Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Supremes Become First All-Female Music Group to Make #1

The Supremes Became the First All-Female Group to Make #1 on October 22, 1966.
October 22, 1966Originally called the Primettes, the Supremes were the most commercially successful Motown act and still hold the record for America’s most successful vocal group. The group began performing together in 1959. On this day in 1966, the Supremes became the first all-female group to have a No. 1 selling album with “The Supremes A ‘Go-Go. Together, they had 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1970, Diana Ross left the group to pursue a solo career, but the Supremes continued on until 1977 ending a 18-year run.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

‘Believe Me’ Opens New T-Shirt Line

If you’ve seen the faith-based movie, Believe Me, then you are well aware of the fictional clothing line, Cross Dressing featured therein. In the movie, some non-believing swindlers find a way to coax money away from Christians by studying just how gullible many of us really are. They discover that Christians don’t like to say “cuss words” but they love to cuss. All one has to do to get away with bad language is to shorten the offending word down to its first letter. This is a funny bit to the movie, but also a sobering one. While we Christians should be a light unto a dark world, some tend to think that standing out is close enough.

Believe Me features four different t-shirts that Christians immediately grab up so that they can feel good about themselves witnessing to others without saying a word. The shirts featured here are supposed to outlandish examples of what not to wear, but unfortunately, they are very similar to many shirts that are already available to Christians. The makers of the film say, “These tees are a hilarious way to strike up a conversation about your beliefs. Pick one up today from the official Cross Dressing website.”

My fear? That many will do just that and that many others will not get the joke. What do you think? Are t-shirts that mock Christian t-shirts helping or hurting the cause? 

Video of the Day: Weatherman vs. Dog

Must have been "bring your dog to work day" again.

Keith Green’s Birthday

Keith Green was born on October 21, 1953.
October 21, 1953Christian music pianist, singer and songwriter Keith Gordon Green was born on this day in 1953. Green began his musical career at age three playing the ukulele, the guitar at age five and the piano at age 12. By 1965, Green had already written 40 songs. He and his father, Harvey, signed a five-year contract with Decca Records. In February 1965, having written forty original songs already, Green and his father, Harvey, signed a five-year contract with Decca Records with plans to make Green a teen idol. At 11 years old, became the youngest person ever to sign with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), but Decca’s plan failed as Donny Osmond rose to stardom. Green was raised in Christian Science, but was fascinated with eastern mysticism, drugs and “free love.” In the early 1970’s, Green and his new wife, Melody, became Christians became involved with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Southern California. In a sense, Green did become a star in Christian music, but his life was cut short at age 28 when he died in a plane crash in 1982.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Man Survives Niagara Falls Fall

Kirk Jones survived a fall from Niagara Falls on October 20, 2003.
October 20, 2003

On this day in 2003, Kirk Jones became the first person to go over the Horseshoe Falls without a flotation device and survive. At least he was the first recorded person to make the feat. Single and unemployed, Jones and his friend Bob Krueger visited Niagara Falls a few days before. Krueger was to record the event on a video camera, however he never figured out how to operate the machine correctly, so there is no footage of the brave event. Jones jumped in the water at Horseshoe Falls and fell 170 feet where he not only survived, but was also able to pull himself to safety as well. He was transported to the hospital suffering only minor rib injuries. On May 21, 2012, an unidentified man in his early 40s became the third person to survive an unprotected trip over the Horseshoe Falls. 

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