Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Birthday! Mr Donald Trump.


Real estate developer Donald John Trump( twitter: @realDonaldTrump )  was born June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York. In 1971 he became involved in large profitable building projects in Manhattan. He opened the Grand Hyatt in 1980, which made him the city's best known and most controversial developer. In 2004 Trump began starring in the hit NBC reality series The Apprentice, which also became an offshoot for The Celebrity Apprentice.
 
"As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big."

Famous People Who Also Born Today

Harriet Beecher Stowe
(06/14/1811 – 07/01/1896)
US writer
"The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity."

Margaret Bourke-White
(06/14/1904 – 08/27/1971)
US photojournalist
"The beauty of the past belongs to the past."

Mary Cassatt
(05/22/1844 – 06/14/1926)
US artist
"Acceptance, under someone else's terms, is worse than rejection."

Che Guevara
(06/14/1928 – 10/09/1967)
Argentine revolutionary
"Silence is argument carried on by other means."

G. K. Chesterton
(05/29/1874 – 06/14/1936)
English writer
"Ten thousand women marched through the streets of London saying 'we will not be dictated to,' and then went off to become stenographers."

Boy George
(06/14/1961 – )
British singer
"Comparing Madonna with Marilyn Monroe is like comparing Raquel Welch with the back of a bus."

Yasmine Bleeth
(06/14/1968 – )
US actor, model
"This is my ultimate fantasy: watching QVC with a credit card while making love and eating at the same time. With somebody else's card, of course!"

Diablo Cody
(06/14/1978 – )
US writer, stripper
 "If this whole writing thing doesn't work out, I'll be getting right back on the pole."

Jorge Luis Borges
(08/24/1899 – 06/14/1986)
Argentine writer
 "The original is unfaithful to the translation." 

Alan Jay Lerner
(08/31/1918 – 06/14/1986)
US lyricist (songwriting partner of Frederick Loewe; was married to Nancy Olson, among others)
 "Coughing in the theatre is not a respiratory ailment. It is a criticism."

Rory Gallagher
(03/02/1948 – 06/14/1995)
Irish guitarist
"I try to sit down and write a Rory Gallagher song, which generally happens to be quite bluesy. I try to find different issues, different themes and different topics that haven't been covered before...I've done songs in all the different styles...train blues, drinking blues, economic blues. But I try to find a slightly different angle on all these things. The music can be very traditional, but you can sort of creep into the future with the lyrics.."

What Happen In 1946

In 1946, the world was a different place.
There was no Google yet. Or Yahoo.
In 1946, the top selling movie was Song of the South. People buying the popcorn in the cinema lobby had glazing eyes when looking at the poster.


   

Remember, that was before there were DVDs. Heck, even before there was VHS. People were indeed watching movies in the cinema, and not downloading them online. Imagine the packed seats, the laughter, the excitement, the novelty. And mostly all of that without 3D computer effects.
In the year 1946, the time when you arrived on this planet, books were still popularly read on paper, not on digital devices. Trees were felled to get the word out. The number one US bestseller of the time was The King's General by Daphne du Maurier. Oh, that's many years ago. Have you read that book? Have you heard of it?
            
In 1946... A revised and streamlined revival of Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat opens on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theatre. The United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor. Yugoslavia's new constitution, modeling the Soviet Union, establishes 6 constituent republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. The Soviet Union and Switzerland resume diplomatic relations. In Japan, women vote for the first time, during elections for the House of Representatives of the 90th Imperial Diet. King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, and is succeeded by his son Humbert II. Laurence Olivier's Henry V opens in the United States nearly 2 years after its release in England. It is the first Shakespeare film in color, and critics hail it as the finest film of a Shakespeare play ever made. The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
             
The Nobel prize for Literature that year went to Hermann Hesse. The Nobel Peace prize went to Emily Greene Balch and John Raleigh Mott. The Nobel prize for physics went to Percy Williams Bridgman from the United States for the invention of an apparatus to produce extremely high pressures, and for the discoveries he made there within the field of high pressure physics. The sensation this created was big. But it didn't stop the planets from spinning, on and on, year by year.    
            
The 1940s were indeed a special decade. World War II continued, affecting people in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. The post war world encouraged decolonization, new states and governments emerged, while others declared independence, often not without bloodshed. The dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is published, picturing a totalitarian Big Brother regime controllings its citizens. The NATO gets established. Iceland declares independence Denmark. Mao Zedong's Chinese Communist Party is victorious in the Chinese Civil War. Mathematics sees the invention of cryptography. Ballistic missiles are created.
        
Do you remember the movie that was all the rage when you were 15? Blue Hawaii. Do you still remember the songs playing on the radio when you were 15? Maybe it was Tossin' and Turnin' by Bobby Lewis. Were you in love? Who were you in love with, do you remember?
In 1946, 15 years earlier, a long time ago, the year when you were born, the song Oh! What It Seemed to Be by Frankie Carle topped the US charts. Do you know the lyrics? Do you know the tune? Sing along.
            
It was just a neighborhood dance
That's all that it was
But, oh, what it seemed to be
It was like a masquerade ball
With costumes and all
'Cause you were at the dance with me
...
                    
        
In 1946, a new character entered the world of comic books: Rocky and Murph. Bang! Boom! But that's just fiction, right? In the real world, in 1946, Laura Bush was born. And Cher. Donald Trump, too. And you, of course. Everyone an individual. Everyone special. Everyone taking a different path through life.  

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