Should auld acquaintance (or old lyrics) be forgot…

Contrary to what you sometimes hear, Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns (1759-1796) didn’t create the song “Auld Lang Syne.” And, Canadian bandleader Guy Lombardo didn’t start the tradition of singing the song at New Year’s Eve parties. However, Burns did flesh out and popularize the lyrics of the song as we know it today … Read more

“Politics is not an exact science,” said Bismark. But is it an art?

On this date in 1863, the Prussian statesman Otto von Bismark made a famous remark about politics to members of the Prussian parliament. “Politics is not an exact science,” he said, on December 18, 1863. At the time, Bismark was serving as right hand man and Minister-President for Prussian King William I, who faced occasional … Read more

The “shocking” quote by Dr. Joycelyn Elders that got her fired by Pres. Bill Clinton…

Dr. Joycelyn Elders endured a lot on her rise to becoming the first African American to be appointed Surgeon General of the United States. She was born in 1933, the daughter of a poor sharecropper in a segregated community in rural Arkansas. As a child, she had to balance working in the cotton fields with … Read more

“For every creature of God is good.”

Under a federal law passed by Congress in 1942, the date for Thanksgiving in the United States varies from year to year. It’s the fourth Thursday of the month. But the anniversary of the first official Thanksgiving set by federal decree in our country is November 26th. In 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation … Read more

The Top 10 Quotes about and by US Marines…

November 10th is the official birthday of the United States Marines, which were established by the Second Continental Congress during the Revolutionary War, on November 10, 1775. So, today, I’d like to salute the US Marine Corps by listing the 10 most famous quotations about and by Marines. 1. “From the Halls of Montezuma,        … Read more

The bridge between the living and the dead . . .

The Bridge of San Luis Rey is the second novel by the great American writer Thornton Wilder (1897- 1975). The first edition of the book was published by the Albert & Charles Boni company on November 3, 1927. It’s set in Peru in the year 1714. Early in the novel, on July 20, 1714, five … Read more

“Enjoy every sandwich.”

Warren Zevon’s sardonic views on life and death are apparent in many of the songs he wrote. An early example is “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead,” which first appeared on Zevon’s self-titled 1976 album. Those words were later used as the title of the posthumous biography written about him by his ex-wife Crystal Zevon and … Read more

“The Famous Quotes of October 8th,” a short film script by Robert Deis…

EXTERIOR. SMALL CAFÉ IN KEY WEST, FLORIDA – MORNING An old, gray-haired man is sitting at one of the tables at an outdoor café in Key West, sipping Cuban coffee, reading the Key West Citizen newspaper. A very beautiful young woman and extremely handsome young man sit down together at a table nearby. They are … Read more

Mae West was very good at being bad…

Mae West (1893-1980) was like Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Dorothy Parker all combined in one package. She was sensuous, smart and funny. She was a singer, actor, playwright and screenwriter – and a genius at generating and capitalizing on sex-related controversy. Indeed, the first play she starred in on Broadway (which she also wrote under … Read more

A little tea and sympathy (and sex and censorship)…

Back in my college days, I tended to snigger at drug references in rock songs. So, I probably sniggered when I first heard Mick Jagger sing the lines in the Rolling Stones’ 1969 song “Let It Bleed” that go:       “Baby, you can rest your weary head right on me         And there will always … Read more