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Some people call it style, others call it taste, or ” the eye” which some men just seem to have that helps them select the right business suit or dinner suit, shirts, ties and shoes every time.

Whatever it is, dressing stylishly is not all about the “eye”. It also involves a great deal of know how about the tried and trusted classics of men’s clothing, where they come from, how they are made and when to wear them.

By a good cut, we mean the basic pattern that has been used again and again since the 1930’s, irrespective of fashion and trends. The cut of a tailored mens suits should look natural and bring out the best in its wearer.

A thin, small boned man should go for suits with a narrow cut and no shoulder padding, narrow lapels and close fitting trousers.

An athletic, broad shouldered man will not require shoulder padding either and the suit should be cut to his natural measurements.

If the wearer is a large gentleman, it is even more advisable to avoid anything in the cut that will make him look larger, opting ideally for XXL sizes and king size tailoring.

The name Tuxedo stems from Tuxedo Park, New York, where the jacket is said to have been first introduced in 1886. In German speaking countries, it is called a “smoking” and in England it is a “dinner jacket”.

“Black tie”, “White tie”, tails or tuxedo are all classic invitations to a formal occasion which always indicates what the guest is expected to wear.

As the name suggests, a black bow tie is traditionally worn with a tuxedo and the indication “black tie” means that this is the correct form of evening dress. A white bow tie should be worn with tails, and “white tie” thus indicates this.

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TAMPA Omar Albanil arrives at the gym the same way he has for the past few weeks: immediately after his first class of the day, tired and sore, with gym clothes in his hand.

He checks in at LA Fitness, grabs a towel and goes to the locker room. Off come the blue and white striped dress shirt, the ripped jeans, the polo shoes. He replaces them with a red shirt, black shorts and Asics.

He’s ready for his first workout of the day: a 40 minute, 5 mile run on the treadmill. “Child’s play,” he calls it. The day before he ran 4 miles in 23 minutes.

All of this is in preparation for tonight’s fight the sixth of his professional career at the Tampa Convention Center. His undefeated mark entering Thunder on the Bay, an event featuring top Tampa Bay boxing prospects, includes two knockouts.

“Eat. Sleep. Train.” is emblazoned across his shirt in big white letters. All that is missing to describe his daily life? Work.

His weeks are the same: log in hours as a server at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; classes at Hillsborough Community College on Tuesday and Thursday; training twice a day, mornings at LA Fitness and afternoons at Trigga City Boxing, the gym he owns; homework in the evening; and a couple hours of sleep.

He took a three year hiatus from boxing from 2011 14, when he didn’t fight or train. That break is responsible for today’s hectic schedule. But he has to be a fighter at all times.

“You don’t just clock into the gym and be a fighter for two hours,” the 26 year old says. “You’re a fighter all the time, from the way you eat, to whether you decide to stay up late at night.”

Albanil grew up watching premier bouts but never thought he would become a boxer.

“Nor did I ever want to be a boxer,” he said.

Yet now it practically dictates his life. Aside from being undefeated, he helps train fighters. At 21, he opened Trigga City Boxing, near Tampa International Airport, with help from his parents.

His father, a builder, constructed the professional ring located in the back right corner of the gym. He built the beams where the punching bags hang: seven heavy bags in the back row, four double end bags in the front.

“They opened the door, but I had to walk through it,” Albanil said.

Sherman Henson also walked through that door at Trigga City.

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Henson first met Albanil, who was then 15 and wailing on a 19 year old fighter.

“That’s not right,” Henson, 60, said to himself. He became Albanil’s first trainer and has watched his evolution from amateur to professional.

“The best kept secret in boxing,” Henson says of Albanil, even though Albanil didn’t start boxing until high school and hasn’t won any national tournaments. But Henson knows experienced fighters when he sees them, training boxers like Antonio Tarver Jr., Juan Laporte and Christian Camacho.

Albanil’s childhood never hinted at a career in the ring. He was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and moved with his mother to Tampa at age 2.

And aside from five years in Mississippi, from 1999 2004, he has remained here. When he moved back to the area as a young teenager, he had to re adjust to the state and culture. In Mississippi, he attended a predominantly white school. When he returned to Tampa, he attended Alonso High School, whose student body is 49 percent Hispanic.

“I really didn’t know where I fit in,” Albanil said. “In the beginning I didn’t have a lot of friends and I didn’t do any sports, either, because I thought it was too hot down here to run cross country and track.”

After spending much of his freshman year alone, he started hanging out with Brian Rojas as a sophomore. Rojas and his football teammates sometimes boxed for fun. One day, Albanil joined them. Rojas busted Albanil’s nose open on the first punch.

“I still wanted to get in there,” Albanil said. “I still wanted to get him back.”

They continued boxing, and Albanil kept getting beat up.

“So at that point I was like, ‘Man, I just want to learn to do this for real,’ ” Albanil said. “I wanted to know what I was doing because I didn’t like not knowing what I was doing.”

Even with his energy and environmental class starting in 45 minutes, Albanil doesn’t stop his workout.

As soon as he finishes his run, he does two sets of 50 knee ups. He stops an ab workout and showers, finishing with 20 minutes to spare before class.

He changes back into the dress shirt, the ripped jeans and the polo shoes. He combs his hair with his fingers. It’s 12:15 and HCC is 15 minutes away.

He is one of the last students to show up. But he can’t miss school, not this time around.

Albanil enrolled in Hillsborough Community College in 2011 but went for only two semesters. He developed severe tendinitis in his left and right shoulders in January 2012, so he couldn’t box or train. He spent his time at school or working at Columbia Restaurant to keep supporting his gym. But when school got in the way,
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So the breaking news here isn’t Kate Moss’ fresh eye grazing fringe. (But honestly, her hot bangs could be the news, if only because every tween and lesser starlet will soon be scrambling to the salon for a chop. Kate is the sexy after all.)

What I really want to talk about is her shiny new holiday collection for Topshop. The minidresses, sheer tops, and waistcoasts hit stores and the web Thursday. Not every piece is a grand style slam (A sequined kerchief? Really?), but the best looks scream party, preferably with fake snow, glittery disco ball, and plenty of eggnog.

I am a bona fide bargain hunter. I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed of the Joe’s jeans I got for $45 at Marshall’s. Or of the Furla bag I scooped up from the lower reaches of Filene’s Basement’s discount rack for a cool $50.

Nothing gets me more jazzed than a good deal, that’s for sure. And because I know there are some fellow penny pinchers out there, I’ll let you in on a little secret: enroll in the VIP club at the Wrentham Outlets. It’s free to join and gets you coupons and discounts to several stores at the shopping mecca.

Case in point: This weekend I landed a pair of sweet Banana Republic “Luella” boots on the cheap. (Close your eyes and imagine the boots at left are black, ok?) True, they are last season. But with a 25% off in store sale and a 15% off VIP coupon, the oultet price of $129 for the pair came down to $75. Not too shabby.

If I haven’t made it obvious by now, I love birds. I love wall hangings of sparrows, silver necklaces with owl charms, birds on my t shirts, on my plates, on my pillows. But, lest you think I live in an aviary, I’ve actually tempered my addiction by buying bird presents for others.

Davis Squared, a new gift boutique in well, do the math Davis Square, has a great selection of MeMe Baby onesies that I absolutely adore. I’m not above nagging married friends to have children prematurely, just so I can give them a “Goldfinch Baby Bodysuit”:

Let’s see, what to do during lunch hour this Thursday? Go to TGI Friday’s again, or check out a trunk show. Hmmm. this is a toughie. I suppose the fried mac and cheese and the Oreo cake can wait until next week. Matsu is hosting a trunk show of French designer Lilith on Thursday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. 12. The collection is spring/summer ’08 (the clip above is fall/winter ’07, but you get the idea). Matsu is at 259 Newbury Street. The spring collection is ’60s influenced, with a hint of Imperial British India tossed in for good measure.

I’ve always admired her style it’s effortless sophistication. Rachel’s petite physique might have something to do with why she looks gorgeous in all clothing, but hey, she knows how to work it. And since she said sayonara to Adam Brody, we can be friends. (The jealousy was too much to bear before. She was very insensitive to date my future husband.) In fact, she’s so tiny, I could carry her around in my bag and she could advise me on minidresses and coats. Perfect!

Essential question of the day: Can style and sub zero temperatures really coexist? Sure, you say. There are scads of trendy, well cut coats in great colors. Obviously, you’ll be singing a different tune in mere months when you have a scarf wrapped around your eyes and long johns tucked into your salt and sand stained leather boots.

Not to be totally cynical. There is a warm solution to winter woes: Layering! Why not reach for a trendy down vest to keep your core toasty? You can wear a chic sweater and long sleeve tee below it and a stylish winter coat over it. I’m currently crushing on this ruffled Juicy number from Saks:

No, really. Designer Todd Oldham is the new creative director for Old Navy. At first, this seemed like a really odd pairing to me, but then I remembered that Todd has already lent his name to a line of dorm furniture (obviously) at Target and to a collection for La Z Boy. So he gets around.

Old Navy and Gap have both been suffering in sales hopefully this will be a step in the right direction for Gap. Inc. I’m all about style for the masses (Hello! My entire closet is stuffed with pieces from Target’s Go! designers.) but I’ll need to see some proof before I fully endorse this discount duo. Oldham, your first order of business: Please purge all fleece from the Old Navy collection. Yuck.

There was a rather interesting article profiling Rachel Zoe in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine. Though Lynn Hirschberg provided juicy and/or troubling insight into Zoe’s life and how the starved stylist single handedly conducts celebrity and tabloid fashion, the most controversial lines came from Miss Thang herself:

“Anna Wintour is one of my heroes, but they say that I m more influential. As great as it is, Vogue won t change a designer s business. But if an unknown brand is worn by a certain person in a tabloid, it will be the biggest designer within a week.”

I wonder what the Vogue editrix thought of that little quote. Unfortunately, Zoe’s ability to churn out teeny weeny, bug eyed, bejeweled starlets in her image (Hello, Nicole Richie! We’re talking about you, Lohan!) does affect the celebrity fashion landscape and probably influences tweens to lose weight and spend gobs of money on designer jeans. But no one messes with Anna Wintour. No one.

Yes, for $68, you too can dress like the Leopard Empress of Stretchland. Ick. I had a pair of actual stirrup pants in this pattern (in purple) when I was five. I mean, it looks like Lisa Frank of Trapper Keeper and school supply fame designed this ill fitting mess.

This fall, you can wear a variety of denim styles wide leg, high waist, skinny leg, even gray and chocolate brown hues and still be very much in fashion. Leave the suction tight “Welcome to the Jungle” leggings to David Lee Roth. Please and thank you.

The interior, designed by burdifilek, is equally modern and appealing. Everything is white and well lit. This department store is airy. No crowded aisles here.

The men’s department has a room with a flat screen TV. Yesterday, a salesmen had his head buried in the instruction book, attempting to program the remote. The game will surely be on by Saturday.

Upstairs, the women’s department is young looking, featuring designers like Stella McCartney. But there are also in store designer shops (Akris, Chanel, Armani) which all reflect the style of that design house.

The women’s handbag section, which includes Gucci and Prada, appears larger than the shoe department. Perhaps they realize they can’t compete with their next door neighbor’s humongo shoe department (Nordstrom).

My conclusion: it’s worth the drive. But bring that checkbook.

I took one step into Nordstrom and discovered a pair of Prada shoes for KIDS! How cool is that?

They had Michael Kors and Kenneth Cole, all for kids. Talk about putting Stride Rite to shame.

The women’s designer collection was equally enchanting. I grew up in California and have never been a big Nordstrom fan. Today I changed my mind. Even the stuffy old St. John selection was stunning. And the Yves Saint Laurent collection was to die for (even if the dresses were over $1,000 a pop).

The shoe department, of course, was insanely large. (Nordstrom began as a shoe store).

They have every designer and non designer you can think of. The sales staff is so big, there’s a guy running around with a microphone announcing when a woman is waiting for service. Take that Saks Fifth Avenue.

When you finally step out of Nordstrom, the rest of the new wing of the mall is equally fun. There’s Stil, Juicy Couture and the Apple Store. Neiman Marcus opens this week. The entrance has red lights all over it and is sort of glowing in anticipation.
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An upstart Wall Street shoe shine shop doesn’t want to be known as the Hooters of footwear, but its business model does beg a comparison. Proprietor Kevin White opened the store because he was tired of getting his shoes shined by stony faced men in “run down, hole in the wall” shops.

The Wall Street district, he figured, was sorely in need of a shoe shine place with some pizzazz. And what better way to spice things up than to hire a staff of outgoing young women in short shorts and tank tops?

So in March, he opened Star Shine NYC near the New York Stock Exchange. To set itself apart from its stodgier brethren, Star Shine features scantily clad female shoe shiners and flat screen TVs tuned to sports channels.

“I’ve definitely heard the comparison to Hooters,” said Star Shine employee Samantha “Sam” Nazario, 23, a self described feminist and actress who writes horror fiction. “We’re not Hooters. [Star Shine] is well within my comfort zone.”

“The whole business model is based on having females give shoe shines,” said White, 55, who worked at an engineering firm in the financial district before opening Star Shine with his 30 year old son, also named Kevin White. White senior emphasizes that the womens’ personalities are more important than their looks. “The number one priority is for them to be very personable and outgoing.” But all of them happen to be very attractive as well.

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None of the women he hired knew how to shine shoes when they applied, so White brought in an expert to train them. Neither White nor his employees would say how much they are getting paid, beyond the fact that it’s an hourly wage plus tips.

“The bottom line is they have to give a good shoe shine,” said White, who’s also booking private events including corporate affairs and bar mitzvahs.

The father son team plan to kick the Star Shine experience up a notch by serving wine and beer. They expect to have their liquor license approved within two weeks.

A beer and a shine will cost $10. sharp.

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Star Shine is running a “summer special” of $4 shines, down from the usual price of $5, while the neighboring shoe shop owned by Mike Shimunoff charges just $3. Shimunoff, who’s been in business there for 10 years, does have a female staffer shining shoes, but she’s wearing more clothing than the nearby Star Shiners.

He shrugs off the new competition. “For me, no problem, because my customers come for me,” said Shimunoff.

One of his customers, attorney Steven Pugliese, said that while he understands the “incentive for a lot of people” to visit Star Shine, he is going to stick with Shimunoff.

“I’ve been coming here for years getting my shoes shined,” said Pugliese. “I’m not going to change and have some girls in hot shorts shine my shoes.”

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Shooting will begin on 925 Productions’ short film ‘Patsy Dick’ next week on location in West Cork. Produced by Laura McNicholas for 925 Productions and directed by Kevin de la Isla, ‘Patsy Dick’ tells the story of a local boatman who meets and helps an American couple. Together, they find that something unexpected is exactly what they need.

The script is by Clodagh Downing and cast in the short includes Gary Murphy in the title role, Dairine Ni Dhonnchu as Patsy’s wife Cis, Shawn Sturnick, Clodagh Downing and Neill Fleming. Director of Photography is Richard Donnelly and it will shoot on RED. Equipment is provided by the Production Depot.

‘Patsy Dick’ is being made in association with the Cork Screen Commission and Cork County Council. All post production will take place at Windmill Lane.

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Irish Short ‘Voices’ has picked up three awards at the Underground Cinema Festival which took place earlier this month (9th 11th Sept). Cathal Neally nabbed Best Director, Una Kavanagh won Best Actress and Gerry Shanahan picked up Best Screenplay.

Directed by Cathal Nally and produced by Barbershop Triplet Productions, Marie Caffrey, Helene Meade and Gerry Shanahan, it tells the story of Jack Callaghan (Gerry Shanahan), who is being mentally and physically abused by his wife Kate (Una Kavanagh). Other cast in the feature include Breacadh McBride who plays their ten year old daughter Sarah and Brian Fortune (Game of Thrones).

The short is written by Gerry Shanahan and is based on true events and research that he conducted with the ‘Amen’ centre for abused men in Navan. Cinematography is by Donnacha Coffey and editing by Derek Keating.

The Underground Cinema Film Festival took place in Dun Laoghaire earlier this month. Other winners at the festival include ‘Charlie Casanova’ for Best Independent Feature, ‘Unlocking Charlie’ for Best Independent Short, ‘Crossing Salween’ for Best Funded Short Film and Johnny Elliott, who won Best Actor for his role in ‘Remember Me’. Best Documentary went to Paul McGrath’s ‘Forty Foot’ and Best Animated Short Film was awarded to Paul Bolger for ‘Hamster Heaven’.

Northern Irish dark comedy short ‘Hardy Hands’ has been picked up for distribution by Shorts International.

Written and directed by Chris Baugh and produced by Villi Ragnarsson for Red Ray Films, the short follows the return of Paul to his hometown where he has a chance encounter with some old friends in the local pub. Hoping for a nostalgia filled evening, he instead finds that old tensions can sometimes reveal themselves in the most unexpected and startling ways.

Starring Michael Lavery, Andrew Porter, Mary Ellen McCartan, Mary Frances Doherty and Ryan McKenna, ‘Hardy Hands’ received special commendation in 2011 Belfast Film Festival Shorts Competition. Director of Photography is Ryan Kernaghan and it was edited by Brian Philip Davis.

Shorts International is a short movie entertainment company, functioning as distributor, broadcaster and producer, with a catalogue of over 3,000 shorts. They also own short film dedicated channel ShortsHD and ShortsTV, and Shorts short movie on demand service available in iTunes Movie Store. ‘Hardy Hands’ was produced through Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Shorts Programme in 2010.

Filmmaker and musician Nick Kelly will combine three short films with a live performance to show how “rock’n’roll teaches you how to make movies” in his upcoming show ‘See: Hear’.

The three shorts that are screened as part of the show includes the Oscar shortlisted film ‘Shoe’ written and directed by Nick, which tells the story of a man about to jump off a bridge when he is accosted by a beggar who wants his cloths, money and shoes before he jumps. It is produced by Seamus Byrne and funded under the Irish Film Board’s Signatures scheme.

Kelly’s earlier short ‘Why The Irish Dance That Way’, also produced by Zanita Films’ Seamus Byrne will be shown as part of the show. Made for the RT/Arts Council Dance On the Box series, it was one of nine shorts selected by New York’s Museum of Modern Art for Shortfest: Outstanding Shorts from The International Festivals and in March 2008. The final film of the trio of show shorts is Kelly’s debut short ‘Delphine’.

Nick will give a live performance of his best loved songs and will explain the strong links he sees between making music and movies. ‘See: Hear’ was first performed at the Project Arts Centre in 2010 and was also performed at Electric Picnic 2011.
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The third person action spectacular puts players in the shoes of fortune hunter Nathan Drake as he seeks to unravel the mystery of Marco Polo’s lost fleet. Of course, he isn’t alone in wanting to find the treasures of Kublai Khan’s court. It doesn’t take long before a web of intrigue envelops him as he races from one exotic location to another in search of clues to the treasure’s location before his unsavory competitors.

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It is hard to know where to begin singing the praises of “Among Thieves” because it gets everything right.

The controls are perfectly implemented and, after a brief learning curve, they allow players to use Drake as a natural extension to interact with is world.

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The voice acting is the best in any game to date, with the constant banter effortlessly building characterization and pushing the plot forward without the player being overly conscious of it. And even better, there is barely a single repeated line of dialogue, further reinforcing the game’s cinematic feel.

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Still, Ernie would help his listeners savor the rare delicious moments. In that resonant baritone, redolent of summer evenings in his native Georgia, he would recount the exploits of Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, stalking the mound at Tiger Stadium, talking to the baseball, telling it how to behave. Or Aurelio Rodriguez at the hot corner, backhanding a shot down the line with that tattered black glove and firing a laser to first. Whenever Rocky Colavito or Willie Horton stepped to the plate, I would stop what I was doing and wait for that sharp crack of the bat and Ernie’s call. “There goes a deep one to left field and . I knew it well. After all, I had felt it every March since the 1940s. I knew that finally 1984 would be the year. At last, the Tigers would reclaim their rightful place above those aggravating Indians, those pesky White Sox, and yes, even the arrogant Yankees. In 1950, I recalled ruefully, the Tigers appeared a lock to continue the cycle they began in 1935 of winning the Series every fifth year. But then along came Labor Day and the annual September swoon. That winter there was little joy in Tigerville.

The next ten years were lean ones until Ernie arrived in 1960 and quickly got the Tigers competitive again. Still, the 1968 glory year was the only interruption in a stretch of more than 30 years of frustration.

That was all about to change, the heart of the diehard fan knew, in 1984.

For Detroit Tiger fans, Hope Springs Infernal.

But this time it would be different. I was so confident, I spent the fall of 1983 and the winter of 1984 delving into Tigers history. I didn’t stop until I had gathered thousands of important or intriguing tidbits about the team and its players. By February of ’84, I had created a calendar highlighting the great moments as well as little known Tiger trivia over the years. But a calendar on such a subject needs more than words, it needs images to come alive, so I commissioned the incomparable artist Doug Parrish to illustrate the calendar with drawings of the stars and the characters from Tigers lore. Parrish himself had been a Tiger batboy in 1936. More than that, he was the designated buddy for teenage fireballer Bob Feller when the Cleveland Indians came to Detroit.

Jim Langford and the baseball publishing house Diamond Communications did a superb job producing my “Detroit Tiger Fan’s Calendar/1985.” Such is the cycle of calendar publishing, Langford told me, that copies must be available many months in advance and promotion should be underway late spring of the year previous to the calendar’s date.

For once, the Tigers cooperated. They did it in record fashion, sprinting to a 35 5 record, the best start in major league history. I couldn’t have asked for a better season to launch my Tiger Fan’s calendar. Now if only they kept up the momentum into October.

So at noon on a sunny day in May 1984, I found myself heading up a ramp at Tiger Stadium, looking at the man I knew so very, very well and had never met.

He was leaning against a wall, tape recorder in hand, talking with an usher, nodding, smiling and saying a hearty “Hi folks” to fans who recognized him as they filed into the park. At a distance, even there outside the grandstands, you could hear the mellow sounds of the game: ash against horsehide, the crowd oooh ing at some prodigious batting practice poke,
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vendors hawking hot dogs and crackerjacks.

“You must be Mr. Bill Haney, ” he said. “I’m Ernie Harwell and I’m glad to meet you.”

Well, he couldn’t have been half as glad as I was, but there was no doubting his sincerity. To meet Ernie Harwell for the first time is to restore your faith in humanity and in your own gut instincts. You see in an instant that there is no such thing as Ernie Harwell’s public persona. This is a man totally without artifice. No self importance. Not a single pretension. No need to shift gears from the Harwell of the radio waves to the private Ernie. When you have met one too many media stars, sports heroes, and entertainment celebrities you see how very rare this is. Talk to Ernie Harwell for two minutes and you know that everything you always sensed about him is true.

“That’s a fine looking calendar,” he said. “Let me turn this recorder on and you can tell me about it.”

Never was there a more casual interview. Ernie rewound the tape and listened a few seconds to be sure it had recorded.

“Well, that takes care of our pre game show,” he said. “Have you got a few minutes to come up to the booth? You could have a look at the field from the best seat in baseball. Maybe we can find a cup of coffee and talk for a bit.”

I had been to many games at the Stadium long before the name was changed from Briggs to Tiger. I had sat in the bleachers and the upper and lower grandstand decks. I had seen a few games from reserved seats down the lines along third base and first base. And on a few memorable occasions had felt quite special though out of place in the box seats next to the visitor’s dugout. McDonald, the man who owned the creamery where my father was a truck mechanic. Once or twice a year in the 1940s my father would have the use of those seats. It seemed like we could reach out and touch Tiger first baseman Hank Greenberg, who I was sure was the tallest man in all of baseball, if not the entire world.

Nothing though, had prepared me for the view from Ernie’s broadcast booth at Tiger Stadium. The field wasn’t out there somewhere, it was seemingly directly below and only a few yards away. As we sat there, I thought of the games I had heard announced from Tiger broadcast booths by Ernie’s predecessors, Ty Tyson, Van Patrick, Mel Ott, and the great Harry Heilmann. So many memories in that booth, that baseball field, that stadium.

Ernie took me to a little office where a pot of coffee was brewing. Before we sat down, he introduced me to his broadcast partner Paul Carey and engineer Howard Stitzel. Over the years I had sent Ernie a few notes I thought might be of interest to him and books I had published I thought he might enjoy. He had mentioned these on his broadcasts as something from “my good friend Bill Haney” in Grass Lake, Ann Arbor, Dexter, or wherever I was living in at the time. Well, when I heard him mention me on the radio, I did feel like his good friend despite the fact that we hadn’t formally met. Details. When I asked him how he knew that a foul ball into the crowd was caught by a man from Ypsilanti or Caro or Clarkston, he laughed and said that was one of the most frequent questions he got.

Ernie remembered the books I had sent him and asked how I managed to be involved in book publishing while working full time. We talked about that a while and then I asked him when he was going to write a book.

“Oh, I don’t suppose there would be much interest in any book I would write,” he said. He’s done many books. Most of my stories are just twenty seconds or so, just long enough to tell between pitches.”

I told Ernie I doubted that very much. To the contrary, I was sure he had a wealth of material that would produce a very good book that would be popular not only with Tigers fans but also throughout the baseball world. The longer we talked, the more convinced I was that Ernie should seriously consider doing a book.

“Ernie, the reason I get involved in publishing books is to capture for posterity stories that otherwise might be lost forever. The shape you’re in you might just live forever, but let’s assume that doesn’t happen. It would be a real loss if you passed out of this world without leaving your stories behind in a book for your fans and future generations to take pleasure in.”

A week later, I answered the phone and heard that distinctive Harwell voice. Ernie wanted to know if I could come down to the ballpark; he had something he wanted to show me. He arranged for tickets and told me an usher would take me to the broadcast booth.

“I told Miz Lulu what you said last week about me writing a book,” he said. “She told me I had better listen to that Mr. Haney. So I’ve got a few pages here you can read. You’ll probably find out how wrong you were about me writing a book.”

I took the dozen typewritten pages and went to my seat where I was quickly engrossed in Ernie’s draft text. He had given me about twenty five hundred words of copy about his controversial choice of Jos Feliciano to sing the National Anthem before the start of the fifth World Series game on October 7, 1968.

Ernie hadn’t set out to create a controversy when he chose Feliciano. For the first game, Ernie chose Margaret Whiting, popular nationally and with strong Detroit ties. Next was Marvin Gaye, a major star and a Detroiter. For the final Series game at the Stadium, Ernie departed from this pattern. Instead of choosing a conventional, well known singer who could be counted on for a traditional rendition, Ernie opted for a young blind Latin singer with a recent hit called “Light My Fire” but little known to the general public.

Ernie hadn’t known it, but the blind Feliciano had long been a fan of his, having listened to his broadcasts of Brooklyn Dodger and New York Giant games early in Harwell’s career. In the morning of the game, when Ernie introduced Feliciano to the Tiger stars he was anxious to meet, the singer offered up improvised lyrics to his hit song: “Come on Kaline,
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light the fire. Tigers got to have desire. Got to win today.”

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By Catherine E. SchoichetBENSALEM, Pennsylvania (CNN) It wasn’t something Msgr. Edward Deliman expected to find inside the church offering basket: an angry message, scrawled on the back of a check.”No more Spanish in the bulletin,” the note said. “Tell them to speak English.”Deliman’s parish, Saint Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, is more than 100 years old. It began in 1903 with a small church built in memory of a railroad contractor who was the son of Irish immigrants and had a summer home nearby.Over the decades, a lot has changed: the names of priests in the pulpit, the size of the church and the number of people in the pews. But one thing stayed the same: Nearly all of the churchgoers were white.Now that, too, has started to shift.Last year, the Philadelphia Archdiocese announced that the church would merge with Our Lady of Fatima, a largely Latino parish just a few miles down the road.Deliman is easing his church into a new chapter.The note was left in the offering basket a year ago, when news of the merger was fresh. Since then, Deliman says, most parishioners have been more open minded. But to help them adjust, he’s trying to take it slow.It wasn’t until this summer that the two parishes started regularly celebrating Sunday Mass in the same space.Fatima remains open for special ceremonies, and a Saturday night Spanish Mass is still held at the church. As parishioners practice their faith at both locations, Deliman knows feelings of fear and uncertainty still bubble beneath the surface.Tensions and misunderstandings are inevitable when parishes merge even when the parishioners come from similar cultural backgrounds. It takes up to five years to combine two congregations smoothly, experts say.In time, Deliman believes his parishioners will come to understand each other. Right now, it’s his job to lead the way.And so, in late July, St. Charles celebrated its first Mass entirely in Spanish.”The face of our Church is changing,” he says. “The face of our nation is changing. The face of this parish is changing.”The priest plans to keep the church bulletin bilingual. And last year, he ordered new books for every pew. On the cover is a painting showing the face of Jesus in a collage of pink, brown and cream colored hues. The title is a message he hopes his parishioners will embrace with time: “Unidos en Cristo/United in Christ.”Faith and familiaritySolemn mourners file into the long wooden pews at St. Charles on a muggy summer morning.A soprano voice echoes through the huge hall as the funeral Mass begins. When the cantor announces which song she’ll sing next, few people open a hymnal. Almost everyone already knows the words.Here on the outskirts of one of America’s most Catholic cities where even Protestants have been known to describe their neighborhoods by the name of the Catholic parish nearby the words, music and rituals of Mass are a thread in the fabric of daily life.Deliman tries to offer solace as he begins his homily, pointing out that praying in the “familiarity of our parish church” is a source of comfort.In the past several months, he tells them, he’s presided over several funerals for “old time parishioners” from St. Charles. And 86 year old Claire Gradel, he says, was one of them devoted to the church and “unquestionably loyal.” For years, she helped with adult religious education and brought communion to the home bound. Claire, he says, has now been “freed from the knots of age and sickness and human frailty.””Don’t grieve and I know you won’t don’t grieve like those who have no hope,” Deliman says. “We Catholics can be a little quirky at times, but I truly believe that we are at our best when we gather together to pray.”He adds that in addition to grieving the loss of longtime parishioners, many mourners are pondering a larger question: “Who will replace them?””It’s a good question to ask,” he tells them.He pauses for a moment, then continues with the Mass, leaving the puzzle unsolved.Differences, and tension, in the pewsPopulation growth in this suburb just north of Philadelphia was once fueled by the arrival of European immigrants and their children. Now the demographics are shifting.
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Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator:

Reebok and rapper Kendrick Lamar take a stand against gang violence with these sneakers. On the right heel, the word “red” is sewn, representing the Bloods street gang. On the left heel, the word “blue,” representing the rival Crips. On the backside of each of the tongues is the word “neutral.”

For example, the Adidas UltraBoost X Parley tell about ocean pollution; the Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator tell about rival gangs; and the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour “White Cement” tell about the friendship between two living sports legends.

But even more interesting than the stories behind 100 plus pair collection is the fact that he knows those stories, which makes him an uncommon consumer. It makes him a “sneakerhead.”

A sneakerhead, simply defined, is a shoe enthusiast a person who is willing to camp in parking lots or pay 10 times the retail value for a pair of limited edition sneakers, such as Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Turtle Dove,” a collaboration between Adidas and hip hop artist Kanye West.

“Sneakerhead culture is a lot of peacocking,” says Barfield, 31, a self proclaimed sneakerhead and co owner of men clothing and footwear store Scout Boutique, which opened in 2014 on Chattanooga Southside.

The Turtle Dove, absent in Barfield closet, released in 2016 for $200. But, by design, the sneakers quickly sold out and now have a resale value of $2,000.

“It not about love for the shoe,” says Jorden “Juice” Williams, 22, another local sneakerhead whose own collection totals 200 plus pairs. “It about the hype surrounding it.”

To build hype, footwear companies create a demand often by partnering with pop culture icons like Kanye West much greater than the number of pairs of shoes they will supply. Shoe stores further stoke the anticipation by holding in store raffles, which require customers to purchase tickets just for the chance to purchase sneakers; or by hosting first come, first served release parties, which lead to long lines.

In May, when Nike introduced its Air Foamposite One “Metallic Red” sneakers, Hamilton Place retailer Footaction was supplied with only 30 pairs for which “door busting crowds” turned out on its release day, says assistant manager Tasha Austin.

During such events, Austin says, Footaction hires security, mostly to manage tensions that can arise among those who wait in line for hours.

“It draining. It will really mess up your day not getting that shoe, and that upsetting when you want a shoe so bad, if you can get it you pay $300 over its price to have it,” Williams says.

Even when a sneakerhead does land a shoe, the reward is fleeting. The second the sneaker is bought, it on to the next, Barfield says.

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Consumerism is not famous for being environmentally friendly, but these sneakers hope to rewrite that story. Parley is a global movement that encourages creators, thinkers and leaders to come together to raise awareness of ocean health. In partnership with Adidas, Parley removed plastic marine pollution, spun it into thread and used it to stitch these kicks. The limited edition line features a variety of colorways, including one pair that is solid white a statement about coral bleaching.

Both he and Williams say most of their shoes will never leave their boxes nor their closets. While the shoes cultural significance offers interesting footnotes to a sneakerhead collection, this consumerist subculture, Barfield says, is all about bragging rights.

As Williams explains, “It a pride thing: I own some shit that you don is a bonus to them that the net worth of both Barfield and Williams shoe vestments probably equals a down payment on a nice house.

The birth of modern sneaker culture is most commonly traced to 1985, and the debut of the Air Jordan, a red and black high top shoe produced by Nike and endorsed by then NBA Rookie of the Year basketball player Michael Jordan. That first Air Jordan more than showcased cutting edge shoe technology such as air pouches in the heels, said to provide superior cushioning it represented a lifestyle.

To paraphrase Calvan Fowler, director of the 2014 documentary “Jordan Heads,” what made the Air Jordan shoe so desirable was that it embodied one of the world greatest athletes and his signature “go hard or go home mentality. It aspirational,” Fowler told Newsweek during a 2015 interview.

Nike Air Jordans still play an important role in sneakerhead culture. Nearly every month, and sometimes more frequently, the company re releases a different limited edition Air Jordan featuring new materials or colorways, which is what sneakerheads call the shoe color scheme.

In fact, most sought after sneakers are re releases, Barfield says.

For example, the Puma Disc, originally released in 1991, has had 12 re releases. Likewise, the Reebok InstaPump Fury, released in 1994, has had 34 iterations. Nike original Air Jordan has had well over 300.

“Very rarely does the [sneakerhead] culture pick up on a new shoe. It really just the same shoes getting reintroduced to different generations,” Barfield says.

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And the industry capitalizes on that.

“It plays off nostalgia. The kids are adults now and can afford to buy these sneakers. Companies recognize that,” Barfield says.

In 1985, the Air Jordan retailed for $125 (about $284 in today dollars). In 2016, Nike released its limited edition Air Jordan 1 Retro Bred for $160. Now, that shoe resells for $390.
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