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Theater Mgr Lilian Baylis Discourages Romance
The famed theater manager Lilian Baylis vehemently discouraged romances between performers in her companies. When a young actor and actress visited her office hand in hand one day, Baylis ignored them for some time before looking up from her desk. "Well," she finally asked, "what is it?" "We're in love, Miss Baylis," the actor tentatively began, "and we—ah—want to get married." "Go away," Baylis barked. "I haven't got time to listen to gossip!"
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Persepolis, Iran
Charles De Gaulle's Tour Of Persepolis
During an official tour of Iran one year, French president Charles de Gaulle and his entourage visited the ancient city of Persepolis. De Gaulle soon found himself standing in the scorching sun while a curator delivered an exhaustive lecture on the history of the city from the earliest settlements to the present day. By the time he had reached the conquest of Persepolis by Alexander the Great, de Gaulle was furious. "Thus Alexander conquered the city and destroyed it," the curator finally announced. "Fine," de Gaulle interrupted. "Let's go and see what's left." And with that, the group departed.
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Howard Dean: Driven
While campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, Howard Dean and veteran campaign manager Joe Trippi drove from Vermont to New York city. Dean was characteristically eager to get to work: "When we left," Trippi later recalled, "I said, 'This is gonna be four and a half frickin' hours. Can we stop and get some Diet Pepsi?' And Howard says, 'Of course, Joe.' Then he got on the road, like pedal to the metal, and wouldn't stop. 'The next exit, can we stop?' [No.] 'The next exit, can we stop?' [No.] "I knew it was a game. So finally, about halfway through, I said, 'You know, Dick Gephardt would have stopped by now.'" At the very next exit, Dean ...
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When Peter Falk Lit A Cuban Cigar With A Candle
Actor Peter Falk once attended a party that fellow actor Dabney Coleman was holding for his daughter, who had just been married: "Well, a guy there took out a Cuban cigar and handed it to me," Falk recalled. "I thanked him and eagerly lit it up. I was so eager I didn't even bother to get out my cigarette lighter. I just grabbed the candle on the table where my wife and I were sitting and used that. "Well, the first couple of puffs were heaven. And then suddenly the whole 25-buck cigar went up in flames that got bigger and bigger. I said, 'What is this—Halloween?' I thought it was a trick someone was playing on me. I ...
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Walt Disney's Litter Studies
According to legend, Walt Disney visited other theme parks and observed how long people held on to trash before dropping it on the ground. Now, wherever you are in a Disney park, a trash receptacle is rarely more than thirty steps away.
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When Peter Fonda Saw His Father Die Onscreen
As a child, Peter Fonda was horrified after seeing Chad Hannah, in which the character played by Henry Fonda (his father) is eaten by a lion, while the older man was away. Peter, convinced that he had seen his father die, was rather confused when the older man returned.   Years later, Peter took his daughter Bridget to see The Hired Hand, at the end of which his own character dies. He took precautions to ensure that Bridget would not be traumatized as he had been. "When that part was coming up," she later recalled, "my father said, 'Go wait in the lobby now.' I felt like I was out there forever, sitting there with my brother. It's gotta be over ...
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George Eastman's Suicide Note
Shortly after Kodak founder George Eastman's suicide, a note was found explaining his decision. "My work is done," it read. "Why wait?"  [Fun fact: Eastman, ironically, hated having his picture taken.] 
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Louis Lyautey Orders The Planting Of A Slow-Growing Tree
One day shortly after the end of World War I, French General Louis Lyautey asked his gardener to plant a particular type of tree on his estate. The gardener objected that the tree, being unusually slow to grow, would take nearly a century to reach maturity. "In that case," the marshal replied, "there is no time to lose. Plant it this afternoon!" This was one of John F. Kennedy's favorite stories.
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An Entrepreneur Learns A Lesson About International Patents
From inventorprise.com:  The biggest advantage of an international [patent] application? It buys you two and a half years—30 months of precious time to decide which if any specific foreign patent protections make sense...  Most of all, it's like getting international 'idea insurance.' A few months ago I read of a young, female American entrepreneur who took her sure-bet invention to a Hong Kong toy manufacturer. Not wanting to spend time and funds applying for patent protection, she was aiming for immediate production and sales. While she gave the presentation of her life, the manufacturer just didn't seem interested. Imagine her shock six months later while attending a California trade show—there was her invention already manufactured and being marketed by ...
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J. M. Barrie - Advice On Playing A Minor Role
J. M. Barrie was approached one day by an inexperienced cast member who was anxious to give his minor role the proper interpretation. "I am glad you have asked me," Barrie said. "I should like you to convey when you are acting it that the man you portray has a brother in Shropshire who drinks port." [A similar tale is told of Dame May Whitty.]