Daily Archives: March 9, 2011

when I’m Sixty-Four, The Beatles




When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now,
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine?

If I’d been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door,
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I’m sixty-four?

oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oooo
You’ll be older too, (ah ah ah ah ah)
And if you say the word,
I could stay with you.

I could be handy mending a fuse
When your lights have gone.
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride.

Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I’m sixty-four?

Every summer we can rent a cottage
In the Isle of Wight, if it’s not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck, and Dave

Send me a postcard, drop me a line,
Stating point of view.
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely, Wasting Away.

Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I’m sixty-four?

Whoo!
Some of you are familiar with this tune, listen to it over and over, for many years, but I’ll ask you: Who’s going to mend your fuse, when the light is gone, and who’s going to mend your sweater, seating by the fireplace? If you have doubts about the answer to one of this questions, better give it a fresh start and a renewed effort, into being nice, affectionate, loving…you know, so you too can good company, when you need it most.

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Simon Rodia and his Watts Towers: Member of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club


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Simon Rodia

Sabato Rodia
Born April 15, 1875(1875-04-15)
Serino, Avellino, Italy
Died July 17, 1965(1965-07-17) (aged 90)
Martinez, California, U.S.
Other names Simon, Sam
Known for Watts Towers

Sabato “Simon” Rodia[1] (April 15, 1875 – July 16, 1965) was an Italian-American architect. Rodia created the Watts Towers, one of the most famous landmarks in Los Angeles.

Biography

Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers

Rodia was born and raised in Serino, Italy.[2][3] He emigrated to the United States with his brother at the age of 15; the two first lived in Pennsylvania until the former died from a mining incident. Rodia then moved to Seattle, Washington, where he married Lucia Ucci in 1902. The couple moved to California and resided in Oakland, where Rodia’s three children were born. Following his divorce from Ucci in 1912, he relocated to Long Beach and worked odd jobs before settling in Watts in 1920.[4]

He began construction of the Watts Towers in 1921, but did not finish them until 1954. Find out more about this man’s life achievement at: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Simon+Rodia. In 1954 Rodia moved to Martinez, California  where he remained until his death on July 16, 1965. Generally, it is believed that Rodia never returned to Watts after moving away from the city.
The Watts Towers official website has photos of the details work that went into the Towers: Some monuments were reconstructed after entire castles were shipped building block after building block from Europe (Hearst Castle), and other were rebuilt, from memory, such as the Watts Towers (Rodia Towers). I think Rodia wanted to rebuild a corner of Italia, here on California soil.
Simon Rodia is member of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club, and he is featured on the LP’ Cover on the top row, the next to the last picture and next to Bob Dylanhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_images_on_the_cover_of_Sgt._Pepper’s_Lonely_Hearts_Club_Band

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band



The Beatles1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has a widely-recognized album cover which depicts several dozen celebrities and other images.

This album cover was created by Jann Haworth and Peter Blake. They won the Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts in 1968 for their work on this cover.

The celebrities and items featured on the front cover are (by row, left to right), can be accessed at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_images_on_the_cover_of_Sgt._Pepper’s_Lonely_Hearts_Club_Band

Today’s Birthday: Bobby Fisher (1943-2008)


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Today’s Birthday

Bobby Fischer (1943)

Fischer was a chess legend who, at the age of 15, became the youngest grandmaster in history at that time. In 1970 and 1971, he won an unprecedented 20 straight games to qualify to challenge Boris Spassky for the world championship. He then beat Spassky, becoming the only American world titlist and winning the lion’s share of the $250,000 prize fund that was then the largest purse offered in any sport outside boxing. Afterward, Fischer did not publicly play another game of chess until what year?…
 Read more about Bobby’s life and at: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Bobby+Fischer