Archive for Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story

Ed Lucas On Friday the 13th, Triskaidekaphobia, and athlete’s superstitions

imageAthletes are some of the most superstitious people on the planet.

Take, for instance, the number 13.

Triskaidekaphobia – the fear of anything associated with the number 13 – is prevalent in society. Many tall buidings choose to skip floor 13 and go right from 12 to 14. Friday the 13th has become a day that is noted and highlighted in social media posts, though it’s usually just another uneventful day on the calendar.

In sports, players try to avoid being issued the dreaded number. That seems silly, given the success that many of their peers and predecessors have had with it.

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Bride of the Yankees

Happy Anniversary to Ed and Allison Lucas!

On March 10, 2006, the happy couple made history by becoming the very first (and only) couple to be married at home plate in historic Yankee Stadium.

Nobody had ever been allowed to be married on that hallowed ground. The Yankees had a strict prohibition on it. Lucky for Ed and Allison, “The Boss”, owner George Steinbrenner, considered them family.

Mr. Steinbrenner lifted the ban one time only.

He also went well beyond.

One week before the wedding, Yankee Stadium was covered in snow. An early March storm and frigid weather seemed like it might put a chill in the wedding plans.

Mr. Steinbrenner had his grounds crew clear the field and set the Stadum up for the wedding just like it was Opening Day.

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A video about Ed Lucas from 2006

Here is a video that was produced about Ed’s life following his historic Yankee Stadium wedding in March 2006.

Even Presidents write fan letters

One of the biggest themes in the book “Seeing Home” is the power of writing letters.

Ed’s Mom wrote letters to famous players in an effort to help lift him from his depression after he was struck blind.

Ed did the same when he was trying to make connections to start his career.

In both cases, it worked. For the cost of a stamp, their worlds changed.

Letter writing has become a lost art. Fan letters, especially, have become rare. Most people today communicate with their favorite celebrities by posting on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

That’s why it was so nice to read a recent story about a fan letter that one of Saturday Night Live’s newest cast members got in the mail. It was delivered on Presidential stationery.

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Earl Weaver on Optimism

Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver, who died in 2013, was one of the nicest guys I ever knew. His public image was that of a tempermental curmudgeon, but he was a softie at heart.

One thing we definitely shared was an optimistic spirit towards life. Earl never gave up, even when his teams seemed to be impossibly behind. He encouraged others to persevere. Weaver was not only a baseball Hall of Famer, but one of life’s hall of famers as well.

The last time I saw Earl was at a 2009 dinner in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, which was held in the gallery. Earl suggested posing in front of the plaque of Larry Doby, another guy with a zest for life. I’m happy that we got the chance.

Baseball was lucky to have a passionate guy like The Earl of Baltimore. We need more of his type of manager around. Thanks Earl.

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The very first major review for the book

Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story is still about seven weeks away from publication, but the reviews are already coming in.

We are proud to post the very first one, from the esteemed KIRKUS review of books, which as been giving their opinions on books for the past 82 years.

Our thanks to them for such a great review.

KIRKUS BOOK REVIEWS: SEEING HOME

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Jean Norris – the woman who opened the door for blind readers everywhere

Today is Read Across America day, instituted by the NEA in honor of Doctor Seuss (Theodore Geisel) whose birthday fell on this date.

Schools, clubs, libraries and parents everywhere are encouraged to spend extra time today reading with their children, with the hope that it will spark a love of literature that will last a lifetime in them.

Jean Norris of Twin Vision for the Blind

I love to read. It’s what helped to make me a better writer and broadcaster. The more you read, the larger your vocabulary becomes, and the better grasp you have on language and grammar.

One of the things that was frustrating to me when I was younger was the lack of books, newspapers and magazines available in Braille for me to read. This absence became even more pronounced when my sons, Eddie and Chris, were born. Like any parent, I wanted to read children’s stories to them at bed time, but couldn’t. I felt terrible having to say no to them. It broke my heart.

The solution arrived in a most unexpected way when the Good Lord inspired a wonderful woman, Jean Norris, from southern California on to help those facing my predicament.

She quickly became my hero, she still is.

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Second “Seeing Home” trailer – rough draft

The following is the rough draft of a second, longer, trailer for “Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story.”

The vocal track is a temporary scratch track and will be replaced.

We would like your opinion on the video itself.

How does it make you feel? Does it convey the story? Is it too long? Is it too short? What would you add? What would you take out?

Thanks in advance for your comments, friends. They are very helpful.

 

 

Remembering Father Ted Hesburgh – the guiding light of Notre Dame

imageWe lost a great man today, one who exemplified the spirit of putting others first, Father Theodore (Ted) Hesburgh of The University of Notre Dame.

 

Note Dame was my grandfather’s favorite college. He faithfully rooted for the Fighting Irish, listening to their games on the radio during the glory years of Knute Rockne and The Gipper that built the little school from Indiana into a powerhouse.

As a result, they’ve always held a special place in my heart, even though I didn’t attend the school myself.

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Regarding the time that Batman and Iron Man made a movie about the 1986 Mets-Red Sox World Series

imageDo you remember the movie where Michael Keaton (sometimes known as Batman) was desperately rooting for the Boston Red Sox to win the 1986 World Series, while Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man’s living embodiment) was pulling for the New York Mets?

No?

You’re not alone.

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