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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A to Z Historic Trivia - R


Once majestic and vibrant, over the years, our dear old “Running Man” had basically run his course. He’d seen his share of birds and bats and bobcats long before we arrived with kids and dogs and bobcats of the construction variety to rearrange the desertscape into something he probably didn’t recognize, and we could only imagine. Behind the skeletal remains, and across the city, mountain ranges are visible. On clear days, I count at least five – all the way into Mexico.

Egg Races

The most popular version of the song “Rags to Riches” was recorded by Tony Bennett in 1953. It became a gold record that year. Several years ago, I took my dad to a casino where Tony was performing right outside of town. On the drive home, Dad fondly reminisced the many times he’d seen the singer perform, and thanked me for the latest memory. I figured it was mine as well, and glad to share ;-)

Ralph Lauren had a one-word answer when questioned about his future goals: “Millionaire.”

R.W Rueckheim – Introduced his Cracker Jack snack at the 1st Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 – Toys (inside the box) were added in 1912. Frito-Lay bought the brand in 1997

Rudyard Kipling wrote, “The Jungle Book” in 1894, and in 1897, a poem entitled Recessional. Here is an excerpt:

     If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
      Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
     Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
      Or lesser breeds without the Law—
     Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
     Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Happy blogging!


  1. Hi, diedre!

    Happy "R" Day, dear friend!

    That Running Man cactus is amazing, dear friend! May I assume it is on your property? How old do you think he is? I hope he's not on his last legs. It's awesome that, on a clear day, you can see mountains that lead across the Mexican border.

    Good heavens, Tony Bennett turns 94 this year. It warms my heart to know that you and your dad went to see Tony at a local venue and shared an evening of bonding with music and memories. I read that Tony released his latest recording in September 2018. Wiki says it went into the Guinness Record Book:

    << In September 2018, Bennett re-recorded the George Gershwin song "Fascinating Rhythm", after 68 years and 342 days, according to the Guinness adjudicator, earning the title of "longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by the same artist". >>

    Ralph Lauren must have made that "millionaire" remark many years ago. These days being a millionaire doesn't impress people the way it once did. You need to be a billionaire.

    Cracker Jack is one snack food that I didn't like very much and rarely ate. Fritos is another story. I munched a bunch.

    Thanks for posting the except from Kipling's Recessional, a poem that reminds us of the transient nature of power.

    Have a wonderful day, dear friend diedre!

    1. Hi Shady!

      The Running Man was the only thing we left standing when we "landscaped" years ago. It was wonderful to see everyone being so careful with him. Saguaros are very slow growers. He could have been as old as 50, but they can live for 150 years. Had he lasted a couple more years, he would have been standing behind my daughter and grandson in the Easter Egg races.

      You know, I don't think I've met anyone who didn't like Tony Bennett ;-)

      I'm with you on snack choices, though I did like the silly little prizes.

      Good to see you today, my friend!

  2. That really is quiet a cactus and the kids can keep up with him also amazing.
    Hope you are having a great week and a safe one

    1. Thanks for coming by, Moondust. You have a terrific week as well ;-)

  3. dIEDRE ~

    Kipling sure made a mark in the world of literature. 'Jungle Book', of course. Also 'Gunga Din', and the classic poem 'If'.

    But my favorite (based on the fantastic movie, since I haven't actually read the novella) is...
    {*Beware: Spoilers - they tell the ENTIRE story!*}

    Have you seen this 1975 movie? I would say it falls under the category 'Action', which is far from one of my favorite genres. Nevertheless, this film was so brilliantly and intelligently crafted that I love it! I probably saw it about 5-10 times in the theatre in 1975. Today, of course, I own it on DVD.

    Terrific movie, if you're ever looking for something new (and old) to watch.

    ~ D-FensDogG

    1. Howdy Stephen T.!

      "If" - a timelessly reflective sonnet. Reading it again, at this time, gave me chills.

      I guess I hadn't seen "The Man Who Would Be," (thought I had). You sure present a great case for taking the time to watch it ;-)
      Thanks for your thoughts!


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