Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's hard to believe

but Nirvana's album 'Nevermind' was released on this date in 1991.

Once again we are all getting old. (but what exaltly does 'Teen Spirit' smell like?)

September 24, 1938 -
This cartoon set the bar for outlandishness in animation - Porky in Wackyland was released on this date.

Watch it a few times to really get everything that's going on in this one.

September 24, 1945 -
Sometimes mislabelled as a 'women's picture', Mildred Pierce, a tense film noir, was released on this date.

Michael Curtiz was initially less than keen at working with "has-been" star Joan Crawford (whose career had been on a downturn from a string of flops) as she had a reputation for being difficult. Curtiz was soon won over by Crawford's dedication and hard work.

I saw a great site It wants it's readers to rediscover words that have fallen out of fashion.

So my word for the day is Oporopolist: noun, a fruit seller.

I must pop down to my local oporopolist before scurvy sets in.

Today in History
September 24, 1896 -
"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us.

It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning -

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

On this date in 1896, a young Minnesota woman gave birth to a depressive young alcoholic named Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald. The boy did badly in school and went to train for war in 1918. While training at Camp Sheridan in Alabama, he fell in love with Zelda Sayre, the mentally unstable daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court judge. The war ended before Fitzgerald could be sent overseas and shot, however, so he went to New York to become rich and famous.

He became neither, so Zelda broke off their engagement.

Fitzgerald then moved back to Minnesota. A year later he became a famous writer. He moved to Connecticut, Zelda married him, and they became drunken celebrity wrecks.

They spent a lot of time in Europe. This lasted until Zelda went mad and Fitzgerald died.

Fitzgerald is best remembered for having said the rich were different, even though Hemingway made fun of him.

Oh yeah, he also wrote several books.

September 24, 1946 -
Charles Edward Greene, known as "Mean Joe" Greene, is a former all-pro American football defensive tackle who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL was born on this date.

He is considered by many to be one of the best defensive lineman to ever play the game and was the cornerstone of the famous "Steel Curtain" defense.

September 24, 1964 -
We all visited 1313 Mockingbird Lane for the first time when The Munsters premieres on TV on this date.

After his death, it was reveal that Al Lewis was only a year older that Yvonne De Carlo and had added 11 years to land the role of Grandpa Munster.

September 24, 1991
Theodor Seuss Geisel, an American writer and cartoonist best known for his classic children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, including The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish died on this date. No greater tribute was given to the Doctor than when the Reverend Jesse Jackson appeared on SNL following his death -

(sorry but youtube disabled the clip)

And so it goes

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