Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Another Christmas gift suggestion

We interrupt our regularly scheduled daily posting for this personal message:

A very good friend of mine will be having a book signing at Tavern on the Green Visitors Center on December 4th of her book, Winter Musings: Images of Central Park in Winter.

It's makes a nice gift (hint, hint.)

Now back to your daily blog.

November 16, 1976 -
Brian De Palma's film-version of Stephen King's Carrie, starring Sissy Spacek opened on this date.

The pig's blood dumped on Sissy Spacek was karo syrup and food coloring, although she was willing to have real blood dumped on her.

November 16, 1979 - Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, opened on this date.

Steven Spielberg was eager to show Fran├žois Truffaut the giant landing site set, hoping to impress the other director. Truffaut didn't seem to be impressed at all. Spielberg and his crewmates later realized that Truffaut was used to directing movies in small, intimate settings, and Truffaut simply could not grasp the scale of the landing site. When he went into the set of the hotel room where Jillian watches the Devils Tower newscast, Truffaut stood in the middle of the room, raised his arms up, and said, "Now, THIS is a set!"

Today in History: November 16, 42 BC -

Tiberius Claudius Nero was born on this date. He was the Emperor of Rome from 14 to 37 AD.

He was not the Nero who fiddled while Rome burned (nor did he riddle while foam churned) and nor was he the crippled, seemingly dimwitted Claudius (Derek Jacobi.)

John the Baptist and Jesus were put to death during his reign, as well as many whose deaths didn't result in the creation of a religion.

November 16, 1906 -
Opera star Enrico Caruso is charged with an indecent act committed in the monkey house of New York's Central Park Zoo. He pinched the bottom of a woman described as "pretty and plump", causing outrage amongst New York high society. Caruso claimed a monkey pinched the lady's bottom.

You know what I think - Caruso pinched the monkey's bottom and the fat lady was jealous. And you don't even want to know what the monkey was doing to himself at the time.

November 16, 1952 -
Lucy first holds a football for Charlie Brown in the Peanuts cartoon strip on this date.

What was often left out of the cartoon strip by newspaper editors was the last panel where Charlie Brown beating the living daylights out of Lucy for pulling that stunt.

November 16, 1957 -
Serial killer Ed Gein kills his final victim, Bernice Worden, a storeclerk in her 50's. Her decapitated body is later found outdoors hanging from a block and tackle, gutted. Some parts were unaccounted for.

Mother, no, no. So much blood!!!

November 16, 1981 -
Actor William Holden dies after a fall, hitting his head on a table. He is too drunk to telephone for assistance; instead he dies alone, bleeding to death trying to treat his wound with kleenex. If it wasn't so sad, it would sound like the end of a classic film noir.

Years later, Suzanne Vega references his ignominious death in her song, Tom's Diner.

39 more shopping days until Christmas, 14 more shopping days until Hanukkah. (Black Friday is just 10 days away.)

And so it goes

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