Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fighting Back, Unused Minutes, -and- The Taxman Stalleth

Fighting Back - chef uses giant spoon to fend off robber
Unused Minutes - teenage girl goes berserk when dad takes cell phone
The Taxman Stalleth 30-day delay for California tax refunds

On this day in history: January 29, 1919 - Prohibition begins, and with it the rise of organized crime.

Born on this day in history: January 29, 1918 - John Forsythe (1918- ) Actor. Born John Lincoln Freund, on January 29, 1918, in Penns Grove, New Jersey.The eldest son of Sam and Blanche Freund, John briefly attended the University of North Carolina before leaving academia to work as a baseball announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Billed as John Forsythe, he appeared in regional plays before making his Broadway debut as Private Cootes in "Vickie" (1942). The following year, he moved to Hollywood, where he landed supporting roles in the action features "Northern Pursuit" and "Destination Tokyo." While struggling to find suitable film parts, Forsythe studied at the famed Actors Studio, graduating with the school's first commencement class in 1947.

Scripture of the Day: They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed. - Psalm 22:5

Video of the Day: Newstopia - iGun - submitted by Frank

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My first car was a red 1952 Jaguar XK120. I was 17 years old and a nascent rock star. I unceremoniously declined my mother's offer of her pristine red and white 1955 Chevrolet Bel Aire Sport Coupe. The Chevrolet had a high-performance 283cid engine, factory dual exhaust, and 4-barrel carburetor. She bought the car new, it was still like new, and she wanted a new 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible.

Today, the Chevy would fetch a vast sum at the Mecum Auto Auction. The Jaguar would garner greatly less enthusiasm there. In 1961, however, the Jaguar seemed the appropriate vehicle for me. It better suited my image—or, at least, what I imagined my image to be. Ah, the foolishness of youth!