TRIVIA ANSWER: Dwight Eisenhower, Jack Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
TRIVIA QUESTION: How many US Presidents were outlasted by Fidel Castro of Cuba? Okay, technically, President Obama has outlasted Castro, but you get the idea. I was playing golf once when the subject of Fidel Castro came up (don't ask), and my buddy said, "Who was President when he took over in Cuba, Abe Lincoln?" It only seemed that way.
Yesterday morning when we heard the news that Fidel Castro had gone to that big sugar cane field in the sky, Marilyn said to me "You're surely not going to do an 'Absent Friend' write up on Castro, are you?" Well, in no way can we consider Castro a Friend, but how can you not recognize the passing of one of the towering figures of the latter half of the twentieth century?
He triggered one of the seminal events of the last century, the Cuban Missile Crisis. His legacy still plays a major role in American politics and, most definitely in the state of Florida. In a far less important sense, his policies had a huge effect on Major League Baseball, and the Olympic Games, and his revolution played a key role in "The Godfather Part II".
Can't say that he will be missed.
If only the Washington Senators would have offered him a contract (probably an apocryphal story) way back when, who knows what might have happened.