Thursday, June 5, 2014

Navajo Code Talkers

It's a pretty decent night for Jazz in the Park at Cathedral Square. It will be interesting to see if all the vendors show up for opening night. Historically, the weather hasn't been great for the opener. We'll probably head down there about 6pm. It's a nice mile walk.

Legendary baseball manager Don Zimmer passed away yesterday. He spent a total of 66 years working in professional baseball in various capacities. He lead the 1989 Cubs to a division title. You have to love a guy nicknamed "Popeye!"

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones first U.S. concert appearance. Ironically, they are still touring this year. Truly a legendary band.

I was watching the news today of a $10 million dollar yacht being launched. It was a snazzy blue 3 tier beauty. A lady popped a champagne cork and the boat was released where it promptly capsized on it's side. Definitely a "Caddyshack" moment! The yacht builder quickly pointed the blame squarely at the launch crew. I'm sure that made the purchaser feel better.

I was 3 weeks ahead of myself earlier this week concerning the NBA draft. It's actually the MLB draft that starts today and the Chicago Cubs have the 4th overall pick. Not a really big mistake, as it's just a different set of millionaires in the wings. But sorry for the confusion anyway.

Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo code talkers passed away this week. He was amongst a group of 29 Navajo who served in World War 2 as code talkers. The Navajo language was deemed virtually impossible to break by non-Navajo. They were deployed to places like Guam and Guadalcanal.

The Japanese never did break the Navajo code like they did to virtually every other code. No one really knew about the Navajo contribution until 1968 when it was de-classified. The original 29 were awarded a long overdue and well deserved Congressional Gold Medal in 2001. Mr. Nez might be gone but the Navajo language still lives on to this day.


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