Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy 75th B-Day to Bugs Bunny: America's smartest cartoon character

“Eh...What’s up Doc?”
~~ Bugs Bunny

Bugs Bunny’s most famous catchphrase introduced at the debut of cartoon short, “A Wild Hare,” on July 27, 1940

Hard to believe, the world's smartest cartoon character, Bugs Bunny, turns 75 years young today (7/27/15). Bugs was born with the release of cartoon short, "A Wild Hare," directed by Tex Avery, on July 27, 1940.

According to the publication "Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare," Bugs was born in Brooklyn, New York, in a warren under Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Actually, he was created by many animators and staff, including Tex Avery. According to the late Mel Blanc, the character's original voice actor, Bugs has a Flatbush accent.

A Wild Hare, is the first cartoon where both Elmer Fudd and Bugs are shown in their fully developed forms as hunter and tormentor.

In this cartoon Mel Blanc first uses what would become Bugs' standard voice; this cartoon also marks the first time that Bugs uses his catchphrase, "What's up, Doc?"

Animation historian Joe Adamson deems "A Wild Hare" as the first "official" Bugs Bunny short. The short was a huge success in theaters and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.

Other Resources
A Brief History of Bugs Bunny, Bathroom Reader, Comics & Cartoons on Nov 8, 2010; Bugs Bunny Quotes
Yahoo Voice, The History of Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony (Tour dates - 2012-2013 Listing of Bugs Bunny cartoons in chronological order - The Wild Hare, starring Elmer Fudd, July 27, 1940

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Google celebrates the partnership of NASA and Facebook’s Instagram sneak-peek exploratory Pluto photo

NASA let Facebook-owned Instagram sneak peek Pluto photos and Google celebrates the partnership of NASA and Facebook’s Instagram sneak-peek exploratory Pluto photo with a lovely animated doodle. Pluto’s sneak peek photo on Instagram marks the first time NASA has given social media the first shot, sneak peek to its space exploratory photo.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft traveled for 9 years, 3 billion miles, at 14km per second (roughly 1.79 miles per second) around Pluto capturing the very first image today (July 13) at 4 p.m. (E.D.T.) at 476,000 miles from Pluto’s surface. The closest and most detailed image was photographed later this morning at 7:49 a.m.

NASA’s live briefing on NASA TV began 8 a.m. today at NASA TV, and the high resolution photo will be posted at with more coverage on NASA TV throughout the day.

NASA also agreed to give Facebook's Instagram, which currently has 300 million users, a head start by allowing it to post the first image 7.a.m. before official release. The NASA Instagram is very popular and has over 3.5 million followers. For decades has been much debate and challenge as to the size of Pluto due to many factors including Pluto's atmosphere. With NASA’s latest New Horizons spacecraft mission the size of Pluto is estimated at 1,473 miles (2,370 kilometers) in diameter, somewhat larger than many prior estimates.

Pluto is the second-most massive direct orbit of the Sun in the Solar System and ninth largest (tenth-most massive) known object directly orbiting the Sun. Eight planets orbit the sun, listed in order closest to the Sun: Mercury,Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune. Once classified as a planet, Pluto, is now classified as a dwarf planet or plutoid.

@NASANewHorizons will be live-tweeting beginning this morning using the hashtag #plutoflyby. Other hashtags include #nasa #pluto #plutoflyby #newhorizons #solarsystem #nasabeyond #science

As of 8:25 a.m, there are currently over 90.5K likes and over 3,500 comments on NASA’s Instagram.

How Big Is Pluto? New Horizons, NASA’s Mission to Pluto
Pluto will send earth a love letter tomorrow, WIRED
Pluto on Wikipedia
The New Horizons Pluto mission is a big deal. Here are 7 reasons why.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy 239th Independence Day America! Life is "goodle" with Google's Fourth of July doodle.

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~~ Erma Bombeck, American humorist, reknown suburban home life newapaper columnist chronicling the ordinary life of a midwestern suburban housewife(mid-1960s - late 1990s); Publisher of 15 books, most bestsellers; On patriotism and Independence Day.

Visit this link The Macys 39th fireworks is back to the East River 2nd time in a row and will light up NYC's Brooklyn Bridge (one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US)!
This marks the 2nd time in a row that Macy’s lit up the Brooklyn Bridge with fireworks since July 4, 1995.

Visit this link The best viewing places to see the Macys fireworks are Brooklyn Bridge Park and Brooklyn Heights Promenade according ty
Visit this link Best Places to Watch Fireworks in NYC

For things to do in NYC on July 4th visit the following posts:
Δ Annual Nighttime Walking Tour of Revolutionary War New York as listed on TIMEOUT
Δ Fourth of July in New York City post by NYC TOURIST.
Δ Fourth of July at SkyRoom, Hells Kitchen, NYC
Δ Where to Eat and Drink on July Fourth in NYC

Here's Google's wonderful doodle for this year's Fourth of July!

Happy 239th Independence Day America! Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and safe one.

However you spend it and whatever you do, please remember to not text while driving or while playing with fireworks. Hard to believe, I swear you can't make this up: This morning on my way home from the Jersey Shore, a lady driver was in her car plucking hairs from her chin on Hope Road before the right turn onto the Garden State Parkway not only during the red light but continuing tweezing even when the light turned green. She must have a hell of a lot of hair on her chin.

Although President Adams's Independence Day prediction was July 2, the actual date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress, from the getgo, Americans celebrated independence on July 4th, which is the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence. Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. This year marks the 238th Anniversary.

Remarkable coincidence is that both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration.

Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third president in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.

If you happen to be in New York City on July 4th, don't miss Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display on the East River which begins at 9:00pm. This year marks Macy's 39th year celebrating July 4th with fireworks in NYC. More information visit this link at Macys Fireworks return to East River at Brooklyn Bridge!
or go to this Christian Today article about July 4th.
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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy 106th Fathers Day America! Sunday, June 21, 2015

"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."
~~ Pope John XXIII
(Latin: Ioannes XXIII), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈandʒelo dʒuˈzɛppe roŋˈkalli]; 25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963), reigned from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. (photo above right, boy with hand-made gift for his dad, courtesy of

"My father could have been a great comedian but he didn't believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead he got a 'safe job' as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old he was let go from that safe job. Our family had to do whatever we could to survive...I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."  
~~ Jim Carrey,
Award winning actor, comedian, children's book author, philanthropist, on how his late father inspired him to follow his dreams. Quote taken from his speech at a recent Maharshi University Management Class of 2014 in Fairfield, Iowa, and received an honorary doctorate for his achievements as a comedian, artist, author, and philanthropist. (Photo,You Tube video screen capture; Full speech at

Happy 106th Fathers Day America! The first Fathers Day celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910 (107 events ago and 106 years ago)? Incidentally either plural (i.e., Fathers) or possessive (i.e., Father's) can be used.

Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days.

This year, Google's animated Fathers Day doodle by doodler, Olivia Huynh, intends to characterize the “universality of familial love.” In 2013, Google celebrated Father's Day with an interactive doodle that shows dads in many different roles with simple clicks. Last year, Google's doodle celebrates Father's Day and World Cup with an adorable doodle moustached dad with the letter O.

While I'm at it, I have to share a photo of my Grandfather (Angelo Buono) circa about 1908 with a similar moustache like Google doodle. Born in Naples, Italy my grandmother would tell me stories of how he became an engineer and seeked a better life by immigrating to the U.S. Around 7 years later, 1915, he moved to New York, NY and opened a fruit and produce business on Arthur Avenue, the Bronx's Little Italy. The business stayed in the family for over 80 years (1915 - late 1990's).

Did you know that "Father's Day" was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood. In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are not fathers.

For those of us whose dads are no longer with us, (an estimate of about 100 million folks in the U.S.A.) and for the many more who still have their dad, there are so many things to do to keep his memory in your heart. Do things that your dad loved and things that brought out the best as well as visiting your dad's friends and family.
(photo left courtesy of

I have so many fond memories as a child with my dad and other family members at the Jersey Shore that I was inspired to write a short story in memory of my dad, “The Painting Ballerina".

The short story (published in 1999) was about a young girl by the sea who with the help of her animal friends, creates a new art form “ paint-dancing.”

Enjoy this article originally written years ago and updated and reprinted a few times in a local Il Progresso about my late dad and his fellow veteran brothers who served WWII with honors.
Besides baseball games, brunch in NYC or a beer cruise in NYC, and DadFests, why not celebrate "Father's Day" by donating to NTEN, a membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. This is great especially for all you digital, tech geeks out there.

What things do (or did) your dad enjoy? Are you planning anything special this Father's Day?

Lovingly and appropriately, I did things that my dad enjoyed this FD weekend -- dining out at fine restaurants with friends and having lots of laughs throughout the event. Here's a few photos posted on Facebook - Ladies Night Out to celebrate birthdays of Helen and Rosann.

Things to do and other resources for Father’s Day:
• Take the Fatherhood Pledge
• 10 Freebies for Father's Day
•'s_Day Father's Day on Wikipedia

Monday, June 1, 2015

Tamsen Fadal's book launch party for 'The New Single' at URBO in NYC 6/2/2015

YAY. The "see what you missed" video of the Book Launch Party for Tamsen Fadal's latest book, THE NEW SINGLE, is up and running on YouTube. Enjoy and share with your fellow FB friends, networks and other social media.

Tamsen Fadal, producer, author and ​seven-time Emmy®-winning Anchor, PIX 11 News has launched her latest book "THE NEW SINGLE: Finding, Fixing & Falling Back In Love With Yourself."

The launch party, held on Tuesday, June 2nd, is at NYC's URBO located in the heart of Times Square. Event coverage photos are posted on Facebook, click here and enjoy!

In "The New Single," Fadal shares her experiences and advice for finding, fixing and falling back in love with yourself and aims to empower women all over the country. No stranger to love and dating books, she has already authored 2 previous books on dating and love. Based on her very own steps she took to get herself back after her publicized divorce, "The New Single" explains the importance of finding those small, simple things in life that really matter including loving yourself first. Fadal wrote this book to share what has helped her fall back in love with herself, heal as a person but especially to help others going through the same experiences.


The first 90 days after a split or divorce are so crucial because you are still in pain and not over it -- Fadal believes you are so "raw after a break-up because you don't know what to do ..." "The New Single" is an excellent roadmap for anyone needing to bounce back after a break-up or divorce. “The New Single,” is not just about, dating and relationships or divorce and break-ups. It is more of a self-help guide on how to avoid toxic, repetitive relationship patterns that hold you back combined with Tamsen's real life lessons-learned as well as stories from other women in similar situations. Also included are meaningful tips for moving forward and getting that much needed confidence and feeling of empowerment back.

It's exciting and inspiring to cover this event and interview guests on the red carpet at URBO (located in the heart of NYC's Theater District), and to celebrate Fadal's latest book, "The New Single," among many fellow fans, friends and familiar faces.

YAY, the event coverage photos have been posted on Facebook. Also be on the lookout for the "see what you missed" video which will be posted onto the article and this AllThingsDigitalMarketing blog post. So please visit frequently and stay tuned for more.

◊Tamsen Fadal, seven-time Emmy®-winning Anchor, PIX 11 News at 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. & Author of THE NEW SINGLE: Finding, Fixing & Falling Back In Love With Yourself.
◊Dorinda Medley, “Real Housewives of New York.
◊Shannon Elizabeth, film & television star of “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Pie” fame.
◊Tommy Tune, nine-time Tony®-winning Broadway, film and television star, choreographer, dancer, theatre director and producer.
◊Andrea McArdle, Tony®-nominated singer/actress, Broadway's original Annie.
◊John Muller, Emmy®-winning WPIX-TV Anchor 5, 6 and 10pm news.
◊Scott Stanford, Five-time Emmy®-winning Lead Sports Anchor, PIX 11 Sports Desk & Host, WWE.
◊Mr. G, WPIX-TV Meterologist 5, 6 and 10pm news.
◊Frances Rivera, Co-Anchor, MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts.
◊Maurice DuBois, five-time Emmy®-winning Anchor, WCBS News & CBS News.
◊Liza Huber, former star of Passions, Founder & CEO, Sage Spoonfuls.
◊Donna Hanover, former First Lady of New York City, author, television personality, and Honorary Co-Chair of Women Who Care.
◊Kathy Wakile, author of national best seller, Indulge, of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” fame.
◊Tim Morehouse, U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist; Founder & CEO, Fencing in the Schools; Goodwill Ambassador, Special Olympics World Games.
◊Rita Cosby, Three-time Emmy® winning Special Correspondent, Inside Edition and Host, WABC Radio & best selling author.
◊Rich Graziano, President & General Manager, WPIX –TV.
◊Kaity Tong, WPIX-TV Weekend Anchor.
◊Diana Falzone, FOX News Correspondent.
◊Jill Nicolini, WCBS -TV Entertainment Reporter.
◊Scott Rappaport, WCBS Reporter.
◊Felicia Finley - Broadway star of Mamma Mia! & The Wedding Singer.
◊Teresa Priolo, Reporter, Fox 5 News & Good Day New York.
◊Felicia Finley - Broadway star of Mamma Mia! & The Wedding Singer.
◊Vikki Ziegler, Host of Bravo's Untying The Knot, Celebrity Divorce Attorney.
◊Chuck Nice, Comedian, television and radio personality, Host, Top 10 Countdown and HGTV’s Buy Like a Mega-Millionaire.
◊Bonnie Fuller, Editor-in-Chief,
◊Rob Shuter, Host of VH1's The Gossip Table.
◊Shamina Rai, Correspondent for ZEE TV.
◊Narmeen Choudhury, WPIX Reporter.
◊Peter Shankman, entrepreneur, marketer, investor, blogger, Co-Founder of Shankman/Honig & creator of the HARO Project.
◊Steven Scott, actor/comedian/host.
◊Melanie Notkin, best-selling author of Otherhood.
◊Cooper Lawrence, Radio Host & Best Selling Author.
◊Milly Almodovar Thompson, Senior Beauty Editor, Cosmo For Latinas.

♦ How Tamsen Fadal got over her nasty, public break up, NY Post
♦ Tamsen Fadal on Facebook
♦ WPIX's Fadal seen looking 'cozy' with Steve Guttenberg
♦ Tamsen Fadal on Wikimedia

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy 148th Memorial Day America, Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy 148th Memorial Day Weekend America!

“We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."
~~ Moina Michael (aka Poppy Lady)
U.S. professor and humanitarian who vowed to always wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in the war. In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem, We Shall Keep the Faith, November 1918

In Flanders Fields by John McCrae
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead.
Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you, from failing hands, we throw,
The torch, be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us, who die,
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow,
In Flanders Fields.

We all seem to forget that we celebrate Memorial Day for the many service members who have lost their lives serving our country. Memorial Day is one of the special times of the year to honor loved ones who have passed and "In Flanders Fields" reminds us of those who have died protecting our country and freedom.
Memorial day marks the first day of the year for white-wear. The traditional fashion trend, “no white before Memorial Day or after Labor Day” gained popularity as the wealthy began wearing white in the summer. Light clothing was the symbol of leisure and black and navy were always the norm for the working class. This fad continued until years later as many began replacing white pants with the likes of bold solids and floral prints, pastel jungle prints, red jumpsuits, neon pink and cobalt sun dresses.

For all you men out there, check out GQ for ways to wear white on Memorial Day, Three Ways to Wear White on Memorial Day

What to do in NYC on Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend events in NYC, TimeOut
Best beaches near NYC
The best NYC parks, TimeOut
Memorial Day Weekend NYC Events 2015: 10 Free, Fun Things To Do In New York City, IBT,
Memorial Day Weekend Events, NYC Official Guide
New York Memorial Day Weekend Events
Memorial Day 2015 in New York
Memorial Day Weekend Events: Concerts, Services, & More,,
How to Observe Memorial Day ,

The first Memorial Day celebration traces back to May 30, 1868 and today marks the 148th Memorial Day celebration in America (147 years ago). Memorial Day honors men and women who fought for our country so that we can all be free.

Originally coined "Decoration Day," Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. Memorial Day is less about barbecues and more about celebrating our nation’s veterans. Don't forget -- raise your flag half-staff -- honor more than one million Americans who gave their lives in service of this country for our freedom.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states.

The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Memorial Day Fashion Trends

► Enjoy the Long Weekend with Memorial Day Fashion Finds on
► What To Wear For Every Kind Of Memorial Day Weekend
► Do You Have to Wait Until After Memorial Day to Wear White? |
Moina Bell Michael: the Idea for the Flanders Fields Memorial Poppy

Other Resources
Memorial Day Calendar
Memorial Day History
How to Observe Memorial Day
Buddy Poppy
The Story Behind the Poppy

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Wishing you and yours a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Facebook went NASDAQ, three years ago today, May 17, 2012

Happy 3rd Year on NASDAQ Facebook! Three years ago today (Friday, May 17th) Facebook listed with Nasdaq and sold 421.2 million shares at $38 per share.

The initial public offering raised $16 billion (60% more than the expected $10 billion). (source:

There was so much hype months before Facebook's IPO.

When Facebook finally went public on May 17, 2012 (NASDAQ:FB) it would become infamous for having the worst stock disaster ever in the history of the U.S. equities market.

There was a computer glitch which forced thousands of independent investors to sell their stocks at a loss. Big institutional investors were not impacted as they were able to sell quickly. Unfortunately, that was not the case for small retail investors (everyday folks like me and you) who were unable to put in sell orders. Instead they watched helplessly as their FB stock share prices plummeted.

Quoteable Quote about Facebook choosing Nasdaq:
“Facebook on NASDAQ due to cultural fit" ~~ Charles Gasparino, senior correspondent Fox Business Network, prior to FB's IPO in 2012

- FB: Summary for Facebook, Yahoo Finance
- The Immaculate IPO: What Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) Did Differently From Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) During Their IPO, IB Times,
- Why the Facebook (Nasdaq FB) Stock Price Will Double by 2018, Money Morning;
- Facebook IPO Makes Zuckerberg Richer Than Google Founders,;