DECEMBER 2008 ISSUE #57
TO OUR JEWISH WARRIORS, WE WISH YOU A HAPPY HANUKKAH!
Worthless info - If
you have three quarters, four dimes, and four pennies, you have $1.19. You also
have the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar .
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" …a cross between a hemorrhoid and a toothache."
Democratic strategist Paul Begala, describing Rohm Emanuel's aggressive style
FROM THE LAUGH TRACK from the sick mind of Bettye Jo Olive
A man in
ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is
'Pop, what are you talking about?' the son screams.
We can't stand the sight of each other any
longer,’ the father says. 'We're sick of each other, and I'm
sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. 'Like heck they're getting divorced,' she
shouts, 'I'll take care of this!'
She calls NYC immediately, and screams at her father,
'You are NOT getting
divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother
and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?' and hangs up.
The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife.
'It's all set,’ he says, 'the kids are coming for Thanksgiving ...and they're paying their own way!’
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Oct. 11th - Lynn Allison,
who has been working with the Church of Christ in Donetsk, Ukraine for ten
years, wed Victor Stephanovich Tretyakov on October 11th Click for pics
Oct. 30th – SupperClub Our annual Halloween event was held at the Pig-N-Whistle the Thursday before
Halloween. In addition to the cast of ‘Regulars’, three Warriors made their inaugural appearance, two of
them in keeping with the Halloween theme. Tom Porter,’66, along with Frank Gongleski '62 and
Helen Garner Hiatt '61 give
all indication of becoming regulars at our events. Click for
On a serious note, two of our Regulars are need of our thoughts and prayers. Sara Buring, wife of
Raymond Buring, CHS’61 continues her struggle against cancer. Johnny ‘Dark’ Dougherty,
husband of Cynthia Cowgill Dougherty, CHS’64 has been readmitted to the hospital with complications
following bypass surgery.
Nov. 12th - Alex Ward, CHS’65, reports that with the merger of Sirius and XM
Radio, Pink & Black
Days will be moved to the following times: Tuesday evening Midnight Eastern, 9Pm Pacific. Sunday
6PM Eastern, 3PM Pacific. Alex will follow the legendary Norm N. Nite on the Sunday show.
Alex’s ”Pig & Whistle
Oldies Party” has changed venues to TJ Mulliganns in the Pinch on North
Main on the 3rd Sat each month from 7-11pm. TJ’ s offers a huge dance floor and very reasonable food
and drink prices.
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Nov. 4th – State
Stays RED. Bucking
the national trend, Tennessee Republicans captured both
houses of the General Assembly for the first time since reconstruction.
Oct. 29th. According to the
CA, over the last two years, the Memphis City School System has spent
$5.3 million to lease 7759 laptop computers. After four months of use last year, the system reports
that 1792 of these computers have disappeared.
OCT. 31st. – With a 13-9 loss to
Craigmont, the Central Warriors brought a merciful end to their 9-1
season. Central’s only win came midway through the season with a squeaker over Overton, 27-26
Nov. 11th – An irate mother, upset over
the bullying of her daughter, boarded a
Nov. – The
investigation into the corrupt administration of mayor Herenton continues with
many of his
aides appearing before a federal Grand Jury.
of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”, we were, weren’t we? This
1962 John Ford classic marked the first film pairing of two of the greatest
actors in history, John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. The plot revolves around the
flashback by lawyer turned Senator, Ranse Stoddard (Stewart) who returns to
the Wild West town of
Liberty Valance played flawlessly
by Lee Marvin. Unbeknownst, even to Stoddard, Doniphon actually
fired the fatal bullet that killed Valance; a shot Stoddard was credited for. Other stellar appearances
in the film include Vera Miles, Edmond O’Brien, Andy Devine, Ken Murray, John Carradine, Denver
Pyle, Strother Martin, and Lee Van Cleef.
The shooting was done in B/W as
opposed to Technicolor supposedly to reduce production cost and
to obfuscate the age difference between Wayne (54) and Stewart (53) who were both playing
considerably younger characters. Valance was the last of Ford’s B/W films. It also was the first film
generally held beliefs, the only other time
Edith Head’s wardrobe won the
film a nomination for a 1963 Academy Award for “Best Costume
Design”. The movie inspired the Burt Bacharach Hal David hit song, ”The Man Who Shot Liberty
Valance” sung by Gene Pitney and recorded a number of months after the film was released.
The Name Game - The
Hollywood Argyles, whose one hit, ”Alley Oop” charted #1 in June of 1960,
was actually soloist Gary Paxton backed-up by friends and studio musicians. Since Paxton was
then under contract to Brent Records under the name of Flip of the duo Skip and Flip, he chose
the Argyle name because the Lute recording studio was at the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and
While we’re playing the “Name Game”, the one-hit-wonders
Jarmels, “A Little Bit Of Soap”, derived
their name from a street in
“Mony, Mony” by Tommy James and the Shondells was inspired by a Mutual Of New York billboard.
The ’70 band, Lynard Skynyrd was named after the band’s Jr. high school gym teacher, Leonard
Skinner. And the ‘80’s REO Speedwagon, “Take It On The Run”, was named after a 1911 fire truck.
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