Friday, April 29, 2011

"must-read obit on billionaire you never heard of: every new detail fresh and wonderful."

He started work every day at 5 a.m.; liked chatting with old friends in barbershops and luncheonettes and, four years ago, finally built a garage. Until then he had been scraping the snow and ice off his windshield himself. Though he was a billionaire, he had no driver.

Mr. Cook fit no obvious category. He sometimes drove the bus that took his friend, the singer John Mellencamp, on tour.

H/T to Tad Friend!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Let It End Like This"

I just learned about this show. Thought you might want to know.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I think it's still quite a wonder. What are the odds?

A wonder of their marriage were their first three children, Donna, Richard, and Robert, all born on Oct. 10 in different years. This was a newsworthy item in the early days of television, particularly considering, Don was out to sea the vast majority of their early years together. Their fourth child, Melly, was conceived around her siblings' birth date.

Good story ...

Monday, April 11, 2011

She knew how to cut a rug!

Mrs. McGuire was a gracious hostess and seldom would a party end without the furniture being pushed back and the group singing and dancing well into the night.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Born on the kitchen table of a dirt-floor shack

“No matter your fame and glory, remember that the number of people at your funeral will depend on the weather.”

One of Ned McWherter's "Nedisms." Great story.

H/T to Simon Lono!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I guess Turkey was on his bucket list

Though told that he would only survive a diagnosis of stage four glioblastoma for six to 12 months, at eight months Anthony was climbing a 3,200 foot mountain, and at 11 months he had just returned from a trip to Turkey. He may not have won the war against this disease, but he came out on top of most of the skirmishes with his jacket and kerchief unsullied.