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    Re: "SPIKES" ...on their combat boots...

    St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies
    October 12, 1963

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Don Drysdale takes the mound for the Phillies.
    Curt Flood struck out. <--->
    Sparky Anderson grounded to third. <--->
    Harvey Kuenn singled into right field. <--1>
    Harmon Killebrew struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Gaylord Perry takes the mound for the Cardinals.
    Carmen Mauro popped up to the shortstop. <--->
    Ron Hunt singled to left field. <--1>
    The Phillies put on the hit and run.
    Dick Perry lined out to first. <--1>
    Karl Pairre popped up to the catcher in foul ground. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Willie McCovey struck out. <--->
    Hector Lopez grounded to second. <--->
    Carlos Paula struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Felipe Alou popped up to second. <--->
    Frank Howard struck out. <--->
    Brooks Robinson singled to left. <--1>
    Duane Josephson struck out. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Doug Camilli struck out. <--->
    Gaylord Perry struck out. <--->
    Curt Flood grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Don Drysdale doubled into the left field corner. <-2->
    Carmen Mauro struck out. <-2->
    Ron Hunt singled back through the middle. <3-1>
    Dick Perry grounded to first, forcing the runner at second. <3-1>
    Karl Pairre struck out. <3-1>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the third, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Sparky Anderson grounded back to the pitcher. <--->
    Harvey Kuenn popped up to the third baseman. <--->
    Harmon Killebrew doubled down the first base line. <-2->
    Willie McCovey singled up the middle. <3-1>
    Hector Lopez struck out. <3-1>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Felipe Alou grounded to short. <--->
    Frank Howard grounded to short. <--->
    Brooks Robinson flied out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Carlos Paula lined out to left. <--->
    Doug Camilli grounded to first base. <--->
    Gaylord Perry struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Duane Josephson singled through the right side. <--1>
    Don Drysdale laid down a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher. <-2->
    Carmen Mauro grounded to the third baseman. <-2->
    Ron Hunt grounded to short. <-2->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Curt Flood lined out to first. <--->
    Sparky Anderson grounded to the shortstop. <--->
    Harvey Kuenn flied out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Dick Perry singled through the left side. <--1>
    Karl Pairre grounded to the second baseman for a double play (4-6-1). <--->
    Felipe Alou grounded to third. <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Harmon Killebrew reached first on a fielding error by the second baseman. <--1>
    Willie McCovey struck out. <--1>
    Hector Lopez laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
    Carlos Paula grounded to second. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Frank Howard doubled down the third base line. <-2->
    Gaylord Perry threw a wild pitch. <3-->
    Brooks Robinson popped up to short. <3-->
    The Cardinals brought the infield in.
    Duane Josephson struck out. <3-->
    Don Drysdale flied out to center. <3-->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Doug Camilli grounded to the third baseman. <--->
    Jerry Schoonmaker pinch hit for Gaylord Perry. <--->
    Jerry Schoonmaker struck out. <--->
    Curt Flood lined out to second. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Lindy McDaniel now pitching for the Cardinals. <--->
    Carmen Mauro grounded to second. <--->
    Ron Hunt walked. <--1>
    The Phillies put on the hit and run.
    Dick Perry singled through the left side. <-21>
    Karl Pairre singled through the hole, scoring a run. <-21>
    Felipe Alou grounded to short for a double play (6-4-3). <-2->
    1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Philadelphia leads 1 to 0.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Felix Mantilla came in to play Second Base. <--->
    Bill Mazeroski came in to play Shortstop. <--->
    Sparky Anderson flied out to center. <--->
    Harvey Kuenn flied out to left. <--->
    Harmon Killebrew doubled down the third base line. <-2->
    Willie McCovey struck out. <-2->

    PHILLIES WIN: 1-0
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
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    Re: "SPIKES" ...on their combat boots...

    Code:
    The nightcap
    
    St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies
    October 12, 1963
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
         Cardinals (STL) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0    0  4  0
          Phillies (PHI) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 x    1  9  1
    
    ST. LOUIS                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Curt Flood (CF)               4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .300
    Sparky Anderson (2B)          4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .260
    Harvey Kuenn (SS)             4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .326
    Harmon Killebrew (1B)         4  2  0  0  0  0  1  0    .237
    Willie McCovey (LF)           4  1  0  0  0  0  3  0    .234
    Hector Lopez (3B)             2  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .275
    Carlos Paula (RF)             3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .305
    Doug Camilli (C)              3  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .203
    Gaylord Perry (P)             2  0  0  0  0  0  2  0    .163
     Jerry Schoonmaker (P)        1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .143
     Lindy McDaniel (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .000
    TOTALS                       31  4  0  0  0  0 11  0
    
       2B:  Harmon Killebrew 2 (19)
    
       DP:  Harmon Killebrew, Sparky Anderson 2, Harvey Kuenn 2
    
                   ST. LOUIS   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
               Gaylord Perry  7.0  7  0  0  0  0  5  97   2.96
              Lindy McDaniel  1.0  2  1  0  1  1  0  27   2.64
                      TOTALS  8.0  9  1  0  1  1  5 124
    
    PHILADELPHIA                 ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Carmen Mauro (CF)             4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .253
    Ron Hunt (SS)                 3  2  1  1  0  0  0  0    .282
     Bill Mazeroski (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .257
    Dick Perry (1B)               4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .334
    Karl Pairre (C)               4  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .294
    Felipe Alou (RF)              4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .338
    Frank Howard (LF)             3  1  0  0  0  0  1  0    .285
    Brooks Robinson (3B)          3  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .284
    Duane Josephson (2B)          3  1  0  0  0  0  2  0    .204
     Felix Mantilla (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .290
    Don Drysdale (P)              2  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .206
    TOTALS                       30  9  1  1  0  1  5  0
    
       2B:  Frank Howard (37), Don Drysdale (4)
       GDP:  Karl Pairre, Felipe Alou
       E:  Duane Josephson
    
                PHILADELPHIA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                Don Drysdale  9.0  4  0  0  0  0 11 139   2.55
                      TOTALS  9.0  4  0  0  0  0 11 139
    
         WP: Don Drysdale (22-12)
         LP: Lindy McDaniel (12-5)
    
         Temperature: 56F
         Wind: 4 MPH (left to right)
         Attendance: 33,608
         Time: 2:38
    
    Phils (103-53) clinch the National League Championship over the Cubs (98-60) by 6 games
    The Phils will meet the Chicago White Sox in the 1963 World Series, beginning on Tuesday next (23rd May)
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

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    Re: "SPIKES" ...on their combat boots...

    St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies
    October 12, 1963

    TOP OF THE FIRST
    Normie Roy takes the mound for the Phillies.
    Sparky Anderson walked. <--1>
    The Cardinals put on the hit and run.
    Sparky Anderson was caught stealing second. <--->
    Harvey Kuenn grounded to the second baseman. <--->
    Curt Flood flied out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIRST
    Andy Messersmith takes the mound for the Cardinals.
    Ron Hunt popped up to the third baseman. <--->
    Hank Aaron grounded to short. <--->
    Dick Perry flied out to left. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    At the end of the first, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE SECOND
    Harmon Killebrew grounded to third. <--->
    Willie McCovey singled to left. <--1>
    Willie McCovey went for an extra base and reached second. <-2->
    Hector Lopez grounded to third. <-2->
    Carlos Paula singled through the right side. <3-1>
    Jay Porter struck out. <3-1>
    0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the second, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE SECOND
    Karl Pairre flied out to center field. <--->
    Felipe Alou grounded to second. <--->
    Frank Howard singled to left. <--1>
    Brooks Robinson grounded to first. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the second, the game is tied at 0.

    TOP OF THE THIRD
    Andy Messersmith flied out to right. <--->
    Sparky Anderson popped up to the third baseman in foul ground. <--->
    Harvey Kuenn struck out. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the third, the game is tied at 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE THIRD
    Duane Josephson singled up the middle. <--1>
    Normie Roy laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <-2->
    Ron Hunt lined out to right field. <-2->
    Hank Aaron homered to left-center for two RBIs. <--->
    Dick Perry tripled in the left field gap. <3-->
    Karl Pairre walked. <3-1>
    Felipe Alou struck out. <3-1>
    2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the third, Philadelphia leads 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FOURTH
    Curt Flood singled to right. <--1>
    Harmon Killebrew lined out to left. <--1>
    Willie McCovey grounded to third for a double play (5-4-3). <--->
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the fourth, St. Louis trails 2 to 0.

    BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH
    Frank Howard flied out to center. <--->
    Brooks Robinson popped up foul down the first base line. <--->
    Duane Josephson reached second on a throwing error by the pitcher. <-2->
    Normie Roy flied out to left. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fourth, Philadelphia leads 2 to 0.

    TOP OF THE FIFTH
    Hector Lopez singled to left. <--1>
    Carlos Paula singled to left. <-21>
    Jay Porter singled to left field, scoring a run. <-21>
    Andy Messersmith laid down a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher. <32->
    Sparky Anderson struck out. <32->
    Harvey Kuenn flied out to center. <32->
    1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, and 2 left on base.
    In the middle of the fifth, St. Louis trails 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH
    Ron Hunt popped up to second. <--->
    Hank Aaron lined out to right. <--->
    Dick Perry walked. <--1>
    Karl Pairre popped up to short. <--1>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the fifth, Philadelphia leads 2 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SIXTH
    Curt Flood grounded to short. <--->
    Harmon Killebrew struck out. <--->
    Willie McCovey singled to right. <--1>
    Hector Lopez lined out to third. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the sixth, St. Louis trails 2 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SIXTH
    Felipe Alou singled to center. <--1>
    Frank Howard singled through the left side. <-21>
    Brooks Robinson grounded to third for a double play (5-4-3). <3-->
    Duane Josephson reached first on a throwing error by the third baseman - a run scored. <--1>
    Normie Roy lined out to second. <--1>
    1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the sixth, Philadelphia leads 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE SEVENTH
    Bill Mazeroski came in to play Second Base. <--->
    Carmen Mauro came in to play Center Field. <--->
    Carlos Paula walked. <--1>
    Jay Porter lined out to left. <--1>
    Andy Messersmith laid down a sacrifice bunt to third. <-2->
    Sparky Anderson grounded to third. <-2->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    In the middle of the seventh, St. Louis trails 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH
    Ron Hunt singled to left. <--1>
    Carmen Mauro flied out to right. <--1>
    The Phillies put on the hit and run.
    Dick Perry popped up to short. <--1>
    Karl Pairre grounded to the second baseman. <--1>
    0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, and 1 left on base.
    At the end of the seventh, Philadelphia leads 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE EIGHTH
    Felix Mantilla came in to play Shortstop. <--->
    Harvey Kuenn grounded to third. <--->
    Curt Flood flied out to right. <--->
    Harmon Killebrew lined out to center. <--->
    0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, and 0 left on base.
    In the middle of the eighth, St. Louis trails 3 to 1.

    BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH
    Felipe Alou reached first on a throwing error by the shortstop. <--1>
    Jay Porter allowed a passed ball. <-2->
    Frank Howard popped up to second. <-2->
    Brooks Robinson flied out to center. <-2->
    Bill Mazeroski was intentionally walked. <-21>
    Tommy Davis pinch hit for Normie Roy. <-21>
    Tommy Davis popped up foul down the third base line. <-21>
    0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, and 2 left on base.
    At the end of the eighth, Philadelphia leads 3 to 1.

    TOP OF THE NINTH
    Walt Kellner now pitching for the Phillies. <--->
    Willie McCovey singled up the middle. <--1>
    Hector Lopez singled to center. <-21>
    Carlos Paula grounded to first for a double play (3-6-3). <3-->
    Jerry Schoonmaker pinch hit for Jay Porter. <3-->
    Jerry Schoonmaker struck out. <3-->

    PHILLIES WIN: 3-1
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    Code:
    1st game of a double-header
    
    St. Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies
    October 12, 1963
    
                         1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 +  R  H  E
         Cardinals (STL) 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0    1  9  3
          Phillies (PHI) 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 x    3  7  0
    
    ST. LOUIS                    ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Sparky Anderson (2B)          3  0  1  0  0  0  1  0    .262
    Harvey Kuenn (SS)             4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .326
    Curt Flood (CF)               4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .302
    Harmon Killebrew (1B)         4  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .236
    Willie McCovey (LF)           4  3  0  0  0  0  0  0    .233
    Hector Lopez (3B)             4  2  0  1  0  0  0  0    .276
    Carlos Paula (RF)             3  2  1  0  0  0  0  0    .307
    Jay Porter (C)                3  1  0  0  0  1  1  0    .257
     Jerry Schoonmaker (P)        1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0    .146
    Andy Messersmith (P)          1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .273
    TOTALS                       31  9  2  1  0  1  5  0
    
       2B:  Willie McCovey (7)
       GDP:  Carlos Paula, Willie McCovey
       CS:  Sparky Anderson
    
       DP:  Harmon Killebrew, Sparky Anderson, Hector Lopez
       E:  Hector Lopez, Harvey Kuenn
    
                   ST. LOUIS   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
            Andy Messersmith  8.0  7  3  1  3  2  1 131   6.58
                      TOTALS  8.0  7  3  1  3  2  1 131
    
    PHILADELPHIA                 ab  h bb  r hr bi  k sb     avg
    Ron Hunt (SS)                 4  1  0  0  0  0  0  0    .280
     Felix Mantilla (P)           0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .290
    Hank Aaron (CF)               3  1  0  1  1  2  0  0    .294
     Carmen Mauro (CF)            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .255
    Dick Perry (1B)               3  1  1  0  0  0  0  0    .333
    Karl Pairre (C)               3  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .294
    Felipe Alou (RF)              4  1  0  1  0  0  1  0    .340
    Frank Howard (LF)             4  2  0  0  0  0  0  0    .284
    Brooks Robinson (3B)          4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .284
    Duane Josephson (2B)          3  1  0  1  0  0  0  0    .204
     Bill Mazeroski (P)           0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0    .257
    Normie Roy (P)                2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .117
     Tommy Davis (P)              1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .300
     Walt Kellner (P)             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0    .143
    TOTALS                       32  7  3  3  1  2  1  0
    
       3B:  Dick Perry (10)
       HR:  Hank Aaron (5)
       GDP:  Brooks Robinson
    
       DP:  Dick Perry 3, Brooks Robinson, Felix Mantilla, Duane Josephson
    
                PHILADELPHIA   ip  h bb hr  r er  k pit    ERA
                  Normie Roy  8.0  7  2  0  1  1  4 127   4.64
                Walt Kellner  1.0  2  0  0  0  0  1  13   2.24
                      TOTALS  9.0  9  2  0  1  1  5 140
    
         WP: Normie Roy (16-8)
         LP: Andy Messersmith (1-3)
         SV: Walt Kellner (18)
    
         Temperature: 60F
         Wind: 2 MPH (out to left)
         Attendance: 33,608
         Time: 2:58
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    Re: "SPIKES" ...on their combat boots...

    Augie's Blue Christmas.

    Christmas Eve at the Conway's House in London. Lynn Conway and Anne Harris were listening to Augie playing Chopin's "Bercuese" in his room, which was soundproofed, but on this occasion her eldest had left its door open to delight those awake, none being disturbed from their sleep, since all in the Conway's London household were up and about, Valentine, the youngest son, at ten years old, indeed being in the same room as the pianist, whom he adored.

    "Lovely, isn't it?" The pianist's blissful mother, Lynn, asked, rhetorically, as she nodded along with the music; but Anne was increasingly negative with age, Lynn noticed, expecting, now, some sort of contradiction from her long-time housekeeper and friend.

    Sure enough it came in the form of "Hmph!...all very nice, Lynn, if you like long-haired stuff, but some Christmas music would be nice, tonight"

    Lynn was about to retort that they'd all been hearing little but Christmas music since Guy Fawkes Night back on November 5th, when another son , Jacy entered the room.

    "Closed the shop up early, Jace....?" enquired Lynn looking at her watch "Yeah, Mum..." he replied, tossing some mail on the table "...Everybody's at home now, prob'ly gettin' tiddley waitin' for Christmas Day at midnight" he slumped, tiredly, into a chair "Been a record day at the shop, though...good job I ordered all those toys in... they went like hot cakes despite they bein' a few bob over the odds"

    "Have you been gouging the customers, again?" Scolded his former Nanny, Anne.

    He scowled "T'm not profiteerin' Nan...it's the price that the wholesaler decreed that we charge, else they won't supply us anymore"

    "Well, they won't decree it much longer..." observed his mother who, as a journalist, was in the know "Sir Alec's on their case now with his Bill to end Retail Price Maintenance" She now looked over at the table "We have mail, yet?....I thought all our Christmas Cards were in"
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=Retai...E4PUjwPzxbygBA

    "One of 'em's an official one for Augie..." her son informed her "...from the BBC, it looks like"

    "Really...?" His mother brightened "...Ah, that'll be about that "Somers - of the Yard" episode, he wrote..." She rose to look at the letter on the table "...He'll be so excited"

    "Any good is it, Ma...?" He didn't sound all that interested. J.C. Conway never gave much thought to anyone other than himself "...What Aug wrote?"".

    "I thought so..." she offered, stoutly "…Much better than the usual stuff in that series"

    "I didn't think much of it..." sniffed Mrs Harris "...Not till you practically rewrote the whole thing for him"

    "I merely edited a few changes..." Lynn defended, stiffly "Augie worked very hard on this, the research into forensics and police procedure, etcetera...I'll bet he spent more time reading up stuff, and interviewing experts, than printing it"

    She picked up the envelope from the BBC "I'll get this into him so he can read it when he's finished playing this piece "

    She was soon back with the announcement that Augie had scarcely been aware of her coming in and dropping the letter on his piano lid "He was so deep into reading Chopin's score..." she explained to the audience "...What's the betting that he'll express himself in music , once he reads the letter...?" she challenged the audience "...He's fond of doing that when he gets good news"

    Almost as if Augie had heard her the music stopped. Now they all waited as they imagined the young man seeing the letter, opening it, reading it; they listened through several minutes of silence.

    Then from Augie's room, they heard the piano play an introduction, then launch into a song of moderate tempo "A Christmas song...?" Lynn's brow was furrowed in puzzlement "... That's unusual...sounds familiar....ought I to know it?"

    Jacy, who usually had the radio on all day to keep him company in his shop, finally recognized the tune. his frown cleared "It's Presley's 'I'll Have A Blue Christmas', Mum..." he interpreted "...Our Augie must have got a rejection slip!"
    Augie's Blue Christmas.

    Christmas Eve at the Conway's House in London. Lynn Conway and Anne Harris were listening to Augie playing Chopin's "Bercuese" in his room, which was soundproofed, but on this occasion her eldest had left its door open to delight those awake, none being disturbed from their sleep, since all in the Conway's London household were up and about, Valentine, the youngest son, at ten years old, indeed being in the same room as the pianist, whom he adored.

    "Lovely, isn't it?" The pianist's blissful mother, Lynn, asked, rhetorically, as she nodded along with the music; but Anne was increasingly negative with age, Lynn noticed, expecting, now, some sort of contradiction from her long-time housekeeper and friend.

    Sure enough it came in the form of "Hmph!...all very nice, Lynn, if you like long-haired stuff, but some Christmas music would be nice, tonight"

    Lynn was about to retort that they'd all been hearing little but Christmas music since Guy Fawkes Night back on November 5th, when another son , Jacy entered the room.

    "Closed the shop up early, Jace....?" enquired Lynn looking at her watch "Yeah, Mum..." he replied, tossing some mail on the table "...Everybody's at home now, prob'ly gettin' tiddley waitin' for Christmas Day at midnight" he slumped, tiredly, into a chair "Been a record day at the shop, though...good job I ordered all those toys in... they went like hot cakes despite they bein' a few bob over the odds"

    "Have you been gouging the customers, again?" Scolded his former Nanny, Anne.

    He scowled "T'm not profiteerin' Nan...it's the price that the wholesaler decreed that we charge, else they won't supply us anymore"

    "Well, they won't decree it much longer..." observed his mother who, as a journalist, was in the know "Sir Alec's on their case now with his Bill to end Retail Price Maintenance" She now looked over at the table "We have mail, yet?....I thought all our Christmas Cards were in"

    "One of 'em's an official one for Augie..." her son informed her "...from the BBC, it looks like"

    "Really...?" His mother brightened "...Ah, that'll be about that "Somers - of the Yard" episode, he wrote..." She rose to look at the letter on the table "...He'll be so excited"

    "Any good is it, Ma...?" He didn't sound all that interested. J.C. Conway never gave much thought to anyone other than himself "...What Aug wrote?"".

    "I thought so..." she offered, stoutly "…Much better than the usual stuff in that series"

    "I didn't think much of it..." sniffed Mrs Harris "...Not till you practically rewrote the whole thing for him"

    "I merely edited a few changes..." Lynn defended, stiffly "Augie worked very hard on this, the research into forensics and police procedure, etcetera...I'll bet he spent more time reading up stuff, and interviewing experts, than printing it"

    She picked up the envelope from the BBC "I'll get this into him so he can read it when he's finished playing this piece "

    She was soon back with the announcement that Augie had scarcely been aware of her coming in and dropping the letter on his piano lid "He was so deep into reading Chopin's score..." she explained to the audience "...What's the betting that he'll express himself in music , once he reads the letter...?" she challenged the audience "...He's fond of doing that when he gets good news"

    Almost as if Augie had heard her the music stopped. Now they all waited as they imagined the young man seeing the letter, opening it, reading it; they listened through several minutes of silence.

    Then from Augie's room, they heard the piano play an introduction, then launch into a song of moderate tempo "A Christmas song...?" Lynn's brow was furrowed in puzzlement "... That's unusual...sounds familiar....ought I to know it?"

    Jacy, who usually had the radio on all day to keep him company in his shop, finally recognized the tune. his frown cleared "It's Presley's 'I'll Have A Blue Christmas', Mum..." he interpreted "...Our Augie must have got a rejection slip!"
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    Red for Christmas?

    Early December

    Gussie, is driving her new Volkswagen, whilst her bodyguard, Red Rolfe, sits erect and alert, in the back seat.

    "What say, Red...?" she spoke over her shoulder "...Macy's or Gimbels at the mall?"

    The ex-cop shrugged "Up to you, Kiddo...I don't do Christmas shopping"

    Gussie surveyed her former chauffeur, now bodyguard, in the overhead mirror "That's right...no family, eh?...what about friends, then?"

    Rolfe shrugged once more "Don't do those either..." she grunted "...Not since I left the job...." she looked out of the side window, and Gussie perceived that this thirty-something woman with such hard-boiled airs was a little embarrassed when she added "...you'd be the closest"

    "Me...really...?" Gussie felt a warm glow "...In that case, what can I get you for Christmas?"

    Hedy "Red" Rolfe, in turn, shrugged, shook her head, then grinned at the mirror "That you don't get snatched on me, or total us both by speedin’'"

    Gussie almost stamped her foot in exasperation "Why me, Lord...?" she complained to the roof of the car "...Stick me with a great family that has everything, and a dear woman who needs nothing!"

    "Dear?...Me? ..." A surprised and touched Red let her guard down for a moment "...I had no idea that I was any more than the hired help to you, Gus"

    Gus kept her eyes on the road, as she swallowed and tried to sound casual "You save me from being kidnapped, you look out for me, you listen to my prattle, you even play catcher to that knuckleball I'm working on for next season..." Now she looked directly into Red's eyes via the overhead mirror "…Greater love hath no woman than this"

    For a moment, the two redheads looked into each others' eyes. Rolfe was the first to look away, and, as was her habit, to scan outside the car for possible problems. "In that case, Kiddo..." she reverting to her laid-back demeanour drawled "...how's about your Canadian Mom sending me a nice Cuban cigar, which those idiots up in Washington won't let me enjoy?"
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=U.S.A...OYeCjwO-4bT4CQ

    "Oh, Red...!" This time, Gussie did thump the steering wheel "...You try to be so macho..." Again she looked at her passenger, who this time avoided her eyes in the mirror "...Yet, I'm the androgynous one of us two, you're definitely strong, but you are all woman!"

    Now, Red was concerned, she leaned forward earnestly "Hey, don't put yourself down, Kid...just because you work and play hard as a man, an' can outsmart most of 'em, doesn't mean that you're one of them "

    Gussie smiled at her via the mirror "I'm my father's daughter, Red..." she said, quietly "...now there's a real winner - who wouldn't want to be like him...?" She turned her attention back to the road "...now that we've done trying to assure each other of our femininity, Miss Rolfe, shall I tell you what I want for Christmas?"

    Red smiled back at her "Go easy on me, Gus..." she warned, playfully "... Dan Conway may be your hero, but he's my paymaster who don't throw his money around...I don't want him firin' me 'cos his daughter's spending his money on me"

    "Oh,I pay my own way, Red..." Gussie sounded indignant "... all I want from Daddyio is his consent"

    "Consent, Gus?" Rolfe was puzzled

    "That you move in with me, Red... " Gussie looked at her passenger again, directly in the mirror "...to be my bodyguard at home and wherever...as well as my dear friend!"
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    The London "Daily Mirror"

    November 30th 1963

    Bad times for the world

    by Chatty Cathy

    Apart from the awful assassination of President Kennedy which has been amply covered by this newspaper in the days since it happened, the month of November was a nightmare for the world, anyway.

    The month began with another assassination , South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother, going down under a hail of bullets from a firing squad, following a coup by General Duong Van Minh who candidly explained that "They had to be killed… Pres. Diem was too much respected among simple, gullible people in the countryside."
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=South...EsHyjwO69bTQDA

    Then, a week later, Japan experienced double horror as over 400 miners were killed in a coal-dust explosion, whilst almost 160 people died in a train crash, and a week after that, in faraway Iceland, a sinister volcano thrust itself up beside the tiny Island -state's landscape to become an ominous part, of its future, whilst in Washington D.C. A Senate committee held hearings on the TFX scandal where General Dynamics had received a $7 billion contract in 1962, the United State's Vice- President Lyndon Johnson- as he was, then, being a target of that investigation.

    And even after the Kennedy assassination, itself, there was no letup in the killing, during its aftermath, a Gman coming off second-best,in a firefight with the alleged perpetrator, Lee Harvey Oswald, who, in turn, was gunned down by Jack Ruby - and most Yanks still feel that everyone should be able to carry guns!), then more than fifty old-timers went West during a nursing- home fire, again in the States.
    https://www.google.ca/search?q=Lee+h...BZPkjwPSpKjADA

    So, the worst that nature and man could do was manifested in this November, just past, an evil month, any way .

    Being sunny ol' me, I feel that I should end this gloomy recital on a couple of positive notes - also during November, the touch-tone telephone was introduced....so much more convenient when dialing...about time that Ma Bell pulled its finger out of that cranky old dialing wheel.

    Another finger that was removed from a certain unmentionable orifice, was in American professional baseball, of all things. Augusta "Gussie" Conway, a 22-year-old already noted for being one of notorious baseball mogul Dan Conway's equally remarkable twin children, signed up with a team already in her Daddy's considerable business empire, the Culver City Cougars, as the first woman player in modern professional baseball (Although there was an actual Women's League during the war when a lot of men were away).

    Gussie was already renowned as a nippy infielder for an amateur team of showbiz folk in Culver City, but the word is, that Daddy Conway only took her seriously as a player, now that she wants to be a pitcher, one of the rarest commodities in baseball, the most valuable, the most fragile, and the most in demand.

    The main attraction for Dan, whose Big League team, the Philadelphia Phils, keeps on winning the Yankee version of our own Cup Final, is that Gussie is learning this fancy pitch called a knuckleball with which a "pitcher" - akin to our bowler in cricket - can baffle the baseball batters batty with a delivery that they can't hit which she can throw forever, without damaging her arm (Most pitches Over There wreak a lot of stress on the arm, hence, the short spotty careers of most orthodox pitchers)

    Of course, this is sheer nepotism, Gus probably won't make it any further than the scrubbers, but she has broken the male grip on pro baseball over there. You go , Girl!
    -30-
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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