Friday, April 1, 2016

No Foolin'

Thank Manannán mac Lir It's Friday!

"Have any of you mortals seen my Cloak of Invisibility laying around?"

On the Other Hand

"My penis is this big. Trust me."

The more I think about the risk that black-eyed skank Hillary Clinton might actually become president, the more I think that perhaps I'm being a little too hard on asshat Donald Trump.

If it actually comes down to a choice between Hillary and The Donald this November,  
of course I'll vote for Trump. I'd be a fool not to...

"Well, it certainly took you long enough to come to your senses."

Sooner or later, we all have to face reality and do what's best for the country...

Happy Birthday, AFA!

United States Air Force Academy campus, Colorado Springs

On April 1, 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation authorizing the establishment of a separate service academy to serve the growing needs of the U.S. Air Force.

A site in Colorado Springs was selected, and later that summer construction began on what became the United States Air Force Academy.

It is a most impressive place, and if you're ever in the vicinity you should definitely pay it a visit. The cadets there are some of the most impressive young men and women you'll ever meet.

Happy Birthday, Lon Chaney!

Phantom of the Opera, 1925
Speaking of Colorado Springs, on April 1, 1883 the legendary film actor Lon Chaney was born there.

In the early years of American cinema Chaney earned renown for his ability to manipulate his body to simulate physical deformities, and for his peerless use of makeup techniques. It was this latter skill that earned Chaney the nickname "Man of a Thousand Faces."

Chaney was an intensely private man who shunned the Hollywood social scene and rarely did publicity for his films. Nevertheless, he was a beloved figure among his peers, and the attendees at his funeral in 1930 included most of the biggest names in Hollywood.

That Other Superhero Movie

From the pen of Henry Payne, whose editorial cartoons you should read often, as I do.

Until Next Time...

On April 1, 1873 Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff was born on his family's estate near Veliky Novgorod, Russia. He would go on to have a career not only as one of Russia's greatest composers, but as one of the greatest pianists of all time as well.

It is common in modern music for an artist or group to come out with a song that becomes so popular they eventually grow weary of having to play it. This was no less a problem for the great composers of classical music.

Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C-sharp minor was composed when he was just 19 years old. It was an immediate sensation when the composer himself debuted it at a concert in Moscow on September 26, 1892.

For the rest of his life, whenever Rachmaninoff would perform in public, his audiences would call out "C sharp!" when it came time for an encore. He would dutifully give the audience what they wanted, but he often remarked privately that he resented having to play it so often.

It is a truly beautiful and moving piece, so I am hopeful he won't mind that I have selected it to celebrate his birthday.

Today's send-off is a performance of the famous prelude by Russian-born virtuoso Evgeny Kissin. It was recorded live in concert on September 19, 2014 at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. Enjoy...

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