When I was in elementary school, I wrote an "autobiography" called "I Want to Be Like Judy." It had a pink construction paper cover and came in second in the school library contest. I never imagined that 30-something years later, Judy would say to me, "Let's take a selfie!" (See our virtual tour - link below.) I loved all her books, but "Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself" was one of my very favorites. I read it over and over. Ten times? Fifteen?
Lt. Col. Leo Gray was born in Boston in 1924. A trumpet player and track runner, he joined the Army in 1943. A year later, he flew solo for the first time, a training flight in Tuskegee, Ala.
Gray flew with the 332nd Fighter Group, arguably the most famous of the Tuskegee Airmen. In 1941, for the first time, the United States Army began training black pilots.The Army was still segregated and trained the men in the same location: Tuskegee.
On Tuesday nights, WLRN presents stories of conflict: wars, warriors and weapons.
On January 14, starting at 8:00 p.m., the line-up includes the Cuban Missile Crisis, the battles in the North African desert that helped turned the tide of World War II and a new look at the art of warfare from the unusual viewpoint of the logistics that often decide who wins and who loses:
08/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents looks at the intrigue surrounding the intelligence career of William Colby, with University of Arkansas history professor Randall Woods. He’s the author SHADOW WARRIOR: William Egan Colby and the CIA. His career began with the OSS during World War II. He then joined the newly formed CIA, just before the onset of the Cold War, and was a controversial figure in Vietnam covert operations. He became CIA director in 1973, but was later forced to resign. His replacement was George H.W Bush. That’s Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.
07/09/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with World War II historian Keith Lowe. Though the European conflict ended in May of 1945, with cheering victory celebrations, the grim reality is that anarchy reigned. Lowe has written SAVAGE CONTINENT: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II. All told, some 30-million died in the conflict, and after the Axis surrender, civil amenities were in shambles and civil war arose. Learn more on Topical Currents, Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.
Barrel-chested Leo Thalassites squints like Clint Eastwood, hops around like Jackie Chan and has been an active cop for nearly six decades. He is 86 years old.
He first joined the Miami-Dade Police Department in 1956. He moved to the Hialeah Police Department in 1963, where he has been on active duty ever since. And now, according to the International Police Association, he is the oldest active police officer.