February 20, 2015

Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.
Ray Bradbury

"And that's how you play 'Get the Guests'."
— George (Richard Burton), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
Mark Twain

Quantum Leap (1989–1993) (part 3 of 8)
  • In an interview conducted shortly after the series ended, Scott Bakula was asked if there were any particular historical figures or events he would have liked to see Sam involved with. Bakula said he would have liked to have done something with the Kennedys unrelated to the assassination or relationship with Marilyn Monroe.
  • Throughout the series, Sam meets many "future" famous people including: Buddy Holly; Michael Jackson; Stephen King; Marilyn Monroe and Bill Clinton, as well as leaping into Ruth Westheimer,Lee Harvey Oswald, and Elvis Presley
  • Quantum Leap (1989) came close to being canceled in its third season due to low ratings. However, a letter writing campaign helped save the series and enabled it to continue for two more years.
  • Bruce McGill is the only other actor besides Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell to appear in both the first and last episodes. In the pilot, "Genesis", McGill plays "Weird Ernie" the Air Force engineer. And in the last episode, "Mirror Image", he plays "Al the Bartender".
  • Deborah Pratt the series narrator and voice of Ziggy, also wrote and executive produced the show. She was married to Donald P. Bellisario when the series aired.

  • Leaders are responsible not for running public opinion polls but for the consequences of their actions.
    Henry A. Kissinger

  • In 1979, Namco released Pac-Man, the most popular arcade game of all time. Over 300,000 units were sold worldwide. More than 100,000 units are sold in the United States alone. Originally named Puck Man, the game was retitled after executives saw the potential for vandals to scratch out part of the letter P on the game's marquee, which might discourage parents from letting their children play. Pac-Man became the first video game to be popular with both males and females.
  • Elizabeth Goose, who lived in Massachusetts in the late 1600's, is credited by some with the nursery rhymes read to us as children. However, most of those rhymes existed before her time in the form of satirical poems and drinking songs. Some were based on actual events or characters. Charles Perrault, a Frenchman, published a collection of these rhymes in 1697 and an illustration accompanying the text showed an old woman telling stories, with the words "Mother Goose" appearing behind her. The book was eventually published in England and the United States and more rhymes were added with each new publication. It wasn't until the 1800's that a relative of Mrs. Goose claimed the stories originated with Elizabeth.

  • What kind of cheese is made backwards?

    Ferengi Rules of Acquisition
    299 After you've exploited someone, it never hurts to thank them.
    That way, it's easier to exploit them next time.

    “If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.”

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