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SOME CALL HIM A GENIUS

Portrait of Olga Picasso – 1924 – She was Picasso’s first wife, married on July 12, 1918.  She met the artist at the theatre in which she was performing with the ballet.  Picasso designed the set and costumes.  She bore … Continue reading

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SLANDEROUS NEWS

The media today has had to prove themselves accountable for each story they put out there.  The fact that news is no longer really edited until after the fact, leaves their stories full of holes and often untruths.  The term … Continue reading

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THE FLIGHT OF THE RED BARON

  Most of us have heard of the Red Baron of World War I through the antics of Charles Schulz cartoon character, Snoopy.  The persistent beagle dons his leather pilot’s helmet, goggles and white silk scarf, ascends to the top … Continue reading

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FATHER FIGURE?

Born on April 5, 1900, in my home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Spencer Tracy would become a star in the movies.  He was the quintessential father figure in my eyes.  His kind and compassionate approach to each character he portrayed, showed in his … Continue reading

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A SAD LITTLE BOY

On this day in 1853, the fourth and last child of Abraham and Mary Lincoln was born. He was named Thomas.  It was a difficult labor for Mary.  Many hours of pain and the attendance of two doctors resulted.  Little Tad was born … Continue reading

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A LEGEND IN HIS OWN TIME

When I was a  child, I found great solace in the literature of the past.  Books like RIP VAN WINKLE and THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW held great fascination for my imaginative young mind.  The beauty of reading a well … Continue reading

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MANY FACETED MEN

Yesterday was Easter, so I didn’t have time to research famous birthdays – however, we should not forget the man who brought many faces to the silver screen through his characterization.  Lon Chaney was born on April 1, 1883.  I imagine … Continue reading

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TOO YOUNG TO DIE

There are so many harsh memories of the American Civil War.  Even today, remnants of the pitting of brother against brother seems impossible to imagine.  Yet even in times of war, deference to family can take a back seat to … Continue reading

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A BEAUTIFULLY, TROUBLED MIND

“What am I in the eyes of most people – a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person – somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low.  All right, then … Continue reading

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THINKING OUTSIDE THE BIG BOX

Celebrate your success and find humor in your failures.  Don’t take yourself so seriously.  Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up.  Have fun and always show enthusiasm.  When all else fails, put on a costume and sing silly … Continue reading

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BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER

On this day in 1793, the United States was just a fledgling nation with much unexplored land to the west.  On that day, Henry Schoolcraft was born in Albany, New York.  His father was a glass maker and Henry would … Continue reading

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WAR IN BLACK & WHITE

If you tune into the American Hero Channel, you’ll most certainly come across a program relating to World War I or II.  Sometimes the film footage has been colorized.  Most of the shows are in black and white, which suits … Continue reading

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HIDDEN HISTORY

Picture this fellow wearing a worn out fedora, a slightly unshaven face and a whip encircling his shoulder.  He wears a leather bomber jacket. He’s fit and strong.  His brain is sharp.  His sense of adventure stirs him into action.  … Continue reading

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THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC

It was 1953 and I was only eleven.  I think I’ve mentioned that I spent most of my early childhood at the local movie theater.  This particular day, the very handsome, Tony Curtis and his lovely wife, Janet Leigh, were … Continue reading

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ARTIST OF DEATH

My father in law became part of the family mortuary business which his father established before him. He had a keen eye.  He was able to restructure faces which had been mangled or disfigured by disaster –  burned –  cut –  bruised – suffering … Continue reading

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ONE, TWO, THREE STRIKES – YOU’RE OUT!

Here in Minnesota we have the Twins as our representatives in Major League baseball.  Not since their big World Series win, in 1991 against the Atlanta Braves, has there been so much excitement for the team. Yet when spring training starts, … Continue reading

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THERE’S NO BIZ LIKE IT

There’s no people like show people They smile when they are low Even with a turkey that you know will fold You may be stranded out in the cold But still you wouldn’t change it for a sack of gold Let’s … Continue reading

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ADVENTURES OF THE OLD WEST

Several years go, I wrote a play for my children’s theater about the old west.  It was called, WILD WEST WOMEN & A FEW GOD MEN.  The play spun a story of many of the women of the west, which required … Continue reading

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DON’T LET YOUR BABIES GROW UP TO BE COWBOYS

I’ve always liked cowboys.  I married one. He never branded a cow or roped a steer, but he happens to be an 1800’s kind of a guy.  Cowboys and outlaws and men of the west were always considered to be quite … Continue reading

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ANOTHER VOICE

Is the If you grew up in the Baby Boomer era, there is no excuse for not knowing about Fractured Fairy Tales or the Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.  These characters ruled the air waves and became part of our … Continue reading

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