Monday, August 31, 2009
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Rosedale was the first cemetery in Los Angeles open to all races and creeds, and was the first to adopt the concept of the new approach of design called lawn cemeteries, where the grounds are enhanced to surround the burial places of the dead with beautiful and decorative trees, shrubs, flowers, natural scenery and works of monumental art. Among the more traditional structures, headstones and mausoleums, the cemetery also has several pyramid crypts.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Canadian Science Fiction Novelist & Poet
Phyllis Fay Gotlieb
May 26, 1926 - July 14, 2009
Phyllis Fay Gotlieb, née Bloom, poet, short story writer, novelist (b at Toronto 25 May 1926). Phyllis Gotlieb was raised and educated in Toronto and attended the University of Toronto (BA, 1948; MA 1950). A celebrated poet and internationally popular writer, Gotlieb has been called the mother of contemporary Canadian science fiction.
Phyllis Gotlieb's first published work, Who Knows One (1961), is a pamphlet of poems; it has been followed by other poetic collections that joyfully celebrate the wonder of the natural universe. Her poetry explores family relationships, historical roots, and human psychology and biology, concerns evident in her first full-length volume, Within the Zodiac (1964).
In the poems of Ordinary Moving (1969), Phyllis Gotlieb often makes use of other people's words - childhood rhymes, folk verse, telephone numbers, parts of the human skeleton - to which she adds her own feelings and penetrating insights into the human condition. Also in 1969, Gotlieb published Why Should I Have All the Grief? (1969), a novel about the aftermath of Auschwitz projected into contemporary Canadian Jewish life. Doctor Umlaut's Earthly Kingdom (1974) includes shorter poems and several verse plays commissioned by the CBC. The Works: Collected Poems was published in 1978, and Red Blood, Black Ink, White Paper: New and Selected poems, 1961-2001 in 2002.
Phyllis Gotlieb is also a prolific and frequently translated science fiction writer. Like her poetry, her science fiction has a magical charm in its blending of fantasy and metaphysics, and also focuses on ethical questions. Sunburst (1964) examines the problems created by members of the community afflicted with telepathic powers, and O Master Caliban! (1976) evokes a world containing semi-human machines and genetic mutation. Her other fantasy novels include the bestselling Starcats trilogy: A Judgment of Dragons (1980), featuring 2 cat protagonists, Emperor, Swords, Pentacles (1982) and The Kingdom of the Cats (1985). A Judgment of Dragons won the inaugural Aurora Award for best Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel.
Phyllis Gotlieb has also written numerous science fiction stories, published in various magazines, anthologies and the collections Son of the Morning (1985) and Blue Apes (1995). Heart of Red Iron, a sequel to O Master Caliban!, was published in 1989. Flesh and Gold (1998), Violent Stars (1999) and MindWorlds (2002) make up the GalFed trilogy. Her feminist fantasy novel Birthstones was published in 2007. The Sunburst Award, Canada's first juried prize for Literature of the Fantastic, was named in honour of Phyllis Gotlieb's first science fiction novel.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
American Model and Actress
July 7, 1915 - August 12, 2009
"Oh, Errol Flynn, I've never had the yen. Victor Mature? Don't know him well but believe Dorothy Parker, a good friend of mine, summed it up well when she said, "He acts as though his body has gone to his head!" My favorite actor of course is Orson Welles. He's wonderful, magnificent, a darling, and I adore him. I like Humphrey Bogart, too. He's just as nice as he can be and looks just the same all the time. Ingrid Bergman? She's just as beautiful and natural off the screen as she is on and is admired by everyone. But one of the nicest people in Hollywood is William Faulkner, who I had known in Mississippi when I was getting my Masters Degree in Philosophy at the University there."
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
July 10, 1921 – August 11, 2009
Eunice Kennedy Shriver (July 10, 1921 – August 11, 2009) was a member of the Kennedy family and founded the Special Olympics in the 1960s as a national organization. Her husband, Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., was the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in the 1972 U.S. presidential election. Shriver actively campaigned for her elder brother, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, during his successful 1960 U.S. presidential election. In 1968, she helped Ann McGlone Burke nationalize the Special Olympics movement. Her daughter, Maria Shriver, is married to actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.
POE NOTE: Edgar Allan Poe's Irish-American family did not come as a result of the "Potato Famine" in Ireland. Poe's ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. In fact, Poe used to regularly wear his Grandfather's Revolutionary War overcoat. During the cold Fordham nights when Virginia suffered greatly, Poe warmed her with his Grandfather's overcoat and the cozy presence of their cat.
Despite this grand American heredity, Poe's parents suffered some of the indignities of racial prejudice against the Irish that were "customary" at the time. But I think they suffered more because they were actors, than because they were Irish. Still, "No Irish Need Apply" was common in the period. Edgar was not only Irish, but raised a Virginia WASP, and, although born in Boston, soulfully a Southerner. So, even though this was pre-war, going north to make your fortune as a writer was an uphill climb at best. Poe was the best and he had a tough time of it.
Friday, August 14, 2009
The Honorable Judge
October 6, 1917 - August 4, 2009
American District Court Judge
Plymouth County, Massachusetts
In 1956 Martha Ware was appointed as the first female judge in Plymouth County. Massachusetts. As far as we know, she never sentenced a witch to hang. So there's another nail in the coffin of that false metanarrative.
Check this woman out. She lived a full life!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
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Saturday, August 8, 2009
Nightmare Elm Street Mother
Born: August 8, 1944
Not only does Brooke Bundy play Elaine Parker, mother of heroine Kristen Parker in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET Parts 3 & 4, but she is the real life mother of Scream Queen Tiffany Helm who played Violet in FRIDAY THE 13th: A NEW BEGINNING. She also appeared in the TV series FREDDY'S NIGHTMARES. Happy Birthday Brooke.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Brion Howard James
February 20, 1945 – August 7, 1999
Character actor Brion Howard James portrayed BLADE RUNNER replicant Leon Kowalski, a crooked cop in the 48 HOURS films, and serial killer "Meat Cleaver Max" Jenke in THE HORROR SHOW.
Concerning his talent for playing villains in films, he stated in an interview in Fangoria magazine, "'I consider myself a classical character actor like Lon Chaney, Wallace Beery, Charles Laughton. I always like to play bad guys. I'm real good at psychotic behavior."
Thursday, August 6, 2009
New Poe Forward Dead Girl:
March 30, 1948 - August 1, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
November 10, 1925 - August 5, 1984
POE NOTE: POE WROTE HIS OWN TALE OF BARGAINING WITH THE DEVIL TITLED "NEVER BET THE DEVIL YOUR HEAD." THIS WAS HIS SATIRE ON TRANSCENDENTALISM AND THE NOTION THAT ALL LITERATURE SHOULD HAVE A MORAL. POE PREFERRED ART FOR BEAUTY'S SAKE.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
During the morning of August 4, 1892, Borden's father, Andrew Jackson Borden, and her stepmother, Abby Durfee Borden, were murdered in the family home. The only other people present at the residence at the time were Lizzie and the family maid, Bridget Sullivan. Emma Borden, Lizzie's sister, was away from home. The Borden sisters' uncle, John Vinnicum Morse, brother of Andrew Borden's first wife, was visiting at the time, but was also away from the house during the time of the murders.
That day, Andrew Borden had gone into town to do his usual rounds at the bank and post office. He returned home at about 10:45 a.m. About a half-hour later, Lizzie Borden found his body. According to Sullivan's testimony, she was lying down in her room on the third floor of the house shortly after 11:00 a.m. when she heard Lizzie call to her, saying someone had killed her father, whose body was found slumped on a couch in the downstairs sitting room. Andrew Borden's face was turned to the right hand side, apparently at ease as if he were asleep.
Shortly thereafter, while Lizzie Borden was being tended by neighbors and the family doctor, Sullivan discovered the body of Mrs. Borden upstairs in the guest bedroom. Mr. and Mrs. Borden had both been killed by blows from a hatchet, which in the case of Andrew Borden, not only crushed his skull but cleanly split his left eyeball.
Monday, August 3, 2009
January 28, 1873 - August 3, 1954
French novelist Sidonie-Gabriell Colette died 55 years ago today. Her writings reflect her own bohemian lifestyle. Her breakthrough novel CHERI (1920) has been adapted recently into a film written by Christopher Hampton, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, and Kathy Bates. Her most popular novel, GIGI (1945), was made into a Broadway play and Hollywood musical (1958) starring Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jordan, and Leslie Caron.