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Sunday, January 6,2013
Wise Up!

Royalty

By David Bruce
Prima donnas can be vigilant in the pursuit of what they regard as their rights. While traveling with Colonel James H. Mapleson (1830-1901) and his opera company, two prima donnas — Caroline Salla and Anna De Belocca — feuded over who would get the best suite at a hotel.
Sunday, December 30,2012
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Music

• Hasil "Haze" Adkins was a wild man of rockabilly and friends with Billy Miller and Miriam Linna of Norton Records.
Sunday, December 30,2012
Wise Up!

Music

By David Bruce
Hasil "Haze" Adkins was a wild man of rockabilly and friends with Billy Miller and Miriam Linna of Norton Records. One thing they noted about him was that he was a meat eater. Miriam says, "Hasil Adkins eats more meat than any other human being we've ever met; he carries Vienna sausages in his pocket."
Sunday, December 23,2012
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Christmas

By David Bruce
Dee Snyder is best known as the lead singer of the heavy-metal group Twisted Sister, although he is active in many other projects. His wife once asked him to write a Christmas song for her, and although most people don't think of heavy-metal lead singers writing Christmas records since they are more likely to be associated with Satanism than Christianity, as a Christmas present for her he wrote "The Magic of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone)."
Sunday, December 16,2012
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Music

By David Bruce
On the WWW is the "Bikini Kill Archive" in which fans of Kathleen Hanna's riot grrrl group Bikini Kill are invited to do this: "Please add your Bikini Kill story to this blog! It can be totally off the top of your head and doesn't need to be fancy. Maybe it's your reaction to a song we wrote, something weird that happened at one of our shows, a personal anecdote or just WHATEVER. Feel free to send images too!"
Sunday, December 9,2012
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Mishaps

Dec. 10, 2012

By David Bruce
• At the Chicago Herald-Examiner, John J. "Jack" McPhaul once worked with a female reporter who was dedicated to meeting deadlines. Once, they were working together on a mur
Sunday, December 2,2012
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Dancers

By David Bruce
A society woman once made the mistake of announcing that Anna Pavlova would dance at one of her affairs. Afterward, she asked Ms. Pavlova how much she would charge for a dance, and she was shocked when Ms. Pavlova said the price would be 500.
Sunday, November 25,2012
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Food

By David Bruce
Ralph Nader's mother used to give her children chickpeas as a snack, and she used to scrap the sugary frosting off of birthday cakes before giving them a piece. In addition, because she didn't know what hot dogs were made of, she never fed her kids hot dogs.
Sunday, November 18,2012
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Advertising

By David Bruce
In many ways, Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was a lucky man. In the 1920s, he created a cartoon for the humor magazine Judge. The cartoon showed a knight in armor lying in bed while a ferocious dragon hovered above him.
Sunday, November 11,2012
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Language

By David Bruce
Bob Newhart is known for his comic delivery, which is deadpan, frequently slow, and occasionally stuttering. Once, a director tried to make him speed up his delivery, but Mr. Newhart told him, "This stutter built me a house in Bel-Air.
 
 
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