A super Super Bowl comeback
Ok, so it was the most thrilling Super Bowl in history and Tom Brady added to his fame in the second half and overtime — but now he and Belichick can go into retirement.
As my reader-friends and fans know, I was rooting for the Falcons, and they sure did look good in the first half, but you gotta play for 60 minutes and they let the pressure off Brady in the second half and the game was over. If those Atlanta fellows had played as tight in the second half getting after Brady, it could have been a different ending.
And on top of that, I missed the Centreville piece that I am told appeared just prior to kickoff, showing the courthouse and people walking up and down Lawyers Row. I started watching the darn pre-game show at 3 p.m. and must have been eating my Super Sub that we picked up at church that morning when the Centreville piece came on. Sorry I missed that.
Now for another local angle to the ballgame: Jerry Thomas, a local resident and a church member I chat with most Sunday mornings, coached down at Salisbury University, back in the late ‘90s when it was called Salisbury State. Jerry told me he coached Falcons head coach Dan Quinn when Quinn was a student there from 1989 through 1994. Jerry said he coached Quinn in the hammer throw and that he qualified for the NCAA national championship in 1944. How about that? Jerry coached there from 1988 to 1995.
Yes, it certainly is a small world!
••• THE SUN KNOWS US For the second time in a week, The Baltimore Sun has had a feature about Queen Anne’s County, and this time on page 3, Friday morning. It was a piece by the Sun’s Jacques Kelly who talked about when Pioneer Point was owned by John J. Raskob who lived there with his wife Helen and their 12 children.
He mentioned Mostly Hall, where the kids lived just a few hundred yards from the main mansion house, Hartefeld Hall. He also noted what I said in a recent column that when the kids were shown their house and the wide open lobby, they said “oh, this mostly hall.” And the name stuck.
I had a picture in my files some time ago I snapped of Joe Handley, who was farm manager down there for years. He was standing by Hartefeld Hall, but I can’t find the darn shot now or it would appear with this week’s column.
••• STARBUCKS COMING Did you see that lengthy piece in The Sun the other day about Starbucks is going to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years?
The folks at our ACME tell that Starbucks is putting a store just inside the front entrance to the ACME. I guess they figure folks will want to have a cup of coffee while shopping. Anyway, I was wondering after reading the story in the paper how many of those refugees will be working there when it is opened?
The newspaper article said the CEO of Starbucks was quoted as saying: “We will begin by making the initial focus of our hiring efforts on those individuals who have served with U.S. troops as interpreters and support personnel.” It went on to note the company’s relationship with Mexico, where it has 600 stores and gets much of its coffee.
••• FOR BETTER VISION A lot of talk lately about Special Olympics and the Polar Bear Plunge in the Bay that gave a lot of money to the Special Olympics. I see my Lion magazine that Lions International partnered with Special Olympics years ago and to date has provided free vision screening to 400,000 Special Olympians in 85 countries; and that more than 150,000 pairs of new eyeglasses were manufactured to improve eyesight “for one of the most marginalized populations in the world.”
••• THAT’S PRETTY OLD! Someone asked me recently how long I had been doing the column. I told them it was a long time, since I started it when I was 15 and am now 92. You can do the math. Now the column hasn’t been in the Record Observer all those years, but I have written a column for the other papers in between the times I was out of the Record Observer.
Anyway, I can probably claim the title of the oldest newspaper columnist in the state of Maryland. Hey, maybe even the US of A!