Tuesday, June 22, 2010

a not so quick note

On this day in 1342 S.R. Bilbo Baggins returned to his home at Bag End, (Shire Reconning)

Among today's birthdays, a favorite of mine is Cyndi Lauper

"People used to complain to me all the time, 'I can't even hear you sing because your clothes are so loud.'" ...
Cyndi Lauper

Breaking News - as I was embedding the video above, the ABC news reported the death of Edith Shain at the age pf 92. If the name doesn't mean anything to you, then know that she was a nursecelebrating the end of WWII in Times Square ..  it seems that Peace had broken out. A sailor grabbed the first girl he saw, and kissed her. Alfred Eisenstaedt was nearby and took this picture which appeared in Life magazine a week later. It quickly became iconic.  Edith identified herself to Eisenstaedt in 1979, and he agreed it was her. A photographer at Life took a picture of the two togeather. Edith surfaced again on the photo's 50th anniversary in 1995, and achieved world wide fame and recogintion in 2005 when she was Grand Marshall of the New York City Veterens Day Parade

On June 22, 1969, the final curtain rang down for Judy Garland.She was 47 years old.
As Ray Bolger put it,"She just plain wore out."

Her funeral (and burial in a pauper's grave, if I remember correctly) occurred on June 27th 1969. In the early morning hours of June the 28th, police raided the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. There are many stories of what happened next - the one I like most is that during the raid, one policeman went to stop the juke box
from playing. The music at that moment was a Judy Garland song. One young queen is said to have positioned herself in front of the jukebox saying "Judy stays", just as all hell broke loose.

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