Truman’s Hump Day Song of the Week: The Boys of Summer

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“Out on the road today, I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac…”

When I hear “The Boys of Summer,” I think of my first paying newspaper job at the Pasadena Star-News, just a few days after graduating from high school in June 1991. I made five bucks an hour trying to organize a perpetually large heap of photos used by the editors for the following day’s edition. Dodgers photos here, Angels photos there, Raiders photos … hm-m-m, trash can.

Every once in a while, the bosses threw me a bone and let me cover something real – maybe a summer league high school basketball tournament or, if I was lucky, I got to escape outdoors for a baseball game. Jackie Robinson Stadium in Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco, just down the street from the Rose Bowl, hosted a number of leagues, from Little League to AAU.

It was cooler in the Arroyo and games often didn’t start until the late afternoon or early evening. Deadline wasn’t until 10 p.m. and my office was just up the street on Colorado Boulevard. There were no cell phones, so I didn’t have a stressed-out editor breathing down my neck. I had a scorebook, a skinny notebook in my back pocket and a pair of sunglasses.

Today dear readers, you can choose between Don Henley’s 1984 classic …

… and the 2003 cover by The Ataris …

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About Chairman Mao

I like fomenting socialist revolutions and purging my homeland of pseudo-intellectualism and capitalist dogma. I also like sports, dogs and food (although I wouldn't consider myself a foodie).
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