TUESDAY, May 22, 2012

LUCKY LINDY -- Sunday marked the eighty-fifth anniversary of Charles A. Lindbergh’s history-making flight across the Atlantic from New York to Paris in the “Spirit of St. Louis" in the then-remarkable time of 34 hours in the air.

 Lines of French soldiers and police had to shield the aviator from a surging crowd of 100,000 who had come to greet him upon his arrival. 

Gently lifted from the cramped cockpit, he said, “Well, I made it.”


In the coming days and months, Lindbergh would be honored as a true American hero with a stamp commemorating his fantastic feat.

 ...and a Time Magazine cover.

It was a truly remarkable achievement -- hours and hours in the dark night sky... completely on his own... no food except a sandwich he’d made himself... a small flask of water... wondering how he got himself into this...  oh -- sorry, that's today -- flying on Delta.

AISLE BE SEEING YOU -- A day after the Facebook stock IPO, the social net’s founder and $20 billionaire Mark Zuckerberg marched down the aisle with his longtime girlfriend, UC Med School grad Priscilla Chan among friends and relations who had gathered for what they were told would be a graduation party for Chan at Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto, CA home.  The happy couple had spent the previous night hammering out a prenup that, in the event of a split, gives her North America, South America and Australia while he gets Africa, Europe and Asia.  They’ll share joint custody of the dog and the Kardashians.

Oh, and if you’d like to send a gift, there’s still time.  They’re registered at “Bed, Bath & Beyond Their Fondest Dreams.”

BURBERRY NOT COASTING -- A New York federal judge signed an order allowing famed British trench coat maker Burberry to shut down on-line outlets purporting to sell legitimate Burberry products.  Burberry alleged that the China-based websites, copying the company's trademark, logo and advertising image, were selling shoddy replicas of Burberry products including handbags, scarves, shoes, wallets, belts, ties, outerwear and sunglasses.  Probably would have gotten away with it, too, if they hadn’t offered a free Rolex knock-off with each purchase.

(Real trench coat $2495; bag $3,065)

FATHER’S DAY JOB -- Thirty-two year old Desmond Hatchett of Knoxville, Tennessee has a large problem.  He’s fathered thirty-two children by eleven different mothers and owes child support to each of them pursuant to a court order.  Problem is, he works for minimum wage which means that some months, the moms get $1.49 each in compliance with Knox County child support laws that take half of his wages.   This guy has astounded the geneticists – he has all the attributes of a top NBA athlete except the ability to play basketball.

Copyright (c) 2012  by Robert L. Mills  All Rights Reserved

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