[JPL] Ignorance about Jackie Robinson

Eric Jackson eric_jackson1 at verizon.net
Thu Mar 15 14:00:49 EDT 2012

On 03/15/2012 10:57 AM, EdBride at aol.com wrote:

Just a few minutes ago I was in a Chat on Facebook with a former music 
teacher of mine. He was the Youth Choir Director at my church when I was 
in Jr. High and he was my teacher and choir director when I was in Jr. 
High. When I was in my second year in high school he transfered to that 
school and he was again my teacher and choir director. The city of 
Camden NJ offered a summer enrichment class in music for several years 
and he had the same position there. I have always been grateful to him 
for having taught me so much about music.

In my house, when I was growing up, we listened to a lot of jazz. If my 
father was home, generally we couldn't listen to any other music in the 
living room. If we wanted to hear something else when he was around, we 
would have to listen in our bedrooms. I was trying to remember if we 
listened to jazz in school but I really can't remember. Maybe it's 
because jazz was something that I listened to regularly so I didn't 
think it was a big deal to listen to it in school. I do remember that we 
had pictures of jazz musicians on the walls of our classroom. In jr 
high, one of our teachers led a jazz band and every year his band played 
for us during one of the school assemblies.

I teach a class at Northeastern University called the African American 
Experience Through Music. I used to be surprised at the artists that the 
students didn't know but now I don't expect that they will know most of 
the folks that I talk about. I am surprised when they do know someone!

Eric Jackson
WGBH Boston
Mon -Thurs 8 PM - Mid
Sunday 10 PM - Mid.

> Understood, but when I was 40 (and probably you, as well) I had  personal
> memories of Jackie Robinson. Therefore, the occasional return of him to  the
> news registered with me, as did his demise, and certainly on the Ken Burns
> series.
> It's too bad that more coaches don't follow your example. I love that idea
> of Brain Baseball. Not all is lost: I have a nephew who was probably 8
> years old  when Ted Williams died, and he was heart-broken. His dad taught him
> well.
> You're right-on about music teachers dropping the ball (great mixed
> metaphor, too!),
> Ed
> In a message dated 3/15/2012 10:15:10 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> arturo at kuvo.org writes:
> I played  organized baseball from Little League to Babe Ruth League and
> beyond, as I  played in adult baseball(not softball) leagues well into my 30s.
> The   coaches and managers I had always talked about baseball history, being
> raised  in Pasadena-Jackie Robinson's home town, he was often cited and we
> even had  Mack Robinson-Jackie's Olympian brother giving us talks. In my
> 40s, I became a  coach and teaching baseball history was a part of the program,
> whenever it  rained we conducted Brain Baseball, strictly talking about
> baseball's past  along with situations strategy
> If music instructors are not teaching  history as part of the curriculum,
> they are dropping the ball. As mentioned  previously, it's all about
> exposure!
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