In 2014, I finally read Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, the satirical novel about World War II experiences and time traveling. In the classic 1969 book, the main character is thrown into the future and sees a bumper sticker that says “Reagan For President.” I thought: “Vonnegut is a psychic genius! How could he have known?” It's simple really. Reagan had sought the Republican nomination in 1968. Shame on me for not paying attention to presidential politics when I was one year old. This week, and I don't know why it hit me so hard this week, I have been a little preoccupied with ...

Henry Chadwick, an English born historian and creator of baseball's box score, used the letter "K" to denote a strikeout in the scorebook because it was the last letter in "struck" as in "struck out."  He often used the last letter in a word because it was often more memorable, and more than 100 years later, a "K" means strikeout in America's past time. For hitters, there is only one thing worse than a swing and a miss at strike three and that is when strike three is called by the umpire without swinging at all. This disaster is known as ...