Archive for November 2013
Born today were Mark Twain and Jonathan Swift. For skewering sarcasm, each had a gift. Which of them was more profane? You make the call. Was it Swift or Mark Twain? Swift and Twain: A Table Talk: Swift: And he gave it for his opinion, “that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two... Read more »
Born today was Christian Doppler. Among weather forecasters, he’s very pop’lar. Without him where would Big Bang be, Or police clocking you on a speeding spree? “A police car equipped for catching speeders is parked alongside a highway. It sends out radio waves that strike vehicles on the highway and are bounced back to a receiver in... Read more »
Born today was Randy Newman Who’s musical talents possessed by few men. A sui generis and a genius is he. And he’s got a friend in yours truly (that’s me).
Born today: martial artist Bruce Lee. A meteoric rise to fame had he. With just as swift a fall. In a larger sense, that sums it up for all. “Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.” [Bruce Lee]
Born today was Willis Carrier Who made the dog days less adversarier. He invented the AC so him let us hail. Due to him in the heat cooler heads now prevail. [Willis Carrier with his first air conditioner]
Born today car-maker and inventor Benz Whose autos aren’t cheap, my friends. But for substantial gents and ladies, Like Roger Thornhill in ”North by Northwest” who drove a Mercedes.
Born today the artist Toulouse-Lautrec, Who essentially was a genetic wreck. Abnormally short with a penchant for dalliance Due , it’s been said, to his large genitaliance. [Two Girl Friends] “Lautrec’s poignant depiction of a prostitute in the painting Woman before a Mirror (2003.20.15) offers a counterpoint to the dazzling exuberance of Miss Loïe Fuller. Nude... Read more »
Born today was Franklin Pierce, While president, sectional strife was fierce. An irrepressible conflict was fact When he signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act. “The Kansas-Nebraska Act was an 1854 bill that mandated “popular sovereignty”–allowing settlers of a territory to decide whether slavery would be allowed within a new state’s borders. Proposed by Stephen A. Douglas–Abraham Lincoln’s... Read more »
Born today French explorer La Salle Sailed the Mississippi in the barque La Belle. The ship was sunk in a bend in the night. Proving the barque was worse than the bight. “As the ship was driven southward across the bay, the anchor dragged until the ship plunged stern first into the reef of barrier sand known today as Matagorda ... Read more »
Born today: Rene Magritte He showed us where the real and unreal meet. If you haven’t already, it’s time that you him see He’ll delight you with trompe l’oeil and wraparound whimsy. “‘Reproduction Prohibited’ gives us a psychic jolt. Most of us, at times, find it difficult to believe completely in our own reality. Who are we? What... Read more »