Friday, December 16, 2005

United In Death - December 16

The Clog Almanac Friday Mashup of notables who died on a December 16:

1980 Harlan Sanders - Kentucky Fried Chicken Founder
1944 Glenn Miller - Jazz orchestra leader/composer
1859 Wilhelm Grimm - Comparative philologist and folktale collector

Colonel Sanders was a true Kentucky Colonel, along with Lyndon Johnson and Winston Churchill (yes, you read that correctly!). He started cooking and selling chicken in earnest at age 65, with money from his $165 Social Security retirement check. He sold his franchise business for 2 million finger-lickin-good dollars. Here's a quote attributed to him:
"There's no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can't do any business from there."

Glenn Miller was a
decorated MIA war hero. Read a short bio at the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society.

The Clog Almanac recommends Bruno Bettelheim's very interesting Freudian look at fairy tales: The Uses of Enchantment - The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales.

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