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A Voice for Freedom

On this 236th observance since Independence Day was established in the United States, this is appropriate, even as we prepare for our own Fourth of July party.  Today’s post celebrates the voice of courage belonging to one who made gut-wrenching decisions to keep the freedom in which we still live.  As a baby boomer, I remember well the words, and the sound, of John F. Kennedy’s 1961 Inaugural Address – “Ask not what your country can do for you . . . ”  But he also spoke these chilling words, addressing the nation in October 1962, in a standoff with Cuba and Russia:

 

Too Close for Comfort

This event marked the closest our nation came to the Cold War becoming a full blown nuclear disaster.  Cuba was at that time building bases with Russian missiles capable of striking targets in much of the continental United States.  A new generation has since witnessed a strike on home soil, September 11, 2001.  The potential of the Cuban missile crisis was arguably even more lethal, if that is possible.

The Kennedy Administration initiated a military blockade of arms shipments to Cuba which predictably escalated rhetoric coming from the Kremlin. It was through behind-the-scenes communications that same month, in cooperation with the United Nations Secretary General, that the then Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev agreed to begin dismantling nuclear hardware on the Cuban Island and crisis was averted.

It is at times like this when the voice of a leader can marshal the resolve of a nation, even in the face unthinkable prospects.  I remember the voice of President John F. Kennedy.

 

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July 4, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a Comment

Just Saying . . .

So this is the inaugural post. And it didn’t come easy. I’m trusting this world of plug-ins, widgets, and one-click wonders will start to make some sense, and I just might have found the niche that excites and captures my imagination.

On varied occasions in recent years unsolicited, folks have commented (complimented) about my voice. I do public speaking regularly and had not given it much thought. The feedback’s been consistent and as I have suggested, out of the blue. Add to that my own passion for rich voices and quality oratory, and you have the makings of an interesting little blog. I sure hope so, anyway.

What follows then will be articles around voices of speakers, announcers, news anchors, celebrities, and journalists of note; the big “Winston Churchill” voices you just recognize with your eyes closed. I’ll delve in to the world of voice-over, technology, gadgets and look to even add companion voice recording of my own via podcast and YouTube.

Gosh. I just may have found my voice.

February 9, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a Comment

   

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