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  • mistermuse 9:54 am on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Africa, David Livingstone, Dolly Parton, Dr. Livingstone, Henry Stanley, , , , Stanley and Livingstone, ,   

    “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” 

    The above title is one of the most famous, fascinating quotes in history. It was, of course, uttered by Sir Henry Stanley upon finding Dr. David Livingstone near Africa’s Lake Tanganyika in November, 1871, after an arduous 8 month search. If you’re not familiar with the details, here’s a refresher:


    I bring this up because today is Livingstone’s birthday (March 19, 1813), and one can hardly imagine a more droll, understated salutation than Stanley’s under the circumstances at the time. Stanley had been sent by the New York Herald to find Livingstone, the explorer who for several years had been out of contact with the outside world and was feared lost. To say it was an adventure which captured the world’s imagination would itself be an understatement. Almost 70 years later, in 1939 (a year of epic movies, such as GUNGA DIN and GONE WITH THE WIND), the story was still powerful enough to inspire an on-location biopic titled STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE, starring Spencer Tracy.

    As a lover of dry wit, it made me wonder what other droll quotes and witticisms are out there waiting to be discovered….so I set out in search thereof. You may presume I found the following to be the most telling (even though I don’t know who told some of them):

    I have not yet begun to procrastinate.

    You can observe a lot by just watching. -Yogi Berra

    I’m sorry, but I never apologize.

    Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours. -Yogi Berra

    A photon checks into a hotel and is asked if he needs help with his luggage. He says, “No, I’m traveling light.”

    The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep. -W. C. Fields

    Being able to predict the future is nothing like I thought it would be.

    You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap. -Dolly Parton

    I used to think I was indecisive, but I’m not so sure now.

    Nonetheless, I think this is THE END.


    • arekhill1 10:12 am on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      In addition to “The End,” how about a link to a video of a fat lady singing, to further honor Yogi?


      • mistermuse 12:17 pm on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the suggestion, Ricardo, but though Yogi said “It ain’t over till it’s over,” I don’t think he said “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings” – at least, it ain’t on this clip of Yogi-isms:


        Maybe I can squeeze the fat lady into a future post.


    • ladysighs 10:56 am on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t think of any but I am reminded of some warnings on appliances etc. Something like: Do not use this chainsaw while sleeping or in the bathtub or performing some other activity.


    • mistermuse 12:23 pm on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve come across a number of numbskull warnings like that from time to time, ladysighs. That’s another possibility for a future post.


    • Life in the moment 11:38 pm on March 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love it ūüėä


    • mistermuse 8:10 am on March 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Not just for the moment, I hope! ūüôā


    • Joseph Nebus 9:45 pm on March 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I had always wondered about the search for Dr Livingstone, and how Stanley went about it. My best guess was he just poked into Africa and started asking, “Hi, see any other white guys around?” And then I found out from someone who read Stanley’s memoirs that this is, in fact, more or less what he did.

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    • mistermuse 11:17 pm on March 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Kinda makes one wonder if Stanley would’ve found him faster if he had asked, “Hi, see any Living stones around?” Probably not. More than likely, the natives would’ve led him to a gathering of turtles.


  • mistermuse 11:43 pm on January 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: All in the Family, , celebrity birthdays, celebrity deaths, Dolly Parton, Earl Weaver, , , Janis Joplin, January 19 th birthdays, Jean Stapleton, Lanny Ross, Robert E. Lee, Stage Door Canteen, Stan Musial, Those Were The Days, Tippi Hedren   


    Turning from the funny pages (of recent Posts) to the birth notices and obituaries, let us check out the comings and goings on this day over the past two-plus centuries.

    Notable people are born and die every day, but it strikes me that¬†a greater-than-usual number of famous (or once-famous) Americans¬†made their entrance¬†—¬†or their exit —¬†on January 19th. Books could be — and in¬†almost every¬†case, have been — written about¬†each of the¬†individuals I’ve chosen to single out here; therefore,¬†with one exception,¬†I will¬†go into¬†slightly¬†more detail with those whose star has faded with time, and¬†mention the¬†still-renowned¬†only in passing (even¬†if still-living).

    Of the following, the first seven were born, and the last three died, on January 19th in the year preceding their names:

    1807 – Robert E. Lee, famed Civil War General and Confederate Army leader.
    1809 – Edgar Allan Poe, great poet and short-story writer (considered the father of the modern murder¬†mystery), but made his living as a¬†journalist and magazine editor. Regarded as the first great American literary critic,¬†his reviews were at times merciless; upon his death in 1849, the Southern Literary Messenger said in an editorial, “Now that he is gone, the vast multitude of blockheads may breathe again.”
    1906 –¬†Lanny Ross, popular vocalist, recording¬†and radio star of the 1930s and 1940s, also appeared in several movies, including STAGE DOOR CANTEEN (1943), in which he beautifully¬†sang this beautiful wartime ballad: ¬†http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufl5zJn0gkA
    1923 – Jean Stapleton, actress best known for role as Archie Bunker’s wife Edith in¬†1970s TV sitcom ALL IN THE FAMILY.¬†Who can forget¬†this theme song:¬†http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJaseyCitbM
    1930 –¬†Tippi Hedren, actress best known for starring roles in Alfred¬†Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS and MARNIE, though she appeared in many other films. Also an animal rights activist.
    1943 –¬†Janis Joplin, singer known as the Queen of Psychedelic Soul. Died of heroin overdose at age 27.
    1946 – Dolly Parton, singer, song writer and¬†actress; one of country music’s¬†top(-heavy) stars.

    2000 –¬†Hedy Lamarr, naturalized American citizen born in Austria, was considered one of the most beautiful women in the world as an actress in the 1930s & 40s. Was also an inventor.
    2013 –¬†Stan Musial, Hall of Fame baseball player with St. Louis Cardinals. Was one of the best hitters in Major League history.
    2013 – Earl Weaver, Hall of Fame Major League manager with the Baltimore Orioles. Got along well with umpires, as evidenced here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl-4FSRYagc

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