“Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.” — Epictetus
(The philosopher’s philosophy . . . in a nutshell! We’ve had at least one of his quotes in the past, but I’m not really all that familiar with his work. Surprisingly, a big adherent of Epictetus was James Stockdale, who ran as the Vice Presidential candidate in 1992, with Ross Perot. He was thrust into a debate with Dan Quayle and Al Gore, with absolutely no preparation, or warning. When introduced by the moderator, he asked two philosophical – and rhetorical – questions that – I believe – he was not allowed to expound upon. “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” Because of this, and his request to have a question repeated, because he wasn’t wearing his hearing aid, and his inability to comment on a lot of the issues, he was written off as a doddering old fool. Nothing could be further from the truth. He was quite accomplished. He had been a prisoner of war, and every bit – if not more so – a hero as was John McCain. He deserves to be remembered as the great man that he was. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
Visual Description: Early cinematic technological breakthrough.
RNETD = TREND, GULEN = LUNGE, TAGEEN = NEGATE, TIRRAY = RARITY — Giving us: TELETERAR
Clue/Question: In 1927, going to see “The Jazz Singer” in a theater was a – – –
Answer: “REEL“ TREAT
(Awesome Jumble! None of the clue words are new, yet all of the jumbles are. I thought that “tageen” was a great jumble, and I even had to back into “rarity”. The answer letter layout was a swonderful jumble too. Nothing in it gave the answer away. The cartoon is no less than a masterpiece, with the classic old movie theater, and the people’s outfits. Especially the women’s! I can just imagine my Gramma, back in her heyday, seeing her first “talkie”! Actually, the woman in the foreground looks a little like the Tony Curtis drag character, from “Some Like it Hot”! Not exactly a seminal moment in cinematic history, like “The Jazz Singer”, but a very funny movie nonetheless. Tony actually made for a pretty cute dame! More believable than Jack Lemon. Be well and do good, friends.) — YUR
PS. The closing line of “Some Like it Hot”, when Jack Lemon admits he’s a man, was a little ahead of its time, and definitely hilarious. Check it below. — YUR