Tuesday, April 25, 2017

N is for Nazareth

Jesus of Nazareth was 33 when he died at the beginning of the AD calendar. 
Jesus’s contributions were many. His most well-known may have been his admonition to us to love our neighbor as ourself.
He’s also famous for feeding a multitude of followers by the sea of Galilee with only a few loaves of bread and some fish. I assume the food went as far as it did for the same reason it does in my house.

The multitudes were all picky eaters.

M is for Morrison

Jim Morrison, the Lizard King, was only 27 when he died in Paris in 1971.
I have never looked particularly good in leather pants.

L is for Lovecraft

H.P. Lovecraft was 46 when he succumbed to cancer in 1937 after postponing going to the doctor’s office like a typical guy. Not famous in his lifetime he’s posthumously become known as one of the founding fathers of horror fiction.
I keep all my doctor’s appointments.

Friday, April 14, 2017

K is for Kennedy

Pretty sure I’ve outlived half the Kennedy clan.
Joe Kennedy Jr., died at 29 in 1944.
Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy was 28 when she died in 1948.
John F. Kennedy was 46 when he was assassinated in 1963
and Robert Kennedy was 42 when he was killed in 1968.
My favorite quote from JFK, the one that seems most relevant today is, “we enjoy the comfort of opinion, without the discomfort of thought.”

Thursday, April 13, 2017

J is for Jones

Not just the protagonist of a Grateful Dead tune, Jonathan “Casey” Jones was a real life train engineer who died at 37 because he stayed on his train trying to slow it down rather than jumping to safety. Casey Jones was the only fatality when his train collided with Engine 83 outside of Canton, Mississippi on April 30, 1900. Not only immortalized by Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Wallace Saunders, Jones’s friend and colleague wrote “The Ballad of Casey Jones” which has been recorded numerous times in various incantations.
I too, enjoy riding public on transportation.

I is for Iscariot

I don’t know how old Judas Iscariot was when he killed himself after turning Jesus over to the Roman authorities for 30 pieces of silver but since he was a contemporary of the 33-year old carpenter’s son, I think it’s safe to say he was less than 50 years old when he died.
Cornelia Parker’s “Thirty Pieces of Silver,” is one of my favorite art installations.

Monday, April 10, 2017

H is for Houdini

Escape artist Harry Houdini was known for escaping from milk crates, chains, and straitjackets, but he died in 47 in 1926 from an apparent appendicitis. There are days when I can't get out of my own way but I did survive having my appendix removed in 2007.

G is for Guevara

Wikipedia describes Ernesto “Che” Guevara as an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. Not sure how he managed to fit them all into only 39 years.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

F is for Anne Frank

Anne Frank was 15 when she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. She would have been 17 in 1947 when her book “Diary of Anne Frank” was posthumously published. She would have been 52 in 1981 when I read her book in junior high school. She would have been 87 if she were still alive today.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

E is for Elvis

The King of Rock and Roll was 42 when he was found dead in the upstairs bathroom of his mansion, Graceland, supporting the finings that there are more bathroom-related deaths every year then there are shark attacks. 
For years I had a framed poster of Elvis in the downstairs bedroom we used as an office. I remember the time one of my sons pointed to it and asked me, “how are we related to that guy?"

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

D is for Dean

James Dean was 24 when he died in 1955 leaving a wrecked sports car and legions of heartbroken female fans.
I drive a staid and reliable minivan.