A Clydesdale Valentine

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Look what greeted me when I opened my newest TV Guide.

Budweiser Clydesdales on TV stat
The text in the graphic says 25 of the 101 Budweiser Super Bowl commercials have included the Clydesdales. From the Jan. 30 – Feb 12, 2017, issue of TV Guide Magazine.

Actually, the text says “featuring Clydesdales.” Here lately, the commercials have been mostly “including.” That will be the case again this year, according to this article posted by Yahoo.

Here’s the 2017 commercial with a glimpse of some Clydesdales.

May cultural and societal forces be with you, Pegasus World Cup

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Children greet pony on NYRA tour
A pony wins hearts and minds — as well as a prime spot in the memory banks of young fans AND their parents. On the NYRA tour of the Saratoga backstretch.

Move over, Dubai World Cup, with your paltry $10 million purse. Here comes the first $12 million Pegasus World Cup at Florida’s Gulfstream Park.

For many years, I’ve seen events invented, events I laughed at then and expected to be a flash in the pan. Boy, was I wrong about some.


RIP, Traveller’s voice — Richard Adams

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TRAVELLER novel book cover
The cover on the hardcover first edition from 1988.

Richard Adams is best known for his landmark children’s novel WATERSHIP DOWN, but to me, he’ll always be the voice of Traveller.

Adams passed away in the final week of 2016 at the age of 96. He was a World War II veteran and served for a year as the head of the RSPCA, an animal welfare charity in Britain. Most of his obituaries mention WATERSHIP DOWN and other books, but not TRAVELLER, which is reportedly out of print.

As Adams’s Traveller might say, that’s a durned shame. Yet, I also understand.

So will you, if you haven’t figured it out already.