Oct. 21st Day of Wonder
If you guessed that today celebrate Wonder Woman you are right! Did you know she’s over 75 years old!?! She began her world saving career in All Star Comics #8 as Princess Diana of Themyscira, where ever that is. Among her special powers of super strength, voice impressions and ability to turn really nice circles, she has her lasso of truth. I have heard that the lasso also gave her the other powers she has but I cannot confirm that. It seems our early heroes had to come from another planet where they were normal but when reaching earth they suddenly had super powers. Seems to be a pretty common theme with Superman having the same advantages over us weak humans. What isn’t weak about us earthlings is how rich we made the creators of these fictitious characters.
How to celebrate – Find some Wonder Woman comics. Watch the old reruns of Wonder Woman. Create your own new superhero.
How many times do you actually hear good news? The newspapers, television, and internet fill us with all the bad news. And frankly, there is probably more bad news than good news anymore. It seems like when we try so hard to make the world a better place we end up just making it worse! Maybe we should just let it be the way it is, and the news will get better. Or, at least for today, you can turn off all the bad news from reaching you and just have a good day on your own! After all, life is what you make it and sometimes not knowing everything that’s going on can be good for you!
How to celebrate – Do not read your newspaper. Do not watch the television news. Spend the day in nature.
Today is one of America’s favorite days, Thanksgiving. We eat all kinds of food, watch football games and whatever feature movie is on television in the evening. We look forward to it every year, always say we will eat less and get along with all those relatives we don’t get along with the rest of the year.
We do, tend to forget that is was a celebration for Europeans that came to America and were starving before the Native Americans came to their rescue. It was 1621 when the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sat down at the same table and shared their food, culture and concerns.
Of course it didn’t last very long. Soon the Europeans would keep coming and driving the Native Americans further and further west until there was no place left to go. Part of the problem with allowing history to move forward is that we tend to forget why it moved forward. We find fault with each other instead of trying to understand something that we cannot go back and change anyway.
Maybe things happen because they were supposed to happen. Blaming anyone and trying to make them pay for something they could not change is pointless, and dangerous. We are not the same people that lived back in the days when we were thankful, truly thankful, so we have to come up with our own reason for being thankful. Maybe we should be thankful that we have moved forward, that people have changed and recognize their errors and move on from there.
However… did you know the first Thanksgiving mashed potatoes were not served? That didn’t happen until the Irish came to America and brought potatoes with them! And what is Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes!?! There’s something to be thankful for!
How to celebrate – Do your best to have a Happy Thanksgiving. Give to the food banks to make sure others have a Happy Thanksgiving. Make a list of everything you have to be thankful for.
Today we celebrate all those tv show hosts that have come and gone before us, and that still keep us awake at night. Most of them use to entertain us, now most of them tell us how we should think and who we should be. They are obviously far better than the rest of us, they know more, have more intelligence and have earned the right to lead us by example.
Today was set for one of the greats at late night entertainment, Johnny Carson. This is his birthday and he was probably the best known face on the plant from 1962-1992. He hosted the tonight show for 29 years, 7 months and 21 days. That was 1,859 episodes. He made us laugh, cry and kept his nose out of politics and telling us how we should live. He did not pass judgement on us, or anyone else, and brought joy into our lives.
Then there was Larry King… not as popular maybe because he was more political. He didn’t really seem to side with one group or another, normally finding fault with them all! That’s fair, at least he didn’t sell out to the latest fade.
Nor did he grow a beard and look like Longfellow. But then, who shouldn’t? Of course, a long beard makes you look more intelligent and wiser. But then, most of the late night shows aren’t really all that entertaining anymore and if you watch one you got a pretty good idea of what they all are saying. So it does make it easier and there’s a lot less channel surfing.
There are still a few who want to do good and make people laugh. Not many, but a few. I leave it to you to figure out which they are. Or, maybe just go to bed early so you don’t have to listen to any of them! After all, if you stop watching they will go away! Ah, just kidding, they know they are smarter than us, they tell us every night!
How to celebrate – Stay up all night and watch your favorite tv show talk host. Go out and live a little! Go to bed early so you can get up early tomorrow!
September 8th Star Trek Day
Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek using an international cast when international relationships were at an all-time high stress level. The series began in 1966 and when American and Russian relations were near an all time low.
Yet while the Starship Enterprise was an American vessel it was crewed by international characters from all over the world. (And in some from beyond the world) The enemies were creates from other planets where the human race, as well as other races, had to work together to solve problems.
How to celebrate – Pretend to be your favorite Star Trek Character. Binge watch Star Trek. See how many nationalities you can find in a single Star Trek episode.
One of the first scary television shows to ever air was Rod Serling’s, the Twilight Zone. The first show aired on October 1st, 1959 and ran through 1964. It seemed as though it ran forever, being one of the most popular shows ever to be produced. Even today, children far too young to have even seen the first episodes seem to know about the show.
It ran features where normal looking people were considered ugly and were operated on to be made look normal, like those in the photo above. Somehow Serling was able to make these shows look and feel real. Serling was the creator of the show, writer and the narrator introducing each episode in his spooky, mysterious way.
Perhaps one of the scariest shows was Nightmare at 20,000 feet… where a young William Shattner saw a gremlin on the wing of the airplane he was flying as a passenger in. No one else could see the gremlin as it began to chew on the wing, ripping away the materials holding it together. Of course those on board felt Shattner was insane and actually restrained him. I can’t remember whether the plane crashed or not but it certainly made me look at the wings of any plane I was on for years afterwards.
Then came the ill fated Twilight Zone movie which actually seemed to fall into a twilight zone of it’s own. Actors died trying to recreate the magic Serling had originally created and the movie never took off as it should have. Beyond the tragedy, the movie done in color could not recreate the black and white effect either.
The opening whirling spiral captivated audiences and became the trademark opening for the show. Even today, a spinning, black and white spiral takes those of us back to when the show first came out.
How to celebrate – Find reruns of the Twilight Zone to watch. Look up the list of later famous actors that appeared in the Twilight zone episodes. Watch a copy of the Twilight Zone movie.
Freedom of the press has been long fought for and in most countries, fairly won. For centuries the only news that got out to the people was whatever the controlling government of that country wanted the people to hear. It rarely was true, when it was it was one sided and often omitted many of the facts.
After World War 2 many countries allowed their press to begin to right a lot of those wrongs. Newspapers, radio and television could report what was going on and why it was happening. Naturally there are always two sides to a story, but for the most part, the reporters tried to tell the truth. On May 3rd, 1993 the UN General Assembly created today to honor the freedom of the press.
The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom prize honors those reporters who struggled to report the truth, often giving their lives in their efforts. That is why a lot of the press today should be ashamed of the way they report. The term reporter means to reveal a story, the facts, not as they assume them to be but only after they have investigated their sources and exposed the truth. It is not to speculate or give an opinion, it is all about the facts.
It seems with the invention of the 24 hour news television networks the idea of reporting news became more competitive and often these same reporters had to create stories rather than report on them. Like so much of what is going on today in the world, it is about what someone thinks than what someone knows.
It would be nice to know that we could trust what we hear. Most local radio and television stations do report the truth, it’s the national ones you have to be careful of. Their motto seems to have changed from reporting the news to making the news.
How to celebrate – Honor the true reporters of the world. Start a career in journalism. Compare the old newspapers to the new ones.