Tuesday, October 2, 2012

This And That Again



I read in The New York Times that  the little typewriter that clacked out about five million fairly renowned words over 50 years -- with the able assistance of the novelist Cormac McCarthy -- ended up being worth a lot more than anyone expected.

The heavily weathered, light blue Lettera 32 Olivetti manual machine, below, that Mr. McCarthy said he bought in 1963 for $50 and used to type all his novels, including those that won a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, sold on Friday at Christie’s to an unidentified American collector . . .

for $254,500.

"Oh . . . My . . . GOD!"


One of my many cousins posted a picture on Facebook
and I thought it was funny.


I have decided to vote for Martha McSally

- the 2012 Arizona candidate for Congress.

Here is what she has to say:

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lede [leed]
The word 'lede' is newspaper jargon for the beginning of an article.

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.) defines it as "the introductory section of a news story that is intended to entice the reader to read the full story."

The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (5th ed.) says 'lede' is an "obsolete spelling of 'lead', revived in modern journalism to distinguish the word from lead, the strip of metal separating lines of type."



Groucho Marx

Born October 2, 1890
Died: Aug. 19, 1977.

Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx was an American comedian and film and television star. He is known as a master of quick wit and widely considered one of the best comedians of the modern era. His rapid-fire, often impromptu delivery of innuendo-laden patter earned him many admirers and imitators. He made 13 feature films with his siblings the

Marx Brothers, of whom he was the third-born. He also had a successful solo career, most notably as the host of the radio and television game show You Bet Your Life. His distinctive appearance, carried over from his days in vaudeville, included quirks such as an exaggerated stooped posture, glasses, cigar, and a thick greasepaint mustache and eyebrows. These exaggerated features resulted in the creation of one of the world's most ubiquitous and recognizable novelty disguises, known as "Groucho glasses", a one-piece mask consisting of horn-rimmed glasses, large plastic nose, bushy eyebrows and mustache.

Bud Abbott
(with Lou Costello)

Born October 2, 1895
Died: April 24, 1974

William Alexander "Bud" Abbott was an American actor, producer and comedian. He is best remembered as the straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello.

Kelly Ripa

Born October 2, 1970
Age: 41 years old

Kelly Maria Ripa is an American actress, talk show host, and television producer. Ripa, who played Hayley Vaughan on the television soap opera All My Children from 1990–2002, is best known as co-host of the popular syndicated morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael. She is also known for her role as Faith Fairfield on Hope & Faith. Additionally, Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos own a New York based production company, Milojo.

In 2012, The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the Most Powerful People in Media.

Born Oct. 2, 1928
Died Jun 30, 1993

George "Spanky" McFarland was an American actor most famous for his appearances as a child in the Our Gang series of short-subject comedies of the 1930s and 1940s. The Our Gang shorts were later syndicated to television as The Little Rascals.


"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
-- Mae West


  1. Gene, Thanks the other day for the kindness of your reminder about the difference between afterward and afterword. Most of what I've learned in my life I learned from the mistakes I've made. And cheesus, my friend, these days I'm finding it damned difficult to write anything. I'm old now, so the question Why do this? keeps interrupting.

  2. You are quite welcome my friend. The reason I did that in such a round-about way was because I was quite sure you (and only you) would catch it and understand what I was doing; I'm glad to see I was right.

    (Also, I was trying to be clever.)

    If you don't mind a personal opinion, it seems to me that you might be having so much difficulty with your writing lately is not so much because of your age as due to the harshness of your criticism in self-editing. Of course I realize that a writer wishes to please himself first with his work as well as pleasing his readers, but I think some writers take it too far and therefore cannot ever believe their work good enough for publication.

    As always, of course, I could be wrong.

    Thank you for commenting.