Years ago, on a birthday long forgotten, a girl friend of mine by the name of Regina bought me a book, entitled THE PESSIMIST'S JOURNAL OF VERY VERY BAD DAYS....
It's basically a calender, and for each day of the year, it lists some thing that occurred on that day, that could be considered....well.....if not the END of the world as we know it, than certainly a symptom of the disease.
There is quotation at the front of the book. It's attributed to James Branch Cabell, and it says:
"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist fears this is true."
So, I'm going to give you some of the highlights.
(1989) Ed Koch is still New York City's mayor.
(1968) Alabama Governor George Wallace announces he'll run for President keeping peace in the streets with, "30,000 troops and two-foot-long bayonets."
(1950) "I have in my hand a list of 205...." says Senator McCarthy in Wheeling, West Virginia.
(1985) A St. Louis couple names their newborn son Rambo.
(1989) Police rescue a naked Winona, Minnesota, couple from a collapsible sofa bed after they had folded it shut around themselves in an attempt to copy a stunt seen on the "stupid human tricks" segment of "Late Night With David Letterman."
and finally, for this week,
(1974) The first Susan B. Anthony silver dollar is struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
Good night, and have a pleasant tomorrow.