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Beware of the IDES...

Yes, today is March 15th, Shakespeare said it best. The Ides of March.
On this day in history, Julius Caesar was warned by soothsayers to "beware of the Ides of March". Julius didn't heed the warnings and he was stabbed by Marcus Brutus on the Ides of March in 44 BC. Amazingly, it's ominous and foreboding portent has sustained itself over the centuries. Which only stands to support the new thought concept of race consciousness being the pervading atmosphere; Biblical reference to resisting and persisting; and FDR with "what we have to fear, is fear itself."

Is it fear or superstition? From today's column on superstition, written by Lisa Anderson in the Chicago Tribune she cites the following: "It is estimated that as many as 9 percent of Americans are paraskevidekatriaphobics (pronounced pair-uh-skev-vee-day-cat-tree-uh-foe-bicks), that is, fearful of Friday the 13th. That is not to be confused with triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13.&quo…

Then and now...

After realizing that today was March 10th, I reflected back to March 10,1974 when I did my first day's work on the movie, "The Sunshine Boys" that starred Walter Matthau and George Burns.

Don asked me to recall what that day was like and I had a sweet trip down memory lane as I thought back to as many of the details as I could about my first major motion picture. How did I feel? WOW! I was reporting to work at one of the largest and most historically Hollywood studios, M.G.M. in Culver City, California. This was the same M.G.M. that had produced all of my most favorite movie musicals---the theatrical home of the one and only, my beloved, Gene Kelly. I was in heaven--that's how I felt!

It was an interesting dichotomy of emotions because in the midst of my wide-eyed enthusiasm, was a wide-eyed innocence about the human details of making a movie. Let's just say, that not all of the people involved were friendly; and they certainly cared very little about the you…