April 7th, 2006

Dead Dog Cat


I've finished another of the trilogy of samurai detective novels written by Dale Furutani, this one being Jade Palace Vendetta. Both of them have been interesting reads; slightly simplistic, but I've enjoyed being steeped in the period's culture/milieu. Hard to find, though they might be at the library.

Last night, forestcats and I watched Good Night, and Good Luck via DVD from Netflix. I thought that the film was very even-handed, and gave a good idea of what was going on behind the scenes at CBS News at the time. It's worth seeing, for those of you who haven't already.

As I posted yesterday, I'd left a message at an ER in Fort Wayne, IN, in an attempt to get in touch with an old friend who I hadn't seen since the late 1960s. I'm pleased to say that he emailed me, though he was curious why I'd looked him up, all of the sudden. There's several folks who I've lost contact with over the years; it'd be a very interesting thing to regain that over the next few months, if I can. We'll see how it goes. In any case, I've invited the gentleman to view this blog, if he cares to, and I hope to be closer in touch in the future.

...and now, off to work...
Dead Dog Cat

I am a meme sheep, baa, baa, baa


1812 - War of 1812: The United States invades Canada at Windsor, Ontario. (I've been there; I think that they've forgiven us)

1862 - Medal of Honor authorized by the United States Congress.

1892 - A hidden lake bursts out of a glacier on the side of Mont Blanc, flooding the valley below and killing around 200 villagers and holidaymakers in Saint Gervais. (Could this mean that I have hidden strengths? Or when I age, will I become incontinent?)


100 BC - Gaius Julius Caesar, Roman soldier and politician (d. 44 BC)

1817 - Henry David Thoreau, American writer and philosopher (d. 1862)

1854 - George Eastman, American inventor (d. 1932)

1861 - George Washington Carver, American botanist (d. 1943)

1908 - Milton Berle, American comedian (d. 2002)

1937 - Bill Cosby, American comedian and actor

1943 - Christine McVie, American singer, musician, and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac)

1948 - Richard Simmons, American fitness trainer

1971 - Kristi Yamaguchi, American figure skater


1712 - Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, Scotland, and Ireland (b. 1626)

1804 - Alexander Hamilton, first United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1755)

1935 - Alfred Dreyfus, French military officer (b. 1859)

1996 - John Chancellor, American television journalist (b. 1927)

And then one more oddity:

Sunset and sunrise occur along Manhattan's street grid centerline
Dead Dog Cat


OK, this is a bit frightening.

There's this author named George MacDonald Fraser; he wrote the Flashman series of novels. He's also written an autobiographical book about his work in Hollywood; he did the script for The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers with a variety of excellent actors, including Michael York as D'Artagnan.

At one point, last weekend, I was reading about his interactions with Richard Fleischer, a director who is famed for his work on things like Conan the Barbarian, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Soylent Green. It appears that Fraser and Fleischer were conferring in Paris about a script; at that same time, Fleischer's son, who was the President of the UCLA Rally Committee was having a party at his parents' place in the Hollywood Hills, which I was attending. This amused me greatly.

So, today, in furtherance of this itch to reconnect with people, I found the son listed in several news articles from the last couple of weeks. It turns out that his father has recently died, and the newspapers were publishing his comments about his father. Very sad, but I've now found his email address at work...he's now a powerful entertainment attorney.

I'll be sending condolences.