This week in Literature and Arts

Happy birthday to Ray Bradbury, born August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. As a writer he could do everything, and he understood the power of libraries and was a good guy to boot.

Happy birthday to our friend Kenny Baker, born August 24, 1934, in Birmingham, England. The man who brought R2-D2 to life would be 83 today.

August 25, 1939: MGM releases The Wizard of Oz in U.S. theaters. The film received critical acclaim but bombed at the box office.

When you were a little kid was there anything scarier than that witch and those flying monkeys in their silly bellhop outfits!

Still great fun to watch. Well done, everyone.

Happy 87th birthday to Sir Sean, born Thomas Sean Connery in Edinburgh, Scotland, August 25, 1930.

His first job before enlisting in the navy was a milkman. If it was a James Bond film, he’d sleep with all the women he delivered to every day. If anyone could do it, it’s him.

August 25, 1975: Bruce Springsteen’s third album, Born To Run, is released.

August 27, 1932: At Cleveland’s RKO Palace, brothers Moe and Curly Howard with Larry Fine perform together for the first time.

August 27, 1967: London police find Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein dead. Epstein’s butler summoned officers to the 24 Chapel St. flat after receiving no response to repeated knockings on Epstein’s locked bedroom door. His death is attributed to a mixture of the sedative carbitral and alcohol. He was 32.

And that was the beginning of the end of that.

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