Saturday, March 25, 2017
The latest Facebook challenge is to lists your favorite film from each year that you have been alive. I started in 1962 (duh!) and the plan was to list several years at a time so I'm not posting these for the next year, but when I looked at the films from 1962, I couldn't narrow them down to just one. So I listed five (not in any particular order)
The Manchurian Candidate (favorite thriller) starring Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey and Angela Lansbury.
The Music Man (favorite musical) starring Robert Preston and Shirley Jones.
Hatari! (favorite action movie) starring John Wayne and Red Buttons
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (favorite psychological thriller) starring Joan Crawford and Bette Davis
The Brain That Wouldn't Die (favorite sci-fi, guilty pleasure) starring Jason Evans and Virginia Leith.
Zvezdochka's flight lasted only an hour and forty-six minutes but took rescuers 24 hours to find the capsule. The landing occurred during a snowstorm so it took rescuers a while to find out where Zvezdochka touched down.
There isn't much information on Zvezdochka, not even its sex. From the picture above and the video below, Zvezdochka looks like she(?) is a terrier-chihuahua mix.
Friday, March 24, 2017
STS-45 Atlantis crew - Seated (L-R): Pilot Brian Duffy, Commander Charles F. Bolden, Jr.
Standing (L-R): Payload Specialist Byron K. Lichtenberg, Mission Specialist Michael Foale, Mission Specialist David C. Leestma, Mission Specialist Kathryn D. Sullivan, Payload Specialist Dirk Frimout
Space Shuttle Atlantis blasted off March 24, 1992 on its eleventh flight and the 46th for the space shuttle program. On board was Dirk Dries David Damiaan, Viscount Frimout, born in Poperinge, Belgium, making him the first Belgian astronaut. Charles Bolden served as Commander of the mission, his third trip into space. Charles later became the first African-American administrator of NASA.
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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Gemini 3 crew: Gus Grissom (L) and John Young
Although, Gemini 3 did not sink, a miscalculation from the wind tunnel tests put the capsule 45 miles from its intended splashdown point. Grissom and Young had to wait half an hour before they were recovered.
First, Oklahoma City announces it might have to close schools because of budget cuts. Now the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is bracing for the next round of cuts. The agency is still reeling from cuts it experienced last year. Since the state legislature refuses to end tax breaks and incentives for oil and gas, Oklahoma is facing a $900,000,000 budget deficit.
OHP Chief Rick Adams said:
"These cuts will force deeper operational restrictions, elimination of missions, possible closure of Headquarters, furloughs, and possible layoffs of troopers and other DPS employees. This Public Safety Crisis harms DPS and the OHP and will put lives at risk."
So what's Governor Scary Failing to do? Cut funding to one of the most important agencies dedicated to our safety, of course!
Currently OHP has only about 600 officers, but ideally, they would have 950. There were 845 in 1990. Twenty-six percent of the force is close to retiring, and with no money for OHP training, it's going to be difficult to replace them.
The best ZZ Top album ever and one of the best rock albums ever, Eliminator was released March 23, 1983. It included such monster hits as Gimme All Your Lovin', Sharp Dressed Man and Legs. TV Dinners was also released as a single but I don't remember hearing it on the radio. I do remember seeing the video on MTV. ZZ Top's videos from the album featured a souped-up 1933 Ford Coupe and fuzzy guitars that could spin 360°.
Eliminator was certified Diamond, meaning it has sold at least 10,000,000 copies.