Quote of the Day postsFriday October 31, 2014
A Man of Raging Optimism
“I've really had it with anti-this and anti-that. That silver cloud always has to loom. I want to be remembered as a man of raging optimism, who believes in the American dream. Right now, it's as if a big cavernous black hole has been burned into the entertainment section of the brain. It's filled with demons and paranoia and fear. Where are all the heroes? Even the cowboys today are perverts—they all sleep with horses. Let other people suffer and do all those pain things and put their demons up on the screen. I'm not going to.''
-- Sylvester Stallone in The New York Times, Nov. 1, 1976, after the suprise success of his film, ”Rocky,“ which would go on to win the Oscar for best picture, and which, as I've written elsewhere, begins like a gritty 1970s movie but gives us a Hollywood ending. Stallone, of course, would keep true to his word, even as the rest of Hollywood, and the rest of America, stopped doing anti-this and anti-that and flocked to various forms of manufactured heroes. Cf.: this piece on ”Superman: The Movie,“ as well as this entire book. I came across the quote while reading Dan Epstein's “Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ‘76,”
Yo, Butkus! Stallone and his cinematic dog on the famous Philadelphia City Hall steps during the filming of ”Rocky“ in 1975. The success of the film, along with the mammoth success of ”Star Wars“ six months later, would return ”the Hollywood ending" to Hollywood, leaving almost any moviegoer interested in a grown-up film out in the cold.
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“No. Because nobody has ever proved to me that the second guess would have worked.”
--Dick Howser, who managed the Kansas City Royals for six years, including their 1985 World Series champion year, before dying of brain cancer in 1987, when asked, in '85, if he ever second-guessed himself. As reported in Dave Anderson's New York Times column today. Anderson adds, “Has any major league manager, from Connie Mack and John McGraw to Casey Stengel and Joe Torre, ever dismissed the second-guessers’ criticism so simply and so sensibly?” I post this as someone who constantly second-guesses himself, as anyone who knows me knows.
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From my friend Chris Nelson, an RN getting his MPH and heading for the Ph.D., on the news today about Arizona and Wyoming:
When Massachusetts granted gay people equal marriage rights, I cried buckets. When Iowa did the same, I just gasped “Iowa?” When New York had four Republican state senators vote in favor of gay civil rights, I cried again. Then California got their rights back, and I cried. When Edith Windsor got to legally call herself “widowed,” I cried.
But then FIVE STATES at once were ordered to give equal marriage rights—including Utah and Oklahoma? I cheered. Nevada and Idaho? I was so happy to mock Butch Otter. Alaska??? Oh, yes, I laughed and cheered. And today, Arizona?
I ain't cryin' no more, I'm too thrilled!
And that, my friends, is what proves that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
Sometimes the right thing to do is recognized as the right thing to do, bigots be damned.
P.S. Jan Brewer must actually have had her poor shrunken head explode ... and Sarah Palin must have flipped her wig! Fab. U. Lous.
Chris Nelson last year in Copenhagen.
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“We have an A-bomb [and] a whole series of Super bombs. What more do you want, mermaids?”
-- Nobel laureate and Manhattan Project veteran Isidor I. Rabi, in 1954, during secret hearings before the Atomic Energy Commission, which ultimately revoked the security clearance of J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the A bomb, for apparent Soviet sympathies. Rabi was defending Oppenheimer. Transcripts from the hearings were recently declassified and are making historians wonder: 1) why Oppenheimer had his security clearance revoked, since he's exonerated by the transcripts; and 2) why they were classified in the first place, since, to one historian, they include “zero classified data.” As reported by William J. Broad in yesterday's New York Times.
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“I said, ‘David, I love you, I would do anything for you. But I will not wear a Yankees hat. I just can’t. I can’t wear it because it’s going to become a thing, David. I will never hear the end of it. I can’t do it.’ And I couldn’t put it on my head. ... It was an uprising; it was a coup, I rioted. It was a one-man riot against the Yankees.”
-- Boston Red Sox fan, and my new hero, Ben Affleck on why he refused to wear a Yankees cap during the filming of David Fincher's “Gone Girl,” as reported in The New York Times. Here's to one-man riots.
Affleck in Mets cap in a scene from “Gone Girl.” At this point in the trailer, the news anchor talks about “the hallmark of a sociopath,” so maybe a Yankees cap would've work after all?