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BBHQ Newsletter Archive: 04/18/16

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April 18, 2016

A BBHQ Insta-Quote:

Liberty don't work as good in practice as it does in speeches.

   ~ Will Rogers
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Links here are good only for the week of April 18. After that... is anybody's guess.

The Upper and the Real Deal

The BBHQ Monday Morning Upper

Albert Brooks: Impressions, Part 2

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Albert Brooks introduces the second item in his home comedy kit, and references an earlier comedy act starring entertainers from an earlier generation.


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This Week with the Chicowitz

The Boomers’ Verbal Collage

Great times and great memories: music lyrics, advertising tag lines, memorable moments and unforgettable quotes – all in our lifetime.

“They” say your life flashes in front of you right before you die. Well, we’re surely not ready for that trip yet – not by a long shot! “Ich bin ein Berliner.” “You deserve a break today.” “Veeeeeeeery interesting.” Let’s breeze through some more of the other things we remember.

"The story you are about to see is true." — Dragnet.

"Float like a butterfly; sting like a bee." — Muhammad Ali.

"We've got to have more power!" — Star Trek.

"My bologna has a first name." — "It's O-S-C-A-R."

"That's one small step for man." — Neil Armstrong; Apollo 11

"I wish they all could be California girls." — Beach Boys.

"I have a dream." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"If you can find a better car, buy it." — Lee Iacocca, Chrysler.

"And that's the way it is." — Walter Cronkite.

Can you get the rest of them? "If he kissed you once, will he kiss you again?" "And then I go and spoil it all." "Happy trails to you..."

Take a moment. "Sit a spell; take your shoes off." Enjoy remembering the good times.



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In the spirit of giving, we were highly flattered last December by the number of BBHQ visitors who, in response to our "Traditions of Christmas" essays, wanted to present us with a Christmas gift. We had a preference for cash, but asking for that would be sort of like asking Santa for cash. No; gauche and highly inappropriate.

We deferred in December. But, after thinking about it for a few months, we decided to suggest, respectfully, for your consideration, several examples from our substantial wish-list. Here is our second suggestion:

The Genuine 7' Robby The Robot.

This is the special edition, life-size, fully animatronic remote-controlled version of Robby, the lovable robot from the classic 1956 film Forbidden Planet.

Robby is created from the same blueprints, molds, and templates used to create the original movie-prop costume. He arrives pre-programmed to move his computer relay assembly, rotate his servo-controlled head, spin his planetary gyro stabilizers, and twirl his scanners while his various lights flash exactly as seen in the film. A directional speaker housed in the head produce Robby's distinctive voice in CD-quality sound as he delivers his famous lines. His integral audio system can connect to a home theater system and you can project your own voice through him with the included wireless microphone. Certificate of authenticity included.

$32,000

Special conditions apply. See Hammacher-Schlemmer for details.



A Few of Our Favorite Things

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The BBHQ Pop Quiz pops up all over BBHQ. Wander around!

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I Remember... April 18, 1989:

Thousands of Chinese students protest government policies calling for democracy in the China. The protests grew until the Chinese government suppressed them during what came to be known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre.

Also on April 18:

1906: Great San Francisco Earthquake
1942: Jimmy Doolittle conducts a raid by air on Tokyo
1983: A suicide bomber destroys the U.S, embassy in Beirut
1956: Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier marry



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The BBHQ Trivia Teaser
 
Here are three questions from the BBHQ cloud:


1. First, our current events question:
This is a provocative sentence from the 9/11 Commission report that got a lot of attention last week:
“We have found no evidence that the [xxxxx] government as an institution or senior officials therein individually funded [al-Qaeda].”

More holes than a Swiss cheese sandwich, huh?

To which of the following countries was the report referring?

      China
      North Korea
      Russia
      Afghanistan
      Iraq
      Saudi Arabia
      Qatar
      Iran
      Cuba
      Vermont
      Grand Fenwick



2. In the 70s, CB radios enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame. Remember them? What did "CB" stand for?

3. From our Broadway to Hollywood collection:
      Consider yourself, at home.
      Consider yourself, one of the family.
      We've taken to you so strong,
      It's clear, we're, going to get along.



From what Broadway show and movie does that song come?


Grade our Newsletter. How did we do this week?
      A: Great! Lottsa' fun.

      B: Pretty good.

      C: So-so.

      D: Eh... not so good.

      F: A swing and a miss.


What say you? Comments for the good of the order:




There are no prizes here... it's just for fun.

Members can play all of our trivia games in The BBHQ Trivia Library.

The BBHQ Joke of the Week

A Simple Explanation of Baseball

This is a game played by two teams, one out the other in. The one that's in, sends players out one at a time, to see if they can get in before they get out. If they get out before they get in, they come in, but it doesn't count. If they get in before they get out it does count.

When the ones out get three outs from the ones in before they get in without being out, the team that's out comes in and the team in goes out to get those going in out before they get in without being out.

When both teams have been in and out nine times the game is over. The team with the most in without being out before coming in wins unless the ones in are equal. In which case, the last ones in go out to get the ones in out before they get in without being out.

The game will end when each team has the same number of ins out but one team has more in without being out before coming in.



Have a great week. We'll share the fun again next Monday!

- the Boomer Crew at BBHQ


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