The New Bond Song Has Dropped
I like saying the word dropped instead of debuted or been released because it makes me sound young and hip.
I actually like this theme to the new James Bond film No Time To Die, even if it is so mumbly and moody that it makes Adele’s “Skyfall” sound like Pharrell Williams’s “Happy.”
No Time To Die opens in April. Or is that drops? Can a film drop?
Purses and Rings
These are my favorite stories of the week. A week of things lost and things found.
The first story involves a purse found behind lockers at North Canton Middle School in North Canton, Ohio The school did some investigation and discovered that the purse belonged to Patti Rumfola, who was a student at the school and lost the purse in 1957(!). She died in 2013, but the school contacted her children and posted the story on Facebook.
What’s inside the purse is quite interesting. There’s nothing surprising, really, but it’s a fascinating time capsule of what teen girls carried in their purses in the 1950s.
The second thing lost and found this week involves a high school ring. It was a ring given to a girl by her boyfriend in 1973. She lost it after taking it off at a Portland, Maine, department store that same year. You’ll never, ever guess where it was found last month.
Things You May Not Know about John Wilkes Booth (and the Man Who Killed Him)
Actually, there are probably many things I don’t know about the man who shot President Lincoln or the man who shot the man who shot President Lincoln, but this piece at Universal Hub brings up connections between the two I hadn’t heard before. They involve Boston, bad theater reviews, prostitution, and an ill-advised attempt at self-surgery.
RIP Charles Portis, A.E. Hotchner, Zoe Caldwell, Ja’net DuBois, Tony Fernández, Lynn Cohen, Ann E. Todd, Donald Stratton, Kellye Nakahara Wallett
Charles Portis wrote some of the most critically acclaimed cult novels of the past 50 years, including True Grit, Norwood, Gringos, and Dog of the South. He started out as a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune and also wrote pieces for The Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic. He died Monday at the age of 86.
True Grit first appeared as a serialized novel in The Saturday Evening Post. Members can read the story in our digital archive, starting with our May 18, 1968, issue.
A.E. Hotchner not only wrote several novels and nonfiction books about the celebrities he knew — including Everyone Comes to Elaine’s, Choice People, and books about Ernest Hemingway and Doris Day — but he also helped start Newman’s Own with his good friend Paul Newman. He died last weekend at the age of 102.
Zoe Caldwell won four Tony Awards for her roles in Master Class, The Prime of Miss Jane Brodie, Madea, and Slapstick Tragedy. She also directed plays and appeared in several films. She died Sunday at the age of 86.
Tony Fernández was an All-Star shortstop who helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the World Series in 1993. He played for several other teams over 17 years and came back to the Blue Jays to finish his career in 2001. He died last week at the age of 57.
Lynn Cohen had recurring roles on Sex and the City and Law and Order and appeared on such shows as NYPD Blue, Damages, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as Broadway plays and movies like Munich, Manhattan Murder Mystery, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. She died last week at the age of 86.
Ann E. Todd — not to be confused with actress Ann Todd — was a child actress who appeared in such movies as Intermezzo, Those Daring Daughters, How Green Was My Valley, King’s Row, and All This and Heaven Too, as well as in the sitcom The Stu Erwin Show (a.k.a. Trouble with Father). She died earlier this month at the age of 88.
Donald Stratton was one of the few remaining survivors of the attack on the U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor. He died last weekend at the age of 97.
Kellye Nakahara Wallett played Nurse Kellye on M*A*S*H. She died Sunday at the age of 72.
This Week in History
Franklin D. Roosevelt Escapes Assassination (February 15, 1933)
A man named Giuseppe Zangara tried to kill the president-elect 17 days before his inauguration. He missed Roosevelt but ended up killing the mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak, and injuring several others.
First Telephone Directory Published (February 21, 1878)
The very first list of people with phones was a single piece of cardboard that listed 50 homes and businesses in New Haven, Connecticut. Surprisingly, it didn’t list any phone numbers.
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Wash Your Hands (February 18, 1950)
With everything that’s going around these days, this 70-year-old cover by Jack Welch just seems like common sense.
Cookies and Crosswords
Have you checked out the Oreo cookie situation at the supermarket lately? It’s very confusing. When I was younger, we had one choice — you know, Oreo cookies — but there are so many flavors now that cookie shopping makes me anxious. In addition to the original — and offshoots of the original, like Double Stuf and Mega Stuf and The Most Stuf and Thins — there are approximately 97 other flavors. There’s watermelon and red velvet and peanut butter and tiramisu and chocolate marshmallow and peppermint bark and maple creme, and special editions for holidays like Easter and Halloween, and even Mystery Flavors. It’s exhausting. Just give me a bag of the originals and a glass of milk and I’m happy.
A new flavor was suggested last week, though I’m hoping Oreo doesn’t jump on the bandwagon and actually make them. The February 12 USA Today crossword puzzle contained the clue “Cookie that some people eat with mustard.” The correct answer turned out to be, yes, OREO. Needless to say, this caused some confusion and anger among cookie fans, crossword puzzle fans, and probably fans of mustard too. A USA Today reporter tweeted out one reader’s reaction to the puzzle.
— Brett Murphy (@BrettMmurphy) February 13, 2020
Because I’m an intrepid investigative journalist, and I had some Oreos and mustard, I decided to try them myself. I added some mustard to the top of a cookie, not too much, not too little, and took a bite. My advice to you? DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME.
“Cookie that some people eat with mustard.” Who exactly are these “some people”?
(Probably still better than watermelon though.)
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
Nevada Caucus (February 22)
Let’s hope it goes better than it did in Iowa.
Fat Tuesday (February 25)
Ash Wednesday (February 26)
This is the Christian holy day that kicks of the Lenten season of fasting and prayer, and also the reason you might see people with an ash cross on their forehead.
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