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Composer Gustav Mahler    Composer Gustav Mahler
[1860 - Gustav Mahler, composer, conductor, born in Kaliste, The Czech Republic]

Painter Marc Chagall    Painter Marc Chagall    Painter Marc Chagall    Painter Marc Chagall with his Song of David
[1887 - Marc Chagall (Mark Zakharovich Shagal), artist, born in Vitsyebsk, Russia]

Director George Cukor    Film Director George Cukor
[1899 - George Cukor, director, born in New York City]

Director Vittorio De Sica    Director Vittorio De Sica
[1902 - Vittorio De Sica, director, born in Sora, Italy]

Pitcher Satchel Paige    Satchel Paige Hall of Fame plaque    Baseball Great Satchel Paige
[1906 - Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, Hall of Fame baseball great, born in Mobile, Alabama]

Hall of Famer Billy Herman    Billy Herman Hall of Fame plaque    Hall of Fame Second Baseman Billy Herman
[1909 - William Jennings Bryan "Billy" Herman, Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman, born in New Albany, Indiana]

Composer Gian Carlo Menotti    Opera Composer Gian Carlo Menotti    Composer Gian Carlo Menotti
[1911 - Gian Carlo Menotti, Pulitzer prize-winning composer, born in Cadegliano, Italy]


Presidents Advisor Larry O'Brien    NBA Commissioner Larry O'Brien
[1917 - Lawrence Francis 'Larry' O'Brien, Postmaster General, Hall of Fame NBA Commissioner,
born in Springfield, Massachusetts,]

Trial Lawyer William Kunstler    Trial Lawyer William Kunstler    Trial Lawyer William Kunstler
[1919 - William Kunstler, defense attorney, born in New York City]

Boxing Champ Ezzard Charles    Boxing Champ Ezzard Charles' stamp                                                                   Boxer Ezzard Charles
[1921 - Ezzard Mack Charles, Boxing Hall of Fame heavyweight champion, born in Lawrenceville, Georgia]                [Photo Credit: Cincinnati Museum Center.]

Singer Mary Ford    Singer Mary Ford with Les Paul
[1924 - Mary Ford (Iris Colleen Summers), singer, born in Pasadena, California]

Solomon Islands Native Warriors in full battle dress
[1978 - Solomon Islands gain independence]

Bankruptcy Next for Uncle?

Uncle Sam giving away your money to the rich

Our favorite Uncle has fallen on hard times indeed. Bad enough that his moral leadership was compromised by a falsely justified aggressive assault on a foreigner, and by sordid revelations about his shameful abuse of those placed in his care. His profligate spending has put him in serious debt because he continues to indulge his favorite children at the expense of the most needy, and mortgages the future of his family for unnecessary new foreign adventures, clothes, vehicles, and gadgets. He has been labeled a poor neighbor who only talks to others when he needs their help, and who litters the landscape with the waste products of his excessive lifestyle, all the while refusing to obey the laws made to protect the environs. His neighbors may, in future, forgive him these transgressions if he continues to acknowledge his vices along with his virtues, and behaves more responsibly. Sadly, his inability to produce a reasonable family budget and control his burgeoning debt has further tarnished his reputation.

Uncle Sam wants you to do as he says

All this has the family mighty worried, but the thing that really should trouble us has not even been mentioned yet. One notices that his bad temper and autocratic manner have, in years past, driven off some of the foreign exchange students who used to flock to his mansion and study here at the local schools. Many of them stayed on in the neighborhood and contributed important innovations to his business ventures. If they go elsewhere and hook up with the competition it could create a serious imbalance in intellectual capital to match the current trade deficit. If Uncle doesn't reverse this alarming trend he could lose his competitive edge. Should this happen, he will be in real trouble.

Uncle Sam in debt; your children must pay

William's Whimsical Words:

Uncle now must translate his improved attitude into good deeds to prove he is again a good and welcoming neighbor.

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