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December 2000 Archives

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01
John Cleese
If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.
My personal favorites: Basil in the Britcom "Fawlty Towers" and the Minister of Silly Walks in Monty Python's Flying Circus. I guess play does work.
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02
Richard Strauss
Never look at the trombones. You'll only encourage them.
1864 - 1949. (On conducting) Visit the Richard Strauss page for more detail.
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03
Dean Martin
You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.
One of the infamous "Rat Pack." Check out your Dean Martin Horoscope or visit Dean Martin.com for some real reverence. Bottoms up!
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04
Martin Scorsese
I just wanted to be an ordinary parish priest.
Probably too many rules to be a priest, and then there is that fashion rut. So instead he made movies such as Taxi Driver, Goodfellas & Cape Fear. Stay tuned for his film "Dino" based on the life of Dean Martin (see Quip, above) & scheduled for a 2002 release.
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05
Anonymous
It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as warning to others.
Anonymous is so prolific.  
06
Anacharsis
Wise men argue causes and fools decide them.
6th Century B.C., Read a brief bio  
07
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Audio quip: Day of Infamy.
1882 - 1945, Thirty-second president of the U.S. Speech given on December 8, 1941, declaring a state of war with Japan after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, among other locations, the previous day. Brief biography on the whitehouse.gov site.
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08
John Lennon
Imagine all the people Living life in peace..., in memoriam
1940 - 1980. This date marks the 20th anniversary of Lennon being shot & killed in front of the Dakotah, the building where he lived in New York City. Imagine, Reminisce, and keep the spirit intact.
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09
Clarence Darrow
There is no such thing as justice -- in or out of court
Lawyer, 1857 - 1938. One of the most brilliant and intriguing characters ever. Known for his role in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial, and the Leopold & Loeb case.
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10
Groucho Marx
All people are born alike -- except Republicans and Democrats.
1890-1977. Visit the comprehensive Marx Brothers site where you can hear Harpo speak.
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11
Robert Frost
Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.
American poet, 1874-1963. Hometown site in Franconia, NH or in the Atlantic Monthly.
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12
Will Rogers
I dont make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Cowboy, actor, humorist, author, 1879-1935. See the Will Rogers site for more information. By the way, he was a Mason. You know what that means.
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13
Lily Tomlin
The trouble with the rat-race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
Writer & actress. From Laugh-In's Ernestine (listen to her gracious "hello") to the Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe. She has an official site.
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14
Emo Phillips
Some mornings it just doesnt seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps.
Emo has his own Flash enabled temple of self adoration, proving yet again that the WWW is truly accessible to everyone  
15
Mark Twain
Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.
American author, (Samuel Clemens) 1835 - 1910. Historic residence in Hartford, CT or a multitude of other links, including free online books.
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16
Andy Warhol
Sex is the biggest nothing of all time.
1928 - 1987, American pop artist & film and music producer. The Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh can fill you in with more detail.
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17
John Benfield
Eagles may soar, but weasels dont get sucked into jet engines.
Attributed in many places, but not sure exactly which John Benfield this is.  
18
Sandra Bullock
There is something sexy about a computer nerd.
Visit her at Mr. Showbiz for a short bio, and links to a multitude of fan sites.
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19
Stanislaw Lec
To torture a man, you have to know his pleasures
Polish aphorist, poet, satirist, 1909-1996, Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, (not to be confused with Polish science fiction writer Stanislaw Lem, b. 1921) author of "Umkempt Thoughts" and "More Unkempt Thoughts" both currently out of print.
 
20
Hellman's Mayonnaise Jar
Keep Cool, but Don't Freeze
"Bring on the Hellman's ..." Visit their site or your local grocery store.
 
21
Unknown.
Disco is to music what Etch-A-Sketch is to art.
So true, but Etch-A-Sketch is still very cool. Check out their interesting web presence and watch your name get etched.  
22
Arlo Guthrie
Audio quip: from the Pause of Mr. Claus.
Musician, songwriter and son of legend Woody Guthrie. Check out Arlo net where you can read the official biography and concert schedule.
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23
Chinese Proverb
Better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness.
Just one among the thousands.  
24
Clement Clark Moore
Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
"...noted Hebrew scholar, an elite Episcopalian who spoke five languages, an early Manhattan real-estate developer ... and he's remembered only for the 28 rhyming couplets of a Christmas poem he never copyrighted and only claimed as his own more than a decade after it went public" 1779 - 1863, read this amazing (and brief) bio.
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25
Dalai Lama
If you can, help others. If you can't, at least don't hurt others.
So much to learn about the Dalai Lama. Or just read a biography about the head of state and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.
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26
J. Paul Getty
If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.
18921976. Jean Paul Getty, American businessman, one of the richest men in the world during his lifetime. Here is a brief bio.
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27
Christina Aguilera
I think I'm a little bit too edgy to be a nun.
Thanks to Upoc member Modulate for suggesting an email subscription from Popbitch. Weekly newsletter with tidbits such as this quote. Christina has an official site, of course, though I could personally care less -- however, I do admit wanting to buy her duet with Dr. John. Anyone who can work with Dr. John must have something.
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28
Q
It's hard to work in groups when you're omnipotent.
From Star Trek, The Next Generation. The role of "Q" was portrayed by John de Lancie. I met him a few years ago and he is a cool guy, deserving of a web site without those nasty tripod banners and multiple windows.
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29
W. Somerset Maugham
Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
Well known British writer. If you are clueless, check out the Maugham Center where you can read a biography and ever hear recordings. Deadly slow loading site when I last accessed it. Maugham wrote many books that will be familiar to you and hosted in 1950 the "Somerset Maugham TV Theatre".
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30
Carl Reiner
A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.
Born in 1922, Bronx, NY. Brilliant actor, writer & director with early credits from the Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows to the present. Check out some of his credits from the IMDB.
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31
Sam Levenson
Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is, we'll find it.
1911-1980. American Humorist and author of many books including "Sex and the Single Child" and "In One Era Out the Other", both currently out of print.
 

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