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THE LUCK OF THE IRISH

My dad was the son of an Irish/English father.  That makes me a bit Irish, but not nearly close to that of Patrick Cudahy, born on this day, 1849, in Callan. County Kilkenny, Ireland. He didn’t live long in his … Continue reading

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KING OF COMEDY

When I teach young students about comedy, I often reference this man.  Most of them have never heard of Jerry Lewis.  He was a star when I was growing up.  A time when comedy was ridiculous, slapstick, funny.  It took … Continue reading

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SINGING THE BLUES

We all have days when we feel like singing the blues.  It’s like pouring your heart out, laying all your sins on the table and bemoaning your plight.  Lightnin’ Sam Hopkins felt like that music was part of him.  He knew … Continue reading

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MAN WITH A THEORY

   “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”  Albert Einstein Talk about a bad hair day.  Albert Einstein, born on this day in 1879, was rarely photographed on a good hair day.  However, his looks didn’t … Continue reading

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LIVING THE GOOD LIFE

I still have the baby dish I was fed from, but I’m quite sure there weren’t any silver eating utensils.  I was considered wealthy, from a human standpoint, when my husband’s business was thriving, but that was only a short time, so … Continue reading

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POLITICAL ACTIVIST

It was another time, another place, but much like our world today.  Rome had invaded Judaea and Jerusalem was now nearly unrecognizable.  Some of the change was good.  There were new roads, grand buildings, protection from a mighty army.  Being the temple … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Ever wonder where the term “boycott” came from?  I guess I just assumed it was a word that came out of protesting or some kind of free speech thing.  Well, I found out today, where the word came from.  It … Continue reading

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A ONE AND A TWO AND A …

“We cater to the people who want a melody as it was originally written. Our audiences want songs that tell a story. We don’t want any song with questionable moral standards.”  LAWRENCE WELK It was the beginning of the 50s … Continue reading

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ALL THE KING’S MEN

Well, maybe not all the king’s men, but one of them at least.  One of my favorite times in history is the Renaissance period.  Stories of Kings and Queens and castles have always piqued my interest.  As a little girl, … Continue reading

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FIRST HUMAN IN OUTER SPACE

Yuri Gagarin, the first man to venture into outer space in 1961, was born a few years before I was. On this day in 1934, near the town of Gzhatsk, Russia, a so-called peasant couple brought their third of four … Continue reading

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PAPER OR PLASTIC OR …

  “I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware.”  Joan Rivers. As I was talking to a friend the other day about how we’re aging,  she asked if I had ever looked … Continue reading

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THE EVOLUTION OF A KILLER

45 Reinhard Heydrich, born on this day in 1904 in Halle, Germany, was a tall man with a high pitched voice, who would be the subject of bullying as a young boy.  He was teased for the sound of his voice and the … Continue reading

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ARTIST FOR THE AGES

“I live in sin, to kill myself I live; no longer my life my own, but sin’s; my good is given to me by heaven, my evil by myself, by my free will, of which I am deprived.”   Michelangelo On … Continue reading

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JUST AN ORDINARY MAN

  There is always a struggle, a striving for something bigger than yourself in all forms of art. And even if you don’t achieve greatness, even if you fail, which we all must, everything you \do in your work is … Continue reading

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IT TAKES A THIEF

In 1702, on this day, a young lad was born in London, England.  His parents were average folks, but Jack Sheppard was born into poverty.  His dad was a carpenter and even though he died when Jack was quite young, … Continue reading

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ONE RINGY DINGY

One has to wonder what Alexander Graham Bell would think of today’s smart phones.  The thought of his simple telephone would pale in comparison, but would it really.  At the time of its invention, the means of communication were limited … Continue reading

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GERMAN CHAMPION

It was an age of awakening – of innovation and invention – of cultural highs in art and music.  Research and science were at an all time high in order to find solutions regarding the plagues of the time.  People … Continue reading

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IN THE MOOD

One of my fondest memories growing up in the 40s and 50s was having my dad sing some of the famous songs of his youth – songs about love and life – songs with a good beat and timing  songs with … Continue reading

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A LIFE OF CRIME

In this series of biographies, I’ve been highlighting those noble men who changed the way we live, think and do things.  Today,  I’m going off the tracks a little, and into the life of a boy born of Jewish immigrants.  … Continue reading

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ROMAN CHRISTIAN RULER

Born on this day in the year 272 AD, Constantine, the Great, was the first Roman Emperor to embrace Christianity during is reign.  His father , Constantius, was tolerant and skilled in the politics of the day.  Being a military officer, he … Continue reading

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