Thursday, August 18, 2016

"Gold Zone" Awesome Olympic Highlights

Live! Screen split in 4 ways, excellent coverage of the highlights of EACH DAY!

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Day Before Rio's Opening Ceremony 2016, My Prediction

Quite simply,
I believe that
the highlight
of these
Olympic games
will be
of the people of Brazil.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Olympic Movement a "Ray of Sunshine"

For Avery Brundage, former head of the IOC for 20 years, the Olympic movement was a "ray of sunshine through clouds of racial animosity, religious bigotry and political chicanery". "Here at the Olympics, there is no injustice of caste, of race, of family or of wealth."

As for me, after living in Saigon in the mid sixties during the war and having wonderful friends that were killed there, the Olympics gave me hope for peace everywhere. The Mexico Olympics of 1968 demonstrated that all cultures could come together in peace. People of the world were smiling, chatting, laughing, and singing together. The Olympic flame lifted up this heart of mine and the spark and its glow is has never left me. So did the magic of all the flags of the world flying together. So did the music of those grand mariachis.

At the Opening Ceremony so many birds of peace were freed, after the Closing Ceremony the field became a massive celebration of all cultures mixing together...the world was dancing as one.

Yah Mr. Brundage, I agree.

The Olympics are a ray of sunshine.                                              

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ancient Olympics and Emperor Theodosius

The Games were part of history as far back 776 BC!  An olive wreath was given to the winner of the ancient games.  Additional games and prizes were added over hundreds of years. Prizes became quite grand, so grand that by 393 AD bribery and corruption caused Emperor Theodosius to ban the games! 

Frank Shorter Remembers Munich 1972

This morning, stopped everything to listen to NPR's interview of Frank Shorter, Olympic runner, speak about his experience of living in the Olympic Village in 1972.

He gazed in wonder, as I did, at the strange visual of first, one man, then two men with black covered faces (probably black socks with holes cut out) who held rifles on the small patio inside the Olympic Village. This patio was very close to the public walkway that almost everyone used to enter the Olympic Stadium. Frank was inside the village. I was outside the village on my way to the stadium. I walked slowly then stopped as only a few others did. Most folks kept walking. Like Frank, I had never seen anything like this before.  This might have been one of the first, or among the first terrorist attacks.  Frank was an easy target and I was. Did we or most of the people outside or inside the Olympic Village on this beautiful morning know what was going on inside? Not at all.

Most of you now know the sad story that unfolded that day and evening. So sad for the Israeli Team, for Germany, for the future Olympics and for most of the world.

Many of you do not know that when the terrorists entered the Olympic Village and climbed over the fence late the night before or very early that morning, they blended in with the team members from other countries who were out late partying.  Even the nice guys on other teams helped lift their duffle bags over the fence, of course not realizing what was inside those bags. (Yes the same kind of stuff that was symbolically placed in a huge pile, and made into a man made mountain, part of the Olympic Park. Buried guns, tanks and ammunition from WWII but covered with greenery symbolized "no more war")

Oh My Rio

Will be posting often during these Olympic weeks and will weave in

1)  Reflections of my exciting life in Rio during the 1970's

2)  Slices of synthesizing news with my experience at 12 Olympic Games

3)  News items and human interest stories as Rio 2016 unfolds.

Must preface: prior to every Olympic Games, there are issues that simply evaporate after the Opening Ceremony.  The magic of the ENERGY of the togetherness of our human family from all nations... chatting face to face, singing, dancing, playing, exchanging smiles etc...takes over!

Friday, June 24, 2016


During London’s 2012 Olympics I sat in The Swan Pub with a group of Brits who were predicting the future and breaking away from the EU.  “Some day” they said, “Some day!”  

While they chatted with me, I remember thinking about Taiwan.  During my Summer in Taipei in 1967 so many of the people used the same phase, “Some day”,  “Some day”.  The people who had to leave mainland China had been dreaming and planning on returning and leading that country. “Some day” “Some day”.

Today’s big news that 52% of the people voted to leave the European Union rattled the world. It continues to rattle.

These unchartered waters are sad, so sad, for many, and very happy for others, including a few of my buddies from one of the oldest pubs in England, where democracy began!!

Their day has come. Their “Some day”, “Some day” is..........TODAY!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Olympic Taeqwondo

Olympic Taeqwondo, Barcelona 1992
Taeqwondo was a "demonstration sport" during the 1992 games.
It was introduced during the 1988 games in Korea. It became a
full medal sport during the games in Australia, Sydney 2000.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Olympic Surfing!!!

Surfing FINALLY will become an Olympic Sport
for Tokyo 2020
(thank you

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Olympic Kayaking

Olympic Kayaking, Barcelona Olympics 1992

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Olympic Archery

Olympic Archery, Barcelona Olympics 1992

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

Olympic Sailing

Sailing, 1992 Olympic Poster from Barcelona

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Summertime was Summertime 2015

Summertime was summertime and living was a bit 'too' easy.  Laguna Susi Q, company came, Hawai'i trip with my daughter Marion of the University of Hawai'i, MidSummer break in SoCal and then August in Seattle for a fun family wedding and reunions with just a bit of work online.  Drove from Tacoma to Portland Oregon with my sister and her husband to hear our family history stories from an incredibly sharp 94 year old who grew up living next to our Wimberg grandparents.  Vivid memories and great story telling! Met her, Selma Voss, for the first time. Such a buzz.  Found her because of a comment I made on facebook. When my name appeared during May on a the computer screen of a man, Selma's son-in-law, in Oregon, he wrote and asked if I was from the Wimbergs of Southern NJ. Then told me about his mother-in-law who had great memories of a great family. Thanks to him we have great details of our family history.

Will be getting back in the flow of writing after a summer of jumping around the USA. In order to help jump back, I got out my old posters from 1992.  Aired them out and photographed them. This is one of many of my favorites from the The 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Barcelona, Olympics 1992
Cool jump, aye?

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Olympic Watches

Had a look at the Apple watches last week.  Very spiffy, functional and fun. Such CLEVER design. Would love to have one some day.  So had to take a second look at the Olympic watches from Swatch.

Swatch watches with such clever Olympic design!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Beijing 2008 Olympic Stamp, One World One Dream

Somehow the line at the postal station inside Beijing's
Olympic Park was not long at here I am folks!
(Have to say, while waiting in Olympic lines I have
totally enjoyed chatting and meeting fabulous folks.)

Ahhh presentation! This is the cover design that was
protecting the above stamps. Clever aye?
 And so goes life where FORM should follow FUNCTION!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sydney 2000 Paralympic Stamps

Just mention Paralympics to those who stay and cheer these super athletes on
and most will "talk story" with happy and heartfelt  tears in their eyes.
Bravo to them all and bravo to the designer of these stamps!

Sydney 2000, Olympic Stamp

This Olympic stamp captures the magic of 
movementof the Olympic Flame and the Olympic Flag.
Always manages to magically move...all of us Olympic regulars!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Olympic Torch Post Cards, 1984

The Olympic Torch, everyone's favorite!

Olympic Post Cards, First Day of Issue 1983, Los Angeles 1984

I read about these post cards in a small article in the newspaper.
During the former three Olympic Games, Mexico, Munich and
Montreal, I was single. My son was born in 1979 so Korea was
impossible for me to attend. Then my daughter was born in1981.
Then alleluia, the Olympics me in 1984!

These post cards were issued and distributed at the Long Beach
Post Office, prior to the games in1983. All three of us made had
an adventurous day driving to Long Beach to purchase some.
They remain my favorite.

Love sailing, love the design!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Olympic Stamp Collecting

Stamp Collecting is very much a part of the Olympic Games.
I will be posting some of my preferred stamps. 
I was attracted to design and aesthetics. Not a
serious collector yet, after many Olympic Games, 
my collection grew, quite seriously!

After the games my parents were always excited when
mail arrived from far away places.  This one from the
Tunisia Prensa head, Mustapha Majoul 1968.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Arts and Crafts and Recycling at the Olympics

One of the reasons many of us head to the Olympic Games is to enjoy the culture and the art.  The craftiness of the locals, using whatever medium they enjoy and moreover, afford, is often delightful. The street vendors and street markets are my faves. Would love to see, during some future Olympics, some area  for artists of the country with no license fees! First come, first serve type of thing with NO RED TAPE FOR ARTISTS and even paying artists if they sell art using RECYCLED items to keep the Olympics GREEN. Here is one item I purchased at the Mexico Olympics in 1968.  The dove, yet again, the symbol of peace in the world!! Protocol; no olympic rings. The artist told me that she had very little money but had access to heaps of leftover yarn. Cool, aye?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ellie our "National Geographic Photo"

In the center courtyard of Vidin Castle, Baba Vida...Opa!!

Vidin, Bulgaria

This medieval castle on the banks of the Danube was named "Baba Vida".  It endured centuries and avoided the sad destiny of the other medieval castles along the lower Danube because it was outside the scope of the Russian - Turkish Wars.

Up the Lower Danube River to Bulgaria

Both of us were in a bit of a daze, we made it to Bulgaria!

Along the Lower Danube...

Historic sites like this!

Up very early before dawn to enjoy tying up The River Concerto.
Another Eastern Orthodox tradition.

Elena placed a red and white ribbon on the tree in the main square.
 A custom that dates back to the 6th Century. (no doubt with...a little prayer.)