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31 October 2005

Trick or Treat?...


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es, once again this horror of horror holidays is upon us. I thought that I would let you in on a few events that have taken place and kinda/sorta blend in with the holiday. Enjoy!

Here is the TRUE history behind this incredible holiday!

A lot of Halloween customs come from Great Britain and Ireland. One is flinging things into a fire, such as stones and vegetables and nuts, in order to keep the spooks away.

People in the country cleaned out turnip or rutabagas or pumpkins and put a candle or coals inside to scare away evil spirits from their houses.

The Irish started trick or treat a long time ago because people were so poor. Farmers would go from door to door asking for food for the town. They promised good times for those who gave and threatened those who did not.

A Premonition With A Bang

A successful merchant from Oxford, Maryland, Robert Morris, one day in 1750, woke up from a bad dream with the knowledge that if he went outside that day, he would be shot and killed. Unfortunately one of his ships was in port and it was a custom for the owner to have dinner on the ship with the captain. Morris told the captain about his dream, but the captain insisted that he come for dinner. Morris decided to go. He took a small boat out to the ship and had a wonderful time. When dinner was over Morris got into his small boat and as he was returning to shore, the crew of the ship fired a salute of loyalty, which accidentally blew Morris small boat out of the water. Robert Morris the son later signed the Declaration of Independence.

Haunting Business Opportunities

The house in The Fall River, Massachusetts, where Lizzie Borden hacked up her parents, has become an inn. There have been stories of lights being switched on and off. There have been stories of eerie presences and ghostly sighting. In spite of this, every room in the inn has been reserved a year in advance even with a price tag of two hundred dollars a night.

An Experiment of Hair Raising Proportions

The Earl of Cranbrook, in Britain, in 1959, tested the old legend that if a bat becomes entangled in a womans hair that it has to be cut in order to free the bat. There were three women who volunteered to let him thrust bats into their hair. He used four different kinds of bats and each time they were able to get out of the womens’ hair without assistance.

The Cat Who Survived and Came Back

An elderly gentleman, Henri Villette, from Alencon, France, wanted to get rid of his cat so he put his cat in a sack and threw it into the Sarthe River. While throwing the sack in, Mr. Villette stumbled and fell into the river himself and drowned. The cat was able to get out of the sack and swim to safety.

A Vampire Death in Modern Times

A Polish immigrant, in Stoke-On-Kent, England, in 1973, was terrified that he would be attacked by a vampire. He took tremendous efforts to protect himself, by placing bags of salt between his legs and by his head, before he went to sleep. He even put a clove of garlic in his mouth. When he fell asleep, he swallowed the clove and choked to death.

Knifed Is Not Terrific

A twenty three year old, Ernest Pecek, from Parma, Ohio, in 1981, wanted to have a very special Halloween costume for a Halloween party. He chose to be a vampire and wanted a knife coming out of his chest with blood on his shirt. He went to work devising his costume. He tied a board to his chest, over his heart and stuck a two sided knife in the board. What a terrific costume. We dont know if he fell or hammered the blade in too deep, but the blade went through the board and pierced his heart, killing him.

Fried Egg

In Franklin, Pennsylvania, in 1994, on Halloween, some teenagers tossed eggs at an electrical substation. One of the eggs caused an arc between two transformers. There was a large fireball which caused a blackout which left 8000 people in the dark.

Booze Spoils Boos

In Tichigan, Wisconsin Otto Ashpole and his young wife, Mary, wanted to go trick or treating in a different way so instead of asking for candy, they asked for booze. Apparently, they were given a lot of the booze treat. Mary fell over a railroad tie used for landscaping and broke the glass she was wearing around her neck. The glass fragments cut her throat open and she bled to death.

Dracula Wants Your Blood

Ottoman Rudolphe Vlad Dracul Kretzulesco is the heir to the title of Vlad Dracula, the figure Bram Stoker used for his Dracula. The current Vlad Dracula is interested in collecting blood just as his ancestor did, but the difference is that he is a Red Cross volunteer. At his castle, outside Berlin, in 1999, he had a blood drive and he dressed in a black cape. More than eight hundred people showed up to donate blood to Draculas heir.

Observations and Questions
So... are you going out tonight? What type of treat do you hand out to the goblins?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Died this date in 1926, Erich Weiss, better known as magician Harry Houdini, dies in Detroit.

Portrait Studio!
Come on... I'm running out of space... don't get cut-out.
30 October 2005

A Real Quickie For Sunday Morning...


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ust thought I would give you a quick chuckle for this Sunday:

Some newspaper headlines or article headlines that have been spotted:

* Crack Found on Governor's Daughter.
* Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says.
* Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers.
* Iraqi Head Seeks Arms!
* Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus?
* Prostitutes Appeal to Pope.
* Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over.
* Miners Refuse to Work after Death.
* War Dims Hope for Peace.
* If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile.
* Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges.
* Man Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge.
* New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group.
* Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft.
* Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half.
* Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors.
* Police Chief says "when we find prostitutes on our streets, we stay on top of them.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1918, Ted Williams, Red Sox hitter (AL MVP '46, '49; Trip Crown '42, '47). And in the death notices: 1893, Sir John Abbott, PM of Canada, (1891-92), dies at 72.
29 October 2005

Am I Dreaming...


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r am I awake? Jodie Foster was just about to lean over and ask me something when I realized I wasn't sitting next to her at a club, but was in my bed... well, I should say I woke up in A bed. I looked around the room and then realized I was awake.

I swear I was fully awake. Here's where it gets a little weird. As I looked around at the things on the wall, I knew I was in my bed. One problem... I couldn't figure out how to get out of my bed. Hey, stop chuckling, this is serious. lol...

Then I reached over onto my night-table to find the ashtray, which is odd because I never, ever smoke in the bedroom. My fingers came to find my glasses and I thought to myself that this was a strange and oddly shaped ashtray. I swear I am not making this up. The next thing I knew I was out of bed and standing there naked. The next problem hit me... how do I get out of this crazy room?

After looking around the room a dozen times, I finally spotted the door. Now here's the goofy part. As I walked through the door, I was in present mind. Know what I mean? I was really, really awake and fully cognizant. Now I am totally confused as to was I still sleeping before? or was I awake?

Observations and Questions
Have you ever had goofy things like this happen to you? You're sane aren't you?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1884, Bela Lugosi, horror actor. And in 1618, Sir Walter Raleigh is executed in London.

Portrait Studio!
Come on... I'm running out of space... don't get cut-out.
28 October 2005

Original "Out of Office Replys"


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onest, I didn't make any of these up... they're real and have actually been used as 'gone away' messages in offices around the country.


11. I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I
fail to get the position. Be prepared for my mood.

10. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of
the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received
anything at all.

9. Sorry to have missed you but I am at the doctors having my brain
removed so that I may be promoted to upper management.

8. I will be unable to delete all the unread, worthless e-mails you
send me until I return from vacation on 01/05. Please be patient and
your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.

7. Thank you for your e-mail. Your credit card has been charged
$5.99 for the first ten words and $1.99 for each additional word in
your message.

6. The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection and
is unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and
try sending again. (the beauty of this is that when your return, you
can see how many in-duh-viduals did this over and over).

5. Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing
system. You are currently in 352nd place, and expect to receive a
reply in approximately 19 weeks.

4. Hi. I'm thinking about what you've just sent me. Please wait by
your PC for my response.

3. Hi! I'm busy negotiating the salary for my new job. Don't bother
to leave me any messages.

2. I've run away to join a different circus.

And, the winner is:

1. I will be out of the office for the next 2 weeks for medical
reasons. When I return, please refer to me as "Loretta" instead of
"Steve".

Observations and Questions
What is the message on your machine?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1914. Dr. Jonas Salk, NYC, medical researcher, made polio a fear of the past. And in the death column we find in 1957 Anthony J Morabito co-owner of SF '49ers, dies while watching a game.

Portrait Studio!
Come on... I'm running out of space... don't get cut-out.
27 October 2005

Grandmom Did WHAT?...


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or her birthday? First I am sorry I can't remember her name now... I've searched the news web sites and can't find it... but I swear it was on the news Tuesday night. Onto the story:

The woman, now called "Grandma" was getting ready for her birthday. Typically of older people she didn't know what she wanted to do and didn't need anything... then she decided she wanted to do something for herself that she always wanted to do... she practiced and got her driving license at 61 years old. I suppose that was impressive, but that's not what today's story is about.

"Grandma" celebrated her birthday on Tuesday, but this was different... she had 91 candles on the cake. Once again she didn't want any presents from anyone, and once again she did something for herself. She practiced and practiced and her big day came.

She boarded a plane... and then jumped out.

Yes, this 91 year old woman, sky-dived for the first time. Of course there was the usual jumpbuddy, but what the heck... I wonder what the 100th activity will be...

Observations and Questions
Kinda gives new meaning to the old phrase "oh stoppit, I'm too old to do that"

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1811, Issac Merrit Singer inventor. Can you guess what he invented? And in the dead files, in 1990 Xavier Cugat, bandlander, dies from heart failure at 90.

Portrait Studio!
Welcome Lisa as the newest member of the "Almost Normal Members of the Not So Normal Portrait Gallery" Everyone rush over to her blog and see her, Happiness is a Good Nap And I also want to point out a new, non-pictured, inductee into the gallery... Lisa. Please visit her at LisaBinDaCity
26 October 2005

Ok, I'll Reveal The Night I Spent...


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n JR's bed... If you read the comments from yesterday you'll know who I am talking about. Several readers sent email wanting to know all the little dirty details... you perverts.

As many of you know I was the Marketing Director and Sales Mgr. for a resort, on an island, off the coast of Belize towards the end of one of my many occupations.

Anyway, I will not reveal who JR is for legal reasons and I don't care how much of a pretty woman she is... my lips are sealed. I'll not mention the name of the resort either because of the way I left their employ right after my heart attack.

JR showed up unannounced and checked in... word spread like wildfire. I immediately thought that it was time for me to go down to the property to make a 'property inspection'. It seems she was having some problems with her then boyfriend BP. Towards the end of her stay, guess who showed up? That's right me and BP. Guess who JR ended up sleeping with? Right, JP and not me. They were scene having breakfast together at our restaurant and dinners, etc at other places on the island. Fast-forward to check out day and they left... ummm not together.

Anyway after she left, I got an opportunity to check out the room with the maid as she prepared to clean up for the next guest.... which was me! :) Yes folks, that's when I turned into a full fledged pervert. Rolling around on the bed... there was even a hint of JR's perfume. MmmMMmmmmMMM! Of course being the good snoop that I am, I checked the waste-basket, but alas it was empty... many famous guest take their important trash with them for obvious reasons. Then I thought to myself, Denny get a grip.... you're an adult not some teenager. LOL SO I left and the maid cleaned the room after she rolled around on the bed also. NO, don't even go there.

Maybe next time I'll tell you about my night of drinking with one of country's hottest stars... LAR My lips are sealed.

Observations and Questions
What can I say? No, don't even try and get her name out of me! Read my lips:

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1947, Jaclyn Smith, Houston Tx, actress (Charlie's Angels) And in our death notices we find in 901 King Alfred the Great.


Portrait Studio!
Where are all the people that said they wanted to send a picture of themselves for me to hang over in the gallery?
25 October 2005

Yeah, Yeah But Do I Get...


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yard with my new house? As many of you know I am originally from Philly. Being from Philly I always loved Jersey... ummm that's New Jersey to all of you non-residents. This blog entry today is about when things go wrong, terribly wrong with planning.

The Pine Barrens can be a great place, especially for solitude, not to mention the ferocious Jersey Devil. But a not-so-great place when it comes to township and building planning.

TO WIT:
A small town that will remain nameless and the Municipal Utilities Commission have reached an agreement regarding a tract of land where 244 new, luxurious homes were to be built. The land 722 acres has been in dispute and in and out of court for quite awhile now. To make a long blah, blah, blah story really short. An agreement has been reached, with the Pinelands Commission where all of this is taking place. Instead of the 244 new homes, this is what will be:

The 192-acre Aerohaven Park, a former private airport will be preserved, after they turn the airport into baseball fields. And therefore also giving the sewage authority an easement to build three groundwater recharge basins on about 12 acres at Aerohaven which will be the "final disposal" for its sewage treatment plant, which can treat 700,000 gallons a day. The township owns the Aerohaven site.

Now the Municipal Utilities Authority plans to abandon the spray irrigation and sell the treated wastewater which will be processed right next to the golf course they plan on building for irrigation.

So now we've got a former airport which will be turned into 3 groundwater recharge basins for sewage treatment, a new golf course which will be treated with the "final product" for the golf course (cough cough gag cough). And an undetermined amount of baseball fields somewhere in the ummm mixture.

Oh, I forgot... remember the 244 new homes that were originally being built on the site? That's down to 21 homes now. And my head now really hurts.

Observations and Questions
Did you understand what I just wrote? Please let me know what it says... I can't make heads or tails out of it. Maybe I should question the home builder... I'm sure he understands it. ALSO... the music playing is from my very favorite Jersey band, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, who were the musicians for the movie Eddie and the Cruisers. When I think of Jersey and the Jersey shore, I always think of these guys.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1881, Pablo Picasso, Spain, who we know as a worldclass artist. And also born this date and worth mentioning, 1967, Julia Roberts, Smyrna Georgia, actress (Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman). I mention Julia because I once slept in her bed. Eat your hearts out guys! Now we'll see who pays attention! lol

The only problem was that she wasn't in it at the time! Maybe I'll write about it this week. And in those dusty death notices we have in 1400 Geoffrey Chaucer, author, dies in London.

Portrait Studio!
Where are all the people that said they wanted to send a picture of themselves for me to hang over in the gallery?
24 October 2005

The Mummy Cancelled Again AGAIN...But Oh So Worth It...


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es, I know, I know... but I can't help it. Saturday I called to make sure everything was ok for Sunday and our excursion into the mummy's tomb. Guess what? Ex #2 forgot to tell me that my youngest daughter was in a carnival play at school yesterday. My youngest is also starring in the play.

I even sent my ex an email on THURSDAY asking how my oldest was doing since she was sick all week and missed a few days of school. I wanted to make sure that she would be ok to go see the mummy today. As usual, I got no response. So I just figured I could wait until Saturday and call the girls. So now I have to call the museum and cancel and reschedule our tickets for another day. AGAIN.

I mentioned I was putting together a video for the girls, as I do everytime we go somewhere. I am determined to show you the video, which is herewith offered. It is just the basic I worked on and was waiting for after yesterday to add the actual pictures from the museum with the girls. When viewed on the regular TV screen... it's much bigger.

NOTE: You have to click once on the little arrow, and then when you get to the next screen, click on it once more.



Surprise, Surprise...

Now do the same thing over again and click on the little arrow below, and then when you get to the next screen, click on the arrow again and you'll see why we missed the mummy. I think it was worth missing his royal mumminess. This is the first time I used the motion video on my camera. I need to play around a bit with it I think. Enjoy! By the way, my daughter is the one right in front on the left in the white blouse and blue dress.



Observations and Questions
So how did I do on both videos?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1788, Sarah Josepha Hale, author (Mary Had a Little Lamb). And in the never-ending death notices we find believe it or not a really close friend of mine in 1983 Jessica Savitch, news anchor (NBC-TV), dies at 35 in a car accident. I was at a party with her only 2 weeks prior.

Portrait Studio!
Where are all the people that said they wanted to send a picture of themselves for me to hang over in the gallery?
22 October 2005

WOW, I Always...


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ondered where that saying came from... Ever say that to yourself? Well, you're gonna be glad to stopped by today... Read on...

Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying,"Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was
the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals(mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the Phrase "thresh hold."

(Getting quite an education, aren't we?)

Sometimes people could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive.

So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be"saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."

Observations and Questions
Now aren't you really glad you stopped by today? Anything to add?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1942, my first true love, Annette Funicello, Utica NY, actress (Mickey Mouse Club). And of course in the death notices we find under all that dust and dirt, in 1986, Jane Dornnacker, WNBC-AM NYC, helicopter traffic reporter dies doing a live traffic report as her copter crashes.

Portrait Studio!
Where are all the people that said they wanted to send a picture of themselves for me to hang over in the gallery?
21 October 2005

Ok, I Am Officially Shocked...


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es, shocked... I was quietly watching the Discovery channel and a show on global warming. Some years ago and we're not talking 20, 30 or even a hundred years ago... we're talking MILLIONS of years ago...

I swear I never knew this... maybe you should go get a map of the world. Now take a look at Africa and South America. See anything similar? They were once connected! If this was a jigsaw puzzle... the right coast of South American would fit perfectly onto the left side of Africa! Yes, at one time they were connected and one big land mass. And the US was connected somewhere in the north but they didn't say where.

Anyway... Somehow they broke apart and began drifting apart, an inch a year or something... until they came to rest where they are on the globe right now. Is this unbelievable?

Observations and Questions
Did you know this? Am I the only person on the planet that didn't know this?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1956, Princess Leya... err... Carrie Fisher, Actress. ANd in the death notices we find Pierre Salinger, press sec'y for JFK.

Portrait Studio!
Where are all the prople that said they wanted to send a picture of themselves for me to hang over in the gallery?
20 October 2005

What Do I Write About Today?...


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ood Lord... today there are two headlines I could write about today... The Houston Astros are the National League Champs and it's onto the World Series on Saturday. Windy City vs. Bayou City. Deep dish pizza vs. Texas barbecue. It's been a long, long time coming! What else can I say?

The second is kinda/sorta like a nightmare Condi vs Hillary in the next Presidential race? Yes folks, there are rumors and back room talks.

I do not think I could possibly last an entire race. Not that I am against females running for the office... it's no secret that I am NOT a Hillary fan. Having said that, please do not think there will be any Hillary bashing on this blog. Yes, I know that the old rumor that she is bi-sexual will surface again... I will not speculate on that nor will I discuss it.

On the other side of the aisle is Condi Rice. Is the fact that she is black and a female have any bearing? It would be two hurdles for her to jump. Is she married? What I do know is that in her first 8 months as Secretary of State she has accomplished an unbelievable track record throughout the world.


Observations and Questions
If the election were held today... who would you vote for? Hillary or Condi? You can also vote if you are from the other side of the pond also. So... who are you rooting for in the World Series? The Houston Astros or... or... the other team?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1931, Mickey Mantle, NY Yankee, home run slugger (1956 Triple Crown). And rounding the plate in the death notices we have in 1906, William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher, (NY Giants), dies at 67.

Portrait Studio!
Come on! Come on! What are you waiting for? You know you wanna do it!
19 October 2005

Ring, Ring, Ring...


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ormally I wake up around 3:30AM every morning, however there are days when I wake up at 2:30AM... and I think this might just be normal for me as I always got up early. However, I think it's wearing me down... so I mentioned it to the Dr. and she prescribed Trazodone as a sleeping pill aide. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

This morning I woke up at 2:30AM, and did the usual... coffeepot, bathroom, combed hair (and no, I don't know why I comb my hair at that hour). Sat down at the computer to begin over-seeing the My Anything But Normal Life worldwide conglomerate.

At exactly 3:30AM I hear the alarm in the upstairs apartment go off. BONG, BONG, BONG, BONG. Ok, ok, shut the God-damned thing off already. Then it hit me... maybe it's this guys alarm that has been waking me up all this time, even with my sleeping pills. Now I did remember hearing him walking around one morning at 2:30AM when I woke up. I wonder... see where I am going? But now this presents a slight problem.

Observations and Questions
Do I mention it to this guy? Buy him a more silent alarm? What would you do?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1928, Buff Cobb, Florence Italy, actress (Masquerade Party). How could anyone born in Florence Italy have the name Buff Cobb? And trouble in paradise Gig? In 1978, Gig Young kills his bride of 3 weeks & then commits suicide at 64.

Portrait Studio!
Come on! Come on! What are you waiting for? You know you wanna do it!
18 October 2005

The Italian Stallion...


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oming out of retirement, once last time. Yes folks, fellow former Philly pal Sly Stallone is resurrecting Rocky Balboa for one last fight. Using my abacus I believe this will be Number 6.


The first Rocky introduced everyone's favorite underdog, a blue-collar, journeyman puncher who goes a full 15 rounds with flamboyant champ Apollo Creed. It was also filmed entirely in my old neighborhood. The fish store that Adrian worked in is still there, and the boxing club where Rocky trained is right across the street, but closed down. It was really a bar called the Blue Moon.

Rocky II (Rocky takes title from Creed. Rocky III (Rocky loses title to Mr. T, then regains it in rematch). Rocky IV (Rocky goes to Russia, battles steroid-crazed Commie boxer Dolph Lundgren. Rocky V (1990), saw Stallone's alter ego come out of retirement and engage former protege Tommy Gunn (real-life boxer Tommy Morrison).

The story, in Rocky VI will pick up with the fictional prize fighter retired and a widower (no Adrian!), who, after resisting offers to return to the ring, reluctantly agrees to take on reigning world heavyweight champion Mason "The Line" Dixon.

Rocky III was pretty neat though. They threw an opening night party at the Phila. Art Museum in Philly, and I got to meet them all! Stallone was there as well as Talia Shire (Adrian - who has died in Rocky 6 - snif), Mr. T, and the rest of the cast. And guess who was invited? Yep, being in politics at the time I guess they thought they should invite me. Shrug. I had a great time that night, rubbing elbows with the Hollywood elite.

The big shocker was when tough and tumble Mr. T got up to speak in his real voice. I was astonished as it was very quite high pitched... not the down low voice persona he uses on camera.

And so went my brush with Hollywood. And no one asked for my autograph.

Observations and Questions
Have you seen any of the Rocky movies? Like or Dislike? Will you see Number 6?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1933, Peter Boyle Phila, actor (Joe, Candidate - Everybody Loves Raymond) and also this date in 1926, Chuck Berry, St Louis, rocker. And it was lights out in 1931, for Thomas Alva Edison inventor, dies in West Orange, NJ, at 84.

Portrait Studio!
Come on! Come on! What are you waiting for? You know you wanna do it!
17 October 2005

Disappointment...


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ith a captal 'D'. Yes, I know you're disappointed that my story about the Mummy isn't here... and so am I. As I briefly mentioned yesterday my one daughter called and sounded terrible. She apparently had a cold or the flu or something.

I did call the museum and they graciously changed my tickets to next Sunday. In a way I am glad we cancelled... when I called the museum to change the date I looked at the ticket. I had thought our time was at noon and told the girls I would pick them up at 11AM to be there in time. I looked at the tickets and was shocked to find out the showing was at 11AM and not at 12. We would have missed it.

I think I previously mentioned that when the girls and I go somewhere and I take pictures I use Camtasia or VideoStudio to turn them into a video, with music, the whole nine yards... and they turn out great. So right now I am working on adding stock stuff and background. When we go and I take pictures, then I'll add them. I'll try and put it up on here so you can see it. I'm not sure if it'll work here though. We'll see.

Observations and Questions
How was your weekend? What did you do?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1848, William "Candy" Cummings, created the curve ball. And digging deep in the death notices we have in 1910, Julia Ward Howe, composer, (Battle Hymn of the Republic), dies at 91.

Holiday Explained
As you may know, over on the left side of the blog I try and put what holiday it is, somewhere in the world. Every so often I come across holidays that I don't have a clue what it is... and you probably don't have a clue either. So I am going to correct that, beginning today. From now on when there is a holiday that I don't have the foggiest idea what it is, I will look it up and put it right here for you to read. We'll both be eductaed then... so therefore:

Haiti: Dessalines Day

Jean-Jacques Dessalines, pronounced zhahn zhahk day sa LEEN, (1758-1806), is one of Haiti's national heroes. He helped free the country from French rule and became its first chief of state.

Dessalines was born a slave in Grande-Riviere-du-Nord, Haiti. In his early life he served as an officer in the French army. In 1791, Dessalines became a part of the freedom movement that lead to the total abolition of slavery in Haiti in 1793. After fighting under General Toussaint L'Ouverture against British and Spanish soldiers attempting to take the Haitian colony from France, Dessaline fought again under Toussaint to expel the French from Haiti. In 1802, when the French arrested Toussaint, Dessalines became the revolution's leader. The French, under General Rochambeau (successor of LeClerc who had died of malaria earlier), were finally defeated at the famed Battle of Vertieres on November 18th, 1803. Notably, it is Dessalines' victory overRochambeau in Vertieres that forced Napoleon to abandon his bid for the control of Louisiana and eventually, the rest of the 'New World'.

In 1804, Dessalines declared the colony the independent country of Haiti and assumed the title of governor general for life. In 1806, He was murdered by political rivals.


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16 October 2005

Mummy Postponement...


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ell, a few minutes ago I received a call from my daughter and she sounded terrible... so our trek to see old Nesperennub will have to wait until next Sunday.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1946, Suzanne Somers, San Bruno Calif, actress (3's Company, Step by Step). In the death column we find in 1793 Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, beheaded.
15 October 2005

ANSWER: Lazy, Lazy, Lazy...


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UESTION: In three words or less, how do you feel on this Saturday morning? Yes friends, I know... you can't believe it. I am professing to being lazy. However, being the trooper I am I feel compelled to write here today to show my allegiance to the thousands, hundreds, handful of loyal readers that get up early in the day and come here to be entertained.

Do I feel terrible about not having anything to spark your mind awake? Yes, I do... Do I care? Ummm not really. Laugh (of course I do)

To give you an idea of just how lazy I feel, I'm not even going to go buy my bagels this morning. I wonder if they deliver? I have a basket full of wash to do, which I normally do on Saturday mornings. Guess what? I've determined I can get by until next Saturday, when I am positive I'll feel peppier.

The dishwasher is full of clean dishes that I did last night, so I'll just pick and choose from there for today and put the rest away tomorrow. Tomorrow? OMG, it's Sunday and on Sundays I feel even lazier than I do on Saturdays. Oh wait, tomorrow is Mummy day. I wonder if I rented the movie The Mummy if it would be the same?

Good Lord... I just listened to the music I selected for today... it is so bad... I'm sorry, but you guessed it... I'm too lazy to change it.


Observations and Questions
Do you ever just have "one of those days"?


Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1955, Tanya Roberts [Leigh], Bronx NY, actress (Charlie's Angels, Sheena). For some reason (ok, 2 reasons) I always liked that movie, Sheena. And in the death notices we find in 1917, Mata Hari, Dutch dancer/German spy, executed by firing squad in Paris.


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14 October 2005

Nesperennub, I See You...


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nd I see you're all wrapped up right now, but could you give me a minute? This Sunday should prove really interesting for me and my two daughters. We're going to the Houston Museum of Natural Science to see a 2,800 year old mummy who was named Nesperennub. We've all seen mummies so what's so special about this guy? He was a priest who lived in ancient Egypt around 800 B.C. and his mummy has remained sealed and unopened since the embalmers prepared him on the West Bank at Thebes.

He is the first mummy who has undergone a non-invasive computerized tomography (CT) scan. He's been digitally sliced into 1,500 slivers and then re-assembled. What does this mean? Aside from his sarcophagus with him inside... we will be able to see him completely without the scientist ever having to rip him open. In addition we will see a 3D movie and can explore the mummy inside the linen wrappings.

Even mummies have a funny side. When Neseperennub was being mummified, the embalmers accidentally left a bowl fill with resin and other things at his head. Don't ask me how but somehow his head got stuck in the resin bowl and they couldn't get it off his head. Any idea what they did? Yup, they wrapped his head "as is" and to this day the bowl is still stuck to his head! I'm sure the two embalmers looked at each other, laughed and said, "who's ever gonna know? " That is a riot!

When I told my daughters, the oldest (8) said apprehensively and real slow: "ummmm okay." and the youngest (6), "we can't see the real mummy?" (pout).

I've seen a few mummies in my life but the one I found most interesting was in Niagara Falls. He was completely out of his case and naked... completely naked and "everything" was on display, and I do mean "everything." I think prior to his death he instructed the embalmers that when he dies and being prepared they were to add a few inches here and there. I was shocked.

On Monday I'll tell you the results of this first visit for the girls to a real 'live' mummy.

Observations and Questions
Have you ever seen a real mummy in person? Would you?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1894, e. e. cummings, Cambridge Mass, famous poet. And in the death notices we find in 1977, Bing Crosby, dies of a heart attack at 74, in Madrid, Spain.

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13 October 2005

Flash From Fox News


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oming on the heels of yesterday's article on Boobs... I see today that the Fox Network has cancelled Paris Hilton's TV show The Simple Life. Following Fox for awhile now, I realize that if your show gets fired from Fox, it must really, really, REALLY suck. Granted, I have never seen The Simple Life, but I have a feeling that it offered nothing more than expected glimpses of Paris's boobs. Not that there is much there to begin with... hey, I know what I speak of cause I saw her ummmm "video".

How does someone such as Paris fall into such projects? Now she's making movies, making perfume, recording, TV 'star', and whatever else. While listening to music to attach to today's blog I came across the song "Screwed" by Paris Hilton. It was soooooooo bad I wouldn't even subject y'all to a snipet... really.

Maybe I'm just jaded as I get older but I wouldn't even walk across the street to see her if she was butt naked calling to me. Ummm wait a minute... let's change that to I wouldn't even walk across the street to see her if she was fully clothed and eating a hot dog. ummm wrapping her tongue around a pickle, err sucking on a lollypop Well, let's just leave it at fully clothed.

Observations and Questions
Will you miss The Simple Life? Is there a show you would love to see canceled? What is your favorite TV show? Me personally, I enjoy CSI... the original show, not all the spinoffs.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1925, Margaret Thatcher, (Tory), British PM, (1979-90), aka the Iron Lady. And with a 'really big' notice we find in 1974, Ed Sullivan, TV host (Ed Sullivan Show), dies at 73.

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12 October 2005

Boobs! Butts! and more Boobs!


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ast night I watched 2 movies on TV. The first one was about aliens or werewolves or zombies or a combination of all three. I sat for an hour and fifteen minutes watching heads being ripped off, legs being chomped down on... and hearts being ripped out and eaten. It wasn't that bad considering I watch the nightly news and pretty much see the same thing night after night.

The next movie I watched was Gothika with Halley Berry. Aside from being a decent story I remembered there was a shower scene in which we were treated to a rear shot of her standing naked facing the other inmates. A nice long view of her butt as well. However, in this version that scene was mutilated and ripped from the story... I could almost hear the film strip screaming and they tore her butt to pieces and threw it on the cutting room floor.

Now speaking of butts... do these censors have their heads up their butts? These censors will allow a scene where someone is ripping off the face of a person and the "ripper" eating the flesh of the "rippee"... but God forbid they show a nipple. What would our children think? But seeing Halley Berrys' naked butt would send our kids into psychosis for years and make them all rapists.

Observations and Questions
Any opinions out there? Which would you rather see... a sensual love scene or Freddie Kruger slashing his way up and down Elm Street?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1935, Luciano Pavarotti, Modena Italy, operatic tenor. In the southern death notices we find in 1870, Robert E Lee, General of the Confederate Army, dies at 63.

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11 October 2005

Then What's The Use?


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s you all may or may not know, there is a huge auction on Ebay for victims of the hurricanes. Many 'stars' donated a lot of cast-off T-shirts, hats, Funky Munky shorts, jewelry, wristbands, barstools and compact umbrellas once owned, used and, in some cases, modeled by the pop star. All proceeds from the sale were to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated Britany Spears' home state of Louisiana. Britany donated a bra... but not just any bra.

From the moment Britney's bra went on the auction block it was a huge success. Bidding was brisk. At one point Thursday afternoon, the lingerie was going for $33,100. By Saturday, the bra peaked at about $47,000. (Those old umbrellas, by comparison, could be had for well under $100.)

However, last Wednesday, eBay gatekeepers delisted the big-ticket bra, judging it to be in violation of the site's undergarment policy, which forbids the sale of previously worn delicates. Apparently Brit wore the bra once to promote a special from Las Vegas...

So therefore, my question is why would you want to buy a bra that she NEVER wore? If I'm plunking down $47,000 and some odd change... I want it used dammit!

Observations and Questions
What do you think? Oh and if any of you out there have a used bra you want to mail me, I'll provide my home address. lol

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1948, Daryl Hall, rocker/songwriter (Hall & Oates-Sara Smile) and in the musty death notices we find in 1988, Waylon Flowers, puppeteer, dies at 48.

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10 October 2005

Good Monday Morning!


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es here you are once again. You've made it to work, you're sitting there in front of the screen, browsing the blogs you love to read... and now here you are. I know, I know... you were expecting a funny, exiting, titilating entry today to perk you up for the rest of the day... Guess what?? It ain't gonna happen here either.

I have been wracking my brain all weekend trying to come up with something humorous, exciting, relevent to present to you today... right up to about 5 minutes ago when I started typing... and nothing... zippo, zilch. Yes, that's right... you've been reading my blog today and now we've gotten to the point in my writing where I have to lower the boom. I'm so sorry... oh who am I kidding... no I'm not. Laugh

WAIT! Stop the presses!!! I just got a brain storm! There has to be tons of bloggers out there that have items they WISH they could write about but are way too embaressed to put on their blogs. They fear friends will laugh at them, family will dis-own them... Hark! Denny Shane to the rescue!

That's right bloggers!! Leave a subject in the comments section at anytime or day... I will pick one and write about it as if it were my own idea! Cool, huh? It's a WIN/WIN situation... you get to read about somethng you've wanted to write about and for me because I actually have cleverly taken your idea and made it my own!

Observations and Questions
SO what are your ideas for future blog items here on the Not So Normal News?

Happy Thanksgiving!
Hi Canadians!! Happy Thanksgiving! Got a question: Did the Pilgrims land there also? And to our sexy French Canadians... Heureux d'action de graces! I sure hope I said the right thing there... lol

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1918, Thelonious Monk, jazz pianist (Monk's Dream). And in the death notices we find two favorites who not only died the same year, but the same day: in 1985 Orson Welles, actor, (Citizen Kane), dies at 70. And also in 1985 Yul Brynner, actor (King & I), dies of cancer at 70.

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08 October 2005

Fill 'Er Up, Sir?...


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fter yesterday's article about the naked guy in the fast food store, I really thought that was a one of a kind story. Then I see this in the news today:

An 18-year-old's trip to a convenience store turned into an inconvenience for two Centre County policemen when they found the teen standing naked in front of the store with a kerosene pump nozzle in his mouth. Geez, now I know some guys when they get horny will try anything, but sucking on a gas nozzle?

According to the Centre County District Attorney's office, on Sept. 26, Brian Michael Schreck initially entered Snappy's clothed only in a pair of boxers and a T-shirt. When asked to leave by store personnel, he crossed the highway and went to the Frosty Cup, another convenience store, which was closed at the time. Schreck then entered an unlocked van in the parking lot, broke the headlight switch, and pulled a radio from the dash, according a police criminal complaint.

Schreck then decided to break into a nearby home and vehicle before returning to Snappys... naked.

Store employees discovered him standing unclothed with a gas pump nozzle in his mouth, according to an affidavit filed by the Centre County District Attorney's office. Responding to multiple complaints, police used pepper spray and batons to apprehend Schreck, who has since been charged with aggravated assault and three counts of criminal attempt for trespassing and theft.

Schreck was released on $25,000 bond. His trial is scheduled to begin on Dec 3.

Observations and Questions
Where are the naked women stories?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1949, Sigourney, real name: Susan Alexandra, Weaver, in LA, actress (Alien, Working Girl). And in the death column we find in 1869, Franklin Pierce, 14th president of US, dies in Concord, NH.

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07 October 2005

Would You Like...


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ries with that thing, sir? It seems that David Waller, 40, of Lower Paxton, Pa., was offering something not quite on the menu.

Waller allegedly walked into the restaurant located off a local highway and headed toward the restroom. The problem started when he left the restroom. Ummmm he was naked.

After his tryout for a viagra commercial I guess he built up an appetite as he walked over to a table, and helped himself to the food that the two women seated in the booth were enjoying.

Customers were "obviously shocked," and one woman said, "What are you doing?" Waller then left the scene. One woman immediately dialed the police, and nearby officers tracked him down in his car. Waller is reportedly being held on $25,000 bail.

Observations and Questions
Okee Dokee.... WOMEN: If a naked guy walked over to your table and started eating your food... what would you do? GUYS: If a naked women walked over, sat down and started eating, what would you do?

Who Called Me Department
Someone called me at 2AM this morning and woke me up. The phone rang 8 times until I got out of bed and stumbled to the phone. When I said, "hello" they hung up. If you're male and you called me, don't ever, EVER call me again. If you're female, call back tonight at the same time.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1927, Al Martino, Phila. PA, singer (Here in My Heart) also appeared in the Godfather. And in the death notices we find 2 of my favorite people: In 1849 Edgar Allen Poe, poet, dies in Baltimore at 40 and in 1959 Mario Lanza, singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack.

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06 October 2005

Can Ya Speak Up Honey?...


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esterday I came across an article that made me perk up and read it. I've re-printed the first few lines below:

"Now what?"

Baby boomers wrapping up careers - and peeking around the corner at life after 60 - are grappling with that mighty question.

As they search for a blueprint for the rest of their lives, they are, in typical boomer fashion, determined to reinvent retirement. Boomers, after all, have left their imprint - a societal tattoo of sorts - on every stage of life. By sheer numbers, they have elevated the ordinary progression of time into something phenomenal. Childhood. Parenthood. Work. Menopause. (The next sentence is the one that got me). And now old age... blah, blah, blah, blah.

And now old age???? Am I just a few years shy of being old aged? Geez... Then I started to think... does old age nowadays mean actual age? or state of mind? This confuses me... yes, I know confusion is one of the signs. LOL...

Nowadays, you can qualify for AARP at age 55. To me, my grandmother is old aged... she would have been 106 this year... I was going to be cute and end the article today with something like, "excuse me now why I go get some Geritol." then I thought... OMG, there are people reading this that don't have a clue what the hell Geritol is... or what it was/is since I don't know if they even make it anymore. OK, how about this "I gotta go cause my lumbago is acting up" Do we even have lumbagos in our body anymore?

Observations and Questions
What's your definition of old age?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1914, Thor Heyerdahl, Norway, anthropologist/explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku). And in the death notices we have dear old Bette Davis dies at 81 in 1989.

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05 October 2005

The Bird Flu...


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vian flu to be more exact I suppose. I've watched an small assortment of doctors, scientists and others talking about this flu that so far has been limited to birds. And there's always a "but"... BUT it could very easily spread to humans.

And supposedly it will have dire consequences since there is not enough vaccine to go around. Touted as being worse than the 1918 flu where somewhere between 20-40 million people died. At present there is only one company in the world making the vaccine and that is in Europe somewhere. Now, the U.S., supposedly with the most advanced minds in the world, only ordered 2 million doses because no one thought this flu a threat... Now those same minds are panicking because we can't get enough to give to every American. They're talking about using the military to block off and section off entire States and close down travel to and from these States should it (this flu) reach the U.S.

Geez, I already have a full plate regarding worrying about crap in the world. I just didn't need this...

Observations and Questions
Have you heard about this flu? Any thoughts?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1902, Ray Kroc, Illinois, founder of McDonalds. And in the death notices we note in 1967 Clifton C Williams, Jr., astronaut, dies at 35, in T-38 jet crash.

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04 October 2005

How I Spent...


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y totally unproductive day off yesterday. I really wanted to accomplish so much... and ended up doing nothing. I wanted to do alot so I would have something to write about today and tell you all the wonderous things I did. The only real thing I did was go to Office Depot and buy a new paper shredder for my wastebasket here.

Then I got caught up in the History channel and interesting facts about ancient worlds. The pyramids and cities now underwater, etc. I am a total sucker for shows like these.

We all know That Girl, aka Deni Bonet. She just got back from Egypt the other day. Now I have a hate/love/impressed thing going on with her. (Just kidding Deni) You have to go to her blog and watch her video of her playing the violin in front of the pyramid and the sphinx. It is sooooo awesome. I told Deni that anymore very little impresses me... but this IMPRESSED me to no end. What a souvineer...

Ok, back to my miserable life. I once hummed God Bless America in Independence Hall if anyone cares.

Observations and Questions
What have you done or someone you know has done that has just completely blown you away?

Oh, and thanks to my recently found, long lost cousin Restless Angel for sucking me into the following... hmmm but it is all true.

Your Birthdate: March 11

Your birth on the 11th day of the month makes you something of a dreamer and an idealist.
You work well with people because you know how to use persuasion rather than force.
There is a strong spiritual side to your nature, and you may have intuitive qualities inherent in your make up, too.

You are very aware and sensitive, though often temperamental.
Although you have a good mind and you are very analytical, you may not be comfortable in the business world.
You are definitely creative and this influence tends to make you more of a dreamer than a doer.
What Does Your Birth Date Mean?


Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1923, Moses, err Charlton Heston, actor (10 Commandments, Ben Hur). And in our dearly deceased files we have in 1904, Frederic Auguste Bertholdi, French sculptor, most famous work: Statue of Liberty.

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03 October 2005

Personal Holiday...


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've simply decided to take a personal holiday today. I'm allowed to here since I am the chief executive at the "News", plus I have nothing newsworthy to talk about today. Please come back tomorrow when I will be discussing in length, the migration patterns of people during the civil war... did more people flee to the north or did people exodus to the south? It will prove to be an interesting discussion, I'm sure.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1941, Chubby Checker, Phila., PA, singer (The Twist). In 1979, Claudia Jennings, playmate (Nov, 1969)/actress, dies at 29.

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