My ‘Secretariat’ Page – An Inspirational Masterpiece!!!: Trailer; Interviews with Penny Chenery in real life, Penny Chenery on the screen (Diane Lane) & Director Randall Wallace; Secretariat’s last race; Secretariat’s last footage; Soundtrack; my thoughts…

Secretariat is at least right now my favorite movie. I don’t think I’ve ever made so much noise — and cried so much — during a movie.

Maybe it’s the times we are in too. This is a movie for these times! May we do our best, like Penny!

Jeff : )

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Secretariat Trailer

This powerful and thrilling journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner and its owner Penny Chenery, played by Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominee Diane Lane, brings hope, heart and courage to audiences of all ages…

Diane Lane & Randall Wallace Interview – The Secretariat

Uploaded by on Oct 14, 2010 Reel Reactions got a chance to sit down with Diane Lane and Randall Wallace from the Secretariat. Diane Lane plays the lead character, Penny Chenery, and Randall Wallace directed this inspirational masterpiece.

Secretariats last race – Victory for the greatest horse in modern times

Uploaded by on Oct 6, 2010

[Secretariat] was an American Thoroughbred racehorse, who in 1973 became the first U.S. Triple Crown champion in twenty-five years, setting new race records in two of the three events in the Series—the Kentucky Derby (1:59 2/5), and the Belmont Stakes (2:24)—records that still stand today.

Secretariat was sired by Bold Ruler (a grandson of Nearco) and foaled to Somethingroyal. He was foaled at Meadow Farm in Caroline County, Virginia. Like the equally famous horse Man o’ War, Secretariat was a large chestnut colt and was given the same nickname, “Big Red.”

Owned by Penny Chenery (aka Penny Tweedy), he was trained by Lucien Laurin and mainly ridden by fellow Canadian jockey Ron Turcotte, along with apprentice jockey Paul Feliciano (first two races), and veteran Eddie Maple (last race). He raced in Penny Chenery’s Meadow Stable’s blue and white checkered colors and his groom was Eddie Sweat.

The story of Secretariat began with the toss of a coin in 1968 between Christopher Chenery of Meadow Stables and Ogden Phipps of Wheatley Stable. The idea of a coin toss came from Phipps, the owner of Bold Ruler, and Bull Hancock of Claiborne Farms as a way to get the very best mares for Bold Ruler, and when the toss went their way, to add well-bred fillies to their own broodmare band. Bold Ruler was considered one of the important stallions of his time. He had a fine balance between speed and stamina, having had a frontrunning style but the stamina to go 1 1/4 miles; he finished 3rd in the 1957 Kentucky Derby. After his racing career, Bold Ruler was retired to Claiborne Farms but still was controlled by the Phipps family. This meant he would be bred to mainly Phipps’ mares and not many of his offspring would find their way to the auction ring. Phipps and Hancock agreed to forgo a stud fee for Bold Ruler in exchange for getting to keep one of two foals produced by the mare he bred in successive seasons or two mares he bred in the same season. Who obtained which foal or even received first pick would be decided by a flip of a coin.

In 1968, Chenery sent two mares named Hasty Matelda and Somethingroyal to Bold Ruler, and in 1969, a colt and filly were the result. In 1969, Hasty Matelda was replaced by Cicada, but she did not conceive. Only one foal resulted between Bold Ruler and Somethingroyal. As stated in the original agreement, the winner of the coin toss could pick the foal he wanted but could only take one, while the loser would get the other two. Both parties assumed Somethingroyal would deliver a healthy foal in the spring of 1970. The coin toss between Penny Chenery and Ogden Phipps was held in the fall of 1969 in the office of New York Racing Association Chairman Alfred Vanderbilt II, with Hancock as witness. Phipps won the toss and took the weanling filly out of Somethingroyal, leaving Chenery with the colt out of Hasty Matelda and the unborn foal of Somethingroyal.

On March 30, at 12:10 a.m., Somethingroyal foaled a bright red chestnut colt with three white socks and a star with a narrow blaze. By the time the colt was a yearling, he was still unnamed. Meadow Stables’ secretary, Elizabeth Ham, had submitted 10 names to the Jockey Club, all of which were denied for various reasons. Approval finally came with the 11th submission, a name Ham herself picked from a previous career association, Secretariat.

Secretariat’s owner entered into a syndication deal that precluded the horse racing past age three. Accordingly, Secretariat’s last race was against older horses in the Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada. It was the second time in his career that he raced on grass and the first time he was asked to go one and five-eighths miles (just a furlong further than he’d already run twice that year). Secretariat won with another impressive performance. With Ron Turcotte out with a five-day suspension, Eddie Maple rode Secretariat to victory by 6 1/2 lengths.

Altogether, Secretariat won 16 of his 21 career races, with three seconds and one third, for in-the-money finishes in 20 of 21 starts, and total earnings of $1,316,808.

At age three, Secretariat was again named Horse of the Year, as well as winning Eclipse Awards as the American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse and the American Champion Male Turf Horse.

Secretariat’s last footage.

Uploaded by on Feb 1, 2011

My brother Bill was driving by the farm where Secretariat was living. He shot some video which turned out to be some of the last video taken of this special horse. This was a day or two before Secretariat was put down. The TV station Bill worked for turned the footage into a wonderful story.

Penny Chenery in real life;
Penny Chenery on the screen, Diane Lane;
Director Randall Wallace

Secretariat Press Conference May 1, 2010 Part 1

Uploaded by on May 1, 2010

At Churchill Downs promoting the upcoming film. …


Uploaded by on Oct 9, 2010

Secretariat (Original Motion Picture Score), Music Composed by Nick Glennie-Smith.

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I watched the movie “Secretariat” last night. WoW!!!!!!!

I watched the movie “Secretariat” last night. WoW, am I encouraged!!!!!!!

This true story isn’t mainly about a great horse. It’s about a great, “stubborn” woman who wouldn’t give up despite all of the naysayers.

I wasn’t familiar with the lead actress, but Diane Lane is ABSOLUTELY INSPIRING in this nearly perfect movie that I could recommend to everyone in that it’s also clean — which is why Lane wouldn’t get the Oscar she deserved. It also has a disqualifying gospel song.

I had a feeling it would be good, because ‘Secretariat’ was directed by Randall *Wallace*, who wrote the screenplay for one of my all-time favorite movies, ‘Braveheart,’ the story of Scottish freedom-fighter, William *Wallace* (Randall believes they’re probably related).

If you need encouragement to pursue EXCELLENCE no matter the odds, and no matter what might now lie ahead …

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God bless!

I watched the movie “Secretariat” last night. WoW!!!!!!!

I just posted this on my Facebook page, which I’m finally getting going.

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I watched the movie “Secretariat” last night. WoW, am I encouraged!!!!!!!

This true story isn’t mainly about a great horse. It’s about a great, “stubborn” woman who wouldn’t give up despite all of the naysayers.

I wasn’t familiar with the lead actress, but Diane Lane is ABSOLUTELY INSPIRING in this nearly perfect movie that I could recommend to everyone in that it’s also clean — which is why Lane wouldn’t get the Oscar she deserved. It also has a disqualifying gospel song.

I had a feeling it would be good, because ‘Secretariat’ was directed by Randall *Wallace*, who wrote the screenplay for one of my all-time favorite movies, ‘Braveheart,’ the story of Scottish freedom-fighter, William *Wallace* (Randall believes they’re probably related).

If you need encouragement to pursue EXCELLENCE no matter the odds, and no matter what might now lie ahead …

The California photography workshop was cancelled | Plan B in effect

I had mentioned that I signed up to attend a photography workshop in California. Yesterday, I received notice that it was cancelled due to lack of interest (it had only been posted for a few weeks).

This was going to be it:

4-Day Workshop with
Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill:
Autumn in Wine Country

Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to offer Autumn in Wine Country, a new and unique photography workshop with Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill. This photography workshop is timed to coincide with the amazing Napa Valley autumn color season. …

I had already taken a workshop with Jerry in 2003, and I have met and bought a print from Elizabeth Carmel, who is one of the main photographers who inspired me to print big.

I was looking forward to the experience, but now have a new plan.

I’m planning a trip to visit one of Peter Lik’s galleries. I’ve recently discovered that I just don’t feel right unless my sights are set high in terms of quality and how my prints impact people. I’ve seen some great galleries, but I’ve never seen Peter’s work. So I must go.

By the way, his prints sell for $3000 and up. I’m trying to price mine for the average Joe and Susan.

Here is an example of my work: Jitters Lookin’ Good!

I’m trying to figure out other things to do in order to make the trip even more worthwhile.

jeff : )

[music video] Golden State: Bombs (End This War/The Ron Paul Song) — “It’s not impossible that we can end this war / Just let your heart explode / It’s not to late for a miracle! — No more lying; No more sighing; I’m still trying, Arms wide open!”

Transcribed by Jeff Fenske
as best as I could


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If we make the choice to walk out the door
and let all we have become nothing more —

can we look at ourselves
and resist this moment in time together?

It’s not impossible
that we can end this war

Just let your heart explode;
It’s not to late for a miracle!

No more fighting
No more crying
No more hurting
No more lying

No more sighing
I’m still trying
Arms wide open

End this war

Ron Paul 2012!

Crank it up!!!


[youtube=]Golden State – Bombs (End This War/The Ron Paul Song)

Uploaded by on Oct 19, 2011

BLACK THIS OUT Oct. 19, 2011
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Music video for Golden State’s original song ‘Bombs’ (End This War/The Ron Paul Song), featuring US Presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul, Alex Jones of, Luke Rudowski of We Are Change, and more.


All 650 of my Ron Paul posts at ToBeFree (latest posts first)

All 140 of my Why they hate US posts at ToBeFree (latest posts first)

Greg Boyd: In the kingdom of God,
we are not allowed to have any enemies.
All body-bags are equally tragic.

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I’m still trying
Arms wide open …


What is this?


The Mark of Zorro Mystery Cloud

I don’t know what caused this formation,
almost like an airport in the sky.

The sun was shining from just above the mountains to the east
behind me and to the right a bit),
and lit this thing up.

The cloud formation appeared to be just a few thousand feet up —
too low to be contrail caused, I would think.

I stopped an airport maintenance worker to get his opinion.
He couldn’t explain it either,
but thanked me for pointing it out to him.

Group Photo: Jon, Leah, Debra & Michelle’s Last Day

UPDATED with Jon info

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From left to right (retirees & early-outers in bold):

Seated: Carson, Judy, Beth, Reta and Reiko
Middle: Debra is Behind Beth
Main back row: Pam, Steve, Don, Michelle (behind Debra), Leah, Jeff and Jon (featuring Zingo)
Way back there: Christi and Don

We wish you all well!

Jon sent me this pic during his journey down the Alcan with Zingo and his mom,
who snapped this photo.

Jon wrote:

“I love this pic.
Everybody is looking at the camera except Zingo looking at your food!  Lol”

And he said about customs:

“So far so good!  Canada Customs was very helpful and unpacked the truck and U Haul for us.  Unfortunately, we still had thousands of miles left to go, so Mom and I had to repack everything!  Lol  We have made it to Fort St. John and the roads have been good.  Still plan on going thru Banff.”

Four Noteable Upcoming Compact Cameras: Canon S100 / Olympus SP-810UZ / Fuji X10 and X-S1

FINALLY, some interesting compact cameras have been announced.

Lately, I’ve been recommending the Olympus SP-810UZ to those who want to have some fun with a super long zoom lens, but it’s also able to shoot fairly wide:

Olympus announces SP-810UZ with the world’s longest zoom lens

Olympus has announced the SP-810UZ superzoom with a 36x (24-864mm equiv.) zoom lens – the world’s longest optical zoom in a compact camera. Successor to the SP-800UZ, the SP-810UZ also boasts a 14MP CCD sensor, 3.0″ LCD and 720p HD video recording. Also included are a 3D capture mode, AF Tracking and Magic Filters including a new ‘reflection’ effect. Priced at $329.99, the camera will start shipping from September 2011.

Olympus’ website shows it’s still not available and it’s already October.

It’s impossible for a camera with a sensor this small and a lens with a zoom range this large to get super high quality resolution, but it will be good enough for many. This camera also won’t shoot in RAW format, which I’ve discussed.

And it’s also not pocketable, because of the super long lens, and weighs about a pound with battery. But this should be an incredibly fun camera, considering how far this lens will reach, and at f/5.7 when fully extended to 864mm, I should add. It ranges from f/2.9-5.7, of which f/5.7 is phenomenal for a lens this long and lightweight! This will make it easier to get handheld, sharp shots even at 864mm, in daylight anyway; though, it will require steady shooting, slowly moving only your trigger finger — aided with the help of the gyros doing the internal stabilization thing.

It is only possible to make a lens to be 36X and this small because the sensor is so small.

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And Canon has finally announced the successor to the S90 and S95 cameras, the S100 [Canon was slowed down by the earthquake/Fukushima disaster]. I’m glad to see the lens starts at 24mm, which has been my main wish for it. It also zooms longer than it has — yay!:

New 24-120mm (equivalent) f/2.0-5.9 lens; S95 lens is 28-105mm (equivalent) f/2.0-4.9

DPReview has this great overview and this hands-on review.

The S100 may be the ultimate pocketable camera (3.9 x 2.4 x 1.1 in. at 7 ounces); though, many would prefer to carry it in a pouch. This will probably have fairly good image quality, like its predecessors; though, we won’t know for sure until we see the test reviews. And it will shoot in RAW.

The biggest drawback will be the lens’ small f/5.9 aperture when the lens is fully zoomed. But this is a necessary tradeoff in order for the lens to be tiny and fully retractable into the body.

It will probably be available fairly soon and in the +$400 range.

There are many cameras just as small and even smaller, but probably none that will have this high of image quality, nor will they be able to shoot in RAW, which anyone who is serious about image quality should consider:

Why I ONLY Shoot RAW — “Friends don’t let friends shoot JPEG” — Why throw all those pixels away? You may want them someday.

More Reasons to Shoot Photos in RAW

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Fuji has announced two cameras that I’m not as familiar with, but sound promising, especially for their probably higher image quality, because of the larger sensor (though it’s still smaller than micro 4/3rds, which is smaller than Canon/Nikon’s smallest DSLR sensor). If you’re more than just a casual shooter and don’t need a camera that will fit in a pocket, these might be for you.

This was just announced yesterday:

Fujifilm unveils X-S1 high-end superzoom and confirms Mirrorless intentions

Fujifilm has announced the X-S1 high-end superzoom and confirmed its intention to build a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The X-S1 is an addition to the company’s X-series and is built around the same 2/3” EXR CMOS sensor as the recently announced X10. Meanwhile, company president and CEO Shigetaka Komori said it will create a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera built around a larger sensor with ‘resolution and low noise [that] will surpass the 35mm full size sensor.’ We’re not taking this to mean it will be a full-frame camera. The X-S1 features a 26x, 24-624mm equivalent F2.8-5.3 zoom and will be available from early 2012.

This will probably have significantly higher image quality than the 36X Olympus mentioned above (if you want to make a larger than small sized print, for example); though, a zoom with this range can still only be so sharp.

And the 624mm zoom length of this lens will also be a major blast to shoot if you like shooting really long lenses.

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Some photographers are really excited about this camera. It has the larger sensor (larger than the Canon s100 and G12, and the Panasonic LX5, but smaller than M43 and DSLR sensors), and I would really like the improved dynamic range option (which can keep detail in the brightest mountain and the dark shadows, but at the cost of megapixels). But I tend to rule out cameras that start at above 24mm in their field of view. I like to shoot wide, and to me, 24mm is so much nicer than 28mm. But 28mm is a great improvement over the earlier 35 and 38mm lenses.

Fujifilm announces X10 high-end enthusiast compact

Fujifilm has unveiled the X10 – an enthusiast compact with a F2.0-2.8, 28-112mm-equivalent lens. It’s built around a 2/3″ (6.6 x 8.8mm) CMOS sensor that uses Fujifilm’s EXR pixel arrangement. The 12MP sensor can produce either 12MP images in high resolution mode, under-expose half its pixels to provide 6MP images with greater dynamic range, or combine neighboring pixels for a 6MP high sensitivity mode. The X10 borrows extensively from the styling of the X100 (though its zooming viewfinder means you lose the X100’s hybrid viewfinder), to give a camera that sits conceptually between the Olympus XZ-1 and the Canon Powershot G12.

I think the X10 will be priced about about $700. Not sure.

UPDATE from…:

Valhalla, N.Y., October 7, 2011 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation said today that the all new premium compact FUJIFILM X10 digital camera first announced on September 1, 2011, will have a retail price of $599.95 and will be available in early November.

Building on the tremendous success of the sophisticated FUJIFILM X100 digital camera, the new premium compact FUJIFILM X10 is the latest addition to the growing FUJIFILM X-series of advanced digital cameras.

The FUJIFILM X10 features a new larger 2/3” 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor and a bright high-definition FUJINON1 F2.0 wide-angle to F2.8 telephoto 4x manual zoom lens (28-112mm)2  that produces superb image quality from edge to edge. The FUJIFILM X10 has a beautiful blackout and retro design that includes a traditional optical viewfinder with a wide 20° field of view for exceptional image composition. For more information, go to

If the X10 would start at 24mm, I would be more excited about it, but I should also point out that it also has a very fast lens throughout its range, which is unique for a compact, f/2.0 – 2.8!!! This is actually a really big deal. Shooting indoors, fully extended at 112mm would be so easy with a lens this fast. The Canon S100 would be so much slower. The X10 would be a good indoor concert camera.

The X10 is quite a bit bigger and heavier than the Canon S100, mainly due to the larger sensor, which requires a larger lens that also does not retract into the body. The larger sensor with the same amount of pixels as the S100’s means larger pixels that translate into less noise and higher image quality especially in low light.

The X10 is probably an enthusiast’s camera that is probably state of the art in this sensor and body size.

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Of all of these, the only camera I’d personally be interested in would be the Canon 100S, because it’s so pocketable and starts wide at 24mm, but I’ll have to see the specs to see how good the image quality is with the higher MP sensor (2MP more) and greater ranged zoom lens. I’m still using the Panasonic LX5, which I’ve stated before is kind of quirky (Canons are more user friendly), and isn’t as small.

This is my favorite LX5 shot, the only one of which I plan on making a fairly large print of. This is also an example of the beauty of a very compact camera. I couldn’t have gotten this shot without having the camera on me. This was spur of the moment…

Once a full review of the S100 comes out, I’ll probably blog on it here.

I’m not interested in the Fuji X10 because I’m also now using the Olympus PEN E-P3 for higher end semi-compact shooting. It has interchangeable lenses (like an SLR but without the mirror and with a smaller sensor) that allow me to shoot much wider (including in fisheye) and much longer, but not as long as the top dog at the start of this article.

Most of the shots I’ve posted in the last two months were shot with the E-P3, but it’s too big to always carry.

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One last thing

Technology is still changing fairly rapidly. We’re still seeing major improvements almost every year. In the old days, Kodak Instamatics were really inexpensive, but the price of film and developing really added up. Nowadays, all of the cameras above probably have rechargeable batteries, so once you have a memory card and camera shooting images is practically free.

It was probably more expensive to shoot Instamatics years ago than to shoot these higher end compacts even when upgraded every few years — especially when we consider how much more the dollar was worth then.

These are really bargain prices for what we get.


Olympus SP-810UZ Zoom Test — World’s longest zoom lens really reaching out there from 24 – 864 mm!

More compact camera buying (and shooting) info

DPReview compares Canon’s G12 to its predecessor and the competition | And updates the Nikon P7000 test results after firmware 1.1′s release

[videos] Charlie Waite: Watch what can be done with a compact camera | The LX5 to replace my G11?

[4-minute video] Salute to GREAT GUY, Michael Nystrom, founder of Daily [Ron] Paul!!! — “We want an America full of principled people – not people who say one thing and do something else – say anything to get elected.”

I visit DailyPaul almost every day,
and this is the first time I’ve seen Michael.

I am impressed!

Thank you, Michael!!!!!!!

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“We want an America full of principled people —
not people who say one thing and do something else —
say anything to get elected.”

– Michael Nystrom
Founder of DailyPaul

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[youtube=]Salute to Michael Nystrom

Uploaded by on Aug 7, 2010

Founder of the Daily Paul


His toe just touching the mountain top

May 2003

Santa Barbara

My first paragliding instructor, Chad, playing on the beach,
going straight up and hanging

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How does he do it
not going forward at all?

• facing directly into the light wind

• using the lightest harness
(no padding if something were to happen)

• no extra body fat

• flying a bigger wing for increased lift

• naturally gifted with lots of practice

[video] Creative Idea: Walking Forward in a Backward World

After posting this, I thought I’d elaborate.

In the day when most people are in The Matrix (walking backwards, thinking they’re actually walking forwards), this may be our reality once we break out of the trance — shining as bright lights in this ever darkening world.

I often think of it as swimming upstream, which I had a dream about once. The people were in the river flowing by me as I was cruising upstream, no problem. In the dream it was easy, practically effortless. But I think effortlessness can only happen when we are 100.00% determined walk fully in Love, abiding 100.00% in the Vine (John 15) — no ifs ands or buts all in Jesus — His ways all my days.

May we be ONE in Him (John 17). Then it will really be a piece of cake.

And many will do 180s to join us in walking forward, together with us, grounded in Love.

– Jeff : )

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From: PetaPixel

Here’s a fun and creative idea that requires brains rather than a big budget: using an ordinary video-capable camera and some basic editing software, you can show a person walking forward through a world that’s traveling backward. For even crazier examples of this same technique, check out the music videos for The Scientist by Coldplay, Typical by Mutemath, and Drop by The Pharcyde.