Sunday, November 29, 2009

Here's a valuable lesson to you all

Hide your golf clubs when you wife accused you of infidelity.

That's all I'm saying

November 29, 1940
W.C. Fields at his peak, The Bank Dick, premiered on this date.

I'm very fond of children. Girl children, around eighteen and twenty.

November 29, 1945 -
Remarkable for it frank portrayal of alcoholism (for it's day), The Lost Weekend, opened in Los Angeles on this date.

Upon completion, Billy Wilder confidently predicted that Ray Milland would win an Oscar for his performance. He was right.

November 29, 1950 -
Jean Cocteau's beautifully magical, Orphée, opened in the US on this date.

Both Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo were approached about playing the mysterious Princess. Both declined.

Today in History:
November 29, 1864 -
The Sand Creek Massacre occurred, on this date, when Colorado volunteers led by Colonel John Chivington massacre at least 400 Cheyenne and Arapaho noncombatants (mostly children, women, physically- and mentally-challenged, and elders) inside Colorado Territory.

The American Government has so much to be proud of with their dealings with the Native Americans.

November 29, 1961 -
The US sends the chimpanzee Enos into space, on the Mercury Atlas 5 capsule from Cape Canaveral.

Enos returns to earth safely but dies less than a year later before he can sign with the William Morris Agency.

November 29, 1986 -
82 year old Archibald Leach, better known as Cary Grant, dies.

While rumors of Grant's sexuality have been around for years, consider in perspective the words of US congressman Bob Dornan, spoken on the House floor: "I do not think Cary Grant was a homosexual or bisexual. He just got carried away at those orgies."

I love that quote.

November 29, 2001 -
The "quiet" Beatle George Harrison silenced by cancer.

Oh yeah, millions of years ago (or at least more than half a century ago) the earth cooled and formed a hard crust, huge dinosaurs ruled the land and John was there to see it all. Happy Birthday John.

About a decade later, vast plains with wildflowers sprung up and Mary skipped along them all. Happy Birthday Mary.

13 more shopping days until Hanukkah, 26 more shopping days until Christmas.

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