On a night just like this in 1971, a legend was born. The legend that the movie Brian’s Song is the only movie that will make a grown man cry. I weep that there are men who can cry so easily.
Monthly Archive: November 2011
Will Shortz edits the New York Times crossword puzzle, sells millions of books (millions!)… and is a ping pong mogul?
Where do Keith Richards, Ayn Rand, and the blues come together? In exasperation, that’s where.
Scientists at Dartmouth have developed a top-secret tool that can show how much celebrity photos have been digitally altered. The question is, how much do you want to know?
Jazz composer Billy Strayhorn wrote “Lush Life,” “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Satin Doll” — all while looking like a big kid.
Why is a really great new Sherlock Holmes novel still so elusive? And why do so many authors keep trying to write it?
I would just like to say that Sir Ben Kingsley’s leather satchel (or “man purse,” if you must) is pretty cool. That is all.
Congrats to model Lindsay Ellingson, who’s landed a big gig on the Victoria’s Secret show this week. But she may be a bit older than her agency claims.
What’s it like being a rock and roll icon? Noel Gallagher has a classic tale from his days with Oasis. Plus, he calls George Michael “mad as custard.”
Yes, really! Yoda is the latest celebrity to go to Japan for the big advertising bucks, using The Force to boil up some noodle water.
How well do you know your Secret Service nicknames? Lots of people know the famous ones — Lancer and Lace were JFK and Jackie, yes. But what about Rosebud, Timberwolf and Driller?
The Jimmy Kimmel Show creates a touching Thanksgiving mashup: Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Charlie Brown.
Gee, they were only 18 when their dad was elected president. Now the Bush Twins have turned 30. Tempus fugits itself once again.
I recently saw this photo by Ted Palumbo of writer Jack Kerouac. It reminded me of another writer.
The mascots of the 2012 Olympics are secret symbols from the true heirs of Jesus that signal an imminent messianic event. But are they cute?
“A truly socialistic regime.” “Free enterprise is finished. States’ rights have vanished. We now have taxation without representation.” Gee, they’re talking about Barack Obama, right? Not quite.
David Beckham and the LA Galaxy have won the MLS Cup in Beckham’s fifth and (probably) final year with the team. Which has given the British papers got one more chance to snicker, chuckle, and sneer at Beckham and American soccer. Well played, lads!
A British author is claiming that Jane Austen may have died of arsenic poison. The symptoms: splotchy skin, a loss of energy, and the desire to sell a new crime novel about how Jane Austen might have been poisoned with arsenic.
30 years after actress Natalie Wood died in a mysterious yachting accident off Catalina Island, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office has decided to reopen the case — apparently after hearing that the yacht’s captain has more to say.
This soldier is home on furlough, probably resting from fighting Nazis. But now he’s found an evil as bad as Hitler, right there under our own arms.
Republicans want Ronald Reagan on Mount Rushmore. Democrats want John F. Kennedy. But what if there were a solution that would satisfy both groups? Say hello to The Rushmore Ten.
Dr. Sam Sheppard was acquitted of murdering his wife 45 years ago today, after he’d spent nearly a decade in prison. A happy ending, right? Wrong.
The stars of West Side Story got their hands dirty at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on November 15th.
On this day in 1966 the Gemini XII spacecraft landed safely, marking the end of the Gemini program and paving the way for Apollo and what followed. What did Gemini XII accomplish?
It would have been Georgia O’Keeffe’s birthday today. She was born 124 years ago in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. In her honor I’ve drawn a cartoon — with a little of the southwestern flavor that made her famous.
French artist Christo has been given the go-ahead to put six miles of fabric across Colorado’s Arkansas River. Sounds crazy, right? But maybe not.
The star of Just Shoot Me never quite made it big as a movie lead, but she’s been steady on the small screen.
Suppose you and your spouse are Chinese immigrants in Paris in 1955 and you can’t decide what to name your son. And you already named one daughter “Yeou.” Why not double up?
Launch the landing craft: It’s D-Day for Who2!
President Nixon, still the victim after all these years.
Yeah, almost a million dollars for a foot-high statue of a famously skinny model. Must be some statue, right?
From 1986: “In an era of college football in which it seems everybody’s hand is in the till or balled up in a fist, Paterno sticks out like a clean thumb.”
“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: Commerce, Education, and the, uh… uh, what’s the third one, there?”
Bil Keane, the creator of The Family Circus, died yesterday from heart failure.
The smiling, singing ‘Mary’ of Peter, Paul and Mary was born 75 years ago on this day.
It was the “Fight of the Century” that really may have been the fight of the century. And Joe Frazier wasn’t washed up yet.
And CBS newsman Andy Rooney remains dead.
A few short weeks after his final 60 Minutes broadcast, the gently grumpy journalist has died after surgery.
The notorious Guy Fawkes was the inspiration for the word guy. But lasting fame didn’t come cheap.
I scanned a few pages from the September 1976 issue of TV Guide that announced the new shows for the prime time season.
President Barack Obama proclaimed this the month to honor “American Indians and Native Alaskans” for their contributions to the U.S., just like he did last year and the year before that.
She didn’t actually say “Let them eat cake,” no. But she did like Champagne!
The fifty states wimped out when it came to biographical quarters, but the District of Columbia delivered a winner.