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Thursday, June 20, 2019

I am Left-Handed, how about you? 10 percent of population is Lefty

President's Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, & Barack  Obama

Happy Left Handers are famous?

Welcome to the 28th annual Left Handers Day! August 13th is a chance to tell your family and friends how proud you are of being left-handed, and also raise awareness of the everyday issues that lefties face as we live in a world designed for right-handers.

Famous Left-Handed People


United States Presidents
  • James A. Garfield (20th)
  • Harry S. Truman (33rd)
  • Gerald Ford (38th)
  • Ronald Reagan (40th) (*naturally left-handed but he switched before adulthood)
  • George H.W. Bush (41st)
  • Bill Clinton (42nd)
  • Barack Obama (44th)

OTHER US POLITICIANS

  • Henry Wallace (Vice President under F.D. Roosevelt)
  • Nelson Rockefeller (Vice President under Gerald Ford)
  • John McCain (Senator)
  • Bob Dole (Senator) (*by necessity; his right arm was paralyzed in World War II)

HISTORIC FIGURES

  • Alexander the Great (ancient Greek king, conqueror)
  • Charlemagne (Holy Roman emperor)
  • Julius Caesar (Roman general)
  • Joan of Arc (?) (French heroine)
  • NapolĂ©on Bonaparte (?) (French emperor)

ROYALTY

  • King Louis XVI of France
  • Queen Victoria of England
  • King George II of England
  • King George VI of England
  • Prince Charles of England
  • Prince William of England

MUSICIANS

  • Jimi Hendrix (played re-strung right-handed guitars upside down from age 12)
  • Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (composer)
  • Niccolò Paganini (violinist)
  • Phil Collins (Genesis)
  • Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
  • Paul McCartney (The Beatles)
  • Robert Plant (Led Zepplin)
  • Freddie Mercury (Queen)
  • Paul Simon (although he plays guitar right-handed)
  • 50 Cent (rapper)
  • Eminem (rapper)

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  • Issac Newton (physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher)
  • Marie Curie (physicist)
  • Linus Pauling (biochemist)
  • Benjamin Franklin (scientist, inventor, statesman, publisher)

ARTISTS

  • M.C. Escher
  • Michelangelo (*ambidextrous)
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Rembrandt

AUTHORS 

  • H.G. Wells
  • Mark Twain
  • Lewis Carroll

ACTORS AND COMEDIANS

  • Ben Stiller
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Lisa Kudrow
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Tim Allen
  • Matthew Broderick
  • Carol Burnett
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Tom Cruise
  • Matt Dillon
  • Robert DeNiro
  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Peter Fonda
  • Whoopie Goldberg
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jim Henson (and Kermit the Frog)
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Diane Keaton
  • Michael Landon
  • Howie Mandel
  • Jay Leno
  • Jon Stewart
  • Matt Groening (and Bart Simpson)
  • Luke Perry
  • Richard Pryor
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Robert Redford
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Julia Roberts
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Christian Slater
  • Emma Thompson
  • Dick Van Dyke
  • Bruce Willis
  • Drew Carey
  • Tina Fey
  • Steve Harvey

ATHLETES

  • Oscar de la Hoya (boxing)
  • Reggie Johnson (boxing)
  • Freddie Miller (boxing)
  • Romario (soccer)
  • Hugo Sanchez (soccer)
  • Norman "Boomer" Esiason (American football)
  • Jim Del Gaizon (American football)
  • Deion Sanders (baseball/American football)
  • Larry Bird (basketball)
  • Guy Rodgers (basketball)
  • John McEnroe (tennis)
  • Renee Richards (tennis)
  • Terry Labonte (NASCAR)
  • Paul Gibson (baseball pitcher)
  • Randy Johnson (baseball pitcher)
  • Barry Bonds (baseball)
  • Ty Cobb (baseball)
  • Ken Griffey, Jr. (baseball)
  • Reggie Jackson (baseball)
  • David Justice (baseball)
  • Kenny Lofton (baseball)
  • Paul O'Neil (baseball)
  • Rafael Palmeiro (baseball)
  • Babe Ruth (baseball)
  • Darryl Strawberry (baseball)
  • Lou Whitaker (baseball)
  • Ted Williams (baseball)

BUSINESS PEOPLE

  • Bill Gates (Microsoft)
  • Ross Perot (Electronic Data Systems) (also US presidential candidate 1992/96)
  • Steve Forbes (Forbes Inc.)
  • David Rockefeller (banker)
  • Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company)
  • Tommy Hilfiger (fashion designer)

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Edwin Buzz Aldrin (astronaut)
  • Helen Keller (advocate for the blind)
  • Richard Simmons (exercise guru)
  • Fidel Castro (Cuban leader)
Walker Report Editor & former Judge Steve Walker (Left-Handed) Approximately 10 % of population is left-handed.

The SA Radio Hall of Fame Selection Committee Selects Inductees


Albert Calvo & Michael Black

The San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees. Following nominations from SoSARB members, selections were made based on career information provided for each nominee. The committee has chosen a group of inductees who once again represent diverse aspects of the San Antonio Radio industry. 
SAN ANTONIO Radio Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees
Michael Black
Alberto Calvo
Stan Kelly
John Lisle and Steve Hahn
Bobby Lopez
Tim McKee
Charlie Parker
Mona Parker
Lou Roney
Bill Shomette
Rudy Rocha
Charlie Walker 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

"Just a Thought" on Father's Day in La Prensa Texas in SA., 6-16


Just a Thought: Father’s Day
By Steve Walker

Today is Father’s Day. It is the day to nationally celebrate and honor all our fathers who are still alive and those who have passed away.

In my case, my father passed away at the age of 62 in 1985. My grandfather (his father) passed away at 65 in 1962. As a teenager I visited with my grandfather maybe three or four times before we moved for the umpteenth time.

Growing up in the fifties I remember Father’s Day at my house as not being overly memorable as a little kid. Later as the teenager in the sixties I remember the family would load up the car with my five younger brothers, mother, father and me and we would trek to a local restaurant for that special Sunday meal celebrating fatherhood.

Since there were so many of us, we usually were forced to wait much longer than smaller families for a table. I recall most of the time they had to pull two or more tables together so we could all crowd in and fit around the tables for the Father’s Day meal.

Once I graduated high school in upper state New York, I left to attend college in Fort Worth and was not around for those celebrations after that.

Ironically when I worked as a weekend reporter at KENS-5 Eyewitness News in 1982, my very first assignment was to do a Father’s Day story on George Cisneros, the father of then Mayor Henry Cisneros who I have previously written a column or two for “Just a Thought.”

It was exciting visiting him at his home and interviewing him about his family’s Father’s Day traditions since I had previously served in the Army Reserves with him in the 70s long before I met the Mayor.

He was my unit commandant at the 90th ARCOM on Harry Wurzbach Road. Every Monday night, (Reserve meeting) I would report in at the ARCOM and either pass him in the hallway or report directly to Colonel Cisneros office for assignments for the evening. I do recall standing in front of him in his office smartly saluting him until he returned my salute.

By the time I interviewed him for the story, he had retired from the Reserves and I would run into him at the local gym where we both worked out. In some ways he reminded me of my own father.

During our workouts we would visit and talk family. Like my father, Colonel Cisneros was a strict disciplinarian, but a fair man and great commander. Around that time he suffered a stroke and got around with some assistance. When we worked out I would spot him when he attempted to lift some light weights.

He eventually passed away some years later and I attended his funeral that attracted hundreds of family, friends and mourners. In conversations with Henry and his family at that time, he shared that his dad was a great father.

I was privileged to have served with that great father, spent time with him militarily and in the gym. Eventually I reunited with my own father for his last two Father’s Days celebrations here in San Antonio, before he too passed away. I agreed!

Today is the day to spend with your father, be it at his home or yours or perhaps at a local restaurant. Either way, I wish everyone a Happy Father’s Day celebration.

A special Happy Father’s Day wish to Publisher Steve Duran and wife Virginia who now run the paper. Steve is the third Duran Publisher I have had the honor to work with to continue the legacy of his father, Tino Duran and his sister, Nina.

Anyway, as always, what I write is “Just a Thought.”

Steve Walker is a Vietnam Veteran and former Justice of the Peace and Journalist

Night out with Cong. Joaquin Castro in Seguin @ Coliseum, 6-28

6-9 p.m. fundraising event for Community Council of South-Guadalupe Coliseum, 950 S. Austin St. in Seguin, with live Entertainment by Latin Grammy nominee Stefani Montiel Coordinator Ramon Chapa.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Well known/famous faces on Walker Report, taken in SA by ME!!!


Deceased Senator John McCain & fomer First Lady Hilliary Clinton at the Center for the Intrepid near BAMMC, former President Barack Obama on one of his three trips t o SA former President Bill Clinton campaigning for his wife, former VP Joe Biden & presidential now candidate, speaking some years ago with ME, speakingto Vets, Senators John Cornyn, Lindsay Graham, Charlie Crist, retired Senator Harry Reid, with Me, retired Kay Baily Hutichison, Ted Cruz, Robert Menendez, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in the Senate, Ken Salazar,  former Goverernor, Congressman, & Ambassdor as well as a presadenial candidate Bill Richardson, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Governor Mike Huckabee, former Congressman Alan West & me, former Mexico President Vicente Fox, Gorernor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick with Alamo City Republican Women President Freida Wright, San Juan Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Thulin Cruz, Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, singer Kinky Freidman, singer John Melancamp, actor Jesse Borrego & actor Esai Morales, actor Brandon Olmos son of actor Edward James Olmos, Ericka Gonzaba,actress Michelle Piffier American Idol finalist Haley Scarnado, singer Chubby Checker, singers Vikki Carr, Dr. Patsy Torres, Placido Domingo, Linda Ronstadt. Sonny Ozuna, "Little" Joe Hernandez, actors Chuck Norris, & Mario Lopez, TV reporters John Quinones, Jai Avila, Basketball Hall of Famers, Clyde "the Slide Wesler, Bill Russell, "Dr. J" Julius Irving, Robert Horry, Mike Gale, & Shawn Elliot, "Joe the Plumber" Sean Spicer,former Whitehouse Press Secretary, Cesar Chavez 
grandson, Andres, Ed Rollins, with actor Eric Estrada with Justice Rebecca Martinez, Comedianne Rossie O'Donnell