Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Kerouac

The US Supreme Court decision in 1954 that “…in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place.” (Brown vs Board of Education (Topeka)) lead to The Little Rock Nine. Nine brave young people standing together for education equality.

The US Army was called in to escort and protect these children just so they could walk through the doors of their high school.

Boris Leonidovich Pasternak was a Russian poet and author. He received the Nobel Prize in 1958 “for his important achievement both in contemporary lyrical poetry and in the field of the great Russian epic tradition” His singular novel was Doktor Zhivago (1957). I saw the movie, it looked cold. I thought about the movie when I rode the overnight train from Moscow to St. Petersberg. It was cold.

The Commerce Comet – Mickey Mantle represents the promise and humanity of baseball. Bob Costas probably said it best in his eulogy of The Mick, “In the last year of his life, Mickey Mantle, always so hard on himself, finally came to accept and appreciate the distinction between a role model and a hero. The first, he often was not. The second, he always will be. And, in the end, people got it.”

Hey, Jack Kerouac:

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