Thursday, November 6, 2014




Sometimes I feel my whole life has been one big rejection.
--Marilyn Monroe


Did You Know . . .?

William Saroyan, recognized as "one of the most prominent literary figures of the mid-20th century," received an astonishing 7,000 rejection slips before selling his first short story.

Saroyan made his breakthrough in 1934 in Story magazine with The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze

Saroyan's advice to a young writer was: "Try to learn to breathe deeply; really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell." 

Also . . .

A note sent to George Orwell, rejecting his book "Animal Farm" -- "It is impossible to sell animal stories in the U.S.A."



On this day in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency. Lincoln received only 40 percent of the popular vote but handily defeated the three other candidates: Southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge, Constitutional Union candidate John Bell, and Northern Democrat Stephen Douglas, a U.S. senator for Illinois. For preserving the Union and bringing an end to slavery, and for his unique character and powerful oratory, Lincoln is hailed as one of the greatest American presidents.



rejection [ri-JEK-shuh n]
the dismissing or refusing of a proposal, idea, etc.
refusal, spurning, dismissal, elimination.



(Nov 6, 1976 - Apr 22, 2004)
Pat Tillman was an American football player who left his professional career and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. His service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and subsequent death, reportedly from friendly fire, were the subject of much media attention.

(born November 6, 1946)
Sally Field is an American actress, singer, producer, director, and screenwriter. In each decade of her career, she has been known for her leading roles in the TV series Gidget and The Flying Nun, and film roles in Smokey and the Bandit, Norma Rae, Places in the Heart, Steel Magnolias, Not Without My Daughter, Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Lincoln.

(born November 6, 1970)
Ethan Hawke is an American actor, writer and director. He made his breakthrough appearance in the 1989 drama Dead Poets Society. He then appeared in such films as White Fang, A Midnight Clear, and Alive, before taking a role in the 1994 Generation X drama Reality Bites. In 1995 he starred in the romantic drama Before Sunrise, and later in its sequels Before Sunset and Before Midnight.

(born November 6, 1955)
Maria Shriver is an American journalist, author of six best-selling books, and former First Lady of California as the wife of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.


"I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat."
--Sylvester Stallone


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