|Brooklyn Dodgers center|
fielder Duke Snider
But, I grew up in NY where there were no big deal football teams. But there were three – that’s right – three major league baseball teams. The team you rooted for largely depended on what borough you were born in. I was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island so I was a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. It would be more accurate to say I was consumed with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
I remember how devastated I felt when I learned that my beloved Dodgers were moving to L.A. I had never considered the possibility. How could the BROOKLYN Dodgers move to California? It was unheard of.
Of course, it wasn’t unheard of. Just four years earlier the Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee and the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore to become the Orioles. But, I was too young to have that perspective.
At around the same time, the Soviets launched Sputnik, the first unmanned satellite into outer space. All the grown-ups around me were in a state of shock. Not me, I was surprised that this was the first. After all, I had been watching Flash Gordon and Captain Video soar through space on TV for years.
Five years later, when JFK was assassinated, I was shocked (like the rest of the nation). However, by then, I had some historical perspective. I knew that three other presidents had been assassinated while in office so, in a way, I was less shocked. I had gained that perspective by then.
|The fall of the Berlin Wall|
I also never considered the possibility that I would see terrorists fly commercial airplanes into the World Trade Center. Nor, did think I would live to see an African American President of the United States. (Even the President’s mother-in-law said as much.)
It strikes me that these events are coming along at a faster pace than when I was a kid. About once a decade, I think. Does that mean that my inability to foresee them undermines the premise that wisdom comes with age? What perspective am I lacking?
What’s next, I wonder. The only prospective disaster I can see coming is the possibility of a dollar collapse because our government can’t get its act together. But, I have gone on and on about that in these pages; so, I won’t drag you through it again.
But, I have some questions. My favorite, of course, is WHO WILL LEAD? Who will solve this morass in DC? And, can they do so in time?
But, I wonder if you can help me? What are things that have happened in your life that you never contemplated could happen? Can you foresee the next big one?
If you can, please share it with me? It’s obvious that I don’t know what’s next.