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WITandWISDOM(tm) - August 30, 2001

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh. - W. H. Auden


In a little Indiana town, there was a 15-year-old boy with a brain tumor. He was undergoing radiation and chemotherapy treatments. As a result of those treatments, he had lost all his hair. I don't know about you, but I remember how I would have felt about that at his age - I would have been mortified! This young man's classmates spontaneously came to the rescue: all the boys in his grade asked their mothers if they could shave their heads so that Brian wouldn't be the only bald boy in the high school.

A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul, By Canfield, Jack; Hansen, Mark Victor, Published by Health Communications, Inc. Copyright (c) April 1995, ISBN: 1558743316 http://isbn.nu/1558743316/price

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Some actors' real names and why they changed them...
Part 2 of 2 [Aug 20, 30]

Cary Grant changed his name from Archibald Leach and took the name "Cary" from Cary Lockwood, the character he played in the stage comedy Nikki.

Rock Hudson was advised by his agent to change his name from Roy Sherer. The agent consulted an atlas to come up with a compound of the Rock of Gibraltar and New York State's Hudson River.

Zeppo Marx was christened Herbert Marx but was known as "Zeppo" because his birth coincided with the first Zeppelin.

Zero Mostel was born Samuel Joel Mostel but was nicknamed "Zero" on account of his appalling school grades.

Luke Perry started out as Coy Luther Perry III but chose Luke from his favorite movie, Cool Hand Luke, which he had first seen at the age of five.

Omar Sharif was Michael Shalhoub until he took "Omar" from second World War hero General Omar Bradley and "Sharif" from the Arab word for nobility, sherif.

Sigourney Weaver was born Sunan Weaver but chose her distinctive first name from a character in the novel The Great Gatsby.

Oprah Winfrey was a mistake. Her name was supposed to be the biblical "Orpah" but the midwife spelled it wrong on the birth certificate.


"My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint." - Erma Bombeck

Source: Awesome Quotes, http://www.coolnewsletters.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Chuck Swindoll told a story of how a number of years ago a wealthy woman wanted to buy a $7,500 bracelet. Unsure of the purchase she wired her husband for approval. He wired her back with the message, "No, price too high."

In the transmission, however, the comma was omitted and the message came back to the woman, "NO PRICE TOO HIGH." Encouraged by her husband's generosity she bought the expensive bracelet.

Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2000, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm

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