Tag Archives: Anecdotes

David Bruce: Clothing Anecdotes

https://pixabay.com/en/girl-woman-female-fashion-women-2817684/ Most Olympic ice skaters come from middle- or upper-middle-class families, but Peggy Fleming, winner of the gold medal at the 1968 Olympics, came from a working-class family. Before an important meet in Boston, an early coach, Doryann Sweet, told … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Clothing Anecdotes

Belly dancer Amaya — nee Maria Elena Amaya — well remembers her most enthusiastic audience ever. She owned her own dance studio, and at night she turned it into a club. For a performance one night, she decided to wear … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Celebrities Anecdotes

At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, the American gymnasts were given the use of some Datsuns to use to motor around town. After driving one of these cars, gymnast Tim Daggett was excited because people recognized him wherever he went. … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Celebrities Anecdotes

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was completed on May 26, 1937, and the following day was Pedestrian Day — pedestrians were allowed on the bridge. Hundreds of thousands of people showed up, many of whom did silly things. Officials at … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Cars Anecdotes

The 14th Dalai Lama recognized the isolation of Tibet and was determined to learn about modern things. The 13th Dalai Lama had owned all the automobiles that existed in Tibet — four — and so the 14th Dalai Lama was … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Awards Anecdotes

Early in her career, Lillian Hellman read and evaluated plays for theatrical producer Herman Shumlin. After she had written her first play, The Children’s Hour, she left it on his desk with a note saying that this was the best … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Autographs & Inscriptions Anecdotes

The great Norwegian soprano Kirsten Flagstad used to enjoy giving autographs to fans who wrote to her for them, but she was surprised when several fans complained that the autographs weren’t genuine, but were instead written by her secretary. After … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Autographs & Inscriptions Anecdotes

Morris “Moe” Feinberg was the brother of Larry Fine, one of the Three Stooges. Mr. Feinberg went to a nightclub in Atlantic City, where an entertainer recognized him and introduced him to the audience, talking about the Three Stooges and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Authors Anecdotes

From age seven, James Thurber was blind in one eye, but he never stopped looking at the world in a humorous way, writing such famous stories as “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” He was also famous for his humorous … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Authors Anecdotes

America’s first African-American poet was Phillis Wheatley, whose book Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published in 1773. Born in Africa, most likely in Senegambia, she was taken by slave traders to Boston, Massachusetts, when she was only … Continue reading

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