L E’s Stories – Jim McKay:  A Career of Expressed Eloquence and Elegance

Today I am going to give you a very special gift….in a very special way……cuz I get to do something that I know will bring a smile to BD’s face…..and that makes me happy.  On many occasions, I have heard BD express his opinion of who he thinks were the best sports media (be it…

Music – 1986 – David Hasslehoff + 74th US Army Band – Star Spangled Banner – Start Of The Indy 500

David Hasselhoff is an American actor, singer, producer and businessman….who set a Guinness World Record as the most watched man on TV…..as he first gained recognition on the soap opera The Young and The Restless….while playing Dr. Snapper Foster…..when his career continued with his leading role as Michael Knight on the tv series Knight Rider…..and as L.A. County Lifeguard Mitch Buchannon in the series Baywatch…..as he also…

Music – 1986 – Playing Of TAPS – Start Of Indy 500 Race In Salute To Those Who Died – With Jim McKay

“Taps“ is a bugle call played at dusk….during flag ceremonies….at military funerals by the United States Armed Forces….and at any event that salutes those that have passed…..which is played by a single bugle or trumpet. It is also performed often at Girl Guide, Girl Scout and Boy Scout meetings and camps. The tune is also sometimes known as “Butterfield‘s Lullaby“….or by the first line of…

Music – 1987 – Sing Along Song – My Old Kentucky Home – Sang At 113th Running Of The Kentucky Derby

The 1987 Kentucky Derby was the 113th running of the Kentucky Derby….as the race took place on May 2, 1987…..with 130,532 people in attendance,,,,,and carried in its entirety by ABC Sports….in a race that was won by Alysheba with jocky Chris McCarron in the saddle in a time of 2:03.40….while Bet Twice came in 2nd (Place position)….as Avies Copy placed 3rd (Show…

Music – 1984 – Ray Charles – America The Beautiful – USA Medal Winners At Sarajevo Olympics Hilights

“America the Beautiful“ is a patriotic song…..with the lyrics having been written by Katharine Lee Bates….while the music was composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward at Grace Episcopal Church in Newark, New Jersey….as the two never met. At various times in the more than 100 years that have elapsed since the song was written….and particularly during the John F. Kennedy administration…..there have…

Music – 1980 – Star Spangled Banner – At Lake Placid Olympics Mens Hockey USA Gold Medal Ceremony

The “Miracle on Ice“ was a medal-round game during the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York….which was played between the hosting United States and the four-time defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had won the gold medal in five of the six previous Winter Olympic Games….and were the favorites to win once more in…

Music – 1980 – Ludwig Van Beethoven – Ode To Joy – With Sights + Moments Of Lake Placid Olympics

“Ode to Joy“ is an ode (poem) written in the summer of 1785 by German poet, playwright, and historian Friedrich Schiller….and published the following year in Thalia. A slightly revised version appeared in 1808, changing two lines of the first and omitting the last stanza. “Ode to Joy” is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final (fourth) movement of…

Music – 1980 – Chuck Mangione – Give It All You Got – Theme Of The Lake Placid Winter Olympics

In the late 1960’s, Chuck Mangione was a member of the band The National Gallery….which in 1968 released the album Performing Musical Interpretations of the Paintings of Paul Klee….while also serving as director of the Eastman jazz ensemble from 1968 to 1972.  In 1970, he returned to recording with the album Friends and Love….which was recorded in concert with the Rochester…

Music – 1980 – Chuck Mangione – Feels So Good – Put To USA Dorothy Hamill Ice Staking Exhibition

Chuck Mangione is an American flugelhorn player, trumpeter and composer….who was a member of Art Blakey’s band….and co-led the Jazz Brothers with his brother, Gap. He achieved international success in 1977 with his jazz-pop single “Feels So Good”…..as heard in this video of figure skating’s Olympic gold medalist USA Dorothy Hamel’s 1979 exhibition seen herewith….as Mangione has released more than 30…