Headline from nypost.com: “Why Swiss scientists are burying thousands of pairs of underwear.” When dug up months later, the number of holes made by worms and such will indicate the healthiness of the soil — the more the better.
Interesting development in store tech, headline from NYP: “Whole Foods will soon let customers pay for groceries with palm scan.” O, brave new world…
Seems it was business as usual in Oregon despite guilty on all counts. Headline from newsmax.com: “Rioters in Portland Smash 2 Starbucks Stores, Assault Police Officer After Chauvin Verdict.”
Headline from foxnews.com: “Senate Dems block amendment defunding universities that discriminate against Asian Americans.” How dare they do so well in school.
Movies!, channel 5–2 on ota in NYC, continues to come up big. On consecutive nights at eight PM it aired films I hadn’t seen: the faulty Prime Cut (1972), starring Lee Marvin as a mob fixer and Gene Hackman as a white-slaver, and Keeper of the Flame (1942), starring Spencer Tracy as a writer and Katharine Hepburn as the wife of a deceased hero who had a dark secret. The latter was so absorbing I didn’t tune in to a new episode of my favorite show, Seal Team, at nine. I’ll catch up to it… Just after ten, Movies! aired A Stolen Life (1942), starring Bette Davis and Glenn Ford. I fell asleep midway, which I’ve come to expect these days, frustrating though it is. In researching the cast at IMDb, I hit upon the amazing career of Charles Ruggles, which spanned 1915-’76, his last credit posthumous, as he passed away in 1970. It was a voice-over for the main character of Aesop and Son, a role he voiced for 50 episodes of The Bullwinkle Show, which aired from ‘60-’63. He starred in 71 episodes of his own series, The Ruggles, from ‘49-’52, and 347 of The World of Mr. Sweeney, which was both part of The Kate Smith Hour and a summer replacement series shot entirely and incredibly during ‘54-’55. His most significant big screen role is as the big game hunter in the legendary Howard Hawk’s screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby (1938), starring Hepburn, Cary Grant and a leopard. Ruggles has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for radio, TV and film. Wow!
I knew conditions would be tough at my usual book nook, but I was surprised business was good. My thanks to the kind folks who braved the icy wind blowing fiercely along Avenue Z: the woman who did a swap of books in Russian, and the other who bought two of said; and The Quiet Man, who took home seven CD’s; and Lou, who selected the DVD of Gran Torino (2008); and the young man who opted for Write Now The Getty-Dubay Program for Handwriting Success by Barbara Getty; and Revelo, who pulled up on his bike and chose the Norton Anthology of World Literature Volume Six, Spiritual Warfare: Headquarters: the Heavenlies; the Battlefield: Our Minds! by Derek Prince, Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself by Mark Epstein, and a work of non-fiction titled Going All the Way about the struggles in the Middle East, which seems to be out of print, as I am unable to find any info on it on the web. It languished in the box for at least three years, a work of interest only to readers who find politics interesting. Revelo seems to be even further right than yours truly, and he knows a heck of a lot about books, and also sports a good vocabulary.
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