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AROUND THE HORN: Of fathers and sons: Recalling old memories, and making new ones, with Cal Ripken Jr.

While standing in a long line earlier this week at Barnes & Noble in Princeton, I found myself directly behind two fathers and their young sons.

We were all there to meet baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., who was in town to sign copies of his new children’s book. Mr. Ripken, without too much argument I suspect, is considered among baseball’s living legends by most fans. In 21 seasons, all with the Baltimore Orioles, he compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, 1,695 runs batted in, won two Gold Gloves for his defense, was a 19-time All-Star and American League Most Valuable Player Award winner.

But he’s most remembered for breaking one of the most cherished records in baseball, one that had stood for 56 years, that of playing in 2,632 games over a 16-year period. That eclipsed the old record of 2,130 games held by the New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig.


Bill Laznovsky, Princeton
Erica Hrudowsky, Belle Mead
James X. Paterno, Belle Mead
    The drama pitting the Institute for Advanced Study against the Friends of Princeton Battlefield reached a critical point two weeks ago when the D & R Canal Commission, which a few days before rendered a decision failing to approve the institute’s housing development in the Battlefield area, reversed course and approved the application based on a change of vote by one member, a state employee.



True Collaboration
Longtime friends Janis Ian and Tom Paxton will bring folk to Monroe
CHANCES are, even if you’re not a fan of folk music, you’ve heard a Janis Ian tune at least once in your life. She’s been nominated for nine Grammys in eight different categories over her storied career, and has taken home two wins. Her songs “At Seventeen” and “Society’s Child” are classics.

   The 63-year-old first performed in front of a live audience when she was 13 years old, taking to the stage at New York’s infamous Village Gate alongside other singer-songwriters such as Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton.

   Speaking of Tom Paxton, the legendary singer was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award a few years ago. With a whopping 62 albums to his credit — including the just-released Redemption Road, the 73-year-old has done just about everything and gone just about anywhere a musician can.


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