Archive for June 1st, 2013

My Favorite Dingbat Died!

NYC - Chelsea Market: Carroll O'Connor and Jea...

NYC – Chelsea Market: Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker (Photo credit: wallyg)

My dear friends,

I’m very sorry to inform you of the passing of a great lady, Ms. Jean Stapleton.  She was a marvelous character actress, who started in Broadway, but was best known for her role as the lovable “dingbat”, Edith Bunker, on “All in the Family“.  She passed away at her home, in New York City, on Friday, at the age of 90.

Photo of the Cast of the television program Al...

Photo of the Cast of the television program All in the Family. Standing are Sally Struthers (Gloria) and Rob Reiner (Michael); seated are Archie (Carroll O’Connor) and Edith (Jean Stapleton), who is holding the child who played the Bunker’s grandson, Joey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She was the loyal, loving wife of Archie Bunker, who usually let him have his way, despite not always seeing eye to eye with the incorrigible ignoramus that he was.  She usually played meek and submissive, but Edith was a lot tougher than Archie ever imagined.  She had a voice like a rusty hinge, but she didn’t shy from belting out her lyrics on the show’s theme song, “Those Were the Days”.  Ms. Stapleton was the queen of the befuddled look.  And, when she finally got what people were talking about, you could actually see the light going on in her head.  And, if it was something a little risqué, you’d see this shy little smile come to her face, and she’d giggle one of the most lady-like little giggles you could imagine.  Her portrayal of Edith was precious.  She won 3 Emmy Awards playing the character.

After “All in the Family” you’d see her in the frequent TV movie and other television shows, and she also had some small parts in the big screen movies, like “Michael” with John Travolta and “You’ve Got Mail” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

She will long be remembered, and she will be missed.

   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 06/01/13

Henry Morgan Recruiting for the Attack: this w...

Henry Morgan Recruiting for the Attack: this was originally published in Pyle, Howard (August–September 1887). “Buccaneers and Marooners of the Spanish Main”. Harper’s Magazine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Buccaneers transporting their booty . . . by body.

CIRKT  =  TRICK,  TIFAH  =  FAITH,  GINSEN  =  ENSIGN,  NURGPS  =  SPRUNG   —   Giving us:  TCAHESISPN

Clue/Question:  Carrying all the treasure caused the pirate to get . . .

Answer:  CHEST PAINS

 

Henry Morgan was a privateer (and pirate) who ...

Henry Morgan was a privateer (and pirate) who later retired to become Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Aarrrr, ye mateys!  The Cap’n needs to ease off on the grog and rich foods, and start taking fish oil supplements and a daily aspirin!  He should probably log in a few dozen laps around the deck daily, too.  Definitely NOT the Errol Flynn/Burt Lancaster/Johnny Depp type pirate that we love to romance over.  No, this guy is one sloppy mess of a pirate.  I shouldn’t talk though.  I could stand to lose twenty to thirty pounds myself.

No new clue words, today.  The jumbling of them was pretty good.  I really liked “ensign”.  The answer letter layout was fantastic, today!  Of course, the Clue/Question was very leading, so the answer letter layout was all for naught.  Great cartoon!  Very reminiscent of The Pirates of the Caribbean.  I especially liked the new twist on the sinking sailboat, that we see in most jumbles near a large body of water.  Overall?  A nice job, fellows.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – June 1st, 2013

English: Flower of Arctotis sp.

English: Flower of Arctotis sp. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.”   —   Max Müller

Friedrich Max-Müller, by George Frederic Watts...

Friedrich Max-Müller, by George Frederic Watts (died 1904), given to the National Portrait Gallery, London in 1900. See source website for additional information. This set of images was gathered by User:Dcoetzee from the National Portrait Gallery, London website using a special tool. All images in this batch have been confirmed as author died before 1939 according to the official death date listed by the NPG. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Our first Max Müller quote since I’ve been posting the spoilers!  Very interesting fellow, this Max.  We seem to see eye to eye on what I love to call the evolution of religion.  Check it out:  “Müller derived his theory that mythology is “a disease of language”. By this he meant that myth transforms concepts into beings and stories. In Müller’s view “gods” began as words constructed in order to express abstract ideas, but were transformed into imagined personalities. Thus the Indo-European father-god appears under various names: Zeus, Jupiter, Dyaus Pita.  For Müller all these names can be traced to the word “Dyaus”, which he understands to imply “shining” or “radiance”. This leads to the terms “deva”, “deus”, “theos” as generic terms for a god, and to the names “Zeus” and “Jupiter” (derived from deus-pater). In this way a metaphor becomes personified and ossified.”  — from Wikipedia.  I’ve always said that it all started around an ancient campfire one night, when one hunter – who could do more than grunt, and had a little more imagination – explained to the others why the hunt either went well, or went poorly that day.  Thus was born the concept of the spirits.  Given time, the spirits were later personified into gods, and eventually economized into the concept of the single god.  Then of course, from there all hell breaks loose.  It’s just unfortunate that logic and reason don’t stand a chance when they come face to face with tradition and indoctrination.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR


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