Archive for December 2005
Mr. Maher has reminded me of an American History episode, about how did all those Texians get in here? Robert Gardiner, the last heir to what was the manor of Gardiners Island “out east” on Long Island (where Pinewood West Studios is) told us that his great-aunt First Lady Julia Gardiner was very influential in getting Texas into the Union, so much so, Gloria Swanson said to him it would take a Vivian Leigh to play her. She was 19 or so below decks with the recently widowed President Tyler on the US Princeton, when the “Peacemaker” cannon, supplied “free” by the Haddersley Forge of NYC, exploded killing her father Senator Gardiner, two Cabinet members and others, while they were both raising a toast of champagne. She fell into his arms, in the finest Parisian fashion, where the Gardiners often schooled, and later added four children to President Tyler’s ten. She was said to have been the “prettiest First Lady” ever and her persuasion helped get Texas into the Union according to Mr. Gardiner, now deceased.
Ex-President Tyler was in charge of Richmond, VA during the Civil War, and died there, after Julia Gardiner rushed from Tidewater up in the middle of the night on horseback, a premonition driving her. Both the Union and the Confederacy ceased hostilities long enough to let the grieving First Lady through enemy lines back to New York City, where she was later the center of the press’ attention over a contested will regarding expensive Manhattan real estate. Mr. Gardiner relayed that during Law School he hid from the “precedent” attributed to his name the case set. He also served in WWII in the Navy aboard the “U.S. Princeton” in Naval Intelligence. It remains to be seen what will happen to Gardiners Island, in the family since 1639. And that’s how Texians became Texans and every farm hand in the U.S. got the name “Tex”? Happy New Year Bill Maher and everyone else. It’s good to see someone can breakout of type casting.
I joined the “William Shatner DVD Club” which was the only piece of mail we got yesterday (“A new Sci-Fi, Horror, or Fantasy DVD Every Month!”). Oh the horror! I put on the “Wolves of Wall Street”, (just got a DVD player/recorder from IchibanPC in Las Vegas, NV for $40, free shipping for Christmas, a NEC OEM) instead of “Ginger Snaps” (which, I read is from the same Montreal director that had Rutger Hauer in “Hemoglobin” renamed since, on Grand Manan Island, NB, Canada at the Swallowtail Lighthouse, now a “bed and breakfast” since automation and new technology, the best GPS was installed in the Bay of Fundy I followed though a dramatic light, nonetheless.) The hero in “Wolves of Wall Street” (with Julia Roberts brother, Eric Roberts as the Michael Douglas devil-like, but more reality based, “Wall Street”) travels to NYC to be a broker and goes into my former employer’s building to meet Louise Lasser, the landlady, which has two entrances, 40 Exchange Place or 25(?) William Street! (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman!) Very strange. Spike Lee and Denzel Washington were last seen there too when I was working there at the beginning of Fall end of summer. Interesting film, the bad brokers are also “werewolves”! Lots of local “color” Trinity Church is no longer “black” after 9/11/01 cleaned to its original brown, where the Queen used to exchange a number of peppercorns for it every year. Trinity Church was one of the first in wide-scale unemployment (pre-Martin Scorcese’s 2002, “Gangs of New York” current crime rate down for the 17th year) to establish a “mission” in the Bowery, once NYC’s “Broadway”, (where I’ve done research) Raoul Walsh’s “Regeneration” the first gangster film, was made there, 1915. Peter Bogdonavich was just talking about him, directing “White Heat” with James Cagney on Turner Movie Classics “Essentials” I think used to call him Pablo?
I think this season the Post Office really got tied up, so it seems, from the feedback (or lack thereof) from Registered Mail and EZ-Pass we’ve gotten here at 1918 Holland, in the Bronx (named after Swedes not wanted in New Amsterdam the Broncks, like Hendricks, and other -icks they sometimes turn into -x). I worked on the archaeology of a sharecropper site outside Tennessee Williams’ Columbus, Mississippi that was the childhood home of “Honeybee Hendrix” of West Point, Mississippi, at the Waverly Plantation Ferry Access site in the way of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Barge Canal, chosen by the US Congress over a NYC “Energy Island”. Tombigbee River runs from NE Mississippi into Alabama and into Mobile Bay on the Gulf of Mexico. It’s northern end was connected with the Tennessee River, which can connect with the Ohio, and I dare say if you follow the “drinking gourd”, one gourd became the “banjo”, you might even end up in Canada.
CNN BREAKING NEWS
Ronald Reagan Dies at 93
Aired June 5, 2004 – 16:50 ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
Interesting assortment of commentators.
“1. She was good with Mariah Carey I thought in ‘Wise Girls’ (or various combinations of the two words, this one harkens back to Director E. Mason Hopper’s 1929 one, he later played an uncredited doctor in ‘Sunset Blvd.’ which was on this last weekend. WOW Gloria Swanson once told Robert Gardiner, (he told me) of Gardiners Island, NY, it would take a ‘Vivian Leigh’ to play his great-aunt ‘the prettiest’ First Lady, Julia Gardiner, married to President Tyler, about 40 years younger, after a tragic ‘Peacemaker’ cannon explosion that killed her Senator father and others on the U.S.S. Princeton on the Potomac River about Mount Vernon) though it was made in Canada! She gets ‘drafted’ into an undercover operation on the Mob. Someone should make a film about that ‘free’ Haddersley cannon, cast in NYC (no the cannon).”
I was schooled as an anthropologist (not an apologist) and one of my professors was Marvin K. Opler, Ph.D., then involved in the trans-cultural psychiatry and the “Mid-Manhattan Project” (how do we statistically define “mental fitness” for military duty?) and an honorary Navaho. I learned he had a brother, Morris Opler, also an anthropologist. Morris Opler was recently written about in the “American Anthropologist.” His doctoral thesis, was on the long distance kinship relations of the Apache, native “Americans”. He, apparently, like his brother Marvin Opler, served in the Japanese-American internments in the West in WWII. Morris Opler wrote three legal briefs on behalf of the rights of Americans in internment camps, two of which were heard by the US Supreme Court. I have a vague feeling the third one was over the seizure of “Japanese” in seventeen (17) other countries, forced into internment camps in the U.S. and never recompensed as were U.S. citizens (~ $25k) under the Presidential War Powers Act. Those, then children, are still waiting for a settlement of the government’s admittance of “racism”. Someone out there want to rebring the briefs?
Slate: “The U.S. Naval Observatory has announced that they’ll add an extra second to the nation’s atomic clocks this New Year’s Eveâ€”the first time a “leap second” has been deployed since 1998.”
Last time I heard about this it was the large impoundments of water we’ve built, i.e. dams, near the Equator that have slowed down Earth’s rotation (there’s one coming up in Syria that had/has Iraqi’s Fundies in a knot, no water like “no ticket” in the movies). Some geographers see a coming civil war between the Northern Hemisphere (“haves”) and the Southern Hemisphere (“have nots”) over resources.
I once had a piece of software that was developed by the gentleman measuring the Moon’s distance from the Earth with a laser off the mirrors left behind there in the Apollo/LEM program (Lunar Excursion Module built by Grumman who built, sold and trained the 100 F-14 Tomcat’s in Iran for the Shah) and the software could take two photo’s and recreate a 3-D wire frame from some known distances in the photo. I was really surprised on how far the Moon/Earth distance varies within its orbit (apogee/perigee), which seemed a little underplayed in the article. The Moon is also slowly (very slowly) moving away.
I sometimes wish we had never found the prototype to the “Swamp Angel” at the marsh edge in Cold Spring, NY where the Chicago Bridge and Steel Co., once had its over 500′ long “Bridge Shop”, on concrete stanchions until the fire in 1913 put it out of business in Cold Spring, it a worldwide and local producer of bridges (one still in New Jersey, and still in business today). Under one of the pyramidal “pads” or footings that once held up the steel covered assembly-line shed, with a rail line in it and others alongside it, with gantry cranes outside and various steam driven lifters of ironwork for assembly and riveting inside had been, were the remains of the prototype “Parrott” platform on-top of the piled “grillage” of small diameter trees, perhaps floating at one time, with what appeared to be in old “stereo-pair” photographs, a two story observation tower, supplied by a different load-bearing rail, one that brought weapons of mass destruction that brought asunder, where later, created spans brought people together.
State of South Carolina’s listing for the “Swamp Angel“.