Update on some old stories, plus some new ones, after-the-jump ...
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Eighteen months ago, I wrote about the efforts that a college football coach was making to reduce injuries for his team — by not allowing tackling in practices (only the use of heavily padded, motorized tackling dummies) — as he found that a majority of team injuries came during practice, not actual games.
Not only was Buddy Teevens able to do that: he was able to improve recruiting as well as make Dartmouth College a contender/champion in the Ivy League, with opening day starters often able to play the entire season.
He also hired the first full-time female assistant coach in Division 1 college football history, as he first gave Callie Brownson a two-week internship at training camp based on his own observation … then hired her when his players had an even higher opinion (and she is now working in the NFL).
My original post (which delved into CTE, the progressive brain injuries that have afflicted American football, that he sought to prevent) at this link.
Now …... an update
While bicycling home from a restaurant dinner in St. Augustine, Florida (along with his wife, from their vacation home), he was struck by a vehicle and is in intensive care. Sadly, for someone as concerned with the safety of others as he is … he was not wearing a helmet.
In 2011, I did a profile of the NPR correspondent in Rome, Sylvia Poggioli — who also has done extensive coverage of the Balkans — and how she was born in Providence, Rhode Island to a pair of university professor parents (who fled Italy rather than sign loyalty oaths to Mussolini). She then attended Reed College in Oregon, winning a Fulbright scholarship that brought her to her ancestral Italy.
There she met an Italian (who interestingly enough won a Nieman Fellowship to Harvard in 1982), and were married until his death in 2015.
My original post (with many details about her journey) is at this link.
Now …... an update
She has announced that she will be retiring on Friday, March 31st ... and will be interviewed this coming Saturday morning on Weekend Edition Saturday by host Scott Simon.
A story that I have not covered in Top Comments (but did post in my weekly blatherings): the couple featured on the cover of the original soundtrack Woodstock album … was a local couple named Bobbi Kelly and Nick Ercoline — who married two years later (she a school nurse, he a carpenter) and in retirement: they both worked as volunteers at the Bethel Woods music center, which stages concerts (small scale) on the site of the original 1969 Woodstock.
Their fifty-two year marriage ended with Bobbi’s death this past weekend at the age of seventy-three, after a bout with cancer.
And finally …. Professor Robert Kelly, an associate professor of political science at Pusan National University in South Korea, whose 2017 remote BBC interview on South Korean politics went viral (after his two children video-bombed it) …..
… has posted some new photos six years later … and gosh, the kids have grown.
Let’s close with John Coltrane’s timely (twice-a-year) classic.
Now, on to Top Comments:
Highlighted by renren:
In yesterday’s Good News diary (hosted by niftywriter) — this comment made by WolverineForTJatAW on the subject of gerrymandering.
And from Ed Tracey, your faithful correspondent this evening ........
In the diary by DowneastDem about the offer by the president of the progressive Hampshire College (in western Massachusetts) to match the current tuition charged at Florida’s similar New College — which the governor wants to turn into a right-wing laboratory — quite a discussion throughout on one’s college days (or their children’s) unfolds.
Judge Moonbox opens a short thread on an incoming trustee of note — but the entire commentary throughout is illuminating.
Next - enjoy jotter's wonderful (and now eternal) *PictureQuilt™* below. Just click on the picture and it will magically take you to the comment featuring that photo.
March 22nd, 2023
(NOTE: any missing images in the Quilt were removed because (a) they were from an unapproved source that somehow snuck through in the comments, or (b) was an image from the DailyKos Image Library without permissions set to allow others to use it.)
And lastly: yesterday's Top Mojo - mega-mojo to the intrepid mik ...... who rescued this feature from oblivion: