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Karl Lindholm: The NBA African connection and the 'Cameroon Crazies'

Posted on July 3, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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“Peter, Duala is guarding Yaounde!”

That was the text to my son during the Philadelphia ’76ers-Toronto Raptors Eastern Division semi-final series in the recently concluded National Basketball Association (NBA) post-season tournament. 

How many know what I was referring to? 

Not many I bet — so I’ll tell you.

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Karl Lindholm: Don't call Bruce Bosley the voice of the Panthers

Posted on May 23, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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He’s been to 84 different sporting events at Middlebury College, 11 different teams — that’s this year alone!

You probably won’t recognize him, or even see him. He doesn’t cheer for either side (but he has deep ties to Middlebury). Yet he is the lifeline to games for many of the college’s most ardent rooters, parents and alumni who follow the teams, often from great distances.

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Clippings: Boats against the current

Posted on May 16, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Change.

One of my favorite movie quotations is from “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” when the Kid (played by Kris Kristofferson!) says “Times change, but I don’t.”

Of course, he says this shortly before he dies.

I have always wanted to say that about myself. Maybe it had to do with being young in the turbulent 1960s and ’70s when it seemed people my age were changing identities more often than their jeans. Everything seemed to be falling apart.

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Karl Lindholm: My first-world problem

Posted on April 25, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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"Dad, that’s the definition of a First World problem,” my daughter Annie said, declining to listen further to my lament.

I admit my dilemma is not a matter of global concern in our troubled world. But it is an immediate and personal conundrum requiring serious cogitation and mindfulness before I make a decision, and I feel the need to make a decision pretty soon.

I must decide whether or not to play golf this summer, or really any summer that I have left.

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Karl Lindholm: Beautiful weather, no bells and whistles

Posted on April 11, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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It’s my favorite baseball experience:

That is, watching the Middlebury College team play another worthy small college team on a beautiful warm sunlit day in the month of March.

Obviously, we’re not talking about baseball in New England. As we all know, there are two good reasons not to live in this part of the country — one is November and the other is March, two nasty bleak long cold months.

It’s important to get away in March, if at all possible, to more congenial climes, if only for a brief interlude.

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Clippings by Karl Lindholm: The art of B.S.

Posted on March 28, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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I’m retired.

I am constantly asked what I am doing in retirement.

For a long time, that question flummoxed me. It’s a hard question to answer: “What do you do?”

I do a lot of things, this and that, projects big and small (well, more like small and smaller). I spend time with my grandkids and I like that. I buy the Boston Globe every day at the Middlebury Market (now Shafer’s) and read it for an hour. I go to sporting events and lectures and concerts — and plays at the Town Hall Theater.

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Karl Lindholm: To go — or not to go?

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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What do you think Alex Cora should do? What would you do in his position?

Cora is the manager of the Red Sox, the World Champion Red Sox, the on-the-field leader of the team. His performance in this role last year was impeccable, perfect, as the Red Sox won 119 games, the most ever in their long history.

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Karl Lindholm: Safe at home

Posted on February 14, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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“Like to talk a little bit about baseball ... and football,” George Carlin informs us at the beginning of his famous routine comparing the two sports.

It’s quite brilliant (and not a single cuss word, rare for him). You can find it easily on YouTube.

Carlin’s descriptions of baseball are rendered with a light falsetto; football on the other hand requires a somber and ominous tone.

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Karl Lindholm: Mo, Schill, Panther Pride, the Baines Effect

Posted on January 24, 2019 |
By Karl Lindholm



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January is Hall of Fame Season.

In the off-season, in the chill of winter, the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) selects the year’s inductees to the hallowed Hall, the Shrine, in Cooperstown — and then there’s a big party in July for their induction.

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Karl Lindholm: Blame it on Gene Wise

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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The late Gene Wise. He was my adviser in graduate school.

Gene was an intellectual historian — that doesn’t mean he was a historian who was an intellectual (though he was); no, he studied American intellectual history, the history of ideas and thinkers and so forth.

I was a full-time secondary school English teacher in Cleveland, with all that entails (coaching, for example), and part-time graduate student. Intellectually, Gene and I were not a close match.

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