My alphabetical shorthand for 365 eventful days of 2014 follows.
I limited each letter to one event, topic or person, – though most of my 2014 letters have more memorable moments for me to blog. Some are local and personal. Others are global and front-page material.
(Passages of people are noted by my *) .
A Afghanistan (pullout by US Forces as our Long War “winds down”)
B Boys in the Boat (an awesome saga of a sport well-oared by Daniel J. Brown)
C Car Talk (Tom Magliozzi*)
D Drones (commercial and military)
E Ebola Virus
F Ford Explorer rollover
G Gwynn*, Tony (#19 and San Diego’s Mr. Baseball)
H Himmel*, Larry (long-time San Diego TV gent)
I Interview (The) – Sony’s comedy
J Rivers*, JOAN
K Kinky Boots (musical)
L LYFT (my pink moustache gig for riders’ shared economy)
M Mid-term Elections
N North Korea
O One year-old Grandson (Holden Emerson Smith)
R Rest in Peace, Richard Hascal Brill (my father-in-law)
S SOCHI – Winter Olympiad
T 24 Hour Fitness (my employment as a Certified Personal Trainer)
V von Trapp (last Sound of Music principal)
W World Cup (FIFA) in Brazil with Germany prevailing (and Tim Howard shining as USA’s keeper).
I violate my rubric to mention the sad passing of one that made so many happy for so long – Robin Williams.
X MaXimilian Schell* (this is a stretch but better than X-Men II)
Y Yellin, Janet and the Federal Reserve (a good year in our US “bull” economy)
Z Zamperini, Louis* Unbroken and posthumous Rose Bowl grand marshal.
I wish everyone (and their acquaintances) a best possible 2015.