Saturday, June 1, 2013

That Was Then, This Is Now


I read somewhere that Samuel Goldwyn once said, "Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union." That statement seems, to me, to be contrary to the very concept  of art or intellectual insights existing within literature and cinema. Perhaps Mr. Goldwyn meant motion pictures intended for the entertainment of the masses. Or maybe he was referring to the maximization of profit... 'the bottom line.'


The old Boy Scout cabin in my hometown is going to be destroyed, reports the Rensselaer Adventures blog.

Boy Scout Cabin
Rensselaer, Indiana
(Photo courtesy of Rensselaer Adventures)

Here is the comment I posted to that blog:

What a shame. I have many memories of weekly evening meetings in that cabin when I was a Boy Scout in the early to middle 1950s, when Ed Hudson was Scoutmaster and Bill Hudson his assistant. I remember when Max Henry went to the big Scout Jamboree and got to see President Truman. And Herbie Arihood often got sick to his stomach during activities, like the Compass competition. I was in the "Silver Fox Patrol" and we were ALWAYS the winners and got to keep the Compass trophy in our corner (Northeast Corner) of the cabin.

"Oh well... there is always conflict between Destroyers and Preservationists.

Rensselaer Adventures


Here is an amazing video. Title:The Power of Concentration. Please watch it to the end.

Miyoko Shida Rigolo's Amazing Concentration



No piece of paper can be folded in half consecutively more than 7 times.



On this day, June 1 in 1965 a coal mine explosion killed 236 workers at the Yamano mine near Fukuoka, Japan. The tragic disaster might have been avoided if the operators of the mine had taken even the most basic safety precautions. Yoshio Sakarauchi, the trade and industries minister of Japan, resigned in the aftermath of the disaster.

Note: Fukuoka has long been known internationally in WWII histories as the location of the most infamous, savage, and barbaric of atrocities.

WWII Prisoner Of War Atrocities



reconnoiter [ree-kuh-NOY-tuhr]
-  to inspect, observe, or survey.
-  to examine or survey a region, area.
-  an exploration of an area in order to gather information.


Marilyn Monroe
(June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962)
Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson) was an American actress, model, and singer, who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s and early 1960s.After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe began a career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox.

Her early film appearances were minor, but her performances in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve (both 1950), drew attention. By 1952 she had her first leading role in Don't Bother to Knock and 1953 brought a lead in Niagara, a melodramatic film noir that dwelt on her seductiveness. Her "dumb blonde" persona was used to comic effect in subsequent films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and The Seven Year Itch (1955). Her dramatic performance in Bus Stop (1956) was hailed by critics and garnered a Golden Globe nomination. Her production company, Marilyn Monroe Productions, released The Prince and the Showgirl (1957), for which she received a BAFTA Award nomination and won a David di Donatello award. She received a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Some Like It Hot (1959). Monroe's last completed film was The Misfits (1961), co-starring Clark Gable with screenplay by her then-husband, Arthur Miller.

On August 5, 1962, at 4:25 am, LAPD sergeant Jack Clemmons received a call from Dr. Ralph Greenson, Monroe's psychiatrist, saying that Monroe was found dead at her home in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California. She was 36 years old.

Morgan Freeman
(born June 1, 1937)
Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus and won in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He has also won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Freeman has appeared in many other box office hits, including Unforgiven, Glory, Seven, Deep Impact, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, The Dark Knight Trilogy, and March of the Penguins.

Theresa Elizabeth "Teri" Polo
(born June 1, 1969)
Teri Polo is an American actress known for her role of Pam Focker in the film Meet the Parents (2000) and its two sequels, Meet the Fockers (2004) and Little Fockers (2010). She was one of the stars in the sitcom I'm with Her, as well as the political drama series The West Wing.

(June 1, 1926 - July 3, 2012)
Andy Griffith was an American actor, television producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He was a Tony Award nominee for two roles, and gained prominence in the starring role in director Elia Kazan's film A Face in the Crowd (1957) before he became better known for his television roles, playing the lead characters in the 1960–1968 situation comedy The Andy Griffith Show and in the 1986–1995 legal drama Matlock.


Not necessity, not desire -- no, 'the love of power' is the demon of men. Let them have everything - health, food, a place to live, entertainment -- they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.
--Friedrich Nietzsche

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