Greetings, my hopeful folks and friends.
Happy 1 December!
We’re T-minus three weeks away now, and it’s suddenly well within view.
As for day 20, I thought we could talk some famous twenties.
Yeah, let’s talk some athletes, some historical figures and dates, and maybe even some top 40 songs that reached
their zenith at number 20.
So, let’s see what’s out there in the land of 20s, shall we? There’s a lot of talent here.
SPORTS HEROES WHO WORE #20
FOOTBALL – Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions
BASEBALL – Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies
BASKETBALL – Ray Allen, Boston Celtics
HOCKEY – Luc Robitaille, Los Angeles Kings
LANDMARK EVENTS IN THE YEAR OF 20, ACROSS THE CENTURIES
1720 – Sweden and Prussia sign a peace treaty ending hostilities between them during the Great Northern War.
1820 – Maine is admitted as the 23rd U.S. state.
1920 – The 19th Amendment is passed in the U.S., giving women the right to vote.
2020 – Miss Americana, a documentary about the life and career of Taylor Swift is presented first at the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah.
TOP 20 IN THE 1980s
1980 – “Babe,” Styx (Flash forward to Summer 2007, PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA, NY Mets vs. Pittsburgh Pirates). I’m at a baseball game with my then-seven-year-old daughter, Alex, and after the last out is recorded, the original members of Styx perform on the pitcher’s mound and all around the grass infield. And my daughter is having the time of her life to that point, screaming and hollering at her first-ever rock and roll show, listening to “Babe”, “Come Sail Away”, and “Mr. Roboto.”
1981 – “I Love You,” Climax Blues Band (If you haven’t heard it, treat yourself. And create your own story to go along with this well-produced ballad.)
1982 – “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” Rick Springfield (Just heard something on the radio about him tonight. Seventy-two years old and still out there ‘rockin!)
1983 – “I Know There’s Something Going On,” Frida (Real name, Princess Anni-Frid Reuss, best known as one of the founding members and lead singers of the Swedish pop sensation ABBA, also had a successful solo career.)
Here’s to another day, my diehards.