Have you taken sides in the eastern Oregon anti-government standoff? As you’ve probably heard, on Jan. 2, a group of armed activists (Citizens for Constitutional Freedom) seized control of a federal building at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They say they’ve settled in for the long haul, protesting the imprisonment of two ranchers in particular and federal land policies in general.
Where were you on April 8, 1974? I was in the upstairs bedroom I shared with younger brother Dwight, listening to the radio as Hank Aaron broke the career home run record set by George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr., some four decades earlier. Aaron’s milestone did nothing to diminish the legacy of Ruth and even enhanced his name awareness. Ruth still stands tall in the wake of the 100th anniversary Friday of his Major League Baseball debut with the Boston Red Sox. Even for people who don’t care for baseball in particular or sports in general, Ruth’s name and image loom large.