Jack Klugman passed away on Christmas Eve at the age of 90. "The Odd Couple" TV series was one of my favorites. So many great episodes...enjoy this scene from the classic "Password" episode. Klugman plays Oscar Madison, sitting on your left.
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Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world....and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!
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I love Christmas and I love Christmas songs. So - here are my favorite 10 Christmas albums - one at a time. No particular order so I didn't number them - just the album title.
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"The Little Drummer Boy, a Christmas festival, the Harry Simeone Chorale" (1963). I'm guessing it's the most famous version of this song. This album was first issued under another name in 1958. The song was originally titled "Carol of the Drum", written by Katherine Kennicott Davis and was published as based upon a traditional Czech carol. Harry Simeone made some small changes to the song and retitled it "The Little Drummer Boy". Classic. Check out the album here.
Where are we on our count? 3 down, 7 to go. "Merry Christmas, Johnny Mathis" (1958), "Midwinter" (2001), "The Little Drummer Boy, a Christmas festival, the Harry Simeone Chorale" (1963).
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A flood of memories from when I was attending college at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. 28 years later, the message - and cause - hasn't changed. It hasn't gotten stale or boring. Do something this holiday season for someone in need. You may not have to look very far.
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Written by Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People is one of the first best-selling self-help books ever published.
Oh, look! This is fun...
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You can reference the previous blog post for background information on my brother's testimony. I could not have written a better speech.
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"I suppose you want to throw stones at us." Ott went on to state that sometimes the Legislature does not do enough homework upfront and that this was one of those times.
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“I got a new movie coming out, Django, check it out…Django Unchained, I play a slave. How black is that? In the movie, I have to wear chains. How whack is that? But don’t be worried about it, because I get out [of] the chains, I save my wife, and I kill all the white people in the movie. How great is that? And how black is that?
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On what her father, Vince Lombardi, would have thought of Brett Favre:
"Brett would have been my father's favorite quarterback."
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I love Christmas and I love Christmas songs. So - here are my favorite 10 Christmas albums. No particular order so I didn't number them - just the album title.
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"They say I live a fast life. Maybe I just like a fast life. I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world. It won’t last forever, either. But the memories will."
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"Farewell, my friend,my beautiful friend,farewell.You take the high road,I’ll take the low road,and we’ll meet again…”– from Dennis Wilson’s “Farewell My Friend”, 1977I had just shot my first deer the fall of my senior year in high school. The hunters gathered around to hear my story and give chase. Enter the Kahuna – who quickly settled me down (as well as the anxious bow hunters) and set into motion a plan to track and surround the deer so it wouldn’t venture too far into the woods. Once a small group of hunters had encircled the deer – it hadn’t run more than a hundred yards or so – they were to wait for Kenny’s command to move in. I took up my position and Kenny walked up, kneeling down beside me. He started asking me questions – where did I think I hit the deer, how far a shot was it, was it doe or a buck. Then he put his hand on my shoulder and gently said, “I want you to know the deer is not suffering, Jeffrey. We’ll just give it a few minutes and see what happens, OK?” A tender moment…which gave me more insight into the man behind “the Kahuna”.Over the years I’ve learned much about hunting from my father, brother, Uncle Fran, Cousin Gerry, Dave, Bruce, Gary, Rick, other hunters in our party – and, of course, Kenny. My time with him was spent not only pursuing deer with bow and arrow – we laughed, joked, broke bread, swapped stories, talked about life and my interests outside of hunting. Once we got back to the actual hunt, Kenny switched into “Kahuna-mode”, receiving the respect which he was so deserving of. For above all, Kenny was a teacher. A taskmaster when it came to the hunt, but one of the kindest, gentlest souls I’ve ever met and unselfish to the core. I have the deepest respect for many of the men I hunt with and I am fortunate to know many great men. But the mold was broken with Kenny. Though he has passed from this life, in truth – Kenny will always be with us. From the smell of the earth beneath our feet, to the sound of an arrow whizzing through the air, or the cry of a hunter as a deer is spotted, Though he will not be seen – Kenny’s presence will be felt. The camaraderie we share during future hunts – and within our daily lives – will continue and most certainly reflect Ken’s lasting influence. On Thanksgiving Day, as I was saying goodbye to my family, my father – a man of few words – yelled after me, “Say a prayer for Kenny.” And, of course, I did.“…I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone,I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again,I am to see to it that I do not lose you.”– excerpt from Walt Whitman’s “To A Stranger”, Leaves of GrassWhat an honor it has been to be your friend and share so many moments in Nature with you, Kenny. I wish you Godspeed. You have my deepest admiration and love. May every arrow I launch fly true, and be in your memory, Kahuna.Love, Jeffrey
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