‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

This Day in Pop Culture for June 4

The first Secretary's Day was June 4, 1943.
Secretaries Get Their Own Day
In 1952, the National Secretaries Association created National Secretaries Day with the help of a variety of office products manufacturers to recognize secretaries contribution to the workplace. The very first unofficial holiday was celebrated on this day as part of the National Secretaries week which was held from Jun 1-7, 1952. In 1995, the event was moved up to the last full week in April. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981 and in 1998, it was re-branded as Administrative Professionals Week to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff.

The first shopping car was used on June 4, 1937.
Shoppers Use a Store Cart for the First Time
It wasn’t until this day in 1937 that the first shopping carts were introduced at the Humpty Dumpty Supermarket in Oklahoma City. Also known as a carriage, buggy or trolley in England, the first shopping carts were designed by Sylvan Goldman who was the owner of the Humpty Dumpty store at the time. It is said after wrestling his thoughts about how to get customers to move more groceries, he took a wooden folding chair, put a basket on the seat and wheels on the legs. Then, his store’s mechanic, Fred Young, tinkered with the project. The first “folding basket carriers” were basically two wire baskets attached to a metal frame. A patent for Arthur Kosted’s version was awarded on April 9, 1940 titled, "Folding Basket Carriage for Self-Service Stores” and advertised the invention as part of a new “No Basket Carrying Plan." However, they were not a hit right away. It is said that women likened them to a baby carriage and men thought that they were effeminate. It took both male and female models to demonstrate how to use the devices for the carts to catch on.

Joyce Meyer was born on June 4, 1943.

Joyce Meyer’s Birthday

While everyone may not be a fan of Joyce Meyer and her ministry, Time magazine named her 17th in a list of “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” in 2005. After years of sexual abuse from her father and then a failed 5-year marriage she began right out of high school, the idea of preaching the gospel didn’t even enter her head until many years later. After years as serving as an associate pastor, Meyer began her own radio ministry, “Life in the Word” in 1985. In 1993, she began the Enjoying Everyday Life TV show. Like many other television preachers, Meyers has been accused of living an excessive lifestyle to which she responds, "...there's no need for us to apologize for being blessed."

First Pulitzer Prizes are Given Out
It was on this day in 1917 that Publisher Joseph Pulitzer gave money to Columbia University for the purpose of rewarding excellence in American journalism, literature, and music. The first awards were given to the New York Tribune (for an article about the first anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania), Herbert Bayard Swope from New York World (for writing various articles called “Inside the German Empire”), Laura E. Richards and Maud Howe Elliott (for writing the biography Julie Ward Howe) and Jean Jules Jusserand (for writing With Americans of Past and Present Days).

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