JUNE 12, 2012 LEGENDTORIAL

JUNE 12, 2012 LEGENDTORIAL by: Tim Leeming Last Thursday, a family lost a father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, father-in-law, or, in other words, a man who was everything to a certain family in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  That family grieves. Last Thursday, those of us who hang out here on RacersReunion, lost a member of our family too.  He was a man who gave so much of himself to stock car racing and the sport finally gave him something back by electing him to the fourth class to be inducted into the elite NASCAR Hall of Fame.  He was informed of that honor while in the hospital and I read somewhere that David Pearson said that when that when he was told of his selection, a smile came upon the lips of Everett “Cotton” Owens although his cancer had exhausted him to the point it was difficult to express much outward emotion.  Our family also grieves. We feel this loss, although assuredly not as much as immediate family, but in a deeper sense of having more of our heritage removed from us.  As the recent observance of Memorial Day reminds us of the sacrifice given by so many for our freedom, Cotton’s passing reminds us that the early days of the sport were rough, tough, and required men, and women, of special talents and inner strengths that seem to have become less important, certainly less obvious,  as the generations pass. Many years ago, Walter Brennan, whom I’m sure many of you will not remember, had a recitation recording entitled “That Mule, Old Rivers and Me”.  I remember the recitation began...

MAY 22, 2012 LEGENDTORIAL

MAY 22, 2012 LEGENDTORIAL by: Tim Leeming In a way, this Legendtorial is a follow-up to last week’s edition, but only by minimal regard.   If you remember last week, and if not, you can read it on the home page, I was on a rant against NASCAR, D.W., Mikey, and Danica.   If I hadn’t used up my entire 15 minute segment by that time, there were a couple dozen other issues I could have ranted on about as well.  I do find it interesting that from the several e-mails I received in response to that Legendtorial, only two took an adverse position to what I stated and those two took the adverse position because I was down on NASCAR, not D.W., Mikey, or Danica.  Both of those e-mails made very good points to be considered and I thank the writers for taking time to write. You may also remember during last week’s Legendtorial I said I would not be watching the All-Star Race from Charlotte.  Well, I did NOT watch the pre-shows or the qualifying race for the All-Star, but by the time the All-Star event was to start, I found myself tuning in.  As one of the writers said to me, NASCAR has been his life for many, many years and he can’t give it up.  On the other hand, Christopher Krul wrote an excellent blog on the site as to what has happened to his love of NASCAR.  Christopher made some excellent points as well.  But, like me, I wonder if Christopher can truly give it up completely?  I hope to hear more from him in a...

FEBRUARY 14, 2012 LEGENDTORIAL

Ok, I am betting that every man listening to this show tonight knows already, or has been reminded by thousands of radio, television and newspaper ads that today is Valentine’s Day.  If, by now, you have not already gifted your sweetheart with a card, candy, flowers, or other gifts, or combination of gifts, it is a pretty good bet Fido is going to be in the house tonight and YOU and going to be outside in Fido’s little house.  That is NOT a sexist statement, it is just what you are led to believe if you pay attention to the advertisements.  I love the ones where you are being enticed, in fact, almost threatened with disaster if you don’t buy your sweetheart a new Lexus, Infiniti, or a couple hundred thousand dollars worth of diamonds.   I am very fortunate that Ms. Ann is content with our home and the fact that we have each other and it is not necessary to spend so much money.  A dozen roses where $18.00 last week and this week those same dozen roses are $70.00 WITHOUT a vase.  And you think florist are not crooks!!!!!  And to any florist listening, I am NOT going to apologize for that. So, most of you, I’m guessing already know from where the St. Valentine’s Day tradition arose.  For those who don’t a brief summary from Wickipedia says that St. Valentine was a Christian matyr whom Pope Gelasuis I canonized in 496 A.D. Pope Paul the SIXTH deleted him from the General Roman Calendar in 1969. Obviously Hallmark Greeting Cards didn’t make a large enough contribution to...

January 10, 2012 Legendtorial

This past week, Jason Del Ray wrote an article for adage.com. I am not familiar with the writer or the site, but it was graciously posted on Racers Reunion by PattyKay Lilley. The article by Mr. Del Ray appears to be partly an interview with NASCAR’s new CMO, Steve Phelps, and partly commentary by the writer. It is an almost futile project to expound upon the article moreso than PattyKay already did, but I would like to make a stab at it nevertheless. I would do so by means of a letter to Mr. Phelps, as follows: Mr. Steve Phelps, CMO NASCAR Headquarters Daytona Beach, Fl. Dear Mr. Phelps: Although this letter is written from the mind and fingers of one person, it is intended to express the heartbeat of hundreds of fans your organization has disowned, and, in so doing, has caused the current problems of declining tv ratings and ticket sales to races. If this group of collective fans may be so bold, please allow us to address your concerns. For the many, many of us who were the fans so ardent in years past, it was our fathers, uncles, older brothers or someone else who introduced us to the sport. It was NOT the blinding, deafening commercials with which you inundate our television. It was NOT Jimmie Johnson, Dale, Jr., or Kyle Busch telling us how great the sport is. It was by the aforementioned folks taking us first to the local short track to introduce us to the spectacle of sound and sight which to this day we all remember as a time that was...