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TLBSPEDIA: MEAT LOAF

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Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27 1947, in Dallas, Texas. The son of Orvis Aday, a police officer, and his wife, Wilma, Meat Loaf (it’s never been clear as to how he got the nickname) had a difficult childhood. His father was a well-known drinker, and it wasn’t uncommon that his binges left Wilma placing her son in the care of her mother.

These troubled stretches, however, did little to dampen Meat Loaf’s ambition. After high school he eventually enrolled at North Texas State University (now called the University of North Texas).

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TLBSPEDIA: FAULKNER

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A Southern writer through and through, William Cuthbert Falkner (the original spelling of his last name) was born in the small town of New Albany, Mississippi, on September 25 1897. His parents, Murry Falkner and Maud Butler Faulkner, named him after his paternal great-grandfather, William Clark Falkner, an adventurous and shrewd man who seven years prior was shot dead in the town square of Ripley, Mississippi. Throughout his life, William Clark Falkner worked as a railroad financier, politician, soldier, farmer, businessman, lawyer and, in his twilight years, best-selling author (‘The White Rose of Memphis’).

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10 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT STEPHEN KING

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Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies. Here are some facts that you probably didn’t know about him:

– He suffers from triskaidekaphobia – fear of the number 13. “The number 13 never fails to trace that old icy finger up and down my spine. When I’m writing, I’ll never stop work if the page number is 13 or a multiple of 13; I’ll just keep on typing till I get to a safe number. I always take the last two steps on my back stairs as one, making 13 into 12. There were after all 13 steps on the English gallows up until 1900 or so. When I’m reading, I won’t stop on page 94, 193, or 382, since the sums of these numbers add up to 13.”

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TLBSPEDIA: MARIA CALLAS

 

 

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American opera singer Maria Callas was born Cecilia Sophia Anna Maria Kalogeropoulos in New York City on December 2, 1923, a date confirmed by the attending physician for the delivery and what is believed to be her birth certificate. (Over the years, discrepancies and confusion have arisen concerning Callas’s birth date. Callas herself, along with school records, had stated she was born on the 3rd while her mother had claimed the 4th.) Her parents, George and Evangelia, were Greek immigrants who eventually shortened their last name to Callas by the time of Maria’s christening.

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CURIOSITIES ABOUT ‘ALLY MCBEAL’

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In September 8 1997, one classic tv show of the 90’s premiered, ‘Ally McBeal’. The show is about Ally McBeal, an unlucky-in-love attorney, takes on peculiar cases while resisting feelings for her ex-boyfriend, who still works at her firm.

Stars: Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski
Creator: David E. Kelley

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this show.

  • Peter MacNicol does not appear in the pilot, though he’s in the second episode as a guest star. He joined the regular cast later in the first season.

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CURIOSITIES ABOUT ‘THE FLYING NUN’

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In September 7 1967, one classic tv show of all time premiered, ‘The Flying Nun’. The show is about the large headgear on 90-pound novice Sister Bertrille, of the convent San Tanco in Puerto Rico, who enables her to fly in any stiff breeze. Her gift enables her to aid others, whether they wish it or not.

Stars: Sally Field, Marge Redmond, Madeleine Sherwood
Creators: Bernard Slade, Harry Ackerman, Max Wylie

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this show.

  • In one episode, Sister Bertrille is looking at home movies of herself from when she was a teenager. The home movies were actually footage from Sally Field’s previous series Gidget (1965).

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TLBSPEDIA: MOTHER TERESA

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Catholic nun and missionary Mother Teresa was born on August 26 1910, in Skopje, the current capital of the Republic of Macedonia. The following day, she was baptized as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. Her parents, Nikola and Dranafile Bojaxhiu, were of Albanian descent; her father was an entrepreneur who worked as a construction contractor and a trader of medicines and other goods. The Bojaxhius were a devoutly Catholic family, and Nikola was deeply involved in the local church as well as in city politics as a vocal proponent of Albanian independence. Continue reading “TLBSPEDIA: MOTHER TERESA”

15 FACTS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT JESSE JAMES

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Jesse Woodson James was an American outlaw, bank and train robber, guerrilla, and leader of the James–Younger Gang. Here are some facts that you probably didn’t know about him:

– Residing in Missouri, the James family owned slaves and supported the Confederacy.

– When Jesse was about 15, Union soldiers seeking information attacked the James household, hanging Jesse’s stepfather from a tree (he survived, but with mental damage) and roughing up young Jesse. This incident is believed to be the spark that led to Jesse joining the Confederate guerrillas.

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TLBSPEDIA: PRINCESS DIANA

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British royalty Princess Diana Spencer was born on July 1 1961, near Sandringham, England. Diana, Princess of Wales, was one of the most adored members of the British royal family. She was the daughter of Edward John Spencer, Viscount Althorp, and Frances Ruth Burke Roche, Viscountess Althorp (later known as the Honorable Frances Shand Kydd). Her parents divorced when Diana was young, and her father won custody of the children. Following her initial education at home, Diana attended Riddlesworth Hall School and then West Heath School.

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