Let the 2016 games begin
I am sure most of my readerfriends are looking forward to the start of the Olympics in Rio on Aug. 5, as we have watched Team USA get ready with all the events on the tube. It will surely be more fun to watch the games instead of all the political stuff we have had to put up with all summer long.
My neighboring columnist up in Kent County, Lanny Parks, who has a weekly visit in the Tidewater Trader has an idea that I certainly agree with, but wonder if it can be successful. She said why not make the Olympic games a permanent site in one nation — well, one for summer and another for winter — and the host country would not have to go though the overwhelming expense of building sites for the games and the athletes’ village each time. They report that Brazil is spending millions, and it is already in a bad economic straits to have the Olympics in Rio. As Lanny noted, there could be some financial arrangement in place for nations to bid on.
Meanwhile, let the games begin on Aug. 5 and hope all goes well!
••• LETTER FROM TRUMP Did you get your letter from Donald Trump?
Both of us are registered Republicans here, but I was the only one to receive a MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN letter from The Donald. It was a long survey he wanted me to fill out and return, along with a contribution to his campaign. All the questions in the survey were formed to make Trump look good and Hillary Clinton look bad — so what else is new? Sorry, Mr. Trump, any spare cash we have is spent right here at home and not on your campaign.
••• TEN YEARS AGO It was just 10 years ago that the Record Observer printed a special well-documented special section on the county’s Tricentennial — 1706 to 2006. I found a copy the other day and got a kick out of going over it again.
One of the main features was a couple pages with pictures of the visit of Princess Anne and her husband Capt. Mark Phillips, as she dedicated the statute of Queen Anne on the courthouse green the weekend of June 18-19, which was being celebrated as Queen Anne’s Days. (By the way, whatever happened to the obser vance of our own Queen Anne’s Days?) I recall being on the front rows there with other press photographers straining to get a good shot of the Princess as she charmed the crowd — a record number of people coming into town for the big affair. I had long before retired as editor of the Record-Observer, but still kept my hand in with the column and free-lance writing, so was able to secure a press pass and get up close. It was a grand and glorious weekend!
There was also a long feature about the weekly papers in the county, the Record-Observer and Bay Times. It noted that the book “Newspapers of Maryland’s Eastern Shore” by Dickson J. Preston, claimed the oldest newspaper in continuous existence on the Shore is the Queen Anne’s Record-Observer. It grew out of the Centreville Times, which was established July 17, 1824. The Bay Times was started in November 1963 by my old friend and colleague, the late Chris Rosendale. His first edition carried a front page picture of President Kennedy who had been shot the week before.
Both papers are still going strong and hopefully for years to come!
••• OUR FAIR IS COMING Besides looking forward to the Olympics, we are also awaiting the annual County Fair out at the 4-H Park in August. It is an event we never miss and we hope this year’s week will be another rousing success for everyone involved.
We are so fortunate to have this grand 4-H Park. It was back in 1941 that George Moffett donated 26 acres to become the Park, and it was just a year later that the first 4-H Fair was held. It is one of the largest county fairs in the state, as most of the ones here on the Shore are just two or three days long.