Monday, December 15, 2008

Image this happening at a US press conference

The rating would be huge!!!

Christmas video countdown -

December 15, 1944 -

En route to Paris, "swing" big band leader and whore monger Glenn Miller vanishes over the English Channel. Miller, listed as Missing In Action, was serving as a Major in the Army Air Force Band when his plane went down.

Miller's disappearance has led to many conspiracy theories over the years. Some allege that Miller was killed by friendly fire. Another theory holds that he landed safely, but died of a heart attack in a bordello in Paris. A third theory has also gained some recent credibility based on observations from his younger brother Herb Miller. Glenn had been a chain-smoker for much of his life and by late 1944 was suffering from severe weight loss and shortness of breath, leading to speculation that he was terminally ill, probably with lung cancer. This theory also holds that he landed safely, but died of his illnesses on December 16th. Both of these latter theories overlook the fact that Miller wasn't alone on the flight; there were two other officers aboard the aircraft when it disappeared. They also have never been found. To paraphrase my favorite quote ones again, perhaps they too got carried away at that orgy in Paris.

December 15, 1952 -

Fashion photographer George Jorgenson has a Danish surgeon remove his various naughty bits, in the world's first sex-change operation. George emerges in New York as cabaret actress Christine Jorgenson.

December 15, 1961 -

Nazi Adolf Eichmann, former Reichssicherheitshauptamt (that's a real word) bureaucrat, is sentenced to death by a Jerusalem court. Eichmann had been arrested in Argentina and smuggled to Israel the previous year.

December 15, 1966 -
Walt Disney, neo-nazi, commie hater, child pornographer lover dies on this day. And now, he's not a giant frozen popicle in Cinderella's Castle!

Let us compare of two of the modern era’s finest and most influential artists: Georges Seurat (Dec. 2, 1859) and Walt Disney (Dec. 5, 1901), both born in December.

Young Seurat studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and was strongly influenced by the work of Rembrandt and Goya. He studied optical science and aesthetic theory, and painted with a unique technique that he called "divisionism," but which others came to call "pointillism."

Young Disney arrived in Hollywood in 1923 with $40 in his pocket, a suitcase, and a sketchbook. He had not studied at any fancy French schools. He drew cute little pictures of funny little animals, called "cartoons."

Seurat served a year of military service at Brest, then returned to Paris and had his drawing Aman-Jean at the official Salon in 1883. The following year, the Salon rejected the panels from his painting Bathing at Asnieres, so he stormed off with some friends and formed the "Societe des Artistes Independentes" ("Guys Who Got Rejected by the Salon").

Disney and his brother, Roy, sold a cartoon series called the "Alice Comedies," and landed a distribution deal. Over the next four years, they continued to produce "Alice Comedies" and more than two dozen episodes of "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit."

In 1886, after two years of labor, Seurat’s "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of the Grande Jatte was the centerpiece of the Societe’s exhibition. It was hailed by critics, and he was recognized as the successor to the Impressionists.

In 1928, Disney conceived of a funny little mouse while on a train ride, and "Steamboat Willie" became the first Mickey Mouse cartoon on November 28, 1928, at the Colony Theater in New York. Mickey was an instant hit, and by 1930 he was already earning Disney significant merchandise deals.

Seurat and his followers were dubbed the "neo-impressionists." Only at the time of his premature death in 1891 did his friends and family learn that he had been living with and had even fathered a child with his mistress.

Disney built an entertainment and recreation empire from Mickey Mouse, but was not frozen in liquid nitrogen after his death in 1966. His followers are called the "imagineers."

(Seurat was not frozen, either, although I believe he may have briefly dated Bernadette Peters.)

6 more shopping days until Hanukkah, 9 more shopping days until Christmas.

And so it goes.

No comments: