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“The Godfather” at 40!


The Godfather

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One of the things I remember as a kid, was when Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” first came out.  It was a huge sensation and the start of the “Mafia” craze.  I was too young to go see it, though, because it was . . . Rated R, but the movie generated a lot of new buzz, for Mario Puzo’s book. 

I wasn’t generally reading popular novels at that time.  I was barely doing my assigned school readings, for that matter.  However, word spread very quickly – even without an internet – about a graphically steamy scene, which came to be known as “Page 28”.  Ooh!  Exactly what it said?  I don’t remember.  It’s been 40 years, fer Chrissakes!  All I do remember is it was like literary porn, at the time, especially to a 14 year old boy.  And, every kid who could get a hand on a copy of the book, did get his hand on a copy of the book.

From the movie, I do remember it was early on, during Connie‘s wedding scene.  Sonny Corleone (James Caan) takes Connie’s maid of honor, Lucy Mancini (Jeannie Linero), to . . . some available room, and they end up doing it, standing up, against the wall.  I don’t remember seeing a whole lot.  And, by today’s standards, I’m sure it’s considered pretty tame stuff.  But, reading it, back in 1972?  Wow.  It was right up there with “reading” a found/stolen copy of you best friend’s father’s Playboy Magazine!  Hee, hee, hee!

Good thing Mom belonged to the book-of-the-month club!


(Tough!) Cryptoquote Spoiler – 03/15/12


Chili Davis

Chili Davis (Photo credit: rocor)

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”   —   Chili Davis

(Great quote, and so true, coming from a great baseball player, now a hitting coach.  What a terrible sentence!  This puzzle was kind of tough to solve,   especially, just getting it started!  No single letter words, no words ending in E, and the author’s name didn’t provide a clue.  At least, not for me.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 03/15/12

Zombie for exciting wp discussions

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Visual Description:  Revenge of The Living Un-Dead!  (Poor, innocent Zombies.  Just minding their own business, in their run-down, abandoned house.  Not eating human brains, or guts, or anything!)


Clue/Question:  The zombie was this when he warned that the humans were approaching.


The Zombies on My Desk

The Zombies on My Desk (Photo credit: Geoff Livingston)



(This one made me laugh!  None of the clue words were new, but they were all jumbled well.  I really liked the answer letter layout.  I thought the zombies could have looked a little less . . . animated.  Looks like a disheveled banker and a scruffy biker-dude, but not necessarily dead.  Maybe more of a broken English would’ve helped?  Looks like the biker zombie is wearing crocs!  Hmm!  I guess, as usual, what I liked most was the dumb pun!  Be well, do good, and don’t be such zombies, friends  Exercise free will, and use your brains.)   —   YUR

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