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“Bee attack kills 1,000 pound hog in Arizona” (September 16, 2011): http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44534616/?ocid=ansmsnbc11
Percy Kilbride was a character actor of vast stage experience who craved a variety of challenging roles. If he wanted to be known for any one thing, it was probably versatility.
Percy Kilbride has a single legacy: Pa Kettle.
Welcome to Hollywood, Land of Ten Thousand Ironies!
Well into middle age, Percy Kilbride finally became a movie star playing opposite Marjorie Main in Universal’s “Ma and Pa Kettle” series (late 40′s – mid 50′s). Ma and Pa Kettle were to movies what the Beverly Hillbillies later were to TV–pure rural corn-fed humor, devoid of artistic pretension but long on good fun, and immensely popular. The series spun off of characters portrayed by Main and Kilbride in the movie The Egg and I, and what followed was a series of cash-cow “B” movies that are still entertaining and a great showcase for the two leads. But after several films Kilbride tired of his role as the shiftless-but-lovable patriarch of an enormous brood of children, citing not only the one-dimensionality of the character, but also the increasing physical demands put upon him by slapstick-y writing. So after his final Kettle film (two more were made after his departure from the series), he retired from movies.
Well, just who was this Percy Kilbride fellow? What was he all about? The following articles give a portrait of an atypical Hollywood actor who apparently wanted three things above all: to ACT, to WALK, and to BE LEFT ALONE! Kilbride was a gentleman of old-fashioned manners and habits, bemused and somwhat uncomfortable with his “stardom,” with the singular goals of acting and living by his own definition of contentment. He fit no typical mold, and it seemed to suit him just fine!
Thanks, Percy Kilbride, for your lasting contribution to entertainment!
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While reading in Acts recently, I was struck by Stephen’s last words (Acts 7: 60, above), and by the power they could have as a prayer for anyone. If you see something you know to be wrong, you can pray this prayer; it replaces anger with hope. It can be used for the small or the big; for individual actions or world events. It is a cry for healing and forgiveness. I think when you ask God to forgive someone, you forgive them a little bit yourself. Maybe not completely, but at least you start the process. Moreover, you take the focus off of the wicked or foolish action and put it on Divine Power. I think when we mull over the wrong, we often place it “on the throne”; we are correct to be righteously indignant, but incorrect to let negative thoughts supercede thoughts of God’s grace and power.
Of course, one cannot help also thinking of Jesus’ powerful words at His crucifixion: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23: 34).
Sins are committed for a variety of reasons–ignorance, malice, foolishness, weakness, pride, greed, fear…the list goes on… Whatever the case may be, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.”
Simply put, I love John Kasay!! He will always be one of the greats of this organization, a poised and gracious leader, on and off the field, in both victory and defeat. Consider these career numbers:
Games: 285 (1991-95 Seattle Seahawks, 1995-2011 Carolina Panthers)
Field Goals Made: 433 of 529 (81.9%)
Field Goals Made from 50+ yards: 40 (tied for second all-time)
Extra Points Made: 524 of 535 (97.9%)
Total points: 1,823
Only kicker ever to make four 46+ yard field goals in a single game.
7th player in NFL history to make 400+ career field goals.
Pro Bowl selection, 1996 (at that time, had made the most field goals ever in a single season–37–a record which has since been eclipsed twice, with 39 and 42).
That strong left leg.
Loved by teammates!
My own picture of Kasay booming one against the Baltimore Ravens, 2010, Bank of America Stadium (punter Jason Baker holding).
As always, giving credit to He Whom credit is due.
Goodbye for now, #4. Hope to see you for several more years to come in the NFL, adding to your impressive totals and making a bid for the Hall of Fame! And wherever you may land in the future, please return to retire as a Panther!!
A final act of dignity. (Click, then click again, to enlarge for easier reading.)
How very, very refreshing to find this over on basilrathbone.net! The following is shamelessly cribbed, ver batim, from that site:
(open this in a new window and you can listen to some appropriate music as you read: http://youtu.be/LZBYImQOyoY)
|Set a big and worthwhile goal for yourself.|
|Keep close to God.|
|Spend time with your mother and father.|
|Be selective in what you read, and programs you watch, etc.|
|Demand the best.|
|Show an interest in teenager problems.|
|Take responsibility — don’t dodge it!|
|Improve your ability to communicate your ideas.|
|Prepare for your own home.|
Rathbone discusses the youth of 1960.
Now get on over to basilrathbone.net and find lots of other great information.