Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Tucson Weather Today


While trying to decide what I should blog about, I heard through the open window a nearly unbelievable sound; it was the bark of a dog. barking to the tune of "Shave and a haircut -- two bits!" Know what I mean? The old, "DUM da da DUM dum -- dim dum." Just those seven silly syllables, then it stopped.




On April 2, 1917, Jeannette Pickering Rankin, representative from Montana, was introduced in Congress as its first female member.

The same day, President Woodrow Wilson addressed a joint session of Congress and urged a declaration of war against Germany.



-  a humiliating insult.
-  insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment.

Contumely means scorn. It comes from the Middle English word, contumelie.


Born April 2, 1908
Died   July 6, 2003

Christian Rudolph Ebsen, Jr., known as Buddy Ebsen, was an American character actor and dancer. A performer for seven decades, he had starring roles as Jed Clampett in the long-running CBS television series The Beverly Hillbillies and as the title character in the 1970s detective series Barnaby Jones. Ebsen also played Fess Parker's sidekick in Walt Disney's Davy Crockett miniseries (1953–54), and was cast as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (1939) until he fell ill from an allergy to the makeup.

 Born April 2, 1947
Age:   65 years old

Emmylou Harris is an American singer-songwriter and musician. She has released many chart-topping albums and singles over the course of her career, and has won 12 Grammys and numerous other awards.

In addition to her work as a solo artist and bandleader, both as an interpreter of other composers' works and as a singer-songwriter, she is a sought-after backing vocalist and duet partner, working with numerous other artists including Gram Parsons, John Denver, Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, The Band, Mark Knopfler, Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Rodney Crowell, Little Feat, and Neil Young.

 Born April 2, 1961
Age   51 years old

Christopher Peter Meloni is an American actor. He is best known for his television roles as NYPD Detective Elliot Stabler on the NBC police drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and as inmate Chris Keller on the HBO prison drama Oz. In June 2012, he returned to HBO, as the vampire Roman on True Blood.

 Born April 2, 1914
Died  Aug. 5, 2000

Alec Guinness was an English actor,  probably best known for his six collaborations with David Lean: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations (1946), Fagin in Oliver Twist (1948), Col. Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor), Prince Faisal in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Yevgraf in Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Professor Godbole in A Passage to India (1984).

In later years, he achieved fame with younger audiences for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in George Lucas’s original Star Wars trilogy.


Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.
--William Butler Yeats

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