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April 19, 2007
April 19th, 2007

I hope you all can make the Book Look at Van Eaton Galleries tonight. Stuff begins at 6:00PM. I'll be signing Drawing the Line, Nancy Beiman is out from NY signing her new book Prepare to Board!, Jerry Beck, Nick Ranieri, Amid Amidi, Steve Gordon and Dean Yeagle will also be signing their works. Hope to see you there. 6:00pm-10:pm

Van Eaton Galleries
13613 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Ph: 818-788-2357
Fx: 818-788-2368

courtesy of Dean Yeagle
Dean Yeagle is an artist who for years was a wonderful animator of commercials, then he began a second career as a top cartoonist for Playboy. Dean's dexterity as an animator was put to great use in infusing his cheesecake girls with 3D sculpting and personality. Dean will be signing tonight at VanEaton's as well!

Birthdays: Paulo Verronese, Elliot Ness, Jayne Mansfield, Dudley Moore, Paloma Picasso, Ashley Judd, Kate Hudson is 28, Tim Curry is 61, Anna Porchicova is 20

Cerealia-ancient Roman agricultural festival. Ceres the mother of Porsephone was the Happy Goddess of Growing and Planting. To say “Fit for Ceres” was the Roman way of saying “Jolly Good! “ or “Dude, It’s the Bomb!”.

1775- LEXINGTON AND CONCORD- The American Revolution begins.
For years after the French and Indian War the British government tried to save money by getting the North American colonies to defend themselves. The local committees that organized the American colony's militia had slowly been taken over by radical political groups like the "Sons of Liberty". To the British these Minutemen seemed to be training to fight them instead of Indians.
In 1774 a General, Sir Thomas "Old Tom" Gage was appointed Royal Governor of Massachusetts to show the colonists that Mother England was not going to tolerate any more foolishness. Gage pulled his troops out of frontier patrols and concentrated them in Boston harbor. This annoyed citizens further, thinking the only reason they pay taxes now is to have troops watching them instead of protecting them. In early 1775 Gage warned London that the situation was deteriorating fast. Ironically Gage liked America and had a good friend named George Washington. Finally Gage received permission to send out a force to seize a stockpile of illegal weapons and arrest some ringleaders. After awakened by Paul Revere some 70 farmers spent all night at Buckman's Tavern drinking and trying to decide whether to fight or run away. By 4:00 a.m. John Hancock talked them into staying to fight. Then Hancock ran away. The redcoat column was met on Lexington green by the minutemen. "Stand aside, ye dammed Rebels!" Captain Pitcairn shouted. Pitcarin in July was killed at Bunker Hill. " Stand fast boys, if they want a war, let it start here!" was Captain Parker's reply. The regular troops open fire and easily dispersed that group. But by the time the British reached Concord bridge hordes of farmers were shooting at them from bushes and rooftops until they were forced to withdraw to Boston. Lord Percy complained that even 'American women were pointing muskets out of their kitchen windows and firing at us!" One 80 year old man shot down three Englishmen down from his front porch before he was bayoneted. He lived 7 more years. And most of the Yankee muskets were British government-issue Brown Besses.
Americans call Lexington “The Shot Heard Around the World”, but the British Crown regarded this situation at first as little more than mob violence. It barely made the back pages of the London newspapers. But by Bunker Hill they realized they had a real trans-ocean war on their hands. As late as December elements in the Colonial Congress in Philadelphia kept asking London if we could still be friends and talk it over.

1910- The Earth passed through the tail of Halley’s Comet.

1927- Mae West found guilty of indecent behavior in writing, producing and starring in a Broadway musical entitled “SEX”.

1956-Movie star Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier of Monaco.

1970- XEROX PARC – The Xerox Company announced the set up of a research group in Palo Alto Cal. All but ignored by the main company for years this group pioneered the development of the personal computer. They invented the mouse, point and click windows, graphic interface and multi-tasking . Yet Xerox didn’t know what to do with them, they were in the copier business. They launched a personal workstation called the Alto that cost $16,500 each, but the idea bombed. One day in 1979 a group from Apple visited led by Steve Jobs. The group was stunned and inspired by their progress and they went back to Apple and put what they learned into the development of the Mackintosh Computer.