Tag Archives: Forties

RIP Chuck Yeager

We all learned about him from the movie The Right Stuff in the early Eighties, the first known man to break the sound barrier. It is a shame he didn’t get to be astronaut because he didn’t have a college degree. Chuck … Continue reading

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Bugs Bunny is 80!

The Wascally Wabbit celebrates his birthday and a decent milestone plus with the debut of HBO Max, Bugs will be starring in new cartoons on the streaming service. Mickey Mouse might be the more famous icon representing America for better … Continue reading

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1940: McDonald’s opens

Brothers Richard and Maurice began their restaurant which would become synonymous with America, Fast Food and crappy work (see McJob), for better or worse, on this day. If you saw their place on this day, you wouldn’t recognize it because … Continue reading

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The Bride!

There’s an old grade-school joke regarding the Bride of Frankenstein (which I guess was supposed to be the monster’s bride). Ready? Why did the Bride freak out when she saw the monster for the first time? Because his nuts were … Continue reading

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1944: D-Day 75th Anniversary

On this day, thousands gave their lives on the beaches of Normandy and the fields of rural France to continue liberating Europe from the Nazis and their allies. I’m glad that NPR mentioned the other three code-named landing sites our … Continue reading

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1984: Still holds up and remains a warning

Part two of three on showing Marx’s influence to celebrate his 200th birthday is the movie 1984, which also was Richard Burton’s last performance. There were many jokes made about the film’s release…the Spring of 1985. If you stayed to watch … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace Bob Givens

Bob was one of the many unsung heroes in animation because his biggest legacy was re-designing Bugs Bunny at Tex Avery’s request to debut in “A Wild Hare.” He started out at Disney, went to Warner Brothers (aka Looney Tunes) … Continue reading

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New Star Wars shirt

This awesome tribute to Star Wars and VJ-Day was purchased sadly right before Carrie Fisher died. It will be my personal memorial to her.

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Rental

Another instance of the good Tim Burton directing this ho-hum movie about peculiar (weird) children; more like a Victorian X-Men that doesn’t fight other mutants. I can’t help feeling Peregrine is a poor attempt at competing with the Harry Potter franchise. The whole premise … Continue reading

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Happy 75th Birthday to Bugs Bunny

A landmark birthday for a signature cartoon character. I regret not having anything bigger for him but I think the first fly-by of Pluto and more urgent matters in my life give me a pass. The Time-Warner Empire on the … Continue reading

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The Imitation Game: Worth Seeing

Alan Turing has been having a belated comeback in the same style as Tesla, except, I think Turing’s accomplishments are more verifiable now that much of Enigma and Ultra have been declassified. Modern computers can blow away whatever the participants … Continue reading

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Happy belated 133rd birthday to FDR

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power … Continue reading

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Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

Last vacation I picked the perfect book to enjoy, because I started it on the plane out and finished it before we returned! I rarely achieve this on vacation. I either get one started or manage to complete something I … Continue reading

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Happy 74th Birthday Bugs Bunny!

My personal (cartoon) hero and animal totem is one year closer to his big 7-5. Maybe Cartoon Network will try harder next season to get his TV career back on track. The Looney Toons Show was pretty good despite my doubts … Continue reading

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When Presidents Lie by Eric Alterman

Never before have I received so much static from the Republicans I know for this book’s cover, unlike What Liberal Media? or Weapons of Mass Deception. When they saw me with this book, they automatically bitched about it being another Bush bashing, which … Continue reading

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