Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Happenstance In A Small World

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Yesterday, over at The Writer's Almanac I read about March 26 being the birthday of author Kate DiCamillo.

Kate happens to be the sister of Curt DiCamillo. Curt owned a Health Food store right next to my Candy Store (Gene & Donna's) on Montrose Street in Clermont, Florida back in 1987. I got to know him fairly well.

I did a search for Curt DiCamillo and found that he is listed in Wikipedia and is now a well-known personality, of sorts.

Also, in 1987, on March 26, responding to a 911 call, police raided the Philadelphia home of Gary Heidnik and find an appalling crime scene. In the basement of Heidnik's dilapidated house was a veritable torture chamber where three naked women were found chained to a sewer pipe. A fourth woman, Josefina Rivera, had escaped and called police.

Six women were kidnapped and held in Heidnik's dungeon. All were raped and tortured while the others were forced to watch. He killed one of the women by putting her in the pit, filling it with water and putting a live electrical wire into the water. Another of the women was killed when Heidnik let her starve to death while chained to the wall. In perhaps the most grisly and horrid episode of the entire incident, Heidnik dismembered one of his victims, cooking parts of her body and feeding it to his other captives.
Gary Heidnik

Although Heidnik was clearly mentally disturbed, he was found guilty and convicted of murder on July 1, 1988. He received a death sentence, and was executed on July 6, 1999.

Details . . .

Oh... and by the way: A New Orleans judge ruled last Thursday that a law forbidding felons from owning firearms infringes their rights to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the state's newly amended constitution.

LINK . . .



happenstance [hap-uhn-stans]
a chance happening or event.



Leonard Nimoy
Born Mar 26, 1931
Age:   81 years old

Leonard Simon Nimoy is an American actor, film director, poet, singer and photographer. Nimoy is best known for his role of Spock in the original Star Trek series (1966–1969), and in multiple film, television, and video game sequels.

 Born Mar 26, 1944
Age:   68 years old

Diana Ernestine Earle Ross is an American vocalist, music artist and actress. Ross first rose to fame as a founding member and lead singer of the Motown group The Supremes during the 1960s.

After leaving the group in 1970, Ross began a solo career that has included successful ventures into film and Broadway. She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues (1972), for which she won a Golden Globe award for most promising female newcomer.

 Born Mar 26, 1950
Age:   62 years old

Martin Hayter Short is a Canadian American actor comedian, writer, singer , voice actor and producer. He is best known for his comedy work, particularly on the TV programs SCTV and Saturday Night Live. He starred in such comedic films as Three Amigos, Innerspace, Pure Luck, Jungle 2 Jungle, Mars Attacks!, Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II and created the characters of Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley.

 Born Mar 26, 1960
Age:   52 years old

Jennifer Grey is an American actress known for her roles in the 1980s films Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Dirty Dancing, the latter for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She is also known for her 2010 victory in the eleventh season of the American version of Dancing with the Stars. Grey is the daughter of Academy Award-winning actor Joel Grey


“It takes, unhappily, no more than a desk and writing supplies to turn any room into a confessional.”
--Thomas Pynchon

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