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The TV series I've been directing for the last year and a half- Click & Clack's As The Wrench Turns has just started up it's website. The full site is still under construction, eventually it will feature games, interviews and behind the scenes artwork. But for now there is a trailor up for your delight and edification.

http://www.pbs.org/wrenchturns/



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Question: Walt Disney called his animators the Nine Old Men. Did he invent that term?

Yesterday’s Quiz answered below: Sometimes you see the phrase, a Brave New World. What does that mean?
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History for 5/26/2008
Birthdays: the Duke of Marlborough, Pope Clement VII the Medici Fox-1478, Mary Wollenstonecraft Godwin 1759- early feminist writer and mother of Mary Shelley, Alexander Pushkin, Isadora Duncan, Norma Talmadge, Paul Lukas, John Wesley Hardin the shootist, John Wayne- real name Marion Morrison, Al Jolson, Jay Silverheels (Tonto), Peter Cushing, Robert Morley, Peggy Lee, Sally Ride, Pam Grier, Helen Bonham Carter, Bobcat Golthwaite, Matt Stone the co creator of South Park

Memorial Day in the U.S.A.

1805- Explorers Lewis & Clark first sight the Rocky Mountains.

1896- Charles Dow started his stock index named the Dow Jones Index. The first Dow Jones closing is 40.94

1913- Actors Equity formed. The originally called themselves the White Rats,rats being star backwards.

1933- Jimmy Rogers "the Singing Brakeman", considered the father of modern country music, died of tuberculosis at age 31. Shortly before his death he recorded a song about it called "TB Blues".

1940-The Miracle of Dunkirk- When German panzers overrun France they surrounded the British army and pinned them against the Normandy coastline. Instead of finishing them off Marshal Goering asks Hitler's permission to use the Luftwaffe (airforce) to administer the coup de grace. Britain mobilized all available ships and hundreds of small boat owners volunteer to cross the channel under dive bombing and strafing. In ten days evacuated 340,000 troops. 40,000 stayed behind and surrendered. The British force was decimated, but not destroyed, and would live to fight again.

1960- THE MOULIN ROUGE AGREEMENT- Las Vegas gambling casinos integrate. Before this, stars like Sammy Davis Jr. and Ella Fitzgerald could headline in the clubs, but had to exit via the kitchens and sleep across town in the colored section. Singer Nat King Cole was requested to keep his eyes on his piano keys for fear if he looked up he would seduce young white girls. Frank Sinatra played a big part in pressuring the Vegas 'powers-that-be' i.e. the mob, to change with the times. Marlene Dietrich grabbed Lena Horne by the arm and stormed into a casino bar defying any reaction. The Moulin Rouge was the first completely integrated casino.

1962- The Isley Brothers single “Twist & Shout” released.

1969- John Lennon and Yoko Ono have their "Bed-In for Peace" news conference in New York. One of the most acerbic exchanges was one Lennon had with Lil'Abner cartoonist and conservative curmudgeon Al Capp.

1994- Singer Michael Jackson married Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley in the Dominican Republic. They keep the wedding a secret for six weeks, then divorce 18 months later.

1995- Looney Tunes director Isadore Friz Freleng died at age 89.
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Yesterday’s Quiz: Sometimes you see the phrase, a Brave New World. What does that mean?

Answer: In 1932 Aldous Huxley wrote a science fiction novel called the Brave New World. He borrowed the phrase from Shakespeare’s the Tempest.” Oh Brave New World, that has such people in it..” Huxley portrayed the future as an over controlled dystopia, where there is no room for creativity, love or dissent, and the public is kept anesthetized with regular doses of a drug called SOMA.
So a Brave New World has become a term to describe a flawed idea of a perfect society.


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