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Sunday, June 2,2013
Wise Up!

Education

By David Bruce
African-American bandleader Cab Calloway was a leader, and he taught his musicians a lot. One thing that he taught them is the importance of punctuality. He would say, "I gotta be here – you better be here." He also fired a trombone player, Claude Jones, because of a lack of punctuality.
Monday, May 27,2013
Wise Up!

War

By David Bruce
In July 1948, the Soviet Union blockaded West Berlin. The United States responded by flying supplies to West Berlin, which was in ruins following World War II, until the Soviet Union lifted the blockade. One of the American pilots flying supplies to West Berlin was 27-year-old Air Force lieutenant Gail Halvorsen, who one day saw some German children who were watching the airplanes.
Sunday, May 19,2013
Wise Up!

Baseball

By David Bruce
Jon Farrar, age 12, who played in the Pony League in the tiny town that is Pleasant Plains, Ark., had a dream. He wanted to see his favorite team, the New York Yankees, play in Yankee Stadium. Jon said, "Baseball is my life. I live, eat, sleep, dream it.
Sunday, May 12,2013
Wise Up!

Mothers

By David Bruce
While growing up in Gulfport, Miss., Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre was tough. Working as a five-year-old ballboy, he was accidentally hit with a bat by a player who was taking a warm-up swing.
Sunday, May 5,2013
Wise Up!

Husbands and Wives

By David Bruce
Steve Earle's life has been more interesting than most, although except for the music and the moments of happiness, that may not be a good thing. For example, in 1994 he kicked heroin – after spending four months in jail.
Sunday, April 28,2013
Wise Up!

Education

By David Bruce
Columbine High School is famous today because of the shooting there, but because of 18-year-old senior Ruben Ortega, San Gabriel High School is not famous. On April 20, 1988, he went to school as usual. However, on this day, another student carried an assault rifle to school.
Sunday, April 21,2013
Wise Up!

Authors

By David Bruce
Ramones bass player Dee Dee Ramone was a writer of fiction (he wrote the novel "Chelsea Horror Hotel"), which means that he occasionally wrote fiction when he was supposed to be writing nonfiction – like many, most, or all writers of fiction, Dee Dee didn't mind exaggerating (or lying) in order to make a good story better.
Sunday, April 14,2013
Wise Up!

Money

By David Bruce
Early in his career, George Carlin was funny and made a lot of money from conventional comedy. However, he was unhappy because he wanted to be funny and do comedy that also made a serious point.
Sunday, April 7,2013
Wise Up!

Education

By David Bruce
When Langston Hughes, the famous African-American author, was in the seventh grade in Lawrence, Kan., his teacher created a separate row of desks for her African-American students. Langston protested, shouting that she had created a Jim Crow row of desks.
Sunday, March 31,2013
Wise Up!

Practical jokes

By David Bruce
While attending Syracuse University, Dave Bing roomed with Frank Nicoletti. The two got along very well together, despite being of different races – Mr. Bing is African American, while Mr. Nicoletti is white.
 
 
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