Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Beware The Ides Of March . . .



It is passing strange, is it not, that we elders remember events from earlier days and years in fits and fragments... as I so well remember being a shy high school sophomore (in 1955) and standing beside my desk with book in hand reading aloud to the class from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, the words, "et tu, Brute" and "Beware the ides of March" ...and little more than that.

Julius Caesar


George Clooney and Merisa Tomei are to appear in a movie titled The Ides Of March scheduled to be released in October 2011. "An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail." Based on the play by Beau Willimon.

Marisa Tomei

(sigh . . .)


On the Ides of March, in 1939 (the year I was born) Germany occupied Czechoslovakia.

On the Ides of March, in 1941 a blizzard in North Dakota killed 151 people.

On the Ides of March, in 1944 the Italian town of Cassino was destroyed by Allied bombing.

On the Ides of March, in 1957 Britain became the 3rd nation to explode a nuclear bomb.

On the Ides of March, in 1958 the USSR performed atmospheric nuclear tests.

On the Ides of March, in 1971 CBS TV announced it was dropping the "Ed Sullivan Show."

Beware the Ides of March indeed.


Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
--Mark Twain

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