Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, June 30, 2020

One of my high school friends had a son who graduated high school this year. He sent me a text and stated he’d like to send us an announcement, which arrived in yesterday’s mail. I noticed the handwriting was that of his wife’s. I’m not offended by any means, but I thought it was one of those things in which the graduate is supposed to write and send all the announcements.

San Francisco Giants commit to cardboard cutouts instead of fans for 2020 season

I have a feeling this is gonna be really good and you’ll see all things Lucy.

Cate Blanchett’s Lucille Ball Biopic Moving Forward at Amazon, Receives California Tax Credit – Written by Aaron Sorkin

Somewhat related – The Return Of The House DressThe ’50s Staple Has Come A Long Way From Homemaker’s Uniform

Trump Misidentifies Sculpture in Oval Office While Saying Statues Help Teach History

President Trump stood next to a sculpture in the Oval Office that he said depicts former president Teddy Roosevelt, and explained that statues are vital to learning about history. Trump went on to complain that some people want to tear down statues of President Roosevelt, just like the art in his office. The only problem? The sculpture Trump was talking about isn’t Teddy Roosevelt. It’s an anonymous cowboy from the 1890s.

This reminds of the story of former President George W. Bush possibly misinterpreting the meaning behind a painting that hung in his office as governor and the Oval Office named “A Charge to Keep.” The painting is even included in his official portrait. There may be little truth to the story but I’ll leave it up to you and the sources (leftist) and updates stated in this and this article.

He came to believe that the picture depicted the circuit-riders who spread Methodism across the Alleghenies in the nineteenth century. In other words, the cowboy who looked like Bush was a missionary of his own denomination.Only that is not the title, message, or meaning of the painting. The artist, W.H.D. Koerner, executed it to illustrate a Western short story entitled “The Slipper Tongue,” published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1916. The story is about a smooth-talking horse thief who is caught, and then escapes a lynch mob in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. The illustration depicts the thief fleeing his captors. In the magazine, the illustration bears the caption: “Had His Start Been Fifteen Minutes Longer He Would Not Have Been Caught.”



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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Tuesday, June 30, 2020

  1. Bryan B. says:

    I addressed all of my graduation announcements when I finished high school. I also wrote all of the thank you notes for wedding gifts that were from anyone that was on my side (family or friends, and yes add this to my bragging montage).

    The Aaron Sorkin penned Lucille Ball movie is intriguing. He has a Chicago 7/1968 convention movie due out in the fall that he wrote and directed with a killer cast.

  2. LP says:

    You would have hated me – the first 2 that graduated high school (2010 and 2012) I sent out and used labels. We only had about 10 family members that we sent them out to. Now with the last one that graduated this year, I ordered announcements but canceled them as the info would not have been correct. And my biggest gripe – smallest order was 25 announcements. We have maybe 6 at most to send out to now and heck that 6 may include me and the 2 older kids!! No family just me and the older 2 at son’s graduation. Now the 18yo did hand write and send his thank you notes on his own for those that sent him something. He’s a good kid!!

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