50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
U.S. gymnast Mary Lou Retton, who would take home a gold, two silver and two bronze medals from the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, was born in Fairmount, West Virginia.
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” starring Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach and Lee Van Cleef, was drawing in movie audiences.
“I Never Sang for My Father,” a play about a troubled relationship between a father and son, opened at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway and ran for 124 performances.
The Israeli submarine Dakar, with 69 sailors onboard, disappeared in the Mediterranean enroute from Scotland to Haifa.
And on Shelter Island . . .
JULIE LANE PHOTO
One of the things the British get right is leaving the long weekends that begin and end summer without names weighed down with significance.
Over there they’re called “bank holidays,” a generic term simply meaning a long weekend with Monday off.
We insist on calling the summer kickoff Memorial Day, which has recovered some of its original meaning because of mounting numbers of dead Americans some of us remember for their service in the misguided wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But Labor Day lost its original meaning long ago. (more…)
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Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr.
While politicians on the national level wrangle about Obamacare and other health care options, New York State has taken a step in the direction of universal health care for all residents regardless of age, income or health. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO |Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr.
The New York State Legislature has passed a number of measures signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo this month strengthening women’s rights, according to Assemblyman Fred Thiele Jr. (I-Sag Harbor). (more…)
KATHERINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | A mute swan mother with her cygnets.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation just can’t let go of its outrageous plan to go after the 2,200 mute swans in the state. Most of these beautiful and graceful birds, some 1,600, are here on Long Island. (more…)