Sunday. June 14. Flag Day. Forget anyone who would shred, stomp or set fire to our red, white and blue.
Remember June 14, 1777, wartime, the proud Second Continental Congress declaring the Stars and Stripes our official standard.
Remember 1916, also wartime, President Woodrow Wilson proclaiming June 14 our official Flag Day.
Remember July 20, 1969. History. When “Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean” had pride. When the United States’ Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted our grand and glorious Stars and Stripes on the moon — where no man had ever gone before.
America is now racing into colonizing the Milky Way. Next up Outer Space Hiltons. MacModule hamburger joints. Constellation coffeehouses. Planet Macy’s, Bloomie’s, Bergdorf’s — although those might require a little wait for delivery.
Some astronauts carried mini US flags tucked into their spacesuits. One that made a round trip to the moon is now for sale for $34,500. The seller: M.S. Rau.
Its historic trip was in 1972. Naval officer, test pilot, aeronautical engineer John W. Young, later commander of the first Space Shuttle mission — carried this miniature flag near his chest on the module Orion, which transported him from the command ship to the lunar surface during April’s Apollo 16 mission.
This flag spent three days on the moon as Young and crewmate Charlie Duke moonwalked. Now known as the Apollo Flag, it remained in Young’s personal collection until his death at age 87 in 2018.
The historic monument to mankind’s great achievement is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from his widow, Susy Young.
Begin on a ‘High Note’
“The High Note” stars “Black-ish’s” Tracee Ellis Ross as a super ego singer. Think Berry Gordy meets Colonel Parker with a twist of Don King.
Ice Cube: “I play her manager. It’s about the hell of being assistant to a diva. Listen, I’ve seen all types. Some flash too much influence and have bigger personalities than the acts they manage. They think they’re the star. Once I added the character’s jazzy clothes, gold Gucci shades, hotshot pinky ring and a drink in my hand, I was the guy. Pushy and forward.”
Dakota Johnson, playing the star’s assistant: “My second time working with Cube. And in both movies, his character hates my character. Makes me laugh. Because Ice Cube is really a sweetheart.”
This musical rom-com is a $20 rental on demand, which buys you 48 hours to watch it.
I neither understand nor concur, but I quote an Army MP: “Never place a curfew on a large population. It expends precious police resources, which should be used to protect people and property” … Here’s the origin of “curfew.” Middle Ages. With wooden houses clustered together, fire could destroy a village. Nighttime hearths were extinguished by a town’s evening bell. France called the ringing coverfeu, a combination of covrir (to cover) and feu (fire). Curfew. You’re welcome.
Odds & ends
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore says June 10, all state court system judges, chambers staff and designated court personnel were back at work in their assigned courthouses … For Father’s Day. The West Coast’s Greene & Co. jewelers is selling 2-carat diamond stud earrings for gents. $55,000. Beverly Hills is either waking up or sliding down.
Recently a man left his Viagra near a Lego set. Minutes later his Lego kicked his wife.
Only in New York, kids, only in New York.
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