By Tim Smith

The true definition of celebrity is not lost, in 70 years of translation. I had the distinct and special privilege to visit with the granddaughter of one of the greatest legends in baseball, Babe Ruth.

Mrs. Donna Analovitch is the daughter of Dorothy Ruth, born to Babe Ruth and Helen Woodford, his first wife. Her grandfather passed away in 1948.

Over the years, Donna has been extremely active in keeping Mr. Ruth's memory vibrant and meaningful to new generations, primarily through organizations like The Babe Ruth League.

The family of Mr. Ruth was recently honored with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation's highest civilian honor, and Donna and her husband, Jay, were in attendance.

The impact of being surrounded by the history of the White House, coupled with the accomplishments of her famous relative were, by her account, never to be forgotten.

Right before we parted company, she asked me to remember and to share with others that over the years, as she visited with Mr. Ruth's many admirers, especially those that actually knew 'The Babe,' was that he truly loved and cherished his fans and never tired of signing autographs and giving them his time and attention.

I got a sense from Mrs. Analovitch that Babe Ruth never forgot those who brought him to and then supported him across the diamonds of America's pastime.

• "A New York state of mind." I mentioned last week that is was about this time in 1999 when I celebrated a major birthday in New York City. I had not been back to "The Big Apple" in some time and for a theater guy, that was a non-acceptable 'state of – being.'

We certainly made up for lost time. From Broadway's stages to a cabaret, experiencing Woody Allen playing clarinet at The Cafe Carlyle, was only one of our memorable evenings.

The city, once experienced, will compel you to return throughout your lifetime.

• News on the Oscar front. There still is time, yet as of today, and for the first time in years, the Oscar ceremony will have no host. Stay tuned, this could get even more interesting.

You don't need anyone to guide you as you travel through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website to learn more about the 2019 opening of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles.

"Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano's design for the Museum gives visitors a unique opportunity to peer behind the screen and into the creative, collaborative world of movie making.”

Finally: One additional reflection from friends who traveled in Europe last summer. While they savored all that is "The City of Light," lingering at The National Opera of Paris was truly memorable.”

It was humbling to see the space, (The National Opera house), that inspired one of the most influential musicals in history," and that is, “The Phantom of the Opera.” The musical recently celebrated its 31st anniversary on Broadway.

Baseball and the movies are met to be shared, in our towns.

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