JFK was born 91 years ago today.
Formerly known as Decoration Day, (Memorial Day) commemorates men and women of the United States of America who perished while in military service to our country. Decoration Day was first enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War. It was expanded after World War I to include casualties of ANY war or military action. Thank you for your service.
Just in time for "our" generation... "The tiny, high-resolution video camera within the device captures the image, and the electronics bolster the contrast in the display, making it easier to read words on the monitor." CONTINUE READING
It's official! The city of Hillsboro, Oregon has officially claimed the new Guinness World Record for most people wearing Groucho Marx glasses in one place.
At the city's Celebrate Hillsboro Presented by Intel Oregon event last summer, co-sponsored by United Way of the Columbia-Willamette and Intel Corp., 3,459 people gathered in the Hillsboro Civic Center plaza wearing the glasses, shattering the previous record of 1,750 set by Midwest City High School in Oklahoma. In 2006, the city broke the record for most people wearing balloon hats (1,874) at Celebrate Hillsboro..
Randall Munroe, an engineer and web cartoonist, was a little pissed off at Verizon when he wrote this check, wouldn't you say?
[0.002 + e^(2pie)]=535.4936555 and the limit of the sum of (1.2^n) as n goes to infinity is =1. Therefore, $535.4936555+1=$536.49 | So, this check is (approximately) made out for $536.49
Oh, notice the handwritten note in Memo?
While May 20th is Jimmy Stewart's birthday, it was also my grandmother birthday. He was born in 1908 (8 years younger than my grandmother). Young Jimmy played the accordion, was in the glee club and choir, and played on the football and track teams. He also enjoyed mechanical drawing and assembling model airplanes, and went on to graduate from Princeton University with a degree in architecture in 1932. His father was a hardware store owner in Indiana, Pennsylvania. Stewart’s Academy Award Oscar stood in the window of his father’s hardware store for 25 years for his role of Macaulay Connor in The Philadelphia Story (1940).
Of course, one the the most humorous Jimmy Stewart imitation is done my Dana Carvey. Of course there's the Carvey's revised ending of It's A Wonderful Life which is a real wheezer, but one of my favorite was Carvey doing Stewart on Mike Myers' Sprockets - reading his poem, Old Rocking Chair. Excerpt:
Dieter: Mr. Shtewart. Critic Graus Greck, in the latest issue of "Verdkunst," described your book as an asylum, vhere man meets his Creator and screams.
Jimmy Stewart: Well, uh, thank you, Dieter. That's, uh... Y'know--y'know, Gloria and I are big fans of YOURS.
Dieter: In your poem, "Old Rocking Chair," you write: "You sit in the corner/Old rocking chair/It makes me feel good/To know you are there."
Jimmy Stewart: Yeah...
Dieter: I feel emotionally obliterated.
Jimmy Stewart: I'm glad--glad--glad to HEAR that, y'see, good poetry is about DESTRUCTION.
Dieter: Under vhat conditions does a man experience such raw truth?
Jimmy Stewart: Well, Dieter, it's no picnic, I can tell you that right now. I was holed up in a Mexico City slum. I hadn't eaten in weeks, and what few pesos I had, I'd spent on alcohol. Some cheap crap called chocho. I was down and out. That's when I wrote "Good Old Rockin' Chair." You see, you've gotta go through the PAIN.
Then there's what I call Jimmy Stewart's imitation of Jimmy Stewart in 1981 reading some poetry he wrote on the Johnny Carson show. Be sure to check out this great clip of Jimmy on What's My Line? in 1963.
Happy Birthday, Jimmy! Oh - and grandma, too!
Cartoonist, illustrator, founding member of MAD Magazine and co-creator of Little Annie Fannie has died at 86.
Elder was born Wolfgang Eisenberg, in Brooklyn. As a student at Manhattan's High School of Music and Art, he became friends with future collaborator Harvey Kurtzman. After a stint in WWII serving as a topographical engineer, Elder legally changed his name to William Elder. In 1948, Elder, Kurtzman and Charles Stern formed the Charles William Harvey Studio creating comics for other comic book publishers. In 1952, when Kurtzman started a crazy, way out new magazine called MAD, Elder was hired on as part of the magazine's team of five artists consisting of Kurtzman, Elder, John Severin, Jack Davis and Wally Wood.
Elder quickly gained a reputation for adding an additional level of humor and wit to the magazine. With background gags expanding into the panels and around the margins (think Sergio Aragones), it was Elder's touch that raised the bar of "reading between the frames" for which MAD has become so well known.
After Kurtzman and Elder left MAD, they worked together on a long line of MAD knock-offs, all with relatively short runs. Trump, Humbug, Help! and a few others. It was when Elder and Kurtzman wrote a satire for Help! called "Goodman Beaver" they became noticed by more than just the comic book crowd. 'Beaver' was a visual parody of the Archie Comic Series, but the story content was a satire of a young magazine published name Hugh Hefner. "Goodman Goes Playboy" became the center of a lawsuit from Archie's lawyers, complaining of copyright infringement and that the storyline "undermined the valuable property my client has developed in these wholesome characters" and demanded the remaining copies be taken off the stands. Instead of fighting what was believed to be a weak case, Helps! publisher, James Warren reached a financial settlement with Archie and the matter was laid to rest.
That is, until Kurtzman and Elder used the story again for a Goodman compilation book sometime later, with serious visual alterations to the Archer characters by Elder so is not to confuse them as Archie-inspired figures. Despite these precautions, Archie threatened to sue again and, like the last time, Warren tried to negotiate and Archie ended up owning the story and the original artwork.
The great thing to come out of this adversity was Hefner LOVED the comic strip and liked is so much, he hired Elder and Kurtzman to create a strip for the pages of his Playboy Magazine, and in October of 1962, Little Annie Fanny debuted. Over the next 26 years, Elder and Kurtzman created 107 full, colorful, funny and beautifully detailed comic strips.