Monday, September 22, 2014

More TV Watching



"Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators.”
--Stephen Fry

Yesterday I watched the final episode of The Roosevelts on PBS. I am  not sure why, but I'm glad I viewed it.


I watched the documentary about the late Keith Martin on TLC. It affected me so strongly that I did a Google search to learn more about this nearly unbelievable story.

Britain's fattest man: Keith Martin - who can't sit up, wash himself or go to the loo - gives up his 24-egg breakfasts in a last ditch attempt to lose weight.

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I watched the first episode of Madam Secretary starring Tea Leoni on CBS last night. I like Tea Leoni... I like her a LOT. But I did not much like the show.

Hopefully, the show will get better as time goes by.


Did You Know . . .?

An avid American cyclist named Tom Justice once successfully robbed about 30 banks across the country on his bike by using his fast pedaling skills to evade police.



On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which set a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recast the Civil War as a fight against slavery. The proclamation was a presidential order and not a law passed by Congress, so Lincoln then pushed for an antislavery amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ensure its permanence. With the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery was eliminated throughout America

Lincoln's handwritten draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed in the Chicago Fire of 1871. Today, the original official version of the document is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.



1. focus one's attention or mental effort on a particular object or activity.
2. do or deal with (one particular thing) above all others.
3. gather (people or things) together in numbers or in a mass.
4. increase the strength or proportion of (a substance or solution) by removing or reducing the water or any other diluting agent or by selective accumulation of atoms or molecules.
5. a substance made by removing water or other diluting agent; a concentrated form of something, especially food.



(born September 22, 1960)
Scott Baio is an American actor, best known for his roles as Chachi Arcola on the sitcom Happy Days and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi, the titular character on the sitcom Charles in Charge and the main character in the musical Bugsy Malone. He is also known for his role as Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-drama series Diagnosis: Murder. Baio has also appeared in various television programs as a guest star, several independent films, and currently stars on the Nick at Nite sitcom See Dad Run.

(born September 22, 1982)
Billie Piper is an English actress. Her acting career began in 2004. Piper's most famous role is as Rose Tyler, companion to The Doctor from 2005 to 2006, in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who, a role she reprised in 2008, 2010, and 2013. From 2007 until 2011, she starred as the high-flying escort Belle de Jour in the TV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl. She currently stars as Brona, an Irish immigrant, in the horror TV series Penny Dreadful.

(born September 22, 1984)
Laura Vandervoort is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles as Sadie Harrison in the Canadian television series Instant Star, Arla 'The Bolt-Gun Killer' Cogan in the sci-fi crime series Haven, Kara Zor-El in the American television series Smallville, and Lisa in the ABC science fiction series V. In 2014 she starred in Bitten.

(born September 22, 1961)
Bonnie Hunt is an American actress, comedian, and daytime television host. She has appeared in the films Rain Man, Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, Cheaper by the Dozen, and Cheaper by the Dozen 2. Hunt has starred in the television series Grand and Davis Rules as well as creating, producing, writing, and starring in The Building, Bonnie, and Life with Bonnie. From 2008 to 2010, she hosted the day time talk show The Bonnie Hunt Show.


"One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time."
--Carl Sagan


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