Thursday, July 26, 2012

Happy 72nd 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 72 years young today. 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 24, 2012

Happy 115th B-Day Amelia Earhart!

“"After midnight the moon set and I was alone with the stars. I have often said that the lure of flying is the lure of beauty, and I need no other flight to convince me that the reason flyers fly, whether they know it or not, is the esthetic appeal of flying."”
~~ Amelia Earhart, American Icon, aviation pioneer, author and first woman (aviatrix) to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean

Happy B-Day to Amelia Earhart female aviation pioneer, famous for being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932.

Born on July 24th in 1897, today would have been Earhart’s 115th birthday. Google paid homage to Earhart’s life in a Google Doodle.

It was seventy-five years ago on July 2, 1937 that Earhart flew in her Lockheed Model 10 Electra over the Pacific Ocean en route to Howland Island and disappeared.

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►Amelia Earhart: Expedition returns without evidence, BBC News US & Canada, July 24th, 2012
► Official Web site of Amelia Earhart - Biography
► Latest Amelia Earhart search falls short, CBS News
► Amelia Earhart: Why the mystery continues, Christian Science Monitor
►Searchers find no sign of Amelia Earhart’s plane,
►Amelia Earhart museum
► Amelia Earhart Google Logo Honors Pilot’s 115th Birthday, Huffington Post
►Ninety-Nines, Inc., International Organization of Women Pilots, Amelia Earhart – A Timeline
►Expedition to find Amelia Earhart begins in Honolulu, CBS News, July 3rd, 2012

Records and achievements

• Woman's world altitude record: 14,000 ft (1922)
• First woman to fly the Atlantic (1928)
• Speed records for 100 km (and with 500 lb (230 kg) cargo) (1931)
• First woman to fly an autogyro (1931)
• Altitude record for autogyros: 15,000 ft (1931)
• First person to cross the U.S. in an autogyro (1932)
• First woman to fly the Atlantic solo (1932)
• First person to fly the Atlantic twice (1932)
• First woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross (1932)
• First woman to fly nonstop, coast-to-coast across the U.S. (1933)
• Woman's speed transcontinental record (1933)
• First person to fly solo between Honolulu, Hawaii and Oakland, California (1935)
• First person to fly solo from Los Angeles, California to Mexico City, Mexico (1935)
• First person to fly solo nonstop from Mexico City, Mexico to Newark, New Jersey (1935)
• Speed record for east-to-west flight from Oakland, California to Honolulu, Hawaii (1937)[173]

Books by Earhart

Earhart was a successful and heavily promoted writer who served as aviation editor for Cosmopolitan magazine from 1928 to 1930. She wrote magazine articles, newspaper columns, essays and published two books based upon her experiences as a flyer during her lifetime:
• 20 Hrs., 40 Min. (1928) was a journal of her experiences as the first woman passenger on a transatlantic flight.
• The Fun of It (1932) was a memoir of her flying experiences and an essay on women in aviation.
• Last Flight (1937) featured the periodic journal entries she sent back to the United States during her world flight attempt, published in newspapers in the weeks prior to her final departure from New Guinea. Compiled by her husband GP Putnam after she disappeared over the Pacific, many historians consider this book to be only partially Earhart's original work.

Memorial flights

Two notable memorial flights by female aviators subsequently followed Earhart's original circumnavigational route.
• In 1967, Ann Dearing Holtgren Pellegreno and a crew of three successfully flew a similar aircraft (a Lockheed 10A Electra) to complete a world flight that closely mirrored Earhart's flight plan. On the 30th anniversary of her disappearance, Pellegreno dropped a wreath in Earhart's honor over tiny Howland Island and returned to Oakland, completing the 28,000-mile (45,000 km) commemorative flight on July 7, 1967.
• In 1997, on the 60th anniversary of Earhart's world flight, San Antonio businesswoman Linda Finch retraced the final flight path flying the same make and model of aircraft as Earhart, a restored 1935 Lockheed Electra 10E. Finch touched down in 18 countries before finishing the trip two and a half months later when she arrived back at Oakland Airport on May 28, 1997. In 2001, another commemorative flight retraced the route undertaken by Earhart in her August 1928 transcontinental record flight. Dr. Carlene Mendieta flew an original Avro Avian, the same type that was used in 1928.[62]

Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Happy B-DAY John Tesh!

““I was a geek in high school. I was about the same height I am now, a 6-foot-6 15-year-old with braces, smelling of Clearasil. The only way out was to get into a rock band. ... By the end, I was a rock and roll keyboardist who smelled of Clearasil.”
~~ John Tesh,
American pianist and composer of pop music, as well as a radio host and television presenter

Hoorah, you’ve reached the BIG 060 (before I do! LoL). Today, July 9th is John Tesh’s birthday.

Send your B-DAY wish to John by visiting Tesh is an American pianist and composer of pop music, as well as a radio host and television presenter.

Every week, 'Intelligence for Your Life Radio Show' reaches nearly 15 million listeners per week, and is syndicated by Teshmedia on 400 stations in US, Canada, and the UK.

The recipient of six music Emmys, four gold albums, two Grammy nominations, and an Associated Press award for investigative journalism, Tesh has sold over eight million records.

His live concerts have raised more than $20 million for PBS. His NBC Basketball Theme has been hailed as one of the top three sports themes of all time.
He is also known as the longtime co-host of the television program Entertainment Tonight.

He has previously worked as a sportscaster for the Olympic Games, a news anchor and a reporter.

Thank you John Tesh for all you do. Wishing you many, many, more happy B-days and hope you find time to enjoy your day!

Thank you again, for all you do ~~ this wonderful keepsake photo of you with my late mom. She was so fond of this photo.

Awards and recognitions

• In 2007, Tesh won the Syndicated Personality/Show of the Year award by Radio & Records magazine for his radio show.
• In 2003 Tesh was nominated for the Grammy for "Best Pop Instrumental Album" for Power of Love.
• John has also earned three gold albums, six Emmys for his sports themes, and a Keyboard Magazine Award


• (1987) Music from the Tour de France, Vol. I - Tesh Music BMI
• A Thousand Summers
• (1988) Tour de France - Private Music
• (1989) Garden City- Cypress
• (1989) You Break It - Atlantic Records
• (1990) Tour de France - The Early Years - Private Music
• (1992) A Romantic Christmas - Decca Records
• (1992) Ironman Triathlon - GTSP
• (1992) The Games - GTSP
• (1993) Monterey Nights - Decca Records
• (1994) A Family Christmas - Decca Records
• (1994) Sax by the Fire - Decca Records
• (1994) Winter Song - Decca Records
• (1995) Music in the Key of Love - GTSP
• (1995) Backstage with John Tesh - Digital Entertainment
• (1995) Live at Red Rocks - Decca Records
• (1995) Sax on the Beach - Decca Records
• (1995) Anthology
• (1996) Discovery - Decca Records
• (1996) Choirs of Christmas, featuring Rock Theatre, Paulist Boy Choristers of California, Encore Children's Chorus - GTSP
• (1997) Avalon - Decca Records
• (1997) Sax All Night - Decca Records
• (1998) Grand Passion - Decca Records
• (1998) Guitar by the Fire - Decca Records
• (1998) Songs from the Road - BMG Special Products
• (1998) Pure Movies - GTSP
• (1999) One World - Decca Records
• (1999) John Tesh & Friends - Columbia River
• (1999) One Day - Unison
• (2000) Pure Movies, Vol. 2 - Garden City Music
• (2000) Pure Hymns - Faith M.D.
• (2001) Classical Music for an Intimate Mood - Garden City Music
• (2001) Pure Orchestra - Garden City Music
• (2001) Classical Music for a Stress-Free World - Garden City
• (2001) Pure Gospel - Faith M.D.
• (2001) Classical Music for Babies (And Their Moms), Vol. 1 - Garden City
• (2001) Classical Music for Babies (And Their Moms), Vol. 2 - Garden City
• (2001) Classical Music for a Prayerful Mood - Faith M.D.
• (2002) The Power of Love - Garden City Music
• (2002) Christmas Worship - Word Entertainment
• (2002) A Deeper Faith - Garden City
• (2003) Worship Collection: Awesome God - Garden City Music
• (2003) A Deeper Faith, Vol. 2 - Garden City Music
• (2004) Worship at Red Rocks (live) - Garden City Music
• God of Wonders - Word Entertainment
• Drive Time Intelligence CD
• Grand Piano Christmas
• Heart of the Sunrise
• John Tesh - Romantic Christmas Collection
• John Tesh - Ultimate Christmas Collection
• The Power of Prayer and Worship
• Ultimate Love Song Collection
• Victory


• John Tesh - Monterey Nights
• John Tesh - Live at Red Rocks
• John Tesh - The Avalon Concert
• John Tesh - One World
• John Tesh – Christmas in Positano
• John Tesh – Alive: Music & Dance

Other Resources

Official site – Intelligence for your life
Tesh Music Web Site

'ORIGINAL' NBA on NBC Theme - Roundball Rock - John Tesh

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy 236th Independence Day America!

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” ~~ John Adams, American Founding Father, and the second President of the United States (1797–1801).
July 2, 1776 as written to his wife, Abigail

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Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the getgo, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress 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 236th 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 today, don't miss Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display on the Hudson River which begins at 9:00pm. This year marks Macy's 36th year celebrating July 4th with fireworks in NYC. More information visit this link at Macys Fireworks!

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