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Monday, April 07, 2014

April 7: 2014: Mayan & Oates

April 7: today in history (from Wikipedia)

611 – "Maya king Uneh Chan of Calakmul sacks rival city-state Palenque in southern Mexico." That's after he asked his personal secretary, "What's on the Calendar today?" (Get it? Mayan Calendar. Thank you. I'll be here all week.)

1541 – "Francis Xavier leaves Lisbon on a mission to the Portuguese East Indies." I wondered if the FX channel was named after him. Then I watched some shows. Probably not.

1967 – "Film critic Roger Ebert published his very first film review in the Chicago Sun-Times." Thumbs up on the hire!

Notable quotes (from BrainyQuote unless otherwise sourced)

"Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid." - Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972)

"Most of us live in a safe world. We don't have to fight for our values, we don't have to fight for our freedom, we don't have a sense of injustice." - Alan J. Pakula (April 7, 1928 – November 19, 1998)

"Look, all administrations, all governments lie, all officials lie and nothing they say is to be believed. That's a pretty good rule."

- Daniel Ellsberg (born April 7, 1931)

"I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing." - Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939)

Song of the Day:

Happy 65th birthday, John Oates, guitarist for Hall and Oates, who co-wrote this gem. I crank up the radio whenever it comes on:

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