Airline Passengers Need a Bail Out Too!

The airline industry is poised to reap billions of dollars in taxpayer assistance while some of the carriers are unfairly restricting reasonable accommodations to those who have paid for tickets but are not able to fly because of the worldwide Coronavirus emergency.

I am sending the following email/letter to my two Senators and my Representative. I urge every US citizen to send a similar letter or email as well. We should not allow the airlines to ride roughshod over the people who will be providing support for their survival.

If you think this is reasonable, please pass this along. Even if this particular issue does not affect you, you may have friends or loved ones who will suffer a financial loss if reasonable allowances are not granted.


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Dear Honorable Senator or Representative:

I am writing to you about a very specific concern I have and I am sure that many of my fellow citizens have as well. The people about whom I am writing are among those who count themselves as your constituents. Please take the follow concern to heart.

As the US government prepares to use taxpayer dollars to “bail out” and assist the airline industry, I believe the airline industry, at the behest of the US government, should in turn “bail out” and assist the passengers who have purchased tickets to use the services of the various airline carriers.

Several of my friends have found themselves in the following predicament:

They were planning a trip in the future and to be sure they were able to secure an airline ticket, they purchased their tickets many months in advance. As an example, let us assume they were planning a May, 2020 trip, but purchased the tickets in September of 2019.

While they are able to cancel their May, 2020 flight and get “credit,” some of the airlines are insisting that the credit MUST be used within one year of the date of purchase, i.e. September, 2020 or within four or five months of the cancellation.

Don’t you think this is unfair? Travelers had specific reasons for booking their airfare such as attending an event and that reason may no longer exist. It is unreasonable to expect customers to be able to make travel arrangements within such a short period of time just to avoid losing money.

A – Congress should mandate that airlines must provide credit in the same amount as the original expenditure or provide a flight of equal or greater value within 18 MONTHS of the original DEPARTURE date. This time frame is much more equitable and makes a great deal more sense.

Congressional oversight is needed to assure that airlines do not “significantly” increase fares to compensate for the proposed financial adjustments to passengers.

B – There should be an additional stipulation for the elderly or infirm who find that they are no longer able to fly due to medical and/or other health reasons, that they be granted a full and complete refund. This group of Americans had nothing to do with the Coronavirus and the worldwide emergency and they should be protected. A reasonable form supplied by a licensed physician should be enough for such a waiver to be granted.

C – Those unfortunate people who may have died in the interim should have their estates reimbursed in full upon simple application and provision of a death certificate.

D – I also understand that some of our citizenry have made arrangements to fly on foreign carriers over which American laws might have little impact. To compensate those Americans who find themselves in a situation similar to the above (A, B or C), I would suggest the following:

A US government fund should be established to offer compensation to Americans who find themselves being denied such compensation by foreign air carriers. This fund shall remain active and in effect until all claims by American citizens have been satisfied within the specified time frame.

Any foreign carrier not willing to extend the 18-month extension and/or the waiver for ill or disabled citizens should be charged a significant surtax for using US airport facilities until the compensation fund is made whole. The surtax revenues will be deposited in the established fund.

US airlines partnered with foreign carriers who do not comply with the provisions above will have a choice to 1) Offer compensation by way of a flight of equal or greater value with the same conditions noted in A, B and C or 2) Pay the surtax fees until the compensation fund is made whole.

I understand that the airline industry finds itself in a difficult financial situation, but it is no more difficult than the millions of average Americans who are suffering physically, emotionally and financially as well.

Let’s all share the pecuniary load imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic and not burden the American citizens with the financial liabilities of this world and national emergency.

Thank you for your consideration regarding this concern held and shared by millions of your countrywomen and countrymen.

Sincerely,

Your Constituent


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Things to Do While Sheltered In Place

Hello loyal JBRish readers, friends and fellow humans who have found their way to this web page. As we are working through trying and unusual times, someone sent me a list of resources covering a wide variety of interests and age groups. We hope you find several things on this list that interest you and help lighten the burden of sheltering in place.

NOTE – I do not know the origins of this list. If anyone can provide the appropriate originator, please leave a comment and I will provide proper annotation.

If you find a broken link in which you are interested, please leave a comment and I will try to fix it!


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Disclaimer: I cannot vouch for the quality or value of any of the links below. I am just passing information along in an effort to help others use their “shelter-in-place” time in a more interesting and perhaps rewarding manner. As always, let the buyer beware and your mileage may vary.

 

8 Online Art Classes That Will Keep Kids Creating

Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course & Certification via Hollywood Art Institute
Discounted 99% ($19) on the date of this post – 3/24/2020


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The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!

Tour Yellowstone National Park!

Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover.

✅This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs.

Indoor Activities for pre-K – 1st

Play games and learn all about animals

Play with fave show characters and learn too

Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.

This Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China is beautiful and makes history come to life.

Math and Reading games

Phonics skills

✅The British Museum located in the heart of London allows virtual visitors to tour the Great Court and discover the ancient Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies.

Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss

300,000+ FREE printable worksheets from toddlers to teens

Geography and animals

Math practice from counting to algebra and geometry

Fave kids books read by famous people

Crafts, activities, mazes, dot to dot, etc.

Math and reading games

Math and language games

Hands on Elem science videos

Voice based learning… learn through Alexa

Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities

ClickSchooling brings you daily recommendations by email for entertaining websites that help your kids learn.

Math as a fun part of your daily family routine

Games to get “into the book”

Online history classes for all ages preteen through adults

Biology

Elem Math through 6th grade

Educational games K-12

Digital archive of history

Resources for Spanish practice

Chinese learning activities

Music is for everyone

Science, Math, Social Studies

Daily free science or cooking experiment to do at home.

Chemistry

Reading passages for grades 3-12, with reading comprehension and discussion questions.

Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin.

35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.

K-5th Science lessons

Tons of free classes from leading universities and companies

Free printable K-8 Reading and Math activity packs (available in English and Spanish)

Digital learning content for preschool through high school

Day-by-day projects to keep kids reading, thinking, and growing.

3 Free Weeks of Maker Stations to keep your children creating at home! Each challenge includes simple instructions using materials around the house, QR code video resources, and a student recording sheet.

Classes for older teens or adults – One free month of membership!

Online homeschool platform & curriculum for Pre-K to 12th grade. All main subjects are covered, plus extra curriculum courses.

Printable board games, activities and more for phonics and reading all using evidence-based methods. Can be customized to any student’s needs including creating flashcards for other subjects.

K-8 online math program that looks at how a student is solving problems to adjust accordingly and build a unique learning path for them.

Engaging reading game for grades 2-8 that combines strategy, engagement, and imaginative reading passages to create a fun, curriculum-aligned literacy game.

Foreign languages

Interactive video earth science based curriculum supplement.

A safe research site for elementary-level readers. They are offering — free 24/7 access
USERNAME: read (case sensitive)
PASSWORD: read (case sensitive)

✅Educational brain breaks to help students review essential literacy and math skills, while getting in some exercise. Find over 900 videos to help your child keep learning at home and burn off some extra energy. Our site is best used for ages 4-8.

Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts.

7,000 free videos in 13 subject areas

Carmen Sandiego videos, stories, and lessons for all subject areas

Math Videos with lessons, real life uses of math, famous actors

Entertaining & educational videos for all levels and subjects

Online education program for toddler through high school

Free Printables for PreK-2nd Grade

Free printables library with activities for children 0-6

Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans

Magic Spell is a carefully crafted spelling adventure.

Enter your math problem or search term, press the button, and they show you the step-by-step work and answer instantly. 2nd grade through college.

Elem Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources

Poetry and music

3D printing projects and Coding projects, involving math and other K-12 subjects

Introductory and intermediate music theory lessons, exercises, ear trainers, and calculators.

Scads of free resources, games, learning resources, and lesson plans for teaching personal finance

Improve your typing skills while competing in fast-paced races with up to 5 typers from around the world.

Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.

Online curriculum that builds better writers.

80+ do at home science activities

Daily lessons and educational activities that kids can do on their own

Adaptive curriculum in Math and ELA for Grades K-8

Novel Effect makes storytime a little more fun for kids (and grown-ups too!) As you read out loud from print books (or ebooks!) music, sound effects, and character voices play at just the right moment, adjusting and responding to your voice.

Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up

Teaches students how to write a paragraph through interactive online tutorial

PreK-12 digital media service with more than 30,000 learning materials

Curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students.

Science and math labs and simulations

Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free

Free videos from around the world from grade 3-12

QuaverMusic is offering free access to general music activities to all impacted schools, including free student access at-home

For students to practice and master whatever they are learning.

ReadWorks is an online resource of reading passages and lesson plans for students of all levels K-12.

Critical Thinking resources for K-6 students

Music Based Spanish Learning

Science simulations, scientist profiles, and other digital resources for middle school science and high school biology

The Shurley English program for grades K-8 provides a clear, logical, and concrete approach to language arts.

Sight reading and sight singing practice exercises.

Music practice transformed

Spellingcity is free right now with code VSCFree90

Kid-friendly workouts — choose from Strength for Kids, Agility for Kids, Flexibility and Balance for Kids, Warm-Up for Kids, Cooldown for Kids, Stand Up and Move for Kids, OR create your own custom kid workout.

A collection of hundreds of free K-12 STEM resources, from standalone models and simulations to short activities and week long sequences of curriculum materials.

✅Course sets (Levels 1–5) that combine and thoroughly cover phonics, reading, writing, spelling, literature, grammar, punctuation, art, and geography—all in one easy-to-use, beautiful course.

At home OT, PT, and ST resources designed to build skills in children through movement and play.

Science projects that can be completed with or without Internet access

Keyboarding practice OR

Next Generation Science video game focused on middle school where students directly engage in science phenomena as they solve problems.

Short videos and readings that answer various burning questions for students. There are vocabulary challenges and comprehension questions.

Math practice

K-5 curriculum that builds deep understanding and a love of learning math for all students

✅A quick start resource to help families pull together a plan for surviving the next 1-2 months at home with their kids, but it can also be a time of slowing down and enjoying kids as they learn.
Preschool through 8th grade

Spelling 1-4 grade

2,500+ online courses from top institutions

22 languages to learn

Learn to code

Miscellaneous games for all subjects k-8

Phonics and learning to read

PreK – 5 games for all subjects

Online digital coloring pages

Every course you could possibly want to homeschool preschool – 8

✅Every course you could possibly want to homeschool for high school

Phonics worksheets for kids

Free stories online ages 3-12

National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students. Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.

Learn all about earthquakes

Learn all about the periodic table

Farmer’s almanac for kids… Date, weather, moon phase, etc.

Guide to gardening for kids

✅Website allows students to play basic games to reinforce math skills and compete against the computer or others

Space science for kiddos

Math Games, Logic Puzzles and Brain Builders

Games, quizzes and fact sheets take kids on a journey through time.

✅NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history.

News and more for kids

Randomly generates 356,300,262,144 story starters

✅Immerse yourself in cryptography

Math games galore

✅Tons of science experiments that you can do at home

✅An interactive way to learn history

✅Just explore, have fun, and learn some science along the way.

Interactive games based on the book series

Work on the 8 parts of speech

Learn all about cells

All sorts of learning here if you dig in

✅Scratch draws students of all types into coding and lays a foundation for future learning.

✅A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.

Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are.

✅Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history.

Short videos about numbers that help kids explore complex math topics and make math more fun.

✅A human visualization platform that allows students to explore the human body in really cool ways.

✅Helps kids learn to appreciate the arts by providing them with the opportunity to play games, conduct investigations, and explore different forms of art.

✅Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos.

Crafts, activities, bulletin board designs, and finger plays for early education teachers and parents to use with kids.

✅A large selection of fun songs to help teach preschool and kindergarten students

Resource section includes free flashcards, coloring pages, worksheets, and other resources for children, teachers, and parents.

Life skills curriculum for students in grades K-12. Their resources include strategies for teaching social and emotional skills.

Coding for ages 4-10

✅No need to travel to one of the Smithsonian’s zoos or museums — this website brings your child everything from live video of the National Zoo to the Smithsonian Learning Lab right to their screen

✅Cool Kid Facts gives your child access to educational videos, pictures, quizzes, downloadable worksheets, and infographics. They can use these to learn about geography, history, science, animals, and even the human body.

✅This interactive website, hosted by the U.S. Government Publishing Office, allows your child to see the ins and outs of the U.S. government by taking a series of learning adventures with none other than Benjamin Franklin.

✅This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals.

✅Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education project from Washington State University. Kids can send Dr. Universe any question they may have about history, geography, plants, animals, technology, engineering, math, culture, and more.

✅Your child can play games, learn fun facts, and find out how to turn coin collecting into a hobby.

✅From rainbows to tornadoes and winter storms to tsunamis, meteorologist Crystal Wicker breaks down the fascinating world of weather.

Kids Think Design explores careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design.

Brainscape offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.

✅The Theta Music Trainer offers a series of online courses and games for ear training and music theory.

✅Banzai exposes students to real-world financial dilemmas to teach them the importance of smart money management.

Innerbody explores the 11 bodily systems in depth. With interactive models and detailed explanations, this website will help them learn more about the internal mechanics of the amazing human

Alcumus is specifically designed to provide high-performing students with a challenging curriculum appropriate to their abilities

Find and fix learning gaps

Fractions practice

Education for kids all topics

Math and logic problems for ages 5 and up to adult

Science podcasts to listen to with your kids

Alaskan Wildlife cams

Coding with Star Wars

Tons and tons and tons of games some learning some just fun

Crafts, projects, science, recipes for young children

Amphibian unit studies

 
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1st global palindrome day in 909 years!

Did You Miss It?

 
First global palindrome day in 909 years

 

 

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A Soldier’s Son – Weapons of War – Part 1

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” — George S. Patton

NOTE: You can read the introduction to this series HERE:


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In the collection of World War II photographs my father amassed, there are quite a number of weaponry of various kinds. Some are photos of automatic weapons, or what passed for automatic weapons at the time, airplanes, tanks, etc.

I am posting a couple below for those readers who enjoy studying the various armaments of wars past and present.


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My research seemed to indicate that the tank below is a U.S. Light Tank M2A2 that was used for training in Oahu, HI especially directly after America’s entrance into the conflict.


A single LIGHT TANK M2A2

size – 2.5 x 3.25 including white space (approx)

The second photograph appears to be a line up of a group of the same model of tank standing at the ready.


A group of LIGHT M2A2 TANKS

size – 2.5 x 3.25 including white space (approx)

“U.S. LIGHT TANK M2A2 during maneuvers on Oahu, 1942. This light tank with twin turrets, one containing a .50-caliber machine gun and the other a .30-caliber machine gun, was first manufactured in 1935. In December 1942, when it was declared obsolete, there were 234 left in the Army. The M2A2 light tank is a good example of the type of equipment available shortly after the entry of the United States into World War II.”
Source: http://www.allworldwars.com/The-War-Against-Japan-Pictorial-Record.html

 

I am also posting two photographs of airplanes. I was not able to identify the type of aircraft in either of these photographs, but I know there are hobbyists and experts who may be able to shed some light on their identification. If so, feel free to pass it along and I will post credible updates; thank you!


WW II  Aircraft Engine
size – 3.25 x 2.5 including white space (approx)


WW II  Aircraft

size – 2.5 x 3.25 including white space (approx)

 

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Taking the Cake – Septuagenarian Surprise

We all mark our lives by celebrating and recounting our lifetime milestones. Important dates like first birthday, first words, first steps, first day in school, graduation, first job, weddings, etc. are often given this disitinction.

Our best friends surprised my wife (and me too), by helping us celebrate a very special milestone. Last month my wife became a Septuagenarian. While this may not seem very remarkable nowadays, we feel very blessed and grateful!

My wife likes to celebrate the “Month of My Birth” and so we do just that. This year, however, because of our schedules, the month became six weeks.

One way we celebrate birthdays with our best friends is that we take each other out for dinner at a fine restaurant.

Well…little did we know that when we arrived at their house that there was a big surprise in store for us. While anticipating going for dinner, we walked into the house and stepped into the kitchen to a huge crescendo of “SURPRISE”!

M & L arranged for a wonderful surprise party to mark this very special occasion. It was amazing because nobody in our friendship circle let slip the fact that this shindig was in progress. We were happy and thrilled to see all of our friends and to have them celebrate with us. I could go on and on about the wonderful food, wine, snacks, etc., but what I wanted to make certain to share with JRBrish readers is this…


70th birthday amazing quilt cake

It is hard to believe that this birthday cake is completely edible. My wife is an avid quilter and the baker/artist incorporated the love of quilting into this remarkable confection.

It may be hard to see, but notice the threads around the edges of the cake. The “quilt” on the left is a work of art in itself. The decorator even took care to draw designs on the serving board. It seems that no detail was overlooked.


Don't needle the quilter about turning 70!

Our best friends created a slogan especially for this occasion and it appears on the placard in the upper, right-hand corner; Don’t needle the quilter about turning 70! The customized cocktail napkins were also adorned with the slogan! Wow, 70! This was such a creative and fun party!

Thank you M & L for a most memorable evening and celebratory occasion!

 

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Spooky Times at Home Depot

When did Halloween get so big that tons of floor space is dedicated to intricate displays at the big box stores? I know that many towns have Halloween displays and events, but a quick trip to one or all of the big box stores can be almost as exciting!

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This collection of witches was brewing up a storm when we stopped by.


Witches brew

 

Captain Jack was only a shadow of his former self because of a severe diet plan, but he was sailing on and…


Captaiin Jack rides again

 

ready for his close up!


Captain Jack - Ready for his close up!

 

If you want to catch the best show, hurry down before these goblins, ghouls, etc. have left for trick or treatin’!

 

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Animal Photography – Faux Foes: An Unlikely Pair

Nature has its way and every now and then it reminds us that the rules of the Universe often bend.

This is a short story “captured” by Finnish photographer, Lassi Rautiainen, who witnessed a friendship between an unlikely pair of nature’s predators. A female wolf and a male brown bear became friends and hunting buddies.


Wolf and Bear as partners
Photo copyright of photographer Lassi Rautiainen

 

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Steve Jobs – Just ask for what you want!

Introduction

If you are a regular reader of JBRish, you know that I collect and enjoy good quotes. I have been a quote collector for more than fifty years. When I was in the classroom, I used quotes to stimulate dialogue at the beginning of my lessons.

I am always searching for that next best quote whether it be from an ancient pundit like Plato, a well-known author like Mark Twain or just someone who managed to capture an idea in a way that I found stimulating, poignant or motivational.


Steve Jobs Photo
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Steve Jobs is one of the people that I respect and appreciate. I have been a user of Apple Products almost from their inception. Jobs was a rare individual. Certainly he had is flaws, but his vision, drive and legacies far outweigh those human frailties.

I found the quote below in an online article from Inc., Steve Jobs Says There Is 1 Simple Habit That Separates The Doers from The Dreamers (and Leads to Great Success)

The article was in homage to Jobs’ legacy on the anniversary of his death eight years ago.

“Most people never pick up the phone and call. Most people never ask, and that’s what separates the people who do things from the people who just dream about them.”

The idea is that you need to learn to ask for what you want.

 

If you want to read the entire story behind the above quote and see the associated video, HERE is the link to the article

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A Soldier’s Son – Life During War

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” — George S. Patton

NOTE: You can read the introduction to this series HERE:


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Life is often drastically altered during war time, but some measure of normal routine needs to be maintained while the machinery and events of war take their toll on the soldiers and the native populations.


A group of Chinese men pull a sampan along the inlet or river way
A group of Chinese men pull a sampan along the inlet or river way
size – 3.25 x 2.25 including white space


NOTE: A couple of the workers are wearing abbreviated, wrap-around “shorts” which seem to expose their posteriors. Whether this is customary garb for the time or due to the hot and/or humid weather, I am not sure. [ See close up below ]

Pictured below is a group of soldiers and Chinese villagers heading out to do some reconnaissance work as a joint mapping party.


A mapping party of villagers and soldiers head out to do some reconnaissance
A mapping party of villagers and soldiers head out to do some reconnaissance
size – 3.25 x 2.5 including white space


Daily routines do continue during war to the extent possible. This is a picture of a Chinese story teller near Chungking. The people are gathered around, but look at the photographer as the picture is taken (Circa 1944.)


A village story teller takes a moment to pause for the picture.
A village story teller takes a moment to pause for the picture as his audience looks on.
size – 2.5 x 3.25 including white space


 

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A Baseball Incident to Remember: Yogi Berra

I am not necessarily a strong believer in fate, but I have to admit that every so often there is an event that makes me wonder if the universe has not conspired to bring all the factors into alignment at a given moment.


Yogi Berra at age 90
picture courtesy of https://www.ksdk.com/

I grew up in NYC and like many, I was a NY Yankee fan. I saw many ball games at Yankee Stadium during those halcyon years. Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra were among my heroes.

I just finished reading a book that I can recommend for anyone who loves baseball, the NY Yankees or Yogi Berra. My Dad Yogi by Dale Berra is entertaining and insightful. The focus is on Yogi Berra; a talented ball player and all around excellent human being. There are other family stories as well and fans will be more than happy with the book.

There is one incident in the book, however which I found fascinating. Here is a summary.

Background Information – “George Steinbrenner fired Yogi after just 16 games of the 1985 season when he previously said that Yogi would have his job as manager all season. Yogi Berra, No. 8, said he would not come back to the Stadium as long as Steinbrenner ran the team. He has not come back. He said yesterday he would not be at the first game of this Series, any of the games. The Series thus misses an honored guest. [ed]”

You can read more about the incident HERE

Yogi did not return to Yankee Stadium or have anything to do with the team for the next 14 years. He felt that Steinbrenner owed him an apology and would not consider being part of Yankee baseball until he received one.

Joe DiMaggio, on his death bed, convinced George Steinbrenner to make up with Yogi. When the Yogi Berra Museum was opened, Steinbrenner took the opportunity to mend fences and Yogi Berra agreed!

Now for the unbelievable “coincidence” (Based on the book by Dale Berra)…

  • On July 18,1999 – Yogi Berra Day – A Ferry named the Yogi Berra was re-routed from Weehawken NJ to NYC – to the Harlem River to make it easy to get to Yankee Stadium.
  • Joe Torres was Yankee Manager.
  • Don Larson (the only pitcher to throw a perfect game in a World Series – 1956), threw out the first pitch that day to Yogi Berra who was the catcher during that perfect game!
  • When Joe Torres was 16, he managed to get a ticket to watch Don Larson pitch his perfect game to Yogi during game 5 in the 1956 World Series.
  • Unbelievably, David Cone pitched a perfect game on this very special day AND to top it off, it was Joe Torre’s birthday.


David Cone's perfect game
picture courtesy of https://www.forbes.com/

As NY Yankee announcer Mel Allen might have said: “How about that!?”