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Edna Ferber Corrects The New Yorker
Edna Ferber once wrote a letter to The New Yorker's legendary founder and editor, Harold Ross: "Will you kindly inform the moron who runs your motion picture department," it read, "that I did not write the movie entitled Classified? Neither did I write any of its wisecracking titles. Also inform him that Moses did not write the motion picture entitled The Ten Commandments."
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Florida State Fairgrounds
An Argument About A Stellar Babe Ruth Homer
One day during his stint with the Red Sox, Babe Ruth, who used the heaviest bat in the league, hit a remarkable home run in an exhibition game at the Tampa fairgrounds: After clearing the racetrack, it landed in a distant farmer's field. When a group of New York writers measured things with a surveyor's glass and estimated a distance of 630 feet, a minor row erupted over their competence and the credibility of their measurements. Writer Bill McGeehan agrued that the point was moot. He had no idea know how far it had traveled, he joked, but "when it came down it was covered in ice!"
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Hillary Clinton On The Most Powerful Man In America
One evening during Alan Greenspan's tenure as Federal Reserve Board chairman, First Lady Hillary Clinton appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  "What's it like being married to the most powerful man in the free world?" Leno asked.  Replied Hillary: "Let's ask Andrea Mitchell, Greenspan's wife."  * Greenspan is widely credited with keeping America booming during his years as Fed chairman, from 1987 to 2006.
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Young Glenn Frey - If Your Guitar Had Tits
As a Teenager growing up in Michigan, Glenn Frey loved rock and roll and women—in that order. "Glenn," his mother once told him, "if your guitar had tits and an ass, you'd never date another girl!"  [Fun fact: The Eagles evolved from a band called Teen King and the Emergencies.]
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Just Cause For Divorce?
While having dinner one night, Milton Berle asked his wife for a glass of water. "Milton," she replied, "just for tonight why don't you get it yourself?" Berle, starting for the kitchen door, suddenly stopped and turned. "Where," he asked, "do we keep the water?" [Berle (with the aid of an army of writers) is thought to have compiled some 6,000,000 jokes.]
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Winston Churchill's Monogrammed Door
One day during World War II, Winston Churchill visited a naval base to observe the "Asdic" anti-submarine defense system in action. Taken to an area well populated with submerged wrecks, Winston Churchill watched as the system located a target and a depth-charge was dropped overboard. Moments later, a tremendous underwater explosion rocked the ship and several pieces of wreckage surfaced—among them an intact door emblazoned with the letters "W. C." "The navy always knew," Churchill later quipped, "how to pay proper compliments." ['W.C.' is English slang for a toilet / water closet.]
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Matthau & Steisand
Walter Matthau was no fan of Barbra Steisand's work. "I have more talent in my smallest fart," he once declared, "than you have in your entire body!"
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On April 6, 2000, the following news item appeared in the Dallas Morning News: "Texas' reputation as a law-and-order state is receiving worldwide attention after a Tyler jury sentenced a man to sixteen years in prison for shoplifting a $1 candy bar. "Calls from around the world have flooded the Smith County district attorney's office and the state district court after Kenneth Payne, 29, was sentenced to hard time for the theft of a Snickers from a Tyler grocery on Dec. 17. "'It was a king size,' Smith County assistant district attorney Jodi Brown said after the jury returned its sentencing recommendation." [In 2003, a Dutch furniture store installed a prison cell in its showroom to deter shoplifters.]
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Publisher's Toast
One evening during the Napoleonic wars, the English poet Thomas Campbell caused a stir at a literary dinner by proposing a toast—to Napoleon Bonaparte. Waiting for the din to subside, Campbell raised his voice and continued: "Gentlemen, you must not mistake me. I admit that the French emperor is a tyrant. I admit that he is a monster. I admit that he is the sworn foe of our nation, and, if you will, of the whole human race... But, gentlemen, we must be just to our enemy. We must not forget that he once shot a bookseller, Johann Palm of Nuremberg!" The audience, consisting largely of fellow authors, broke into spontaneous applause. [Among J. M. Barrie's favorite anecdotes was the ...
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One day when he was nearly ninety years old, A.E. Matthews attended a luncheon to celebrate 50 years of film-making at Pinewood Studios. During the luncheon, Sir Leonard Brockington delivered a long, rambling speech. After 25 minutes, he made a significant pause, prompting several guests to begin to applaud. When the noise faded, however, it became apparent that Brockington intended to continue. Matthews was not pleased. "My God," he exclaimed, "doesn't he know I haven't got long to live?"