BITS &PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

For all those who attempted my name game challenges:

BELIEVE IT OR NOT’S ROBERT RIPLEY once received a birthday

greeting from a Chicago resident named Zeke Zzzpt.

NEW ANALOGY IN TOWN:

William Barr: Justice::Aaron Burr:tap dancing.

IT IS DIFFICULT TO PREDICT THE FUTURE
The following sentence appeared in The Quarterly
Review in 1825: "What can be more palpably absurd
than the prospect held out of locomotion traveling
twice as fast as stage coaches?"
**
POLITICIANS/POLITICS

No matter how paranoid you are, what the government 
is actually doing is worse than you can imagine.
        William Blum
 
Don’t believe anything until it’s been officially denied.
         William Blum
 
 
People used to complain that selling a president was 
like selling a bar of soap. But when you buy soap, at least 
you get the soap. In this campaign you just get two guys 
telling you that they really value cleanliness.
 
David Brooks
 

   Somewhere out in the audience may even be someone 
who will one day follow in my footsteps, and presides over
 the White House as the President’s spouse. I wish him well.
 
  Barbara Bush. College address at Wellsley College 
on June 1, 1990
 
 
Politics? Politics are just like women: get into them seriously 
and you’re going to come out looking like an earthworm 
stepped on by a longshoreman’s boot.
 
Charles Bukowski  in a letter to Gerald Locklin 
(August 2, 1981)
 
 
Political conflicts are merely surface manifestations.
 If conflicts arise you may be sure that certain powers intend 
to keep this conflict under operation since they hope to profit 
from the situation. To concern yourself with surface political 
conflicts is to make the mistake of he bull in the ring, you are 
changing the cloth. That is what politics is for, to teach you 
the cloth. Just as the bullfighter teaches the bull, teaches him
 to obey the cloth. 
      William Burroughs
 
Journal for the Protection of All Beings (City Lights Bookstore)
 
 
 
…one of the terrible truths of presidential politics: it changes 
everybody who gets into it, generally for the worse, frequently 
for the awful.
 
  Gail Collins. The New York Times (February 7, 2015)
 
 
As early as 1923 it had become clear that world revolution was 
no longer on history’s agenda, at any rate not in the form
 envisioned by Marxism.
 
George C. Eckstein, reviewing Bukharin and the
Bolshevik Revolution in The Nation (February 8, 1975)
 
**
 
The exiled tyrant Pisistratus , planning his return to Athens 
in the early sixth century BC, hired an unusually tall woman 
named Phye to ride beside him in his in his chariot. She was 
to pretend to be the manifestation of the goddess Athena, 
the Patron of Athens. Herodotus gives her height as some 
four cubits---around 5’11”, more than a foot taller than the 
average woman at the time—and notes that not only was she 
dressed in full armour but was instructed of the bearing in 
which she might best beseem her part (according  to 
Macauley’s inimitable translation . As Pisistratus and Phye
 trundled through the fields of Attica, fell over themselves 
to pay their respects., Herodotus notes that Pisistratus was 
immediately returned to power.
 
Claire Hall. “The Day a God Rode In,”: reviewing “The Realness 
of Things Past: Ancient Greece  and Ontological History” 
by Greg Anderson (London Review of Books)
 

I have just received the following telegram from my 
generous  Daddy, It says, “Dear Jack: Don’t  buy a 
single vote more than  is necessary. I’ll be damned 
if I’m going to pay for a landslide.”
 
             John F. Kennedy at the Gridiron Dinner (1958)

**
 
If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, you 
should vote  for me. If you agree with me on 12 out 
of 12 issues, you should  see a psychiatrist.
                  Ed Koch, Mayor of NYC
 
 
Al Gore never claimed that he invented the internet, 
Howard Dean didn’t scream. Hillary Clinton didn’t say 
she was staying in  the race because Barack Obama 
might be assassinated.  And Wesley Clark didn’t impugn 
John McCain’s military service. Scott McClellan, the former 
White House press secretary  in his tell-all memoir “What  
Happened.” But a true account  of modern American 
politics should “What Didn’t Happen.”  again and again 
we’ve had media firestorms over supposedly 
revealing incidents that never actually took place.
 
Paul Krugman (NY TIMES.  July 4,2008)
 
**
 
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere,
 diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
 
Groucho Marx
 
 
       …I haven’t studied politics that much really. It just seems 
that you have to be in a constant state of revolution, or you’re dead.  
There  always has to be a revolution, it has to be a constant thing, 
not something that’s going to change things, and that’s it, you know, 
the revolution’s going to solve everything. It has to be every day.”
 
         Jim Morrison, in an interview with John Tobler
 
 \
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, 
go out and buy some more tunnel.
                       John Quinton
 
 
 Teddy Kennedy says, “These are times that will test all people. 
Are we up to the test?” And the people say, “The question is,
can we get someone to take the test for us?”
 
    Mort Sahl
 
**
 
   In that first four weeks (AFTER OBAMA’S ELECTION), you probably 
remember, effigies were burned. Obama supporters were being 
beat up, all sorts if things like that. For me, it was all captured in 
the amazing case of the second and third graders in Idaho who 
were riding their bus on the way to school and chanting
 “Assassinate Obama!” It was an incredible moment. I think  
that –very much  like David Duke, the ex-Klan leader, predicted
 – Americans woke up  on November 5 and to some of them it 
was a rude shock. This  black guy was going to be their president, 
and, by God, he was  going to take his wife and kids and move 
into the White House.
 
     David Schimke. “Hate,Ink.” in  UTNE READER 
(Jan-Feb. 10, 2010)
 
**
 
 
Arguing with the Tea Party is like playing chess with a pigeon. 
No matter  how good your argument the pigeon is going to knock 
all the pieces over, crap all over the board and strut around 
like it’s victorious.
 
   Charles Simmons
 
**
 
Democrats work to help people who need help. That other party
 they work for people who don’t need help. That’s all there is to it.
 
       Harry S Truman
 
**
 NEW APP: HOW YOU CAN TELL RIGHT AWAY IF THE PERSON YOU 
ARE TALKING TO HAS ENOUGH MONEY TO MAKE IT WORTHWHILE
FOR YOU TO BE THEIR FRIEND. AFTER ALL WHO WANTS TO
WASTE THEIR TIME WITH POOR PEOPLE?
DESIGN BY LILLY KRONGARD
 
TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION
  
 ASKING THE SUPREME COURT TO VOTE UPON
THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE     CONSTITUTION 
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
   Although many Americans are aware that the Supreme 
Court  has been asked to deprive some 9 to 11 million 
Americans of  their health insurance on the basis of an 
ambiguous four word  phrase in the health-care provision
, few Americans are aware of a case that will soon follow suit
 – - Americans Who Hate The  General Welfare vs. The
 Constitution of the United States of America. 
       Attorneys for the state rights have pointed out (and 
rightly so)  that the majority of our 50 States were not in 
existence at the time  the Constitution was approved  
(sometime in the l8th century we  believe, although many 
citizens believe the Constitutional Congress, like the 
moon-landings, was a hoax). Here are the phrases called 
into question:
 
       " We the People of the United States, in Order to form a 
more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic 
Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote 
the general Welfare, and secure he Blessings of Liberty 
to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain  and establish 
this Constitution for the United States of America."
 

           First of all the phrase “We the people of the United States” 
was a blatant falsehood at the timeThe Constitution was drafted.  
many so-called people (women, slaves, children, and anyone 
who did not own property) were in no position to ordain anything. 
these disenfranchised chattle did not establish the Constitution. 
They could barely establish  that they existed.  Did any of the persons 
who voted for ratification of the Constitution produce voter IDs? 
How many tainted votes were cast?  There should be a revote, 
with a prior ruling on how to count or not count hanging chads.
 
 Second:  What about all the new States that have become  part 
of the United States since.  Each new State should be allowed to 
rewrite the Constitution to fit the needs of its citizens.

Third, what  about the phrase “promote the general welfare"? 
Anyone who did not own property could not vote, thus  were in 
no position to ordain anything. These disenfranchised chattles
 did not establish the Constitution. They could barely establish  
that they existed. Now that is ambiguous. Does our Constitution 
endorse “The Welfare State”.  We know we need guns to promote 
the general welfare, but do we really need Social Security and 
National Healthcare? The phrase "promote the general
welfare" must be struck from the Constitution.
 
          Last, but not least, The Supreme Court will be asked 
to rule on whether the phrase “common defence” is spelled 
correctly .  Since the usual spelling is defense, did the persons 
who drafted the Constitution have something sinister in mind. 
 Were the Founding  Fathers mocking the notion that there is 
such a thing as a   “common defence” since Americans seem 
not to agree on many  “common: issues.” This two word phrase
 should cause the Constitution  to be nullified.
 
            Once again, we expect the court to be divided down along party 
lines and that the decision will come down to the vote one Supreme 
Court Justice. Yes, Justice.
 
      
 
And last, but not least, The Supreme Court will be asked to rule on whether the phrase “common defence” is spelled correctly . Since the usual spelling is defense, did the persons who drafted the Constitution have something sinister in mind.  Were the Founding Fathers mocking the notion that there is such a thing as a  “common defence” since Americans seem not to agree on many “common: issues.” This two word phrase should cause the Constitution should
Be nullified.
 
Once again, we expect the court to be divided down along party lines and that the decision will come down to the vote one Supreme Court Justice. Yes, Justice.
 




WHERE’S TRUMP?

NEW BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE WHITE HOUSE:
 
WHERE’S TRUMP?

In order to boost sagging poll numbers and to relieve 
stress caused by the pandemic, protests, and failing economy, 
President Trump and his loyal White House staff  are 
publishing a puzzle and family fun book in the 
Where’s Waldo tradition. Voters, non-voters, 
and children  at the U.S./Mexican border who are  
separated from their parents will have hours of fun
attempting to locate the real Donald Trump among
hundreds of Donald Trumps. Can you do it? Can
anyone do it?
 
“Best book ever. More fun than the Bible!” Lindsay Graham

“:I love this book because it has no words in it. It’s
my second favorite book –after Mutiny on the Bounty.”
You know who
 **

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WHERE’S TRUMP

NEW BOOK PUBLISHED BY THE WHITE HOUSE:
 
WHERE’S TRUMP?

In order to boost sagging poll numbers and to relieve stress caused by the pandemic, protests, and failing economy, President Trump and his loyal White House staff  are publishing a puzzle and family fun book in the Where’s Waldo tradition. Voters, non-voters, and children  at the U.S./Mexican border who are  separated from their parents will have hours of fun
attempting to locate the real Donald Trump among
hundreds of Donald Trumps. Can you do it? Can
anyone do it?
 
“Best book ever. More fun than the Bible!” Lindsay Graham

“:I love this book because it has no words in it. It’s
my second favorite book –after Mutiny on the Bounty.”
You know who
 **

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

THE SAURUS

THE SAURUS — The dinosaur that is a synonym for another dinosaur

designed by Lilly Krongard

**

Loot (n, hence v, whence looter): Hind lut denasalized from Sanskrit
lunrati, he plunders.

Eric Partridge. Origins: A Short Etymological Dictionary of Modern English
(New York: Greenwich House,1966

Dear Editors:

   Looting is very destructive to community and

our sense as citizens that we should look out for

one another, but there are different kinds of looting.

One kind of looting takes place when people smash

windows, enter a store, grab merchandise and run

off.

   There is a second kind of looting that we should

consider:  looting  done by persons of power and

authority.  Consider political leaders and their family

members who use their positions to squander so much

of tax payer monies for their own personal pleasures

and economic enhancement. Is that not looting?

   Or consider the Environmental Protection Agency.

how many regulations have been rescinded so that

future generations  of Americans can no longer

can count upon breathing clean air nor drinking

uncontaminated  water.

   Or stealing young people’s futures by loading them

Down with crippling loans for their education.

   Or denying citizens affordable health care.

  All kinds of looting are to be abhorred.  Which

is worse may be difficult to determine on a case by

case basis, but none of these lootings make us a

better nation. None of these lootings make us a better people.

Sincerely,

Louis Phillips









Image by Lilly Krongard
**


 
DESCENDING INTO BEDROCK
 
 
There is just so much sleep to go around
With the bed still warm
From my wife’s body,
Pillows piled high & the annoying sound
Of traffic going somewhere or not.
Another erratic midnight.
 
 Don McLean got it right:
“Bad news on the doorstep.”
& I got no Chevy either.
Am I the only person not dreaming?
In Apartment 8H, right
 
Below us, some idiot is playing
First Edition’s
“Just Dropped In to See
What Condition My Condition Was In.”
 
The human condition? Bah! Humbug.
 It’s the entire bedrock
Of a crumbling nation,
Entire oceans of fish
Are awash with waking & dreaming.
 
Oceans  choking
to death on plastic.
***

ABRACADABRA

By the incantation of a single word, this sentence becomes

transformed. It was formerly an epigram: Now it is closer

to the national anthem of Argentina:   “May the Laurels be

eternal That we know how to win. Let us live crowned

with glory Or swear to die gloriously.” Abracadabra.  

All that dying gloriously stuff: Now that’s real magic.  

**

ATOM SMASHING 
I do not understand why it took scientists so long
to split the atom. When my sons were 4 or 5, if
they had been given an atom for Christmas, they
would have broken it in no time at all.
**

LA TRIVIATA # 38

NOTE TO THE READER
 
All right, I know that more than a few of the questions 
in the various La Triviata quizzes  are unfair and often 
impossible for many readers, to answer. But the point 
of a quiz is not to test intelligence or even cultural and 
verbal awareness. Not by a long shot. The point is to
 have fun, to pass some time pleasantly while picking 
up tidbits of useful and useless information. I hope it’s 
a good party game or a good quiz to share with a friend 
or two. Actually I hope it is just a good quiz. And sometimes 
a useful one. If you get 6 correct you are doing very good.
 If you get 9 or more correct you are in the Genius
Category.
 
—LJP


 
1l Bees can see all colors except one. What color
cannot be seen by bees?
 
2.What is the only seven letter word in the English
language that contains all 5 vowels?
 
3. It has been claimed that the logo depicting a large
tongue protruding from a mouth is the most famous
logo in Rock & Roll history. It is the logo of what group?
 
 
4. What were the names of the famous NBC newscasters
who signed off each broadcast with:
       “ Good night, David.”
       “ Good night, Chet.”
 
5. What does a kinologist study?
 
6 In the Olympics Discus throw competition how much
does the discus weigh?
 
7.Fur is one of the official languages of what African
  country?
 
 
 
 
8. In 1984, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
   established the Television Hall of Fame and inducted
    seven people. Can you name any 3 persons of the
    first seven inductees?
 
9. A bit of IdMb trivia for this film, directed by John
Ford and starring John Wayne as Captain Brittles
Reveals that the regiment's blacksmith, named "Wagner" 
(Mickey Simpson), is seen at work, we can hear the orchestra
 playing the "Nibelung"-motif from Richard Wagner's famous 
opera, "Siegfried". In the opera the motif is connected with 
the forging of Siegfried's sword. What is the film?
 
10. Ithaca and Kerykara are Greek islands in what sea?
 
11.On November 25, 1864 the Winter Garden Theater
in NYC presented a production of Julius Caesar. Junius
Brutus Booth played Cassius and his brother Edwin Booth 
played Brutus. What part did the third brother—JohnWilkes Booth 
– play?
 
12. In the U.S. Presidential election of 1920 one of
the major candidates on the ballot was a prisoner
in a Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia . Who
was he?


13. What country has the oldest flag in the world?

14. How many eyes does a scallop have?
 
     A. none
     B. 30
     C. 50
     D. 100
 
15. What do the following all have in common?
 
 Mr. R. Nixon,  Phunky, Ty Kong, Wopsle, Squod
Nobs, and Hookem?

16. What U.S. President is associated with this
piece of advice: “Speak softly, but carry a big stick.”
 
17. What U.S. President gave Maxwell House Coffee
its famous advertising slogan “Good to the Last Drop”?

18. Edson Arantes do Nascimento is better known to
   the world by what single name? 
 
19. Richard Strauss was, of course, a famous German
composer and conductor, but what does his last name
mean?
 
20. What is paronomasia?
 



ANSWERS
 
1. Red (Do not ask me how scientists know such things)
 
2. Sequoia
 
3. The Rolling Stones
 
4. David Brinkley and Chet Huntley
 
5. A kinologist studies physics laws of motion
 
6. 4 pounds
 
7. Dafur
 
8. Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Paddy Chayesky, Norman Lear, 
Edward R. Murrow,  William S. Paley, David Sarnoff
 
9. She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
 
10. The Ionian Sea
 
11. He played Marc Anthony
 
12.  Eugene Debs. He ran as a socialist candidate and
  received nearly one million votes.
 
13. Denmark
 
14.( D) 100
 
15. They are names of characters  in works by Charles
      Dickens
 
16. Theodore Roosevelt
 
17.  Theodore Roosevelt.  According to The Oxford Dictionary 
of Modern Quotations, Roosevelt uttered that phrase to 
Joel Cheek in 1907.
 
18. Pele’, the great Brazilian soccer player
 
19. According to Wikipedia , Strauss is a German: nickname 
for an awkward or belligerent person, from Middle High German 
struz 'quarrel', 'complaint'. ... Dutch: from a Germanic personal 
name, Strusso.
 
20. According to the online Merriam Webster Dictionary, 
paronomasia was first used in 1571. It is from Latin, from Greek, from paronomazein to call with a slight change of name, from 
para- + onoma name — more at NAME. It is simply a long word
 meaning a pun or play on words.
 
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BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

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One of my all-time favorite books is What's in the Names of Wild
Animals by Peter Limburg, illustrated by Murray Tinkelman'
(Toronto: Longman Canada Limited,  1977). Here is the opening
paragraph:

     ANIMAL is a word imported directly from ancient Rome,
     where it meant "a living being." The word comes from
     anima, Latin for "soul" or "breath of life." Despite its 
     illustrious Roman ancestry, animal is practically a new-
     comer to the English language. It was hardly used at all
     before the 1600s, and even then only by scholars....

**

ANIMALS
 
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims
 he intends to eat until he eats them.
 
SAMUEL BUTLER
 
 
 
           If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked?
 
GEORGE CARLIN
 
 
           Why don't sheep shrink when it rains?
 
       GEORGE CARLIN
 
 
As humans, we are well acquainted with the needs and capacities of the human body –we live our own bodies and so know, from within, the possibilities of our form. We cannot know, with the same familiarity and intimacy the lived experience of a grass snake or a snapping turtle; we cannot readily experience the precise sensations of a hummingbird sipping nectar from a flower or a rubber tree soaking up sunlight. And yet we do know how it feels to sip from a
fresh pool of water or to bask and stretch in the sun.
 
David Abram. The Spell of the Sensuous (New York:
Vantage Books, 2017)

I meant what I said, and I said what I meant...
An elephant faithful -- one hundred per cent !
 
  Theodor Seuss Geisel, Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940
epigraph to Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Chapel Hill
Algonquin Books, 2006)
 
**
    SPIDERS
    are named
   by what they do,
   spinning their webs,
   as all of us
   are named
   by what we do.
   The lace of heaven
   is their province.
   In the highest wood
   all the spiders 
   gather
   to knit the snow.

  Louis Phillips
(from The Spider Anthology, edited by David Cornell
 (Arachne's Muse Foundation,Inc.1988)


                                        CATS
 
 
  It was Edward Lear, I believe, who said that the true test of imagination is the ability to name a cat.
  
   W.H. Auden
 
**



 I don’t know why cats are such habitual vomiters. They don’t seem to  enjoy it, judging by the sounds
 they make while doing it. It’s their nature. A dog is going to bark. A cat is going to vomit.
 
     Roy Blount, Jr.
 
 
   Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.
 
       Garrison Keillor
 
  Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
 
                                  Joseph Wood Krutch
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MOUCHE
 
Named for Scaramouche,
Comic actor with a sword,
My rum-lined cat purred
Her feline duels. The couch
 
Was hers, pillow, rug, & floor,
Her veritable kingdom
Of knotted fur loomed
Amid her arch & scratch, her-
 
Self alert, & en garde.
I confess defeat,
Subdued by energies, her flat
Poise before a leap, her hard
 
Indifference to command.
Yawning thrust & parry
She was my noble adversary.
Those who own a cat will understand.
-
Louis Phillips

**

SNAILS AND THE WEATHER

In Scotland snails were once used  to predict
the weather. Children sang the following rhyme:

  Snailie, snailie, shoot out your horn
  And tell us it will be a bonny day the morn.

          ********

 
**
ELEPHANTS
 
 
   I love to look on these overgrown beasts, with their 
vast bodies, their immense strength, their ungainly proportions, 
their docile harmlessness. Their very size and clumsiness 
make me a kind tenderness for them -- their unwieldy bulk 
has something infantile about it. Moreover they have large 
hearts. When they get wild, they are furious, but when they 
calm down they are peace itself.
 
                     Sir Rabindranath Tagore
 

Some Bits & Pieces of A MISPLACED LIFE

A BASEBALL MEMORY FROM RUSSELL HILL, author of 
THE DOG SOX and GHOST TROUT

When I was a boy (of ten) I used to go to the Oakland
 Oaks ballpark in Emeryville, on the Oakland side of 
San Francisco  Bay and watch the Oakland Oaks play.
 took the C electric train that was bound for San Francisco 
and stopped in Emeryville, which was home to Judson Steel.  
They were coached by Casey  Stengel and they were called 
Casey and the nine old men  It was  war time and most of 
the players were ether cast-offs from the  Big Leagues 
(Ernie Lombardi) or guys who were plumbers in the 
daytime and ball players a night or on the weekends.They 
won the Pacific Coast League that year. The San Francisco Seals 
had the DiMaggio brothers. Anyway, Casey was the manager, 
and Pumpsy Green played second base (he had two fingers 
missing) and Ray Hamrick played left field and Ralph Pine Tar 
Buxton was a pitcher the pine tar was his speciality). Billy 
Raimondi was the catcher for 20 years. Billy Martin played 
hortstop for Casey.  
*
That feller runs splendid but he needs help at
the plate,which coming from the country chasing
rabbits all winter give him strong legs, although
he broke one falling out of a tree, which shows
they can't tell, and when a curve ball comes he
waves at it and if pitchers don't throw curves 
you have no pitching staff, so how is a manager
going to know whether to tell boys to fall out
of trees and break legs so he can run fast
even if he can't hit a curve ball?

           Casey Stengel

from THE RANDOM HOUSE TREASURY OF
HUMOROUS QUOTATIONS, edited by
Louis Phillips and William Cole (New
York: Random House, 1996)
**
POLITICAL SCIENCE AT YANKEE STADIUM

Casey Stengel,
Hearing about Marx & Engel
s , asked about them with great verve
"Can any of those guys hit a curve?"
**

BERT LAHR
 
Bert Lahr—
His career went very far
(You may skip this 3rd line)
After he played The Cowardly Lion.
 
 **

LA TRIVIATA # 38
 
 
 
NOTE TO THE READER
 
All right, I know that more than a few of the questions in 
the various La Triviata quizzes  are unfair and often impossible 
for many readers, to answer. But the point of a quiz is not 
to test intelligence or even cultural and verbal awareness. 
Not by a long shot. The point is to have fun, to pass some time 
pleasantly while picking up tidbits of useful and useless information. 
I hope it’s a good party game or a good quiz to share with a friend 
or two. Actually I hope it is just a good quiz. And sometimes a
 useful one. If you get 6 correct you are doing very good. 
If you get 9 or more correct you are in the Genius
Category.
 
—LJP
**
1. What Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning novelist, 
playwright, and short story author wrote the short play “Hello 
Out There” in 1941?
 
 
2. What great American song-writer wrote,
in his early 20’s, the song “ Hello in There”
from the viewpoint of an old man?

3. Who wrote the lyrics and music musical “Hello, Dolly!” ?

4  What does the skiing term piste refer to?
 
5. In 1881, Johanna Spyri wrote a best selling children’s book that became a favorite with children all over the world. It is still in print.
What is it?
          
6.  The 1945 biographical film A Song to Remember earned 
Cornel Wilde an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor 
for his portrayal of what great classical composer?
 
.
7. The phrase “The Usual Gang of Idiots” could apply to Congress, 
but it is actually associated with what great American magazine?
 
 
8. What great ice-skating champion was the first female athlete 
to sign a million dollar a year contract?

9. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have done; it is 
a far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.” 
is the final sentence  to what Charles Dickens’ novel?
 
10. In 1782, what building in Philadelphia became the first 
building to be owned by the U.S. Government?
 
11. Who was the youngest actress to win an Academy Award 
as Best Supporting Actress? For what film?
 
12. Since we are on the subject of being young—
In 1955, what baseball future Hall of Famer
led the American League with a .340 batting average? 
At age 20, this outfielder was the
youngest player in MLB history to lead his
league in batting.
 
13. Who became Queen of Egypt after the death of her father 
Ptolemy XII in 51 BCE,?


14. What number in Mathematics is considered to be both 
real and imaginary?

15. How many fluid ounces are there in a gallon?

16.  The term "Impressionism" is derived from 
the title of his painting Impression, soleil levant 
(Impression, Sunrise), which  was exhibited in 1874 . 
Who painted it?
 
 
17.  The band The Airborne Toxic Event took their name from 
what novel by Don DeLillo?
 
18. In 1892, Wiliam Painter, a Quaker from Baltimore , invented 
what common object and eventually became a millionaire.
He invented what?
 
   A. The flexible clothespin’
   B.  The Zipper
   C. The paper clip
   D. The crown bottle cap
 
19. “When shall we three meet again?
        In thunder, lightning , or in rain?”

   are the opening  lines to what play by Shakespeare?
 
                20. Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. Is considered
                       the founder of what great U.S. city?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ANSWERS

1. William Saroyan. He refused to accept the Pulitzer Prize 
awarded to his play “The Time of Your Life” (1941)
 
2. John Prine
 
3. Jerry Herman
 
 4. a run of compacted snow

5. Heidi

6. Frederic Chopin
 
7. Mad
 
8.Dorothy Hamill


9. A Tale of Two Cities
 
10. The U.S. Mint

   11 Tatum O’Neal was 10 years old when
     she won an Oscar for her work in Paper Moon.
 
 12. Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers
 
13. Cleopatra
 
14. Zero
 
15. 128
 
16. Claude Monet
 
17. White Noise

18. The Crown Bottle Cap

19. Macbeth

20. He is regarded as the first permanent non-Indigenous 
settler of what would later become Chicago, Illinois, and 
is recognized as the "Founder of Chicago".[7] A schoolmuseumharborpark, and bridge have been named in 
his honor. 

**
THE FOLLOWING IMAGE WAS CREATED  & EXECUTED  
BY LILLY  KRONGARD,  based upon an idea from SNL
 
"... reading of any kind is on the decline, Half the American 
people never read a newspaper. Half never vote for
President. One hopes it is the same half."
      Gore Vidal
'
"I have read only one book in my life, and that
is White Fang. It is so frightfully good I've never
bothered to read another."
 Nancy Mitford

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx
**
Donald J. Trump
✔
@realDonaldTrump
Tell the Democrat Governors that “Mutiny On The Bounty” was one of my all time favorite movies. A good old fashioned mutiny every now and then is an exciting and invigorating thing to watch, especially when the mutineers need so much from the Captain. Too easy!
161K
10:57 AM - Apr 14, 2020
THE RESULT OF NOT READING

Dear Editors:  
The readers of the Times Book Review know the power, 
the empathy, the knowledge that fiction and non-fiction 
can bring into our lives. The ability to connect with other lives,
other perspectives and ideas, often providing a sense of history 
and how the past plays a role in understanding the present 
and perhaps our futures. President Trump knows none of this. 
The United States in 2020 and beyond, led by a President 
& other government leaders who do not read, not even important 
reports,  is paying a terrible price because of a pervasive pride in lack of curiosity, a paucity of critical thinking, and a disdain for facts,
indeed a disdain for Truth itself.  The vanity of so many 
cabinet members,  governors, mayors, and Senators and 
Representatives -indeed our Attorney General himself --  
confuse having power with doing the right thing. Empathy 
for others, genuine concern for the poor, for immigrants, 
for so many of our fellow citizens and world citizens 
who are suffering appears to be non-existent in President
Trump's inner circles and in so many courts of law.
    Perhaps there is something  to be gained from reading
 the handful of  words on dollar bills . But I do not believe
there is much to be gained from such  reading.
 Stock certificates and real estate contracts  are rarely 
great literature. Mutiny on the Bounty indeed!

Louis Phillips


Sincerely,




**

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE #16

 ON COOKING
                              “You have a map of flavors, and then you   
                                dance.”
 
     Ali El Sayed, quoted by David Kortava
      in The New Yorker (September 2, 2019)

 
 
 
THE LETHE MARTINI POEM
 
I have already forgotten what this poem is about.

**

COCKTAILS
 
DRINK/DRINKING
 
                   The right gin matters, not Bombay with its  overpowering 
botanicals and its sweetness, And a conical glass, though in an 
emergency  you can approximate a very dry one by 
removing a bottle of Tanqueray  from the freezer 
and swigging from the neck.
 
                    Sam Leith, on the Martini. The Spectator
                    (16 December 2014)
 
 An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks 
as much as you do.
                        Dylan Thomas
 
   Jacques (Feyder) seemed very impressed and insisted 
we go out afterwards and celebrate my success. Champagne 
was ordered at his behest  -- I knew he enjoyed drinking it,
 but I had never touched the stuff. As the champagne 
went down, my value as a composer went up. By the end 
of the second bottle I was better, according to 
him, than Beethoven had ever been.
 
    Miklos Rozsa.  Music For the Movies by Tony Thomas. 1997.
**
 
 
 
Dating back to 1862, these (CORPSE REVIVERS)  belong to 
the dubious category of drinks engineered, in a counterintuitive, 
vaguely  homeopathic way to vanquish hangovers, like 
other well-known hairs-of-dogs.
 
Rosie Schaap. The New York Times Magazine
(October 11, 2015)
 
 
 
COFFEE
 
American coffee can be a pale solution served at a temperature 
of 100 degrees centigrade in plastic thermos cups, usually 
obligatory in railroad stations  for purposes of genocide.
 
    Umberto Eco. How To Travel With a Salmon.
 
 
COOKING
Her  cooking suggested she had attended the Cordon noir.
  Leo Rosen
 
Drama is very important in life. You have to come on with a bang.
 You never want to go out with a whimper. Everything can have 
drama if it’s done right. Even a pancake.
 
Julia Child
 
 
 
"Boiled cabbage a l'Anglais is something compared with which 
steamed coarse newsprint bought from bankrupt Finnish salvage 
dealers and heated over smoky oil stoves is an exquisite delicacy.   
Boiled British cabbage is something lower than ex-Army blankets 
stolen by dispossessed Goanese housekeepers who used them 
to cover busted-down hen houses in the slum district of Karachi, 
found them useless, threw them in anger into the Indus, where 
they were recovered by convicted beachcombers with grappling 
irons, who cut them in strips with shears and stewed them in sheep 
dip before they were sold to dying beggars.  Boiled cabbage !"
                                                                                   
 William Connor (Cassandra)  [ 1909 - 1967 ]
 
*
LANGUAGE MATTERS

ON HONKY-TONK (from Wikipedia)

The origin of the term honky-tonk is unknown. The earliest
known use in print is an article in the Peoria Journal dated
June 28, 1874, stating, "The police spent a busy day today
raiding the bagnios and honkytonks."[ The capitalization[
of the term suggests that it may have been the proper name
of the theater; it is not known whether the name was taken
from a generic use of the term or whether the name of
he theater became a generic term for similar establishments.
There are subsequent citations from 1890 in 
The Dallas Morning News,[1892 in the Galveston Daily News 
(Galveston, Texas)[(which used the term to refer to an
adult establishment in Fort Worth), and in 1894 in 
The Daily Ardmoreite in Oklahoma,[4] Early uses of the term
in print mostly appear along a corridor roughly coinciding
with cattle drive trails extending from Dallas and 
Fort Worth, Texas, into south central Oklahoma, suggesting 
that the term may have been a localism spread by cowboys 
driving cattle to market. The sound of honky-tonk 
(or honk-a-tonk) and the types of places that were 
called honky-tonks suggests that the term
may be an onomatopoeic reference to the loud, 
boisterous music and noise heard at these 
establishments.one theory is that the "tonk" portion 
of the name may have come from the brand name of piano 
made by William Tonk & Bros.,an American manufacturer 
of large upright pianos (established 1881),[ which made 
a piano with the decal "Ernest A. Tonk".
The Tonk brothers, William and Max, established the 
Tonk Bros. Manufacturing Company in 1873, so such 
an etymology is possible,[ however, these pianos were
 not manufactured until 889, at which point the term 
seems to have already been established.[9]An early source 
purporting to explain the derivation of the term
(spelled honkatonk) was an article published in 1900 by
the New York Sun and widely reprinted in other newspapers.[ 
The article, however, reads more like a humorous urban
(or open range) legend or fable, so its veracity is questionable.
**
The Franklin stove is a metal-lined fireplace named 
after Benjamin Franklin, who invented it in 1741.
***
LA TRIVIATA #37

NOTE TO THE READER
 
All right, I know that more than a few of the questions 
in the various La Triviata quizzes  are unfair and often 
mpossible for many readers, to answer. But the point 
of a quiz is not to test intelligence or even cultural and 
verbal awareness. Not by a long shot. The point is to 
have fun, to pass some time pleasantly while picking 
up tidbits of useful and useless information. I hope it’s 
a good party game or a good quiz to share with a friend 
or two. Actually I hope it is just a good quiz. And 
sometimes a useful one. If you get 6 correct you are 
doing very good. If you get 9 or more correct you are 
in the Genius
Category.
 
—LJP

  
 
1. On July 31, 1968 –  18 years after Charles Schultz 
Peanuts comic strip had been syndicated, the very first 
black child appeared (mainly because of the urging of 
Harriet Glickman, a teacher) as a regular character with 
Charlie Brown , Linus & others What was the name of 
this character?
 
   A) Thurmond Armstrong
   B)  Franklin Armstrong
   C) Malcolm Armstrong
   D)  Luther Armstrong
 
2. The name Rosa Kleb should bring to mind what popular 
novel by Ian Fleming?
 
3. Movie actor and stuntman Ben Johnson won an 
Academy Award for Best Supporting actor in 1971.
 At 9 minutes and 54 seconds, Ben Johnson's performance 
in this movie is the shortest to ever win an Academy Award 
for Best Supporting Actor. What was the film?
 
4. True or False: A person is more likely to be killed
  by a cow than by a shark.
 
5.  You are in The City of Saints, a  large city in
 North America. In what city are you in?
 
6.   What great American poet wrote:
 
      The fog comes
      on little cat feet.
  
       It sits looking
       over harbor and city
       on silent haunches
       and then moves on.
 
 7.  In English Society in the late 19th and 20th Century
      what was a Lion Tamer ?
 
8.  Iris, Ceres, Juno, Nymphs, and Reapers are characters
in what play by Shakespeare?
 
9. Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin' this'll be the day that I die
This'll be the day that I die
 
The above is from what hit song? Who wrote it?
 
 
10. According to information on the inside of the bottle 
cap to my Snapple (Product placement people please 
take notice) what peoples invented lemonade in 1299 A.D.?
 
   A. Aztecs
   B. Spaniards
   C. Mexicans
   D. Mongolians
 
11 What is a xenobot?
 
12. Who was the first black entertainer to win an Emmy?
 
13.What   is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea?
 
14. What month is designated  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, 
Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month?
 
15. If you are dining outside you are dining “el fresco,”
       but what does “al fresco” mean in Italian?
 
 16.  In 1956, what world famous princess recorded 
the number one hit song “True Love” with Bing Crosby? 
( In 1954, this woman, before she became a princess 
won an Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance 
in The Country Girl.)
 
17. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy stated that 
this philosopher  was “the most important philosopher 
ever to write in English.”  Who was he?
 
    A. Bertrand Russell
    B. William James
    C. David Hume
    D.  John Dewey
 
18.  You have just purchased a new automobile – an
M G. What do the initials stand for?
 
19. When Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his
cap what did he call it?
 
 
20. What is the longest word in the English language to
     contain only one vowel used just once? (8 letters )
 

ANSWERS:

1. Franklin Armstrong
 
2. To Russia With Love

3. The Last Picture Show.
 
4. True.
 
5. Montreal. So-called because it has many streets named for saints.
 
6. Carl Sandburg
 
7. A Lion Tamer was a society woman who would convince 
a celebrity or celebrities to attend and lend an air of 
importance to her parties.

8. The Tempest
 
9. American Pie by Don McLean

10. (D) Mongolians
 
11. Xenobots, are synthetic organisms that are automatically 
designed by computers to perform some desired function 
and built by combining together different biological tissues.
 
 
12. Harry Belafonte
 
13. Sicily
 
14. June
 
15. the expression has a completely different 
meaning. 'Al fresco' literally means 'in prison.
 
16. Grace Kelly
 
17. David Hume
 
18. The initials stand for Great Britain’s automobile maker
Morris George
 
19.  Macaroni
 
20. STRENGTH
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

SELF KNOWLEDGE
Why are we are so interested
In that baggage of heartbreak
With ripped pockets
We carry around with us?
Shouldn't souls of others
Stir us to action?
Remember Gary Cooper
Walking the streets of High Noon?
Am I like him? Are you?
12 yrs old, & I was
Waiting for my parents
To get off from work.
I paid 25¢ to see
A good cowboy movie.
Missing the politics,,
High Noon, in 1950s slang,
Blew me away.
Who was I then,
Sitting by myself,
All alone in the dark,
Waiting for my parents
To drive me home.
Among motion picture archives,
Who are you? the Caterpillar,
As played by Ned Sparks,
Asks a very polite Alice.
Did Gary Cooper & Sparks
Become what we see on the screen?
Caterpillars become butterflies,
Sparks become fires.
Who do we become
When we turn our attentions to,
Let us say, Handel,
His Concerto No. II in B-Flat Major,
With its fourth movement
In 3/8ths time,
Must we sit on the couch & ask,
"Just where do I fit in all this,
What does it have to do with me?”
O myself, myself,
Do not forsake me, O my darling.
Louis Phillips

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE

BASEBALL, LA TRIVIATA #36, 2 poems

If you’re playing baseball  and thinking about managing, you’re crazy. You’d be better off thinking about being an owner.

 Casey Stengel

There are plenty of Hank Aarons…in spring training.

   Bobby Cox

We have Three big leagues now. There’s the American, the National, and there’s Ted Williams.

Mickey Harries  (Red Sox Pitcher in 1946)

Catching a fly ball is a pleasure but knowing what to do with it after you catch it is a business.

Tommy Henrich

When you’re hitting .175, whatever you say doesn’t make much sense.

      Reggie Jackson

**

When the one great scorer comes to mark against your name, it’s not whether you won or lost but how many paid to see the game.

Peter Bavasi

He gets to the ball quicker than Cinderella’s sisters.

Dave Campbell (ESPN sportscaster) on  Roberto Alomar

**

CASTING NEWS:

Howard’s End starring Timothy Bottoms

*******

LA TRIVIATA #36

NOTE TO THE READER

All right, I know that more than a few of the questions in the various La Triviata quizzes  are unfair and often impossible for many readers, to answer. But the point of a quiz is not to test intelligence or even cultural and verbal awareness. Not by a long shot. The point is to have fun, to pass some time pleasantly while picking up tidbits of useful and useless information. I hope it’s a good party game or a good quiz to share with a friend or two. Actually I hope it is just a good quiz. And sometimes a useful one. If you get 6 correct you are doing very good. If you get 9 or more correct you are in the Genius

Category.

—LJP

1. If you are a deltiologist, you do not collect facts about deltas.  What do you collect?

2.

All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness. Be not righteousness over much…Why shouldest thou destroy thyself? … For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Is one of the epigraphs to Acts of Faith by Philip Caputo  (New York: Vintage Books, 2006)

What book of The Bible is the quotation from?

          3. Más a Tierra (Closer to Land), is the second  largest of the Juan Fernández Islands,. In 1966 its name was changed to Robinson Crusoe Island.  What country governs the island? Who wrote the novel Robinson Crusoe?

 4. If there are 11 players on each side on the field in a football game, how many players on  each side on the field in Lacrosse?

5. If you are fortunate enough to receive a Pritzker Prize, awarded annually since 1979,

what is your profession?

    A. Architect

    B.  Chemist

    C.  Fabric Designer

     D Journalist

6.  How many fireplaces  are there in the White House?

    A. 8

    B. 14

   C. 21

   D. 28

7.  Who was the Queen of England whose final words, delivered upon the scaffold, said, referring to her neck: “It is very small, very

small” ?

9. If a person is awarded the Caldecott Medal, he or she would be:

     A) a chef

     B) a writer./illustrator

     C)  a swimmer/diver

     D)  a painter

10.  According to Guinness  World Records,

the siphonophore Praya dubia is the longest animal in the world. It is a variety of  what

kind of animal?

     A) jellyfish

     B) snake

     C) eel

‘    D) sea worm

10  What two-time  Olympic Gold Medal winner in the Decathalon served four terms

              in the United States House of Representatives

              representing the northern San Joaquin Valley

              of California?

11. Toward the conclusion of this film-maker’s memoir  Apropos of Nothing, he writes:

 “I’m 84; my life is almost half over. At my age, I’m playing with house money. Not believing in a hereafter, I can’t see any practical difference if people remember me as a film director or a

pedophile or at all. All that I ask is my ashes be scattered close to a pharmacy.”

Who is he?

12. What does the acronym ASPCA stand for?

13. The very popular song “Moon River” was  first sung by Audrey Hepburn in

what 1961 movie? Who wrote the lyrics? Who composed the music?

14. Heterochromia  is a sometimes found in humans, but more often seen in cats and dogs.

What do you have if you have heterochromia?

  A. Color blindness

  B. Seeing mostly in black & white

  C. Eyes of two different colors

  D. One eye near-sighted, the other far-sighted

15. What noted Bishop of Hippo in his youth declared  “De mihi casitatem et continentian , sed noli modo.’ (“Give me chastity and continency –but not yet!”)?

16. If you see a Moomin what are you seeing?

17.The poplar song “That ‘ll be The Day,”written by Buddy Holly and sung by The Beatles was inspired by a line

spoken by John Wayne in what western movie?

A) The Searchers

B) Stagecoach

C) Red River

D) Cheyenne Autumn

18. United States Presidents Franklin Roosevel, Harry Truman, and Dwight D.

Eisenhower all claimed that they saw

the ghost of what historic figure haunting the White House?

19. In 2019 astronomy was in the news when

 what important part of the universe was photographed for the first time?

     A. A singularity event

     B.  The subatomic particle known as a Charm

   C.   A Black Hole

   D.  Water on Saturn

20. What great movie did the American Film Academy choose as The Greatest American Western of All-Time?

ANSWERS

1 Postcards

2. Ecclesiastes

3. Chile; Daniel Defoe.

4. Ten

5. A (Architect). The Pritzker Architecture Prize is awarded annually “to honor a living architect or architects whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture”.[

6. 28 fireplaces.

7. Anne Boleyn

8.  (B)
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

9) (A) Jellyfish. It measures about 160 feet.

10. Bob Matthias. He and his wife also portrayed themselves in the biopic of his life?

11. Woody Allen

12. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® 

 13. Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Johnny Mercer provided the lyrics; Henry Mancini the music.

The song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

14. C. Eyes of two different colors

15. St. Augustine (354-430)

16. A Moomin is a cartoon character created by Tove Johnson. It is a cuddly standing white hippo-like creature.

17. (A) The Searchers (1956)

                 18.  Abraham Lincoln

19.  A Black Hole

20. The Searchers, directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne

**

**

SLIDING DOWN THE BANNISTER
OF HUMAN THOUGHT

 
Damn these splinters!
They are so difficult
To get out.
 
 **


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SELF KNOWLEDGE
 
Why are we are so interested
In that baggage of heartbreak
With ripped pockets
We carry around with us?
Shouldn't  souls of others
Stir us to action?
Remember Gary Cooper
Walking the streets of High Noon?
Am I like him? Are you?
 
12 yrs old, & I was
Waiting for my parents
To get off from work.
I paid 25¢ to see
A good cowboy movie.
Missing the politics,,
High Noon, in 1950s slang,
Blew me away.
Who was I then,
Sitting by myself,
All alone in the dark,
Waiting for my parents
To drive me home.
 
 
Among motion picture archives,
Who are you? the Caterpillar,
As played by Ned Sparks,
Asks a very polite Alice.
Did Gary Cooper & Sparks
Become what we see on the screen?
Caterpillars become butterflies,
Sparks become fires.
Whom do we become
When we turn our attentions to,
Let us say, Handel,
His Concerto No. II in B-Flat Major,
With its fourth movement
In 3/8ths time.
Must we sit on the couch & ask,
"Just where do I fit in all this,
What does it have to do with me?”
O myself, myself,
Do not forsake me, O my darling.
 
 
Louis Phillips
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

	

BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE #15

A NOTE ON FUDGE & FUDGING

The following caption appeared on the Front Page of

The New York Times (April 20,2020):

           YOUNG LEADER, FUDGING
               FACTS FINDS THE RIGHT

The news caused me to be curious how fudge & fudging came to be associated with avoiding telling the truth or providing misleading information (TRUMP FUDGE would be a best-selling product).

 One explanation can be found in C.C. Bombaugh, in Oddities and Curiosities of Words and Literature, edited and annotated by Martin Gardner (New York: Dover Publications, 1961) . Bombaugh’s reference is Disraeli’s

quoting from an old pamphlet  titled Remarks Upon the

Navy. The author of the pamphlet says that “There was in our time one Captain  Fudge, commander of a merchantman, who upon his return from a voyage, how ill fraught soever his ship was, always brought home his own

crop of lies; so much so that now, aboard ship, the sailors when they hear a great lie told, cry out, ‘You fudge it’” The ship was the Black Eagle, and the time, Charles II; and thence the monosyllabic name of its untruthful captain comes to us for exclamation when we have reason to believe assertions ill-founded.

  (page 199)

Eric Partridge, on the other hand, provides a more Academic approach in his Origins: A Short EtymologicalDictionary of Modern English, giving a Germanic origin:

 Fudge ! Nonsense! Is prob of Gmc origin; fudge, or contrive, to counterfeit – whence the sweet or candy fudge – may be for ‘to forge, to get on well, itself app of LG origin.

I think Partidge’s etymology is more far fetched than the story in the Navy pamphlet. You do not forge fudge. And, in what way is fudge counterfeit?

The Online Etymological Dictionary supports Disraeli:

Fudge –put together clumsily or dishonestly,” by 1771 (perhaps from 17c.); perhaps an alteration of fadge “make suit, fit” (1570s), a verb of unknown origin. The verb fudge later had an especial association with sailors and log books. The traditional story of the origin of the interjection fudge “lies! nonsense!” (1766; see fudge (n.2)) traces it to a sailor’s retort to anything considered lies or nonsense, from Captain Fudge, “who always brought home his owners a good cargo of lies” [Isaac Disraeli, 1791, citing a pamphlet from 1700]. It seems there really was a late 17c. Captain Fudge, called “Lying Fudge,” and perhaps his name reinforced this form of fadge in the sense of “contrive without the necessary materials.

Of course a colorful story is worth preserving. As the newspaper editor says at the conclusion to John Ford’s great western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact print the legend.” Eric Partridge be damned.

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LA TRIVIATA #35

by Louis Phillips

NOTE TO THE READER

All right, I know that more than a few of the questions in the various La Triviata quizzes  are unfair and often impossible for many readers, to answer. But the point of a quiz is not to test intelligence or even cultural and verbal awareness. Not by a long shot. The point is to have fun, to pass some time pleasantly while picking up tidbits of useful and useless information. I hope it’s a good party game or a good quiz to share with a friend or two. Actually I hope it is just a good quiz. And sometimes a useful one. If you get 6 correct you are doing very good. If you get 9 or more correct you are in the Genius

Category.

—LJP

              1. What should you do with a burgoo?

                 A. sail it

   B. plant it

   C.  live in it

   D. eat it

2. “Home Plate” was the name of a Sudbury farm

      owned by what Hall of Famer baseball player?

      3. During World War II this movie actress  (Morocco

and Shanghai Express ) and singer gave so many performances

for U.S. troops, she was made an honorary colonel. Who was she?

    4. In what country is the secessionist Republic of Biafra located?

  5. The first black man to be crowned heavyweight champion of the world became an expert on fleas and ran the flea circus at Hubert’s Museum on

West 42nd Street in New York. Who was he?

6. The first television commercial on public television occurred on June 27 1941 on WNBT in

New York City. What was that first product to be advertised on TV?

     A. a Bulova Watch

     B. Pillsbury Dough

     C. a Desoto Automobile

      D. Jello

7.  The first word of this play by Shakespeare is also                  

      the first word of the title. What play?

 8. When the Plaza Hotel opened its doors in New

    York City in 1907, how much did it it cost to rent

    a single room with a bath ?

       A) $2.00

       B)  $4.00

       C) $6.00

       D)  $8.00

   9) Please distinguish between Sarawak and the

        acronym SWAK which sometimes appeared on

        the envelopes of mailed letters.

10.  This very popuar cartoon character was created by Grim Natwick and was supposedly based on the popular singer Helen Kane. Later this cartoon character was frequently seen in animated films with  Felix the Cat, Who was she?

11. “Reader, I married him.” is the final line of what classic English novel?

12. What great French poet was imprisoned for 6 days  in 1911 when he was wrongly suspected of being connected with the theft of the Mona Lisa?

13. What is the oldest organized sport in North America?

14. After spending a few hours at the Rijksmuseum, you decide to unwind by taking a long walk in

Vondelpark. In what city are you in?

 15. What is an Annie Oakley?

16. Captain Hook’s pirate ship in Peter Pan is described by James Barrie as “a rakish-looking craft foul to the hull, every  beam in her detestable, like ground strewn with mangled feathers. She was the

cannibal of the seas and she floated immune in the horror of her name.”  What is the ship’s name?

17.  According to The Encyclopedia Britannica this great classical composer’s marriage to Maria Anna Keller in 1760 produced neither a pleasant, peaceful home nor any children. Haydn’s wife did not understand music and showed no interest in her husband’s work. Her disdain went to the extremes of using his manuscripts for pastry pan linings.  Who was the composer?

18. Who was the only United States President who was not married?

19. If you are using a mashie what sport are you playing?

20. The cheese stands alone in what song?

ANSWERS

1. D. It’s a spicy stew

 2.  Babe Ruth

3. Marlene Dietrich

 4. Nigeria

5. Jack Johnson . In 1908 he became the first African American to win the world heavyweight crown when he knocked out the reigning champ, Tommy Burns.

6. Bulova Watch

7. As You Like It

8. $4.00

9. Sarawak is a country located on the northwest corner of Borneo. SWAK meant Sealed With a Kiss.

10.  Betty Boop. The name comes from Helen Kane’s scat phrase “boob boop-a-boop” in her rendition

of  “I Wanna Be Loved By You.”

          11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

          12. Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)

    13. Lacrosse

  14.  Amsterdam

   15. An Annie Oakley is a free pass, usually to a sporting event. The pass received its name because it was punched with numerous holes, a tribute to the great American sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

16.Jolly Roger

17. Joseph Haydn

18. John Buchanan

19. Golf, It’s a name for the 5 iron

20. Farmer in the Dell

        

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
PHOTOGRAPHY
 
The last thing left in nature is the beauty of women, so I am very happy photographing it.
      
Peter Beard
 
 
      I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love. It is important to see what is invisible to others—perhaps the look of hope or the look of sadness. Also, it is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph.
 
      Robert Frank.  Statement 1958.
 
 
  Photographs are perhaps more like prisms than mirrors. They do not duplicate reality so much as offer a changed direction or view of it.
 
     David Goldblatt
 
   First is the impulse to photograph. It begins with something in the external world, the ‘real’ world outside my own inside that draws me. It has ‘isness’, a quality of being, that excites and that I want, somehow, to distill
in photographs.
 
     David Goldblatt
 
 
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CLEMENTINE
 
"I sure like that name, Clementine."
     My Darling Clementine (film)
 
 
I confess: I have never
Slept with a woman named Clementine.
A failure of nerve, no doubt,
Or not being in the right place
At the right time.  Oh sing this tune:
I have missed most of America,
The Old West with its gold mines,
Sagebrush, barbed wire, sour wine,
Petticoats on the laundry line,
Saloon courtrooms,
& early morning hangings.
 
 Listen here, Greenhorn,
Gather around the campfire
To  dry out your britches
 While Black Bart sings his doggerel:
"I labored long and hard for bread,
 For honor and for riches,
 But on my corns too long you've tread,
You fine-haired sons of bitches."
 
I  too have labored hard for bread,
A place to rest my head,
A couple of acres, a homestead,
But so much life, plain & fine,
Has passed me by. Look,
I didn’t plan on being old,
It just happened sooner
Than I expected. Not going to whine
About it. Yesterday, about 5
In the afternoon, I sat
In front of Trout’s General Store,
Talking on & off about women
With names like nectarines,
Their sharp breasts
Perfumed with desire.
 
Louis Phillips


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THE LAST PICTURE SHOW
 
Teacher: Well, I wonder what are my chances this morning 
of interesting you kids in John Keats?
Duane Jackson: None at all.
(Dialogue from the movie)
 
 
There are small towns in Texas
& points beyond
Where residents make up
 
Affectionate names for traffic lights.
Nothing to do
But get drunk, get laid, 
 
Listen to car radios play
Frankie Lane,
Drive around all night
 
Murmuring pick-up lines
To screw honky-tonk angels.
Sometimes a heifer will do.
 
The Royal movie-theater,
 Plays Red River
For what feels like forever,
 
John Wayne in fantasies
Of high school girls
& their mothers too.
 
No more popcorn.
Night lifts high skirts.
Nothing to see.
 
The old Truth/Beauty
yadda  yada.
Daylight is for funerals:
 
That lucky sonuvabitch!
He found one way
to get outta this cow shit plaza.
 
Louis Phillips
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P.S. My son Ian Phillips' documentary -COACH JAKE-
can be streamed for free on Amazon. His short
documentary about young girls playing chess can
be seen Friday (April 24) at the Yonkers virtual
Film Festival,
 
ER MOVE NEXT
Award Winning Girls Chess Documentary by Ian Phillips. 
In the Spring of 2017, Ian Phillips documented the rise of an all-girls scholastic chess team in NYC. As they prepare for the Nationals in Chicago, the girls learn how friendship and sisterhood translate into wins on the board. FALLEN SWAN
Award Winning Animated Short Film by Win Leerasanthanah
A baby swan discovers its potential to escape out of a well, and must overcome its fear and doubt to succeed.And other surprises!Info, Trailer & Tix HERE
Although each screening may be a bit different, generally the way it works is this: 
1. Buy one ticket per connection (i.e. a whole family can watch from the same screen).
2. We’ll send you a link to the film(s) on Thursday.
3. You can  screen the film(s) at your convenience. 
4. We’ll meet on ZOOM Friday evening, where YoFi will moderate a post-screening talkback with the filmmakers and you’ll have the chance to ask questions

FILMS #2

I suppose the dumb movies of the past were relaxed because they weren’t trying to do anything much, apart from getting Doris Day married off, or maneuvering as many confrontations between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis as possible.

Penelope Gilliatt . The New Yorker (July 13, 1968)

**

    Not everybody who speaks about language need be a linguist. For example, in August of l934, this motion picture producer and director stood befor 500 summer session students at Columbia University and declared that consonants were disappearing from our speech in favor of vowel sounds.

      He said: “Where ever you go, you hear such phrases as ‘oh yeah, gotta go hoe.’ This tendency to drop the consonants, as shown by the lost ‘m’ in the foregoing, applies not only to young people but to adults as well.”

     Who was this Academy-Award winning director?

MOVIES

One always more or less believes to have ‘dreamed’ it when one recalls Claudette Colbert bathing in a pool filled with asses’ milk at the beginning of DeMille’s ‘Sign of the Cross.”

Salvador Dali

Movies are so unforgiving because any moment when the story is not developing, you’re dead.

William Goldman

In the world of 2001, people have become so machinelike that the most human character turns out to be a machine –that’s the essence of Kubrick’s dark prophecy: as we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it s our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.

Nicholas Carr      The Atlantic (July/August 2008)

**

Film doesn’t work as a bunch of still frames, It happens in the gap between frames, and in our imagination of how we’re moving forward in time, moving somewhere in space, or seeing from someone else’s point of view. It’s not in the shots; its in the space between, and it’s all in your head.

Stan Douglas, quoted in The Guardian (May 9, 2014)

**

Two or three years ago, I had the impression that everything had already been done, that there was nothing left to do that hadn’t been done before. In short, I was a pessimist. Since Pierrot (Pierre Le Fou) I no longer have this feeling at all. Yes. one has to film everything, to talk about everything. Everything remains to be done.

Jean-Luc Godard

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FILM SCHOOL

When I attended school,
Francis the Talking Mule
Was not highly thought of.
No wonder my dissertation received an F.
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ON TYPE CASTING

Asked Buster Crabbe,
“Why can’t I play the life of Christian Grabbe
Instead of Flash
Gordon? At least Grabbe enjoyed pleasures of the flesh.”

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                    MARLON BRANDO
   Brando, Marlon –
   Never played Harle-
   Quin.
   He preferred characters involved with sin.
**
COACH JAKE , a documentary  by Ian Phillips about the nation's high school soccer coach with the most games won, can be seen for free
on Amazon.com

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CASTING NEWS:

The Life of Eli Whitney -- starring Joseph Cotton
TAXI -with Cab Calloway
HURRICANE -- starring Gale Storm
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FILM REVIEW FROM A GUEST REVIEWER
Finally saw Ford versus Ferrari. Evidently the producers thought car races are so interesting that they can carry formulaic writing and lifeless acting. They can’t. Because car races don’t go anywhere.  The square peg in a round hole formula has produced some good pictures like The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit but these writers used it right off the shelf without dusting it off. Christian Bale had the handicap of being able to act only  from the nose down because of his goggles so he could just suck in his cheeks and grimace like the Joker. Henry Ford II was the Penguin, I guess, and the kid was Robin. Matt Damon seemed disengaged from the film, which I guess was a sound decision. Still, kinda strange not to give the biggest star a love interest. A closet gay?  Blowing up Bale off stage must have been the only way they could figure to kill this turkey.  And I hate Australian accents. Now I feel better. For that to have been an Award nominee says something.

S. Kin Flic
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3 QUESTIONS FROM 505 MOVIE QUESTIONS
YOUR FRIENDS CAN'T ANSWER

1.In Hong Kong, the title of the 1955 film directed 
by Stanley Kramer, and starring Robert Mitchum
and Frank Sinatra, was The
Heart of a Lady as Pure as a Full Moon Over The Place 
Of Medical Salvation. In the United States, the film
was known by what shorter title?

2. Because his parents were strict Calvinists, this
   writer/director did not see his first movie until
  he was seventeen years old. The first movie he
  saw was Walt Disney's Living Desert. Since then,
  he went to write Taxi Driver, Blue Collar, and 
 Rolling Thunder. He directed Blue Collar (1979]
and American Gigolo (1980), Who is he?

3. The Cincinnati Reds baseball team once 
autographed a second base bag and sent it
to cowboy star Roy Rogers. Why?

ANSWER TO CONSONANT LOSS:

   Cecil B. De Mille

ANSWERS TO 3 MOVIE QUESTIONS

1.Not As a Stranger

2. Paul Schrader. He also wrote the film script

for Raging Bull.

3. The Cincinnati Reds sent the autographed base

to Roy Rogers because the boyhood house of the

future “King of the Cowboys”stood on the location

of second base in Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium.