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May 10th, 2007 thurs
May 10th, 2007

Tales of the Old Masters-

One time a young animator brought his work for the legendary animator Bill Tytla to critique. Tytla flipped the scenes of the young ingenue, but his only comment was " Many are called, but few are chosen." The young man never animated again.

Another time Bill's protege George Bakes came into an office I was in and saw a scene stacked on a desk." What is this, animation?" George queried. He flipped it several times, then said:" On second thought, I was wrong.."
(* note: it wasn't MY stuff!)

Birthdays: Fred Astaire, Sir Arthur Lipton (inventor of the teabag), Nancy Walker, David O. Selznick, Jim Abrahams, Donovan, Homer Simpson, Bono

1885- Geronimo goes on the warpath. For the next 15 months he holds off 5,000 U.S.troops with just 16 Apache warriors,12 women and 6 children.

1893- The U.S. government declares the Tomato officially a vegetable and not a fruit.

1908- The First Mother's Day celebrated, it became a national holiday in 1914. The holiday was inspiration of a lady named Anna Jarvis, who spent the rest of her life trying to keep it from being commercially exploited. She died broke and surrounded by mothers day cards sent from well wishers.

1993- 188 young women died in a fire in a toy making factory near Bangkok, Thailand. They were locked into the building by their employer like the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire victims in 1911. They were making Bart Simpson dolls for America.

1994- Former children’s party clown and serial killer John Wayne Gacy was executed by lethal injection. Police found 28 children buried around his house. His last words were: "Kiss My Ass!"