Monday, September 20, 2010

My 1000th Paper Crane (so to speak)

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.

Somehow I've made it to my 1000th posting. I started working on this as a way to keep myself entertained while working at a particularly awful office where I was asked to do particularly odious tasks (don't ask.) I now find myself having worked on this silliness for more than 3 and a half years (more than four when you count the initial daily emails this blog originated from.)

There's a great many sites I troll to create these daily posting (Thanks to all of you.) Remember I scour the depths of the internet so you don't have to.

Hopefully, I haven't offended too many readers (although if I have, you've probably long since left.) I've tried to be as factual as possible with most of these sarcastic scribblings (I've even gone back and changed some posting when proven absolutely wrong.) But I try to write this to amuse myself and hope you've enjoy the ride as well. Anyway in the next few days I hope to add a companion blog (which I will link to) that contains all the other crap that doesn't really fit in this blog. Think of it as Dr. Caligari's Cupboard.

September 20, 1952 -
The Jackie Gleason Show (AKA The Honeymooners: The Lost Episodes ) premiered on CBS TV this date.

Mmmmm, that's good coffee!

A Great Mashup called, "The Golden Age of TV."

Today in History September 20 1946 -
The first Cannes film festival, the first great international cultural event of the post-war period, begins on this date. Among the selections that year were:

Brief Encounter directed by David Lean

Caesar and Cleopatra directed by Gabriel Pascal

Gaslight directed by George Cukor

La Belle et la BĂȘte directed by Jean Cocteau

Roma, cittĂ  aperta directed by Roberto Rossellini

The Lost Weekend directed by Billy Wilder

September 20 1970 -
A jury in Miami, Florida finds vocalist Jim Morrison guilty of profanity and indecent exposure for whipping out his mojo at a Doors concert in Coconut Grove the previous year.

Oh you naughty Mr. Mojo Rising ...

September 20, 1973 -
A Beechcraft D-18 charter plane crashes into a tree near Natchitoches, Louisiana, killing singer/songwriter Jim Croce, his lead guitarist, and the entire flight crew.

I guess if he could have put time in a bottle, the first real thing he would have done would be chartering a different plane.

September 20, 1973 -
On the same day, in their so-called 'Battle of the Sexes,' tennis star Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, at the Houston Astrodome .

In recent years, a persistent urban legend has arisen, particularly on the Internet, that the rules were modified for the match so that Riggs had only one serve for King's two, and that King was allowed to hit into the doubles court area.

This is false: the match was played under the normal rules of tennis.

September 20, 1975 -
David Bowie's Fame, single goes #1 for 2 weeks

Is it any wonder you are too cool to fool

September 20, 1984 -
Claire and Cliff Huxtable move into their award winning show Cosby Show on NBC-TV on this date.

The Cosby Show is one of only three American programs that have been #1 in the Nielsen Ratings for five consecutive seasons, along with All in the Family and American Idol.

September 20, 1988 -
Greg Louganis wins the gold medal in springboard diving at the Summer Olympics in Seoul, one day after he struck and injured his head on the board in the preliminary round.

His comeback earned him the title of ABC's Wide World of Sports "Athlete of the Year" for 1988.

And on a personal note:

Happy Birthday Angela and

Happy Anniversary John and Maria.

And so it goes


zoe said...

congratulations! use your wish wisely.... :D

Jim H. said...

Please keep the sarcasm and history lessons and ephemera coming. I steal a fair amount from this blog...

MaryC said...

Ahhh Mr.Know It All perhaps I will treat you to a new turban!