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TOYS AND GAMES: “Miracle on Ice”… Musgrove Magic … Van Gogh’s Bedroom

This week marked the 36th anniversary of the “Miracle on Ice” when the United States hockey team upset the high-powered Soviets at the 1980 Olympics.

While I don’t have a walking knowledge of hockey history and lack insight into the game, I still consider that game my all-time favorite from any sport.

Just this week I learned that my long-time friend, Tim Wendel, wrote his first book about that team entitled Going for the Gold. That struck me as funny because I remembered reading the book, but I did not know Tim at the time so I didn’t know that he had written it.

Tim once covered baseball for Baseball Weekly, which allowed our paths to cross. He has since become a professor and has written many more books. I highly recommend all of them.

Speaking of talented friends, artist John Musgrove continues to dazzle with his paintings. Not only is he talented, he has an imagination.Musgrove’s Latest

Among John’s paintings are amazing San Francisco portraits categorized as “Cityscapes” along with “Swimming Pool Moments” which bring to life classic scenes. To see John’s latest (pictured) and more, go to


“The Bedroom” is one of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous paintings. Now it seems the Art Institute of Chicago has recreated that bedroom and is renting it out for $10 during the run of a show that recently opened called “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms.” Count me a Van Gogh fan — particularly “Starry Night” — but I can’t get passed looking for the ear on the floor in the bedroom scene.

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