Birthdays, bikes and birds

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Here we are, reader, another Friday, with summer on its way. But this isn’t just any ol’ Friday. This is the anniversary of actress Mae West being sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity. That was 1927. Today, she would have been a guest on a talk show.

Also, way back in France, Marie Antoinette married Louis XVI. So much in love they both lost their heads. Don’t leave yet, we have important birthdays. Famed English cricket umpire Dickie Bird was born in 1933. What were Mr. and Mrs. Bird thinking when they gave him that moniker for life?

Of even more import to yours truly, I want to wish Tribune photographer and my “shooter” on B-17 bomber rides, Wendy Alexander, the happiest of birthdays. I am sworn to secrecy about her age, but it definitely occurred after the aforementioned Mae West and Dickie Bird.

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As you longtime readers probably know, this scribe enjoys covering air shows and historic warbird flights and, in the past, we have had some great shows right here in Madera. However, and according to our ever-roving correspondent, Arnie Allover, the just as famous Dayton (Ohio) Air Show has cancelled a reenactment of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima in World War II. Dayton’s air show dates back to 1975 and is the home of the Wright Brothers, so it’s hard to imagine a mushroom cloud over Dayton...

 

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