“A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall…”

When Columbia Records released the first, self-titled album by Bob Dylan in 1962 it went largely unnoticed by the general public. Only about 5,000 copies were sold at the time. But Columbia music producer John Hammond, who signed Dylan to the label, had faith in the young folk singer. He ignored the jibes of other … Read more

“From my cold, dead hands” – Charlton Heston’s most famous and infamous non-movie quote

  EDITOR’S NOTE: The recent deadly school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, not long after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, reminded me of the context of Charlton Heston’s first notable use of his famous/infamous quote “From my cold, dead hands.” It was in a speech at an NRA meeting held a few months after … Read more

“A little learning is a dangerous thing.” (A little knowledge, too, but that’s a misquote.)

Most people have heard the old line of poetry: “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” It became a proverbial saying that has been — and is still is — used and repurposed in many ways. The common variation is “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” However, that’s an misquote of the original line … Read more