Monday, August 03, 2015


Former Pennsylvania senator Richard Schweiker, 89, has died. He might be best remembered as presidential candidate Ronald Reagan's "running mate," something that in retrospect made absolutely NO sense whatsoever since Reagan was not nominated for president in 1976 but four years later. President Ford was instead.

Schweiker was one of the old-style liberal eastern Republicans, back in the days when the Republicans were at least a halfway honorable party and not ridden with batshit crazy tea party types and egomaniac billionaires.

He was, however, head of the Department of Health and Human Services during Reagan's first two years of his presidency.

"My independence is my lifestyle," Schweiker said shortly before the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, where supporters held signs with the slogan "I Like Schweik."

"I'm not a Republican stereotype," Schweiker said then. "And I'm not the kind of guy who can get the word from the party and vote for something that I don't believe in."

Overall he was a good guy.

British singer Cilla Black, 72, died this past Saturday. Strangely enough, her real name was Priscilla White, so I have NO idea at all why she changed it to Black, let alone Green or Brown. That might have been Brian Epstein's doing:

She was signed by the Beatle’s manager, Brian Epstein and her first hit song was in 1964 with "Anyone Who Had a Heart," written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Her next hit was "You're My World." Both songs made it to No. 1 in Britain, and the latter also charted in the U.S.

She also recorded several Beatles songs, including "The Long and Winding Road."

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