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  1. 16 minutes ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

    The picture or the sailor in Times Square was  VJ Day.


    You sent me back to the OP, "Did I  get that one mixed on by mistake?"  Nope. 


    There was one photo,  or maybe ir was a newsreel, I saw on a PBS show about VJ Day, a young woman being helped down from on top of some sort of monument (a pillar about 10 or 12 feet tall) in a public square,  naked from the waist down.   I  think it was Los Angeles or San Francisco.  

  2. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/11/061113180523.htm#google_vignette




    Ancient latrine find at Qumram significant

    03 Jan 2007

    03 January 2006

    Researchers say that the discovery of a 2,000-year-old toilet at Qumram, one of the world's most important archaeological sites, could shed new light on whether the ancient Essene community was home to the authors of many of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In a new study, three researchers say that they discovered the outdoor latrine used by the ancient residents of Qumran, on the barren banks of the Dead Sea. They say the find proved the people living there two millennia ago were Essenes, an ascetic Jewish sect that left Jerusalem to seek proximity to God in the desert. Qumran and its environs have already yielded many treasures: the remains of a settlement with an aqueduct and ritual baths, ancient sandals and pottery, and the Dead Sea Scrolls, considered by some as the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century.

    The scrolls, which include fragments of the books of the Old Testament and treatises on communal living and apocalyptic war, have shed important light on Judaism and the origins of Christianity. The researchers behind the latrine finding argue that it supported the traditional view linking the residents of Qumran with the Essenes. A description of Essene practice by the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius in the first century notes that Essene rules required them to distance themselves from inhabited areas to defecate and "dig a trench a foot deep" which was to then be covered with soil.

  3. "I hate (Westerns). Really can't stand 'em. They always are the same. You have so few plots--the stagecoach holdup, the rustlers, the mortgage gag, the mine setting, and the retired gunslinger."


    As a young man, George Hayes, the son of hotelier and oil-production manager, worked in a circus and played semi-pro baseball while a teenager. He ran away from home at 17, in 1902, and joined a touring stock company. He married Olive Ireland in 1914 and the pair became quite successful on the vaudeville circuit. Retired in his 40s, he lost much of his money in the 1929 stock market crash and was forced to return to work. Although he had made his film debut in a single appearance prior to the crash, it was not until his wife convinced him to move to California and he met producer Trem Carr that he began working steadily in the medium. He played scores of roles in Westerns and non-Westerns alike, finally in the mid-1930s settling in to an almost exclusively Western career. He gained fame as Hopalong Cassidy's sidekick Windy Halliday in many films between 1936-39. Leaving the Cassidy films in a salary dispute, he was legally precluded from using the "Windy" nickname, and so took on the sobriquet "Gabby," and was so billed from about 1940. One of the few sidekicks to land on the annual list of Top Ten Western Boxoffice Stars, he did so repeatedly. In his early films, he alternated between whiskered comic-relief sidekicks and clean-shaven bad guys, but by the later 1930s, he worked almost exclusively as a Western sidekick to stars such as John Wayne, Roy Rogers, and Randolph Scott. 


    After his last film, in 1950, he starred as the host of a network television show devoted to stories of the Old West for children, "The Gabby Hayes Show."


    In real life he was the exact opposite of the characters he played on film. He was well read, well-groomed, serious, and highly philosophical. (IMDb)


    Happy Birthday, George "Gabby⁰" Hayes!



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  4. Marlon Brando wanted to play the role of Hans Rolfe, the German lawyer who defends the German judges, in the film version of "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961). Brando, in a rare attempt to garner the part, actually approached director Stanley Kramer about it. Although Kramer and screenwriter Abby Mann were very intrigued with the idea of having an actor of Brando's talent and stature in the role, both were so impressed with Maximilian Schell's portrayal of the same part in the original 1959 television broadcast "Playhouse 90: Judgment at Nuremberg" that they had decided to stick with the relatively unknown Schell.
       Watching Schell shoot a scene one day, Spencer Tracy said to Richard Widmark, "We've got to watch out for that young man. He's very good. He's going to walk away with the Oscar for this picture." This is exactly what happened. Schell's Oscar for Best Actor makes him the lowest-billed lead category winner in history. He is billed fifth, after Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Widmark, and Marlene Dietrich.
       Tracy dropped his "no work after 5:00" rule for Schell, staying on the set during shooting of Schell's big summation speech so that he could deliver his lines to Tracy as the presiding judge.
       "When asked by journalists in Vienna (his family's home) what I enjoy most about living and working in North America, I answered, 'Freedom."' The reporters told me, 'We're sorry, Mr. Schell; but it needs to be something else, because we can't print that.' So I rest my case." 
     Happy Birthday, Maximillian Schell!!!!



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  5. A view from inside the only surviving Dornier Do 335's cockpit. This aircraft was transported back to the US after the war aboard HMS Reaper. It was studied and then eventually handed over to the Smithsonian's National Air Museum. In the 1970s it was sent for restoration by Dornier in Germany, with many of the staff being employees of the company since the war. During the restoration, they found the explosive bolts that would release the aircraft's tail were still live!





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  6. A few decades ago I was looking up a definition and word origin in the Oxford English Dictionary.  I don't recall what I was looking up, but in doing so I came across "fridgify," meaning to make cold.  Earliest citation 1597.  Just barely within the SCA period.  Yes, I brought our Compact OED to SCA events.  A useful tool for the heralds.

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