“What does it mean to be crazy? To have a disorder of the mind. But “disorder” can only exist if there is some kind of pre determined “order” set in place. And who decides on order relative to the human mind? Human society. Sane and insane is a judgment based on perspective. And according to many other perspectives within this universe, it is human society that is rampant with disorder. So there is no reason to think of yourself as insane; if the very mindset of the society that determines whether you are sane or insane… is in and of itself insane!” -Teal Scott-
Three young ladies picket in front of a huge cutout of blonde Marilyn Monroe at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater where “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is showing. Pickets, left to right: Avis Kimball, Lillian Pacino and Evelyn Bernard.
“It will be years —not in my time— before a woman will become Prime Minister.” —Margaret Thatcher, October 26th, 1969.
“That virus [HIV] is a pussycat.” —Dr. Peter Duesberg, molecular-biology professor at U.C. Berkeley, 1988
“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.” —Associates of Edwin L. Drake refusing his suggestion to drill for oil in 1859.
“A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere.” —New York Times, 1936
“Reagan doesn’t have that presidential look.” —United Artists Executive, rejecting Reagan as lead in 1964 film The Best Man.
“The singer [Mick Jagger] will have to go; the BBC won’t like him.” —- First Rolling Stones manager Eric Easton to his partner after watching them perform.
“Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.” —Dr Dionysys Larder (1793-1859)
“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” —Lord Kelvin, 1895.
“There will never be a bigger plane built.” —A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.
“Taking the best left-handed pitcher in baseball and converting him into a right fielder is one of the dumbest things I ever heard.” — Tris Speaker, baseball hall of famer, talking about Babe Ruth, 1919.
“Ours has been the first [expedition], and doubtless to be the last, to visit this profitless locality.” —— Lt. Joseph Ives, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861.
“If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one.” —W.C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954.
“You better get secretarial work or get married.” —Emmeline Snively, advising would-be model Marilyn Monroe in 1944.
I’m kind of freaking out about this. As much as I love anyone that I’ve said that said that I love on this blog, I LOVE Ella Fitzgerald! When it comes down to it, I would rate her #1 vocalist of all time. A constant on the list of (dead) people I’d like to have dinner with/invite to a dinner party is Ella. I had no idea about Marilyn! I just found this story at http://donttouchmymoleskine.wordpress.com/2009/02/18/miguxas-3/
It’s 1955 and Marilyn Monroe is at the height of her fame. Despite this, she wants to be taken seriously as an artist, like the woman she most admires, jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, who is also at the peak of her career.
Even though she can’t quite believe her own success, Ella wants more too. She wants the kind of fame Marilyn has. She wants to be in the movies. But to break into Hollywood , she needs to meet the ‘right’ people like the producers and money-men who frequent the ‘living-room of the stars’ Mocambo night club.
But Ella stands no chance of singing at the whites-only Mocambo…until Marilyn steps in and pulls strings like nobody else can!
These two iconic women – both outsiders – come together in an evening of raw emotion and great songs. A true but forgotten moment of American showbiz history re-enacted live on stage.