Thursday, April 24, 2014

U is for Ubu

Ubu was the dog of the television sitcom "Family Ties" producer, Gary David Godlberg. The series was modeled after the "real life" experiences of Goldberg and his wife as they transitioned from "hippies" to suburban family life.

At the end of each show a voice dub over would say "Sit Ubu, sit!" Ubu was a black labrador. Ubu had actually traveled with Goldberg and was a part of his college adventures.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T is for Tweety

Tweety is a fictional bird who was featured in the Warner Brothers cartoon series called Looney Tunes. He was also featured in the animated cartoons called Merrie Melodies. Tweety was also known as Tweety Bird and Tweety Pie.

The name "Tweety" was a play on words. It is the combination of "sweetie" mixed with "tweet" the sound attributed to birds. His cartoon species is "Tweety Bird." His actual species is a yellow canary. For the record Tweety Bird is a male canary.

The the character of Tweety is said to have been based on Red Sketon's "Mean Widdle Kid." Tweety appeared or starred in 49 cartoons. For over 50 years Tweety was voiced by Mel Blanc. Becasue Blanc's cartoon characters often had speech impediments, Tweety had sounds and letters that he could not pronounce correctly, such as the "s" and "k" letters or sounds. Those letters or sounds would sound like "t" tor "d."

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for Shadowfax

Shadowfax was the horse featured in the trilogy of the rings. He was the Lord of all horses. Shadowfax was a descendant of Felarof from the line of Mearas. The Mearas were considred the greatest horses of Middle-earth.

Shadowfax could understand human speech. He could when needed run faster than even the wind. He belonged initially to the House of Eorl, the Lord of Rohan. However, he turned out to be too wild to be tamed by the Rohirrim. His coat was described as silvery-grey. It was said that Shadowfax could not be seen at night.

Shadowfax was given to Gandalf the Wizzard. Gandalf rode Shadowfax during the seige of Gondor. The Wizzard also rode Shadowfax during the Final Battle at the Black Gate. Gandalf wrote this great and valiant horse home after the ring was destroyed in the fires of Mordor.

Note: I was so impressed with Shadowfax after reading the Trilogy and obtaining the DVD's of the series that I named my boat Shadowfax.

Monday, April 21, 2014

R is for Rin Tin Tin

  • BornSeptember 10, 1918, Lorraine, France

  • DiedAugust 10, 1932, Los Angeles, CA

  • Rin Tin Tin was a male German Shepherd dog which was rescued by the American Soldier Lee Duncan from a World War I battlefield. Duncan trained the dog and obtained silent film work which made Rin Tin Tin famous. The Dog went on to appear in 27 Hollywood films bringing much fame and success to Warner Bros. studios. Rin Tin Tin was so famous that he received the most votes for the first Academy Award for Best Actor; however, the academy determined that only humans can hold that honor.

    As part of the advances made by the French and American forces during the Battle of Saint-Mihiel, U.S. Army corporal Lee Duncan was sent forward on September 15, 1918, to the small French village of Flirey to find a suitable landing ground for military aircraft. The area had been subject to bombs and artillery, and Duncan found a severely damaged kennel which had once supplied the German Army with German Shepherd Dogs. The only dogs left alive in the kennel were a starving mother with a litter of five nursing puppies, their eyes still shut because they were less than a week old.

    Duncan rescued the dogs and brought them back to his unit. When the puppies were weaned he gave the mother to an officer and three of the litter to other soldiers, but he kept a male and a female. He felt that these two dogs were symbols of his good luck. He called them Rin Tin Tin and Nanette after a pair of good luck charms called Rintintin and Nénette that French children often gave to the American soldiers.

    (Copied From Wikipedia)

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

    The Principles of Justifying Faith

    SERMON            GMT14-014

    SETTING:          North Kelso Baptist Church

    SERVICE:          Sunday AM

    SUBTITLE:        The Principles of Justifying Faith

    SCRIPTURE:     Romans 4:23-25

    SUBJ:                  Christians believe in God

    SUMMARY:       Faith is the critical element of Christianity

    SCHEME:           That the members of NKBC rest in the evidence of God’s satisfaction by the exercise of faith
    1A     Justifying Faith believes in God’s Promise                  (Vs. 23)

              1B     The Origination of God’s Promise
              2B     The Clarification of God’s Promise
              3B     The Definition of God’s Promise

    2A     Justifying Faith believes in God’s Person          (Vs. 24a)

    3A     Justifying Faith believes in God’s Plan              (Vs. 24b)

    4A     Justifying Faith believes in God’s Purpose                  (Vs. 25)

    1B     God’s Purpose Included a Revelation
              2B     God’s Purpose Included a Rejection
              3B     God’s Purpose Included a Resurrection

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

    Q is for Quacker Jack

    The largest duck known to man lives on Long Island. His name is Quacker Jack. He is the mascot of the Long Island Ducks, three time Atlantic League Champions. He is affectionately know around the ball park as “QJ.”

    Some facts about Quacker Jack:

    ·        His birthday is March 18th
    ·        He loves to play baseball
    ·        Apparently he bats and throws both right and left handed
    ·        He loves to eat! His favorite food is anything that isn’t “foul.”
    ·        His favorite movie is “Howard the Duck.”

    QJ has been the official mascot of the Long Island Ducks since March 18th, 2000. He is always in the “duck-out” for all the home games at Citibank Park. He got his name from the snack sold at the snack bar, Cracker Jacks and the quaking sound of a duck.

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    P is for Phil the Gorilla

    On September 10, 1941, Phil the Gorilla took up residence at the St Louis
    Zoo. Phil weighed a mere 30 pounds when he arrived. He had been captured in Cameroon (then known as French Equatorial Africa) Phil was  was named after Phil Carroll, the collector who brought him to St. Louis.

    The St. Louis zoo bought Phil & three other gorillas for a grand total of $14,000. Phil was featured in a park display.

    Phil’s weight eventually topped out at 776 pounds. As a result he was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest lowland gorilla in captivity.
    His normal diet consisted of 22 pounds of vegetables a day. Interesting enough, Phil loved orange soda. He had at least one a day along with two gallons of milk.

    Phil quickly became a zoo favorite. The public grew quite concerned when he became sick and stopped eating. His fans even brought food from their own homes for him in order to entice him to eat. The local newspapers gave daily updates on Phil’s health.

    Phil died on December 1st, 1958. Naturally his death made front page news! An autopsy determined that Phil died of ulcerative colitis. Not to disappoint his fans, Phil was stuffed by Schwarz Studios and was put on display at the zoo.