The month of December has been uneventful in our town - but much has happened in the rest of the world.
Nelson Mandela died on December 5th and was finally laid to rest in his home town on Sunday. I can't think of a recent person who had as much influence on an entire country during my lifetime. Here are links to his biography and an article about his funeral service.
In my country we go to prison first and then become president - Nelson Mandela
A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial and uninformed - Nelson Mandela
Peter O'Toole died on December 14th - watch "Lawrence of Arabia" and you'll see one of his many great performances. Click on the link to the Guardian's eulogy.
The theatre shows the artistic power of the human voice. - Peter O'Toole
Wilfred E. Billey was a Navajo Code Talker who served in the US Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War 2 - he died at 90 years old on December 12. There is a link to the Arizona Independent article about his life.
Semper Fidelis, Marine
Joan Fontaine died on December 15th at 96 - she and her sister, Olivia de Havilland were the only two acting sisters to each win an Oscar. For details, read the Hollywood Reporter article - click on the link below.
I hope I'll die on stage at 105, playing Peter Pan. - Joan Fontaine
Ray Price, who created the "Nashville Sound" and the "Ray Price Shuffle", 87, died of pancreatic cancer on December 16th at his home in Mount Pleasant, Texas. He was born in Perryville, Texas on January 12th, 1926. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946, and started his musical career in 1948 on KRBC in Abilene, Texas.
I played a lot of dances in Texas. I heard people`s feet shuffling on the floor and I figured that would make a real nice beat, and we worked it out and it came out great. - Ray Price
This newsletter is not to mourn those who died, but to celebrate their lives and the influence they had on their worlds. I am happy they lived.
One benefit of editing this newsletter is learning new and relearning old - I really do try to research the information shared with you all to make sure it isn't just someone's opinion. If I'm offering my opinion - you will know it.
Hey!! Guess what? Republicans and Democrats cooperated on a budget bill - let's hope that this is the start of a trend in D.C. All Nebraska congress people voted for this - no wonder the temperature is going to be in the 50's tomorrow.
Guess what?!? - Senators Fischer and Johanns voted against the budget bill after voting to advance it - can you say "What?"
"Nothing is free." - Ethel Kennedy