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The Greatest

I was born in 1956. I enjoy history, comedy, sports, movies. I began to think what were the 10 American Events with the Greatest Impact, 10 Favorite comedians, 10 Favorite Athletes, 10 Americans with the most impact , 10 favorite movies of my lifetime, 10 favorite Musical Acts?

Type your cut contents here.  1) Man Walks on the Moon  2) Vietnam war Ends;  3) Nixon Resigns 4)  Bush v. Gore; 5)  September 11, 2001;  6) Civil rights Act;  7) JFK shot; 8) MLK shot; 9) Roe v. Wade; 10) Nixon goes to China.Type your cut contents here.  1) Woody Allen;  2) Sid Caesar; 3) Ernie Kovacs  4) Lenny Bruce;  5) Mel Brooks; 6) Billy Crystal; 7) Stephen Wright;  8 Steve Martin;  9) Bill Cosby; 10) Jerry SeinfeldType your cut contents here.  1) Mickey Mantle; 2) Sandy Koufax; 3) Walt Frazier;  4) Willie Mays; 5)  Tiger Woods;  6) Muhammed Ali; 7) Bill Bradley; 8) Bryan Trottier; 9) Brooks Robinson; 10) Mariano Rivera.Type your cut contents here. 1) Martin Luther King; 2) Richard Nixon; 3) Bill Clinton;  4) Robert McNamara; 5) George W. Bush; 6)Alan Greenspan; 7) Ronald Reagan;  8) Lyndon Johnson;  9) Archibald Cox; 10) Walter Cronkite.Type your cut contents here.  1) The Godfather; 2) Manhattan; 3) Butch Cassidy and The Sundance KId; 4) The Graduate; 5) The Manchurian Candidate; 6) Cabaret; 7) Schindler's List; 8) Tootsie; 9) A Shot in the Dark; 10) American GraffitiType your cut contents here. 1) The Beatles; 2) Paul Simon (with and without Garfunkel); 3) Buddy Holly;  4) Carole King; 5) Bruce Springsteen 6) Elton John; 7) The Who: 8) Chuck Berry; 9) Elvis Presley; 10) Bob Dylan.Type your cut contents here. !) To Kill a  Mockingbird;  2) Catch 22 3) Huckleberry Finn;  4) A Plot Against America; 5) Goodbye Columbus; 6) The Great Gatsby;  7) John Adams; 8) Hearts in Atlantis; 9) Gentleman's Agreement; 10) No Ordinary Time.Type your cut contents here. 1) Your Show of Shows; 2) Taxi; 3) You Bet Your Life; 4) NYPD Blue; 5) Seinfeld; 6) The Dick Van Dyke Show; 7) Newhart; 8) All in the Family; 9) The West Wing; 10) Saturday Night Live.Type your cut contents here. 1) Cabaret; 2) Les MIserables; 3) Phantom;  4) Inherit the Wind; 5) Chicago; 6) Fiddler on the Roof; 7) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; 8) Judgment at Nuremberg; 9) Avenue Q;  10) Tommy.


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Sep. 20th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Ten is not enough
I can't believe that I forgot Robin Williams, Johnny Carson & Bob Newhart and Bill Gates.

I'm on my way back to the computer. I may add books & theater.
Sep. 20th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Ten is not enough
I added three more categories.
Sep. 21st, 2008 12:46 am (UTC)
I didn't quite understand the cutting part, so am just giving you my list like this. I hope this is okay. Aren't we supposed to be working today? :)

Distraction Ho!!

This is my list in this moment. Who knows what tomorrow brings.

I was born in 1949.

Events with the Greatest Impact in America:

For the Natives, the white man coming.
The Revolutionary War
The Civil War
Arrival of the train.
Women getting the vote.
Vietnam War


Robin Williams
Jon Stewart
Bill Maher
Stephen Wright
Bill Cosby
Woody Allen
Steve Martin
Jerry Seinfeld
Carol Burnett
Lucille Ball

10 favorite athletes

Joe Montana
Jerry Rice
Tiger Woods
Mickey Mantle
John Wooten
Lew Alcindor – Kareen Abdul-Jabbar
Muhammad Ali
Eric Liddell
Morihei Ueshiba – founder of Aikido
Barry Bonds

10 Americans with the most impact

Eleanor Roosevelt
Franklin Roosevelt
Abraham Lincoln
Martin Luther King Jr.
Rosa Parks
John Adams
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson
Alexander Hamilton

10 Favorite Movies

Lawrence of Arabia
It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Dr. Zhivago
Amazing Grace
The Power of Song
Dead Poet’s Society
Into Great Silence
Dances with Wolves
Enlightenment Guaranteed
The Story of the Weeping Camel

11 Favorite Musical Acts

Pete Seeger
Peter, Paul, and Mary
Judi Collins
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Ian Anderson
Leonard Cohen
Moody Blues
Hot Tuna
Louis Armstrong

10 Favorite Books/Authors

Jane Austen
George Eliot
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Leo Tolstoy
Anton Chekhov
Isak Dinesen
Wallace Stegner
Peter Matthiesen
Robert Pirsig – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Poetry, Cookbooks, nature books, please, don’t make me stop!

Sep. 21st, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
The first album that I ever purchased was Album 1700 by Peter Paul & Mary.
Sep. 21st, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Big smile! I love Peter, Paul and Mary and try to catch their specials on KQED. I had many of their albums, then, tapes, now, CD's. Now I need to get their music on my ipod. Technology is a mystery to me. :)
Sep. 21st, 2008 01:27 am (UTC)
There is a wonderful boxed set of PPM that came out about 4 years ago.

Last summer I was walking on the West side of NY and bumped into Peter Yarrow.
Sep. 21st, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Wow!! I'll look for the boxed set. My kids were raised on PPM, and we took them when they were really little to see them at the Shoreline Theatre in Mountain View. I think it was their first real concert other than the Nutcracker, which is not really a concert, I suppose. We all had fun!
Sep. 21st, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
I need to work on my own list (mid-1960s, almost a baby buster, heehee), but thanks for the idea! The worst part for me is prioritizing a list down to only 10. *grins*
Sep. 21st, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
I do this sort of post when I'm out of ideas, or something reminds me of my youth. Not enough thought went into it.
Sep. 21st, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Forgive the tangent but ...
I guess I do the same as well at times, just musing about my life and experiences.

Also I admit I'm uncertain about this, but last Monday, I had posted on your no_netspeak community. Admittedly I don't check responses and related very much, but trying to remember to check my blog and related more often.

I just read (and responded to) papananook's and I admit I was a bit taken aback by this first response to me, on my first real post in the comm. As usual, I wrote a long response to him.

Admittedly it could have been the relative volatility of the topic and the timing (it was on Monday, when most people were becoming aware of the brunt) so maybe it's just the emotionalism. I'm wondering if I'm off-base, or if this is just typical (of either the comm, or of the participant). I'm debating leaving the comm, but would stay if it's not really typical.

Sep. 21st, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Forgive the tangent but ...
There are only 4 members of the community. So nothing is typical. He's very passionate about his opinions. He and I have had our differences, mostly about Israel. But he's not a bad guy. I like him.
Sep. 21st, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Clearly you like him (he's clearly a friend, heheh), and he's very "passionate." I'm concerned that he shoots first and asks questions later; he reminds me of a relative (who I now believe probably has severe, undiagnosed adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) who is intense and impulsive. It isn't always a good combination if they are pointing the barrel of a gun at you though I realize that the upside is that they are always honest and blunt, to a fault (literally).

Actually, this also makes me think of an oddly funny (after the fact) mistaken first impression I was victim to. In short, I was at a certain department for some months and a woman, let's say her name is "Phyllis," who I usually don't work with (different shifts) met me. Phyllis was almost INSTANTLY openly hostile to me. I had no idea what inspired this as I usually am pretty quiet and try to remain, at least in the beginning, notably unobtrusive; her demeanor towards me was both bizarre and scary. Later, I spoke with one of our other co-workers who uncovered the issue: Phyllis thought that I was a drug dealer. *Grins* There were one or two reasons why she assumed this, but there were about 101 reasons why it was obviously ridiculous, hah!, but once that was cleared up, she actually apologized to me and was really extremely nice in general. In hindsight, I could certainly understand why she wouldn't like a drug dealer of course, but it was just so bizarre.
Sep. 21st, 2008 02:01 pm (UTC)
Oh and I also posted a request to him on that post to "describe" me, if he's game for it. For reference, the link to the original post:

Sep. 21st, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Not incidentally, I'm half-debating asking him (because I think it would be hilariously funny since I assume it will be completely wrong) if he would describe me, based on my blog and my comment.

Years ago, I did this with someone on the telephone (I was talking to a new date and a co-worker walked in and spoke loudly, as usual) and asked them for a first-instinct description of the voice he heard. It was pretty funny, but also fodder for thoughts about people and first impressions / gut instincts.
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