This and that

by chuckofish

Today we raise a toast to actor Victor Mature, born on this day in 1913 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Not really my type, but not bad

Not really my type, but not bad, right?

Victor is not one of my favorite actors, but funnily enough, he is in two of my favorite movies:

John Ford’s My Darling Clementine (1946)

He played Doc Holliday to Henry Fonda's Wyatt Earp

He played Doc Holliday to Henry Fonda’s Wyatt Earp

and The Robe (1953).

Here he is being bought as a slave by Richard Burton.

Richard Burton buys a slave–Demetrius, the Greek.

In both movies he was given wonderful opportunities to flex his acting muscles in memorable scenes, such as the “Hamlet” scene in Clementine and the “Jungle Animals” scene in The Robe. Indeed, when given the chance (and the right director), we can see that Victor was pretty darn good.

Today is also the birthday of one of our favorite St. Louis Rams, Aeneas Demetrius Williams. He turns 47.

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Aeneas Williams, you will recall, had an illustrious 14-year NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams that included eight Pro Bowls and four All-Pro selections. Last year he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Williams is now a regular on local TV as a color commentator during the football season–but all is secondary to his job as Pastor of The Spirit Church here in town where he has garnered respect as a leader and role model because of his tireless and extensive outreach in the community. He is married and has four children: daughters Saenea (Aeneas spelled backward ), Tirzah, Cheyenne, and a son, Lazarus. Who doesn’t love Aeneas Williams?

Today is also the anniversary of the day in 1907 when Charles Curtis became the first Native American U.S. Senator. A member of the Kaw Nation, Curtis served as a U.S. Representative and Senator from Kansas and then as Vice-President of the U.S. under Herbert Hoover.

curtisThe cool fact that a Native American has served as V.P. of the U.S. was news to me.

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Why do you suppose he is not held up as an icon–because he was a Republican?

Well, high fives all around for Victor, Aeneas and Charles! And have a great day.