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Remembering Rodney Dangerfield

April 20th, 2017 Comments off

“I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me.

He said I was being ridiculous – everyone hasn’t met me yet.”

Master of the One-Liner

October 3rd, 2016 Comments off

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Will Rogers and Wiley Post

September 8th, 2016 Comments off

Will Rogers was so accurate with his humorous observations that they ring true today, just as they did in the 20’s and 30’s.

Known as Oklahoma’s favorite son, he was born to a prominent Indian Territory family. He traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50silent films and 21 “talkies”), wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns,and became a world-famous figure.

He died in an airplane crash with his good friend Wiley Post, at the age of 55.   Will Rogers was a beloved man and Wiley Post was a  famed American aviator,the first pilot to fly solo around the world.

Near LAX there are two connecting streets named for these best friends.  

Will Rogers and Wiley Post  enjoyed life together, travelled the world together,  and took their last flight . . . together.

The world was stunned and mourned the loss of these two American Heroes in 1935.

Barry Foy Defines Broccoli

August 14th, 2016 Comments off

Broccoli is a nutritious, dark-green cool weather vegetable related to cabbage.  Individual stalks of broccoli bear a strong resemblance to miniature trees, each with a central “trunk” and an upper portion that looks like a very dense cluster of leafy branches.

Despite this similarity, it is not true that they can be tapped with tiny spigots to make “broccoli syrup.”

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James Thurber and Thurber House

July 15th, 2016 Comments off

The author of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the creator of numerous New Yorker magazine cover cartoons, was born in Columbus, Ohio on December 8, 1894 (died 1961). One of the foremost American humorists of the 20th century, his inimitable wit and pithy prose spanned a breadth of genres, including short stories, modern commentary, fiction, children’s fantasy and letters.

I thoroughly enjoy  Thurber’s creative genius as Danny Kaye stars in the movie version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty which shows now and then on Turner Classic Movies. My World and Welcome to It starring William Windom, was one of my favorite TV shows  in 1969-70.  It was quirky and different, and I liked that. Many of his sayings have come in and out of our lives, adding a smile or raised eyebrow.

Thurber’s father was a civil clerk, and his mother, Mame, was an eccentric woman who would influence many of her son’s stories.Thurber had two brothers, William and Robert. One day while playing “William Tell” with them as youngsters, Thurber lost the sight in one eye when an arrow pierced it. Ultimately, he would go blind in both eyes, but that never stopped him from writing or drawing.

Thurber House, located near downtown Columbus, OH at 77 Jefferson Ave in the restored home of James Thurber and his family. Listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, Thurber House is a living museum open to the public every day from 1–4 p.m.

To read more about Thurber, visit  www.thurberhouse.org

Will Rogers and Tim Taylor

April 9th, 2016 Comments off

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“I have always noticed that people will never laugh at anything

that is not based on truth.”

Will Rogers

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As usual, Will Rogers’ observation was spot-on;  in order for something to be funny, it has to have enough truth in it for us to make a connection.

For example: From time to time I have a dream about my work as a Resource Specialist in elementary school, which involved testing children for Special Education.  I never forgot to test them, of course, so it doesn’t make any logical sense, but that is the nature of dreams. The other night I dreamed that I was a university professor and I forgot to test the students.

When I told Tim of my dream, he said, “At least you’ve moved up to a higher level of incompetence.”

That made me laugh out loud.

My son, he’s a funny guy.

Remembering the disrespected Rodney.

October 17th, 2015 Comments off

“My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday.”– Rodney Dangerfield

Humorist Richard Armour: Politics

August 23rd, 2015 Comments off

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Richard Armour observed:

Politics, it seems to me,

For years, or all too long,

Has been concerned with right or left

Instead of right or wrong.

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Mark Twain

July 22nd, 2015 Comments off

Mark Twain told the story about his session in church one Sunday morning.

It seems the preacher was very good and the sermon quite wonderful.

Halfway through, Twain decided to give twenty dollars to the church.

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But the preacher went on and on until the novelist thought to cut his contribution in half.

On and on went the preacher until Twain decided that when the basket was passed he’d give only two dollars.

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Finally, at long last, the sermon ended; when the basket came his way, the great Mark Twain didn’t put a thing in,

but took a dollar out.

James Thurber

July 17th, 2015 Comments off

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to Heaven, and very, very few persons.

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