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Arrested In Dispute Over $50

Posted in Library of Congress, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on December 31, 2018


Don Perryman oral history interview, 2018-10-09
Ex-Atlanta Falcons star Jamal Anderson arrested in dispute over $50, police say
Truman Capote Narrates “A Christmas Memory,” a 1966 TV Adaptation of His Story
Ten Beautiful Christmas Poems ~ Kmart In-Store Music: Christmas 1974
Why people are calling ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ bigoted and ‘seriously problematic’
Which 2020 Candidates Won 2018?
The Story of The Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York”
Patreon Bars Anti-Feminist for Racist Speech, Inciting Revolt
The Bourbon Industry And The Secrets Behind Its Growth
Teen working at Walmart quits job over intercom with huge rant over how they treated him
Shines Complain about Stores Racial Profiling. Then Steal from Walmart at self check out
‘Wow, I’m racist’: In time of viral encounters, ‘white spaces’ are used to confront biases
Ga. cuts food stamps for thousands with new system tracking recipients
@Tom4CongressNY6 You can’t write about race than demand that more than half the world’s population not be allowed to comment on your opinions. Commenting on your opinions is not always “telling black people how to feel about racism.”
Ten things you never knew about Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol
Atlanta Mayor Bottoms’ mac and cheese becomes the talk of Twitter
Blake’s makes Lyft’s top 10 bar destinations of 2018 in Atlanta
Reading Into Albert Einstein’s God Letter
The Serendipitous Nature of Life – Finding Life Lessons When You Need Them
When you make a mistake you have to own it
Malcolm Gladwell’s 12 Rules for Life
Memorial service planned for beloved Atlanta DJ Speakerfoxxx
ATL DJ & Producer SPEAKERFOXXX has passed away
‘A rose with a thousand petals’ … what makes an aphorism – and is this a golden age?
10 Amazing Places To Stay Overnight In Georgia Without Breaking The Bank
The word God is the product of human weakness
‘The Doors at The Whisky A Go Go’ ~ seven fundamental tenets of satanism.
Watch Atlanta LGBTQ history captured in rare video footage
Why the Bernie Movement Must Crush Beto O’Rourke
Georgia’s Deandre Baker won’t play in Sugar Bowl
The Virtue Signalers Won’t Change the World
If You’re Over 50, Chances Are the Decision to Leave a Job Won’t be Yours
This gay penguin couple stole a chick from its bad straight parents
On Little White Oak Mountain, A Would-Be Neighborhood is Now a Public Park
@chamblee54 .@GlennLoury .@JohnHMcWhorter used the magic word one two three four times. I have the sense, when I hear a POC say n$$$$$ that they do not like me
The Other Side Of Paradise: How I Left A Buddhist Retreat In Handcuffs
Michelle Obama and Stacey Abrams, Models of Power for Black Women
@rickyy_____ I really walked into a Twitter video irl today…
The white vs. off-white election ~ This is how bogus quotes are born
War is about $$$. What the leaders say it is about is a lie. ~ There was a scandal a few years ago. Someone wanted to make bulldog pinatas. Georgia people will understand this. Pinatas are paper mache, with scraps of paper used for stuffing. The paper they used was scrap from somebody making porno magazines. ~ I check to make sure I am not wearing the clothes I put in the washer. If I am not wearing them when they go in the washer, ~ pictures today are from The Library of Congress. ~ this is the poem for last night at seven stages :
twerk like you just had a hip replacement
piss like you don’t know russians are filming
argue like others need entertainment ~ dance just like a republican listening
flirt like a german unitarian ~ shut down the joint like you are the owner
belch like you’re the last vegetarian ~ polka down like you don’t have a boner
float like a cannonball tied to your butt ~ eat spicy food like you’ve got an iron gut
eat spinach like popeye and olive oyl ~ google like a blushing gushing gargoyle
defecate like it’s not your back yard ~ cook like you’re feeding a saint bernard ~ selah

Bowel Games

Posted in Holidays, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 30, 2018

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The story below is a repost from 2013. The Dawgs® had a good year, and are in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The pictures are from The Library of Congress .

The Georgia Bulldogs beat somebody’s Aggies in Shreveport, Louisiana last night. The affair is something called the Independence Bowl. The Fishwrapper has an ad for a casino-hotel-spa. The link no longer works. Athens can go back to creating a school the football team can be proud of.

This is the season of bowl games. A few years ago, any town with a stadium, and a chamber of commerce, could get a bowl game. Any school with .500 season could go to a bowl, many of whom now had grafted on corporate names. There was, literally, the poulon weedeater bowl holiday classic.

What follows is a story PG read in Sports Illustrated when he was a kid. There is no source, and there is a slight possibility that it is not true.

In the sixties, NBC had a new years day triple header of bowl games. The sugar bowl was followed by the rose bowl was followed by the orange bowl. Hangovers and national championships were fixed in one day. NBC made handsome profits.

An Olympic committee had a meeting one day, to determine who would telecast the upcoming games. The man from NBC went in, with charts, and promises of money for the amateur athletes. The presentation from NBC centered on the january first triple header, the sugar bowl, the rose bowl, and the orange bowl.

Another network won the bid to telecast the games. After the meeting, an Olympics official had a private conversation with the NBC man. The committee felt that their emphasis on the bowel games was in bad taste.

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From The Heart Of Atlanta To Tyler Perry

Posted in Georgia History, Library of Congress, Race by chamblee54 on December 29, 2018

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There is an old saying, what goes around comes around. When you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind. The thing is, it is not always obvious what is payback for what. Moreton Rolleston Jr. filed a lawsuit to have the Civil Rights Act declared unconstitutional. Forty years later, a Black man, built a mansion on the site of Mr. Rolleston’s home. The fact that this Black man earned his money by playing Black women, in movies, is icing on the cake.

When the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, Moreton Rolleston, Jr. owned the Heart of Atlanta Motel. He filed a lawsuit, trying to have the law overturned by the courts. The case went to the Supreme Court, which upheld the law.

The legal justification of the Civil Rights Act was a law giving the U.S. Government the right to regulate interstate commerce. Mr. Rolleston argued that this use of the commerce clause went too far.
“‘The argument that this law was passed to relieve a burden on interstate commerce is so much hogwash. It was intended to regulate the acts of individuals.’ If the commerce clause can be stretched that far, declared Rolleston, ‘Congress can regulate every facet of life.'” (PG supports all citizens having the right to housing, education, etc. He also wonders if we are on a slippery slope. The government keeps taking more and more freedom away.) (The link for the quote no longer works.)
In 1969, Tyler Perry was born. From humble beginnings, he has been incredibly successful. His signature character is a woman named Madea.

In 1985, Mr. Rolleston was involved in a real estate deal that went sour. He was sued. In 2003, Mr. Rolleston was evicted from his Buckhead home. In 2005, the property was sold to Tyler Perry. Mr. Rolleston sued Mr. Perry, claiming that 2035 Garraux Road was still his property.

Mr. Rolleston , was disbarred in 2007. The Veteran’s History Project shows his race as “Unspecified.” Moreton Mountford Rolleston, Jr., born December 30, 1917, died August 29, 2013.

HT Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub.. This is a repost, with pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

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Heteronormativity

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 28, 2018

Thank You Note

Posted in Holidays, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 27, 2018


12/27/18 Brookhaven GA I haven’t written a traditional letter in a while. This year, instead of making a phone call, I am going to send a USPS letter. The immediate objective to say thank you for the calendar. This will be typed. As someone who has had to read my handwriting, you probably appreciate this. Maybe it is not so traditional after all.

The calendar cover is lovely. Seven sheep, with one sporting fur of color. January is a picture of waves crashing in. While the ocean happens in cold weather, inland people associate the sea with warm weather. This reminder of warmer days to come is welcome in january. The shore makes another appearance in june, when the temperatures climb back into beach season.

The January holiday is Elvis’s birthday. This is also David Bowie’s birthday. A few years ago, I re-posted everything I had ever written about Mr. Bowie, and ripped a pile of cd’s into a play list. Three days later, Mr. Bowie was dead. In may of that year, I tried the same thing for Bob Dylan. He not only lived, he went on to win the Nobel Prize.

February is a rainbow picture, and four holidays. My father had the same birthday as Abraham Lincoln. He would be 102 now, but nature had other plans.

March has a very cool picture. It is a rendering of two goats, on a white brick wall. The goats are well balanced and centered, unlike most real life goats I have met. Whenever I try to take a picture of a flat object, I have a tough time getting all the parts to line up at flat angles. Then I discovered GIMP, the photo processing program. This enables me to arrange things in a more pleasing manner. If you can take a camera shot, and get it to come out that perfect, then you are better than me. If you use tools to get it right, then you are using what you have available. After a while, I wonder what is the “real” image… the one that the camera/computer sees, or the one on the wall?

April is a spider web, once again geometrically arranged. The drops of dew on the web, the white face on the left side of the page… these add up to a great image. The may quilt is another terrific presentation. May contains my birthday, so this is a big month for me. This year I am going to be officially old. May day, aka beltane, is another underappreciated holiday to most of America, which is just as well. May 1, 1987, was the last time I took LSD. There is no telling when that will happen again.

July has an image of an electric meter, in the upper left corner of an old log cabin. The stripes of the cabin wall look like the red and white stripes of the US flag, with the electric meter replacing the stars. August has a dog enjoying life. Dogs are great to take pictures of. On many sunday afternoons, I go walk around places, and take pictures of random dogs. These pictures form the background of graphic poems. I tell people that I work for Cruella DeVille, and only the dalmatian owners are worried, or need to be. Being a puppy-razzi is one of the joys of my old age, and progressing decrepitude.

September and November are a curious pair. September was shot at Mowsomemore Acres, TN. November was shot at Mosomemore Acres, Triune TN. Maybe one of George Bugg’s daughters married Mr. Mosomemore, and bought land in TN. After the success of Bugg Acres GA, creating Mowsomemore Acres TN would be a natural step.

December features a sky full of Air Force created contrails. I hope that you were not affected by those contrails… many people say contrails are a damaging force in the ecosystem. The back cover is a tasteful white page, with the appropriate logo above the nail hole. The back cover is often overlooked in these production, but plays a vital role. If it were not for the back cover, then december would not have any days, and John Lennon would still be alive.

That should be enough for one year. Have a good year, and I will try to do likewise. I may recycle this letter on my blog, with historic pictures from the library of congress. The pictures are Union soldiers, from the War Between the States. Maybe this will be the year when I forgive them.

No Labor-Saving Machine

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 26, 2018

Fruitcake

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, Holidays, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 25, 2018








Thursday is National Fruitcake Day PG sees a chance for some text to put between pictures. He would be nutty as a fruitcake to turn down this chance. This is a repost. Part two of this recycled holiday blog party is a tribute to The Fruitcake Lady.

Fruitcakes were buried with the dead in Ancient Egypt. It’s true. Ancient Egyptians used to fill the tombs of the dead with all the supplies that they would need to enjoy the afterlife, including food and water. Fruitcake was often put into the tomb of a deceased person because a fruitcake soaked in a natural preservative like alcohol or fruit juice would last a long time. It was thought that the preserved fruitcake would not spoil on the journey to the afterlife. Fruitcake was a staple food of other ancient Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and Mediterranean cultures as well

Candied fruits are used in fruitcake because using sugar was the only way to preserve the fruit long enough to get it back to Europe from the Middle East. When the Crusaders began carrying exotic fruits back to their European home the fresh fruit would spoil long before they were able to get it home. Ingenious traders began drying the fruits by candying them with sugar which made them an even more delicious treat and preserved them indefinitely. Once the candied fruits were sent to Europe and to other parts of the world they were baked into cakes so that they could be shared with family and friends on special occasions.

Fruitcakes will last for years without spoiling. It’s true. A fruitcake that is properly preserved with an alcohol soaked cheesecloth that is then wrapped in plastic wrap or foil can be kept unrefrigerated for years without spoiling. In the past, before refrigerators came along, families would make fruitcake for holidays and special occasions months in advance of the actual event and then let the covered fruitcakes sit wrapped in an alcohol soaked cloth until the event happened. As long as the cloth was remoistened with alcohol occasionally the cakes not only didn’t spoil, they actually tasted richer and sweeter because they had been soaking in brandy and rum for a couple of months.

To millions of fruitcake consumers, the town of Claxton GA is very special. This south Georgia town, just down the road from Reidsville, is home to Claxton Fruit Cake . The story of the Claxton Fruit Cake company is a sweet one. Savino Tos founded the Claxton Bakery in 1910. He hired Albert Parker in 1927, and sold him the business in 1945. Mr. Parker decided to sell Fruit Cake to America.

No story about fruitcake is complete without mentioning the “Fruitcake Lady.” Marie Rudisill , an aunt of Truman Capote, wrote a book of fruitcake recipes. She became a tv celebrity, before going to the bakery in the sky November 3, 2006.

The urban dictionary has nine listings for fruit cake. The ones for homosexuals and crazy people are there. UD gets creative with this selection: “The act of releasing green chunky diarrhea onto your partners face then, ejaculating on it, then punching him/her in the nose causing the colors to mix together to form a fruit cake like color.”

If you tire of jokes about fruitcake, you can go to The society for the protection and preservation of fruitcake . (If you click on the “new URL”, you will be invited to join in the green card lottery.) There used to be a link on the society page that enables you to buy Fruitcake Mints. “Keep your breath fruitcake fresh with these festive mints!”

Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.


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There was a political comment on facebook. The last sentence was “No wonder Georgia turned Republican after the Clintons sold poor people out.” The person making this comment was born in 1980, the same year Georgia elected a Republican to the US Senate. This person also was born and raised in Florida. PG thought of a smart comeback. This is a repost.

There was a famous video by the Fruitcake Lady. In the first part, a young lady asks who to vote for in an upcoming election. FL makes a face, and said “you’re gonna ask someone who lives in FLORIDA how to vote?” This is along the lines of a Floridian transplant explaining the Republicanization of Georgia. Unfortunately, the video with the Fruitcake Lady had been taken down for copyright infringement. The spell check suggestions for Republicanization: Recapitalization, Cannibalization.

PG wasn’t really doing anything, and was in the mood for a google wild goose chase. This led to an amazing article, Sweet as Sugar, Rude as Hell, My Lost Interview with Truman Capote’s Aunt. A writer for the fishwrapper went to a mobile home in Hudson, FL. He talked to Marie Rudisill, who was best known as Truman Capote’s “Aunt Tiny.” The meeting took place in 1997, and was not what the writer expected. A family friendly version of the meeting was published The journalist received a slice of fruitcake in the mail. Everyone concerned went on with their lives.

Marie Rudisill died November 3, 2006, after becoming famous as the Fruitcake Lady. As for the journalist: “When I left The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2009, I stashed 27 years of old newspapers, tapes and ephemera in my garage. Nothing is more depressing to me than those boxes of old newspapers. It’s my own private morgue — replete with the sickening scent of dust and roach pills…. When I finally mustered the courage to dig around, I found the Lewis interviews — as well as a cache of other recordings. Three of the tapes had Rudisill’s name scribbled on them. I was not quite ready to listen, though. I put them in a box and labeled it.”

In 1924, Truman Streckfus Persons was born in New Orleans LA. His mother, Lillie Mae (Aunt Tiny’s older sister) left her husband behind, and took the boy to Monroeville AL. They lived in a wild household. A neighbor was Harper Lee, who wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Miss Lee was a close friend, as was Sook. This is Truman’s cousin, the fruitcake chef herone of “A Christmas Memory.”

After a while, Lillie Mae married Joe Capote, who adopted the boy. They moved to New York, where Aunt Tiny joined them. Truman was sent to military school. Everyone, except Lillie Mae, thought this was a terrible idea. The effort to butch up young Truman did not work.

Aunt Tiny wrote a book, Truman Capote: The Story of His Bizarre and Exotic Boyhood by an Aunt Who Helped Raise Him. It was published in 1983, a year before Truman died. “The book scandalized Monroeville — and Capote. He told The Washington Post: “If there are 20 words of truth in it, I will go up on a cross to save humanity.” Said Harper Lee: “I have never seen so many misstatements of fact per sentence as in that book.”

There is one story that sticks out…. “Rudisill breaks down just once during our interview. It’s when she recalls “the first time Truman ever had a sexual encounter with a priest.” She was living in Greenwich Village, having followed Lillie Mae and Truman to New York. “He was sitting on my doorstep when I came home from work, and he had blood all in his pants, and then he told me about this priest. And nobody, I don’t think anybody in the world ever knew that but me.”

There is more to the story. If you have the time, you might enjoy reading the full article. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

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Will Remedy That

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 24, 2018

Disinformation Campaign

Posted in Library of Congress, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on December 24, 2018


Russian efforts to manipulate African Americans show sophistication
Brian Kemp’s November surprise: Show us the facts — and make it quick
There is another pre-existing conditions problem — for seniors
Atlanta Storytellers Podcast Episode 8 Nicholas Tecosky, Maddie Fay, Charles Parrott
Atlanta Storytellers Podcast Episode 2 David Russell, Christina Schmitt, and Maddie Fay
Karamo is tired of ‘pretty white boys’ representing LGBTI community in film
It’s high time for media to enter the No Kellyanne Zone — and stay there
The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World He Didn’t Exist
2018 statistic of the year: Plastic waste fact tops list ~ Why You Should Be a Nationalist
Statistics of the Year 2018: Winners announced $1.3 billion: the amount wiped off Snapchat’s value within a day of one Kylie Jenner tweet
@KylieJenner sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.
With 1 Tweet, Kylie Jenner Cut $1.3 Billion From Snapchat.
@DougExeter disgusting. was in line behind colin kaepernick to buy my nonfat triple whip soy decaf latte and he kneeled for baby its cold outside
Russians Targeted Black Americans in Social Media Campaigns to Disrupt 2016 Election
Report Russians Targeted Black Americans in Social Media Campaigns for the 2016 Election
CPAP or Surveillance Device? You snooze, you lose personal information to insurers
@cmclymer Last night, I was at a Christmas party, and this nice gentleman struck up a conversation with me. Asked what I do. I told him. He said he works in the Trump administration. He then says: “I vote Republican, but I’m socially liberal.” Let’s discuss this for a second. ~ rant was ok until you threw in race Demoze have exploited this issue for their selfish benefit. They further alienated black people. They drove many white people to republican party demoze are little better on race, if they are better at all you should have quit sooner
Meet Megan Bobonick: Richard Spencer’s New Girlfriend
Stars of ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ Scramble to Save Their Cash Cows
Carl Benjamin Drops The N-Word While Ranting About The Alt-Right
Cleveland man alleges racial profiling after bank refuses to cash check, calls 911
The Plan That Would End NFL Kickoffs Forever and Make Football Way More Fun
Georgia Governor-Elect Brian Kemp Might Be Even More Corrupt Than You Thought
Is That a Gun in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Glad to See Me?
What kind of year did Florida Man have? Let’s just say he’s on the naughty list
It’s time for the 2018 Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits
Joe Rogan Experience #1217 – Nimesh Patel
Nimesh Patel told a joke that melted the snowflakes
@RaceBaitr This was confirmation that presumably well-meaning, progressive, anti-racist, feminist “allies” will only reinscribe anti-Blackness, while cashing in on the benefits of Blackness.
Time to panic as Atlanta Super Bowl faces halftime celebrity shortage
amyschumer Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling.
Why Sylvester Is Still ‘Mighty Real’ 30 Years Later
Election recount confirms Georgia lawmaker lost by 2 votes
It’s Time to Drop the ‘LGBT’ From ‘LGBTQ’ ~ Episode One: Murder at Taco Bell
@chamblee54 Does anyone ever listen to the lyrics of GRYMG? The religion is intense. ” … Christ our Savior, Was born on Christmas Day, To save us all from Satan’s pow’r, When we were gone astray”
AROUND TOWN: Bits and pieces from Cobb’s legislator listening sessions
@THECheetahATL Don’t forget–our annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Party is coming up! Stop by The Cheetah on December 20, 2018 in your ugliest holiday sweater and gain free entry all day.
A Friendly Conversation Between Matt Forney and Jim Goad
State Rep. Dan Gasaway again sues to overturn election defeat
Watch Sharon Van Etten Rate Van Halen, 7-Eleven, and Edibles
Bill Burr GOES OFF on Outrage Culture | Joe Rogan
50 Interesting Facts About the 2018 Election
As staffing crisis continues for Berkeley police, officers who left reveal why “People say, ‘Fuck the police,’ and that’s fine,” said Shannon. “But over a period of months and years, it does wear on you. It’s not a reason to retire in and of itself, but it has an effect. Even on something innocuous, like a traffic stop, citizens walk up not knowing anything about what’s going on and they start making accusations. You would never walk into some accounting firm and go up to someone at their cubicle and tell them they’re not doing their job right. But there’s this weird sense among residents they know police work and can tell you how to do your job. It becomes a thorn in the side.”
Early voting and a super Super Tuesday to change 2020 primary campaign
FAKE OUTRAGE AND WOKENESS ARE CANCELLED IN 2018 I enjoyed this video Outage for the sake of outrage is a problem I get tired of having my chain pulled, etc etc The motives of people pushing commodified anger are often suspect This is especially bad during an election
The Epistemological Problem of White Fragility Theory
Why the Coming Shutdown May Be a Long One
JOHN CALE His late 70’s wild years by Ben Dyment (October 2017)
Just 25 Really Funny Memes About White People
Why Mattis Had to Go ~ The 2018 Wypipo Awards
@vicenews This is what it’s like to take a vacation away from white people.
Vice News Promotes Open Hatred of White People (THE SAAD TRUTH_808)
Grinches at HuffPost say ‘Rudolph’ is racist, sexist and anti-gay
Popular Moe’s restaurant fails health inspection with score of 63
#satirethatdoesnotwork Bubba the redneck reindeer had a very shiny neck
and if you ever saw it you might say what the heck
There Is No One to Cheer for in the Potential Battle Between Jordan Peterson and Slavoj Žižek
Remembering Lance Loud. America’s First OUT Gay Man On Television
A LOVE SUPREME: HOW JOHN COLTRANE CHANGED THE WORLD
@DavijuanDean_This why you can’t buy black people nothing
@babyitsmb Jerry Seinfeld said the most intelligent thing in this clip. “You found the humor in saying that word. I haven’t found it. Nor do I seek it”.
@chamblee54 “I’m a person of a certain cynicism” are you sure?
CNN ‘Journalist of the Year’ peddles fake story about Trump’s America, resigns
Absentee voting pitfalls tripped thousands of Ga. voters
Black Florida State Representative Proposes Law to Prevent the Erasure of Confederate Monuments
LEVY: It’s ‘wait and see’ on new free speech policy
29 People Reveal the Darkest Family Secrets They Ever Discovered
Is Facebook Going to Make All Posts Public?
Fox News’ Chris Wallace confronts Mick Mulvaney with his own words
Speakerfoxxx:1983-2018 The DJ and ‘Queen of ATL’ has died
Randy Taylor oral history interview, 2015-03-08
PewDiePie’s Battle for the Soul of the Internet
Unfurling ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ A Tapestry Of Southern Discomfort
Washington DC 1938 ~ It is an old cliche… in a war, the first casualty is the truth. This would also apply to this election. ~ when you argue online you choose the side of the oppressor ~ Judy Roasting On An Open Fire ~ pictures today are from The Library of Congress. Russell Lee took the pictures in Missouri, in August 1938 ~ selah

Osculate Dragons

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 23, 2018

Judy Roasting On An Open Fire

Posted in GSU photo archive, Holidays, Music by chamblee54 on December 23, 2018

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SFFILK (Not his real name) passes along a story about Mel Tormé. It seems like Mr.Tormé was eating a leisurely breakfast at a food court in Los Angeles, and a quartet appeared singing Christmas songs. They wound up performing “The Christmas Song” for co- author Tormé … and the singers had no idea who he was. It is a good story, better told in the link. (The link no longer works.) This is a repost, with pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

According to the inerrant Wikipedia, Mr. Tormé collaborated with Robert Wells, until they had a falling out. One afternoon, on the hottest day of July in 1945, Mr.Tormé went to visit Mr.Wells, and saw the first four lines of “The Christmas Song” (including “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose”). The lines were on a note pad, and the two agreed to beat the heat of summer by completing the song. Supposedly, Mr. Tormé did not like the song very much. After three divorces, he probably didn’t see many of the royalties.

Mel Tormé was the music director of the ill fated “Judy Garland Show” in the early sixties. He wrote a book about it… The Other Side of the Rainbow: With Judy Garland on the Dawn Patrol . The story is that Miss Garland would get blasted, call Mr.Tormé in the middle of the night, and pour out her troubles. (This review is much less sympathetic towards Mr. Tormé.) While the show did not last longer, there are some great youtube clips left over.

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For The Fools

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 22, 2018