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September 23, 2015  
Looks Like The Fat Lady Has Sung...

One of the most beloved people to ever squat in public, New York Yankee's catcher Yogi Berra died this week at the tender age of 90. Berra was an integral part of the famous Yankee lineup, garnering many World Series Championships.
Many do not realize that Berra served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he served as a gunner's mate on the attack transport USS Bayfield during the D-Day invasion of France. A Second Class Seaman, Berra was one of a six-man crew on a Navy rocket boat, firing machine guns and launching rockets at the German defenses at Omaha Beach. He was fired upon, but was not hit. Following his military service, Berra played minor league baseball with the Newark Bears. *
Controversy abounds as to how he got the nickname 'Yogi.'

Berra was one of the most quotable personalities of the 20th century, altho he could be rather puzzling at times.
A couple of my favorites:

When asked by one of his teachers - who was returning a test to Berra with a lower-than-passing grade - "Don't you know anything?" Berra replied "I don't even suspect anything"

Another time someone asked him what time it was. "Do you mean now?" replied Berra.

Once, Yogi's wife Carmen asked, "Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?" Yogi replied, "Surprise me."

I'll bet he's pretty surprised along about now.

* and, no, he wasn't known for stealing pic-a-nic baskets.

September 7, 2015  

That Darn Cat!


He was some cat, alright (but in the hipster sense - and this is likely the only time you will see 'Dean Jones' and 'hipster' in the same item....) Ok, so he played opposite the cat....
Probably best known for his roles in Disney movies - That Darn Cat and the Herbie series most notably - Jones appeared all over the silver screen, on Broadway and particularly the little screen.
Monkeys Go Home! was probably not the brightest moment in his career....
I remember him mostly from a television show from my youth, Ensign O'Toole. Click on the picture above to see the amazingly long list of guests on that show - he worked with just about everybody that was working at the time.
Jones died recently at age 84.

September 3, 2015  
Do You Believe In Reincarnation?
Separated At Birth?
Ok, so this topic has obviously been done before - but not here.
I can still recall the fuss from my earliest childhood.

Please do click on the image.

August 30, 2015  
One More....
"Colidiu be; it dos tale a fez houvesse for it to find the time zone it was in! "

August 27, 2015  
This was in response to The Deborah's post below:

"I just tried to send a message to my wife..
Auto-correct was going to send it as: "The moon from the sleeve of the Urals is in the barn."
Sounds like a password in a spy novel.
I caught it in time and re-wrote: "The money from the sale of the Opel is in the bank."

August 23, 2015

"Darn Autocorrect!"


The Deborah writes:

""The swallow that trots to Dubrovnik is on the steamboat."

My phone's been doing autocorrect like that when I try to type in English but have the Portuguese keyboard on."

Anybody else out there have any similar experiences....?

click here for a taste of the music

Peace, Love and.......


..... What?
One of the music-centric cable channels ran the Director's Cut of the film Woodstock t'other day, presumably because it was the anniversary of the legendary festival. Check out the poster: the real name of the wingding was the "Woodstock Music and Art Fair," but few remember the Art part. Hecksakes, the film barely showed any art, but, given the Olympian stature of the musical acts, it's not surprising.

One of the noteworthy aspects of the film was how half a million "hippie freaks" look less bizarre from today's distance.

Question: which one is the cowboy, and which is the freak?
(click on the thumbnails for the full image)

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