Herewith is some emotional stimulus for a rousing 4th!

One can argue that the cultural influence of the United States maxed out with the launch of Apollo 11 that landed two Americans on the moon in July of 1969. This climaxed President Kennedy’s early ’60s challenge that we do so before the end of the decade. Hard to grasp that this was over a half-century ago. Be sure to turn up the volume and enjoy the fireworks.

Francis Ford Coppola co-wrote the screenplay for “Patton” and received the blessing of the General’s family prior to the making of this film that has a long and tortuous production history. There seems to be little of Patton’s “Blood ‘n’ Guts” courage and determination left in today’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Here’s a man could one could follow with confidence and pride:

On a personal note, George C. Scott’s portrayal of Gen. Patton reminds me of my father both in appearance and mannerism. Rather than “Blood ‘n’ Guts,” Frank Sevakis was known as the “White Tornado.”

Have a great Fourth of July!

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