Events on December 9, Wikipedia
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The Editor's memo for this day!
Thursday, 8, December, 2017
This day of December 8th(American times, 7th)is something we can never forget, so is the Americans, especially Hawaiian people, the Perl Harbor. last year of 2016 was "On December 7, 1941, Japanese bombers launch a fierce attack on the U.S. naval base at Perl Harbor,..." However, this year of 2017 is "On Dec. 7, 1787, the Delaware delegation to the Constitutional Convention unanimously ratified the new U.S. Constitution". I just cannot help think why and why?". Do they try to forget about such tragedy in the past?, Or maybe they simply try to avoid to select the same event no matter how it is important, I wonder...
Talking about Hawaii, my mother who lived until 102 years old, was born in Hawaii, and returned to Japan at the age of 11. I have many relatives there and I visited Hawaii three times, not for sight seeing, but for some business related. In the first one, I remember I had some thirty watches in my bag as the souvenirs or presents to my relatives especially my uncle-aunt families as the token of our thanks for their efforts of sending us in Japan so many and much of food and clothing and daily materials such as sugar and soup for our needs of right after the War. I invited some thirty or more of them in a restraurant for dinner party and gave the watches to them. I was a bit guts at that time, ha ha.
The third time was the continuation of my "One-month-investigation-trip to the American trucking industry investigation trip" in January 1994. I invited my cohabitant lady, widow, and her daughter with me. My main work was to visit the Hawaii Trucking Associations, Inc., the president, whom I met and talked a lot at the time of my ATA Annual convention held in Jacksonville, Florida for a week in 1993.
By the way, watching the CNN TV, I notice my mother country temperature is low, some 4, 5 ℃, while here in this country less than 30℃ good enough with short sleeve & Suteteko, under-ware short pants. Ha ha. My room cooler is always st at 28℃.
today@VOA & NYTimes.com
This column is for editing what I call "the illustrated stories" with photos related with the events and news, so that the visitors could enjoy the stories in a visual ways. The former, "today@VOA" deals with historical events with the exception of week-ends, and the latter with stories who lived and dead with more than a hundred years old of his or her lives. My interest in the latter one comes from my strong will of living more than a hundred of years trying to make it with a thought of my mother who lived until 102, or my personal wish and will to live a life of the so-called "The longest lived Hibakusha(A-bomb survivor) with my thought of "Ms. Elbina Deans, the longest-lived suruvivor of the Titanic", and another target of a 119-year-old Filipina, Puerto Princesa, with the title of oldest living person in the Guinness Book of World Records.
No.326(Dec. 9, 2017)
"On Dec. 8, 1980, former Beatle John Lennon was shot to death by Mark David Chapman"
At the time Beatle John Lennon was killed, I was so deeply concentrated into the new business of trucking industry that I had less time getting interested into this sort of happening. In the Japanese edition of my website, I inserted many words describing about this incident from the Wikipedia telling about the hidden stories of this incident. (The-27-photo-attached file)(46.29KB)
|On This Day in American History
On Dec. 8, 1980, former Beatle John Lennon was shot to death by Mark David Chapman outside Lennon’s apartment in New York. The musician’s death prompted an outpouring of grief around the world, and thousands kept vigil for days outside his home.
"1980 John Lennon is murdered"(HISTORY)
This editor's hidden talent is the English recitation of
The following is only an example of what I have in personal policy or what are called "personal philosophy" or the like. Others are supposed to be translated into English someday, though)
２. "The Lion's Code of Ethics"
At the time I was one of the Lion's club members, especially when I was the chairman of a committee and editor-in-chief of the magazine published by the Lions Club 336-C-district, something made me to try to memorize it being able to make recitation of. It happened that we had the Cabinet sponsored the Cabinet Annual General Assembly where we invited the American President of the International Club Association, Mr. Woolard was the name.
I was told that the President's special favorite is "The Lions Code of Ethics", so that I tried to memorize it and, if ever have a chance, I could let him know of that big passion of mine as a "Lion" as passionate as he. Ha
In fact I had good opportunities of being with him at his visit as a chairman of the committee and the editor-in-chef of the magazine. Apparently, he seemed surprised to know of this, saying "I love the code but not as much and good as I memorize it...". Later months, I had an honor of receiving his award.
３. "Youth "
This poem is very popular among Japanese regardless of their being business tops or the workers. A friend of mine gave me the copy, saying that "Yoshida"s way of life overlap with the way the poem writes". I was charmed with its contents so that I brought it into one of my favorite recitations.
I remember that the first time I happened to know of this poem was at my twentieth when I came to know that the poem was by Samuel Ullman who first appeared in the Readers' Digest in 1945, the year the World War ended, and years passed after my friend gave me a poem text.
I also came to know that General Douglas MacArthur, was one of the lovers of the poem. An interesting point and proud of about my recitations with this one is that at the end of the poem of, I personally add some words to that. "...you may die young at eighty." turns to my own words of "...You may die young at a hundred!! in Yoshida's own words!".
By the way, General Douglas MacArthur is so familiar to the Filipinos. I found in The Manila Times an article about him entitled "Behind every great man The women in the life of General Douglas MacArthur".
４. "Lincoln's Gettysburg's Address"
Lincoln's Gettysburg' Address is popular even among Japanese. Fortunately, in my life with a widow lady after my divorce with my former wife(....Well, sorry for being personal. A huge amount of story await for me to tell about my life history, though), her daughter happened to read aloud her high school English text, I gave her some suggestion on the pronunciation, which brought me great interest to make it as one of my own favorite English recitations.
It was in 1993 when I was in the midst of my one-month-investigation trip to the States, I visited the Abraham Memorial Hall, where I met the President statue and on the side wall was his that famous speech! I was captured with that big speech text carved or painted, and began to stay there with my reading in heart as if making myself speaking it!
An American man standing beside me seemed interested so that I said to him, "I could make that recitation perfectly!" like a boy being proud of being able to! He seemed interested and said, "when I was young, schools used to demand students to memorize and read it aloud. However, in modern times...No..." by shrinking his shoulders.)
I remember the year before last, on the 9.11 ceremony in NY, an American politician, whose name I don't remember, stood on the platform beside the speech table with this recitation, needless to say not looking down on the speech table for the text. I thought I could make it as good as he did!!
5. "My Way "
"My Way" is indeed the best one to end the 8-minute-recitations as the final one in that I can overlap my own life with that of the original singer Frank Sinatra, in such a way as he ended with;
The last words of Frank's is ♪....Yes..., this is my way...♪ is the very thing that yoshida wants to say in heart, concluding a series of English recitations with ♪...Yes, this is my OWN way...♪. I conclude a series of my English recitation with the thought that "I have lived and will continue living the life in the way I believed to be right and demanded to...".
My last stage of life here in the soil of the Philippines is to end my life with a prayer of those who died here with no regards of nationalities during the World War II with my humble prayers.
A couple of photos attached far the right below are Ms. Masako Doi, ex socialist parliament lady, who became the first Chairwoman in the parliament general assembly, was a fond of ♪My Way♪. She used to sing it with her dignity and passion as if she herself played the life like that of Frank. See her proud posture with her back so straight in her parliament chairwoman table, and so do this an aged man of Yoshida. I thank you for reading such a long explanation.
Lastly, this Editor, Yoshida, would like to give the visitors a smiling "Peanuts and his fellow doggy" with their cute thoughts or conversation. This piece of cartoon symbolizes one of my philosophies I reached after more than 60-year -life as a top business person in three stages of Life in Japan.
This idea is well and much expressed as "From own profit to others' profit", which is explained in detail when you click that, though in Japanese. Someday, I would life like to have its English translation for my intention of giving the visitors as a token of my thanks for your kind visit.
Thanks for your visit to my website. Please be sure to come again!!
Friday, December 9, 2017
“Grateful to be alive and active”
Santa Rosa city, Laguna, Philippines