Archive for June 2013

Errol Flynn: Matinee Idol/Action Hero

Today is the birthday of Errol Flynn Dashing, swashbuckling star of the screen. Captain Blood, Robin Hood, he dazzled us  in. His sword fight with Rathbone a sparkling scene.*   *Rathbone, who portrayed Sherlock Holmes on the screen, was a trained and skilled fencer. During the duel: Sir Guy of Gisbourne: “Do you know any prayers,... Read more »

Blaise Pascal: French Genuis Who Tried to Balance Reason and Faith

  Today is the birthday of Blaise Pascal In math and philosophy few could be sager. Of  games  he was probably  smart as an owl. And even on God he was willing to wager.*   *:Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If  you... Read more »

Sammy Cahn: Call This Lyricist Irrepressible, Irreplaceable, Irresistible

 Today is the birthday of Sammy Cahn. Many Old Standards you’ll find his name on. He wrote lively lyrics for “My Kind of Town” And his words to “High Hopes” give a lift when you’re down.*   *Next time you’re found With your chin on the ground, There’s a lot to be learned Just look... Read more »
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Edward I: The Villain in "BraveHeart"

    Born today was Edward the First Not England’s best king or its worst. A war with Robert Bruce he ‘d lose After getting  rid  of all  Jews.*   *He issued an edict expelling all Jews from England in 1292.

Stan Laurel: The Nebbish Part of an Iconic Comedy Duo

  Today’s the birthday of Stan Laurel With Oliver Hardy a comedy pair. Their routines in general taught us this moral: What happens to most in life isn’t quite fair.

Edvard Grieg: A Suite Composer (Peer Gynt, That Is)

Today’s birthday is Edvard Grieg’s Whose classical music still intrigues. To wit:  “In the Hall of the Mountain King” Was arranged by Duke Ellington rippling with swing.   <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/_021-dJ-NJ4” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
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Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Melodramatic Novel Was Abolitionist Propaganda

  Born today: Harriet Beecher Stowe. Wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as you should  know. Lincoln once said, History relates, She started the War Between the States.

Paul Lynde: Comedian with a Cheshire Cat Smile

  Today’s birthday?  Comic actor Paul Lynde Who made us chuckle when he grinned. With laughter he our lives enriched On Hollywood Squares* and in Bewitched.   A few zingers from that show: 1. Peter Marshall: What did Roy Rogers do when Trigger died? Paul Lynde: Dismount. 2. Peter Marshall: What is a good reason for pounding... Read more »

Anne Frank: Symbolizes the Invincibility of the Human Spirit

Today’s birthday is young Anne Frank’s. Whose family fled from Nazi tanks. She kept a diary* in hiding Whose power to move us is abiding.   *One of her entries: “I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are really good at heart.”
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Francis Crick: Freethinker Who Cracked the Genetic Code

  June 8’s birthday was  Francis  Crick’s. He discovered (with Watson)the Double Helix. Two coiled strands are Nature’s means Of replicating all our genes.