Archive for May 2013

A. Conan Doyle: His Brainchild Was Sherlock Holmes, Prototype Crime Scene Investigator

Born today A. Conan Doyle, Created Holmes (and Watson, his foil). Cerebral detective, unparalleled sleuth, Observed then deduced to discover the truth.*   *From “The Quotable Sherlock Holmes” by John H. Watson, M.D. (with an introduction by John H. Watson III, assisted by Gerard Van Der Leun) 1. “Each fact is suggestive in itself. Together... Read more »

Alexander Pope: The Wicked Wasp of Twickenham

Born today Alexander Pope, Famous for this succinct trope: Drink deep, he wrote, the Pierian Spring, A little learning is a dangerous thing.*   * “An Essay on Criticism” 215-216 More heroic couplets from Pope: 1. “True ease in writing comes from art, not chance, /As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.” 2.... Read more »

Tantalizing Snapshots of My Spring Garden

Miniature garden beneath Silver Maple

Cher: Offbeat Chanteuse, Engaging Actor

Born today was Pop Star Cher With Sonny made a singing pair. When they would wail before a mike, They sounded very much alike.

Jim Lehrer: Distinguished Television Journalist

Today’s the birthday of Jim Lehrer, Once anchored the news on PBS. Now semi-retired, so on the air We’re going to see him less and less.

Perry Como: Troubadour of Television's Golden Age

Born today was Perry Como, Once pop music’s majordomo. Romantic ballad, novelty tune, In laid-back style with charm he’d croon.*   *Remember these songs from the 50s? 1.Round and Round 2. Hot Diggity(Dog Ziggity Boom) 3. Catch a Falling Star 4. Papa Loves Mambo 5. No Other Love 6. Magic Moments 7. Juke Box Baby... Read more »

Cool Papa Bell: Legendary Talent Trumped by Prejudice

Born today Cool Papa Bell Faster than a bat from hell.* Whom no Major League  team would sign Because of the shameful Color Line. *What others said about him: 1. Josh Gibson: “Cool Papa Bell was so fast he could get out of bed, turn out the lights across the room, and be back  in... Read more »

Studs Terkel: Radio Host(WFMT), Raconteur and Oral Historian

Born today was the great Studs Terkel* Legend in WFMT’s circle. The champion of the Blue-collar, Who could talk Bluegrass  or Gustav Mahler. *In his own words: 1. “I hope for peace and sanity—it’s the same thing.” 2. “But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you... Read more »

L. Frank Baum: The Man Behind the Rainbow

Born today was L. Frank Baum, Invented Dorothy, la jolie petite  femme, Who millions and millions of memories sowed As she wandered with friends down the Yellow Brick Road.* My favorite quotes from the book: 1. “There is no place like home.” 2. “A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by... Read more »

Otto Klemperer: Notable Symphonic Conductor Whose Son Played Colonel Klink

Born today was Otto Klemperer, Conducted Beethoven’s “The Emperor” Played by pianist Barenboim, And others, pardon the expression, goyim.