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Vance Redfern Tees Off September 13, 2018

Filed under: 1960s,Funny,History,Nostalgia,Photography,Pics,Vintage — kerbey @ 12:41 pm
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Vance Redfern. Now THAT is a name worthy of an athlete, a news anchor, even a politician.

Those of you have visited The Blog of Funny Names already know my fondness for amazing names, and this ranks on the list of grand ones indeed. Have you ever met a Vance? It’s better than a Vince. Actually, the name Vance is of English origin, meaning “someone who lives near marshland.” I don’t think marshland when I think of New Mexico. I think Louisiana, which is technically where the Red Fern grows. But not where the Vance Redfern grows.

He graduated from Western New Mexico University in 1963 and still holds school records for his prowess on the golf course.  His 73.6 stroke average is the lowest single season mark posted by any Mustang player, a fact not lost on these hat-donning ladies who witnessed said prowess.

1963 Mustang Golf

Today we salute this awesome name. Together, we can encourage fertile young people to take this name from its current ranking of #838 in boys’ names and push it up where it belongs. And Vance (if you cannot surmise from the broad shoulders and the standard issue NASA astronaut flat-top) is second from the right.


Time To Consider Astroturf July 6, 2018

Filed under: 1960s,Culture,History,Nostalgia,Photography,Pics,Travel — kerbey @ 6:41 am
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Although the dirt is red, this ain’t Oklahoma. It’s Ndendé, a town and capital of the Dola Department in southern Gabon. Never heard of the country of Gabon? Don’t feel bad; its entire population is currently about 2 million. Compare that to the city of Houston, Texas, which is 2.3 million. And back in 1964, when this shot was taken, the country had less than half a million citizens.

by James P. Blair @ NGS

Above, we see John F. Murphy coaching the boy who is about to receive the ball (let’s hope he doesn’t fumble). Murphy was in the Peace Corps and helped to clear playing fields and build schools, so that the kids wouldn’t be stuck under crumbling shanties made of wattle and thatch.

Below, he and others nail siding on to a new school that will protect children from the elements.

Murphy was also a captain in the Marine Corps, and is now a whistleblower lawyer in Hartford, Connecticut. He was known by the townspeople he helped as one of “les blancs qui travaillent” (the white people who work). A bulldozer operator for the Public Works Dept stated, “It is not myself who will see the progress. It is too late for me. But my children will go to school, and they will learn what I have never learned.”



Minimizing The Game September 4, 2017

Filed under: Nature,Nostalgia,Photography,Pics — kerbey @ 2:17 pm
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Yosemite National Park, Natl Geographic 10/64


Dewitt Coulter Breaks Shot Put Record 1943 July 10, 2017

Cactus 43


Neck Tension October 25, 2016



I love posed player portraits like these. I always wonder if the strong, athletic years turned out to be their glory days and they wound up selling secondhand Pontiacs in Peoria. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

1947 Cactus

1947 Cactus

As you can see, there are no facemasks on these helmets.

“If you want to prevent concussions, take the helmet off: Play old-school football with the leather helmets, no facemask,” former Steelers receiver Hines Ward said. “When you put a helmet on you’re going to use it as a weapon, just like you use shoulder pads as a weapon.” (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)

I don’t know nothin’ ’bout no football helmets. But, golly, don’t they look happy?




White Man’s Vertical August 26, 2016

Filed under: 1950s,Fun,High School,Nostalgia,Photography,Pics,Vintage — kerbey @ 7:31 am
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Life 10/10/55

Life 10/10/55

Come on. White men can jump would have been too easy. I dated a guy in college who was very proud of his vertical; he could high-five popcorn ceilings like nobody’s business. But he had nothing on this coach, who seems to have jumped up to groin level with the nearby player. Assistant varsity coach Bill Henneberry looks about 20 years old, not much older than the students at San Francisco’s Sacred Heart High School. And that’s part of why he made it happen.

According to jumpshigher.com,

If you’re between 17 and 30 and in a somewhat fitter than average population, here are some numbers to shoot for.

Average Vertical Leap of NCAA Div. 1 Football player: 29-31 inches.
Average Vertical Leap of NCAA Div. 1 Basketball player: 27-30 inches

Meanwhile, Michael Jordan had a reported 48″ vertical, but that’s still short of the amazing Kadour Ziani, the world record holder at 60″ vertical (though a lot of places say 56″).

Now maybe you’re not fit or between 17 and 30, but coach Henneberry was. Just look at this lift.

LifeOct10-55004 That’s some enthusiasm over blocking an extra point kick.




Before They Were Feeble And A Hip Replacement Exceeded An Annual Salary June 27, 2016

Filed under: 1950s,Fun,Funny,History,Humor,Nostalgia,Photography,Pics,Vintage — kerbey @ 4:09 pm
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1953 Comet

1953 Comet

For patients without health insurance, a total hip replacement usually will cost between $31,839 and $44,816, with an average cost of $39,299, according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. (http://health.costhelper.com/).



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