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Mon Jun 11, 2018, 03:38 PM

Post a true but little known fact about someone famous, living or dead.....Part 5

Link to Part 4 + link to Parts 1, 2 and 3
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181081401

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red dog 1 Jun 2018 OP
dameatball Jun 2018 #1
YessirAtsaFact Jun 2018 #2
Heartstrings Jun 2018 #3
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #4
TlalocW Jun 2018 #5
TexasBushwhacker Jun 2018 #46
TlalocW Jul 2018 #47
Sticky Jun 2018 #6
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #11
jalan48 Jun 2018 #21
Totally Tunsie Jul 27 #70
First Speaker Jun 2018 #7
Snellius Jun 2018 #8
zanana1 Jun 2018 #14
TlalocW Jul 2018 #48
Fortinbras Armstrong Jul 2018 #53
gladium et scutum Jun 2018 #9
Aristus Jun 2018 #10
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #12
First Speaker Jun 2018 #17
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #13
phylny Jul 24 #64
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #15
LeftInTX Jun 2018 #16
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #18
Wolf Frankula Jun 2018 #19
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #20
jalan48 Jun 2018 #22
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #23
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #24
jalan48 Jun 2018 #27
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #25
ProudMNDemocrat Jun 2018 #26
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #28
riverwalker Jul 2018 #51
ProudMNDemocrat Jul 2018 #52
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #29
Adrahil Jun 2018 #30
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #31
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red dog 1 Jun 2018 #33
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #34
gratuitous Jun 2018 #35
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #36
Nuclear Pyle Jun 2018 #37
NNadir Jun 2018 #38
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #39
NNadir Jun 2018 #40
NNadir Jun 2018 #41
canetoad Jun 2018 #42
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #43
red dog 1 Jun 2018 #44
ProfessorGAC Jun 2018 #45
TlalocW Jul 2018 #49
red dog 1 Jul 2018 #50
Mendocino Jul 2018 #54
red dog 1 Jul 2018 #55
red dog 1 Jul 19 #56
red dog 1 Jul 20 #57
MountCleaners Jul 20 #58
red dog 1 Jul 21 #59
nolabear Jul 21 #60
red dog 1 Jul 22 #61
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JCMach1 Jul 27 #67
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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 03:39 PM

1. Paul Revere was almost court-martialed.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 03:43 PM

2. Cartoonist Jeff MacNelly

Creator of “Shoe” cartoon played the banjo

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 03:48 PM

3. Tom Cruise's daughter, Suri

was loosely named after his birthplace, Syracuse, NY.....

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 03:48 PM

4. Harlan Ellison has published more than 1,700 short stories

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 03:57 PM

5. Vincent Price met one of his wives in a cemetery

Appropriate.

TlalocW

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Response to TlalocW (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 05:48 PM

46. He was also a serious art collector

and felt that all people should be able to own original art. Sears worked with him to create the Vincent Price Collection. Original works cost $10 to $3000 and could be purched on an installment plan.

https://www.artistsnetwork.com/artist-life/vincent-price-sells-gallery-paintings-sears/

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #46)

Sun Jul 1, 2018, 01:37 AM

47. He was also a gourmet chef

The guy was pretty classy.

TlalocW

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 04:03 PM

6. Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order)

Is the daughter of 1950's sex symbol Jane Mansfield. She was asleep in the back seat of the car the night of the horrific car crash that killed her mother.

I didn't read all the postings so I hope this isn't a repeat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariska_Hargitay

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Response to Sticky (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 07:26 PM

11. Thanks for that

She and her brothers are lucky to be alive after that terrible car crash.

I knew about her being the daughter of Jayne Mansfield, and I liked her on "Law and Order"

I didn't know about her swimming with the dolphins incident, or the Joyful Heart Foundation...

Very interesting!

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Response to Sticky (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 17, 2018, 12:06 AM

21. In keeping with the theme Jane Mansfield's IQ was purported to be 149 or genius level.

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Response to Sticky (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 07:03 PM

70. Her father was Mickey Hargitay...

Mr. Universe 1955 and an actor also. Handsome dude.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 04:20 PM

7. Al Jolson wanted to play Porgy in the original production of "Porgy and Bess"

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 04:30 PM

8. Thoreau was narcoleptic

"He inherited his mother’s family’s illness of narcolepsy. Thoreau called narcolepsy “the demon that is said to haunt the Jones family, hovering over their eyelids with wings steeped in the juice of poppies.” Though Thoreau complained he was troubled mainly while reading and writing, he also put the illness to use in recovering his dreams."

http://www.tarcherbooks.net/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-henry-david-thoreau/

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Response to Snellius (Reply #8)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 08:36 AM

14. I didn't know that about Thoreau...

He lived in the era before automobiles, but those horses must have been confused.

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Response to Snellius (Reply #8)

Sun Jul 1, 2018, 01:38 AM

48. Thoreau wasn't quite the independent guy living out in the wilderness

Every Sunday he headed back to town so his mom could do his laundry and cook him Sunday dinner.

TlalocW

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Response to TlalocW (Reply #48)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 07:49 AM

53. Thoreau could afford to live the simple life

His family owned the largest pencil factory in the US, and were millionaires (in 1840 dollars).

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 04:34 PM

9. Union General George H. Thomas

aka "The Rock of Chickamauga" purchased a slave woman as a housekeeper in 1858, while stationed in Texas. The woman remained a slave in the Thomas household until the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. She continued to work for the Thomas family, this time for wages, for several years afterward.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 11, 2018, 05:22 PM

10. Voltaire's last words.

French writer and humanist Voltaire was a life-long atheist in a time when being an atheist could get you executed. He lived a long life, and during his final illness, his family stationed a priest at his bedside, hoping for a last minute conversion.

As the hour of Voltaire's death approach, the priest thundered at him: "Do you renounce Satan?"

Voltaire replied: "There, there, dear boy. This is no time for making enemies."

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Tue Jun 12, 2018, 05:46 PM

12. Harlan Ellison may be the most underrated American writer of the 20th century

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 15, 2018, 01:26 AM

17. Agreed. He's up there with Poe or Hemingway...

...as far as I'm concerned. I remember reading Dangerous Visions when I was 14, and thinking that he was either God or Satan...or maybe both...

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 03:51 PM

13. Jay Leno is dyslexic

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 24, 2018, 09:24 PM

64. As is Patrick Dempsey. He has said it made auditioning horrible for him

as he had to memorize everything, and couldn't handle an impromptu script read.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 05:36 PM

15. Before becoming an actor, Dennis Farina spent 19 years as a Chicago cop

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2018, 12:06 AM

16. Kris Kristofferson is a Rhodes Scholar

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2018, 02:05 PM

18. Rep. Joe Kennedy lll (D-MA) is the grandson of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy

and at age 37, he is serving his third term as Congressman for Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District, the same seat Barney Frank had for many years.

Fluent in speaking Spanish, Joe served in the Peace Corps for 2 years in the Puerto Plata province of Dominican Republic and helped create a union for the workers in the 27 Charcos reserve in the Rio Damajagua Park, among other activities while in the Peace Corps, including working as a Research Analyst for the United Nations Development Program.

He would make an excellent choice as a possible Vice-Presidential nominee in the 2020 Presidential election.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 15, 2018, 07:26 PM

19. While at Harvard Franklin D. Roosevelt

helped run a relief fund for Boer women and children in British concentration camps.

Wolf

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sat Jun 16, 2018, 07:25 PM

20. Art Bell died of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

He was 72

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2018, 12:30 AM

22. Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham drank 40 shots of vodka the night he died.

Like poet Dylan Thomas he choked to death on his own vomit.

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #22)

Sun Jun 17, 2018, 04:01 PM

23. Jimi Hendrix also choked to death on his own vomit, after consuming copious amounts of wine

and sleeping pills.

AC/DC lead vocalist Bon Scott supposedly died the same way.
["Many claim, as with Bonham, Scott died choking on his own vomit]

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #22)

Sun Jun 17, 2018, 04:08 PM

24. John Bonham decided to have 16 shots of vodka for BREAKFAST , and went on drinking the rest of

the day [Sept. 24, 1980]

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #24)

Sun Jun 17, 2018, 05:15 PM

27. Pretty rough way to go

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2018, 04:27 PM

25. Mama Cass died of heart failure

The urban rumor that she choked to death on a ham sandwich is false.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 17, 2018, 04:33 PM

26. Charles Lindberg was from Little Falls, Minnesota......

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Response to ProudMNDemocrat (Reply #26)

Mon Jun 18, 2018, 04:52 PM

28. Wasn't Bullwinkle Moose from Frostbite Falls?

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Response to ProudMNDemocrat (Reply #26)

Sun Jul 1, 2018, 05:12 PM

51. And Lindbergh is buried in Maui

His request. In a little church yard on the road to Hana.

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Response to riverwalker (Reply #51)

Sun Jul 1, 2018, 05:21 PM

52. Will have to stop and visit while there.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 18, 2018, 04:56 PM

29. Although Keith Moon was known for kicking over his drums, he did so very carefully, and the drum

kit rarely needed repairs; but stands and foot pedals frequently had to be replaced.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2018, 11:20 AM

30. Star Trek's Scotty.... actor Jame Doohan....

Had only 9 fingers. He lost the 10th on D-day to machine gun fire. He was serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Thu Jun 21, 2018, 02:08 PM

31. Thom Hartmann has published more than 20 books

He now lives in Portland, Oregon

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2018, 03:17 PM

32. Abby Elliott, a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 2008-2012, was the first SNL

cast member to be a child of a past cast member - her father, Chris Elliott (son of Bob Elliott), who became an SNL cast member in 1994.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sat Jun 23, 2018, 06:56 PM

33. Ted Williams served as a pilot in World War ll ..and in the Korean War as well

He received his gold Naval Aviator wings and his commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps on May 2, 1944.
He served as a flight instructor at the Naval Air Station Pensacola teaching young pilots how to fly the complicated F4U Corsair fighter plane

During the Korean War, on Feb 16, 1953, Williams was flying as the "wingman" for John Glenn as part of a 35-plane raid against a tank and infantry training school just south of Pyongyang, North Korea.
During the mission, a piece of flak knocked out his hydraulics and electrical systems, causing Williams to "limp" back to K-13, a U.S. Air Force airfield close to the front lines.
The plane burst into flames soon after he landed.
For his actions of this day, he was awarded the Air Medal with Gold Stars.

Ted Williams likely would have exceeded Babe Ruth's Home Run Record if he had not served in the military.

John Glenn described Williams as one of the best pilots he ever knew, while his wife Annie described him as the most profane man she ever met.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sun Jun 24, 2018, 03:22 PM

34. Noam Chomsky once wrote an introduction to a "No Holocaust" book (written by Faurisson)

And according to progressive author and historian Michael Parenti, Chomsky claims that anyone who doesn't believe the Warren Commission Report's conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the murder of JFK is merely a "deluded believer in Camelot"

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 01:51 PM

35. Floyd Crosby, director of photography on the 1952 movie "High Noon"

Floyd is the father of David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 02:17 PM

36. There is a place called the "Isle of Muck"

It's the smallest island of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland - population, 27.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 04:15 PM

37. Bluesman Hound Dog Taylor

 

had six fingers on his left hand. Dunno if it helped his chording or not.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 06:16 PM

38. Barbara Bush's maiden name, Pierce, derives from her relation to President Franklin Pierce.

Before her son, he, Franklin Pierce, was considered one of the worst Presidents in US history, falling only behind James Buchanan, under whom the country came apart.

It appears that James Buchanan, Franklin Pierce and George W. Bush are about to move up the ladder from "worst," which is terrifying.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2018, 08:32 PM

39. Crappy Republican actor James Woods tweeted a violent lie yesterday about Maxine Waters

(I never liked the bastard anyway).

Yesterday, June 24, he tweeted:

"Now that a United States Congresswoman has called for harassment against Republicans and the inevitable violence that will come of it, I urge all of you to a) get armed, and b) vote..Your life literally depends on it"

Rep. Waters didn't call for "harassment against Republicans"....Woods and his fuhrer, Trump, are both Republican liars.
And his call to "get armed" is as violent as you can get (unlike Maxine's call to peaceful protest)
Rep. Waters called for people to peacefully protest against members of Shitler's cabinet if they see them in public.
Unlike Nancy Pelosi, Charles Schumer and that asshole David Axelrod, I SUPPORT Maxine Waters' call for peaceful protest of Trump cabinet members if they go out in public, which they rarely do anyway.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Tue Jun 26, 2018, 08:19 PM

41. Robert F. Kennedy Worked for Grand Inquisitor Joe McCarthy and Chose Him for Godfather...

...For His Daughter.

His brother, John F. Kennedy, was the only Democratic Senator to not vote to censure McCarthy in 1954 for his red scare baiting, ostensibly because he had back trouble and missed the vote.

McCarthy dated two of JFK's and RFK's sisters.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2018, 02:51 AM

42. Here's a twofer

During the 1902 season of La Boheme at Covent Garden, up-and-coming tenor, Enrico Caruso, during “Che gelida manina, se la lasci riscaldar” (Your tiny hand is frozen, let me warm it here in mine) pressed a hot italian sausage into the hand of Dame Nellie Melba.

Melba threw it across the stage and hissed, "You filthy dago."

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Response to canetoad (Reply #42)

Thu Jun 28, 2018, 03:46 PM

43. Caruso was staying at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco on April 18, 1906,

which was the morning of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Afterwards, Caruso vowed to "never again set foot in San Francisco"

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2018, 04:08 PM

44. In 1965, Pink Floyd founding member Syd Barrett joined a band known as the "Tea Set"

(sometimes spelled T-Set)

When they found themselves playing a concert with another band of the same name, Barrett came up with "The Pink Floyd Sound"..also known as "The Pink Floyd Blues Band"
and later "The Pink Floyd"

Syd Barrett was born Roger Keith Barrett on January 6, 1946, and died on July 7, 2006.
The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 02:38 PM

45. The Drummer In Smashing Pumpkins. . .

. . .joined my band as the first band he was ever in. I knew he was going to be stud.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2018, 01:43 AM

49. Chico Marx's Italian accent

Was born of necessity. He had to use it (and other accents) to safely get to his piano lessons as a kid, as he crossed many different ethnic neighborhoods who weren't too welcoming of outsiders.

TlalocW

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Response to TlalocW (Reply #49)

Sun Jul 1, 2018, 01:26 PM

50. Interesting!

Many people pronounce his name "Cheeco"..which is incorrect.
It's "Chick-O" and he got that name because he was a "ladies man" who liked "chicks"

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 03:03 PM

54. Charles Dierkop

were in the only two films that both Paul Newman and Robert Redford co-starred in. He was Flat Nose Curry in Butch/Sundance. In The Sting he was Floyd, a right hand man of Doyle Lonnegan.

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Response to Mendocino (Reply #54)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 05:04 PM

55. "The Sting" was a great movie!

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Thu Jul 19, 2018, 08:14 PM

56. In October, 1980, White House CIA officer Donald Gregg stole President Carter's briefing papers

for his second debate with Ronald Reagan.
Gregg copied the briefing notes, then gave them to Reagan's campaign manager William Casey, who gave them to George Will who used them to coach Reagan before the second presidential debate.
During the first presidential debate Reagan looked lost and confused, with no teleprompter in front of him telling him what to say, so President Carter clearly won that debate.
However, using President Carter's stolen briefing papers for the 2nd debate, George Will was able to "coach" Reagan, so Ronnie knew IN ADVANCE what President Carter was going to say, before Carter even said it. ["Well, there you go again!"]
This was how Reagan "won" that 2nd presidential debate in October, 2018, and he went on to defeat Carter 2 weeks later in a very close election.

Donald Gregg, William Casey, Ronald Reagan and George Will all should have been arrested and tried for Conspiracy to Commit Treason.
Stealing top secret presidential papers is treason!

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 04:11 PM

57. Bill Murray's first starring role was in "Meatballs"

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jul 20, 2018, 07:12 PM

58. Hootie and the Blowfish got those names from real people

My brother's friend was roommates with Darius Rucker in college. People think he's the "Hootie" in Hootie and the Blowfish. In reality, the friends used to have nicknames for everyone, and two people were called Hootie and "the Blowfish" respectively. My brother met Darius Rucker before he was famous, but he heard his voice and thought it was beautiful. He met "Hootie", too.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2018, 03:07 PM

59. Mickey Hart started playing drums at an early age, and his father owned Hart Music store in

San Carlos, CA.
The Grateful Dead bought their original amps & equipment there.
When walking into the small music store, one couldn't help but notice that the upper shelf was full of trophies won by Hart from various drum competitions.
Mickey gave drum lessons there until early 1966, when he began hanging out with the Grateful Dead, who then lived in a large rented house in the woods of La Honda, CA...just west of Redwood City.
Soon after, they moved to a large house in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sat Jul 21, 2018, 11:08 PM

60. Bill Nighy suffers from Dupuytren's contracture and can't open his hands.

The last two fingers are always folded. It’s gotten worse over the years and he’s such a good actor he hides it well, until you notice.


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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sun Jul 22, 2018, 04:34 PM

61. John Wesley Hardin knew the man he shot because he was snoring

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jul 23, 2018, 04:28 PM

62. Legendary record producer Leonard Chess' was born Lejzor Czyz, while his brother Phil Chess

was born Fiszel Czyz.
Together they co-founded Chess Records.

Both were born in Motal, Poland [now in Belarus]

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Tue Jul 24, 2018, 03:57 PM

63. The Bryan Adams backing band is sometimes referred to as "The Dudes of Leisure"

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Wed Jul 25, 2018, 04:18 PM

65. John Cleese has been married four times

His first wife, Connie Booth, co-wrote and starred in "Fawlty Towers"

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Thu Jul 26, 2018, 07:09 PM

66. Jerry Garcia played steel guitar on the Brewer & Shipley song, "One Toke Over the Line"

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 03:14 PM

67. Christopher Lee made a heavy metal album

And should have a movie made about his life...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Lee

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 06:31 PM

68. While serving in the United States Marine Corps, Steve McQueen saved the lives of five other

Marines during an Arctic exercise, pulling them from a tank before it broke through ice into the sea.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jul 27, 2018, 06:57 PM

69. Carrie Fisher will appear in Star Wars IX as Princess Leah.

Special permission was received from her daughter for the use of previously unused footage from SW VIII.

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