Saturday, April 28, 2012

I almost forgot

Yesterday was Arbor Day

Happy Arbor Day everyone, remember plant a tree (especially evil talking trees.)

Make every young person you know watch this:
Henry Rollins' Letters to a Young American

... Just because you come from nothing, you must not let that be something that holds you back....

April 28, 1939 -
Cecil B. DeMille brought the Western into a new realm when Union Pacific, premiered in Omaha Nebraska on this date.

Interesting fact: The gold spike used at the ceremony to mark the end of the construction was the same spike actually used in the May 10, 1869 event, on loan from Stanford University.

April 28, 1941 -
...The critics had an image of me, and they wouldn't accept any other . . . I was a cartoon character. A joke.

Ann-Margret Olsson, actress, singer and dancer, was born on this date.

Today in History:
April 28, 1789 -
In the middle of the South Pacific, the crew of the HMS Bounty, led by either Clark Gable, Marlon Brando or Mel Gibson mutinied, setting Charles Laughton, Trevor Howard or Anthony Hopkins and 18 other crewmen adrift in an open boat, so they can hang out with topless Tahitian teens.

Sometimes history is very confusing.

April 28, 1881 -
Billy the Kid escapes from a New Mexico jail, killing jailer Bob Ollinger and a fellow prisoner in the process. Billy survived for another three months before Pat Garrett finally killed him.

Somehow Bob Dylan, Paul Newman, Dracula and Jane Russell's braless bodaeous ta-tas are involved in this story

Once again, history is exceedingly confusing.

April 28, 1945 -
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were captured by partisan fighters and executed (castrated and hung upside down on a meat hook).

Just because you can get the trains to run on time does not mean that the voters love you.

April 28, 1947 -
Sailing from Peru on the balsa-raft Kon Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl began his six-man, 101-day expedition across the Pacific Ocean to Polynesia.

Heyerdahl's expeditions were spectacular and caught the public imagination. Although much of his work remains unaccepted within the scientific community, Heyerdahl increased public interest in ancient history and anthropology.

Here's part 2 -
... live heroically, for our own sake and for that of humanity as a whole....

It's not quite Life in the Woods but it's sage advice none the less.
Thanks Henry

And so it goes

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