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The guy who saved Hitler’s life in 1919. And Roger Clemens, in big trouble

Sometimes in this blog I feel I can’t do a story justice. That if I try to describe it too much or paraphrase a little, I’ll completely ruin it.
So I don’t want to say too much about this story that came out last week, about the man, Michael Keogh of Dublin, who saved Adolf Hitler from certain death in 1919.
It’s an unbelievable tale. Check it out and marvel like I did at how history would’ve been changed if not for one man’s act.
Fate is an amazing thing.

**Not really a big surprise, but still interesting to see Roger Clemens get indicted for perjury on Thursday. I hold Clemens in extremely low regard, and you would too if you read my friend Jeff Pearlman’s excellent book “The Rocket Who Fell to Earth” (full disclosure: I helped edit it. But really, it’s outstanding.)

I absolutely believe Clemens took steroids. I absolutely believe he lied to Congress. He’s been lying his whole life, getting by on talent and charm, and I think he figured Congress would be no different. Hell, I remember those hearings a few years ago and several Congressmen practically fawned over the guy. It was disgusting.

Clemens won’t go to jail, I don’t think. But a conviction would certainly be warranted. He’s an arrogant jerk who continues to think, in his own mind, that this is all a big misunderstanding.

And as a Yankee fan, it always killed me to root for this bum.

The volcanic ash thing just keeps causing problems. And we survived 4/20

So you know how there are news stories that come along and you sort of pay attention to them, but then they just drag on for days and days and suddenly you’re fascinated?

That’s kind of how I am with this whole volcanic ash thing going on in Europe. At first I just chalked it up to one of those weird meteorological phenomenons that would pass. But do you realize that until Britain re-opened its airspace Tuesday, 95,000 flights had been delayed?

I mean, a cloud of volcanic ash is clearly not something to mess around with, and it reminds us of just how powerless we really are when it comes to science. And who even knew there were active volcanoes in Iceland?

This whole story has just been weird. I’m so glad I’m not stuck in England right now; I can’t imagine too many more frustrating experiences than sitting at or near the airport every day, hoping that today will finally be the day I get to go home.

**I know most people think of 4/20 as a the Marijuana holiday (for those of you squares out there, 420 is the police code for pot.).

But are you aware of how many huge news events happened on either 4/19 or 4/20 in the last 100 years? I was just hoping these last two days were uneventful. Check this out:

–April 20, 1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion. Not John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s finest hour.

— April 19, 1993: The end of the 50-day Waco siege at the Branch Davidian compound.

— April 19, 1995: Timothy McVeigh blows up an Oklahoma City office building. 168 people are killed.

–April 20, 1999: The Columbine High School massacre. I’m thinking you remember that one.

Also, April 20 was Hitler’s birthday. Always a big celebration around the Lewis house.

So, yeah, I’m glad it was a relative slow news couple of days.