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Winston Churchill’s Prime Spot in History

On May 10, 1940 — nearly eight decades ago — Winston Churchill became the Prime Minister of Great Britain by succeeding Neville Chamberlain. The world was never the same and we all look back with reverence for the hard work and vision of Prime Minister Churchill and his work alongside the Allies to heroically win World War II.

Gary Oldman brilliantly portrayed Winston Churchill in the film ‘Darkest Hour.’ It was a great movie. But there is still nothing better than the real deal himself. And with that introduction, here is a short video with footage from 1940 of Winston Churchill and his then new war cabinet.

Winston Churchill is an excellent example of the right person serving in the right position at the right time. And we are eternally grateful for Winston Churchill, whose tenure as Prime Minister of Great Britain cemented his prime spot in history.

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Yes, We Still Believe

The greatest moment in the history of the Winter Olympics happened on this day back in 1980. I think you know what I’m taking you back to…

Now the man who made that perfect sports call.

When the underdog Americans took down the (seemingly) invincible Soviet Union 4-3 at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, that became one of those special sports moments that transcended hockey and even the Olympics. That victory was sublime for a myriad of reasons and it remains a sublime and unforgettable achievement.

The Olympics (winter and summer) means more than some may realize. It’s not just a couple weeks of entertaining TV starring world-class athletes from all around the world. An athlete can train for a lifetime for one shot/one game/one race, etc. And as someone who competed in Junior Olympics and AAU track meets in my younger days, that Olympic moment can change your life in ways you can never imagine in competition and in life outside competition.

In that spirit, let’s bring that same “Miracle on Ice” passion to cheering on our fellow Americans in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, as well as into our daily lives.

Happy Throwback Thursday & USA-USA-USA! 

Short Film’s Latest (& Mostly) Silent Era

“…on this day in 2006, the company that brought the world the blockbuster hits Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003) and The Incredibles (2004) was sold to the Walt Disney Company, their longtime distributor, for a staggering $7.4 billion.”
–Walt Disney announces $7.4 billion purchase of Pixar, History.com

Pixar is an ever-evolving, multi-generational animation game-changer for both in short & feature films. This animation studio, part of Walt Disney, has produced some of the greatest animated movies of all-time. Not all, of course. Let’s not be hyperbolic with no memory of the illustrious past in this industry. However, Pixar’s uniquely subtle style for five to six-minute shorts is something to marvel at with a great deal of satisfaction and happiness.

Bet you didn’t expect that director commentary in the middle of an analysis of Pixar’s animated storytelling techniques. It changes the way you view the whole video, right?

Just call it the eternal magic of movies, real and imagined.

Forever the Twain Shall Meet

How about a Throwback Thursday from the 19th century?

Literary icon Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835.

For a blog that emphasizes writing with creative twists on a myriad of events, celebrating the birth of famed author Mark Twain is a must. Actually, it’s more of an act of gratitude to the man who effectively planted the idea in our impressionable minds as young whippersnappers that this thing in school called “literature” expanded beyond the witty and signature verbiage of William Shakespeare (c’mon, we all struggled in memorizing and understanding Shakespeare in sixth-grade) to a more conversational language of rambunctious kids causing trouble and going off on exciting adventures. We related to these stories as if our own, with a little imagination mixed in for good measure and fun. And while there are countless authors in the world, current, past and surely in the future, there is only a handful in relative terms who have risen above the rest to secure and connect with new generations of readers as the years accumulate far beyond the original publish date of declared classics of the written word.

Mark Twain is regarded as one of these masterful wordsmiths.

Your homework assignment is to read or re-read a book by Mark Twain. This time, from his perspective…

one that profoundly changed the trajectory of American literary history.