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Celebrities react to Peter O’Toole’s death

Celebrities react to Peter O'Toole's death
Eight-time Oscar nominee Peter O'Toole is dead at age 81, prompting many celebrities to pay their respects to the acting legend on Twitter: "So sad to hear about Peter O'Toole passing away," wrote How I Met Your Mother funnyman Neil Patrick Harris …
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BRITT TOWERY: Other famous people died on Nov. 22, 1963
BRITT TOWERY: Other famous people died on Nov. 22, 1963. By Britt Towery; San Angelo Standard Times; Posted December 26, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.. Discuss; Print; A; A; A. Share this on Facebook; Tweet this. Email this to a friend. Where were you when …
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Saying goodbye to those who died in 2013
This is the second and final installment in a roundup of notable people who died in 2013. The first installment appeared in Saturday's newspaper. A host of celebrities, politicians and other notable personalities died in 2013, including a man whose …
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0 To Teach People Legitimate Ways To Use Death Records

Denver, CO (PRWEB) January 03, 2014 is launching a guide that will teach people the legitimate ways to use death records without violating the law, the company announced yesterday.

“People have a legitimate right to get access to public death records,” an spokesman said. “But, there are many laws governing the use of death records. Plus, there are ways to use death records in a way that violates the law and we want to help people avoid that.”

The guide will explain the laws governing the legitimate use of death records in plain English, he said.

“The law can be very complicated for the layperson to understand,” he said. “So we are going to help simplify things by explaining the laws regarding death records in a way that makes sense to the average person.”

The most common legitimate reason to download death records is when starting to build a family tree, he said.

“But there are many more ways to use death records in a legitimate fashion,” he said. “Unfortunately, there are also ways to accidentally violate the law with death records. For example, if you use them in relation to any hiring practice, you will be in violation of the law.”

The legitimate death record guide will be posted on the members’ area of, he said.

“We think that the public will appreciate our efforts to help them,” he said.

About is the top online resource for accessing death and obituary records in the United States. With over thousands of records to search through, makes finding any death record simple and efficient. Visit today to chat with a live representative, call 1-888-234-7218, or email Manager(at)ObituaryLocator(dot)com with any questions or concerns.


Joan Fontaine Dead: Academy Award-Winning Actress Dies At 96

Joan Fontaine Dead: Academy Award-Winning Actress Dies At 96
Paul Walker. <a href="" target="_blank">Walker died in a car crash on Nov. 30, 2013</a>, his rep confirmed. He was 40.
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Carol Rosabel Fraser
Carol was passionate about everything she did—riding her favorite horses, empowering young people in her teaching, helping women help themselves at the YWCA, working as a professional photographer, playing guitar, golfing, traveling with Jeannie …
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Sunday Salute: Lee Alvis was 'Mr. Walmart' after liong military career
"There was never a day of sadness with working with you Mr. Lee,'' Angela Carter wrote in the Observer's online obituary guestbook. "I loved walking … Everywhere they went, her father was remembered for his Walmart friendliness or for a respected …
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Leading Quotation Newsletter Now a Free Electronic Publication: Great Source of Carefully Researched and Attributed Material for Writers, Speakers, and Language Lovers

(PRWEB) November 09, 2011

One of the most helpful sources of great content for writers and speakers – and for anyone who enjoys reading about language and quotations – is now a free electronic publication.

It’s The “Quote…Unquote” Newsletter, published quarterly since 1992 by Nigel Rees, Britain’s leading authority on colloquial language, author of over 50 books on quotations and language, and the originator and host of the long-running “Quote…Unquote” celebrity panel program on BBC radio. See for additional information.

The print version was $ 40/year. It’s been converted to an electronic format and the subscription fee has been dropped (a one-time $ 5 sign-up fee applies – see the website for details).

The newsletter includes background articles on the origins of quotations and serves as an international forum for solving quotation queries submitted by subscribers. More than just listing quotations, the newsletter includes engaging background information that writers and speakers can use in weaving the quotations into their articles and speeches.

A recent issue provided information and insights on lines like these:

“I never arrive late – I’m not important enough.”

“Glory is fleeting but obscurity is forever”

“We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.

“Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.”

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.”

“I think I will not hang myself today”

“My work here is done.”

“Play it again Sam.”

“Cities should be built for the convenience and satisfaction of those that live in it, and to the great surprise of strangers”

Particularly important for professional speakers and writers is the extensive background information provided for the quotations. More often than we like to admit, speakers and writers risk or loose their credibility by using unattributed or poorly-attributed material. “Quote … Unquote”, with its insistence on carefully documented attribution, can help bulletproof the quotations in your writing and speeches (See the interview with Mr. Rees in Forbes that details examples of mis-attributions at or Google on the terms “Forbes Rees Policing Word Abuse”.)

One of the longest-running unsolved queries on the list is an observation about sex, usually attributed to Lord Chesterfield:

“The pleasure is momentary, the position is ridiculous, and the expense is damnable.”

The earliest citation so far is in—of all places—a report on the Labour Party Annual Conference at Blackpool in 1901: a speaker referred to someone’s “description of the act of human love-making in which he said that the satisfaction was fleeting, the position ridiculous and the expense damnable”. The query was initially published in the first edition of the newsletter in 1992.

In view of the extended election season now under way in the U.S., here are examples of articles from past issues of the newsletter concerning politics and politicians :

One includes details on the origins of one of the enduring truths about the political class:

“An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought”.

According to Rees, “The Yale Book of Quotations states: ‘[This] is often attributed to Simon Cameron. However, Erwin S. Bradley in Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Secretary of War (1966) states that “apparently there is no basis for the definition of an honest politician commonly attributed to him.”’

“Instead,” notes Rees, “this is found in Mark Twain’s Notebook for 1890-1:

‘Bill Styles … spoke of the low grade of legislative morals. Kind of discouraging. You see, it’s so hard to find men of a so high type of morals that they’ll stay bought.’”

And Rees cautions readers to note that “… this is Twain quoting another, not writing it himself.”


Additional political insights from recent issues of the newsletter include this one on statistics, planning and free-market policies:

[Telling Milton Friedman, in 1963, why he kept no statistics] “If I let them compute those statistics, they’ll only use them for planning.” – (Sir) John Cowperthwaite (1915-2006). Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, quoted in his Times obituary (3 February 2006). The obit. noted that, “His introduction of free market economic policies is widely credited with turning post-war Hong Kong into a thriving global financial centre.” Also: “He trod a thin line between positive non-intervention and simply doing nothing.”

The newsletter also researched the origins of another observation on the subject of statistics, the one suggesting that you can employ the most sophisticated methodology but “it all comes down to the village postmaster filling in the forms and putting anything he damn well pleases.”

Something like one of those early and enduring computer laws: “Garbage in, garbage out.”

Apropos the extremely low ratings given members of Congress is this caption from a 1940s cartoon that shows railway workers standing near a steam engine. One is saying to the others:
“There was only one man who entered Parliament with good intentions – Guy Fawkes.”

Rees’s research led him to the British soldier and politician Lieut-Col. A.D. Wintle MC (1897-1966), who fought in both world wars and who ran for Parliament in 1945. Wintle’s posthumously-published memoir, The Last Englishman (1968) included this comment: “My slogan was this: ‘The last person who went into the House with any good intentions was Guy Fawkes.’ It’s time they had another, like me, with explosive ideas.”

Pushing back further in time, Rees tracked down this version, attributed to Philip Hoffman MP in the House of Commons in a debate on February 20, 1924:

“[I heard] the other day that no one goes into this House on good intentions, or, at least that only one person had ever got into this House with good intentions, and that was Guy Fawkes.”

And the search goes on …


A famous parliamentary jibe of the last century came about in a speech to the House of Commons on June 14, 1978, when Denis Healey, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, on being attacked by Sir Geoffrey Howe in a debate over his budget proposals, said:

“That part of his speech was rather like being savaged by a dead sheep.”

In 1989 Healey revealed in his memoirs that “the phrase came to me while I was actually on my feet: it was an adaptation of Churchill’s remark that an attack by Attlee was ‘like being savaged by a pet lamb.’ Such banter can often enliven a dull afternoon.”

Rees notes, however, that “I have not encountered anyone else who remembers the Churchill version, but he was noted for his Attlee jokes (and busily denied that he had ever said most of them). In 1990, the victim of Healey’s phrase, Geoffey Howe, also claimed that it wasn’t original: ‘It came from a play,’ he said sheepishly.”)


Meanwhile, the newsletter is looking for a source for the anecdote about Lord Palmerston saying (to Queen Victoria?):

“Change, change, all this talk about change. Things are quite bad enough already!”


Finally, a cautionary note on careful research and attribution: Several years ago the newsletter awarded its Misattributing Something to Mark Twain Award to Al Gore:

“Claire Johnson told me that in his film An Inconvenient Truth, the former Vice-President attributes to the Sage of Hartford: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble, it is what you know for sure jus tain’t so.” Surely, Gore has access to a copy of the Library of Congress’s excellent work Respectfully Quoted? I can but reproduce its entry No. 966 in its entirety:

“‘The trouble with people is not that they don’t know but that they know so much that ain’t so’ – Attributed to JOSH BILLINGS (Henry Wheeler Shaw) by The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 3d ed. (1979). Not verified in his writings, although some similar ideas are found in Everybody’s Friend, or Josh Billings’ Encyclopedia and Proverbial Philosophy of Wit and Humor (1874). Original spelling is corrected: ‘What little I do know I hope I am certain of’ (p.502). ‘Wisdom don’t consist in knowing more that is new, but in knowing less that is false’ (p.430). ‘I honestly believe it is better to know nothing than to know what ain’t so’ (p.286). Walter Mondale echoed the words above in his first debate with President Ronald Reagan, October 7, 1984, in Louisville, Kentucky: ‘I’m reminded a little bit of what Will Rogers once said of Hoover. He said it’s not what he doesn’t know that bothers me, it‘s what he knows for sure just ain’t so.’ – Transcript, The New York Times, October 8, 1984. This has not been found in Rogers’s work.”


To join this quarterly celebration of language, go to and sign up and download your first issue. If you’re interested we can also send back issues. You’ll find yourself enjoying the unique talent and style of a writer and broadcasting personality who has been called “Britain’s leading expert on colloquial language.” (by Sir David Frost); “The BBC’s quotation guru.” (The Sunday Times), and “Britain’s most popular lexicographer – the lineal successor to Eric Partridge and, like him, he makes etymology fun.” (The Spectator).


One more thing: Rees has also begun publishing ebook versions of some of his most popular collections of quotations. Go to and look up Kindle versions of The Best Guide to Humorous Quotations, The Best Guide to Movie Quotes, and The Golden Age of Graffiti. These are expanded versions of earlier print collections that sold in the $ 20 -$ 40 range for paperback books and are now available at Kindle prices (for example, $ 7.99 for the humor collection, plus you get the handy Kindle search capabilities.)



New Site Launch of to Help People Build Their Family Tree with Public Death Records

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 07, 2013 has been launched to help people track down death records from across North America quickly and easily, the company announced yesterday.

“Family is very important to a lot of people,” an spokesman said. “They want to learn where they came from and pass that information on to their children. The problem is that every family has secrets, and it can be hard to build a family tree. It can often take people months of research. We hope that our system will make the process much easier for everyone involved.”

Death records are important genealogical tools, he said, because they contain information about the next of kin of the deceased. They are public record, but can be difficult to track down.

“If you find out someone died in a state that is far from where you live, it can take a good deal of time and money to get the death record from the local municipal office,” the spokesman said. “And that’s just for one death record. Our system automates the process, and you could easily use it to look up a couple dozen death records a day.”

The system works by having the customer enter the name of the deceased. They then pay a small fee and all the associated death records for the person appear on their screen, he said.

“We hope that many people will decide to use the database whenever they need to do genealogical research,” he said.

About is the top online resource for accessing death and obituary records in the United States. With over thousands of records to search through, makes finding any death record simple and efficient. Visit today to chat with a live representative, call 1-888-234-7218, or email Manager(at)ObituaryLocator(dot)com with any questions or concerns.

0 Launches Complaint Division To Deal With Legitimate Concerns

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 15, 2013 has launched a company complaint division so that people with legitimate questions or problems with the site can get their issues handled in as timely a manner as possible, the company announced yesterday.

“We have a legitimate investment in making sure as many of our customers as possible are happy with the products and services we provide,” an spokesman said. “So we decided that creating an entire division to address legitimate concerns was an important part of our company growth.”

This is the third phase of the launch cycle, he said, following the site launch and then the opening of social media channels to communicate better with legitimate customers.

“If someone has a legitimate complaint with our company, we understand,” he said. “And we want to do everything we can to make sure that it is handled professionally. That’s what our complaint division is here to do.”

The complaint division will be charged with resolving any question or concern in five minutes or less, he said.

“They will also follow up several days later to ensure the customer was happy with the service we have provided,” he said. “That way, we make sure that people haven’t changed their minds about the resolution they agreed on.” will also be proactive in seeking out ways to resolve legitimate issues, he said.

“When we see a pattern of problems, we will change our policies until we get it right,” he said.

About is the top online resource for accessing death and obituary records in the United States. With over thousands of records to search through, makes finding any death record simple and efficient. Visit today to chat with a live representative, call 1-888-234-7218, or email Manager(at)ObituaryLocator(dot) com with any questions or concerns.


FULL SPEECH Nelson Mandela State Funeral Tribute by Kenneth

Nelson Mandela State Funeral Tribute by Kenneth David Kaunda Some 4500 people – including foreign dignitaries – gathered in Qunu on Sunday for the state fun…
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The Memoir of a Teacher and Her Wildflowers

Cleveland (PRWEB) December 19, 2013

According to, 17 of the nation’s 50 largest cities had high school graduation rates lower than 50 percent, with the lowest graduation rates reported in Detroit, Indianapolis and Cleveland. Author Judy Fitch has written her first book about being an inner city high school teacher and how she overcame the challenges that emerged.

Fitch’s memoir “Wildflowers” is designed to illustrate what can and does happen on a daily basis in inner cities across the U.S., how she personally overcame these challenges and concludes how she fell in love every year with rooms full of other people’s children.

“The comparison of my students to wildflowers came to me years ago when I noticed those flowers that were growing wild with no special attention given to them were strong, healthy and thrived on their own,” Fitch said. “My thoughts were always about what could become of these wildflowers with just a little bit of attention in the form of guidance, support, nutrition and unconditional love.”

Teen pregnancy, drugs, alcohol, domestic violence and the rising use of illegal weapons are just a few of the issues Fitch handled during her 30-year career. She attended students’ funerals and even had two girls go into labor in her classroom. Fitch became a positive and loving influence for her students while providing them with a safe environment.

“This is a book about love,” Fitch said. “My hope is that I provide people with a softer way of looking at our troubled youth, everyone needs to realize that these at-risk wildflowers will grow up to become very dangerous adults living amongst us all.”


By: Judy Fitch

ISBN: 978-1491-8137-51

Retail price: $ 23.99

Available in paperback and e-book.

About the author

Judy Fitch is a loving mother who was born and raised in Ohio. She is currently a part-time receptionist for five attorneys. Fitch was an inner city high school teacher in Cleveland, Ohio for more than 30 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.




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Ascot photo for Charles’ card

Ascot photo for Charles' card
Printed on the cover of each Christmas card is the Prince of Wales' feathers and the Duchess' cipher and inside are the words "Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year" with the photograph opposite surrounded by a thin red border. Download the …
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State judge continues Md. tour, drops by county
Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera met with Charles County Circuit Court and District Court judges and personnel recently as part of her statewide tour of courts and facilities. Visiting the state's circuit and district courts has …
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Nelson Mandela's Death: World Leaders, Media React
Prince William's father, Prince Charles told British media on Friday morning that "the world has lost an inspired leader and a great man. With his passing, there will be an immense void not only in his family's lives, but also in those of all South …
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