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Recently I posted about Wyatt Earp who died in 1929. In his lifetime, he was either known as one of the Earp Brothers (5 including him) or the brother of Marshal Virgil Earp.

Consisting of interviews with Wyatt, Stuart Lake’s Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal was released in 1931. Four movies and TV series were made off this book. An 1881 shootout in Tombstone Arizona became known as the Gunfight at the O.K Corral, though it was 6 doors down from there. Virgil, who led the lawmen in the shootout, became Wyatt’s sidekick. Wyatt Earp became a household name.

Such is the power of the pen. My original Wyatt Earp post was 02 16 2019.

 

 

PRESIDENT’S DAY

Presidents who gave their all:

Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy were assassinated.

FDR—who died of a stroke during World War 2. He was in poor health, and he knew that remaining as president would not allow him the rest that he needed.

Three others died in office: Harrison, Taylor, Harding.

I salute all the past presidents.

 

Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp (March 19, 1848 – January 13, 1929) was most famous for his role in the Gunfight at the O.K Corral as a lawman/gunfighter. Earp was also a professional gambler, teamster, and buffalo hunter, and he owned several saloons, maintained a brothel, mined for silver and gold, and refereed boxing matches—and tried to get into Hollywood starring in a film about him.

Photos show Wyatt just before he died at age 80 & his glory days. Dude in beard was Ike Clanton, one of the surviving bad guys at the O.K Corral.

Write about this? Oh, yeah.

 

I posted recently about Lupercalia, a Roman February fertility/love festival that got pretty raunchy. The ancient Germanic peoples worshiped Freya (AKA Frigga) who is often called the goddess of love. Her name means Beloved or Lady. I think calling a lady beloved is more romantic than Lupercalia or more fitting for Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!!

 

This is a Troodon, an 11-feet tall, bird-like dinosaur who lived in Montana—yes, before it was Montana. It dined on mammals and is thought to be highly intelligent so it could catch mammals like you and I. If not for the dinosaur-extincting meteor, it would be the dominant species. We would live in cages awaiting hungry Troodons. Now you have something to be thankful for.

Or not. The second pic is what a dinosauroid might look like today. The third pic is Troodon sapiens, a species far more intelligent than mere Homo sapiens. Oh mankind, you are doomed!

Oh yes, I do smell a story.

 

Three-ring Circus

Today, I attended the Kosair Shrine Circus with a school group. This was at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. Back in the 90’s I took my stepson a couple times to the Barnum & Bailey etc. Circus. This circus compares favorably with those circuses. I have no affiliation with the group putting it on, but they are non-profit, and the kids loved it. Sorry Stephen King, I still love clowns.

http://www.kosaircircus.com/

The Roman festival of Lupercalia (often associated with a wolf festival dedicated to a nature god, Pan/Faunus) hits a high point on February 15, but the entire month is associated with the festival. Sometimes called Februa, Purging, it gave this name to the entire month of February. Often associated with Valentine’s Day, dogs and goats were sacrificed. Wearing the flayed skins, men and boys ran through the streets nude. Touching one of these runners was said to insure pregnancy in young women. Maybe this was romantic for them. No thank you.

However…I just might write about it.

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