How The Mighty Keep Falling (Like Phelps)

 

By Jack Engelhard

 

Is this payback for ingratitude?

 

As we all know, the hero of the recent Olympics is (was!) Michael Phelps, and he did it all in the water. He won eight gold medals at the 2008 Games, finally surpassing the previous record of seven held by Mark Spitz. Those were the headlines of a short time ago. Today’s headlines remind us that no one is perfect.

 

Phelps was caught smoking marijuana. Give him credit. He doesn’t deny. But he’s already been tarnished, first by reputation, and now by finance. Kellog just announced that it will not renew its endorsement contract with him, other sponsors are on the verge, and the Olympic Committee has suspended him for three months. He will lose millions.

 

Yes, how the mighty have fallen – and so fast!

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Best of 2008? Please Don’t Bother

 

By Jack Engelhard

 

So here we go again. News organizations and what-not trot out the best of the year – also the worst. The worst is easy for anyone who makes these lists.

 

But I hate these lists. Please don’t tell me what books I should have read, movies I should have seen, or music I should have listened to; I only listened to Beethoven anyway.

 

So far as world events all I remember is war, right up to this minute. Pick the spot, and there was war or some kind of disturbance. People just don’t get along.

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Hemingway’s Olympics

By Jack Engelhard

 

Here’s Hemingway as told to A. E. Hotchner:

 

“They shot a lot of our good guys in the war –but the beauty of our country is that there’s a good guy born every minute.”

 

That’s for sure.

 

Hemingway disputed Gertrude Stein’s flapdoodle about a “lost generation.” He found replenishing generations in his own time and even in our time. Surely and prophetically he was speaking about the “good guys” fighting for us in Iraq and Afghanistan and standing guard for us around the rest of the world.

 

Whenever we get to despairing about “the youth” of our country, here they come again, another generation of stouthearted men and women.

 

Where do we find such kids? Don’t know. But know this: God keeps on blessing America.

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The Beijing Olympics Raw

By Jack Engelhard
I’ve already lost three friends for mocking the “Opening Ceremonies” for these 2008 Summer Olympics, saying, as I did, that I can get the same cartwheels, pyrotechnics and all the rest of that hoopla at any circus or carnival. Even my neighborhood’s Fourth of July is more spectacular and I’m not much for spectacles anyway. For that, I’m accused of being ornery. Fine. Let it be.
  

In fact, I think that’s the theme for these Games: Let It Be or “We Are The World” or “One World, One Voice.” Or maybe, “All We Need Is Love.”
  

Or maybe “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing.”
  

Watching the Parade of Nations I was amazed that there were so many people out there in the world — and most of them are not Americans. How did this happen?
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