VLADIMIR PUTIN is not the enemy.
Yeah, I know Mr. Putin is the Russian prime minister and the real power “over there,” but anybody who knows all the words to:
“I found my thrill,
“On Blueberry Hill ...”
... in English, can play the melody on a piano, and then get up in front of hundreds of people and sing the entire song without missing a beat, well, he can’t be all that bad.
That’s exactly what happened recently at a fund-raiser for children’s cancer research in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Mr. Putin did it with a Russian accent, but it was clear and I caught it Tuesday morning on my laptop.
To hear, Google Yahoo News, click on “Odd News,” and there’s the story with a clip of the performance.
This one you have to hear ...
And Mr. Putin is “us” as in, “Like a lot of people, I can’t sing nor dance, but I still love doing it.”
That’s the word from John Johnson, who is doing holiday delivering for FedEx.
“We’re delivering them in bunches,” says John, “two or three a day. I’ve seen as many as five on one truck.”
John also appreciates “the people who make sure their mailbox AND house have the numbers.
“What can be a problem during the day to figure out becomes downright infuriating at night when it’s so much harder to see.”
And yeah, if that name rings a bell with you, it is the same John Johnson who used to run some of you nuts on local call-in radio shows.
Me, I liked John because he was always prepared ... whether you agreed with him or not.
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She holds highest-average awards in math, science, English and history, has six academic letters, and a Principal’s Award for all A’s.
A cheerleader for six years (one year as head), she has also been on the softball and volleyball teams for six years.
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Proud parents are Michael and Deborah Watson.
Some applause is in order ...
George Smith can be reached at 256-239-5286 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org