“They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”

On May 24, 1995, five days after its official premiere in Los Angeles, Braveheart was released to theaters nationwide in the USA. The movie stars Mel Gibson as the 13th century Scottish rebel leader William Wallace. He also directed it. It was a major critical and box office success. And, it also generated a famous, … Read more

“Never play cards with a man called Doc” — and other advice from Nelson Algren…

The copyright record for the novel A Walk on the Wild Side by Nelson Algren says it was copyrighted on May 18, 1956. Traditionally, the copyright date is also a book’s initial publication date. Algren’s novel might have been released sooner if not for a dispute he had with his publishing company, Doubleday. Doubleday had … Read more

“It’s not that I’m afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

Most people prefer not to think a lot about death. But that subject has always loomed large in the mind and works of comedian, writer, actor and director Woody Allen, even when he was a young man. One of Allen’s quips about death is a famous quote that’s cited in hundreds of books:    “It’s … Read more

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

On May 2, 1908, Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer registered the copyright for the new song about baseball they’d written together. Naturally, they hoped it would become popular. But they could never have imagined that it would go on to become one of America’s three most frequently-played songs, along with “Happy Birthday” and “The … Read more