When I was a little kid, my mother read me stories from the Shirley Temple fairy tale book. There was a picture on the back of her with her son. She was the same age as my Mom, similar looking. I confused the two in my day-dreams; I wanted to be myself and the son of Shirley Temple, Miss Bright Eyes grown up to be perfect.
I can still remember some of those stories fifty-five years later, which I re-read and studied twenty years later for an M.A. in folklore. And I still like her movies. We need more innocence and joy, not more cynicism and sarcasm. Shirley Temple Black died this year.
So did a lot of great musicians, writers and others. Here's my annual list.
Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith
Bob Casale (Devo)
Franny Beecher (Bill Haley’s Comets)
George Shuffler (Stanley Brothers)
Iola Brubeck (Dave Brubeck’s wife)
Jimmy C. Newman
Joe Frazier (Chad Mitchell Trio)
Little Jimmy Scott
Lorin MaazelMaria von Trapp
Millie Kirkham (Elvis)Paco de Lucia
Roy Campbell, Jr.
Sean Potts (Chieftains)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Lorenzo Semple Jr.
Gregory Jacobs (the S.F. bushman)
Jay Adams (Z-boys)
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Rubin “Hurricane” Carter
Shirley Temple Black
Happy Trials for 2015, Martin
Mutt: 2015, that'll be my year. I'm sure of it.
Jeff: Year to do what?
Mutt: That's what I'm not so sure of. But it's gonna be big.
Jeff: A big bang. Big wind. Don't forget my friend: Never start a vast project with a half-vast idea.
Mutt: Oh yeah, I forgot. Heard any good jokes lately?
Jeff: The same old duds.
Mutt: Doctors tell us there are over seven million people who are overweight. These, of course, are only round figures.
Jeff: What is the purpose of reindeer?
Mutt: Got me.
Jeff: It makes the grass grow, sweetie.
Mutt: Darling, the other day I sent my girlfriend a huge pile of snow. I rang her up and asked, "Did you get my drift?"
Jeff: I don’t know, did she? And where do you find giant snails?
Mutt: I know. On the ends of giant's fingers.
Jeff: Why is Saudi Arabia free of mental illness?
Mutt: Obviously because there are nomad people there.
Jeff: Question: How did Christopher Columbus finance his trip to America?
Mutt: Answer: With the Discover Card.
Jeff: Thought so. So show me where Stalin's buried and I'll show you a communist plot.
Mutt: So four fonts walk into a bar. The barman says "Oi - get out! We don't want your type in here"
Jeff: I was on an elevator the other day, and the operator kept calling me 'son.' I said, 'Why do you call me 'son'? You're not my father.' He said, 'I brought you up, didn't I?'
Mutt: Well? You know, without geometry, life is pointless
Jeff: Happy New Year to you too.