In a snap, that which we have planned no longer exists…
New Britain native and longtime radio personality Ed Henry at age 88 passed away July 18th… He was born Ed Henry Wojciechowski. He was a first-generation American and was proud of “The Lone Ranger” and “Henry Aldrich” and “The Ted Mack Amateur Hour” but most of all he was proud of being an American. He loved the country that allowed his people to be part of what he thought was a great heritage. He strived to be what he as an “American boy” should be… proud, protective and a productive citizen. He and his wife Jean had three children, a home in Middletown and were members of church and social communities.
But what Ed was most proud of was being a radio professional, a talent on local Middletown radio. Everyone in town knew Ed Henry and his show; it aired Sunday mornings…“Polish Melodies” He was on the air for 65 years and loved it. He loved his audience, and they loved him … he loved his radio colleagues and they loved him. They all had fun and, for a short time every weekend, forgot the real world and let Ed Henry make the world fun.
How many people have you known who could not wait to get to work and make on-air happiness for his audience. The audience would be waiting for him to do his Sunday thing, and on and on it went. He is one of the few people I have met, who would not let the passing of time diminish his love of broadcasting and the world of radio. We will miss his optimism and seeds of fun.
I had Ed on my show and we were reminiscing about his long career and some of the people we knew in the business. When it was all said and done Ed smiled, looked at me …“Phil, I can’t wait till Sunday.”
Just know Sundays will not be the same for a lot us for a very long time.
A point to ponder.
We as a nation have always acted as if we were in God’s grace, that we we always had the ear of the Almighty — almost all of the founding documents mention the grace and blessing of the Almighty in the founding of these United States or the founding of the new land of America. January 14, 1639, Fundamental Orders of Connecticut: “For as much as it hath pleased Almighty God by the wise disposition of his divine providence …” “The First Virginia Charter April 10, 1606: “James, by the grace of God …” “July 4,1776: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable right, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness …”
We as a people, as Americans, were firmly entrenched in a belief of the sanctity of the individual and the right to life, and we had God’s guidance and grace to lead us on our life quest. How great is that?
Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has shown the world we in America are out of God’s grace and have fallen into a state of heartless, loveless pursuit of money and pursuit of evil. She was recorded explaining how aborted babies’ bodies are sold off in bulk for scientific research and the cosmetic industry. They are dead; they are body parts; and are referenced in off-handed comments between sips of wine and lunch bits.
You must see this video; it has gone viral on the internet and the inhumanity of this woman is what you would have expected to witness as Dr. Josef Mengele sent his Jewish patients to the gas chambers at Auschwitz. This is not what America ever was, even at its worst, but this is what we are now: a Fascist state. God is gone, rights are gone and innocence is a profit center.
God help America find itself.
A point to ponder.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
The birth of this nation began with the unanimous declaration of a group of men who represented the then 13 United States of America with a Declaration of Independence from England. They went on after a bloody eight-year war to set up a set of rules that the new government of this country was to follow to insure the rights and safety of it’s people.
“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Nothing like it had been seen in the history of the world. Bits and pieces had been suggested through the centuries. but this country, our country, was the first to attempt to form a government which was run by the people, for the people and with the people.
Here we are, some 239 years later, and after fighting to destroy fully and publicly the institution of human slavery, and bringing the population of slaves into the American franchise of citizenship, after declaring publicly that these rights and blessings were not to be limited by gender, we have found it within ourselves as nation to keep clarifying the meaning of We the People. Not everyone is happy about our inclusions, but this country has a history of embracing all its’ people — eventually.
Just remember what America is: the New Jerusalem, a country of God. Happy 4th of July.
A point to ponder.