I owe everything I have to boxing. I owe the milkman, the grocer, the newspaper boy… Art Aragon There ain’t nothing like being in a corner, and the trainer is whispering in your ear and another guy is putting in your mouthpiece. Five seconds to go, then boom! The bell. It’s more exciting than looking down a cliff. George Foreman, quoted in Newsweek (January 26, 1976) ** A 1949 JOKE BOOK PREDICTS THE FUTURE They were examining an applicant for a government position at one of the more important air fields. They were helping this fellow fill out the application.They would ask the questions, he would give the answers. Finally they said, "Do you belong to any political party that plans to overthrow the government?" Yessir." "What? ...did I understand you correctly?" You belong to a political party that plans to overthrow the government?" "Yessir. I belong to a political party that plans to overthrow the government." "What party is that?" "The Republican Party." from stop me if you've heard this one: the favorite stories of three favorite funnymen - Lew Lehr, Cal Tinney, Roger Bower (New York: Permabooks, 1949) ** In an interview, General Norman Schwarzkopf was asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harbored and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America. His answer was classic Schwarzkopf. The General said, "I believe that forgiving them is God's function... OUR job is to arrange the meeting." ** OF VIOLIN MUSIC & A STRIP-TEASER'S G-STRING G-string (n.) 1878, geestring, "loincloth worn by an American Indian," originally the string that holds it up, etymology unknown. The spelling with G (1882) is perhaps from influence of violin string tuned to a G (in this sense G string is first recorded 1831), the lowest and heaviest of the violin strings. First used of women's attire 1936, with reference to strip-teasers. I AM the spirit of the silver "G": I am silvered sadness, I am moonlit gladness, I am that fine madness Of reverence half, and half of ecstasy [from "Spirit of the 'G' String," Alfred L. Donaldson, in "Songs of My Violin," 1901] from The ON LINE ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY
FROM TWO GUEST CONTRIBUTORS POEM by Mac Bica Love Betrayed Through life he rode with sword in hand his goal to free this evil land no dragon safe, no windmill spared he spoke of love when no one cared. Oh gentle knight your task is clear between the laugh, before the tear, to show mankind he can't conceal the truth of things that are not real. Beware sweet knight your greatest foe, who'll distort the love that you bestow with cross in hand he hides the sword, his deed is sanctioned by the lord. With speed and skill he struck the dove it is the will of god above and those below who love betrayed to end this foolish knight's charade. And we who ask so much of life, seek love replace its endless strife and we who dream of what could be are doomed to sleep eternally. Prepare my friends the knight's return, and pray we're not too blind to learn. ******* FROM MICHAEL HAINES I recall going to the Roxy when the Duke Ellington band was there, and when the film ended and the orchestra rose out of the pit playing “Take the A Train," the top of my head blew off. From then on, any movie set in New York had me. Woody Allen. Apropos of Nothing. Lives that connect to others are not misplaced; perhaps wandering. I had a similar experience to Woody Allen. At the age of 18 or 19 I was in a darkened fraternity house, doing absolutely nothing and thinking I was mostly alone. The top of my mind blew off when someone dropped the needle on a record of Ray Charles doing What'd I Say. I shouted "what is that?!" I had never heard it, and someone said "it's Ray Charles." I said "can't be, Ray Charles leads on a capella chorus that performs on the Perry Como show." I became a lifelong fan.