Archive for May, 2011

Granted, “ever” is a little less than a year, and I’m sure that there are a lot of blogs with a great deal more traffic than mine, but when I started “Those Amazing Humans” back in July 2010 I had 250 readers/month. This month I passed 1000 readers for the first time and as of 7:30 PM, 5/31/11, 1,165 readers have checked in for the month of May. Thank you for being one of them, and if I’m doing something you like, please come back and bring your friends.


Great Godfather of Rap?

10 facts about Gil Scott Herron:

1. Gil Scott-Heron was born in Chicago, but lived in Tennessee during his early years, before settling in the Bronx.

2. Gil Scott-Heron attended college at Lincoln University and earned a masters from John Hopkins University.

3. Gil Scott-Heron completed his first book of poetry at the age of 13.

4. Gil Scott-Heron never liked recording in the studio, he preferred playing his music live.

5. Gil Scott-Heron’s father was a professional soccer player. He played for the Glasgow Celtics. His mother was a librarian.

6. Gil Scott worked with legendary Chicago soul music architect Johnny Pate for his second album, 1971′s Pieces of a Man. Other musicians on the album include collaborator Brian Jackson, Ron Carter on bass, Hubert Laws on the flute and drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie.

7. Gil Scott served time in prison for possession of cocaine.

8. 2010′s I’m New Here, was Gil Scott’s first studio album in 16 years.

9. in 1975, Gil Scott-Heron was the first artist signed to Clive Davis’ new label, Arista Records.

10. Gil Scott-Heron was a teacher of literature at Federal City College in Washington.

The above list was copied from an attractive and informative bunch who write, bop, and stroll at:

and is attributed to “staff”. RIP Gil Scott Herron.

Fruit salad galore.

I am old enough to remember being wowed by the exploits of Audie Murphy in the filmization of his autobiographical book, “To Hell and Back”. So I offer him as my special Memorial Day tribute to our men and women in uniform along with my most fervent wishes that greater and greater numbers of our military forces be brought home safely.

From Wikipedia:

Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924 – May 28, 1971) was a fifth grade dropout from an extremely poor family who became the most decorated American soldier of World War II. After the war he became a celebrated movie star for over two decades, appearing in 44 films. He also found some success as a country music composer.

Murphy became known as the most decorated United States soldier of the war during twenty-seven months in action in the European Theatre. He received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest award for valor, along with 32 additional U.S. and foreign medals and citations, including five from France and one from Belgium.

Murphy’s successful movie career included To Hell and Back (1955), based on his book of the same title (1949) . He died in a plane crash in 1971 and was interred, with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery.


The random selection process for TAH #331 went as follows. A friend posted an article on the bumblebee bat, worlds smallest flying mammal, on facebook yesterday. I googled a picture of the cute little booger. This got me thinking about bats. Then I decided to draw a picture of Bob Kane, creator of Bat Man. When I looked for images of Mr. Kane I was captivated by this image of Conrad Veidt in his makeup as the title character in a silent film, “The Man Who Laughs”. This was evidently the inspiration for Kane’s character, The Joker, Bat Man’s longtime nemesis. Pretty easy to see that eh? Anyway, here’s my drawing of the old promotional photo, followed by a bit of Wiki.

Say cheese.

Conrad Veidt (22 January 1893 – 3 April 1943) was a German actor best remembered for his roles in films such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919), The Man Who Laughs (1928), The Thief of Bagdad (1940) and Casablanca (1942). After a successful career in German silent film, where he was one of the best paid stars of Ufa, he left Germany in 1933 with his new Jewish wife and settled in the United Kingdom, where he participated in a number of films before continuing to the United States around 1941.

Early Tree Hugger


Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Carson began her career as a biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her financial security and recognition as a gifted writer. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the republished version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. Together, her sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life, from the shores to the surface to the deep sea.

In the late 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation and the environmental problems caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented portion of the American public. Silent Spring, while met with fierce denial from chemical companies, spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy—leading to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides—and the grassroots environmental movement the book inspired led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.

Viva la Raza

César Estrada Chávez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsesaɾ esˈt̪ɾaða ˈtʃaβes]; March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW).

A Mexican American, Chávez became the best known Latino civil rights activist, and was strongly promoted by the American labor movement, which was eager to enroll Hispanic members. His public-relations approach to unionism and aggressive but nonviolent tactics made the farm workers’ struggle a moral cause with nationwide support. By the late 1970s, his tactics had forced growers to recognize the UFW as the bargaining agent for 50,000 field workers in California and Florida. However, by the mid-1980s membership in the UFW had dwindled to around 15,000.

Chavez was a charismatic, gifted speaker who inspired Latinos to band together and devote themselves to the farmworkers’ movement. Claiming as his models Emiliano Zapata, Gandhi, Nehru, and Martin Luther King, he called on his people to “Make a solemn promise: to enjoy our rightful part of the riches of this land, to throw off the yoke of being considered as agricultural implements or slaves. We are free men and we demand justice.”

All above text from Wikipedia.

Happy Birthday Bob.