Ride, Sally, Ride

“‘Mustang Sally’ began as ‘Mustang Mama,’ which he was inspired to write by the newly introduced Ford Mustang sports car. It was Aretha Franklin, the pianist on Mr. Rice’s demo of the song, who persuaded him to rename it.”

From New York Times obituary for Mack Rice

If you disrespect anybody that you run in to
How in the world do you think anybody’s s’posed to respect you?


Top, the Ohio River looking upstream from the southernmost point in Illinois. 

Middle, the Mississippi River looking downstream from the confluence. 

Bottom, the Mississippi River looking upstream. 

The Ohio contributes about 60% of the flow. 

The Ohio bridge opened in 1937. The Mississippi bridge (below) in 1929. Cars were narrower then! 


Mickey Mantle’s Boyhood Home

Commerce, Oklahoma. Mickey, his parents and four siblings lived here. Read the plaque (click to enlarge).

I was never a Yankee fan growing up in Michigan, but Mantle was a big star of my youth. 

I had the house to myself — closed and no one around. It was a strangely religious experience.