I was a teenager during a great time in rock history, the 80’s. I saw the start of MTV, the premier of the Michael Jackson Thriller video, my sister learning the dance moves to Prince's 1999 and Madonna singing Like a Virgin.
Congratulations to the Kent State University Golden Flashes for their outstanding baseball season and the school's first appearance ever in the NCAA College World Series! Their season ended in a loss to the two-time defending champions - the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Try these fiction titles for more upstairs/downstairs tales!
American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson
House at Riverton by Kate Morton
House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
Park Lane by Frances Osborne
Snobs by Julian Fellowes
The public viewing and celebration of the transit of Venus --the rare astronomical event in which planet Venus is seen crossing the face of the Sun-- was a tremendous hit at Edgewater Beach State Park in Cleveland the evening of June 5. Public interest in the transit was, to this observer, surprisingly high. Those who looked through solar-safe telescopes at our nearest star, by and large, excitedly marveled at what they saw. After all, how often do most folks get to see what the Sun really looks like? Obligatory reminder: Improperly viewing the Sun can result in instantaneous and permanent eye damage!
We're nearing the halfway point of this year's major tennis tournament season with an international field of top-ranked players. For the men the top five are Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Rafael Nadal (Spain), Roger Federer (Switzerland), Andy Murray (Great Britain), and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France). On the ladies' side the best of the best are Victoria Azarenka (Belarus), Maria Sharapova (Russia), Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), and Serena Williams (USA).
Observers on the North Coast are well-positioned to see the last transit of Venus in our lifetimes on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. A transit of Venus occurs when that planet crosses (transits) the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth. The event is rare indeed, with the next transit taking place in the year 2117 -- and then not visible from Northeastern Ohio!
UPDATE: CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT WE SAW!
If it's the first Saturday in May, it has to be the running of the Kentucky Derby. And to make it even more exciting this year, the classic horse race falls on May 5 - the day of celebration known as Cinco de Mayo. The 138th running of the "greatest two minutes in sports" takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the first leg of racing's Triple Crown. The Preakness follows two weeks after the Derby at the Pimlico Race Track in Maryland and the Belmont Stakes, in New York, are 3 weeks after that, the last and longest of the three races. The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.
Animal Kingdom was the 2011 winner of the Kentucky Derby, ridden by John Velaquez (his first derby win). An attendance record was set last year, with 164,858 race fans on hand to catch the Run for the Roses.
DISPLAYED at the front of the library until the end of the month.