On this Day, May, 6th

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On this day, May 6th…

1877, Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux Indian tribe surrenders to U.S. Troops in Nebraska. He lived a very interested life before meeting a questionable demise in a Nebraska while trying to imprison him. Read more about him here—> Chief Crazy Horse

1889, the Eiffel Tower is officially opened in Paris to the public, it was built as an entrance way to the 1889 World’s Fair. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world. I went there on a school trip in high school, I only went to the second level because the elevator wasn’t running, even from there the view was amazing.

1937, The German zeppelin Hindenberg catches fire and crashes in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The huge vessel was destroyed in one minute, 36 people died. I’ve attached a video of the event below.

1954, Roger Bannister became the first person to run the mile in under four minutes. Hicham El Guerrouj is the current men’s record holder with his time of 3:43.13.

1998, then 20 year-old Kerry Wood, of the Chicago Cubs, strikes out 20 batters in a nine inning game to tie Roger Clemens MLB record. Speaking of MLB, don’t forget to come see Doc Gooden, Jose Canseco, and more MLB legends at the Legends Night Super Show on this Thursday, May 8th at 6:30 pm at the Palace Theater. Hit this link to get your tickets—->Legends Night




On this Date, April 28…



On this day in history, April 28th…

1788, Maryland becomes the seventh state to ratify the Constitution of the United States, Connecticut was the fifth state to ratify on January 9, 1788. Maryland‘s state motto is Fatti Maschii, Parole Femine, translated “Manly deeds, womanly words”. Their state bird is the Baltimore Oriole and state flower is the Rudbeckia Hirta.

1792, France invades the Austrian Netherlands, now Belgium, beginning the French Revolutionary War. Just writing the word “Belgium” gives me a hankering for some waffles!

1869, Chinese and Irish laborers for the Central Pacific Railroad lay ten miles of track in one day, a feat never been done before. That would probably take a month now with 100 times better equipment.

1914, Willis H. Carrier patents the modern air conditioner. This is something we will be very thankful for in the months to come.

1930, the first night game in organized baseball is played in Independence, Kansas. Speaking of organized baseball, don’t forget about Legends Night on May 8th at 6:30 pm at the Palace Theater. All proceeds benefit Stafford Little League. See my previous blog.

1931, the program for women’s athletics in track and field is approved for the 1932 Olympics. We’ve certainly have come a long way in women’s athletics in the last 80 years. Go Huskies




On this Day April 23



On this day in history, April 23….

On April 23, 1616, the most famous playwright of all time passed away. William Shakespeare died at the age of 51. He wrote 154 sonnets and 38 plays, many of which we’ve all studied in high school.

In 1635, the first public school in the United States opened its doors in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston Latin School is still open 379 years later. It was rated one of the top twenty schools in the U.S. by the US News and World Report in 2007.

In 1914, the first baseball game is played at the “friendly confines” of Wrigley Field. Back then it was known as Weeghman Park and was home to the Federal League baseball team Chicago Whales. The Chicago Cubs played their first game there in 1916. From 1920 to 1926 it was known as Cubs Park. Following that season, the field was renamed Wrigley Field after Cubs owner and chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. The Cubs played all their home games during the day until 1988 when they finally added lights to the stadium. Only Fenway Park has been open longer, 1912.

In 1985 Coca Cola changed it formula and introduced New Coke. The response was overwhelmingly negative. The original formula was back on the market within 3 months. Below is a survey, please fill out which cola you prefer. Also, I attached a commercial for new coke from 1985 with Bill Cosby.


On this Day in History April 22



On this day in history, April 22, in 1864 the US Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864. It mandated that the inscription, “In God We Trust”, be placed on all coins minted as US currency.

In 1876, the first National League baseball game was played in Philadelphia, PA. The Boston Red Caps defeated the Philadelphia Athletics 6-5. On a side note, Hartford had it’s own team that year. The Hartford Dark Blues finished with a very impressive record of 47 wins and just 21 losses.

In 1964, the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opens for it’s first season. Oddly enough, I just drove by the globe pictured above on my way to JFK airport last night. You can see it from the highway, it’s near Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

In 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. Now it is celebrated every year. In my opinion Earth Day should be celebrated every day. We need to take much better care of it. Go outside today for a walk with your kids and tell them how important it is to respect our planet. If you see litter, pick it up!

On April 22, 2014 is the day you pick up the phone and let me save you some money on your insurance! Have a great Earth Day!




Spring is here, at least according to the calender, and that means that racing season at Stafford Motor Speedway is just around the corner.  If you have followed my blog at all in the past, you’ll remember that I used to do a Youtube show every week called The Inside Line with Kurt Vail. It was a lot of fun and we got to meet a lot of the local drivers in the process.  The 43rd annual Spring Sizzler is coming up April 25, 26,and 27. I’ve attached an old video interviewing Woody Pitkat below for your viewing pleasure.

Kurt-Vail-Ad-2- As most of you from this area know, racing has always been a big deal in Stafford and after years of covering it all across the state and nationally for the Hartford Courant, Stafford’s own Shawn Courchesne started his own racing website and blog called RaceDayCT.com. If you are a race fan you have to check it out. I, recently, started advertising with him, and want to thank him for all his help. Hit this link to check out his kind words in welcoming me to the RaceDayCT family—-> Kurt’s AD.

March Madness 2014

If you are interested in doing a March Madness pool for 2014 please text or call me at (860)458-9266. All entrees need to be in by noon on Thursday. It will be $10 per sheet. Print the bracket below, fill it out, and either email it to kvail@paradisoinsurance.com or call me and I will come get it from you. I attached an old video I made three years ago for the tournament just for a few laughs.  Also, fill out the poll, where do you think UConn will finish this year?





From Coach Vail’s Playbook (Kickoff)

2012 B-Team Champions

2012 B-Team Champions

What are the advantages of having your insurance written at Paradiso Insurance right here in Stafford Springs? Let me kickoff by using some football terms to tell you the answer. First, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will huddle and work closely with you to design a play that best suits your needs. As an independent insurance agency we have many different eligible receivers (Travelers, The Hartford, State Auto, Progressive, Foremost, Kemper, and more) that our staff can rely on to find the best fit for you. We always evaluate your forward progress, as your life moves forward so do your changing protection needs, let the Insurance Coach be there to coach you along the way. Call Coach Vail at (860) 458-9266.

What’s Going on in Stafford? A Lot!


It’s been awhile since I’ve posted! Well, that’s all about to change, as I take my proverbial head out of my ass! I’m back in the swing of things and excited about what’s going on in our beautiful home town. I’ll be busy for the next two week’s as the Stafford Bulldogs have had an amazing season!

All three teams not only made the playoffs but won their first round games. All games are at Fermi High in Enfield this Sunday: C-Team @ 10AM vs Tolland, A-Team @ 12PM vs Ellington, &  defending champion B-Team @ 2PM vs Enfield. We could use your support, good luck to all!

Also, tomorrow night at Middle Ground Cafe, local cartoonist & artist, Dave Mercier, will open his art show. This is a must see, and you can meet him tomorrow night between 6PM and 8PM. Also check out his website—> Mercworks.

Don’t forget about the amazing new Palace Theater, also located on Main St, who have an amazing schedule coming up. Next Friday will be Mike Delguidice and Big Shot, a Billy Joel tribute band! For tickets hit this link (tickets). Kate and I will be filming a show from there in the very near future.

The old Munn’s Pub is under new ownership and they’ve already made many improvements. It’s a lot of fun as I can attest to personally ;). Check out they’re Facebook page: Ric’s Cafe. I’ll chat with you soon.