Firsts

Of all the memories people recall, childhood “firsts” have to rank near the top: first day of school, first time riding a bike, first crush, first kiss, first dance. More on that in a second. Back when I was a child, before life removed all the innocence, there was something that I both loved and …

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Faith and Columbine

“Oh my God, oh my God, don’t let me die!” Not exactly the words I wanted to read before boarding a 737 one night ago. I’ll get back to that in a moment. If you spend a lot of time in airports, “people-watching” may not be something that you do much of when you’re at …

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Time Out

Trump pushed to have the guy pictured here, David Pecker, at the helm at Time magazine: “David Pecker would be a brilliant choice as CEO of time Magazine—nobody could bring it back like David!” Trump wrote. “He’d make it exciting and win awards!” Currently, Pecker is the chief executive of American Media, Inc., which owns the …

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Freaks?

It was often horrifying to visit my grandma’s house. Not in the sense that I didn’t want to be there. I enjoyed visiting very much. It’s where I got to see and play outside with my cousins, eat tasty food — including homemade tortillas, and learn a little Spanish. My parents, and the other adults …

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N.

Young people today often repeat what prior generations have said: “It was different back then. Times have changed.” I’m certainly guilty of saying this to my parents, and I’ve often been on the receiving end of this statement — especially over the course of this year. (I guess that’s what happens when begin to age.) …

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Ricky Berry

After his success as a San Jose State Spartan, Ricky Berry, was the 18th player selected in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft. In 1989, he would be dead. Back to that in a moment. On March 26, 1979 all eyes were on the college basketball championship between Indiana State and Michigan State. …

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Homegrown Chacon

On the eve of a fight in March, 1982, Bobby Chacon became a single dad to three children, ages 11, 8, and 6. Following two devastating losses, Chacon’s wife, Valorie, begged him to quit boxing. Her pleas were ignored. Subsequently, she killed herself with a rifle at the family’s home in the small town of …

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Handsome Harambe

In 1986, a five-year-old fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Jersey Zoo in the English Channel Islands. The male Silverback gorilla, Jambo, kept other gorillas at bay while he guarded the unconscious boy. Ultimately, two zoo employees (whose expertise was with birds) and EMT personnel, were able to rescue the boy after putting themselves …

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Prince Rogers Nelson

I don’t think I’ve been touched by reading posts and seeing photos as much as I have today. It’s been an unusual and remarkable day of empathy. The amount of people Prince touched is unquestionable. Like most folk, I knew his music before I knew his name. Above and beyond any other form of entertainment …

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Eli

Last night, the person whom my mom shared her life with for 27 years, passed away peacefully in his home state of Nayarit.He was affectionately known to some of the kids as Li-Li, but most of us called him Eli. He was a good and decent man, whom we’ll remember fondly. From the moment we met …

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