It’s over: Yogi Berra died at 90

But the AP didn’t get it right Tuesday night:


This is Yogi Bear:


He didn’t die, because he isn’t real.

This is who died:

Yogi Berra is one of the Yankee immortals. Plenty of people know the great Berra quotes:

But the top video shows he was probably the best catcher in this history of professional baseball. Look at the World Series records. Yogi holds a lot of them.

Yogi even made a game show appearance:

And yeah, word is that the Bear was named after the Berra.

Jimmy Olsen died

Jack Larson, the Jimmy Olsen of my youth in “Adventures of Superman” died in California Sunday at the age of 87.

87! I remember when he was just a kid!


The obituaries all point out how he was typecast as Jimmy forever after playing the cub reporter with the geeky bowtie at the Daily Planet from 1952-1958. But what I didn’t know what that he was also a playwright, and had done the libretto for an opera.

He was also a “confirmed bachelor,” having been a lover of Montgomery Cliff and sharing his later years with producer and director James Bridges.

I remember his first appearance as Jimmy:

But the second episode was all his:


This is from the 1952 episode “The Haunted Lighthouse.” Jimmy goes to visit his aunt at the shore, but strange things happen, including the plaintiff cry in the distance:

I’m drowning!

Yep, that episode of Superman, seen many times in reruns in the early 1960s, freaked my baby mind out. I don’t think I watched the full episode without hiding my eyes until decades later.

But anyone who remembers the days of George Reeves (Superman/Clark Kent), Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane season one), Noel Neill (Lois Lane the rest of the series and the preceding movie serial) and John Hamilton (Perry White) knows that the first season of “Superman” was really scary. (Remember the two-part Mole Men story, or the guy who trapped Superman in the chamber and tried to electrocute him, or the deserted village with the people in the gas masks? Freaky, right?) The show wasn’t really geared toward kids until the second season.

Jimmy was always getting into scary situations, but the first season it was out of curiosity. The later seasons, he was just goofy.

But that’s probably why he appealed to kids. He was just like one of us.

Here he is in a savings bond commercial with Lois and Clark:

He did appear in another Superman movie years later:

I guess this means Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill are the last survivors of the series?


We’re averaging more than one mass shooting per day

From the Washington Post:

Aug. 26 is the 238th day of the year. And with the fatal shooting in Virginia today — in which a gunman shot himself after killing two reporters and wounding one more person — plus the shooting of four during a Minneapolis home invasion, the number of mass shooting incidents has risen to 247 for the year.

Today is topped of by the above-mentioned Virginia shooting of two television reporters, live, on air, filmed from two perspectives: by the victims who were being shot and by the shooter. I refuse to embed the video. Besides, dozens of people have downloaded them to YouTube.

It gets worse. The psychopath promoted the murder on his Facebook page:


But the NRA will tell you that now is not the time to even think about gun control.


More on the China explosion

The death toll is at 100 in Tianjin. For some reason, someone decided to store hazardous chemicals near a populated area. Sodium cyanide, calcium carbide, volatile organic compounds and compressed natural gas, among other things, according to CNN.

Things are so bad that firefighters still can’t use water to fight the blazes because when water touches the chemicals, it causes an explosion. So they’re dumping foam and sand on the rubble.

Here’s a aerial view of the site:


I can’t imagine driving on this highway when all hell broke loose. The English speakers swearing in the video above, in context, really understate how horrible this was.

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Something really bad happened in China today

Something really bad happened in China today

Videos and photos being shared on social media appear to show a dramatic explosion in Tianjin, a city in northern China with a population of over 15 million people.

The images, which are emerging on Chinese Web sites like Sina Weibo, have not been independently confirmed by The Washington Post. However, Chinese state news agency Xinhua tweeted messages saying that there had been a “massive explosion” in the city, without providing more details.

This will be a developing story for the next few days.