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The "Back 2 School" Thread

Discussion in 'Friends and Family' started by SSLFan, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. Beakerfan

    Beakerfan Well-Known Member

    It's ok Claudia. I have the suffer from the same ailment. (I also have a thing for dead people) Elvis, Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope, Andre the Giant....... Makes me sad.
  2. BeakerSqueedom

    BeakerSqueedom Well-Known Member


    Oh gosh am I LATE! D:


  3. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Bob died in 2003, at the ripe old age of 100!
  4. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Well-Known Member

    Did you know Bob Hope was actually born in London? His real name was Leslie Townes Hope. He became a U.S. citizen in 1920. As a young man, it is said that Hope did a brilliant impression of Charles Chaplin, and won several contests, impersonating the famous movie star.
  5. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Well-Known Member

    No doubt about it, Chaplin was brilliant at pantomime. He once said something like, "give me a park bench, a pretty girl and a policeman, and I'll make a film out of it."

    In his early years on stage, one of Chaplin's peers was a young man named Arthur Stanley Jefferson, who knew all of Chaplin's routines, and took over for him when Chaplin left the company. Jefferson would later be very well-known under his professional name, Stan Laurel.

    Chaplin made his first film, "Making a Living" for the famous Mack Sennett in 1913, not as the Tramp character, but as a rather seedy gentleman with a drooping mustache.

    Although Chaplin worked for Sennett, he didn't care for the filmmaker's knockabout comedies that were churned out almost on a daily basis and mostly improvised on the spot. Chaplin persuaded Sennett to let him direct a film, and the difference was noted by several critics. This led Chaplin to leave Sennett, and begin his long career as an independent filmmaker.

    Chaplin was known to direct every movement of his actors, including bit players and extras. He would perform the routine, and expect the actor to reproduce it exactly, miming Chaplin's every gesture. Many, many years later this would cause a problem on Chaplin's last film, A Countess From Hong Kong (1967), in which he forced star Marlon Brando to go through his (Chaplin's) motions.

    Although he grew up poor and virtually unschooled, Chaplin was known in later years as a well-read intellectual, who rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, including William Randolph Hearst and Albert Einstein.

    Chaplin's last wife, Oona, whom he married in the 1940s, and lived with until his death, was the daughter of tragic playwright Eugene O'Neill. O'Neill is said to have disliked Chaplin intensely, and refused to speak to Oona ever again once she married Charles.

    Shortly after his death, Chaplin's body was stolen from its grave and held for ransom. The body snatchers were caught, and the body was re-buried in a secret location.

    That must have been some essay, Claudia! You were actually cut off? Wow!

    I've seen most of Chaplin's films. I've seen all the features, but there are several shorts I haven't gotten around to. At one point, he was the most recognizable figure in the world.

    I'm pretty sure I first became acquainted with Mr. Chaplin via Sesame Street. There used to be a lot of Chaplinesque sketches performed, I believe, by the actress who plays Maria.

    Yup, Jackie Coogan, the Kid himself grew up to be Uncle Fester!

    I never knew Chaplin's studio was the Jim Henson Studio in later years. Interesting. I have heard, however, that the studio is supposedly haunted!:eek:
  6. Beakerfan

    Beakerfan Well-Known Member

    I knew that! I did this whole long bio/research report on him in like, my sophomore year. I called it "Bob Hope - 100 years of making the world laugh"
  7. BeakerSqueedom

    BeakerSqueedom Well-Known Member

    I loved reading your in-depth post, Winslow!

    Yes, you've got his quote nearly as exact as if he had said it himself. Nearly verbatim but then again I know his quotes exact thanks to my fantatic tendencies. I feel my heart break on how his parents turned out to be such messes though if that did not occur then for sure he would never have served as an utter inspiration for me. Neways, I never knew that of Mr. Hope! I am still trying to get over the fact the man passed away. He was sometin' else. I think the most painful celebrity death was Richard Hunt--I consider him one. He always has been in my heart, atleast.

    I actually found a pic of Charles without the makeup. He looks soooo different though some say "Not my type!" feeehhh! They gots no class ye hear?


    Charles passed away on a calm Christmas morning in 197x something...don't remember.


    That man was the Macdaddy of the 1930's...having married so many times to--sometimes minors. :p Rawr, wish I was born at that time--I'd flirt till he just giggles and offers a pale hand. I'd take it until he'd realize what a total nightmare moi is and RUN FOR HIS LIFE! But he is my precious! YES! MINE! YEEHEEEHAHAHAHA

    *Dragged away by the police and claimed as utterly insane*

    Going on a more comforting subject that does not involve my total girliness!
    What would you have considered to be the best topic in school you've learned about? Something that some of yeh thought to be completely interesting?

    I doubt school is TOTALLY horrid.

    : D I liked learning about Adolf, Stalin, Ghandi ect.
  8. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Claudia!:)

    Chaplin died Christmas day, 1977. The same year as Elvis and Groucho Marx.

    Did you know "Adolf" and Charles were born only four days apart in the same year, 1889?

    The subjects I enjoyed were literature, history, music and gym.
  9. Winslow Leach

    Winslow Leach Well-Known Member

    Really? That's so awesome! And that's a groovy title, too!

    Bob was a jokester right to the end:

    I'm so old, even my blood type is obsolete!
  10. BeakerSqueedom

    BeakerSqueedom Well-Known Member

    That was a good one!

    XD I should start saying that line....
  11. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Well, I started school today, and I must say...BORING!:sleep: The only thing that made me smile today was seeing the girl of my dreams of again.:flirt: What can I say, I really like her?:o But, anyways, besides all that mushy stuff, today was pretty stupid. It was also nice seeing some of buddies again, and some of the teachers from last year (who were nice to me).

    Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day, I hope.
  12. BeakerSqueedom

    BeakerSqueedom Well-Known Member

    *Huggles SSLFan*

    ;_; your growing up too fast man!

  13. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    *bangs head* Ugh, I hate Spanish... I'm in a real rut. I came to realize today that I learned absolutely NOTHING in Spanish last year. ...Which is very unfortunate for me, who has a review test tomorrow that I have learned virtually nothing about... so... yeah. I'm trying to study... I guess. :p
  14. BeakerSqueedom

    BeakerSqueedom Well-Known Member

    X3 Gee, I could help but I'm so far away. XD

    Makes me proud to be a Colombian at times.
  15. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    Yeah, lucky you, you understand it... this whole notion of the preterite thing makes absolutamente ( ;) ) no sense to me.
  16. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Isn't it something? Ya know it seems like iv'e been "girl crazy" for these last couple of days.:p

    Well anyways, today was a pretty good day. It's nice being with my friends again after this long/very short summer. I can't wait till tommorow.:excited: :zany:
  17. BeakerSqueedom

    BeakerSqueedom Well-Known Member

    -_- *Yawns* Dude, I just fell asleep near my comp. XD I kept my buddy, Adam waitin' in the forums. LOL! Gosh...H.W can be very boring sometimes.

    I never fell asleep during H.W before! XD LOL!
  18. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    This may sound silly, but I've always wondered, who invented homework?:zany: :confused:

  19. BeakerSqueedom

    BeakerSqueedom Well-Known Member

    Wow, who DID create H.W?

    XD LOL!


    I mean...


    some wierdo :D
  20. SSLFan

    SSLFan Well-Known Member

    Oh I just can't wait till tommorow!:excited: Oh wait....I've already said that!:o :zany:

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