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Trying on the Other Guy’s Hat

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In the mid-1950s, during the heyday of Major League Baseball, Birdie Tebbetts was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Birdie’s public demeanor was gruff and irascible – fairly typical for skippers of that era.  But he also had a soft spot.  After giving up three years of his playing career to serve in World War II, Tebbetts resumed his role… Read more »


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It’s often said that before we can hope to understand someone else’s life, we need to walk a mile in their shoes. Or perhaps join them on a car ride from Washington D.C. to Texas.  Before he became vice-president and ascended to the White House following JFK’s assassination in November 1963, Texas senator Lyndon B. Johnson sometimes asked his black… Read more »