1915,
>61st in a class of 164."
>Hmm....looks like College sports offered one of the
>only chances Ike had for advanced education. Sports
>were his #1 interest.
>Maybe we low-class peasants who enjoy watching and
>jawing about it now and then aren't completely
>--- Don Kaag <dkaag@turbonet.com> wrote:
> > Visionaries:
> >
> > So, I logged onto my email this morning and there
> > was nothing posted on
> > Vision 2020 but dirges about the Cougs' lackluster
> > performance in
> > Pasadena.
> >
> > Was there a Rose Bowl game yesterday?
> >
> > For those of us who would rather read biography and
> > History than "get
> > our game face on" and watch large, semi-agile, goons
> > run into each
> > other on the vidiot box, WSU's dismal performance in
> > the Rose Bowl is a
> > mere bagatelle.
> >
> > Given that most of the WSU squad were not even
> > Washington natives made
> > it even less attractive.  You'd have thought that
> > they would have
> > performed better in front of their home crowd,
> > however---since many of
> > them are from California.
> >
> > I didn't even know who won the game until I, as
> > usual, sorted the
> > sports page out of the SR and into the discard pile
> > this morning, in
> > pursuit of the funnies and political cartoons.  Back
> > to Ambrose's essay
> > on Dwight David Eisenhower's contribution to the
> > founding of  NATO, and
> > the eventual withering-away of the Evil Empire
> > (Steven Ambrose was
> > Ike's designated editor and biographer...).
> >
> > Keep your chins up.  Perhaps WSU can hire another
> > coach who can make
> > his name by taking the Cougars to a Rose Bowl and
> > then bail to a REAL
> > football school prior to the big game.
> >
> > Heh, heh,
> >
> > Don Kaag
> >
> >
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