Friday, August 31, 2012

Even Old Reruns Are Better . . .


Well, I watched most of the ceremonial antics and listened to all of the less than inspiring speeches intoned at the GOP convention, thanks to the nearly commercial-free programming of PBS.

Nothing has changed within the helter-skelter innards of my so-called mind. I still don't want to vote for either candidate of the two major parties.

Bit I probably will,  of course:

Unless I kick the bucket first.


Mote text goes here . . . later.



pellucid [puh-loo-sid]
- allowing the maximum passage of light, as glass; translucent.
- clear or limpid: pellucid waters.
- clear in meaning, expression, or style:



Born Aug 31, 1924
Died June 30, 2003

Buddy Hackett (born Leonard Hacker) was an American comedian and actor. Hackett became known to a wider audience when he appeared on television in the 1950s and 1960s as a frequent guest on such talk shows as those of Jack Paar and Arthur Godfrey, telling brash, often off-color jokes, and mugging at the camera. Hackett was also a guest on Jack Paar's last Tonight show in 1962. He was on the Johnny Carson show as a frequent guest. According to Trivial Pursuit, Hackett has the most appearances of any guest in the history of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. A collection of these appearances are available on YouTube.

Born Aug 31, 1903
Died Mar 17, 1983

Arthur Morton Godfrey was an American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer who was sometimes introduced by his nickname, The Old Redhead. No television personality of the 1950s enjoyed more clout or fame than Godfrey until a famous on-the-air incident undermined his folksy image and triggered a gradual decline; the then-ubiquitous Godfrey helmed two CBS-TV weekly series and a daily 90-minute television mid-morning show through most of the decade, but by the early 1960s found himself reduced to hosting an occasional TV special.

William Saroyan

Born Aug 31, 1908
Died May 18, 1981

William Saroyan was an American dramatist and author. The setting of many of his stories and plays is the center of Armenian American life in California in his native Fresno.

Saroyan published essays and memoirs, in which he depicted the people he had met on travels in the Soviet Union and Europe, such as the playwright George Bernard Shaw, the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, and Charlie Chaplin. In 1952, Saroyan published The Bicycle Rider in Beverly Hills, the first of several volumes of memoirs.

Saroyan is probably best remembered for his play The Time of Your Life (1939), set in a waterfront saloon in San Francisco. It won a Pulitzer Prize, which Saroyan refused on the grounds that commerce should not judge the arts; he did accept the New York Drama Critics' Circle award. The play was adapted into a 1948 film starring James Cagney.


In order to write all a man needs is paper and a pencil.
--William Saroyan

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