Life’s Playlist…. What the World Needs Now performed by Sara Bareilles

On this date in 1995, America was attacked, by our own citizens.

I can recall the moment I heard about the Oklahoma City Bombing, I was sitting in my office at Carey Special Events in Atlanta, like with many horrific events in our nation’s history, it took some time for the devastation to sink in.

American citizens drove a moving truck into the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.  The moving truck was a bomb, the impending carnage killed 168 Americans.

Over the next hours and days, the heartbreak of Oklahoma City encompassed our nation and when the reality of those lost, including toddlers in a preschool became known, the nation mourned.

Since Oklahoma City, there have been many more incidents of national tragedy, tomorrow will mark the 19th Anniversary of the Columbine shooting.

We get a lot right in America, but sadly we also get a lot wrong.  Hopefully one day we really will understand, what the world needs is love, sweet love.

Life’s Playlist…. Go Rest High On That Mountain by Vince Gill

 

 

Life’s Playlist… Three Times a Lady by Lionel Richie

As I write this on Monday night, Former First Lady Barbara Bush’s health is failing, she is surrounded by those she loves and as reported by her family “her spirit and grace is strong.”

Barbara Bush served our country in many ways and her love for the United States has always been obvious.

Never glamorous, never showy, but always a class act.

Barbara Bush could be described as America’s grandmother, she and her family have my prayers during this difficult time.

Thank you Mrs. Bush, you have served your nation well.

Life’s Playlist… Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw

On Saturday, Coach Ted Law passed away.  Coach Law was a good man and at 90, lived a full life.

Coach Law, was a teacher and basketball coach at our High School for many years.  Many of my counterparts remember Coach Law from those endeavors, I remember him for a different one.

My primary memories of Coach Law are as a Sunday School Teacher.  When I was a kid, he was my Sunday School teacher in 6th and 7th grade.

At a time when young boys are our most impressionable, when we are raging with hormones and learning who we are, Coach Law took us under his wing and helped shape us into young men.

In class, Coach Law ran a tight ship, he did the same in Sunday School class.  There was no room for disrespect, foolishness or idle hands, we were expected to be mannerly and engaged in the lessons.

During those years I was receiving perfect attendance pins each year in my Sunday School class.  When I had my tonsils out, Coach Law piled the class into his car and brought them to our house so I didn’t miss class.  That’s the kind of man he was.

More than just Bible lessons, Coach Law taught us about life, how to be good citizens and how to lead a life of faith and he walked the walk, leading by example.

Coach Ted Law was a good man, he will be missed and his impact on our community will be felt for years to come.  I am indebted to Coach Law for the guidance he gave, his compassion and gentle spirit.

Thanks Coach, for a man who inspired and taught us how to live lives of respect, you will most be remembered as a man who exemplified humble and kind.

Life’s Playlist… Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

Who Shot JR?

On this date in 1980, one of televisions biggest cliff-hangers captured the imagination of the American public.  Who shot JR?

JR Ewing was the cornerstone of a wildly popular TV show on CBS called Dallas.  Long before the internet, social media or even personal computers, network television was where we found our entertainment.

If you were lucky you had four or five channels, NBC, CBS, ABC, TBS and PBS, back in the day when we watched those channels you had to get up out of your chair, walk over to the TV and change the channel….. horrors, right?!?!??

In 1980, Dallas was the number one show on television, it centered on The Ewing family, a rich oil family who lived in Texas.

JR was the dastardly, pompous tycoon, older brother who never saw a potential deal he couldn’t manipulate or a woman he didn’t feel entitled to romance, all while his wife sat home, drank vodka and popped pills.

During the 1980 season, JR had managed to create enemies with everyone, he had cheated his family members, business partners, mistresses and wife.

In the final scene of the season, JR was in his office late at night and heard a noise in the outer office, when he walked into the room to investigate, he was shot, falling to the ground and lying in a pool of blood as the credits appeared on the screen.

For that entire summer the country was locked in intrigue for Who Shot JR?  There were songs written, rumors surfaced, the mystery even made the cover of Time Magazine.

When the season returned in August, everyone was abuzz, not only did we not know if JR survived the shots, but we didn’t know who did it.

As the mystery was revealed we learned the would-be assassin was Kristin.  One of JR’s lovers and his sister-in-law.

During those hey-day years of nighttime soap operas, the shows would end every season with a great cliff-hanger, keeping fans interested in the show until it came back on the air in the Fall, but none of them were as big as WHO SHOT JR?