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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

In Uncategorized on December 25, 2010 at 5:29 AM

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2010

Before we get started;

1989- Billy Martin, NY Yankee manager, killed in a car accident at 61

1995 – Dean Martin, singer/actor (Return to Me, Rio Bravo), dies at 78

1996 – Jon Benet Ramsey, Colo child beauty queen, murdered at 6

 

A CHRISTMAS POEM FOR ALL

The Christ child is born

This beautiful Christmas morn

The season is very jolly

Spruced up by the red hues of the holly

It is fun to stand under the mistletoe

As long as the person next to you is not Uncle Joe

Christmas Eve has come and gone

That was obvious at the crack of dawn

I started my Christmas with The Christmas Song

With that Nat King Cole tune you cannot go wrong

A little Bing Crosby and White Christmas

Sure helps to make the children listless

It is hard to beat ‘der Bingle’

Singing a Christmas jingle

Midnight Mass was always looked forward to when I was a younker

This was even before the time of Archie Bunker

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Streator

I always thought it was neat because the sidewalks were melted by a heater

When you arrived home after Mass

We would always see the hoof prints of reindeer in our grass

My sister, her name is Patty

Always seemed to get a doll, often times chatty

My older brother, Terry

Never liked what he got, he was contrary

My other brother, Mike, much younger than I

Was easily fooled and if he didn’t see Santa he would cry

We only opened one present after church

We did not want to leave Santa in a lurch

On Christmas morning we always had presents and stockings to open

The ones Santa thought about and had chosen

My dad worked on Christmas day, like all the rest

But his hard work made our Christmas the best

The cookies and milk we left for Santa always seemed to disappear

Christmas was a wonderful way to end the Christian year

A Christmas Carol was always on the TV on Christmas Eve

And again on Christmas morning for those who had to leave

Bob Cratchett was always a bit behind his time on December 26th

He had made rather merry on December 25th

My parents, Mike and Alberta by name

Never seemed to get any presents when Christmas came

We tore into the presents after the lazy one awoke

By then the rest of us had had our first Coke

We never tried to save the paper or ribbons or bows

Patty always wore socks to cover her cold toes

By ten or eleven Christmas morning

We were headed out to play with our presents and a stiff parental warning

One of my favorite Christmas movies to watch

With my father, he and his scotch

Was  “The Lemon Drop Kid” with Bob Hope

I think this movie is liked even by the Pope

I do not remember a big Christmas family meal

But our stockings always had oranges to peel

Electronic toys were not a part of the scene

Laying under the Christmas tree so beautiful and green

Board games were a staple as a gift

And fun to play while the snow outside created a drift

Mixed nuts in the shell were an annual treat

And you felt so good when you removed a Brazil nut whole to eat

The best cookies in the world were made by my mother

Argue all you want but it is no other

My sister has kept much of the tradition going

But the busier times we live in are showing

My brother hosts our annual Christmas affair

It is always fun when we are there

My parents are gone

And life has moved on

I married my stunning wife

We have three children and our own life

Christmas has become complicated with the blending of more families

With the addition of my wife’s, my children’s, my brother’s and Patty’s

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year, I do love it so

The ornaments, the lights, the cookies, the shopping and the snow

I read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to my kids every year

Before I am done reading I have to wipe away a tear

They are older now and don’t fit on my lap

And before I am through I am ready for a long winter’s nap

On Christmas while my children were still at home we woke up in our beds, it was a tradition

Unfortunately that has come to an end just by attrition

We always cut our Christmas tree down each season

We have now gone to artificial, old age is the reason

Our stockings are carefully hung by paperclips

We had to look through them to see the recent lunar eclipse

The stockings number more than our children

Our pets each get one, there must be a million

Of course my wife and I have the largest stocking

But then, my wife does a lot of the shopping

Fruits, nuts, candies and Santa’s gifts cause the stockings to overflow

One year a stocking even had a CD in it by Bobby Goldsborough

My wife makes peanut butter balls from an old family recipe

Whenever the kids see them, they yell yippee

My children saw mommy kissing Santa Claus one year

Ever since, each Christmas, I am met by a sneer

We can’t open gifts until everyone is awake

When it isn’t Hannah, this causes her to ache

My daughter is a control person who hands out the presents

She often makes her brothers guess the contents

Once the unwrapping is said and done

The fun of gift giving has just begun

Installing batteries and assembling the treats

Is completed while we nibble on Christmas eats

I have never lived on Abbey Road, Sesame Street or Santa Claus Lane

I have also never lived in Maine

Whenever the kids are in the vicinity

They stop by for mom’s divinity

My personal favorite is fudge

I know it is liked by my friend, the Judge

Silver bells, Silver bells

Sound beautiful around the Christmas smells

To all my family, friends and readers, Season Greetings

Tell your family and friends glad tidings while gathered at your meetings

While you are watching Jaws, drinking through straws or eating crab claws

Be sure to tell Virginia, Yes there is a Santa Claus.

I have been writing this column since August 10, 2010. During that 137 days I have written one every day but one. This takes a little time and thought to come up with a new column every day. I obviously have a slant and persuasion to my thinking but I still have to be fresh. Luckily, the internet gives me and most writers an enormous research source. Of course, the politicians often provide fodder for me. Some columns are better than others. That is true from my view as the writer and from the view of the readers.

Thank you for giving me a small portion of your busy day I hope I have entertained you, made you think, occasionally cry and often laugh. I need a little time to charge my batteries. I will not be writing this blog until Jan. 1, 2011. I may see something too good to ignore and write a column but the regular column will not resume until January 1, 2011.

Merry Christmas to you and yours and I hope you have a Happy New Year. God Bless.

Bruce A. Brennan

December 25, 2010

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Twas the day before Christmas; Just the facts, folks

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 5:27 AM

DECEMBER 24, 2010

 

December 24 is … National Egg Nog Day

Don’t worry tonight if you hear on the lawn such a clatter. Soon you will know it is not much of a matter.

I wish everybody a Happy Christmas Eve. Let the party begin! If you are about driving, be careful of reindeer around the roads. They often use roads as runways. We don’t want any accidents to interfere with the joy of the season.

Nothing too serious will be written about today today. It is time to relax and enjoy good fellowship with family and friends. I did hear three wise guys were seen in Bethlehem. Apparently they are not Greek since they were bearing gifts and on one was concerned.

On this date:

1818 – Franz Gruber of Oberndorf, Germany composed the music for Silent Night to words written by Josef Mohr. The traditional song was sung for the first time during Midnight Mass this night.

1867 – “Oh by gosh by golly!” Is it that time already? It was Christmas Eve that R.H. Macy’s department store in New York City remained open until midnight to catch last-minute shoppers. The store took in a record $6,000, giving itself a very Merry Christmas.

1871Opera-goers in Cairo, Egypt were treated to Verdi’s Aida in its world premiere. The composer was commissioned to write the opera for festivities celebrating the opening of the Suez Canal.

1889Daniel Stover and William Hance, of Freeport, Illinois, were up late putting together bicycles for their tiny tots when, lo and behold, they patented the back pedal brake! It would later be known as the safety brake and became a standard feature on most brands of bikes. Today, we have 18 gears on a bike (more than on a big rig truck!). We need two hands to use the brakes instead of just pedaling backwards with our feet. Ah, those were the days.

1906Professor Reginald A. Fessenden sent his first radio broadcast from Brant Rock, MA. The program included a little verse, some violin and a speech.

1924 – Notre Dame football coach (1918-1930) Knute Rockne said he opposed elimination of the forward pass since it has helped “to curb the brutality of football.” Knute knew a little something about football. His record for highest winning percentage in Division I-A football (.881) still stands. Oh, they decided not to eliminate the forward pass (just in case you hadn’t noticed).

1928 – The first broadcast of The Voice of Firestone was heard. The program aired each Monday evening at 8:00. The Voice of Firestone became a hallmark in radio broadcasting. It kept its same night, time (in 1931 the start time changed to 8:30) and sponsor for its entire run. Beginning on September 5, 1949, the program of classical and semi classical music was also seen on television.

1948 – The first completely solar-heated house was occupied by the first solar-heated people — in Dover, MA.

1950 – Coach Paul Brown won his fifth straight pro-football championship as Lou Groza kicked a field goal in the final 20 seconds. The Cleveland Browns edged the Los Angeles Rams, 30-28.

1951NBC-TV presented the first opera written for television. Amal and the Night Visitors became a Christmas classic.

1953Dragnet, starring Jack Webb as Detective Joe Friday, became the first network program to be sponsored. Dragnet was on NBC-TV, for you who want the facts, just the facts. “Who was the sponsor, you ask?” Fatima cigarettes!

1955 – The lovely Lennon Sisters debuted as featured vocalists on The Lawrence Welk Show on ABC-TV. They became regulars with Welk within a month and stayed on the show until 1968.

1976Takeo Fukuda became prime minister of Japan. He was the political boss until Dec 1978.

1977 – The Bee Gees spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve at the top of the music charts. How Deep is Your Love became #1 this day and stayed that way for three weeks.

1981Reggie Jackson picked Christmas Eve to announce that he would join Gene Autry’s California Angels for the 1982 season.

Chart Toppers on this date:
1945 It Might as Well Be Spring – The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy
Williams)
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
It’s Been a Long, Long Time – The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty
Kallen)
Silver Dew on the Blue Grass Tonight – Bob Wills

1953 Ebb Tide – The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
Ricochet – Teresa Brewer
Let Me Be the One – Hank Locklin

1961 The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens
Run to Him – Bobby Vee
The Twist – Chubby Checker
Walk on By – Leroy Van Dyke

1969 Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul & Mary
Someday We’ll Be Together – Diana Ross & The Supremes
Down on the Corner/Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again – Charley Pride

1977 How Deep is Your Love – Bee Gees
Blue Bayou – Linda Ronstadt
(Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again – L.T.D.
Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton

1985 Say You, Say Me – Lionel Richie
Party All the Time – Eddie Murphy
Alive & Kicking – Simple Minds
The Chair – George Strait

You better hurry. Today is a great day to buy my book. It makes a great gift for anyone including, yourself. Buy it while you still have money. There is just one shopping day left before Christmas; buy now and beat the rush.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2010

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Twas the day after I saw True Grit!

In Uncategorized on December 23, 2010 at 6:04 AM

DECEMBER 23, 2010

I went to see True Grit on Wednesday afternoon with my wife, 20 year old daughter and my youngest son, a 24 year old law student. Growing up in my household, it was hard not to be a John Wayne fan, so they had seen the original. The 24 year old used to write a movie review column for his law school newspaper at Valparaiso. He used a two step rating system; “See it” or “Skip it”. He gave True Grit a highly rated “See it”. I concur. The movie is pretty true to the original version while adding a little more depth from the book by Charles Portis. My wife and daughter also enjoyed the film. At less than two hours, it was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. The Coen brothers will be getting a few award nominations for their work. Steven Spielberg was also involved in the project.

The story of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS

“He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.” There’s hardly a soul alive who couldn’t identify this as the description of Santa Claus. These words were published for the first time on this day in 1823 in the Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel (now the Record). The poem we know as The Night Before Christmas or A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore, was published anonymously under the newspaper editor’s title, Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas.

Moore’s poem, which he had written on Christmas Eve one year earlier, took a circuitous route to the Troy paper. The story has it that Moore penned the poem, inspired by the bells on the sleigh in which he was riding, the sleigh’s jolly driver, and the new fallen snow on the streets of New York City, as he was running a last minute errand for his wife. That evening, he read his now-famous words to his six children as they sat in front of their fireplace where “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there.” The children were so delighted with their father’s images of “a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer,” that they saved the poem.

Some other interesting events on this date: Did you hear about Vincent van Gogh?
1783George Washington returned to Mount Vernon, after the disbanding of his army following the Revolutionary War. His first words upon returning home, “Hey, Martha – what’s for dinner?” And, in a very deep voice, she replied, “BEEF!”

1888 – Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh arrived at House of Tolerance (brothel), asked for one Rachel, and handed her — his ear, saying “Keep this and treasure it.” Then he disappeared. Informed of this action, which could only be that of a poor lunatic, the police went to the man’s address the next morning and found him lying in bed and giving almost no sign of life. The unfortunate artist was admitted to hospital as an emergency case.

1942Bob Hope agreed to entertain U.S. airmen in Alaska. It was the first of his many famous Christmas shows for American armed forces around the world. The tradition continued for more than three decades.

1957 – Actor Dan Blocker made his debut on television in the Restless Gun production of The Child. Two years later, Blocker starred in the very popular Bonanza on NBC, as Hoss Cartwright.

 1997Carlos the Jackal, aka Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, was convicted in France of the murder of two French agents and a Lebanese informant in June of 1975. Sanchez was sentenced to life in prison.

Chart Toppers – December 23
1944
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Don’t Fence Me In – Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
I’m Wastin’ My Tears on You – Tex Ritter

1952
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes – Skeets McDonald

1960
Are You Lonesome To-night? – Elvis Presley
Wonderland by Night – Bert Kaempfert
North to Alaska – Johnny Horton
Wings of a Dove – Ferlin Husky

1968
I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
Stormy – Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost
Wichita Lineman – Glen Campbell

1976
Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) – Rod Stewart
The Rubberband Man – Spinners
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing – Leo Sayer
Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous – Johnny Duncan

1984
Like a Virgin – Madonna
Sea of Love – The Honeydrippers
Cool It Now – New Edition

Why Not Me – The Judds

Today is a great day to buy my book. It makes a great gift for anyone including, yourself. Buy it while you still have money. There are just three shopping days before Christmas; buy now and beat the rush.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2010

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True Grit, Daydream Believer and the Census

In Uncategorized on December 22, 2010 at 6:09 AM

DECEMBER 22, 2010

Take less than three minutes and watch the video at the address below;

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZrf0PbAGSk&feature=player_embedded

I have been waiting for the remake of True Grit with Jeff Bridges in the John Wayne role for nearly a year. The Coen brothers have made some very good films over the years. They have also made some stinkers. They have worked with Jeff Bridges in the past, making The Big Lebowski together. From what I have read so far, they hit pay dirt with True Grit. I have not seen it yet but will soon. I have not read a review that was not positive. Matt Damon, playing the inept Texas Ranger first played by Glen Campbell, gets high marks along with Jeff Bridges. Not many actors want to redo a John Wayne character but Bridges pulls it off. The newcomer who plays Mattie Ross, Hailee Steinfeld, is supposed to be magnificent in her debut. It would not be hard to out act Kim Darby from the original film. Westerns are not made that often any more. I hope everybody goes to this one, making it a success and hopefully reviving the genre. Kevin Costner can’t do it alone.

Steve Landesberg, who played dry, intellectual detective Arthur Dietrich on the classic ABC sitcom ‘Barney Miller,’ has died. He was 65 years old at the time of his death. I always thought he was hilarious on the show, always trying to one up the rest of the detectives in the squad room. RIP.

The 2010 Census information is being released over a period of time. It is accurate through April, 2010. There are 308 million people in the United States. We are still growing but our growth is the smallest it has been since the Great Depression. For a little fun and a good conversation starter when family and friends are over for Christmas or New Years, go to;

                                                www.howmanyofme.com

Type in your name or any name and this census site will tell you how many people in America have the name you typed in. Be sure to answer the question that you are over 13 years old first or you will not get an answer! Have fun; make a guessing game about the answer. No cheating.

Other census facts released on Tuesday included;

  • The five largest states by population are California, Texas, New York, Florida and Illinois. New York is the only state that has ranked in the top five since the first census in 1790.
  • The five least populous states are Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska and South Dakota.
  • The Northeast maintains its 40-year run as the most densely populated region. Five of the original 13 states — New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maryland — have the most people per square mile. The states with some of the largest land mass — Alaska, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota — are the most sparsely populated.
  • The geographic population center of the country continues to go west and south. In 1790, it was in Kent County, Md. Today it is in southern Missouri and, while the Census has not done the calculations, may be heading south toward Arkansas.

One of the new features of a census site is;

                                    www.ApocaLuck.com

Go to this site; type in your city or zip code. It will tell you if your city or area will survive a nuclear attack. It is very uplifting.

Number 1 musical selections and the year!
December 22
1951 Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
Slowpoke – Pee Wee King
Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way – Carl Smith

1959 Heartaches by the Number – Guy Mitchell
Why – Frankie Avalon
The Big Hurt – Miss Toni Fisher
El Paso – Marty Robbins

1967 Daydream Believer – The Monkees
Woman, Woman – The Union Gap
Boogaloo Down Broadway – The Fantastic Johnny C
It’s the Little Things – Sonny James

1975 That’s the Way (I Like It) – KC & The Sunshine Band
Let’s Do It Again – The Staple Singers
Saturday Night – Bay City Rollers
Convoy – C.W. McCall

1983 Say Say Say – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
Say It Isn’t So – Daryl Hall-John Oates
Union of the Snake – Duran Duran
Black Sheep – John Anderson

1991 Black or White – Michael Jackson
It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday – Boyz II Men
All 4 Love – Color Me Badd
My Next Broken Heart – Brooks & Dunn

Today is a great day to buy my book. It makes a great gift for anyone including, yourself. Buy it while you still have money. There are just three shopping days before Christmas; buy now and beat the rush.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2010

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Bad parrot, Bad parrot.

In Uncategorized on December 21, 2010 at 6:00 AM

DECEMBER 21, 2010

December 21 is … Look At The Bright Side Day, National Flashlight Day, National French Fried Shrimp Day, and Hamburger Day End of the year, had to get them in.

The Bears looked good against an inferior opponent. Good luck in the playoffs.

Do you think the ego of Brett Favre talked him into starting Monday night, on national TV, just so he could pick the right time to exit the NFL, as a wounded warrior? I do. I hope Favre gets it. You cannot compete any longer at the NFL level. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and again, like Favre has been doing for several years.

 

I have a running argument with many friends and family members. I know the argument could be settled through Google but I have looked it up and found inconsistent answers:

WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE HORSE IN JINGLE BELLS? THE ONE  PULLING THE ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH.

I am going to tell a story I bring out every Christmas. I will clean it up for general audiences.

            An elderly lady was recently widowed just before Christmas. She was lonely and thought about different ways to secure some company for Christmas. She decided she wanted a pet. She and her late husband never had a pet so she decided this would be a new, fun experience for her.

She went to a local pet shop she had driven by for the last thirty years. She told the clerk she was looking for a pet to provide her company in her new chapter in life. She looked around a bit. The clerk suggested fish but she didn’t like that idea. She then noticed a parrot sitting on its perch in an out-of-the-way corner. She told the clerk she wanted the parrot. The clerk told her she wouldn’t like that parrot. He said the parrot was mean and swore a lot. The lady was undeterred. She could make him a nicer parrot and she had heard swearing before.

She bought the parrot, a cage, a perch, food toys and a cover. She then took the parrot home and set him up in a prominent place in the living room where she spent most of her time while at home. Everything was going fine. She talked to the parrot, trying to get him to talk back to her. The parrot was not acting mean or aggressive.

After about two hours, the parrot was getting used to his new home. He squawked at the lady and swore at her for five minutes. He called her all kinds of vile names, ultimately calling her a b*tch. The lady did not like that and told him he was a bad parrot. She told him she would stop the swearing. She put him in the freezer.

After about five minutes, she took him out of the freezer and put him back on his perch. The parrot looked perplexed and cold. After a few minutes, he was thawed out enough to speak. He started swearing at his owner again. This time he used words and called her names she had never heard. “OK Mr. Parrot. That’s enough of that. I’ll show you who’s boss” she said as she grabbed the parrot and put him back into the freezer. She really was going to teach him a lesson this time. She left him in the freezer for thirty minutes before taking him out.

She placed the parrot on his perch. He was nearly frozen. It took twenty minutes for him to open his eyes. He started to perk up a bit, stretching his wings, breaking the frost from his feathers. He slowly looked around not quite sure what to do. He then noticed the lady sitting in her chair. He spoke up, “Lady, what the f*ck did that turkey say?” he asked.

The horse in Jingle Bells has a name. The name is Bob. Think about it, “Bells on Bob’s tail ring.”

“There`s so much to say but your eyes keep interrupting me.”

Notable events on this date:

  • 1582 – Flanders adopts Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is Jan 1 1583
  • 1620 – 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock [OS=Dec 11
  •  1864 – Gen Sherman conquers Savannah
  •  1913 – 1st crossword puzzle (with 32 clues) printed in NY World
  •  1929 – 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)
  •  1946 – Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” premieres
  •  1951 – Joe DiMaggio announces his retirement
  •  1954 – Dr Sam Sheppard’s wife Marilyn is murdered in her home in Cleveland, (he is accused of crime). The Fugitive is based on the Sam Sheppard case.
  •  1968 – David Crosby, Stephen Stills & Graham Nash premiere together in Calif. Teach your children well.
  • 1978 – Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy, Jr. for murder
  • 1988 – NY bound Pan Am jumbo jet explodes over Scotland all 258 aboard die. This is still in the news with the gut responsible supposed to die in two months, sixteen months ago.
  •  1989 – VP Quayle sends out 30,000 Xmas cards with word beacon spelled beacon
  •  1991 – US actress Jane Fonda marries CNN-director Ted Turner
  •  2010 – Chicago Bears win NFC North Title( actually on the 20th).

Notable births on this date:

  • 1117 – Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1879 – Joseph Stalin, [Dzoegashvili], Russian dictator; murdered 11,000,000
  • 1908 – Pat Weaver, LA Calif, TV Executive (started Today show)
  • 1909 – George Ball, Iowa, lawyer/undersecretary of state
  • 1924 – Joe Paterno, football coach (Penn State, SI Sportsman of 1986)
  • 1926 – Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, Aguilares Tx, actor (Rio Bravo)
  • 1937 – Jane Fonda, NYC, actress (Barbarella, Klute), physically fit
  • 1954 – Chris Evert Lloyd Mills, Ft Lauderdale, tennis pro ‘Miss pokerface’

Notable deaths on this date:

  • 1928 – Harry Butt, cricketer (England wicket-keeper v S Africa 1895-96), dies
  • 1940 – F Scott Fitzgerald, author (Zelda), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1945 – George S Patton, US General (Sicily/Normandy), dies in car crash at 60
  • 1989 – Elena Ceaucescu, wife of Romanian dictator Nicolae, executed
  • 1989 – Nicolae Ceaucescu, Romanian dictator (1945-89), executed
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Today is a great day to buy my book. It makes a great gift for anyone including, yourself. Buy it while you still have money. There are just six shopping days before Christmas; buy now and beat the rush.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2010

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Be careful watching the lunar eclipse, serial killers are out, we think.

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2010 at 7:05 AM

 

DECEMBER 20, 2010

December 20 is … Games Day. Go forth and play.

Christmas is almost here. I hope you are ready. I completed most of my shopping, with the help of my daughter, home from U of I for break. I never thought I would say this but I actually enjoy Christmas shopping…with her anyway.

The Packers gave the Patriots a game last night. It made the Bears’ performance against New England look like men against boys. When the Packers and Bears play the last game of the season, a playoff spot better not be on the line. If it is, I see the Bears missing the playoffs. Tonight’s game should be a no brainer. Next week against the Jets could easily be a loss making the final game meaningful. We will see together.

New York police are now conceding they may not be dealing with a serial killer a week after they found four bodies close together. The police say they are just not sure what they have. It may just be a popular area to dispose of murder victims by unrelated murderers Every large city needs such a place. You just cannot have corpses lying around in the street.

New York may not have a serial killer, although they are not sure, California may have had a prolific serial killer at work. On December 17th, Los Angeles police released the pictures of 160 women, some feared to be possible victims of the Grim Sleeper serial killer.

The photographs, dating back to the 1980s, are alleged by police to have been found at the home of Lonnie David Franklin, who was arrested in Los Angeles in July and charged with the murder of 10 women. Franklin denies he killed them. To date, five of the 160 women have been identified.

With good weather, nearly one-fourth of the world’s population, 1.5 billion people worldwide, will be able to watch when the Earth’s shadow creeps across the moon’s surface early Tuesday morning, the first time in hundreds of years that a lunar eclipse will fall on the winter solstice, December 21st.

This is a rare opportunity no one on earth has ever seen before. “Since Year 1, I can only find one previous instance of an eclipse matching the same calendar date as the solstice, and that is  DEC 21, 1638.” Geoff Chester said, according to NASA. “Fortunately we won’t have to wait 372 years for the next one … that will be on  DEC 21, 2094” I doubt I will make that one.

This year’s event will take 3 hours and 38 minutes. The eclipse begins on Tuesday at 1:33 a.m. ET, when the Earth’s dark-red shadow will turn up on the edge of the moon, according to NASA. It will take about an hour for the shadow to cover the entire moon. Totality begins at 2:41 a.m. and lasts for 72 minutes.

Notable births on this date:

1940 Larry Willis rock keyboardist (Blood, Sweat & Tears) Spinning Wheel has got to go round.

1944 Robert Colomby New York NY, rock drummer (Blood Sweat & Tears-When I Die)

1949 Claudia Jennings [Mary Ellen Chestrerton] Minnesota, playmate (November 1969)

1961 Bonnie Marino Cleveland OH, playmate (June 1990)

1967 Wendy Hamilton Detroit MI, playmate (December 1991) Good birthday to where your birthday suit.

1970 Grant Flower cricketer (brother of Andy Zimbabwe Test opening batsman)

Notable deaths on this date:

 

1812 Sacagawea Shoshone interpreter for Lewis & Clark, dies. I got her quarter.

1876 Hannah Omish at 12 is youngest ever hanged in US

1968 John Steinbeck author (Grapes of Wrath, Nobel 1962), dies in New York at 66

1973 Bobby Darin singer (Mack the Knife), dies of heart failure at 37

1976 Richard J Daley Chicago mayor dies at 74

 

Notable events on this date:

1192 Richard the Lionhearted captured in Vienna

1669 1st jury trial in Delaware; Marcus Jacobson condemned for insurrection & sentenced to flogging, branding & slavery

1803 Louisiana Purchase formally transferred from France to US for $27 million
1820 Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between 21 & 50. The good old days!

1879 Tom Edison privately demonstrated incandescent light at Menlo Park
1880 New York’s Broadway lit by electricity, becomes known as “Great White Way”

1920 Bob Hope becomes an American citizen. Thank God.

1944 Battle of Bastogne, Nazis surround 101st Airborne (NUTS!)

1993 Donald Trump weds Marla Maples

1956 Montgomery AL, removed race-based seat assignments on its buses
1957 Elvis Presley given draft notice to join US Army for National Service

1967 474,300 US soldiers in Vietnam. Some things never change, just the faces.

 “To criticize the incompetent is easy; it is more difficult, to criticize the competent.”

Today is a great day to buy my book. It makes a great gift for anyone including, yourself. Buy it while you still have money. There are just six shopping days before Christmas; buy now and beat the rush.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2010

Email: brucebrennanlaw@aol.com

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We could use less SALT. Way to go NIU.

In Uncategorized on December 19, 2010 at 5:28 AM

 

DECEMBER 19, 2010

 

December 19 is … Oatmeal Muffin Day.

The Northern Illinois Huskies were rather impressive against Fresno State in the UDrove Humanitarian Bowl came on Saturday afternoon. Congratulations to the entire Athletic Department and the University’s administration for supporting the football program.

What is all this talk about the weapons treaty in the news for?  How much money do we spend on research and development in coming up with these new-age weapons? How much do we pay defense contractors?

We never use the weapons of mass destruction we develop. The other guys never use the weapons of mass destruction they develop. It is all a game played by the military industrial complex President Eisenhower warned us about during his farewell address on January 17, 1961. He was as prophetic as he was accurate.

So we spend trillions of dollars on developing weapons we know we will never use. We do not test most of them other than in controlled laboratory conditions. We are not entirely sure they will work in practice but they are scary in theory.

Our perceived enemies spend trillions of dollars on similar weapons, we think. In reality, we are the only nation with the knowhow and financial wherewithal to develop these weapons. President Reagan proved that when he spent the Soviet Union out of existence, as they once were, in the late eighties.

Now we are having an internal political fight over the ratification of a treaty that is insignificant. Doesn’t this country and most of the world owe their existence to the fact the United States had bigger and better weapons, people, ideas and finances enabling us to defeat the enemies in WW I, WW II, The Revolutionary War and many other examples throughout history. Why do we want to give up this advantage?

The White House is making it a top priority to get the lame-duck Congress, now in progress, to pass the new SALT agreement. The agreement would shrink the U.S. and Russian arsenals of strategic warheads. That means it would shrink our expensive arsenal since the nearly broke,  non-existent and irrelevant Russians are not devoting much of their budget to strategic warheads any more. The agreement would also revive on-the-ground inspections that ceased when a previous treaty expired nearly a year ago. I don’t recall any nuclear wars or threats of any nuclear wars since that treaty expired.

This Cold War game continues and will continue after this treaty like it has after previous treaties. We know what they have. They know we know what they have. We know they know we know what they have and so forth. The insanity continues. Neither side will ever use one of these weapons. Everybody knows that. The last one to pull the trigger wins, if you call dying first winning.

Sen. Jon Kyl, takes the Republican position on the issue. He and fellow Republicans are seeking more money; focusing on maintaining and modernizing the remaining arsenal we already have rather than destroy it. If we destroy what we have now, it seems obvious we will just develop new weapons. We have a lead over every other country in the world in this area, why give up a strategic lead? That just allows those trailing us to catch up. Why not just enter into an agreement not to develop more weapons than we now have? Both sides can break that agreement as easily as any other at a much lower cost to the United States.

Notable births on this date:

1753 John Taylor Virginia, philosopher (Jeffersonian Democracy)
1778 Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte daughter of King Louis XVI & Marie-Antoinette

1916 Mervyn Wallace cricketer (13 Tests for New Zealand, latterly as captain) 
1920 David Susskind New York NY, TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show)
1920 Jimmy Dickens Bolt WV, country singer (Grand Ole Opry)

1926 Jeanne Kirkpatrick US ambassador to UN. Made famous on SNL as a slut.

1945 John McEuen rocker (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). Mr. Bojangles

1957 Liz Glazowski Chicago IL, playmate (April, 1980)

1960 Mike Lookinland Mount Pleasant UT, actor (Bobby-Brady Bunch

Notable deaths on this date:

1930 Johnny Douglas cricketer (soccer int, boxing gold medal), drowns. Good athlete but he couldn’t swim.

1959 Walter Williams claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117

Notable events on this date:

1686 Robinson Crusoe leaves his island after 28 years (as per Defoe)

1732 Benjamin Franklin (under the name Richard Saunders) begins publication of “Poor Richard’s Almanack”
1776 Thomas Paine published his 1st “American Crisis” essay, in which he wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls”
1777 Washington settles his troops at Valley Forge PA for the winter

1843 Charles Dickens publishes “A Christmas Carol” in England

1910 Rayon 1st commercially produced, Marcus Hook PA
1913 Jack Johnson fights Jim Johnson to a draw in 10 for hw boxing title

1918 Robert Ripley began his “Believe It or Not” column (New York Globe)

1941 German submarine U-574 sinks
1941 Hitler takes complete command of German Army
1941 US Office of Censorship created to control info pertaining to WWII

1958 1st radio broadcast from space (recorded Christmas message by President Eisenhower: “To all mankind, America’s wish for Peace on Earth & Good Will to Men Everywhere”)

1960 Frank Sinatra’s 1st session with Reprise Records (Ring-A-Ding-Ding)

1971 CBS airs “Homecoming – A Christmas Story” (introducing the Waltons)

1995 Queen Elizabeth askes Prince Charles & Diana to divorce
1997 MTV drops video “Smack My Bitch Up” by Prodigy

“To save one life is better than to build a seven story pagoda.”  I don’t know what that means but someone probably does.

Today is a great day to buy my book. It makes a great gift for anyone including, yourself. Buy it while you still have money. There are just six shopping days before Christmas; buy now and beat the rush.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2010

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Social Security-Ponzi Scheme?

In Uncategorized on December 18, 2010 at 6:38 AM

DECEMBER 18, 2010

 

December 18 is … National Roast Suckling Pig Day

It is cookie day in Maple Park. Go forth and purchase.

Below is something to think about. Reagan and Friedman had it right years ago. This shell game is nothing new.  Charles Ponzi (March 3, 1882 – January 18, 1949) is considered one of the greatest swindlers in American history. His aliases include Charles Ponei, Charles P. Bianchi, Carl and Carlo. The term “Ponzi scheme” was coined because of Charles Ponzi’s scam and today it is the description of any scam that pays early investors returns from the investments of later investors. Charles Ponzi promised clients a 50% profit within 45 days, or 100% profit within 90 days, by buying discounted postal reply coupons in other countries and redeeming them at face value in the United States as a form of arbitrage.[1][2] Ponzi was probably inspired by the scheme of William F. Miller, a Brooklyn bookkeeper who in 1899 used the same scheme to take in $1 million.

Do you need a side-by-side comparison here?  Well here’s a nifty little chart.

BERNIE MADOFF SOCIAL SECURITY
Takes money from investors with the promise that the money will be invested and made available to them later. Takes money from wage earners with the promise that the money will be invested in a “Trust Fund” and made available later.
Instead of investing the money Madoff spends it on nice homes in the Hamptons and yachts. Instead of depositing money in a Trust Fund the politicians use it for general spending and vote buying.
When the time comes to pay the investors back Madoff simply uses some of the new funds from newer investors to pay back the older investors. When benefits for older investors become due the politicians pay them with money taken from younger and newer wage earners to pay the geezers.
When Madoff’s scheme is discovered all hell breaks loose. New investors won’t give him any more cash. When Social Security runs out of money they simply force the taxpayers to send them some more.
Bernie Madoff is in jail. Politicians remain in  Washington   ..

‘The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination. ‘ – Ronald Reagan

 “If you put the federal government in charge of the  Sahara   Desert , in five
  years there’d be a shortage of sand.”      Milton Friedman

New Mexico is apparently having a problem free year. Or perhaps the governor is looking for free publicity. Any way Billy the Kid, notorious gunslinger and icon of the Wild West, may receive a pardon from New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

Richardson this week received a formal petition to pardon Billy the Kid, born Henry McCarty, who is believed to have struck a deal with Territorial Gov. Lew Wallace.

Under the terms of the agreement, Wallace would drop all pending charges against McCarty, including those related to the killing of Sheriff William Brady in 1878. In return, McCarty would testify in a murder trial.

McCarty testified but never received a pardon. He was eventually killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in July 1881. McCarty was in his early 20s when he died.

Notable births on this date:

1707 Charles Wesley co-founder (Methodist movement

1779 Joseph Grimaldi England, pantomimist (“greatest clown in history”) Sorry Glenn, he beat you to it.

1886 Ty Cobb Colorado, batted .367, stole 892 bases (Detroit Tigers)

1938 [Bryan] Chas Chandler rocker (The Animals-House of the Rising Sun)

1940 Arnold Long cricketer (prolific wicketkeeper for Surrey & Sussex)

1943 Keith Richards England, rock guitarist (Rolling Stones-Brown Sugar)

1947 Steven Spielberg Cincinnati OH, director (ET, Close Encounters, Jaws)

1963 Brad Pitt Shawnee OK, actor (Fight Club, Meet Joe Black, Legends of the Fall)

1964 Don Beebe NFL wide receiver (Green Bay Packers-Superbowl 31). Local boy done good.

Notable deaths on this date:

1737 Antonio Stradivari renowned violin-maker, dies in Cremona Italy at 93

1931 John T “Legs” Diamond US gangster, murdered at 35

1937 S S Schultz cricketer (one Test England vs Australia 1879), dies

1980 Alexei N Kosygin Soviet PM (1964-80), suffers a fatal heart attack at 76

1992 Mark Goodson TV game show producer (Goodson-Toddman), dies at 77

1997 Chris Farley comedian (Saturday Night Live, Tommy Boy), dies at 33

Notable events on this date:

1719 Thomas Fleet publishes “Mother Goose’s Melodies For Children”

1799 George Washington’s body interred at Mount Vernon

1892 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Nutcracker Suite” premieres

1894 Cricket day 4 1T Australia vs England England following on 4-268, 7 in front
1898 Automobile speed record set-63 kph (39 mph)

1920 1st US postage stamps printed without the words United States or US. Why?

1989 “I Love Lucy” Christmas episode, shown for 1st time in over 30 years

1996 Start of 1st Test Cricket match between Zimbabwe & England

Today is a great day to buy my book. It makes a great gift for anyone including, yourself. Buy it while you still have money.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2010

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Why do we put up with death taxes? How about a Boston Cemetary Party.

In Uncategorized on December 17, 2010 at 6:23 AM

 

DECEMBER 17, 2010

What follows is my opinion. I rarely devote the majority of a column to one issue. I have written this as an editorial piece. You may quibble with my assertions but the facts are accurate. You do not have to agree with me; that is the concept of an editorial. As always, post a comment with your opinion or response.

December 17 is … Underdog Day and National Maple Syrup Day. We are all underdogs when it comes to the government. Who doesn’t like Maple Syrup?

Before the opinion flies, take a look at; http://www.rockthetower.com for a good read and a fine article on the Battle of the Bulge.

Let me get this straight. I or anyone works their entire life earning money and accumulating wealth. During the entire period of working and accumulating wealth, income taxes, capital gains taxes, property taxes, sales taxes and an assortment of other taxes and fees are paid on what is earned, accumulated gained or gathered. If any of your wealth is a result of investments in the stock market, your dividends have been taxed twice. It is taxed once as income to the corporation before it is distributed to the investor and taxed again by the investor after distribution as income again. Taxes and fees are paid at the federal level, the state level and in some cases, at the county and city level. Fees are imposed on everyone at every level.

You have worked hard and have become a success. You have never been on welfare or received any government “entitlement program” funds. You make charitable contributions in line with your beliefs. You are a generous person You have raised children. Your children have never been a burden on society. You taught them well. Perhaps you gave them an employment opportunity. You have grandchildren. You want to leave the world a better place than when you entered it. You parents afforded you a better life than they had and you want to do the same for your children and grandchildren. But wait, the government of the United States does not want this to happen.

Estate taxes, death taxes, one last kiss our ass tax from the government, the stifle your drive tax, the give it to the government tax, the screw your children tax, the might as well spend it while I am alive tax or whatever you want to call it is wrong. It is Socialism. It is communism at work.

 Congress is debating this immoral tax with the Democrats wanting to raise the tax rate and Republicans wanting to lower the tax rate. I want to eliminate the tax rate. If and when the tax kicks in, it is taxation without representation at its truest form. You are dead and therefore getting no benefit from the tax. If you are buried in a cemetery, the plot you rest in already pays property taxes. That is enough post death tax for me.

Senator Dick Durbin recently said it was pure greed driving those that want to do away with the estate tax or lower it from the current 45% to 35%.. I earned it. I own it. I want to distribute as I see fit. It is not greedy to want to control what you own. It is greed to simply take it from me after my death so you can spend it as you see fit. The taxpayer is not greedy, Congress is greedy.

Every dollar earned by working, productive Americans is taxed through numerous taxes, taxing bodies and government imposed fees at nearly 80%. That means to accumulate one dollar in wealth, a citizen has to earn over $12.00. To accumulate a significant estate takes a lot of work and a lifetime. The estate tax has been around for awhile but it is being debated now because the greedy Democrats want to take most of a person’s estate and give it to welfare recipients. The tax convinces many brilliant, hard-working individuals to cease trying to be the best they can be. Why work yourself to the bone when you and your family will not enjoy the fruits of your labor. It convinces others to spend everything they have before they die so the government will not get their fortune. Off shore banks are making a killing. The law invites law-abiding citizens to skirt the law. If I spend everything I have before I die, the government will take care of me. They do it for millions of lazy welfare recipients already. What is one more?

Individuals who use tax advisors and wealth experts will be able to get around the law. The easiest way is to make sure everything one owns is titled by a legal entity that does not die. These entities could be corporations, trusts or limited liability companies. In that case, an individual can draft the terms of ownership to give the entity legal title while equitable title is retained by the person who created the wealth. T will not be long, however, until the government finds a way to tax these arrangements or make them illegal.

Slavery is outlawed but the tax laws force my descendants to work just to put money into the government coffers. If I worked hard enough and was successful enough to leave a legacy where my children and grandchildren did not have to work, why will the government not allow that to happen? According to the government, i.e. Democrats, everyone must work unless, of course, you are lazy, a drug addict, an illegal alien or a baby making machine that votes Democratic.

 “Every human being comes equipped with a brain at no extra cost.”

Apparently, our government does not follow this adage.

Today is a great day to buy my book. It makes a great gift for anyone including, yourself. Buy it while you still have money.

BRUCE A. BRENNAN

DEKALB, IL 60115

COPYRIGHT 2010

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Bad Santa! Bad Weather girl!

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 5:11 AM

DECEMBER 16, 2010

 

December 16 is … National Chocolate Covered Anything Day One of my favorite days!

 

Heidi Jones, a New York weather forecaster who works at the ABC affiliate in New York City, WABC, and is occasionally a fill in forecaster for Good Morning America was arrested Monday on charges she fabricated a sexual assault. She filed a police report in November claiming she was assaulted by a Hispanic male while jogging on Sept. 24th in Central Park. It was never clear why she had waited over two months to file the charges. Police found inconsistencies in her story and she has now admitted she made the entire story up. She has been suspended by WABC. You have to figure her credibility as a journalist has been destroyed. You have to believe even the weather forecaster. Credibility and honesty count in this world. If only the politicians and Santa Claus actors would learn that.

Six crimes committed by Santa Claus. These have been gathered by researching the internet. I have no personal involvement in any aspect of any of these cases. I do not vouch for the accuracy of the stories. They are just amusing to read.

1) Motorcycle Kidnapper Santa

Don’t trust a Santa on a motorcycle. A family stopping for gas in Columbia, South Carolina in December 2006 noticed an innocuous-looking Santa refueling his motorcycle. He asked if the children wanted to see the stuffed Rudolph in the sidecar, then drove off with the family’s 8-year-old daughter. The girl’s father chased the kidnapping Santa, who eventually stopped and turned over the uninjured girl. Police later found John Michael Barton, 55, hiding out in the utility room of a local bar. Apparently Barton had been playing Santa in the area for several weeks, posing for pictures with local children, and got carried away. He apologized to the family, saying he got “caught up” in his role.

2) Pedophile Hiding in the Bushes Santa

Another failed Santa Claus kidnapping occurred in 2009 in Parma, Ohio. Anthony Russo, 46, was dressed as in a red Santa suit and carrying a box of candy canes and a unicycle decorated with bows, bells, and a Santa gift bag. He jumped out of some bushes and began following a 12-year-old girl, whom he tried to grab several times. The girl got away and called police from a nearby convenience store. The Pedo Santa was arrested on a Cleveland bus, still in full costume.

3) Psycho 2×4 Santa

Christmas shopping got a little out-of-hand in Atlanta in 2004, when a man dressed as Santa attacked a 74-year-old woman with a 2×4 board at a shopping mall. Elkin Donnie Clarke told police he knocked the woman unconscious because she had taken 29 boxes of Hershey’s chocolates from him.

4) Swedish Robber Santa

A thief dressed as Santa seems to be doing fairly well for himself in Sweden. Santa and two of his helpers robbed a perfume store in Falkenberg, a garage in Hylte and a clothing store in  Kungsbacka, Sweden, in 2007. Each time the trio escaped in a different car: witnesses reported seeing a white Volvo, a silver Volvo and a blue Audi at the various crime scenes.

5) Nashville Bank Robber Santa

In Nashville Tennessee Santa Claus robbed a bank December 22, 2009. When bank officials asked Santa to remove his sunglasses, he pulled out a 9-millimeter handgun and demanded cash. Witnesses described the thief as “jovial” and heard him explain that he had to pay his elves.

6) DUI Santa

Santa works hard, so it’s not surprising he might want to relax with a little Christmas spirit once in a while. Unfortunately in Sparta, Wisconsin in 2009, Santa was cited for violating the state’s open container law. Witnesses called police after noticing an alleged drunken driver; Santa, aka 47-year-old Kevin Arnold,  was in the passenger seat. When the car stopped, Santa stumbled out of the car, hugged several nearby children and asked if they knew where his reindeer were.

Notable births on this date:

1775 Jane Austen England, novelist (Pride & Prejudice)

1850 Fred Morley cricketer (legendary Notts & England bowler 1880-83)

1882 Sir John Berry Hobbs England, 1st cricket player knighted (1953)

1890 Harlan Sanders founder/CEO (Kentucky Fried Chicken)

1901 Margaret Mead Philadelphia PA, anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa)

1929 Ian Board barkeeper Who is he?

1941 Lesley Stahl Lynn MA, White House correspondent (CBS-TV)

1962 William “The Refrigerator” Perry NFL defensive back (Chicago Bears)

Notable deaths on this date:

1858 Richard Bright British Dr (Bright’s disease/nephritis), dies at 69
1859 Wilhelm Grimm writer (Grimm’s Fairy Tales), dies at 73

1916 Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin a powerful Russian monk is murdered at 45

1945 Fumimaro Konu Japanese prince/PM (1937-39, 40-41), commits hara-kiri

1976 George a goose that lived to 49 years 8 months, dies. THAT IS AN OLD GOOSE

1980 Harland “Colonel” Sanders founder Kentucky Fried Chicken, dies at 90. CHECK OUT WHO WAS BORN TODAY.

1985 Paul Castellano Organized-crime chief, shot dead at a New York NY restaurant. John Gotti bit off more than he could chew.

1989 Lee Van Cleef US actor (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 64

Notable events on this date:

0882 John VIII ends his reign as Catholic Pope
0882 Marinus I begins his reign as Catholic Pope. No grass growing under his feet.

1773 Big tea party in Boston harbor-Indians welcome (Boston Tea Party). I like tea.

1892 Commencement of 1st Sheffield Shield cricket game, South Africa vs New South Wales

1915 Albert Einstein publishes his “General Theory of Relativity”
1918 Jack Dempsey KOs Carl Morris in 14 seconds

1929 1st NHL game at Chicago Stadium; Chicago Blackhawks beat Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-1

1944 Battle of the Bulge begins in Belgium

1953 1st White House Press Conference (President Eisenhower & 161 reporters)
1953 Charles E Yeager flies over 2,575 kph (1,650 mph) in Bell X-1A (first man to fly at nearly two and one-half times the speed of sound)

1971 Don McLean’s 8+ minute version of “American Pie” released

1975 Bill Veeck buys 80% of White Sox from John Allyn

1994 Davy Jones (Monkees), charged with DWI

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