Cool Story

> Yankee Catcher Moe Berg
> This is a helluva
> story…..
> > When
> baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went
> on tour in baseball-crazy Japan, in
> 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string
> catcher named Moe Berg was included. Although he played
> with five major-league teams, from 1923 to 1939, he was a
> very mediocre ball player. But Moe was regarded as the
> brainiest ballplayer
> of all time. In fact, Casey
> Stengel once said: “That is the strangest man
> ever to play baseball”.

> When
> all the baseball stars went to Japan,
> Moe Berg
> went with them and many people wondered why he went with
> “the team”
> Lou Gehrig and Babe Rut
> The
> answer was simple: Moe Berg was a United
> States spy,
> working undercover with the Office of Strategic Services
> (predecessor of today’s CIA).
> > Moe
> spoke 15 languages – including Japanese. And he had
> two loves:
> baseball and spying.
> In
> Tokyo, garbed in a kimono, Berg took flowers to the
> daughter of an American diplomat being treated in St.
> Luke’s Hospital – the tallest building in the Japanese
> capital.
> He
> never delivered the flowers. The
> ball-player ascended
> to the hospital roof and filmed key features: the harbor,
> military installations, railway yards,
> etc.
> Eight
> years later, General Jimmy Doolittle studied Berg’s
> films in planning his spectacular raid on
> Tokyo.
> >
> His
> father disapproved and never once watched his
> son play.
> In Barringer High School, Moe learned Latin, Greek
> and French. Moe read at least 10 newspapers
> everyday.
> >
> He
> graduated magna cum laude from Princeton – having
> added Spanish,
> Italian, German and Sanskrit to his linguistic quiver.
> During further studies at the Sorbonne,
> in Paris , and Columbia Law School, he picked up Japanese,
> Chinese, Korean, Indian, Arabic, Portuguese and Hungarian -
> 15 languages in all, plus some regional
> dialects.
> >
> While
> playing baseball for Princeton University, Moe Berg would
> describe plays in Latin or Sanskrit.
> > Tito’s partisans
> During
> World War II, Moe was parachuted into Yugoslavia
> to assess
> the value to the war effort of the two groups of partisans
> there. He reported back that Marshall
> Tito’s forces were widely supported by the people and
> Winston Churchill ordered all-out support for
> the Yugoslav underground fighter, rather than
> Mihajlovic’s Serbians.

> > The
> parachute jump at age 41 undoubtedly was a challenge.
> But there
> was more to come in that same year. Berg penetrated
> German-held Norway, met with members of
> the underground,
> and located a secret heavy-water plant – part of the
> Nazis’ effort to build an atomic
> bomb.
> > His
> information guided the Royal Air Force in a bombing
> raid to
> destroy that plant.
> The R.A.F.
> destroys the Norwegian heavy water plant targeted by Moe
> Berg.
> There
> still remained the question of how far had the Nazis
> progressed in
> the race to build the first Atomic bomb. If the Nazis
> were successful, they would win the war.
> Berg (under
> the code name “Remus”) was sent to Switzerland to
> hear leading German physicist Werner Heisenberg, a
> Nobel Laureate,
> lecture and determine if the Nazis were close to building
> an A-bomb. Moe managed to slip past the SS
> guards at
> the auditorium, posing as a Swiss graduate student.
> The spy carried in his pocket a pistol and a cyanide
> pill.
> > If
> the German physicist indicated the Nazis were close to
> building a weapon,
> Berg was to shoot him – and then swallow the cyanide
> pill.
> Moe,
> sitting in the front row, determined that
> the Germans were nowhere near their goal, so he
> complimented Heisenberg on his speech and walked
> him back
> to his hotel.
> > Werner Heisenberg -he blocked
> the Nazis
> from acquiring an
> atomic
> bomb.
> >
> Moe
> Berg’s report was distributed to Britain’s Prime
> Minister Winston
> Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and key figures
> in the team developing the Atomic Bomb. Roosevelt responded:
> “Give my regards to the catcher.”
> Most
> of Germany’s leading physicists had been Jewish and had
> fled the Nazis mainly to Britain and the United
> States. After the war, Moe Berg was awarded the Medal
> of Freedom – America ‘s highest
> honor for a civilian in wartime. But Berg refused to accept
> it because
> he couldn’t tell people
> about his exploits.
> After
> his death, his sister accepted the Medal. It now
> hangs in
> the Baseball Hall of Fame, in
> Cooperstown.
> > Presidential Medal of Freedom:
> the highest award
> given to
> civilians during wartime.
> Moe
> Berg’s baseball card is the only card on display at
> the CIA
> Headquarters
> in Washington, DC.


The sack lunch!
I put my carry-on in the

luggage compartment and sat down in my assigned

seat. It was going to be a long flight. ‘I’m  

glad I have a good book to read. Perhaps I will

get a short nap,’ I thought.

Just before take-off,

a line of soldiers came down the aisle and

filled all the vacant seats, totally surrounding  

me. I decided to start a conversation.

‘Where are you headed?’ I asked the soldier seated nearest to

me. ‘Petawawa. We’ll be there for two

weeks for special training, and then we’re being  

deployed to Afghanistan.

After flying for about an hour, an announcement was

made that sack lunches were available for five

dollars… It would be several hours before we  

reached the east, and I quickly decided a lunch

would help pass the time…


As I reached for my wallet, I overheard a soldier ask his buddy if

he planned to buy lunch.  ‘No, that seems  

like a lot of money for just a sack lunch.

Probably wouldn’t be worth five bucks.

I’ll wait till we get to base.’

His friend agreed.

I looked around at the

other soldiers. None were buying lunch. I walked

to the back of the plane and handed the flight

attendant a fifty dollar bill.  ‘Take a

lunch to all those soldiers.’ She grabbed my  

arms and squeezed tightly. Her eyes wet with

tears, she thanked me. ‘My son was a soldier in

Iraq ; it’s almost like you are doing it for


Picking up ten sacks, she headed up the aisle to where the

soldiers were seated. She stopped at my seat and

asked, ‘Which do you like best – beef or

chicken?’ ‘Chicken,’ I replied,


wondering why she asked. She turned and went to  

the front of plane, returning a minute later

with a dinner plate from first class.
‘This is your thanks.’

After we finished

eating, I went again to the back of the plane,  

heading for the rest room.


A man stopped me. ‘I saw what you did. I want to

be part of it… Here, take this.’ He handed me

twenty-five dollars.


Soon after I returned

to my seat, I saw the Flight Captain coming down

the aisle, looking at the aisle numbers as he

walked, I hoped he was not looking for me, but

noticed he was looking at the numbers only on my  

side of the plane. When he got to my row he

stopped, smiled, held out his hand and said, ‘I

want to shake your hand.’ Quickly unfastening my

seatbelt I stood and took the Captain’s hand.  

With a booming voice he said, ‘I was a soldier

and I was a military pilot. Once, someone bought

me a lunch. It was an act of kindness I never

forgot.’ I was embarrassed when applause was  

heard from all of the passengers.


Later I walked to the

front of the plane so I could stretch my legs. A

man who was seated about six rows in front of me

reached out his hand, wanting to shake mine. He  

left another twenty-five dollars in my palm.


When we landed I

gathered my belongings and started to deplane…


Waiting just inside the airplane door was a man

who stopped me, put something in my shirt  

pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a

word. Another twenty-five dollars!


Upon entering the

terminal, I saw the soldiers gathering for their

trip to the base.  
I walked over to

them and handed them seventy-five dollars. ‘It

will take you some time to reach the base.

It will be about time for a sandwich.  
God Bless You.’

Ten young

men left that flight feeling the love and

respect of their fellow travelers.


As I walked briskly to

my car, I whispered a prayer for their safe

return. These soldiers were giving their all for  

our country. I could only give them a couple of

meals. It seemed so little…


A veteran is someone

who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank

check made payable to ‘The United States of

America  ‘ for an amount of ‘up to and

including my life.’


That is Honor, and

there are way too many people in this country

who no longer understand it.’ 


Old Guy and a Bucket of Shrimp

This is a wonderful story and it is true. You will be pleased that you read it, and I believe you will pass it on. It is an important piece of American history.
It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean.
Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier.
Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end
of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself. The glow of
the sun is a golden bronze now.
Everybody’s gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing
out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts…and his bucket
of shrimp.
Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier.
Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings
fluttering and flapping wildly. Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the
hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with
a smile, ‘Thank you. Thank you.’
In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn’t leave.
He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another
time and place.
When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.
If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like ‘a funny old duck,’ as my dad used to say.  Or, to onlookers, he’s just another old codger, lost in his own weird
world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.
To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant … maybe even a lot of nonsense.
Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters.
Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida … That’s too bad. They’d do well to know him better.
His full name: Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero in World
War I, and then he was in WWII. On one of his flying missions across the
Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the
men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.
Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough
waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of
all, they fought hunger and thirst. By the eighth day their rations ran
out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one
knew where they were or even if they were alive. Every day across America
millions wondered and prayed that Eddie Rickenbacker might somehow be found
The men adrift needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple
devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie
leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged on. All
he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft…
Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap. It was
a seagull!
Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning
his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he
managed to grab it and wring its neck. He tore the feathers off, and he and
his starving crew made a meal of it – a very slight meal for eight men.
Then they used the intestines for bait. With it, they caught fish, which
gave them food and more bait . . . and the cycle continued. With that
simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea
until they were found and rescued after 24 days at s ea.
Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull… And he never stopped saying, ‘Thank you.’ That’s why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart
full of gratitude.
(Max Lucado, “In The Eye of the Storm”, pp…221, 225-226)
PS: Eddie Rickenbacker was the founder of Eastern Airlines. Before
WWI he was race car driver. In WWI he was a pilot and became America ‘s
first ace. In WWII he was an instructor and military adviser, and he flew
missions with the combat pilots. Eddie Rickenbacker is a true American
hero. And now you know another story about the trials and sacrifices that
brave men have endured for your freedom.
As you can see, I chose to pass it on. It is a great story that many don’t know…You’ve got to be careful with old guys, You just never know what they have done during their lifetime.


If World War One Was A Bar Fight

If World War One was a bar Fight

• Germany, Austria and Italy are standing together in the middle of a pub when Serbia bumps into Austria and spills Austria’s pint.
• Austria demands Serbia buy it a complete new suit because there are splashes on its trouser leg.
• Germany expresses its support for Austria’s point of view.
• Britain recommends that everyone calm down a bit.
• Serbia points out that it can’t afford a whole suit, but offers to pay for the cleaning of Austria’s trousers.
• Russia and Serbia look at Austria.
• Austria asks Serbia who it’s looking at.
• Russia suggests that Austria should leave its little brother alone.
• Austria inquires as to whose army will assist Russia in compelling it to do so.
• Germany appeals to Britain that France has been looking at it, and that this is sufficiently out of order that Britain should not intervene. Britain replies that France can look at who it wants to, that Britain is looking at Germany too, and what is Germany going to do about it?
• Germany tells Russia to stop looking at Austria, or Germany will render Russia incapable of such action.
• Britain and France ask Germany whether it’s looking at Belgium.
• Turkey and Germany go off into a corner and whisper. When they come back, Turkey makes a show of not looking at anyone.
• Germany rolls up its sleeves, looks at France, and punches Belgium.
• France and Britain punch Germany.
• Austria punches Russia.
• Germany punches Britain and France with one hand and Russia with the other.
• Russia throws a punch at Germany, but misses and nearly falls over.
• Japan calls over from the other side of the room that it’s on Britain’s side, but stays there.
• Italy surprises everyone by punching Austria.
• Australia punches Turkey, and gets punched back.
• There are no hard feelings because Britain made Australia do it.
• France gets thrown through a plate glass window, but gets back up and carries on fighting. Russia gets thrown through another one, gets knocked out, suffers brain damage, and wakes up with a complete personality change.
• Italy throws a punch at Austria and misses, but Austria falls over anyway.
• Italy raises both fists in the air and runs round the room chanting.
• America waits till Germany is about to fall over from sustained punching from Britain and France, then walks over and smashes it with a barstool, then pretends it won the fight all by itself.
• By now all the chairs are broken and the big mirror over the bar is shattered. Britain, France and America agree that Germany threw the first punch, so the whole thing is Germany’s fault . While Germany is still unconscious, they go through its pockets, steal its wallet, and buy drinks for all their friends.

If World War Two was a bar fight

• After the last bar fight, America decides that he needs to be the bartender and the bouncer and moves behind the bar.
• Germany comes to and sees everyone drinking with his money and sees Austria sitting in the corner by himself.
• Germany, angry that Britain, France, and America took his wallet grabs Austria and makes him stand next to him.
• Germany then does the same to Czechoslovakia.
• On the other side of the room, Japan punches China. After a while, America tells them to knock it off.
• Germany signs a bar napkin telling Britain that he is done moving people over to his side of the room.
• Germany sucker punches Poland, claiming that Poland started it.
• Russia says he will help and ends up punching Poland from the other side.
• France and Britain begin swinging at Germany. Germany pushes Britain through the door and knocks him into the pool. France is also shoved through the door, but comes back in wearing a new beret and decides to hang out with Germany.
• For no apparent reason, Russia slaps Finland.
• Italy gets into a fight over the toys in the sandbox out back, gets a bloody nose and cries to Germany for help.
• Germany and Britain get into a tug of war over Italy’s sandbox.
• Britain and Germany begin throwing rocks at each others’ houses.
• Because Russia helped him with beating up Poland, Germany sucker punches Russia.
• While everybody is looking at Germany and Britain, Japan puts China into a headlock and begins punching his head.
• America tells Japan to knock it off and tells him he’s had too much to drink and he’s cut off.
• Japan jumps over the bar and punches America. And Britain. And France. And the Netherlands.
• Germany shakes his fist at America and makes a rude noise.
• America jumps into Germany’s sandbox and falls flat on his ass. Italy laughs at him.
• Because America is mad at Germany, America punches Italy.
• America, Canada, and Britain rip off France’s new beret and punch Germany.
• America, Britain and Australia gang up and start shoving Japan back into a corner on the other side of the room.
• Germany taps America on the shoulder and says, “What’s that over there in the snow?” Then he kicks America in the behind when he’s not looking.
• Everyone piles on Germany until he passes out.
• America hits Japan in the face with a baseball bat like Capone did in “The Untouchables”. Twice.
• As Japan is on his way to the floor, Russia shakes his fist at Japan, pretending that he’s joined the fight and hoping that he’ll be able to go through Japan’s wallet after the fight’s over.
• After Japan and Germany wake up, America, France, Britain, and Russia move into Germany’s House. America moves into Japan’s house, too.
• America buys drinks for Germany and Japan until everyone is happy again.