Another sign that my fellow baby boomers are getting older is that this past September marked the 40th anniversary of the passing of the most famous head coach in NFL history, Vince Lombardi. This milestone has not gone unnoticed. HBO Sports and NFL Films have been working on a documentary that will air on the cable network this December. The NFL has also been instrumental in getting Lombardi’s story on Broadway as it is a major financial backer of the new play, “Lombardi,” that is based on David Maraniss’s bio, “When Pride Still Mattered” (Simon & Schuster).
You could visit California a thousand times and still miss many of its charms. What is notable about Napa, Pismo Beach, and Ojai is that they are places that California residents like to escape to for long weekends.
Mark Twain famously wrote that the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. Based on my recent experience, Twain was only slightly exaggerating. Of course given the recent sweltering weather in New York City, I wasn’t complaining.
New Yorkers should feel right at home in Washington DC for numerous reasons ranging from culture, points of interest, fine restaurants, to a first class mass transit system. You really don’t need a car because Washington’s subway, better known as the Metro, can get you to almost anywhere in the Beltway. The trains are clean, the service is frequent, and it only costs $1.35 during off-peak hours.
If you haven’t been there, it is easy to have an erroneous image of North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh. While there are still plenty of downtown mom-and-pop stores, the city is a far cry from the fictitious Mayberry of the 1960s TV classic, “The Andy Griffith Show.”
Tampa is often overlooked by potential Florida vacationers because it lacks Miami’s glitz and is squarely in the shadow of Orlando, an hour drive east, when traffic moves on I-4. That is a shame because Tampa is far more relaxing to visit than the aforementioned Sunshine State neighbors and there’s plenty to see and do here.
In 1969 Tucson received unexpected worldwide fame when Paul McCartney sang the lyric “Jo Jo left his home in Tucson, Arizona for some California grass” in one of the Beatles’ last hits, “Get Back.” These days Californians and many others are coming to Tucson to either live or spend long vacations because of its balmy climate and its low cost of living.
Forty years ago San Diego was a sleepy navy town that most regarded as a far-flung Los Angeles suburb. Fast-forward to today and San Diego is now California’s second largest city that is no longer in L.A.’s shadow. While San Diego still has what many regard to be the most beautiful climate in the country, there have been social costs that have come along with its rapid growth. The high cost of living here would make even a jaded New Yorker blush and the standstill rush hour traffic makes the Long Island Expressway look like the Daytona Speedway in comparison. Nonetheless San Diego remains an excellent getaway.
Most cities would be insulted if they were referred to as “cow towns,” but not Fort Worth, which sees the term as a badge of honor for striving to maintain the image of the Old West, and for celebrating the lifestyle of that sadly fading American icon, the cowboy.
Dallas officials concede that most travelers think of the city as a business destination rather than a place where one would willingly spend leisure time. While that may once have when it was the financial center for oil, Dallas now has plenty to keep tourists busy.