The epic tales of ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Indiana Jones,’ and ‘American Graffiti,’ were created by producer, director, and writer, George Lucas who was born on this date in 1944. It will not be a command for “lights, camera, action,” but rather a call for “audio, microphone, music” on Crosscurrents, 5/14 at 8 am. ( http://www.krnn.org )
A mathematician and scientist with accomplishments in algebra, astronomy, and electromagnetism, Carl Gauss was born on this date in 1777. You are invited to go to the radio, not the math blackboard, and the only necessary numbers are 102.7 for Crosscurrents, 4/30 at 8 am. ( http://www.krnn.org )
A poet and playwright whose drama and comedy works are among the most well known in the English language, William Shakespeare was born on this date in 1564. His birthday on the 23rd is estimated (ish) based on his church baptism was documented on the 26th. You are invited to the Shakespeare birthday to be held (not at the Globe Theatre) but rather at the KRNN Crosscurrents show 4/23 at 8 am. ( http://www.krnn.org )
A Sample of William Shakespeare “Big Hit” One-Liners:
“To be, or not to be: that is the question”. – (Act III, Scene I).
AS YOU LIKE IT ~~~
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”. – (Act V, Scene I)
“All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts” – (Act II, Scene VII).
RICHARD III ~~~
“A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!”. – (Act V, Scene IV).
ROMEO AND JULIET ~~~
“For you and I are past our dancing days” . – (Act I, Scene V).
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE ~~~
“But love is blind, and lovers cannot see”
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR ~~~
“As good luck would have it”. – (Act III, Scene V).
JULIES CAESAR ~~~
Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war”. – (Act III, Scene I)
“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me”. – (Act I, Scene III)
KING LEAR ~~~
“Nothing will come of nothing.” – (Act I, Scene I).
“I am a man more sinned against than sinning”. – (Act III, Scene II).
The British comedian, writer, and director who was unforgettable for his clever portrayal of man’s tragic-comic struggles with fate, Charlie Chaplin was born on this date in 1889. The birthday of Charlie Chaplin is a chance to celebrate his work’s joyful inspiration on Crosscurrents, 4/16 at 8 am. http://www.krnn.org
THE KID 1921
The Tramp cares for an abandoned child, but events put that relationship in jeopardy.
Chaplin’s first full-length feature is a silent masterpiece about a little tramp who discovers a little orphan and brings him up but is left desolate when the orphanage reclaims him. Chaplin directed, produced and starred in the film, as well as composed the score.
MODERN TIMES 1936
The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.
This comedic masterpiece finds the iconic Little Tramp (Charlie Chaplin) employed at a state-of-the-art factory where the inescapable machinery completely overwhelms him, and where various mishaps keep getting him sent to prison. In between his various jail stints, he meets and befriends an orphan girl (Paulette Goddard). Both together and apart, they try to contend with the difficulties of modern life, with the Tramp working as a waiter and eventually a performer.
CITY LIGHTS 1931
With the aid of a wealthy erratic tippler, a dewy-eyed tramp who has fallen in love with a sightless flower girl accumulates money to be able to help her medically.
A hapless but resilient tramp (Charlie Chaplin) falls in love with a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill) on the tough city streets. Upon learning that she and her grandmother are to be evicted from their home, the tramp undertakes a series of attempts to provide them with the money they need, all of which end in humiliating failure. But after a drunken millionaire (Harry Myers) lavishly rewards him for saving his life, the tramp can change the flower girl’s life forever.
THE GOLD RUSH 1925
A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more.
In this classic silent comedy, the Little Tramp (Charles Chaplin) heads north to join in the Klondike gold rush. Trapped in a small cabin by a blizzard, the Tramp is forced to share close quarters with a successful prospector (Mack Swain) and a fugitive (Tom Murray). Eventually able to leave the cabin, he falls for a lovely barmaid (Georgia Hale), trying valiantly to win her affections. When the prospector needs help locating his claim, it appears the Tramp’s fortunes may change.
THE IMMIGRANT 1917
Charlie is an immigrant who endures a challenging voyage and gets into trouble as soon as he arrives in America.
The Immigrant was selected for preservation by the Library of Congressas being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
A DOGS LIFE 1917
The Little Tramp and his dog companion struggle to survive in the inner city.
Charlie rescues a stray from other dogs, and together they meet Edna after finding a wallet full of cash.
THE CIRCUS 1928
The Tramp finds work and the girl of his dreams at a circus.
Wrongfully accused of criminal acts, a tramp (Charlie Chaplin) unwittingly ducks into a big top, where his bumbling attempts to avoid pursuing police officers earn the laughter and applause of the circus-goers. Impressed, the ringmaster (Allan Garcia) decides to employ the tramp as an entertainer. In between getting trapped in a lion’s cage and partaking in clumsy high wire escapades, he falls for a beautiful show rider (Merna Kennedy), who unfortunately has eyes for a daring tightrope acrobat.
H.C. ANDERSEN ON CROSSCURRENTS, 4/2: A Danish master of innovative and influential fairy tales, H.C. Andersen was born on this date in 1805. Andersen’s folk-tales are among the most translated works in literature and you are invited to join his birth-tale with Danish pop/rock tunes on Crosscurrents, 4/2 at 8 am. ( Radio Link: http://www.krnn.org )
A four-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, who was known unofficial as America’s poet laureate, Robert Frost was born on this day in 1874. There will be a small bit of poetry and a whole lot of music for the Robert Frost birthday to which you are invited along the radio show less traveled on Crosscurrents, 3/26 at 8 am. ROBERT FROST ON CROSSCURRENTS, 3/26. ( Radio Link: http://www.krnn.org )
A champion of the Constitution whose tenure as Chief Justice oversaw landmark decisions protecting individual rights and equality, Earl Warren was born on this date in 1891. Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the honorable radio, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for a musical-law-review birthday party for Justice Warren on Crosscurrents, 3/19 at 8 am.
Chief Justice Earl Warren on Crosscurrents, 3/19: radio link: http://www.krnn.org
CHESS ON CROSSCURRENTS, 3/12: A extroverted producer who, along with his brother, founded Chess Records, exemplified the independent record business establishing Chicago as the hub of blues music, Leonard Chess was born on this date in 1917. You will not need to audition to join the Leonard Chess birthday blues bash on Crosscurrents, 3/12 at 8 am. ( radio link: http://www.krnn.org )