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    KJ – My older brother had already bought two tickets, so that he could go with a school friend, but I won two seats in the second row in a newspaper competition. The friend ended up sitting half way back from the stage with our younger brother, while big brother and I had the seats where we could actually see the show. (It was totally impossible to hear it.)

    So I took him – not the other way round! But since Dad was coming to pick us up afterwards, I wasn’t allowed to wait in the hope of getting my book back. Maybe I should have pleaded visit-to-the-loo time . . .

    Anyway, I hope George enjoyed browsing through my other famous signatures in the pages.




    Today in History
    1968 The Beatles win a Grammy Award for their album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band.
    1972 Henry “Hank” Aaron becomes first baseball player to sign a baseball contract for $200,000 a year.

    Born on February 29
    1712 Marquis Louis Joseph de Montcalm, Commander of French Forces in North America during French and Indian War.
    1736 Anna Lee, founder of the Shaker movement in America.
    1792 Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer
    1860 Herman Hollerith, inventor of a tabulation mechanism that was a forerunner to the computer.
    1904 Jimmy Dorsey, orchestra leader
    1930 Fran Tarkenton, NFL quarterback
    1936 Jack R. Lousma, Astronaut



    In Memory from 2/27/16:
    Leonard Nemoy



    Born on March 1
    1810 Frédéric Chopin, composer and pianist.
    Born today in 1908 artist Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola).



    Here’s a new History Link – not sure if it’s posted daily though:
    Today is Wednesday, March 2, the 62nd day of 2016. There are 304 days left in the year.
    Today’s Highlight in History:

    On March 2, 1836, the Republic of Texas formally declared its independence from Mexico.
    Thought for Today: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” — Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka “Dr. Seuss”), American children’s author (born this day, 1904; died 1991).



    on this day in 1904, Theodor Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss, the author and illustrator of such beloved children’s books as “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham,” is born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He wrote 48 books–including some for adults–that have sold well over 200 million copies and been translated into multiple languages. Dr. Seuss books are known for their whimsical rhymes and quirky characters, which have names like the Lorax and the Sneetches and live in places like Hooterville. Some Dr. Seuss books tackled serious themes. “The Butter Battle Book” (1984) was about the arms buildup and nuclear war threat during Ronald Reagan’s presidency. “Lorax” (1971) dealt with the environment.



    Here we go for 3/3/16:
    In 1913, more than 5,000 suffragists marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., a day before the presidential inauguration of Woodrow Wilson:
    Happy Birthday Time Magazine!
    In 1923, Time magazine, founded
    Happy Birthday to FL!
    In 1845, Florida became the 27th state.



    TGIF’s History Lesson:
    Today’s Highlight in History:

    On March 4, 1966, John Lennon of The Beatles was quoted in the London Evening Standard as saying, “We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first — rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.” (After his comments caused an angry backlash in the United States, Lennon sought to clarify his remarks, telling reporters, “If I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it.”)
    Rock musician Jason Newsted is 53. Actress Stacy Edwards is 51. Rapper Grand Puba is 50. Rock musician Patrick Hannan (The Sundays) is 50. Rock singer Evan Dando (Lemonheads) is 49. Actress Patsy Kensit is 48. Gay rights activist Chaz Bono is 47. Actress Andrea Bendewald is 46. Actor Nick Stabile (stah-BEEL’) is 46. Rock musician Fergal Lawler (The Cranberries) is 45. Country singer Jason Sellers is 45. Jazz musician Jason Marsalis is 39.

    In 1974, the first issue of People magazine, then called People Weekly, was published by Time-Life Inc.; on the cover was actress Mia Farrow.

    Thought for Today: “I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.” — D.H. Lawrence, English author (1885-1930).



    03/07 Today in 1933:
    1933 The board game Monopoly is invented.
    cat token
    1933 The film King Kong premieres in New York City.
    cat as king kong



    Tootsday’s History Lesson:
    One year ago: Thousands of people crowded the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama, many jammed shoulder to shoulder, to commemorate a bloody confrontation 50 years earlier between police and peaceful protesters that helped bring about the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

    Sam Simon, 59, a co-creator of “The Simpsons” and an animal-rights advocate, died in Pacific Palisades, California.
    sam simon
    In purry memory of special person 🙂
    Thought for Today: “The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.” — Simone Weil, French philosopher (1909-1943).



    Today’s Highlights:
    March 9:
    1959 The Barbie doll is unveiled at a toy fair in New York City.
    tuxie cat w barbie
    Tuxie wit Bubba 😉
    1964 The first Ford Mustang rolls off the Ford assembly line.
    cat w/mustamg car
    Purry classic car check out LOL



    Since the TDK Art Gallery is still closed will occasionally post the Artist of the Day 🙂
    Born today in 1903 painter, illustrator and graphic artist Edward Bawden.
    cats in sync

    cat block print
    face block print

    Courtesy of SF Art Museum



    March 14, 2016:
    Welcome to our 28th annual Pi Day! Help us celebrate this never-ending number (3.14159 . . .) and Einstein’s birthday as well.
    Time to celebrate Pi Day 2016!
    Visit the TDK Café today for a yummy treat as Apple Pie!



    Happy Birthday to:
    michael caine
    Happy Birthday actor Michael Caine. Caine is eighty-three today.
    Below: Caine and cat (and Tony Beckley) in the 1969 film “The Italian Job”.

    Albert Einstein:
    albert einstein



    March 15th – early History Lessons:
    44 BC Julius Caesar is assassinated by high-ranking Roman Senators.
    julius caesar cat LOL
    1493 Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after his first voyage to the New World.
    chris columbus cat lol
    1778 In command of two frigates, the Frenchman la Perouse sails east from Botany Bay for the last lap of his voyage around the world.
    1820 Maine is admitted as the 23rd state.
    1864 The Red River Campaign begins as the Union forces reach Alexandria, La.
    1892 New York State unveils the new automatic ballot voting machine.



    Happy Purrday Artist of the Day:
    Happy Birthday manga writer and artist Naoko Takeuchi. Takeuchi is forty-nine today.
    Below: Takeuchi’s characters Sailor Moon and Luna
    sailor moon luna



    and yet another History Link:

    461 Saint Patrick dies
    st paddy

    General Interest
    1762 First St. Patrick’s Day parade
    st paddy's parade
    1901 Van Gogh paintings shown
    vincent van gogh

    with more on link!



    Today’s Silver Screen Purrday:
    Born today in 1906 actress Brigitte Helm.

    Bridget Helm

    Ending this week with art/history lesson!

    Oops missed this from Weds:
    Born today in 1829 artist Nicola Marschall.
    Below: Marschall portrait “Young Girl with Cat” (1867).
    artist 3/16/17



    Wow! Brigitte Helm played Maria in Fritz Lang’s super-fab classic film “Metropolis!” And now I see that she was also a kitty lover – and a lovely Basement Cat no less! They are both so elegant!

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