Friday, August 16, 2013

Down At The End Of Lonely Street



I thought I'd be clever and slip a short short-story in here. But after I'd written it and revised it slightly, it still appeared amateurish and not very interesting. So I deleted it. Now there is no time to substitute something in its place.

So it goes . . .

Oh, by the way; I had a winning ticket in the Mega-Millions lottery this week. Had the Mega number: 39. I cashed it in yesterday morning.

A cool two bucks.



Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.



On this day, August 16 in 1977, popular music icon Elvis Presley died in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 42. The death of the "King of Rock and Roll" brought legions of mourning fans to Graceland, his mansion in Memphis. Doctors said he died of a heart attack, likely brought on by his addiction to prescription barbiturates.

From 1956 through 1958, Elvis dominated the music charts and ushered in the age of rock and roll, opening doors for both white and black rock artists. During this period, he starred in four successful motion pictures, all of which featured his soundtracks: Love Me Tender (1956), Jailhouse Rock (1957), Loving You (1957), and King Creole (1958).

Presley was drafted into the U.S. Army and served an 18-month tour of duty in West Germany as a Jeep drive.  All five singles released during this period eventually became million-sellers. After his army hitch he made 27 films in the 1960s, including G.I. Blues (1960), Blue Hawaii (1961), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Viva Las Vegas (1964), and Frankie and Johnny (1966).

In 1967, he married Priscilla Beaulieu, and the couple had a daughter, Lisa Marie, in 1968.

By the mid 1970s, Elvis was in declining physical and mental health. He divorced his wife in 1973 and developed a dangerous dependence on prescription drugs. He was also addicted to junk food and gained considerable weight. In the last two years of his life, he made erratic stage appearances and lived nearly as a recluse. On the afternoon of August 16, 1977, he was found unconscious in his Graceland mansion and rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.



-  lack of confidence or assurance; self-doubt
-  the quality or state of being insecure; instability

Insecurity is a feeling of general unease or nervousness that may be triggered by perceiving of oneself to be vulnerable or inferior in some way, or a sense of vulnerability or instability which threatens one's self-image or ego.

People who are insecure lack confidence in their own value, and one or more of their capabilities, lack trust in themselves or others, or has fears that a present positive state is temporary, and will let them down and cause them loss or distress by "going wrong" in the future. This is a common trait, which only differs in degree between people.



(born August 16, 1958)
Madonna is an American singer-songwriter, actress, author, director, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She received generally positive reviews for her role in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), though her later film appearances received mixed commentary. She received critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Evita (1996).

Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records.

(born August 16, 1960)
Timothy Hutton is an American actor and director. He is the youngest actor to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, which he won at the age of 20 for his performance as Conrad Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980). Hutton has since appeared regularly in feature films and on television, with featured roles in Taps, The Falcon and the Snowman, and The Dark Half, among others.

(born August 16, 1953)
Kathie Lee Gifford  is an American television host, singer, songwriter and actress, best known for her 15-year run (1985–2000) on the talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, which she co-hosted with Regis Philbin. On April 7, 2008, Gifford began co-hosting the fourth hour of NBC's Today, alongside Hoda Kotb.

Kathie Lee was married to sportscaster Frank Gifford on October 18, 1986. They live in Greenwich, Connecticut, with their son and daughter, Cody Newton Gifford and Cassidy Erin Gifford. The couple shares the same birthday, August 16.

(August 16, 1930 - March 24, 2010)
Robert Culp was an American actor, scriptwriter, voice actor and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965–1968), the espionage series in which he and co-star Bill Cosby played a pair of secret agents. Prior to that, he starred in the CBS western series, Trackdown as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman from 1957-1959.

The 1980s brought him back to television; he starring as FBI Agent Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero. He also had a recurring role as Warren Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond. In all, Culp gave hundreds of performances in a career spanning more than 50 years.


Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.
--Elvis Presley



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