An American Treasure - 04/28/14

  I was in my car today on my way back from picking up paint for a home improvement project when I ran across a Billy Joel town hall special on Cirrus XM Satellite radio.  What a blast.  Folks in the audience got to ask Billy questions about his music and growing up.  Tony Bennett sang "New York State of Mind."  The man can still hit the high notes.
  I love radio both terrestrial and satellite but some of the coolest things I've heard lately have been on Sat-radio.  When it was over, they tracked some of Billy's biggest songs.  The guy can do so much, so comfortable moving from ballads to up tempo rock numbers like "Sometimes A Fantasy" and "Still Rock and Roll to Me." 
  As a teenager, the first album I got after getting a really decent stereo in my room at about 14 or 15 was Billy Joel's "The Stranger."  Songs I remember on that record are "I'm Moving Out," "Only the Good Die Young" and "The Stranger."  Great memory to start the day.  It's making all this nasty weather a little easier to bear. 

 

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BABY JESUS-GPS

FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) -- Baby Jesus is going high-tech. A statue of the Christ child is getting a GPS tracking device. New York-based BrickHouse Security is donating several GPS monitors to the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin. Along with Jesus, other Nativity figures will be fitted with the tracking devices. The baby Jesus was stolen earlier this month from a Nativity scene and returned four days later. A spokesman for BrickHouse Security says the tracking services are offered to a number of churches and non-profits for free. The company tells The Indianapolis Star the small tracking device will text or email an alert if the figurine is moved.

TROOPS-HOLIDAY HOMECOMING

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Army Chief Warrant Officer Duane Sandbothe is trying to keep a Christmas secret. He returned home yesterday from deployment to Afghanistan. He hopes to make his homecoming a Christmas surprise for his 8-year-old son. Sandbothe says his boy is to ask Santa Claus to get dad home by Christmas. Sandbothe says he plans to lie low for a week. Sandbothe is among 61 citizen-soldiers of the Georgia National Guard coming back from a 10-month deployment.

RED KETTLE-CASH DONATION

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- Someone is dropping more than spare change into the Salvation Army's Red Kettles. Crisp $100 bills were donated at a number of Cocoa Beach, Florida, area locations, totaling nearly 10-grand. Salvation Army officials tell Florida Today they believe the money came from the same person. Amounts in each kettle ranged from $500 to $1,000.

CHRISTIE-COWBOYS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jersey guy Chris Christie will be showing more Cowboys love this weekend. The New Jersey governor has never been shy about rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. But his fan devotion has come under fire again, after Christie was seen high-fiving Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during last Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Christie tells Philadelphia sports radio station 94WIP he'll be sitting in Jones' box again this coming Sunday, when Dallas hosts the Indianapolis Colts. Christie says he won't change his team loyalty just to score some political points.

 
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