Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mariano Rivera and The Knucklehead

The Knucklehead is 10. We’re in Anaheim, on our southern California baseball swing. It’s a day game for the Angels, and we’re baking in the bleachers in right. With us is Carolyn, a friend from back East who’s moved out … Continue reading

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The Ox-Bow Incident

(From time to time I’d like to write about films I’ve found to be useful in starting discussions with my son about ethics. In many cases, these will be films like The Ox-Bow Incident that I’ve found most people to … Continue reading

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Moses Fleetwood Walker and the Knucklehead

The Knucklehead is 10. When Jackie Robinson came to the majors in 1947, it was of course, decades overdue. We baseball fans love to point to Jackie Robinson’s debut as a progressive moment that led the nation in the battle … Continue reading

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Humphrey Bogart and The Knucklehead

The Knucklehead is 12. It’s time. The Knucklehead is ready for his first viewing of Casablanca. Notice I said “first viewing.” Like great books, and even a few albums, great films teach you different lessons at different points in your … Continue reading

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Ted Williams and The Knucklehead

The Knucklehead is 10. I love baseball, but I can’t play it to save my life. As a kid I had zero confidence in my athletic abilities, which translated into fear at the plate and fear in the field. I … Continue reading

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Willam A. Wellman, Tigger, and The Knucklehead

The Knucklehead is 5. If you’re a film buff raising a film buff, you’re walking a tightrope over Couch Potato Gulch. There are some good reasons to sit still for a couple hours (reading is one of them), but if … Continue reading

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Jackie Robinson and The Knucklehead

The Knucklehead is 8. When you’re a white male raising a son in America, it never hurts to remind yourself that this sweet, spirited boy is in fact, a future middle-aged white man in training. Since we already have quite a few … Continue reading

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