Thursday, October 3, 2013

Much Ado About Next To Nothing



I have been musing over how young or how old should a person be to get a book published. So I did some snooping.

The youngest female author to be published was Dorothy Straight. She was only 4 years old when she wrote How the World Began, in 1964, for her grandmother. Her parents thought it was good enough to be published. They were right.

Amazon (at this instant) has one copy left of How The World Began listed in Hardcover for "from $12.00"

The youngest male author was Dennis Vollmer who wrote Joshua Disobeys in 1987 at age 6.

Amazon has Joshua Disobeys listed in paperback for $2,396.90 -- believe it or not. (I suppose it could have been a misprint... who knows?)

Bertha Wood, who has died aged 101, was the world's oldest first-time author. She set the record in 2005 with Fresh Air and Fun published on her 100th birthday.

At this time I am 74 years old... evidently neither too young nor too old to publish a novel.


I copied this from Facebook

What Snopes says about Amendment 28 . . .


Did You Know . . . ?

The city with the most Rolls Royce's per capita is Hong Kong.



On October 3 in 1995, at the end of a sensational trial, former football star Orenthal James "O.J." Simpson was acquitted of the brutal 1994 double murder of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman.

O.J., -- a  Heisman Trophy winner, star running back with the Buffalo Bills, and popular television personality--married Nicole Brown in 1985. He reportedly regularly abused his wife and in 1989 pleaded no contest to a charge of spousal battery. In 1992, she left him and filed for divorce. On the night of June 12, 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were stabbed and slashed to death in the front yard of Mrs. Simpson's condominium in Brentwood, Los Angeles. By June 17, police had gathered enough evidence to charge O.J. Simpson with the murders. Simpson pleaded not guilty.

In polls, a majority of African Americans believed Simpson to be innocent of the crime, while white America was confident of his guilt. However, the jury--made up of nine African Americans, two whites, and one Hispanic--was not so divided; they took just four hours of deliberation to reach the verdict of not guilty on both murder charges.

In February 1997, Simpson was found liable for several charges related to the murders in a civil trial and was forced to award $33.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the victims' families. However, with few assets remaining after his long and costly legal battle, he has avoided paying the damages.

In 2007, Simpson ran into legal problems once again when he was arrested for breaking into a Las Vegas hotel room and taking sports memorabilia, which he claimed had been stolen from him, at gunpoint. On October 3, 2008, he was found guilty of 12 charges related to the incident, including armed robbery and kidnapping, and sentenced to 33 years in prison.



A course of action that would appear to lead to a good outcome, but when undertaken, leads to a situation that is utterly out of control beyond human comprehension.

Wikipedia says that a shitstorm is a vulgar dysphemism for a chaotic and unpleasant situation



(born October 3, 1954)
Al Sharpton is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and television/radio talk show host. In 2004, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. presidential election. He hosts his own radio talk show, Keepin' It Real, and he makes regular guest appearances on Fox News (such as on The O'Reilly Factor), CNN, and MSNBC. In 2011, he was named the host of MSNBC's PoliticsNation, a nightly talk show.

Sharpton's critics describe him as "a political radical who is to blame, in part, for the deterioration of race relations". Sociologist Orlando Patterson has referred to him as a racial arsonist, while liberal columnist Derrick Z. Jackson has called him the black equivalent of Richard Nixon and Pat Robertson.

(born October 3, 1966)
Kirsten Nelson is an American actress. She became a founding member of Chicago's Roadworks Theatre Ensemble before moving to Los Angeles. She currently stars in the USA Network dramedy Psych, where her character, Chief Karen Vick, is promoted to Chief of Police in Santa Barbara in Season 2. Nelson’s other roles include roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The O'Keefes (as Ellie O’Keefe), Baby's Day Out, The Fugitive, Frasier, Ally McBeal, The West Wing, Just Shoot Me! and Boy Meets World. 

(born October 3, 1941)
Chubby Checker (born Ernest Evans)  is an American singer-songwriter. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard's R&B hit "The Twist". In September 2008 "The Twist" topped Billboard's list of the most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since its debut in 1958, an honor it maintained for an August 2013 update of the list. He also popularized the Limbo Rock and its trademark limbo dance, as well as various dance styles such as the fly. 

(born October 3, 1973)
Neve Campbell is a Canadian actress who played teenage roles in the 1990s as Julia Salinger in the television series Party of Five and as Sidney Prescott in the Wes Craven horror film Scream and its sequels. She has also starred in films such as The Craft, Wild Things, and later several films that were critically acclaimed but received a limited theatrical release, including Panic (2000) and The Company (2003).


Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.
--William James



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