The year was 1976. Jimmy Carter was running for president. The supersonic Concorde aircraft was making commercial flights; newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was found guilty of bank robbery, and two guys named Steve (Wozniak and Jobs) formed Apple Computers. Meanwhile, the United States Naval Academy inducted its first class with women - and this song, written by Pete Cetera, became the first of many number one hits for a rock group that went on to sell 150 million albums world wide.
Happy Birthday, Ang, born this day in 1954, director of Sense and Sensibility, Brokeback Mountain, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. ere is a clip from his achingly beautiful, Oscar-winning film, Life of Pi.
In his 66 years (1942-2008), he gave us so much: Television's ER, a string of novels, and many wonderful films. Here's the opening scene from the first Jurassic Park
Back when late-night talk shows still had class, Johnny Carson, born this day in 1925, was the undisputed king. He hosted the Tonight Show for 31 years. Here he is with Betty White in their 1979 Adam and Eve skit.
I like big books, and I cannot lie. My background includes talk radio, newspapers and TV news. I've hosted a morning-drive classical music program on the California coast and published nationally in Reader's Digest, the Christian Science Monitor, and Playboy. I've won awards for my journalism and my fiction. One of my essays even made it into an anthology for college English courses. For real? Yes, for real.
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