Frontier Former Editor

April 30, 2006

Putting life into perspective

Filed under: be all you can be, cool stuff, dead celebrity sweepstakes, doomed to repeat, humor, old times — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:32 pm

When I wonder if I’ve lived a worthwhile life, I always take cold comfort in the words of piano player, Harvard mathematician and humorist Tom Lehrer.

Lehrer once said (adjusted to my own 43 years) that “When Mozart was my age, he’d been dead for eight years.”

Coutesy of “Things Other People Accomplished
When They Were Your Age
” –

At age 43:

Music teacher William Herschel discovered Uranus.

Marie Curie won her second Nobel prize, for the isolation of pure radium.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the youngest man elected to the United States presidency.

Soviet cosmonaut Georgy Timofeyevich Beregovoi was the oldest man ever to join the cosmonaut corps.

Baseball player Nolan Ryan pitched the sixth no-hitter of his career.

Annie Taylor, a widowed school teacher, went over the 160-foot-high Horseshoe Falls in a barrel.

Isabel Peron, a former professional dancer, became the first female chief of state in the Americas when she took over as President of Argentina.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote the poem Kubla Khan.

Sarah Byrd Askew created the first bookmobile.

Here’s a trip in the wayback machine for you . . .

Filed under: Cold War, old times — Frontier Former Editor @ 12:11 pm

I just started watching “Poltergeist” a few minutes ago, and the opening includes the background sound of a “Star Spangled Banner” end-of-broadcast-day television spot.

When’s the last time YOU heard and/or saw one of those?

Stephen Colbert’s night out with Dubya

Filed under: humor, politics, Texas contortionist, Third Reich — Frontier Former Editor @ 9:01 am

If you’ve watched “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report” or a couple of automotive repair commercials lately, you’ve seen Stephen Colbert.

Apparently he had a great night Saturday as one of the presenters at the White House Correspondents Dinner.

Colbert Lampoons Bush at White House Correspondents Dinner – President Does Not Seem Amused (April 30, 2006) from

(Colbert) attacked those in the press who claim that the shake-up at the White House was merely re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. “This administration is soaring, not sinking,” he said. “If anything, they are re-arranging the deck chairs on the Hindenburg.”


And if you want to watch the video (it’s a hoot): here

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