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07-21-2015 Journal–Strange, Weird & Creative!   Leave a comment

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All of us folks who love blogging seem to have that secret wish to be a published and recognized writer.  We read the classics as students and are told by our teachers what great and wonderful authors they were. What they failed to explain was that these same incredible writers had  private lives that were all too often a nightmare.

I’ve spent my life hanging out with creative types and have been amazed. I’ve found myself speechless at times after really getting to know them and seeing them for what they really are, just plain old, screwed up, and faulty human beings like everyone else.  Without their creativity they’d be an average Joe with all the normal problems and complaints.  Unfortunately that creativity gene has the bizarre ability to turn normal run-of-the-mill problems into absolute disasters.  Boozing, drug use, and all too often an early and tragic death.

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With that being said I thought I’d offer up some words of wisdom from some of  our more creative celebrities. This is my lame attempt to show them as just regular folks with a huge twist.  Let’s go . . . .

  • “Listen, everyone is entitled to my opinion.”  Madonna
  • “I wish men had boobs because I like the feel of them. It’s so funny, when I record I sing with a hand over each of them. Maybe it’s a comfort thing.” Baby Spice
  • “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”  Oscar Wilde
  • “I say no to drugs. But they don’t listen.”  Marilyn Manson
  • “I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.”  Woody Allen

In college I found myself living in a small community of artists of all types.  We remained separate from the rest of the school for a number of reasons. First we dressed a little differently, we saw things a little differently, and we didn’t give a damn what other people thought about us. I wish I would’ve had the good sense to write down a few of the more profound quotes they offered up as we sat around drinking wine and smoking a fat one.  We solved all the problems of the world but couldn’t remember any of the solutions the next morning. How ironic!  Keep reading . . .

  • “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die.”  Mel Brooks
  • “If I had a choice of having a woman in my arms or shooting a bad guy on a horse, I’d take the horse. It’s a lot more fun.” Kevin Costner
  • “It’s like when I buy a horse. I don’t want a thick neck and short legs.” Mickey Rourke, on his ideal woman
  • “My advice to you is get married. If you find as good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.”  Socrates
  • “Where the hell is Australia, anyway?”  Britney Spears

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I could go on but I think I’ve made my point.  Creative types normally spend a good part of their lives “out there” on the very edge of “the box” and occasionally fall all the way out.  I’ve been called creative for most of my life and it never seems to be all that complimentary.  It’s always “He’s very creative, but a little strange.”  For most of us that’s our badge of honor and we wear it proudly.

Long Live the Strange!

06-27-2013   Leave a comment

It’s time to get back to the kind of postings everyone seems to enjoy.  So today will be all about celebrities.  It must be nice to have the ability to change your name at any time. There have been times in my life when I wished I could change my name and start fresh some where else.  A really cool name that sounded just right and might make help people to remember me.  I always thought my first name was dull because it seemed to be overused.  JOHN!  How boring can you get?  For a time I was called Charlie based on my middle name but it didn’t stick.  I also never was able to pull off a really cool nickname and to this day I still don”t understand why. 

Oh well, lets move along to today’s posting.  I’m going to supply you with two lists, each with fifteen names. The first will contain the names of fifteen famous celebs you should be familiar with and  a second list of fifteen with their original birth names.  Some will be easy to figure out but most will be much more difficult.  No fair sneaking off to use search engines because that’s just cheating.  I’ll post both lists tomorrow with the correct answers.

The Celebrity Aliases

  • Boris Karloff
  • Mary Pickford
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Samuel Goldwyn
  • W.C. Fields
  • Martin Sheen
  • Michael Keaton
  • Roy Rogers
  • Dale Evans
  • Mel Brooks
  • Jane Wyman
  • Whooping Goldberg
  • Joan Crawford
  • Woody Allen
  • Charlie Sheen

Now for their real birth names.  It makes it much easier to understand why their names were changed.  I can’t imagine seeing some of these names in the credits at the end of a film.  Maybe their agents, friends, and studio heads were correct.  Here are their actual names in no particular order.  Match them up if you can.

The Actual Monikers

  • Michael Douglas
  • Carlos Esteves
  • Melvin Kominsky
  • William Henry Pratt
  • Edda Van Heemsta
  • Francis Octavia Smith
  • Leonard Slye
  • Allen Stewart Kinigsberg
  • Gladys Smith
  • Sam Goldfish
  • Lucille Le Sueur
  • Sarah Jane Folks
  • Caryn Johnson
  • William Claude Dunkenfield
  • Ramon Esteves

I told you they’d be tough.  I honestly struggled to get just four correct. More useless information is scheduled for tomorrow along with todays answers.  Have fun.