Hi everyone. My name is Michael “Nbmike” Cormier. I will be turning 44 yrs old this summer, so while I may not be as old as the trees, unicorns, and dinosaurs, I’m definitely older than Compact Discs, MP3 Players, and Plasma TV. I am a single dad to my beautiful daughter Rhiannon (She thinks she’s 14 going on 40, which makes me often feel like I’m 80 lol).
Ever since I found this site in November, I have enjoyed the trivia and memories found here. The people here are top notch at providing info when your memory kind of escapes you. I want to thank you all for welcoming me so warmly the last few months, and a big thanks to Steve for creating such a great site.
OK, a little about me. I was born here in Saint John, NB Canada in 1965. I grew up in a small community outside of Saint John called Grand Bay, and lived there until I moved to the big city,(lol ….big city for NB, population, 70000 or so)
In 1984, I started working as a radio announcer in town doing weekend and swing shifts. The job lasted a couple of years, but started a lifelong love with musical trivia, or even trivia in general. It was there that I found out about such things as plagiarism (Brian Wilson can say it was unintentional, but SURFIN USA just sounds like Chuck Berry’s SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN with new lyrics)! We also played vinyl records back in those days, so I kinda feel like a dinosaur sometimes. lol
After leaving the radio announcing job, I became a jack of all trades, until nagging back problems left me unemployed in 1994, and now I concentrate on raising my child and trying to develop projects. I have always had an interest in writing comedy, and have written some musical parodies that have made a few people laugh on a few occasions. I’m not egotistical about my writing by any means, but I have a rule of thumb. If I’m not laughing when I write the lyrics, then I keep running scenarios through my mind until I find the funniest scenario to me. I figure if I don’t find my writing funny, then how is anybody else supposed to?
My hometown has some Hollywood connections. Louis B Mayer’s family moved here from overseas when he was a small child, and he grew up here until he left for Massachusetts when in his late teens, Actor Walter Pidgeon was born and raised here, as well as Lyman Ward, who played Ferris Beuller’s father, and Donald Sutherland was born here, but moved to Nova Scotia with his family when he was a teen. One Hollywood story I have heard is when Walter Pidgeon screen tested for MGM, Louis B Mayer thought he was sucking up to him, and summoned him to his office, and told him in no uncertain terms, that if Walter thought of putting Saint John NB as his hometown was going to gain him favor in Mayer’s eyes, it wasn’t going to work. When he told Mr.Mayer that Saint John WAS his hometown, then they had a laugh together.
I am desperately shy in real life, but online I come out of my shell usually. I love participating here, just wish I had more time to contribute. Raising a teenager is like studying for a long and hard exam. You hope you have all the right answers, and you spend every waking hour trying to prepare for what’s coming up, but deep in your heart, you know you’re just flying without a net and hoping for the best, but I wouldn’t trade her for the world. The funny thing is that twenty years ago, I never though I had what it takes to be a Dad.
I look forward to meeting new members and continuing to engage in trivia challenges and sharing memories with all. Thanks again for such a warm welcome here.
Added: 25th March 2009
Posted By: Steve
Tom and Jerry . . u remember Saturday morning! . . Jerry slicing Tom in half, shutting his head in a window or a door, Tom using everything from axes, pistols, explosives, traps and poison to try to murder Jerry, Jerry stuffing Tom's tail in a waffle iron, kicking him into a refrigerator, plugging his tail into an electric socket, pounding him with a mace, club or mallet, causing a tree to drive him into the ground and so on. . . ah, the good ol' days!!
Added: 10th October 2007
Posted By: Teresa
Hedy Lamar combined brains and beauty. Her flight to America would make an excellent movie! Hedy was born in Austria in 1916. At age 17 - in the 1933 Czech film Ecstasy - she appeared in a steamy love scene, and swam nude in a 10 minute onscreen sequence. Ecstasy was banned in America for being indecent.
At 19, her parents gave her into an arranged marriage with an Austrian arms dealer. She attended hundreds of parties as his trophy wife, mingling many times with Hitler and Mussolini, and lived in the Salzberg castle where The Sound of Music was later filmed.
Hedy's husband was a control freak, and she fled him in dramatic fashions. In her first attempt, with her husband chasing her, she hid in a brothel. In desperation, with her husband stalking the halls of the brothel, she actually serviced a customer during her attempt to hide. In a later, successful escape, Hedy hired a maid who looked like her. She drugged the maid, donned her uniform, exited by the service entrance, and made her way to London. In some versions of this story, she escaped during a party, taking most of her jewels with her. Hedy later boarded a ship for America, and Louis B. Mayer signed her to a studio contract while en route to America, and still aboard ship. She must have been brilliant.
While in America, Hedy co-invented a system of switching frequencies which is still used by the U.S. military to control some missiles. It's principles are also used in wireless internet technology, and in many cellphones. She got the idea while playing piano duets with her co-inventor: composer George Antheil. She would follow Antheil on the piano as he - switching from key to key and rhythm to rhythm - attempted both to throw her off, and to create interesting interplay.
Added: 25th August 2011
Posted By: Lava1964
Issue Date: August 1970; Vol. 97, No. 580
Articles, subjects and contributors in this issue:
COVER: Bicycle Byway by Ralph Avery.
From Bach to Books by Jeffrey R. Haskell.
The Crow and the Oriole by James Thurber.
Boss of the Park -- Umpires -- by Bill Surface.
The Plains a Boy a Summer Day by Hal Borland.
41 Ways to Beat the High Cost of Living.
Russia's Menacing New Challenge in the Middle East by Joseph Alsop.
We Need Our Young Activists by John D. Rockefeller 3rd.
Portrait of a Mobster -- Carlos Marcello -- by William Schulz.
Sexual Inadequacy -- And What Can Be Done About It by Will Bradbury.
How to Talk With Your Teen Ager About Drugs by Herman W. Land.
Toward a Livable Environment:
I Victory in the Everglades by Jean George.
II A Sensible Plan for Future Development by James Nathan Miller.
The Car in the River by E. D. Fales Jr.
Bold New Directions for U S High Schools by Arlene Silberman.
Poverty at the Border by Lester Velie.
Try Giving Yourself Away David Dunn.
Japan -- All Asia Watches and Wonders by Carl T. Rowan.
The Gifts of Gregory Menn by Joseph P. Blank.
Better Living With Machinery by Charles McDowell Jr.
L Dopa Has Set Me Free by Floyd Miller.
Time to Knock Out the Vote Thieves! by Louis B. Nichols.
Provocative; Prophetic Margaret Mead by David Dempsey.
How to Murder Your Husband by Jean Mayer.
Rugged Idaho by Don Wharton.
They Go to Prison on Purpose Arthur Gordon.
What the Moon Rocks Reveal by Fred Warshofsky.
The Lesson of the Lemmings by Ola and Emily d'Aulaire.
Bottoms Up! by Jack Goodman and Alan Green.
The Duel That Changed Our History by Thomas Fleming.
Paper Magic of Origami by and Akira Yoshizawa by Leland Stowe.
KGB: The Swallows' Nest "KGB" by John Barron.
Added: 26th December 2014
Posted By: Cathy
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