Photo: Stan "The Say Hey Kid" Musial receiving Medal of Freedom from some President neither mentioned nor alluded to in the WSJ book review discussed below.
Mr. Vescey sees his subject as having much in common with Dwight Eisenhower. The two-term president fell in the public’s estimation soon after leaving office... and the Eisenhower era itself was derided “for its--what? Complacency? Stability? Normalcy?” In our fractious times, the author says, “normalcy is looking good…”
But to this Cardinals fan, Stan Musial calls to mind another president...
Can you guess which president the deputy book editor of the Wall Street Journal is about to compare Stan Musial to? Take a few minutes. Walk around the block, have a drink, make love to your woman: get your mind together, son. Because you will never see this coming.
...of more recent vintage....
...who had a sunny disposition...
Oh, I know: Ford.
...and was also inordinately good at his job.
“Good at his job”? And a president. This is a trick question, right?
A man who lived so long that he, too, drifted into the land of forgetting but left countless others who smile just at the thought of him.
Ah, how true. To think of him is to smile... Wall Street Journal employees don't actually write this stuff, do they? They must have some special app that automatically makes any article, no matter the topic, turn into a paean to Ronald Reagan. I mean, they gotta.