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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 24, 2011 S i m pie TIMES... / by Girard A. Plante ...... , Now that the Boston Bru-We recal--'-' vividly that pris- Bailey's Children's Founda- bySaIG,arratan, "---,--'-/ ins have chased away the tine Tuesday morning of tion. Bailey's family over- demons that prevented the storied National Hockey LeagUe franchise from win- ning their first Stanley Cup since 1972, there remains one significant event that lingers from the days of Bobby Orr and the Big Bad Bruins., The early 1970s included a still-raging Vietnam War. And the long national night- mare of Watergate was just beginning. Winning the Stanley Cup 39 years ago helped ease the sting of those national hostilities but never quite swept away the local strife over bus- ing that would dramatically change Boston's public school landscape. A member of the 1972 Bruins team, Garnet "Ace" Bailey, would become larger than that generation of Bruins' players and their loyal legion of fans. Not even hoisting the Stanley Cup above their collective heads can erase the searing mem- ory of when and where each one was the day they learned of Bailey's sudden death. September 11, 2001. The day Ace Bailey drove to Logan International Airport to board United Air Lines Flight 175 to Los Angeles, along with Mark Bavis, pro scouts for the Los Angeles Kings preparing for the start of a new season. Their fuel-filled Boeing 767 air- craft slammed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. Despite that diabolical act by cowardly terrorists, Ace Bailey lives on in the can- cer unit at Boston's Floating Hospital For Children A playroom honoring Bailey is appropriately called Ace's Place -- a bevy of activity that dispels the doom often connected to cancer. It's the center of fun and hope and comfort for children with cancer, their parents and families, as they confront exhausting treatments and uncertainty. Fundraisers by Boston's hockey elite -- Bobby Orr, Brad Park, Don Cherry, Harry Sinden and others -- have poured into Ace sees the foundation and disperses $1.5 million for various projects at Floating Hospital and other places. That's exactly the way Ace would want things to go, said his wife Katherine, whom he married during that magical June of 1972. "It's always been important for me to hold onto Ace and hold onto him tight. You don't forget about it. It doesn't go away. Ace had such an incredible spirit. He had this intense need to make everyone around him happy His spirit is here. We've kept his spirit alive in this room." So it has become with this current generation of Boston Bruins. They've won the hearts of a new legion of faithful fans not yet born in the Bruins Stanley Cup win of 1972. Parallels to those heady years of the early '70s are seen today as our nation is mired in two wars and domestic troubles such as high unemploy- ment confound everybody. (Continued on Page 16) Are you, or you love, an needs The Elder Service Plan helps older adults stay in our community and live in their own homes, for as long as possible, As a Medicare-approved Program of AIMnclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), we provide the individual care that allows each participant to live with dignity and respect in the place they call home, We provide and coordinate the many different services an older adult ma/require, such as: Primary and specialty medical care Home nursing and personal care Rehabilitation Social interaction Medications without co-pays and coverage gaps Transportation to PACE Day Health Centers and medical appointments The Elder Service Plan is the solution for older adults and families who want an alternative to nursing home care, need a care partner to e for the right combination services to keep a loved one at home, Do You Ask "'Why" or "Why Not"? Recently, America marked the 43 rd anniversary of the assassination of U.S. Sena- tor Robert F. Kennedy. He was shot (and died the follow- ing morning) at his Califor- nia presidential primary vic- tory party over U.S. Senator Eugene McCarthy on June 4, 1968. His 88-day campaign for president ended tragically one month following the as- sassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan (who is still in prison) as he made his way through the kitchen at the Ambas- sador Hotel in Los Angeles. Back in my teens, he like his brother President Jack Kennedy were my political heroes and mentors to my political activism. Bobby Kennedy unlike his brothers Jack or Teddy seemed to make a direct connect to the American people struggling like today to make ends meet. We were engaged in a war half way around the world, the battle for civil rights was improving but still unfinished and violence seemed to control the whole decade of the sixties. Jack Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Dr. King, Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, the list seemed end- less as violence took its toll on America. In 1968, I was a college stu- dent at Boston State College back when college was af- fordable to nearly all. I was a Democrat backing Bobby Kennedy and eventually voted for Hubert Humphrey that November over Richard Nixon and George Wallace I was opposed to the Vietnam War policy of President Lyndon Johnson because I felt we were getting mired down in an endless war for very little good reason. I turned 20 years old exactly one month between the kill- ings of both King and Kennedy. I remembered watching Kennedy's funeral Mass, listening to Andy Wil- liams' beautiful rendition of the "Ave Maria" and weeping for America and the loss of a truly empowering national leader gunned down at only 42 years old. He often said that America shouldn't just ask "Why?" concerning the many socio-economic is- sues facing society but seek- ing solutions by asking "Why Not?" Where he saw injus- tice, he sought justice. Where he saw poverty, hun- ger and joblessness, he sought a society that worked for all. Today, we seem to have a tendency to raise 'a white flag of surrender, rais- ing our voices only saying (Continued on Page 13) 00LLI'S L...(..IFUNCTION FACILITY Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceaera, Reunion, I Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to ensure the success of your special occasion. To find out more, call : 617-568-6377 or visit us at 280 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA , . PI.e.ase.Call,617-567-4499 spinellis.c0m .... 3'}Ill ) ,j i I%IA , ix .