Hey, quick reminder. I appreciate it if you use the Amazon links here or at The Weekly Eudemon "Show Notes" page to enter Amazon. The royalties help keep me motivated . . . then again, depending on your perspective, that might not be a good thing.
Perhaps the best line from Trump's State of the Union speech: "Legal immigrants enrich our nation and strengthen our society in countless ways”¦ I want people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.”
Random Blurb from the Notebooks: “Hot” media and “cool” media were McLuhan's buzz dichotomy. A hot medium is one that intensely extends one of our senses. The radio is a hot medium: ear only, and a lot of it. But it leaves the other senses free to do what they want. The telephone, on the other hand, is an extremely cool medium. The ear doesn't receive much information, forcing the user to participate, to fill in the gaps.
Another Random Blurb from the Notebooks: On days like that, you didn't dare drink too much beer in old Tiger Stadium. The place was packed and its limited bathroom facilities meant you missed two innings every time you needed to make a run.
It was 1976, and the Tigers were horrible. The year before, they had the worst record in the Major Leagues: 57-102. They didn't have a single legitimate all-star player in 1975, but the leagues were required to invite a player from each team, so the Tigers' aging catcher, Bill Freehan, was invited out of respect for his stellar play in earlier years. By the next year, he wasn't even the Tigers primary catcher anymore. That duty went to Bruce Kimm, who was catching on this packed day to Mark “The Bird” Fidrych.
I don't remember anything about that 1976 game, except it was hot and the place was packed. I don't know if we won or lost. I just waited for The Bird to get back on the mound, then I watched him through my binoculars the entire time.