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Closing the Olympics…

Having posted an article last week featuring the Opening ceremonies of the London Olympics, I thought I’d do some commentary here on the Closing.

Closing Olympic Celebration…

The most descriptive I can declare is that it was certainly British. Cheeky humor and musical tributes are their hallmarks.

Opening with all sorts of dancing drummers, even some on wires, and newsprint over everything featured England’s history of great published works. A variety of acts sang and danced thru pop tunes of various times. more…

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The Olympics and Class War…

Until I spent a year in an Olympic Athletes Village (1991-92) I never had much curiosity over sports. As a youth I always chose Home Ec when I had the option, much preferring the company of females over stinking macho gymnasiums.

Pastoral England…

Ironic I suppose that at 17 (1959) I ended up in the 101st Airborne Division, US Army…talking about physical challenge.

While FCI Ray Brook, Lake Placid, NY, was built as a federal prison, its initial use was as an Athletes Village at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The ski-jumps and other facilities are today a training site for future Winter Olympians.

After the 1980 Olympics, the feds added another row of razor-wire fencing to the Village, pulled out the Jacuzzis and Voila! Instant prison. more…

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FCI Ray Brook, NY…

One of  a dozen federal prisons I’ve served in is FCI Ray Brook.  Ray Brook is just down the road from the massive ski jumps near Lake Placid in northern New York State, the site of the 1980 U.S. Winter Olympics.

If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember those Olympics as the “Miracle on Ice,” in which the U.S. men’s hockey team won the gold medal.  I remember Ray Brook somewhat differently…

The creation of FCI Ray Brook was a reaction to the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, where a number of Israeli athletes were murdered in retaliation for the Black September War in 1970 in Jordan (which involved a number of other states, including Israel).   more…