In 1976, I started following baseball in general and the New York Yankees in particular. The timing was particularly good, as that was when the Yanks had their resurgence and became a force in the American League again after being also-rans since 1965.
My favorite player on those late 1970s teams was the catcher, Thurman Munson. I've always had a fondness for catchers, partly because they're the ones who call the game, partly because they have the hardest job of anyone on the diamond. (My current favorite Yankee is Jorge Posada.) Thurm was also just fun to watch. He was totally into what he was doing, and he was very very good at it. It was a good time for great catchers, as Thurm was a contemporary of Carlton Fisk and Johnny Bench.
Unfortunately, Thurm's career was cut much shorter than his fellows due to a plane crash that happened 30 years ago today. On 2 August 1979, Thurm -- who was a pilot -- was flying his private plane and it went down.
The last known diary entry by Anne Frank (1944)
Previously called Sextilis (as the 6th month of the old calendar), August was renamed in 8 BCE, in honor of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus, who claimed this month ot be lucky, asi t was the month in which he began his consulship, conquered Egypt, and had many other triumphs.
Greengrocers rise at dawn of sun, August the fifth--come haste away. / To Billingsgate the thousands run. / 'Tis Oyster Day! 'Tis Oyster Day!
Dry August and warme, / Dothe harvest no harme.
Take heed of sudden cold after heat.
Gather not garden seeds near the full moon.
A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
Bob Hope (1903-2003)
Got the script for Farscape #2 done yesterday and today, and it's off with Rockne. Spent the non-writing time this weekend going to karate, watching TV, and seeing some good Irish music at the local Irish pub, which I've been meaning to go to, but didn't until last night.
Tomorrow, I start the plan whereby I spend an hour on spec work, then the rest of the day doing the daily 1625 words of Supernatural: Heart of the Dragon.
For the rest of the night, I have some research to do for a comics pitch....