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Post a true but little known fact about someone famous, living or dead -- Part 6

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Reply Post a true but little known fact about someone famous, living or dead -- Part 6 (Original post)
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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 01:41 PM

1. Bob Dylan asked to join the Grateful Dead, as a full

Time member. Everyone, except bassist Phil Lesh, okay'd Bob. Phil's dissent, because that's how things worked in Dead world, meant Bob would not join.
In some ways I wish he had. In others not so much.

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Response to ghostsinthemachine (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 02:22 PM

7. While volunteering as a recording engineer for Berkeley FM radio station KPFA, Phil Lesh met

Jerry Garcia, who was playing bluegrass banjo at the time.
Lesh was talked into becoming the bassist for Garcia's new rock group, then known as The Warlocks, in 1964.
Lesh had never played bass before.
According to Lesh, the first song he rehearsed with them was "I Know You Rider"
Lesh learned to play bass "on the job" and he credits Jefferson Airplane's bass player Jack Cassady as being a major influence on him.

In 1987, the Grateful Dead toured with Bob Dylan, as documented on the album:
"Dylan & the Dead'

I saw the Grateful Dead play many times at the old Fillmore Auditorium, starting in early 1966.

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Response to ghostsinthemachine (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 05:28 PM

26. Man...I consider myself a Dylan nerd and have never heard this

Any documentation to support that?? Not being a dick...I just want to know a bit more about Fylan and the Dead, frankly!

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #26)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 06:42 PM

33. I wish I could tell ya what books

The story is in, but I've. Read every word ever written about both Dylan and the Dead. Hard to narrow it down. Ill see what I can do.

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Response to ghostsinthemachine (Reply #33)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 06:51 PM

34. It's cool...just curious

I love the "Dylan and the Dead" album and I truly love most covers that the Dead did...especially Jerry on "Visions of Johanna"

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #26)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 07:18 PM

36. Here ya go

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Response to ghostsinthemachine (Reply #36)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 07:38 PM

37. Thanks!!

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Response to ghostsinthemachine (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 06:07 PM

50. I wonder why Phil Lesh didn't want Dylan in the band?

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #50)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 07:43 PM

58. He would change their nature.

At the time The Dead had four singers, all with songs. Add Dylan, who wouldnt be happy as a guy who only got a couple somgs a night.
Not to mention the Dead did Dylan WAY better without BD, than with him.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 01:46 PM

2. When he was 13, Harlan Ellison ran away to join a small circus, called a "Gilly"

It had carnival rides,a freak show, and "games of chance"

Ellison worked as a "gopher"

One time, When the entire "Gilly" crew was arrested, the owner bailed out everybody except Harlan Ellison [the "gopher"] and the circus "geek"

Ellison refused to tell the cops his real name; but they eventually found out through a "missing person" report.

He spent several days in the jail cell with the "geek"..who was an alcoholic going through the
"DT"s....Ellison never forgot the horrible smell of the geek's withdrawal from booze, and he never had a single drink for his entire life

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 01:55 PM

3. sonia henning wanted to be a race car driver

...but they wouldn't let her cuz she was a GIRL!

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 01:57 PM

4. JFK never received a medal for valor in combat.

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Response to braddy (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 02:51 PM

10. True

He was given the Navy and Marine Corps Medal
[The navy's highest non-combat decoration for heroism]

He had initially been recommended for the Silver Star Medal, which he definitely deserved.
Despite re injuring his back in the PT-109 collision, he towed a badly burned crewman through the water to a nearby island with a life jacket strap clenched between his teeth, and later to a second island where his crew was subsequently rescued.
If that's not "valor in combat" then what is?

Can you imagine Shitler doing something like that?
He was such a coward that he used the excuse of "bone spurs" in a foot to get out of serving in Vietnam.

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #10)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 02:56 PM

11. Some wanted to court-martial him but his father was too powerful, I had a friend get that medal

when I was in, he pulled one of us out of the river during a night jump.

There was a reason why his award was a non-combat award although a Jap destroyer and dead crew members were all involved.

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Response to braddy (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 03:19 PM

12. "Some wanted to court-martial him"?

Why?

What is your source for this statement?

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 03:47 PM

14. Books I have read over the decades, but it is obvious to even non-veterans that something accounts

for the refusal of a combat award.

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Response to braddy (Reply #14)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 04:02 PM

19. Which books?

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Response to braddy (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 03:53 PM

16. From Wikipedia:

Last edited Sat Jun 30, 2018, 06:27 PM - Edit history (1)

[Re: his PT-109]

"Kennedy spotted a Japanese destroyer nearby and attempted to turn to attack, when PT-109 was rammed suddenly at an angle and cut in half by the [Jap} destroyer 'Amajiri"..costing two PT-109 crew members their lives."

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #16)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 03:57 PM

17. Wiki is far from perfectly accurate, why no medal for combat heroism? You will have to dig more into

the history of the only such loss of a PT boat. The good news is that LBJ was awarded the Silver Star for combat heroism.

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #22)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 09:45 PM

42. Lighten up, Francis...

I've heard the same thing on a TV show.

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Response to braddy (Reply #11)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 04:47 AM

81. "Jap" destroyer?

Did I wake up in 1942?

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Response to braddy (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 05:32 PM

28. I would challenge you..

Attempt to receive the "Navy and Marine Corps Medal" without performing a feat of valor!

JFK effed up by allowing his crew to be asleep when PT-109 was struck by that Japanese ship, but the actions that took place afterwards are no less valorous.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #28)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 07:59 PM

38. I said that he received no award for valor in combat.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 02:02 PM

5. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi used to have people fly Burger King takeout to him on the sly


He had a private jet exclusively used for this purpose.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 02:12 PM

6. Edgar Allan Poe & Charles Dickens met in 1842 in Philadelphia

Dickens was just 30 years old and had already published Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby, and The Old Curiosity Shop. Edgar Allan Poe was 32 and had published Tamerlane and Other Poems. The two met twice in Dickens’s hotel room. During the meetings they discussed contemporary English and American writers.

During another visit to the US Dickens found out that Poe and his wife had died. However he helped Poe’s sick mother in law and visited her, pressed some money into her hand, and later from England contributed $1,000 for her care.

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Response to bronxiteforever (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 02:28 PM

8. That was very generous of Dickens..to help Poe's sick mother-in-law.

Very interesting.....Thanks for posting this

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #8)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 12:16 PM

47. Especially in light of the way he treated his own wife and children.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 02:42 PM

9. Philippe Halsman, photographer from the '30s, '40s and '50s who

is noted for having 100 Life Magazine covers was noted for a series of photos of famous people jumping into the air.

From the PH webpage: http://philippehalsman.com/

"Starting in the early 1950s I asked every famous or important person I photographed to jump for me. I was motivated by a genuine curiosity. After all, life has taught us to control and disguise our facial expressions, but it has not taught us to control our jumps. I wanted to see famous people reveal in a jump their ambition or their lack of it, their self-importance or their insecurity, and many other traits." –P.H.

Yeah, that's Nixon.

In the mid '70s, a few years before his death, he was invited to speak at my University (then East Texas State University, now Texas A&M Commerce) because it was known as one of the premier photography schools among those in the community. I was able to speak to him personally and as a budding photographer somewhat in awe of his place in history I somberly asked him about the 'Jump' series and the revelations it presented of his subjects.

His smile was a bit sly but enough to crinkle his weathered face and he told me, "I just wanted to see if they would actually do it just because I said to. Never underestimate the power that your craft can give you."

I am also proud to be the only photographer exhibiting in the department Gallery whose work he commented on.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 03:24 PM

13. Robert A Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and L Sprague de Camp all worked together at the Philly Naval Yard

...during World War Two. It's been rumored that they were all involved in the infamous "Philadelphia Experiment"...though, after fairly rigorous research into the matter, I think it highly unlikely this rumor is true. Alas. But there is a lot of weird shit in the whole Heinlein/Hubbard/Parsons/Crowley axis...

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 03:48 PM

15. LBJ was awarded America's third highest award for valor in combat, the Silver Star.

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #18)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 04:06 PM

20. Wait all you want, I'm not going to devote the time and effort to start from scratch on this

history of this mysterious event and award. The major point for this thread is that JFK never received an award for combat valor, a fact that almost everyone in America would find deeply puzzling and surprising.

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #23)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 05:30 PM

27. I suspect that "some" wanted to court martial George Washington. Have never seen the proof.

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #23)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 09:49 PM

43. Stop picking a fight, you're acting trollish.

Go be enraged in GD. This is the Lounge.

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #18)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 12:21 PM

48. Here's one. Please moderate your anger....

http://soc.history.war.world-war-ii.narkive.com/7EOWTbDm/did-adm-halsey-want-a-court-martial-over-pt-109

In article <***@news.pacific.net.au>,
***@mypersonalemail.com (Ace Pilot) writes:

<<<<>I recently came across an unsubstantiated allegation that Admiral
Post by Ace Pilot
Halsey wanted to court martial JFK over the loss of PT-109. Has anyone
ever heard of such a claim before?>>>
Yes. Court-martial charges was considered ( I not sure if by Halsey), and did
reach as high up the food chain as King (where they died.)

<<<<>Does anyone know of any sources where this is actually substantiated? >>>

The correspondence is located in the Dec'43/Jan'44 CNO/Cominch files at the
Naval Operational Archives, which, last I knew, were at the Washington Navy
Yard. I remember reading them, because I was the person who declassified them
in 1972/3 or thereabouts when I was doing my 2 weeks of yearly Naval Reserve
duty working on the WW2 Declassification Team. These are NOT the same messages
as the ones which had been declassified in the late 1950s and are how posted on
the Naval Historical Center web site.

A couple of things I remember about the correspondence....

1. The file has previously been viewed by Donovan, the fellow who wrote PT109.
Evidently, he didn't consider the information important enough to include.

2. One document was written by a Navy junior officer (and future supreme court
justice Byron 'Whizzer' White) in the Solomons. In this brief was a litany of
reasons why it was not in the best interests of the Navy to court-martial
someone for, basically, losing his ship in combat, especially one who's father
was politically connected.

Although nothing came of the court-martial, it does appear that the entire
episode really stuck in the craw of some of Kennedy's superiors. They seemingly
settled the score by disapproving his Silver Star recommendation and
substituting the unusual downgrading to the same award that was given to his
two officer subordinates for the same action, the Navy & Marine Corps medal
(for saving life, something it is theoretically possible to earn by fishing
somebody out of the base swimming pool.) Although this speaks volumes, luckily
for Kennedy's career, it only speaks to those who know how these things really
work.

Regards,
Walker

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Response to braddy (Reply #15)

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 06:43 AM

82. It was given to him by Douglas MacArthur

Who knew that LBJ would be going back into Congress, and wanted to curry favor with him. It was given for purely political reasons.

Leonid Brezhnev was awarded the USSR's highest medal, Hero of the Soviet Union, four times; each time as a birthday present.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 04:11 PM

21. Dion (of Dion & The Belmonts) was on the tour

With Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and the Big Booper. The plane that crashed could only carry 3 of the 4 stars. Dion volunteered to stay behind because he was afraid of flying.

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Response to jg10003 (Reply #21)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 04:41 PM

24. Waylon Jennings too

The Big Bopper had the flu and Jennings gave him his seat. He had survivor's guilt for the rest of his life.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #24)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 05:26 PM

25. There is a YouTube video of an interview with Waylon Jennings where he admits the story

is true of the argument he had with Buddy Holly right before the crash. Jennings didn't want to go on the plane and Holly said "I hope you freeze your ass off." Jennings replied "Well, I hope your plane crashes." Yes, it haunted him to his dying day.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #24)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 05:36 PM

29. Jennings was in the backup band, not yet famous

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Response to jg10003 (Reply #29)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 05:43 PM

31. Correct. He was the temporary bass player for Buddy's band

The Crickets. Buddy Holly was his mentor.

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Response to jg10003 (Reply #21)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 06:06 PM

32. Sorry...calling BS on that unless you can prove otherwise

The reason that plane was chartered in the first place was because of Holly, and it was chartered for his guys . That winter tour was doomed from the start with poor planning of shows and criss crossing routes that made little sense. That last performance at the Surf Ballroom was a fluke...it only happened because of the poor planning of the tour. Holly arranged a flight to Moorehead, MN, which was close to Fargo ND, where their next stop was.

Waylon gave his spot to "The Big Bopper" because JP was struggling so bad from the flu...And Waylon went to his grave telling the story, Buddy looked at him and said "I hope your old bus breaks down"...Waylon responded with "Well, I hope your ole plane crashes." That story has been recounted many times in many interviews...all I can say is, I had the pleasure of knowing Waylon and I have know reason to doubt his story.

Tommy Allsup, the guitarist for Holly, flipped a coin with Ritchie Valens for that seat...and the rest is well documented Rock N Roll history....

While Dion was in fact on that tour, his story seems, to me, to be one built out of retrospect and misconceptions at best.

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Response to jg10003 (Reply #21)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 08:40 PM

41. Dion was on the tour, but the reason he chose not to go on the plane had nothing to do with

any "fear of flying"
(The one who was afraid of flying was Ritchie Valens)

According to Wikipedia, (and they back this up with references)
Dion chose not to fly because he decided he didn't want to spend $36 to take the flight,
"as it was the same monthly rent his parents paid for his childhood apartment and he couldn't justify the indulgence."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dion_DiMucci

Dion and the Belmonts continued on the tour, along with a guy named Frankie Sardo, while Bobby Vee then an unknown artist, performed in Buddy Holly's place at the very next concert.
Later, Jimmy Clanton, Frankie Avalon, and Fabien were added to replace the other now-deceased headliners.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 05:42 PM

30. Probably mentioned before: Jimi Hendrix first tv appearance playing backup for Buddy & Stacy

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 07:13 PM

35. Rasputin had a huge penis

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/sex-love/advice/a4522/most-famous-penises-in-history/

Measuring 11 inches—soft, mind you—this mystic's member now rests in a jar at a Russian erotica museum. FIELD TRIP!

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Response to Kilgore (Reply #35)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 11:58 AM

44. Blech

Too much of a good thing.

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Response to Kilgore (Reply #35)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 08:36 PM

59. Maybe

Thats what drug him to his death finally.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 08:11 PM

39. Paul Revere died of wounds sustained in the Battle of Gettysburg

He was the grandson of Paul Revere of Revolutionary War fame

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2018, 08:12 PM

40. If you ever thought you had a witch for a teacher

Jim Backus and William Windom had Margaret Hamilton as their Kindergarten teacher.

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Response to whistler162 (Reply #40)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 12:28 PM

49. Only because they all lived in Cleveland.

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Sat Jun 30, 2018, 12:10 PM

46. British author Anne Perry was convicted of murder as a teenager

You can read about the case here:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker–Hulme_murder_case

Peter Jackson's film "Heavely Creatures" was about the case and starred Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 06:12 PM

51. Ted Cruz never washes his hands after

using the Restroom. Not even a quick rinse on the way out!

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Reply #51)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 06:35 PM

52. Not that I doubt you, where did you hear this?

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #52)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 06:56 PM

55. A reliable source!

From a several times eyewitness that I know from New York. He saw him whenever Cruz was on Fox. The person worked in the same building.

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Reply #55)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 07:24 PM

56. Well, it certainly does not surprise me!

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Reply #55)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 07:30 PM

57. A Canadian, a Texan and a tea bagger walk into a bar...

....and the bartender says: "Nice to see you again, Senator Cruz."

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #57)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 08:50 PM

61. Then the very smart bartender says...

...sorry I can't shake your hand right now!

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Response to JoeOtterbein (Reply #51)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 04:28 PM

68. One of his college roommates he didn't wear deodorant

and would walk around the female wing of their coed dorm wearing a paisley bathrobe.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 06:39 PM

53. Paul Ryan has a lot of kiddie porn on his home computer

Marco Rubio butt fucks himself with an assault rifle.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 06:54 PM

54. In 1977, Tom Waits was arrested outside Duke's Tropicana Coffee Shop in Los Angeles

He and a friend were trying to stop some men from bullying other patrons.
The men turned out to be plainclothes police officers, and Waits & his friend were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.
The jury found Waits not guilty.
He took the police department to court and was awarded $7,500 compensation.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2018, 08:43 PM

60. The Actor Jimmy Stewart was a Brigadier General in the Air Force Reserve, and led many bombing...

...missions over Germany in World War II, although he achieved the rank of Brigadier General many years after the war.

During the war in was a Lt Colonel.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and flew 20 combat missions.

There were many attempts to place him in a promotional role as a recruiter or as spokesperson for war bond sales and things, but unlike Ronald Reagan, he fought them off and worked to get, and achieved a combat role.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #60)

Sun Jul 1, 2018, 12:16 PM

62. Jimmy Stewart was a brave man, and a great actor as well, unlike Ronald Reagan, who was a

chicken hawk who "named names" at the McCarthy hearings, costing more than 100 Hollywood actors, directors & producers their jobs.

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Sun Jul 1, 2018, 01:28 PM

63. While in high school, Bob Dylan told people he was Bobby Vee

(Source: "No Direction Home" - directed by Martin Scorsese)

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Mon Jul 2, 2018, 01:59 PM

64. George McGovern flew 35 missions as a B-24 bomber pilot in WW ll,

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Tue Jul 3, 2018, 02:46 PM

65. Willie Nelson has recorded 72 albums

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Response to red dog 1 (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2018, 12:40 PM

66. In 1990, Danny Bonaduce was arrested while attempting to buy cocaine in Daytona Beach, Florida

Bonaduce was there to host an event for D.A.R.E., an anti-drug campaign aimed at children.

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Wed Jul 4, 2018, 03:09 PM

67. "MerleFest" - one of the world's largest and most-prestigious folk music festivals - held annually

in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, is named in honor of guitarist Merle Watson, son of legendary singer-songwriter-guitarist Doc Watson.
Merle died in a tractor accident in 1985.
He was 36.

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Thu Jul 5, 2018, 04:16 PM

69. "Get a Life" (starring former-SNL alum Chris Elliott) probably had the weirdest show topics of any

sit-com ever made, including:
- the eating of a space alien
- a robotic paper-boy
and numerous beheadings

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Fri Jul 6, 2018, 05:52 PM

70. Eleanor Roosevelt was an expert rifle shot.

When accompanying Soviet Sniper Lyudmilla Pavlichenko (Lady Death, 309 confirmed kills) on her tour of the US in 1942, the two would often discuss (with the aid of a translator) shooting technique.

Wolf

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Sun Jul 8, 2018, 01:35 PM

71. Frank Sinatra's pet name for Don Rickles was "bullet-head"

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Mon Jul 9, 2018, 04:54 PM

72. "Monty Python's Life of Brian" would never have been made without George Harrison's help

The original backers, EMI Films, had been scared off at the last minute by the subject matter.
Harrison set up "HandMade Films" to help fund it.
He put up the money for it as he "wanted to see the movie."
This was later described by Terry Jones as the "world's most expensive cinema ticket."

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Tue Jul 10, 2018, 04:23 PM

73. Before becoming a UFO researcher, Stanton Friedman worked as a nuclear physicist for 14 years

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Thu Jul 12, 2018, 02:33 PM

74. Don Rickles' first movie appearance was in "Run Silent, Run Deep"

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Fri Jul 13, 2018, 04:16 PM

75. In 1968, Charles Manson & his "family" lived with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys at

Wilson's home at 14400 Sunset Boulevard.

Wilson introduced Manson to Terry Melcher, who worked for Columbia Records.
Manson met Melcher at his rented home at 10050 Cielo Drive to discuss the possibility of signing Manson to a record deal
Dennis Wilson and Terry Melcher severed their ties with Manson after witnessing him beat up a drunken stunt man at Spahn Ranch, and this angered Manson.
On August 8, 1969, Manson sent his "crew" to 10050 Cielo Drive with instructions to murder everyone there, which they did, including Sharon Tate, who was 8 & 1/2 months pregnant.

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Fri Jul 13, 2018, 04:39 PM

76. Neil Young once

had Rick James as a roommate in Toronto.

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Response to cannabis_flower (Reply #76)

Fri Jul 13, 2018, 04:57 PM

77. They were in a Motown band together

Called the Mynah Birds

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Sun Jul 15, 2018, 04:25 PM

78. Zsa Zsa Gabor lived to the ripe old age of 99

and left instructions for all her prized belongings, including her jewelry, to be auctioned off and the proceeds to be donated to charity.

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Mon Jul 16, 2018, 12:57 PM

79. In an interview years ago, Robert Altman expressed bitterness towards "Mash" the TV show

He said he hated it, never watched it, that it was poorly produced etc.

His comments are probably due to the fact that the TV show became more popular than "Mash" the movie, and he didn't make any money off Mash the TV show, although his son did.

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Response to red dog 1 (Reply #79)

Thu Jul 19, 2018, 06:45 PM

83. Hmmm. I always just considered them different

I liked them both, but it was ridiculous to have the series run for 11 seasons when the war only lasted 3 years. There's no reason Altman would have made money off the TV show. They were both based on the same book.

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Tue Jul 17, 2018, 01:17 PM

80. Art Bell once worked as a 911 Operator

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